Sunday, October 21, 2018

Altenew Educator & A Tribute Post for Melissa Dawn Lane

Today's card has special significance for me.  I found out on Friday that Melissa Dawn Lane of Honey Bee Lane (not to be confused with Honey Bee Stamps) passed away unexpectedly on October 2nd, leaving her husband and four children to cope with the enormous loss.  Melissa was a part of the Stamplorations Design Team as well as being on other Challenge design teams in the industry.  She was kind and encouraging to everyone in the industry and outside of that as well.  Melissa loved Butterflies and often featured them in the cards she made.  Stamplorations has a tribute page here for Melissa where you can submit a project in her honor between now and October 31st.  The page will remain as a tribute to her, but the linky and the mailing address will be removed. 

I was a fan of Melissa's work because she frequently joined in the challenges at the Simon Says Stamp Blog where I join in as often as possible.  Her style was pretty clean and simple.  Melissa was also an avid photographer and you can see a lot of her photography on her Instagram accounts here:  https://www.instagram.com/honeybeelanecards/ and here for a peek into her home life: https://www.instagram.com/mainepromisedlandfarm/.

My post today is also for the Altenew Educator Certification Program, "Color Your Day" class.  For a few months, I have had these butterflies sitting on my desk in my "to use" group.  I can think of no better occasion than to make a beautiful card for Melissa's family.  I hope the butterflies that Melissa so loved will make them smile.

I stamped several of the butterflies from the SSS Beautiful Day Stamp Set in Versamark on a sheet of 5 x 7 Fabriano Artistico Extra White Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper and heat set them with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I'm pretty sure this Fabriano paper is going to become a favorite for watercolor even though I didn't do any traditional watercoloring on it.  I chose to use an analogous color scheme but in this class, we learned about using a color wheel for Analogous, Complimentary and even Triad color schemes.  I have another family in color schemes that I call Duochrome.  "Duotone" is a type of photographic image that was very popular in the days before color film was so easily accessible by photographers of all levels. It includes black and white and sepia toned prints.  In cardmaking, I like to use this technique with a metallic and 1 additional color.  I have an example of this technique coming up on the 25th of this month.

I used Daniel Smith Watercolors but I wanted a very pigmented color so there's not much water mixed in with it.  For the Purple color, I mixed Quinacridone Purple with Quinacridone Pink.  For the turquoise color, I mixed Ultramarine Turquoise with Phthalo Blue.  I used two shades for the Leaves, Deep Sap Green and the same color mixed with a bit of Aureolin for the lighter green shade.

Since my husband is only home on the weekends, I spend a lot of my weekend time with him and once I finished coloring in the butterflies, I let the images dry overnight and then hit them with a bit of shimmer mist this morning.


I had a background that I had made during the AECP "Irresistible Inking Techniques" class that I wanted to use for the background so I die cut that panel and made a card base from Aqua Mist Cardstock.  I used a brayer with a watered down solution of ink to make the background.  I've linked that blog post for you. I like that it's a nice soft color with a very subtle texture.  For Easy Mailing, I kept the card fairly flat but I did use some thin foam tape under the butterflies to make them pop a little bit and added a bit of bling.


For the inside sentiment, I chose one from the "Wings of Hope" set that Tasnim and I collaborated on for Altenew.  It's a quote from Washington Irving and one I found myself recalling often after my brother's murder in 2014.  The year 2014 was a terrible year of loss for me personally.  There were several deaths of close friend's family members, a family member of my own, and I know that Melissa's family will have moments where they will struggle to hold back the tears.  I want to let them know that it's okay to cry.  It happens less often as the years pass, but sometimes there are still things that will bring them bubbling to the surface.

I hope you all were privileged enough to know Melissa through her paper crafting and card making.  Melissa, you will be missed!  I'm not including a link supply list for this post as I feel it would be in very poor taste, but I've named the products I used and you can find them easily if you'd like to.

I am sending lots of love and hugs to Melissa's family and friends at this tough time in their lives.  If you'd like to send a card to Melissa's family, you can send them to Shery Russ of Stamplorations at the address linked at the Stamplorations Blog before October 31st.  After that time, the address will be removed. 

Please add a butterfly stamp or die to the envelope so Shery will know it's for Melissa's family and she will send them on.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Papertrey Ink October 2018 Create Along With Us

Hello everyone!  I am getting to spend a lot of time in the studio this week so I have a card for this month's Create Along With Us as Papertrey Ink.  We're supposed to use something that inspired us as the starting place for our project.  In my case, Everything inspired me so I decided to make a few Christmas cards using a method that I haven't used in a while.

When I first started making cards, I was not a very good stamper and so I made cards using mostly die cuts with card stock.  Along came the Misti and now I'm a pretty great stamper but sometimes I just don't want to do any stamping.  Half the purpose of great dies is being able to make quick cards in a short amount of time and so I used a method I like to call Double Metallics.

For my project for today, I wanted to use the beautiful Bold Borders: Yuletide Cover Die designed by Lizzie Jones and just let it take me wherever I wanted to go.  As often happens, I had gold foiled cardstock on my table where my die cutting machine sits.  I also have a selection of other metallic cardstock and foiled prints in my supplies.  I am a "metallic" lover.  This never rang truer than when I was selecting colors for our new house.  The colors that I chose seem to all have something metallic in the name; Samovar Silver, Stainless, Pewter, Platinum, Brushed Nickel and so on.  The only thing that was a normal color name is all our white trim.  I'm pretty sure this reverts back to my days of working in a jewelry store.  I like all metals and if you pop a little color in there, well that is just the icing on the cake for me.

I pulled a sheet of Gold Foiled Cardstock, die cut it with the die and pulled a foiled print that I like with only a few pieces left and looked at them together.  You know that I have foiled cardstock in my stash because I'm just a shiny, sparkly, blingy kind of girl that way!  I liked it, but I knew I would have to tie all the elements together for it to work.


I created a card base from Scarlet Jewel Cardstock.  I also die cut the center rectangle from Scarlet Jewel to inlay for the center panel.  I cut a piece of the foiled paper just slightly smaller than the die to 4 1/8th  by 5 3/8ths. It works best when you are adhering the gold foiled piece if it is not quite as large then You don't have to worry about any wonky edges popping out where you don't want them. I also used some of the gold foiled cardstock to die cut some Holly Leaves from Pretty Pink Posh to match the stitched leaves in Lizzie's design.  I actually made two similar cards but the other one has Holly leaves die cut from the patterned paper instead of the gold.  I love both of them. For the Holly Berries, I used Red Satin Finished Sequins with a jewel in the center of them.  Honestly, that bit takes the longest in putting the cards together.  You have to pick up each little sequin and each little jewel and glue them together and it can get tedious but I love the end result, so I think it is worth the time it takes.

There will be lots of beautiful projects along the hop, so I hope you'll stop by to see everyone's projects and leave them a little love in the form of a comment.

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The Card Concept #100 - Elegant Fall

Hello everyone! It’s time for a new Challenge at The Card Concept! Today I have a guest at The Card Concept Blog and here on my blog to celebrate our 100th Challenge! My Guest is Marybeth Lopez from Marybeth’s Time for Paper.  She has a blog post for the challenge as well, so be sure to follow the link to see more details about her project.  I have admired her work since I started making cards just over 3 years ago.  Each of the Design Team Members has a guest for this challenge so there are double the stops along the hop!

You know that if the challenge has the word "Elegant" in it, that I am going to find a way to add some gold and probably some shimmer or shine as well.


Here is Marybeth's Gorgeous Card!  I was super happy when she said yes to being my guest.


For this card, I used the Gina K Designs Autumn Wreath Builder Stamps with primarily Papertrey Ink cubes.  For the heat embossing, I used Versamark with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  Initially, I stamped the tall leafy sprig in Kraft Ink, but once I was finished, I decided to do it again only with Antique Gold heat embossing.  I used Pure Poppy and Berry Sorbet for the red and orange leaves, and ripe avocado for the green leaves.

Then to tie all the elements together, I also heat embossed the word grateful across the banner (from Paper Clippings: Birthday) using the Papertrey Ink Never Enough Thanks Stamp Set.  I popped that up on two layers of foam tape.  Next, I decided to use the same ink colors on some watercolor paper to do a bit of ink blending.  I used the MFT Falling Leaves die to cut the larger leaves for a leaf bouquet.  Once I had the card assembled, I added a few embellishments with Nuvo Drops in Autumn Berry and Gold.

For my card, I used the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder in the rectangle orientation.  If you haven't seen how this is done, I have a step by step photo tutorial from a previous post here.

I just love all of the many options the wreath builder provides and I love using mine to its maximum potential.  I've done several posts lately for many different styles of cards including Christmas and Thanksgiving or fall themed cards.  Just scroll through recent posts and you will see many of them.  

This will actually be my last post as a Design Team member for The Card Concept.  I've enjoyed my time here very much, but I am spending much more time with my daughter and grandkids which was the purpose of us moving back to Texas, so I want to be able to do my cards without having to meet a deadline.  It is important to me that my word means something, so I decided to leave the Design Team rather than saying I could do it and not being able to meet a deadline.  I plan to continue playing along with the challenges as often as possible, I just won't be posting as a DT Member.

Tangii's Guest Designer - Amy Tsuruta
Vicki Finger (You are Here)
Vicki's Guest Designer - Marybeth Lopez
Michele's Guest Designer - Jeanne Jachna
Kim's Guest Designer - Danielle Vincent
Nancy's Guest Designer - Marcia Hill
Maureen's Guest Designer - Cheryl Scrivens
Susan's Guest Designer - Nanette Tracy
Angel's Guest Designer - Brianna Loeffelbein
Mackie's Guest Designer - Debbie Marcinkiewicz
Marcie's Guest Designer - Shona Chambers
Pam's Guest Designer - Brynn Thornburgh

I hope you all enjoy the many extra guests with their beautiful projects.  Thank you so much for stopping by to spend time with me today and don't forget to hop along.  

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Altenew Educator Beautiful Details

Hello there!  I am back today with a project that is part of my Altenew Educator Certification Program.  Today's project is for the Beautiful Details Class taught by Marika Rahtu.  This class is one I had taken before so I wanted to try a new to me technique that I hadn't previously tried, which was coloring with Copics on the back side of a heat embossed Vellum image.  Marika used a Dull Embossing powder but since I didn't have any I used Pearl White.  It can be a little hard to see, but if you put something behind it, it makes it a bit easier.

I used 44# vellum from Papertrey Ink to do my heat embossing of the bloom and leaves from Altenew's Beautiful Heart.  It's a very heavyweight vellum and doesn't warp much if at all.  Just keep the heat tool moving and it will work out alright.  I used Copics in a variety of shades of  Red Violet to create the colors.  Unfortunately, I put them all away before I wrote them down, so I can't say which specific colors I used, but the shades were in the deeper pinks.  Initially, I was planning to do just the pink, but once I had the flowers and leaves done, I felt that the color kind of the bloom disappeared once I put it on the white oval die cut.  So I decided that I would put a white die cut behind it.  When I was putting the dies back into their stamp pocket, I noticed that I had one previously partially colored but unfinished in Coral tones.  When I popped the vellum layer over that, it really brought out a lot of color in my petals and so I decided to use the partially colored bloom for the base underneath the vellum layer.  Now my color wasn't lost in the sea of white. I don't have very many colored pencils but I did add a few coloring lines to the leaves to bring out a little more of the veining in the leaves.


Because I used White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder, I thought it would look pretty to used White Shimmer Cardstock for my background and the oval die cut.

Next, I used some Heidi Swap Gold Lamé Shimmer Spray to create droplets on the card.  When I put the card together, I felt it needed a bit more dimension, so I used Gold Pico Embellisher to add drops over the gold splatter.  Now comes confession time -- I liked it better without the pico embellisher and just the gold splatter. But you never know until you try it!  Since I glued down the vellum to the oval panel, I can't remove it and do it over.  It doesn't have to be our vision of perfection but I am happy when my projects are.  Trust me, no one says "oh, I see you did that wrong" when they get a card in the mail.  They only think of your thoughtfulness at sending it.  So while it isn't "perfect" in my eyes, it's still beautiful.

The technique I was using was Copic coloring on the back side of Vellum and I am happy with the way that looks.  I'd like to try it again sometime adding colored pencil details along with the Copics.

This past couple of weeks has been absolutely crazy between doctors appointments, getting my Mammogram and Bone Density Scans done, and now I have several MRI's scheduled because I have MS.  They like to get a thorough look every year or two in order to see how I am getting along, but I am not looking forward to a few hours spent inside a very claustrophobic tube to have it done.  Plus I've had all of the grandkids at various times this week, so I have been busy! 

 Anyhow, I will try to link as many supplies as I can remember, but I made this card a few weeks ago for this class and I'm just now getting the blog post written.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Gina K Designs Wreath Builder in Rectangle Orientation

Hello everyone!  I am here sharing a post using the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder Templates with a variety of Gina K Designs Stamps in a slightly different way than the traditional 4 x 4 square orientation.  Not long ago, I got the new Stamp TV Kit, "Fruits of the Season" and at the same time, I was able to get the Autumn and Holiday Wreath Builder Stamp Sets.  I've been having so much fun playing and I posted 7 different cards in the Gina K Designs and Stamp TV Facebook Group.  I got a ton of questions about how I did this rectangular card, so I have a full photo tutorial about how I did it.  Fair Warning: This is going to be a photo heavy post.  This particular technique I learned from Gina's Stamp TV YouTube Video that she had done when the Autumn Wreath Builder came out so using that as my guide, I made a few modifications to be able to use a few larger images to build my wreath so that my front panel is a full rectangle rather than the square format of the templates.  You will use the templates for the top and bottom corners but use the MISTI in the normal way to do the center parts.  You still use the Wreath Build Templates to do it, so no worries!  I took photos all along the way to show you how I do it.


The first thing I did was to pull the holly leaves from last year's Merry & Bright Stamp Set.  The kit is no longer available, but the stamps and dies are.  I'll have them linked below for your convenience.  Because this particular stamp is the size I want, I carefully cut between the leaves and the berries so I would be able to stamp in a different color, just be careful not to damage either piece of the Photopolymer.  

Start by cutting your cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches so that it will still work with the 4-inch template.  If you haven't gotten the templates you can find them here.  They are pure genius, and you can use them with any stamps you have!  I only discovered Gina K about one year ago, but I am slowly accumulating several of her sets.  Also, with one exception, all the inks I am using today are Gina K Inks and the colors will be listed as I go along and included in the supply list below.  

To start, put your cardstock in the top vertical square orientation.  I like to use the heavy base weight card stock for this.  The end will hang out of the MISTI, but that's no big deal,   If you want to make sure the wreath goes all the way around, it's important to start in the square orientation rather than the diamond orientation. Because the Holly stamp is quite a bit larger than most of the wreath builder images, I do it first and then make the other things fit in with it.  

Place your stamp in the top left corner and stamp it.  I used Fresh Asparagus Ink and I like to double stamp it since it's in the Misti.  Before moving your cardstock, take a little finger dauber and put some darker green at the base of the leaves and soften it going about 2/3rds of the way up the Holly leaves.  I used another Pine colored Ink because I don't have the Gina K Designs Christmas Pine Ink yet.  I also feel like the Dark Sage Ink would work really well, but I don't have that one yet either.  I buy Ink Cubes almost exclusively because I can afford them faster and with large pads, I just seem to drop them on my cardstock about every time.  Since I have MS, my balance and coordination aren't the best.  Once I get all the ink cubes I want, then I buy re-inkers a few at a time.  Gina K Inks are very saturated and stamp incredibly well.  

Before you move on, CLEAN your stamp!  Because I'm using two colors of ink, I don't want any leftover of the 2nd color to get on the lighter ink pad.  So, stamp twice (if that's your preference), sponge on a bit of the darker green then clean your stamp before moving onto the second corner.  Rotate your paper 90 degrees to the left and stamp again repeating adding the darker color at the base of the leaves and moving up.  Once you have those two finished, rotate your paper 180 degrees to get the other two corners.    

Once you do that, you should have a holly in each of the four corners of the cardstock like this image on the right.  

For our next step, leaving the template in place (I use Temporary Adhesive on the corners of mine to keep it in place).  Put your cardstock into the corner like this.  Not in the corner of the template, but in the corner of the MISTI.  Now I should probably mention that I use my MISTI like a left-handed person even though I am not a lefty.  This is because Yana Smakula is the first person I saw using a MISTI and she is a lefty so that's how I use mine.  It was about a year before someone asked if I was a lefty and I realized I was using my MISTI like I was one.  Ü *Wink*

I might also mention here, that I use little silicone rubber feet on the door of my Misti so that when I set the door down, there is still a way for me to pick it up without having masking tape all over it for little handles.  I have a lot of glass surfaces in my house, so I always have different thicknesses of these little feet around.  You can find them on Amazon or sometimes at hardware stores but Amazon is cheaper and easier.  You put them on the outside of the door so that when it's open it has a little space for you to get your fingers under there and grab ahold of the door.  The ones I use are about ¼ inch thick.  I included a picture of one of them close up.  They're clear silicone and they have been a life-saver (or sanity saver as the case may be).

Anyhow, moving on to the next step, place your cardstock all the way to the corner of the Misti (not the template this time) and line up the Holly leaves at the approximate center point of the horizontal orientation.  It doesn't have to be perfect, but in order to leave a good-sized opening for the sentiment, the larger leaf should be placed as close to the edge as possible.  Stamp that the same way in two or three total layers (remember the darker green at the base of the leaves).  Rotate your cardstock panel 180 degrees and stamp again.  You should have something that looks like this.


Next, you want to add the berries.  Since I already have one with Gina K Designs Cherry Red berries, I am going to do something fun and use Plum Punch for my berries today.  The corners are easy to repeat, but you'll have to adjust for the berries on those horizontal holly leaves so stamp the corners first, remembering to start in the vertical square orientation. 

I like to use the three berries from the Holiday Wreath Builder as they are slightly bigger than the ones from the Holly leaves in Merry & Bright Stamp Set.  Once you do the corners, clean your stamp really well and reposition it for the top horizontal berries.  If you don't clean your stamp first, you might get some transfer onto your cardstock before you have it aligned properly (says the voice of experience).  Then stamp again, rotate your cardstock 180 degrees and stamp one more time.  Now your card should look something like this.

Choose your next stamp to fill in and do the exact same rotations as we did for the Holly Leaves; the four corners and then realigning in the MISTI in the horizontal orientation, then rotate 180 degrees for the flip side of that.  I used the small pine branch from the Holiday Wreath Builder.  This gets a little bit trickier so take your time and look before you ink up your stamp to make sure it is aligning how you want it to.  The get all the pine branches I wanted, and to be able to use the little poinsettia flower how I wanted, I like the top and bottom Vertical Center areas blank.

I used the larger poinsettia flower for the top and bottom and then I used the smaller flower for the center sides as you can see in this photo.  I stamped the blooms first in Passionate Pink and then using a finger dauber, sponged a bit of the Plum Punch on each one for a blend of color.  I kind of messed up the one on the right side but since I was planning to die cut the panel I decided to wait and see if it showed once the panel was cut.  Thankfully it did not show or I would have felt the need to start over.

Now we are ready to stamp our sentiment.  I used a greeting from the Gina K Designs Holly Jolly stamp set which is tall and thin so it fits perfectly with the wreath builder stamped in this way.  I heat set the panel just to make sure the inks were all nice and dry and then I used my powder tool to prep the surface of my cardstock.  Then I stamped using Versamark and Gina K Designs Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  After heat setting that, I die cut the wreath panel to fit with two mats -- one cut from Gina K Designs Gold Metallic Cardstock and one from Plum Punch Cardstock.


Before adhering to a top folding vertical card base, I added Magenta Stickles to the berries and to the flower centers and set it on my window sill to let it dry overnight.


Depending on the weather outdoors and my flash, the color of the flowers is brighter.  The card above is the view that I feel is the most accurate representation of the actual colors.


A lot of what I did here was just a process of trial and error to find what worked and what didn't so get some scratch paper and practice a few times until you figure out what works for you.

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