Monday, January 15, 2018

Altenew January 2018 Inspiration Challenge

Hello!  I wanted to pop in for a few minutes with a card I made for the Altenew January 2018 Inspiration Challenge.  I tried to use some fun colors that are brighter than my usual style kind of card making.  It has been so cold across the nation this last couple of weeks and I wanted to try out this Altenew Totally Tropical Stamp Set with some bright vibrant colors to participate in the Altenew January 2018 Inspiration Challenge

I started by die cutting 3 of each bloom and six of each leaf from Stamper's Select White Cardstock. Then using the negatives as a placeholder with my Mini Misti, I was able to line my stamps up perfectly to stamp each of the flowers. These blooms are four layers but I only used three when stamping mine.  When the Totally Tropical Stamp Set came out a few months back, dies did not come out at the same time but before I ordered the floral I asked if dies would be coming and they said yes. Recently, I won a gift Certificate from Altenew so I got a background stamp I've been wanting and the coordinating dies for this set.  For the coral Bloom, I used Altenew's Coral Berry with Ruby Red, the light Pink bloom was Rubellite with Razzleberry, and the dark pink was PTI's Hibiscus Burst with Raspberry Fizz.

For the leaves I used Altenew Green Parrot with Olive.  Since I don't have any Altenew inks in the Yellow Family, I used PTI's Bright Buttercup for the centers of the Hibiscus blooms.  The Plumeria were stamped in PTI's Lemon Tart with Bright Buttercup and Altenew's Frosty Pink with Coral Berry.


While the ink was drying on the blooms, I went ahead and did the rest of my die cutting for the card.  I cut a panel of Gold Foil Cardstock for the background mat and a piece of Altenew Spicy Yogurt for the front panel.  I adhered the gold foiled panel to a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock and set that aside for a few minutes. I added lots of gold watercolor splatter to the Spicy Yogurt panel and let it dry while I tried to figure out the arrangement of my elements.

I gave the flowers each a quick spritz of Iridescent Gold Shimmer Mist and shaped each of the petals a little using my Teflon Bone Folder and started arranging the flowers and leaves. When I had the arrangement how I liked it, I used a piece of Press N Seal to pick the whole arrangement up and flipped it over so I could start adding adhesive to the back of the pieces. Before I flipped it back, I adhered the Spicy Yogurt Panel to the card base and then I added glue to the back of the floral arrangement. I like to use Ranger Multi Medium Matte for this. Then, still attached to the piece of press N Seal, I flipped it back over and pressed down for a few minutes to allow the glue to grab onto the cardstock panel. After a few minutes, I gently peeled back the Press N Seal a little at a time so that I could add any additional drops of glue where it was needed to keep the arrangement intact.  Once the arrangement was dry, I added little pearls to the centers of the flowers.

I die cut a banner and stamped the sentiment in Versamark then heat set it with Antique Gold Embossing Powder. I popped that up on a bit of foam tape. What a fun, tropical card this turned out to be!  The supplies I've used are linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.


Altenew Red Cosmos Ink Collection (Cubes)
Altenew Red Cosmos Ink Collection (Cubes)
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Altenew Spicy Yogurt Cardstock
Altenew Spicy Yogurt Cardstock
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Altenew Totally Tropical Dies
Altenew Totally Tropical Dies
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Altenew Totally Tropical Stamp Set
Altenew Totally Tropical Stamp Set
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Altenew Tropical Forest Cube Set
Altenew Tropical Forest Cube Set
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Altenew Tropical Forest Ovals Ink Pads
Altenew Tropical Forest Ovals Ink Pads
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Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
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Queen & Co White Pearls
Queen & Co White Pearls
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fusion Challenge 4th Anniversary

I have a super quick card today for the Fusion Challenge. They're celebrating their 4th Anniversary this go round so I wanted to be able to join in.  While I don't get to participate in every challenge each and every time, Fusion is one I like to check out and join in on as often as possible.

For today's card, I did a fusion between the sketch and the inspiration Photo by combining some elements from each; the linear parts of the sketch with the colors and rustic elements of the photo. 

I started with a piece of weathered wood patterned paper and colored one "board" with a Copic marker to mimic the painted wood in the photo. Taking a piece of 4.25 x 5.5 inch Smokey Shadow Cardstock, I put vertical score lines in it.  Then I added the patterned paper to the cardstock with adhesive and die cut the whole thing with a stitched rectangle die. I also cut three of the grey Memory Box Stitched Hearts and glued them together to make a thicker element and a slightly smaller Stitched Heart from the same set using scraps of the wood grained paper.


Next, I die cut a banner from White Cardstock and using the Happy Valentine's Day Sentiment from Papertrey's Enclosed: Heart set, stamped the greeting in Versamark and heat set it with Judikins Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  This is not a fine or superfine powder so I didn't want to risk trying to double emboss.  It came out very well, it's just hard to see in the photograph.  I assembled the card with Kokuyo Adhesive and finished off with some touches of Nuvo Drops in Gloss Carribean Ocean and Gloss Ebony Black. This card would work well for one of the men or boys in your life and I have someone in mind already. It was fast and easy to make.

Thank you so much for coming by today and spending a bit of time here with me.  I've linked the supplies I've used below for your convenience (Affiliate Links may be used at no additional cost to you).

Copic Marker Duck Blue BG 49
Copic Marker Duck Blue BG 49
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Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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Memory Box Stitched Hearts
Memory Box Stitched Hearts
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PTI Smokey Shadow Cardstock
PTI Smokey Shadow Cardstock
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PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
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PTI Tag Sale: Quilted
PTI Tag Sale: Quilted
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops - Grande Caribbean Ocean
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops - Grande Caribbean Ocean
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops Glossy Ebony Black
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops Glossy Ebony Black
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Wagner Heat Tool
Wagner Heat Tool
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Love You to Pieces

I have a super pretty and sparkly card today using products from Gina K Designs and Simon Says Stamp. I used the Gina K Designs Sending Love Stamp Set for this card along with the Simon Says Stamp Love Stamp Set.   

I started with a panel of Canson Bristol Watercolor Paper. Now, this card worked out okay, but if I had it to do over, I should have done all the layers of heat embossing on the sentiment first, but that is hindsight for you.  I did mine opposite of that by stamping the designs in the corners first.  I only stamped the design a single time and a single layer of embossing powder.  For the sentiment, this is 6 layers of heat embossing, one at a time.  I stamped in Versamark and heat set it using Simon Says Antique Gold Embossing Powder which is a nice warm shade of gold.  It is so important to use your powder tool between each layer of heat embossing and it's hard for me to remember to do it each time when I do that many layers.  This is the first time I have done more than 3 layers of embossing and it worked out okay this time but my first two attempts were not as successful. It was tough not burning the embossing that was already melted.  Once I had all of the layers done, I used Gina K's Wild Lilac and Lovely Lavender to do some ink blending, with the lighter color toward the center where my sentiment is. Her inks blend very well and I have been really enjoying using them some. They stamp very solidly!

I followed that up as usual by misting it with Iridescent Gold Shimmer Mist by Tattered Angels and some Tsukineko Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Mist at the very end then let that panel dry while I made a card base and cut a background panel.  I love the combination of both mists. It makes for some really incredible sparkle.
I die cut a stitched rectangle from Gina K Designs Metallic Gold Card Stock using the WPLUS9 Designs Gift Card Layers Dies Set.  This is a metallic gold but not a mirror cardstock.  I also made a top folding horizontal card base from Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight White Cardstock.  By now my ink blended panel was dry so I die cut it using the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die and assembled my card with Kokuyo Dot Runner Adhesive.  I wanted to add a really elegant touch to go with the regal purple, so I added some Swarovski Crystals to the flower centers.  I only buy two colors of crystals; Crystal and Aurora Borealis.  I like to use the Aurora Borealis jewels for pinks and purples. I use a jewel picker or reverse engineered tweezers to add these to a card with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I tried to give you a few different views of the card so you can see the way these sparkle.  I love using these for cards.  I get mine when Hobby Lobby has their Swarovski Crystal for half off.  I buy the smallest size of the flat-backed sequins for the most part but I do have a few of the next size up in Crystal.  I have three small containers that I keep these in sitting on my desk all the time.  I put my sequins away when I'm finished but not my crystals. *Ü*


This is my project for today.  I'll be entering a couple of challenges - Gina K Designs January 2018 Monthly Mix It Up Challenge "Kindness" and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for this week with a theme of "Something New."  The supplies I've used are linked below for your convenience. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

GKD - Sending Love Stamp Set
GKD - Sending Love Stamp Set
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GKD Gold Metallic Cardstock
GKD Gold Metallic Cardstock
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GKD Heavy Base Weight White Cardstock
GKD Heavy Base Weight White Cardstock
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GKD Lovely Lavender Ink
GKD Lovely Lavender Ink
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GKD Wild Lilac Ink
GKD Wild Lilac Ink
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Marvy Jewel Picker
Marvy Jewel Picker
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Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
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SSS Antique Gold Embossing Powder
SSS Antique Gold Embossing Powder
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SSS Love Stamp Set
SSS Love Stamp Set
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SSS Stitched Rectangles Dies
SSS Stitched Rectangles Dies
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Tsukinko Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz
Tsukinko Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Wagner Heat Tool
Wagner Heat Tool
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WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #308 - 2017 Ala Carte

This week's Make It Monday #308 at Papertrey Ink is my first post of the new year, 2018.  That's the first time I've had to write that number and I hope I remember as well when I have to write a check. *wink*  For this week's challenge, we are supposed to choose one of the previous year's Make it Monday's and create a new project with it. I chose to do Make It Monday #292 -- Color Blocking with Laurie Schmidlin.

I have loved Color Blocking for a long time and it was a technique that I used a lot in my scrapbooking days.  In fact, I created an entire album album once that was almost completely color blocked.  So when Laurie originally made her card, I loved the stamp set she used and eventually added it to my collection of supplies. Brushed Off is a fun set of brushstrokes that you can use to make cards and although I used feminine colors today, I think you could so some masculine colors for some cool looking guy cards; say Green Parakeet or Vintage Jadeite with Hawaiian Shores and maybe some Enchanted Evening or Deep Indigo.  Some copper ink with browns or black with greys could make a very cool card also.  I like that there are so many possibilities.  If one layer cards are your thing, this is a great set for that as well.  I never want to risk messing up a whole card base by making a mistake on my card, so I always work on a 4.25 x 5.5 inch panel of white cardstock.

For the cards I made today, I used Lovely Lady with Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz for the pink one, and Pale Peony with Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy for the other.  Using the widest of the brush strokes on each end with the skinnier one in the center, I stamped and then die cut my panel with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die.  For the background panel I used Berry Sorbet and Lovely Lady Card Stock and cut a slightly larger stitched rectangle from MFT Blueprints 15 which is no longer available.

Next I used the Simon Says Stamp Love Stamp Set to stamp the word love in Versamark after treating generously with my powder tool.  I wanted that sentiment to really stand out, so I did the first layer of embossing in Antique Gold Embossing Powder and then 2 additional layers using Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. I wasn't sure if I would have trouble with two layers of the glittered embossing powder, but I didn't.  I love how much more dimensional this is.  I also stamped the "Happy Valentine's Day" onto a banner from Tag Sale: Quilted from matching cardstock and heat set it twice in the same Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. This is not a fine detail powder so I don't think a 3rd layer would have worked and I've found that in most cases, 2 layers is quite sufficient. I only did the third layer this time because the sentiment was so large. I used my Mini MISTI when I stamped these panels for the additional layers. I never know if I am giving too much information or not enough but if you are new to card making, I think you need to know about the tools that are available.


These cards were really fast to make and less technique intense than many I've done.  They fit my clean and elegant style.  I've linked the tools and supplies I've used below for your convenience. Have a great week everyone.  I'm trying to get back in the groove after the holiday, so I'll be back soon.

Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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PTI Berry Sorbet Cardstock
PTI Berry Sorbet Cardstock
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PTI Brushed Off Stamp Set
PTI Brushed Off Stamp Set
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PTI Lovely Lady Cardstock
PTI Lovely Lady Cardstock
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PTI Perfect Match Berry Sorbet Ink
PTI Perfect Match Berry Sorbet Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Hibiscus Burst Ink
PTI Perfect Match Hibiscus Burst Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Lovely Lady Ink
PTI Perfect Match Lovely Lady Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Pale Peony Ink
PTI Perfect Match Pale Peony Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Pure Poppy Ink
PTI Perfect Match Pure Poppy Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Raspberry Fizz Ink
PTI Perfect Match Raspberry Fizz Ink
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PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
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PTI Tag Sale: Quilted
PTI Tag Sale: Quilted
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Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
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SSS Antique Gold Embossing Powder
SSS Antique Gold Embossing Powder
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SSS Love Stamp & Die Bundle
SSS Love Stamp & Die Bundle
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SSS Love Stamp Set
SSS Love Stamp Set
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SSS Love Wafer Die
SSS Love Wafer Die
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SSS Stitched Rectangles Dies
SSS Stitched Rectangles Dies
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Wagner Heat Tool
Wagner Heat Tool
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