Saturday, May 2, 2020

Spring Card Camp 1 - Day 8

I am very happy with how quickly these two came together.  I didn't over think them and it all worked out fairly easily the first time.  I pulled out some oldie but goodies supplies, along with some never been used (as normal....have tons of stuff that has never been used).
I have not yet practiced watercolor enough to like my results but I do have the Pinkfresh Studio Rainbow with Splatters Washi tape that covers a whole card panel.  I have a few panels ready with the tape already on them and decided the other day the next card in the class that referenced water-coloring was going to get one of those panels they are...
My oldie but goodie supplies are Papertrey Ink Enclosed Flower die, Melon Berry cardstock, my go to Stamper Select White.  The Pinkfresh washi is the watercolor.  The sequins are never been used but have had for a bit...Craft Medley in Princess (pink) and Go Green, Simon Says Stamp Celosia Cherished (peaches). 


Spring Card Camp - Day 7

Day 7 project for Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 1. 

My stencil of choice was Simon Says Stamp Deco Weave, inks are Distress Oxide Chipped Sapphire, Vintage Photo & Tea Dye, the die sentiment is SSS Thanks Frame.  I didn't use fun foam like Laurie used in the sample but I did stack three heavy weight card stocks for the sentiment.  Thank goodness for the press-n-seal to help it all transfer over and the fact that I thought it through and applied Xyron X sticker maker to the back of all of the pieces before die cutting those intricate cuts.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Spring Card Camp - Day 6

Day 6 entry for Online Card Class - Spring Card Camp.  It is day 17 already when I am posting this but no biggie.  These cards have been done for a few days I just hadn't had time to do the post.
I used the template provided in the class with three sheets of paper from the Reverse Confetti True Love paper pad that I have had for a few years.  With the left over pieces of pattern paper I cut the Simon Says Stamps Bold Thanks die and inlaid them back in to white frames.  I have a birthday coming up so these might just come in handy soon.

 I like that this was a very simple, no special supplies needed, type of project that ended up with three cards.  Thanks for looking.

Spring Card Camp - Day 5

My posts are getting smaller and smaller as this class goes on.  Here are my cards for day 5 of the Online Card Classes - Spring Card Camp.  It was a challenge because I got stuck at the watercolor demo...that is a medium I am not yet practiced enough with to be successful at making anything so I ended up doing ink blending.  That isn't much better, because I am still new to it, but much better than the water coloring turned out.
I used the Heffy Doodle Circle Masquerade stencil to help me line up the Simon Says Stamps Birthday Wishes Circle die cut.  I sprayed the back with ThermOWeb Pixie Spray temporary adhesive.  I ink blended with Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean.  Then I spritzed with water. 
There were a bunch of follies in between the ink blending and the finished cards below but I will save you that story.  Have a good day! 

Spring Card Camp - Day 4

Working from home and trying to keep up with some basic exercise has cause me to lose craft time..surprisingly.  I guess I get more physical activity during my normal (we are so not in normal times right now) work day than I realized.
Anyway here are my day 4 cards:

Very simple.  I like how they turned out.  The cardstock is PTI Stamper Select White, stamp and dies are Simon Says Stamps Beautiful Day, ink is Nocturne Clair, colored with Chameleon colored pencils and a few random sequins to accent the one card.  Have a good day!  

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Spring Card Camp - Day 3

So I very much struggled with the technique for day 3 of the OCC Spring Card Camp class.  The goal was to use an abstract background, stamped on multiple colors of paper, then cut those papers up to 'color' the background of two cards - remember this class has a theme of doing two cards at once.  Here is the finished card, yes just one, but this wasn't the first one I attempted.
I started with an idea to use the Simon Says Stamps Gerber Daisy background to make two Mother's Day cards.  I did the stamping and TWO...yes TWO days of fussy cutting.

I started to place everything frustrated, gently wrapped them up in press n seal and tucked them away for a future rainy day.  So, defeated, I have tried to move on to days 4-9 (yes, today is day 9) but I couldn't.  I wanted so desperately to do something even if it wasn't a 2-fer and even if it wasn't exactly abstract.  So today I pulled out the supplies below:
I stamped the SSS Plank Background with SSS Fog and SSS Smoke inks on PTI White and Sunny Studio Spring Fling pattern paper.  I then stamped the Concord & 9th Wonderful Florals in SSS Smoke and Gina K Black Amalgam on the same two papers.  I then fussy cut out a few of the planks to adhere with foam tape thus giving the card dimension.  The white with the stamped background helped keep the color piece lined up.  You can see the dimension in the two pictures below. 

