Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spider Halloween Treat Box

I am so excited that Trendy Twine is back with their challenges again. I enjoyed playing along although sometimes, I am not able to participate.

I have been busy making Halloween treats for my sons' classes. I have three boys, so I have a total of 50 pieces to make. Their party is next week, that's why I have been missing the challenges in blogs. At least, I get to create one project once a week as part of blog challenges. That's good enough for me. Maybe after Halloween?...then it's Christmas. Oh, well!

My eldest son, Rudy, was very helpful in making me come up with an idea on what to create for this challenge. I am to use Trendy Twine. I only have the solid colors, in which black (Totally Black) and purple (Totally Grape) are the only Halloween colors. I don't want it to be all black, so I asked him which Halloween icon has purple on it. He answered, a spider web, and it sure gave me an idea.

I cut the box using my Cricut Imagine and Cricut Wrap It Up Cartridge, I used an old Authentique patterned paper. Then I cut the spider, which is a layer feature of the box in the cartridge. I cut it four times. I am not sure why I cut it four times at that time but might as well have it done while the machine is ready and everything is out. I cut a spider web using the Cricut Artiste cartridge and some vellum. A regular piece of card stock should be okay but I wanted to create a translucent effect when I adhere the twine to the spider web. Yeah, you read it right. Thanks, patience! I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to make that happen.

 I adhered two spiders on top of the other. I applied Tim Holtz Distress Glitter to the spider. I used Spiced Marmalade for the eyes and tips of the legs. I only glittered the body with Black Soot. I set that aside to dry. I applied Wink of Stella in black to the non-glittered areas to add some shimmer. The web was adhered inside the flap of the box top, while the spider was adhered on top.

I thought I was done but as I was reading the Trendy Twine blog, I need a tag. I used a Marvy Uchida tag puncher to punch a cream card stock. I stamped this with My Mind's Eye Halloween stamps. First, some random words stamp which I embossed with clear powder. Then I stamped a spiderweb to keep up with the theme. I applied clear powder and heat embossed this as well. Next, I distressed the tag to allow the stamped images to pop out. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot and Dusty Concord.

To adhere my tag to the box, I twisted the purple and black Trendy Twines to create my own baker's twine. I applied adhesive to my fingers to keep them twisted. After adhering a Martha Stewart paper tape around the box, I circled the box with the made-up baker's twine and threaded the end through the tag hole. I again applied glue on random spots to keep the twine from sliding and to keep the bow intact.

As last step, I frayed the ends of the bow for a more creepy look. Here are more photos of the finished box.

Opened lid of the box
Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Watercolored Crystal Christmas Card

A part of my favorites right now is water coloring, spray mists and sequins. I am starting to enjoy water coloring, thanks to the tutorial videos. I use watercolor paper for this card. I stamped the crystals using Hero Arts Gold Shadow Ink. It stayed wet to allow me to pour some gold embossing powder over the impression, and heat set it. I painted the crystals first with yellow. After it dried, I painted some gold for some accent. After I applied glossy accents on it, I am not sure why it has a green tint. I painted the background yellow, brushing water first before applying yellow paint. I sprayed and splattered on the card, using gold on the top and black on the bottom. I masked the crystals before spritzing then realized that I left a clean yellow background to the left of the crystals. This is when I applied glossy accents to the crystals. It took overnight for it to dry up (And it's deadline day, will I make it?) I spritz the right side of the card, heat set it. I buffed the crystals to remove any stray spritz. After trimming the sides of this watercolor paper, I attached this to a Hero Arts black note card with double sided tape.

I think I need a new bottle of glossy accents since it is hard to squeeze the glue out of the bottle. I used a pin to spread the glossy accents to the corners of the crystals. I also squeezed some glossy accent to a scrap paper to cover up any areas I missed.

