Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Spooky Halloween - Lori Whitlock Halloween Scene Pop Dot SVG


I can always depend on Lori Whitlock and Cricut Design Space when I need some mojo to help me create a card.  I purchased this fun Halloween Scene Pop Dot Card from Lori's SVG shop, downloaded it into Design Space, cut it out on my Cricut and went to work making it my own.  I haven't had the best of luck using foam tape or pop dots on these scenes because they turn out a little too wavy and lumpy for me.  I fixed that by going into Design Space and creating plain frames to cut out on card stock.  With a couple of  card stock layers, my card comes out with just the right amount of dimension to show off the frames in the scene.  I lit up my glittery haunted house with orange paper behind the windows and created a spooky sky with some artsy background paper.  I used my Misti stamp positioner to center the Happy Halloween perfectly on the outer frame.  I'll admit it did take some time to layer six of these cards to send to some friends, but it was so fun because I had so much help from Design Space.  I sure do love my Cricut!!!

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Nancy

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sizzix Tim Holtz Bell Jar Halloween Cards - 2016 Stamp Art Shoppe Class Flashback


While searching through my "Big Box O' Halloween Stuff" for some inspiration and supplies, I was excited to find these fun cards that I made in a class at the Stamp Art Shoppe last year.  Our amazingly talented teacher, Sandy Brien, showed us how to use the Sizzix Bell Jar die with acetate to give a realistic-ish glass jar look.  She instructed us to temporarily center the bell jar transparency on our paper and carefully sponge around the edge with distress ink to make the jar look lighter. We then cleaned and dried the transparency and adhered it to the pedestal after creating our scene.  I had forgotten how cute these cards turned out.  


The ghosts, pumpkins, bats, grass and scene dies are all from Impression Obsession. The leaves were made with punches.  The fabulous bell jar die is Sizzix Bell Jar 658244, which I've seen on Amazon recently.  I have a similar Sizzix Snow Globe die with a Christmas scene that I can't wait to use with this same process. 

Sadly, the Stamp Art Shoppe closed earlier this year, but Sandy still comes to town to teach classes about once a month.  I always look forward to being enlightened by her mad skills and talent.

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Nancy

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Welcome Fall Log Cabin Wall Hanging - Accuquilt Go


While I'm still a relative newbie at piecing quilts, this lovely traditional art is fast becoming one of my favorite creative pass times.  Actually, it's a lot like my other obsession, paper crafting, because it involves a lot of the same techniques and skills.  Design, layout, color coordination...they're all there. And don't even get my started on the joys of die cutting.


The log cabin block for this wall hanging was a cinch to create using the Accuquilt  Go log cabin die and my Go Big electronic die cut machine. I can make several different size blocks with this one die just by adding additional strips,  but I chose to use a six-inch block for this quilt.

  
Accuquilt also makes an assortment of  fun applique dies like the pumpkins and leaves I used  for the 6-inch white blocks in this quilt. I purchased some really cute Etsy embroidery files  made specifically to spiff up the Go die cuts from VStitch Designs.


I promise I'm not an Accuquilt Go sales  rep, but I really love using die  cuts to make precise cuts for my quilts.  I'm not lazy...just rotary cutter impaired!

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Nancy



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cricut Halloween Banner - Spooky


It's that scary time of year again when I  need something eerie to hang on my fireplace to get my spine a'chillin.   Okay, so this is as creepy as my crafty spirit gets.  I might be "spooky challenged" but I think making seasonal holiday banners is paper delight multiplied.  This Halloween banner was super quick and easy to design in Cricut Design Space. 




I chose my images from the Cricut Image Library and lucky for me they were all free with my monthly subscription. The banner shape comes from the Birthday Bash cartridge,  the fiendish spider and skull icons are from the Pumpkin Carvings cartridge and the  alphabet is from the Frightful Affair cartridge.


I used a variety of paper textures just because I could, since each panel is like a separate little piece of artwork.  The polka dot paper looks a little peachy in the pictures, but it's actually sheer vellum and I love how it looks on the card stock.  Since I chose metallic, glitter and vellum  papers,  I thought this banner "screamed" for a little bling, so I garnished each panel with a clear rhinestone.  Doesn't get much spookier than that!

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Nancy

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stampendous Tutu Toad - Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside /Cricut CTMH Artfully Sent Pop Ups


This delightful little Tutu Toad from Stampendous has been staring at me everyday for five years from the shelf above my working desk and says, "please let me make someone smile today."  This week I finally had the opportunity to make her wish come true. My friend is recuperating from knee replacement surgery and I think this googly-eyed tiny dancer might be just the encouragement she needs to get her tip toeing through the tulips again soon.  Or at least doing some arabesques in rehab.  In my first attempt at this Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside scene, I created the pop up inside my card but I found my tulips were too floppy and I didn't like the way the pop up looked.  So I aborted my original plan, as I do so often, and created my scene on the front of my card sans the pop up.  I think my little lady and flowers are much sturdier raised with pop dots on this flatter surface.


I still had a vision of a cute pop up inside my card.  I discovered this perfect get well pop up on the Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Cartridge in Cricut Design Space. There's just enough space for me to write my "tip toe through the tulips" note.  Sometimes the best laid plans are replaced by even better ones.

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Nancy

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Let's Par-Tee with a Cricut Box Card - Lori Whitlock SVG


When it comes to making masculine cards, I might be a tad challenged.  Or maybe I just really think ALL cards look better with flowers, gems and ribbons.  At my house, everyone gets elaborate cards for all occasions except for the person I love best in the world, my darling husband. For years I took a class at The Stamp Art Shoppe called "Masculine Cards,"  taught by one of my favorite artists, Susan Porter, and made enough cards to last me for the year.  But sadly, that shop has closed and I'm left to fend for myself.

 Lori Whitlock SVG cut files to the rescue!  I adore her incredible cut files so I downloaded a few with themes that apply to my husband's favorite hobbies.  Now I'm prepared to wow my husband with my mad "guy card making" skills.  I do have to sit on my hands when the card is finished to keep myself from adding "girlie" details.  The foreground in this z-fold box card came very close to exhibiting a colorful bed of  tulips because we all know the best golf courses do have lovely flower beds along the fairway. I'm so proud of myself for adorning this card  with Tim Holtz  metal embellies.  I think washers and gears do kind of look like coconuts and hubcaps if you squint your eyes enough.

I used some of my regular die cuts for the sun, clouds, grass and palm tree. I like how this idyllic little golf scene turned out and I think my husband will be very impressed with his birthday card this year.  He'll laugh at the metal embellies for sure! At lease I tried...

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Nancy


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pretty Little Pagoda Girl - Mo Manning and Cricut


                             

I couldn't wait to use my Copics to color this sweet little Mo Manning digi girl in her kimono. I knew the Pagoda cartridge in the Cricut Design Space would create the perfect home for her. I absolutely love designing little scenes for my stamped images to live in.  Paper dolls and doll houses...what's not to love!!!


My friend's birthday is next week and she adores all things Asian.  What a perfect opportunity for me to spend some time creating this Lori Whitlock shutter card.  This is the first time I've used this svg file and I just love it.  So many surfaces to decorate!  It's an A7 size card, so there's oodles of room for me  to go crazy adding die cuts. And I can size and stretch them in Design Space to fit my card panels perfectly.


I can imagine so many fun scenarios for using this shutter card.  I'm glad I've taken the time to become familiar with the Cricut Design Space, even if my head does explode occasionally. It's well worth the effort! There are lots of excellent YouTube videos that teach you all the ins and outs of this use friendly program. If you're a Cricut lover like I am and aren't familiar with all the fun tricks it has to offer, you should definitely take a peak.

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Nancy

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Looking Gorjuss in Lavender and Blue


I was reminded of how much I love these Gorjuss Girl stamps when I spotted a display of them at a stamping convention a couple of weeks ago and had to fight off an enthusiastic mob of ladies to buy the ones I wanted. After risking life and limb, I came home and discovered I had purchased one I already have!!! Oh well, we all  know how that goes.  I managed to buy some really cute new ones though, and I can't wait to start coloring.

