Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Fun Sketch Card from Repeat Impressions

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's time for another fun sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built and we are challenging you to make a card using the sketch below and link it up for a chance at some great Repeat Impressions rubber! For all the details on what you can win and to see the other Rock Stars cards using this sketch, please visit our blog.

I am loving summer now that it is finally here in Wisconsin and Repeat Impression’s Summer Frame is perfect for a sunny summer card. I attached two yellow strips following the sketch to a white front piece and sponged the whole piece with an orange ink through a stencil. Then I stamped the Happy Summer and attached to a yellow card base. I stamped the Summer Frame on light blue and again on white. I paper pieced the sweet girl’s swimsuit, colored the rest with markers and attached her in the center of the frame.
Here is the sketch for you to follow when you create a card for our challenge. You do not need to use Repeat Impressions stamps to enter our challenges, but you get an extra chance to win if you do!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart and Through the Craft Room Door.

**Don’t Forget: for a 10% discount on any size order at Repeat Impressions, make a note of my discount code (rr10kh), click on the blog badge on the side of my blog and go to the website here to shop and save!**

Monday, July 21, 2014

Easier Northern Lights Technique Project of the Week

Good Monday morning everyone! Today I am sharing an easier way to get the Northern Lights look as a background on your card for my Project of the Week at Repeat Impression's blog, The House that Stamps Built. I have tried all different ways of getting the Northern Lights look on my cards, but wasn't happy with the random look when sponging. Then I found an example showing simple up and down sponging and was able to do it with this lovely result.

I created the card base with the largest Spellbinders Labels 4 die after I folded a piece of white card stock in half, not cutting the folded part. Then I cut a smaller white piece of the same shape die for my focal point. I chose 4 die inks - a yellow, light blue, light raspberry and navy blue for my sponging. I had a different sponge piece for each color. I started with the yellow ink, scrunched up the sponge, applied some ink and sponged up and down in a straight column, moved over and did that twice more. Then I added the blue and raspberry columns, sponging up and down over and over until I liked the look. It is fine if the colors overlap as that adds different colors to the Northern Lights sky look. Then I stamped Repeat Impression's deer trio, large pine tree and Thinking of You sentiment in an archival black ink. I created "ground" below the deer's feet with the navy ink and sponged over the whole piece with a little navy to tone it down a bit. Using a white gel pen, I added some stars in the sky. If you want an easy way to sponge "Northern Lights" on your card, give this method a try sometime.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Time 4 Scrap and Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Camper Summer Card

This sentiment is one I use all the time IRL so when I saw this set from Close to my Heart I just had to have it. I made this CAS card using a Wisconsin map as the background and stamps from the CTMH set for my grandson.

I am entering this card in the Vacation challenges at Open-Minded Crafting and QKR Stampede Challenges.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Christmas in July Challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids

It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is Christmas in July 4 Kids! Create and link any Christmas or Happy Holidays card for a child and you could win one of our great prizes. Check out what the 3 awesome prizes are this time at the SAS4Kids blog here.

We start early here at SAS4Kids for holiday cards because we would love for every one of the kids in the 8 children’s hospitals we currently serve to receive a card on all the major holidays and to be able to pick some out to send to relatives or friends they are missing while in the hospital. So after making your holiday cards of any kind during any time of the year, please consider sending them to one of the addresses under the tabs on the top. If we get them early (or late) we will save them for the next box going to the hospitals close to the holiday.

My first card above features a sweet pre-colored little girl from Whoopsi Daisy. I don't usually do pastels in my Christmas cards, but why not? I created a background with a Martha Stewart border punch and an embossing folder from Darice. Then I printed and cut out the precious girl holding a present.

The image from Doodle Pantry I chose for my second card is called Birdie Christmas and is a pre-colored image as well. I cut him out with a Nestabilities die and attached him to the front of a folded card that has been embossed with a musical note embossing folder from Cuttlebug. Here is the inside of the folded card with a fun sentiment also from Doodle Pantry and some musical punched notes.

