Thursday, December 1, 2016

December CAS Mix Up Challenge - Sponging

Wow - is it really December already??!!  I guess so - as the December CAS Mix Up challenge has been posted!  
Loll and Bonnie have several links to videos showing different sponging techniques.  I was inspired by this one
Color Layering for Galaxy background by Ilina Crouse (7:40)
I  made a galaxy background with acrylic paints in the past that I learned from an on-line class (see it here), but I have never tried it using Distress Inks and was excited to give it a try!
The main idea is to use lighter inks first - then add the dark ones - and to leave a lighter area in the center.  I used Arches Watercolor paper to sponge First -  Ranger Distress Mustard Seed
Picked Raspberry Ink
Seedless Preserves Ink
Blueprint Sketch
and finally Black Soot
I decided I wanted a little more of the light colors in the center so I went over it again with some Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry
Next you splatter some white acrylic paint over the panel using a toothbrush
then add some bigger 'stars' using the end of a small dowel or chopstick!
The final step is to put some water in your palm - and flick some onto the panel using your fingers.  Distress Ink is water based and so it reacts with water - making some areas lighter in your galaxy sky!  LOVE how this comes out!
To keep the card CAS - I just used a small panel of the galaxy, framed it in a piece of shiny gold card stock and layered it to a white card base.  I stamped the sentiment from PTI Oh Holy Night set onto a white card die cut rectangle and layered it over the galaxy with foam dots - I used glue on the foam dots that touched the galaxy so they would stick well.  I punched a star out of the gold and added it with a foam dot to the corner of the sentiment.
So please join us this month and show us your sponging techniques!  You'll find lots of inspiration from the Design Team over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge blog!

Also linking my card to:
Merry Monday - Masculine Card


Stamps:  Oh Holy Night  - Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Arches Water Color, White - PTI, Gold - Marks Finest Papers
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Ranger Distress Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch, Black Soot.
Accessories:  White Acrylic Paint, chop stick, Stitched Mat Squares Die - Lil'Inker Designs, foam dots, star punch - McGill


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team November - Warmest Wishes

It's Tuesday again - and my final post for Eileen Hull's November collaboration with DCWV Paper Stacks.  Today I'm using Eileen's Mug and Spoon Die along with these beautiful papers from Cranberry Christmas Paper Stack.
I tried my best to line up the die so the sentiment printings on the paper would be close to the top of the mug.  I also cut the mug out of cream card stock and layered the paper to it to give it a little more sturdiness.  I curved the mug a bit with my fingers and placed thick foam dots in the center of the mug and thinner dots along the edges so the mug would be a bit curved off the card.  I stamped a sentiment (warmest wishes) and punched it with a word window punch, layering it over the mug with foam dots.
I love the snowy/wintery feel of these papers, I feel like I should be sitting in front of a cracking fire!
Please check out Eileen's Blog for lots more inspiration using her dies and the DCWV papers!

I'm also linking my card to:
Christmas Card Challenge
 Merry Monday Christmas
Masculine Card


Stamps:  A year of Sweet Sentiments - Taylored Expressions
Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI, DCWV Cranberry Christmas
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Mug and Spoon Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, word window punch - SU, thick and thin foam dots.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Die Cutting Magic - a new E- book of projects using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Dies

Hi everyone -  I'm so excited to announce that I have four projects in this new Die Cutting Magic e-book put out by Bella Crafts - projects I made using some of Eileen Hull's Sizzix dies.  Many of Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team and other crafters have contributed wonderful inspiring projects.

 Just click here or on the photo of the book on my side bar to check it out and place an order - they are having a special deal this weekend (Black Friday through Cyber Monday) cost is just $2.97 instead of the regular price of $12.97!   
Full disclosure  -  I will receive 25% of purchase price for any orders that come in from my blog link.

If you are not familiar with ebooks, here’s how they work. Purchase by clicking on  the link on my  sidebar. Once payment is received, you will get a link. Download the book to your device- enjoy it on the go or at your leisure in a comfy chair with your feet up- take some timelooking through the book- there are 154 pages to enjoy!
If you see a project you would like to create, click on the links to the dies you will need to make it. What makes this even better is- Sizzix is having a big sale this weekend too. Check out these prices!

There is so much great inspiration in Die Cutting Magic– especially perfect for this time of year when you are getting ready to make your holiday cards, presents and food gifts. There are instructions for over forty projects plus an Inspiration Gallery with even more ideas for you!


INTRODUCING…DIE CUTTING MAGIC

Do you love to DIE CUT or want to learn how?
Then you’re going to LOVE this…
Over 100 project ideas at your fingertips! Black Friday Weekend Special…Get 77% off.
Buy now for only $2.97!!

Regular price $12.97


What’s inside…

   Delicious projects by Sizzix Designer, Eileen Hull.
   Stunning projects by top industry designers.
   Striking photography.
   Detailed, easy to understand instructions.
   Inspirational Gallery
   100% digital…view on any device! 

Thanks for checking it out!

Sizzix is also running an awesome sale this weekend up to 90% off selected dies - check it out here:

November Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Well, you can't get much more festive than the wonderful inspiration photo for the November PTI Blog hop!
I was inspired by the green bottle brush trees with all their ornaments, the pink in the bench and the green polka dotted box.  I used the trees and sentiment and dies from Joyful Christmas and the Cake Plates dies (first time I've cracked these cake plate dies out of their packaging even though I've had them for more than a year!)
I added Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter to the trees to give the look of snowfall on the trees.  The glitter makes the trees look blurry in the photos - it must be refracting the light all over the place! IRL they are clear and very glittery!
I used an oval Nestability for the opening - and the paper is from Green Boutique.  I layered the oval die cut panel over the card base with foam dots.  The Hibiscus Burst top of the cake plate and the tree are popped up as well.
There are 3 graduated size trees in the stamp set - and I originally was going to use all three on one card -  but I decided that was going to get really busy looking! - so I made 3 cards - each one with just one tree! 
Here's the baby tree - I made the oval cut smaller .

and here's the papa tree - I just used the top of the cake plate and cut it in white card.
Three more Christmas cards for my box -  it's almost time to start sending them out now!
I'm off to check out all of the other inspired cards - you'll find the blog hop on Nicole's blog here.

Stamps:  Joyful Christmas - PTI
Paper:  White, Hibiscus Burst, DP Green Boutique - PTI
Ink:  True Black, Ocean Tides - PTI
Accessories:  Oval Nestabilities, Joyful Christmas and Cake Platter Dies - PTI, foam dots, Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone celebrating today a most Blessed Thanksgiving Day!  We're traveling just a few towns over to Arlington to share a turkey dinner with niece Katie's in-laws, Mike and Maryanne who graciously invited us this year.
Here are a few cards I've made over the years to celebrate this holiday.
This was our Thanksgiving table celebrating in 2011
My son Josh, now 39, made these little Pilgrims when he was in kindergarten and I've displayed them each year since!
And a picture that my parents and grandparents always displayed in the home during November- "Pilgrims Going to Church" by George Henry Boughton.  They gave my sister and I each a copy so we could continue the tradition.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

O Come Let Us Adore Him

Today I'm playing along with the JUGS challenge
I pulled out my long neglected Petite Places Nativity Stamps and Scene It Bethlehem dies and using teal, purple and gold - made another Christmas card for my stash!
I adhered a piece of shiny gold card stock behind the purple piece so the gold would show through the star cut outs.  Here's a close up showing the sentiment - it's hard to get the gold to show - you can see it better above!
Have you got your holiday cards all made??  I think I'm done - my Christmas card list is shrinking each year so that always helps!
Here's the link to the JUGS challenge.  There's just a couple of days left to link up!

Also linking my card to:
The Paper Players


Stamps:  Petite Places - Nativity Stamps - PTI
Paper:  white, Royal Velvet, Tropical Teal, DP Text Style Funky Town -PTI, gold card - Marks Finest Papers.
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Scene It - Bethlehem dies - PTI, foam

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team November - You and Me Mailable Frame

It's Tuesday - and I have another project to share for Eileen Hull's collaboration with DCWV paper stacks.  Today I used Eileen's Mailable Frame along with DCWV papers from Modern Metallic and Cranberry Christmas Paper Stacks.
I die cut the Mailable Frame out of black mat board than layered the you and me paper on the inside - and cut the heart paper using the frame die trimming the outside edges to show a little black.  The leaf is die cut using Spring Leaves and popped up with foam dots The together was die cut out of another piece from Cranberry Christmas and layered over the opening on foam dots.
I added more paper on the back with another die cut leaf, a heart rhinestone and a stamped sentiment.  I just LOVE this frame die - it folds flat to mail but then can be opened set up for display by the recipient!

Please check out Eileen's blog this month for lots of inspiration using her dies and DCWV papers!
Stamps:  It's Today Right? - Lil Inker Designs
Paper:  White - PTI, Little Sizzles Black Mat Board - Sizzix, DP - Modern Metallics and Cranberry Christmas - DCWV
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Frame Mailable Die and Spring Leaves Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Together Die - Wonderful Words - PTI, heart rhinestones - Michaels, foam dots.

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