Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hip Hip Hooray

 I am up on the Your Next Stamp blog with this card today, in the continuation of release week. 

The blog hop is still going on until the 16th, so be sure to jump in to see the cards from the hop. I am sure you will not be disappointed. 

For my card today I am using Monster Cheers. How fun is this image? I can say it was fun to paint. 
I used Zig Clean Color Brushes to paint the image, using greens and blues with a splash of pink. I added Wink of Stella to the eyes and parts of the Pom Poms, and once completed I cut it out. 
 I then stamped white cardstock with the coordinating streamer stamps using blues and greens and die cut it out with a circle die. I cut a larger circle die in the bright green and stamped the sentiment using Cobalt Blue ink and die cut. 
To put the card together I attached the embossed panel, added the green circle and with foam dots added the stamped circle. The monster is also on foam dots, and a few gumdrops were added. 
For the inside I cut more circles and stamped the white circle with one of the stamps included in the set. 
A fun card to make and perfect for someone younger.

Thank you for joining me today.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Baby boy Joy

 I did this card for a customer who was not sure what she wanted. I have had this stamp for a long time, yet this is the first time I have painted it up, and just the other day I had another request for baby cards, but this time a girl. I look forward to doing these baby shoes in the pink too.

I stamped using Ranger Archival Manganese Blue, then watercoloured using Daniel Smith Manganese Blue. Once that was done, I stamped again with VersaMark embossing ink and heat embossed with Nuvo Shimmering Embossing Powder. I then die cut with my stitched circle die and set aside. 

I then die cut the panel with my stitched rectangle die, and stencilled with my stars stencil using the Manganese Blue again. Once I finished with the stencilling I added Wink of Stella to all the stars, along with the hearts on the baby shoes. 

I attached the stitched rectangle panel to a blue card base, then attached the circle die using foam tape. I die cut the joy sentiment and sponged on the blue to the top and bottom edges.
To finish I added a few clear sequins. You can see the Wink of Stella in this close up view. 

Thank you for visiting today.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Happy Bird-Day

 I am hosting the Clean and Simple Challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers, and my challenge is called "Things with Wings". 
Of course, being a bird owner, I have done birds, but there are all kinds of things with wings, so I will be interested to see what we get. 
I started my card by die cutting a panel with my wonky die then stamping the balloons on the panel with VersaMark embossing ink,  and heat embossing with Recollections Opaque Sparkle Vintage Pink embossing powder.  The birds I am using come from the latest release at Your Next Stamp, and they are called Happy Bird-Day, as shown here.
I used 3 of the bird stamps, the balloons and the cute sentiment for my card. I stamped on Ranger Distress Watercolour paper and stamped using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink then did some water colouring on the birds using Daniel Smith's Lemon Yellow.  To put it all together, I stamped the sentiment on the panel, then attached the panel using foam tape. I cut off the feet of each of the birds as I wanted them riding up with the balloon, then styled each bird and attached using a thin foam tape. I added a bit of Wink of Stella to each eye, including the closed one. 
This picture shows the sparkle of the balloons and the Wink of Stella a bit more.
I hope you enjoy this card and would like to thank you for visiting my blog today.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Your Next Stamp Blog Hop 9th Birthday Celebration

It is Your Next Stamp's 9th Birthday and we are celebrating with a Blog Hop featuring the August New Releases.

And, because it is our 9th birthday, we are giving away 9 ~ $20.00 Gift Certificates to the YNS store. The more blogs you visit and comment on, the greater your odds of winning. And we have a game you can play as you view the creations made by the design team. Count the number of gumdrops used on the cards and leave your count on the inlinkz on the YNS blog hop post for a chance to win a gumdrop prize pack. 

I personally have had great fun with this new release. I featured a sneak peak yesterday called "Hey", and you can view it here

For my card today I have used the new Cool Cats Stamp Set and a new die called Party Window Die Set.
 I coloured the cat with alcohol markers in shades of gray and once finished I fussy cut him out. I did an alcohol background for the cat, and cut it out using the new die for the positive and used the same die for the negative on my card panel. I attached the alcohol background using foam tape, then stamped the sentiment using Manganese Blue ink. 
I then styled my cat and attached him with foam dots, then added two googly eyes in different colours and a few sparkly gumdrops to finish.

You can check out all the new products here, and use one of these discounts for your purchase. Have fun!

Thanks so much for dropping by.

Poppy Hello

 I so enjoyed making this card this morning using a new to me technique called Coffee Filter Prints. I certainly will do this again.

I used Ken Oliver's Color Burst in Fuchsia and Lemon Yellow for my background. This is my second print, the colour's on the first print are more vibrant ... beautiful. Once dry I die cut the panel with Sizzix Dotted Rectangle die set.
I then die cut the poppy flowers from Ranger Distress water colour paper and lightly painted with Daniel Smith water colour in Lemon Yellow. 
For my sentiment I decided to stamp with my mini Altenew Hello stamp. Being as the background is a glossy type paper, I patted the area to be stamped with my powder tool, then stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black, then blew off the remaining powder. I then added fun foam to the back of the card panel and attached to my base card. I added a regular size pop dot to the bigger poppy and a thin pop dot to the smaller flower and finished with a few April Crystals from Studio Katia.
A close up shows the dimensions on the card. I hope you have enjoyed this card and would like to thank you for visiting today.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Hey! - YNS August Preview

 Hey ~ it's preview day at Your Next Stamp, and that means that tomorrow is Release Day!

For my preview card I decided to use the ever so cute Clicking Cool Set. This fellow made me laugh, so I painted him accordingly. He looks like a hot mess, exactly how I envisioned him! 

Be sure to check out the blog at Your Next Stamp Blog to have a look at all the other "Sneak Peeks".

You Are

 I am guesting up on Your Next Stamp today with this card. I am using this colour palette as shown below as provided by Your Next Stamp.
I think like most, these colours speak Christmas to me, but I did not want to do Christmas as I wanted to use this adorable set called Sprinkles Coffee and Tea. 
To Start I did a softer front for my card, but you will see below there is a party going on inside the card. I love doing this kind of change on cards, I think because it is so unexpected.

For my background I stencilled using Wendy Vecchi's Make Art Inks, using two greens, poppy and Sunflower and Donna Downey's stencil. This stencil is 8.5 x 11, so I have cut mine into 4 pieces which are easier to handle for me. If need be I can tape the pieces back together for a larger project. I used Ranger Distress paper for the texture. I die cut the panel using my stitched rectangle die.
I then stamped my image using the Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and heat embossed using Nuvo Shimmering Pearl embossing powder. I water coloured using Daniel Smith water colours, and once completed I fussy cut the image. I then attached my panel to a bright yellow base using fun foam, and attached the cup image on foam dots, then added a few gumdrops to finish. 

Continuing on I then stamped the other image to go inside my card, this time using Fabriano water colour paper and heat embossing once again. I then water coloured using the same colours, but switched out the colour of the cup. 

On Neenah cardstock, and using the same colours as on the front, I again stencilled the panel, die cut with the stitched rectangle die, then stamped my sentiment using the jet black in. I fussy cut the image out and attached using thin foam dots, then stamped my sentiment to the base piece before attaching inside the card.
I hope you have enjoyed this card today and thank you for visiting.

Colourful Stamping

 I am hosting a challenge at Splitcoaststampers for the Dare to Get Dirty challenge series, held this time of year, annually. 
My challenge is to use water colour powders to stamp your image. 
I love using my powders, mostly due to their brilliant colour results and, a different result each time I use them.

I use Ken Oliver's Color Burst powders. There are other powders that can be used, such as Brusho or Bisters or PaperArtsy.

I used a larger image stamp above, and a small image stamp below, and I love the results from each of them.

For both of my cards I used powders from the Caribbean set, being Chartreuse, Lime Green and Tangerine. I found it easier to activate the powders by spritzing the stamp lightly to start, and I rubbed the water with my finger into the raised portion of the rubber stamp. Once you get that part down pat, it goes very quickly.

For the card above, I die cut the piece with my wonky rectangle die and attached the panel to a bright green base. I stamped the sentiment on another piece of card stock using Ranger Archival Ink Monarch Orange, then die cut it and attached with foam tape.

For the "heartfelt thanks" card, I did the stamping then die cut with Spellbinders Nested Hearts, cutting a few different sizes. I backed the larges heart with mauve card stock heart, and die cut one of the thanks with the same paper, along with a very dark purple card stock. I stamped the heartfelt using Ranger Archival Ink in and finished with a few sequins. 

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and thank you for joining me today. 

