Friday, October 20, 2017

F4A400 Blessed Beyond Measure

Hi Friends!

I hope all of you are having a great week so far!  This card was designed for the Splitcoaststampers F4A40 “Bon Appetit!” Challenge in honor of October 20- International Chefs Day (challenge details and gallery).

I tend to bake more than cook (at least during the holidays) and wanted to ink up the retired Stampin’ Up! Perfect Mix stamp set.  I am determined to use my retired stamps more often, so I thought that the "Bon Appetit!" Challenge would be the perfect one to give the Perfect Mix stamp set some "love" :-)

I paired it with the "brand new to me" So Blessed Stamp Set from Technique Tuesday and incorporated the Atlantic Hearts #234 Sketch Challenge into the design.


If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites, I hope you will find time to do so- great inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Arrange the Perfect Mix baking utensil images onto a clear acrylic block and stamp repeatedly onto a piece of retired Poppy Parade cardstock using Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink.  Trim the panel, mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.

2). Ink the images from the Perfect Mix stamp set with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool. Color the images with Stampin’ Write Markers- Dapper Denim and Poppy Parade.  Use an AquaPainter™ to dilute some of the marker ink to give more dimension (I scribble the ink onto a silicone craft mat and dilute with the water brush).  Use a Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen to add shimmer to the batter and some of the handles.  Once you are satisfied with the coloring, fussy-cut each image.

3). Using Very Vanilla along with the MFT Stitched Rectangle STAX Die, die cut one panels for the sketch and die cut another panel a bit smaller size from a piece of Graphic45 Home Sweet Home 6x6 paper.  Mount both onto Basic Black cardstock and trim close to the edges.

4). Cut another of the smaller stitched rectangles from Very Vanilla cardstock, de-static with an Embossing Buddy® stamp the sentiment “Blessed” from the So Blessed stamp set (Technique Tuesday®) with Versafine™ Black Onyx Ink, apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.  Mount onto Basic Black cardstock and trim close to the edge.  Add a strip of 3/8” Red and Black Gingham Ribbon, wrapping the edges behind the panel.  Adhere the triple bow of 3/8” Red and Black Gingham (FYI- I used Hot Glue to adhere the bow).

5). Layer the panels per the sketch onto the card front.  Add ½ of the Paper Doily to the back of the sentiment panel and mount the panel onto the card front with dimensional foam .  Add the baking utensil items (using dimensional foam, when needed). 

6). Ink the sentiment from So Blessed with Versafine™ Black Onyx Ink, stamp onto a scrap piece of Basic Black cardstock, apply Winter White embossing powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.  Trim the sentiment and create the fish tail banner ends (I used the retired Hexagon Punch but they can be created by hand or with a square punch).  Finish off the card by mounting the fussy-cut baking utensil items onto the card (using dimensional foam as needed).

Stamp Sets: Perfect Mix (retired Stampin’ Up!), So Blessed (current set from Technique Tuesday®)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Black Onyx; Stampin’ Write Markers- Poppy Parade, Dapper Denim; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Dapper Denim, retired Poppy Parade; Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home 6x6 Paper
Accessories: Big Shot™, My Favorite Things™ Stitched Rectangle STAX Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Stampin’ Emboss® Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 3/8” Red and Black Gingham Ribbon


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- if you have the time, come play along with us at the Free For All Challenges   Hugs and have a great week!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TCC80 His Love Endures Forever




Hi Friends!!

It’s time for the new #80 {Autumn Love} Challenge at The Card Concept! Look at all of the fun elements in this inspiration photo- the owls, the cake with the texture and neutral tones, the leaves and so much more!

I was inspired by the texture of the tone on tone of the cake as well as the colorful leaves and theme of love for my Classy and Elegant card.  The verse says it all- “Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good, His Love Endures Forever”  1 Chron 16:34.  I am so thankful that God’s Love for us endures forever, aren’t you?

So what will inspire you from our photo?  We would love for you to join us, create a card using our photo for inspiration and add your artwork to our Challenge #80 gallery.


 If you have not had a chance to do so, I hope you will find the time to check out the rest of the wonderful Design Team cards at The Card Concept as well as the entries at the other challenge sites- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:
1). Using the leaf image from Botanicals (retired Stampin’ Up!), stamp three of the same image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, watercolor the images using an AquaPainter™ and ink from Classic Ink Pads (SU!)- Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.  Fussy-cut each of the leaves and set aside.

2). Ink the sentiment from Scripture Medley 3 (Verve Stamps) with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.  Once cooled, die cut with the MFT Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Die.

3). Using the Big Shot™ with the Crafters Companion™ Ornate Lace Embossing Folder, emboss a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Trim the panel to 4” x 5 ¼”, mount onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and adhere to the white card base.

4). Mount the sentiment tag and leaves to the card front with dimensional foam.

5). Apply shimmer to the leaves with the Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen and add a few pearls to the corner of the sentiment tag to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Scripture Medley 3 (Verve Stamps), retired Botanicals (Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, Classic Ink (SU!)- Cajun Craze Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Very Vanilla, Extra Thick Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot™, Ornate Lace (Crafters Companion™) Embossing Folder, MFT Pierced Traditional Tag STAX Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder,  Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!  I hope I have inspired you today and that you will be able to join us for the #80“Autumn Love” Challenge at The Card Concept!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SC667 Sending Holiday Hugs


Hi Friends!

Woohoo! It’s time for the weekly sketch at Splitcoaststampers! Carey is our sketch artist this week and I decided to flip the SC667 sketch and create a winter card using Holiday Hugs from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

I also incorporated the Splitcoaststampers Alphabet H- #DD8ABC8H Challenge (H=Hat, Hugs, Holiday) and the A Bit More Time to Craft #54 “Anything Goes” Challenge into the design.

If you have not had a chance to visit the challenge sites yet, I hope you will do so- such fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Die cut the oval shapes for the sketch from white and black cardstock using a stitched oval die set (two smaller ovals and one larger- a set of white and black of each).  FYI- I use the same size oval for both the colors of cardstock and split the black oval in half to adhere behind the white oval to create a frame (I mounted on the smaller ovals once I stamped the sentiments- see next step).

2). Ink the sentiment from Holiday Hugs with Versafine™ Black Onyx Ink, stamp the “Sending” onto one of the smaller ovals and the “Holiday Hugs” on the other small oval die cut.  Apply clear embossing powder, heat set with the heat tool and once the embossing has cooled, mount the split black oval behind the sentiment oval to create the frame.

3). Ink the snowman image from Holiday Hugs with Versafine™ Black Onyx Ink, stamp onto another piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, use water-based markers to color the image. Fussy-cut around the edges and set aside.

4). Ink the snowflakes from Holiday Hugs with Versafine™ Black Onyx Ink, onto white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder, heat set with the heat tool and once the embossing has cooled, fussy-cut around the edges (I need to purchase a Brother® Scan-n-Cut™ machine- it is on my wish list but I do not mind fussy-cutting).

5). Trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼”, emboss with a snowflake embossing folder, mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhere to the white card base. 

6). Die cut a piece of scrap designer paper for the vertical layer of the sketch- I used a stitched straight die along with a wavy snowdrift stitched die.  Mount onto the card front and add the die cut/stamped sentiment ovals and main oval.

7). Mount the fussy-cut snowman image with dimensional foam, add the fussy-cut snowflakes and adhere a few rhinestones to the center of the snowflakes.

8). Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the stars as well as the snowman “wings” to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Basic; Stampin’ Write Markers- Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Real Red; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Extra Thick Whisper White; retired SU! Wintergreen designer paper

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Oval STAX Dies, MFT Stitched Straight Die, MFT Snowdrifts Stitched Dies, Darice™ Snowflake EF, Embossing Buddy®, Clear EP, Heat Tool, Rhinestones

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- we hope you can join us at Splitcoaststampers for this week’s SC667 sketch challenge (we would love to see your artwork in our gallery)!  Hugs and I hope all of you have a wonderful week, sweet friends!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Autumn Blessings


Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing a card that I designed using two stamp sets from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps- So Grateful and Tree Background. 

I am having fun playing with the 2017 Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenges and this card was created for the FF17StampmommaA “Abundant Blessings” Challenge.

I also incorporated the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #123 Challenge (flipped the sketch), the Tic-Tac-Toe #019 Challenge (far right column - Autumn, Layers, Geometric Shapes), the Crop Stop October Challenge- Link Party #33 (thanks Esther for the comment and recommendation :-))  and the Word Art Wednesday #304-#305 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Tap wild honey distress oxide ink onto a craft mat, lightly spritz with water and press a piece of vanilla cardstock into the ink, lift up and dry with a heat tool. Repeat the process with spiced marmalade oxide ink, then again with worn lipstick oxide ink until you are satisfied with the ink coverage.

2). Once the oxide ink background has dried thoroughly, de-static with an embossing powder tool, stamp the Tree Background image onto the panel with ground espresso distress ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the Heat Tool. Spritz the panel with water, carefully dry again and use a paint brush with diluted espresso distress ink to add a bit of splatter.

3). Using the Big Shot™ with a pierced tag die, die cut the panel.  Ink the sentiment from So Grateful with ground espresso distress ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Mount onto a piece of espresso cardstock and trim close to the edge.

4). Trim a piece of vanilla cardstock to approx. 4” x 5 ¼”, emboss with a script embossing folder and mount onto espresso cardstock.

5). Trim pieces of designer series paper to approx.. 2 ¼” x 4 ¾”, mount onto espresso cardstock, trim close to the edge.  Adhere to the embossed background panel (per the sketch- I flipped the sketch over). 

6). Add the die cut focal image tag a bit to the right center of the card with dimensional foam and adhere the polished hemp twine over the panel (wrapping the ends behind the panel).

7). Mount the layered card front panel to a piece of tangerine cardstock, trim and mount onto the white card base.

8). Add the polished hemp twine bow with the wood button (I used hot glue to adhere to the card front).  Add a few dew drops with Nuvo™ Orange Marmalade Jewel Drops to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick; Tim Holtz® Ground Espresso Distress Ink; Nuvo™ Orange Marmalade Jewel Drops

Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango; misc. designer series paper (from my stash-not sure of manufacturer)

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Pierced Jumbo Tag STAX Dies; Tim Holtz® Sizzix™ French Script Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Polished Hemp Twine, Wooden Button

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope you have a blessed week!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Dream A Little



Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing a card that I designed using two retired Stampin’ Up! sets- Dream A Little and Perfect Petals.  I have not inked either of these stamps up in years and wanted to give them both a little love :-)

I am still having fun playing with the Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest 2017 Challenges and this card was created for the FF17ShoeGirl “Orange You Glad” Challenge(R=Rich Razzleberry, N=Night of Navy, G= Glitter Pen, Gel Pen, E= Embossing) along with the SCS CC656 "A Razzleberry Night on Bermuda Bay" Color Challenge (dessert option= dies) and the SC29 Sketch Challenge (from 2009- so thankful that the regular challenges at SCS never expire :-)). 


If you have not had a chance to check out the challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the Perfect Petals image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.

2). Once the embossing has cooled, using Stampin’ Write Markers- Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry and Night of Navy to color the image.  Trim close to the image, mount onto Night of Navy cardstock, trim and mount onto Rich Razzleberry cardstock, trim and mount onto Bermuda Bay cardstock.

3). Using the Big Shot™ with a stitched Circle Die, die cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Using a plain circle die, die cut a larger circle from Night of Navy and Rich Razzleberry cardstock, split the Rich Razzleberry circle in half, mount behind the Night of Navy die cut circle and mount the Whisper White stitched circle on top.  Add the mounted and stamped floral image to the center.

4). Trim a piece of retired Rich Razzleberry Designer Series Paper, mount onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  Add the layered strip to a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock.

5). Ink the sentiment from Dream A Little using the Bermuda Bay marker, stamp above the horizontal layer and mount the entire panel onto a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  Trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock, trim once more and mount onto the white card base.

6). Mount the layered circle with dimensional foam, add shimmer to the petals with Clear Wink of Stella® and use the White Gel Pen to add a few highlights to the flower stamens and finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Perfect Petals, Dream A Little (both retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Stampin’ Write Markers- Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry; Clear Wink of Stella®; White Gel Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay; retired Rich Razzleberry Designer Series Paper

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Stitched Circle Framelit™, Circle Framelits™; Embossing Buddy®, Clear Stampin’ Emboss® Embossing Powder, Heat Tool


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I will be sharing a few more projects later so I hope you can drop by again soon!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Alcohol Ink Bauble- Merry Christmas Deer


Hi Friends!

This card was definitely an experiment for me!  I wanted to participate in the Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest FF17UnderstandBlueA “Get Drunk” Challenge (no, not with real alcohol but to use alcohol inks- lol!!).  

There were several techniques that you could use but I chose to use the technique highlighted in this video by Heather Telford that Lydia referenced for the "alcohol ink bauble" background.

This was my first attempt at playing with Yupo™ Paper and Alcohol Inks and I have mixed feelings on how it turned out.  It seemed as once I started, I could not stop adding different inks- lol!! I think I will limit the colors next time but I did have a chance to create three different backgrounds so I have plenty of designs to create more cards in the future :-)  


If you have not had a chance to check out the challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). On a silicone craft sheet, drop alcohol inks along with some alcohol blending solution. Lay a piece of Yupo™ paper into the inks, lift up and repeat the process.  Continue adding layers of ink along with dropping directly onto the paper for different effects.  I definitely experimented with various inks and also spritzed with water.  One benefit of using Yupo™ paper is that you can wipe the entire panel and remove most of the ink (since it is a plastic paper, just in case you want to start over- ask me how I know, lol!).

2). Once you are satisfied with your background, allow it to dry thoroughly before die cutting a circle for the “bauble”.  I used a die cut that would fit within my wreath die.

3). Using the Savoy Deer Head Die, die cut four of the images from Whisper White cardstock.  Also die cut a wreath using the Memory Box™ Tupelo Circle Die from a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

4). Adhere the panel that you die cut the Tupelo Circle Die onto another piece of Whisper White cardstock. Adhere the alcohol background circle in the center and carefully add the Tupelo Circle Die cut back into the cut portion on the outside of the circle, allowing the inner portion to stay on top of the alcohol background.

5). Use an embossing powder tool to de-static the surface at the bottom of the panel, ink the sentiment from the retired Stampin’ Up! Contempo Christmas stamp set with Versamark™, stamp onto the panel, apply Ranger® Blue Tinsel Embossing Powder and heat set with the heat tool.

6). Mount the layered Deer Head die cut with dimensional foam to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Contempo Christmas (retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™; Adirondack™ Alcohol Inks- Bottle, Espresso, Stonewash. Silver Metallic Mixative; Ken Oliver® Liquid Metals- Metallic Amethyst, Metallic Sky; Ranger® Alcohol Blending Solution

Paper: Whisper White, Yupo™

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MB Tupelo Circle Die, Savoy Deer Head Die, Embossing Buddy®, Ranger® Blue Tinsel Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

I had fun creating this card, although the technique for the background is a bit messy.  Not one to try for a quick and easy card but once you have the backgrounds created, the cards are easy to assemble :-)  Now, I just have to finish several more Christmas cards to be ready for mailing this year...I had better get busy!!


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope all of you have a fabulous week!
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