Flying By For Vi

Halloween is almost at my doorstep.  I can't wait to see the little ghost, goblins, zombies and of course witches who will be looking for sweet treats.  I will need to banish Chai my Jack Russell- who tries to posture ferociously to everyone who comes near the front door, but who in reality would gladly lick to death anyone who actually crosses the threshold - to the basement "dungeon".  I created this card for my stamping friend Vi who is like minded as myself when it comes to creating Halloween cards. 

card size: 5" x 7"

Stamps:   Hero Arts- Happy Halloween set,  Impression Obsession- Witching You,  Mo Manning Digital- Teen Witch

Specialty Paper:   Graphic 45- An Eerie Tale Collection 8x8

Ink/Color:   Archival Jet Black,  Wink of Stella Clear

Tools:   Poppy Stamps- Classic Ribbons dies,  Impression Obsession- Scary Ghost die and Halloween set dies,  Memory Box- Dangling Spider die



Friends Are Wonderful

I'm getting down to the wire here.  I don't know how many more cards I can get done before the end of "Hope You Can Cling To" but I have one more today.  The name of the challenge for this card is "Two by Two, Side by Side".  Part of the challenge is to use purple and pink on the main images. I had a challenge photographing this card as my "special" light has washed the depth of the color out.  As usual these Mo Manning images were a treat to color :)

card size:  5" x 7"

Stamps:   Simon Says Stamp-Friendship Messages,  Mo Manning Digital Pencil

Specialty Paper:   Lawn Fawn- Snow Day 6x6

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers, Archival Jet Black ink, Wink of Stella Clear

Embellishments:   The Funkie Junkie- Snowflakes

Tools:   Lawn Fawn- Stitched Scallop die


Oh Happy Day

I finished another card featuring a "Hope You Can Cling To" challenge.  This one is called "Pretty Pink Balloons".  Of course since I don't have much for balloon stamps I decided to do A Day For Daisies digital stamp- curvy girl holding balloons. I made her huge...about 5 inches tall.  In real life she is much more of a rosy posy pink than a shocking pink but my lighting is what it is :)  She is cheery. Also I used the Express It Blending card stock for Copic markers which is a joy to use but hard to photograph as it has white inclusions which show up when photographed but are actually very faint to the eye.

card size:   5" x 7"

Stamps:   Verve- Remember This set, A Day For Daisies digital image- Curvy Girl with Balloons

Specialty Paper:   Papertrey Ink- Bitty Stars Basics,  DCWV- Twinkle Glints Stack 6x6

Color/Ink:   Copic Markers, Archival Jet Black ink, Wink of Stella Clear

Embellishments:   Mark Richards- Hot Pink Rose Elements (round gems), Cosmo Cricket- Tiny Text

Tools:   Taylored Expressions- Band It Dies, Tim Holtz- Tiny Attacher,  EK Success- Med. Heart punch


Focus on You

I am here again today with a Hope You Can Cling To challenge card.  The challenge is called "Bokeh De Boppitty Boo".  You needed to create a bokeh background.  I chose to do a monochromatic white bokeh effect to resemble light.  Another first time technique for me and a fairly quick and easy card once I discovered that sponging pigment ink through my own homemade stencil would simplify things greatly.  I used a variety of circle dies on a heavy weight acetate sheet. In order to achieve a monochromatic bokeh look you need to vary the intensity of the dots directly in relation to their size so it's just not possible to "stamp and go".  I think I would also like to try the colored "bokeh style" with dye inks and solid circle stamps.

card size:  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   My Favorite Things Bokeh Builder- Focus word phrase only

Ink/Color:   Dr Ph Martins Hydrus Watercolor,  Avery Elle- Pure White Pigment Ink,  Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder

Tools:   Spellbinders variety of circles dies,  My Favorite Things Gerbera Daisy dies- circles only

Specialty Paper:   Ranger Watercolor paper,  Heavy Weight Vellum

Believe in Pink

I love using pink on Christmas cards.  I had the urge to make a pink reindeer.  After a little trial and error I accomplished my mission.  I save all of the thin cardboard or book board (?) that I receive in packing materials.  When using the Sizzix steel dies this material cuts easily.  So instead of cutting out multiple pieces in card stock I have the height I need in one die cut.  I then cut a pretty piece of patterned paper and layered that over the die cut.  I went around the edges as best I could to sand a white distressed edge on the reindeer.  During my trial and error in creating this reindeer my main trouble was matching the reindeer to the paper.  I ended up with a couple of unusable reindeer that were painted and/or embossed.  So my take away from making this card was...use paper from the same paper collection to match. ;)

card size:  7" x 5"

