Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Keep Your Head Up

Have you ever created a card more for yourself than anyone else? Honestly, who makes a card to basically send to themselves, THIS GIRL!

I've been struggling really hard with some super deep emotional demons lately and I needed a pick-me-up. Crafting has always been my happy place but sometimes I just get lost in my emotions and the noise in my head and I can't make heads or tails out when it comes to creating something.

I knew I needed a direction or a jumping point and a card sketch always comes to the rescue, for me.

I found this sketch by getting lost in Blog-land. I viewed my blog post from Sunday and then clicked on the next blog and found a link to another blog and then another and another and finally I rested on The Paper Players and low and behold, they had a challenge going on with a sketch. Their challenge is a bit different than just a sketch challenge, they also challenge participants to use tone on tone stamping so I thought I'd focus my energy on trying this out.  (To check out the blog I'm referring to, please click here: The Paper Players)

To create the card I do something I'm not sure anyone else does, but I always sketch out the measurements on my SSS grid paper and pull dies out to fulfill the requirements and then place my stamps I'm hoping to use. It makes creating a card much quicker for me.

Then I either pull papers from my designer 6x6 pads and my 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock or pick my stamp set(s). Today I picked the background stamp first, then the papers and finally the image and sentiments I wanted to use.

I wanted to do this cool tone on tone stamping but I really didn't have any light blue inks and the SSS clear ink wasn't giving me the look I wanted, so I chose to heat emboss the chevron patterns with clear embossing powder by Ranger. The chevron pattern is a stamp in the GEOBuilders set by Stamp of Approval by Catherine Pooler Designs.

I adhered the strip of patterned paper to the background panel and then I did all my die cutting. I wanted the background panel to have a seamless look because of the stitched border. I had to run it through my machine twice to get a really clean cut with the die, but I think the extra revolutions of the handle of the Big Shot were really worth it. Patterned paper was from GCD Studios Pure Bliss 6x6 paper pad.

Then I die cut all the pieces I needed to create this card and even trimmed the black layer and folded a card base so all my pieces were ready to go. Dies used: A Muse Studio stitched circles, SSS Stitched Shapes, SSS Stitched Banners, un-named circle die.

The SSS stitched banner I used for the sentiment is much longer when originally cut but the SSS stitched shapes dies offers a straight stitched die I used to make sure the stitching was consistent and cut it at the length I needed.  My sentiment was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and comes from Create A Smile Bad Day stamp set.

I stamped the main image onto the vanilla A Muse Studio cardstock using SSS Intense Black Ink and colored it with a few Blue Copic markers to coordinate with the color theme, (B000, B00, & B01). The image stamp comes from the Create A Smile Bad Day stamp set.

I finished the inside of the card with an additional sentiment and two layers created from leftover cardstock and patterned paper, die cut with the SSS Stitched Shapes dies.

I'm pretty sure I forgot to mention the enamel dots came from Richard Garay's line of matte finish dots. I think they contrast with the gloss of the clear embossing to add another layer of dimension and texture fairly nicely.

I'd love to know your thoughts on my card, my process, the products used or even if you create cards for yourself, like I did today.

Monday, June 26, 2017

You Color My World

The current color throwdown had me scratching my head for a few days. Although, I love the color combination, it left me with no ideas, NONE!

 (  for details on the color throwdown, click here: ctd448  )

And then I found this one piece of patterned paper in my Pink Paisley  Take Me Away 6x6 paper pad and I was absolutely inspired.

I wanted to use this specific piece of paper in a unique way that would really highlight just how beautiful it is. I also wanted to get some use out of this globe die I received from one of those "from China" applications on my phone a while back.

What I did was die cut the globe from an area of the paper that highlighted most of the colors in the throwdown, mint, pink and purple. I then die cut the stitched rectangle from the same piece making sure to center the space the globe die cut left.

I cut a teal circle from some MFT cardstock using an Amuse Studio stitched circle die and then I die cut the globe from two more pieces, this time of a light lavender cardstock also from MFT.

