Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Owl be Home

 A simple design for Christmas - getting cards done so there's no rush in December!

I stamped the wood slice on a panel of watercolor paper and stamped the sentiment beside it.  I embossed the panel with the weathered embossing folder from Taylored Expressions.  I die cut and stamped the owl and adhered it over the wood slice with foam dots.

I'm linking my card to:

Stamps: Color Layering Owl - Hero arts (retired), Great Outdoors - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.
Paper: watercolor paper - Canson Cold Press, white - PTI.
Ink: Mocha, Obsidian - Altenew
Accessories: Color Layering Owl dies - Hero Arts (retired), Weathered Embossing Folder - Taylored Expressions, foam dots.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Birthday, Baby and Friend Cards

 Today I'm sharing 3 cards I've made using some of Eileen Hull's Sizzix Chapter 1 releases.  

I've used the beautiful Vintage Buttons 3D Embossing Folder and her Snail Mail Thinlit Die (that coordinates with her Snail Mail Everyday Sentiments Maker Forte stamp set released last year).

First a card for a new baby boy.

I embossed a white card panel spritzed with a little water for the base of my card using the Vintage Buttons 3D embossing folder.  Such a gorgeous deep impression!

For the top embossed panel,  I rubbed the inside of the front of the embossing folder with blue ink, spritzed the white card panel with water, and then embossed the panel in the inked embossing folder - it gives a lovely subtle color behind the buttons!  

I cut this panel to fit inside the scallops of this die cut frame

I layered this over the white button embossed panel, added a sentiment and a button, both popped up on foam dots.

I stamped 'welcome little one' from Eileen's Snail Mail Every Day Sentiments stamp set inside.

For my next two cards I used die cuts from Thinlit Snail Mail Die and sentiments from Snail Mail Every Day Sentiments Stamp Set.

Hello Friend card.  

I adhered a strip of designer paper to the left side of the card.   I adhered the frame piece from the die centered on the card and layered 3 sizes of the cut blocks in different colors to frame my stamped sentiment.

Happy Birthday Card
I adhered a piece of patterned paper onto a white card base, adhered the frame offset over the paper (to feature the lovely florals in the corner!), stamped the sentiment on a block from the die and added red Nuvo Drops to opposite corners.
This photo shows the frame and blocks die included in the Thinlits Snail Mail Die along with die cuts out of white card.  If you cut the blocks on the dots - you get pieces that look like postage stamps!
To get the scalloped edge on the outside frame -  you cut a panel with the squares inside the frame.  If you cut just the outside piece it gives you a plain rectangle panel.

It is with a heavy heart that I say this is my last post as a member of Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team.
I have loved creating with Eileen's dies and working with Eileen and all of the wonderful creative people on her team over the past 6 years. 

I've just reached a time in my life when I want less deadlines and more free time for spontaneous activities now that COVID is loosening it's grip on us! (dare I say that?!)
Thank you Eileen for all of your support and encouragement while I've been on your team! I will certainly continue to create with your beautiful dies!

Remember to check out Eileen's blog every Wednesday to see a gathering of the teams creations!

Stamps:  Snail Mail Everyday Sentiments - Eileen Hull/Maker Forte, Cute as a Button from Baby Button Bits - Papertrey Ink.
Ink:  Caribbean Sky, Obsidian, Coral Berry - Altenew.
Paper:  White, Blueberry Sky, True Black, Raspberry Fizz - PTI, DP Garland 6x6 Pad - Memory Box.
Accessories:  Snail Mail Thinlit Die, Vintage Buttons Embossing Folder - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, button, foam dots, water mister, Word Window Punch - SU, Nuvo Crystal Drops Autumn Red. 

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Reminder - Feb CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Winter Scene

 Just a reminder that there's still time to participate in the February CAS Christmas Card Challenge - you have until Feb 24th to link up your card!  Check out the challenge here

I white embossed the image and sentiment on kraft cardstock and then die cut the panel with a pierced feature frame die from PTI.  I layered the frame piece over the white card base with foam dots and then adhered the inside piece within the frame.  I used a white POSCA Paint pen to create the snowfall, tapping the pen with a ruler over the inside panel before I adhered it on the card.

Hope to see your CAS Winter Scene card linked up over at the CAS Christmas Card Challenge!

Stamps: Scribble Woodlands - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, PEACE from Ornate Ornaments - Waltzingmouse (retired).
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Kraft, White - PTI
Accessories: white embossing powder, Pierced Feature Frames Rectangles - PT. white POSCA Pen, heat tool, foam dots.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Eileen Hull's Chapter 1 Phone Stand Bigz Die

 Eileen Hull/Sizzix has just released the new Chapter 1 dies, stamps and embossing folders.  For the Month of February,  Eileen's Design and Education Teams are sharing projects using her new designs.

Today I am sharing her wonderful Phone Stand Die.  

First, I have photos of the finished project and then a few photos of how I put it together (it's really simple!)  

I used this beautiful Ink Drops - Vivid paper from Craft Consortium on all the sides and pieces - stunning isn't it?! 
(it looks like I did some pretty good work with Alcohol Inks - but no, not today!)

