Sunday, October 20, 2019

Impression Obsession Pumpkins for HSSIC325

I saw this Impression Obsession sentiment in their stamp set called "Pumpkin Kisses" and I knew I had to make a card with it! It's so true - October is the most beautiful month. We spent the weekend camping with friends in our RV at the local State Park. Just a beautiful weekend.
The challenge was an inspiration picture:
I choose the black & white gingham and the pumpkins to create the card. I started with Arteza 140 lb. watercolor paper and Arteza Watercolor Markers. I just purchased their large set of 96 and wanted to play with the colors. It always takes a while to learn how to use a new medium and I was happy with the results!
I stamped the sentiment with Scrapbook.com's Black Hybrid Ink several times using my MISTI. For watercolor paper, a stamp positioner is really critical. I used Lawn Fawn's Just Stitching Double Rectangles for the stitched images along the edge of the paper. These are fun - they just impress the stitch image, they don't cut the paper.

The background is Right at Home's "Gingham Background" stamped with the Black Hybrid Ink onto My Favorite Things Whip Cream card stock. I cut it at an angle and popped up with 3M Foam Tape. The card base is also from My Favorite Things  - Tango Orange cardstock.

I used sequins from Trinity Stamps which were a gift with purchase. They are a pretty iridescent orange.

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Happy October!

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Gnomes for Christmas with FMS #406

 

Hi friends! It's been a little while since I posted. We had a fun family vacation in Charleston, SC and family in town for a few days. Whew! It's been a whirlwind.

I wanted to play along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week:
I had previously colored some of these cute gnomies with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers and thought they'd be perfect for this sketch.
As I've talked about in previous blogs, I often sit and color at night while watching TV with hubby. After I colored all the gnomies and flowers, I used my Brother Scan 'n Cut to cut them out. If you dislike fussy cutting and want to save on purchasing matching die cuts, you'll love the Scan 'n Cut. Beside cutting out all the detailed images you have, you can also set the width of the border around the image. If you notice I have a small white border, all nice and even, around all the images.
To make the card, I used My Favorite Things Coral Crush card stock and sponged snow on the front. I used the Snowfall Stencil, also from MFT with Scrapbook.com's new ink blending tool.
The smallest pack comes with 2 handles and 5 domed foam covers that adhere with velcro for $5.49. They work really well and I like the smooth foam with no edges. I think this tool will get a lot of use!

To create the snow I used Scrapbook.com's Premium White ink. So nice and juicy - it created snow in a flash.
I cut a piece of Neenah White and ran it through my Big Shot with Pretty Pink Posh's Scallop frame using the magnetic platform. Next, I used these 2 die cut pieces and again ran them through the Big Shot again. This time I used the regular platform with Trinity Stamps' Diagonal Stripe Embossing Folder. The resulting pieces I glued to the front of the card with Tombow Liquid Adhesive for some nice texture.

The Gnomies & Flower were popped up with foam dimensional adhesive and the outside was finished with Trinity Stamps' Cave Crystals adhered with Gina K Connect glue. I wish I could capture their cool iridescence. 

The sentiment on the front is from Scrapbook.com's Holly Jolly Sentiment stamp set. This set is a clear photopolymer set with 30 different stamps, including a little reindeer and a few snowflakes! I had not used a Scrapbook.com's stamp set before and was really pleased with the results. Sometimes with photopolymer stamps you have to prime them, but in this case I did not! It stamped beautifully the first time. For $17.99 I think you have all the different Christmas sentiments that you would need. Large, small, typewriter font, cursive, bold, etc. All fun!
Finally the inside was finished with the "Gnome for the Holidays" sentiment from the Stampendous Holiday Gnomes set. One more little guy was glued down next to it.
Well, one more card for Christmas! Yah! I do think I will make more with the cute Gnomies!

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Addicted to CAS Challenge #169 - Creature with Waffle Flower

 
 Today's blog is my Clean & Simple "creature" card for the "Addicted to CAS" Code Word challenge:
I recently received the Waffle Flower Gym Rat stamp set and I love these little hamster guys/girls at the gym! The secret is to the challenge is to try and keep it Clean and Simple. Harder than you might think.
I made 2 cards in all, but one has a few more embellishments, so I am submitting only one on the challenge post. To create the backgrounds, using a foam applicator tool, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade and My Favorite Things Stencils (one for each card), Radiating Rays and Sun Rays, I gently ink-blended sun rays onto Neenah White 110 lb. card stock. Nice and sturdy. This has to be one of my most favorite ways to create a background! Just a little something, something behind the image.
The little gym rats were stamped with Memento Black Ink, an alcohol-friendly ink, and then colored with my Spectrum Noir markers. There are a couple flourescent colors in the set and I thought they'd be fun for gym outfits! I used the matching die cuts with my Big Shot to cut out the images.

As usual, I stamped, colored and die cut a whole ton of these images. They are so cool - a hamster wheel, a treadmill, a radio, dumbell, step bench, spotlight, hamster cage and all kinds of small background stamps - stars, lightning bolts and dotted triangles. 

Sitting with my hubby at night and watching TV gives me a lot of coloring time! I keep them in a small container and when I need to make a card, most of the work is already done!

The rest of the card is quite simple. I used the largest from the Jillian Vance's Basic Rectangle Backdrop to cut the sun ray backgrounds into a nice, clean edged rectangle. 
The panel was glued down with Tombow Liquid Adhesive and the center "creatures" were popped up with foam dimensionals.

Here are the insides:


I have one guy card and one girl card...for my favorite gym rats! Thanks for stopping by! Want to recreate or CASE (copy and share everything)?...links to the products I used (or very similar) are below:

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