Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Simple Summer Stems

Today's card was inspired by the July theme and sketch challenge @ STAMPlorations and will be entered @ Daisy Chain Challenges for "Floral" and @ Word Art Wednesday for "Anything Goes". But I did change the card sketch orientation from vertical to horizontal in order to accommodate the size of my stamped elements.




The first thing I did when making this card was stamped each flower stem (stamps are long ago retired from TAC) in black ink on white card stock, colored them using a new set of colored pencils that we are going to start use at my library classes and then fussy cut them out.


The card base itself is made from an A7 white card base and the dry embossed layer is also white and was trimmed just shy of the 5 x 7 card front size before I cut three circles out of the front of it using my CM circle template cutting tool set. After cutting the circles, I ran it through my die cutting machine with the embossing folder.

I lightly traced through the circles to the card front so that I could see what area needed to be colored using Marigold Distress ink and a blending tool then spritzed it with water to get it to react with the water droplet pattern.


Using two different sizes of foam pop dots, I added the embossed layer centered on the card front with the thinner ones and the stems with the thicker ones to help them stand up higher. 


But before I added the stems I decided they needed to be sponged lightly on the edges with a pale blue ink to help them stand out a bit more from the white background...very subtle touch, but it worked perfectly! I did also add clear Wink of Stella over the middle flowers, but sadly the camera doesn't really do a very good job of capturing that at all.


The sentiment is also a retired stamp from TAC and I stamped it on a strip of marigold cardstock according to the sketch. (Now that it's all done and the final pics are taken, I almost wished that I had done some kind of distressing to the edges of the marigold cardstock the sentiment is stamped on...so who knows, I may go back and do that before I send it out in the mail, lol! If I do, I will go back and add it at the end of this post so that you can see it too.)


The inside I kept super clean and simple with a large birthday sentiment -also retired from TAC -and a small scrap of left over marigold cardstock from the card front.


That's it for me today...until next time~


Monday, July 24, 2017

Make a Splash!

Today's card was inspired by sketch #47 @ Paper Play Sketches and will also be entered @ Craftaholics for "Beach", @ Glitter 'N' Sparkle for "Summer Sunshine" and @ My Creative Scoop where "Anything Hand Colored Goes".



The first thing I did was cut my layering papers to fit my stamp size according to the sketch- then to add some texture I ran the lagoon strip through a bubble embossing folder and then highlighted it using blueprint distress ink and the distressing dauber tool.


Next up, I used more distress ink  -that same blue and then a peacock green -to swirl over the stencil from Stamplorations on the white card front panel. the card itself is a top folding, horizontal A2 base in a dark teal/lagoon green color. 


I stamped the lovely mermaid from Stamp AnnieThing in black Momento ink so that I could color her with Prismacolor pencils and then blend it with the alcohol based Prismacolor blender pen and not have the image bleed out on me. But, I learned a very important lesson working with this stamp for the first time...don't try to draw the nose in after you've start coloring her...I used a micron pigma pen and ended up with a horrible smeared mess in the middle of her face -WAH!!! I was soooo upset...but I took a deep breath, pulled out my trusty white art eraser and went to work on the repair. At one point, I almost gave up...but I was persistent and got it to the point where I don't think you would even notice the flaw if I hadn't told you about it first -at least that is what I am telling myself, lol! Next time I will draw it in first, give it plenty of time to dry and even heat set it if necessary.


I stamped the sentiment in versamark ink and then embossed it in black powder for added dimension on the card front.


To add some glitter and shimmer, I used the Stardust Gelly Roll pen to color the pearls in her hair and the details on the starfish's body. I used the clear Wink of Stella pen to highlight sections of her hair and to color her tail fin. I glued 3 teeny tiny rhinestones over 3 of the pearls in her hair, added 3 enamel dots in graduated sizes and coated them also with the Wink of Stella pen so they would stand out a little better from the stenciled background. Before layering her on with some mini foam dots, I edged her panel with a pale blue ink for added definition.


For the inside sentiment, I stamped the brushstroke stamp from CTMH in the distress inks and sprayed it with water to mute out the colors a bit. After drying it with my heat tool, I then stamped the sentiment (from the ACMoore $ bin) in black ink over the top. Not sure who this card will go out to quite yet, but I just loved working with my first Chibi Kids stamp that I won from the very generous Stamp AnnieThing during a podcast from So Suzy Stamps earlier this summer -love those 2 gals!!! 


Until next time~

P.S. -I made a last minute edit to this card to add some sequin stars to the design so that I could also enter it on the Stamp AnnieThing FB Fan Page Group contest "Seeing Stars"...and I thought you might enjoy seeing it too, so here it is...enjoy!



Friday, July 21, 2017

Have a Seal-y Great Birthday!

Today's card was inspired by sketch #221 @ Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and will be entered @ Stampotique Designers for "Use Tape" and @ Seize the Birthday for "Splatter". 



