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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Masculine Happy Birthday

My brother's birthday is coming up and I got some new Spellbinder dies.  Those two statements caused the following card to happen (sounds like a public service announcement).

How I Made My Card:
Black, Square (5 1/4 x 5 1/4) Card Base
Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares, #S4-318
Newton's Nook Stamp Set, Simply Sentimental
Patterned Paper, KaiserCraft, 6 1/2 pad, Time Machine, #PP978 (disc on site)
Kraft Paper
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

I was searching through some of my smaller paper pads after Bud tried to step on them and caused almost all of them to fall on the floor, searching for something to make my brother a birthday card.  My brother is a grumpy, manly man so it needed to be a man's card.  No fluffy stuff for him (although he does plant and nurture flowering plants in the summer, to the point that he will move them around on the balcony so they get the best sun. I digress. . .).  When I saw the 2 papers in the Time Machine pad a light bulb went off in my head. I wanted to piece the papers together so that they'd match, but be different and I had just gotten some new Spellbinder dies (on sale, cause I hate paying full price!)and I thought I'd use one of the new dies to cut the papers and then I
could match them up.  And, the pattern on the brown/black paper is raised and shiny - so cool! Unfortunately, the small pad is discontinued on the KaiserCraft site, but, you can find them all over on the internet (and the larger pad is still available on the KaiserCraft site).

I will spare you the agonizing details of how I discovered the easy way to do this and cut to the chase; If you ever want to match papers up like this, cut the small one out FIRST, match it up with the other paper, THEN cut out the bigger piece.  Let's just say I have only teeny bits of the patterned paper left that I used.  So, if you were using these papers, you'd cut the black layer out, match it up with the brown/black design, then position your die and cut it out.  OK once you have gotten your two layers matched up, cut and glued, then stamp your sentiment on a matching piece of paper and use the smallest die to cut that out.  It took me entirely too long to make this simple card but I think it was worth it!
You can see a bit of the shiny black raised pattern on this picture

Thank you so much for reading my post - I'd love it if you'd consider becoming a follower of mine (if you do, please leave me a comment and your blog address so I can return the favor).  I hope you are all enjoying this new year so far ~ fondly, Christi

I am entering my Masculine Happy Birthday Card in the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes #3
Oh La La Challenge - #220, For a Man or a Boy
Incy Wincy - For the Men in Your Life
Work it Wednesday (Simon Says Stamp) - Use Something New (Spellbinders Die)
Through the Purple Haze - #116, Happy Anything


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Snowflakes

Hi all! It's been quite snowy here in Colorado and we are expecting more tomorrow (my knee and sinuses agree with that weather forecast) so I felt that I needed to get a bit snowy myself.  My favorite way to get snowy is inside my craft room - it's warm, dry and fun! And getting new goodies is ALWAYS a good thing, so when I got the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Paper Snowflakes Mini set I had visions of what I wanted to do.  If you have read this blog then you know blue, white & silver are some of my favorite colors and they definitely lend themselves to a frosty project.

How I Made my Card:
Square (5 1/4 x 5 1/4) Card Base in White
Various shades of Blue Cardstock
Silver Cardstock
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Paper Snowflakes Mini, #661599
Quietfire Designs "Warm Winter Wishes" Stamp, #6399
Lindy's Gang Lapis Lazuli Blue Gold Embossing Powder
Embossing Fluid
Stickles in Fairy Dust, Arctic Ice and True Blue
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Midnight Blue & White

The first thing I did was cut out a bunch of different snowflakes using the Paper
Snowflakes Mini dies.  I cut out a TON of them, using the medium and small dies the most, and using different shades of blue and also silver cardstock.  I actually had the snowflakes cut for a while before I had even thought of this card.  I knew I was going to use them on something so I began layering them, decorating them with the Nuvo Drops and the Stickles and just generally blinging them up.  I fussed and spruced up those snowflakes within an inch of their lives.  But, finally, I had to decide what to do with them.  I decided on a square card since I wanted to showcase as many of the snowflakes that I could, especially 'cause they are just SO pretty.  So I fixed them around the white card base until I found an arrangement I liked - and of course I forgot to take a picture and I left the card on my desk overnight.  Guess what happened? My adorable little tribe of furbabies decided it was just too pretty to ignore.  So, I fiddled with the snowflake placement again, using the flakes I could find.  

As I was trying different placements, I realized I need a sentiment.  I adore this stamp and I use it a lot, it is definitely one of my all time favorites and at least 6 years old, so I broke out my "Warm Winter Wishes" and thought that I should emboss it on a separate scrap of cardstock since I hadn't decided snowflake placement yet.  I embossed the sentiment with the Lapis Lazuli Blue Gold (and you really can't see the beauty of this powder - go to Lindy's site and marvel in how they mixed that blue & gold so perfectly) and trimmed it down.  I set it aside until I got the pattern I wanted using the snowflakes, then I tucked it under the flakes and glued it down. 
Another Look
Now that I had the sentiment down, it was time to get those flakes attached to the card.  For a bit of drama (those dramatic snowflakes!) I decided to pop dot some of the flakes and leave others flat.  I had to cut the pop dots into fours to get the pieces small enough for the itty bitty snowflake "arms".  But it worked. So, there you have it.  I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial and perhaps got a bit inspired to glam up your snowflakes! Fondly, Christi

PS: Since I am entering a few challenges that are specifying that something new must be used I wanted to say that my something new is the Paper Snowflakes Mini Sizzix set, just in case.

I am entering my Snowflakes card in the following challenges:
Frilly & Funky - Winter Hues
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Something New
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Chill Out
Make my Monday - #37, A Winters Walk
Die Cuttin' Divas - #300, Blue and Silver 

Retro Rubber - #54, Let it Snow
The Craft Barn - The Song Challenge, Let it Snow
NBUS #8 - Must Use Never Before Used Schtuff :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In my thoughts. . .

Hello everyone - I hope you had a fabulous holiday and New Year.  In case you missed my last post I am on a new Design Team! This is my first card for House of Cards, a monthly challenge, which typically involves your choice of a color scheme as well as a theme - you can choose which one you'd like to play with.  This months challenge is:
You can use either the Colors or use a Building, or both, in your creation. 

For this challenge I chose to work with the colors.  I have been cleaning out my craft room and I literally just gave away a perfect stamp set that I could have used for this, but, such is life.  Here is my card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
Kraft Card Base
Maroon Cardstock
Scrap Silver Cardstock
Unity Stamp Co. "Bunches of Love", UK-669A (739) - sentiment
Unity Stamp Co. "Blossoming thoughts & wishes", UK-754A (930)- flourish
Embossing Fluid
Stampin' Up Sterling Silver Embossing Powder (disc, but they still have silver)

I recently was able to buy a few sentiment sets from Unity Stamp Company so I broke those open to use on this card as well as trying my MISTI (that I am embarrassed to say I have had for months!) after studying many You Tube Videos (how did we ever learn anything before You Tube?!?) anyway. . . 
I started this card by lining up the sentiment and the flourish with each other, inking them up with the embossing fluid, stamping, then taking the flourish and repeating the steps.  I finished off with the silver embossing powder.


Another look
After trimming the maroon panel, I attached it to the silver panel.  Now, that might seem like an easy step.  Should be an easy step.  Was it easy? Not the first time.  I didn't realize the maroon card was thinner stock than I'm used to using. And I typically use a wet glue when making my cards because I get a bit of grace time to wiggle stuff around before it dries.  Well, I put my glue on the back of the maroon card and slipped it under the tile I have on my desk so it would dry nice and straight.  I checked on the card a while later and was horrified to discover that the maroon panel had a HUGE blob of glue right under the sentiment and nothing I did helped.  I ripped the card apart, hoping I could somehow spread the glue.  Nope.  Dried it with my heat gun to try to lessen the buckle the blob of glue had created.  Nope.  Only one thing to do - start over.  I took a long break (as I am prone to do as opposed to wrecking my craft room like a crazy person) and made another maroon panel.  This time I used a dry adhesive and it worked. I'd rather not learn these little lessons but it could have been worse.  I didn't save the panel, or the other two I made with another embossing powder or the one I made with a different sentiment.  I did fussy cut the pretty flourish out before I trashed the other tries - who knows, they may show up on a different project.  

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read through my trials.  I do hope to see you entering in the challenge at House of Cards.  Honestly, there is a whole month and you could win a cute badge to display as well as some well earned bragging rights.  As for me, I am off to shop for some glue dots, double stick tape or something like it.  Fondly, Christi

PS: Since I am entering so many challenges were the subject is NEW I thought I would make it simple and tell you what I used that is new.  The stamps are new, both sets that I used were just bought and while I have had the MISTI for a while, it's new to me as this is the first time I've used it :) 

I would like to enter my In My Thoughts Card in the following challenges:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps (January) - Anything Goes 

Just Us Girls - Word Week - Word is NEW 

Sweet Stampin' - Something New 
Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday Challenge - New
Little Red Wagon - #375, Something New
The Artistic Stamper (January) - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper Magazine - (January) - Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Purrfect Friend

As I watch the snow fall here in Colorado, I'm thinking of how much fun snow days were. I was lucky to grow up in a neighborhood with tons of kids. And even luckier that my best friend lived right next door to me - our parents even connected our backyards for us.  I don't even remember a life before her! She is an amazing person, and loves cats as much as I do.  Unfortunately,  she has recently gotten a fairly serious health diagnosis - not life threatening, thank goodness, but painful none the less.  I have been sending her the plastic boxes from my old Stampin' Up! sets because she loves them and uses them to store her own bunch of little trinket obsessions. Since I now live halfway across the country from her we don't talk that often, but we message each other daily - actually we message each other a ton of times daily.  I am very grateful to still have her in my life as I have watched time steal away too many good friendships. I made this card to put into the next shipment of goodies:
What I Used to Make my Card:
Stampendous Set, Cat Sayings #SSC1222
Newton's Nook Newton's Antics Stamps
Newton's Nook Newton's Antics Dies
Ranger Archival Ink Pad in Jet Black
Spellbinders Labels Seventeen
Authentique Remembrance 6x6 pad, REM006 (retired but available)
Scraps of Green Paper (from the Remembrance pad above)
Corner Rounder Punch
Pop Dots

I can't recall what I used to color the cats with as I found this duo in my already colored pile, but, I would guess I used my Zig Clean Color markers judging by how they look.  I put the kitties on a scrap of green to anchor them - without the paper, they floated around and looked like they need to be grounded.  After I grounded the cats, I stamped the sentiment on another scrap of green in the same color that the cats sat on.  That is one of the many reasons I love working with coordinated paper - you can always find the exact color you need! I die cut the sentiment with Spellbinders and set it aside.
The Dimension

I trimmed a piece of the purple background paper and then rounded the corners with a corner rounder.  I glued the paper onto the card base, then pop dotted the cats and the sentiment.  That's when I realized I had put the whole thing together upside down - yup, that is what happens at 11:30 at night.  So, I cut the card apart and mounted the panel, with pop dots, onto another card base, this time right side up.  If I had a nickle for every project I've messed up on I could buy the entire Ranger company.  But, I try to look at those mistakes as opportunities to try to figure out how to solve them.  And this mistake was easy to fix and one I have done a million times. 

I really enjoyed making this card and I hope it brings a smile to her face.  I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and I appreciate your stopping by.  Fondly, Christi

I am humbly entering my Purrfect Friend Card in the following challenges:
ModSquad - Anything but Christmas
ScrappyLand - #57, Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - #264/265, Anything Goes
Lost Coast Portal (Jan) - #32, Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge (Jan) - Anything Goes w Patterned Paper

Monday, January 2, 2017

A New Year and a New Design Team!

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected to be a part of the House of Cards Design Team! The term is 6 months, and it is a monthly challenge blog - you can get there from HERE and make sure you bookmark or follow so you can play every month (come on, I KNOW you can make a card once a month to fit our themes)! Speaking of themes, here is the theme for the month of January:

Add a Building and/or Use these Colors

So, along with the New Year I am embarking on a New Team - I am SO excited and I hope you are too!  My teamies are so sweet and have welcomed us newbies with open arms :) My first project will be posted next week so please stay tuned ~ I hope your New Year is filled with fun, health, love & happiness ~ Christi