Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nautical Thinking of You



I've never used this Spellbinders embossing folder until now.  It's called "Need a Rope?".

The sailboat is by Frantic Stamper.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge:  Add a Sentiment

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, August 14, 2017

30 Days of Diemond Dies - Day 14


Today is Day 14 of the Diemond Dies Giveaway.  Like them on Facebook and leave a comment there about my card for a chance to win a gift certificate to their store.

This card uses 3 dies from Diemond Dies:  The Fluttering Butterfly set, Pretty Petals Flower and the Filmstrip:


        



I cut the filmstrip apart so I could place the pieces diagonally on the embossed card front.  Since I didn't want the script embossing to show through the filmstrip, I cut the filmstrip again with white cardstock and used just the rectangle centers under the butterflies.  Then I adhered the small butterflies and filled their wings with a light green shimmer paper.  The flower on the butterflies is the smallest flower in the Pretty Petals Flower set.

Products Used:  Diemond Dies:  Fluttering Butterfly, Pretty Petals Flower die set, Filmstrip / Craft Concepts Hand Script EF

Diemond Dies has given me a discount code for you to use if you purchase $20 or more from their store.  Use code ddag to receive 20% off plus FREE shipping in the US and International.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Alcohol Ink on Tiles


(with the flash on)


(without the camera flash)

I stumbled upon a website called the Alcohol Ink Community where you can see some amazing talent by AI artists.  There is a video on the site where a lady paints stones with AI so I figured I'd give it a try on some ceramic tiles we had left over.  I broke the tile for a more natural look.

I used canned air to blow the inks around.  This is highly addicting; once you start, you can't stop.  To finish off the piece, I covered it with Glossy Accents for a nice shine.

If you aren't familiar with Alcohol Ink (AI), this is what it looks like:

Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink

It is basically alcohol based ink that dries quickly.  It works best on glossy photo paper, Yupo paper, glass and other items but does not work on regular cardstock or watercolor paper.  I had a lot of this ink from my card teaching days, so I dug it out and gave it another try.

You should check out the amazing talent in this group.  They also have a Facebook page for the AI Community which you can join for free.  The members are very helpful to beginners like myself.

I hope to work on some other pieces later today.  Wouldn't it be fun to make some stones for jewelry out of this?

~ Ann

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sunset Tree Line



I'm finally getting the hang of using orange and turquoise together for the Impression Obsession Challenge.  This card reminds me of standing on a hill at Lake George, NY while the sun is setting,  looking over the lake at the purple mountains on the other side.

I started off by stamping the IO Tree Line Cover-a-Card Background stamp with Versamark Ink and heat embossing with some black embossing powder.  This stamp inks up so nicely the first time for being such a big stamp.

I then rubbed on a variety of distress inks using a Smoothie.  At the bottom of the card I used Salty Ocean and at the top of the card I first used Spun Sugar so the pink would mix with the blue for a bit of purple.  On top of the Spun Sugar, I applied Spiced Marmalade very lightly in the middle of the card and very heavily at the top.  The great thing about distress inks is how the colors separate; you can see some of the yellow that separated from the orange in the middle of the card.

The final step was to cut out and adhere the word "thanks" from the Impression Obsession DIE375.

These are the products used to make my card:

Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Tree Line Background stamp, Impression  Obsession Thanks DIE375,  Distress Inks, black embossing powder

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

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

30 Days of Diemond Dies -- Day 12


This is a 5 x 6.5" pocket card made with the following Diemond Dies:







To make the card, I started off with a kraft card base measuring 6.5" x 10" and folded it in half.

Then I cut a piece of Doodlebug purple gingham paper measuring 4.5" x 6" and inked around the edges with some dark purple ink.  I adhered that piece to my card front.

For the pocket, I took another piece of double sided gingham paper measuring 4.5" x 6" and folded down the top right corner to line it up with the left edge of the paper.  I also inked around the edges of this piece of paper with purple ink.

To adhere this pocket piece to your card, be sure you leave enough room to tuck in your seed packet.

To make the flower, I cut three of the largest Pretty Petals and adhered them with glue but staggering the petals so they didn't line up on top of each other.  The brown center of the flower is made using three of the smallest Pretty Petals flower, adhering them on top of each other, and pressing a stylus into the center to form a cup.  The leaves are made using the Martha Stewart branch punch.

The Garden Tools were made by cutting them all on a piece of silver foiled cardstock which I dabbed with a rust colored alcohol ink.  I rubbed some of the color off with a piece of sandpaper for a distressed look.  Next I cut just the handles of each tool with brown paper and adhered them onto the existing tool handles.

After cutting a stitched rectangle out of Core'dinations paper, I sanded the edges and adhered two of the garden tools.

This is a great kind of card to make for anyone who likes gardening but you could also tuck a tag or gift card into the pocket instead of a seed packet. 


Diemond Dies will be having a new project posted on their Facebook page for 30 days.  They will also being doing several random drawing giveaways so be sure to "Like" their Facebook page and leave comments on the designer's projects for your chance to win.

You can use code ddag to receive a 20% discount off all dies in the store and to get FREE shipping in the US and International on purchases of $20 or more.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pail of Hollyhocks



At first I was stumped as to what I could do with these two colors other than having some orange leaves falling out of a blue sky -- I think I did a card like that last year.  I wanted something totally different and tried to think outside the box -- that's when I realized a heart against the blue sky would really set off some flowers and thus the process began.

I stamped the Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Fluff Background stamp in Salty Ocean distress ink then cut out the Spellbinder's Classic Heart and painted that with Salty Ocean also.  To make the hollyhocks, I cut them out of white cardstock then colored the stems with a Peeled Paint distress marker and painted the flowers with watered down Spiced Marmalade distress ink.  I also watercolored the tall grass with watered down Peeled Paint distress ink.

The pail was cut using silver mirror board but looks like it's red in the photo.

Products Used:  Impression Obsession Fluff Cover-A-Card Background stamp, IO Pail, IO Hollyhocks, IO Tall Grass, Spellbinders Classic Hearts, IO Stamps MC662 Thanks


I'm also entering this in the Crop Stop Anything Goes Challenge

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Thank you for stopping by ~ Ann


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Vanilla Cupcake




One of my nephews will only eat vanilla cupcakes, and he prefers to not have them frosted.  Can you believe that?  Definitely not the typical sweet-tooth in my family.

I made the card based on the sketch at My Favorite Things:

Sketch Challenge 345 #mftstamps


The cupcake wrapper was cut out of silver mirrorboard but it's so shiny that it just didn't photo well.  My sister uses those aluminum foil cupcake wrappers to jazz up the plain white cupcakes for her son.

I used the following products for today's card:  My Favorite Things Die-Namics Sweet Treats die set, MFT Lucky Prints 6x6 paper pack, MFT Tiny Check 6x6 paper pack, Creative Expressions Stitched Flags, Tombow Mono Adhesive, Broken China Distress Ink, Frantic Stamper Pinprick Circles



I'm entering this card in the following challenges:






Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gold Christmas Trees


A very quick Christmas card made of gold foil cardstock.


Products Used:  IO Fir Trees, IO Holly Leaf Cluster, IO Merry Christmas, IO Hill Landscape Layers

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Feminine Birthday Card



I've taken photos of this card several times but can't get the real colors to come out on this dreary day.  In real life, the card is a very soft pink and even lighter under the vellum layer.

For the flowers, I used the Altenew Painted Flowers layering stamp set.  I first stamped the outline layer with VersaFine Black Onyx ink then stamped the solid layer with Spun Sugar distress ink and the center layer with Stampin' Up Regal Rose.

I used the following products:  Altenew Painted Flowers, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame, Darice Wire Fence embossing folder, Stampin' Up vellum, Penny Black Sentiment Collection

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Happy  Birthday

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes

Die Cut Divas Anything Goes for August

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, August 5, 2017

MFT Quilt Square Cover Up


I'm still playing around with this new (to me) die from My Favorite Things.  It's called the Quilt Square Cover Up.  I'm finding that when I make one card with it, I have a bunch of pieces leftover to make other cards with, so the cycle continues on and on.

This is my first Christmas card for the 2017 season.  I used a variety of Authentique papers and others from my stash.  Some of the maroon star pieces were embossed with a Spellbinders leaf EF and then sanded down, as well as the frame.

I used the following products:  MFT Die-Namics Quilt Square Cover Up, Impression Obsession Pine Cluster Sprig (includes the pine cone), Frantic Stamper Mix and Match Christmas (word), Spellbinders leaf EF EL-003

I'm entering this card in the August Challenge at Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper. and


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Your Next Stamp Challenges

Your Next Stamp has two challenges going on; one is a sketch challenge and the other is a color challenge.  I wanted to combine both into one card:


Needless to say I was "challenged" by the sketch but found the colors a lot more friendly to work with.  I really had to think about putting this layout together as it's not my typical card style, but that's the reason for these challenges -- to make you think outside your normal comfort zone.

      

I used the following products:  Sizzix leaf embossing folder, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle STAX, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, Diemond Dies Fluttering Butterfly

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lemon Popsicle


This card was put together as a result of several different challenges in mind:

MFT Sketch Challenge #344 with this sketch:



And these challenges:





I started off by cutting the My Favorite Things Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame on a diagonal and paper piecing the MFT Farm Fresh Gingham papers with it.  I used a mini splatter stamp to add the orange splatters on the orange background paper.  I wanted the splatters there but to be subtle.  Then I cut two of the longest sides of the Stitched Rectangle Scallop and used just those long sides for the top of the card.

    


For the popsicle, I chose yellow to match the gingham paper even though I don't think I've ever seen a yellow popsicle in real life.  To make the "bite" in the popsicle, I used a mini flower punch by Stampin' Up.

Products Used:  MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Oval STAX, MFT Die-Namics Sweet Treats, MFT Farm Fresh Gingham, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, Mini Ink Splatter stamp by Your Next Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Penny Black Petal Power


This card was made for the Penny Black Holiday Head Start Challenge where you have to use at least one PB item and have a holiday theme (any holiday so I used Valentine's Day).


I used the following items:  PB Petal Power clear stamp set, PB Forever & Always stamp set, KaiserCraft Tiny Rose EF stamped on vellum.  I colored the flowers with Distress Markers.

I'm entering this card in the Die Cut Divas Anything Goes for August (I used an embossing folder on my card)

Thanks for taking a look ~ Ann

30 Days of Diemond Dies Promotion




Welcome to 30 Days of Diemond Dies.

  Diemond Dies is a company committed to producing American made dies with popular styles that will appeal to scrapbookers, card makers, altered artists, and general paper crafters.  

The project for Day #1 is my 3D Watering Can basket.

This basket can hold items inside the 1.5" x 2" basket (tutorial below) and was made using the Diemond Dies Large Watering Can Mini Album Die:


I also used the Fluttering Butterflies and Pretty Petals Flower dies by Diemond Dies:

    

As part of the promotion, Diemond Dies will be having random drawings on their Facebook page for those who comment on the projects posted by the Design Team and "Like" Diemond Dies.

Dee, the owner of Diemond Dies, has graciously given me a discount code to pass along to you to use on Diemond Dies.   You can use code ddag to receive a 20% discount off all dies in the store and to get FREE shipping in the US and International on purchases of $20 or more during this current promotion.  

Here's my tutorial on how to make the 3D Watering Can Basket:

Start off by cutting two of the Large Watering Can (I used some core'dinations sandable paper so I could distress the can) on cardstock.  I then cut just the watering end of the can with silver foiled cardstock or mirror board two times for a shiny look to the spout.

To make the basket part:

Cut a strip of cardstock measuring 6" x 2.5", out of the same cardstock you used to cut the two watering cans.

Place the 6" x 2.5" strip on a scoring board horizontally so the 6" edge is across the top and score at 2" and 4".   Then turn the paper vertically on your scoring board and score at 1/2" and 2":



Cut tiny triangles at the intersection lines to form corners for when the paper is folded.  Place some two sided adhesive tape along the horizontal edges but not touching the scored lines:


I find it easier to decorate the watering can itself before adhering the basket to the two sides.  I cut out several of the flowers, embossed them with a stylus while the paper was still in the dies, and layered them with tiny floral centers.  My leaves were made using a Martha Stewart Frond punch but any leaf die or punch would work.

To assemble and adhere the basket to the watering cans, lay the scored and taped paper on your desk and line up one watering can in the middle section so the bottom of the can is just below the score line.  You want the can below the score line so the can itself is what stands on the table and not the basket part (you don't want the bottom corners of the basket showing beyond the sides of the cans).


Flip the paper upside down and do the same for the other watering can.

Bring the sides of the basket up and adhere them to the insides of the watering cans, being sure they do not stick out beyond the can's edges.  Trim off a small part of the bottom of the watering can itself so it will stand flat on it's own.




To make the butterfly, I cut the small one in the set with purple paper and the larger one with yellow paper.  Since my butterfly is hanging in the air basically and is not adhered flat to a card,  the small pieces to the middle of the wings wouldn't have anything to stick to.  Instead, I used the middle pieces from the larger butterfly as I could put glue on the back of my small purple butterfly and have room to hold the larger yellow pieces in place:


To finish off the smallest of the flowers, I used some yellow Liquid Pearls.



Diemond Dies will be having a new project posted daily to their Facebook page by other Design Team members so check back for more inspiration and leave comments for your chance to win prizes from random drawings.

You can use code ddag to receive a 20% discount off all dies in the store and to get FREE shipping in the US and International on purchases of $20 or more during this current promotion.

I'm entering this 3D Watering Can project in the Scor-Pal More Than One Score Challenge #40

Thank you for stopping by ~ Ann