Saturday, February 24, 2018

STAMPlorations Paint it Red

I am playing in STAMPlorations "Paint it Red" Challenge

I was inspired to make my STAMPlorations February "Paint it Red" Challenge ATC after seeing Shirley's Distress Oxide ATC's Spotlight projects! Be sure and check out her projects:-)

Here is my finished ATC made into a finished A2 card.

I used two A2 size pieces of  Strathmore Bristol paper and made one piece using yellow and red Distress Oxide Inks and the other using greens and blues Distress Oxide Inks. 

To color my A2 pieces I used my Distress Oxide pads and smeared ink 
one color at a time onto a piece of acetate. 
Then spritzed with my T.H. spritzer and Smooshed and Splashed my inks
onto my A2 paper using my dear friend, Loll's video techniques.
I dried each layer of ink with my heat gun.

When backgrounds were finished I was able to get 4 die cut ATC"s.

Here is a photo of 3 of my background samples

Then more fun..added water drops with my T.H. spritzer, added EB paste thru Sanna's "Evolution Stencil",  stamped sentiment and grunge images with black archival ink, added punched foil heart and doodled stitching for border.  I loved the results.

I framed my ATC with SU So Saffron CS attaching with fun foam to pop up ATC.

Next I used my Clarity Brush to add a soft So Saffron inked stenciled image background 
using my ARTplorations "Evolution" stencil by Sanna.

Attached framed ATC to A2 card base and Done!

Thank you again Shirley for your Spotlight Inspiration!  Such a fun inky play day:-)  Hugs...

Adding to STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes

Stamps: STAMPlorations Fond Expressions sentiment and Scribbly Splattery Grunge stamp set.
Paper: Strathmore Bristol WC paper.  SU So Saffron and Thick Whisper White CS
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  SU So Saffron.  T. H. Distress Oxide: Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Candied Apple.
Accessories: CUTplorations ATC Tag Builder Die. Acetate window sheet for watercoloring.  T. H. Spritzer.  Dreamweaver EB Paste.  ARTplorations "Evolution" Stencil by Sanna. Clarity Brush.  Staedler black marker for stitching. Fun foam.

Friday, February 16, 2018

CAS Watercolour Heart Reminder!

We have exciting News!
There is a New "CAS Christmas Card Challenge" in Blogland beginning March 3rd.  The challenge is also owned by Bonnie and Loll!  Be sure and click on the link for all the details:-)

CAS Watercolour Heart Reminder
If you need a late Valentine or a Heart card please join the fun.
More Gorgeous cards by our DT and talented GD Sue (Sue's Card Craft)

Here is the card I made for my DH, Denny using Cling Wrap Brushos Die Cut Heart!

I used this cling wrap background for my Die Cut Heart.
I used Purple and Scarlet Brushos.

I began by Dry EB the bottom of SU Thick Whisper White Card Base with SU Heart Border (ret).

Then die cut the Cling Wrap Heart using the SU "The Heart Collection" (ret).  Next I stamped the Cupid and Love You from SU "P.S. I love you" (ret) using my MISTI, so I could repeat stamp.

Then heat embossed the heart with SU Clear EB Powder to make the colors brighter and more shiny. 

Next I attached my heart to a SU Sizzix Large Paper Doily die cut out of SU Whisper White CS and attached both to my card front.  My heart just did not seem complete,
so I attached
a punched foil heart from my stash and the rhinestones from my stash.

Now my card looked finished and well balanced!

You still have until the 24th to join us at CAS Watercolour. 

With Love and Happy Valentines Day to you all!  XOXO!

Stamps: SU P.S. I Love You (ret)
Paper: SU regular and thick Whisper White. Strathmore Mixed Media for heart.
Inks: Brushos Purple and Scarlet. Archival Jet Black. Versamark.
Accessories: Saran Wrap. SU Hearts Collection and Large Paper Doily Dies (ret).  SU Dry EB hearts (ret). Rhinestones and punched heart from stash.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CAS Mix Up Felt, Cork or Canvas Reminder!

