Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy New Year!

Hello there!  I am popping in today with a fast and easy card for Inspired by All The Little Things Challenge this Week. I love the graphic nature of the inspiration image and that is one of the things I've learned about myself as I started making cards a little over two years ago.  I love really clean and crisp bold lines.  If you would have asked me before, I would have said my preference was for scrolls and flourishes.  I do like those once in a while, but I am most drawn to bold graphics and strong geometric shapes.

As I scrolled down through the Design Team Inspiration images, I saw this card by Wanda Cullen of Cullen-ary Creations and I let out a little giggle because I was already planning to use the same patterned paper as she did. This is from My Mind's Eye Fancy That Paper Collection.  I still see one of these in a 6 x 6 paper pad at Michaels once in a while. I have several sheets left but this is my next to the last one from this pattern.

I wanted to use the same paper, but do it in a different way than she had.  I did this by trimming a panel of this paper that was 4 x 6 inches.  I took the remaining 2 inches of paper, rotated it around 180 degrees and then using tape runner I overlapped it to match up the gold foiled lines. Then I die cut that panel down with Stitched Rectangle from the WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers die which cuts it to a perfect 4.25 x 5.5 inch panel. As long as your paper is thin enough (this is text weight), it cuts through both layers at the same time and eliminates me having to line it up after I cut. I attached it to my card base made from Papertrey Ink True Black Cardstock using my Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive.

I wanted my sentiment to be indicative of the same occasion as the Inspiration Image, so I die cut my favorite Spellbinder Bookplate Label (NLA) from Papertrey Vintage Cream for the sentiment which came from a Close To My Heart Set called Snowhaven. I've had this for several years and it is no longer available, but it's the only stamp I have for New Years and I really like it.  I stamped it in Versamark and heat set it with Simon Says Stamp Gold Embossing Powder.  I attached that with some 3D Foam Tape.


Once I got it all put together, I thought it needed some embellishment so I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Glossy Black and Copper Penny.

Thank you so much for stopping in today to see my card.  I hope you'll come back often.  The basic supplies I've used are linked below for your convenience.

Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Wagner Heat Tool
Wagner Heat Tool
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Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream Cardstock
Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream Cardstock
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Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops - Copper Penny
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops - Copper Penny
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Papertrey Ink True Black Cardstock
Papertrey Ink True Black Cardstock
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Scotch 3M Faom Tape
Scotch 3M Foam Tape
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Nuvo Crystal Drops Glossy Ebony Black
Nuvo Crystal Drops Glossy Ebony Black
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Altenew Inspiration Challenge

This month's inspiration Challenge at Altenew is called "Class of 2017" and we can choose any of the year's 11 other challenges as our inspiration.  I chose the August 2017 Inspiration for my card.  It has been a while since I have had a chance to participate int eh Altenew Challenge although it is one of my favorites.  The fun part is that I can enter as many times as I like and I plan to enter a few more times before the month is over. I hope I will have time to do at least 1 other card.

I struggle sometimes with making a card using colors not found in nature and this is one of those cards.  I love the colors but you would not find this color in nature on this flower.  I'm not sure there are any flowers this color anywhere, but I know I haven't seen everything.  I just like using pretty colors when I am making a card for my Mother-In-Law and I try to send her different things than I have previously sent.  My Sisters-In-Law, Brenda and Vickie, say she really enjoys looking at them and having them read to her.

I chose this color in part because I wanted to play along in the Altenew Challenge this month and also because I wanted to make something with this gorgeous teal and gold foiled paper that I have. This came from one of the Craft Smith Paper Pads that I got at Michaels on a Black Friday Special.  The whole collection is very tropical and lush but I will always be drawn to anything that has an Art Deco feel to it.  I love Art Deco and I have really been enjoying watching the Property Brothers At Home doing the renovations on Drew and Linda's home. I chose this paper as my starting point but I also had Altenew Beautiful Day on my desk.  I have used this set so often that I had accidentally torn the two most used stamps in the collection trying to peel them off an acrylic block so I had recently ordered a replacement set (on a Cyber Monday Deal).  Because I love this set so much, I wanted to make sure I ordered a replacement set, so both were sitting on my desk waiting to be swapped out.  I used my old set one more time to do this card.  At some time, Altenew might decide to discontinue this set, but I don't see it happening anytime in the foreseeable future; it's just too popular.

I started by stamping the bloom outline and the leaf outline in Versamark and heat setting it with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  For all of the stamping on this card, I used the Altenew Sea Shore Ink Collection which are all of these beautiful shades of teal; Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon and Emerald.  These are available in the larger ink pads, but I have all of my Altenew Inks in Cubes.

I love the whole ink cube idea because it allows me to choose more than one brand of ink for my projects and also because the RA makes it difficult to hold on to the larger pads. Each brand and type of ink performs differently so you just have to know what you expect as far as performance and try one or two of them before you buy a whole set.  I tried a couple of the pink and red families of colors before I got more.  I love the colors and they are different than the other brands I have.  Plus the cubes come in collections that are already color coordinated for you for any layering images you might be stamping.  In this case, I did not have to do any double or triple stamping to get the color I wanted.  Just a single stamping although I did use the MISTI just in case. Because this set is so well loved, the ink sticks to the photo-polymer very well.  I'll have to break in a new set of stamps now but I'm glad to have a replacement set.  Thankfully, I hadn't messed up any of the dies.  You can also purchase the Beautiful Day Stamp & Die Bundle in the Altenew Shop which gives you a bit of a discount as of the writing of this post.


In Erum's beautiful card, she didn't say what ink colors she used and for my card I took a lot of liberties with the golden chartreuse color and just made mine gold.  I did not use any brown but we are to use the image as a starting point and go from there.  We don't need to copy it exactly.  I always find Erum's work just incredibly beautiful.

Thank you so much for coming by today to see my card.  I hope I've inspired you to think outside of the box a bit and try an unusual color scheme on a project of your own.  I linked the supplies I've used below for your convenience.


Stamper's Select White Cardstock
Stamper's Select White Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Wagner Heat Tool
Wagner Heat Tool
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Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Altenew Sea Shore Ink Cube Collection
Altenew Sea Shore Ink Cube Collection
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Altenew Beautiful Day
Altenew Beautiful Day
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Altenew Beautiful Day Dies
Altenew Beautiful Day Dies
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Card Concept {Parisian Postale}

Welcome to a new challenge at The Card Concept!  This will be our last challenge for this year but we'll be back on January 10, 2018 with a new challenge for you.  This week's challenge is entitled "Parisian Postale" seen in our inspiration image.

As you can see, I did not take all of my color cues from the inspiration image but it immediately made me think of a stamp set I got recently from Papertrey Ink called Quoted: Favorite Things.

I love the soft blue and brown color combination so that is what I wanted to use for my card along with the stamps and dies from Papertrey's Enclosed: Present.  The Kraft Cardstock is from Papertrey Ink.  The Blue Cardstock is from Simon Says Stamp and the color is Surf Blue.  The ink I used for this card is from Altenew and the color is Sea Breeze.  It is a gorgeous color of blue and a perfect match for the cardstock.  It is one of the four colors in the Deep Blue Seas Ink Collection and is available in either the set of four Cube Inks or Four Ovals or you can get the individual oval ink pad.  All of the cube inks come in sets of 4 and Reinkers are available for all of the Altenew ink pads at the Altenew Store.  Simon offers Surf Blue Ink but I don't have that one.


The other products I used for this card are the Spellbinders Hemstitched Rectangles for my background panel and this oldie (NLA) Spellbinders Bookplate Label die. It is getting a lot of use since I got my Gemini Die Cutting Machine because of the phenomenal job it does of embossing. Those machines are somewhat hard to find right now but will be coming to Simon Says Stamp this week.  I have the full size machine rather than the junior as I wanted to be able to do multiple die cuts at one time.  For most of my die cutting I am still using my Cuttlebug.

To assemble the card basic structure, I always use Kokuyo Dot Runner Adhesive as my tape runner.  I used it years ago in my scrapbooking but it became impossible to find refills eventually.  I had one left in my supplies and I was really happy when it became available this year again and there was a longer refill available.

For the sentiment that is stamped on the outside of the card, I stamped it 3 times in Sea Breeze Ink and then stamped it in Versamark and used Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Powder over the top. The label and package are adhered with Foam Tape. The rest of the sentiment was stamped on the inside of the card in Sea Breeze Ink.  For the bow on the package, I die cut 3 layers of white cardstock and glued them together with Multi Medium Matte, then stamped them using my negative as a placeholder.

This was a fun card to put together with my less than typical color choices, but I like it and I'm actually saving it for my daughter and her family.  She will love it and think it is cute plus, it isn't too girly for all of her boys.

Thank you so much for spending a bit of time here today.  The supplies I've used are linked below for your convenience.

Stamper's Select White Cardstock
Stamper's Select White Cardstock
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Wagner Heat Tool
Wagner Heat Tool
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Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
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Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
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Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock
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Spellbinders Hemstitch Lace Dies
Spellbinders Hemstitch Lace Dies
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Gemini Full Size Die Cutting Machine
Gemini Full Size Die Cutting Machine
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Scotch 3M Faom Tape
Scotch 3M Faom Tape
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Enclosed: Present Stamp Set
Enclosed: Present Stamp Set
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Enclosed: Present Dies
Enclosed: Present Dies
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Quoted: Favorite Things
Quoted: Favorite Things
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Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue #100 Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue #100 Cardstock
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Altenew Sea Breeze Ink Pad
Altenew Sea Breeze Ink Pad
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Deep Blue Seas Mini Cube Set
Deep Blue Seas Mini Cube Set
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Deep Blue Seas Oval Ink Pad Set
Deep Blue Seas Oval Ink Pad Set
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Deep Blue Seas Reinker Set
Deep Blue Seas Reinker Set
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Sea Breeze Reinker
Sea Breeze Reinker
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Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
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