Monday, October 24, 2016

The Way We Were Challenge

Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing a card I made for this week's Mod Squad Challenge.  Judy Woodland and Vicki Dutcher are hosting this week's "The Way We Were" challenge. We are to choose one of our old creations and CASE ourselves. Use a favorite card and put a new twist on it.

I chose to CASE this gatefold card because they're fun to make and it's a great way to use your pattern paper:

This is my new card:

The pattern paper is from Gina K's Sparkling Christmas StampTV kit. The poinsettia is from Melanie Meunchinger's A Year of Flowers stamp set. I stamped it three times, colored with Copics, fussy cut then assembled the layers to give it some added dimension. I was inspired after watching Vicky Papaioannou's video.  I used Clear Wink of Stella to give it some glitter and added rhinestones.

Here are the materials I used:
Pearl Shine card stock for the base
Neenah White card stock (for Poinsettia)
Gina K. Pure Luxury Fresh Asparagus for the mats 2" x 5-3/8" (2) and 3" square
Gina K. Sparkling Christmas Pattern Paper 1-7/8" x 5-1/4" (2)
A Year of Flowers
Clear Wink of Stella

Thanks for stopping by, til next post. 
Hugs & Blessings

UPDATE: 10/26/2016

Latina Crafter Sketch #64

Hola! Hoy comparto una sencilla tarjeta que hice con el Sketch #64 de Latina Crafter.

Comencé mi tarjeta preparando el fondo para que tuviera la textura de planchas de madera. Primero corté un pedazo de cartulina 3-1/2 x 4-3/4. Utilizando la tabla de Martha Stewart marqué hendiduras cada 1/2 pulgada. La terminación de esta cartulina es satinada y hace que lo colores brillen.

Luego pasé tinta Kraft de Gina K.directament a la cartulina 

Después Rich Cocoa de Memento para oscurecerlo un poco.

Lo dejé a un lado para que secara. Mientras tanto corté un pedazo de tela de saco y lo pegué a una cartulina. Estampé el sello Eres especial para mi en la tinta Rich Cocoa en un rectángulo que mide 2 x 3, difuminé los lados con Kraft y lo pegué a una pedazo de cartulina color marrón. Le coloqué unos brads metálicos y cordel. 

Se me hace difícil preparar tarjetas para los hombres de mi vida pero con los colores del reto creo que lo logré. ¿Qué piensas tú?  Espero que les guste.

Hasta la próxima intervención. Abrazos y bendiciones.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Gift Box & Tag

Hello friends! It's a rainy day here in Puerto Rico, perfect for staying indoors and play around in my craft room.

Today I have a gift box and tag project that I will be entering in this week's Mod Squad ABC Challenge (Anything But a Card).

To make the box I used Stardream Metallic Lagoon card stock with it's beautiful sheen (surplus from my son's wedding invitations). Started with two 7-1/8" squares and scored it using The Ultimate Crafter's Companion box making section and quickly put it together.
I die cut and embossed the Poinsettia with Spellbinder's Layered Poinsettia  set on Shine Pearl card stock then sponged it with Gina K. Designs Blue Lagoon ink. Once it was all dry, I pinched the bracts to give form and dimension before layering and gluing. For the small "snowflakes" I cut the smallest layer and stamped it using Festive Poinsettia stamp set from JustRite also using the Blue Lagoon ink then adhered them to the box sides.

For the tag I first used Gina K's Christmas Joy stamp to make a background by repeatedly stamping "Love was born on Christmas" with Blue Lagoon ink. The MISTI is so helpful to align the stamp. I used the Festive Poinsettia stamp for the top layer. I first stamped off on a piece of scratch paper to get a lighter shade of the Blue Lagoon Ink, then stamped the smallest poinsettia. I stamped the To, From & Merry Christmas from the same stamp set with Gina K. Red Hot ink. I think this set came out very pretty. I used the jingle bells for the picture, but I think I'll add one to the tag.