I layered the teal circle and then the two lavender globes, topped with the patterned paper globe to create a beautifully dimensional globe embellishment. I then clear Wink of Stella'd the continents for some shimmer.

As you can see, the purple adds a bit of interest to the edge of the die cut globe.

My card base is some mint cardstock from MFT. To attach the card panel I layered the patterned paper onto the black cardstock then inserted the cool globe image. I had die cut a piece of the mint colored cardstock from a Blueprints die and the word Color from the same teal color I used to back the globe. I stamped my sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink and glued the die cut word where it fit. I popped up the sentiment strip with some foam tape around where it would touch the globe and used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere it where the banner touched the globe.

I finished the card with a few sequins from Lucy's Cards Pastel Paradise Mix because they matched the colors and the softness of this card really well. I left the inside blank for a message.

I'd love to know what you think of my card.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thanks A Latte!

I cannot be the only one who gets all giddy when someone asks you to play along with their blog hop or challenge? I mean, as a card maker I get so proud when someone wants me to make something for their thing, blog, challenge, whatever. (psst, it is called a monthly collaboration Renee')

My wonderful and talented friend Deb asked me to participate in her and her friend Celeste's monthly challenge blog hop post thing  (again, monthly collaboration) and I thought I'd give it a go.

This little hedgie has wanted ink from the day he arrived. I swear to you, he has been  yelling at me in his cutest hedgie voice, please choose me today. ;)

So Deb is a little obsessed with paper crafting and coffee  (and washi tape)...

My card was created in her honor.

I used Gerta Steiner Designs for the little Hedgie and all the stamps on today's card.
The paper was from American Crafts Shimelle true stories 6x6 paper pad and it was also the very last piece from a super old 6x6 I had from DCWV called Spring Mix. <---also a reason to squeel, I rarely use the last piece of a paper pad.
The washi is some clear washi with white printing from one of those apps on the phone where everything is a dollar.

So, now that we know what I used and why I made this card, let's talk about how it was created.

Although this hedgie image is more winter themed and I was informed this blog hop, post, monthly challenge thing is about summer and coffee, I figured I could liven him up with a bright summery scarf and it could work.

I paper pieced the entire image. The scarf and the cup cozy were cut from the patterned papers used and the hedgie was fussy cut out of some Neenah after I colored him with a few Copic Markers (E31, E35 & E93 to be exact) The cup was shaded with Copic C2.

I wanted to highlight this adorable coffee themed patterned paper from AC and thought this wonky banner formation would work best to anchor my main image without taking away from the paper.

The washi tape on this card, only added because of Deb. I'm not a washi tape person. I use it to mainly hold my dies down while feeding it through my die cut machine (hence the reason I pick up the 5 rolls for $1 deals). But, I thought this card needed a bit more something so I put a piece on.

I also decided to stamp my sentiment directly on the patterned paper but I wanted it to be highlighted in some way, so I lead to it with a trail of hearts. It sort of works, right? (hearts colored with Copic R24)

Let me know what you think below of this hedgie and his coffee loving ways.

Before I forget, the inside is finished with a white card liner and a fussy cut coffee cup from the patterned paper. Leaving lots of room for a thankful message.

I'd insert a picture of coffee here ___________ like she always does, but I'm not the biggest fan of coffee... I know, GASP! right!!! But I don't mind if my friends like coffee. ;)

To view the other cards in this collaboration please stop by the blogs listed below:

Meticulosity - Deb
Crafting Junky- Celeste

Please stop by and read my bio to see why my blog is called Because of Delaney Jane. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

The World is Yours

I played along with The Color Throwdown ctd447 this week and look at this cool color combo!

I love how the pale colors have the contrast of the navy and the bright green. A summer combo, for sure.

I used Unity's World Is Yours set by Joslyn Nielsen & Lisa Arana. I've always had a thing for globes and this set was right up my alley! 
You can find it here:  World Is Yours (I have no affiliation with Unity Stamp Co, except that I really like their stamps) 
When I went to their site to grab the link it notified me that a surprise percent off sale is happening right now, so if this set is your style too, today might be the day you want to jump, just sayin'.

