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:

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 30 – Cards for Guys

Hi everyone!

I've got my challenge card up for the latest Lawn Fawnatics Challenge- For the Guys. I decided to take things Under the Sea for this challenge.

I was quite inspired by the recent Jennifer McGuire Shadow Box video and thought I would make my own featuring and underwater scene.

I ended up doing this all a bit background, since I made the inside of my card first and then the outside. I would highly recommend getting anything that is meant to be stamped on the actual card front or base before assembling the shadow box components- unless you work best under pressure and stress. There were A LOT of careful maneuvers done with the sentiment stamping to make sure I didn't blow the whole card.
As I use more Lawn Fawn products, I am beginning to understand why people want ALL the sets. Everything works really well together- the line art is the same thickness and so many items are proportionate. Like my dapper manatee (as I was fondly calling him) has components from 3 sets (4 if you are counting the wave stitched background)
The sentiment and manatee come from the Manatee-rific set, the top hat is from Bicycle Built for You, and the bow tie is from the Rawr set.
I coloured him with Copics and added white details and highlights using a white gel pen.
The background consists of 3 different aqua/teal papers cut using the stitched wave borders, all adhered to a grey circle.

Now for the inside! Here I also used 3 different image sets, plus another one for the sentiment
Most of the images come from the You Are Sublime set. The jellyfish is from So Jelly and I also used some of the kelp from Manatee-rific.

Once I had my shadow box components scored, I started on my insert. I blended Distress Oxides- Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch. Next I misted it with my distress spray bottle- I love this since it applies a mist or larger droplets- I did a mix of both.

Next I cut out and coloured all my scene components. I colours these all with Copics.I also stamped a few bubbles on the background using white ink. To give dimension to the whole scene, I layered a few images. The jellyfish is on the outside of the shadow box. The eel is adhered on the back of the top layer. The diver is on pop dots, as is the shell he is holding

Here they are front and inside, side-by-side! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (affiliate links used when possible, at no cost to you)




Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Sketch Challenge

Happy Sunday everyone!

I decided to play along with the Lawn Fawnatics sketch challenge.

I love the clean and simple design.

Here's my card. I decided to make a fun little scene featuring the unicorn from Critters Ever After. I first cut out my circle and blended Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide to make a sky background. I die cut a few layers using the Puffy Cloud Border dies.

Next up, I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the unicorn and stars. I added plenty of shimmer to all of these, which you can see a bit in my close-up shot. I stamped one of the greetings on this cute little die cut banner made out of Harvest Gold. I framed the circle scene on a piece of Summer Sunshine. The last step was placing that all on a piece of Hawaiian Shores card front and then onto a white card base. It's super cute! Love that dainty unicorn.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Altenew Academy

Hello everyone!

So I received exciting news last week- I was approved to join the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I have been stamping a long time, but I love learning new tips, tricks, and techniques.

I have a few projects to share from some of the recent classes I have taken as part of the certification.

Also for one more day, you're in luck, the classes at Altenew Academy are available for buy 2, get 1 free.

My next card was inspired after I took the Celebration: Stencil Techniques class.

This class was so fun! I have quite a few stencils, but i also liked how this class had you looking at ways to make your own stencils. I decided to make my own stencil using the Striped Leaf Cover Die. I carefully taped that to a piece of cardstock. Next I got out some embossing paste and mixed up a few custom colours. I applied the light colour first on the the bottom. I applied the darker colour of paste on the top, then I went back in with the lighter colour and mixed them a bit in the middle.

I pasted the background on a white card base. The final step was embossing a greeting from the Painted Greetings onto some coordinating green cardstock and popping that up on top.

Thanks for coming by! Be sure to check out Altenew Academy for lots of class options!

Altenew Academy

Hi everyone!

So I received exciting news last week- I was approved to join the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I have been stamping a long time, but I love learning new tips, tricks, and techniques.

I have a few projects to share from some of the recent classes I have taken as part of the certification.

Also for one more day, you're in luck, the classes at Altenew Academy are available for buy 2, get 1 free.

My first card is from the class For the Guys. This is a great class. I don't know about you, but I sometimes struggle with masculine cards. This class has so many great ideas and really helps you re-look at your stash and see how you can make something work for a masculine card.

For example, this stamp set, Simple Flowers- at first glance one would think this set would be best for feminine cards- it's a bold graphic floral set. However, when you break down the images, they are all mostly geometric.The font is also a nice clean and bold one, which works great for masculine cards.

I chose a masculine colour palette- Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Sand Dunes, Espresso. Next, I chose a few of the circle images that don't necessarily scream "flower". I started stamping with the largest image in a random-ish pattern and then worked my way down in image size. I also made sure to overlap some of the images for added interest.

I stamped the sentiment on some vellum and used some clear foam tape to pop it up. To add a bit more "pop" to the sentiment I added a very thin strip of brown cardstock. I really love how it turned out!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Last Few PTI Annivesary Projects and MFT Olympics

Hi everyone!

I've got several cards to share today!

I'll start with my Papertrey Ink challenge projects. First, the colour challenge card.  I chose Betsy's palette: Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist and Green Parakeet.

I started with making a few watercolour backgrounds using the Smooshing technique. I loaded up a large block with all 5 inks, spritzed with water and stamped. I added a few splatters and decided that the colours would look fun with as planets. I die cut a few from Out of This World and decorated them further with the coordinating planet images.

For the background, this was also one of my previous smooshing techniques. Because of the type of paper I used, it was less subtle. In order to make it more interest, I added more splatters and then I used one of the stencils from the kit and the corresponding inks.

Next up, the Stripes challenge. I brought out a PTI oldie-Faux Ribbon and started making a stamped background. I pulled out Superstar and decided to cluster a few stars and added some Spring Moss ribbon and a sentiment from Ways to Say It: Birthday

Now, onto the MFT Olympics!

Event One: Stamping Slalom 

The goal was to use at least 3 MFT stamp sets. I used a dragon from Magical Dragons, a heart balloon from Adorable Elephants, and the sentiment from Bitty Bears. I also brought in a 4th MFT image product- the ray stencil. The card is pretty basic. I stamped and arranged the dragon with the balloon and then coloured it in with Stampin' Up markers. I blended coordinating ink on the Lemon Tart background to add the ray pattern.

 Event Two: Freestyle Cardmaking

For this challenge, the card could be in any style, but had to feature a winter theme. I brought out Polar Bear Pals, Beast Friends, and Paradise Penguins for the stamps. I coloured these with Stampin' Up markers again. For the background I used the Stitched Snowdrifts and the Cloud stencil.

Event Three: Crafty Biathlon

For this challenge,you had to choose a card type and a technique. I chose the card type of Shaker and the technique of Emboss Resist. I embossed two flowers from Desert Blooms in white embossing powder. I blended several distress inks over that. Next I die-cut the word Smile out of the background. That's where I made my shaker card! To finish it off, I added a white embossed greeting and some black nuvo drops to the background.


Event Four: Speed Cardmaking

This card is the one I made for my sketch challenge over at Clean & Simple Stamping. It was a nice quick card made with the retired MFT set Pretty Poppies.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A few challenge cards

I found time for a few challenges for the Papertrey Ink festivities this week.

My first card is for the sketch challenge. I was inspired to use Heather's sketch. I don't have the bird from the original card, so I decided to use one from Spring Woods instead. Since I used a robin, I went with a bit of Aqua Mist since it's a bit of a robin's egg type blue. The sentiment is from the Ways to Say: Congratulations

My second card is for the Transformation challenge. This is a card I made using Distress Oxide inks and the Cutaway Tags: Spring several months ago. I don't mind it, but it is a bit flat. 

I decided to transform it by adding some of the coordinating stamps and embossing them in white. I also cut out a few more layers of the tag and layered them on top of my original tag. I like the added dimension it gave the card.

My third card is for the floral challenge. I love Gran's Garden, but don't have the dies, so I decided to do a one layer scene with the flowers.I finished it off with the Ways to Say: Thank You die and a few black Nuvo drops.

My fourth card is for the use a retiring stamp set challenge. I also made this one to work with my sketch this week at Clean and Simple Stamping.

I used mostly Lilac Grace and the Beautiful Butterflies set.

My final card is for the Use Dies Only (no stamps allowed!) challenge. This card looks much better in person. I used the dies from the XOXO set and a few hearts from a retired set (sorry I don't have the name- it was designed by Maile Belles and featured speech bubbles). I cut out the hearts from Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst and Pure Poppy. I also used the stitched rectangle from the Noted: Scalloped Vertical die for my main image panel. I die-cut several layers of the "Be Mine Valentine".  Before die-cutting the final layer, I blended the a few inks. Once cut out, I embossed them with clear.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop Challenge

Hello all!

It's time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

I keep meaning to participate in the blog hops each month, but apparently the week of the 25th tends to be a busy one for me. I managed to squeeze in some time Tuesday night for this challenge. Isn't it a fun one!

Once again, I started the challenge by brainstorming colours, ideas, and images that spoke to me from the inspiration piece:
For images: Ice Cream (obviously, lol), Party Hats. Candy Confetti
For colours: Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores, Gold, Silver,
For ideas: birthday card seemed like the obvious choice as well.

I was kind of all over the place when I started crafting for this challenge. At first, I was going to use the ice cream cone from Love Songs, but I really wanted to use something that wasn't retired. And as I was looking through my stash, I realized that the Colorful Treats set was the perfect set for this inspiration piece!

So I started off with the ice cream cone, stamping it and colouring it with Copics. And I liked it, but I just couldn't decide how I wanted to use it on the project with the other colours I had picked out. So I started over! I stamped the ice cream cone once more onto watercolour paper, heat embossed it with white and used the PTI colours I had picked out to paint it. I loved the look a bit more than the Copics version. But I still had the same problem- what was the rest of the card going to look like.

I started to play around with smooshing- I used Berry Sorbet and Sweet Blush and then when dry, I gold embossed the dots from Good Times over top. Once again, even though I liked how it looked, I just couldn't make it work with the ice cream cone. 

So.... back to looking through the stash. Finally I came up with something that worked!

I used the Noted: Scalloped Vertical A2 set to finish off the card. I used the larger stitched rectangle piece to cut out some Berry Sorbet. I used the card base scalloped piece on white. Next I stamped two of the greetings from the Colorful Treats set onto the Berry Sorbet and heat embossed those in white. I adhered the Berry Sorbet panel to the card base, and then, last minute, I decided, I needed to add some tone on tone stamping. So since I had already glued it down- I placed several post it notes on the white base to protect it from the ink and stamped a few ice cream cones in Berry Sorbet.

Finally, I was ready to add the coloured cone, which I did using foam tape. The very last step was adding a few sequins.

So yeah... I was kind of all over the place with the process, but that's just the way it is sometimes. If you stuck with me and read all that, thanks!

If you're here just for the pics too, that's okay! Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to seeing others take on the challenge!

Supplies (affiliate links used, whenever possible):
Ink: Versamark, Berry Sorbet
Paper: White, Berry Sorbet, Watercolour
Accessories, etc.: Noted: Scalloped Vertical A2 dies, white embossing powder, sequins (note: you could use the Colorful Treats dies to cut out the ice cream cone, I don't have the dies, so I fussy cut it)