May 22, 2024

On the 22nd of each month some friends challenge ourselves to create 2 different cards repeating the same image, sentiment, etc on each card.  We have a predetermined list of the stamp company or specific challenge for each month and then...away we go!

Stamps by Newton's Nook Designs were selected for this month's challenge. I decided to use their "Roses" set which they so generously gifted to all the attendees at our No Foolin' Retreat, held this past Spring.

Here are the two cards that I made.




This card features the rose stamp which has been gold embossed on the background panel and onto the focal panel.


Both panels have been mounted on a gray card stock.  Gold gems were used for embellishments.





For the second card I ink blended the background panel. Then the rose image was stamped in black.

The focal panel was embossed with Brutus Monroe's Raven embossing powder. Then the image was colored with Olo Markers. 

I masked off the image and lightly ink blended some green around the image. Then the image was trimmed and matted with black card stock.

Both cards feature the birthday sentiment included with the stamp set. For this card, it was also heat embossed with Raven EP, then leftover ink from my brushes were used to color the background. 

This card was also finished with gems in black.

Lots of doubles for this month! Same image, same layout, same sentiment and the same type of embellishments.I really like this little stamp set. 

I had a bit of trouble with the black embossed parts smearing when ink blending and using the alcohol markers. I need to consult the expertise of my friends because I know that Raven is their favorite black EP. 


Please visit the blogs of the other Double Duty members:

Barb

Jeanette

Carol 

May 14, 2024

Time is really flying this year. It's time for another challenge for the Creative Crew. Tracie is our hostess this month and she chose "It's All About Flowers" for our theme.


Tracie sent us "Tulips for You" by Penny Black.  Isn't she adorable?

The image is colored with Olo Markers and fussy cut by hand.







I cut out extra bins of the tulips from the spare image that Tracie included and mounted them behind the image.

Then the main image is popped up using foam tape. 

The lovely tulip paper is from the "Foiled Floral" series by The Paper Source

I added a sentiment from the "Modern Script Sentiments" collection by Pinkfresh Studio and also popped it up.

The ribbon is from my stash.

Thanks for a fantastic image, Tracie! I really had fun with it. Now off to admire the other creative Crew cards! Here's a list and links to their blogs or their gallery:

Barb - Barb's Inkin' In Retirement

Carol - Lost in My Craft Room

Jeanette - Cre8tive Play

Lorraine - SCS Gallery

Terry - It's Totally Terry

Tracie - Crafty Creations by Tracie

 


Apr 21, 2024

Double Duty with Altenew!

On the 22nd of each month some friends challenge ourselves to create 2 different cards repeating the same image, sentiment, etc on each card.  We have a predetermined list of the stamp company or specific challenge for each month and then...away we go!


This month we feature Altenew which have incredible floral stamps with matching stencils, dies and embossing folders. It was a tough decision but  I settled on their "Perfect Gift" suite of stamps, dies and stencils. 


We received this set in the Spring Crop and Create virtual card making event.  The pink floral is the design from the class, modified slightly.

I used a combination of ink cubes from Tayored Expressions and Gina K Designs and the stencils to color the flowers and leaves. 

The background flowers are stamped in a light grey ink and the sentiment is cut from black card stock.






The second card uses the same layout, however the images and sentiment have been gold embossed on Black card stock.

The leaves and flowers are water colored with paints that have mica in the pigment for a nice subtle sheen.

The black panel is mounted onto a purple card stock, however it's not obvious in my photograph.



I'm pretty happy with my end results.  Both cards will be mailed later in May to friends for their birthdays.  This set will get a lot of use from me!


Please visit the blogs of the other Double Duty members:

Barb

Jeanette

Carol 

Apr 14, 2024

Party Time for the Creative Crew!

Hard to believe that it's mid April already and time for another challenge for the Creative Crew. Terry is our hostess this month and she chose "It's Party Time!" for our theme.

Terry gave us really fun images already die cut! "Festive Balloons" by Simon Says Stamp.  Also included were some great designer papers by Stampin' Up called "Pattern Party".

I colored the images with some borrowed Copics and also colored the floral strip of paper. Then the balloons were given some Wink of Stella to create shine.

The sentiment was trimmed and mounted on the reverse of one of the DPs and the final designer paper was placed inside.  I like that all of the papers were included on my card.


Please use the links below to drop by the blogs and galleries of the whole Creative Crew gang. 

Barb - Barb's Inkin' In Retirement

Carol - Lost in My Craft Room

Jeanette - Cre8tive Play

Lorraine - SCS Gallery

Terry - It's Totally Terry

Tracie - Crafty Creations by Tracie





Terry, you really gave us a fun and versatile kit to work with! I'll be putting the extra images to good use for upcoming birthdays.  Thank you!

Apr 11, 2024

Hot Mess with Alcohol Inks & Yupo Silver Sparkle

Hot Mess = Success Day is the 15th!  Every month a group of friends challenge ourselves to get messy. We can do any sort of card or technique, as long as it meets our personal definition of getting messy.

This month I decided to play with Yupo Paper and some Alcohol Inks by Tim Holtz/Ranger.  I took two sheets of Silver Sparkle Yupo paper and applied the ink with a blender sponge tool that Tim Holz uses.

Here are my two panels:




This one used 2 colors on the sponge, Dijon and Lagoon.  Of course they blended to a green. Which I liked so I used it.  Look how glittery that paper is!








The second panel has just the Lagoon blue ink applied.  The photo really doesn't do it justice.




Here's the finished card:




The balloons were die cut from a section of the green panel.  Turns out that Yupo paper is REALLY hard to die cut. Who knew?

Once I separated out the left and right balloon pieces from the die cut, I traced around them and hand cut the blue inserts to make the blue ones.

The rest of the green panel was embossed with a striped design and the balloons were glued onto the embossed panel. Hint: it would have been better to use the clear glue dots rather than liquid glue. The liquid glue moved around too much.

The Birthday sentiment is by Taylored Expressions and colored with markers.



All in all, I learned a few things about working with the ink, paper and die cutting it. That makes me happy!  I will be trying this again soon.  Maybe for next month's Hot Mess challenge. 

Be sure to stop by the Hot Mess Team and admire their creations!  Here are their links:


Mar 14, 2024

The Creative Crew Tackles National Poultry Day!

 Carol is our host for the March Creative Crew Challenge. She informed us that March has a National Poultry Day on the 19th.  Who knew? Not me!

She gave us the "Rustic Rooster" image by Stampin' Up and designer papers from The Paper Studio's "Country Road" pack.



I really like the papers from Carol's kit.  The brick paper was especially realistic.



The papers are mounted on Close To Cocoa card stock by Stampin' Up.  Probably my all time favorite color!  


I embellished with some brown gems and blue ribbon from my stash.




The image is colored with Castle Premium Soft Touch pencils and leftover inks on yellow and green blending brushes were used for the background.  The edge of the die cut has a bit of brown applied with a blender brush.


Here's a closer look at the brick paper and the rooster.


Carol, thanks so much for a great kit this month! The card really seemed to come together easily (once I looked up how to color the rooster, hahaha)


Please drop by the blogs and galleries of the whole Creative Crew gang. Here are their links:

Barb - Barb's Inkin' In Retirement

Carol - Lost in My Craft Room

Jeanette - Cre8tive Play

Lorraine - SCS Gallery

Terry - It's Totally Terry

Tracie - Crafty Creations by Tracie

Mar 12, 2024

Hot Mess = Success in March

On the 12th of the month a group of friends and I have a "Hot Mess" Challenge.  We are to make any sort of card we like, as long as a mess is made in the process. 

I decided to play with a variation on a card made in last weekend's virtual card classes during Stamp Joy, which is hosted by Taylored Expressions.  Here are my first and third attempts.



















Ink is applied directly to white card stock using ink pads. I really like this technique because it yields rich colors faster than blending brushes. 









Then I used Gold Glitter Glaze by Brutus Monroe and a dot stencil by Taylored Expressions for card #1.

The paper is saturated from the ink so the Glitter Glaze took a really long time to dry. Despite using my heat gun on the reverse side of the panel.  I just left it overnight to dry throughly.





Time for the 3rd attempt.  This time, using the same stencil I used Slippery When Wet (gold) Lunar Paste by Simon Hurley. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! 

I left it to dry overnight also.  

Both cards feature sentiments that were included in Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy kit. They're stamped onto a small piece of white with the same inks blended on to it. They are cut with a couple of dies from my stash.

These are flat, easy to mail cards.  Currently I am going back to flat cards so it's easy to pop one into the mail.

What happened to my 2nd attempt, you ask?   Well...let's just say it went wrong in so many ways. I wanted black polka dots on my blended panel.  But I also wanted some shine. So I dug out some Raven (black) embossing powder by Brutus Monroe that also has glitter in it.  

Now...I know better, but was in denial I guess 😂  When you ink blend a panel, the powder has a wicked preference of sticking to the paper, even though it's treated with a duster to prevent that issue. 

When I lifted the stencil, there was so much black glitter everywhere on the panel that I just put it in the trash. While attempting to knock some of the powder off by flicking the backside of the panel, I sent the panel across my desk, and right through the loose black glitter/powder.  HOT MESS.


I actually had to tell myself to remain calm. Glitter gives me anxiety under the best circumstances...heavy sigh.

Later, after the mess had been cleaned up I was laughing to my friends at my rookie mistakes and subsequent panic attack.

This morning, Amazon dropped off this little Lady!  (It's a small vacuum).  Thank you Barb!!  Her name is Nelle, short for Coccinelle, which is French for Ladybug.  Nelle should save me during future Hot Mess card making!

Be sure to stop by the Hot Mess Team and admire their creations!  Here are their links: