Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #11

Hello crafty friends,

So glad you dropped by today to see the latest and greatest for our current challenge!  Lots of fun options (as usual) to play with.  I chose the top row diagonal of burlap - thank you - splatter to create not just one but two cards.  I did this technique for the background on white, kraft and black 80 lb cardstock.  For a thank you card I thought white and kraft were the best choices and saved the black panel for another project.   I figured my readers might like seeing the two different color schemes too.  :)

Here is this week's challenge board - to see all the other DT inspiration click here

Note: links to products used are listed at the end of this post.  There are some affiliate links, which if used to purchase any of the supplies used are at no cost to you.  I provide them mainly for your convenience and to help support this blog.  All supplies were personally purchased.

I don't know about other crafters, but I can be rather messy in the craft room - so I welcomed the excuse to use the splatter part with great abandon lol.  I used a shallow box to splatter the colors on so I didn't have it all over my workspace at least.

The method to my madness here was to put some ink directly onto an acrylic block - just one color at a time (using Distress Oxide inks of course), spritzing with water, then flicking the color off the block onto the paper with a small paintbrush.  I tried this because it gave me  greater control over where and how much color was applied.  This is the type of technique where perfection is not the goal but the result is still fantastic in that messy kind of way.  Whatever works for you, whether it's flicking off the end of a brush or using a toothbrush, etc are other options.

I used a heat tool to speed the drying process along.  Once dry I used the largest rectangle die in my set (approx 3.25" x 4.5") to cut a smaller panel out of the splattered piece, then used a circle die to add a partial circle cut out to the right edge.  I popped this panel up on a card base in the same color as the original paper before splattering it with color.  To add the burlap element I die cut a circle out of colored burlap in the next smallest die size so that there would be some space between the splattered panel and the burlap circle.  I did not photograph the process at the time so I decided to add a photo to show how I planned the die cuts.

The sentiment was done from this fabulous double cut alphabet dies set from Concord & 9th.  When I first got this I die cut it in several cardstock colors so I'd be ready to create sentiments quickly.  The picture below shows the letter I when the two pieces are separated.  As you can see I store the already cut letters on a Cricut mat after I mixed and matched the inner piece from the outer (this is one I'm no longer using because it's a bit warped).

The great part about these is they make two die cuts with one die.  You get an inner and outer part to the letters (they also have a numbers set) and the options for combining colors are practically unlimited.  On the white card I used both the inner and outer parts of the letters and on the kraft card I used the outer part only for the "thank" and the inner part for the "you".   I maximized the use of the green letters by using the inside and outside between the two cards.

I first learned about these dies from Catherine Pooler's Stamp Nation subscription, which includes Master classes from companies such as Concord & 9th.  Totally flipped over these dies and all the potential.

Tip:  in order to get the letters lined up just right I used post it tape to pick up the letters after getting them into their general position.  After picking the tape up I turn it over and adjust their positioning on the tape before applying adhesive with a Zig Two way glue pen, which works very well for me.  See picture below for the idea of how you keep these put until you get the adhesive on, then flip over onto the card, press down and slowwwwwly remove the post it tape.  Easy peasy!

As always I greatly appreciate you visiting today and hope that these tips and techniques help you when you are working on an upcoming card project!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My crafting journey and....a big announcement!

Hello crafty friends,

I have a very special post to share with you today.  Some of you may know about how I got started in the blogging world, but if this is news to you, you may be interested in learning where I began and where the road is leading next.

I find it inspiring to know that the hard work we bloggers do to share our craft with others does lead to rewards!  Without further ado, here's today's podcast by Suzanne Moore, a person I feel privileged to call my friend and mentor in the craft industry.

I would love to hear from you about this announcement - and - if you are also a blogger, please share with me what inspired you to start blogging and if you are on any design teams.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tic Tac Toe Time - Challenge #9

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you are having a fantastic week so far!  This week's board is tons of fun with lots of fun options!  Please visit the challenge blog here to see the design team inspiration and play along.

I went with the middle row down - sequins - distress inks - stencil for this week's inspiration.

Products used are linked at the end of the post using affiliate links at no cost to you.  All products used for this project were personally purchased.

A fun trend that I've been seeing a lot of lately is doing a die cut of the sentiment after coloring in a panel.  In order to keep the color on this from being overwhelming, I used the stencil to first add a neutral background on white by stamping over the stencil onto the paper with Versamark ink and heat embossing in white powder on the background while masking off the center, then using Distress Inks in an ink blending technique to add the colored center section.

The center section is further  separated by adding washi tape strips at the top and bottom.  The sentiment was die cut from the center section.  To add dimension between the base layer, the sentiment was die cut from a solid orange cardstock three times and then glued on top of each other to create separation.

To finish the card, yellow and orange sequins are glued onto the center panel.

This is the type of technique where you  can experiment with any large stencil you have in combination with word dies to get a similar look

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you will play along with us this week!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Sprinkles on Donuts card for Color Throwdown Challenge

Hello crafty friends,

Popping in to post a quickie on a fun card I created for the current Color Throwdown challenge.

The colors for this week are so fun!

I decided to use a donut stamp set from Jilibean Soup that I had not used before.  As I created this card my brain was working overtime thinking of all sorts of fun ideas to create with it.  I used the donut stamp with the most solid surface instead of the outlines so I could stamp on the main color, then used a Copic marker to color in the non-icing portion.

Disclosure: Affiliate links to products are used in this post at no cost to you.  I personally purchased all the products used for this project but provide these links for your convenience and may earn a commission if you use them to purchase a product.

I created the sprinkles using Nuvo drops to make them more dimensional.

For the sentiment piece I used the two next to smallest sizes of the Spellbinders Labels Eight dies to cut out the colorful background created by sponging on ink over a Hero Arts stencil on white cardstock.  I die cut a smaller piece out of white cardstock, then stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink, added pink embossing powder and heat set.  

I fussy cut the donuts out and used a hole punch to cut out the centers.  The middle donut was popped up on pop dots.

I hope you enjoyed this clean and simple card using minimal supplies.  Please consider leaving me a comment if you were inspired by this project or have any questions.  I truly enjoy reading your comments and reply to them all.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cheerful Dragonfly card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge No. 7

Hello crafty friends,

It's that time again!  We have such a fun board this week to play with.  I wanted to challenge myself to use all 9 elements and managed to do so without creating an incredibly bulky or overdone card.  Please visit the challenge blog here to see the inspiration from the design team.

The hardest part of this project was figuring out how to incorporate acetate into the design.  I tried several different ideas before going with this particular one.  At first I thought it would be an acetate window card, then I remembered my dragonfly die and had that "aha" moment.

There is a special paper I used from Tessler for the dragonfly which is not listed in my products list below but the link is above should you want to check it out.  It is a beautiful paper that comes from Europe and is something I pull out for the most special cards I make because it's fairly expensive.  There are, of course, lots of alternatives that could be used instead and s
till get a lovely effect. Gold is the color I used for this project.

Speaking of links - I use some affiliate links with many of the products I used and may make a small commission on them at no cost to you should you decide to buy using one of them.  That said, the items I used for this project were personally purchased and I was not asked to demonstrate or recommend them.  I only use and share products that I really like and use myself.

The card base is made from 110# Neenah solar white cardstock on which I added the following layers:

light yellow cardstock, embossed with the Darice large petals embossing folder, cut to 4" x 5 1/4".  I used the side where the image is actually the "debossed" side where the impression is indented in appearance.

The white layer of cardstock was also embossed with the same embossing folder, except that before impressing it through my Big Shot, I swiped the raised surface of the folder so that it would ink the image in yellow.  I used Distress Ink (the center element) to add this color.  I then die cut this panel using the 3 1/8" x 4 1/4" rectangle stitched die from My Favorite Things.

The next part is the dragonfly, which I die cut from the Tessler pearl paper once as a full piece, then I cut it from a  piece of acetate, then again with a small strip of the Tessler pearl paper to get just the center "body" of the dragonfly without the wings.

To get the pattern on the acetate "wings" of the dragonfly I stamped the "all cracked up" stamp on the acetate die cut with black Staz On ink, which is the perfect ink for a non porous surface like acetate.

Dragonfly "sandwich"

To create the dragonfly I die cut 3 different layers.  The bottom layer is the pearl paper, followed by the acetate layer, then the "body" (wings cut off) on top of the acetate.  I glued each layer together with Tombow Mono liquid glue.

The washi tape is not super obvious, but it is really there.  I happened to have a floral yellow roll (and not sure where I bought it from).  I put two strips of it vertically and horizontally on the left hand side of the yellow cardstock layer to form a little bit of a frame before adding the white die cut layer on top.

The sentiment was made from a Winnie & Walter set.  The word "smiles" was made from the die while the rest of the sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on white cardstock, then embossed with white embossing powder before sponging the same Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade color over the top to make the background yellow.  I glued the die cut word using the Zig two way glue pen as I find it easy to use with small die cuts like these.

The embellishments I added are yellow enamel dots over the center of 3 flowers on the white embossed die cut layer.  I did not include a link to these since I actually made these myself from a batch of self made "enamel dots" using pearler beads.  I found the technique through various You Tube videos and find it very cost effective to make my own beads in a wide variety of colors.

The dragonfly was added after using pop dots to give it more dimension once added to the bottom left corner.

Thanks again for stopping by today and checking out this week's inspiration - hope that you will play with us at the challenge!!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

A fun loving summer card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #5

Hello crafty friends,

I am excited by this week's challenge board!  Summer is my favorite time of the year and I had so many ideas for this theme that it was hard to figure out which one to show.  In fact I am going to also share some bonus cards/projects on this week's post with a summer theme.

Here is this week's challenge inspiration board - I went with the middle row down: Summer - die cut - patterned paper (and incorporated a few other elements from the board).  Click here to visit the challenge site to see more of the design team's inspiration and hope you will consider playing along!

I used a summery looking striped patterned paper from this WRMK paper pad cut to 4.25" x 5.5" to start.  I cut a solid light blue piece of cardstock to 3.75" x 5", then embossed with this Stampin' Up embossing folder (I purchased from one of fellow X team members).   Last,  I used an ink blending tool to add some darker blue accents to the raised embossed areas of this panel for a contrast using Distress Oxide Blue China ink.

The 3 die cuts were made using the Sizzix Bigz Sand & Sea die cut out of Grungeboard.  this is a very interesting material to work with and the Bigz dies cut it very easily.  The cool part is that they already have great texture, which I enhanced with Distress Inks.  The colors I used are listed below.

Seahorse:  (base) Peacock Feathers, (contrast) Cracked Pistachio and a tiny bit of Peeled Paint.  The Peeled Paint was not sponged on, but stamped on fairly randomly using a scallop stamp to create a hint of scales.

Sand Dollar:  Brushed Corduroy

Starfish:  Abandoned Coral

Note: The seashell in the photo is actually a Jolee's boutique sticker I had in my stash that looked like it would fit in so well and gave it a little "something" extra.  Same with the little bright turquoise pieces to the left of the seahorse - these little accents came from another die cut piece leftovers.  The paper is so pretty I could not throw away the little pieces and they do resemble coral in a way.

I glued the die cuts onto the blue panel towards the bottom, making sure to leave room at the top for my sentiment, which is made in two parts.

The larger part of the sentiment is made from a Stamps of Life die cut set with a shadow layer and word "hello".  I cut the word out of the same striped patterned paper and the shadow from Core'dinations cardstock that had been lightly sanded to expose the secondary color.  After gluing these two pieces together and then the blue card panel, I added glossy accents onto the word to give it shine and dimension.

The second part of the sentiment is a small strip of white cardstock that I stamped the word "summer" on using this alphabet set from Sunny Studio Sweet Script Stamps in Versamark, then heat embossed with white powder.  I then used an ink blending tool to add Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick over the stamped word, which provides a resist and matched the patterned paper pink color nicely.  I added on some sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker - I may have been a little overhanded on that part lol.

As a final touch I added a little bit of ribbon to the top right corner.  I taped the ends of the ribbon behind the panel, then slipped a smaller piece of ribbon under the first piece and tied it into a knot so the rest of the ribbon would stay flatter.

I glued on the completed card front panel onto a white card base - it is almost an A7 (5" x  7") finished card - I ended up trimming the white card base so it just created a small border and didn't worry about it being exactly a standard size.

I have posted links to selected products above.  I am still working on migrating to a different link program and apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

*************  BONUS PROJECTS *****************

With the summer vibe already going in full swing, I thought it would be fun to share these other summer themed projects with you.  The flamingo cards were inspired by a Jennifer McGuire video I saw some time ago and always wanted to re-create, so finally I did!  I have not added sentiments yet just to keep my options open for later.

The second project is a clear card pocket that I created with Project Life products for the sleeve and top edging plus the fun shaker elements created with this Mudd Puddles sand product and flipflops made out of Shrinky Dinks printable material.  Of course no beach scene is complete without some tiny real seashells and a sand dollar.

Thanks so much for stopping by today -- I can hardly wait to see what you create for the challenge from this inspiration!  If you have any questions or want to leave me feedback, please consider leaving a comment.

Hope the rest of your week is fabulous!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4th celebration card

Hello crafty friends,

Today I am celebrating July the 4th and have a quick and fun card to share!  I am also playing along with the Fusion challenge and incorporating both the sketch and photo inspiration.

In my stash I had this red star die cut overlay and added it to a white panel, then added it to a navy blue shimmery cardstock.

I used my Cricut and the basic star shape to cut out the red glitter, white and navy blue stars for the corner.

Using an alphabet stamp set from Sunny Stamp Studios, I made a custom sentiment and stamped it with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink, then added some clear embossing powder and heat set it.  The stars at the top came from an Ellen Hutson set called Wonky Backdrops.

Thanks for stopping by!