10/15/2021

Frightful Friday 3 - Another Spooky House

Happy Friday!  I have another 3-D Halloween project for you today.  Like last Friday, this one is a haunted house.  I love house dies and have several from different companies.  Some make 3-D house and some are flat.  This is a retired stamp and die set from Stampin' Up! that makes houses for all seasons. 

Although it is not available on the Stampin' Up! website you can probably find it on the secondary market.  This is one of my "I will never get rid of this set" sets!  I love it that much.  The only downside is that the base is too small to hold a tealight.  Even if it could hold one you would need to figure out how to make it open up to turn on the light.



I used a retired brick look paper and inked the edges to make it look distressed.  For the windows I used Daffodil Delight with Pumpkin Pie ink.  This makes it look like there is light coming in from the windows.  I did not decorate the back but it does offer a lot of possibilities.  I hope this inspires you to get out some older stamps and dies and play with them!

Products used:

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Sweet Home, Hardwood
  • Dies: SU Home Sweet Home
  • Paper: Basic Black, Basic White, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Halloween Night DSP
  • Ink: Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Craft White

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10/14/2021

Ghoul Friends

The board this week is Halloween themed.  If you're like me you have a ton of Halloween stamps and don't get to use them nearly enough; so now is a good time to begin!  I chose the diagonal - black, orange and purple.


 

I had a hard time deciding what to do for this board - as a result this card took way longer than it should have.  I'm making a concerted effort to post LOTS of Halloween cards this month.  At least one every Friday and more throughout the week when I can.  I have taken out every Halloween stamp set I have (that's how I discovered how many I own) and I'm trying to use ones that haven't even been opened.

This is one from 2019!  I'm not sure why I hadn't used it before; the faces on the vampire and mummy are pretty darn cute.  After agonizing over the stamps to use I found the layout took a while.  I wanted to make a slimline card and the frames filled the space nicely.  However, I was in that wishy-washy mood where I felt I had to try every color combo - orange or purple frame in the middle, or all the same color frames?  Do I add a panel under the white and if so what color?  You get the idea - you've probably there.

I hope you join us in the challenge.  And don't forget to come back tomorrow; I have a 3D Halloween project!

Products used:
  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Spooktacular Bash
  • Dies: Stampin’ Up! Ornate Frames, Cottage Cutz Stitched Slimline Rectangles
  • Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Gorgeous Grape, Witches Brew DSP, Basic White
  • Ink: Memento Black, Smoky Slate
  • Markers: Stampin’ Blends - Highland Heather Light , Granny Apple Green Light and Dark, Pumpkin Pie Dark; Copics - V01, V000, E40, E41, E43
  • Accessories: Matte Black Dots, Metallic Photo Corners
 
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10/12/2021

Purr—fect Halloween

Vicky's sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches this week offered a lot of possibilities.  I'm trying to make as many Halloween cards as I can this month, so I opted to use this fun set from the Stampin' Up!'s fall mini catalog.  I love this set because there is a different cat in it that reminds me of our huge red Maine Coon mix.  But for this card I just used the sneaky little cat eyes.

This card was super simple to create. I did die cut my top portion first and then stamped the images.  I also stamped the orange layer first.  When I stamped the pumpkin outline first, the orange "diluted" the black.  I like that the solid and the outline don't have to line up exactly.  It makes it so easy to stamp and look good.

Products used:
  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Clever Cats
  • Dies: My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges
  • Paper: Basic White, Cute Halloween
  • Ink: Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie

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10/11/2021

Christmas Pudding Celebration

Mary's colors this week for the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers are perfect for Christmas - Polished Pink, Cinnamon Cider, Coastal Cabana. I thought about making a gingerbread card (one of my favorite themes) but I decided to use this new set.  I've had it a few months now and have yet to ink it up.

I colored the image in a combo of Copic markers and Stampin' Blends.  The paper is from Queen & Co. and is color matched to the challenge colors.

I wanted things to be pretty sparkly (hard to see in the photo) so I used Wink of Stella on the pudding frosting and used Crystal Effects on the berries.  I also used sparkly jewels from Queen & Co. for my shaker elements.

