Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sizzix Winter Card Front, Card 3


This is my third and final card using the Sizzix Winter Card Front die set.

The framing around each tree is a cumulation of three different previous cuts layered and offset slightly.  The green trees are leftover pieces from previous cards as well.  The background paper is from My Favorite Things Subtle Plaids 6x6 pack.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sizzix Winter Card Front, Card 2


This is another card that I made using leftover pieces from other cards with the same die.  I cut the Sizzix Winter Card Front die with gold pattern card stock this time and filled the trees with leftovers.  The background is a piece of paper from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid 6x6 pack.  Merry Christmas words are by Penny Black.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sizzix Winter Card Front , Card 1


I haven't used this Sizzix Winter Card Front die in a few years, so I thought it was time to revisit it.

This is one of those dies that leaves you with a lot of extra pieces to make more cards with.  I'll have a post for the next two days showing more cards I've made using those leftovers.

For today's card, I cut the die with white card stock and adhered the white outlines for the trees on a piece of blue card stock.  Then I adhered the pieces for the trees from leftover cards.  I ran the entire card front through my Cuttlebug with the Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder.

The framing is made using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles cut four times for some dimension.  The snowflake is from Impression Obsession and the word "believe" comes with the Sizzix die set.

Hope you stop by tomorrow for another card with this die ~ Ann


Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Holly Days


The stamps on this card are both by Impression Obsession; Holly F7001 and Holly Days A5254.  I've had the Holly stamp for a while but never gave it much love. 

 I inked the stamp in my MISTI using Forest Moss Distress Ink just two times to get complete coverage.  I then used a Forest Moss distress marker to make a thin outline around the edge of the stamp and to accentuate the veins in the leaves.  This stamp does all the work on it's own -- all I had left to do was to color in the berries.  I didn't color the leaves at all.

This is the first card I've made using a variety of background papers and blocking them like I did.  I've seen other card makers use this method but for me, it's hard finding coordinating papers unless I break down and buy a pad of them.  I have so many single pieces of background paper from years ago that I really don't like spending money buying more papers but this Christmastime set by Authentique spoke to me.

I'm entering this card in the Impression Obsession Challenge:  'Tis the Season and these challenges:

Crop Stop (I used Authentique papers, Tombow Mono Adhesive, Distress inks,  and Scor Tape) 
and 




Sledding Dogs



Monday's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Tear it Up where they want to see torn paper on your card.  I ripped the edges of the snowbanks on my card.

I had been wanting to make a dog sled type of card for some time now.  I cut the child off the sled and replaced him with two Impression Obsession puppies.



Products used on my card:  Impression Obsession Puppy set die142, Sizzix Kids and Sled, Inkadinkado Trees stamp


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two Terriers Christmas


Wednesday's Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Furry Friends.  

I used the following products to make my card:

Sizzix Card Front - Winter die 659589
Sizzix and Cuttlebug embossing folders
Frantic Stamper Two Terriers
DCWV Red Foiled Cardstock
Tombow Mono Adhesive
Scor Tape
Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer glue

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Crop Stop (Tombow Mono Adhesive, Sizzix, Cuttlebug, Scor Tape, Creative Expressions used products used)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Snowflake Corners


The current challenge at Impression Obsession Stamps is 'Tis the Season.  This time I decided to make a card for the Christmas season unlike my first card which I made for Thanksgiving.

I used the following Impression Obsession products on my card:

CC177 Wooden Plank Cover-a-Card Background Stamp
DIE236  Merry Christmas
DIE100  Small Snowflake Set
DIE098  Holly Leaf Cluster

To make the card, I stamped the Wooden Plank on white paper using my MISTI and Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink.  Then I cut out the Merry Christmas 3 times but it didn't stand out enough on the background so I adhered the words to a piece of white cardstock then cut around the edges, leaving a small white border all the way around. 

The snowflakes were cut out twice each and adhered on top of each other for a bit of dimension.  I cut the small snowflakes out of silver foiled cardstock and the larger ones out of a silver shimmer paper.  To finish the snowflakes, I added some tiny white pearls to the centers.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look ~ Ann
















Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cross Stitched Die


Another card for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge:  It's a Stitch Up where you have to use real, die created or faux stitching.  I've used a die that created the cross stitching around the striped rectangle layer.

Today's card was made using the following products:  Sue Wilson Austrian Collection - Salzburg, My Favorite Things Die Namics Flower Trio, Martha Stewart Frond punch, Tutti Designs Hugs, Lawn Fawn Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables, enamel dots from Joann.com

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thanks for Giving card


The current challenge at Impression Obsession is 'Tis the Season.  My card is for the Thanksgiving season; I may possibly make another card later for the Christmas season.

Here's how I made the card:

To make the leaves, I heat embossed some copper embossing powder after stamping the Tree Line stamp on white card stock.   Then I made a mask so I could line up the leaf shape and see exactly what embossed areas I would be getting inside the leaf shape.  I did this for both the larger leaf and the smaller leaf.

After making the mask and lining it up where I wanted it cut, I then slid the die back into the cutout and taped it in place.  Then I ran it through my die cutting machine.