While searching through my Gorguss images, I found this little girl that I had already colored and couldn't resist creating a quick card.  Lavender and blue is one of my favorite color combos and it was easy to find matching paper and embellies. I layered a Spellbinders die frame with a Lawn Fawn pierced oval die frame and attached my fussy cut image. My coordinating background paper is layered with a black striped panel and edged with a purple peel off sticker border. I also added purple peel off gem flowers to my little lady's hair, and the centers of the border flowers. (I found lots of colored Starform peel off stickers at the convention and now I'm obsessed with them.  I think eventually it might pass, but I do love them.)  I added a paper rose to the center my focal flower to make it fuller.  A little drop of stickles added to my flower with a paint brush was the final touch. Is a card really finished if it doesn't have a touch of glitter for punctuation... like a sentence?  Not in my world.

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Nancy 

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Riley Blake Rag Lap Quilt - Embroidered Heart Detail



A beautiful pieced embroidered heart in the corner of this lap quilt is one way I can subtly tell my recipient I love her.  This machine embroidered heart is an Anita Goodesign design and I have "signed" several of my quilts this way.  One half of the heart is applique and the other half is a beautiful filigree pattern. I like the fact that the applique blends right into my quilt..

 

If I had to choose a fabric line that I'm drawn to the most, it would have to be Riley Blake Designs.  Her bright, whimsical designs always catch my eye.


"Quilt-as-you-go" rag quilts are simple and sew up so easily, they are my first choice for quick gifts.  But lately I'm getting in the mood to do some more detailed piecing with my ever growing stash. I'm excited to embark on an anniversary trip Scandinavia soon and I'm sure I will come home inspired to do some cozy, winter quilting. 

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Nancy

Monday, July 31, 2017

Laurel Burch Mermaid Side Step Card - Have a Magical Day.

I can't help being a little obsessed with coloring these fabulous Stampendous Laurel Burch stamps with my copics. They're so coloricious!  I couldn't wait to work on this beautiful mermaid stamp set and I decided it would be perfect for my daughter's birthday next month. Aren't we all a little fascinated with magical creatures like mermaids and unicorns?  I think my 30-something daughter will love it!

I used the bright Stampendous Laurel Burch copic pallet and added some gold glitter paper and Starform glitter stickers for accents to make my sea lady sparkle.  To my amazement, I created the side step file by myself in Cricut Design Studio.  My brain almost exploded but I finally got it right and now I can use the file to make other side step cards in a snap.  I even figured out how to size the insert pieces (with a lot of trial and error). It's not hard...it just takes a little perseverance.   The finished card measures 5" x 7".  The sun, cloud and waves are from the Cricut image library. I love that I can just type in "sun" or "waves" in the search bar and I get to choose from tons of images.  Since I have been a Cricut geek for many years I already have many purchased cartridges loaded in the library and with my added monthly subscription, I rarely have to buy an image.  The stamped greeting is one I found in my stash.  

I had the best time creating this ocean scene on my Cricut for my sparkly mermaid.  And as for having a magical day, as my sentiment suggests, I'd say most of the days I spend in my craft room are magical...even if it's just enjoying the miracle of a card turning out the way I would like it to. We crafters are blessed that way!

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Nancy.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stampendous Laurel Burch Doggies - So Glad We're Friends!


  

What could be more fun than coloring these beautiful Laurel Burch images from Stampendous!  I think these doggies are absolutely adorable. There are several in the set and I had the best time auditioning the ones I wanted to stack for my focal image.  It was hard to pick just two but that's all I could fit.

Stampendous has published this helpful copic chart to help with the bright Laurel Burch pallet.  I must say,  the colors aren't the ones I would have picked right away, but they really work for the Laurel Burch look.   For the base of this card I used the Lori Whitlock center step SVG file and sized it as large as I could in Cricut Design Studio.   It measures about 5 1/2" by 5 1/2".  The layering panels are included in the file so it was very easy to cut the card stock pieces to fit  my background.. The sun is from the Cricut image library, sized to fit my center panel.   Gotta love Cricut Design Studio!!!  The grass is a die cut I had in my stash and the sparkly embellies are Starform Stickers.  I love using these stickers because they look like gems but they don't add bulk to my card for mailing. The cute butterfly is from the Laurel Burch cat set.


I'm going to make a few of these for my equally adorable and  colorful besties.

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Nancy

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sunny Rubber Ducky Rag Quilt - Baby Gift Set


I went treasure hunting in my fabric stash and discovered some super cute rubber ducky print flannel that I just knew would make the perfect snugly rag quilt for my friend's new baby boy.  I also unearthed some bright sunshine prints in coordinating colors.  Don't you love shopping in your own fabric hoard?




It only takes a couple of yards of designer fabric to sew up a rag quilt, especially if you back it with some solid flannel.



I already had some cute ducky peel off stickers from Elizabeth Craft in my stash, so I put them on some double stick tape, sprinkled on some microfine glitter and painted the adorable ducky with my copic markers.  You can see how I did it here.  I attached my image to an embellished flip card cut from a Sizzix die.  




Here's my fun gift all ready to wrap in a pretty bag. I think my duckies will make my new darling baby friend giggle. And I found almost all my materials in my own craft room. I'm going to have to shop there more often.

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Nancy

Monday, July 10, 2017

Penny Black Poetic Portraits Stamps - Copic Coloring


Coloring these beautiful Penny Black Poetic Portrait images with my copic markers takes me back to the days when I spent hours with my sweet friend, Pamela, drawing paper dolls and coloring them with crayons. We made dresses for them with tabs that bent over their shoulders to hold them in place and played with them for hours. Anybody else remember this?  I also loved drawing and coloring pretty faces. I still do it sometimes.  Maybe that's why I love make up so much.  

I'm absolutely in love with these gorgeous Penny Black images because they are already beautifully drawn for me and all I have to do is make them come alive.  I stamp them in Memento London Fog ink which softens the edges when I color them. They are simpler to color than they look, although the shading takes a little practice. On this image, to my great dismay, my copic marker dropped a big drop of blue ink onto my pretty lady's neck after I had almost finished coloring her. I know...disastrous! But it turned out to be a happy accident, as is often the case.  I was able to cover it up with some pretty flowers and a beautiful butterfly.  I die cut a Spellbinders frame in white to showcase my image and let my lady peak through from the back to show her flowing hair.  

I love these Penny Black images so much.  There are several and I have them all!  They have become my favorite thing to color. 

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Nancy

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Lori Whitlock Lemonade Glass Shaped Card - Wishing you a day full of sunshine


Summer's here and I'm in the mood for some bright sunny colors and  a tall frosty glass of lemonade. My friends are located all over the country, but the one thing we all seem to have in common lately is the HEAT!!!  It's 107 degrees here in sunny California and rising  What better time to take to my air conditioned craft room and create some snail mail full of lemonade-y goodness.


I admit, I'm obsessed with shaped cards.  I cut this adorable lemonade glass card on my Cricut with a Lori Whitlock SVG file. I like to change my cut files to make my cards as large as I can...this one is about 5 x 7 inches.  I couldn't help casing this sweet card from the Lori Whitlock website (circa 2015). The sequin bubbles are such a cute added sparkly touch.  I found the fun fruit stamps with matching dies in my stash and couldn't find a company for them.  Sorry I can't enable you with more info.

Off to send some handmade sunshine to my friends.

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Nancy

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Anita Goodesign Tropical Quilt - Another Embroidered Block Update


Oh, what fun I'm having machine embroidering appliqued blocks for my tropical quilt. Check out some of the blocks I've already finished in my earlier tropical quilt and tropical quilt 2 blog posts. I've completed nine blocks so far...only four more to go!  I can't wait to start piecing and get this ship sailing.


Then comes the hardest part for me, choosing the shashing and border fabrics.  Help!!! I'm thinking of a light blue fabric with some texture that looks like waves or water. Or maybe a very subdued tropical tone on tone. Or plain, so it won't compete with my bright colored blocks?  I have too many choices in my stash.  I love striped borders, but I'm not sure how stripes will look with a tropical quilt.  Maybe like a striped beach umbrella! That would be cool.


I won't know exactly what my design will be until I get all the blocks done and organize them to see what shape and size my quilt will be.  It's like arranging puzzle pieces.. I'm praying that they'll all fit together perfectly.


I guess part of the excitement is seeing where the process takes me. Speak to me, quilt! 

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Nancy

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Stamping Bella Birthday - Shaker Card Drama


                                        

The minute I saw this cute happy birthday die I knew it would make the perfect shaker card for my friend's birthday. For this card I colored my Stamping Bella image with copics, die cut my Spellbinders border and created my shaker card element...easy peasy.  But it didn't start out that way....


This was my first attempt.   How hard could it be? I've made shaker cards before. I had already water colored the peonies from Altenew's Peony Bouquet stamp set and they were the perfect colors for the Splitcoaststampers Tuesday color challenge.   I often struggle with layouts, but usually things fall together in the end. In this case, I think my  peonies just didn't want to live on this card.  Those gray looking elements are actually silver and I don't hate them.  The most frustrating part of this card was the shaker doohickey!  Apparently I'm not patient enough to let glue dry and my sequins like swimming in it.  I was glad when this card was finally finished and, happily, when I woke up this morning I was ready to give it another try.  My husband likes this one best.  I like the Stamping Bella one way better. What do you think?

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Nancy

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cheery Rag Quilt and Card - For My Sweet Friend's Little One


These fun rag quilts are my answer to being machine quilting-challenged.  I can just sew as I go and end up with a soft, fluffy finished quilt - no top quilting necessary. Babies seem to be fascinated with the texture of these quilts and, happily, they get fluffier the more they are washed. (Both the babies and the quilts.😄)



I bought these adorable bright cotton charm squares in a kit at my fabric store a while ago and decided they would make a perfect quilt for my friend and her little baby girl.  I linked directions for this quilt in an earlier post here.


I used premium quilting cotton for the bottom and top layers on my blocks and white cotton flannel for the batting.  This produces beautiful fraying on the finished quilt. These vibrant colors and dainty prints are delightfully girly and  the juvenile patterns are adorable.


The quilt is reversible because the back is just as pretty as the front! 



I almost always make matching cards for my gifts, just because I can...and it's loads of fun trying to match colors and designs.   The card base was made from the Sizzix Framelets Die Set - Friends Forever Step Ups.



The cute onsies were die cut with the Sizzix Triplets "Oh, Baby" die set. I've made several of these cards for friends because it's easy to adapt the onsies for a boy or girl just by changing the colors.  It would be fun to match the print on them to one of the fabrics in the quilt. I'll try that next time!

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Nancy

Friday, June 2, 2017

Altenew Peony Bouquet Flip Cards


I adore these Tonic Studio Flip Flop die sets when I need to make something special and don't have much time.  I got a little panicky last night when I realized I needed to make two birthday cards and a sympathy card for today.  

                                         

I stamped these lavender flowers with Tim Holtz distress Ink.  The layers on these Altenew Peony Bouquet stamps are pretty easy to line up in my Misti if I just pick a few spots to concentrate on.


I'm into stripes lately, both in my quilt borders and cards.  They just seem to coordinate with everything.  This beautiful gold and white striped Stampin' Up vellum called to me from my stash.


I used two different Tonic Flip Flop dies, an oval and a rectangle.  The die cut sets include a large die to cut the flip flop card (over 5 x 7) which can be sized to different dimensions and several layering dies for the shape area. There's a sentiment die for the center, but I chose to pop up my peonies for my focal point and put my sentiment on the back.  I dug out my Marvy stamp pads from a hundred years ago and now I remember why I love them so much.  The pinks and reds stamped very evenly and I am happy with the bright, vivid colors. Good thing I have the reinkers because I think I'll be using them a lot for my layered stamps.


The little swirls around the flowers were the scraps from the die cut frame.  Glad I didn't throw them away!  I added a pretty sparkly gold bow to my side panel and some sequins to match the flowers and I'm almost done.



I use tons of die cut sentiments because I can put them anywhere on the card, even over stamped images, and I don't have to worry about ink smudges.  This "Prayers" image is from Hero Arts and it has several stamp phrases to go with it.  And, of course, I messed up stamping the "sending hugs" phrase, so I just stamped it again on another piece of paper and popped it up over my boo boo. I'm a boo boo guru. 


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Nancy

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