I left this card very flat except the tales of the banner are curled up and I added a few sequins to further the color combination theme. The lighter aqua and green are from SSS's meadow mix and the darker aqua are from Neat & Tangled's Ocean waves mix.

Patterned papers for this card are from MFT's Birthday Blowout 6x6 (the green stripe)
and Crate Paper's Cool Kid (the kraft print and the aqua and dark blue print)

The dark blue cardstock is from MFT.

I colored the image with a few Copic markers to match the color theme.

Thanks for stopping by. I'd love it if you left me a comment below. ;)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thank You. Really.

Sometimes in life we are humbled by our circumstances and those that step in and help when they could have really looked the other way.

My friend, I've never met, from across the country sent some birthday things for Cooper. I couldn't provide these things but she found a way to do just that.

You see, I've built a friendship with her over the last almost 6 years based on a common experience and well, she is as amazing today as she was 6 years ago.

So this card was created as a way to say thank you for all you have done Becky.

Monday, June 12, 2017

I'm so Grateful

The past few weeks we've been dealing with an incredible hardship and one of the ladies from our church stepped up and helped us provide something very special for our  young son.

On top of her kindness in regards to him, she opened her heart to me and shared some of her personal story. This was the first time in the 3 years we've been attending this church that I've felt included, a part, important, & wanted. While true I've never felt like a burden to the church, I've often left after Sunday service feeling less than wanted and more like an outsider than ever before.

I've not shared that with anyone until recently.

This woman was so kind and compassionate and can relate to me and my story in so many ways and she did something incredibly kind and compassionate and all I could do was make a card. That is what I have to offer, a simple piece of paper. But you know what? I'm guessing that because she knew it was all I had to offer, it meant something to her too.

For today's card I used MFT cardstock and stamps along with Bo Bunny designer paper.  I also used a very pretty embossing folder to add some much needed texture to the main panel.

This post isn't so much about the card though, it is more about the reason for it. Thank you Jolene, thank you so much.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hog wild?!?

I picked up this pig stamp set from one of those shopping apps where everything is super cheap and takes forever to arrive. But it was totally worth it for these adorable images. There were maybe 7 or so images in the set but these three seemed like they could pull off some party hats and help a little boy celebrate in a hog wild sort of way...

I wanted them to be more birthday themed so I used this old set from A Muse studio Go Hog Wild, for the party hats, balloon and the grass tufts and flowers. I also pulled the sentiments from the set as well. 

A little masking helped me get those party hats in the right spots on those adorable pigs.

I used a die from Avery Elle to create the grassy border. I wanted it to appear there were rolling meadows for these critters so once I die cut the grass, I masked and sponged in an additional hill behind for the pigs to be on and it created additional depth. 

The grass was sponged with distress inks, twisted citron and mowed lawn. The balloon was a complete afterthought. once I had the card almost 100% complete I thought that pig needed something to hold. And the A Muse set had this balloon in it. It is a solid image stamp so you use colored ink to stamp it. The style wasn't the same as the stamped pigs so I used colored ink to stamp the balloon and then outlined the balloon to create a more cohesive look. This gave that pig a reason to be looking all crazy too... I added glossy accents to the balloon, pigs' eyes and to the one pig's teeth. 

As I almost always do, I finished the inside of the card with a sentiment.

I also stamped a smaller pig image and colored it to match the main images. 

I hope the little boy receiving this card thinks it is as fun as I do. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hope your birthday is...

Out of this world!

This adorable Lawn Fawn set helped me create a single layer card for a very special boy's birthday. He has issues with texture and having layers of paper on his card could have potentially sent him into a meltdown. So I created a single layer space background using some masking paper and fluid.

This was the first time I'd used the masking fluid so I wasn't sure what to expect. The star images were a little small to fill in properly so they aren't perfect but... what stars are?

I stamped the images onto Smooth White Cardstock from MFT in Lawn Fawn Jet black ink. Then I used paper masks for the large images and molotow masking fluid for the stars and I let that dry completely. Then I blended on some bright colors using Tim Holz mini blending tools and went over the entire thing with the black soot distress ink to create the background. I splattered on some shimmer spray, used a paper towel to blot some of that up and then used the tube of the spray bottle to put some larger droplets onto the background and let them dry. I used an eraser to rub away the masking fluid from the stars and colored all the images with Copic markers. I added some gelly roll pen dots in white to the background and used it to add detail to the colored images. I also went over the stamped sentiment. Since texture can be a huge thing for him, I didn't want to heat emboss but I also didn't want to lose the sentiment among the darkness of the background.

The inside has the remaining sentiment and a few starts stamped. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

You're Rawr-some

Oh MFT, you did it again! This dinosaur stamp set is so adorable and paired with this patterned paper from the Cool Kid 6x6 pad from Crate Paper created a most adorable card.

A stitched circle die from A Muse Studio for the main panel, The grass border die from Avery Elle to create the grassy border. Stitched banner from MFT for the sentiment strip and the clouds are a combo of Avery Elle and dies directly from China. The main panel is a stitched rectangle from Simon Says Stamp.

I used distress inks for the grass and the Altenew inks for the sky.  Copics for coloring the images. I took my colors directly from this patterned paper too! I did pop up the dinosaur and the banner sentiment with a little foam tape for added dimension.

 I finished the inside with an additional dinosaur and the leftover die cuts from the front. And I made the dinosaur stand on the remaining sentiment. Cute? Or... Rawr-some maybe?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hope Whispers

About 10 years ago I was a member of an online stamping community where we all had a gallery and posted cards. I made it routine to comment on people's cards every day to encourage them. I commented on this one woman's card and she did the unthinkable, she sent me the stamp sets she used to create the beautiful card.

The stamp company is out of business now but it was Paper, Makeup, Stamps... and these two sets together (one has images the other just a single sentiment) make an amazing card of hope and encouragement. I wanted to create something for a very special friend and reached for these old trusty sets.

I made this last night and wasn't sold on how it looked, but I let it sit over night and now I'm liking it more. I wanted the panel to look like the sun breaking in early dawn.

I used some papers from the American Crafts True Stories 6x6 pad, my Zig clean color brush markers and Jet black ink from Lawn Fawn. The dies were MFTs stitched rounded rectangles, Spellbinders oval and Lawn Fawn scalloped border.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happy Birthday 2 You!

One of my best friends asked for some birthday cards, one for her sweet little daughter who is turning 2 in June and two more for her adorable boys.

Today, I focused on little Miss's card. I wanted something bright and fun and interactive. I chose to use these fun DCWV papers and a super cool number die from china and a very beautiful and bold stamp set from Catherine Pooler designs and CAS-UAL Friday.

I made the number into a little shaker by backing the opening with a piece of acetate and creating a pocket with some foam mounting tape by 3M. I put some of the SSS starfish sequin and seed bead mix inside. Some SU nesting dies worked perfectly to create the focal panel and the slight scallop border around the outside. Versafine Onyx black ink and some selective inking made the focal panel jump off the card.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Birthday To You

A seriously quick but cool card for today. I used two dies to create the entire card, a little bit of patterned paper, 3/4 of a sheet of card stock, some foam mounting tape, a piece of acetate and a pinch or two of two different sequin and seed bead mixes. Now that I type that out, maybe the list of supplies seems a little bigger than I originally thought.

I was aiming for masculine but I guess by adding sequins in the shaker it makes it sparkle a little much for some guys. 

I used the MFT Happy Birthday To You die and the A Muse Studio Tag Bundle pinked edge rectangle die. A piece of MFT paper backs the main panel. 3M foam tape bundled up around the edges of the words create a pocket for the sequins and seed beads. Acetate keeps all of it from falling out the holes where the words are (because that would suck!) 

