Monday, March 2, 2015

Vintage Stamping Challenge- Olde Worlde

Hello Everyone!
Time for a new challenge on the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog!  The theme for the month of March is:

Olde Worlde---things that look old (or are old) vintagey things, Victorian things--- you get the idea. There must be some stamping on your project.

The challenge is sponsored by Flonzcraft Stamps and they are offering a $20 gift certificate!!

For my Olde Worlde project, I used a vintagey locomotive stamp and added Steampunk elements.





Materials List:
Stamps: Old Steam Locomotive and Happy Birthday Greetings, Wishes both from Flonzcraft Stamps
Ink: Onyx Black Versa Fine, Black Soot Distress Ink
CS: Kraft; Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up); Black; and Gold
Dies: Banner and Ticket from A Muse Studios; Vintage Flourish from My Favorite Things
Embossing Folder-Gears from Tim Holtz
Silver Metal embellishments and Silver brads
Spray Inks
Template: Mini Cosmic Swirls from Crafters Workshop



Instructions:

  • Make a card from Kraft CS and layer with black CS
  • Make the background paper using a template and spray inks
  • Cut the background paper to size and distress edges with Black Soot ink




  • Dry emboss a piece of gold paper and cut out one of the gears
  • Add Gear to card base
  • Stamp the Locomotive with Onyx Black ink on Crumb Cake CS and layer with black
  • Add to the Card base
  • Die cut all the elements from gold paper
  • Add metal stickers to banner and add brads to card





  • Stamp two wings and cut out
  • Stamp Happy Birthday on ticket and distress with Black Soot ink
  • Add wings and ticket
  • Stamp a sentiment on the inside





This will make a great masculine Birthday card and I already know who it is going to.  Let's see your Olde Worlde project!!   Just link it up on the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog.

Still trying to get back in the swing of things after my Father's death.  Not an easy thing to do, but I am taking it one day at a time.

See you soon!  Love ya
Karen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spring Colors: Vintage Stamping Challenge

Hello Everyone,
There are a few days left of the Vintage Stamping Challenge's February Challenge.  The Challenge is sponsored by Flonz Craft Stamps!

The Theme is:
Bring on Those Spring Colors


Materials:
Stamps:Cute Chicken from Flonz Craft
Ink: black Stazon
CS: White; Yellow; Pool Party from Stampin' Up
DP: Sweetness stack from Authentique
Ribbon: Offray
Hello Die Cut: Stampin' Up
Circle and Scallop Circle dies: Spellbinders








The Cute Chicken is paper pieced and added to die cut circles.  So sweet for a baby card or a welcome Spring card too.


See you soon for the March Challenge.
Karen

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Dear Dad

Dear Friends,
I know I have not been blogging lately.  Unfortunately, my dearest Father passed away Feb 2 after a cardiac arrest.  He was 76 years old.  I am very sad and having a rough time getting back into the swing of things.  This is my first post since he passed away.  I am hoping that posting this memorial for him will help me to move forward.  I miss so many things about him.  He was my gardening buddy, and we would have long conversations about gardening.  And, he had lots of great stories about growing up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  So, he now rests in the arms of my Heavenly Father.





Karen

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tall Trees on the Bike Trail

Hello Dreamers,
How is your day going?  Well, I hope.  Doing good here.  Did my grocery shopping already this morning.  So, that means I get to goof off for a bit.  Yea!  LOL  Today, let's take a bike ride with a project made with stamps from Lost Coast Designs.


Materials List:
Stamps: Tall Trees Background and Bike Border from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Mushroom Adirondack,Versa Fine Black
Distress Ink: Faded Jeans and Forest Moss
CS: Black; Not Quite Navy - Stampin' Up
Sheet Music Paper (or sheet music stamp would work too)
Metal disk embellishments
Ribbon Slide -Stampin' Up
Tweed Ribbon


Instructions:

  • Make a card from Not Quite Navy CS and add a layer of black CS
  • Stamp the Tall Trees stamp onto the sheet music with Mushroom ink
  • Stamp one of the Bikes from the Bike Border with Black ink
  • Distress with the Distress inks




  • Add the stamped piece to the card base
  • Add the silver metal embellishment
  • Wrap the tweed ribbon around the card
  • Slide the ends of the ribbon through the ribbon slide and tie in a knot

I was using the paper with sheet music as a scrap to test the Tall Trees stamp...My husband is a musician and prints lots of sheet music.  And, when it does not print correctly, he hands it to me and says, "Can you use this?".  Of course I can.  Anyway, I liked the way the trees looked on the sheet music and just went with it.  And, that is my design process for this card...in case you were wondering.  

