Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all

I love the colors of Fall!  Unfortunately the changing seasons put me a bit under the weather this year.  I finally went to the doctor Friday and have enough medication that I'm beginning to feel like crafting again.  Since I had been sick I had not been able to get Halloween Cards made and mailed out to our Granddaughters.  One of our sweet granddaughters, Taylor, had chosen a scarecrow theme for her Halloween card this year so instead of a Halloween Card, she, along with the others, will get the scarecrow as a Welcome Fall Card.  Made perfect sense to me!  lol

I had seen a Scarecrow Punch Art card on Pinterest and tried to recreate it using the Top Note Bigz Die from Sizzix/Stampin' Up!.

Here's my card...

I cut the card base from the top note die with a folded piece of vanilla cardstock with the fold just below the top so that the folded portion doesn't cut. I then cut a second flat vanilla cardstock piece with the top note to make my face and glue to the top of the card base. For the scarecrow's face I began by drawing in the mouth with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker. Then I cut a little triangle for the nose and drew in the stitching. The eyes were punched out of 1" whisper white cardstock and 5/8" black cardstock and a basic little googly eye was glued onto the black. I also drew in the eye lashes. The hat is cut from the top note die as well. The top part is long side up with the point cut off and with it indented downwards. The bottom of the hat is a piece of coordinating DSP that has been cut with the top note die in a horizontal position. Since I didn't have raffia, I just cut thin strips of crumb cake cardstock that I used for the hair.  I glued that on the under side of the hat before attaching and then bent the strips with a bone folder. I glue dotted a bow on the hat. Punched a bird out of coordinating cardstock and punched the wing out of the same DSP that I used for the top of the hat. Sponged the edges with brown ink and sponged the scarecrow's cheeks with a little pink ink. I really like the way he turned out and I'm sure our granddaughter's will too!

Hope you have a blessed day!

Stampin' Up! Items Used were:

Top Note Die
Flower Pot Designer Series Paper
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Tangelo Twist Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock

Friday, October 24, 2014

Christmas Gift Card Holder

Happy Friday!  Today I'm working on some projects for tomorrow's "Boo-tique" Fall Craft Fair in Manchester, TN.  This will be my first craft fair booth so I'm hoping that it goes well. 

Today I want to share my newest project, a Christmas gift card holder.  This project was inspired by Stamping School.  If you are not a Stamping School member, I highly recommend it.  Here's the link in case you'd like to check it out:

I had to change a few things up because some of the items that I needed to case their design I didn't have yet.  For example, Stampin' Up!'s new Christmas Tree Punch was backordered so I didn't have mine yet.  I used the triangle from the Pennant Builder Punch and the fussy cut base of the tree is from a retired set "Pennant Parade".  Additionally I did not have silver ribbon so I used Lost Lagoon.  All that being said, I'm still very happy with the results.  What do you think?

The Stamp Set that I used for the Sentiments is "White Christmas".  It is a super fun set.  I hope you'll check it out if you don't already have it.

Well lots to do today, thanks for stopping by!


Products Used:  Whisper White Cardstock, Lost Lagoon Cardstock, Soft Sky Cardstock, Lost Lagoon ink on the sentiments, Soft Suede Ink on the tree base, All is Calm Desginer Series Paper for the trees, Silver Glimmer paper for the stars, Top Note Bigz Die, Oval Collections Framelits, Los Lagoon 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Pennant Builder Punch, Pennant Parade Stamp Set, White Christmas Stamp Set, Word Window Punch to make the slot for the gift card, Hexagon punch for the banner ends, Chevron Embossing Folder

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Another Challenge Card

Well I have to be honest... I'm not exactly thrilled with how this challenge card came out!  I've second guessed myself on a few aspects of it already but when it's all said and done....I think I'd give it to someone and that is always my final test!  Should I have inked the edges?? Probably!  Should I have used a more subtle background?? Probably!  Of course when I ask my sweet husband if he likes a card, he ALWAYS says "YES!"

First I'll show you the Creative Challenge Club sketch I had as a guide:

Ok, so here are the things that I DO love about this card, #1) I LOVE the colors, bright colors are my favorite anyway and I especially love turquoise and pink  #2)  I love the flowers!  Flowers just make me happy whether big or small I love flowers!  #3) I love the sentiment "Sending Good Thoughts Your Way"!  Everyone needs good thoughts, right???  

So here is my take on the sketch:  

So if you'd like to link up a card for this challenge, here's the link:

I used the following Stampin' Up Products on this card:  Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Sweet Taffy and Confetti Celebrataion DSP, Petite Petals Stamp Set, Perfect Pennants Stamp Set, Petite Petals Punch, Curly Label Punch, Strawberry Slush Ink, and Pearl Basic Jewels.

I hope you enjoyed my Challenge Card this week.  Have a great week and be creative!  

Blessings,   Tina

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Stampin' Up! 2014-2016 "In ColorCollection" Love!

I love to make Challenge Cards. Here is the sketch that I used:

This card was my take on the above sketch that I found on Creative Challenge Club:

The Cardstock Used is from the New 2014-2016 "In Colors Collection" from Stampin' Up! I absolutely LOVE all of these new colors.... For my card I used Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey! The sentiment I used was from the "Thoughts and Prayers" stamp set. Flowers were stamped using "Bloom to You" that coordinates with the Fun Flower Punch. The Designer Series Paper used is from the "Moonlight" paper stack. I cut the layered banners out and ran the top layer through the "Decorative Dots" embossing folder. I also cut a few branches with leaves with another of the New In Colors "Mossy Meadow" using the Build a Bird Punch. All products used were exclusive Stampin' Up! products!  

Here's a link to the challenge in case you'd like to link up a card as well:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you liked my card and these great colors as much as I do!



Thursday, May 22, 2014

My First Altered Tag

I love trying new projects so an Altered Tag Swap and Challenge was right up my alley.  I have made several tags but none that I thought qualified as "altered".  The swap I entered had the following guidelines: The Tag size is #8 (6 1/4 x 3 1/8) , it had to have chipboard added to the back of the  to make it sturdy, It had to have at least 3 dimensional embellishments (flowers, rhinestones, fabric, resins, metal, ribbon, trim etc.), and it had to include a stamped sentiment.  Seemed simple enough.  Here is what I came up with..
I really loved the way it turned out.  Since I didn't have a pre-cut tag that size, I made my own from cardstock and backed it with chipboard.  I was swapping tags with a sweet lady that lives in Iowa, so I used an old Atlas page of Iowa on the background.  The "moments" sentiment and the butterfly and postmark were embossed with black embossing powder.  The sentiment "follow your passion, let that be your destination" was stamped in brilliant blue Stampin' Up! Ink onto white cardstock and then words cut out and glued on the tag.  The ink matched the blue on the atlas paper perfectly.  I used Stampin' Up! Beautiful Wings Sizzix Embosslits.  I just LOVE how they cut and emboss and that it has 4 different sized butterflies. The flowers were punched out of both blue Stampin' Up! Cardstock as well as atlas paper and layered with a Pearl embellishment in the center.  The leaves behind the flowers were punched with the Stampin' Up! Bird Builder Punch.  I daubed a little black ink on the edges of the butterfly and part of the embossed portions so they looked a little more "antiquey".  I added a strip of washi tape to the bottom, glued on some sequins here and there and added a black fiber ribbon and that was it.  I was pleased with how it turned out.  I hope you like it and that you will try one as well. 
Thanks for looking!  Stay crafty and cherish your blessings! 
I'm also entering this tag into the Pinque Peacock Challenge, click here to link up your altered tag:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

See Ya Later Alligator

Oh my, have you noticed all of the cute alligator punch art cards on some of the card sharing websites and Pinterest lately?  I have seen so many great ones.  Some have the entire card shaped as an alligator and some just have the alligator on the card. 

Once I received the "See Ya Later" Sale-a-bration Stampin' Up! stamp set I just KNEW I had to try this alligator punch art!   Since I didn't have the SU Petite Pennants Builder punch I improvised and cut out a free-hand triangle with 2 sides longer than the 3rd for the head.  For the teeth, my intention was to use my pinking hearts border punch strip but when I punched the hearts I noticed under the punch was a perfect little zig zag strip that made fabulous teeth!  I cut out a banner and then I actually did something I have never ever done ....  I stamped the see ya later, Alligator sentiment without stamping the alligator image (I covered it with Washi Tape when inking, and then I colored in the alligator with a green Stampin' Up Marker so that when I stamped it, I ended up with a green alligator.  I liked the way that turned out.  But, my very favorite part of this project was the cardstock. I used the coredinations "Gumball green" cardstock that I had purchased on clearance and I ran it through my big shot in my distressed dots embossing folder.  Once the cardstock was embossed I sanded the dots and I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!  I hope you will too!