Thursday, February 22, 2018

Since my yarn has not arrived until tomorrow to knit a shawl for my daughter I've decided to complete two more cards for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, "Make Your Own Backgrounds." Since these have similar backgrounds, I'll describe making the backgrounds first and then describe the individual cards.

This card uses Nuvo Glimmer Paste spread over a pink cardstock in Pink Opal and Amethyst Purple. The stencil used is from Simon Says Stamp and is the Star Medalion stencil. I used this same stencil on both of the cards.

The bottom card uses the paste in Peridot Green and Blue Topaz glimmer paste over a mint-green cardstock.

On the pink card, I used the MISTI stamp tool to stamp AlteNew's Ornamental Flower and leaves using AlteNew's Crisp Dye inks in Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, and Midnight Violet. I used Stampin' Up's Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Tangerine Tango for the inside of the flower, and Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Mossy Meadow for the leaves. I cut the flower and leaves out with the matching die set from AlteNew, and adhered the leaves flat on the card and added foam to the back of the flower to add dimension.
I cut the "hello" from black cardstock from Lawn Fawn's Magic Color Slider die set and to add interest to the edge of the white card base, I used Lawn Fawn's Outside/In Stitched Rectangle die and a silicon embossing mat in my Big Shot to emboss the card edges with the stitching and line.

Below, I used the same Lawn Fawn's Outside/In Stitched Rectangle die to cut a piece of Island Indigo cardstock for the front of the card, adhered it to a white card base. I stamped the Happy onto X-Press white cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink as I was coloring them in with Copics. The stamps are from the Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Love set and then I used the matching dies to cut them out. I adhered the top, blue one flat to the card and added foam tape to the back of the green one for dimension. I used Hero Arts white embossing powder to emboss "BIRTHDAY" on black cardstock which was from the same Stained Glass Love set.

Thank you for looking and if you enjoyed these cards, leave a comment as I do read them!


Yay! A "snow day" in NE PA, which gives me a chance to stay home from school and finish the card I made for the newest Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! This card is for the Make Your Own Background challenge and I've been playing with different watercolor backgrounds this week. This background is on watercolor paper made by dropping Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus watercolors in tiny drops onto the paper and then spritzing it with water and letting the colors bleed together. I used two colors for this: Gamboge and Quinacridone Magenta.

I stamped the image from Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks, on Bristol smooth cardstock and colored it with Faber-Castel Polychromos pencils. I just got these and wanted to try them out and compare them with Prismacolor pencils, which you know I just love. These are a little firmer leads and don't break as easily, and I haven't decided which I like better yet, but will let you know after I try them some more.

I had to cut out the flowers as when I ordered the stamp set, the matching die was out of stock, sadly, but hopefully it is on it's way now!!

I cut out a large stitched rectangle from Old Olive paper with Lawn Fawn's Outside In Stitched rectangle die and adhered the watercolor background onto the center of that. I really like the Outside/In stitched dies as it makes your supplies go further as you can use both pieces!
I cut out the "hello" from black cardstock that I put onto some Stick-It adhesive sheets with Lawn Fawn's Magic Color Slider.

Finally, I added a few pearls and decided to give the flowers a sheen with a Wink of Stella pen.

Friday, February 16, 2018

This card I made for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The Tiger-lily stamp from Penny Black and I embossed it in white on white cardstock and used Distress ink with a blending tool to color in the background in Rusty Hinge and the stem and leaf with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint. I took a watercolor brush with plain water and took some of the Distress ink off the petals to give it highlights.
After the flower was finished, I  distressed the background with Walnut Stain Distress ink and then watered down some Walnut stain Distress ink and splattered it with a paint brush.
I cut the image out with an Antique Frame die from Penny Black and adhered this to a carmel cardstock and then with dimension adhered this to a peach cardstock and finally onto the front of a vanilla card base. I hope you like it!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Again, since it will soon be Valentine's Day I've been working on cards for friends. Also, since Simon Says Stamp is having this "lovely challenge," I just finished another for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, "It Must Be Love."
Here's the card:

