Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A "Wheelie" Cute Hamster Card

Today's card was inspired by sketch #335 at Try Stampin' On Tuesday and will also be entered @ The Paper Players for "CAS: Get Coloring", @ Dragonfly Dreams for "Animals" and @ Addicted to Stamps & More for "Anything Goes".

My son gave this Hamster stamp set from Lawn Fawn for Christmas and I have been dying to use it. For those of you who may not personally know me, I do volunteer work in small animal rescue and provide both long term and foster homes for gerbils, hamsters and mice. But I have to admit that the full size Syrian Hamsters like the one pictured in this stamp set are by far my favorite! I currently have 3 in my furry family and 2 of them are Black Eyed Creams (one Satin and one Long Haired) that look just like the one I colored.

Using 12 x 12 white, solid aqua and coordinating patterned cardstock from CTMH, I made a top folding A2 white card base. After running the front aqua panel through my machine with the paw print embossing folder, I adhered it on to the card front and used a corner punch to round the bottom corners. 

I stamped the Wheelie sentiment in black ink on an aqua scrap and trimmed a banner to mat with patterned paper.

Using a Spellbinders stitched heart die, I cut a heart from white and stamped the wheel and hearts on it. On a scrap piece I stamped the hamster so that I could fussy cut it out and pop it up. Spectrum Noir markers made the coloring quick and easy.

Adding light gray in the center of the wheel behind the hamster and around the outside of the wheel added a nice depth to the simple image.

The patterned paper strip at the top and the heart were adhered flat with my ATG gun. The hamster and the sentiment banner were popped up with foam dot adhesive. The final touch on the front was to add a tiny sequin heart to the sentiment and sprinkle a tiny bit of glitter over the exposed glue.

Inside I used a stamp from STAMPlorations "Funny Kinda Love" set and more of the tiny hearts like are on the front...this is about as CAS (Clean and Simple) of a design as I can seem to manage to do, lol! This card will get tucked in my hubby's overnight bag one of his upcoming business trips.

Until next time~

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sweet Succulent Birthday Card

Today's card was made using sketch #226 from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and is my second  Design Team creation for them! I will also be entering @ the heARTful stamping challenge for "Anything Goes + a Stamp" and @ 613 Avenue Create for "Anything Goes w/option of Shabby Chic".

This card was made on an A2 white card base and I used patterned paper from Basic Gray, stamp sets from Close To My Heart and Stampin' Up! + Tuxedo Black ink.

Using circle punches in two different sizes, I punched the smaller circle for my sentiment in white and the larger from a blue scrap of patterned paper.

Next, I stamped the Succulents in black ink and colored them using water color pencils and my Dove blender....and I am really lucky that the ink didn't run, because I grabbed the one I usually only use for colored pencils and alcohol markers by mistake, instead of the Archival one I use with water mediums, lol -oops! I also sanded the edges of the blue circle before layering them and then fussy cut the succulents out. 

The banner was stamped 2 times on the creamy tan patterned paper, fussy cut out and tucked under the circle layers on the card front according to the sketch. 

For added sparkle, I colored over all three of the Succulents with the Wink of Stella pen before popping them up on the card front using foam pop dots. The sequins from CTMH came with mini glue dots already on the back of them -so handy! I then stamped the small succulent behind the Birthday Wishes from SU! in a light gray ink -I think this added such a classy touch!

Inside I made use of the rest of that left over patterned paper, stamped the sentiment in black and the large succulent in gray in the foreground. This card will be going out in the mail to my Dad for his birthday in October.

Until next time...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Golfing Birthday Card

Today's card was inspired by sketch #49 @ Paper Play Sketches and will also be entered @ both Rubber Dance and Crafting with Dragonflies for "Embossing", @ Creative With Stamps for "Boys to Men" and @ Crafty Hazelnut for "Anything Goes with Patterned Paper".

I used quite a collection of older stamps from Stampin' Up! for this card...4 sets, once I chose my sentiment for the inside. 

The card base is an A7 white card, the patterned paper is from Basic Gray, the tab punch is from Stampin' Up and the embossing folder from Sizzix. I used the sketch visual to trim all my layers, sanded the navy cardstock after dry embossing it for the added distressed look and stapled the tab onto the bottom of it after stamping the HB in black ink.

Using Archival ink to stamp with, meant that I could use watercolor crayons with the dove blender and not have to worry about the ink bleeding. 

I didn't do alot of blending, because I wanted it to maintain that sketchy drawing look that this stamp style conveys.

Finishing up the card front, I added 3 silver sequins in different sizes from Pretty Pink Posh for the bottom left accent.

On the inside, I pierced the edges of the kraft rectangle, used the ticket corner punch on the white rectangle and stamped the sentiments & golfers in black ink. the tiny sliver of navy cardstock at the very bottom of the card was left-over from the front embossed panel...NOTHING goes to waste in my craft room, lol!

This card will be going to my son-in-law for his birthday this fall. Until next time~

Thursday, August 17, 2017

You Hold the "Kiwi" to my Heart!

Today's one layer card was inspired by the sketch at Stick It Down and will also be entered @ Cards and More for "One Layer Cards", @ Watercooler Wednesday for "Masculine -Anything Goes" and @ Simon Says Stamp for "Add a Sentiment".

You may recognize this Fun Stamper's Journey stamp set from the "Lime Your's" card I showcased in this post here, back in sure is a fun one and I love how there are so many cute sayings to go along with the stamp images! The scribble stamp set is recently retired from Close To My Heart.

This card is A2 sized and made exclusively from ultrasmooth white cardstock. The green ink is a chalk ink pad from TAC and I heat embossed the sentiment in silver powder.

After stamping the kiwi 3 times in black Memento ink I colored them using just 2 shades of Citrus Green Spectrum Noir markers, highlighted them with clear Wink of Stella and fussy cut them out.

I splattered the front using FSJ Silver Silk and popped the kiwis up with mini foam dots for some dimension.

The final touch was using a punch to round the corners on the right side of the card and adhering the clear and green sequins to add to the simple whimsy-like feeling of the card.

Inside I used an old sentiment that I am not sure even of it's origin and an antique key stamp that was from The Angel Company. I stamped the key in grey ink, traced the outside of it with a silver gel pen and colored over the entire image with silver Wink of Stella...I just love the shimmery definition it added. I am a long time collector of antique keys and love them- in all shapes and sizes!

This card was meant to go in my hubby's overnight bag for his business trip this week and then Lyme brain-fog took over and I totally forgot...oh well, there's always next week, lol. Until next time~

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Quick How To for Fast and Fun Foiled Accents

Today's card for ScraPerfect was inspired by the colors and sketch #70 @ Your Next Stamp. I will also be entering it @ Words to Craft By for "Vacation", Stamp, Ink, Paper  for "Travel" and @ Just Us Girls for "Trend Week: Shine". The ScraPerfect products I will highlight this time are the Best Glue Ever, the Best Cleaner Ever and the Transfer Foils.

Using a scrap of brown cardstock trimmed according to the sketch, the Copper sheet of Transfer Foil and a light coating of glue on the stamp, I applied it in a similar manner as to this video here -except that I used a sponge to apply the glue to the stamp and cleaned it up right away using the Best Cleaner Ever.

After stamping the design on the cardstock, I did give the glue a bit of a chance to set up on the paper before I laid the foil on top. I then used a small bone folder to help burnish it to be sure the whole design transferred.

The image from Unity Stamp company was inked in black on ivory cardstock and the coloring was done with colored pencils and Wink of Stella pens...Clear was used on the clouds, door and bumper while Silver was used on all the gray trim of the trailer. I added Liquid Glass to both the windows to give them the dimensional look of glass.

I used a black Micron Pigma pen to hand draw the stitched edges around the red patterned paper.  The sentiment banner was hand cut, stamped in gray ink, embellished with a large antique brad and adhered to the card front with foam tape.

The last foiled accent was added to the sentiment strip using a strip of red-liner tape. All patterned paper layers were then adhered to the A2 sized kraft card base using the Best Glue Ever. The camper focal was added using foam tape.

Inside I stamped a sentiment from CTMH in gray ink on an ivory scrap, punched the edges with a southwest corner and layered it on dark brown cardstock. I did trace over all the script lettering on the card using a StarDust glitter gel pen for added sparkle!

Hope you give Transfer Foils a try -they are very "on trend" right now and so fun to experiment with! Until next time -happy crafting with ScraPerfect!