Thursday, September 21, 2017

An autumn colored Thank you

I whipped this card up over the weekend as part of the Creative Memories Virtual Crop.  This was the only card challenge as part of the crop.  I love how this turned out.  The card base is a cover stock that I found at a thrift store, I am trying to use it as much as possible.  It is a crazy yellow~orange but has suited many cards lately.  I love that is cover stock, not card, it is so thick and textured. I added rows of border punched paper from Creative Memories Reminisce collection.

Here's the sketch.

4.25 x 5.5 Card Sketch - Page 001

And another can see here how I manipulated the papers and flowers to provide dimension to my card.

Creative Memories Reminisce papers, stickers, border maker and flowers
Stampin Up stamp and punch
Colorbox Mix'd Media Berries ink
Recollections gems
textured cover stock

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The Proposal layout...Challenge Yourself Pagemap

I had quite a productive weekend. I played along with a virtual crop and managed to fit in a couple of challenges as well.  All in all I completed about a dozen pages and a dozen cards. One of the challenges I used was Challenge yourself's sketch.  I hardly participate over there since I rarely scrap myself...but I am currently working on my wedding album and for once I did NOT take all the pictures!  These pics are actually the proposal and my sister was my photographer for both events.

Some of my details include this layered embellishment I created.  I recently purchased a pack of color themed die cuts at Tuesday Morning, the pack I picked was gold.  I layered two of the pieces here.

Here I layered a fancy Spellbinders die cut with a chipboard die cut and some matching Creative Memories stickers.  Love was white and it was a little stark so I colored it with a silver shimmer pen.

I actually created this page first from a sketch during my virtual crop.  Then I searched the web for a sketch that would work with my photos for the companion page.

Here's the sketch I used for this one. I was playing along with the Creative Memories Virtual Crop.

12 x 12 Sketches - Page 006

Creative Memories Divine collection (papers, flowers, enamel dots, stickers)
Creative Memories stickers
Quick Quotes vellum and chipboard titles
Spellbinders dies:  Decorative Labels twenty-seven, labels twenty and ribbon banner large
border punch
die cuts

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Cup runneth over...Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

2017 fall hop 

I managed to design one more quick coffee card last night.  I have long wanted to create a card with a coffee cup ring.  I do not own such a stamp so I improvised.  I inked up the bottom of a glass with a little water involved and just twisted the glass on a piece of paper.  I supposed that is about as realistic as I can get.  I did use a stamp for the splatter.

Once I inked up the stamp, I added a little water to it and it made an actual splat!  So again pretty realistic except I was using Ground Espresso Distress ink instead of coffee.  I used my MISTI to perfectly position the sentiment in the middle of my ring and stamp it several times for good coverage.

Close ups of my handy work:

Ground Espresso Distress ink and paint
Stamplorations Literary Caffeine-ations sentiment
Recollections Splat stamps
Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Rectangle dies 
Creative Memories papers
brown card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 9/22  until 9/28  until 10/1

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Quick Quotes Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

2017 fall hop

Today I am participating in the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop with Quick Quotes design team.

Good morning,  smell the coffee yet?  Alicia with you today serving up some coffee, lattes and frappacinos!  I created a couple of cards in a box for your sipping pleasure.  Cards in a box are really super easy, I was intimidated at first but after you do one the rest are a breeze.  I always suggest creating a sample using white card stock because making a mistake on the initial try on any special fold card is likely.  You can find several templates and tutorials with the measurements on Pinterest.  

I die cut several of the coffee images out of vanilla card stock.  I cut the pieces and parts out of various Quick Quotes papers.  I used acetate to attach my coffee cuts to the inside of the box.  I have also seen vellum used, both provide a relatively transparent way to attach the cuts and images that will "pop" out of the box.

I stamped the images with Mocha Mama PowderPuff Chalking Ink and a stamping tool.  I was able to stamp in the exact position twice to insure a clean image.  I used the same chalking ink to ink all the edges of the box and various parts.  I finished off the card with a ribbon tied in a bow around the base.

Here's my second card using the same images but in different positions.  I also used a few different papers.  I love them both and have already sent them to deserving recipients. 

Quick Quotes products:

other ingredients:

Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed strip stamps
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Fresh Brew dies
Fiskars Latte Love stamps
TPC Studio Coffee Cafe stamps
vanilla card stock
acetate until 9/30

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out all my photos of my two projects today.  Enjoy your coffee!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Quick Quotes and Atlantic Heart Challenge sketch

Good morning, today I am showing off my inspiration for Atlantic Hearts Challenge.  I used some Quick Quotes papers, a few die cuts and some nice ribbon and a resin flower.  

Here's the sketch:

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Quick Quotes papers:   Chiffon 100Chiffon 101, Chiffon 102 
Spellbinders labels dies
Karen Burniston sentiment die
Leaf dies
Resin flower
Stampin Up banner punch

Don't forget to play along at Atlantic Hearts Challenge this week!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Altered Altoid Tin with Graphic 45 Come Away with me

Happy Saturday dear readers!  I have for you an altered object today.  I created this beauty for a swap.  I loved the way it turned out and plan on another one real soon.

Here it is open and inside expanded.  The first page is a tag with the recipients name and address on it, so I covered it up for the photos.  Since it was a "tag" I punched a whole and used a piece of ribbon and a charm for the pull tab to open the tin, it works like a charm (pun intended).

To begin this project I first dripped a few drops of alcohol ink in and on the tin and smeared it around.  This provided a bit of coverage but not entirely.  I was going for the shabby chic look so this worked fine.  A warning I can give you is most paints won't stick to the metal, you can try to sand down the metal to get some paint adhesion.  I prefer to just cover most of it with paper anyway.

I ran the front and back pieces for the inside and out through my Xyron to get complete coverage and adhesion to the metal.  It is really hard to get the perfect size and corner cut, these pieces need to be slightly larger than the insert.   I used my Creative Memories corner rounder on the corners but it helped but was still not a perfect fit, so I sanded the edges a bit. The corner rounder works fine for the mini album inside.

You can find the measurements for the papers to fit a standard Altoid Tin here. I did not use these measurements, I usually just wing it as I have completed a few of these now.  I cut a 12" piece of card stock (not paper as this will be the base of your mini) down to the length that will fit inside the tin and scored it at a width that would fit inside the tin for the length of the paper and trimmed the excess.  I used red lined tape in a very thick width to adhere sections of ribbon to hold my mini in the tin.  I used this tape on both side to ensure stability.  The adhesive one uses is crucial without a proper adhesion your project will start falling apart the more wear it gets.  I sandwich the ribbon between the mini base and the decorative papers.

I decorated the inside lid with flowers and embellishments including a foreign stamp from my stash.

And now I will bore you with lots of snapshots of the inside showing closer details. I cut the decorative papers just a tad smaller than the card stock base.  I inked all the edges, it was time consuming but the look you get is so worth it.

Thanks so much for bearing with all the photos of this project.  The funniest part is my swap partner sent me a travel themed mini as well!  We did not discuss a theme at all but we both are known travelers so it was perfect.

Graphic 45 Come away with Me paper
Jolee's embellishments
misc flowers, pins and embellishments
American Craft sheer ribbon

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Friday, September 15, 2017

A Little Bit Country...Frantic Stamper Large Bob's Old Truck scene

Good morning Alicia with some inspiration today.  I love finding new uses for older dies.  I recently ordered Frantic Stamper Large Bob's Old Truck and as I was designing my card, I remembered one of the very first dies I purchased from Dies R Us was this Die-Versions Sweet Spots A Little Bit Country die.  I have previously paired it with a boot image in a card for my niece which was precious.  Here I have made a great little card with a die cut scene.

Frantic Stamper Large Bob's Old Truck die is so user friendly, since the truck is one die and the accessories are another.  I was able to cut the truck just once in my blue paper.  I cut the bumper in the same blue paper. I then cut the accessories twice once in black and once in metallic silver, the accessories are tiny so this made for very little wasted paper.  After using a precision glue pen to adhere the accessories and a thin piece of acetate for the window, I distressed the old truck up with black chalking ink. 

I cut the Lawn Fawn Stitched Tree Border twice as I did the last time I used it.  Once in the green "grass" and once in brown to give the trees "trunks".  One of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Tree Border and the  Lawn Fawn Road Border actually follow the same curvature for a perfect tree lined road but I used the other tree border to provide more of a background of grass and trees.  I am making a note of that fact to use in the future.

Dies R Us Products:
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Tree Borders Dies
Lawn Fawn Stitched Tree Border
Lawn Fawn - Road Border Dies
Lawn Fawn Road Border
Die-Versions Sweet Spots A Little Bit Country
Die-Versions Sweet Spots A Little Bit Country

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Large Bob's Old Truck
Frantic Stamper Large Bob's Old Truck

other ingredients:
Avery Elle pierced cloud die
Broken China Distress ink
Quick Quotes Midnight Confessions chalking ink
Echo Park blue/white paper
Creative Memories printed paper
Stampin Up Gumball Green card stock
white, black, grey, and metallic silver card stock

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today!  And, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always . . . 

Happy Cutting!


I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 9/16 x  until 9/19x until 9/30

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Everything grows with love...Close to My Heart Stuck on You

Good morning!  I have created a cacti garden card using Close to My Heart Stuck on You stamp and die set.  I purchased this a while ago but just now got around to playing with it. 

This close up has truer colors.

Here is another version.  I used the new Distress Oxide inks in Iced Spruce and Cracked Pistachio with a water brush to color the cacti.  I stamped and embossed the image with a color called storm to keep a soft look without comprimising the definition of the lines.  I am fond of this ink and embosses great.

Close to My Heart Stuck on You stamp and die set
Distress Oxide Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Iced Spruce, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber
Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Rectangle dies
Stampin Up punch
Colorbox Mix'd Media ink Storm
Clear embossing powder
Quick Quotes paper and Midnight Confessions chalking ink
Pink Shimmer paper, white and black card stock

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Thanks so much for stopping by!