Sunday, October 20, 2019

Impression Obsession Pumpkins for HSSIC325

I saw this Impression Obsession sentiment in their stamp set called "Pumpkin Kisses" and I knew I had to make a card with it! It's so true - October is the most beautiful month. We spent the weekend camping with friends in our RV at the local State Park. Just a beautiful weekend.
The challenge was an inspiration picture:
I choose the black & white gingham and the pumpkins to create the card. I started with Arteza 140 lb. watercolor paper and Arteza Watercolor Markers. I just purchased their large set of 96 and wanted to play with the colors. It always takes a while to learn how to use a new medium and I was happy with the results!
I stamped the sentiment with's Black Hybrid Ink several times using my MISTI. For watercolor paper, a stamp positioner is really critical. I used Lawn Fawn's Just Stitching Double Rectangles for the stitched images along the edge of the paper. These are fun - they just impress the stitch image, they don't cut the paper.

The background is Right at Home's "Gingham Background" stamped with the Black Hybrid Ink onto My Favorite Things Whip Cream card stock. I cut it at an angle and popped up with 3M Foam Tape. The card base is also from My Favorite Things  - Tango Orange cardstock.

I used sequins from Trinity Stamps which were a gift with purchase. They are a pretty iridescent orange.

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Happy October!

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Gnomes for Christmas with FMS #406


Hi friends! It's been a little while since I posted. We had a fun family vacation in Charleston, SC and family in town for a few days. Whew! It's been a whirlwind.

I wanted to play along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week:
I had previously colored some of these cute gnomies with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers and thought they'd be perfect for this sketch.
As I've talked about in previous blogs, I often sit and color at night while watching TV with hubby. After I colored all the gnomies and flowers, I used my Brother Scan 'n Cut to cut them out. If you dislike fussy cutting and want to save on purchasing matching die cuts, you'll love the Scan 'n Cut. Beside cutting out all the detailed images you have, you can also set the width of the border around the image. If you notice I have a small white border, all nice and even, around all the images.
To make the card, I used My Favorite Things Coral Crush card stock and sponged snow on the front. I used the Snowfall Stencil, also from MFT with's new ink blending tool.
The smallest pack comes with 2 handles and 5 domed foam covers that adhere with velcro for $5.49. They work really well and I like the smooth foam with no edges. I think this tool will get a lot of use!

To create the snow I used's Premium White ink. So nice and juicy - it created snow in a flash.
I cut a piece of Neenah White and ran it through my Big Shot with Pretty Pink Posh's Scallop frame using the magnetic platform. Next, I used these 2 die cut pieces and again ran them through the Big Shot again. This time I used the regular platform with Trinity Stamps' Diagonal Stripe Embossing Folder. The resulting pieces I glued to the front of the card with Tombow Liquid Adhesive for some nice texture.

The Gnomies & Flower were popped up with foam dimensional adhesive and the outside was finished with Trinity Stamps' Cave Crystals adhered with Gina K Connect glue. I wish I could capture their cool iridescence. 

The sentiment on the front is from's Holly Jolly Sentiment stamp set. This set is a clear photopolymer set with 30 different stamps, including a little reindeer and a few snowflakes! I had not used a's stamp set before and was really pleased with the results. Sometimes with photopolymer stamps you have to prime them, but in this case I did not! It stamped beautifully the first time. For $17.99 I think you have all the different Christmas sentiments that you would need. Large, small, typewriter font, cursive, bold, etc. All fun!
Finally the inside was finished with the "Gnome for the Holidays" sentiment from the Stampendous Holiday Gnomes set. One more little guy was glued down next to it.
Well, one more card for Christmas! Yah! I do think I will make more with the cute Gnomies!

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Addicted to CAS Challenge #169 - Creature with Waffle Flower

 Today's blog is my Clean & Simple "creature" card for the "Addicted to CAS" Code Word challenge:
I recently received the Waffle Flower Gym Rat stamp set and I love these little hamster guys/girls at the gym! The secret is to the challenge is to try and keep it Clean and Simple. Harder than you might think.
I made 2 cards in all, but one has a few more embellishments, so I am submitting only one on the challenge post. To create the backgrounds, using a foam applicator tool, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade and My Favorite Things Stencils (one for each card), Radiating Rays and Sun Rays, I gently ink-blended sun rays onto Neenah White 110 lb. card stock. Nice and sturdy. This has to be one of my most favorite ways to create a background! Just a little something, something behind the image.
The little gym rats were stamped with Memento Black Ink, an alcohol-friendly ink, and then colored with my Spectrum Noir markers. There are a couple flourescent colors in the set and I thought they'd be fun for gym outfits! I used the matching die cuts with my Big Shot to cut out the images.

As usual, I stamped, colored and die cut a whole ton of these images. They are so cool - a hamster wheel, a treadmill, a radio, dumbell, step bench, spotlight, hamster cage and all kinds of small background stamps - stars, lightning bolts and dotted triangles. 

Sitting with my hubby at night and watching TV gives me a lot of coloring time! I keep them in a small container and when I need to make a card, most of the work is already done!

The rest of the card is quite simple. I used the largest from the Jillian Vance's Basic Rectangle Backdrop to cut the sun ray backgrounds into a nice, clean edged rectangle. 
The panel was glued down with Tombow Liquid Adhesive and the center "creatures" were popped up with foam dimensionals.

Here are the insides:

I have one guy card and one girl card...for my favorite gym rats! Thanks for stopping by! Want to recreate or CASE (copy and share everything)?...links to the products I used (or very similar) are below:

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Color Throwdown Challenge #562

 Hello friends! I wanted to catch up with a few challenges this week and loved the colors with the Color Throwdown challenge:
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I used my Peerless Water Colors in Robin's Egg Blue and Cobalt Blue. If you haven't tried Peerless Water Colors, they are amazingly vibrant, portable and easy to use. Here is their own description on their website:
"Nicholson's Peerless Transparent Watercolors have been in creation since 1885.  
We continue to create each color by hand in the same manner they were produced 130+ years ago. All of our products are 100% non-toxic and suitable for all ages."  

I used Ranger Water Color Paper in the 8 1/2" X 11" size cut in half. Using the MISTI, I stamped the Impression Obsession Stamp - Alesa Baker Design #E8750 with Versamark on the smooth side of the paper (first treating with an Embossing Buddy). I sprinkled with Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder and heat set with my Wagner Heat Tool.
Once dried, I taped them to an acrylic board using Frog Tape for Delicate Surfaces.
I wet the surface with a wide brush and clean water. Next, I picked up a bit of color from the Peerless Water Colors (one at a time) and drop it into the wet areas using a Silver Black Velvet Brush #8.

I let dry several hours and then using a black Tombow marker I added black to an acrylic block. Next, I flicked the ink onto the card with a paint brush for a splattered look. I stamped the Impression Obsession Kaleni Allred Design #C14071 on each card using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and Versafine Black Ink.
I ended up making 2 cards each a little different. The colored card stock is all by My Favorite Things, Black Licorice and Blu Raspberry. The quality is outstanding.
To finish, I used Ranger Enamel Accent in Black and added a few drops on each card. I love the way they turned out! Color challenges really help you create combinations that may not have used before.
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Freshly Made Sketches #404 Challenge

Welcome back, friends! It's been a little while since I posted and you may notice a few changes on my blog. I am no longer with Stampin' Up! simply because I wanted to branch out and discover more products, mediums and stamp companies. Stampin' Up! is, and will continue to be, in my opinion, a wonderful, creative, supportive company.

I've reached out to a few companies and they graciously allow me to be an affliate. This means that I will receive a slight compensation if you click on any of the links below and purchase from the shop. Most of the shops are small businesses and this helps drive business to their shops. If you look at my tab at the top "Affliate Sponsers" I've listed the companies with which I am working.