Challenges for my Bike Trail in the woods card:
Simon Wednesday: anything goes
Love to Scrap: anything goes
Amusing Challenge: anything goes

See you next time for more crafty fun!!  Have a great day!  Love ya.
Karen

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CAS Vintage Ladies

Hello Dreamers!
I am back today with the last three of my Vintage lady cards. I went more CAS with today's cards and did not do any distressing!  See my other Vintage Ladies here and here.  I made the cards in three colors ways for the Vintage Stamping Challenge sponsored by Flonzcraft Stamps.  There is still time to make a project using something "new".   See all the details on the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog




Materials List:
Stamps: Flowers Engraving and Vintage Fashion Girl - Twenties 2 both from Flonzcraft Stamps
Sentiment Stamps: Stampin' Up
Ink: Black and Vintage Sepia Versa Fine; Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze,  and Wisteria Wonder from  Stampin' Up
CS: White; Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze, and Wisteria Wonder from  Stampin' Up
Yarns
Pearls



Instructions:
  • Make three cards from cardstock that coordinates with the ink color
  • Stamp the flower and sentiment on white CS with a lighter pastel colored ink
  • Stamp the ladies with Black or Vintage Sepia inks
  • Add the stamped piece to the card base





  • Add Pearls
  • Tie yarn around card




Some fun Challenges for my CAS Vintage Lady cards:
Creative Card Crew: shabby chic
Sweet 7:something new---I used two new stamps
Dream Valley: anything goes
My Creative Moments: anything goes


I will be back later in the week with my Lost Coast Design project.  Hope you are having a great day!!  Love ya.
Karen

Throwback Thursday for January

Hello Everyone!
Hope everyone is doing well!  I have been busy taking care of household things, but today I am back with a fun post.  I am participating in Bibiana's Throwback Thursday!  See all the details on Stamping with Bibiana.  You can link up through Feb 12.
I selected a card made for Valentine's Day made with Stampsmith Stamps.




I did take some new photos of the card.  You can check out  the original post from January 2011.  Love these fun Lucy stamps!


I stamped on white glossy paper and added distress inks.  I Hand Cut the hearts--oh my!  I hand cut and did not use a die.  Well, this was made in 2011.  LOL.  I added some glitter glue around the edge of the heart.  


What a blast from the past!   I still have this card in my design team projects box.  Maybe I should send it to someone!
Hope you are  having a great day!!  I will be back tomorrow with more of my vintage lady cards.  And, I have some Lost Coast Design projects too.  See you then.  Love ya.
Karen

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vintage Ladies with Floral Background

Hello Everyone!
Been kind of a not so good week.  My husband was home sick.  He tried going in today.  He still does not feel good though.  And, we have a busy weekend ahead too.  The Dearborn Big Band is playing at the Michael Guido Performing Arts Center on Sunday ( Don is the director and trumpet player).  So, a big day for the band.
Saturday, I am going to a fund raiser/card making day with my buddy, Sharon.  Should be fun!  Looking forward to getting out and making a few cards for fun after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

I thought I would post two cards today.  The cards are a variation on my Vintage Stamping Challenge project I posted two weeks ago here. The challenge runs all month and the details can be found here.  The theme is "New Year - New Stash"


Here is Card one:


Materials List:
Stamps: Flowers Engraving and Vintage Fashion Girl - Twenties 2 both from Flonzcraft Stamps; speckles background stamp
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch -Memento;  Creamy Caramel from  Stampin' Up
CS: Cream; Tobacco Brown; Black; Mustard yellow
Watercolor Crayons - Stampin' Up
Distressing tool
Ribbons
Heat gun
Spray bottle 

 Instructions:

  • Make a card from tobacco brown mustard yellow CS
  • Add a torn layer of black to the tobacco brown card
  • On Cream CS, stamp the Flowers Engraving with Toffee Crunch and another with Creamy Caramel ink
  • Stamp the Fashion Girls with Rich Cocoa ink
  • Stamp speckles on the background with Creamy Caramel for card two


  • Tear the edges of one stamped piece and distress the edges of the second stamped piece with distressing tool 
  • Color the edges with the watercolor crayon
  • Distress edges again
  • Spray the watercolor crayon lightly with water and dry with heat gun ( I rubbed the crayon coloring with my finger to soften the edges before drying)
  • Add to the card base


  • Add ribbons to each card




The cards are going in my to send box.  They will be perfect for any occasion.  I will add sentiments when I use them.

A Few Fun Challenges for my Vintage Ladies
Simon's Monday: inky background
4 Crafty Chicks: flowers
Just Inspirational: add a background stamp
Penny's Challenge: anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters: anything goes with twist of new stash---my new stash---the Flower Engraving and Vintage Fashion Ladies stamps


I have three more cards made with the same stamps--They are not quite so distressed.  I will share those next week.  Hope you are having a great day!  Love ya.
Karen