Sunday, March 26, 2017

Clean and Simple Sunday #13-2017

This is our final week in March using something (paper, stamps, die cuts, etc.) that we haven't used for a year or more.  We all have them if you have been paper crafting for over a year

Sue starts our Sunday with an adorable clean and simple card -

For this card, I was looking through my collection of embossing folders for an embossing folder that I hadn’t used for some time. There were many to choose from  - LOL! I picked the Craft Concepts Embossing Folder – Ramsey the Sheep. I started with DCWV grey (white core) cardstock in the embossing folder and lightly sanded the embossed edges to expose the white core. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Feeling Sheepish stamp set which I put on a banner, which I popped up with dimensionals. - Sue 

I combined something really old with something new.

I have a big pad of 12 x 12 paper from DCWV called The Girl Stack.  I am sure it is one I purchased the first year or two I started working with paper crafts about seven years ago.  I flipped through it and found these coordinating papers which looked very Springy to me.  I stamped them with a new stamp set I have called Bunny- Keep You Forever by Unity Stamp Company.  I did a paper piecing technique where I stamped on the blue paper and then again on the pink.  I cut various parts out of the pink and glued them to the blue.  I love this technique even though I hate fussy cutting because I love the effect. - Denise

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Inspiration Saturday #12-2017

Inspiration pictures can inspire different cards because we all see and feel different things when viewing an image.

We start with this sentimental card from Gracie.

I know the picture should make me want to do an under the sea card but I recently bought a lovely digital stamp from Beccy Muir  that I have been wanting to use!  I found some black glitter dots in my Scrap rack that are from old Creative Memories!  I sponged my image using the colors in the paper (Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar, and Shaded Lilac).  The sentiment also came from the same stamp set. ~  Gracie  

I have a simple card - 

I have had a Nemo die and matching embossing folder from Cuttlebug for years, but have never used them.  I pulled them out for this challenge and colored it with an orange Spectrum Noir marker.  I added the black with a fine tip black marker.  The bubbles were just circles cut on my older Expression.  The sentiment came from CTMH.  I tried to do the bubbles with Glossy Accents, but they just didn't work out on the larger circles, so I redid them and covered them with Wink of Stella which I also used on the fish.  The paper is from a 6 x 6 pad called Walking on Sunshine by Echo Park. - Denise

Friday, March 24, 2017

C.A.S.E A Card Friday #12-2017

Today we C.A.S.E. this elegant card.

Gracie made her own stunning version.

What a pretty card to CASE!  I looked in my Scraprack and found a light green button.  I embossed a panel then die cut a circle then edged it with a Fiskars border.  I stamped the image and sentiment on the inside of the card using SU Coastal Cabana ink. I tied the button on with light blue and white twine and added a few heat set rhinestones.- Gracie

I have a farm theme-

I chose to use a Deep Red stamp called Rooster since I have had it for a while.  Since there is a lot of detail, I used a method where you use dye ink pens to scribble on the stamp itself.  I used a combination of Marvy Brush Markers in a golden yellow, a red, a burgundy, and a brown.  You start with the lightest color used all over the stamp and then scribble the others (lightest to darkest) randomly over the stamp (I did make sure to use the red on his comb). I did huff on the stamp to moisten it before I stamped it.  It works best on glossy paper, but that isn't what I wanted to use as the card base, so I used my Misti and colored and stamped a couple of times to get it dark enough and place it exactly where it needed to be to show through the opening.  I cut an opening in the yellow cardstock with a hexagon die in my Cuttlebug.  I then ran it through an embossing folder called Chicken Wire by Cuttlebug.  I used another die for the bottom cut.  Those particular dies were one of the first I purchased and used them to make swing cards probably four years ago.  I had never used the largest one, but it was the perfect size to do the bottom.  I taped the die were I wanted it and only cranked it through just until the bottom was through, then backed it out so that the top wouldn't cut. I bit of Distress Ink to highlight the design and popped up on foam tape.  The sentiment came from a set called Catch you Later by CTMH and I selectively inked it to make it go across the bottom in one line.  I like the look and will probably use this as inspiration for other cards.- Denise

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Technique Thursday #12-2017

The technique of stamp tracing brings a different look to your stamps and a video by Jennifer McGuire on how to do this can be found here.

