Tuesday, September 2, 2014

No Greater JOY - Card Art

Greetings crafters, hope you "HAD" a nice summer. Can you believe we are already so close to the Fall season. I can't wait. I had a wonderful summer with lots of projects to keep me busy. Obviously one of those was not posting a card since June 19th was the last time I was here. We did however get a new roof installed on our home which took three weeks, we had a wonderful palm tree planted outside my craft window, and we painted the fence around our property in the front. Never a dull moment. I have made several cards and card art projects the past few months but just never got around to posting any of them. So, here is the unveiling of one of them I made for my sister in-law Debbie. Her home is decorated in shabby chic so I wanted to make an art card she could place in her home that would match her décor. She also has many (I think up to 19 or 20) décor items that have the word, "JOY" on them so I also wanted to add to that theme. Here is what I designed for her.

I started with a 6" x 6" white cardstock.  I then added the embossed white paper on top of the lower section.  I adhered that to the 8" x 8" mauve cardstock.  The pink paper I distressed, stitched on my sewing machine and added some white gesso so it would have that shabby chic look.  The long die on the left is a Spellbinders Antique Frame and Accents Die and the cross is from the Spellbinders Crosses Two.  I made the bird nest out of twine and added the three pink eggs.  The bird was a cardboard cut out and I added gesso to make it white.  There is a button and a butterfly in the upper right corner and the frame is from Marianne Design.  I came across the flowers at a rummage sale and they were made out of foam.  Kind of a different feel but they shabby chic up nicely with some gesso.  The scripture is from Papercraft Memories (see link on right side).  I also glued an easel on the back so it would stand up on a shelf.  That describes most of the card and if you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment.  Blessings, Sherrie

Stamps: Word Art Wednesday Scripture 
Accessories: Spellbinders: Crosses Two, Antique Frame and Accents Die; Marianne Design Window Frame

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Welcome Home Living Room Scene

Greetings and welcome blog followers, so glad you could drop in.  I had a great time creating todays card, "Welcome Home Living Room Scene" and the dies made it so easy.  I recently purchased some new dies from Marianne Design.  I really like her style of dies and they are so fun to create with.  It is such a blessing to be able to take any subject and think, "How would God's word fit into this".  I can't wait for the day when my Saviour says, "Welcome Home".  I am so looking forward to being with Him and that He is creating a place for me in His house.  What a glory it will be when we get there. 
I would describe this card as a, "Living Room" scene.  It just dawned on me that I didn't put a caption on the card itself.  Nice thing is it can be used for almost any occasion and I'll only need to add a caption to the inside.  Isn't the Lord good in all things, even the little things like making a card for someone.
How'd I do it: I started with a 6 x 12 size white cardstock folded in half for a 6 x 6 base.  I used the pink and white striped paper for the, "wallpaper" look on the upper portion and on the lower portion I cut another piece of white cardstock to make the wainscoat and chair rail using my score board.    I used my Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Squares for the yellow frame around the edge.  See close up below.

The chair, cupboard, lamp and frame were cut out of heavy cardstock from the back of a yellow ledger pad.  I embossed the images and then used a sponge to highlight the raised portions in CTMH Cocoa Ink.  I added lace to the inside of the cabinet, below the lamp shade and chair seat.  I also cut out an extra lamp shade and chair seat to add dimension as well as using my stylus on the back side of the chair to make it rounded plus I glued the back legs of the chair to the wainscoat.

These two little cute cats may bring back memories for some long time crafters.  They are from, "Art Impressions from 1996.  This is still one of my favorite stamps  I bought way back when. 
One last photo to explain how I made the basket of flowers.  I used the Spellbinders, "Up, Up and Away" set using the basket for the hot air balloon for the flowers to be put in.  The leaves are from Cheery Lynn B117 Fanciful Flourish Right and the tiny flowers are Spellbinders, "Cherry Blossoms".  The clock is from a Close to My Heart stamp set called, "Welcome Home".  Lastly, the picture in the frame was a scene I found somewhere on the internet.  Oh, almost forgot the cupboard knobs are brown pearls.
Again, thanks for dropping by, if you have any other questions, please feel free to leave me a comment.
Blessings and hugs,

Stamps: Art Impressions, CTMH 
Accessories: Spellbinders: Up, Up and Away, Grand Squares, and Cherry Blossoms.  Cheery Lynn B117 Fanciful Flourish Right.  Marianne Design Creatables Eline's Chair and Lamp, and Eline's Cupboard and Frame.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Happy Birthday Pop Up Card

Greetings crafters,

Just a very quick card and explanation today.  I made this card yesterday in collaboration with my friend Robyn for her husband who is celebrating a birthday in a few days.  She was very excited as was I how cute it turned out.  This is a pop up box card which I recently learned how to make a few weeks ago while attending a Stampin' Up party.  Was loads of fun.

Thanks for stopping by and we'll see you the next time.  Have a good and Godly day, for of what lasting value is a good day if it isn't also a Godly day.

Blessings in Christ,

Stamps: Art Impressions 
Accessories: Spellbinders: Trees, Cottage Cutz Lamp Post w/Sign

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Handmade Flower with Stickles

Hello again blog friends, I saw today that you could enter a post for a chance to win a gift certificate at Scrapbookpal.com (where I have purchased a lot of my spellbinder dies) if you posted a project using Stickles. This is a flower I made using the Spellbinders Rose Creations Die and it was inked with Copic Markers and then after it dried I added red Stickles to the ends to make it glittery. I like using this method for flowers and the added touch of the stickles makes it extra pretty. Hope you try it too and check out Scrapbookpal.com for Spellbinders at one of the best discounts anywhere on the web with free shipping over $25.00 (plus no tax in most states).  Now I just have to make a card to go along with this beautiful flower.

Drop by again.

Accessories: Spellbinders: Rose Creations, Copic Markers and Red Stickles

Oh, Happy Day!

Greetings fellow crafters and thanks for stopping by. Today's patriotic card is to recognize those in the military and not only to say thanks for their service and dedication but to always remember their sacrifice to keep our country free. As the title states, "Oh, Happy Day!" only because of their willingness to stand in the gap for all Americans - we salute you.

The Magnolia image is colored with Copic Markers and highlighted with my Primo Charcoal White pencil.

I decided to do a little experiment on the flowers with my Prismacolor pencils and copic markers. For the blue and red flowers I used the Spellbinders Rose Creations die and starting with my Prismacolored pencil I made lines from the edge of the flower toward the center and then vice versa. After that I used my copic marker to put a little color just along the edge of the petals. I used my ball stylus to shape the flowers and on the red one I also sprayed them with water and scrunched the petals for a different look.

Now, on to that cute BBQ. It was fun to make and turned out quite cute. Some of the cuts I used dies and punches but I also did some cutting by hand (ie: hotdogs). I used my Primo white charcoal pencil to make the grates on the black paper. The legs were cut from a box that had a reflective mirror look and I touched the bottom of the legs with my black copic marker. The triangle is part of a small paper clip.

Ok, so why the following picture?  This is the reason I've been away from my blog for the past couple months.  The Lord has blessed me with the other desire of my heart and that is a new Lowrey Palladium Organ.  In April, my husband and I traveled to Arizona to purchase and bring this lovely instrument home by truck.  I was also able to donate my old Lowrey Celebration Organ to a retirement center in my area and I get to play for them once a week during their social hour.  It's lots of fun and I am so thankful to be able to use my God given talent to bless others.

Well, thank again for stopping by and if you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment. Have a good and Godly day, for of what lasting value is a good day if it isn't also a Godly day.

Stamps: Magnolia Image 
Accessories: Spellbinders: Grand Labels 1, Scalloped Labels 1, Labels 2, Labels 14, Ribbon Banners Large, Circles Small, Sizzix Fence.  BBQ Handmade.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Looking Back........1920's Flapper Girl

Greetings bloggers and thanks for stopping by.   Today's card is a 1920's vintage flapper image by the artist, "Art by Miran" (see link and info in the supply list below).   The art deco vintage style happens to be one of my favorite eras to design cards for.    It reminds me of simpler times from the past and the need to take time each day to slow down and spend some time with the Lord and His word.   I know for me by keeping my mind on Him throughout the day it makes it a lot more peaceful.

I didn't have a die cut that matched the art deco theme for this card so I went to the design board (good ole pen, ruler and paper) and designed the background myself.   I actually had to cut this one out by hand. I used a Spellbinders Grand Oval for the image and popped her up with double back foam tape.   I used the Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms for the flowers and Asian Accents for black accents.  I also used a Marianne Design Creatables #LR0157 for the white leaves plus the Jewel Feathers on gold paper and then cut an additional black background to make the feather stand out.  The "Looking Back" sentiment was from CTMH and cut out with a Spellbinders Ovals Large.

I colored the lovely 1920's flapper girl with copic markers using the following colors: Skin - BV31 + E00 + E11, Headband, sash, pearls and flowers - C3 + C7 + 110, Hair - E57 + E59, Shoes - C3 + C7 + C9, Ruby on headband and Dress - R22 + R24 + R29 + BV31 for shadows.

COPIC TIP:  One thing I learned for those that like to alter or change the look of an image using the Copic Multiliner pens is that after you make your changes, LET THE INK DRY THOROUGHLY. I changed her lips using a pencil first and then used my multi-liner pen and didn't wait long enough to go back to erase my pencil lines and speared the multi-liner lines. ACCK.....it was very frustrating after spending 3 hours to color the image and then make a major boo boo.  Fortunately I was able to cover it up pretty good but I learned something valuable in the process.

I did try a new technique on this image using the BV31 on the shadows for the face first before laying down my E00 and E11.   I liked the look of the shadows a little better and will probably do this more in the future.   Again, thanks for dropping by today and may the Lord richly bless you.

I plan to enter this on the Color Me Creative Classroom REDS14 Challenge

Stamps and Digital Images: Sentiment: CTMH and 1920's Flapper Girl: http://artbymiran.blogspot.ca/ she is also on Facebook under artbymiran or find her shop of Etsy.
Accessories: Spellbinders: Jewel Feathers, Grand Ovals, Ovals Large, Asian Accents, Bitty Blossoms, and Marianne Design Creatables LR0157. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Holly's Birthday Card

Greetings to those of you who have tuned in to my blog.  Today's card was made for a special friend's daughter, Holly who lives in Texas.  I wanted the card to reflect that she should love who she is and not what the world says she should be.  More importantly, that we should love who we are in Christ because He is the one who makes us new when we are walking in His ways.
I used an adorable image by one of my favorite artists, Sherri Baldy.  The stamped sentiment is from a CTMH stamp set and cut out with Spellbinders Labels 3 and I used the Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28 for the image itself.  She is colored with copic markers which are such a fun medium to work with.  If you have any other questions, feel free to leave me a comment.
Well, thanks for stopping by and well see you around next time.

Stamps: Digital Image by Sherri Baldy and Sentiment from CTMH       
Accessories: Spellbinders: Enchanted Labels 28 plus Labels 3

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vintage Beauty Pop Up Slider Card

Greetings fellow Art Card Enthusiasts.   Today I am posting a card style that I just found via pinterest on a you tube video by CreativeKelly4rmCali.  She made one of these and then I did a search for "Pop Up Slider" on Pinterest and found a couple bloggers who gave a tutorial on how to make it.   Isn't the Lord good when He knows the desire of our hearts.   I hope you enjoy the card and I've added several pictures so you can see how I made my version of this pop up slider card.

This view is the card standing up.  The image is from "Crafts and Me" and I colored it with Copic Markers.
Side view of card to show that I also popped the image up on the slider instead of it laying flat.
Another view to show how the image is curved and popped up on the slider.  I did this by adding double back foam tape on the outside edges and then did a triple layer next to that so it would keep it's popped up shape.  It was a bit challenging.
Here is a view when the slider is pulled from the back by the ribbon.
A view from the back with the slider pulled.
Here is a picture showing a side view with the slider pulled out in the back to pop up the image.
This is a top view looking down on the card where you can see how I added the double back foam tape to make it bow out.

Well, that was a lot of pictures.   Hope you enjoyed my version of this pop up slider card.   If you have any questions about it leave me a comment and I'll get back to you and may the Lord richly bless you.

Stamps: Crafts and Me "Art Deco Bride/Flapper" Image
Accessories: Martha Stewart Punch around the page, various flower punches and ribbon.
Spellbinders: Labels 22, Decorative Labels 22, French Frills, Bitty Blossoms, Jewel Keys and Marianne Design Creatables LR0157

Friday, January 17, 2014

Let Your Light Shine Through

Greetings blog friends and thanks for stopping by.   I've been on a hiatus for a period of time enjoying the Christmas Holiday and New Year.  Today I am posting an art card I made for a special friend in the Lord, Carol Ann.   She clearly shines the light of Jesus in her walk with the Lord and is a living testimony to me of her deep faith in Christ. 

This is a 6 x 6 size art card starting with a piece of mat board you would use for matting a picture in a frame.  I've started putting several of my cards on this type of background because they are much more stable and stand up better when there is so much weight added to the front.  I added an easel to the back of the card so it will stand up on it's own.  This is of course a Magnolia stamp that I colored with Copic markers.  I made the tiny brown flowers using an Impression Obsession die (DIE042-I), the small brown flower was made using the medium sized die from Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms, and the pink polka dot flower is the Spellbinders Daisy Flower Topper.  I used a Cherry Lynn Fanciful Flourish Right under the pink polka dot flower, the tiny pine branch under the brown flowers is an Impression Obsession die (DIE023-X), and the other beige branch is a Sizzix - Flower & Leaf #3 Sizzlit.  The sentiment die is from the Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags and Accents collection and the sentiment if from Close to My Heart (S1311 Illuminate - Stamp of the month).  The Eifel Tower die is from Spellbinders French Frills.  As you can see there is a lot of layers, distressing of the edges, bling, heart shaped lace doily, a ticket stub, and butterflies using a Martha Stewart punch.  That should just about cover all the extras attached to the card.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask me a question under comments. 
Stamps: Close to My Heart       
Accessories: Copic Markers, Spellbinders: Bitty Blossoms, Daisy Flower Topper, Twisted Metal Tages and Accents, French Frills,  Impression Obsession Dies, Cheey Lynn Dies, and Sizzix Sizzlits