Posts tagged ‘Through the Craft Room Door’

November 6, 2014

Paper craft project no. 297: 4 cards = Shery loves doilies!

I’m a one layer card girl at heart, but I gotta say that the doilies from SRM Stickers had me hooked! Once I started using them, I couldn’t stop at just one card. I hope you’ll come check out the SRM Stickers blog where my cards are featured today.

Exhibit A: Simple But Elegant

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So this is card #1. I thought I’d do a simple card first and because you know me and layers…we don’t go along well! (Besides, I had to channel my inner Nonni for this batch of cards. That girl can be the poster girl for doilies because the cards she makes with them are simply gorgeous…like this one here.)  I used an SRM White Heart Lace Doily. I thought it was perfect to use for a love or wedding themed card. I placed the doily on the bottom left corner of the card, trimmed the edges, and rounded the corner. I was after a clean look so I kept the design uncluttered and simple using the white stitches in the Sticker Stitches/ChristmasStickers by the Dozen/Wedding, and Fancy Sentiment/Love.

Linking up card #1 to these fun challenges: Creative Moments #55 – Anything Goes/Celebration and Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes.

Exhibit B: Clean And Graphic

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Card #1 got my me all happy that I decided to step it up a bit on card #2 and add a little layer. I also wanted a clean and graphic look, so I stamped a newsprint stamp on my card base in brown ink and adhered Sticker Stitches/Christmas on either side. I adhered the labels with the fishtails in the Labels by the Dozen/Bright Blank then adhered the 4″ white lace doily on top and trimmed it to the edge of the card. Next, I took a large 2.5″ white scalloped circle punch piece, added a sentiment from the Fancy Sentiments/Thanks, adhered it onto the doily, and trimmed. I finished the card by adding black stitching from the Sticker Stitches/Black.

Linking card #2 to these fun challenges: The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #89 – Thank You and Word Art Wednesday #157 – Anything Goes.

Exhibit C: Clean And Simple for Fall

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As for card #3, I decided to create a fall-themed card so I went with fall colors of yellow, orange and red. I stamped the newsprint and leaves on the card base and added black stitching from the Sticker Stitches/Black. I layered two scalloped circle punched pieces (2.5″ and 2″) and added a sentiment from the Sentiment/Fall. I cut a 4″ white lace doily in half, folded each half, and adhered on the back of either side of the layered punch pieces.

Linking card #3 to these fun challenges: Shopping Our Stash #176 – Leaf Me Alone! and Fresh Brewed Designs – Fall Colors

Exhibit D: Freestyle Collage

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And now we come to card #4. This is the card that took me the longest to put together. I spent 45 minutes auditioning the different elements and I kept bugging DH and showing him different looks. Being the ever helpful husband, he gave encouraging comments (“That looks pretty, dear.” “I like the color of that butterfly.” “I don’t know what that thing is that’s sticking out, but I say keep it.” “How much longer are you going to take? It looks great already. I’m hungry.”) accompanied by glazed, helpless looks. The 6″ white lace doily was the perfect background for all the diecuts I found in my stash. First I stamped a newsprint background stamp in black ink on the card base and then added white cross-stitch stickers from the Sticker Stitches/Christmas around the edge. I adhered the doily, trimmed it, and then added black cross-stitch stickers. I went through my stash of diecuts and just layered the different elements onto the doily. I used a label from the Labels by the Dozen/Black & White and adhered it on the card base. I finished the card by adding a sentiment from the Sentiment/Thinking of You.

Linking card #4 to these fun challenges: Crafting by Designs November Challenge – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Good ‘ol Days (the diecuts from K&Company that I used have been in my stash for at least 4 years); and Mod Squad Challenge – Grandma’s Attic (Doily).

Hope you enjoyed my little parade of cards. And I’d love it if you could stop by the SRM Stickers blog. There are oodles and oodles of fabulous projects and inspiration there! Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

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August 14, 2014

Paper craft project no. 238: Trio of mixed media tags

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Hello! I’ve got a spotlight project over at the STAMPlorations blog. I made this trio of mixed media tags to showcase the newly released Bloom Sketches set. Supplies I used include gift wrapping paper, manila tags, gel medium, gesso, Twinkling H2Os, Distress and archival inks, chalk ink, and scrap burlap ribbon. Pop over to the blog for the step-by-step photo tutorial :o)

I’m entering my tags to the following fun challenges: Mixed Media Mojo August Challenge – Tag4 Krafty Girlz #24 – Anything Goes; The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #76 – Anything But a Card; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Summer; and Through the Craft Room Door.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

July 23, 2014

Paper craft project no. 230: Hello summer CAS card

2014-07-22 CAS Happy summer

It’s time for a new challenge at The Crafter’s Cafe Blog! It’s anything goes and we’ve got A Day for Daisies as our sponsor. I used their lemon bunch digi for my project. I printed it out on card stock, colored it with Spectrum Noir markers, fussy cut, and mounted it to my card base using foam tape. I stamped the brush stroke (Celebrate Artsy from STAMPlorations) in Memento pear tart ink along the bottom. I used fun stickers from SRM Stickers — Sticker Stitches (I thought the border mimicked the lemon) and Sentiment/Summer. Hope you’ll check out the blog and see what my teammates created using our sponsor’s images.

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Shopping Our Stash #161 – Eat Five A Day (use fruit or vegetable images); Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #45 – Anything Goes; Party Time Tuesdays #182 – July Anything Goes Challenge; Cards und More Challenge #111 – Summer Fun; and Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

May 28, 2014

Paper craft project no. 195: Heartfelt thanks mixed media card [with video tutorial]

2014-05-27 Heartfelt thanks mixed media card

Hello and glad you stopped by! It’s a brand new challenge over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog and this week, the challenge is to use 3 flowers in your project. For my project, I used a digi stamp from one of our sponsors, Sweet ‘n Sassy. It’s actually a collage digi stamp, but what I did was color just the 3 flowers in it with Spectrum Noir and fussy cut them. For the background, I used an embossing folder and some Distress paints to pull a print. But rather than bore you with a long description of how I made this card, I thought I’d show you. Took me about 45 minutes to make this mixed media card, but my sped-up video is less than 7 minutes. Yep, like my previous videos, this is captioned and accompanied by Mozart (if you don’t hear any music, it means YouTube isn’t done adding it to my video). I hope you’ll check out the projects that my teammates created and we’d love it if you’d join us!

 Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

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I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #97 – Make Your Mark (I used Spectrum Noir markers, Distress paints, white PITT artist pen, and Inktense blocks); Through the Craftroom Door – Always Anything Goes; Crafting from the Heart #20 – Anything Goes; Fairytale Stampers #39 – Flowers; and Brown Sugar Challenge #95 – Anything Goes.

ETA: I’m also linking this to Inkspirational #57 – Bloom. (Thanks for the heads up, Carol!)

By the way, I have a new monthly challenge blog, The Mixed Media Card Challenge, and it officially starts July 1. I’m looking for a few card-makers who love playing with different mediums to join the design team. Hope you’ll check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

February 25, 2014

Paper craft project no. 146: Hello

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I’m very honored to be guest designing in this week’s challenge at Crafting by Designs. This week’s theme is “Thoughts of Spring” and for my GDT project, I decided to go with 2 things I associate with spring: butterflies and flowers. I also went monochromatic — orange is one of my favorite colors and it’s one of the happy spring colors for me.

To create my card, I used the TH/Sizzix On the Edge Brackets die to create my shaped card. Next, I repeatedly stamped the flowers on one side, layering them. I embossed the entire front of the card using an embossing folder with a lattice design and then running it through my Cuttlebug. On scrap paper, I stamped 3 butterflies in Versamark, sprinkled Distress embossing powder, and heat embossed. I fussy-cut the butterflies and adhered them to my card using foam dots. I die-cut and embossed a small label and stamped my sentiment. I finished the card by wrapping jute twine along the bottom.

I hope you’ll check out what the Creating by Designs DT has made and then perhaps join in on the fun! What are your thoughts of spring?

I’d like to enter this card to the following fun challenges:

1. Cuttlebug Mania – Let’s Feel It (Add Texture) (to create texture, I used embossing folder, embossing powder, and twine)

2. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes

3. Tuesday Throwdown #184 – Anything Goes

4. Crafting from the Heart – Anything Goes/Use Flowers

5. Love to Scrap Challenge #24 – Anything Goes

6. Love to Create Challenge #104 – Anything Goes

7. Lexi’s Creations Challenge #110 – Monochromatic

8. Inkspirational Challenge #50 – Designer’s Choice: Tic Tac Toe (I used 3 items from the top row – shaped card, embossing, and flowers)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Shery

February 12, 2014

Paper craft project no. 137: Imagine

2014-02-12 OLC Imagine
So I hadn’t been feeling too well the last couple of days that it was hard to concentrate on studying or writing. Been nauseated for the most part and while I wanted so much to eat (I’ve been craving noodles), I have settled on saltine crackers and ginger ale because they’re just about what I’m able to tolerate right now. Hoping to distract myself — and even DH suggested it — I took it easy and simply played with my art supplies earlier today. I thought I’d play with my gel printing plate (Gelli Arts) and do some monoprinting. I ended up with lots of backgrounds I can use later for cards, tags, and other projects.

And here’s a mixed media one layer card where I used my Gelli plate, a Hero Arts stencil, acrylic paints, inks, STAMPlorations stamps, and painter’s tape. Save for the layout (which I based on the STAMPlorations sketch #5), I simply winged it with this card. That’s how I prefer to work with mixed media anyway — no planning, just organically creating. I may end up with a dud, but in case I do, it’s another thing learned in terms of what doesn’t work or what I should remember to not do for next time.

To create this card, I first covered the right area (about 1.5″) of the card base with painter’s tape. I tore a small piece of painter’s tape and stuck it across where I planned on stamping the sentiment. I brayered some light green, yellow, and light blue acrylic paints on my gel printing plate. I placed a chevron stencil over it, laid my card base, pressed, and pulled. (Not wanting to waste paint, I pulled a few more prints on card stock and watercolor paper and set those aside to dry — I’ll be able to use them later in projects.) I dried the paint with my heat tool. Then I started stamping over the area — butterflies, arrows, ink blots, distressed text — in different Memento dye inks. Next, I sponged some Mustard Seed Distress ink all over. I removed the mask on the right side and stuck it over the other side. I took my brayer which was still covered with acrylic paint and brayered the remaining paint on the right side. Then I took my chevron stamp and stamped it repeatedly to create 3 borders in different colors. I stamped a zigzag stitch before removing all the painter’s tape and stamping the sentiment and a few ink stains and blots in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. With a Black Soot Distres marker, I outlined the shape of the tape to create a doodled look around the sentiment.

And I’m done! It may sound complex because of the number of steps involved in creating this card, but it was actually pretty simple to do. (Plus there’s the fact that with mixed media, you don’t really have to keep everything clean — you can be messy!)

I’m entering my card to the following fun challenges:

  1. One Layer Simplicity Challenge #2 – Can You Repeat That?
  2. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  3. Simon Says Work It Wednesday (I used a new supply — new bottle of acrylic paint)
  4. Make It Monday #178
  5. Artistic Inspirations #78 – Anything Goes
  6. Through the Purple Haze #28 – Anything Goes
  7. Challenges 4 Everybody #38 – Anything Goes
  8. Simon Says Monday Challenge – We Love Stamps!

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Supplies:
Stamps: VIGNETTE: Artful Flutters, VIGNETTE: Chevron and Arrows, VIGNETTE: Live, Love Laugh, PATCHWORK FRENZY: Graphic Squares, and Holiday Artsy [STAMPlorations]
Inks: Dandelion, Pistachio, Tangelo, Nautical Blue, Cottage Ivy, Tuxedo Black [Memento/Tsukineko]; Mustard Seed Distress Ink [Tim Holtz/Ranger]
Acrylic Paints: Lime Float, Sunny Days, Parrot Blue [Apple Barrel]
Card Base: 140-lb Cold-Press Watercolor Paper [Canson]
Other: Gel Printing Plate [Gelli Arts]; Rubber Brayer [Speedball]; Chevron Stencil [Hero Arts]; Heat-It Tool [Inkssentials]; Painter’s Tape

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Shery

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