Saturday, May 8, 2021

Mother's Day Card & an Announcement

Happy Mother's Day friends! So happy for all the wonderful mothers out there and remembering our dear mothers no longer with us. Today I wanted to share this card for Mom. I am playing along with The Paper Funday Challenges Anything Goes and their Optional twist: Florals.
As of this writing, May 8, 2021 through tomorrow, May 9, 2021 The Stamp Market is having a sale. This would be a great time to pick up some of their high quality products:
Back to the card!
Once I ran the Ranger Watercolor Paper and the Ready To Bloom Die through my Big Shot Machine, I had several pieces to watercolor. Some of the die comes out in one piece, but then there are a few separate pieces which are nice for layering. I recently took a watercolor class and bought this Daniel Smith color-Permanent Violet so I thought I'd use it:
Such a pretty color, isn't it? Just dabbed on a bit of color here and there on the flowers using a Silver Black Velvet Brush which are my favorite for watercoloring for cards. I always try and leave white when coloring with any medium - it gives movement and sparkle! I learned that first hand from Judi Betts, a wonderful artist. If you have a chance, check out her site. I was fortunate to take a class from her here in Raleigh, NC with my daughter. There were only 4 of us in the class, so we got a lot of personal attention.
I placed the floral die cuts onto a ink blended background made with Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Cable Knit Stencil using Bearly Art Craft Glue. I have been using this glue for awhile and love the tiny tip and the great pin the keeps it from clogging.

The Cable Knit panel was from my stash, so I am not even sure what color I used, but it had the same tones as the Daniel Smith paint so I was happy with it.
The center of each floral die cut has a bit of Ranger's Golden Rod Stickles. The die cut word "MOM" is from Pretty Pink Posh Mom/Mother Scripts die. I cut it 3X from white cardstock and once from Spellbinders' Gold Mirror Cardstock then glued together with Bearly Art Craft Glue for a nice dimensional sentiment.
The inside sentiment comes from Stamping Bella Curvy Girl Holding Hands:
So that is my Mother's Day card for this challenge. Now for the announcement: I am so excited to share that I will be joining the Design Team for The Paper Funday Challenges! The challenges are posted the first Weds. of every month and I am working on the June 2021 now, so stayed tuned!

Thank you for staying to the end and hope that you will link back again to follow new challenges.
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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Crazy Bird Get Well Card

Hi crafty friends! Today I am playing along with Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge:
Tim Holtz's Bird Crazy Stamp Set is a classic which I have in my stash for several years now. I pulled it out, along with the coordinating die, to create a get well card for a high school friend of my husband who is on a long road to recovery. I thought a punny bright and cheerful card might give him a laugh.
Whenever I choose to create an ink blended background, I almost always use Bristol Smooth card stock, so the the blend is just that, smooth. In this case, I used 3 Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron with Scrapbook.com's foam blending tools. Once I was happy with the blend, I flicked some water droplets on the panel, let it set for about 30 seconds, and lifted some of the ink with a blue shop towel. I use these towels because they do not have design on them, they are thicker and hold up better than a paper towel. Available at any Walmart, Target, Lowes, etc.

I used Jillian Vance's Basic Rectangle Backdrop Die Set to get that nice clean embossed edge around the front panel.
You can see the nice edges here:
My little bird was stamped with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink and watercolored with the Distress Ink colors, but adding in Walnut Stain and some Candied Apple. Once dry, I cut it out using the coordinating die with my Big Shot Machine. Finally I added Nuvo Glaze Crystal Clear to the eyes.
I used i-crafter's Comic Half Tone Dots Stamp to create the speech bubble and exclamation stars around it with the nice crisp dark Altenew Obsidian Black Ink:
I use my Misti Stamp Positioner so I can stamp about 3 times in the same position to get the look I wanted. The word "OUCH" comes from Art Impressions' Doggy Kisses Stamp set. I've used this many many times and usually reach for it when I need some sort of a get well card.
The inside is also from this Doggy Kisses set:
I hope this cheers up our friend a bit and gives him a smile. Thank you to Happy Little Stampers for the challenge!
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Lots of Love

In the world of card making florals are always very popular and this challenge brings out the best in florals! Welcome to my Design Team card blog for The Card Concept #154 Happy Mother's Day:
I was inspired by the jar of flowers and the colors of pink and green for my Clean and Layered Card. 
The overall size of this card is 8 1/2" X 3 1/2". I used Whimsy Stamps Slimline Scenic Countryside Die Set to create the frame with mitered corners!
I made the background (using the center panel of the slimline die) with Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Cable Knit stencil and Scrapbook.com's Diamond Stitched Stencil. I had to double up the Cable Knit stencil since it is 6 1/2" long, but I knew the jar and flowers would cover any mismatching. Ink blended Distress Ink Twisted Citron with Altenew's Large Ink Blending Tool:

I only have one of these large ink blending tool and find it works very well. I save it for when I have a large area in basically the same color. In this instance it was perfect.
The jar was cut with Sizzix's 2 pc. Jar Framelit #664890. I used The Stamp Market Bubble Gum Premium Dye Ink to ink blend in from the sides in an attempt to make it look more rounded. The sentiment was from The Stamp Market Most Wonderful 8 pc. stamp set that came with a recent card kit and is unfortunately no longer available.
The flowers are from The Stamp Market Field Flowers Stamp set and coordinating die.

