Saturday, October 14, 2017

Boo Windows Card Photo Tutorial

There is a contest at Marker Pop's blog currently of creating a video or of doing a photo tutorial of a fall project.  It has been a while since I did a photo instruction so thought I would give it a shot with a Halloween "windows" card.  First I cut a 5x7 inch black cardstock base for a three windows card front.  I thought it would be cute to use just the faces from the Pink and Main Spook-tacular clear stamp set.  I decided to heat emboss the sentiment with white embossing powder.

I used a VersaMark ink pad to stamp the sentiment in the lower right corner of the black cardstock base.

I sprinkled white embossing powder on the stamped sentiment and tapped off the excess.  I then heat set the sentiment.

I stamped the three images with a black ink pad using my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform (which I LOVE).  It is so nice being able to get a perfect image using it!  I ordered extra magnets for mine so I have six to hold my paper securely without movement.

I used Spectrum Noir and Copic alcohol markers to color only the faces and necks plus the hands on the Frankenstein image.

Now you are ready to create the "windows" on your card front.  I used a 1 3/4 inch circle punch by EK Success to make the three windows.

I fussy cut each stamped and colored head image.  You want them to appear to be peeking out the circle "window."  I chose to back the windows with orange, kiwi green and purple cardstocks to add more color.

I adhered a strip of spider web patterned washi tape to the front.  I had some pretty glittered purple letters by Jillibean Soup to spell "boo" over the washi tape.  I also glued some large orange and green googley eyes to the front of the card

Here is the finished card.  Now wasn't that easy?  

These fun peeking Halloween characters will be playing at the following:

Marker Pop Fall Video Contest (Video or Photo Tutorial)

Just Us Girls (Window/Peek-A-Boo Card)

Double D Challenge (Fright Night)

Cardz 4 Guyz (Halloween)

Crafty Sentiment Designs (Halloween/Fall)

Try It On Tuesdays (It's Halloween Time)

Ink Pads -- Clearsnap (Wicked Black) and VersaMark
Markers -- Spectrum Noir and Copic
Cardstock -- Recollections
Glitter Alphabet Letters -- Jillibean Soup (jb0370)
Circle Punch -- EK Success
Washi Tape and Googley Eyes -- Recollections

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Craft Space

I have done all of the activities at Joy Clair's World Cardmaking Day activities
except for one.  You were to make a "craftie" which is a photo of your craft room or of your work in progress, etc.  I took these photos this morning of my craft studio.  When I say every inch of space is taken up in there with shelves, cabinets or some kind of storage, I am not exaggerating.  It has been a work in progress for several years and I have replaced desks, added storage units and purged several times.  But I am very happy with it presently and I feel very lucky to have my own craft space.  My craft room also joins our attic and I even have shelves of supplies in there.  I have a hard time getting rid of things (like older Sizzix dies, etc.) and it is nice being able to put it in the attic where I can still use it from time to time.  So here is a little tour of my "happy place, I hope you enjoy seeing where the magic happens. (Big wink.)  The above photo is taken from the door going into my craft studio.  I have two desks set up with a long narrow table which forms a "u" shaped work space.  You'll notice my typewriter I got for Mother's day and my new Scan N Cut2 on the narrow table.  (I have a Sizzix eClips in another room but have been meaning to move it back....just need to figure out where!  Notice the tiger box on my desk?  That holds the thin metal dies I use the most.  I have them on magnetic cards.  It is nice having them at my fingertips and I can find what I need by just flipping through them.  Also I have two new paint storage spinning racks on top of the cabinet on your left.  I ordered them from Michael's on sale and love how they hold my two ounce bottles of acrylic paint.  Makes finding colors so much easier.
This photo is taken from inside the "u" and lets you see my second desk better.  On it I have my ink pads (and there is a shelf on the bottom of the desk which hold more ink pads).  Next to it is a white book case my oldest daughter stopped using years ago and of course made its way into my craft room.  The top of it holds my Spectrum Noir markers, Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and a few Copic Sketch Markers.  (I have Copic Ciaos on my desk in front of the bookcase.

