Monday, July 22, 2024

IDEAS July - Anything Goes

Hi everyone.  Today's card is for the IDEAS Challenge with Darnell.  This week is "A - Anything Goes".

For my Anything Goes, I've tried a new-to-me technique.  Thanks to Tiffany Solorio for this great video.  I used a panel of alcohol inked yupo from my stash, ran it through my Gemini with the Vine Canopy embossing folder (Simon Says Stamp).  I then used a sanding block to sand off the top of the raised design, which turns white.  I love the effect and will try this with more of my AI panels that have been collecting dust. :)

I popped it up on my card front which has been stamped with a sentiment from Happy Snippets (Penny Black).

I die-cut the Ascending die (Penny Black) from black card stock and adhered it on top.

Easy peasy card using a panel from my stash. :)

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Sending this card to the following challenges:
Can you Handle the Pressure? - Anything Goes with an optional twist of Stripes and/or Checks

  

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Happy Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Yupo; Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Alcohol Inks (turquoise, green, purple) - Ranger
Accessories:   Blending Solution, Vine Canopy embossing folder, Ascending die (Penny Black)

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Penny Black - Blooms

Hi everyone.  I'm back with two cards using one of the new releases at Penny Black, called Blooms (31-064) with matching die-cuts, In Bloom cut out (51-824).

I'm again following one of Jill Foster's video, Permission to Play #4.  She uses the hexagon frame for her card samples, but I'm using the same sketch, only substituting circles.  I started with the background, cutting two panels (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") and die-cutting a circle from each one (different sizes).  Both card fronts (and circles) were then run though my Gemini Jr. to dry emboss with Variegated embossing folder (65-008) using Bermuda Bay card stock.  I used a light touch of sponging over the raised design with the matching colour of ink.

I stamped both images from the Blooms stamp set onto mixed media paper in Watering Can Archival ink (Ranger) ... it's a dark gray and I love the colour.  I watercoloured both images in the same colours of Distress Re-inkers (Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint), and then used the matching dies to cut them out.

The first card uses the card front with the smaller cut circle.  I placed the daisies so the edge of the stems are inside the circle and the flowers are popped up.  I added a small die-cut sentiment in white (Heartfelt - 51-093).

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Sending the first card to the following challenges:
 

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The second card uses the larger circle cut out, popped up on foam for added dimension, with the second flower die-cut and popped up on top.  For the sentiment, I used Shining Wishes (Stick and Shine - 15-017) and added turquoise foil over top.  I love the shine! :)

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I had fun making these cards! :)

Sending the second card to the following challenges:
 

Thanks for stopping by!

Penny Black Products
 
                                                  Blooms (31-064)              In Bloom Cut Out (51-824)

  
                              Variegated (65-008)         Heartfelt (51-093)       Shining Wishes (15-017)
                                                                                                                           Stick & Shine


Stamps:  Blooms (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Bermuda Bay (SU!)
Ink:   Watering Can Archival (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   In Bloom cut out (Penny Black); Variegated embossing folder (Penny Black); Shining Wishes (Stick and Shine) Penny Black, Watercolour brushes, sponge, white acrylic pen (Posca)


Tuesday, July 16, 2024

IDEAS July - Embossing Folders

Hi everyone.  It is a dear friend's birthday today and this is the card I made for her.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweet friend.  Have a wonderful day of celebration! :)

It's also time for the next IDEAS Challenge with Darnell.  This week is "E for Embossing Folders".  I usually post on Mondays ... but I delayed a day so I can post it today.  Hopefully my friend has received this card in the mail. :)


I started by dry embossing the background using the new Diagonals embossing folder (Penny Black).  This is the first time I've used this embossing folder!  And it fits the Can you Handle the Pressure? optional twist of stripes challenges this month. :)  

I recently bought this beautiful stamp and die set from Pinkfresh Studio (Amazing Things).  The image is stamped in permanent ink (Archival Watering Can - Ranger), and then watercoloured with Distress inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss).  The matching die was used to cut it out (I had to add a few shims for it to work).  The image is popped up over the dry embossing, glued at the bottom and pop dots on the flowers and leaves.  Thinking of you  sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped on black card stock, white heat embossed and die-cut; then added over top, along with a strip of black card stock at the bottom.

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Sending this card to the following challenges:
Can you Handle the Pressure? - Anything Goes with optional twist of Stripes and/or Checks
  
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Amazing Things (Pinkfresh Studio)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Watering Can Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Accessories:   

Saturday, July 13, 2024

More Monochromatic for Gof7


Simple CAS design all in shades of green on white card stock.  Sponged Shabby Shutter Distress ink over the Flourish stencil (Tim Holtz), fading out towards left side of card front.  Stamped Full Bloom (Penny Black) over top in Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink and added a simple sentiment:  Many Everyday Messages - retired (Hero Arts) in the same ink to finish card.

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Sending the above card to the following Challenges:
            

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Full Bloom (Penny Black); Many Everyday Messages - retired (Hero Arts)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Shabby Shutters Distress Ink; Peeled Paint DOX ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Flourish Layering stencil (Tim Holtz), sponge, 

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Penny Black - Special Blend

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card stamped with Special Blend (31-059) from Penny Black.  I adore this sweet image of two little girls having a tea party! :)  

I have been following along with Jill Foster's latest series of YouTube videos for Penny Black, called "Permission to Play".  It's a fantastic series of videos with sketches to create beautiful cards easily.  Today I am using Jill's sketch and tips from video #5.  Thanks so much Jill!! :)

I stamped the image in Watering Can Archival ink onto mixed media paper.  I watercoloured with Distress re-inkers (Shabby Shutters, Salvaged Patina, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs) and a few touches from Zigs.  Once I was finished watercolouring, I added a grounding with Gathered Twigs distress re-inker and then die-cut the image using the Sewing Stackers Frame from Penny Black.   I stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) in Watering Can ink.

Next I took a card front cut from Seaglass (Simon Says Stamp) and dry embossed with the Variegated embossing folder - Penny Black).   The embossing was sponged lightly with Salvaged Patina ink to add a bit of colour variation.  I attached my background to my card base and then popped up the framed image of the little girls having tea.  So sweet!!

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Sending the above card to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge - July.

Thanks for stopping by!

Penny Black Products
   
                     Special Blend (31-059)           Sewing Stackers (51-651)         Variegated (65-008)


Stamps:  Special Blend (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Seaglass card stock (SSS)
Ink:  Watering Can Archival (Ranger); Distress Re-inkers:  Shabby Shutters, Salvaged Patina, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs (Tim Holtz); Zig markers:  Light Gray, Mid-Gray, Fleshtone, Pale Blue) 
Accessories:   Watercolour brushes, Sewing Stackers (Penny Black), Variegated embossing folder (Penny Black), 

Monday, July 08, 2024

IDEAS July - Dies / Die-cuts

Hi everyone.  It's time for the next IDEAS Challenge with Darnell.  This week is "D for Dies / Die Cuts".

I'm playing with my new Garden Trellis Cover Die (Altenew).  LOVE this!  Bought it the same time as the Nature's Magic bundle from Altenew, which is used again today.  I saw a card done by Design Team Member Emily, and had to buy both the bundle and the trellis.  :) 

My son wanted to have some thank-you cards for the school admin assistants, so this is one that I made for him to give-away.  For this card, I used Distress Re-inkers to colour ... first time having a bit of success using them, but have a long way to go.  I love the vibrant colours, but I couldn't get the fade that I wanted.  I need lots of practise. :)  I used an older stamp for the sentiment, embossing in white on black card stock and then fussy-cutting it out. 

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Sending this card to the following challenges:
    
                                                                         
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Nature's Magic (Altenew); Sentiment - retired Technique Tuesday
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Black Pigment (Obsidian - Altenew); Distress Re-inkers:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Candied Apple, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Garden Trellis Cover Die (Altenew); Nature's Magic die (Altenew); watercolour brushes, white acrylic paint pen (Posca); white embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool

Friday, July 05, 2024

Penny Black - Overflowing

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made for Jeremy's sweet friend, Vanessa.  I used some new Penny Black products:  Overflowing (31-062) and Overflowing Cut-Out (51-822), and some older PB products as well.

I started with one of the images from the Overflowing stamp set, stamped in black ink and heat embossed in clear onto mixed media paper.  The image was die-cut from the matching die (Overflowing Cut Out) and then the flowers were sponged with Distress Inks: Pine Needles and Evergreen Bough.  I went over the sponging with a wet paint brush and added more depth of colour for shading.  The leaves are watercoloured with Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint.  A coat of Clear Wink of Stella was added overtop of the flowers to give a shimmery finish.

The Variegated 65-008 (Penny Black) embossing folder  was used to add a background to the sweet frame (Sewing Stackers 51-651 (Penny Black).  I added the flowers to the frame, adhering the bottom of the stems to the back of the frame, and popped up the flowers to add dimension.  The whole panel was popped up onto the card front.  A simple sentiment (Banner Sentiments 30-423 - Penny Black) was stamped in more of the Evergreen Bough to finish the card.

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Sending this card to the Simply Clean & Simple July Challenge
     

Thanks for stopping by!
Penny Black Products
                                             Overflowing (31-062)  /  Overflowing Cut Out (51-822)

   
                    Variegated EF (65-008)           Sewing Stackers (51-651)      Banner Sentiments (30-423)

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My sweet friends Susan & Christine came by for lunch yesterday.
Here's a photo of "the girls" in our back yard.

Photo of play day
Jessie, Violeta, Tessa


Stamps:  Overflowing; Banner Sentiments (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Black Pigment ink (Obsidian - Altenew); Distress inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), sponges, watercolour brushes, Sewing Stackers frames (Penny Black), Variegated embossing folder (Penny Black), Clear Wink of Stella