Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Paper Piecing with Die-cuts

Hi everyone.  Today is another paper pieced card for this month's CAS Mix Up challenge, but with a twist.  I used die-cuts to paper piece this lovely Holly & Berry Branch die from Penny Black.

I die-cut the image three times (one from green patterned paper, one from red patterned paper, one from brown card stock).  I used the green image as the base, cutting off the holly leaves and berries to add the branch in brown overtop, and cutting off the holly leaves and branch from the red patterned paper for the berries.  I added crystal glaze to the berries for some shine.

The background is made with SSS Falling Snow stencil, covered with white embossing paste.  Once dry, it was cut to size.  A simple sentiment (MFT Snowglobe Sentiments - retired) was stamped to add another pop of red.

This card has paper piecing, die-cutting, stenciling, embossing paste, and heat embossing.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Holly & Berry Branch die (Penny Black)
Falling Snow Stencil (Simon Says Stamp)

Stamps:  Snowglobe sentiments - retired (My Favorite Things)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Patterned paper (unknown); Baked Brown Sugar card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Versamark
Accessories:   Holly & Berry Branch die (Penny Black), Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp), white embossing paste, palette knife, Apple Red embossing powder (WOW!), crystal glaze (Nuvo)

CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Paper Piecing

Sunday, April 04, 2021

The Flower Challenge #55

Hi everyone.  It's the start of a new challenge at The Flower Challenge #55 - Pretty Pastels.  We are thrilled to have a sponsor this month, Varda Sharma.  I used one of their free images for my card today.  You can find this FREE image HERE.

We also have an amazing Guest Designer with us this month.  Welcome to Keia (Confessions of a Paperholic)!

I started by printing off the image twice.  One for my background, which I sponged lightly with three colours of Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry).  For the second image, I fussy-cut the flowers and leaves, watercoloured, added dimension using a stylus and foam mat, and then paper pieced on top of the background.  I used Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry distress inks on my flowers, Mowed Lawn distress ink on the leaves.

To finish, I stamped in black ink, one of the sentiments from Stampendous Spring Sentiment stamp set. I also added just a few drops of Black Liquid Pearl to the flower centers.

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I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the Pretty Pastel cards from our Designers and wonderful Guest Designer, Keia.

Come join us.  The challenge is open until April 25th!

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Flower Cluster1 (Varda Sharma)
Spring Sentiments (Stampendous)

Stamps:  Flower Cluster 1 (Varda Sharma digital stamps); Spring Sentiments (Stampendous)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories:   blending brushes, watercolour brush, Black Liquid Pearl


Saturday, April 03, 2021

CAS Christmas April Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the April CAS Christmas challenge.  This month is hosted by the wonderful Trina (Phamtastic Design)!
I used a sweet snow scene die-cut from white and then die-cut a full circle to place behind, which was watercoloured with a rainbow sky.  Added white splatters of diluted acrylic paint for the snow, and heat embossed Frantage Chunky White for the snow along the hills and on the trees.  Stamped the sentiment in soft gray (Christmas Sentiments - Penny Black).  Popped up the circle to add some dimension to the card.  Used an falling snow embossed background, which was a gift from a friend.

We are so excited to have Izzy (Izzy Scrap) as our Guest Designer this month.  Check out the challenge blog to see Izzy's amazing Rainbow Christmas card, along with the fabulous cards from our Designers.  Hope you'll join us!

Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
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:   Circle Snow Scene die (AliExpress), Circle Nestability die (Spellbinders), water brush, Frantage Chunky White Embossing powder (Stampendous), heat tool, Falling Snow embossed background (gift from a friend), White acrylic paint for splattering

CAS Christmas April Challenge - Rainbow

Thursday, April 01, 2021

CAS Mix Up April Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Mix Media April Challenge.  Our host this month is the talented Linda (Life in the Craft Lane) and she'd like us to play with an older technique ...
Adding paper piecing to a mixed media design updates this technique and gives it new life.  For my card above, I started by stamping  Sending Flowers (Avery Elle)  twice in black ink.  Once on regular white card stock, and a second stamping on Bo Bunny patterned paper.

I fussy-cut the flowers and leaves from the patterned papers and glued them over top of my image on white card stock.  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.  Once all the pieces were glued together, I die-cut the image using the matching die.

I wanted to add something behind my die-cut spray, so used a fun stencil that mimics the leaves and berries.  I sponged using a blending brush and Crushed Olive Distress ink.  "Hello" (Hero Arts - Many Everyday Messages) was stamped at the bottom of the stenciling on the right hand side before I popped up the flower spray over top.  The panel was then popped up more onto a card base.

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We are excited to have Bonnie (Paper Crafter at Large) as our Guest Designer this month.  Welcome Bonnie!!

Please check out the challenge blog to see the rest of the CAS Mix Up Designer's paper pieced cards, along with the beautiful card made by Bonnie.

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Stamps:  Sending Flowers (Avery Elle); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:   Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Patterned paper (Bo Bunny)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Crushed Olive Distress Ink; Light Blue marker (Zig)
Accessories:  Crystal Glaze (Nuvo), Wander & Find stencil (Carta Bella), blending brush

CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Paper Piecing

Saturday, March 27, 2021

March Christmas Challenges

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing another card using a recent technique I learned, which I call sponge bleeding.  I used small blender brushes through the Poinsettia stencil (Tim Holtz).  Once finished, I removed the stencil and used the same colour to add a light haze over each element.  It gives a blurry, dreamy effect and also fills in most of the white space. I added a black sentiment border using Christmas sentiments (Penny Black), heat embossed in my NBUS silver pearl embossing powder.  Love it!

Simple and easy techique that gives great results.

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I'm sending this card over to three different Christmas challenges for March.  Playing along helps me to build my Christmas card stash so I'm not pressured in the fall.  Works for me!

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Jessie sharing ice cream cone with Violeta
This picture was taken yesterday in our back yard.
Jessie and Vi rarely share anything, but neither was going to miss
out on the delicious ice cream cone. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Disress Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories:   Poinsettia Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz); Oval nestability (Spellbinders), blending brushes, Silver Pearl embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Penny Black - Bear-y Wishful

Hi everyone.  Sharing a fun card using one of the new Daydream releases.  This uses a stamp called Bear-y Wishes (30-804) (it also has a matching die, Bear-y Wishful cut out 51-700).

I created a background using the Rolling Clouds Stencil from MFT, blending brush, and Peacock Feathers distress ink.

I created grassy hills in the background using torn paper as my templates.  Stamped the bear over top in black and then stamped again onto mixed media paper and watercoloured.  Cut out the bear and adhered it over top of my stamped image.  This just gives it a little more depth.  I added the middle-sized frame from the new Sewing Stackers frame set (51-651) ... love this sweet embossed design!

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I'm sending this card over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for March - Anything Goes ...
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

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Rolling Clouds Stencil - My Favorite Things

Stamps:  Bear-y Wishful; Trust Me Builder (both Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Black Ink (Memento); Distress Inks:  Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Rolling Clouds stencil (My Favorite Things), blending brushes, Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, Green marker, White Posca pen, Sewing Stackers frame die (Penny Black)

PBSC March - Anything Goes

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Penny Black - Garden Variety

Hi everyone.  Today I have two cards using the beautiful Garden Variety Cling stamp (40-744).  This is so pretty and I've had fun playing with different mediums with this stamp.

The card above is done with Distress Markers direct to stamp.  I did spritz with a tiny bit of water, but mostly it's just ink.  I love the Spring colours of these flowers.  I wanted this to be a bright and happy card so I blended Squeezed Lemonade distress ink in the background, darker around the center of the card, lighter on the outside edges.  I die-cut the centre with one of the frames from Sewing Stackers (51-651) from the new release.

I stamped the sentiment, Faith.Hope.Love (30-800) in black ink and heat embossed in clear so it stands out.  The last step was to pop the centre panel up on foam to add dimension.

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For my second card I used Magicals (Lindy's) powdered shimmer inks ...
I pressed Versamark ink onto my stamp (in the Misti) and used a dry brush to add two colours of Magicals (Drop Dead Gorgeous Green, Ramblin' Rose Pink).  I spritzed with water and stamped onto mixed media paper.  I repeated until I was happy with the colour.  I then used leftover ink to splatter the card in both colours.

To finish, I split the panel and added the sentiment, Faith.Hope.Love in black ink onto my card front.  I popped up the two panels with the flowers to add dimension.

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You can see some of the shimmer from these powdered inks on the close up ... so pretty!

More NBUS stamps and die, so the top card will be heading over to NBUS Challenge #24 - Never-before-used-schtuff.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card #1 - Hope
Stamps:  Garden Variety, Faith.Hope.Love. (both from Penny Black) 
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.);  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Rustic Wilderness (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Blending brushes, water mister, water brush, Sewing Stackers Frames (Penny Black), clear embossing powder, heat tool  

Card #2 - Joy
Stamps:  Garden Variety, Faith.Hope.Love. (both from Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.);  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Magicals - Drop Dead Gorgeous Green, Ramblin Rose Pink (Lindy's); Black (Memento)
Accessories:   Dry brush, water mister, water brush, splatter brush

NBUS #24 Challenge

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Penny Black - Fresh Fern

Hi everyone.  
Sticking with the theme of the day, the card above is done all in green. :)  It's done with a new stamp from Penny Black's Daydream release, called Fresh Fern (40-722).  I stamped the image several times in Shabby Shutters distress ink to cover the background.  I then stamped the image once more, in Rustic Wildness distress ink to create the focal point.  I sponged a scrap piece of card stock with more Rustic Wildness and then used a new Penny Black die (Thanks & Hello - 51-638) to cut the sentiment.  I coated the sentiment in crackle glaze before adhering to to my card front (hard to see in photo).

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Thanks for topping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Fresh Fern (Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Rustic Wilderness (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   waterbrush, Thanks & Hello die (Penny Black), Crackle accents (Ranger)

Monday, March 15, 2021

CAS Challenges March Reminder

Welcome to a reminder post for both CAS Mix Up and CAS Christmas. 

First up, CAS Mix Up ... hosted by our wonderfully talented Bonnie (Stamping with Klass).  Bonnie wants us to use die-cuts to make prints on our cards.  Such a fun technique.  Thanks for the great challenge Bonnie!
Bonnie is our host.
I die-cut the Magical Butterfly (Alexadra Renke - retired) twice and watercoloured both the same.  I used one to make the prints in the background, spritzing the watercoloured die-cut, turning it over and pressing it lightly only my main card panel.  I then die-cut a border using the Hemstitch Frames from Spellbinders.  I popped up the panel onto my card base and added the second die-cut butterfly and also stamped the sentiment Many Everyday Messages from Hero Arts.

I'm hosting this month!

Today's card was inspired by a card I saw a couple of years ago, made by Janet (Swanlady Impressions).  I just loved this beautiful poinsettia image that Janet used and how she added brown sponging ove top of the flowers to tie it into the kraft paper on her card.  I immediately bought that image from Magenta (Poinsettia and Fruit).  Then the stamp got filed away and I forgot about it until this challenge.  I dug it out and used the same brown sponging as Janet, but changed up the design.  I really love how this turned out.  Thanks for the inspiration Janet!!

Poinsettias are stamped multiple times and heat embossed in Princess Gold embossing powder.  Flowers are watercoloured in a mix of distress inks Fired Brick and Festive Berries.  I used Gathered Twigs ink to sponge over the flower before adding a piece of kraft paper at the top, along with an 1/8" thin satin red ribbon.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment (Christmas Sentiments - Penny Black), heat embossing in white and also rounded the top corners.

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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!

Card #1 - 
Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.);  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Magical Butterfly (Alexandra Renke), water mister, Hemstitch Rectangles (Spellbinders)

Card #2 - Poinsettia Peace
Stamps:  Poinsettia and fruit (Magenta); Christmas Moments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Kraft
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Gathered Twigs (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Princess Gold embossing powde (Ranger), heat tool; waterbrush, sponge, white embossing powder (Ranger), 1/8" red satin ribbon, Corner Rounder

CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Print Making with Dies
CAS Christmas March Challenge - Kraft, Red, and White