Monday, April 29, 2019

To The Moon & Back!

Hi Blog Friends!

I have for you an Interactive Card today!
I LOVE interactive cards, as do most of the people I know,
 & I'll bet most of the people you know love them too!!!! LOL
It's just fun to have a card that does something different!
I made two of these cards that I'll show you in my post today;
Two dear people in mind for these cuties!

I'm entering my card in
 SSS Wednesday Challenge

So, I won a set of stamps from MaMa Elephant recently.
I've been admiring their designs from afar...
I COULDN'T RESIST the SWEET LITTLE FACES of the bunnies from this set,
Wish Upon A Star.
I was smitten with this set!
If you've followed me for awhile,
So, I ordered the dies to go with this set, along with a few other goodies!
This is the first time I've ordered from MaMa Elephant, 
& I was pleasantly surprised with the fast delivery of my bright pink package! ;)

Take look at 
To The Moon & Back
The background panel was cut from Strathmore Bristol Smooth,
with MaMa Elephants Wiper Surprise Die---
I used Oxide Inks for the background sky, layering up color & spritzing it with a Distress Sprayer, & using Gansai Tambi- Starry Colors, & a Silver Black Velvet Brush- added silver splatters.
I folded it on the score lines when dry.

I cut two of the panels above, then used MaMa Elephants Landscape Trio Die for the cloud--die cutting the panel so the cloud is almost 1/2 way up the first panel.
I also used MFT- Mini Cloud Edges Stencil & added layers of clouds to the cloud panel! ;)
Next, I stamped the sentiment in my Mini Misti with SSS-Black Premium Dye Ink.

 I then stamped all the little images from this set--- I didn't even use them all!
I stamped them in Memento Ink & colored them with Spectrum Noir Markers.

I followed a tutorial on YouTube with Nichol Spohr to put them together.
Following Nichol's direction:
I glued the right side of the cloud to the back panel first.
Then attach the fun mechanism.
You're given several little mechanisms in the die set to choose from.
I cut them all out twice, to be sure I had the right one & have some for future use.
Then, I just worked with it, watching the video--using temporary holding tape to hold the mechanism in place- to see if it worked correctly. The tape REALLY HELPED!
I even got one on backwards & went back later, & cut it off & corrected my mistake.
(My mistake, was that the "surprise" came up backwards from what it was supposed to:
 Another words, folding the card made the surprise popped up.)
Another tip Nichol said, was to adhere the little elephants on the mechanisms, feet on the floor!
(You'll understand this when you see the dies themselves or see Nichol's video.)
This helped SO MUCH!
I took the mechanism all the way to the top edge of the cloud to adhere it,
with the end folded down--

Notice too, that the folds are on opposite sides- the card base & the clouds.
I glued down everything with Scotch Tacky Glue- my favorite quick dry adhesive!

Here is the little surprise!
A little flying bunny!
MUST BE an angel! ;)
(Next time, I'll color in that tab with ink!) 

I HOPE you like & give this a try!
I think there will be more little bunnies in my future.
Just think of these on a Baby Card, or use them to make a Baby's Night Light.....
ADORABLE is all I can say!
Don't you just LOVE those little bunny faces???


Supplies not mentioned above:
* Oxide Inks- Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, & Black Soot
*Faber Castell- Click-N-Go Pot
* Paint Puck
*Spectrum Noir Markers- CR3, FS8, TB8, IG1, CT4, CT3, LY2, DR1, Blender
*Crystal Katana
*Scotch DBL Sided Tape

Friday, April 26, 2019

Simple Classic Monogram

Hi Blog Friends!

Just a quick post for 
Misti Monday Monogram Challenge
over on SCS--

The challenge:
*Create a Monogram Card- anyway you like.
*Die Cut or Stamped.
*Be Creative.
*No later than April 28th.
*How I used my Misti.
Here's what I made:
I used Paper Studio Heavy Card Stock & cut my base to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2",
Scoring at 3 1/4" with my Scor-Buddy.
 I also scored the front panel with my McGill Stylus around the edges.
 I used PTI- Secret Agent Die for the Medallion I foiled my monogram on.
I did the foiling with Spellbinders Glimmer Kit of the Month- April 2019- Classic Alphabet, & SB-Glimmer Machine, SB-Foil & Platinum.

I laid my card in my Mini Misti, without attaching the monogram first.
Laying the monogram down & placing the small stamps where I wanted them for simple flourishes.
I used the grid on the lid of the Mini Misti to make sure they were centered,
 & aligned where I wanted them.
 Stamping more than once if necessary. 
Can't do that without my Misti!
I used PTI- Year of Psalms: August & May & stamped them in SU ink.

I then popped the monogrammed medallions up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

And I made envelopes to go with them using my WRMK Envelope Board.

I like Simple & Classic when it comes to Monogram Cards. 

Hope you like!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Tonic Guillotine
*Teflon Bone Folder

Monday, April 22, 2019

Bunnies for Tea!

Good Morning Blog Friends!
Today, I have a card for the 
Impression Obsession Challenge,
"Bunny Love"
Found here:

How sweet is this?

I thought about what Bunny Images/Dies I have from I.O. that I could use & I came up with,

Bunnies for Tea!
I thought about the time my husband put in a lettuce bed for me, 
only to find a herd of bunnies enjoying it, when little sprouts began to pop up!
There went the idea of having fresh salad at hand! LOL
What about inviting bunnies to tea?
Here you can see the havoc they made....
wanting to sit in the cups, & a couple still trying to find out how to get into them! ;)
Look closely, there are 5 bunnies!

I used:
I.O.-Tea Set-DIE197-K, Mini-Bunnies & Grass-DIE269-N, Leaves & Stems-DIE150-D, 
Wide Tree- DIE219-P, Tiny Flowers-DIE140-D. 
I stenciled my card base with a PTI-Diamonds Stencil, & Oxide Ink.
I used Spectrum Noir Markers to color in shadows & ears for my bunnies.

I placed the I.O.-All-In-One Frames Rectangles 2 on the card base,
4 1/4" x 5 1/2" with Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

This was a fun card to make!
I wouldn't have invited the bunnies to come to tea if I didn't love them!
If you invite some bunnies for tea,
 just remember bunnies aren't known for their tea time etiquette! LOL

Nothing like a nice Spring Tea with floppy eared bunnies! ;)

I'm sure these bunnies will love Chamomile or Rose Hip Tea!
One lump or two?

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Paper- DCWV Linen Closet, Paper Studio, Recollections, SB-Platinum.
*Start Makers-Make-Up Brushes
* Multi-Med. Matte
*Crystal Katana
*Spectrum Noir Markers- FS6, IG1, IG2
*EK Success- Tweezers & Scissors
*McGill Stylus
*Foam Mat
*Graphik 0.1 Line Marker-Grey
*Crystal Nuvo Drops
*Tea Dye Distress Inks
*Eye Shadow Applicator
*Oxide Ink- Antique Linen

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Colored Eggs

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, I thought I'd show you what I made with those sheets I made with my 
Found on:
Waffle Flower 
Here are the sheets I made:
Lots of smooshing & spritzing & splattering! ;)

I HOPE you've been following along on Waffle Flower last week for all the inspiration,
 & the fun ways you can use the new Water Media Mat!
If you love to water color, this is the mat to have!
I like that it's portable, making it easy to take outside or on trips....
I decided to make some Easter Cards with those sheets!

This Easter card was made with a little egg shaped die that was taped to my order when it came from Waffle Flower! SO FUN!
(I also see a guitar pick...) ;)

 My card is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2- A2 Size.
I scored the lines around the face of the card front with my Scor-buddy & McGuill Stylus.

I attached the eggs with Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape, after arranging them the way I wanted.
I used a Clear T-Ruler, a pencil, & eraser to help me do that.

The little banner is from SB- Glimmer Kit of the Month- February
& the sentiment is from PTI-Huggables Bunny & Chick Stamp Set. 

Can you see the sparkle on the eggs?

Next up, I used  Poppy Stamps Die- Folk Decorated Eggs Dies.
If you look closely, you can see little indentations for decorations!

More than a dozen on this one! ;)

Made the same as the Waffle Flower Egg Card.

The sentiment on this one is by PTI- Petite Places- Church.

Such fun & easy cards! 

 & REMEMBER what Easter is all about!
Not Easter eggs, bunnies & chocolate,
 but the Cross & the Resurrection of Christ!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Bristol Smooth 
*Water Color Paper
*Waffle Flower Water Media Mat
*Tattered Angels Shimmer Sprays
*Kuretake Water Colors
*Silver Black Velvet Water Color Brush
*FC- Click-N-Go Pot
*Paint Puck-found at Dick Blick
*Mini Misti
*Teflon Bone Folder
*SSS-Black Premium Dye Ink

Monday, April 15, 2019

Misti Monday Monogram Challenge

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, I am playing along with a challenge over on SCS--
The Misti Monday Monogram Challenge-
 for the month of April!

The Challenge:
*Create a Monogram Card.
*Anyway you like.
*Die Cut or Stamped image.
*Be Creative.
*Your creation has to be in no later than April 28th.
*AND tell how you used your Misti. 

So, here's what I made & how I did it:
I made two!
I picked out a piece of scrap paper that I loved--DCWV Pocket Blossom
& die cut my letters with Momenta Cutting Plates.
(I had picked these plates up at Hobby Lobby quite some time ago using my 40% off coupon,
 & have had them laying in my basket next to my desk to use....) ;)

After die cutting them, I placed the die cuts on the card front to place them, while my card was in my Mini Misti.
Thinking, WHAT TO DO to use my Misti, I remembered the PTI set- Stitch In Time Boarders!
I laid the stamp around my letters. 
I only placed the inner boarder first, & stamping a few times to get good coverage.
Which is easy to do with my Misti!
After looking at it, I could have left it with just that inner boarder, but I wanted more.
Took the first stamp out, & placed the outer boarder on the card around what I'd already done,
closed the lid, opened the lid, 
inked up the stamp, & stamped away! 

I was very happy with the outcome!
I placed the letters again, & adhered them with Multi-Med. Matte.

Next up, I decided to use the negative of the designer paper.
Without having removed the outer boarder stamp from my Mini Misti, 
I stamped the boarder on my second card.
Placed the negative down & saw it needed to be trimmed some, 
so I trimmed it with my Tonic Guillotine.
When it was trimmed sufficiently, I adhered it with Multi-Med. Matte.

Next up were the insides!
I chose to use the same stamp on both- PTI- Thank You Kindly.
For the inside:
I used my Regular Misti, as my card fit nicely inside of the Regular Misti opened up,
 & when the lid was closed!
I laid my stamps down on the card, closed the lid, opened the lid & making sure I had the stamps placed properly with the grid lines on the lid, inked up the stamp,
 & closed the lid to stamp. I inked up the stamps a few times for good coverage, as above!
As I said before, something I couldn't do without my Misti! 
I left the stamps in my Misti & slipped my second card in the Misti & away I went again! 
When I added or moved a stamp, I left the stamp/s in the Misti for the second card, 
which saved me time & effort!

                            I ALWAYS stamp the back of my cards with my Custom Stamp!
I had my Custom Stamp done on Cling Foam, just so that I could use it in either of my Misti's! 
If it ever comes out lighter than I like after stamping, I can always re-stamp it easily! ;)
I've heard some women like to leave their custom stamps in their Mini Misti's,
 so they don't have to move the stamp & realign each time. 
But, I get a little cluttered at times on my desk,
 & I like to have my Mini Misti available for other stamping too. 
To make sure I get my stamp in the correct position,
 as the stamp foam is black on the back of  red rubber, 
I keep a sheet of copy paper on hand to test it before stamping on my card.
If it is a bit crooked, I just adjust my stamp & test again, before my final stamping.

Lastly, I felt I could use my Regular Misti one more time for these cards!
I made matching envelopes with my WRMK- Envelope Board!
I laid my envelope in the Regular Misti, added my stamp-PTI-Stitch In Time Boarders, closed the lid, opened the lid, inked up the stamp & stamped!
Leaving the stamp in the Misti to stamp the second envelope.
For the lines, I pulled out PTI- Pleasing Envelopes,
laid it on the envelope in my Misti, & stamping as before.
The same thing was done for the return address lines,
only I laid a piece of paper to mask off the end of the lines.
 I didn't need them to be as long.
I'm pretty good about writing in straight lines, but I thought the blue lines would be pretty!;)

I LOVE monogram cards!
I'll keep these on hand for when I need a Thank You card. 
Funny, we card makers rarely make cards for ourselves! LOL

*****UPDATE: I did win the Misti Monday Challenge with my Monogram Cards on SCS!!!!*****

Monday Monogram, such classic FUN!

