Sunday, January 15, 2017

January CAS Mix Up Challenge - Mid Month Reminder!

Just a reminder  - there is still time for you to create and link up a card for the January CAS Mix Up Challenge!
I used stamps, liquid colours (reinkers and rubbing alcohol), rhinestones and paper piecing on my birthday card today.
Here are a few photos of how I created my liquid colour background.  First I dropped several drops of reinker on my craft mat using Wendy Vecchi Archival Cornflower and Orange Blossom Reinkers.  Then I dribbled some rubbing alcohol (mineral spirits) over the colors and mixed it a bit with my pallet knife.
Then I pressed and dragged a panel of Ranger Specialty Stamping paper over and through the liquids ending up with this.  I let the colors run a bit - and if I didn't like the coverage or mix of colors - I pressed it back onto the mat - then I heated it with my heat tool.
I repeated the process with two more sheets of Specialty Paper soaking up what was on my mat.   You can't really predict what your design will come out like -  you can dribble rubbing alcohol onto the paper itself to dilute the colours or you can add more color to the mat until you are happy with how it looks.
I also wanted to show you these alcohol wipes I get at CVS - I often use them to clean up my craft mat - like the mess made with this project - or when I use Alcohol Inks.  They clean red rubber stamps and stencils really well (although over time they might dry out the red rubber). They clean my hands up pretty well too.  DON'T USE THEM ON CLEAR ACRYLIC STAMPS!
I chose to use the lighter panel on my card today - stamping the leaf directly onto the panel.  I stamped the flower onto a piece of patterned paper, fussy cut it, and layered it over the stem with foam dots.  I added several clear tiny rhinestones to the flower center.  I adhered the panel to a white card base and stamped the sentiment along the bottom.

So what kind of LIQUID COLOUR will you use on a CAS Mix UP card?  Alcohol inks, sprays, re-inkers, acrylic paints???
Here's the link to the challenge!  Where you will also find more liquid colour inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!

Also linking my card to:
Seize the Birthday
 Happy Little Stamper
Mixed Media Challenge
 The Card Concept
I was inspired by the flowers and dots!


Stamps:  Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Artful Life, Just Desserts Sentiment Set - PTI
Paper:  white, Text Style Green Boutique - PTI, Specialty Stamping Paper - Ranger.
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Wendy Vecchi Archival Fern Green, Wendy Vecchi Archival Reinkers Cornflower Blue and Orange Blossom.
Accessories:  Rubbing Alcohol, foam dots, rhinestones, heat tool, craft mat. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nordic Noel

Yes -  I am excited to be already adding to my Christmas Stash box for 2017!  What a relief to have them all done to mail in the beginning of December this past year.   
For inspiration I went to one of my fav challenges - Merry Monday Christmas
I used both the word Noel and a Scandinavian (Nordic) theme.
I got out Claire Brennan's beautiful Nordic Winter stamp set which is now being sold at Gina K Designs (check out all of the Claire's sets that are now sold at Gina K).  The Noel is from the Waltzingmouse set Compliments of the Season Two (no longer available).  
It was such a clean and simple design that I made 6 of them while I had the supplies out!
I added a simple red rhinestone to the center of one flower on each card.
and for those who are interested in what is on the inside -  I used the same Nordic stamp set.
I'm also linking my card to another Christmas challenge I love:


Stamps:  Nordic Winter - Claire Brennan/Gina K Designs,  Compliments of the Season Two - Waltzingmouse.
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Stormy Sea, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  red rhinestones - Kaiser Craft

Monday, January 9, 2017

Thank You Twice

I can't believe I have cards to share with you today -  as many of you know - I had back surgery for pinched nerves on Friday, Jan 6th and did so well that they let me come home on Sunday instead of today.  So I was able to grab some time in my craft room in between naps  - careful not to BLT (bend, lift or twist!) which I cannot do for 6 weeks.
I needed some thank you cards and so quickly checked out a few challenges for inspiration and designed these simple cards.
 I inked up just part of this row of trees stamp and pressed it onto the card.
I'm linking this card to:
House of Cards - I was inspired by the trees in the photo and several of the colors

I used a sentiment die.
and here's my 2nd card
the chipboard bird and stamp are new, the tree branch and sentiment are die cut.
I'm linking this card to:
the chipboard bird and stamp are new. 
Plus it's a new card to thank someone for a new gift!?!

Thank You Trees
Stamps:  Tree Line - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper: White, Scarlet Jewel - PTI
Ink:  Watering Can - Wendy Vecchi Archival
Accessories:  Thank You Die - PTI, tan sequins

Thank You Branch
Stamps:  Stamps and Stencils - Put a Bird on It - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  White, Soft Stone, Dark Chocolate - PTI
Ink:  Watering Can and Cornflower Blue - Wendy Vecchi Archival
Accessories:  Mat Minis Birds and Their houses - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous, Thank You die - PTI, Woodland Branch Die - Memory Box, brown sequins.






Sunday, January 1, 2017

January Cas Mix Up Challenge - Liguid Colors

Happy New Year Everyone!  Not only is it a new year -  but there is a new challenge up over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge!
I used stamping, Alcohol Inks as my liquid colors, a die cut sentiment and sequins.
Here's how I used the Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I got out Stonewashed, Lettuce and Gold Mixative Alcohol Inks and dropped some of each onto the applicator felt on a Blending tool



Then I pounced the blending tool over a piece of Yupo paper on my nonstick craft mat until I was happy with the design and coverage.
I cut the panel in half , each 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", and was able to make two cards from it. I layered the panel over a white card stock base.  I stamped the happy on a small white rectangle and layered it over the Yupo piece with foam dots.  I die cut the birthday from black card stock and adhered it along the bottom.  To finish off my design, I added 3 blue sequins.
So how will you use liquid colors on your card?  Please link it up over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge - where you'll find a video from Loll on how she used Alcohol Inks as well as wonderful inspiration from the Design Team!  

Stamps:  Saying Stuff - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Yupo, White and True Black - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Adirondack Alcohol Inks Stonewashed, Lettuc, Mixative Gold, Caribbean Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Birthday Die - Handwritten Celebrate Thinlits/Tim Holtz/Sizzix, foam dots, blending tool, Applicator Felt.


Happy New Year 2017 !!

Wishing everyone a very Happy Healthy and Creative New Year - 2017! 
I didn't make any New Year cards this year - but I thought I'd share these that I have made in the past.

2015
made in Dec 2014
 2014
 2013
2011
(this one was published in Card Creations Magazine (Paper Crafts) in May of 2011)
 2008
 You can see more details about each card here.

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Time to Hit the Beach

Sounds inviting doesn't it?  Hitting the beach in the middle of winter when you live in New England?  A friend at work asked me if I could make a card for a physician that is moving to sunny California - and she wanted a card that suggested warmth.
 I used stamps from My Island by Claire Brennan for Gina K Designs.  I made my own 'sand' using a recipe from Tim Holtz -  mixing Clear UTEE, Antique Linen Embossing Powder, Black embossing powder, Antique Linen Glitter and Glossy Accents.
I made the card big, the card base is an 11" x 8 1/2" card stock folded in half - there will be a lot of people signing the card so they needed space!
Here's what I stamped on the inside of the card.

Stamps:  My Island - Gina K Designs, Say It Loud and Fancy Phrases - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, Text Style Distressed Dots - PTI
Ink:  Classic Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, True Black
Accessories:  Sand made with: Clear UTEE, Antique Linen and Black embossing powder, Antique Linen Glitter, Glossy Accents, sequins.

Monday, December 26, 2016

PTI December Blog Hop

Well, it's the day after Christmas and what better thing to do but join in on the Papertrey Ink December Blog hop!   Nicole gave us a lovely photo for inspiration.
I was inspired by the confetti on the table, the pastel colors with the white and the whole party atmosphere of the photo! 
It prompted me to get out my much neglected Shakers and Sprinkles Make It Market Kit and make some shaker cards!
Since I had the kit out anyway, I decided to make several cards and started out making them birthday.


The kit has all the dies, a patterned paper pad, the sticky foam sheet and acetate!

 Then I made a couple of cards using a thank you die from PTI - lots of Thank You cards needed after Christmas, right?!

Now I'm off to check out how everyone else was inspired by the photo -  you can join the hop on Nicole's blog here.



Stamps:   Shakers and Sprinkles - PTI (part of Kit)
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Paper:  White, Raspberry Fizz, Tropical Teal, Acetate, Shakers and Sprinkles Paper Pad - PTI
Accessories:  Double sided foam adhesive sheet, shaker sequins from kit, Wonderful Words Thank You Die - PTI



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