Sunday, December 4, 2016

Masculine Creation for Merry Monday

Playing along with this week's Merry Monday challenge, which was to create a masculine card. 

I know that with my husband, less is more.  So I tried to keep this one pretty simple.  I started out by white embossing my sentiment.  I then cut the tree with a new die I have from Paper Smooches - the Triangle Tree Die. 


The die cuts the two side pieces of the triangles, and scores the bottom of each.  I flipped the bottom row of triangles to the inside of my card (so you don't see them).  I flipped the top three rows down and put some foam adhesive underneath so they would pop.   And then I put the entire panel on the same color card base.  From there, it was all sequin placement. 


Fun and easy card.  I hope you find some time to create today. 





Supplies Used - Oh Christmas Tree
Stamps:  Be Merry (Paper Smooches)
Ink: Versamark
Paper:  Pine Feather Cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Triangle Tree Die (Paper Smooches), Festive Holly Days Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Grateful Thanks - Colour Q and Paper Smooches Challenges

I have two cards to share tonight.  Two cards for two challenges. 

First up is a card I created for Colour Q challenge.  I used Stampin' Up inks to watercolor, which I don't do often.  But it works!  The color palette . . .



Here is my card . . .


And my sequins matched up pretty nicely too.  I love it when things come together.  


And then next up is a little something for Paper Smooches Challenge.  I've not participated in one for a while, and I started out creating a wreath using one of their stamps sets.  I was inspired by their inspiration photo . . .


But it went in a different direction, as you'll see below.  


I was inspired to cut pieces of my wreath with a circle punch, and then piece it all back together.  If you look closely, I did match up the pieces.  It's tough to tell . . . but I swear.  It was puzzle time for me.  


I hope you find some time to create today. 

Cheers! 


Supplies Used - Grateful Heart
Stamps:  Happy Scenes (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey, and Old Olive (Stampin' Up); Versamark; Black Embossing Powder (Ranger)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Acetate (Graffix)
Accessories:  Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies (Stampin' Up); Autumn Harvest Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)


Supplies Used - Thanks Friend
Stamps:  Natural Beauties (Paper Smooches)
Ink: Glacier, Sweet Leaf, Bamboo, Poppy, Goldrush, Saddle and Buttercup (Close To My Heart)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah)
Accessories:  Bronze Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Circle Punch (Fiskars)


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Warm & Cozy Merry Monday Wishes

Just a little something for Merry Monday . . .


Paper, ink, stamps, embossing powder and a little Wink of Stella.  


The embossed snowflakes on the mittens and on the card background provide a nice shine. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Warm & Cozy Wishes
Stamps:  mittens2stamp and patterns4mittents (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Blueberry, Seaglass, Candy, and Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Versamark
Paper: Seaglass and Powdered Sugar Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); Galaxy (Bazzill)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Just Roll With It - The Card Concept 62

I am completely stepping outside of my comfort zone today for The Card Concept challenge.  I was inspired by the checked pattern and the plaids in the tablecloth in the photo (which is shown below with my supply list).  I knew I had some leftover supplies and I wanted to attempt a collage card using various elements that I've saved over time.  Most of these are leftover items from kits.  Cardstock from an old Simon Says Stamp kit, pattern paper and stickers from a collection I had purchased, and ribbon leftover from an album kit.  Here is my card . . .


In fact, it's so out of my comfort zone, that I think while collage was my intention, I might have stopped a bit shy.  The intent was there . . . I promise. 

The interesting thing is that aside from some inking on the edges, I didn't use any stamps on this card.  By the time I started layering and collaging items on my card, I didn't feel the need for any additional stamping. 

I love using up old supplies, and if you are a "saver" like me, I hope you find some time to use up some old items sometime soon.   



Supplies Used - Just Roll With It
Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp
Pattern Paper:  Pebbles
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Ribbon:  May Arts
Other:  Stickers and Embellishments from Pebbles Harvest Collection, Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart)

Baby It's Cold Outside - Stamp Ink Paper Challenge

Finding time to create has really been a challenge for the last several months, so I'm really trying hard to schedule creative time. Some challenge cards seem in order, so this post is the first of what will hopefully be a few. It is for Stamp, Ink Paper Challenge which had a color challenge this week.  The colors . . .




