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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 28-2019

It's Wednesday!  Time to play with a sketch!  Our theme is "Patriotic" and our colors are red, white and blue!

Here is our sketch:




And here is my card:


I have two cats.  Mr. Myles is a sweet, sweet gray striped cat who loves everyone but is afraid of his shadow.  And then there is the hellion - Miracle - my crazy white cat that is the reason Mr. Myles is afraid of his shadow... unless it is thundering or there are fireworks - then Miracle is the chicken cat!  When I was trying to think of what I wanted to do with this card she was tormenting Mr. Myles until it started raining.  Soooo, I busted out the Tim Holtz Crazy Cat stamps, sentiment and the accessories.  I stamped the two cats and other images on white card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe Ink and embossed with clear Whispers embossing powder.  I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers.  I then used a scalloped circle to cut out both cats.  I fussy cut the hat, the bow tie and flag and adhered them to the cats with Art Glitter Glue.  I cut two rectangles from blue and red glitter card stock and adhered it to a blue card stock base.  It just looked too plain so I went back and die cut a frame and placed over the glitter card stock.  I then added the circles with Art Glitter Glue.  I trimmed the sentiment and placed it on red glitter card stock and adhered it to the card with foam tape.  Fun!  ~  Gracie

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Technique Tuesday 28-2019

It's Tuesday!  Time to work with a new technique!  Today we have a video from Jennifer McGuire for inspiration:


And here is my card:



This card was just fun to make!  I love Jennifer McGuire's videos!  I started the card with a generic stamp set from China.  I stamped the image and "Congratulations" on white card stock and the "On Your Anniversary" on light blue card stock using Red Memento ink.  I used a stitched circle die to die cut the image and colored the rose with Spectrum Noir markers.  I die cut a scalloped edge circle and attached the image with Art Glitter Glue.  I created a belly band with vellum and attached the circle with red line tape. placed the light blue panel on a white panel then trimmed red triangles and attached to the back of the panel with red line tape and used my bone folder to fold the triangles over the sentiment on the panel.  I placed the "Congratulations" sentiment on a slightly darker blue card stock and attached it to the lower part of the panel with foam tape.  I added a few small clear rhinestones.  I attached the panel to a white card stock base and applied the belly band.  I think it makes a really elegant card!  ~  Gracie

Monday, July 8, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 28-2019

It's Monday!!!  Time to work on those holiday cards!!!  Our colors are red, white and blue.

Here is my card:


I started today's card by die cutting snowflakes in different shades of blue.  I also dug out a die cut sentiment I received in a swap that is cut using mirror silver card stock.  I placed everything on the panel then glued everything down with Art Glitter Glue.  I added clear rhinestones (gotta love some bling).  I placed the panel on a bright red printed card stock then placed it on a white card stock base.  I added a light blue ribbon.  Festive!  ~  Gracie

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sweet & Simple Sunday 28-2019

Hello again and Happy Sunday!  It's Gracie here this week as your designer.  Our theme for July is "Patriotic" and our colors are red, white and blue!  We are starting the week off with a sweet and simple card.  My grandson has graduated from boarding school and has received a full scholarship to Mississippi State University!  Problem is - we are an Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) family!  But we can endure four years of those loud annoying cowbells for the sake of his education.  But I just can't do the maroon and white!  Ole miss is red, white and blue!  Today I started making cards to send happies to Elliott - but you guessed it - they are red, white and blue!

Here are my Sweet & Simple Cards (started on one - just kept going!):

 







I started the cards with a stamp set from Tim Holtz.  I stamped the images on white card stock with Red Memento ink.  I added color with Spectrum Noir markers.  I die cut the "just a note" sentiment with white card stock and attached them to strips of blue card stock with Art Glitter Glue.  I placed the panels on red card stock bases then added the sentiment strips with foam tape.  My grandson will understand the colors immediately lol! I will be mailing them to him with gift cards for Jimmy Johns to be sure he is eating something besides a salad! ~ Gracie

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Stand Out Saturday 27-2019

Hello and Happy Saturday!  Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!  Today we are making a Stand Out card - can be a step card, box card, etc.  I chose to make a Patriotic Box Card!

Here is my card:


I made my card to fit in an A2 envelope!  I went through my Scraprack and found some fun Jolees' Patriotic stickers.  After creating the box (white card stock trimmed to 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches and scored at 1/2 in 2 in, 4 in and 6 in then turned sideways and scored at 2 3/4 inches).  I used red lined tape to attach the 1/2 inch flap to the front edge to make the box.  I used my scissors to trim down from the top to the score line to create the flaps and pressed them down with my bone folder.  I trimmed red glitter card stock to fit within each rectangle and adhered with adhesive.  I created the flaps for the inside with white card stock and attached the Jolees' stickers.  I die cut the "Celebrate sentiment and stars from blue and silver glitter card stock and ran them through the xyron sticker maker to apply the adhesive.  I finished it off with a small blue ribbon tied around the front flap and secured with a mini glue dot!  God bless America!!!  Have fun trying new (or even old like this box card) techniques to make your cards!  I will see you next week!  ~  Gracie

Friday, July 5, 2019

Color Me Friday 27-2019

Happy Friday!  Hope you enjoyed your holiday!  Today is Color Me Friday and our colors are red, white and blue!

Here is my card:


I started today's card with a stamp set from Tim Holtz.  I stamped the images on light blue card stock with Navy Memento ink.  I stamped the sentiment with Red Memento ink.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.  I trimmed the sentiment into a strip and placed it on a strip of red card stock.  I placed it over the images with foam tape.  I attached the blue panel to a white panel then placed it on a brighter blue card base.  He's all ready for a Yankee Doodle Boy!  ~  Gracie

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 27-2019

Hello again and Happy Thursday! Today we will use a mood board for inspiration.


Happy Independence Day!!!!  I love this picture!  So vintage patriotic!  Here is my card:


This card started with the hat stamped image I received in a swap.  It was stamped with red ink on white card stock.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers then fussy cut it and sponged the edges with Antique Photo Distress ink.  I went through my stash in my Scraprack and found the constitution which is vellum.  I adhered it to white card stock and fussy cut it and sponged the edges also.  I die cut a circle from mirror gold card stock and glued the hat and constitution down on a bright blue panel.  I added the white sequin stars and some small clear rhinestones.  I stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz using clear Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold Stampin' Up embossing powder.  I tied the red and white ribbon around the panel then popped the sentiment on using foam tape.  I placed the blue panel on a red panel then used white card stock for the card base.  It's pretty patriotic!  ~  Gracie

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 27-2019

It's Wednesday!  Today we have a sketch!  We are still using a Patriotic theme and our colors are red, white and blue. 

Here is the sketch for today:


And here is my card:



I really like sketches.  They give me a good starting point!  I just got this stamp set from China.  I stamped the images on white card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and heat embossed with Whispers clear embossing powder.  I die cut the images with a generic scalloped circle set.  I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers.  I stamped the second sentiment on blue card stock and trimmed it out and placed it on white card stock.  I went through my stash and found two red and white prints.  I placed them on a light blue panel.  I adhered the scalloped circles and the sentiment with foam tape.  I used red card stock to make the card base.  He looks like a happy pig to me!  ~  Gracie

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Technique Tuesday 27-2019

Hello again and Happy Tuesday!  Today we are going to use a technique to make a card.

Here is the link:


and here is my card:



I started my card with a stamp set from Technique Tuesday.  I stamped the image on white card stock with Navy Memento ink.  I die cut it into a circle and paced it on a red card stock circle, then a white card stock circle.  I then die cut a scalloped circle the inner circle fits into.  I made a card base using white card stock and created a center fold.  I trimmed a pretty blue patterned paper from my stash and placed it on both sides of the card front.  I adhered the solid circle on the right front and the open scalloped circle on the left.  I added a strip of red card stock to each side.  I used the same Navy Memento ink to stamp the sentiment on the blue panel for the inside of the card.  ~  Gracie

Monday, July 1, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 27-2019

It's Monday and time to get your Merry Christmas on!  With the year half gone it will be here before you know it!

Here is my card:


I started my card with a stamp from Little Darlings and a sentiment from an unknown source (it's out of it's package).  I stamped the images on white card stock using Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe ink and heat embossed with Whispers clear embossing powder.  I colored the image using Spectrum Noir markers.  I trimmed the panel down and placed it on another panel of red card stock.  I made an easel card base from white card stock and attached the panel to the front.  I placed a strip of red card stock on the inside then trimmed the sentiment and placed it on red card stock and attached it to the card with foam tape.  I went back and added a little shimmer to the snow flakes and tea set with clear Wink of Stella.  Easy peasy!  ~  Gracie

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sweet & Simple Sunday 27-2019

Hello & Happy Sunday!  Can't believe the year is half over!!!  Today is Sweet & Simple Sunday.  Our theme this month is "Patriotic" and our colors are red, white and blue!

Here is my card:


I had fun today!  Dug through my stamps and found this cute one from Art Impressions.  I stamped the image using Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder from Whispers.  I colored the image using Spectrum Noir markers.  I placed the panel on a red polka dot panel.  I stamped the sentiment using red Memento Ink and heat embossed it also.  I trimmed it and placed it on a strip of light blue card stock and placed it on the panel using foam tape.  I have used so much lately I am now buying in bulk on Amazon!!!  I used the same light blue card stock to make my card base.  Get out your red, white and blue and join us!  ~  Gracie

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Scene It Saturday 25-2019

The 4th of July is just around the corner, so I made that the theme of my card.


One of the fastest ways to make a scene card is to cut it out in silhouette. I used two images from the Cricut cartridge called A Child's Year and welded them together.  I didn't notice until after I cut it that one image was at a slight angle from the other which made it look like they were going uphill, so I just went with it. I used an edge die at an angle to look like a hill and put the cut out on top of it..  The paper is from a Pebbles pad called Americana.  Mounting it on a red card base gave it an extra pop.  So quick and easy - Denise.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Freestyle Friday 25-2019

The colors for this month are primary colors, so I did a fun box card with these bright colors.



The cut file is from svgcuts.com.  She has some wonderful box cards and I did this for a family member since my theme for those cards this year is box cards.  I used full sheets of cardstock for the main box, but all others were done from scraps I have.  I keep my scraps in hanging files by color so it makes it easy to find what I need.  I let my Cricut do the writing on the front too.  The brads on the front that look like screws are from Eyelet Outlet.  These cards are so fun to do and go together pretty fast. - Denise

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 25-2019

We have an inspiration board today.


I used the map on the wall, the airplane and the colors for my inspiration.


I will be visiting my daughter at her home in Washington state next week.  My son and his family are going too, so I decided to send a card to my granddaughter in anticipation of the trip.  I will coming from Ohio and they are coming from Arkansas.  I used a Unity stamp called Life is a Journey to stamp the map on white cardstock. I chose a paper from a K & Company's paper pack called Summer Travel with lots of colorful planes on it.  I colored the three states with Spectrum Noir markers and used a punch to cut hearts out in colors that were close to what I used for the states.  I hand drew the dashed lines from our homes to our destination.  The oval and background mats were cut using a die from paper of the same pack.  It was fun to send a card as the trip gets closer. - Denise

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 25-2019

Here is she sketch we were given for today's challenge.


The triangle reminded me of a tepee, so I flipped the sketch for this card.


The image and sentiment are from Unity Stamp Company''s set called Hello Bear. I made a cut file for my Cricut so that I could make the image again without having to do the fussy cutting.  I colored it with Spectrum Noir markers and mounted it on a background paper from a DWCV stack called The Good Wood.  I added a couple of enamel dots at the bottom and used the sentiment which has an arrow as part of it for the banner at the top.  It is a fun little card. - Denise

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Technique Tuesday 25-2019

Today we have a technique that was new to me.  It is a slider card and Gina K has a good video with instructions on how to make this type of card.  It can be found here.




As you can see, pulling the tab lifts this little hedgehog into the clouds.  I started with a stamp from a Unity set called Hoppy and Hedgie.  I stamped the image and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers and then fussy cut it.  The place where the balloons come together was pretty thin, so I baked it with another strip of cardstock to reinforce it.  I had decided to make the parts on my Cricut Explore using basic shapes and Design Space.  Since this image was so long, I decided to put the square in the center and have the balloons disappear at the top as the hedgehog appeared.  I hand cut some clouds and added some Distress Ink blending to place around the opening.  I was going to stamp my sentiment directly on the cloud but forgot until it was attached and the foam underneath made it too bumpy to stamp, so it turned into a banner. I learned a lot and will probably do some things differently next time. - Denise

Monday, June 17, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 25-2019

We are thinking of Christmas today.


I used a cut file from the Cricut cartridge called Create a Critter 2.  Since I wanted to make a card from the image, I copied the black base layer and sliced off the chimney so that I could attach the two shapes together.  I used a black glitter washi tape along the top on both the outside and inside of the card to act as a hinge.  I used glitter paper for the decorations.  Once they were on, I decided to go even more glitzy and added some lights along the roof and candy canes along the bottom.  Both came from my stash. - Denise

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sweet & Simple Sunday 25-2019

Hi, Dense here for this week.  Since June is all about bright colors, I made a trio of cards that were quick to do.


I cut three pieces of white cardstock 4" x  3.75".  I used a border die that cuts with stitching detail on both sides of the cut which is slightly wavy.  I lined the die up across the 4" side about a third of the way down from the top. I cut a piece of patterned paper from a 6 x 6 paper pad by MME called Playdate into 2" x 4" strips.  I found it easier to place the top piece on an A2 size card base leaving an even border at the top and sides.  I made a small pencil mark at the bottom side where it curved up at its highest point.  I removed the white piece and adhered the patterned strip making sure to just cover the pencil mark with the top of the strip and keeping even borders on the sides.  Then I could adhere the top and bottom white pieces with the patterned pieces showing in the gap.  I used green and blue card bases to give a pop of color as the border.  The sentiments came from three different sets.  Unity Stamp Company's Hello Bear, June 2019 KOM (Summer Celebrations), and CTMH Belated Birthday Occasions.  I will probably do more sets with other patterns because they were so quick to do. - Denise

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Scene It Saturday 24-2019

Happy Saturday!!  Time to make a scene!  I went through my stack of images that are ready to be colored and found a precious House Mouse stamp.

Here is my card:


I had fun just taking my time coloring the image but I was really unhappy how dark the third mouse came out (picked up the wrong Spectrum Noir marker!)  He looks more like a rat than a mouse!  Then I took my time using a Wink of Stella Blue glitter pen to color the stars and had ANOTHER boo boo!  The pen leaked in a blob on one star.  Fix:  OK - that is where my sentiment HAS to go.  I trimmed the panel and placed it on a piece of red card stock and added a strip of red card stock along the side.  I stamped the sentiment (from Tim Holtz) with Memento black ink.  I trimmed it and placed it on red card stock as well and attached it with foam tape over my mistake.  I used bright blue as a card base.  I went back and added rhinestones.  I think it will be fine for Flag Day!

Thanks for following our blog!!  Have fun making kids' cards!  I will see you next month!  ~  Gracie

Friday, June 14, 2019

Freestyle Friday 24-2019

It's Friday and the sky is the limit!  Time to play!!

Here is my card:


I just love this little ducky!  Perfect for a child!  It is stamped on white card stock with the sentiment.  I masked the duck with a second image which I fussy cut and tacked down with a strip of washi tape.  I  decided to play with my oxide inks (Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade) blending all three liberally over the whole panel.  I then used my Ranger Mister and set the panel aside to dry.  I then trimmed the panel down and wrapped and tied a bright blue ribbon.  I attached the panel to a bright blue piece of card stock and used a deep yellow as a card base.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.  My granddaughter is spending the night and has called dibs on the card!  ~  Gracie

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 24-2019

It's Thursday!  Time for a mood board for inspiration!

Here is this month's board:



And here is my card:


I got a new Art Impressions stamp set and just had to play with it!  I stamped the image and sentiment on heavy weight white card stock with Tuxedo Black memento Luxe Ink and heat set with black thick embossing powder (I think it brought out more detail).  I colored my image with Spectrum Noir markers using blue, lime green and orange on the birthday hat and balloons.  I trimmed the sentiment and matted it on lime green card stock.  I cut a strip of lime green and trimmed the edge with a Fiskars trimmer and adhered it to a panel of bright blue card stock with Art Glitter Glue.  I attached the sloth with Art Glitter Glue and the sentiment with foam tape.  I placed the panel on a card base made from bright orange card stock.  Cute!  ~  Gracie

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 24-2019

It's Wednesday again!  Time for a sketch!  Our colors are primary (red, green, blue, yellow) and our theme is kids.

Here is our sketch:



Here is my card:


I started with an orange triangle.  I hunted through my stash and loved the polka dotted paper from Stampin' Up.  The image and sentiment were received in a swap so I am unsure of the source.  I colored the bunny with Spectum Noir markers and attached him in the middle of the triangle.  I trimmed the sentiment and attached it with foam tape.  I placed the panel on a green card stock base.
Quick and easy!!  ~  Gracie

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Technique Tuesday 24-2019

It's Tuesday and time to play with a technique... get a zip lock bag, a stapler, and some patience...

Here is our inspiration:


Here is my card:


Well, I made one last week that took FOREVER!  But this week went much faster.  I started with 2 white panels, cutting a rectangle in the first and drawing the rectangle on the second as a reference.  I die cut a lace frame and placed it around the rectangle.  I found a really bright Summer sticker set in my stash and added the beach ball and the sunglasses to the front panel and the umbrella inside on the second panel.  The sentiment is also from the sticker set and I placed it on white card stock and trimmed it then placed it on bright pink card stock and trimmed it as well.  I added the ribbon around the front panel then added foam tape behind to create a channel for my interactive slider.  On the second panel I used a straight edge and craft knife to cut 2 slits to place my plastic "conveyor belt" mechanism and stapled it on the back side at the top slit.  On the front I added some red line double sided tape and added a flamingo die cut from the Summer sticker set.  I attached a strip of white card stock to the back with the same tape at the top to use as a pull tab.  I added foam tape to the back of the second panel to create a channel for the pull tab.  I placed the panels on a bright orange card stock base.

Here is my card with the tab pulled down:


I really think it made a cheerful card!  ~  Gracie