About Makira

I am a mother of three wonderful young teens and we live with a houseful of cats with a dog sidekick. I enjoy crafts of all kinds and have a rather large obsession with anything Disney. I started a new art/craft challenge called Colorful Options Challenge in January of 2022 and am having a blast!

Beachy Winter Wishes

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Tim Holtz-mixed media card. This card was inspired by the 2021 Sizzix Christmas release last year, in particular Jan Hobbin’s card with Eugene. Like many mixed-media makes, this is not a CAS nor a fast card to make.

My card started out with using Distressed Oxide Paints to paint pour on acrylic paper. Gladys was cut out of various pinks, gold, and white. Her pupils are a liquid pearl. The snowflakes and wreath were cut out of bristol cardstock. The wreath is inked, splattered with distress oxide, and embellished with Nuvo drops. The snowflakes had glittered adhered to them with collage medium. The “ice” in the background is an embossed acetate; to glue it down, I ran the glue lines where the grout lines are in the cobblestone. This way, if the glue did not dry clear, it would give an appearance of snow between the stones. 😁 I used digital paper for the frame and inked the front of my card base with oxide to add a little more green. Enjoy!

Supplies used:

  • Papers: Nina Solar White 110 lb cardstock, Neenah Bright White 65lb cardstock, Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock, Strathmore Acrylic Paper, pink cardstock from the stash, Stencil Acetate generic
  • Inks: Distress Oxide (Speckled Egg, Picked Raspberry, Rustic Wilderness)
  • Sizzix dies – Tim Holtz: Gladys, Holiday Words Script, Wreath & Snowflake
  • Embellishments: Nuvo Drops Jewel Drops(Honeysuckle), Nuvo Drops (Simply White), Liquid pearls (Mermaid), Distress Glitter (Clear Rock Candy)
  • Distress Collage Medium
  • Acrylic Paint: Distress Paint (Speckled Egg, Picked Raspberry), Golden (Interference Gold), Deco Art White,
  • Pouring Medium: Liquitex
  • Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz, 3d Cobblestone
  • Impresslit: 3D Snowflake

Thankful Thursday: Try to be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud.

Challenges entered: SSS Monday Challenge, Can You Handle the Pressure?, Critter Crazy Challenge, Double Trouble Challenge, Pearly Sparkles Challenge, Time Out Challenge, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (splatter, any sentiment, circle-the wreath)

You Are Pawsome

Hello, everyone! Welcome to another Sunday post with inspiration from Friday’s Craft Roulette. This week’s parameters were:

Fun Fold Card, Starts with D, Dusty Hues, Pennants

I created a fairly simple bookbinding card using primarily die cuts from my stash.

My card started out with some planning time. I chose this dusty blue color palette and then looked for supplies in different mediums that would work with it.

I found this paper from Tim Holtz’s Ideology Backdrops Vol 1 and thought the colors were perfect for this palette. I used a die from the Crazy Dog die set and one from the Mischievous Cat set. Aren’t they a perfect base for a pet sitter thank you card? I ended up using just the dies and the coordinating solid color papers for this card. I did ink the thanks in Chipped Sapphire to darken it. My “pennants” are my version and hang from the left side of the card.

If you are unfamiliar with Craft Roulette, it is a live stream on Fridays at 6:30 CST that challenges us, card makers and paper crafters. In the past, I entered a paper craft instead of a card, and there was no problem; just make a paper craft with your version of that week’s parameters. Why don’t you pop over to Craft Roulette Live and check them out?!

Take care, and Happy Crafting!

Challenges entered: Critter Crazy Challenge, Craft Roulette, SSS Wednesday Challenge, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (Die Cut, Patterned Paper (background), Ribbon (bakers twine).

No ink? Do You Believe?

“I believe…. I believe… I know it’s silly, but I believe.”

It is true; no ink in this project.

Does anyone remember this quote? 💚💚💚 that movie. Is it too early to start watching? Thoughts? Until then, this little, 7in x 9in, framed decor will have to do.

