Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gettin' Sketchy

I'm back and participating in a sketch challenge from My Favorite Things. With the new year, one of my goals is to post more regularly on my own blog, in addition to all my work over on the CutCardStock blog. So I hope you'll join me....
This week I'm killing to birds with one stone, so to speak. I'm participating in the challenge and creating the hubster a birthday card as we're celebrating his special day this week!
This is the sketch for the week, and here's my take on it:
Ambers Crafty Corner
I started with a Neenah Desert Storm card base, embossed with a woodgrain stamp. Then layered on my elements to create my take on the sketch. I love the deer -- it's punched with an EK Success punch and then covered in glossy accents. This is as close as we'll get to having a deer head on the wall around this house!

I think he'll love the card and it's gotten my wheels spinning, so I'm in the mood to create Valentine's Day cards for some special people. Maybe I'll even use this sketch as inspiration for more cards!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Copic Marker Getaway!

This weekend, after several years of waiting and dreaming, I was able to attend the Copic Certification workshops. I traveled to Portland to learn from the uber-talented Sherrie Siemens.

Two days of child-free, husband-free, no cooking, cleaning or laundry days to color to my heart's content!

I love that we got great instruction on light, shading, creating depth and also some skin and hair coloring techniques. I'm still lacking confidence in the hair department, but I have to practice, practice, practice!

I posted a cardstock comparison over on the CutCardStock blog, along with a 15% coupon code for the cardstock that turned out to be my favorite for coloring with Copic markers. Be sure to check it out!

Now I just have to convince my husband that I need to expand my Copic collection....

Friday, October 17, 2014

I want my mummy......

I couldn't resist the cuteness of this design when I saw something similar in a magazine as I was waiting in line at the grocery store.  I knew the Felt cardstock I have would be perfect for the texture I wanted in his wrap.

I simply cut strips of the cardstock and inked the edges with a little distress ink.  The googly eyes are from Martha Stewart and add just the cute/spooky I was going for.

I might still have a couple of Halloween projects in me yet.... stop back by next week to see what I have up my sleeve!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Autumn Cozy Coffee Candle

I love decorating for the holidays, and if it involves having to make something from my crafty stash, I'm even happier! To bring some of the Fall indoors, I made a simple candle that I can keep on my entry table or kitchen island for the entire season.

Starting with a leaf cut pattern that I had included on my Silhouette, I cut three copies from Red Lacquer metallic cardstock. If you don't have a silhouette, you could trace a leaf pattern and cut it out to create a version of your own.
I inked up the edges of all three leaves, concentrating mostly on one of the leaves that will be the focus of the embellishment. I also stamped a crackle look with gold pigment ink to give it some more interest.  I love the sparkle from the metallic cardstock!
I stacked all three leaves, adhering them together with Tombow 3D foam tabs.
For my candle, I grabbed a quart mason jar, filled it with coffee beans and then wrapped it with a burlap scrap and brown twine.  Not only does this project have a great look, it smells good too! I used a flameless candle to top it all off.
Attaching the leaf embellishment to the front was super easy using the Glue Dot 1" strips. They are super strong and easy to bend into whatever shapes I need.

What Fall projects are you working on? Do you decorate for the seasons? I'd love to hear from you so leave a comment!

Monday, October 13, 2014

In the Spooky Spirit of things

I've always loved Halloween. I mean really, dressing up as something other than yourself and collecting a big bag of candy... what's not to love about it? In the early days I loved making costumes for my boys, and I tried to match them up as much as possible.

In the early days, when I was able to get away with it, I had the final say in Halloween costumes. I was able to fun with it, making pairs like Cowboy & Indian, or the spider and Spiderman.

But then they got older and it wasn't cool to let Mom dress you up as something cute. It then progressed into the zombie and vampire, and custom Minecraft heads.

I'm not sure which direction we're going this year, but I'm making cute cards in my crafty studio. So even if I have to make scary costumes for the boys, I can at least play with my card stock and dress up my dog, right?

Here's my first Halloween card of the season. The image was part of an online class I took for learning how to color with Copic markers. I shared my flower card with you; here's the robot vampire image I colored and then turned into a card.

Thanks for stopping by.... I'm working on more Halloween projects to share and my mind is turning to Thanksgiving and Christmas! I'd love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Autumn Wine Tag

With the change of seasons comes the season of holiday entertaining and gift giving.  I happen to think one of the best hostess  gifts you can give is a nice bottle of wine. And with my crafty nature, I can't just give the bottle as it comes, ya know?

This is a super simple tag to make. I think everyone should have a stash in a drawer, ready to throw around the neck of a bottle of wine as you step out the door, especially if you're coming to my house for dinner. Don't worry, I'll reciprocate!

I started this tag with some stamping and die cutting from a set called "Autumn Blessing" from Simon Says Stamp. I used Fall colored inks for the images and sentiment, and stamped them on Basis Natural cardstock.

The tag itself is just a strip of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, stamped with the "Hardwood" stamp from Stampin' Up. Remember when I used that background stamp in this Fall card? I love it!

Then it was just a matter of adding a little ribbon detail and attaching my cardstock pieces. I used Tombow Mono Multi to adhere the wreath, but then "popped" the leaves and sentiment with foam tabs.

So now go and arm yourself with a stash of hostess gifts. Spoiler alert: You know what I'm bringing if you invite me over!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Copic Coloring: Little Moments card

And we're wrapping up another week.... I'm enjoying a quiet day at home - that rarely happens. So of course I'm in the craft studio and I thought I'd spend a little time coloring this morning. I wanted to test how my Copic markers handle themselves on Cougar White Super Smooth 100lb cardstock.

The cardstock took the color really well, and I didn't have any issue with feathering outside of the lines. There was a lot of bleeding through, but that's no big deal if you're adding over a separate piece that is the card base.

After I cut the flower out, I ran around the edges with a black marker just to give it a more finished look. This is a tip I picked up from Kristina Werner.

I wanted to add some other elements to the card, so I turned to my Project Life inserts. I haven't really been scrapbooking a lot lately, so I decided to repurpose these little guys and add them to my card. I cut the sentiment out from one of them and cut a little banner end on it.

I adhered down the background stuff with Mono Multi liquid glue, then added some dimension to my flower with Tombow foam tab.  To finish off the card I added a touch of twine from Lawn Fawn.  The card base is made from Environment Raw Grocers Kraft from CutCardStock.