Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Splitcoaststampers TLC675 hosted by Karen!

Our dear friend, Karen (Snippet) is hosting the Technique Lovers Challenge (TLC675)
this week.  Her technique is "Acetate Inking."

Here is Karen's card!

Here is my card using the same technique!

I already had die cut my CUTplorations "Art Happens" out of a scrap piece of Alcohol Ink on Yupo  that I planned to use. So I chose Distress Ink colors that were close to the same colors for my Acetate Inking background.  
I used Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Seedless Preserves and Mermaid Lagoon.

I used Karen's photo tutorial and description of Acetate Inking  
and followed closely for my background. 
My only difference was I used Distress Inks and not Distress Oxide inks.

Next I stamped my Mug over my inked background using Archival Jet Black ink and my MISTI.  Then die cut my main image with CUTplorations
 Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies.

Attached my die cut sentiment using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen and attached main image to fun foam and to SU Thick Whisper White card base. 
My last step was to trace around the "Art Happens" with my 05 Black Art Pen and then Done!

I really had fun with this quick "Art Happens" card design..  
Thanks so much Karen for always inspiring us!!

Be sure and check out Karen's TLC675 on SCS.  The growing gallery is inspiring too!

Adding Challenges
STAMPloration Never-Ending Anything Goes

STAMPlorations January CAS Anything Goes CAS...no twist.

Stamps: STAMPlorations "Winter Mug".
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White.  Arches Mixed Media., Yupo.
Inks: Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Seedless Preserves, Mermaid Lagoon.  Alcohol Inks and Archival Black.
Accessories: MISTI. CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Die and ART Happens Word Die. SU fine tip glue pen.  Fun Foam. 05 Art Pen. Piece of Acetate from stamp set.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Cling Wrap Get Well!

Another Cling Wrap card using a background from my stash.
I am loving this technique and adding to CAS Mix Up Cling Wrap Challenge.
Challenge Ends on the 24th.

Here is my Get Well card for a special friend recovering from surgery.

Cling Wrap + Stamping + Die Cuts and Stenciling.

I used Brushos: Turquoise and Bisters: Blue Black pigment powders for the cling wrap background, which I chose from my cling wrap stash:-)

My Cling Wrap Technique!
I spritzed my Strathmore Bristol paper with water then sprinkled Brushos onto paper and spritzed again liberally with water, 
tipping the paper to get the wet ink to run and blend.

Then placed a Cling Wrap piece (larger than paper) over the wet Brushos and
scrunched the wrap, which moves the inks and adds lines.  Tucked excess wrap under piece and set aside to dry.  Be patient..can take several hours or overnight to dry.

Back to my card:-)
 I die cut my cling wrap background birds using CUTplorations "For the Birds" Die and attached to my Strathmore Bristol card front.  

Then placed my T.H. "Stripes" Stencil over the birds 
and used my Clarity Brush to swipe SU Lost Lagoon ink thru the stencil.
It gave a nice soft background for the pretty cling wrap birds.

I placed card front in my MISTI and stamped the cute STAMPlorations Birds of  Paradise sentiment
designed by Shirley of The Bee's Knees:-)

  I Love these pretty artsy birds:-) I think my friend will too. 

Enjoy and Hugs.

STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes

STAMPlorations CAS January Challenge: Anything CAS..no twist.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Birds of Paradise sentiment.
Paper: Strathmore Bristol, SU Thick Whisper White..card base.
Inks: Brushos: Turquoise.  Bisters: Blue Black.  Archival Jet Black. SU Lost Lagoon.
Accessories: CUTplorations "For the Birds" Die.T. H. Stripes Stencil.  Clarity Stencil Brush.  MISTI. Saran Wrap. SU Spritzer and Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Friday, January 19, 2018

CASE'ing Cornelia :-)

When I saw my friend Cornelia's beautiful Spotlight card on STAMPlorations
I was so inspired I made my version of her beauty!

Cornelia's "Trendy Spring Blooms" card.

Here is my version using the matching Die set.

And...a Close Up of the Magicals mica powder shimmer.  Sorry,  hard to see, but very pretty IRL!

I die cut Die-Namics Square Peek-a-Boo Window out of Woodgrain CS and then die cut again out of a piece of my Magicals Mica Powder Cling Wrap Background that was in my stash, which has really grown this month.  Here is my CAS Mix Up January Cling Wrap Challenge card with the description of my technique.

Next I used CUTplorations "Trendy Spring Blooms Dies" to die cut my flowers and leaves from different Magicals Cling Wrap backgrounds from my stash.  
Using scraps of Woodgrain CS I die cut the large flowers and small flower again using attaching the layers with SU Fine Tip Glue Pen.   The white layers were a really nice contrast.

I have a cool new Tip for the large flowers.  I saw this somewhere on blogland?   
I placed the sticky side of Glad Press'n Seal on the back
 of the cling wrap backgrounds and then die cut.
All the little pieces stayed in place, which made them easy to work with, without little pieces 
falling out everywhere...lol!

Then placed my card front in MISTI to stamp the PB "Heartfelt Thanks" sentiment.
Good Thing!!!  It took 4 times to completely ink the sentiment
because of the textured CS.

Then attached the leaves with fine tip glue pen and the flowers with dimensionals.
Attached card front to SU Thick Whisper White CS and Done!

Thank you again Cornelia for your Inspiration  :-)



CAS Mix Up January: Stamping, Cling Wrap and my Choice..die cuts.

CAS Watercolour January: CAS Watercolour Birthday.

STAMPlorations Spotlight Gallery

STAMPlorations Anything Goes

STAMPlorations CAS Challenge.  No Twist.

Stamps: Penny Black Heartfelt Thanks
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White. Gemund Woodgrain CS
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  Magicals "Prairie Wildflower set": Yellow Rose of Texas and Peony Scarlet Red.
Accessories: CUTplorations Trendy Spring Blooms Dies.  Die-Namics Square Peek-a-Boo Window Die.  Glad Press'n Seal, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen. MISTI

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CAS Watercolour Happy Birthday Reminder!

Time for CAS Watercolour Birthday Reminder cards by the talented DT 
and our amazing Guest Designer, Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord)

I am so pleased to have another Birthday card in my stash:-)

Here is a close up of the Magicals Mica Powder Shine!

I have been playing with a tripod this week given to me by Denny from his photography "Stash"!

It is a good backpack tripod with lots of loving nicks and scratches and memories:-)
Thanks again Denny and especially for the tips!

I am especially pleased with the clear and non-blurry close up.

I am also playing with my new Lindy's Stamp Gang Prairie Wildflower Magicals Set, which was a SSS gift from Loll.  Thanks again dear friend.

Here is another recent birthday card I made using the product.

I added Bells of Ireland Green powder to my paint palette well and reconstituted with water.  Then added Bachelor Button Blue to another well and reconstituted.

Now I was ready to do a wet on wet watercolor wash technique using a flat wet brush
onto Strathmore Mixed Media watercolor paper.  

I painted the green and then the blue Magicals letting them blend by tipping my paper.
I loved the result.  It is interesting how all the shine does not show up until the paint is dry.
Very Magical!

Next I die cut the frame using MB Stitched Rectangle die.
Then die cut the happy with CUTplorations Happy Word Die 3 times.  
Once from the watercolor background and twice with SU Thick Whisper White CS. 
I attached all 3 layers using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen, which made the hidden word pop up.

Then used my MISTI to stamp birthday.  
Added sequins for a bit more bling and fun foam to pop up the image
onto the SU Thick Whisper White card base.

I loved the color combination, shine and watercolor wash.  Hope you like it too.
You have until the 24th to join us at CAS Watercolour.  
Be sure and check out the DT, GD and Gallery cards.  So much Gorgeous Inspiration. Hugs...

Adding to STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes

STAMPlorations January CAS anything CAS with optional Twist: Silver.  I did not do the twist.

Stamps: SU Sunshine Sayings (ret)
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White. Strathmore Mixed Media watercolor paper.
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  Lindy's Stamp Gang Prairie Wildflowers Magical set: Bells of Ireland Green and Bachelor Button Blue.
Accessories: CUTplorations Happy Word Die. MB Stitched Rectangle Die. Flat paint brush, pallette, spritzer to reconstitute powders, SU fine tip glue pen, sequins from stash.

Monday, January 15, 2018

CAS Mix Up January Cling Wrap Reminder!

Time for our January CAS Mix Up Reminder cards!

Stunning cards by our DT and Guest Designer, Christine (It's a card days night)!
Be sure and check them out for more Inspiration!

