Monday, October 21, 2019

The Cutting Cafe Inspiration-Autumn/Halloween


It's kind of an Anything Goes share for us today over at the Cutting Cafe... we chose from tons of Autumn/Halloween themed files for today's post.  I chose the Fall/Thanksgiving Window Boxes to work with, but I used them in a different way... with a little help from my mom!


I pulled the file in with these boxes and kept only the layer that fits on the top of the box in Design Space.  Then I resized each of these layers to 5x5.


I knew I was going to create shaker cards with these, and I wanted to be able to layer another color over just the sentiment.  I could have just cut a second square and trimmed the word out with scissors, however, I enlisted the help of my mom to trim away the edges within Design Space!  She says I taught her about the Slice feature, but apparently I've forgotten because she had to teach me!


She cut these for me, but when we got together again, she showed me how to use the Slice feature and I'm looking forward to testing it out again in the near future!


Before I added the clear acetate to the window layer, I did trim off a quarter inch from each of the edges because I knew I wanted my card to be five by five, but still wanted some of the printed paper to peek out around the edges of the shaker window.  My card base is 5 x 5, the design paper layer is 4.75 x 4.75, and the window is 4.5 x 4.5 after trimming off the edges.


In this file there is also a cutie pie turkey along with some layers.  After I resized this window, I layered each of the pieces... wings, body head and beak over the top in Design Space and re-sized them so they'd fit correctly over the turkey shadow attached to the window.


There is also a Gobble Window that we sliced this sentiment out of and re-sized it small.  I didn't create a shaker card for today using the Gobble window, but you'll be seeing that soon!

I hope you enjoyed your stop today!  I know I really enjoyed creating these shaker cards from the Window Box file!  Be sure to check out the Cutting Cafe Blog to see what everyone has created for you today and comment there for your chance to win three files of your choice!

Come back soon... Wednesday I'll be sharing a card I made using the Gobble window!


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sending Hugs With Miss Ink Stamps


Have some more Miss Ink inspiration for you today featuring the Magnolia Stamp Set and the Diamond Fade Stencil 3.


I love this beautiful Magnolia stamp set!  I colored it up with my Copics and cut it out with the Brother Scan N Cut.


I applied some Deco Foil Transfer Gel through the Diamond Fade 3 Stencil and let it dry while I was coloring the floral.  Then I ran it through my Minc with some Amber Watercolor Deco Foil.  Such a pretty foil... I love it!


And then a simple sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments set was just right.


I'm playing along over at Double Trouble's Masking Challenge!  You should check it out!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out my second post for today for some more stencil inspiration!  Come again soon!

Hey There Foxy With CAS-ual Fridays!


Welcome to some some CAS-ual Fridays inspiration!  Have you seen the beautiful Foxy stamp set in the CAS-ual Fridays shop?  I decided I needed to pull it out for today.  I stamped the images onto some watercolor paper using Ranger Archival Ink and then colored them in using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out.  I love to cut the floral out especially because I love the way it looks and how it curls just a bit!


I created the background using the Modern Petals Stencil and the Zig markers.  I taped down the stencil over some water color paper and holding down the stencil close to the paper I proceeded to color in the petals.  I didn't spend a lot of time to color the entire petal because I knew I wanted to mix these colors in the negative spaces so with quick brush strokes I went over with yellow, then green, and then orange.  Finally I splattered some glitter watercolors over the top.


Once I popped up and added all of my pieces, I heat embossed this sentiment from the Foxy stamp set onto black cardstock... my favorite way to add a sentiment these days.


I'm playing along with Double Trouble's Masking Challenge... did you know simply using a stencil counts as masking?  Think about it!  It's exactly what a stencil is for!  And with my autumn colors, I'm playing along over at Kat Scrappiness' Fall themed Challenge!  They're partnering with Double Trouble so play along with both and get extra chances to win over at Double Trouble!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope I've provided a little inspiration for your crafty day!

If you have seen something you must have, I have this for you:


Come back soon and often for more inspiration!



Friday, October 18, 2019

Coffee Loving Cardmakers and Trinity Stamps - Frappy Camper Collaboration!


Welcome to a fun filled hop between the Coffee Loving Cardmakers and Trinity Stamps!  We're hopping to share lots of inspiration using the new Frappy Camper's PERKing Spot stamp set that was born from a collaboration between our two teams and illustrated by Davina Cantrell.  It was so much fun to work alongside the Trinity team and share ideas to come up with the concept so perfectly brought to life!


