Sunday, September 18, 2011

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger Garden Glory

Hope everyone is well this fine Sunday afternoon!  Here in Virginia, the air is crisp and football is on!  That's what we call good times here at the Bolton household.  So while I'm cheering for my favorite teams, I worked on this card for the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - Garden Glory!  It's this a great inspiration pic?  
This card started off with one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps.  It's a beautiful image and I need to use it more!  I stamped that huge bloom and fussy cut it down (I removed two of the bottom leaves because it was a tad too large for the card).  
I put the fussy cut bloom over a cream oval (run through with a canvas impression plate) and a deep brown oval (run through with a woodgrain plate).  I put the trellis stamping behind the oval frame.  I would have preferred to stamp the trellis, but I had the fussy cut version leftover when my first idea for this card did not work out;)  
I seem to want to stub cut all the corners of my cards lately (love that Corner Chomper).  I think the look is interesting without being too ornate.  The sentiment I used is from the Papertrey Ink Iconic Images set that I trimmed down to just say "thank you".  I added several clear rhinestone jewels to bring in the mirror of the inspiration pic and that's it!  

Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of the weekend! 
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Hydrangea (Hero Arts), Timeless Textures (Skipping Stones), Iconic Images (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Bamboo Leaves (Memento), Turquoise Gem (Versamagic)
Paper: Cream, brown cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Embellishments: Jewels
Tools: Oval dies (Spellbinders), Canvas & Woodgrain Impression Plates (Papertrey Ink), Stub Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays and Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #64

In an effort to combine challenges (because I'm the s-l-o-w-e-s-t card maker out there), I worked on a card this weekend that combined Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #64 and CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #19: Falling to Pieces.  This card is not your traditional fallish card, no leaves or pumpkins here.   

Instead I went with a back to school card for my twin boys (see those two mischievous boys in the middle of the bus?).  I even included some of their buddies!  I customized some of the Waltzingmouse stamps with glasses and longer hair, but wouldn't it be awesome if WMS had an add-on stamp set with girls!?!
I started off with a regular card but shaved off about an inch from the front.  I used an anywhere square punch for the windows.  The wheels of the bus (go round and round) are stamped from two window stamps from the Half Pint Heroes set.  Don't they make cute wheels? 
Lastly, I added a curved banner flapping in the wind!  Thought that sentiment was perfect for the first day of school. 
Lots of fun to make for my best boys!  Thanks for looking! 
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Half Pint Heroes (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copics, Thin Sharpie
Paper: White, Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink), black from stash
Embellishments: Silver dots (Colorbok)
Tools: Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Square punch (Fiskars)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Moxie Fab Challenge Card Play #2

Normally, I don't get the time to work on two cards in one day, but today was an unusual day for many reasons.  We live just outside of Washington DC and, although our immediate family wasn't directly affected by the events of September 11th, we do know folks who suffered loss and tragedy that day.  Around here, the tone is surprisingly somber, partly out of respect to those who were lost and partly because we live with the reality that this could happen again in our own backyard.  So today was spent close to home, reflecting and remembering and spending quiet time with loved ones.  {Sorry to be so serious!}

This card was also made for the Moxie Fab Challenge - Card Play (see my other post from earlier today for the first card I made).  

Like my first card, I went very CAS.  I started with the house die from the PTI Love Lives Here set and cut a small house from a blue playing card.  

I didn't have a stamp that was just right, so I printed off a sentiment.  Still have to work on the font, but it'll do:)  The little house is popped up on foam dots over the pink banner.  To finish it off, I put a small jewel in the cut out heart.  Easy peasy and quite therapeutic.    

Thanks for looking (again)!  

And for all those affected by the events of September 11th, you are in our thoughts!  

{aloha, jj} 

Paper: White cardstock, Berry Sorbet cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Embellishments: Bicycle playing card, small clear rhinestone
Tools: Love Lives Here Die, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink), Stub - Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)
Font: Passions Conflict (

Moxie Fab Challenge Card Play

Today I worked on a really CAS card for the Moxie Fab Challenge - Card Play.  I'm always looking at random things to use in papercrafting, but working with playing cards was a first for me.  I scrounged around our junk drawer and found some leftover playing cards (yeah, I'm not working with a full deck;) and the fronts of the cards weren't doing it for me.  BUT the design on the back of the cards had a great vintagey graphic.   
To go with the playing card theme, I chose a hand die and sentiment  {I really love that set}  I used the linen side of the impression plate on the white panel for a little texture.  The only other elements on the card are three strands of twine around the top.  
No bells, no whistles, but lots of fun to make.  

Thanks for looking! 
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Love Lives Here (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: White cardstock, Hawaiian Shores cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Embellishments: Baker's twine (The Twinery), Bicycle playing card
Tools: Love Lives Here Die, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Moxie Fab Nice, Neutral, & Square

This is an update to my original post below (edited Sunday @ 11 pm)
You can file this updated blog entry under the category of "she just can't leave well enough alone".  Earlier today I posted my card for the Square Sketch Challenge and Tuesday Trigger: Nice and Neutral challenge.  But something about that card nagged at me...and every time I walked past it on the way to the laundry called out to me...until I gave in.  Here are the new (and to me, improved) results...

I ended up removing the original sentiment banner and replaced it with a new sentiment that I stamped and fussy cut.  I mixed grey and blue inks and think the color is a much better match for the blue panel.  I also redid the leaves so that the woodgrain impression was better placed.  

I accept that when it comes to cards, I get crazy.  But I will sleep good tonight.  (Somebody out there please tell me I'm not the only one out there that does this!)  Thanks for looking, again.

{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Medallion (Stampin' Up), Iconic Images (Papertrey Ink) 
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Rustic cream (Papertrey Ink), Rustic brown (Basic Grey), blue (from stash)Embellishments: Pearl accent (Jolee's), pearls (Queen & Co.)

Tools: Turning a new leaf die, woodgrain impression plate (Papertrey Ink)


Since I'm such a slow cardmaker, I've come to the realization that that combining challenges is a good idea!   Today I'm combining two Moxie Fab Challenges, the Square Sketch Challenge and this week's Tuesday Trigger: Nice and Neutral.  The sketch is courtesy of Kim Kesti from the recent Card Ideas for Papercrafters edition and I love it because it lends itself to so many interpretations.  And the colors and textures of the Tuesday Trigger pic are so soothing and peaceful.  
To start my card, I picked a couple of swatches of natural linen from my sewing stash.  I used one swatch for my background and a lighter piece for my fabric flower.  I made the fabric flower just like I do my accordion-folded rosettes and I inked it a bit with white paint.  I wanted to give my card a soft natural but not vintage look, so I resisted the urge to sponge anything with brown.  
For the main image, I stamped one my new favorite stamps in cocoa directly onto the linen (that medallion is so awesome).   The card needed a little color, so I took a cue from the TT inspiration pic background and chose a greyish-blue for one frame panel and the sentiment.   
The die cut leaves and banner were cut from rustic cream cardstock and debossed with a woodgrain impression for a little more texture.  I would have preferred a mother of pearl button, but I didn't have one that was the right size.  So I went with a huge pearl accent that I've had for forever.  Now I'm off to laze the rest of my Sunday away (or at least the next hour if the kids let me:)  Sorry for the wonky photos!  I'm having trouble getting a good picture with all the texture going on with the linen.  Thanks for taking the time to look! 
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Medallion (Stampin' Up), Teeny Trees (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Rustic cream (Papertrey Ink), Rustic brown (Basic Grey), blue (from stash)
Embellishments: Pearl accent (Jolee's)
Tools: Turning a new leaf die, woodgrain impression plate (Papertrey Ink)