Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Bat Shaker Card

"The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world."

                                                                     -----------Lynn M. Osband

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a fun Halloween shaker card. I made this awhile ago and thought I'd better get it posted before I have to wait until next year!!! EEEEK!!

I absolutely adore bats.  They are my favorite Halloween motif along with pumpkins.  I picked up this sweet little bat from the dollar rack at JoAnn's and heat embossed it up with a Serendipity trick-or-treat bag stamp.

I used a variety of dies for this card:  Sizzix Scalloped Circles, Sizzix Fancy Labels, and Spellbiinders Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses.  I like the scroll work of the black die cut against the it a bit of a gothic feel, I think.  I used some corner scissors for the black background panel. 

In the above photo, you can see my sweet little bat swooping in to go trick-or-treating a bit better.  I wasn't sure if the sequins would hang up on the scrollwork background, so I lined it with an additional piece of my ancient acetate that's been in my stash for years!  That way the sequins are actually between two sheets of smooth acetate.  Other supplies I used include:  DCWV cardstocks and paper, orange Coredinations cardstock base. 

TIP:  When I heat embossed my bat image, I didn't get as complete of coverage as I wanted for a nice solid black bat.  A black Sharpie marker came to the rescue.  I just colored in the parts where needed.  Even in the closeup, I don't think you can tell I fudged a little.

Hope you like my cute-style Halloween card.  I have a spookier one coming up waaaaaaatch out!  Boo!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Craft Spot by Kimberly Challenge #155 - Too Cute to Spook
2.  DL.ART October Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
3.  Scrapbook Blessings Club Challenge #32 - Anything Goes Shaker Cards
4.  Sweet Stamp Challenge Blog - Halloween
5.  Fussy and Fancy Challenge #25 - Orange and Black

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Upcycled Gift Box

"A little drowsing cat is an image of perfect beatitude"
--------Jules Champfleury

Hi, Friends....

I'm back with a little upcycled acetate box I made especially for the the Add a Little Dazzle Wrap it Up challenge. I had this clear box (used to hold some foam sticky letters) sitting around and couldn't bear to toss it because I wanted to decorate it. This was the perfect opportunity!

On the front you can see where I embossed some snowflakes into the gorgeous blue Add a Little dazzle metal sheet. I also punched out some small snowflakes and put them on the bag with the silver backside showing, instead of the blue.

I wanted the outside of the box to be free of any embellishments that could get rubbed or knocked off, so I attached my decorated panels inside the box. 

I used Echo Park Winter Wishes for each panel and made them slightly smaller than the actual side of the box so the wrapping tissue inside can show a tiny bit.  Seemed more festive to me.

I used white Add a Little Dazzle for the snowflakes on this side and little stick-on rhinestones.

After getting my panels all made, I then wondered what adhesive would work to attach these to the smooth acetate surface.  The one I had planned to use wasn't staying stuck.  

I knew I would have to go to Beacon 3-in-1....but there was a problem:  B3-1 is acetone based and I was pretty sure it would eat the plastic.  I needed something to coat the plastic to provide a barrier.  So I went to my old standby for decorating all things Christmas...... glitter glue!!!

I smeared carefully applied a thin coat around the edges where I would be adhering the panels to the sides and let it dry.  Then I was able to use my Beacon 3-in-1 with impunity.  Yay!!  

Some of the glitter glue oozed around onto the panels, but that just added more sparkle and I like it, anyway.

I topped off the gift box with a strap of May Arts wired ribbon.  Love this sheer, shimmery blue!!!

Hope you have enjoyed the little tour of my upcycled gift box. It was a lot of fun to make and I hope the recipient enjoys it, too.


Thank you for the honor of entering this project in the following challenges:
1.  Add a Little Dazzle Challenge #47 - Wrap it Up!
2.  Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - Anything Goes 
3.  Tando Creative Challenges - October - Cold as Ice 
4.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #154 - Anything Goes
5.  DL.ART October Linky Challenge

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lily of the Valley

 "A meow massages the heart."
-------Stuart McMillan
Hi, Friends....

I am back with a simple little card I made for the MFP Color Challenge - Peach, Yellow and Green.  I used one of what I call my "card starters".  I have a stack of partially made cards that have one or two scraps of patterned paper or cardstock already on them.  These are all ready for the fast addition of an image and/or sentiment and small embellishment.  

I just happened to have one with this beige cardstock and some peach paper that I had run through a crimper with a subtle star pattern on it.  Yay!  

I stamped the MFP Lily of the Valley image from the set of that same name in Memento London Fog ink on watercolor paper and painted it with my watercolors.  I wanted to put a gray wash around the image so the white flowers would show, but I am afraid that gray didn't turn out as well as I wanted.  I will keep practicing.  :)

I put a bit a yellow paint in the middles of the individual flowers, but it didn't show up too well.  I wanted more yellow for the challenge, anyway, so I used my yellow Sakura Glaze gel pen to make the centers more visible.  Then I also added the little yellow rhinestones.  Somehow, the flowers still weren't quite right, so I also added a bit of glitter gel pen to the centers.  I like how they turned out.  The sparkle echoes the little rhinestones...or is it the other way around???  Hopefully, you can see the shine in this angled photo.

Hope you liked this simple little card.  Do you do "card starters" similar to what I described?  What other things help you save time and use scraps????  Please tell me in your comments!

Have a lovely rest of the week!!!

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #12 - Anything Goes
2.  MFP Speedy TV Color Challenge #40 - Peach, Yellow, and Green
3.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Watercolors
4.  DL.ART October Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5.  Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge #169 - Super Scraps Saturday - Use Scraps

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My Best Shot

"The real measure of a day's heat [or how warm you have the house!] is the length of a sleeping cat."
                                                                              -----------Charles J. Brady [and me!]

Hi, Friends............

I did it!!!  

With this card, I managed an entry in all SEVEN, count 'em seven, of the Winnie & Walter WCMD Week of Challenges!!!!  I am really pleased.  There is no extra prize or anything for doing all seven challenges, but I just wanted to.  :)

This last one was the On Trend with Lea challenge which was a puzzle for me because it asked you to make a card with the trendy camera theme.  I am not a camera bug and don't have any camera stamps or papers, so I didn't think I could finish out the challenges.  But I searched and searched through my stash and finally found this little Glitz camera rhinestone button:

That's not a very good picture of it, but it is what I based my entire card around.  

The only thing I could think of for this card was to make a faux photograph and use the shiny camera piece.  So out came a stack I didn't figure I personally would ever use, but that eventually my granddaughter would:  the DCWV All Dolled Up Stack that has paper dolls and accessories in it.  

So, I chose one of the gals in the stack and put a little tropical-looking outfit on her and a Prima flower in her hair.  Then I found a palm tree looking background from the DCWV Premium Photo Stack and "snapped" a vacation shot.  :)  

I mounted the photo with Scrapbook Adhesives white photo corners and put her on a background of exotic paper.  The camera in the corner was all that was needed for additional embellishment.  

So....what do you think?  I will probably use this for a young teenage gal at some point....turn it into a birthday card, perhaps.  I think it will work.  

This challenge was a stretchhhhhhhhhhhh for me, but I gave it my best shot and ended up having fun with it...even though I was rushed here at the end.  A big THANK YOU to Winnie & Walter for the tremendously fun time I had entering ALL SEVEN of your WCMD challenges!  (Whew!!)  I am so grateful you kept your challenges open for the whole week!! 


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Winnie & Walter WCMD 2014 On Trend with Lea - Camera Theme 
2.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #12 - Anything Goes
3.  Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - October 

Time for Tea

Do you think perhaps their proofreaders are blind, too?????  :)

"The cat sees through shut lids."
-----------English saying

Hi, Friends....

I was able to make one more card for the Winnie & Walter WCMD Week of Challenges!!  This one is for the Sketched with Julie challenge

Here's the fun sketch she gave us:


I just couldn't get a handle on the sketch until I hit on using a doily for the large circle and some adorable Mary Engelbreit stickers a friend gave me (Thanks, Christy!!!).  My doily isn't quite big enough to cover as much of the card as the sketch has, but I hope it will be okay.

My doily seemed like it needed a bit of definition against the peachy background (looks orange, but is really peach! heehee) so I heat embossed some gold circles from the Winnie & Walter - Scenery:  Big Bang Confetti stamp set to add a bit of filigree to it.  

Other supplies include:  DCWV premade card base, K&Co green patterned paper, Zva crystals, Want2Scrap adhesive pearls, and thrift store yellow ribbon.  That ribbon gives me fits when I am using it on my cards so I used my Xyron 1" sticker maker.  Worked like a charm!

