Saturday, August 10, 2019

Craft On Project

We moved into a new house a couple months ago. My craft area, while nice, needed some decoration. Craft On paper to the rescue!!

Now please don't think I came up with this idea on my own. I saw several similar ideas, but what I did was the cheap version. Where others used images of scissors, glue, and paint tubes made from the Crafting Shapes Thin Cuts, I used the cut apart sheet from the Craft On paper suite. Additional supplied I used include Stitched Square Thin Cuts, Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, and Stitched Heart Thin Cuts. After gluing down the cut out images onto the squares, I glued them to a 8.5+ a smidge square black piece of cardstock. I had an 8.5x11 piece which was just a 1/16 of an inch...over 8.5, but that tiny bit of overage allowed me to just barely fit all of the squares over top with a thin border around and between them. I would probably have cut my black square to 8.75 square if I'd used a 12x12 piece of cardstock for the base. The border around the edge and between would have been larger but that would have looked just fine.

I glued the 8.5 square to a 12x12 piece of white cardstock and then added Craft On sequins. To make sure my sequins stay in place, I added a dollop of Liquid glass to the paper, placed my sequins over top and pressing enough for some of the Liquid Glass to bubble up through the center hole, then I added another dollop of Liquid Glass over the top. This under/over technique really makes those sequins secure.

I so love how this turned out. The fresh, vibrant colors - as well as the sentiments - bring joy to my heart.

The great part about this project is that, while the stitched die cuts are nice, you can create all of it with the Craft On paper, a paper cutter, a pair of scissors (plus maybe the bottom of a small jar if you want the center circle shape) and some glue. The "frame" here is just a border added via photoshop but represents how I plan to have it framed.

Eat. Sleep. Craft. Repeat. Gotta love it!!

Until next time,

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Card #2 with From Me to You - August SOM

Someone we know just got really good news. To celebrate, I made this fun little card using the August Stamp of the Month (SOM): From Me to You. (See the sidebar for a complete image of all the great stamps in this fun set.)

I love the little smiley faces inside the shaker. I cut them from Lemon cardstock using the smallest stitched circle thin cut from this set. I then cut the circle frame from the Craft On paper suite. Using the coordinating foam mounting tape and plastic circle, I created my shaker with Craft On Loose Sequins and the smiley faces which are too large to turn over inside the plastic. I stamped the sentiment in Black ink, cut it with Micro-tip Scissors to create a banner, then outlined it and the 4.5x4.5 cardbase with a black micron pen.

Craft On paper, sequins, and this fun stamp set are all gone at the end of the month, so be sure to get them quick.

Until next time,

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August SOM Blog Hop - From Me to You

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring "From Me to You." You should have come from Michelle's blog. The hop is a circle, so you can start anywhere and keep going. If you get lost along the way, pop over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants. You can view the full image of this SOM set on my side-bar or by clicking here.

I'll admit it...every time CTMH releases a new catalog, the first place I look is at the Stamp of the Month (SOM) specials because it's usually where I find my favorite stamp sets. Before I became a consultant, I planned which month I would order in based on which SOM I liked the best. And this one was the first set on my list because I love, love, LOVE sets with multiple sentiments. Privately, I call these stamp sets "justifiers." Let me show you why...

Below are two stamp sets with coordinating thin cuts which I absolutely love but would give me limited usefulness when it came to making cards.

Yes, I love the "bloom" sentiments in the watering can set, and the "enjoy each day" from the camper set could be used for cards. But how many of those would I actually send? Not that many. However, if I purchase the stamp sets and then add a $5 Stamp of the Month with lots of great sentiments, suddenly I can make a boatload of cards without adding very much to my overall stamp budget.

To get the shaded effect on my watering can, I swiped Mink ink across my stamp the pressed it down using my MISTI stamp positioner. I then sponged Heather ink around the edges with a Sponge Dauber - a tool I used constantly - and pressed down again. The leaves were stamped in Mint ink then sponged with Sage, and the flowers were stamped in Peach ink. I also stamped the small line of solid hearts in the From Me to You stamp set across the top of the watering can in Ballerina, although you could just as easily use Peach ink.

