Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Happy Harvest!

I have a small confession to make. I absolutely love old trucks! This vintage truck stamp set, though almost vintage itself, is still one of my all time favorites! I appreciate how I can switch out what is in the back of the truck depending on who I am giving it to or the season. Even though the entire set is wood mounted it is surprisingly easy to line up.
 After I colored it in with distress markers, I cut it out and pop dotted it on the card front.

I want to create an entire card set with different objects in the back for each season of phase of life. I think it would make a perfect gift!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fall Ombre'

Close to my Heart released an awesome set of stamps that I thought would look fantastic with an ombre effect. 
 I started with the lightest 1 inch by inch ink pad and worked my way down the stamp to the darkest making sure I saturated the stamp as to not dry out.
 For the embellishments I took three buttons and filled them with Nuvo dew drops. 
Such a fun card to make and give!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hi!

As you may know, I am committed to creating Fall cards from things I already own. I am embarressed to admit this, but I have had this gorgeous embossing folder in my stash for a few years and have not ever used it -- until now! I knew it would be lovely with Rinea Foiled Paper .
 It embossed perfectly! I love how crisp and shiny the leaves embossed.
 I die cut this sweet little owl and ran a permanent ink pad over him and backed him to a green piece of pattern paper.
I really enjoy using Rinea because it is sturdy, lightweight and adds something unique to cards. 

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Around The World Blog Hop

Did you know that today is National Card Making Day? To celebrate Joy Clare is hosting a blog hop that I am super excited to be in. Please hop along with us! The blog links are listed below. Please leave a comment along the way too. We sure to appreciate those  :-)

I am sharing a Halloween card I created with The Web background stamp by Joy Clare and Tim Holtz paper and clip art.
 I am a little embarrassed with how quickly this card came together. I think it took me 20 minutes.
 I used white pigmented ink and clear embossing powder on the web to make it pop. I added pop dots to the owl and witch and finished the front off with some orange bling from my stash.
 I used this sentiment on the inside of the card:
Here is the Blog Hop List! Jump in and have fun.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 


Friday, October 5, 2018

Giving Thanks for the Simple Things

I pulled out a wooden mounted Stampin' Up set to create these two cards. I used distress markers on the images to give them a watercolor look. I tend to not ever have enough Thanksgiving cards on hand to mail out even though they are some of my favorite to make! 
 For the edge of the tag I embossed it in Penny and stamped leaves the same color.
 I inked the edges of the stamped sentiment and used pop dots to give it a little more dimension.
 For this card I stamped directly on a kraft tag and colored it in with distress markers that I went over with a water loaded paint brush.
 I added a few Nuvo drops.....
 The Fall epoxy is actually a clip for a planner that I decided would be perfect for this card.
When using distress markers try scribbling on a glass mat and picking up the color with a wet paint brush to color with. The results are quite lovely and it stretches how to use them.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Autumn Blessing

For a few months last year I signed up for the Hero Arts Monthly Kits. I thoroughly enjoyed the kits because they came with stamps, inks and coordinating dies. Hero Arts is known for their layering stamp sets in which you layer one stamp on another and so on in different colors to create a detailed image. I created this card using a past kit that contained the layering stamps and six coordinating ink pads.
 I used my stamp platform to create the sunflower and pumpkin to make sure I perfectly aligned the images.
 Once the images were complete I used the dies to cut them out.
I created the focal point on a plain red tag to contrast nicely on the pattered background.

Layered stamps are a great alternative for crafters who do not like to color or are insecure in their coloring ability (like me!).

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Boo!

To me, nothing is more spooky and speaks of Halloween like a spider web! Therefore, I just had to create a card focusing on a great big web!
 I inked up my CTMH spider web in white pigmented ink and heat embossed it directly on a black card base. In the lower corner I did the same with the word BOO!
 I actually stamped the Boo! a little higher than anticipated, so I added two strips of washi tape. Sometimes mistakes work out so well :-)
I finished it off with a sparkly spider! 

I hope you were inspired in the month of September and you have a few fresh ideas for using your stash to create for Halloween! In the month of October I am sharing some Fall ideas using my stash too! Please make sure you have subscribed (follow) my blog and come back soon! 

