Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween - to die for - a Vintage Journey

Today I have another card for a challenge. I am entering this into A Vintage Journey: Challenge 17  Halloween - To Die For.

I made a card for this challenge that was to use dies on a project that is strongly influenced by Tim Holtz. You know - Tim Holtz. THE Tim Holtz. The man himself. Yep - that Tim Holtz. The only non-Tim product I used is the paper and the adhesive, I believe. 

First  the inside of a Sizzix Texture Fades Halloween Background embossing folder was inked with Distress Inks. Then I embossed a piece of Neenah card stock with the inked folder. Love that look! That panel was adhered to a black card base.

My next step was to cut the Candlelight Fright Sizzix Bigz Die from black card stock. The die has both the candelabra and the spider. I used Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy to crackle the candles and  Distress Paint in Tarnished Brass to color the flames. These pieces were then added to my card with foam dimensionals. 

A bit vintage, a bit spooky and I like how it came out. 

As always, Thanks for visiting and I hope you're doing whatever it is that you love.


Monday, October 27, 2014

A Dreamweaver Christmas Card

Hello. Today's card was made to enter into the  A Happy HallowThanksMas Challenge at Dreamweaver Stencils. Isn't that the cutest name ever? The Dreamweavers Design Team had a collaboration with the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween, plus a Christmas collaboration with Stampendous and Core'dinations this month. Hence the challenge named for several holidays!

I used Dreamweavers Stencil LG 746- Star Dream Christmas Tree for my card. I added gold ink to my Dreamweavers Embossing Paste to color it because I don't have the gold metallic paste yet. Also, irridescent glitter was added to give the paste some sparkle. I smoothed the paste over the stencil onto black card stock and let it dry.

Once the tree was dry, I added glitter tape onto two corners and matted it onto gold metallic card stock. The panel was adhered to a black card base. Some gold sequins were scattered about for some added shine. Sorry that my poor picture doesn't capture all the shine.

I have a few more Halloween and Thanksgiving cards to finish, and then I must get going on Christmas. It's less than 2 months away! Yikes!

Enjoy the rest of your day doing whatever it is that you love.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mama Elephant October Challenge

Hello everyone. Today I'm sharing a card for the Mama Elephant October Challenge - Anything Goes.

Since I don't have any of the Mama Elephant Halloween stamps in my growing ME collection yet, I decided to make a birthday card. I have lots of birthdays coming up, so this seemed to be a great time to make one.

I used Peek a Frame Creative Cuts to create the base for a shaker card. I love shakers - they are such fun! Both the large outside frame and the smaller rounded corner frame were cut from Neenah card stock. For the top cut out piece, I placed the smaller frame inside the larger one to create the opening. Acetate was adhered to the back of the frame for the clear opening.

Gold Tsukineko Delicata Ink was used to stamp the large sentiment from the Make a Wish set by Mama Elephant on the inside panel. Lots of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh were added on top of the sentiment. I love all the beautiful colors of sequins that Paulina has in her shop. To allow the sequins room to shake, I added foam tape all around the edge of the inside panel. Then the clear panel was adhered to the top and the sequins easily move around inside.

Shaker cards are so much fun; both to make and receive. My fabulous niece turns 22 this week, so this will go to her.

Thanks for looking and I hope you're enjoying today doing whatever it is that you love.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thank You, Rhea!

For the past several months I have been taking a series of fantastic Copic Technique Classes at my LSS, Creativ You & Co, owned by designer Stacie Johnson. The classes have been taught by the outrageously talented Rhea Weigand of Passionate Paper Creations. Currently, Rhea is on the Design Teams for May Arts Ribbon , Little Darlings and Kraftin Kimmie Stamps. She also designs Rhea's Twisted Side stamps for C.C. Designs and has a brand new line of dies coming out for C.C. Designs this week;  By DIEzyne dies.

Rhea is an extremely gifted designer, instructor and color artist. She has given those of us lucky enough to take her classes an insane amount of knowledge about Copic markers. We've covered how to read the color code, the Copic color wheel, blending, texture, and light source. In addition Rhea's taught us how to color faces, eyes, hair, backgrounds, textures, pleats, folds, metal, wood and even jeans. She's given us countless hours of preparation and more information than I'll ever be able to absorb.

Today was our last class. We had a play day that was great fun! Rhea showed us how to use the air compressor, along with some fab techniques created with these awesome alcohol markers. We learned how to make some very cool backgrounds on stamped images.

Aren't they fabulous? I just love all the things you can do with Copics and by adding an air compressor, the results are amazing.

We also used Copics to air brush on tiles. Using four markers, a stamp, some air and embossing powder on a plain white tile we created gorgeous coasters. I am in love with how this came out!

I want to send a huge thank you to Rhea for teaching these amazing classes. You really must visit and follow her blog, Passionate Paper Creations, to see her stunning creations. Rhea includes her well-known Color Palettes with her cards, enabling you to see all the colors used. Her blog is loaded with all sorts of amazing projects showcasing her many talents. Pure eye candy!

After visiting Rhea's blog, be sure to also visit and follow Stacie at her blog, Creativ You & Co. for even more fabulous creativity.

Thank you, thank you, Rhea! Now I'm so happy to be able to call you my friend! You rock!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Give Thanks

Today I'm sharing a Thanksgiving card that I created to enter into some challenges. I like doing challenges because they force help me create projects I might not normally do. That is not the case with today's card.

This card is made with hoarded  saved paper from my all time favorite company, and from one of my favorite of their collections, which is now retired. If you know me at all, you know it's Graphic 45 and the collection is A Place in Time.

I mentioned hoarding because once again, I created this card to enter into the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge. My last entry shown here was selected as a Favorite by Gloria Stengel; the mastermind behind this challenge and biggest hoarder ever (tee hee), and her Design Team. I cannot thank them all enough for choosing my project. What an honor! Thank you! Thank you! I'm so happy you liked my project.

This is Challenge #18 - Layer It and I have a ton of layers on my card. The kraft card base was paper distressed and then ink distressed it with Vintage Photo. Next I added pieces from the A Place in Time November Cut-Apart page. (I only have one piece left - yikes!) The green check patterned paper was topped with a layer of frayed burlap, then I popped up the signature monthly post card over the burlap. 

Next came a die cut from the Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Leaves die by Sizzix. I clustered a postoid and a greeting cut from the page with the tattered leaf. All pieces were ink distressed with Vintage Photo. 

To add even more layers, I made a scrunched multi-loop bow from green seam binding. I used May Arts twine to form a flower over my bow, and topped that with a button. 

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Have a wonderful weekend doing whatever it is that you love.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I Chews You

Sharing another Halloween card today. This is an image from Undying Love, one of SugarPea Design' s new stamp sets from their latest release. I love this set! The zombies, a boy and girl, are just too cute. Seriously! The sentiments crack me up.

Yes, I'm still practicing my Copic coloring. I'm really liking it lately. Not stressing if it's the right way or not. Just having fun. 

I colored this cutie on Copic Xpress It paper and layered it onto an easel card base made from Neenah Solar White paper. The pattern paper is from my stash. I believe it's either AMuse or Memory Box purchased from a LSS that is sadly no longer in business. The black tulle and orange ribbon are also from my stash. 

Those gorgeous sequins are a new purchase from Pretty Pink Posh. This new mix from Paulina is the 4mm Trick or Treat with yummy purple, orange and green sequins. These are my new obsession. I love sequins and seem to be using them on every card I make.

Aren't those sentiments the funniest things? I think they're hysterical and so love my sweet little zombie. She was lots of fun to color and make into a card. 

I hope you're enjoying what's left of the weekend doing what you love. 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Meet Tabitha

Can you believe Halloween is less than 2 weeks away? Wow, time is flying by. So many projects I need to complete and never enough time.

I've been practicing some more Copic coloring. This is Mo Manning's cute little witch, Tabitha. She's another image from the Penny Black Glenda & Frankie set that I used on my mummy card here. Isn't she the sweetest thing?

This center step card was fun to make. I followed this tutorial from Splitcoaststampers and made a 6x6 card. The card was covered with Bo Bunny Double Dot paper layered onto orange cardstock. My colored image was layered onto orange cardstock and popped up onto the center panel. 

The sentiment is from the same set and stamped onto a banner that is popped up. I used some buttons from my stash and May Arts natural twine was added around the buttons.

Hopefully my coloring is improving, a bit better every time, ever so slowly. I'd love some input from my coloring friends.

I hope you enjoy some time this weekend doing whatever it is that you love.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #17

I haven't entered the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge in awhile. It's a fabulous challenge run by the amazing Gloria Stengel of Scraps of Life. You really must visit to see all the stunning projects by the designers.

I finally finished my Halloween configurations box. Digging into the bin where I hoard store all of my Halloween and fall goodies to make this was so much fun. I  also used lots of older Tim Holtz products, of course!

First I painted all the pieces of the box with Tarnished Brass distress paint. I added some tiny scraps of  paper from the Lost & Found Seasonal Paper Stash that I have left inside some boxes. Then I used Hobgoblin Tissue Tape that I've had forever on the edges of all the little boxes . After hot gluing the boxes onto the base, I added more of that fab tissue tape to the outside edges. (I don't think it's available anymore, and I only have a little left. Sigh.) 

Next came the fun of adding lots of goodies in the boxes. There's skeletons, skulls, caskets, a bony hand and a crow from Michaels, I believe. I put some alcohol ink into an Idea-ology corked vial and then covered it with a bat label. The skulls are strung on hemp that is hanging in a box. I die cut some Spellbinders Tomb Stones from grungeboard and added them behind some of the figurines. There's also a die cut spider web with some spiders.

I also added an Idea-ology skull & crossbones and some Remnant Rubs from the Apothecary set. There's a tea light in one of the boxes that also has tissue tape on it. The feet of the box are wooden balls painted black. 

I first saw one of these made by May Flaum on her blog a few years ago when I started to become interested in more than just scrapbooking. It was the first time I had ever seen a project done with these. Thanks, May, for the fabulous introduction to these awesome boxes! 

So, that's my project for Challenge #17 - Happy Fall Y'all! Nothing says fall like a spooky Halloween. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all!

There's no school Monday due to Columbus Day, so I'm enjoying this long weekend. How about you?

I spent today coloring some more images with Copics and making some cards. I am really having fun with some new card designs to go with my colored images. It's unusual for me to make an easel or a step card, but I really love them. Just takes a lot more time to make, but they're so worth it.

This is a stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs called Bountiful Blessings. I love this sweet little scarecrow that comes with 2 pumpkin images and 5 sentiments. Not sure how well she's colored, but I'm ok with how she turned out. This Copic coloring takes so much practice! I hope I get better as I keep practicing.

I made a side step card from Neenah 80 lb. paper and layered her up onto it. She's colored on Copic XPress It paper. The other papers are all from my stash.The grass is made with a Martha Stewart punch.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend doing whatever it is you love.

Friday, October 10, 2014


It's been quite awhile since I posted here. Sometimes life leaves little time for crafting.

I have been taking the Copic Online Card Class, as well as some fabulous classes from well-known Copic artist Rhea Weigand of Passionate Paper Creations at my LSS, Creativ You & Co. Wow, that girl is fantastic! Be sure to check her blog. It's just loaded with fabulosity!

I'm only a beginner. Not a very good one, I must admit. Lots and lots of practice is needed to master even the smallest level of skill. Whenever I can I try to get a bit of coloring in.

Recently, I colored some of the images in the Glenda & Frankie set from Penny Black. The images of children in Halloween costumes in this set are so adorable. I made a couple of cards with the mummy image, which requires very little coloring. Gotta start somewhere, right?


I made the cards with the same papers and ribbon. On the first one I added some twists of tulle with sequins, something I learned from Rhea. On the second card, I left off the tulle and added cheesecloth behind the image. I think that goes better with that cute little guy in his mummy costume.

I'll share some of the sweet little witch images from the set as soon as I get them made into cards. Meanwhile, enjoy whatever it is that you love.