Friday, October 19, 2018

Trick or Treat...

Hey y'all! Shelly, here.
Happy Friday!

Today, I'm swinging in to share a simple and fun Halloween card with you.


I started with my background, which I made a stencil using the cobweb die. I simply used the cobweb die with a piece of white cardstock and then popped out all the middle pieces to the web. After, I placed it on my card where I wanted it and then blended some ink on it. Easy peasy, right?!...


Next, I added my cat using black ink and then used a white gel pen to add 'bones' to it. I thought a skeleton cat would be pretty cute. ;) To finish everything off, I used a couple different sentiments together and then adding some black and white striped twine. Fun, yeah?!...

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your day!



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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Polished



Good morning! Ardyth here. Have you seen this new Mani Thanks set available in the store? It's so fun! The fingers are life-sized and perfectly manicured! The set comes with lots of punny sentiments and some tiny images so you can create your own nail art!

I started by cutting 2 panels into a coffee cup shape. As I write this, I realize I could have just as easily (more easily, even!) just trimmed a top folding card to achieve the same shape....

Anyway, I then stamped the fingers with Antique Linen distress ink and masked them. I also masked an area to create the coffee sleeve and blended Catherine Pooler inks in Sand Castle and Over Coffee. Then I stamped 'coffee' and the nail-art daisy on the sleeve.

Next, I removed the mask and coloured the fingers with Copic markers. It was so fun creating that 'shiny' nail polish!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

harvest blessings...

Hello everyone!  Rosemary here with another fall inspired card.  I just love making cards with the fun Grand Leaf Trio and Leaves & Petals die sets and just couldn't pass up the chance to make one more card using those dies.


I still have a few sheets of paper from the beautiful Webster's Pages Family Traditions line (it is super old, but I just checked and they still have it on their website!).  I used the maple leaf from each die set and cut the leaves from the papers.  I layered the polka dot leaf on top of the floral leaf with the small set of leaves and then the opposite on the large set.  I die cut some kraft cardstock with the largest Stitched Dot Rectangle die.  A strip of coordinating paper was cut and then all the pieces were arranged on the panel so I could determine where to place the sentiment from the Hello Fall stamp set.  The leaves were removed and the sentiment was stamped using Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake ink.   I adhered the strip, the leaf clusters and then added a little twine bow.  The finished panel was adhered to a dark yellow cardstock base.   The layout is from CAS(E) this Sketch so I'm adding it to the link up there.

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Rosemary

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ghostly Greetings



Hard to believe that we are halfway through October already! However, now it's time to start breaking out the Halloween stamps and dies and make some fun and spooky cards. Of course for Halloween you need to have a spooky night sky and I created mine with some Distress Oxide inks. 

Once dry I cut my hillside using the Elegant Stitched Dot Edge Dies in black and then before I adhered it I used the piece to decide where I was going to sit my black cat silhouette from the Happy Halloween clear stamp set. The cat was stamped and embossed using Catherine Pooler Black Jack ink so that his silhouette would appear in the night sky background as he was tucked behind the big pumpkin from the Best of Fall clear stamp set. The pumpkin was embossed in black and colourd with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I used a sentiment also from the Happy Halloween clear stamps that I embossed in white on the black hillside.




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Monday, October 15, 2018

Book Jackets

Hello, friends!

So, remember when I shared my children's book with you all? It wasn't a completely finished draft, but I've been working extremely hard on tweaking it and all. When that's done, I may show you again. But for now, I have my 2nd project of the school year. Book jackets! This project is super exciting to me because of how much I love to read and how much I love to look at book jacket design. And yes, I do judge a book by it's cover.

So, we were tasked with creating a fictional book jacket (and that meant coming up with our own story), as well as an autobiographical book jacket.

First is my fiction jacket. The story that I created was actually one I've been planning on writing. Horror is something that I really enjoy, so I was excited to explore it. I know that my cover design contains a lot of the staple cliches of horror, but I wanted it to look like a horror story. I was able to go to an old building in my town and grab some creepy photos, as the story is about five college friends who end up at an abandoned insane asylum when they decide to go on an urban exploration excursion. Once inside, they discover some very real-life horrors (is there a crazy person hiding inside? Maybe), some paranormal horrors (abandoned mental hospitals where patients were incredibly mistreated are practically breeding grounds for the paranormal), and some dark secrets about each one of them will be revealed. I wanted to create a diverse cast of characters, including a Latina character, an African-American character, an Italian character, as well as a few that represent the LGBTQ+ community. Horror is often very cookie-cutter in terms of characters and stereotypes. I really do plan on writing this novel!


And then here is my autobiography! I wanted to focus on my struggle with mental illness, particularly OCD and anxiety. So I called it Every Little Thought because it's true, every little thought does count when you have OCD. However, I want this story to be uplifting rather than sad, because I am still able to have a happy life with it. I want to spread the word and make mental illness understood. I used repetition to represent the repetition of thoughts and tics when you have OCD, but I used a calmer color scheme to contrast the chaotic feel.


So, these aren't completely finished yet. I'm still finalizing them. But I wanted to share my journey this last year of school! Thank you guys so much for checking out the blog today, and make sure to check back tomorrow for an awesome project by Tracey!

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Give Thanks with a grateful heart

Hey y'all! Shelly, here.
Happy Friday!

Today, I'm sharing a simple and sweet Fall card with you.


I started with my background and chose white cardstock to use. I chose several different ink colors and stamped on my leaves in all different sizes/colors. I started with using the lighter colors and then went on to using the darker colors, as well as overlapping some. I did start from the top corner of my card and worked my way down until I liked how everything looked. Simple, right?!...


Next, I stamped on my sentiment in the middle of my card using black ink. To finish the off, I added foam tape on the back of my card panel and then added it to my card base, which I used a soft stone color cardstock for. Lastly, I added some twine. Sweet, yeah?!...

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Trick or Treat



Good morning! Ardyth here with a simple halloween card using the Perfect Pumpkin die set. I created this watercoloured look by doing some very easy ink smooshing with Catherine Pooler inks. These inks are fabulous for, well, every technique I've tried with them! 

I cut the pumpkin, stem and leaves from watercolour cardstock and then smooshed inks onto my craft mat. I spritzed them with water then picked them up with the watercolour die cuts. By drying between layers, you can layer up the colours and get some really great colour variation - you can see the yellow kind of glowing through the orange inks that I applied later in the process.

For my background, I took a black 4x4 square panel and used the curved edge from the Elegant Stitched Dot Edges die set. I cut it off-centre for some interst and to leave a bigger space for my sentiment on one side.

The sentiment is from Happy Halloween and was stamped with midnight ink.

A very simple card, but the contrast between the black and bright orange really makes that pumpkin pop!

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