Saturday, July 11, 2020

Memory Box DT Post - Nesting Dies

Hello there.  I’m over on the Memory Box blog today stretching my square nesting dies.  Here’s a sneak peek with the simple details found HERE.

Thank you for dropping by.  Enjoy your day.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Guest Designer for Just Us Girls Challenge #544

Hello there.  I’m back for another week as guest designer at Just Us Girls (JUGS) for their Trend Week challenge #544 Long and Skinny.

Of course, immediately the popular “long and skinny“ slimline card style jumped to mind and for bonus points, I used the Skinny Upper Alphabet dies from The Stamp Market, too. 😂   Combined them with new NBUS slimline stitch dies from Trinity Stamps and new NBUS Tons of Fun stamp set from SugarPea Designs (SPD) to create this.

Started by stamping the elephant on the left with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a scrap of X-Press It cardstock.  Used the reverse image stamping technique to create the facing elephant on the right.  Here’s a video tutorial from Jennifer McGuire showing how.  Coloured with Copic Sketch markers then fussy cut them out.

Next, the slimline stitched panel was die cut from Bristol paper.  Seedless Preserves and Spun Sugar distress oxide inks (DOx) were blended on with blender brushes for the background.  Spritz with water and blot with a paper towel to give it texture.

Repeated the blending / spritzing on a scrap of Bristol paper before die cutting each letter three times from it and stacking them for dimension.  A little disclaimer... so bummed I lost the letter “P” 😢 so I ended up modifying the letter ‘R” to resolve this situation.  Can you tell? 😂   The sentiment from the same set was white heat embossed on a scrap of black cardstock.  Assembled the card onto a 8.5”x3.5” white card base.  Doodled in the stars and dots with a white gel pen and added clear shimmer on the letters to finish.

My second slimline card ever and it was so much fun.  Come and join us this week with your take on long and skinny.  For more inspirations from the wonderful JUGS team, click HERE.   Can’t wait to see what you come up with.  Thank you for dropping by.  Enjoy your weekend.

Crafty Animals - #40 Anything Goes Animals
Mix It Up - #39 Anything Goes + optional open technique (reverse image stamping technique)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Ink It Up
Watercooler Wednesday - #279 Helen’s All About Occasions
Pixie’s Snippets Playground - #381 Use snippets
NBUS #16 - new stamp and slimline die

Friday, July 3, 2020

Guest Designer for Just Us Girls Challenge #543

Hello there.  I’m so excited to be back as a guest designer at Just Us Girls (JUGS) for the month of July!  Thank you JUGS team!  The first challenge is word week and the word is Rainbow!

Those who know me know I love rainbow anything!  And after not being able to join in the Circles/Bubbles challenge at Twofer Challenge last month due to back issues again, I was thrilled to create one of the cards I had envisioned!  I used new NBUS Interlocking Circles die with an older Blow Me Away stamp set from SugarPea Designs for some rainbow bubble fun! 

Started by die cutting from X-Press It cardstock with the pierced rectangle die from SugarPea Designs Card Front Element Builder II.  Stamped the dragon in the bottom left corner with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, masked him then stamped the bubble wand in his hand.  To ground him, pounced Memento Tuxedo Black ink with a sponge dauber through a diagonal stripe stencil (discontinued) then black heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set.  Removed the mask and coloured in with Copic markers.

For the bubbles, the Interlocking Circles was die cut from the panel and twice from Bristol paper then stacked for dimension.  Took a piece of Bristol paper next and ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron distress inks to create my rainbow.  Spritzed it with a sparkle spray, but then decided to use acetate to get a better “translucent bubble” look instead.  A piece of acetate backed the opening.  Adhered the inked rainbow piece directly to the card base then added the panel on top.  Inlaid the stacked Interlocking Circles to finish.

Now it’s your turn to show off your rainbow creations and join in the fun!  More inspirations from the design team can be seen HERE.  Happy 4th of July to my American neighbours to the south.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend.

Crafty Animals - #40 July Anything Goes Animals
The Male Room - #139 Use Die Cuts
Seize the Birthday - #194 Anything Birthday Goes optional Red White and Blue (no twisting)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Stencilling
Love to Craft - #48 July Anything Goes

CAS Christmas July Challenge - Nativity

Happy Fri-yay everyone!  Christmas in July is here and so is this month’s Nativity challenge at CAS Christmas.

I used the Drop Nativity die from Memory Box to create this clean and simple (CAS) card. 

The nativity image was die cut three times from scraps of Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  The unwanted parts were removed with scissors then a bottom straight edge was trimmed with a paper trimmer.

Next, masked off the bottom area on a Bristol A2 stitched panel from my stash and ink blended Salty Ocean distress ink over a Sunray stencil from Funky Fossil Designs.  Removed the stencil and blended the remaining ink on the blender brush to fill in some of the white space.  For some shimmer, spritz with a sparkle spray (couldn’t capture it in the photo).  White heat embossed the sentiment from My Favorite Things Bitty Holiday Wishes on a black strip, then assembled the card.  For a little more sparkle, added a few clear sparkly sequins to finish.

We have Jane (Purplejet Loves Crafts) guest designing this month.  Be inspired by what she and my team have created HERE, then come play along with us.  The challenge ends July 24 PST, so there is plenty of time.  Hope to see you in the gallery.  Thank you for joining me.

Merry Little Christmas - #24 July Anything Christmas Goes
Modsquad -  Silhouette
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Stencilling
The House That Stamps Built - JL120 Christmas in July
ABC Christmas - N for No Fuss

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Jane’s Doodles Challenge #13 - On the Beach

Hello again.  I’m back today with the 13th challenge for Jane’s Doodles and the theme this fortnight is On the Beach.

I had new unused (NBUS) Jane’s Doodles Holy Night stamp set out for another card and thought I would stretch this Christmas set and use one of the palm trees to create this clean and simple (CAS) beach scene card.

Started by stamping the palm tree off the edge with Fadeout ink from Ink on 3 on an A2 sized alcohol-friendly cardstock panel.  No-line coloured the palm tree and coloured in the sandy water background using Copic markers.

Stamped the sentiment from Jane’s Doodles All Occasions “in the sand” with Memento Rich Cocoa ink then with VersaMark to heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  For a bit of interest and dimension, die cut it with a stitch rectangle die from My Favorite Things and inlaid it back atop black cardstock.  Added clear shimmer to the water area to finish.

Ready to play along?  For the full challenge rules and to see more inspirations from my team, click HERE.  Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy your day.

AAA Cards - Game#168 One Corner + optional twist Use Masking
NBUS #15 - new unused stamp set