Saturday, July 5, 2014

Operation Write Home 4th of July Virtual Card Making Party 2014

Welcome to the next challenge in the Operation Write Home 4th of July Virtual Card Making Party 2014.  It's Christmas in July, and our theme for this segment of the party is a Red, White & Blue Christmas.  We are aiming for a little earlier deadline for Christmas cards this year at OWH, so now is a good time to "get going" on them.
I wanted to make a card using the little guy above, but could not get it to print, (he came out looking like my printer is almost out of ink & it isn't) so, if anyone would like to give it a try, and use him in a card, I would love to see it and have included the link where to get him.

Here are a few of the cards I've made

Digi-stamp by Dover Publication colored with Copic Markers
other stamps used (holly & sentiment) are by Lawn Fawn and I used a touch of Glossy Accents 

Paper Piecing using (retired) stamps and dies by Stampin' Up, The branch is an Impression Obsession die & the embossing folder is by The Paper Studio

Simple Stamping with wet, & a small touch of dry embossing

Sizzix embossing folder, various punches and dies used

Using up some scraps

One last thing before you go get to work on this challenge, inquiring minds want to know, so please comment below & tell me....
when you make a card for someone, do you make it to reflect the recipient's personality or your own personality?

I'm looking so forward to seeing what you create for our Red, White & Blue Christmas challenge. 

An InLinkz Link-up

And if you are just joining in the party now, HERE is the link to the master list at Operation Write Home so you can go check out all the other great challenges going on this weekend.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Join in the fun next weekend

Operation Write Home Virtual Card Making Party beginning Friday, July 4th at 8 A.M. and running thru Sunday, July 6th at 6 P.M.  Challenges will be posted every 2 hours during this fun 3 day event.  Join in as many of the challenges as you can as we make cards for our military heroes.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Glad you've made it this far. That Ellen, (aka CardMonkey,) always knocks my socks off with her great projects and is a really tough act to follow.
Here are a few things I'd like to share with you today......  

$4 tumbler that I dressed up with vinyl cut outs from the Cricut "Mickey & Friends" and the "Mickey Font" cartridges
windsock / mobile made from Rowlux Illusion Film (see yesterday's post) Cricut "Mickey Font" cartridge was used with the deep blade housing set at 6, pressure at max. and multi-cut 3 times

Inlaid card made from Rowlux Illusion Film.  Mickey head was cut using my Cricut and the stars were die cut with the Big Shot.
I just had to make something using my old homemade "Mickey Head" embossing folder from this post

I made this for one of the previous Disney hops and it still hangs in my craftroom but.........

Here's an updated version using the Rowlux Illusion Film.  It is so pretty when the light hits it.  There may be several of these on my Christmas tree this year!
And for sticking to the end, here's a little bonus for you fellow Disney lovers- Free Disney font
Well, I hope you've enjoyed today's leg of the month long Disney/Pixar hop.  I"m the last stop this week, but wait till you see what's in store for you next Saturday.
If you're starting the hop by jumping in here, you can go to Shawn's blog so that you see the full hop from the very beginning, but before you go, make sure to sign up to win some AMAZING PRIZES from our sponsors!  Our sponsors for this hop include 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure to mark your calendar for MORE projects next Saturday!  You can join the Facebook Event page by clicking HERE.  

Here is the full line up for today.







Friday, June 6, 2014

Rowlux Illusion Film

The assortment I received
A few weeks ago I was sent some Rowlux Illusion Film to try out, and before I say anything I just want to note that my photos do not do this stuff justice.

  Illusion Film is a plastic material that has a gorgeous reflective property, and is at it's best when light can dance through it or reflect off of it.  It has been used in the music and packaging industry for some time, and now has come to the craft world.  Illusion Film is available in a variety of different colors and patterns.  It cuts easily with scissors, or a die-cut machine (I used my Cricut with the deep blade housing) and I found that most of my thin metal dies cut it very well, also.  Although it does have a very slight texture in the surface, you can stamp and heat emboss using embossing powders on it. 

Pretty much anything you do with cardstock, you can do with Illusion Film 
and maybe even more since it's plastic.

The only slightly tricky aspect I found to using it was adhesives.  Like vellum, this is a translucent material, so whatever is "behind" it shows through.  I found that for smaller pieces, like the ones below that I die cut, just running them through my Xyron sticker maker loaded with the permanent adhesive worked great.  When adhering the film to cardstock for a backing, Tombow liquid Mono Multi-adhesive glue worked pretty well, you just have to make sure you get a very complete and even coat on the entire surface of the film, otherwise you will get "streaks".  I also tried thick glue dots and they worked well, (just "hide" them in the pattern if possible.)  My ATG held the material very well, but the tape line shows through.  
Obviously, your results will vary and depend on what materials are being adhered together.

The beautiful Moire pattern- looks just like Satin

This is called the Serpentine pattern, it comes in 2 different varieties, although I'm not exactly sure what the difference is.

The beautiful Sea Glass pattern 

another look at the patterns I got, the yellow is called 3D.

It's great for making die cut embellishments using most thin metal dies

You can stamp (I used Versamark,) or even heat emboss it with embossing powder.

I could not get a good photo of this, but you can change the color using Copics, Sharpies, or any other permanent marker.

Inlay die cut using an electronic die cutting machine

Please come back tomorrow for the Disney / Pixar Bloghop to see a couple of projects I made using Rowlux Illusion Film, and you may even have a chance to win some for yourself along with some other great prizes.  In the meantime, check out their Pinterest boards HERE to see more colors, patterns, and uses for this great product.  It is also available for purchase on Amazon HERE or from several other online sources.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rainy Day Fun

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved to color on rainy days and today was just one of those days.  These will both go in my next box for OWH, but for now I'm entering them in ScrapbookPal's Share Your Project-use Copics contest.
stamps by Lawn Fawn "Wish You Were Here" set,
 various Copics used.

stamps by Docrafts "Country Companions-Sunshine Meadow, Mouse" colored w/ Copics
& sentiment is from Hero Arts OWH fundraiser set
embossing folders both by Darice,
die cut hearts were cut using Lawn Fawn's "Heart Dies" and colored with Copics for a dimensional look (which unfortunately doesn't show up in the pic.)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

ScrapbookPal SYP April 2014- Liquid Pearls

Supplies used:  Liquid Pearls: White Opal,
Spellbinders: Borderabilities Bracket Border One, and Shapeabilities Crosses,
Embossing folder by Darice, sentiment stamp unknown, Stampin Up Pewter embossing powder
and gold embellishment- removed from an old wallpaper book

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #78 and a tribute to an old college professor

You can't get much simpler than this

Sets used: So Much to Say, Year Four

 The following Z-fold card is a tribute to Professor Harringon and his stupid, but much beloved coffee mug...where ever they may be now.
Sets used;  Year Four, Critters on the Farm, Sally's & Smitty's ABC's, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum

Thursday, February 27, 2014 Share Your Project Contest

Spellbinders aren't just for cutting...........
Spellbinder dies used: Classic Rectangles
Stamp set used: "Luv Bunnies" by Stampendous
ScrapbookPal is hosting another contest and this time it's for using Spellbinders.  

My card was very simple, yet fun & pretty quick to make and probably doesn't need explanation, but the contest says give instructions, so here goes......

The card is an A2 size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") so, for the embossed panel I used a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" white cardstock which is just slightly smaller than the card base and I carefully placed the 2 Spellbinders rectangle dies in a "frame" configuration and secured them w/ low tack tape.   Before running it through the Cuttlebug, I used an embossing mat and rather than cut the pieces, I only embossed them leaving a nice frame. The little bunny was stamped on a smaller rectangle which I popped up with dimensional tape.  The small flowers and hearts were fussy cut and glued on the panel using Tombow Multi liquid glue. Copic markers were used for the coloring.  

Smile and the world smiles with you

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I love Crissy Armstrong's images

Crissy Armstrong is one of the artists for Whimsy Stamps and I LOVE her animal images, especially her penguins.  
Digi images by Crissy Armstrong (Whimsy Stamps) I've been collecting

Slowly but surely, they're getting made into cards for OWH

Saturday, February 8, 2014

I love dies

Just a few more Christmas cards I made but never posted.