Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fall to Layout 93 Take Two

Happy Tuesday!

I'm a bit late with my blog post this week. I got the card done on Sunday, but being in a post-vacation mode (got back on Thursday), followed by getting an annoying cold meant not doing much of anything all. Just finally got the replenishing groceries done last night, haha. Anyway...

I was inspired to use leaves from the sketch image. I decided to do more of a cascading cluster though.

  • Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
  • Image Layer: 3-1/8 x 4-38
  • Image Layer Mat: 3-1/4 x 4-1/2
  • Sentiment Strip: 3/4 x 4-1/4

I started my stamping with the leaves from Spruce & Sprigs. I inked them up with Ripe Avocado and rolled Pinefeather along the edges to get a bit of a blended green. Next I stamped the little berries in the empty spaces with Pure Poppy. I framed my image layer with some Pure Poppy then placed that on some green textured cardstock I found in my scrap stash- it's a pretty close match to Simply Chartreuse.

I decided I wanted a vellum sentiment strip so that the stamped image wasn't completely covered. I used one of my favorite sentiments from the Keep It Simple Christmas set. I attached that to the card front using red brads (yes I know right, brads!?!), but this worked well for the "button" element that I have on the sketch.

Stamps: Spruce & Sprigs, Keep It Simple Christmas
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Pinefeather, Black
Paper: Textured green, Pure Poppy, Vellum, White
Accessories, etc.: red brads

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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Fall to Layout #92 Take Two

Hello everyone! We're taking things square this week! 

Card Base: 5-1/8 x 5-1/8
Main Layer: 5 x 5
Smaller Circle: Approximately 3 inch diameter
Circle Frame: Approximately 3-1/4 inch diameter

I love leaf themed stamps and this turnabout is no exception! It's so easy to use. The mix of line art and solid leaves make this one of the more forgiving turnabouts I have tried. I also love that there are a few sentiments in the set. I used a fall colour palette- Prairie Grass, Honey Nut, Olive Twist, and Terracotta Tile. I stamped it on a Vintage Cream piece of cardstock. Originally, I was only going to attach one leaf to the sentiment circle. However, there were a few stray ink dots, so I decided to just cover them with more leaves!

For the "belly band", I wanted something more than just plain card stock, so I scored a line about 1/8th of an inch from either side.

Supplies (affiliate links used when possible):
Stamps: Thankful Leaves Turnabout
Ink: Honey Nut, Prairie Grass, Saffron Spice, Terracotta Tile, Olive Twist
Paper: Honey Nut, Prairie Grass, Saffron Spice, Vintage Cream
Dies: Circle dies

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall to Layout #91 Take Two

Happy Sunday! I hope you're ready for another sketch!

Card Base: 4.25 x 5.5
Patterned Paper Layer: 3.75 x 5
Layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8
Scallops: 4.25 x 1.25

I had lots of fun making this card! I actually coloured the little mug character a few weeks back, and it was just sitting on my desk waiting for the perfect card. I took a look at this sketch and thought, why not use the mug as the flower element. In case you didn't know, there's a pair of little ovals in this stamp set. I had no idea what they were, since they didn't seem like the usual Lawn Fawn cutesy eyes. They are meant to be rosy cheeks (as I have used here). Just thought I'd share that in case you had no idea like me!

Just a reminder- when it comes to the sketches- they are just a starting point. Never feel obligated to use ALL the elements. Just because I use a flower on the sketch doesn't mean you have to use a flower on your card. It's just meant to designate an image- the choice is yours as to what kind!

Back to the card- the rest came together, once I was settled on using the sketch. The patterned paper comes from the Really Rainbow Christmas Petite Paper Pack.I paired that with some Pure Poppy, Basic Black, and New Leaf cardstock. I decided to add a bit of black and white baker's twine, since I wanted to bring in another black element to tie in with the sentiment, the frame layer, and the ink of the image itself.

Supplies (affiliate links used when possible):
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black Onyx

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fall to Layout #90 Take Two

Happy Sunday! 
So.... last weekend it was 25C with a humidex of 32C, and today it's super dreary and we had a mix of snow and rain last night... Oh September! You just never know what you're going to get!

Anyway, keeping with the theme of snow... Here's a card featuring some new to me snowflake dies.

Card Base: 5.5 x 4.25
Next layer: 5.25 x 4

I got some glitter paper back during Sale-A-Bration and hadn't used it yet. I thought the snowflakes would look so pretty all glittered up! I omitted the ribbon since I had all that glitter and I decided to center the sentiment.

Stamps: Holiday Helpers (greeting only)
Dies: Stitched Snowflakes, Mini Snowflakes, Outside in Stitched Rectangle
Paper: Glitter paper, Smoky Slate, Smokey Shadow

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mood Board Challenge


Here is my card for the latest Lawn Fawnatics challenge. The challenge this time was a mood board. There were luscious fall colours and themes. I decided to make a fun little fairy cafe scene. I'm just going to list all the sets I used first, since there ended up being a lot!

  • Fairies: Fairy Friends
  • House: Frosty Fairy Friends
  • Sign: Village Shops
  • Leaves: Critters from the Past
  • Cups: Holiday Helpers
  • Acorn: Forest Feast
  • Mushroom: Critters in the Forest
  • Sentiments: Sentiment Staples: Birthday
  • Dies: Stitched Windy Backdrop (Lawn Fawn), Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames (MFT)
Alright, now that that's out of the way- here's the card! This one took a bit longer than normal. I started to get it together in stages.

First up, I decided on all my images. I coloured them in with various Copics and other alcohol markers. Next, was the background. I wanted something that felt like "fall", but still had a sky vibe. Thinking back to the mood board, I remembered one image in particular that had a softer aqua background with red/orange leaves. So that inspired me.

I pulled out 5 distress oxide inks- Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apples, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo and blended them. Once I started to put the scene together, I knew I needed something to ground it all. I used that little leaf stamp from the Critters from the Past set and stamped them almost overlapping to mimic a leaf covered ground. I cut along that to make my ground layer. Once I had everything staged on the background, I decided it felt too plain. So I pulled out the Stitched Windy Backdrop die and used that to jazz it up. I have to say, that was a great decision- the swirly wind goes great with a fall themed card.

I wanted my scene to feel like a little window into their fall fairy life, so I completed it with the scalloped frame.

I was going to use a lawn fawn sentiment, but I wanted something birthday and small, so I decided on these Papertrey Ink sentiments instead. I curved them to match the swirls in the background.

Here's another close-up. You can really see the shimmer of the fairy wings, and the fun of the blended background with the swirly stitches.

Fall to Layout #89 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Here's this week's sketch. I have been continuing with building up my batch of Christmas cards. I decided to put together a few "cookies" for today's card. I love how fun these dies look when assembled! 

Measurements are whatever you would like. Essentially, the main layer is just a proportionate step down from the card front you use. I went with 4.25 x 3.

I cut out the main cookies from Kraft cardstock and die cut the associated elements from white and coloured card stock. The only stamped element was on the candy cane- everything else is die cut.

Supplies (affiliate links used when available):
Stamps: Sweet Holiday Treats
Ink: Berry Sorbet
Dies: Sweet Holiday Treats, Ways to Say: Merry Christmas, Outside In Stitched Rectangles
Paper: Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Vintage Jadeite, Kraft, New Leaf, Berry Sorbet, Stamper's Select

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

Fall to Layout #88 Take Two

Happy Sunday!
What can I say, I have been getting into Christmas cards early this year! 

This sketch is a good one for using a strip of patterned paper, or as I've done here, stamp your own! It was a rainy morning and I apparently felt like doing some fussy colouring. I stamped several images from Holiday Helpers and Christmas Dreams and then got to colouring!

I used various markers here, but keeping a fairly traditional Christmas colour palette. Once that was done, I chose some Brilliant Blue cardstock (anyone remember that awesome Basic Bright from Stampin' Up WAY back when...) and embossed a greeting from Winter Scripty Sentiments. The final steps were adding some red stitched grosgrain ribbon and I also die-cut one of the little snowflakes and popped that up.

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Sunday, September 02, 2018

Fall to Layout #87- Take Two

Happy Sunday!
Here's this week's sketch.

Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Vertical Strip: 1-3/4 x 4-1/4
Circle: approximately 2 inches

Here's my card. I decided to make a happy little Halloween card! I just got the Pick of the Patch set by Lawn Fawn, and seriously, how cute are those pumpkins! I stamped my paper strip with the smallest pumpkin and one of the faces. I also used the small solid star to fill in some of the empty space.

Next, I stamped and cut the two larger pumpkins and cut those with copics. I placed those on a dashed white circle and adhered that to a dark grey scalloped circle panel.

Lastly, I remembered that I had some fun Halloween prints in my paper stash. Anyone recognize this awesome set from Stampin' Up! in 2006 ?!? I looked through all the prints from this paper pack, and seriously, Stampin' Up knocked it out of the park. The designs are so classic that they are still very easy to use today.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

All About Layering 1

Happy Friday!

I have another Altenew Academy card to share today. This card is for the All About Layering 1 class. This is a great (and free!) class that helps you learn how to best line up and use your Altenew layer stamps. There are loads of fun card ideas too!

The class features 
  • Golden Garden
  • Scribbled Flowers
  • Whimsical Flowers
  • Painted Flowers
  • Painted Poppy
  • Layered Lily
  • Vintage Flowers
  • Vintage Roses
  • Watercolor Wonders
  • Painted Butterflies
I decided to have some fun with the Painted Poppy set. I started off with the main line art image of the poppy. I did some careful inking to avoid the stem, since I only wanted the blossoms on here. Next, I decided on the rest of my colours and stamped the solid corresponding images, being sure to not have the same colour immediately next to each other. To add a bit more interest, I stamped the solid image of the leaf image in the remaining empty spaces. I really love how it turned out.

The final touch was to figure out a sentiment. My friend let me use her Many Thanks set. This set is really quite great for any sort of thank you card. I just loved using it! 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Let it Shine!

Glitter, gems, foil-there's just something about bringing a little sparkle and shine into your cardmaking that can take it to the next level. As part of my Altenew Educator Certifications Program, I've been going through several classes. The latest one I completed was the super fun Let it Shine with the fun and talented Carissa Wiley Her blog is called Sprinkled with Glitter, so you know, she is sparkle cardmaking royalty!

There are lots of fun ideas in the class for using various sparkly and shiny products. What I loved about this class was the idea of using multiple products together. I tend to already use gems, embossing powder, and glitter separately on my projects, but what about all together? That's what is so fun about classes, you see techniques from a different prospective!

For my card, I thought it'd be fun (and a little crazy), to take the animals from Geometric Menagerie and glitter them up! I started by embossing the bear image in black embossing powder. Then I took a fine tipped bottle of glue and started filling in non-adjacent triangles. I started with the aqua/teal glitter. Then I filled in even more triangles, this time using the lime green glitter. And finally, I really liked how the white triangles looked, but I wanted an even sort of image, so I added more glue and used white glitter in that remaining triangles. Super fun hey? It wasn't even all that time consuming.

Next, I decided on a sentiment from Crafty Friends. I figure this is the sort of card that a fellow crafter would really appreciate! I adhered the cut out bear to the white layer and then brought in my third shine element, aqua, white, and lime green gems!

Thanks for dropping by!

I'll have my next batch of class projects for All About Layering and All About Layering 2 in the next few days.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fall to Layout #86 Take Two

Hi everyone!
Sorry for the delay. I had a crafty get-away this weekend with my friend Chera. We both made the sketch, but were too busy crafting to actually take staged pics for a Sunday post!

The dimensions are pretty straightforward:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Main Layer: Any proportionately smaller rectangle. I think Chera used close to 3-1/4 x 4-1/2. I used 3-3/4 x 5.

Here's Chera's card. She used a few different products. The leaves (and dies) are from the Autumn Leaves set by WPlus9 Designs. The thanks die is called Thanks Twice is by Create a Smile. The rest of the greeting is from the Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Die. I just love the mix of luscious colours she used for the leaves!

We were both apparently in the mood for fall themed cards. 

I got this fun ghost themed set Booyah by Lawn Fawn, just before heading out to her place, so it was definitely on the list to get used. I used the ghosts as the clustered circle elements. I stamped the ghosts and many of the hat/wig elements and coloured them with Copics. I fussy cut them and also made use of a stitched rectangle die for the main layer. I added a few gems for some added sparkle.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Fall to Layout #85

Happy Sunday!

I have a "sweet" card for you today. Once again, I decided to take a look at the images I used on the sketch and specifically choose something different from the sketch image.

  • Card Base: 3-1/2 x 6
  • Main Image Layer: 3-3/8 x 5-7/8
  • Patterned Paper Layer: 3-1/2 x 1-1/4
  • Ribbon: 3/8 inch wide
Here's my card. I grabbed a few different sweet treat images from a few different sets.I stamped them on the white layer using the sketch as a guide, leaving room for the sentiment. Next I decided on some patterned paper and colour matched my Copics to that piece of paper.  The ribbon is from a large roll of 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon I have had for a long time. I decided to add a few white gems to add a bit of texture to the card.

Stamps: Baked with Love, Beam Me Up, Sweet Friends, Year 7
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White, Really Rainbow 6x6 paper pack, Black
Accessories, etc.: Grosgrain ribbon, Copics, Gems

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sweet Wishes

As promised, I got the sketch card done. Today is a welcome (albeit temporary) relief from the heat. So it was a perfect evening for crafting! Just as a reminder, here is the sketch #84.

  • Card: 5x5
  • Image Panel: 2-1/4 x 2-3/4
  • Image Panel Frame: 2-3/8 x 2-7/8
  • Scallop Border: 5 x 1-1/4

Here's my card. I decided to use the milk and cookies set by Lawn Fawn. I stamped the glass and two of the cookies. I masked the bitten cookie so that I could have it overlapping the full one.  I also masked the milk portion of the glass so that the entire straw was not visible. The little heart has some clear nuvo drops onto to give it some fun shine.

For the background I used the Bahama Blue Memento ink (once stamped off) onto some Tempting Turquoise. I found an older EK Success scalloped edge punch and used that with some Real Red to make my border.

Supplies: Stamps: Milk and Cookies (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Memento- Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue, Lady Bug, Versafine- Black Onyx
Paper: White, Black, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories, etc: Nuvo clear drops, copics, scalloped edge punch

If you would like to join in the challenge, be sure to link up in the previous post.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Fall to Layout #84

Happy Sunday everyone!

Sorry for the delay. It's a gross heat wave here right now, so I'm not doing that much crafting this week. I don't actually have a card to share.

I have the sketch up if you are wanting to get inspired. You can also check out my original challenge card here.

I'll try and get a card made on Monday or Tuesday. It's supposed to be a little cooler (high of only 25 on Monday and 18-19 on Tuesday) so hopefully that will be some relief from this heat!

This is now...

This was from December 30th. Yep we sure get both extremes here!

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Easy Ink Blending

Hello everyone. I hope you're having a good week so far.

I've got a fun Altenew Academy project to share today. I've really been enjoying these classes. Today's project is from the Easy Ink Blending Techniques class. This class really inspired me to try something new. It's funny, I love doing many techniques, but the thought to combine these two techniques never cross my mind. Let me tell you, game changer! 

First I decided on my stamps- Coffee Love is such a fun set. I love the sketched illustration style to it. Once I was set on the images, I decided to use a coffee colored palette- I used Distress Inks here- Ground Espresso, Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber.

Okay, so onto the technique- Faux Watercoloring!
I started with embossing my images on some watercolor paper. I started my background with some ink blending, and finished off the project, adding in some water and more of the same colours to give a looser, organic feel. I love how this technique really takes your ink blending up a notch, while still feeling like watercoloring, but you have SO much more control this way!

I highly recommend this class to check out the technique fully. Even if you consider yourself advanced in blending techniques, Amy Lee has such a way of presenting, that you are sure to learn some new techniques and you will certainly be inspired! Her card for this technique is truly gorgeous!!

Stamps: Coffee Love
Ink: Versamark, Versafine Black Onyx, Ground Espresso, Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber
Paper: Early Espresso, Cream Watercolor Cotton Paper (Savoy)
Accessories, etc.: white embossing powder

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Fall to Layout #83

Happy Sunday!

