Tuesday, January 16, 2018

White Out! for Retro Rubber

White Out!  AKA white on white with one other color is our challenge at Retro Rubber to start out 2018. 

One of my new favorite colors is Rose Gold, not quite copper, but more of a pint tinge.  A childhood friend recently lost her mother to Alzheimer’s and I decided to make a sympathy card for this challenge.

I started with Spellbinders Mystical Embrace and die cut two layers of white card stock.  The card base is gently inked with Delicata Rose Gold to add just a hint of color.  The center of the large die cut is more thoroughly inked.  The sentiment by Unity Stamp Company “. . . a beautiful life, blessed memories” set from February 2015 is stamped with Delicata Rose Gold and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Heartfelt Creations Open Vintage Floret stamps and die created the flowers.  I used their new 3D Rose Mold Shaping kit to quickly shape all the layers.  One hint here, let the flowers dry completely before adhering them together, you will be frustrated if you don’t wait!  The card is adhered together and pearl accents are added to the centers of the flowers and to strategic points on the die cuts.  I think this makes an elegant sympathy card and it is on its way to my friend who was her mother’s care giver for 10 years. 

Please do join along with us at Retro Rubber and create your own project.  Remember to use a stamp that is older than a year and let us know how long it has been in your stash.  We also ask that you enter only 10 challenges including Retro Rubber. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Seasons Giving winners and a few more fun things!

Wow, I have to say I’ve a busy few weeks since Christmas!  Here in Central Oregon we did not go back to school until January 8th, so the first week was doing fun family things and taking my time putting away Christmas.  This entire week has been packed full, I taught Monday through Thursday finishing a maternity leave for a friend in science then the last two days have been spent watching High School wrestling.  For my loyal blog readers and new followers I thank you for your patience as real life has been too hectic to tend to my blog!

So the first of the announcements is the winners of my Seasons Giving blog hop prizes.  I thankful for all of my new blog followers and those who now follow by email.  Thank you!  If was fun to read through your crafting goals for 2018.  Most of us want to craft more, share more, learn new techniques, and get organized.  All excellent goals to work towards, but remember that crafting is our hobby and it should bring us joy along the way!  Now for the winners!

The winner of the US give away is
kReN K

and the winner of the international give away is
Dr Sonia

Besides announcing the winners of the blog hop I have a fun surprise to share with you as well! I was recently selected as a new Design Team Member for Quick Quotes.  A company I have long admired for their colorful papers and embellishments has asked me to create with their wonderful line of products!  Here is the announcement on the Quick Quotes blog.

Finally here is a little crafty inspiration! 

I like playing with my layering stamps and trying out different color combinations!  These sweet butterflies are from the Hero Arts CL867 Color Layering Butterflies & Frame Cuts.  The butterflies are stamped in Memento Lulu Lavendaer, Grape Jelly, Elderberry, Angel Pink, Lilac Posies, Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves.  I added Versa Mark over the top and heat embossed with Iridescent embossing powder.  The background is Crafter’s Workshop Mini Flutterby TCS 206s the and Fireworks Lilac Posies and Lulu Lavender.  The sentiment and card edges use Elderberry Memento Luxe which is heat embossed with Iridescent embossing powder.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Snowmaggedon for SID Double Page

What a great sketch to use for our snowstorm of the Century here in Central Oregon!  Stick It Down's January sketch features a few less photos, but I wanted to tell a story about the beauty and work of the months of December, January and into February and our 60 inches of snowfall!

 The icicles were created with Amplify! by Imagine, the title is Spellbinders Donna's Alpha, and a few miscellaneous brads were the final embellishment.  I really wanted the beautiful photos to shine.  Thanks for stopping by, and do check out the other layouts created by the Double Page Design Team at Stick it Down!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Seasons Giving Blog Hop Year Six!

Wow, if you made it this far, know that you are at the bottom of the list!  I am joining along with a wonderful group of crafters in the sixth annual Seasons Giving blog hop.  This blog hop is a way for designers and companies to thank our readers and EVERY SINGLE ONE is giving something away!  Check it out!  Since I am the very last one on the list and I know that my life will be CRAZY through the first of the year, my give-away will be open until January 9th at 12 noon Pacific Standard Time.  I will contact the winners by January 13th for shipping information.  Please make sure I have a way to contact you!

Welcome to my blog if you have not been here before!  I am a paper crafter, stamper, card maker, scrapbooker, and Bible Journaler who also dabbles in home décor, sewing, and gardening.   

My goal for 2017 was to submit for publication, and I was fortunate to have several cards published in Take Ten  along with a single card and one card in Stampers Sampler.  Click the links to read all about it!

Here are a few of my blog posts that had high interest during 2017.   

A Guest Design gig for Great Impressions was the most popular post of the year.   

A Retro Rubber card created for a new baby was second. 

Followed by a Guest Design post for Joy Clair in third. 

Some of my favorite projects from 2017 include: 

 Two cards stand out, both created for Retro Rubber, a wedding card,

 and a very recent Christmas card. 

Click the links to read the original posts for design tips and supply lists.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my blog and giveaway!  Here’s the details:
1.   Become a follower using the link to your left.
2.   Subscribe by email if you want creative joy to land in your inbox!  (FYI I recently had to cancel my feedburner and re-start the subscribe via email as there were over 1000 bogus email addresses listed!  Yuk!)  So even if you have subscribed before, you may need to re-subscribe. 
3.   Share with me what your goal is for 2018 . . . mine is to get more scrapbooking done!  I have a senior graduating from High School in June and would like to have a more than a few High School layouts for his senior party! 

For my United States readers this is what will be in the package!

For my International readers I will mail the following to you!

Here is the lovely list for this great Blog Hop:

You are here!--> Neva Cole <--You are here!

Remember to become a follower and leave a way to contact you, subscribe via email, and share your crafting goal for 2018!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Easy Christmas Candles

This project originally started out as the Evergreen challenge for Imagine . . . and morphed into much more than that!  Very simple and quick to create, and a great hostess gift as well.  You can use regular candles, or the LED wax version.  The tall Christmas Tree pillar candle is the real deal wax candle.  The images are stamped on white tissue paper in StazOn Forest Green and Blazing Red and then gently fussy cut.  (Note, you might want extra paper under the tissue paper as the ink WILL bleed through.)  Place the image in desired position and gently heat with a heat gun.  Smooth the tissue paper down into the melted wax and smooth edges of wax with fingers.  The tissue paper becomes translucent in the melted wax.  The snowman and angel candles are both the LED versions.  The snowmen were stamped in StazOn Jet Black and colored with Fabrico markers.  The images were die cut with a layer of cardstock underneath to cut the tissue more cleanly.  The images may be reversed when applying to the candle as the color is equally vibrant on both sides.  The angels are stamped in StazOn Royal Purple and Azure.   All three candles are finished with decorative trim or ribbons with bows.  


Wax or LED candles
DeNami Designs—Small Tree, Small Tree Swirl
Hampton Arts—Let It Snow Snowmen
A Stamp In the Hand—Angel Parade

This will be my last post as an Artist in Residence for Imagine.  It has been a wonderful journey!  Thank you for all your support!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Snowy Mountain Card

Did you know that it is International Mountain Day?  Well it is!  This is a representation of one of my most favorite mountains, Mount Hood in Oregon.

This is a scene I truly would enjoy gazing upon . . . Mount Hood in the distance with a few deer peeking out through snow covered evergreens.  I do get to see deer in my yard on occasion hiding among the trees, and I can see mountains in my home town, just not out my front window!  So, this is a fantasy scene created just for our Winter Window challenge over at Imagine.  Learn how to make your own window frame using a wood grain stamp, Tear It! Tape and Kraft cardstock to surround a multilayered outdoor landscape. 

Level:  Intermeadiate
Time:  90 minutes

Step 1

Stamp foreground images in StazOn Saddle Brown on white cardstock and die cut.  Scribble Memento Dual Tip Markers on craft mat along with a spritz of Ink Potion No. 9 and water color images. 

Step 2

Stamp Mount Hood image in StazOn Saddle Brown on 5” x 6 ½” Bristol Board card base and water color.  I choose to use Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky.  Most of the foreground will be covered.

Step 3

Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich Cocoa on a 3” x 11” section of Kraft cardstock.  The image is not designed to line up, so I used a Memento Dual Tip Marker to draw in lines to finish the look.

Step 4

Trim Kraft cardstock into ¾” strips and score the back 1/8” from each edge.  Die cut the center from Kraft cardstock trimmed to 5” x 6 ½” to make the supporting window frame.

Step 5

Apply Tear It! Tape to all four sides of the base frame.  Fold edges of each section back on scored lines trim to fit the frame.  Adhere each section to create window frame.

Step 6

Arrange and adhere die cuts to create desired scene.  The background images are adhered directly to the card base, the middle images have one layer of thin dimensional foam adhesive, and the foreground images have two layers of thin dimensional foam adhesive.  Take care to avoid adhesive around the edges where the frame will be placed.  Trim images that overhang the scene.

Step 7

To add a bit of shimmer to the scene, color snow sections on mountain with Versa Marker and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder.   When I view snow-covered mountains from a distance they seem to have a bit of a glimmer.
Step 8

Add bits of Radiant Neon Amplify! on the scene to mimic a light covering of snow in the foreground, and a snow topped mountain in the background.  Heat to cure and puff up the Amplify!  Adhere frame over the scene. 


Bristol Board
Kraft cardstock
White cardstock
Rainy Day Stamps—Mount Hood Large (Vintage, other similar images available)
Heartfelt Creations—Woodsy Critters stamp & die set, Woodsy Wonderland stamp & die set
Unity Stamp Company—Grainy Background
Elizabeth Craft Design—Stitched Rectangles
Fine tipped paint brush

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Snowy Mittens!

The challenge this month at Imagine was "Let it Snow!"  Here is my take:

Delicata is the perfect ink to create a Let It Snow Flip card, or in my case Warm & Cozy Wishes while surrounded by snowflakes! In order to make this card, you will need the Sizzix Framelits Flip Its 660022 or one similar to it from Sizzix. There are several video tutorials on how to use this die and once you have a handle on how to construct the card then the rest is easy!

The mittens and cuffs are stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder and die cut, then placed over the stamped mitten image. The snowflake background is created by stamping with Delicata White Shimmer and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. Delicata Sapphire Blue is applied over the entire area with an Ink Blusher then the ink is buffed off the images with a paper towel.

The background behind the mittens and the small snowflake die cuts are simply stamped in Delicata, the shimmer of the ink does the rest! Ink blusher applies ink around the edges of the card in Delicata Silvery Shimmer, and behind the circle in Delicata Sapphire Blue.

By using just three Delicata inks, a bright and beautiful coordinated flip card is fun to create. I hope your holidays are warm and cozy!


The Stamps of Life—Mittens2stamp and die set, Patterns4mittens
Sizzix—Framelits FlipIts 660022