This photo is same desk but shows more of what is on the right side of it.  I have a two drawer filing cabinet which holds A LOT of 12x12 cardstock and patterned papers.  The plastic drawer unit with the colored drawers holds border punches.  This is a recent purchase from Michael's that I liked so much I bought another one to hold all my ribbons.  (It is under the zebra letters which spell my name.)  It works great for ribbons.  I sort it by color according to the drawer (red drawer holds red ribbons, yellow drawer holds yellow ribbons, etc.).  I did have my ribbon in photo boxes sorted by color but had outgrown those.  These drawers are a good size with room to add more ribbons.  Another recent addition is the white small drawer units made for washi tape storage (found at Michael's too).  I love them!  It is so nice having all my washi tape organzied!  On top of the white filing cabinet is recent crafty purchase (in two red baskets) and my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

This is the wall you see leaving my craft room.  The door going out is on the right (by the clock).  If you turn to the left, you will go into the attic where I have more craft supplies stored.  It doesn't look like there is a walk way but there is.  My camera angle is just hiding it.  The red baskets hold stamps by various companies.  I have embossing folders in the black units by the television (where I binge watch things on Netflix while I work sometimes....or listen to a book on Audible).  That unit also holds frequently used Sizzix dies (and I have a bookcase in the attic full of Sizzix dies as well).  I hope you enjoyed your tour of my crafty space.  I know I enjoy looking at everyone else's.  It is not super fancy but I am happy with it.  I know where everything is and it is a very "workable" space.

Prickly Card

I managed to do all the challenges at Joy Clair's for World Cardmaking Day.   This is the last one!  Yay!  This challenge was called the Pinspiration with Lori.  You were to create a card from the photo below:

I chose to go the succulents and flowers instead of the cake on my card.  The colors were a little different from what I normally choose but this made it more of a "challenge."  It's fun getting out of your comfort zone every once in a while.  I'll be linking up this card at:

Joy Clair's WCMD Challenge (Pinspiration)

Sweet Sketch Wednesday (Sketch)

Little Red Wagon (Leftovers -- My patterned paper was leftover from a project.)

Stamps -- Momenta (Images) and Jillibean Soup (Sentiment)
Ink Pads -- Clearsnap (Pumpkin, Tangerine, Artichoke, Celery and Licorice)
Cardstock -- Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper -- KI Memories
Ribbon -- Offray
Sequins -- MultiCraft Imports, Inc.

Happy Friends Card

I am still working on World Cardmaking Day challenges and this is one for Joy Clair's Make A Card For A Friend.  I had a new stamp set by Jillibean Soup which has a cute flower and a nice friend sentiment which was wanting to get inky.  I used two border punches down the right side.  I have been trying to use some neglected tools lately and these border punches were so happy to get out of their drawer.  (Wink.) I'll be linking my happy friends cards to:

Color Throwdown (Orange, Taupe and Black)
Crafting By Design (Sketch)

Joy Clair's WCMD Challenge (Make A Card For A Friend)

Stamps (and Banner Die) -- Jillibean Soup
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Wicked Black)
Cardstock -- Recollections and Craftsmith (Orange)
Border Punches -- EK Success
Hemp Cord -- Hemptique
Crystal Dots -- Nuvo by Tonic Studios

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Season's Greeting Ornament Card

This card is for a challenge at Joy Clair's and part of their World Cardmaking Day activities.  The challenge was called Mix and Match With Steph.  For the technique I chose heat embossing, for the trend I chose sequins and for the theme I chose Christmas.  My heat embossed ornament card be joining the following challenges:

Addicted To Stamps And More (Holiday)

The Merry Christmas Challenge (Anything Goes + Christmas)

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge (Anything Goes)

Joy Clair's WDMD Challenge (Pick and Mix With Steph)

