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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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):

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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

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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

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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!