Friday, September 23, 2022

CAS Christmas Card September Sparkle and or Shine

hosted by my dear friend,  the very CAS creative Hideko!
We all Love Sparkle and Shine for the Holiday Season!



I had so much fun with Sparkle and Shine Christmas card 
that I made Four cards for my stash:-)

Here is the close up showing the sparkle and shine but way more sparkly IRL!


I began by using SU Basic White 110# cardstock for the Altenew "Organic Linen" 3D EB Folder background, which was my 1st time to use the 3D Folder.   Also the 1st time I used the Altenew Dazzling Diamond Glitter Cardstock 120# to die cut the 
Ranger T.H. "Woodland Dies Trees".

After die cutting the tree with the glitter cardstock I punched out the center pieces
 with a toothpick.
Next used the same die to die cut a SU Cucumber Crush cardstock tree and
punched out the center pieces to inlay into the Glittery tree.

Next I die cut another tree with Strathmore Mixed Media 140# paper
 keeping all the pieces in place.
 Then used Connect Glue to attach the MM tree to the back of the Glittery Tree.
I repeated and added another MM tree with Connect Glue for a
nice thick 3 layer Glittery Tree!

There was a lot of Inlayed pieces going on,  but worth the effort.
 I cut a narrow strip of the Altenew Dazzling Diamond Glitter paper and die cut 
the Joyful from SU Red Glitter Paper using the CUTplorations
"Christmas Sentiments Dies" set and cut off the "ful" to make the JOY fit.
I die cut 3 more Joyfuls, trimmed and attached with glue.

Glued the Glitter Trim, Glittery Tree and JOY to the background and
attached all to SU Basic White Cardstock and Done!

Not exactly...I Loved the card and all the Glitter so made 3 more cards:-)
Whew...that was a lot of die cutting, gluing and inlaying, etc...But a beautiful 
glittery way to add to my 2022 Christmas Stash:-)

Thank you Hideko for a really fun and inspiring Challenge, my friend!
 Love and Hugs,

Supplies:
Stamps; None
Paper:  SU Basic White 110#.  Altenew "Dazzling Diamond Glitter Cardstock" 120#. SU Cucumber Crush and Red Glitter Paper.
Inks: None...amazing!
Accessories: Ranger T.H. "Woodland Dies Trees".  Altenew "Organic Linen" 3D Embossing Folder.
CUTplorations "Christmas Sentiments Dies" Joyful. Connect glue. Toothpick.


I am sending my card over to 

NBUS Challenge #42 NBUS Altenew "Organic Linen" 3D Folder and Dazzling Diamond Glitter Cardstock.
 





Thursday, September 15, 2022

CAS Mix Up Stencil Gesso Challenge Reminder

Time for our CAS Mix Up Stencil Gesso Challenge Reminder . You are going to LOVE all the creative and beautiful CAS Gesso stenciled cards by our talented design team! 
Thank you Hilary for a fun and creative challenge!

Beautiful cards in our gallery by our talented followers too😄


Here are awesome Gesso tutorial Videos chosen by Hilary

Video Tutorials:
Creative Ways to Use Gesso by Tiffany Sorlario (7:04)
Distress Oxide Gesso Resist with a Twist by Gerry van der Velden (11:35)
Gesso Resist by Kim Schofield (6:11)
Gesso Resist Background by Eileen Godwin (31:02)
Lavinia Stamps and A Gesso Resist by Eileen Godwin (first 12 minutes)

My Reminder Gesso card.  I had so much fun with this technique.

I am Loving Hilary's CAS Mix Up Stenciling with Gesso Challenge:-)
Thank you again Hilary for such a fun and easy technique. 
I will definitely be using this Emboss Resist Gesso technique again!

I used ARTplorations "Bold Florals Slimline Stencil" for the Gesso technique.
I used masking tape to tape the stencil onto Fabriano 140# Cold Press watercolor paper.
Then used the same Emboss Resist technique that I used on my Gesso Launch Card.
I was again inspired by Eileen Godwin's Video.

Added a little Golden's Gesso white acrylic paint onto my glass mat.
Then used TH Sponge to add a thin amount of the Gesso thru the stencil,
using Eileen's technique.  That gave me smooth white flower petals. Let dry.
Removed and washed the stencil immediately in warm soapy water.

Next replaced stencil and used Altenew Mini Blending Brushes to add Distress Oxide
Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick and Shaded Lilac and removed stencil.

Tip: I could not wipe off all the stray inks from the Gesso flower petals so I replaced the stencil and added another thin layer of Gesso, which took care of ALL the stray 
inks on the white petals!

Next die cut the image with Memory Box Circle Stitched Die and die cut a
2nd larger circle from SU Basic White 110# Cardstock.

Popped up main image with craft foam and attached with Connect Glue to the
white larger circle.  Attached main image circles to SU So Saffron card base.

Added die cut CUTplorations "Smile" that is double layered for extra thickness
and added stamped with Archival Jet Black ink  Altenew "Label Love" Hello and Done!

I loved how this card Pops and the bright White flower petals and die cut Smile
against the bright yellow card base.  Hope you do too:-)

You still have until the 24th to play along.  Such a fun and easy Gesso Technique.

Love and Hugs,


Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew "Label Love" hello.
Inks: Distress Oxides: Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick and Shaded Lilac.  Archival Jet Black.
Paper: Fabriano 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper.  SU Basic White 110# and So Saffron.
Accessories: Golden's Acrylic Gesso.  ARTplorations Bold Florals Slimline Stencil.  CUTplorations Smile Die.  Memory Box Stitched Circle Dies. Craft Foam. Connect Glue. Altenew Mini Blending Brushes. 



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Thursday, September 1, 2022

CAS Mix Up Stencil Gesso Challenge

Time for the CAS Mix Up September Stencil Gesso Challenge hosted by the very
talented, Hilary (fiddling about).  You are going to be inspired by our awesome
 Design Team and our very talented Guest Designer Sue (Cards by Q)


Hilary's Message and links to Gesso Stencil Techniques!

Hilary's Message
Gesso is primarily a surface primer that gives a uniform surface and is often used in mixed media projects, but in reality it can be much more than that. This month we would love to see you use gesso on your card along with your stencils. I have included some 
video links below to help inspire you.

Video Tutorials:
Creative Ways to Use Gesso by Tiffany Sorlario (7:04)
Distress Oxide Gesso Resist with a Twist by Gerry van der Velden (11:35)
Gesso Resist by Kim Schofield (6:11)
Gesso Resist Background by Eileen Godwin (31:02)
Lavinia Stamps and A Gesso Resist by Eileen Godwin (first 12 minutes)

           I used stenciling, Gesso, stamping, die cutting and heat embossing. 

I was inspired to use Gesso with a stencil by watching the 
 by Eileen Godwin (first 12 minutes)!  Such a fun and easy technique:-)

I attached my Altenew "Watercolor Stripes Stencil" with Masking Tape over
Fabriano 140# Watercolor Cold Press Paper.

Added a little Golden's Gesso white acrylic paint onto my glass mat.
Then used TH sponge to add a thin amount of the Gesso thru the stencil,
 using Eileen's technique.  That gave me thin smooth stripes.
Dries quickly.  Removed stencil.  Wash immediately in warm soapy water.

Replaced stencil and used Altenew Mini Blending brushes to sponge on
 Distress Oxide Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Picked 
Raspberry, and Tumbled Glass. Let Dry and removed stencil.
Then used a slightly damp paper towel to wipe off DOX on the Gesso stripes.

Then die cut background with Spellbinders Square Hemstitch Die.

Placed background in MISTI and stamped STAMPlorations French Marigold Large 
image with Versafine Black ink and heat embossed with SSS Clear EB Powder. 
Popped up with craft foam onto SU Basic White card base.

Next die cut Rectangle Hemstitch for the STAMPlorations stamped and 
heat embossed "Heartfelt Thanks" and attached with Connect Glue 
to card base and Done!

I loved the shine on the heat embossed flower and sentiment and the pretty
soft pastel colors for the backgrounds. 
Thank you Hilary for a fun and easy CAS Mix Up Gesso Challenge.
I look forward to using Gesso more often:-) 

Love and Hugs,

Supplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations French Marigold Large (available in Digi stamp also) and Heartfelt Thanks.
Paper: Fabriano 140# Cold Press.  SU Basic White 110#.
Inks: DOX inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, and Tumbled Glass. Versamark Fine Black.
Accessories: Altenew Mini Blending Brushes. Tim Holtz sponge. Altenew Watercolor Stripes Stencil. Golden's White Gesso Acrylic paint.  Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle Dies. SSS Clear Embossing Powder.  Heat Tool. White Craft Foam..Amazon.


Sunday, August 21, 2022

CAS Mix Up August Emboss Resist

I can't stop playing with the CAS Mix Up Emboss Resist Challenge...I
I just had to try the Joseph's Coat EB Resist Technique.


Here are a couple of links to Joseph's Coat videos...

My Joseph's Coat Emboss Resist card..

I love how our wonderful CAS Mix Up...Mixed Media Challenges make me inspired
to try new techniques!  So many gorgeous samples of Emboss Resist Techniques
by our fabulous DT and talented followers:-)

I used glossy paper?  A gift from a friend years ago:-)
Sponged the paper with Distress Oxide Inks in shades of yellow, red and green.
Dried with heat tool...Important Step!

Then added anti-static powder (Important too) and stamped SU Forever Fern image
using clear Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. 
 Then used a brayer to add Distress Black Soot ink until the image was
completely covered.

This was the Emboss Resist...just used a damp paper towel to wipe off the
black ink from the heat embossed multicolored leaf..Wow...so beautiful 
how the sponged DOX inks show up on the leaf image and
heat embossed shine!

Next die cut the image with Memory Box Rectangle Stitched Die.
Added the stamped and heat embossed "hello" from the same SU set and sequins.

Found a scrap of Basic Grey Designer Paper for the background and
popped up the image with craft foam. 
 Added to SU Basic White card base and Done!

I was very pleased with the results.
You still have until the end of the day on the 24th to play along.
So happy to see all the gorgeous cards for our CMU Emboss Resist Challenge.
 
Love and Hugs,

Supplies
Stamps: SU Forever Fern
Inks: Clear Versamark, Versafine Black, Distress Oxides: Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade and Peeled Paint.  Distress Ink Black Soot.
Paper: SU Basic White 110#.  Basic Grey DP.  Glossy Paper?
Accessories: Memory Box Rectangle Stitched Die.  Brayer. T.H. sponges.  Heat Tool. Craft foam. Sequins.

Monday, August 15, 2022

CAS Mix Up (W) Emboss Resist Reminder

Time for our CAS Mix Up (W) Emboss Resist Reminder cards Hosted by Nancy (me) 
with inspiring card samples by our very talented DT and cards in our gallery.

 
You have until the 24th to play along in this easy Emboss Resist Challenge😄


Using Stamping, Heat Embossing, Emboss Resist, Watercoloring, Splatters.

I stamped the leaves from the SSS "Be Kind" stamp set onto Canson
Cold Press 140# watercolor paper using SSS White Pigment Ink and
heat embossed with SU Clear White EB Powder.

Then watercolored the leaves using Wet on Wet technique and a #6 paint
brush and Japanesque Colour Shadow Black Paints: Reddish, Bluish and
Greenish Black Paints. 

I was inspired by Debbie Hughes Emboss Resist with Watercolor Wash 

When dry I added splatters using the same inks.
Then added a sentiment sticker from STAMPlorations "Life is a Journey"
Next attached card front to SU Basic White 100# Card Base
and Done!

Remember you still have until the 24th to play along!
We would love to have you join the fun, dear friends....

Love and Hugs,

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Sharing a Bonus Card using the same SSS "Be Kind" Stamp set.
I stamped and heat embossed the leaves and sentiment with Versafine Black ink and
heat embossed with SU Clear EB Powder.  Again inspired by Debbie Hughes.

Emboss Resist Wet on Wet Watercolor Technique and Splatters.



Supplies 
Card #1:
Stamps: SSS "Be Kind".
Paper: Canson Cold Press 140#. SU Basic White 100#.
Inks: SSS White Pigment Ink.  Shadow Black Paints: Bluish, Reddish and Greenish Blacks.
Accessories: SU Clear EB Powder.  Heat Tool.  #6 paint brush.  STAMPlorations Life is a Journey Stickers.  Splatters with #6 paint brush.

Card #2: Same except used Versafine Black Pigment Ink for stamped leaves and sentiment.


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

CAS Christmas Card Pine Challenge

I am playing in the CAS Christmas Card Challenge: Pine hosted by the 
very talented Trina.  Be sure and check out the Design Team's beautiful
and creative Pine CAS Christmas Cards.




This is such a fun and creative way to add Christmas Cards to your Stash!

Here is my Pinecone Christmas Card.

I used my MISTI to stamp the SSS "Pinecone Background" stamp using Versamagic White
Pigment ink and heat embossed with SU Clear EB Powder on
Fluid 100 Hot Press 140# 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper. 

Next I used make up brushes to add Distress Oxide Inks:
Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Rustic Wilderness and
Lucky Clover.

Then wiped off inks from the heat embossed images for the Embossed 
Resist technique.  I will be adding this card to our CAS Mix Up 
August Challenge: Emboss Resist!!

The Emboss Resist leaves a beautiful shiny Pinecone image!

Then trimmed the main image and added a thin heat embossed border using
Versamark and Ranger Distress Embossing Glaze Vintage Photo.
Next heat embossed the border for the card front using the same technique 
and attached to SU Basic White 100# Card Base.

Stamped the Penny Black "Holiday Snippets" Believe sentiment onto main image.
Then popped up the main image onto card front with craft foam
and Done!

It was fun adding the heat embossed edges,  which was a new technique for me!
I saw a stamper do this,  but I do not remember who...darn.

Enjoy and hope you get to join in the Christmas Challenge too.  
Love and Hugs..


Supplies:
Stamps: SSS Pinecone Background.  Penny Black Holiday Snippets.
Paper: SU Basic White.  Fluid 100 Hot Press 140#  (I did not need WC paper, but wanted the extra weight.
Inks: Versamagic White pigment for stamped pinecones and Versamark clear for sentiment.  Archival Black for sentiment.
Accessories:  MISTI.  Distress EB Glaze Powders: Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Rustic Wilderness and Lucky Clover. Heat Tool.  Craft Foam. 


Adding to CAS Mix Up August Emboss Resist Challenge.  
NBUS #41 Challenge
It was my first time to use the SSS Pinecone Background Stamp.


Monday, August 1, 2022

CAS Mix Up Mixed Media August Emboss Resist Challenge

Time for our August CAS Mix Up Mixed Media Emboss Resist Challenge hosted by 
Nancy (me) (scandinancycreates).  We have awesome inspiration cards by 
our very talented DT and our talented GD Brenda (inkinspired to stamp)


Please remember to keep your cards Clean and Simple...Thank You!

Emboss Resist is an old technique using different Heat Embossing techniques.
I highly recommend you watch one or more of the videos that have been 
provided by our design team.  I guarantee that you will be inspired to play along!
We can't wait to see your Clean and Simple Mixed Media cards:-)



I Used Stamping, Heat Embossing, Watercolor Wash EB Resist and Die Cutting.

I began by stamping my Essentials by Ellen "Mondo Hydrangea" stamp onto
Canson Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper using MISTI and SSS White Pigment Ink.
Then heat embossed with Wow White EB Powder for the
 Watercolor Wash Emboss Resist Technique by Debbie Hughes

Then the fun began using Gansai Tambi "Gem" Watercolors with #6 and #2 Princeton
paint brushes.  I let the paint dry between layers until I got the final effect I wanted.

The colors are beautiful and very shiny in the natural light.
I used Gem Colors: Blue, Green and Yellow Gold.

I finished my card using Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle Dies to die cut
the main image.  Next stamped in MISTI
the Altenew "Leaf Canopy" sentiment and added a punched Yellow Gold heart.

My sympathy card went to a very dear friend.

We would love to have you join us at CAS Mix Up Emboss Resist Challenge.
You have until the 24th to play along.  You are going to Love this Challenge💕

Love and Hugs,


Supplies:
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen "Mondo Hydrangea" and Altenew "Leaf Canopy" sentiment. 
Paper: Canson Cold Press 140# Watercolor paper.  SU Basic White 140# card base.
Inks: SSS White Pigment Ink.  Archival Jet Black for sentiment.  Gansai Tambi Gem WC Paints: Blue, Green and Yellow Gold.
Accessories: Spellbinders Rectangles Hemstitch Dies.  MISTI. WOW White EB Powder.  SU Heat Tool.  #6 and #2 round Princeton paint brushes.  


Sunday, July 24, 2022

CAS Christmas Card Challenge July Santa

I am playing in the CAS Christmas Card Challenge July:  Santa Challenge
hosted by Barb who we are so happy is back after several months:-)

The challenge ends tonight so I am just in time to share my Santa cards.
It is a very busy time this time of year with all our gardening, etc.
Enjoy all the fun Santa CAS cards by the DT and in the Gallery.


Rules

My CAS version using a fun watercolored background of Santa
flying thru the sky with his trusty reindeer:-)

I punched 1" circle out of the watercolored and ink splattered sky
 and inlaid a WC paper circle.
Then used Archival Jet Black Ink to stamp over background with 
Visible Image "Christmas Eve" stamp set using MISTI.  
 Popped up main image with craft foam and attached to card front with Connect Glue.

I stamped the "Christmas Eve" sentiment and die cut with Spellbinders Hemstitch
Rectangles.  I used the same die cut set to die cut the "Christmas Eve" image.
Attached to card front with Connect Glue and Done! 
Christmas Cards:-)

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Photo of watercolored Christmas Card background before I decided to cut down 
the rest of the backgrounds for a CAS version.
I had fun making 8 watercolored backgrounds that I finished into Christmas cards:-)
Used Marimi's Small Art YouTube Video to make backgrounds.


I used Black Shadow Inks in Reds and Blues using #8 paint brush on wet on wet
technique onto Canson Cold Press 140# and on Fabriano Cold Press 140#
watercolor paper.

Enjoy and have fun adding to your 2022 Christmas Stash.
Love and Hugs..


Supplies:
Stamps: Visible Image "Christmas Eve".
Paper: SU Basic White 100#.  Fabriano 140# Watercolor paper.
Inks: Shadow Black Paints...Shadow Black Blue and Shadow Black Red.
Accessories: #8 watercolor paint brush.  SU 1" circle punch.  MISTI.  Acrylic white paint splatters.  Spellbinder Hemstitch Rectangles Dies. Craft foam.  Connect Glue. 



Friday, July 15, 2022

CAS Mix Up (W) Things With Wings Reminder

Time for our CAS Mix Up Watercolor "Things with Wings" Challenge Reminder
post with wonderful CAS cards by our talented Design Team.
Beautiful and creative cards in our followers gallery too:-)

Thank you Linda for hosting this fun challenge:-)


I was inspired by my CAS Mix Up Teamie Bonnie's launch beauty!


Here is my Bird Hello card that I LOVE!!  Hope you do too:-)


Here is a photo of all the shine from the Gansai Tambi metallic Gem Watercolors:-)
It is like having 2 different watercolored cards:-)


I began by using Altenew "Bold Floral Drape" 3D EB Folder
to dry emboss the flowers on SU Basic White 100# CS.

I then trimmed the EB flowers and began using the retired SU 
Bird Builder Punch.  I punched out the branch, bird and wings 4 times and
stacked using Connect Glue.

Then the fun...using #2 paint brush to watercolor with the Gem Colors: 
Yellow Gold for center of flowers and top of bird head.
Green for branch,  Blue for breast and mixed Red, Yellow and Blue to
create a brown tone for the rest of the bird and wings.
Added eye with black marker.
Loved how my bird turned out.  A bit time consuming,  but well worth it!

Attached branch with Connect Glue. Then popped up bird with SU mini 
dimensionals and set aside.  Added SU Basic Black narrow frame.
Added bird and attached to SU Basic White 100# Card Base.

Added stamped Altenew "Label Love" Hello sentiment and glued onto image
and Done!  I was so pleased with my Thing with Wings card:-)
Taking the photos was the hardest part,  but I just had to share the shine:-)

You still have until the 24th to play along.

Love and Hugs..

Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew "Label Love" sentiment.
Paper: SU Basic White 100# and Basic Black.
Inks: Gansai Tambi Gem Colors: Yellow Gold, Green and Blue. Archival Jet Black for sentiment.
Accessories: Altenew "Bold Floral Drape" 3D Embossing Folder.  SU Retired Bird Builder Punch. #2 paint brush.  Connect Glue.  SU mini dimensionals.  

Adding to NBUS #40 Challenge.  I used the Altenew "Label with Love" sentiment and
3D "Bold Floral Drape" EB Folder for the 1st time:-)



Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Flower Challenge: Clean and Simple

I am playing in The Flower Challenge #70 CAS Clean and Simple Challenge.


I could not resist a CAS Challenge using new products from Altenew.


Quick Clean and Simple card design...
I used Altenew "Watercolor Stripes Stencil" for my background.
I laid an A2 size piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper on to my
"Stick and Stamp Mat" and then covered with the stencil.
I love how the stencil sticks to the mat and no longer have to use masking tape.

Then used make up brushes to blend the yellow and green Distress Oxide inks
thru the stencil.  Removed stencil and placed paper in MISTI.
Stamped the Altenew "African Daisies" over the stripes background with Versafine black ink
 and heat embossed with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder.
Used the same technique for the sentiment,  which is from the same set.

Die cut the border with Penny Black "Leaf Stitched Frames"
attached to SU Basic White 100# Card Base and Done!

I loved how my CAS card turned out and will be sending it to my
dear 93 year old friend,  Daisy:-)  Enjoy....

Love and Hugs,

Supplies:
Stamps: Altenew African Daisy.
Paper: SU Basic White 100# and Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Versafine black and Distress Oxide yellow and light greens..just used what was already on the brushes.
Accessories: Stick & Stamp Mat (SSS).  MISTI.  Penny Black Leaf Stitched Frames Die.  Ranger Clear EB Powder.  Heat Tool.


Adding to NBUS #40 Challenge.......used the Altenew Stencil and Stamp set for the 1st time:-)