Friday, June 23, 2017

DCWV Green Stack with Stuck?! sketch


Yet another layout using DCWV Green Stack and my final pics from our Memorial Day camping trip (2 years ago).  This is Sky Bridge which is easily accessible from the road.  The short hike is only about a mile to cross it, go under it and back up.  However, it is a mountain and there are steps, overall it was not a hard one, we even took the dog.  He didn't like the steps back up as they were grated metal.

Here's the sketch:

I have most of the accessories for the DCWV Green Stack including at least two sets of the chipboard embellishments.

More details including the Frantic Stamper stitched banner die cuts.  I love the yellow jute twine tucked behind.   I just purchased it was in a pack with 3 other earthy colors.  I have used the pack several times already.

DCWV Green Stack
jute cord
Frantic Stamper stitched banner die
Quick Quotes Amaretto chalking ink
brads and enamel dots
Creative Memories sticker letters

I would like to enter this in the following challenge:

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

4 Crafty Chicks Sunflower Challenge: Graphic 45 Pocket letter

Good morning, today is Thursday so it is time for a new challenge over at 4 Crafty Chicks.  I have loved being a guest designer this month and I am a lucky one...there are five Thursday's this month, so I will be bringing you one more final project next week.  This week's project is Sunflowers. This is my first pocket letter.  I watched some you tube tutorials and started cutting 2.5"x3.5".  I really like the idea of shaker pocket.  I used my fuse tool to seal the center pocket after adding sequins.

I purchased a pack of 25 sheets of this paper at Tuesday Morning, I mean who doesn't love sunflowers right? I thought I would use up all these pieces, I haven't yet but I made 2 of these letters.  They are pretty much identical which is why I could take a picture of the back and front at once.  I made these for a pocket letter swap.


I added some stickers, eyelets, wooden embellishments and brads to the back of the pockets.

I didn't do too much stamping on this set but I did add this happy little sentiment from Stampin Up.

Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Enchanted Garden paper
Graphic 45 flourish stamp
Ranger black onyx ink
Stampin Up Badges and Banners stamps and punch
Stampin Up Summer Sun ink
Spellbinders Phrases One die
Creative Memories tag punch
Fiskars Butterfly punch
Jolee's, Mrs. Grossman's, and Momenta stickers and embellishments 
Quick Quotes Midnight Confession chalking ink
black sheer ribbon
ginger tea

 I would like to enter this in the following challenges:  until 6/26  until 6/26 until 7/4 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Butterfly Napkin Cards

Hello, I promised a while ago I would show off some more of my napkin cards and how I created them.  The first card is here if you want to go back and take a look.  I created these for a card swap.  I had never tried the technique but have been wanting to for some years.

Here's a close up.

Here is how I made the napkin pieces:
  • Separate the napkin into the thinnest piece possible and cut into manageable pieces.  There are usually at least three layers.
  • Run an A2 (or any size you chose) piece of white card stock through the Xyron.
  • Adhere the napkin to the sticky side of your card stock and smooth out any wrinkles.
  • Run the piece through the Xyron once again with the adhesive on top of the decorative side.
  • Carefully remove the sticky napkin and sprinkle with fine clear glitter (or try a color?)
  • Press down/rub to really get good adhesion and shake off any excess glitter.
  • Trim your glitter napkin card stock piece to the desired size (or shape~try die cutting!)

I layered the glitter napkin on some colored card stock.  I finished my cards up with some die cut pieces, a stamped sentiment and a 3-D butterfly sticker.

Another close up.  The turned out so pretty.

Xyron machine and supplies
napkin and glitter
K & Co butterfly sticker
Tim Holtz Sizzix grunge die
The Stamp Doctor sentiment
Versamark ink
Recollections purple metallic embossing powder
Kiwi Lane template 
white and pink shimmer card stock
Quick Quotes pink chalking ink

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sketches in Thyme with The Paper Loft

And another layout of my Red River Gorge Memorial Day camp out...and another sketch.

I turned this sketch to accommodate my photo direction.  I changed the lines of bling to banners.  I learned this tip along time ago:  adhere your stickers to some card stock and fussy cut.  It adds a consistent background for outstanding color vibrancy and enables you to pop up the sticker as I did for the tent and raccoon.  

The Paper Loft Hooked on Fishing and Huckleberry Pond
Creative Memories camping stickers
Stampin Up banner punch
sticker letters

I would like to enter this in the following challenge: until 6/30

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Paper Loft with June Rewind sketch

I know I am using this paper a lot lately.  I pulled it out to finish this camping trip album and it worked perfectly for the Father's Day cards I was making.  This layout is one of my favorites.  I turned the sketch to make it work with my photos.

Here's the sketch I used:

This was just a wonderful camp spot!

The Paper Loft Huckleberry Pond and Hooked on Fishing
Frantic Stamper cut corner tag die
Jolee's fly fishing embellishments
Kiwi Lane Brackets 2 template
misc tag stickers
wooden gems
twine and burlap ribbon

I would like to enter this in the following challenge:

Thanks for checking out today's project.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Last Mojo Monday with a Gorjuss Mermaid

Good afternoon, I hope you have had a good Father's Day.  I have been organizing and cleaning today.  I have all my design team projects caught up so I thought I would take the day to get some things in order.  I recently had some lights to go out and purchased some new ones.  So I was under the table crawling around moving stuff to tuck all the wires away.  I am really happy with them.  They are the Ottlite LED clone clip lamp.  I got them for $20 at Tuesday Morning, about $5 cheaper than the 50% off I saw at either Joann's or Michael's this past week.  I have another score from this weekend, I will tell you about soon.

So I made this sweet thing a few days ago with several challenges in mind but foremost the final Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

It is a bittersweet farewell to be joining in the final Mojo Monday sketch challenge and #500 at that! what a way to leave blogland.  One of the first sketch blogs I followed, they will be missed.  Here's there sketch:

I don't do much coloring but I participate in a secret sister swap and my sister this round sent me this precious stamp.  I just had to use it.  I colored her a while ago and just decided she would go great as the center piece to this sketch.  I inked the background with a few distress inks to mimic the ocean and beach.  I love the snippet of Quick Quotes Adventure Awaits paper I found for the die cut, it kind of looks like kelp.

Products used:
Gorjuss Awashed Mini #31
Quick Quotes Adventure Awaits scraps
washi tape
Our Daily Bread Designs Stitched Rectangle die
various alcohol markers
Distress inks:  Antique Linen, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire
Creative Memories navy pen for faux stitching

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Call of the Wild with Tim Holtz die

Good morning!  Happy Father's Day to any male readers I might have!  I hope it is a good day for all!  I have another masculine card today.  I enjoy making masculine cards all the time but with the holiday I have created several lately.  I have several outdoorsy men in my life.  I think my son will love this one.

My husband did NOT like this die cut.  He was very bothered that it was not symmetrical.  I like symmetrical but it is not necessary.  I think it is very much Tim Holtz.  I cut it four times, three times in the same card stock and once in the darker card stock.  I cut the antlers off the dark cut and adhered it to one layer.  I chalked all the layers and used pop dots in between for super dimension.

Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers antlers die
Frantic Stamper Stitched Cut Corner tag dies
The Paper Loft Huckleberry Pond and Hooked on Fishing
wood grain embossing folder
Scrappy Moms Happy Campers sentiment
Recollections Clear Bark embossing powder
Mix'd Media Truffle ink
kraft card stock
Quick Quotes Amaretto chalking ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

(patterned paper, embossing, die cut)

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

It's all good in the woods...

I have another masculine card using the Frantic Stamper cut corner tag dies with The Paper Loft Huckleberry Pond and Hooked on Fishing papers along with Tim Holtz dies.

I cut the deer twice and used the off white card stock for the antlers.

The Paper Loft Huckleberry Pond and Hooked on Fishing 6x6 paper pads
Tim Holtz Prancing Deer and Treeline dies
Scrappy Moms Happy Camper sentiment
Distress ink Walnut Stain
Frantic Stamper stitched corner cut tag die
Quick Quotes Amaretto chalking ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Quick Quotes Father's Day cards

Good morning! Alicia here today with some Father's Day inspiration.  I made these two cards for my father and father in law, I love the woodgrain paper so much I used it on both cards.  

This first one I sent to my dad.  I started with the image, a water brush and an assortment of Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalking inks.  I used the same water brush to color all the image and the background.  I love how the water color effect made a really great sky and grass in one layer.  The tractor's red took a few layers of ink to get the color more vibrant.  

I then layered my water colored image on a few die cut layers of papers from several different collections:  Adventure Awaits Paper Pack, 49 Shades of Grey, and Urban Oasis.  I stamped and die cut my sentiment.  I inked all the edges generously and added some finishing touches of fiber, button and metal embellishments.

My second card is for my father in law.  I think he will enjoy this one very much.  He always saves my cards.  On this image I used several blue hues of Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalking inks and a water brush to create just the "old" blue color I was looking for in this image.  I complimented the image with blue papers from various collections of Quick Quotes papers

I stamped my sentiment, die cut some pieces and added some unique fiber.  I inked all the edges and adhered the pieces down to my card base. I touched some of the "metal" pieces of the truck with a metallic silver pen for some finer detail.

Quick Quotes Products used:

other ingredients:
fiber and floss
button and metal embellishments
masculine stamped images
Spellbinders label die
Our Daily Bread stitched star and pierced oval dies
Frantic Stamper stitched corner cut tag die
Ranger black onyx ink
Judikins clear embossing powder
Mix'd Media Denim ink

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Flitter forth little fairies...

Hello, Alicia with your inspiration today. I created a garden fairy scene card. I have to admit I purchased the majority of the Poppystamps new fairy dies. They are just so darn cute and versatile to work with since the wings are detached. I cut the fairies and wings out of a variety of vellum and glitter papers then matched them up for the cutest sets.

I began my card with inking the background with distress ink. Then I stamped the sentiment and embossed it for a little extra pizazz. I used lots of specialty papers in this card and didn't want the sentiment to get lost.

I completed my scene with Cheery Lynn Designs Mehndi Botanicals cut from velvet and other specialty papers. I added pearls to the center of the purple flowers. I layered two flower cuts for the yellow flower stacking them together and adding some glue and beads. I used a velvet ribbon for the stems. I cut the leaves and grass out of the same green paper.

Dies R Us Products:

Poppystamps Playful Mini Faeries

Cheery Lynn Designs Mehndi Botanicals 3

Frantic Stamper Stitched Grassy Hill Edger

Cheery Lynn Designs Mehndi Botanicals 2
other ingredients:
Distress ink Broken China
The Stamp Doctor sentiment
Colorbox Lavender ink
Judikins clear embossing powder
velvet papers and ribbon
pearl gems and beads
glitter paper, vellum and card stock

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today! And, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog. There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store. For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

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I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 6/26 (1 of 5)
(stitching, image, embossing)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

4 Crafty Chicks Summer Fun Challenge

Today I am guest designing again at 4 Crafty Chicks.  This week's challenge is Summer Fun Activities.  Bicycling is something I have always enjoyed and my son is an avid rider.  I gave him this card on his last day of school.  He loved it!  My bike is currently in disrepair and I really want to get a new one.  I don't bike all the time but I love to just be able to go when I get the feeling.  My favorite place to ride is Spring Grove Cemetery, it is absolutely beautiful!  It sounds a little creepy but check it out, it is NOT.  It is a great place to take children to ride since the vehicle traffic is very light and speed limits very low, really it is ideal for anyone.

A close up of the dimension I added with the fussy cut arrows.

The Paper Loft Everyday Life collection
Quick Quotes Amaretto chalking ink 

I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 6/23

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along with 4 Crafty Chicks.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We R Happy Campers with Sketch N Scrap sketch

Today I have another camping layout from my Memorial Day camping trip to Red River Gorge a couple of years ago.  I have finally completed the album!  yippee!  But you won't see the last layout until June 27.  For today's layout I used the first layout sketch for Sketch N Scrap this month.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Camper collection 
Quick Quotes Amaretto chalking ink
Zig Brown pen

If you are interested here is the opposite page I created over a year ago as part of the Sketch N Scrap DT.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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