P.S. I wouldn't buy any other stamp positioner, as the Misti, IS "THE ORIGINAL!" ;)

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Paper Studio Paper
*Drafting Tape- cheaper than Washi Tape & holds nicely, & comes off without tearing the paper!
(I found mine at
*Teflon Bone Folder

Friday, April 12, 2019

The NEW Water Media Mat!

Hi Blog Friends!

I wanted to get in here to let you know of a 
new product,
& how YOU can get your hands on one too! ;)

I heard about the 
Water Media Mat 
not that long ago from Laura Bassen.
I don't usually jump on new products,
 as I usually like to see others use them first,
 & get their feedback.
BUT, I LOVED what Laura showed us in her video. 

Today, there is a blog hop going on over at 
Waffle Flower

Nina has a Video Hop going on, & other posts from this week on the Water Media Mat are linked for additional ways to use this mat,
 & there are LOTS OF CHANCES to win a Water Media Mat of your own!
PLUS, they are giving away $25 on each post today.

So, here is what I did with my Water Media Mat------
***I purchased my own Water Media Mat by the way.***

The Water Media Mat!
(Paint Brushes & block are my own)
* 9" x 12"
*Non-reflective for those that like to photograph or use Social Media
 *There are guides for framing video's, including the standard 16x9 video format & multiple square positions for popular Social Media sharing.
* It is non-skid, so it won't move once put down.
*It can be washed in the sink or wiped down easily with a wipe.
*12 handy palette squares to use--perfect size for ink cubes.
*Heat Resistant- yes, you can use your heat gun when water coloring! (Up to 450 degrees I believe)
*The top is not shiny for better photos
*Cost- $36

Here's what I did with my mat:
My first piece, I tried Ink Blending with Oxide Inks.
As Laura says, "They blend like butta!" LOL,
 & they blend like "butta" even more with the Water Media Mat!
I couldn't get over how smooth it went when I blended from the mat to the Bristol Smooth!

I splattered & splashed with water & shimmer sprays on the right & picked up the excess with the sheet on the left.

Next up, 
I tried Ink Smooshing with both Water Color Paper on the left,
 & Bristol Smooth on the right, using Oxide Inks.
 This is the technique that made me pull my mat out & start to play!
I've been wanting a "Mirror Stamp." 
Well, no need of that now!
You can do Mirror Stamping with the Water Media Mat! 

OH YEAH, the Water Media Mat can be used WITH THE MISTI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

So, here's what I made with one of the pieces I created above:
I used my SB- Glimmer Machine with it- Elegant Oval Glimmer Die
  with SB- Matte Gold Foil.

PTI- Made with Love Tags 1 & foiled the bottom with the same Glimmer Die as above.
Stamping it with PTI- A Cheerful Heart in SSS-Black Premium Dye Ink & sprinkling it with Stampendous Clear Emb. Powder & heat set it.

Attaching a ribbon to the tag & mounting it with Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
I attached a small brad on the bottom of the tag by Paper Studio- Spare Parts.

 Matted up my card front & attached it to a card base.

I was hoping you could see the Shimmer on the background-
 I used Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist- Gold.

The inside:
Simply done & room enough for a short note.

The things I look for in tools for crafting, are:
*Ease of use
*Ease of Clean-up
"Tools" might cost a bit more than you might like,
but after-all, it is a "tool;" & tools are an investment!
Men buy "tools" a lot more expensive than ours!

*I try to buy my tools  & mediums when I find the companies I like haven't come out with the images that I like & every gift giving occasion that comes along! LOL
An added note:
I have also used my Simple Green Stamp Cleaner on the Water Media Mat
 & it works for cleaning also!

HOPE you get a chance to go over to 
Waffle Flower & join in on the fun & win one of the Water Media Mats Nina is giving away!

I'll be showing you the other things I made with the panels above, soon!


Supplies not mentioned above:
*EK Success Powder Tool
*Mini Misti & Regular Misti
*Papers- Recollections & Paper Studio
*Scotch ATG
*Wagner Heat Tool