Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Zombie Halloween

Wow. So these took forever to finish up. Don't you hate it when real life interferes with crafty life. Bah!

I love zombies and these from Tim Holtz are so fun with absolutely perfect sentiments. Keep up the snark, Tim!

I meant this zombie to look like his body is the gravestone but it also looks like he's peeking out from behind.  Either way, enjoy those zombie hugs.  I must remember the combo of B91, BG90/91, BG93 and BV25 used on that gravestone.

I know exactly to whom I'm giving this one.  I won't need to trip her; she is the queen of doing that herself. LOL.

Agreed!  One idea for the future:  the zombie on the far right would look amazing with an eye patch and zombie parrot pecking at its brain.

The Details:  Tim Holtz Zombies and Spatter Stencil, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Distress Ink Candied Apple and Forest Moss, Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Cards in Envy Yellow and Black

Cards in Envy time! This time we'd like to see lots of yellow and black on your card. I usually go floral with that combo but decided to push myself a bit and pull out some stash I hadn't used in a while.

That plaid with the heart spokes running through it makes me happy dance! Now the heart? Not so much. It's perfectly smooth and coated in Glossy Accents but the camera made it look janky. Ugh.

 The Details: Concord and 9th Heart Smile and Heart Strings Die, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Spring 6x6 Paper, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Glossy Accents

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Never Too Late

I'm up on the Topflight Stamps blog sharing a page from a new journal I've started.  Over the coming months I'll be exploring self-love and sharing the pages with you.  I'm excited and hope you'll be inspired!

The Details:  Katzelkraft SnailKatzelkraft DreamerVisible Image Meshing Around, Tim Holtz Life's Possibilities, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxides, Copics

Monday, August 13, 2018

Pricking of My Thumbs

Gosh, it feels too early to be making a Halloween card but soon I'll be in the Xmas card mood so best do it while I can.  This one used a new product to me:  PaperArtsy Infusions Orange County.  It reminded me of Brushos but with a mix of crystals and powders.  Very cool results.  I use a colored pencil to enhance the light coming from the lantern

I'm entering this in The Paper Players #405 Color Challenge

The Details:  Oxford Impressions Dance Macabre, PaperArtsy Alison Bomber 04PaperArtsy Infusions Orange County, Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Speciality Stamping Paper, Premiere Colored Pencil

Saturday, August 11, 2018

SOSS #116 - D is for Denim

Oh, you sassy things, are you ready for another SOSS Challenge!  This time the keyword is "denim." Denim fabric, denim blue, denim whatever.

I started my card by sponging the background in Distress Ink Vintage Photo, using a die cut negative for the horizon. It's the desert so tan on tan. Boring. But the cowgirl is all sassified in her red, white and blue outfit which really pops out as do her attributes.  Not only did I used denim blue but I used actual denim on my card.  Actual denim? Where? Well, if you look closely, that cowgirl's outfit has been textured by dabbing it with a swatch of denim dampened with Copic 0. It's such an easy way to create a bit of interest.

I love, and am frankly amazed, that I had the perfect washi and designer paper to create the grounding banners.  And the alpha stamps. I'm going to be using those a lot. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to find an actual stamp that says that. LOL.

The Details:  Bombshell Stamps Retro Cowgirl, Taylored Expressions Alpha Blocks, Craftin Desert Divas Southwest Border, Doodlebug Design Down on the Farm 6x6 Paper, PTI Banner Die, Versafine Onyx Black, mystery washi, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Vintage Photo

Friday, August 10, 2018

Live the Life

Here I'm using a Gelli print as raindrops.  I loved the print as it turned out but it had a lot going on as you can see from the snippets so I selectively die cut my fav bits. I also like the purples against the lemongrass paper, an unusual choice for me.

I started by stamping the silhouette and sentiment--this comes from a TH set that I'd had so long without using it that I put it in this summer's garage sale.  Good thing it didn't sell!  Next I stenciled some vertical lines using Distress Oxide. Glue on those raindrops then trim to size = fab!

I'm entering this in Shopping Our Stash #366 Silhouettes, Simon Says Wednesday Distress It

The Details:  Tim Holtz Life's Possibilities, vertical lines stencil, dotty stencil, TCW Rain stencil, Liquitex Acrylic Paints, Versafine Onyx Black, Flavours Gourmet Lemongrass cardstock, Distress Oxide Wilted Violet

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Admire the Flowers

Another Gelli print card. A bit of brick and crumpled up plastic worked wonders.  I used PaperArtsy Seth Apter Fresco Chalk Paints Set 1 alonge with some copper shimmer paint although I couldn't capture the shimmer with the camera.  I also added some Distress Crackle Paint through a stencil to create additional subtle flowers and texture.  Oh!  And I got some of the Tim Holtz Botantical Layers so used one of the flowers from that.  I was surprised how sturdy those are.  Very cool.

