Posts Tagged ‘Crafting Through the Chaos of Life’

Get Well Greeting….and Grief

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Hey Friends!  It Chala and I just wanted to start off by saying I was so bummed that I was not able to participate in the Snarky New Year Blog Hop…so, I am sharing one now!

 Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE the snark and sarcasm!  Unfortunately, my year started with the passing of several family members (3 in one week), one of which was my incredibly sweet (yet chaos envoking) Father-in Law who lived with us.   He was diagnosed with cancer in September and it has been a tough several months for our family as he was determined to stay at home as long as he could to celebrate Christmas with his grandkids.  Thankfully, he was able to fulfill this goal.  However, we sadly lost him the morning of January 1, 2020.  Now, I should note that we are a bit of an odd family.  Our days are filled with sarcasm and humour and we are often hard for “outsiders” to understand.  But,  it is with this sarcasm and much humour that we dealt with his diagnosis and this tremendous loss and ongoing grief.   So, please take today’s card with the humour it was intended to invoke to lighten the mood and I hope it makes you laugh as much as it made my family laugh.

Since so many of my friends and family have also been fighting off the flu, sniffles, colds and coughs, I thought it would be fun to make a “Get Well” card.

Hero Arts Snarky Mix and Match

I am using the “Get Well Soon” sentiment from the Snarky Mix & Match stamp set by Hero Arts. This has got to be one of my favourite snarky sentiment sets on the market!  I stamped the sentiment several times on an A2 size card base in with Distress Inks in the colours Wild Honey, Candied Apple, Broken China and Evergreen Bough.  Then die cut with a rectangle die.  The one I used is from Elizabeth craft designs.  However, a similar one is MFT A2 stitched rectangle stax  set 2 dies.

 

I picked through my rather large stash of patterned paper and picked out a rainbow stripe pattern.  I admit, I am not exactly sure where it came from…..but, the Taylored Expressions 6×6 – Hello Sunshine paper pack would coordinate beautifully with the Distress Ink colours that I chose. I trimmed the patterned paper down and adhered it to an A2 size side folding card base that I made from Lawn Fawn 8.5″ x 11″ – 80lb White Cardstock.

I loved the rainbow colours of the card….but, felt it needed a little something on the front. I saw the Tissue box from the Lawn Fawn – On the Mend stamp set and thought it would look really cute.  I like being able to mix and match several stamp sets/companies to stretch my use of them.  I stamped the tissue box with Memento Black Tuxedo Ink and coloured it with Copic Markers in the colours C2 – Cool Gray, BG13 – Mint Green and BG 15 – Aqua.  I fussy cut the image out and popped it up with a square foam adhesive.

For the inside sentiment, I stamped the “I’m grateful you’re not dead” with my favourite sentiment ink Versafine Claire Nocturne Ink. (I thought this was really funny….thankfully, so did my family!)

I know this card is very simple and I’m sorry I don’t have a coordinating video…but, I am still trying to get back into the creative groove!

Thank you for stopping by and letting me share a little personal side of my life!

Hoping you all enjoy your week!

 

In Memory of Robert Harrington Frank

“Don’t do it, it’s a trick!”

~Chala, xoxoxo

A Little Ray of Sunshine

Sunday, December 29th, 2019
A Little Ray of Sunshine – Concord & 9th – Shine On

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas! I am not sure I am ready to get back to the hub-bub of life…..but, we are on the brink of a New Year that I am sure will be filled with beautiful memories and amazing opportunities!

Since my creative mojo has been in a bit of a slump, I had my son pick out the stamp set to use. I thought this would give me a creative challenge and hopefully spark some new ideas. I was pleased when he pulled out the Concord & 9th Shine On stamp set as I had’t used this set in a while and I sure could use some sunshine and colour.

To begin, I pulled out my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion and ink blended some colourful clouds using the My Favorite Things Cloud stencil onto some Lawn Fawn White Cardstock. I then ink blend using Distress Inks in the colours Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet and Shaded Lilac and the Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brushes.

Next, I position the sunshine die from the Shine on Die Set to appear like it was peaking through from the clouds. I secured it with some Thermo-web Purple tape and ran it through my Gemini Jr. die cutting machine. To make the sunshine die cut pop, I will place a smaller piece of Lawn Fawn Sunflower cardstock behind the sunshine and adhere that with some washi-tape. You can use a glitter cardstock to add some extra sparkle if you like.

I chose the phrase “A Little Ray of Sunshine to Brighten your Day” and using my Stamp Perfect I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Claire Nocturne Ink in the lower right hand corner and adhere the panel down onto my A2 side folding card base.

To take it to the next level I decided to create a coordinating envelope. My goal in the New Year is to create a matching envelope for each card I make.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and if you like you can see the card come together by clicking the video below.

I wish you all much love and happiness in 2020!

~Chala, xoxox

Texture Paste with a Twist

Monday, December 9th, 2019
Texture Paste with a Twist

Hey Guys! I am so excited to be back sharing my next card that features texture paste with a twist!

Our Design Team absolutely rocked the White Christmas them and I was so inspired by them that I had to create one more to share!

You got a sneak peek a few weeks ago during my Foil Quill video of the Carta Bella/Echo Park Snowflake Fun Stencil. I was so excited to be able to use it for this card as it was perfect to show off the detail that texture paste can give you on a project.

The Technique…

I only have one texture paste and wanted to jazz it up a bit so I decided to mix my own custom paste. To do this I grabbed my Tim Holtz craft mat, palette knife and Ranger opaque matte texture paste and mixed in the Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver Crystals until I got the amount of sparkle I liked.

The great thing about this technique is if you are short on craft space like me, you can still get the look of all the colours without having to own ALL the colours. I encourage you to try mixing difference mediums to see what custom creations you can come up with! Remember to share your White Christmas theme cards over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Spread the texture paste in thin even layers. This will help with speeding up the drying time and keeping your textured image looking even.

Once my piece was dry, I die cut it with the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies (one of my favourites). I then mounted that onto a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card panel made from silver mirror cardstock. (Here is a link to a similar cardstock) and adhered that panel to the A2 card base.

Make it Sparkle!

I wanted to up the sparkle factor just a bit and decided to add some Studio Katia sliver crystals.

So as not to detract from all that bling, I kept my sentiment very simple. So, I layered grey cardstock on top of a small piece of shimmer cardstock that I had laying on my desk from the blog hop card I created. I heat embossed the sentiment with some tinsel embossing powder. However, in hindsight I would use an embossing powder like Wow Metallic Embossing Powder Super Fine as the tinsel embossing powder was just a bit too chunky for that small and detailed of a sentiment.

I still liked how it turned out and will be making more of these to give out to friends and family.

The Video Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you liked today’s card! You can check out the video here.


Giveaway Reminder!

Remember: if you have not participated in the hop, I encourage you to do so for your chance to win a $50 Scrap’N Stamp Gift Card! You also have until Saturday, December 14th, 2019 to comment, like and subscribe on my White Christmas Blog Hop video for your chance to win a set of Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brushes. I will announce the winner of that prize on Sunday, December 15th, 2019 on my personal blog and YouTube channel.

Here are some photos of the finished card. Thanks for stopping by!


Texture Paste with a Twist


~Chala