I added Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen to the letters of the Wonderful word to help them standout.  I stamped Have A and Day from the same Concord & 9th set to the panel to complete the sentiment.  I mounted the card front on a PTI white card base.
I am happy with the way this turned out.  I told my husband I could have struggled to do the exact technique shown and then hated the outcome or I could modify it to fit my style and have a finished product that I will use.  Thanks for off to try and catch up!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Spring Card Camp - Day 2

Day 2 of the OCC Spring Card Camp was to use an 11" x 4.25", create your design, then cut in half (5.5") to have two card panels. The demonstration video used multiple colors of ink on various stamps so my first attempt was to do a multi-colored embossing powder design through a stencil.  It worked well enough technique wise but I didn't like the look of the finished design.
So back to the drawing board.  I knew I wanted one large stamp or stencil image that I could then cut in half.  I stamped everything, including the sentiments, before I cut.  That made for two really quick cards.

My supplies were:  Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock for the card panel and the base, Simon Says Stamps Bohemian Lace background stamp and Hand lettered Encouragement sentiment.  Versamark and Wow Metallic Copper Sparkle for embossing the background.  MISTI, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Ranger Distress Collage Medium Matte to glue down the Pretty Pink Posh Espresso Jewels.

Thanks for looking, have a safe day!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Spring Card Camp - Day 1

Time to get crafty!  Working from home, like so many others, I couldn't pass up an opportunity for another Online Card Class.  This one is Spring Card Camp and is lasting through the end of April!  The theme for this class is two for one cards.
Day 1 - Stamp an image, emboss many times, use it as an embossing folder of sorts. I made a total of four complete cards.  My stamp of choice was Picket Fence Studio Swallowtail Beauty stamped with Versamark on Gina K Artist Choice 110 lbs card and Hero Arts White embossing powder.

Card 1: 
Cardstock is Papertrey Ink Spring Rain, ink color is Distress Broken China, sentiment is Simon Says Stamp Just Because Word Mix 2 stamped on vellum with Versamark, SSS Fine Detail White embossing powder.  The top panel is mounted on a PTI Stampers Select white card base with SSS Big Momma foam tape.
Card 2:
Cardstock is PTI Aqua Mist, Distress Evergreen Bough.  All of the rest is the same as above.
Card 3:
Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Distress Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean.  Same as others for the rest.  I did decide to splatter this one with water.  It is harder to see the details of the butterfly on this one.
Card 4 - technically card 1??  lol:

This was technically the first panel that I used to emboss all of the rest.  Once done embossing I reheated it to make the embossing powder shiny again then I covered it with Distress Dusty Concord ink and sprayed it with shimmer spray.  The sentiment is from SSS Beautiful Day stamp set.
For a bonus I wanted to post a quick picture of the cards I sent out for Easter.  I don't normally make cards for Easter but a few things caused me to do it this year.  1.  We are not getting together, which is odd, so I wanted to send some happy mail.  2.  I found that I had a set of Egg shaped nested dies so I thought why not do a shaped card.  I stenciled the background piece to tuck the egg in while in the envelope to keep it safe in the mail.

Thanks for stopping by, comments are appreciated, and I hope everyone is staying well and getting crafty.  Off to work on my day 2 cards.  Already a day behind....yikes!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Coloring Challenge - Day 1

The timing for this newest Online Card Class could not have been any better; I am off work right now recovering from a very simple scheduled surgery.  I love these classes but doing them live is more fun than at a later time so I am excited to be home.  I logged in promptly at 9 on the first day, struggled to watch the videos (I had a lot of buffering -  I don't know if it was the popularity of the class or my internet service) and then off to the craft room to BE FEARLESS with my colors and get coloring!!
Well the first lesson, be fearless, quickly turned to a realization that I have a ton of mediums (alcohol markers of various brands, water colors of many types, color pencils and pens galore) but I do not appear to purchase many images that are for coloring......  I was quickly stumped and frustrated at the same time.  I picked the best I could, or so I thought, and off to the couch to get comfy and not strain my neck (a bonus tip).  It was terrible....and I mean terrible.  I told myself just keep going...still yuck....ok, add some colored try the gray border.  By now I also had a headache from the markers.  I put it down and took a nap.
I watched Day 2 & Day 3.  Each day I would go to the craft room, rummage through the supplies and pull the ones with potential to the front of the bins.  I would go look at the gallery, forum, instagram....anything to see what others were doing in hopes it would trigger something.  Finally, Friday mid-day (day 5) I had my inspiration and I started to color my day 1 homework....and it worked!!!!
I pulled out the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set and went to googling peony's to see their natural colors.  I COLOR PLUCKED three Copics (RV10, RV21 V06 - I guess they are actually the same family, so not totally plucked) stamped with my Gina K Amalgam black ink and got busy.  I was using the layering stamp set as my guide for my shading.  I was not liking it but I kept going....
I pulled out my various pencils and my sharpener and started with the NOOKS & CRANNIES and I was starting to really like what I was seeing.  The texture the pencils added, the way it blended, the way the fine lines gave the petals shape.  I was doing it!
The one thing I was too fearful to do was add in the gray shadow after I had done all of the pencil work.  Hindsight is telling me I should have done that before the pencils but I like the finished image.  I am not sure if it will ever make its way to a card that I give someone so for now it is proudly up on my memo board in the craft room to be looked at and admired.
Thanks for looking!  I now have all kinds of ideas for what to color next, what techniques I want to try and can't wait to get working on the next thing.  Off to work on Day 2 & 3.  Have a great day!!


Sunday, September 29, 2019

STAMPtember post 5

One of these years I will figure out how to post the same link more than once to upload my projects.  See original post here for details:

STAMPtember post 4

One of these years I will figure out how to post the same link more than once to upload my projects.  See original post here for details:

STAMPtember post 3

One of these years I will figure out how to post the same link more than once to upload my projects.  See original post here for details:

STAMPtember post 2

One of these years I will figure out how to post the same link more than once to upload my projects.  See original post here for details:

Simon Says Stamp - STAMPtember 2019

I have not posted in forever!!  I took advantage of Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember 10 year celebration to challenge myself to pull out supplies that I HAD TO HAVE but HAVE NEVER USED (along with the oldies but goodies).  Each time they released a limited-edition collaboration set with a specific company they also started a challenge to show off your projects using that brand. I have had so much fun this month pulling together items by each brand (if I own any) and getting creative. If you see a * next to an item that means this is the first time I have used it.  I am only giving a brief description of the key supplies used or this would be an even bigger post.
Gina K:  *Gina K for Thermoweb Crazy Daisy Stencil, *Nuvo Amethyst Purple glitter paste, Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink on Alcohol ink glossy paper coated with Distress Glaze.  SSS Stitched Rectangle die, Concord & 9th Dahlia Turnabout stamp set for sentiment.

Picket Fence Studio:  *Picket Fence Studio - Peacock Mandala stencil, Picket Fence Studio Blender Brushes, Distress Oxide *Twisted Citron, Peacock Feather & Wilted Violet inks, *Memento Tuxedo Black marker for the dots, My Favorite Things (MFT) Wonky Stitched Rectangle (you will see this a lot), *SSS Big Friend Die, *Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock (white & tinted with Wilted Violet for sentiment).  Papertrey Ink (PTI) Back & White cardstock, rhinestones are leftovers from a new hobby of mine - diamond painting.

PinkFresh Studio:   I didn't think I had anything by this company and then I remembered I have two of their washi tapes that I adore but hadn't yet played with.  I made a total of 5 cards!
Card 1:  *PinkFresh Studio Adorable Frames Washi Tape, *MFT Happy Birthday Circle Frame and Circle Shaker Pouch, *Studio Katia Gold Sparkle Crystals, random confetti, PTI white cardstock.
Cards 2 & 3:  *PinkFresh Studio Rainbow Splatters Washi tape, PTI Birthday Wishes die, *Tonic Specialty Pearl Ripple cardstock, MFT Wonky Rectangles, Press and Seal to help transfer the pieces to the opposite card.  Simple design gets two completed cards with no stamping! 

Cards 4 & 5:  *PinkFresh Studio Rainbow Splatters Washi tape, *PTI Cover Plate - Mighty Bloom Die, PTI White cardstock for the bases, Press and Seal to help transfer the pieces to the opposite card.  Happy Birthday sentiment from *PTI Keep It Simple Birthday III set stamped in Versamark & Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder to closely match the goldish splatter on the washi.  For the shaker card the *Hello sentiment is from SSS Sending Happy Thoughts July 2014 card kit stamp set and the glitters are *Wow ultra fine in the following colors:  Taffy, Cherry, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Mint, Frost, Denim & Orchid. 

The Greeting Farm:  This one is a little bit of a stretch but the glasses are indeed from the *I Love Dad stamp set.  PTI Kraft & True Black cardstock, SSS Frames, Google eyes from the dollar store, sentiment from PTI Off Beat Birthdays
Memory Box:   I love how these turned out.  I recently purchased the *Snowflake Marquee die and couldn't put it to work fast enough.  The SSS *Thanks Frame sentiment fits perfect in the space in the middle.  I even used some precious Tonic Specialty paper in *Silver Silk & *Denim Ripple to make these no stamp cards.  

Brutus Monroe:   I made two cards with his products; the first was a bit of a stretch but the embossing powder is indeed his.
Card 1: *SSS Mom & Dad Icons stamp set and die for the beer stein,  *Brutus Monroe Marshmallow Puff Embossing Powder, Copics Y08 & Y17, *Nuvo Crystal Glaze, sentiment from PTI *Birthday Bash stamp set, PTI Kraft & True Black cardstock and SSS Frames die (one of my favorites).
Card 2:  *Brutus Monroe Birthday Circle Stencil, Deco Foil Transfer Gel, *Brutus Monroe Green Sketch Foil, *Deco Foil Toner Sheet, SSS Stitched Rectangle, SSS Birthday Borders Stamp set for the sentiment.  It is a little crooked but once it is stuck I couldn't pull it back up.  My family is used to the quirks of handmade and love it. 
Honey Bee:   I did three cards but two of them were the same design.  Similar to what I can do on father's day (make two cards at the same time; one for my dad and one for my father-in-law) their birthdays happen to only be about a week apart so I can do two birthday cards at the same time.  Card 1 (made two of them) is with the new Honey Bee *Car Show & *You're A Classic stamp sets.  I colored in the cars with Distress Oxide *Candied Apple, *Carved Pumpkin, Mermaid Lagoon, *Mustard Seed & *Crushed Olive.  The sentiment inside was stamped with the Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and the symbol from the sentiment set was stamped in Mermaid Lagoon.  

For the second card I used the Honey Bee *The Bee's Knee's paper pad and the *Large Thanks stamp set.  I stamped it with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and used Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  This one is so simple but I love how great it looks.  I can't believe I actually used that glorious paper. 
Concord & 9th:   My absolute favorite set of theirs is the Dahlia Turnabout Stamp Set; I have used it for many cards.  I have had this round frame sitting around for a bit trying to figure out what to put in it for my office at work.  I used this set with Altenew inks in Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon & Emerald to tie in my with teal green/blue theme in my little cubicle at work.  I added some Wow Seaglass embossing powder on top of the Lagoon to give it some sparkle.  Everyone at work loves it and says I should make them in other colors to give as gifts.  I keep looking at it thinking it is a clock.  I am sure I will get used to it not being a clock over time.

Clearly Besotted:  I had to have the April Showers stamp set when I first saw it but then I never used it...story of our lives right.  So I decided to break this one out for STAMPtember.  I made three cards with it. I think I will be purchasing the dies soon because fussy cutting wasn't all that fun; doable but not fun.
Card 1:  I used *Lawn Fawn Watercolor paper in blue and white (looks like a simple sky to me) with the MFT wonky stitched die, I found a gray paper in my stash that had various sections of different patterns in the same hue so I stamped the umbrella tops and paper pieces them back on the handles.  I used my white gel pen to make the dots white on the one umbrella.  The sentiment comes from *SSS + CZ Designs You Got This stamps and die.  The raindrops are Studio Katia. 
Card 2:  Again, cutting in to some hoarded pattern paper.  I think this might be a Lawn Fawn pack that was in an SSS card kit when I used to get them.  The sentiment is from PTI *Keep It Simple - Get Well and the gemstones are *Nuvo Water Droplets. 
Card 3:  Another random pattern paper from my collection (brand unknown).  I colored the umbrella with Copics, G02 & Y17.  The sentiment is from PTI *Keep it Simple - Get Well and the Clear Hearts are Studio Katia. 
SugarPea Designs:  I used the *SugarPea Designs You're My Type stamp set, colored with Copics R24, R27, R29, N0 & N2, the pattern paper is Doodlebug Back to School pad, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangles and the Polaroid type frame is SSS *Birthday Frame.  I cut off the word birthday from the frame after I die cut it.  I am highly considering the dies for this set but haven't pulled the plug yet.
Altenew:   Last card for this post!  I have had the *Altenew Persian Motif's stamp set for forever but I have never used it so I knew that this was the set I was pulling out when it was Altenew day.  I kept it very simple, mainly because I am running out of time and mojo.  I stamped almost all of the stamps on the PTI Weathervane paper with Versamark, used Ranger Silver and colored in the design with SpectrumNoir clear glitter pen.  It came together really quick and I like how it looks.  It is hard to photograph.
If you made it this far, thanks for looking at my month of September 2019.  Who knows when I will post again.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!