Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Magic

Hi there, friends! I hope your week is going well!
I have a birthday card to show you today that's just a bit different for me. Other than the pre-made card base... 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" white... and black textured cardstock, it's made entirely from a package of Snap! Insta Squares & Pieces Say Cheese by Simple Stories. I haven't a clue as to why I purchased this. I'm guessing I bought it in Tennessee at Your Scrapbook Superstore... one of those impulse items I tend to buy when we're away on a trip. Nevertheless, I guess it came in handy and I was happy with what I was able to create with it.

Strike that word entirely above... I cut this Avery Elle happy die from glitter paper and used the matching stamp set for the birthday.

 I popped up the balloon grouping and the sentiment strip with 3-D foam and used an Idea-ology Hex Fastener on the red arrow and View Finder piece to make a spinner.
This card went to our grandson, Ruf, who was celebrating his sixth birthday this week.
Yesterday, I began a fall project with some hand-dyed wool. If I get that completed today, I'll post it next.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Best Journey Always Takes Us Home Fall Pocket Card

Happy Monday, friends!
We are back home after a weekend in Point Pleasant, WV. Had a fabulous time there working and spending time with our son.
I had started this post before we left, but wasn't able to get it finished. I created an old-time homey-look pocket card using a combination of Authentic's two collections Harvest and Homestead. 

Along with all the calico type papers, I added some Alterations Thinlits Fall Foliage die-cut leaves, an Idea-ology Pumpkin Pieces, some real acorns and a vine piece.

The leaves were cut from various scraps of plain Echo Park papers and inked with Rusty Hinge Distress.

In between papers is a rectangle of Idea-ology Textured Surfaces burlap.

The small tag is from the ephemera pack of the Prima Amber Moon collection. I glued on a tiny laser-cut wood heart and tied on a tiny bow of wrinkled, orange seam binding. The sentiment tag has the same along with a copper wide eyelet.

I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful week for you all!
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Z-Fold Spinner Birthday Card

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday!
Do you like trying new card designs? Since I purchased the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform I've been much more adventurous in attempting them. As I said before, I've never been much of a stamper and I have very few stamp sets and supplies. So for me to try something new that I see on YouTube is a real challenge. Take this example of Jennifer McGuire's Z-Fold Spinner Card. (Please check out her post here.) I had none of the supplies she used except for ink and the stamp platform, but I really wanted to make a card for our granddaughter's third birthday. I used a patterned paper, Echo Park's The Story of Fall Dots, since I didn't have a background stamp. Instead of a sentiment stamped around the circle (since I had none that would work), I put mine at the bottom of the card.
I added the red heart center after the Penmaker had taken the photos.

All in all, I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and when Jesse opened the card it actually did spin a ton. Success!!!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Blessed Fall Pocket Card

Hi friends!
Don't you love it when two different paper collections from two different companies blend perfectly together into one unique card? I'm a happy lady indeed, looking at this pocket card made from both Kaisercraft's Curiosity and Prima's Amber Moon.
Curiosity is such a gorgeous collection of warm colors that lends itself well to Fall projects. Thankfully I still have a few sheets left in my stash, although they are dwindling. I used some of those sheets for the base and most of the layers and the tag. 

The bird is from the Curiosity ephemera pack. The pretty filigree corner piece is from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The flowers are from Prima... Bramble. They look like I brushed them with gesso... I love these! I cut the leaves with my Alterations Fall Foliage... inked them with Rusty Hinge Distress, then shaped them with tweezers.

The feather is Amber Moon printed chipboard and the Blessed sentiment is from the ephemera pack.

Have a great week!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Country Roads Take Me Home Fall Pocket Card and Just a Teeny Bit of Bragging


Hello, sweet friend and happy Friday!
I'm sitting at my desk watching dark clouds gatherer outside my window. The trees are really whipping around and I'm thankful to be in our cosy home. Please be praying for the folks in Florida as this next hurricane approaches.

I took a shot of my work space as I was putting my newest Fall pocket card together. I was watching Tiffany Solorio on YouTube showing her Prima Amber Moon haul which is what I have laying here.

For my stamped image, I pulled out my Artistic Outpost Home set and Coffee Archival ink by Ranger. The dies I used are Alterations Thinlits Stitched Rectangles and Fall Foliage. Distress Rusty Hinge ink is what I sponged onto the edges.

Now for my bit of bragging... sorry, I just had to post this about our son.

Seth won the Golden Yeti Award last weekend
and I thought it appropriate to post one of the articles written about him here.

Please everyone stay safe this weekend.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Happy Harvest Scarecrow Gatefold Card

Hello, dear friends! 
I'm so happy you're here because I have another card to show you using Alterations new Scarecrow die set.

 With a base of K & Company's Tim Coffey Fall papers I made a gatefold card instead of my usual pocket card. I cut this at 12 x 5 1/2", scoring at 4 1/4" and 9 1/4".

I added a layer of corrugate from the Idea-ology Textured Surfaces pack, topping it with Prima's Amber Moon Into The Woods, which is my favorite pattern in that collection. I inked up all the edges with Distress in Carved Pumpkin. I tied a bite of natural burlap string to the hat, as well as around the right fold of the base.

I cut the jagged edge label and leaves using Kraft Core papers and Thinlits Labels and Fall Foliage dies. The inner circle is a scrap of Amber Moon cut with Spellbinder's Classic Circles, and stamped and heat embossed with Ranger's Super Fine Gold EP. The tiny acorns are from my daughter's front yard which I baked at 225 degrees for 20 minutes.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Harvest Time Birthday Pocket Card

With Labor Day weekend winding down, there is one more get together on our schedule. A visit from Adelaide and her mom. Since our son has to work, we will be cooking out with just the ladies today. For later in the day, I have some craft time planned... if I still have the energy... lol.

My Harvest Time pocket card was a struggle for me to make, but ended up as one I'm extremely happy with. When I pre-ordered this new Tim Holtz Scarecrow Thinlit set, I wasn't thinking about it taking up all the real estate of the card front. It dawned on me when I started that I would need to re-think my layers and foliage. Since I normally pile them on, something had to be changed.

I started with a pocket card base and a mat layer (this is Prima's gorgeous new Amber Moon collection), inking the edges with Distress in Carved Pumpkin. I stamped some fence post on my next layer, and realizing it didn't match the scarecrow silhouette, cut another layer from the same paper. I pulled out my Alterations Mixed Media die, cutting the right corner to expose that bottom layer I had already adhered down. Now I was on a roll and it all began to fall into place.

I scuffed my black Kraft Core scarecrow with my sanding block, cut leaves and a twig with Thinlits Fall Foliage in three fall shades of Kraft Core, inking and shaping with my tweezers.

I added the flying birds that are part of the Scarecrow set, and made a sentiment using Thinlits Labels, a scrap of Metallic Kraft Core, and my old Sweet 'n Sassy Happy Harvest stamp set. In the corner I put three Theresa Collins gems (still using up my old stash). On my tag I added a wide copper eyelet and some wrinkled, pumpkin colored seam binding tied into a double bow.
This is a great new die set. 
If you're looking to buy something for fall, I recommend this one. I have lots of ideas in mind for this set and will show you what I come up with as I create. 

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