Saturday, August 17, 2019

Stand Out Saturday 33-2019

3D cards are some of my favorites to make.  I have wanted to make more shaker cards and decided that would be my card for this challenge.


Sometimes the Dollar Tree can provide materials for crafting.  I had picked up a whole pack of 4 x 6 colored craft foam sheets that contained several primary colors.  I used the red to cut the outline of the apple and used two layers since they were fairly thin.  The Cricut cut it easily.  I used two cartridges for the apple since I didn't like the leaves with the apple I wanted to use.  The slice feature let me make the outline I needed for the foam and also the red paper to cover the foam and plastic cover.  The background paper is Authentique's Homestead 6 x 6 pad.  Two sized of sequins filled the inside. The paper was double sided and I used the other side of the same paper to stamp the sentiment on. It is from a Unity set called Cuddlebug Penguin. - Denise 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Color Me Friday 33-2019

Our colors for this month are red, yellow, and black.  A  8 x 8 Graphic 45 pad called Home Sweet Home was out for another project and had three patterns in red and yellow that I thought would work well with one of the quilt die I used on Monday.  It is called Flower Burst by Gina Marie Designs.



I love how you can cut four papers (three patterns and one solid) and make four different cards. I back the cardstock with Scrappy Tape that is on a roll 5inches x 30 yards. I cut it to the length I need and put the sticky side on the back of the paper.  It can then run through the die cut machine (it works with both my Cuttlebug and Cricut and that allows you to peel off the back and stick the various parts directly to the card base.. The sentiments are from a stamp set called Material Girl, but I don't remember who the manufacturer was. I wish making a real quilt was this easy, lol. - Denise

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 33-2019

Inspiration came from this image.



I liked the look of writing on a chalk board and came up with this card.

I have a whole paper pack from DCWV called chalkboard which has a great texture to it.  American Craft Galaxy Markers will not only write on this type of surface, but will fit into the pen holder of the Cricut Explore.  A search on Pinterest provided the quote.   The red marker proved to be more pink than red, but it still looked good.  The black was mounted on a yellow mat and placed on a white card base. - Denise
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 33-2019

Here is the sketch we are using for this month.


I used one of my 6 x 6 pads from my abundant collection (I may have a slight addiction of these) called Studious by Authentique to make a really quick card.


I decided to not add any sentiment to the front and used it to send a note to my granddaughter as she gets ready for the new school year. - Denise


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Technique Tuesday 33-2019

Today's technique is really two in one.  It used masking and stenciling and a video showing this method can be found here.


I found that simple images work better for this technique.  I cut the A+ from a low-tack contact paper.  I purchased a roll of it from a discount store where the shelf paper is found. It works great to cut on my Cricut as temporary stencils or masks. I placed the cutout on on a white card base at an angle. It has just enough sticky to stay in place while I used a blender sponge and Fired Brick Distress Ink to go lightly around it.  Without removing the mask, the stencil is placed over the whole card front. This particular stencil is one I cut myself on the Cricut from the cartridge called Artbooking. If you use regular stencil material you can use it multiple times. The same Distress Ink was used in the center and and Mustard Seed around the edges.  The stencil and mask were then removed to reveal the white image in the middle. It was easy to do and gave a cool effect. - Denise

Monday, August 12, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 33-2019

Today we are thinking about Christmas and I used the colors for the month (well I counted gold as the yellow) and made several.  

I have been wanting to try out some newer quilt dies by Gina Marie that I purchased a few months ago and decided this would be a good chance to use them.  Since I mix up different patterns just like a real quilt you end up with several cards made at the same time.  I used five pattersn and two cuts of gold for the die called FlowerBurst and three patterns along with a red foil and gold foil paper for the Building Block die.  







All of the cards except for the last were done on size A2 and the bottom was a square card.  I used gold embossing for the sentiments on the black based cards.  The sentiments are from Jillian Vance designs and are called Christmas Quilt Quotes.  They work perfectly with these dies.  Jillian started designing stamps in junior high school and is from near me in Ohio  Her business of stamps and dies helped pay for her college and she graduated this past Spring. I love to support small business and card making has quite a few small businesses that hare fun to see. - Denise  

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sweet & Simple Sunday 33-2019

Hi, Denise here for this week.  This month's challenges have an overall theme of school and use the colors red, yellow and black.

I made this quick card for Sweet and Simple Sunday.


The image used two stamps from the Unity set called Jen Girl.  I stamped the girl and then put a mask over her that I fussy cut from copy paper.  I then used my stamp positioner to stamp the blackboard in the proper place.  I decided she needed grounding so that it didn't look like she was just floating in space and hand drew some short lines at the bottom. I double matted using red and yellow cardstock.  I sent this to my daughter-in-law who is getting ready to start her first year as a teacher.  She will be teaching second grade and is so excited.  I am positive she will be a wonderful teacher. - Denise

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Stand Out Saturday 32-2019

Hello and Happy Saturday!  Today we make a card that stands out - box, step, 3D, etc.  Today I chose to make a center pop out card.

Here is my card:


I started my card with a base cut using a Silhouette file.  I went through my stash and found a really neat vintage school paper and covered each panel on the card.  I used black and white polka dot card stock for contrast.  The image for the center pop out is a digital image from Graphics Fairy.  I printed the image on white Spectrum Noir card stock and colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.  I fussy cut the image and attached it with foam tape.  I think this is my favorite card this week!

Thanks for joining us the past two weeks!  I will see you again in September!  ~  Gracie

Friday, August 9, 2019

Color Me Friday 32-2019

Happy Friday!  Time to get out the markers, pencils or colors!  Our colors this month are yellow, black and white.

Here is my card:


I started this card with a digital image from Dearie Dolls.  I printed her on white Spectrum Noir card stock and colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.  I tried to make the yellow pencil the focal point.  I trimmed the image down and placed it on red card stock, then on black and white polka dot card stock.  I used yellow card stock as a card base.  Sweet!  ~  Gracie

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 32-2019

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Today we have a photo for inspiration:


and here is my card:


I love the bright colors in the photo.  I started my card with a digital stamp from "Little Scraps of Heaven".  I printed the image on Spectrum Noir card stock and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers.  I fussy cut the image.  I chose black and white checked card stock as a panel and a bright yellow patterned card stock  for an accent.  I attached the image to the panel with foam tape.  I placed the panel on a white card stock base.  I think he is just too cute!  I will be mailing him to my grandson at Mississippi State!  ~  Gracie

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 32-2019

Happy Wednesday!  Today we work with a card sketch:


and here is my card:


I started my card today with a stamp set from Tim Holtz.  I stamped the images on Spectrum Noir card stock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I colored the images with spectrum Noir markers.  I fussy cut the images and placed them on pattered black and white card stock and attached them to a golden yellow card base.  I placed a strip of gold patterned card stock across the card then placed a strip of black card stock cut at an angle like the card sketch.  I printed the sentiment on my computer and die cut it and attached it with foam tape.  Done!  ~  Gracie

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Technique Tuesday 32-2019

Hello and happy Tuesday!  Today we work with another technique and this month we are playing with stencils and inks.  Here is the link to fun Jennifer McGuire technique:


and here is my card:


I started my card with a "hello" die cut placed on a white card stock panel.  I sponged over the die cut with Distress Oxide inks (Fossilized Amber and Candied Apple).  I then placed a stencil over the die cut and sponged with the inks again.  I peeled the die cut away.  I added a strip of black card stock and a yellow butterfly.  I placed it on a red card stock panel and used a white card base.  My granddaughter immediately took it for her teacher!  ~  Gracie

Monday, August 5, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 32-2019

Happy Monday!  Ready to get your merry on?  Monday is for holiday cards.  Here is my card for today:


I started my card today with a "Noel" Tonic die cut.  I used black and white snowflake card stock and cut it three times.  I die cut a stitched circle and glued the die cuts to the center with Art Glitter Glue.  I attached the circle to a black card stock card base.  I cut a small trapezoid to resemble the top of an ornament from silver mirror card stock which I scored.  I attached it to the circle with the glue.  I added some small white glitter balls with glue dots to the top and tied a gold ribbon and attached it with a glue dot.  Done!  ~  Gracie

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sweet & Simple Sunday 32-2019

Hello again!  It's Gracie here this week as your designer.  Our theme this month is "Back to School" and our colors are yellow, black, and white.  Here is my card today:


I started this card with a digital stamp from Polkadoodles.  I have a granddaughter that is just nuts about computers - she is in 6th grade but is already learning coding!  She will love this!  I printed the image on white card stock and colored the image with Prismacolor pencils.  I fussy cut the image.  I have some sheer ribbon with school images in my stash and I placed it on yellow card stock then placed it on black and white card stock.  I added the image and placed the panel catty cornered on a yellow card stock base.  All ready for Izzy and she is all ready to start back to school!  ~  Gracie

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Stand Out Saturday 31-2019

Happy Saturday!  Time to make a card that stands out - a box card, 3D, etc.  A made a step card.


I started my card by creating a step card base (measure twice, cut once ha ha - I always mess up the first time!)  I then trimmed black and white card polka dot card stock to fit each step.  I printed my sentiment "Have a Great Year!" on my computer on white card stock and trimmed it into a flag.  I added a strip of yellow polka dot card stock from my scraps.  I then went through my Scraprack and found some really cute school die cuts.  I added them to the card with foam tape.  I think it turned out very cheerful!  ~  Gracie

Friday, August 2, 2019

Color Me Friday 31-2019

Happy Friday!  Time to color!!  Here is my card:



I used the colors from the photo for inspiration.  I started with a digital stamp from "Little Scraps of Heaven".  I printed the image on Spectrum Noir card stock and colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.  I trimmed the image and mounted it on black and white checked card stock and placed it on a yellow card stock base.  He looks ready for school and I think my granddaughter will love it! ~ Gracie

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 31-2019

Hello again and welcome to Inspiration Thursday!  Today we have a photo for inspiration:


And here is my card:


I used the colors from the photo for inspiration.  I started with a piece of card stock in my stash I received from an "ugly paper" swap.  I trimmed the panel and placed it on a yellow card stock base.  I found another bright green patterned card stock and cut a strip.  I printed the sentiment "Have a Monstrous Year!" on my computer and trimmed it and placed it on the green patterned card stock.  I think my youngest granddaughter will love it! ~ Gracie

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Sketch Wednesday 31-2019

Hello again and welcome to Sketch Wednesday!  Here is today's sketch:


And here is my card:


I started my card with a cute digital stamp called "School Is A Roar" but I can't remember which site I purchased it from!  I printed him on white card stock and colored him with Prismacolor pencils.  I fussy cut him.  I added two patterned papers to the card front (yellow and black).  I cut a strip of black card stock to resemble the sketch.  The "R U READY?" was printed on my computer and backed with black card stock and attached with foam tape.  He will have to go to one of the granddaughters with glasses  :)  Have fun playing with the sketch!!  ~  Gracie

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Technique Tuesday 31-2019

Hello again and welcome to Technique Tuesday!  Today we are playing with stencils and ink!  Here is the link to a Jennifer McGuire YouTube video:


And here is my card:


I had a blast playing with this technique!  Any excuse to get out the inks is a good excuse!  I die cut an apple using my Silhouette Cameo and lightly adhered it to the center of my white card stock panel.  I sponged Candy Apple and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink around the apple somewhat lightly.  I followed with a second stencil and again sponged the same inks.  It seemed too dark so I very lightly spritzed it with water and waited for it to dry before removing the apple.  I stamped the sentiment from Technique Tuesday in the center of a narrow white strip and mounted the strip on black card stock.  I positioned it on the panel with foam tape.  I placed the panel on red card stock (claiming temporary memory lapse - should have been yellow!)  I used a white card base.  Perfect for a teacher!  ~  Gracie

Monday, July 29, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 31-2019

Hello again and welcome to Mistletoe Monday!  Today the challenge is a holiday card and our colors are yellow, black and white.

Here is my card:


I started my card today with a digital stamp from Whimsy Stamps "Light Me Up 2".  I printed the image on white card stock and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  I found some black and white hound's tooth print paper from Some Odd Girl in my stash.  I cut 2 strips of white card stock and placed it on the panel to try to resemble a Christmas package.  I fussy cut the image and added it with Art Glitter Glue to the top so he would look as if hanging from the Christmas tree.  I stamped the sentiment (no brand from China) with Memento ink "Love Letters" and heat set with clear embossing powder.  I attached the sentiment with foam tape.  I placed the panel on a white card stock base.  I think he looks so happy!  ~  Gracie

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sweet & Simple Sunday 31-2019

Hello everyone!  It's Gracie here this week as your designer.  Our theme this month is "Back to School" and our colors are yellow, black and white.

Here is my Sweet & Simple card:


I started my card with a digital stamp from Dearie Dolls (I hate she is no longer drawing!)  I printed the image on white Spectrum Noir card stock and colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.  I trimmed and placed the panel on red card stock then mounted it on black and whited plaid card stock.  I used red card stock as my card base.  Very simple and perfect for my granddaughter!  ~  Gracie

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Stand Out Saturday 29-2019

On Saturdays this year we are doing dimensional cards such as box cards, shaker cards, etc.  I love making box cards and svgcuts.com has some wonderful ones.




This is called vintage gas pump and made a great card for my father this year.  The patterned papers are from Echo Park and called Off Road.  I had a brad for the font which was perfect in my stash.  The flat woven ribbon was also from my stash.  I printed the back on my computer and attached one of the images from the patterned paper with washi tape to cover up the punch line.  Underneath it reads "Yep, that means you are old".  I love these box cards because they make such an impression and the cut files from svgcuts.com always work perfectly along with having videos to show you how to put them together. - Denise

Friday, July 19, 2019

Color Me Friday 29-2019

Our colors this month are Red, White & Blue.


This was an experiment with heat embossing in bright white and then using Distress Inks.  The embossing resists the color (and I also rub it off) to make it stand out.  I used a red and a blue on the fireworks and then used black around the edges to make it look like night. After it dried all night, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it with Bright White Embossing Powder.  The girl was stamped and colored with Spectrum Noir markers and then fussy cut and glued to the front.  All of the stamps are from the Unity stamp kit called Celebrate the New. I put ut on a black card base because it looked better than white. - Denise

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 29-2019

I love our inspiration picture for this month.


Here is my card -



Since this month was a hectic one for me with vacations (I know it is hard to sympathize, lol) I let my papers do a lot of the work for my cards.  This one started with flag paper from a Peebles stack called Americana and backed it with another print from the same pad.  I cut a simple image of an old fashioned truck from the Cricut cartridge called Heritage.  Using beige card stock with a couple of colors of brown Distress Ink and a blender gave it a vintage look. The Thank You is from an old unknown stamp that I have had quite awhile.  I like how it follows the curve of the truck. - Denise

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 29-2019

We are working with this sketch for the month of July.


I decided this would be a good chance to use one of my many paper pads that have coordinating paper.  I chose a 4.5 x 6.5 pad called Cape Cod by The Paper Studio.  The measurements on the sketch make it very easy to cut and put together.  I used several patterns and arranged them in various groups for four different cards.


These were really easy to put together and I stamped the Thank You from a CTMH kit called Have a Happy Day.  The images on the larger circle were part of the paper which saved stamping.  All I had to do was center the image in my die before running through my Cuttlebug. I love the nautical theme. - Denise


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Technique Tuesday 29-2019

The technique this month is interlocking tri-fold cards. A tutorial of how to do these can be found here.  I kept the patriotic theme and color scheme for the month.




I started with paper from the Authentique collection called Pride Collection.   I love the texture of their paper and the double sided print worked well.  The collection also has a page of cutouts that I used for both the front and inside the card.  I used some blue cardstock to cut the frame and then used the middle cutout from that to back the image on the inside.  I stamped with a Unity stamp kit called Birthday Go Round.  Stamping it in red made it stand out.  It was actually a pretty quick card to do and looked special. - Denise

Monday, July 15, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 29-2019

I didn't have a lot of time to create cards for this week due to vacations and a long holiday weekend so I turned to elements from my stash to make a quick Christmas card.


I looked through my Christmas stash to find some inspiration and found these 3-D stickers which were the perfect colors for this month.  I put silver washi tape at the top and bottom of a white card base then put the stickerson. I added a few red sequins to add a little more to it and called it done. - Denise

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sweet & Simple Sunday 29-2019

Hi, Denise here this week as our colors are red, white, and blue and the theme is patriotic. 
I truly did a clean and simple card that was so quick to make.



I used a navy cardstock to make a base and used two stamps from Unity's July 2018 SMAK kit called Look Up and Get Lost.  I stamped it with Versamark and then used bright white embossing powder to heat emboss it. It was super quick to make and still looks pretty cool. - Denise

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Stand Out Saturday 28-2019

Hello again and Happy Saturday!  Today we will make a card that stands out - a box, a step, a shaker, etc.  Today I decided to make an explosion box card!

Here is my card:




Oh, my!  It was fun to make but it took a while!  I started with 12 inch DSP and scored it at 4 and 8 inches along both sides.  I cut along the score line on the right side down to the fist score on each side, folded the paper over and used red line tape to make pockets on each of the four flaps.  I cut the second layer 1/2 inch shorter on each side and cut again but glued the flaps on the second layer and added contrasting paper cut 1/4 inch smaller to each flap of all the panels.  I attached the second layer to the first in the center with red line tape.  I added white roses, red metallic die cut butterflies, rhinestones and a red ribbon using a hot glue gun.  The lid is made from contrasting paper and decorated with my glue gun.  I made small tags and stamped birthday sentiments and placed them in each pocket.  I used my envelope punch board to create a slot in the pockets to easily remove the tags.  I went back and added a strip of contrasting paper to the outside of each flap.

I've had fun with red, white and blue the past two weeks!  I will be back next month!  Until then, have fun and Happy Card-Making!  ~  Gracie

Friday, July 12, 2019

Color Me Friday 28-2019

It's Friday and today we color using our colors for the month - red, white and blue!

Here is my card:


A couple of months ago a friend sent me a cute card with these cows - we live next to a dairy and have cows on our farm.  I just loved it and found the stamp set from China.  I ordered it and just received it 2 months later.  Took a while but they are just too danged cute!  I stamped the images on white card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I bent the "Happy Birthday" sentiment before stamping to curve it using my MISTI.  I stamped the second sentiment on a strip of red card stock.  I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers.  I trimmed the white panel into thirds and placed it on blue card stock with foam tape.  I applied the second sentiment to the lower third with foam tape.  I placed the blue panel on a white panel, then placed the panel on a red card stock base.  They look ready to party 'till the cows come home!  ~  Gracie

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 28-2019

It's Inspiration Thursday and we have a mood board!


I love this picture!!!

Here is my card:


I started the card with a stamp and die set from Tim Holtz.  This goat is just too cute.  I stamped the image, sentiment and the accessories on white card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe Ink and heat embossed with Whispers clear embossing powder.  I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers and sponged the images and sentiment with Antique Photo Distress Ink.  I fussy cut the accessories and glued the hat, flag and tie with Art Glitter Glue to a panel of red striped card stock from my stash. I placed the sentiment on the panel with foam tape.  I used white card stock to make a card base.  ~  Gracie