Happy Friday! I have a post up on the Birch Press Design blog today. Here is a little peek at what I made.
Friday, October 27, 2023
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Hello friends! I back to share a card that I made for a few challenges: Paper Players (sketch), Color Hues (colors) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes). I'm also going to share more thoughts on the new Waffle Flower Crafts 0+ shader brushes. Here is what I made.
I don't know about you, but sketches that involve one of the elements being set slightly askew (like in the Paper Players sketch) give me fits. I think it is because the off kilter panel makes it hard for me to put the sentiment on straight. Anyway, I persisted and this is my card, lol! I started by die cutting the Memory Box Backyard Wren die from white cardstock. I then used one of the 0+ shader brushes to add kraft colored ink to the layers of the bird. I really liked that with the small shader brush I was able to get the depth of color I wanted where it was needed. I was also able to add more color to the bird's head after I had put the bird together and I didn't get the ink everywhere. Waffle Flower sent me one of their little sampler brush packs that you can see in the photo. I used the 0+ shader in the pack, as well as the larger 1+ shader. I used the 1+ shader brush for the body of the bird. While larger than the 0+ shader brush you are still able to ink up your die cuts with precision. Once I had the bird done to my satisfaction I worked on the branch that it is sitting. The branch is from the Birch Press Design Hillside Branch and Bramble Contour Layers die set. I inked them up with the kraft and yellow inks and then layered them. I die cut the rectangles from yellow gingham and white woodgrain cardstock. In her introduction video about the new shader brushes Nina talks about how they pick up much more ink than the original brushes (or other brushes for that matter) and she isn't kidding. I had to use a blender brush from another company to ink up the edges of the woodgrain panel. I had to work twice as hard to get ink on that blender than I did for the Waffle Flower shader brush! To finish the card I layered everything onto another panel of the white woodgrain cardstock. I thought I had die cut down the panel, but when I went to adhere it to my kraft cardstock base I discovered that I had not! Yikes... too late to trim it down so I just adhered it to the cardstock base as you see. The last piece was the sentiment. I got it on, but it wasn't easy, lol!
Sunday, October 22, 2023
Hello! I'm popping in today to share a simple card I made using a new product from Waffle Flower Crafts. Waffle Flower was so kind and sent me a package of their brand new Shader 0+ brushes to try out and give my thoughts on. I used the mood board/color combo from JUGs for my colors and the new Waffle Flower Pop Up Fall Leaves panel die and the coordinating Fall Leaves stencil which Waffle Flower generously sent to me, as well.
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Hello everyone! Hope all is well in your world. Popping in today with a card for a few challenges. One that is closing very soon so I had better get to it, lol! The challenges are JUGS (pumpkin), Sunday Stamps and Simon Says Stamp (food and drink... pumpkins are food!). Take a look.
Thursday, October 12, 2023
Hello! Popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the Birch Press Design blog today. Here is a little look at what I made.
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Hello! I'm popping in today with a card for this month's Pinkfresh Studio challenge, as well as the Sunday Stamp challenge. The Pinkfresh Studio challenge this month is to use ombre and/or tone on tone. I actually used both on my card with the gorgeous color way from Sunday Stamps. Take a look at what I made.
Friday, October 6, 2023
Hello! I am popping in to share the card I made for Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown. The CTD colors this week are similar to the color combo at Color Hues so I thought about entering it there, but decided that if I participated in the CH challenge, I would just make a different card. I will also post this to the Flower Challenge. It is their birthday and the last challenge that Viv, who helped start the challenge will be participating in. I "met" Viv when I participated in the Less is More challenge. She is a fabulous clean and simple card designer and will be missed! Alright how about a look at what I made.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Hello! Hope your October is off to a great start. Simon Says Stamp has a new release called Season of Wonder now available in the shop. You can see the full release here. Simon was so kind and sent me the super pretty layering stamp set called Fresh Air Holiday Tree. Take a look at what I made.
What do you think of my pink tree? This is actually the third card I made with the stamp set. Sadly, the first card didn't make the cut. I used distress inks in Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry. After I stamped all the layers, I decided that I wanted to add some embossing, but I had removed the final layering stamp from my stamping tool. Then I remembered that you can add embossing powder to distress ink before it completely dries. So, I applied some SSS Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder, created a mess removing the excess and then heat set it. The embossing powder only stuck in random sections of the top layer. That happened to be the Picked Raspberry and I love how it deepened the color in some areas. I die cut the piece and adhered it to a panel of light pink cardstock that I embossed with a Simon Says Stamp snowflake embossing folder. I then added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology mirror stars. The sentiment is from a different Simon Says Stamp set called Holiday Gift Giving. I tried using the sentiments from the Fresh Air Holiday Tree set, but the sentiments are curved and when I stamped one of the sentiments on the first card panel, I made I just didn't like the look. I stamped the sentiment in black ink (after trying it in Picked Raspberry) and then die cut it with the matching die. I love this tree in pink!