And here is my card . . .


I love House Mouse stamps, and while they take some time and attention to color, the results are always adorable. I turned this one into a shaker card.  



To get my shades, I mixed distress inks of varying shades until I felt I had the color palette for the pool and copper colors . . . although clearly my copper doesn't have a shine to it.  I've rarely seen a mouse that had a shine . . . and thanks to my cat, Lucy, I've seen a few mice over the last few months as it gets colder here in New England.  They love to make their way in, and she loves to find them.  A few we've rescued from her grip and freed outdoors again.  But I think they make their way back in.  If I could put a knit hat our there for them and be assured they would end up as cute as this image in the card, I'd do it!

Hope you find some time to create today!


Supplies Used - Baby It's Cold Outside
Stamps:  Snow Cap Nap (House Mouse Designs by Stampendous)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Various shades of blue and brown distress inks (Ranger); Acetate (Graffix)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); scraps of cardstock and pattern paper from my stash
Accessories:  Bring on the Cake Dies (Sugar Pea Designs from Stamp of Approval by Catherine Pooler); Snowflake Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Iridescent Confetti (Martha Stewart); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)


Friday, November 11, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques - November




Our year of hopping is almost through, if you've not gotte n the chance to hop and comment each month, click on the links below to take you to the posts.

January - Emboss Resist Technique
February - Ink Layering Techniques
March - Inlaid Die-cutting
April - Shaker Cards
May - Spinner Cards
June - Step Cards
July - Watercolor Cards
August - Baby Wipe Technique
September - Mixed Media
October - Black Magic or Joseph's Coat
November - 

Remember to comment on each blog, each month to be entered into the prize drawing.

Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

Now on with the projects.

This month it's all about the see through stuff...vellum and acetate.  I have three projects for you today . . . One with vellum and two with acetate.  First up is the vellum card.   


 The secret to this card is to stamp with Versamark and emboss with white ink.  Once it had cooled down, I flipped the image over and colored the back side with Copic markers.  However, any marker would do for this technique.  When you flip it back over, the white embossing just pops, and you have the color behind, so no smearing.  


Next I  have two shaker cards for you below.  One is a bit more simple than the other.  What do you need for great shaker cards . . . dies that provide a window, something shake (sequins, beads, glitter or small cardstock pieces) and a piece of acetate.  In this case, I used pattern paper to create my design. 


Such a simple card. My die cut images are on top of the acetate, which is a different use because you get that great shadow effect in the background. 


And then a Holiday card with a full window shaker.   


In this one, the focal point is the watercolor image in the window, which was obviously a bit more work than just using that pattern paper.  I adore House Mouse Stamps, so this card makes me melt. 

 

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Your hop destinations are:


Thanks for hopping! 

Hope you find some time to be creative.  


Supplies Used - Thinking of You
Stamps:  Roses Cover-a-card (Impression Obsession) and Thinking of You (Altenew)
Ink: Versamark, Copic Markers, Hero Arts Black
Paper:  Vellum (Bazzill), Solar White (Neenah), Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Ranger) and Stitched Borders 4 Dies (Pretty Pink Posh)
 
Supplies Used - Sunshine Shaker
Stamps:  Sending Sunshine (W-Plus 9)
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Chocolate (Bazzill), Solar White (Neenah), Pattern Paper (DCWV) 
Accessories:  Marigold and Sparking Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) , Orange Nail Art Hearts, White Embossing Powder (Ranger) and Sunshine Layers (W-Plus 9)

Supplies Used - Be Merry
Stamps:  Light Wrap (House Mouse Designs by Stampendous); lights4Christmas (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine); Ranger Distress Inks for Watercoloring
Paper:  Bee Watercolor Paper; Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Green Cardstock from Papertrey Ink
Accessories:  Diamond Stickles, Acetate, Sparking Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);  Birthday Journal Card Die (Sugar Pea Designs)*

*Stamp of Approval Young at Heart Collection




Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bubblegum Shaker Fun

I'm truly working to be creative this weekend, after several weeks of all work and no play.  And this week I worked on numerous fun cards using a My Favorite Things kit, and I thought I would share a few of them.  This set is fabulous, and I a lot of fun piecing them together.  


