Saturday, October 10, 2015

Distress Ink Fall Scene

I have been in love with this card by Biggan which I have seen pinned hundreds of times. I tried to make a card based on it last year, but did not have the right leaf die. Now I do:) I bought a set of leaves dies from Stampendous and the largest maple die was perfect for creating this scene. I die cut the negative of the leaf  die in a larger piece of acetate and tacked that down over a cream colored piece that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die by My Creative Time. I punched a circle mask out of masking paper, cut it in half and attached it for the setting sun. I drew the line with a pencil. Then I sponged Fired Brick red distress ink into the leaf shape making the edges the darkest and leaving the part under the sun for a reflection. I removed the semi-circle mask and stamped the cat-tails (stamp by Repeat Impressions.) I added some die cut birds (Impression Obsession) and "Thinking" by Penny Black. I stamped the "of you" and adding some black pearls.

As I do with all my favorite cards, I will be teaching this in my classes. I am also entering it in the Craft Stamper Magazine technique challenge to use either inks and stamps (among other choices) and the "Autumn in the Air" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Friday, October 9, 2015

What Kind of Car Does a Ghost Drive?

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing a Halloween card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and a new embossing folder from Darice. If you follow me, you know I am always looking for great stamps to make cards for my kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids. Kids love jokes and riddles, so this “ghost car” and the funny CBP sentiment that goes with it are perfect for a child’s Halloween card. I started with a black card base that I embossed with the googly eyes embossing folder. Then I stamped the ghost car and cut it out. I folded a small piece of white cardstock in half and stamped the riddle question on the front. On the inside I stamped the punch line: 

Too cute! I added a few sets of colored googly eyes to complete the fun Halloween card.

I am entering this card in the Autumn in the Air challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the Anything Goes challenge at Crafting from the Heart.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Peaceful Snow Scene

I have posted several similar cards already, but I am really loving the look of the snowy night sky created with Color Burst and masking fluid, so I made another one. One of my favorite new Color Burst colors is the Indigo for a night sky and I add a little of the Ultramarine Blue for contrast. I have been watering down the masking fluid so I can easily flick it onto the watercolor paper with a cheap brush. I found it was too thick to flick it otherwise. After the Color Burst dried, I removed the masking fluid by just rubbing it with my finger. I tore a layer of snow and added my die cuts for a peaceful Christmas card. The tree and "peace" are both Sizzix dies (by Tim Holtz), and the dove is by Die-Versions.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes (with dies) challenge at Scrapy Land, and the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart and Craft Your Passion, and the CAS Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October Color Challenge at Repeat Impressions

The first Wednesday of each month at Repeat Impression’s blog, The House that Stamps Built, is going to be a color challenge. We give you the color inspiration, and you can make a card using those colors to possibly win a great prize of Repeat Impressions rubber! Here is the color palette chosen this month:
Great colors for fall, right? I chose to design with Repeat Impression’s beautiful Foliage Positive and Negative stamps and with my Brushos. I sprinkled on green, purple and orange Brusho Crystal Colours on watercolor scraps and spritzed with water. It is that simple to get these gorgeous colors. Then I stamped the positive and negative foliage images, cut out and applied to the cardbase. CAS but lovely for a fall card.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Crafting from the Heart.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Living Life - and Stamping - Without an Eraser

I wanted to make a card with an awesome new zentangled leaf stamp from Stampendous and they include a free stencil in the stamp set so I used my red and orange distress ink to color the leaf shape using the stencil. Then I pulled out my MISTI to line up the stamp perfectly with the colored stencil shape, and this was the result:(  Then I remembered this awesome new stamp from Impression Obsession and decided to use it on the card and save the piece. I layered the leaf piece on black and then on red crackled cardstock from Core'dination and ended up loving how the card turned out.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Amuse Studio and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Die-Versions Old Mr. Owl Fall Card

Happy Monday! It's my turn to post on Die-Version's blog and mine. Today I am sharing a fall card featuring Die-Version’s Old Mr. Owl. I started with a background created with a Cutting Edge stencil and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. I die cut Mr. Owl out of a black scrap and also out of a golden yellow. I applied tape to the back of the black open owl and inserted the golden yellow pieces back in the owl part. I added some pearls and attached him in his tree home on the white A2 card.

**Remember you can get a 15% discount on any of Die-Versions great dies by simply using my discount code karen15 when you check out at the Die-Versions website.**

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

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Greatest Blessings and Color Burst Roses

I just purchased a new stencil from Tim Holtz called Scribbles, but I like it because it looks like gorgeous open roses. I placed the stencil on a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled on two colors of Color Burst and spritzed with pearl shimmer spray. After it was dry, I cut the strip and then stamped half a rose on the piece that was left. I also stamped the rose on a white scrap and cut them out. I chose this sentiment because it states perfectly how my life is so blessed with the friendships I have.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, and Crafting with Friends.