March 3, 2015

City Crafter Challenge Guest Star ~ A Parade of Washi

Hello there! I hope your week is starting off well!

I'm thrilled to be coming to you today as the March Guest Star for the fun City Crafter Challenge Blog! I'd like to thank Kirsty and the talented team for this honor! Every Tuesday this month I will be joining them to inspire you to play along.

For this challenge, our prompt is "Washi Tape." Here is one of my designs with colors to remind you that spring is on its way.
The next four I made earlier for friends and the twins, but this is their first time on the blog.
 
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I love the QACAS aspect of using Washi tape on cards. There are many ways you can make the design your own by the placement and patterns of your Washi tape and by the elements you add. You can even layer rows of Washi tape and then die cut an image. There are so MANY options!

I hope I have inspired you to use some of that Washi that you just had to have! I'd love to see your design! Just click on the City Crafter Challenge Blog and link up your Washi tape work of art!

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March 1, 2015

If You're Happy and You Know It ...

Hello and Happy Funday!

And welcome to the newest line of 2015 calendar months called March! When you step into the car, make sure your back is against the cushion and the bar is closed and locked firmly into place. Whooshing will commence immediately.

And I mean immediately with me whooshing in and out of this post, highly unusual for me, but needs must today.

Over at Less Is More this week, the team wants to know what makes us happy. That's presents a broad expanse of creative possiblez. Aside from family and friends and good health and good weather and a lot of money, two things immediately came to mind in equal proportions.

First, of course, is chocolate.
Enough said! So, okay, I'm on restriction at the mo, but it still makes me happy! I was going to choose wodka, but that would be unseemly.

Next, or rather, equal to, of course, is making cards.
Enough said!

Two more for my Twofer Campaign. 
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Ingredients:
Paper: PTI white, spring rain, and dark chocolate
Ink: PTI spring rain and dark chocolate; colored pencils
Stamps: Large heart chocolate kiss from PTI Scent-imentals, small from Stamps by Judith; 
square partial frame from Endless Creations; "Happy" from Avery Elle "Fanfare"; 
"I Made This" from Rubberstamp Avenue; Mad Stamper from Uptown Design Company; 
shadow from Paper Smooches
Dies: Lil' Inker rectangle; NBUS Lawn Fawn converations border

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February 27, 2015

DJKASEing Kleenex

Hi there!

Thank you for whooshing through another week to get here ~ whoops, don't look now, but you also whooshed through the second month of the new year already! Gulp.

I have a card for you today that I've been wanting to make since Kleenex brought out this pattern in several colors. Yesterday Comcast, our cable company, had a major malruption of my computer and phone services, so with all that time on my hands, I finally did this:
I mean, I just HAD to make a DJKASE of that Kleenex box pattern in one of my favorite color ranges.

The papers are SU and GKW and PTI. The angles that look black are really navy. The little flag banner is a Framelits die from SU and the sediment is by Waltzingmouse. The die I used to cut all the patterns is this one by Lil' Inker. It's called "Cover Up Die: Pieced Chevron."
I even remembered to do the inside. The sediment is an ancient stamp by Penguin Parade and the bricks are by Lawn Fawn called "Interlocking Backdrops."
And this is how my desk looked after wards:
As you can see from the large pile, I will be making LOTS of pieced cards, which my empty stash desperately needs. And, yes, don't judge, there are still items under the pile from the cards I made in my prior post. I gave Hammy the day off clean-up duty after he helped me come up with that idea to heat emboss my cover plates and dies.
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New Friends Corner

I am so pleased for you to meet these new friends:

Lili Sulastri of One More Take. Lili started blogging in 2012. In addition to being a wife and mother, Lili works in an office. Lili loves photography as a major hobby and she uses her beautiful photographs to make outstanding scrapbook layouts. Her attention to details and bright and vivid colors and patterns really accentuate her photography talent!

Kamila Routsis of Life in Moments. Kamila lives in Denmark, where she moved from the UK, but she was born and raised in Poland. She started blogging in 2013 when she discovered the art of card making and card-making blogs while checking out You Tube videos. Kamila now makes her own card-making videos on You Tube, participates in challenges, and serves on design teams! Her colorful card art will inspire you!

Tracy of Small Smackerells (love that name!). Tracy started blogging in - are you sitting down? 2005!! That makes her a founding member of The Online Stamping Community! (I just made that up, so don't go Googling it.) Tracy's cards are CAS, delightful, and impeccably made. Needless to say, you will find enormous inspiration so take a six-pack of something along and get comfortable!

Thank you for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!


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February 25, 2015

February 2015 PTI Blog Hop and More

Hallo and Welcome to the 25th of Another Month!

That means it is time for the monthly blog hop at Nicole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog and it's time for the monthly Christmas card Rudolph Day hookup at Maureen's Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo blog.

So using PTI products and my own Twofer Campaign, I made these:
Nicole suggested that we use the quatrefoil die (or the like) over a watercolored background, like this, smooshed or otherwise:
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I was curious to see if I could apply Versamark ink directly to a die in the same way that I would with a stamp and then heat emboss the image. I'll be darned if it didn't work! Here are the two dies I used. The large one is the PTI quatrefoil cover plate die and the small one is the PTI text block Christmas die.
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For this first one I used the faux watercolor technique that you've seen me use often of late, where you ink your stamp or your acrylic block, mist it, and then stamp it to paper. I am currently sorting through my Mt. NBUS and labeling schtuff and I had just come across the PTI "Birthday Style" set, so I thought I would juezz up my card by adding a sexy corner squiggle. Then I cut a fishtail flag, walked the edges around a marker, and stamped the sediment from SU. Wallah!

Wait. What? It turns out that the PTI Birthday Style die makes three squiggles if you don't break the die apart, and so naturally Hammy started fiddling around with adding another squiggle in the corner ... or maybe in the other corner ... or on top ... or hey! I cut another set and made a mirror squiggle because to me it looks like a giant holly leaf. Yes? In an arty-farty way? If you squint at the squiggles?, she asks, cocking her head to the side.

In addition to the PTI Blog Hop and Rudolph Day Challenge, I'm also entering my card in these challenges:
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For my twofer card, I wet a piece of watercolor paper and swirled on my cheap dime-store watercolor paints. I don't like that the pattern looks a bit like a map of the world, exspecially because of all that ocean turquoise blue, but that's where the colors wandered, so that's what I went with. It's very unlike a map of the world close-up IRL.

Also, the embossed Christmas text script is hard to read in photos, but is very clear and pretty IRL. I thought I would be arty-farty with this one, too, in the use of my colors. And also, the middle raindrop is light pink IRL, but it looks lavender on screen. The raindrops are from Crafty Notions.

The card base is embossed with a Craft Concepts e/f called "Stately." True story: I saw this folder on my friend Cathy's blog, so I asked her who made it and she told me. I was able to find it online, but only via Amazon UK and it could not be shipped to America. So I emailed my friend Di and asked her if she would buy it for me and mail it to me, which she promptly did.

Are we a cool supportive community of friends or what?!

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February 23, 2015

Time Mite Emit Item

Hello again!

Aren't words so fun to play whit? And aren't Mondays wonderful for starting a week off fresh?!

So, let's get right to today's program because I know you have that other thing. As perusal, I had no plans to make a card, but then I was visiting one of your blogs and I saw a really fun sketch and then I was visiting another one of your blogs and I saw a really fun theme and the next thing I know the hamster is revvvving up the wheel and away we go!

Inspired by circles and clocks we made this:
The white mat is embossed with a Cuttlebug e/f and attached to a smokey shadow PTI card base, which you can't hardly see in the smokey shadow setting. You will notice that I have an unembossed panel set inside the embossed panel on which to stamp my sediment. That unembossed panel was created by using a Darice "Easy Frames," which I learned about from my friend Ardyth at the Lake House and am only now getting around to using. Tsk.

The sediment is from Tim Holtz "Journey." The top clock is an unmarked stamp I have. I attached it to a notched circle die from PTI, which I painted with watercolors. I also painted the other two wooden veneer clocks to give them a bit of an aged Pat Ina.

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I made card number Dos Equis while I had my wooden veneer clocks out on my desk, using a die cut flower that was also laying there. With those ingredients, naturally I made a "clock flower." Isn't there such a thing in Wonderland or somewhere? Actually, I recently learned that dandelions are called clock flowers from my friend Anita, but I'm not sure you can tell that it's just gone past four o'clock on a dandelion. Can you?

Well, pretty much, yes. I'm editing this to add that I've heard more from Anita, who says: "You’re supposed to be able to tell the time (to the hour) from the number of puffs of breath it takes to blow all the seeds off the seed head (and so annoy any keen gardeners in the vicinity)!" So that's why they are nicknamed "clock flowers!" Perhaps, like me, you have learned something new today! 

Here is my daisy 4 o'clock flower:
The card base is made from blushing bride SU textured paper. The daisy flower die is a Sissix die. The water-brushed and penciled stem and leaves are from PTI's "Rosie Posie" set. The timeless sediment is from Hero Arts.

I am also entering this card in the TIME OUT Round The Clock challenge and since I used snippets for my daisy, I'm taking my whimsical (some might say fahreekie) card over to Pixie's Snippets Playground.
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New Friends Corner

Today I am delighted to introduce you to two more friends:

Julieanne ... aka Pinkjools of Julieanne's Cabin. Jools started blogging in 2012. She began making card art over a decade ago when she couldn't find a special card she needed. Jools and I have a lot in common because she, too, has an outdoor building in her garden just for her hobby, which she calls her "Cabin." You will find fun inspiration when you visit Jools. Among other ideas, her cards are so inspiring for designs using patterned paper!

Sandy of Sandy's Scrapbookin's. Sandy works full-time, is the mother of three, is an avid scrapbooker, and is the administrator of at least two scrapbooking blogs that I have seen, as well as her own personal blog, which I can't seem to access at the moment. Phew. Is it just me or do you need a nap now, too? That is so very impressive to me and I think you will find Sandy's works of art to be impressive, as well!

Thank you for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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