Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sheena Douglass Highlands Box

Do you ever find yourself needing a little "manly" box?  Well, I've made one for this week's project, and I think you might like it.

For this project, I chose a medium brown color card stock.  I made a 4" square box with the The Boxer.  This is such a handy way to make your boxes.  Please be sure to check this out.  It makes the proper allowance for your box lid to fit the box bottom..  There is a DVD too - showing techniques and ideas for great projects.  You might want to try the Envelobox Creator too.  It's great for making deep envelopes for those 3-D cards you make.

Back on track now ...

On a 4" square piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock, I used several of the images from the Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Highlands set.  Please refer to the picture for placement.  Don't you think it's fun to create scenes with her stamps?  I love it!!  Something different every time.

I used a 1" circle paper punch on a Post-It Note for masking purposes.  (When you do this, make sure to get as much of the adhesive on your punched piece as possible.)  I placed it where I wanted the sun to be in my scene.I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color a sunset.  I wasn't sure what colors to use, so I did a search on the Internet ... "sunset over mountains".  I my search returned many pictures from that search.  That's where my inspiration for the colors came from.  Note:  Be careful when coloring close to the Post-It Note.  If you color over it, the marker will soak right through the paper and onto the space you wanted to be masked.  Please don't ask me how I know it, (LOL!), let's just say I do.

Then, still using the markers, I colored in the sun.  I also pulled some of the yellow strokes out from the middle of the sun to make sun rays.  I colored in the ground with several neutral colors. 

I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the colored image to the top of the box lid.

I sponged some Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges of the box lid.  I also sponged this onto the edges of the picture on top of the lid. I ran the corners of the lid and the bottom edges of the lid across the ink pad to add a little depth.

Hope you like the box.  I think it might have a gift card in it for my husband's birthday.  I think he'd like that.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

By the Light of the Moon Card

This week's card uses the Strawberry Kisses set "Babe".  I really think this is a cute set. 

I started with a piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" blue card stock.  I folded it in half and saved for later.  (This card has a side fold.)

I put the main image on a 2 3/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I added 5 star images inside the moon image.  I colored this with Spectrum Noir markers.  These markers are great for those of you who never tried the other popular alcohol marker because of cost.  These are a great buy - multi-pack or single.  Try out the techniques DVD offered too.  It is a big help in getting started with the markers.     

I colored the cat to resemble one of my own.  Then colored the rest of the image.

When I'd finished coloring, I started to put little dots of silver metallic pen around the moon and tried to fan the ink out with my finger.  Didn't like it.  I put Diamond Stickles around the edge of the moon.  I spread this out with my finger also.  I gave it plenty time to dry. And decided it was fine that way. 

I attached this to a 3 1/4" x  4 1/2" piece of brown card stock.  I placed the image  about 1/4" down from the top and in from the sides.  I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to secure it.

I centered the brown card stock to the front center of the blue card and attached it with the same tape. 

You may want to embellish the area under the colored image, or you might want to add a sentiment like I did.  In this example, I printed my sentiment onto Ultra Smooth Cardstock.  I cut it down to 2 3/4" x 1/2".  I then mounted it to the card with a double layer of the Double Sided Adhesive Foam.  Note:  I used a double layer because I wanted it to be 1/8" up off the card instead of 1/16" off the card. 

When I was done - or thought I was - I thought the card "needed something"  I decided to add the extra star stickers to the top left and bottom right. 

Hope you liked this week's card!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

BFF Card

For this card, I used the Humphrey "Girl Talk" main image.  Too cute!!    I put my image on Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  This is what I use when coloring with my Spectrum Noir markers.  (They're really easy to use and are reasonably priced.)  I drew some cobblestones between them and colored them gray.  I then cut out the image very closely - leaving only a tiny bit of white around the edge.

I mounted this colored image to a 3 1/2"square of off-white card stock.  I used the 1/16" double-sided adhesive foam to attach the two pieces together.  Please refer to photo for placement of the colored image. 

I then attached this piece to the center of a 4" square of patterned paper with Extra Strong Permanent Tape.

At this point, I used a 1/16" hole punch.  I punched holes on the corner points of the off-white paper.  I used green flower brads in the top corners and the bottom left corner.  I used a wire flower brad in the bottom right corner.

I used the tape, again, to attach this to the center of a brown card base.  The base started out as a 10" x 5" piece of brown card stock.  It was folded in half and has a side fold.

Another multi-occasion card.  This would be good for a "thank you" card, a "thinking of you" card, or even a "let's get together" card.

Can you think of more occasions it could be used for?

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Have a Purr'fect Christmas

Hello all!!

Boy, it sure was nice to have a snow scene to work on.  It has been so hot and humid here in Kentucky!  (And other places, I know, I know.)

I used the Ian Hallows' Mulberry Wood Purr'fect Christmas stamp for this week's project.  I placed the image on a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I placed this image toward the left side of the paper.  I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers.    I added a bit of metallic pen for the tree garland, star, and ornament toppers.  I used a white opaque pen to add a highlight for shine on the ornaments.

I used a die cut machine and die to create the snowflake border on the right side of the paper.  You could use a regular border punch, or leave this step off.

I used a "snow pen" to make the snow flakes in the image.  A "snow pen" is a pen you shake then write or draw with.  You wait until the paint is dry and then heat it with a craft tool.  This could also be done with dimensional fabric paint.

I used glitter glue on the snowflake border on the edge. And on the ground in front of the

I used a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of light blue card stock, folded in half, for the card base.  This card has a top fold.

I used a 5" x 3 3/4" of white card stock for the inside of the the card.  I placed the "Have a Purr'fect Christmas" image on this piece of paper and attached it to the center of the inside of the card.  I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape for this step.

After the glitter glue had dried, I attached that piece to the front of the card.  This was attached with the Extra Strong Permanent Tape on the straight sides.  I used a wet glue, like Mono Multi Glue, for the back side of the snowflake parts.

I hope you all enjoyed this week's project!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.