Wednesday, September 20, 2017

But First: Coffee!

Here's my third card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  You'll find all the details here.  TONS of prizes to be won if you link up your cards!
The rules?
When: Friday, September 15 – Friday, September 22 
THEME: FALL
USE: coffee, tea, or cocoa images
Here's my fall card:
I water colored tissue paper by laying it in 3 Distress inks I had rubbed on my craft mat and spritzed with water. After the tissue paper had dried I glued it to a panel of white card and let that dry.  Then I rubbed Versamark over the creases on the tissue and gold embossed the panel (brushing off any gold powder that got in the spaces)  - Loll Thompson has a wonderful YouTube video on this technique here.  I die cut the dotted frame and white embossed the sentiment and cup on a strip of black card.

I chose my colors from this week's Just Us Girls challenge
I used Ranger Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves and Carved Pumpkin.
 
Now it's time to check out all of the other fall coffee/tea cards linked up at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog!
Stamps:  Coffee Set - Ali Express.com
Paper:  White, True Black, white tissue paper
Ink:  Ranger Distress Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Carved Pumpkin, Versamark.
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, heat tool, Mix and Mat Flourishes Die - PTI, foam dots.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Third Sneak Peek of Book Club Dies from Eileen Hull/Sizzix

Every Tuesday in September, Eileen Hull's InspirationTeam will be showing sneak peeks of the fun new Book Club Dies that will be coming out in the fall  -  we just wanted to peak your interest now and will show more details just before the dies are released!

One word that sums up the new Sizzix Book Club collection is VERSATILE! 
Eileen is happy to introduce new Three-in One dies- dies that serve multiple purposes to fit into every area of your life. 

There are three new ScoreBoards dies for sturdy project bases and three die sets to embellish them. Each die may be used in many ways- on books, cards, gift boxes, home decor projects, and for storage and organization.

Imagine a die that can create a box, a book and a frame all on one die- we have that! Come explore the Book Club collection with the Inspiration Team and let us know which one is your favorite! Releasing this fall...

Today I'm previewing my project using Eileen's Sizzix Movers and Shapers Magnetic Die - Book Binding .  I made a little book to hold photos from Christmas past!
(the mini discs binding the book are from Me and My Big Ideas)
So that's it!  I hope it whets your whistle - and you'll be looking forward to seeing more details here in December!
Check out Eileen's Blog for the full gathering of the team's projects sneaks each week in September!

Monday, September 18, 2017

2nd Card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Here's my second card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  You'll find all the details here.  TONS of prizes to be won if you link up your cards!
The rules?
When: Friday, September 15 – Friday, September 22 
Time: 6 am pacific
THEME: FALL
USE: coffee, tea, or cocoa images
Here's my fall card:
I made a floating image window on my card using the Rectangle Peek a Boo die from MFT.  I added a piece of tulle between the layers of DP and card base and adhered my coffee grinder die cut with foam dots over the tulle. I added a reverse die cut of the grinder to the back so you don't see the foam dots when you open the card. I fussy cut another Peek a Boo Frame out of Dark Chocolate card and layered it over the opening with foam dots.  The leaf is die cut out of a piece of thin wood.  The sentiment is from a coffee set  and the grinder is from a coffee die set - both sold on Ali Express.

You will find a wonderful YouTube video by Jennifer McGuire on the floating image window design here
Now it's time to check out all of the other fall coffee/tea cards linked up at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog!

Also linking my card to:
I used the colors
Happy Little Stampers
Stamps:  Coffee Set - Ali Express
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Dark Chocolate, Text Style Autumn Abundance - PTI,  brown - Kraft Core Coredinations, thin wood sheet.
Ink:  Coffee Bean - PTI
Accessories:  Rectangle Peek a Boo Window Die - MFT, Coffee Grinder Die - Ali Express, stitched leaf die - Lawn Fawn, foam dots, tulle.
  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sharing a few Cards!

Just wanted to share a few cards that I've made in the past few days for various challenges over at Splitcoaststampers!

This card was made for the Inspiration Challenge. 
I was inspired by this Ceramic Tree Bowl on Audrie's My New House Idea Pinterest board.
Loll gifted me the die for this lovely tree (thank you Loll!) that I cut out of Kraft Core Coredinations paper and sanded a bit to distress it. I popped it up on the Soft Stone panel cut with a stitched edge rectangle die from Lil Inker to try and make shadows like on the bowl.
I stamped this lovely sentiment from a stamp set by my friend Alison Bomber for PaperArtsy using Cocoa Bean Ink and layered it all to a white card base.

  I made these cute pumpkin place settings (or decorations) for this week's Try a New Technique challenge - 3D pumpkin placecards! (you can find the tutorial on SCS  here if you are a member)
 I made my pumpkins 2" so I used 6 pieces of DP for each pumpkin, measuring 1/2" x 6" each. I used ScorTape to adhere the strip ends.
I adhered my pumpkins to die cut leaves that were adhered to grunge board to make them sturdy. I used Kraft Core paper for the leaves and sanded them so some of the kraft showed through.

I made the stem of my pumpkins out of short pieces of real cinnamon sticks and knotted three pieces of green twine around the stems. The words are Big Chat Stickers that I layered to brown card and adhered to the stems with my hot glue gun.

My last card was made for several challenges at SCS, the Ways to Use It Challenge - to use a light house, the Free 4 All challenge to use an encouraging sentiment, and the Featured Stamper who was Sue this week, and I CASED  this lovely light house card in her gallery.

I made my background by rubbing Broken China Distress ink and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink on my craft mat, spritzed with water and then dragged a panel of watercolor paper though the inks, drying, re-dragging through the inks, drying - until I was happy with how it looked.

Then I cut a piece of computer paper with a wavy line (I actually have a paper cutter that does that!) and laid the mask along the bottom of my panel and sponged with Walnut Stain Distress to create the darker layer of earth - moved the mask up a little and sponged again with Frayed Burlap Distress ink to make a lighter layer of earth.

I die cut and stamped the light house, sponged one side with Frayed Burlap and layered it over the panel with foam dots. I stamped the birds and sentiment directly onto the panel.
 
and I wanted to share a 2nd card I made just like the one above but used MultiMedia Paper instead of Watercolor paper for the panel - and used a mix of different blue Distress and Oxide inks - every time you make a background with this technique it comes out differently!
A group at my church sends out cards to the elderly at home and I thought these cards would work well for that purpose.
I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend!
Trees are Poems
Stamps: PaperArtsy Eclectica3 - EAB01
Paper: White, Soft Stone - PTI, tan Kraft Core Coredinations
Ink:Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:Tree die - gift from Loll, Stitched Mat Rectangles - Lil Inker Designs, foam dots, mini sander 

Pumpkins
Paper:DP-Text Style Autumn Abundunce - PTI, Kraft Core Coredinations green and orange, grunge board - Ranger, Dark Chocolate - PTI
Accessories: mini sander, Tattered Leaves Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, Glue Gun, Tombow Glue, Scortape, Big Chat Stickers - Idea-ology, Peapod Twine - The Twinery, Cinnamon sticks 

I am the Light
Stamps: Guiding Lights, Light of Life - PTI
Paper:Arches watercolor paper, white, True Black - PTI
Ink:True Black, Soft Stone - PTI, Ranger Distess Broken China, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Ranger Distress Oxide Salty Ocean
Accessories:Guiding Lights Dies - PTI, non stick craft mat, water mister, foam dots.
 

Friday, September 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up Challenge - Watercolour Wash - Mid Month Reminder!

I'm here today to remind everyone that there's still time to join in the September CAS Mix Up Challenge
You have until Sept 24th to link up your watercolour wash CAS card.
There are several YouTube videos on watercolour wash over at the challenge blog so you can learn a new technique in the process!  We're always looking for new ways to be creative on our cards right?!

For my reminder card I used stamping, watercolour wash, wet embossing, dry embossing, Nuvo Jewel Drops and sequins!
I stamped my sweet Agatha Flower from Stampotique and the Monet quote from PaperArtsy using Archival Jet Black ink on a panel of watercolor paper.  I quickly covered the stampings with clear embossing powder and heat embossed them.  I did a water colour wash over the background with blue and green watercolor paints and water.  After the background dried, I water coloured the flower girl image  
(I had a little color bleed off her hair - oops! Oh well, no art is perfect right??)

 I added Orange Marmalade and Key Lime Nuvo Jewel Drops to the flower center and stem for a little gloss and dimension. 
 (Trying to show the gloss in this close up)
 So please join us and link up your watercolour wash CAS card up over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge blog!  



Stamps:  Trees and Flowers - Eclectica3 Alison Bomber - Paper Artsy, Flower Girl - Stampotique
Paper:  Canson Watercolor Paper, White - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder, heat tool, watercolor paints, water, paint brushes, painters tape (to mask edge), Heritage Embossing folder - Provo Craft, Vintage Chic Sequins - Lucy's Shop, Key Lime and Orange Marmalade Nuvo Jewel Drops.

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Time to get your coffee on!   It's the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  You'll find all the details here.
The rules?
When: Friday, September 15 – Friday, September 22 
Time: 6 am pacific
THEME: FALL
USE: coffee, tea, or cocoa images

My Fall Coffee card:
I die cut stitched leaves out of a thin real wood sheet, layering them over the plaid paper that I cut with a Tipped Top Die from PTI.  I die cut and stamped the cup and layered it over the leaves with foam dots.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto the paper and added 3 small brown enamel dots.
I layered the whole panel onto an orange Bazzill panel to add more texture.
Now it's time to check out all of the other fall coffee/tea cards linked up at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog!

Also linking my card to:
I used the colors
Happy Little Stampers

Stamps:  Tea cup - Tea for Two Additions - PTI, Sentiment - Coffee Set/Stampabilities.
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Text Style/Autumn Abundance - PTI, Bazzill Orange, thin wood panel.
Ink:  Coffee Bean - PTI
Accessories:  Tea cup die and Tipped Tops Die  - PTI, Stitched Leaves dies - Lawn Fawn,  brown enamel dots - My Minds Eye, foam dots.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Golden Deer

Today I have a card to share that I made for a few challenges.
I made my watercolor wash background by first brushing water over the area I wanted to have color on.  Then I added blue watercolor paint to my brush and brushed it across the water from side to side moving the brush down each 'row'.  I added more blue to my brush when I hit midway to have a little delineation between sky and ground. 
I added a golden deer silhouette that I cut with the Mini Reindeer Movers and Shapers die from Tim Holtz.  I added golden starts using Remnant Rubs/Gilded Holidays from Idea-ology.  And I stamped the Merry Christmas with Versamark and embossed in gold.

I'm linking my card to:
I used stamping, watercolor wash background, rub ons, and a die cut.
I love ALL the Holiday Movies - but especially love the kids ones so my card was inspired by Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer!
(although here, Rudolph has matured and is more contemplative!)
My gold stars/snowflakes, the deer and the embossed sentiment really sparkle IRL!
One more for the Christmas Box!

Stamps:  Inside and Out Holiday - PTI
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Arches Watercolor Paper, gold cardstock - Michaels
Accessories:  watercolor paints, brush, water, Gold embossing powder, heat tool, Remnant Rubs/Gilded Holidays - Idea-ology, Mini Reindeer Movers and Shapers Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, foam dots.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Second Sneak Peek of Book Club Dies from Eileen Hull/Sizzix

Every Tuesday in September, Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team will be showing sneak peeks of the fun new Sizzix Book Club Dies that will be coming out in the fall  -  we just wanted to peak your interest now and will show more details just before the dies are released!

One word that sums up the new Sizzix Book Club collection is VERSATILE! 
Eileen is happy to introduce new Three-in One dies- dies that serve multiple purposes to fit into every area of your life. 

There are three new ScoreBoards dies for sturdy project bases and three die sets to embellish them. Each die may be used in many ways- on books, cards, gift boxes, home decor projects, and for storage and organization.

Imagine a die that can create a box, a book and a frame all on one die- we have that! Come explore the Book Club collection with the Inspiration Team and let us know which one is your favorite! Releasing this fall...
Today I'm previewing my project using  Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Book and Pages Trinket Box and Frame die -and Sizzix Thinlits Dies - Floral Arch and Words.
I created a little Christmas vignette inside the book. 
I added wooden spools to the bottom so it stands up.
(This is SO cute! Wait till you see it opened up!!)
So that's it!  I hope it whets your whistle - and that you'll be looking forward to seeing more details here in the fall!
Check out Eileen's Blog for the full gathering of the team's project sneaks each week in September!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tiny Books

There's a brand new challenge out there - the brainchild of Autumn, of Sew Paper Paint.   The Challenge blog is called Mini Album Makers Challenge -  and it's all about making mini books, albums, journals etc!  There is a super talented design team that will be sharing tutorials and creative ideas each month.

So, I love miniatures - and I was looking for some book inspiration over on Pinterest and ended up on this wonderful ETSY shop - WeLoveMiniatures - by Annie Fryd Christensen from Denmark.   She sells miniature printouts of old books  - botanicals, shells, poultry, and she shows you how to make them into tiny books on YouTube.

So I immediately ordered 5 of her PDF files (they come to your e-mail to download as soon as you've completed payment!), printed them out and pretty quickly (two hours) made two tiny books and a box to put one of them in.
Here are photos of the process in creating these sweet little books.
Supplies:  
The PDF file of the Philipo Bonnani Shells 1684 book printed on computer paper - I've cut the strips of pages and the cover pieces.
Glue Stick
Tacky Glue
Die Pic or other pointed object to score edges for folding
a metal ruler
a brown or tan ink for distressing
Gold Leaf - Rub N Buff (or anything gold for lines on binding)
a small piece of white cardstock to glue book cover to
You glue the front cover to a piece of white card stock with a glue stick.  Then cut it out close to the edges.  Then you turn the cover over and glue the inside piece with the binding lines on it to the cardstock.
Then score along the binding lines with a Die Pic so it folds cleanly
 Leave to dry a few minutes then curve the binding around the pic to round it.
To age the cover, rub a brown ink pad over the edges, inside and out.
Score all the lines on the two strips of book pages.
Attach the two strips of pages at the blank piece using a glue stick
 Fold up the pages.
Reopen the pages and lay flat, face down.  Add glue using the glue stick to all the pages accept the first and last (they will be adhered to the covers).  Press each group of two pages together all along the folds so there's a front and back to each page - leaving the first and last free.
Add Tacky Glue to the inside cover along the binding lines and press the back edges of folded pages into the binding.  Let dry.
Add some Tacky Glue to the back cover and press the back page onto the back cover.  Do the same with the front cover and page.
Rub your brown ink pad on all the edges of your pages
Add some gold to the edges on the outside binding.
 I also purchased the PDF Miniature Scale Blue Shabby Boxes from Annie's Etsy shop. You just cut it out and assemble it!   One miniature book just fits inside one of them. 
 (The box has a soft pink roses pattern on it but it got a little washed out in the photo!) 
I added a piece of Tim's Tissue Wrap inside the box to wrap around the book.
I tied some twine around the box and the other book.
Here are some of the pages in the tiny books. 
The floral one has images in color, the shell one is black and white.
 (I should have washed the ink off my thumbnail!)
I wanted to make miniatures to sell at our upcoming church fair along with hand stamped cards - and wanted them to be fairly easy to put together but look professional -  and I think these really fit the bill!
I used the PDF files J. Duke Compleat Florest Botanicals 1747 and Philipo Bonnani Shells 1684 for my books.  I still have the Birds and Nests, Miniature Muses and Medical Bothany to make - and will no doubt soon purchase the Miniature Fruit and Poultry!  

 So what Mini Albums will you create for the challenge?   There is a prize of Seth Apter products to one lucky random entry this month!  You have until Sept 30th to link up!

I'm also linking my vintage tiny books to: