Friday, October 20, 2017

Quick Birthday Card

A quick birthday card for a young teenage boy.

It's obvious to me after making this one today,
I need a break from crafting ;) 

It's pretty "blah"except for the glitter on the 
candle flames, nothing like the thought I've put
into some of the cards I've made him before. 

I wanted to put a matching blue layer on the back,
but because I didn't trim the card down as I should have,
it isn't going to fit in the matching envelope I already made.
Using that darker blue as a final back piece would
have improved it, oh well. 

Also, I glued the front panels onto the back side of 
the card that I had preprinted on the inside !!!!
What a dork........ maybe he'll get a giggle out of it.
a kind of a trick or treat card since his birthday is 
so close to Halloween anyway ! Yeah, perfect excuse !

I chose the orange and pop of blue theme to sort of be
the colors of a University team that his bedroom
had been painted in. I've already made several football
themed cards for him over the years.
I don't know that he cares all that much anyway,
you know how teenagers can be:
they only care about what may be inside (money!).

The background was made with a Stampin' Around wheel
and Pumpkin Pie ink. I added orange glitter to the flames.

The word bubble is from Hero Arts,
stamped in two shades of blue ink from Stampin' Up!
then hand cut out, attached with a pop dot.
The paper layer behind is actually a piece 
that has pumpkins on it ! I had no intention
of having the pumpkin images show; 
it happened to look nice with the texture.

Because I have used primarily orange colors 
on this card (and the hidden pumpkin paper!),
I am entering my card in the current challenge at

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Autumn Falling Digi Kit

Autumn Falling is a bright and fun fall kit by 
available at With Love Studios.
It is sold in eight seperate portions.

Note: the word art in the above sample is not in the kit,
it is something that I made myself.
The layout is based on a sketch at Stuck?! Sketches

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Pirate's Life Digi Kit

A Pirate's Life is a fun new kit by
 available at Plain Digital Wrapper
It is sold in seperate portions
and is currently on sale for a limited time. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fairy Jar

This is the second fairy jar/lantern
that I've made.

My daughter saw the first one I made and thought it was neat.
She chose this particular die cut to use out of the several I bought
from a vendor at .
See yesterdays post for the coordinating luminaria easel card.

The jar once had a candle in it.
My mom cleaned it and gave it to me
to find a new use for it. 
It worked perfectly for this fairy jar!

It was covered with white  tissue paper
adhered with Mod Podge glue.

I brushed more glue over the top then sprinkled on
chunky old clear glitter from my stash. 

The die cut is adhered inside with Mod Podge as well.

I tried to use a Xyron machine/adhesive applicator
but it didn't work well. The fibrous top layer
was being torn off as I tried to removed the die cut
from the paper backing.

I hot glued on several items from my crafty stash.
The butterfly is a rubber stamped and colored image
that was then paper punched. 
Image and stamp were from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my jar in the current challenges at
Through The Craft Room Door, Anything Goes
and Love To Scrap, Fall or Halloween.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Luminaria Easel Card

This is the fun card I created to coordinate with the
fairy jar I made for my daughters birthday.
Visit my blog tomorrow to see the fairy jar/lantern.

Side view

Back view

It wasn't much more difficult than making a regular easel card. 
I needed to cut out the center of the back piece so the 
battery operated tea light would fit .

The front of the card also had to be cut out
then a piece of vellum was adhered
so the candle light would show through.

Opened up, laying flat so you can see
the front and the back of the base.
The photo below shows it flipped over,
the insides of the card.

I adhered the chipboard fairy die cut to vellum paper
with clear tacky glue - but that was not a good idea.
It left bubbles and the black from the die cut reacted
with the glue, making an orange-ish mess.

I tried to use a Xyron adhesive machine first,
but the fibrous nature of the die cut was tearing
while trying to remove the paper backing.

Because the die cut looked awful glued to the vellum,
I traced over the top of it on the front 
with a black Sharpie marker.

Should I try to make another one of these,
I'll buy and use spray adhesive. 

Several die cuts and paper punches plus a corduroy button
and some twine were used to embellish the front.
The die cuts were accented with water color using ink.
The butterfly is a stamp image that I colored in
and punched with the coordinating punch.

The brown frame was embossed with a Texturz plate.

The Riding Hood Red large die cut scallop circle
was bought precut. It is really large and came with
coordinating XL square brown envelopes.
Many of the supplies I used were bought from
Stampin' Up! several years ago.

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Paisley Scrapbook Page

What is the old saying, putting the cart before the horse,
when you do something one step ahead ? 
I made the page with no photos in mind. 
I just wanted to get some things used up, created.

A scrap page completed from an old kit by
Creating Keepsakes. The page in the kit was supposed
to be a 6 x 6, I changed up the layout and made it
into a 12 x 12. 

The white flowers were colored with ink from a reinker
and water using an aquapainter.

I sponged pink ink along the edge of the tag and
paper pierced around the brown scraps behind the flowers.

The brown ribbon knot and metal buttons came from my stash.

Now to find some photos to place on this page......

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my page in the current challenge at
Use Your Stuff - use PINK for breast cancer awareness

Saturday, October 14, 2017

White and Pink Florals Scrapbook Page

A pretty, dimensional, scrapbook page.

The floral embossed white paper on this page
was in an old kit by Creating Keepsakes.

I trimmed it down, lightly sponged pink chalk around the edges
then mounted it to a  piece of 12x12  pink card stock.

I added my own florals, ribbons, etc.
collected from various sources over the years. 

I intend on making a tag with a small matching cluster
on the lower right portion of the page, 
placed at the edge, once I have a photo mounted.

This would make a pretty gift instead of keeping it for myself !

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my page in the current challenge at
Use Your Stuff - use PINK for breast cancer awareness

I'll be sharing a second page I made for the above challenge tomorrow.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Halloween Card 7

My final Halloween card share this year.

Rubber stamp images are oldies from Stampin' Up!
and water colored with ink from my ink pads.

Papers are from an old Die Cuts With A View paper stack.

Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my card in the Halloween challenge at
Pause Dream Enjoy

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Card 6

Rubber stamp image is an oldie from Stampin' Up!, water colored with ink from ink pads.
The purple layer is card stock that I rubber stamped (also Stampin' Up! supplies).
Black decorative paper is from an old Die Cuts With A View paper stack.
Ribbon, unknown.

Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my card in the Halloween challenge at 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Halloween Card 5

Rubber stamp images are oldies from Stampin' Up!, except for the tree which is unknown.
The flower and ticket paper punch are also from SU!;
the leaf punches are unknown. 

Papers are from an old Die Cuts With A View paper stack.

Cuttlebug spiderweb embossing folder.

The tree was stamped onto glossy card stock that I sponged ink onto
as well as rubbed ink pads directly on it.
It reminds me of a photo I took last year of a barren tree
in the middle of a field, shrouded in fog.

Thanks for looking =)

This card is being submitted to the Retro Rubber Challenge, Boo!
I have no idea how old the tree image is or where it even came from.
It was gifted to me several years ago.
The Happy Halloween ticket is from Stampin' Up!, 4 years old.
I had to giggle as I looked up the age of this set,
it is one of the newest rubber stamps that I have used
I think in the Retro Rubber challenge ;)
Oh, I also lightly used the Sanded background stamp
on the tree and Autumn for the veins on the leaves,
both of which are well over 5 years old from SU!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloween Card 4

Todays card was made with the old (1995) Stitched Witch stamp set
from Stampin' Up! The greeting is from the All Around Argyle (2006)
hostess set from Stampin' Up!

The mini flag paper punch was also from Stampin' Up!

The papers are from an old Die Cuts With A View paper stack.

Paper punch button, ribbon scrap, hand cut banner, 
faux stitching to finish off the water colored image.

I have a few more Halloween cards to share the next few days.

Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my card in the new challenge at Retro Rubber - Boo!
I don't have any "scary" rubber stamp images,
but plenty of old cutesie Halloween images.
This particular stamp is 22 years old ! Wow.......


Love To Scrap Challenge - Frightfully Fun


Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Monday, October 9, 2017

Halloween Card 3

Rubber stamp images are oldies from Stampin' Up!

Papers are from an old Die Cuts With A View paper stack.

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Halloween Card 2

Simple enough to make Halloween card.

Sentiment from Stampin' Up! was heat embossed black.

I ran a stylus on a scoring board around the edge of the stamped panel
to create a raised edge.

Papers are from an old Die Cuts With A View paper stack,
punched with a small flag paper punch from Stampin' Up! 

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Halloween Card 1

Happy World Card Making Day !
Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day, too ! 

Today I'm sahring the first of several 
Halloween cards I made recently.

The images are from Stampin' Up!

The sentiment was heat embossed black then punched out
with the coordinating paper punch.

The hedgehog/mouse image was water colored.

The decorative papers are from a Die Cuts With A View paper stack.

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Repurposed Items Fall Decor

UPDATE 10/11/2017
I just discovered today that the 
Making Memories blog is gone from the internet
as are anything else related to the blog owner!
There was no notice given to the design team.
No explanation whatsoever at this point.

For those that like entering crafty challenges,
there are many more to be found in blogland.
I happen to DT for another Anything Goes
craft challenge, Love To Craft Challenge
Please visit us soon ! 

The October challenge at 
Making Memories Crafting 
is to be inspired by the photo below:
Autumn/Halloween Anything Goes.

More details about my project:

I created my own png word art with a gradient
using Photoshop Elements 14 software
and the font Sprightly.

I repurposed several items for this project:
wood "frame" from the window in a door,
chipboard from craft project packaging,
"silk" leaves previously sewn onto a scarf,
scrap of wide wired fabric craft ribbon.

Woodgrain background stamp with Crumb Cake ink
Itty Bitty Splatters stamp with Soft Suede ink
Smoky Slate and Creamy Caramel ink pads for swiping
across the Very Vanilla card stock
Stem Silhouette stamp with Ruby Red ink

Scoring board, stylus, Smoky Slate marker
and ruler were used to create the faux planks.

Just a little dab of low melt hot glue
was used to keep the leaves in place.
I flipped the piece over once they were all
glued down then trimmed the excess off.

The frame was well weathered from being
part of an exterior door originally.
I decided to keep it as is since the
art piece is kind of weathered, messy looking.
I did paint along the exterior side edges since they
were not stained.

I had to staple the finished piece,
glued to lightweight chipboard first,
into the frame since there wasn't enough
depth to use points.

The bow was hot glued in place on the front
and I added a saw tooth hanger to the back.
I also finished the back off, after stapling
the piece in, by covering it with a piece of
paper to fit. Doing this hid all of the
unfinished wood edges and staples.

A closeup to try to show the debossed lines
and inky details.

Thanks for looking ;)