Saturday, March 31, 2018

Birthday Wishes

This card is made with the 4stamp -stampset by Altenew called Anemone, part of the Build a Flower collection.  The diecut is Marianne Creatables LR0405 cut from shiny photo paper and heavily embossed.  The Snetiment is from Stampin Up Avant Gardfen Stampset.  It is all colored to match SU Rich Razzleberry, and Hero Arts inks.  Tonic Nuvo drops are used on the stamens.

With Sympathy

This card was created with white embossed flowers and leaves from the Simon Says Stamp "More Spring Flowers" stampset.  The Sentiment is from Just Rite's Fancy Sentiments stampset, embossed with clear embossing powder over Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink. The white "ribbon" is created with a Martha Stewart edge punch, and the inks and papers are SU Sweet Sugarplum.  The window is cut with  SU Lots of Labels Die (5) and is placed over woodgrain created in Photoshop

Friday, March 30, 2018

Birthday Even More Spring Flowers

This fun Shaker card was made with the Pretty Pink Posh Window Frame die (x4),distress oxide inks, the gold embossed "More Spring Flowers" stampset from Simon Says Stamp, and the flourish script Happy Birthday from "Fancy Sentments", by Just Rite Stamps.  Sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh. 
Nuvo drops and SU Watermelon Wonder paper finish this A2 card. 

Easter Lily Sprite

This is the Easter Lily Sprite on a thank you card I made for my BFF who sent me a gorgeous Easter Lily this year.  The Thanks die is "hinged thanks" from Ellen Hutson, which is first brushed with White Wink of Stella and then coated with 3Dcrystal glaze in the middle. The You are Amazingly Amazing embossed sentiment is from  SU Painted Petals. The Sprite is colored in Prismacolor pencils and accented with gold stickles. The teal mat is DP from SU bordered with holographic gold edged line stickers.  She is participating in the Sprite Delight V -4 Year Celebration at Aurora Wings where I am guest designer this month.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Thanks for being SUCH A GREAT FRIEND

Friendship isn't a big thing
It's a million little things.

I made this card for my special friend who shares a million little things with me. Together we have THE most fun no matter what we are doing, crafting, designing, Photoshopping, photographing things, creating for others, shopping, eating,  cooking, sipping tea--or just making RAK's.   She loves Frogs, and I love Fairies, and so this image is just PERFECT for the two of us.   The image was in my files from 2004 by  Dufort. It is printed on rather coarse watercolor paper, and lightly textured with Prismacolor Pencils.

Congratulations---Hard Work


This Hard Work Pays Off---Congratulatory card---is for DGD as she successfully finishes the second quarter of her Freshman year at UCSB.  It is created with papers and elements from Karen Schulz (Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen's) retired digital scrapbooking kit "Write Me a Letter" The little shirt is a folded $5 bill, and is attached with a paper clip.  The little buttons are easy to remove black rhinestones.  The Congratulations Banner is made with Scripty Sayings Stamp from Lawn Fawn. It ws inspired by graduation congratulations cards designed by Lexi Daly for Papertrey Ink for  her Make-It-Monday on March 28, 2018.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Good Times with Windows

This card was created as a sectioned shaker card using Penny Black's "Good Times" stampset.  The black frame is from My  Favorite Things "stitched edged frame".  The sentiment is from SU "Eastern Beauty" stampset. Sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh and the stamp is colored in Prismacolor pencils and glitter gel pens.  The tiny butterflies on the outside are a Martha Stewart punch.  

For this card of appreciation I used the same window cut from black, and triple mounted onto woodgrain I made in  Photoshop.  The laser cut owl is from from a tri-pack I got at Michaels, and I think they are Recollections, but I am not sure.  The top sentiment stamp is from Waterfront by SU and reads "Every kindness makes the world brighter"  Second one is from the Gina K Wise Old Owl set.  Sequins are gold and clear this time. The artpiece is mounted on a full sheet of gold foil and the embossing is also done in gold detail EP. The same woodgrain paper covers the inside note-area of the card.  

Monday, March 26, 2018

Happy Bunny Wishes for GGD

"Snuggly Hugs and  Bunny Kisses are what we're sending with these Easter Wishes"  

This Shaker Card Easter Greeting is for a three year old. This uses a double cut Window Frame and Shaker and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. The Spring Border Frame (91815) by Memory Box.   Flowers are accented with Enamel Accents (Ranger) and the white embosserd Easter sentiment is from Scripty Sayings Celebrations stampset from Lawn Fawn.  The mat is embossed with Flourish and Dots EF by Sizzix. Bunny is clipart from my stash.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Anemone Sprite

The name Anemone comes from the Greek for "windflower."  As Greek Mythology share, the anemone sprang from Aphrodite's tears as she mourned the death of Adonis.  The Anemone will bring luck and protect against evel, and legend has it that when the anemone closes its petals, it is a signal that a storm (or rain) is approaching.

Anemones are found in every flower color there is --and so this Sprite's halo of Anemone is every color.  It is quite a challenge to show the translucency of the delicate Anemone petals with pencils and watercolors but the nature of watercolor sure lends credibility to my effort!

This is a Z-fold card inspired by Sandi MacIver. The embossing is with a  Cuttlebug folder, and the artwork is done with watercolor pencils, paints and ink, on Caslon textured watercolor paper.  The mats and card base are  SU  Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise.  The centers of the Anemone's are yellow enamel dots touched with black ink (Anemone centers are black with a ring of yellow.)  The tiny butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch.

She is part of my contribution to the  Sprite V  --Fourth  Anniversary Celebration of the beautiful work of Mitzi Sato Wiuff AURORA WINGS, where I am the Guest Designer for the March Challenge 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Even More Spring Flowers

This thank you card uses gold embossed and distress marker flowers from Simon Says Stamp "Even More Spring Flowers" versatile stampset. The sentiment os from SU Petite Pairs, "for everything you are to me" embossed on vellum... and the Thanks double word die is by Honeybee. Stickles and sequins complete the project.  The mat  is embossed with a metal Spellbinders Impressabilities called Butterfly (12-1002) edged with distress oxide ink and spritzed with Imaginecrafts Frosty Shimmer

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ornament Girls Club_Flutter Fold Egg

The March Ornament in the Ornament Girls Club was a very interesting "flutter fold."  The design was created by Monica for Stacey Lowry and the Ornament Girls Club.  The delicate spring fabric was accented with pearls, and sequins of all sorts creating the medallion.  Many of the sequins are from my stash, (Pretty Pink Posh  Sequin assortments) but the gorgeous array of embellishments included in the kit creates a gorgeous ornament too.  It was fairly uncomplicated to get the hang of the flutter fold, but going around an egg did have it's challenges!  Here's the result of my first of the two eggs included in the Club Kit for March.

Flutter Fold Easter Egg
Medallion Detail

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Punched (framelits) ideas

I used Deb Valder's ideas for double cutting framelits for interesting panel detail.  Instead of using framlits, I was moving things  around and found some (VERY) old punches of SU that I never really did much with.  So this features an old three layer punch out of DP backed in coordinating paper and Tangelo Twist Ribbon, enamel dots, and accents by  SU.  The sentiment is from Memory Box Die from open studio called Iris. The punched design is coated with 3Dcrystal Glaze, and the cut out rim is also edged in 3D Crystal Glaze.  This is So easy and so C&S and I have a quite a horde of DP strips the width you see here. Borders are gold edged holographic sticker "lines" that I get from Pop Ups Etc.

This is done with a similar punch (very old) SU double punched, trimmed brushed with wink of stella.  The sentiment is from Painted Petals SU...and SU DP Old olive and white paper.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Special Peek A Boo Birthday Wishes, Margie

This peek-a-book birthday card uses one of the hummingbirds from Hummingbird Thanks by Pretty Pnk Posh--also dewdrops and marshmallow sequins are from PPP.  The card front is an embossed stencil (Deco Wallpaper) by AlteNew, and the roses are from Vintage Rose stampset, also AlteNew. The Birthday sentiment is from the "Iris" stampset by Memory Box.  The hummer is painted with Ken Oliver Metallic Crafts inks.

Daffodil Sprite

This is the Aurora Wings Daffodil Sprite  Birthday Easel Card
Daffodils are the flower for March birthdays. The legend comes from Mythology in ancient Greece  where a man by the name of Narcissus looked at himself constantly and was obsessed with himself.  When he was looking at his reflection in a pool of water, he fell in and drowned.  The story is that from the grave a flower grew and it was called a Narcissus--but today known as the Daffodil.  This flower stands for beauty and love, and is a flower of hope and springtime.
The Sprite is colored with Prismacolor Pencils, touched with glitter pens, Wink of Stella and White Posca pen.  The background stamp is Kaisercraft Clear Stamp --script, stamped in tip top taupe on crumb cake paper, mounted on so saffron matting over chocolate chip (all papers from SU)  The sentiment stamp is punched and edged with walnut stain distress ink and is from a flower set from one of Gina K's stamp tv kits.

Aurora Wings Sprite Delight V

My favorite time of year is when Aurora Wings' adorable Sprites begin to play.  This is the fifth of the 2018 Sprite Delight series.  

 SO !!!! C E L E B R A T E!!  
This New Challenge #65----is also the 4th Anniversary of AWCB.  Are you READY?  All prizes will be doubled---TWO  Artist Choice Awards, TWO Random Winners and TOP SIX---instead of Top 3.  Find all the Sprites at The Aurora Wings DIGI SHOP and join in the fun!

Aurora Wings The Lilac Sprite
The Lilac Sprite is the free Sprite with this challenge.  I am thrilled to share the shaker card that I created with her.  You'll find glitz and glimmer, feathers and photographs in this 4.25 x 5.5 card.  

The sentiment tucked behind the frame reads, 

"I hope you're my friend forever, because that is how long I'm going to need you." 

Image detail
Colored in Prismacolor Pencils, and Fantasia Watercolor Pencils
Accented with Wink of Stella, Stickles and Glitter Gel Pens.
--sequins, rhinestones, feathers and 3D crystal Glaze, 
and a photograph of lilacs in bloom.

 Lilacs symbolize new (or first) love and they come in many colors, white, pink, red, lavender and blue.  White lilacs symbolize youthful innocence and purity, blue--happiness and tranquility, magenta--love and passion, and lavender---first love.  Lilacs have long been associated with Easter, probably because they are among the first flowers of spring, and celebrate newness.  But sometimes lavendar lilacs are mournful, too.  This is probably reflecting the mood of the famous poem about Lilacs by Walt Whitman,
"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Double Rotated Stenciling

This is card of the new Alte New stencils called Wallpaper.  It is stenciled in worn lipstick Distress Oxide and Unicorn White Pigment ink for the second layer.  The diecuts are from S U heart set (2 vellum stacked hearts), a Marianne Creatables leaf set (cut from white glitter paper), and a Memory Box Botanical Stem die. The sentiment Stamp is from Gina K.

Below is the same stenciling technique inspired by Jennifer McGuire with the leaves Alte New stencil.

Aurora Wings--the Unicorn Sprite


 This playful little Unicorn was created by Mitzi-Sato-Wiuff and is called the Unicorn Sprite--available HERE.  I created the clouds and double rainbow sky in Photoshop.  I brought the Sprite onto it, and then I extracted just the white sprite herself (taking the background of area around the graphic leaving only the sky created in Photoshop).  
Then I colored the Sprite with Gel Glitter Pens, Prismacolor Pencils, White Poca Pen, and (skin) copics.  I added sticker holographic star borders, that I get from Pop Ups Etc,  and pearls and rhinestones.  I  created the stopper area  out of the large word "Believe" which is a Cheery Lynn word die.  That was cut and stacked four times in white and one time in black glitter paper.  This is an Easel Card; the message part of the inside reads  "Where there is Joy, Laughter and Magic, Unicorns Can be found" 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Papers N Pixels Monthly Club Meeting

In our monthly Papers N Pixels Club meeting, Stampin Up Demonstrator Kathy Legan helped us create two great cards.  Using Stampin Up's cut Barn Door Stamp and Die Set we made sliders with various sentiments and decorations in them, experimented with the new 3D embossing folder with woodgrains--- and used the gorgeous foiled designer paper with one of the Balloon and word dies from SU to create a birthday card. 

Our Sun City paper (and pixel) crafters meet on the 3rd Thursday each month at the Sun  City Mesquite Craft Room.  Every meeting contains demonstrations and make-it-and-take-it workshops for the members.  

Pull Up Surprise--Favors and Fun.

I made these little secret pull up treats for my Red Hatters for their luncheon  Tuesday..  They turned out   SO CUTE.  Sentiment in Photoshop.

And these are  Safe_T_Pop Bunnies that were favors along with chocolate Easter Eggs too. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Thank You Fancy Fold

This fancy fold (double W) was created on black cardstock and uses DP from Stacked with love, the Stamps from SU Avant Garden and SU Lotus Blossom, and the SU 3D EF Leaves.  It is accented with rhinestones and Tonic glitter drops.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Starry--Dreams and Goals

Dreams Don't work---Unless You Do!

For one of the brightest stars in our world.  This is a card to wish DGD well on her second Quarter Final Exams at UCSB.  It is created with Penny Black's "Starry" Die (by Creative Dies), the star dieset by SU.  Sentiments are created in Photoshop for the card and sapphire faceted foil backs the diecut and stars.  Fonts are "Hawaii Lover" and Bonheur Royale. The gold foil star is covered with sequins using the "Sparkle Dot Patterns" stamp from Pretty Pink Posh.

Stay Focused--Go after your Dreams and Keep your goals in sight!
Good Luck on your Finals.

Gift card envelope---We Are Memory Keepers envelope maker

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Thanks ---for all

Fun new---and customized techniques.  The new Altenew Leaves stencil was double stenciled and offset with cucumber crush ink and white pigment ink.  The thanks die (Honeybee) and stamp (Avery Elle) Sentiment stamp group are popped up off the stenciling.

The hummingbird and top "thanks" die cut are painted with Ken Oliver Metallic paints.  The Vintage Rose is an Alte New Stamp and the leaves are from a Polish company dieset (discontinued).  See more detail HERE

The same Pretty Pink Posh Hummingbird Thanks stamp and dies are on the front of this acetate front side-fold card.  Behind the acetate is a personal note of thanks.  Distress Oxide and Glaze The background here is Glazed Distress Oxide from a recent tutorial by Jennifer McQuire.  The distressed oxide (on Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks paper) is glazed with Judikins Microglaze.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Best Wishes

This wedding card was created with the SU designer foil papers, Stampin Up Petite Pairs stamp embossed with copper EP ("Best Wishes" --and inside tag "for the new Mr & Mrs.")  The Panels are raised with foam tape and the artpiece is mounted on foam for dimension.  The copper border is a sticker from Pop Ups Etc.  The foil catches the light no matter how it is turned, and tiny copper pearl dots finish the elegant card.

Have a Spiffy Birthday Ryan

We hope your 22nd Birthday is special in EVERY Way and that the year ahead is just bursting with wonderful surprises for you. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Perennial Beauty

This shaker card was created with AlteNew's Perennial Beauty stamp and dieset.  The flowers are worked with Hero Arts dye inks and Amber distress Oxide topped with gold wink of stella and gold stickles for the stamen.  The oval window is cut from blackberry bliss (SU) and is from a stitched ovals dieset.  Big Hugs is diecut from two different word diesets.  The shaker sequins are almost all from  Pretty Pink Posh.  The artwork and shaker window is mounted on white pearl metallic paper over a green mat.  The card is an A5--and is for my BFF.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Vintage Roses

These multi-layered Roses are from the Vintage Roses collection by Altenew.  The Hearts are "Heart Breeze" die by Simon Says Stamp, and the leaves are from Apscraft of Poland.  The inks I used are Hero Arts this time, and the matte is the GORGEOUS metallic shimmer paper by Neenah. The roses are touched with wink of stella and glitter gel pens, and pink and clear Nuvo Crystal Drops.  Card base is  SU Sweet Sugar Plum.  It is a topfold card suitable for: thinking of you, wedding, birthday, anniversary, or general!!!

Here a Hummingbird from Pretty Pink Posh--"Hummingbird Thanks" stamp and dieset visits a an Alte New Vintage Rose.  The hummingbird and the word thanks are brushed with Ken Oliver Liquid Metals.  The yellow Vintage rose and leaves are as above using Hero Arts inks.  Papers are designer paper, source unknown, Tempting Turquoise, white and watercolor paper.