We have exciting News!
There is a New "CAS Christmas Card Challenge" in Blogland beginning March 3rd.  The challenge is also owned by Bonnie and Loll!  Be sure and click on the link for all the details:-)

Now it is Time for our CAS Mix Up Reminder Cards!
You will be so inspired by our DT and talented GD Marianne's (Marianne's cards 'n stuff) samples.

Here is my card using Canvas, Stamping and Dry Embossing over scrap of Alcohol Inks on Foil.

I am so happy with my photo.  I did not even need a close up.  The shine on the Alcohol ink and foil and texture from the Canvas showed up beautifully.  Our dear friend,
Bonnie gave all of our DT samples of Canvas last Spring.
They are perfect for our February CAS Mix Up Challenge hosted by Joanna:-)

Several months ago I dropped Alcohol Ink onto foil (Reynold's Wrap) and added blending solution (or can use 91% rubbing alcohol) and then I spread around ink with a palette knife.  Then Smooshed with Yupo (can use glossy paper) paper in the alcohol ink.  I got several backgrounds.

My friend, Christine showed me how to save the foil with the leftover alcohol ink for another cool technique.  My card is the beautiful result of what I would normally throw away.
Thank you for the save my friend.

I cut a piece of the leftover foil to tuck around a piece of thick cardstock.
Then dry embossed with my SU Happy Heart (ret) EB folder.

Added fun foam to the image and plenty of adhesive tape to the back of foam.
Added SU Silver thread to the sticky back for a bit of embellishment
and attached 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Canvas to SU Thick Whisper White Card Front.

Next attached my sentiment which I had stamped using Archival Jet Black ink onto canvas using MISTI.  It took 3 stampings for complete coverage.  Attached sentiment to scrap of fun foam,
then added a SU Candy Dot (ret) and Done!

I loved the results..especially all the pretty shine!

Our CAS Mix Up Challenge ends on the 24th so plenty of time to still play along.  Be sure and check out all the very creative cards using Felt, Cork and Canvas.  Thanks again Joanna for your awesome challenge.

Adding to Craft Stamper Magazine February Take It Make It Challenge: Stamping Anything Goes. 

Stamps: SU Valentine Defined (ret) sentiment.
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White, Canvas
Inks: T.H. Alcohol Inks: Pink Sherbet, Flamingo, Watermelon.  Archival Jet Black
Accessories: Big Shot.  Reynolds Wrap Foil.  SU Happy Heart EB Folder (ret). Canvas from Bonnie. SU Candy Dot (ret) and Silver Thread. Fun Foam ($ Store)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Twofer Challenge #2 Hearts !

How cool to get "2" Heart cards done thanks to Darnell's Twofer Challenge!
Twofer Challenge #2 Hearts!

Here are my Two Heart Cards using the same Stampendous "Baby Background" stamp!

Close Up of 1st Card.

Happy 1st Birthday Boy card using my NBUS Stampendous "Baby Background" stamp.

I stamped with Versafine Black Pigment Ink onto SU Thick Whisper White CS 
and heat embossed with SU Clear EB Powder. 

Then die cut this section with NBUS AliExpress stitched rectangles die.
It was fun watercoloring with my Zigs and aqua painter..choosing bright colors.
I chose SU Thick Whisper White so all my whites matched, 
being careful not to use too much water.

Next die cut SU Real Red CS and SU card front with the same die set.
Inlaid white layer then placed card front in MISTI and stamped SSS Thoughtful Messages sentiments and heat embossed.  The stamps are separate.  Love this set:-)

Then covered main image with Versamark clear ink and heat embossed with SU Clear EB Powder. 
Wow,  that gave the image even brighter colors and plenty of shine.

Popped up my red and main image layers using fun foam and attached card front to card base.
Done and very happy with my One Year Old Baby Boy Card!  

Close Up of 2nd Card

My card is for a Newborn Baby Girl due around Valentine's Day:-)

I die cut a SU heart (ret) out of my heat embossed "Baby Background",  leftover from my above card.
Next I sponged background with SU So Saffron, Strawberry Slush (ret), Primrose Petals (ret) and Watermelon Wonder inks using my blending tool.   Then watercolored all the images using same markers and aqua painter.

Next die cut Larger heart from Primrose Petals CS and sponged with same ink for a soft suede look.
Attached SU White Tea Lace Doily to Penny Black Antique Frames layer
and placed in MISTI to stamp sentiment and then heat emboss.

Attached die cut card front using fun foam to SU Thick Whisper White Card Base.
Adding both hearts that I shaped with stylus and popped up with dimensionals.

I added Wink of Stella to entire baby background image.  So sparkly IRL.
Enjoy and Happy Twofer Creating!
Challenge ends on the 24th.

Card #1"
Stamps: Stampendous "Baby Background" I found on Amazon.  SSS "Thoughtful Messages".
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White and Real Red.
Inks: Versafine Black Pigment Ink. Versamark.  Zigs Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
Accessories: SU Clear EB Powder, Heat Tool. AliExpress Stitched Rectangles Dies. Fun foam ($ store), MISTI.

Card #2:
Stamps: Stampendous "Baby Background".  SU "So Happy For You" (ret).  SU "Hearts Collection" (ret). SU Doily (ret). 
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White and Primrose Petals (ret) CS.
Inks: Versafine Black, SU So Saffron, Strawberry Slush (ret), Primrose Petals (ret) and Watermelon Wonder ink pads and markers.
Accessories: SU Clear EB Powder, Heat Tool. SU Hearts Collection Dies (ret). SU Doily (ret). Penny Black Antique Frames Die. SU Dimensionals.  Fun foam. Wink of Stella. Ranger Blending Tool.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CAS Mix Up Cork and New Technique!

Trying a new technique.."Faux Enamel"  after seeing my friend, Kia's (A Place for Kia)
Gorgeous Valentine using the technique.

Kia also shared Simon Says Stamp Video by Marion Emberson,  which I used for my bird.
Here is another YouTube Faux Enamel video by Marion that my friend MaryH shared with me.
Thank you Mary.  

My card is also for the February  CAS Mix Up Challenge: Stamping + Felt, Cork or Canvas + Your Choice..Faux Enamel and Die Cuts.

Here is my "Faux Enamel" Bird card.

I had so much fun playing with the Faux Enamel technique.  I ended up with 4 birds and chose my favorite for my card.  Be sure and check out the video above.

I laid a piece of scrap copy paper over my craft mat then a die cut bird.
I die cut my CUTplorations "For the Birds" bird out of  SU Thick Whisper White CS.  

Next used a palette knife to carefully scoop up SU Cherry Cobbler EB powder and place onto the head and tail areas.
Did the same with Crushed Curry for the breast and Early Espresso for the rest of the bird.

I then very carefully lifted up the EB powder covered bird with my palette knife.  I wanted to save the excess powder to be used on another bird and also clean off the copy paper.

I carefully replaced bird on copy paper and added a layer of parchment paper,  which keeps the powder from flying...Everywhere!!!

Then used heat tool very close to parchment to melt all the powders.  When the parchment was sticking well to bird I tapped the heat tool over the parchment to help blend the colors. The video shows this technique.

Next step is really fun.  Carefully lift a corner of parchment and remove.  That also blends some of the colors and made the cool looking feathers for the bird.  You will never have 2 images the same.

Be sure and lift image up quickly with knife because will stick to paper underneath.
The excess melted powder can be used for other projects or tossed.

I die cut my window and placed cork behind and attached my bird with Tombow liquid glue.
Die cut branch out of white CS and colored with SU Soft Suede marker.  Then attached branch.

Added SSS Bouquet of Thanks Hello and Done!  

I was very happy with the results and still have 3 more birds for future projects.
Thank you again Kia for the "Faux Enamel" Inspiration.  
I will be using the technique again!

Stamps: SSS Bouquet of Thanks
Paper: Thick Whisper White CS
Inks: SU Early Espresso (sentiment) and Soft Suede (branch).
Accessories: SU EB Powders:Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso.  CUTplorations "For the Birds" Die.  Dienamics "Rectangle Peek-A-Boo Window" die. Memory Box "Woodland Branch" die. SU Heat Tool. Palette Knife. Cork from stash. Reynolds Parchment Paper (it did not stick to bird when removed). Copy Paper. Tombow liquid glue.

Friday, February 2, 2018

CAS Watercolour February Heart!

Time already for our CAS Watercolour February Heart Challenge!

You are going to be so inspired by all the Lovely Heart Cards by our Design Team 
and very talented Guest Designer Sue (Sue"s Card Craft).
Be sure and check out their beauties!

Here is my watercolored Valentine card with several stenciled hearts:-)

The background was smooshed and splashed with Distress Oxides: Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple and Fired Brick on Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  Check out Loll's videos on Smooshing with Inks and Splash Watercolors Backgrounds videos that I linked.

Next I  placed my ARTplorations "Hearts all Over" stencil over the die cut background
 and secured with painters tape.

Now ready to watercolor the hearts using Distress Oxides with my aqua painter.  
This is my 1st time to watercolor with a brush thru a stencil.
I was inspired to try this technique by my good friend and DT member Susan (Cardmaker's Garret),  who recently made This  beautiful watercoloured stenciled background!  TFS Susan. 

Next I die cut part of  the stenciled background with my AliExpress cross stitched partial circle die.

I then die cut my SU Thick Whisper White card front layer using my Penny Black Antique Frames Die Cut set.    Attached main image and Placed in MISTI to stamp my sentiment.
Added stamped tiny heart, Wink of Stella and heart sequins.

I wish you could see the sparkle from the Wink of Stella.  So pretty IRL!
I popped up the main image with fun foam and Done!

You have until the 24th to play along with us at CAS Watercolour.  We would love to have you join us.  Be sure and check out the gorgeous samples by our DT and GD, Sue.

Happy Valentine's Day to all our friends.  Hugs..

More Challenges:

CAS-usual Fridays: CFC#192 Hearts and more Hearts

STAMPlorations Never-Ending Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS Blog Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Stamps: SU P.S. I Love You (ret) and tiny heart (ret)
Paper: Thick Whisper White.  Strathmore Mixed Media.
Ink: Distress Oxides:Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple and Fired Brick. Archival Jet Black.
Accessories: Penny Black Antique Frames Die.  AliExpress cross stitched partial circle die. ARTplorations "Hearts All Over" Stencil. MISTI. SU Aqua painter, heart sequins (ret) and fine tip glue pen, Staedler black marker. Wink of Stella, fun foam. Craft mat.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CAS Mix Up February Felt, Cork or Canvas Challenge

Time for our CAS Mix Up February Challenge hosted by our DT member, 
Joanna  (Jo-Jo'sSpot).
Joanna always has the most creative and textured CAS mixed media cards!

Here is her Fun challenge!

Here is my card using Cork + Stamping + Die Cuts and EB Folder.

I started by dry embossing my SU hearts border (ret) onto the Gemund Woodland CS 
Card Front. Then added the cork trim from my stash to the bottom of the card front.

Next die cut Woodland CS card front using SU "Sunshine Wishes" heart die.  Used same die to die cut the Cork.

Next I used a scrap of white Woodland CS and sponged with Distress Inks: Festive Berries and Barn Door.  Then Die Cut with same heart die.

I attached card front to SU Thick Whisper White card base, so I could inlay 
the red die cut heart and inlay die cut cork heart.

Then die cut the LOVE from same die set and attached.
Stamped sentiment using my MISTI onto back of scrap of Woodland CS, 
so the colors would match, attached sentiment and Done!

My 1st Valentine for the holiday:-)  Fun using the cork that I have had forever!
Speaking of forever.. the punched heart was my very 1st Michael's purchase years ago!

Happy Valentine's my friends.  Hope you get to join us at CAS Mix Up.
You will love all the cards from our very talented DT and Guest Designer, Marianne (Marianne's cards 'n stuff).   Our hostess, Joanna's sample is an absolutely amazing Freestyle CAS creations! 

You have until the 24th to play along.  Can't wait to see your wonderful creations!  Hugs

Stamps: SU "With All My Heart" retired.
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White CS 100#'s.  Gemund Woodland CS 110#'s.
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  T.H. Distress Inks: Festive Berries and Barn Door.
Accessories: Cork..local store that is out of business.  SU Sunshine Wishes Dies. SU hearts border EB folder (ret).  heart punch ret. SU fine tip glue pen. SU rhinestone.