Finally a Quilt!

Hiya!

I was greeted by a rainy stormy day this morning. It is nice for creating and I really love rainy days. It has been Halloween central around here. I finished my daughter’s Halloween costume and have two of four parts of my costume just about done.

Today, I am sharing my latest quilt. This baby has been an interesting ride. The piecing went very well but you may remember I had major issues with my sewing machine when I got to the free-motion quilting.  I am still fighting with my machine and although the repair center said that they couldn’t find anything wrong with it I know that something isn’t exactly right.

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The pattern for this quilt is from Jo-Ann Fabric and it is called the Cotton Candy Quilt.  As you can see in the sample they used different fabric then I choose. They used the Eivu Bundle from Fabric Central and I went with the Misciano Bundle, also by Fabric Central. This is a  reasonably price brand (especially when on sale or if you have coupons) but I think that it will fade more over time.  At my first washing I was surprised to have noticeable fading.  The prints on all of the Fabric Central lines are darling and even with the fading I would use it again. In fact, I am looking at this pattern next.

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The quilt is made up of half-square triangles. I really want to be a better quilter/sewer and so I try very hard to take my time sewing and cutting fabric but I always seem to have mistakes and inaccuracies. Having said that I love quilting and while I am not that good I shall do enjoy making quilts.  I like the colors in this quilt and I always enjoy half-square triangles.

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Once I had finished the squares and sewed them all together I found that I had a lot of fabric leftover, so I added the pieced pattern border around the squares and then the second border in the white. This make the quilt a bit bigger and I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough fabric for the backing and then wouldn’t be able to find the fabric again. I had my husband, the engineer, help me determine if I had enough and how to put my backing together. He said I was okay and so I pressed on.

I don’t know about you but I really don’t like having a lot of fabric leftover. Depending on what it is I feel like I have trouble using it or finding something to make with it so I am constantly adding bits to my quilt and then having to run out last minute to get even more fabric. I do this a lot when I knit or crochet too and then run all over town trying to find “just one more skein.” On this quilt everything worked out so I was happy to have made the additions, no last minute shopping required.

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Once I had my top done I cut the fabric for the backing. It ended up being a central square with triangles on each side. I don’t have a good place to layout my quilt and so I actually ended up assembling it on my dining room table, a little bit at a time. This felt like it took forever but I had much better results then where I was working on the floor. I get way too much help in my house from the four-legged members and so the table actually worked better for this smaller sized quilt.

I recently found out that you can sew your batting together with a zigzag stitch. I was so excited to give it a try as I had a ton of batting just sitting around. You have to be careful not to pull or stretch the two pieces of batting but it worked great, until I discovered that I had made an error somewhere! My backing and batting were about 3 inches too short. I had worked to hard to get where I was and with the rest of the quilt already pined I decided that I would channel Tim Gunn – and I would “Make it Work!”

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I rolled up the pined quilt portion grabbed another scrap of batting, cut it and sewed it to the raw inner edge. I folded back the backing and quilt top and was very careful not to get them pulled up into the sewing area. I went slowly and it turned out great. I then did the same thing with the backing fabric and to my great surprise, it worked. Even if this isn’t the best quilt in the world I was so happy to be able to work around my mistake that it is one of my favorites.

Every time I quilt or sew, I learn new things and get better. This one taught me to keep trying. I could have easily walked away and given up but working through taught me to take a chance and trust myself. I lost nothing by trying something and it paid off.

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It was a hard fight to get the FMQ to come out okay. The first half of the quilt was just about perfect and then something changed and I couldn’t tell you what. It started looping on the bottom of the fabric and then started skipping stitches. I sent my sewing machine in for repair and they couldn’t find anything wrong. So I fought some more when it came back and the rest is okay. I sewed on my binding and called it a day.

I am still endeavoring to determine what is wrong  with my machine and after Halloween I will get on that issue. All in all, I am happy with this little quilt and while I thought that it might be a gift, I have decided that we will keep it here.

