Monday, February 25, 2013

You're Amazing Card

 
I realized I haven't  shared this card that I made.  I made this a couple of weeks ago.  This was for my son's basketball coach.   Josh did such an amazing job with the boys.  He is so encouraging with them.  Kyle is gonna be lucky again, Josh is going to coach the spring Flag Football team.  Kyle is excited!  
 I used a retired stamp set for this card.  It is one of my favorites.  I love adding the 3D maze on top of the stamping.   Just a quick share with you this morning.  I have a crazy couple of weeks coming up so I will be doing some different blog posts.  I will be going to Vegas next week so I will be posting some blog posts about my trip.  Have a great Monday!!!
Michelle!!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sketch Challenge for a Layout



Cards or Layouts?  Which are my favorite?  BOTH!!!  I have been scrapping longer than making cards.  I was organizing my room the other day and came across my wedding and honeymoon albums that I made.  Has it been 16 years already??  It doesn't seem like it but those scrapbooks sure do look it!  I was amazed at how the albums have changed so much.  All the scrapbooking toys certainly have gotten better!!!  I recently started making cards.  But I find cards to be more of  a challenge for me.  I love challenges!  I have been doing tons of cards lately so it was nice to get back to some scrappin'.  



Sorry about the pink craft mat in the picture but it was the only way I could get a good picture showing the embossing made into the layout.  I made this layout for a sketch challenge at:
 
 
What a great sketch!!! 
 

 
I love using Very Vanilla for a base.  It kept the layout simple even though there are a lot of patterns on the layout.  And it showed the misting really well!   I made some glimmer mist from Midnight Muse and misted the Very Vanilla base.  I used the Borders Scoring Plate to add the embossing to the base.  I love this tool!!!!
 
 
The patterned paper is left over from October Afternoon.  The doily sticking out from the picture was distressed with ink.  I love using up scraps on layouts.  The doily was leftover from a card I made earlier this week! 
 
 
I used the accessories pack that came with some of my October Afternoon paper to add the circles.  I inked the edges. 
 
 
 
This is my oldest son.  How cute is he??!!!  I love when he wears blue- his blue eyes really pop!  I wanted to use a lot of blue on this layout to match his eyes and his shirt.  This is just a quick picture that I took after going out to dinner one night.  He loves to wear his camo Santa hat in December.  I think he has it in his school bag everyday of the month!  His Christmas spirit!!!  Love it!!!
 
 
My favorite type of ribbon: seam binding!  If I see seam binding- I buy it!!!  I don't think I could ever have to much!!!
 
 
I took this picture to show the larger splatters of ink.  I love the Stampin' Up misters, they are cheap, a good size and give a nice mist.  My complaint?  Well, it isn't a complaint.....they mist so well, I don't get the irregular mist that I get with some misters.  (which really isn't a problem!!) I make my own irregular splatters!  I simply take the top off my mister and use the straw part to drip ink onto my layout! 
 
 
I really liked the sketch and had a good time with it.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Thanks for stopping by!!!
Michelle!!!
 
 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bottle & Doily Card

Yellow!!!  One of my favorite colors!  I don't use yellow often but I love it when I do.  To me, yellow just makes a happy layout or a bright and shinning card.  I love yellow!!!  This is a 6X6 card.  I am currently stuck on 6X6 cards!  I love that I can get two cards out of a 12X12 piece of cardstock with no waste.  More than that, I just love the square cards!
 

There are so many pieces of this card that I want to talk about on this blog post.  First I will start with the challenge that I used to create this card.  I used a color challenge to create this card at:
 
I loved these colors.  Midnight Muse is one of my favorite blues ever!  I used a sketch to help create this card from Freshly made Sketches.
 
 
I have gotten tons of comments on the bottle caps that I have used on cards lately.  First off, I used the Stampin' Up Soda Tops .  I love the two sizes that are offered.  Now most of the questions have been about HOW to smoosh them in the Big Shot.  These are SSSSSOOO easy!  
 
 
 

 
 
I use my Big Shot opened to Tab 1.  Now this depends on how tight your Big Shot is.  Some people have better results with NO TABS on their multipurpose platform.  Try both and see what works for you. 
 
 
Put your bottle cap between your two clear plates and run it through your Big Shot.  I like the bottle cap face open side down.  I am not sure if it is my imagination or not, but I think they smoosh better open side down. 
 
 

This is what the bottle cap will look like on your plate when it is smooshed!  My plates are very scratched, if your plates are not scratched, the bottle cap might stick into them a bit, just peel it out.  They won't hurt your plates.  Just always make sure to put the bottle cap BETWEEN your clear plates, NEVER on the multipurpose platform directly!!!
 
 
What you end up with is a perfect smooshed bottle top!!!  You can add punched circles in them- 1" circle punch fits the big bottle cap and the 1/2" circle punch fits the littler size bottle cap.  You can use just DSP, stamp on your circles, add buttons to the top of the caps, anything you can think of!!! Just creative!  The bottle caps are great for layers!   I love them!!! (I love them so much, I just order two more packages of them!!!)
 
 
 
I made my own glimmer mist to color the Stampin' Up doily.  Glimmer mist is very easy to make.  I used a few drops of  Stampin' Up Glimmer Paint- I used Frost. A few drops- if you want more glimmer- add a couple more drops- if you want less glimmer- add less.  I used Midnight Muse reinker (once again, I play with the drops until I get the color depth that I like I used about 7 drops here) and 70% rubbing alcohol.  70% is very important.  90% rubbing alcohol will clog your mister.  I keep 70% just for crafting.  I mist over my sink.  The ink doesn't stick to the my stainless steel sink and I rinse it down as soon as I am done.  Easy clean up for me!
 
 
I used the Stampin' Up Borders Scoring Plate to create the zig zag at the bottom of the card.  In this picture you can also see the honeycomb embossing folder that I used. 
 
 
This stamp set is out of the Spring catalog.  I love it!!!  The whole set is wonderful! 
 
This was a really fun card for me.  The colors were a lot of fun to use!
Hope you enjoyed!  While you are here, follow me!!!
Michelle!!!








Monday, February 18, 2013

Fun Rocket Birthday Card

Another birthday card!  We all find ourselves needing birthday cards.  I love challenges that make birthday cards.  I need a lot of boy birthday cards. 

 
 
I made this card for several challenges.  The first part came from a sketch at: http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2013/02/seize-birthday-6-masculine-birthday.html
 
Here is the sketch:
 
 
I liked the clean line of the sketch.  I am finding that my card style might be more clean and simple than I thought.  I used to find making clean and simple was hard.  Now I am finding those are the cards I like the best.  The other part of this challenge is that it has to be a birthday card- CHECK!  And this week is a masculine card- CHECK!  I love that this challenge site uses the sketch twice, one week you create a male card and one week you create a female card.  I love that!!!  Can't wait to play along again!
 
The next challenge was the colors used are from:
 
 
I have to say this was the perfect color challenge for me.  I have never used Tempting Turquoise....EVER.  I am not sure why but I have never used it.  I even commented to someone recently that I needed to TRY and use it...at least once!
I used Tempting Turquoise ink on my new Cloudy Day embossing folder.  I covered the folder with the ink, cut a piece of Whispering White cardstock to my size,  and then ran it through my Big Shot to emboss.  I loved the coverage and leaving just the cloud white. 
 
 
There was a second part of the Dynamic Duos challenge this week and it was Clouds.  I think I have it covered!!
 
My final challenge is from: http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/
 
This week's challenge was UP IN THE AIR.  Covered here as well!!
 
I used my paper piercing pack from Stampin' Up to create the dots around the outside of the card and on the cut out oval. I can't free hand very well and these piercing packs are great.  I really have used all of mine a lot.    I used the new Oval Framelits to cut out the oval. 
The banner was my favorite part.  The stamp was stacked on top of each other and I needed it to be long ways, so I had to ink half of the stamp and stamp it on my banner, then clean it and ink the other half and then stamp it.  I really like the way it turned out.  I have been know to cut stamps to fit my needs as well.  They are stamps and should work for you.  When I do cut them, I use straight lines.  The can be "put back together" on your clear blocks to stamp in their original form if you ever need it.  I am sure this affects the resale value of the stamp set but to be honest, I buy stamps to stamp with!  They are my tools so they should work for me.  If it affects the resale value....IF I ever decide to sell a set, oh well!  I get my use out of stamp as a craft so any resale is just extra!
 
 
 
I love crinkling banners.  I get my banner stamped and inked around the edges, the I crumble them up.  YES!  Like a piece of trash!  Straighten them out and put them on the cards with dimensionals!  I love the effect! 
 
 
 
I also stamped the inside of my card since the sentiment on the front was not very "birthday-ish" I needed a birthday sentiment.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!!  Take a second and follow my blog!!
Michelle!!!
 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Star Wars Princess Card


I can never get enough of Star Wars!!! The nerd in me just beams every time I use these stamps. 
 
 

This was a fun card for me to play around with.  I created it for several challenges.  The first part came from a sketch at: http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/2013/02/mojo-monday-280.html
 
Here is the sketch:
 
 
This sketch was a challenge for me.  The diagonal strip really threw me off.  I wanted to try it!!! 
 
I used the colors from:
 
The colors for this challenge are:
 
 
I love color challenges because it helps me use colors that I normally would not.  Pinks are harder for me to use so these are great!  All cardstock used is Stampin' Up.
 
