Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Card Concept Fanciful Fall Zentangle

Hi friends and welcome to the 2nd Card Concept Challenge for September 2020: Fanciful Fall:
What a beautiful inspirational picture...where to start? The leaves, the colors, the designs? I went with all 3 and created a colorful Zentangled card with the Clean & Graphic Style:
What is Zentangle? As some of you may know, I have been a Decorative Painter for many years and have had the opportunity to take several Zentangle classes. 

Here is how Google described as Zentangle:

"The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We call these patterns, tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs. These simple shapes are the "Elemental Strokes" in all Zentangle art."

Zentangle is so easy and can be done on paper, rocks, canvas, just about anything. We were taught to look around in your space and look at the designs which create the 3 dimensional item. For example, look at a tree, but really look at the shapes that are in the bark. Recreate them in a doodle. With a simple Micron Pen in Black, the sky is the limit! So much inspiration in the world!

Zentangle can be free form shapes, but I choose to use Altenew's Leaf Burst Stencil to create the base of colors. I simply ink blended many colors of Altenew's Crisp Dye Ink (see list below) on Bristol Smooth Card Stock using my Wendy Vecchi Make Art-Staytion
Next, using a Micron pen I drew all different doodles, patterns or tangles inside the leaves. Since the leaves were small, I was limited in design, but I was happy with the overall pattern when finished.
The sentiment was created using my Spellbinders' Glimmer Hot Foil System and one of the Everyday Sentiment II with silver foil. I just love how clean these sentiments come out when foiled. I also created a 2nd card, but without Zentangle:
Hard to capture the rose gold foiled sentiment, but in real life it is stunning. This is Spellbinders' Effortless Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die.

This was a fun challenge and I hope you play along with us. Give Zentangle a try...there are no mistakes...just fun doodling!
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Saturday, September 19, 2020

MFT Superstar 2020 Coloring Virtuoso

Welcome to my 2nd card for the 2020 Card Design Superstar Challenge by My Favorite Things. This challenge is for the Coloring Virtuoso.

I've has this MFT stamp set in my stash for a while: Fresh Cut Flowers Background. I knew I needed a few sympathy cards so I thought this image would be perfect.
I stamped the image onto Ranger's Inkssential Watercolor paper with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink, sprinkled Nuvo's Clear Embossing Powder over it and heat set. I water colored it with Altenew's 24 pan set and Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils. While it was drying, I stamped the image again onto Gina K. Masking Paper and fussy cut. I laid the mask over the colored imaged and stamped a background over the entire picture with MFT's Romantic Script Background stamp with Tan #2 Hybrid Ink (Camel):
This created a nice soft background against the bright floral image.
The sentiment comes from MFT's More Essential Sentiments:
Such a pretty card. I used my retired MFT Blueprints 15 stitched die to finish the edges.
I made a second card in purples. All the same except the edges were created with MFT's retired Stitched DOME STAX die.
I always remember the purple lovers!
Thanks for joining me today! There are some amazing coloring virtuoso out there and many of them joined this challenge. The judges have their work cut out for them. Thank you MFT!
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MFT 2020 Superstar Clean & Simple Genius

Hi all! Welcome to my card entry for the MFT 2020 Card Design, Superstar, Clean and Simple Genius:
What a fun challenge and $4000 in prizes! I've seen some of the cards posted and they are amazing. I don't expect to win, but I always like to challenge myself and play along. I always learn something with each card I make.
This little elf, from the MFT's BB Santa's Elves is one of my absolute favorites. These images are so darling and so much fun to color.

I stamped the elf onto Ranger Inkssential Watercolor paper with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink. I colored 3 of them. I usually do this for practice and then pick my favorite for the card. Sometimes the first one turns out the best, sometimes the last one. I fussy cut out all three.
The card base was created with the new MFT set called All Lined Up Diagonally.
I stamped it onto Bristol Smooth card stock with Versamark ink and sprinkled Nuvo White Embossing Powder over it and heat set. Because Bristol Smooth has a cream cast, the white does show up, although subtle. I just like some texture in the background, even on a Clean and Simple card. I colored the elves with my Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils. The bell was colored with silver metallic pen.
The smile die is from MFT's Big Smile. "Stripping" is all the rage right now on cards - cutting various thin strips of colored card stock and adhering them to a panel of card stock. I used a turquoise, red and yellow to coordinate with my elf. I cut the Smile word about 5 times, one of them through the strips. They were glued together for a nice dimensional look.
The sentiment which was white heat embossed on black card stock comes from another great MFT set called BB Christmas sELFies. I've colored all 6 of these images and need to create a card with them...umm...maybe a slimline?
This is my CAS card for the challenge, lots of white space, 3 "images", bright and colorful. My favorite look. Thanks for joining me today and thank you to My Favorite Things for sponsoring this great challenge!
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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Altenew Poppy Garden with Watercolors

Greetings, friends! I am playing along with the color challenge from Shopping Our Stash:
You have to use at least 3 of these colors...I believed I used them all. 
I make cards for my daughter's shop, The Toadstool Shoppe, at The Cotton Company in Wake Forest, NC. One of the requests I've received is for cards that say "Let's Celebrate You" instead of "Happy Birthday". So that is what determined the sentiment on this card.
The background is an embossed resist using Altenew's Poppy Garden Stamp set and Altenew's liquid watercolor from their Brush Markers sets, Spring Garden and Tropical Fiesta. I really will just buy the liquid next time for I prefer to use my own watercolor brush for better control. I was inspired by an Altenew class created by Laura Bassen called Creative Watercolor Media. I used Altenew's Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing powder, Arches 140 lb. cold pressed water color paper and #8 Black Velvet Silver Water color brush.

Once dry, I splattered with both white acrylic paint and Altenew Gold Metallic ink spray in my Splat Box to reduce the mess of splatter! The sentiments come from My Favorite Things' More Essential Sentiments and the die cut is from Altenew's Bold Greeting Die Set. I die cut the word "you" 3 times - 2X in black and once in white. Glued the 3 pieces together, offsetting the black a bit for a shadow.
I've paired my card with an orange envelope from My Favorite Things set. I like having the Rainbow set of envelopes in my stash to change it up from a plain white envelope.
Thank you for visiting today and thank you to Shopping Our Stash for the challenge. I hope you give this technique a try. Check out the class at Altenew - there are 6 classes for about $8.95 and even if you are a seasoned card maker, you will learn. I promise.
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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Lighthouse Slimline Card with Creek Bank Creations

Hi friends and welcome to a quick post with a slimline card for CCEE Stampers challenge:
Also, NBUS, too!
Several years back my daughter and I went to a Stamp Show at the Raleigh, NC Fairgrounds. Creek Bank Creations was one of the booths there and I was fascinated with their slimline dies and stamps. I was a lucky winner of $100 door prize and headed over to their booth and  bought several, but sadly never used them. But now I have!
This card was stamped onto Ranger Inkssential Water Color Paper with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink. For me, this is the perfect combination of paper and ink for water coloring. The ranger paper has a textured side and a smooth side and it runs perfectly through my printer (when printing digital images). And it is bright white. I water colored the image with Derwent Inktense Water Color Pencils which you have seen me do numerous times. I just lay a light line of the color along the edge and pull it out with a damp brush.

The stamp set is large to fit a slimline card front and is called CBC Lighthouse Stamp. I also used Creek Bank Creations' Slim Stitched Rectangles. They are 6 dies and measure between 9" X 3.75" and 6.5" X 1.25". They seem larger than the ones I have in my stash from other suppliers. I also have their Ovals Stitched Slimline Dies which are unique. (Note: I am not affiliated with Creek Bank - these are just links so you can easily see and purchase if you'd like!)

No liquid glue was used at all for this card. I like a double-sided super adhesive as shown below for thick water color paper. Holds it nice and flat.
Thank you for joining me today and I hope you've been inspired to try a slimline card! They fit into a #10 Business Envelope and require 1 stamp in the US (if 1 oz. or less), Of course, you can make you're own envelope or buy them. MFT Stamps has just come out with a nice line of envelopes, Rainbow Garden Slimline Envelopes. Just waiting for mine to come in the mail. This won't be NBUS, for sure!

*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.

Friday, September 11, 2020

CAS Christmas Challenge Sept 2020 with #lotvcrafts

It seems to be Christmas all year round at my house. I think every other card I make is Christmas themed, but that's OK. They are so colorful and fun to make, I really enjoy them. This card is my submittal for the CAS Christmas Challenge: Christmas Tree.
Also, Never Before Used-Schtuff...keeping my stash moving along out of this category!
I have been following #livefall on Instagram lately. Her name is Lisabeth Vefall and she is Norwegian ( Lisabeth does the most beautiful coloring of adorable digital images from an etsy shop called: Lili of the Valley (#lotvcrafts).

Here is the digital image I purchased from Lili of the Valley:
I scaled the image using Microsoft word and printed on my Brother Laser printer onto to Ranger Inkssential Watercolor paper - smooth side up for printing. I fed it through the manual feed and changed the print to "Thicker" paper. It printed perfectly!
Before I colored, I used my Glimmer Hot Foil System with an Essential Glimmer Rectangle and Silver foil to run a nice bead of shiny dots all around the perimeter of the card. I wanted to do this first because I am new to this system and didn't want to have all the coloring done and then mess it up somehow! Spellbinders is having a sale through Sept. 15, 2020 with some great deals:
I colored this busy little guy with my Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils. I really like the texture it gives on this Ranger Watercolor paper. I love to use my Black Velvet Silver watercolor brushes for they have a wonderful pointed tip and make it easy to get into the smallest corner.
The sentiment came from Altenew's Happy Holidays stamp set. I liked the whimsical font to go with this image. Since this is a Clean and Simple card, I did not used any more embellishments or glitter.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed our little boy! It was fun to use a digi stamp and look forward to creating more from the Lili of the Valley Shop. 
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