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Deepest Sympathies

Probably the least favorite thing for me to make is a Sympathy card, but they are the most meaningful to the recipient. During times of loss a hand made card can warm the heart like nothing else. Since death is often no predictable it is best to make a few to have on hand. I used the Hedgehog Hollow September 2018 to create a Deepest Sympathy card.
 I stamped the flowers with Catherine Pooler's Coral Cabana ink pad. I stamped the stems and sentiment with a black detailed ink. Using the Marvy Uchida brush tip pens I colored in the flowers and stems.
 I sprinkled Color Burst on a piece of white cardstock and misted with gold glimmer mist. Once it dried I used an oval die cut to trim it out and inked the edges.
I pop dotted the flowers and sentiment over the stems I adhered with a liquid adhesive. To finish if off I added a few pearls.

I find it easier to create these cards with no specific person in mind. If I am creating a sympathy card for a loved one I tend to break down and unable to complete it. By working on several sympathy cards at a time it makes it easier.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Friday, September 28, 2018

HUGE Fall Blog Hop!

Hello Friends! Thank you so much for stopping by today. You are in for a treat! Today I am participating in a  MEGA BLOG HOP!!!!!! There are lots of fantastic designers world wide that have come together to showcase terrific fall projects that you can recreate and put your own artistic touches on in your craft room. You have seen a lot of these designers featured on sites like Tattered Angels, 7 Gypsies and and Canvas Corp Brands! Do you see a trend? This is the  CCB Fall Blog HOP! Each of these designers have created a project to share with you on their blog. Some are offering prizes, so please hop on through to each blog. If you are inspired would you be so kind as to share the hop with others? We would truly appreciate it!

I am sharing with you a banner I created:

I found a CCB banner kit in my stash that I thought would be perfect for Halloween:
I used the black and white polka dot paper from the kit as a template to create the pieces. I first cut out the smaller piece and traced it 1/4 inch larger on different substrates as a backing:

I misted each piece with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and set them aside to dry:
I used the Halloween Kraft pack to create the smaller pieces of the banner:

I found some wonderful  images from the mini art fall paper pack that I painted with glimmer mist. I loved playing on this paper because it was such a beautifully strong substrate that withstood a lot of water. I waited for everything to dry and assembled the banner. I cut a few canvas strips to sew on to the top of each piece to hang from the rope provided in the kit. To finish it off I found gold chipboard letters that are probably over a decade old in my stash to spell out "SPOOKY". 





I am giving away a small goodie bag filled with handmade (by me) cards, ATCs and supplies to one lucky winner. All you need to do is subscribe to my blog and leave a comment stating your favorite thing about fall. I will announce a winner on this post OCTOBER 5 2018! 

Please make sure you hop on through to the next blog in the list:

YOU ARE HERE: Scrappy Cafe (Betz Golden) https://scrappycafe.blogspot.com/…/…/huge-fall-blog-hop.html
Marie Nicole Designs (Marie Heiderscheit) https://marienicoledesigns.wordpress.com/…/farmhouse-autumn…

Also, make sure you check out the Canvas Corp Brands Shop for all your Fall paper crafting needs here.


Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Get Batty with some Crazy Brids

One of the best stamps sets I have ever purchased is the Crazy birds by Tim Holtz! It comes with a slew of accessory stamps to customize with any season or holiday. Naturally I had to create a Halloween card with it! 


I used Distress Markers to color in the bird and pumpkin and I think it works great with the background paper. The card came together rather quickly, but it looks like it took a lot of time. I love the web paper as a backdrop to the focal point. 

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Feeling Spooky?

Have you ever used digital downloads on your cards? I must confess that I did not even know they could come in such gorgeous prints until my friend, Linda Israel, introduced me to Calico Collage . I have been hooked ever sense! Not only are the images gorgeous, but they are easy to store (on your computer), cheaper than buying paper, reusable (just print them up as much as you need them) and fast (if you don't have time to wait for something to ship). I created two cards using a digital print and stamps from Close to my Heart. 
 I used a Kraft tag that I distressed and popped a spooky sticker on it as the focal point. I then added a few more embellishments and stamped my sentiment.


 For this card I stamped the witch from the same stamp set and heat embossed her in black. I cut her out and used pop dots to adhere her to the card.
 I added three gems to balance it.
 For the sentiment, I stamped it in clear embossing ink, embossed it and added distress ink over the area. I then took a baby wipe and removed some of the ink.
Make sure you check out digital art! It really is a wonderful alternative to traditional paper crafting that can be easily incorporated into your craft. Mix it with some of your stash! 

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!