Monday, October 31, 2016

Karen's Splitcoaststamper's TLC Challenge: Get to the Point!

When I saw that my friend Karen aka k dunbrook of and "Snippets" was hosting this weeks TLC610 Technique Challenge..Get to the Point...I thought the technique would be perfect for a card I have been working on using my new Penny Black Stamp.."the sweetest sound" and matching "the sweetest sound II" die cut,  which I ordered from SSS using my birthday gift certificate from Loll :-)  Thank you again my friend.

I did make my own Get to the Point version.  I never can follow directions!  I had already used the Watercoloring Stamping technique like on THIS card using my MISTI and SU markers.  I then die cut my birds and branch and sponged with SU inks.  I masked the images and splattered the background with diluted Soft Suede using a paint brush.  Then stamped my sentiment using my MISTI and attached the die cut birds and branch.

Still not totally happy...that is when I saw Karen's challenge.   I touched the tip of my stylus into Soft Suede ink and started adding dots.  Instead of of lots of dots I stopped when I liked the effect.  It was my 1st time to try the stylus dots technique.  It worked great.  I think it was Jennifer Mcguire that I have seen using a stylus for dots.

Here is my card that I am now very happy with thanks to  Karen, Loll and Jennifer :-)

My card is for the TLC610 Get to the Point Challenge.

Also CAS on Sunday: Challenge #95 Flowers

And..Pixie's Snippet's Playground:  my birds are from a snippet of WC paper.

And Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes" 

Thank you for visiting and especially for your comments.  Hugs,  Nancy

Card Recipe
Stamps: PB the Sweetest Sound, SU Holly Jolly Greetings
Paper: SU Whisper White thick and Pacific Point CS.  Fluid 100 Hot Press WC paper
Inks:  SU markers: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Poppy Parade (ret).  SU Ink pads,  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pacific Point.
Accessories: Big Shot, PB The Sweetest Sound II die cut, MISTI, water spritzer, sponge dauber, Fine tip glue pen, stylus, paint brush, dimensionals
Techniques: CAS, Watercolor stamping with MISTI, die cut, sponging, paint brush splatters, stylus dots, masking

Friday, October 28, 2016

51st Thankful Anniversary!

Celebrating 51 years with My Guy!

I truly am thankful for my DH Denny.  After 51 years, each year gets better...amazing, huh!  We still love doing most everything together.  Denny does not stamp,  but he is an honest critique with a very creative eye.

I always make cards with a nature theme for Denny.  Since we just got home from 3 1/2 weeks of camping and hiking in the Great Basin high country that is so gorgeous this time of year with all the beautiful Aspen tree colors,  I just had to make Denny a card using my TCW Aspen Trees Stencil.

I taped my stencil down with masking tape over Yupo Paper and carefully placed the tip of each of the colors of  Alcohol Ink bottles onto the stencil before carefully adding Citrus, Sailboat Blue, Sunshine Yellow and Sunset Orange.

I then removed the masking tape and stencil.  Let the piece air dry.  Buffed with paper towel and then replaced stencil and traced the trees using my Staedler permanent ink black marker.

I used Archival Black ink and my MISTI to stamp the sentiment and popped up a punched heart.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Tomorrow we celebrate.  Thank you for visiting and I especially appreciate your comments.  Hugs..

Card Recipe:
Stamps: SSS "Lots of Thanks".
Paper: SU Whisper White thick, Yupo Paper
Inks: Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, Citrus, Sailboat Blue, Sunshine Yellow, Sunrise Orange.  Archival Jet Black Ink.  Staedler permanent black ink marker.
Accessories: TCW Aspen Trees Stencil, 3M masking tape, MISTI, SU heart punch (ret), dimensional foam tape
Techniques: CAS, Stenciling with Alcohol Inks, Tracing Stencil

Saturday, October 15, 2016

CAS Mix Up October Reminder Card

More CAS Mix Up Ghosting Reminder Cards by the talented Design Team and Guest to Inspire you!

I used Stamping + Stencil Ghosting + my choice..sponging, stencil tracing and monoprint stenciling

I had fun using 3 ARTplorations Stencils: Retro Circles, Bubbles and Christmas Trees.  I sponged the Retro Circles onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper using SU Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim then flipped the stencil over onto Mixed Media paper, covered with paper towel and rubbed the ink onto paper for the Monoprint background layer image.  Hate to waste all that good ink from the sponging!

I fussy cut my sponged tree, covered with the Retro Circle Stencil, sprayed with water and dabbed with paper towel to lift the color,  which gave a Ghosting effect.  My piece needed more,  so I placed my Bubbles Stencil over the tree and traced with my art pen.  Now I liked it :-)  Added my STAMPlorations "Oh, Christmas Tree" sentiment and done.

So happy to have another Christmas card for my stash...even if it is Ghosting Month !

Hope you can join us at CAS Mix Up this month.  You still have until October 24th to play along.

My card is also for STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

Thank you for visiting and especially for your much appreciated comments.  Hugs.....

Saturday, October 1, 2016

CAS Mix Up October Challenge: Ghosting

CAS Mix Up is celebrating October with CAS Mix Up Ghosting Techniques.  There are so many different Ghosting techniques.  I will be sharing a few videos with you at the end of my description.

I used Stamping + Ghosting with rubbing alcohol on Alcohol Ink Background + Stenciling and Die cuts

My image was the result of Stenciling with Alcohol Ink that did not turn out.  Never give up on AI backgrounds.  I just squirt on some 91% rubbing alcohol and moved the ink colors around with a coffee stirrer.  It gave me a pretty pinkish marbled background.  

I replaced my TCW "Flower Frenzy" Stencil over my dried piece.  Then I used Q-tips and rubbing alcohol to "Lift Color" from the flowers to get my Ghosting effect.  Can you see 5 flowers in the background?  I added NUVO Crystal Drops to 3 of them...that is a hint!

I used my MISTI to stamp with Archival Jet Black Ink my STAMPlorations "Winged Things" dragonfly and masked Fond Expressions 2 "Smile".  You must use Archival Ink on Yupo paper or it will smear.  Even using Archival Inks you have to make sure it is dry, so I always blot carefully.  You can use a heat tool if you do not hold too close and are very careful not to overheat as the paper will warp.  I used my SU heat tool because it has a low and high setting.  

I finished my piece with a 2nd die cut framing layer using my CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Die and gave my dragonfly a trail :-)

Hope you can join us for this fun CAS Mix UP October Challenge.  You have until October 24th to play along.  You will LOVE all the creative and different Ghosting techniques by our talented Design Team and our very talented October Guest Designer Mac Mable (The Sweetest of Peas).
Enjoy and thank you for visiting and especially for your comments.  Hugs.....

Ghosting Technique by Loll Thompson (4:28)
Water Stamping (Ghosting) by Shery Russ (4:05)
Versamark Ghosting Technique by Seasons of Stamping (4:15)