Monday, February 25, 2019

Keeping Christmas February 2019 Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's edition of the Keeping Christmas Blog Hop.  It has been a zoo in my life for the last several weeks so I'm very happy that I got some projects finished for this hop!  When time is short, it's easiest to select some patterned paper to fit your theme and do a bit of die cutting for your elements and then just get going on your design.  My original plan was to do just a single card, but it was so easy to pull a few cards together, so I just cut a few more of each piece and made 6 cards in total with a few variations for you.

For several years now I've had this Close To My Heart Stamp Set and matching Designer Series Paper.  I actually have 4 -12 x 12 sheets of this particular paper.  I wanted to use something that had a Christmas Sweater kind of vibe and this was an easy choice.  There are a few embossing folders out there that have the sweater look too, but I don't have any of them yet, so for today, the cards are nice and easy.

I also wanted to show you a few ways to change things up so that each card is indeed unique,  For example, on these cards, I changed up the colors and the way the pattern of the background paper is oriented to give each card a different look.  I used cardstock in Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist and Smokey Shadow for the various elements.  I did not try heat embossing the sentiment on to Smokey Shadow Cardstock with one of the other colors but that's a possibility that I did not try here.

For this card, I put the background vertically for a different look than the traditional horizontal sweater.  It is a completely different look and those vertical lines are cool.  Who doesn't want to look tall and skinny!

I also played around with different embellishments like sequins but in the end, there weren't any sequins that I felt added to the card so I kept it simple by using the Black Gloss Nuvo Drops in the center of the flowers - all the different varieties.  In the first image, I hadn't yet added any embellishments so that you can see if adding them would be a win for you.  I personally like the payoff I got for a little bit of extra work that I did while catching up on some of my TV Shows that were recorded.  Here are all the stops along the hop:

Vicki Finger (You are Here)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and be sure to ask if you have any questions.  The thing I most enjoy about the Keeping Christmas Blog Hop is the fact that I am using things I already have to create a few cards at a time.  All of the cardstock I used today is from Papertrey Ink.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Papertrey Ink's Win It Wednesday

Look at me getting more than one blog post done in a week!  This card is for the Win It Wednesday Challenge over at Papertrey Ink.  This week's challenge is Stand Alone Dies.  While I am at it, I will add this to Virgina Lu's Show & Share as well.  There's no prizes or rules so we can share as often as we want to.

I have mentioned this in previous posts, but I  LOVE Art Deco Styles and so I have another Art Deco Styled group of die cuts that I am using to make my card.  And if you know me, I always love the chance to put Pink and Gold Together.

These things all came from Papertrey Ink with the exception of the label that I stamped my greeting on. That particular die I got several years ago (maybe 15 or so) at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, TX at the Spellbinders Booth.  They had several small dies in a box that had been discontinued and this one was love at first sight for me.  I actually always loved it, but more than ever since I got my Gemini Die Cutting Machine because it embosses dies so very well!  Before that, I embossed it in my Cuttlebug but the detail just didn't show up that well.  Now you can really see that bookplate detail and I like to brush some ink in the matching color on it to bring those sweet details out even more.

The products that I used are Sweet Blush Cardstock, Gold Foiled Cardstock, Cover Plate: Twist, Sweet Blush Ink, and I am loving the Delicates Dies all layered up.  These dies are just so striking when you put them together this way.

As I did on some of the previous cards I've shared here and on Instagram, I use my bone folder to curve the bottom petals downward and the upper petals upward.  Then I put two or 3 layers of foam tape under the base flower and just a glue dot in the center to adhere the top layer to it.  It makes it looks so much fuller and more like a flower.  I just love these dies.  Right now, I just want to put them on everything!

This is another of those cards that you have almost no stamping to complete.  I love doing layered florals, but sometimes I want to do something cleaner and simpler to do.  I like pretty much every style of cardmaking and this style is no exception.  It's so clean and graphic!

This image lets you see how the bottom layer of petals are bent downward and the top layer bent upward.

I'll get back to stamping sometime soon, but right now I am enjoying playing with some of the Cover Plate Dies that I have and combining them with other things that I also have.

I'll be looking forward to seeing what everyone completes for their projects over at the Win It Wednesday Link-Up.  Thanks for stopping by to check out my project!

Simon Says - No Stamps Allowed!

Hey there!  I just saw the new Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and lo and behold I just finished making a card that totally works for this challenge so I thought I'd pop in here with a blog post.

If you saw my last post, then you know that I have been playing a ton with some of my new goodies from Hero Arts and the Delicates Dies from Papertrey Ink.  The most recent kit from Hero Arts is Art Deco in Style which I love so I am still playing with that and other dies I have in my collection.  When I first started cardmaking, I couldn't stamp worth a darn, so I made lots of cards with die cuts only.  This is definitely a  throwback to those days.  

Part of the reason I really like Art Deco is that the lines are always so graphic which makes for a super striking look in a card.  

The cover die I am using is in the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit for February 2019.  With other things I have in my supplies, I could play for weeks with this stuff!  

My card project for the Challenge is simple die cutting at it's best for the most part.  I did decide to use a technique that Jennifer McGuire shared during that blog hop that you can find at this link.

This card uses Light Blue, Medium Grey, Dark Blue Shimmer Cardstock and of course the gold cardstock that gives all of that shine.  The diamond die cuts are from very old QuicKutz dies that I have had for many years with 5 different sizes in the group.  I have another card that I will be using them for coming up ad the "hello" die cut is from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Hello Set.

Everything here is super simple and all you have to do is the die cutting and assembly.  I cut several of each piece I was working with so I could just play with the colors and see what combinations I could come up with.  In fact, I will have more cards to share in the coming days.  I am enjoying my time playing with these dies, stencils and other products.  

Just a short and sweet post for today.  I'm still working on getting my links list straightened out but hope to have that done by the end of this coming weekend.  

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Simple Art Deco Card

Hello Everyone!  It's good to have time to sit and write a blog post with some detailed information for you!  My card today is for the Fusion Card Challenge and my card is loosely based on the sketch provided.  For me, it seems like a background, with a frame and a central focal point.  So that is what I made.

I'll also be linking this up over on the February Show and Share Challenge at Virginia Lu's Blog, Yes, Virginia.

I've been playing around with my Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set just to get a feel for how the color moves on different types of watercolor paper.  For this card, I used Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and a touch of Evergreen Watercolors on Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper.  The hardest part of watercolor for me is letting it dry to see what I have.  I haven't attempted to watercolor actual objects, I am simply making soft watercolor washes to use for backgrounds.  Sometimes I speed it along with the help of my heat tool but on this particular day, I was working on two pieces and just switched back and forth.

When my best friend was up over the weekend, she noticed this particular background piece and wondered what I was making with it.  She loves greens, so I decided I'd make something for her with it.  I'm also playing with the My Monthly Hero Kit for February 2019.  The particular die I used for the frame on this card was a part of the Add-On Items that were available with the kit.  This one is called Vintage Window Fancy Die.  There are other gorgeous add-on's available and the kit itself has a gorgeous cover style die and stencil in it that I haven't yet gotten to play with or use.  The kit and another order both arrived on Friday and I got my Delicates Dies from Papertrey Ink.  They were out of stock for quite a while and last evening was the first time I had a chance to use them.

For this card, I primarily used only dies with a simple stamped greeting.  I knew after seeing my friend, Kelly Lunceford's cards back when these dies were released, exactly how I wanted to use them.

Anytime I have flowers or leaves that I am attaching to a card, I like to use my bone folder to add some curve to the petals or leaves. Because it is so slick, my Teflon Bone Folder is the perfect thing to do this with.  Since the dies are very delicate, I did this gently.  I took them bottom flower and curved the petals downward and then attached it with a double layer of foam tape.  For the top flower, I curved the petals upward and just used a glue dot underneath to attach it to the bottom flower.  Then I added a gold gemstone in the center of the flower.  This gives a lot of extra dimension to the blooms.  I don't know if it was the intent or not of the designer, Dawn McVey, but these make me think of Dahlias.

This was super simple and quick to do if you already have backgrounds made, which I feel like I always do.  I have a lot of watercolor washes and alcohol inked backgrounds plus I'm always experimenting so this is a great and easy way to use them without having to drag out a ton of stuff.

I'm adding a couple of additional views for you here so you can see the extra dimension.

I love how this card turned out and it was super easy to do.  I'll have more upcoming projects for you soon using more Art Deco Styled products because I absolutely love Art Deco.  I also like Art Nouveau styles but with its cleaner graphic lines, Art Deco is my #1 Favorite.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I really appreciate it when you take time to comment so I know if you enjoy my content.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Show and Share with Yes Virginia - February 2019

Hello there!  I am here today with a blog post and project for the monthly Show & Share event held by Virginia Lu of the Yes, Virginia Blog As I was sitting down yesterday to stamp one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, I remembered what it is that I love so much about card making.  I'll go into that a little more as we get into today's post but one of the nice things about this is that we can use any brand or combination of brands that we have.  I have multiple brands of products, so I love this.  I'll also be entering this card in the Papertrey Ink Win-It Wednesday Challenge.

Way back on June 25th of last year, I was accepted into the Altenew Educator Certification Program.  I completed that program in January and I am a fully Certified Altenew Educator now.  I learned so much during my class time; many new techniques and many techniques that I knew of, but hadn't ever tried.  It was a lot of fun.  But as I sat working on this card yesterday, I realized what it is that's been missing lately.

Sometimes, I need or want to put a bunch of cards together for one of my Sisters-In-Law or all of them as is the case at Christmas.  But what I most enjoy is putting together one card that has multiple techniques making it a one of a kind work of art from my heart to someone else's. I also really miss that I haven't had time lately to focus as much on that and, not much time to write blog posts.  Between moving, classes and getting situated with all of my new doctors, I just haven't had as much time to focus on that.  I've missed it and I want to get back to that by participating in Challenges at all of my favorite companies and get back to my blog.  Today's post is the start of that.

We're pretty much settled into our new house except for the garage which continues to remain full of boxes that need to be unpacked and more things donated that we are not using.  This house is quite a bit smaller with a lot less closet space, so even though we donated or auctioned off lots of stuff before the move, we still need to do more.  There are a few kitchen things that I haven't found yet, but probably most everything else can be donated.

I made a card for my daughter and son-in-law last week and have already mailed it, but today is their wedding anniversary and I know it didn't have time to arrive yet because I didn't get it to the mailbox until Friday.  I could have driven it there faster!  Since we were supposed to go to their house this morning to stay with the grands while they went to Anniversary Brunch, I got up early and assembled a card with the things I had already die cut and stamped to pull a quick card together so that I could hand it to them on their way out the door.  The weather is pretty crummy in North Texas today, so they canceled.  That means I had time to photograph my card to share with all of you.

This card is the one that I already mailed.  You might have seen it on my Instagram Account, found here. This was a large square card about 6.5 x 6.5 and I featured the Altenew Mega Alphabet dies after covering some cardstock with the Gilded Ombre Washi Tape to die cut my letters from.  Then I created a bloom and leaves using the leftovers of the covered cardstock with Altenew Garden Picks and Rose Flurries 3D Dies.  The little embossed heart is a die I've had for many years.  The gilded washi tapes from Altenew are just stunning!

Anyhow, let's get on with today's project!  Since I was going to have things out to make a spring card, I decided to die cut enough elements to stamp extra florals.  This is probably my all-time favorite Spring floral, Tulip Time from Papertrey Ink.  This design is from Betsy Veldman and is always worth the effort it takes to stamp all of the layers.  I made 4 sets in all; two in different pinks, one in corals and one in purples.  My daughter really loves Coral, so I decided to create a new card from that set of blooms.

For the tulip bloom colors, I chose the Altenew Red Cosmos Ink Cube family stamping the first layer in Frosty Pink, the 2nd layer in Coral Berry and the 3rd layer in Ruby Red.  I love Altenew Inks and the Ruby Red is a true representation of the color a Ruby should be.  I worked for a jewelry store when we lived in Topeka and Rubies should be deep brilliant red, not pink.  That said, Rubies of that quality can cost far more than diamonds so the lesser quality is typically what you see in the retail market.  Rubies can also have inclusions like diamonds, so the quality of the stone itself also makes them more expensive in some cases.

For the foliage, I used my favorite combination of greens from Papertrey Ink, Vintage Jadeite and New Leaf.  If I would have needed more than two colors I would have chosen one of the Altenew green collections.

My top folding card base is made from Cougar Digital White Super Smooth 110# cardstock.  I love this cardstock so much, even more than Neenah Solar White 110#.  It is smoother and less expensive than the Neenah as well.  I normally use Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White for my cardbase, but this time I decided to use all the same product.  Most of the time I stamp my images on the Cougar Digital White and then make my card base from the Papertrey Ink 110# white.  It is so smooth that the ink just evens out beautifully!  After the ink on the tulips had dried, I hit them with a layer of Iridescent Gold Shimmer Mist and some Clear Sparkle Shimmer Mist.  This tends to make the paper curl a bit which is what gives the images that slightly rounded appearance.

I cut a 4.25 x 5.5-inch piece of Berry Sorbet Cardstock from one of my Stitched Rectangle Dies and then ran it through my machine with an embossing folder.  I'm sorry I don't know the name and there's not one on it.  It was actually too wide to fit through my Cuttlebug, so my husband cut one side off of it for me.  That was about 3 years ago and I didn't have my Gemini back then.  Once I had that done, going direct to paper (DTP), I gently ran a Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad all along the surface of the cardstock to put some gold sheen on the raised areas.  This is my background panel.  I was going to use some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, but mine was completely dried out so I couldn't use it until I have time to revive it with some water.  I also hit it with some of my favorite Iridescent Gold Shimmer Mist and set it aside to dry while I worked on the foreground panel.  I die cut the Shape Shifters Oval #2 from Papertrey Ink.  I really love this die and the edge is one I haven't seen elsewhere.  I cut a piece of fun foam for the back of the background panel to give it a bit of dimension and glued that down with Gina K Designs Connect Glue.  I love adhering fun foam with this because tape runner just doesn't work very well on foam.  I attached that to the card base.  Next, I used the same Delicata Ink to go all around the edge of the oval die cut and adhered it to the background panel with some foam tape.

Using connect glue, I adhered the stems of the tulips together how I wanted to arrange them.  This allows me to keep my arrangement intact but I can tuck some narrow pieces of foam tape behind the blooms for dimension.  I just use kind of a skinny strip vertically down the center of the blooms so that they keep that rounded appearance.

The banner is from the Papertrey Ink Paper Clippings: Happy Birthday Dies and it stays on my desk pretty much all of the time.  I used the Papertrey Ink - Inspired: Love Die for the word.  By putting Foam Tape on the center 2/3rds of the banner, it gives the appearance of being slightly rounded instead of flat.  All in all, this card is loaded with texture, dimension, sparkle, and shine.  I considered adding a few jewels or sequins, but I felt they detracted rather than enhanced the card so I left them off.

This is my project for today.  We've had a lot of really grey days this winter in Texas and I was ready to work with some bright Springtime colors. I hope you'll be able to join in with the challenge at Virginia's Blog or the Papertrey Challenge or both!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate that you took time out of your day to check out my post.  I will soon return to linking products for you as well, but I've got some significant updating to do before that can happen.

Friday, February 8, 2019

February 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit - Art Deco

Hello there!  I know its been quite a few days since I wrote a blog post but I wanted to share this news with you all.  I just became an affiliate for Hero Arts and they actually send a Newsletter out to their affiliates with information to share with my readers, so I wanted to be sure you got to see this month's, My Monthly Hero Kit!

I fell in love with Art Deco Architecture when I was in high school.  Until we moved to Tulsa in 2010, I had no idea that Tulsa boasts one of the nations largest collections of Art Deco Architecture.  They have a Deco District in Downtown Tulsa as well as many other buildings throughout the city and even a museum called The Tulsa Deco Museum.  You can see all the possibilities on the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau page HERE.

While I did order this month's kit with most of the add-ons, I haven't received mine yet, but I'm providing links for you in this post.

Are you ready to party like it's 1922? Step back in time with this month's kit, inspired by the sophisticated glamour and swinging jazz of the era. Your projects will be the bee's knees when you craft with the stylish stamps in this month's kit! We've included a bag of gold and black Mirror Confetti, as well as the prettiest, shiniest silver and gold reflective cardstocks, which look amazing when die cut with this month's Art Deco-inspired Fancy Die. A fun new element rounds out the kit - a smaller stencil of gorgeous architectural design, sized perfectly for handmade cards! Be sure to check it out:

February 2019 My Monthly Hero

The Kit Price is $34.99 and includes the following:
  • 6" x 8" Clear Stamp Set
  • 7 Coordinating Frame Cuts
  • 4.25" x 5.5" Fancy Die
  • 4.5" x 5.75" Stencil
  • Art Deco Mirror Confetti
  • 1 5.5" x 8.5" Sheet of Silver Reflective Cardstock
  • 1 5.5" x 8.5" Sheet of Gold Reflective Cardstock
Once the kit sells out, that's it, it is no longer available. As I am writing this, there is still stock to promote.

If you'd like to subscribe to the kit each month, You can sign up for one of three options here:

In addition to the main kit, several other products were released this month:

February 2019 Monthly Release

I got several of the add-ons myself and I can hardly wait for my kit to arrive.  There is one die and a background stamp that I am hoping to get later on but since they are not part of the kit, they'll be around after the kit is sold out.

They did a huge Blog Hop on Release Day and you can see all of the projects here:

I hope you enjoyed this update! Shop soon before the kit is sold out.  As always, thank you so much for stopping by!