List of materials used:
Stardream Mettalic Lagoon card stock
Shine Pearl White card stock
Spellbinder's Layered Poinsettia
JustRite Clear Festive Poinsettia stamp set
Gina K. Designs Blue Lagoon Premium Dye Ink Pad
Gina K. Designs Red Hot Premium Dye Ink Pad
Ribbon from my stash

I hope you liked my Anything But a Card project. Thank you for stopping by. 'Til next post.

Hugs & Blessings.

UPDATE: 10/19/2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sending Love

Hello. Come and join us over at StampTV where I am hosting this week's Mix-It-Up-Monday (MIUM) challenge.

This week we are CASEing one of our Design Team Members, Karen Hightower. She creates beautiful cards and keeps us inspired with her Friday Funday challenges. I love Karen's style and creativity. Her layering and card layouts are fun to duplicate and a great way to learn how to use patterns.  This is the card that I chose to CASE:

Here is my card:

I kept the same layout and used the same Kraft card base and sentiment, but changed the images and color.  Karen has a fun tutorial to make this card.

I paired the sentiments with the snowflakes because I had someone in particular in mind when I made this card. Christmas is a beautiful time of the year (as the song says), and yet for many it's also the most difficult time of the year. Especially for those who are grieving the loss of a dear one.  We have a family friend who has to bear the loss of her two sons. Everyday she lives a parent's worse nightmare, times two. I can't begin to imagine what she feels but as someone who has lost a dear one so recently, sending Love and Peace might be a good way to let her know we are thinking of her during this difficult time. 

Materials used:
Gina K. Pure Luxury Kraft card stock
Gina K. White Layering weight card stock for rectangles: 2 x 5-3/8 and 2-1/2 x 4-1/4
Lagoon card stock (my stash) for the mats:  2-1/8 x 5-1/2 and 2-5/8 x 4-3/8
Gina K. Winter Whimsy Pattern Paper: 4-1/4 x 2  Mat: 4-1/4 x 2-1/8
Gina K. Blue Lagoon ink pad
Gina K. stamp sets: Christmas Joy and Sending Love
Versamark Ink
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

For a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs online shop, come and join us; the hardest part will be to choose from all the beautiful cards Karen has in her gallery.  

Thank you for stopping by, until next post.

Hugs & Blessings

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Winter Wings

Hello there! Happy day to all.

Today's card is for this week's For the Birds challenge over at Mod Squad Challenge Blog. This card is a one layer card using Fabulous Frame and an image from the Winter Wings stamp set (I think this one is retired).

On Gina K. Pure Luxury Kraft card stock I stamped the frame and focal images with Versamark, then heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder. I colored the image with Prismacolor coloring pencils: White, Sienna Brown, Dark Brown, Light Cerulean Blue, True Blue and Indigo Blue. The sentiment is from the Frames & Flowers 2 set, stamped in Memento Paris Dusk. 

This is it for today, thanks for stopping by. 
Hugs & Blessings.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mom

Dear friends, today would have been my Mom's 81st birthday. She passed two weeks ago at home surrounded by her loving family. I like to think she's now in Heaven dancing with my brother Joe, and all her loved ones that passed before her; God is smiling because His daughter has come back to Him. Mom was a small woman, a woman of prayer and great faith. That's the legacy she leaves us, the reason why we can face losing her. She is survived by her husband, six children, 19 grandkids and 18 great-grandkids (I hope I didn't leave anyone out).  She faced life and her illness with a bring-it-on attitude. Always prepared for what may come, and in doing so, she prepared us. She's missed by so many and we know she will forever live on in our hearts.

To honor her I made a birthday card inspired by Karen Hightower's "Faux Torn Edge Technique". Even though I didn't have a chance to play along with her weekly challenge over at StampTV, it will count for their Yearly Challenge.

Materials used:
GKD Pure Luxury Innocent Pink card base
White Layering weight
Versamark inkpad 
Black Embossing Powder
GKD Innocent Pink ink 
Memento Bamboo Leaves
Versafine Onyx Black
Stamp sets: Flowers and leaves - Better with You
Happy Birthday greeting - Frames & Flowers 2

Thanks for stopping by, until next time. Hugs & Blessings.