Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Challenge #92

It's time for a new challenge at Always Playing With Paper's The Challenge! For my card, I chose Black and White with Pink which is a favorite color combination.  The delicate rose pinks with the bold graphics of the black and white background is a bit unexpected.

I have a tendency to pull stamps and dies out for any ideas I have for upcoming projects and challenges. They might be stamps that are new or just some that haven't been used for a while. it seems like I always have several on my desk. I've used black and white quite a bit in the last few weeks so I will post some of the other projects I've created at the bottom of this post so that you can get ideas for any projects you might want to do. I know that for me, I get inspired each time I see how someone else used a particular set. For this card, I used the Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks Bundle from the One of a Kind Release.

I made a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White  Next, I cut the My Favorite Things Diagonal Stripe Cover Up Die. I cut one from True Black and one from Stamper's Select White.  I put each of the cover ups face down on my work surface and lay the opposite color stripes into place and tape it with a bit of micro-pore tape on the back side so that when I flip it over for my card, it all stays in place. When you finish both of the ones you've cut, you have 2 front panels ready to go. I used all Papertrey Ink Cardstock with the exception of Audrey Blue which came from Simon Says Stamp. The colored card stocks I used are linked and listed below.

All of the colored images were done with Copic Markers except the heart was just cut from Black, White and Autumn Rose Cardstock.  Today's card used three shades of "pink" in the RV Color Family, RV63, RV52 and RV000.  I stamped with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink on X-press It Copic Blending Card which I love. I'm finding it to be much less work to get a blend when I use this specialty paper to do my coloring on.  It is the silkiest paper I have ever used by a lot and takes much less effort than my #110 lb cardstock. I was a bit worried about how it would stand up to die cutting, but it has not been an issue at all.  I cut each sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper into 4 pieces and then stamp as needed. I used the companion die for the Bouquet of Thanks to die cut it. To finish off my card today, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black Gloss and Glossy Accents over the die cut word.  For some of the other cards below, I used Liquid Pearls, Nuvo Crystal Drops or some even sequins. I have some black iridescent sequins that are a favorite. I'm not sure where I got them as I have had them for a long time. It's always nice to have a few choices. *Ü*

Card 1: Stamper's Select WhiteTrue Black and Lavender Moon with the Avery Elle Floral Bouquet Stamps and Dies.
Card 2: Dark Indigo and Stamper's Select White with the Avery Elle Floral Bouquet Stamps and Dies.
Card 3: True Black and Stamper's Select White with the Avery Elle Floral Bouquet Stamps and Dies.

Card 6: True Black, Stamper's Select White and Autumn Rose with the Caprice Heart.

The die cut greetings are from several sources; Hero Arts for the first Hello, Simon Says Stamp for the Painted Hello and Miss You, Little Yellow Bicycle for the Smile, Friend from Mama Elephant, and Thanks from Simon Says Stamp.

I hope these cards will give you lots of ideas for how you can incorporate another color into your black and white palette. Create a new project and link up over at The Challenge to show us your card.

Have a great rest of the week and I hope you'll come back soon.  This is always a popular theme so there will be lots of inspiration to see in the next week!

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Color Throwdown & Fusion Challenge

I am popping in with a quick card this morning. I made this card yesterday but I didn't photograph it until this morning. The Color Throwdown #451 has these pretty colors of dark pink, light pink, green and white.  The Fusion Challenge has a great sketch this week and I wanted to try mixing a couple different patterned papers which I am not that great at doing.  I wanted to give it a shot so I selected two coordinating patterned papers and decided to incorporate the two challenges into one card by combining the key elements of color and sketch.
I started with a top folding card base made from Hibiscus Burst Card Stock. I die cut the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle from Blueprints #15 from the pink and rose striped paper for my background layer.  Next I cut two smaller Stitched Rectangles using the second largest of the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies; one from a different patterned paper and one from New Leaf Cardstock.  I adhered everything using the sketch as my layout design.  I wanted something simple to bring that pop of green onto the foreground so I die cut one of the Spellbinders Romantic Leaves and then popped the sentiment on top of that.

I finished off the card with a few sparkling clear sequins from Simon Says Stamp.  The ones I have are an assortment of sizes in one package which works best for how I use them.

