Friday, October 22, 2021

Memory Box DT Post - Tunnel Card

Happy Fri-YAY everyone.  I’m over on the Memory Box blog today with a Christmas tunnel card featuring products from the new 2021 Holiday Release. To view the post, click on the sneak peek photo below.  

Thank you for dropping by.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Butterfly Shaped Floral Birthday

Hello there.  I haven’t been feeling well as I’ve been fighting a cold.  Yes, a cold!  Being in a Covid pandemic for almost two years, does anyone remember the last time you had a cold? 😆   It’s been years for me!  Anyway, I dragged myself to the craft room today, determined to complete the card that I started on World Card Making Day (WCMD)! *lol*😂   I was also determined to use all new products, which I’m pleased to say I accomplished!  All stamps and dies used for my card were new.

I bought the Choose Hope stamp set from Pinkfresh Studio (PFS) as soon as it was released, and wouldn’t you know it, it sat in my drawer until WCMD. 🙈  So I dusted it off and inked it up with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Stamped it onto Xpress It cardstock then coloured it with Copic markers.  And that was all I had done on WCMD because I was waiting for the PFS Perfect Sentiments stamp and die sets to arrive to create a clean and simple (CAS) card.  

Well since then other challenges have popped up that I wanted to participate in, so I nixed the CAS card idea.  The Flower Challenge (TFC) is celebrating their 5th birthday (happy birthday TFC!) and is asking for us to use a shape.  Not sure if a butterfly shape is taking my creative licence too far, but I just received the PFS Butterflies die, and used it to die cut from the coloured floral image and from black cardstock.  Took the lightest colour Copic marker used in colouring the flowers and filled in the negative background space, then offset the two butterfly cutouts for a drop shadow.

Heat embossed the Perfect Sentiment on black cardstock with white embossing powder, then die cut out with the coordinating die.  Die cut two more from black cardstock to stack for dimension.  The Crackle Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp was stamped with Memento London Fog ink.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then added clear shimmer on the flowers to finish.  Thank you for stopping by.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Guest Designer for Christmas Craft Creations October Challenge - Black and White plus One

Hello there.  I’m thrilled to be back as a guest designer (GD) at Christmas Craft Creations (CCC) this month for their October challenge - Black and White plus One.

Since this is also my day to post over on the Memory Box (MB) blog, I created my card to cover both.  View all the details on the Memory Box blog by clicking on the card photo below.

To see more inspirations from the design team, head to the challenge blog HERE.  Thank you for stopping in.


Friday, October 8, 2021

Spellbinders October Small Die of the Month

Hello there.  I’m back tonight to share the October Spellbinders Small Die of the Month (SDOM).  This Holiday Haul die set includes 14 dies.  It pairs perfectly with the October Clear Stamp of the Month (CSOM) to offer many options for a variety of occasions.

I don’t make fall cards very often, and since I love non-traditional colour Christmas cards, I used the fall Halloween colours from Butterfly Reflections Ink (BRI) October mood board to create a Christmas card.  I succeeded in the end, but once again, the orange colour stumped me for quite a while. 😂   I had so much fun making this card.

The truck body was die cut from Memory Box Twilight Purple paper pack.  The tire covers were die cut three times and stacked for dimension.  Shading was added to all the truck pieces with a detail blender tool and Dusty Concord distress ink (DI).  And now the orange... yes, the wood sideboards is die cut from orange paper in the Memory Box Sunny Orange paper pack and Gathered Twigs DI was applied to them to tone down the colour.  The tires were die cut from black cardstock and silver foil paper.  The bumpers were also die cut from silver foil paper.  Assembled the truck, then added piled up snow on it with a white gel pen.  

The trees were die cut three times from Xpress It cardstock and coloured with Copic markers.  Added snow to them with a white gel pen as well.  Was going to keep it clean and simple (CAS) and mount everything onto a card, stamp the sentiment and call it done… BUT I felt it needed something more.  So I stretched the tree die and die cut a tree line stencil from acetate.   

Used it with Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire DI to watercolor a wintry forest background on watercolor paper.  Dried the panel with the heat tool, then splattered with white gouache paint for snow.  Stamped “Sending” with Versafine Onyx Black ink directly onto the panel.  Heat embossed the rest of the sentiment onto black cardstock with white embossing powder.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then added shading below the truck with a black Polychromos pencil to finish.

This month Spellbinders offered a new CSOM and Die category, but it sold out.  The stamp on its own is still available though.  To avoid disappointment in the future, make sure to sign up as soon as it is available next month.  All club kits seen HERE are available through October 24.  Past club kits may be available HERE.  Thank you for dropping by and joining me.  


Happy Birthday to Youuuuuuuu!

Hello there.  A crafty friend has a birthday today.  Not sure if she received it yet, but she loves Gerda Steiner Designs (GSD) stamps, so I used Howl Are You? and Owl Rather Be With You stamps sets to create this fun card for her. 😂

The owl, branch and puppy were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Xpress It cardstock and coloured with Copic markers, then die cut out with their matching dies (here and here).  “To youuuuuuuu” from the Howl Are You set was heat embossed on black cardstock with white embossing powder then trimmed into a strip.  

“Happy Birthday” is new from Lawn Fawn Giant Happy Birthday to You.  It was die cut from SU! Pool Party and Basic Black cardstock.  On the Pool Party cutout, Salvaged Patina and Peacock Feathers distress inks (DI) were blended on in an ombré.  Offset it with the black one for a drop shadow, then the “to”you” part of the sentiment was cut off. 

The background was created on mixed media paper using DI and stencils.  Salvaged Patina DI over new Slimline Cloud Edges stencil from My Favorite Things (MFT) were used to create the sky.  Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn DI with a grass stencil from Newton’s Nook and a DIY hand cut hill stencil from my stash were used to form the ground.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then added highlights with a white gel pen and drew in the music notes with a black marker to finish.

Hope you are enjoying your special day, Izzy!  Thank you for stopping in.