Hello friends! I'm popping in today to share a project I made with a newly released stamp set from Jane Davenport for Spellbinders called Walk With Courage. This set has images of two women created in a stylized manner, as well as the sentiment and a few other smaller images. This card definitely made me think of those strong women I know who are walking with courage right now. I decided to do some simple watercoloring with the image and it turned into a bit of disaster so I started over and heat embossed the image using gold embossing powder. I pulled out some ephemera pieces from the Spellbinders July 2020 card kit called Vintage Mementos. The butterfly I used in the layout is a soft yellow so I went with that color for her dress, shoe and hair. I used distress ink in scattered straw for the coloring. Once the image was dry I trimmed it down and adhered it to a card base. I heat embossed the sentiment walk with courage in the same gold embossing powder on vellum and trimmed out the circle. I then spent some time arranging the sentiment strip and the butterfly to find an arrangement that I liked. It turns out that my arrangement is somewhat similar to the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch so I will be posting her over there. I really like how this turned out. Now to determine who I will send this to in the future! I will be back later in the week with another card using a new Jane Davenport stamp set so stay tuned!
Monday, September 21, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Hey there! I'm popping in with a couple of cards that I made for some MFT challenges. Their annual card design superstar contest is going on. I decided to challenge myself and enter the coloring virtuoso contest, as well as the clean and simple challenge. First up is the card for the coloring challenge. I have a lot of MFT's beautiful floral stamp sets and I used the Rose Garden set to make my card. I stamped the image on smooth bristol cardstock with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne and then colored with ZIG markers. Because this is a coloring challenge I challenged myself to color the images using two very different colors. I started by coloring the flowers using a pink ZIG and once that layer was dry I added in light yellow. I pretty pleased with my coloring on this image. I die cut a piece of white cardstock with a label die from MFT (I think it is no longer available) and then trimmed down the two pieces even further to widen the center. I had inked up a piece of bristol with Speckled Egg distress oxide ink, die cut it with a mini scalloped rectangle die from MFT adhered it to the center of my card base and then trimmed down the sides. I adhered the other pieces with foam tape and then added the rose image to the center. The sentiment is from another MFT set and was embossed with white on vellum and die cut with an MFT fishtail banner die. A larger fishtail banner was die cut, layered with the first one and adhered to the card front.
The second card is for the clean and simple challenge for the Card Design Superstar. For this card I used the super cute Stacey Yacula Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes. This card is going to my sister-in-law who has a couple of turtles. I stamped the little guy and a cupcake on smooth bristol and colored with ZIGs just like I did with the first card. After coloring everything I die cut the images with the matching dies. I used another small rectangle die from MFT to cut the little piece behind the turtle and the cupcake. I cut a strip of black and white striped patterned paper and adhered that on one side of my cardstock base. I trimmed down a panel of white cardstock and adhered that to the front with foam tape. I then created a messy loop of black thread, adhered the rectangle on top and then added the turtle and cupcake. The sentiment from the same set was stamped on a fishtail banner with Nocturne ink, trimmed down to fit the design and adhered.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full design. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Friday, September 11, 2020
With the second card I was able to use three different colors of foil to foil the falling leaves and then an foil with a fun pattern to foil the sentiment. I colored the leaves using the some of the colors from the current Color Throwdown. To bring in the brown from the combo I mounted the panel on a dark brown card base. The top and bottom leaves were colored with several different Polychromos colored pencils to create the color blends. I did this so that one leaf was more yellow in color and the other was more orange in color, but still a blend of the two colors. I think they turned out pretty well. The middle leaf was obviously colored red (same colors of pencils that I used on the daisy image. I'm also including a close up of the foiling. While it was fun learning that you can foil with an iron I'm glad that I now have a laminator that I can use to foil should I get additional Gina K. foil mates sheets. May enter this one in the monthly mix challenge, too.
I hope my cards inspire you to try an unconventional approach to your crafting! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to check out what I created. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Saturday, September 5, 2020
The next card is for two challenges: Freshly Made Sketches and Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash - fall/halloween ( I went with fall). I recently got a set of watercolors from Altenew, the 12 piece set and decided to try them out with stamps and dies from the RC Stained Glass Butterflies and Fall Foliage stamp and die sets. I also used some of the metallic Altenew watercolors on the leaves. I stamped everything with VersaFine CLAIR Acorn ink and then colored them. I went more muted on the leaves and tried to go brighter on the butterfly. I linked up three of the maple leaves together and then adhered them to my off white cardstock panel. The butterfly was adhered with foam dimensionals. Hopefully you can see the sketch in my arrangement. I stamped the sentiment from Fall Foliage on vellum with VersaMark watermark ink, applied gold embossing powder from WOW! and heat set it. I trimmed the strip down and then wrapped the strip around the panel and secured it in the back.
