Thursday, April 30, 2020

Spring Card Class Day 20

Since today is Day 20 of the Spring Card Class 1 thought I'd actually do cards for the Day 20. LOL! I haven't been on the same day through the entire class. Oh well!

So these are really very easy cards. I used the Penny Black Brick Wall background stamp. Each of the backgrounds is die cut with the stitched layering die from MFT Blueprints 13.

This is a great male card. I like the brick wall and the technique was to use the same stamp but in a very different way. I layered with a darker brown card stock. The sentiment is from A Piece of Heart.

For this card I used a rainbow of distress oxide ink: Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, and Picked Raspberries. The sentiment is again from A Piece of Heart and the layering is black card stock on this card. I added a heart that was punched from white card stock that I inked with Picked Raspberries DOI and then added Dimensional Magic.
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Thanks for stopping by today. We have the twins all day tomorrow so not much crafty time. But I'll leave you with a recent picture of them.


Second Generation Stamping

Day 19 of our Spring Card Camp was all about second generation stamping and making multiple cards using it. This wasn't a new concept for me but I really don't use it much; so it was fun to really try it out.

I'm sure you can tell which flowers I stamped first and which ones I stamped second. It amazes me how much ink is still on the stamp after you stamp it. I guess that's kind of wasteful. I used AlteNew Bold Blossom stamp set and coordinating dies. I used this before and had such a difficult time lining up the second layers that I put it aside and haven't tried it for quite some time. But it worked out fairly well this time. The background paper is from my stash. I found a pink and green gingham paper and just interchanged them on the two cards. The banner die (in white) is from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Party Banners as is the circle die I used. I used black card stock for some of the layering to pop the colors.

This is the first generation card. I used AlteNew Puffy Heart and Purple Wine ink to do the flowers and the leaves are Twisted Citron DOI and MFT Elf Green inks. The sentiment on this card is from Simon Says Watt's Up? stamp set (retired) and I stamped it right to the paper with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

This is the second generation stamped card. The ink is much lighter than the first. Using my MISTI makes the stamping go much faster as I just rotate the card stock to stamp again. The sentiment for this card is also from Simon Says called Prayers. I stamped the lead in sentiment at the top with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and they die cut the word prayers twice: once with black card stock and once with black fun foam. I glued those two together and popped up the word. The flowers on both cards are also popped up with the leaves tucked underneath.
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Today is the last day of Spring Card Camp 1. They have decided to do a Spring Card Camp 2 at Online Card Classes. The new class begins May 6th. If you've ever wanted to take a card class or learn something new this would be an awesome class to take. I've loved every minute of it and I still have several days that I haven't even gotten to work with yet. Lots of fun and I have a lot of cards to send out. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are safe and healthy!


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Revisiting Spring Class Day 6

Today I worked on the second template that we got in our Spring Card Class. You can see my cards from the first template on my Day 6 post.

For this template I decided to make some Christmas cards and use a paper pack that I won in a challenge. All the designer paper is from Couture Creations Be Merry and Classic paper pack. I glued each template to scrap white paper and then die cut with MFT Blueprints 13 stitched A2 die. I can't say that I love this paper. I prefer happy colors for Christmas but these will make great male cards.

I used the template to cut all the pieces at once and then matched up each of the papers. For this first card I used MFT Delightful Deer. The sentiment was computer-generated, die cut with Spellbinders Grommet Tags and adhered to the card front with black brads.

For this card I die cut Memory Box Winterland Tree three times and glued them to the card front at various levels. The stars were cut from MFT Blueprint 13 die set. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Christ is Born. I backed the sentiment with black card stock.

For the last card I used Simon Says Big Holiday Wishes (retired) for the sentiment backed with black card stock. For a little color I added memory Box Holly Leaf Border.
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That's it for me tonight. Hoping to get some more play time tomorrow. Be safe and stay well. Praying for all of you, my friends!


Flowers for You

It started out rainy this morning but the sun is peeking out now and again here. But it's a cold wind and the temperature dropped some from yesterday. Not going to walk today although I hope to do my exercise tape. I made a quick card today.

The flowers are from Eureka Stamps Spring Set of Digital stamps. It's one of four panels in the set. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. I used blue and yellow card stock to match the coloring and then added some patterned paper from Recollections Home Basics paper pack. The ribbon is from my stash. The sentiment is from Hero Arts It's Your Day stamps. I am entering these challenges:

I've started on dinner prep so maybe I can work on some of mt class cards. Hope you are havinf a relaxing, peaceful weekend. Stay safe and healthy!