I am entering these cards in the Christmas in July challenges at Aud Sentiments and C.R.A.F.T.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Fun Designers Choice Challenge at Repeat Impressions

It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It’s Brenda’s turn and her challenge is Summer Fun.  After you make your summery card, you can enter it for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards for this DCC challenge. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

I used Repeat Impression’s Sunny Quartet for this summer card. I folded the front of the black card base in half and attached the yellow Sunny Quartet to the fold. Then I stamped and cut out 4 more sets of flip flops and colored the flowers with gel pens. Flip flops just say summer to me and I am probably wearing mine at the pool in Door County right now.  This is what the card looks like open:

And don’t forget: For a 10% discount on any size order at Repeat Impressions, just make a note of my discount code (rr10kh), click on the blog badge on the side of my blog and go to the website here to shop and save! 

I am entering this card in the Summertime challenge at Raisin Boat. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

A New Technique with your Stencils

I have been having fun designing with my new Cutting Edge Stencils and recently I found a new technique here and a beautiful card using the technique here. Basically, you color around the opening in the stencil with your Copics (or other alcohol based markers), then pull in the color to the paper with a paper towel slightly damp with Copic colorless blender fluid. It results in a chalky look which is quite lovely. I tried it with the hummingbird stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and then cut it out with a white border. I attached it with mounting tape over a background stamp by Hero Arts and a leafy flourish from Cheery Lynn Designs cut in aqua vellum. I also tried the technique with a stencil I created with a die and acetate, and will share the results of that later this week.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Scribble and Scrap.

More Cutting Edge Stencil Cards and Winners Announced

I have had so much fun the last week or so playing with stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils and this is my favorite card so far. I love the Entwined stencil and the screen or panel card I learned how to make in the most recent Die Cut Crazy digital magazine.  I will share some details and a few more pix of this and other cards, but I know you are here to find out who won, right?

The winner of the $20 gift certificate for stencils at Cutting Edge Stencils is:   Berni Cuttino!!!  Here is her winning comment: "I am back with my favorite stencil. There were a few calling my name, but I especially am fond of Houndstooth Card Stencil Template. I am following Cutting Edge on Facebook and subscribe to their blog."

I added a prize from me (and Cutting Edge Stencils) after I saw all the wonderful comments about my cards and the contest. The winner of the prize of a set of 4 rubber grip stencil brushes from Crafter's Choice and a butterfly stencil is:   Robin who commented: "These are lovely cards! Thanks so much for a chance to win some stencils too. The one I liked the best is Lily Scroll Card Stencil Template. I really like the wall stuff too."

Berni- Cutting Edge Stencils will be in touch with you about your prize. Robin- I will email you about yours.

Here are a couple more pictures of the screen or panel card I made with the Entwined stencil. I sponged each panel with two colors of distress ink, and then decorated with various dies and stamps from Repeat Impressions and others. The panel is an 8 1/2" by 12" piece of card stock scored at 3, 6, and 9 inches, then punched at  the top with a border punch and a label punch at the bottom. The last pix shows the card closed ready to fit into a business sized envelope to mail.

My second card features the same Entwined stencil but with a totally different technique. I attached the stencil to a piece of water color paper with temporary tape. Then I applied Versamark ink through the stencil openings, sprinkled on clear embossing powder and melted the powder with my heat gun. Then I applied three colors of Adirondack ink refills to the water color paper with watercolor brushes. I let that dry, while I heated up my iron as hot as it would go with no water for steam. I covered the colored piece with a paper grocer's bag and ironed it, which melts and removes the embossing powder leaving the clear smooth off white swirls. Then I used pieces of the sheet I created for the background behind the scalloped circle, the smile die (which is inlaid in the white cover piece), the butterfly and the side strips. I added a couple sequins to complete this card.

Here is the front and inside of my last stencil card (for today anyway:) I applied black 3D Stamp Paint from Viva in the openings of the Birch Forest stencil on a birch tree designer paper. The 3D Stamp Paint gives the front of the card wonderful texture which is hard to see on a photo. I tore some snow drifts, added some deer and a Santa and a beautiful - so true!- sentiment on the front and the inside.

I had so much fun designing with the stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils and hope you will visit them real soon to check out all their stencils for crafting and decorating your home. I want to thank them for the stencils and brushes I received and for the prize for our winner!

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenges at Treasured Times and Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge.