Monday, October 9, 2017

Nature's beauty...

I love seeing deer. Although deer can be seen all year around, even on the tropical island of Guam which I've never seen, but then, I've never seen the infamous brown tree snakes (knock on wood), I l love seeing them in snowy winter... and I hate winter and snow, to live! lol.. .maybe I'm missing this scenery from western PA.. 

Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge, featuring Penny Black.  CAS & could be a card to a "male" friend. I could add more but on this, I didn't want to. Penny Black makes beautiful stamps, and you don't have to add much. ...only to make a beautiful background, trying to match these beautiful stamps. 😊 I didn't have acrylic paint nor reinker in white, so I used Uni ball white gel pen, to add those snow flakes. I even didn't want to use snow flakes stamps which I have because the tiniest one was still big to this scenery... 

But, I had to add something.. lol so, I added craft foam pad underneath of the front panel, to give a bit of dimension. 😊

I love this stamp set. I love the nature. I love the animals.

Also submitting to the Penn Black Holiday head start challenge which is running from July 31 to Oct.29. 

Hope you all have a great long (in US) weekend. 


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy Little Critters!

Update ~ This card was featured on the challenge, and I received this badge from the challenge. woohoo! 

This stamp set was released in summer, 2014. Ever since, I'd been wanting it esp. when the fall came, last 3 years. Finally I got it, and found the time to play. 😊 "S'more" is American invention which I love, although its real origin is unknown, but has been very popular at camp sites in US, since 1920's according to Wikipedia.You can have S'mores throughout the year, but to me, it's a "fall" thing. 🍁

I made this card for my friend's birthday. Also, I'm submitting to Lawn Fawnastics Challege #14 ~ Happy Little Critters. I love animals, and Lawn Fawn's critters are my favorites! 

Hope you all are having a nice Sunday evening.


Happy World Card Making Day 2017!

Yesterday was World Card Making day, and one of my fav. brands gave us four challenges. I finished the second challenge, which is to use their dies only, no stamping; MFT Die-namics designs.  Some months ago, I bought their Blue Print die set #20. It's amazing. I used to sew a lot, and found the "quilt printed" paper in my stash. This paper must be from over 10 years ago.. The camera doesn't catch the color of the heart which looks like silver, in the middle, but it's "dull gold".. I kept it from the package of something. hahaha. I often do, to cut out the beautiful part of packaging, keeping them in my stash. 😊 I placed the larger heart cut out from vellum underneath. I found a left over yarn from years ago, too. Recently I've been organizing my craft supplies, and finding so many things from "years ago", which I can use on my cards. 😊

Hope everyone had a great day, making a card or two 😉


Saturday, October 7, 2017

It's Meow-lloween!

This is probably my 2nd time to buy A Card Kit in my over 25 years of stamping. I don't find interesting to use a kit when I'm creating, but this one, as soon as it was released, I placed the order! 😊 Except the big sheets of holographic stickers, I love them all, and I knew I could use them all. 

I used WOW "Glow in the dark EP" for the 1st time. Fun! The "fun swirly night sky background paper through the window" had a price tag on the back of this paper and the name of the stamp store. It was the store which closed over 13~14 (?) years ago, and the price was 75 cents for 12 x 12. Never used it, just "hoarded"! hahaha It was time to use! 😊 Some people don't like the black cat, so I used medium grey paper for a kitty. A kit comes with the die for this image 😊 I found another "oldies", the little witch shaker piece. It was the perfect size! I also bought a pack of Halloween postal stamps (the real one from USPS) and didn't use it at all last year, but this year, I'm using them! 
And this is how it looks in the dark. You can see a bit of stamped image in the natural lighting on the card. Cool, huh?! I love it!

I'm submitting this to Simon Says Stamps Limited Edition Halloween 2017 Card Kit gallery. This isn't a challenge, just a gallery. And, to Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge~A Walk on the Dark Side. 

Just realized. In US, it's a long weekend! (Columbus Day). Hope everyone is having a relaxing (& long if you are in US) weekend. 😊


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coffee, anyone?

"Little bird" told me about this blog hop, only two days ago. Theme is "FALL". I decided to participate. 

Here is my card. 

I love dark hot coffee, no sugar nor cream, in chilly morning in the fall, in the east coast of US. I used stitched edge dies, stitched line border die, "next level" embossing folder, to give the warmth and cozy feeling to my card. This card is made of all different companies' products! Water coloring has been a thing for a while, and I just brushed the background to color white card stock. I made so many "coffee sleeves" from all yummy designer's "fall theme" papers, because I had a hard time choosing! I have so many trimmings, and this textured ribbon is one of them, from years ago. There is a bit of gold shimmer on it. I thought it would look great on this card. 

I used to drink DD coffee on my way to work but now, I brew Starbucks coffee at home every morning 😋 

Have a beautiful day! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Halloween

My first Halloween card this year, altho, I forgot to post, and now I'm posting it, after already posting 3 Halloween cards! Sometimes, you forget that it's a "draft" and hasn't "published" it yet...haha... 

I did shaving cream technique, to make a a "spooky" background. The sentiment is elevated with foam adhesive, and heat embossed. I used the wink of stella on the spiderweb to give the shimmery look. I used Uni gold pen on bat's eyes. Another "spooky" details. 😉 

Happy Sunday evening, everyone! 😊


"Embossed Impressions" experiment

I watched this video clip of Embossed Impressions by Jennifer McGuire and wanted to try it out. I learned a couple of things. 

I used different papers. Both are for watercoloring (heavy weight) but not Tim Holtz' which was used on the video by Jennifer McGuire. Far left with the maple leaves and the 2nd from the right of the oak leaves, I used the watercoloring paper with texture, and other two are Strathmore Bristol smooth finish papers. I used Tim Holtz distress inks, the same colors as she used, but I used waterbrush, instead of using a brush and water. The regular textured watercolor papers didn't give the good result on blending the colors on the images compared to other two on Strathmore Bristol papers. So, I also tried what she did; flicking some water on the paper, sprinkling some gold embossing power while the water is still wet. It took much longer to heat emboss because the water was underneath it. I liked how those gold splatter on the paper turned out. Especially, on those textured papers which I thought they didn't look great, but with those gold splatter, they look nicer. 

For the envelopes, I did exactly what she did on the video. So, you get the debossed side on the surface of the envelope. I really like this idea. 

If you have any questions, please ask either Jennifer on the top link, or me, who "experimented" it. 

Hope you all are having a relaxing Sunday evening... 

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