Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fall Surprise Card

Hello there friends! I'm sorry for the lack of posting of late. Life just keeps getting busier; no complaints other than it cuts into my blogging time. I'm staying super busy crafting but just don't get the projects shared out here.

Today I have a fun card to share. I took a 'surprise me' card class this week with my SU demonstrator and had a blast. I altered one of the cards to meet a few other challenges and because I needed something for my All That Stickles Pile Up post. I'm a glitter girl and Stickles are my go to for easy sparkle.

Thanks for looking! Spicey Cat Chick =^..^=
My Creation
 The image is embossed with clear powder and then received a bit of Stickles. Since I was using SU standard ink, the embossing step keeps the ink from running when I add on the Stickles.

Are you ready for the surprise portion of the card?

Surprise! There's a cheery scarecrow and boy to cheer you! I colored the image in Copics and added copious amounts of Stickles.
 The card base was cut using the SU Pop n' Cuts die. Before assembling the scene, I stamped some extra trees for background.
 I cut fringe with some scraps of cardstock and added them around the image to imitate straw. Of course I had to add Distressed Scattered Straw Stickles to the fringe after I'd crumbled it a bit.
Here you can see the Stickles detail. I only used Distressed Stickles on the card so it's more of a texture than bling addition.

Ins and Outs ~ Fall Surprise Card
Stamps: Fall Scarecrow (Bugaboo); Lovely As a Tree (Stampin Up)
Paper: Stampin Up (Natural Ivory, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Natural Composition DSP)
Ink: Laser Printer; Stampin Up (Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar); Copics: (B34, 37; G21, 24, 28; R27, 29; YR18; C5; E00, 27, 29, 35, 37, 39, 41; Y21, 32)
Accessories: Stampin Up (Linen Thread, Clear Embossing Powder, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Label Pop n’ Cuts); Distressed Stickles (Antique Bronze, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Brushed Pewter, Fired Brick, Scattered Straw, Rock Candy, Vintage Photo); Sepia Accents

Sunday, September 15, 2013

ATS Furry Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Furry Friends Blog Hop brought to you by the All that Stickles design team!

Cute, cuddly, soft, and sweet, having a pet is quite the treat! This month we are honoring our furry friends with a dash of Stickles!

 If you have just come across the hop and are looking to start at the beginning, please visit All that Stickles. If you've come from Chas's blog, you're in the right place.

If you've ever stopped at my blog, you've probably seen pics and read stories of my fur herd. Mr. Gears and I share our home with seven cats. At one point we had NINE (all house cats) and I vowed to never reach double digits. It's not easy when both adults are softies for any sad cat story. I believe the technical term for a group of cats is a clowder, but we coined the term Fur Herd. Trust me, with that many furry feet in a house there is fur EVERYWHERE.

I picked up this cute frame at a thrift store for a buck and couldn't decide what photo I would put in it. How can I choose just one from that line up at the top of the blog? The frame was pretty one note with the designs etched in, kind of like a fake marble surface.
The window is 2" x 3" so there's no way I could display all fur herd members in the frame. When I found the verse on TLC Creations site, I knew it would be perfect for my frame. I used Stickles to glam up the frame and now I have a sweet decoration for the kids to knock off the shelf. :o)
I added a layer of Stardust Stickles over the letters in CATS for some sparkle.
I'm primarily a card person so creating decorative items doesn't always come easy to me. Want to know what I love about Stickles? Oh wait, that would become a 10 page post, let me rephrase, know what ONE of my favorite things about Stickles is? They are SO versatile. You can add them to just about anything for a bit of texture and LOTS of sparkle.
 I added Stickles to some of the designs in the frame and love how they turned out. All I had to to was squeeze and trace the existing lines. If you go slow and squeeze consistently, you can achieve a nice solid line. Above I used Cinnamon Stickles on the cat, Gold on the eyes, and Cotton Candy on the heart, nose and ears.
I changed it up and only added Orange Peel Stickles to this cat's stripes, eyes and ears the same, and threw in some Aqua Stickles on the fish bones.
 I used Gunmetal Stickles on this cat's spots, Platinum Stickles on the paw and Thistle Stickles on the word love.
More Platinum Stickles on the MEOW, Stardust Stickles on the mouse, Silver Stickles scratch marks and Black Diamond, Green and Cotton Candy Stickles on the kitty face.

We have blog candy for those who are a follower of All that Stickles and leave a comment on every stop of the hop! Winners will be announced Wednesday September 18th at All that Stickles.

$15 Gift Certificate

2 Itty Bitty Stamps

10 Digis of Winner's Choice
Your next stop is Cathie's blog.

Here's the complete lineup:
Thanks for hopping! :) Don't forget to check out our Fall Harvest Linky Party!


Ins and Outs ~ Kitty Frame
Stamps: TLC Verse
Paper: SU Whisper White
Ink: Laser Printer
Accessories: Thrift store frame; Stickles (Cotton Candy, Gunmetal, Orange Peel, Green, Cinnamon, Black Diamond, Platinum, Thistle, Stardust, Aqua, Silver)