Monday, November 30, 2015

December Calendar page

Hello and happy last day of November! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am here today with my December calendar page. It is based on this two page sketch from Stick It Down:

As you can see, I added another row of photos in the middle of the layout and made my title a bit smaller. I started this layout by misting my dark green cardstock with some white spray mist to give the feeling of snow. For the middle section of paper, I used a sheet of Cosmo Cricket "Just Add Watercolor" and sprayed it with water and some pink and red inks. The patterned paper peaks were fussy cut and the text paper was tucked behind it. 

I loved adding touches of gold to this layout, playing off of the gold in the center paper. I used some gold washi tape and gold sequins. I stamped my title with foam stamps and fussy cut it, attaching it to my layout with foam adhesive.

I added a few sequins to this cluster as well.  I was also inspired by the 11/5 Throwback Thursday challenge at My Scraps and More, which was to use rub ons. I pulled out these October Afternoon snowflake rub ons and nearly used up the entire sheet!

I also used some canvas pieces to decorate my page and inked them with dark green ink. I inked a silver star with gold alcohol ink mixative for the top of my tree and decorated my tree with sequins.

 This page ended up pretty busy, but that's December for you, right? I am looking forward to the month ahead!

Cardstock- Bazzill, Michaels
Specialty Paper- Cosmo Cricket
Patterned Paper- October Afternoon, Elle's Studio
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Canvas- Prima
Ink- Studio Calico, Stampin' Up, Clearsnap, October Afternoon, Tattered Angels, Ranger
Rub ons- October Afternoon
Star- Basic Grey
Stickers and Flair- October Afternoon
Pen- Sharpie
Font- Calibri

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stick it Down Guest Designer

Hi all! I have exciting news to share! I was selected as the card guest designer at Stick It Down two months in a row! This is the second month, but I am sharing both cards because I never got around to sharing my October card.

First up is my card for the November sketch:
I used a piece of cardstock covered in aluminum foil that I dry embossed. I then used alcohol inks to color the piece. I used my Cricut to cut the clock and gear pieces. The gears I sprayed with Glimmer Mist and the clock was stamped and heat embossed. A few brads and eyelets finished it off.

Next up is my October card that I never posted. It started with this sketch:

I made this card for my nephew who turned 16 at the end of September. I used the same embossing folder as I used on the above card, but this time on black cardstock. I cut the car using my Cricut. I used the yellow striped washi tape because it reminded me of the stripes on the road.

I'd like to give a huge thank you to the ladies at Stick It Down for having me as their guest designer the last two months!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thank So Much... Teachers!

Hello! I am sharing a card I made earlier this week that I made to go with some treats that I made for the teachers at my kids' school.  There is a Moms in Prayer group at our school and we take turns bringing treats for the teachers each week. This week was my turn. The week 2 challenge for "Share Handmade Kindness" is to create something for someone who helps out in the community. So, here it is:

I was also inspired by the sketch at Mojo Monday this week:

November Calendar Page

Hi all! I finally finished my calendar page for November! I used the October 2-page sketch at Stick it Down: 

I didn't have a color of cardstock that worked with my Simple Stories papers that I wanted to use, so I sprayed some white cardstock with some October Afternoon spray ink. The largest paper flower is a make and take from Scrapfest several years ago. It matched so well with the papers, that I had to use it. I made several more flowers with my Cricut and papers from the collection. I also added the little banner in the bottom right using the corners I cut off of the large "quilted" piece of patterned paper. I was inspired to make the banner by Challenge #10 of the Pinspirational Crop at My Scraps and More.

Cardstock- Bazzill, Michaels
Patterned Paper- Simple Stories, unknown
Cartridges- Cricut Classic Font, Walk in My Garden
Ink- October Afternoon, Clearsnap
Buttons- Rusty Pickle
Flower- Prima
Brads- Basic Grey
Photo Corners- EK Success
Pen- Tsukeniko, Creative Memories
Stickers- Simple Stories

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Another Card and a Tag

 We had a couple of celebrations this weekend that required cards. I had some fun playing on both of these...

First up is a Baptism card for our nephew. I started by cutting the grey outline piece using my Cricut and the "New Testament" cartridge (that cartridge has a ton of beautiful cross cuts). I covered the cut with Versamark and then sprinkled on silver embossing powder. I then attached it to a piece of watercolor paper and cut around it. I used Gelatos as water color by using a water brush and picking up the color directly from the stick and painting it on. After that dried, I was going to go over all of the "windows" with Glossy Accents, but started by covering the cross with Liquid Pearls. After I had finished that, I loved how it looked, so I left it. The background was stamped and then I added a piece of ribbon.

Next up is a tag I made to put on a wine bottle. The party was "skull and crossbone" themed and I had this grunge board one hanging out in my stash, so I decided to use it. I started by attaching it to a tag and covering the whole thing with gesso. After that dried, I sprayed it with Raven Glimmer Mist. I used a mask at the top to add some more texture. Once that dried, I stamped the "Happy" and rubbed some Versamark over the skull and then heat embossed it. I cut the "40" with my Cricut and then pressed in it Versamark and heat embossed it with gold powder. I attached the numbers with some foam adhesive. I wanted a little more texture and color on the skull, so I used some Picket Fence Distress Stain and covered it and then misted it with water to get it off the embossing. I added a strip of gold washi tape across the top and some ribbon to attach it to the bottle to finish it off.

Blessings- The Card Concept #43

Hi all! I am back today with another anniversary card, this one for my parents who celebrated their 34th anniversary this past Sunday. I used the current inspiration at The Card Concept:

I was inspired first by the colors and then by the fall motifs. I went with a Classy and Elegant style.  I decided to stamp and heat emboss the leaves on a kraft background. I added some gelato to the background to add some shimmer. I cut the sentiment with my Cricut and then went over it with my glitter pen. I finished it off with some brown sequins.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Anniversary Card- CAS(E) this Sketch #148

Wow, it's been a while! For those of you who may not know, I am also a photographer and October is "busy season" around these parts, so I have  been spending my free time taking and editing photos and not doing much crafting. But, I'm back!

Today I have an anniversary card I created using the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch:

I played a bit with some inks, gelatos and water on water color paper for my background and let that dry. The tag was from a gift I got a month or so ago, I ran a length of navy ribbon through the hole. I cut the heart with my Cricut. A few navy ink splatters finished off the card.