Friday, May 6, 2022

For an antique guy


 We have lots of family birthdays in the spring, so I make lots of birthday cards. This one is for my FIL, who may or may not have seen one of these in action in his younger days.

The Model A die-cut is mounted on a snippet of a houndstooth print (which was the most masculine pattern I found in my stash), which is in turn mounted on a black snippet. A piece of black grosgrain ribbon runs across the bottom of the houndstooth, and it's attached with three brads. There are also brads for hubcaps on the car.  The sentiment is black-embossed.

This card is entered in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday -- masculine

CRAFT #636 -- birthday

Die-Cut Divas -- anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #541 -- anything goes

Snippet Playground #427 -- use snippets


Sunday, May 1, 2022

Spring wildflowers


 I tried a new watercolor technique, where you create blocks of color, then sprinkle a little table salt while they are still wet. It's quite a cool affect. After the paint dried, I brushed off the salt and stamped some wildflowers and the sentiment.

This card is entered in these challenges:

Simon Says Monday  -- Wild and wonderful

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes

Time Out #212-- spring

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2217-- anything goes

Pattie's Creations # 193 -- anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #541 -- anything goes 



Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Floating strips


 

The current Butterfly Challenge features the technique known as floating strips. I remember seeing this technique a long time ago and wanting to try it. It's really very easy -- you cut strips of paper, glue them on a clear sheet with space between each strip, then mount the clear acetate on a card with mounting tape.

This  technique is an excellent way to use up snippets if you have some with colors that work well together, too. In fact, my card is entirely made from snippets, including the floating strips, butterfly, and sentiment panel.

This card is entered in these challenges:

Butterfly #169 -- floating strips, butterfly, flower, colors of flax and fawn

Pixie's Snippet Playground #426 -- use snippets

Word Art Wednesday #539 -- anything goes

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2216 -- anything goes

 

 

Friday, April 15, 2022

More recycling fun

A few weeks ago, I shared a card where I had recycled a foil-lined tea bag packet by embossing it and coloring it with alcohol inks.  I tried it again, with a different embossing folder and different colors of alcohol ink to create this Christmas card.

The foil was embossed with a snowflake pattern (it's an old EF and has both SU and Sizzix logos on it).then colored with pink and blue alcohol ink. In addition to recycling the foil packet, I also recycled an envelope from junk mail -- it's the turquoise matting under the embossed piece. The sentiment and tiny flakes stamped on the card are from a Whimsy Stamps set.

This card is entered in these challenges:

Jingle Belles -- recycling (teabag packet and junk mail envelope)

Can you handle the pressure? --use an embossing folder

ABC Christmas -- I is for inky (used lots of alcohol ink)

Word Art Wednesday #539 -- anything goes

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2215 -- anything goes



Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Bunny cuteness

OK, I'm not really certain that cuteness is a word, but it's a cute bunny, right?

This is really a very simple CAS card. The image and sentiment are both from a now-closed digi company called From the Heart. The image is colored with pencils and has a border I doodled and sponged some green along. The sentiment was printed directly on the flowered paper. The only embellishment is an acrylic dot.

This card is for these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday -- Easter/Spring

The Paper Shelter #506 -- pastel colors

Double D challenge -- Easter

Creative Inspirations -- Hoppy Easter Animals

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2214 -- anything goes

Pattie's Creations #193 -- anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #537 -- anything goes
 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Recycle time

When I saw that Simon Says Stamp's challenge this week was Recycle, I knew exactly what I wanted to try.  I got the idea from a Facebook group I'm in. Someone posted a card with an embossed foil bit that she said was (doing this from memory, might not be quite exact) the foil seal from a jar of coffee. I don't bar coffee in a jar, but she got me thinking about what I could use. Then I realized the teabags I use come in a little foil packet. (Bigelow and Kroger Private Selection brands) When I cut off the crimped sides and unfolded it, I had a nice strip of strong foil.

I ran the foil through the Cuttlebug with a Sizzix EF. Then I dropped some alcohol ink on the strip, added some blending solution, and moved the strip around the get the colors to spread and blend.  It was super easy and it really looks cool IRL. From there, I cut one of flowers from a Tim Holtz die set in white, put it on top of the foil, and matted the foil on purple card. 

The sentiment took some careful stamping because I had to tape off the flourishes that are part of the stamp while inking it up. 

This card is for these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday -- recycle

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #537 -- anything goes

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2213 -- anything goes
 

Monday, March 28, 2022

The stocking was hung


 It's never too early for Christmas cards. This is a CAS card that features a central image from Stamplorations.  It's ATC sized, already colored and ready for use on a card so it's quick. I added a glitter border on the stocking image, mounted it on a medium green snippet, and added a small Christmas ticket as the sentiment. The green card base is embossed in a diamond pattern.


This card is entered in these challenges

Can You Handle the Pressure -- embossing with a twist of green

Winter Wonderland -- Christmas presents

ABC Christmas -- E for embossing, G for glittter

Rudolph Days March -- anything Christmas

Word Art Wednesday #535 -- anything goes

Stamplorations Never-Ending Challenge -- Feature Stamplorations products

For an antique guy

 We have lots of family birthdays in the spring, so I make lots of birthday cards. This one is for my FIL, who may or may not have seen one ...

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