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... 


Hello, Pumpkin!

Not like the last year, time allows me to make more Halloween cards this year 😊. I'm entering this card to My Favorite Things 2017 Card design Superstar contest, in CAS category. 

I stamped the pumpkin and the stem first on the white cs. Then I stamped the face on pumpkin . And I used clear EP to emboss the whole "carved" pumpkin. Then I used the distress ink, masking the pumpkin to give a bit of a "fall" look, instead of having a plain "white" background. Then I used stencils over the "distressed colored" cs, using a bit of darker color distress ink. I stamped two faces over the stenciled background. I cut this front panel out using the frame die from Blueprints 20 die set, attached to black cs. I used the banner die from the the same die set, stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set. The banner was a bit long, so I cut the right side, and ran the edge of the banner with the frame die to give "the stitches" to match. I wrapped the ribbon (from my stash, years ago.. probably Michaels or Joann..) and adhered the sentiment banner with foam adhesive. I used Nuvo Crystal drops for the finishing touch.

To be qualified, we have to use MFT Stamps, Dies, Stencils & Patterned paper. (Non-MFT CS, inks, embellishments are  allowed to use, according to MFT on FB.) So I used, 
Stamps ~ Spooky Sweets
Stencils ~ English Brick Wall
Dies ~ Blueprints 20

Hope you all are having a great weekend!


Update ~ now time to mail this card, and I decorated the inside 😊 Happy Halloween!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Trick or Treat!

Update : I won the challenge with this card. 😄

I've been wanting to use this stamp and finally the time has come!  
When I saw the title of the challenge which is "I can see right through you", I thought of shaker card right away, looking something "through" the opening in the card. I love making shaker cards, even I'm not really into "interactive" cards which has been a trend these days in the card making world, except, the shaker card! I'm submitting this to the House Mouse challenge #249. 

It's kinda self explanatory but the story is "Muzzy thinking Mudpie ate all the candies in the trick-or-treat bag, having his footprints coming and going out. Of course, Monica in that hat may have one or two hidden her mouth".😁 I didn't color Mudpie cuz he is in Muzzy's thought, except the pink tongue I drew. I tried to show "deliciousness" with that pink toungue! 😄 Since candy corn buttons had more "height" even after removing shanks, I had to attach two foam tapes together to give more height than usual height of just one, for the front panel to attach. I usually place more shaker pieces but since I wanted to show Mudpie's image more, I didn't, but when I shake it, those all pieces shows 😊 The Bats image is from Lawn Fawn, and the sentiments are in one red rubber stamp, from Uptown Rubber Stamps/Holly Pond Hill, but inked them, used them separately. The company is long gone but I've had this stamp for more than 12 years :) I still love it! 

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Happy Haunting"!

A little early but Happy Halloween! ;) Well, I've been dying to use my new addition, which is Lawn Fawn's "shadow box" die set! Usually my mind doesn't get ready for the "occasions" early enough but not this year. lol I think that part of it was contributed to make "Christmas in July" card! lol Anyways, so here it is. I'm sending this to my Godmother's daughter who gets excited about Halloween. Hope she will like it. I'm also submitting to Lawnfawnatics challenge #12, "Create a scene". 

I used a sheet of acetate to attach to the 2nd hillside cutout so that I could stamp ghosts and bats and looks like "flying & floating". I used a little moon die from Lawn Fawn's winter village set. I love that stamp set and bought the die set also. Perfect shape and cut out, no stamping, and attached to the back "wall" of this shadow box. 
Spider web got the shimmer from the wink of stella :) So, can you (Lawn Fawnn fans) guess which stamp set I used for this trick-or-treater in ghost costume? I don't have"trick-or-treater" stamps. So I used a "snow penguin" stamp from "Snow Cool" (penguin's) set. 1. I used "mirror stamping technique" because I already placed the tree on the left (lol!). 2. I didn't ink the "carrot nose" from the original image. 3. I used a trick-or-treater bag from Penny black stamp set and cut that out, and attached to the "snow penguin's" hand! lol I thought it worked out pretty well ;) 

Weekend is almost here. Have a great one! 


Update : These are the sides of this shadow box. The stamp I used is "A muse art stamp" , and woodmounted red rubber stamp. I've had this for more than 12 years. Still comes in handy when the Halloween is near 😃 I don't think this company is no longer in business tho. I found this nice designed paper from my stash, and distressed them, to coordinate with this shadow box. I'll write the message on the back, in the oval die cut out, in lighter color. 

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