How many GMD dies can you fit on one card project?

.. at least 6 LOL

I exploded Easter with this fun card filled with Gina Marie Designs die cuts.  I have a bunch of new dies sitting on my desk ..along with a gazillion other things I haven’t even had a chance to pull out of their packaging and I  decided I was going to get stuck in  this week.  I had no idea till I started just how well the dies I had were all going to pull together.  If you are a regular  Gina Marie Designs  addict, you will most likely recognize most, if not all of these dies.. but for those of you who don’t, there is a list of supplies at the bottom of the post  ūüôā

Plenty of room for a sentiment if/ when needed too…  just a fun, die crazy card… if you added a banner cut sentiment… that would make at least 7 GMD’s .. or a sentiment die too like the Happy Easter ..or 8 if you  had the stitched sun from the stitched skies set.. which I don’t have YET !

 

 

Stitched Skies

Happy Easter (mirrored for viewing)

Twiggy Branches

Little Bird Dies

Bunny Peep

X stitch Rectangle

Stitched Cloud Border

Stitched Rectangles (updated size)













Adhesives used Zig Photo Tape & Zig 2 way glue
Pearl Cabochons are nail bling

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Abandoned Art Project – Readers Series

I had a fun idea for a new Bookmark Series to combine my CUP ( CraftsUPrint)  digital stamps by Gordon Fraser, with my Abandoned Art Projects.. doing something fun, and hopefully Inspiring people to read some of the classic literature that may not have crossed their path.
I was trying to decide on how to make my bookmarks when it hit me.. I could  pick classic tales  inspired by the images and add a short Synopsis to the back of each bookmark .. maybe inspire someone to hit the local library, or bookstore and check it out.

Now i am no literary  genius, so some of my book choices may be a bit obscure, based on books I have personally read.  Others will be pulled from the depths of Google based on search queries like “Pirate story book”  “traveler tales books” etc, ..and once I find a title I like.. I am going to see if I can pull up some fun info to go with it and  of course ..a Synopsis.  Wikipedia is such a fab place to get info on authors, artists, entertainers and  details on so many subjects… so Thank you Wikipedia for helping me further  the  cause of educating people on some great literature.

So here is the first bookmark in the series… Inspired by Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

































FRONT:

Image “Pirate Dude” by Gordon Fraser

Printed on Canson Mix Media

Colored with Crayola Color Escapes and blended with Isopropyl using a paper stump

Distressed with Tim Holtz distress Ink Pads in Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain & fossilized Amber

Back:

Synopsis courtesy of Wikipedia

Printed on Canson Mix Media

Stamped Image “Sailboat of Dreams” from LDRS

Distressed with Inks listed above

Both Layers were attached to a piece of raft Card using Zig Photo Tape, then Laminated using a Scotch TL901 lamintor and Scotch laminating Pouches.  A hemp Rope/twine will be added to the hole punched with a Fiskars 1/4 hole punch.

This will be added to our abandoned Art bucket  to be abandoned  in the coming months, and hopefully found and enjoyed by a book lover.

Stay tuned for the next in this series….

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Quickie card – I heart you

I have some new CraftsUPrint cutfiles, a tonne of new stamps and dies and … oh dear.. it’s been a busy month… for shopping haha. ¬†I have a huge basket of goodies to ¬†play with … and not enough time to play with them all.. but I am sure gonna try..and my son seems to have been bit with the crafty bug bad this month..so I shall be in good company.

So going to start off our mega marathon of craftiness with a quickie card featuring a super quick and cute cut file and a Satuarate Canary stamp I picked up in my first.. yes I said first batch of stamps I grabbed from LDRS Creative this past week (see previous post). ¬†I loved the ones I got so much…I went back for more. ¬† At $1 a pop on clearance, there is no way I wasn’t taking good advantage of this sale …. the stamps are fabulous. I found some long searched for scenic stamps which I can’t wait to play with. ¬†This was my first time shopping with LDRS and I have to say I am impressed.

Ok so here she is.. this is Alice, supplies list is super simple and listed below.


Card base is 110lb Georgia Pacific card and was cut on the Cricut Explore using a CraftsUPrint cut file by Apetroae Stefan  called OVER THE EDGE HEART BORDER CARD

Insert is Black Recollections Value pack 65lb card, contrasts great through the cut outs
Black layer is also Black 65lb Recollections card
Image was stamped on Canson Mix Media using black Stazon Ink and colored with Chameleon Pens

… both layers were given a shabby cut, I have an old cutter that ¬†does this to the paper/card if you only cut one layer and I love it, because I suck at paper tearing/ripping ¬†but like the shabby edge look for some projects…so this is my compromise.

I used Zig Photo Tape runner adhesive to attach my layers.

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Bye Bye 2016.. it’s been…interesting!

I think this card pretty much says it all… what a year that was.

The image is Olympic Runner from KennyK Stamps, colored with Chameleon Pens on Canson Mix Media. The background is inked out with Tim Holtz Distress ink and it was mounted on a glam gold glitter card.

A quick,fun New Year card for anyone who  just wanted to get as far away from 2016 as possible, as fast as possible.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

This card is part of our current Crafty Awesomeness Challenge, which is sponsored by KennyK for the month of January. ¬†Please come on over and join in… details at the top of the page.

“Catch of the Day” fun fishing themed card

I picked up another fun new cut file in my latest traipse over at CUP,  Tri-Fold Scalloped Top Card by one of my favorite SVG designers, Rae Carr.
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I recently picked up some new Gina Marie Dies “Gone Fishing” and ¬†I had ¬†grabbed this fun image from Bugaboo Stamps called¬†Girlz – wiggle the bait¬†to go with them. ¬†Well as it happens, I have been waiting for ¬†just the right project to use the paper stack I won from DCWV a few months back.. and this was it! ¬†It’s a gorgeous paper stack called Coastal, filled with all sorts of cool ¬†card sheets.. including some pearl foiled and printed linen pages. cup_fishies2 cup_fishies3
I added in a dual stitched frame ¬†using my Lil’Inkers dies and added the catch of the day chalkboard look using a Zig Chalk Pastel Pen. ¬†The inside ¬†net was created using the lattice portion of the Gina Marie Lacey Lattice die set I got a month or so back. ¬†The fish was colored with Tim Holtz Distress ink pads, as was the chalk board frame and the nets and rod.

The base card was cut from a Craft Smith solid color card stack on my Cricut Explore and the image was printed on Canson Mixed Media, then colored with Chameleon Pens.

Adhesives for this project were Zig Photo Tape and Zig 2 way glue.

I was naughty….this was supposed to be my DT project for the new Bugaboo Stamps Challenge starting on the blog in January… but I was impatient to share it. ¬†Soooo…. guess I’ll be doing another project this weekend lol.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog, or follow me on Facebook etc if you want to be alerted to the new challenge. ¬†All you Bugaboo Stamp fans, get your creative juices flowing.. ¬†this one is exclusively for Bugaboo Stamps Projects and prizes are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps every month. ¬†Woo Hoo.. we love our Bugaboo Stamps, so the DT team are a bunch of happy little clams…. and ….we have a new DT ¬†joining us for the Bugaboo Challenge too ¬†ūüôā

Slightly off topic and I will be posting about this tomorrow ¬†too.. I just had a quick peek ¬†to see what new Gina Marie Dies are available and saw some fab deals on some Deep Red Rubber Stamps ..I was drooling over the vintage ones… specially at those prices. ¬†They will be fab for my vintage/steampunk backgrounds. ¬†AND for any of you old Cricut Explore owners who never got the Bluetooth Adapter... I also saw they have a handful of them available .. $10…… so if you always wanted one.. now’s the time to go grab one, they don’t have many in stock.

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Cupcake thief foiled !! Cupcake Stand SVG

I had to fight off a cupcake thief to take this project photo…. nothing is safe in this house. I have always had a problem with having project photos photobombed by the li’l guy and his menagerie of toys and figures, but this one takes the biscuit.. .. well Chocolate Chocolate Muffin to be precise.¬† No that is not a typo, it’s a Double Chocolate Muffin….I can’t really blame him for trying to run off with it, they are yummy !

I had this fun little quick n easy ¬†cupcake stand file to ¬†make up, so I grabbed a Muffin the li’l guy made ¬†and used that for my photo… damned if I didn’t see a set of sticky fingers run up and try and grab it right in front of the camera lol.
cup_muffinanywho…. ¬†this is a really simple cut file by Rae Carr over at CraftsUPrint… I doubled up my cut to make this gold glitter version… but if you have double sided paper, or are using plain card stock, you won’t need to do that. ¬†I simply attached the two sections with tape ¬†and assembled it.

I have an urge to recreate this in a multi-tiered version to see how it would ¬†work out on a large scale. ¬†It would be a fun one for kids birthday parties, school parties, Family get together, possibly done with a wipe-able platform for multiple use. …. so stay tuned for that one.

Very quick and easy project, simple materials, easy assembly… and definitely a good basic cut to have on hand.

Cut File Р671 Cupcake Stand 1 avaialble in various cut file formats
Card Stock – Gold glitter card, local Dollar Store
Tape Runner – Zig Photo Tape

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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


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Note to self… crafting hauls….

Should really wait till you actually have time to craft!!! LOL ¬†Sadly this little lot doesn’t even include the pens and such I ordered last month and still haven’t had time to play with properly .. but dang me and the lil man are¬†gonna have fun next year ¬†LOL.. I hope!

This little lot includes 3 Blitsy orders
Chameleon Pens from Hobby Lobby and refills and nibs order from Chameleon Pens
CraftingAbility order
Stazsh Up order
ScrapbookOutlet
Overstock.com
and an order¬†of Cricut Blades that a special lady gifted to me ūüôā

It also doesn’t include CraftsUPrint cutfiles and various artists digital stamps I might have grabbed this ¬†month *grin

And I already put away 1 Scrapbook Outlet order of Gina Marie Designs Dies, Crafting Ability Order and a Blitsy order that I showed you sneak peeks at the end of last month..mostly pens. ¬†I am making up for almost 8 months of virtually no craft shopping ¬†ūüôā ¬†MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME !!!

I’ll be showing some of these a bit more closely in upcoming posts and projects.. ¬†but if you have any questions, leave a comment ūüôā

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Sarcastic Birthday Card for the over 21’s

The minute I saw this image I knew I had to have it….she is perfect for my sense of humor. This is my, rather late DT Project for this months Crafty Awesomeness Challenge. I can finally get access to my craft carts ¬†now the ceilings and carpets are in.

This is Bianca Doll Stamp, one of a bunch of really cool images by KaraDollStudio on Etsy.  I printed her on Canson Mixed Media  paper, colored with Chameleon Pens and then I scanned it into my software and added the sentiment and border. I then reprinted the colored version on the same Mixed Media Paper. I took a wet brush to add in some subtle shadow in the same way I did in previous projects using only the printer ink.

The main image is popped on foam and the background  is made up of a lacy cut from Gina Marie Designs using the Lacy Lattice.

Full details of materials used below ūüôā

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Supplies:

Base card:

Recollections card Рfrom Michaels
100lb Neenah index card layer
Recollections Polka Dot paper from Black & White Paper Pad from Michaels
Die Cuts:
Lacy cuts from Gina Marie Lacy Lattice Dies
Small flowers and hearts from Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle set 

Image: 
Bianca Doll Stamp  printed  on an Epson ET2550 on Canson Mix Media and colored with Chameleon Pens.

Glues and tapes:
Zig 2way glue
Kuretake Photo Tape
Commercial grade double sided adhesive tape ¬†**I was given this to try out because I was looking for something to work on my Darice foam… LOVE IT ! ¬†All of the glue and tapes used in this project came from CraftingAbility.com


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Layers, layers and more layers … & that was just the background!

If you ever have an idle moment¬†and have never tried this.. you should give this a shot lol. This¬†will keep you out of mischief….and so will reading this epic length War ‘N’ Peace blog post haha.

7 layers for the frame, tag on another one if you include the fancy corner.. 2 layers for the butterfly and another 6 layers for the ¬†bouquet…. THAT’S A LOTTA LAYERS lol.

But when it really comes down to it.. the worst part is getting everything on straight, oh and deciding which flowers come  to the front and need the most layers lol.   I have to say of all the 3D projects I have done, this image was probably the easier  when it came to  figuring out how to cut the layers.

7¬†Print and cut sheets on my Cricut later… ¬†and I have the start of my card. ¬†I colored one completely, I like to do that as a reference when I come to build the actual project… plus it gives me a colored piece to use on another project later ..score!

So I colored one… then started ¬†working out my layers while the Cricut was cutting two silhouettes out for sandwiching between the bottom two layers. ¬†Normally I pop my 3D projects with Darice adhesive foam sheet, but I wanted this one to be a bit more subtle…so I sandwiched a few black sheets in for a little additional depth. The final layer of a single flower is missing off this photo.. DOH

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Once I had all my ¬†Cricut cuts done,¬†I started to hand cut away the pieces I didn’t need on each layer. ¬†When I am doing a one off project, I just fussy cut by hand after cutting the main image. ¬†If I am doing multiples I make cut files for my Cricut. ¬†So I fussy cut ¬†my top 5 layers ¬†and then started to color each layer, starting with ¬†the ¬†top. ¬†when I use Darice foam I tend ¬†to to color around the edges of ¬†the ¬†layer below a bit so it won’t show ¬†when assembled..but with subtle layers like these I just ¬†ink up the white edges with a marker.

Once I had it all trimmed up and colored.. next came the hard part… what to mount it on. Now I ¬†like to take a photo, or scan and import it into my graphics program at this point..for several reasons. ¬†A: I like to be able to grab a cuppa and sit back and just look at it and see where I missed blending, coloring etc… for some reason I have a more critical eye ¬†when viewing it that way. B: I like to play around with layout ideas and rather than waste time cutting and trying ideas and potentially wasting a lot of ¬†card… ¬†the girls on the message board will tell you.. me and pattern paper .. not a good mix lol. ¬†I envy you ladies who¬†can pick and mix and match patterns and colors with ease. ¬†I am not sure if it’s my limited choice of papers, or just that it’s not ¬†ever been my taste..but ¬†good lord it’s like pulling teeth lol.

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I started off simply by ¬†putting my original coloring on a white ¬†piece of card and the 3D layers on a black piece… but liked them both for different reasons.. so that was no help lol. So my next move was layers and frames/borders. ¬†I just kept tweaking and adding borders to my image in a graphics program till I started to get a look I liked.

This was my digital rendering

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Once I had a basic idea of how I wanted the frame to look…. that is when I grabbed my cutter and some black and white card and started cutting all those layers. ¬†When I got them all cut,¬†I ¬†took a sheet of 11×17 white card and scored it to make my card base and started layering on the cuts to build the frame (unglued at this stage). ¬†Then it happened…. for some reason it just felt flat, so there I was digging around in my paper cabinet looking for my Black and white collection. ¬†Funnily enough the polka dot paper is the first one I tried … 4 patterns later.. yup I was back to Polka Dots lol. ¬†It just seems classy to me, I did a curtain fold card last ¬†year ¬†in the polka dots and it looked great… so dots it was!

I attached that to the card base with a half inch overlap ¬†at the top, which gives a nice neat look to the top and back of the card. and then came that ¬†time … yes THAT time… ¬†the one where ¬†I always end up gluing all my frames down ¬†skewy. ¬†I blame it on my computer glasses, they aren’t designed for crafting haha. ¬†Just as well for the most part I like to ¬†have my frames tilted on projects lol. ¬†But for this one I needed straight and centered and all that fun stuff…. It’s not perfect, but I think it came out pretty good. ¬†I used my paper cutter to help keep me aligned…yay for paper cutters!!

Ok so all the base layers were on, the flowers layers were all cut, colored and assembled… so on they went. ¬†I had an idea to add the butterfly, but wanted to do a ghost layer. So I actually cut two at once so that the black layer wouldn’t cut all the way through, it is more like a solid embossed layer. ¬†Sometimes if I want to be funky,¬†I do this ¬†double layer cut so the ¬†cutouts from one meld into other layer for a two tone embossed look… it’s kinda cool. Unpredictable at times so a touch of glue is necessary haha… but still looks cool and worth the extra effort. ¬†I’ll maybe show that another time if anyone is interested.

So there was my butterfly…but where to pop it…. top right or bottom left???? ¬† I couldn’t decide so asked hubby…. his response… and I had to laugh. ¬†“Top right, I always see Butterflies at the top of flowers… not at the bottom” ¬†He is such a practical wee soul at times, no artistic license or sense from that direction lol. ¬†So ¬†on it went..where butterflies apparently should be lol.

pp_3dframed_watermarkedI didn’t have a particular recipient or occasion in mind, so I am ¬†leaving that blank for now… hence the big space on the left.

So I thought I was done..YAY me. ¬†But ¬†the more I looked at it as I took the photos for this post… I couldn’t help but feel something was missing, it just didn’t seem quite balanced.

Enter Sammy and her fabulous Corner dies to the rescue. ¬†I just happened to have that one single corner cut in my ¬†cuts organizer… BINGO… now I am done!

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Hope you like it ūüôā

Base card: Neenah 11×17 110lb Index card
Polka Dot Paper: Recollections Black & White Paper pad
Black and white frame layers: Recollections 65lb solid color packs
Fancy Corner:  My Little Paper World Corner Die  Р 8 die set  (Group buy for US option available)
Image: COUNTRYSIDE BOUQUET DIGITAL STAMP SET by Power Poppy
Butterfly:  Gina Marie Designs Butterfly & Beautiful Die set
Colored with: Chameleon Pens
Glue:  Tombow Aqua & Zig Photo Tape
Cutting tools: ¬†Cricut Explore, Sizzix Big Shot ….and scissors

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