After cutting out my background paper from the Sweet Girl paper suite with Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, I glued it to my card base and then stamped the splotchy thing (yes, that's a technical term)  from the Timeless Textures stamp set in Ballerina ink before gluing  down my die cut watering can.

The sentiment and small swoosh are both from the SOM. I stamped them in Heather and Peach inks respectively. I then cut it out using the Circle Thin Cuts (which are retiring as of August 31, so get them before they sell out). cute is this for a retirement card? I used the exact same supplies except this one features the Oval Thin Cuts (also retiring August 31). I fussy cut the plaid bottom and peach curtains out of leftover paper in Sweet Girl. It doesn't really take that long and it sure ups the cuteness factor. You'll really want Micro-tip Scissors for this.

Now, just for the fun of it, here's the watering can again with various sentiments from this set.

See. Justifiers! But now I need to stop playing with them and actually get back to work. I'm heading to a writer's conference in a couple weeks, and it would be good to have some proposals for books ready to pitch to editors.

Your next stop is Jessica's blog. Again, the hop is a circle so be sure to keep going until you see all the inspiration these amazing consultants have for you.

Until next time,

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Final Share the Joy Card with a Sneak Peek at the August SOM

July is coming to a close and August is upon us. Today I want to share two cards - both with the same saying, the same floral theme, and using the same color scheme - but which look entirely different. Here's card #1 using the Share the Joy special that expires at the end of the day tomorrow:

I white embossed the large floral background from a Hostess Only Rewards stamp set called "She's a Wildflower." I then used a sponge to add Pomegranate Ink over top, mindful to allow for varying levels of concentration. I die cut it using the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, then stamped the sentiment on the banner (both a part of the Share the Joy special) and mounted them over a card base. Easy peasy!

Here's card #2 using the August SOM "From Me to You."

I die cut the flower out of a panel which had already been cut with the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. I then used the leftover ink on my sponge from card #1 to color it. The sentiment is from the August SOM which I stamped in Pewter ink over both the white panel and the flower which insets directly back into it, then stamped again in Pomegranate to get the two-tone look. I accented the flower center with a Clear Shimmer Brush.

Also easy peasy!!

These cards are going to author friends, both of whom won awards in the past couple of weeks. The inside will say, "And you have the award to prove it!"

Until next time,

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sunflower Card with Share the Joy Background Die Cut

Today's card uses both retired and current products but, as promised, features the Share the Joy special promotion running through the end of this month. I used the cover die with all the circles and took advantage of the two-tone cardstock sold by CTMH for the background.

I love sunflowers. Love them! Whenever we move, there are a few stamp sets which travel with me in case the movers lose all of our household belongings. This retired sunflower set is one of them. I stamped the flower in Goldrush ink, colored with markers, stamped it again to crisp up the lines then decided I needed some extra depth in the center so I used a Sponge Dauber to dab Espresso ink there, fading out as I got farther away from the center. The leaves were stamped in New England Ivy. I fussy cut all the images with Micro-tip Scissors. Before mounting the flowers onto the Goldrush Cardstock background, I added some splotches from the Timeless Textures stamp set. The sentiment comes from the Happy Trails stamp set (the feature image being a RV camper). I stamped it in Espresso ink and trimmed it almost to the very edge with my Micro-tip Scissors. I added it last using the thinnest 3D Foam Tape.

For the sake of artistic effect, I didn't fill the sunflower or leaves with color. I left quite a bit of white space. Not only does it look great, it's easier to color. Win, win!

Now I'm going to give you a little hint...  I got a sneak peek at some of the new products showing up in September. If you really wish you had a beautiful sunflower, you're in luck. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

Until next time,

Monday, July 15, 2019

Share the Joy Card #4

I've been having lots of fun with the Share the Joy special running this month. It features a die cut and two stamp sets. One is birthday themed; the other is summertime. Here's a birthday one that was lots of fun to color.

