Feb 22, 2024

Unity Stamps for February Double Duty

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 any stamp set by Unity Stamp Compapny and I decided to go their "The Owl & the Moon" stamp set.  As Gramma D in my other life, it's pretty obvious why I bought this set!

I had big plans for this card...but at the last minute I made a decision that didn't work out. 

I stenciled the stars using Simon Hurley's "Slippery When Wet" Lunar Paste and loved the result. The sentiment is heat embossed in gold. So far, so good.

I colored the image with blending brushes and inks, masking off different sections as I went along.

Then the bad decision. I decided to use the Lunar paste on the moon. I am not happy at all with my results.


The second card was colored with markers, using "Twinkle" Stickles on the moon.  There's a random piece of leftover DP for the background panel, but I have no clue what company to credit.

I consider these two cards my practice cards before Gramma D makes something worthy of her Little Man!  As Gina K famously says, "They're better than horrible".  But just barely, hahahaha 

Please visit the blogs of the other Double Duty members:

Barb

Jeanette

Carol

 

Feb 14, 2024

A February Birthday Creative Crew Challenge!

Jeanette is our hostess for February this year, and said:

"I thought I'd do something that isn't specifically winter because if you're like me, you're ready for winter to be over!"

So she gave us a "Birthday" theme this month. 


Jeanette gave us the "Nice One" image by Penny Black and the Happy Birthday sentiment from Technique Tuesday's Lots of Sentiments set.

The papers she included were from DCWV and Paper Studio.

I used Spectrum Noir markers to color up the happy guy and color the Happy Birthday sentiment.

I used Card Layer Dies 1 & 2 by Jaded Blossom to cut the papers and they are layered onto brown and green stock by Stampin' Up.



Thank you, Jeanette! This was a bright and fun kit and it was easy to work with!

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




Jan 21, 2024

Double Duty with Sending Hugs

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 any stamp set by Stampin' Up and I decided to go with Sending Hugs stamp set and matching die.  



This is the first card. The image is gold embossed and then painted with my watercolors by Yasutomo. I love the mica in these watercolors and on black card stock it really pops!

The panel is layered on a blue embossed foil paper from DCWV's pack.


The second card duplicates the black and the blue embossed foil paper using the matching die. 

The "Hugs" sentiment was die cut and layered on top of the black letters.  The whole die cut is popped off the foil panel with foam strips under the letters.

My first idea for the challenge was to paint the image similar to the first card except on white card stock. I wasn't happy with the results so my second card is Plan B.

Both of these are going to two dear friends who are grieving the recent loss of their son.  They will travel in a little box of some heartfelt things that are specific to their son.  In time, perhaps it can make them smile. It will take time. And love.

Please visit the blogs of the other Double Duty members:

Barb

Jeanette

Carol


Jan 14, 2024

Snowmen Creative Crew Challenge

Today's the day! Time to post our Creative Crew Challenge Card.  This month Barb provided the theme: Snowmen.  And since many of us are getting snow storms lately, it is a most appropriate theme!

Here's my card:   















I went with an A7 size for the card because I loved all of the papers that Barb included and wanted to use each of them.  Speaking of love, how about that snowman?  Isn't he the cutest guy?

The snowman image is called "Frosty Flakes" by Penny Black.  Patterned papers are from the Winter Magic series by Echo Park Paper. Gorgeous!

Barb also gave us the cute little snowflake embellishments.  I added a sentiment that is gold embossed and die cut from The "Christmas Sentiments" stamp and die set by PinkFresh Studio.


Here's a close up to show that entire card face has been shimmered up using Glimmer mist by A Muse Studio.

The image is colored with Castle Premium Soft pencils. I was going for the weathered look on his hat.

Thanks Barb for such a sweet kit and theme for this challenge!



Please drop by the blogs and galleries of the other Creative Crew members: 

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

Jan 11, 2024

Hot Mess January Challenge

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. 

This month I decided to use some of Simon Hurley's amazing Lunar Pastes. These are super creamy and have a smooth texture, dry fast and are really fun to work with.

Here's my finished card.


