Friday, May 20, 2022

Make a Wish Birthday

 Hello and welcome, hope everyone is doing well. Happy FriYay! Home repairs never go as planned, but we are hopeful that our little vent hood replacement will be completed today. We bought a GE vent hood to go over our range top 2 years ago and the fan died. The one before that had lasted 20 years before the light fixture died (just amazing how things are no longer made like they used to be), so we figured we'd better get it replaced before Summer. Honey went to Home Depot and picked out a Vissani (a Magic Chef brand) to have them install it. Some dedicated circuitry electrical work  and retrofitting had to be done and today will be the actual install. I just pray this one lasts until we leave this house, if ever.
Today I have a masculine birthday card to share. I've used the pre-coloured image and background papers from The Paper Shelter's A Mesmerizing Fortune Teller digital set, along with some Springhill Digital white and SU brown card stock mats on a white 6x6" Bazzill card base. So, I did NOT do any coloring on this card, which was a refreshing change!
My design layout was guided by this Splitcoaststampers sketch.
Before printing the image, I added the "Make A Wish" to her crystal ball in PSE with the Text tool. After printing it out, I stamped some Sassafras Las curly swirls and dots with Morning Mist Versafine Clair and a Stampendous Happy Birthday sentiment with Warm Breeze Versafine Clair. I cut the base mats and other square layers with Spellbinders 6x6 Matting Basics dies.
Inside the card (at left) I used Warm Breeze VF Clair ink to stamp Uniko and Hero Arts sentiments. On the card back ( at right) I printed out some lovely digital background paper I won from Lozzy at Nin's Papercrafting and layered on a brown SU mat with a stamped and punched siggie and brown scrap strip.
And a final view. I do think this made up to be a nice masculine birthday card with me using the monochromatic browns. Real men can handle a tiny bit of crystal ball pink, right? 😁
Thanks so much for visiting me today and I hope your weekend is everything you are wishing for! XOX

I've used TPS pre-coloured image and background from A Mesmerizing Fortune Teller
I've used TPS pre-coloured digital image and background papers linked in post

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Sleigh Ride

 Hello. Hope everyone is well. I'm popping in to share a Christmas card.
We are having electrical work done today and they just turned it back on for me to upload this one pic. Once they are done in a little bit, I will come back and add more to this post. 
OKAY, electricity is back on and I can finish this post. We are having a new vent hood put in and the work will be continuing tomorrow. We borrowed a neighbor's generator for the icebox and air conditioning. So, because I've not had indoor lighting today, I decided to work on this card because it's a limited color palette, pink and grey. I used Morning Mist Versafine Clair for my stamping ink and Artistic Outpost's Sleigh Ride stamp set (which I've had for years and had never inked up). 
I used the stand of trees as background.
I used one of Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2's current challenge sketches for my design layout.
I used a white Bazzill 6x6 card base, some dark pink Bazzill for my base mats front and back, some grey SU card for matting and a scrap of light pink Autumn Leaves patterned paper for my top paper layer. On it I stamped the trees with the VF Clair, which I also used to stamp the sentiment and the girls. I colored them with Promarkers and fussy cut them. I used my metallic silver shadow gel pens on the sleigh blading and the flourish peeking out from under the bottom of the circle. I die cut a Elizabeth Craft bow  from white card and colored it with the silver gel pen as well. I added store bought silver metallic snowflakes at each corner per the sketch. Oh, and I stippled Angel Pink Memento ink on the sentiment and edged it with an ice grey Promarker.

Inside at left, I stamped a Stamplorations sentiment with the VF Clair and accented with a pink Promarker. At right is a shot of the card back along with the front to show continuity. I have used a sheet of Pink & Main Frosty patterned paper on top of the dark pink base mat, and a stamped and punched siggie.
And final view. I have a huge collection of AO stamp sets (almost 70 sets!) because I love their vintage look, but some of them really intimidate me. So I need to just use them and get over it. At any rate, one more Christmas card done and an otherwise on-hold day was productive for me. I'm not a fan of this color combo, but that's okay because it does have a wintery look to it. I also probably don't have the best shades of the colors to look really good, because I've seen some really nice pink and grey cards. Still glad I tried it out. 
Have a great evening/day, thanks for visiting me and keep on crafting! XOX


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Uplifting A Friend

 Happy Tuesday, hope all is going well with you. 
I made this card for a sweet friend who received some bad health news. The cute little mouse image and sentiment are from the ITDS digital stamp set Go Fly a Kite.
I can't provide a link because the store is closed down for now, but here's the watermarked promo of the set.
For my design layout, I chose to use this Splitcoaststampers sketch.
I arranged my scene in PSE and surrounded it with a black border before printing. I colored the sky background by stippling 2 shades of Distress ink. I colored the image with Promarkers, heat-embossing the outer edge with clear powder after coating it with a Versamark pen. I die cut the Avery Elle cloud and Poppy Stamps Whittle Cloud border out of white card scraps. I used two lengths of  Art by Marlene washi tape across the white card base underneath the focal layer.
Here's a shot to show the heat embossing around the edge.
Inside the card on left side I used a scrap of patterned paper from my stash and stamped an IBFS prayer stamp in Versafine ink. On the right hand side is a sentiment mash-up where I combined a couple of the ITDS sentiments with a Making Memories hand-stamped hand stamp and 2 sentiment stamps by The Paper Company and MFT.
Here's an angle showing the back of the card with the front to show continuity. I recycled a hot air balloon illustration from a 2018 desk planner and added my stamped and punched siggie.
And final view. Thanks so much for visiting and have a great evening/day. xoxo

Washi tape was a freebie/gift to me included with my online order,
and the air balloon paper on the back was recycled from a 2018 desk planner

Sunday, May 15, 2022

A Cup of Thanks

 Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you are all well. Who's able and planning to watch the blood moon lunar eclipse tonight? Honey's all excited. What I also think is cool is that there will be a partial solar eclipse in October and a total lunar eclipse in November. I read about it HERE. Busy celestial year!
This thank you card is an attempt at artsy, but I originally just wanted to combine the Gecko Galz digital collage sheet image with the Deep Red stamp image, because I thought the chairs in both looked similar so it's like she's at an outdoor sidewalk cafe' sipping a cuppa. Hahaha that was the intention anyhow. I mean, I can see it! 😉😊😉 I cut a scrap piece of Basic Grey Sublime paper with a Spellbinders Labels 21 die, cut it down and used it to mat the image along with some black photo corners. Just playing. It's different, but as it calls for a round element there, I used rounded sides. The Stamplorations sentiment is stamped with Nocturne VF Clair ink. The beautiful washi tape is from my stash and was chosen because I thought it played well with what's behind the woman in the image.
I used Splitcoaststampers Sketch SC375 for my layout design but flipped it horizontally.
Well, I believe this is my last stenciling effort for a while, I'm over it for the time being, lol. I didn't think to snap a pic of the background until after I'd added the washi tape, but you can still see the majority of it. The name of the stenciling technique escapes me at present, but it's where you use a baby wipe to pick up the color. I began with a piece of damply spritzed water color paper and Crackling Campfire DO ink on a craft sheet. I did that wrinkle-free distress tech, smooching the paper down on, in, through the ink. Didn't like the result, so I got a brush and water colored the sheet, then heat-dried it. (I may have screwed up drying it?) Then, I put Tim's Bricked Layering Stencil on my paper and with a baby wipe rubbed through the openings. At first it did well, but even though I kept the wipe clean and used several wipes, it literally quit working (see the top left of my card and then left down to bottom). I kind of panicked and ended up damp water brushing each opening and by the time I got to the bottom right, the brush was too wet and I ended up imprinting the stencil in places. Yup, I flunked that technique, but it's okay because I like the end result just fine! Imperfection adds character, right? 😁
The first thing I did on this card front was to stamp and clear heat-emboss the cafe' image on the water color paper, and then I cut a piece of Avery Repositionable Label paper to mask it before smooshing/water coloring the rest of the background. Have to give that stuff props. It got inky and wet, but it kept contact and no ink seeped onto my image. Gotta love that! I colored the scene using a combination of Promarkers and Zig Clean Color markers with a little water.
Inside the card, left, Avery Elle and Wordsworth stamped sentiments. On back, right, a larger scrap of the BG with a stamped/punched siggie. I just had to use the BG as it blended so well with my card front.
And final view. Thanks for visiting and enjoy your evening/day! xoxo