Products used:
  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Sweets & Treats
  • Dies: Stampin’ Up! Cloche Dies, Cottage Cutz Celebrate with Shadow, The Stamps of Life, Scalloped Rectangles
  • Paper: Basic White, Cinnamon Cider, Queen & Co. Fruit Stand & Petite Patterns 
    Markers: Stampin’ Blends Polished Pink Light & Dark, Cinnamon Cider Light & Dark, Pool Party Light & Dark; Copics: BG0000, BG000, E13, C00, C0, C2, C4, C6
  • Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Cloche shaker, Subtle Embossing Folder, Queen & Co. button and shaker jewels, Wink of Stella, Crystal Effects
 
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10/08/2021

Frightful Friday 2 - A Spooky House featuring Lawn Fawn

Happy Friday!  I have another Halloween project for you today.  This time it is a cute 3-D box / house.  I love decorating with 3-D projects.  They are so much fun! 

This project features the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Treat Box and Haunted House Add-On dies. It's fairly simple -  I used black and grey throughout with a few other colors mixed in.  The house is stamped in grey ink with a crackle paint background stamp to give it a "weathered" look.  To emphasize the shingles I sponged on some white craft ink.  I placed a piece of white cardstock behind the cat's head and used markers to color the eyes and nose.


For the window openings, I cut vellum.  It makes for a spooky look when you place a battery operated tea-light inside. (See photo #1)

Products used:

  • Dies: Lawn Fawn Scalloped Treat Box and Haunted House Add-on dies
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Crackle Paint background stamp
  • Paper: Basic Grey , Basic Black, Basic White, Crumb Cake, vellum
  • Ink: Basic Grey, White Craft, Crumb Cake
  • Accessories: Metallic gem (doorknob)

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10/05/2021

Bold Flowers

Vicky gave us some bold colors for the challenge this week at CAS Colours & Sketches - Poppy Parade, Pacific Point and Garden Green.  I felt they deserved a bold image.

While searching for a floral stamp to use I came across this Spellbinders die from 2019.  I was a member of their die of the month subscription and have so many that I have never used.  This is one.  It actually makes a pop-up card if you're so inclined.  Since this is a CAS challenge I left that for another day.  I love it when I can finally use something I've never used before and I challenge you to do the same!

Products used:
  • Dies: Spellbinders Pop-Up Garden (Large Die of the Month 2019)
  • Paper: Poppy Parade, Pacific Point, Garden Green, Basic White

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10/04/2021

Magic Iris Birdhouse

The colors Chris picked for Splitcoaststampers this week were inspired by her trip to Alaska.  She chose Black, Real Red and Bermuda Bay with the added dessert option of "weathered."

I thought my card would look a bit different but it was also one of those that just sort of evolved as I had no real plan when I started it.  I really don't know what I was expecting!  However, I do like how it turned out.  The center of this birdhouse can be interactive with an iris that open like a camera shutter.  If I had more time (or felt more adventurous) I would have done that and put a sentiment inside.  I will try that at some point because there are a lot of great cards using the Magic Iris!

For my weathered look, I used some retired weathered wood patterned paper that I further distressed by inking the edges.  I used a Timber embossing folder to emphasize the wood.  I also edged the bird and birdhouse roof/base in their coordinating inks colors.

Products used:
  • Dies: Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Birdhouse, The Stamps of Life Scalloped Rectangles
  • Paper:  Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Basic White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, retired wood DSP
  • Ink: Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up! Timber Embossing Folder and Gingham Ribbon

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10/01/2021

Frightful Friday - Cutest Halloween

Happy Friday!  I'm going to try something new for October.  Every Friday I will post a Halloween card.  I love Halloween; it may be my favorite holiday for decorating.  But I don't do the scary stuff. I'm the cute cats, bats and trick-or-treater kind of decorator.
My card today features the paper and punch from the Stampin' Up! set Cutest Halloween.  It also features the stamps (just a little) because the ghosts' faces and arms are stamped. I sponged the edges with a little Highland Heather and added some Stampin' Blends in Pink Pirouette Light for the cheeks.

Because this paper is so darn cute I made a flip-it card to showcase it.  I did use a die from The Stamps of Life for the card, but instructions on how to make your own can be found easily online.
I finished off the card with gingham ribbon and self adhesive star sequins.

I hope to feature products from several different companies for Halloween.  And keep a look out during the week for Halloween themed cards as well.  I'll use Halloween for my challenges as appropriate!

Full disclosure - I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  If you like the card today and would like to purchase the products, I would love to be your demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Links are below.

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9/30/2021

Basket of Birthday Wishes

The design team for the board this week at Tic Tac Toe Challenge has gone above and beyond in creating some gorgeous cards!  I encourage you to look at their inspiration.


I chose the top row across - scoring , basket, frame.  My scoring isn't decorative; it is the scoring for the fun fold card.  Recipients always seem to really enjoy stand-up cards, so I tend to make these often.

I colored the basket and pie with Copic makers; the background I blended with Distress Oxide inks.  Different coloring mediums require different inks, so I like to use MFT Hybrid ink.  It works with both water and alcohol based inks.

I also did a fair degree of masking on this image.  The basket and apples are two separate stamps and I wanted the background stenciled.  The basket was stamped first, then masked off and the apples were stamped.  I then masked off both to stencil my sky and grass.  This grass stencil from Lawn Fawn is super cool as it has both a stencil and a mask in one (note the mask on the top). 

I hope you will join us at the challenge this week!


Products used:
  • Stamps: The Stamps of Life picnic2stamp, TSOL goodies4wheelbarrow
  • Dies: TSOL Step-Up, MFT Stitched Scalloped Frames
  • Paper/Cardstock: Poppy Parade, Gingham
  • Ink: Distress Oxide Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass; MFT Hybrid Black Licorice
  • Markers: Copics - Basket E30, E31, E33, E34, E35, E37; Apples R21, R22, R24, R27, Y13; Pie E50,E51, E53, E55, C00, C0, C1, C2 
  • Stencils: Lawn Fawn Grassy Stencil, MFT Mini Cloud Edges

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9/28/2021

Expressions in Ink Cards

If you follow me you will know I am not one for patterned paper.  By that, I mean making it the focal point of the card.  I use it but in small quantities or as a background.  However, this is one paper where I LOVE it.  All the patterns are gorgeous.  Usually there are patterns within a pack that I don't care for.  Not with this one.  So I felt it perfect as a focal point for this week's sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches.



The card was simple to create but it took a bit of measuring.  If you're not so inclined (I know some people hate measuring) then this probably isn't the card for you.  My rectangle measures 3 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches.  Each of the squares is 1 1/2 inches.  Then I cut a rectangle and two squares 1/8 inches larger out of gold foil to give just a sliver of a border.  I placed the rectangle 1/2 inches from the top and centered (which is slightly less than 1/2 inches from each side.)  Easy to align everything from there.

Once I had the correct measurements it was simple to create another card so I also made one for a birthday.  For the shadowed sentiments I chose coordinating colors and gold foil.  I  also used self-adhesive sheets on the back of the foil so I wouldn't have to worry about glue smooshing out and ruining the foil.

Products used:
  • Dies: Cottage Cutz Thanks w/Shadow, Celebrate w/Shadow
  • Paper: Stampin' Up! Expressions in Ink, Gold Foil, Shaded Spruce, Polished Pink

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9/27/2021

Sweet Birthday with Colorado Craft Company

I rarely receive a stamp and use it within days of getting it, but I did here.  I absolutely LOVE the Anita Jeram stamps from Colorado Craft Company.  This set was part of Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp.  I thought it perfect for Barbara's color challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers.

Her colors are So Saffron, Terracotta Tile, and Cherry Cobbler with "dessert" for dessert.  I realized after I made this that candies may not qualify as dessert but oh well, too late now!  I think I gained a pound after eating my "inspiration" while making this card.  

I used plenty of neutrals in my card to color the mouse and chocolate.  I took the layout for the stamps from one of the samples on SSS but the balance of the layout is mine.  I wanted to emboss the bottom panel and this large dot seemed to coordinate well with the chocolate theme.  I considered doing swirl embossing. In retrospect I think it would have been a bit better, but not enough to remake the card.  Next time!

The coloring here uses the ink pads/reinkers and blender pens.  I wanted a looser look in keeping with Jeram's style.

Products used:
  • Stamps: Colorado Craft Company Life Happens (Simon Says Stamp Stamptember collaboration)
  • Ink: Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, Terracotta Tile, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Cider, Grey Granite, Smoky Slate; MFT Hybrid
  • Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media, Terracotta Tile
  • Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Ribbon, Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder

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9/17/2021

New Home Card

Happy Friday!  I have a card that would be perfect for welcoming a new neighbor or giving to a friend who just purchased a home.  It features the Home Sweet Home stamps and dies from Lil' Bluebird Designs.

This card is one that looks more complicated than it is.  By doing some smart die cutting it actually goes quite smoothly.  I'm a bit pressed for time tonight, but complete instructions to create the card including marker colors are on the Cottage Cutz blog!

Products used:

  • Stamps/dies: Lil' Bluebird Designs Home Sweet Home
  • Dies:  Cottage Cutz, Circle Windows Slimline, Hills Slimline, Nested Rectangles Slimline
  • Paper: SU Subtles and Brights DSP

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9/16/2021

Trick or Treat Mummy

I can't believe we're half way through September!  It seems so early for Halloween cards, but it really is not.  Today I have a card for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge where I also happen to be the board designer this week.  I hope you will find the time to join us.

I picked the top row across - ribbon, costume, beige/brown.

I actually had planned to do a different row but as I was looking through my stamps I couldn't resist this cute mummy.  I thought the ribbon would be fun with the mummy but I wasn't sure how to incorporate it. I decided to wrap a panel that would be behind the image.

I didn't want a straight panel so I just cut a random shape from Crumb Cake cardstock.  Wrapping it was a bit tricky because of the angle; the ribbon did not want to lay flat.  I used tape on the back to smooth out any wrinkles. After I had wrapped the panel I distressed the edges (I probably should have done this first!) and used ink to shade them and the ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please join in the fun - I love seeing your cards!

Products used:

  • Stamps/dies: The Stamps of Life HalloweenKidsHSN (this set is on HSN; there is a similar set with a mummy on the TSOL website)
  • Paper/Cardstock: Crumb Cake, SU Magic in this Night DSP (retired)
  • Ink: Crumb Cake
  • Ribbon: SU Forever Greenery (retired)
  • Markers: Copics - E40, E41, E42, E49, E50, E51, E53, E55, Y13, Y18, Y26

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9/10/2021

Thanks A Latte and Making a Patterned Background

Happy Friday!  Today I have a thank you card for the coffee lover in your life.  In my case the biggest coffee lovers I know are ME and my husband!  I drink it all day long and even have an espresso machine. Naturally I love the new Coffee Time stamps and dies from Lil' Bluebird Designs.

For this card I created my own patterned paper by stamping some of the images at random on a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch Crumb Cake cardstock.  I say random, but it wasn't completely.  I knew I was going to highlight one of the coffee cups so I needed to make sure at least one was off  center and did not overlap the edge.  To fill in the space between the cups I used the coffee beans.

I chose red to add a pop of color to the card.  I colored one coffee cup using Prismacolors and then die cut the Thanks w/Shadow sentiment in coordinating colors.  I used Soft Suede, a brown that is slightly darker than the Crumb Cake and Real Red.

For as simple as this image is, I sure used a lot of reds.  But that what gives the cup it's nice shading.

I stamped the sentiment Thanks A Latte slightly off center on my card using black ink.  I wanted to make sure it stood out from the background.

Then I added my sentiment with shadow on top.  This makes a strong focal point and covers the top line of stamping nicely.  I had originally planned to mask off the sentiment but this works just as well and is easier!

 

Finally I popped up my coffee cup using foam dots.

This card can be made in any color and would also look great on white with pastel colored images stamped in the background.

Products used:

  • Stamps and Dies: Lil' Bluebird Designs Coffee Time
  • Dies: Cottage Cutz Thanks w/Shadow
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Soft Suede
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Black
  • Prismacolor pencils: PC922, PC923, PC924, PC925, PC1078, PC947, PC938

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9/09/2021

Galactic Background Birthday Card

I sure hope my daughter doesn't see this post.  This is her birthday card and I haven't given it to her yet.  I'm pretty sure no one in my family follows my blog, so I feel pretty safe to post it.


My daughter loves Star Wars and would like to build a droid the next time she heads off to Disneyland.  She has asked for that for her birthday. So....Kindred Stamps makes the perfect stamps for that!

This is actually a gift card holder.  I'll make a small gift card for the droid to put on the inside.

I created the background by blending several Distress Oxide inks going from the pink in the center to the black around the edges.  I'll list them below in the order used inside to outside.

Then I used plain water and a paint brush to sprinkle on a few drops.  This lightens the Oxides. The last step was to flick on white paint (I actually used gesso as I did not have any paint) to add brighter stars.  I've made backgrounds like this before.  They are a bit time intensive but well worth the effort!

For my planet, I started with a Crumb Cake cardstock and again used Distress Oxide inks to blend.  I wasn't super concerned about this being even as I wanted a "rocky" surface.  I used the brown reinkers to flick on some "pebbles."

My droids are colored using Copic markers and fussy cut out.  I don't know why, I have a Scan 'n Cut, but I thought I'd do it by hand this time.  I made sure to use a marker to color between the gold droid's arms and body so it would blend with the background.  He got popped up with foam dots while the other two are glued to the card.

Products used:

  • Stamps: Kindred Stamps Galactic Adventures the Sequel
  • Dies: The Stamps of Life Happy Birthday, A2 Gift Card Pop-Up Die Set
  • Distress Oxides: Background - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot; Planet - Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy
  • Copic Markers: N0, N1, N2, Y13, Y18, Y26, RV06, B18, YR15, YR18,

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