Monday, August 31, 2015

Framed Thanksgiving Using Bisters, Stamps and Dies

Well, it is a busy, busy week as the garden is once again bringing forth goodies so I am trying to keep ahead of the game. Froze beans today and have some tomatoes that need attention as well. And, we enjoyed our first taste of watermelon this past week and there will be more getting ripe as the days go by. So we are being blessed. On that note, I thought I should make a Thanksgiving card. With September looming on the horizon it did indeed seem fitting to make something more for the Autumn season.

I had not played with the Bister water color granules for quite some time and I do love how they make such fantastic backgrounds for the Autumn season, so my first inclination was to make up a few Sunday afternoon. I let them dry overnight except one I had to quick dry with the heat gun so I could begin creating my card.

I cut out a Cheery Lynn Die frame from Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart to lay over that panel. Over that I then placed the panel with the sunflower and sentiment which are from Gina K. Designs Always Autumn set. I colored the sunflower with Aqua Watercolor markers from Spectrum Noir. Before adding it to the die cut panel though I layered it onto the same Cranberry Tart card stock. All of this was then added to my base card of white card stock.

My card design was finished by adding some Ranger Rouge Liquid Pearls on the sunflower panel and adding various Autumn shades of die cut leaves from Cheery Lynn Designs. In the upper corner I added a yellow gingham ribbon which was layered onto some Cranberry Tart card stock. And, I also added some die cut leaves to that.

Cheery Lynn Dies used:
B178 Flourish Leaf Strip
FRM113 Large Window A2 Frame Die

I am entering this in the Cheery Lynn Designs blog challenge for this week and also in the Mix It Up Monday challenge at Stamp TV.

Well, that will be my creative item for the week. It is an extra busy time for us besides working with the gardening as I am packing up our suit cases for our travel to attend our daughter's wedding soon. We are really looking forward to that and having a great visit with all of our immediate family who will be in attendance.

Hopefully, you will be having a great week too and thanks so much for stopping in and checking out what I was up to over the weekend.

God bless,

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Classic Truck

Sorry I have not posted much this week but I have been having cookie baking sessions most days and that in turn helped to warm up the house a bit due to extra Fall like temperatures that we have been experiencing over night. Perfect temps in the day time but by morning I am shivering. So I figured getting a good supply of cookies ready for when we all gather together for the wedding might not be a bad idea since our whole family will be in the same hotel in St. Paul, MN. It will be a family reunion as well as a vacation too! And the grandkids all love cookies!

But last week I started on a card and did finally find time to finish it last night. I am entering this into the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge for this week. The theme is Anything Goes.

For my card I went with a masculine theme and used images from the Kitchen Sink Stamps line. Don't you just love that old classic pickup truck? I know I was attracted to it as soon as I saw it and I also am a tree lover so had to have that set to help created my scene. And the sentiment is from the classic truck set too.

I went to the Kitchen Sink Stamps forum and downloaded a sheet which explained how to add some of the layers to the pickup truck. Until I read that I was a bit confused, so if you have any issues on how to use a stamp set from them, check out the forum. You have to become a member but that is okay as it means you get lots of advice not only from the owners but also from other stampers.

My gravel road was done with Spectrum Noir Aqua markers with a lighter brown and then dabbled some darker pebbles on it with a deeper brown tones. I also used a green to add a light edging of grass along the road. I sponged in the sky with a light blue dye ink.

After I had my scene completed I layered it to a piece of red card stock. Then I die cut the Cheery Lynn A2 Frame Die using duplex card stock. I glued my frame to the base card of white card stock. The duplex blue card stock worked great as one side of the card stock was a darker blue and the other was a lighter blue. So with that advantage I decided to add back in some of the lighter blue negative pieces to bring my frame a more interesting look. The last thing I did for my card design was to also put a single layer of the frame design along the bottom of my card inside as that tied the front and inside together.

My only Cheery Lynn die used was:
FRM 114 Small Window, an A2 Frame Die.

The Kitchen Sink Stamps sets used are:
Multi Step "Classic Old Truck" LRGC 039
Multi Step"Pine Trees" LRGC 034

Well, that will more than likely do me for this week as far as blogging goes. I am busy getting things lined up for the wedding which will be coming up soon.

Have a great rest of the week and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

God bless,

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lavender & Lace

I was playing with some Kitchen Sink Stamps today and saw that the Mod Squad Challenge was for using the color lavender or some lace on a card or you could use both. I used a fancy lace type die and some lacy ribbon.

For my flowers I used the Multi Step Bluebonnets set MINI 009. I made it in more lavender colors though then the original blues that were suggested.

I also used a Cheery Lynn Designs dies, namely FRM 135 Swedish Spring Oval Frame, XM-7 Oval Classic Nesting Dies, and B162 Lace Corner Deco B set.

My card stock was white and lavender. I also used lavender ink and a darker lilac ink to shade in the white die cut oval where the flower was stamped. Once I had all the layers assembled I then added my lacy ribbon,

I did not designate what type of card this would be and figured for now it would just be a note card, but I can always add an appropriate sentiment inside the card later.

Square Poinsettia Card

I was still in the Christmas card mode and so this time I made a card using dies again but this time I am entering it in the Cheery Lynn Blog Challenge for this week which involves using doilies.

I chose a base card of white card stock. I also die cut the doily out of white card stock too! My panel over the white was a darker pink card stock. Before I added the doily I inked it up with some Shattered Glass blue from Distressed Inks and then with Versamark ink before I added Sparkle N Sprinkle Sparkle E 107 and heat set it. I then placed this on the pink panel.

Next I die cut the poinsettia out of Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart card stock, but before I assembled it I also inked it up with Versamark ink and then added the Sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. Behind the assembled poinsettia I then added my pine branches cut from Gina K. Designs Fresh Asparagus card stock and they also were inked with Versamark and embossed.

After I added the assembled poinsettia to the card I finished the card by adding some pearls in each corner.

I usually don't make square cards but this doily is so big it was the only way it could be used unless one went with a much bigger rectangle type of card. I am not sure I picked the correct background color though, but the deed is done so I will stick with it.

Cheery Lynn Dies used are:
B146 Pine Branches
DL 104 Canadian Kalaidoscope
C145 Poinsettia

Sun is out again but it rained all night and we got over three inches of rain. I think we are good for a long time now. I am sure this will give a big boost to everything in the fields and the gardens.

Enjoy your day and may God bless you.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Winter Fir Christmas

Today since it is raining I decided to make a Christmas card which ended up with quite a bit of layers on it. I used pattern papers along with dies and stamps to create it. I am entering this into the Die-Namites Sketch & Dare Challenge for August which is an Anything Goes theme. Counting all the layers I think with what I added inside there are nine.

I used Sketch #3. You see there were four options for sketches but this was one I decided fit my purpose the most. 

The Die-Namites die I chose is called Winter Fir. I added that to some oval die cuts from Cheery Lynn Designs and then added some pearls which I colored red with my red alcohol marker. 

Winter Fir

The pattern paper is from Gina K. Designs and is from the Merry Little Christmas paper pack. The sentiment is also from Gina K. Designs and is from the Stately Flowers 5 set which is illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger. I also used Gina K. Designs Cherry Red card stock for the red layers and the card base. The winter fir die was cut out of Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine card stock.

Well, I managed to sneak in a bit of crafting for the day and even had to shut the computer down for awhile but decided to risk it now since I had not heard thunder for several hours. I hope you are having a great day. And, I certainly am as there is no better way to spend a rainy day then in the craft room or in my case the kitchen. LOL

Take care and God bless,

Friday, August 14, 2015

Belated Birthday

I missed a friend's birthday because I did not know the day she had been born until I saw it on Facebook, so I had to make a belated birthday card for her. I took out some older stamps from Stampn'FUNAddict which I don't think is in business anymore to create the card design. I thought it a fun one and pretty much describes how I think many days...a little befuddled. LOL

I used alcohol ink markers to color in the image and then added the sentiment.
Inside the card is the sentiment: "I must be going through mental pause."

I thought perhaps you would get a chuckle from it as well. Have a great weekend now.

God bless,

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back To Nature

Well, I was informed that my entry into the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge was not acceptable as it had to be a bug, butterfly, dragonfly or bird. So I am going to try entering one I think will be acceptable for the challenge.

First I made a background for the butterfly by taking white card stock and my Gina K. Designs Kraft ink pad and swiping and squiggling and anything else I could think of to create a textured look. You can see a portion of it in the photo.

While that dried I then die cut the butterfly out and also the white and black panels which would be put onto a base card of kraft card stock.

After the inked card stock was dry I then pasted the butterfly onto that and then fussy cut around it My next step was to take a black fine point alcohol ink pen and add some dots in between each cut out area on the butterfly. I then put this aside  until I got my panels together.

Before I added the butterfly to the layered panels, I took some paper tape from Me & My Big Ideas and put that down the middle. With a white gel pen I colored in a few elements on that tape. Now I was ready to put the butterfly over the top and I popped it with foam tape

All layers were together and I thought it still needed something extra to give it more pizzazz, so I die cut some corner elements from black card stock and added them to the card. I finished it by adding the sentiment which is from the Gina K. Designs Stippled Nature set.

Cheery Lynn Dies used:
Card Maker's Stackers Nesting Dies ST 014 Rectangle A2 size
Oriental Butterfly DL 105 Doily Die
Lace Corner Deco B B162

Well, another fun day doing some art work. I hope your day is wonderful too!

God bless,

Monday, August 10, 2015

Poinsettia on Gingham

Well, after nearly a whole week off from making cards because of the grandsons visiting, I am once again getting my supplies out on the kitchen table and trying to get a bit more crafty. Today I saw some gingham pattern paper and thought how pretty it would be with a new die I purchased recently, so I thought while the idea was fresh in my mind I would work on it.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 5 set which is illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger. I stamped that with black ink on white card stock and then layered it onto red card stock. This was then placed over the red gingham pattern paper panel which is from the Gina K. Designs Cold Snap paper pack.

All the rectangle layers were cut out with a Stacker's Nesting die set from Cheery Lynn Designs called ST 014 Rectangle. It is an A2 size stacker set and I use it a lot.

My poinsettia was cut out of light pink Stardream card stock using the Cheery Lynn Designs C145 Poinsettia set. Using some Momento pink and red inks I lightly sponged on some color to the Stardream card stock before assembling the flower together. I colored the little center pieces with yellow ink.

As extra embellishment behind the poinsettia bloom I added some evergreen boughs from Cheery Lynn Designs called B146 Pine Branches.

Once I had all the layers assembled onto the base card I then added the poinsettia. The finishing touch to the card then was to add a few green rhinestones by the sentiment and to add a strip of red gingham layered onto red card stock inside the card.

I am entering this into the following challenge:

I hope that by using greenery and a poinsettia it will be considered back to nature. At any rate it was fun to do that card. 

I am so glad to get a bit of card making in and have another Christmas card done for my holiday giving. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week will be a wonderful one.

God bless,

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Face To The Sun

I found a little break this afternoon and made a quick little summer scene card which I think is not only representative of summer but also is a card of encouragement too. I am entering this in the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge for this week. The theme is Summer Fun and that is also the theme for the Mix It Up Monday challenge at Stamp TV too. So I will enter it there as well.

I sponged on inks to make the background and then stamped the girl on the bicycle in black ink. She is an image from the Face To The Sun duo set by Gina K. Designs.  I layered the card panel onto black card stock before I applied it to the A2 size base card.

But before I added it to the base I took the Cheery Lynn Designs B117S Mini Fanciful Flourish Left and divided it up so that all along the left edge it resembled a vine crawling up the side. I also added a flourish to the inside to tie it to the outside design.

The grandsons are here and are helping Grandpa combine wheat. I think overall they are enjoying it. The little one ended up taking a nap the first day. So far today, I don't know if that happened again or not,  but hubby said that first day they had not even made a round in the field and he was out like a light. Oh, well, an afternoon nap is good too!

I hope your week is going well. Mine is a busy but enjoyable one. Good to take time for the grandchildren too.

God bless,

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