Saturday, February 16, 2019

Scene It Saturday 7-2019

I made a fun scene for my sister-in-law who is having a special birthday.


I have been wanting to use this image from Unity November 2018 KOM and finally had a chance to make this cute card.  I used a paper piecing technique for the dress, shoes and ottoman.  All of the papers are from a K & Co. paper pad called McKenna.  I also used paper from the pack for the wallpaper and drew a thick line with a Spectrum Noir marker across the bottom for the baseboard. The floor is just a scrap of green paper. I think she will get a kick out of it since turning sixty is a special kind of birthday. - Denise

Friday, February 15, 2019

Color Me Friday 7-2019

The color scheme for this month is red, pink, and white.  I elected to only use the pink and white.


This is another quick set of cards.  I started with a paper from the DCWV paper stack called The Girl Stack.  It has a ton of papers in it and I have hardly put a dent in it in past several years. I cut a couple of pieces of the pink denim paper and white heat embossed the sentiment on the bottom.  I used another piece to white heat emboss the heart.  Both are from Unity Stamp Company KOM December 2018 Friend til the End. I cut it out leaving a little of the pink around the white edge.  That allowed it to show up on the white doilies from Ms Sparkle & Co.  Those are also something I don't use a lot and I am forcing myself to use some of my stash.  I mounted that on the pink then matted it on white.  I used a pink card base. I think these look sweet. - Denise 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 7-2019

This is the inspiration board we have for this month.


I took the black and white pattern as the inspiration for my card.


I had a 6 x 6 paper pack from Heidi Swapp called Favorite Things. I am addicted to those pads and like to grab them for quick cards.  I used two of the patterns from that pack (the pink is pretty subtle.  I used a sentiment from Unity December 2018 KOM.  I used a postage nesting die set to sort of match the pattern in the paper.  I also used a ribbon from American Crafts.  I have all these ribbons, but never think to use them.  It actually helped set this card off. - I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day - Denise


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 7-2019

We have this sketch as our challenge today.

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Here are two cards from the sketch.


I like working with sketches and this one gave me a quick way to get two cards.  I cut one patterned piece and one solid piece the size of the card base. Both of the papers came from an 8 x 8 pack by DCWV called All Occasion.  I stacked the pattern and solid together and secured them with a couple of pieces of purple crafting tape so that they wouldn't shift.  I placed a curved edge die across this sandwich and secured it with another piece of purple tape.  On a side note, I just bought this tape and do love it.  It doesn't tear the paper like other tapes can.  I ran it through the Cuttlebug. This gave me pieces that would fit together on two different cards.  I glued them on a white card base and then stamped the sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly - Inspirational Birthdays and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I decided to leave them as is without any embellishments. - Denise

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Technique Tuesday 7-2019

The technique for this month is called Die Cut Mono printing.  A video showing this technique can be found here.


I have to admit that I struggled a lot with this technique.  This is the result of my fourth try and it still didn't turn out as well as I would have liked.  I did learn to let the ink dry completely (like over a day) before cutting.  I tried a metal die in my Cuttlebug, but it wouldn't cut well with either Distress or Distress Oxide inks when I tried to cut them on a thicker card stock.  I tried again with an 80 pound cardstock, but the two layers stuck together and tore after I had sprayed them with water and put them through the Cuttlebug.  I inked up another cardstock with three colors of Distress Oxide and let it dry for two days and then I cut it on my Cricut using an image called Leaf Frame in the Lyrical Letters cartridge.  It did cut better, but it took me three spritzes of water to get enough for the ink to transfer and I had to be very careful separating the two layers so that the cut didn't tear.  I was amazed how the color didn't transfer the same color as what was left on the die cut.  I think that is because they were Oxide inks. The sentiment is from a grab bag, so I am not sure of the manufacturer. - Denise

Monday, February 11, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 7-2019

We are back for Mistletoe Monday.  


This image and sentiment were in the December 2018 KOM from Unity.  I wasn't sure what I would do with this stamp when I saw it as part of the kit.  I used Versamark on red and pink card stock and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I matted it on black card stock to make it pop on the white card base.  I have decided that it makes a cute sentiment that can be used at Christmas or anytime during the Winter.  - Denise



Sunday, February 10, 2019

Clean & Simple Sunday 7-2019

Hi, Denise here for this week's challenges.  The theme of love continues with colors of red, pink & white.



I made a simple card using a stamp from the Unity December 2018 Kit of the Month called Best Friend Til the End. I stamped the image and sentiments with Versafine and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I used three different sentiments - two from Close to my Heart Amore and one from Lawn Fawn called Clear to See. I colored in the heart with a Spectrum Noir marker.  I looked at the cards and they were lacking something so I hand drew a border around the edge.  I don't do that a lot, but liked the way it framed the card. - Denise

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Scene It Saturday 6-2019

Happy Saturday!  Our theme this month is "Love" and our colors are red, pink and white. Today we are going to create a scene! 

Here is my card:



I wanted to make a Valentine.  I started with a pink panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches and attached a red panel 3 3/4 x 5 inches.  I die cut large pink hearts and smaller white hearts to use as clouds.  I die cut the hot air balloon three times - twice with white and once with pink patterned paper.  I used the pieces of the die cut to in-lay the pattern and adhered to white card stock and tied a white ribbon around the panels.  I attached the balloon with foam tape.  I folded a  4 1/4 x 11 inch piece of card stock into an easel card and attached the panel to the front of the card.  I stamped the sentiment on white card stock with black Memento ink and attached it to a panel of pink card stock and secured it to the inside of the card with foam tape to set up the easel.  I went back and added rhinestones for embellishment because I really love that bling!

I've really had fun making "Love" cards the past two weeks!  I hope you have, too!  I'll see you next month!  Thanks for joining us!!! ~ Gracie

Friday, February 8, 2019

Color Me Friday 6-2019

Happy Friday!!!  Hope you have had a great week - hope you are staying warm!  Today is Color Me Friday!  Our theme this month is "Love" and our colors are red, pink and white.  Today I'm going to play with inks  :)

Here is the Jennifer McGuire YouTube video that inspired me today:


And here is my card:





This was really, really fun!  I started with Tim Holtz watercolor card stock and spritzed pretty well with water.  I added a few drops of Candied Apple Red Distress Ink and it just spread out like tye dye.  I set it aside to dry overnight.  I die cut the panel and another white panel with the next larger die.  I also die cut a wedding couple in white card stock and adhered it with glue.  I stamped the sentiment with black Memento ink.  I heat set small rhinestones to the center of the flowers of the die cut.  I used black card stock for the card base.  I love how the card turned out and will definitely be playing some more with water and my re-inkers! ~ Gracie

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 6-2019

Happy Thursday!  I hope y'all are staying warm - we are worried about our Midwest friends!  Today is Inspirational Thursday and we have a mood board to move you!





And here is my card for today:


I love the coral pink color on the board above the sofa. And I love the flowers in the fabric.  Back to my scrap box!  I started with a dark khaki card stock panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches.  I added the coral pink panel trimmed to 3 3/4 x 5 inches.  I then added the lighter pink strip of paper.  I put the panel in my MISTI and stamped the large sentiment from Recollections (the MISTI really helps keep something that large straight) using Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe Ink with clear embossing powder.  I added the butterfly I found in my Scraprack.  I used a white card base.  I think I can use this card for a birthday or wedding shower! ~ Gracie

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 6-2019

Happy Wednesday!  Today we are going to play with a card sketch!





And here is my take on the card sketch:


I love looking through my scrap box for leftover paper scraps.  I only save ones that are large enough to create a card.  Today I found two prints with pink that I thought complimented each other.  I made a pink panel of card stock 4 x 5 1/4 inches.  I trimmed the pink print to 3 3/4 x 5 inches.  I used a stitched landscape die to trim the second paper and adhered and trimmed it to fit the patterned pink panel.  I die cut the "together" sentiment x 3 and glued them together and adhered them to the panel.  I then put the panel in my MISTI and stamped the Me & You with black Memento ink.  I adhered the panels to a white card stock base.  I added white enamel dots for accent. ~ Gracie

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Technique Tuesday 6-2019

It's Technique Tuesday!  Get out your Distress Inks and get ready to play!  Here is the link to a Jennifer McGuire YouTube video for inspiration:


And here are the cards I made today:








I started my cards with a card front die cut.  I inked a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch white card stock panel with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Pickled Raspberry, Candied Apple and Worn Lipstick).  I die cut the panel then lightly spritzed it with water.  I then placed it between two pieces of card stock and ran it through my Big Shot.  The ink and and image from the die cut transferred onto one of the panels.

I used the die cut to make the first card.  After it dried I secured it to another die cut then glued the die cut to a white card base.  I added four red rhinestones.  I die cut the "love" sentiment twice from the remaining inked panel and adhered it to the middle of the card.  Card one - done!

I trimmed the second panel down to 4 x 5 1/4 inches and tied a light pink ribbon around it.  I adhered it to a light pink card stock base.  I added the "love" sentiment from the first panel and three small metallic hearts.  Card two - done!  Perfect for the granddaughters for Valentine's Day! ~ Gracie 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 6-2019

Happy Mistletoe Monday!  Are you joining us making your holiday cards?  If you are you will have a total of six after today!

Here is my card:



This card took very little time!  I used die cuts from Tonic with red glitter card stock.  I backed the cup of cocoa with pink glimmer paper.  I placed the die cuts on a pale green polka dot paper trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4 inches and used white card stock for a card base.  I added pink rhinestones for embellishment. ~ Gracie

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Clean & Simple Sunday 6-2019

Hello and Happy Sunday!  It's February and love is in the air and is our theme this month!  Our colors this month are red, pink and white.  It's also Clean & Simple Sunday!

Here is my Clean & Simple Card:





I have to make a Valentine's Day card for my best friend!  Every week we go to breakfast and spend a good two hours at the restaurant drinking coffee. The image is from Art Impressions.  I stamped her on white card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I colored her with Spectrum Noir markers.  My bestie has blond hair.  The sentiment is from So Suzy Stamps.  I placed the sentiment on light pink card stock.  The patterned paper I found in my stash.  I placed the image with foam tape.  I placed the patterned panel on a light pink panel and used white card stock for a card base.  I hope my bestie gets a good laugh! ~ Gracie

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Scene It Saturday 5-2019

Happy Groundhog's Day!!!  It's bad news for fans of scorching summer weather like me if Phil comes out from his hidey-hole and sees his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. That critter best not see his shadow today!

Today is also Scene It Saturday - we create a card with a scene.  Our theme is "Love" and our colors are red, pink and white.

Here is my card:





I started my card with a stamp set from Hunkydory.  I used my MISTI to stamp the bicycle in layers - I started with black Memento ink for the wheels, then clear Versamark ink for the bike.  I then embossed it with Rose Quartz embossing powder.  I followed that with brown Memento ink for the basket and green for the flowers.  I colored the basket and flowers with Spectrum Noir markers.  I fussy cut the bicycle.  The fence is also from the stamp set; it is an embossing folder and I fussy cut it.  The paper I found in my scrap box.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.  I stamped it with Pickled Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink and I trimmed it and mounted it on pink card stock.  I used white card stock to make a card base.

Thanks for joining us this week - I hope we have inspired you to try something new!  I'll be back next week, too! ~ Gracie


Friday, February 1, 2019

Color Me Friday 5-2019

Happy Friday and Happy February!  Wow - where did January go??  I hope y'all are staying warm!  Today is Color Me Friday and our colors this month are red, pink, and white.

Here is my card:





I think I am going to hide this card in my husband's truck so he will see it when he is out on the road!  This one was easy peasy!  I pulled up a cut file on my Silhouette and cut it using white card stock.  I backed it with bright red card stock, placed it on a white panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches and used the bright red card stock to make a card base.  The "Love You" sentiment is from Recollections and is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I think this is my favorite card this week! ~ Gracie