This technique can be a little time consuming, but Gracie shows how stunning the results can be.

Oh, dear.  The technique today is stamp tracing and it was difficult for me.  I started with a royal blue base and stamped a Technique Tuesday stamp called Gallica Rose with light pink ink.  Then the fun began.  I used a silver gel pen and a bronze gel pen to trace the rose and leaves.  The sentiment was stamped in white and heat embossed and is from another Technique Tuesday stamp set Hyacinth.  Flipping through my Scraprack I found the little silver cat and attached him with blue and white twine.  The panel is mounted on bronze paper.  It really  shines in person! – Gracie

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Card Sketch Wednesday #12-2017

Sketches are one of the great secrets of card making and this is one makes a great place to start.

Gracie has a dog-gone great card here.

Today I looked through my Scraprack and found some dog print paper in with my animals section.  I have no idea how long I have had it!  I did have a cute little stamp set from Pink and Main.  I stamped the dog and sentiment then die cut them .  The dog was colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  I used red, black and white cs and 2 red enamel dots. ~  Gracie  

I keep using my pad from yesterday -

I decided after using The Far East Stack by DCWV yesterday, that I needed to use it some more and so did this card.  The medallion is fussy cut from one of the pages.  I then stamped the Hope and heat embossed it in gold.  I used gold washi tape wrapped around the edges of a couple of the shapes to set them off.  Actually a quick card to do. - Denise

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Birthday Tuesday #12-2017

Birthdays seem to come all too often and Gracie has one of her signature easel cards to show us.

Today I flipped through my Scraprack and found a key.  There were 4 of them.  Shameful.  The key looks old and well traveled so I dug out a stencil set from Firefly called Style Travel.  I sponged the stencils with Antique Linen Frayed Burlap, Rusty Hinge, and gathered twigs.  I also used an embossing folder for more texture (crackle).  The card base is brown cs; I used a strip of burlap on the inside to place my sentiment.  It is cut from an embossed panel and lightly sponged with Frayed Burlap. ~ Gracie  

My card took on an Oriental touch.


Okay, confession time.  Part of the Totally Tiffany organizing thoughts are to date your paper pads or kits on the back (along with what you pay for them).  As you use papers you put a tick mark on it so that you can see if you are really saving money by buying a whole pad of paper.  According to the date on the back of the DCWV pack called The Far East Stack, I purchased it in August of 2014 and had used 1 piece out of it.  Yikes!  It is such beautiful paper, I don't know what I am saving it for, so here is a card using parts of 4 different sheets.  I wrote on the front piece with my Explore using a Perfect Medium pen which allowed me to use gold embossing powder on it and still make it personal. The inside was stamped with a set from Club Scrap called Moroccan Spice Greetings.  I also used some gold washi tape in the middle of the cream piece and added three enamel dots to complete it. - Denise
P.S.  I am out of the habit of putting the dates on the back of my new paper pads, but really need to start again.  Maybe it would discourage me from buying more, but probably not, lol.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Masculine Monday #12-2017

Our Masculine Monday brings a beautiful card from Gracie.

