Sunday, September 30, 2012

Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar

I came across a neat challenge on the Moxie Fab World blog called "Jars of Joy" and was intrigued.  
 
For my project  I used Papertrey Ink's Friendship Jar & Friendship Jar Summer Fillers stamp sets along with their Desktop File dies.  I stamped the images on the already cut out Desktop File die and went to work coloring.  
I've had a fascination with mason jars since I was a little girl and enjoy collecting and using them. 
The old mason jars we have are what inspired my color choice for the jar today.
Pictured above is the file card behind the colored image.  I used the Papertrey Ink Desktop File Inspiration stamp set to stamp this and modified it ever so slightly to record my marker choices.  The modification is I drew extra lines to color in using a Copic multiliner.  
Here's a close up of the colored strawberries in the jar.  
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Challenges:
Moxie Fab World - Jars of Joy

Saturday, September 29, 2012

SRM Stickers

Welcome to our Operation Write Home/SRM Sticker Skip, if you've arrived here from the Barb's blog you're in the right place!


We were given three SRM stickers to use for our cards, I used two of the three in my design.

I kept my card clean and simple using Cuttlebug embossing folders for texture and interest.
I only have one regret...  I used Spellbinders dies for my sticker & wasn't thinking things through since I only had one sticker.  I had a hard time getting it centered on my white circle so it had to be removed several times.  If I would have attached the sticker to a piece of white paper and THEN cut it out it would have been so much easier!  If you're working with stickers and dies I hope that helps you :)

The papers used are Mohawk Bright White and Astrobrights Gamma Green card stock.

Be sure to comment on each stop for a chance to win fun SRM prizes!

It's time to send you on to Yolanda's blog next, enjoy!

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Challenges:


Friday, September 28, 2012

Lilyboo Designs Christmas Post


I have a card to share today that uses a Lilyboo Designs new release digital image called Christmas Post.  My plan was to use it for an Operation Write Home card because I used the Operation Write Home sketch challenge #139 for my layout.


My card won't make it to my Operation Write Home shipper before the Christmas deadline because I don't have a full box to send so I added Stickles glitter glue to it for some sparkle and shine.  Now it really has to stay with me,  I don't use glitter or glitter products on my cards for OWH, it's a no no.

This cute digital image was fun to color with Copic markers:

C0, C1, C3, YG01, YG13, YG25, YG67, G0000, G20, G21, G24, R000, R35, R46, R59, Y13, Y15, BG23, B0000, B01

The papers I used are Mohawk Bright White, Neenah Red Pepper Linen, Via Vellum Leaf & X Press It.  
The holly leaves are cut using Lil' Inkers dies and the main image panel uses a Spellbinders Labels 4 die.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Paper Smooches Zoo Crew


I have a fun card to share today using the Paper Smooches Zoo Crew stamp set.


My card is actually for their Sparks challenge, the theme is Picture Perfect.


I've included the inspiration photo.

The parts of the photo that played in my mind are the oval shaped mirror frame, the light blue color and the green pears or apples in the vase.  

The odd thing perhaps that I added is the Chevron die but it reminded me of the alligators back repeating the zig zag pattern.

After coloring the blue around the alligator I went to find blue paper and didn't have anything the right shade.  I LOVE Copic markers!  I added some B0000 reinker to a Mini Mister and spritzed it onto a panel of white X Press It and have beautifully matching paper now.


Here's what the Mini Mister's look like.  I think they're quite handy filled with Copic marker refill inks.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hambo Stamps Harvest Bunny


We have a new Hambo Hoedown starting today!

If you played in last week's Hambo Hoedown you received this cute Harvest Bunny digital image in your e mail recently.  For more info on how to play in the Hambo Hoedown click HERE.

I colored my cute Harvest Bunny with Copic markers:

Pumpkins - Y13, YR02, YR07, E23
Stems - G21, G24, G28
Bunny - T01, T0, RV10, RV21
Background/Foreground - T0, T1, T5, B0000, B01

Our challenge this week is to follow the sketch below using a Hambo Stamps digital or rubber stamp:


I took a little "creative license" with the sketch and flipped it, kinda...

I used my favorite Basic Grey paper pack Ambrosia and was lucky enough to have a scrap of each panel and one extra sheet to make an envelope liner with my Papertrey Ink envelope liner die.

I hope you'll play along this week in our Hambo Hoedown!

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Challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - Autumn Colors
The Corrosive Challenge - Animal Companions
Sentimental Sunday - Autumn
Basic Grey - Harvest Time
Eureka Stamps - Animals

SRM Stickers


SRM Stickers is sponsoring Operation Write Home's birthday bash this week and I have a few cards to share using their stickers.   Sandy shipped out envelopes of SRM stickers to our OWH blog team to experiment and play with earlier this month.  I must admit I'm a bit sticker challenged but I'm getting the hang of it!  I didn't realize it was important to stick the sticker down to the card stock before cutting out circles with my Spellbinders dies, it totally makes the placement easier...

Our Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown challenge this week is to use stickers on our cards too!

My first card uses a SRM Heart sticker and sentiment.  The layout for my cards today is Splitcoaststampers Sketch challenge #403.  I'll have to confess now that you'll be seeing more of cards like this, it's "one of those" sketches!

I printed the polka dotted paper panel to go with the black polka dots around the heart, the other card stock is Neenah Red Pepper and Mohawk Bright White.


My second card uses slightly different SRM stickers and a scrap of red gingham digital paper from my scrap drawer.  This sketch with stickers equals quick cute cards for my Operation Write Home box.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap


If you're a frequent visitor to my blog you know I love making things and have many creative interests.

Since the beginning of 2012 I've been working on becoming more self sufficient here at home making a lot of my own cleaning, health care related, etc. products.  My latest venture is making my own homemade laundry soap.  The price of everything we use around the house is rising and I'm tired of giving our hard earned money away for something I think maybe I can do better!  

Pictured above is an upcycled ice cream bucket filled with my homemade laundry soap.  I made a label for it on my computer and cut it out with a Spellbinders Grand Circle die, stamped some cute images from the Paper Smooches Squeaky Clean clear stamp set then colored them.  The recipe is on the label for the next time I need to make it I won't have to go looking for the recipe.  

You might be wondering why the Heinz Vinegar is there with the laundry soap bucket? 
That's my fabric softener.  I use a Downy Ball and fill it about 1/3 rd of the way with regular white vinegar (the store brand is fine) drop it in each load of wash, transfer the clothes to the dryer and use no other fabric softener.  Our clothes smell wonderful and have no static cling and our towels are super absorbent because they are no longer coated with the store bought fabric softeners that "waterproof" your clothes and towels.  The white vinegar is also good for our washing machine, we have extremely hard water in our area and the white vinegar helps clean away the minerals that build up and shorten the machines life span.

 
I wanted to show you how much laundry soap you'll get from the recipe I have.  I mixed it up in a large kitchen trash can, a 5 gallon bucket would have worked nice but I didn't have one.  My storage container is a 25 pound kitty litter container that I washed out and saved.  When my ice cream bucket gets low I'll fill it up again out of my big storage container.


I've told my friends about the homemade laundry soap and you know they want to try it so I've used small peanut butter jars I've cleaned and saved for samples.  I've added a label to the jar with the recipe so they can make their own if they like it too!  

I have the recipe for you below and I need to tell you that it is not my original recipe, I came across it at Being Creative's blog.  The laundry soap works great and it cost about $15.00 for all of the ingredients.  I dated my big container to see how long it will last our family.  I'm thinking quite awhile using 2 tablespoons per load of laundry!  I bought a 2 tablespoon coffee scoop to use for this at our local big box store. 

 Laundry Soap

1 - 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz)
1 - 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg)
1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz)
3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap
3.5 lbs. Oxy Clean - optional but worth it

You should be able to find all of these items at your local grocery store.

Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load, it doesn't seem like enough but this recipe has NO fillers like laundry soaps we buy at the store so you really only need 1-2 Tablespoons.

Method:  Grate your Fels-Naptha soap, I used a food processor but you can use your hand held grater, which ever you have and are comfortable using. If you use a HE washer you may want to run the mix through the grater again to get an even finer mix.  The Fels-Naptha soap shavings will dissolve in your washer easily even if you use cold water.  I add my laundry soap to the washer first with the cold water filling then add the clothes.

Mix all ingredients in a clean tall kitchen trash can or 5 gallon bucket. 
It wouldn't hurt to do this part outside, it gets a little dusty! Once everything is mixed store your laundry soap in a covered container so it doesn’t dry out.  
The recipe makes about 2 gallons worth of nice quality laundry soap.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


Paper Smooches Zoo Crew


I have another card today for the Splitcoaststampers CAS #189 challenge.  
The challenge this week it to use their clean and simple sketch.

I've been working on making more CLEAN & SIMPLE cards and thought playing in some of those type challenges would help me develop my skills.  I love how my card turned out but I have to tell you leaving it alone is so very difficult for me! 

I used the Paper Smooches clear stamp set called Zoo Crew for my card.  
The cute hippo is colored with Copic markers:

W1, W3, W5, RV10, RV21

She's cut out and popped up with foam tape just above the banners.

I made the banners using Basic Grey Bittersweet & Ambrosia patterned papers, the envelope liner is from the same Basic Grey Bittersweet collection and made using a Papertrey Ink envelope liner die.  To make my banner ends I used an EK Success square punch.
                                                                                   


Attached everything to the one layer card base and stamped the "hippo hooray" sentiment.  
There is a birthday sentiment on the inside, this card is ready to go into my stash of birthday cards.

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Challenges:
Splitcoaststampers - CAS #189
Creative Craft Challenges 2 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Hambo Stamps Heart Basket


Help I'm totally obsessed with this sketch!

This is Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge #403 from last week and I can't stop using it, lol...
Am I the only one that does this?  I have to see it in every color with all the different stamps and papers I can imagine - you know all the possibilities?  I think the reason I'm so in love with this sketch is it's simplicity.
It just speaks to me...in a good way, easy now 8-)

The stamp I used is a Hambo Stamps digital stamp set called Heart Basket, I colored it with Copic markers:

Hearts - RV14, RV23
Basket - W1, W3, W4, W5
Background/Outline - BG0000, BG11

I don't use my Red Violet Copic markers very often and wanted to give them a try today.
I pulled out a sheet of Papertrey Ink's Hibiscus Burst card stock and matched it pretty closely to my markers.  Since I was matting in black I didn't want to make my basket brown so I colored it using warm grays, they're gray but have a brownish hue to them.  

For card stocks I used Via Vellum Black, Mohawk Bright White, Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst, X Press It blending card.  Other supplies used are Spellbinders Circles dies and a We R Memory Keepers 1/8th inch corner chomper.  The sentiment is part of the digital stamp set so it's printed on the white panel.
Quick, easy and fun!

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Challenges:
Splitcoaststampers - Sketch Challenge #403
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Order of the Opus Gluei - Sketch Any Sketch
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Marker Pop - Color Something

Monday, September 24, 2012

Verve Visual Grace


My card today is C.A.S.E.d from Bridget at Bridget's Paper Blessings.
I saw her card on the CASology challenge blog last week and thought it was just gorgeous.
Then I realized I have the MFT Chevron die that she used so I can try to make one too.

Bridget used white textured card stock and the only light colored linen card stock I have is cream so I went with that.  The sentiment is a stamp from Verve Visual called Grace, the hearts are from another MFT die-namics heart border die.

I've been trying to make more clean and simple cards and found the CASology challenge blog very inspirational, hopefully I'll be playing in their challenges soon.

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Challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Friendship Encouragement
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Chevrons or Hexagons 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Paper Smooches Happy Camper


I have another fun card from the Paper Smooches Happy Camper stamp set to share with you today.  The cute bear image was the main selling point of the set for me, I like the other images but I LOVE the bear!

The bear is colored with Copic markers:

E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47

I used Happy Heart Creations "Happy Camper" digital papers too.
I've been asked by several people if printing digital papers uses a lot of ink.  My answer is yes and no, it depends on how you print it.  Most digital papers come in a 12 X 12 inch format.  I don't print the whole piece of paper.  I crop it to re size it and sometimes I make it smaller by dragging a corner inward.  I have a picture of one of the ways I size and print digital papers and I should say I always try to plan ahead so I can use my ink and paper wisely.


As you can see from the picture I printed four A2 sized panels of digital papers on one sheet of 70 lb text weight paper.  I used text weight because I was planning on making an envelope liner.  I would not recommend using regular copy paper for digital papers, the quality of the paper affects the quality of the prints.  Most of the time I use nice white card stock. You can also see the inspiration for my layout.  Sometimes I re size the sketches to my A2 card size so I can measure the panels and get a better idea of what size images to print, etc.  To conserve on printer ink I try to only print the black and white sketches when I need to.

The card stock colors I used to coordinate with the digital papers are Astrobrights Jupiter Java, Neenah Cyan and Mohawk Bright White.

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Challenges:
Stamp & Create - Anything Goes
My Craft Spot - Wild Animal
Creative Craft Challenges2 - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shops Best - Anything Goes

Friday, September 21, 2012

Hambo Stamps Wee Henry Vampire

Welcome to our  "Broadway Bound!" blog hop sponsored by Hambo Stamps! Today Hambo customers and the Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict Broadway show titles! It might be our favorite, or just one that was fun to design. If you arrived here from Sherry's blog you are in the right place! If not, you might want to start back at the beginning at the Hambo blog to make sure you are eligible for the hopper prize!

A prize will be awarded to one participant whose Broadway-themed creation tickles the Bacon Bits’ fancy in a hammin’ jammin’ way!  Another prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on all of the blogs along the way. The winners will be announced on the Hambo company blog, Talk to the Ham, on Tuesday, September 25. We love comments anytime, but the deadline for prize entry comments is Sunday, September 23 at 5 PM CST. Don't miss it!

For my Broadway Bound show title I chose Dracula The Musical!


Wee Henry as Dracula was just too cute not to use today!

This digital image is really called Wee Henry Vampire, I colored him with Copic markers:

Cape - BV20, BV23, BV25
Hair - W1, W3, W5, W7
Skin - E00, E01, E11, R21
Pants & Shoes - T1, T2, T5, T7
Pumpkin - YR04, YR07

My layout is a sketch, I used Basic Grey Eerie paper, Neenah Kraft, Stampin' Up! Only Orange & Via Vellum Black along with Copic X Press It.

It's time to dance on over to Libby's blog  for another great Broadway show!

Just in case you get lost along the way:

Talk to the Ham - Hambo blog http://hambostamps.blogspot.com/

Mary www.mystampinhide-away.blogspot.com

Lyn http://mypurplehouse.wordpress.com/

Carolina http://cardolinascrapolina.blogspot.com/

Kaylee www.104cards.blogspot.com/

Deborah http://beadnstampn.blogspot.com

Sarah http://sarahvaitstamps.blogspot.com/

Dawn http://dawnmercedes.blogspot.com/

Sherry www.bitsofcheer.blogspot.com

Jan http://www.jans-gonestampin.blogspot.com/  <=== That's me! :)

Libby http://stampinlibby.blogspot.com/

Jen http://jetstudio.blogspot.com/

Jane http://janeelizabethssworld.blogspot.co.uk/

Kecia http://stampingdeets.blogspot.com/

Melissa http://melissascreations.blogspot.com/

Kris http://purplenightowl.blogspot.com/

Deanne http://littlebitopaper.blogspot.ca/

Paula http://heyheypaula-heyheypaula.blogspot.com/

Loll http://www.stampingwithloll.com/

Judy http://jarfullofjoy.blogspot.com/
 

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Challenges:
Creative Craft Challenges2 - Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Copic Marker Europe - Halloween

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lilyboo Designs Let's Sleep For The Winter


Have you seen the new release digital images from Lilyboo Designs at Cuddly Buddly yet?!

My card today uses the new Lilyboo Designs digital stamp called "Let's Sleep For The Winter", boy is she ever cute with her little hedgehogs!  

This image was a fun challenge to color for me, I used Copic markers and combined different color families to get the colors of the leaves.  I'll do my best to give you the color combinations below:

Leaf Combinations -
YR24, E37
E15, YR14
                            R17, E07, E19                             
 BG90, BG93, BG95, G85
E23, E35, E37
Hedgies - E25, E17, E31, E50, E30, RV10
Skin - E00, E01, E11, R21
Hair - W1, W3, W5, W7, W9
Background/Sky - B0000, BG11, BG0000, B01, E51, E53
Top - BG90, BG03, BG95
Pants/Socks - E07, R17, E90, E93

I started out with digital papers from Cuddly Buddly but after coloring the image decided my card would be too busy with patterned papers.  I used a piece of Kraft card stock that was in my scrap drawer that's nice and rich, I wish I had a ream of it!  The red is Neenah Red Pepper, the green is Stampin' Up! Almost Artichoke and I used Copic X Press It.  I gave my plain colors texture by using an embossing folder and my old paper crimper.  I felt like my card needed something more when I finished so I enlarged and re printed the digital image so I could color some of the leaves and cut them out and use them again.

Be sure to stop by Cuddly Buddly and see their new release images for Lilyboo Designs!

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Challenges:
Operation Write Home - Color Challenge, Red & Green
Crafting For All Seasons - Things With Wings
Divas By Design - Lovely Layers
Fab & Funky - Things With Wings
Charisma Cards - Things With Wings

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hambo Stamps Bird Balloon


I have a bright fun Hambo Hoedown card to share today!

This digital image is called Bird Balloon and is the free image if you played along in the last Hambo Hoedown.  I colored this fun bird with Copic markers:

Bird - Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15
Feet & Beak - YR02, YR04, YR07, YR09, T9
Balloon - B00, B02, B04
Ground - W1, W3, W5, W7

The challenge is to use a Hambo Stamps image and add Chevron's to your card.  My chevrons are dies made by My Favorite Things called Die-namics.  The card stock colors are Astrobrights Solar Yellow, Via Vellum Black, Neenah Cyan and Copic X Press It.

Are you ready for our Hambo Stamps Broadway Bound blog hop?  
It's just a couple of days away on Friday, September 21st - I hope to see you there!

In the mean time I hope you'll play along in our Hambo Hoedown this week.

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Challenges:
Love To Create Challenge - Things With Wings
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday - Things With Wings
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Peanut Butter Dog Treats


One of the things I wanted to do that qualifies as catching up on things I need to do around our house was making peanut butter dog cookies for Maxine.  I found the recipe on Pinterest by Brown Eyed Baker, it looked like it might be quick, easy and fun.  I started working on the dog cookies about a half an hour before Jenny & Michael got home from school in hopes they'd like to join in.  When they came in the door they thought it smelled really good in the house and wanted to try a cookie, lick the beaters, bowl, etc.  I told them to help themselves -  Jenny had to go wash her mouth out, lol, what drama!  

Here's Maxine posing for me and keeping an eye on her kids.
No peanut butter was wasted in this project -


A picture of the finished product, it was a double batch.  
Maxine thinks they're delicious!

The recipe for you:

Ingredients:
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup low-fat milk

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

I bought my bone shaped cookie cutters from Amazon and I've also seen them since in PetSmart with the Martha Stewart pet supplies.  I like the smaller size dog treats because Maxine makes less of a mess with them so I went for the smaller size cookie cutters.

Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my blog - 
Challenges:

Paper Smooches Circle of Honor


I have a fun card for my Operation Write Home box to share with you today.
I used the Paper Smooches Circle of Honor stamp set and my Papertrey Ink Take Three die and a corner rounder punch.  I have a pre made template in the box with the die for quick card making.  

I colored the stars with Copic markers:
R35, R46, R59, R000, B0000, B23, B24, B28

These stars were really fun to color, I applied the principle of white reflecting the color it's next to on my white star.  I colored one side with R000 and the other with B0000.  

The blue layer (Astrobrights Blast Off Blue) has been embossed with a The Paper Studio stars embossing folder and layers onto White card stock then Neenah Red Pepper Linen card stock.

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Challenges:
Paper Smooches - Be Our Guest
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Lolipop Crafts - 2 Different Punches or Dies
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - Anything Goes

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Lilyboo Designs Tree Top House


I have a second card today using Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps sketch #138 using Lilyboo Designs Tree Top House digital image.  I've colored this scene with Copic markers:

Tree Trunk - E30, E31, E43, E55
Foilage - YG67, YG25, YG13, YG01
Tree House - N1, N3, N5
Background/Sky - B0000, B01

My sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly from the Bits of Ivory Sugar & Spice sentiment set.

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Challenges:
Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps - Sketch challenge #138
Creative Craft Challenges - All About Boys

Hero Arts OWH Happy Birthday


I have an Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps sketch card to share today using today's OWH sketch!

I used the new Hero Arts OWH Happy Birthday clear set for my card coloring with Copic markers:

B23, B24, B28
R35, R46, R59
B0000, B01, R000

My card stock choices are Neenah Red Pepper Linen, Astrobrights Blast Off Blue & Copic X Press It.
I hope you'll go and see all the eye candy from our OWH blog team today and play along in our sketch challenge too!

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Challenges:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Paper Smooches Circle of Honor


I can't seem to get enough of this stamp set by Paper Smooches called Circle of Honor
just one more card...

It's an Any Hero card for my Operation Write Home box and I also made it for the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge using a designer draft pictured below:


Much to my delight designer drafts are sketches, I love sketches!

I stamped the stars on Copic X Press It and colored them with Copic markers:

Red - R35, R46, R59
White - R000, B0000
Blue - B23, B24, B28

matted the strip on Astrobrights Blast Off Blue, attached that to another panel of Copic X Press It, stamped "Hero".  Added a Papertrey Ink Double Ended Banner die, trimmed the end and added a large silver eyelet.  I next trimmed the white panel and attached it to a blue panel to finish my card.

Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting my blog today!

Challenges:

Paper Smooches Happy Camper


Happy Saturday, I have a fun card to share with you today!

We're midway through September and I've been having fun being part of the Operation Write Home month long birthday celebration with all the great sponsors and challenges.  Paper Smooches has been one of our OWH sponsors and I couldn't help myself I ordered one of their stamp sets...  Happy Camper

I stamped the two images with Memento Tuxedo Black in onto Copic X Press It and colored with Copic markers:  

Sign - E31, E33, E37, E47
Deer - E23, E25, E21, RV10
Ground - W1, W3, W5, W7, W9, YG01, YG13, YG25, YG67

The patterned papers are digital by Happy Heart Creations on Etsy, they're called Happy Camper & Moose Lodge.  Card stock colors are Mohawk Bright White & Astrobrights Jupiter Java.  I also used the Papertrey Ink envelope liner die just for fun.

Have a good weekend!

Challenges:
Stamp & Create - Anything Goes
Paper Smooches - Be Our Guest
Papertake Weekly - Things That Make You Go Awww

Friday, September 14, 2012

Custer's Last Stamp Marcasite Pumpkin


I have a fall card I colored I need to squeeze in to my blog posts!

I LOVE coloring pumpkins and came across this old rubber stamp in my stash made by Custer's Last Stamp called Marcasite Pumpkin.  It didn't stamp very well because it's old and dried out.  After coloring it up I went over all the black lines with a Copic Multiliner pen.  I did a little research on the stamp company and found it is no longer in business I'm sorry to say.  

The Copic markers I used are:

Pumpkin - Y15, YR02, YR07, E23, E25, G46, G43
Leaves - YG01, YG13, YG25, YG67
Background - B00, B41, B21, B34, E21, E23, E25, E29

I tried to keep the layout simple since the stamped image is so big using card stock colors that coordinate with my Copic markers.  I added an Autumn sentiment from a Papertrey Ink acrylic stamp set to finish my card.  The blue background splatter is made using a Mini Mister with Copic ink from a refill and spritzed onto the paper after I masked the main image.

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Challenges:
Eureka Stamps - Fall Fun
Lexi's Creations - Autumn Colors
Lolipop Crafts - Fall Frolic
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrappin' Corner - Fall Inspiration

Cosmo Cricket DeLovely


I've been having fun mass producing some cards for Operation Write Home and I thought I'd share the fun with you today!  My first card is C.A.S.E.d from Cora Jean at Cora Jean's Paper Playtime, my sentiment was larger than I thought so it's not an exact C.A.S.E. but great inspiration from her card.

I have a paper box that I made close to my paper trimmer that I put things I've cut out but not used yet in, the hearts on this card are from that box.  


Here's a picture of the beginning of my mass production of cards.  Can you see the tall turquoise box?  That's where all the pre-cut goodies live.


I opened the box and spilled out the contents so I can pick through and see what I can use today.
I have to tell you I added a couple things to the box today too!  Oops... 


For my next card I C.A.S.E.d Kristie, she had a photo of a pile of cards on our Operation Write Home Facebook page where she was using up a pack of 6X6 patterned paper and I was inspired! 


I started out with the same layout but my Papertrey Ink sentiment was so big I turned my card, 
I kinda like it!  These two cards above use Cosmo Cricket DeLovely papers.


An Anniversary card to go in the bunch using a Papertrey Ink sentiment and rick rack die, C.A.S.E.ing a card I saw on Pinterest.  The button is a Cheery Lynn Designs die too.


...and a picture of the bunches of cards I mass produced.  If you see something on the table I didn't show today, I'll have it in another blog post soon!

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Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #45

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Paper Smooches Circle of Honor


I have two cards to share today using the Paper Smooches Circle of Honor clear stamp set.
It looked to me like these camo hearts would fit in my Papertrey Ink Take Three die for some fun card making.  I was right they did!  

These first camo hearts I colored with Copic markers:
E31, BG96, YG25, YG63, G99

I had a template in my with die for the frame so I used it, the green is Stampin' Up! Old Olive run through the Cuttlebug using the Tim Holtz Wood Grain embossing folder.  I attached everything to a white card base.


I'm still working on clean and simple cards and feel like there's LOTS of WHITE on this one!  Not sure if I like it or not...  I decided I'd like Desert Camo for my second set of hearts, they're colored with Copic markers:

E31, E18, E43, E55, E70

I used the Papertrey Ink Take Three die again and a layer of Neenah Sand and Via Vellum Black.

Both cards for Any Hero cards for Operation Write Home.

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Challenges:
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Hero
Paper Minutes - No Designer Papers
Paper Smooches - Be Our Guest