Thursday, June 22, 2017

Seize the Brithday - No Toppings

Hello!   It is time for another challenge at Seize the Birthday.  Birthday cards should be fun and cute.  Right?  What is more fun than an interactive card.  I tried my hand at doing one of those this challenge, and I think I like it.  Remember, there are no toppings this challenge.
                                           " Our "Toppings" option this time is...
No Toppings!"

 



We have a new Special Party Guest too.  Her name is Cathy and you can see her blog Here!
     Please check out what all of the other designers have done at Seize the Birthday.

Here is my example card. 
 Notice the wheel on the right side of this card.  
It turns an inner circle that changes the object in the circle.  

   Here, you can see the otter disappearing, as I turn the wheel.
 
 I used the My Favorite Things Stamp set, Otterly Love You  . Gina K designs heavy white card stock and distressed ink in Evergreen Bough. I colored the otters with my Copic markers, C1, C3, C5, and C 7, and of course red for the heart. I can think of so many cute critters that would make a great card for a birthday, or for any other occasion.
 I saw this done Sandy Allnock and made just a few changes.  I only put in three images instead of four and made them a bit bigger than the window.  
I hope that I have inspired you to make an interactive card.  But that is not necessary for this challenge.  You have a free design this time as there are no toppings, just make it a Birthday card.  
Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday, your comments really make my day special. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How Sweet is This!

Barbara here today over on the Dies R Us blog.   I am sharing with you something that I love to do on my cards.  That is add a tag. For this card, I was thinking more masculine.   


                                                          Here is how I made with card. 
On a base of Kraft card stock, I used a wood grain embossing folder.  Then sponged some Distress Oxide ink Vintage Photo, on it.  That gave it more definition.
These are the dies that I used to create the tag.  You can see that I used two of the large tags to die cut a frame, and then I also cut the tag out of vellum. The coffee cup is cut from gold foil paper as well as the sentiment, You're so sweet.

       Here is a closer look at the tag. I added a flower decal from my stash as well as a few gold drops and a wooden maple leaf with the brown polka dot ribbon.
Here are the dies that I used for this card.  You can find them at the Dies R Us store.
The team at Dies R Us give you inspiration every day.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mod Squad Chalolenge - Make it Square!

I am the host for this weeks Mod Sqaud Challenge, I have a simple challenge for you today.  Just make your card square.  I love square cards,, but don't often make them.  It is usually because I need to make an envelope.  but what fun is that to have a matching envelope for your card.

Here is my example this week.  
I started out by simply using a square die, and it took off from there. The base is white watercolor paper from Strathmore. The white layer on the top with the die cut is GKD layering weight paper.  I added another layer of white with the image stamped and colored on it.  I am just not that sure of myself to stamp and color directly on the die.  After it was all completed, I simply die cut the image and layered it on top, using foam tape to give it dimension. The bow was added after watching Gina K make several bows for cards.  I had forgotten to use them too. 

Here was my chance to make a matching envelope and also use up some papers that I had, to line the inside.  Now I had a really different card to send to someone special. I wonder who it will be?

Supplies used are:
Water color paper
GKD white layering paper
Spellbinder die, Adorning Squares
Copic markers R20, R14, R29 tulips G40, G43, G46, YG11 YG23 for the leaves
Pitcher, C1, C3, C5, C7

Thanks for stopping by, your comments brighten my day and are appreciated.

                                                              

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Power and Spark - June Bug

The Power and Spark Challenge for this month is Go Ahead, Bug Me!  The prize is a $50 shopping spree and I am all in for that.  Wish me luck!
I had a print out, all ready to color, of the Countryside Bouquet.  I trimmed it down to fit my A2 size Sweet Corn card base, and a left over die cut from Spellbinder Romantic Rectangles in White.

                                                  Here is what I have for you.
 I used my copic markers to color and get the dimension that I wanted for the flowers.
 I made sure that there were some bugs on my panel.  The lady bug is stamped twice, and cut out than pasted over the top of the stamped one.  There is glossy accents on her.  The butterfly is actually a cutout of a piece of vellum that I had.  It was embossed and I added color to the back side of it. It makes a very delicate looking butterfly. 
Can you see the little V's of darker color on the poppies?  This was a technique that I saw in a video by Kelly Latevola. check it out, you will not be sorry.  I think I have improved the way the poppies look.
I am entering this in the Power and Spark challenge for June.

Thanks for stopping by, I love your comments and they brighten my day.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Seize the Birthday - One Layer

Hello!   It is time for another challenge at Seize the Birthday.  Usually you need a lot of Wedding cards for this month, But I still need more Birthday cards.  Specially for the month of August.  All of my siblings, and my grand daughter are in the summer months.

We have a new Special Party Guest too.  Her name is Cathy and you can see her blog Here!
Please check out what all of the other designers have done at Seize the Birthday.


" Our "Toppings" option this time is...

                                                               "One Layer"
                                 Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!


        If you're not a toppings kinda person, well.....you can just
 stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
  The choice is yours!
For my  one layer card, I when right to my no line water coloring.  More practice makes perfect! 
Here is my card. 
For my card, I started with a base of watercolor card stock.  I stamped the flowers from Altenew Adore stamp set, in an arrangement that I liked, with Distressed Ink in Antique Linen.  They are colored with Distressed ink in Wild Honey and Bundled Sage and Forest Moss.  I really watered down the Wild Honey to make the splatters.  The Beautiful script is from Gina K Designs Flowers and Frames stamp set. 
I will admit that this is not really a one layer card. I am still uneasy about water coloring directly on a base, so I used a panel and then set it off to one side and added the strip of gold foil. 

I am excited to see what yo all will be doing for this challenge.  I need ideas too.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

HUES TO USE

What a fun and different challenge from Power Poppy blog.  They give you three colors to use and see what you can come up with.  I needed some time to just sit back and color yesterday, and I decided to give this one a try.

                                           Here are the colors that they gave us.

                               
I had just printed out a digital image that begged to be colored, so I got out the copic markers that closely matched the colors here and started coloring.
 The background is a fun technique that i saw this weekend and wanted to try it our.  I used Distressed Oxide ink in Peeled Paint.  Smeared it on a Teflon sheet and spritzed water on it.  Then take an old credit card, and spread it on the panel.  The lines were make with the edge of the card.

I am entering this in the gallery at Hues to Use for more inspiration.  Check it out.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and I love your comments, they brighten my day.




Friday, May 26, 2017

FLOWERS GALORE - Double D Challenge

                                       
Isn't this a beautiful inspiration board.  I wonder where the folks at Double D get them?   Well I was inspired by all of them, but chose the one on the lower left.  My card is done with two different stamps that I have had, and have not yet used.  As soon as I saw this board, I knew that I would be using them some how in this challenge. 

Here is what I came up with. 
I stamped the Art Impression stamp Windows to the World in the inside of the card.  It is a cute scene of a little cottage surrounded by trees and a lovely gate, with  flowers in the foreground.  On the front of the card, I stamped the Altenew flower swag called, Recollections.  I used the colors that inspired my from the inspiration photo.  I cut out a window so that you can view the cottage scene inside. I stamped the sentiment from the Altenew set.  I really love this sentiment and strive to live it.  Lastly I sponged some Distressed Ink on the bottom.  I think I need to blend it more.   

I am entering this to the Double D Challenge.
Thanks for stopping by, your comments brighten my day. 
 
 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Something Sweet

Hello!  Here are are, ar the end of the month of May and it is time for another challenge at Seize the Birthday.  I good time to starting making those birthday cards that you will be needing in the coming months.

                                       Our "Toppings" option this time is...
                                              "Something Sweet"
                           Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

                             If you're not a toppings kinda person, well.....you can just

                                  stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
                                                           The choice is yours!
Here is my example for this challenge. 
 Here are the supplies that I used to make this card.
Stampin UP Cool Treats stamps
Swiss dot EF
Spellbinder Fancy tag
My Favorite Things Fish Tail Banner ( bottom of the fish tail is hidden)

 

Here is another view so that yo can see that I finished the inside too.  Something that I am striving to do more.  I am also trying different background to show off my cards better. 


We have a new Special Party Guest too.  Her name is Cathy and you can see her blog Here!
Please check out what all of the other designers have done at Seize the Birthday.

Thanks so much for stopping by, your comments brighten my day.  
 



  

Dies R Us - Realisic flowers

I cannot think of anything more fun to do that make a flower out of paper and make it look real.  Either with coloring or, as I have done, with dies. Barbara Campbell here with a
card made with the Elizabeth Dies, called Aster.  I remember these in my parents garden every year. I must tell you that I liked this card well enough, but as I was sharing it with you today, I thought there is a better way.
                   Here is my card.
  

The flower looks a little stick like.  I had die cut lots of these flowers and leaves and here is what I did. After coloring all of the pieces, I brought them to my sponge pad, the one that I use to shape flowers and leaves.
Using my stylus, I scored the back of the flowers and the leaves, giving them a more realistic look.  You can see the difference here. 

                                                See how much better the leaves look here.
Now I have another set of Asters to make another card.  Consider making your flowers look more real, it is pretty simple and I am sure that you can do it.

Here are the supplies that I used.
Elizabeth Craft 1219 Garden Notes Aster
 Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - AsterCurrently out of stock, put it on your wish list.
Frantic Stamper Fancy Frames #1
No longer available, but you could use the smaller stitched frame 

Frantic Stamper Elements #16 Stitched Rectangle Frames
 Frantic Stamper - Dies - Elementals #16 - Stitched Rectangle Frames

Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below : 












Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Power Poppy - Frame it Up!

It has been a long time since I have had the time or the Mojo to enter a challenge.  I usually don't let many get buy, special the Power Poppy ones. Today I am posting this card that I made for this challenge and I have to say that it is not a favorite of mine.  But, when you mojo has left, you need to start somewhere to find it again. This is my new beginning.  I did make another one today that brings back some promise that my mojo is around and maybe back.  I will need to post that one in a couple of weeks.  Look for it on the Seize the Birthday challenge.

Well, here is what I was talking about.

This is an example of partial die cutting.  I stamped the image form Everything's Even Rosier stamp set and then partially cut the oval stitched die from Lil'l Inkers.  After coloring the roses with distressed inks, as I used water color paper, I placed it on a base of pink card stock.  I believe this was some leftover from Stampin Up.  I doubled it up as it was not very heavy. I was really going for a light pink flower, but this is where my mojo left.  That's my story and I am sticking to it.
This card is going to be mailed to my sister, and I am also entering this in the Power and Spark challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I love your comments and they are very much appreciated.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dies R Us Blog

On the Dies R Us Inspirational Blog today I have made a card using a crocus, one of the first flowers we see in Spring.  I have a card that I made after spending some time in Florida. There, the spring is in full bloom and back here in Wisconsin, we need some more sunshine. Soon all of the flowers will be blooming, but for now, we can make cards to reflect the Spring season.
   
I made this card using only dies and stamping only the sentiment.  It really went together easily and once I had the arrangement that I liked, I just glued it in place.  I used two different colors of glitter paper for the flowers.  Added some rhinestones and some gingham paper along with a Spellbinders border die. 
                                     Here is the die that I used. 
                                  Frantic Stamper - Dies - Mix 'n Match CrocusFrantic Stamper Mix and Match Crocus

Here is another view of the card, you can see all of the texture that you can get with dies.
These are really fun to work with and you can mix and match the  dies of other flowers.  It would be fun to see what you will come up with.  Look what I did with just one die.
Thanks for stopping by to take a closer look.  I do love your comments. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Creatures or Animals


                

                         Welcome to another challenge at Seize the Birthday.

              

We have a fun topping for you this week, just use an Creature or Animal on your project. Pull out those stamps that I know that you have and start making those birthday cards.  
        Of course, if you are not a toppings kind of person, just make it a birthday card.  
Here is my example for you.   


 This was such fun to make as I always enjoy using stamps and dies from My Favorite Things. This stamp set s Adorable Elephants, and I loved stacking them to make it look like one is helping the other. I also used a Simon Says background stamp called Circle Doodle.  The sun is from Lawn Fawn, Spring Shows.   I colored all of the images with copic markers and die cut them out. There is Glossy Accents on the balloon.  

We have a new Special Party Guest too.  Her name is Cathy and you can see her blog Here!

Please check out what all of the other designers have done at Seize the Birthday!

Thanks so stopping by, your comments really make my day. 

 









Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mod Squad Challenge - May - Let's Color!

Time sure has been going fast and I find that I am busier than ever. We will have some traveling to do this spring and I an trying to work ahead with these posts.  For this challenge, I am going to make it easy for you and for me as well.  I am challenging you to make a project and put some coloring on it. Not stamping in color, get out your colored pencils, paints, crayons, what ever you color with and join in.
Here is my example for this challenge.


I challenged myself to do a new technique for coloring.  I used just the two colored pencils that you see in the photo and blended them with Gamsol.  It was so easy and I am sure that I will be doing this often.  I was able to get the blue/green colors that inspired my with the patterned paper.  Power Poppy by Marcella, designs such beautiful flowers and plants, that they are so easy to bring to life.



    Here is another view of the card.

A close up of the succulent. I actually added some dew drops, but they are impossible to see.

Ingredients: Power Poppy Succulent Singles  stamp set
                    White card base, Gina K designs
                    Patterned paper by Recollections - Green Brush Strokes
                    Die-namics Stitched Round Rectangles
                    Textured dark green paper from The Paper Studio 
                    Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol
                    Wink of Stella - Clear

Thanks for much for stopping by, your comments brighten my day. Hope to see your entry in the challenge.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Seize the Birthday April - Anything Goes

Welcome to another great challenge here
at Seize the Birthday!

You can go here or all of the details, Seize the Birthday and to see what all of the other designers have done. This week there is no toppings.  Feel free to create anything that you would like. 

                          

               There are no topping for this challenge!

              Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

           

The choice is yours

Don't forget,

We have a New Special Party Guest too.  Her name is Anita Bowden  and you will find her designs HERE. This is her last week with us, so give her some love.


    Here is my example! 

I waited a long time to be able to get this cute stamp set form My Favorite things.  This Magical Dragon will make great birthday cards for all ages.
I used water color paper from Canson and just spread blue all over it for my background. After die cutting the clouds with my Lawn Fawn, Spring Showers die, and the Die-namics Word Windows, I colored the dragon with my Distressed Inks pens.   He is fussy cut and then added to the clouds.  I did use some glitter on the clouds and Wink of Stella, clear on him. 

Don't forget to check out what all of the others have done for this challenge Here

Thanks for dropping in to see more.  Your comments brighten my day.

Dies two ways

Hello crafty friends!  Barbara here, to give you some inspiration and a way to use your dies in two different ways.  Let's get started.
                                              Here is the card that I made for you today.
I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

 This die is called Secret Garden, by Dee's Distinctively Dies, sold by Dies R Us.  The title of this die, made me think of something whimsical and magical and I wanted it to look that way.  I die cut some of the flowers from scratch paper.  You can use them as mask, as I did here.
On Kraft card stock I sponged around the outside of the mask with Kraft ink.


 I liked that look, but I wanted to make the flowers stand out more, so I used the negative card stock as a stencil and sponged white ink on them. You can see how I did that here.

After choosing the polka dot paper to put the Kraft background on, I got another idea and just totally made the flowers whimsical, and cut them from the same polka dot paper. I really like the magical look that I got and it was what I was going for.  Lastly I used wink of Stella and Glossy Accents on the centers of these Corn Flowers. I die cut some leaves out of the same paper to add to the blossoms. the stems are just free hand cuts.
                                                                  Secret Garden Flower 1

                                             Dee's Distinctively Dies - Secret Garden Flower 1
         Check out Dee's Distinctively Dies, there are several flowers that you could use for this.
Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.
  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month
 and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to
 the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important
 Dies R Us links are provided below. 
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FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE

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