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Spring Card Class Day 14

Happy weekend! For some of us, this quarantine is a continuous weekend. I have a difficult time remembering what day it is because they all seem to be about the same. Had fun with the twins yesterday. The weather was nice and we spent most of the day outside. They don;t want to take naps anymore so they were tired when we took them home. We bought them tricycles so they are trying to learn how to ride them. Let's just say they aren't used to peddling yet. That will come in time.
Yesterday's instructor at Spring Card Class was Laura Bassen. She showed us some techniques using alphabet dies.

I only have one alphabet die and it's all lower case. While it would have worked for the techniques I decided to just try the MFT You Trio die. Since my "word" was only 3 letters long I made my cards four and a quarter inches square.

So I die cut the YOU from 2 pieces of 4 inch square card stock. The first negative I used scrap pieces of paper to fill in the negative. I added a black card stock backing and heat embossed a sentiment form MFT All About You stamp set. I used sequins to add some embellishments. I'd never seen anyone cut a sequin in half but Laura had this idea to tuck half a sequin into a letter, so I tried that out.

With the second negative I ink blended a piece of scrap paper to go behind the die cut letters. I used Distress Oxide inks: Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, and Seedless Preserves. The top sentiment is from MFT All About You. The bottom sentiment is from Hero Arts It's Your Day. After I had inked the scrap for the letters I used MFT Chunky Herringbone stencil to add some interest to the background.I really meant to leave some space between the background and the word You but I guess I got carried away. LOL!

I made 2 of this card so I actually have 4 cards for today. Using scraps from my pink scrap folder I created overlapping pieces glued to my card. I die cut glitter paper with about half of the YOU and then glued them to the bottom of the word to accent it. I just added the top sentiment, another of the sentiments from MFT All About You stamp set.
That's my cards for Day 14. I like this set a lot. The class is lots of and has increased my stash a lot. I am entering these challenges:

I have another set of cards ready if I get them photographed this evening. Maybe they will get posted tonight or tomorrow. Not sure. Enjoy your weekend. Be safe and stay healthy!


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Spring Card Class Day 13

This evening I had some fun with today's class lesson. Our instructor today was Cathy Zielske. Her technique was using a word die. I had to adjust a little bit because I didn't have everything that she used.

I used the MFT Smile die to die cut 3 panels. I used the negative panels to make 3 cards and glued the actual die cuts together for the fourth card.

Behind the negative die cut I inked a panel with rainbow colors, all distress oxides: candied apple, wild honey, twisted citron, and salty ocean. Cathy used glitter gel on her rainbow panel. I don't have any of that so I used the glitter embossing powder that I made for a lesson earlier this week. It really gave it a lot of fun glittery shine. Cathy used white card stock for the bases. I did for one of them but used colored card stock for the others. All the inked panels are the same but I turned some of them so the colors ran the other way. I finished the cards by adding some enamel dots.

So I glued 4 die cuts together. (I mistakenly die cut 4 panels and I actually used the fourth die cut to line up the smile die cut on this card. I still have that negative panel to make another card.) The background paper is from Bo Bunny Early Bird Collection. Love this paper. I used MFT More Essential Sentiments to add the secondary sentiment heat embossed on black card stock. I die cut that sentiment with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips and then trimmed the ends (as Cathy taught us). Really enjoyed this lesson. 
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Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow we have the twins so there won't be much crafting going on. But hopefully back to it on Saturday. Be safe please!


Miss You

The weather here today is rainy and dismal, so it's a great day to craft. I have several things that I need to have done by the end of the month so I decided to take a break from my Spring Card Class and work on a few other things. Here's the first one.

The image is from Star Stampz called Red String Digi. (LOL! I might have made the string red if I had known that was the name.) I colored the image with a mixture of markers and originally cut it out with a die but then I decided I wanted a smaller rectangle so I just cut it down with my paper cutter. It's backed with black card stock. All the papers are from my scrap stash. I embossed the background paper with Crafts-Too Garden Flowers. Then I added 7 pieces of washi tape behind the image. They are very difficult to see in the picture. The very middle tape is rose buds, then 2 glitter gold washi tapes from AlteNew, then two tapes that have a blue flower pattern and finally the teal glitter washi tape. I die cut MFT Miss You die and Paper Smooches Paw Print 3 times and stacked them together for texture. The tiny heart is also from the PS Paw Prints die set. The clouds were inked with MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil. I am entering these challenges:

Time to go make dinner. I am hoping for more desk time after that. We have the twins again tomorrow so I am hoping the weather improves so they can be outside a lot. They don;t get to do that much when they are at home. Be safe. Stay healthy!


