Sunday, December 17, 2017

Ho Ho Ho...Merry Christmas!

Hellooo Out There...I had a lot of fun with the new Majestic Mistletoe from Altenew for this Christmas.  This was a bit more labor for a mass produced card than I anticipated, but what the heck, I just went with it.  This is an A2 card and I had trouble getting the greens I wanted so this is a combination of greens from different companies.  Instead of using a darker green as the layering guide suggested, I embossed with Ranger Princess Gold- a lighter and brighter gold than the standard detailed gold.  Once the greens were finished, I stamped the berries on both of the greens because I liked the look.  I used Distress Oxide Candied Apple and let that ink dry completely.  I used some Prisma red colored pencils for the shadow and then drew in the highlight with a gelly roll pen.  Next I die cut the little bow at the top of the mistletoe using the My Favorite Things bow element - Blueprint #26 from some glitter paper  and attached it with Ranger Multi-Medium Glue because it dries flat and looks great when it's dry.  When done here I adhered a layer of green cardstock between the card base and the front panel.  The final panels were either cream colored or red. The sentiment is also from the Altenew set.  Thank you for reading this and the materials used and challenges I'm submitting to are below the picture.

Materials Used:
  1. Altenew Majestic Mistletoe Stamp Set
  2. Ranger Princess Gold Embossing powder
  3. My Favorite Things - Blueprint #26 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Altenew Inspiration Challenge

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Christmas!

Happy Snowy Day In Wisconsin,
This one is a Christmas card for one of my little grandbabies. This is also an entry into the Simon Says Monday Challenge. I used some Brusho in just one color but was able to achieve quite a range of blues.  When it was dry I spattered it with white ink to create the 'snow'.  I cut the panel with a multi-window die and then cut it again out of fun foam to raise up the window frame.  I cut the little Reindeer and colored them with Copics and raised them up with dimensional dots.  Lastly, I stamped and embossed the sentiment and applied all to an A2 card base.  Thank you for reading this, and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Reindeer Stamp Set- Hampton Art/Mama Elephant Collaboration (from Michaels) - Reindeer
  • Sentiment- Technique Tuesday - Jingle All The Way
  • Brusho Crystals - Ultramarine Blue
  • Copic Markers
  • Stitched Multi-Window - Whitelotus
  • Fun Foam
  • 140 lb. Cold Press watercolor paper - Canson
  • 110 lb. white cardstock - Hobby Lobby

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Poppy Thank You

Okay, last of the submissions for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  To create this one, I stamped the yellow ink on the stamp and then the red; once dry I stamped the waterproof black. Then I stamped the sentiment. I cut the panel and then cut another one 1/8" larger in black and layered them. I cut the brown kraft cardstock to fit an A2 card but used the border die and layered it on a black card base.  Thank you for reading, and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Rubbernecker - Poppy Field
  • Papertrey Ink - Botanical Silhouettes - Sentiment
  • Lawn Fawn - Puffy Cloud Border Dies
  • Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Mustard Seed
  • Canson Watercolor 140 lb. Cold Press Paper

Thank You - Thank You - Thank You

This is a 4x4" card I'm entering into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  To create this card I cut an 8-1/2x11" piece of cardstock down to 8" wide and then 4" wide.  I color blended some distress ink in greens and yellows.  Next I stamped a verrrrry old dragonfly stamp in the green and used a white Signo pen to add white dots around the stamping.  I stamped the thank you stamp in versamark and embossed with white detailed embossing powder.  When it was finished, it looked a little harsh, so I cut a vellum panel to lay over it, and that completes it.  Thank you for reading this and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Gina K - Thank You Border
  • Dragonfly Stamp - I just can't remember where i got this one from
  • Inks - Memento Die inks in greens and yellows
  • White cardstock
  • Vellum
  • White Signo Pen

