Thursday, May 31, 2018

Graphic 45 Father's Day


Hello All,
I am hoping this will be a quick post today.  I say that and then my story goes on and on.  I decided to try a different approach to blogging about the posts.   I am just going to post the card recipe and the photos to see if this will cut down on the wordiness; we’ll see how it goes.  Today, I am sharing my June Eclectic Ellapu (EE) design team inspiration card.  The theme for the June EE challenge is “Anything Goes”.  Last month for the challenge I did a Mother’s Day card.  So for this month it’s time to celebrate all those incredible papas and papas to be!    Happy Father's Day to all those amazing men who allow us to do what we love to do...lol!!!
Card recipe:

Title/Theme:  Happy Father’s Day, “You’re a classic”
Tutorial/Video:  N/A

Category:  Masculine card, Father’s Day
Finished size: A6 (4 ½” x 6 ¼”)

CS: Michaels #110-Cream    

Patterned Paper/CS:   Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Collection; The Sophisticate #4500181
Flowers/Greenery:  N/A

Ink (s):  Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, and Vintage Photo.    
Marker (s):  Cricut pen-Black 0.4, Copic Mark E13                         

Embellishments:   Tim Holtz Alterations Findings-Pen Nibs
Stamp/ Set(s):  Hampton Arts, (#DF2610), “French Post”, JustRite Cling Crackle Background Stamp (#CL02127)

Adhesives:  ATG runner, Glossy Accents
Punches:   N/A

Die(s): N/A
Tools (other):  Fiskars Paper Trimmer, Martha Stewart Score Board, Polar Block (sanding block), Tim Holtz Ruler, pencil, blending tool, craft mat
Misc.: Cricut Air 2

 

 

Joyce





 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hero Arts Magnolia Flowering Stamp Sympathy Card


Howdy everyone,
Today I am sharing this quick sympathy card I made for a friend who’s life partner passed away.  This stamp serves as a constant reminder to all of us that nothing, not even the next minute is promised to us and that we should enjoy our love ones and the beauty that surrounds us daily.  Too often we focus on the tragedies that befall someone instead of praising God for today’s journey, his love, his mercy, his blessing…

To make this 4 ¼ “x 5 ½ “card I used some light gray and white cardstock from Michaels.  I made the patterned paper using some white cardstock, Memento “Gray Flannel” ink, and a Wendy Vecchi Gingham Background Stamp. The Magnolia stamp is from Hero Arts “Flowering Magnolia”.  I adhered the Magnolia image to the patterned piece and mounted that on some 2mm white fun foam.  I coloured the Magnolia stamp using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and touches of Copic Markers.  I used Kooh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth multi-media paper for my water coloured image and paint bushes #0,2, and 6.  I stamped a faint image of a postage stamp in the top right corner using JustRite Cling stamp set “Greetings From Paris”. I cut the Magnolia image out using a Memory Box “Postage Square Layers” die.  The patterned paper is cut out using Spellbinders Card Creator 6”x6” Matting Basics B dies.  The sentiment and greeting are from a Stampin’ UP! Stamp set called “Thoughts & Prayers”.  I stamped it in Versa Mark and heat embossed it using Silver fine detail embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to enjoy every moment…

 
 
 
 
 
Joyce Ann
 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose Mother's Day Card



Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by,
This year feels like it’s just rolling away.  I can’t believe it’s May already and time for another super fantastic bragging rights challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu.  This month’s challenge is near dear to us all because we celebrate our amazing Mothers.  Whether your mom is still here or gone on and hopefully at peace, it’s always a great opportunity to show how much our moms are appreciated and thought of often.  For my design team project, I wanted to keep it very traditional, soft and simple.   I made a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ tent-fold card using the Altenew stamp and die set Build-A-Flower:Rose.  This set is just amazing!  You can make some of the most beautifully detailed roses and leaves.   To make this card, I started with some #110 white card stock for the base and the front panel.   I used some regular old #65 cardstock to stamp the layered rose.   I think from now on I’m going to start using Neenah Classic again.  Although my roses came out beautiful, I think using a better quality paper will make them even better.  I suggest you use whatever is cost effective for you.  As you can see, using the #65 card stock worked just fine.  The sentiment is an old JustRite Clear stamp set-“All in The Family Large Sentiments”.  The sentiment is stamped on Spellbinders “Savory Labels” die.  I used Versa-Fine ink to do all the stamping.  I added a small touch of clear Wink-of-Stella to some areas of the rose and the leaves.  I finished the outside of the card with some very old clear drops. For the inside again, I wanted the card to be very simple, so I stamped Happy Mother’s Day and added a piece of vellum (adhered with Vellum Tape) over the top of the sentiment.  I popped the flower up on foam tape as well as the sentiment.  I made a coordinating pink envelope to go along with the card. I love how it turned out.  I hope you enjoy it and give it a try. My card was inspired by Amanda at Lolli Lulu Crafts; you can watch her YouTube video here.  This is one of the best videos I’ve seen for using Altenew’s layered stamps.  Amanda makes it look so effortlessly!  I used all the colours of Altenew inks in the video (the littlecubes).  The only colour I did not have was the “Evergreen”, so instead I used Tim Holtz’s Forest Moss and it was perfect. Well, until next time…Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mom’s to be…
Joyce Ann,
 
Sorry for the crazy glare but this was the best photo to capture the sparkle from the Wink-of-Stella.

 
 
 
 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Gorjuss in Water Colours


Hello Everyone,
I am back with a simple tent fold card.  I was trying my hand at water colour painting.  It’s something that I’ve really wanted to get into but it just seemed so messy or disorganized. Over the years I’ve tried water colouring with Stampin’ UP! Ink pads, Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads, Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I have to say, not a big fan of the water colouring using water colour paints at all!  And the use of water in an open container in my craft space is not a good thing for my mind.  More than likely, the water will get spilled and everything in the vicinity will be ruined!  If it’s not due to my tremors, it will be because I’m as graceful as a bull in a China Shop…lol.  I see a lot crafters and artist using the water colour paints and they make it look so easy.  I purchased some Michaels (Artist Loft) inexpensive water colour paints to give it one more try.  They were on sale for $5, so I bought the regular water colour paints as well as the shimmer (never even used the shimmer, I am sooooo over the paints period).  I thought if I don’t like them (and I did not), I haven’t loss that much and I could always donate them.   I like to blend colours and even with the 18 colours that come in the paint set, it just was not working in my mind.  It could be that I had already shut it out before I got started.  I think I was more focused on the messiness, spilling water, over saturating the paper, getting those paper fibers, etc.  I used some paper from the Bee Paper Company.  The package says Heavyweight Vellum Drawing, 90lbs (g/m2).  I saw a YouTube video and someone used this paper to do their water colouring.  For my project the paper held up pretty well.  I forgot to weight the paper down to get rid of the buckling after it dried, so I had a little difficulty getting it down on the patterned paper and you can feel a little of the buckling on the finished card.   I used one of the Gorjuss Girl stamps, #9-You Have My Heart.  It turned out okay but the water paints are just is not for me.  I did however, finish the image and the back ground and did not want to waste the effort so I turned it into a card.  The greeting and the sentiment are from the Mama Elephant Scripty Birthday stamp set.  The card base is some old DCWV textured card stock, the patterned paper is also extremely old paper from ColorBok (8x8 paper pack) called Antique Paperie, and I used a piece of white card stock for the inside sentiment panel, and I used a Copic Liner Pen to ground the image. The finished card size is 5 ½ x 5 ¾ inches.   Again, not a fan of the water coloured paints but I thought I would share my experience and the end product of my feeble attempt at water colouring using paints.   You can purchase Mama Elephant at Simon SaysStamp or on the Mama Elephant website You canjust about purchase a Gorjuss Girl stamp anywhere now but here is the official site for Santoro London (makers of Gorjuss Girl).


 
 
Til’ next time, Joyce
 
 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

HAPPY EASTER


HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
Today I am sharing my April Eclectic Ellapu design team inspiration project.  The theme for April is to Create a Box and Fill it with Goodies!  This challenge is just perfect for the occasion.  I absolutely love, love, love Easter!!!  It is my favorite holiday and time of the year.  I couldn’t wait to get started on my project.   This year instead of doing the traditional baskets for Easter, I decided why not make it a box??  It just so happened that I had some orders for Easter goodies, so these boxes were right on point.   To create the project I started with decorative boxes from Tuesday Morning, one for a boy, a girl, and an adult female.   I filled each box with shredded paper in a coordinating colour (also from Tuesday Morning).  You can find the same supplies at your local big box craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnns.   I made sure to ask the ages and likes of the recipients including colours (you’ll want to cater the box to the recipient).  I try to get as close to the likes as I can.  Let me just say, I had a blast picking out things to add to the boxes.   But be careful not to overdo it, most of the boxes come with the magnet closure that is not very strong, so you may have to reinforce the closure if you overdo it. One of the recipients is a 2 year old, so I thought she should be starting to write or want to anyway.   At that age a standard crayon is actually too small to help fine-tune their dexterity, so I got the jumbo crayola crayons instead.  One of the recipients is 6 years old and probably starting to discover the icky adventures of picking up insects and other eeeky things.  For him I found this neat little magnifying container.  You put the insect in the container (it won’t hurt the insect) and you can view it up close; doesn’t that just scream “boy stuff”!  For the adult, the one thing I know is that she lovvvvvvvves candy (I think more than her grandkids).  She was also retiring so I got her things that she could do while retired.  There is a beautiful peacock mug, a peacock covered journal, and some peacock inspired note cards and envelopes.  She’ll have plenty of time to sit on her porch, drinking tea, while writing thank you cards and memories in her journal; oh yes and eating her candy.  For the two little people boxes, I finished the packages off by putting them in Michaels Celebrate-It clear cellophane gift bag, created a hand stamped tag using one of their dollar stamps (Happy Easter) , some colourful oval shaped tags, and balloon streamer ribbon.  Now talk about an easy and fun project, this is it!   Well, thanks for stopping by; I hope this inspires you to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a sweet way.  Until next time…

 

 

 
Of course I forgot to take a picture of the boxes all packaged up so I had my customer send me a snap shot.
 
 
Joyce Ann 
 
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