I love how this card turned out!  I chose another button today that's olive green so I made an olive green card base.  The stamp is a digital image from Becca Muir.  I printed it on white cs, sponged it with Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, and Crushed Olive then fussy cut it.  I mounted it on white cs and used a Stampabilities sentiment.  I mounted the panel on cranberry cs for a pop of color.  I tied on my button with black twine. ~ Gracie  

I went to my stash of 6 x 6 pads to start my card-

I have a lot of 6 x 6 pads and am sure I have had My Favorite Things by My Minds Eye for a couple of years.  I flipped through and found this cute mustache pattern.  It is a double sided paper and the blue stripe was on the other side.  I cut 1" strips and flipped 3 to the striped side.  I have a stamp set that had the bigger mustache and pointing hand on it.  I stamped the mustaches three times on two of the strips using my homemade Misti to be able to stamp the image in a line.  The Birthday wishes came from another stamp set.  Since I didn't keep the names of my stamp sets back then, I don't know what either of them are.  The strips were mounted on a black card base. - Denise

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Clean and Simple Sunday #12-2017

March is our month to use something old (over a year) from our stash.

Gracie starts this Sunday with a clean and simple card.

The extra challenge this month is to use something  you haven't used in a year.  Boy, that part is easy!  All I had to do was turn around and look at my Scraprack!  On today's card I chose a button then built my card around it.  The buttons are a bright blue so I made a card base from bright blue cs .  I stenciled white cs with a Spellbinders stencil Floral and Stone using Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Dried Marigold.  The sentiment  is a rubber stamp that I've taken off  the block so I'm  not  sure  of the source.  I tied knots in the buttons with pink and white twine and stuck them down with glue dots. ~   Gracie 

My card stays very simple.


I decided to return to my roots and use my Cricut Explore without any stamps or other effects.  The cartridge I used is Disney Pooh and Friends.  I have had this cartridge for a very long time because I have a soft spot for all the characters from Winnie the Pooh.  There are only a few layers for Pooh which I cut out of scrap card stock from my stash.  I cut and wrote the speech bubble on the Explore. The was attached to a light blue card base.  The inside sentiment was printed on my printer and I ran a red distress ink around the edge before mounting it inside. So quick and easy to do.  Because Pooh is a simple bear, I kept this very simple. - Denise

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Inspiration Saturday #11-2017

What does this picture make you think of?

Tantalaya made this card with a lovely combination of colors.

The inspiration photo I took the colors gray and white and put it n a red card base for the pop of color. I also made the card after a fellow YouTuber Connie Stewart and the link to the video I used deco foil adhesive to foil the flag and the accent strip. After stamping sentiment nd accents I added bling and then used white gel pen to put dashes around the outside edge. and to top it off I used a clear Wink of Stella and went over the small flag to give it some sparkle. - Tantalaya

My thoughts went to the old-fashioned kitchen feel.

I have had a stamp set from TPC Studios called Vintage Kitchen for probably 4 years and never used a single image from it.  Since I wanted to do something with a kitchen feel, I looked through that category in my Scraprack and came across this set which I decided was perfect.  I made a mask for the measuring cup and then stamped it with Versamark on a piece of velum paper.  I then masked it and stamped the muffin tin and bowl on either side of it overlapping both slightly on the cup.  I used black embossing powder and heat set the images.  To me it gave it a kind of enamel look just like the picture pieces, but in black.  When I folded the heavy red card stock to make a base, the fold became raggedy even though I had scored it.  I decided to distress the other edges with a pair of scissors to give them the same look as the fold (it is hard to see in the picture).  I tore the top and bottom of the velum and then attached it to a piece of dark gray dotted paper from a 6 x 6 pad from BoBunny called Double Dot Designs.  A sentiment from the same set was stamped on the same red as the card base and cut with a die from my Cuttlebug. and it was done. - Denise

Friday, March 17, 2017

C.A.S.E A Card Friday #11-2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In honor of the day, we C.A.S.E. this card 

Tantalaya came up with a wonderful interpretation 
of the original card.


On this case card challenge I decided to take the center label die cuts and make the card base the die cuts using the scallop circles and regular dies and using the heart I cut out a scallop heart and regular heart for sentiment. Underneath the sentiment, I took a Hero Arts wooden stamp swirls in MFT Wild Cherry ink. Since the hearts created the center flower I used a flower to accent and finish off the card. - Tantalaya

I was able to use paper from a pad I picked up almost two years ago and never used called Charmed by Authentique.  It is a 6 x 6 pad (I have a real addiction to those) and features two sided paper with solids on one side and patterns on the other.  I love how the colors go together.  I cut two of the shamrock shapes on my Cricut Explore and cut apart the leaves of the second one.  I scored down the middle of each of those and then attached them to the first one.  A green pearl in the middle finished it.  The middle was formed using a set of nesting dies on my Cuttlebug.  The sentiment is from Studio G and I was finally glad to make a St. Patrick's Day card to use it. - Denise

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Technique Thursday #11-2017

Today's technique is repetitive stamping and a quick tutorial on how to do this can be found here.

I love the rich colors and Oriental feel of Tantalaya's card -

This Technique which seemed very simple, was one of the hardest this week. I used Kaiser Craft Hanami Garden 6.5" x 6.5" paper pad and the stamp set. Using the Fan image in the triple stamping technique. I finished it with some sequins to give the card a little sparkle. - Tantalaya

My technique shows up on the inside of my card-

I used a 6 x 6 paper pad that I bought a few years ago called Charmed by Authentique. I used that for the background paper and put the sentiments on the matching solid paper from the pack.  I wanted to make a St. Patrick's Day card for my son and after thinking about the challenge and looking through my stamps, I had an inspired idea (one I thought of without seeing it on Pinterest first) to show the motion of a bottle falling.  I stamped all with Momento Ink and colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers. When doing the inside bottle images, I decided that I would color just the front one.  The stamp set is Birthday Brewing from Raisin Boat.  It looks like they are closing their online store, so I don't think this stamp set is available any more.  The sentiments were just printed off on my printer.  If you let your imagination go, the repetitive stamping can work for a lot of images. - Denise

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Card Sketch Wednesday #11-2017

Our card sketch today is pretty simple, but could be very versatile.

Tantalaya shows us a very classic black and white take on the sketch.

Today is a sketch and I love using a card sketch especially when you feel like you are in a creative slump. I used the same 7 Gypsies paper pad from yesterday for the one panel and the textured piece is from the same embossing folder Crackle by Darice. I once again took the Nuvo Mousse and rubbed it along the embossed paper. I did change one thing. The bottom piece looked to be another layer, but for my card, I opted to just stamp on the base card for my final panel. what I like was that it gave a simple sketch a little interest. - Tantalaya

I have a card for parents of a new baby girl.


I purchased a kit on clearance from Hobby Lobby a few years ago from Carta Bella called Baby Mine Girl.  It was marked down to $2.99 and contained several double sided cardstock papers along with stickers.  At the time I thought it would be great for cards to new parents of girls, but didn't really go to it on those few times I needed to do a card like that.  I finally needed another girl card and pulled it out to use. All of the paper came from the kit including the cute Teapot song.  I did chose to use a sticker on the top instead of a square and the side panel is one row of ribbons cut from a pattern paper.  I also used the paper in the inside and stamped with a stamp from Hanpton for Graphic 45. - Denise

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Birthday Tuesday #11-2017

Happy birthday to you!

Tantalaya has a card that would work for anyone you need to send a card to.

This could also be a clean and simple card too.  I used paper from my 7 Gypsies 6x6 "Paddington" pad. This is one of those forgotten about papers that you wanted to use when you got it but forgot all about it. I wanted the numbers on the paper to be the main thing so I just added the simple Happy Birthday sentiment. I then added stars to it to make it more celebratory. but the color tones makes this card great for a guy birthday, or before you give the card you could splatter a pop of color to take it to the next level. - Tantalaya

Using up more of my stash

When I first started making cards,I purchased a couple of kits from a website that has one deal a day.  These kits have beautiful papers and lots of embellishments, but I soon learned that I didn't use the embellishments too much.  This week I decided to put them to work and pulled out one of the old kits.  It is Indie Chic - Saffron by My Mind's Eye.  Everything but the stamped sentiment came from this including a crocheted ribbon that I attached to the top and bottom.  The stamp I used is from a set by Heartfelt Creations called Fiddlin' Frog.  I stamped parts of it at a time to fit on the tag. - Denise

Monday, March 13, 2017

Masculine Monday #11-2017

Masculine Mondays mean more inspiration for the men in your life.

