Friday, July 26, 2013

Cupfull of Good Thoughts

This card is a 5x5 inch card for the Joan's Gardens Challenge.  We were to use a doily, stacked up flowers, greenery and floral paper.  The floral paper is from K&Company's exclusive pad of designer paper.  The Cup is the largest stamp in the Heartfelt Creations China Fragments Precut set (that coordinates with Nested Tea Cups die. HCPC 3472).  The stamp is inked in brown Stazon on watercolor paper and colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  This is finished with 3D Crystal Lacquer by Hobby Craft dotted over the edges of the cup and over the flower detail "porcelainizing" it.  The greenery is Cheery Lynn Borders die Holly Flourish (B148).  and the little stacked up flowers are punched. The doily is commercial (from under my cup in a restaurant) and is sponged with Tim Holt's Old Paper Distress ink.  Thinking of you is from a SU set.  The matting is sewing machine stitched with a decorative stitch using Madera rayon shimmery thread.  All these supplies and materials except the Stampin Up stamp are available at Joan's Gardens.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Floral Congrats

This 5x7 card is created for the At Joan's Gardens challenge this week where we are to use floral paper, a dimensional flower and greenery and a doily. The doily is commercial, cut from an oval doily and burnished with Tim Holtz Distress ink (Gathered Twigs and Walnut stain (which also sponges the edges of this card).   The paper for he flowers is from the Tim Holtz shimmer and the  Tim Holtz Distress collections by Ranger.  The die I used for the flowers is Tim Holtz Decorative Strip. by Sizzix 667824 Tattered Flower Garland.  All these products are available from At Joan's Gardens.  The floral paper is from a K&Company pad, accented with Paprika Stickles by Ranger. The Chocolate pearls are from Joan's Gardens. Congratulations stamp is by SU from Sassy Salutations inked in Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Forest Moss) and edged with an old  Fiskars corner punch from my stash of  old punches.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

In My Thoughts Glitter Sunflowers

This card is created using Glitter and sticker technique using Elizabeth Crafts Sunflowers stickers and Elizabeth Crafts micro-glitter and wide Scor-Tape. The stacked mats are embossed using Sizzix Flower Vine and  Twizzle Set (656799).  These products are available at Joan's Gardens following the tutorial Joan did for the technique. The sentiment sticker is from the black "just for you" series available from pop-ups etc

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Christmas Elf

This Christmas Card is created for the At Joan's Gardens challenge this week where we are to use something from nature, and Christmas colors to create a card. The (something from nature)  snowflake overlay that is over green snowflake print paper is the Swirling Snowflakes die by Memory Box 98653 available At Joan's Gardens.  It is adhered with Art Quest's Perfect Paper Gloss glue.  
The little elf is colored with pencils and worked with Gamsol to blend. He is the artwork of Phee Mc Faddell, cut out with Spellbinders Labels 20 die S5-026 (available at Joan's Gardens)  The black embossed sentiment is from the SU collection. Delightful Dozen.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fall Colors Thank You!

I expect that the recipients of this card will be our stateroom stewards on our Fall  Colors Discover Canada Holland America Cruise that my VBF and my sister and her VBF are going on.  It is coming up in just WEEKS now, and we are SO excited.  I always take some cards on cruises--they are so much fun to share with people you meet.

The paper is from Colorbok "Rosewood" collection, the curved line accented with Stickles "Paprika" is from "Ribbon Doilies" by Basic Grey, Inc.  The pearls and glittered velvet leaves are from my stash.  The Sentiment, inked in  Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves,  is from the Sweetly Framed collection by Stampin Up, and it is cut with a matching SU punch. Edges of the card are sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, "Old Paper."  The inside is a "Ciao" goodbye stamp from the  Ciao Baby! Stampin Up collection, stamped several times in Autumn Leaves. I will glitter the little inside punched frame before this card is finished, and will add tiny punched oak leaves.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chickadee Holiday

This card was created for the At Joan's Garden challenge this week where we were to create a Christmas Card using traditional colors, and something from nature in the theme.  This is a stand-up shape card created with Spellbinders Labels Twenty S5-026.  The card was inspired by the tutorial by Laura Lipe  called "Layered  Window Frames."  The inside edges of the die cuts are sponged with Brilliance Galaxy Gold Archival ink, and the green matte is embossed with Hobby Solutions HSF C004 Holly embossing folder sponged in gold.  These dies and products are available from At Joan's Gardens.  The Chickadee is a SU stamp from the Beautiful Season collection, and the inside/reverse side sentiment reads "May your season be blessed with all things bright and beautiful." The Merry Christmas Sentiment is a sticker by Starform Stickers #353. The inside of the side mounts are lined with Bazzil Basics  red Stripe glazed cardstock, and sponged edges with green burnishing.  The stamp is heat embossed with black embossing powder and colored with pencils (and Gamsol)

Glittery Christmas

This card is created for At Joan's Garden challenge this week where we are to create a Christmas Card using traditional colors, and something from nature.  My white cardstock has been lightly spritzed with Shimmer (sheer) by Tushinko, and embossed with Tim Holt'z Alterations 658272 Holly Branch (and Pine Branch embossing folder set. This is sponged with Kaleidacolor inks (Fresh Greens) and with the red distress marker from the Tim Holtz group.   The little bird is by Elizabeth Craft Designs (0414) and glittered with Elizabeth Crafts glitter  True Red and Warm Diamond micro-glitters. See the how-to video HERE  The die I used for the sentiment pop-up is Spellbinders S4-113 Classic Scalloped Ovals (small set).These products are all available At Joan's Gardens.  The card is edged with black Starform Outline Stickers (#1082).  I get these from Pop-Ups Etc.   The sentiment is from SU Delightful Dozen collection embossed with Stampendous green glitter embossing powder and edged with Tim Holtz Stickles SG01898 red glitter, Rhinestones finish the corners.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Stand Up Get Well

This shape card that stands up is created following the  Layered Window Frame tutorial at Split Coast Stampers by Laura Lipe.  The dies are the Sizzix 658694 Majestic Labels #2.  The decorator paper is Graphic 45's Precious Poesy from the Little  Darlings Collection.  The floral stamp and sentiment stamp are from Stampin Up Thoughts and Prayers 127805 stamped in SU Cameo Coral and finished with a studio G daisy punch sponged with rhinestone centers.  My perfect bow is created with the bow-maker created by Steve Boetto available at the Papers and Pixels Store.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Waterspotted Hugs

This silhouette and inked/waterspotted card is created with Fiskars edge punch, Starform black glitter lines that I buy from Pop Ups Etc, a clear stamp sentiment from an old cardset from Annies Attic, and a butterfly flower from a clear stamp set I got at Michaels.  (manufacturer unknown).  The background is inked with SU Ballet Blue, Yo Yo Yellow and Regal Rose, then spritzed with water following the Sponge and Spritz Tutorial at Split Cost Stampers by Korin Sutherland.  Black Ink is Versafine Black Onyx high-detail ink.

Welcome Home Rob

A very special welcome home from Afghanistan to a local Military Man!  The whole community has missed you very much and held you in our hearts, thoughts and prayers this past year. WELCOME HOME, ROB!

The papers are core-dinations sandable, and paper designed by Teresa Collins (World Traveler collection). Sentiment stamp is by Heartfelt Creations Large Fancy Sentiments collection (CR03815)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Get Well

This card is created for the At Joan's Garden Challenge this week where we are to use a fancy corner, a heart, built-up flower, and peaches,white and green theme.  I used Sizzix Susan's Garden--568407 Thinlits Mini Daisy die to create the stacked up flowers, with centers brushed with adobe ink. I followed the sizzix tutorial that is HERE The tiny daisies are punches centered with Stickles platinum and Stickles Buttercup liquid pearls by Ranger.   The corner is created with one of the dies from Lace Corner DecoA  Cheery Lynn Borders B161.  These products are available at Joan's Gardens Store  The graphic art is colored with copics, waterbrushed with Distress Markers (black soot), and accented with Stickles and with Glazed texture pens by Sakura. 
 I am pretty sure that the little daisy puppy was created by Wendy Hall at Digital Delights by Louby Lou, but I printed this a long time ago, and put it in my folder of  "to be colored" artwork.  I couldn't find it in her store when I looked for it today.    The Hope sentiment stamp is SU from the Blooming with Kindness set and the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  The papers are from Once upon a Springtime collection by Graphic 45 (Primrose Cottage) and the peach paper is from the Signature Series Graphic 45 core-dinations sandable papers.  The green is from the same set of papers.  (Graphics 45 products are available at Joan's Gardens.)  The little heart is a peach colored gel stick 0on.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kitten Cuddles

The challenge at Joan's Gardens this week is to create a card using a peach, white, and green color theme, a heart, and stacked up flowers and a fancy corner.   The white cardstock is embossed with Flourish Dots and Ribbon set by Sizzix 656980.  The corner is created with peach and green paper using Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites S2-009, and the lattice heart cut from a Martha Stewart Punch, backed (as the stamp is) with Sanded green core-dinations cardstock with decorative edge cut.  The single tiny leaf is from Flower and Leaves (a Marianne Creatable) LR0156. These products are available at Joan's Gardens.  The stacked up flowers are created with a small and a medium Recollections punch spritzed with Champagne shimmer.  The Stamp is a Lili of the Valley stamp, "Kitten Cuddles" colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers in peach and greens. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Peaches and Green

The challenge this week at Joan's Gardens is peach, cream and white card with "stacked up" flower, a fancy corner and a heart.  I have no large fancy corners (beautiful small ones though), and so I cut a corner shape out of the beautiful Sophia's Heart die by Cherry Lynn (DL184)  I I used the heart from the center of this Doily Die for the heart this time, and bunrished those white pieces with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, "mowed lawn" .  The pearl flourishes are by recollections and the Happy Birthday sentiment is a Starform text sticker.  The peach colored paper backing is embossed and then flattened after embossing with crafts-too's Swirl Christmas Tree. (The swirls match the swirls in Sophia's Heart doily).
The stacked up flower is made with Punch Bunch's petals for building a flower and the center is a punch black stamen with white beaded stamens, and little peach colored roses from I Am  

Friday, July 5, 2013

Drawn Rose Bleaching

This sympathy card is created for At Joan's Gardens challenge this week, where we are to use two ovals, at least two colors, a sentiment, and a plain background for the card.The buff, black and cranberry mattes are the basis for this card.  The Rose is the "Drawn Rose Corner" by Donna Salazar Stamps.  The technique here is an unusual one; it is bleached paper inking.  Here's how that works.  You stamp the image in distress inks (I used Soot for this one), then immediately emboss it with clear embossing powder.  Then with a waterbrush dipped in household bleach, you work the areas inside the stamp's embossed borders, drying as  you achieve the amount of bleaching you want.  Afterward  you can come back (on well dried paper) and color with any coloring medium that you want.  I did some light brushing with Tim Holtz Distress inks to highlight petal edges and create a light watercolor wash look to the stamp.  The sentiment is a SU stamp from the collection Thoughts and Prayers.  The black scalloped oval frame is edged in Glaze Pen by Sakura.  The ovals were created with Spellbinders Classic Ovals S4-112, and Classic Scalloped Ovals (small) Spellbinders S4-113.    Inks embossing powder, distress markers, and dies are all available At Joan's Gardens, and the idea for the card was inspired by Beate at Split Coast Stampers 2008 tutorial on Bleached Out Images.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Just for You

This week the challenge At Joan's Gardens  is to create a card with a plain background, at least two colors, and two ovals plus a sentiment.   This card uses the two ovals from the stunning Radiant Rectangles, Spellbinders Nestabilities S5-161 dies.  This card is worked in turquoise and orange, with orange polka-dotted grosgrain ribbon over Elizabeth Craft Designs #2532 Poppies outline stickers.  The technique I used applies Scor-Tape to the sticker, and then you rub microfine glitter into the sticky areas you want to glitter.  For that I used both Elizabeth Craft and Art  glitters in Flax, Warm Diamond and Cavalado colors. These products and stickers are also available at Joan's Gardens. The Just for you sticker sentiment is a peel off sticker by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The little black rhinestones are by Recollections (Michaels.)  A matching turquoise oval backs the sentiment area inside this card, which can be for just about anything.