Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween, but......

Not a Halloween card!  There's a nine year old girl at school who collects owls AND had a birthday this week!  Along with an Owl punch I made her this owl window card!  
 I used one of PTIs dies to make my card base.  I ran the front through SUs woodgrain embossing folder.  It's my favorite because the lines are close enough to tell that it is wood.  I sponged it with Soft suede to bring out the texture.  I punched a hole with a large circle punch -2", I think.  Inside of card is below:
This cute owl stamp is from Latina Crafter.  I saw a card on pinterest and HAD to have it!  Surprise to me-the sentiments that accompany the stamp are in Spanish! I have no idea what they say-I was a French student in school!!!  The stamp was worth it, though!

Hope your day is not to spooky!  And, the weekend is on the way!!  The JUGS team will have inspiration cards on the blog at midnight tomorrow (mine is not even started! Yikes!!) and the sketch challenge will be up for you to join on Saturday!  You still have until 9:00 pm tonight to enter in this week's photo inspiration!
Here's the link for the Blog!
Have a great day!  Cheryl

Sunday, October 27, 2013

House of Haunts! FS351

Here's why I can't get rid of retired SU sets!! I love them and you never know when you'll NEED one!! Today was that time for me.  The featured stamper has some great creations on Splitcoast and I have to get a few treat boxes done for Halloween on Thursday!  So, instead of school work I got busy on this project!  You see the result-a treat box for a teacher friend which houses 3 small Heath bars~Yum!

 I started with a new (to me) treat box die from Papertrey Ink-Favor it box #3. I don't know if you can see it but the fence is an antiqued silver!  I saw this cool silver engraving board on Theresa Mombers blog a week or so ago and HAD to have that.  Here's the link-SILVER and here's Theresa's blog post  POST.

I used Martha Stewart's grass punch on the bottom and some Wink of Stella pen/paint on the house windows.  Lisa Kind and I enable each other ALL the time!!  She got be to buy this silvery pen that operates like a paint brush.  Lisa if you're reading this, I want you to know that some of this Langnickel silver board is on it's way to you as soon as I can get to the post office this week! ;) You'll love it!  Christmas ornaments?!  Can't wait to see what you do with it!
Well, that's enough for me-I've got to get supper and then crack open the school bag!
Hope you've had a great weekend and that yours didn't fly like mine did!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

JUGS Inspiration photo challenge

Good morning!  As I post this Friday evening and have had a killer headache all day, Blogger is giving me fits and won't upload all my pictures!  I'll forge ahead despite the issues 'cuz I am tired!  Please click on over to the JUGS blog to see a fantastic fall photo to use as your inspiration.  I struggle with inspiration challenges, but I really enjoyed this one!
I fell in love with the table cloth in the photo and tried to recreate that as my background for Northwoods Mason Jar Bouquet.  I hope you can see a bit of it in my poor photos.  I stamped some leaves from an old SU set with bleach on black paper.  I use a meat tray with paper towels folded into it to pour a small amount of bleach into.  Then stamp away on your dark paper and watch the magic happen.  I had hoped for a bit more bleaching out, but this looks okay.

 The image is colored with copic markers.  I 'had' to use some stickles on the flower petals and glossy accents on the water in the jar.  I used an SU white pen to make a 'table' grounding my cut out image.
 Here are some colors that bleached out more color when I stamped them.  A dark purple and not quite navy, I think.

One more shot in natural just trying to get a good photo!  No luck here!
Please DO take a look at our BLOG and join us in the challenge this week!  And, remember we are going to be having a monthly guest designer, so, please, check that out as well!

Friday, October 25, 2013

SU owl punch

Hi!! Sorry I haven't had the chance to post until now-it's been a busy week!!  I finally bought SUs Owl punch since a couple of people in my life are owl crazy!  Why did I wait so long!?  It's fun to play with it!
This is the first card (of many, I expect!) I've made with it.  I used the Coordinations paper from SU as well as the wood embossing folder.  There's a layer of Wisteria Wonder behind that to match the dp (also SU) on the owl.  The card base is Pool Party, but it's hard to see.  The leaves are from a memory box die. I think I used two of them and moved the leaves around a bit for the look that I wanted.

Remember we'll have a new JUGS challenge post up at midnight tonight! So, please come back then (or tomorrow!) to see our Inspiration photo!  You'll love it!
Have a great day!  Cheryl

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Just Us Girls challenge #211

Hi there and welcome to the weekend!  I am so happy that I don't have to work today!  This week Just Us Girls has a color challenge for you!  Please visit our blog to take a look at the gorgeous color palette!  I saw baja breeze, pool party and sahara sand, so I pulled those out to create my card.

 I stamped images from Verve's Poppy Birthday on white card stock and colored them with BG10, BG72, and a color with a little more turquoise that I can't remember.  I stacked two flowers on top of each other with a dimensional in between.  The buttons are from my PTI box of Aqua Mist buttons.  They are threaded with thin twine.  The card base is baja breeze followed by a layer of Sahara Sand.  The dp is from MME, I think-it was in my stash!  The large ticket is stamped in black on Sahara sand and then I sponged with Soft suede to make it all vintagy.  I tried layering, but something was missing.  When I placed the doily, I liked it so much better!  I used baja breeze seam binding for my bow.  Below is an angled view so you can see the 3D layered flowers.

Oh, and the ticket in XL-do you love it as much as I do!  It's from Memory Box and has a matching die!!  Love that so, so much!  I got mine at Ellen Hutson.

And, one more picture!!  Please join us at JUGS this week and show off your creativity!  We have a guest designer position we are working on.  Details are on the blog, too!

Thanks all for coming by and have a great day!
Hugs, Cheryl

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More Die-Inlay with PTI

Hello!  I had Monday off to celebrate Columbus Day and I was able to get some cards made!! Happy, happy!  Here are two of them!  I hope to inspire you to go to your craft table and try this technique.  Then head to the JUGS blog for more inspiration and to enter your card so we can see what you've created!!
For the first I used aqua mist (or pool party) to cut PTIs tree and leaf die.  I also cut it from white and stamped all the leaves.  I stamped by leaving the leaves right in the die cut so I could balance my patterns and colors. I wish I had taken a picture.  Then I glued them in place into the aqua die cut after gluing it to a kraft cardstock base  I was easy to figure our where to place the leaves because there was a bit of color left on the edges of the white die cut.  I just had to match my leaves to that piece. I stamped the tree trunk in soft suede and glued it in place.  This easy card is finished off with some orange jewels and SUs rustic ribbon.
I had stamped some pumpkin pie card stock with cajun craze ink.  I just cut the tree and leaf die again from kraft card stock. I glued it to the pumpkin pie piece and then to a summer sunrist (PTI) card base. I stamped the tree trunk again in soft suede and placed that back in the die cut.  I added some orange stickles to the leaf edges and tied twine around the card. Done!

I'm having camera issues lately.  I sponged both cards and they look okay IRL, but in my pics they look a bit overdone, I think!!
You have until Thursday at 9:00 pm Eastern Time to enter your card/project on JUGS.  I think you'll like this technique!  Then watch for a color challenge this Saturday!!
Thanks for visiting today!!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

JUGS 210-Die Inlay!

Hello!  I hope you had a great week!  Mine was full of school and meetings so there wasn't much time left for crafting unless I gave up sleep (which I can't seem to do anymore!!) KWIM??
Anyway, our JUGS challenge for you this week is to create something using the DIE INLAY technique.  Come on!! You know you've been meaning to try it! I know I had been for some time!  Please visit the JUGS challenge blog for LOADS of inspiration!

I pulled out some new and old Impression Obsession dies along with a new PTI set Two Feep Deep for my fun card!  It is just what I imagined and I love when a plan comes together! It doesn't happen often for me!!
I stamped the bg with Just Write designs lace (but I think it has a Nordic look to it!).  Then I cut two sizes of snowflakes from the stamped piece and glued them back in place on Aqua Mist cardstock.  I added some sparkle with Stardust stickles and let that dry (while I was at work!! (Ugh!)  But it is one way to keep my fingers out of wet stickles!!  I cut the sled from kraft and stamped in soft suede and black.  Then I went to work again-next day- while glossy accents dried on the metal parts of the sled.  Had also stamped the pine boughs for the sled. I tried the ribbon, but knew it needed something else so I added the IO pine bough and my new cats from IO.  They are cut from cream and sponged with Distress Caramel and Soft Suede.  I added pearl paint to the bottom for snow and threw some glitter on that as well as on the pine bow and called it done (finally!)
Finally, here is a bit of a side view. Not sure if you can tell, but the cats and sled are raised on dimensional pieces. I LOVE this card and plan to make a few more to mail out in the upcoming season.  I really hope you like it too!  More importantly, I hope you'll join us this week in the challenge to use die inlay on your cards and projects!!  You have until Thurs. Oct. 17 at 9:00 pm ET. to link your creation up on the JUGS blog
Thanks for visiting today!! Happy creating!  Cheryl

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Loads of Love Harvest

Hi there!  I hate when the weekend comes to a close!  I've been putting off some school work I have to do to create this card for the Featured Stamper this week on SCS.  Sometimes ya just gotta create!

I'm so sorry for the poor photo!!
I used the hill die cuts from Papertrey Ink as well as their cloud die.  I stamped the truck from Loads of Love (SU retired) onto orange polka dot paper and cut it out.  I cut away all parts I didn't want to be orange (bumpers, windows).  I stamped another truck on white and cut it out as well. I cut part of the truck cab off to create a half open window.  I left the orange tires on and just colored the tires in with black marker.  I colored the window and bumpers with BG10 and shaded the truck with YR27 and just a little E08.  I added some sparkle with a spica silver pen-to the bumpers, door handle and tires.  It doesn't show in my photos.

The truck and clouds are raised on dimensionals.  The scene piece is mounted on soft suede and then onto kraft cardstock.  Edges of pieces are shaded with the next darker shade for a little dimension.  When I finished the card I wished I had at least sewn on the edges.  It has the look of a quilt to me.

Thanks for visiting!! Cheryl

Saturday, October 5, 2013

JUGS challenge #209

Hello and thanks for stopping by!!  This week JUGS has a sketch challenge for you!  We sure hope you'll play along.  You can find details RIGHT HERE.  Check it out!! The whole design team has some fabulous samples to inspire you!  I'm fairly literal so I followed the sketch pretty closely!  I also think it's World Cardmaking Day so it's the perfect day to create a card with our sketch!

AND, there's a prize this week too!!  A 15.00 gift certificate from A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE..

They have so many great craft and paper crafting supplies and great prices too!

I've used my (old) SU paisley background stamp for the card base.  It's stamped in dusty durango and sponged with really rust and lovely lilac.  The purple piece is stamped with the SU cheesecloth bg stamp on Wisteria Wonder with Lovely Lilac.  My spiders are from the SU Booglie Eye stamp set and colored with copics. The sentiment is from American Art.  All pieces are raised on dimensionals and I've added stardust stickles to the spiders!

Please check out our blog (JUGS Challenge)  You have until 9:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 10 to add your entry with Mr. Linky on the blog.  Chic of the Week will be announced on Friday.
Again, my thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day and weekend!! Go create!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I have NEWS!!

Hello again!  Thank you so much for the nice comments you left when I last posted.  I am humbled and grateful that you gave your time to make me feel good.
The news is from JUGS (Just Us Girls Stamping)!  They have asked me to be on their very talented Design Team.  Please see THIS POST because they have also added three other stampers! 

JUGS posts a new challenge every Saturday at midnight and we all hope you'll join us this week!! One thing I love about this challenge is that you can use ANY stamps/products that you want. I think it's a great chance to get going with something new in your collection!
That's what I've done here!  THIS POST has last Saturday's Inspiration photo-a beautiful fall photograph.  I let it inspire me to use my new VERVE pumpkin set to make this card. I love fall, orange and, of course, pumpkins!!  Pretty simple (I got it made before work this morning!!)  If I can do it, YOU CAN, too!  The challenge closes tonight (Thurs. Oct. 3) at 9:00 pm.  I also used a challenge sketch over at the Clean and Simple Blog HERE.  

The whole JUGSs team would love to have you join us in the current challenge, AND look for the new challenge on the BLOG on Saturday, Oct. 5.
My deep appreciation to you for visiting my little blog today!
Have a great fall day!!


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