Sunday, December 17, 2017

Deleting Email Feed

Hello to all my loyal followers via email,

There is a virus in the feed burner system that allows my posts to be delivered to your email box when I post to my blog, Snippets of Time to Craft.  In the past few months over 1000 bogus email addresses have been added to the feed burner.  I've spent an hour or two trying to delete or otherwise clean up the email subscriber list.  Each one must be deleted with two clicks or key strokes.  In just a few days another 200 bogus email addresses were added back. 

Thus I will be deleting the subscription via email option, and re-installing it on December 21st.  If you wish to re-subscribe (and I sincerely hope that you do!), please stop by and subscribe!  There are times when technology is wonderful, and other times in which it becomes extremely frustrating.

Thank you for your understanding!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Easy Christmas Candles



This project originally started out as the Evergreen challenge for Imagine . . . and morphed into much more than that!  Very simple and quick to create, and a great hostess gift as well.  You can use regular candles, or the LED wax version.  The tall Christmas Tree pillar candle is the real deal wax candle.  The images are stamped on white tissue paper in StazOn Forest Green and Blazing Red and then gently fussy cut.  (Note, you might want extra paper under the tissue paper as the ink WILL bleed through.)  Place the image in desired position and gently heat with a heat gun.  Smooth the tissue paper down into the melted wax and smooth edges of wax with fingers.  The tissue paper becomes translucent in the melted wax.  The snowman and angel candles are both the LED versions.  The snowmen were stamped in StazOn Jet Black and colored with Fabrico markers.  The images were die cut with a layer of cardstock underneath to cut the tissue more cleanly.  The images may be reversed when applying to the candle as the color is equally vibrant on both sides.  The angels are stamped in StazOn Royal Purple and Azure.   All three candles are finished with decorative trim or ribbons with bows.  



Imagine

Other
Wax or LED candles
DeNami Designs—Small Tree, Small Tree Swirl
Hampton Arts—Let It Snow Snowmen
A Stamp In the Hand—Angel Parade

This will be my last post as an Artist in Residence for Imagine.  It has been a wonderful journey!  Thank you for all your support!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Snowy Mountain Card

Did you know that it is International Mountain Day?  Well it is!  This is a representation of one of my most favorite mountains, Mount Hood in Oregon.


 
This is a scene I truly would enjoy gazing upon . . . Mount Hood in the distance with a few deer peeking out through snow covered evergreens.  I do get to see deer in my yard on occasion hiding among the trees, and I can see mountains in my home town, just not out my front window!  So, this is a fantasy scene created just for our Winter Window challenge over at Imagine.  Learn how to make your own window frame using a wood grain stamp, Tear It! Tape and Kraft cardstock to surround a multilayered outdoor landscape. 

Level:  Intermeadiate
Time:  90 minutes

Step 1


Stamp foreground images in StazOn Saddle Brown on white cardstock and die cut.  Scribble Memento Dual Tip Markers on craft mat along with a spritz of Ink Potion No. 9 and water color images. 

Step 2

Stamp Mount Hood image in StazOn Saddle Brown on 5” x 6 ½” Bristol Board card base and water color.  I choose to use Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky.  Most of the foreground will be covered.

Step 3



Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich Cocoa on a 3” x 11” section of Kraft cardstock.  The image is not designed to line up, so I used a Memento Dual Tip Marker to draw in lines to finish the look.

Step 4



 
Trim Kraft cardstock into ¾” strips and score the back 1/8” from each edge.  Die cut the center from Kraft cardstock trimmed to 5” x 6 ½” to make the supporting window frame.

Step 5



Apply Tear It! Tape to all four sides of the base frame.  Fold edges of each section back on scored lines trim to fit the frame.  Adhere each section to create window frame.

Step 6


 
Arrange and adhere die cuts to create desired scene.  The background images are adhered directly to the card base, the middle images have one layer of thin dimensional foam adhesive, and the foreground images have two layers of thin dimensional foam adhesive.  Take care to avoid adhesive around the edges where the frame will be placed.  Trim images that overhang the scene.

Step 7



To add a bit of shimmer to the scene, color snow sections on mountain with Versa Marker and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder.   When I view snow-covered mountains from a distance they seem to have a bit of a glimmer.
 
Step 8


Add bits of Radiant Neon Amplify! on the scene to mimic a light covering of snow in the foreground, and a snow topped mountain in the background.  Heat to cure and puff up the Amplify!  Adhere frame over the scene. 

Imagine

Other
Bristol Board
Kraft cardstock
White cardstock
Rainy Day Stamps—Mount Hood Large (Vintage, other similar images available)
Heartfelt Creations—Woodsy Critters stamp & die set, Woodsy Wonderland stamp & die set
Unity Stamp Company—Grainy Background
Elizabeth Craft Design—Stitched Rectangles
Fine tipped paint brush




Saturday, December 9, 2017

Snowy Mittens!

The challenge this month at Imagine was "Let it Snow!"  Here is my take:



Delicata is the perfect ink to create a Let It Snow Flip card, or in my case Warm & Cozy Wishes while surrounded by snowflakes! In order to make this card, you will need the Sizzix Framelits Flip Its 660022 or one similar to it from Sizzix. There are several video tutorials on how to use this die and once you have a handle on how to construct the card then the rest is easy!

The mittens and cuffs are stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder and die cut, then placed over the stamped mitten image. The snowflake background is created by stamping with Delicata White Shimmer and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. Delicata Sapphire Blue is applied over the entire area with an Ink Blusher then the ink is buffed off the images with a paper towel.

The background behind the mittens and the small snowflake die cuts are simply stamped in Delicata, the shimmer of the ink does the rest! Ink blusher applies ink around the edges of the card in Delicata Silvery Shimmer, and behind the circle in Delicata Sapphire Blue.

By using just three Delicata inks, a bright and beautiful coordinated flip card is fun to create. I hope your holidays are warm and cozy!

Imagine

Other
The Stamps of Life—Mittens2stamp and die set, Patterns4mittens
Sizzix—Framelits FlipIts 660022

Thursday, December 7, 2017

One more in the Take Ten Winter issue

In all my excitement a few weeks ago I neglected to share that I had one more card make the pages of the winter issue of Take Ten.  I was reminded today when they graciously sent me an email along with link to my cool badge over in the right column. 


This fun card uses three inks, one marker, vellum, white cardstock and one stamp and die set.  Super easy and definitely made in less than 10 minutes!    

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Festive Christmas Colors

We have a very seasonal challenge at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge!  Check out the cool creations of the design team.


For this challenge, I had my heart set on using an Altenew set called Poinsettia & Pine from 2015.




I started by stamping all the images in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossing with clear embossing powder.  I tapped a bit of Fireworks! spray on my craft mat and did a bit of water coloring with the pretty sparkly sprays.  I used Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves, and Desert Sand.  To change up the color at bit I added in some Northern Pine Memento Luxe ink to the green and Peanut Brittle into the Desert Sand, this a really great way to expand your color palate.  A bit of shimmer vellum was pressure embossed with Cuttlebug Polka Dots backs the images.  The spare piece that was trimmed off becomes strip to complete the sketch and add the sentiment.  Olive Green Memento Luxe with iridescent embossing powder stamp the sentiment by The Stamps of Life to finish off the card.  

Have some fun and join us at Retro Rubber with your own Christmas color project!

I would like to enter the following challenges:



Monday, December 4, 2017

Stick It Down Double Page sketch for Halloween

It is time to share my version of December's Stick It Down double page sketch.  Come join the fun and create your own version of this versitile sketch.



