Monday, May 22, 2017

Manly Monday Catch You Later Series

Here is one card in this series of Catch You Later cards.

The sentiment is from Cricut cartridge Just Because cards size 3 1/4. The green cardstock is by Sunborn and patterned papers by Papertrey Ink and Stampin Up. The stamps are by Close to my Heart with both stamped in brown ink. I colored the fish in with different distress inks.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Be Happy Card

For my card today I used patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket and white cardstock by Recollections. I stamped the Stampin'Up Mosaic stamp onto purple cardstock with purple Ranger ink. Then I used the matching punch to individualize them to arrange them onto a half  circle die cut cut out from my Cricut.

The bottle cap is a recycled beer cap that I covered with Ranger's alcohol ink and the silver mixative. The flower gem in the center is by The Paper Studio. The sentiment is an old vellum by Provo Craft. Now days I adhere all vellum with the Xyron sticker maker.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Park City Anniversary Card

This bottle cap came from my cousin in Utah and Park City is where she got engaged. So I'm usin g this cap for their anniversary card.

The card base is a kraft pre-made Recollections card. I find I end up with a lot of 2" by 6" strips of patterned paper because I sometimes use the 6x6 paper pads. This card utilizes two of these scraps. I adhered the Pink Paislee patterned paper strips to each side of the card base and covered the seam with a Mrs. Grossman's sticker. I used a border punch by EK Success on the right side edge and then the doily is by Doodlebug Designs.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Whale Done Grad Card

Graduation season is upon us and this little card is kind of fun. The whale stamp set is by Clearly Besotted. The hat is a Jolee's sticker. The background was dry embossed with a Darice folder.

Here are some other cards with the same stamp set for graduation:

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Be U and Only U!

The ATC theme for these cards was unicorns. Oddly enough some Cricut cartridges I have brought me a couple of options. I cut it out with pink cardstock for the shade and the polka dot paper for the top. 

The background cardstock is by Paper Reflections and I've dry embossed it with a Stampin Up folder. I inked the raised portion with distress ink and outlined each leaf with a white Sharpie. The pink patterned paper is by Stampin Up and the white jean paper is by Recollections. I did stamp the bottom with a Deep Red Stamps border stamp called Vintage Lace borders. It's the middle border on the package and it's only the side with the lines.

I did ripe the edges of the patterned paper on these cards so they didn't look so sweet and innocent. And this is why:

"I tend to obsess over what everyone else is doing to create their ATC's instead of doing my own thing and being proud of what I made. I made these as a reminder to be the unicorn. To Do what I feel like doing. To not worry that I didn't do enough techniques on the card to make it worthy of trading. There is nothing wrong with being unique and not following the trend. 

Lately I've been putting on my "I don't give a s__t shoes". They make me feel like more like myself and teach me not to obsess about what will people think of my hair, my outfit or how fat my body looks. Everyone is looking at their phone and not looking at me anyway. So if I walk by a mirror and my hair is doing its own thing, I just say "I don't give a s__t". 
That was my inspiration for making these unicorn themed cards."

I used the Quickutz tool and old alphabet dies for the bold black words and a couple have a Creative Imaginations sticker (be). The other stuff I wrote with a black marker. I did ink the edges with black distress ink and gave two unicorns a black dot for the eye and the other two with the white Sharpie.


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Manly Monday Hubby's Beer Card

I really like the way this card came together. The gold patterned paper background is the back of a photo Christmas card. So yea, I chopped up someone's little kid picture. I'm recycling which will benefit that kid so it's all good. Right? 

The Miller Lite cap was flattened and then adhered to a white circle punch and then a blue Design Objectives die. The gold string is by Martha Stewart. Pretty simple but in real life took me forever to put together. Story of my life-nothing is of a short duration.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Flowery Birthday Girl Card

I'm so very behind on everything. 
I'm not sure where my days go. 
I'm not sure why everything takes so long. 
I'm not sure where the easy button is.

I do know this, my blog is being neglected.  
I need to work on better time management. 

Oh well...
For my card today,
I stamped a Stampin Up flower stamp with Colorbox ink and let the ink dry before cutting it out with the matching die. I layered the flower on top of a Imaginisce flower and onto a flower like die cut. The die cut is from the Cricut cartridge Elegant Edges cut out with paper by Sunborn and Bazzill. The brad in the center of the layered flowers is by We R Memory Keepers. The left side patterned paper is unknown but the birthday girl patterned paper is by Jillibean Soup. 

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Iris Folding Grey Grad Card

I made this graduation card using the iris folding technique. The stamp is by Stamp N plus but she's no longer in business. Ink by Hero Arts (Charcoal Shadow ink) and sentiment sticker by Pebbles.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

A Toast 2 U!

Today my card uses a Coors Light bottle cap. I had my husband flatten it before I adhered it to a black cardstock circle. I then matted a Coredinations cardstock circle behind it and a Gina Marie circle die cut behind that. I made the sentiment with a Lawn Fawn alphabet set and black ink. The patterned paper is by K and Co and the black and white cardstock by Recollections.

Thanks for being patient with me and things will get better. Hopefully.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

You Did It! Card

I have a plain and simple card to share today. I may use it as a graduation card but we'll see. The background paper is by Recollections and the cardstock from my stash. The frame stamp is by Inkadinkado and the sentiment by Hero Arts. The ink used is an old one by Stampin Up. The border punch is by Fiskars.

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Fruity ATC cards

My cards today were for the ATC swap. theme: the color orange, primary orange. The tangerine chipboard is a clothing tag that I cut off the edges with corner decorative scissors and inked the edges orange. The background is a Stampin Up canvas background stamp. I stamped it onto orange cardstock with white Studio Calico paint. I inked the edges orange.

The yellow cardstock on the right side is by Paper Reflections.I sprayed the cardstock with orange Smooches spray by Clear Snap. Once it dried, I stamped a Hero Arts tropical leaves stamp on top using Tsukineko green ink, which I think is called bamboo leaves. It's faint but I like that. Then I randomly cut the edge off to keep the orange in site.

I cut up these Hawaiian menus that Grandma had saved from their cruise in 1985 to get all the little words. (Oh yes, she still had them) I adhered the words to the tag and outlined them with,a white Sharpie marker. The fruit stickers are by American Crafts/Amy Tangerine, the pineapple brads by Eyelet Outlet and the rhinestones from my stash.

The only difference between this second one and the rest is, I added some Spellbinders dies above the tag. It may have been to cover up a mistake. It was also stamped with the leaves stamp. 

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Red Graduation Cards

Graduation is near and I have a card to share. I die cut the grad cap and the white circle using my Cricut. The patterned paper is by The Paper Studio. The sentiment is a Jolee's sticker and the small squiggly stickers are by Paper Adventures. I used cardstock by Recollections.

This one isn't red but it uses the same supplies. The sentiment is a Cricut cut

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cheers Card

My card today uses a Mount Pleasant bottle cap that my husband flattened for me. I adhered the cap to a Spellbinders die out of Echo Park patterned paper. The cheers die is by Lawn Fawn.The yellow cardstock is by Sunborn and has been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. There's gold rick rack on the sides of the yellow cardstock. The black textured paper is by Coredinations and the black and white cardstock by Recollections.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Up-Cycled Cards

The fun designer paper was a card base for an invitation. I cut it in half and added it to a square card base. I die cut some borders from dies I bought on Ebay and stamped the Lawn Fawn greeting on the first and a Stampin Up greeting on the second.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Buttercream Flower card

My cards have been rather on the flowery side in the last month. This flower stamp is by Stampin Up and I stamped it with Memento ink and colored it in with Copic markers. I cut it out and adhered it to a circle die. That die and the scallop edge die are by Stampendous. The patterned paper on top is by Stampin Up and the bottom is by Basic Grey. The seam is covered by a piece of brown ribbon and a piece of vintage ribbon over that.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Container Cards

I made these for an April ATC Swap for the theme: containers. I inked watercolor paper by Strathmore with blue, pink and green distress inks and sprayed them with water before setting them aside to dry.

I went to the recycle basket upstairs and looked for the different words that were describing containers; cabinets, carrier, box, bags, can, jar and even a safe. I cut them up and glued them on with Mod Podge. 

The mason jar is a Jolee's sticker. In the past, I've opened the jar from the back with a razor blade and filled the jar with beads. HERE is an example of doing just that. But for some reason I wasn't able to do that this time. Instead I cut the back off the sticker and replaced it with white cardstock. I adhered the cardstock to the card base. I put down a glop of Glossy Accents and beads on top of it before I adhered the jar on top. 

I thought the cards needed something more so I put more Mod Podge on the card and added these tiny beads. I drew lines and patterns around the edges with blue and pink CM markers. I added the Forever in Time glitter tape to the bottom and inked the edges with black distress ink. 

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Manly Monday Vintage Delivery Truck

The Vintage Delivery Truck stamp is by Deep Red Stamps. I stamped it with white paint onto brown cardstock. I die cut the image with a stitched rectangle die and then the next larger out of October Afternoon graph patterned paper. I inked the edges of the dies. The card base is kraft cardstock by Recollections. The off white cardstock has been embossed with a Darice clock folder and then heavily inked with distress ink. I then added washi tape by We are Memory Keepers to the panel before adhering it to the center of the card.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Coca-Cola Cards

Some new ATC's with the theme fabric. My fabric is the background.

The bottle cap is from Darice. I punched a 1" circle and stamped the words inside with alphabet stamps and black ink. The flourishes and Michigan die cuts were by Quick Kutz. I used the same alphabet stamps for the words in lower Michigan and wrote the "we call it" with a purple marker in the Upper Peninsula.

The silver metallic floss was in my stash as well as the Coca-Cola fabric. I did dry emboss the card base with the fabric already adhered with a Cuttlebug  folder (tiny circles) and a border folder by Sizzix. I also splattered the base with white paint but it's hard to see. The Michigan die cut and the base were inked with Black Soot distress ink with an ink blender both by Ranger. The edges are fraying and a little rough but I kind of liked that look.

Here are the links to the images:
Be Refreshed

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Just For You Flower card

The flower stamp and die are my Sizzix.  I stamped them with different Colorbox inks. The sentiment is a Fiskars stamp. The die behind the flower is by Spellbinders. The patterned paper behind the flower is by Die Cuts with a View and My Mind's Eye on the left side.

I'm not sure about the paper punch because it was a border swap I did a long time ago.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Stampendous Floral Card

The background paper is by Provo Craft and the yellow cardstock is by Recollections. The embossing folder is by Cuttlebug. The flower stamp is by Stampendous and I colored it in with SU watercolor pencils. The strip down the right side is a stamp by SU.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stampin' Up Flower card

Another simple card that I will probably use for a birthday card. The Flower stamps are by Stampin Up and the leaf swirl is by Sizzix. I stamped them with Colorbox pigment ink and die cut out with matching dies. The patterned paper on the left is by Making Memories and to the right of it is washi tape by Darice. It's hard to see but to the right of the tape is a white on white border that I cut out with the Cricut cartridge Ribbons and Rosettes. The white cardstock base is by Recollections.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Large Christmas Tree card

Merry Christmas one and all! We are only 8 months away from the glorious holiday. The Christmas tree stamp was heat embossed with Versa Mark ink and Stampendous embossing powder.The green patterned paper is by Creative Memories. Then the one other thing I know is is the stamped sentiment by Hero Arts with ink by Stampin Up.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Manly Monday Blue Fish Cards

I dry embossed a piece of white cardstock with a Stampin Up cloud embossing folder. The wave patterned paper is by American Crafts. I hand cut the wave pattern at the top edge of the patterned paper. The sentiment (size 3 1/4) is cut from my Cricut Just Because Cards cartridge out of Bazzill blue cardstock. The mini fish are also cut from Cricut but I'm not sure which cartridge. The hook is a Quickutz die and the fish is a Close to My Heart stamp. I stamped it in brown ink (SU) and colored it in with distress markers before cutting him out.

The second card is very similar except I cut the sentiment a part and used one of the small fish dies to house the letter U, which is a Freckled Fawn sticker. The background stamp is by Stampin Up and the side border is a Spellbinders die.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Blue Moon Bottle cap card

I love the bottle cap cards for those family and friends that drink beer. A lot of them save cool caps for me. One of our good friends will pick out a beer based on if the cap catches his eye. Grand Rapids, MI is considered "Beer City". We have soooo many breweries in this area. 

Anyways, the cap is matted with a circle punch (CM) and a scallop die (Spellbinders). The corner patterned paper is by Making Memories. The sentiment stamp (Hero Arts) is heat embossed in white onto a strip of blue cardstock. The other two cardstock are by Recollections.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Princess Vanellope Cards

I stamped a Stampin Up background onto white cardstock with Worn Lipstick distress ink. I inked the edges with the same pink and Peacock Feathers ink using an ink blending tool (Ranger). On pink thick mulberry paper by Darice I applied Dreamweaver Stencils white embossing paste to a stencil of a trophy. After it dried, I cut it out and inked the edges pink. I found some words in a magazine, which then, of course, I found better ones after I finished these cards. I added the words with Mod Podge and added some glitter on top of it. I got a little crazy with the glitter obscuring the words on two of them.

On white cardstock, I inked up a Stampin Up roller that looked to me like a checkered flag, with Bermuda Bay SU ink and rolled it several times before I was able to get it in a somewhat straight line. Not really but it is what it is. I cut it out and added the border on top of the card base before adhering the trophy to the left.

I printed the image of Princess Vanellope von Schweetz, a racer/glitch in the game Sugar Rush from the movie Wreck it Ralph. I found the image on Vintage and printed it out onto Canon photo paper. I also printer her out onto regular cardstock and liked the glossy much better. I trimmed down the image and matted black behind it. I popped the image up with 3M dimensional tape. The chipboard crown is either from Tim Holtz or Maya Road. Either way, I painted it gold with Adirondack Metallics Acrylic paint before adding the it behind her image. I added the key from my stash to the bottom.

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