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Monday, October 16, 2017

You are Spooktacular!

Running a bit behind after a last minute out of state trip to deal with more of my father in law's estate. I will be glad when all things have settled.

I had made this card before I left but a forgot to take a photo and post it, so alas I'm late.

This was a simple enough shaker card. I liked the idea of using the moon as the shaker and overlaid a QK tree die over it. Then just had to stamp a couple of little bats and a sentiment but it still lacked a little something so I stamped, colored and fussy cut out the little pumpkin. I think he helped add a little more to the overall card. The background is actually a grey but the camera shot washed it out I'm afraid and the background pp was from my way old stash of Halloween pp so was glad to use some of that up. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I put a spell on you

I was putzing around in my craft room and for whatever reason this thought came into my head and figured I could implement it onto a card. I knew I wanted to cut out SPELL in some pattern paper and also wanted to use these cute bottle stamps so those were a given. I used my Quickutz or Lifestyle or whatever the company's called today IF they are even still around, dies. This was Star, one of the first ever dies I purchased. It was a big deal that font was not cheap after all it was revolutionary for its time, the first ever diecut system. 

Anyhoo I had a hard time finding another font I wanted to use with the diecuts. I tried several different stamps but nothing was quite right, then an aha moment, rubons, Yep rubons, when's the last time you used those? These were from Gin-X, lasting impressions. And believe it or not they worked perfectly despite being a good 10 years old. 

Then I added the spider web in the corner. At first I was going to use a different spider but the image on the sheet looked like it would work, wrong this thing did not stamp out anything like the the promised image, disappointment needless to say. I then added a second cuter spider from Judith. I really wished I had just used it the first time to be honest. I then corner rounded the panel. Kind of simple but kind of different. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sorrow Card

Well unfortunately a dear friend of mine lost her father this past week and being that I didn't have any sympathy cards on hand that meant I needed to make one. I wanted something tranquil and serene so decided to watercolor my background and then stamped some images on top.

This was an older wood mounted stamp that I really wish wasn't because I would have liked to given it a repeat stamp but alas you really can't do that with a wood mount. I also added some stampscapes birds in the sky, not sure if it really needed it but sometimes I just don't know when to stop.

A delicate and calming card that expresses my heartfelt sentiment.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Happy Pumpkin Day

This card was a complete experiment. I used my copic sprayer to spray ink over cloud diecuts. It was fun but I used almost a whole can of that spray stuff to get this background. Then wanting something more I used my copic opaque white gel and dipped a cotton swab in it then dabbed that onto the clouds which gave my clouds a bit of texture. 

I then used my Lawn Fawn and MFTS stamps and dies to complete the scene. I was going to cut the panel down and mount it on pp but I decided to leave it. Sometimes I have to remind myself a simple scene is okay. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Harvest Blessings

I spent some time using my copics creating this background. It's a bit different from my usual watercolor background and at first I didn't think I was going to like it, so I walked away from it, came back and decided it just might work. Not sure I would do it again though it uses a lot of ink to get something this large blended.

And using my MFTS Harvest mouse stamp set along with my MFTS tree die and the scallop frame is from Papertrey Ink.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Another leftover scrap card

On this card I technically only used the happy diecut as my scrap. I had cut the sentiment out trying to use it on a previous card. It didn't work out but I hated to waste it. I also dug out that little witch that I bought eons ago when I first started scrapping and everyone started doing punch art. So I guess technically I am using up some old supplies, yeah for me!

I stamped a star cluster background that I bought from Your next stamp company at least I think that's what they were called. I also used my confetti toss stamp set from Papertrey Ink and then added a few glitter stars and enamel dots just to have a little more interest. I used half of a stamp that I think came from the Michael's dollar bin at some point. The fact that it's crooked reminds me why it was in the $1 bin. I always feel good when I use up old supplies and scraps but looking at my huge pile of scraps that I've accumulated over the years, I'm guessing that I'll never get through all of them, but hey it's a a chip at the mountain, and maybe I'll make enough chips to see a dent one day.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Halloween - Use those scraps

I have finally gotten a chance to return to my craft room which was a complete and utter mess, that led me to some cleaning before sitting down for a bit of creativity time. One thing I noticed I had a lot of leftover scraps and diecuts that I never used. This week I am focusing on using up those scraps or leftovers, just like you would eat leftovers for dinner; so lets not waste them.

I had this hexagon die shell leftover that I have no idea where it came from but figured it would be a great backdrop for some spiders. I just purchased a sheet of 3D glittery spider stickers from Jolee so they were a perfect fit. I used up 3 scrap pieces of paper, one I diecut as a tag and I even used a border strip that's on the edge of those 6x6 paper pads. Then alas I cut background pp and guess what now I have scraps from that, sigh what ya gonna do it's a semi win I guess since I used up 3 scrap pieces of paper and an extra die.