Feb 20, 2018

Beautiful Butterfly

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Happy Tuesday!
I have another unscheduled post today, I purchased a couple new stamp sets and found some time this weekend to get inky. The card was quick to make too. We actually had a 4 day weekend, and had no plans as my daughter and son were both recovering from what is probably the flu. My daughter was the last one to catch it and I still have her home today. She felt better to go to school this morning but she still has too many symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, some coughing) and with how bad the flu season is this year I decided to keep her home today so she doesn't get anyone else sick. My kids do hate missing school though as they know they will have to work harder to catch up on what they missed.

The stamp set I used on today's card is Tim Holtz Mixed Media Butterflies Stamps and Stencil Set by Stampers Anonymous. I just love the versatility of the set and what a great sentiment! So inspiring! I actually made another quick card with it, but I am keeping that one for Saturday's Allsorts challenge post.

I started out by inking an acrylic block with Distress Ink Evergreen Bough,  spritzing the block with water and then using it to stamp directly onto Strathmore Bristol Vellum card stock. Next I used my Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the verse and butterfly using Versafine Onyx Ink  (after making sure the distress ink was dry - I used a heating tool to speed up the drying process.) After cleaning off the black ink from the butterfly, I inked it up again using Evergreen Bough distress ink and then stamped it twice over the sentiment panel (only inking once). I have also used a paint brush to add a little bit of ink splatter to the background.


The edges were distressed using a distressing tool, but this can easily be done with a pair of scissors. Mounted onto black card stock, distressed again then adhered onto a card base. The card base is one of Stampin Up's in-color (Bermuda Bay - not sure if it is still available). A couple of sticky pearlswere placed onto the butterfly body. I've also used one side of the stencil that was included with this stamp set on the watercolor piece, I just sponged a little bit of the same ink to give it a subtle texture.

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I'd like to play along in these challenges:
Always Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations -  Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Make My Monday - Messy Backgrounds
Path of Positivity -  Anything Positive 
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge  Anything Goes 
heARTful Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes + a Stamp
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenges Always Anything Goes
We Love 2 Create  - Always Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Crafty Calendar2 or More Layers
Imagine That! Creative Playground - Year Round Link Party
Cardz 4 Galz - Stamping
Crafting With An Attitude Always Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Country View Crafts' Challenge Anything but Cute
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media February - Butterfly

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and I will be back again on Saturday.

Feb 18, 2018

Penny Black and More - Midmonth Post

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Happy Sunday! I'm back again with my card for the Penny Black & More challenge mid-month post, where our theme for February is "Love, Hearts and Flowers". There is still a little bit of time to join us this month if you haven't entered already or if you'd like to join in again. We have some wonderful prizes to give away.....

I wanted to join the Flower challenge this month where the theme is Paper Piecing and I used Karen's (Flower challenge DT member) idea to use a piece of inked card stock for my paper piecing. I had this piece (it was in form of a tag) laying in a box of scraps from when I was playing with my inks, and decided to use it for these flowers. You can see Karen's beautiful card here.

To start I first masked off a 4 inch square piece of card stock and inked using Mustard Seed distress ink. After removing the mask I stamped the image using my Tonic Studios Stamp Platform. The stamp is by Penny Black Demure and was stamped using Versamark onyx ink. The blooms were stamped a second time on the inked tag then fussy cut. I don't remember anymore which colors of distress inks I used, but I did flick some water over the tag to activate the ink and create the blotchy look. A stamp from the Whimsy set Basic Backgrounds and Borders was used for the words on the yellow background. Sorry no link, Whimsy Stamps must have retired the set. But this can be done with any cling or clear script type set, simply ink parts of the stamp and bend it for stamping to control where you want the words to be. To finish off the card I stamped a sentiment from the Penny Black set So Very Much added the word "with" from another little stamp. Framed and mounted onto Stampin Up card stock.

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Feb 17, 2018

Allsorts Challenge 455 and Papercrafters' Linky Party 3

  Happy Saturday everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by! Saturday means it's time for a new challenge at Allsorts as well as a new linky party here on my blog. At Allsorts Helene wants us to use Handmade Flowers on our creations, and as always, for the Papercrafters' Linky Party, the theme is simply Anything Papercrafts, and you can find the linky at the end of this post where I have also posted last week's top choice.

For my card today I decided to use the die set Pinwheel by Penny Black along with some stamps by Stampin Up (Butterfly Basics, Canvas background stamp, French Script background stamp) and the sentiment is from the set  Sprinkles and Smiles by Penny Black. I used some washi tape to mask off the edges before inking with  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads Mowed Lawn and Broken China. Before stamping the leaf and floral stamp by Stampin Up I removed the washi tape. The flowers were die cut using my Sizzix Big Shot machine, folded them in half and stuck a dimentional glue dot in between to keep the top petals down, then I used some Seedless Preserves Distress ink for inking the blooms.  A 1/2 inch circle punch and black card stock was used for the flower center which I attached with a glue dot. Card stock is by Neenah. 
This week at Allsorts challenge we are sponsored by StickerYou who are offering a $65 gift certificate to the lucky winner. I hope you'll come play along with us for a chance to win!

I am also entering this card here:

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Welcome to Papercrafters' Linky Party 3 where Anything Papercrafts Goes!

It was so nice seeing several of you joining in and I had lots of fun visiting your blogs! Thank you everyone for the wonderful inspiration! My top pick from last week's entries was......

Dr. Sonja SV
from Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects

Congratulations!! Feel free to place the top pick logo to your own blog if you like. 

Sonja made this stunning pop up box card.

So many great details here, and so much creativity! I always admire these types of cards. I have tried creating one once, but sadly I gave up. I might  have to give it another try after seeing Sonja's beautiful creation!

Sonja's blog is full of wonderful creations, amazing tutiorials and designs. Be sure to take a look if you're not familiar already with her blog. 

Thank you for your inspiration Sonja!

Now it's time for the new linky party.To share your papercraft simply use the linky tool below. You have until midnight Friday the 23rd to link up. A new top pick will then be featured here next Saturday. I can't wait to see what you're all up to in the craft room or studio. 

A few things to remember:
  • You may share any papercraft - new or recently made (within the last week or two).
  • Anything Papercraft Goes
  • Enter up to 3 times.
  • Don't forget to leave a link back here in your blog post.

Happy Crafting and Creating!!

Feb 14, 2018

Hedgehog Valentines

I spent some time yesterday completing two Valentines card I made for the kids and finished just in time to share today. 

First up is the card I made for my son. I went with a kraft, red and white color combo with a touch of black. I love these colors for Valentines day and I think they fit a masculine type card well.
Love this cute hedgehog stamp. The little guy is from the set "Share a Hug". He's been stamped onto 
Copic Xpress it Blending Card and colored using Copic markers.

By the way, if you're looking to add a few single copics to your supplies, BLICK ART MATERIALS has them listed at $5.25 each plus 10% off if your order is $49 or more. Also free shipping at $35. They also carry sets and single colors of Zig Clean Color brush pens if you're looking to add some of those to your collection.

I cut out the heart circle using an the Avery Elle Heart Frame die. Sentiments are mostly by Penny Black, the "you make me smile" was done with a little wood mounted stamp, then I used postmarks from the set Posted with Love by Penny Black, the little xoxo is from the set Snippets, and then finally the "Happy Valentines Day" is an old stamp by Stampin Up. I added a couple of eyelets, I know, totally not "in style" - do they even still sell those LOL, but I have plenty of them and thought they fit the card well. I put some natural jute twine through the eyelet holes and tied a bow. The striped patterned paper is from a 6x6 paper pack by DCWV, it was purchased at Joann's Craft and Fabric. The polka dotted "paper" is actually washi tape.

With this card I am playing along here:

The card above I made for my daughter using shades of black, gray and pink. Colored again with copic markers on Xpress it blending card. The papers are by Authentique, a 6x6 pack I picked up at Hobby Lobby over a year ago. It's a double sided paper pack. I used the same Happy Valentines Day by SU  I used on the first card, the little "You make me Smile" is from the set Snippets. I love that I can just bend the clear sets, place on an acrylic block and then stamp onto the circle. Oh, and the litte hedgehog is from the set  Furry Affection by Penny Black. I added a white silk ribbon bow to finish off the card.

With this card I am playing along here:

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If you're wondering what card I am giving to my husband, you can see it in the photo below, the one on the right side. The one on the left was given to me by my husband (then boyfriend) on our very first Valentines Day 20 years ago. I thought it was totally funny how he crossed out wife and replace with girlfriend. And here we are 20 years later and this card caught my eye at Walmart. I almost put it back because it said "boyfriend" but then remembered the card he gave me and I decided that it was perfect. I think he's going to love it!

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you're having a great day. I am about to get ready to bake some Valentines cupcakes for my loves :)