Posts Tagged ‘Crafting Through the Chaos of Life’

Harvest of Blessings

Saturday, October 10th, 2020

Happy Saturday Crafters!  Chala here today and I am happy to share a super easy and fun card to send you all a Harvest of Blessings!

I suffer from “new release desire”.  I want all the new products!  So while I was sitting there deciding what I wanted to do for today’s card I looked around my craft room at ALL the supplies I have and am really so thankful to have a bountiful collection!  I realized there are so many stamps that I have not used in a while or I have not used yet at all!  This is a perfect time to revisit and appreciate what I already have!

I pulled out an older My Favorite Things stamp set called Harvest Mouse.  I remember seeing this set for the first time and I fell in love with the sweet images.  But it was one sentiment in particular that made me want to purchase this set.  It was the sentiment “Bushel and a Peck”. My Grandma always used to say “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”.  This brought back so many warm and fuzzy feelings.  She has only been gone now for about 4 years….and lived to an amazing age of 108!  I am so blessed that she lived so long and got to see all my kids be born!  But…I digress!  I am not using that particular sentiment today, but the “Wishing you a Harvest of Blessings” as it ties in nicely with our Facebook Challenge word for today – Harvest!

Growing up in Saskatchewan harvest time was busy!  Farmers spending hours upon hours i the fields trying to get crops off.  Women in the gardens bringing in the fruits/vegetables of their long summer labour.  Now that I live in a big city I fear I have lost the appreciation from where our food comes from…until this year when my husband decided to take over the task of the garden.  It was a job his dad enjoyed and since he passed we wanted to ensure the garden was still a place full of growth and his memories.  My husband started the seeds in our bonus room front window (yay…) and then transplanted the little plants into the garden once they had grown enough and he was sure frost wouldn’t kill his little babies that he nurtured for 3 months…in my bonus room.   Now, we anxiously await when he will let us harvest the two little pumpkins that he managed to grow!  lol!  So, when I saw the little mouse with the pumpkin it reminded me of my sweet husband’s efforts.

I stamped the little mouse, leaves and pumpkins in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and did some quick Copic colouring.  I then fussy cut out the little images with my EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors.

I scavenged my Die collection and found and inside out scalloped die that I thought would work well to create a focal point for my card.  I also pulled out a beautiful plaid pattern paper and thought that would look great behind the die cut circle as a background.

I used my favourite Fiskars Sure Cut Trimmer to trim the circle scalloped panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″ layered it onto of the patterned paper trimmed down to standard A2 size panel.

I adhered all the little images (except the mouse) down with Gina K Connect glue.  For the mouse I wanted him to stand out a bit and used some Foam Squares which gave him the perfect amount of dimension.

The sentiment was stamped with….can you guess?….my favourite ink for sentiments Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.  To ensure I got my sentiment straight and stamped legibly I used my Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect.

All that was left to do was to adhere the panel onto an A2 side folding card with an adhesive tape runner.

I really love how simple but cute this card came out!  I challenge you to look at your craft supplies and be thankful for every item you have.  Pull out some old forgotten sets to remember why you wanted them in the first place and then USE THEM!  lol!

Thank you so very much for spending this time with me today.

I wish you and yours a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving weekend!

~Chala

Snow Simple!

Sunday, July 26th, 2020

Happy Sunday Crafters!

I feel like we just finally are getting into summer weather and here we are talking about Christmas again!?  Lol!  Today I am playing along with the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge and Christmas in July theme by showing  you a card that is “snow simple!”

I really want to show you how you can take a stamp set that you already have and make it feel like a Christmas/Winter card just by adding a bit of snow.

I will be using Lawn Fawn’s stamp set Fairy Friends however, another super cute set that you could use is the Frosty Fairy Friends.  I will be doing some ink blending and masking.

When I am creating a scene card I like to plan out on scrap paper where everything is going to go.  Basically, I stamp everything out and then plan my masking and in what order I need to stamp everything.  This saves me from making too many mistakes and ruining my good cardstock.

Once I have everything planned out I can go ahead and stamp the images that I want to appear in front first with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I will then stamp the images again onto a Gina K Masking Magic sheet.  I fussy cut out the images with my Cutter Bee Scissors and apply the masks overtop of the images.

I then ink blend with my foam ink blending tool in the colour Chipped Sapphire adding a nice dark solid layering of the ink to the background.  I then use my small Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brush and blend Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White Ink around the light and fairy house to give the effect of light reflection.  I also take advantage of the circular shape of the foam blending tool and make a circular impression around the actual light in Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.  Adding this yellow colour gives another dimension to the glowing light feel.

I can then remove the masking paper with my Tim Holtz Craft Pick and colour the images with my Copic Markers.

To make this stamp set feel more “Wintery” or “Christmas” like I begin sketching out where I want the little piles of snow to be with a white gel pen and then I go over these areas with white acrylic paint with a  fine paint brush and also add a few dots here and there to look like falling snow.

Now, you can totally leave your card just like this.  However, I took it a step further (because this girl likes a bit of sparkle on her cards) and I pulled out my laminator and some glitter embossing powder as well as some little iridescent stars that I sometimes use in my shaker cards.     I could have also actually made this a shaker card…but, I was feeling lazy and I also wanted the look of the snow falling without having to shake the card.

I let my laminator heat up and then I sprinkled the glitter embossing powder and iridescent stars in-between the laminator sheet and ran it through.  Using white heat embossing will also work depending on white kind of look you want.  I suggest you do a few test pieces to see how your embossing powders react as well as play around with how much powder to use.

I die cut an oval in another card panel piece and adhered the snowy laminated piece to the back with Be Creative Score-Tape, trimmed off the excess laminating piece.

I then did a bit of stamp surgery using my Cutter Bee Scissors and altered one of the sentiment stamps so that I could just use the word “fairy”.  I then stamped “fairy” and “Christmas” on the lower right hand side of the oval card panel.  I then adhered this panel onto the stamped card piece using one layer of foam tape.  I think maybe two layers would have been better for more dimension.  The last thing to do was then to adhere all of this onto a side folding card, again I used the Be Creative Score-Tape for this.

I really wish that you could see this card in person as when you move it back and forth in the light the look of the snow between the laminated sheet is quite stunning against that ink blended background.

I hope this card has inspired you to look at the stamps sets you have and to see how simple it is to transform them into Winter/Christmas themed cards by adding a little snow.

Hoping you stay cool this week and I look forward to seeing what you create that is “snow” themed by posting your photos on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Take care!

~Chala

 

Food for Thought

Monday, July 13th, 2020

Happy Monday!

Food for Thought

Today I am sharing my take (3 takes actually) on the Scrap’N Stamp Challenge word “Food”.

It was so hard to not make like 20 cards!  I blame Lawn Fawn for this because they have SO many cute stamp sets that incorporate food!  I am itching to get the Simply Celebrate Summer stamp set from their new Summer Release!

Today I am using 3 stamps sets from Lawn Fawn.  “Be Hap-pea“, “Oh Snap” and “Cutie Pie“.

The first card I used the Be Hap-pea stamp and stamped the cute little peas and the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a stitched die cut circle.  I coloured the peas with Copic markers (YG07 YG09 & R81).  The hearts I stamped with Umbrella Crafts Ruby Red dye ink.  I then adhered the stitched circle with a taper runner on to the green patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow paper pack and then tied some green twine around and created a bow.  I secured this with some Glossy Accents and used some reversible tweezers to hold it in place until it dried.   The final step was to adhere the panel onto an A2 card turned to the landscape position and so that the card was top folding.  I added some hair to one of the little peas to make it look like a girl.  I am in love with these adorable peas!

Lawn Fawn - Be Hap-pea

Card number two features Lawn-Fawn’s “Oh Snap” stamp set.  I am starting to gear my mind to beginning some Christmas cards and this one was a good way to dip my toes into it!  I again stamped everything using Memento Tuxedo Black ink but this time onto a square stitched die cut.  I then Copic coloured the little gingerbread with a broken leg using E55, E57 and R29.  I used a red and white striped pattern paper which I cut from the next size up of a stitched square die cut. Then I adhered these onto an A2 side folding card and trimmed with silver twine and secured again with Glossy Accents.  I left the inside blank.  I like that even though it is a bit “Christmas themed”, I can still use it for other occasions Ie:  missed birthday, etc.

Lawn Fawn - Oh Snap

 

For my final card I stamped the pie from the “Cutie Pie” stamp onto a stitched.  Copic coloured with E31 and E35.  I found a gingham background stamp that I thought would look cute as a table cloth and stamped using Umbrella Ink’s Vanilla dye ink.    I die cut the background piece from a rectangle stitched die cut and adhered that to an A2 side folding card.  I then adhered the stitched circle with some foam tape to add dimension.  I wanted the sentiment to be a bit more bold on this one so I used Versamark Watermark ink and stamped the “Hi Cutie Pie” onto black cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  It trimmed that down into a rectangle with my Fiskar’s paper trimmer and mounted that onto the card base with foam tape.  I thought the card needed a little extra something so I added Wink of Stella Clear glitter on top of the pie.  It actually looks like granulated sugar!  I really like the colour combination on this one as it really differs from the colours that I usually gravitate towards!

Lawn Fawn - Cute Pie

I have a few more Lawn Fawn stamps sets sitting on my desk that I want to use which have ice cream, doughnuts, avocados, taco images, etc.   However, I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!  Remember to share your “Food” cards on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!  And if you have not participated in this month’s hop celebrating Canada – you only have two more days to post your comments on the participating blog participants blogs for your chance to win this months’ prizes!

I hope you all have a creative week!

~Chala