Saturday, August 1, 2015

House of Cards August Challenge- Metallics


Hi everyone! Today is a new challenge at The House of Cards. We are looking at using metallics in our creations. this is kinda a blast from the past for me. 
 

I went through my studio looking for something that would work. I came across this aluminum tape and remembered a long ago technique from Tim Holtz- before he was a household name in the stamping community.  

I don't really have a name for this technique, may be some of you will recognize it and let me know what to call it.

Here is a photo tutorial on how I created this shiny silvery card.

 
 I used a roll of aluminum tape and a piece of cardboard. ( the cardboard backing from a pack of StampinUp paper worked perfect!)


Using this set of dies from Julie Ebersole, I die cut several flowers and leaves. Depending on your die cutting machine you may need an extra shim. I have a Big Shot and still used an extra metallic shim.


Create a pleasing arrangement. Then apply some strips of double sided tape on the card and adhere the die cuts back on the card.

 
Lay the metallic tape over the die cuts on the card stock panel.



Apply a second strip of the tape so the die cuts are completely covered. Yes, I know you are going to say, "Sue T. there is a piece of the die showing." I know, I trimmed that section off to keep the strips of tape to two.


Using your finger go over the tape and press the tape down on the card base, so the image appears.

 
Using a ball tip stylus go back and really define the image.
 
 

Once that is all done I highlighted the flowers and leaves with Copic markers which will dry on the aluminum tape.
 
 
Just think of all the different dies you can use this technique with. I hope when you enter this months challenge at The House of Cards, I will see some of your creations using this old school technique. 


Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Little Stampers August Sketch Challenge


Oh goodness!! My first Christmas card !! I never start this early. I am definitely a last minute girl when it comes to my holiday cards. December 1, 1 am sitting down in my studio to make around 100 cards. 
  

When I saw the sketch challenge this month at Happy Little Stampers I just thought Christmas and this is what I came up with (after digging around to find my Christmas stamps!).  You did notice I turned the sketch upside down didn't you?

I used this set from Lawn Fawn, a favorite from last year. The embossing folder was extremely popular. Every time I tried to order it, it was out of stock. Much to my amazement I found it at the Heirloom Rubberstamp Convention



Please join in the fun over at Happy Little Stampers and see what the rest of the DT came up with!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mid Challenge reminder for the Male Room


 Hi all! I am pooping in with a reminder to join the fun over at the Male Room. Challenge #15 is all about "spots and stripes".




I had so much fun with this challenge that I made several cards. See this post for my other entries.


 Thank you cards can be tough for guys.  I mean do men really expect thank you cards? is it a "girly" thing.  What are your thoughts?

I suppose there are times when you need to send a thank you card to a guy. I always send the docs I work with thank yous for my Christmas gift.


This graphic black and white card card is perfect for a guy. But what do you think of this interpretation of the same card?



Does this one work for a guy or is it more feminine? May be it straddles the fence- male and female.

Anyway, whatever you think, be sure to join in the fun at the Male Room!!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Male Room Challenge- Spots and Stripes

 

This week the challenge at the Male Room is "spots and stripes". Oh that leaves quite a bit of interpretation doesn't it?




I grabbed this set from Mama Elephant and messed around a lot before I came up with this card. I had such fun putting this scene together that the ideas really starting flying around.

I decided to try a "land, sea, air" theme.


AAA cards is having an interesting challenge that my "nauti-cool" card fits. They are looking for "waterworld and dies"




What do you think? It works huh?



My DH George gave me the highest complement on this trio of cards. he said, "I would buy these if I saw them."

I can't wait to see how all of you approach this awesome challenge at the Male Room!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Male Room Challenge



What a fun challenge over at the Male Room this week! Song titles! Goodness it can be as complicated or as simple as my card.


I love this "surfer dude" from Art Impressions and usually use him at least a few times a year. I spiffed him up with patriotic garb and he is ready to belt out "Surfin' USA"!

 





So start humming your favorite song title and play along at the Male Room this week!



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th and 300th!!!!



Happy 4th of July to all those in the US! But even bigger- happy 300th challenge to my chicks at Just Us Girls!!  Congratulations!! What an achievement!! They are having a big celebration there with all kinds of prizes and awesome creations. be sure to check it out and join in the fun!


My card today features that ever popular set from My Favorite Things- "you make my tail wag" and a fun set from Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson- "wish big". I embellished the balloons with some doodling.


I made the same card for my DH, but made it as a 4th of July card.


Since there is a patriotic theme over at Addicted to CAS, I thought I would join in the fireworks!



Head over to Just Our Girls and congratulate them by playing along this week and play along at Addicted to CAS.



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

House of Cards July Challenge: Fruit and Color


Welcome to the next semester at the House of Cards!! We have an awesome new look and a great DT. A shout out to all our returning members and our newbies!!

The challenge this month is a color/fruit challenge.


Those colors, don't they just say summer?!!? I love them! I used some really old Hero Arts stamps.
They don't have the titles on them so I am sorry you are on your own. But with all the cupcake stamps out there, this one remains my favorite!


How about that glittery icing. Sometimes you need a real punch of glitter! so instead of using my microfine glitter, I went right for an old bottle of Stickles! 


Check out what the rest of the House of Cards Group #1 has to offer.

Joni 

Please join us and play along with this fun, sweet and summery challenge!!