Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Pink and Main Warm Holiday for Fusion Challenge

Welcome to my blog post for the Fusion Challenge Thankful:
I decided to use just the sketch with a stamp set I've had in my stash from Pink and Main called Warm Holiday. It has some really cute images and I loved the Santa with suntan lotion. I have some in-laws that have moved to Florida this year from Buffalo, New York and I think this card has their name on it!
The images were stamped with Scrapbook.com's Hybrid Black Ink on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored in with my Kuretake Zig Real Color markers. Again, a lunchtime project at work, using my portable water cup and a Silver Black Velvet #6 brush. The Zigs have such vibrant colors! I always enjoy working with them. They have a perfect flesh color (No. 071 Flesh Colour) and with the addition of a little pink (No.026 Light Pink), you have a nice sunburned Santa! I used the coordinating dies to cut out the images.
The background is a panel of Neenah Solar White die cut with the largest Kat Scrappiness Cross-Stitched Rectangle dies. Next, with MFT's Stencil: Peace Love Joy and using Scrapbook.com's new ink blending tool (domed foam toppers), I ink-blended with Distress Ink Pumice Stone. A nice warm subtle background color for this stencil.

The 3 circles were cut with Neenah Solar White using Taylored Epxression's Peek-A-Boo Circles die. Easy, fun way to make perfectly positioned windows in a card. 

The panels were adhered with Tombow Liquid Adhesive onto an A2 size of MFT Lemon Drop heavyweight cardstock. The sentiment was stamped using my MISTI and Scrapbook.com's Premium Dye Black ink.

I did pop up the cups of hot chocolate and Santa with Scrapbook.com's 3D Square and Round adhesives.

The inside is a subtle stamping of the palm tree with Scrapbook.com's Camel ink and the "Merry Christmas" is from Scrapbook.com's Holly Jolly Sentiments.

I appreciate you visiting my blog posts today and if you are interested in any of the supplies I used, all links are below. Thanks to the Fusion Challenge team for the inspiration and 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.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Pretty Pink Posh Winter Wreath for The Card Concept 123

Welcome friends...I am so glad you stopped by to check out this card I created for The Card Concept 123 challenge:
Isn't this picture just beautiful! The colors are what drew me in...turquoise, reds, oranges, yellow and black gingham. This challenge is a little different from others, for you pick a style and use inspiration from the picture to define your style:
The styles are divided into seven style themes:
  • Clean & Simple (CAS)
  • Clean & Layered
  • Clean & Graphic
  • Freestyle Collage
  • Shabby Chic
  • Classy & Elegant
  • Mixed Media 

I was definitely inspired by the colors and I believe my card is closest to "Clean and Layered:
  • clean lines
  • lots of layers
  • designer papers/embossing
  • embellishments/accents
  • clean and fresh looking
  • some colored images at times
  • white space
I started with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush makers: 2 blues, 2 yellows, 2 reds and 2 oranges. I stamped the wreath and floral images from Pretty Pink Posh's Winter Wreath stamp set onto Bristol Smooth Paper with my Scrapbook.com Hybrid Black Ink. I used a Silver Black Velvet #6 brush and my collapsible travel cup to color during my lunch hour. Back home, I cut out with the images with the coordinating die.

I do have the Brother Scan 'n Cut, but I usually will buy the coordinating die when it cuts a center part out or in between arms, etc. I haven't mastered that yet on the Scan 'n Cut! 

I stamped Right at Home's Gingham Background stamp with Scrapbook.com's Black Dye Ink onto Neenah Solar 110 lb. card stock and cut it with the largest of Jillian Vance's Basic Rectangle Backdrop Die. Next, I stamped the "Christmas Greetings" sentiment using my MISTI right in the center of what would be the wreath.

Then this card became an inlay puzzle. The wreath just fit right in the opening. Everything was adhered with Tombow Liquid Adhesive or Gina K Connect glue. Whatever was closest for me to grab! I love them both.

Lastly the flower was adhered to a scrap of ribbon I had that matched with glue dots and popped up with a Scrapbook.com small round foam adhesive. I little Zig Wink of Stella was painted onto most of the floral images and finished with Nuvo Crystal Glaze.
The inside is a sentiment from Scrapbook.com "Holly Jolly Sentiments" set. If you are looking for a great all-around Christmas sentiment set to have on hand, this is it. 30 stamps, including the cutest little reindeer:
I've used it many times this season and it's a classic.

Thank you for sticking to the end and visiting with me. If you are interested in any products I've used or mentioned, the links are below. Thank you for your support!
*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.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Trinity Stamps Have An Ice Day with Color Throwdown 569

Hi friends! Well another week has rolled around and I have a fun challenge card I made for the Color Throwdown: 
Just 3 colors: 2 purples and a green (and a neutral).  Umm...not sure why I thought of my new Trinity Stamp polar bear, but I did and am really happy with the way the card developed.
I stamped the bear and cup with Scrapbook.com Hybrid Black ink which can be used with either watercolors or alcohol markers onto Bristol Smooth paper.
I used 3 Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers: Light Violet, Violet and Light Green. Zig's are watercolor and work very well with Bristol Smooth paper.
The coloring went very quickly using a dampened Silver Black Velvet 6 watercolor brush. I like to color during my lunch hour and bring a portable cup (linked below) for water to use with my Silver brush. 

Once dry, I used the coordinating die and I ran the images through my Big Shot. It even cut out the ice skating lines which gives the image a great dimensional look. I cut a small slit between the mittens and slipped in the mug.
The card base is A2 side folding made with Neenah 110lb. and the top is from MFT's Green Room. Using 2 of Kat Scrappiness' Cross-Stitched Rectangle dies, I cut both the Green Room card stock and another piece of white. Next, I white heat embossed Stampendous' Cling Winter Blizzard stamp on the smaller white card front to give some movement in the background. Using the same Nuvo Detail Glacier White Embossing Power, I also created the sentiment. All were popped up on the front with Scrapbook.com's  Foam Squares and Circles.
The inside was the simple "Have an ice day" in the fun typewriter front that Trinity Stamps likes to use.

Well that's it for this quick card made for ctd569. Some unusual colors for a Christmas card, but I like it!

Thank for staying with me to the end and if you'd like to check out any of the products I've used for this card they are linked here:
*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.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Trinity Stamps Succulent Banner for CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hi Friends! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and able to do some fun things before Monday morning back-to-work! It's been mid 60s here in North Carolina, but below freezing at night. Winter is definitely coming.

I wanted to post my card for the November CAS Watercolour challenge - "Monochromatic".
My daughter, Jill, is in the process of buying her first home in Arizona and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use this really cute stamp and die set I picked up from Trinity Stamps. I saw that they are both in the "Last Chance" category at Trinity Stamps, so if you like them, grab them while you can!

I started with a piece of Arteza Watercolor paper and stamped the image with Scrapbook.com's Black Hybrid Ink - perfect for watercoloring. I used just one color from my Kuretake Gansi Watercolor set of 24 -#53, a really beautiful green. For watercoloring, my go to brush is a Silver #6. The whole process was really quick. I just went back several times to deepen the color in the shadow areas. Once dry, I ran it through my Big Shot with the matching die.
To put the card together, I used Neenah Solar 80 lb. card stock with Sunny Studio's Dapper Diamond Embossing Folder. Clean lines, but still gives interest. The background is the Neenah paper cut with a Jillian Vance's Basic Rectangle Die.  I like to use a rectangle die for the background to always have a perfect cut. These particular ones just cut smoothly and leave a bit of an indent for a border.
The Dapper Diamond piece was adhered to Fun Foam with Tombow Liquid Adhesive and then to the bottom of the card front. The image was also adhered with liquid glue on the bottom half, while the top half was popped up with Scrapbook.com's Double-sided Foam Squares.
The white card front was adhered to a layering piece of Gravel Grey card stock by MFT Stamps. A few Forever Green Satin and Metallic Green Confetti Mix were added at the end. The card base is MFT Stamps' Sour Apple card stock.

The inside was stamped with Scrapbook.com's Charcoal Hybrid Ink with the single house image from Stampendous' "Family Home". I have had this in my stash for a long time, but it was perfect for this situation and is still available for purchase!
I also had the set of MFT's assorted envelopes in my stash and thought I stamp the cute snail and mailbox from Trinity Stamps' "Mr. Snailman" to make a nice matching set. 
Always fun to receive an envelope with some sort of "mail art" on it. I know Jill will love her card and it will have a place on her new refrigerator!
All products I used to create this card and envelope are shown below if you'd like to check them out.

Thank you for visiting today and sticking to the end. The CAS Challenges are monthly and fun to play along and yes, challenge, yourself!

*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.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

MFT New Best Friends with Anything Goes Challenge O2319

I found a fun, new card challenge blog for a company called Repeat Impressions from Freeport, ME. The challenge is open to anyone with any style or stamp company. Always fun to play along and meet some new friends!
My card was made with My Favorite Things stamp set called New Best Friends. I started with Fabriano Watercolor Paper and watercolored the images with Arteza Watercolor Real Brush Markers. Once colored, I used my Brother Scan 'n Cut to cut out all the images and choose to leave no white border.

The background was created with Neenah Solar White using the MFT Staggered Paw Prints stencil and a gentle blending using Scrapbook.com's Fog ink. This gave a subtle something- something in the background. Next the panel was run through the Big Shot using one of the Kat Scrappiness Cross Stitched Rectangles. I loved it!
The sentiment is from My Favorite Things More Essential Sentiments. I used Brutus Monroe's Ultra Fine Sterling Embossing Power on MFT Black Licorice paper. I really liked how the silver embossing powder performed and want to try more of this brand! I am always on the hunt for the perfect embossing powder and this one is the best so far. I cut the work bubble mostly by hand.

This was such a fun card to make! If you like and enjoyed this card all the products used are linked below. Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it.

*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.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Paper Smooches for Color Throwdown 566

I am not originally from the South, but for some reason I always feel like starting my blogs with Hi Y'All! 

Today's post is for Color Throwdown #566: orange, grey and cream.

I have had this Paper Smooches city die in my stash for quite a while and I thought a city scape would be fun in these colors.
I started with a piece of My Favorite Things Cream card stock and ink blended with Range Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade. I did get one sort of splotch, but left it in anyway. Couldn't seem to blend it out. Perfection is over-rated, right?!!! 
 The city buildings were cut from Neenah white card stock and colored with a Copic Marker C5 for my grey color. 
I stamped the "Thinking of You." sentiment from the Penny Black Gentle Thoughts set with Scrapbook.com Rainy Day Hybrid Ink using my MISTI. The dog and little girl image from this Penny Black stamp set is so darling. Definitely one I want to work with soon.

To put the card together, I layered the background onto a piece of fun foam with Gina K Connect glue. Then I adhered the building flat on each side, but popped up the center with foam tape. That front card was then adhered to an A2 (4 1/4" X 5 1/2")size MFT Cement Grey card base.

Clean and simple and I really like the outcome. If you'd like to challenge yourself and expand your creativity a bit, try a card challenge, either sketch, color or both! It's really fun and usually you come up with something very new and fresh!

If you'd like to check out any products I've used today, the links are below and as always, thank you!

*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.

Impression Obsession for Freshly Made Sketches 408

Welcome to my blog post for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #408. I am running late this week with my entry, so I am going to make this quick!
My plan was to create an ink-blended night sky with lots of stars. I used Ranger Distress Inks (shown below) and splattered with both water droplets and Scrapbook.com White Ink (watered down on an acrylic block.) 

What inspired this card was actually the sentiment from Impression Obsession. It just appealed to me and the simplicity of this sketch design seemed like a perfect time to use it.

Some of the dimensional stars are from Studio Katia Iridescent Star Embellishments. They are so pretty and sparkly in real life.

Well, as promised, this post is short and hopefully sweet! All products I used are shown below if you are interested in checking them out! Thanks for stopping by.
*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.


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