Monday, September 10, 2018

First try - Double Embossing

Now that my crafty friend has her Happy Mail, I can share this project. I enjoy watching various crafters on YouTube while I am hand sewing and partial and double embossing were techniques that immediately went on my "to try" list. I think it looks beautiful and elegant.Today was the day I got to try out double embossing.


To start my card I stamped a sunflower from Power Poppy's In Praise of Sunflowers stampset onto Canson Mi Tientes sand colored paper and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I cut the paper down to the width of the flower and then temporarily taped black cardstock to the edges to make a 4.25 inch wide panel. I then cut the bottom with a shaped edge die.


Then I moved on to the purpose of this exercise. I stamped my sentiment in the corner of a piece of white cardstock. I embossed the cardstock with the Darice Basketweave Background embossing folder using a chipboard shim to prevent the area around the sentiment from being embossed. I followed Nilda Rockenbach's instructions, modifying them to work with my project.


I then embossed with the tag die to create the frame and then assembled the card onto a side folding cardbase. I added three clear gems around the sunflower.

What I learned from this try: I would do the embossing first next time and then the stamping. I think it would be easier to line it all up better that way. Also, I would tape down my die on both sides and not just one as it seemed to have moved while running it through the machine and it is not quite straight anymore.

General supplies:
Sand colored Canson Mi Tientes paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Black and white cardstock
Power Poppy's In Praise of Sunflowers clear stampset
Stampabilities Everday Expressions stampset
Prismacolor pencils
Memento Tuxedo black ink
Darice Basketweave Background embossing folder
Stitched label die
Gems from stash

Entered into the Fabrika Fantasy Autumn Challenge #24
Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #312 - Anything Goes
Entered into the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge #89
Entered into the Crafting from the Heart Anything Goes Challenge #219
Entered into the Stempelsonne Anything Goes Challenge #205
Entered into the Artistic Inspirations Anything Goes Challenge #206
Entered into the Creative Fusion Arts & Crafts "Sunflowers" Challenge #4

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bugaboo Stamps

It is time for another challenge over at Crafting with an Attitude and this is my Design Team project for the challenge. The sponsor this month is Bugaboo Stamps and since I love to color flowers, I chose to work with Flower Butterfly Corner.


I arranged the digi and my sentiment into a 4.25 x 5.5 inch notecard size space using MS Word on my computer. The font for the sentiment is Honey Script. I also love to use it to cut sentiments with my Silhouette machine. I printed it out on Stathmore Paint Pad paper and colored the image with my Prismacolor colored pencils.


I do love coloring flowers and so this beautiful digi was a pleasure to color. I colored the butterflies blue so that the were noticeable and did not blend into the flowers.


I did the background with soft pastels, creating a gradient of 4 colors from a light yellow, to a dark yellow to a light orange and then to a dark orange. I sprayed the complete panel with workable fixative before adhering it to a black cardbase.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Paper studio black cardbase
Bugaboo Stamps Flower Butterfly Corner digital stamp
Prismacolor pencils

Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #311 - Anything Goes
Entered into the Kleuren met Potlooden Everything is Allowed August Challenge
Entered into the Cute N Crafty Anything Goes Challenge #8
Entered into the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge #89
Entered into the Stempelsonne Anything Goes Challenge #205
Entered into the Alphabet Challenge Blog "L is for Leaves"
Entered into the Crafting from the Heart Anything Goes Challenge #218
Entered into the 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Clean and Simple #213
Entered into the Little Miss Muffet Challenge Anything Goes Challenge #197
Entered into the Daisy Chain Birthday Challenge #23

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Mixed Media Mice

The current challenge at the House Mouse Challenge blog is themed "Use a charm". How fun is that?


I created my card using the Catchin' Some Shade image from the Very Mice Coloring Book. I colored the mice, their towels and the umbrella with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I then did the sand with soft pastels, blending two shades of peach together and then sprayed the panel with a workable fixative. 


Once it was dry, I masked off two clouds in the sky and inked the sky by blending Memento Inks. I love the texture one gets from blending the inks on paper with a tooth. I then added a bit of shadowing to the clouds with my pencils as well as coloring the shells and adding some extra depth to spots in the sand. The workable fixative allows for more coloring over the top of it.


Using a stamp from my stash of wood mounted retired Stampin Up stamps, I added the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and put clear embossing powder on it.


To completed the card, I added the colored panel to a white cardbase and then glued a pewter starfish charm to the sand. While this card is completely one layer (well expect for the charm) it is truly mixed media in that I used pencils, soft pastels and ink to complete it.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Catchin' Some Shade image from the Very Mice Coloring Book Vol 1
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Krylon Workable Fixative
Prismacolor pencils
Soft pastels
Memento inks
Retired Stampin Up stamp from my stash
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Clear Embossing powder
Pewter starfish charm


Monday, August 27, 2018

Apple Girl

Today I have another card to show you. I participated in a fun card swap hosted by Stamp AnnieThing and everyone participating was to use the same image. It has been fun to see how everyone interpreted it. Here is mine


I printed the digi out on Strathmore Paint Pad paper and colored her with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I added small white gel pen dots on her dress. While coloring I also gave her a nose and pleats in her skirt.


Once she was completed, I cut her out using my Silhouette Cameo and PixScan mat. Using the trace line from the image, I created a second cut line by adding an offset that I then cut out of kraft cardstock to give her a shadow. I also cut a 5.5 x 5.5 background which you can see as flowers or as cubes, depending on your eyes.


I backed the cut background with red glitter cardstock before glueing it onto a cardbase. I die cut a small stitched oval shape and adhered a hello die cut to it which I had coated in 4 coats of clear embossing powder.

I hope my swap partner will love the card I made for her.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Stamp AnnieThing's Apple Girl
White, kraft, teal and red glitter cardstock
Prismacolor pencils
hello and stitched oval dies
Clear embossing powder
Versamark ink

Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #310 - Anything Goes
Entered into the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge #88
Entered into the Cute N Crafty Anything Goes Challenge #8
Entered into the Fabrika Fantasy Anything Goes Challenge #23
Entered into the Kleuren met Potlooden Everything is Allowed August Challenge
Entered into the Stempelsonne Anything Goes Challenge #204

Friday, August 24, 2018

Embossed Bench

Today I have a card to show you hat has no coloring on it, well except a little for the background.


I stamped the image, a retired Stampin Up wood mounted stamp, onto Georgia Pacific cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder.


Using blue and brown paints from my Crayola watercolor paint set, I "messily" added some color around the bench and then painted the ribbons on the hat and around the flowers with red. I cut this out with a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a old gold metallic cardstock card base.


I completed the card with a thanks sentiment cut out of the same metallic cardstock and two shaped gems.

General supplies:
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
White and Gold Metallic cardsstock
stitched rectangle die
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Retired Stampin Up stamp
Crayold watercolor paints
thanks sentiment die
Shaped gems from stash


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

More bears

I purchased the Concord & 9th "Hi There Bear" stampset a good while ago and although I had used the bear before, I had not played with the set much. So yesterday I created 5 thank you cards with the stampset.


I used Memento inks throughout. The first two are stamped in Desert Sand ink. Their red bow-ties and the flowers use Love Letter and the greenery is Bamboo Leaves. The umbrella colors are Bahama Blue, Dandelion and Love Letter. Face and outlines are stamped in Tuxedo Black.


The pink bear is stamped in Angel Pink and the bow-tie and flowers are Rose Bud. The greenery is again Bamboo Leaves and the face is Tuxedo Black.


The two purple bears are stamped in LuLu Lavender. The greenery is Bamboo Leaves and the faces and balloon string is Tuxedo Black. The bow-ties, flowers and balloon are Lilac Posies.


All bears have a red glitter cardstock heart. The first four cards all have embossed dotted backgrounds to add some interest. However the fifth card needed to stay smooth so that I could stamp the balloon string onto the cardbase.


All cards were completed with a die cut Thank You sentiment.

General supplies:
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
White, black and red glitter cardstock
Concord & 9th "Hi There Bear" stampset and dies
Memento Inks



Saturday, August 18, 2018

Happy Mail!

Happy Mail is something we all love. What fun it is to find a handmade card from a crafty friend in the mailbox! Well this is Happy Mail with a difference. My mousey make for this fortnight was inspired by some organizational Youtube videos I was watching while sewing, where pin boards and peg boards were used for inspirational quotes in the organised space.


I used patterned paper for my card panel that resembles a cork board and added a frame cut out of silver metallic cardstock with stitched rectangle dies so that I had a faux stitched line in the center of the frame. I then created 3 little envelopes and inserted a little House Mouse in each one. These are from the stamps I had recently found in the destash sale. I stamped them onto Strathmore Paint Pad paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils.


I inserted each mouse into a little envelope and glued it onto my pin board. I stamped the happy Mail sentiment onto a small Post-it note and added brads to each item to represent push pins.


I also glued two stickers from my stash onto the pin board. Some additional brads dotted around the board completed the look.


I then mounted the "board" onto a piece of thin craft foam and then onto a top folding cardbase.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
House Mouse Designs stamps from my stash
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Prismacolor pencils
Stitched rectangle dies
Patterned paper
Metallic silver cardstock
Stampabilities Everday Expressions stampset
Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned stampset
Brads and stickers from my stash
Craft foam