Monday, October 20, 2014

Healing Thoughts Recessed card

Hello!  Lately I have WAAAAY too many friends hurting themselves or getting sick (I need my friends to stay healthy and stop hurting themselves already!  Poor things!!) so I have quite a few 'get well soon' cards to make.  This one I made for a friend I originally met on youtube, and got to know a little better on FB, for her hubby that had a horrific accident (he is going to be fine, but he is pretty banged up and broken for a while until he heals).  I got the idea for it from Stamp TV's October Release Party Challenge - to make a recessed card.  Haven't made one of those in a while.  


The teddy bear isn't too childish for a grown man, is it?  I used the teddy bear image from 'Under the Weather' by Gina K. Designs and paired it with the above sentiment, which I thought was more appropriate for someone who was not sick per se, but healing... a lot...  I colored the bear with my Copics (E59, 57, 55) and paper pieced his paw pads & bandages using some papers from Gina's 'Poolside' collection.  In retrospect, I wish I had used teenie wooden buttons instead of the black rhinestones, more masculine.

Additional Challenges:
Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge #34: dies or punches (I used a die to cut out the recessed window)

Thank you for taking the time to look at my card!  Have a great evening!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Friday, October 17, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs October Release - Day 5


Welcome back to the fifth & final day of Newton's Nooks Designs' October Release Reveals.  Hasn't the release been AMAZING this month?!!  The final October set will delight dog & cat lovers alike - introducing 'Christmas Delivery':


Isn't this set SOOO CUTE?!!!  I certainly think so!  Allow me to show you where my quirky brain went with this adorable image:


LOL, I have NO idea why that is my I imagined the pets were thinking!  I colored the image with Copic markers, and the background is simply a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.  Not sure it shows in the photo, but the pup's Santa hat has sparkly fluff added to the brim & a pom pom added to the tip to add a little texture.  
Additional Challenges:

And I wanted to show you I am capable of making classy cards as well, so I made this one too:


Here I just focused on the pretty scripty sentiment which was embossed in silver on red cardstock and then punched with an ornament shaped punch and 'hung' with some sparkly twine.  I felt the card needed a little 'something more' so I added the Fiskars punched border and a portion of a glittery sticker from K.I. Memories that is pre-glittered red ornaments.  

What do you think?  Which card do you like better?

Would you like to win 'Christmas Delivery'?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  One winner will be chosen at random from the collective blogs listed below.  Make sure you check out each blog and comment for your chance to win.  You will not know which blog will be chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Friday, October 17th at 9 pm Central Daylight Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Saturday, October 18th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to see what I created for you.  I really do enjoy doing it.  Next stop on the hop is Shellye McDaniel I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see - Enjoy!  Happy Hopping!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs October Release - Day 4


Welcome back to the fourth day of Newton's Nook Designs October Release. Haven't the sets been AMAZING?!!  The awesomeness continues today with everyone's favorite kitty making his Christmas debut with 'Newton's Curious Christmas':


SOOOO many cute images in this set!  I was really drawn to the one with Santa's sleigh so I used it to make this card:


I tried to brayer the background, but after the mask moved on two different attempts I got tired of wasting paper and decided to create the background with lots of sponging instead.  With Newton & the moon masked I sponged Tempting Turquoise - Pacific Point - Brilliant Blue - Eggplant Envy - Night of Navy to create the sky.  Then I masked the sky and sponged So Saffron and Summer Sun to create the moonglow.  Then I cut several thin strips of Really Rust and punched them with a scalloped border punch and aligned them up to make the roof shingles (that was rather tricky, LOL).  And lastly I colored Newton with Copic markers in his signature ginger hues and cut him out and paper pieced him on the roof (I wanted his tail to stick out).   

Then I got playful and created this card in conjunction with Tuesday's 'Holiday Hounds' set:


Hee hee hee!  The happy-go-lucky dachshund 'innocently' marking the poor snowman with Newton peering from behind to witness the event and wonder if his doxie friend will make the 'Nice List' (hee hee hee I amuse myself!)  The snowman is completely covered in iridescent glitter (SOOOO sparkly in real life!) and his earmuffs are topped with red flock.  This was a fun card to make and I hope I didn't offend anyone with my quirky sense of humor.  :)


Challenge Entered:

Would you like to win 'Newton's Curious Christmas'?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  One winner will be chosen at random from the collective blogs listed below.  Make sure you check out each blog and comment for your chance to win.  You will not know which blog will be chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Friday, October 17th at 9 pm Central Daylight Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Saturday, October 18th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


Newton's Nook Designs
Taheerah Atchia
Lydia Brooke
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Crafty Math-Chick
Shellye McDaniel
Jess Moyer
Stephanie Muzzulin
Danielle Pandeline
Tessa Wise
Heather Hoffman (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to see what I created for you.  I really do enjoy doing it.  Next stop on the hop is Shellye McDaniel I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see - Enjoy!  Happy Hopping!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs October Release - Day 3


Welcome back for day three of Newton's Nook Designs' October Reveal.  Today we introduce a set I loooooooove that you can personalize to fit your family - even your furry family members!  YESSS!!!  Introducing 'Flaky Family':


You see there is a snow PUPPY and a snow KITTY right?  I KNOW!!!  EEEEEEE!!!!!!!  My heart skipped when I saw this set!  And Jen included so many cute winter accessories to dress them up with too!

I made this card, which I think is going to be the holiday card we send out this year, which represents my little family:


I stamped each snow family member separately, masking for the hats, cut them out and laid them on the snow drifts individually to get just the huddled together look I was hoping for.  I can't tell if it shows up in the photo, but I outlined the stitched snow banks & snow family members with a Quickie glue pen and sprinkled some iridescent glitter on top.  I felt like the project needed a little pop of red so I recruited the little Birdies from Winged Wishes, stamped them in red, paper-pieced them onto the background (it is from last year's Recollections 6x6 stack from Michaels) and added some red glitter to their bellies.  If I may say so, I really do love this card, and I love Jen for creating this set for us.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot - the large snowman is perfect for those Tic Tac holders I love to make too (I bet other snow family members would work fine as well)


So there you have it:


A cute little duo, no?


Challenge Entered:

Would you like to win 'Flaky Family'?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  One winner will be chosen at random from the collective blogs listed below.  Make sure you check out each blog and comment for your chance to win.  You will not know which blog will be chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Friday, October 17th at 9 pm Central Daylight Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Saturday, October 18th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


Newton's Nook Designs
Taheerah Atchia
Lydia Brooke
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Crafty Math-Chick
Shellye McDaniel
Jess Moyer
Stephanie Muzzulin
Danielle Pandeline
Tessa Wise
Heather Hoffman (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to see what I created for you.  I really do enjoy doing it.  Next stop on the hop is Shellye McDaniel I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see - Enjoy!  Happy Hopping!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs October Release - Day 2


Welcome back for Day 2 of Newton's Nook Designs October Release!  Today's set is going to knock the socks off you dog lovers - especially if you love dachshunds (which I of course do).  Introducing 'Holiday Hounds':


Isn't it ADORABLE?!!  AHHHHHH!!!  A friend of mine actually owns five dachshunds in a variety of colors & coats, so I made her this card for Christmas playing off of the '4 out of 5 dentists surveyed...' kind of pitch:


(feel free to click on the image for a larger picture)  The inside says "... wish you a long & joyful holiday season - I used a marker to get 'wish' instead of 'wishing' from the sentiment included in the set.  I used a little trick my friend Anna told me about - using a tracing wheel along the edges to give the appearance of faux stitching and then sponged some Crumb Cake ink along the edges of the image panel.  The doxies are colored in with Copic markers and I created the sentiment using an alphabet from Hampton Art and punched out the individual letters and numbers using a 5/8" circle punch I believe, maybe it was 1/2"?   I used a Memento Tuxedo Black marker to ink just the 'dachs' from one sentiment in the set and created some holly berry accents with tiny red rhinestones and some holly leaves cut free hand with a scissors.

I also got this cute idea form a Cross Stitching magazine I saw online that had little dachshund die cuts used as spools.  I have been bummed because I couldn't find this issue in any of the stores, but when Jen mailed us this set I thought 'I can create some of my own using the sweater-wearing doxie!  So that is what I did, you just stamp them, cut them out and then cut up a little bit in-between their front two legs to create the space to hold the end of the fiber.  Next time I think I will use something heavier like chipboard, it's a little sturdier.  Here is one holding some pretty aqua twine so you get the idea:



Would you like to win 'Holiday Hounds'?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  One winner will be chosen at random from the collective blogs listed below.  Make sure you check out each blog and comment for your chance to win.  You will not know which blog will be chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Friday, October 17th at 9 pm Central Daylight Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Saturday, October 18th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


Newton's Nook Designs
Taheerah Atchia
Lydia Brooke
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Crafty Math-Chick
Shellye McDaniel
Jess Moyer
Stephanie Muzzulin
Danielle Pandeline
Tessa Wise
Heather Hoffman (Guest Designer) 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to see what I created for you.  Next stop on the hop is Shellye McDaniel I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see - Enjoy!  Happy Hopping!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Monday, October 13, 2014

Newton's Nook Designs October Release - Day 1


Welcome to the first day of Newton's Nook Designs' October release reveals - WOO HOO!  Day one starts off with that adorable bear you all know and love - Winston!  In 'Winston's Home for Christmas':


Cute right?  I was in the mood to do something other than a card to mix things up, so I decided to alter one of the many little notebooks I purchased from Michaels during the Christmas Clearance sale.  I especially like the ones that come with coordinating pens attached.  They are regularly only $1 - $1.50 depending upon which state you live in, and if you use one of the '% off your entire purchase' coupons or wait for the items to go on clearance you get them for even less.  And with one small piece of paper and some help from Winston you can go from this:


To this:


I think I swapped out the yellow pen for a green one that coordinated with the patterned paper (last year's 'Christmas Basics' stack by the Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby) which I selected to cover the notebook with.  I punched some tabs using a We R Memory Keepers tab punch so the recipient can label different sections - shopping list, to do, Christmas card lists, recipes, decorating ideas (hey - I should have created more tabs!!  LOL!)

Would you like to win 'Winston's Home for Christmas'?
This set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!!

Here's how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  One winner will be chosen at random from the collective blogs listed below.  Make sure you check out each blog and comment for your chance to win.  You will not know which blog will be chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Friday, October 17th at 9 pm Central Daylight Time to comment -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Saturday, October 18th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


Newton's Nook Designs
Taheerah Atchia
Lydia Brooke
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Crafty Math-Chick
Shellye McDaniel
Jess Moyer
Stephanie Muzzulin
Danielle Pandeline
Tessa Wise
Heather Hoffman (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to see what I created for you.  Next stop on the hop is Shellye McDaniel I am sure she has created something spectacular for you to see - Enjoy!  Happy Hopping!

~ Crafty Math Chick

Creative Blog Hop

Hello!  Hope you are enjoying the extra day off if you are lucky enough to have one.  Last Monday my crafty friend Tessa nominated me to join the Creative Blog Hop where we get to share a little big about ourselves.

Here are my answers to the hop questions:

1.  What am I working on now?
Well, I just finished all my projects for Newton's Nook Designs October Release Hops (feel free to check the posts later this morning and the rest of the week for chances to win).  I have to clean up the craftermath and then begin making a bunch of cards - three get well cards for three different friends recovering from accidents, three retirement cards for friends retiring from the USAF back in OKC and four birthday cards for my MIL, a friend back in GA, my cousin and my sister.

2.  How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Hmm, that is a toughie.  My mind tends to interpret things in a bit of a quirky way sometimes - with sentiment & image pairings and sketches.   It takes me a little longer to get on board with new trends compared to some other papercrafters - if I like a technique or style or product I keep using it well after its outshown by newer trends and sometimes I need to see a LOT of samples before something new will win me over (of course, other times I am WAY too impressionable, LOL!).  I tend to create with bold bright colors most often, and have been known to frequently use cardstock in retired colors & patterns because they are my favorites, retired or not.  I don't personally have a flair for the vintage or shabby chic style, and a lot of other crafters excel at this.  And you are going to laugh, but I find sketches and layouts with tilted pieces offputting - if they don't have a sense of 'balance' or better yet - symmetry - my mathematical mind will struggle with it.

3.  Why do I create what I do?
Crafting is FUN!  So I create things that make me happy or that I think will make others happy.  I usually design projects that cater to my tastes, though if I am creating a card or project for someone who I know prefers certain things - particular images, colors, styles, etc. - I will cater to what I hope will make them happy instead.

4. How does my creative process work?
My mind is constantly processing (seriously, my husband frequently tells me I need to 'shut down' but I don't know how) and I pick up ideas all over - I frequently find color combinations I like from fabrics I see on clothing and bedding in department stores, and often use sketches from challenges or other cards I see on people's blogs as inspiration.  I usually sketch out the card I want to make ahead of time with an idea of which images & papers I want to use ahead of time, then select them and make sure they coordinate, then I begin assembling.  I tend to move things around a bit before I begin adhering them down at the end to make sure I am happy with the placement and sometimes at the end there is additional embellishments that are added here or there.  I don't think I have ever sat down to create without most elements preconceived in my head first.

I know nominate these two talented crafting ladies to continue the hop next Monday:

Kimberly Rendino - I recently 'met' Kimberly when she was the Guest Designer for Newton's Nook Designs' September Release and I look forward to getting to know her better.  She is extremely talented and has a terrific sense of style - if you haven't seen her blog before check it out!  You are in for a treat!  I expect big things from Kimberly in the crafty future.  :)

and

Amber Hight - An  SCS 'Dirty Girl' alum and long time designer for Verve Stamps and Reverse Confetti (just to name a few of the numerous companies who spotted Amber's creative genius early on), Amber has a huge following in the papercrafting community - and rightly so!  She's got skillz we all admire (in addition to being an absolute sweetheart who also protected and served our Country and is a terrific doggie Momma!)  Make sure you stop by her blog and take a look at what she's been up to lately!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I was so honored to be asked to participate in the hop (thanks Tessa!) and help my readers get to know me a little better.  I look forward to reading Kimberly's & Amber's post next Monday!

Have a great week!  (Psst - remember to check back this week for the Newton's Nook Designs Release Reveal posts!  Jennifer really planned a spectacular release this month!!)  ;)

~ Crafty Math Chick