Friday, September 19, 2014

How old ARGH you? talk like a pirate day card

Today my mates at Mountain Plains Crafters  and I are celebrating International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
We decided to make projects with at Pirate theme. You can check out their projects HERE.
I decided to make a birthday card using Mark's Finest Papers set called BURIED TREASURE. I stamped the map onto a brown paper bag. My parrot, I stamped onto white cardstock and water colored. I fussy cut him out and popped him up. I used Tombow xtreme adhesives on this card. On the inside, I decided to add some gold doubloons. I punched circles out, I embossed them using my script embossing folder and then I colored them with a gold marker. My mom was visiting a couple who had a pile of gold coins paperweight. She commented on it and my mom's friend gave her the paperweight. On the back it said, "Your friendship is worth more than a pile of gold..." I was always fascinated with it when I was little. I always wondered what a real pile of gold would look like.(I did a search and found a photo of the paperweight HERE if you wanted to see what it looked like.) I added twine tied in pretzel knots at the corner to tuck the map into. If you would like to know how to tie pretzel knots HERE. you can check out this video on youtube

What I like best about my card, besides my gold coins, is the encyclopedia background. I just happened to have the "piracy" page that hadn't been used yet from my "P" encyclopedia. How perfect was that?

 What are pirate cards without treasure. I am offering a little treasure of my own. Leave a comment on this post and I will pick a winner randomly from those who leave a comment. You have until Sunday to leave a comment. I will post the winner on Monday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quilted leaves

The card I made today was inspired by my friend Maxine. she had  a card on her blog that showed quilted butterflies. She got the idea from this tutorial by Michelle Pearson

I used 3 different patterned papers for my paper quilt.

I glued the patterned triangles onto white typing paper with glue sticks..When the glue dried, I sprayed the top with gold shimmer paint. Then I let that dry. I noticed a couple of the edges curling up, so I put a layer of white glue over the entire top and let that dry.

 Instead of butterfly dies, I decided to use my new leaf die. I was able to cut out 12 leaves. I started to emboss them and rub copper inka gold over the tops. You can see those in this next photo. I decided not to do any more because I thought it took away from the look of the quilts.  ( I estimated that by the time I cut glued sprayed glued and cut again it took 3 hours to make the 12 leaves.A little time consuming, but the look when they were finished was awesome.)

 I decided to make my card using the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge SC506
  I wanted to pick paper that would not conflict too much with the leaves. I was surprised how different the backgrounds looked. I tried it with a light gray, dark brown and a cream colorl

I ended up using a combination of the cream and the dark brown.
I also ended up using an oval instead of a circle because it fit my sentiment better. I outlined all the panels and the leaves with a gold pen.

I added pearls and made it an easel card. 

 Here are some close up photos of the leaves. They are each so different.

This is what I was listening to while I was making this card. 

I am going to share this card in the Word Art Wednesday challenge. WAW150

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Faux Granite

The Ways to Use it challenge on Splitcoast Stampers WT496
was to use rock or granite on our cards since memorials are often made of stone to make them last a long time.

 I started my card by going to youtube to see how to paint faux granite. That didn't help much because the lady who posted the video just said take paint and do it til it looks like granite. Well, duh. I could have figured that out all on my own. So I looked at photos of granite. Wow so many different colors of granite. I fell in love with this granite:
Granite Photo Inspiration

I started with white cardstock. I added tan ink. I added the following acrylic paints: dark brown, black, white and gold. I applied the paint with a crumpled paper towel.  I sprayed the finished piece with gold shimmer spray. I think I did a pretty good job of matching my inspiration.

The theme I went for on my card was TEXTURE. I used two different embossing folders. I rubbed copper inka gold over the top. The base of the card and the sentiment panel were sprayed with gold shimmer paint. For the base, I took a crumpled paper towel and made texture marks in the spray. 

I also used black textured cardstock that I rubbed the copper inka gold over the top after I punched it using a border punch. I really liked how it looked. I finished it off with some paper gears.

I used Monday Mojo Sketch  MOJO362
I am going to share this card in Word Art Wednesday.WAW149

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Secret Rose Garden

Ever since I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, it has been one of my favorite books. When I first saw this set by Mark's Finest Papers called KEYS, I knew I was going to have to make a secret garden card.What you can't see in these photographs is the golden sparkle. The roses as well as the green panels are sprayed with a gold shimmer paint.  I cut the green panels and adhered them to the white panel and it was at this step that I thought it needed more gold, so I sprayed some more gold and it warped the paper a little. So my "FIX" was to emboss the whole panel.
 With this collection of keys, surely one of them will open the lock so we can get into the garden.

 I quilled four different sizes of roses. You can sort of see the gold shimmer paint on this photo.

This card will be going to one of the college students from my church. She is away from home for the first time. She is really homesick and she has only been gone a week. I hope this cheers her up.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A story of HOT GLUE gears

 All good stories start with once upon a time... Right?
 Well once upon a time there was a crafter who didn't have much money to spend on her craft supplies.She tried to find creative ways to do make do with what she had. In other words... she was cheap/thrifty. She really liked steampunk style with its gears and clocks and such. She bought some gears at a craft store but at 50¢ a piece that was too expensive. So she set out to see if there was a creative way to make a gear embellishment. Out of creativity, she thought to take hot glue and push the 50¢ gear into the glue to make an impression. When the glue cooled she took the metal gear off and painted the hot glue gear black. Then she rubbed copper inka gold over the top. The result was these gears. They turned out with imperfections. However,at a cost of 5¢ for the 5 gears, that was a price she liked alot.

 (here is where the story takes a turn)

She was making a hot glue gear when she got distracted... not usually a problem, but this time it was. She accidentally put her finger into the puddle of hot glue. Long story short, she ended ripping the skin off the top of her finger. As she sat with her bandaged finger throbbing, she decided to share this cautionary tale. She recommends that when making gears out of hot glue, pay very close attention to what you are doing.
I really like how they look with Mark's Finest Papers GEARS TO YOU  set.

This card really did start as the sketch for the SCS sketch challenge today. SC503 I had originally thought of putting the sentiment on the base. I ended up matting it and putting it on a separate panel, because I decided to emboss the base.


My favorite time of year is Fall. 
I grew up in AZ and we had mostly evergreen trees. The few deciduous trees went to yellowish/brown to different shades of brown before falling. I remember the year first lived in the midwest. When the leaves changed colors, I was so excited to see the extravagant colors. I had to catch my breath and was constantly saying "Thank You God for making such a beautiful world" I still feel that way each year in the fall. 

My card used several Mark's Finest Papers sets. Here is a list of the sets: 

I took the sentiments and and put them all on my large acrylic block. I used Black Stazon ink. Then I did ink spray smash technique to add fall colors. When that dried, I took a stipple brush to add more colors. I added raffia and a little acorn charm.
Mountain's Plains Crafters is having a LEAF/ AUTUMN challenge with a prize give away from sponsor Pan Pastel All you have to do is link up a new leaf or Autumn card to this MPC post

Monday, August 25, 2014

interlocking gate card

The TLC Challenge at SCS TLC496 was to make an interlocking gatefold card.This is my card for that challenge.

 I added lace for her pinafore.

I was thinking that if it was an interlocking card... it might be fun to add a lock and a key. I used the new key set from MFP.

I was feeling pretty good about this card until I noticed that the sheet music that I glued to the back of the little girl was on upside down... oh well... too late now.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mixed Rice

The mixed media challenge this week (MIX81) was to use really wet water colored paint and while there were still puddles of paint/water on the paper put rice on top of it so the rice can soak up the pigment. 
You have to let it completely dry before removing the rice.

The rice effect was kinda subtle on my card and hard to photograph,  but you can see it best in this photo of the corner.