Monday, September 25, 2017

We Blossom and Flourish

Hi Friends!

This morning I am sharing another quick and easy card that I designed this past weekend using the clear stamp set, Season of Change (retired now but orginally purchased from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - designed by Dina Kowal dba dkdesigns).


If you have not had a chance to check out the challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the maple leaf image from Season of Change with carved pumpkin distress ink, lightly sponge Fired Brick onto the image and stamp onto a piece of white cardstock.

2). Create a mask for the maple leaf, mask the stamped leaf, ink the smaller oak leaf image with peeled paint distress ink, sponge carved pumpkin ink onto the image and stamp onto the panel.

3). Repeat the steps above with the maple leaf again using fired brick, aged mahogany and carved pumpkin distress ink and stamp onto the panel. 

4). Lightly mist the ink and use a heat tool to dry the entire panel. The leaves were pretty at this stage but I lost some of the detail with the watercolor (experimenting :-)) and so the next step helped bring back the detail.

5). Re-align the stamps over the inked images, de-static the panel with an embossing powder tool and stamp the leaf images one at a time using Versafine™ Black Onyx Ink (masking as needed).  Apply clear embossing powder, heat with the heat tool and repeat.  Use a water brush to add additional ink as needed and a light wash behind the sentiment area.

6). Ink the sentiment from Season of Change using Versafine™ Black Onyx Ink, apply clear embossing powder, heat with the heat tool and allow the embossing to cool.  Add a few splatters to the card with a small splatter stamp and peeled paint distress ink.

7). Die cut the panel with the MFT Die-namics™ Blueprints 20 Stitched Rectangle Frame die, mount onto a piece of black cardstock and adhere to the white card base.

8). Finish off the card by adding shimmer to the leaves with a clear glitter pen.

Stamp Sets: Season of Change (retired dkdesigns from SNSS), Timeless Textures (Stampin' Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Tim Holtz® Distress Ink- Aged Mahogany, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, AquaPainter™, Big Shot™, MFT Blueprints 20 Die

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by! Hugs and I hope all of you have a wonderful week!

Comfort and Hope


Hi Friends!

I had fun stamping this weekend and while I had the retired hostess stamp set, Bloom with Hope on my desk from a previous project, I decided to create a One Layer Clean and Simple card for the Addicted To CAS #120 “Florals” Challenge.  While I had the retired hostess stamp set, Bloom with Hope on my desk from a previous project, I decided to create a One Layer Clean and Simple card. 


I hope you have taken the time to visit each of the challenge sites listed above, and if not, I encourage you to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the Bloom with Hope images with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, stamp onto Whisper White cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat with a heat tool. 

2). Using Stampin’ Write Markers- Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron, watercolor the image and add a watercolor wash behind the sentiment.

3). Ink the Timeless Textures small splatter stamp with the Mint Macaron marker and stamp onto the panel.

4). Trim the panel, mount onto a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock, trim again and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Mount the entire panel onto the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

5). Apply shimmer to the flower petals with Clear Wink of Stella® to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Timeless Textures, Bloom with Hope (retired)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Clear Wink of Stella®, Stampin’ Write Markers- Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Extra Thick Whisper White

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, AquaPainter™


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by! Hugs and I hope all of you have a blessed week!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jer 17:17- Blessed is the Man Who Trusts in the Lord


Hi Friends!!

Today I am sharing a card with a Mixed Media background that I created using a Gelli Arts™ Gel Printing Plate along with acrylic paints, metallic inks, the Tim Holtz® Sizzix™ Compass Embossing Folder and Verve Stamps, Scripture Medley 4.  

I had a great time designing the background (and several others ) using the Gelli Arts™ Gel Printing Plate and felt that this card would be perfect for my nephew, Nicholas (he was baptized ny immersion last weekend) :-)).  

The printing process can be a bit messy, but most of the time, you are experimenting and in the end, you will have many wonderful backgrounds for future projects (plus it is a lot of fun)!!

If you have not had an opportunity to visit the above challenge sites, I hope you will find the time to do so- absolutely gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). With the Big Shot™ emboss a piece of thick cardstock with the Tim Holtz® Compass Embossing Folder.

2). Apply a few drops of white acrylic paint along with blue and black onto a Gelli Arts™ Gel Printing Plate, use a brayer to spread the paint and place the embossed panel created in the step above (with the raised part of the embossing down) into the ink.  Lift up the panel and press another piece of watercolor paper onto the plate for the ghost print.

3). Continue to print off a few sheets using the same technique as above (FYI- the background panel for this card was the actual original embossed watercolor panel that was used for the “texture” on the Gelli Arts™ Printing Plate. Allow the panels to completely dry. 

4). Re-insert the printed panel into the compass embossing folder and re-emboss the panel.  Using Encore™ Metallic Silver Pigment Ink, spread gently over the embossing with the pad face down on the panel.

