Monday, May 25, 2020

Not 2 Shabby Pup in A Cup for Coffee Lovers Hop

Hello my crafty friends and Happy Memorial Day! Perfect day to post about coffee and dogs using Not 2 Shabby's Pup in a Cup stamp set. I am participating in the Coffee Lovers Hop which has the theme of caffeinated - anything with caffeine.
Jamie, the owner of Not 2 Shabby, is a talented lady. I first heard the Not 2 Shabby shop on a store recommendation posted in Facebook. I looked at her shop and saw many of my favorite stamp companies in her stock, along with some new ones. I've place several orders and she offers great free shipping discounts, free items with $60, great prices and best of all she ships the same day in most cases.
This is Jamie's first manufactured design which she had produced in time for the hop. I have to be honest, some stamp companies' photopolymer stamps don't work cleanly at first and need a lot of preparation to get a good clean image. Not the case with this set. The image and the sentiments stamped perfectly first time!
Jamie has a You Tube Channel under Not 2 Shabby, where she shows a variety of ways to color not only this set, but her own digital designs, as well as, others.
To make this card I stamped the image onto Strathmore Watercolor paper and colored with Altenew's 36 half pan set using my #8 Silver Black Velvet brush. This watercolor is very smooth and creamy and stays vibrant! I stayed with purples and turquoise for the whole card. The eyes and cheek dots were with added once dry with a white gel pen. A little Spectrum Noir Sparkle was added to his eyes and nose. When all had dried, I fussy cut out the pup in a cup.
The background was created with a stencil I had in my stash and using Wendy Vecchi's Make Art Station, it was held easily down with the magnets in the set. I ink blended 2 of Altenew's Crisp Dye Inks (turquoise and wisteria) unto an A2 size of Neenah 100lb. Once I was happy with the blending, I die cut the panel with one of Jillian Vance's Basic Rectangles.
I also cut a circle using Jillian Vance's Polka Dot Circle set and sliced off a bit of the right side. I have to say, the Jillian Vance's dies are so sturdy, have not warped at all for me and leave a beautiful border. I stamped the front sentiments directly onto the card base and the white circle using my MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink. Finally, I glued the white circle flat to the card and popped up the pup with Scotch 3D foam.
The inside is from the stamp set, a simple Happy Birthday and one little heart. I did not add any extra embellishments for I thought this could be a masculine card.

I hope you've enjoyed my 2nd Pup in a Cup card and stayed tuned for #3!

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Not 2 Shabby Pup in A Cup

When I first saw Not 2 Shabby's Pup In A Cup I know I wanted to use it to submit a card (or 2 or 3!) for the Coffee Lovers Hop going on this week:

This cute set is the first stamp set designed by Jamie, the owner of the Not 2 Shabby shop. How exciting to be able to create your first design and see it come to fruition! The stamp stamped beautifully first time out and I look forward to more to come. This week Jamie is having a sale and free shipping at $35. Most times I have ordered the shipping is done within hours! 

I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and water colored with Altenew's 36 half pan set. I also stamped the image onto a piece of masking paper and fussy cut. Once the image was dry, I laid the masking paper over it, and ink blended the herringbone pattern with Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade and Pick Raspberry - always a perfect combination!
I stamped the bow twice and colored it once with yellow and once with pink and fussy cut them out. Glued down with Tombow Liquid Adhesive and a Pink and Main gem on top. A little Bubblegum twine rounded out the image.

I have a friend who owns a Pug and is going through a difficult time. I had her in mind when I created this card.

Well I hope you've enjoyed this card and give Jamie's shop a try and enter into the hop if you have time this week!

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Hero Arts-Gina K No Line Watercoloring

Hi friends...welcome to my post showcasing my challenge card for both Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches:

The colors for the challenge were yellow, grey and white and the lay out a simple layered rectangle. I thought I would try my hand at no-line water coloring which is the rage right now. I stamped the floral image of the collaborative stamp between Hero Arts and Gina K. Designs call Friendship Blooms using Antique Linen Distress Ink:
I used a #8 Silver Black Velvet water coloring brush and Altenew's 36 half pan set to color the image. This brush has a nice sharp point and holds a good amount of water. I used Warm Sunshine, Fresh Lemon and a bit of Sunkissed for the flowers.
I stamped the floral image onto masking paper and fussy cut it out. I laid the mask over the dry water colored image and set the piece on my Wendy Vecchi's Make Art Station. For the background I used a stencil called "Little Boxes." It is a 6" X 8" stencil so it easily covers the whole front image. Gently I ink blended Altenew's Gray Denim over the whole background.
To finish the card I cut the background with my Jillian Vance's Basic Rectangle die and also created a small border with the same set and a piece of ombre gray in Altenew's Rock Collection 6" X 6" paper. The sympathy set is from Honey Bee "With Sympathy" stamp set and Honey Cut die set. The final embellishments are from Trinity Stamps called "Cave Crystals":
They are a beautiful flat iridescent finish.
The inside is from My Favorite Things "Deepest Sympathy" set. This set has such wonderful sentiments for a sympathy card. Sometimes it is hard to know just the right words to use.

Thanks for sticking to the end and I hope you are all safe and don't need this type of card anytime soon!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

SugarPea Mix It Up Slimline Card

Hello friends! Another month has rolled around and another creative challenge from SugarPea Designs:
These mix-it up challenges are fun for you can use the image, the colors, the sketch or all 3!
I did a combination of the colors and some of the sketch for this slimline card using the Strike Up the Band stamp set:
Slimline cards are so easy to make and they fit into a standard #10 envelope (business size). My overall card measures 9 1/2" X 4". Cut from an 8 1/2" X 11" sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 110# card stock. I cut it 9 1/2" long and 8" wide. Scored at 4". The scene was cut from Bristol Smooth card stock 3" X 9" which left a nice white border all around. 
The scene path, clouds and banner were made with Trinity Stamps Slimline Card Series. There are so many options now with the longer dies, but I thought a colorful path would be fun.  All the images were colored with Altenew Alcohol "Artist" Markers. The path and sky were created by ink blending Distress Ink - Blueprint Sketch and Twisted Citron. Really bright and vibrant!
I used the "Happy Birthday" from the Jukebox Jive SugarPea set on the inside with one more fun little guy hanging onto a balloon! I have some colorful envelopes in my stash from Trinity Stamps for these slimline cards and chose one to coordinate. No extra postage required!

If you haven't tried making a slimline card - give it a go. Scenes are fun to create when you have a lot of real estate!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

AECP#7 Celebration: Stencil Techniques

Hi friends and welcome to my card for the next class in my AECP (Altenew Education Certification Program) journey. This Altenew Academy class was taught by Laurel Beard. If you think you can't learn anything new, think again! Every one of these classes taught me a least 3 new techniques.
For this card, I dry embossed the stencil unto the card front. Using the stencil like a die, I ran the Stone Wall Stencil from Altenew through my Big Shot using the Embossing Pad. This just puts pressure on the paper and indents the design. I tried to capture the dimension in the picture, but its hard to see.
The next step was to put the stencil back on the card front and ink blend over it so that the debossed areas are kept white and the rest has a soft blend. I used Gray Denim ink.
The card was finished with the Rose Flurries 3D Dies using Altenew's Gradiant card stock. Makes it so easy since the layering colors are already chosen for you. The sentiment is from the Bold Greetings die set, die cut 3 times out of black card stock and layered together. The little squares around the edges were the result of die cutting Spellbinders' Hemstitch Rectangles. Love that look!
My next stencil project used the Diamond Builder Stencil flipped around 4 times and ink blended with Sweet Leaf, Turquoise, Gray Denim and Tide Blue. Laurel showed how to put a dash line on the stencil design for a little added detail and I did so with a white gel pen. I wanted to use it in a simple frame to keep in my craft room. I like to change these frames out from time to time and this was a fun colorful design. The sentiment is from Altenew's Crafty Life stamp set.

This was so much fun to learn new techniques and try new things. Give Altenew Academy classes a try!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Card Concept Challenge #135 Red, White & Blue

Welcome to The Card Concept challenge for Red, White & Blue! My style card is Clean and Layered.
I was most inspired by the patriotic theme of the picture and wanted to use this beautiful American Flag stamp from Impression Obsession:

This was a little tricky for it is a one piece stamp and I wanted the fields of blue stars and the stripes of red not overlapping in color. I tried stamping, but the colors always overlapped and did not look right.
I ended up stamping the image with Versamark Ink and sprinkling with white embossing powder on Bristol Smooth card stock. Next, I ink blended 2 Distress Inks over the card, Blueprint Sketch and Candied Apple. My 3rd step was to stamp the image twice - once with the Blueprint Sketch and once with the Candied Apple. I fussy cut the images. Where the blue and red meet I used liquid adhesive to adhere the 2 parts over the white embossed, ink blended background for the final look.
The sentiment is from SugarPea Designs Ooh La La set which has been discontinued, but still available on the Not2Shabby website. I thought it was perfect for this card.
I finished with a few Heart Jelly Drops from Trinity Stamps' Boiled Sugar Mix. They come in different sizes and are so clear, you can see the colored ink right through them! Here is a nice large picture so you can see them close up:
I believe we are all feeling very patriotic, especially this year. I hope you enjoyed the bright card and play along with the challenge!

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