Vintage Cockerel Style Wooden Keepsake box.

Well this sure was an interesting departure from the card making for me. I had a lot of fun ..and let’s be honest, a lot of crude humor moments with this one.  Just be glad I didn’t do a Video Tutorial or Facebook Live with this one. Sometimes my humor is on the level of a 8 year old boy..   what can I say… some things are just always gonna be funny…. specially at 3 am LOL.

Anyways…. humor aside, I picked up these cheap wood boxes at Walmart on my milk excursion the other night.  I also picked up something I had seen a few times before and ALMOST picked up .. but never did.  I grabbed some Iron on Transfers from the fabric sewing section.  Now most of you will have probably seen these before so will know what I am talking about.. those of you who don’t… these are  sheets  with multiple designs on them. You cut out the one you want and iron it onto fabric and use it as your pattern/guide to embroider images.  They are cheap, and reusable… and come in a gazillion designs of all themes and sizes.

I picked up some cockerels/roosters, chicks and chickens…. chooks to you Aussies.  A set of vintage cars and a set of butterfly and flower designs.   Each sheet usually has about 10-15 or so designs depending on what you buy and these cost me 97 cents a sheet in Walmart.  Designs are limited in my Walmart, but the company has a tonne of designs to choose from.

I am not going to bore you with step by step explanations.. it’s pretty simple… iron on the pattern.. I drew the checkered background with a ruler … color with pencils.  I drafted out a color scheme first for visual reference.. stain, age, wax  or seal  & photograph.  Line if desired….DONE !!!

I plan to add some metal corners to this one, but I don’t have them yet.. I also have a second box which I am currently converting into a place to store my Zig pens..stay tuned for that one.

Supplies

Medium –  Wood blank
Design – Iron on transfer Aunt Martha’s – colonialpatterns.com

Pencils – I used my new Crayola Color Escapes premium pencils
Misc.  – Distress ink, ink pads  tim Holtz alcohol inks, distress pads and Craft Smart black Dye ink pad , candle wax, heating tool and old face clothe, Ruler, Iron

I definitely plan to do more of these…  The vintage car one looks  like it could be very cool for some manly gifts  and I shall be checking out more patterns.

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Be Beautiful – layered card with watercolor effect

This is my latest project and features  an image by Cute As A Button “Wedding Day” and a bunch of  things from my latest craft hauls.  This is my December Inspirational Project  and also  my No. 3 Sketch with extra credits for the Message Board Sketch Challenge.   Some of the ladies and I are old friends from the Cricut Message Board days and this is a continuation of an old challenge on there. It’s a just for fun  monthly sketch challenge and all are welcome to come hang out and play.

I wanted to try something I’d been playing with the other week, the watercoloring with printer ink.. but expanded on the idea by including some of the new Zig Kuretake Manga ink I just got.  I picked  this particular ink for the fact it was water based, so I knew it would dilute and work with this technique.  It is a fast drying ink that becomes waterproof once dry and  smudge free with Alcohol markers.  Exactly what I need!  I also picked up a Fine H2o brush in this packet…  I have tried cheap versions of these which work.. ok.. but this one is definitely a much higher quality.
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I gave the image a color wash with just water and the printer ink, then I slowly layered in a diluted ink to add in more depth and shadow.   It has a very subtle color because I  diluted it and then absorbed the excess as I worked,  but straight out of the bottle.. this is black as black can be. If you let it soak in instead of absorbing  it … the colors are also more pronounced.

The reason I picked up this ink is because  Artists all have their own style of drawing, some use thinner lines than others and that effects the amount of ink you have to pull from the printed image.  I have a gorgeous set of  Gansai Tambi watercolor paints I could have used..BUT  I wanted to experiment… PLUS these inks are waterproof once dried AND I can use the ink with various writing/drawing tools.

k let’s face it.. I just wanted to play with something new lol.  Wait till you get to see the other bottle of ink I picked up….

I added in some really subtle color on the image using my Chameleon Pens
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This image was printed on  a Canson Mixed Media sheet  through the Epson Eco Tank.

ok.. now onto  the card itself.  I am not really  a fussy card maker..  but I do like to play around with ideas and try new things out, so now and then I’ll get a bit “fluffy”.

I had some fab new dies from Gina Marie designs I wanted to try out and so I mixed it up with some of those, some GM’s from a previous order, a die from my latest Blitsy order and some  Cheapie imports from Ebay.  And then I  had a play with my Martha Stewart punches….  for good measure.

Starting at the back and working forward..

Silver Glitter card stock,  local dollar store
Blue Recollections Card Stock  with  Martha Steward border punch set. If you want a continuous border, these punches all come with cutting instructions and sizes so you can get perfect  borders.  For this project I  wanted to play with an off cut pattern, just to add a little interest to the background.
White 110lb index Card
Blue Recollections Card Stock
Image is popped on a layer of Darice Foam
Image is die cut with the new Mini Hearts Square set from Gina Marie Designs

On top of that are 3 cuts from the Gina Marie Flower Branch Die.. 2 were inked with a blue pad..one darker than the other for  some contrast and pearl cabochons were popped in the smaller centers for some subtle bling.

The butterfly and beautiful  cuts are from Gina Marie
The “Be” sentiment is from Blitsy
….and finally the small leafy sprigs came from Ebay.

I used  a mix of glues and tapes… details and links for the products used can be found below for anyone interested.

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And now for the details:

Image  –  Cute As A Button “Wedding Day”

Recollections 65lb card from Michaels
Lawn Fawn Scripty”Be”sentiment Die Blitsy

Gina Marie Designs “Beautiful” sentiment  & Butterfly Set Scrapbook Warehouse
Gina Marie Designs Mini Hearts Square set Scrapbook Warehouse
Gina Marie Designs Flower Branch Scrapbook Warehouse


Leafy sprigs My regular Ebay Seller
Martha Stewart Border & Corner Punch Set ….Michaels  used to have them or you can get them on Ebay


Chameleon Pens  - ChameleonPens.com
Glitter Card Stock  - Local $ store , 3 sheets for $1.99 silver, gold & green
Recollections card - Michaels

Fine tip H2o Brush CraftingAbility.com
Manga Ink CraftingAbility.com
Photo Tape CraftingAbility.com
2 Way glue Crafting Ability.com

Neenah White  110lb card stock -Amazon
Canson Mixed Media 7x10 pad Amazon
Pearl Cabochons Amazon
Darice Adhesive foam


Card Challenges entered:

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Roses Frame and Gina Marie Designs Sympathy Die

Here’s another CraftsUPrint and Gina Marie Designs combo card….

The roses frame is part of a 4 pack cut file set by Tina Fitch again… can you tell I am really enjoying this designers cut files lately  🙂

 

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Nothing major in the way of supplies… just 110lb white card stock, a sheet of pink 65 lb Recollections card and some purple Darice Adhesive foam.  Zig 2 way glue, Zig Photo tape, a Martha Stewart corner punch and  of course the Gina Marie Sympathy Die and CraftsUPrint cut file. I threw it on my Cricut Explore and left it cutting while I did other things… came back.. popped it off  the cutting mat and glued on my layers.

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CAS Arched card with love birds design feature

What a fun design and so  versatile…. this would make a great base for a Wedding, Anniversary ….or even Valentines Day card.

I stayed very clean and classy with this one and didn’t add in a sentiment.  The Card design itself is a Rae Carr Cut file ”  211 Two Birds Arched Card”  that I picked up in my last haul on CUP.

The decorative corner element is made up of a mixture of Gina Marie Designs dies (see below), Off cuts from a Martha Stewart punch for the petal effect and a white glittery flower with large stone was from a bargain bin embellishment bucket at Michaels… as were the silver pearl Cabochons.

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Fern Dies 

Tiny flower die –  is actually the center portion of my X stitch rectangle set, how cool is that  🙂

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3/4 fold Christmas card

Really quick n simple 3/4 fold card that could be used for a variety of things….money card, gift card holder, or a fun 3/4 fold Christmas card… with matching envelope.

Image was printed on 110lb Georgia Pacific Index card, colored with my usual mix of Chameleon, Zig Kurecolor  and some Ranger Distress Markers…with a touch of Wink of Stella for some glam.
pixie_dust_wmdThe inside of the card was then lined with a glitter card stock.. nothing fancy, just dollar store card .. but it gives a  touch of glam and glitz to the card and strengthens the design for mailing if necessary.  The 3/4 edge was punched with a Martha Stewart Punch by the name of Aspen.  a co-ordinating strip was added to a matching envelope along with some matching snowflakes.

This image is a Scrapper’s Delights Image “Winter Elf Digi

I really like the Tim Holtz “Tumbled Glass”  pen for ice and snow effects and for adding a touch of color and shading to white fabrics etc. on images.

To turn it into a cash/gift card/ticket holder etc.. simply  glue/tape down the top and bottom edges of the 3/4 fold…and Voila…. insta pocket.

Supplies:

 

This is my Mid Month Inspiration Project over at Scrapper’s Delights Challenge Blog…. be sure to drop by and check out the DT projects…  and if you have a good eye for detail, you might even be able to pick up a free digi.

 challenges

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Oversized Christmas Card ..so much fun

This card was so much fun to make,  most people have heard of Rick St Dennis and are well aware of his “darker” images.. the witches, the zombies the skulls and all the interesting things he has in his Etsy Store.

But something I noticed recently while chatting with people was, that they had no idea that Rick also has a more “mainstream” store too.  Let’s face it Rick’s never going to be accused of  producing “cutesie” images, but these are much softer subjects.. with  his distinctive style & flare still apparent.

I wanted to go ahead and show you  one of these  images today, as part of the new Crafty Awesomeness Challenge Inspiration Team.  I  had so much fun picking out this image… I managed to narrow my selection down to 6 images and that was a challenge all in it’s own I tellya.  Then I narrowed it down to two…. and finally decided on this one.

This image is so versatile…   looks great all on its own or  with all the extras… so it’s an image that can suit any style of card making.  My original plan was to make a CAS with a humorous  poem about a drunken Mrs Claus, but I think I’ll save that for another time  🙂

Anyway.. here she is .. this is Ricks St Dennis – North Pole Ho Down

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Details:

 

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Rick St Dennis Etsy Store 

Rick St Dennis Zibbet Store

Rick St. Dennis Digi Fans & Friends Facebook Group

 

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CAS Cute gothic chick card

I got my Scrapper’s Delights “Edie” image mounted on a card…  just a clean and simple card to contrast against the image.

I layered a light green,  over dark green Recollections card stock for the card base, popped the corners with a Fiskars rounded corner on the green  and a Martha Stewart punch on the image.  I popped on a cute little green stitched ribbon and simple bow.. done.  I used my Xyron mega runner 1/4 inch ta

Suitable for a bunch of occasions, so I haven’t added a sentiment till I need one.  If you missed the previous post, this image was colored with CraZart pencils and a home made alcohol blender pen with a smidgin of Ranger Distress pen in places.scrappers_delights_Edie_wmd

KennyK “Devilish Donna” Birthday Card

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This card features the fabulous “Devilish Donna”,  one of the 3 clear stamp that I got in the mail a week the other week.  Absolutely love these stamps, the quality of the images is top notch ….and for me that is huge because I am a big digital stamp user and used to high res quality images 🙂 Now admittedly it’s a bit of a shock to the system for someone like me, who tends to “go big or go home”  LOL.  Suddenly I am size restricted…and yes I know..size isn’t everything.



But it does take a bit of getting used to for me coloring at a smaller size.  Usually when I print my KennyK’s out they are at least 150-200% bigger than a physical stamp.. heh.. what can I say.  Now the funny thing about this one is,  I colored her by hand then imported her into my graphics program to do the  background and text ….and then  printed her smaller than the original stamp.  Go figure !

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No matter how many time I try to photograph this dang card… I just can’t seem to get a clean shot. It has so much going on and metallics, specialty papers… *rolleyes.  So I aplogize for the not so fab quality of the pics on this one…

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I have the original stamped and colored version, which is going on another project, hopefully before the end of the month.








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And here is the digitally manipulated background and text.

This was printed out on some fab Polysilk Adhesive paper, which is almost impossible to find now.  I have had this paper for.. hmm  at least 13 years.

I have a bunch of fab specialty papers from that time that I just can’t seem to get hold of anymore and even though some of them are available for wholesale, I am not finding them for sale in the US on a retail level  :/




Details:

  • Card Base –  Silver Glitter Stock Poster Board  – Local Dollar Store
  • Black decorative frame –  Recollections card  and Martha Stewart Punch
  • Gold layer – Recollections Signature Foil Paper from Michaels
  • Black Lace – Walmart 99cent lace
  • Roses –  Michaels $150 bins
  • Sheer  striped black Ribbon for Bow –  Michaels
  • Image printed on Mirage Polysilk Adhesive Paper on Epson Ecotank 2550, edges aged for effect.
  • Foam padding to pop image – Darice Foam sheets from Walmart
  • Glues –  Xyron Mega Runner, Hot Glue Gun and Tombow Aqua



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January 2016 final Bi weekly challenge #2 Sketch

As you may have read we are changing the bi-weekly sketch challenge to a monthly challenge like the others… so to round out the rest of January our host, NanaDonna provided us with 3 sketches to work from.  Here is my #2 sketch  it is a Tuesday Morning sketch...if you like this sketch, both Tuesday Morning and Crafting Circle Message Board are using it for current challenges..so come play 🙂

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Card Base is from a Multicolored Recollections pack ( Michaels )

Image is “Besties Garden Fancy Pants Dreaming Scan13” By Sherri Baldy  .. check her out she has soooo many awesome cute images of these “Besties”

Image is printed on 110lb Card Stock and cut out with a circular Die. A smaller circular foam pad is attached behind that for height..and then the larger diameter circle is also a circular die cut foam pad in pink. Because these pads are adhesive…it makes it easier to glue them face to face and use the adhesive against the card stock, and stops that wet warp from the glues :)

The lacy strip is a Martha Stewart border punch on SEI Coconut white velvet and has a “Recollection green gingham” paper strip over the top

The image was colored a few weeks ago and has been in my practice sheet pile …..colored with a mix of Chameleon and Zig Memory System markers and the finished card was paired with a contrasting envelope from my collection of colors.

 

 

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