Monday, April 7, 2014

Gasp: I made a card!

That is how it feels these days - like I am never in my craft room. When I saw the new "Mixed Messages" challenge for Waltzingmouse Fanatics, however, I had to play along. I knew right away what I wanted to do.

The challenge is to combine various sentiments from different stamp sets; to mix up the type styles. I used this Big Daddy mold from Ten Seconds Studio to create the sectioned frame for my words and images. I ran my cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine with the mold and embossing plates after first inking up the ridges with Memento Rose Bud ink. This impressed and coloured the lines all in one pass.

Measures 4.75 inches square.
I lost track of how many Waltzingmouse Stamps sets I pulled out to make this card, but there were quite a few. It was fun to find things to place in each box.

I swished my Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen over the patterned paper and the popped-up flowers and egg, but try as I might I cannot seem to capture the shimmer with my iPhone camera. So one Easter card done! Felt good to make something again.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Splat That

The Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge this time around is a colour scheme:

I used the WMS stamp Splat That. This is a fun stamp. I always seem to manage to splat something on the cards I make - so tis sort of liberating to do it deliberately. The stamp in the corner is a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine. The base cardstock is the exact same shade of violet as the fourth bar from the left but for some reason my nighttime basement lighting and iPhone photographic skills have resulted in a near miss!

Still a few days left to enter this challenge. Why not join?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day 2014

Welcome to my blog - here are some Valentine's projects. I am entering them in the Quietfire Creations Queen of Hearts contest, The Pink Elephant Valentine challenge, and also on the Silhouette Blog for the paper challenge.

I made this toaster from a file in the Silhouette Online store with my Cameo machine. The toast is a card that slides in and out of the toaster. This was for my husband.

The tin mailbox is from the dollar bin at Target. I dressed it up with paper and vinyl. The teddy bear card is from Miss Kate's Cuttables. I wrote the name on the heart with my Cameo and a Distress Ink Picket Fence marker.

 The Tic Tac mint box covers were also made on my Cameo. These were for my staff. And on the back is my wish for you!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fanatics and Elephants United

The fortnightly Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge has rolled around again, and this time the gals are getting sketchy.

To play in this challenge you need to use something from Waltzingmouse Stamps - a stamp, a digital file, a template, etc. Claire has a bunch of freebies on her site so everyone can play even if you have never purchased anything. Deborah's wonderful samples showed some of Claire's digital papers that were cut by hand into the "ray" pattern. Deborah did this fussy cutting to enable her to match up the pattern perfectly across the colour ways. That kind of effort is to be lauded!

Using Deborah's card as inspiration, I created the rays in my Silhouette software and loaded the digital papers into them so my rays are one seamless piece of paper printed on my printer. However, I forgot to work on matching up the patterns.  I think it can be done fairly easily in the software, so need to go back and figure that out.

The digital papers I used (also Waltzingmouse) have a smaller, busier pattern so my slackness hopefully isn't too obvious! I also scanned and traced the label and rooster stamps into my Silhouette program and cut them out with my Cameo.

WMS Stamps: French Country; Papers: Victoriana Papers
Using the same sketch, I created a Valentine's Day card using some Samathan Walker Cuckoo Red Hot digital papers (the pink and white heart patterns) and part of a journalling card from the Echo Park Love Story 2 kit (right side of card). I purchased these paper files from Jessica Sprague's site.  

WMS Stamps: My Heart
Sequins are HOT right now and I have had these for ten or more years so - just like fashion - if you hang on to something long enough it comes around again! I stamped the LOVE and "is all we need" to compliment all the digital papers. Again, the whole design is seamless as I put it all together in my Sihouette Studio software and printed as one whole piece.
Ranger Glossy Accents used to shine the hearts and affix the sequins.
This card works well for the theme of "LOVE" over at The Pink Elephant Monday Challenges' TPE 235 so I am entering it there, too.

Thanks for stopping by today. Now look at the sketch again, whip something up, and head over to the Waltzingmouse Fanatics challenge blog and enter today!

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Little Love

Hello, welcome to my blog today. I recently watched a video by one of those talented stars in the stamping world - Jennifer McGuire. She showed how to get more out of your dies by paper piecing remnants from one die cut into another. I was inspired to give it a go. I used a Memory Box Cherish Border die and cut it out of a number of cardstocks and patterned papers, both white and pink. 

For this card, I inserted patterned papers and then highlighted them with Ranger Glossy Accents. I stamped the Waltzingmouse sentiment, For You, in the lower corner. Clean and simple.

The "love" stamp is an oldie, but goodie, from Stampin' Up! I used patterned paper for the border and glittered the insets.

This last card is a riff on the Burnished Velvet technique. I die cut the border out of cardstock with double-sided Sookwang tape affixed to both front and back. This severely tested my Cuttlebug and I do not recommend it. It gave me the opportunity to easily glitter the border, and the background, and the insets. I then added a couple of hearts (Memory Box (modified) and Spellbinders) and the beautiful calligraphy stamp from Quietfire Design, stamped in StazOn Fucshia Pink. 

By the way, all these cards were made from Memory Box card bases. I get these from my local stamp store, Stampers!, and they are very good quality, with white insides and smooth as silk coloured outsides. Great weight - not flimsy. I like the saturated colours and the convenience of not having to cut and fold my own bases. Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fanatics with Fabric

The current Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge is to use fabric on your card. I chose to use white tulle, which is a slightly stiff net material. All stamps by Waltzingmouse Stamps unless otherwise noted.

Card 6.5 X 5 inches
I stamped a white card base and clear heat-embossed, then rubbed Broken China Distress Ink over all to make the stamping pop. I layered on a swatch of turquoise patterned paper that I "knocked back" with white Picket Fence Distress Paint. A couple of stitched ribbons trimmed the panel.
I adore the pearly hat and stick-pins that Jeanne Jachna sent me a year ago.
I used them with a memo pin from Tim Holtz and a wee stamped tag to embellish the tulle flower.
I die cut (Memory Box) a ticket-shaped piece of pearl cardstock and wrapped a distressed dictionary page around the middle, then stamped and heat embossed sentiments on each end. Six layers of tulle were die cut (Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals) to provide a focal flower. I placed a piece of the patterned paper behind a clear acrylic button to accent, along with baker's twine.  

Postmark is a Stampington & Co. stamp; above it is a digital 'print and cut' from the Silhouette Online Store.

There is a whole week left to play in this challenge so check it out at the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge blog.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

HB2U with Quietfire Design

Here is a birthday card with a number "2" on it for the Seize the Birthday first challenge of 2014. I requested the calligraphy cut file "HB2U" from Suzanne Cannon at Quietfire Design and she obliged! It is now available in the Silhouette Online Store.  I cut it from the same metallic gold cardstock as the scalloped fat oval shape.

The French-themed images are print and cut files from the Silhouette Online Store. They were designed by Valerie Foster and there are a few different files there, so if you like these, poke around the store to see the others. I manipulated them a bit to put sentiments on the "postage stamps" and separated the files from the background mats so I could cut the mats from the same gold metallic cardstock. Look how nice and thin those mats are!

Short and sweet tonight - want to get back to making more cards! Thanks for stopping by.