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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tea and Butterfly Wishes

 Here are the last of the Catherine Scanlon cards for Art Gone Wild.  These images have been a hoot to color with Copic Markers.  I actually cut an image in half on this card just for fun and to make myself a 3rd embellishment. 
 I had lots of butterflies, so decided to make a square gate fold card to showcase them.
I only attached the butterflies to the card with their bodies, so the wings can be bent up for some fun dimension!
Then the card opens up to reveal the secret message and your note inside.  So fun!
I hope these cards have made you smile...they sure have been fun to create!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lotsa Cards....

I have been making a glut of cards it when they just happen!  Now I need to sit down and write up blog posts.

The cards today are using Catherine Scanlon designs for Art Gone Wild...I did paper embroidery on embossed paper for this one.  Actually I embossed the paper after I embroidered it for this fun look.
For this card I added a touch of Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen detailing to the embossed background. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Polka Dotty....

 These cards are all based on some wrapping paper I picked up at TJ Maxx several years ago.  I decided to use it for my niece's wedding shower and then wedding present.  I could not toss the scraps, because this paper is just too cool!  So, I stitched a bunch of it to some Chocolate Truffle cardstock with white embroidery floss!

This first card uses white photo corners that have been embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The apples have been embossed on vellum and then colored with Copic markers on the back.  I attached the image to the cardstock with glue dots after fussy cutting it.  The sentiment is a chalkboard sticker I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  A whole pack, so fun!
 This card features some old Whipper Snapper images and a few Martha Stewart snowflakes.
And this card features an old Stampin Up! tulip and a few Martha Stewart buterflies.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Hi there!  Fall has kept me busy!  We enjoyed a few family days that kept me out of the studio...and then I had a fun project for our piano teacher....I made her this folk art keyboard out of clothes pins.  It will hang on the wall and will hold the practice incentives for each of her piano students this year!
Part of that project also included making 65 charms....I made these and lots more shrinky dink keyboards....
And then some vintage sheet music medallions, in various glittery colors and some in copper for the young men!  Very fun!  I had some epoxy circle stickers that have yellowed over the years...but I'm glad I kept them because they were perfectly fine for the vintage sheet music and were the perfect finishing touch!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Have A Glittery Mad Halloween!

I have a glittery creation for The Rubber Cafe today!  Today I am using the Monster Bash Creative Cafe Kit as well as the add-on set Monster Lab.   

I decided that this card needed a bit of glitter, so I added strips of scor-tape on the background designer paper and used coordinating colors of glitter:  Limeade Green, Copper and Purple Rocks.
I also put glitter around the edges of a 3 1/2 x 2 5/8 inch piece of cardstock to create a mat for my image. 
I stamped and colored my image up with Copic markers.  Then it is an easy thing to pop it onto the glittered frame with foam tape for a bit of lift. 

The enamel dots in the kit are the perfect touch to embellish this spooky potion. 
HINT:  It is a fun touch to let a bubble or two hang off of the image panel. like they are floating away.

I stamped and colored the lightning bolts and embellished them with a white gel pen.  I let a lightning bolt hang off the image panel as well.

Stamps, cardstock, paper, enamel dots: Monster Bash Creative Cafe Kit
You're So Fine Glitter
Foam Tape

Friday, September 18, 2015

Catherine Scanlon Daisies!

I have another beautiful floral card for you today!  This is another Catherine Scanlon image for Art Gone Wild.  This image is called Daisies and is quite large.  The finished card measures 5 x 7 inches!

I colored the image with Copic Markers and fussy cut it leaving a narrow white border.  I popped the image up on a glitter panel that I attached to my card with paper embroidery.  The swirly stitching is from a Lasting Impressions Stitching Guide SG300.  I used brown embroidery floss. 

The sentiment is from the Orb Sentiments set.

Happy Fall, y'all! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

If The Broom Fits, Ride It and Other Tips!

I have one more card for The Rubber Cafe using the Monster Bash Creative Cafe Kit.  I once again used the Spooky Feet stamp set for this card. 

TIP #1  Look at the paper included in each kit.  I love doing simple things like cutting out a border to make a fun impact on a card.  In this case I just cut out the chevron paper so the dot paper can peek out from behind.

TIP #2  Look at the embellishments and see how you can combine them to create a new embellishment.    I wasn't too keen on the buttons for my card, but I wondered what it would look like if I popped a gem on them.  Now it looks like I have gem-topped brads and I still can use the buttons and gems separately if I wish to! 

As you can see, I did a spot of fussy cutting once again.  I popped the broom and her toes up with foam tape...resulting in a fun whimsical Halloween greeting!
Stamps, cardstock, paper, buttons, gems:  Monster Bash Creative Cafe Kit