A Greenery Thank You

One more thank you out of a few I made for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I had a lot of fun creating this card.  I stamped some cream colored cardstock with the leaves in green with first and second generational stamping.  Next I used some a cross-stitched set of rectangle dies- embossing the smaller one and cutting the larger finished panel with the largest rectangle. I then cut the word 'thank you' out of the cream colored cardstock and then three more times in green.  Once finished I stacked the word together and glued them with some Ranger Multi-Media Matt.  I placed it in the upper center position and adhered that as well.  For a finishing touch I dropped some liquid Ranger Enamel Accents.  They're just as easy I find as the Nuvo Drops to use.  That's it!  Thank you for reading and the materials used are listed below. 
Materials Used:
  • Altenew Thank You Die
  • Altenew Floral Shadows for the greenery
  • Lawn Fawn - Cross-Stitched Rectangle Stackables Dies
  • Alenew Ink Frayed Leaf
  • Ranger Liquid Enamel Accents
  • Cream Colored Cardstock - I can't remember the brand, though

Another Thank You

I'm entering this card for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  For this cardI stamped the medium-sized feather in the set in various colors of regular distress ink.  I used the ink mixed with water to add some watery goodness (-:  I then stamped the smaller sized stamp to fill up the white space.  Next up I used the little circles to fill out the white area as well.  To finish it off, I added some little dots in deeper orange and once all was dry, I stamped the sentiment and die cut the panel using a slanted rectangle.  Thank you for reading this and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Papertrey Ink - Feather Finery
  • Papertrey Ink - Botanical Silhouettes Stamp Set
  • My Favorite Things - Slanted Strips
  • Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberries, Spiced Marmalade, Shaded Lilac
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper

Birch Tree Thank You

This is one of a few cards I am entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.  This card was super easy.  I used a stencil and dropped some Brusho crystals over it.  I then sprayed water over this and activated the watercolor powder.  I removed the stencil quickly so the water wouldn't seep under it and set it aside to dry.  Once dry, I stamped the sentiment and adhered it to a gray card base.  Thanks for reading this, and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Brusho Crystals
  • We Are Memory Keepers Birch Stencil
  • Mama Elephant - Wishing You - "simply isn't enough"
  • Simon Says Stamp - Handwritten Borders  "thank you"
  • My Favorite Things - Slanted Strips

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hibiscus Bouquet - Anniversary Card

For this card I used the Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet Stamp Set.  I must admit that I really have to practice with these stamp sets when I get a new one, but it was fun. I did a lot of masking with this card, but since I have the dies I used them and cut the masks out of 2" post-it tape because it's solid sticky and cheaper than the other forms I've found,  I just kept stamping and masking and basically filling up the area shown.  I used Altenew inks and stamped the ink pads on a craft mat so I could paint with the ink and a bit of water.  I noticed I had to act fast because it didn't really move easily once it was on the paper if dilly-dallied.  I pulled out some stitched border dies and cut some pink layering paper to cut both main panel and the pink layer.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment using the MISTI.  Thanks very much for reading, and the materials used are listed below.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

The Flower Challenge #13 - I would love the $25.00 voucher from Casual Fridays if I were to win (fingers crossed)

Altenew October 2017 Inspiration Challenge (I love this company).

Materials Used:
  • Altenew Stamps, Hibiscus Bouquet and 365
  • Inks Used, Versafine Black Onyx, Altenew Rouge, Frayed Leaves, and Sunkissed
  • Gold Gelly Roll
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Press
  • Black and Mild Pink paper, but I don't remember the brand

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Happy Sunday to you!  I'm submitting this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.  I have made this one as part of a package I plan on sending to my two grand daughters with one more to follow.  To create this one I used some watercolor paper and stamped the little elephant very faintly and then painted it with a mix of Payne's Gray and Chinese Ink watercolor pencil.  I mixed in some pink for the ears and cheeks and used a Micron pen to draw in the eye.  I used a set of alphabet stamps I really love from Lawn Fawn to die cut the circular letters for her name and used Hero Arts Shadow Ink for that.  I stamped the 'Sending' in gray and hand drew the little hearts and colored them in with the watercolored pencil paint.  I die cut the stitched heart and painted it with the same color as the handrawn hearts and stamped 'Love' in gray to match the rest.  To finish it off zI used some border dies to form the side edges and adhered this to a pink card base.  Thanks very much for reading this and the materials used are listed below.

I also formed the letters in the shape I wanted and slapped a piece of Press & Seal to them to hold the shape I wanted and adhered with some Tombow Mono Multi-Adhesive.

This was a draft of what I wanted to create.