I used a black strip for the sentiment. This is attached to the card with dimensional tape. The sentiment was heat embossed  in gold. I stamped the snowflake with Versamark to create a subtle break in between the words. A couple of sequins completes the card.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Paper: Watercolor, Hero Arts Black Notecard, Black Cardstock
Ink: Hero Arts Gold Shadow Ink, Versamark
Stamp: Hero Arts Christmas Crystals
Paint: Kuretake Gansai Tambi
Adhesive: Glossy Accent, Ranger Multi Matte Medium, Foam Tape, Double sided tape
Spritz: Prima Color Bloom Tea Stain, Vintage Coal
Sequin: Doodlebug 

I submitted this card to the following challenges:

Photo inspiration
Mad About Metallics

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Miss You Copic Colored Flower Card

I created another 'Miss You' card. I used my newly purchased Altenew Hennah Elements stamp. I've been wanting to purchase this after seeing a lot of cards showcasing it. I have so many ideas for its use and I am pretty sure I will enjoy coloring the images, regardless what medium I will use. I used Copics for this card. What I didn't plan to to do when I started making this card is to create a dimensional flower. I stamped the image multiple times. After stamping the full image of the flower,  I inked the inner petals well for a good impression and not minding about the outer layer. Does that make sense? Anyway, I colored each layer, then fuzzy cut it. I used foam tape in between the layers to create the dimensional flower. I applied Wink of Stella to the flower which I think, I finally captured in photo if you look at the last image.

I am so glad I am able to use the Simon Says Stamp Air Vent die which is one of the first purchases I made on that website. I used a woodgrain card stock by Ellen Hudson to die cut the air vent. I adhered a silver glitter tape to my base card where it will show through the air vent die. I spritz and splattered some Prima Color Bloom in Soft Teal and Vintage Coal. 

The sentiment is from Impression Obsession Love You Miss You clear stamp set. It is stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. 

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

I am submitting this creation to the following challenge:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Miss You Watercolor Card

I was asked to make a card for a friend of mine at work. She wanted a flower on the card with a 'missing you' sentiment. I am still in this artist's block mode, and I am not enjoying it. My product orders arrived already and I haven't played with it yet. I didn't really have a plan or a sketch for this card. All I have in mind is to make a card for my friend and at the same time, try to join a blog's challenge.

I finally broke in my Kuretake Gansai Watercolor paint (one out of many products that arrived) which I used for the background of the card.

As I set the background to dry, I worked on the tags. I used Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge. I cut 3 tags, a patterned paper, a vellum, and a watercolor paper. I stamped the peony on the watercolor paper. I will need practice with this stamp. I saw how this was beautifully used in WPlus9's blog that's why I got encouraged to buy it. This is my second attempt on this flower. I wanted to stamp the solid image with light ink and watercolor it but it didn't look good to me. This is the outline stamp which for now, I am more comfortable painting. I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color the flower. I also colored the stem and leaf with Distress Markers for stamping. Then I went back with my wet paintbrush to soften the image.  I inked the edges of this tag to make the flower pop out.  I stamped the sentiment on the vellum and heat embossed it with white powder.

I spritz some gray spray mist on my pink background paper and also created some splatters. After it has dried, I adhered the tags to the background piece using foam adhesive.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Paper: Ranger Watercolor Paper, American Crafts Patterned Paper, Vellum, Bazzill Cardstock
Stamp: WPlus9 Pretty Peonies, Hampton Arts
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versamark
Spray: Prima Color Bloom

This creation is submitted to:
Inspiration Tag

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Pocketful of Love Weave Card

After seeing the photo inspiration for the challenge, the only thing that entered my mind is to try and create a card using colors in the photo and weave it, just like in elementary days. It is also a way of using my paper stash. That was my first task, look through my stash and organize the paper by color that I will be using. I don't have anything in particular how I will be using this weaved paper when I was starting to weave. I might use it as a background or die-cut it. I decided to die-cut it and this is what I came up with...

I stamped the pocket using the Paper Smooches Denim & Daisies stamp before I fuzzy cut it. The die doesn't perfectly match the stamp that's why my first attempt on this is a fail. (Imagine having to go through all that weaving again!) I heat embossed the impression using gold powder. I partial die cut the pocket using Paper Smooches Pocket die to create a flap and eyeballed the rest to create the back of the weaved pocket. I used dimensional tape to adhere these together. Initially, I was going to put wood hearts inside the pocket, which can be an option, but I decided to glue the flap shut and adhered a wooden heart to it. I embellished the heart using Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

The sentiment was overlapped. I die-cut the heart strip using Paper Smooches Hearts die to fill the space under the sentiment. The outline was cut using Simon Say Stamp Frames Cut Die. I used a glitter pen to add sparkle to the border although it cannot be seen in the photo.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Thanks So Much Ombre Stamping Card

I had difficulty in creating a card this week. All I know is I want to make a tribute card to our dog, Speeder, who passed away last Wednesday. Whew! I am still saddened knowing he is not here anymore. We all miss him a lot but we also have to accept that he is in a happier place now. Ooops! I am getting teary eyed again.

I was going to use a dog stamp but I made a card before using that stamp with him as an inspiration (Dog Scene Card.) I don't want to ruin that happy memory. So, I created a card with a sentiment that I want to send to Speeder, wherever he is.

I am determined to use the coffee cup stamp and the ombre stamping technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire (Ombre Stamping.) Come to think of it, most of the techniques I try I learned from watching her videos. I wanted to stack the cups or have them overlap each other, and/or fuzzy cut it. None of it was working for me. I ended up stamping a cup side by side, no overlapping. I use the colors in the photo inspiration for the cups. I have to use a stamp positioner to ensure that I am stamping at the correct spot. I know it is a fairly sized solid stamp, but sometimes I am not accurate when re-stamping.

I die cut a heart per cup. The cups are heat embossed using clear powder. I applied Wink of Stella on the hearts then Glossy Accents. I die cut the flowers using pink vellum. I decided to resurrect my flocking powder. After applying a tiny dot of Glossy Accents to the middle of the flower, I poured flocking powder on top of it. I set this aside to dry then adhered with clear dimensional tape.

The background of the stamp was created using Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I spritz and splatter some Tea colored spray mists. The heart is glued straight on to the note card. I foam mounted the background with the stamped coffee cups to the card base.

And as for the sentiment, it is just how I feel like telling Speeder, "Thanks so much for all the happy memories. We wish you could have stayed with us longer but I know there is a reason why you came to us and why you had to go. We miss you. And we love you." I am getting teary eyed again, so I will stop my entry here.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Stamp: Paper Smooches Chit Chat, Cyber Cafe, Sentiment Sampler
Die: Paper Smooches Hearts, Pocket
Ink: Tim Holtz  Pumice Stone, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Versamark

I am submitting this to the challenges below: 

Inspiration Photo

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fuzzy Cut Thank You Card

Fuzzy cutting is a tedious job especially when you have to cut small pieces. Cutting the birds was a challenge. The good thing in making this project is that I get to use my scrap paper. 

If I had planned better for this card, I would have scored it before attaching my elements. But the fold was a last minute addition to my card lay-out. I didn't intend it to be this way but I want the letters to be sticking out.

And this is what I meant by that. I made an easel card just using the base note card.

You will see the sentiment inside the card once you open it and keep the easel up.

Back to the birds, I stamped the image on both white cardstock and three different colored patterned papers. I fuzzy cut each piece and glue it right away. Thanks to the help of my Cutter Bee microfine tip scissor and Quickstik. I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere the pieces. I applied Ranger Enamel Accents to the nose of the bird. I colored the white areas with Gray Copic Marker to make it more realistic and also added a Pink blush on their cheeks. I applied Wink of Stella to the colored areas. And as a finishing touch, I applied Glossy accents to the feathers on the top of the bird's head. Whew! I didn't do this in one sitting. I cut a piece every now and then until I have all the fuzzy cutting done.

The grass was stamped using green ink on different shades of green cardstocks and green patterned papers.

Here are close-up photos of the birds.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Stamp used: Mama Elephant Confetti, Inline Letters, Just Hatched

I am submitting this card to the challenge below: