Monday, March 8, 2021

Karen Burniston Enjoy Nature Slimline

 Hello readers, I have decided to invest the slimline popular style.  I chose a couple of primary die sets to begin.  I purchased Tutti Designs Slimline Stitched Rectangles and Karen Burniston Long Nature EdgesI felt they would definitely get me started with some great slimline edges.  I have used both here along with some Karen Burniston Critters.  


I love creating the Karen Burniston Critters, they are so much fun and most are a lot easier than they look.  The squirrel below is only two pieces.  I used a pen and the die to ink the ears and face.  I inked the edges with a brown ink and added the tiny acorn.  The fox is a few more pieces. Most of the details are highlighted with ink as well.  I did cut an extra body to get the white pieces for the inside of the ears.  You could just put white paper behind but I felt the inlaid die cut is a more finished look.  

The beauty of the butterfly comes from the paper.  I used the same collection for the background papers and the butterfly.  It is a very old collection from We R.


The turkey has a few more details.  I cut the red face piece from white paper and colored it red.  I did go the extra mile to create the neck from a white cut of the feathers detail.  I keep it in my stash and just cut another "loop" off every time I make another turkey.


I did not get a great pic of the raccoon.  I think I have an overload of pics already so please forgive me.  Here is one last look at my card.


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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Kindred Stamps Tree Hugger with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Hello all, it's time for a new sketch inspiration card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.  I have not made a slimline card since the renewed popularity.  I used to make them years ago and still have envies.  I purchased some slimline dies to make my new ones look polished. I also have a new obsession, Kindred Stamps. I have purchased a great deal in the last few months.  While coloring is not my forte, I am learning.  


Here's the sketch.


I chose the wrong ink to stamp with for these images.  I used Archival ink.  I made a special trip to Hobby Lobby to buy it!  It was smearing so I watched more videos and saw Momento Tuxedo Black was recommended.  I already own that plus a refill!!! Next time I used Momento and it worked so much better. 


You can see how this little guy smeared a lot. After all the trouble I went through I didn't want to ditch him (I did ditch the first version).  Next time!


I do like my swirls in the truffula trees.



One final look at my card.


Ingredients:
Basic Grey papers
Kindred Stamps Tree Hugger stamp set
Archival Black ink
Alcohol markers
Tutti Slimline Stitched Rectangle dies
Elizabeth Craft Dotted Scallop Square dies

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:




Don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge

Thanks for stopping by

Alicia

Monday, March 1, 2021

Gnomes and Mushrooms Cricut Cards for Bitten By the Bug Anything Goes Challenge

Hello, Bitten by the Bug 2's brand new challenge Anything Goes.  I used this opportunity to make a card from one of the first cuts I made when I signed up for Cricut Access.  I think these little guys are adorable. I made these cards 5"x 5".


I recently picked up this piece of background plaid at my favorite little store Indigo Hippo.  It matched up perfectly with the cuts I had previously created.


Here is my second card with a snail.


I also cut the other images in the set, I will make something with them another time.


I put the sentiment on the inside on this card.


Ingredients:
Cricut Gnome and Mushrooms
Frantic Stamper word dies
misc card stock and papers from my stash
Creative Memories printed paper

I would like to enter the following challenges:





Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to play along with Bitten by the bug 2 Anything Goes challenge  until 3.15.21

Alicia

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Graphic 45 Card Making Class

Hello all, I designed the cards today to be made in a class I am leading at a boutique in Latonia, Ky on May 13 from 1-3.  You can find the Facebook Event page HERE.  You can find details about Local Studio 325 also on Facebook.  They carry my cards and jewelry all year round.  I feel lucky to host a class here.  Chris & Co have so many super cool classes going on, you can check out more events happening soon.

Here are the cards you will complete in my class using Graphic 45 papers and embellishments.



These two cards use a Kiwi Lane template and the negative!  I will show you how to get more bang for your buck!  They also feature stamping sentiments.


This card features stamping, die cutting and fussy cutting.  The dotted paper, dress and sentiment makes me think Disney.


You will learn to alter die cuts with scissors and bling!


We will use ribbons, brads, stamps, punches, tags, die cuts and pretty paper to complete five cards complete with envelopes and leftover product to make another card.


Participants will have some choice in sentiments, papers and embellishments.


Thank you for visiting and if you are local please think of attending my class.

Alicia

Drew's School Photo with Sketch in Thyme

 
It's time for the fourth sketch this month from Sketches in Thyme.   My favorite subject is my nephew.  I scrap these and send them to my SIL to add to her album.  This is his school picture from last year.


Here's the sketch:


I used a couple of packs of ephemera in the cluster. 


I fussy cut all those clouds from the cloud paper used for the tag.  The raisins are stickers from Creative Memories.  I used a pen to splatter dots around.


The square cloud is a tiny envelope.


I used some We R die cuts for most of the strips and heart using the same papers in the layout.  I cut the title using my Cricut and the same papers.


Ingredients:
Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic Bookkeeping paper (green background and grey numbers)
American Crafts Amy Tangerine Better Together paper (pink wash)
We R Farmer's Market Mason Jar (blue with white dots)
Little Yellow Bicycle Escape Above the Clouds (fussy cut clouds)
Basic Grey Hey Boy!  chipboard embellishments
Basic Grey Mini envelopes
Spellbinders label twenty-one die
We R Tape It die set
Stampin Up banner punch
Creative Memories tag bunch and stickers
paper twine

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to play along with Sketches in Thyme.

Alicia



Wednesday, February 17, 2021

We R Fearless card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Hello, it's time again for another inspiration card from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I know it's simple, but I feel this is a good card to give my son on a whim.  I like it.  I love woodgrain and this has 3 different colors of it!


Here is the sketch:


Here's a closer look at my die cut sentiment.


Ingredients:
We R Memory Keepers 6x6 and 12x12 Happy Campers papers
Stamplorations Cutplorations word:  Fearless
Stampin Up punches: Banner pick a punch, Decorative Label punch
cream and brown card stock

Hop on over and play along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #408.




Thanks for stopping by

Alicia




Monday, February 15, 2021

Cricut Bon Appetit! food themed challenge at Bitten By the Bug 2

 It's time again for the Bitten By the Bug 2's Bon Appetit! Food Challenge. I decided to change it up and create a scrapbook page.  I think this photo is adorable.  I have no idea what he is making but I did my best to make a cute foodie layout.


This title was simple but cute with the layering.


I did cut this heart with a manual cutter.


I layered a tad bit of acetate for the "shine" of the eggs.


Ingredients:
Cricut images from When I was a Kid, Kitchen Supplies and From my Kitchen
Creative Memories printed paper and heart shaped cutter
acetate, metallic, kraft and misc paper

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:



Please join us for the Bitten By the Bug 2's Bon Appetit! Food Challenge until 3.1.21.
Thank you for stopping by

Alicia

Double Trouble's Crazy Cousin Layers Challenge

Hello, it's time again to be a Crazy Cousin for Double Trouble Layers Challenge.  This challenge is all about layers.  I tried a new fold and piled on the layers.

Here is my project.  Double Trouble asks that you tell them how many layers and trying to count, I believe there is more than 10!!  I die cut, inked, colored, stamped and fussy cut to create this scene.


Here are the details of the challenge. I added pearls to the center of the die cut flowers to comply with the twist.

My card began with this layer. I created the folds and determined what sides would "show" and inked those pieces up with Distress Oxide Bundled Sage.  The center was die cut with the vine die so it didn't need to be completely inked.  The center panel is 5.5"x5.5" to fit the vine die cut.


Here is a side view.  I watched a video but because I die cut the front instead of making that side the back I had to make it work with my changes.  I don't know that I would make it this way again.  


One tip I took from the video was to reinforce the front panel with extra layers.  I die cut another half sheet of the vines and glued it behind just off center to create a shadow.  The bottom is reinforced with a thin layer of die cut "grass". I also glued the die cut layer with the fairy and mushrooms directly on the front panel.  I layered a die cut and inked pieced of grass which was 1.5-2" in height.  I added a drop of glue to the fairy's leg to provide support from the taller grass layer.  I also stamped a mushroom cluster on that layer.


I used Distress Oxide Forest Moss on the next two layers.  I dusted all the layers with green shimmer ink before assembling the card.  The trees are die cut and embossed from the same set and inked with Forest Moss.  The are not sprayed with shimmer ink.  I stamped flowers on the first hill layer.  The two hill layers are opposite sides of the die cut.


I colored the die cut mushrooms and fairy with alcohol markers.  I used Spectrum Noir shimmer alcohol on the dress, wings and hair of the fairy.


The back of the shadow box is a sheet of paper from the kit.  I also cut the flowers and purple vine from printed paper.

Ingredients:
Crafter's Companion Build a Scene box including dies, stamps, pearls and papers
Distress Oxide inks
Spectrum Noir shimmer ink pens
alcohol markers

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:







Don't forget to join in the challenge over at Double Trouble Layers Challenge until February 28.  Thanks for stopping by.

Alicia