Friday, October 27, 2017

House Mouse - True Story

Created this card for House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge, which was anything goes with the option of fall colors.  I did use a few fall colors, but it's not a all card.  I do adore this image. 

 I used distress inks to color my images.  Then inside sentiment (not shown) says, "You're perfect in my book."

 I hope you find some time to create today! 

Supplies Used - True Story/House Mouse
Stamps:  Smarty Pants House Mouse (Stampendous) and To Thine Own Shelf (Simon Says Stamp); Bookshelves (Impression Obsession)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine); Versamark; Various Tim Holtz Distress Inks for image watercolor (Ranger)
Paper:  Bee Watercolor; Licorice (The Stamps of Life); More Mustard (Stampin' Up);
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques October - Waterfall Cards

Welcome to the . . . 

. . . where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
There’s just something about interactive cards!  And Waterfall Cards are among the best interactive card techniques.  They look intricate, though, so we’ll let you in on any hints we uncover along the way.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one for yourself.
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 29, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.  If you would prefer to be notified if you win, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you.  The winner will have until November 16, 2017, to claim their prize.
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I have three projects for you today, and let me start by saying that I've made lots of interactive cards, but never a Waterfall card.  So this was really fun for me.  My first attempt?  Let's just say there was some mumbling, grumbling, and ripping of paper, followed by some re-stamping, re-cutting, and re-pasting.  Follow this text chain . . . 

I love this stamp set, and while I'm not sure it was perfect for a waterfall card, I had a lot of fun with it.  

I was thrilled with how this turned out!  It worked!  It really worked.  My first tip . . . take your time when adhering and don't miss any steps.  This was all stamping!  All of my emphasis was on the mechanics of the card. 

And then I became an expert and went for my second attempt.  Less grumbling!  One rip up!  No re-stamping, just a little re-gluing.

 This one was stamping and coloring my panels.  But look below . . . do you see my mistake? 

 I'm not sure why, but I thought, "no one will see the back of my colored panels".  WRONG!  When you are gluing them down, you don't see the backs.  As I flipped the card after gluing . . . my heart sank!  UGH!  To rip, or not to rip. I chose to use it as a teachable moment . . . you backsides of those individual panels show when you flip thru that waterfall.  My solution was to put the sentiment pieces on those "colorful" backgrounds.  (I meant to do that . . . NOT). 

And now I'm an expert.  No grumbling and no redoing of anything.  And I had mats around my four waterfall panels, which was a step up.  This one took some time. 

Fun Fact:  These little scenes were all cut from white cardstock, and each house, tree, church, fence and background were inked.  I adore how it turned out. 

My tip on this one . . . don't limit yourself to just stamps.  Have a blast!  The sky is the limit.  

Now you’re off to visit with Amanda. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!

Any, by all means, I hope you find some time to create!  
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:
Card A Day Challenge Team

Supplies Used - Birthday Text Waterfall
Stamps:  Text Ya Later (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Ocean and Green Apple (The Stamps of Life); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Cardstock from Simon Says Stamp; Pattern Paper from my Scrap Stash; Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Sequins (Little Things from Lucy's Cards); Shape Sprinkle Hearts (Doodlebug);

Supplies Used - Halloween Waterfall
Stamps:  How You Bean (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Paper:  Bazzill Cardstock; Solar White (Neenah); Pattern Paper (Studio Calico); Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life);
Accessories:  Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Supplies Used - Christmas Waterfall
Stamps:  Here We Come A-Caroling (Catherine Pooler Winterhaven Stamp of Approval)
Ink: Icing on the Cake, Rockin' Red, Black Jack, All That Jazz, Lime Ricky, Garden Party (Catherine Pooler Inks); Steel Blue (The Stamps of Life); Tuxedo Black (Neenah);
Paper:  Cardstock (Stampin' Up); Solar White and Desert Storm (Neenah); Pattern Paper (Doodlebug);
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Crumb Cake Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Mini Staplier (Close To My Heart)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Friendship Card for CAS(E) this Sketch

I used one of my Simon Says Stamp Card Kits to create a little something for CAS(E) this Sketch.  Here is the sketch . . .

And here is my card . . .

My kit from Simon Says Stamp had a great diagonal print that was perfect for this sketch.  Not to mention some nice puffy stickers.  

No better day than one where I am able to create.

Supplies Used - Love That We're Friends
Stamps:  You + Me Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler); Orange Peel (Simon Says Stamp); Live More Collection (Pinkfresh)
Accessories:  Live More Collection Puff Stickers (Pinkfresh); Onyx Sequins (Pretty Pink Post)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter truly is the best medicine.  Sharing a card I created today in an attempt to lift my spirits after losing my four-legged bestie. This challenge was from CAS on Friday, and the challenge was to create a card with a die.

The sentiment was fun to make.  I took the word die and inked in varied colors, masking as I went, and then embossed with some added sparkle. 

I hope you find some time to create today.

Supplies Used - Laughter is the Best Medicine
Stamps:  Simply the Best Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink: Mint to Be, It's a Girl, Bellini. Midnight and Grass Skirt (Catherine Pooler Designs); Versamark
Paper:  Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories:  Wanderlust Embossing Powder (Wow)