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Try it Tuesday #13

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Try it Tuesday #13

Hello my blog reading buddies!!  I’m at my cabin for 2 weeks or R & R and loving it!!  It’s been raining off and on for the past three days so I decided today I needed to create!

If you haven’t already checked out my friend Karen Burchill Facebook group called, “All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady” the you really need to come and check us out.  Here is a link to her page. She does a bi-weekly prompt challenge called ‘Try It Tuesday’ where she gives us a list of 6 prompts to create from.  Here is a link to her YouTube video where she pulls the prompts and gives them to us, Try It Tuesday #13. This is my take on the TIT #13.  I had actually completed it ahead of time with the intention of posting it while I was at the cabin…..but left it at home!  So ya, nothing like doing a challenge twice!

I started by covering my re-purposed flash card with a layer of dictionary pages that had been colored using my left over paint in the foam daubers when I paint with my Dylusions paints.  I can usually cover a few dictionary pages with the left over paint when I’m done with them.  I also used all the odds and ends of pieces that were left over from punching circles, etc.  Here’s what the base looked like when I was finished.

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I had my granddaughter pick out her favorite Crazy Bird stamp and I stamped it onto a piece of paper and fussy cut it out.  I laid it down on the card and took a brush and painted around the bird to leave a ‘masked’ image behind on the tag.  I then took the same stamp and stamped it into the space left by the mask so the bird would be on the actual card.  I found a quote, wrote it out on a piece of the colored dictionary page and adhered it to the card.  I painted the insides of the birds eyes to make them pop and outlined the quote and the edge of the card.  All done!!

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So, here’s my challenge tag.  Now, to go create something with the grandkids…..wish me luck!

Thank you for coming along.  Until the next urge to write up a blog hits me…..take care my blog family!

Hugs,

Yvonne

 

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Revisiting my card making skills…

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Holy cow…..it’s been ages since I sat down and made a card!!  I’ve been so involved in my new love of Mixed Media that I haven’t given my cards a thought in some time.  I did get together with my Stampin’ Up! group this past month after taking the summer off and it felt good to create on these small canvas’ and get some cards back into my stash!  This card is for a challenge over on the Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) site that I also haven’t visited in some time.  I’ve been nudged a few times by my old SCS buddies to get my butt in gear and get posting to this particular challenge thread and then a couple of my Mixed Media friends also put up the challenge so I figured….why not!!  I used supplies from a lot of different companies on this one!

The challenge for this weeks Mixability was to use grid-lines of some sort in your project.  My grid-lines are on my background paper which is from Prima’s Sunrise sunset collection and looks like a ledger sheet.  I stamped my Stampin’ Up! Swallow Tail butterfly onto the card front and then again onto the same  ledger sheet paper in order to cut it out and pop dot it up for some dimension.  I inked the Butterfly with some of my Tim Holtz Distress inks in Vintage Photo, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Worn Lipstick.  I also took one of my homemade stencils I received in a swap I did with one of my Mixed Media friends from The Netherlands and used some of my homemade texture paste to give my background some dimension as well.  After the paste was dry I added layers of the Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint and Broken China to the lattice texture paste design to grunge it up a bit and then outlined each of the lattice squares with my charcoal pencil and smudged the lines to create the illusion of additional dimension.  I stamped the Thanks So Much sentiment using a stamp from my Stampin’ Up! Riveting set and pop dotted it up as well.  I outlined the edge of the card with my charcoal pencil as well and smudged it in.  I then took some of my Close To My Heart Create-A-Shade Pear paint and applied it to the wings of the butterfly to add some shimmer to it.  The shimmer doesn’t pick up in the camera at all, but I love the look of it! I also added some Close To My Heart Liquid Glass to the outside edges of the butterfly wings.  Here’s the card:

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Here’s a close up of the lattice texture stencil:

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So, there it is!!  A mixed media card!  Go figure.

Thanks so much for checking in. To my Canadian friends, have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Huggss,

Yvonne

You Can Do It!!

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Hello my little blog family…..two posts in one week??!!  Just in case you’re wondering, no, I did not make a New Year’s Resolution to keep up with regular posting (although I’d like to find a way to become more consistant….lol).  I have my mom here visiting and we’ve been on a card creating binge right now and I’m just having so much fun!!  I have a few cards done and will try to post each one of them over the next few days…..we’ll see how that works out…..lol.

You’ve seen me talk about the gals over on Splitcoaststampers every now and again.  Well, one of the ladies has started a new challenge thread called You Can Do It!! This challenge will be hosted by anyone joining the group that wants to host and has an idea for a technique, card sketch, color combo, embellishment idea……etc.  The person hosting for the week will give the group a challenge and we can either participate or not each week and make a card according to the challenge she put out there.  You can even go back to previous challenges and do them if you want instead of the challenge for that week.  We’re a pretty laid back group and have a ton of fun!!  The very first challenge was to make a card using a hand-made flower of any kind.  And this flower didn’t have to be hand-made by yourself, it could be one that someone else made for you too!!  I ended up doing two cards for this challenge.

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Check out that beautiful crochet flower!!  My mom crochet it for me…..did three different flowers so I decided to stack them to make one gorgeous full flower!!  I attached them all together with a brad from the Stampin’ Up! set of Antique brads and just love it.  She also showed  me how to do the double embossing technique on one card front…..very cool.  I love my newest embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! called Fancy Fan Folder.  It’s the one on the top of the card.   I’d love to find a die cut with that pattern on it.   And how about that lace…..OMGosh!!  I got it through a Facebook Destash your Stash site where people go on and create an album with all the supplies they want to purge out of their craft space or in some instances, stores, and are given a date and a one hour time slot to sell their stuff!  I just love this lace and got it for a song!  My Congratulations sentiment stamp is from one of my favorite sets from Hot Off the Press called Tiny Words & Images onto one of my tags from my Spellbinders Fancy Tags set.

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I’m going to get her to teach me how to make these before she goes home so I can pump some of these babies out too.  🙂  I don’t know that I’d ever try to duplicate the lace though.

The second card I made I used one of my favorite Cricut cartridges from Close To My Heart called Art Philosophy.  It has about 6 different rolled flower die cuts to choose from and I love making these flowers!!  I also used my new Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die cut I got from my mom for Christmas.  I’ve been wanting that die cut for a while now and just love using it!  I use 4 of them on this card.  I took two of them and flipped one over and then attached the ‘bottom’ of them together to make the sort of fan shape with them.  I did the same thing again and just turned it upside down too to mirror the top one.  Clever now, aren’t I??!!!  🙂

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All I can say is thank goodness for glue pens cause that’s a very narrow die cut!!!  The leaves were punched out using my pocket leaf punch from Creative Memories.  The sentiment is a Hampton Arts stamp from the $1.50 bin at Michael’s.  I love those rolled flowers and this is the first time I used patterned paper to cut them out and I really like them!  Here’s a close-up of the beauties….

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That’s it for today.  I’m off to go play some more with mom.  Later ladies!!

Huggss,

Yvonne  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My word…..

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Hello there my blogging friends.  Tonight I have another art journalling page I did for a challenge.  The challenge was to create a project using your word for the year…..a quote to go with that word and your favorite colors.  This was a fun page to do and I’m finding that I think far too much when I create.  Here is the finished product……check it out and see what you think!

So, here it is.  Almost all of the supplies I used I got from my favorite place – Scrapn’ With Flair .  I used a lot of my favorite sprays…..my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and these sprays and spritz’s are soooo much fun to use!  And I love the shimmer they leave on anything you spray them on.  I also used some of my Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold and some of my Distress Stains in Broken China and Peeled Paint for the paint splatters.  I used my Picket Fence Stain for the white droplets.  The flowers are also from Scrapn’ With Flair and I’m in love with these things!!  The orange one came that color and the two blue ones were white and I spritzed them with one of  my mini misters I got from the store with some water and Salty Ocean re-inker mixed in.  Loved the results!!  The string of flat-backed pearls and the green lace (which was white and colored with the Peeled Paint Distress Stain) and my title of “courage”, which are chip board letters that I spritzed,  are also from the July SWF kit(s) from the store…..check it out here…..it’s a FANTASTIC kit and well worth it!!  My Tim Holtz bird cage die cut is one of my fav’s and was also from the store.  (How can you tell I love that place!!  LOL).  I used my Broken  China and Black Soot Distress Markers on the page as well.   The more I use these things the more I’m liking them.  I just need to find me some water-color paper. 

 

 

 

So, here’s a close up of the bird cage……really like this die.  I cut it out in Kraft paper, inked the bird’s body in Broken China and the wing in Peeled Paint.  The cage was spritzed with my Lindy’s Stamp Gang in my Burnished Brass Moon Shadow Mist.  I love the shimmer it has!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these daisy’s!!  Aren’t they just soooo stinkin’ cute!!  And I love the Salty Ocean blue.  It’s one of the spring collection inks……in love!!

 

 

 

 

I’m off to upload this and then add the picture to the challenge thread on FB.  I have a blog post on the Scrapn’ With Flair blog section.  I’ll be debuing the August kit and ladies……you will NOT want to miss this!!  This kit is amazing and I’m sooooo looking forward to playing with it for the month of August!! 

I’m off…..will be back in a bit to post some cards I also made using the July kit……chao for now!

 

Huggss,

Yvonne

 

 

 

 

Fancy Folds.

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I’m baaack!!  I have another card I need to get uploaded for the other SCS challenge thread I’m on.  My friend Lauren is hosting this weeks Mix It Up challenge and has put out the challenge for a fancy fold card.  You really do need to go and check out her blog.  She is one talented lady and I just love her style!  You can find her over at Laurenscraft.  You won’t be disappointed!

So, here’s another Stampin’ Up! card using the Triangle Fold technique.  It’s a little 4″ square card and so very cute!

The little square with the sentiment is only attached to half the front triangle piece of cardstock.  Crumb Cake was used for the base of the card and then layers of Designer Paper, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  It’s a very easy card to put together and very cute when it’s all done!

Here’s a close up of what it looks like when it’s all closed up. 

I think my blog is mad at me cause it’s not co-operating very well tonight at all!!!  I tried to post a couple of pics of this card (one of the card opened) and it won’t post both pics……so I’m giving up now before I get any more frustrated!!!  lol.  Some days, a techie I’m not and I guess this is one of those days!

I’m off once again to run and post to the challenge thread…..I’ll see if SCS likes me any better….hahaha.

Thanks once again for popping in……I know I say this almost every time, but honestly, I truly do appreciate you stopping by for a peak! 

Huggs,

Yvonne  😉

Pink Pirouette….

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I just love the names of the Stampin’ Up! colors….lol.  Hello there to my blog friends.  I’m trying to get back into some sort of a routine with posting to my blog…..I’ve missed posting to it sooo much!!  I’ve also been neglecting my SCS friends and their challenge threads.  Time to make up for it! 

Over on the Alphabet Challenge thread our friend Diane is doing a fantastic job of challenging up each week with such fun options for each letter.  You really should go and check out the challenge here and see what she comes up with.  She’s truly a gem of a person and is doing a fantastic job of temporarily hosting the challenge for Dani.

I was at my Stampin’ Up! demo night last week and this is one of the cards we made…..I love the CAS layout.  And it’s made with one of my favorite color combo’s of pink and brown!  Check it out!

 

The base of card was made using Early Espresso onto which was layered the Pink Pirouette. The corners were cut out using the Scallop Trim Corner punch.  The very cool layered flower was made using the single stamp called Triple Treat Flower.  The middle of the flower was punched out using the 5-Petal Flower punch and layered.  Love the look of that flower stamp and punch combo.

Thanks so much for popping in…..I’m off to post this to the challenge and can check one more thing off my list to get caught up!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

From the inside looking out…..

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Hello my blog friends…..I have NOT fallen off the face of the earth….really!!  I figured I’d better come on and post a few cards before you all thought I’d forgotten about my blog.  I haven’t!!  Life has just been crazy busy lately. 

Soooo, I was sitting at my computer last night and thinking about the new Grand Madison Window die from Memory Box my mom got.  I had spent some time cutting out a bunch of die cuts for her this weekend in a few different colors……I think she’ll have enough window die cuts to last her for a while now.  lol!!  I was trying to think of an idea to make a card using one of the window dies and thought, I want to try to make one from the perspective of being on the inside looking out. My little brain went into overdrive and I was off!!  I think it turned out pretty darn good!!  Check this out!!

Isn’t this cool?!  I took a piece of white cardstock and cut it down so it would fit into the inside of the window die.  I stamped it with one of the stamps in my Stampin’ Up! Lovely As A Tree set. (I love that stamp set by the way…..lol)  Then I took my Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress ink pad and a Q-Tip and ‘dotted’ on my leaves for the trees using the tip of the Q-Tip.  I also highlighted the stamped areas of the grass and then took the flat side of the Q-Tip and lightly ‘colored’ in the grass with my Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress ink pad.  I tore a piece of paper into a rough oval shape and then used my Tim Holtz Broken China Distress ink pad and a sponge to ‘color’ in my sky.  I used the torn piece of paper as a mask and created a couple of clouds…..which you can’t see now because I decided my window needed curtains…..sigh.  Oh well….you’ll have to just trust me that there are a couple of really cute clouds in behind those lace curtains!!!  The flowers that are in the ‘window box’ on the outside of the window were made using my Memory Box Catalina Border die cut.  I had a yellow die cut sitting on my table, so I cut it up and inked the flowers and leaves using a Q-Tip and my Tim Holtz Distress inks.  I pop dotted the window die onto the front and taa daa!!! 

I tried to pick out a patterned paper that would look like wall paper and covered the front of my card with that and then just built my card on the front of it.  The “Be You” sentiment is stamped from my ‘Chairs To You’ set from Close To My Heart. 

This card took me forever to put together it seemed.  I put it together while I was Skyping with my dear friend from Alberta.  Ya gotta love being able to sit and create while spending time with a good friend as well…..it doesn’t get much better than that!!!

I’m off for the night now…..I have sooo many cards to catch up on and get posted it isn’t funny….really…..it isn’t!!!  Maybe this weekend??  lol.  Thanks so much for dropping in to take a peek.  I do appreciate it and love it when you leave comments!!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

Scraps…..

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Here we go again my blog buddies!!  So this weeks challenge for our very fun Mix It Up challenge is being hosted by Lynn.  Now she has challenged us to make a card only using scraps……now normally this is a challenge I love to dig into as I have ALLOT of scraps!!  But when you’re at the cabin, and the only scraps you have are from the two cards you’d just made…..hmmmm.

 

Okay, so here’s the scraps from my last two cards.  I had the sheet of cardstock that my swirls had come from, so I fussy cut around the negative holes to make a new swirl.  I had the first Faux Letterpress sheet I’d done that I didn’t really like and the left over Wax Paper Resist sheets.  I’d made a flower earlier that I’d played around with using some of my mulberry paper and hadn’t used on my first two cards.  I also had a tiny little flower as well.  I had one very small piece of lace and a second sentiment that I hadn’t used because I decided on a different color for my first card.

 

 

 

Here’s how I used the sentiment and the small piece of lace and tiny flower.  I also used up the rest of the swirls I hadn’t used on the second card I’d made.  I’d taken the first Faux Letterpress sheet I’d done and tore it and distressed the edges.  I inked the distressed edges with my Tim Holtz Dried Marigold and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks.  I also took one of the left over sheets from the Wax Paper Resist technique, tore it to attach to the front of the other embossed sheet.  I distressed it and inked it with the Frayed Burlap.

 

 

So, here’s the whole card.  I attached the mulberry flower that I’d inked with the Dried Marigold Distress Ink and I also cut around the negative portion of the flower I’d punched for the tiny flower I’d used on my sentiment.  Not sure about this one…..lol!!!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faux Letterpress

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Hello again!  Round two for the inked backgrounds for Lauren’s challenge to us last week on the Mix It Up thread.  This is one technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while now.  It took me two kicks at the cat to get it somewhat the way I wanted it.  It’s the Faux Letterpress Embossabilities technique from the resource page on SCS.   

 

 

 

I used my Tim Holtz Postmark embossing folder and the Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I brayered the ink onto one side of the embossing folder, put my cardstock in the folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug!  How cool!  The ink transferred to the part of the embossed image that stayed flat.  I really like the look of this.  I added a vintage looking tag with some swirls wrapped around it and a strip of lace on the bottom of the tag.

 

 

 

I added some lace along the folded edge of the card as well to tie it all together, stamped my Friend sentiment to the front in the Frayed Burlap and pop-dotted the vintage image to the card front.  The sentiment stamp is from my Close To My Heart ‘Find Your Style’ stamp set.  I love that stamp set…..very vintagey.

Now, onto this weeks challenge card where we had to use up any scraps we had on the table…..this proved to be rather challenging for me this weekend as we were at the cabin and the only scraps I had there were from the two cards I’d just made!  Come along and see….

Huggss,

Yvonne 😉

 

 

 

 

Wax Paper Resist

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Hello blog friends!!  It’s been a while…..getting caught up once again.  I have a couple of cards to post for some challenges over in the Mix It Up thread over on SCS.  Hubby and I are up at our cabin for the weekend and enjoying the piece and quiet that seems to be up here that you can’t find at home…..why is that I wonder….lol.  So last weeks challenge on our Mix It Up thread was to create a background using only inks.  I chose to try the wax paper resist technique using one of my Tim Holtz Postmarks embossing folder.

 

I took a piece of wax paper, embossed it and placed it between two pieces of glossy cardstock.  I took my iron and put a piece of paper towel over the cardstock so I wouldn’t get any wax on my iron.  I pressed the embossed wax paper in order to transfer the waxed embossed pattern to the glossy cardstock.  Check out all the deets for this fun technique on the resource page on SCS right here, Wax Paper Resist.  I inked over the cardstock with my Tim Holtz Weathered Wood Distress Ink to bring out the image transfer from the wax paper.  How cool!  The sentiment was stamped in Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink and the edges were inked with the Peeled Paint.   My sentiment is from my Close To My Heart set called A Little Thanks.

 

 

My butterfly was a die cut my friend Lynn from SCS sent me quite a while back so I’m not sure which die set it’s from.  I inked it in Broken China and the Peeled Paint inks and adhered it with a glue dot over another die cut border from Lynn. The border die cut was white and I inked over it with my foam blending tool with the Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  I’ve been hoarding them for quite a while now and decided it was time to start using some of my treasures.  I love this border die cut and may have to find out which one it is…..it’s very nice.  I added some bling to the body of the butterfly and some for attena.  I don’t know if you can really see the subtle difference in the pattern on this picture, but because I ironed the embossed wax paper between two pieces of  glossy cardstock, both the positive and negative images transferred onto the sheets.  I cut each sheet into four and used two pieces from each sheet to attach to my card front.  Made for a very subtle design.  I think this shows a bit better on the full card view below!

 

 

So, there you have it…..add a bow, some bling and it’s a done deal!  Thanks so much for dropping by for a look see…..onto the next card!!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