Teal and Red Christmas Cheer! Part 2

Hi PinAddicts,

Thank you for coming back to check out Part 2 of the Teal and Red Christmas Cheer.   If you are new to my blog, you might not know that I have challenged myself to use my stamps to create 5-10 cards before putting them away. I came up with a list of 36 items to accomplish by 36 and this auto challenge made my list.

I love to buy new supplies but have committed to making several different projects with my existing stash before forgetting about what I am purchasing and buying new stuff.  With that in mind, I created a 2nd card using teal and red AND the Spice Market Background from BasicGrey that I used on this card that I made for the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge.  Anywho, the mood board that I used as inspiration for this card can be found here.  Inspired by the colors on that board, I created this very simple card:

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This card is very easy to create if you have a round element or you can even use a different shape and place it on the bottom left.  I used Recollections Teal cardstock and cut it down to A2 size.  After that I used Galaxy Gold Pigment Ink Dew Drop that came with my October Simon Says Stamp card kit.  I used my MISTI tool and the Spice Market Background from BasicGrey to create the background.  After it dried, I wrapped a strip of the DCWV Glitzy Glitter Cardstock around the front panel.  Then, I used Deco Art Red Foil on another of the elements of ephemera that came with my Anna Griffin Minc Machine from HSN.  I’m debating between adding more embellies or leaving it as is.  Sometimes less is more… what do you think?

Here are some more pictures of this card:

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The inspiration continued and I was able to work on two more cards.  My first one is on the left.  I cut Neenah Solar White 80lb to an A2 sized panel.  I then used texture paste and dry Stickles glitter to create the background with a stencil.  I used the Deco Art red foil on the sentiment that also came from the Anna Griffin autoship.

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My card on the right is work in progress. I foiled the reindeer that came in the same Anna Griffin package with Teal Deco Art Foil.  I think I will end up hanging a tag from one of the antlers that says Merry X-mas or using a sentiment on the bottom portion of the card.  I’m still playing around with that card but here are some closeups:

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Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

PinAddict

Teal and Red Christmas Cheer! Part 1

Hi PinAddicts,

I created 2 cards today inspired by a mood board found the Stamper’s Enablers group on Facebook.  Here is the first A2 size card:

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I used various elements for this card.  The Stars stamp is from the Starry Backdrop stamp from LawnFawn.  I used Ranger’s Princess Gold heat embossing powder to emboss a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Ink paper.  Then I used Distress ink in Broken China and Peacock Feathers to create the blue color for the panel.  I then used elements from the Anna Griffin autoship package that came as an option when I purchased my Anna Griffin Gold Mini Minc Machine from HSN a few months ago.  This Christmas themed package came a few weeks ago and it contains lots of Holiday ephemera ready for foiling.  I used the snowflake and deco art foil in red.  For the sentiment, I cut up one of the sentiments that came in the package because I didnt want it to be extremely ornate.  Once I cut it up, I gold foiled it… the snowflake already was pretty ornate and I didn’t want it to clash.  I then mounted the snowflake and sentiment onto foam tape and the full panel onto an A2 size card made from red Recollections paper.  I used a white gel pen to “stitch” on the outer border of the card.

Here are some more pictures of my card:

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Make sure to check out the 2nd part of this post.

XOXO,

PinAddict

Share Handmade Kindness Week 1

Hi PinAddicts!!!

It has been almost a month since I made my last card and posted on this blog.  I have been trying to keep up with all of my favorite bloggers even though I have been crazy busy with my 2 jobs.  I caught a glimpse at Jennifer McGuire’s Share Handmade Kindness challenge and had to book mark it for reading later.  What an inspiration this campaign is, to create gorgeous things and share with others is extremely rewarding.

I finally had about 20  minutes this weekend and was able to create this “Hello” card using the Basic Grey Spice Market background stamp:

Sharing Handmade KindnessI bought the stamp a few months ago at Whim So Doodle in St. Petersburg during a trip where I met The Reset Girl.  I was so happy to score it for 50% off… I have had ideas whirling in my mind about what to do with it ever since.  I used Zig Real Brush markers in Scarlet Red for the bottom left corner, Ochre for the bottom right and gray water color from a cheap Michael’s palette.  I wanted the WOW gold embossing powder to show through so I used lots of water to make the colors a wash and help them blend in with each other.   While the panel dried, I white heat embossed a dark grey piece of Recollections cardstock and cut it into a fishtail banner.  The panel was made using Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  This panel is A2 size.  Both the panel and the sentiment are propped up on fun foam.

For more information on the Share Handmade Kindness Campaign or Jennifer’s blog, click HERE.  This card is going out to a lady in MD that sent me a RAK filled with macaroon goodies. I will be adding other goodies to this letter for her to enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to Share Handmade Kindness this month and beyond.  You never know who may need a kind word, a nice card or letter or even a sweet treat!

XOXO,

PinAddict.

Fall / Halloween Card Series – Card 2 “Thanks”

Hi PinAddicts,

For most of the Northern Hemisphere, the change in season is apparent.  The case is not so in South Florida.  It is currently 88 degrees F which translates into Hot As Heck! I wish we would see fall colors and temperatures but we have no such luck.  However, that doesnt mean that I am not inspired to pull out the Fall Colors and make something pretty with them.  This is the card I made as card # 2 of my Fall / Halloween card series:

Thanks Fall Card

I think I have challenges to make all my cards but I dont mind…I learn from my mistakes going through the bumps.  Prior to the very first bump in the road, I realized I dont own a single Fall stamp set or embellishment.  Hmmmm OK so what do I have?  I have a Cricut, Distress Inks in Fall colors and cardstock. OK perfect, I can work with that.  After that I ran into a few more bumps:
First bump… I made the gray panel using my Cricut Explore.  I had a hard time slicing each leaf individually.  I am not a slicing pro but if you are interested in slicing, I suggest a look at Melody Lane or Crafts by Two.  I had to watch several videos, blah blah blah, issue surpassed.
Second bump… the leaves did not cut out as sharply as I would have liked.  I have to play around with my settings because this is 65lb paper and my Cricut normally has no problems cutting through but that is a task for another day.
Third bump, I used a non permanent marker for my Cricut to write out the word Thanks.  When I inked with Distress Inks over that, it bled a bit. 😛 and I was not going to cut it again.
Last bump, the larger die cut leaves and banner were lost in the background.  This one was easy to fix – I used a black marker to go around the die cut so that it would stand out against the gray background.  I think it definitely made the elements pop out.

For the background panel, I used the following colors in Distress Inks: Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey and Mustard Seed.  I used the ink blending tools to blend all the different colors in the background starting at the top left corner.

Here are some more pics of the A2 card:

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Distress Ink Blend Closeup

Thanks for taking a look!
I will be adding this card to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog – Autumn is in the Air Challenge.  Take a look there to participate and see all the other beautiful creations!  If you would like to see the first card in this series, click HERE.

XOXO,
PinAddict

Halloween / Fall Card Series – Card 1

Hi PinAddicts,

I dont know if you watched HSN yesterday but it was THE CRICUT SHOW… pretty much most of the day was spent with Anna Griffin and the new Gold Cricut… and a few of her other items but the star was the Cricut Explore Gold.  Anywho… as much as I love gold things, I have no excuse to purchase an additional Cricut.  But… I realized that it has been a while since I used my Cricut…at least a month!  For those of you curious to see what my last project was on my Cricut… keep scrolling past the Halloween card all the way to the bottom.

I was inspired to begin to create Fall and Halloween Cards for my snailmail pals and friends.  I’m not going to be fixed to a timeline because I am currently working 2 jobs plus trying to fit in time for crafting wherever I can.  My purpose will be to create at least 10 – 12 Fall / Halloween themed cards (in addition to an order of 12 Hello / general themed cards that I have to create).

Here is the first card in the series:

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I have a Cricut Subscription and this is the Happy Halloween card from the Creepy Critters cartridge.  I only cut out the front panel and not the entire card.  Before I forget, the dimensions are that of a standard A2 card size.
After the Happy Halloween panel was cut, it was time to ink blend the background.  I used Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire in that order from bottom up.
My boyfriend suggested I make this a shaker card so I went for it. I am usually terrified of shaker cards cause they always fall apart on me.  I have a Fuse tool that I bought a few months ago from HSN that I have used a total of 3 times (now 4) and decided to give the no mess shaker card a try.  It was so easy to use a pocket panel (I dont know what they are called) and put in my shaker bits and seal it off.  I didnt have any Halloween shaker bits so I used sprinkles and glitter, lol…
I used score tape to put everything together.  Here are some more close ups of the card:

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope this inspires you to create something new using things you already have on hand.

XOXO,
PinAddict

P.S.  I love making banners with my Cricut… this is a banner I created for my good friend and her daughter’s First Birthday.  I made all of the banners (including the tassels).   What do you think?  I love how she decorated for her baby’s birthday # 1.

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Using my old supplies with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hi PinAddicts,

This is the 2nd post for tonight. Since I have not posted in about 2-3 weeks I wanted to give you an update.  I am sticking to #35 from my 36 by 36 list.  I am trying to use the heck out of my supplies before buying more. I did just buy some gorgeous Prismacolor Premiere pencils (150 set) and will be practicing the techniques I am learning in the Kit and Clowder classes.  I enrolled with a code that Julia from Just One More Card provided in one of her tutorials.
With that in mind, I made a few cards earlier this week for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge that I talked about in today’s first post.  If you would like to find out what that’s about, make sure to click on that link and you will get more information OR check out all the creations on IG at #thedailymarker30day3.  Talk about inspiration!!

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I used a chevron 6×6 stencil from Michaels that I have had for a really long time but have not used yet. I used Distress Inks in Seedless Preserve, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar with the stencil.  I then stamped and fussy cut (I am not a pro) the elephant from the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Celebration stamp set.  I used the stars from that stamp set with Versamark and gold heat embossing powder from WOW.  This card is a bit smaller than a standard A2 size card.  I mounted the panel onto a purple notecard that I had previously made.

Here is another work in progress that I made earlier this week for the 30 Day Challenge:

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I am undecided as far as the sentiment to use with this card but I’m sure I will come up with something.  I wanted to try odd Distress Ink color combinations on this card.  First I used Versamark ink and WOW Gold Embossing powder to create the hearts at the top of the panel (made out of an A2 size piece of Bristol paper).  I masked them off and ended up creating the background with Cracked Pistachio without using the ink blending tool.  I really just smeared the panel with the actual ink pad.  Then I used my Zig Real Brush markers to color in the hearts.  Once that was dry, I then dropped water droplets onto the panel. One of them became a puddle :(.  After that, I flicked some light pink Kaiser Kraft acrylic paint I had stored in some unseen corner of my crafting area for at least 5 years onto this panel.  I’m so happy that I am using up the supplies and combining old and new.

I will continue to post the different projects I create through this challenge onto this post. I hope this inspires you to play with what you have on hand and use some of your old stamp sets, inks, colored pencils, watercolors, whatever it may be to create something!

XOXO,
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Hello Card made with Halloween Colors

Hello PinAddicts,

I have been participating on and off in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  If you are interested in playing along, click HERE.  I am trying to follow along as much as possible.  I’m already mentally prepared to know that some days I will not get much coloring done… I will be happy with what I can achieve on days where I will have more time to color.  Today was one of those days where I found a little bit more time!!  This is what I created:

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The flower stamp is an old Close to My Heart set called Aspire.  I’ve had it for a long time but have not used it much.  I gold embossed the flower and the sentiment using WOW embossing powder.  I then used my Zig Real Brush Markers and blended out 2-3 different markers to create each flower.  I used water on some of these flowers but not all of them.  I was inspired to use two of the colors from Challenge #165 – Photo Inspiration on the Addicted to Stamps Blog:

Photo Inspiration

I love the inspiration picture so much I might create an additional project for this challenge.  I hope you are inspired to make your own creation.  Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,
PinAddict

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