Wednesday, October 29, 2014

White Pumpkins


Love white pumpkins.  I haven't taken the time this year to do much about autumn or decorating, but did buy two teeny orange pumpkins and a slightly larger white one, and the latter inspired me to make these cards.  The lacy white pumpkins are a cut file from Silhouette. White on Cream and White on Unknown (not Kraft) cardstocks. 



MOOD WHEN DONE = Serene
HUSBAND'S COMMENT = Not my colors

Happy Wednesday everyone!  

Decided to enter the Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge, which you can find here.  

Here is the inspiration photo. It's a beauty. 



Sunday, October 26, 2014

Easy Halloween Cards



Sometimes using an electronic cutter, such as the Silhouette Cameo or the Cricut, can really save time....

Here I used a file from the Silhouette Studio store, cut out both pieces (the open socks and shoe and a solid shoe) in two different sizes.    For the glitter socks,  I traced the die cut over the glitter paper and hand cut.  Went overboard on the size, so I had to trim the point of the shoe. It's not perfect, but....it works.


 
For this card, I colored the stripes with Copics.


Both cards have a solid shoe for a backing.

Cut the frames with the Silhouette and used dimensionals to pop up the images -- letting the point of the shoe rest on the frame.

Easy!

MOOD WHEN DONE = Happy
HUSBAND'S COMMENT = Ooh, I like these.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Savings: Get Advice and Follow Directions


Cringe when I think about how much I've wasted because I didn't know how to use something properly and didn't take the time to find out.  This card provides two examples -- Ranger Glossy Accents and the Cameo/Silhouette.

Ranger's Glossy Accents  How many bottles have I tossed?  Love this stuff, but the tip clogged every single time.  I'd stick pins in the top, trim the top, run the bottle under warm water, etc.  Nothing worked and I'd ruin the bottle.  I would buy more thinking that somehow a new bottle would be better.

No, I was the problem, not the product.

Finally, asked on Facebook for advice and someone pointed out that Jennifer McGuire has posted that the way to avoid a clogged tip, is to use it, and then tap the bottle until the glossy accents recede out of the tip into the bottle.  If any remain in the tip, push out, tap and repeat until the tip is clear.   

See that glossy joy above?  Sometimes it takes a little patience, but so far I've used my one bottle repeatedly and have had no reason to toss it off the terrace. 

Cameo/Silhouette -- So frustrated over the years with jagged cuts.  Finally slowed down, got out a new blade, followed the prompts on the screen, and got a clean cut on this fairly intricate design (the "o" in joy is tiny).  This cardstock is 100# -- this was the first time I got a clean cut using cardstock this thick.  I've wasted a lot of paper just moving too fast...

Although this tip is obvious, we can save money slowing down, reading directions, and getting (and following) advice!  

And the card --


Supplies:

Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots 
Ink:  3 varieties of green (two Hero Arts and One Versamagic) -- just use three shades for depth
Paper:  Michaels Recollections White, SU vellum, Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy, Cosmo Cricket Self Adhesive Glitter Sheets
Other:  Simon Says Stamp star dies, dimensionals, Glossy Accents, Silhouette (to cut out the word Joy)


MOOD WHEN DONE:  Happy!
HUSBAND'S COMMENT:  Oh, pink.  For Christmas. That's different.

Edited to add:  At Taheera's suggestion, I'm entering this into the Cure for the Monday Blues challenge that she hosts every week.  You can find it here.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SU Holiday Home, With a Pop of Green


Devil of a time photographing this card....but lots of fun making it...

Used Stampin Up's Holiday Home to create a white, gray, and bright green card.  The strip of white on the side, the trees, snowflakes, and wreath are painted with Wink of Stella clear brush pen (love that stuff).

MOOD WHEN DONE = Serene
HUSBAND'S COMMENT = "I like the green." 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Ocean



We went to the ocean.  I did not want to return, but good human that I am, I did.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Serene  (let's see how long that lasts!!)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hello, Autumn Style



Used the tiny set of four leaves in Stampin Up Holiday Home to make a background to peek out from the die cut heart.





MOOD WHEN DONE = Happy for Autumn

Supplies:

Stamps:  Stampin Up Holiday Home; Mama Elephant Basic Borders and Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
Paper:  Michael's Recollections Cream
Ink:  All markers (various)
Other:  Twine colored with Copic marker, Paper Source Envelope, Clear and Simple Stamps Heart Die, dimensionals




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I know I am way behind on ReDesign on a Dime and Sunday Savings posts.  They'll be back when time permits.  In the meantime, I hope to post a few cards here and there.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Letting the Background Do the Work

I Make I Talk Joan Bardee using AHA Arts

This pattern, which I made with a new to me company called AHA Arts Stamps (purchased at Paper Source), reminds me of Marimekko, which was so popular before many of you were born!  I LOVE Marimekko! 

Those bold colorful patterns make me happy.  The background is so bold and bright that I only needed white cardstock, ink, and a sentiment. 

Speaking of the sentiment, it is from Altenew's Quilled Elegance, which I won, along with a ridiculous amount of other stamps and items.  Jennifer Rzasa held a quick contest on Facebook and I guessed the right answer first.   Score!

MOOD WHEN DONE = Lucky

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I was able to get even coverage even with dye ink by stamping with a new product called MISTI.  It is like a plastic book/stamp positioner that allows you to stamp in the exact spot over and over.   At the moment, they are out of stock and the price just went up to $50, which is a lot of money.   But this thing is worth it as you'll save $$ on paper.  Shari Carroll did a video on how to use it here.