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Card Class Day 11

If you've been following my blog you'll realize that I jumped from Day 7 of my class to Day 11. There's a couple reasons for that. Some of the ideas and cards really appeal to me and I am anxious to try them. At least one of the days I don;t have the materials necessary to do the technique (although to be fair I haven't watched the video all the way through yet so she may have given an alternative). And I hope to go back and revisit those that I have skipped. One of them I already have background done but haven't gotten around to decorating the cards yet. So last night I started on Day 11 and I finished them this morning.

The rainbows are made from nesting circles dies. So you can get four rainbows out of one die cutting of circle dies. Why do I only have 3 cards? because as I was experimenting with embossing powder I ruined one of my rainbows. More on that it a little bit.

So I die cut my rainbows using my MFT Stitched Circles Stax. I then inked up the circles with distress oxide inks: Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Green Clover, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. Then I cut them in 4ths to get 4 rainbows. I used my MFT Cloud stencil to create the clouds and then inked them with Salty Ocean. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamps Color and Sunshine (retired). For the word "rainbow" I stamped with 4 different colors of ink. That was a trick they taught us earlier in the class. I used Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker on the rainbow. The layers are popped up with foam tape. So after I had this card done and photographed my DH pointed out that my rainbow abruptly ends. So I am going to fix this by die cutting some additional clouds to cover the abrupt ending.

My second care uses pretty much the same technique as the first but I used a different trick for additional sparkle. Dawn (our instructor) suggested covering the rainbow with glitter embossing powder. I didn't have any but she said that adding glitter to clear powder would work too. So I found that I had two containers of clear embossing powder and I found a package of micro fine glitter that I bought years ago after a workshop that I took and never used it. So I dumped the two together and I had glitter embossing powder. You might be able to see it on the rainbow in this photo but I think you can see it better on the next card. I also embossed the tops of the clouds. This has such a wonderful sparkle to it and the glitter does not rub off all over your hands and clothes. (Although I think my jeans have been embossed with some glitter. I have a tendency of leaning my embossing against my leg when I'm running my heat gun.) The sentiment is from Simon Says Sending Happy Thoughts.

I did this card exactly like the second card above with the embossed glitter but the sentiment is different but from the same Simon Says Sending Happy Thoughts. The card base for this card is light grey. The other cards were white. I am super happy with these card. Dawn also had another way to do rainbows that used color paper scraps. I really want to try that one too. So look out for more rainbow cards. LOL!
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Our weather is bee-utiful today. But tomorrow is supposed to turn stormy. So I am headed outside to soak up some sunshine and take a walk. Yesterday I spent 2 and a half frustrating hours on the phone with my medical insurance. In the end we found out that they had my insurance and my husband's insurance information mixed up. They were billing his to my insurance and mine to our old insurance before he retired last year. I sure hope we finally got this straightened out as his insurance is about to change again when he turns 65 and gets medicare. I have a few more months before that happens. Anyway, if you have good weather please enjoy it. Be safe. Stay well!


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Spring Card Class Day 7

As the weekend comes to a close I'm sharing my Day 7 cards. My cards didn't work out the way they were supposed to because I didn't have the kind of die Laurie used. It was supposed to be a word die with a die cut that cur around the word. So I tried to do it with a word die and then a square die around it.

I used the Neat & Tangled Polygon stencil (retired) to create the backgrounds with Distress Oxide Inks: Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Wild Honey.

I die cut MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares and Simon Says Small Hello from the front of my first card. The hello die cut is popped up with fun foam. I heat embossed the secondary sentiment on black card stock. The sentiment is from MFT More Essential Sentiments. Since the square seemed to be so much bigger than the sentiment I added my bling inside. The sequins are filled with Dimensional Magic.

