Monday, April 30, 2018

Bird in a Cage


Still having fun making collage type cards . . . I'll enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Wed. challenge:  Anything Goes.

Products Used:  Joy Crafts Bird Cage, Impression Obsession Bird Set, Stampin' Up French Foliage, Forest Moss DI, Vintage Photo DI, Wild Honey Distress Ink

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Floral for Mom


Another card for the following challenges:




This is my first time using the floral stamp and it was really hard for me to get any dimension to it.  I heat embossed it with pink glitter embossing powder then colored it with a variety of pink watercolor pencils.  When I tried adding some darker areas for depth, it just didn't look right.

Products used:  Stampin' Up Beautiful Day, Hero Arts Antique Engravings (butterfly), Cheery Lynn Mom die, Memento markers, white gel pen, watercolor pencils

For Mom


This year's Mother's Day card with one of my favorite flowers -- Purple Cone Flowers.

To make the card, I inked the background with Broken China distress ink then stamped over it with the Impression Obsession French Text stamp using Vintage Photo distress ink.  I cut out the Dee's Distinctively Flower 2 which has all three sizes in one set.   The butterfly was stamped on white paper then manually cut out.  I colored it in with Memento markers and a white gel pen. 

The top panel was embossed using the Crafter's Companion Heart Trellis embossing folder and the word Mom is by Cheery Lynn.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:




Products used:  Hero Arts Antique Engravings (butterfly stamp), Cheery Lynn B411 Mom, Dee's Distinctively Flower 2, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Oval STAX, Impression Obsession French Text, Crafter's Companion Heart Trellis

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Floral and Shiny


My first attempt at making a mixed media card with texture paste, inks, torn papers, die cuts and stamps. . . I'm entering this in the following challenges:




To make the card, I started off by cutting out the Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire die with some heavy cardstock so I could use it as a stencil.  I applied some Heidi Swapp Metallic White texture paste over the stencil, let it dry, then used the die again but just to emboss over the stenciling.

After that, I torn some designer paper and embossed it with the Square Lattice embossing folder for some texture.  I adhered the pieces to the corners of the card the adhered an oval that I had stamped my greeting on.  I doodled the faux stitching around the oval.  The rest was just a matter of adhering the die cuts where they fit best.

Products used:  Heidi Swapp Metallic White Texture Paste, Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire die, Frantic Stamper Fern, Impression Obsession Fence, EK Success Mini Butterfly punch, Dee's Distinctively Berry Sprigs, Rubbernecker "Be Yourself" stamp, Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder, Diamond Stickles and Green Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Purple and Magenta Butterfly


Gel pens work great when used to fill in embossed areas.  I used the Stampin' Up Beautiful Day butterfly, heat embossed it with a combination of copper and silver powders mixed together, then colored it in with some gel pens.

Products used:  gel pens, Stampin' Up Beautiful Day, Crafter's Companion Heart Trellis embossing folder, Stampin' Up Happy Birthday stamp from unknown set, magenta foil cardstock, lavender glitter paper

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Easy Boston Cream Pie Recipe

It's not like me to post recipes on my card making blog, but this recipe is the exception.

My mother loves Boston Cream pie and tomorrow is her birthday.  I put together this recipe which, to me, is lower sugar and much healthier than a store bought cake:



I hope you will give it a try and let me know how it came out.  My family liked it better the second day after it had been refrigerated.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, April 23, 2018

Mom's Birthday Card


My mother's birthday is in a few days.  Normally I make her a card with lots of flowers on it but I wanted something different this year.  I used Picked Raspberry and  Squeezed Lemonade distress inks for the blended background, then I heat embossed the Hero Arts Leafy Vine stamp with gold embossing powder.

The butterflies were stamped several times in my MISTI in order to get a dark image then colored in with some Memento markers and a white gel pen.  I cut the butterflies out and adhered them to the card with some 3D foam.  The word "Mom" was cut twice; once in gold and again in black and layered offset slightly for a shadow effect.

Products used:  Hero Arts Leafy Vine, Hero Arts Antique Engravings stamp set, Dee's Distinctively MOM, Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks, white gel pen, Memento markers, gold embossing powder

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:



Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stampin' Up Beautiful Day Elegance


I've had this background paper forever, it seems, but never had the perfect opportunity to use it.  I tried to match the colors of the butterfly to those on the paper for today's card.

Products used:  Stampin' Up Beautiful Day, silver embossing powder, watercolor pencils, unknown background paper

Entering this in the SSS Sparkle and Shine challenge.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Stampin' Up Beautiful Day in Red


Yes, I will admit, I'm addicted to this Stampin' Up Beautiful Day butterfly stamp.  I'm trying to use a variety colors of embossing powders to see how it looks different ways.  Today I used some red glitter embossing powder and colored it in with watercolor pencils and some red Stickles.

I'm entering this in the Sparkle and Shine challenge at SSS.

Products used:  SU Beautiful Day, Impression Obsession Dream, Believe, Do CL408, K&Co. Que Sera Sera dsp

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

More Stampin' Up Beautiful Day


Still having fun playing with the Stampin' Up Beautiful Day stamp set.......this time I heat embossed it with pink glitter Zing embossing powder and colored it in with watercolor pencils.

Products used:  Zing embossing powder, SU Beautiful Day, watercolor pencils, Impression Obsession Banners & Greetings, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, K&Co. Que Sara Sara dsp, Crafter's Companion Heart Trellis embossing folder

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Sparkle and Shine challenge.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Stampin' Up Beautiful Day Sunny Colors


 I've been using the Stampin' Up Beautiful Day stamp set a lot these past weeks.  Today I wanted to make a brighter card for a summer birthday.

I heat embossed the stamp with silver embossing powder then colored it in with gel pens.  The background was embossed with three different embossing folders for a multi-textural look.

Products used:  Stampin' Up Beautiful Day, Nellie's Choice Swirls embossing folder, SU Square Lattice embossing folder, Cuttlebug Herringbone embossing folder, Penny Black Love is Growing die, silver embossing powder, gel pens

The other butterfly cards can be seen on my Pinterest board here.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Add Some Texture challenge (three embossing folders were used).

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monarch Butterfly


Wednesday's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Add Some Texture.  I used the Taylored Expressions brick embossing folder to add texture to the background.

To make the card, I cut the top black panel in the size I wanted then cut the butterfly into it.  This left the solid butterfly opening.  I then used the butterfly that was cut out and adhered it to the center of the butterfly window.

Products used:  Taylored Expressions Brick embossing folder, Frantic Stamper Monarch Butterfly, SU Happy Birthday, K&Co. Que Sera Sera designer paper

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Stampin' Up Beautiful Day in Peach



In my previous post I showed a card with the same butterfly stamp but all in purple.  These cards were inspired by the butterfly card made by Annette Elliott.  

The Irish myth about the butterfly is that is represents brightness and lightning of the Gods.  I chose to emboss the butterfly with gold embossing powder to make it resemble the gold in fire and lightning.

I'm entering this card in two Simon Says Stamp challenges:

Wednesday:  Add some texture (embossing folder)

Products used:  Stampin' Up Beautiful Day, We R Memory Keepers Woven embossing folder, gold embossing powder, watercolor pencils, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, designer paper from my stash

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Butterfly Greek Mythology



  Monday's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to create a card based on mythology.   The Greeks believed that a new human sole was born each time an adult butterfly emerged from its cocoon.   Wednesday's  challenge is to add texture to the card (the strips of black paper with glittered dots and manually cutting the butterflies and adding them with 3D foam).

Products used:  Hero Arts Traditional Butterfly, distress markers, Impression Obsession French Text background (stamped both vertically and horizontally), Rubbernecker Stamp

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann




Stampin' Up Beautiful Day Purple


Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge is Mythology:  Inspired by a Story.  My butterfly card was inspired by the meaning of the butterfly in Irish mythology which is "brightness or lightning of the Gods".  In the Irish myth Tochmarc Etain, they talk of a "purple fly" which is later translated to mean a butterfly. 

Products used:  Stampin Up Beautiful Day, gold embossing powder, Kimberly watercolor pencils, Crafter's Companion Heart Trellis embossing folder, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags

I'm also entering this in the SSS Wed challenge:  Add some Texture (embossing folder)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, April 9, 2018

Happy Birthday Simon Says Stamp


This is my last entry in the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday challenge.

I used the Hero Arts Traditional Butterfly, stamped it with VersaFine Onyx ink, manually cut them out and filled in some white gel pen on the dots around the edge of the wings.

The background was stamped using the Impression Obsession French Text stamp and Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink.

Products used:  Hero Arts Traditional Butterfly, Impression Obsession French Text, Tutti Designs Small Happy Birthday, Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink, VersaFine Onyx Ink, tiny gems, white gel pen

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Hero Arts Traditional Butterfly


This card was made for the Simon Says Stamp Wed. challenge:  Happy Birthday.

To make the butterflies, I stamped on a blue cardstock with VersaFine Onyx ink then manually cut each butterfly out.  I colored in the tiny dots around the edges of the wings with a white gel pen.

Products used:

Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall paper pack, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp, Hero Arts Traditional Butterfly stamp, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, unknown Happy Birthday stamp, Vintage Photo distress ink

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Impression Obsession Butterfly 2


Do you ever have a die that you wish was also a stamp or vice-versa?  I think this butterfly die would make a great stamp.  I'd love to be able to heat emboss it with some powder and watercolor all the tiny areas in.

To make the card, I blended on some distress inks then stamped the French Text background stamp in more distress ink.

Products Used:  Impression Obsession Butterfly 2, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp, Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, birthday stamp unknown

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wed. challenge:  Happy Birthday

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Purple and Orange


There are two challenges going on right now at Simon Says Stamp:

Monday's challenge:  A Trio of Something

Wednesday's challenge:  Happy Birthday

To make the butterflies, I stamped them first on white paper using VersaFine Black Onyx ink.  Then I stamped a Spiced Marmalade ink pad directly on my non-stick craft mat and spritzed it with some water.  Next, I swiped the butterflies through the wet ink then manually cut them out.

I decided to use the orange paper on the card since this will be a birthday card for my sister who has a birthday in the Fall.

Products used:  Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall paper pack, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp, Hero Arts Traditional Butterfly, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, Distress inks.

It's hard to believe Simon Says Stamp is celebrating their 9th birthday already.  

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

A Trio of Butterflies


This card is for two challenges at Simon Says Stamp:


and


I stamped the butterflies then manually cut them out.

Products used:  Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper, Stampabilities Small Monarch Butterfly stamp

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, April 6, 2018

Birds on a Wreath


The current challenge at Impression Obsession Stamps is Pink and Green.

To make the card, I inked the front panel with distress inks before embossing it.

Products Used:  Impression Obsession Spring Wreath, IO Double Heart Edger,  IO Birds, IO Hugs, We R Memory Keepers Woven embossing folder*, Mowed Lawn distress ink, Cookie Monster dye ink by Taylored Expressions, Cookie Monster paper by Taylored Expressions

*I made sure embossing folders were allowed before entering this card

I'm also adding this card to the Simon Says Stamp Trio of Something (my hearts are in groups of three and there are three colors on the card:  green, blue and pink).

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Glittered Butterfly


The butterfly was made by only embossing the die and then manually cutting it out.  I then painted on some watered down  distress inks with a tiny brush and glued on some clear glitter.

Products used:  Impression Obsession Butterfly 2, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp, Distress inks:  Tumbled Glass, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, SU Fine Glitter

I'm entering this in the IO Challenge:  Pink and Green

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

More May Day Baskets


I'm still working on making crepe paper May Day baskets to give to my neighbors.

The three of these baskets will be entered in the Simon Says Stamp challenge:  A Trio of Something.

I'm also entering this in their Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, April 2, 2018

Birds on a Fence


Monday's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is A Trio of Something.  I used three colors of distress inks on my card.

Products used:  Nellie's Choice Vintasia Romantic Birds, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp, Distress Inks:  Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass

I'm also entering this in their Wednesday challenge:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, April 1, 2018

May Basket Tutorial


This tutorial is for the fringe style basket shown above.

Start off by choosing a container for the basket, depending on the size desired.  For this basket I used a large yogurt container and cut it down.  I also cut off a piece of the container for the handle:


You can also use a round cardboard canister or buy some paper ice cream cups (Hobby Lobby).

To make the fringe, I used some crepe paper streamers from Hobby Lobby.   I taped one end of the streamer roll to a table then measured out one foot length, folded it at the end and brought the streamers back to the first end for another foot, folded the end, ran it back to the opposite end again, (fan folding) and did this eight times per color.





Using a pair of fringe scissors (Martha Stewart brand), I cut the fringe about a third of the width of the streamer.  If you put the stack of streamers into the scissors all the way when the scissors are open, it produces a better and easier cut.  Do not cut at the ends of the streamers where the folds are (but if you accidentally do, it's not a big deal; the streamers can still be used).

When the fringe is all cut, open the streamer from it's fan fold, and manually cut fringes into the ends where the folds were but leaving the streamer as one long continuous piece.



Before adhering the fringe streamer, adhere your decorated  handle to the inside of the container.  I covered the handle with wrapped streamers.   Also decide whether you will cover the inside of the container with fringed streamers or something else.  If you are going to adhere something to the inside,  it's easier to do it before adhering the streamers to the outside of the container.

Next, decide what adhesive to use.  I used some white glue but then decided to switch to double sided tape which was cleaner to work with.  The glue wets through the streamers which was somewhat hard to hold on to.  Wrap a ring of double sided adhesive about a 1/4" down from the top of your container and begin adhering the streamer, leaving a good amount of fringe above the top of the container.  Once you've gone around the container one time, adhere another strip of double sided tape just below the bottom straight edge of your first round of fringe and continue wrapping and adhering the fringe until that color of streamer is done.

Cut another color of streamer and fringe it, adhere it, etc. until the entire container is covered.  Decorate the handle with a fringe flower or other crepe paper flower, ribbons, butterflies, etc.  You can even adhere a piece of decorative ribbon around the bottom of the container below the last row of fringe.




For more ideas on how to decorate the baskets, go to my Pinterest board which has videos on making crepe paper flowers, along with a lot of other basket ideas.

I still have more baskets to make, so I'll try other methods and post photos later.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann