Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thinking of You

Good Morning!  Unfortunately I needed a sympathy card.  I usually have difficulty creating sympathy cards but luckily this one came together quickly.

I've wanted to use one of these tree branch die's for a while so maybe the idea for this card had been rattling around in my subconscious.  The flowers were cut from a blue-green design paper with a soft swirl pattern.  I shaped them with the McGill Paper Shapers tools and a molding mat.  The centers are liquid pearls.  The bird was colored with distress ink and the sentiment was stamped in Close to Cocoa from Stampin' Up.  The top layer was popped up with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by!

Memory Box Resting Birds

Challenge Entered

Monday, July 28, 2014

HM Cup of Tea

Hello!  I created this as an inspiration card for the House Mouse and Friends Relax and enjoy life challenge that began today.  It's a bit busy because I couldn't quite figure out where to go with this little mouse.  I like the color combination and I hardly ever use it (as I seem to typically be a pink and green girl).  Thanks for stopping by.

House Mouse Stamp
Spellbinders Labels Four
MFT Scalloped Border
Copics, Distress Ink, Memento Black Ink, pearls

Challenges Entered
Allsorts Time for Tea
Aloha Friday Favorite color combo*
The sisterhood of crafters Die Cuts and/or Punches
Lunagirl moonbeams Favorite Color
The Crazy challenge Die Cuts/Punches

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CBD Tea Time

Hi!  This is the design I created for the fun new "Hats, Hats, Hats!" challenge at Crafting by Designs.  Come over and join the fun for a chance to win some beautiful Digis from Rick St. Denis.

I purchased this cute Sarah Kay stamp at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Use coupon JENNY-10 to save 10% off your entire purchase if you feel like shopping!  :)

I colored her with Copics and the design paper is from DCWV.  Her apron and bows were colored with a Spica glitter pen after coloring with a Copic C1 marker.  She sparkles and I purchased the glittery ribbon on ebay.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stampavie Sarah Kay Stamp
Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles

Challenges Entered
Curtain Call Anything Goes
Fantastic Tuesday Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delights Cute & Girly
Sister Act Anything Goes

Garden Flowers

I was inspired this morning by Diane from Nellie's Nest so I grabbed my camera and took some garden pictures.  I've been meaning to take photos for a while and I really need to retake some of these.  I like when photos are actually in focus.  :)  Thanks for stopping by.  Now onto more cardmaking...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Classy Cards Seaside Shaker

Good morning! Today is my first day posting for the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.  This is my design for this week's "A Day at the Beach" Challenge.  The inspiration for this card came from the JustRite Sea Shell Bay Labels Twenty Two stamp set.  I created my version with dies.

First, I cut out three square pieces of card stock.  The largest was a 5"x5" white card base, a blue square 4.5"x 4.5", and a Kraft square size 4"x4".  When stacked, cutting in 1/2 inch increments left a uniform quarter inch frame edge around each layer.

I cut out the centers of the kraft and blue layers using the Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two die.  I adhered the smaller layer on top of the larger layer with foam tape and then glued a piece of clear plastic (salvaged from toy packaging) underneath the bottom layer.

To create the beach and waves I ripped strips of colored and white card stock and then glued the layers together.  The sky was created by sponging blue distress ink.  I colored the Impression Obsession Sea Birds with distress markers.  Sequins were added to the shaker portion of the card before the final assembly. 

The Impression Obsession Grass (which is the prize being offered at CCNS this week!) was cut from green card stock, cut into two pieces and glued in between the blue layer and the clear plastic.  I thought it added extra dimension by keeping it outside of the shaker portion of the card.

Last, I sponged Antique Linen Distress Ink onto the small seahorse from the Cheery Lynn Seahorse Family die and then glued it and the Memory Box Small Ringlets to the front of the frame.  

If you'd like to see step-by-step photos, check out my tutorial at the Classy Cards 'n Such Blog.  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to link-up your beach themed creation HERE for a chance to win a great prize!  Make sure to use my coupon code JENNY-10 to save 10% off your orders at CCNS.

Impression Obsession Clouds
Kraft, blue & white cardstock
Distress Markers & Distress Ink

Challenges Entered
Artistic Inspiration #100*
Curtain Call Anything Goes
Crafty Card Makers Under the Sea
Open Minded Crafting Water, water everywhere
Come and Get it Colors of Summer
Allsorts Challenge Splish, Splash, Splosh

Monday, July 14, 2014

Classy Cards "A Day at the Beach" Challenge!

Good Morning!  Come over and join us this week for the new challenge at the Classy Cards 'n Such Blog.  The theme is A Day at the Beach, simple right?  This week's challenge ends Saturday so get those supplies out and get going!  Rules are listed on the blog post.  The prize this week is one of my favorite and versatile dies, IO Grass.  Great prize, right? :)   

The store has such a wide assortment of products, you're sure to have something in your stash (Spellbinders, Memory Box and Impression Obsession dies, Stamps, Paper, Tools, Adhesives, Stickers and more).  

Hope you can join in the fun and thanks for stopping by!

HM Sleepy Sunshine

Good Morning!   This is my first time being a guest designer for the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge.  This is the card I designed.  I had a tough time pulling this all together for some reason and I'm still not convinced this card is balanced enough visually but I liked the white space more than additional designer paper.

It might be difficult to see but I stamped the flower a second time, colored it with copics, cut it out and popped it up with foam tape.  It doesn't sit as high as the circle frame around this little guy but it is popped up higher than the main image.  Thanks for stopping by!

House Mouse Stamp Daisy Float
Ribbon, Rhinestones, Twine, Copics, Memento Black Ink, TH Distress Ink

Challenge Entered
Artistic Inspirations Anything Goes #100*

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Classy Cards 'n Such Design Team!

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share some exciting news.  I've been invited to join the Classy Cards 'n Such design team!  I'm so excited to begin another journey in crafting with the amazing Design Team.  The store has awesome products including some of my favorite stamps and dies.  If you use the coupon code JENNY-10 you'll save 10% off every order!

The CCNS blog has a challenge every week with a great prize. Come on over and join us this week "Pick a Posy", make something with a handmade flower.  How easy is that? There's still time to link-up, so come join the fun HERE!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CBD Running out of Time

Welcome!  I created this for the Use Dies challenge I'm hosting at Crafting By Designs this week.  Come on over and join us for a chance to win some wonderful digi's by Oak Pond Creations!  

I purchased this great new Frantic Stamper Princess Castle die at Dies R Us and wanted to play. Kraftin' Kimmie Cinderella is a large image which made figuring out how to incorporate the castle into this card difficult. I finally came up with the idea to tuck it between layers.  

After coloring Cinderella with Copics, I cut out the end of her dress so I could use the "Out of the box" technique.  I used the Spellbinders Scalloped Labels One die to finish cutting around her and then layered her on top of the larger scalloped labels blue cardstock.  The Inkadinkado clock was cut out by hand and distressed with Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink.  The MFT flourish was also colored with distress ink.  The sentiment is from Riley & Co..

Frantic Stamper Princess Castle
MFT die-namics Formal Flourish
MFT die-namics Framed Greetings
Spellbinders Grand Decorative Labels One
Spellbinders Scalloped Labels One

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges Entered
Artistic Inspiration #99*
Perfectly Rustics # 26 Clocks*
Digi Choosday Punches/Dies*
Kraftin Kimmie
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Layers
Craft Your Passion On The Move
Love to Create Fussy & Fancy
Flonz Craft Music & Dance
Deep Ocean Add a Sentiment
Top Tip Tuesday Magical
TTCRD Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dies R Us Holiday Window

Hello!  I designed this for the Dies R Us Christmas in July Challenge.  Hope you can join us to play for the chance to win a voucher to the Dies R Us store.  The selection of dies is absolutely incredible, it seems like the store adds new dies daily!  They also offer free shipping in the US over $35 and internationally over $50.  

Close up you can see how the poinsettia's shimmer.  I covered them in a fine white glitter and gave them rhinestone centers. 

For the interior of the window, I blended distress ink and water on white cardstock.  After I was done, I wanted it to look softer so I added a piece of wax paper over to create a stained-glass effect.

I added tiny rhinestones to the ends of the swirls.  The window was colored with TH Distress Metallic Stain.  I added a piece of plastic (from toy packaging) underneath the window frame with foam tape to add dimension.  
Rhinestones, Glitter, TH distress ink, Wax paper, clear plastic, TH - bricks embossing folder

Thanks for visiting!

Challenge Entered
Holly Jolly Christmas Show me some glitter