It was fun using stickers on my card today.  I don't do that very often, but these tea ones seemed to go well with the doily idea.  Thanks for stopping in!!  Wish we could enjoy a cup together in real life.  :)


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Winnie & Walter WCMD 2014 Sketched with Julie 

2.  MFP Speedy TV Color Challenge #40 - Peach, Yellow, Green
3.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #12 - Anything Goes

Peach, Yellow, and Green

These two cats look sooooooo much like my Chaienne and Aliyah.....except my old lady cats are arched-up rivals.  I've never in their 13 years seen them sit civilly that close to each other.  They define the word "catty". 

"If I called her, she would pretend not to hear, but would come a few moments later when it could appear that she had thought of doing so first."
                                                                                -----------Arthur Weigall

Hi, Friends.....

I am back with another card to squeak in before the deadline at Winnie & Walter's WCMD Challenges.   I still have until tonight, so who knows....I might even get another card in!  :)  

This one is for the Pinspiration with Vanessa challenge.  I was so glad to be able to use my Winnie & Walter - Scenery:  Big Bang Confetti stamp set.  I think it works fantastic embossed in white for this card, don't you? I also used a sentiment from Mark's Finest Paper - Works of Art set, which I heat embossed in a metallic green.  Yum!  I will enter this in the MFP Color Challenge - peach, yellow, and green.

Here's the Pinspiration inspiration piece for the W&W challenge.  I love the colored panels and drew inspiration from those for my card. 

I used a DCWV peach card base and pieced the solid pastel green and yellow panels over it.  Easy peasy!!!  It's only cut and paste....but I liiiiiiiiiiiike it!  :)    Hope you like it, too!

Ding!  Ding! Ding!  It's New Follower Introduction time!!!!!
Please help me welcome my newest follower #62
Creations by Shirl -- Shirl lives way over in Hawaii, but I didn't see any swaying palm trees on her blog.  What I did see were Shirl's cards with images so sweetly colored that your heart just squeezes itself into a happy pitter-patter.  She also has exotic pets.....turtles and sharks!!! her house!!!  I loved perusing her blog, enjoying her artistic creations and getting introduced to those interesting house pets. I think you will, too!!!  THANKS, Shirl, for becoming a follower.  Your support is a great encouragement to me.  This ginormous smile is for you!


Okay, friends...that's all for now. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. We're getting a rainstorm currently, but we have had some gorgeous autumn days, lately.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Imperfections.....Make us Real

This reminds me of when Little Peach tells Grandpa that he doesn't have any hair.  He does, actually, have (some) hair ........ but it is short.  :)

"There is no pretense of sympathy about the cat.  He lives alone, aloft, sublime, in a wise passiveness."                                                                              
                                                                            -----------Andrew Lang

Hi, Friends.....

Back again with another entry for the Winnie & Walter WCMD Challenges.  This one is for the Pattern Play with Shay challenge.  You might recognize my background, from a couple posts ago when I detailed how I made it.

I love the Henna pattern of this Darice embossing folder.  It just seems to go perfectly with the autumn colors of my Distress Inks.  These inks are still visible and peeking out a bit, but blend pretty well under the heat embossing.  You'd sure be able to tell the difference if they weren't there, though!  

I used a new Unity stamp for the sentiment (Thanks, Unity!) and then went to work on a leaf I punched out of a metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle.

You all know how I LOOOOOOOVE gleaming gold....and all things shiny and sparkly, right?  Well, I decided to embellish my leaf a bit.  First off, I used my ball end stylus to draw in veins.  Then I heat-embossed with bronze, copper, and gold till I got the desired effect.  Note:  Be sure to use a clothespin or something to hold on to your metal when heat-embossing.  I had some hemostats (from vet hubby!) and they worked perfectly.  

I love how even with all the layers of metallic embossing powder, the veins are still showing, but the surface has a smooth molten look.  You can see the gleam in the angled picture above.  The Add a Little Dazzle metal is super-fun to use and I love how I was able to bend and roll the edges of the leaf slightly for more dimension without adding bulk. 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing the finished product from the "before" post.  I appreciate your visit and your comments!  You make this bright autumn day we've had be even brighter!!


Thank you for the honor of entering the card in the following challenges:
1.  Winnie & Walter WCMD Challenge - Pattern Play with Shay 
2.  Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair
3.  MFP Speedy TV - Simple Salutations Challenge #115 - Use Metal   
4.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Watercolors 
5.  Add a Little Dazzle Dazzling Diva Challenge #46 - Fall is Here or Anything Goes
6.  Cards in Envy - Autumn Leaves - must be A2 Card size and flat for mailing.