This is it for now.  I have a few other projects on my desk this morning to finish but I am getting dental work done this afternoon so I don't know if I'll be back today or not.  I might come back and work until the anesthesia wears off.  LOL! Have a great day everyone!  I hope you'll come back soon.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Challenge #91

This week at The Challenge we have a sketch up for you! I have only recently been doing Sketch Challenges but I am enjoying using them as my starting place for my cards.  I hope I never get stuck in a rut but sketches are a great way to be inspired by a fresh approach to card making.  The Challenge on the Always Playing With Paper Blog has a sketch challenge about once a month.  This allows me to use the same products in a different way than I might have previously. Let's face it, stamps and dies are a significant investment of both time and money, so I want to stretch mine as far as I can.  
I wanted to use a combination of Green and Navy for my card so I started by water coloring the panel using Lucky Clover Distress Ink. Using a No. 8 Round Silver Black Velvet Brush, I wet the panel in a circular pattern and then added a heavy concentration of color and let it move with the water.  I put a few drops of reinker on an acrylic block to get this heavy concentration.  I left it alone (as much as is humanly possible for me) so I could get those hard, fringed edges. Once the watercolor was dry I hit it with some Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Shimmer Mist and let it dry completely before die cutting the panel with the Gift Card Layers Die from WPLUS9.  The largest die in this set cuts a full A2 sized stitched rectangle panel.  

I cut the widest and 2nd widest strips from the My Favorite Things Horizontal Stitched Strips Die out of Dark Indigo and Gold as well as the "Celebrate" die from Gold Foiled Cardstock. Next I stamped the "You Did It" phrase from the Birthday Cheer Stamp Set onto the Dark Indigo strip using Versamark and heat set it with Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I adhered the Dark Indigo layer to the gold layer using tape runner and the word die using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. A strip of fun foam was placed beneath the horizontal strip to attach it to the card. Using the banner from the Tag Sale: Quilted Die, I folded it so that two ends would show underneath the horizontal strips as in the sketch. I assembled it all to an A2 Top Folding Card Base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock.  I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold 6mm Sequins to add the finishing touch.

Be sure to stop over at the Always Playing With Paper Blog and see all of the projects from the design team.  As always, there is some fantastic inspiration among my teammates.  We hope you'll be able to join is this week!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Papertrey Ink July 2017 Create Along With Us

It's release time at Papertrey Ink and that means we have another "Create Along With Us Challenge".  Sometimes I like to see all of the projects before I decide what I'm going to do for the challenge, but this month Michelle Leone's card caught my attention right away so I decided to go for something along these lines.  I love the soft shades she used with the super fun florals, leaves and sprigs. Those are from a new set releasing this month designed by Nichole Heady. I chose to use brighter colors for my card but I hope I achieved some of the same feeling that Michelle's card conveys.
Michelle Leone's Card

Of course, this month's release is in the pre-release stage as of this post and hasn't yet been available for purchase; that happens on the 15th of every month at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. So, I grabbed a set from last month that I've been meaning to sit down and create with called Garden Party designed by Dawn McVey.

I started by cutting several of each shape from the Garden Party Coordinating Dies from Stamper's Select White Cardstock. It always takes me a bit of practice to see how things line up since the images are not perfectly symmetrical.

This particular stamp set has a few choices in how you stamp it from full solid color image on the bottom to one that stamps with white space left for the 2nd and 3rd layers. The leaves are all just a single layer and I originally stamped them in New Leaf Ink.  That didn't give me quite the look I was going for so I stamped some more using Smokey Shadow Ink.  The neutral color gave a lot of balance for the monochromatic look and the backgrounds I had chosen.

For the front panel, I used a die cut panel of Lavender Moon Stripe that had been cut first from the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die and then with the Concord & 9th Select-A-Size Edge Dies.  The background panel of Smokey Shadow Cardstock was cut with a slightly larger Stitched Rectangle Die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 15 Die Set. I adhered both of the background layers to a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock.

The banner is the Papertrey Ink Number The Stars Banner Die but I use it often with the sentiment from Altenew's Beautiful Day set because it's a perfect fit. I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it with Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder.

I arranged my flowers and leaves and then used the "Press-N-Seal" method to lift the entire arrangement and put glue on the back side then laid the arrangement back down and pressed again.  This held everything in place while the glue had time to set and I could peel the Press-N-Seal away.  You can use a little piece of the Press-N-Seal for many times until it completely loses its tackiness.  It always gives me a little smile when I remember that Simon Says Stamp carries this item!

The challenge for this week over at The Paper Players is a monochromatic color scheme in these lovely shades of Pink and Rose so I used the Rose Petals Collection of inks from Altenew to stamp my blooms.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoy my card.  Be sure to head over to Nichole Heady's Blog to see all of the submissions for the Create Along With Us Challenge this month.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Double D & CAS(e) This Sketch

I have a fast and easy card that is also clean and simple for the Pastel Party Challenge over at Double D Challenges this time around.  I don't often use pastels in my work but this was so simple and I love the result.  I'm also going to be linking this up to the Challenge over at CAS(e) This Sketch.

