Saturday, July 22, 2017

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Hi Dies R Us friends, it's Christi here today to show you a lovely card.  I think you should shower your friends and loved ones with gifts, cards and fun all year round and while this card is perfect for Valentine's, it's also perfect to give as a little reminder about how much you care.

What I Used to Make my Card:
Pearlized Blue Cardstock
White Card Base
Distress Oxide Ink background (pre-made on watercolor paper)
Distress Oxide Ink in Faded Jeans
Ken Oliver Liquid Metals in Pewter
Memory Box Small Fairytale Oval #99172
Hero Arts, You Are My Happy, # CL923 (available everywhere)
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Labels, #660060
Corner Punch
Clear Embossing Powder
Pop Dots
Metal Adapter Plate (I use this with every die cut I make)

When I originally made this card I had made 2 versions.  I had made 2 Oxide Ink backgrounds and wasn't thrilled with either of them.  I had attempted to scratch on this background using a toothpick and Ken Oliver Liquid Metals, but it came out horrid.  Unfortunately, the other card didn't make it to the finals, but I'm really happy with the one that did make it.

So I have this background that I strongly dislike.  But, is it sparkly due to using the Liquid Metals.  I had just gotten the Fairytale Oval and I thought that the delicate shape of that die would, perhaps, bring out the beauty of the background paper.

I cut the Small Fairytale Oval out of the background paper, and I really did like the way the sweet flowers and leaves softened the harshness of the paper.  So I built the rest of the card around that.  I chose a pearlized blue paper I have had in my stash forever, and stamped my sentiment on a piece using Oxide
ink in Faded Jeans, embossing it with clear embossing powder.  Now, it took me a while to find a sentiment that fit inside the oval.  I knew the look I wanted, I could see it in my mind, and all I had to do was make it a reality.  I found the perfect fitting sentiment from Hero Arts.  I cut out the sentiment using the Labels set, layered the Fairytale Oval over the die cut sentiment and then I pop dotted that onto my panel of the same pearlized blue card.  I punched the corners of the panel and set it aside.  I took my white card base and lightly ran the Oxide Ink Faded Jeans ink pad around the outside of the white card, coloring it blue.  I attached the panel onto the card base and I was done!  I adore this card, blue
being one of my very favorite colors, the font that was used in the sentiment, the way the oval compliments the card; just adore the entire card!  I hope you like it as much as I do!  Now, it's your turn to break out your dies, create something you love and enter it in the fortnightly challenge! You can get all the info about Dies R Us from the easy links below.  Thanks!! Christi

Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  
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I am entering my Truly, Madly, Deeply card in the following challenges:
Daisy Chain Challenge - M, #10, Floral
kreativeinkauf Challenge - M, Use Dies or Punches
heARTFUL Stamping Challenge - M, Anything Goes w/ a Stamp
Stamping Sensations - M, Anything Goes w/ Flowers
A Blog Named Hero - M, Florals
a2Z Scrapbooking - M, Anything Goes
The Floral Challenge - #10, Embossing Heat/Dry
DL Art - M, July Linky Challenge
Scrapy Land - M, Anything Goes
Stamp, Ink, Paper - #108, Fabulous Flowers

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Meow You Doin'?

Hi all! Today I am showing you a card that I made using left over die cuts and some adorable kitties! I'm happily owned by Four Fabulous Felines (if you'd like to meet them, click here) and I love cat stamps and dies.  I was thrilled to see that Dies R Us carries Lawn Fawn products and I scooped up this set as fast as I could.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Frantic Stamper Floral Confetti, FRA-DIE-10119 (left over from this project)
Fence Die,  Hero Arts MMHK, March 2017 (didn't get the kit? Go here)
Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin' Stamps Set, LF1315
Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin' Dies Set, LF1316
Lawn Fawn Blue Skies Dies Set, LF519
Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Small Leaf Punch
Handmade Stems
Grass (made with Silhouette Cameo, but a good choice is here)
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Sun Punch

While there are a lot of ingredients in this card, it was really easy to put  
together!  I knew I wanted to use the leftover cuts from the Floral Confetti die
and I knew I wanted the tulips to be in front of the fence, but other than that this card came together on its own! 

I had colored the cats prior; after stamping them on watercolor paper and using my Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils to color them. I then die cut them out and set them aside.  The first step in making this card was making the blue sky background which I did by using Broken China Distress Oxide Ink on watercolor paper.  I let that dry overnight.

Meanwhile, I began putting the tulips together.  I hand cut my own stems and
cut apart punches I made using a small 3 leaf punch.  I die cut out the fence, and carefully attached the flowers, stems and leaves to the fence.  The little peek of grass you see was made with my CAMEO. Once the sky was dry, I attached the grass to the edge of the card and then the fence.  It was pure luck that those kitties fit into the scene so well!  

Using my MISTI, I stamped my sentiment directly onto the sky and then used the clouds I had die cut, and the sun I punched out, to sort of frame the sentiment.  Lastly, I attached the card panel to a standard white card blank.  Now, it's YOUR turn to make a project using the die cuts that Dies R Us carries! Don't forget to come back to the Inspiration Blog every day to see a new creation made by my wonderful teamies!  Thanks! Christi 
Another Look

Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  
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I would like to enter my "Meow You Doin'" card in the following challenges:
Happy Little Stampers -M, Anything Goes w/ Die Cuts
Lawn Fawnatics - #8, Summertime Fun
Joy Clair - M, Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #4, Anything Goes w/ a Critter
SUYP Challenge - #20, Furrything Goes
Frilly & Funkie - In the Good 'Ole Summertime
The Paper Shelter - #302, Punches and/or Dies
4 Crafty Chicks - #359, Summer Celebrations
A Gem of a Challenge - #198, Animals

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The June Card Chain Challenge Reveal!

Every Card Chain Challenge has several prompts, including colors and sketches you can use, to get that creative spark going.  You can even look up the criteria for the entire year if you are the type that can plan that far ahead.  In addition to those themes and prompts, there is one option that we have every month; friendship.  For me it's been a lifesaver.  Like this month.  When I totally forgot to get it in gear because I was mailing my card to Jo in England! It's been crazy around here with everyone's commitments (I am sure most, if not all, of you can relate), so I fell back onto the friendship theme. Here is my card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Purple and Peach Cardstock
Watercolor Paper
Oxide Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Broken China
Wendy Vecchi Stamp Set, Heirloom Art, #LCS103
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Spellbinders Nestabilities Gold Labels, #4-SS-159
Distress Sprayer
Corner Punch
Pop Dots

Before I get into how I made my card, I want to share the card I received from Sabrina - she says she hasn't been active on her blog lately, but do give her some love as this card is SO cute!:

Back to my card. It was SO easy to make - once I found an Oxide ink background I liked.  I make them in bunches and don't always get to write down what colors I've used. However, this time I tried something different.  I had been making them all day and it was beginning to get tedious as even the most joyful activities can, and my color combinations were not as pleasing as they were when I began.  So, this time I laid down Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet on my watercolor paper, played with it a bit and left it alone while I went and ate dinner. 

Once that was dry, I smooshed a bit of Broken China on the paper, sort of to fill in the "blanks", or, where I didn't feel the color was quite colorful enough.  
Typically, I'd been just pouncing all the Oxides together, spritzing them and using that.  Since I used three colors and then added the blue, it allowed me to be a bit more thoughtful about my color placement.  I'm pleased with the outcome and while this might not be a new concept to you, it sure is to me! I spritzed the paper, now with the four colors, lightly and dried it with my heat gun.
Another Look

I stamped my sentiment on the Oxide Ink'd paper using Ranger Jet Black, once it was all dry.  I wanted the card to be colorful, and a bit fancy, so I dug through my dies (I am amassing quite the collection!) and chose the Gold Labels #4.  I die cut the sentiment piece, and then an orange piece.  I pop dotted them on a bold purple (I had punched the corners with an old corner punch) and finally layered the purple on the white card.  I love the uplifting saying and have been a HUGE fan of Wendy's for years!  If you are interested, here is another really cool card I made using the same sentiment (and a discovery!)

I hope you are having a fabulous holiday! Thanks! Christi
PS: I made my own watermark! I have a few I made; what do you think?

I would like to enter my Friendship Card in the following challenges:
Creates & Makes - #13, Anything Goes, Create a Sentiment
Lemon Shortbread - #45, Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy - #190, Punches and/or Dies
Brown Sugar Challenge - #257, Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper - M, July Challenge, Anything Goes
HLS, Watercolor Challenge - M, July, Anything Goes, optional Blue Twist
AAA Cards - #93, Words Take the Center Stage  

Stinkin' Inkers Summer Heat

My first thought that came to me when I found out we were using Summer Heat at Stinkin' Inkers was water! Now that I live in Colorado, and I'm older, I don't get to hang out in the water like I used to as a youngster.  I was fortunate to have a pool in my backyard and spent many a days imagining a scene at the bottom of my pool just like this:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit, May 2017
Oxide Inks
Watercolor Paper
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Distress Markers in Tattered Rose and Pumice Stone
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Labels, #660060
Distress Sprayer
Craft Mat
Studio G Self Adhesive Assorted Pearls
Studio Katia Clear Round Drops Mix, #SK2410

I started out making the ocean background using just two of the Oxide inks, Broken China and Faded Jeans.  I applied the colors directly to the watercolor paper, trying (but
While Coloring
not too hard) to keep the lighter blue closer to the top of the paper.  I spritzed the colors with the Distress Sprayer, added some Cracked Pistachio, sprayed, and then let it dry overnight.  I reworked the background until I liked it, which is one of my very favorite things to do with Oxide Inks. 

I then took a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 white card and inked every color I had in about 2 inch increments (sorry, I forgot to take pictures before I cut them all up), basically each color had it's own area.  I inked the solidly, no spots of white let at all.   Then I sprayed them once and dried them with the heat gun.  Once they were fully dry (very important! You will rip your paper if it isn't absolutely dry! Well, at least I have) I proceeded to cut out the various undersea fauna supplied in the kit. The colors were so pretty it was a struggle to decide what to use!  

When I had cut all the fauna, I die cut the sentiment out of the Tim/Holtz Labels set, edged it with Broken China and set it aside.  I used the Hero Arts kit to die
cut the clam and a few fishes.  I colored the clam with Tattered Rose,  Pumice Stone Distress Markers and stuck the pearl onto the center.  I colored the fishes with Spiced Marmalade & Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks by mushing a bit of ink onto my craft mat and using a water brush. 

Once I had the placement down, I attached the watercolor paper to a while card base, fiddled and fooled with the various fauna and finally figured it out, decided where I wanted the sentiment, clam and the fishes to reside.  I left the tops of some of the fauna unglued so I could tuck sea creatures behind if I chose to. The bubbles from the fish are just amazingly cute! I am very proud of this card and I hope you adore it as much as I do!
Another Look - Click to enlarge :)
Please find some time during the festivities (you have ALL month!) to join us at Stinkin' Inkers with your version of Summer Heat! ~ Christi
Just a gentle reminder!! Please be safe and keep an eye on your four legged critters - keep them inside during the fireworks; the Fourth of July is when most animals run away from home and go missing due to the noise. Keep your furbabies safe and inside (also, some animals need to be tranquilized due to the noise. If your dog is fearful of thunderstorms, he's going to be scared of the fireworks; be sure to ask your vet for medication early!)  Just a little reminder because I know you love your animals as much as I love mine (and cats can run away just like dogs!) 

I am entering my Summer Heat card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - #151, Summer/Beach/Holidays
Do-Al(l) Creatives - M, #7, Cool Water
DL Art - Thankful Thursday, #207, Summer Fun
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
a2z scrapbooking - M, Anything Goes
The Papergirls - M, #131, Seashells, Sea or Beachy
Paperminutes - #494, Sea, Beach, Etc.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Blue Skies are Ahead!

Hi all - I hope you are having a fabulous summer! For my Dies R Us post today I am sharing an encouragement card today.  I hope you like it!

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Lawn Fawn Blue Skies Stamp Set, #LF511
Lawn Fawn Blue Skies Dies Set, #LF519
Watercolor Paper
White Card
Oxide Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio & Broken China
Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon
Pop Dots
Distress Markers in Brushed Corduroy and Pumice Stone 
Detail Water Brush

I first made the background of the card using watercolor paper and Oxide ink in Broken China.  I smooshed some ink on my craft mat, spritzed it with my Distress Sprayer and rubbed the watercolor paper all around the mat until I was pleased with the color.  I set the paper aside to dry.
I then stamped the balloon and basket onto more watercolor paper and die cut it  I colored the balloon with Oxide Ink using Wilted Violet, Cracked 
Pistachio and Broken China; I patted the ink pad onto my craft sheet and picked up the color using my detail water brush.  I love how the colors just pop! I then used Brushed Corduroy to color in the basket   and Pumice Stone to color in the bottom of the balloon. Then I die cut the clouds using white card and set all the die cuts aside.

Once the background was dry, I stamped the sentiment in Mermaid Lagoon directly onto the card. I attached the balloon to the card and Pop Dotted the clouds. I even used the clouds to hide some of the background that didn't quite come out the way I wanted it! I like the simplicity of the card and how soft and soothing the colors are.  I hope you have a fun-filled Fourth of July! 

Small PSA: Please be safe and keep an eye on your four legged critters - keep them inside during the fireworks; the Fourth of July is when most animals run away from home and go missing due to the noise. Keep your furbabies safe and inside (also, some animals need to be tranquilized due to the noise.  If your dog is fearful of thunderstorms, he's going to be scared of the fireworks; be sure to ask your vet for medication early!)  Just a little reminder because I know you love your animals as much as I love mine (and cats can run away just like dogs!)

 If you have time in between the festivities, be sure to come back to the Inspiration Blog daily, use that Inspiration to put together your own project and enter it on the Challenge Blog for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!  

Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  
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I am entering my "Blue Skies Ahead" card in the following Challenges:
Lawn Fawnatics - #8, Summertime Fun
Crafting with Dragonflies - #84, Punches and/or Dies
CardMania - #94, Summer Fun
Art Impressions - #211, Create a Background

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sweet Silver Shaker Card

I have loved Shaker Cards ever since I saw the first one - I believe it was in a local stamp store and I ended up going home and searching like crazy for directions on how to make one.  I eventually learned, but getting all the pieces together can be an issue in itself! I was thrilled when I saw Dies R Us carried Shaker Card Kits!  I grabbed the Cheery Lynn Heart Shaker kit as soon as I could. And this is the first card I've made from the kit:
Sorry it is so dark - it's difficult to capture the sparkle!

What I Used to Make my Card:
Cheery Lynn Shaker Card Kit - Heart (you can see ALL the kits here, plus extras)
White Card Base, Square, 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Silver Glitter Card
Silver Card
Shaker Fill (I used sequins, punched hearts & small beads)
Lawn Fawn Celebrate Border Die, LF-1429
Sequins - Darice Crystal Cup Sequins 5mm, 10043-8 

I was impressed with the amount of items in the kit.  The contents are all laid out here AND on the same page you will find 2 videos, put out by Cheery Lynn,
explaining these cards. It just could NOT get any easier if they made them for you!  I'm already thinking about which kit I'm going to get next.  Since I like to stretch my supplies,  I'm leaning toward the birthday cake kit. I think it'd be fine as a wedding cake; all you'd have to do is lop off those candles and you could make it any kind of cake you wanted! And they are all calorie free!

I started my card with a square white card base; I knew I wanted to use silver as my other color so when I found a nice piece of silver card I attached that to break up the endless white.  That also helped me figure out where I was going to add my shaker element.

Anyway, I had reservations about the foam cutting through and exactly what sandwich combination to use with my Big Shot (I have old base plates - they rarely show up on instructions anymore, but they work fine, so why spend money on them when I can get more dies?) but I ran the foam through my machine like I normally would; I even used the Tutti metal adapter plate and the foam went through just fine.  I have to say, if you are a serious die cutter you absolutely need one of these plates!  I've seen lots of different ways to ensure your die cut will cut properly and cleanly and I haven't had to ever use anything else once I purchased my metal plate.  It's glorious! OK, back to the card.  I basically followed the directions on the package, which just explained, step by step, how to make the card.

I cut my shaker heart out of silver glitter paper, then cut the acetate (the
acetate in the kit has blue protection paper on both sides that must be removed prior to cutting; I cut a shape out of the acetate that fit the heart, then took off the paper, so I wouldn't be leaving the unused portion of the sheet open to marking.) So I had my foam, my heart shaped front and my acetate.  You decide on your card where you want the shaker portion to be and stick your foam cut out there.  Next was filling the shaker before you seal it up.  The kit comes with 2 shaker filler options called "Shaker Mini's", they are essentially teeny little die cuts that you make using special little embossing pads that come with the kit (or, there are many you can buy separately as well to make your shaker confetti).  You might have noticed I didn't use the product of the Shaker Mini in my card, basically because when I attempted to die cut the little hearts the entire thing broke apart and was useless.  Now, I have emailed the company and explained what I did, I'm sure it was something I did wrong, and I am waiting for them to reply.  My point is, be careful with those Shaker Mini's, they are somewhat fragile! I just punched some teeny hearts out using a hand punch, then added a few small beads and sequins.  

Once my heart was filled, I removed the protector from the sticky foam (both sides of the foam are sticky, by the way) and attached my acetate heart.  I glued on my glitter heart cut out paper on the very top.  I had leftover "inside" foam and glitter paper cut out, so I popped that together and added it to my card.  I die cut the sentiment from white glitter paper, placed it over the silver paper
Another Look
and trimmed the tail so the word would fix properly.  Lastly, I scattered some of the sequins I used in the shaker mix around on the left corner and at the end of the sentiment.

I hope you had as much fun reading this as I had making the card and writing about it.  I try to write my posts as if we are having a cup of coffee (or whatever) and we are face to face.  My tutorials may not be the most technical, but I write them they way I like to read them.  I'd rather feel comfortable when reading a post; that helps me feel as if I accomplish the technique as well! I hope you know you can do that and give Shaker Card kits a try! Don't forget to enter your die cut creations in the Dies R Us Challenge, which runs every two weeks.  Pop by this Inspiration Blog every day to get a new dose of die cut goodness from me or my marvelous teamies! To make things easier, here are all the Dies R Us places to be: 

Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  
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I am entering my Sweet Silver Shaker in the following challenges:

Country View Challenges M - Hearts
Scrap from your Heart M - #10, Wedding
Happy Little Stamps - Dies Challenge, Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - M - H is for Hearts
Fussy & Fancy Friday - #190, Punches & Dies
Time Out Challenges - #86, Celebrations (I did not use the twist)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Any Occasion Bunny Card

Hi all, today I am showcasing a cute little bunny card. This card originally began as an Easter Card, complete with the little bunny holding an Easter basket.  But, as Easter came and went, this little card was still left on my desk.  So I decided to change things up a bit.

What I Used to Make my Card:
Hoppy Easter by Lawn Fawn, stamps, LF1319
Hoppy Easter by Lawn Fawn, die set, LF1320
Die-Versions Stitched Nesting Squares, DV-572
CUTplorations Sweet Spring Wishes Die, CUTPL-070
Small Detail Water Brush
Pastel Cardstock
Clean Color Markers
Watercolor Card
Small white "puff" (for the tail)
Purple Scrap
Small Heart, punched out

First I want to share a picture with you of the original card. I know it doesn't look too different, but it's different enough! Notice the basket and the flat (no puff!) tail.

Back to when this was still an Easter card, I had stamped the bunny on watercolor card and used my Zig Clean Color Markers to lightly color the body of the bunny brown, with a slight tint of pink on the ears. I used the same technique to color in the basket as well. It's easy to get a very light wash when you are using a water brush. Just scribble some marker on your craft sheet and water the color down.  Remember, you can always add more, but you can't take it away and dry your watercolor card thoroughly before adding more color (a mistake I made all the time until I finally got it through my head.  I could never understand why my water color paper was always pilling so badly, no matter the brand, when everyone else's seemed fine.)  I die cut the bunny and the basket and set them aside.

I decided that some pastel papers would look very springy and pretty so I cut
out three squares using the DieVersions die set; one of each in blue, peach and yellow.  I stacked the squares together, glued them and set them to dry under my drying tile.  At this point I still had Easter in my mind, so I attached the basket to the bunny and set the card aside for everything to dry.  While the card was drying it hit me that I had a bunch of "puffs" hiding in a small drawer, that were eons old and would look charming on the bunny.  I attached the puff to the butt of the bunny and put the card aside.

The card stayed aside for entirely too long, but I really like the stamp/die set, so
Another Look
I decided to upgrade to an all occasion card.  I needed to find something that was slightly larger than the basket the bunny was holding, which I did. I punched a heart out of pink cardstock, then carefully removed the basket and attached the heart.  While I was pleased with the look, it needed something more, not bling, but something.  Wracking my brain, I discovered the word die from STAMPlorations hiding under a pile of stuff on my desk.  I die cut the sentiment out of lavender cardstock and used only the "sweet" portion of the cut.  Now my card was ready to go!

Thank you for visiting the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and I hope you get inspired either by me or one of my fabulous teamies.  Perhaps inspired enough to join in the Dies R Us Challenge? We'd love for you to visit and follow all of Dies R Us pages, click below for an easy way to check them all out. Thanks again! Christi

Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  
Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 

I am entering my All Occasion Bunny Card in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes, #255
Fussy and Fancy - Pamper Your Pets, #189
Delicious Doodles Challenge - All Creatures Big & Small, M June
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes w/ a Critter, M June
Creative Inspirations - Our Furry/Feathered Friends, #277
Deep Ocean Challenge - Use Die Cuts, Chipboard and/or Punches, #157