Apology !! and updates

First of.. sorry, I got so caught up with personal stuff I totally forgot to post the winner for the last Crafty Awesomeness Challenge… DOH! So that will be posted on the 15th along with the latest Crafty Bugaboo Challenge winner.

We had visitors from out of state and we ran off to play hookey in the woods.. my sons first vacation. He had an absolute blast… so many first were crammed into those 4 days lol.

He got his first horse and carriage ride around the city, petted his first Guinea Pig, first vacation, first time camping, first time fishing, first worm.. lol that was hilarious haha. He got to play on a beach for the first time… admittedly it was sand on the side of a big lake… which to me…. isn’t a beach…. but he loved it. He got his first baseball glove and his first boxing gloves and punch bag.

When we got home we were so tired we went to bed and then when we woke up… lil man was sick :/  …but he is all good now and mommy has some major catch up to do.  I pretty much turned off all technology  for a few days, and now I am paying for it haha.   But so worth it to see how much fun the lil man had.

But now we are back to the real world….and momma got some work to do!

We picked up some cool  items along the lake shore to use in craft projects, there are new shaker card windows coming.. and a bunch more  blog posts to get caught up..as well as the new Bugaboo challenge on the 15th… so lots to do.  I am also still jobhunting and  getting ready to move, so craziness abounds!  But Halloween is coming .. Muhahahaha

UnityStamps Laminated Bookmark “First love, First Hero”

Another quickie Bookmark featuring the Unity Stamp co stamp, “First love, first hero”.  Text was from an old paperback book hubby was throwing out… waste not want not lol. I stamped it up and colored it in distress marker, then inked the edges using distress ink pads. I mounted it on a piece of card, also colored in distress inks and then laminated it and punched a hole in it for a ribbon.   This is joining the growing Abandoned Art project bucket for our upcoming “mission”.

Unity Stamp co. bookmarks for the Abandoned Art Bucket

I wanted to have a quick play before bed last night/this am ..I have had these stamps sitting here staring at me LOL. I had an old paperback of hubby’s sat here on my desk for a while now too. He no longer wanted it and I didn’t want to waste it..so it was a toss up between upcycling it, or finding a new home for it. I am sure it was a fabulous story… but upcycling won.

I see this as a fitting tribute to the author who will now be enjoyed by a potential 322 people if I were to  use the complete book to make bookmarks for Abandonment projects. That’s a pretty good audience, even if they only get to read snippets of it.  Even if I had given it away complete….I doubt it would have ever reached that many people.

I may try that idea next….. like the old Where’s George site for $ bills. I could do a “WheresJim.com” and see how far a book travels; assuming of course the book is by an author called Jim, like this one.  It might be fun to do it with a kids book… hmm, idea to tuck away for when I have some spare time  🙂

I have a bunch of stuff to take care of between now and tomorrow night. A new month is coming and that means Lots of projects and new challenges to be set up and winners to be picked.

So.. quickie description…

One page ripped in half… inked up with Ranger Distress ink pads
Stamps were inked with Good ol Craft Smart Dye ink
Colored with a mix of Zig Kurecolor and a ranger Distress pen.. feather has a touch of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust
Mounted on Kraft card stock with Zig Photo Tape
laminated on a Scotch TL901 using Scotch laminating pouches
Trimmed up with my new Swingline guillotine ( see previous post)
Hole punched using a Fiskars 1/4 punch
Boho /shabby ribbon was a gift from a friend who was de-stashing

Stamps are Part of the Story & Scattered Pieces

 

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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
NU00, BL2, BG1 & GR1.

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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Joann Doorbusters deals and steals

Some of you will be hitting the stores bright and early .. and some of us .. yes US.. that includes me.. will be sat in our PJ’s waiting for Cyber Monday instead lol.  I would rather pay full price than set foot in a store on Black Friday haha .. but give me a mouse and a keyboard and Victory is mine !!!

so what on offer..

Let’s start with Joann.com Black Friday Ad.. like you have’t already browsed this back to front and front to back a million times already.. right  LOL.  I see some cool Door busters for any of you brave enough to try and snag some…

Cricut Explore Air Gold Bundle… $199  WOW

Cricut Accessories 50% off

60% off Fiskar punches and cutters

50% off Papercrafting supplies

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Screengrab courtesy of Joann.com

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Screengrab courtesy of Joann.com

70% off Paper Pads and Stacks…

and $4.99 shipping too!!!!

Let’s  hope the Cyber Monday Sale is just as awesome…. Nice one Joann… I am almost tempted to run the gauntlet on Black Friday

.. WAIT .. what do you mean the doorbusters are on sale NOW.. online…

LET ME AT IT !!

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Let it snow, let it snow ….

Let it snow … here is my latest project for Cute As A Button Challenge Blog  Reindeer Ears .. come join us and share your project in the November Challenge

I   punched out the snowflakes on the background and  backed it with red foil before mounting the image on a card base. I added the punched snowflakes  for a 3 D efffect. Colored with Chameleon Pens  on 110lb card stock.
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Challenges Entered

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Club KennyK Challenge card.. with a twist….ed sense of humor.

The minute I saw her, I knew I had to have some fun with this one…. she’s just too dang cute to be scarey. I grew up loving 50’s music, songs like “Love Potion No.9”  and when I saw this image that is exactly what popped into my head.

So here she is..  my naughty lil witch looking for love.  “Book of Spells” by KennyK.  she is part of the New Releases that came out recently.  If you missed that post, go check them out 🙂

Colored with Chameleon Pens  then scanned in.. given digital borders and hearts and reprinted on canvas paper for a lush deep color and texture.  I love my Epson Eco tank Printer, I no longer worry about printing out  in color and heavy black borders… *wub and running out of Ink too soon.

She is foam padded for an elevated effect and the background card is from the Red 12×12 Craft Smith pads, punched with a Fiskars heart border for a little extra fun.  The close up below shows how gorgeous this canvas is….

I entered her in the current Club KennyK challenge over on Facebook… and I think I’ll be sending this over to one of my witchy friends so she can give it to her hubby…she’ll get a kick out  of this one  🙂
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Challenges:

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www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge

crafting-with-friends.blogspot

morgansartworld.blogspot

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

cardsgalorechallenges.

worldwideopendesignteamchallenge

thepapernestdollschallenge

12monthsofchristmaslinkup

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