Saturday, July 22, 2017

Watercolor Floral for a Special Couple

This week's challenge at Stamp Ink Paper was a floral challenge.  Love floral, and I love watercolor, and I love using my kit supplies and knew just the one to pull out. 


I stamped my watercolor paper with Versamark and embossed with embossing powder.  I love the results on this one.  The strip of paper at the bottom is all about getting hitched, so my inside sentiment will congratulate a happy couple. 


Most of the supplies for this card were from a Simon Says Stamp Card kit. 

I hope you find some time to create today! 








Supplies Used -  Clear Embossed Water Color Card
All Supplies used in this card were from the June 2017 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit (Floral Bliss stamp set, Daniel Smith Watercolor Palette of Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Rose; Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick Ink Pad; Echo Park Wedding Bliss collection; Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock; Black Cardstock
Additional Supplies:  Versamark and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

Friday, July 14, 2017

July 2017 - A Year of Card Making Techniques - Bleaching Your Cards


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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we’re going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:



Our  amazing sponsor this month is Debbie Bonczek of Close to My Heart.  (Hey that's me!)  



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And the awesome prize this month is:



 This super cute stamp set, ad the mini stapler pictured below!


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So first, my 'disclaimer"!  I've tried this technique before and very much like this time, I had mixed results.  Let me start by saying that I make scrapbook pages.  When I purchase paper to scrapbook, I have leftover scraps, which I bag up for several montha at a time.  At some point, those scraps end up in a box in cut pieces that are sized as "card friendly", and eventually they end up on cards.  So I rarely know the type of cardstock on my scraps, and different brands of cardstock react differently to ink.  That's my disclaimer.

So here are the tools I used . . . 



There is a piece of plastic canvas, an embossing folder, a brush, a dauber, a stencil, an acrylic block and an acrylic stamp.  And using bleach, I created all the panels below: 



#1 - Black cardstock - I laid the plastic canvas on it and used the brush to put the bleach on.  The bleached areas turned a bit of a green tone. 
#2 - Red carstock - I used the dauber and the stencil. 
#3 - I used the acrylic block and used the ink smooshing technique, only with bleach instead of ink.  The color variation did not thrill me. 
#4 - The stamp, which I daubed bleach on, and then stamped light blue cardstock.  I think this one was my favorite piece.
#5 - Black cardstock . . . ink smooshing . . . this one turned tan (and very quickly).
#6 - Bleach brushed onto the embossing folder . . . the least amount of change.  I even brushed bleach down the cardstock.  (Whatever!)

And here are my cards . . .



For the yellow one, I merely stamped with back pigment ink and embossed, leaving an empty spot for a sentiment. 



For the blue piece that refused to change it's color (maybe a hint of change in a few spots), I used an embossing folder with bleach on it.  I then dabbed bleach onto those raised circles.  I then pained bleach downward on the card.  Not a lot of luck on this one. 

 
The stripes in the inlaid die were created using pieces of scrap cardstock.  And watch at some point, because I will use the striped "Thank You" on another project one day (just not today). 



For that black/brown ink smoosh piece, I stamped and cut little dogs out of part of it, and used part as a border on the card.  This card is matchy-matchy! 


Those little pups are adorable. 



Now . . . important to note!  Black cardstock above bleached to brown.  Black cardstock in the project below bleached more to a greenish-gray.  So for the black mesh piece, I created a little thank you card for my mom, who sent my new puppy a few toys.  




Dogs love mail. Check out that beard!  As Schnauzer peeps say, "Fear the beard."




My favorite bleach piece . . . the light blue . . . added some of the stamps from the same set used with the bleach, and a nice blue ink.  It's my favorite because of the way it reacted. 


 I do love those bleach images. 



And then my favorite card, just because it's fun . . . two monsters . . . one monster displays words of amazing awesome wowsers, and another monster crashes through the card . . . so there are monster eyes in the dark . . .
 

And there is some dimension to this card where there are monster eyes in the dark . . .


Inside and out . . . check out the action wobble monster who crashed thru my card.   That's the crasher! 



He's a blurry, wobbling fool!


Now you’re off to visit with Ronda's Paper Creations. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!


And, I hope you can find some time to create. 

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:  






Supplies Used - Thinking of You
Stamps:  Simply Stated and Wild Garden Stamp Sets (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Scraps of Yellow and Black Cardstock
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Marigold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Thank You Inlaid Die
Stamps:  Still Smiling (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  Beads Embossing Folder (Carabelle Studios); Thank You Card Set Dies (Sizzix); Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart)

Supplies Used - Ruff Day
Stamps:  Four-Legged Friends Stamp Set (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart); Gold Shimmer Trim (Close To My Heart); Four-Legged Friends Die Set (My Favorite Things); Bone Button
Supplies Used - Favorite Human
Stamps:  Four-Legged Friends Stamp Set (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart); Snow Marker (Marvy); Four-Legged Friends Die Set (My Favorite Things)

Supplies Used - Worry Less; Giggle More
Stamps:  Giggles and Medallio Mix-ups  (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs); Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Scraps of Cardstock (blue)
Accessories:  Cobalt Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Blue Shimmer Trim (Close To My Heart); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)


Supplies Used - Wowzers Monster Card
Stamps:  monsters2celebrate (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Versamark and Versafine Black Onyx
Paper:  Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  monsters2stamp Dies (The Stamps of Life); White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts); Silly Eyes; Color Box Stencil; Action Wobble

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wish . . . fpr CASology

Here is the cue card for this week's CASology


And my wishes are get well wishes . . .


Who doesn't love a shaker card with well wishes in it?  


I hope you find some time to create today!


Supplies Used - Get Well Wishes
Stamps:  Birdie Friends (Pretty Pink Posh)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento) and Copic Markers
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Window Sheet (Graffix), Storybook 4 Dies (Pretty Pink Posh), Share Kindness Sequin Mix (Pretty Pink Posh) and Confetti Hearts (Martha Stewart)

Bright and Shiny Hello

A little something rural for Inkspirational challenge . . .


I wanted my sun to display the sentiment, so I repeatedly stamped a "hello" stamp.  Love all of the elements of this set. 




Supplies Used - Hello Step Card
Stamps:  "Hello" stamp . . .any tiny stamp will do!
Ink: Lemonade and Banana (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Cardstock and Pattern Paper from May 2017 Card Kit - Cheerful Collection (The Stamps of Life); cardstock scraps from my scrap bin;
Accessories:  Tree Step Up Dies (Sizzix); Summer Seasonal Mix Sequins (Prretty Pink Posh)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pattern Paper Inspired for Simon says Stamp

Pattern paper was the challenge this week for Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.  So here is my attempt at a card using supplies from one of last year's card kits. And before I show you the card, let me just say it is awesome to be able to pull out a box from last year that is all matchy-matchy.  Not that I didn't have to figure it all out . . . but just awesome to have an old box.  

Here is my card . . .


Not a lot of stamping on this one, but a lot of pattern paper from that kit.  The stamping was just in that little flower that was stamped in black..  The "dream" sentiment was a die that was embossed with several layers of sparkly powder. 


As a 9 to 5 working girl (9 to 5?  Ha!), I hope you are able to find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Dream
Stamps:  Look for the Miracles (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Black (Hero Arts); Versamark
Paper:  Orange Peel and Black Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Believe Pattern Paper (Bo Bunny);
Accessories:  Dream Die (Simon Says Stamp); Black Rainbow Sparkle Embossing Powder (Ranger); Rainbow Enamel Dots (Doodlebug)

Muse Inspiration

I was inspired today by the card posted on Muse.  Here is their card . . .


 I was inspired by the variety of directions the sentiment took, and wanted to try to make a directional card using arrows to direct the recipient.  Here is my card . . .


I struggled at first with placement of the words.  In the end, it has a flow and the message is there . . . "You are simply the BEST friend ever; sending birth wishes to you.  Not one color was repeated, as I also have a variety of new ink colors from Catherine Pooler Designs that I wanted to play with.  


I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Simply the Best
Stamps:  Simply the Best Stamp Set
Ink: Garden Party, It's a Girl, It's a Boy, Pixie Dust, Melon Ice, Fiesta Blue, Party Dress, Tiki Torch, Flirty Fuchsia, Lime Ricky, Tutti Frutti, Aquatini, Tiara, Grass Skirt, Orange Twist (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Orange (Bazzill)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Sprinkles Latte Love (Doodlebug)

Monday, June 19, 2017

One Layer Cards

I have a couple of one layer cards to share today.  They are both the same design, but a different sentiment and a few tweaks here and there.  I wanted these to have a bit of a watercolor look, so after applying the ink to the stamp, I sprayed a mist of water from afar before stamping, and I also rocked the stamp a bit.  They blended quite nicely where there is overlap. 


And a great use for all that washi tape!   While the card above has colorful sequins on the balloons, I changed it up on the card blow and did just clear sequins around the balloons.  I like elements of both cards . . . prefer the washi tape on the bottom card, but I think I like the sequins on the top one. 


I'm entering that top one in the Seize the Birthday challenge for this week . . .





 
I hope you find some time to create today! 

Supplies Used - Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Balloon Celebration (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Pixie, Ocean, Sky, Tangerine, Banana, Lemonade, Kiwi, Candy, Guava and Licorice Ink (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Powdered Sugar Cardstock (the Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Washi Tape (The Stamps of Life); Sunshine Glow, Peridot, Bermuda, Strawberru Burst and Fairytale Fuchsia Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - You Got the World on a String
Stamps:  Balloon Celebration (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Pixie, Ocean, Sky, Tangerine, Banana, Lemonade, Kiwi, Candy, Guava and Licorice Ink (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Powdered Sugar Cardstock (the Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Washi Tape (Doodlebug); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 2017 - A Year of Card Making Techniques - Basic Card Folds Using Double-sided Paper





Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
June‘s hop is devoted to basic card folds; featuring drapery/curtain fold, peek-a-boo fold or double-z gate-fold.  And we’re adding a twist of using double-sided paper.   We hope this gives you lots of ideas and will inspire you to try these card folds yourself...and pull out that double-sided paper as well!    If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
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And the awesome prize this month is:
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 We  really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by  Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  June 25, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.
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I have three cards to share with you today, as I wanted to be sure to try all of the folding techniques.  First up is  a card featuring the drapery/curtain fold, and for this card I used some double sided paper from Close To My Heart's Ariana collection.  It came with an amazing stamp with a quote by Oprah Winfrey.  



 I love the striped paper that is peaking between the pleats.  And it's hard to see, but the sentiment was embossed with silver embossing powder. 


Second up is a card with the double-z gate fold.  Now I will tell you that my card got a little wild . . . that pattern paper was leftover from a scrapbook layout I worked on a few weeks ago, and I didn't want to throw it out . . . and yet I never thought I could use it on a card.  But then comes the double-z gate fold and I was proven wrong.  



Busy and crazy paper, for sure.  


 And I have to say . . . that little ticket just hit the spot.  Since the card ends up being 4 inches, the ticket can hang off the edge and still fit in the envelope!  This was a really fun technique. 


And then finally, my favorite of the three . . . peek-a-boo fold.  



 This card started as one thing and ended as something else.  the sentiment was going to be where the bunny was . . . and the bunny was going to be somewhere else on the card . . . and I was going to use the reverse side of the pattern paper . . . and the folds were going to be on the right! 


Proof that sometimes things do not work as we planned. 
I am the last stop on the hop!  I certainly hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!

And I hope you find some time to create today. 

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Supplies Used - Surround Yourself
Stamps:  Ariana Workshop Stamp Set (CTMH)
Ink: Versamark
Paper:  Ariana Workshop Paper (CTMH); Desert Storm Cardstock (CTMH)
Accessories:  American Crafts Ribbon and Ranger Silver Embossing Powder

Supplies Used - Admit One
Stamps:  Chunky Monkey (Sugar Pea Designs); tickets2stamp (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Paper:  Pattern Paper (Best Creations); Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp and Neenah)
Accessories:  Circle and Dotted Circle Die (Catherine Pooler Designs); Stitched Mats (Lil' Inker); Ticket Dies (The Stamps of Life); Enamel Dots (Queen & Company)

Supplies Used - Some Bunny
Stamps:  Some Bunny (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copic Markers
Paper:  Celebrate Easter (Echo Park), Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp and Neenah)
Accessories:  Notebook Die (Papertrey Ink); Orange Twine (Studio Calico)