Thursday, June 17, 2021

A Little Note -- Paper Craft Crew Challenge #431

 This card was made for the sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew Horizontal challenge #431

For this sketch challenge, I started with a base of Thick Basic White card stock and layered it with a layer of retired Purple Posy card stock.  That colour goes so well with the Hand-Penned DSP that I will be using on the rest of the car. This card stock was embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder giving the card some much needed texture.

Towards the right side of the card base I added a 3 1/3 by 3 7/8" of Hand-Penned DSP the edges of which were sponged with Highland Heather ink.
On top of that but towards the left, I added a 2 1/4 by 3 1/2" piece of Basic White, the edges of which were also sponged with Highland Heather. This is the Art Piece.

On a separate piece of Basic White I stamped and coloured one of the floral clusters from the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set.  The image was coloured using the fill stamps after which it was die cut with the image specific Penned Flowers die. This die cut was added to the Art Piece. Below the image on the Art Piece, the sentiment (from Pansy Patch) was stamped using Gorgeous Grape ink.

Across the lower part of the card, I added a stitched scallop strip (in Purple Posy) which was die  cut using one of the Penned Flowers dies On the left side of this strip a bow made using the 3/8" Fresh Freesia organza ribbon was added.

Some Pastel Pearls added to the flower centers and at the end of the sentiment finishes the card with a bit of glam.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hand-Penned Petals, Pansy Patch
Inks:  Black Memento, Highland Heather, Daffodil Delight, Soft Succulent, Gorgeous Grape
Papers: Thick Basic White, Basic White, retired Purple Posy, Hand-Penned DSP
Accessories:  Penned Flower dies, Pastel Pearls, 3/8" Fresh Freesia organza ribbon, Tasteful Texture 3D Embossing Folder

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

What??? Colour DSP??? A Case plus a tutorial

 What do you get when you add colour to some already spectacular DSP?  Even more spectacular paper.

When I saw cards made with this altered DSP on Pinterest I tracked down Tina Wardell,  the demonstrator who made them. I will provide a link to her video tutorial at the bottom of this post.                                                                

So Tina thank you!  I love your cards so much I cased them exactly as you made them.  


Don't you just love what Tina has done to the DSP?

I provide a brief pictoral tutorial below the pictures.  

A tree die cut in Early Espresso card stock was added to the card front along the edge of the altered DSP.  The canopy was die cut from another pattern of this DSP and added to the tree top using dimensionals. Two birds die cut from some Basic White which had some Pacific Point and Cajun Craze added were added to the tree top. 

The second card depicts more of a fall scene:

The only difference between the two cards is the colour of the canopy and the colour of the birds.  I also changed the sentiment.

Below is a pictoral tutorial showing the process of colouring the DSP:

Supplies Needed:  
  • Pacific Point, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze inks
  • 3 blender brushes
  • Piece of DSP 4 by 5 1/4"

Start by adding Pacific Point ink to the top of the DSP.  Add darker at top edges and lighter towards center of DSP

Add Mando Melody ink below the Pacific Point colour, blending with Pacific Point ink above it.
Finally, add Cajun Craze ink at the bottom 1/3.
Cut the 4 by 5 1/4" into two equal pieces and make into cards.

Link to Tina's video

Supplies Used:

Stamp:  Beauty of Friendship

Inks:  Pacific Point, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake

Papers:  Thick Basic White, Beauty of the Earth DSP, Basic White, Early Espresso

Accessories:  Beautiful Tree dies, Dimensionals, Blender Brushes

Monday, June 14, 2021

Beauty of Friendship - You Inspire Me

 Trees can be inspirational.  As a kid, my sister and I would spend hours lying under our favourite tree to discuss our concerns, plan our career goals, or just examine the structure of the tree and its leaves.

The Beauty of Friendship has stamps featuring two distinct trees.  See my previous post for the smaller of the two trees.

This card has a similar layout to the previous card, but I use different materials to make this card.
The  paper in the background that resembles woo grain is unfortunately retired, but I couldn't resist using it as it is perfect for my card.
The strip of DSP across the bottom is from the Hydrangea Hill DSP pack

The Art Piece:
The structure of the tree is stamped with Early Espresso ink on Basic White card stock.  The canopy of the tree is stamped firsts with Old Olive and then Mossy Meadow.  Again, I used the splotch stamp to provide interest around the tree.  The art piece is matted with Mossy Meadow card stock, and added to the card front using dimensionals.

The sentiment is punched with the Oval of the Dual Oval punch and added to the lower right corner of the art piece.  A bow made using the braided Mossy Meadow trim.

Stamp: Beauty of Friendship
Inks:  Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Papers:  Mossy Meadow, Woodgrain DSP retired, Basic White
Accessories:  Duo Oval punch, Dimensionals, Mossy meadow braided trim

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Beauty of Friendship Thank You

 I have a large tree in my back yard which provides shade for my garden, houses squirrels and birds.  In some ways it is my friend.  So, when I saw the "Beauty of Friendship" bundle with its lovely DSP I was excited. I couldn't wait to make some cards!

Here is one of them:

Mossy Meadow goes wonderfully with the Beauty of the Earth DSP  so I selected this as the base colour.  Layered on this is a Basic White layer followed by that lovely DSP from which I selected the base colour.

I decided to use the Bark Embossing folder on a Basic White piece I used to offset the Art Piece. I love the texture created by this folder and is perfect for this card.

The Art Piece is the heart of the card.  On the  Basic White piece, I first stamped the tree structure using Early Espresso ink.  The canopy was stamped one on trop of the other, with two shades of green using 2 different canopy stamps.  The base (less detailed stamp) was stamped with Pear Pizzazz ink; the top stamp (detailed) was stamped in Old Olive ink. To ground the tree, the base was also stamped with Early Espresso.  I used the "splotch" stamp to randomly stamp Crumb Cake ink around the tree and then used the Crumb Cake ink to sponge the edges. 

Before adding the art piece to the card front, it was matted with Early Espresso Card stock, and some braided Mossy Meadow trim, tied into a bow, was added below the canopy.

On a separate piece of Basic White I sponged some Pacific Point and Crumb Cake in a small area and die cut the birds. A fine tipped black pen added some tiny eyes on each bird.

One bird was added at the base of the tree using a small dimensional.  The other was perched on the sentiment which I placed side ways along the art piece.

Supplies Used:

Stamp:  Beauty of Friendship

Inks:  Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Fine tipped black pen.

Papers:  Mossy Meadow, Basic White, Early Espresso, Beauty of the Earth DSP

Accessories: Mossy Meadow braided trim, Beautiful Trees dies, Dimensionals, glue dots, Bark Embossing folder


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Elegantly Said Stand Alone Card

 I love fun folds as they provide a wonderful way to show case DSP. For this stand alone card I showcase the Elegantly Said DSP.

The 5 1/2 by 8 1/2" Basic Gray card stock base is scored at 2, 3 1/4" 5 1/4" &6 1/4". The scored lines are folded as a Valley, Mountain, Mountain, and Valley folds to form a stand alone card.

The 2 end pieces, and middle scored area are layered with  Very Vanilla card stock as well as two different patterns of the Elegantly Said DSP.

For the center piece, the Basic White measures 2 by 5 1/4"
DSP  (Pattern 2):   1 5/8  by 5" . A 1/4 by 5 1/4" strip of copper foil was added to the underside of the DSP before it was added to the Basic White.
Two floral images were embossed with copper embossing powder on a 3 1/2 by 2 1/4" of Very Vanilla.  This was matted with 3 3/4 by 2 1/2" of copper foil and added to a Basic Gray  die cut using the largest of the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. This was added centered on the middle panel.

Below this is a smaller sentiment piece.  The sentiment on this 3 by 3/4" Very Vanilla piece is embossed with copper embossing powder, matted with 3 1/4 by 1" Copper Foil, and added to 3 1/2 by 1 1/4" Basic Gray card stock. It is adhered below the art piece on the center panel.

Gilded gems were added randomly over the art piece and sentiment panel.  As we 1/4" copper trim (retired) made into a double bow was added to the bottom of the art piece with a glue dot.

Stamp:  Elegantly Said
Inks:  Versa mark
Papers:  Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil, Elegantly Said DSP
Accessories:  Copper Embossing powder, Gilded Gems, 1/4" Copper Trim, Stitched So Sweetly Die

Friday, June 4, 2021

Hand Penned Petals - Happy Mail

 During this pandemic what has become increasingly evident to me is the need for connection, for contact, for human touch.  Of course the latter two are not possible because of public health restrictions. But connection......

I received a comment the other day about how nice it was to get a hand made card. This from a person who sends cards all the time, but rarely receives them. Sending cards - thinking of you, just because, hello helps to fulfil this need for connection.

Today's card, made using the Hand Penned Petals bundle and DSP ended up being one of those' connection 'cards.  "Happy Mail" is the sentiment I used for this card.

The card base is Thick Basic White cardstock, layered first with Hand Penned DSP.

The art piece in the center is Basic White card stock die cut with the Layered Ornate die.  In the center of that is adhered a piece of DSP the pattern of which is  the other side of that layering the card front.

On that DSP I first adhered one half of a paper lattice (Pg. 141 of the Annual Catalogue).  To that lattice I first adhered a large leaf die cut using the Perennial Dies in Soft Succulent card stock. I also punched some stems using the Symmetrical Stems Border punch. These were adhered to some die cut flowers stamped in Highland Heather, which were then added to the lattice using dimensionals, Some smaller flowers were die cut in Pale Papaya card stock and then stamped with a center dot stamp and Highland Heather ink. These were added randomly on the art around he lattice.  After adhering the art piece to the card front using dimensionals, the sentiment was added.  "happy mail" was embossed with black embossing powder.  The 'happy' was trimmed around the letters and added to the card front using dimensionals - the 'mail' underneath.

In-colour rhinestones were added to the center of each flower and a bow made with Soft Succulent organza ribbon was added to the lower left corner using a glue dot.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Hand Penned Petals
Inks:  Versa Mark, Highland Heather
Papers:  Thick Basic White, Basic White, Soft Succulent, Paper Lattice ,Hand Penned DSP, Pale Papaya
Accessories:  Ornate Layer dies, Perennial Petals Die, Black embossing powder , Hand Penned dies, In-colour rhinestones, dimensioals, 1/4" Soft Succulent organza ribbon

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Other Cards Made with the Artistically Inked Bundle

 I had so much fun working with the Artistically Inked Bundle that I had to force myself to stop making them.

Below are 7 other cards

I hope you enjoyed.

Artistic Ink Card #3 with Video

 This is the 3rd card of a 3 card series, along with a video tutorial) using the lovely Artistic Ink bundle and the Impressions in ink DSP. The 3 cards progress from simple to complex.  For each card the inside of the card is finished - each differently - and an envelope decorated - each differently.

The tutorial, including the video for the first card can be seen  here . It is a relatively simple card in that the design involves a single layer of  DSP along with a sentiment.

The tutorial for the second card, including the video, can be seen here.  The design of this card was stepped up a bit as it included the use of layering and a die as well as some embellishments.

Below is a picture of the 3rd card:

The card base is Pale Papaya layered with Basic white followed by some Impressions of Ink DSP.  After adhering the DSP to the Basic White layer, I adhered a 1/4 by 4 1/4" strip of Pale Papaya near the bottom. To this strip was added a piece of 1/4" metallic Flirty Flamingo ribbon.

On a separate piece of Basic White card stock I stamped the following:  2 small rose -like flowers in Polished Pink; 2 smaller rose bud like flowers in Polished Pink, 2 leaf pairs in Soft Succulent;  the 3 flowers in Pale Papaya and again in Fresh Freesia.  All of these were die cut using the Artistic dies.

Below is a video tutorial outlining how this card was made.  You can watch it on this post or on You Tube 

Before adding the die cuts, the sentiment was stamped with Polished Pink on an oval punched with the Duo Oval punch.  This stamped oval was adhered to the Pale Papaya scalloped oval and then added to the card front across the ribbon using dimensionals.

These die cuts were arranged on the card front as depicted in the picture. To tie all the elements together, the 'dot' stamp was used to add Soft Succulent ink to the DSP around the die cuts.

Before adding the gold Expressions in Ink ephemera element, I used the sharp end of the Take Your Pick tool to etch veins in the leaves.

Finally, some embellishments from the Ephemera pack were added randomly to the card front, and a ribbon bow was added to the side of the sentiment .

I used the large stamp and Pale Papaya ink to create an image along one of the long sides of the Basic White card stock

To decorate the envelope I first added a strip of DSP to the flap and then I stamped floral images and leaves directly on to the flap.

Supplies Used:

Stamp:  Artistically Inked

Inks:  Soft Succulent, Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia

Papers:  Pale Papaya, Basic White, Impressions in Ink DSP

Accessories:  1/4" Metallic Flirty Flamingo ribbon, Artistic dies, Dimensionals, Expressions in Ink, Ephemera Pack, Clear Wink of Stella

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Artistically Inked Card #2 - Video

 This second card was cased from Pg. 96 of the Annual catalogue, although I put my personal touch on it. It is somewhat more complex than Card #1 (see previous post) in that I add a die cut to the card, which also has more layering. 

The above picture shows the card and beside it an envelop stamped on the flap to coordinate with the card.

The video I made can be viewed on this blog or on You Tube

On a Thick Basic White card base is layered a 4 by 5" piece of Soft Succulent card stock.  On top of that is a 3 3/4" piece of Basic White added an angle.  This will be 
the art piece.
The images are stamped using 3 of the 4 new In-colours:  Polished Pink and Soft Succulent, and Pale Papaya.
A large white die cut flower , cut using a die from the Artistic die collection, is placed over the stamped images. To make it easier to work with, I used as adhesive sheet adhered to the Basic White cardstock and then die cut the flower.

The inside of the card is finished by stamping the 3 flower stamp with Polished Pink in the top left and lower right, including some Soft Succulent dots to tie in the inside with the card front.  This Basic White piece is 3 3/4 by 4" and adhered to a 4 by 5 1/4" piece of Soft Succulent card stock at an angle similar to the card front.

To finish the card, I added some 2021-2023 In Colour Jewels.

For this card I finished the envelope by stamping similar images as on the card front.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Artistically Inked
Inks:  Polished Pink, Pale Papaya, Soft Succulent
Papers:  Thick Basic White, Basic White, Soft Succulent, Basic White A2 envelope
Accessories:  Artistic dies, Adhesive sheets, 2021-2023 In Color Jewels

Artistically Inked Car #1 with video

 What gorgeous paper to work with! When I first saw the Expressions in Ink DSP I drooled!  When I started working with it I drooled again.

So I made my first card to highlight the DSP- and made a video as well.

The Thick Basic White card base is layered with a 4 by 5 1/4" piece of the Expressions in Ink DSP.

The sentiment, from the Artistically Inked stamp set, is stamped in Polished Pink on a 1/2 by 2 1/4" piece of Basic White.  This was matted with a slightly larger piece of Evening Evergreen card stock.

Before adding this sentiment, a shaped element as well as a leaf branch from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera pack was added to the card front.  The sentiment was added over the bottom half.

Watch the video below, or on You Tube here

Before adding the leaf branch, I used he smaller end of a scoring tool to make vein marks in the leaves. Gilded Gems were added to around the sentiment.

The accompanying envelope was stamped with the largest one of the stamps (see the first picture)

Supplies Used:

Stamp: Artistically Inked

Inks:  Polished Pink

Papers:  Thick Basic White 4 1/4 by 5 1/2  Card base

              Basic White 1/2 by 2 1/4 for sentiment

             Basic white 4 by 5 1/4" for inside

             Basic White envelope

             Evening Evergreen 2 1/2 by 1 1/4" - mat for sentiment

             Expressions in Ink DSP - 4 by 5 1/4" for card front


            Artistic Dies

            Gilded Gems

            Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Art Gallery Thinking of You - Class to Go card plus video

 A colleague of mine and myself organized a Class to Go in time for Mother's Day and focused on celebrating all women. The class offered kits for 4 cards and one 3D project, a PDF and a video for each card.

Over the next little while I will be posting a picture and the video for each card of the Class to Go, Celebrating Women.  

The first card features 2 Step stamping using both the stamp set and coordinating dies.  An introduction is made to the new blender brushes.

Here are the products used to make this card:

Stamp:  Art Gallery

Inks:  Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron

Papers:  Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla, Basic White

Accessories:  Floral Gallery dies, Blending brush, Gilded Gems, Dimensionals, Very Vanilla envelope, Gilded Gems

View the video on this blog post or on You Tube here

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Enjoy Today - Paper Craft Crew Horizontal Sketch Challenge #425

 The new Annual catalogue launched yesterday, and I just love all the nature stamps and DSP, including the Campology stamp set and the Beauty of the Earth DSP.

For the horizontal sketch challenge 425 at the Paper Craft Crew Challenges I combined the elements from the Campology stamp set with the Beauty of the Earth DSP.

The Basic White card base is layered with Mossy Meadow card stock followed by the tree patterned page of the Beauty of the Earth DSP.  This paper was the inspiration for this card.
On a separate piece of Basic White card stock, I stamped the image of the tent, coffee pot and cup and binoculars.  After colouring them with Stampin' Blends they were fussy cut and mounted on a strip of Basic White matted with Mossy Meadow card stock using dimensionals.  This strip extended across the entire card front.

At the right end of this strip, an embellishment was added consisting of a piece of braided Burlap ribbon tied with Mossy Meadow Baker's twine.

The sentiment, stamped on Basic White was punched with one end of the Everyday Label punch, was inserted under this strip at the right end.

To finish the card, some Clear Wink of Stella was added to the added elements, and some Noble Peacock rhinestones added randomly on the card front.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Campology
Inks:  Black Memento, Stampin' Blends (Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Soft Succulent, Daffodil Delight)
Papers:  Basic White, Mossy Meadow, Beauty of the Earth DSP
Accessories:  5/16" Braided Burlap, Mossy Meadow Baker's twine, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Noble Peacock rhinestones