After all the leaves had been cut, this is what the Tree Line stamp looked like (the "grey" leaves are actually my cutting plates beneath the paper).




Products Used:  IO Stamps Thanks DIE375
IO Leaves DIE030
IO Small Leaf Set DIE095
Cover-a-Card Tree Line Background Stamp by IO Stamps
Various Distress Inks
Smoothie Blending Sponges

MFT Quilt Square Cover Up, Take 3


Monday's Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to use stitching on a card:  real, die created, or faux.  The "stitching" on my card is die created and around all the tiny white triangular pieces.

Products Used:  MFT Die-Namics Quilt Square Cover Up, Dee's Distinctively Religious Greetings dies, variety of papers from my stash

I'm also entering this card in the Word Art Wednesday challenge.

This is the previous card I made with the same die.  Can you tell I used the leftover pieces from one card to the next?


Card #1 (below)



Thanks for taking a look ~ Ann

Friday, November 10, 2017

Doily Star Snowflake



Wednesday's Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Snow White.

I got the inspiration for my card from Lin's beautiful card here.  If you've never checked out Lin's blog, you should do so.  Her cards are gorgeous.

Products used on my card:  Stampin' Up Hardwood stamp, Marianne Design Doily Star, Impression Obsession Small Snowflake set, Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink, silver foiled cardstock

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, November 6, 2017

2 Fall Cards Using Negative Die Cuts


To make the card, I first stamped the Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Tree Line stamp and heat embossed it with copper embossing powder.   Then I cut out two of the leaves and swiped them through some wet ink on my craft mat.

I cut out the word Thankful on some orangish foiled cardstock and stamped the coordinating words "For You" on one of the leaves.

Products used:

Spellbinders Grand Ovals
IO Stamps Cover-a-Card Tree Line Background stamp
IO Leaves DIE030
IO Thankful DIE388
IO MC656 Thankful Clear Stamp set

The second card I made uses the negative left over when cutting out the word Thankful on the orange foiled card stock:


After adhering the foiled cardstock to a piece of white cardstock, I then glued the loops from the letters "f" and "l" back in place.

The background stamp on the oval is the Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Fluff stamp.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, November 5, 2017

It's Fall!



To  make my card, I first stamped and heat embossed the Cover-a-Card Tree Line Stamp with copper embossing powder.  I then cut the image into some 2" wide strips  and matted two of them on a white piece of cardstock.

Next I used some watered down distress inks on my craft mat and swiped my cut out leaves thru the wet ink.

I used the following products from IO Stamps:

Cover-A-Card Tree Line Background Stamp
DIE 030 Leaves
DIE 095 Small Leaf Set

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Simon Says Christmas Gift Tag

Today's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to make a Christmas gift tag.


Is it hard for anyone else to switch gears from making Halloween cards to making Christmas cards?  I need time to clear off my desk and put all the Halloween dies and punches away and get out the Christmas ones.  I can't stand a messy desk.

My tag was made using the Marianne Design Tiny's Christmas Stocking die.  The snowflakes are also from that die set.  The papers are from Echo Park's Hello Winter 6x6 pad.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, October 30, 2017

Batty Halloween


The current challenge at Impression Obsession is Haunted Greetings.  

I used one of my favorite Impression Obsession Cover a Card Cling Background Stamps called Tree Line.  After inking my background paper with various distress inks and masking the moon, I put the Tree Line cling stamp in my MISTI and stamped twice with VersaFine Black Ink.

I used the following products on  my card:

Impression Obsession Cover a Card cling background stamp:  Tree Line
IO Mini Bats DIE331
IO Happy Halloween DIE326

I'm entering this card in the above challenge.  I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  All Creatures Great & Small.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, October 28, 2017

When Witches Go Riding ....


Below is the inside of the card:



I can't remember the last time when I actually sat at my desk to make a card.  I totally lost all ambition to sit inside and make cards when we've been having such beautiful Fall weather.  There are always leaves to rake, and the dogs love being outside too.

This card below is the one that got my MOJO back for me.  It's by Michelle Zindorf:


I love her card so I tried making a similar one with the products I own:

Verse stamp by Impression Obsession
Tree stamp by Michaels Arts & Crafts
Witches on broom punch Martha Stewart
Happy Halloween words, Cauldron Witch, Black Cat all by Frantic Stamper
Memory Box Ghosts
Bats and Spider punches by EK Success
Spider Web stamp from Michaels

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Anything Goes -- W Plus 9



This is my last post as Guest Designer for the month of October for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  I want to thank Lorraine (LOLS) for giving me this amazing opportunity.






This week's challenge is

Anything Goes -- W Plus 9

We'd love to see you use W Plus 9 products but it's not necessary to play along in the challenge.

Here's  my card:




Scene cards are one of my favorite type of card to make.  Since Christmas is coming faster than I can make cards, I figured I had better get a start at some point.

I used the following products from the Simon Says Stamp Store:



Subscribe to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog to play along each week for your chance to win the $50 gift voucher and for more inspiration from the Design Team members.




Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge

Halloween





It's time for a new challenge with a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp Store.






This week's challenge is

Halloween





Use the above inspiration board and Paper Smooches products if you have them.  If you don't own any Paper Smooches products, that's okay; you can still enter the challenge using the inspiration board above.

Here's my card:





To make the background I first blended on some Picked Raspberry, Rusty Hinge and Scattered Straw Distress Inks then embossed the paper with the Sizzix Houndstooth embossing folder.

The moon, cat and hat, greeting, and candy corns are from the Lawn Fawn Spooktacular clear stamp set.  I wanted this card to be non-scary for my three year old nephew, so there's no bats or ghosts on the card.

 I also used these Impression Obsession dies:

IO DIE343  Hill Landscape Layers
IO DIE066 Leaf Clusters
IO DIE219 Wide Tree


Subscribe to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog to play along each week for your chance to win the $50 gift voucher and to see the other Design Team's creations.




Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, October 16, 2017

Two Scotties Christmas



Simon Says Stamp has a new challenge today called "It's a Dog's Life".

My card uses the Penny Black Merry Christmas, Frantic Stamper Pine Bough and Frantic Stamper Two Terriers.  The tiny bow tie on the dog is from Frantic Stamper's Birthday Icons.  The background paper is from Michaels.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann


Friday, October 13, 2017

Couture Creations Oooh La La for Crop Stop


This is my last card as Guest Designer for Crop Stop.  I used the beautiful Couture Creations Oooh La La embossing folder that they so graciously sent to me for winning a random draw on their challenge blog.

I wanted to highlight all the pretty individual aspects of this embossing folder so I applied some Creative Expressions gilding wax with my fingers after embossing the white cardstock.  I also painted the entire card with some clear Stickles Glitter Glue for some added sparkle.

For the frame I used my favorite Creative Expressions die called Ornate Pierced Rectangles and cut it out with some glittered craft foam.  I backed the ornate frame with some rose glittered cardstock.  The flowers were cut using the leftover piece of embossed paper that was cut to fit the inside of the frame.  I punched some Cosmos flowers with a Martha Stewart punch and inked the already glittered  flower tops with some Spun Sugar distress ink.  The leaf punch is also by Martha Stewart.

I want to thank Esther for allowing me this opportunity to Guest Design for Crop Stop, and I want to thank Haylie-Jo for sending me this beautiful embossing folder.

You can see more amazing projects every day by visiting the Crop Stop blog.  Also, for your chance to win some Crop Stop prizes, play along at the Crop Stop challenges.  Who knows, your card may be a winner!




~ Ann

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

7 yr old boy with cancer wants Halloween cards

Brock Chadwick, 7 yrs old, is battling brain cancer.  You can read his story here:


Could you please send him a Halloween card:

Brock Chadwick
11 McKenney Dr
Biddeford, ME 04005

Thank you so much!

Ann

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thinking of You - Memory Box




I am super excited and honored to be the Guest Designer for the month of October for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.





This is the second of four weekly challenges, each with a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp Store.






This week's challenge is

Thinking of You -- Memory Box

Here's  my card:





My Father's birthday is in the fall so this will be a perfect card for him.  I used the Memory Box / Poppy Stamps Chinese Lanterns which look exactly like the Chinese Lanterns we had in our garden when I was younger.

These are the products I used from the Simon Says Stamp Store:

Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles


Subscribe to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog to play along each week for your chance to win the $50 gift voucher and to see all the inspirational pieces from the Design Team.



Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, October 6, 2017

Couture Creations Chiaro for Crop Stop



Hi Everyone!  

Recently a card of mine won a challenge at Crop Stop, and I was given this beautiful embossing folder by Couture Creations called Chiaro.  So today as a Guest Designer for Crop Stop, I wanted to share an idea on a different way to use your embossing folders.

I basically first embossed a piece of light green foil cardstock with the Chiaro EF.  I then dripped on a variety of alcohol inks, mostly greens and yellows.  I allowed the inks to saturate the foiled cardstock right through to the opposite side as shown in the first photo below:


I then took a piece of white shimmer cardstock and pressed it onto the back side of the embossed cardstock (not the foiled side) to get a stamped image of the embossing.  I kept rotating the top cardstock to get all the saturated areas stamped onto it.  I then cut out a Spellbinder's heart to use on another card.  For today's card, I wanted the negative that was left over after cutting out the heart.  I attached it to a card 5 x 6 1/2" card base with Scotch dimensional foam tape.

I manually cut the flowers out of the foiled cardstock from the front side using my Tim Holtz non-stick scissors.    The flowers  have a variety of greens and yellows mixed into the light green foiled top layer.   I added some 8mm flat back pearls and cut out the words "With Love" from another Spellbinder's die.

Here's a second card that I made with the leftover heart from the above card and the leftover flowers (flip side of the cardstock from the flowers on the first card):



I want to thank Esther for allowing me to share this card with you and also thank Haylie-Jo at Crop Stop for sending me this wonderful embossing folder.  You should check out their challenge blog for your chance to win some awesome prizes.

Stop by the blog again tomorrow for more inspiration.  I'll be back with another card next Friday.

~ Ann