For this card I had some hearts in Stampin' Up's Mellon Mambo paper that I had left over from another project and decided to use some of Nuvo's Pink Opal Glimmer Paste with Simon Says Stamp Folk Dance stencil. 
The white cardstock was cut with Simon Says Stamp Twisted Stitch border die and adhered to a piece of pink cardstock, the heart on top as shown. I cut the "love" background from black cardstock using Simon Says Stamp's love die, and then used the matching word die that I cut from white cardstock. (This is my favorite word die!) Then I embossed the saying in Hero Arts white embossing powder on black cardstock. This saying is from Simon Says Stamp's Stained Glass Love stamp set. I punched it out with Stampin' Up's word window punch. 
Finally, I cut out some tiny hearts in different shades of pink with Memory Box's Candy Hearts die and after adhering them to the card, added Ranger's Glossy Accents. Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

This card is a crd that is entered in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, "It Must Be Love."
I started with a piece of Neenah white cardstock and stamped the Center Cut Heart from Simon Says Stamp in Hero Arts Intense Black ink. Then I colored it with Copic markers (3 shades of each color, listed below.) I stamped this with the center heart out of the stamp to leave it white. I used another piece of Neenah white to cut the two bottom white corners with the Twisted Stitch Borders die set from Simon Says Stamp. I embossed the "YOU TO PIECES," from Simon Says Stamp Love set in white using Versamark ink and Hero Arts white embossing powder. I used the "Love" die from Simon Says Stamp and cut out three layers of Hero Arts frosted pink cardstock and layered them together, and used the same pink cardstock to frame the card. Finally, everything went together on a top-folding white note card. Thanks for looking!!

Copic Colors Used:
BG02/BG15/BG09
RV21/RV25/RV29
YG21/YG23/YG25
Y11/Y12/Y19
YR12/YR16/YR18

Thursday, January 4, 2018

As Christmas is over and the weather has turned bitter cold here in North Eastern PA, I've healed now from a hip replacement again and had some time today to make a new video and get some things done for our projects for January.
I watched a video where Nuvo glitter paste was used on a card and thought, why  not try it with Stampin' Up's Embossing Paste and glitter? (Necessity is the mother of invention, you know, and since I did not have that glitter paste, I decided to make my own!) Well, actually, the thought came to me early this morning as I was trying to get out of my warm bed... which is where most of my best ideas come from!
Anyway, this video shows a little coloring with the new Stampin' Up alcohol markers, and this time instead of 3 levels of color, there are only 2 of each. I made the video, as I explain in this one, and then something happened to my camera... maybe it got cold!! So since I had to start all over again, I decided NOT to use a discontinued set, which I did with the 1st card and use something that you could actually still purchase. But, I showed you the cards at the end of the video anyway.
Here you go, Enjoy!! Don't forget to give it a "thumbs up" if you like it and subscribe to my channel.
If you want to watch it on YouTube so enlarge, click HERE.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

It's time to start making Christmas cards again, already!! And this month I have struggled to use the new layering photopolymer set Good Greetings from Stamping' Up. I loved the set but when I say "struggled," I mean I was trying out different ways to stamp it, in different colors, trying to get it lined up perfectly, etc.

Anyway, if you are a beginner stamper, layering stamps might  not be the way to go as they are just a little bit more challenging. Finally, I found the correct colors after trying Old Olive and Always Artichoke, I changed to Old Olive and Garden Green which gave a much better color for the holly leaves.

Also, stamping this on plain cardstock just didn't do anything for me as holly leaves are shiny. With this in mind I switched to glossy cardstock for this example.

If you've ever used glossy cardstock before you know that you have to be careful not to rock or even slide your stamp slightly when removing it from the paper, which is difficult to do because of the slick surface. Also, the drying time is a little longer between ink colors so smudging can be a problem for us impatient stampers!!

I've shortened this video tremendously as I didn't want it so long and I would like to share a tip that I show in the video that really helped line up the stamps. When I tried to line up the berry stamps on the image, the stamp stuck to the glossy card surface more than the lid of the stamp positioned, which pulled the stamp off the lid and it stayed stuck to the glossy surface of the card... not exactly making me happy!

To counteract this problem, I used a couple magnets to hold the glossy in place and then put a piece of acrylic sheet overtop of where I wanted to place the berries. Then held that down with another magnet. Then the stamp was positioned on the clear sheet where I wanted it and when I closed the lid the stamp stuck to the lid and even though the acrylic sheet lifted, it could be peeled off the stamp without moving it on the lid.

I hope this explanation is helpful and I'm sorry to have you read all this text but I was hoping it would better explain my shortened video!

Anyway, Happy Stamping and Enjoy!! To watch the video in full size on YouTube click here.