Materials Used:
  • Mama Elephant, Ella & Friends
  • Altenew, Baby Zoo for 'Sending' and 'Love'
  • Lawn Fawn, Owens Alphabet stamps and dies
  • Lawn Fawn, Stitched Borders
  • Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
  • Hero Arts Shadow Inks
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Paper
  • Cannot Remember Brands, Pink Cardstock and Stitched Hearts

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Altenew September Inspiration Challenge

Hellllo Out There!  Today I'm submitting this card for the Altenew September inspiration Challenge.  I began by stamping with clear embossing powder on some watercolor paper. I wanted to incorporate the colors for the challenge (Altenew image below), so I just kept adding some wetter color to the dry water color paper until I had a nice mix and then I let this dry. I really liked the colors so I didn't want to cover them up and chose to adhere to the last color as a card base and a sentiment strip backing.  I white embossed the sentiment on the small strip and cut stitched rectangles to the edges.  Materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Alternew, Persian Motif used as background stamping
  • Unity, Hang In There, sentiment
  • My Favorite Things, stitched rectangles
  • Distress Inks:  Stormy Sky, Cracked Pistachio, and Wilted Violet
  • Watercolor Paper, Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Simon Says Shimmer and Shine Challenge

Happy almost Fall everyone!  I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Shimmer and Shine Challenge.  To create this A2 card, I began by stamping and embossing the image in gold embossing powder and then painting it in with some zig markers.  They looked pretty tame, so I decided to try out my distress oxide inks for the first time and added some of that over top.  Wow, what a mess I had, but I kept going and spraying with water and blotting it up and spraying some more and was just about to give up when I tried just blotting up the ink between the images with a damp brush and decided I liked the look.  I'm sure it will be many moons before I am any good with oxides.  Practice makes better anyway.  When everything had dried, I used the gold shimmer spray that came in the August Hero Arts Kit to add some glitz.  Lastly, I stamps the sentiment on vellum and gold embossed that cutting it to a strip and adhering to the back of the panel.  Oh, and I used a stitched rectangle die and mounted it to some Simon gray card stock.  Thanks very much for reading and the materials used are listed below:
Materials Used:
  • Image:  Six Heart Medallion, Sweet Stamps
  • Sentiment:  Botanical Silhouettes Stamp Set, Papertrey Ink
  • Zig Clean Color Markers
  • Distress Oxide Inks:  Picked Raspberries, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers
  • Simon Says Stamp, gray card stock
  • Vellum
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Canson 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Sharing a card for submission in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  I really liked making this one, and in spite of some flubs, it still turned out okay I think.  I started with some glossy card stock cut down to fit on an A2 card.  I used some die inks rubbed across an acrylic block spritzed with water and set it down on the card stock; pulling it up left me with some neat markings on the paper.  Once it was dry I stamped the word 'Stars' on it.  I also went ahead and stamped the supporting sentiments at the edges of the little rectangle.  When I was doing this I left a big smudge with the black ink up in the right hand corner, so I cut the inlaid hearts to take care of that.  I laid them in the two corners to balance it out.  Thank you very much for reading.  Materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Some old photo glossy paper I had in my stash
  • My Favorite Things, Count The Stars stamp set
  • My Favorite Things, Stitched Rectangles
  • Memento Dye Inks
  • Lawn Fawn Hearts #LF492 Dies

Monday, September 4, 2017

Watercolor Birthday Card

Happy Labor Day to Americans today!  Thought I'd play along with the Happy Little Stamper Watercolor Challenge today and I'm submitting a card I made for our Aunt Jo's 92nd birthday.  This was a lot of fun to make and super easy.  First I did a quick sketch in pencil of the triangle 'chain' and basket , and then used a waterproof black pen to actually do the little picture.  I didn't draw in the green/yellow leaves.  Next I took a mix of lemon yellow and indigo to mix green and used different mixes along the way to dot in the leaves.  I painted the planter with plain indigo blue.  Then I stamped the birthday sentiment.  I trimmed the watercolor panel down to 4 x 5-1/2".  Lastly I used a border embosser for the two side elements and adhered it to a kraft cardbase.  Thank you for reading this and the materials used are listed below.
Materials Used:
  • Sentiment:  Stampin' Up Simply Sketched
  • Border Element:  Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders
  • Watercolor Paint:  Mission Gold
  • Micron Pen 0.05
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
  • Hobby Lobby Kraft Cardstock