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Duoprinting with Chlorophyll

 I am hosting a Dare to Get Dirty Challenge at Splitcoaststampers today, and my challenge is called "Duoprinting with Chlorophyll". What is that you ask, it is the making of two prints by using vegetation that you find in your yard. If you have never done this before, you are in for a treat. 
Duoprinting is the name of the technique, i.e. two prints with one plant, and the Chlorophyll is the pigment found in plant life, which makes this process possible. And, in order not to have to do the pressing by hand, a Cuttlebug, Platinum, Big Shot is a good thing to have.
To start you will need your leaves, plants, flowers, etc., two sheets of watercolour paper for each plant and paper towel or a sheet of photocopy paper. If the plant you are using is not watery, you can use heavy (110lb or greater) cardstock, which I have done for several of my examples.

You fold the paper towel in half, place a piece of watercolour paper or cardstock inside, place the leaf, then the other piece of printing paper and fold the paper towel over, like a book.

Above is an example of the positive and negative produced from one leaf set of a Peony. It is done using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock 110lb. 

For the set below I used the flowers of Ladies Mantle. I love these prints, and I was surprised when I saw the colour of them. One print is done using watercolour paper and the right print is on cardstock.
In this picture below on the left is the large hairy leaf of the Ladies Mantle done on the negative, which was far more interesting than the positive. To the right is more of the Peony leaves.
And finally, the positive and negative of Lemon Balm. Once it goes through the pressing it losses its crinkly edging, but you can see them where the darkish marks are. Below is the positive, and the card I gave to my friend Ann, who kindly brought me all these leaves to explore with. So many thanks to Ann for making this all possible. I made these cards for her and put them in a little bag that I also made to thank her. On the envelopes I made sure "From my Garden" was stamped on each along with a garden symbol stamp.

I apologize, some of my pictures are very dark ... it was one of those days when I photographed everything.
And this is the negative of the Lemon Balm.

And finally, here is a video with Lydia from Understandblue and Splitcoaststampers, showing the process.

I hope you have enjoyed this post today, and I do hope you will give this fun technique a try.

Sunday, August 05, 2018


We are celebrating the simple "Act of Kindness" for this week's Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.
This does not look like CAS to some. I am going on the open space, not the white space CAS. 😉

My background is a stamp by Penny Black called Fronds. In my Misti I inked it up using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough and Cracked Pistachio, and did a second layer of stamping to ensure good coverage. I cleaned the stamp and then stamped with VersaMark Embossing Ink and heat embossed using Nuvo Shimmering Pearl Embossing Powder. I then die cut the piece with my stitched rectangle die.
For the sentiment I stamped the Confetti Kindness stamp by Studio Katia on vellum paper using Ranger Archival Ink in Paradise Teal, then heat embossed the sentiment using the Shimmering Pearl Embossing Powder. I die cut the sentiment with Frantic Stampers Deckled Circle Die. I attached the background, then glued the sentiment circle on using vellum tape. 

To finish, and acting as my confetti, I glued on a few Studio Katia Iridescent Crystals using Nuvo deluxe adhesive. 

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you enjoyed this card.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

A Note of Thanks

This card is for today's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, which took us to a beautiful store called Brit & Co. There was a lot of inspiration at this site, but I finally settled on this picture, picking the colours for my inspiration.

I did this by using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and the new Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink, and I have to say, I truly love the look.
It is an easy process. Make your alcohol ink background, let it dry, then stamp the alcohol piece using the lift ink and re-stamp on white card stock, or it could even be colour card stock assuming it would enhance the look. I will do that and post it sometime next week.

To do my alcohol background I used Tim Holtz Valencia, Sunset Orange and Butterscotch, along with blending solution. I also use Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer, as I find it easier to move the inks than blowing through a straw.  

Once my background was dry I used Penny Black's Effugent stamp for my impression, inking up my stamp well then stamping on the alcohol ink background, then stamping immediately on my white card base. 

I was amazed at how beautiful it looked, and I felt all it needed was a sentiment. I picked Penny Black's Sentiment Collection set to use, stamping with Ranger Sepia Ink. 
For the inside of my card, I die cut the alcohol ink panel with my stitched die and stamped another verse using Simon Says Stamp Loving Heart Stamp Set and the Sepia Ink. The trick here is giving it long enough to dry before closing the card.
Needless to say I am very happy with the outcome and I will be doing this technique again very soon. 
Thank you for visiting today ... 

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