Friday, October 20, 2017

Easy Christmas

I'm starting to work in earnest on holiday cards. This one features a background made from alcohol inks, basically treated like watercolors (substituing rubbing alcohol for water). Basically, wet glossy paper with rubbing alchohol, put some alcohol on brush, dip in ink and apply.  To finish it off, I found some matching fibers, added a sentiment and a couple of snowflakes.

Entering these challenges:
CRAFT #438 -- Christmas
ABC Christmas -- V is for Vibrant
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #355 -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #304 -- anything goes

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Monstrously fun

It's time for another challenge at If you Give a Crafter a Cookie, and this one promises a monster of a good time. How cute are these? All you have to do is make a project inspired by the cookies, and you'll be in a random draw for a prize from Limited Runs digital stamps.

My card features an image from Bugaboo. I printed it on the designer paper intending to do some paper piecing, but I decided I liked the look as is. Used gel pens to add a little detail, and the bat is a rub-on.

Entering these challenges:

Victorine Originals #13 -- Halloween
Pattie's Creations #139 --colors of autumn
Creative Inspirations #282 -- Halloween/fall
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Halloween/fall
Word Art Wednesday #304 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Kraftin'  Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes

Friday, October 6, 2017

Purple snow

I went super CAS with this card, which was inspired by the Sugar Pea Mix It Up challenge.
In fact, it's so CAS, there's really nothing else to say. these challenges:
Sugar Pea Mix It UP #36 -- photo inspiration and sketch
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #353 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- Christmas
ABC Christmas -- U is for unlimited
Winter Wonderland -- anythhing Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #302 -- anything goes 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The night has eyes

Halloween is in the air, and in the cookies with the latest challenge for If You Give a Crafter a Cookie. This challenge is sponsored by All Dressed Up, which has some free digis for the winner of the random draw.  Just create a project inspired by the cookies.

For the background for my card, I used the Darice goggly eye EF on black paper and sanded down some of the embossing. The tag is actually an incredibly real looking sticker. The ghost was cut from some Halloween-themed cardd-stock, and the Boo is a cool brad.

This card is for these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- A Walk on the Dark Side
Double D -- Fright Night
Die-Cut Divas -- fall mood board
Kraftin' Kimmie #401  -- holiday
Word Art Wednesday #302
-- Anything Goes

Friday, September 29, 2017

Beautiful leaves

It will be weeks before we start seeing fall colors here in the south, but that doesn't stop me from making fall cards. I love colorful leaves. These leaves were made using the same process I described in this post, then die-cut with the Memory Box maple leaf die.  Personally, I think they look gorgeous.

The quote stamp is an old one from Club Stamp, inked up in some brown distress ink.

This card is heading out to these challenges:
Victorine Originals #12 --   mood board inspiration (at right)
The Paper Shelter #311 -- colors of fall
Double D -- feature a sentiment/quote
Cuttlebug Mania -- harvest
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #302 -- anything goes

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Interesting sky

I don't normally do a lot of techniques, but I saw some gorgeous cards with this technique when it was featured on SCS, so I tried my hand at it.  I think it's called watercolor tissue embossing, but basically, you put ink on a craft sheet (or if you don't have one, use aluminum foil), spritz with water, then press a piece of giftwrap tissue paper into it to soak up the color. Let tissue dry, crumple up, then glue on white card stock with wrinkles emphasized.  When it drives, apply versamark to wrinkles, sprinkle on metallic EP, and heat.  The technique looks good as a background, like here, and also makes really pretty diecuts.

I just pulled out a bunch of inks and used different combinations, resulted in several different tissues, so I'm not exactly sure what inks were used in this particular piece.

For this card, the tissue was matted on a coordinating snippet. The reindeer die is from Whimsy.

This card is for these challenges:
Rudolph Days -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #352 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- metal (silver metallic EP)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #302 -- anything goes

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Let's go camping

After all the fun of house moves, we have gotten back into the habit of camping. It's fun to get a way for a few days (usually no cell service), and to just hike and read and enjoy ourselves. We have a small pop-up camper. (I'm not sure what they are called, or if they exist, in Europe, Here's a photo).

So, inspired by my camping and the Sweet Pea Mix It Up Challenge this month, I made this card.  The camper image is from Scribbles Designs, with paper-piecing and colored pencils.  The somewhat playful sentiment was stamped on a snippet and cut into a flag. Also used a border punch along the bottom of the green snippet panel. A bunch of coordinating ribbon flags finish it off.

This card is for these challenges:
Sweet Pea Mix It Up Challenge #35 -- photo inspiration
NBUS Challenge #12 -- both stamps and all the ribbons are NBUS
Pixie's Snippet Playground -#299/300- everything but the card base was a snippet
Word Art Wednesday #300-- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes