Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn Leaves

The Crazy 4 Challenges blog has a sketch challenge for this week's theme and that's what I used on my card.  I'm guest designer for the month of October, I hope you'll join in!  

This week the challenge on the SweetStamps blog is Anything Goes, join in and link your card to the company blog and you'll be entered in a chance to win a gift certificate to the store.

The leaves are from a newly released set from SweetStamps, you can check out all the other new sets on their store site.

I love the fall leaves that are multi colored and had to create one of my own using Copic markers for coloring.  The background panel is a stencil design from SweetStamps and the sponging was done with Ranger Distress Inks.

The decorative edges and circles were cut with Spellbinder dies and the straight 1/16" and 1/8" borders were cut with Perfect Layers mini from Perfect Paper Crafting.  I use the PPC Perfect Cutting Mat and a craft knife for cutting.

Images: SweetStamps

Paper: AC Cardstock - off white textured, unknown deep purple textured, Basic Grey - orange designer cardstock, Beckett Expressions - Radiance for images

Copic colors: R59,56,85, BV08 on top of R59, YR18,16,15, G99,94,85,82, W4,3,0

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Fall

The SweetStamps technique challenge this month is to create a pop up box card and using this Splitcoaststampers tutorial as our guide.

I used SweetStamps images that released today, the sunflowers and front pumpkins are from the set Happy Fall and a pumpkin to the left is from the Fall Owls set.  You can check out all the new images and products at the SweetStamps store - right index.

My pumpkins are coming out a bit brighter than in real life and an attempt to remove a bit of red in the photo program changed other colors so left it alone.

Copics: pumpkins - YR09,07,04,00, stems - E15,13,11, leaf - Y38,19,18,15, flowers - Y38,19,18,15, centers - E29,27,24,20, leaves G29,28,24,20, grass (doesn't show in photos) G19,17,16,23,21, sign - W5,4,3,2,1, background I used YR18 and blender in the sunflower image to make it look like the designer paper.

Memento - Tuxedo Black marker was used to color the edges of all images.

Punches and dies: Martha Stewart - branch punch, Sizzix - tree leaves; these were sea sponged with Ranger Distress ink - mowed lawn or fired brick

Paper: Core-dinations - orange polka dot, green textured, Beckett Expressions Radiance for images, MD/A Division of Creativity Inc. - red, unknown - Kraft, Die Cuts with a View - yellow textured

The following items can be found at the SweetStamps store:
Note:  stamp sets will soon be found on the SweetStamps store home page - right index.

Wicked Witch and Trick or Treaters

Salem Witch

The image panel was created using the sponging technique with distress inks.  I stamped the trees with Memento ink and the witch with StazOn ink because it's thicker and will cover the tree line image so no masking needed, I use a stamp positioner in case I need to stamp again.

For each bat I punched out two shapes and used foam tape to connect them then tacky glue to attach to the card.

For the faux brads I cut from black paper 1/8" circles using a die, cover them with Aleene's Paper Glaze and if you want them to shine cover with Copic marker.  They are attach with tacky glue.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps:  Salem Witch, Winter Tree Line

Paper: AC Cardstock - purple, Bazzill - yellow, The Paper Company- black, unknown white

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Memento - Tuxedo Black, StazOn - Jet Black

Tools: Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layer 1/16" and 1/8" rulers, Martha Stewart - bat and web punches, Scor-Pal - embossing lines around the purple panel,  Cuttlebug - Tiny Tags die

 Trick or Treat

Another background created with sponging.  Once the sky colors were down I added the moon by punching a 1" circle from scrap paper to create a mask and placed it on the panel and used the direct to paper technique and rubbed the ink pad onto the panel.

Next I stamped the images using the two inks as described in the witch card.

To get my ground area darker I masked off the sky and used the direct to paper technique.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Sentiments 1, Trick or Treat, Winter Tree Line,

Paper: unknown white, Remember When - black

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Brilliance - Moonlight White, Memento - Tuxedo Black, Staz-On - Jet Black

Tools: Quickutz - die for sentiment, Perfect Layers for 1/16" border

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Leaves

The background and leaves were colored with alcohol inks.  the leaves were then stamped with StazOn - Jet Black, cut out and the white edges were colored with Copic marker 100.  They are attached to the panel with glue dots.

The black border was cut with two Spellbinder dies, one to cut the outside edge and one for the inside edge leaving it only a 1/4" wide and it's attached to the white panel with tape and glue.

The alcohol ink background was cut with two Quickutz dies and popped up with foam tape.

Image: SweetStamps - Maple Leaf Large 

Paper: DMD, Inc. white mini groove, Pantone glossy, Paper Hallow - black

Ink: Ranger alcohol - Leaves right - Cranberry, Butterscotch, center - Oregano, Lettuce, left - Sunset Orange, Summit Yellow, background - Rust, Stonewash, Pitch Black

Items found in the SweetStamps store:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Treat Container

It's my second week as guest designer for the Crazy 4 Challenges and the theme is Halloween Treats, I made this for my four year old granddaughter and one of her favorite colors is purple but I think it's second to blue.

I knew in my mind what I wanted to make and searched online for directions but no luck so this is my own design using an envelope maker and many Perfect Paper Crafting tools.

Cut the designer paper into a  6 1/2" square. Using the Envelope Maker from We R Memory Makers.  Place the designer paper 3 1/8" left of center, punch and score as if you're making an envelope but don't score the back piece.

 Perfect Paper Crafting tools:  

Place the orange on black cardstock.
IMPORTANT NOTE: only attach the black to the designer paper very low on the back piece so the two layers have freedom to move.
Using the Perfect Layers border tool #1 and a craft knife cut a 1/8" border around the designer paper square.  Punch  the same as the designer paper using it's punched Vs to line up the black to the board's punch, in other words, I eye it!

I then needed to score again through the black so lined up the Perfect Ruler's metal edge to the designer paper score and taped it in place with painters tape.  It was so easy to line up the ruler to the Scor-Pal line and make my second score.  Now it's ready to decorate.

Knowing my granddaughter will want this to last a while I reinforced the back and front but depending on your paper weight you may not need to do this.  I cut a piece of heavyweight cardstock (any color will due) about a half inch smaller in width of the back and cut the length so it's just above the tape that holds the two pieces together.
I lined up the Perfect Ruler about 1/16" from the designer paper edge and drew a line, do this on both sides and cut the line.

Slip between the layers and permanently attach to the designer paper all around the top and partially down the sides.

To reinforce the front I cut heavyweight black cardstock 4 1/2" wide and using the container as a pattern I marked and cut about 1/8" shorter in height than the two sides and fan cut the bottom so it's flexible.

Pull the sides up and glued to the reinforcement at center and about 1" in both directions on the V, also between the container's orange and black layers and then pulled the bottom up and glue it in place.  I used Aleene's tacky glue for adhesive.

To create holes for the ribbon to weave through I placed the container back to the Perfect Mat corner and marked at every inch on both sides so the top holes are only about 1/2" apart.  The Crop-a-dile was used to punch through all the layers.  Weave the ribbon through, I used two different types of ribbon weaving in and out and reserving holes for the second ribbon.  Add a center decoration of your choice and it's ready to fill with treats.

Images: SweetStamps - Halloween Silhouettes
Die: SweetStamps - Witch's Hat SweetCuts, buckle covered with Piccolo - Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter, adhesive - Glastique Finishing Glaze  
Paper: The Paper Company - black liner, The Paper Hallow (local store) - heavyweight black for hat and reinforcement, Recollections - heavyweight white for back reinforcement, Basic Grey - orange designer paper
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo black, Tangelo, Morocco, London Fog, Brilliance - Moonlight white

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kraft - Autumn Greetings

The challenge this week on the SweetStamps blog is to use Kraft paper in you creation.  Play along in the challenge and link your card to the company blog for a chance to win a gift certificate to the online store.

For a fast assembly of the flower I cut one in black and remove from die saving only the outline. Cut the second in white and do not remove the pieces from the die until after I place one sided sticky label paper larger enough to touch all the petals on the top and leaves on the bottom.  I then pull it out of the die and it's easy to remove the outline piece and replace with the black outline previously cut.  I color the white while the black is in place because it doesn't show but you could color before adding the outline if you want a lighter colored cardstock. 

Copic markers: leaves - G29,28,24,21, blossom center - YR18,16,15,14, petals - RV29,25,23,21 with YR12 over all colors

Tape: Bella Blvd - gold dotted, Amy Tangerine - pink
          Foam tape to pop up the panel

Paper: unknown Kraft, Beckett Expressions Radiance, Paper Hallow (local store) black

Embossing Folder: cArt Us

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Purple Daisies

This is my first card using the Chameleon pens.  I was asked by the distributor for North America to use the pens and tell what I like about them.  First the concept of the marker is to achieve different shades of the same color group using only one marker/pen and it works and I would recommend them to anyone but remember they work best for the smaller areas.
It takes a little practice just like any other coloring medium that you've used for the first time but my third attempt for the small flower is on this card and the larger flower is my first attempt for that size image.  If I were using another popular brand of marker it would take three to four shades of markers to achieve what I did here with one pen.  Check out the videos linked here to get a better idea of how the pens work.

Now for my card info:

I used a Die Cuts with a View stencil and Golden Gel Mediums - Light Molding Paste to add the polka dots.  The paste dries quickly so by the time I get the stencil cleaned it's time to put it back in place over the dots and apply VersaMark ink and then Craft Essentials white glitter embossing powder and heat.

The polka dot panel and border are popped up with foam tape on the base and the flowers and sentiment panel are also popped up with foam tape.

The fern foliage was sponged with distress ink.

Images: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps - Large Loop Petal Daisy, Small Loop Daisy,
Sentiments 1

Chameleon pens: V04, YL2

Ink: VersaMark for embossing, Memento Tuxedo Black for images, Ranger Distress Ink - Iced Spruce

Paper: Recollections - white, lavender, The Paper Company - green, Beckett Expressions: Radiance for images,

Tools: Fiskars detail scissors for cutting flowers, Spellbinder die for sentiment panel, Martha Stewart Branch punch

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halloween Cards

My first card is for the guest designer spot on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog, thank you Frances  for inviting me to join your team for the October challenges.  This week is a color challenge of purple, orange and lime green...the perfect Halloween colors! 

