Monday, September 16, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 37-2019

Using the colors for this month's challenge of blue and silver (or white) I experimented and made four cards



I started by embossing four blue panels with a Cuttlebug embossing folder by Anna Griffin called Snow Flurry.  The experimentation came by using various things to color the raised dots.  The top left card used Liquid Pearls while the top right used Wink of Stella. The Wink of Stella is more subtle but does show a little better in real life.  Viva 3-D Stamp Paint in silver was used on the bottom left and was applied using a small paint brush. The bottom right used a Bistro Chalk marker. I used a silver paper to mat all of the panels and the various sentiments which were stamped on the same blue card stock and embossed with platinum embossing powder.  - Denise 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sweet & Simple Sunday 37-2019

Hi all, it's Denise for my week in September.  I started with a very quick and simple card for the September theme of masculine cards.


I started with a Kraft colored card base and stamped the image from CTMH called Blue Jeans using using Distress Oxide ink called (what else) Faded Jeans.  Using a stitched pattern from the same stamp set I tried to use a white pigment ink.  It picked up part of the blue and wasn't as white as I would have liked even with multiple stampings, but I just went with it. The birthday sentiment was from CTMH Hats off and the bottom sentiment was from Unity called Consider Yourself Classic.  I think masculine cards are better with simple. - Denise

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Stand Out Saturday 36-2019

Happy Saturday!  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Today the challenge is to make a stand out card - I chose to make a bendy card!


My card base is a Silhouette file and I went through my stash and found some blue patterned paper (I think it is Creative Memories from WAY back in the day!) and covered each of the panels.  The die cuts were all print and cut files purchased from Miss Kate Cuttables.  After I printed them using the Silhouette print feature I cut them out and popped them on with Art Glitter Glue.  The sentiment was printed on my computer.  I love how it stands out but can fold flat for mailing!

I have had so much fun making masculine cards (even if they are quite plain) and I hope you have been encouraged to build up your masculine card stash!  I will see you again next month! ~ Gracie

Friday, September 13, 2019

Color Me Friday 36-2019

It's Friday and time to play with color!!  Our colors this week are gray, blue, silver and white.

Here is my card:


This card started with a stamped image I received in a swap so I do not know the source but it sure is masculine!  I colored it with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut it.  I die cut a circle of white using a stiched circle and attached the car with foam tape.  I cut a panel of gray patterned tire tracks card stock and placed the circle on it.  I printed my sentiment on my computer using blue ink, trimmed it and sponged it using "Faded Jeans" Distress Oxide ink and sponged the edges of the panel as well.  I placed the panel on navy blue card stock and used white card stock as a card base.  ~  Gracie

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 36-2019

Happy Thursday!  How about a mood board for a little inspiration today?


Here is my card:


I started the card with a sentiment printed on my computer, trimmed and sponged with "Antique Photo" Distress Ink.  I attached it to a strip of brown card stock with a vintage look.  I found a piece of gray card stock in my stash and cut a panel and placed it on gold card stock.  I used white card stock as a card base.  The fan die cut is a Silhouette file cut using pearl glimmer card stock and dark gray card stock and sponged with the ink.  I placed a silver brad in the center of the fan.  The fan was placed on the card using foam tape.  ~  Gracie

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sketch Wednesday 36-2019

It's Wednesday and we have a sketch for inspiration!


And here is my card:


This card was fun.  I stared with 3 stamp sets - The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread, the ship is Deep Red, and the arrows are unbranded.  I stamped the images on white card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I die cut the images into 3 different sized circles then roughed the edges with scissors.  I then inked the edges and images with "Faded Jeans" Distress Oxide ink.  I placed the circles on dark pearl gray card stock.  I placed a strip of blue crackle card stock between the circles and hot glued a cross with a bit of twine on the strip.  I placed the panel on a white card stock base.  ~  Gracie

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Technique Tuesday 36-2019

Happy Tuesday!  Time to play with a video!  Here is the link:


And here is my card:


This is a really easy technique!  i started with a panel of silver card stock and lightly spritzed the back with water (to keep it from creasing) and ran it through the Big Shot using a Darice embossing folder.  I then added black acrylic paint (a little goes a long way and this step is messy - grab the paper towels!) and wiped off the excess leaving the paint in the grooves.  i trimmed the panel down and placed it on a panel of gray patterned card stock then on a panel of blue card stock.  I used white card stock for the base.  I printed the sentiment on my computer, trimmed it and sponged the edges with "Faded Jeans" Distress Oxide ink.  I placed the sentiment on the same patterned gray card stock and attached it with foam tape.  Easy peasy!!!  ~  Gracie

Monday, September 9, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 36-2019

Hello and Happy Monday!  Christmas is getting closer and closer!  Time to make a Christmas or Holiday card!

Here is my card:


OK - confession - I am simply not that good with masculine cards!  I tend to just make them simple!  That's what I did today.  I started with a stamp set from Raisin Boat.  I stamped the image and sentiment on gray card stock with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink and heat embossed with clear Whispers embossing powder.  I trimmed the panel and attached it to a panel of light blue card stock.  I placed them on a white card base.  I added Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops for accent to resemble snow.  ~  Gracie

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sweet & Simple Sunday 36-2019

Hello again and Happy Sunday!  It's Gracie again this week as your designer.  This week we are making cards with a "Masculine" theme and our colors are gray, blue, silver and white.  Let's get started with a Sweet & Simple card!

Here is my card:


This one was really simple!  I started with a white cardstock base and added a dark gray "crackle" card stock panel.  I cut a strip of another textured grey card stock and placed it on the panel with Art Glitter Glue.  I printed the sentiment on my computer with black ink.  I attached it to the strip with foam tape.  I added a single leaf die cut from Recollections and a jute bow.  Done!  ~  Gracie 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Stand Out Saturday 35-2019

It's Saturday and time to make a card that stands out or up - just different than a normal card!  Today I chose to make a pull up card!

Here is my card:



This is really different but really easy.  You basically make a card that is like a pocket and when you open it the flap pulls up to reveal your message.

I started with white card stock as a base a die cut the top edge then folded down to make a flap..  The card is folded at the bottom and glued with Art Glitter Glue on the sides making the pocket.  A second piece of white card stock is folded and attached to the top flap at the fold.  I covered the inside panel with gray patterned card stock and attached a white panel to write the greeting.  The outside top flap is covered with the same gray patterned paper.  The lower flap (pocket) is covered with another patterned paper.  I printed the sentiment on white card stock and attached it with Art Glitter Glue.  I had a Tim Holtz buckle hardware in my stash that I attached with a brad.  I think it made a fun card for a guy!

I had fun this week!  I will be back next week for more masculine cards!  ~  Gracie

Friday, September 6, 2019

Color Me Friday 35-2019

Hello again and Happy Friday!  Today we are working with our colors and this month they are gray, blue, silver and white.  Our theme is Masculine.

Here is my card:


I started today's card with a stamp from Sum More Fun using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I colored the image with a light gray Spectrum Noir marker.  After coloring, I masked the image with an oval die cut and sponged "Faded Jeans" and "Broken China" Distress Oxide inks and lightly spritzed with water.  I removed the die cut after the panel dried and trimmed it and placed it on a white panel, then placed it on another turquoise blue panel.  I attached it to a white card stock base.  I printed the sentiment on my computer and placed it on a strip of the turquoise blue card stock and attached it with foam tape.  ~  Gracie

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 35-2019

It's Thursday and time for a mood board!


And here is my card:


I know I am quirky when I look at this mood board and see a watch and think of old!  I started my card with a stamp set from Art Impressions.  I stamped the image on white card stock and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers.  I fussy cut the image and inked the edges with "Antique Photo" Distress Ink.  I attached him to a panel of gray patterned card stock with foam tape.  I printed the sentiment on my computer and trimmed it and inked the edges with the "Antique Photo".  I placed the sentiment on a panel of patterned gray card stock.  I inked the edges of the panel, as well.  I attached the image panel and placed both on a panel of black card stock.  i used white card stock as my card base.  ~  Gracie

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 35-2019

It's Wednesday and time for a sketch:


And here is my card:


I started my card with a wonderful textured gray card stock and trimmed it into a panel.  I attached it to a panel of pale blue card stock and used white card stock as my card base.  I found some die cuts in my stash from Hot Off The Press.  I trimmed 2 strips of card stock and placed them over the largest die cut then placed the two smaller over the strips.  I printed the sentiment on my computer and trimmed it and sponged the edges with "Antique Photo" Distress Ink.  Simple and masculine!  ~  Gracie

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Technique Tuesday 35-2019

It's Tuesday and time to play with a technique!  Today we have a YouTube video to create metal looking paper.

Here is the link:


And here is my card:


I started with silver card stock and lightly spritzed the back with water (it really does keep the card stock from creasing!)  I used a Sizzix embossing folder.  After embossing, I applied black acrylic paint (get the paper towels because it gets really messy!)  I think I removed to much of the black paint but it looks better in person...  I trimmed the panel down and placed it on a royal blue panel and used a white card stock base.  I used a die cut for the sentiment and placed it on a strip of the blue card stock and attached it with a strip of foam tape.  Done!  ~  Gracie

Monday, September 2, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 35-2019

Hello again and Happy Labor Day!  It's also Monday so let's make a Christmas or Holiday card!  Our colors are gray, blue, silver and white.

Here is my card:


I decided to go with gray since I was trying to make my card masculine.  I found a lovely gray snowflake pattern paper in my stash.  I trimmed a panel for the front of the card, then cut it on a diagonal, leaving a strip to place my sentiment.  I lightly tacked the panel pieces on my card and placed the card in my MISTI.  I stamped the sentiment in the strip area with gray Memento ink.  I also stamped the bird with the same gray ink and fussy cut the image (the stamp set is from Hot Off The Press).  I attached the patterned panel pieces with foam tape and attached the bird with foam tape.  ~  Gracie

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sweet & Simple Sunday 35-2019

Hello, y'all!  Happy September!!!  It's Gracie here this week as your designer.  If you are anything like me, you have a ton of feminine cards and few masculine!  We are going to remedy that this week!  Out theme is Masculine and our colors are gray, blue, silver and white.  Today we are making a sweet and simple card.

Here is my card:

 


I started my card with a stamp set (it's out of the package - I can't remember who made it!) with leaves.  I stamped the leaves on white card stock with clear Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  I tore the edges of the panel then sponged "Faded Jeans" Distress Oxide ink.  I lightly spritzed with water and set it aside to dry.  I trimmed a panel of gray card stock and attached it to a white card stock base.  I printed a sentiment on my computer with blue ink.  I trimmed the sentiment and placed it on a strip of the gray card stock.  After the leaf panel dried I placed it over the gray card stock and adhered it with Art Glitter Glue.  I attached the sentiment with foam tape.  Sweet and simple!  ~  Gracie

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