Tuesday, April 20, 2021

More Foiling Fun

Hi everyone, sharing one more simple way to foil that I shared at my Zoom group meeting on Apr. 14th.  This time I used a piece of double-sided adhesive sheet on foam and then burnished my foil over top.  Adding the foam to the foil gives it added dimension.  I die-cut this sweet leafy sprig (AliExpess).  It not only cut out beautifully, but it also has the embossing on the leaves.  I used the Gold Shattered Glass Decofoil again and you can see how the reflection gives you lots of different colours.  So pretty!!

I used a piece of alcohol ink'd Yupo in the background that I had in my stash.  Not positive of the colours but believe they are my favourite combo of Wild Plum, Sunet Orange, and Sunshine Yellow (Ranger).  Die-cut a frame from white card stock (Spellbinders - retired) and popped the frame over top of my card front, adding the gold foiled leave inside the window aperture.  Stamped a Simple Sentiment (Lawn Fawn) and heat embossed in Princess gold embossing powder.

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Jessie had some pampering from Alex ... Mani/Pedi.

Even though she doesn't like having her nails clipped,
she adores Alex and took the opportunity to steal a kiss. :)

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Stamps: Simple Sentiments (Lawn Fawn) 
Paper:   Yupo; White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Alcohol Inks:  Wild Plum, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow (Ranger); Versamark
Accessories:   Blending Solution (Ranger), Leaf die (AliExpress), Sookwang Double-sided adhesive sheets, Gold Shattered foil (Decofoil), Rectangle Nestabilities - retired (Spellbinders), Princess Gold embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

April's Zoom fun - Simple Foiling

Hi everyone.  This month our Zoom group worked on simple foiling.  There are several simple ways to add foil to your work without a laminator and even without transfer gel.

First up is using double-sided adhesives (sookway tape in different widths used on card above).  They are covered with Deco Foil's Gold Shattered Glass.  It's so beautiful and really catches the light.  I finished the design by adding a die-cut cherry blossom branch (Cherry Blossom die - Penny Black) that is watercoloured using Gold Delicata ink for the branches and leaves, Kitsch Flamingo Pink and Picked Raspberry distress inks for the blossoms (diluted with water to get a very soft look), and a sweet, little sentiment (Happy Snippets - Penny Black) stamped repeatedly with Spun Sugar distress ink.

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For the second card, I've used foam tape (1/4") to create a fun rainbow foiled background.  
Burnished the rainbow foil from Deco Foil onto foam tape using my fingers to press firmly.  Cut the long foam tape into smaller pieces and just laid them side-by-side to form the background.  The foam tape is sticky on the sides, to they stuck together nicely.  Added a simple die-cut hello (Small Hello die - SSS), cut three times and layered together, with the top layer painted with Gold Delicata ink.

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I'm adding the top card with Cherry Blossoms to The Flower Challenge #55 - Pretty Pastels.
The second card (rainbow hello) I'm sending to SSS Wednesday Challenge - CAS.

Thanks for visiting!!
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Card #1 - Cherry Blossom Hugs
Stamps:  Happy Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Delicata Gold (Tsukineko); Distress Inks:  Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Cherry Blossom die (Penny Black); Gold Shattered Glass Foil (Decofoil); Sookwang double-sided adhesive strips, Stylus and mat

Card #2 - Rainbow Hello
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Rainbow Foil (Decofoil); 3M double-sided adhesive foam strips, Small Hello die (Simon Says Stamp)


Thursday, April 15, 2021

CAS Challenges April Reminder

Hi everyone.  Time for the reminders for both CAS Mix Up and CAS Christmas challenges.  First up, CAS Mix Up.  This month is hosted by Linda (Life in the Craft Lane) and she wants us to go back in time to an older technique - Paper Piecing.  Adding a few mixed media techniques along with the paper pieced image, gives this technique new life.

Linda is our host.

For my card above, I stamped Enliven (Penny Black).  I used a background from my stash which is done with magicals (so there is lots of shimmer) and cling wrap.  You've probably seen or done this technique before.  If not, check out the YouTube video HERE on how to do this fun technique.

I stamped my image on top with Black ink and also stamped the image onto patterned yellow and white DSP.  I fussy-cut the flowers and glued them over top of my image on my watercolour panel.  I did a bit of shading using Spiced Marmalade distress ink for the petals on the flowers and colouring the stems and leaves with Mowed Lawn distress ink.  I then coated the flowers with Clear Wink of Stella and added white dots to the stamens and centers.  Tip:  Before gluing on your pieces, take a coloured marker (same as the ink you are using) and go around the cut outside edges of the fussy-cut pieces to they blend into the stamped image.

I popped up my main panel with foam and added a stamped sentiment, Trust Me Builder Stamp (Penny Black) to finish the card.


Trina is our host.

This looks like it would be an easy card to make, right??!!  It was super fiddly and took me a few tries to get it right. :)  In the end, I'm happy! :)   I watercoloured each gift in the colour of the rainbows, adding a bit of shading with a darker colour on each.  I coated each of the gifts with Clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer and then used a white Posca pen to add designs to colour.  The row of gifts is popped up to add a bit of dimension.


I hope you'll check out the challenge blogs to see the amazing cards from our Designers, Guest Designers, and participants.  If you haven't had time to play along, there's over a week left before both challenges close on 24th at midnight PST.  Come join us!

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CAS Mix Up Reminder - Patterned Posies
Stamps:  Enliven, Trust Me Builder (both Penny Black)
Paper:  Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Magicals (blue and green) for the background); Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Cling wrap, water mister, blending brush, Black marker, White Posca Pen

CAS Christmas Reminder - Rainbow Gifts
Stamps:  Snowglobe Sentiments - retired (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink: Distress Inks:  Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Brilliant Gifts Die (Simon Says Stamp), water brush, Clear Wink of Stella, White Posca pen

CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Paper Piecing
CAS Christmas April Challenge - Rainbow

The Flower Challenge #55 Reminder

Hi everyone.  I'm back with a reminder card for The Flower Challenge #55 - Pretty Pastels.  Today I've used a new-to-me stamp that I bought recently from Newton's Nook, called Floral Fringe.  This is such a fun and whimsical design that tells us that Spring is here! :)
I started by stamping the image in white pigment ink and then heat embossing in white.  I used Squeezed Lemonade distress ink to add a soft yellow wash to the background before watercolouring the rest of the flowers, using soft pastel colours.  The leaves are watercoloured using watercolour pencils in three shades of green.  The sentiment, which comes with the stamp set, is stamped in green to finish the card.  A CAS design that shows off the pretty pastel flowers.

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I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the amazing reminder cards from our talented Designers.  Lots of time to play along.  The challenge closes on the 25th.

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Floral Fringe (Newton's Nook)

Stamps:  Floral Fringe (Newton's Nook)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Unicorn White Pigment Ink (Hero Arts); Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Broken China (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush, Green Watercolour Pencils (Derwent)