Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Joining in the NBUS challenge - use colored pencils on kraft...



Over on DJKardKreations.com, Darnell is once again hosting her fun and inspiring NBUS (NeverBeforeUsedSchtuff!) challenge. This time around, she has asked us to use colored pencils on kraft.

Well, I love the look of pencils on kraft, and I LOVE the idea of being challenged to use items or techniques that are just sitting there, begging to be noticed and put to work.

Here's the card I put together for this challenge. I decided to make a Valentine for the hubs, because, well, why not?


I had this really old Penny Black stamp that I had bought used, but never used (if that makes any sense).  I stamped it with some Versafine ink and then grabbed my watercolor pencils. I squirted just a little water onto an acrylic block to have at the ready. After coloring in my image, I used a fine paint brush, dipped it into the water on my block and then spread some of the color around from my pencils. It was actually super quick and easy, and I like the look of it.

Here's a closer look at my chubby cat in his fuzzy sweater.
The "X" border at the top of my card is also NBUS. I was given a pack of fun borders but hadn't yet used a single one. This seemed like the perfect chance to put this one to good use. After all, X's are kisses, right?

The heart-shaped speech bubble was a pale pink heart left over from cutting out another Valentine on my Silhouette, which I'll share later. I couldn't bear to throw it away, knowing it would probably come in handy eventually.

On the inside of my card, I added a computer-generated sentiment, a few X's cut from the left-over border and a tiny punched heart.

I love the word "smooch." Sometimes I ask my husband to "give me a smooch," so this will seem completely normal coming from me. :)

That's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hard to photograph, fun to make...

I made these two simple cards for my daughter's card stash (actually, I made three), and I know they look pretty nondescript on the outside. But wait until you see the inside!


For this male-oriented one, I stamped a tone-on-tone background with a "Celebrate!" stamp on the yellow mat. Then I heat-embossed a circular birthday greeting and layered it on several colors of cardstock.












These cards measure about 4 1/4" X 4 1/4". For this one, I just used a scrap of DSP for my mat and the same layered birthday greeting. Each circular greeting also has a brad in the center. I hardly use brads anymore with all the enamel dots available, but this was a great chance to use a couple. Each of the circles are popped up with foam tape.





As you begin to open the blue card, this is what it looks like inside. I have made an "Explosion Card Insert" (you can easily find a tutorial online- I looked at several). I used some one-sided DSP for my insert and stamped my greeting and assorted images on the white side of the paper.








Fully open, it looks like this. The stamped images come from several birthday stamp sets and the dots were made with a metallic marker.



Here's a look at the pink card from the side as it begins to open. I used the same DSP for the insert as was used for the mat on the front of the card.












This one is more girly with a flower image included in the mix of stamps.

I did make my folds before I did my stamping, just so that I could see approximately where I wanted my sentiment to go. These were incredibly fun to make, and I plan to make some Valentines using this idea, too. The cards actually lay pretty flat when closed. Of course, it depends on the weight of the paper you use inside. I didn't leave any specific area to sign a name, but I figured it could be signed right below the sentiment over top of the dots and other images.

The pictures truly don't do these cards justice. I think it's so much fun to open the card and have the insert "explode" from inside the card. I'm even going to make some of these for the adults in my life. I think they'd get a kick out of them.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A simple pirate birthday card...

I have some very old pirate-themed dies, and thought I would use them to make a birthday card for my daughter's stash. They are just one layer dies, but by cutting them out from different colors of cardstock, cutting them apart and layering them, they look a little more 3-D. The letters for the word "Ahoy" were some puffy stickers from my stash.


Here's a little closer look. The dotted lines at the bottom were made with a dotted line die, but I'm not sure of the brand. I'm also too tired to go and look.


















On the inside I added the pirate boat die-cut and a computer-generated sentiment. I'm hoping this card works for some little boy's birthday.

It's COLD here in Minneapolis. I envy those animals who get to hibernate through a Minnesota winter. Kind of wish I could join them when that wind chill dips below -20F.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #121: Things with Wings...

The time has come for another fun challenge over on Let's Craft and Create. This month, we'd love to see your creations that include "Things with Wings."

I was excited about this challenge--so excited that I decided to make two cards!

My first card was made with some beautiful cardstock for the background I split my mat into two pieces at a diagonal and joined them together with a piece of white cardstock on which I had put some Heidi Swapp Washi tape that had the word "hello" repeated on it in gold lettering.

Next I grabbed my set of nine Ellentina butterfly dies and cut five of them from some subtly striped gold metallic cardstock. If you look closely, you'll see that each one is unique. This set of butterfly dies is my absolute favorite. They're intricate, beautiful and just the right size for cardmaking.

I also ran a narrow strip of the gold cardstock down the right and left sides of my mat.

If you've read my blog before, you probably know that I like to dress up the insides of my cards, too--even when it's essentially just a notecard, like this one. Here, I've added two more narrow strips of the same gold cardstock I used on the front and added one small (Fiskars punch) gold butterfly.

My second card incorporates a little humor with Tim Holtz's Crazy Birds stamps and dies. I bought a set of three of the bird stamps that came with the dies, a few sentiments and an embossing folder. I used the embossing folder to make the background panel for my birds. I inked up one side of the EF before sending it through my Cuttlebug, so as to get this letterpress look. I also backed it with a black mat.


I colored my birds with ProMarkers and popped them up on foam tape. I added some Glossy Accents to their eyes for a little added dimension.

Since I used my ProMarkers on this card, I'm entering it into the latest challenge (#376: Anything Goes) over on the "Passion for ProMarkers" blog.













On the inside of my card, I used a black mat, a computer-generated sentiment and a black and white stamped image of one of the Crazy Birds peeking up from a lower corner. Isn't this card fun?

Now it's your turn--think about what you'd like to create that includes wings of some sort, however you would like to interpret that. The Design Team members have some wonderful inspiration for you over on Let's Craft and Create. Please take a few minutes and check it out!

We all look forward to your entries, and we'll do our best to visit your blogs or Facebook sites and leave a comment or two.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl


Sunday, January 1, 2017

A little more practice with ProMarkers...

I made this card for my daughter's stash. She has three beautiful children who like to include a birthday card with their gift whenever they're invited to a birthday party. Every once in a while I make a few cards for her to have on hand.

This image is from Saturated Canary. I don't believe that the creator of these digital images is selling them anymore, so I'm glad I got a couple of them when I did (which was long, long ago).

I am entering this card into the I Love Promarkers challenge #325: Anything Goes.












This is a very simple card, other than the coloring, but I think some young girl will really like the image. At least I hope so!

I have been working on a few more cards, one of them for my granddaughter who is turning 9 this month. I'll share those with you soon.

My brother-in-law will leave tomorrow and my husband will go back to the office, so I should be back to a normal schedule, whatever that is! I will like having my house to myself again - so I can get back into my craft room and spend a few hours each day. I've got some vinyl projects I want to try and some sewing I have to do for our new RV.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bright colors on a dreary day...

This beautiful background stamp is by Repeat Impressions. It is one that I won from Patti, the wonderful owner of the blog, Cherish Each Precious Day. I decided to stamp it with black Versafine ink and then color it with my ProMarkers. I definitely need more practice, but this was a fun exercise for me, and I always learn a little more about coloring each time I do it.

I don't have a lot of ProMarkers, so I have to be creative when I'm trying to do some shading. For instance, I only have two shades of yellow, so I use my one orange marker to add a deeper color. I love these alcohol markers, though, and hope to do a lot more coloring in 2017.


Here's a little closer look at some of the flowers. If you look closely, you'll see that I added some accents on some of the flowers with a white gel pen.










In this section of my stamped image you can see some more examples of my efforts to be creative: pink and blue together on the big flower and just a little yellow and a tinge of light pink on the tips of the white flower.

You can also see more of the white gel pen accents in this photo.





For the inside of my card, I used a black mat, a Woodware sentiment stamp and a few similar flowers stamped with some bright colored inks.

I'm entering this card into the I Love ProMarkers challenge #325: Anything Goes.

Thank you again, Patti, for the wonderful stamp! For those of you in the U.S. who might be interested in buying some ProMarkers, I believe you can now get them at Michael's. I have also ordered them online from www.carpediemstore.com.

With Christmas done and dusted, it is SO NICE to be back making other kinds of cards. My card stash has been sorely depleted, too, so I really NEED to stay on task and fill it out again.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl

Friday, December 23, 2016

Just one last post before Christmas...

For today's first card, I used a pre-made 5" X 7" card base that has an overlapping gate-fold front. I turned the card so that the opening was horizontal. Then I put some designer paper on each flap. For my focal image, I dry-embossed a piece of white CS with a freebie embossing folder that came with a magazine (Cardmaking & Papercraft).

After embossing, I chalked the embossed images and then sprayed them with a finishing spray so the chalk wouldn't rub off. I love using chalk to color my images (I used Q-Tips to rub it on) because it adds such a soft look and it's easy to erase when I'm not as careful as I should be.

For the red bow, I embossed just that portion onto some red CS, fussy-cut it out and glued it on top of the white card. I also added a gem to glitz it up a little.



My sentiment was heat-embossed. I'm not sure who made the stamp. It's an old one that I bought used several years ago from a craft store that was going out of business. After matting my embossed piece, I adhered it to the top flap of my gatefold.

I didn't take a photo of the inside of this card because it was very plain--just a stamped sentiment (I was in a hurry!).

My second card features a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die-cut (S4-339) from glitter paper. It seemed like it needed something else, so I drew some graduated lines on either side of it with my glitter pen and added a sparkly gem at the end of each line.

My sentiment (Penny Black, I think) was heat embossed on a strip of snowflake patterned vellum with some purple embossing powder. I LOVE heat-embossing on vellum. It always turns out so crisp and smooth.

The inside panel was matted with some more purple CS and stamped with a Woodware (I think) sentiment.

I'm actually really looking forward to getting started with the Christmas festivities. Ours always include a sledding party. Even the old geezers (like me!) go sledding on a hill not far from our house. Luckily, this year we should have plenty of snow, which is not always the case. In fact, we are supposed to get a couple more inches today. The temperature will be very tolerable on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day--slightly above freezing.

I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl