Sunday, December 8, 2019

Simon Hurley with Freshly Made Sketches #414


Hi friends...well Christmas is fast approaching and those Christmas cards need to get finished! I make Christmas cards almost all year long and never tire of the cute images that keep coming out year after year. If you are not aware of Simon Hurley, the designer of the stamp set I am using today, he started at 14 years old making videos and designing cards. Fast forward to today, he has graduated high school and has his own line of stamps (he hand-draws the design) and inks with Ranger. What a great story. Kudos to him and his family for supporting his dream!
My card today is for submittal to Freshly Made Sketches #414. I thought the little guy caroling was the perfect vertical image as shown in this sketch.

I actually made 2 cards - one in a red and one in an olive. The "FA LA LA" is from MFT Die-Namics line, but no longer available on their website. I linked to the shop I purchased from, but there are others online. The stamp set itself has a stamp with "Fa La La" so if you didn't have the die, you could this stamp.
The caroler and his dog were stamped with Hybrid Black ink onto Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with Zig Real Clean Brush Markers. I fussy cut out the images and glued them directly to the card. The stars are from the Christmas Card Kit from Pink and Main. That kit is still available and it has my all-time favorite car stamp in it. VW Bug with presents on top! It's an exclusive kit and the stamp set is only available with that kit. But here is the inside of these cards with Simon's fun hand written fonts.
Simple card, but I really like Simon's cute style and the sentiments with a bit of humor!

I know this is a really busy time of year, so if you have read this far, I appreciate it! All products mentioned are shown below. Have a good, crafty week!

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Card Concept #125 with Waffle Flower

I have so delighted to have been invited to join the Design Team for The Card Concept! As a Design Team member I will create 2 cards per month based on the card challenge. But for December, there will only be one challenge and this is the inspiration picture:
I really enjoy making Clean & Layered cards and was inspired by the gingham plaid pillows, the bright red, white snowflakes and the pop of green.

I just love the stamp/die set from Waffle Flower, Oversized Merry. Clean and Simple in its own way and the die word Merry can be used with all kinds of papers: glittered, watercolored, scrapbook, ink-blended, etc.
I stamped Right At Home's Gingham Background with Catherine Pooler's Midnight ink using my MISTI. It is a really strong dark black and I knew it would show well on red card stock. Once it was totally dry, I used an Embossing Buddy to run powder all over the panel. Next, I stamped the snowflakes, one and at time, with's White Pigment Ink. I sprinkled Nuvo White Detailed Embossing powder over the white while it was still wet. I find you get a much whiter image using white pigment ink rather than Versamark. I heat them a few at a time.
Next, I ran the die cut "Merry" through my Big Shot 3 times using Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock. I glued the 3 pieces together with Gina K. connect glue so that a nice thick chipboard-like piece was created. I adhered it to the front at an angle. 

Lastly, I stamped the word Christmas on green cardstock the same way I did the snowflakes. Nice white image. The word was cut out with an Avery Elle's Sentiments die.
The inside sentiment is from's Holly Jolly sentiments. A very generic sentiment good to send to anyone!

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this card and follow the Design Team and they create each month. Or how about playing along? Thanks for sticking to the end and all products are shown in the links below:
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Guest Designer for Color Throwdown 572 with Waffle Flower

Welcome to my blog as guest designer this week for Color Throwdown #572: turquoise, green, gold & white. It's really quite an honor, to win a challenge, and then be the guest designer. 

I started by coloring the 3 singing Hamsters from Waffle Flower's Winter Hamsters Combo with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. This set is so well designed. It is 3 stamps with 9 hamsters, but they are in groups: 3, 4 and 2:

There are 4 dies that cut out the hamsters in groups. Really well thought out.
Next, I used a piece of Simon Hurley's 100 lb. white card stock to ink blend an oval. I just bought Taylored Expression's Designer Masking Stencils. I bought the set of 4, they come in squares, rectangles, ovals and circles and have both positive and negative shapes. I started with the large oval piece shown on the right here and lightly held it to the card stock with a bit of adhesive.

I used's domed Ink Blending Tools to gently blend Simon Hurley's Clear Skies and Later Gator around the edges.

Next, I used Taylored Expression's Topsy Turvey Stencil on the white oval in the center by placing the negative mask around it. I dabbed Versamark ink through the stencil until it was saturated and sprinkled with Taylored Expression's Fine Detail White Embossing Powder and heat set. Then I removed the mask and realigned the stencil in the center. I used a somewhat dry baby wipe and dabbed it through the stencil on the colored portion of the card.
I really enjoyed using these Taylored Expression masks. I can envision so many more uses!
You aren't seeing the white embossed area in the picture very well, unfortunately. Couldn't seem to capture it.
The center is an oval cut from Vellum and I embossed a slight edge around it with Nuvo Glitter Embossing Powder - Gold Enchantment. I used the same gold embossing powder for the sentiment: FA-LA-LA.
The outside images have some Nuvo Crystal Glaze on parts and I added a few Nuvo Drops Gloss Caribbean Ocean. I used fun foam to adhere the base of the card and then to an A2 card base of the same Simon Hurley card stock. First time I've used it and I really like it.

The inside is a fun sentiment from Christmas Fun Card Sentiments.

Thanks for sticking to the end and thank you to Color Throwdown for inviting me today.

If you are interested in any of the items used today all links are shown below. Happy crafting!
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gerda Steiner Share Your Design Challenge Nov. 2019 Chicken Scratch

Hi all! I am submitting a card this month for Gerda Steiner's November Share Your Designs Challenge. My first time with this challenge. I have loved Gerda Steiner's cute, cute designs for many years and have had the stamp and die set in my stash. 

I stamped the background, using my MISTI, on a pre-folded A2 card base from The stamp set is from Impression Obsession: Chicken Wire  and I used Distress Oxide Vintage Photo.
I had cut the frame with Kat Scrappiness' Wood Grain Frame out of Neenah Desert Storm. Using the's domed ink blending tool and Distress Oxide Vintage Photo, I darkened up the frame around the edges.

The images were stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock with's Hybrid Black Ink. I water-colored with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I did cut them out with my Brother Scan 'n Cut even though I had the matching die cuts! I couldn't find the dies until after I had already cut them out. Isn't that always the way? A few Cave Crystals from Trinity Stamps finished off the front!
This set has such cute punny sayings...just perfect to send to a friend!
For any of the products mentioned in this post, just click on the links below and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Sugar Pea Mix It Up Challenge #61

Another fun Christmas Card Challenge for Sugar Pea Designs. This one is a Mix-Up, so you can be inspired by either the colors on the left, or the sketch on the right, or both!

I used both for my card. I love to watercolor cards and create backgrounds. To start, I cut a 2 -5" X 7" piece of Arches 140 lb. cold press paper and secured it to an acrylic board. I use delicate painter tape. I then wet the entire piece with wide brush and then dropped on the following colors using my Kuretake Gansi Watercolors and a No. 8 Silver Black Velvet:
No. 58 Green
No. 44 Khaki
No. 20 Brown
No. 90 Gold.
I have such a large picture to try to show the center white panel. I used Simon Hurley's Back Splash Stencil over Neenah 100 lb. white card stock. I just dabbed Versamark over and over with the full pad straight down until the stencil design was covered. Then I used Ranger Detailed White Embossing powder over all of it and heat set. Once dry, I ran it through my Big Shot with one of Kat Scrappiness' Never Ending Rectangles.

Once the watercolor paper was dried, I cut out a star with my's Nested Star Die set. I also ran the other finished piece through my Big Shot with  one of Kat Scrappiness' Stitched Rectangles to give a nice clean edge.

The sentiment was gold heat embossed on MFT's Mike Chocolate card stock using a's sentiment from Holly Jolly and Nuvo Glitter Embossing Powder - Gold Enchantment. Just beautiful, but hard to capture in a photo. The fun shape for the sentiment strip was from MFT's Tag Builder Blueprint #6. A few Studio Katia gold foil pearls finished the front of the card.
The inside is also from the Holly Jolly stamp set with a small water-colored star and the little reindeer from that set.

I've linked all the products used below if you are interested in checking them out. With a few basic supplies, you can get a wide range of cards!

Thanks for sticking to the end!

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Handmade Holiday Parade

Hello Friends and Happy Thanksgiving!
I have been graciously invited by to take part in their inspiring Handmade Holiday Papercrafting Parade Hop! I was very excited to take part and know it will be filled with fabulously festive holiday crafting. Please join us as we celebrate a week of unbelievable deals on's exclusive products. Be sure to leave a crafty comment at every stop along the way of this amazing parade hop to qualify for an unbelievable GIVEAWAY!
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Have you ever watched Food Network's show "Chopped"? The contestants are given a basket of various and unusual foods and must create a meal out of those items. Well, this felt a bit like that to me! We were given select items that had to be the focus of our cards and we could add a few items, if needed. For those of us who are card makers, we had from's brand: Nested Star Dies, 2 Christmas Stamp sets, Neehah white 80 lb. flat card front and pre-scored card bases, adhesives, 5 Hybrid Inks and domed blender tools. I've linked all items below so you can get a closer look. 
To begin, I sketched out about 5 different designs and then I stamped all the images onto copy paper in various colors to get a feel for the proportions. I feel that I am basically a Clean and Simple card maker and have to stop when cards get too busy. I tried several different designs, but at last settled on this one.

The design ticked all the boxes: stars, 5 ink colors, stamp set, ink blending and lots of adhesive!
I started with 2 pieces of the Neenah 80lb. pre-cut card base (4 /1/4" X 5 1/2"). One piece I ran through the Big Shot with Lawn Fawn's Rectangle Stitched die to give some interest at the borders of the card. Next, I used's "Little Boxes" stencil with Ranger's Translucent Embossing Paste and "painted"  the clear paste through the stencil in a random pattern. Once dry, I cut 3 star shapes from the panel using the 2 smallest the's Star dies.  

On the second panel, I ink blended from top to bottom, Ballet Slipper, Cardinal Red, Pine Green and Midnight Blue behind the open areas of the top panel with the stars. I used's new foam ink-blending tools. If you have struggle with marks and ridges with other foam blending tools, give these a try. They are domed, so no hard edge!
The next step was to use's Tree Stencil with the foam blending tool to blend their Premium Pigment White Ink onto the areas with color. 

I took one of the stamp sets from the Christmas Fun Card Sentiments and cut the first line off from the stamp, so only "It's Christmas" could be stamped by itself. It easy to put it back together to use a one piece in the future, but doing it this way is easier and makes the stamp more versatile. 

Here are my tips for obtaining a good white embossed sentiment:
1. Treat the card stock with powder tool. I even use cornstarch with a paint brush. In this case I used EK Success Powder on Lawn Fawn's Black Licorice card stock.
2) Stamp the sentiment with a white pigment ink. I used's White Premium Pigment ink. I used my MISTI and stamped several times, but an acrylic block will work, too.
3) Quickly sprinkle with white detail embossing powder while still wet. I used Nuvo Detail Glacier White
4) Preheat your heat tool for about 30 seconds. Heat set the sentiment starting from the back and move back and forth, on both sides.
5) Once melted, stop. Do not heat any more.
6) Let cool and dry. Gently remove the remaining powder/corn starch with a microfiber cloth or gently with your hand.
7) In this case, I trimmed it out with Avery Elle's sentiment strips. I really prefer a sentiment strip die, for I struggle with getting a straight, even cut by hand or cutter.

I added lots of 3D foam squares. They pull off the backer in a line so they were easy to add to the back of the card. I wanted to be sure the card will remain flat in the mail. At this point, the card was just put together one layer on top of the other.

The inside was the other "half" of the stamp set: "Eat, Drink & Be Merry (repeat whenever necessary)". Fun card to send to just the right person!
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Here are all the products I used today. Many, many creative cards could be made with these few products. Give it a try!
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