Sunday, March 31, 2013

Goodbye to Hero Arts and Thank You

I wanted to say "Thank You" to Hero Arts today, the sponsor of Die Cut Divas' challenge for the month of March.   What a month to start our blog sponsorship with, none other than Hero Arts.  Celebrating with a flower for Hero Arts.   It's always a beautiful month with a flower.

Visit Die Cut Divas blog for our last March post.

I've had so much fun making cards and even doing a written tutorial on the Triple Time Technique here after seeing the technique on video at Gaal Creative.   Anne's friend Dawn Olchefske handles the video on this technique.  You'll love it.

Recipe for card:

Kraft notecard
Hero Arts Artistic Border CL322
Hero Arts Everyday Sayings CL342
Spellbinders tag set (3 - smallest here)
Cuttlebug Provo Craft embossing folder
Distress Stickles Barn Door laid on the centerof the flower followed on top by Xmas Red Stickles
Baker's twine in green and white

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Triple Time Technique Card & Instructions

I think the next time I use the triple time technique, I will use darker matting, however, this works for instruction purposes and it's quite nice for a note.  The embellishments stand out and make it more whimsical.  As we know, Stickles always works wonders too.


Hero Arts Dandelion G4917
Hero Arts Everyday Sayings CL342  
"Hi there" is a Hero Arts stamp too, but it fell out of its pack so I don't know which clear set 
Spellbinders die-cut
Pearls colored with Copic markers B79 & YG09
Gold metallic twine & I have no idea where I got this.

I found this technique on Anne Gaal's blog   
so you can follow along on the video, but I wanted to write it down so I have the sizes and instructions always with me.

Instructions to make this card.  

Size                     Stamped panel dimensions                       Bottom panel dimensions
                                A                                                             B

Smallest               2” X 3 ¼”                                               2 ¼” X 3 1/2 “
Middle                 3” X 4 ¼”                                              3 ¼” X 4 1/2”
Largest                4” X 5 ¼”                                               8 ½” X 5 ½”                          BASE

All Right Ladies, Start your Engines… oops… cutting.  Cut out all the sizes listed above.  We’ll call the panels that are going to be what I think of as the “top” panels Panel “A”s and the bottom panels (like the panel that becomes the notecard itself) Panel “B”s.

Fold Panel "B"  (base) in half and now you have your note card ready. 

Take all the panel “A” s and tape with Removable tape, largest on the bottom and smallest on the top.  On the smallest panel (A) you may wish to stamp a sentiment first and then start stamping.  Start in the center and work your way around the edges, using a lighter ink because this is your stamped background.   You can use a background, script, or other stamp for background.  Then stamp with a darker ink using a smaller image, like a flower, butterfly or other focal image on the panels "A", as you prefer.  When satisfied, stop and pull the panels apart.  Take off the removable tape.

Starting with the smallest panel, layer the smallest panels “A” and “B” together, next layer the middle panels “A” and “B” together.  NOW, make sure the pieces are not upside down when you layer 1st and 2nd sets.  Attach the 2 “A/B” panels, smallest on top of middle panels.   Add embellishments like buttons, flowers, pearls & twine (32 inches wraps 3 times around the top panels). To wrap twine, hold twine to left side (for right-handers), starting in front and wrap 3 times.  You can thread a button or tag with the twine.  Tie and make bow.  Trim twine tails on bow.  

Put dimensional on the bottom of the top "A" panel section and layer to bottom panel.

You are finished.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I ended up with a baby card... I think

Second Post today.

I had the back side of a wonderful note card, all a medium pink with lighter images of pink flowers.  I know, sounds rather tooooo much PINK!  But it is quite lovely.  I stamped it with Hero Arts Newspaper Skyline (S5573).  Now, why I ever, EVER thought of stamping a pink card with this stamp, I don't know... out of my mind, maybe?  Well, I guess I was going to cut the buildings out (I often do) and use them individually, adding depth to cards.  But when I pulled it from my stamped stash, I just couldn't get over how much I loved it.  I popped it on top of a light medium blue note card, wrapped red and blue twines at the bottom of the panel and then discovered I needed something to cover the logo of the company that made the card.  Ok, I now have a BLUE CLOUD over the small spot and it looks like a BABY CARD!  LOL

I think it's kind of neat.  I still can't believe I put those colors together with a city skyline.  I am still chuckling.  I hope you like it, because I'm rather fond of it.

Hero Arts Newspaper Skyline (S5573)
Hero Arts Heyday Thoughts (330054) - set includes Air Balloon as well as the clouds that are actually thought captions

Visit Scraps of me for Paula Laird's first blog candy give-away!  Happy Days when blog candy days are here.  You have until the end of March to visit and leave a comment.    March 4th was her 4th blog anniversary!   Give some lovin' comments to Paula and you might win some lovin' BLOG CANDY!.

And I'm lovin' her card on a recent post right here!

Friday, March 15, 2013

A little something green for the Die Cut Divas' challenge "Anything Green" - a sample of green and I love the Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink too.  Color those pearls purple and green for me... hehehe  A little Hero Arts die cut completes the card.  Our sponsor this month is HERO ARTS and our challenges seem to go hand in hand, so hop to the Die Cut Divas' blog and to the Hero Arts Blog to see what's going on in the challenges.