Here is my card.
Using Stamping + Cling Wrap Brushos on Glossy Paper + Die Cuts.

I had the perfect Cling Wrap background using Brushos on Glossy paper in my stash:-)

I had sprinkled several colors of Brushos (scarlet, purple and leaf green) onto Glossy paper from my friend Christine, our GD this month.  Then spritzed liberally with water.  

Placed a piece of Saran Wrap larger than the photo paper 
and scrunched it up to make lots of wrinkles.
Then set aside for several hours to dry.

I loved the more pastel textured looking shades, perfect for a baby card.

Next I die cut the larger layer of SU Thick Whisper White CS 
with CUTplorations Crazy Double RunningStitch Rectangle die.  

Then die cut the Square Peek-A-Boo window.
Another gift from Christine.  Thank you again my friend!

I die cut my cling wrap technique piece with the square die then stamped
the sentiment and birdie using archival black ink.
Next inlaid the square piece into the center of die cut square frame.

Then stamped the bottom sentiment and added the cute melon mambo birdie that I had stamped 
and fussy cut.  Next I attached the pink birdie to the stamped black birdie.
The sentiments and birdie were from a retired SU set..Nursery Necessaties.

I attached the image layer to fun foam and attached to the SU Thick Whisper White card base.
I was very pleased with the results!

Congratulations Shery and David on your sweet baby "Winter Rainbow"!
Big sister, Kathryn must be thrilled too:-)


STAMPlorations: CAS January Challenge: CAS but no twist.

Stamps: SU Nursery Necessaties (ret)
Paper: Glossy paper.  SU Thick Whisper White.
Inks: Brushos: scarlet, purple and leaf green.  Archival Jet Black.  SU Melon Mambo.
Accessories: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle die.  Die-Namics Square Peek-A-Boo Window Die. fun foam. SU papersnips.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twofer #1 Challenge: Feathers by Darnell!

So excited to see the Launch of Darnell's (djkardkreations)

The Prompt for January is "Feathers"

There are wonderful cards from Darnell and her talented DT giving samples of their "Feathers" cards.
Be sure and check out all the rules also on the Challenge Blog!

Here are my two cards using my NBUS (not a requirement) Feathers from STAMPlorations"Trendy Feathers 2" stamp set!

 My Hello Card!

I began by stamping my STAMPlorations Feathers with Versafine Black pigment ink.
Next heat embossed with SU Clear EB powder.

Then sponged my Strathmore Mixed Media paper with Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn and Faded Jeans.  Really saturating the card front with ink.

Placed my NBUS ARTplorations "Flourishes" Stencil over my card front and secured with painters tape.  Then sprayed Tsukineko Frost White ink onto my T.H. blending tool and
dabbed the ink through the stencil.  Removed stencil and let dry, 
which gave the background design a very pretty glimmery white effect.

Close Up

Next I placed my card front in MISTI and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment 
from the Feather stamp set.
 Sponged DI Black Soot around the edges and added rhinestones.
Then added fun foam and attached to SU Thick Whisper White CS and Done!

Now to think about my 2nd card using the same Feathers:-)


Voila' My CAS Feathers Card!

This card design went together in just minutes with the help of MISTI!

My card looks like a One Layer design,  but actually I designed the Strathmore Mixed Media card front and then attached to the SU Thick Whisper White card base.

I stamped 2 feathers using Archival Jet Black ink in MISTI then cleaned, moved and stamped my 2nd set of feathers.

Next I used my Zigs to loosely watercolor all the feathers leaving quite a bit of white uncolored.

I looked at different sentiment sets for a sentiment that would
fit nicely in the middle.  I used a NBUS sentiment from PB "heartfelt thanks" that fit perfectly.
Added a rhinestone to each feather and done!

I have always liked this quote and it seemed appropriate for our dear friend, 
Darnell's aka Dolly's New Twofer Card Challenge:-) Thanks again for the Challenge, Dolly!

You have until the 24th to play along in the challenge! Hugs


Inksirational #151: Stamping Only

Card #1:
Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2 (feathers and sentiment)
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White.  Strathmore Mixed Media WC paper.
Inks: Archival Jet Black. Versafine Black pigment ink. T.H. Distress Inks: peacock feathers, mowed lawn, faded jeans and black soot. Tsukineko Frost White.
Accessories: MISTI. SU Black EB powder, Heat Tool and spritzer.  ARTplorations "Flourish" Stencil. TM Blending Tool. painters tape. fun foam. rhinestones from my stash.

Card #2:
Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2.  Penny Black Heartfelt Thanks..sentiment.
Paper: SU Thick WW. Strathmore Mixed Media
Inks: Zig markers and Archival Jet Black.
Accessories: MISTI. Rhinestones from stash.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

CAS Mix Up Cling Wrap Magicals!

Isn't it fun trying new techniques!

I am adding another new Cling Wrap Technique
to our CAS Mix Up January Challenge!

Here is my Birthday card using Magicals Mica Powders with Cling Wrap!

Here is a close up of my Magicals Mica Powder Cling Wrap background!
The shiny crinkles are so Beautiful!

To make my background I added a bit of one color of my Lindy's Stamp Gang Prairie Wildflower Magicals Set, which was from SSS,  onto my craft mat
and spritzed liberally with water. 
Next I smooshed my Strathmore Mixed Media paper into the ink.

While still wet I added a 2nd Magicals color and then placed a larger than my paper piece of 
Cling Wrap over my wet inks and scrunched up the wrap to make crinkles.

 I left my piece to dry for a couple of hours.  Removed the wrap to see a gorgeous 
shiny, crinkled background:-)

I used my SSS "Birch Column" Die to cut my Gmund Woodgrain CS from CutCardStock that was a gift from my dear friend, Leslie (Running with Scissors) along with matching envelopes:-)  Thank you again, Leslie.

As most of you know my DH Denny is a lover of all nature, but especially trees and CAS designs.  He is also having a milestone birthday this month...75..OMG!

I attached the birch tree column using SU Fine Tip Glue Pen and 
then stamped the OMG using MISTI and hand drew the 75 and Done!

A fun card to make and look at with all the shine and textures from the Magicals, cling wrap and pretty paper.

Enjoy and we would love to have you join us this month at CAS Mix Up.  There are so many Stunning cards and techniques from our very talented DT and GD Christine (It's a card days night).

You have until the 24th to play along! Hugs...

I am adding my card to CAS Watercolour  January Challenge: Happy Birthday.

SSS Blog Monday Challenge: Something New..New CS and New Magicals.

SSS Blog Wednesday Challenge: Something New:New CS and New Magicals.

Stamps: PB Happy Snippets
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White card base. Gmund Woodgrain CS. Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals "Prairie Wildflowers" mica powders set..I used Yellow Rose of Texas and Peony Scarlet Red from SSS.
Accessories: SSS Birch Column Die.   Spritzer, Saran Wrap. MISTI. SU fine tip glue pen.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CAS Watercolour January Happy Birthday!

It is exciting to start the New Year off with CAS Watercolour..Happy Birthday Challenge!
Be sure and check out the beautiful watercoloured Birthday cards by our 
very talented Design Team and awesome Guest Designer, Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord).

I need several January Birthday cards.  Thanks Loll for the perfect challenge!

I had fun practicing my No-Line Watercolouring using PB "The Sweetest Sound".

I stamped the image in my MISTI using Distress Ink Tea Dye, which showed me the details.
I used Arches Hot Press watercolor paper.
I left my card front in MISTI to keep image secure when watercoloring.

I used my Zigs to watercolor all the images. except the birds. Used my aqua pens to help blend, lighten and highlight the Zig watercolors.
I colored the birds with Prismacolor Pencils.

I had more control over the different colors on the birds by using the pencils.
I used Gamsol to blend the colors with paper stump.

After (an hour) happy with the results I die cut the image with MB Stitched Rectangle Die.
Popped up with fun foam and added SU sentiment.
Then mounted on SU Very Vanilla CS. So relaxing to watercolor.

I hope you get to join us at CAS Watercolour.  You have until the 24th to play along.

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year !  Hugs...

Stamps: Penny Black "The Sweetest Sound".  SU It's Your Birthday (ret)
Paper: SU Very Vanilla.  Arches Hot Press.
Inks: T.H. Distress Ink: Tea Dye.  Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolors.
Accessories: MB Stitched Rectangle Dies. MISTI. Prismacolor pencils. Gamsol odorless mineral spirits. Paper stumps. fun foam. 05 art pen for eyes and beaks. SU Aqua Pen.