Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Beautiful Blossoms with Altenew

Hello my friends and welcome to November 2023 Beautiful Blossom Challenge where florals are always the focal point:
Here is our gorgeous inspiration photo for this month - not required to use, but sure is a good "jumping off" place!
I made 4 cards with Altenew's Beautiful Day Stamp Set. This is an older set that I reach for over and over. It makes perfect "almost" one-layer cards. Here I was inspired by the inspiration photo and used those colors.
I have been loving Ranger Ink's Distress White Heavystock Paper and have been using it for card fronts and card bases. Makes for a really nice sturdy card and can handle inks, sprays, pastes, etc. so well.
For my cards I used mostly Altenew's Crisp Dye Inks. The base was always the lightest layer and then got progressively darker. 
Here they are by Altenew color unless otherwise noted:
Pink:                                                    Blue:
1) Pink Diamond                                      1) Sea Breeze
2) Ruby Red                                            2) Tide Blue
3) Catherine Pooler Rockin' Red                3) Desert Night
4) Obsidian Black Pigment Ink                  4) Obsidian Black Pigment Ink

Yellow:                                                Orange:
1) Simon Says Stamp Lemonade                1) Marigold
2) Simon Says Stamp Sunbeam                 2) Autumn Blaze
3) Simon Say Stamp Citrine                       3) Firebrick
4) Obsidian Black Pigment Ink                    4) Obsidian Black Pigment Ink

Leaves:
Moss, Forest Glades & Evergreen
This is a layered stamp with 4 separate stamps to make one flower. Very easy to line up and if it isn't perfect, it doesn't matter! It's just fun to get out the acrylic blocks and just plain stamp for a change.
I used some Ranger Ink Stickles in gold for the center of the flowers and the stamens.
The Thank you sentiments are from various retired sets: The Stamp Market and Reverse Confetti.

Well that is it for today and thanks for staying to the end. Come join us - the challenge runs for approximately 1 month and we look forward to seeing your work!
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Monday, November 6, 2023

HLS Car Show

Hi my friends and welcome to the Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge Nov. 2023. A month long challenge where "Anything Goes" as long as a stencil is included!
This was the birthday card I made for my husband who is an avid car fan. When I saw these 3 sets from Honey Bee Stamps I knew they'd be perfect for him:
1) Honey Bee Stamps - You're a Classic - the sentiment and emblem;
2) Honey Bee Stamps - Car Show - the $100,000 '63 Corvette Split Window Coupe (or so I am told!);
3) Honey Bee Stamps - Flames Stencil & Mask (Set of 2);
4) Honey Bee Stamps - Car show dies (I didn't use them but nice to have).
I used 3 colors of yellow inks by Simon Says Stamp and one is a bit more orange for the flames. I have trouble finding good yellows and I do like these 3 in particular for ink blending. After that, I simply stamped the car, sentiment and emblem on the front with Altenew's Obsidian Black Pigment Ink, my all time favorite ink. I use it for everything, but be aware you have to let it dry a bit or it will smudge. But it's worth it for the nice crisp black stamp color.
The inside has a personal note, so I won't show it here, but if you have a car lover in your life, these are good sets to have! Thank you for joining me today and break out your stencils and join us!!!
*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.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Newton's Nook Cluck

Happy November 2023! I know we always say this, but where did the time go? It's now time for November's Paper Funday Challenge where Anything Goes! The sponsor I choose this month is Newton's Nook and their set called Cluck is well-loved in my craft room...I have both the stamp set and coordinating die:

I've made 3 birthday cards for this post: All stamped onto Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink and heat embossed with Altenew's Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing Powder. They are watercolored with a mix of 2 watercolor sets I keep at my desk at work for lunchtime watercoloring: Altenew's 36 pan watercolor set and The Stamp Market's Color Crush Watercolor Palette
For this card, I cut a circle in Tim Holtz Distress HeavyWeight Card Stock. I just bought a pack of 50, since I love this card stock so much! It is 130 lb. and colors beautifully. I've ink blended on it, used alcohol markers and watercolored, too! I am making all of my card bases from it now for I love the weight.
Anyway, I cut the circle, ran it through My Big Shot with Crafty Meraki's Pagoni Mania Meraki Para-Dies. I love the "flame look" and I think it gives movement, too.
Next I made a panel on copy paper with some small cuts of red, orange and yellow card stock. This panel I glued to another white panel of the Distress Heavyweight Card Stock and then ran the complete panel through again with the same cover die. Matched up the design and glued my die cut of the 3 chickens. Sounds more complicated than it is!
The one below is just a stencil from my stash and ink blended and splattered with water. I popped up the panel with foam and another layer of white cardstock. I bit more clean and simple.
This last one I used free with purchase pattern paper from Honey Bee Stamps. I seldom use paper but the color was perfect and the I like the wood design for a hen house.
Love Newton's Nook Designs and their fun snarky sentiments! Thanks for joining me today and let's see your creative work at The Paper Funday Challenge.
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