Monday, June 18, 2018

Clean and Simple- Special Blend



Hi Friends!

 I hope all of you are having a fun June so far!  I have been busy organizing my stamping area lately - sometimes I can get so caught up in the process that I lose track of time.  A bit like stamping, but if I do not make the organization a priority at time, I will not be able to find anything- lol!!

I did take some time out ot create a few cards and today I am sharing a quick card designed with the previously released stamp set, Special Blend from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps!  I love all of the fun images and sentiments in this set, don’t you? Perfect for coffee cards, encouragement, friendship, birthday and so many other occasions!


For this card, I decided to keep it Clean and Simple (CAS) and decided to incorporate the following challenges into the design: CAS Colours and Sketches #276 Sketch Challenge,  CASOLOGY #304 Pearl Challenge (it is hard to see in the photo but the striped background paper has a pearlized finish as well as the pearls in the corners of the sentiment) and the Less Is More #373 Friendship Challenge.
 
If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1).  Using archival black ink, stamp the cup and sentiment images from Special Blend onto white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, color the cup image with water-based markers and fussy-cut.

2). Die cut the sentiment with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

3). Using a piece of pre-embossed designer paper, sponge distress ink over the non-embossed areas to create the striped background.  Trim and mount onto black cardstock, trim and mount onto the white card base.

4). Add the sentiment panel directly to the card front and mount the cup image with dimensional foam.

5). Use a glitter pen to add shimmer to cup image and add a few pearls to the corners of the sentiment to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Designer Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black,  retired Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 1 Dies, Sponge Dauber, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to visit! I hope all of you have a great week and stop by again soon!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TCC95 And Baby Makes Three!


Hi Friends!


Isn’t this a cute photo?  The owls look adorable as well as the wonderful colors and patterns and I was inspired to create a Clean and Layered Mixed Media card using the retired Stampin’ Up! sets- Baby, We’ve Grown and Cuddles & Kisses.
 
I have owned these sets for a few years but had never inked up the images for this card.  So many stamps and so little time- lol!!

I used the TGIF Challenges #163 Sketch Challenge for the layout and am also participating with the Retro Rubber #88 “Anything Goes” Challenge (both stamp sets are several years old).

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 visit the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the owl image from Baby, We’ve Grown with archival black ink, stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Once the embossing has cooled, use Stampin’ Write Markers to color the image (the colors I used are listed below in the card recipe).  

2). Die cut the owl panel with a rectangle die and using the same die, die cut another rectangle from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  Layer both panels onto Rich Razzleberry cardstock and trim close to the edge.

3). Die cut a piece of designer paper with a stitched rectangle die (I used a piece from my stash and I am not sure of the manufacturer).  Mount onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  Adhere the entire panel to a white card front.

4). Die cut two banners from designer paper (this piece was from the retired SU! Razzleberry Lemonade DSP) with a stitched jumbo fishtail banner die.  Mount the banners directly onto the card front and add the Lemon Lime Twist panel on an angle (per the sketch).  Mount the owl image panel with dimensional foam.

5). Stamp the sentiment from Cuddles & Kisses with archival black ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Trim the panel and create the flag banner with the retired SU! Hexagon Punch.  Mount onto Rich Razzleberry cardstock and repeat the flag banner ends with the punch.

6).  Mount the sentiment onto the card front (using dimensional foam on the top half) and add the retired button (I used a slim piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock as “thread”). 

7). Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the owls.  Finish off the card with a few iridescent sequins and Nuvo™ Morning Dew Crystal Drops to the owl’s eyes (hard to see the shimmer and the dimension on the eyes in the photo- sorry).

Stamp Sets: Baby, We’ve Grown, Cuddles & Kisses (retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Lemon Lime Twist, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango; Spectrum Noir™Clear Glitter Pen, Nuvo™ Morning Dew Crystal Drops

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, retired Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper (all Stampin’ Up!), misc dsp from my stash

Tools/Accessories:  Big Shot™, My Favorite Things™ Dies- A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX Set 2, Jumbo Stitched Fishtail Banner STAX (retired); retired SU! Button, sequins from my stash

Thanks for taking the time to visit! I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Owl Cherish Our Friendship} photo and link up to our galleryat The Card Concept- we would love to see your interpretation!!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Brotherly Love- Through the Trees


Hi Friends!

Woohoo! Welcome to the June Release at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps! This month has a wonderful selection of stamp sets for cards, Bible Art Journaling and more!! hope all of you are having a great week so far!



Today I am sharing a card using the new stamp set, Brotherly Love along with previously released sets, Through the Trees (NinaB Designs) and Long Stem Silhouettes.


I incorporated the CAS(E) This Sketch #274 Sketch Challenge (I elongated the sketch a bit and used a square vs circle for the central element :-)) into the design and am also linking to the Simon Monday “Masculine” Challenge as well as the As You See It #177 “Greeting for Guys” Challenge (the hat and jacket are a "weathered" blue but look more grey in the photo :-)).

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1).  Using archival black ink, stamp the images from Brotherly Love onto designer paper along with white and chocolate cardstock (I used a retired blue/woodgrain type of paper).  Stamp the bald head image along with the glasses and jacket/tie image onto white cardstock, the beard and moustache images onto chocolate cardstock and the hat along with the jacket/tie image onto the designer paper.  Fussy-cut all of the images and color the head image and sunglasses with water-based markers.

2). Paper piece the image of the man together with the pieces from step 1.

3). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the tree image from Through the Trees with archival black ink onto the prepared cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Die cut with a square stitched die, mount onto espresso cardstock and trim close to the edge.).

4). Die cut the woodgrain designer paper with a rounded stitched rectangle die, cut into two pieces horizontally, mount onto another die cut (using the same rounded stitched rectangle die) from espresso cardstock.

5). Using stitched rectangle dies, die cut a piece of white cardstock for the card front. and mount onto a larger piece of espresso cardstock (die cut with a slightly larger stitched die).  Position the pieces from step 4 and 3 onto the card front (do not adhere yet) to decide where to stamp the sentiment (per the sketch).  De-static the area with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Long Stem Silhouettes with an archival black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Mount the panel onto the die cut espresso card front and adhere to a white card base.

6). Mount the woodgrain rounded rectangle pieces directly onto the card front. Thread a piece of chocolate grosgrain ribbon through a pewter ribbon slide, add to the corner of the square tree image and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

7). Add the pieced Brotherly Love image with dimensional foam (at the bottom) and directly onto the stitched square tree panel.

8). Use a glitter pen to add shimmer to his sunglasses to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Blush Blossom, Aleays Artichoke, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Designer Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, retired Well Worn Designer Series Paper (all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/ Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Dies- Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 1 & 2, Stitched Square STAX, Stitched Rounded Rectangles, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, ½” Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon, Pewter Ribbon Slide

I had so much fun piecing this guy together! Without the beard, he could be my hubby (with hair under the hat- lol!).  Also, don't forget Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps has a new stamp of the month- Texture Tiles 2, free with any $75 US order.  



Thanks again for taking the time to visit! I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and stop by again soon!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

TCC94 Praying for You




Hi Friends!

Isn’t this a fun photo?  

I love the beautiful red bicycle as well as the gorgeous bouquet of flowers and was inspired to create a Clean and Layered, Classy and Elegant Mixed Media card.

I incorporated the Power Poppy digital stamp images from Countryside Bouquet (2014) and Roses and Chamomile. 

I love to participate in online challenges and will also be linking this card to the Simon Says Work It Wednesday May 2018 “Inspiredby Sunshine & Summertime” Challenge (love the red and bright colors of the flowers that remind me of summer), the Retro Rubber #87 "Let's Get Sketchy" Challenge (the digital stamp images are several years old and this is the first card I have created with the Countryside Bouquet image) and the Word Art Wednesday #336-#337 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

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 visit the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Using a design software (I used the retired Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio™), position the Countryside Bouquet digital floral image along with the sentiment from Roses and Chamomile onto your screen, enlarge if desired and print out onto a piece of white cardstock. Watercolor the image with distress inks, water-based markers, alcohol markers and watercolor pencils.

2). Die cut the floral image with a stitched oval die, mount onto another oval cut from concord cardstock (die cut with a slightly larger oval die).

3). Trim the sentiment, create the fishtail banner with a hexagon punch, mount onto concord cardstock.

4). Die cut a piece of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto another rectangle die cut from concord cardstock and adhere to the poppy card front.  Add the stitched horizontal strip of concord designer paper, add the grosgrain ribbon with the ribbon slide, wrapping the ends behind the card panel.  Mount the entire card front onto the white card base.

5).  Mount the bouquet oval and the sentiment onto the card front with dimensional foam.

6). Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the flower petals and an extra fine white paint pen to add a few highlights to the flower centers.

Stamp Sets: Countryside Bouquet, Roses and Chamomile (Digital stamps from Power)

Ink/Mediums: Printer Ink- Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Ink- Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac, Peeled Paint; Stampin’ Write Markers- Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Always Artichoke, Spectrum Noir™Clear Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, retired Concord Crush Designer Series Paper (all Stampin’ Up!)

Tools/Accessories:  Big Shot™, My Favorite Things™ Dies- A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX Set 1 & 2, Stitched Oval STAX; ¼” Clay Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Pewter Ribbon Slide

Thanks for taking the time to visit! I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our Inspiration on Wheels photo and link up to our gallery at TheCard Concept- we would love to see your interpretation!!

Girl Power- Let's Do This




Hi Friends!

I hope all of you are having a great week so far! Today I am sharing another card using the May Creative Worship release stamp sets, Girl Power and Let’s Do This from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. 

The possibilities with Girl Power and Let’s Do This are almost limitless!  I love that can both sets can be used for cards as well as Bible Art Journaling, scrapbooking, gifts and home décor. 

 
If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1).  De-static a piece of white card with an embossing powder tool, ink the Girl Power image with archival black ink, stamp onto the panel, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Stamp another image of the girl onto a piece of scrap paper to create a mask.

2). Mask the Girl Power image and use distress oxide inks to blend the background.

3). De-static the background with an embossing powder tool, ink the Let’s Do This sentiments with embossing ink, stamp onto the prepared background, apply white embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Sponge additional ink as needed and spritz a bit of water to create the splatters in the background.

4). Color the girl image with water based and alcohol markers. Add a bit of shimmer to her dress with a clear glitter pen.  Trim the panel and mount onto a piece of black cardstock.

5). Adhere the card front to a white card base and add a few rhinestones to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Versamark™, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Broken china, Faded Denim, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves;  Stampin’ Write Baked Brown Sugar and Melon Mambo Markers; Spectrum Noir™ Alcohol Markers and Clear Glitter Pen

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

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Clear and White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge Daubers, Rhinestones

Thanks again for taking the time to visit! I hope all of you have a wonderful week and stop by again soon!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sorry, I Was So Prickly


Hi Friends!

I hope all of you are having a great weekend so far! Today I am sharing another card using the May Creative Worship release stamp set, Refresh My Soul from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. 

Refresh My Soul has so many wonderful sentiments and images- I love that they can be used for cards as well as Bible Art Journaling, scrapbooking, gifts and home décor. 

I do not know about you, but I could use a card with this sentiment for sure! Sometimes I tend to speak before I think and it can sound a bit "prickly" :-)

I decided to participate with the Tuesday Throwdown #393 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge (top row across- watercolor, emboss and die cut) along with the A Gem of a Challenge #220 “Use Three of Something” (three cactus images) and the A Bit More Time to Craft #68 "Anything Goes" Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1).  Ink the three cactus images with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink onto white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Watercolor the images with water based markers before fussy-cutting out each image.

2). De-static a piece of black cardstock with an embossing powder tool, lay the cover-up die onto the black cardstock so you can position the “Sorry I was so” and “Prickly” sentiments from Refresh My Soul . Remove the die, stamp the sentiments with Versamark™ ink, apply white embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

3). Die cut a piece of curry designer paper with the stitched cover-up die, mount onto the embossed black cardstock.  Add the black twine (wrapping the ends behind the card front) and mount the entire card front onto a white card base.

4). Adhere the fussy-cut cacti images with dimensional foam.

5). Add the twine bow along with the shimmer brad (I trimmed off the brad points and used hot glue to adhere to the card front).

6). Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the cacti images to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Versamark™, Zig® Clean Color Markers- Green, Lt. Pink, Blue; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Designer Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, retired Crushed Curry Designer Paper (all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Cover-Up Companion Diagonal Die, Black Hemp Twine, retired shimmer brad (SU!), Embossing Buddy®, Clear and White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, AquaPainter

Thanks again for taking the time to visit! I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and stop by again soon!

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