It's a long weekend over here, so I am enjoying the extra day for some relaxation and crafting! This week, I was a bit better about sticking to the sketch. Ultimately it breaks down into a sentiment surrounded by a triad of objects,

My Dimensions used:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Image Layer: 3-5/8 x 4-7/8
Image Layer Frame: 3-3/4 x 5

And here's the card, I really wanted to make a space themed card for my friend's birthday, so I started off with a few images from Out of This World and got to colouring. Next I thought I should make a quick galaxy background. I love these and they really are quick and easy. For this one, I started off with a piece of 110lb black card stock (I just buy the pack from Michaels). I used black because it means you don't have to use quite so much ink for blending. I selected Distress Oxide inks,Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, and Black Soot and blended on top of that. Next I misted it a few times with the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer. I wanted more of a starry look, so I stamped some White Snow pigment ink onto an acrylic block (to use as a palette), watered this down and then splattered that all over.

I embossed the "out of this world" phrase on the galaxy layer and popped up the rest of the sentiment on some white cardstock. Truthfully this was done because that part of the embossing smeared! But I actually like the little pop of white it gives.

Final steps were adhering my images. I popped all of these up on foam tape. I wanted the little astronaut tethered, so I drew a little rope with a white gel pen leading off the scene to some unknown tether station, ha!

Stamps: Out of This World
Dies: Out of This World lawn cuts
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide-Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Pigment- Fresh Snow
Accessories, etc: various Copics

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fall to Layout #82- Take Two

Happy Sunday!

So, this week is a bit different. Below I have the original sketch 82 that was featured. You are more than welcome to take a stab at it, although I don't have confirmed measurements. Eyeballing it I would say that the scalloped layer is about 4 x 4.25 and then apply a scallop punch or die to fancify the edge.

So confession time, I totally deviated from the sketch, but the original sketch was completely my starting point. I looked at how I had 3 images on the card, I really wanted to use the Lace Leaf set. I started with a piece of watercolour paper and stamped the ink-like stamp. I used 4 distress inks on the stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped onto the paper. Then I spritzed the paper, and lastly, any spots that didn't stamp smooth I evened out with a wet paintbrush. 

To stamp the large leaf, I decided to use my MISTI. I inked up the leaf using Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, and Summer Sunrise. I did that twice to ensure it popped against the inky background. Next.I added in two of the smaller leaves for the 2nd and 3rd elements.

Now here is where I really struggled with keeping to the sketch. Did I force my stamped image into the sketch? Did I start over with something else that worked a bit better with the sketch? OR did I just accept the fact that this card was going to deviate from the sketch? That's the option I went with!

I already had some baker's twine ready to go, as I was intending to use it for the above sketch, but I decided to change the orientation. 

Lastly, the sentiment I wanted worked best on the image panel, so I stamped it in Versamark and embossed it with some copper embossing powder.

So now, I present to you sketch 82-ish. Feel free to use this one instead if you like!

  • Stamps: Lace Leaf
  • Distress Ink: Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, 
  • Other Ink: Versamark, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise
  • Paper: White watercolour paper, copper, Early Espresso
  • Other: copper embossing powder, baker's twine

Lastly, as I was staging my photo, I had a little helper jump up. The two newest kitties to our family sure love being in the craft room! This is Malone trying to sneak to the window behind my desk.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Fall to Layout #81 Take Two

Happy Sunday everyone.
Time for another sketch. This one is great for using small bits of patterned paper or smaller stamped images.

This sketch doesn't really require much for measurements. I would say stick to a standard sized card front and aim to have your circle elements be around 1 inch.

I pulled out Foxy Friends and decided to use three of the critters. I used the coordinating punch to cut them out. The fox and raccoon are fairly obvious. For the brown critter- you decide- is it a bear, a wolf, a cat- I'm not sure! I thought this old greeting from the long retired Faux Ribbon was a great combination since there was "many" critters to say thanks.

The background is from an older 6x6 We R Memory Keepers set (Happy Camper). I thought the slightly muted woodgrain image was a nice touch.

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