The Details:  PaperArtsy Seth Apter Fresco Chalk Paints Set 1, TCW Brick Stencil, Tim Holtz Botanical Layers, Ranger Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, PTI Choose Joy sentiment

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Raining Flowers

I'm up on the Topflight Stamps blog today with a whimsical interactive card.  Shake it!

The Details: That's Crafty Magda Polakow The Mama Bear CollectionThat's Crafty Magda Polakow Smile 8x8 StencilClarity Stencil Brushes, MFT Cloud Shaker Window & Pouch, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black and Love Letter, Copics, Ranger Glossy Accents, Love Cynthia sequins, Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coating Glitter

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Every Bit of Wonderful

Some of the recent Gelli prints aren't particularly suited as backgrounds for my style of cards but used as accents, they rock.  I used one to cut out the flowers here.  Reminder to future self:  use either 80lb or deli paper for the prints as the 140lb used here was a pain to fussy cut.  I used the Copic airbrush to create a quick background with a great fade.  So much easier than sponging for me.

I'm entering this in CAS Mix Up August, AAA CAS #121 Friendship

The Details:  Ranger Dyan Reaveley Everything's Rosy, Simon Says Stamp Uplifting Thoughts, Memory Box Dancing Butterflies, Copics (YG01 and 03), Doodlebug Washi, Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Archival Jet Black, Clarity Chrysanthemum Stencil, Liquitex Acrylics

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Cards in Envy Something New

Time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy--please show us something new. It could be a new technique, new ink, new stamp, or about anything as long it's new to you and you let us know what it is. In my case, I'm using a new stamp, die and stencil. 

I started out by sponging the upper half of my card base with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide. Next I die cut the window and sponged it with Salty Ocean, making the color a bit darker at the top in keeping with the base. I realized afterwards that I had cut the window crooked so I used the rectangle die to rectify that--whew!

Coloring up the genie was extra fun--man boobs! He's rockin' that bod. Defined but not defined by working out excessively, you know? Yummers. LOL.

The Details: Hero Arts Make a Wish and December 2018 Card Kit, Distress Oxides, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die

Friday, August 3, 2018

Autumn . . .

I saw that over at CAS Mix Up that one of the ingredients for August is a stencil monoprint which I now have plenty of after last weekend's mega Gelli plate experiment. Woo hoo!

This is the second print or whatever's that called.  The leaves were completed free of paint so I was able to reuse the stencil and sponge Distress Oxides there. I love the effect, especially after I spattered water. There's just something about all the dotty goodness that makes me happy dance!

I'm also entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Make Your Own Background

The Details:  PaperArtsy Alison Bomber Autumn Edition EAB04, Tim Holtz Stencil, Liquitex Acrylic Paints, Gelli plate, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die, Ranger Archival Jet Black, Distress Oxides, mystery washi, Hero Arts dusky purple cardstock from one of the kits

Thursday, August 2, 2018

TFS - Singing Cat

I'm up on the Topflight Stamps blog today with another Gelli print background card. Sing your heart out!

The Details:  Katzelkraft The Fat Cats 6PaperArtsy Seth Apter Fresco Chalk Paints Set 1, MFT Brick Stencil, Stamporations Noteworthy and Wonky Stitches Rectangle die, Tim Holtz Dotty Stencil, Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink, Paper Studio Washi

Year After Year

A birthday card for my older sister using one of the Gelli prints.  The paint blurp formed a highlighted oval which reminded me of a speech bubble.  I think it formed because my paint was too wet or dry when I applied the next layer.  Sure, why not?

I’m entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Make Your Own Background, Tuesday Throwdown #403 Stenciling,

The Details:  IndigoBlu Think Evil Thoughts, Taylored Expressions Block Alpha, TCW Numbers Stencil, Tim Holtz Dotty Stencil, Liquitex Acrylic Paints, Ranger Archival Jet Black, Memory Box Dancing Butterflies, Stamplorations Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Topflight - Anything Goes

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today with this insanely cute birthday card.  Do check it out.  Also, check out my IG, @frankiehelpscraft, if you'd like to see the Wobble in action. Wobble, wobble, wobble!

The Details:  Katzelkraft Booly DogVisible Image Time Tunnel, Your Next Stamp Insanely Happy, Paper Smooches Balloons, Distress Oxides, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Avery Elle Twine, Hampton Art Mini Action Wobble

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Punch Today

How could I resist getting this set with its kick-ass unis?  Gah!  So cute!  I masked the background and overlapped colors for a spotlight effect.  I then spattered with water before stamping the unicorn.

The Details:  AALL and Create Rocking Corns, Hero Arts to Seize or Not to Seize, Distress Inks, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Saturday, July 28, 2018

SOSS #115 - J is for Junk

Oh, man, our challenge this fortnight at the Sisterhood is J is for Junk.

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I have to admit I struggled with it so.  There are so many things you can upcycle and recycle I was overwhelmed until I saw a piece of acetate on my desk.  I rescued a box of old school transparencies from a place I used to work and now use it for getting inky, shakers, and now as water!
I used the fat tip of my Copics to create the water then die cut the waves.  The inked side goes toward the card because it is possible to rub the ink off. I love that the water is shiny and transparent so you can see the scene without a lot of layers.

Oh, to all you fellow IBS-ers out there, this card is for us!

I'm entering this in TIME OUT #114 Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration

The Details:  Picket Fence A Dose of Vitamin Sea, Love Cynthia Happy Girls Gone Bad, MFT Ocean Waves, Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa, Ranger Glossy Accents, Copics

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Plaid Ice Cream

Another quick and easy make 'n' take. I don't often use purple but I think I should change that. Love that heart journal card. I also love that the gals who make this can tailor it to their own style a bit by changing the journal card color, the plaid and the position of the cones.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

The Details:  Lawn Fawn I Scream You Scream and Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper, SugarPea Designs Notched Heart Journal Card, MFT Chill Wishes, Distress Oxide, Versafine Onyx Black

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Topflight - Katzelkraft

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today with a yummy CAS card. Do check it out!

The Details:  Katzelkraft Tea TimeKatzelkraft Carpe Diem, CZ Design Simple Sentiments 1, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black and Love Letter, Versafine Onyx Black

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

I Eely Like You

This card is such an easy, cute and fun one!  The coral is part of the die cut so it looks fussy but so isn't. I sponged the card base with a couple shades of Distress Oxide then adhered it after coloring the coral a bright red. Isn't that eel cute peeking out from behind? Who knew they could be made cute? I always think of moray eels which are, if anything, so ugly they're cute. LOL.

I'm entering this in Tuesday Throwdown #402 Heatwave (Use Hot Colors), The Paper Players #402 CAS Using Negative Space, Simon Says Wednesday Use a Die or Punch

The Details:  Lawn Fawn You Are Sublime, Memory Box Underwater Collage, Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Underwater, Copics, Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Glossy Accents, Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Monday, July 23, 2018

Sweet Treats

I made a couple of really easy peasy cards this weekend, starting with the one below then an even simpler one for the girls to do as a make 'n' take. I may hate pie (crust is eww) but I love this set!

I'm entering this in House of Cards Popsicle, Food or Colors

The Details:  Hero Arts You're Sweet as Pie, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

The Details:  Hero Arts You're Sweet as Pie, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black and Love Letter, Versamark, Ranger Fine White Embossing Powder

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Positive Vibes

Crazy fun weekend with lots of crafting. Woo hoo!

This card was super easy--just a bit of coloring with Copics. I did fussy cut and raise the llama's head because I had intended to make it a Wobble then changed my mind. He's just so cute as is!

I'm entering this in AAA CAS #120 Rainbow, Simon Says Wednesday Use a Die or Punch

The Details:  Aall and Create Positive Vibes, Doodlebug Grass Washi, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hey, Darlin'

I just received this adorable cowboy set from Doodlebugs!  It was hot as Hades when I was making it but all that literal elbow sweat was worth it!

I started by sponging scrap cardstock with Distress Ink and Oxide Vintage Photo which I spattered with water and die cut. While that was drying I sponged the card base with clouds then colored up the figures. I used denim spritzed with Copic 0 to create the texture on his chaps--love that weathered look. From there I assembled the card, stamping the sentiment last. It's just too cute!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Use a Die or Punch, Watercooler Wednesday Masculine Anything Goes, Addicted to Stamps and More #301 Anything Goes

The Details:  MFT Saddle Up and Celebrate, Mini Cloud Stencil, Spring Scene Builder and Gingham Galore 6x6 Paper, Craftin Desert Divas Desert Border, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Distress Oxide Vintage Photo and Salty Ocean, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Greatest Adventure

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today with a simple and colorful steampunk card. Do check it out!

The Details:  Carabelle Studio The BirdsVisible Image Destination Unknown, TCW stencils, Distress Oxides, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Stampendous Detail Fine Black embossing powder

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cards in Envy On the Beach

Time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge!  This time we'd like to see anything related to the beach. Man, I wish I were on one. Heck, even near a nice one would do me. LOL.

For my cards I watercolored the background quickly with Zig markers.  While that was drying, I created a sandy white beach and colored up the other elements of the scene. I really love the look of the palm tree. The coconuts are enamel dots colored with Copics.

