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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Using Household Products To Make Cards

Good afternoon.  Spent last week visiting my sister in Georgia, and had a great time. I took my youngest granddaughter, Emilie, and we had a blast.  Her first time in the mountains.

I belong to an online group of international ladies, and every couple of months they have a challenge where we do different things.  A couple of months ago it was faux postage.  The challenge this time around is to use something on your card, either to make it or to embellish it, that's not normally found in the craft room.

So far I have come up with three cards. 

Table Salt

This card was watercolored with pink, green and blue, and while still wet I added table salt. The salt wicks the color, and when it dries you have these lovely patterns of texture. The salt easily brushes off.


For this card I saved leftover coffee every day for about a week.  You don't need much each day.  I put it in a little plastic pallette and let the water evaporate.  Then I would add more the next day and let it evaporate.  When the water evaporates, you are left with a rich brown color.  When you are ready to color your image, just add a little water back to the well and paint away.  By varying the amount of water you use, you can get some really pretty tones.  Let each layer dry and add more color to intensify the colors.  I stamped the image in the lightest brown I had, and the lids and sentiment were stamped with a dark brown.  Other than that, the card was watercolored with coffee.

Dish detergent and food coloring

For this card, I mixed food coloring and water (you could also use dye reinkers) in a small cotainer that would allow me to dip the cardstock.  Then I added a little dishwashing soap and blew bubbles with a straw.  I took the cardstock and laid it on top of the bubbles (it's heavier and wants to sink, so hold on to it - you don't want the cardstock soaked, just laid on the popped bubbles). When the bubbles pop you are left with a nice background.  You have to do each color separately, but it's well worth it.  Vary the amount of food coloring you use to vary the intensity.

I have other ideas, but haven't had time to work on them yet.

Please leave a comment and tell me what is the most unusual thing you have used to make a card?  

See you soon.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hero Arts Seas The Day

Good afternoon.  Hot and sunny here.  Summer has definitely arrived.

My friend was supposed to order the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit for me, but due to some miscommunication, I don't have it. And probably won't be able to get it.  Meanwhile, I liked the add on stamp set Seas The Day, so I ordered it.  Needless to say, it came Saturday and I had to make a few cards.  It's a bummer that I didn't get the full kit, though.  I really liked it.

Anyway, no use crying over spilled milk. 

Here is the first card I made:

These little seagulls are so delightful.  The first card up is a shaker card.  I added some die cut coral/seagrass. The background water/sky is sponged.  I colored the fish and the seagull with alcohol markers. I really liked the way it turned out.

Next up, 

I colored this card with colored pencils.  I cut an anchor with the Scan N Cut and you can't see it here, but I added Smooch inks gold.

This set was so much fun to play with.  I look forward to making a lot more cards.  :-)


Keep crafting!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Wedding and Retirement Cards

Wow!  It's been awhile since I got to post here.  I've been extremely busy, but having fun along the way.  Hubby got bit by a spider, and since we do not have any health insurance (unaffordable), I was forced to become a doctor/surgeon.  I was really worried about his toe, but it's on the mend and almost all better now.  It has been a long time since I was Dr. Mom, but I still have it.  :-)

I was recently asked to make a retirement card and a wedding card.  Now, I don't make a lot of these type cards, so I was kind of at a loss.  The wedding card was to be whimsical, so that took a little bit of the pressure off.  I'll share what I came up with.

I recently got this House Mouse stamp, and by adding a hat to the mouse on the right, I was able to turn it into a groom helping his bride to get ready for their wedding.  I think I might need to add a veil or something to the bride.  I'll figure it out.  There is glitter around the edge of the card.

Then I remembered I had the HalfPint Hero and Heroine stamps sets (Gina K. Design), and decided I could put the bride and groom in a car.  Perhaps honeymoon bound?  I wanted it to be bright and cheery.  I think I achieved that.

On to the retirement card.  I love this Stampin' Up set called Sitting Here.  It's available here. What better way to start retirement than to be able to relax on the swing with nothing to do?  That would surely be heaven to me.

I made a few more cards that would be appropriate for retirement, so my friend will have to choose.

Happy to share my creations.  Till next time....

Do something crafty.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kindness and Challenges

Good afternoon!

I recently entered a couple of challenges.  The first was to use only kraft, black and white colors, and the other was to make a card having to do with kindness.  I am about to share my cards.  :-)

First up we have Kindness cards:

I love the bright colors.  The letters are die cut and glitter applied.  The colorful background peeking out from behind the die cut front was made with Distress Oxide Inks.

I used an embossing folder and smooshed blue/gray ink on the debossed part. Then I applied Versamark to the raised parts and heat embossed with white ink.  I stamped the sentiment and die cut it then used die cut blue birds for a pop of color.

I love this die cut front, can you tell? I think it's a Tim Holtz die by Sizzix. There are 4 dies that cut out parts of the page. This is my favorite.  This card I entered in both challenges.  

Another card that fit both challenges.  The flower and sentiment are from the Daisy Delight Stampin' Up stamp set.  The patterned paper is Gina K. Designs.

Another card in kraft, black and white. The stamp set is a retired Stampin' Up set, but one of my favorites..

And my final card done in kraft, black and white.  I used the Nuvo Crystal Dew drops to make little "water droplets" on the card front.

Hope you have enjoyed my cards.

Christmas cards

Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I posted.  But I've been a busy bee.  I made 150 cards, which I sent to Ronald McDonald House, and then there was Christmas and all the shopping and family time.  And at work I had year end and getting things ready for the accountant.  But I'm back now and hope to post a little more often.

I did want to share with you my Christmas card this year.  If you remember, last year I made a card featuring 3 French hens:

This year I made 4 calling birds.  I only made about 20 of these for special friends.

I'll be back later with some more cards....

Inky hugs,

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Galaxy Background

I recently needed to make a galaxy background for a group I'm in.  I love making these backgrounds, so I made a few extra. I'm glad I did...this is the cute card I made using the Half Pint Heroes stamp set illustrated by Claire Brennan and sold by Gina K. Designs.

The inside of the card says, "love you to the moon and back."

This card went in the bag of cards that went to Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida - Nemours.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

With Sympathy...

Good morning, friends. Still waiting for cooler weather.

Nobody likes to have to send sympathy cards, but occasionally it's necessary.  I found myself in that position this week.  A friend from a card swapping group I'm in lost her husband, and so I found myself having to make a sympathy card.  Since this card is going overseas, I didn't want a lot of bulk.

I grabbed some spray inks and spritzed white cardstock.  Then, when dry, I ran it through an embossing folder.  I liked the texture it gave.  I added some silver pen highlights to some of the embossed flower centers.

Next I got out some Stampin Up!™ flower stamps (Flower Shop #130942 and Petite Petals - retired) and stamped them in a light blue on white cardstock, punched them out and adhered together.  Added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in the center. 

I needed some leaves, so I got out my Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves stamps, and die cut and stamped the leaved. 

The With Sympathy stamp is also Gina K. Designs, but I can't find the name of it, so it may be discontinued.  There is a beautiful sentiment for the inside that goes along with it.

Happy with the results, but sad for the circumstances.

Inky hugs,