To stamp the flowers and leaves I used all 5 of my colors from The Stamp Market: Cotton Candy, Peach, Bubble Gum, Raspberry and Leafy. I love pink and green together and was so pleased with the way the flowers turned out. This stamp set has 21 pieces with 2 to 3 stamps for each flower. By layering colors you can give more dimension to the image.
My one suggestion for these type of flowers with long stems, is to die cut the flower first before stamping. Use a stamp positioner such as the MISTI to place the negative piece in the corner and then the put the positive piece back. Line up the stamp on top of the positive/negative set, close the lid, open and ink and stamp. 
Why this way? Long images in photopolymer or clear stamps are flexible and may not get stamped perfectly to fit the die. If you like to mass produce images, the is a quick way to get the job done perfectly. 

I tied some gold twine around the jar and adhered a tiny bow cut from gold glitter card stock. Lastly the 2 cute little butterflies came from SugarPea Designs Floral Envie set. Don't overlook the tiny images in your sets. They can add so much to the overall design of a card.

Thanks for sticking to the end with me. I hope you have a chance to play along with us at The Card Concept #154 Happy Mother's Day!
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Monday, April 26, 2021

Father's Day Cards with Sizzix

Welcome friends to my first Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!
This Group has a fun challenge for us created by Dawn called All About Occasions:
I used my Sizzix World's Best Dad stamp set, along with Ranger Watercolor Paper, The Stamp Market Color Crush Watercolor set and a Silver Black Velvet brush to create these cards:
Here is a close up of the Sizzix stamp set called World's Best Dad designed by Katelyn Lizardi. If you want a good deal, as of this post, it is on sale for $2.00!
For me it doesn't matter whether you watercolor first, then stamp and heat emboss or visa-versa. But for these card (I made 2) I did stamp with Altenew Obsidian Black ink and sprinkle with Altenew's Crisp Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. When totally dried, I wet some of the area of the A2 card front with water and dabbed in the beautiful watercolor blues from The Stamp Market Half Pan Watercolor set.
I mounted both cards to a A2 sized card base made from Hero Hues Premium Dove White Card Stock. For me, this 120 lb. card stock is much easier to score and fold as opposed to other brands.
The fun inside sentiment is from Taylored Expressions' Punny Man Stamp Set. I believe this was a free stamp set for purchases over a certain amount. When you can, it's nice to take advantage of all the free offerings.
Well, that's my post for today and I hope you get a change to visit the Sizzix website for all the amazing sales going on now. Always nice to get a good quality product for a reduced price and 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.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge April 2021

Welcome to my post for the SugarPea Mix It Up Challenge for this month - April 2021:
Also, playing along with NBUS for most of the products I used today were used for the first time on this card:
For this card I used the sketch only:
This was so fun to put together. I had colored and cut all the images from the SugarPea Designs Hey Summer stamp and coordinating die set earlier this year. Love to use items from my "already created" pile to pull a card together. This makes it quicker, but there is still a lot of thought that goes into each card in terms of color and design. 
The images were stamped onto Ranger Watercolor Paper and colored with  Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I love using these markers especially for browns and flesh colors. And the good thing is you buy the set and then can buy the individual markers to replace the ones that you use the most. Next, using my Big Shot, cut out with the coordinating dies:
The fun feature of the die cut for the standing bear is that it cuts around the arm, so that the bear can be holding something - flowers, a present, a heart...you can mix it up to suit the occasion.
The balloons are from the SugarPea Designs Birthday Balloons Stamp set and matching die called Party Balloon. What drew me to this particular balloon set was the way the stars, hearts and dots are concave giving the balloons such great dimension. The balloons were stamped with Scrapbook.com's Hybrid Inks: Cyan 2 Oasis and Orange 3 Orange Spice. A good coat of Scrapbook.com's Glitter Brush Marker was added to the balloons. Because the ink used were hybrid inks, they dry very quickly and you can add a liquid sparkle over it without bleeding.
I also really like the font for the sentiments in the Birthday Balloons. Whimsical but not too childish.
The Party Balloon die can be used with many other mediums, too and you can tie a thin strand of string on it for a 3D effect on your card. In this case, I didn't but will for the next time I use it! This is under $3.00 and can really be used in many, many ways.
Let's talk about the background. I used my all time favorite, SugarPea Designs Card Front Builder II for the tiny dotted edge and the horizontal stripes cut out of the front. It's fun to have that cut out so you can add a pop of color through the slats.
The sentiment, Yay! came from the SugarPea Designs Seeing Stars stamp set:
Love this card. Could be masculine by changing out the flowers for something else - like the beach ball and using the stamp "DUDE" from the same Hey Summer set. Lots of possibilities.
Thanks for joining me today and thank you to SugarPea Designs for their amazing stamps and dies and to NBUS for continuing to challenge me to used my "Schtuff"!
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