Tantalaya makes a grunge card that is perfect for the guys.

I went back to an oldy but goody the Stampin Up! Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I love to make Grunge cards for masculine cards. On this card, I put washi tape on the edges and took the main piece and popped it up using foam tape.I then took a scrap of paper and ran it through the Darice embossing folder crackle. I then took some of the mousse black ash and rubbed it on the embossed piece. finally attaching the sentiment to the very top to finish this manly card.  - Tantalaya

My card is for a four-year-old young man.

Friends of mine recently had a baby girl and I wanted to give their four-year-old son a card telling him how great he would be as a big brother.  I went back to my roots of making cards with my Cricut.  The cartridge I used was called Baby Steps and I can't remember the last time I used it.  The layers of the boy's clothes, strips, and stars came from an old kit I had from Echo Park called A Boy's Life.  The baby clothes were cut from another old pad I had called Nana's Nursery - Baby Girl by DCWV.  I also let the Cricut write the sentiment using American Crafts Brush Markers.  A lot of American Craft markers fit the holder on the Explore which gives great options beyond the Cricut markers. - Denise

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Clean and Simple Sunday #11-2017

As we continue to use items from our stash that are at least a year old, we start our new week with Clean & Simple.  

Tantalaya begins her week with this crazy bird.

I pulled out my Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamp to use as the focal image with a simple I'm sorry. I used the Nuvo mousse Black Ash with stencil also from Tim Holtz. To keep this card clean and simple I just tied twine around for a subtle pop of color.- Tantalaya

I used a paper pad that I have had for a couple of years, but never used before -


I love Graphic 45 paper, but I struggle with using it and so I made up my mind to make some cards with some of them.  This is from an 8 x 8 pad called Come Away With Me by Graphic 45.  The postcard was one of the images on a page that I cut out and then stamped with a Good Luck sentiment from CTMH, Just to Say.  I set it at an angle on the background paper. The inside was stamped from a set that goes with the paper from Hampton Art for Graphic 45.  This card is going to a friend who started her own travel agency.  - Denise

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Inspiration Saturday #10-2017

Saturday brings this as our inspiration

Kimberly was inspired by the beautiful colors

The colors in the photo grabbed my attention, since Teal is my favorite!  The images are from the same stamp set (My Favorite Things) that I used in this week’s technique challenge.  I created the background with some of the smaller images included in the set.  I stamped the images with a Hero Arts Ombre ink pad.  The sentiment (Altenew) is the item that I have had for a long time and never used.  The image is stamped with black ink. - Kimberly

I went with a sewing theme

I have been stamping so much lately, that I feel like I am ignoring my Cricut.  I went back through my cartridges and found this cut that fit the challenge.  It is from Country Life.  I used paper from Carta Bella called Sew Lovely and chose some solid papers to match the colors in the pattern.  The needle I cut from silver vinyl.  Using vinyl for part of the cuts (especially shiny items) is a great technique.  I drew lines across the spool so that it wasn't so plain.  An old Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background gave it some texture that looked like herringbone material.  The sentiment comes from a stamp set has a lot of good sewing quotes, but is old enough that it is before I started saving the names of my sets. - Denise

Friday, March 10, 2017

C.A.S.E A Card Friday #10-2017

Welcome to C.A.S.E. a card Friday with this one.

Kimberly has a beautiful card done with her own style.

During the winter, we can always use some sunshine in our lives!  I decided to go with the yellow color scheme.  I used a Hero Arts teaching kit from my stash to create this card.  I stamped the flower image three times onto patterned card stock (from my stash).  I cut the images and put them aside.  Next, I stamped the leaves randomly with green ink onto an A2 card base.  Then, I used the same green ink to stamp the sentiment.  I adhered two of the flowers flat and popped up the third.  I finished the card using embellishments from Queen and Co.- Kimberly

I also used a patterned paper for my flowers.


Detail of the flowers

I used a stamp from a set by Teresa Collins called Every Day Moments which was one of the first stamps I purchased.  I stamped it three times in a group on a word patterned paper from a 6 x 6 pad by Studio Calico called Memoir (also used in yesterday's card) and used a mask for the center flower.  I then fussy cut around the group.  I stamped a single flower and fussy cut around that (I have done a lot more fussy cutting than I ever thought I would).  I used a yellow patterned paper from the same pad as a mat for the cream base and using part of the center sort of free cut a piece to place in the corner rather than stamp anything.  I placed the group of flowers on top of that with some foam tape.  I then took the single flower and mounted that with foam tape on top of the center flower image.. Bending the edges of the flowers up gives them some real depth.  The sentiment is from CTMH and is called Gracious Greetings.  - Denise

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Technique Thursday #10-2017

Today's technique is one that uses clear stamps and is called back stamping.  An example of this technique is here.

Kimberly makes good use of this technique in her card.

Back stamping….what a fun technique.  I created this card with two stamp sets that I have had for a while and never used.  This technique challenges us to stretch our clear stamp sets.  The flower image (My Favorite Things) was created using one stamp.  First, I used the back of the image with purple ink to create the circles.  Next, I flipped the stamp over to the correct side and stamped the image with a darker purple ink as shown.  Last, I used the same dark purple ink with a smaller image to add interest.  The sentiment (Altenew) is stamped with black ink.  For additional information, please follow the link to Jennifer McGuire’s video. - Kimberly

My card uses more than one stamp

I was going through my old stamps trying to find one that would work for the challenge.  The stamp needs to be symmetrical so that it will work when you flip it over.  I came across a set from CTMH called Take a Note that is used in conjunction with a Cricut cartridge from CTMH called Artbooking. I had the set for a couple of years, but had never used it and only used a couple of images from the hundreds that are on the cartridge.  I chose a round smile and the arrow to use for the back stamping.  The set also includes the notebook lined image that goes with a cut from the Cricut to look like a torn sheet of notebook paper.  I cut that and stamped the lines, then used the back of the two other stamps in light blue.  I used a darker blue for the front of the stamps  I used another stamp from CTMH called Just Because to add the sentiment on the bottom.  I mounted it on paper from an old 6 x 6 pad I had called Memoir from Studio Calico. I flipped some of the sides up to make it look like it was torn out of a notebook. I will start using this notebook stamp and cut out again because it could really be useful, so it is a good thing to go back through some of your old stash and see what treasures are hiding there. - Denise

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Card Sketch Wednesday #10-2017

Today's sketch has a lot of elements to work with.

Kimberly kept the essence of the sketch in a cleaner version.

I created this fun nautical card with left over items from a paper kit (Authentique).  I changed the design to fit with the paper and embellishments that I chose to use for the card.  I created a small collage and adhered the panel to an A2 size card…quick and easy.- Kimberly

I kept most of the elements to create a more complicated card than I normally do.

I had a kit from Teresa Collins called Fabrications.  It includes double sided paper along with a lot of embellishments.  I purchased these kits when I first started doing scrapbooking and card making, but they had since been put away.  I just chose some coordinating paper from the pack and arranged the banners on the bottom to suit me better. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the top and bottom and just trimmed off one row to make it a single on the bottom. The dragonfly that came with this kit is metal and fairly heavy.  It is something I normally wouldn't use, but I couldn't decide what I was saving it for, so I added it and really like it. - Denise