My card today is inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Gentlemen. Sometimes it is easier to may girlie cards then cards for the men in our lives. This was my first opportunity to use this great set from Waltzing Mouse. It is called My Kind of Guy and it is cute!
I really wanted something minimal and quick. I stamped the images using Gathered Twigs and inked the background with Antique Linen. I drew the solid line in using a Distress Ink Marker in Gathered Twigs. I mounted the sentiment to a piece of scrap brown cardstock. I added a tiny little dot of Glossy Accents on the monocle. I adhered the sentiment on a jaunty angle.
For years, I have used the rectangle shaped Ink Blending Tools and I was a little reluctant to switch over to the new round ones but I have purchased a few and I am really happy with them. I feel like they give a much smoother application of ink without the hard edges that you can sometimes get with the rectangles.
I cut around the frame with scissors and cut the corner on an angle. I then added the brown cardstock, mirroring the corner with scissors. This card is significantly flatter then most of my cards and I just used a few supplies on this card.
I am sure that many of you have been baking/cooking the day away. I hope that you all have a wonderful day celebrating the holiday.
My cards for today are the cards I made for Thanksgiving and while I had them done in time to arrive before the actual day I somehow managed to forget to drop them in the box. Ah-well I figure that it is the thought that counts so I will mail them on Friday.
I will also be entering these over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. This week it was another Anything Goes Challenge.
Now these cards took some serious time. I layered on ink after ink after ink. I just added stamped images and ink colors as I went along. I normally keep a notepad with information for each card and I can usually remember each step but this style doesn’t really lend itself to it. I typically go from light to dark when inking but sometimes I might go back over an area to add more of one shade.
I used the French Foliage stamp set from Stampin’ Up for this card, it is one of my absolute favorites. I am so very surprised to see that it is a retired set as I think that it is one of their best, but I guess that no one asked me.
Here is my best remembrance of what I used and where. I used Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain on the background. The script was stamped with Ground Espresso and the leaves were stamped with Gathered Twigs, Dried Marmalade, Spiced Marmalade and Walnut Stain. I inked the splotches with Pumice Stone. On the smaller square I used basically the same background inks with the exception of the main leaf. That was inked with Fossilized Amber and then I lightly inked Rusty Hinge on the edge of the leaf. I stamped the script and then the leaf so I would not ink over the leaf (too much).
The background was mounted to a piece of Really Rust cardstock, then I wrapped a piece of twine around this. That was all adhered to the card base. The small square was mounted to a piece of white cardstock and then to a larger piece of Chocolate Truffle cardstock. I mounted this to my background with pop-dots. Because I had something else in mind that did work I tore the bottom of the dark cardstock after it was adhered to the card. I do not recommend this but this was my “Make it Work” moment.
Stamps: French Foliage
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Really Rust – Stampin’ Up, Chocolate Truffle – The Paper Company
Thank you – to those of you that read my blog, I am so grateful to have a place to share my projects. Thank you!
If you are out for Black Friday, be careful it can get crazy. I have always had good luck and chatted with the most fun people while we waited in line but there is nothing calling me out this year so I will not be braving the super cold this year.
I am sure you are all getting ready for Thanksgiving later this week, I know that we are deep in preparations here. We will be deep frying our turkey again this year, always a good time and makes for a great tasting bird. So, I am sneaking in a little studio/blog time before I really get bogged down in holiday prep.
My card today features another set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. I have just been feeling their line recently. I just kind of worked this one up as I went and I didn’t really have a color palette or layout in mind. Which is funny because it ended up very similar to this card.
I started by stamping the large medallion image in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then added the additional elements. I find that the Distress Inks often bead up on stamps like this so I first prep my stamp by inking it with VersaMark then the Distress Ink I am using. I also find that leaving the stamp on the surface of the paper for a moment allows more of the ink to absorb into the paper.
I used Dried Marigold, Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch and Picked Raspberry for the additional elements. Once I had the image as I wanted it, I trimmed my main image to a 4 1/4″ square. now came the really fun part. I love glitter and I really love Stickles.
In an attempt to minimize smearing, I started applying my glitter glue in the center and worked my way out. This did seem to help. I also stopped about half way through to allow everything to dry.
I stamped the center piece on a separate piece of cardstock and then added that once everything was dry. The glitter glue in the center caused the ink to run and I really didn’t like the way it looked so this was my solution to save the card. I used a 1 1/4″ circle punch and then also hand cut a teal mat.
I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento, mounted it to a piece of teal cardstock and then adhered to the card (once everything was dry, okay mostly dry but you get the idea) using pop dots. I mounted the card front to a scrap of yellow and then then purple cardstock. I really like this stamp set and while I went really bright with it is really versatile. You can see some nice ideas here.
The finished size of the card is 5″ square.
Stamps: Folk Art Medallion – Waltzing Mouse Stamps
Ink: Tuxedo Black – Memento, Peacock Feathers, Dried Marigold, Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch & Picked Raspberry Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger
My computer is right by the window in my studio and so I get chilly when it is cold, as it is today. So, to combat this I am wearing a hat, scarf and extra sweatshirt. I am sure that I look pretty silly but whatever, at least I am warm.
Since it is so cold today, I thought that I would share a sunny warm card. There is something so very happy about dachshunds. I adore this set from Lawn Fawn and it was perfect for this quick little card. If you would like to see another of my cards made this set, take a peek at this http://www.jenniferminer.com/?p=838.
I started stamping the little dachshund and butterflies with Tuxedo Black ink from Memento. I stamped the grass with Glorious Green ink from Stampin’ Up. Then I set about coloring. I used Copic Markers and I will list all of the colors in the “Materials” section. I mounted the stamped piece to a black piece of cardstock.
I then created my banners. I stamped the paws and bones on scraps of paper then trimmed and colored with Copics again. The black banner was just from a scrap of black cardstock. I assembled all the pieces on my card base.
May last step was to add a little sparkle. I colored the butterflies with Wink of Stella in Clear and added a tiny drop of Crystal Effects on the dog’s nose. I also added two small adhesive gems from Little Yellow Bicycle.
The Copic coloring took awhile since I used lots of colors but overall this was a very simple and fairly quick card.
Stamps: Critters at the Dog Park – Lawn Fawn
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Black – Recollections
Ink: Glorious Green – Stampin’ Up & Tuxedo Black – Memento
I have another card today that was inspired by Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I am really feeling the 1920s owing to this fantastic show. You can see my previous card inspired by this time You’re Swell. This card was made with stamps from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. Seriously, this is such a fun set! I went with silver, red and black and I think that it turned out great. This sentiment would be good for a birthday, promotion or really any celebration.
I started this card by creating the background. I stamped the background stamp with Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver Ink. I then embossed the background with Sterling Silver Embossing Powder from Stampin’ Up. The metallic ink stays wet for awhile which gave me plenty of time to stamp the whole background first and then emboss the whole thing at once.
I then created my sentiment; I started by stamping the silver frame in the same way that I did the background. Next, I stamped the sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink in the center. I then added the red element below the sentiment by stamping with Versamark and Festive Berries Distress Ink. I do this is to give myself a little additional time to complete the embossing process and to have a close shade of red as my base so if the embossing powder coverage isn’t perfect you don’t see white through. All you have to do is ink up your stamp with Versamark and then load it up with your selected fast drying ink, then stamp. I used Zing! Glitter Embossing Powder in Red for this.
My next step was to create the red glitter background paper for the sentiment. I knew that I wanted red glitter but I didn’t have glitter paper on hand. So I decided to create my own. I started with a piece of cardstock cut to the size and then I rubbed/pounced my VersaMark ink pad directly on the edge of the paper. I then poured on my Red Glitter Embossing Powder, tapped off the excess and heat set with my heat gun. The Zing! powder gave great coverage and I only needed one coat of embossing powder. This also allowed me have perfectly coordinated colors on my card.
I mounted my silver background to a piece of black cardstock and then added my ribbon. Since the background was created in strips I had a tiny gap right in the center – which I covered with my ribbon. The sheer ribbon and silver glitter tape are from Michaels. I added my sentiment with Score Tape. At this point I felt like it was just missing something. I added the Lush! brads to pull it all together. This one is ready to go!
Stamps: Art Deco Background & Putting on the Ritz – Waltzing Mouse Stamps
Ink: VersaMark, Festive Berries Distress Ink – Ranger, Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver – Stampin’ Up
Embossing Powder: Sterling Silver Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up & Red Glitter Zing! – American Crafts
Other: Lush! Brads – My Mind’s Eye, 5/8″ Red Sheer Ribbon – Michaels, Silver Glitter Tape – Michaels
The project I am sharing today is a crocheted baby blanket that I didn’t manage to get done before the baby arrived but he hasn’t started college yet so I think that I am okay. I started by following a pattern for a crocodile stitch blanket which once I got the hang of was really fun and it looked super cool but it was just taking me too long and using too much yarn. I still might make another one like that down the road . You can find that pattern here. Again, I really liked this pattern but I have too many other things going on and I don’t think that I am the fastest crocheter.
So, I switched gears and switched to an easier pattern that really whipped up quickly. Here is the link to that pattern; Modern Grace Design. This was just what I needed.
