Monday, August 21, 2017

Tile Works Welcome

Friday's QKR Stampede Challenge was Shaped Cards or Anything Goes. I don't usually make shaped cards, but as it happened I attended the Stamp & Scrap expo Friday and picked up the Tile Works Spellbinders Nestabilities that were perfect for this challenge so I decided to play. I used the 2nd largest size die to make a card that would work well as a welcome to the neighborhood gift tag.

I had some pieces of plain office manila file folders left over from another project, so I used one to for the card. Before I removed the cut tag, I used the die as a stencil to sponge gumball green ink over the embossed portions around the card edges.

Originally I was going to make this a typical multi-layered card, but once I took it out of the die I realized that the combination of die cutting, stenciling and embossing was pretty interesting and the card didn't need layers. I stamped the main image from the Up In The Air set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink in the center. I colored the leaves and flowers using an aquapainter and gumball green and purely pomegranate inks (in retrospect, the aquapaintr might have added too much water and a blender pen may have been a better tool for this.) I didn't like the way the branch just floated in the center of the card, so I extended it to the edge using my basic black marker and then stamped  and colored the image again on another piece of the same manila folder scrap. I fussy cut two bunches of flowers from the scrap piece and attached them to the card with dimensionals. I used the larger bunch to cover most of the branch extension, so that it wouldn't be so obvious that it was hand drawn, and added the smaller bunch over the large bunch on the original image for balance.

The tag was fine, but I thought it still needed something. I remembered that Jeanne's Friday's Free For All challenge on SCS was to "put a bow on it" and that seemed like the perfect embellishment, so I grabbed a fork and made a small bow using a piece of long retired narrow green Stampin' Up! grosgrain ribbon. I attached the bow with a mini glue dot at the bottom of the bird house to finish off the card. I liked that he raised elements formed a triangle that drew the eye to the birdhouse and sentiment in the center of the card. It's a simple card, but it's still cute and would go very well with a gift to welcome a new neighbor.

Recipe:

Paper: manila file folder
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gumball Green, Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black marker
Stamps: Up In The Air
Accessories: Aquapainter, Green Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon, Spellbinders Nestabilities Tile Works Assortment

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Musical themed note

The QKR stampede challenge last Friday was Anything Goes with a twist: Inspired by Music. When I saw the challenge I instantly thought of all the music related embossing folders and punch that I've owned for a while but never actually used. This challenge was a good reason to bring them out and play! Unfortunately, my hubby and I left for a road trip before I had a chance to upload the card and it was too late when we came back, but I still thought I'd share it here and on SCS.

I started with a basic black card base. Then I cut a mat of whisper white and ran it through the big shot with the Piano Notes embossing folder from Darice. I've never tried to color the embossed part of an image with an ink pad because I worried that I would get ink on the non-raised portion. Turns out that was a legitimate worry. Even when using a basic black stampin' spot, it took me several tries to get  a black and white image that did not "muddy" up the white. Even that was not completely perfect (you can notice some balck ink "dirt" on the white piano keys") and it also wasn't dark enough, necessitating me to go over certain spots with my basic black marker. Imperfect though it may be, it still looks pretty good.

Next I used a Sizzix Simple Impressions Treble Clef embossing folder on whisper white to get that image, and colored the clef with a basic black marker. I added a stamped sentiment from the Mini Mates set in basic black ink and also some notes I punched out of basic black card stock with an eighth note punch from EK Success. I added a mat in basic black with room on the right side to punch holes with the double rectangle punch. I then wove a piece of narrow white grosgrain ribbon through the punched holes. I added a basic gray mat and attached the image to the embossed background with dimensionals.

The monochromatic nature of the card makes a pretty bold stamper, but I think it would appeal to a music lover.

Recipe:

Paper: basic black, whisper white, basic gray
Ink: basic black
Stamps: Mini Mates
Accessories: double rectangle punch, narrow white grosgrain ribbon, Piano Notes embossing folder from Darice, Simple Impressions Treble Clef embossing folder from Sizzix, eighth note punch from EK Success

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fabulous Vine and Flowers

I had so much fun making this card and I really love the way it turned out. The glossy paper and all the gold accents catch and reflect light beautifully.

I made it to satisfy two different challenges on SCS. The first was a Ways to Use It challenge to use a faux technique.  The second was a Mixed Media challenge to use a die cut shape that was made out of some sort of text. I figured if I was already going to cut up a magazine for the mixed media challenge, I might as well also use it for the faux technique.

I started with die cutting a magazine article with the Flowers & Vine #3 Bigz die from Sizzix. The resulting die cut was so delicate and flimsy that I also die cut a piece of very vanilla cardstock and glued the printed page to the card stock for stability. I wanted to actually use the die cut piece as a vine, so I sponged the whole thing with gumball green ink.

Next I found pictures that I could use for the faux cloisonné technique. I stamped flower images from the Flower Shop and Petite Petals sets and the butterfly from Backyard Basics in versamark and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. In the past I would have fussy cut them all out, but today I got smart and chose flowers that had coordinating punches and a butterfly that I could die cut with the coordinating framelits.

Once my pieces were all die cut and punched, I arranged them on top of a plain vanilla card stock mat to see what I wanted to do next. The card definitely needed more bling and dimension. I took al the pieces off and started to add elements. I stamped the very vanilla mat with the Sanded background stamp in river rock ink. I also added a couple of pieces of gold foil washi tape in the upper left corner. I layered a small flower over a large flower with a dimensional and added some gold cord underneath the large flower before taping this assembly in the center of the vine. I added another small flower to the top of the vine with a dimensional. Finally, I attached the butterfly to the mat with two way glue along the spine so that I could fold up its wings for dimension (the picture on which I embossed the butterfly was made of sturdier paper that allowed me to do this without having to glue the die cut butterfly to card stock.)

The card looked OK at this point, but I wanted more bling so I added three gold sequins. I definitely could have left it there, and I wondered if going one step further would be too much, but I couldn't stop myself. I used a stamp from the Oval All set to stamp the sentiment and flower image on the same magazine photo as the butterfly in versamark ink. I stamped the flower image for a  second time on a photo with a different color so that I could create interest with layering. I gold embossed everything and punched the sentiment out with the large oval punch. I also punched a scalloped oval mat from the photo on which I embossed the second flower. I fussy cut this small flower (couldn't get away without fussy cutting after all) and layered it over its twin on the sentiment image before attaching the sentiment assembly to the very vanilla mat with more dimensionals.

Now the card was done and all that was left to do was attach the very vanilla decorated mat to the crumb cake card base. Well that, and to give it away to a fabulous friend :).

Recipe:

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink: Gumball Green, Versamark, River Rock
Stamps: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Backyard Basics, Oval All, Sanded
Accessories: Gold Cord, Gold embossing powder, Petite Petals Punch, Pansy Punch, Backyard Basics Framelits, Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Flowers & Vine #3 Bigz die from Sizzix, Gold Foil paper tape by Studio 112 from K&Company. Crafter's Corner gold sequins from Greenbriar Inc.




Friday, August 11, 2017

Neon Light

Dawn's Free For All challenge on SCS today is to show light in our cards. There are lots of less literal ways to interpret that challenge, but my mind immediately jumped to the obvious, in part because I was also thinking of Jeannie's challenge on her blog, Dragonfly Journeys, to make cards incorporating neon. This idea fit both challenges perfectly.

The card base is basic black. For the white mat I used a lightbulb image from the Mini Mates set and yo yo yellow ink to create a uniform design.  I sponged the edges with yo yo yellow before adhering the mat to the card base.

For the main image I used a piece of basic black card stock, versamark ink, the sentiment from the Mini Mates set and the lightbulb image from the Crazy, Mixed up Love set. I stamped the lightbulb upside down, masking off the sentiment with clear tape so that the words wouldn't show on my card. I then added a "cord" with a versamarker and heat embossed everything with detail white embossing powder. I colored the bottom "glass" part of the bulb with a yellow bic permanent marker. I used the same marker to color the word "light" in the sentiment. I used a silver sharpie to color the cord and the top part of the bulb.

I cut a piece of yo yo yellow card stock as a mat and used the wrought iron corner punch on all four corners before slipping the stamped main image inside. I added a basic black mat behind the yo yo yellow layer and attached the image to the card with dimensionals.

Recipe:

Paper: basic black, whisper white, yo-yo yellow
Ink: Yo Yo Yellow, versmark, versamarker, bic yellow permanent marker, silver sharpie marker
Stamps: Crazy, Mixed up Love, Mini Mates
Accessories: detail white embossing powder, wrought iron corner punch, stampin' sponge

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hummingbird Birthday

Here's another card I made for Saturday's SCS Inspiration challenge. The Tropical Inspiration Pinterest board had so many awesome images that, once again, I actually used two different ones for my inspiration. I was fortunate that both of my inspirations lent themselves to using colors from today's color combination challenge, which was So saffron, Pear Pizzazz and Berry Burst. I didn't have any Berry Burst ink or card stock, so I used Purely Pomegranate instead.

This was the inspiration for my background. It really reminded me of my tiger stripes embossing folder from Sizzix, so I took out the folder and inked it up with pear pizzazz before running it though the big shot with whisper white card stock. I Like the way it turned out. It gives the card just enough interest without distracting from the main image and sentiment.

This was the inspiration for my main image from the tropical inspiration board, except that I used the photo on the left for the hummingbird's coloring. After I stamped the image from the Spring Song in memento tuxedo black ink, I used my aquapainter to color in the image. I mostly used the challenge colors with a bit of diluted soft suede for the hummingbird's belly. (I probably should have made the bird a little more brown if I wanted to be totally authentic, but I hope mother nature will forgive me.) I stamped the sentiment from the Express Yourself set in pear pizzazz on a narrow strip of whisper white card stock and then I sponged the edges of both the image and sentiment with so saffron ink. I mounted both image and sentiment on purely pomegranate mats and attached them to the embossed background before attaching the background to a so saffron card base.

Recipe:

Paper: whisper white, purely pomegranate, so saffron
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, so saffron, pear pizzazz, purely pomegranate, soft suede
Stamps: Spring Song, Express Yourself
Accessories: tiger stripes embossing folder by Sizzix, aquapainter, stampin' sponge.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Marriage Journey

I can hardly believe it, but next week my hubby and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. It's been an awesome two decades, made even better by our mutual love of travel, so it's only fitting that I made him a travel themed card, especially since we'll be celebrating while on a short road trip to Ohio. For the layout, I used the sketch from last Week's SCS sketch challenge, as it seemed particularly well suited to include all the elements I wanted.

I started with a 5x7 card base the ms. sparkle & Co. Neutrals A7 cards and envelopes assortment by DCWV Inc. I used a 6.5x4.5" piece of Travel Journey designer paper as a mat. I used circle framelits to cut a larger circle from garden green card stock and a smaller one from very vanilla. I embossed the very vanilla circle with the world map embossing folder form Darice and used stampin' pastels in garden green and night of navy to color the map.

I stamped the car, plane and cruise ship from the Sentimental Journey set in pumpkin pie on very vanilla card stock, fussy cut them out and attached them to the embossed map circle with dimensionals. I attached the vanilla circle to the garden green mat and attached both to the card base.

I had the perfect embosslit for one of the smaller circle elements on the layout - the 20 years embosslit originally released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Stampin' Up! I used it with apiece of designer series paper and then used a sanding block to reveal the lighter core of the paper and make the 20 years sentiment stand out.

For the other small circle element I stamped the compass image from Sentimental Journey in night of navy ink on  very vanilla paper. I punched out the image with the 1" circle punch and then adhered it to a double mat of 1 3/8" circle of night of navy card stock and a 1 1/4" circle of Travel Journal designer paper. I added a pumpkin pie brad to the center of the compass for interest.

I stamped the sentiment form the Hugs & Wishes set in night of navy ink on very vanilla and die cut it with a framelit from the Bitty Banners assortment. I added a mat of night of navy card stock which I fussy cut to match the sentiment shape.

I liked the card as it was, but I felt I could still add a little more personalization so I stamped sentiments and images from the following sets onto the visible parts of the designer paper mat with night of navy ink:  Something to Say, XOXO, Travel Words & Frames from Momenta and 4 piece travel set from Recollections

I'm really happy with the card and, more importantly, I'm pretty sure my hubby will be happy with it as well.

Recipe:

Paper: very vanilla, garden green, night of navy, travel journey designer series paper, tan card base from the ms. sparkle & Co. Neutrals A7 cards and envelopes assortment by DCWV Inc.
Ink: pumpkin pie, night of navy
Stamps: Sentimental Journey, Hugs & Wishes, Something to Say, XOXO, Travel Words & Frames from Momenta, 4 piece travel set from Recollections
Accessories: stampin' pastels, Circle Framelits assortment, Bitty Banners Framelits assortment, 20 years embosslit, 1", 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, pumpkin pie brad, world map embossing folder from Darice,




Saturday, August 5, 2017

Tropical Colors Inspiration

The inspiration challenge today on Splitcoast Stampers linked to a pinterest board filled with all things tropical. This card was inspired by this pin and this one and the way the vibrant tropical colors stood out against a black background in both pictures. The colors reminded me of the liquid chalk markers I bought recently and only used once so far. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to play with them some more.

I thought the easiest way to use the markers was to color parts of an embossing folder. I used the Summer Flowers A6 embossing folder from Sizzix with basic black card stock. It's not the most tropical, but it's easy to color with the markers without making too much of a mess. I used standard colors for the leaves and flowers and then used silver for the accent dots and borders. On the final card picture it's really hard to see that this is an embossing folder, so I'm including a picture of white card stock embossed with the same folder on which I colored in the leaves and one flower.

I wanted to leave as much of the background visible as possible, so I stamped the birthday sentiment on a narrow strip of basic black card stock with creaft white ink and heat embossed it with detail white embossing powder. I used the mini banner punch on each end of the card stock strip and cut a piece of brushed silver card stock for a mat. I then used the paper piercing mat and a small stylus to dry emboss the dotted border around the mat that echoed the accent dots on the embossing folder.

I know this doesn't look much like the inspiration, but I love the bright colors and I had fun making a birthday card that was totally outside my comfort zone.

Recipe:

Paper: Basic Black, Brushed Silver, gray card base from the ms. sparkle & Co. Neutrals A7 cards and envelopes assortment by DCWV Inc.
Ink: Craft White, Cedar Markers Liquid Chalk Markers
Stamps: Grunge Rock
Accessories:  detail white embossing powder, mini banner punch, paper piercing template, Summer Flowers A6 embossing folder from Sizzix

Friday, August 4, 2017

All About the Shoes

The Splitcoast Stampers "Free for All" challenge today was to spotlight a portion of a card by creating a frame around the image. I found a couple more stamps that were perfect for yesterday's ways to use shoe challenge, so I decided to combine the two.

The Shoe Border stamp is from Katie & Co. and consists of three shoes, so that's what I decided to highlight. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to stamps the different rows of shoes and then I used markers to color them. The heels on all shoes are crumb cake and the other colors I used were tempting turquoise, pear pizazz, melon mambo, and wisteria wonder. I used a combination of thinlits to make the frame that goes around the shoes and a combination of thinlit and word window punch to make the sentiment border. I stamped the sentiment form the Tee Hee Hee set using a black marker to ink up only the relevant part. 

Finally, in the spotlighted area I used two way glue and micro glitter in turquoise, purple and hot pink on the strappy part of the shoes. I know that's not easy to see in the larger photo, but it adds just a little bit of can't miss sparkle in real life.

Recipe:

Paper: whisper white, wisteria wonder, pear pizazz
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, markers in crumb cake, tempting turquoise, pear pizazz, melon mambo, and wisteria wonder
Stamps: Tee Hee Hee, Shoe Border from Katie & Co.
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig; 2 way glue, microglitter, word window punch, Lori Whitlock Ornate Label Thinlits by Sizzix  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Shoe In Friend

In this week's Splitcoast Stampers "Ways to Use It" challenge our hostess, Lisa (aka Shoe Girl) challenged us to use shoes on our cards. It took a bit of searching through my stamp index, but I finally found the perfect image. The sentiment even matched Lisa's title for the post announcing the challenge.

My last couple of cards where I tried new techniques didn't exactly turn out how I wanted, so for this one I went back to my "old school" stamping style: a stamped main image, a stamped background, minimal layers and a bit of ribbon to accessorize. The inspiration for the colors came from a recent trip to Target, where I saw pinks and grays together in the school supplies aisle. Really took me back to the preppy look from the 80s.

Since the background is splattered, the card fits this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: "Splatter It", so I'll be sharing it there.

Recipe:


Paper: whisper white, dark gray card base from neutral smooth A2 cards and envelopes core' dinations assortment by Darice
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate, plus blendabilities Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate assortments
Stamps:  Making a Point, Gorgeous Grunge
Accessories: Circles Framelits Assortment, Ping Stitched ribbon from Dahses, Dots & Checks

Monday, July 31, 2017

Organic Thanks

The "try a new technique" challenge on Splitcoast Stampers today asked us to use salt and glossy card stock to make a background. I tried, but the end result was rather disappointing. Maybe it was the fact that the only salt I had was table salt, or maybe it was trying to dry the cardstock with a heat tool instead of waiting patiently, but when I scraped off the salt it left no evidence of its presence behind. That's the bad news.

The somewhat better news is that the background itself was a salvageable soft watercolor, so I decided to use it anyway. I was already combining today's challenge with last week's color combo challenge, and since the salt thing went bust I decide to add in last week's sketch challenge and last week's ways to use it challenge by heat embossing the images from the Organic Grace set and the sentiment from the So Many Sayings set with wild wasabi embossing powder.

I cut out a portion of the background and used it for the panel on which I stamped the fern. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of glossy cardstock that I colored with daffodil delight ink and an aquapainter. I stamped the dragonfly on a piece of glossy card stock as well, colored it with pacific point ink and an aquapainter and fussy cut it out so I could mount it to the background panel using dimensionals. I like the final product, I only wish I had actually managed to make the salt technique work.

Recipe:
Paper: glossy white, daffodil delight, wild wasabi, pacific point
Ink: daffodil delight, wild wasabi, pacific point, versamark
Stamps: Organic Grace, So Many Sayings
Accessories: Aquapainter, wild wasabi embossing powder

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tropical Birthday

In this week's Ways To Use It challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, Lisa challenged us to "warm it up". We could use heat embossing, images that are hot like fire or iron, or use other techniques that use hot tools. I decided to go for a double. I used heat embossing, but I use this technique all the time, so that didn't seem like enough. To really challenge myself I decide to try the wax paper resist technique combined with an embossing folder. This involves dry embossing a piece of wax paper with an embossing folder and then using a hot iron to transfer the embossed image onto card stock, creating a "resist".

Let me just say that I hate ironing, so only a challenge could get me to finally try this technique. To make it worth my while, I embossed several pieces of wax paper with different folders, so I have a bunch of wax resist backgrounds I can use on future cards. I'm not sure if they'll be really useful, though, because I'm not sure I did this right. Maybe my iron wasn't set high enough, but even though I did get a bit of a resist, it wasn't nearly as crisp and white as I was expecting. Oh well.

To create this background I sponged dazzling daffodil, calypso coral and melon mambo inks over my background. I thought these fiery colors not only suited the tropical nature of the background, but also the "warm it up" part of the challenge. I then stamped images from the Summer Collage set by TPC Studios in Tangerine Tango in the center of the background.

I stamped several flowers from the Tropical Party set in rich razzleberry for the large flowers and Tangerine Tango for the small flowers on whisper white card stock that I then sponged with the inks used on the background and fussy cut all of them before attaching them to the card base. I did the same with the coconut drink image from the same set (minus the sponging). Finally, I stamped the sentiment in versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder before attaching the finished layer to the already dry embossed 5x7" card base.

The card didn't turn out exactly as I originally imagined, but I thought this was a really fun challenge and I appreciate the push to try yet another new to me technique.

Recipe:

Paper: whisper white, A7 Embossed white card base by DCWV
Ink: dazzling daffodil, calypso coral, melon mambo, tangerine tango, rich razzleberry, early espresso, versamark
Stamps: Tropical Party, Sassy Salutations, Summer Collage from TPC Studios
Accessories:  Summer Flowers A6 embossing folder by Sizzix, white embossing powder, spomges.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wonderful Farmyard

In today's Free For All challenge on Splitcoast, Shirley challenged us to use something on a card that could be found on old MCDonald's farm. I would have been stuck for ideas, had I not just re-discovered my wheels, including the Farmyard jumbo wheel.

With the wheel, all I had to so was color the images with my blendabilities markers and my sharpie water based white paint marker (for the sheep and the cloud highlights) and the card was practically done. I just added a strip of soft sky card stock embossed with the clouds embossing folder and a strip of marigold morning embossed with the cross-stitch pattern from the needlepoint assortment, plus two thin strips of old olive to set off the wheeled scene. I wasn't sure of how I would use this card so I used a versatile  "wishing you a wonderful day" sentiment from the Bring on the Cake set.

Since today's QKR Stampede challenge is "Down on the Farm or Anything Goes," I'm going to submit this card for that challenge as well.
Recipe:

Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Marigold Morning
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, blendabilities markers in various colors
Stamps: Farmyard jumbo wheel, Bring on the Cake
Accessories: Needlepoint Embossing Folder, Clouds Embossing Folder

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sunflower Sympathy

If you're thinking this looks an awful lot like the Country Birthday card from last week, you're absolutely right. I had some extra pieces left over from that project and I thought they would work well with the sunflower image from the Measure of a Life set. I stamped it with versamark on whisper white card stock twice, added the sympathy sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes to one of the images and heat embossed both with detail black embossing powder. I colored both sunflowers with summer sun and close to cococa markers.  I sponged the image with the sympathy sentiment with crumb cake ink. I then fussy cut the sunflower from the second image and attached it over the other sunflower with a dimensional for a little extra dimension. the rest of the card is pretty much the same as the Country birthday card except the crumb cake base was stamped with the netting background in crumb cake ink and the gingham was sponged with crumb cake ink.

Recipe:

Paper: crumb cake, basic black, whisper white
Ink: versamark, crumb cake, ruby red, summer sun and close to cocoa markers
Stamps: Serene Sunflower, Measure of a Life, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Netting background, Gingham wheel
Accessories: Floral Garden Burlap Ribbon by Greenbrier International, Border Scoring Plate and Stampin' Up! Scorer, detail black embossing powder, stampin' pastels

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dragonfly Sympathy



I really liked yesterday's color combination challenge on SCS and I was inspired by justampin, who made a gorgeous sympathy card using these colors. I never would have thought to combine these colors for a somber occasion, but they do work well with the dragonfly image from the Measure of a Life set.

For this card I stamped the image and sentiment in versamark and heat embossed both with detail black embossing powder. I colored the dragonfly using daffodil delight, wild wasabi, pacific point inks and a blender pen. I then used daffodil delight ink and the rough texture jumbo wheel to add the background.I added the background to the daffodil delight mat with the very vintage jumbo wheel and daffodil delight ink.

Paper: whisper white, daffodil delight, wild wasabi, pacific point
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Versamark
Stamps: Measure of a Life, Close as a Memory, Rough Texture jumbo wheel, Very Vintage jumbo wheel
Accessories: Wide black organdy ribbon, detail black embossing powder, dazzling diamonds

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ink Splat Birthday

Just a quick card for today's SCS color challenge, which was to use pacific point, wild wasabi and daffodil delight. The idea was to make the card look like graffiti on a white brick wall. Not sure I quite got the right look for graffiti, but paint splatters on a white brick wall work too.

I first inked up a Tim Holtz Alterations Ink Splats embossing folder with daffodil delight ink and spritzed it with water before using it to stamp whisper white card stock. I then stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Pacific Point. I've had this stamp for a long time and there are no identifying marks on the label whatsoever. If anyone knows who put out this stamp, please leave me a comment - thanks!

The next step was to add ink splats in wild wasabi using a couple of stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge set and some dots using a stamp from the Itty Bitty Backgrounds set in pacific point. When everything was stamped I embossed the image with the Tim Holtz Alterations Bricked embossing folder and attached it to a white card base with dimensionals.

Recipe:

Paper: whisper white
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, unknown Happy Birthday image
Accessories: Tim Holtz Alterations Bricked and Ink Splats embossing folders from Sizzix

Friday, July 21, 2017

Country Birthday

Today I made another scored gingham card, but this matches more closely the original concept I had in my head. The QKR stampede crew didn't spell out exactly what the twist is for their "anything goes with a twist" challenge this week (or if they did the invisible ink doesn't show up on my computer screen), but based on the title (#253 Up, Up and Away) and the designer team's awesome samples I'm going to guess it has something to do with things that can fly? If so, I think my rooster may qualify, but even if not, the card will fit the "anything goes" part of the challenge. Click on the link to check out the challenge and submit your own card. It's fun!

On the black layer, I first scored the two parallel scallop lines using the border plate for my Stampin' Up! scorer. These scallops happen to match the large scallop edgelit from Stampin' Up!, so I used that next to give me the perfect edge. I then stamped the sunflowers from the Serene Sunflower set in versamark ink and colored them by tapping with sponge daubers coated with stampin' pastels, also known as the chalkboard pastels technique.

The gingham layer was created with the gingham wheel in ruby red ink on very vanilla card stock. Just as an aside, yesterday I rediscovered my wheels. These are the only stamps left in my stamp room that I haven't indexed and I apparently forgot how many and which wheels I had. I will index them this weekend and then I anticipate I will use them much more often.

The kraft card base came from the Neutral Smooth A2 cards and envelopes assortment from Darice. I stamped it in versamark ink with a stamp from the Itty Bitty Backgrounds set.

The image and sentiment were stamped on watercolor paper in black stayzon ink and then colored with watercolor wonder crayons and an aquapainter. I tore the edges of both and mounted both on pieces of Floral Garden Burlap Ribbon by Greenbrier International.

I really like the rustic country look and feel of this card and I think the recipient will appreciate it as well.

Recipe:

Paper: kraft card base from Neutral Smooth A2 cards and envelopes assortment by Darice, basic black, very vanilla, watercolor paper
Ink: black stayzon, versamark
Stamps: Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Serene Sunflower, Country Morning, Occasional Quotes, Gingham wheel
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons from Earth Elements, Rich Regals and Neutral Assortments, Stampin' Pastels, Aquapainter, sponge daubers, Floral Garden Burlap Ribbon by Greenbrier International, Border Scoring Plate and Stampin' Up! Scorer

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Scored Gingham Birthday

Today I wanted to make a card that satisfied two of SCSs challenges. One was a mixed media challenge that required us to use gingham in some form and the other was a Ways To Use It challenge to use scoring. I started out with an idea and then I made a mistake so, of course, instead of scrapping the idea and starting over, I improvised.

I'm not sure how I feel about the result. Not really what I wanted but I think it works as a simple masculine birthday card. I am happy with the corner scoring (using the small zigzag pattern on the Simply Scored borders scoring plate) although I wish it was a little more noticeable. Also, while I used gingham with regular ink and heat embossed the greeting using craft ink and clear embossing powder, thus technically meeting the bare minimum of the mixed media challenge requirement, I can't help wishing I had done more "mixing". The good news on that front is that I already have another idea, so hopefully I'll have time to make that one tomorrow.

Recipe:

Paper: whisper white, buckaroo blue, night of navy
Ink: night of navy, night of navy craft
Stamps: Grunge Rock, Gingham Stampin' Around wheel
Accessories: clear embossing powder, Stampin' Up! Scoring board and borders scoring plate

Warm Window Wishes

Today I made a window card. Hopefully you can see the corner of the inside of the card base behind the snowmen.

I had a totally different idea for a card when I went into my stamp room, but somehow it morphed into this. I'm happy with the final result, even though die cutting the windows turned out to be more difficult than I first thought. For some reason the camera isn't capturing the vibrancy of green galore. This card looks much "happier" in real life.

The snowmen were stamped on a window sheet with black stayzon ink and colored in using Bic permanent markers and a sharpie waterbased white paint marker. The red mat was stamped with snowflakes from the Snowflakes set in versamark ink. The sentiment from the Snowflakes set was stamped on glorious green in versamark and embossed with white embossing powder, and then die cut using one of the ovals from a Sizzix Ovals Framelits assortment (these are narrower than the Stampin' Up! oval framelits).

I used glorious green and real red for the mat and white for the card base. I die cut the window in the base and the mats using Stampin' Up! Ovals Framelits and used partial pressure to make sure I only cut part of the oval. This actually took several passes through the big shot and some manual trimming with my craft knife and a metal edge ruler to make the straight edge. A bit of a pain, to be honest, but it turned out OK in the end.

Once everything was cut to size, I attached the acetate to the red mat with SNAIL adhesive and hand trimmed it around the oval. I then attached it to the green mat. I added the white baker's twine bow and the sentiment to the front and then attached the whole assembly to the white card base, making sure to match up the die cut windows. I toyed with stamping the inside of the card with snowflakes, but decided to leave well enough alone so as not to distract from the cute snowmen.

Definitely not a card to mass produce, but it will hopefully make a nice surprise for someone worthy of a special card.

Recipe:

Paper: Whisper White, REal Red, Green Galore, Window Sheet
Ink: Versamark, Black Stayzon, Bic permanent markers, Sharpie water based white paint marker
Stamps: Snowflakes, The World Over
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Sizzix Ovals Framelits, Stampin' Up! Ovals Framelits, white baker's twine

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Metallic Plaid Christmas

I enjoyed making my own plaid background so much yesterday, I decided to give it another go. This time I wanted to use my metallic markers and make a clean and simple Christmas card. I used very vanilla card stock for the plaid background, the card base and the sentiment, with a small piece of brushed gold card stock for the sentiment mat. I stamped the sentiment and snowflakes with versamark and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. For the plaid background the thin silver and gold stripes are made with silver and gold metallic sharpies. The wider gold stripe was made with Stampin' Dazzle gold marker by drawing two thin lines and filling in the space in between. All the layers are popped upon dimensionals. The shape on the short ends of the sentiment very vanilla layer was created using the rounded tab punch.

Recipe:

Paper: Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold
Ink: Versamark, Gold and Silver Metallic Sharpie markers, Stampin' Dazzle gold marker
Stamps: Snowflakes, Greetings of the Season
Accessories: gold embossing powder, rounded tab punch, corner rounder punch

Plaid Notebook

This was just a quick project for my hubby, who wanted a little notebook to keep in the car to jot down reminders. I happened to have a few mini comp books that I picked up at Dollar Tree (I believe they came in a package of 4) but even though he would have been happy to take one as is, I wanted to make it a little nicer. Fortunately, when I looked through my paper stash I found this great patterned paper that looked like four different plaid papers bound together with a leather cord. I immediately knew I had to use this paper to cover hubby's notebook, with the leather binding centered so that it looked like it bound the notebook itself. This project took less than 1/2 of the 12x12 sheet, so I have enough paper to cover one more notebook in the future and scraps left over to decorate cards!

Above you can see how I went about covering the notebook. First, I cut my patterned paper to size and "dry" fitted it around the notebook, lightly creasing it so that I would have a good idea of where everything needed to go once the adhesive was in place. It may not be obvious from the picture, but for this notebook the paper is slightly longer than needed because I wanted to wrap it into the inside of the covers.

Once the dry fitting was done, I used a piece of sticky strip on the spine to attach a piece of chocolate chip ribbon to serve as a bookmark. I then added more sticky strip over the ribbon and along the entire length of the notebook spine, as well as in the corners of the front and back covers of the notebook. What is not show in the photos is that I covered the remaining edges of the front and back covers with 3M double sided tape to make sure none of the edges of the paper I was using to cover up the covers would stick up or get snagged on something.

With all the adhesives in place and the red tape peeled off the sticky strip, I attached the paper to the notebook. In this step you have to be very careful that everything is lined up exactly right - the sticky strip is very unforgiving and does not let you move the paper around once it's down.

I stamped five different images form the Six Sided Sampler set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on very vanilla card stock and pinched them out with the hexagon punch. I lined the backs of two of those images with sticky strip and attached them back to back to each other over the chocolate chip ribbon to form the bookmark tab. I attached the other three punched hexagon pieces to the front of the notebook for a bit of non-fussy decoration and to give hubby a space to label the notebook if he wants. In the next photos I show the front and back of the notebook as well as the two sides of the bookmark.

I really like how this notebook cover turned out, and especially how realistic that leather cord binding looks. It adds so much to the project! I also love how the plaids in the hexagons continue the whole plaid theme. Since this project meets the criteria for last Wednesday's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog challenge (Simon Says: Use Plaid) by featuring both plaid patterned paper and stamps, I will happily submit it there.

Recipe:

Paper: very vanilla, Patchwork Plaid patterned paper from Colorbook
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Six Sided Sampler
Accessories: Hexagon Punch, Chocolate Chip Ribbon

Monday, July 17, 2017

Neon Chalkboard Plaid

Today's Try a New Technique challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to incorporate DIY plaid. Even after watching the excellent tutorial, I'll admit this was super intimidating, mostly because I'm definitely not good at drawing straight lines. Still, I just got a set of liquid chalk markers that have interchangeable chisel and bullet tips, and this seemed like a good technique not only to play with the markers but also the tips.

