Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Flying Free Shabbly

 Hello and welcome.  Today I'd like to share a card I had started a couple weeks ago and finally finished.  I'll have to say that this concussion is really kicking my butt cutting into my mojo.  Fortunately, I was able to just assemble the card and not have to focus on coloring right now.

I started out by printing the Fly Free collage sheet, from Gecko Galz, on Neenah white card stock before cutting out the pre-colored image I had wanted to use.  Once I had cut down the image, I ran a bliss blue marker along the edges before distressing it using my paper distresser over the marker making sure to do the same with the rose romance and bliss blue layers before adding brads.  The card base is stamped using a retired Stampin Up Ephemera background, stamped using bashful blue ink, with the watch collage from Rubbernecker Stamps lightly stamped over using bliss blue ink.  After adding ink to the edges of my card base, I added the layered image panel using glue dots before adding a blue lace bow and a blue button I've had in my stash for years.  The final touch was spritzing a bit of mint melody marker over the entire card.

Challenges entered:
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.


Stamps: Gecko Galz digital set; Stampin Up; Rubbernecker
Ink: Stampin Up Bashful Blue, Bliss Blue
Card Stock: Neenah White; Stampin Up; Scraps
Accessories: Computer, Printer, Distressing Too, Lace Doily, Button, Brads, Glue Dots, Paper Ribbon Border, Color Spritzer Tool, SU Markers, Blending Brush

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Painful Musings

 
Hello and welcome.  This post will be short.  I had a bad fall one week ago trying to kill a mosquito.  I remember reaching up over my head to smash it between my hands, then the next thing I knew I was in free fall until the back of my head connected with the floor.  I apparently fell head first into the fireplace hearth where the front of my head connected with the fireplace, then backwards until I landed on the floor.  My husband says he thinks I also hit the TV table with the back of my head before landing on the floor where my hip connected with the bottom corner of the hearth.  Let's just say....I hurt...STILL!  I'm still really bruised/sore on the front of my head and my right hip.  The rest of the update is below:

 
I will be hit and miss with posting, as well as creating cards/projects until the exacerbated migraine, and concussion issues, get better.

Monday, February 26, 2024

PIP Challenge 2408

 
 Sponsored by
 

Hello and welcome.  Today begins a new challenge over at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and this week we're being sponsored by Jan's Digital Stamps.  I would like to thank Jan for her sponsorship for this weeks challenge.  I made two cards for this week's challenge using Jan's Sleigh Ride digital set for both of them.

I started out by combining the sleigh, tree and sayings using Photoshop Elements before printing both combined images on Neenah white card stock.  Taking my Ranger mini blending foams and mini ink blending tools, I started stippling/blending Tim Holtz stormy sky, tumbled glass, chipped sapphire and picket fence distress inks before layering and adding silver brads.  For the card base, I rolled a long retired Stampin Up poinsettia jumbo wheel in fired brick distress ink before adhering my layered image using glue dots.  I then added some white/silver bakers twine from my stash, a long forgotten snowflake charm and then diamond ice stickles to highlight "snow mounds" and "snowflakes" to finish the card off.  As an afterthought, I grabbed the fired brick ink pad and added the color using the direct-to-paper technique.

My second card is a mini slimline with the same distress inks used only with a little heavier application of the chipped sapphire distress ink.  After edging the side of the image panel using a retired Stampin Up night of navy marker, I layered the image before adding silver brads and running a paper distresser along the bottom layer to "rough it up a bit" before adhering it to a navy card base using pop up glue dots.  The final touches were ice stickle snow/snowflakes and some silver star Stampendous stickers I've had in my stash for years.

Challenges entered:
 
Splitcoaststampers USEIT2024 - Use Your Unloved Stash (star stickers, charm, mini blending tools)
Peace On Earth #58 - See Inspiration Pic (inspired by colors, snow, country feeling)
 

Peace On Earth



 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day and don't forget to join in this week's challenge over at Pammie's Inky Pinkies.


Stamps: Jan's Digital Stamps; Stampin Up Poinsettia Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Tim Holtz Fired Brick, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Picket Fence, Stormy Sky Distress Inks
Card Stock: Neenah White; Stampin Up
Accessories: Computer, Printer, Diamond Ice Stickles, Paper Distresser, Pop Up Glue Dots, Glue Dots, Brads, Mini Ink Blending Foams and Applicators

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Valentine ATC's

Hello and welcome.  Today I'd like to share a few ATC cards I made this last week in between "hibernating" thanks to this migraine that's kicking my butt and falling last night hitting my head.    Personally I'm beginning to think "Mother Nature" is either drunk or is out to get me this winter.  I can handle the rain but the wind, and temperature swings, that's been with these storms hitting my part of California is nothing to laugh at.  However, I digress.

I started out by printing the Gecko Galz ATC sheet found here out on Neenah white card stock before cutting out the photos that are included then layering them on to scrap card stock and adding brads from my stash.  I then took the image panels, adhered them to the ATC layer, which is included as well, then layered on more scrap card stock.  I kept my embellishments pretty simple - flowers, bow and a lace doily. I'm pretty pleased with how all three turned out.  Here's the third one:

The "no refund" card went to my husband for a belated Valentine's card/gift and I haven't figured out where I'm sending the other two yet.
 
Challenges entered:
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Stamps: Gecko Galz
Ink: None
Card Stock: Neenah White; Stampin Up Scraps
Accessories: Computer, Printer, Brads, Bow, Lace Doily, Glue, Glue Dots
 

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Red And The Wolf

 
Hello and welcome.  Today I'd like to share a goth style card made for the Gecko Galz Monthly Goth challenge using the provided image.  I call it Red and the Wolf and the fact it's pre-colored is a bonus.  Now, normally, Goth is NOT my type of challenge but I decided to get out of my comfort zone and give it a try.  

I started out by printing the image on Neenah white card stock before cutting down, edging the side with a basic grey marker, then layering and adding some tiny red brads before setting the layered image aside.  I then took a basic grey card, dry embossed it using a Cuttlebug spiderweb embossing folder and my big shot before lightly stippling basic grey ink over the embossed web.  Once I added my layered image panel using glue dots, some grey/red fibers  along with clay flowers with ice stickle centers finished my card off.

Challenges entered:
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Stamps: Gecko Galz
Card Stock: Neenah White; Stampin Up
Ink: Stampin Up Basic Grey
Accessories: Computer, Printer, Fibers, Clay Flowers, Ice Stickles, Brads, Glue Dots, Big Shot, Stipple Brush, Spiderweb Embossing Folder

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Here's Comes Santa Paws ATC Style

 
Hello and welcome.  I have another project for you using the free pre-colored digital stamp from Gecko Galz for their monthly Christmas Challenge only this time, I've made some ATC's (artist trading cards) to use up some of the scraps that were still on my desk.  Now, I don't normally make ATC's but decided to give another shot at them.  

I started off by printing off the images wallet size on a full sheet of Neenah white card stock before cutting down to size then layering on scrap white/navy card stock from my scrap bin.  The only embellishments added are small silver brads and then diamond/waterfall ice stickles to highlight parts of the snow.  Easy peasy am I right?  I'm happy with how my ATC's turned out.

Challenges entered:
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Stamps: Geck Galz Digital Image
Ink: None
Card Stock: Neenah White; Scraps
Accessories: Computer, Printer, Ice Stickles, Brads, Glue Dots

Monday, February 12, 2024

Here Comes Santa Paws

Hello and welcome.  Second post today.  If you're looking for my Pammie's Inky Pinkies post, please scroll down one.   I have a cute little Christmas card I made using scrap card stock and a free digital image from Gecko Galz to use in their Christmas challenge. 

I started out by printing the image on a full sheet of Neenah white card stock as a wallet size picture before trimming down and layering on scrap white/navy card stock.  I then added some silver brads and set aside to work on the card base.  Taking an 11 inch scrap, I folded it in half before embossing it using a Cuttlebug© snowflake embossing folder and my Big Shot©.  I then used a color spritzer and a navy Stampin Up marker to spritz navy ink over the embossed images before adding my layered image using glue dots.  After adding a small navy bow, I ran the navy marker along the outside edges to finish it off.

Challenges entered:
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Stamps: Gecko Galz
Ink: None
Card Stock: Neenah White; Scraps
Accessories: Computer, Printer, Brads, Bow, Color Spritzer, Navy Marker, Glue Dots, Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Challenge 2406

 
  Sponsored by SheepSki Designs

 
 

Hello and welcome.  Today begins a new challenge over at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and this week we're being sponsored by Sheepski Designs.  I would like to thank Andrea for her sponsorship and for providing images for the design team to use.  My card today is featuring the Buttercup Cottage image.

I started out by printing the image on Neenah white card stock before coloring using both Lyra and Castle Arts pencils before lightly stippling Tim Holtz tumbled glass distress ink using my paper pouncers to soften the white.  Once that was done, I dug out a long retired Stampin Up wood block set called Small Script and stamped the grateful saying in memento tuxedo black ink.  The final touch was adding a few small Gin and Tonic sequins to finish it off.  I'm really pleased with how this turned out.

Challenges entered:


Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day and don't forget to join in the challenge over at Pammie's Inky Pinkies.

Stamps: Sheepski Designs; Stampin Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress
Card stock: Neenah White
Accessories: Computer, Printer, Lyra and Castle Arts Pencils, Sequins, Glue