Saturday, July 20, 2019

Izzy's Wedding Card

Hi everyone.  Sharing a wedding card I made for my son's very good friend, Izzy.  She and Kin were married yesterday and I wanted to make a special card for them.  This is larger than my usual A2 card - it's approx. 5 1/4 x 7 1/2.  I added a lovely typed poem to the inside.

The card is folded on the left ... most of my cards are top folding, so it was a little hard for me to adjust to the side fold and get a straight photo. :)  The card front is 1/2" shorter than the back.  I added gold washi table to the inside back ... it's makes a pretty edge.  I also layered three strips of the same washi tape, overlapping slightly to die-cut the "Love" die, then added Crystal Glaze overtop for some extra shine.

The bouquet of flowers is a new stamp set with it's first inking.  I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in liquid platinum.  I love how this works with the pink roses.  Flowers and leaves are watercoloured with distress inks and popped up for added dimension.  This is pretty close to the colours of Izzy's wedding bouquet - soft pink roses, bright greenery and gold accents.

Here's a close-up can see more of the shimmer and shine from the washi tape and heat embossing.

I'm entering this card into The Flower Challenge #34, where they are looking for pretty pastels.
And also adding this to the CAS Watercolour gallery - this month we are looking for Bouquet of Flowers.

Stamps:  Roses Be Happy (Stampendous)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark: Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  gold glitter washi tape, Love die (Simon Says Stamp), Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush, Crystal glaze (Nuvo)

The Flower Challenge #34 - Pretty Pastels
CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Bouquet of Flowers

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Silver Cone Flower

Hi everyone.  Today's card is for the CAS Stencil July Reminder - Alcohol Inks / Alcohol Lift, hosted by our very talented Cathy.

I started by creating a very colourful background of alcohol inks in my favourite combination (Wild Plum and Sunshine Yellow - from Ranger), along with Tangerine from Pinata.  This is so bright and fun.  I used a NBUS stencil that I've had for a couple of years, placing it over top of the colourful background and using a sponge dauber to lightly add silver alcohol ink through the stencil.  When I removed the stencil I thought the flower didn't stand out enough so I outlined it with a fine tip permanent black marker.  A die-cut frame was added over top with the stamped sentiment.  I experimented with stamping in black and then silver, but it didn't really look great.  It just lightened the black a little.  Oh well, experiments are good to learn what doesn't work as well. :)

Here's a close-up ... sorry for the reflection from the overhead lights.
Please check out the challenge blog to see the new reminder cards from our Designers, and special Guest Designer, Janet.  I know you'll be inspired to play along!

I'll share this card at Take It Make It challenge (Craft Stamper Magazine).

Stamps: Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:  Yupo; White card base and frame (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Wild Plum, Sunlight Yellow, Silver Mixative (Ranger); Tangerine (Pinata); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools: Blending Solution (Ranger), Cone Flower stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), Fine Black marker (Sharpie), Antique Frames die (Penny Black)

CAS Stencil July Challenge - Alcohol Inks / Alcohol Lift
Craft Stamper Magazine Take It Make it July Challenge 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Be Joyful

Hi everyone.  Today's card is for the CAS Christmas July Reminder - Snowflake Challenge, hosted by the wonderful Bonnie.

We also have a fantastic Guest Desiger Jane, joining us this month!

I seem to be in the mode of recovery lately.  This is a stencil monoprint that just didn't work as well as I had hoped.  The snowflakes weren't very clear, but I was happy with the colour of the inked background.  So I took a fine silver metallic pen and outlined the snowflakes.  Looks way better. :)  Thank goodness I was able to use it because my "stash" of failed backgrounds container is at it's limit. :)

Two snowhills were created by tearing the edge of white paper and layering at the bottom of the panel.  The graceful reindeer was heat embossed in silver three times, giving it a thick and shiny coat.

Here's a close-up ...
There's still a week left to play along with our challenge if you haven't had time yet.  Create a CAS Christmas card that has a snowflake or snowflakes and join us.

Stamps:  Big Scripty Greetings - Holiday (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Broken Glass, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Snowflake stencil (Paper Artsy), water mister, silver metallic pen, Leap of Joy die (Penny Black), silver embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Christmas July Challenge - Snowflake

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Happy Birthday Bonnie!!

Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder for the CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Bouquet of Flowers, hosted by Susan.  But there's more ... today we are celebrating the birthday of our dear, sweet, lovely Bonnie!


I hope you're having a wonderful day!!

I made this card in Bonnie's honour and I'm hoping she has received it, but didn't open until this morning (there were directions to not open until the 16th!).

Bonnie has the most beautiful and elegant style of card making so I was channeling her when I made this card.  You are a constant source of inspiration to me, Bonnie!

Stamped the bouquet in Versamark onto mixed media paper and heat embossed in white.  Watercoloured with distress inks; then stamped the sentiment and splattered light gray ink over the card front..

Here's a close-up ...
Finishing the card took me much longer that than it did to watercolour the image.  I don't white emboss flowers often, so I found it a little harder to figure out the image (which has the flowers all bunched together).  I kept looking at the stamp cover to see the outlined image in black. :).  I tried it will kinds of frames, different coloured card stock ... but in the end, went with a white card base, fussy-cut the bouquet and popped it up on top for some dimension.

We are thrilled to have Leslie as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see all the reminder cards from Leslie and the Designers, honouring our sweet Bonnie on her special day!

Come join us ... make a card using a bouquet of flowers and add your card to the gallery.

Stamps:  Bowl Bouquet (Stampendous); Happy Birthday (unknown)
Paper:  Mixed media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Pumice Stone; Smokey Slate ink (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, splatter brush

CAS Watercolour July Challenge - Bouquet of Flowers