My favorites were the ones where a portion of my sentiment was inside the bowl of the gumball machine.  


I enjoyed breaking apart the sentiment on this next one . . .


On this one I made a border of gumballs . . . tedious, but adorable. 


I used to hate orange . . . but I've grown quite fond of it.  


Another with some bright colors . . .



These last few of gumballs to grab. 


And just one more . . .



I hope you find some time to chew some gum and be creative today.

Note:  All supplies were contained in My Favorite Things Bubble Gum Card Kit.   The stamp set and die set are available as separate purchases, as are those shaker pieces.  And of course, the die set cuts the little circles as well. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stamp Ink Paper Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe

How about a little Tic-Tac-Toe?  This is my favorite way to play the game, so my thanks to Stamp Ink Paper


I went with the bottom corner and up . . . orange, Halloween, and patterned paper.


I wanted to give the impression of my critters peeking thru windows, so I stamped all for of them on the circles to put on the flip-it card.  


The little silly eyes are a fun touch!  


Rainy days go very well with ink, paper, stamps and dies!  Go get busy. 



Supplies Used - Boo to You
Stamps:  critters4halloween stamps set (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Dream Collection (August Card Kit from The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Critters Dies (The Stamps of Life), Halloween Mix Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Silly Eyes (Pretty Pink Posh), Triple Circle Flip-it Dies (Sizzix)

Plaid, Watercolor, Embossing and Distressing for Merry Monday

I absolutely hate when my job gets in the way of my craftiness . . . but I need one to support the other.  Harsh world.

All that said, I'm happy to find some time to post a few cards this week that I created for some challenges.  First up for this weekend is a card created for Merry Monday.  The challenge was to create a Christmas card with plaid.


I dug for plaid paper, and I don't own much of it.  Rarely does a piece of plaid paper scream "buy me".  But I found a piece!  It compliments my stamped and colored design well.

Now let's talk about that stamped design.  I saw a technique on StampNation that I had been wanting to try, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Watercolor paper . . . distress inks to color . . . and then the technique . . . four coats of clear embossing powder over the entire image . . . put it in the freezer and upon removing a few hours later, a little wiggling and bending to create the cracks.  I then ran a gray ink pad over it, which got in the cracks.  I wiped off the excess and began to put my card together. 


I'm on the fence about the technique, but I will definitey try it again down the road.  It was fun to see where it would end up.

I hope you find some time to create . . . I'm heading back to the craft table right now.




Supplies Used - Night Before Christmas
Stamps:  Balancing Act (Stampendous House Mouse)
Ink: Sentiment stamped in Hero Arts Black; House Mouse Image stamped in Versafine Black Onyx; Image colored using Ranger Distress Inks; Versarmark
Paper:  Dear Santa (Photoplay), Bazzill Cardstock, Watercolor Paper (Canson)
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Bitty Sparkles (Close To My Heart)



Friday, October 7, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques - Joseph's Coat



It's month ten of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.  It's not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.  If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.

January - Emboss Resist Technique
February - Ink Layering Techniques
March - Inlaid Die-cutting
April - Shaker Cards
May - Spinner Cards
June - Step Cards
July - Watercolor Cards
August - Baby Wipe Technique
September - Mixed Media
October - Black Magic or Joseph's Coat

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop.  Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

This month we are playing with ink and embossing and using a technique that is often called "Joseph's Coat." It is an emboss resist technique that produces some fabulous results. 

Now on with my project.  Did you hear that?  Singular . . . Project   Meaning I only made one card this time around.  So apologies on that one, but I was away for over a week leading into this challenge. 



So this technique started with a solid white piece of paper.  To that, I stamped my monsters in color, using two colors for each monster and black for the eyes and antenna.  I then stamped a layer or two of versmark . . . and note that not being exact is a good thing, as it leaves a white background in all the right places.  I then embossed with clear embossing powder.  


From there, all those white spaces became blue background.  I added some confetti stars and a sentiment, and there it is! 

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way


Thanks for hopping! 

Hope you find some time to be creative.  

Supplies Used - Monster-Sized Birthday Wishes
Stamps:  Monster Love (MFT Stamps)
Ink: Basic Black, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizazz, and Marina Mist (Stampin' Up), Versamark, Blueprint Sketch (Ranger Distress)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah), Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Iridescent Stars (Pretty Pink Posh)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Merry Monday is Back!

Playing along with Merry Monday challenge today, but before I reveal my card, if you're looking for the Technique blog hop, click here to quickly get to that post.

Merry Monday is back from summer hiatus, and Christmas is looming nearer.  Today's challenge was to create a card using black, white and gold.


 I went with a white background and created my design using gold and black in a variety of form.  My sentiment is gold foil cardstock, my snowflakes gold embossed, and my circles and sentments are black ink ,with a few black sequins to add some dimension.  


I hope you all find some time to create today.





Supplies Used - Happy Holidays
Stamps:  Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays)*
Ink: Hero Arts Black and Versamark
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Gold Foil Cardstock (DCWV)
Accessories:  Happy Holidays Die (Neat and Tangled)*; Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger); Black Onyx Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

*from Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection

Friday, September 9, 2016

Mixed Media Cards for A Year of Card Techniques



It's month nine of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.
We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.  It's not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.  If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.

January - Emboss Resist Technique
February - Ink Layering Techniques
March - Inlaid Die-cutting
April - Shaker Cards
May - Spinner Cards
June - Step Cards
July - Watercolor Cards
August - Baby Wipe Technique

We're mixing things up this month with a few mixed media techniques and products.

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop.   Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

Now on with the projects.  I have three of them for you today.  I'll start with two that I created using the same watercolor piece which I cut down to create the two projects.  The watercolor piece was created using Ken Oliver Color Bursts.

On this one, I wanted to explore using black embossing paste but in two ways.  I always struggle with matte or glossy when I buy embossing paste.  So i go with matte and then I can make it glossy by adding clear embossing paste and heating.  This first card shows a card made with matte . . . 


There was no stamping on this card - it was all stencil and embossing paste.  Even that sentiment.  The close-up below really shows how the matte paste looks.  


 So here is the second version; this one shows the embossing paste with clear embossing powder, giving it the glossy look.  Also added . . . in mixed media fashion . . . micro beads and glitter.  I put down strips of scor-tape and used two colors of beads/glitter.  



While the black paste with the clear embossing isn't quite as glossy as glossy would be, you can definitely see below how different it is from the previous card.

 

And now my final card, which I have to say started out as a hot mess!  The watercolor piece with the embossing paste was just not working for me.  But I truly have to say that I love how this card turned out. 



My one regret in the end was not the hot mess of a watercolor/emboss/stencil piece . . . nope . . . it was the fact that my Rock Candy Distress Stickles, which I put on using a stencil, made my sentiment run.  If you look close in the white area, there are dots of those Distress Stickles which were stenciled onto the card.  Note to self . . . need a permanent ink in the future if I'm going over that sentiment.  


Next up is Sharon!

Here is the line-up in case you get lost along the way . . .


Thanks for hopping! 

Hope you find some time to be creative. 

Supplies Used - Smile
Ink: Violet, Ultramarine Blue and Alizarian Crimson (Ken Oliver Color Burst)
Paper:  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Canson); Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Ice Cream Cone Stencil (Mint Owl Studio); Adhesive Sentiment Stencil (Momenta); Matte Black Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Whisper White Ribbon (Stampin' Up)

Supplies Used - #SMILE
Stamps:  Jumbo Stripes (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Violet, Ultramarine Blue and Alizarian Crimson (Ken Oliver Color Burst)
Paper:  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Canson); Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Mini Stencil Collection 12 (Tim Holtz); Matte Black Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Mini Staples (Close To My Heart); Bitty Beads and Pixie Dust (Queen & Co.)


Supplies Used - Peace, Love, Joy
Stamps:  Holiday Trimmings (Winnie & Walter)*
Ink: Pthalon Green and Alizarian Crimson (Ken Oliver Color Burst); Emerald Envy (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Bee); Silver POW (American Crafts)
Accessories:  Translucent Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver); Pattern of the Rings Stencil and Circle Creative Screenings (Winnie & Walter)*, Funky Flakes Dies (CASual Fridays)*; Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles (Tim Holtz);

*from previous Stamp of Approval Collections