Monday, January 16, 2017

Best Birthday Ever

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was good, just spent time hanging out with the family, which is always a great way to recharge my batteries a bit! However, I did not get done the crafting and blogging I had planned, so now I'm trying to catch up a bit.




I have another birthday card to share with you today. I know...you're shocked! 😉 When I made this card on Friday, I didn't have a lot of time. I needed to make something that was only going to take me about 20-30 minutes to put together. I have found that quick cards are perfect for using a background stamp as the focus. A couple of layers, and a well placed sentiment and viola card complete!

For this card, I started with a piece of Fog card stock from SSS. I stamped the Tapestry background stamp from Basic Grey/Hero Arts in SSS Coral ink onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# and layered it on the card base. For the sentiment, I used SSS "Sending Big Hugs" set I used Audrey Blue and Coral Reef inks and mounted it and framed it as shown. I added a piece of green ribbon and a few sequins for a final bit of embellishment.

That is all for me today. Have a great Monday and I will see you all again tomorrow.

Challenges:

1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
2. Dragonfly Journeys: Birthday Bash
3. Crafting When We Can: Anything Goes

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fun Fold Friday Week 2: Free Stand Pop Up Card.

Hi Everyone!

It is time for week 2 of my Fun Fold Friday’s series. Once again, I trailed through the tutorials of Splitcoast stampers and decided to go with the “free standing pop up card” This is a fold that I liked very much when I first learned it years ago mainly due to the fact it folds up flat but still makes for a fun revelation for the recipient. I haven’t made a card using this fold for quite some time, so I was excited to try it again. Now, I must apologize for these pictures. It has been rainy and overcast, dark and cloudy the past few days, so getting good pictures with natural light has been nearly impossible. I also tried to take the picture from a couple of different angles to show the design of the card.



I used a piece of Kraft card stock for the card base and embossed it with my Swiss Dots embossing folder. . For the tag part of the pop up card I used a piece of blue that I had that coordinated with the
Caribbean Blue ink I was using as part of the color scheme. The other colors included Willow and Orange Peel. I stamped the balloons from Altenew’s “Birthday Greeting” by first stamping the center balloon in Orange Peel and then masking it and then stamping the other balloons on either side. I drew a few squiggly lines with a distress marker towards the present at the bottom. I made the present by stamping one of the squares from SSS “Perfect Shapes” in Orange Peel and then decorating it as shown and then stamped a simple birthday greeting at the bottom and then added some orange ribbon at the top
I added some fun details to the balloons as well for a little extra attention to them.  I kept the base of the card simple by just adding a little ribbon.
All and all a fairly simple design; but I think the pop up fold gives it just an extra bit of kick.

Have a great weekend, everyone; and I will see you all again on Monday!

Challenges:

1. Polkadoodles: Anything Goes
2. Making Memories: Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
3. Jo's Scrap Shack: Anything Goes
4. Creative Corner: Anything Goes
5. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dance in the Rain (Texture Challenge Reminder)

Hi Everyone!

I’m so glad you stopped by for another visit. I just wanted to pop by with a little reminder about the current texture challenge we have going on. You still have another week to submit your entries in the link up.

I thought I’d make another card featuring some texture just to give you a little extra inspiration. I decided to use some distress ink and water to create this texture panel. I pressed ink from Crushed Olive, Wild Honey and Faded Jeans distress pads onto some water color paper. Then I sprayed it with some water before crumpling it all up. I straightened it out and pressed the ink pads once again to it to create a little more color. This is a great and easy technique to add interest to a design.
I made my card base using Enchanted Evening from PTI followed by a layer of Harvest Gold. I used Simply Chartreuse behind the sentiment panel that I made using Verve’s “Blue Skies” 
I also stamped the small butterfly from the set and colored it in with Prismacolor pencils and then covered it a little bit with some Wink of Stella glitter pen.  A small scalloped border and some cream ribbon finished up the card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to link up your cards. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Great Impressions: Wonderful, Happy Day

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're all having a great week. Thank you for stopping by today. I am sharing another card using some fantastic Great Impressions stamps. With winter still holding many in its grip, I thought it might be nice to share a brighter more colorful card today. I thought this sentiment "Happy Day" was perfect nestled in the center of this beautiful "Spring Floral Border" stamp.




I used a spring color palette of blue-greens, pink, green and Kraft to complement the colors I used for the flowers. I stamped the sentiment using Audrey Blue ink and the image with Archival Jet black ink. To color in these delicate flowers, I decided to use some Prismacolor pencils. I layered the card as shown and added some white stitching lines and some natural twine for a simple way to finish the card and keep the focus on the beautiful stamp!

That is all for me today except a quick reminder that our January Color Challenge is still open! Come on over and link up your cards. We love seeing what you create!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Technique Tuesday: Distress Ink Painting Stencils

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for visiting with me again today. I hope you are all doing well. Welcome back to another Technique Tuesday. This week, I decided to use my distress inks and some paintbrushes with a stencil to make a soft imaged background. I got the idea from Pinterest…where, let’s face it we’re all getting ideas at least at some point these days, right?! I think this technique is very dependent upon the type of paintbrushes you use. I just used some cheap everyday paintbrushes I've had forever. At first, I was worried that it looked too splotchy and too rough. However, in the end, I decided that it actually looks rustic and homemade and added to the soft blurring background.



To start, I gathered my supplies: Paintbrushes, the “swirl stencil” from Hero Arts and distress inks. I chose Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, Walnut Stain and Rusty Hinge.


I taped down the stencil with some painters tape onto my craft sheet. Then I picked up some ink with the paintbrushes (I used a different paintbrush for each color).


 I added the color to the paper through the stencil until it was complete. Adding the color was fairly quick and easy once I realized that the objective was not to get a smooth painted image.

I also found that using the paintbrushes different ways yielded different results. Going back and forth or smooshing it around for example.
When the background was complete, I removed the painters tape.
I decided to keep the focus on the background, so I just added some flowers in the center. The sentiment at the bottom is from a new SSS set I just ordered recently, called “It’s Your Birthday. I stamped the “Happy Birthday” in Dusty Concord and the “Here’s to Celebrating You” in Walnut Stain. I rounded the corners with the ¼  inch edge of the WRMK corner chomper.
I added some small clear sequins throughout the background for just a little extra bling.
I layered the panel with some foam tape onto a Neenah Solar White 110# card base.

Here's one last look at the final product. Overall I was pleased with the results!


That is it for me today. I hope you enjoy this technique and I hope you give it a try. Have a great day and I’ll see you all again tomorrow!

Challenges:

1. Inky Chicks: Anything Goes
2. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
3. Sunny Day Crafting: Arctic animals or Anything Goes
4. Creates and Makes: Anything Goes (2nd Entry)


Monday, January 9, 2017

You Make the World a Better Place

Hi Everyone!

I hope you had a good weekend. I am here to share a card using the "You Matter" set from Simon Says Stamp. I was just pleased as punch with the way this card turned out. I really like this color combo of Ocean Tide, Simply Chartreuse from PTI along with Surf Blue and Smoke from SSS. For ink colors, I used Cloudy Sky, Lake Shores, and Smoke from SSS and also Broken China and Peeled Paint distress inks. The stripes on the right are from Clearly Besotted "Basic Stripes" set.


I used the direct to paper ink technique with cloudy sky ink and then used the "You" die to cut 5 separate dies before gluing them together to create a faux chipboard element. I paper pierced around the entire edge of the card base. Then I added the layer of the white with the stripes before adding the left layer with foam tape with the layered die. I used my wink of Stella clear glitter pen for a little shine and sparkle on the "You."



 I stamped a small heart in Lake Shores ink and then covered it with some glossy accents; and also some stickles along the scalloped smoke edge.

All in all, like I said...rather pleased with this one. I hope you like it also. Have a great day; and I will see you all again tomorrow!

Challenges:

1. Love to Scrap Challenge: Anything Goes
2. Get Creative Challenge: Anything Goes
3. Craft Your Passion Challenges: Anything Goes
4. Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
5. Artistic Inspirations. Anything Goes

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fun Fold Friday Week 1: Joy Fold

Hi Everyone!

I hope you've all had a fantastic week. I am starting another new feature on the blog this week. I know, another one! I told you...2017 is going to bring lots of fun and new things to PCC!!
I thought it would be nice to spend some time focusing on cards that showcased different kinds of folds. So, welcome to week 1 of Fun Fold Fridays!
To start our fun fold theme, I chose to showcase the "Joy Fold Card" This fold is an oldie but a goodie and I dug back through the tutorials on SplitCoastStampers to refresh my memory. I like this fold because it's a fold that looks complicated; but it's really rather easy to put together.


For my card today, I've made another birthday card. (I have a personal mission to make more birthday cards for family and friends, so you're going to be seeing a lot of them!)I used pattern papers from a 6x6 paper pad called "Happy Day" by Simple Stories.  In addition, I used  Desert Storm from SSS; Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist and Cream from PTI.


I decided instead of doing a stamped image, I would use one of the sentiments from the paper pad. I left the inside of the card blank to write a personal message later. I added the small birthday hat sticker just to help keep the flaps closed. Since there are so many patterns going on with this card, I decided to just keep the final touches to a minimum by simply adding some green and gold stickles in the corners of the sentiment panel.


I would love for you to give this fun fold a try, and I'd love to see what you create. I decided to add a link up here for you to share your cards! This is not a challenge. It's just simply a place for you to share if you'd like. You can add as many cards as you want! The link will remain open for one week and will close at 11pm next Thursday, January 12. Have fun! 

That is all for me today. Have a great weekend, and I will see you all again on Monday!

Challenges:

1. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
2. Creative Corner Challenges: Anything Goes
3. Jo's Scrap Shack: Anything Goes
4. Making Memories Crafting Anything Goes
5. PDE Linky Party: Anything Goes





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