Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hoppy Spring

I have fallen in love with the Lawn Fawn bunnies; every single one of them.  I thought having the bunnies from the Easter Party set holding a sign would be a cute card; I hope you agree!

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Lawn Fawn Hoppy Easter Stamps, #LF1319
Lawn Fawn Easter Party Stamps, #LF1589
Lawn Fawn Easter Party Dies, #LF1590
Tutti Designs, Cross Stitched Nesting Rectangles, #TUTTI-410
Derwent Colored Pencils
Distress Oxides Background using Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemon, Shaded Lilac and Cracked Pistachio
Ranger Watercolor paper 
Distress Spritzer
Versafine Ink in Black Onyx
Dimensional Dots

As usual, when I want to use Distress Oxides for my background, that's the first step I do, considering the drying time {I like to have them dry overnight} and that they sometimes look different to me the next day, needing a bit of touch up.  So I made the background using the most spring-like colors I could find and spritzing with the Distress Sprayer in between layers.  I have also found that using a paper towel to dry some of the spots where ink has pooled lightens the color, so I have a few paper towels folded up on my desk for just this occasion.   
Another Look

The next day, I took some of the bunnies I had already colored and found a pair {did you notice that one is female and one is male in the Easter Party set?  Check the eyelashes!} that went well together and they became the sign holders.  I stamped the sentiment and made the sign using one of the rectangle dies in the Tutti set.  Then I fooled with the bunnies, finding the way I wanted them to hold the sign, and attached them to the Oxide Ink background using dimensional dots.  Then I trimmed that down a bit and adhered the background to my white card base.  And I was done!

I think it took me longer to choose which die I wanted to use to cut out the sign!  I adore these cute little critters and I know I will be using them all year long.  Thanks so much for the visit and I want you to know I read every single comment left on any of my posts; I appreciate your kind and encouraging words ~ fondly, Christi

I am entering my Hoppy Spring card in the following challenges:
Sunny Day Crafting - #15, Bunnies
Inspiration Destination - #148, Anything Goes TWIST: Use a Real Stamp
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Bunny Rabbits
{PIN}spirational - Anything Goes, 6th Anniversary Celebration
Die Cut Diva's - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes w/ a Critter
Simply Create Too - #137, Use Die Cuts
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - April Challenge
Fab 'n Funky - #388, Anything Goes w/ Critters
Creative with Stamps -#25, CAS w/ a Sentiment {2nd Anniversary!!}

Where did I find all these marvelous challenges?? At Challenges for Days :)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Keep Calm. . .

For years I couldn't drink coffee - my stomach just didn't approve of it, so I drank tea 'cause, you know, I need my caffeine.  I also have a huge addictive personality {just one look at my craft room will tell you that!} so if I made a pot of coffee, I drank the entire pot {this was before the single serve coffee pots came out}.  The good thing is, I can drink coffee again!  I've been a bit crazy buying coffee stamps and these are one of my new acquisitions - I LOVE them and I hope you do, too!

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
STAMPlorations Stamp Set, What's Brewing, #STMP1353
Tutti Designs Stitched Nesting Rectangles, #TUTTI-217
Your Next Stamp 6" x 6" Paper Pad, Crazy for Coffee, #YNSPP011
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Clean Color Marker, Beige
Distress Ink in Ground Espresso

This was a quick and easy card to make; doesn't take much time at all.  I stamped the coffee cups, using the 'to go' cups, facing each other, on white card using the onyx ink.  Then I colored the holders with a Clean Color marker in beige.  I stamped the sentiment under the cups using the Distress Ink and then
Another Look
cut out the rectangle using a die.

I trimmed a piece of plaid paper from the Crazy for Coffee paper pad, mounted the stamped card onto that, then mounted the entire thing onto a white card.  That's it!  I think this would make a great masculine card {you know how difficult it is to make those!} as well as the perfect card to give any coffee lover.

Thanks for visiting and leaving comments - I do read each and every one of them and I appreciate them SO much!  Don't forget to follow me and, if you do, leave me a note so I can follow you back - again, thank you for stopping by! Christi

I am entering my Keep Calm card in the following challenges:
STAMPlorations - M, April, Focus on the Sentiment
STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times - #68, Food and/or Drink
Mod Squad Challenge - Simply Clean & Simple
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - M, April, Anything Goes
NEW CHALLENGE Crafts Dreamy - M, Mood Board {Coffee!!}

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April is Simply Made at Stinkin' Inkers

When I found out that the April Stinkin' Inkers challenge was Simply Made {a one layer card}, I knew it was really going to be a challenge for me.  I never make one layer cards, ever.  So, I went to Pinterest and found this amazing card by Wanda Guess.  I literally bought my Prismacolor pencils because of her beautiful coloring. I want to be able to color like that!  I recently was gifted the Altenew "Adore You" set, so, I CASED Wanda's card.  I practiced a few cards on Kraft cardstock, but I couldn't get the vibrancy that Wanda achieved.  So I switched to a Bristol vellum cardstock; a smooth, white card.  Now, I researched this a bit because I couldn't wrap my head around the vellum part - all the vellum I knew was the regular, no good way to attach to your card, see through vellum.  Well, I learned that apparently vellum is a very smooth texture as well as a paper.  After all of the trials, I produced this card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
Strathmore Bristol Card Base

Altenew Adore You Stamp set
Prismacolor Pencils
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

I first made masks of all the flowers and leaves from the set that I wanted to use.  I just used plain old sticky notes, like we used to before there was all these fancy masking products.  I cut the masks out using the matching Adore You dies and set about placing the images.
Another Look

Once I was done stamping the flowers and leaves in Jet Black ink, I just colored.  I didn't use any blender except the colored pencils.  Once the coloring was done, I finished the card by stamping the sentiment.  That's it.  A simple, uncomplicated card.  Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from the colored pencils; I'd had a cheaper set I bought years ago and didn't have any luck coloring, or blending, with them.  This is a clear case of you get what you pay for.  I'm very pleased with this card and you will be seeing more Prismacolor coloring from me in the future.

Now, do you make one layer cards? Regardless if you an old pro or, like me, new to the one layer card, now is the time to enter them into the Stinkin' Inkers April challenge - who knows, maybe you'll be one of the winners!  Thanks so much for the visit, I really appreciate it ~ Christi

I am entering my Simply Made card in the Following Challenges:
Calling All Sistahs - #11, M, CAS Challenge using Photo {I used flowers}
DL Arts Thankful Thursday Challenge - #225, Thank you or Flowers
Altenew Challenge - Best Altenew Project {my first one actually!}
Emerald Creek Dares - Spring has Sprung!? 
Creative with Stamps - #25, M, CAS w/ a Sentiment
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Spring Flowers
Incy Wincy - Nature and all of it's Beauty

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Spring Kitty

While the weather here in Colorado keeps changing, I know by the calendar that any minute spring will be upon us! And it is with that thought in mind that I created this cute little kitty card to wish you a Happy Spring.  

I came across this cat image, already colored, in my stash and decided it was time to let her out to play!

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Violet Crush Paper Pack by KaiserCraft {discontinued but available}
Penny Black stamps, Purrfect Day, #30-027 {discontinued?}
Lawn Fawn stamps, Easter Party, #LF1589
Hero Arts Ink in Amethyst
Various shades of purple card, stash
Die-Versions Whispers Stitched Nesting Squares, #DV-572 {discontinued?}
Tutti Cross Stitched Nesting Rectangles, #TUTTI-410
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Homemade Dots (Perler Beads)

As I said, this little kitty was already colored; thankfully I actually recall doing it with my Inktense Pencils {but it was over a year ago - in fact, the image is so old I think it's discontinued!}.  I just cut the image out with the Die-Versions die and set it aside.

After deciding I was going to focus on the color purple, I rummaged through the Violet Crush paper pack and chose a few lightly patterned papers to add to the card.  I also went through my papers stash and picked out some matching purple solid cardstock and ran all the papers through my Big Shot using the Tutti Die to add some interest.

I stamped the sentiment (from the Lawn Fawn Easter Party set) using Amethyst ink onto one of the solid purple cardstock pieces and attached all the background pieces to the white card base.  The kitty image became the center of the card and I
Another look
added some homemade plastic dots to give the card a little touch of extra color.  That's it - I'm tickled with how the card came out and I can't wait to share it with my friend.

The card came together as I wanted it and I'm glad I finally used the image.  I'm slowly working on getting my backlog of colored images used; you'll see at least a few more cards coming up where I've finally found good matches for the images.  It's funny, I can pre-color a bunch of images, keep them for the longest time, and suddenly the perfect card comes along and one of those images is just the thing that I need.  I love it when stuff comes together like that!  I hope your weather is turning season appropriate for wherever you are ~ thanks SO much for stopping by! Christi

I am entering my Happy Spring Kitty card in the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Dies R Us Challenge - #94, Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #13, Anything with a Critter Goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - #133, Springtime
Sweet Stampers Challenge - #18, Spring
Craftaholics R Us - #13, Enamel Dots {hopefully my homemade dots count!}
Retro Rubber Challenge - #83, Anything Goes {my PB Kitty image is OLD!}
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge - #422, Spring

Thursday, March 29, 2018

You Take the Cake

I love puns and snarky sayings so when I saw this sentiment in the Lawn Fawn "Some Bunny" set, I knew I had to use it.  I scored a few paper pads at Tuesday Morning and one of them had the perfect background paper!  I made this card in record time, and all the components were meant to be together.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Lawn Fawn Some Bunny Stamp Set, #LF1587
Lawn Fawn Some Bunny Die Set, #LF1588
Zig Clean Color Markers
Tutti Crafts Cross Stitched Nested Rectangles, #TUTTI-410
Authentique Paper Pad, 12" x 12", Jubilee, #JUB010
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Very Old Corner Punch

I have to tell you, when I went to look up the paper pad to link it, I went by the name and item number on the pad.  I purchased this pad at Tuesday Morning, but saw nothing wrong with it - well NOW I see - it's named wrong! My pad says IMAGINE, and when I looked at the pads none of the paper matched. And I always check in more than one place, and they were ALL wrong! I thought perhaps they pulled a DCWV, named a pad the same, but put entirely different papers in it, but just to be absolutely sure, I scanned the available products and there it was! Right papers, wrong name.  Even the cover art and font they used is the same as the Jubilee pad - it's just the wrong name! LOL OK, I hope you got a chuckle out of that, I did! On with the card!

Once I stamped all the cakes I wanted, I colored them using the Clean Color Markers and cut them out.  I set them aside to put on the card later.  Then I wrestled with the sentiment for a long time - I just couldn't get it lined up properly, even using my MISTI.  It was too long for what I wanted to do with it, so I split it apart, making it two lines instead of one long line {not literally, I didn't cut that stamp - that would have been easier!} so I had to get the 2 lines without stamping the whole thing on my paper.  I kept getting ghost images of the part of the line I didn't want.  To combat this I came up with an easy solution; I inked the whole sentiment, then put a sticky note over the part I didn't want to stamp, stamped that, cleaned the stamp off completely {that stops the ghosting}, then repeated the process with the other half of the sentiment.  I did discover that you don't want to ink your stamp after you have positioned the sticky note as you will get a big ink blob from the sticky note you used to cover the stamp.  I hope that makes sense! It took me entirely too long to figure it out and, even after I did, I still had to stamp the words about 3,423,546,597 times {OK, maybe only 780 more times - it felt like 3 million!}.  But I'm pleased with the outcome; it's exactly what I wanted.

I then cut the sentiment out with the cross stitched rectangle.  I used an ancient {I'm not even going to guess} corner punch on the patterned paper, attached that to my card, and put it under the tile on my desk to dry thoroughly.  The tile
Another Look
is awesome, it's 12" x 12" and it definitely helps to ensure that the elements on my card aren't going anywhere.  It also flattens warped watercolor paper and I heat emboss on it all the time.  The local big box hardware stores have plenty of these tiles, so when you go to get some to alcohol ink, be sure to grab one of the big ones.  You will wonder how you lived without it!

So, my background is dry, I glue my little carrot cakes to the card, and one on the sentiment cut out {just to add to the cuteness factor} and I'm done.  I appreciate you reading this entire post, and as a reward I'll let you in on a secret.  I've been collecting items to put in my giveaway {and if you saw the haul from the last one you'd WANT to be in on this!} and in order to qualify you will need to comment on the giveaway post & be a follower.  Why not do that now so when I announce the giveaway you will get notified? Anyhow, thank you for stopping by and reading all this - I truly do appreciate {and read} every single comment you leave me.  Hugs! Christi {now I'm starving for some carrot cake, how about you?}

I'm Entering my "You Take the Cake" card in the Following Challenges:
Calling All Sistahs - CAS11, Always Encouragement Card, Insp. Colors Below
Scrapy Land - #68, Anything Goes w/ Dies They Carry
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers with Dies - M, Anything Goes {entry 2}
Just For Fun - M, Use a Die Cut
Simon Says Stamp special National Craft Month Giveaway 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

My Card Organization File

For this month's project for Simply Crafty SVG's, I picked this file because I really needed a file to keep the cards in that I'm not going to give to the troops {I just started sending my cards to the overseas troops and, when I get more information about it, I'll be sure to share it.}  I realized I really make a lot of cards!  This file was the perfect vessel to keep the cards neat, clean, and easy to find.  Plus, I can see at a glance which type of card I need to make because my stash is low {there are five tabbed file folders that come in the kit so you can make as many as you want.}  I named my files after the project was finished.  Here is my organizer, I hope you like it!

What I Used to Make my Project:
Chipboard, medium weight {three pieces of 12 x 12}
Simply Crafty SVG's Greeting Card Organizer
DCWV Linen Closet Stack {the old stack - discontinued}
Matching green and brown card
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Bling, Recollections Bling Stickers

I have to tell you, this was the second one I made.  The first one was too warped to use.  See, I'm used to using gesso on just about everything that isn't a card, so I gessoed my chipboard after I cut it out with my Silhouette.  Even though I put the chipboard under a gallon bottle of water, it still warped.  And then it got worse once I put the patterned paper on it.  It was so bad, I literally could not get the top of the organizer on!  The more I tried to fix it, the worse it got.  I finally had to admit defeat and start from scratch.  It's so bad I can't even show you.  This time I left the chipboard natural; the file cut better and was a dream to assemble.  And I just got my order of white and black chipboard so I don't have to make myself crazy anymore if I want my project to be a different color.

I cut out the box and the lid, as well as the panels to decorate the box.  I assembled the box according to the PDF instruction file {included with EACH file - no more guessing!}  Once I was done with the box, I felt it needed a bit more bling.  The paper I used has an iridescent shine to it and I had nothing iridescent except glitter and, after my fiasco making the first box, there was no way I was taking any chances with this one.  Off to the craft store I went, and I found the perfect bling - and they were already in a line, so all I had to do was cut the lines apart and attach them to the box! Happy dance!

Then the next dilemma hit me.  I'm not good at the print and cut feature on the Silhouette.  I've tried and succeeded in making a HUGE mess out of
everything.  So, due to my incompetence, I used a computer generated title and, instead of using the perfectly fine label file that comes with the kit, I cut out my label using Spellbinder dies.  I'm really happy when I can mix my craft supplies, especially when they come out as beautifully as this did.  I blinged the label, then attached it to the box.  In order to ensure a good stick, I put the box, with some support in the middle, under some heavy books while the label dried.  Lastly, I cut out the file folders, using heavy white card. I suspect I'll need more of the folders but, for now, five is fine.

My organizer, complete with files
Simply Crafty SVG's has so many cool files for organization, and the biggest selection of FREE cut files I've ever seen!  I know I've said it before but having that PDF file to walk you through the assembly of your project is the best thing ever.  How many times have you bought a file, or downloaded a freebie, and had NO idea what was the best way to make the project?  Simply Crafty SVG's has taken that confusion away!  And the files on the site are beautiful; not just your average file, but files that look stunning when you are through.  And, if you mess up as I did with my first box, no worries - you can just cut another.  Thanks for stopping by, Christi

I am entering my Card Organization File box in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - #363, Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - M, #200, Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Inside the Box {literally!}
Not Just Cards - M, Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - M, Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters - #2, Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Happy National Craft Month page

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hippity Hoppity

These little bunnies called to me {as well as the new leaping sheep!}, and I think they are just adorable.  I've been cutting them out like crazy, in all sorts of neutral combinations but, when I decided to make this card, I felt that "Hippity Hoppity" was just too joyous to use neutral bunnies, so I cut out a ton more in pastel colors.  I hope you like this card as much as I do!

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Oxide Inks
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk, #CMS236
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Labels, #660060
Memory Box Quick Bunnies dies, #99902
Pastel Papers from stash
Scrap white card and Oxide Inked paper
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

I knew I wanted some oxides on this card because they are SO easy to mute into pastel colors when you don't want to use them full strength, so I rummaged through my scraps of Oxide Inked paper.  I found this strip that originally had only  a few colors on it and I filled it in to make it feel like spring.  I don't know what colors were originally on the paper and I just picked an Oxide that I thought the strip needed.  Once that was fully dry, I used my Crazy Talk set to stamp directly onto the strip.  Well, that didn't work out, so I stamped on a piece of scrap white paper, then cut that with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Labels and trimmed that down to the shape I wanted.  When things mess up you gotta know how to punt!  I attached the label, covering my boo boo, and stuck the strip under the tile. 

Meanwhile I got to work cutting my pastel bunnies.  As I always do, I made far too many, but they are so cute I can't bear to throw them away.  I know it's
Another Look
crazy, but I do feel bad when I throw out an animal die cut that I didn't use -- I'm sensitive yanno!  I cut my bunnies, attached their tails and let them dry.  The die also cut out itty bitty bunnies, and yes, I kept them and I will use them {I hope!}  My new plan is if I don't use it {paper, stamp, die cut, already colored stamp, etc} in a year, out it goes.  I can't go on keeping everything and I can barely find what I think I have {LOL}.

My bunnies are dry, my card is dry, and the bunnies just hop to where they'd like to be, even the white one at the bottom; it's difficult to see, but you can spot his little orange {I think it's orange} tail.  I thoroughly enjoyed making this card and I hope you enjoyed my journey; including that tip about the sticky notes.  Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you soon!  ~Christi

I am entering my Hippity Hoppity card in the Following Challenges:
Dragonfly Journeys - #114, Bunnies, Chicks & Ducks, Oh My!
The Library Challenge - #3, Watership Down {I used bunnies!}
Animal Friends Challenge - #60, Anything Goes w/ an Animal
Emerald Creek Dares - #21, Easter Delights
Make my Monday - #67, Easter Fun
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M, Anything Goes w/ a Critter {or six!}
Cut it Up - #144, Easter 
Crafting with Dragonflies - #100, Easter Cards
Creative with Stamps - M, #24, Bunny