The die is a cutting plate Called Kaleidoscope by Taylored Expressions.

The sentiment is from Fancy Phrases stamp and die set by Gina K Designs.

The white card base has been sponged with 3 colors of Lunar Paste:

  • Tater Gator (green)
  • Triple Berry (magenta)
  • Slippery When Wet (gold)



I used domed foam daubers to apply the paste. I made a little pool onto a silicone mat, saturated the foam dauber and them applied in circular motions to the card stock. 



Here's a picture of the process.  My go-to mat for this type of thing is actually an oven liner. Easy clean up and it provides a large work surface.


The back panel of the folded card base is masked off, which also keeps it from sliding around when blending.


The Lunar Paste washed out of the foam domes rather easily with dishsoap and water.  The silicone mat wiped clean with a damp rag.


I ended up making 6 of these for a swap on Split Coast. I do think if I had used Solar Paste instead of the Lunar Paste the colors would have been more vivid behind the blue kaleidoscope panel. 

These pastes are really fun to work with and not so messy  that I get stressed out, hahahahaha.

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

Jeanette

Barb

Terry

Carol

Dec 30, 2023

Catch Up Club, Last of 2023...On to 2024!

 

A few friends and I created a "Catch Up Club". We create cards from kits, classes or other sources and post them on the last day of the month. The one requirement is not difficult: it must be something that we are behind on! 

This month I chose to work on a set of three cards designed by Gina K Designs.  These were part of the September, 2023 Crop & Create Delivered Virtual Card Making event.

Here are the three cards made per Gina's instructions during the class.

From the left:
A shadowbox card
A gatefold card and
a stair step card






The shadow box card is a new one for me. It's supported by a long piece of cardstock which is folded at the top of the shadow box shape.  The shadow box is attached to the card base in an easel manner.


These two cards feature the "Decorative Double" Stencil by Gina K Designs.


The gatefold card uses the second stencil included with the kit on the left and right folds and the center panel. Both cards are stenciled lightly with Kraft ink by Gina K Designs.




The florals on all three cards are "Fancy Florals" Layering Stencils and Die Set by Gina K Designs. 


The phrases are so pretty and were also included in the kit, "Fancy Phrases" Stamp and Die Set by Gina K Designs.





The stair step card uses her technique of creating a background by dragging the ink pads down the white panel. 


I think mine here are a little too dark for my taste, but that's how it goes when making things!


Gina K Designs is one of my very favorite companies, and this set of dies and sentiments will certainly see a lot of use. 





It was fun to use the supplies to make cards with non traditional folds. 





Here are the links for my friends in the Catch Up Club.  Please visit their blogs and admire their work from some past project or class.

Barb's Inkin' to Retirement

It's Totally Terry

Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than Therapy

Dec 15, 2023

Creative Crew December Challenge

On the 15th of the month, The Creative Crew posts a card according to a monthly challenge. This month it was my turn to create the challenge and it is:

Non Traditional Christmas Colors

I thought it would be fun to stretch our creativity a bit and create a Christmas card that features colors that are not traditionally used at Christmas.



Here's my card >>>>


The wreath, "Peace" and ornaments are all glittered with clear Wink of Stella. I think I need an actual camera instead of my phone to get better photos.  Everything is popped up with foam strips.

I chose the background panel thinking that it looked like the night sky.


Kit contents:

2 folded card bases in colors that coordinate with the DP.  The card bases are from an ancient pack called Country Patchwork by Making Memories.


DP is from the pack called Ink Drops - Dusk by Craft Consortium. 


The images are All Together Holiday by Taylored Expressions, stamped with “INTENS-ified Black” by Hero Arts ink. 

Ribbons are all from my Big Box of Ribbons

Adhesive gems from The Paper Studio

White flowers by Prima

Sequins are from Close to My Heart

I used Castle colored pencils for the ornaments, then Wink of Stella to give them all a shine.

The wreath is a die set called Ornate Circle by Pinkfresh Studio. I love it!

Thank you to all of my friends on The Creative Crew for creating with my challenge this month. Please drop by the blogs and galleries of the other Creative Crew members: 

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