The Details: MFT Mermazing, Yvonne Creations Palm Tree, Memory Box Marina Sailboats and Cheerful Crabs, Copics, Zigs, Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Doodlebug Design Enamel Dots

Weekend Challenges

I played along with some challenges this weekend. Fun!  This is my personal favorite of the three. I'm entering this one in Simon Says Wednesday Fun in the Sun and Just Add Ink #417 Just Add T.

The Details:  MFT Polynesian Paradise, Newton's Nook Tropical Leaves, Distress Oxide Twisted Citron, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

I'm entering this one in CAS(e) This Sketch #280.

The Details:  MFT Bubbled Over with Joy, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

This one I'm entering in Lawn Fawn #32 Color Inspiration.

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Fintastic Friends, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics

Saturday, July 14, 2018

SOSS #114 - C is for Coloring

Time for a more-or-less anything goes challenge with SOSS #114 coloring! Come join in the fun!

I used no line coloring and am quite pleased with how my card came out, particularly his face although his teeth turned out a bit caveman. And oh my effing god, I can so relate to him. I imagine a lot of you can too. I can just hear that damn yammering bird going on and on while the lion sits calmly (for a lion--let's give him some credit). Of course, we cat lovers know his tail is doing the slow whip and that bird doesn't have much longer in this world.  LOL.

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The Details:  Katzelkraft Jungle Animals, Ranger Dylusions People . . . Not a Fan, MFT Black and White Stripes 6x6 Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black and Toffee Crunch, Copics (primarily E30-9, E27, YR24, YR27, YG13, YG17, YG67)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Pop Art Happy Birthday

I showed this card to a coworker who saw the profile of a bird rather than a tilted face.  How about you?  And while you're at it, why don't you tell me about your mother.

The Details:  Stampers Anonymous Classics #5, Your Next Stamp Insanely Happy, Memento Dandelion, Rose Bud, Bahama Blue and Love Letter, Versafine Onyx Black, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Love Cynthia Bookmarks

I received a request to make some bookmarks.  I personally have switched to e-books for the sake of convenience but I do remember paper fondly. :)

The Details:  Love Cynthia Find a Reason to Smile and Donut Worry, MFT Mini Cloud Edges, Distress Oxides, Copics, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Glaze, Strathmore 140lb Mixed Media Paper

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Topflight - Christmas in July

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps Blog today with a fun Christmas card!

The Details:  PaperArtsy JOFY 57, MFT Black and White Stripe 6x6 Paper, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder, Copics

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

May All Your Wishes

I played with one of my birthday presents yesterday.  Love this set so.  I remember doing this when I was a kid and rubbing the dandelion flowers beneath our chins and if it left yellow it meant something or another.  Fun times!

I started by sponging cardstock in green then using the LF grassy hillsides dies to cut them out.  For the back hill, I used the negative of the die to sponge grass directly on the card base for added depth. I then colored the sky with my Copic air brush and B00. I set that aside as the water spatters dried. I next used by Scan N Cut to fussy cut the animals, coloring them with Copics.  Turned out so cute!

I'm entering this in Seize the Birthday without optional sequin topping

The Details:  Mama Elephant Dandelion Wishes, Lawn Fawn Simple Grassy Hillsides, Distress Oxides, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Fine White Embossing Powder, Versamark

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sweet as Ice Cream

A little thank you card using some new goodies. Of course, now little ol' lactose-intolerant me craves ice cream. Plus it's summer. Yum!

The Details:  Waffle Flower Sweet Ice Cream, Lawn Fawn I Scream, You Scream and Dotty Coverplate, Newton's Nook Tropical Leaves stencil, Distress Oxides, Copics, PTI Banner Die, Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina Marie Scalloped Rectangle die, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Topflight - Tickled Pink

I'm over at Topflight Stamps today with my first post as a DT member.  I'm so tickled pink to have joined the team!

The Details: Katzelkraft Farm Animals, Hello Bluebird Farmyard Little Bits (sentiment), Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Inkadinkado Masking Paper

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tropical Popsicles

I was inspired by the reports of the heatwave elsewhere to make this card. I'm still wearing a coat here in the PNW so it's a bit hard to relate.  Give us another few weeks then we'll be right there with you.

I'm using up a Distress Oxide background I had created a while back and assume I used at some point because there was a piece cut out although I don't recall what became of it. I used a wet wipe and the NN Stencil to create the bleached leaves.  Pretty cool.  Heh heh.  I made a punny.

I'm entering this in Make My Monday #74 Ice Cream, CAS(E) this Sketch! #278, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

The Details:  Lawn Fawn I Scream, You Scream; MFT Down Slope, Newton's Nook Tropical Leaves stencil, Sizzix embossing folder, Distress Oxides