Tuesday, May 19, 2015

abstract card




My friend Debra is celebrating her blogaversary. HERE  I am celebrating with her. I had an embossed piece of white cardstock that was on my desk. I was just playing with it. I watercolored randomly the squares and I splattered the cardstock with the watercolors. I then stamped the sentiment. It was a super fast card, To finish it up I took the white cardstock and mounted it onto black cardstock.

I had a friend this last weekend who had a tragic accident with a table saw. He lost a good portion of his hand. I had a thinking of you card ready to take with me to church to have everyone sign. It was such a neat experience to have that card ready. So I have decided to make sure that I always have on hand some thinking of you cards.I have a lot of girly ones so I needed to make a few that I could send to the guys.

If you have been to my blog before you have seen my quilled roses. I am offering some quilled roses as a prize to celebrate my friend's blogaversary. Leave a comment on my blog and I will chose one of the comments to win the roses.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Why card makers are a blessing.

I love the art making part of making cards. Sometimes I forget the real joy of the cards. Sending them to someone else and making their day happier because someone was thinking about them. I got these two cards in the mail this weekend and I also received a package of crafting goodies. It made me feel loved and blessed.

 Looking at all these fun toys, I know I'm going to have a blast using them to create.

 I plan on paying it forward this week by mailing some cards out myself.

The splitcoaststampers.com TLC challenge was to make a hot glue stencil. I had made a squiggle stencil several months ago. So I pulled it out. I watercolored the background with blues and greens. Then I placed the stencil on top and sprayed with gold shimmer spray. When it was dry I lifted the hot glue stencil off. It was so pretty I almost left it like that. 
 But I added a piano, cheesecloth, lace,  texture paste and quilled roses.  I made this to give to my friend Alka who has a birthday today. When I gave her the card, she said "Your cards are little treasures."

Friday, May 8, 2015

Textured Cards

Today I have two cards to share. The mixability challenge on splitcoaststampers,com MIX119 is to make a card with texture. On my first card I have lots of texture. I embossed a paper bag. I added homemade texture paste to the green panel using a stencil. I used my version of burned Aleene's tacky glue for the centers of my flowers, and I added depth by gluing the leaves of the flowers over a bamboo skewer that I removed before the glue dried completely. There is also the texture of the lace.


My second card started out just playing around. I took some white cardstock and I smashed it using browns and blues. I would let it dry and then layer more color on top. This is what it looked like after about 20 times of layering.


How it looked with several more layers of color.


I took the cardstock and ran it through my cuttlebug using the script embossing folder.


I stamped a Martha Stewart butterfly on the back of the embossed cardstock, twice and cut out the butterflies. Here is what I had on my desk. The  panel under the butterfly was also white cardstock that I layered the blues and browns. I also used a gear stencil and a blue marker to add gears to the panel when it was wet. I also stamped the  classified newsprint stamp over the top. I also added copper inka gold copper metallic rub using the gear stencil and my brayer.


A plan is starting to come together. You can see I added more inka gold copper to the butterfly.



 I sprayed the base of the card with gold shimmer spray. This photo gives the best look at the sparkle of the gold.
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My finished card. So for texture, there is the burlap, lace, twine, metal key, embossed butterfly, quilled rosed, quilled coils, die cut gears. 

I really liked the colors of this card. After I finished the card and went outside, I saw the same color combo. It had just rained and there were puddles of water reflecting the sky. The mud in the puddles and the blue and the sunshine looked very much like these colors. This card is also for the Ways to Use it challenge WT530 Splitcoaststampers to add a butterfly. It is also for the MOJO396 sketch.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Water coloring - Coneflowers and Great Spangled Fritillary

I made a card for the splitcoaststampers.com  color challenge. CC529.  I knew I wanted to make a flower card with those colors. I water colored this card using crayola markers, water and a paintbrush. I used the colors from the challenge and added my dessert of green, but my card looks so different from the others in the gallery that I'm almost afraid to post it because I'm not sure that they will see the colors.  I used these two images as my inspiration for my card:






I made a video showing the progression of my coloring.

Friday, May 1, 2015

National Scrapbooking Day Paper Bag Album

We're so excited to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day at Mountain Plains Crafters. All the action is happening on our Community Facebook page: HERE
We have a wonderful prize sponsored by Lawn Fawn, a stamp set of your choosing! How awesome is that? You get to pick the prize! So what do you have to do to qualify? First, be sure you "like" us on our Facebook page, then head over to Lawn Fawn on FB and tell them MPC sent you (not required but they'd love to hear from you!)
Be sure and comment on one or all of our trivia questions throughout the weekend. Please only comment once per question, however each question you answer, earns you an entry! Our design team has chosen the theme, "Creating with Paper Bags". Yes, we're doing a little upcycling and making fun things with paper bags. Be sure and visit their blogs and show a little love.
Check in throughout the day Saturday and Sunday, answer the questions and we'll announce a winner on Monday. The contest ends Sunday, May 3rd at midnight ET. OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL! YES!


When we decided to use paper bags to craft with, I thought... I'll make a paper bag album. I wasn't expecting to put as much time into this project that I did, but I love the end result and I hope you will too.  I have a lot of photos to show you, and I hope you enjoy looking at them all. After putting over 20 hours into this project I wanted to share what I did. 

This is the outside of my album. The cover of my album was two pieces of a cereal box that I covered with dp. I added lace to cover over where the seam was. I made texture paste with glue, white paint, water and baby powder. I used a stencil to add the texture paste to the cover. I also added little dots of acrylic paint. The album is held together with twine.

 The pages of my album each have a little page on the flap of the paper bag. I called them "wings" in my mind as I was creating. 
 I covered each paper bag with black cardstock and I alternated bags with mostly pink and mostly browns and blues. I added ribbon embellishments to a couple of the pages. I used a circle punch to give access to the pockets made by the paper bags.
 This photo shows the paper  bag pocket.















As I was making this album I was thinking in my mind about how I would use it. I have been wanting to get more involved with the scripture art challenge. I am a little behind but there really is no time limit to creating the projects. The first theme was Trust. This next photo shows how I will use the pockets to hold my cards that go along with the theme. There are 6 bags in my album. I think I can get two months in one bag and thus cover the whole year.
When I went to make this first card. I took a page from an old hymnal.  Isn't this the perfect hymn for this theme?  I stamped the word TRUST going down the side. I stamped the little bird because I was think of the words to another old song "His Eye is on the Sparrow and I know He watches me." If He is watching me, I can trust him. 

On the inside of my card are my thoughts and verses about trust. I could have printed them on the computer, but I wanted to meditate on them as I wrote them out. I think it makes it more personal to me. Wow you made it all the way to the end of my super long post. Thanks for reading it. It means a lot to me that you took that time out of your day. May God fill your day with blessings.

mfp day 4 Mixed media smashed flowers


Welcome to
the MFP Stamp Shop


April Blog Hop




Let's get started!!!!

This month's
new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured April 28

Paper Doll Sophia

Featured April 29

Paper Doll Sophia Let's Go

Featured April 30

Big Trees

Featured May 1

Small Flowers





Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win
one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget
this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on
all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winners will be
announced on May 2, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back
and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances
you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for
commenting is Friday May 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST.


Let's get started !!


Here's the design Team




I made this card using the smash technique that I share below in the video. I then stamped the flowers and watercolored them. I did burnt glue technique by added Aleene's tacky glue to the centers of my flowers and heated them with my heat gun. I then sprayed the cardstock with gold shimmer spray and I added dots of white acrylic paint to the background.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

mfp day 3


Welcome to
the MFP Stamp Shop

April Blog
Hop


Let's get started!!!!

This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured April28 Paper DollSophia

Featured April 29 Paper Doll Sophia Let's Go

Featured April 30 Big Trees

Featured May 1 Small Flowers

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win
one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget
this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on
all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winners will be
announced on May 2, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back
and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances
you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for
commenting is Friday May 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST.


Let's get
started !!

Here's the
Design Team


Enjoy the
Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!

 A week ago my husband bought some old books at an auction. He got 4 crates @ a dollar a crate. In one of the crates was an old hymnal. I had a hard time at first tearing a page out, but then I thought... dp at a fraction of penny a page, and that made it a lot easier. I used a page from the old hymnal to make a journal page.The page was bigger than my little art journal so I turned it side ways and it folds about where the lace is.  I stamped the tree 3 times and sprayed blue paint. I used chalk to add the green. I painted the little brown church just peeking into the journal,.

The story behind the song was very interesting to me. A man was traveling through a village in northern Iowa and saw a clearing that he thought would make a neat place for a church, but there wasn't a church there. He wrote a poem that was later put to music about that church that was only in his imagination. He put the poem in a drawer and forgot about it.  The villagers on their own decided to build a church and they chose that same location. They also ended up painting the church brown. All of this without knowing what he had written. He was traveling back by that location and was shocked to see the little brown church standing right where he had imagined it. .


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

mfp day 2


Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
April Blog Hop


Let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured April 28
Paper Doll Sophia

Featured April 29
Paper Doll Sophia Let's Go

Featured April 30
Big Trees

Featured May 1
Small Flowers

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs ( don't forget this one ) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winners will be announced on May 2, 2015 right here on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. ( HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice. ) The deadline for commenting is Friday May 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST.

Let's get started !!
Here's the Design Team

Lois  
Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!

My dress for Sophia is not going to look like anyone else's because I made mine by masking and stamping components of the other outfits to make the wedding dress.
I stamped the short skirt first. 
Then I stamped it on a post it note (in blue)
I cut out the post it note and covered the skirt.


I stamped the skirt again, but lowered it slightly.


 Another skirt stamped on the post it note and cut out and put over second layer.
Then I stamped the long skirt over the post it note. I used the form fitting dress but cut away the collar to add the lacy one. I cut the skirt and dress out and covered them with cheese cloth. I added some embroidered flowers and pearls and a row of lace with flowers to the bottom. I made her hat and veil out of the embroidered flower and more cheese cloth. The background behind her reminded me of vintage wall paper. That is why I made it a wall and added the framed sentiments. 

The sentimenst I hung on my card's "Wall" were from MFP set called SWANS
To frame the sentiments on the wall I used MFP set called ALL POSTAL

 I made it an easel card to stand up. Since I put about 4 hours making the dress I think it should be displayed. I took some of the dp I used on the front and put that on the bottom of the easel and I punched the edge.



I think the dress looks like it could have been a wedding dress in the 1920's. What do you think?