I replaced the letters without adhesive to use as place holders while I put the centers of the letters back in using liquid adhesive. Like on the O and B... etc... 

I think it turned out fun. Thoughts?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Out of this World

So Friday's blog has become Saturday's blog because... well... I've got a needy infant and my glossy accents took forever to dry. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;)

I created something I've never created before, a card with two interactive elements on it. You can see those almost complete circle channels cut into the card front, those allow both the space ship and the astronaut to "float" around in space. Sort of neat, right?

This card was created for our very favorite nurse at our Pediatrician's office. She will be leaving pediatrics and taking a position in oncology. She will be missed tremendously.

I figured this was a cute way to send her off to her future from my boys to her.

She has small kids so I thought something interactive would be super neat. I bet they want to play with this when their mom shows them. I know Cooper would be all over it if I'd let him!

I used the Lawn Fawn Out of this World set and stamped and colored the images with Copic markers. Then I die cut them with the matching dies. ( I wish the rocket flame would have a die, but I had to fussy cut that part) Then I chose this adorable star paper from Avery Elle, the Everyday Collection.

I used a bit of washi tape to stick the circle channel dies to the front panel and ran it through my big shot die cutting machine and kept the pieces it cut out. I temporarily adhered my panel to the card front with a little bit of washi tape and then adhered the inside of the circle channel pieces with some liquid adhesive and removed the main panel while that dried.

I applied a generous amount of foam tape to the back of the main background panel, making sure to leave an area around each of the channel so the pieces I wanted to slide had plenty of room.

MFT released several of these channel dies to make interactive cards over the last few years and they also have some little slider pieces. One set is round and the other look like a flat tic-tac. I used the oval tic-tac shaped ones for this because I wanted my elements to slide and not spin.

Some glossy accents on the astronaut's helmet and the ship's window and a heat embossed sentiment completed the card front.

I wanted the inside to be just as cute and coordinate, so I used another sentiment from the set and stamped the stars. Then I adhered an extra planet I had colored and die cut.  I really hope she likes her card.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I'm Late

Color throwdown day again, I am really loving this challenge. It makes me push myself to be creative. Check out the challenge here: CTD442

When I saw the colors for this week, I knew this was the stamp I wanted to use. It is this tiny set by Avery Elle called I'm Late and it is made up of three little stamps. The snail with the balloon and two sentiment lines, Happy Birthday and Sorry I'm Late...

And since this was such a simple little stamp set I wanted to make a simple little card. I chose a one layer, clean and simple card. I actually colored on the card base y'all!!! <---seriously don't know where the y'all came from because I'm from the Midwest.

I embossed a wonky stitched rectangle on the front of the card base and I loved how that looked. I stamped the image and sentiment in Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink and colored with my Copics. You can see the colors this week are a pale aqua, pale beige, pale grey and pale yellow. I used three greys, N0, N2, & N4 for the snail. I used Y0000, Y11, Y13 & Y21 for the balloon ( I probably could have skipped the Y11 it really didn't even show up). I used BG0000 & BG32 for the background aqua color  and E000 & E40 for the beige color. I blended the backgrounds out with the colorless blender 0 marker. I also added some texture to the ground with the 0 marker. A simple highlight with the white gel pen on the snail, darkened his eyes with a black glaze pen and then some spectrum noir sparkle pen and glossy accents on the balloon and the party hat and the card front was complete.

I finished the inside of the card with the remaining half of the sentiment, Happy Birthday and stamped the snail in an aqua ink. That finished the card for today.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sketched Mother's Day

I pulled out one of my new favorite stamp sets to make a Mother's Day card and sample for the 4H kids project for the week.

I used the sketched ranunculus set and heat embossed the flowers and leaves onto some Bristol Smooth Cardstock. I used Versafine onyx black ink and clear embossing powder. You still get the crisp black embossing but not the stray black powder bits black embossing powder can sometimes leave.

Then I used my Zig clean color real brush markers and added a little color to each image and pulling it out with my water brush. I only used one shade of red and one shade of green for each image. I really like the variation in color you get by pulling it out with the water. I set that aside to dry and then die cut a panel of bristol card stock with this rectangle die from the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Shapes set.

 I used the MFT hybrid ink in a neutral shade to stamp a Stampabilities medallion onto the corner of the panel. I wanted this to be very subtle. With a little distress ink and a blending pad I blended in some blue from the corner.

I heat embossed a sentiment from Avery Elle in Antique Gold Embossing Powder from Simon Says Stamp and then fussy cut the images out. These were simple shapes so they were easy and took no time at all. I used some foam tape to pop up the main flower and then adhered the remaining flowers flat using Tombo Mono Multi adhesive. Once the flowers were placed I added my leaves.

I mounted the panel on a piece of black cardstock and that finished my card.

Friday, May 5, 2017

You're Sew Amazing

One of the benefits of participating in the Growing In Unity GIU week is getting to pick out a free kit from any of their stamps, new or old. 

I received my kit the other day and I had been eyeing up this sewing machine because I have these quilt dies and figured the combination would be sew perfect. ;)

I participated in this week's color throwdown challenge. You can check out the challenge here:  Ctd 441 

The colors are a pink, light aqua and light purple. White was also on the list and then any neutrals I wanted to use.

I really love how this turned out. I even used a bit of thread from my personal sewing machine and put that behind the stamped image.

All patterned papers were MFT
Colored Cardstock was MFT
White Cardstock Nina
Die from Gina Marie Dies

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May the Fourth Support Heterotaxy Day!

Never heard of Heterotaxy Syndrome? It is a rare birth defect that involves the heart and other organs. The beginning of the word (hetero-) means “different” and the end (–taxy) means “arrangement.” There are different forms of heterotaxy syndrome. All usually involve heart defects of varying types and severity. You can read more about it here: CHoP

This is how it has become a part of our lives. Follow me, because this may be a bit confusing.

Delaney was born 10/22/13 in Kenosha, WI and was transported to the NICU at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee a few hours after birth. Two days later she was taken into the Cath lab where her heart was perforated and she ended up on an ECMO machine. For the nature of her care, she was in the CICU, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. While we were there we had, what we would have called classic bad luck, and our electricity was turned off at our home due to an error. I was sobbing on the phone with the Electric Company, begging them to turn the electric back on because I had pumped breast milk in the freezer for my critical daughter and I couldn't lose both her and the milk in the same day... and this woman asked me if she could help.

You see, her daughter had been born a few days earlier and was in the CICU because she had HLHS (her heart didn't completely form and she was born with basically half a heart). HLHS wasn't her daughter's only diagnosis, she also was born with Heterotaxy Syndrome. I'd never heard of either condition at that point in my life. Although she was in a tremendous amount of stress with the uncertainty of her daughter's life, she reached out to help us!

After Delaney passed away we stayed in touch.

It was amazing to see their daughter "B" grow and get stronger and go home and become a person, an honest to GOD person. I had the pleasure of meeting "B" when she was 2. One of the hardest moments of my life since Delaney passing away.

Anyway, back to my reason for today's blog post. B's mom Kristen was able to get our Governor to acknowledge May 4th as Heterotaxy Day a few years back, she wanted to bring awareness and fund research and help these special kids live full lives.

The colors used to represent Heterotaxy Awareness are Aqua/ Teal and Yellow. I saw this photo of "B" from last year and had to create a card to send her, to blog about to try to do my little part to raise awareness.

I finished the inside of my card with a simple restamping of the main image in the Tide Pool color. I cannot wait to write a message in this to a little girl who is stronger than she thinks.
 All stamps used are from Unity Stamp Company.
Paper from DCWV, AC, & MFT
Ink from Lawn Fawn
Pearls from A Muse Studio
Coloring with Copic Markers

*** Please leave Miss B a comment below, I'm sure her almost 4 year old self would love to know you are all thinking of her and others with this rare disorder***