For the second card I was supposed to take the rest of the fun foam and attach it to another die cut. But it occurred to me that I would never get the square the the hello dies lined up exactly the same was again. So I die cut another hello out of black card stock and glued to the front panel. The secondary sentiment from MFT More Essential Sentiments  is heat embossed on black card stock. I added a 3D sticker for a little embellishment.
Tomorrow we are taking card of the twins all day. They keep us hopping. I'll have to run to the grocery store first thing tomorrow to get some fruit for them.Thanks for stopping by today. Be safe! Stay healthy.


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Spring Card Class Day 6

Happy weekend! Nice day today weather-wise for a change. It got a little warmer today and we had sunshine for a change. We took a social distancing walk with friends today. We met up with some friends and walked together 6 feet apart. It was nice to see them again. I did get some time to work on Day 6 today.

Kristina Werner gave us some templates to make backgrounds with. So this one is great for using up designer paper. Or Kristina used water colors to make some papers andthen used the te,plate to make some great cards. 

I used the template to make three card backgrounds. Each of the backgrounds is cut for an A2 size with MFT Blueprints 13 stitched die (retired). This card uses a Bugaboo Stamp called Izzy Flowers Mini Set and is die cut with Spellbinders Standard Circles Large. I colored the flower with Copic markers and added Yellow Stickles to the center of the flower. The backing layers are black card stock and the card base is purple. The designer papers are Basic Grey Wisteria Paper Pad from 2008. Are my paper pads old or what?

You might be better able to see the template in this card. The sentiment is from Eureka Stamps called God Blessed Me die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax (retired). I wanted to show off the background so I just added a gem sticker from my stash.

My final card uses Simon Says Single Roses die cut and the MFT Miss You die to finish off the card. I have another template to play with for this challenge but I'm going to wait a bit to do that one. I want to go on to Day 7. 
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Stay strong, stay crafty and be well. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, April 17, 2020

Spring Card Camp Day 5

Well, it's cold and rainy and just a lousy day to be outside so I am crafting. Hoping to get a little bit caught up with my card class. Today is actually day 7 and I just completed day 5 so I could get another set done today if I try really hard. Day 5's instructor was Debby Hughes. She loves to watercolor. That isn't mt specialty and while I should have tried it and challenged myself, I opted to go with ink blending instead.

The idea was to use a die cut to make a stencil. Use the die cut as a stencil on the first card and then use the actual die cut on the second card.

I die cut Birch Press' Prismatic Heart on white card stock. I then adhered the die cut to a white piece of card stock and used Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey and Peacock Feathers DOI to ink over the stencil. To finish off this card I used a sentiment from MFT More Essential Sentiments and added teal gems to the intersections within the heart.

For my second card I adhered the die cut stencil to the card front. I heat embossed the Happy Anniversary sentiment from MFT Essential Sentiments on black card stock and then added Lucy's Gems Bridal Mix Jewels to my card. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. Be strong and safe. Stay healthy! My prayers are with you!


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Spring Card Camp Day 4

Greetings! This is my second post today. My first post was my cards for Spring Card Camp Day 3. But let me tell you, my favorite day so far is Day 4! Just loved this technique and even though it was a CAS style it took me a while to do these cards. Our instructor for day 4 was Julie Ebersole. She is the queen of CAS. Really fun technique and I love my cards.

As soon as I saw the video I knew I wanted to use the W Plus 9 Unforgettable stamp set. This is one of my favorites! So to do this technique you need a stamp set with matching dies.

I positioned my stamp in the MISTI and stamped my elephant on the front of the card. I then cut the elephant out of the card creating a window. Then I put my card back into my MISTI and stamped the elephant through the window. So when you open the card you see not only the elephant that I stamped on the inside, but also the scene I created after I stamped through the window.

I masked the original elephant and then created the fun scene around him. All the sentiments and the grass, stars, and dots  used on the card are from the Unforgettable stamp set. Now to make my second card I used the elephant from the window cut out.

Julie had scored the lines on the front of her card like I did but her lines showed up so much better than mine did. So I added some color to make them show a little better. I first inked with Broken China and then spritzed it with water. I wasn't crazy about the look so I went back in with Peacock Feathers and liked it a lot better. Then I used the stars and dots stamp from Unforgettable to add a little interest in Peacock Feathers ink. And to finish off I added another sentiment from Unforgettable white heat embossed on black card stock and then die cut with Clear Dollar Stamps (sadly closed for business) Designer Labels die. So what do you think. I am going to try this again with different stamp sets. Really love it! I am entering these challenges:
Happy Birthday card

Unforgettable card:
I am only behind by two days but I loved this technique so much it makes me want to tackle the next one,  Last night we had a chance to visit with one of my sons and his wife over Zoom. It's the first time we tried it. Next time he said he'll invite my other son to be online too so we can all talk together. Thanks for stopping by. Be safe and please stay healthy!


Spring Card Camp Day 3

I am a little further behind in my class than Id like but we had the twins yesterday. Typical 3 year olds; they are into everything. They open all the drawers to see what's in them. And Valerie loves anything small and shiny so he loves my jewelry. It's on my list to clean my jewelry out soon but she seems to be helping me out. LOL! Arthur loves to climb so it's not unusual to find him on my sink trying to get a banana or orange. In other words there isn't a minute to spare when they are around. I did manage to finish off my cards for Day 3 before they got here.

The technique for today is kind of like paper piecing. I stamped Penny Black's Allover Pattern background. Then you fussy cut pieces and adhere them to the base. The video showed how you could create a scene but I just went for a pattern on my cards. I went through my scrap box and pulled out color pieces that were big enough for the background stamp. I realize now that I could have used smaller pieces but this worked.and I have lots of leftovers to make more cards.

On this card I went for spring colors and created a pattern with the pieces I cut. (This is time consuming for sure.) After I had my pattern glued into place I used a stsiched die from MFT Blueprints 13 (retired) to die cut my paper to fit an A2 card. The center seemed the perfect place for a big sentiment so I stamped another background on white and then fully cut it to match the opening. (That was a challenge!) Then I flipped it over so I could use the side without the pattern and stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Big Birthday Wishes. To finish it off I added the candle and flame from the same stamp set and popped it up off the card.

Beccy from Beccy's Place is challenging us to get more organized in the month of April and so earlier this month I catalogued all my stamps and dies into a spreadsheet on my computer. I found dies I didn't even know that I owned. This adorable Lawn Fawn and Simon Says stamp set called Merry Christmouse was a set I won put away and never used. So I needed to give it some love. Some of my scraps were read and green so I decided to make a Christmas card with this set. The base was green and I use red and white scraps to fill in the pattern. I again die cut the background with MFT Blueprints 13 stitched die. Then I stamped colored and die cut the images to embellish the card. The little pieces are popped off the background with foam tape. The sentiment is die cut with MFT Stitched Ovals. I love this!
Like I said I have lots of leftovers to make more cards. Some evening when we are watching TV I'll fussy cut more of these out to use later. I am entering these challenges:
Birthday Card
Christmas Card
Off to get some lunch for my DH who is outside with a rented stump grinder. All the brush/trees we pulled out for the elderly neighbor needed more clean up. And we had another large tree that we removed last fall. So he is grinding up the stumps so they can grown grass and mow over those areas. No good deed goes unnoticed. I managed to get poison ivy from all that brush removal. Can't say that I remember seeing any in the mix but I guess there was. It's not too bad; just on my right arm so far. Thanks for stopping by. Be safe and stay well! 


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Spring Card Camp Day 2

Still chilly and windy today. I hope the wind dies down tomorrow and maybe warm up a little bit. We have the twins all day tomorrow. But today I worked on Day 2 of my class. It went better than the first day at least.

Day 2 was all about making 2 cards at one time using a big stamp set that goes across both cards. I used a Penny Black background stamp called Floral Thread. I used several distress oxide inks to stamp the image. If I have a criticism of either of my cards it the ink transitions. I need more practice with that. The sentiment is from Simon Says Flower Friend (retired). I added some hearts from Simon Says Prayers stamp set and added Glossy Accents to them. To finish off I added some faux stitching with black markers and a T-ruler. The card base is white card stock and my layering is red card stock.
Now for card #2. I used the same same Penny Black background stamp.

The sentiment for this card is from Jillibean Soup Flower Bloom. The flowers and leaves are from the same set. I also used a black marker and T-ruler on this card also. Card base is white card stock and the layering is pink (to match the Picked Raspberry DOI). The middle of the flowers have Rock Candy Stickles. I found another stamp set that I think would be fun to try this technique with. I hope I can find time later.
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That's it for me tonight. I worked some on Day 3 today so maybe I'll have that for you tomorrow. Be safe. Stay healthy! 

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