Here's an easy card created with the masking and sponging techniques, I first masked off the moon with a circle cut from a sticky note then sponged on the lavender around the moon and then the purple.  Stamped on the trees and witch and the panel is ready for assembly.

Spellbinder oval dies and circle die for moon mask, Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers for cutting 1/8" borders, Martha Stewart border punch, Cuttlebug spider web embossing folder.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps -Winter Tree Line, Tiny Witch on Broom, Sentiments 1
Paper: Paper Hallow (local store) - purple, K&Co. green and strip, Basic Grey - orange
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly

While searching for embellishments for my first card I come across this resin frog and thought it was just the right size to pair up with the witches hat, I think the frog is pretty stylish in the hat!

I colored the hat with artist brush, water and Memento Markers for ink: Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly, Tangelo, New Spout.
The images were stamped with Memento - Tuxedo Black ink.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - Witch's Hat, Stamptangles Leaf Flourish sm, Sentiments 1
Paper: Paper Hallow - purple, solid black, K&Co. - designer papers, watercolor paper

Supplies: Xryon - dots to attach the resin frog, foam tape to attach the hat, Diamond Stickles on the white dots, black glitter glue on black die cut circles on each large dot (cut with Sizzix button dies), Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers for cutting 1/8" borders

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Butterfly Trail

I had so much fun getting creative with this card, first step was to create the background with alcohol inks, then I stamped the grassy image and heat embossed.  Next step was to scatter the embossing powder around the edge with no ink involved so it's important to remember to heat from under the panel so it doesn't blow away.

I then created the butterflies by cutting the top piece from regular heavy cardstock and the under piece from vellum.  The are assembled using Aleene's Paper Glaze.  I used Glasstique as an adhesive for the gold glitter and stickles was applied to sections of the wings.  I removed some of the pearls in the flourish and stuck the bottom butterfly to that adhesive, the top is attached with foam tape only under the body section.

Once I got my card assembled I though it was lacking something so I used some negative pieces of a Spellbinder die to cut some scallops and attached them with tacky glue and then I was satisfied.

Ink: Ranger Alcohol - shell pink, cloudy blue, willow, pearl, VersaMark for heat embossed image

Paper: Pantone - glossy white, all others unknown shimmer gold and white, light pink vellum, textured white

Tools: Spellbinder frame die for scallops, Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers Mini and craft knife to cut the borders  

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:
Note Glastique (far right photo icon) was used as an adhesive for the Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting & Lawn Fawn BLOG HOP

My two cards are both featuring the new release Sweater Weather from Fawn Lawn, The set has so many possibilities, regardless of the name the flowers and variety of leaves make it useful for all seasons but today I'm showing you a couple late summer and fall cards.

Happy Fall

My first card shows the use of The Perfect Airbrush to mist on the colorful foliage using Memento Markers as an ink source.  I used a light pressure when squeezing the airbrush.

A Perfect Tears (see ruler design in the photo below) ruler was used to create the bumpy landscape and the ruler set includes a water pen to wet the paper which makes the tearing easier.

The Perfect Layers Mini was used to create the mats/borders including the banners edge - you can see in the photo below the ruler position of the ruler when cutting a V shaped end (this photo is a former project larger and easier to view than the Happy Fall banner).  These ruler come with a clear case which makes it easier for travel for those that create away from home.

All cutting is done with the craft knife using the Perfect Cutting Mat as the cutting surface.
Paper: DMD Inc. - red linen, Die Cuts with a View - greens, Basic Grey - orange designer paper, Recollections - image panel
Ink: Memento - Love Letters, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Tangelo, Espresso Truffle, Grey Flannel, London Fog, Summer Sun
Faux Brad: red cardstock cut with Cuttlebug die, covered with Aleene's Paper Glaze and attached with Aleene's tacky glue.

Hello, Hello, Hello!

This card is quick and easy to create using more images from the Sweater Weather set and The The Perfect Layers Mini for cutting the 1/16" mat/border.

Paper: Recollections - white, K&Company - designer green, Paper Hollow (local stamp store) - red
Ink: Espresso Truffle, Cottage Ivy, Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black
Other tool: ScorPal for embossed line along the edges

The blog hop runs through October 3rd, you'll find all the projects for Perfect Paper Crafting will be posted today but Lawn Fawn will be posting a new project daily on their company blog so please continue to check back and comment for a chance to win.  Please check the company blogs for more how to win info.

Perfect Paper Crafting/Laura Lynn - everyday
Kim O'Connell
Jenny Gropp
Tracy Valure
Pam Sparks
Roxie Glaza (this blog)
Lawn Fawn - new post daily

Lawn Fawn's design team will post throughout the week, so check their blog link above to see which designer is featured. Here is the list of their design team: