Sunday, September 23, 2018

Autumn Leaves Blop Hop with Scrap'n Stamp


Welcome to our Autumn Leaves blog hop. 

We have some awesome cards using great products offered in the Scrap'n Stamp store, to share with you today. I hope you will join in with the fun. And yes, there will be prizes. We will be giving away three (3) Gift Certificates valued at $25.00 each to the lucky winners who comment on each of the posts in today's hop. 
You have until September 30th, 2018 to leave your comments for the drawing that will take place October 2nd, 2018.

Also, this weekend, September 23rd, 2018, we have a $20 coupon for orders over $100 - the code is "LOVEFALL20"

Now, on to the projects I made for today's hop. First up is Thankful, done using Concord & 9th Lace Leaf Stamp Set. I stamped my background panel using Ranger's Wendy Vecchi line of inks picking the colours of fall. I then die cut the panel with the Scalloped Stitch Trimmings die using the inside part without the trim, then attached it to my Bazzill pink card base.
I cut a piece of white vellum using a smaller die from the set, then stamped the sentiment using the Vermilion ink from the ink sets, and heat embossed with the clear embossing powder. I then attached the vellum to my card base using vellum tape. 

For my leaf, I made a mixture of Ballerina Pink and Shimmering Pearl embossing powders, adding a few shimmer pieces to the mix. I stamped with the Versamark embossing ink and heat embossed. I then added some of the Vermilion ink shading around the edges of the leaf, and finished with a few drops of Nuvo Jewel drops. 

For my next project I used the My Favorite Things Cross-Stitch Tag to make this Autumn Tree tag.
 I used colours that I already had in my stash, picking out shades of green, blue, rust, orange, red, gold and brown. I used all 6 strands of the floss, as this is a large stitch grid. 
I added thin foam squares under the finished area to elevate the top panel and matted with the orange bazzill cardstock. I then made the tassel from variegated floss.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects. Up next is the amazing Amy. If you have lost your way, following is a list of those in the hop and their links.

Tara
me ~ Kia ~ me
 Amy
Karen
Laurie
Jessica
Nancy

Thank you for joining us today.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Autumn Maple

 For some reason I was in the mood for a very red Maple Leaf today, so I decided to do this leaf using Schmincke watercolour in Scarlet Red. 

I first stamped on distress watercolour paper using gold embossing powder, then did several layers of the red. I then die cut a mask for my panel piece, and watercoloured using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Candied Apple, going around the mask edges.
 I then die cut the panel with the scalloped die set, stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I flicked on some gold paint, die cut another panel using the distress watercolour paper and the scalloped die, and attached the layers to my card base. I attached the leaf using foam dots. 
I hope you enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting today.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TAKE A STAND

I have had a rude awakening, yet I knew this was happening, and have ignored it, until now. 

I received an email earlier this morning about just how bad it is getting with the piracy by foreign companies of designs by USA and Canadian designers and manufacturers of craft dies/stamps, then selling them on websites for mere pennies as compared to USA and Canadian sites. 
This saddens me, as this will affect each and every person who loves this craft. Eventually these companies will stop designing and manufacturing, as it will not be worth their while any longer.

Some will say, well, they should lower their price, they charge too much. I am struck at how uninformed this statement is. That same person will be the one saying "I/we should be paid for our job" and "I/we" deserve benefits where we work. They are "owed" a decent living. So are the designers and manufacturers of these products that we all love. AND, most important, these products are manufactured for the most part in the USA. So, when you buy from these Chinese sites, you are taking jobs from workers in your community and instead, supporting the people who steel these designs. You need to think about this before you support these companies.

As a card maker, I was aghast when I saw cards of mine on these sites promoting their products. It is an onerous task to have them removed. It is also of the utmost importance, if you are a card maker, you watermark your cards on the card front. You can easily make a watermark using a program such as Lunapic. This will make it much more difficult for these companies to use your cards to support their products. 

Before you buy from these companies, I hope you will think about this post and instead chose to support your own community.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Framed Fall Leaf

 I spent some time playing with my alcohol inks on Sunday, and this is one of the backgrounds that I did. I knew I wanted to use this leaf die for a card, so I made the background to suit it, which I think it does.

I used Yupo paper, Tim Holtz Alcohol inks, Blending Solution and my distress marker spritzer, which makes moving the ink much easier. I die cut the frame from the white cardstock, and cut the leaf from metallic green cardstock, attaching both with foam squares.
To finish I added a few glossy sequins. 
Thank you for visiting my blog today. 



Witching You

 I am up with Scrap'n Stamp today sharing this card I made using My Favorite Things Frightfully Sweet stamp set. How cute is this?
 I used Chameleon Markers to colour the cute little critters. I changed the foxes face fur to a mask and added Wink of Stella for some sparkle, and added white gel pen to the cape, hats and pumpkins for highlighting.

The background on the card base is done using distress oxide inks in wilted violet and ripe persimmon, then die cut with My Favorite Things Inside and Out Diagonal Stitch Dies. The background on the top panel is done using carved pumpkin and the framing in the wilted violet and attached using foam tape.
Splashes of water and a few Nuvo Jewel Drops finished this card.

I hope you have enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting.
 

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