5). Ink the sentiment from the Scripture Medley 4 stamp set (Verve Stamps) with Versafine ™ Onyx Black Ink, stamp onto white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.

6). Die cut the sentiment with a stitched rectangle die and mount onto midnight blue cardstock, trimming close to the edge.

7). Trim the gelli printed panel, apply to midnight cardstock, trim again and mount onto a white card front.    

8). Add the sentiment with dimensional foam to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Scripture Medley 4  (Verve Stamps)

Ink: Versafine™ Onxy Black, Acrylic Paint- Titanium White, Midnight Blue, Black; Encore™ Metallic Silver

Paper: Whisper White, retired Midnight Blue; Watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot™, Tim Holtz® Compass Embossing Folder (Sizzix™); Gelli Arts™ Printing Plate, Brayer, MFT Stitched Rectangle STAX Dies


Thanks again for stopping by- I hope I have inspired you to create something this week! Hugs and God Bless!

Faith Quote Blocks


Hi Friends!

This is the second card I created this weekend with the Faith Quote Blocks Clear Stamp Set (designed by NinaB Designs) available from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps (see this post for my first card using the same stamp set and layout). 

I decided to use Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Inks for the background panel as well as the smaller strip of designer paper and I also used the Freshly Made Sketches  #306 Sketch Challenge for the layout for the design.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Tap a bit of twisted citron distress oxide ink onto a craft mat, spritz with water, lay a piece of white cardstock into the ink, lift up and dry with a heat tool.  Repeat the process layering worn lipstick and peacock feathers distress oxide ink until you achieve the desired result.

 
2). De-static the panel with an embossing powder tool, stamp the verse image from Faith Quote Blocks with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink onto the panel, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, trim the panel and mount onto a piece of black cardstock.

3). Trim the vertical panels of the sketch from coordinating pieces of designer paper, apply a bit of peacock feathers oxide ink onto the pink gingham layer, dry with a heat tool and mount both panels onto black cardstock (trimming closet to the cut edges). 

4). Mount the vertical strips onto a white card base, add strips of washi tape to the right hand panel and mount the embossed focal image panel onto the card front with dimensional foam.

5). Add a few drops of Nuvo™ Gloss Black Crystals Drops to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Ink- Twisted Citron, Worn Lipstick, Peacock Feathers

Paper/Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, retired DSP

Acessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and have a great weekend!

Ps 34:8 Taste and See


Hi Friends!

I had a chance to create a few cards this weekend using the Faith Quote Blocks Clear Stamp Set (designed by NinaB Designs) available from Sweet ‘n SassyStamps. 

This is the first card of two that I used the Freshly Made Sketches #306 Sketch Challenge for the layout and I am also participating with the Double D “Sentiments/Quotes” Challenge and the Word Art Wednesday #300-#301 “Anything Goes” Challenge for this design.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the Psalm 34:8 image from Faith Quote Blocks with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, stamp onto a piece of green designer paper, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, trim the panel and mount onto a piece of espresso cardstock.

2). Trim the vertical panels of the sketch from coordinating pieces of designer paper, mount onto espresso cardstock and trim close to the edge.

3). Emboss a piece of sahara cardstock, trim the panel, mount onto espresso cardstock and adhere to a white card base.  Add the vertical layered panels and mount the sentiment with dimensional foam.

4). Finish off with the polished hemp twine bow and wooden button,


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black

Paper/Cardstock: Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, retired Orchard Harvest DSP

Acessories/Tools: Big Shot™, retired Finial Press Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Polished Hemp Twine, Natural Wood Button

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope all of you have a great weekend!


Friday, September 22, 2017

Wishing You A Harvest Of Blessings


Hi Friends!

I decided to create a Clean and Simple (CAS) card for LeAnne's #362 “CAS Harvest” Challenge at The Paper Players using the Harvest Mouse stamp set from My Favorite Things™ (MFT). 

I already had a few of the mouse images along with the pumpkins, etc. stamped and colored  in my stash so I decided to pull them out and create this quick card.

I also incorporated the CAS(E) This Sketch #240 Challenge into the design and along with the AAA Cards Game #99 “Autumn Colours” .

I hope you have taken the time to visit each of the challenge sites listed above, and if not, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the Harvest Mouse images with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Heat set the ink (I usually do this to speed up the drying process) and color the images with water-based and alcohol markers.

2). Score a piece of Whisper White cardstock (for the angles on the sketch), de-static the paper with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

3). Trim a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock, adhere the embossed card front to the panel and mount the entire panel onto a white card base.

4). Die cut the Harvest Mouse images with the coordinating MFT Harvest Mouse dies, mount onto the card front with dimensional foam and add a few blue sequins to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Harvest Mouse (My Favorite Things™)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Spectrum Noir™ Alcohol Markers, Stampin’ Write Markers

Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Harvest Mouse Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Blue Sequins (Craft Medley Asst)

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend- hugs!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

TCC78 Hello Baby



Hi Friends!!


I just love all of the fun pastel colors, the sweet stuffed animals and the cat figurine and plate in this sweet inspiration photo that Lesley found for us! I decided to use the new Stampin’ Up! Cat Punch and Quilt Builder Framelit™ Dies to create my Freestyle Collage/Shabby Chic card.

I also incorporated the As You See It #158 "Doily Dreams" Sketch Challenge and the Joy of Sets #006 -“Letter T” Challenge into the design (I used Teeny Tiny Wishes).

If you have not had a chance to do so, I hope you will find the time to check out the rest of the wonderful Design Team cards at The Card Concept as well as the entries at the other challenge sites- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock, mount onto a piece of Pool Party cardstock, trim again and mount onto a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock. Mount the entire panel to the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

2). Die cut a piece of Pool Party cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and mount onto the card front.

3). Create the quilt block using the new Quilt Builder Framelits™- I used retired Stampin’ Up! designer papers- Crushed Curry (from an old hostess pack), Pool Party and Pink Pirouette along with Whisper White cardstock.  I cut four of the quilt dies and pieced all four onto squares of coordinating cardstock (for this card I used Whisper White as the frame and base).  Add a white tea lace doily behind the quilt and adhere the strip of retired Pool Party ¼” stitched satin ribbon with the pink button embellishment.  Mount the entire quilt assembly onto the card front with dimensional foam.

4). Use the Cat Punch to punch out three cats- one from Pink Pirouette cardstock and two from Whisper White cardstock.  Layer the pieces together and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

5). Ink the “Hello Babby” sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes with archival black ink, stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and create the fishtail banner with the retired Hexagon Punch (or by hand).  Mount the sentiment onto piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock (allowing just the end to peek out), tuck the end under the Cat Punch and adhere to the card front with dimensional foam.

Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Extra Thick Whisper White, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette; retired DSP- Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Big Shot™, Quilt Builder Framelits™ , Cat Punch, MFT Stitched Rectangle STAX Dies, White Tea Lace Doily, ¼” Pool Party Stitched Satin Ribbon, Pink Pirouette button, Hemp Twine

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!  I hope I have inspired you today and that you will be able to join us for the #78“Pastel Party” Challenge at The Card Concept! 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pretty Patches: Apple



Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing a quick Clean and Simple (CAS) card using a retired W9Plus Design Studio Pretty Patches: Apple stamp set.  

I bought this set approx. four years ago and have not had a chance to ink it up that often, so when I saw the code word for  Challenge #119 at Addicted to CAS was “Apples”, I decided to pull out this neglected stamp set and give it some "love".  I really love the sentiments and images in this set and while the apple set is retired, WPlus9 still has a beautiful Pretty Patches: Pumpkin and Pretty Patches: Tree set.  I have the tree set already but now that pumpkin set is on my wish list- lol!!

I am also linking this card to the Addicted to Stamps and More #259 Clean and Simple Challenge and a second entry into the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #71 “Anything Goes”- the Pretty Patches:Apple stamp set is from 2012.

Again, if you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites yet, I hope you will find the time to do so- as always, fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Using the Big Shot™ die cut a banner from a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the My Favorite Things™ (MFT) Jumbo Stitched Fishtail Banner STAX Dies. 

2). Die cut the same Whisper White panel (step #1) with the MFT Stitched Rectangle STAX Die, mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

3). Mount another piece of Whisper White cardstock onto the Basic Black card front, adhere to the Whisper White card base and add the die cut rectangle (with the cut out banner shape) to the card front.

4). Ink the Pretty Patches: Apple image with Tim Holtz® (TH) Candied Apple Distress Ink, wipe off the stem with a paper towel (or your finger), use a TH Gathered Twigs Distress Marker to color the stem and stamp the image onto the white die cut banner from step #2.  Ink the leave image with TH Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and add to the image and stamp the sentiment with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink below the apple.

5). Die cut a piece of designer paper (I used retired Stampin' Up! Print Poetry DSP) with the MFT Blueprints 20 Die-namics™ banner and trim the length for the topper.  Wrap some pieces of polished hemp twine onto the front and add the twine bow.

6). Mount the stamped apple banner using dimensional foam (a bit offset to allow the black background to show) and add the topper with dimensional foam as well to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Pretty Patches: Apple (WPlus9 Design Studio)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Tim Holtz® Distress Inks-Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn; Gathered Twigs Distress Marker

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black; retired Print Poetry DSP Stack (SU!)

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Blueprints 20 Die, MFT Jumbo Stitched Fishtail Banner STAX Dies, Polished Hemp Twine

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and I hope all of you have a great weekend- hugs!!
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