Monday, August 31, 2015

Bird Crazy Halloween!

I was NOT going to jump on the band wagon and buy the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds even though I think they're fabulous!  Nope.  Don't need them.  Haven't even made one card from the blueprint stamps that I HAD to have. (In my defense, I have practiced water-coloring a few of them  Not a pretty sight!) Then, sigh, Mr. H. introduced the accessory stamps and dies and I pushed the 'Buy' button.

Here's my card:-

If you haven't tried a cascading card before, go here for easy peasy directions from Flowerbug.  The trick is to use a nice heavy 'designer' double sided paper AFTER you have practiced with some old, ugly card stock. 

This was a lovely project to work on a little at a time while it was my turn to watch the puppy. (Just to make sure she was not chewing on her stitches.)  I used my Spectrum Aqua watercolors and a small paint brush to pick up the color from an acrylic block.  I love the vampire owl with his fangs and the HP bird with his wand which is really the paint brush stamp with the brush end cut off!  The sweet little bunny bird's tail is the fluffy ball from the end of the Santa hat stamp.

The sentiments were written with my Explore and say "Trick or Tweet!"  "Happy 'Owl'oween!" and  "Flying by with a witchy "Hi!"  Such a fun, fun card to make.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  I'd better go watercolor some more birds!   : ) Christine

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Just a quick, last minute post to share my project for this weeks Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge "Friendship."

A couple of weeks ago, Master J was reeling off the names of his friends to his mama, and he added at the end, "And Grandma is my friend."   Can we have a collective "Awwww?"   Love that little boy!  Anyway, I wanted to make him something to celebrate all his friends and came up with the idea of photo blocks to which he could add little pictures, including, of course, Grandma!

I made little 2 inch pockets with my Fuse tool and adhered them to the boxes with scor tape.  The font is The Mickey Font and I added the characters since Master J is a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse devotee!

Thanks for visiting with me today and please pop back tomorrow to see my blog post for She's a Sassy Lady.  It was the most fun project EVER!  : )  Christine

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Aha! Another Gift Card Holder!

O.K.  Maybe I am a little obsessed with all the varied ways crafters have come up with to give gift cards!  Amy, at 'All Things Beautiful' shared an adorable matchbox pop - up card she made for her nephew and of course, I had to try one too!

I needed a couple of holders for my DGD's gift cards and since their bedrooms were restyled over the summer, I decided to match their room themes rather than the usual pencil, notebook, school bus Back to School theme. 

I followed a You Tube video - here - but be warned, read her comments below the video before embarking on the project.  Just sayin' ...   It was really quite easy and such fun adding the pop up embellishments from Design Space.  I haven't used "Back to the Beach" or "Summer in Paris" forever and I hope this qualifies for the "Old School Challenge #79" at the Cut It Up blog.

Here's a look at the pop - up elements: -

Plenty of room for the gift card: -

(It's a prop, Miss G!  I'm not really giving you a movie gift card.  Haha!)

The monograms on the lids come from the new cart 'Monogram Motifs.'  I can see this becoming one of my favorites.   : )   Thanks for visiting with me today.   : )  Christine

Sunday, August 23, 2015

'Minc'ing Christmas

A new box of Anna Griffin Minc goodies arrived in the mail yesterday.  There's foil, glitter paper, extra toner sheets, tons of die cuts, and two toner pens.  Unfortunately, some of the die cuts are not usable because they are badly off center.  : (  Sigh!  I can't decide whether to cancel my auto ship or not.  I guess I'll see how much I can salvage.  I'm hoping to use the pens to 'repair' some of the black patches I sometimes get when foiling.  I'll let you know if that works out or not.

I pulled out my little Minc machine this afternoon and foiled one of the background papers.   Lovely!   Then I was inspired to run the used foil through again over a piece of toner paper to make use of the negative space.  How cool is that!

Next, I tried the glitter paper on the holly leaves.  I ran it through twice and flipped it over between passes.  Look at the leaf in the corner and you'll see that part of the vein line is missing.   I have no idea how that happened but it was probably OE!

Since the puppy was still napping, I tiptoed up to the craft room and assembled this card in about 5 minutes.  Know what?  This is a pretty good card and will work perfectly for several of the non - crafty people on my Christmas list!

Off to play with some more cuts until Katie wakes up and demands to go out.  Shhh!   Thanks for visiting with me today.  : )  Christine

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fruits of the Summer Shaker Card

I wanted to participate in the BBTB2 'Fruits of the Summer' challenge and make a card to remind me of the wonderful bounty we've gathered, eaten and  preserved this summer.  We've had cherries, blueberries, raspberries, a few gooseberries that the deer graciously left for us, and we're still picking and enjoying strawberries and blackberries.  I brought in the first of the plums today and the apples and pears are ripening nicely.

An aside note - our little flock of chicks are almost fully grown and such fun to watch as they explore the orchard.  They have discovered that apples are yummy and leap up to peck at the lowest growing fruit.  We're quite happy to sacrifice a few apples in exchange for newly laid eggs.  My DD suggested that we name these ladies after Downton Abbey characters and so we have Cora, Violet, Mary, Rose, Sybil, Edith, Daisy and Mrs. Patmore!

On to the card!  I loved this sun image from Summer Celebrations and thought it would be fun to make it into a shaker card.  I cut an extra 'sun' layer from acetate to use as a template to make the shaker pouch from the page protector and it worked!  The Fuse tool slid around the acetate and made a perfect sun shaped pouch.

Then of course, the pouch had to be concealed between the layers of the card and I solved that little problem by slicing a thin sun shape out of the shadow layer and gluing that over the shaker pouch.  Unfortunately, the rays of the sun looked 'wrong' somehow and the Fuse got plugged in again and I traced around the half circle sun shape and cut off the rays.   Much better!

I had to ink the edges of the fruit because although CTMH card stock cuts beautifully, it has that oh so visible white core.  Ughh!

Lastly, I pop dotted the word 'summer' over all the other layers.  Such a fun and challenging card to make and it exactly captures the long, hot summer of 2015 and it's yummy fruit bounty.  I'll have to  make more cards for myself!

Thanks for visiting with me today and please do consider entering your own card in this fun challenge.  : ) Christine

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Bendy Card from Bird

Hello from the sunny PNW where we are longing for rain!  This is Christine from with my latest post for Sheila at She's a Sassy Lady.

One of my favorite 'freeby' sites is Bird's Cards.  She designs amazing cards, freely shares her files and responds with variations on her designs at the request of her followers.  Crafters are the nicest people!

I have been waiting for a chance to cut this file for a "Special Day" bendy card.  Unlike the more elaborate three piece bendy cards available from the Sil store, this card is just one piece with a single top layer.  I needed to resize the card after uploading it to DS so that it would cut on a 12 inch mat.  I made the card 11.1 inches wide and then ungrouped.  After selecting the card, I attached the score lines and changed the color of the top sentiment layer. Easy peasy!  I chose to use the Graphic 45 By the Sea stack and it cut beautifully.

Hmmm!  Lovely, but it's not exactly 'special' enough for my sister's birthday card.  I wanted to add more dimension and so cut a strip of coordinating paper 5 3/4 by 1 inch and scored one end at 1/2 an inch and the other at 1/2 an inch and at 1 inch.  I attached it inside the bendy front:

and after fussy cutting some of my favorite images from the stack, I collaged them to the inside of the card and to the strip.

Much better! I kinda like this shadow box effect.   I tied the card with a twine bow and a compass charm from Tim Holtz and called it done.

Don't forget to pop over to Bird's Cards.  You'll love her inspirational designs.  

This week's theme over at Die Cuttin' Divas is "Nautical" and I love the variety that the DT shared.  Here's another blog you might like to peruse.  : )

Thanks for visiting with me today and thank you Sheila for the opportunity to share.   : ) Christine

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sea Critter Treats

DH is giving Cocoa a haircut and keeping an eye on Katie because she thinks EVERYTHING in the world is a chew toy just for her delight - except the 101 real chew toys that litter the lawns, dog pen and all three levels of the house!

It's time to create the August treats for the children at OHM and I did enjoy making these lollipop covers from SVG Cutting Files.  They have such happy little faces! 

I used my Explore to write the sentiments for the back of the critters since I don't have (or more likely, couldn't find!) appropriate stamps.  The font is Anna Griffin Soiree Lettering and I love how this font is blocked in at this size.  (Note to self for future reference - 24 pt.)

One last picture of those happy little critters enjoying the sunshine on my deck.

Thanks for visiting with me today and please pop back on Wednesday as it's my turn to post on the She's a Sassy Lady blog.   : )  Christine

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Art Deco Card

The challenge theme this month at the Craft Warehouse card club was 'Friendship' and I chose to make 5 cards for the card exchange in the category 'Animals are our friends.'  I struggled until I found this stamp in my stash and the whole card flew into my mind.  (It seems to me that I must have seen a similar card somewhere but I cannot track it down. )

The lovely lady comes from the Art Deco cart and the poodle from Suburbia.  Don't they look as though they were meant to be together?  LOL.  I attached a one end of a length of hemp to the lady's hand with a glue dot and attached the other end to the poodle. 

I embossed the cream background panel with the Old Paris Cuttlebug folder and then I inked it lightly with Tea Dye Distressed ink.  For fun, I added 'diamonds' on her finger, shoe and hat as well as on the collar of the poodle. 

I do enjoy seeing how everyone else interprets the challenge and I love bringing home a selection to add to my stash,  Next month's challenge will take some thinking about.  Glad I've got a month!   Thanks for visiting with me today.  : )  Christine

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy Summer!

I have spent a lot of time recently on Katie - sitting duty!  Puppy dog baby sitting is not very conducive to creativity, but I found that I could take part in a class by pausing my video whenever SOMEONE showed any sign of needing to go outside.  I have been diligently following the latest offering from Online Card Classes - Background Check - and loving every minute!  I am learning so much about creating backgrounds and just adore the blended ink technique.

You know that I couldn't just leave it at backgrounds, right?  I had a thought about the BBTB2 challenge this week and decided to use my Explore to die cut some watermelon slices and use my TH distress inks on the cuts. 

In the end, I did use colored card stock for everything except the top red layer which was cut from white Neenah and then inked with circular strokes using Abandoned Coral.  Then I blended Festive Berries along the bottom edge, and sprayed the whole thing with Twinkling H2Os (improvising for the suggested Perfect Pearls) mixed with water in a mini mister.  It kinda sorta looks like juicy, juicy watermelon.

 I made the shaped card by duplicating the bottom layer of the slices and welding them together.  I duplicated the resulting shape and flipped it horizontally.  Then I welded the two pieces together.   The melon wedge comes from Preserves and the sentiment is part of the Summer Bag Topper set. As for the inside, in all the reams of patterned paper in my stash, I could only find this one depicting a watermelon.  I obviously need more paper.

I love what the DT did with this challenge.  Pop over here and take a look and thanks for visiting with me today.  Sigh!  Now where did that puppy get to?   : )  Christine
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