Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sweet & Simple Sunday 40-2018

Hi this is Denise and I get to start our October challenges this week.  The theme is Fall with the colors of Autumn.

Today is our Clean and Simple Sunday.

This was a very quick card.  I cut a few images from the 6 x 6 paper pad from Prima called Amber Moon.  I pasted them at angles on another paper from the same pad and then put it on a black cardstock base.  Quick and easy when you need a card to send to someone you are thinking about this fall. - Denise

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Scene It Saturday 39-2018

It's time to make a scene again and I don't mean acting crazy out in public or on Facebook lol!  Today we make a card with a scene and I chose to use masking to help create mine.

Here is my Scene It Saturday Card:

I have really been using my Raisin Boat stamps lately!  This is another stamp set I have had for awhile and had never used.  I know, I know...  I sound like a hoarder but I think every crafter has a tendency towards hoarding anything crafty  :)  I stamped the images on ivory card stock using Memento Brown ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I colored the horse with Spectrum Noir markers.  I created a mask using an oval die cut first masking the outer part and inking the inner part with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink.  I then masked the inner part with the piece cut from the die and sponged the outer part with Faded Jeans.  I spritzed the panel with water.  After it dried I added white metal heat set dots.  I placed the panel on a brown panel and used gold card stock as a card base.

I have had fun the past 2 weeks - I will be back next month! Happy Crafting! ~ Gracie

Friday, September 28, 2018

Freestyle Friday 39-2018

Time for fun - it's Friday!  Look around your craft room and find something to make you smile!  I did!

Here is my Freestyle Friday Card:

These animals Tim Holtz creates crack me up and this goat is no exception!  I bought him with the die cuts.  I stamped him two times using Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink and used clear embossing powder on each image.  I colored each of the images with Spectrum Noir markers.  I used the die cuts to cut out the whole image.  I followed with the second die cut which is just his head and attached it to the whole image with pop dots.  I then die cut the tie from a deep turquoise card stock and his glasses from silver adhesive backed metal and attached them to the goat.  The sentiments are from Tim Holtz also.  I am unsure where I got the wonderful green and white card stock; I used a white card stock base.  Now it's your turn to go make something silly to cheer someone up! ~ Gracie

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thursday in 3D 39-2018

Time to make a card stand out - or up.  It's time to make a card in 3D.

Here is today's card:

Today I chose to make a simple step card.  I received the images in a swap.  I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut them.  I printed the sentiment on my computer on white card stock and sponged it with Faded Photograph then tore around the edges leaving the white as a border.  The card itself is Pumpkin card stock from Fun Stamper's Journey.  After attaching the images and sentiment to the card I added white metal heat set dots.  I love the simplicity. ~ Gracie

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wow Wednesday 39-2018

It;s Wow Wednesday!  Time to turn up the volume!

Here is today's card before I started playing with it:

Yep - it's pretty plain but I liked it.  It's an Art Impressions stamp.  The colors were already there - too easy!  I got out the Undo...

And here is the card after I played with it:

I removed the white panel from the pink hearts panel and placed it on a piece of green card stock.  I added the polka dot ribbon.  I added white glitter metal dots and a green glitter metal dot to the top of the umbrella (they are heat set).  Her hat needed something so I die cut a small pink flower and added 2 green sprigs.  I placed the panel back on the white card stock base (the magic of Undo!)  I hope I feel that way when I am their age... ~ Gracie

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Technique Tuesday 39-2018

If you haven't played with this month's technique it's a fine time to start.  Jennifer McGuire has a wonderful YouTube video with 7 ways to do the Scattered Stamping Technique.

Here is my card:

I have this wonderful stamp set from Raisin Boat that is perfect for a masculine card.  I know construction sites usually need orange but I needed greens and blues today!  I used the stamps from my set all at once with my MISTI using Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink and clear embossing powder on ivory card stock.  I colored in portions of the stamps with blue and green Spectrum Noir markers.  I then sponged my panel with marigold and pistachio green distress oxide inks.  I placed the panel on a gold panel of card stock and used turquoise card stock as a card base.  I added black metal heat set dots around the "Men At Work" sentiment. ~ Gracie

Monday, September 24, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 39-2018

93 days until Christmas!  It's creeping up fast!  Are your Christmas cards ready?  If not, jump in and join us!

Here is my Mistletoe Monday Card:

Last year I bought some embossed panels and sentiments from Hot of the Press.  I colored the panel and sentiment with Spectrum Noir markers in shades of blues and greens.  I first fussy cut the panel then trimmed it down to fit nicely on an A2 sized card.  I also fussy cut the sentiment and attached it with pop dots.  I added 2 green metal heat set dots to the sentiment.  I added the panel to a green panel and used a white card base.  I almost felt like a traitor by using something already stamped and embossed! ~ Gracie

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sweet & Simple Sunday 39-2018

Hello!  It's Gracie again this week!  Time to make a clean and simple card!  Our theme is masculine; our colors are blues and greens with metal accents so let's get started!

Here is my Sweet & Simple Card:

Who doesn't love House Mouse??  I received this image in a swap.  I thought it would make a cute masculine birthday card!  I got out my Spectrum Noir markers and just had fun coloring.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.  I added some blue metal heat set dots.  I placed the white panel on a brown panel (not too sure I like it) and then used a deep turquoise blue card stock for a base.  It is sweet and simple! ~ Gracie

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Scene It Saturday 38-2018

Time to make a scene!  Since I have out my Raisin Boat stamps I went through and found a farm scene.  Do you tend to use what is all ready out?  I do.  Even paper and embellishments.

Here is my card:

I live way out in the country and everyone around us has a farm  They all grow corn, cotton, soy beans or even peanuts.  This card will work as a cheer up for any one of my neighbors!

I stamped all the images at one time using my MISTI with Memento Black ink (my mistake - it dries quicker than Memento Luxe so my clear embossing is a little splotchy).  I then sponged Faded Jeans and Pistachio Green Oxide inks and spritzed with water.  After the panel dried, I added some silver metal heat set dots around the sentiment and trimmed the panel down to 3 3/4 X 5 inches and placed it on a black panel 4 X 5 1/4 inches and I used a white card stock base.  Albert Einstein is right - keep on sowing your seed... ~ Gracie

Friday, September 21, 2018

Freestyle Friday 38-2018

It's Freestyle Friday which means we can choose what we want to make within the month's theme and colors.  They are always fun!  I have a new stamp set from Raisin Boat I have never used so I got it out to play.

Here is my card:

My husband is a truck driver.  He would probably roll his eyes because the colors are all wrong for his truck!  I stamped the truck and the sentiment on ivory card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used clear embossing powder.  I fussy cut the sentiment.  I colored each with Spectrum Noir markers.  I attached the sentiment with pop dots to the truck.  I added some blue metal heat set dots to 2 corners and placed the ivory panel on blue card stock and used a red card stock base.  It's ready to roll! ~ Gracie

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday in 3D 38-2018

Thursday's are fun!  Time to make a card in 3D.  Today I chose to make a box card.  Haven't done one in awhile and had to play with my measurements.

Here is my card:

This might not look like it but it is actually a sympathy card.  My dear friend's father passed away and he was a very proud Veteran.  I knew her mother would love this.  I made the box out of dark green card stock.  I made the back insert and the panels with ivory card stock with the edges sponged with Faded Photograph ink.  The sentiment was printed on my computer.  The inserts were from a sticker pack from Hobby Lobby attached at staircase levels.  I placed an ivory panel on the back and signed the card for her mom. ~ Gracie

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wow wednesday 38-2018

Hello!  Time for some razzle dazzle - or at least try to ratch it up a notch!  On Wednesdays we choose a card we have made in the past and try to perk it up - today I tried using our theme, colors, and metal accents.

Here is my original card:

This is so much my husband!  And you can't pry the remote from his fingers so you are stuck watching whichever ESPN channel he was - even Little League ball games!  The card was made with an Art Impressions stamp set stamped on Whisper White card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I colored  the image with Spectrum Noir markers, and I used a black card stock base.  He didn't see the humor...

Here is my card with a little help!

If you have never used it, you need to buy it - Undo is your friend!  I used Undo to release all the adhesive on my card.  I then trimmed the sentiment down and placed it on a green mat.  I cut 1/2 of an oval die cut to use as a "rug".  I fussy cut my snoring fellow and used my green Spectrum Noir marker to make his shirt green.  I added black enamel heat set dots to the sentiment and to the center of the remote.  I used a gauze card stock for the panel and used the same green to make a card stock base.  I really like both versions! ~ Gracie

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Technique Tuesday 38-2018

Time for fun learning a new technique!  It's Scattered Stamping from Jennifer McGuire and here is the link:

And here is my card:


I used a stamp set from Raisin Boat.  It's really masculine!  I scattered all the stamps on a 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inch white panel and stamped them using my MISTI with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I blended Distress Oxide inks in greens and blues and lightly spritzed with water and set the panel aside to dry.  To create metal accents I used adhesive backed silver writing Happy Birthday To You and added it in strips to the panel.  I trimmed the panel down to 2 pieces 4 X 5 1/4 and trimmed 2 pieces of brown card stock 4 1/8 X 5 3/8 and mounted the panels on a black card stock base. ~ Gracie

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 38-2018

Do you realize there are only 100 days until Christmas???  Time to be getting your Merry ready!  Today is Mistletoe Monday and I did use the month's colors of blue and green but I think my card could go either way.

Here is my Mistletoe Monday card:

I just love snowmen.  I used to cover my Christmas tree in them but since my children have their own children I have cut back.  This little fellow is a stamp from Anthony's Paper Craft.  He is the perfect size for an A2 card.  The sentiment is from another stamp set (of course it is out of it's package so I am not sure where I got it).  I colored the snowman with Spectrum Noir markers.  The sentiment was stamped with clear Versamark ink and embossed with silver Ranger embossing powder,  I added silver accents to the broom and silver metal heat set dots to represent falling snow.  I placed my panel on a green panel and used a white card stock base.  I felt funny making a snowman today - the temperature was a freezing 90 degrees! ~ Gracie

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sweet & Simple Sunday 38-2018

Hello!  It's Gracie here for this week to share some masculine cards.  I must say they are not my strong point but I struggled along!

The colors for the month are greens and blues with metal accents.  We start each Sunday with a Sweet & Simple card, making a card clean and simple - another thing I struggle with lol!

Here is today's card:

I received this sweet little guy in a swap so I am unsure of the origin but he is really cute!  I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers with various shades of greens and blues.  The flies are yellow.  It's difficult to see but my metal accent is a hook I made using soft nickle wire.  I used some brown checked left over paper in my stash and mounted everything on a light blue card stock base.  He was so much fun to color! ~ Gracie

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Scene it Saturday 37-2018

It's my last post for my week as the designer here at Card A Day Challenge. 

The theme for September is masculine and the color scheme is blues and greens with metal accents.  For Scene it Saturday, the theme is to create a scene card. 

Here's my card

I made a one-layer card for today’s challenge. I masked off a 1.5” strip about 1.25” from the top of a landscape A2 card with post-it tape.  In that strip, I added distress ink (shabby shutters, salty ocean) with the blue towards the top (sky) and the green near the bottom (grass).  I carefully removed the post-it tape and stamped Stampin’ Up’s Lovely As A Tree stamp, knowing that the tops of some trees would extend past the inked area. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Keep It Simple: Thank You stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next month.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Freestyle Friday 37-2018

It's Sue back with another card. My week is almost over. Hope I've inspired you to try some of the techniques I've used or a card layout or colors I've used. 

The theme for September is masculine and the color scheme is blues and greens with metal accents.  For Freestyle Friday, the challenge is to create whatever I want using either the technique or the color scheme for the month or both. 

Here's my card

I went with a graphic card using Catherine Pooler Design’s GeoBuilders stamp set. I alternated between Hero Arts Cornflower and Hero Arts Green Hills inks, using my MISTI. I found that I needed to stamp off several times, after I washed off the ink, because the green seemed to linger. I trimmed the panel to 4” x  3.75” and matted on black. I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments onto blue cardstock and then die cut the banner using an Avery Elle’s Dotted Die. To add a metal accent, I stapled the banner to the panel.

Thanks for stopping by. See you here tomorrow.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday in 3D 37-2018

Hi! It's Sue back with another card for you this week.

The theme for September is masculine and the color scheme is blues and greens with metal accents.  For Thursday in 3D, the challenge is to make cards that are 3D and use this month’s color scheme. 

Here's my card

I made my first waterfall card for this challenge.  I stamped fish images using Your Next Stamp’s Fishy Fun, The Alley Way’s Sea Mates, Technique Tuesday’s Small Fries and The Alley Way Castaways stamp sets with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers and fussy cut the fish. The background was created using Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves stencil and distress inks (cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, salty ocean) applied with ink blending tools. The background was cut into 4 -  1 7/8” squares. I adhered one fish to each square. Here's another view.

The sentiment is from Your Next Stamp’s Fishy Fun . I used some eyelets on the horizontal strip for the metal accents’ component.  The card was finished with a bit of ribbon adhered with a staple (as another metal accent).

Thanks for stopping by. Hope your inspired to create your own cards.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wow Wednesday 37-2018

Welcome to Wow Wednesday. I'm Sue and I'm the designer for the week. 

The theme for September is masculine and the color scheme is blues and greens with metal accents.  For WOW Wednesday, the challenge is to turn up the volume on a card.  

Here's my card

I find this the most difficult challenge of the week. I guess I’m not used to sparkly and shiny cards. I started with Sunday’s card. I added some sequins for shine and Wink of Stella to the die cut “hi” for a bit of shimmer. Here's a close-up.

Thanks for stopping by. Love to see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Technique Tuesday 37-2018

Happy Tuesday. Sue here with another card for you.

The theme for September is masculine and the color scheme is blues and greens with metal accents.  For Technique Tuesday, the challenge is to use this month’s technique which is scattered stamping. 

Here's my card

I started by wiping the card panel with an anti-static tool. I then stamped images from CTMH’s Finish Line stamp set with Versamark ink. I used clear embossing powder and heat set the images. With ink blending tools, I added distress inks – salty ocean and mowed lawn. I trimmed the panel a bit and added it to an A2 card base. Scattered stamping cards are fun to create. Creating a masculine card was a bit more challenging for me because I have so few masculine stamps. I need to try this technique with flowers (I have lots of those stamps!)

Thanks for stopping by

Monday, September 10, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 37-2018

It's Sue here. I'm this week's designer and I have a new card for you, for Mistletoe Monday.

The theme for September is masculine and the color scheme is blues and greens with metal accents.  For Mistletoe Monday, the challenge is to make a Christmas/Holiday card. 

Here's my card

I started by making the background using Hero Arts Snowflakes stamp set and Hero Arts inks (Sea Glass, Soft Sky, Mint Julep and Tide Pool). I cut the panel to 3.75” x 2.75”. I added some silver brads to the corners of the panel. I had intended to put this stamped panel on a colored mat, but forgot and adhered it directly to an A2 card base. I die cut the sentiment using light blue cardstock and My Favorite Things Die-namics Merry Christmas die. I adhered it to the stamped panel with a glue pen and added Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by. Won't you stop by tomorrow?

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sweet and Simple Sunday 27-2018

Hi! Can't believe that it's been four weeks since I've been the designer of the week, here at Card A Day Challenge. It's Sue and I'm excited to show you my cards.

The theme for September is masculine and the color scheme is blues and greens with metal accents.  For Sweet and Simple Sunday, the challenge is to create a clean and simple card using this month’s theme and/or color scheme.  

Here's my card

I started by stamping the square motifs from Papertrey Ink’s Square Prints stamp set and Hero Arts Cornflower and Green Hills inks. I then punched the squares out using a 0.75” square punch.  The sentiment uses My Favorite Things Die-Namics Happy Hellos dies and some royal blue cardstock. To incorporate some metal accents, the blue and green squares were adhered to a 2”x2” royal blue square with four silver brads (and some adhesive). Some fun foam was used to pop up the blue square for added dimension.

Thanks for stopping by today. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, when I'll have a new card for you.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Scene It Saturday 36-2018

My last card for the week.

I had a call from my brother who wanted a card to send to a friend as an inside joke.  He said he wanted an owl on the front along with Hooty Hoo.  I found this stamp from Unity called 3 "Who" Lagins.  Since it was just a branch, I added the tree to the side.  I stamped a moon from Altenew (To the Moon) and colored everything with colored pencils.  I use Gamsol with blending stumps to blend the colors out better.  The sentiment was done on the computer since it was so personalized.  I matted it with an embossed woodgrain cardstock from Altenew and put it on a kraft card base.  I have been using a lot of kraft lately, but it seems to work better for masculine cards. - Denise

Friday, September 7, 2018

Freestyle Friday 36-2018

Today's card is one for a member of my church.

I have been making cards for members of my church using an old hymnal.  I continued with this one for one of the men.  It is a little harder to find stamps that work for men and also look right on a hymn.  I found this balloon and it seemed like a good fit.  It is by Dare2B Artsy called Balloon Tangle.  I added some silver closed sequins and put it on blue polkadot paper. - Denise

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thursday in 3D 36-2018

Thursday in 3-D masculine style.

I think that I have shared my family birthday cards this year are amped-up box cards. has been a wonderful source for cards to do this.  This tackle box was for my father who is an avid fisherman.  I used green cardstock for the base and many different scraps for all for the lures. I also used some glitter vinyl for a couple of them to add some bling. I used my Crop-a-dile to add eyelets on the sides and for the reel.  He loved it- Denise

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wow Wednesday 36-2018

For Wednesday I am taking the card from Monday and adding to it.

I had some wood embellishments that included this Dad sentiment.  I painted it with a Deco Color Premium pen in copper.  I added three metallic brads at the bottom too. - Denise

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Technique Tuesday 36-2018

The technique this month is called Scattered Stamping.  A great how-to by Jennifer McGuire can be found here.

I had a stamp set from Club Scrap called Workbench that seemed perfect for this Challenge.  I played around with the different elements until they fit pretty well on an A-2 card and put them on my stamping platform.  That allowed me to stamp the same layout on three different card bases.  For the top card I used black Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The second card was also stamped with black Versafine ink, but I embossed using a gold embossing powder.  I then blended Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean and Peeled Paint over both cards.  For the third card I used Versamark embossing ink and put blue pearl embossing powder on a kraft card base. I like all three and think they are busy enough to skip an sentiment on the front. - Denise

Monday, September 3, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 36-2018

For Mistletoe Monday, I started thinking way outside the box (at least for me).

I had a new Tim Holtz 3-D embossing folder called Foundry that I hadn't used yet.  I embossed a piece of Tim Holtz metallic cardstock with it and was playing around with die cut snowflakes on it when I thought that maybe a snowman might be kind of cool.  So I cut the snowman shape out of the same paper and put it though the embossing folder.  I added some metal shapes from my stash for the eyes and nose/mouth.  I put that on a mat of shimmery blue paper and then on the original embossed paper I started with. I stamped the sentiment from a Unity Stamp set called Believe in the Magic.with Stazon. I used a die that embossed circles around the sentiment and framed that with the same glimmer blue paper. I put all of it on a black card base.  I am not sure I really like it, but it is masculine and might be good for a kid that likes robots. 

Here is a close up of the embossing which I do love because it is multi-layered and looks so cool. - Denise

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Clean & Simple Sunday 36-2018

Today starts our September challenges.  This month we will make masculine cards and the colors are blue, green and metallic. 

I started with a very simple card.

I stamped a cup from Unity's Cuppa Comfort on blue card stock with black Versafine and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I fussy cut around it, including the inside of the handle.  I mounted it on paper from a Pink Paislee 6 x 6 pad called Outfitters.  I put it on a kraft card base.  It could be used for anything since there is a nice black spot for whatever I decide to do next. - Denise

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Card a Day Challenge August, Week 4, Scene It Saturday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the final day of Card a Day Challenges for August! I hope you have enjoyed this week with me and learned some new things, I certainly did! Today is Scene It Saturday, where we create a scene on a card. Here is my card:


This is probably my most favorite card of the week, and the most creative one!!! I am actually quite proud of this card. I have mentioned before that I am not confident in making scene cards. But, through these challenges, I have learned that making a scene card is in the eye of the beholder. Meaning, it does not have to be a "classic" scene card. Take this card that I made of the bee flying through the sky. I would call this a scene card! The bee and sentiments are from Honey Bee's Bee-you-tiful and Build-A-Bee. This is an ADORABLE stamp set that I'm so glad I purchased awhile ago! The background sky was done using a cloud stencil and blue ink.  I wanted the sentiments and bee to all look like they were floating through the sky confidently, so I connected them with the black dots to give it movement. The sentiment reads "Bee positive & confident".

This would make a great card for the new teacher in your family or the student who is starting a new grade in school or an extra-curricular activity.

Well, that's it for this month! I will be back for September's Card a Day Challenge on 4th week, so be on the look out!