Thursday, June 21, 2018


I wanted to use this sentiment and confetti stencil that I recently received, and the inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers had us visit a wonderful site by Vera Bradley, so instead of looking for something that inspired me, I instead looked for something that would work with my stencil and sentiment. And, I found it in this note pad.
I reversed the colours a bit, using pink for my dots with a few gold, and the sentiment is heat embossed with gold as well. Once I was finished with the stencil part I die cut the panel using my wonky rectangle dies and my sentiment using my stitched circles die set. I propped the sentiment up with foam tape, and added a few gold sequins to finish this card up. 
I have just the perfect person to send this to, and I know she will love it. 
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Flowering Lantern Congrats

 I am happy to share this card with you today. This stamp is from Penny Black and is called Flowering Lanterns, and has quickly become one of my favourite stamps to colour.
I have taken pictures of my process to show you how easily this card can be done by you. 
I use Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour paper when I paint. I like the smooth texture of the paper, along with how it takes heat embossing. 
When doing this type of card it is a must to have a stamping assistant, as this process has continued stamping. I use a Misti, but you can use your choice of platform. You can also use your choice of water based dye inks. In my case I have used Distress Markers along with Distress Inks. 
I start by colouring the stamp in sections. First are the leaves and stems. I colour the stamp then spritz lightly with water before stamping. I lay colour down on my work surface and add colour to the leaves.
I then colour the flowers on the stamp, using a post it note to block areas I don't want ink on, colouring all the flowers.
This time I stamp dry, as I will be adding a lot of colour to the flowers.
I am adding colour the same way I did for the leaves. Laying the colour down on my work surface and picking up with a paint brush.
This has the first layers of colour.
I continue my process with several layers of colour letting everything dry in between applications. 
I am using only two colours for the lantern flowers, being Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge. For the leaves I used Peeled Paint and Forest Moss.
Once I have completed my painting I move to my background. In order to do a complete background, I heat emboss my flower image using clear embossing powder. This protects the colours, and also adds a bit of shine to my finished card.
For this background, I started by doing a wash using Peeled Paint. I let dry, then added in Blueprint Sketch. Towards the end of adding the Blueprint Sketch I mixed the two colours together to finish the wash, and added in a tad of the Spiced Marmalade to the wet wash in a few areas.
To finish my card I added flicks of acrylic paint in navy and white, matted my panel with the orange card stock, then finished with a few sequins. It is when I have everything in place that I decide where my sentiment will go, and here I stamped Congrats from the Concord & 9th Many Mandala's stamp set using Ranger Archival Ink in Cobalt. 
I hope you have enjoyed this process and that you will give it a try. 
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Life is Beautiful

Life is a ride, for sure. This is my sample card I made for the Clean and Simple Challenge that I am hosting today at Splitcoaststampers
I celebrated a big birthday yesterday, and decided I would like to have my challenge be about "Celebrations", and June has many. 
As balloons represent more than just birthday's, I started my card by stencilling the balloons in Oxide inks, using Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron. Once completed I die cut the panel with my wonky rectangle die, then stamped the sentiment using Parrot ink, and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I attached my panel using fun foam to a bright yellow card base to finish this card, keeping it clean and simple.
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Summertime Leisuretime

Summertime Leisuretime is the name of the latest release by Frantic Stamper and these are just a few of the items included in this fun release.
I am using a light blue card base for this card, and representing the water I have stencilled lightly using Manganese Blue ink and the Banner Yet Wave stencil. I then die cut with the Stitched Rectangle die and attached this to my card base using fun foam. I die cut the bathing suits from designer papers, and cut the little pale from the Day at the Beach die set, turning it into the cups, and the handle I cut using vellum, turning those into straws. I sponged on some colour for the straws, then glued everything in place. To finish, I cut the Relax die and sponged on the Manganese Blue to get the darker shade, then attached it to the card on foam squares, which I cut smaller. 
It is hot and sticky in my neck of the woods, time to send this card off to someone who will enjoy it.
Thank you for joining me today.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

My Sweet Petunia meets Alexandra Renke

Today My Sweet Petunia is teaming up with Alexandra Renke. If you are not familiar with Alexandra Renke's products you are in for a treat, and you will be wanting to add her products to your collection.

Yes, we have prizes! Two lucky commenters from the hop will be drawn to win one of two prizes: a $50.00 shopping spree at My Sweet Petunia and a $50.00 shopping spree at Alexandra Renke. You must leave your comments no later than Sunday, June 17th, at 11:59 PM Central Time, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday June 19th, on the Alexandra Renke and My Sweet Petunia Blogs.

Now on to what has been so much fun for me, the cards I have made for this hop.

If you are new to Alexandra Renke products, the company is located in Rösrath near Cologne, Germany. Their product line consists of bespoke patterned papers, wood and clear stamps, lovely embellishments, and incredibly beautiful high quality 12x12 paper.  To show a little more detail, I have downloaded the following images from her website to show you what I will be working with today. I received other papers, but I picked these 3 from the collection to use. They are absolutely the most beautiful papers ever! These are papers that are "hoard" quality. 

  First up is the beautiful Card Sheet Flowers International Paper, which I used to make my first card. It is 12x12 and I cut from the bottom right side, the butterflies, to make my first card. You can see all the little card sheets, imagine the cards this one sheet of paper can make!

For my card, in my mini Misti I stamped the sentiment from the Best Wishes stamp set using jet black ink on the little panel I cut out, then framed it with black cardstock. On the card base I stencilled the dots using a hybrid yellow ink, then attached the butterfly panel using foam tape to the base. I also did the stencilling in my Mini Misti using the magnets to hold my stencil in place. I find this easier and more efficient rather than using tape.
This is a quick and easy yet beautiful card I think. I am looking forward to doing the rest of the card sheet. 
 Here is a closeup showing the card.
Next up I played with the Poppy Flower Clear Stamps. 
I decided I wanted blue poppies for this card, so I stamped using the two shades of blue inks. I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder as I wanted to do a inky background.
Using Distress Oxide inks I put down the colour on my craft mat and pounced my paper, turning the paper as I added the colours, and drying in between adding each colour. Once I was happy with the look I took the panel outside and sprayed with the Distress Resist Spray. You could do it inside in a protected spot, like a box, but I have a bird, hence I don't use it inside.
 I love the texture that it adds to my card, which you can see below. I made a second panel using the same technique but darker and die cut both panels using my dotted rectangle dies in different sizes.
 I attached the bottom panel to the card base, then attached the top panel using foam tape. I drew in the longer stems with a Zig brush in green and in my Misti I stamped the sentiment and die cut with the small stitched banner die, attaching it with foam tape as well. I finished with Nuvo Jewel Drops in Limoncello.
I was having such a good time I made a third card. For this card I used the Poppy Dies. I die cut using Ranger Distress Watercolour Paper. I then painted using Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade. As I wanted another of the smaller poppies, I die cut one but used the reverse side. I styled the flower to mold the edges to remove the cut look, and it is the left poppy on the card.
 I used the grid pattern paper to make my card base, then die cut a piece from the Yellow Poppy Paper, using again the bottom right hand side.
I die cut the circle using my stitched circle die from the patterned paper and attached it to the base using foam tape. I styled and attached the flowers in different heights, some with the stems hanging out of the circle. To finish I stamped using the Best Wishes set and brown ink, then die cut with the label die, attaching to the card using foam tape.
 I hope you have enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them using these wonderful products from Alexandra Renke. 

On to the rest of the hop! You should have arrived here from Manuela's blog, and up next is Alexandra.

If you have lost your way, following is a list of those participating in today's hop.

Alexandra Renke
My Sweet Petunia
Ilina Crouse
Karin Högger
Jeanne Streiff
Manuela Wuhrmann
me ~ Kia Gibson-Clapper ~ me
Alexandra Seußler
Ceal Pritchett
Diana Weinheimer
Giovana Smith
Andrea Moritz
Stephanie Severin
Corinna Schneider
Susan Wymer
Judith Versluis
Chris Dayton
Brigitte Schwetz
Marci Snee
Frau Pony
Lydia Fiedler

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