Birch tree birthday card–SSS Wednesday Challenge–Anything goes!

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I am finally back at my craft desk! School started this week and between getting three kiddos off to three different schools and teaching full-time my brain was fried. I need to get back into the swing of things and find a balance again with crafting and work and home.

Lucky for me Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge is ANYTHING GOES!  Check it out here!

My hubby’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to create something elegant and masculine. I just received this My Craft Box birch tree stencil from Dick Blick and knew I wanted to use it.  I wanted to create a warm sunset feel to the card.  The inspiration came to me this morning while I was brushing my teeth.  Creative ideas always come to me at strange times.

20140830_133433I used these colors to create my background.

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I used painter’s tape to tape down my stencil on my craft sheet. I used a Tim Holtz sponge tool to dab on the color. It was just trial and error. I love distress inks because it gives me such versatility and the ability to play around with the inks. It is very rare that I have to scrap a piece when I used distress ink. I can ink it, add water, dab water off, and it always manages to work.
20140830_134507This is what it looked like when I was finished. I trimmed it down, and added it to a black 5X7 notecard.

20140830_143053I added a Computer font greeting (Nokie Brush MK) and gold embossed hearts (the heart is from the love you S’more Lawn Fawn Set). I knew I wanted that greeting and I thought it went nice with the background trees setting. It reminds me of happy memories of our vacations up north Wisconsin at sunset.  I also added some gold Wink of Stella marker lines (also new from Dick Blick) to the black card. They are a little hard to see in the picture, but they show up nicely in person. I punched out some hearts to break up the black notecard.

This card turned out exactly how I had hoped it would. Thanks for stopping by!

-Lisa

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School has started!

20140821_130837Hi everybody! Well school has started. The first week is over, and this banner for my classroom is the only crafty thing I have been able to do lately.

I did create a birthday card for my uncle but unfortunately I mailed it off before I remembered to take a picture. My brain is definitely fried.

I used the Lawn Fawn banner set to create this US history banner and I also used the same set to create a name banner for my desk. I created the letters using the Alphalicious fon using my Cricut.

Over the long weekend I am hoping I can create more cards.

I have been checking Instagram to see what everyone else has been creating, and it has been making me itchy to get back to my craft desk.

I am hoping to get a better balance of creative time and work time as the month goes on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

 

 

Sparkly doggie birthday card

8.2014doggiebdayI wanted to practice some watercolor techniques so I stamped this cute doggie a bunch of times on Strathmore watercolor paper. I colored them in with distress markers. I used a ruler and a pencil to make equal lines and then just erased the lines after I stamped the dogs. I didn’t want them to be perfectly straight but I just wanted them to be in a general line.

 

I cut out the stars with my Sizzix dies from sparkly Recollections paper.  I stamped the sentiment with an Avery elle stamp set. I embossed it with Wow! metallic platinum sparkle powder.

You can’t help but smile at these party-ready pooches!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

 

Watercolor “Thank you” Card

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I was inspired by this post by Kristina Werner.  I don’t have all the colors of Distress Inks, but I worked with what I had. I have done lots of these watercolor backgrounds, but I borrowed her color palette to create this “Thank you”  card.

20140809_201248I just spread these three inks down on my craft sheet in stripes and then spritzed it with water. I used my  heat tool to dry out the paper (I used Strathmore 300 series) between layers. I laid down some more color on my craft sheet to get a darker color. In order to get the dots, I did what she suggested with a slight twist. I cupped my hand above where I wanted to be, and then I sprayed water in my hand one spray at a time until it just dropped a single drop down. I tried spritzing a bunch of water in my cupped hand a head of time but I had a bunch run out of my hand and I had to re-do a section of my watercolor background.  I then let it sit a bit and used a dry rag to blot up some color.

This is a picture of what it looked like before I used the water droplets.

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At first I adhered the whole sheet down on a notecard, but wanted to break it up a bit and I liked the dramatic black background so I cut off  a little bit on either side and then left some of the black notecard show through. I cut out four thank you’s with my Circut (Alphalicious font 2 3/4″). I glued them together with Tombow Mono Multi Glue and then glued them to the watercolor piece. I added some sequins and punched hearts to the left side for a little more texture and interest.

I liked the card, but felt I could up the interest a little bit more, so I took my Gelly Roll white pen and drew some little dots on various places on the letters and the black space in the middle to tie it together. I really like the effect. I had no rhyme or reason to how I did it, I just started placing dots.  I didn’t want to overdo it, so I would place a few dots and then let it sit a second and then come back to it. I waited to see where my eye would go on the card and notice any spaces that seemed to need those white dots.

I used the watercolor pieces that I cut off on the front to glue inside the card as well.

20140810_122708I love how this turned out. It is much more dramatic than my usual.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

 

Crabby sandcastle card–Jane’s Doodles and SSS Wednesday Challenge

8.2014crabsandcastlecloseI found this sweet FREE digital file from Jane’s Doodles. I immediately feel in love with it and was so grateful that Jane was letting us have it for free!

I knew this would be perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

8.1014crabsandcastlecloserHere is a close up of this cute file.  I used Derwent Inktense and regular watercolour pencils to color this in. I also used some Distress Markers to tweak my coloring technique. It really is just some trial and error.  Have some fun and play. I find that is when I usually hit on a winning technique. I then outlined all of the images with my Micron black marker to make the edges crisp.

I then used some Elmer’s glue and spread a thin amount on the sandcastle. I sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter onto the sand castle with the glue and with my fingers mixed it around to make a pasty sandy appearance. I really liked the result. I used darker brown for the opening of the sandcastle to keep the shading. I then used my Micron marker and outlined the edges of the images again since some of the glitter spread over the edges. I used an Xacto blade to scrap some of the glitter that went over the edges as well and the worked really well to clean it up. I find that if I waited until the glue/glitter dried it was easier to outline it and the glue/glitter mixture didn’t goop up my Micron marker.

I then used two coats of glossy accents on the crab. I added some white dots (inspiration from (Nichol Magouirk) on the crab on top of the glossy accents. I punched out a little heart and put glossy accents on that too. I think I may be addicted to glossy accents.

I then used Distress inks to create the background. I just played around until I liked the results. It is a pretty forgiving technique. You can dab up what you don’t like with a towel and make changes pretty easily.  I added some more concentrated color with Derwent watercolour pencils/Distress Inks and a paint brush and flicked the color onto the images.

The image is cut out of the banner shape from the Lawn Fawn Die set. I then cut out a piece of chevron paper from a Recollections paper pad I have. I tied a bow with some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine and added some clear sequins. It is all on a pre made kraft notecard from Michael’s.  I think this would be a fun card to duplicate and try different coloring combos with it.

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QUICK TIP:  I did not put any kind of sentiment on this card yet. It would work well for so many different types of cards. Have some generic cards that you can dress up easily with a sentiment if you need to when the moment arrives. I could add a banner above the sand castle to say “Happy Birthday!”  I could add a “Thanks” to the other claw of the crab, or I could stamp a sentiment right on the sand. There are so many cards that could work for many different situations, so if you have some cards that are all ready to go besides the sentiment you can add something quickly and be ready to send it out!

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Shiny girl birthday card

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I decided to make another entry for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes! It is fun to just create whatever I want sometimes and I figured I would take advantage of this week’s theme.

I was in the mood for some coloring so I got out my Penny Black Big Wish Set and colored in this cute little girl. I experimented with watercolor pencils (Regular Derwent and Inktense) and some Distress Markers. I found that making sure the image was dry before I added dimension helped keep it from looking muddy. She is such a sweet girl! I added a bit of Wink of Stella to her dress and some glossy accents to the dots on the cake and the flames.  I used the sponge applicators that I used on my last card to add some Milled Lavender distress ink to the background of the birthday girl.

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I used a pre-made square kraft note card from Paper Studio. I cut out a square pink foil cardstock and embossed with a dot pattern.  I also cut out the little girl with Banner die from Lawn Fawn. I accidentally cut off part of the banner so I just cut off a bit more and put it on the card like I mean to do that! Most mistakes can be rescued.

I cut out a flower shape from my Sizzix die and then embossed it with Metallic sparkle WOW embossing powder. I tied a bow with the ribbon  and attached the pink foil paper embellishment with some foam dots.

I added the  “Oh Happy Day!” sentiment from Stampabilities and embossed it with some American Crafts Copper embossing powder.

I love this card and hope you are inspired to find some flashy cardstock to add to your cards!

I am going to submit this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes  as well!

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Nautical card–Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

8.2014nautigalSince it is summer and I am not even remotely ready for fall yet, I wanted to use some nautical colors, stamps, and my favorite stamp set, Paper Smooches –Chit Chat. I am entering this card in their current Sparks Challenge.

I can’t afford to buy new products with every release, so I am always looking for stamp sets that I can use in MANY different ways. The Paper Smooches–Chit Chat set is one of those. I love the variety of sentiments, fonts, sizes, and styles in this one set.  I am so happy I spent my money on it.

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So, for this card, I used a pre made notecard that I had from Michael’s, as the base. I cut up some white cardstock, and stamped anchors across it with a variety of Hero Arts inks. I first lightly drew some diagonal lines with a pencil on the cardstock so I could line up the anchors relatively straight.

20140804_163043After I had the anchors completed I inked up some white cardstock with my Navy blue hero arts ink to match the ink on the anchors. the anchors came from a little set from Prima at Hobby Lobby.  I then used some twine I found in the garden section at Wal-mart to make some circles that I adhered with glue dots.  The garden twine at Wal-Mart comes in a big roll and you can separate it into three sections so you can use thinner or thicker pieces depending on what you want for your project.  I think making a cute nautical knot would have been a cute option too.

20140804_162808Before I adhered the twine to the sentiment flag, I created the sentiment flag using words from the Paper Smooches–Chit Chat Set. I used Limeade Recollections Detail Embossing powder from Michael’s and the Butter Bar Hero Arts Shadow Ink. I found these cute little dot sponge applicators at Wal-mart and used them to sponge on the color. They make a circle  with a bit of splatter around it. I loved the effect and the sponge applicator were only a couple of dollars at most.

20140804_16295420140804_163010I then cut out the flag shape at one end of the sentiment and cut out a little heart with an old heart punch. I made flags from my We R Memory Keepers Washi tape and glued those behind the sentiment.

For the finishing touch, I sponged dots onto a white piece of cardstock with Orange Soda Hero Arts Ink, and  I cut out three hearts from my Sizzix Framelits dies. I added glossy accents for some shine and dimension and used foam dots to adhere them to the notecard. I used foam adhesive to keep the anchor/sentiment embellishment popped up off the card.

Check out the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge here! I really love their cute little critters sets too!

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Thanks for stopping by! I am happy to hear all your comments!

–Lisa

 

 

 

 

Monster Cookies Recipe

20140802_164226Monster Cookies bring back such fun memories.  My husband (boyfriend at the time) and I would go to Canada each June and go fishing for a week. My Mother-in-law (boyfriend’s mother at the time) would bake us a huge batch of monster cookies before we would head to the wilds of Canada to go fishing for the week. We were definitely out in the middle of nowhere when we went fishing and often times these cookies would double as a meal.   One year a  mink (ermine?) tried to steal our fish basket! We saw moose as well. It is amazing how MASSIVE a moose truly is in the wild.

We would rely on catching our meals and if the luck was not good, these cookies  did the trick!  I haven’t had them in years and they make gorgeous huge cookies.  I thought I would include the recipe for anyone else that wanted to start some fun memories with these bad boys. This recipe is straight from my Mother-in-law, so shhhhhh!  don’t tell her I told you!

Monster Cookies

6 eggs

1lb brown sugar

2 cups white sugar

1/2 TBS. vanilla

1/2 TBS corn syrup

4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 lb. butter

1 1/2 lbs peanut butter

9 cups of oatmeal (see it is practically health food!)

1/2lb. choc. chips

1/2 lb. M&M’s

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix in BIG bowl in the order given. Drop by large tablespoons and flatten.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Do not overbake! There is NO flour in this recipe.  We make bigger cookies as you can see from the picture. They should be a bit gooey. Nothing is worse than an overbaked cookie!

You can experiment with this recipe too. You could add coconut, raisins, cranberries, less chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, whatever you would like!  It is really a kitchen sink kind of cookie….where everything but the kitchen sink can go in them!

My husband is a great baker and he made these, but I was the officially test taster and they were marvelous!

Happy Baking!

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

 

Watercolor Hello Card

8.2014flowerhelloIt is nice to have some general cards on hand that could be used for birthdays, thank yous, or just  thinking of you cards. I am going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challlenge—Anything Goes!

I started with the idea of wanting a soft watercolor flower look. I used my Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to color in the flower image (from Doodlebug). I then stamped the image onto Strathmore watercolor paper and it left a soft imprint with some blank spaces. I then took my paint brush and added some water and scribbled a bit of each color on my craft sheet to lightly fill in some of the image, but being careful to leave some white space. I think that is the biggest challenge for me when it comes to watercolor is embracing the white space!  I think it is the leftover childhood refrain of color everything in that still rings in my head.  With watercolors, though the white space it what makes the creation.

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I added some white dots (ala Nichol Magouirk) on the leaves for some interest. I glued a purple sequin into the center of each flower since this stamp and die cut it leaves that area perfectly blank.

I dry embossed the image on some tan cardstock with the Cricut Cuttlebug Birds and swirls embossing folder.  Opps!  I forgot to include it in my supply shot!

I added a sentiment from the Paper Smooches Chit Chat Stamp set with the banner die from the same Doodlebug set. I used vellum for the sentiment. The vellum added some more softness that went well with the softness of the watercolor. I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Copper Embossing Powder. I just bought this and I LOVE it. The copper color is really great.  I used foam dots to pop the flowers  up off the card a bit and glued the sentiment down carefully by adding some Ranger Multi Medium Matte so it would not show.

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I tied some purple bakers twine from Paper Studio around the tan embossed piece and adhered it to my notecard. Before I attached the notecard, however, I added little white dots with my Gelly Roll white marker to break up all that tan and tie back into the dots on the flowers. I used some Hero Arts Lime Green Shadow Ink to make an outline on my notecard to break up the more  neutral palette of this card.  Finally,  I added some white lines around the lime green edge of the notecard.

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Heart Die Cut Birthday Card–Avery Elle Challenge

8.2014everyellebdaycloseupI’m back!  Whew. It has been a busy couple of weeks. We went to the OBX with my in-laws and then as soon as we got home it was our son’s 17th birthday and then my mother came to visit for a week.  It has been a whirlwind of plans, celebrations, and visiting.  It has been wonderful, but it has kept me away from my crafting!  I have enjoyed seeing all the creations on Instagram, but I was itching to create my own things!

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I am getting back into the groove with an Avery Elle Challenge. I love the Cake and Candles stamp set I have and wanted to use it with their die cut challenge.

I had the idea of the hearts as a design on my notecard at first.  I am in love with all things chevron right now and had this paper from a sale pack of Recollections paper from Michael’s. I had not plan where I was going and once I put the hearts on the notecard I was stuck.  I decided to keep it simple, but sparkly!  I embossed the sentiment with Hero Arts Silver Embossing powder and took a Elmer’s Silver Paint Marker to make the silver dots on the front of the card.

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I had some leftover peach Bazzill cardstock that I layered behind my sentiment (also on Bazzill cardstock) and popped it up with foam dots for added dimension. It is a simple card but incorporates a few different techniques.

Hope you enjoyed!  As always I love to hear your comments.

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa