Friday, March 22, 2019

TCC111 God is Our Refuge


Hi Friends!

I apologize for the delay on posting my card, for some reason my internal calendar is “off” and I thought the challenge was next week, lol! 

This verse has been very comforting to me since the last few weeks have been very hectic in our household.  I am so thankful that "God is my refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of trouble.  Therefore we will not fear."  Psalm 46:1-2.

In addition to multiple doctor appointments/chemo for my hubby, my sweet kitty, Angel had major surgery to remove a large tumor from her side.  I stayed up with her all night for several nights in a row (hubby took the day shift :-)) to make sure she does not try to clean the surgical area.  Angel is doing very well and will have the staples removed tomorrow (plus I can then remove her little T-shirt- I know she will be thrilled)!   She is my constant companion and we are praying that they were able to excise all of the tumor and it has not spread....

Well, enough excuses :-)  I absolutely love our inspiration photo for our he Card Concept #111 {ScatteredSeashells} Challenge and was inspired (of course)by the shells and the aqua background to create a Clean and Simple Mixed Media card.  


If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool.   Using Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, stamp the small shell in the foreground, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. 

2). Stamp the same shell image onto a piece of scrap paper, fussy-cut and place the mask over the stamped image.  Ink and stamp the next shell image using the same steps as above, create a mask and continue until the entire set of shells are stamped and embossed.

3). Use watercolor pencils along with water-based markers to color the images.

4). Ink the sentiment from Fear Not (Stamp Simply) using Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, stamp unto the upper right area, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. 

5). Trim the panel and mount onto a piece of scrap chipboard before mounting onto the Soft Suede base panel.

6).  Draw the shoreline and a few stipple dots with a black Sharpie® and use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the shells and sand.

Stamp Sets:  Stipple Shells (retired Stampin’ Up!), Fear Not (Stamp Simply)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black,  Stampin’ Write Markers-Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, retired Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel; Derwent™ Watercolor Pencils- 39-Turquoise Blue, 54- Burnt Umber, 60- Burnt Yellow Ochre, 68- Blue Grey, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine Black Marker

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up!)

Tools/Accessories:  Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Chipboard

Thank you for taking the time to visit!  Just a reminder that The Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a suggestion of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media (or you can combine several styles for your own style).

I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Scattered Seashells} photo and link up to our gallery at The CardConcept- we would love to see your interpretation!! The challenge is open until Monday, April 1st at noon (EST).

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

TCC110 Be Strong



Hi Friends!


I love the pieced wooden shamrock as well as the light wood door in the background and it inspired me to pull out a quilt stamp to create a Clean and Layered/Mixed Media card.


If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool.   Using Versamark™ Ink, stamp the Star Quilt and the sentiment from Scripture Collection 3 (both Divinity Designs formerly Our Daily Bread Designs)  onto the prepared panel, apply gold embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, fussy-cut around the quilt image and trim the sentiment panel.

2). Color the quilt with four different green water based markers (I used Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Call Me Clover and Garden Green- all Stampin’ Up!).

3). Trim another piece of white cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼” and mount onto a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, trim and mount onto a white card base.

4). Mount the quilt image onto the card front using dimensional foam or other dimensional product (I used some scrap chipboard).

5). Mount the sentiment to the front of the card, overlapping a bit of the quilt image (I used scrap chipboard for the dimension on the ends only). 

6).  Add a few drops of  Nuvo™ Light Gold Crystal Drops around the quilt and sentiment to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Star Quilt, Scripture Collection 3 (Divinity Designs, LLC)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™, Stampin’ Write Markers- Call Me Clover, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Nuvo™ Light Gold Crystal Drops

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin’ Up!)

Tools/Accessories:  Embossing Buddy®, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Thank you for taking the time to visit!  Just a reminder that The Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a suggestion of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media (or you can combine several styles for your own style).

I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Shamrock Blessings} photo and link up to our gallery at The Card Concept- we would love to see your interpretation (the challenge is open until Monday, March 18th at noon EST). 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

TCC109 Let Us Love

Hi Friends!


Isn’t this inspiration photo bright and cheerful?  

I love the colors (especially the hot pink) and since I do not own any pineapple or tropical "cute-sy" type stamps, I decided to use the colors to create a "simple" Mixed Media card (the main panel is just one layer, so to me, that is simple) :-)  

Since this card is "simple", I will be linking to the As You See It #194 “Simple is As Simple Does”Challenge and am also participating with the Word Art Wednesday #374-#375 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

As I mentioned above, the main panel is just one layer and to me, that is simple,  A bit of heat embossing, watercoloring, masking and the card was done!  Without dimension is "simple" to me :-)

If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool.   Using Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, stamp the floral image from Wild Rose and the sentiment from God Verses 2, both from Divinity Designs formerly Our Daily Bread Designs)  onto the prepared panel, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, watercolor the flowers using water-based markers and watercolor pencils (see colors that I used below in the card recipe).


2). Create a mask for the flowers by stamping the image again onto a piece of sticky note paper (or scrap paper).  Fussy-cut the image from the sticky note paper and cover the stamped image on the panel.

3). Ink the retired Chalkboard Word Collage (Divinity Designs) background stamp with Tim Holtz® Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink and stamp over the entire panel.  Spritz lightly with water, tamp with a dry paper towel and gently wipe off any excess ink from the stamped images.  Heat set the background lightly with a heat tool.

4). Die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim the black cardstock and mount onto the white card base.

5).  Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the flower petals to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Wild Rose, God Verses 2, retired Chalkboard Word Collage (Divinity Designs)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Zig® Clean Color Real Brush Markers- Lt. Pink, Pink, Yellow, Green; Stampin’ Write Markers- Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, retired Pink Passion, Wild Wasabi; Tim Holtz® Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide, Derwent® Watercolor Pencils- Burnt Cadium, Oriental Blue; Spectrum Noir™ Clear  Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Tools/Accessories:  Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, MFT Stitched Rectangle A2 Set 2 Dies, AquaPainter

Thank you for taking the time to visit! I hope you will be inspired to create a card and join us at The Card Concept! The challenge is open until Monday, March 4th at noon (EST)- we would love to see your card in our gallery!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

TCC108 Follow My Heart


Hi Friends!

It's time for The Card Concept #108 {Love Is In The Air} Challenge!  Valentines Day is around the corner- have you made a card for your Valentine yet?

If not, we hope you will join us at The Card Concept! I was inspired by the red, black and white to design a Shabby Chic card – not sure if I will give this one to my hubby since it is a bit feminine, but it would be perfect for a friend of mine.


Just a reminder that The Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a suggestion of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media (or you can combine several styles for your own style).

If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool.   Using Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, stamp the Eiffel Tower and banner image from the retired Follow My Heart stamp set (Stampin’ Up!) onto the prepared panel, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, fussy-cut the Eiffel Tower and use the retired Banner Punch to punch out the banner.

2). Trim a piece of striped Poppy Parade designer paper to approx.. 4” x 5 ¼”, mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Trim and mount onto the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

3). Create the remaining layers for the sketch from designer paper along with Whisper White cardstock, Wrap pieces of black hemp twine around the white banner layer, mount per the sketch onto the card front (using dimensional foam behind the main square panel and under the ends of the vertical black/white panel.

4). Use the retired Sweetheart Punch to punch out one heart from Whisper White cardstock and two hearts from Basic Black cardstock, Layer the two black hearts behind the white heart and mount onto the card front.  Add the fussy-cut Eiffel Tower image with dimensional foam (I first mounted the Eiffel Tower image onto Basic Black cardstock to give it a bit more stability). 

5). Add the looped black hemp bow and use a small punched out heart for the center of the bow,  To finish off the card, apply shimmer to the small heart in the center of the bow using a clear glitter pen and add the White Tea Lace Doily pieces to the corners.
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Stamp Sets: Follow My Heart (retired Stampin’ Up! hostess set)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Spectrum Noir™ Clear  Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Poppy Parade; retired Night and Day DSP, retired Poppy Parade DSP (all Stampin’ Up!)

Tools/Accessories:  Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Black Hemp Twine, SU! Punches- Banner, retired Sweetheart and Triple Heart, White Tea Lace Doily 

Thank you for taking the time to visit! I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Loveis in the Air} photo and linkup to our gallery at The Card Concept- we would love to see your interpretation!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

TCC107 How Beautiful A Day Can Be


Hi Friends!


It's time for The Card Concept #107 {Rainbow Cupcakes} Challenge!  The cupcakes are beautiful in the different rainbow colors and I love the dark background which inspired my card design.

