Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Vacation Time with Hero Arts

My inspiration came from the window to the Lake and the Lake itself. I am going to call this a Clean and Layered card. I used 2 silhouette Hero Arts stamps to create this card. The first one is called Color Layering Pier At the Lake:
The 2nd one is called Lake Time Fun:
I made about 8 cards with these 2 sets. I stamped all the images with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink on Hero Hues Dove White Premium Card Stock 100# and ran them through my Big Shot with the Lake Time Fun coordinating die and Color Layering Pier at the Lake coordinating die.

One night as I watched TV with my husband I ink blended backgrounds with various Distress Ink blues. I like to do this so I have bases ready for quick cards. At this point I sell cards in 3 shops so I am always making multiples!
This card had a oval die cut which resembled a rope pattern from Spellbinders, called Elegant Twist Ovals. I layered the white A2 card base over a piece of kraft card stock cut only with the oval die and not the detail rope pattern.

The inside sentiment is from Pink & Main's Too Cool stamp set.
I hope you enjoyed my card making process to make multiple cards and can take time to join us at The Card Concept challenge. Just remember to let us know what inspired you and what style of card you designed. Fun!
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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Colour of Love with Paper Funday Challenge

Hi friends and welcome to my first Design Team post for Paper Funday Challenges! This monthly challenge takes place the first Weds. of the month and runs until the Sunday before the next challenge begins. So you have a whole month to create and submit. The challenges are sponsored and prizes are awarded, too!

The Design Team is given an option of a free digi stamp from one of two sponsoring companies for that month or if they prefer they can create using the Optional Twist for the month. As long as it is made out of paper, anything goes! I choose a digi stamp from the Colour of Love Shop, Art by Heather Valentin. This shop was new to me and Heather is an amazing artist with an incredible bio.

I choose the digital stamp called Carnation. I had in mind an art journal page and I thought this digi stamp would be perfect - not too busy and I could easily resize to fit my page. I wanted to layer some of the image for dimension.
Since creating an art journal is a many layered process, I will simplify mine. I started with cutting my own art journal 8" X 8" page out of Strathmore Watercolor Paper. Using Distress Collage Medium Matte I place a layer of Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Tissue Wrap called, Melange (retired). This created an instant background. I have some Ranger Ink Dylusions' paint in my stash and brushed lightly in a random pattern, Bubblegum Pink and Squeezed Orange.
I resized the digi to fit the page and printed it twice onto Ranger's Distress Watercolor Paper with my Brother Laser printer. Next I ran it through my Brother Scan 'n Cut. One time it cut fine and one time it left the leaf on which the fairy was sitting. It's a work in process.
I watercolored the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I love their vibrancy. After that I continued to stencil, emboss, spray and splatter the background with various products. I adhered the image twice, fluffing up the wings of the fairy.

The sentiment is from Studio Light Art by Marlene called STICKERBM03. So many fun sticky quotes in this book in both Black & White. I cut out the word "Dream" and added a die cut in its place. 

Also added shading and Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust. All fairies need sparkle!
I punched my page with the Happy Planner Punch:
Using this tool you can create any size Journal page you wish - 4" X 4", 6" X 6", etc. You need the Happy Planner Discs to hold the pages together.
I made a card with the same Colour of Love Carnation digi stamp re-sized and printed on Ranger Watercolor Paper. Also colored with Zigs.
More Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust for her, too!
Thank you so much for staying to the end...If you have a chance come play along!
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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Penny Black Friendship

Hi friends. It's the end of May 2021 and we, The Card Concept, are onto our Challenge #156 Anchors Aweigh!
For me, to work with a photo for inspiration, I look closely at the photo, the name of the challenge and try to use something I have in my stash. For this challenge, it was the anchor theme and the blue colors that inspired me to create this Clean and Layered card.
I started with this set of sailing dogs from Penny Black called Friendship:
Our daughter in Phoeniz, Arizona has 2 energetic dogs. The grey dog popping up in the middle, is her dog, Bennett and the tan colored dog on the right is Cooper. Funny, how we usually, at least I do, color these images to match our real life pets.
My other die set that I used to add a few embellishments to the card is Art Impressions' Sail Mini Die Set. I love to be able to add bits and bobs to a card to make it cohesive.
The image was stamped with Altenew Obsidian Black Ink onto Blick Art's Bristol Smooth Paper, sprinkled with Altenew Crisp Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. I colored the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. They work perfectly on Bristol Smooth Paper.

I ran the images through my Brother Scan 'n Cut (I made 2 cards) for a nice clean cut. I can fussy cut, but don't enjoy it and it is never as even as the Scan 'N Cut.

If I had to give my top ten items a new crafter should have it would be a few good stencils that can be adaptable. These 3 are on my list for sure.
I used 3 Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon for the waves and clouds and 2 Distress Oxides for the sun & rays: Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey. I used Ranger's new foam blending domes and like them as much as's! We will see over time which hold up better. I put a piece of washi tape around the handle of the Ranger domes, so I can tell the difference.
At this point it was just a matter of playing to get the layout I liked. I did cut the top of the waves on one card with a retired MFT wave die I had in my stash just for fun. One of the anchors from the AI Sail Mini Dies set was cut from Lawn Fawn's Silver Metallic Card Stock and adhered with a silver brad. The other was cut from a scrap of Bristol Smooth, along with a sea gull from the same set, and colored with a bit of grey.
Finally, the sentiments were stamped directly onto the front with Altenew Obsidian Black Ink and one image popped up with an Action Wobbler and the other with foam tape.
Such fun and colorful cards! If you haven't played along with The Card Concept's Challenges, I encourage you to try. There is so much inspiration in their photos! Thanks for staying with me today!
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Happy Father's Day with Art Impressions

Hello friends! Welcome to my Happy Little Stamper Watercolour Challenge for May 2021:
Making a Father's Day Card with a couple of fun stamps. I started with this Happy Birthday stamp from Art Impressions called the Lawn Ranger.
I cut the sentiment apart (Yikes!) and removed "Happy Birthday". I used the bottom half of the stamp in my MISTI, with Altenew Obsidian Black Ink, without the pad, since this is a red rubber stamp. Also stamped the main image and colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on the smooth side of Ranger Watercolor Paper.
I did sprinkle Altenew Crisp Clear Embossing Powder on the image while still wet and heat set. I like to do that for watercoloring some images, helps keep the areas separated and not blend together.
I love to color a bit of sunburn on these fun images when they are in the sun. Zigs make it so easy! I used my Trinity Stamps Slimline Scenic Border Dies - the grass die by cutting a scrap of watercolor paper and coloring with various green Zigs:
I made 2 identical cards, so one strip of grass worked for both! This is a handy set to have in my stash for I can use it for both A2 and Slimline cards and also use the die cut as a stencil for hills, clouds and grass. I like to have supplies that perform multiple tasks.
The inside sentiments are from Taylored Expression Punny Man set wich I believe I received as a free gift for I do not see it available. TE has some other fun snarky type sentiments which I enjoyed using. I've linked to them HERE.
So this card could be for birthday, Father's Day or just a great card to send to a friend who loves to ride his Lawn Mower!
Thanks for joining me today and thanks to Happy Little Stampers for all the great challenges monthly!
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Garden Pleasures

Welcome to The Card Concept Challenge #155 called Garden Pleasures. It is hard not to be inspired by this gorgeous picture:
Honestly, my first inspiration was from the Black-Eyed Susans which are my favorite flower, along with Red Geraniums. I knew I wanted to watercolor a grouping of flowers and chose Sugarpea Designs Floral Envie Stamp with its coordinating die to begin this Clean and Layered Card. It has a Black-Eyed Susan and Poppies, so I was happy with the bright colorful florals.
The die also cuts out the word "Smile" with a shadow, as well! Although I didn't use it on this card, I always like this choice, shadow/no shadow, for a word die.
Of course I used Ranger's Watercolor Paper (smooth side), stamped with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink, quickly sprinkled Altenew's Crisp Clear Embossing Powder on it and heat set. This is my go to start for most watercolor projects.

Why? I love the Ranger Watercolor Paper because of it's bright white, the options of smooth or textured paper, holds water beautifully and doesn't warp much for card making. Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink is a crisp, very black ink, which stays wet just long enough so you can clear emboss it. It's easier to watercolor with embossing lines separating the design.
To watercolor, I used Altenew's 36 Watercolor Pan set:
The background is this beautiful Cover-A-Card Houndstooth Stamp from Impression Obsession stamped with's Pink #1 Ballet Slipper:
What a pretty pink and these are hybrid inks so they dry very quickly - no smudging!
The sentiment of the envelope comes from SugarPea Designs Birthday Balloons stamp set. I love the font, a little funky, but not childish.
To put the front together I used a gold frame I had in my stash. My usual process is to color images and then figure out how to put them together with some bits and bobs on my craft desk. I try them out until I like what I see. Fun!
I cut the A2 front piece with SugarPea Designs Card Builder II which I've used many many times. Just love the delicate little pin dots around the edge of the panel.
You can see the tiny pin dots here and the shine of the gold frame:
Sometimes I like to have a serious card on the outside and a fun, punny sentiment on the inside for a bit of a surprise. This funny sentiment comes from Art Impressions' Never Too Old Laugh Lines stamp set:
Here is the set with it's fun sentiments:
Thank you so much for joining me today on my card making journey. I hope you have a chance to join in and create using The Card Concept's photo inspirations!
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