The party starts at the Trinity Stamps Blog!  Hop and comment along the way for your chances to win a $20 gift code to the Trinity Stamps shop!  You have until October 22nd to comment and the winner will be announced on the Trinity Blog on October 26th.  If you get lost along the way, you can hop back on over to Trinity's Blog where you'll find the entire hop list and to find your way.  You should have come here from the very talented Helen's Blog!  And here's how I was inspired:


While shopping over at Trinity, I took a stroll through their considerable embellishments section and came across the beautiful Autumn Leaves embellishment mix and I knew I was going to create a shaker.


I paper pieced my camper using some leftovers from my National Coffee Day project that you can check out here if you'd like.  I love all of the pieces parts in this set that make it so much fun to assemble a fun scene!


And these cute little characters!  She decided, of course, that a Pumpkin Spice Latte was the ticket and he decided to go with a cupcake... and he may have another!  I gave his shirt a bit of a plaid look... and I love his schwoopy hair!  Very dashing!


I created my simple shaker by using a rectangle die and a circle die.  I used washi tape to hold them in place and ran them through my Gemini all at once.  I chose all of my papers from the same paper pad and when I cut the background circle for the shaker I chose the cute Love Life patterned paper and centered one of the large sentiments in the shaker window.  I strategically glued a couple sequins inside so that it would always look like it was shaken.  Don't you love the leaves in this mix??


Since I created my sentiment with my paper, I used part of one of the Frappy Camper sentiments for a sign on the Coffee Trailer and left it at that.  Just scattered a few additional sequins around the outside... as if they escaped from the shaker.

I'm playing along over at Cupcake Inspirations Something Inside!  You have just a few more hours to play along... my sequins are inside the shaker!

And then this came to me in the middle of the night and I couldn't let it go:


I mean... of course if I owned a coffee truck that was the created from a trailer, I would paint it to look like a pumpkin!

For this one I created a distress oxide background using some stencils and then placed that awesome Cloudy Day Frame over the top, popping it up with some thin width popup tape.  Such a cool frame!


So did you notice my exhaust pipe/stem is made from a coffee cup??  This one is from the Seasonal Sweetheart set and was the perfect size!  And I added a couple of the green leaves from the sequin mix.


I added the flowers and pumpkin also from the Seasonal Sweetheart set for more autumn feel.  I decided not to add that cute couple so as not to cover up my pumpkin coffee truck trailer.  They'll be there soon... after all... there is pumpkin spice on the menu!


I decided on a sentiment from the new Autumn Sentiments set.  Cause.. well... Pumpkin Spice!  I colored the strip with the same colors I used on the pumpkin trailer and added a few more sequin leaves.


And there you have it!

I'm playing along over at Double Trouble's Put Your Mask On Challenge (did you know that when you use a stencil... you're masking!) and pretty sure with this one I've met the Pumpkin twist! 

Now to continue on your way you'll stop over at Robyn's place next for some awesome inspiration!  Don't forget to leave love along the way for your chances to win a $20 gift code to the Trinity Stamp shop!

Thanks for visiting and come again soon!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

#WideAwake - The Rabbit Hole Designs


Have some fun for you today!  This is one of the new Caffeinated Critters over at The Rabbit Hole Designs, Caffeinated Owl. You know owls are one of my favorite critters anyway, but a coffee drinking owl... of course I needed to make it mine!

I wanted the feel of that first cup of coffee in the early morning before the sun comes up... you know... on your couch in the living room... 


Or... in your nest!

I used a variety of dies to build her nest along with a few feather pieces.. 'cause of course there would be feathers stuck in her nest!  Don't you love those little feathers sticking out of her head...lol!


And the sentiments that are in the Caffeinated Critters series are fun too... love all of the hashtags and this one is particularly funny because it's so the opposite of what's going on...lol!


Hope you enjoyed stopping as much as I enjoyed creating this one!


Thanks and come again soon!

Monday, October 14, 2019

A Pumpkin Background - One Stamp Two Ways Part 2


Welcome back to A Pumpkin Background!  This is my second card using this adorable and fun Pumpkin Background from Rubbernecker Stamps.  You can find my first one here!  On my first one, I colored the entire image in all of its Gourdness!  It really went fairly quickly with a system of just a few color combos that I worked in throughout the piece.


I used those same Copic combos here but die cut just a part of the image, colored only that piece and popped it up over the black and white image.  A cool way to still have the entire background but just spotlight a portion of the image AND save some time for a quicker card!  I love both versions!  

For some reason oranges have seemed to stump me the most for combos, but I love the three combos i used here and I'll definitely use them again.  Basically I used four Copic markers for my pumpkins, YR15, YR27, YR31 and YR68.  I varied between using (27, 68, and 15; just 68 and 15, and then 15 and 31 together).  This allowed me to cluster three different oranges together so all of my pumpkins weren't the same.

  For my purples I combined V15, V17, and BV02-although the BV02 is bluer than the others, I love this combo together!  And then I also used V20, 22, and 25.  And the greens combos are YG01, YG03, and YG17 and then YG61, YG63, and YG67.  All of these purple and green combos are among my faves!



This time I stamped and embossed my Happy Halloween onto one of the banners from the Nested Stitched Banner dies!  The second smallest fits it perfectly!  I added just one web that slid nicely under the banner and my spiders, bats, and sequins again.  This time my frame is a little thinner allowing more of the image to show.


And there you have it!  I hope you enjoyed your stop and maybe gained some inspiration for your creative day!

Be sure to stop soon and often!  I appreciate your visits!

I've included links below to the Rubbernecker products I used for today's card.  If you shop using these links, I will receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you.  And thank you!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Poe Me A Cup - Miss Ink Stamps


 Hello!  So glad you stopped by today!  I'm sharing a project using the Just Be-Caws set from Miss Ink Stamps just released in September.  I LOVE this set and it's punny sentiments!

I started by creating my background using the Jitters stencil and used it to apply Decofoil Transfer Gel to black cardstock.  Once it was dry, I ran it through my Minc machine with an Opal Decofoil Transfer Sheet.


Love the various positions of the ravens in this set!  The caw-ing ones are my favorite... but I love them all.. 


Not to mention the so punny sentiments!  This is one of my faves for sure!  And the shine of that Opal foil.... it reminds me of a raven's feathers...they are almost irridescent...


So pretty and cool!


I'm playing along over at Double Trouble's Masking Challenge!  And I've met the twist with my beautiful Crow... (well, it's a Raven and they are two different things, but pretty sure they might be found in a pumpkin patch also.. .I'll leave that up to you!)

Thanks so much for stopping!  Hope you enjoyed it!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Part II of the Pumpkin Background!



Saturday, October 12, 2019

A Pumpkin Background - One Stamp Two Ways Part I


So happy you're here!  Today I'm sharing with you one of two cards I've made using the super fun new Pumpkin Background Stamp from Rubbernecker Stamps.  For this one, I colored the entire background and used it in a design where I made sure that all of that hard work doesn't get covered up! 


To make it interesting but not too crazy, I stuck to a color pallet of greens, oranges, and purples with just a touch of gray.  I chose three different combos of oranges for my pumpkins for slight variations to add interest.  I used two different combos of green for the stems and a third to use on the hats, candles, ghosts, candy and gifts along with two combos of purples.  I used the grays for the spider, bats and bones as well as the little bit of white space.


When I was all done coloring, I created a frame using the Nested Deckle Rectangle dies by placing a smaller one inside the larger one and using washi tape to keep them in place once I felt my edges were even and ran them through my Gemini together.  I attached my colored panel to a card base in black and then popped the frame up over it.  I attached the webs to the inside corners before I added the popup tape to be sure I had enough space to attach them to the back of the frame.


I stamped the Happy Halloween onto black cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed it in white.  Next I fussy cut the sentiment so it would not cover up too much of my background. That was popped up as well and was the perfect place for another web.  Finally I attached the spider and bat die cuts and of course a few sequins!  I added Glossy Accents to the bats, but decided to leave the spider matte.  


This Pumpkin Background is SO fun!  But you don't always have to color the whole thing!  Come back on Monday and I'll be sharing my second card that with the same stamp and a different look.. but still fun and colorful!


Thank you so much for stopping!  I hope you enjoyed your visit and come back soon!

Below are links to the Rubbernecker products that I've used today.  Should you purchase using these links I will receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you.  And thank you!