Specialty Paper:   BoBunny Candy Lane Collection 6 x 6

Ink/Color:   Golden Fluid Acrylics- Iridescent Gold Deep (fine)

Embellishments:   Making Memories Shimmer Alpha Cheeky White,  Simon Says Stamp Sequins

Tools:   Sizzix Tim Holtz- Prancing Reindeer steel die,  Lawn Fawn Borders Stitched Hillside dies


Cherished Friend

I don't normally make two posts in a day but I am really trying hard to get some more cards together  for "Hope You Can Cling To" before the time comes to get them in the mail.  This challenge is called "Stampless".  That is pretty easy for me as I love working with vintage images.  Since there was no coloring this card came together pretty quickly.  I sponged some Hero Arts Unicorn White dye ink around the photo for a little shabby chic texture.

card size:  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Specialty Paper:   Authentique Uncommon and Blissful collections 6x6

Embellishment:   Studio Calico- Tiny Text

Tools:   Simon Says Stamp- Ribbon Banner

Just Chicken In

This challenge for the ongoing October "Hope You Can Cling To" event at Splitcoast Stampers is called "Chicks Stick Together".  You can feature friendship and/or (Yes!!!) chickens!  I have held on to this scrap for longer than I dare think about.  Finally this sweetest puffball of a vintage chick has a purpose :)  I hope "he" will put a smile on someones face. 

card size:  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   PaperTrey Ink- Fillable Frames Sentiments

Ink/Color:   VersaMagic- Jumbo Java,  Distress Inks- Antique Linen & Vintage Photo

Embellishment:   Crafty Secrets Vintage Paper Scrap,  K & Co.- Flora & Fauna Metal Art Studs

Tools:   Tim Holtz Ideaology- Tiny Attacher,  EK Success- Heart Punch


Just Because I Love You

This is a challenge card for "Hope You Can Cling To" on Splitcoast Stampers.  This one is called "Stripped Down" and you are to use paper strips on the card.  I have a ton of lovely scraps of paper which I save and save and save.  I know I need to do more with those bits and pieces...and making this card was a help for sure...to remind me.  I used some double sided adhesive on a piece of kraft card stock to adhere various width strips of patterned paper.  I trimmed everything up evenly and adhered the tree die on top.  I was going to cut the tree out of the strips but realized just in time that the layers were too thick.  I punched out the heart and added Wink of Stella plus a thick coat of Glossy Accents to finish it.  The heart is really pink but the glitter comes off a little orange for the camera.

card size:  5 1/4" x 5 1/4"

Tools:   Memory Box- Tree of Wonder die,  EK Success Heart punch

Embellishment:   Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text

Misc:   Ranger Glossy Accents,  Ranger Double Sided Adhesive Sheets (4 1/8" x 6"),  Wink of Stella glitter brush marker


You Give Me Strength

I am still making cards for the "Hope You Can Cling To" event at Splitcoast Stamping community.  This card is for the challenge titled "A Bear For My Sister".  It has been just over a year since I lost my own sister so this one is special to me.  Since I didn't have any teddy bear rubber stamps to fit the theme I chose this sweet Mo Manning digital stamp.  When I was done coloring with both Copic markers and Berol Prisma Colored pencils I outlined the entire image with a 0.05 Copic Multiliner.

card size:  5" x 7"

Stamps:   Mo Manning Digital-Elke and Bear,  Verve- Believe set

Specialty Paper:   Echo Park- Simple Life 6x6

Color/Ink:   Copic Markers,  Berol Prisma color pencils,  Archival Jet Black ink

Tools:   Spellbinders Circles and Scalloped Circles dies ,  My Favorite Things- Framing Flourishes die,  Essentials By Ellen- Brushstroke Love die, Martha Stewart Lace Border punch


The Amazing Technicolor Pear

Today I made this card for the weekly Wednesday Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  I used a piece of background paper that I made using the acrylic paints and emboss folder technique.  For those that don't know the technique I just daub various acrylic Distress paints onto an embossing folder and then spray with Biscotti Perfect Pearl spray.  I then lay a piece of watercolor paper over the design and lightly press down all around.  I can usually get two "printings" from one daubing( after re- spraying) if that makes sense :)  I rather like my pear of many colors. That is "creative adaption" at work so that my image may or may not match the background in the end.  I have to say that I love the Silks "Ice" acrylic glaze that I used on the pears.  I would rank it above the Zig Wink of Stella glitter pen which is saying a lot since I love that product too. The words on the inside are from a new company to me...love the pretty font.

card size:  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Stamper's Anonymous- Pears/Poire,  Reverse Confetti- In A Big Way (inside words)

Color/Ink:   Distress Markers,  Distress Paints,  Silks Acrylic Glaze- Ice,  Perfect Pearls Spray- Biscotti
Archival Jet Black ink

Embellishment:   Hero Hues Pearls & Gems Asst.-Floral


Little Monsters

I have been watching American Horror Story's: Freak Show on FX which is somewhat out of character for me.  I don't like scary clowns and this show has the scariest clown I have ever seen.  I also don't really like to be scared in general but the dark vintage look of the show is really appealing to me.  I can always close my eyes in the scary parts.  I made a copy of an old photo of what were apparently vintage style Halloween costumes.  These are seriously creepy but made a good focal feature for some bits and pieces I put together for a little spooky vignette.The adorable vintage "skellies" are by Coffeebreak Design and purchased through Retro Cafe Art which you can find under my Company Blogs links.  They are laser cut as are all of the variety of Papercuts that they offer. I can't hardly believe how detailed the cutting is. 

card size: 6" x 6"

Stamps:   Lost & Found- Halloween (inside words)

Specialty Paper:   Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Patterns & Solids 6x6

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink-Soot,  Archival Jet Black

Embellishments:   Paper Die Cuts from My Minds Eye Frightful Mixed Bag and Anna Griffin Bat-Tastic Collection,  Making Memories Toil & Trouble metal icons (bat),  Retro Cafe Art- Antique Skeletons Papercuts


Peace on Earth

I am really enjoying the brand new Essentials by Ellen line of clear stamps and creative dies which are designed by Julie Ebersol.  These are found exclusively at Ellen Hutson. I had originally done this card differently.  I ended up not liking my main image which I removed.  I set the card aside for future reworking. When I received this adorable die set I built a little village scene and attached it to the card.  I added the pretty "peace on earth" stamps and voila...a brand new card.

 card size:  5" x 7"

 Stamps:   Essentials by Ellen- Brush Stroke Christmas,  Papertrey Ink- Season's Greetings (inside)

Specialty Paper:   Basic Grey- Carte Postale 6x6,  Echo Park- Dots & Stripes Homefront

Ink/Color:   Versamark Ink, Stampendous Ultra Detail white embossing powder,  Wink of Stella yellow and clear glitter markers,  Glossy Accents

Embellishment:   American Crafts DIY Shop- Die Cut Chalkboard Frame (inside)

Tools:   Memory Box- sm. Flock of Doves dies,  Essentials by Ellen- Home & Hearth dies,  Lawn Fawn- Stitched Hillside Borders dies, My Favorite Things- Stitched Square die, Vertical Stitched Strips die, and Mini Scalloped Border die


Face The Sunshine

This is another Hope You Can Cling To challenge card.  This challenge features paper tole layers for "Raise Me Up"This was a first time for me in trying this technique.  I got myself all mixed up with the layers but I just decided to let it go.  I used a ball embosser and a foam mat to create a rounded effect to the petals.  I didn't have the proper adhesive to set the petals so I used a thick black foam tape between layers.  I stamped all of the petals on a vintage newsprint pattern for added interest.

 card size:  5" x 7"

 Stamps:   Hero Arts- Delicate Blossoms,  My Favorite Things- Sunflower Girl (words)

Specialty Paper:   Prima Fairy Rhymes A4 paper pad,  Amy Tangerine- Cut & Paste 6x6,  Echo Park- Dots & Stripes Homefront

Color/Ink:   Copic Markers,  Memento Tuxedo Black ink,  Archival Jet Black ink