 
 
With having three boys, I don't have a ton of girly stamps.  Princesses are not  big in our house.  BUT, Leia was a PRINCESS right?!!!!!  My kids are such Star Wars fans, we have a golden retriever names Leia.  Yes, after Star Wars!!!  My oldest named her!  I figured Leia was better than Padame'!!!  
 
The last challenge is for: http://blacktiefriday.blogspot.com/
 
For the challenge of :
 
 
I love adding texture to cards!
 
 
I love this sentiment!  How fun!!!  I used the Stampin' Up piercing pack to add the dots around the edges.  I used my Old Olive marker instead of my paper piercer.  I have gotten a lot of use out of those peircing packs!!!
 
 
 
I considered coloring the stamp in but I wanted to keep it white.  It just seemed to look better white to me. 
 
 
 
Overall, this was a fun card for me.  I liked using the chevron punch to match the chevron embossing folder. 
Thanks for stopping by!!  I always love visitors and comments!!!  While you're here, follow me!!!
Michelle!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Bleach Stamping

If you have followed my blog for awhile, you know that I love trying new things!  Stamping with bleach was something totally new to me!!!  It is old technique but I have never tried it.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to try to stamp directly with bleach or mist with bleach.  I decided to try both!!! 
 
 
I used the sketch from: http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/
 
Here is the sketch:
 
 
 
I love the clean lines!  When I thought about using the bleaching technique, I wanted the bleaching to be the focus-without a lot of embellishments.  This sketch was GREAT to let the bleach really show!
 
For my card, I chose my colors based on two things.  One- I need dark colors for the bleaching to show.  Two- for the Cue Card at: http://casology.blogspot.com/
 
 
Just to stop here and give some advice.  I am always willing to try anything and sometimes my "attempts" don't work out.  I first tried to mist bleach on Stampin' Up Basic Black cardstock.  I am not sure why, but it would not bleach out.  I changed my base color to Grey and had great results!   For the base I used a Stampin' Up mister, and put straight bleach in it and misted it on my card base.  As the bleach dried, it got lighter and lighter.  PERFECT!!!  You can speed up the drying time with your heat tool.
 
 
I really like the effect!!! 
 
 
For the main focus of the card, I used the Oh, Hello set Stampin' Up.  I simply took a bowl and put a folded up paper towel in the bowl.  I poured straight bleach in the bowl and saturated the paper towel to make a "bleach stamp pad".  This is the easiest way and also I can just throw away my "stamp pad" when I am done!!!  I "inked" up my stamp in the bleach and stamped on my cardstock.  I held the stamp on the cardstock for a little longer than normal just to make sure the bleach soaked in. 
 
For the last part of the card, I used the edgelit die to cut out the side of my cardstock.  I also used the matching paper piercing set to add the accent with a Stampin' Up marker. 
I used the challenge at: http://paperplaytime.blogspot.com/  when I added the border to the card. 
 
 
 
 
 
Overall, I really had fun using bleach.  I think the misting part was my favorite because I am sure a misting fan.  I think the key when using bleach is to keep it simple! 
Thanks for stopping by!!!  I appreciate all the visitors and comments....and LOVE new followers!!!
Michelle!!!

Fab Friday Card Challenge Win!!!!

I am happy to announce a win for the sketch challenge at http://fabfridaystampinchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/02/fab-faves-11.html

My snowman card was the entry:

This was a fun card, lots of layers! 
Fab Friday has had some great challenges!  I look forward to playing along each week!!!
Michelle!!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Honorable Mention for a Card Challenge

I was very pleased to be named  Dynamic Darling this week for the color challenge at Dynamic Duos! http://thedynamicduoschallenge.blogspot.com/2013/02/weekly-winners_15.html#comment-form



This was for my whale card!! 



I loved playing along with this challenge!  I used colors that I never use!  I think that is the best part of the challenges, challenging myself to making projects that I never thought i could do!!!

Michelle!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Gnome Card- Triple Stamping Technique

 
Since it is a little warmer here this week, I have gotten spring fever!!  This card is perfect for spring!!   I used a retired Stampin' Up stamp set.  This is my last card with this set.  I am running out of stamp room so this one is going on my sale pile.  I hope someone else can give it some more love!!!  I love the little gnomes!  I used the triple stamping technique on this card.
I have a step by step with pictures tutorial HERE !    I used Gumball Green, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, and Whispering White. 
I rarely show the inside of my cards, so here is the inside of this one!  I stamped a little cake a the bottom of the card.  When I go to use this card, I will add a sentiment to it if I need it or I can leave it as is. 
 
 
I am wondering what blog readers look for in a blog?  What do you come here to see?  Cards? Tutorials?  Pictures? Information?  Product reviews?  What would you like to see?  Thanks for any information you can leave me!  I am always looking at ways to improve my blog!  Thanks!!!
Michelle!!!
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