Sunday, September 30, 2018

Autumn ~ Cool & Crisp


I truly do love making Autumn cards, but I also made this card as my sample for the Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers, where we were asked for Autumn leaves.
 I first die cut the size of panel that I wanted to use with My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle die. 
In my Misti, using Penny Black's stamp set called Lush and Lavish, in my Misti, I stamped two leaves from the set using Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber then spritzing lightly with water. For my matted piece I sponged on Distress Oxide Ink in the Abandoned Coral keeping it matching the leaves, as I wanted to introduce the red in my sentiment, which I did using Ranger Archival ink in Vermilion . 
I attached the panels to my white card base, then added a few gumdrops in orange and red sparkle to finish. 
Thank you for visiting today.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Nature's Palette

 I feel like I have been missing for a long time. Alas, I have been doing another card project for a customer that is rather large and took up most of my time. But today I was delighted to be able to make a couple of cards for my blog. 
This is the first card I did using Penny Black's Into the Sky stamp, which I just love. I wanted it to appear in the background of the scene, like it was in the mist, so I stamped the branches first using Sepia ink, then did the sponging of the ink background. I did however, stamp the sentiment last.
I sponged using Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral. Once I was happy with that, I splattered with water, then splattered with brown watercolour paint in Madder Brown. I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival ink in Sepia.

 For my second card I changed up the colours slightly, using Mustard Seed, Fozzilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon. I also die cut the panel, framed in brown and attached to a white card base.
 I did the sponging first then stamped the branches using the Sepia ink. I then splattered with water only, and stamped the sentiment, changing up the verse a bit. 
I am a huge fan of Ripe Persimmon, so I tend to like the card above a bit more, but I do like the added paint on the card above.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and thank you for visiting my blog today.
 




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.
 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

One of a Kind

 I participated today in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, and was delighted to see we were headed to a Canadian Etsy site called QiQi Gallery, which is full of beautiful art and loads of inspiration.

I was inspired by this piece of art, and as I had acrylic paints I decided I would use them for my background. 
I first applied gesso to my card stock to give the paint something to hold on to, then used a small palette knife to add my colour, adding greens, turquoise, yellows and dark blue. I would have loved to do bubbles, but do not have the products needed for that process. In any event, I enjoyed this change of pace.

Once my background was dry, I die cut the piece using Penny Black's Antique Frame die, then flicked on some gold paint and attached it to my card base. I then drizzled the gold paint on the panel. I did it this way only because I did not want to wait for it to dry before taking my pics. 😉

I then stamped the circle sentiment and heat embossed with gold embossing powder, then die cut with the coordinating circle die.
I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and wish to thank you for visting my blog.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Peeking In

 I think this image from So Suzy Stamps is just too adorable, and very befitting for my Veterinarian. As most of you know, I have a bird named Cinnie C, CC for short, whose picture is on my sidebar. I regularly take her to my Vet to have her wings clipped and a check up. There is nothing cuter than a stethoscope on a birds chest. And, of course I take this opportunity to send a card to the Veterinarian, which is what this card is. 
I am new to Copic colouring, and only have a few of them. They are not my passion, watercolour is, but I would like to learn to use them properly, and practise makes perfect. 
I coloured the bird using Copics, making the colour on her head deeper as I figured all her blood was rushing there. 😉
I did the stencil work using distress inks in spiced marmalade, using a lighter hand as I went towards the edges. 
The sentiment is stamped in black ink and the panel is attached to the matted card base using fun foam. To finish I added a few gumdrops.
I hope you have a chuckle with this card and thank you for visiting today, I appreciate your support.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Hoppy Halloween

 Hoppy Halloween ... coming soon!
This is just the cutest set from My Favorite Things called Frightfully Sweet. There are several images in the set along with sentiments, but I picked the bunny to do today.
 I stamped the image in my Misti using Memento Tuxedo Ink and coloured with Copic Markers. For the bat wings I used my Nuvo Aqua Flow in black and added back the bones using my Silver Kuretake Zig pen. I die cut the panel with my dotted rectangle die.
I die cut another panel with the dotted rectangle die, then embossed using my Darice Embossing Pumpkin folder. 
(I tried to source this item for you, but was unable to find it in any stores. I did find another similar pumpkin embossing folder and have added it to the links below in case you are interested. I do not however, have that folder.)
I then added Wink of Stella to the raised pumpkins on the panel before attaching it to my card base.
I then added the die cut image panel using foam tape.
In my Misti I stamped the sentiment with the Memento Tuxedo ink and used one of the sentiment labels from Frantic Stamper's Sentiment Labels Die Set.

Thank you for visiting today.

Bundle of Joy

 This is another baby card I did for a baby girl's shower. I changed it up a bit with the shabby chic look for this card. Lots of layers, all pretty in pink, and these baby shoes from CC Designs, that I just love. 
I started by stamping the shoes using Ranger Archival Vibrant Fuchsia. The colour is taken down in vibrancy by the heat embossing, which is done using Shimmering Pearl by Nuvo. I then used my ScanNCut to cut out the shoes. 
I die cut the panels of designer paper, which are from Reverse Confetti called True Love. I tried to source this paper, but it seems that it is not in stock anywhere. I matted the designer paper with white Neenah cardstock. I added a die cut vellum piece under the shoes which is attached using vellum tape. 
 For the inside of the card, I die cut the white panel using the Dotted Rectangle die, then die cut the deckled circle and the Stitched Double Fishtail Labels using the designer paper. I then stamped the sentiment from Alexandra Renke called Best Wishes using the Vibrant Fuchsia ink.
I layered the panels in different directions, added the vellum circle then the shoes. I tucked in a few flowers and finished with the beautiful crystals from Studio Katia. 
I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting.

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