Friday, April 3, 2020

AECP All About Layering #2 with FMS #429

Hi friends and welcome to my 2nd post as a participant of the Altenew Education Certification Program:
The challenge was to create a card based on what I learn in Altenew Academy's All About Layering 2, another free class offered by Altenew. Just click on the link and you can buy it ($0.00) and watch it right away.
I wanted to use my Vintage Flowers stamp and die set that I have had for a while. When I saw the Freshly Made Sketches picture it was like the light bulb went off! 
If you look closely in the picture above you can see an outline around a group of stamps. These are the stamps that go together to create layers. I have taught 2-3-4 step stamping in the past and it makes some students anxious. If you break it down into groups, it is reasonable and easy doable. Look at the leaf image on the left. There are 3 stamps. Stamp the solid one first in a light ink. Then the next partial stamp in a bit darker ink and finally the the 3rd image with the darkest ink. What a fun quick way to ink an image!

Nicole showed many different stamps set and how to stamp their layers. In this 2nd class, she taught that stamping the outline image first works well for larger stamps. It is helpful to know that we can stamp from the bottom image up or the top image down perfectly.
I used Altenew's Chevron Stencil with Wendy Vecchi's Mark Art Station to ink blend a design on the right third of a basic white card stock. I used Ocean Waves ink and's foam blending tool, very gently, for the stencils are a bit delicate.
I used the following inks for the flowers: Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, Dusk and Desert Night and Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, and Evergreen for the leaves.
The sentiment from the Geometric Flowers stamp set has such a clean graphic font. I stamped it with Dusk ink.
A slim piece of silver card stock was glued down to help separate the right from left side. The top and bottom flowers were glued flat, the center flower is popped up with foam dots. Lastly, I used a few silver embellishments from Pretty Pink Posh's Celebration Confetti Mix.
I hope you've enjoyed this card and would consider giving layering stamping a try if you haven't in the past. It produces beautiful images!
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Card Concept 132 Easter Blessings

Hello my friends. Our Easter challenge is up for The Card Concept #132:
How do I create a card from an inspiration photo? Our Design Team has all the challenge photos through June 2020. I have printed them and spend time mulling over which part of the photo inspires me. I have been a card maker for many years so I have a pretty good stash of stamps and dies to use.
In this case I was inspired by the bird cage and knew I had a die from Memory Box called "Who Let the Birds Out". I am ashamed to say how long I've had it and never used it. So what could be flying out of or be in a birdcage? A bird, birds, butterflies? Yes! and I have the perfect stamp, again never used, from Pink and Main. It comes in a bundle or separate, but for this card I only used the stamp set:
I used the flying butterflies, stamped with Versamark Ink, on an A2 size piece of Strathmore Watercolor Paper. Next, I sprinkled Nuvo Detail Glacier White Embossing Powder over them and heat set. To watercolor, I wet the paper with clean water using my Silver Brush Size 8 Round watercolor brush. Then using Altenew's Ocean Wave pan watercolor, I dropped in the blue color. This color was a direct copy of the blue in the inspiration photo. I did some splatter with the same color, too.
The sentiment is from Altenew's Sketch Cities America stamp set and the embellishment are Pretty Pink Posh's Sparkling Clear. I have used both multiple times (I am a New Yorker!) and this set has so many possibilities.
Oh, I forgot to mention, the bird cage! The top layer was a piece of the white card stock, just big enough to fit the birdcage die. I ran a Versamark pad all over it to completely coat it. I wanted a brass look, as in the photo, so I had copper embossing powder in my stash (Stampin' Up!) and sprinkled that on the full piece coated with Versamark and then heat set. Once cooled, I ran it through my Big Shot with the bird cage die. There are 2 layers underneath - a piece of white and a piece of khaki. They were adhered together with Gina K glue, but I used a spray adhesive on the back of the die cut and then adhered to the card front. Sounds more complicated that it is.

The card base is a piece from the Earthy Paper set by Taylored Expressions. I wanted to pick up the burlap color on the lamp. I left the inside blank to complete at a time when I need to send it out to a friend - could be birthday, get well, sympathy or just a general thinking of you. At this time in the world, this sentiment is just perfect.
So how did I do from the inspiration photo? My style is Clean and Layered and I have found that is my usual style. The thing is with a challenge, is that it is totally up to you and can be almost anything. The photo or sketch is just the jumping off point. Come join us at The Card Concept Challenges - and stretch your creative muscles! 

Love to all and be safe!!!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Altenew Educator Certification Program All About Layering 1

Welcome to my first card submittal for the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). I was thrilled to be accepted into the program and have completed my first class. This is the result of watching, practicing, taking notes and experimenting, based on what I learned in the All About Layering class. This is one of the free classes graciously offered by Altenew. 
I was inspired by Nicole as she mentions several times in the classes to keep it simple. I wanted to perfect the technique, with matching points, for my first project.

To begin, I spent many hours stamping several different Altenew layering sets (Vintage Flowers and Beautiful Day) and trying all combinations of colors. It is a great reference to have in my Altenew binder. Now when I want to use one of these stamp sets in the future, I can just look at my binder to see various color layering. It is a form of swatching using what I have in my stash.

Since I only have 3 of the Red Cosmos color family, and the layering for the Beautiful Day floral image is a 4 step layer, I decided to do what Nicole taught - use generation stamping. In other words, since I didn't have the lightest color, I stamped the base with Coral Berry once on scrap paper. Then stamped it on my card base without re-inking. This is called the "2nd generation" and gave me the perfect light pink I needed for the base. This can be done up to 4 times, 1st to 4th generation, and is a great way to stretch your inks.
The colors I used for the floral image were (base to line image) Coral Berry (2nd generation), Ruby Red, Grapevine and Evergreen. The leaves are Frayed Leaf for the base, next Forest Glades and finally Evergreen for the line work. The design has coherence by having Evergreen as the line work on all images.
Another technique used for the images was masking. Nicole shows early on several different ways to stamp the leaves with the floral images and I went with masking. Whatever image you want in front should be stamped first and masked before adding the background images. I made 2 masks with Gina K masking paper - stamped the line image twice and fussy cut each separately. So easy then to stamp the leaves so they look like they are coming from the back of the flower. I keep the masks with the stamp set for future use!
The sentiment from the Beautiful Day stamp set was stamped with Altenew Jet Black Ink. The card base is Pale Grey Altenew card stock in an A2 size (4 1/4" X 5 1/2" and the sparkle is with Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear jewels.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog post today and my first class project! It was a wonderful learning experience. Looking forward to the next class!

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Wendy Vecchi with Freshly Make Sketches #428

Welcome to Sunday quarantined blog post! Actually I try to post once a week - at least that is my goal. With working from home for the time being, I have a couple of extra hours a day to be productive. Today's post is for Freshly Made Sketches weekly challenge. They have the best sketches to start inspiration working:
I have had this Wendy Vecchi set for about a month now and have stamped and colored all the images. I almost always start with's Black Hybrid Ink for stamping. I am not always sure what medium I am going to use to color and this way I am covered no matter what I choose for it won't bleed.

This set is at a amazing price point.  A little over $14.00 from It is not just a stamp set, but includes a stencil and the matching dies. Just think of all the creative possibilities just with this one set!
I taped off the rows of dots on the stencil so that I could create a gold embossed background. I covered them with Versamark ink, sprinkled with Nuvo Glitter Embossing Gold Enchantment Powder and heat set. I repeated the process about 4 times until I knew it would cover a circle for the background. I used Jillian Vance's Polka Dot Circle Backdrop die to cut the circle.
The rest was pretty simple. I am using some Papertrey Ink White card stock I have had in my stash. It is a really beautiful white color and I used it for the base and the layered piece die cut with Spellbinder's Hemstitch Rectangles. I popped it up with fun foam using Tombow Liquid Adhesive.
The polka dot circle was adhered flat to the cover after slicing a bit off the side. The butterflies were colored by some alcohol markers from my stash (Stampin' Up!'s Stamp 'n Blends) and I traced all the lines with a Stardust Clear Glittering Gelly Roll pen. It leaves such a nice subtle gleam to the image. The sentiment is from My Favorite Thing's LJD Spring Tulips set. I thought for this time in our lives it was perfect. Lastly, a few Studio Katia Gold Foil Pearls finished it off.

Thanks for visiting with me today and my sincere wish for each of you is the "Each New Day brings hope."
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Hero Arts Stay Crafty with CAS(E) Sketch #364

Hi friends! I hope we are all hunkered down in our homes practicing Social Distancing. Knowing this Hero Arts started a challenge for us to create an encouragement card and mail it, too! I combined my card with the CAS(E) this sketch challenge.

My card is Clean and Simple: I cut a simple line of circles from Simon Hurley Smooth White Card using Waffle Flower's Watercolor Swatches Die. It keeps the circles attached in a line.
I wanted to use this Hero Arts stamp set that I have had in my stash for a long time and it is still available! I think it is a classic. I first stamped with Versamark ink the beautiful little flower shown on the bottom left here:
I stamped in one way and switched it around and stamped it the other way to form a line. I used Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder and heat set. I have to say, the Simon Hurley card stock did not warp at all and takes ink blending beautifully. 

Next, I simply ink blended 5 different rainbow colors onto the circles with Distress Oxides: Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet. All favorites. I used my smallest Stamp Market blending brush because I knew I wanted to keep it very soft and blending brushes do just that. I only have one, but you just swipe it on a paper towel in between and then can use the same one for all the colors.
I cut 2 more white circles with one of my Jillian Vance's Polka Dot Circle Backdrop and stamped "thinking of YOU" from the Hero Arts stamp set on one. I glued the 2 together and then on top of the circle strip. One of the little flower from the Hero Arts set was perfect for that white space under "You". A Pink and Main Birthday Girl Glossy Dot in gold was added for a little bling.

For the sentiment in black, I cut the stamp in half for I didn't want the whole sentiment on the front. It doesn't hurt to cut stamps and they easily can be put back together if you want the full sentiment as originally intended. 

The second half of the sentiment was for the inside:
That's it! It takes more time to type the blog then it does to actually make the card! I hope everyone stays safe and gets to craft a little during this unusual time in history. I am working from home for the time being so I have an extra 2+ hours in my day since I only commute to my upstairs!
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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Waffle Flower March 2020 Challenge

Hi all and welcome to my blog post for Waffle Flower Facebook Fan Group Challenge for March 2020:

It is past March 17th, so I was trying to have the cards not look too St. Paddy's Dayish. A few months ago I purchased a $25 Grab Bag from Waffle Flower. I don't usually buy those type of packages, since I like to know what I am to receive, but I took a leap of faith in this case.  I received about 4 stamp/die bundles and was excited to used 2 of them today: In Bloom and Enveloper Hugs. I would definitely buy another Grab Bag when offered. I received much more than $25 worth of wonderful products.
Both cards were inspired by Simon Hurley's recent You Tube showing stamping with acrylic blocks. I have done this technique before, but it was fun to do again. I used an acrylic block in my stash which is 4 1/2" X 1 1/2". This way it fits perfectly across the width of an A2 panel.
Just ink up the block, just as you would a stamp, spritz with water and place on a piece of watercolor paper. I used Ranger's Watercolor Paper since it is a nice bright white. I did the block stamping 3 separate layers with Distress Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn. I liked the look, but felt it needed more. Here is where I pulled out stencils (Taylored Expressions' Double Diamond and Simon Hurley's The Loo!) and using my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Station, ink blended the same colors over the top. Much better. I like the white spaces and splatter that stamping with a block gives.
Both cards were stamped with Versafine Black Ink with my MISTI. The sentiments were quickly sprinkled with Nuvo Detail Crystal Clear powder and heat set. Gives a nice shine.
This cover card, using the In Bloom set, will be my graduation card for my amazing grand-daughter receiving a dual Masters Degree. It was supposed to be May, but of course, the coronavirus has circumvented that! But, she'll still get a card. Luckily her school colors are green, too.
My second card was a square card and I used my Kat Scrappiness Embossed Edge Square die. It leaves such a nice clean embossed border.
The sentiments are all from the Rainbow Bridge and Congrats stamp sets. Nicce to mix and match all your sets to get the most use of them.
The final touches were Wink of Stella on the images and Studio Katia's Icy Sparkle Crystals for some bling.

Thank you friends for sticking to the end. I hope you are all staying safe in your homes and finding joy in creating!

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

#TEMaker Challenge Mar 2020 Cupcakes

Hi friends. Hope you are safe and snug at your homes. Perhaps crafting a bit more than usual?! I have a quick card for the month's Taylored Expressions' Maker Challenge for March using 2/3 - Clean and Simple and White.
This is simple card starting with Taylored Expressions' Peek-A-Boo Circles die. It cuts nice clean 3 even circles with stitch lines around each.
I colored and cut 3 cupcakes using Taylored Expressions' Big Grumpy Birthday stamp and coordinating dies. I stamped with's Black Hybrid Ink and colored with my alcohol markers from my stash (Stampin' Up!). The background behind the circles is a simple ink blending with Simon Hurley's Overzealous and's foam blending tool.

I thought I'd show these stamp sets nice & large so you can see the fun, punny sentiments close up:

The inside is from My Favorite Things Sweet BD Wishes. I thought it went well with the front card sentiment.

That's it for today! Clean and Simple and White. All my favorites!

Hope you are all safe inside and not venturing out too often. Perfect time to clean, organize and create! Love to all!

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