September 23, 2020

Graciellie Designs - Simply Blessed


I'm popping in today with a card featuring Graciellie Designs newest digital stamp set, Simply Blessed! This gorgeous set is perfect for fall or really even time if you are so inclined!! 

I started my card by first opening the image in a Word document and resizing. I added the sentiment and printed it out. Then I pulled out Copics and colored the image. 

With a rectangle die I cut the image out, with the jar in the bottom left corner. With sharp scissors I fussy cut around the image and sentiment on the right side. 

For the background I used Wow Embossing Bonding Powder with a Hero Arts stencil and versamark ink. I used my heating gun to melt the powder. Then I placed the Wow foil, colored side on top over the melted powder. 

To have the foil stick to the melted powder I used an iron on the wrong side of the paper. This was the first time I've done this and it worked pretty well. I did miss, I think with the iron, the top part of the card, but over all you get a nice distress look as its not 100% perfect. Great way to use foil with out the a heating plate system.

I added the colored image with foam tape. I keep the left over sheet from my project to use on a future project. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


September 20, 2020

My Favorite Things Stamps - Innovation Master


This is my last card for My Favorite Things Stamps 2020 Card Design Superstar. It's for the Innovation Master category. Be warned it has a lot of pictures!!!

I wasn't planning on entering one for this, but Friday night after work I was trying to fall asleep, my mind was wondering and I started thinking about what I could do. Eventually I though about making an magnetic card with images that can me moved around and then can make their way to a fridge or other magnetic board. 

So I made a trip to Michael's yesterday and found some magnetic sheets and gave it try! I used MFT Jingle All The Way and stamped all the main images and then stamped the presents, reindeer and Christmas tree three times. 

The above card is the card I'm entering in the contest. But at the end I had so many images, that I made another card and I still had a few left over. So I figure I'll include a little bag with the extra's, that way a kid can play with a bunch of images. Oh, and as you can see the magnet images stay in place even when the card is standing.

The magnet sheets came rolled up, so while I was coloring and die cutting the images I put the sheets under my glass craft mat so they would flatten a little!

After a lot of coloring I trimmed a magnet sheet, so it was about 1/2 inch smaller then my card bases. I used foam tape to adhere the magnet panels to the card bases. 

For the images I used the image dies to cut the magnet sheets, then adhered each image to the matching magnetic cut. Next, I stamped two sentiments and then adhered them to the magnet sheet and trimmed them up.


The next photo's I moved the images around, so they are different from the images above!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!!


September 19, 2020

My Favorite Things Stamps - Clean & Simple


I'm back with my second card for My Favorite Things Stamps 2020 Card Design Superstar contest. This card is for the Clean & Simple category. And like my first card this one is a Christmas card, too.

For this card I use a very old MFT die called Christmas Tree Cutout. I started by cutting the tree out from some scratch white card stock to make a 'stencil.' In the photo I placed black card behind my die cut so it would be easier to see in the photos.

Next, I cut down a panel of black card stock so it would be about 1/4 inches smaller then my blue card base. I placed the 'stencil' over the panel and used some blue tape to keep it in place. Then I started adding vertical lines, inside each layer of the tree. 

I went with non traditional colors, more muted opaque gel pens, that show up really nice on black card stock. Starting with a line up of colors, I just went round and round threw my line up, working my way up each layer of the tree. For the trunk I used one of the colors that looks brown/grey.

Then I cut the Merry part of the die from black card stock and used one of the green gel pens to color the letters. When I do this I always color the edges, which was a little tricky with a gel pen! I did do two layers of the green to get good coverage. 

With a T-ruler, I adhered the Merry on top of the lined Christmas tree. From my stash I found the perfect green star button to add to the top of the Christmas tree. Last, I added the panel to the blue card base with foam tape!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be stopping by tomorrow with my last card for the Card Design Superstar contest!


My Favorite Things Stamps - Coloring Virtuoso


Today, I'm sharing a card I made for the My Favorite Things Stamps - 2020 Card Design Superstar, Color Virtuoso. Instead of the usual coloring with alcohol and blending, I used stippling as my coloring. It's also called pointillism. I've been wanting to do something like this for awhile but when I saw the design contest, I thought it was time! I did pointillism way back in my high school art classes!

I pulled out all my MFT stamps and dies and was feeling Christmas-y, as all three cards for the contest are Christmas! For this card I went with Jingle All The Way.  I stamped one of the santas, little girl and presents.

For my stippling I used some fine point colored markers. When stippling, you randomly add the dots. The more dots go where its darker. I also mixed a couple of the colors together. Two browns for the ground and two skin colors. 

I added light blue dots for a sky and stamped Jingle All The Way above the images. Then I trimmed it down so it was about 1/4 smaller then my blue card base. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back later tonight with my second card and then share my third card tomorrow!


September 6, 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - Masculine Birthday


I'm popping in with a card I made for fun! Using a new stamp and stencil I picked up from Funky Fossil Designs! And of course I picked up more then just one stamp set and stencil!! Hehe!! 

I wanted to make an easy masculine birthday, so I pulled out the Blockade stencil and used it on a white card base. To ink up the stencil I used Catherine Poolers ink, blue, aqua and orange. 

Next, I used the navy blue to ink up the game controller and ear phones from the Gamer stamp set and then fussy cut them both out. I added them to the card with foam tape!

Last, I stamped the sentiment Level Up It's Your Birthday above the controller with black ink. Since its a masculine card, no enamel dots or sequins!! LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


August 28, 2020

Altenew - Sewing & Watercolors 2


Happy Friday!!! I'm popping in today with my second project for Altenew's Sewing Contest. This one is a card and I used one of my watercoloring on evenweave experiments! I used Altenew's Statement Flower  stamp for this card. 

For this piece of evenweave, I saturated it with water, then added my Altenew watercolors diluted with water. Starting with evenweave already wet, the colors blended a lot better, though they are on the light side. I did let it dry over night!

The next day I stamped the Statement Flower with black memento ink. Then I picked out a light and dark green floss for the leaves and a light and dark pink floss for the flowers. I used only one thread and did some back stitching to outline the leaves and flowers, then I went in with the darker colors and added my own stitching to add shadow/darker areas.

Next, I iron on some interfacing to help stiffen the fabric and helps to hold the back floss in place. It also limits the fraying of the edges, because I went and cut out the flower. I left a border around the flowers. Since it was going on a card I didn't use a fraying glue that would really stop any unraveling!

For my card I pulled out a Hero Arts stencil and a black card base. I used some watermark ink to ink up the stencil, but kept it loose with uneven edges. Then I used some green Perfect Pearls and added some color the watermark ink. I used a paint brush to clean any extra off. 

Next, I adhered the stitched flower to the card base. Then I white heat embossed the Hello sentiment, trimmed it and then added it to the card with foam tape. 

While the stitching is a bit more work then the typical card, the recipient can easily frame it to enjoy year round!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


August 27, 2020

Altenew - Sewing & Watercolors


I'm stopping by with a project  - not a card - Shocking, I know!!! Hehe! Altenew has a sewing contest and I knew I had to try a few things! You have find all the info here, if you want to play along, but hurry it ends the 31st!!

So for a while I've been wanting to try watercoloring on my cross stitch fabric. I've been cross stitching longer then I've been card making!! I had some 28 ct white evenweave that I cut up to experiment with. 

I found that using a lot water with the watercolors was the best way to add color to the fabric. First I would add the watercolor to the fabric, then add water and work it into the fabric. To make the color darker and brighter I would add more watercolor (with lots of water). If the watercolor is more intense (more pigment, then water) then it was splotching on the fabric and didn't move through the fabric . But lots of water with a little pigment, would spread much easier.

After doing my watercoloring I let the fabric dry over night. The next day I came back and used the butterfly from the Ori Kami stamp set. I just used regular memento black ink, stamping lightly. 

Then I started stitching! I used three threads of black floss and did long stitches over the stamped butterflies. A little tip for you, there is no need to use knots to start or finish your stitching. Just leave a tail when you start and as you stitch, your stitches will hold the tail. When you are done stitching, just thread your needle through your stitching on the back, then trim the extra. 

To finish the stitching I used iron interfacing on the back, this helps strengthen your fabric,  holds your wrong side stitching in place and and lessons the chance for edge fraying. From the craft store I found a simple black frame for my stitching!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back in a day or two with my second project for the contest!!