Sunday, June 3, 2018

Getting Back In the Saddle



Hello,
For the past month or so I have been out of commission due to the death of my husband.  I have not had the desire to craft during this time but now I feel that I must force myself forward.  During this unbelievable month my mother-in-law and my father-in-law have been there to ensure that my sons and I survived this blow to our family structure.  That being said, my mother-in-laws birthday is coming up and I need to begin thinking of an awesome card to show her how much I truly appreciate all that she has done for me and continues to do for me.

The card pictured above may be one I duplicate for her.  I know her favorite color is yellow so I would have to come up with a suitable background paper.  Stampin Up! has awesome designer series paper but I really like the paper used on this card and I wonder if I can duplicate it with different colors.  If I cannot then I will have to use this paper which is no longer available to purchase.

Today is the second day of purchasing from the new 2018 -2019 catalog and of course I had to pick up a few stamp sets and some inks.  The stamp sets I purchased:  Dream Catcher Bundle (includes dies), Dandelion Wishes, Seize the Day, Country Road, Sheet Music, Enjoy Life, Swirly Frames, and Peaceful Journey.

So, if I change my mind about using the Climbing Orchid stamp set I should have plenty to chose from.  Take a look around in the new catalog and see if there is a stamp set you would like to see demoed.

Arrgh!!
Pirate Shylo

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Love Never Gives Up


Hello Everyone!
The challenge card for this month was to use the new in colors.  With the death of my husband I have not been able to focus on crafting or on purchasing many of the new beautiful colors of ink and awesome new stamp sets.

When I started this card I did not really have any idea what I would end up with.  In all honesty this is the first time that I have crafted since my husband got sick and died over a month ago.  In those first few days of hospital time I received a package of stencil brushes that I ordered.  I had seen stencil brushes used to smoothly apply in on card stock.  I am very happy with my first attempt at using the brushes.  The ink almost looks air brushed on..no swirls etc.  The background image has 4 colors mixed on!!

List of supplies:

Stamp Sets - 
High tide (the birds)
Rooted in Nature (the tree)
Waterfront (both sentiments)
Touches of Texture (flowers)

Ink Pads-
Crumb Cake
Pool Party
Old Olive
Grape Fruit Grove **NEW COLOR**
Mint Macaron  **RETURNING COLOR**
Momento Tuxedo Black

Paper-
Grape Fruit Grove (4 1/8 x 5 3/8)
Whisper White (4 x 5 1/4)
Whisper White card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 folded dimensions)

Other supplies I used-
Black Micron Pen
low tack tape or painters tape
Aqua Painter
acrylic blocks
glue or tape runner
Small oval punch

First, you will need to tape down your whisper white card stock piece.  I would suggest you touch your tape to your clothing or your skin before sticking it to your paper.  By doing so you reduce the chance that your tape will tear your paper when your remove it later.  When you are taping down your paper, you can get a straight line by using grid paper as a guide.  The reason I taped down my paper is so that I could get a defined line on the edge of the paper and so that the paper would not move around while I was applying ink.

The ink I began with was Mint Macaron.  When you are using stencil brushes you will want to begin your stroke across the paper by actually brushing across the painters tape.  I would suggest first brushing across scrap paper so that you leave behind any heavy portions of ink.  After I was happy with the first color I moved worked from the bottom up with the Crumb Cake ink.  In the middle of the image I applied the Grape Fruit Grove.  The last color I applied was the Pool Party.  For the most part, I used this color around the edges of the Mint Macaron to add a little depth.
Stencil Brushes

Next I stamped my images in Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  If I had been planning to do a large amount of water coloring I would have used Stazon to avoid having the ink bleed.  After stamping, I used my Aqua Painter to color in the flowers with Grape Fruit Grove and the leaves with Old Olive.

With a scrap of whisper white I stamped my sentiment and punched it out with a small oval punch.  I used the same oval punch to cut an oval of Grape Fruit Grove paper out of the piece I had reserved as my mat.  This is one way to conserve paper, nobody will ever know that I punched an oval out of that piece because it will be covered by my whisper white.  Because the ovals are the same size I offset the bottom oval so that it would be seen.
 After stamping the outside images and coloring in all of the flowers I carefully removed the painters tape from my image.  With my micron pen I drew a wavy line around my image.  The wavy line helps define the image.

If you have any comments or questions please let me know.

Pirate Shylo


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Friday, May 4, 2018

Death of My Husband


On April 27 my best friend, husband and biggest supporter died from cancer complications.  His illness and death were completely unexpected and has left me adrift.  I do plan to craft and post items but right now I am trying to pull my world back together.

Thank you,
Shylo

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Petal Passion Impossible Card




Hello Everyone!
I like to look at card making techniques while I am doing other things around the house.  Creativity streams in as background noise and I stop when something strikes my interest.  Well, yesterday my interest was piqued by motion cards (which this is not) and while I was watching a video on how to make your own motion card I noticed a link for something called The Impossible Card.  That link was from Mixed Up Crafts.  I then watched Maymay Made it for her take on the card and I looked at Making the Hyper Card.  This card base design is based off of a card trick called the Hyper Card.  Anyway, once you understand the measurements the card base is quick and easy to make.

The Petal Passion card is A4 in size but you can make the card any size you wish by following three simple steps.  Here is how the card base looks once the three cuts are made but before it is folded into shape.
Here are the steps to making this sized card.  Use these steps to make this card any size.
1.  Establish a center line on the long side (5 1/2") of the card 2 3/4" and mark.  
2.  Establish a center line on the short side (4 1/4') of the card 2 1/8" and mark.  You can either use a T-ruler and draw a line across the card or you can just rotate to the other short side repeat the mark and then connect the two marks.
3.  On the second long side of the card measure in 1' from each edge and mark.  With other sized cards you can eyeball these two marks, just make them look proportional.
4.  With your ruler, connect the marks that were made on the long sides of the card with the line drawn down the middle of the card.  These three lines will be your cut lines.  With your scissors cut in from each mark stopping at the center line.
5.  The last thing to do is to fold one of the two sides under.  I folded the right side under making sure that piece I fold under lines up with the rectangle in the middle.  Meaning before you fold you should have what looks like mirror image shapes with a rectangle in the middle.  You will need to fold one of the images to the back and the other to the front and this should force the rectangle in the middle to stand up.


Materials for the Petal Passion Impossible Card:
Whisper White card stock cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Petal Passion DSP
Petal Palette Stamp Set
Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set 
Detailed Dragonfly Die Set
2' Circle Punch
Basic Black Ink Pad
Colors of your choosing to color the flowers.
Tombow wet glue and/or snail runner
Corner rounder

When you add designer paper to the feet of the card you can either use two large pieces or four smaller pieces.  On this card I chose to measure out two large pieces and trim out the open space.  The two pieces measure 4 1/4 x 2 3/4.  I also chose to leave an 1/8" border around the edges so I actually cut at 4 1/8 x 2 5/8" and I eyeballed the cut on the skinny side.

The measurements of the stand up rectangle are 2 1/8 x 3 1/2.  I cut my designer paper at 2 x 3 3/8.  The flowers that were used were cut from the Petal Passion designer paper and colored with an assortment of Stampin Up! inks.  The bumble bee was stamped, cut out and attached to a piece of scrap plastic packaging.  One end of the scrap packaging is glued to the underside of the sentiment so that the bee appears to float in front of the card.

If you have any questions about the card message me and I will be happy to respond.

Arrrrgh!
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

April Challenge Card



Hello Everyone!

Best Wishes is my April challenge card that I will be sending to Frenchie Stamps.  The objective of the challenge was to highlight the beautiful foil papers offered by Stampin Up!  For the most part, this is a simple and straight forward card.  The most challenging part was to get the correct shading on the Definitely Dahlia stamp.  I tried three different methods:

1.  Stamping in Pumpkin Pie ink and then distressing the image with Sahara Sands ink.
2.  Dragging Pumpkin Pie ink across card stock and then stamp the Dahlia with versamark embossing in and use clear embossing ink.  After inking, I used bleach to lighten the tips of the petals.
3.  Stamping the Dahlia with versamark ink and heat embossing with copper.  Then water coloring the tips of the petals with Pumpkin Pie ink.

While all three images were nice, I chose the clear embossed image treated with bleach.  I think that by dragging the ink pad over the craft card stock and then clear embossing the image produced a darker richer image.  The bleaching of the unembossed portion of the image gave a vivid contrast to the darker petals.  


The card base is a basic z-fold that has been embossed on the folded side.  I did choose to adhere the folded edge down so that the image would lay flatter.  Lastly, I stamped two sentiments from the Cake Soiree stamp set and punched them out.  I used the smaller "Best Wishes" on the front and "Happy Birthday" on the inside.

Supplies:
Definitely Dahlia stamp
Cake Soiree stamp set
Layered Leaves Embossing folder
Pumpkin Pie ink pad
Sahara Sand ink pad
Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper
2" circle punch
Clear embossing powder 
Heat tool
bleach and q-tip or disposable paint brush
Fast Fuse or Tombow glue

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

God Is Love

Hello Everyone!
I designed this card last weekend for a friend.  I believe it would make an awesome Easter card or a sympathy card.  It is not too difficult to make.

Supplies:

Whisper White Card stock (will need extra to line inside of card)
Hold on to Hope Stamp and die set
Velum
Nesting oval dies
White embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
Thin aluminum foil or foil paper
liquid adhesive
Multipurpose Adhesive sheets
Fast Fuse 
Heat Tool

If you want instructions on how to make this card please let me know because it is not difficult.  I started to type out the directions but they sounded more difficult than they actually were and this was because I did not have the proper pictures to show and words can sometimes be confusing.  

Arrrgh!

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Thoughts on Designing





Hello Everyone!

This particular stamp is beautiful but it is retired.  I love it and I was playing around with different card designs to build my stash of ready-to-go cards and to have cards to donate to my infusion center.  

Really what I wanted was a Gate Fold card that had the butterfly as panels on the front but I also wanted the card to remain A2 in size.  If you know this butterfly then you know it is very large.  You can only fit two solid stamps of this image on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper!  Anyway, I became rather frustrated with trying to keep ALL of the butterfly while staying to the standard card size.  I shelved this idea for now so that I would not destroy my craft room with frustration.

When designing or trying to grow an idea sometimes it is helpful to look at how other stamper's have incorporated the image into their designs.  "Casing" a card is completely acceptable but you should always give credit where it is due.  The card that I finally made with the large butterfly was not just derived from looking at one video.  I am not certain of where the ideas actually came from but in the end I took multiple ideas and tried to make them mine.  Places I visited were Frenchie Stamps, Dawn's Stamping Creations and many more.  Though I am not completely satisfied with the final card I can at least say I created something that I did mail.  Also, looking around for this card did finally help me come up with a design for the card that I plan to give to my infusion center, but that is for another post.

I guess what I am saying is don't get so frustrated trying to force a card or design to happen that you end up mad or feeling bad about your crafting time.  Crafting is supposed to be fun!  This is another of those lessons I have had to learn.  Having worked my entire life I feel I should always be productive when sitting at my craft table and that productivity should be AWESOME.  Sometimes we learn more from our mistakes or quiet times than we ever do when things seem to be running smoothly.

Arrgh!!
Shylo
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