Stamps -- Jillibean Soup (jb1127)
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Watermark)
Embossing Powder -- Clearsnap (White)
Cardstock -- Recollections
Sequins -- Pretty Pink Posh
Circle Punches -- EK Success
Foam Tape -- Scotch/3M

Banner Fall Thankful Card

I am always drawn to a sketch with banners so when I saw this week's Paper Play sketch I knew I had to try my hand at it.  I have a banner die set by Sizzix and one of them cuts plus embosses a polka dot banner.  It was the perfect size for the banners on the sketch!  My fall thankful card will be joining these fun challenges:

Joy Clair WCMD Challenge (Color Combo)

Paper Play Sketches (Sketch Below)

Mod Squad Challenge (Fall Fest)

Always Fun Challenges (Lots of Layers)

Ooh La La Creations (Diecuts)

Stamps -- Essentials by Ellen (Thankful by Julie Set)
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Mudslide)
Markers -- Staedtler
Cardstock -- Recollections
Diecuts -- Sizzix (659606)
Wood Words -- Jillibean Soup
Embossing Folder -- Sizzix

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloween Witch Career Card

One of the World Cardmaking Day challenges at Joy Clair's blog was to "Stretch Your Stamps."  You are supposed to use a stamp in a way that is different than originally intended.  I chose a stamp by Crafty Individuals which is an image of four vintage ladies.  I thought it would be fun and "different" to use it on a Halloween card.  To do this I stamped them on orange cardstock and then made a couple of witch hats to put on a couple of the images.  These fun witches are linking up at:

Joy Clair WCMD Challenges (Stretch Your Stamps)

Tuesday Morning Sketches (see below)

Try It On Tuesday (It's Halloween Time)

The Crazy Challenge (Halloween)

Hiding In My Craft Room (Halloween Colors)

Top Flight Stamps (WCMD Make A Card Challenge)

Stamps -- Crafty Individuals (Image) and Riley & Company (Sentiment)
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Wicked Black)
Cardstock -- Recollections
Patterned Paper & Washi Tape -- Pink Paislee
Puffy Stickers -- Pebbles

Leaves Thankful Card

I got out something I have not used in a long time on this card.  Can you guess what it is?  I used my Stampin'Up chalks to add some color to the stamped leaves.  I had forgotten how easy it is to add some quick color to a stamped image.  I am still working on World Cardmaking Day challenges.  This card is for a challenge at Joy Clair's which was to CASE one of the design team's cards on their blog.  I chose to CASE a card posted on August 30th by LeeAnn McKinney (her "In Love" card).  These leaves will be falling by the following:

Joy Clair's WCMD Blog Challenges (CASE a design team card)

Cards In Envy (Blowing In The Wind --Fall Leaves)

Cardz For Guyz (Halloween or Autumn)

Allsorts Challenge (Trees and Leaves)

Stamps -- Hampton Art (SC0805 Leaves) and Pink & Main (Sentiment from Fall Bouquets)
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Pumpkin)
Cardstock -- Recollections
Chalks -- Stampin'Up!

Monday, October 9, 2017

For You Variations Challenge Cards

I made it to the last challenge posted by Winnie and Walter in their World Cardmaking Day challenges!  Woo Hoo!  I did it!  The last challenge is called the "Variations" challenge.  You were to make a card and then make another one with variations from the first one.  Fun challenge and double pay off when you finished it....not one card but two!  I used two different stamp sets by Winnie and Walter (see my card recipe).

For my variations, I used different colors, embossing folders and sentiments plus just switched the layout around.
Stamps -- Winnie & Walter (WW046 In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers and WW087 In Bloom: Carolina's Florals)
Ink Pads -- Clearsnap (Candy, Banana, Kiwi and Wicked Black)
Cardstock -- Recollectons
Embossing Folders -- Sizzix
Corner Rounder -- Fiskars
Baker's Twine -- The Twinery
Foam Tape -- Scotch/3M
Misc. -- Mini Staples (Tim Hol

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you got to enjoy World Cardmaking Day as much as I did!

Happy Dance Card

I'm still having fun working on World Cardmaking Day Challenges.  This card is for Winnie and Walter's background building challenge and also for Joy Clair's background building challenge (part of their WCMD activities.  I used a Winnie and Walter clear stamp set called Scenery: Stripes to create the background.  I also used the Winnie and Walter set Party On for the image and sentiments.  My happy dancer will be joining these challenges:

Winnie & Walter's WCMD Challenges (Background Building)
Joy Clair WCMD Challenges (Background Building)
Crazy 4 Challenges (Make A Card)
Crafty Animals Challenge (Anything Goes With An Animal)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies (Must Have an Animal)
A Perfect Time To Craft (Anything Goes)

Stamps -- Winnie & Walter (Scenery: Stripes and Party On Sets)
Ink Pads -- Clearsnap (Kiwi, Seaglass, Candy and Wicked Black)
Cardstock -- Recollections
Diecut -- Gina Marie Designs
Baker's Twine -- The Twinery
Foam Tape -- Scotch/3M

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Birthday Cake Card

I'm still working on Winnie & Walter's World Cardmaking Day challenges.  My birthday cake card is for their smooshing challenge.  I inked up a piece of clear acetate with three ink colors, sprayed them lightly with water and then "smooshed" the acetate on trimmed watercolor paper.  Once I had dried the watercolor paper with my heat gun, I stamped the images and sentiments with black ink.  After I got my card put together, I thought it still needed a little more color.  I got out three matching acrylic paint colors and decorated the cake plus painted below and above the stamped sentiments.  I added some sequins and a hemp bow and was finally happy with the results.  I'm linking my birthday cake card up to these fun challenges:
Winnie & Walter's World Cardmaking Day Challenges (Smooshing)
Simon Says Stamp WCMD (Create A Card)
Craft Rocket Challenges (Birthday or Pretty Pinks)
Stamp Ink Paper (Card Maker's Choice --Your Favorite Stamp Set, Card Colors and Paper -- I love this Sugar Rush set by Winnie & Walter.  Love to use pink, chartreuse and turquoise colors together and favorite paper of the "moment" is a really smooth watercolor paper I got at the Scrapbook Expo.)

Stamps -- Winnie & Walter (Sugar Rush Set WW036)
Ink Pads -- Clearsnap (Wicked Black, Seaglass, Candy Pink, and Kiwi)
Acrylic Paints -- Apple Barrel by Plaid Enterprises, Inc.
Cardstock -- Recollections
Watercolor Paper -- Unknown
Sequins -- Jillibean Soup (JB0818)
Hemp Cord -- Hemptique
Border Punch -- Martha Stewart Crafts

We Are Here For You Card

Sharing another  World Cardmaking Day card I did for the Winnie and Walter's World Cardmaking Day Challenges plus the Joy Clair WCMD challenges.  This one is for their Rainbow Challenges.  I used five colors of acrylic paint to create my rainbow plus the same colors in small brads.  I'll also link it to the Simon Says Stamp WCMD make a card challenge.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have enjoyed  the World Cardmaking Day activities as much as I have.

Make Some Noise Card

I am on a roll for World Cardmaking Day challenges.  This is a card I did for the Winnie & Walter WCMD challenge of doing a CAS card.  Joy Clair also has a WCMD Clean and Simple challenge.  I have always struggled doing a CAS card but I am happy with the way this one turned out.  My noise makers will be linking up to these challenges:

Winnie & Walter's World Cardmaking Challenges (CAS)
Joy Clair World Cardmaking Challenges (Clean and Simple)
AAA Cards Challenge (Sketch)
Make My Monday (Animal Antics)
Simon Says Stamp (WCMD Make A Card)

Stamps -- Winnie & Walter (Party On Set WW089)
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Wicked Black and Watermark)
Embossing Powder -- Clearsnap (White)
Markers -- Staedtler
Cardstock -- Recollections
Mini Tag -- Hampton Art
Baker's Twine -- The Twinery
Misc. -- Mini Staples (Tim Holtz)

Reading Brightens My Day Bookmark

Here is another project for Winnie & Walter's World Cardmaking Day challenges.  The challenge is to make anything but a card.  I am an avid reader so thought I would make myself a new bookmark.  I have a new book all ready to put it in too.
Stamps -- Winnie & Walter 
Ink Pads -- Clearsnap (Wicked Black, Kiwi and Seaglass)
Tag -- Hampton Art
Label Maker & Tape -- Dymo
Markers -- Staedtler
Circle Punch -- EK Success

Kindness Matters Card

I am working away on World Cardmaking Day challenges.  This card is for Winnie & Walter's Lovely Layers WCMD challenge.  It has five colored cardstocks layered in stripes on the card base.  It has the stamped design on a circle diecut and then layered on another circle diecut.  I also added two acorn diecuts on the circle for more layering.  My "kindness" card will be linking to the following:

Winnie & Walter's WCMD Lovely Layers Challenge
Simon Says Stamp (WCMD Make A Card)
Allsorts (Tree and Leaves)
Fusion (I did the sketch.)
Mod Squad (Color Me Fall)

Creative Knockouts (Anything Goes)
Stamps -- Winnie & Walter
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Mudslide)
Markers -- Staedtler
Cardstock -- Recollections
Diecuts -- Sizzix

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy Thoughts and Well Wishes Card

Happy World Cardmaking Day!  My favorite holiday to stay in pajamas and craft the day away!  There are so many fun events going on today.  Winnie & Walter's blog is having challenges all day.  They are one of my favorite stamp companies and I am "trying" to complete all of their challenges for WCMD.  The first challenge is to have stenciling on your card.  I stenciled the background with a Tim Holtz Harlequin pattern and three colors of Distress Oxide inks.  Then I used the Winnie & Walter polka dot background stamp on top of it using a black ink pad.  Easy peasy but I love the way it turned out.  These delicious pink strawberries are joining the following challenges:

Winnie & Walter's WCMD Blog Challenges (Stencil)
Simon Says Stamp (WCMD Make A Card)
Daring Cardmakers (Elemental Inspiration)
Just Add Ink (Sketch)
Crafting With An Attitude (Anything Goes)

Stamps -- Winnie & Walter (In Bloom Set and Mini Scenery: Spotty)
Ink Pads -- Clearsnap and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks
Cardstock -- Recollections
Stencil -- Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Harlequin THS016)
Diecuts -- Sizzix
Sequins -- MultiCraft Imports, Inc.

"Believe" Breast Cancer Awareness Card

Happy World Cardmaking Day!  This is my favorite holiday!  There is no decorating, no baking (because store bought snacks like M&M's are just fine....wink) or getting out of your pajamas (unless you want to).  All you have to do is get inky and create!  I have been in my craft room most of the day working on things for this favorite holiday of mine.  There are lots of challenges,  prizes and fun going on so here is my first WCMD post of the day.  I think it is an important one too because it is a card for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Believe will be linking up to these challenges:

Cut It Up (Breast Cancer Awareness)
In The Pink (Flower Power)
Time Out Challenges (Breast Cancer Awareness)
Fab 'n Funky (Pretty In Pink)
Always Fun (Dies or Punches)
Cute Card Thursday (Anything Goes)
Simon Says Stamp (WCMD Create A Card)
Stamps -- Cas-ual Fridays (Pretty Posies Set)
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Wicked Black)
Markers -- Staedtler
Diecuts -- Sizzix eClips
Cardstock -- Recollections
Jewels -- KI Memories
Clear Glaze -- Ranger Glossy Accents

Sketch Saturday PIG-ickled Card

Today's card is one I did as part of the Sketch Saturday design team.  Sketch Saturday's sponsor is Drawn With Character and the image I used can be found here.  This cute little piggy is going to be linking up to the following challenges:

Always Fun (Dies Or Punches)
Make My Monday (Animal Antics)
Moving Along With The Times (Geometric Shapes -- I have circles.)

Digital Stamps -- Drawn With Character (Cute Pig)
Markers -- Staedtler
Patterned Paper -- Jillibean Soup
Cardstock -- Recollections
Circle Diecuts -- Sizzix
Sequins -- MultiCraft Imports, Inc.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Friend "Smile" Card

I have a quick post today since my youngest daughter is home from college on her fall break.  We will have the most fun the next few days getting all caught up talking, laughing, eating, binge watching TV and spending much missed time together.  So a "smile" card fits the bill today and will be entering the following challenges:

Time Out Challenge (Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship)

In The Pink Challenge (Flower Power)

CAS(E) This Sketch (see below)

Through The Purple Haze (Anything Goes)

Aud Sentiments Challenge (Use A Diecut + A Sentiment)

Fab 'n Funky (Pretty In Pink)

Stamps -- Casual Fridays (Loving Thoughts and Sassy Smiles Sets)
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Guava)
Cardstock -- The Stamps of Life
Diecuts -- The Stamps of Life (Flower) and Sizzix (Circle #661560)
Brad -- The Paper Studio

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Piles Of Fun Card

It is nice using autumn colors for a change.  I don't work with orange or purple often so they are welcome "change of pace" colors for my cards.  These playful kittens are going to be joining these fun challenges:

Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge (#56 Color Challenge)

Try Stampin' On Tuesday (sketch below)

Make My Monday (Animal Antics)

Craftaholics R Us (Halloween)

Mod Squad Challenge (Color Me Fall)

Pause Dream Enjoy (Pumpkins)

Stamps -- Newton's Nook (Autumn Newton Set)
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Wicked Black)
Markers -- Staedtler
Cardstock -- Recollectons
Enamel Stars -- Jillibean Soup
Diecut -- Sizzix (662231)
Baker's Twine -- The Twinery
Foam Tape -- Scotch/3M
Misc. -- Mini Staples (Tim Holtz)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Painted Leaves Autumn Card

I got my paints out for this card and rubbed them over the embossed leaves.  I also used the end of my paint brush to create all the "dots."  I used five paint colors which were the colors in the Marker Pop blog challenge.  These leaves are falling in the following challenges:

Marker Pop Challenge (Autumn Color Challenge)
Oo La La Creations Challenge (Harvest Time)

Sweet Stampin' (Autumn)

Stamping Sensations (Autumn Glory)

Stamp -- Pink & Main
Ink Pad -- Clearsnap (Nautical)
Acrylic Paints -- Apple Barrel by Plaid Enterprises, Inc.
Cardstock -- Recollections
Embossing Folder -- Sizzix
Oval Stitched Diecut -- The Stamps of Life

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ghoulish Greetings Card

October means you get to make fun Halloween cards!  I knew when I saw the Spookacular set by Pink and Main I had to have it!  It has some of the cutest images and one of my Halloween favorites which is Frankenstein!  My mischievous Frankie is going to be scaring up trouble at the following challenges:

Pink & Main Challenge (Theme: Fall/Halloween)

Just Us Girls (Word Die Cuts)

Always Fun (Dies or Punches)

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (A Walk On The Dark Side)

The Paper Girls (Wooden Element)

Cute Card Thursday (Trick Or Treat)

Atlantic Hearts Sketch (Sketch Below)

Mod Squad (Fall Colors and Optional Extra Stenciled Background)

Stamps -- Pink and Main (Spooktacular Set)
Ink Pads -- Clearsnap (Wicked Black) and Memories (White)
Markers -- Staedtler
Acrylic Paints (to paint wooden pieces) -- Apple Barrel by Plaid Enterprises, Inc.
Cardstock -- Recollections
Word Diecut -- Sizzix eClips
Fence Diecut -- Sizzix
Wooden Pieces -- Jillibean Soup (jb0374)
Stencil -- Tim Holtz Collection for Stampers Anonymous (THS016)
Foam Tape -- Scotch/3M
Misc. -- Googley Eyes