I began by stamping the center image then used Washi tape to place an oval die cut (the largest one from this set) around the sentiment as a placement guide. I then stamped image by image, rotating them to create a random pattern. I colored them with prismacolor pencils, but markers or water coloring would work just as well. After running it through the largest Stitched Rectangular Thin Cuts, I used 3D Foam Tape to adhere it to a card base. This was a little time-consuming, but I did it while watching TV, which was both relaxing and made me feel like I was accomplishing something while vegetating.

We're having company for dinner tonight, so I guess I'd better go do some grocery shopping.

Until next time,

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Share the Joy - Card #3

For today's card, I've combined the large die cut panel from the Share the Joy special with a number of other products to create this...

I love texture on texture, so I cut the cover die from the same cardstock as my card base and glued them together. Then I decorated a tag and the smallest flower from Stitched Flower Thin Cuts (also featured in this post) with stamps from Share the Joy. My ink colors are Sapphire, Willow, Lemon, and Nectarine. I sponged the edges of the flower and flower center in Lemon and Nectarine respectively just to give a little more interest. Next time I make this card, I'll cut the flower from the light side of Lemon paper before stamping and sponging. To ground the flower a bit more, I added So Much Happy Washi Tape. The finishing touch was Sapphire Crochet Thread.

There's a great deal of "finishing" work to do on the new house - pictures on the walls, curtains up, etc. - but I have a feeling it's going to be put off in favor of more play time for both my husband and me. I need to have company over to spur that final push. Anyone want to come?

Until next time,

Friday, July 12, 2019

More Cards with Share the Joy from CTMH

I did it. I spent the entire afternoon playing in my craft room using the Share the Joy promotion from Close To My Heart. And, as with yesterday's post, I didn't use it as designed...or at least as the artists at CTMH did (click here to see their work and a picture of the Share the Joy special).

The color choices here were determined by the leftovers sitting on my desk and Heart to Heart's current color challenge: Candy Apple. I simply cut the banner five times, twice in Candy Apple Cardstock but using the two-tone feature so the top one is slightly lighter than the lower one and twice with paper from Into the Wild. And aren't you impressed with how well I fit the individual letters on the banners? luck. I had the banners already stapled to the background panel (cut with Stitched Square Thin Cuts) before I decided to stamp on them. I also had them stapled down before I decided to stamp the balloons in White Daisy ink on the top one so I had pattern-plain-pattern-plain-pattern going on with the layers. I added shading very, very carefully with a red marker so I didn't end up getting white pigment ink on it.

But hey, with as many cards as I make, I'll take a little good luck once in a while.

Okay, now I really do need to buckle down and get some "day job" work done. My publisher just put two of my novella's up on Kindle Unlimited, so I need to get that info out to the subscribers on my author newsletter.

Until next time (which will be tomorrow because I have at least three more cards to share with you using this same promotional set),

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Two Variations of CTMH's Share the Joy Promotion.

Well...the last part of my craft room is now unpacked: the light box for photographing my cards. And the best part??? I don't have to lie on the floor to take the shot. Whew!! I'm getting just a little old for that action.

Today's card uses one of this month's Close To My Heart promotions - Share the Joy. This promo comes with multiple options. I purchased the full set with the die cut (shown below), but you can purchase each part individually.

Here's a picture of some artwork made by the talented artists at CTMH. As you can see, the images are designed to fill the circle cut outs in the die cut.

But I - as per usual - wanted to use the die cut and stamp images differently to show you other options.

I started by die cutting the background, flowers, and leaves from paper in the Into the Wild paper suite with the flower centers cut from Sugarplum. I love how the cardstock now comes in two tones. The flowers were cut with the Stitched Flowers Thin Cuts. I held off purchasing these but have seen way, way, WAY too many adorable projects (both cards and scrapbook pages) to keep them out of my last shopping cart. I love how they coordinate perfectly with the sentiment from the Share the Joy stamp set.

Because I wanted to mount my background with foam tape, I cut a second one with plain White Daisy cardstock and glued it to the back of the gray patterned paper for added strength. Then I used a leftover circle from that second cut for this card...

I have an entire file of card ideas using small stamps. Just because they fit in the circles from the die cut in this set doesn't mean they have to be used that way. You can, as I did with the sentiment, or you can trim them out and cluster them together, as I did with the little envelopes and hearts. And trust me, you really want Micro-tip Scissors for this work. It makes getting into the tiniest places easy.

The background square of paper is also from the Into the Wild paper suite, but here I paired it with Candy Apple. I finished off the card with Sapphire Crochet Thread.

My house is almost put together. We still have to decide which paintings are going on the walls and which are going back into boxes to save for possible use in the next house. Yes...I know. We just got here and I'm already planning the next move. That's army wife life for ya. But today? Today I'm going to spend the entire afternoon in my newly re-assembled craft area playing like I haven't touched paper, stamps, and ink for a month...because I haven't.

Until next time,

Monday, July 1, 2019

CTMH July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Bear Hugs

Welcome to my stop on the July SOM Blog Hop. You should have come from Kathy Burrows' blog, but if you've started here don't worry. The hop is a circle, and you can find a complete list of participants on Melinda Everitt's blog.

I loved the idea of turning this into a baby card, so I combined it with the Sweet Girl-Cardmaking stamp set and coordinating paper suite for this...

I stamped the bear in Linen ink then used markers to add some shading and the peach accents to the feet and cheeks. To soften the "Welcome," I used second-generation in Sapphire. The rest of the sentiment is stamped in Heather. I accented the hearts with the Clear Shimmer Brush.

In personal news, it's great to be moved. We're still unpacking boxes and awaiting the guys who will be coming to put my craft cabinet together...oh, and the furniture we bought which we're waiting to have delivered until after we get new carpet. It's going to take a while to turn this into home, but at least I'm sleeping in my own bed. As an author of historical books, I'm well aware that the rich and powerful of yesteryear used to cart their own mattresses with them when they traveled. I get it now. Too bad I don't have a bevy of servants to do take care of that for me. LOL!

Anyway, now you're off to Haley Dyer's blog. Enjoy the hop!

Until next time (which will be sooner than a month, I promise),

Friday, May 31, 2019

Bye-Bye Besties

I'm so sad to see May end because this month's Stamp of the Month has been one of my top five of all time. I went very clean and simple this time, creating interest with textures. I'm squeezing it in just under the deadline of the Heart2Heart challenge: Besties.

The background splotches are from Timeless Textures. I featured this stamp set in this post. The envelope is lined with paper from the True Love Paper Pack. The featured color is Sugarplum which is really difficult to capture in a picture. It's taken me a while to warm up to this color, but I'm loving it now. Oh...and speaking of difficult to capture in a picture, I added shine to my flowers but squeezed my Clear Shimmer Brush too much. Quick fix was to flick splotches of it onto my background before adding my envelope.

Here's the supply list with links for your shopping convenience:

Here's another card featuring this same stamp set, but it has a very different feel to it.

The "Bestie" stamp set...and the Anniversary Flash Sale items...are going away as of midnight MST tonight.

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Customizing Fancy Tags with Border Thin Cuts

The other night I couldn't sleep because I suddenly had an idea. Anyone else ever do that? I had to get out of bed to play a bit before I could relax enough to get some sleep. I wanted to use the fringe border (3rd from bottom) as an embossed pattern.
I used it on two tags, one which has too light of an impression and the other too much. But they still worked, so here they are...

I used two Hostess Only sets for this card. The background is from She's a Wildflower, and the hippo is from Hippo-partymus. I tried to capture the light impression of the fringe border cut in this close-up, but it was really hard. It does show up quite nicely in person. I sandwiched it into my Cuttlebug as follows: A, rubber mat, die, and C plate.

Because the impression was so light, I decided to add a second border cut/impression. This also gave me a longer bordered edge which I liked.

The background was stamped in Mink to coordinate with the Mink Twine at the top of the tag. The hippo was stamped in Linen which provided a good outline for my no-line coloring using Prismacolor pencils. I stamped the sentiment on the tag and onto the background at the same time, then used foam tape to add some dimension. The ink didn't cover real well over the waxy colored pencils, so I did go back over it with a black ballpoint pen. I also added the pupils to the eyes with this pen.

To give balance to the overall card, I needed some more black so I added two Enamel Dots. I think it might look better with the medium and small dots rather than the medium and large ones, but it wasn't bad enough to take them off and fuss with it more.

I've been playing with these two stamp sets quite a bit lately. See the following posts: Happy Birthday Card (without the Hippo), Thank You Card with Hostess Only "She's a Wildflower" Set, and Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop.

The second card in the last link provided above uses the same stamp set as the second card in this blog post...

This border has a rustic feel to it. I moved it up higher on the tag. I sandwiched it into my Cuttlebug as follows: A, B, rubber mat, die, and B plate. I'm pretty sure that's the correct sandwich. I used super-heavy cardstock (#110), so I'm going to try it again using lighter weight cardstock and see if that helps.

UPDATE:  I tried several ways with several different weights of cardstock and here's what worked the best for me: A plate, rubber mat, paper, die cut face down, two of the foam squares that come in CTMH stamp sets, C plate. I got a nice impression without any paper tearing.

The tulip and sentiment come from the Where Happiness Blooms stamp set with coordinating Thin Cuts. I stamped the flower outline in in Espresso, the leaves in second-generation Sweet Leaf, and the tulip in second-generation Peach. On both the leaves and the tulip, I rolled the edges in their respective ink colors before stamping. I also used Peach on the border, lightly swiping over the top with a sponge dauber. The sentiment was stamped in Mink.

The border behind the tag was created by cutting the Lace Border Die twice and adhering them together slightly offset. I didn't end up liking it that well...too busy. However, by covering up most of it with the tag, it works. The background also uses Blush Ribbon (which really should be re-named Peach Ribbon) and Sweet Girl patterned paper. Mink Twine finished off the tag, and foam tape behind the background panel and tag added dimension.

Movers come in less than a week. Serious pack up of my craft room begins on Saturday. I'm spending every moment I can playing before all my lovelies go away for a month. I will pack a "to-go" bag, so hopefully I'll get to post a few things from the road.

Don't forget that CTMH is hosting a 35% off Flash Sale on selected items starting at 3pm Mountain Standard Time starting TODAY!! Items go quickly, so be sure to shop early. Do the math to figure out what 3pm MST means for you. I'm on the east coast, so my alarm is set for 5 pm today.

Until next time,

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Happy Birthday Card (without the Hippo)

As promised in yesterday's post, here's another card using a hostess only set. This is the Hippo-partymus  set. I used the primary image as the final card in this post. And here's an image from CTMH to show you the artwork they used in the catalog to illustrate the various images in the set.

Today's card has an entirely different feel.

I stole this idea but can't find the original to link to it. If you were my inspiration, please comment so I can properly credit you.

The colors are Kraft (paper), Toffee, Mint, and Black. I'm IN LOVE with Mint. I was tempted to add Mint Shimmer to the sentiment, but I wanted to leave it alone until I decide if this is going to a man or woman. I hand-drew the bows on the banner string. I can't draw for anything, but I managed a couple bows.

Before you go, remember the FLASH sale coming on Wednesday May 29. It runs until 11:59pm MST on Friday the 31st. Selected items will be 35% off to celebrate CTMH's 35th Anniversary.

Until next time,

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Thank You Card with Hostess Only "She's a Wildflower" Set

As promised in yesterday's post, here's another card using the She's a Wildflower Hostess Only rewards stamp set. I'm tellin' ya, the current CTMH catalog has some fabulous hostess only stamp sets (including the hippo from this post).

This is pretty straight-forward. The only thing you need to know is that the background image doesn't cover a full 4.25 x 5.5 size. So...I turned it sideways and stamped it twice. The image is so busy that it's really easy to line up edges. I colored with Prismacolor pencils then topped it with a panel of white cardstock cut with Rectangle Stitched Thin Cuts. I tilted the panel and trimmed off the edges.

The sentiment was stamped in Black Pigment ink then topped with Clear Embossing Powder...except I apparently have some white embossing powder mixed in with it. I was pretty unhappy with that but not so much that I decided to toss the whole card. New clear embossing powder is going on my shopping list! And this time, I'm going to make sure I use a dedicated container so I never get mixed powders again. Grrrr!!

Hey...while we're on the subject shopping, this is Close To My Heart's 35th anniversary (which means they started up the same year my husband and I got married!!). To celebrate, they are having 35% off sale. It begins at 3pm MST on Wednesday May 29 and will run until 11:59pm MST on Friday the 31st. There are sure to be items which sell out fast, so get there fast.

Like it says, it's a FLASH sale and things go in a flash!

And if you - or you and friends - order over $150, you'll qualify for the hostess only stamp sets.

And if you come back tomorrow, I'll have another card for you using the hippo hostess rewards set.

Until next time,

Friday, May 24, 2019

Playing with Charming Borders

I'm in the "spend huge amounts of time in my craft room because it's getting boxed up for a month starting next week" phase of moving. Last night I started playing with the Charming Borders set. I made some patterned paper inspired by the True Love color palate of the current CTMH set of paper suites.

I thought it might be helpful for you to see a picture of the stamp set. It's five different borders. I used the top one.

Here's the first card which is the best at showing you the pattern I made.
 The colors here are Sapphire, Sugarplum, Ballerina, Sage, and Emerald. With the leftovers, I made this card.

I actually made this card first because I used the cut shapes from the top card for the placement on this one. The "You" in both of these is from a retired set. I like the placement on the top card better, but this is glued down. It's not bad...but oy! I wish I'd fussed just a bit more before gluing. The background panel is Linen cardstock. When you cut with the Stitched Rectangle Borders, you get two images. I didn't want to use a whole frame, so I cut one side to make the border on this card...

The colors here are exactly the ones from the True Love color palate: Eggplant, Sugarplum, Sapphire, Mint, Sage, New England Ivy, and Ballerina. The "Thank you!" comes from the "She's a Wildflower" Hostess Only set. I'll be posting a card using this set tomorrow, so I hope you'll come back to see it.

When I created my pattern, I used a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of paper. I trimmed off the top three squares for this card. I made a second card identical to this one and with the leftovers, I made this one...

I don't want to tell you how long I fussed with this card. The large amount of pattern was really pretty and I didn't want to cover it but it was just too strong. I carefully measured the distance between the edges of the patterned paper so just that little bit would show through. I also cut a smaller piece so a full row of the pattern showed on both sides just to see the difference. In the end, I decided I liked this tiny bit best. By the time I figured out what I wanted to do with this, it was past midnight. My husband was sleeping soundly so, to do my embossing (present from the One Year Older stamp set), I took my heat gun out into the garage.

Yes. I'm a wonderful wife. LOL!

The banner is also from the One Year Older set. I stamped it in Sapphire and used my Micro-tip Scissors to trim it out. I think this might be my favorite of the four cards. Or maybe it's just that I'm so happy I finally figured out what to do with that last piece of patterned cardstock.

Here's the supply list with links for your shopping convenience:

Before I go, I have to say how proud of my hubby I am. Today he got rid of about twenty t-shirts, some of them ones he's had since before we were married (and we're coming up on 35 years!!). He also tossed a bunch of files we've been carting around for who knows how long. He's been eyeing my craft cabinet, though, so it's time for me to go through my closet again and do some more tossing so he doesn't get any funny ideas.

Until next time,

Thursday, May 23, 2019

60th Birthday Card

To prepare for our move in a few weeks, I'm getting a jump on all the cards I'm going to need in June and July. One of them is for my brother-in-law who is turning 60, which meant he needed a number-specific card. I don't normally show them ahead of time, but I'm fairly certain he won't be visiting my blog and it features the May Stamp of the Month (SOM) which retires in about a week.

I wish I could take credit for the card design, but I flat-out stole it from this card. I created my own version using the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge (banner - which normally reads "Happy Place" but I altered to suit my needs). I also used some free shapes and a font from Design Space. Here's the file if you want to recreate it. The extra circle in the file is for two reasons: 1) to cut vellum if you want to recreate this exact card, and 2) so you can copy and paste it to create your own numbers.

Here's the supply list with links included for your shopping convenience:

I love that our cardstock is two-toned. It allowed me to cut the two nested stars at the same time. And, as I told you in this post, I'm crazy about the Timeless Textures stamp set so I add random splatters in a controlled way. Yes, I might have a bit of an OCD thing going on over here.

The moving company shows up tomorrow to do a walk-through to determine how much it will take to get us out of here. I always love the reactions I get to my craft cabinet. They are never neutral. Either the guy is impressed by the amount of work it took to create a customized cabinet or (most of the time) appalled that they have to take it down piece by piece then reassemble it on the other end. I do try to have it clean so it's a little less intimidating. Right now it looks like I've been on a crafting binge...which I have. Better clean-up!

Until next time,

Monday, May 20, 2019

Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to my part of the Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop. The stop right before me is Barbara Kell's blog. After I've shown you my projects, I'll give you the next stop. The entire hop is a circle, so just keep going from wherever you started until you get back there. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda Everitt's blog for a complete list.

I wanted to feature one stamp set, Timeless Textures.

Here's a picture of the set. It doesn't seem all that appealing, but the possibilities are endless. I've created several different cards highlighting some of the ways I immediately saw how to put this set to work.

The first two cards are fairly straightforward backgrounds.

A good rule of thumb when creating a background like this is to stamp the largest or most heavily concentrated images in the lightest colors. I used Canary, Mint, Glacier, and Sapphire inks on this card, then used the matching Mint Shimmer Pen to highlight the sentiment, which comes from the Stamp of the Month: To My Bestie, on the top panel.

What I really like about this card is that it has a masculine feel to it. I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for ways to make cards for men. This works!

Here I used Linen ink to create a vintage frame effect plus the same dotted stripe image I stamped in Sapphire on the first card. On this card, I stamped it in Peach to highlight the sentiment.  My ink colors here are Linen, Heather, Espresso, Peach, and Sweet Leaf. I added shading using Watercolor Pencils. To make the watering can have the slightly textured look to it, I inked the stamp then swiped the ink in a diagonal direction. I then inked again, swiped in the opposite direction and stamped a second time to create a sort of cross-hatch look. Once the ink settled into the paper, it gave me that spotted look.

I finished off the card with White and Gold Ribbon and then, because I needed to add more gold to complement the ribbon, I added Loose Gold Sequins using Liquid Glass. TIP: I squirt a puddle of Liquid Glass onto my Craft Mat, pick up the sequins with my Tweezers, dip the back of the sequins into the puddle, and then press it into the card. I then immediately add a small dot of Liquid Glass over the top of the sequins. By having Liquid Glass both under and on top of the sequins, they will stay on the card better during mailing.

I used the same background stamp to create this rainbow. I turned the image 180 degrees each time to create the illusion of variation. To keep the background soft, I inked the stamp, stamped off on a scratch piece of paper, then stamped the second-generation onto my panel. The colors here are Candy Apple, Nectarine, Lemon, Willow, Carolina, and Thistle. The flower was cut using the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge, although I trimmed off the bottom of the stem to make it fit.

All three of the above cards make use of the Stitched Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts. I almost didn't purchase them because I had some similar dies, but I really love the double cuts you get with these. For example, the top card and the rainbow background card use the same die cut. One creates the full panel, the other creates a frame. The outline panel on the watering can card was leftover from this card. I have a pile of leftover cuts on my desk and pull them out as needed.

Here I used the large, loose dot image to color this adorable hippo which is a Hostess Rewards set. I. LOVE. THIS. HIPPO!

I started by creating an inverse mask. Sorry for the blurry picture, but it gives you the idea well enough. Notice that I kept the teeth covered with the mask. I stamped with Linen ink at the top, added Mink starting about one-third of the way down, then added Heather on the bottom half. I then went crazy with more Linen over the entire image until I was happy with the coverage.

I added color to the ears, cheeks (or are those nostrils?), and toes with a colored pen, then cut it out with Micro-tip Scissors. I made a small slit just under the chin to add the bowtie, which was stamped in Raspberry for the center.

The balloon is the Circle Shaker Thin Cut with a triangle cut from the same Background and Texture paper (from Craft On).  I filled it with Crafty Loose Sequins plus stars cut from the same paper as the frame and topped it with a Raspberry Twine bow (see the "Going Soon" page) adhered with Liquid Glass. I glued all of the images to a 5.5 x 3.75 panel backed with 3-D Foam Tape. I added Hello Pumkin Washi Tape to the card base before adding my panel. Because the Hippo also has 3-D Foam Tape behind him, I added one small extra piece under where he hangs off the edge of the top panel.

I hope I've inspired you with some of the various uses for Timeless Textures. I'll be featuring it more, so please come back and visit me in the future. Now you're off to see the fabulous-ness on Melissa Robinson's blog.

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Sometimes we craft too much with "what is" instead of with "what could be." Let me show you what I mean.

I fell in love with this card  a few days ago. I decided I wanted to make my own version using supplies I have. Here's mine...

The grid background and boots all come from the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge, but the grid came from this...

I ungrouped the vase, got rid of the green background image, unlocked the size to stretch it taller and wider, copied and pasted it, turned one 90 degrees, welded the two together, and then sliced out a rectangle measuring 3x 4.25 so it would fit behind the stitched die cut frame. I added some vellum paper behind it to soften the effect of the grid lines.

Now for the boots. The original image is the pink one. I don't happen to like the outlined images like this, so I did some slicing and contouring to create solid sections.

I'm not going to lie. This took a long time.




But I really like how it turned out, so that makes it worth it. Plus, now that the work is done, I can come back to this and use it for other projects. However, if you have the Flower Market cartridge and Design Space, here's the cutting file for both the grid and the boots.

The flowers come from a stamp set called Where Happiness Blooms. It features a watering can with those tulips coming out of the top. I only stamped the top half of the watering can image to get the outline, stamped the fill shapes once in the lighter color then sponging the edges in darker for the shading. The leaves are Mint and Emerald; the tulips are Ballerina and Raspberry.

And now the sentiment banner. I stamped "BLOOM" (wiping ink off of the comma at the end of the word) on a piece of White Daisy cardstock and then went hunting in my Fancy Tags for one that would fit. None of them did. So I did some altering of that, too. I used the tag one way over the top of the word, cut it, flipped the tag over and centered it so the slanted ends were evenly spaced around the word, and cut again.

Once the black background was cut, I assembled the card in layers. I added some Crafty Loose Sequins at the end to carry some of that Caroline Blue cardstock from the boots into other areas of the card.

I get it. This is a lot of work for one card.





But my purpose was to show you how to stretch your supplies. Just because a thing is created one way doesn't mean you have to use it that way. Start seeing your supplies as tools and make them work for you.

Until next time,