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Thank you for stopping by today and I will get more cards up later this week! I will also be sharing my daughter’s Halloween costume.

Halloween Creepy Crawly Card

Hiya!

So, I can’t remember if I mentioned it here but Halloween is my very favorite holiday, hands down no questions my favorite. When we were little my mom made our costumes and this is a tradition I have carried on with my daughter. Although, I am pretty sure that my mom is a better seamstress then I will ever be, that’s okay I am just happy that I can make something that looks passable.

Today I have poured that love of Halloween into my card for today. I took the challenge for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Color Challenge. I used Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, Pumice Stone, Dried Marigold and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks to replicate the colors.

Halloween Card created by Jennifer Miner
Halloween Card created by Jennifer Miner

For this card I started with the spider web panel and this led the rest of the creation. I started with a piece of 3″x3″ white card stock and I stamped the web using Papertrey Ink True Black Ink and clear embossing powder. I then sponged on the colors using my ink blending tool. I have the rectangle blending tools for most of my Distress Inks but I have started using the new round blenders and I feel like it is easier to get color application that does not have edges or uneven spots. I may have to start getting more of these.

I started at the bottom with Fossilized Amber and then about half way up I started working in Dried Marigold. I started from the top with Spiced Marmalade and worked to blend my three colors together. I then distressed the edges using my Tonic Edge Distressing Tool.

Creepy Crawly Stamps from Inkadinkado
Creepy Crawly Stamps from Inkadinkado

Next I created the purple background. I stamped a white piece of  3.5″x3.5″ card stock with elements from Stampin’  Up’s Gorgeous Grunge and French Foliage. I then applied ink with my handy dandy blending tool over the stamping.

I then stamped the bat onto a scrap piece of white card stock and then inked Dusty Concord over. This piece was then fussy cut and adhered to my web panel with foam tape and double-sided tape, to maintain the “wave” shape.

Special card for the spooky time of year.
Special card for the spooky time of year.

My next step was to create the background. I started with another piece of 4 x5 1/2″ white card stock. I stamped the spider banner repeatedly on the panel. I tried to stamp the line a starting at a different spots so they would look a little different. It isn’t perfectly straight which was really helpful since it would have been hard to get everything perfect. I mean really what spiders would totally corporate anyway?

Ombre Background and stamped background
Ombre Background and stamped background

Once I had the spiders I drew lines across the page. These are also not perfectly straight and that was just right for this project. After that I stamped more splotches and dots in Old Paper and Vintage Photo. Next, I aged the page with Old Paper, Pumice Stone and just a tiny bit of Vintage Photo. Again I did the same edge technique with my Edge Distress Tool.  I mounted this on a piece of black card stock and added a black glitter ribbon.

I added the small banner that was inked with Distress Concord and the top with Dried Marmalade. I added the bat brad on the banner and the to pumpkin brads on the ribbon. Next, I added Stickles to the bat, web and banner.

Creepy Crawly - Close-up
Creepy Crawly – Close-up

Materials

Stamps: Creepy Crawly – Inkadinkado, Gorgeous Grunge & French Foliage – Stampin’ Up

Ink: True Black – Papertrey Ink, Dusty Concord, Pumice Stone, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold, Old Paper & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger

Markers – Dusty Concord & Spiced Marmalade Distress Markers – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Black – Recollections

Other: Yellow, Orange Peel & Black Diamond Stickles – Ranger, Glitter Ribbon – Michaels, Bat & Pumpkin Brads – Memory Keepers

Thank you as always for your time and I hope that my project gets you in the mood to create!

Santa Gnome Card

Good Morning!

We are finally getting a little cool weather here in Colorado and it feels so nice. I had really planned to get this card up yesterday but instead I spent the day moving 14 tons of sand. So, I am a day later then I had planned. That is something that I have been learning with my blog, sometimes things don’t go as planned and you can try and fight it or just roll with it. It isn’t always easy to let things follow their own path but I think that it makes me happier to just try and relax and recognize that the world won’t end if I am one day late. So, without further to do, here is my Santa card.

Watercolored Santa Gnome card using Zig Clean Color Pens
Watercolored Santa Gnome card using Zig Clean Color Pens

I started by stamping my gnome with Papertrey Ink in True Black and then embossing with clear embossing powder on a scrap of watercolor paper. Once that was set, started adding the coloring. I found that applying color to one side of the object and then painting it over with my Aqua Brushed worked great. In a few places I wanted to add just a smidge more color so I would take the tip of my water brush and pick-up a bit of color directly from the marker.

Simple Santa Card created by Jennifer Miner
Simple Santa Card created by Jennifer Miner

I will list all of the colors I used in the “Materials” section at the end of this post. Once I had my gnome colored I went back over his cloths with a Wink of Stella Glitter Pen in Clear to add just a little sparkle. I also add a little Red Stickles to the berries on the holly.

Close-up of Santa Gnome card. Colored with Zig Clean Color Pens.
Close-up of Santa Gnome card. Colored with Zig Clean Color Pens.

I then mounted my watercolored image to a piece of red card stock, added a red glitter dome and then mounted all of this to a piece of white card stock with the candy-cane ribbon. This was all added to a bright green card stock background and then added to a top fold card base. This is a simple card but I really like how the finished product looks. Just enough glitter to satisfy my inner magpie.

Santa Gnome Card
Santa Gnome Card

Materials

Stamps: Santa Gnome – Imaginisce

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Watercolor, Red & Green Card stack – Bazzill

Zig Clean Color Pens: Cornflower Blue, Wine Red, Light Gray, Light Brown, Mid Green, Mid Gray, Flesh Colour

Other: Red Stickles – Ranger, Wink of Stella – Clear, Glitter Dome – Mark Richards

That is it for today! Thank you for spending time with me today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zombie Heart Card

Good Morning!

I hope you are having a wonderful day. Things around here are moving at a break-neck pace. My daughter has the week off from school and so there is much chaos as I try to sew her Halloween costume and finish up some other projects. My studio looks like a tornado went through. I was able to finish my quilt (finally) and hopefully I’ll get some photos up for you this week. I am still having some issues with my sewing machine and it has been frustrating to try and figure out what is going on. I have confidence that I will get it all figured out soon.

Moving on to my card for the day! This card was a joint effort with my daughter. It was inspired by something that she said to my husband. He was using a stethoscope to let her listen to his heart and she told him that she was sorry but “he had a zombie heart.” I have no idea where she came up with it, but the next time we worked together in the studio we made this card for him.

Zombie Heart Card
Zombie Heart Card

We started by cutting out a basic heart shape I created in my Silhouette Design Studio software on white card stock. I also cut out the bones which I purchased through the Design Store, (here), I used just the bones for this one. To separate the skull from the bones you simply select the image and right-click and then select the ungroup option. Once you have this the individual elements are stand-alone and you can delete, move or modify them individually.

Just in time for Halloween! Created by Jennifer Miner
Just in time for Halloween! Created by Jennifer Miner

We started by inking our bones with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Ink. The heart was inked with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Inks to create the healthy zombie glow. The crackle texture is from the Stampers Anonymous stamp set, Ultimate Grunge which was stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The small dots are from the Stampers Anonymous stamps set Bitty Grunge and were stamped in Tea Dye Distress Ink. The heart was then grunged-up with Weathered Wood and Black Soot Distress Inks.

Close-up of zombie heart.
Close-up of zombie heart.

We then set to work adding additional some additional character to our heart by adding the eyelets from Stampin’ Up and distressing the heart and adding stitches. The dripping goo was created using the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch. It started as a piece of white card stock that we inked with Weathered Wood and Black Soot Distress Inks. We also added Glossy Accents to our goo for the eww factor.

Stamps from Martha Stewart and Stampers Annonymous
Stamps from Martha Stewart and Stampers Anonymous

Next we created the background, for this I just took another piece of card stock and inked it with Weathered Wood & Black Soot Distress Inks. This was adhered to a piece of DP from DCWV – Rockstar Mat Stack.

