Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Friendship Cards on Wrinkle Free Distress Backgrounds

Here are cards made with some wrinkle free distress pieces 

I have been wanting to use my new friendship stamp called Heart of Friendship by Stampendous.
I thought a collage-y card would look nice on the background with this sentiment.
If you know me, you know how I love the collage-y look.

Here's a closer look. You can always click on the image for a larger view.

Used a "ribbon like" mesh as a stencil, sponging with mowed lawn.
Used picket fence stain on a Rays stamp from Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge CMS087 
in the upper left corner but this did not show up well. So, I dried it with heat tool 
and stamped over it with Frost White Color Box pigment ink.
Hard to see in the photo.
Stampendous Heart of Friendship  stamped in peacock feathers
Michael Strong's mini cloisonne heart in broken china.
Used fossiliaed amber for:
Stampin' Up's postage stamps from Travel Post
Stampin' Up's key from Antique Collectibles
Stampin' Up's ledger script from Office Ephemera.
Used distress tool on edges and sponged with broken china
Added fun fur yarn and attached to white card
in which the edges were sponged in broken china.

The distress background piece for this card was a little small
so I added a black layer underneath, trimming the border with a Fiskars border punch-Rope.
Used the "ribbon mesh" stencil sponging with mowed lawn.
Stamped Rays stamp from Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge CMS087
in Frost White Color Box pigment ink in center.
Stamped both the 
Stampendous Heart of Friendship
Michael Strong's mini cloisonne heart
in mowed lawn.
Used fossilized amber for:
Stampin' Up's cancelled postage stamp & ledger script from Office Ephemera
Stampin' Up's hotel oval from  Travel Post.
Used distress tool on edges and sponged with mowed lawn.
Added fun fur yarn and attached to green card.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kraft Wedding Card

Made this wedding card for a very dear couple whose wedding was Nov. 19.
I chose kraft cardstock because the wedding invitation was on kraft paper!

For stamping I used my Just Rite monogram set and a PSX sentiment stamp.
For dry embossing I used Cuttlebug Heart Blocks and Textile embossing folders.

On the inside I used a favorite Hero Arts Clear design set called 
Treasure The Moments-Cl156
Used a Fiscars border punch-Rope on each side.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Anniversary Card

Here is an anniversary card that I made using wrinkle free distress technique.
It's so easy and fun!
Since I had used a previously made background, I'm not positive about the inkpad colors.
I think they were
peacock feathers, mowed lawn and scattered straw
 tapped directly on craft sheet, next to each other. 
Spritzed with a fine mist of water till the color beaded up
then placed paper directly on top, moving the paper just a little.
You can see my wrinkle free distress tutorial here.
I learned from Tim Holtz' wrinkle free distress technique
described here and here.
I usually use Georgia Pacific 110 pound paper, 92 bright.
You can experiment on other papers.
I like to run more than 1 piece of paper through the "color" on the craft sheet.
Then I have extras for quick cards.
I usually let my paper air dry, but you can use a heat tool also.

Stamps and inks used:
Hero Arts Harelquin Pattern Block G3316 in peacock feathers
Hero Arts Woodland Grasses F3182 in wild honey
Stampabilities Happy Anniversary DC CR1148 sentiment in Versafine black onyx
Michael Strong's mini hearts in mermaid lagoon, fussy cut and attached with foam tape.

Fun fur yarn added then the layer was attached to blue card stock.
I wrote in the names of my friends, Hetty & Raymond with my new favorite pen,
Faber-Castell PITT artist pen BLACK 199*** XS .01 nib

I also stamped Michael Strong's mini hearts inside.

Since I wasn't sure exactly which colors I used on the card, I made some samples for you.
Used distress ink pads: broken china, scattered straw and mowed lawn.

Used distress ink pads: mermaid lagoon, mowed lawn and fossilized amber.

Hope you have fun with wrinkle free distress technique!
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Kid's Sweatpants

I made sweatpants for my 18 month old grandson, Gavin.
The last pair I made for him were too long, so I measured the pants he was wearing.
These were the measurements:
inseam  12-1/4 inches
outseam  17-3/4 inches

For these pants I used Angel Hickman Peterson’s Fleece Fun Easy Pants Pattern
 I used size 24 months, except that I cut them shorter, at the 18 month line.
Waist elastic-18" long by 3/4" wide.
Bottom leg elastic-7-3/4" long by 1/2" wide.
I straight stitched the casings for the waistline-1-1/2 inches turned over
and leg bottom-1 inch turned over.

Newborn Baby Gowns

I'm sewing baby gowns again! My daughter Emily is expecting a baby girl in January 2017. She liked the newborn gowns I made for Gavin. They are nice when changing baby in the middle of the night!
I used Rachel's Overlap Shoulder Newborn Gown pattern that she so generously shared on her blog, Stitched Together.
I used the Stretch n Sew "chanel trim" method for the neckline.


 I cut the 2 strips in Rachel's pattern a little wider, 1.75" wide (instead of the 1.5 inch).
Pinned the strip to the RIGHT side, folded it to the wrong side, 
pinned itthen "stitched in the ditch" from the RIGHT side
removing pins before sewing.
It is very easy and looks nice, I think.
Thanks again, to Rachel at Stitched Together for sharing her expertise and pattern for this quick and easy gown pattern!

You can see the gown I made for Baby Gavin here.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Harvest Cards

Hello friends! It has been a long time since I have posted! A lot has been going on with family, mostly with my dear father, who has had lots of health issues. He is doing pretty well right now considering his age-88 years.
My husband and I did manage to take a two week vacation out west, which was refreshing and wonderful!!!

I had not planned to make Thanksgiving cards today, but was inspired by my friend Hetty! Thanks so much! It was fun and relaxing to play with my paper and inks!

I decided to use bright colors...ripe persimmon, twisted citron and spiced marmalade, sponging them on the cool Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thankful texture fades (I always just call them embossing folders!). And I just had to use my Michael Strong's Pumpkin Harvest stamp set. Love how one of the pumpkins is a "Jackie Lantern" for Halloween, and the other two pumpkins can be used on fall cards. Here you see the small plain pumpkin. The Happy Thanksgiving sentiment is from Hero Arts. Used Versafine Black Onyx for the black stamping. Added green fun fur fibers from my stash.

After stamping Mike's pumpkin vine in distress twisted citron I colored in select areas with markers. I I don't have a vertical "happy thanksgiving" stamp, so I wrote it myself. Used dimensional foam to attach the pumpkins on the cards.

I used a marker to ink the "happy" and "thanksgiving" separately on this card because I didn't have enough space to stamp the whole sentiment.
 These 2 cards are unusual in the way the yellow layer of paper is adhered to the back of the front. It's easier to see what I'm describing if you look at the photo below.

Here is a picture of the inside of the card.
I attached the yellow layer with TomBow Mono multi-liquid glue adhesive. It does not seem to warp the paper as much as my other favorite glue, Scotch Quick Dry Tacky glue.
I wish I knew the name of this kind of layering in cardmaking. It's kind of nice because the inside right panel is white, all ready for stamping the sentiment and writing notes.
Thanks so much for visiting!