But enough about that, let's look at the card for the challenge. Here is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #404:
I had previously colored all the cut little images from the My Favorite Things, Snow Special stamp set. They are just darling! I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol Markers and a silver gel pen to add a few details to the images. They have a matching die set so that made the cutting easy.
Next I used this Stampendous Cling Winter Blizzard stamp in my MISTI. The is a 6 X 6 set which has a snowflake that pops out to give you flexibility in design. I used Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio to stamp the image a few times to get a nice clear image. I used Neenhah 100 lb. paper.
Next I ink-blended with both Distress Oxide and regular Distress Cracked Pistachio ink so that the image would stand out from the background. The background was die cut with Pretty Pink Posh's Scallop frame. I popped up the outside frame with 3M double sided foam tape and the center panel was adhered with Tombow Liquid adhesive.

Our little penquin was glued with Tombow Liquid Adhesive to an oval die cut out of Neenah Classic Crest 80lb card stock using the Fun Stamper Journey Ovals. These ovals have layers so that you can cut just an oval or an oval with a dotted edge. I did a little stamp surgery for the sentiment from Snow Special. Instead of "Let's Chill Out Together" I cut it to read "Let's Chill". Doesn't hurt the stamp and it's easy to put back together in case I want the whole sentiment at some time.
The inside sentiment is from Pink and Main's Hummingbird set. I thought it was just perfect for this card. A little girl penquin was adhered on the inside with Tombow. Cutie Patoodie!

The card base is My Favorite Things Black Licorice card stock. A beautiful quality and scores and folds beautifully.

I used a few clear bubbles from my stock to finish the card.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoyed this card and maybe got inspired to create your own card!

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Monday, September 16, 2019

CAS Watercolour Challenge Sept 2019 Reminder - Guest Designer

I've been invited by the Design Team at CAS Watercolour to be the Sept. 2019 Guest Designer. Yah! Fun!  The challenge runs every month - from the 2nd to the 24th with a reminder on the 16th. This is the reminder blog post and here is the challenge:
For my first card, I used Violet and Yellow as the complimentary colors. For this card, I am using Red & Green. Complimentary colors can make "mud" or a brown color. For my first card, I wanted mud, but in this card I do not. Here is the color wheel I created with Waffle Flower's stamp and die set called Color Wheel. I used Stampin' Up!'s Pigment Sprinkles to create this completed color wheel. A very good way to swatch your different types of coloring tools to see how they work together.
Here is the Color Wheel with the Challenge:
I created 2 cards for today's post, both with a watercolored background, using Stampin' Up! ink refills, Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green. I taped a piece of Fluid 100 watercolor paper to a board and wet all of it with a large brush using clean water. I dropped in the 2 colors here and there with a round watercolor brush. Next I gave it a careful spritz with water using the Stampin' Spritzer. The colors moved, but did not blend together to make mud! Success!
Once dry, I ran a section, carefully chosen, through my Big Shot with a Rectangle Stitched Die. I then stamped on this piece using my Stamparatus, the simple, but classic, sentiment from Winter Woods stamp set. I wanted to be sure there were plenty of white areas left. The trees from Rooted in Nature stamp set were stamped in the corner using a mask between the front 2 trees (1 stamp) and the back tree. Memento Black Ink was used for all stamping.

Once all stamped and dry, I mounted the piece to fun foam (from Amazon) with Tombow Liquid Adhesive.  The scroll background is a 4" X 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock created with the new Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder (from the new Holiday catalog). The card base is an A2 size with Granny Apple Green card stock.
I did create two cards, the background was created the same way for both and I used the same stamp sets, but different images. The large tree has a sentiment from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set across it. The sentiment was cut with a Rectangle Stitched Die. A gold star finished the top keeping the card clean and simple. 
A big thanks to Loll Thompson and the Design Team from CAS Watercolour Challenges for choosing my card as the winner in July and giving me the opportunity to be a Guest Designer! How cool is that?
I hope you play along this never know where it will lead you!!!

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