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Monday, June 29, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Independence Day

Good morning and welcome to another Over The Moon Monday on my blog. Independence Day is fast approaching, and on the 4th of July, I will be participating in a blog hop sponsored by SNR Card Universe. I will be giving away blog candy, and I invite you to come see what it's all about.

Today I want to share some cards I have made for Independence Day. I invite you to post a link in the comments section to Independence Day cards you have made.

I don't have many "patriotic" stamps, so I decided to make do with what I had. In the card on the left, I made some "camo" background paper and then used a piece of "denim" paper to make a pocket like you would find on a pair of jeans. I used stamps to make patches, and tucked a tag in the pocket. For the card on the left, I used my angel stamp and some red, white and blue diamond dust cardstock. The cardstock glimmers with embedded glitter. The Happy 4th of July stamp is from The Angel Company.

For this card, I again used my angel stamp. You can't tell from the scan, but there is glitter on the wings and wand. She is matted on a piece of cardstock that was made using bingo markers to make splats. I used pieces of the diamond dust cardstock from the card above.
The card on the left uses stamps from Artistic Outpost. I stamped it, then painted the flag with acrylic paint. The card background uses some red, white and blue parchlucent paper. The card on the right uses a firecracker border stamp from Stampendous, and the saying stamp is from My Paper Moon. Again, I used the paper splattered with bingo markers for the background.
Using some more of the diamond dust flag paper, I made this card, which fits into a #10 envelope. The ribbon stamp is from My Paper Moon and the Hero stamp is from Artistic Outpost.
Again using leftover pieces from the diamond dust cardstock, I made this card. The ribbon stamp is from My Paper Moon and the toothpick flag just gave it a little extra oomph. The word stamps are from Artistic Outpost.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards. If I am making lots of cards, I tend to keep them simple, but I get bored making the same card over and over, so I usually make a variety of cards.

Please share your cards with us using links in the comments section, and don't forget to join me Saturday, July 4th for the SNR Card Universe Blog Hop. See you then...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Stash Challenge

Good morning and welcome to another Over The Moon Monday at the blog. I hope you got to create this past week. I would love for you to share a link to your creations in the comment section.

Let's get on to today's challenge. I was looking around my studio at all the "stuff" I have been saving, and decided today would be a good day to challenge you to pick 3 items out of your stash that you haven't used in a long time, and make something with them.

When I went to my stash, I pulled out clear micro-beads, stardream cardstock (very shimmery), and a tag die. I can't remember the last time I used any of these products, so I pulled them out. This is my creation:
You can't really see the shimmer of the stardream cardstock, but it's gorgeous in real life. Anyway, I ran a piece of the gold through my cuttlebug with an embossing die. I used Coffee Bean Brilliance to accent the highlighted part of the cardstock, trimmed, and mounted it onto the card front, which is also gold stardream cardstock.

I then stamped the floral image (The Angel Company) onto white cardstock and colored with copic markers. When I had completed the coloring, I stippled Brilliance Galaxy Gold onto the image. Then I applied red liner tape to the image area and cut it into a circle with a nestability die. I removed the liner and poured clear micro-beads onto the image, smooshing them down so they would stick to the exposed tape.

This is a close up of the beaded area. I made 3 attempts at using these beads, and finally got this one right. You can't really see, it just looks out of focus on the scan, but it gives it a muted shiny look, which I really like. I need to use my beads more often.

I layered the beaded image onto a textured piece of yellow paper, and layered that onto a piece of brown cardstock that had also been cut with a nestability die into a scalloped circle. I took a piece of gold stardream cardstock, layered a piece of green cardstock onto that and put a piece of gold mesh ribbon on top.

I punched a tag from gold stardream cardstock and stamped "hello friend" on it with timber brown staz-on ink. I edged it with coffee bean Brilliance ink. I run a piece of gold thread through the hole and punched a hole in the scalloped circle medallion. I adhered that to the gold/green/mesh layer and viola! The card was complete.

I need to go through my stash and use things more often, how about you? When you do, please share your creation with us by posting a link in the comments section.

Until next time, do something crafty!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Father's Day

Good morning and welcome to another Over The Moon Monday. I trust you have a wonderful week and got to spend some time crafting. Since Father's Day is fast approaching, I want to share a card I made for my husband for Father's Day this year.

Several years ago I attended a convention and bought a sheet of unmounted stamps. I have no idea who makes these stamps, but if you know, please post to the comment section. Anyway, my hubby likes to drink wine with dinner, and I've made so many fish/fishing cards until I know he's sick to death of them, so this idea just kind of leaped into my brain. I think he will like this card. I colored the wine bottle and the glass of wine with permanent markers. Then I covered them with Versamark and coated them with clear embossing powder and heat set, so they would have a shiny look. You could do the same thing with Crystal Lacquer. I used a brick patterned paper for the background, and adhered the wine bottle. I stamped the wineglass again onto acetate, cut out the part that would show the bricks through the part of the glass that was empty, and adhered to the background with pop dots. This let the bricks show through nicely. I stamped "Let's Celebrate" onto a scrap of red cardstock, then outlined it with gold leafing pen and adhered to the background with pop dots. I stamped "Happy Father's Day" on the inside of the card to complete it.

The following ATC (Artists Trading Card) features a stamp named Miss Kitty and a technique called Bingo Blast.

This is a fun technique using bingo markers that have been spritzed with water, but I have also used the starburst stains from Lindy's Stamp Gang, and I am sure there are other liquids you could use as well. Just spritz with water and slam them down on the paper for a unique background.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you will leave a post showing us your Father's Day card. Until next time...

do something crafty!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Technique Challenge

Good morning! Today is another Over The Moon Monday, and I'm glad you're here. Today I have a technique challenge. This challenge is very similar to The Double Bugging found in the Technique Junkie's current issue, although I have been doing mine for awhile and do it a little differently. Let's get started, shall we?

Here is my sample card, using stamps from The Angel Company (butterfly and small leaves) and Hero Arts (sentiment).

To start, you will need 2 cuttlebug embossing folders, a bone folder, sponges, and 2 colors of dye ink, along with your cardstock and a die cut machine (to do the embossing).

First, you emboss the cardstock with the first embossing folder. I used the dotted swiss folder for my first embossing. Then I sponged one of the dye inks (yellow) onto the raised part of the cardstock.

Next I took the bone folder and carefully run it over the embossed cardstock so that it's flattened back down. The dye ink will still be there, but now it will be flat again. Next I took the second embossing folder (the harlequin looking one) and ran the cardstock through the die cut machine again.

The I took the sponge and carefully sponged the 2nd color of dye ink (the green) over the embossed cardstock. Layer onto your card and finish adding your stamped images or embellishments.

I layered mine onto yellow cardstock, then I used the other pieces of the green cardstock to stamp the leaves and sentiment. I stamped the butterfly, cut out and added glitter glue, and adhered it and the flower to the top corner to finish the card.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, and I look forward to seeing your creation. Just leave a link in the comments section. Have a great week!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Pick 3 Challenge

Hello and welcome to another Over the Moon Monday Pick 3 Challenge.The month of May was a very busy birthday month for me, but I only have 1 birthday to make a card for in June. It's for my brother, so it had to be a masculine card. Or at least not a "girly" card.
As always, you must pick 3 of the following 6 choices to incorporate in your project. Please share a link to your project in the comments section, so we can all admire your creativity.

Here are the 6 choices:
1. Butterfly stamp
2. Pearls
3. Paper Piercer
4. Ticket Corner Punch
5. Brown Paper
6. Charm

Here is the birthday card I created. My 3 choices were the butterfly stamp, the pearls and the brown paper. I think the brown works well to make this into a masculine card. But because it is so dark, you also can barely see that I also used a paper piercer to make holes in the top corners of the dark brown mat. I used different colors of brown ink on yellow cardstock to give it an antiqued look, and a brown chalk ink pad to make the crackles. The butterfly stamp is from Hero Arts, the birthday stamp is from The Angel Company, and the crackle stamp is unknown.

All in all I'm very happy with the results, and I'm sure my brother will appreciate the card.

Now, leave a comment, and share a link to your creation.

Happy stamping!