Monday, December 3, 2018

Brayering Paint for a Wintry Card

Hello to you on this fine Monday :-))

I'm sharing the how to's of this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  You can find the post HERE

Friday, November 30, 2018

Autumn's Smile

So I've had this left over piece from cutting the leaf stem in my work area ever since I made the card in the previous post.  Even though Autumn is over and we had a blizzard this past weekend, I just couldn't set this aside in a pile of "this is too good to throw away but I don't have time to use it right now".  So I took time this week to actually use it.  

The leaf piece is stamped around the edges with Crackle Background (Quietfire Design) using just bits of the image.  It was stamped with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs and the same ink is sponged around the edges with a Mini Blending Tool.  The Autumn Quote from Autumn Collection (Quietfire Design) is stamped onto Vellum with Archival Ink Jet Black (Ranger Ink).  For the background piece I tore a piece of corrugated card, painted some Distress Ink Picket Fence over it, scraped on some Texture Paste, Opaque Crackle (Ranger Ink), allowed the paste to dry naturally.  Yes, patience is involved, lol.  Once it was dry I sprayed it first with some Distress Sprays in blue.  I decided I didn't like that as well as I thought I would and sp sprayed over it with Distress Spray Tarnished Brass and Mica Spray Buttercup.  There are still hints of blue.  In the top left and bottom right corners I added embossing ink using a dauber and then embossed with Seth Apter's Chunky Rust powder (Emerald Creek).  The ribbon is Tim Holtz's Crinkle Ribbon colored with Distress Spray Stains.  The thread is Tim Holtz Craft Thread.  The leaf charm is from my stash.  The tree is a button with the shank cut off. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Birthdays, Old Cars, and Autumn

Hi!!!  It's good to be back on the blog today sharing another post!!  I have another birthday card, this one was created earlier in November.  The background images and car are Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holtz images.  The sentiment is Hero Arts.  The leaf is a Sizzix/Tim Holtz die.

For the background there is Ranger Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper.  I then stamped with the Alcohol Lift-Off Ink.  Oh, how I love this ink!!!!  I stamped the tire treads onto white cardstock after lifting them from the background.  The car was stamped onto that piece using the stamp platform allowing me to stamp a few times and get the image nice and dark.  I trimmed the piece to length, tore the bottom, and fussy cut around the top of the car.  The sentiment was stamped first with the Lift-Off ink and then with black offsetting a bit.  Way cool look!!!  The leaf is die cut from white card that was dipped into Distress Inks put on a craft sheet and water sprayed.  

I'm really pleased with how this card turned out!!!  I hope you like it too!!

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sara's Stamping Techniques

Hello!!!  Today I'm sharing a review for the book, Sara's Stamping Techniques, by Sara Naumann available from Bella Crafts Publishing.  I did receive a copy of this eBook free of charge in exchange for an honest review of the book.  My thoughts and opinions are totally mine.  I'm going to also mention that as of the writing of this post, the book is on sale along with other books published by Bella Crafts.

I think the book is wonderful!!!  Sara does a fabulous job of covering the basics of stamping including videos.  She then goes on to share lots of different techniques along with cards and complete directions.

This book is an excellent source for the beginning stamper but also contains techniques long time stampers would enjoy.  I found myself wanting to stop and do various techniques as I was reading through the book.  Some techniques I had never tried and others I'd forgotten about.  I've been stamping since 1999.

Following is a card I made partly while reading Sara's book and finishing it once I'd finished the book.  I used a stamp and stencil from Sara's PaperArtsy line of stamps and stencils (specifically ESN11, ESN24 and PS091). 

Monday, November 26, 2018

You Rock Happy Birthday

Hello!!!  If you are in the US, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and Weekend!!  Our daughter and her family were able to be here but had to head back a day early as we had a blizzard coming in.  It was still good to have her and the boys (and their families) all here a couple of times over the weekend.

I'm hoping to catch up on some blogging and other things this week.  I made this card almost 2 months ago for our youngest son's birthday.  Yes, he plays the guitar (and the drums).  The stamps, guitar dies, and background paper are all from Our Daily Bread Designs.  They were all part of their Sept 2018 release.  

For the guitar, the red is red metallic paper.  The insets are die cut from Shimmer Sheetz.  It made a fabulous looking guitar!!!!!  Our son was impressed - yay!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Gable Box Extravaganza

Hello!!!  And for those celebrating - Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Over on the Quietfire Creations Blog it is all about the Gable Box and decorating it in a Christmas theme.  You will not want to miss that post.  It is chocked FULL of gorgeous projects!!!

The box I made is very simple but oh, so pretty.  I cut a piece of white cardstock large enough for the cutting die.  Onto that cardstock I lightly brayered Fresco Finish Chalk Paint (Candy Floss & Guacamole).  After the paint was dry, I die cut the Gable Box. Next I stamped the background holly leaves with Archival Ink and roughly colored them in with Distress Markers.  I left the bottom flaps of the box and the flaps with the heart cut out mostly free of leaves.  I stamped the "25" with black ink and the 2 holly leaves on either side with a darker green ink, colored in the leaves and added Stickles to the berries.  The Small Merry Christmas was die cut from gold cardstock and attached wrapping the extra around the corners and adhering well.  You could choose to not wrap the extra and leave it loose from the box. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Foiling on the PaperArtsy Blog

It's all a Foiling on the PaperArtsy Blog for the current topic.  I have a post over there sharing some of my favorite ways to use foil to create three Christmas cards using stamps from Sara Naumann.  You can find the post HERE

A Quick and Easy Christmas Card With Zing

A quick and easy Christmas card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Hi There!!!  This card was created for a custom order.  The person who ordered it gave it to a friend of hers to commemorate an event in her life.  All those balloons, a total of 41, have significance, even the red one.  

It was a real joy to create this card!!!!

I die cut the balloons using the balloon from the Mini Crazy Birds & Things Set (Sizzix/Tim Holtz) and then shaped each one using a soft mat and a stylus.  The scripture is a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Using Reduction Stenciling for a Winter Card

Hello!!!  I have this card on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  You can find it HERE.  

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wedding Card

Hello!!!  I needed a wedding card a couple of weeks ago and this is what I did.  

I die cut the Hearts Spray (ECD / QF) from white cardstock and attached it to another piece of white cardstock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive over it.  The exposed adhesive was covered with Silk Microfine Glitter (Rich Red from the Earth set of glitter).  The scripture (Our Daily Bread Designs) was stamped with Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil).  The edge was inked with Distress Ink Antique Linen and then stitched (Tim Holtz thread).  Using a waterbrush I splattered Distress Ink over the panel.  I attached a piece of burlap from the Idea-ology Textured Surfaces set to cardstock, attached my main panel to the burlap, wrapped them with twine and attached them to a folded white card.  The heart is a button with the shank cut off. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Leafing with a Glue Stick

Hello!!!!  I have this tag over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today!!!  If you have time, pop on over to get all the details.

On a side note, today the hubs and I are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary.... wow!!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Reindeer Gift Tag

Happy Saturday!!!!  We've got rain, rain and more rain here in Southern Iowa.

Have you been following along over at Quietfire Creations this week?  There is lots of wonderful inspiration using the new dies and don't forget about the give away.  You can comment on each post over there to increase your chance to win.  All comments must be in by end of day Sunday. 

This gift tag uses the Reindeer in the new Flourished Christmas Minis set (QF / ECD).  I had a circle with adhesive on top left from another project and used it here.  The deer is die cut from cream cardstock and inked with Distress Inks.  I removed the liner from the adhesive, placed the deer onto the adhesive, pressed it down well using the adhesive liner (you don't want to get your fingers on the adhesive), and then filled the rest of the adhesive with Silk Microfine Glitter Vintage Pink (brush off the extra, put it back in the container, and burnish/polish the glitter on the circle with your fingertip).  I die cut a cream cardstock circle and folded green card using ECD's Stitched Circles, adhered everything together, added a little ink around the green, and tied on twine.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Rejoice Card using a Coffee Filter

It is really windy with a southern wind bringing in hot air today.  The temps are going to get in the upper 80s and then tomorrow we won't reach 60.  Crazy, crazy!!!

This card uses one of the new A Way With Word releases, Rejoice (QF / ECD) along with a not new die, the leafy wreath in the Rosebud Wreath & Elements Set (QF / ECD).

My background starts with a used coffee filter that I saved.  I crumpled the coffee filter well, rubbed Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy over it (turn the ink pad over and lightly brush it over the wrinkles), spritzed just a little water over the filter so the ink would blend out just a bit, dried it, rubbed over the filter with my hand to flatten it more, lightly brayered Fresco Finish Paint across the middle to lighten it a bit, dried it, adhered it over white cardstock wrapping the edges to the back and taping them down, sprayed it with Mica Spray Buttercup, dried it and finally inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy.   

Rejoice was die cut from red cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the top.  I removed the liner and added Silk Microfine Glitter True Red brushing off the extra and then burnishing down/polishing the glitter by rubbing well with my fingertip. 

The wreath was cut from a light grayish green cardstock.  Veining was added using Susan's Garden Tools and the Leaf Pad.  Shading done with Distress Ink Evergreen Bough. Shaped it by pinching all the leaves and glued it to the card. 

This was fun to do and I'm saving more coffee filters!!!  I hope you enjoy it!!

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Merry Christmas Mittens

Hi!!!  I have this card using new release dies over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today, HERE.

To celebrate the new release, Quietfire Design is having a week long celebration and a giveaway! 
To be eligible to win, leave a comment on each blog post on the Quietfire Creations Blog from September 28th through to Friday, October 5th, 2018.  They will randomly choose three winners and send out one of the new dies to each winner!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Flourished Reindeer Christmas Ornament

Hello Again!!!  I'm back today to share another project using a new release die from Elizabeth Craft Designs by designer, Suzanne Cannon.  The Flourished Christmas Minis (ECD / QF) are such a cool set.  Each one is great on it's own or combined with whatever but they are also sized perfectly to match the ornament in the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament Set (ECD / QF) which is what I'm sharing today.  

I cut the Flourished Ornament from gold metallic cardstock.  I cut an ECD Stitched Circle from white cardstock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the top of the cardstock. The stitched circle is a little bit bigger than the opening in the ornament but not larger than the ornament making it the perfect size to place behind it.  I removed the liner from the adhesive and stuck it to the back of the ornament.  This adheres it well to the ornament and the center is all adhesive.  I cut the Flourished Reindeer from an extra adhesive release sheet (or you could even cut it from the release sheet you take off the stitched circle).  I placed this release sheet onto the exposed adhesive inside the ornament pressing it down well with an extra release sheet.  Next I added ECD True Red Silk Microfine Glitter to the exposed adhesive, being sure to cover it well, tapped and brushed off the extra glitter and put it back into the container.  I then polished (burnished) the glitter by rubbing my fingertip over the glitter pressing well and brushed off any excess glitter that might have rubbed off.  I removed the Reindeer liner and applied Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter, lightly tapped off the excess (you don't want to brush any extra off because you could get a little red and that would contaminate you cool diamond) and put it back in the container.  Again polish the glitter by rubbing over it with your fingertip.  Add a hanger and you have a pretty ornament for your tree!!!  You could also use it as a gift tag or add it to a card.  You could "dress it up" as much as you'd like or leave it simple as I've done here.

Remember there are posts over on Quietfire Creations every day for a week showcasing the new dies and there is a give away. 

Have a wonderful day!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Friday, September 28, 2018

Christmas Candle

Happy Friday!!!  It's a cool, windy day with rain on the way here in Southern Iowa.  

It is new release for the A Way With Words collection at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The A Way With Words collection are all designed by Suzanne Cannon, owner of Quietfire Design.  Just like Suzanne's stamps, all her dies include her hand calligraphy.  They are just gorgeous!!!  There are 4 new skus -- the Flourished Candle (ECD / QF), Flourished Christmas Minis (ECD / QF), Merry Christmas SMALL (ECD / QF), and Rejoice (ECD / QF).  

This card is made using the new Flourished Candle.  The set comes with the complete candle as one die plus the flame and wax drip by themselves allowing you to cut and layer.  I cut the complete candle from red cardstock.  I cut the flame and drip from white cardstock.  The flame is inked with Distress Ink Mustard Seed.  The drip is colored with Nuvo Mousse Mother of Pearl.  

For the background I used white cardstock, added color with Distress Ink Evergreen Bough using the dip in ink on your craft sheet technique, embossed it with the Spring Leaves embossing folder (ECD), die cut the panel with Stitched Rectangles (ECD), lightly sponged more Evergreen Bough around the edges, and added gold on the edges and a line of dots with Smooch Ink Gold Lame.  The red panel is also die cut with the Stitched Rectangles and Smooch Ink added around the edges.  I got some extra gold along the edge on the lower right side so then I purposely did that along the upper left side.  I probably should have just made a new panel or added the extra spots all the way around.  I thought it looked ok until I was editing pictures.  Everything is attached to a folded white card and a gold cord bow added.

Except for the extra gold spots, I really like the card, it would make a beautiful Christmas card, and they wouldn't take too long to make either.

Over on Quietfire Creations there is a week long celebration of this release beginning today and going through next Friday complete with a give away.  Be sure to follow along there and comment every day on Quietfire Creations for your chance to win.

Hugs, Wanda