A very special card for a very special dad
A very special card for a very special dad

The last step was to stamp the word “Zombie” at the top so the card would read – Zombie Heart. I used the Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween Typeface Stamp Set. I am not in love with the “z” in this font but I really like the rest of the font so we went with it. I think that I would use a computer font and cut it out with my  Silhouette, if I were to do it again. The word zombie was stamped using Papertrey Ink’s True Black Ink. I feel like that ink works the best on these older acrylic stamps.

Not your usual Valentine!
Not your usual Valentine!

So, while this is not your typical card, the recipient  loved it and it is a fun reminder of a memorable kid quote.

Materials

Stamps: Ultimate Grunge & Bitty Grunge – Stampers Anonymous & Halloween Typeface – Martha Stewart Crafts

Ink: Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Tea Dye, Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint Distress Inks – Ranger, True Black – Papertrey Ink

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Rockstar Mat Stack – DCWV

Other: Drippy Goo Punch – Martha Stewart Crafts, Eyelets – Stampin’ Up, Glossy Accents – Ranger, Fine Sharpie Pen in Black

Thanks for finding your way to my blog and I hope you are having a good day!

 

Paper Deer Mask

Well, I threatened to make another mask and here she is. The other two were for my daughter but this one was totally for me. I love this little mask. If you missed the prairie dog & mouse masks you can view them here. These patterns are really well designed and I find them pretty easy to assemble.

Paper mask created by Jennifer Miner
Paper mask created by Jennifer Miner

This pattern is another that was designed by Tanya Batrak and was purchased via the Silhouette Design Store (here).  She has a few different masks and they are all super cute.

Glitter, glitter everywhere mask created by Jennifer Miner.
Glitter, glitter everywhere mask created by Jennifer Miner.

I started by cutting out the basic shape in tam card stock. I then cut the nose, eyes, spots and center part of the ears using white card stock. If I were to do it again I would have cut the ears out of pink. The I cut the top marking out of brown card stock. I edged the mask with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Paper deer mask created using Silhouette Cameo.
Paper deer mask created using Silhouette Cameo.

Once everything was glued and dried I began to add my glitter. The white glitter is from Martha Stewart Glitter in Carrera Marble adhered with her Glitter Glue. I did several coats of glitter. The pink and brown glitter are Wow! Glitter from American Crafts also adhered with the same Glitter Glue. The copper glitter is Stickles Glitter Glue. I had trouble getting the coverage I wanted on my ears but I think that it is okay.

My last step was to add the elastic cord and we are off and running. Per usual I have a fair coat of glitter all over my studio but it was totally worth it! It always makes me laugh when I find glitter or gems around my house. I found an adhesive gem stuck in the treads of my gym shoes the other day.

Oh Deer! Paper mask created by Jennifer Miner
Oh Deer! Paper mask created by Jennifer Miner

Materials

Paper: Tan Card Stock – Unknown, Brown – Bazzill & Neenah Solar White

Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Glitter: Carrera Marble Glitter – Martha Stewart, Pink & Brown Wow! Glitter – American Crafts, Copper Stickles – Ranger

Other: Elastic Cord – Clubhouse Crafts, Glitter Glue – Martha Stewart

Fall Wreath Cards

We are finally getting a little Fall weather here and our trees are starting to change colors. I love this time of year and I hope you can see that in my cards today.

This week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: Autumn Is In The Air. I took this opportunity to re-create a card I had make previously. Two years ago, I made wreath cards for Thanksgiving. I made one extra and actually had it on-hand to photograph. The details on this card are a little fuzzy so I am sharing what I remember with a big (I think that this is how I made this, disclaimer)

Cherish Wreath Card - created with Silhouette Cameo and Color Mists
Cherish Wreath Card – created with Silhouette Cameo and Distress Inks

To create the leaves I used my Silhouette and cut them out of white card stock and then I sprayed them with custom made glimmer mist. Making your own glimmer mist is super easy! All you need is a mini-mister, re-inker (I used Distress Ink) and Perfect Pearls. Tim Holtz did a tutorial on this, literally ages ago but basically you take a few drops of re-inker and Perfect Pearls in a mini-mister and then fill the rest with water. I made these with glimmer mist made with Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye re-inkers.

Leaves created with Silhouette Cameo
Leaves created with Silhouette Cameo

I spread out my leaves and sprayed them with my custom mists and then sprayed them with water. Once they were dry I edged each leaf with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then crinkled them up. I cut a ring using my Silhouette and adhered my leaves to it. Once dry, I mounted it to my card, stamped the sentiment and added the bow.

Cherish Wreath Close-up
Cherish Wreath Close-up

This was a perfect Thanksgiving card but I wanted to make something a little more colorful and with different types of leaves. Enter – my reinvented wreath card. . . .

Created using Distress Inks and the Silhouette Cameo
Created using Distress Inks and the Silhouette Cameo

Basically I followed the same process for this card. I cut my leaves out using my Silhouette Cameo. This time I used my ink blending tool to apply the color to my different leaves. I purchase the leaf design from the Silhouette Design store (here). I also cut the banner using my Cameo.

Stamps from My Sentiments Exactly!
Stamps from My Sentiments Exactly!

I inked my banner with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and then stamped the word using the My Sentiments Exactly set Old World Upper and Lower Sets using Walnut Stain Distress Ink. This is an alphabet stamp so I took my  time to stamp each letter and tried to get everything to follow the banner curve.

Thanks Wreath Card - Close-Up
Thanks Wreath Card – Close-Up

I created another ring, this one is 5″ and adhered the leaves to it and then added my banner using foam tape.

Leaves inked with Distress Inks
Leaves inked with Distress Inks

I used my Cameo to create the circle card. I am not sure that I have an envelope this large as I did go a little wild with all of the leaves. This made it a bit bigger then 5″, which was really the size I was aiming for.

Thanks Wreath Card created by Jennifer Miner
Thanks Wreath Card created by Jennifer Miner

Materials – Cherish Wreath

Stamps: Baroque Motifs – Stampin’ Up

Paper: Whisper White – Stampin’ Up

Other: Distress Re-Inkers, Perfect Pearls, Ribbon – Michaels

Materials – Thanks Wreath

Paper: Neenah Solar White

Ink: Ripe Persimmon, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Old Paper & Walnut Stain

Stamps Old World Alphabet Upper & Lower – My Sentiments Exactly!

Thanks for stopping by!Fall

Chevron Stripe Card

Welcome!

My card today features the Chevron Stripe stamp set from Papertrey Ink and it is the card I created for this week’s Make it Monday #226: Creating with Stripes Challenge.

When I begin creating a card I often plan out my colors and a basic design before I start. For today’s card I sort went a little more free-style with my color selection. I started with the Salty Ocean Distress Ink and just grabbed a few coordinating colors without too much thought. I like the way it turned out this stamp set could work for almost any color scheme.

Hello Friend - Stamps from Papertrey Ink
Hello Friend – Stamps from Papertrey Ink

I think that I could have really made myself crazy if I tried to get my spacing exact, so I just went with as close as I could get without driving myself too mad. While this means that my stripes aren’t exactly perfect, I am okay with that. When I used to teach classes I would tell people that things not being perfect was how someone would know that it was handmade.

I began with the background and stamped the Chevron Background. If you are unfamiliar with this set, it has several different line styles that are separate. You can use which ever lines appeal to you. This also allows you to make each line a different color, or not as your design dictates. I used Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry and Shaded Lilac for this card.

Card created by Jennifer Miner
Card created by Jennifer Miner

Once I got about 2/3 down the card front I added a copy paper mask and kept stamping. This left a negative space for me to add my sentiment.  Once I had completed the background, I stamped the sentiment using Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I then added the purple stipe using a Distress Ink Marker and my Tim Holtz ruler in the same Seedless Preserves.

I did find that the Distress Inks did bead up a little on the PTI stamps but I think that it adds to the design and isn’t too bad. When I have this happen I try to leave my stamp on the paper for a little longer to give the ink more time to sink in, it doesn’t always work but I think it helped on this card.

Papertrey Ink Stamps & Distress Ink
Papertrey Ink Stamps & Distress Ink

I added the adhesive rhinestones in the negative space; the clear and light purple gems are from Hero Arts and the large purple gem is from The Paper Company. I then mounted my card front to a piece of purple card stock from Bazzill and then everything mounted to a card base.

I really liked this challenge and am pretty happy with how this card turned out. I have really been enjoying creating cards using challenges as I feel like it gets me looking at my supplies in a different way and allows me to stretch those creative muscles.

Chevron Background Basic & Think Big Fav #3 from Papertrey Ink
Chevron Background Basic & Think Big Fav #3 from Papertrey Ink

Materials

Stamps: Think Big Favorite #3 & Chevron Stripes Background Basics – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry & Shaded Lilac Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Purple – Bazzill

Other: Seedless Preserves Distress Marker – Ranger, Adhesive Gems – Hero Arts & The Paper Company

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers

Mat Stack 5 Feel Better Card

Howdy!

I broke out my Mat Stack 5 Collection set from Papertrey Ink for my card today. I really like this set. I kind of reminds me of damask/brocade elements.

I liked the way the colors came together for this card. I did try a few things on scratch paper before finding something that worked for this card. I was inspired for the colors from my quilt that is sitting here waiting for my sewing machine to return. I used Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.  I also went a little larger for this card; it is 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2.” I’ll be honest, I made the panel first and then made the card to fit.

Stamps from Papertrey Ink - Mat Stack 5 Collection
Stamps from Papertrey Ink – Mat Stack 5 Collection

I started by building up my panel one stamp at a time. I created the top half of the design and then duplicated it below. I don’t always take this much time to plan out a pattern but this was fairly complex and I felt like it just needed some planning or it wasn’t going to work out.

Featuring Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke
Featuring Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke

I mounted my panel to a piece of teal card stock and then added the two ribbons and then adhered that to my larger white panel.

Get Well Card created by Jennifer Miner using Mat Stack 5
Get Well Card created by Jennifer Miner using Mat Stack 5

I stamped my sentiment on a piece of white card stock and then punched it out using a Stampin’ Up oval punch. I then punched the larger oval out of the coordinating teal and mounted it to my card using foam tape. I parted with a few of my Lush Brads for this card. I can be a bit of a supply hoarder but I am trying to break this habit even if I know that I cannot buy more.

Feel Better - Close-up
Feel Better – Close-up

I added Stickles Glitter Glue and adhesive gems on my stamped panel. Everything was added to a piece of grey card stock and then I created a large card base for this one. I really like these colors together and I am overall pretty happy with how they worked with the stamps.

Mat Stack 5 from Papertrey Ink and Distress Inks
Mat Stack 5 from Papertrey Ink and Distress Inks

Materials

Stamps: Mat Stack 5 Collection – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, & Hickory Smoke Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Teal & Grey – Recollections

Other: Adhesive Gems – Mark Richards, Lush Brads – My Minds Eye,  Eucalyptus, Crystal & Peacock  Stickles – Ranger, Ribbon – Michaels, Oval Punches – Stampin’ Up

Good Fortune Card

Hi-ya!

I hope you are having a nice weekend, or whatever day it is you find yourself here.

My card for today uses a fun set from Hero Arts that has been hiding out in my craft room. I totally forgot I even had it. I made this one layer card with the Good Fortune. The coloring was done using Copic Markers.

This was a great project to practice coloring. I think that I am about due to purchase some refills as my blues seemed a little weak. I will be entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes for this week.

Stamps from Hero Arts Good Fortune Set
Stamps from Hero Arts Good Fortune Set

I stamped the girl first using Memento black ink and then I created a mask using a piece of copy paper. To hold my mask in place I throw a tiny bit of adhesive on the back and then I stick the mask to my shirt for a moment. The fibers from my shirt make the adhesive weak and it always comes right off after that, but it holds well enough to mask. Next, I added the parasol and masked that as well.

Good Fortune from Hero Arts colored using Copic Markers
Good Fortune from Hero Arts colored using Copic Markers

I then stamped my lanterns over my two masks. I added the flowers and dragonflies. Then I colored my scene. This took a bit of time but it was really relaxing. I know that adult coloring is all the rage these days, I think that is something we crafters already knew. Creating is a great stress reliever. I will list all of the Copic Markers I used below in the Materials section. I used a ruler to draw a horizon line and then just colored a grey ground and blue sky.

I really liked how the lanterns turned out.  I colored them green first and then came back over with a yellow marker and I think that it looks like a light glowing from the inside. I added a touch of Wink of Stella Glitter Pen on the flowers and then adhered my panel to a piece of black card stock and then a card base.

Card created by Jennifer Miner
Card created by Jennifer Miner

Materials

Stamps: Good Fortune – Hero Arts

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Black – Recollections

Copic Markers: R000, R24, R27, R29, Y02, Y04, Y11, Y15, Y17, RV11, RV13, RV14, G02, G03, G05, V15, V12, E35, E37, E40, E42, E00, B00,B02, B04, C01, C03, C05, 110

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Other: Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen

This card features simple masking to create the layers.
This card features simple masking to create the layers.

Have a great day!

PS – Allegedly my sewing machine will be back on Monday! Yeah!!

 

Paper Masks

Happy Saturday!

My project for today was is a little something my daughter requested and that we whipped up one afternoon. We really had a good time with these and we had all of the supplies we needed on hand. I love it when that happens.

Mouse & Prairie Dog Mask
Mouse & Prairie Dog Mask

We watch a fair bit of the Kratt Brothers at our house and we frequently are learning about a variety of animals. I really like this show as it does have accurate and interesting information about a lot of creatures. My daughter had just watched an episode about prairie dogs and asked me to make her a prairie dog mask. Well, being the accommodating mom that I am I hopped on my computer and found an awesome cat mask in the Silhouette Design Store by Tanya Batrak, you can view it here. We started with the cat and I modified the ears in my Silhouette Studio to make them look more like a prairie dog.

Paper Prairie Dog Mask
Paper Prairie Dog Mask

Once we had modified our ears I cut the pattern out in tan, pink and white card stock. I assembled the mask as directed. Then we embellished it. The polka dots were created with Stickles and the ears were glittered using Martha Stewart’s Glitter Glue and American Crafts pink glitter. We had the elastic cording from another project so it was just a matter of cutting a length and tying it through small punched holes.

I did add a little depth by sponging around the edge of the mask with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. And the “eyebrows”  were colored with a brown marker. The pattern had stripes but since we weren’t making a cat we left those off.

Paper Mouse Mask
Paper Mouse Mask

Once we had done one mask we decided we needed another. So we also made the mouse. You can purchase it for your Silhouette here. For this one, I kept everything pretty straight forward and I didn’t make any changes to the pattern.  I cut the mask parts out of grey, pink and black card stock.

Masks together
Masks together

I glittered the mouse with the Martha Stewart Glitter Glue and American Crafts Glitter in Black and Pink. I chose not to glitter the whiskers as I didn’t feel like it would stay on very well. (See, I do have a little self-control when it comes to glitter) Once everything was dry I added the elastic cord and we were off and running. Tanya Batrak also has a darling deer mask (here) but someone was committed to these two. I really tried to talk her into the deer. You may still see it here someday as I like it a lot.

Created with card stock and a Silhouette Cameo
Created with card stock and a Silhouette Cameo

On the assembly for these, I decided to assemble the masks first and then add the paper embellishments and then once those were dry I added glitter. I felt like this minimized glitter going on walkabout. Not that you can every really prevent that I am just saying maybe the cat doesn’t walk around with glitter on him one day.

Super fun paper mask.
Super fun paper mask.

Above you can see my prairie dog and below is the mouse. These were a great afternoon activity and they are very well designed. They were so easy to assemble and embellish.

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