Saturday, September 21, 2019

Things with Wings Inchies

Hi everyone.  One more Inchie card before the CAS Mix Up September challenge closes in three days.


These small butterflies are part of a larger stamp set called "Winged Things".  I stamped them in black and heat embossed in clear ... over top of a stencil monoprint that was in my stash.  I used distress inks to colour the butterflies and then added thin white frames and popped them up on my card front.  Rather than having the four squares layout, I opted to use my sentiment in place of one of the squares.

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Thanks for coming by for a visit!






Stamps:  Winged Things (STAMPlorations); Brushed Wishes (Stampendous)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush, Square Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Mini Dots stencil (The Crafter's Workshop)

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Inchies


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

... a little help from my friends ...

Hi everyone.  Another card for the CAS Stencil October challenge - Baby Wipes, hosted by the uber talented Julia!
I sponged Squeezed Lemonade and Worn Lipstick distress inks onto mixed media paper.  A flourish stencil was placed over top and colour removed using a baby wipe.  Die-cut with a stitched hexagon and stamped the silhouette image in black and added the sentiment.  I thought the hexagon looked better as a square card, so cut it down.  Fun card to make.

As I mentioned in my title ... a little help from my friends ...  This card was possible because of the generosity of two of my lovely friends.  Christine gave me a set of stitched hexagon dies, and Barb gifted me the lovely Uniko stamp set. :)  Thank you so much Christine and Barb!!


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I also had a small panel of the stenciled flourish left, so I create this quick and easy card ...
Cut the panel to size and stamped a NBUS image from Stampendous.  Watercoloured the flower and bee, then added crystal glaze to the flower's center for a little shine and dimension.  Popped up the panel on my card base and it was done.  Rather than adding this panel to my huge stash of leftover pieces, it's done and dusted, with a fun card to boot! :)

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I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge.  There's just under a week left before it closes.  For more inspiration, check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from the rest of our wonderful Designers and from our fabulous Guest Designer, Sarah.







Stamps:  Just Because (Uniko); Window Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento);

Black (Versafine);  More distress inks for 2nd card (Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn)
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, Flourish Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz), Baby wipe; water brush, crystal glaze (Nuvo)

Challenges:
CAS Stencil September Challenge - Baby Wipes

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Christmas Doggie Treats

Hi everyone.  Today's card is a reminder for this month's CAS Christmas challenge, hosted by Nance.


I don't have a lot of "people treat" stamps, but I did buy this stamp last year and made several cards with it.  I pulled it out again as it is perfect for the challenge.

This time I used a Christmas background to stamp in green.  Stamped the doggie with candy cane bone, watercoloured with distress inks, and fussy-cut.  I popped a white stitched frame over the background and placed the image popped up on top.  I didn't think it needed a sentiment.

I had a lot of fun making this card. :)

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We are so happy to have Birgit as our Guest Designer this month.  Come check out the reminder post to see Birgit's Holiday Treats card, along with the cards from our wonderful Designers.

I hope you'll join us if you haven't already played along.  Still one week left before the challenge closes on September 24th at midnight!

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Jessie & Violeta
(Becoming best of friends)
Photo by Alex






Stamps:  Dog Candy Bone (Whipper Snappers); Christmas Story (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Gumball Green, Real Red (SU!); Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rusty Hinge, Black Soot (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Stitched frame (Lil' Inkers), white gel pen

Challenges:
CAS Christmas September Challenge - Holiday Treats

Monday, September 16, 2019

Orange and Blue

Hi everyone.  It's already more than half way through the month, which means it's time for a reminder for the CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Complementary Colours, hosted by Jenny.  The challenge is open for just over a week, so hope you'll play along if you haven't had a chance yet.

  

I started by creating a smooshed background with Magicals (I LOVE THESE POWDERS!).  I die-cut a flower branch from mixed media paper and slooshed just the flowers with bright orange distress ink.  A simple sentiment stamped in matching orange finishes this very CAS design.

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I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from our fabulous Guest Designer, Anita, along with the beautiful cards from our Designers.  Come join us for this fun challenge!






Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (Maker's Movement)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card Stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Magicals:  (Time Travel Teal); Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, cherry blossom die (Penny Black)

Challenges:
CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Complementary Colours


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Golden Inchie

Hi everyone.  Today's card is a reminder for the CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Inchies, which is being hosted by our wonderful Designer, Joanna.


The inchie is a piece of chipboard that has been "encrusted jeweled" with gold embossing powder, gold glitter, and a little gilding flakes added for good measure.  It is so sparkly and shiny in person.  I acetate smooshed a background using Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles distress inks as well as splattering gold acrylic paint.  I thought the Pine Needles was a good match to bring out the greeny-blue in the gilding flakes.  A simple sentiment was stamped and heat embossing in gold to match.

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We're so thrilled to have Stephanie as our Guest Designer this month.  Come check out the reminder post to see Stephanie's fabulous inchies card, along with the cards from our amazing Designers.  There's still nine days left to play along before the challenge closes.

Hope to see you in the gallery!

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Jessie
(Falling asleep waiting for me to shut down the computer for the night)






Stamps:  Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); white card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Pine Needles Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  chipboard, gold embossing powder, heat tool, seed beads, gilding flakes (Cosmic Shimmer), water mister, gold acrylic paint (Lumiere), peek-a-boo window die (AliExpress)

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up September Challenges - Inchies

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wisteria

Hi everyone.  Today's card has a new-to-me stamp that I bought recently.  I think wisteria is so beautiful and romantic.

It didn't take me long to watercolour this.  The most time was spent on what colour my card stock would be. :)  I used wisteria wonder from Stampin' Up!  The colour in the photo above is not exactly as it is in real life, but as close as I could get.

The wisteria is stamped in archival shadow gray (light gray) and is painted with a mix of two distress inks:  wilted violet and broken glass.  I mixed them on my palette so it was easy to do.  Added just a little bundled sage for the leaves (love this colour, which I have never used before!).  And some brushed cordoroy was used for the branch at the top.  The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed in white.

Here's a close-up ...

I'm entering this into The Flower Challenge #36 - Anything Goes.






Stamps:  Wisteria Circle (Stampendous); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Wisteria Wonder (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Archival Shadow Grey ink (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Broken Glass, Bundled Sage, Brushed Corduroy (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, Circle nestabilities (Spellbinder); white embossing powder, heat tool

Challenges:
The Flower Challenge #36 - Anything Goes


Sunday, September 08, 2019

Alcohol Lift Pad Success

Hi everyone.  I get together with some card making friends once a month and we experiment with techniques and products.  This last session was led by Christine.  She had played around with her Alcohol Lift Pad and figured out how to get the best results.  I had just tried it by stamping to remove colour and didn't have much success.

So the trick is to ink your image well with the Alcohol Ink Lift Pad and once stamped, the "lift" formula leaves a lot behind and your image is quite wet.  Make sure to blot it well or dry it thoroughly before buffing the image (with paper towel or cloth) to get the best result.

We decided to go a step further and use the ink lifted from the image to create a second image.  So I inked my flowers with the Lift Pad, stamped onto the alcohol inked Yupo paper, added a piece of plain card stock on top and stamped again, transferring the ink as well as absorbing any "lift" solution with the back of the card panel.  I did this about three times per image.  The result above is awesome!  And below is the image I made from my lifted alcohol ink ...

A true Twofer! :)  I'm really happy with them both.

So I did a second set using different colours ...
... and the lifted ink image ...
Now that I know you need to make sure the first image is completely dry before buffing, it makes more sense.  Repeat stamping always removes more ink and makes your image stand out better.

Thanks for the help Christine!

Edited to add ... to diana ... this is a fairly new Penny Black stamp (from the summer release).  Click HERE for the link.   Anytime you have a question, I'm happy to help if I can ... please leave your email address in the comment OR send me an email using the form on the sidebar.  Thanks diana!






Stamps:  Together (Penny Black); Good Wishes (Penny Black)
Paper:  Yupo, White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Mermaid, Stream, Clover (Ranger); Tangerine (Pinata), Wild Plum, Sunset Yellow (Ranger)
Accessories & Tools:  Alcohol Lift Pad (Ranger), blending solution (Ranger)


Wednesday, September 04, 2019

CAS Stencil September Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of the CAS Stencil September Challenge.  This month is hosted by the amazingly talented, Julia (Create with Me).  Julia wants us to use a Baby Wipe with Stenciling for this month's challenge


This is actualy the second version of this design.  I first made a similar design, using a different stamps for a special birthday card.  It turned out really well but wasn't CAS enough for the challenge (not enough white space), so I made a second version.  The card sbove has lots of white space to balance my mixed media panel.

I stamped an image from Magenta and heat embossed in white.  I then sponged over top of the white embossing with Distress inks (Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Wilted Violet).  I placed a new-to-me stencil over top and used a baby wipe to remove some of the colour.  The design is subtle, but you can definitely see the leaf design (especially in the close-up below).  A simple stamped sentiment in black finishes the card.

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We are also excited to welcome Sarah (Funky Fossil Designs) as our Guest Designer.  Welcome Sarah!  Please check out the challenge blog to see the baby wipe through stencil cards from Sarah and our amazing Designers.  Then come join us!

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I'll also share the first version of this card using a different stamped image.  I'm so happy with how this turned out.  Very artsy, colourful and fun.  This is a birthday card for my SIL, Alex that he received on Aug. 24th.


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Jessie
Wanting to sleep but someone was taking pictures! :)







Stamps:  Floral Collage (Magenta); Happy Messages (Stampendous); Tree Poem (Stampendous)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress inks:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, Wander & Find Stencil (Carta Bella), sponges, baby wipe

Challenges:
CAS Stencil September Challenge - Baby Wipes


Tuesday, September 03, 2019

CAS Christmas September Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of the September CAS Christmas challenge.  This year is flying by so quickly!  This month is being hosted by Nance (Soul Stampin').  I think you'll have fun with this one! :)


I know this probably doesn't look like much of a holiday treat, but I imagine this cup is filled with a delicious eggnog latte - yummy! :)

I bought this stamp set from STAMPlorations recently.  There are four different designs for the inside of the coffee cup.  I LOVE the Christmas one with the poinsettia.  So pretty.  I also love the colours of white, red, and light blue together, so that's where I went with this one.  I kept it very CAS by just fussy-cutting my watercoloured Christmas cup and popping it up on foam for dimension.  A simple sentiment finishes the card.

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We are so happy to have Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord) as our Guest Designer this month.  Welcome Birgit!  Please check out the challenge post to see Birgit's Holiday Treats card and the wonderful cards from our amazing Designers.  Then come play along!






Stamps:  Coffee to Go: Fall & Winter (STAMPlorations); Christmas sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz); Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush

Challenges:
CAS Christmas September Challenge - Holiday Treats


Monday, September 02, 2019

CAS Watercolour September Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the launch of the CAS Watercolour September Challenge.  Jenny (My Paper Epiphany) is our host this month and she has come up with a fantastic challenge ...


Jenny wants us to use Complementary Colours this month (opposite colours on the colour wheel).  She has provided a colour wheel to help you.  I have used Violet and Yellow for my card.

I started with a Lindy's magicals background that was in my stash.  It's done with Witches Potion Purple ... there are so many different colours within this one powder --- LOVE IT!

I die-cut hollyhocks and watercoloured them in two shades of yellow distress inks.  A white frame over top with a purple stamped sentiment finishes the card.

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You can just see a bit of the sparkle in the photo above.

We are joined by Anita (Stampin with Anita) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the reminder post on the challenge blog to see the beautiful CAS cards from our GD, Anita and our wonderful Designers.

I hope you'll be inspired to play along!






Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (Makers Movement)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Magicals Witches Potion Purple (Lindy's); Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, hollyhock die (AliExpress), water brush

Challenges:
CAS Watercolour September Challenge - Complementary Colours

Sunday, September 01, 2019

CAS Mix Up September Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of the CAS Mix Up Challenge for September.  This month is hosted by our very talented Designer, Joanna (Jo-Jo's Spot).  Joanna is challenging us to use ...


Inchies were a very popular size of stamps years ago and aren't as common today.  But there are so many ways to create your own inchie works of art.  Check out the video tutorials that Joanna has included on the challenge blog.  You'll be AMAZED!!  Thanks Joanna for this very fun challenge!!

For my card I started by creating a mixed media panel about 2 1/4" by 3 1/4".  Using Liquid Metals, I smooshed Ruby and Quartz (purple).  Once dry, I stamped my thistle image in Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I used a tiny circles stencil to add more white on my panel.

I cut the panel down to 2" x 3" and then cut it into the six inches.  These were mounted onto a piece of black card stock which is slightly bigger so that there's 1/16" spaces between the inchies.  A fun, creative sentiment is stamped in black onto white card front, then the panel was added, popped up on foam for dimension.

This CAS card has smooshing, stamping, heat embossing and stenciling. :)

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We are so thrilled to have Stephanie (my ink well) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see Stephanie's awesome inchie card, and the amazing inchie cards from the rest of our Designers.  Also check out the video's ... you'll be inspired!  Then some join us in the gallery!

If you've been to the challenge blog you will see that we are sad today to say good-bye to our wonderful Mac.  She is stepping down from the team and we will miss her terribly.  All the best to you Mac!  We love you!





Stamps:  Elegant Weeds (Hero Arts); Create (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark; Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Liquid Metals by Ken Oliver (Metallic Ruby, Metallic Quartz), water mister, white embossing powder, heat tool, Mini tiny circles stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), white acrylic paint, sponge

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up September Challenge - Inchies