I have a nice selection of Brilliance Pearlescent Pigment Inks.  Most of them are in the little Dew Drops Style but I have a few in the larger pad size and that is what I used today.  I pulled Ink Pads in Pearlescent Coral, Pearlescent Purple and Pearlescent Jade. On a 4.25 x 5.5 panel of White Cardstock and using the SU! Work of Art Stamp Set, I stamped the "swash" 3 times, once in each color.  These inks are a fast drying pigment ink but I didn't want to take any chances that it might be wet, so I hit each of them with my heat tool for a few seconds.

After using some powder tool (my version is baby powder and a fluffy brush which feels and smells good), I stamped the saying in Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I hit it with some Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Mist and let it dry.  The stamp is one I bought recently at Hobby Lobby during a half off sale for around $5.00.  I really like this for sending encouragement cards.

Next I die cut the panel with the MFT Blueprints 15 Stitched Rectangle Die and adhered it to a top folding landscape card base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock and finished it off with some Nuvo Glitter Drops in "Sherbert Shimmer". Yes, I do know that the correct word is Sherbet, but the label says Sherbert. I always really like how nice these pigment inks look on white cardstock.  Dye inks can tend to look a bit muddy or grey until they dry but that isn't the case with pigment inks.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you'll come back soon and that you'll take some time to scroll through my blog and see my other projects.  I blog several times each week so there is often something new to see or read about.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Heat Embossing for The Flower Challenge

Today I have a card for The Flower Challenge. This is a monthly challenge where we get a new theme around the first of each month. This month's theme is Heat and/or Dry Embossing. This card surprised me a little bit because I thought I would never use this cardstock color called Melon Berry from Papertrey Ink. When I was pulling this card together for the challenge, I wanted to use Kraft Cardstock and Berry Sorbet was just too bright! This color, Melon Berry, is a bit "dusty" to me but on a whim, I decided to see how it looked and I really loved it.  These images were stamped in Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry and the leaves were double stamped in Soft Stone.

I had stamped some of these bouquets a few weeks ago when I was creating for the Monthly Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink.  The outlines are all heat embossed in Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder on the floral sprays, so when you are creating one, you might as well do a few while you have everything out and ready to go and all lined up in your Misti Tool.  That way if I want or need to pull a card together quickly, I have them ready to go.  If you've been to my blog before, you know that I often have Parts & Pieces of things that are extras. With this particular floral spray, I often put them in the stamp pocket with the stamp set so I will remember to use them.

I love the look of Heat Embossing and it always lends an elegant touch to my projects so I had to learn pretty early on in my card making to get clean embossing.  I have tried the EK Success Powder Tool and an Embossing Buddy but I didn't have much success with either.  The brush on the EK Success Tool isn't great when it's new, but the bristles break easily so pretty soon I didn't have much of a brush on my tip.  The Embossing Buddy is filled with a very chalk like substance and I hate the feel of it.  On a whim, I tried using Baby Powder with a fluffy paint brush and I've been using it ever since.  I keep a bit of the powder in an empty embossing powder container and just put a bit from the larger container in once in a while. It also smells nice so that is another plus. I do A LOT of heat embossing and using a powder tool of some kind is my most recommended tool for this technique.

I'm fortunate that I have a desk and a large table in my studio so I'm not having to get my heat embossing stuff in and out.  It's always out at my table and I have my heat tool sitting on a stool next to that area. I have a Ken Oliver Craft Mat underneath it just for the extra protection. I previously used a Darice Heat Tool but I invested in Wagner 650° Heat Tool after talking to my friend, Yana, when we were both at CHA earlier this year.  I wanted to make sure it was worth the extra money, and having used both she said it was.  I had been watching it for a while on Amazon and when it went to $28 and change, I grabbed one. I have been very happy with the performance, especially since I do so much heat embossing. As my husband would say, "You need the proper tool to do the job". It's kind of the same thing with bone folders.  Once you have the Teflon Bone Folder, you would never use an old style unless your Teflon one was missing but I had to think long and hard about spending the money for it.

I have some larger containers for my 7 most used Embossing Powders which include Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold (my favorite), Ranger Gold Tinsel, WOW! Metallic Platinum Sparkle, Hero Arts White, Hero Arts Satin Pearl, Simon Says Stamp Clear, and Judikins Iridescent Sparkle. For the Antique Gold, I buy a couple of containers every time Simon has it on sale because I use so much of it.

If you've stuck with me this long, Thanks!  I used two of the floral sprays for this card and finished it off with some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Golden Sunset.  I've only used this color one other time but they were the perfect finishing touch.  The nice thing is that it would be nearly impossible to create drops of all the same size but it was easy to vary the size of each drop on the card front.

Thank you so much for stopping by today for this very word-y post!  You can connect with me by following my blog, and there are links to Facebook and Instagram in the right hand side bar.  I do my best to provide you with great information and I hope you'll come back soon.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Make It Monday #290

This is my second post for today so be sure to keep scrolling down to see the other one.  This week's Make It Monday #290 combines Stenciling with Masking to achieve a very unique look. Betsy's gorgeous card was easily achieved by using masks over the portions of her card front where she was planning to stamp as well as a stencil with a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  For my card, I chose to use the Wisteria from the Garden Gate Kit along with the sign from the kit so I cut masks for each of those things and then applied Aqua Mist Ink to my background. I would love to have the Brushstroke Stencil but it's a part of a kit that I don't have and its not available separately.  For my card, I made my own stencil from card stock and a rectangle die.

At first I had masked off the area for the sign but I didn't care for it in White, so I ended up covering it up at the end.  I cut a sign from Royal Velvet Cardstock and stamped with Versamark then heat set with Antique Gold Embossing Powder.

Once I had my ink blending done, I stamped the leaves from the Wisteria Stamps in New Leaf, the blooms in Amethyst Allure and finally the vine in Cocoa Bean. I love these Wisteria so much and had already stamped several of them previously so I popped a second layer up on foam tape and also the sign.  I really needed to add something to the left side for balance and to create that visual triangle so I also stamped one of the Hollyhock images using Amethyst Allure, Plum Pudding, and Bright Buttercup for the flower and New Leaf for the leaves. 

I cut my card front with a Stitched Rectangle Die in addition to a Winter Wisteria Cardstock Panel with a slightly larger die.  Then I attached them to a Top folding card base made from Royal Velvet Cardstock.  

This was a fun and easy technique but if I did it again, I'd definitely get out my MISTI because it took five tries to get the sign stamped correctly!  I hope you have a wonderful day.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  

The Challenge #90

Hello Everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at The Challenge on the Always Playing With Paper Blog. Lesley always finds the most gorgeous photos for our inspiration and this time is no different.  There are some absolutely gorgeous cards from the Design Team to see as well.

I had so many ideas for this week's challenge but I ended up using the colors as my starting point.  There's some Hot Pink, Black and Orange as the major colors in this image. Using Distress Reinkers in Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry, I watercolored a background panel onto Canson XL Watercolor Paper.  I chose this particular paper so that when I hit it with some glimmer mist after the watercolor was dry, the mist would catch or kind of pool in the texture and give it a little bit of a pattern. This effect is probably not visible in the photos but you can definitely see it in real life.  The Glimmer Mist that I use is Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold and I have been buying it directly from Canvas Corp because none of my usual retailers is carrying it even though I've asked.  I was pretty happy to see this booth at CHA and they told me I could order it from their website.  I usually order 4-5 bottles at a time and they ship to me for free. They have many many colors, but I love the Iridescent Gold.

Once everything was dry, I stamped the sentiment using the Papertrey Ink Quoted: True Friends Stamp Set in Versamark and Heat Embossed it with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  This stamp set is broken into 7 parts so you can have it read how you want or you can stamp each part in a different color of ink. I like that it is so easily customized.

As the person who moved away from my closest friends 4 times in the last 33 years, I love sending them cards to show they've not been forgotten. I left my best friend behind 7 years ago when my husband's job brought us to Oklahoma. That was the hardest move yet as I also left behind my daughter and 3 grandkids. Thank goodness for Facebook, Facetime and Cell Phones.  It's been a lot easier to stay in touch this time.

Once I had the heat embossing finished, I die cut the watercolor panel with the 2nd largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies, and cut a background panel using the largest Stitched Rectangle Die from Gold Foiled Cardstock. Then I mounted everything to a top folding card base made from True Black Cardstock. Additionally, I die cut another panel from white cardstock for the inside of the card.

That's it for today's card.  Be sure to stop over at The Challenge to check out all of the Design Team's projects.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Paper Players #350

Today is a quick, no frills post for you because I am about to run out of time to post an entry to The Paper Players Challenge #350 which is a sketch challenge this week.

Yesterday's mail brought my Bouquet of Thanks Bundle from the most recent Simon Says Stamp Release and I knew right away that I wanted to use it for this sketch.  That particular bundle came with the Thanks Die, the Bouquet Die and the stamp set.

I've been practicing this week with my Copic Markers and I wanted to continue with that trend as I am getting a little more comfortable with them each time I use them. At this time, I think my issue is with the paper I'm using.  