I had two sets of photos for Halloween this year and this sketch worked perfectly for both.  My older son decided he wanted to do a fancy Jack-o-lantern, and the younger was not to be outdone.  On Halloween the 18-year old and his girlfriend volunteered to take his younger brother trick-or-treating.  So we had to document the before and after.   Here is my rendition:


I have a ton of My Mind's Eye Blackbird paper in my stash.  Must have purchased a stack at a sale at a convention!  It is perfect for the base layer.  The spider web was created with The Crafter's Workshop Spiderweb stencil, by inking the stencil with ink daubers and All Purpose Black Pearl Ink and then pressing it onto the paper.  The pumpkin glitter die cut sheet a Martha Stewart  Holidays paper from long ago.  I did a little creative trimming to use one sheet on both sides of the layout.  The photos are framed with black cardstock.  The title is Quickutz Abigail font.  I made two of these layouts, one for each son . . . I am really happy with the finished pages!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Chocolate Donuts for Imagine's color of the month

Cocoa is the color of the month over at Imagine.  Instagram your own creation for the opportunity to be featured by Imagine! 



Chocolate donuts are simply the best, even better if they have Cocoa flavored frosting as well!  I used a new set of The Stamps of Life to create a few yummy looking donuts with different types of frosting.  Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer is embossed to create a shiny frosting on one donut.  The other donuts are stamped and embossed to create Radiant Neon Electric Pink sprinkles, and white frosting from white embossing powder.  Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer is applied with an ink blusher to give a shimmery frosting look. 

Imagine

Other
White cardstock
The Stamps of Life—Donut2stamp stamp and die sets
Sizzix Framelits Drop-Ins 560147

Friday, November 24, 2017

Take Ten Rooting for Succulents!

Can I just say I am over the moon excited to share that I have a THREE page spread in the newest issue of Take Ten!  One of my goals for 2017 was to submit for consideration of publication.  I followed through during the early months of 2017, and am very happy to have a series of cards published in the Dec/Jan/Feb issue of Stampington & Company's Take Ten.  I received my complimentary copy in the mail today.




All of the cards are made with The Stamps of Life Succulents2stamp and Imagine products.  I am so pleased to see these fun cards on the pages of a magazine!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CAS Thank you for Anything Goes


Time for the ever-popular theme at Retro Rubber . . . Anything Goes!  So drag out your stamps (at least a year or more older) and show us your creativity!




I have a need for thank you cards, so I went for a quick and easy fall themed version.  I was inspired by CAS(E) this sketch challenge, and this card came together in less than 10 minutes.



First the cream cardstock is pressure embossed with Darice Fall Leaves Swirl then inked with Memento Peanut Brittle in to highlight the design.  A strip of cream vellum is stamped with a very old Stamp Out Art from at least 1999 in Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is Studio Calico from 2009 and it is stamped in Delicata Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The leaf is colored in with Delicata Celestial Copper and brush tip Fantastix.  Since the ink is pigment based it will not dry on the vellum and thus it can be heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The vellum is wrapped around the pressure embossed baking and everything is adhered to the Kraft cardstock card base. 

Have some fun and join us at Retro Rubber with your Anything Goes project.  Just remember to use your stamps from the past and to enter only up to 10 challenges.

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Textured Heartfelt Sympathy Card


My card along with another AIR is displayed on Imagine's blog today, both in honor of Heartfelt sympathy.
 
Sympathy cards are a gift given to comfort the bereaved, in this instance it is for a family member who now lives overseas.  I wanted to create something soft and beautiful to deliver a message of condolences and love.  The textured background is created with Amplify! and the shimmer of Brilliance Graphite Black sets of the Radiant Neon Electric Pink. 

Level:  Intermediate
Time:  45 minutes

 
Step 1
Apply Radiant Neon Electric Pink Amplify around card base.  Add drops of Amplify! in white and smaller drops of Amplify! in black.

 
Step2
Use a rubber brayer to move the Amplify! around on the card base.  Clean brayer with water.

 
Step 3
Heat Amplify! with a heat gun until the surface is cured and the texture puffs up.  Trim to a finished size of 5 ¼” x 4”.  Use the scraps to die cut mini hearts with Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card set.

Step 4
Die cut Spellbinders Labels 54 Decorative Elements outer and inner portions from white cardstock.  Apply Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an Ink Blusher.

Step 5
Die cut the center square from the Amplify! textured card base. (not shown)

 
Step 6
Use a Post-It note to mask the center of the inner Decorative element and apply Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an Ink Blusher.
 
Step 7
Stamp sentiment in Radiant Neon Electric Pink.  I had forgotten to totally clean the stamp before this step . . . so step 8 made the “mistake” a creative choice instead and matched the card base!


Step 8
Gently ink the sentiment with Brilliance Graphite Black to add a bit more black low-lights to the image.

Step 9
Use Brilliance Graphite Black to ink the edges of the card front.  Adhere the Ampllfy! textured card base.  Adhere a section of DeNami Design white ribbon around the Decorative Element outer frame and adhere with dimensional foam adhesive to the card.  Adhere the Ampllfy! textured square over the ribbon and add the inner decorative frame.  Tie a double bow from DeNami Design white ribbon with Bows-It-All v2 and adhere into position.  Add the mini hearts on the ribbon and the inner decorative frame. 

Imagine

Other
White cardstock
Spellbinders--Labels 54 Decorative Elements
Unity Stamp Company--Heartfelt Sympathy
Lawn Fawn—Stitched Journaling Card die
DeNami Design—white ribbon
Rubber Brayer
Heat Gun

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Vertigo Window Clings

Our challenge for November was to create something children would enjoy making at home.  My version is live on the Imagine Blog today.


What a fun challenge this month, a children’s craft project.  Vertigo Leaf Sun Catchers are a fun way to spend some quality time with the child in your life.  Simply place a leaf under a Vertigo Sheet and trace with a complementary color Fabrico pen.  Younger children can make simpler leaf shapes which are easy to cut out with scissors and older children who are more competent with scissors can complete the more complex maple leaf shapes.  After the leaves are cut out, StazOn inks can be added with ink blushers.  I would recommend gloves to keep fingers from becoming too inky!  Additional veins can be traced with Fabrico Pens.  Apply a few glue dots and adhere to your window for eye catching fall d├ęcor!

Imagine

Other
Leaf
Scissors
Glue dots


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Colorful Autumn Thank You


We have a colorful challenge at Retro Rubber BlogChallenge.  A few lovely autumn colors.  Go check out the fantastic cards the Design Team has created!



I decided to resurrect an old technique to incorporate all these colors into fall inspired Thank You Card.



I inked a section of glossy white cardstock with a series of dye-based Memento inks in Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Lady Bug, Bamboo Leaves, and Elderberry.  After letting the ink dry I stamped the Judikens Fall Leaves Maple Leaf from 1995 in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The final step was inking over the entire surface in Memento Expresso Truffle and then buffing the ink off the embossed areas with a paper towel.  This creates a beautiful multicolored background don’t you think?

After inking up another section of glossy white cardstock it is die cut with Sizzix Thinlits 3-D Drop-Ins Thank You sentiment.  The background is a green vellum.  A strip of grosgrain ribbon with a knot adhered under the sentiment ties the whole card together.

Please do join us over at Retro Rubber and play along with this fun challenge. 

I played along with the following challenges!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Delightful Birthday Card


We recently had a birthday at our house!  My husband Greg is another year older.  Here is the card I created for him!


 I decided to play along with Your Next Stamp’s Sketch and Color Challenge with their delightful Perfect Chemistry stamp and die set.  (Pun intended!)

I started by stamping the light bulb image in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder.  A bit of Memento Luxe Gray Flannel colored the metallic portion of the light bulb.  His tongue is colored with Memento Dual Tip markers in Lady Bug.  Fireworks in Dandelion was perfect to color the rest of the image.  I scored a starburst pattern into a section of white cardstock then used a small paintbrush to highlight the scored lines with the same Fireworks Dandelion.

The back section is the plus sign stamped in Delicata Ruby Red.  The sentiment is also stamped in Delicata Ruby Red on a hand trimmed banner.  All three sections are edged in Delicata Sapphire Blue.  The light blue is Fireworks Summer Sky sponged onto the cardstock with an Ink Blusher.