Simple how to:  
Die cut the 3 pieces for the Phone Stand out of white matboard.
Fold the large stand base piece at the score line with the slit openings. The two other score lines on this larger piece are the back of the stand (to the left of the slits in photo)  
Fold the smaller tabbed-piece on the score line in the middle, slip the tabs through the slots in the folded base piece and glue the tabs in place.
View from the front.
Fold the second small piece on the score line and put ScorTape on the inside .
Adhere this piece over the outside of the first tabbed piece, lining up the edges at the top of the first piece..
Fold on the score lines on the back piece of the stand.   Add ScorTape to the end tab.
 Adhere it the tab to the back of the long piece - being sure it's not tilted back too far to hold the phone in a good position 
(I put my phone on this to see how it sat, before adhering the tab to the back)

To decorate the top edge of the stand, I die cut two scalloped edges from Eileen's Gift Box Scalloped Edge die released last year (the top of the larger piece in the center of the die) cutting it out of matboard and the patterned paper.
I cut one scallop on the score line and adhered the patterned paper to both scallops, also stamping the sentiment on the smaller piece.
I adhered the smaller scallop over the larger lining up the straight edge and adhered them to the top of the phone stand with the larger scallop extending above the edge of the stand.  I added some enamel dots and hearts on the scallops.

After adhering the paper to all the sides - I sponged over the edges to cover the white matboard - it gives it a more finished look!

Be creative in your thinking - this stand could be used to hold mail on your counter, photos on your shelf, or a calendar on your desk - what else can you think of??!

Check out Eileen's blog every Wednesday in February to see all of the Design Team's inspiring creations using her new Chapter 1 dies!

Stamps:  sentiment from Precious Kittys Creations.
Ink:  Obsidian, Purple Wine - Altenew.
Paper:  white matboard, DP Craft Papers Ink Drops Vivid - Craft Consortium
Accessories:  Phone Stand Bigz Die, Gift Box Scalloped Edge die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Ultra Bond Adhesive - iCraft, ScorTape, heart rhinestones, enamel dots.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Cloisonne Jar of Flowers

Today I'm joining in with the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - using Faux Cloisonne.  I have not done this before so wanted to check it out!

I used embossing, and stenciling with mousse as my mediums and stamped the sentiment.

I used the cloisonne technique where you take a page from a glossy magazine and gold emboss an image over it.  I didn't have any magazines so I got out last years calendar from the Disabled Veterans that luckily, I hadn't thrown out yet.

This one was from a photo of a sunrise on a farm road, of oranges and tans with a pink sky.  I tried to line up the stamp in an area of colors that would work with the image.

Here's the image I used below -  I stamped it in two places  and ended up using the one cut out on the left where it showed the sun rising in the orange sky.    
The area on the right was all a mix of oranges and yellows and didn't have enough variation and you couldn't see the detail of the image very well.

I wanted to try another page with different colors so here is my second card.

Here's the calendar page I used for this stamping, just capturing the darkness of the night landscape and the purples and reds of the sunset.

For both cards, I die cut scalloped frames and stenciled over the center of them using Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse with a bubbles stencil.  
I adhered each faux cloisonne image to a die cut piece of white card to give it sturdiness and layered it over the stenciling with foam dots after the mousse was dry.  
I stamped the Hello in coordinating colors, punched it with a Word Window punch, added 3 gold pearls and layered it over the image with foam dots.

Stamps: Mason Jar of Flowers - Stamping Bella, Hello from Hero Arts Sentiment Set
Paper: White - PTi, Watercolor paper - Canson Cold Press
Ink: Versamark, Marigold, Purple Wine - Altenew
Accessories: Mason Jar of Flowers die - Stamping Bella, Stacked Scallop Medium die- PTI, Bubble Layering Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Mother of Pearl, word window punch - SU, foam dots, glossy image from a calendar, gold pearls, heat tool.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

February CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Winter Scene

 February has arrived and it's not just time for Valentines -  it's also time for the February CAS Christmas Card Challenge!  Christine is our hostess this month and she is asking us to make a Winter Scene on our clean and simple cards!

 I recently purchased this lovely die from Amazon.  I die cut it out of white card and layered it over a piece of DP which I had cut with a pierced feature rectangle frame die from PTI.  The winter church scene is up on foam dots.  The sentiment is a Small Talk Sticker/Occasions from Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.  I brushed Clear Glitter Wink of Stella over the die cut which gives it a lovely shimmer IRL but does not show up in the photo.

There's no time like the present to start your Christmas Cards!  
We hope to see your CAS  winter scenes linked up at CAS Christmas!
You'll find lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team as well as our talented February Guest Designer Izzy (IzzyScrap) at the CAS Christmas Card Challenge blog!

Paper: white card - PTI, DP North Wind - Craft and You.
Accessories: framed church scene die - Amazon, Pierced Feature Frames Rectangles - PTI. Clear Glitter Wink of Stella, foam dots, Small Talk Stickers/Occasions - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology