Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fall to Layout #80 Take Two

Happy Sunday.
I'm posting a bit late again, sorry! It was a busy day of getting items ready for the coming work week. When you get up and it's not 33C or more with the humidity, you've got to jump to it and get stuff done!

Here's the sketch. I know it's super basic, but the idea is that you will use or make some sort of patterned paper for the right background. Have fun looking through your stash or putting something together, like I did!

  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Main Image: 2-1/2 x 3-1/4
  • Main Image Layer: 2-5/8 x 3-3/8
  • Plain side panel: 1-1/2 x 5-1/2
  • Patterned side panel: 2-3/4 x 5-1/2

I decided I wanted to make some fun coffee themed paper. I embossed one of the bean images,the French press, and a cup from Coffee Love all over some white cardstock. I sponged Walnut Stain and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks all over. I misted some water over top and also added a few splatters of Espresso Grounds Distress ink.

I stamped the French press again onto my white image panel with a sentiment from the same stamp set. I stamped the cup on some scrap paper, and coloured and cut it out and added it with some foam tape for both a dimensional pop and a colour pop.

Supplies (some affiliate links used):

If you play along, I'd love to see a link!

Sunday, July 08, 2018

MFT Summer School

Class is in session!

This last week My Favorite Things Stamps posted their summer school challenges. It's been so much fun playing along!

The first challenge was White Space

I paired the All Smiles (and matching dies) with a few of the butterflies and butterfly trails from Adorable Elephants. For the letters, I cut out three layers. The top layer, I did a very soft blending of Distress Oxide ink (Wilted Violet) onto the white cardstock before I did the die-cutting.

The next challenge was Primary Colours

I thought I would find this one a struggle, but once I decided on the tones I wanted, the background, stamps and dies quickly came together. I used several of the chicks and balloons from Happy Hippos, which went so nicely with this cheerful "hooray" die. For the background I used the cloud edge stencil and Salty Ocean for a lovely sky. I added a few animation lines to the two little chicks that are flying with a thin black marker. 

Next up is Repetition:

I've been wanting to try something like this for a long time now. I love the look of white on white die cuts. I cut out several "joy"s in white to adhere to my background. I also die cut one in red to give it the little "pop" of colour. The rest of the sentiment is from Instant Photo: Holidays (a retired PTI set).

The fourth challenge is Complementary Colours:

I have always loved Blue and Orange together, so I decided to use that colour combination for this challenge. I brought out the retired Large Desert Blooms and paired that with All Smiles and the matching dies. I added glitter to the smile dies to jazz it up a bit.

The fifth and final challenge is Symmetry:

For this challenge, I decided to use one of the smaller images from Penguins in Paradise. This tropical fun drink is super cute and goes very well with the "cheers" sentiment in the same set. I took 3 distress inks and blended them for a fun sunset like background (Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade). I cut out inch squares from that and then popped up the drinks. My line of symmetry is straight down the middle (so if you fold it in half, you have the same on either side of the vertical line).

And there you have it! I completed all the challenges. Now I'm off to check out everyone else's. It's been a lot of fun!

Fall to Layout #79 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Hope you're ready for another sketch. This one is super simple. It would be a great starting point if you need to make a pack of notecards for a gift set.

Dimensions I used:
  • Card Base: 4x5.5
  • Focal Point layer: about 2.5 inches in diameter
  • Focal Point frame layer: about 3 inches in diameter
  • Sentiment Strip: 5-1/8 x 1/2

Here's my card:

The mermaid layer was actually something I had put together for last week's sketch. It ended up being too big, so I set it aside. However, I decided to use it for this sketch, instead of a square element. I also mirrored the sketch since I didn't like having the sentiment at the mermaid's back. 

For the mermaid layer, I coloured her, the rock, and the shell ready to go. I used a mix of Copics and Stampin' Blends. Next, I die cut my circle and scalloped circle layer. I really wanted to have waves all around the rock, so I die cut a few stitched wave borders and then die cue the circle over top so that they would match up with the layer. I added a bit of shimmer to the mermaid, her seashell and the seaweed.

The sentiment was stamped on some Mint Julep cardstock and I cut the end to give it the little banner end. I ended up trimming the card down to 4 from 4.25 because I stuck the elements too low and there was just no unsticking them. It was after midnight, so wasn't about to do a do-over either, haha. So trimming it down helped a little with balancing. I also found that rounding the corners helped too.

Ink: Tuxedo Black, Mint Julep
Dies: Circle, Scalloped Circle, Mermaid for You Lawn Cuts, stitched wave borders
Other: Copics, Stampin' Blends, Corner Rounder

If you play along, please leave a link!

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Fall to Layout #78- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Happy Canada Day!!

Sorry, the post is a bit late today. We got up and it was relatively cool (compared to this last few weeks anyway) so we decided to clean the house thoroughly while enjoying the cooler temperatures for working in!

I decided to be a bit patriotic with a red and white theme. I also used a bear image from the Geometric Menagerie stamp set. Whenever I see this image I specifically think of polar bears, which I associate with Manitoba and Northern Canada, so that also seemed appropriate.

Lastly, I used one of the sentiments from the same stamp set. It's more designed to be used with the lion image. However, the sentiment made me think of being Canadian, being proud, and reminds me of the part of O Canada- "with glowing hearts".

Here's the sketch. Dimensions I used are as follows:

  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Next Layer: 3-3/4 x 5
  • Side patterned strip: 1-1/4 x 5
  • Thin side strip: 1/8 x 5
  • Circle: Approximately 2 inches in diameter
  • Circle Frame: Approximately 2-1/8 inches in diameter

So onto the card!

To start, I embossed the bear image with white embossing powder onto watercolour paper. I then used an assortment of red distress inks (Festive Berries, Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, and Fired Brick) and painted each small triangle.

I cut out a dotted circle from white card stock and popped up the bear on that layer. I wanted a bit more contrast, so I added the layer of a black slightly bigger circle.

I wanted to incorporate a pattern on the side panel, so I used this image from Trifecta. I used Pure Poppy ink on Pure Poppy paper for a nice tone on tone look. I really love how the triangle theme continued here.

Next up, I added a small strip of black cardstock to give more constrast. I rounded the corners of the red layer and put the whole thing on a black card base.

The final step was that little sentiment. I stamped the whole thing in black on the white layer, but it still needed something. So I stamped just the heart on some scrap cardstock in red and cut it out and popped it out.

Supplies (some affiliate links used):
Stamps: Geometric Menagerie stamp set, Trifecta
Ink: Black Onyx, Pure Poppy; Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, and Fired Brick)
Paper: Black, Stamper's Select, Pure Poppy, Watercolour
Accessories, etc.: Corner Rounder, Circle Dies, White embossing powder

If you play along, please leave a link!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #31- Flowers, Floral, and Foliage Take Two

Well, wouldn't you know it, I was just saying I have no real floral themed Lawn Fawn...

I placed an order at my local store a while back and it came in much quicker than I expected. I certainly didn't expect it to be here before this challenge closed.

So I had to put something together with these adorable images from Gleeful Gardens. I just love those little toadstools. I think I've said it before- but for someone that doesn't really like mushrooms, I certainly love stamping and colouring them! I stamped several images from the Gleeful Gardens set, fussy cut them and got to colouring. I used mostly Copics, but a few Stampin' Blends as well. I have to say I am loving how well these markers work together, especially since the Stampin' Up ones have the very fine nib, which is awesome for tiny corners! I will definitely be getting the new colours throughout next year's stamp club!

For the greeting on the card, I used the thank you from Fairy Friends (also just got this set). I actually cut apart the thank you and fairy much (yes... I cut apart a BRAND NEW stamp, lol), but this makes it much more versatile. And if I want to use it in its original punny state, it's super easy to piece back together. I finished off all the elements with little highlights of white gel pen. The hummingbird and snail also have a light coating of Spectrum Noir shimmer, but it didn't come through in the photos.

Thanks for coming by!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #31- Flowers, Floral, and Foliage

The latest challenge over at Lawn Fawnatics was a bit tricky for me. Although I have recently grown my Lawn Fawn stamp collection, I do not have much in the the Flower, Floral or Foliage theme, so I decided to think a bit outside the box and show the bike character on his way from picking up flowers from a florist.

There aren't a ton of flowers on here, but I like the story it tells.

I started with the background elements. I used the Stitched Snow Drifts to make my green hill and grey road. The frame is from the stitched rectangle scallop frame. For the sky, I used Distress Oxides- Blueprint Sketch and Broken China with the Sun Ray Stencil.

Next up, I started assembling the town and the cyclist. I used the single flower from the Bicycle Built for You to add to the shop sign from Village Shops. The images were coloured with a mix of Copics and Stampin' Blends.

Lastly, I added a greeting from Ways to Say Thank You. I curved the stamp so it would follow the line of the hill.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Fall to Layout #77 Take Two!

Happy Sunday!

I have a happy little mermaid card to share today.

Here's the sketch! You could easily make this a standard 4.25 x 5.5 card front, but I decided to make a longer, thinner style card.

The dimensions I used:
  • Card Front: 3.5 x 6
  • Patterned Side Panel: 3.5 x 1.75
  • Glitter Strip: 3.5 x  .25

Now, onto the card!
I just got this Seaside Textured embossing folder, and had to use it, so I embossed some teal card stock and cut it down to size. For the thin strip, instead of ribbon or twine, I decided to use some of this fun glitter paper. I love it since it adds a different type of texture.

I also only just hopped on the Magical Day bandwagon- I know, a bit late given that they didn't actually carry over this fun set to the catalog (What was Stampin' Up! thinking???) I stamped the mermaid and seahorse first and then die cut them. I coloured them with mostly Stampin' Blends- Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Daffodil Delight. I also added just a touch of a Copic -R32 for her blush circles. To add more shimmer, I used a glitter jelly roll pen and added bits of shimmer the mermaid's hair, tail, and the seahorse.

I added a few aqua gems for even more sparkle and to give a bubble like element.

Lastly, I decided on this fun sentiment. It's an oldie from Verve Stamps. Be sure to check them out, they are closing up shop after 11 years so there are a few more items left before she closes at the end of June. Julee is such a lovely, kind person, so be sure to have a look.

Stamps: Magical Day, Wild Thing
Ink: Tuxedo Black
Paper: Taken with Teal, Stamper's Select, Glitter paper
Accessories, etc.: Stampin' Blends, Seaside Textured embossing folder, rhinestones, shimmer pen

As always, I'd love to see your take on the sketch. Please leave a link if you play along!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fall to Layout 76 Take Two

Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day to all the dads and father figures out there!

First of all, a few housekeeping points- I've decided to transition the Take Two Clean and Simple Stamping sketches over to this blog. I'll still post the sketch, the dimensions, my card for the challenge and the link up every Sunday around 10AM CST- it will just be here instead of the Clean and Simple Stamping blog.

So onto the sketch- I decided to skip #75 and move onto the next sketch.

Here's the sketch.
Some dimensions for you:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Squares: 1-1/4 x 1-1/4 (4)

Here's my card!

I used the new Village Shops stamp set. I love that little ice cream truck,so I used that for my "heart" element from the sketch. I stamped, cut out and coloured the little truck. To make some coordinating ice cream paper I took the tiny ice cream cone and stamped it with Aqua Mist ink on Aqua Mist paper for some subtle tone on tone stamping.

I modified the sketch ever so slightly and placed the sentiment on one of the squares.

Stamps: Village Shops
Ink: Aqua Mist, Tuxedo Black, Tropical Teal
Accessories, etc: Kraft Baker's Twine, Copics

If you play along, please leave a link: