Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fusion Challenge - Spring Wreath

Hello there!  I feel like it has been quite a while since I got to participate in any of the Fusion Challenges so today's card was made just for this occasion.

I saw the wreath on this black door and I wanted to play along. I think part of the attraction (other than how pretty this door looks) is because we are having a dark colored door on the house we're building.  It's not black, but it's a very dark Navy called "Dress Blues" from Sherwin Williams.  We're headed back to Texas this weekend to see how everything is coming along so I wanted to play along while I have time.  When I saw the wreath on this door, it made me think of some paper that I have in my stash.

If you know me, then you know I love to have papers that have Gold Foil accents.  On Cyber Monday, I had made a trip to Michaels to check out one of their deals from Black Friday - $5.99 Hot Buy Cardstock Paper Pads. There were plenty to choose from and I couldn't get them all but I was most interested in any that had quite a bit of Gold in them.  I came home with a few of them.  My most impressive find that day was one from Die Cuts With a View that was all Black and Gold.  This is always a great combination for Guys in particular or if you want something very luxurious looking.  This particular pad is 24 sheets of this gorgeous black "kraft" and gold with many Art Deco Inspired patterns.  You know me -- I do love my Art Deco inspired finds so this was a no-brainer for me and I happily picked it up. 

I love all the patterns in this pad so much, but it seems like every paper pad lately has a couple of sheets in it that are pre-printed with foiled sayings that I probably wouldn't use and that don't really work for the size format that I mostly use for card making which is A2.  So I was pretty tickled yesterday when I tried to use one of those for this card and it worked out.  The card started out as a 4 x 6 panel that has an oval in the center of it.  The trick was getting it lined up correctly to be able to die cut it and use it on my card.  Thankfully, I didn't mess it up and was able to get it die cut perfectly.  I used the largest of the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies which cuts at exactly 4 inches wide, so it was critical to get my paper lined up correctly in the die and secure it with a bit of low tack tape so it wouldn't move. Not only did I have to center it from side to side, but also top to bottom. If I messed up, it was no big deal, but I really wanted to find a way to use this panel since it didn't have a saying on it.  Once I had that part done the rest was fairly easy.  I also wanted to use some of my many Prima Flowers and so I grabbed a few of the pink and purple hydrangeas.  Like many of my projects, I wanted this to have some shimmer and shine, so I spritzed them with my shimmer mist and set the aside to dry while I did the rest of my die cutting. 

While I was trying to figure out how I would give it the same feeling as all those springtime tendrils. I didn't have anything that would work for that, so I decided to use a lot of leaves on my project.  The leafy branch from the Papertrey Songbirds Dies would be just the ticket and they would also be easy to snip apart and use each part individually.  So my wreath then became more of a swag.  I cut three of the branches from Gold Foiled Cardstock and then snipped each one into pieces to use as needed for my swag.  I love this branch with the stitched leaves and in fact, I still don't own the stamp set - only the dies.  It's on my wish list, but so far, I have always had something else I wanted more and so it stays on my wish list.  


For the sentiment, I die cut the "hello" 3 times from True Black Cardstock and glued them one on top of the other and then cut the top layer from the same gold foiled cardstock.  I put these together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte to have a thicker embellishment for my sentiment.  The dies is from the Hello Stamp and Cut by Hero Arts and is a favorite for its style and size.  Not to mention the Stamp and Cuts are around $15.00 for the stamps and the die.  It's a smaller stamp set, but that's okay with me. 

I matted the black and gold panel to a gold foiled panel cut with the WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Die which cuts a full 4.25 x 5.5 inch stitched rectangle panel.  I love the very finished edge of my panels when I use dies and no matter how good my paper trimmer is, I never feel like it cuts as nicely as my dies.  

This card came together pretty quickly since I was able to use the gold foiled paper.  Prima flowers can be difficult to layer so I used some Alene's Jewel it because for whatever reason it dries faster.  Glue dots don't work and Ranger Multi Medium matte isn't very satisfactory either.  It seems as though the Multi Medium stays wetter longer on the Mulberry Paper. There are probably other adhesives that would work well but I have the Alene's already in one of the containers on my desk.

There's no special techniques her unless you count no stamping as a technique.  Lately, I've had a few challenge to make a card with so stamping on it.  In fact, there's one of those over at AAA Cards Challenge this week but they want CAS (Clean & Simple) Style cards and this one definitely does not qualify.  I challenge you to use something pre-printed and make a card out of it.  It should be easy but it's harder than you think sometimes.