I thought the best way to test chalk markers would be on black cardstock. I decided to use one marker (the blue) with the wider chisel tip and two (green and purple) with the narrower bullet tips. The grid on my Stampin' Up! paper mat helped me stay somewhat straight as I drew my lines. I was actually really happy with the background even when I only had lines drawn in one direction, but since the challenge was to use plaid, I went ahead and finished the other set of lines too.

The background ended up so bright, it made me think of birthday celebrations and balloons. I die cut the balloon and the sentiment from white card stock and decorated the balloon with dots using the same three markers I used for the background. Once I attached the die cuts to the background, the card only needed a white base.

I'm really happy with the card, the markers and the new technique. Big thanks to Sabrina, the challenge, hostess, for steering us to this technique. And since last week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge was also to use plaid, I'll be posting this card to that challenge as well.

Recipe:

Paper: Black, White
Ink: Blue, Purple and Green Liquid Chalk Cedar Markers
Accessories: Jen Long Happy Birthday To You Thinlit from Sizzix, Stephanie Barnard Balloons Triplits from Sizzix

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dreamcatcher Card Set

Today I was supposed to be cleaning up the stamp room, but since my new dreamcatcher set was still out as were most of the other elements I needed, I took a little time to put together this card set for my niece. She's the one who gave me the Boho patterned paper and she loves dreamcatchers just like I do, so I'm hopeful she'll like these too.

The cards were all pretty simple to make. The first one just involved stamping and matting, as did the second, though on that one I used the rock 'n roll technique to get the light sea foam color in the center of my stamped images with the darker purple on the edges.

On the third card I used a fun verigated floss to add a little interest.

The fourth card is probably the most elaborate, but still pretty straightforward. On that card I sponged some dry embossed card stock to use as a mat for both the dreamcatcher and the quote, which was printed on vellum that allows the sponged embossed pattern to peek through). I also sponged a strip of a used dryer sheet in lieu of ribbon and wrapped it with sparkly floss.

Recipe (not all products used on all cards):

Paper: whisper white, elegant eggplant, soft sky, purple from the paper company, Boho patterned paper stack from Recollections, 12x12" vellum quotes Fresh Verse(tm) from Deja Views
Ink: Color Splash Ombre from Recollections
Stamps: Color Splash from Recollections
Accessories: Misty Mountain Sew Easy fancy floss (verigated tertiary) and Grape Soda Sew Easy fancy floss (glitter secondary) from We R Memory Keepers; used dryer sheet, message frames framelit assortment by sizzix, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punch, small and large corner rounder punch, curly label punch (all punched Stampin' Up!), Stampin' Up! Apothecary Accents framelit assortment,  Tropical Paisley embossing folder from Sizzix

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Picket Fence with Ivy

Today's "Ways to Use" challenge on SCS was to create a card that includes a fence. Carla, the challenge hostess, was inspired by Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal, Missouri, the town where Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) spent his childhood and met people who inspired his characters. As it happens, my hubby and I recently visited Hannibal, so I couldn't pass this challenge up.

I stamped the fence and ivy image from Grienbrier International in Memento tuxedo black ink on whisper white card stock. I used the blendabilities markers from the old olive assortment to color the ivy. I then stamped and cut out a mask of the fence to enable me to sponge in the sky and greenery. (True confession, I only cut out one of the spaces in the center of the fence, and then simply moved the mask as needed. Because the soft sky color was lighter than the already colored ivy, there was no need for more precise masking.) I also used a couple of stamps from the Watercolor Minis set to create more textured greenery at the bottom of the fence.

I mounted my image on a piece of pear pizzazz card tock and stamped the sentiment from the Kind and Caring thoughts set in black. I wanted to add ribbon, but the piece of satin ribbon I had was so wrinkled it looked, as my grandma used to say, "like a dog chewed on it and spit it out". I hate ironing, so that wasn't going to happen, but I still wanted to use the ribbon so I decided to love its flaws. Instead of trying to straightened out the wrinkles, I twisted the ribbon and knotted it before adding it to the card. I think it turned out pretty cool and interesting and no one but us will ever know it wasn't what I intended all along.

The final step was running the soft sky mat through the big shot with the Perfect Details texture plate to give it a little more dimension and interest. Then it was simply a matter of attaching the soft sky layer to the white card base and attaching the pear pizzazz piece tot he mat.

Recipe:

Paper: whisper white, soft sky, pear pizzazz
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, pear pizzazz, soft sky, old olive, Old Olive blendabilities marker assortment
Stamps: Picket Fence and Ivy by Greenbrier International, Kind and Caring Thoughts
Accessories: blue satin ribbon, Perfect Details Texture Plate

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

cherry on top birthday

Between the funeral of our family friend and other family obligations, it's been a busy week. So busy that I literally did not have a minute to set foot in the stamp room. Even today, I only went up there for a little while to make this card only because I've had this idea for a card for this week's "clean and simple" SCS challenge to make a card using summer fruit since Monday, and it was killing me not to get it made. Fortunately, the card came together very fast. Unfortunately, the next time I go into the stamp room it will have to be to clean and put away all my stuff in its rightful place. Yes, I know it's shocking, but I'm not a clean as you go stamper. (In truth, I'm not a clean-as-you-go anything - cleaning always comes last).

Anyway, there was nothing too difficult in making this card except for the fussy cutting to paper piece the cupcake and cherry. I stamped the cherry on whisper white card stock and colored it in real red and old olive with markers so that there were no spots of white showing through in case there were any places where the glitter didn't cover completely. Then I covered the cherry with two way glue and applied the fine red glitter, and I followed with two way glue on the stem and green fine glitter. The cherry was attached to the "frosting" with dimensionals. On the pink pirouette textured cupcake "frosting," I covered the dots on the image with mini glue dots. I heated them just a little with my heat gun before covering them with the glitter. I'm not sure if this is totally necessary, but it seems to help the glitter adhere completely and not flake off all over the place.

For the sentiment, I used a marker to stamp technique to color only the words in the sentiment from the A Cherry on Top set. Then I die cut it using a shape from the Apothecary Accents assortment. I attached the die cut sentiment to a band made from a piece of rose gold file folder scrap that I ran through my crimper.

The base of the card is a pearly silver. I like the way it provides a subtly shiny background without competing with the glitter.

Recipe:

Paper: Pink pirouette plain and textured, whisper white, scrap of target patterned file folder (see the bargello birthday post for details), SU retired DSP from my scrap box (don't recall name), silver pearl A2 card base from core' dinations by Darice
Ink: memento tuxedo black, real red,  old olive (to cover the cherry stem - not visible on finished card)
Stamps: Simple Birthday Stamps, A Cherry on Top
Accessories: Apothecary Accents die cut assortment, crimper, red and green fine glitter, mini glue dots.




Friday, July 7, 2017

Sad stamping night

I stamped a lot of cards one night this week, but it wasn't a happy occasion. We found out that a close friend of the family passed away last weekend. He had been sick for some time so the news wasn't completely unexpected, and yet we weren't ready for it. Since the friend in question had four daughters, I suddenly needed four sympathy cards ASAP. Now, sympathy cards are difficult for me on the best day, but having to make four of them that were all going to the same family so they couldn't be too similar or too different - that was a challenge, especially since I wasn't exactly in a great frame of mind.

I managed to get through it by making pretty basic, "old school" cards. No embossing folders, minimal punching and die cutting, no embossing folders and a lot of  reliance on designer papers. I even CASEd a card I made recently because by the time I got to the fourth card it was late and I was running out of ideas. Oddly enough, that card ended up my husbands favorite and I think it actually turned out better than the original. Go figure.

I'm posting all four cards together because that's the only way they make sense to me. None of them are unique or impressive enough to merit their on posts. Also, having four separate sympathy posts in a row on a stamping blog would be too much. This way, if anyone is looking for sympathy card ideas, they'll find several in one place.

The one lesson I took away from this experience is that I need to make some more sympathy cards soon so that I have them ready to go when I need them. It's not the kind of stamping I really enjoy, but it's far better to be prepared than to try to be creative at a time when creativity may be the last thing from my mind.

Recipes (all products Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated)

Card 1.
Paper: Perfect Plum, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Cambridge DSP
Ink: Perfect Plum, Always Artichoke
Stamps: Close as a Memory
Accessories: Slate baker's twine from Neutrals collection by We R MemoryKeepers

Card 2.
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Brocade Background DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Gold ribbon from Cream City Ribbon

Card 3.
Paper: River Rock, Always Artichoke, retired SU DSP (don't have name)
Ink: Always Artichoke
Stamps: Love & Sympathy, Kind & Caring Thoughts
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Key Tag Punch, thick twine (don't know source)

Card 4.
Paper:  Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Bloom with Hope
Accessories: Wide black organdy ribbon, pewter brads, corner rounder punch, Lori Whitlock Ornate Label Thinlits by Sizzix

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bargello Birthday

One of the techniques Sabrina pointed us to in the write up for her Ways To Use paper strips challenge last week was the Bargello technique. This technique involves first creating a pattern using a bunch of different stips and then turning it 90 degrees and cutting that pattern into additional strips which can then be offset in a variety of designs. I've seen beautiful cards made with this technique but never tried it myself, so I decided this was the perfect time to do it.

The strips I used were not designer paper. Don't get me wrong, I have tons of designer paper strips in my scrap box, but I also happened to have these scrap strips on my work table from another project. So if they're not designer paper, what are they? They're patterned file folders I picked up a while back at my local Target. The original price of $1.00 for 3 was not bad, but I got them on clearance at a significant discount so they were well worth it.

I bought the folders as well as coordinating small 3 ring binders to make card holders. I cut each file folder in half and used them to make six pockets for inside the binder. The project left me with strips of the three folders and I had no idea what to do with them until I read this week's challenge.

I really liked how this technique let me use all three of the outside folder patterns and even the inside solid part, which is a lovely metallic rose gold color to match the dots on the outside. I cut my strips from the striped pattern you can see in this picture and offset them to create my background. I  then pondered what stamped elements to add that would work with the design without taking too much attention from it. I settled on the image and sentiment combo from the Happiest Birthday Wishes set, which I inked up using the marker to stamp technique.

I stamped the image on whisper white card stock and punched it out using the extra large oval punch. I cut a scalloped oval mat for the sentiment out of Only Orange card stock using a framelit from the Message Frames assortment by Sizzix (it came with a coordinating stamp set from Hero Arts, which I did not use on this card). I then used my double rectangle punch to punch holes on both sides of the oval and wove in narrow black grosgrain ribbon. I attached the sentiment to the mat over the ribbon with dimensionals and attached the matted sentiment to the striped background. I added a basic black mat and attached the whole thing to a coastal cabana card base.

Recipe (all products Stampin' Up! except as otherwise specified):

Paper: coastal cabana, only orange, basic black, whisper white, Target patterned file folders
Ink: basic black, coastal cabana, only orange (all in markers)
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes
Accessories: Extra large oval punch, double rectangle punch, narrow black grosgrain ribbon, Message Frames Framelits assortment from Sizzix.

P.S. I'll be heading to my Target tomorrow to see if there's anything worthwhile in the post 4th of July clearance bin.  Wish me luck!