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Friday, February 5, 2016

Hang in There!

I have a few more Inky Antics cards to share today.  This first one is from the scratch off line, and you could cover up the balloon and make the Hang in There a secret message...but I chose just to pop up the balloon with the message with foam tape for a bit of fun dimension.   Always nice when you can use a stamp set in more than one way.

The background paper is from Darcies.

This card features the new Inky Antics Bump It Up! stamp sets.  The little man and his pup are embossed after they are colored for a fun dimensional effect.  You can purchase a coordinating stencil to do the embossing.

The boy and pup image are on an Action Wobbles for some fun space action!   Again, the papers are from Darcies.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Spring Is Here!

Happy Thursday!  Today's card for the Rubber Cafe features the Egg-stra Special stamp set!  Spring is not almost here...we just got piles of freshly fallen snow and the world is a wonderland with it piled on the tree branches!  It is still fun to think of I pulled out this fun set and put birds and flowers and bees onto my card! 

I used some embellishments that came with the Creative Cafe Kit originally and added a coordinating pearl to the center of my felt flower.  I love how the paper looked when I cut it to create a fun detailed edge.  Also note how my plaids lined up on the Welcome Spring sentiment...somethings you just can't plan.  
I stamp the best when things just happen...this card was made using scraps from other cards I had made with this kit.  The rainbow striped paper measures 4 x 5/8 inches.  The flowers are fussy cut from another scrap of the designer paper from the Echo Park Sunny Days Ahead paper pad.  I attached them to my card with glue dots. 

The blue cardstock that I stamped on and colored with Copic markers measures 4 x 2 1/2 inches. 
The green paper measured 4 x 2 inches before I cut the bottom detailing.  I attache the green paper and the top strip with foam tape for added dimensional interest.  The blue panel is attached flat.

Stamps:  Egg-Stra Special
Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, White Cardstock, Echo Park; Sunny Days Ahead
Ink:  Memento Black Tuxedo Ink Copic Markers
Adhesives: Foam Tape, Glue Dots
Embellishments:  Ribbon, Felt Flower
Other: Pearl

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

This n That....

I have been having lots of fun playing with some new to me stamps...this one is an Embossing Arts image.  I just love the curtains blowing in the breeze!  I colored the image with Copic Markers and then fussy cut it and popped it up on foam tape for dimension.  The Feel Better Soon was in my snippets bin...I have no idea if I upcycled it from a commercial greeting card or where it came from, but it was the perfect fit!
This second card features an old Stampin Up! background stamped in black on white cardstock.  The sentiment is one from Steve Fadie's collection with Art Gone Wild ...and just how true is that?  Love the little blue bow for a finishing touch!

Monday, February 1, 2016

...Another Unintentional Blog Break...

Hi there!  I am back once again....I do have lots to share....I just need to find time to sit and type a bit!

This week has been busy, but I thought I would share a few cards today...and here it to more consistent posting.  

The shoreline stamp is by Northwoods and I stamped it on some polished stone paper with black Staozon ink.    The sentiment is one that was in my stamped up stash.   The little fisher is also by Stampendous.

This is a Stampin Up image that I colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut and mounted with foam tape.

...just another version, perhaps dusk on the lake?

and finally this Stitched Heart by Stampendous was colored by Copic markers and popped up on foam tape. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

You're Egg-Stra Special!

I have a sweet little card today using the Egg-Stra Special stamp set for The Rubber Cafe.  I stamped the image on white cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers.  I stamped the image twice so that I could have the top portion of the egg as well as the bottom.  I trimmed off the chick and used a white gel pen to get rid of the shadow portion of the image....though I guess I could have left it intact.

Here you can see that I cut out some of the eggs from the Echo Park Sunny Days Ahead collection and scattered them on the fun background.  The background inspired the was a piece of mail I received that I went perfectly with this collection!  I added some pink paper embroidery around the panel for a fun touch.   Note the egg-substitue for the word egg in the sentiment!

Here you can see the dimension...the little chick is popped up with an Action Wobbles that I cut down so it would fit behind the chick image.  I popped the top portion of the egg up on foam tape as well.

Here is a little video peek of the wobble action:

Details:  Attach designer paper measuring 4 x 5 1/4 to a piece of blue cardstock measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  Pierce the edge of the designer paper with piercing tool on a foam mat, if desired, and embroider with the embroidery floss and needle.  I used 2 strands.

Cut the egg designer paper to 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches and mat on blue cardstock measuring 4 x 1 1/2 inches.  Attach to card as shown with foam tape.  Wrap the sparkly green fiber around the card to mimic grass and attach the tails to the back of the card panel.  Attach panel to A2 folded card.

Cut out eggs and decorate card if desired.  Stamp the sentiments on yellow designer paper measuring 1 7/8 x 1 1/16 inches.  Attach sentiment to card with foam tape.  Add an egg to cover the word egg if you wish!

Trim the edges of the Action Wobbles off so that it fits behind the chick image and affix to card as shown.  Attach the remaining egg shell to the card with foam tape.
Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, White Cardstock, Echo Park; Sunny Days Ahead
Ink:  Memento Black Tuxedo Ink Copic Markers
Adhesives: Foam Tape, Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  Ribbon, Embroidery Floss
Other: Piercing Tool, Needle, Scissors, Foam Mat, Action Wobbles

Friday, January 22, 2016

Keep Punching

Today's card is for Art Gone Wild and features images from Steve Fadie's collection.  Seems we all know of fighters of one kind or another. 

I used metallic silver cardstock to frame this card, some older Basic Grey paper I had in my stash and some seam binding.   The butterflies are punched from some glittery wrapping paper from my daughter's birthday present in was a nice big I am happy I will have LOTS of glittery goodness to come!

Hope you have a happy weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Christmas Is Still Coming Ribbon Slider Card

Hi there!  You didn't REALLY thin I was done playing with slider cards, did you?  I promise to have something else for my next card....but how stinkin' cute is this with the reindeer dragging his feet?  This is the L-1292 Christmas is Coming clear set.    I stamped the image on white cardstock and then fussy cut it, leaving a narrow white border.    I again used papers from the Echo Park The Story Of Christmas 6x6 pad.  I based the card on a piece of green cardstock measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

The banner strip measures 5 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches.  The candy stripe paper measures 5 1/4 x 3 inches.
I cut my parallel horizontal slits 4 7/8 inches long, 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the card and 1 7/8 inches from the bottom of the card.  My vertical slits are 3/4 inch long and are cut 1/8 beyond the ends of the parallel slits.  I wove the ends of my 18 inches of seam binding through the slits towards the back of the card, over my horizontal slits.  I tied knots on the ends of my ribbon and then added some Doodlebug charms to the end for a fun, festive touch.

To finish the bottom of my card I ran a strip of 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Scor-tape and covered it with You're So Fine Silver Medal Glitter .   I added some velvet trim to the bottom for an additional snowy touch.

Again, for this card I made two little paper loops to attach to the ribbon behind the elf and the reindeer to give the slider more stability.  I added two little sentiment banners and a few misc. snowflake button elements I found in my stash.
Stamps: Christmas Is Coming Clear Set
Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, White Cardstock, Echo Park; The Story of Christmas
Ink:  Memento Black Tuxedo Ink Copic Markers
Adhesives: Scor-Tape, The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue,
Embellishments:  Ribbon, You're So Fine Silver Medal Glitter
Other: Ruler, Craft Knife, Cutting Mat