For the style of this image, I stamped it using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink.  I used a single color marker on the stems (G24).  For the blooms, I used 4 colors; RV00, RV52, RV63, and V12. As in my other projects this week, this is very simple Copic coloring.  I'm trying to get more comfortable with the way the markers move and feel on the paper, so I just wanted to keep it simple. To that end, I ordered some X-Press It Paper made specifically for Copic Markers. I've used some super silky paper at CHA this year in the Spectrum Noir Booth and I'm looking for something that feels similar. I'll have to let you know later if it worked out or not.  Once I had it all colored, I went over all of the flowers with Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer then die cut it with the coordinating die.

To assemble my card, I started with a Top Folding Card Base made from Lavender Moon Cardstock. I die cut the MFT Striped Sentiment Cover Plate from True Black Cardstock and popped out the cut outs so the Lavender Moon could show through.  I adhered the flowers with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  I cut the "Thanks" from a scrap of iridescent white cardstock and a few sparkling confetti and iridescent black sequins finished off my card.

I'm going to link this card up over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for a second entry this week as well.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you'll come back soon.

This card won A Cut Above at The Paper Players

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Simon Says "Anything Goes"

It feels like it has been forever since I got to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Challenges but today's card was made especially for this week's challenge.  I am pretty smitten with this stamp and die bundle from Avery Elle called Floral Bouquet. I almost never use black ink, choosing instead heat embossing with Antique Gold Embossing Powder, but Copic markers work better with Copic friendly black ink.  I have a particular one that I like to use -- Simon Says Stamp Intense Black. It was formulated to work with Alcohol Markers such as Copics. I have two other images already inked up and ready to be colored today with some lovely pink shades.  

This is pretty simple Copic Coloring with no special techniques.  I am not a master colorist and I've had almost no training. Most of what I know is from watching others on YouTube.  I'm also not trying to achieve perfection, I just want something that looks pretty.  It doesn't need to be photo realistic.  

I basically used 2 colors of green for the leaves and 3 for the blooms + black for the Stamens. The part of this card that really helps it pop is the My Favorite Things Striped Sentiment Cover Up.  I die cut it from Stamper's Select White and mounted it to a Deep Indigo Top Folding Card Base.

The Sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and is the Painted Hello Die.  I cut four of them and glued them on top of each other to make a thick embellishment.

This is it for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by to see my card.  I hope you'll come back soon.  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I am popping on here today with a quick card for the Summer 2017 Coffee Lover's Blog Hop. My cards don't get any easier than this one. I'm not linking any products but if you have a question I can sure answer it.

I stamped and heat embossed the images from the Tim Holtz Coffee Time Stamp and Die Set (which also happens to include a coffee themed embossing folder) using Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I cut that panel down using the 2nd largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die. I did the most basic coloring with Copic Markers and I didn't even keep track of the colors. I finished off by using some Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen on the colored parts for some shimmer and shine. Next I cut another panel from Kraft Cardstock in the MFT Blueprints 15 die and then ran it though my die cut machine using an embossing sandwich.

After that I went over the surface of the embossed paper with some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Indian Gold.  I just used my finger and worked with a very small amount of product at a time to apply it to my embossed background. I figure I can always add more, but I can't take it away.

I adhered the front panel to the background panel and then that panel to a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I'm planning to send this card to my friend, Lorie, as we're already talking about another coffee date soon.  We have to make the most of our time in the summer because kids and her students keep her very busy during the school year.  Be sure to check in over at the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Blog to see all the projects along the the hop - there are nearly 800 of them by now. and there are still two more days to participate.  Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #289

Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday this week is #289 in the series and Lizzie Jones has a demonstration on how to use the smaller images in our stamp sets to create a wreath. For her card, Lizzie used a circle die cut to trace a faint outline on her card front panel to serve as her guideline. When I saw the subject of her video, I immediately thought of the Make It Market Mini Kit: Garden Gild that is available in the Papertrey Store. This set has lots of smaller sized flowers and leaves that you can use to create a wreath. I could have used Paper Clippings: Done in Love or Friendship Jar Flowers would also have been great choices.  Any set that has lots of smaller images would work well.  

Because I have the kit, I also have a few of those pre-printed watercolor pages that Betsy designed so I used one of those sheets.  It has the watercolor in a circular arrangement already so I only had to add my stamping to it. 

I used Papertrey Inks in Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Lavender Moon, Summer Sunrise, and Pale Peony.  The three large flowers have a little crystal center and I used a Jelly Roll Sparkler Pen in clear for the center of the other flowers.  As you probably already noticed, I didn't use any gold on this card and I do love how it came out. I used a few different stitched rectangle dies to cut the front panel and the background layer was cut from Aqua Mist Cardstock and were then adhered to a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock.

Thank you so much for stopping in today!  Be sure to check out the post and video at Nichole Heady's Blog here

Words Have Power

I have a post today for the AAA Card Challenge with the theme of "Words Have Power".  This was perfect for me to do since I recently purchased a stamp with words so powerful that it needs little else to make a beautiful card.  I don't buy too many stamps in this style, but I loved this one and I hope there will be others that speak to me this strongly in the future.

Before I stamped the saying, I did a watercolor wash on my background panel (made from Canson Bristol Watercolor Paper) and let it dry.  I wanted to keep the look simple but elegant.  I used Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Ripe Persimmon for the wash of color. I made a few cards in this style so I used several other Distress Inks in blue's and greens for all of my panels.

By the time I finished, my first panel was dry and ready to heat emboss with the saying. I stamped each panel with Versamark and heat set it using Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder. Once that was done I die cut the panels using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die in the largest size to cut those panels.

I have lots of little Prima Flowers around from my Scrapbooking days and I have been trying to use a few of these with my cards. The small sized ones I used here are great for this kind of thing but I found that this was about the largest size I could use for a card front and in fact, used several even smaller ones on some of the cards I made.  I wanted the focus to be on the sentiment not on the decorations.

Encouragement or Thinking of You Cards are my favorites to make and send and I can't think of any that are more appreciated than that except maybe Thank You's. Sometimes a person gives you an ear, a hug or a word of praise or encouragement when you most need it and I don't want that person to think their kindness went unnoticed.  We all need words of affirmation that what we are doing makes a difference in people's lives.  I do it by making and sending cards. These particular words have great personal meaning for me.  They tell the story of the journey I've been on for the last two years that altered the entire course of my life.

I can't wait to see what everyone else makes for this challenge and to read their words that have power. Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink June 2017 Blog Hop Challenge

Today is the June 2017 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop where all the Papertrey customers get to share our creations with everyone. Nichole selected the image on the left for us to be our inspiration this month. The particular thing she liked about this is the perfectly executed ombre in these two vases. I used them directly as my inspiration by creating an Ombre Background using my Reinkers as watercolors.  I was a bit surprised about the turn out of this background panel as I haven't tried actually painting one before. I normally do a bit of ink blending with a lot of shimmer mist to get the color moving.  Because I was going for a linear look, I had to use an actual paintbrush this time.

I started by wetting the watercolor paper on both the front and the back.  This keeps your water color paper from moving around and helps to decrease how much warping there is since the back and front dry at the same time.  It's a cool trick I learned from Lydia Evans.

For some reason, I didn't look at the inspiration photo before I started working on my card this morning. Rather than pink and teal ombre, mine is a soft pink (Sweet Blush) panel from the top to the center of the panel. And then a brownish grey (Soft Stone) from the bottom to the center with the lightest shades of each color meeting in the middle.  I didn't know if this was going to work out or not, but I wanted to try it and the image on the right is the background panel attached to the card base before the bouquet was added.  It turned out exactly as I had pictured it.  I also splattered Gold Watercolor Paint for added texture and some shine.  Once everything was dry, I die cut the panel with an MFT Blueprint 15 Stitched Rectangle Die.  I am happy that I finally have a stitched rectangle in all 3 of the sizes that I like to use. My WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Die has a full 4.25 x 5.5 in Stitched Rectangle, MFT Blueprint 15 has 4.125 x 5.375 Stitched Rectangle and Simon Says Stamp has the 4 x 5.25 size.  For me, I'm going to use use one of those 3 with pretty much every card I create.  Each of these sets comes with several sizes of dies that will also be used from time to time.  But these three are my go to dies for cutting out my background panels because at least 75% of the time, my background panel is done on Watercolor Paper rather than card stock.

My rinse water had a touch of pink in it so I mixed that with the Soft Stone and felt it gave the grey color a warmer look.  I like it and it was exactly what I had in mind.  The next part for me was figuring out which stamp set to use with this card.  I started with Brushed Blooms but ended up liking the way Fresh Bouquet looked with the background panel.  For me, the difference is that Fresh Bouquet comes with an outline stamp that I can heat emboss which helps the bouquet to stand out from the background and define it more.

Using my MISTI tool with a die cut negative (which acts like a place holder), I stamped the largest bloom in Sweet Blush and the bigger blooms in Pale Peony. I used Soft Stone to stamp all of the leaves and Berry Sorbet for the berries.  I used Thin 3D Foam Squares to attach the bouquet to the card base. I stamped a greeting from Botanical Blocks onto the banner from Tag Sale Quilted Dies using Versamark with Antique Gold Embossing Powder.

There's sure to be lots of fantastic projects for the blog hop this month and I enjoy seeing everyone's take on the inspiration.  Be sure to stop over at the Papertrey Ink Blog to see all of the linked up projects.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Challenge #88

Hello Everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at The Challenge on the Always Playing With Paper Blog and we have a fun one this week. Lesley created several keywords words for us to choose from and we can use one or a combination of several.  I used a few for my card.

I recently got a couple of stamp sets with the dies from The Ton. I have to say, Effie sure knows how to do a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I love Anemones and how many colors they come in.  The particular stamp set I used for this card is Anemone Bouquet.  The flowers are all arranged for you and the vase is a separate stamp. This was perfect for what I had in mind because I wanted to stamp my vase onto Vellum and color on the backside to make it seem as if there is water in the vase. This worked out perfectly.  I stamped the bouquet and the vase in in Versamark and heat set it with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder. This is my most used Embossing Powder and I keep a large amount of it in a container next to my heat tool.

I colored everything using a water brush and Distress Markers in Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Mowed Lawn.  For the back of the vase, I applied color directly from my Hawaiian Shores Ink Cube.  I actually liked this bouquet better before I put Wink of Stella on the flowers but that will just be a lesson for next time.  Don't get me wrong, I love the shimmer but I guess I like it better diluted a little bit.  I have one Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen that I added water to when there was not much left in there and I keep adding a little bit of shimmer from another pen's barrel with a lot of water.  Otherwise, it is sooooo shimmery that you can't see the detail of the watercolor because the light is bouncing off of it.  I hadn't realized before just how much shimmer they put in that glitter brush pen until today.  I normally use a shimmer spritz over the whole thing but today I didn't.

When the watercolor was dry,  I die cut the bouquet and the vase with the coordinating dies and mounted it to a panel of Aqua Mist Cardstock cut with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle which was then mounted to a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White using Kokuyo Adhesive.  This was my favorite adhesive for many years when I was scrapbooking but I had been unable to find it for several years.  I was sparingly using my last refill of it when Jennifer McGuire found it again and Simon Says Stamp started carrying it as well as Amazon.  The cool thing is that they now have an extra long roll.  In fact, they have an extra long dispenser, a regular and a mini.  I hope I never have to go back to using my Pink ATG Gun.  It's here if I want it, but only as a last resort.  *Ü*

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to stop over to all the stops and see the Design Team's Projects for inspiration and then be sure to add your project to the link up.  For products from The Ton, they are only available at The Ton Online Store in the US.  If you live in another country, contact them to find your nearest retailer.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Card Concept #76 - {Romantic Roses}

Today's theme for the Card Concept Challenge #76 is Romantic Roses. Nothing says love quite like red roses as that is the most universal emotion associated with Red Roses. Red Roses can have many different meanings depending on the shade of red and how many are given, but Red Roses are the most popular flowers given for Valentines Day each year which is why the cost of them is so much higher in that month. Their bright color is the ultimate expression of romantic and everlasting love.

When my daughter got married, her dress was white with red accents, because Red is good luck in Chinese culture and she married a Chinese man. Her bouquet was one dozen red roses arranged into the tight bouquet like the inspiration image to symbolize their everlasting love for each other.  His boutonniere was also a single red rose like in the inspiration image.

For my card, I stamped a couple of roses from the Altenew Amazing You Stamp Set in Versamark and heat embossed them using Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I used Distress Inks in Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn to do the water coloring.  When it was dry, I cut that panel down using a stitched rectangle die and then cut a larger one from the white on white striped paper.  That paper reminded me of the white shutter in the inspiration image.  I tried it with black first, but I really liked the tone on tone look.  The sentiment is stamped on a piece of black cardstock for that pop of black to tie it all together.

Be sure to stop in over at the Card Concept to see the other inspiration from by the design team. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please be sure to stop over at The Card Concept Blog and see all of the styles.  We hope you will join us for this challenge.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #288

Hi all!  I posted my project for this week on Instagram, but then decided I wanted to post it on my blog as well.  Lexi Daly did this week's technique and you can find it on the Papertrey Ink/Nichole Heady's Blog here. The general idea is to be inspired by Pantone Color Chips and we are to mimic that art form in our project. If you enter Pantone Chip Style into the search box on Pinterest, you'll see lots of examples of some of the art that is being done with these.

The basic look of the Pantone chip is a block of color with a narrower white box underneath.  In very simple text it lists the color number and name in the white part of the box.  For my "chip" I made it 2.25 x 3 inches and the color part of the chip is 2.25 x 2.25.  I used Limitless Layers 2.25 inch square to cut my shape. Since the overall size of the focal point is smaller, I also cut an A1 Scalloped Notecard from Stamper's Select White since I was planning to make a Thank You Note. I wanted something that was the right scale for the paint chip but the only dies I have in that size are older ones from Quickutz.  I've tried them a few times with my Cuttlebug but I don't get very clean cuts normally.  I had recently made an anniversary card for my husband where I used one of these dies but I took all of the foam off and it cut perfectly in my Cuttlebug then.  So I thought I'd give it a go for this small butterfly this morning and it worked perfectly.

I still have the small Sizzix Sidekick from 10 or so years ago and I saw new ones at CHA in Phoenix this year, but so far, I haven't seen the cutting pads available yet and my old ones are worn and cracked.  Those pads were scheduled to be out out sometime this summer, so I'm on the lookout for them.

Edited to add:  I thought I would check the Simon Says Stamp Store again and they do indeed have the cutting pads in stock for the Sizzix Sidekick. I ordered three pairs to get me started.

Anyhow, if you're like me and have lots of dies from your scrapbooking days, this is a way to use them in the bigger die cut machines.  I've always loved these little butterflies and I was happy to get them out and use them again this morning.  I used True Black Cardstock for the butterfly bodies and antennae and some watercolor smooshing with Tropical Teal and some Hawaiian Shores reinkers for the cardstock that the sparkly butterfly parts are cut from.  Since I was using black ink for the stamping, I wanted a narrow 1/16th inch black mat around the color chip.

The sentiment I used here is from Bitty Bouquets.  I really like the clean lines of this card and I can see this style working great for masculine cards as well.  I had to add another picture because this card is really hard to see on the white background.  It's side folding and I normally do Top Folding cards so the table top seemed the easiest solution to the problem.

Thanks for stopping in to check out my project!  Be sure to see all the projects at Nichole Heady's Blog and you can also find Lexi's Video there as well.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ellen Hutson's June 2017 Pin Sights Challenge

I was so surprised when I went to look for something I'd seen on the Ellen Hutson Classroom and saw that I won the Mix It Up Challenge for last month. I haven't gotten my gift certificate yet, but I was excited to win.  For one thing, Ellen Hutson Challenges require the use of their products and I only have a few things. The gift Certificate will allow me to purchase another of their products that I've admired for a while, the Mondo Peony Stamp and Die Set.  I'm pretty anxious to order it.  It's a more expensive set that I wouldn't normally buy for that reason so I'm glad I'll have a gift Certificate to help pay for that.  I won with the entry on the right which was made with the BCRF Fundraiser Set called Courage.

Anyhow, when I was on that site, I saw the newest Pin Sights Challenge and wanted to play. I just love the colors in this challenge - the pink and orange in particular.  There's a touch of Yellow but the whole combination is just so pretty and summery!  We can use the shapes, the objects or whatever we love about the inspiration to be inspired by for our design.  For me, It's a combination of the colors and the flowers.

The Mondo Magnolia is one of only two Ellen Hutson Stamp Sets I have and it can be water colored so I chose to use that.  I started by heat embossing the magnolia in Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I wanted to make a card for a girlfriend using my "Fabulous" die designed by Julie Ebersole and was a gift with purchase a couple of years back around Thanksgiving.  You can purchase it now and I've linked it for you.  

To color my bloom, I grabbed three acrylic blocks and smooshed Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Fossilized Amber - one color to each block.  I did a light wash of color over the entire bloom with Picked Raspberry.  I wet the entire bloom with clean water first and then dropped in the color while it was still wet so that it would spread out and make each petal light pink to begin with.  There were a few areas where the color didn't touch at all initially so those areas remained white. Once that was dry, I went in and did a second and third layer of color because I wanted something more vibrant.  Next, I wet each petal again and went in with the Ripe Persimmon and put that color only where I thought the shadows would be. This let the Ripe Persimmon mix and mingle with the Picked Raspberry.  For the final color, I mixed a little Fossilized Amber with some Iridescent Gold Shimmer Mist to drop in the yellow color on the petals and then misted the whole thing with Iridescent Gold Shimmer Mist.  When it was nearly dry but not quite there yet, I used my fingers to shape the outer petals a little bit. That is a little trick I learned from my friend Yana.  

I die cut a Scalloped Top Folding Card Base from White Cardstock and adhered the magnolia to the card base with a piece of 1 inch scor-tape on the back.  It's such a strong adhesive that it will hold just by placing it in the center of the bloom.  I heat embossed the "hello" from the Altenew Label Love in Antique Gold as well and then trimmed it out to go above the gold die cut word, "fabulous" so that it would read "Hello Fabulous".  It is always hard to photograph White on White cards, but this one worked out pretty well and you can see all of the shimmer on the bloom.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and seeing my project.  I hope some of you will be able to check out the challenge and participate in it with me.  There a $50.00 Gift Card to the Ellen Hutson Store up for grabs.