The supplies I've used are linked below for your convenience (Affiliate Links may be used).



Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Cut
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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PTI Songbirds Dies
PTI Songbirds Dies
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PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
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PTI True Black Cardstock
PTI True Black Cardstock
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Tsukineko Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz
Tsukineko Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz
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WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Altenew February 2018 Inspiration Challenge

Hello everyone!  I have been very busy with everything involved in building a house and also making a lot of trips back and forth, sometimes down and back in the same day which is a 7 hour round trip.  I'm just not that fond of riding in the car and I will be quite happy when we get settled and I don't have to make those long drives anymore.  It will be worth it in the end but it is definitely keeping me hopping.

I wanted to create at least one card for the Altenew February 2018 Inspiration Challenge, so today I have two cards featuring Altenew Ornamental Flower Stamps and Dies.  These are available in the Altenew Store individually or in a bundle and will be linked at the end of this post in my supply list.

I started with a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of Stamper's Select White Cardstock and the most solid image from the stamp set.  I wanted to do two different colors so I just rotated my cardstock in the MISTI 180 degrees after I stamped each layer. This works really well, for me at least. For the first card and bloom I used the new Tea Party Collection of Inks.  I've seen several of the floral images done in multiple color families and while I like that, I don't think it is really my style so I just used one family for each bloom.  For the second card and flower, I used the Rose Petal Collection of inks.  For both cards, I used Green Fields Ink Collection for the foliage.  Once I got the first three layers of the blooms and the leaves stamped, I let them dry for a while and then for the detail layer I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Antique Gold Embossing Powder. You know if there's a way to add gold to my projects, I will do it. I was pretty excited to realize that the detail layer for this set would work. This flower has a total of  11 stamps to get all of the details in there. Typically I choose stamps that have an outline layer for adding the gold, but this worked perfect. Each style of leaves is three layers so they turn out fantastic as well.


For the first card, I really wanted to keep a lot of white space, so scored a panel of 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of cardstock, then die cut it with a stitched rectangle and went back over all the score lines with my Teflon bone folder as it seemed like they flatted out a bit when I die cut the panel.  It only took a minute and I wanted to be sure the score lines were visible.  I popped that up on some fun foam using score tape as tape runner will not work with the foam.  I created my arrangement on my desktop and then cover it with Press N Seal, then picked it up and started applying thin 3D foam Squares on the back side of the blooms.  Then I flipped the whole thing over, positioned it how I wanted and then laid it down and pressed everything in place.  I needed to go back in a couple of places to tuck in another little foam square but my little tweezers worked great for that.  The sentiment is a favorite from Altenew Beautiful Day that I use often.  For the finishing touch, I added some Sparkling Clear Confetti to accent the bouquet.  Everything was adhered to a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White.

For the next card, I wanted to use colors that reminded me of the inspiration photo so I used the Rose Petals Collection of Ink and put some little pearls on the center of the bloom.  The leaves were stamped in the Green Fields Ink Collection and everything has the detail layer heat embossed.


For the background of this card, I have this "Painted With Love" Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up.  I got it recently after seeing a card made with it for another challenge that I participate in.  You know how much I love my pink and of course the gold foil! This is the one I will be entering over at the Altenew Inspiration Challenge. 

Altenew Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
Altenew Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
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Altenew Beautiful Day
Altenew Beautiful Day
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Altenew Green Fields Mini Cube Collection
Altenew Green Fields Mini Cube Collection
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Altenew Ornamental Flower Bundle
Altenew Ornamental Flower Bundle
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Altenew Ornamental Flower Dies
Altenew Ornamental Flower Dies
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Altenew Ornamental Flower Stamp Set
Altenew Ornamental Flower Stamp Set
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Altenew Rose Petal Mini Cube Collection
Altenew Rose Petal Mini Cube Collection
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Altenew Tea Party Collection
Altenew Tea Party Collection
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Cuttlebug
Cuttlebug
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Scor-Tape - 1/2 inch
Scor-Tape - 1/2 inch
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Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary Celebration + Stripes Challenge

Papertrey Ink is still celebrating it's 11th Anniversary and there are still Challenges to participate in.  I have two cards today that I created from all the extra leaves and blooms I had stamped for the card I made on Monday.  I just love the leaves from Gran's Garden and the blooms as well.  I feel like I could incorporate the leaves into pretty much any floral design and some non floral designs.


Monday's design would have worked well for yesterday's challenge but of course I didn't know in advance wheat the challenge would be.  That particular card has been mailed off, so I decided to create a couple more with my extras for the Day 5 Release Challenge - Stripes.  I wanted to use stripes again but I wanted a different look than the one I used here.  For starters, I used top folding vertical card bases. Again I used a piece of the Bitty Big in Sweet Blush. Honestly, Pale Peony is a much better match or name for that color.  It's a little too saturated to be called Sweet Blush as you can see by the flowers I stamped.  They were stamped in Pale Peony with Pure Poppy and are a perfect match to the striped paper.  I mounted the arrangement onto a Stamper's Select White Center Style: Feminine die cut.  This set of leaves were stamp in New Leaf Ink.  I attached the die cut with Foam Tape.  The sentiment came from Direct Messages Stamp and Die Collection.


For the second card, I used Pinefeather and Ripe Avocado to stamp the leaves, Bitty Big Pinefeather striped paper, and die cut it with the Center Style: Feminine Die. I put fun foam behind the die cut. The blooms are the same as the first card; Pale Peony and Pure Poppy with Olive Twist centers.

That is going to be it for me today.  A two-fer is always good if you have extra pre-stamped die cuts laying on your desk or work area.  I've linked the supplies I've used below for your convenience.

Cuttlebug
Cuttlebug
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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PTI - Direct Messages Stamp Set
PTI - Direct Messages Stamp Set
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PTI Gran's Garden Dies
PTI Gran's Garden Dies
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PTI Gran's Garden Stamp Set
PTI Gran's Garden Stamp Set
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PTI Perfect Match New Leaf Ink
PTI Perfect Match New Leaf Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Pale Peony Ink
PTI Perfect Match Pale Peony Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Pinefeather Ink
PTI Perfect Match Pinefeather Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Pure Poppy Ink
PTI Perfect Match Pure Poppy Ink
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PTI Pinefeather Bitty Big
PTI Pinefeather Bitty Big
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PTI Sweet Blush Bitty Big Patterned Paper
PTI Sweet Blush Bitty Big Patterned Paper
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Altenew February 2018 Release Blog Hop Winner


I am here to announce the winner of the random draw here on my blog.  And the winner is:

Kelli - February 8, 2018 at 9:22 AM - If I received one of these cards, I'd have to put it in a frame! These are some of the best sentiments I have seen - so glad for how they came together!

Kelli - Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 2/28/2018 with the subject line "Altenew February 2018 Release Blog Hop Winner from Vicki Finger's Blog".  They will get a gift certificate issued to you!  

Thank you to everyone for so many lovely comments.  Wings of Hope means a lot to me personally and it was wonderful to hear from so many of you who appreciated me sharing the story of how this set came to be.  Stay tuned, I might have another set sometime in the future! 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary - Day 7 Challenge

Hello!  It is time for the Day 7 Challenge as part of the Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary Festivities.  Our challenge for today is to make a card using only die cuts - no stamping allowed.

What you might not know about me is that I used to make all of my card this way because I was a terrible stamper.  I got better before I ever got a MISTI, but I am so much better at stamping now because of the MISTI tool.  Even if I am only doing a sentiment, I use the MISTI.  I am fortunate enough to have the regular sized one and the Mini MISTI.  I started with the regular sized one and then several months later I got the Mini MISTI when Simon Says Stamp had it on sale.  If I remember right, it was a Black Friday Weekend sale.  Whenever it was, I am grateful for Iliana, who is the inventor and patent holder for MISTI.  That gave me a lot more options in stamping and I'm a confident stamper these days.

In order to hit two birds with one stone today, I used the colors specified in this week's The Paper Player's Challenge of Kraft, Red and White. I started by making a card base from Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock.  Since the rest of my elements would be cut from Pure Poppy or Gold Foiled Cardstock, I also cut a background panel from Stamper's Select White Cardstock.

Next I did all of my die cutting.  I used Papertrey's You Have My Heart Dies, Wonderful Words: Love Die, and Bookprint Alpha Upper.  Once I had everything cut out, I took it back to my desk for assembly which was super quick and easy.


So there you have it.  A card made using only die cuts with no stamping.  The supplies I've used are linked below for your convenience (Affiliate Links may be used).

Cuttlebug
Cuttlebug
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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PTI Bookprint Alpha Upper
PTI Bookprint Alpha Upper
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PTI Kraft Cardstock
PTI Kraft Cardstock
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PTI Pure Poppy Cardstock
PTI Pure Poppy Cardstock
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PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
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PTI Wonderful Words: Love Die
PTI Wonderful Words: Love Die
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PTI You Have My Heart Dies
PTI You Have My Heart Dies
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Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
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