Thursday, July 20, 2017

Simon Says Stamp

Happy Wednesday!  I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Seeing Stars Challenge today.  I was making this card for a sweet little girl and it fit this theme well. 
To create this card I did some ink blending on some watercolor paper and gold embossed the stars.  I cut the panel with some wonky rectangle dies and then cut the finished panel along with some blue cardstock at the same time so the window opening would fit.  I gold embossed an adorable unicorn, and will show that picture as soon as my camera cooperates.  I also stamped and embossed the birthday greeting banner and adhered with some glue dots.  The supplies are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • My Favorite Things:  Wonky Rectangles and Peek-A-Boo Window
  • Stars:  W+9, Lucky Stars
  • Sentiment and Die:  Close To My Heart, Little Dreamer
  • Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Picked Raspberries
  • Ranger Detailed Gold Embossing Powder
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Blue Cardstock - Hobby Lobby Value Pack

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Altenew's July Color Challenge

Okay, I'm going to be honest here, we're up in Madison, Wisconsin and I can't wait for Fall...already.  It's almost the middle of July and I am completely covered in mosquito bites and I itch from head to toe. There, now I feel a bit better for whining and I'm on to the card.  I'm playing along with the July Altenew Color Challenge and it's perfect because I wanted to make a card for a friend and thought I'd tie it into the challenge.  To create this A2 card, I did some masking and stamping with the Wild Hibiscus set and used the two shades of pink and two shades of green from Altenew.  Once all the stamping was done, I used the stripes stencil to create a background behind the flowers and die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle.  I used some leftover paper to stamp the sentiment and just cut around the lefthand side of the little sentiment and adhered all to some black cardstock. I also splattered some of the ink a bit on the panel as well.  Materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Altenew Wild Hibiscus Stamp Set
  • Altenew Inks:  Jet Black, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Coral Reef, and Frosty Pink
  • Sentiment from an old Stampin' Up set (not sure of the name)
  • Stitched Rectangle from My Favorite Things 
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Hobby Lobby Black Heavy Cardstock

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Caught A Bug?

This card is for the Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge. I really had fun with this one and maybe it's a bit too crazy, but what the heck.  To create this A2 card I just masked, stamped, and embossed the little bug from this Paper Smooches Healthy Vibes Stamp Set, using one of the sentiments from it as well.  I colored the bugs with zig markers, adding some additional stripes and dots, and die cut the panel and Voila!

Birds Of A Feather

This is going to be one of my favorites, I love the color combination on the feathers.  They remind me of a chickadee feather I found recently.  I think I would have done some different positioning on them but I still love it.

I used the technique on Papertrey Ink's, #290 Make It Monday Challenge shown by Betsy Veldman where she combines stenciling and masking. Her direction is so nice and clear.  I love her videos.  I basically just used a small rectangle negative space diecut as a stencil and then die cut a mask of the two feathers from some copy paper and put some temporary adhesive on the back of them to adhere them to the little rectangular area- and then went to work blending some distress.  Next I stamped the feathers with frayed burlap and lastly with some black soot.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment. Supplies are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Stamps:  Papertrey Ink, Feather Finery
  • Distress Ink: Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot
  • Rectangle Die (Not sure of the company)
  • Paper, 110 lb.
  • Versamagic Black Onyx Ink for the sentiment

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cooooool Wave

I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  I just received this stamp from 'The Ton' and couldn't wait to use it.  However, that being said, it had a huge learning curve for me.  I'm sure it's operator error, but I couldn't get the colors right for what I saw in my head until I'd used every shade of blue in my stash.  I finally settled on distress ink and a distress stain. I stamped with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain for the first layer - no spritzing just really wet stain with the dauber.  For the second layer I used Distress Ink Stormy Skies and spritzed it with water before stamping.  For the third layer I used Distress Ink Stormy Skies again and this time no water spritzing.  Once it was dry I die cut the watercolor panel, then stamped the sentiment, and mounted it on a black cardstock base. Supplies listed below.

Materials Used:
  • The Ton, Wave Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink Sentiment, Larkspur
  • Avery Elle, Pierced Rectangles
  • Distress Ink, Stormy Skies
  • Distress Stain, Tumbled Glass
  • Paper, Canson 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Black Hobby Lobby Card base
  • Black Onyx Ink for the sentiment

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #289

I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #289.  Had some fun with an older stamp set I found in my stash from Papertrey Ink and used some shades of pinks, purples, and a blue pigment ink to stamp the flowers here.  Next I die cut the center circle and stamped the sentiment.
For the inside I stamped the thank you sentiment, and this was a very easy, but quickly needed card to say thank you to my neighbor for watching my much loved Main Coon, Alex (supplied listed below).

Materials Used:
  • Papertrey Ink, Botanical Silhouettes Stamp Set
  • Mama Elephant, Thank You Wishes
  • VersaColor Pigment Inks and Versafine Black Onyx
  • My Favorite Things, Radial Stitched Circles

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Altenew June Inspiration Challenge

I'm entering this card in the Altenew June Inspiration Challenge.  It started out easy but turned out to be a little labor intensive. 

I started out with a textured cream cardstock and die cut three of the Wild Hibiscus dies into the right border, embossing the gold outline stamp onto some vellum and sandwiching it between a matching cream die cut on the opposite side of the card front. For the outside I used a darker pink/burgundy to die cut the word, 'with sympathy' and adhered with Ranger Multi-Mat Medium.  I used a grid stencil and added some distress ink lightly, and then added some clear enamel dots.  For the inside I colored lighter pink onto the Hibiscus flower and die cut them so they would match the vellum inset.  Ugh...  It turned out nicely, but to be honest I got anal about gluing the vellum and went back with a ton more glue and ending up kind of wrecking the inside...note to self...leave well enough alone!

Materials Used:
  • Altenew - Wild Hibiscus Stamp Set
  • Simon Says Stamp - With Sympathy
  • Cream textured cardstock from Hobby Lobby
  • Clear enamel dots from Michaels
  • Grid Stencil - Not sure where I got this one from
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Zig Clean Color Markers