This super cute card was made by starting with a lilac top folding vertical A2 sized card front and lining up strips of coordinating washi tape across the card bottom to mimic the banner flags from the sketch.


Using a stamp set from Close To My Heart, I stamped the seal scene piece by piece in archival ink with the aid of a stamp positioning tool. ( I did test the stamp positions out first on a piece of scrap paper  to make sure I was happy with their placement)


I chose watercolor crayons to color this time, blending them with a blender pen and topping the birthday banner and beach ball with clear Wink of Stella shimmer. Using a black micron pigma pen, I free hand drew the horizon line along the bottom to help ground the design.


I then fussy cut out the identical scene I had first stamped on scrap paper to use as my mask while splattering the beautiful FSJ Silk. When that was dry, I then sent my colored square through my diecutting machine four times to add the straight stitched edge (die set from Lawn Fawn) around the perimeter.


To make the flower embellishment, I sponged pink dye ink and Wink of Stella over a white paper flower and then layered a smaller flower punched from vellum with a mini white brad to the middle. The darker lavender strip was mounted on the card front with a full strip of foam tape, which allowed me to make the indented texture in it with a ball tipped stylus for added detail and dimension. The last step for the card front was to heat emboss the "happy birthday" sentiment across the bottom of the card 3 times in Pearl white powder.


Inside I simply stamped a retired TAC birthday wishes and accented it with a GellyRoll Stardust pen and a snippet of washi tape left over from the front.


that's it for today...until next time~


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cheers to Us!

Today's card was inspired by sketch #330 @ Try Stampin' On Tuesday and by the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge @ Tuesday Throwdown where I went with the middle horizontal row and used the theme of "Silver -Sparkle -Wedding/Anniversary". I will also be entering it @ A Perfect Time to Craft and @ Through the Craft Room Door where "Anything Goes".




Today's card was made on a white A7 side folding vertical card base. Black cardstock and old red patterned paper from CTMH were trimmed for the first layers. I die cut the ornate label from white shimmer cardstock and stamped my Unity Stamp Company girl on a scrap of plain white cardstock. I hand trimmed the banners according to the sketch from scraps of black and white glitter papers and adhered them to the bottom left of the card front -overlapping according to the sketch.


I die cut "cheers!" twice -once from brushed silver metallic cardstock and once from white fun foam. I then used small amounts of the Best Glue Ever to glue the 2 diecut pieces together for added dimension.


Using watercolor pencils to color the Unity girl, I blended with a Dove pen and then added glimmer and glam using the Gelly Roll Stardust pen on her bracelets and the clear Wink of Stella pen on the wine glass. I ended up fussy cutting her out and mounting her separately on top of the white shimmer label using mini foam dots to add it all to the card front.


I added some bling using clear rhinestones is three sizes to accent the focal point.


The last step of bling was to cover the focal point so it wouldn't get dirty and splash FSJ's Silver Silk across the card front for a bit of glittery grunge look.


Inside I added some extra banners and did a bit of stamping and watercoloring. I was making this card pretty late at night and was very tired -the last thing I did for the whole card was stamp the "Happy Anniversary" at the bottom...and boy did I ever manage to get that crooked -I blame my tired hands and eyes at this point, lol. But since it is handmade, I will leave it as is  and just claim that it is "perfectly imperfect"!!!


My hubby and I are celebrating 26 years of marriage in a few weeks -so I will be putting this card aside to give to him in August. Until next time~


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Proudly Announcing...

Woohoo -I am very excited to be able to announce that I am honored to have been selected as a new member of the Itsy Bitsy Design Team...I am looking forward to creating with and sharing their  many beautiful products with you in the very near future!!!





Monday, July 17, 2017

Beach Dreams

Today's card was inspired by the theme and sketch @ Fusion Card Challenges and will also be entered @ The Paper Players  for "Summer Fun in the Water", @ Mustard Seed Faith for "Summer -Plans that God Will Bless", @ Make My Monday for "Travel or Vacation" and @ Cards in Envy for their "Baby Blue" challenge.




This card was designed on a white A2 top folding, horizontal card front. I trimmed my layers in size according to the sketch and sent the kraft cardstock through my embossing machine with a wooden/tree trunk like texture then used the white ink direct to paper by rubbing it all over to highlight the raised details.


The Blue patterned paper is from another of my old Basic Grey collections and the stamp sets are all older and retired from Stampin' Up and Close To My Heart. 


I stamped my images in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored them with watercolor pencils and blended them out using a Dove Blender pen. I truly love the simplicity of watercolor pencils and the look I can achieve is always gorgeous, yet practically effortless!!!


Before I finished adhering the layers to my card front, I wrapped the narrow light blue paper strip with some jute twine and tied it in a bow. All layers were adhered flat using my ATG gun.


This card remains simple -can you believe I used no glitter and no foam tape, yet I still love it, lol!!!


Even the inside is beautiful -if I do say so myself! (teehee)


Hope you are enjoying your summer and until next time~