Friday, July 21, 2017

Ecuador Missions Trip

I can not believe it has been a year and a half since I posted here!! WOW how time fly's.  Jim and I are well. We have some exciting news and that is why I am posting now. We are venturing off on our first ever missions trip!!  Below is our letter which tells all about our trip, I hope you will take a few minutes to read it.

In order to fundraise for this endeavor I will be selling many of my handmade cards, and craft supplies. I will be posting these items here as well as on social media, my Etsy store, ect.

If you have any friends who might be in need of cards or craft supplies please send them my way. Every little bit will help.
Muchas Gracias!!

Live links mentioned in the letter: https://my.discoverychurch.com/missions (choose Ecuador, donate to a participant, choose either Jim Rider or Karen Rider. 

Here are some samples of my cards. I will have most listed on Etsy  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MycraftclosetCo  

Prices will range from $3-$5. Plus shipping. If you have a special request, would like multiple cards or a set please shoot me a message. I would love to work with you.







Some examples of craft supplies:




I hope to post more items over the next few weeks. 
Thanks so much for taking the time to look.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

I love tags!!

Hello and Merry Christmas!!

I love tags and I love making them. For cards, gifts or to hang on the tree. Simon Says Stamp has a challenge this week for tags. Here is my first one but I hope I get time to make a few more before this challenge is over.





I used a Ranger #8 manila tag. I started off with the stripes stencil. I swiped it with Iced Spruce misted with water, and placed my tag on top. One dry I did the same thing with Evergreen bough.
The Feathered wing die is one of my absolute favorites! I used water color paper to cut it out Evergreen bough to color it, spritzed with water. Used Gathered twig for the brown and Festive Berry for the Red.

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Office Decor

I found a great quote for my office and decided to use my Silhouette to make it. Then I decided I can change it out with the seasons/holidays. I also plan to enter it into the Simon Say's Stamp Monday Challenge.


Here is the current Christmas theme:
I used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Feathered Wing Die for this .....



And this is the everyday quote made with my Silhouette.....


I struggled a bit trying to get a picture without a ton of glare, hence the angle.

Thanks for stopping by!
Merry Christmas!!
Hugs!!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

More watercolor fun

Just playing around with, again Distress Inks and Markers. I'm trying to decide if I want to invest in more traditional watercolor paints. For now I'm happy playing with what I have.

For this one I stamped using Antique Linen for a no line watercolor effect. I then came in with Distress Markers. I used Abandoned Coral for the flower, Fossilized Amber for the center with some tea dye and Twisted Citron with Crushed Olive for the stem.





Thanks again for stopping by!
Hugs!!
Karen

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Watercolor....


I decided to take another online card class.  This one was "Watercolor; exploring mediums".  I always get so much out of the card classes. Like I had NO idea there were so many types of watercolor paper, and liquid masking .... who knew. So much to play with and so much to try. Here are just a couple of my first attempts. 

The first card is using Ranger/Tim Holtz watercolor paper and Distress inks. I LOVE distress inks and like how this turned out. Also on this card is my new stamp from Simon Say's Stamp " Many Thanks."




These 2 cards are done with Bazzill cardstock.....why you ask?? Well sometimes I have things laying around that I cut on my silhouette for when I need a quick and easy card and this happened to be what was on the mat. I used Gelato's....for the very first time. Talk about creamy!!! These are fun and I can't wait to play with them again. After I blended the colors onto the surface I laid a mask I also created on my silhouette and with a baby wipe went in and removed a little color. The stencil is lighter than I wanted....I probably should have done this step sooner but it had been several hours before I went back and did it. 


I highly recommend this class!! Hope to post more samples as I get time to play with all I learned.

Hugs!
Karen

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Simon Says Monday Challenge


This week's Monday blog challenge is "Love this technique". I thought about this a while and realized I Love so many technique's and I just couldn't pick!  So I decided to do a technique that I do love but haven't done in a looong time.

So here it is.....



I used Ranger alcohol inks. I applied Carmel, Cranberry and Terra-Cotta inks to my craft sheet with a little blending solution and swiped glossy cardstock through it.  I used Staz On ink to stamp my leaf and sentiment.

I'm so ready for fall......how about you??
Hugs!!
Karen

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Hero Arts Makeover Challenge

I have been so out of the loop lately but I did see the awesome new Hero Art's Web site!!! WOW super fun and all the same great products and ideas.

The  Challenge was to take a card you had previously created and give it a make over. Fun right!!!

Here is my original card followed by 2 new cards I created.


 This first card (above) was created using the Hero Arts Lg. Lotus background stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. Next I went over it with Ranger Distress Stains. At the time the stains had just come out and were in the original dauber type bottle.


This next card was created using the Hero Arts Lg Lotus stencil. I have been playing with different types of texture mediums lately and the one on top was done with 3-D modeling paste in a mat finish. I then used the Ranger distress stains in the spray bottle. Colors; Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon.

For the last card, I used a Gel Texture paste, glossy and added the distress stains to it before I applied it to the stencil. I also used a texture tool to create the lines.

Super fun challenge and if you happen to be here, thanks for stopping by.
Hugs!!
Karen