Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Layered Red and Black Thank You

A simple Thank You card with more of my favorite flowers -- Martha Stewart's Cosmos punch.

Products Used:  Red and Black dotted paper from Michaels, Martha Stewart Cosmos & Frond  punches, Dee's Distinctively Thank You, Lawn Fawn Large Cross Stitched Rectangular Stackables, Stampin' Up mini flower punch, enamel dots

I'm entering this is the Wed. Simon Says Stamp challenge:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sparkly Christmas Card

It was hard to get a good photo of this card with all the sparkle and white on it.  Originally it was going to be an all white card but the fir trees just blended in with the background so I inked them up with some distress ink.  They were cut out of white glitter paper.  

I used the following products to make the card:

Penny Black Merry Christmas 51-248
Creative Expressions Falling Snow embossing folder EF074
Impression Obsession Small Deer
IO Hill Landscape Layers
IO Birch Tree
IO Fir Trees

I'm entering this in the Wed Challenge at Simon Says Stamp:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, August 27, 2017

ATCs to A2 Cards

Previously I had these Artist Trading Cards (2.5" x 3.5" cards) on my blog that I made for a blog challenge:


Since I don't use ATCs or trade them, I made them into standard sized 
 A2  cards (4.25 x 5.5") so I could use them this Christmas:

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thankful for My Veterinarian

The current challenge at Impression Obsession is So Very Thankful .  I made this card for my veterinarian who has taken care of my dog's health for about 12 years now.

I used the following Impression Obsession products:

Cover-a-Card Fluff background stamp
Thankful DIE388 and Thankful stamp set MC656
Hill Landscape Layers DIE343
Bushel of Apples DIE204
Puppy Set DIE142
Pumpkin Patch DIE202
Pumpkin Set DIE350

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

A+ Teacher

It's almost back to school time here in Maryland; school starts after Labor Day this year as set by the governor so kids aren't sitting in classrooms without air conditioning in the end of August.  

I used to enjoy making gifts for the kids in my Pre-K classes over the years, seeing their faces light up when receiving a photo album loaded with photos of themselves and their classmates.  I also remember how special it made me feel when a parent would give me a card or gift thanking me for being their child's teacher.  

Today's card is an ATC (Artist Trading Card measuring 2.5' x 3.5") made to look like a chalkboard.  I used the "A+ Teacher" words from the Frantic Stamper Teacher's Apple die set:

  Image result for IO bushel of apples

The apple from the Teacher's Apple die set was too big to fit on my ATC so I used the Impression Obsession Bushel of Apples on my card instead.  Afterall, a teacher is worth more than one apple, right?

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, August 25, 2017

Your Friendship Means So Much

This is another card that was made with a bunch of leftover things that didn't make it on other cards.  I had the dog already stamped and cut out but didn't know how to use it, so I combined it with the heart background panel cut in vellum and used some dsp that was also lying around.

Products Used:  Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs, Frantic Stamper Heartfall background die, MFT Stripes and Sorbet 6x6 paper pad, Tattered Lace Michaelmas Daisy, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, greeting from Sweet & Sassy Your Friendship

I'm entering this is the Word Art Wednesday challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Gingerbread Man ATC

I used the Frantic Stamper Gingerbread Man along with some pattern paper from Michaels.

ATC cards measure 2.5" x 3.5".

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Ann

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Floral Filmstrip

Today is Day 23 of the 30 Days of Diemond Dies Promotion.  I chose to make a brightly colored filmstrip card.

Filmstrip dies are so versatile;  they look just as good on cards as they do on scrapbook pages.  For my card,  I used the Filmstrip die and Pretty Petals Flower die set by Diemond Dies.

For the flowers, I cut three of the middle flower in the die set (3rd largest / 3rd smallest) and layered them so the petals were staggered and not on top of each other.  Then I cut the filmstrip die out of black paper and again out of green gingham paper so I could place the green rectangular pieces into the filmstrip for more contrast.

Diemond Dies has generously given me a 20% discount code for blog friends receive 20% off your order and FREE Shipping in the US and International of $20 or more, simply use code ddag.  

For your chance to win some Diemond Dies, go to their Facebook page, click "Like' and leave a comment on the designer's posts on the FB page.  Diemond Dies will do some random drawings for some great prizes.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Christmas ATC Cards

ATC Cards (Artist Trading Cards) measure 2.5 x 3.5" and are traded among artists like baseball cards are traded among baseball fans, or so I assume.

To me, ATCs are just a smaller version of cards that could be hung on a tree or put on larger cards, which is most likely what I will do with these.  One advantage of ATCs is that you can use up a lot of small pieces of cardstock and embellishments you have lying around.

For my ATCs, I used the following dies:

Dee's Distinctively Berry Sprigs
Nellie Snellen Flower 2
Memory Box Distressed Windham Collage
Impression Obsession Fir Trees
Impression Obsession Hill Landscape Layers
Frantic Stamper Snow Globe Deer
Cheery Lynn Mexican Tile Background
Impression Obsession Small Snowflake Set
Tim Holtz Snowflake EF
Die-Versions Angel

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

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


Word Art Wednesday

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.


My card won the challenge!

My card was also chosen by Impression Obsession to be used in their ad which appeared in the most recent edition of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  This is the photo of their ad that IO Stamps sent me:

My card is the "thanks" card at the bottom right.  It appears in the magazine with this on the front cover:

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


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