Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Golfing Birthday Card

Today's card was inspired by sketch #49 @ Paper Play Sketches and will also be entered @ both Rubber Dance and Crafting with Dragonflies for "Embossing", @ Creative With Stamps for "Boys to Men" and @ Crafty Hazelnut for "Anything Goes with Patterned Paper".





I used quite a collection of older stamps from Stampin' Up! for this card...4 sets, once I chose my sentiment for the inside. 


The card base is an A7 white card, the patterned paper is from Basic Gray, the tab punch is from Stampin' Up and the embossing folder from Sizzix. I used the sketch visual to trim all my layers, sanded the navy cardstock after dry embossing it for the added distressed look and stapled the tab onto the bottom of it after stamping the HB in black ink.


Using Archival ink to stamp with, meant that I could use watercolor crayons with the dove blender and not have to worry about the ink bleeding. 


I didn't do alot of blending, because I wanted it to maintain that sketchy drawing look that this stamp style conveys.


Finishing up the card front, I added 3 silver sequins in different sizes from Pretty Pink Posh for the bottom left accent.


On the inside, I pierced the edges of the kraft rectangle, used the ticket corner punch on the white rectangle and stamped the sentiments & golfers in black ink. the tiny sliver of navy cardstock at the very bottom of the card was left-over from the front embossed panel...NOTHING goes to waste in my craft room, lol!


This card will be going to my son-in-law for his birthday this fall. Until next time~


Thursday, August 17, 2017

You Hold the "Kiwi" to my Heart!

Today's one layer card was inspired by the sketch at Stick It Down and will also be entered @ Cards and More for "One Layer Cards", @ Watercooler Wednesday for "Masculine -Anything Goes" and @ Simon Says Stamp for "Add a Sentiment".



You may recognize this Fun Stamper's Journey stamp set from the "Lime Your's" card I showcased in this post here, back in June...it sure is a fun one and I love how there are so many cute sayings to go along with the stamp images! The scribble stamp set is recently retired from Close To My Heart.


This card is A2 sized and made exclusively from ultrasmooth white cardstock. The green ink is a chalk ink pad from TAC and I heat embossed the sentiment in silver powder.


After stamping the kiwi 3 times in black Memento ink I colored them using just 2 shades of Citrus Green Spectrum Noir markers, highlighted them with clear Wink of Stella and fussy cut them out.


I splattered the front using FSJ Silver Silk and popped the kiwis up with mini foam dots for some dimension.


The final touch was using a punch to round the corners on the right side of the card and adhering the clear and green sequins to add to the simple whimsy-like feeling of the card.


Inside I used an old sentiment that I am not sure even of it's origin and an antique key stamp that was from The Angel Company. I stamped the key in grey ink, traced the outside of it with a silver gel pen and colored over the entire image with silver Wink of Stella...I just love the shimmery definition it added. I am a long time collector of antique keys and love them- in all shapes and sizes!


This card was meant to go in my hubby's overnight bag for his business trip this week and then Lyme brain-fog took over and I totally forgot...oh well, there's always next week, lol. Until next time~


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Quick How To for Fast and Fun Foiled Accents

Today's card for ScraPerfect was inspired by the colors and sketch #70 @ Your Next Stamp. I will also be entering it @ Words to Craft By for "Vacation", Stamp, Ink, Paper  for "Travel" and @ Just Us Girls for "Trend Week: Shine". The ScraPerfect products I will highlight this time are the Best Glue Ever, the Best Cleaner Ever and the Transfer Foils.








Using a scrap of brown cardstock trimmed according to the sketch, the Copper sheet of Transfer Foil and a light coating of glue on the stamp, I applied it in a similar manner as to this video here -except that I used a sponge to apply the glue to the stamp and cleaned it up right away using the Best Cleaner Ever.




After stamping the design on the cardstock, I did give the glue a bit of a chance to set up on the paper before I laid the foil on top. I then used a small bone folder to help burnish it to be sure the whole design transferred.


The image from Unity Stamp company was inked in black on ivory cardstock and the coloring was done with colored pencils and Wink of Stella pens...Clear was used on the clouds, door and bumper while Silver was used on all the gray trim of the trailer. I added Liquid Glass to both the windows to give them the dimensional look of glass.


I used a black Micron Pigma pen to hand draw the stitched edges around the red patterned paper.  The sentiment banner was hand cut, stamped in gray ink, embellished with a large antique brad and adhered to the card front with foam tape.


The last foiled accent was added to the sentiment strip using a strip of red-liner tape. All patterned paper layers were then adhered to the A2 sized kraft card base using the Best Glue Ever. The camper focal was added using foam tape.


Inside I stamped a sentiment from CTMH in gray ink on an ivory scrap, punched the edges with a southwest corner and layered it on dark brown cardstock. I did trace over all the script lettering on the card using a StarDust glitter gel pen for added sparkle!


Hope you give Transfer Foils a try -they are very "on trend" right now and so fun to experiment with! Until next time -happy crafting with ScraPerfect!





Friday, August 11, 2017

Peace Be Unto You

 Today's card was inspired by sketch #158 @ Sunday Stamps and will be entered @ Penny Black and More for "All Creatures Great and Small", @ Jingle Belles for "Peace on Earth", @ Holly and Ivy for "Anything Christmas Goes", @ Sweet Stampin' Christmas for "Anything Christmas Goes" and @ Craft Rocket Challenges for "Animal Kingdom". 




I've been having fun starting my Christmas cards early and making them all different, instead of multiples of the same design like I usually do. This card was done as a square card that is just shy of 6" x 6" and the patterned paper (I think) was from CTMH at one time -many years ago. The stamp set is a long retired one from Stampin' Up!


Adding color to the beautifully detailed stamp was as easy as picking out a few watercolor pencils and digging out my blender pen.


To add some interest and lend an antique look to the card, I used the Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges of the patterned paper on the card front and all around the main image panel. I just loved the soft touch it added!


Here you can see the depth that the distress ink added to the card front. 


I trimmed both glittery washi tapes into banners according to the sketch and I love the interest this texture added to the design.


Inside I simply stamped the sentiment and dove from the same stamp set and lightly colored the dove with gray watercolors.


Until next time~




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How To Make a DIY Up-Cycled Dog Treat Bin

Hi~Kathy here from Create.365 to share with you some crafty goodness and today's project post is -GASP- not a card, lol! With the help of the Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect I up-cycled an old dog treat container to give it a new lease on life.


I gathered several sheets of tan patterned 12 x 12 papers, inks and a retired Family Dogs stamp set from TAC along with an old paper-board dog bone canister.


Using the Best Glue Ever made this part super easy because it sticks to everything and the front of the original cardboard canister was coated in a waxy layer (can't believe I forgot to take any pics before I covered it -but I was just so eager to get started, lol). I wrapped and trimmed the paper so that the front was covered in one large piece and then seamed the back and the sides.


I traced around the lid and then just kept trimming a little at a time until I got it just right to sit inside the lip on the top. A thin layer of glue was all that was needed to adhere the paper to the plastic!


The tag was punched out using old tag punches and a long retired tag stamp set from SU! and then the layers were attached with a mini silver brad.


And silly me, I decided I wanted to stamp on the top after I had it glued on, so I just laid a thick piece of foam underneath the lid and stamped away with very good results using an old TAC alphabet set for the bold fonted "Treats" and an old CTMH script stamp set for the "dog".


Since one of my dogs is a 12 year old Chocolate Lab (who still acts like a puppy most days!), I colored the dog in her honor with Prismacolor pencils on ivory cardstock, then tore and inked the edges before layering it with a torn patterned paper rectangle on the front.


 All layers were adhered using the Best Glue Ever and I know with the strong hold it will last for many years to come -much to the delight of my dogs who come running every time I shake the treat bin, lol!


Hope you've enjoyed seeing something different from me for a change and until next time...Happy crafting with ScraPerfect~