Sunday, September 28, 2014

Every Life Has a Story

This card was made for a swap.  The theme was "heavy metal".  I went crazy with everything silver and gold that I could think of!  It was fun trying to figure out different textures to use on the metal.  The dots and harlequin design on the background of the card were stamped with silver and gold Encore pigment ink

For this part I used a flat washer from Home Depot.  I stamped a clock design onto it using Staz-On ink and attached it with a brad.  The gold square was cut from a piece of a metal sheet that I got at Micheal's.  I used a mold from Ten Second Studio to put the design on it.  

I used a different mold to put the dots on the silver piece of metal and then used metal punch letters (purchased at a tool store) to put "HAVE FUN" on the little gold rectangle.  You can see a portion of a gold frame in this picture.  It is a frame stamp that I embossed with  gold embossing powder

The metal pieces used here were lock washers (I think that's what they are called) that I found in Home Depot.  I added a little key charm.  Tombow Mono Metal glue held them on and worked through the mail.  

The stamp is from Paperbag Studios.  There was so much texture on the card that a flat image didn't look right.  I stamped the image once onto watercolor paper and once with Encore silver ink on black paper.  I colored the boy using Tombow markers on the watercolor paper.  Then cut out the two sides of the image and mounted it onto the black one using foam tape to give it dimension.  I did a search to see if the stamp is still available but couldn't find it.  There was one for sale on Ebay though.  The heavy metal theme would work well with any masculine collage image.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  Black linen
Stamps:  Paperbag Studios: Every Life has a Story, Dotted background stamp, Harlequin background stamp, clock stamp, Live Well stamp
Ink:  Encore Pigment ink: gold and silver, Memories: black, Staz-On: black
Markers:  Tombo markers: brown and skin colors, Pilot silver marker
Miscellaneous:  Gold and silver metal crafting sheets, metal molds, gold and silver embossing powder, assorted washers, brads, key charm, metal punch letter set 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a creative, happy week :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thanks for Volunteers

Today I made a bunch of thank you cards for some wonderful people who gave their time and energy to clean up the yards of some abandoned properties in our neighborhood.  We all appreciate what they did and wanted to let them know so a friend and I got together and made this CAS thank you card for them!

The inside is simple too, I made the message on my computer and then added some color with washi tape!

I needed something to add a little interest to the "thank you" strip on the front of the card.  I tried jewels and buttons but they just didn't give the look I wanted.  I went through my stash and didn't have any black brads, either.  Then I found some gold colored nail heads...and I wondered if I could color them with a sharpie and make them black.  I tried and it worked like a charm!!  They came out very black and shiny and were exactly what my card needed!!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Stampin' Up: Background Basics (retired)
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves 
Other:  Nail heads, black sharpie marker, washi tape, foam tape, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thank Ewe

I'm still having fun with my Lawn Fawn Critters on the Farm stamps.  Just when I go to put them away, I get another idea.  I had already colored the little lamb and I thought how cute he'd be jumping over the fence...then I thought about vines and flowers on the fence and I had to make a card to see what it would look like!  I made a small version of an easel card. 

When I was looking for a link to the stamps, I found out that they are on sale at, so if you NEED could get on sale.  The dies are on sale too, but they are out of stock right now :(

To make the lamb look more like he is jumping, I put a double piece of foam tape under his face and front legs, a single piece under his middle and glue dots under his tail and rear legs.  I took a side view picture...not sure if you will be able to see it clearly enough but it gives the effect that I was looking for!

Here's a pic of the card open.  I made the message on my computer.  I found a cute font called "KG Somebody that I Used to Know".  After I printed it out on card stock, I used a Spellbinder labels die to cut it out.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a good weekend!

Supplies Used:
Card Stock: Cougar Opaque white, Stampin' Up DSP
Stamps: Lawn Fawn: Critters on the Farm
Dies: Lawn Fawn: Critters on the Farm & Spring Showers, 
         CC Designs: Cutters Leafy Branch, Spellbinders: Labels 16
Copics: W-1, R27, YR24, Black
Prismacolor Pencils PC1063 Cool Grey 50%, PC1094 Sandbar Brown, Black 
         & Gamsol for blending 
Miscellaneous:  Pan Pastels: Phthalo Blue Tint, Bright Yellow Green Shade, 
           Perm. Green Shade; Small flower punch 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Somebody squealed

So Lawn Fawn makes cutesy stamps.  I always loved them but thought they would be best for making cards for children.  Recently I realized that when anyone of any age looked at a card made with them, they always smiled.  Lawn Fawn cards just have that effect on people! I had to come up with a project for a card making day with friends and decided that I would use my new LF set Critters on the Farm.  I found a cute inspiration card on Pinterest made by Annie Rose and loved it.  You can see Annie's card here.  And here is how my version came out...

I used Pan Pastels and one of the Soft Tools to color the sky.  I was in St. Pete at Whim-so-Doodle last week and bought two colors and some Soft Tools to try and I am in looovvee with them!!  The color is so rich and creamy and easy to put down.  I can't believe I've never tried them before.  I know I'll be needing more colors soon! 

Here is  what the inside looks like.  This little piggy looks adorable in his party hat!  The hat is from a Stampin' Up set called Sketched Birthday.  It was a little too big for the pig so I cut off about 1/4 inch at the bottom.

I typed up the messages on my computer and printed them out on card stock.  I'll take some pics of how I folded the banner and post them tomorrow.  
Here are close-up pictures, and a coloring/shading list.  

Hope this card made you smile!!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Cougar Opaque, SU: Night of Navy, Green
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn: Critters on the Farm; Stampin Up: Sketched Birthday
Copics: See coloring sheet
Dies:  Lawn Fawn: Critters on the Farm, Spellbinder: Scalloped Circles and Circles
Miscellaneous: Pan Pastels: Phtalo Blue Tint & Soft Tool