This started as a card, but it had to go larger to get the feel I was looking for. 🤣

Supplies:

  • Papers: Strathmore Acrylic Cardstock, SSS Acetate, Nina Solar White 110lb cardstock
  • Acrylic Paints: Folk Art (Red, White, Colorshift Dragon Flash-green), Golden (Titan Buff)
  • Liquitex: Acrylic Pour Medium
  • SVG-Design: Believe (SVGDesignsByKate)
  • Distress crackle pain: Clear Rock Candy
  • Black Vinyl

Directions:

Cut the acrylic card stock down to 4.5×6. Mix your acrylic paints with the pouring medium. There are a host of acrylic pouring videos on Youtube to help you with this. Acrylic was poured on the cardstock and allowed to dry for about 30 hours. Cut various frames and glue layers together. I used my Cricut and the square shape to create the sized frames needed. Glue your frame layers together. Once dry, apply crackle paint to the topside of the structures for texture. Cut acetate down to the desired size. Cut the SVG out of black vinyl and center it on the acetate. Layer your acetate below the decorative frame layer. Place your acrylic pour in your frame and seal the back.

One more fun quote from Miracle on 34th …

“But… but maybe he’s only a little crazy like painters or composers or… or some of those men in Washington”

Should crafters be on this list? Mmmmm…. maybe?? 😁

Challenges entered: SSS Monday Challenge, TicTacToe Challenge (Die-square, Layers-yep, Black), The Fairy and Unicorn Challenge, Double Trouble Challenge,

Mischief In the Air

Happy Inky Sunday! My cat friend Mischief claims that the candy made him do it. Any believers? Perhaps it is just a happy accident?!

This is a great card layout when you want some inky fun. The background is a “spooky” moon using TH’s moon stencil; many Youtube videos show this technique. Then a simple background stamping using archival ink. The images on the card consist of various die cuts. Not perhaps the quickest card to make, but a very fun one.

Supplies:

  • Papers: Archival Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Green cardstock from my stash, Black Black Cardstock, Black fun foam (mounting)
  • Dies: Tim Holtz Sizzix (Tiny Type Upper, Alphanumeric Classic Lower, Toil & Trouble)
  • StampersAnonymous: Tim Holtz Sketch Manor
  • Cricut files: “old boot”
  • Stencils: Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Moon Mask
  • Inks: Distress Ink Spray (Rustic Wilderness, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Black Soot), Distress Mica Stain (Harvest Moon, Burning Ember, Jack-O-Lantern), Distress Ink Pad(Rustic Wilderness, Twisted Citron); Distress Oxide Ink Pad (Squeezed Lemonade), Distress Archival Ink (Rustic Wilderness)
  • Embellishments: Purple, Green, Gold Glitter Gel Pens

Directions:

Cut the watercolor card stock down to 4.0″ to 5.25″ Place your moon mask and spray until you are happy with the result. Watch the Youtube link above for more details on the basic background. Allow drying. Use the second moon mask, Distress Oxide Ink, and a Blending brush to add accents. Use some water and a brush to smudge the edges of the details if needed. Stamp a background scene with Archival Ink. Smudge the edges with Distress Ink. Cut your dies (2 of the cat and broom). Add details to the die cuts with the glitter gel pens. Arrange and adhere. Add matting as desired; I used a thin black with a wide green prior to mounting on my card base.

BTW, I did correct the “one” for the 31 and made it shorter. No image to prove this though. LOL😁

Witching you a happy long weekend!

Challenges entered: Two Old Bats Halloween, Fairy and Unicorn Challenge, Time Out Challenge, SSS Monday Challenge, SSS Wednesday Challenge, The Paper Players Challenge, Double Trouble Challenge, Craft Your Stash Challenge, This is Halloween Challenge

Coffee: A Liquid Hug for Your Brain

With many crafters returning or starting college, there is a simple way to balance school and work life . . . COFFEE! Our Stampingbella friend doesn’t start her day before her first cup of Joe; I wish I looked this cute in bunny slippers and curlers! Don’t forget that September 29th is National Coffee Day!

As it is the beginning of September, there is a new challenge at the Colorful Options Challenge. The color of the month, you ask? BROWN! My Oddball with a Coffee serves as my color-of-the-month contribution

May all that you do in this new month be productive and successful. Happy New Month to you, my sweet friends.

Little Happy Notes

TGIF, artisans and crafters!

It is the beginning of a new month on the Colorful Options Challenge. Tim Holtz’s Sizzix Collector is the center point for my rainbow-inspired contribution this month. These were clearly inspired by the talents of Cherion. I chose not to decorate my envelopes quite as much as her as I wanted them to fit into a book-type folder for easy storage. I had a hard time getting a good photo of my vellum folder, so I took a short video instead (excuse the inky fingers please🤦‍♀️)

Supplies:

  • Papers: Arteza Watercolor Paper, 110lb Nina Solar White cardstock, Vellum paper
  • Inks: Distress Oxide (Festive Berries, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Crackling Campfire, Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Rustic Wilderness, Shabby Shutters, Prize Ribbon, Stormy Sky, Villanous Potion, Wilted Violet ); Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Stamp Sets: StampersAnonymous (Ticket Booth, Bubbles, Linen, Pressed Foliage, Noteworthy)
  • Stencils: Tim Holtz (Dot Fade Layering, TMS046 mini stencils)
  • Omber thread and sewing machine

“One Small Thought in the Morning Can Change Your Whole Day.”

Steampunk Time?

Happy September! September reminds me of Renaissance Festivals and all the beautiful costumes people wear.

Off to the craftroom where I pulled out one of my favorite Twisttoon stamps and my Copics. After coloring, she was hand cut and mounted on this fun fall background paper. The bottom strip is for a sentiment, which I will add once I decide on her use. Open, it holds a gift card. Folding fun!

As it is the beginning of September, there is a new challenge at the Colorful Options Challenge. Steampunk Time serves as my rainbow-inspired contribution.

Fare thee well, I must away!

The Madness Within

Welcome back, friends! We are all a little mad here today. I have been playing with alternative skin colors this week. I couldn’t resist altering MFT’s Cute Chemist set to a more zombie-like appearance. I don’t think I achieved zombie, but perhaps a mad scientist. He reminds me of a young Dr. Jekyll concocting new things in his lab.

WANT TO SEE HIM GLOW? CLICK BELOW!

Here are the fixings……

  • Papers: Arteza Watercolor Paper, Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock, Ideology Craft Stock Warm- Tim Holtz, Green card stock from the Stash
  • Inks: Distress Spray Stain (Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness, Twisted Citron) , Ink on 3 Disappearing Ink
  • Stamp sets: MFT Cute Chemists
  • Sizzix dies – Tim Holtz: Postal Thinlits, Tiny Type Upper, Tiny Type Lower
  • Embellishments: Nuvo Drops Glow Drops Neon (Banana, Apple Sour), Glossy Accents, Prismacolor Pencil PC107, Gelly Roll White 08 (his eyes)
  • Acrylic Paint: Deco Arts (BLN03, BLN04)
  • Copic Colors: 100,C9,C7,E70,W0,0,BV23,BV25,BV29, YG00,YG01,YG03,YG17,YG97,G28,
  • Tim Holtz Deckle Trimmer
  • Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz, Texture Fades – Poison

Have a glowingly good week!

Challenges entered: Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, Can You Handle the Pressure Challenge, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (Letters, Embossing(folder), Yellow), Craft Roulette, Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers (old supplies), SSS Monday Challenge

Orange Pekoe for Two

Happy Sunday, friends! Is it tea time yet? Well, it probably is somewhere. Rosie and Bernie are here enjoying a little Orange Pekoe. Here are the supplies in case you want to chai this at home.

  • Papers: Azteka 110lb watercolor paper, Nina Solar White 110lb cardstock
  • Inks: Distress Ink in Saltwatertaffy; Archival Ink in Black Soot; Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Stamps: StampingBella’s Rosie and Bernie have a tea party
  • Distress Mica Spray in Burning Ember

Have a week full of creativi-tea!

Challenges entered: Craftroulette, The Alphabet Challenge, Double Trouble Challenge, The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge