Sunday, November 26, 2017

Amazing for Freshly Made Sketch

A bright and colorful card using Freshly Made Sketch as inspiration.

These are some bold colors, but I think it came together nicely, and I love that intricate "amazing" die.  

I hope you can carve out some time to create. 

Supplies Used - Amazing for Freshly Made Sketch
The Stamps of Life Kit of the Month - November 2017
Sizzix Circle and Scallop Circle dies

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques November - Masking

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This month we’re going to explore masking techniques.  There are so many variations of masking, it would be difficult to list them all here.  But, since pictures speak louder than words, we’ll let our team show you the masking techniques they opted to try.  Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
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I often start with a confession about the technique.  So here it goes . . . 
I have had success in the past with masking in detailed ways.  In fact, I will share my favorite masked card ever!  But the ones I created for this blog are a bit more simple.  This first one was a simple masked circle.  I used a circle punch . . . applied Versamark to the mask, and then embossed with an amazing embossing powder.  
This next card is an example of a masked sentiment.  I'm not sure I'm a fan . . . so I'll get back to you on this one. 

And this last one is an example of direct to paper ink application  The leaf images were masked, and I used an ombre ink pad for the direct to paper. 

And finally, I'll share my favorite masked card EVER!  I made this one several years ago, and a simple masked circle made my day.  But there is a story. 

 I saved it for years and years waiting for the right special person to send it to.  On the day I pulled it to send it, I left the room to get a stamp and came back to find my 4-month old puppy chewing it.  And what does a dog lover do?  They assess whether the recipient is also a dog lover, and then they send an undamaged card and the chewed card, with a note saying, "I saved this card for someone very special, and when I finally had the right opportunity to send, my puppy had other plans.  But I know you are a dog lover, and you will appreciate the teeth marks and missing pieces.  Know that you were that special person and that you were in my thoughts."  

Can I just say . . . big hit.  And gave the grieving person a chuckle.  Be real, that's my advice. 

Now you’re off to visit with Crafting with a View. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another great technique!
I hope you find some time to create! 
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Supplies Used - 'Tis the Season
Stamps and Dies:  'Tis the Season Stamps and Here We Come A-Caroling Stamps and Dies (Catherine Pooler/Stamp of Approval Winterhaven Collection)
Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler); Versamark; Wanderlust Embossing Powder (WOW);
Paper: Desert Storm and Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Ruby Cardstock (Close To My Heart);
Other:  Sparking Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Supplies Used - So Very Thankful
Stamps and Dies:  Autumn Blessings Stamps and Thankful Die (Catherine Pooler)
Ink & Embossing:  All That Jazz and Midnight (Catherine Pooler Ink); White Pigment Ink (Simon Says Stamp
Paper: Desert Storm (Neenah); Black Cardstock (Bazzill)
Other:  Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart)

Supplies Used - Autumn Blessings
Stamps and Dies:  Autumn Blessings Stamps and Fallen Leave Die (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing: Butter to Orange Ombre Ink (Hero Arts);  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Ink);
Paper: Solar White (Neenah) Black (Bazzill);
Other:  Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart);

Supplies Used - Thinking of You
Stamps and Dies:  minibanners2cut (The Stamps of Life)
Ink & Embossing:  Dreamweaver Embossing Paste; Variety of Stampin' Up and Ranger Inks; Versamark; Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Paper:Desert Strom (Neenah); Black (Bazzill)
Other:  Circle Punch; Post-it Labeling Tape; Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Stencil (Add a Little Dazzle)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Holiday Prep with House Mouse

These little guys are clearly in preparation or the holidays, but they got a little caught up.  The challenge this week at House Mouse & Friends was "Anything Goes" or "Preparing for Christmas". 

Preparing for Christmas?  This is one of my favorite House Mouse stamps.  It depicts how feel around the holidays.  Tangled! 

Made a faux shaker on this one.  Aren't their preparations adorable?  They get an A+ for effort.

Stickles were my friend on those lights. 

I hope you find some time to create. 

Supplies Used - Framed House Mouse
Stamps:  Light Wrap (House Mouse Designs by Stampendous);
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx Pigment Ink; various Ranger Distress Inks used for watercolor of image
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Canson Watercolor Paper; cardstock scrap from my box of scraps;
Accessories:  Birthday Journal Card Die (Sugar Pea Designs); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Diamond Stickles (Ranger)