Saturday, January 23, 2021

The Fox in the Forest - Hand Stamped Sentiments #355

 For the Inspirational Challenge  at HSS I added the fox from “Nature’s Best” into the forest from “Rooted in Nature” and added a cardinal from “Snow Front”. The slope was created using the “Curvy Die” and the diecut “Snow” is from an unknown retired Stampin Up die set

On a 4 by 5 1/4” piece of Whisper White card stock I sponged the sky with the new blending brushes applying Balmy Blue in a ‘blotchy’ manner creating a sky 
that looked like it was about to dump snow.

On and below the slope created with the Curvy Die was added some trees.  These were stamped with Old Olive and die cut with the Nature's Roots die.  Also added were some stamped trees from Nature's Best.

The fox was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White and coloured with Water colour pencils and a Blender pen then fuss cut, and added to the card front with dimensionals.

More sprigs and branches were stamped around the fox and on one of the branches I added a cardinal.

Snow was added to the base of the trees and along the slope using Liquid applique and Dazzling Diamonds.  In one area under one of the trees, some glimmer Crystal Effects was added to make it look like an ice patch. (Actually I inadvertently applied to much Balmy Blue to that spot so this was my "fix")

The sentiment was die cut twice- once in Night of Navy and one in Whisper White.  They were adhered together with each letter off set from the other, and then added to the sky in the upper right.

The completed art scene was added to a Night of Navy card base.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Nature's Best, Rooted in Nature, Snow Front
Inks:  Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso, Black Memento, Watercolor pencils
Papers:  Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  Blender Brushes, "Snow" die cut, Curvy die, Nature's Root Dies, Blender pen, Liquid Applique, Dazzling Diamonds, Glimmer Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Corner Bouquet - a Valentine Card

I started using the Corner Bouquet SAB stamp set to make an Anniversary card, but somewhere along the way, my card, having a mind of its own, became a Valentine card.

The stamp set has 2 sizes of bouquets - a larger one, and a smaller one.

The larger of the bouquets was embossed with gold embossing powder in the lower left corner, with the smaller one in the opposite upper right. This art piece was then die cut with the Stitched Rectangle die.

In between I placed the sentiment "Love" which was die cut with gold foil and adhered to its Basic Black shadow die. Below it was the rest of the sentiment, embossed in gold on Basic Black card stock.

To go along with the Valentine theme, I added some hearts in black, red and gold scattered above and below the sentiment.

This art piece was then matted with Gold Foil and then it was added to a a piece of Basic Black card stock also die cut with the Stitched Rectangle die. These 2 pieces were off set from each other and then off set again before being added to the Real Red card stock base.

In the inside, a Whisper White layer matted with Basic Black.  The smaller bouquet was also embossed in the upper right corner, and some hearts in the 3 colours were added in two of the corner.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Always and Forever, Meant To Be, Corner Bouquet

Inks: Versa Mark

Papers:  Real Red, Basic Black, Gold Foil, Whisper White

Accessories:  Always Die, Gold Twine, Gold Embossing powder, Meant to Be die, Stitched Rectangle Dies

Monday, January 18, 2021

Love You More - Paper Craft Crew Challenge #409

 Valentine's Day is nearing, and the challenge at the PCC challenge  #409 is an Inspiration One - Romance

Below is the card I made

I used an Oldie and a new stamp set to make this card and incorporated the colours red and black into the card.

The base is Basic Black card stock, layered with Poppy Parade, and then the black and white polka dot pattern of the True Love DSP.

A strip of Basic black card stock layered with Poppy Parade is angled across the middle.  On top of that is adhered a die cut of layered hearts, the hearts die cut from it are used elsewhere on the card. Also adhered to this strip is the sentiment "Love" adhered to its Basic Black shadow piece.  The words "You" and "More" are embossed with White embossing powder on black card stock, cut out and adhered next to the main sentiment.  Two small black hearts are also added to both ends.

Roses are the ultimate symbol of romance, so I just had to add them to the card. Above and below the strip are added two roses which were fussy cut from the True Love DSP, and coloured with Poppy Parade and Old Olive Stampin' blends. Some glimmer Crystal Effects was added to each flower and in the center some black prills. Dimensionals were used to adhere those romantic blooms to the card front.

To finish the card, a string of black and white hearts were added from the upper right to the bottom left of the card.

Supplies Used

Stamps: Forever & Always

Inks: Versa Mark, Stampin' Blends (Poppy Parade, Old Olive)

Papers:  Basic Black, True Love DSP, Poppy Parade, Red Foil

Accessories: Always Die, Be Mine Dies, White embossing powder, Dimensionals, Shimmer Crystal Effects, Non SU Prills (black)


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Darling Donkey Pop Up Birthday Card

 I received this card for my birthday and I was tickled pink.  The gal who designed this card tells me she chuckled the whole time she was making it

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Gilded Flakes and Blossoms in Bloom Many Layer Dies

 For these 2 cards I also used the adhesive sheets to apply the gilded flakes.  I did try the heat and stick powder but found the tackiness did not last long enough on these large dies to effectively apply the flakes. I will use this method of application on smaller projects.

Card 1

On the first card, I added the gilded flakes to the thinner definition overlay piece.  Night of Navy card stock was used to die cut the larger pattern piece.

After adhering the 2 layers together, they were adhered to a piece of Very Vanilla card stock which was layered on a retired gold card stock piece.  Before adhering this to the Thick Very Vanilla card stock base, a Night of Navy strip with some gold glimmer ribbon adhered to it was added near the bottom, with the ribbon ends taped on the back side of the layers.

The sentiment if from a Paper Pumpkin stamp as is the sentiment die cut and the gold foil flagged piece beneath it.

Card 2

The same die cuts were used on this card, only the gilded flakes were added to the thicker pattern layer, with a Basic Black thinner over lay.
After the 2 layers were adhered together, they were added to a Bermuda Bay layer and then to a Basic Black card base.
A Basic Black scallop ribbon is added near the bottom.  The gold embossed sentiment is from "Band Together" as is the oval die cut.

You Are an Inspiration - Fab Friday #205

 For the sketch challenge #204 at Fab Friday, I thought I would feature the Flowers and Field DSP, one of the FREE Sale-a-bration offerings with a $60 purchase.

The use of this SAB DSP was inspired by the little white Daisies looking so cheerful on the black back ground.  They were the inspiration for the Daisy embellishments as well.

Following the sketch, on a Thick Whisper White card stock base was added some Just Jade card stock upon which was added an identical piece of the DSP, only the 2 were off set from each other.

To subdue the somewhat over powering and strong colours of the DSP, I added some Vellum on top of it.

The sentiment, from Dragonfly Garden, was embossed with Black embossing powder on a piece of So Saffron card stock and die cut with a Stitched So Sweetly die. It was adhered to the upper right of the card.

Non SU punches were used to make three daisies and their leaves,  Each daisy consists of 1 whisper white punched flower as well as 2 Old Olive leaves and a small So Saffron circle center. 

After adding the Daisies around the sentiment (as well as the bottom left), some Shimmer Crystal Effects was added to provide glitter as well as increased stability.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Dragonfly Garden
Ink:  Versa Mark
Papers:  Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Field and flowers DSP (SAB), Just Jade, So Saffron, Old Olive, Vellum
Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly Die, Black embossing powder, Glimmer Crystal Effects, Dimensionals, 1/4" circle punch, Non SU Punches (daisy, leaves). Dimensionals.

Adding Gold Leaf Gilded Embellishment to Die Cuts - 4 cards

 Yesterday I had a lot of fun using adhesive sheets to add gold metallic gilding flakes to different die cuts and making them into cards.

In each case a 4 by 5 1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock was adhered to the same size of Stampin' Up Adhesive sheet.  The Adhesive sheet is has adhesive on both sides, so attach the card stock to one side by removing the front protective cover.
Once this is done, die cut on the card stock side. Remove the protective cover on the other side to expose the adhesive and now you are ready to apply the gilded flakes.
Place the die cut into a container (e.g. shoe box) with the adhesive side up and using a paint brush or your fingers, apply gilded flakes to the die cut. Use the brush to apply gilded flakes over entire surface, When entire surface is covered, remove from container onto a creased copy paper and brush the entire surface to remove any extra tiny flakes.
Now, make your card.

The gilded Medallion Die is adhered to a Basic Black card base.

Near the bottom are two flagged card stock pieces - one in Basic Black and the other is Whisper White. They are adhered together, with the Basic White one extending beyond the Basic Black one. On the white piece the sentiment, from Many Mates, is embossed with Gold Embossing powder.

The Perennial Flower punch is used to make the two flowers.  Two are punched for each flower. An extra one is punched for the leaves.

Using a dauber Calypso Coral ink was applied to each of the punched flowers, and Old Olive to the extra one. All were spritzed with water to blend the colour, dried with a heat tool and then shaped with a stylus.  Two were adhered together alternating petals and a self adhesive flower center was added to each. The Old Olive one was divided into 3, shaped, and added to each flower.

Tomorrow I will post another card with a die cut guilded  with the gold leaf embellishmennts

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Thanks so Much with A Touch of Ink

 A Touch of Ink is a Sale-a-bration stamp set that is free with a $120 order. 

The lovely images of a humming bird, a butterfly and some flowers have both an outline stamp and a filler stamp.  These stamps can be stamped using 2 step stamping, or stamped only with the outline stamp and coloured.

For my card, I stamped the outline images and coloured using Stampin' Blends using colours picked up from another Sale-a-bration item, the Paper Blooms DSP

The thick Whisper White card stock base was layered with a half triangle of Paper Blooms DSP (SAB). Some Gilded Flakes was applied to the doubled sided tape which had been applied to the edge of the DSP.

For the main art piece, the Ornate Layer Die was used to die cut the rectangle upon which the card elements would be added.

On a piece of Whisper White card stock, the images of the Humming bird and the flowers were stamped using Black Memento ink. 

The flowers were coloured with Rococco Rose Stampin blends with Old Olive for the leaves. A Blender Brush was used to add some Balmy Blue ink around the flowers and the dot stamp was used to add some texture around the stems.

A fine tipped glue pen provided a tacky surface for some Gold Gilded flake embellishments in the center of the flower.

The image was then die cut with the Layering Oval die and matted with a scallop oval of Roccoco Rose. It was adhered to the top half of the ornate die cut, and a sentiment stamped below it.

The Humming bird was coloured with similar colours (Balmy blue, Roccoco Rose and Old Olive.  Some Gilded Flakes added some gold glitter to this bird.  

The bird was fussy cut and using dimensionals, it was adhered to the ornate die.  It was positioned so that the beak was in the flower center and the wings extended over the art piece edge.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Touch of Ink (SAB)
Inks:  Black Memento, Balmy Blue , Stampin Blends (Roccoco Rose, Old Olive) Roccoco Rose
Papers:  Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Rococco Rose, Paper Blooms DSP
Accessories: Dimensionals, Layering Oval Dies, Ornate Layering Dies, Guilded Metallic Embellishment

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Berry, Berry, 3D Berries and a video

 I love strawberries, juicy red strawberries, picked fresh from the plants. There is nothing more that signals spring than strawberries.

There is nothing more satisfying than picking (and eating) your own berries on a warm spring day. 

Today I picked strawberries but 3D paper ones using the Strawberry Builder Punch and the Stamparatus.

These memories played out as I was making this card, but more so when I was making the video describing how I made the 3D berries pictured above.

To make the 3D berries I punched 3 berries and 3 leaves/stems per berry and then used the stamparatus to stamp on the punched pieces. 

Dragonfly Garden using Emboss Resist

For this card using the Dragonfly Garden stamp set alone, the emboss resist technique was  used.

On a 3 3/4 by 5" piece of Whisper White card stock, the images and sentiment were stamped with Versa Mark ink and embossed with White Embossing Powder.
Using sponges, the following colours were applied over the embossed images covering the entire card stock piece:   Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Balmy Blue and Night of Navy. When finished a soft cloth was used to wipe over the entire surface
This piece was matted with a 4 b y 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White and then added to a Night of Navy card base.
A bow of 1/4" rumpled Whisper White ribbon was adhered to the bottom of the embossed flowers and retired embellishments added.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Another Dragonfly Card

 Previously I posted a card made with the Dragonfly bundle and indicated I would post more.

Today I am posting two different cards.

The main image is stamped with Mossy Meadow ink on a Whisper White panel the back ground of which was sponged with Balmy Blue ink. After matting it with Mossy Meadow cardstock it was added to the card front with dimensionals.  Before adding it some braided Mossy Meadow trim and bow was added to the bottom.

Three different patterns of the coordinating DSP, notched at one end were added below the matted panel on the card front.

The Basic Black card base was matted with Whisper White and then Balmy Blue.  The Balmy Blue layer was stamped all over with the small dragonfly stamp.

The Dragon fly punch also has a smaller dragon fly aperture.  This smaller dragon fly was punched and added to the top of the panel.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Dragonfly Garden Card Samples

 The Dragonfly Garden bundle is part of the Dandy Garden Suite which includes the Garden Wishes Bundle, The Suite also includes the Dandy Laser-cut Paper, Dandy Garden Memories & More Card Pack, Dandy Garden Memories & More Cards & Envelopes, Lady bug Trinkets, Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim, and Dandy Garden DSP.

The card samples today were made using the Dragonfly Garden Bundle using the trinkets and DSP.

I will be posting one card at a time.

Image of flower stamped onto a strip of Whisper White with the back ground sponged lightly with Balmy Blue ink - with the new sponges.  Stampin' blends wee used to colour the image.  This panel was matted with Basic Black before being added to the DSP on the card front.  1/4" Old Olive ribbon and bow was added to the bottom of the matted panel before it was added with dimensionals.

Two dragon flies were stamped and coloured on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock, punched with the Dragonfly punch and adhered to the card front on the panel with the body only.

Some Proud Peacock rhinestones were randomly added to the card front.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Another Curvy card for Easter

 Continuing with the theme of using the Curvy dies and stamp set, I made another card which I made for Easter.  I wanted to show the versatility of this stamp set as well as increase my comfort level with the curved die.

I started with a Thick Whisper White card stock card base to which I added a 4 by 5 1/4" piece of Fine Art Floral DSP.

On top of the DSP I added 2 pieces of Flirty Flamingo card stock die cut separately using the curvy die (floral pattern).  Note, they are not just cut in half.

These 2 pieces were adhered to the top and bottom of the DSP leaving a space between them. This is a great way to display DSP and another way to use the Curvy die.

On a separate piece of Whisper White, I stamped a flower sprig as well as 3 birds.  The flowers, and birds were coloured with Stampin' Blends, and then die cut using the curvy dies.  I also die cut 2 extra sprigs of foliage using Old Olive card stock.

These were adhered below the bottom curve as shown in the above picture, adding the floral strip and the birds using dimensionals.  A bow made with gold metallic trim was added to the left side of the floral strip, and some rhinestones were added randomly on the front.

The sentiment, from Itty Bitty Greetings, was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White die cut with the Stitched so Sweetly die.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Quite Curvy, Itty Bitty Greetings                                                                   Inks:  Black Memento, Stampin' Blends (Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive)                                                                                                    Papers:  Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Fine Art DSP, Old Olive                                                                                                                             Accessories:  Curvy Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Die, Dimensionals, Champagne rhinestones, Gold trim

The sentiment was stamped to a die cut j