Sunday, March 31, 2019

NC Demos March 2019 Blog Hop

Welcome friends! Thanks for stopping by to check out Stampin' Up!'s North Carolina Demos Blog Hop for March 2019. Our theme is "Cute Critters"! Stampin' Up! has many cutie patoodie critters, but since we are dog lovers in our family, I choose "Bella and Friends" to create a card.
I took a few pictures of the steps I took to create the center sky image. First, I stamped Bella and her bird friend on Shimmery White with Memento Black ink and colored with Stamp 'N Blends. Next, I created a mask, by stamping the same design and fussy cut it out and paste over the images to cover completely. Here is the image with the mask:
With Coastal Cabana and my favorite Stampin' Sponges, I ink blended in a circular motion the entire paper. The more you use your sponges, the better they work. Good inky sponges will blend beautifully.
Once I was happy with the depth of color, I used the cloud stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks to create the clouds. I used a damp (with water) blue shop towel and dabbed gently in the cloud. Be gentle, for the paper will pill if you rush it. It leaves soft pretty clouds.

Next, to create a scene I masked the grass area and ink blended Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight to create a green. I did this so that the grass would have the same tones as the sky background. The grass blades are from the "Sheltering Tree" stamp set with Granny Apple Green.
I added Daffodil Delight with some masking tape to create sun rays. A bit subtle but they are there.
The front of the card was finished using the "Rectangle Stitched Framelits" on each layer and stamped with a sentiment from "Bella and Friends". The corrugated heart is a fun accessory which comes in a pack with ovals and tags. The red heart was punched out from the "Dog Builder Punch" painted with "Wink of Stella" for some shine.
The inside of the card has another Bella, colored and fussy cut. This sentiment is from "Sheltering Tree" stamp set. The matching envelope (Stampin' Up!'s envelopes are so soft and smooth) was stamped using the Stamparatus so I could evenly move the platform plate down and have perfectly placed images.
I hope you've enjoyed this Cute Critter card and continue along with the hop. I am sure you will see some inspiration for cute critter cards!

Here is the line up:
Tina Lesson -
Trish Todd
Toni Campana -
Sue Stapp
Tracie Evans Langley -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Laurie Meier
Frances Wagner -
Anita Trippi - You are here.

To start at the beginning of the hop and see what wonderful critter Jackie Claes has created just click on this button:

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Colour Inkspiration #52 meets Freshly Made Sketches #381

Welcome to my blog post for the Colour Inkspiration Challenge #52 and Freshly Made Sketches #381:

My daughter asked me to make her a card for a co-worker about to retire. He rides motorcycle so I knew I had the perfect stamp set "One Wild Ride". One of my favorite things about card making is that I can personalize the card to the person and the occasion. Although the colors reminded me a bit of St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to challenge myself to use those colors. The sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches #381 was such a clean and simple design it was perfect turned on the side!
I stamped the motorcycle with Memento Black Ink onto Whisper White card stock then I created a mask for it with Inkadinkado masking paper. To create the mask stamp the image onto the white side of this particular paper and fussy cut the image. Once the image is covered with the mask you can stamp over it and the first image will always appear in front. I wanted both the tire treads and the balloons to appear behind the motorcycle.
I used both greens in the ground and the balloons. The tire tread, the sentiment and the splattered are all done in Early Espresso. There is a small sliver of Silver Foil card stock showing around the central image.

The inside has a couple of great sentiments: the large one is from the "En Route" stamp set and the small one is from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" stamp set.

Fun card to make and I hope it hits the mark for this special retirement. If you would like to recreate this card and purchase any products from my Stampin' Up! store (open all day/every day!) just click on any image below and thanks for sticking to the end!
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