Thursday, December 14, 2017

Meowy Christmas, v 2.0

I'm back with another holiday card featuring the ever-so-wonderful Cat Angel (Stampendous)!

Here it is!

Cat Angel was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts). I had retained theCat Angel mask from the last card, which I adhered over its counterpart, then airbrushed with Copic markers in shades of blue, red violet, and cool black.

The mask was lifted and Cat Angel was colored with Copic markers. A Clear Sparkle Spectrum Noir glitter pen (Crafter's Companion) was used to add a glittery sparkle to the wings, star, and sky dots.

Shimmery black and blue cardstock was die-cut with the Globe Thinlits Alterations die (Sizzix). The shimmery black Globe die-cut was divested of its cut out bits. A Circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders) was used to die-cut a circle from navy cardstock. The shimmery black cardstock Globe was adhered to the navy cardstock, which had been run through my Xyron machine to add a coat of adhesive to it. The blue Globe die-cut was placed over the top of the shimmery black one and the die-cut bits were pressed and/or placed into the apertures. I do love my tweezers!

Parchment printed vellum was diet with the Peaceful Greetings sentiment die and one of the Dimensional Banners dies (Die-namics). The Meowy Christmas sentiment (The Cat's Pajamas) was stamped onto the banner with Noir Palette Hybrid ink (Stewart Superior).

The sentiment banner, "Peaceful Greetings", and Globe die-cuts were added to the image panel, which was then trimmed, adhered to black cardstock, and then onto a white card. "Joy to the world" was added courtesy of the Christmastime Remnant Rubs (Idea-ology) to finish the card.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Meowy Christmas!

After another crafting hiatus, caused by more health woes, I've finally gotten back into my craft room and have been happily creating again!

Here's a holiday card with Cat Angel (Stampendous) and an old sentiment from justjohanna/Odd Bird Planets.

Cat Angel was stamped twice with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), first onto Neenah cardstock, then onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins). The Eclipse Tape version was fussy-cut and adhered over its counterpart as a mask. The masked image panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Squares Thinlits die set (Sizzix), then airbrushed with Copic markers.

The mask was lifted and Cat Angel was colored with Copic markers. A Clear Sparkle Spectrum Noir glitter pen (Crafter's Companion) was used to add a glittery sparkle to the wings, star, and sky dots.

"Twinkle", from a Christmastime Remnant Rubs sheet (Idea-ology), was added to the top left of the image panel.

Blue cardstock was cut to form a card. The scraps were die-cut with a nameplate die (Spellbinders) and a stitched strip die from one of the Blueprints die sets (Die-namics). Meowy Christmas (justjohanna/odd bird planet) was stamped onto the nameplate die.

Star patterned paper from the Beachside Pint-sized 6x6 pad (Lawn Fawn) was cut to size, then mounted onto the blue card. The image panel, stitched strip, and sentiment were added adhered to the card front. Two rhinestones were added to the nameplate to cover the holes and add a touch of bling.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

White Rabbit Time!

Hello again! Can you believe it? Two posts (with a coffee break between) in one day! Wow, it's shocking! Here's my second Wonderland ATC for the swap over at on Vera Lane Studio's Facebook page.

This one features the White Rabbit from the Alice and the Rabbit digi set (Vera Lane Studios).

The White Rabbit was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. He was set aside (where he enjoyed some tea with the The Mad Hatter) while I created a background for him.

Grey cardstock was embossed with the Clocks embossing plate (Cherry Lynn Designs). Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean, Hickory Smoke, and Black Soot Distress inks (Ranger) were sponged over the keyhole stencil from the Shapes 2 stencil set (Dylusions/Ranger). The Time Tunnel stencil (Visible Image) was placed over the keyhole, then Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress inks were sponged over top. 

The stencils were lifted, the embossed panel was trimmed, then sponged with Black Soot Distress ink, and adhered to a black ATC. The White Rabbit was adhered to finish the ATC.

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We're All Mad Here!

You might have noticed that I've been MIA in the blogosphere for quite some time. I've also been missing from my craftroom too (the story follows below). I finally rectified that by creating two ATCs for a Wonderland-themed swap on Vera Lane Studio's Facebook page.

Here's the first one with The Mad Hatter (Vera Lane Studio).

The Mad Hatter and the sentiment were resized in PhotoElements and printed out onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer.  The Mad Hatter was colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with a black marker.

The panel was cut to size, then airbrushed with YG45, Y26, BV25, and V25 Copic markers. When I was happy with the coverage, a Post-it note was placed over the bottom of the panel, then  YG45 was airbrushed over the Small Keyholes stencil (Ranger). The Post-It note was removed and YG45 was airbrushed over the Chequered Dots stencil (Ranger).

The panel was trimmed, edged with Jet Black StazOn ink (Imagine Crafts), and adhered to an ATC-sized piece of black cardstock. The The Mad Hatter was adhered and the ATC was done! I must admit that it felt GREAT to be back in my craftroom, though my mad skillz are a bit rusty!

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Now here's the very boring update of what kept me away for so long and why we're all mad here! As you might remember, I've been in the process of renovating my house and my mouth. Then in the beginning of October, while putting things back to rights, I twisted my knee. Unlike my usual practice, I went to the doctor immediately because I was going to go on vacation where I'd be doing a lot of walking. He told me it was likely arthritis, but there was a slight chance that I tore my meniscus, but I should be fine.

I continued on with my very frustrating dental work (three or four times to get a crown sized correctly and installed) and gum surgery. Then we left for our trip to Germany. Two days into the trip, my knee went out again.  However, being me, I still managed to to visit the countryside, do a castle tour, enjoy a (very short) river cruise, visit a Matisse exhibit, enjoy great beer, good food, and some good wine (plus a lot of dramatic whining when the pain got severe). I did absolutely NO shopping and didn't really get to explore as much as I wanted.

When we got back home, I got myself to the doctor, got some good anti-inflammatories, had a molar extracted, rested a bunch, and finally got myself back to the craft room. After two weeks, I got the result of my xrays, and in another ten days will have an MRI, which will likely confirm that I tore my meniscus. At least I won't be on crutches for Thankgsiving, though I will not be able to eat turkey, ham, or stuffing (due to the lack of molars from said dental work). I will be able to eat sweet potatoes. More importantly, I can drink wine. So that's my plan.

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Moving Halloween Card!

I've been MIA with dental woes and just a lot of not-so-fun life stuff. But I'm back and I have good news! I'm now on the design team for The Stamp Doctor! I've never been really good at paper engineering (all that pesky measuring and math stuff), but love cards that move and have interesting folds, so I was delighted to get my hands on the Flip Flop die.

Here's my first project (and my first video), using the Flip Flop die (The Stamp Doctor) with Kitty Skirt (Stampendous) and the Mini Branches Reversed stencil (The Crafter's Workshop).

Here's the unopened card:

And the opened card:

Kitty Skirt was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, then trimmed to fit the card.

Cardstock was die-cut with the Flip Flop die, folded per the enclosed directions, then Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the Mini Branches Reversed stencil. Old crusty Remnant Rubs (Idea-ology) were used to add the "Happy Halloween) sentiment and the dangling spider. A piece of old Graphic 45 cardstock provided the cat Halloween quote. 

The panel was adhered to the front of the card, all edges were sponged with Black Soot Distress ink, and I called it done. I could NOT believe how quick and easy it was to create a moving card with the Flip Flop die. You definitely need to get this die now and to check out all the other fabulous dies and stamps available at The Stamp Doctor!

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Sweet Gift Card!

I don't know about you, but I tend to give a lot of cards containing gift cards during the holiday season. Here's one  with  Sweet Holly Penguin (FRA-DIE-10309) and Gift Card Corner Holder (FRA-DIE-10301).



Sweet Holly Penguin was die-cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. Several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) were added to the Sweet Holly Penguin's holly berries to make 'em dimensional and shiny.

Old patterned paper was layered and Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops (Tonic Studio) was added to the seam between the papers and to the grey and blue dotted paper. The Sweet Holly Penguin was adhered and more Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drop were added underneath him so he appeared to be on icy, snowy ground. 

White cardstock was cut to two 4" x 5.25" panels. The image panel was matted with one of them, then adhered adhered to an ice blue card.

The second trimmed white panel was die-cut with the Gift Card Corner Holder die, then adhered to the inside of the blue card. An Starbucks gift card was added to illustrate the way the Gift Card Corner Holder works.

A scrap of the icy blue cardstock was die-cut with the the sentiment "A Gift" from the Gift Card Corner Holder die set, then adhered to the card front to finish the card.

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Christmas Cardinals

Here's another holiday card with the Modern Cardinals (FRA-DIE-10308) die set from Frantic Stamper's September release.

Both cardinals from the the Modern Cardinals die set were die-cut from red textured specialty paper (FiberMark). The mask, beak, and eyes were die-cut from black, yellow, and white cardstock respectively. The red portions of cardinal were edged with a dark red Copic marker, then the both Modern Cardinals were assembled.

Patterned paper was layered and silver foil border stickers were adhered over the seams. Silver Metallic Leafing pen (Krylon) was run along all four sides to edge the card front. The cardinals were adhered to the card front.

Another piece of red textured specialty paper was adhered to 5.5" square card and the card front was adhered to complete the piece.

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