Saturday, February 20, 2021

SugarPea Designs Breakfast in Bed

Do you love the color lilac? If so, SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge Feb. 2021 is perfect for you! I was inspired by both the color challenge and the sketch challenge to create this card.
I am also submitting to a new to me challenge from Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies:
To begin I used a retired set from SugarPea Designs called Breakfast in Bed. It is still available at the Not 2 Shabby Shop at a very deep discounted price:
How fun is this breakfast tray? So easy to put together and can hold breakfast items, get well soup, flowers and for my card, it is a tea tray!

To create the background, I smooched the lightest 4 colors from Altenew's Lilac Blossoms mini cube set onto the white Non Stick mat from my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
If you don't have a good surface to craft on this one is perfect. The glass is easily cleaned, has grid lines and on the right the white sticky mat that can be stored when not needed. It also comes with a left handed version.
Once the colors were smooched down I gave them a bit of a spritz with water. I picked up a piece of left over packaging and dabbed it into the ink and then on a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock. I also spritzed with water a bit, too so that the ink would move naturally.
Once dry, I gave it a good splattering with the same colors, just watered down using my Tim Holtz splatter brush and Splat box.
The tray is 3 dimensional cut from a kraft card stock. I did ink blend a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges. The tea pot, cups and flowers are stamped onto Ranger's Water Color Paper with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. They were colored with Altenew's 36 half pan watercolors
The vase was stamped with one of the darker colors of Altenew's Lilac Blossoms mini cubes. All were die cut with the matching Sugarcut and adhered to the tray, some flat, some popped up. A couple of strips of Altenew's Sweet Pea Washi Tape helped complete the sketch.
The outside sentiment is from SugarPea's Floral Envie:
The inside sentiment is from Altenew's Dearest Friend stamp set:
I love this card and I think the recipient will, too. Thanks for joining me today and if you have a chance, join in one or two of the challenges, it is so fun and inspiring!
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Friday, February 19, 2021

Peanut Butter & Jelly Friends

I am on a roll with SugarPea Designs Feb. 2021 Mix It Up Challenge. This card is just the color portion of the challenge. Loving these 4 colors:
One more submittal to NBUS for I have not used this stamp & die set before...not sure why for it is just darling! Now sadly it is retired.
The SugarPea Designs Better Together and coordinating SugarCut are just so cute:
The stamp is available at a few shops I found online such as The Frantic Stamper and the matching Sugarcut is deeply discounted at the Not 2 Shabby Shop:
I started with the idea that I wanted to use the SugarPea Designs Large Striped Cover Plate. I have had this for a while and wanted to get more use out of it. I decided that upside down worked better for this card designs. I die cut this from Bristol Smooth card stock, as well as, a piece to layer underneath.
I simply ink blended Distress Inks in the colors of Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron using's Foam Blending Tools. I kept the colors separate and had very little overlap. The 2 panels were layered together with Tombow Liquid Adhesive, my preferred adhesive - thin enough tip, the right viscosity (not too thin, not too thick) and never gets blocked up.
The little characters were stamped onto Ranger's Watercolor Paper (I use the smooth side for stamping images)with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then they were watercolored with Altenew's 36 Half Pan Watercolor set and die cut with the matching Sugarcut. The color challenge colors were perfect for the cream color of peanut butter and grape for jelly!
I am planning this to be another Friendship Day card, so I wanted the sentiment to reflect that "togetherness". I stamped the sentiment on one of the negative stripes and popped it up with foam tape. The jars were also popped up, after I stamped the peanut butter & jelly words.
So I got to play with a new to me stamp & die set and have some fun entering challenges at the same time...all good Thanks for visiting, friends!
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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Tea for Friendship Day

Mixing it up with the Feb. 2021 SugarPea Challenge! Both the color and the sketch in an almost one layered card:
Also playing along with AAA Cards CAS Game #183: One Corner:
I started with SugarPea Designs' Breakfast in Bed Stamp & coordinating Sugarcut. They are retired now, but available at a deep discount at the Not 2 Shabby Shop:
In addition to cutting out the images in the stamp set the SugarCut has a 3 dimensional tray and a tissue box with a die to cut the tissue, too (see bottom left):
I knew I wanted to use a stencil in the corner with the circle mask from Taylored Expressions. If you haven't used these masks you are really missing out on an easy way to create background shapes in your cards, positive or negative. The stencil masks have etched lines on them so it is easy to center your card.
For the CAS design I kept the circle in the corner and laid another Taylored Expressions' stencil over it - Double Diamond.
Now here is the tool that I have found invaluable in crafting: Wendy Vecchi's Make Art-Staytion. You can see below it is a metal gridded board with large magnets. They hold well, but don't crash together and break like some of the magnets do.

So, to create a really easy design here is the set up I use with the Make Art-Staytion and magnets:
1) scrap copy paper first;
2) the card panel (Bristol Smooth Card Stock);
3) the circle mask;
4) the stencil with a design.
Now I just blend color through the stencil. I almost always use's Foam Blending Tools and generally Distress Ink, for I like the brightness. For this card I used Distress Ink Wilted Violet. I have the scrap paper right there to blot off the ink and it all is fast and easy. I love the faded look, so I try to keep the dark in one area and blend to almost nothing.
The tea pot and cups are from the SugarPea's Breakfast in Bed stamp set. I did my normal stamping onto Ranger Watercolor Paper, the smooth side, with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink and heat set with clear embossing power. They were watercolored with Altenew's 36 half pan set. After they were dry, I cut them out with the coordinating Sugarcut and popped them up with Journey Foam Squares by Spellbinders.
For the sketch design, I used Altenew's Sweet Pea Washi Tape with all the beautiful colors of the challenge and gold, too:
The sentiment on the outside came from SugarPea Designs' Floral Envie set:
I've got more fun cards coming with this set and its matching die, too!
A few enamel dots from Altenew's Green Fields set finished the front of the card:
The inside sentiment is from Altenew's Dearest Friend stamp set...another card for Friendship Day (July 30th).
I know I wrote a lot to describe the process for this CAS card. It is actually faster to make than it is to write about! Go figure...but I thank you for joining me.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Hello with The Stamp Market

Welcome to my Design Team card post for The Card Concept #149 Welcome Wee One! I was inspired by the gorgeous colors and the stripes in the towels to create my Clean and Layered card.
This was such a fun technique I made a total of 6 cards and still have leftovers for more! I started with my Pinkfresh Studio Essential Collection Dies Slimline Stripes:
There are 3 sets of different sized stripe dies in this collection. I used card stock from my stash inspired by the photo to die cut the stripes. Basically all from My Favorite Things, but a few have been discontinued: White, Black, Teal and 2 shades of Coral.
There are several ways to make a striped background. I used thin copy paper and covered it with adhesive tape runner. Then I simply laid the colored stripes onto the paper, gently snugging them together to create a panel. I did cut this down to 4" X 5 1/4". Next, I ran this through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. I used one from my stash: Kaisercraft Leaves, but of course you could use all sorts of embossing folder designs for this. I adhered this panel to a 100lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White base with double sided adhesive.
For those of you that have the Spellbinders' Glimmer Hot Foil System, as I do, I didn't realize other companies had glimmer plates. I do love Spellbinders, but when I saw The Stamp Market's clean and graphic designed plates, I wanted to give them a try. They have the word which is a hot foil plate and also the outline. You can use the outline to cut out the hot foil design or just any piece of card stock. This set is called Say Hello Foil Plate and Die and has the words: Hello and Hi in a beautiful font. They worked beautifully and I love the focal point it gives to the card front.
For this card I used Glimmer Hot Foil in Black to create the glimmered sentiment. Then I simply cut it out with the outline die and popped it up with foam squares. I like the Fun Stamper Journey's foam squares for they are not too high, easy to cut into slices and once placed, can be moved around, if necessary, until you give them a good press down. 
Here are a few other cards I made with this striped background. I have separate blog post for this one:
This one uses the outline die "hello" from the same Stamp Market Glimmer set, so it can be used in several ways:
Easy to use with a simple silhouette die cut:
This one uses the outline die "hi" from the same Stamp Market Glimmer set, so again it can be used in multiple ways:
Diagonal stripes for this CAS card:
I hope you've enjoyed my post, are inspired to enter our challenge over at The Card Concept. We look forward to seeing how you were inspired!
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