Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beach Bum Cheers

I made this one as a birthday card. The background is dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The patterned paper is by Fancy Pants and the cheers die cut by Lawn Fawn.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Recycled Beach ATC

Beach scene
We live about 45 minutes from Lake Michigan and at this one beach there was this fence like thing that I was never sure what was being divided or keeping people away from. I based this ATC on that beach scene that is still in my head. The theme for the April ATC swap is recycled/upcycled/junk in your house. And as I was digging in my stash I found this fence looking thing.

 When my MIL went into assisted living all of her crafty and sewing things came to my house. (I think I've told you this before. Sorry for the repeat info.) I found this fence in one of those boxes and it always intrigued me as to what it was or was for. I first thought it was a fence for a dollhouse but but my husband has no sisters. Hmmm. Perplexed and unable to ask my MIL (Alzheimer's) what this fence looking thing was, I kept it with no immediate plans to use it and no plans to throw it away.

If you have any ideas what you think the fence in my card is for, please leave me a comment. It came in a half of a yard roll. It is made of real wood and thicker wire to hold them together. I'm curious to hear what you think.

Anyway,  hubby cut the section I needed with some wire cutters and here's the rest. I cut white cardstock size down to normal ATC size (3.5 x 2.5) when I decided to create a moon in the background. Using a Marvy circle punch, I created a mask by punching out circle of a Post-It.  I inked the cardstock with distress ink and an ink blending tool with the moon mask in place to create the scene. I found a piece of  patterned paper by Creative Imaginations that resembled sand to adhere to the bottom and beach sentiment sticker by the same company.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sit back and Relax card

 The background of this card is in embossing folder by quickutz. I inked the folder with paint mixed with powdered chalk.  The reading is from May parts the diecut behind the bottle cap is by DO crafts. The sentiment is by unity stamp company  and is stamp on a Gina Marie designs diecut. The lemon is a doodle bug sticker. 

 I am now doing my blog posts using the voice activation on my iPad. I haven't figured out how to make companies with start with capital letters. I'm still learning. Doing posts this way is really helping the pain in my wrists that I incur from typing. 
 Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Airplane Card

 Today's card is in all occasion card. The background paper is by K and company. I cut out some clouds and applied Stickles to them. Then I placed them in the sky of my card.The sentiment diecut is by Spellbinders and the sentiment is Lawn Fawn.  Plane stamp is by TPC studio on a Cricut die cut.   The circle behind it is stamped with a background Stampin Up stamp. And I added an eyelet to the top. 

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cod Oil Cards

 The ATC theme is medicine. I chose to use a bag that had images like this on it. I cut it out and inked the edges with  distress ink  before coloring in the fish with markers.  The green glossy paper is inked with alcohol ink from Ranger. The last piece of white paper I inked with brown distressing. 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Let's all Dance Like a Daisy

 The title of this post is a small child's song that I used to know and this card reminded me of it. The embossing folder is by Darice  and I put Perfect Pearls powder on the daisies.  The diecut behind the bottlecap is by DO Crafts and the other is by Spellbinders. 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I believe in You Card

Lately I've  been having a hard time typing so I'm going to keep things short and to the point. This card uses Martha Stewart butterfly stickers on red cardstock that I inked with distress ink. The stamp that covers the seam of the two pieces of paper is a TPC Studio stamp. Everything else was in my stash.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Manly Monday Monster Hello Card

Really quick card today since I'm not well. The Hello die by Lawn Fawn and for the pop tab in the center, I cut the open part of the tab out to reveal the monster on the ribbon.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Deep Red Stamps Cheers Card

I made this card for a friend who is a red head and he found the card humorous. The background of the card was created by the Deep Red Stamps Tree Ring background stamp. I stamped it onto the red cardstock with Pale Tomato ink by Hero Arts and then again on white cardstock where I tried to match up the design. Taped those together and trimmed off the extra before adhering to black cardstock and then the card base. The cheers die is by Lawn Fawn and the circle around the bottle cap is from my stash.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Day of the Dead Cards

We have a new swap theme this month and it's Day of the Dead. I had to Google that one. The only thing I knew about it was from the animated movie "Book of Life". So I made quite a few of them because I wasn't sure where I was going with this at the time. But they all have the same supplies:

Skull stamp-Etsy
Scallop circle stamp-Close to my Heart
Heart circle-Technique Tuesday
Flower stamp and colored pencils-Stampin Up
Embossing powders by- Stamp N Plus and Ranger
Ink - Black distress ink, Hero arts and Versa Mark
Sticker sentiments-Glitz Designs

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Lego Card

A new card today is for a Lego enthusiast. The Lego's help this little 3 year old deal with cancer and all the hospital visits. I popped the circles up on SU's dimensionals. The sentiment is by Hero Arts.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Manly Monday Cruisin' Speedster

I made these backgrounds with bubble wrap dipped in powdered chalk on Strathmore watercolor paper. Then on this first card, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp road with black Hero Arts ink. The car stamp is by Stamp N Plus. The blue mat behind the stamped image is by Bazzill. I die cut the sentiment from Cricut cartridge Boy will be Boys.

The second card has many of the same elements. However it includes a Spellbinders border die, an Ebay die cut out of blue cardstock by Stampin Up and a brad by Eyelet Outlet. I used the Creative Memories cutting System to create the oval and the sentiment by Cricut and same cartridge.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Yellow Flower Birthday Cards

This first is a birthday card that was previously posted and can see it HERE. I altered this card because the sentiment was adhered with foam squares that started to cave in and bent the cardstock. The new sentiment is by TPC Studio.

This card was published as a Mother's Day card. The background is a small Fiskars stamp that I stamped multiple times with Colorbox chalk ink. The flower closest to the base is a Sizzix die painted with Scattered Straw crackle paint by Ranger. On top of that is a Stampin' Up punch and on top of that is a Sasafrass sticker. The sentiment stamp is  by......idk but I do know that the label it's on is by Martha Stewart.

Thanks so much for looking.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Smile Birthday Card

I'm not really sure I love this card but I'm going to show it anyway. The borders are Cricut cuts from the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge with Provo Craft cardstock. The circle stamp is by Unity Stamp Co, sentiment stamp by TPC Studio, and the mosaic stamp with matching punch is by Stampin' Up. The circle punches are by Creative Memories.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Iris Folding Blue Grad Cap

I made this card using the iris folding technique and a grad cap stamp by Stamp N Plus. The company is no longer in business but if you Google iris folding you will find a bunch of templates you can print. The patterned paper for the folding is by Die Cuts with a View.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

At the Cottage

My project today is a layout I made for my nephew's scrapbook. I created the background with a The Crafter's Workshop stencil and distress ink. I turned the stencil a little bit to create the tie dye look like his t-shirt. The yellow cardstock is by Bazzill. The title,which in retrospect is hard to see is made with a Stampin Up alphabet. I stamped the letters with Hero Arts green ink and then fussy cut them out. Then the peace signs are glittery stickers by Jolee's/EK Success. Under the two right side photos is an old 2008 sticker and it too is hard to see. Ugh!

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Smiley Flower Cards

I started making this card by background stamping the Hero Arts stamp with pink Colorbox pigment ink. After it dried, I inked the edges with distress ink and added a piece of pink cardstock to the center.

The flower in the center is a Stampin Up stamp that I colored in with distress markers before fussy cutting it out. I layered the stamped flower on top of an Imaginisce flower and then to a The Paper Studio flower. The fancy die cut in white cardstock is by Lifestyle Crafts. I then stamped the sentiment by Fiskars with Ranger purple ink.

This card uses the same stamp that I colored with Copic Markers. I layered the stamp onto two Creative Memories paper flowers. The patterned paper is unknown and I think the border is a Cricut cut.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Manly Monday Lightning Bolt Cheers

Today my card for Manly Monday I used another bottle cap. I hope you don't hate them because I have really enjoyed making them. The green background is a Deep Red Stamp called Metal Mesh stamped with black Hero Arts ink. The lightning bolts are a Cricut cut, the sentiment is a Lawn Fawn die cut and the black die behind the bottle cap is by Spellbinders. The green paper on the right side is the back of a Creative Memories journal box.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Orange Rosette Card

I made this card with a rosette die by Tim Holtz and K and Co patterned paper. The die behind it is by Spellbinders and the leaf dies are by Sizix. I inked the leaves with distress ink.The orange background cardstock has been dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, the sentiment stamp by Sweet Stamps and the diploma is by The Paper Studio.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Living the High Life

This city scene was the bottom of a wedding invitation. I thought it fit well with this bottle cap as sort of a sun. The yellow die cut is by Spellbinders. I used a Creative Memories corner punch on the bottom of the city scene. Black and white cardstock by Recollections.


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Friday, May 26, 2017

Peach Graduation Card

For today's card I heat embossed a Hero Arts background stamp on white cardstock with white embossing powder. I inked the background with distress ink to create the color you see. The sentiment is vellum from idk where. I ran it thru my Xyron sticker maker to adhere it to the card. Xyron is the only way I adhere vellum. The congratulations ribbon is from my stash and and the hat brad by The Paper Studio.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dog Sympathy Card

I have a pet sympathy card today. I used a Gina Marie dog stamp that I inked it with Clearsnap pigment ink with a lighter color all over and a darker color around the edges. I matted the image with orange cardstock by Bazzill. The sentiment is from the internet that I inked the edges with the same ink as the dog. The bone is a Cricut cut from the Cricut Sampler. I think the background paper is by The Paper Studio but I'm not positive.

Have a great day and thanks for looking.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Manly Monday Catch You Later Series

Here is one card in this series of Catch You Later cards.

The sentiment is from Cricut cartridge Just Because cards size 3 1/4. The green cardstock is by Sunborn and patterned papers by Papertrey Ink and Stampin Up. The stamps are by Close to my Heart with both stamped in brown ink. I colored the fish in with different distress inks.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Be Happy Card

For my card today I used patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket and white cardstock by Recollections. I stamped the Stampin'Up Mosaic stamp onto purple cardstock with purple Ranger ink. Then I used the matching punch to individualize them to arrange them onto a half  circle die cut cut out from my Cricut.

The bottle cap is a recycled beer cap that I covered with Ranger's alcohol ink and the silver mixative. The flower gem in the center is by The Paper Studio. The sentiment is an old vellum by Provo Craft. Now days I adhere all vellum with the Xyron sticker maker.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Park City Anniversary Card

This bottle cap came from my cousin in Utah and Park City is where she got engaged. So I'm usin g this cap for their anniversary card.

The card base is a kraft pre-made Recollections card. I find I end up with a lot of 2" by 6" strips of patterned paper because I sometimes use the 6x6 paper pads. This card utilizes two of these scraps. I adhered the Pink Paislee patterned paper strips to each side of the card base and covered the seam with a Mrs. Grossman's sticker. I used a border punch by EK Success on the right side edge and then the doily is by Doodlebug Designs.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Whale Done Grad Card

Graduation season is upon us and this little card is kind of fun. The whale stamp set is by Clearly Besotted. The hat is a Jolee's sticker. The background was dry embossed with a Darice folder.

Here are some other cards with the same stamp set for graduation:

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Be U and Only U!

The ATC theme for these cards was unicorns. Oddly enough some Cricut cartridges I have brought me a couple of options. I cut it out with pink cardstock for the shade and the polka dot paper for the top. 

The background cardstock is by Paper Reflections and I've dry embossed it with a Stampin Up folder. I inked the raised portion with distress ink and outlined each leaf with a white Sharpie. The pink patterned paper is by Stampin Up and the white jean paper is by Recollections. I did stamp the bottom with a Deep Red Stamps border stamp called Vintage Lace borders. It's the middle border on the package and it's only the side with the lines.

I did ripe the edges of the patterned paper on these cards so they didn't look so sweet and innocent. And this is why:

"I tend to obsess over what everyone else is doing to create their ATC's instead of doing my own thing and being proud of what I made. I made these as a reminder to be the unicorn. To Do what I feel like doing. To not worry that I didn't do enough techniques on the card to make it worthy of trading. There is nothing wrong with being unique and not following the trend. 

Lately I've been putting on my "I don't give a s__t shoes". They make me feel like more like myself and teach me not to obsess about what will people think of my hair, my outfit or how fat my body looks. Everyone is looking at their phone and not looking at me anyway. So if I walk by a mirror and my hair is doing its own thing, I just say "I don't give a s__t". 
That was my inspiration for making these unicorn themed cards."

I used the Quickutz tool and old alphabet dies for the bold black words and a couple have a Creative Imaginations sticker (be). The other stuff I wrote with a black marker. I did ink the edges with black distress ink and gave two unicorns a black dot for the eye and the other two with the white Sharpie.


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