I am still working on my craft room re-organization and have not had a chance to design many cards lately.  I am making an effort to use some of my retired stamps and give the older stamps some “love”.  I used the butterfly from the long ago retired Stampin’ Up! hostess set, Ageless Adornment and paired it with a digital sentiment from the Peonies Digi Stamp Set from Power Poppy by Marcella (I had this sentiment already printed and die cut in my “stash”- amazing what you find when you are able to take time to organize- lol!).


Just a reminder that The Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a suggestion of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media (or you can combine several styles for your own style).

If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool.   Using Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, stamp the butterfly image from the retired Ageless Adornments stamp set onto the prepared panel, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

2). Once the embossing powder has cooled, watercolor the butterfky using water-based markers (I used Zig® Clean Color Markers-see colors below) and fussy cut the image.  Mount onto a piece of black cardstock and fussy cut close to the edge.  Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the butterfly wings and an extra fine white paint pen to add a few white highlights.

3). Using a photo editing program, import the sentiment from the Peonies Digi Stamp Set (Poppy Power by Marcella), resize and print out onto white cardstock,  Die cut the sentiment with a stitched square die.

4). Die cut a piece of black cardstock with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto a white card base. 

5). Adhere the sentiment directly to the card front and mount the butterfly image with dimensional foam.  Add a few sequins to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Ageless Adornment (retired Stampin’ Up! hostess set), Peonies (digi set- Power Poppy by Marcella)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Zig® Clean Color Real Brush Markers- Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple;  Spectrum Noir™ Clear  Glitter Pen; Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up!)

Tools/Accessories:  Big Shot™, My Favorite Things™ Dies- Stitched Square STAX, Stitched Rectangle A2 STAX Set 1; Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Purple Sequins (Craft Medley)

Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Rainbow Cupcakes } photo and link up to our gallery at The Card Concept- we would love to see your interpretation!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

TCC106 Be Still and Know




Hi Friends!

It's time for The Card Concept #106 {Pink Party} Challenge- our first challenge of the New Year! Thanks for playing along with us over the Christmas/New Year holiday- we loved seeing all of pictures of your Christmas trees and/or your favorite card design from 2018 shared in our last challenge.

Isn't this a gorgeous scene?  I was inspired by the black and white along with the shades of pink to create a very quick vintage style Mixed Media card using an image from the current Stampin' Up! hostess set, Very Vintage, a script image from the retired SU! Notable Notions and a verse sentiment from the Stamp Simply Words of Encouragement set.



Just a reminder that the Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a suggestion of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media (or you can combine several styles for your own style).

If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static two pieces of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool.   Using Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, stamp the floral image from Very Vintage (Stampin’ Up!) on one panel and on the other, stamp the sentiment verse from Words of Encouragement (Simply Stamps).   Apply clear embossing powder to both and heat set with a heat tool.

2). Once the embossing powder has cooled, watercolor the floral image using water-based markers (I used Zig® Clean Color Markers) and die cut both images using stitched circle dies. Mount the images onto circles die cut from black cardstock.

3). Fold a piece of 4 ¼” x 11” extra thick white cardstock in half for the card base.  Using a stencil brush with a chevron stencil, apply distress oxide ink to the background.  Lightly spritz a bit of water over the background, tap with a paper towel and dry with a heat tool. Stamp the script image from Notable Notions sporadically over the background using distress ink (stamping off the image before stamping onto the cardstock).

4). Mount the focal image circle and sentiment to the card front with dimensional foam, lightly stencil around the image and over the sentiment. 

5). Finish off the card by adding a few pearls and applying a bit of shimmer to the larger flower petals with a clear glitter pen. 

 Stamp Sets: Very Vintage (2018-2019 hostess set- Stampin’ Up!), Notable Notions (retired Stampin’ Up!), Words of Encouragement (Stamp Simply)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Black Soot Distress and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide,  Zig® Clean Color Markers- Light Pink, Pink, Light Green, Green; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up!), Thick White cardstock from my stash

Tools/Accessories:  Big Shot™, My Favorite Things Stitched Circle STAX, Circle Dies (retired SU!), Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Memory Box™ Modern Chic Stencil, Claritystamps™ Stencil Brush, Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you will join us for our {Pink Party}Challenge at The Card Concept- we would love to see your card in our gallery!!

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