Thursday, November 16, 2017

You Are In My Prayers



Hi Friends!

I am sharing a card today designed with Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley digital images for the Power & Spark “Portion Control” November 2017 Challenge.

For this card, I decided to use a portion of the main image from the Climbing Clematis Digital Stamp Set along with the sentiment from the Rose and Chamomile Digital Stamp Set.


 If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites yet, I hope you will take the time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from the Design Teams as well as their galleries!

To create this card:

1). Open an 8 ½” x 11” document in your word processing/photo software program, import or insert the Climbing Clematis Digital Stamp Set main image into the blank document (I enlarged it quite a bit) and import the sentiment from the Rose and Chamomile Digital Stamp Set into another area of the document (again I enlarged the image a bit).  FYI- I positioned them both on the same page but made sure I had enough room to cut out the main image in half (for two cards) and that the sentiment would be the correct size for the 4 ¼” card.   Print out the image onto Whisper White cardstock (I have an inkjet printer).

2). Use watercolor pencils and water-based markers along with a water brush to color the entire image (I used various brands and will list the colors and brands below- I also used a bit of pastel pencil).  After you are satisfied with the coloring, use a water soluble graphite pencil to add shadows.  Use an extra fine white paint pen to add highlights to the flower centers and a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the flower petals along with the butterfly.

3). Die cut the image with a rectangle stitched die, mount onto Basic Black cardstock and trim close to the die cut edge.

4). Trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock to approx. 4” x 5 ¼”, mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhere to the white card base.

5). Die cut a piece of Real Red cardstock with a square stitched die, split in half and mount onto the card front (knowing that the main image panel will cover the gap).  FYI- I already had this square of red cardstock pre-cut in my stash, you could use the appropriate size rectangle die as well.

6). Trim the sentiment, create the banner points and mount onto Basic Black cardstock. 

7). Mount the main focal image and sentiment onto the card front with dimensional foam.

8).To finish off the card, add a few grey mist jewel drops to the leaves and pearls in the corner.

Stamp Sets: Climbing Clematis , Rose and Chamomile (both digital stamp sets from Power Poppy)

Ink/Mediums: Inkjet Printer- Black Ink,  Real Red Watercolor Pencil (Stampin’ Up!), (SU!) Markers- Real Red, Cucumber Crush, Marina Mist; Rexel Derwent® Watercolor Pencils- #19 Madder Carmine, #21 Rose Madder, ; Faber-Castell® Colour-Me-Grip Red & Green Pencil, Faber-Castell® Polychromos Pencils- Emerald Green, Scarlet RedDerwent® Water Soluble Graphite Pencil- HB Light Wash; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen, Conté ά Paris Pastel 1655 #30 Pencil; Nuvo™ Gray Mist Jewel Drops

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red (SU!)

Accessories: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Rectangle and Square STAX Dies, AquaPainter™, Pearls

Thanks again for visiting- I hope all of you have a very blessed week!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SC671 Christmas Wishes


Hi Friends!

It’s Wednesday and time again for the weekly sketch at Splitcoaststampers! Carey is our sketch artist this week and I thought her sketch design would be perfect for a Christmas card!

I envisioned the lower circular element as a nature scene so I decided to pair the Tender Thoughts Clear Stamp along with the We Three Kings Clear Stamp Set (both Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps for this fairly simple Mixed Media Christmas card.   Pssst....don’t forget that we are celebrating the 10th Birthday at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps- come check out all of the details here!!  

I decided to go with a monochromatic color scheme to participate with the Inspired By All The Little Things #72 Challenge and will also be linking to the Happy Little Stampers November “Anything Goes” Christmas Challenge as well as the Word Art Wednesday #308-#309 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the Splitcoaststampers’ Sketch gallery or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will do so- such wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the birch tree image from Tender Thoughts with pumice stone and hickory smoke distress ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock.  Heat set with a heat tool, use an embossing powder tool to de-static the paper and stamp the deer image from TenderThoughts with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink.  Apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

2). Die cut the image with a stitched circle die then die-cut again with a stitched square die.  Die cut a piece of black cardstock with the same circle die, mount the image onto the black circle (allowing a bit of the cardstock to show) and trim the edge close to the die cut.
3). Use a waterproof black marker to fill in the grass area, quickly apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool (I could not find my Versamarker™ pen).

4). Die cut a piece of light gray cardstock with a stitched border die, die cut a piece of black cardstock with the same die.  Emboss the light gray cardstock with a snowflake embossing folder and use the same embossing folder to emboss a piece of white cardstock.

5). Layer the embossed light gray cardstock over the black border, mount onto the white embossed layer and adhere the entire panel onto the white card base.

