Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day!

I had fun making this spiral pull card for a challenge at...you guessed it...The Outlawz!  It was for Festive Friday and one of the celebrations was Leap Day.  I was excited to use a new (to me) die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Crafts Designs.

The frog image is from an older SU set called Unfrogettable.   I have two photos, one with the card closed and the other with the card opened to see the frog "leaping" into the air on a transparent spiral.








 The letters for "Leap Day" are dies from The Stamps of Life - Quirky Alphabet.  I believe the "happy" is also a die from TSOL.  And that adorable cloud paper is from AMuse - no longer available so I am hoarding every scrap no matter how small!


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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Meet Gina!

I used a new Prima Doll image from Julie Nutting for this St. Patrick's Day tag.  This doll is named Gina and is from the newest beach themed release.  I made the tag for a swap over at Ink The Edges, but also entered it into the Twisted Thursday challenge at the Outlawz, which was an Anything Goes theme.  I love when I can participate in two events with one project!    I don't think my partner will see it ahead of time on my blog or at The Outlawz, but we'll see!



 The doll was stamped on a light tan card stock and colored in with Copics.  Then I paper pieced her outfit using patterned papers from SU.  See the little ties on her shoes?  No I didn't fussy cut those, but rather stamped her onto the tag and then put the fussy cut doll over the top.  Whew! 

The tag was also covered front and back with SU patterned papers.  The pot 'o gold and leprechaun are stickers, as are the little shamrocks.  I saw the green beads hanging out of an embellishment drawer and decided that was a sign to use them on here, so I did, along with some thin gold thread and narrow ribbon to help cluster them all together.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Garden Bird

The card I'm sharing today is a card I made for the Wed sketch challenge at The Outlawz.   I seem to have a self-imposed delay on posting on my blog, from when I actually make the cards!   But as long as i share, that's what counts, right?

This is a 5 inch square card.  I try to make my square cards 5 inches or less so that they will still fit in a regular sized envelope.  But with my added embellishments, I usually end up paying more for postage anyway!  I should make a conscious effort to make my cards less bulky, but really, where's the fun in that!

Enough blabbing, here's the card!




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Friday, February 26, 2016

Sun-Kissed Fleur

I've had this Heartfelt Creations stamp since 2013 and never did buy the matching die, although I had always meant to.  Fast forward to Feb. 2016 when I decided to finally buy the die  When I went to purchase it, I discovered there was an entire collection of coordinating stamps and papers for the Sun-kissed Fleur background stamp!  I love collections!  So after several clicks on the keyboard the collection is on its way! 

This card is for the Tuesday color challenge at The Outlawz.  The twist was to use flowers along with the color combo and an additional twist was to highlight one of the flowers.  After several attempts I came up with this card.  My first several tries involved unsuccessful attempts at techniques that looked easy enough, but didn't work out for me.  So I went with what I knew I can do!




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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hello My Friend

The Monday Greeting challenge at The Outlawz was to make a card using a birthday or hello sentiment.   I went with hello, as I wanted to use this fun paper clip.





I chose patterned papers from The Stamps of Life to go with the my friend epoxy sticker, also from TSOL.  Then as a happy surprise I found another embellishment in my stash with matching colors to fill in that otherwise empty corner.  The card layout is a sketch from Operation Write Home, #24.


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Happy Mail

My favorite movie is You've Got Mail, so when The Outlawz CAS Sunday challenge was to make a card based on our favorite movie, I went right to a stamp set from The Stamps of Life. Yes, I know the movie refers to email, but I also happen to love snail mail too!

The stamp set I used is called happymail2stamp and I also used the matching dies.  I used a Sizzix Flip-Its Rectangle card die for the base.  TSOL patterned papers were used for the layers and paper pieced images.  Two photos so you can see the front and the flip to the inside!








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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Shake Your Grass!

Art Impressions images never fail to bring a smile to one's face, so for the Saturday challenge at The Outlawz I used the Hula Set for my card.  The images were colored in with Copics and then I used an action wobble on the grass skirt.  Two photos again today because I used a Flip-Its die from Sizzix for my card base.  Circle #4, I believe.









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Monday, February 22, 2016

Fiesta!

I'm back!  Had a few days of appointments and catching up with family.  For today's post I am showing the card I made for Festive Friday over at The Outlawz Challenges.  On Fridays they always give four choices of "celebrations" and i chose Margarita Day!  I love me a good margarita!







I used the Charming Frame Flip-Its die from Sizzix thus the two photos.   I also used patterned paper from The Stamps of Life.  The stamp source is unknown, but the image was colored in with Copics and fine glitter was added to the rim of the glass and the lime wedge.


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Friday, February 19, 2016

Denim Nights

It was the middle of the night, aka the wee morning hours, depending on your perspective when I made this card for the Thursday challenge at The Outlawz.  Thursdays are twist days and the twist this week was to use lace, ribbon or twine.  How about two out of three?

I've had this Denim Stack paper collection from DCWV on my mind, as I'm going to use it to make my next flip book.  So it was already out on my table ready to use.





I used quite an alphabet of companies for this card:
SU - ribbon, card stock, punch
DCWV = denim card stock
SB - die cut
PS - sentiment
HL - rhinestones
MTB - ink
MISC - lace trim, applique, card base
TH - distress ink
3M - foam tape
SP - double stick tape

Sometimes it's just so much fun to see how many different products can go into one simple card!


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Another 2-fer!

Here are two more cards I made for The Outlawz Challenges.  The first card is for the Tuesday color challenge which was to make a monochromatic card.   I was recently going through my older (much older!) stamp sets and weeding out the ones I no longer wanted taking up space on my shelves.  The set SU Reverse Prints caught my eye and I used it for this card. This set made the cut and was returned to the shelf.




I thought the top and right side of the card needed a little something, so I used a border embossing folder called Delicate Designs to give all that empty space some texture.


This next card was made for Wednesday which is always a sketch challenge.  Speaking of challenges - has anyone seen my pinwheel die?  It would have cut the perfect embellishment for this card!  I have a list (and it keeps getting longer) of "missing" items in my craft room.  Where do these things go to hide?!




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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Today is a 2-fer

I have two cards to share today.  They were both made for challenges at The Outlawz.   The first card was made for the Sunday CAS challenge: All About Hearts.  I used a drop in and frame die from The Stamps of Life.   The second card was for the Monday Greeting challenge to make a get well card.  badages2stamp, a stamp set from The Stamps of Life was used.  The patterned paper and card stock was also from The Stamps of Life.  This card was inspired by my granddaughter who loves to use band-aids on her real and imaginary owies (an everyone else!).








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By A Thread

 Last Saturday the challenge at The Outlawz for Paper Ala Mode was to let the sentiment be the focal point.   I chose a little stamp set from Unity called By A Thread and paired the sentiment and image with a Sizzix embossing folder called Vintage Buttons.  From my button jar I pulled out a few vintage buttons with the threads still hanging on - perfect, if I do say so myself!

I used old paper distress ink on the off white card stock for the main panel and layered this onto some gold metallic specialty paper.  This all went onto a Crumb Cake card base.





The inside of the card has another embossed vintage button panel on which to write a note to the recipient.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Goody-Goody Gumdrops!

Evidently there is a National Gumdrop Day in February and I'm celebrating it over at The Outlawz Challenges! 




The patterned papers, seam binding and twine are from The Stamps of Life.   The jar image is from Paper Smooches, which I popped up with foam tape.   The gumdrops are  from Stampin' Up and are colored in with Copics and sprinkled with a very fine iridescent glitter.   Using card sketch #69 from Operation Write Home made this card come together quickly and easily!



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Sunday, February 14, 2016

L O V E

I just love this grid die from The Stamps of Life!  It was fun to fill in the open areas with stamped letters and embossed images.  Everything neatly in it's place!





The alpha stamps are from The Stamps of Life and the embossed image is from Sizzix. Some teeny silver glittered dots from a dollar store add just a bit of sparkle.   A perfect card for one's special Valentine!  This card was my submission for the Thursday Anything Goes +Twist challenge at Outlawz.



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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Hippos!

I used a recently acquired stamp and die set for the Wednesday sketch challenge at Outlawz.   hippo2stamp from The Stamps of Life, along with various patterned papers from the same company, a Sunny Skies die from MFT and a grass XL sizzlet die from Sizzix. 





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Friday, February 12, 2016

Basket of Blooms

Sometimes cards just turn out better in my head.  I really struggled with this card for the Tuesday Color +Twist challenge at Outlawz.  It wasn't the color combo that had me stumped, but rather putting all of my elements together.  I wanted the basket of blooms (Gina K), and the wonky stitched frame (MFT) and the doily, but I struggled to get them to work together.  Finally waved the white card stock flag and settled for this.





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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Smile! It's Spring!

Ironically I made this Spring card for the Monday challenge at The Outlawz Challenges while a blizzard was raging outside!  It sure felt good to be inside and stamping happy!  Monday's challenge is always to make a card or project with a greeting visible on the front.  The theme this week is Spring.

I used a stamp/die set form the Stamps of Life called Windows.  I also used card stock and patterned paper from TSOL.  The card I made is a CASE from the stamp/die package, although I altered it enough so it was an exact copy (wink!)!

I love how this turned out, and all but forgot what the weather was doing outside!





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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What is CAS?


What is CAS?  I like clean lines on my cards.  I make simple cards.  But do I make CAS cards?

Sunday at The Outlawz Challenges is CAS day.  This week we are to make a friendship card in a CAS style.

Here's my card followed by a list of supplies:





Card sketch:  #61 from OWH (Operation Write Home) .  OWH,  I rely upon their sketches often to give me a card design.

SU Color Coach Wheel:  An old tool that I refer to more often than not.  The good thing is that even though this tool is old, I still have the majority of the colors, now sadly, mostly retired.   I used: Summer Sun, Lovely Lilac, Ballet Blue and Sage Shadow (oh, how I miss SS and have only 2 full sized sheets and some scraps left!  Gasp!)

Friend die from TSOL (The Stamps of Life)  Love this company for stamps and dies!  I especially love being a member of their monthly Card Kit Club. 

Flower applique from Mama's Treasures, a Zibbet store with lots of great treasures!


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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Thanks From the Bottom of My He{art}

My card today is one I made for Friday's challenge at...you guessed it...The Outlawz Challenges. For Festive Friday we are given a choice of four themes.  I chose "Inspire Your Heart and Art" because I needed some note cards to send in with swap packages and I happened upon this Paper Smooches set as I am once again organizing my stamp sets.  A never-ending process for me!




 I made a half dozen of the cards and the MISTI made fast work of them!  First I stamped the easel and sentiment.  Then went back and stamped  the paint splotch and larger drip. On the final pass I stamped the smaller drip.  I added heart sequins to go with the sentiment.  All of them are a bright pink metallic, but the lower three look black in this photo because of the camera angle.  I colored the easel with Copics and then the final step was to stamp the oval shadow with a light gray ink.  Oops!  Actually the final step was to use a quicky glue pen to dot around the pink splotch and add glamour dust for a subtle bit of sparkle.  You can see it if you squint!


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

G45 March Card from Time To Flourish

I combined the challenge at The Outlawz Challenges with a card and tag I needed to make for a swap over at Ink The Edges.   The challenge is anything goes with a twist of adding a sentiment,  The swap is to make a March themed card and tag.  Graphic 45 papers "Time to Flourish" came to the rescue!  If you're not familiar with Graphic 45's paper line - OMG! are you ever missing out on some gorgeous paper!  Not only the patterns, but the paper quality itself is second to none.  Truly hoard worthy!  But I closed my eyes, held my breath and cut into it!  Oh the mental anguish and pain!




Once I made that first cut, the rest was easy!

On the tag I did a lot of fussy cutting from the scraps and put layered similar images for dimension.  The pieces I cut and layered I colored with clear wink of stella to draw attention to different parts of the tag.   The tag was actually cut using a pocket tag die from Fun Stampers Journey.  They have quite a few pocket dies that I have my eye on!

For the card I used the cut-a-parts page and arranged the elements in a pleasing design. some were popped up on foam tape.  Acrylic flowers and small fabric butterflies were added to both the tag and card for embellishments.  All the edges of the tag, card layers and patterned pieces were sponged with gathered twigs distress ink.

I hope my swap partner likes what I created for her this month.


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Denim Love

The Outlawz Challenges site has done it again with a fun sketch for this week!  They post a new one every Wednesday.  Their DT samples are out of this world gorgeous and it is so hard not to simply copy their beautiful creations.  

So I deliberately went in a different direction with my color combo.  I dug into my drawer of denim happiness (yes, I love denim so much I dedicated a drawer in my craft room just for anything denim!)  and pulled out fabric tape and lace bordered denim ribbon.  I love pairing denim with kraft, so pulled out one of my hoarded kraft card bases.  A white heart die cut from a die that was gifted to me from a dear and generous friend up north (hi Peggy!) is the main focal image.  I placed the doily over a denim blue felt heart, then adding a stick pin that was given to me in a swap a couple of years ago. 

After getting all of the ribbons and tape in place I added the doily heart and then continued embellishing.  The denim tape need a little something, so I added some flat back pearl trim.  I also added three red flat back pearls to balance out the stickpin on the opposite side of the heart.  The last touch was using some jute twine tied into a bow and tucked behind the top of the stickpin.  Then I called this one done!
 



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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Love Tree

Another challenge another card!  I'm having so much fun with the challenges at The Outlawz Challenges!  I like that I can use whatever I want, not restricted by using specific companies or images.   This card is for the Tuesday (2/2) color challenge.  I used Rose Red, Certainly Celery, black and white card stock and light pink heart shaped sequins.

The flourish frame and smaller inner frame are dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs (my newest favorite company, especially those designed by Karen Burniston!)  and the love tree is from Taylored Expressions.



Before die cutting the flourish frame and love tree, I covered the back of the card stocks with wide adhesive tape.  This turned the die cuts into stickers which made them much easier to adhere in place.  The sequins were adhered with tiny dots of glossy accents.  I wish I could find the tiniest of glue dots - is there such a thing?  If you know of a source please leave a link in the comment section below.  TIA!

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