You need to visit Die Cut Divas for a fabulous interview today - personality plus shows through the interview.... I'm not naming names, so please visit and read her interview and VIEW her outright GORGEOUS cards.

This card is based on a card and video at Anne Gaal's blog regarding a technique called triple time.  Anne's card is a triple time negative.  Gorgeous!   See Dawn Turley's card on Anne's blog here!  The ladies outdo themselves.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Thanking Saturated Canary

I'm a true neophyte when it comes to digital images.  Having said that, I am still muddling my way through using them, really, just downloading them.  Since I use Chrome Google, I was not having any luck with downloading a PNG file.  Krista Smith of Saturated Canary emailed me with the cure to my problem.  Switching browsers did let me download her lovely images properly.  I'll have to keep this in mind for the future.  She also emailed Tammypie to me.  Isn't she the sweetest?  I had to immediately color her.  She just looked perfect for a tag.  With school in and a little gal in your life, be she granddaughter or daughter, you can give her something sweet to go along with this tag.

I couldn't resist coloring one of the other images that I could now download onto my computer correctly.  So here on her debut on my blog is Caligirl or California Gal, as I call her.  She is the sweetest California girl, ever.  With that said, I'm entering her into the Saturated Canary's challenge blog, the theme being Good vsEvil.  Those innocent eyes could only be used for good.

Don't you just adore her?  I think she looks fresh off the beach and has that fresh wide-eyed look of adventure and fun.  Both images are colored with Copic markers.

I hope you visit Saturated Canary for a fun sample of wonderful images.  

Happy Sunday. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Capturing a scene in a Reverse Die-Cut

My first card for Die Cut Divas March challenge used a round die-cut with a Hero Arts background stamp, but here is the reverse die-cut framing a scene... a bit on the vintage side, but with a modern city skyline.  I truly hate to tell you how this card came about, but oh well.

I was cleaning my desk and packing random pre-cut images, such as Newspaper buildings and digi vintage autos.  A cloud even stole across the landscape of my desk.  Since the sun is popping out here with 70 degree Fahrenheit weather, I couldn't resist some sun peeking out in cardland.  The "note" panel was a left-over from something (don't ask me what because I don't know) and needed to be used.  It came together nicely.  

The reverse die-cut is raised on pop-dots with some of the buildings on glue dots connected to the reverse die (not the note card) and a few of the images dotted on the paper.  It makes for a nice depth separation.  I am looking at it on my desk and still wondering who created this... it couldn't be me.   

Have a wonderful day, now and tomorrow and tomorrow!

Hero Arts Newspaper Skyline S5573
Hero Arts Digital Design Kit The Art of Style - auto
Hero Arts Special Note of Thanks - partial sentiment from set CL499
Hero Arts Cling Dots Flower Pattern - stamped on the reverse panel CG335
Hero Arts Heyday Thoughts 330054 
Distress Ink - Forest Moss
Copic Marker on card

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Leaving Harbor

That's my title for today.  My desk was still appallingly full of clippings and images.  I gathered up the ship, then a building, a small piece of paper and they arranged themselves in my hand.  That red half oval called my name from the bag I'd just stuffed it into.  I thought I needed another base because I wanted a dark stormy type background, either green like the ocean or blue like the unending sky.

To me, it looks like this ship is leaving a large sea-side city on its way across an ocean.  The prow of the ship is pointing outward to escape the confines of the city.  The ATC is built upward toward the prow and indeed pushes the prow out.

Of course I chose the green for the Die Cut Divas' blog and remind you that you can enter the challenge this month where it's all about the green.

Hero Arts Digital Design Kit The Art of Style - ship
Hero Arts Newspaper Skyline S5573
Spellbinder die-cuts Oval and a label die-cut
Black Enamel Accents on the smoke stacks
Star Dust Stickles 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Green is in the Air!

No, not St. Paddy's Day yet, but Green?  YES!  Just to give you a little taste of what the Die Cut Divas have in store for you this month, here is a photo to whet your appetite as well as an example of the marvelous stamps made by our Sponsor for March, HERO ARTS!

Anyone who knows Hero Arts can see the Dot Flower Pattern peeking through, but what you may not see is one of the Four Hearts in the upper left under the suede-like die-cut heart, flower & green bow.  Of course I love the butterflies of Hero Arts.  sigh...

Hero Arts Dot Flower Pattern CG335 
Hero Arts Four Hearts CG426
Hero Arts Antique Engravings CL383  (butterfly)
Green sheer ribbon, narrow ribbon, lace & white flower sponged with Distress Antique Linen
Spellbinders Lacy Rounds & Round
Sizzix Scribble Swirls - swirl sponged with Distress ink Antique Linen
Butterfly & border of the Dot Flower Pattern sponged with Distress ink Shabby Shutters.  Butterfly also sponged with Distress inks Chipped Sapphire and Worn Lipstick.  
Distress ink Forest Moss on the background
Broken China Distress Marker on the two spots on the butterfly to the Die Cut Divas.

I know you're eager to hop on over to our challenge blog, so I'll send you on your way.