6). Ink the sentiment from We Three Kings using Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto a scrap piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Die cut with a label die, mount onto a piece of black cardstock (die cut with the same size die- layer two behind the sentiment to create a frame).  Mount onto the card front with dimensional foam and add the die cut scene directly onto the card front per the sketch.

7). Die cut snowflakes from silver foil, mount onto the card front.  Add a few pearls to the centers of the die cut snowflakes as well as a few of the embossed snowflakes.

8). Finish off the card by using a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the tree trunks.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; TH Distress Ink- Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Pierced Circle STAX Dies, retired SU! Project Life® Framelit™ Dies, Lawn Fawn™ Stitched Hillside Border Die, Impression Obsession™ Small Snowflake Set Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Clear EP, Heat Tool, Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- if you have time, come join us at Splitcoaststampers for this week’s sketch challenge!  Hugs and I hope all of you have a blessed week, sweet friends!

TCC82 Peace on Earth



Hi Friends!!

It’s time for the new #82 {Retro Holiday} Challenge at The Card Concept! What a gorgeous wreath with all of the pinks, blues and sparkle- this reminds me of Christmas at my grandparent’s home.  Silver trees with pink and blue were all the rage in the late 60’s :-)

I decided to pull out the retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set, Merry & Type to create my Mixed Media card.  I thought that this stamp set would be perfect for the retro feel and we cannot wait to see what you create for our challenge!

I have incorporated the Try Stamping on Tuesday #347 "How Sweet It Is" Sketch Challenge into the design (I flipped the sketch) along with the As You Like It “Christmas orNon-Christmas and Why?” Challenge (I love Christmas so Christmas it is!) and the Addicted to Stamps and More #268 “Holiday” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to do so, I hope you will find the time to check out the rest of the wonderful Design Team cards at The Card Concept as well as the entries at the other challenge sites- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Prepare a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the ornament image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply silver embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing powder has cooled, watercolor the ornaments and background using a water brush with watercolor pencils and water-based marker (colors are listed at the end of the post).  Add shadows with a water soluble graphite pencil.  Die cut the panel with a pierced rectangle die.

2). Ink the #25 stamp with Versamark™ ink, stamp repeatedly over the background on the panel.  Use a pastel pencil to color over the images, run with your finger or a paper stump (remember the “Popping Pastels” technique?).  

 3). Mount the panel onto a piece of gray cardstock and trim close to the edge.

4). Score a piece of white cardstock vertically (per the layer in the sketch- it is hard to see in the photo), mount onto gray cardstock and mount onto the white card base.  Add the watercolored panel directly onto the card front.

5). Ink the sentiment with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Add a wash of watercolor to match the card front, die cut with a pierced tag die, mount onto gray cardstock and trim close to the edge.

6). Die cut a snowflake from silver foil, split in half and adhere behind the tag sentiment.  Mount the sentiment to the card front with dimensional foam. Add a few rhinestones to the corner and ornament along with using a clear glitter pen over the ornaments to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Merry & Type (retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™, Versafine™ Onyx Black; Derwent® Watercolor Pencils; Stampin’ Write Markers-Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Conté à Paris Pastel Pencil 

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Silver Foil

Accessories: Big Shot™, ODBD Pierced Rectangle Dies, MFT Pierced Traditional Tag STAX, Memory Box Lindeman Snowflake Die, AquaPainter™, Embossing Buddy®, Heat Tool, Silver and Clear Embossing Powder, Rhinestones

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!  I hope I have inspired you today and that you will be able to join us for the #82 “Retro Holiday” Challenge at The Card Concept!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Autumn Blessings



Hi Friends!

I loved this week’s Splitcoaststampers CC660 "Crazed Over Crushed Cherry Cobbler" Color Challenge with an optional dessert option of "Gratitude"- don’t you?  

The leaves are all in there spectacular glory here on the East Coast and I wanted to play along so I decided to create a fairly quick Mixed Media card using Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps- Skeleton Leaf Background (designed by Korin Sutherland) and So Grateful (designed by Gloria Stengel).  I love both of these sets together- so many possibilities plus there is a chance to win the So Grateful stamp set with our Facebook giveaway this week- check out the details here!!


If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!  


Plus, we are celebrating our 10th Birthday at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps- there are so many promotions along with a few giveaways! Come check out the details here!!

To create this card:

1). Tap Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Inks onto a silicone craft mat- Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple and Fired Brick (I worked with two colors at a time).  Lightly spritz with water, place a piece of white cardstock into the ink, “smoosh” around, lift up and repeat until you are satisfied with the coverage :-).

Ink the Skeleton Leaf Background stamp with archival black ink, stamp onto the panel prepared in Step #1, re-ink and stamp partially to fill up the panel.  Dry with a heat tool (to speed up the drying process), trim to approx. 3 ¾” x 5” and cut into three panels.  Mount each panel onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge.  Add a bit more color with water-based cherry and cajun inks as needed. 

3). Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼”, mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim close to the edge and mount onto the white card front.

4). Add the leaf panels to the card front with dimensional foam.

5). Ink the sentiment from So Grateful with archival ink, stamp onto a piece of vellum, apply gold embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Trim the sentiment and adhere to the card front (I used adhesive in the top left corner and behind the letters). 

6). Add the looped thin black satin bow with the antique brad center to the left corner (hides the adhesive for the vellum) and a few copper sequins to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Inks-Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Fired Brick; Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink- Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze
 
Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black

Acessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 1/8” Black Satin Ribbon, Antique Brad, Copper Sequins


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope you have a blessed week, sweet friends!

SC670 Harvest Blessings


Hi Friends!

It’s Wednesday and time again for the #670 sketch at Splitcoaststampers! Diane is our sketch artist this week and I love the versatile sketch she has created for our challenge, don’t you?  
You can create a clean and simple card or add additional embellishments to dress it up, whatever your heart desires :-)

In my continuing effort to make sure I am using all of my stamps (especially my neglected retired ones) I decided to create a Clean and Simple Mixed Media card using the retired Stained Glass and Harvest Blessings stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!

I also incorporated the Simon Monday “Thanks/Thanksgiving” Challenge and the Double D “Feeling Fallish” Challenge (I was inspired by the colors) along with a few other Splitcoaststampers’ challenges (which are mainly “personal” challenges such as Divine  Design Bible Verse Challenge BVC17-to create a card with Scripture and memorize the verse; the USEIT2017 Challenge- use your unloved or uninked stamps and supplies;  and the All Occasion Card Challenge- create and link up your occasion cards for the month) into the design.

If you have not had a chance to visit the Splitcoaststampers’ Sketch gallery or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will do so- such wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the stained glass image with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, stamp onto a prepared piece of Whisper White cardstock (use an embossing powder tool first to prepare the paper), apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

2). Once the embossing has cooled, color the image with markers and use a water brush to blend.  FYI- I used various Stampin’ Write Markers along with Tim Holtz® Distress Markers (colors are listed below). Fussy-cut the image and cut into thirds (per the sketch).  Mount each panel onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

3). Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock 4” x 4” for the card front.  Trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3 ¾” x 3 ¾”, de-static with a powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Harvest Blessings with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

4). Once the embossing has cooled, add the strip of 1/8” black satin ribbon and mount the panel onto the black card front.  Mount the entire card front onto the 4 ¼” square white card base.

5). Mount the stained glass stamped panels using dimensional foam and use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the edges of the stained glass image as well as the pumpkin.

6). Add a looped 1/8” black satin ribbon bow with the button to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Stained Glass, Harvest Blessings  (both retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Stampin’ Write Markers- Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi,  TH Distress Markers- Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn, Gathered Twigs, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Clear EP, Heat Tool, retired SU! button,  ⅛” Black Satin Ribbon (from my stash), AquaPainter™


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- if you have time, come join us at Splitcoaststampers for this week’s sketch challenge!  Hugs and I hope all of you have a blessed week, sweet friends!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

SUO187 Gather Together and Give Thanks



Hi Friends!   

It’s time for the #187  “Being Thankful” Challenge at SU-Only Challenges!  

I can always use a few more “thank you” cards in my stash so I decided to create a fall themed card using Vintage Leaves (along with the coordinating dies), Timeless Textures and Painted Harvest to create a Clean and Simple/Mixed Media card.


If you have not had a chance to stop by the SU-Only Challenge site to check out the rest of the Design Team’s samples or the other challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Tap the Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink pads onto a silicone craft mat, spritz lightly with water and press a piece of Whisper White cardstock into the ink, left and re-press the paper in the ink.  Repeat the above steps with a bit of Fresh Fig Classic Ink and once you are satisfied with the colors, dry the panel with the Heat Tool.

2). Ink the leaves from Vintage Leaves with Fresh Fig Classic Ink and stamp onto the panel created in Step 1.  Die cut the leaves with the coordinating Leaflet Framelits™.

3). Using images from the Timeless Textures stamp set, stamp the grid image with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink several times onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp the polka dot image over the grid image a bit using Tangerine Tango Classic Ink and add a bit of distressing using Fresh Fig Classic Ink with the small splatter stamp.  Trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock, trim once more and mount onto a piece of Fresh Fig cardstock.  Mount the entire card front panel onto the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

4). Use Metallic Gold Thread to create a large loop (adhere to the center area of the card) and layer the long oak leaf directly to the card front and add the other two using Stampin’ Dimensionals® (tucking some of the leaves under the metallic thread).

5). De-static a piece of Fresh Fig cardstock with an Embossing Buddy®, ink the sentiment from Painted Harvest with Versamark™ ink, apply Stampin’ Emboss Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.  Trim the sentiment and add to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

6). Finish off the card by applying a bit of shimmer to the leaves with the Clear Wink of Stella® Pen.

Stamp Sets: Vintage Leaves, Timeless Textures, Painted Harvest

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™, Fresh Fig, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango

Paper: Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Tangerine Tango, Extra Thick Whisper White
Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Leaflet Framelits™, Gold Metallic Thread, Embossing Buddy®, Stampin’ Emboss® Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and I hope that you will create your own Stampin’ Up! Only project and join us for our “Being Thankful” challenge!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

So Very Blessed


Hi Friends!


This evening I am sharing a card that was designed using the 10/26/17 FUSION “Autumn Leaves” Challenge (sketch portion) along with the Just Add Ink #384 Inspiration Challenge (I was inspired by the blues, yellow and white), the Tic-Tac-Toe #022 Challenge (top row across- Vibrant, Thank You, Layers) and the International Art & Soul #20 “Add a Charm or Tag” Challenge.

I pulled out Painted Harvest and Timeless Textures stamp sets to create my own “designer” paper for the tag element of the sketch and for the background panel, used a piece of embossed paper from my stash (left over from a previous project/experiment).  I have had this inked/embossed diamond patterned background in my stash for years and thought it would be purr-fect for this card :-)

If you have not had a chance to check out the challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous galleries and ideas from all!

To create this card:

1). Use the Big Shot™ with the Sizzix™ Backgrounds 1 Texturz™ Plate, ink the plate with Night of Navy Classic Ink and emboss a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  Trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock.  Adhere the entire card front onto the white card base.

2). To create the “designer paper” for the tag-  a). Ink the solid image of the sunflower from the Painted Harvest stamp set with Daffodil Delight Classic Ink, stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, re-ink and rotate the stamp, stamp again over the first image.  Repeat this process for a total of five sunflowers on the panel.  b). Ink the detailed petal image of the sunflower with Crushed Curry Classic Ink, stamp over the bold images, rotate, re-ink with Crushed Curry ink and stamp again.  Continue until all five sunflowers are completed.  c). Repeat the same process with the detailed petal image of the sunflower using Soft Suede ink.  d). Ink the center of the sunflower with Pacific Point Classic Ink, stamp onto the centers.  Repeat the same process with the center of the sunflower using Night of Navy Classic Ink. e). Once you have completed the sunflowers, create a mask for the sunflowers using sticky note paper and the bold image stamp.  Mask the sunflowers and ink the solid stem image with Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink, stamp a few stems (masking each flower as you stamp) and repeat the process with the detailed leaf image using Night of Navy Classic Ink. f). Use an AquaPainter™ with ink from the Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink Pad and watercolor around the flowers being careful not to watercolor over the petals).  g). Once the watercolor has cooled, add a bit of texture with the small splatter stamp from Timeless Textures using Night of Navy Classic Ink.

3), Die cut the sunflower designed paper from the step above using a Big Shot™ with the MFT™ Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Dies.  Mount onto Night of Navy cardstock and trim close to the edge of the tag.  Add the ½ White Tea Lace Doily to the one side of the tag and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

4). Ink the sentiment from So Blessed (Technique Tuesday) with Night of Navy Classic Ink, stamp onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, trim close to the edge.

5). Add the sentiment to the card front (per the sketch) with dimensional foam.

6). Add the hemp twine bow with the Tempting Turquoise button to the corner of the tag.

7). Cut three cats (one from Night of Navy and two from Whisper White cardstock) using the Cat Punch, layer with the Night of Navy cat on top and mount to the card front.  Add the twine bow and rhinestone for the collar.

8). Add a few Rhinestones to the card front to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Painted Harvest, Timeless Textures (both Stampin’ Up!); So Blessed (Technique Tuesday®)

Ink/Mediums: Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede

Paper: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, My Favorite Things™ Traditional Pierced Tag STAX Dies, Sizzix™ Backgrounds 1 Texturz™ Plate, Cat Punch, White Tea Lace Doily, Polished Hemp Twine, Turquoise Button, Rhinestones


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope you have a wonderful week!
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