I used Bernat Softee Baby Solid in Mint and used about 3 1/2 skeins to create this. The pattern had you use a contrasting color of yarn for the edging but I decided to stick with the solid color. If I were to make it again I think that I would do the contrasting border. This yarn was easy to work with and is so very soft.
This was a very easy pattern and I think that it would make a great project for a beginner crocheter. I am all for challenging yourself to learn new techniques but sometimes you just need an easy one.
This is a great project for a boy or girl and there are so many color options and yarns out there. I was thinking that this pattern would be nice in a super-chunky yarn for an afghan type project.
I have a granny-square blanket that I have started that I need to get working on but I have too many other things in the hopper right now, not to mention two more baby blankets. I really like making gifts for people because I think that it really shows that you care and in today’s busy world it isn’t something that happens all the time.
If you have been here before you might already know this, but I adore Waltzing Mouse Stamps. I feel like they carry very high quality stamps and have images that I don’t see everywhere. I recently ordered a few new sets. Yeah for me!
I have been watching an awesome show on Netflix called Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and I am loving the Art Deco/Roaring 20s. The series is based on a series of novels and takes place in Australia and seriously it is awesome. I grew up watching Murder She Wrote and Poirot so this is right up my alley. This series is so well done, the stories are interesting, the acting is very good, sets and costumes are just right. They have captured the era perfectly. That show inspired this card.
When I started this card I knew that I really wanted to just do something black and white. I took one of the triangles from the Art Deco Backgrounds set and repeatedly stamped it on the background using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I mounted that to a piece of black cardstock.
Next, I added two sheer organza ribbons one in black and one silver to my background. This was then adhered to the card base. Next I cut my circles one in black and once slightly smaller in white. I stamped the circle image, sentiment and flourish from the Putting on the Ritz set in Tuxedo Black. and the adhered everything together, I added the adhesive gem and mounted the sentiment to my card using very large foam dots, like the tallest ones I have ever seen.
This card came together really quickly the only sticking point was the size of the circles. I used my Fiskars Circle Cutter to create my circles and on my first attempt I stamped first and then tried to cut, which did not go well. Lesson learned, and so I cut the circle first and then stamped onto it. This was much easier. I really like the Cicle Cutter and use it frequently. In my drawer where I keep it I keep a dedicated self-healing mat so they always come out of the drawer together. I wouldn’t put it past myself to try and cut a circle right on my desk .
Anyway, quick post and card for today. I hope that you have a very creative day!
I am back. It seems that I took an unplanned absence there. Sorry about that, things got a little crazy and I just needed to step back and focus on non-blog things but I am back! I have a few projects lined up. Today’s project is a fun fairy door cards. I have been pining little fairy gardens and doors on Pinterest (Fairy Garden). I really want to make a full fledged fairy garden but I really want to plan it out and make it great, so while I am in that process I thought that I would make a “Fairy Door” Card.
I started this door by creating the doors. I stamped the Hardwood image from Stampin’ Up on white cardstock and hand cut the door shape. Once I had all my pieces cut I inked each piece with Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and a tiny bit of Weathered Wood Distress Ink.
I then assembled my doors. This take a bit of trial and error to get right and I figure since this would be a handmade door it shouldn’t be “perfect.” Next, I added the brads and once those were set I flattened each with a hammer. These were not straight at all but those fairy hammers are heavy. The door knobs are extra large brads.
Next I cut out the hinges. This is a shape I purchased via the Silhouette Design Store and it is called Boho Flower Border. As usual, I cut the shape out of white paper and then colored with Crushed Grape Dylusions Ink Spray. Once this was dry I trimmed down the piece to look like a hinge. I glued this in place on the door.
Next, came the flowers. I cut the stems and flower shapes out of white cardstock and sprayed the stems with Fresh Lime Dylusions Ink Spray. This was also a purchased shape, you can find it here. Once that was dry I sponged over it with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.
The mini roses were created in my normal way. I cut the flower shapes out of white at the same time as my elements. I inked these with Sweet Cherry Color Shine from Heidi Swapp. This is an awesome color. Once everything was dry I glued the shapes to my cards.
I then created my card base by tracing around my doors onto copy paper and then cut it out and transferred to my cardstock. This was a little tricky and wasn’t something that worked out the first try. I cut a separate background for the card base that I stamped and inked, then adhered on the inside.
When I got to this point it was time to add the glitter and bling! I started with my trusty Stickles in Fruit Punch, Firefly and Muse (Recollections). I added the white pearls on the vines with White Opal Liquid Pearls. The last step was the tiny crystals. These are not actually for card making so I glued them individually.
That was that! I really like how this card turned out. I am thinking about making another card like this but I think that I might start by creating a card base first because it was a little challenging to get everything all lined up and cut properly the way I did it, in my defense I had no real plan for this card when I started. Maybe a purple next.