Final card is for Color Throwdown. I used a single flower from the MFT Rose Garden stamp set and did some ink blending with distress oxide inks in Salty Ocean and Peeled Paint using the MFT Rectangle Extraordinaire stencil. I die cut the flower, put tape on the back of the negative space, inserted the flower back in and then stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the image using Copic markers in the same colors as the last time I colored an MFT floral image... purple! The ink blended panel was die cut with a rectangle die and then I adhered the flower using foam tape. I stamped the sentiment from a different MFT stamp set on vellum with VersaMark, applied black embossing powder (from WOW) and heat set it. I trimmed out a strip and then wrapped it around the panel and secured it in the back with adhesive. The panel was adhered to a kraft cardstock base. Going to add this one to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of Stamp It.
I think the first card is my favorite... would love to know what you think. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Hello and happy STAMPtember everyone! Can you believe that we have rolled around to another one?! I'm participating in a blog celebration (or party) put on by Simon Says Stamp to celebrate this yearly event. This isn't a blog hop per se, but a large gathering of lots of crafters sharing tons of inspiration. You can start at the beginning by heading to the Simon Says Stamp blog. And since this a party you have to have prizes and surprises, right?! Well check out the banner for your opportunity to get a free stamp set for a $100 order using the code! The are other codes and offers to be found so make sure you check out the whole blog party! I have two cards and a set of tags to share with you today that I made using the beautiful Prismatic Snowflakes. You can find the new release here. I also used the Holiday Snowflake Tag die set, as well as sentiments from the Frozen Fractals stamp set and Stained Glass Greetings stamp and die set.
First up is a set of tags that I made with the two largest snowflakes from the Prismatic Snowflakes set along with the Holiday Snowflake Tag die set. I stamped the snowflakes on white cardstock with VersaMark watermark ink and then heat embossed them using pewter embossing powder. The smaller snowflakes were then inked with Speckled Egg and Tumbled Glass distress oxide inks and the larger snowflakes with Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress oxide inks. I trimmed out the snowflakes and layered them on tags that I die cut from white cardstock and Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass cardstock. I also die cut the snowflake from the tag set from Memory Box glitter cardstock that has a light blue tint to it. Those were layered on the tags and the snowflakes layered on tope. I finished off each tag with different embellishments. Large jewels from Pretty Pink Posh for one set of tags and small snowflake sequins and Pretty Pink Posh jewels for the other. Love how they turned out!
The next project is a card that was inspired by some of the beautiful cards that the super talented Yana Smakula creates! She is so good at creating dramatic backgrounds using stamps and then filling in the spaces with jewels or sequins. I'm not so great at creating background with stamps, but was able to pull this one off because there are so many snowflakes in the set making it easy to arrange the background. I simply placed the largest snowflake in the center then around additional snowflakes around the top and partway down the sides. I stamped the images with VersaMark watermark ink, then flipped my cardstock panel around, removed the large center snowflake, left the others in place and stamped. I applied gold embossing powder (from WOW Embossing) and heat set. Once that was done I used Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot distress inks to darken the edges of my dark blue panel leaving the center uninked. The panel was then trimmed down slightly with a rectangle die. I stamped the word peace from the Stained Glass Greeting set on vellum with watermark ink, applied gold embossing powder and heat set. This was then wrapped around the panel and secured in the back. I stamped the sentiment (also from Stained Glass Greetings) on the same dark blue cardstock with watermark ink and heat set with gold embossing powder. This was trimmed down and popped up on the vellum strip. Then I filled in most of the gaps using some pretty gold pearls that I had left over from making Christmas cards with my Glimmer and a Spellbinders card kit. I absolutely love how this card turned out!
The last card was something that I just decided to do well... at the last minute. Originally I was only going to do the card and tags, but was enjoying making things with the stamp set and just couldn't stop! I used a sentiment from the Frozen Fractals stamp set and one of the dies from the Christmas Foliage die set. I stamped the large snowflake on vellum with watermark ink and then heat embossed with a sparkly white embossing powder from WOW Embossing. The snowflake was then trimmed out and a large Pretty Pink Posh Jewel added to the center. I then die cut the leafy sprig from some of the same Memory Box glitter cardstock I used on the tags. I die cut a panel of Sea Glass cardstock and arranged my snowflake and the leafy sprigs on the front. I didn't adhere everything down at that point as I still needed to stamp the sentiment. I placed the sentiment where I wanted it, removed everything and then stamped it using VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink. Everything was then glued in place and the panel adhered to a white cardstock base. I finished off the design with additional jewels.
Thanks for stopping by and happy STAMPtember!
Sunday, August 30, 2020
The next card is for this month's Altenew inspiration challenge. I wasn't going to enter anything as I couldn't figure out what the colors were, but decided to make something since I could use the sketch. I stamped the Color A Flower Hydrangea with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne on watercolor paper, let it dry and then colored the image with Ranger distress inks in Bundled Sage and Chipped Sapphire. I trimmed down the panel, added some score lines to mimic the sketch and adhered it to a light sandy colored cardstock base. The sentiment is from the Altenew Label Love set, stamped three times with VersaFine CLAIR Morning Mist, trimmed out and popped up on the image to mimic the square element in the sketch. I did manage to get gray in to my color scheme dispite not really know what the colors to be used were! Think I will add this one to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.
The final card is for the MFT sketch challenge. I had previously made a card using the gorgeous Floral Focus image, but had only used part of it because it is easy to cut the piece into two separate pieces. I'm using the piece that I did not use on today's card. I colored the image with Copic markers in shades of violet and green. I die cut the banner using a MFT fishtail flag stax die and stamped the sentiment from another MFT floral set on the banner with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink. I adhered the image to the banner using glue. The strips were cut from purple cardstock and for some reason I used the wrong purple! I had another purple out that went with the colors better, but put it back instead of the one I used. I adhered the strips and then attached the banner using foam tape and glue dots. The panel was then adhered to a white cardstock base. A nice clean and simple take on the sketch!
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Now on to the card! As I indicated above the kit included everything that I needed to make all the cards with the exception of one of the foils that I used. Instructions are provided, as well. At one point I thought I would just make my own cards, but then decided to go ahead make the cards per the instructions, with small changes to two of the cards. The first card is the simplest one, but I think really packs a punch. The stamp set that was included in the kit has two Christmas type trees in it and the instructions call for the largest one to be heat embossed in white on a light blue cardstock. The banner was created by using foiling one of the included plates with red foil and then trimming out the banner portion, adhering it over the tree and then finishing off the card with gold flatback pearls. This card would be so fun to create using several different foils and cardstock backgrounds. Going to add this one to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.
The next card also features the Glimmer foil plate used in the first card, but this time you get to see the entire foiled image! The Glimmer plate used is called Merry Christmas Banner. I made a couple of little changes to this card. I foiled the image on the medium blue cardstock, but did not do any ink blending on the card as suggested in the instructions. I die cut the piece and adhered it to a white cardstock base. I foiled the sentiment, trimmed it down and then adhered it to the card front. With the sentiment I also deviated from the instructions. At first I wasn't going to add the leaves and little gold pearls, but decided to follow that part of the instructions and I do like how it turned out. Again, this is a card that would be fun to foil in lots of different colors with different background colors.
The next two cards are definitely more involved and feature lots of die cutting. The first one features the elegant Faux Script Holiday Cheer glimmer plate. This is another card that would be fun to create using different foils and colored cardstock. The large sentiment, as well as the smaller sentiment were foiled on the red cardstock and adhered to the embossed panel. The smaller sentiment is from the Glimmer plate set called Holiday Sentiments. The poinsettia, leaves and little sprigs were die cut from various cardstocks and adhered to the card front as show. The dies used for the flower and leaves are from another Glimmer plate set called Ornament. You will see the ornament plate in action on the final card. I could see making this card and using the sentiment "and Happy New Year" instead of the Merry Christmas sentiment used on the card I made.
The final card is the most ornate of the four and was lots of fun to create. I made a few little changes to this card. The Ornament Glimmer plate set includes the large ornament glimmer plate and then all the dies to cut the poinsettia, leaves, berries and little sprigs. You can still get this set at a great sale price. This card also uses the Merry Christmas Banner plate. It is only in the background mostly covered up by the large ornament. The ornament is foiled in green on green cardstock and then trimmed out. There is an oval die in the Ornament set and I used that to die cut the oval center from the ornament. I then foiled the sentiment (also included in the Ornament set) on blue cardstock, die cut it with the oval. The ornament was adhered to the cardstock piece that I foiled with the banner plate and then I popped the oval sentiment in the center. The poinsettia, additional leaves, and sprigs were die cut, layered together and then adhered to the panel. The finished panel was adhered to a cardstock base along with a strip of embossed cardstock. There is a lot of dimension on this card so I think I will just hand deliver this card instead of sending it through the mail.
I hope you enjoyed seeing all the Christmas cards I made. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Sunday, August 23, 2020
The next two cards were created with the layout from CAS(E) this sketch in mind. I created a card for the last CTS challenge and used the Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves turnabout stamp and die set. There is a fun little banner die in the set along with dies that you can use to create a happy birthday sentiment. I knew I wanted to use the dies on my card, but wasn't sure how I would use the dies that cut out birthday. At first I did die cut them and was going to go with that, but then I decided to use the dies to hot foil the sentiment. The first go didn't turn out well so I decided to try it again on light gray cardstock instead of the white that I had originally used. The foiling went much better with that version, but I realized that I could save the first one and end up with two birthday cards! I used the same purple glitter cardstock for the white version and black glitter cardstock from C9 for the grey version. With both of them I die cut the word happy from the glitter cardstocks and then a second time from a scrap of white cardstock, layered then and adhered to the panels (after they had been die cut with an AJVD rectangle die). The banners were die cut and then popped up with foam dimensionals. Definitely very clean and simple! That purple glitter paper is almost gone. I really like it so I think I will have to purchase some more... now to remember where it came from, lol!
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Thursday, August 20, 2020
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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Before you head off to check out my card I wanted to let you know that Spellbinders has a new offer going on. You can check it out here or at the link in my side bar. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!