Thursday, April 16, 2015

Midnight Snacks

Here's another funny, retro-style card I made last night.  It's available now while supplies last, in my Etsy store.  I had such fun making this one, and I love the colors and textures on this card!

I started with the sentiment and the woman's image, both from Riley and Company Stamps.  I stamped them next to each other in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, and die cut the panel with the Labels Framelits.  Then I laid the same framelit down onto a piece of So Saffron, traced around it with a pencil, and cut it out.  That gives you a mat that isn't quite as big as if you had used the next size up framelit to cut it out.  I colored in the image with Stampin' Write markers, sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake, and added tiny faux stitches with a Crumb Cake marker.  The two label shapes were adhered together and set aside.

Next, I cut a piece of Calypso Coral that measured 2" x 5 1/8", and ran it through the Vintage Wallpaper TIEF.  Then I gently swiped a Whisper White Craft inkpad over just the raised parts of the embossing.  Don't you love the distressed, shabby chic look that gives to the Calypso Coral piece?  Almost as if it was weathered wood!  I cut a piece of the Back to Black DSP that measured about 3" x 5 1/8", and adhered them together so that the finished dimensions were 3 7/8" x 5 1/8 (I used my grid paper to line them up as I was taping them together).  I matted that onto a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Basic Black.  Then I wrapped a piece of Soft Sky seam binding around where the two panels met, and tied a little floppy bow.  I did use a couple of glue dots behind parts of the bow, to hold it down where I wanted it so that it wouldn't stick out and cover up the words.  I adhered that whole panel to a Crumb Cake card base and attached the focal image piece with dimensionals.  

I hope you liked today's project!  Hop on over to my Etsy store to see what's there... I have a couple of card tutorials for sale as well as a few finished cards.  And don't forget to visit my Retired Products page to see what gently used Stampin' Up! stamps I am selling!  Thanks for stopping by!


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Now We Wait...

This card just cracks me up, ha ha!

I ordered a few of these retro people and funny sayings from Riley and Company stamps, and I'm having such a blast playing with them!  Too funny!!

The layout of this card is super simple; the image and the sentiment are really the stars of this show.  I'm sorry, many of the supplies I used are either NOT Stampin' Up! or retired/discontinued... but I will list what I can below.  The card base is Pool Party, and the patterned paper is from the retired Domestic Goddess DSP; I ordered several packs of it when it was on clearance, thinking I was going to do some kind of awesome cookbook project... well you know how that goes!  But the retro patterns are perfect for this kind of card.  And I think you can still get it as a digital download, so I'll try to link to that.

The woman's face is fun to color with the skin tone Blendabilities if you happen to have them; otherwise you could use color pencil or other alcohol markers of your choice.  Supplies are listed below - thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Desert Greetings

Hi everyone!  Today I am playing along with two SCS challenges - to make a masculine card, and to use any row (or the four corners) of the following COLOR BINGO CHART:

Come on, how COOL is that?!  I love that idea!  I chose the third vertical column from the left.  For this card I started with a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of CanvaPaper, and just freehanded it with reinkers and my Aquapainter.  No post it notes or anything.  I started by painting the land, starting at the horizon.  I mixed a little Baked Brown Sugar into the Crushed Curry near the horizon and in places, and then dried it all with my heat tool.  Then I painted the sky from the top down, letting it fade away near the horizon.  I dried that with my heat tool as well, and then painted in the mesas with a DRY Aquapainter (no water inside).  You could just use a dry paintbrush dipped in the reinker.  The sentiment is stamped in Baked Brown Sugar, but I had to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp it about 6 times over itself, because the ink wasn't dark enough.  Matted it on a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Cajun Craze and then onto a Bermuda Bay card base.

Quick and FUN!  Supplies are below.  Have a great day!

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Also used: CanvaPaper (not Stampin' Up!)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Americana Birthday - Faux Bandana and Faux Denim

 Happy Monday, everyone!  I have today off; I'm sure some of you do too.  Back to work tomorrow, but this spring break has been a much needed rest for me!

Today I have a card that was inspired by one that Megan Daves created... but for the life of me I can't find it on her website now!  She is over at if you want to see more of her cute projects.  I searched her blog and her card gallery and couldn't find her original card, but it was definitely the inspiration for this one I made today.  She used different stamp sets than I did, and her layout was slightly different.  I am using a couple of retired products, but you could use whatever you have when we get to those parts.

To start out, I cut a piece of Real Red cardstock that measured 3 3/4" x 5".  I used Night of Navy ink and the Flowering Flourishes set to stamp all over the piece, and then accented the dots with vanilla acrylic paint, using the wider end of my stylus to make nice round circles.  I love the faux bandana look that creates!  While that dried, I stamped a couple of the stars from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set (retired - use whatever stars you have, or stamp a background pattern of your choice and die cut it into a star shape) in Real Red and Night of Navy ink, and die cut them with the stars framelits.  I added faux stitching with a white gel pen and a Very Vanilla candy dot to the smaller star, and adhered them together using a dimensional.

The ribbon is the retired 1/2" natural cotton ribbon, which I dyed with Night of Navy reinker to look like denim.  If you have actual denim ribbon, go for it!  Or if you have neither, any navy ribbon will look good here.  All I did was put a little water into a small glass jar and added drops of reinker until it was really nice and dark.  Then I cut off a longer and shorter length of the ribbon and soaked them in the dye for a few minutes until they were good and saturated.  I fished them out, blotted them lightly on paper towels, and let them dry for a few hours.  You can also soak them again if they lighten up too much after blotting.  Mine lightened up quite a bit, but turned out just the color I wanted them to be.

The sentiment was colored with Real Red and Night of Navy markers and stamped onto a piece of Very Vanilla that measures 1 7/8" square.  The sentiment comes from the Hip Hip Hooray card kit; I thought it was perfect for this card, because the patriotic theme reminds me of parades and cheering.  Great for a July birthday or a veteran's birthday!  I mounted it on a 2 1/8" square piece of Night of Navy and adhered it directly to the card with Snail.  The Real Red panel was mounted on a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Very Vanilla.  After I wrapped the dyed ribbon around it I adhered the whole thing to a Night of Navy card base and attached the stars with more dimensionals.  As an afterthought, I added more faux stitching around the sentiment panel, to tie it in with the small star.

This was such a bright, bold, fun card to make.  I just LOVE the faux bandana pattern that you can make with Flowering Flourishes, and I was pretty darn pleased with myself for figuring out how to create the "denim" ribbon when I didn't actually have any!  


This card is available while supplies last, in my Etsy store.  Click on the tab at the top of my blog to visit my store. 

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NOTE:  The ribbon listed here is not the ribbon I actually used.  It is the current "natural" cotton ribbon that SU carries, and it is wider.

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