Thursday, February 15, 2018

Love Has Four Paws


Hi Friends!

I love stamp sets with cats and dogs and when I saw this Love Has Four Paws stamp set at Whimsy Stamps, I knew it would have to be part of my stamp collection!  

Plus, I can justify this purchase to my hubby since this cat image looks like our sweet Victoria, plus in addition to creating cards for my friends with fur-babies, it will work well for the Splitcoaststampers Cards for A Cause card drive (one of the ongoing card drives is for the Tri-County Humane Society) :-)

I wanted the cat image to be the focal point so I decided to create a Clean and Simple (CAS) card and used the CAS(E) This Sketch #258 Challenge for the layout.  I am also linking this card to the Simon Says Wednesday “Add A Die Cut” Challenge and the Word Art Wednesday#322-#323 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

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

To create this card:

1). Ink and stamp the cat image from Love Has Four Paws (Whimsy Stamps) with Versafine™ ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Once the embossing has cooled, lightly watercolor the image with water-based markers and die cut with the MFT Stitched Dome STAX Dies.
 
2). Emboss the sentiment from Love Has Four Paws in the same manner as above and hand trim.

3). Add a piece of black cardstock to the white card front and mount the cat image along with the sentiment with dimensional foam.

4). Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the cat’s eyes to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Love Has Four Paws (Whimsy Stamps)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™, Stampin’ Write Markers- Smoky Slate, Lemon Lime Twist, Wild Wasabi, Powder Pink; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black 

Accessories: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Dome STAX, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, AquaPainter™

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope all of you have a purr-fect week!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SC684 Be Encouraged


Hi Friends!

Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope all of you are having a wonderful day celebrating with the ones you love :-)

This card was designed for the SC684 Sketch at Splitcoaststampers.  I love Diane’s sweet sketch and decided to create a masculine card using several sets from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps- Scene Silhouettes: WoodlandScene Silhouettes: Trees  and Be Encouraged.  

While this may not seem to be a typical Valentine card to most of you, my hubby and I love to go to Shenandoah National Park and the highlight of our trip is when we have a chance to see a black bear :-)  From a distance, mind you, but we love watching the bears.  

We also feel so close to our Lord and Savior when we travel along Skyline Drive.  The majesty of the mountains and vistas reminds us that "Our Help Comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth".  I know he will love this Valentine card :-)

As I mentioned in my previous posts, Sweet ‘n  Sassy Stamps  has a really cute set for their February Stamp of the Month- Hoppy Easter!  This set is free with any $60 order (not including shipping and after any other discounts) plus you also earn free shipping and handling on any order over $75 (after discounts). 

As you know, I enjoy participating in online challenges so I am also linking up to the WordArt Wednesday #320-#321 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

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- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1).  Stamp the tree image from Scene Silhouettes:Trees with archival black ink onto a piece of designer paper, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Use a distressing tool to distress the edges before mounting onto a piece of black cardstock and adding to the white card base.

2). De-static a piece of white cardstock, stamp the bear image from Scene Silhouettes: Woodland  with archival black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, die cut with a square stitched die and mount onto a piece of black cardstock (also die cut with a square stitched die).  Use a stencil brush to apply antique linen distress ink over the entire image.

3). Ink the sentiment from Be Encouraged with archival black ink onto a piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Once the embossing has cooled, trim and create the fishtail banner ends by hand, mount onto black cardstock and add to the layered bear image.

4). Loop a bit of hemp twine onto the card front (I used hot glue to adhere behind where the focal image would be located). 

5). Finish off the card by mounting the focal image with dimensional foam.
 

Ink/Mediums:Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Ink

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, retired designer paper (all paper Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/Tools:  Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Squares STAX Dies, Distressing Tool, Clarity® Stencil Brush, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Polished Hemp Twine


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- hugs and I hope you will have a chance to join us at the Splitcoaststampers SC684 Sketch Challenge this week!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SUO194 Petal Palette Thanks




Hi Friends!   

It’s time for the #194 “CASE a Catalog Project" Challenge at SU-Only Challenges!  As a designer, I normally do not CASE  (Copy and Share with Everyone) although there is nothing wrong with CASEing.  In fact, it is encouraged so we are basing our challenge on this very theme :-)

I decided to create a card using the new Petal Palette stamp set and coordinating dies from the 2018 Occasions Mini Catalog along with the Painted Harvest stamp set (carried over from the 2017 Holiday Mini). 

I used the Petal Palette samples on page 22 (from the 2018 Occasions Mini Catalog) for my inspiration- the floral colors from the cards on the bottom left and center, the background from the card on the far right and the black and white for the sentiment and bird from the card in the far top left.


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

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of Whisper White cardstock with an Embossing Buddy®, ink the sentiment from Painted Harvest with Versamark™ ink, stamp onto the prepared panel, apply Stampin’ Emboss® Clear Embossing Powder and heat with the Heat Tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits™ (also die cutting a circle from Basic Black cardstock with the same size stitched circle die).  Mount the sentiment onto the black circle with a bit of the black showing on the right hand side.

2). De-static another piece of Whisper White cardstock with an Embossing Buddy®, ink the chickadee image and two flower images  from the Petal Palette stamp set with Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black ink, stamp onto the prepared panel, apply Stampin’ Emboss® Clear Embossing Powder and heat with the Heat Tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, watercolor the flowers with Stampin’ Write Markers- Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Sweet Sugarplum for the petals and Pear Pizzazz with Wild Wasabi for the leaves.  Use an AquaPainter™ to blend the colors and once you are satisfied with the coloring, die cut the large floral image and bird with the coordinating Petals & More Thinlit™ Dies.  Fussy-cut the floral stem.

3). Ink the leaf stem image from Petal Palette with Old Olive ink and stamp repeatedly onto a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  Repeat the process with Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black ink and heat set with the heat tool.  Trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Trim again and mount onto the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

4). Attach a piece of Vellum over the card front (adhering in the center where the glue will be hidden by the horizontal strip and very carefully at the corners (I used Tombow Multi-Mono Glue).

5). Trim a piece of Soft Sky cardstock to 5 ¼” x 1 ½”, stamp the dotted image from Petal Palette with Soft Sky ink over the panel and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock. 

6). Die cut two of the border pieces from Whisper White cardstock with the Petals & More Thinlits™ , adhere the borders together on the end and mount behind the layered strip (trimming off the ends).  Mount the entire layered strip to the card front (covering up the adhesive).

7). Mount the layered sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals® onto the card front and add the flowers along with the bird image (using Stampin’ Dimensionals® as needed for the edges).

8). Apply shimmer to all of the flower petals with Clear Wink of Stella® and add a few Pearls to the upper left hand corner and sentiment circle to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Petal Palette, Painted Harvest

Ink/Mediums: Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black, Old Olive, Soft Sky; Stampin’ Write Markers- Blushing Bride, Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive; Clear Wink of Stella®

Paper: Whisper White, Extra Thick Whisper White, Basic Blackm Soft Sky, Vellum

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Petals and More Thinlits™, Stitched Layering Framelits™, Embossing Buddy®, Stampin’ Emboss® Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, AquaPainter™, Pearls


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 “CASE a Catalog Project” challenge!  

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Spring Blossoms- Floral Birthday


Hi Friends!

I have had a great time creating cards  with the February release stamp set, Spring Blossoms from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

I love the pretty floral images in the Spring Blossoms Clear Stamp Set as well as the sentiments – so versatile!

Also, don’t forget for every $60 purchase (not including discounts or shipping), you can receive the February stamp of the month- Hoppy Easter- isn’t it cute!!  Plus, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps has free shipping and handling on your $75 order (in the US) so this is a great deal!!


 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- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the daffofil image from Spring Blossoms with archival black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.

2). Once the embossing has cooled, color the image with water-based markers (see colors below in the card recipe) and fussy-cut the image.

3). De-static a scrap piece of black cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the Spring Blossoms sentiment with embossing ink, apply white embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Create the flag banner by hand and set aside.

4). Die cut the remaining elements of the sketch from designer paper with stitched dies (I wanted to use up some of my massive stash of dsp).  Mount onto black or white cardstock, trimming close to the edge and mount onto a white card front.

5).Add the fussy cut daffodil and sentiment with dimensional foam and add the light pink triple ribbon bow.

6). Finish off the card using a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the flower petals, a white paint pen to add highlights to the flower center and a few iridescent sequins to the card front.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Versamark™; Stampin’ Write Markers- Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive;  Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, retired designer series paper (all Stampin’ Up!)

Acessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Dies- A2 Stitched  Rectangle STAX Dies Set 1, Stitched Circles STAX, Stitched Squares STAX; Embossing Buddy®,  White and Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sequins, ½” Wired Light Pink Organza Ribbon


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

Spring Blossoms Birthday


Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing another quick mixed media card designed using the February release stamp set, Spring Blossoms along with the previously released tamp set, Typewriter Text Background from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

The Spring Blossoms Clear Stamp Set has so many great sentiments as well as the beautiful tulip and daffodil images and is part of the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps February release.

Also, don’t forget the February stamp of the month is Hoppy Easter- it is so cute!! For every $60 purchase (not including discounts or shipping), you can receive this stamp set free until the end of February.  Plus, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps has free shipping and handling on your $75 order (in the US) so this is a great deal!!

 I enjoy playing along with weekly challenges so I incorporated the Just Add Ink #395 Inspiration Challenge (inspired by the colors with the white and black shadows), the Tic-Tac-Toe #034 Challenge (center row across- Die-Cut, Emboss, Floral), the International Art & Soul #026 “Texture” Challenge and the Word Art Wednesday #320-#321 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

 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!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the tulip image from Spring Blossoms with archival black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.

2). Once the embossing has cooled, color the image with water-based markers (see colors below in the card recipe) and fussy-cut the image.

3). Die cut and emboss a piece of black cardstock with an elegant rectangle die, de-static the center of the rectangle with an embossing powder tool, stamp the Typewriter Text Background with embossing ink, apply white embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.

4). Die cut a piece of white cardstock and polka dot designer paper with a stitched rectangle die, mount the white die cut onto a piece of black cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of melon cardstock. Add the embossed elegant rectangle panel onto the card front.

5). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Spring Blossoms with archival black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, die cut with a stitched rectangle die and adhere to the card front with dimensional foam.

6). Add the triple ribbon checked bow (wrap the ends behind the card front).  Add the fussy-cut tulip with dimensional foam and mount the entire card front onto the white card front.

7). Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the flower petal and add a few pearls to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Versamark™; Stampin’ Write Markers- Blushing Bride, Powder Pink, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive;  Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, retired designer series paper

Acessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Dies- A2 Stitched  Rectangle STAX Dies Set 1, Horizontal Stitched Strip; Spellbinders™ Timeless Rectangles Dies, Embossing Buddy®,  White and Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Pearls, 3/8” Black and White Checked Ribbon


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