Saturday, June 30, 2018

All About Layering 2

The focus here was on additional layering and I really wanted to work with the beautiful pink inks that Altenew offers.  I first decided which stamp set to work with and chose this lovely Painted Rose stamp set.  I was inspired by watching Nicole show this set and thought I'd make it look as though I was highlighting a rose by stamping the base layer on either side of the finished rose.  I used Blush as the first color and I just love this color.  For the middle layer I stamped it with Blush about three times and for the top layer I used Pink Diamond ink.  I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades for the leaves and stamped multiple times across the bottom to give the impression that there was a garden.  I used a dotted rectangle die to cut the panel and then used the smaller dotted rectangle die in the set to emboss the rose at a diagonal to call attention to it.  I used the sentiment from Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp set, stamping it in Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I mounted this on a green card stock to match the green of the leaves.  I thought it needed a little something so I used some Ranger Enamel Accent Drops in black to create a splatter look.  I thought the black would tie in the sentiment color.  Thanks so much for reading this (-:
All About Layering - Assignment 2

Friday, June 29, 2018

All About Layering

This is my first assignment for Altenew Educator Certification Program.  I'm trying to closely follow the guidelines for assignments, so these uploads will be focused on the lesson requirements. This lesson is called, 'All About Layering', and I used the Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set and I thought it was a great one because it is fairly forgiving if you are a bit offset as it gives it more of a playful pen and ink look.  First I worked on the design and how I would like the flowers to flow and then I chose the ink colors- Altenew Mango Smoothie, Sunkissed, Frayed Leaf, and Forest Glades.  I stamped the black using Versafine Black Onyx first and it was really fun to see this card begin to come together.  Next I stamped the lighter ink (Sunkissed) using the layering guide for each flower. I downloaded this from Altenew's website. I followed the lighter yellow ink with Mango Smoothie and finished the leaves after the flowers, using Frayed Leaf first and Forest Glades last.  I should mention that you achieve a nice crisp look if you make sure the ink is dried between layers.  Once this was done, I filled in the 'flowing' look with the smaller images.  It looked a little like it was missing something, so I used the small little circles from the Altenew Floral Frames stamp set to give a finished look.  These little images are great fillers for when you need a little something and don't have any Nuvo drops left! I used the darker green ink for these little images.  Now onto the sentiment.  I planned space for the sentiment when I figured out the design and used the Altenew Painted Greetings stamp set for the 'Thank You' and the 'for your hospitality' was the Altenew Succulents stamp set.  I used a rectangle die to give it a finished look and adhered this to a yellow card base.  Thank you for reading (-:

 All About Layering - Assignment 1

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

In The Garden...

In The Garden is the theme for this Penny Black and More Challenge. Perfect timing for a 'Thank You For Your Hospitality' card, as we just got back from a lovely time at my in-laws home in Oklahoma...waaaay far trip from Madison, Wisconsin.

I used an old favorite of mine, the Penny Black 'Pop Pop Poppies'.  I initially stamped the flowers with Wild Honey Distress Ink followed by Fired Brick.  Once this dried, I stamped the center of the lower poppy with Black Soot Distress Ink and finished by doing the leaves in Peeled Paint and painted the little bit of detail with some more Peeled Paint once it dried.  I should note that I took sized 2 round paint brush and kind of 'dotted' around the black center because I didn't stamp it very nicely.  I splattered red and green inks on the background and stamped the thank you sentiment in black and white embossed the 'for your hospitality' from the Altenew Succulents stamp set.  Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Creating Some Patterned Paper

Hellllo out there.  I'm entering this one into the Altenew June Inspiration Challenge.  I used the Altenew Penned Rose for this card.  I love this rose and decided to create some patterned paper and I think I used a filter that skewed the colors because it looks like purple and gray but it's actually perylene green (Windsor & Newton) and ultramarine pink (Graham) watercolors.  I stamped the rose in Stazon Grey and then watercolored the rose.  I did a series of die cuts to fill out the A2 card.  I then stamped the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings.  I adhered the greeting strip and then used Ranger Enamel Drops in white.  Thank you very much for reading.

Cupcake Sprinkles

I'm entering this one into the Creativity Meets C9 Challenge.  I love, love, love this stamp and it is so much fun to play with.  It's one of the Concord & 9th turnaround stamps -  it's called Sprinkles.  These stamps are so cool.  You mark a reference point on the stamp itself with a Sharpie and a reference point on your paper and you're good to go...turning your paper and stamping different colors.  I mean how cool is that!  I was able to stamp in versamark, emboss in gold, turn the paper, stamp and emboss in silver.  I could have kept going, but I liked how it with the blue behind....oops almost forgot, I used Bristol vellum paper and painted it with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink.  I stamped and embossed one of the sentiments and die cut a tag, threaded it with silver thread, and die cut the heart from the companion die set.  I will be using this one again soon.  Thanks so much for reading (-:

Happppy Father's Day

I am entering this card into the Concord & 9th Challenge:  Where Creativity Meets C9.  This is a really fun stamp set to use.  I can think of many more occasions to use it for and that's a big part of the purchase for me. I started this card with a panel of Nina Solar White card stock and stamped the blue 'water' in Salty Ocean Distress Oxide.  Once it dried, I stamped the 'land' in Twisted Citron Oxide.  I silver embossed the globe stand and sentiment and it was done!  Well, except for die cutting the rectangle with the Wonky Rectangle from My Favorite Things.  Oops, I also die cut some red hearts to add to this finished panel.  I also cut a blue layer from some Hobby Lobby blue card stock to layer it behind the panel and adhered all to the white card base.  Thanks for reading this!

Faux Watercolor Technique

Update! Oh boy, I just realized that I was one of the winners for the June Inspiration Challenge!!  I am soooo happy!

Oh Boy!!


I thought this was one of the most fun techniques I've tried.  I'm submitting this to the Altenew June Inspiration Challenge and the colors this month are a wine purple, green, and gray.  I began by taking a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the flowers in some distress ink and sprayed them with water after inked and stamping them down while they were dripping wet.  I did the same with the foliage from the stamp set.  Once everything was dry, I splattered some of the purple ink.  After everything was dry I used some yellow distress ink and painted the centers of the flowers with a hint of yellow- you can barely see it, but it was just enough.  I stamped the 'smile' sentiment in versamark and then embossed it with silver.  I used a versamark marker and put some random dots around the card panel and embossed those in silver also.  I then stamped the 'you are awesome' in black ink onto gray and trimmed it out.  I die cut the main panel with the slanted rectangle die and mounted everything to a gray card base.  Thanks very much for reading and the materials used are listed below.

Materials Used:
  • Stamps, Altenew Floral Shadows, Altenew You Are... 
  • Inks, Distress Inks, Seedless Preserves and Peeled Paint 
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Gray Cardstock
  • Canson 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper

Monday, June 4, 2018

Combined Stamp Sets

I think the best thing I've done is put all my stamp sets into Evernote so that I'll be able to pull different sets together based on some idea that pops into my head.  For this one I painted some blue and green watercolors onto some Canson cold pressed watercolor paper, let it dry and then die cut the slanted rectangle.  I then stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things with Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I then stamped, painted, and die cut the ship and wave from Papertrey Ink.  As an aside...this set from Papertrey Ink is part of their mini doodle series and the price point is great!  I mounted this to a kraft cardbase to finish it off.  Thank you for reading this, and the materials used are listed below.  Submitting this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Materials Used:
  • Sentiment - My Favorite Things, Make A Wish
  • Ship and Wave - Papertrey Ink, What The Doodle Waves Mini Stamp
  • Die - My Favorite Things, Slanted Strip Rectangle
  • Watercolor - Mijello Gold
  • Paper - Canson 140 lb. Cold Pressed

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Happppppy Father's Day!

Time for a Father's Day card for Dad McCaslin and a great time to submit this for the Monday Simon Says Challenge. I really liked this stamp set from Concord &'s really versatile and I also recently made a graduation card for a nephew with it as well picture below.


Materials Used:

  • Stamp - Concord & 9th, Global Greetings
  • Ink - Distress Oxide Ink, Salty Ocean and Hero Arts Green Fields

Card 1:

  • Platinum Embossing Powder 
  • Simon Says Stamp, Envelope Liner Die (for envelope and red hearts)
  • Blue cardstock

Card 2:

  • Newton's Nook, Puffy Stitched Cloud Dies
  • Tim Holtz, Crazy Accessories Graduation Hat, Die and Stamp
  • Ranger, Black Enamel Drops
  • Distress Oxide Ink, Blueprint Sketch - for the graduation hat