Monday, June 18, 2018

Never Have Enough Nature...Quick Quotes Masculine card

Hello Quick Quotes readers, Alicia blogging today.  I chose to work with this awesome quote from Navigator Quotes and Phrases sheet.  All the quotes, phrases and title sheets are full of  amazing pieces that are perfect for titles, focal points or an embellishment strategically placed.  Here I have used it as the focal point for my masculine card.  I simply layered it on top of coordinating papers all the edges inked.  

I added pop dots to elevate the quote from the mat papers as well as a couple of strips of sheer ribbon to really make the quote pop off the card.

For my finishing touches, I fussy cut some of the fish from the Navigator paper which as you can see also match the quote.  I heavily inked the blue fish with Deep Sea PowderPuff Chalking Ink.  I found the perfect champagne colored sequins in my stash to imitate bubbles.

The Navigator collection is perfect for a masculine card or outdoor adventure layout.  I can't get enough of the 101 paper, both sides have so many uses.  If you don't have a use for the fish the other side is a great coordinating color with the rest of the collection as well as other newly released collections.

Quick Quotes products:

Anchors Aweigh 107 and 104

other products:

sequins and ribbon
kraft card stock

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  

Friday, June 15, 2018

Miss Kate Cuttables Guest Designer Camping layouts

Good morning, I am so excited to be today's Miss Kate Cuttables Guest Designer!  There were so many fantastic images with which to work.  It was hard to decide but I always have tons of camping pics, so this great title and the Camping borders were perfect for my many pages.  Really the arrows are so versatile, I am thinking pages of my nephew or masculine greeting cards.

I love how detailed the title is, of course, one could leave off any layers but I chose to use every one.  I also chalk all my edges to give the layers the appearance of even more dimension.

All the printed papers are from the same collection, however they are a bit different so I used the tree border to provide a cohesiveness to my pages.  The tree border is two layers, one in brown for the trunk and a green print for the foliage.

On the second page I utilized scrap paper to create embellishments which I added on top of another arrow border.  I simply fussy cut and added pop dots to the back.  I cut the same border twice in two different papers then off set them on the page. 

I added some of the extra tree cuts from the title in a cluster here.  I also had these adorable camping brads.  As you can see this was a pretty wet camp out and I don't have many great pics.

Miss Kate Cuttables Camping borders and Camping fun title
GCD The Great Outdoors papers
misc papers including shimmer

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope I have provided some inspiration for you.  Don't forget to check out my blog for more Miss Kate Cuttables projects.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Miss Kate Cuttables Graduation Owl

Hello, I am gearing up for my Miss Kate Cuttables Guest Designer post in a couple of days.  I just love her owls and this Graduation version was perfect for my niece's graduation card.  The sentiment is a different cut file but they work great together.

To make my owl a little more feminine I put a pearl in the middle of the tie.  I also felt the background paper from Quick Quotes lent to the feminine quality of the card.  I added dots to the eyes with a silver pen.  I believe the stars and diploma were part of the sentiment cut file.  I love those stars with the two layers, I will definitely be using them again.

Miss Kate Cuttables Graduation Owl and Graduation Day
Quick Quotes Serenade 101 paper (background)
misc card stock from my stash

I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 6/14

Thanks so much for stopping by!   Check back on the 15th for my official guest designer post.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sue Wilson Industrial Chic dies with Atlantic Hearts Challenge

It's that time again, time for my sketch inspiration for Atlantic Hearts Challenge.  I was playing around with some industrial steampunk papers and dies.  Perfect for a Father's Day card.  I added dimension with brads and gear layers.  

Check out this week's sketch HERE

Here is a close up of the layers of die cut gears and brads.

Sue Wilson Industrial Chic corner die
Memory Box Mini gears
Stampin Up punch
Close to My Heart Just to Say sentiment
Colorbox pigment ink
IBots paper
black shimmer paper

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Challenge this week.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Into the Woods Blog Hop

Welcome to the 
Into The Woods Blog Hop

This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired by the great outdoors and our woodland critters!!

You should have arrived from Sandy's blog
if not Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this fun filled hop! 

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this hop!!

One lucky winner is going to win 4 dies from Cheapo Dies!!

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 6/13/18 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

I have made a scrapbook layout.  I used a Miss Kate Cuttable image for the title but added a manual cut, too!  This is seriously mixed up brand wise.  I don't think I used any two products from the same company, maybe a couple of the card stocks are Bazzill.

The leaves on this title are two layers.  The first layer is a muted green and the top layer is a green vellum.  I thought they looked super cool so I made extras and tucked them behind the popped up title.

I found this vellum quote sticker in my stash.  I have no idea of the brand.

I love this set of stamps and dies from Local King Rubber...there's a hippie bus too!  I use it every chance I get.

Miss Kate Cuttables The Great Outdoors title
Stampin Up Wild Wasabi ink
Local King Rubber Stamps and die (kayak)
Misc papers from my stash
vellum quote sticker

Up next is Sue!

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Thanks so much for hopping today!


Friday, June 8, 2018

Winning and Hauls!

I should have posted these photos last month.  I am finally getting around to it with all the family in from out of town and those is busy.  This first photo is from the Duveneck 49th memorial annual art show where I won 2nd place in Graphic Arts.  It has been several years since I was in an art show, I was very pleased.  Although, I may be too old and tired for these anymore.  It was so hot and dirty.  I used to do this 20-30 weekends per year!  How did I do it?

Next I have some photos of blog candy I have recently won.  I want to say thank you to each and every blog!

This first stamp set is from the Fairytale challenge blog which I can't seem to link right now.  

This next photo was from Little Acres Creations where I won my choice of two sets and the inker during a blog hop.  I can't wait to play with these adorable stamps.

This is another blog hop win from Georgiana at Carson's Cricut Creations.  

And another blog hop win! I can't remember where this one came from, I have searched my emails and just can't find it.  If you know, please let me know so I can give proper credit. 

Now some of my recent hauls...I purchased a Cricut cart from Close to My Heart when they were on sale recently.

I got suckered into HSN craft day again...

This lady just makes it all looks so!

And close ups of these awesome sets!  I really can't wait to play but I have a feeling these will be time consuming projects.

the chair...

the birthday cake...

the house...

and don't you know I signed up for the auto ship!  I will share the next shipment when it arrives and hopefully some projects before...

I hope you enjoyed my catch up on some of the great and awesome items I have recently acquired.  

Thank you for checking out today's post.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Quick Quotes Dragonfly Gatefold card

Good morning, Quick Quotes readers, Alicia with you today.  I have created a lovely die cut gate fold card.  I recently purchased this SVG file, I love die cutting Quick Quotes papers in manual or electronic die cutters.  The sturdy double sided papers work wonderfully in both styles of machines.

I added some fancy gems to the front to bring out the art nouveau look to the card.  The gem colors match the Jade Powderpuff chalking ink I used for coloring.

One of the reasons I chose this card because of the vellum elements.  I thought what a neat idea to add color to the dragonfly on the vellum.  I inked my Powderpuff chalk directly onto the vellum for a deeper color.  I inked several layers to get the coverage I desired.  I only inked the area behind the dragonfly and not the entire vellum panel.

You can see the partial inking on the inside.  I also used a small piece of vellum to cover up the half of the adhesive on the center gem so it doesn't stick to both halves of the gate fold.  The cut file provided a frame to cover the edges of the vellum inside in addition to an area to write.  

Here's one final view partially open.  I just love dragonflies and this card was pretty easy and yet turned out gorgeous.

Quick Quotes Products:
Powderpuff Chalking inks:  Purple Rain and Jade
Papers:  Serenade 101103, and 104

other products:
SVG files from Dreaming Tree Dragonfly gatefold
Jolee's gems

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Thanks Bunches with Freshly Made Sketches

Good morning dear readers.  I had a chance to play for a minute this weekend, between all my other commitments.  I wish I could have an entire weekend to lock myself in my studio.  I am not sure when that will happen again.  Life is just so busy. I took inspiration from a sketch and a few challenges I saw over on Paper Playful such an awesome resource!  Thank you to all the volunteers who compile the info.

So for this sketch I pulled some of my 6x6 paper pads and as I often like to do, created a feminine and masculine version of the sketch.  I saw several embossing challenges this week and decided on a couple of embossing folders as a twist.

I should have thought out my sentiment color a little better on the masculine version.  I inked the "thanks" but it still doesn't pop like I wanted.  IRL is looks fine though.

Here's the sketch from Freshly made sketches:

Impression Obsession Everyday Top Edges (Thanks bunches)
Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder (butterflies)
purple papers from K & Co recycled paper pad
Quick Quotes Violet Powderpuff chalking ink
The Paper Studio embossing folder (arrows)
brown card papers The Paper Loft 6x6 Hooked on Fishing
Quick Quotes Mocha Moma Powderpuff chalking ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Friday, June 1, 2018

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with Stamplorations a cup of thanks

Hello, I wish I could have made more coffee projects for the hop but this is the last one.  I whipped this up over the weekend.  I must say I was being responsible and making my design team projects as well as some gifts.  I will be showing off a new (to me) craft very shortly so if you are not a follower please follow on my side bar.  Thanks!

Now to my card.  I have purchased almost all the Stamplorations coffee themed items and only played with very few.  So I had them all spread out and I decided I need to make a ton of thank you cards for my son to send out for graduation gifts he received.  So this is kind of simple but very pretty IRL.  The paper detail is lovely and being die cut with the stitched dies really adds a lot more detail than these pictures allow.  The brown lace really lends itself to the design in the darker paper.

Close to Cocoa Stampin Up ink
Lost and Found Blush 6x6 paper pad
white card stock
matte gems
Quick Quotes Mocha Moma chalking ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenge: until 6/1

Thanks so much for stopping by today.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lawn Fawn Out of the World and Beam me Up card set with Galaxy backgrounds

In preparation for my recent art show, I worked with these galaxy backgrounds and my Lawn Fawn space stamp and die sets.  I kind of went wild, coloring planet and little characters.

I sponged the brighter oxide inks first, then I layered black soot on top.  I splattered pearly spray ink on the very top for a super galaxy look.  I went back and added more splatters again and again until I achieved my desired results.  I watched several you tube videos and created all the backgrounds in one day.

While the backgrounds dried (spray ink), I stamped and embossed dozens of images of planets, aliens, astronauts, and space vehicles.

I spent a lot of time coloring the images with alcohol ink pens.  I did use some metallic inks on special places.  I combined all my images on top of the backgrounds to come up with complimentary designs.  Finally I stamped and die cut sentiments for each card.

In addition I would like to note at my recent art show this is the only other design besides the coffee cup gift card holder of which I sold out.  I guess they were a hit!  So time consuming, maybe I should have sold them for more.  I believe the same lady bought them for all her grandchildren.

Lawn Fawn die and stamp sets:  Out of the World and Beam me up
Tim Holtz Oxide inks:  black soot, worn lipstick, fossilized amber, broken china, and cracked pistachio 
Avery Elle Pierced Cloud die
Spellbinders label die
Frantic Stamper stitched rounded rectangle dies
Pearl shimmer ink 
Colorbox black pigment ink with Judikins Clear/Black detail embossing powder mix
Alcohol markers and metallic silver pen

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!