Saturday, August 13, 2016
This week the theme for Crazy 4 Challenges is to make a school-themed card or project. I used some office themed paper from October Afternoon called 9to 5. Despite not being school-themed, I thought it worked out very well. Office supplies and school supplies do overlap in almost every way. I cut most of the paper by hand but the circle was cut with Spellbinder’s Triple Tear die set. The black circles in the top corner look like brads right? Nope! They are made with black glossy accents. I forget what the correct name of the product is but it’s really cool! I’m still not sure how I managed to get them evenly sized and spaced!
The image (Graphic 45) is stamped on kraft and coloured with coloured pencils. After colouring, I added the black lines back in with a pen. I used my MISTI to stamp the image and if I’d been smart, I’d have left the stamp in the MISTI and simply re-stamped it to darken the lines. I don’t use coloured pencils much though and I’d already removed my stamp and cleaned it by the time I had that idea. Boo.
Please join us this week for this awesomely fun challenge! You have until Friday night to play along! You could make a card for a teacher or an encouraging one for back to school for your kids! And don’t forget other teachers like coaches and tutors!
Friday, August 12, 2016
While I haven’t fulfilled my summer goals outside the craft room, I have been able to make lots of fun summery and beachy cards! Honestly, I’d make them all year but people would think I’m weird when I post them to my blog!
I used now-closed Match-the-Sketch and Just Us Girls (water) challenges. I have been so wrapped up in the Olympics I haven’t been posting the cards I’ve made in time! Have you been watching? My hubby wanted to know why I watch sports I’d never watch otherwise and it’s because of the emotion shown by both winners and those who don’t quite make it. You can’t exactly call such amazing athletes losers though can you? I also love how they bounce back and forth between sports. It’s kind of like a buffet, a little of everything!
But back to the card! The papers are by Kaisercraft and the sticker is by K&Co. The paper is fairly new but the sticker is really old! The background was stamped with a stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms, remember them? I added some gold glitter spray (Ranger) which looks great IRL but it seems to shine so much in the photo that it makes the photo look blurry! If you click on it to enlarge it, you’ll see the sparkle! Some ribbon and sequins rounded out this card. If you are enlarging anyway, see if you can tell that three of the sequins are actually shell beads. They are thicker than sequins but otherwise the same shape and size!
Entered In: SSS Wild
Sisterhood of Crafters-Nature
Saturday, July 30, 2016
ETA: I had trouble with my computer a couple of weeks ago and didn’t get a chance to post this here on my blog. The challenge is over sadly but I thought you might still like to see this card.
I ADORE the beach and anything ocean or nautical themed. I wish I could live near the beach (especially if some magic could remove the big, dangerous storms!). I’d be out there all the time painting and playing with my kids.
So when I saw last month’s Hero Arts card kit, I was so happy! It includes such gorgeous layering images! And there are matching dies too. Yeah! For this card, I used various company’s inks to get a very ethereal quality. I’ll be honest, I was inspired to make this card after seeing a card by Veronica Zalis. But I do think it ended up different enough to call my own. My favourite inks I used were the Sea Glass and Dusk, one used on the first layer and one on the second. I tried using the middle colour that’s between these two, Ocean Waves, but it was too bright. Inking the stamps with the two I used worked much better for the soft look I was going for.
The background was stamped with schools of fish using a stamp from the set and the words were sponged on through a stencil from Red Lead Paperworks. An oval was cut to use as a background and was sponged with two aqua colours, one more blue than the other for the ‘water’ and the ‘sand’ was sponged with kraft ink. Some sequins, pearls and rainstones add some sparkle and a few clear seed beads make up a stream of ‘bubbles’.
Monday, July 25, 2016
I have a bunch of cards to post and very little time before my computer dies. My son broke my charging cord so I’m sorry but this will be an abbreviated post.
Master Colour Recipes
PTI products used: melon berry, white, harvest gold cardstock, berry sorbet, hawaiian shores, teal ink, thread and button stamp sets.
PTI products used: plum cardstock, various inks as per tutorial, Out on a Limb stamp set
Gilded in Gold
PTI Products used: Ocean tides cardstock, border die
PTI Products: tag die, sentiment, cardstock, various inks, Friendship jar stamp, button
Mastering Drips and Splatters
PTI products: You are a masterpiece stamp set, PTI cardstock
PTI products: confetti toss (dots), cardstock, sentiment, inks for flower
Watercolour like a Master
PTI Products used: sentiment, summer sunrise CS, various inks
all PTI products!
Thanks to the PTI team for a fabulous day!
Saturday, July 23, 2016
No, not for teddy bears though. Our challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges is to make a picnic themed card!
I have a picnic stamp set but I used it recently so I had to figure out what to do instead. I have this bbq die (Memory Box) that I used for some invitations to my (usually) yearly BBQ a while back so I pulled it out again. But by itself, it’s pretty boring so I stamped it in white cardstock so I could colour it with Copics, then built a little scene around it. The grass border (Memory Box) and the fence (PTI) held round out the backyard. I adhered it all to a piece of American Crafts paper so I wouldn’t have to piece the sun and cloud. I find it hard to use sheets of paper that really look best when not cut up so I was happy to be able to use this one.
I hope you can find a few minutes out of your summertime fun to play with our challenge this week. With temperatures reaching record highs in some places, including here in Southern Ontario, maybe inside is cooler than out especially if you have air con or a good cross breeze.