Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TCC100 Elegant Fall



Hi Friends!


Woohoo! We are celebrating the 100th challenge at The Card Concept with a gorgeous inspiration photo and a special surprise!  To help us celebrate, all of our designers invited a special guest designer so we have 24 different cards to inspire you!!

I love this beautiful inspiration photo that Lesley found and was inspired by the colors, the roses as well as the gold to create a Shabby Chic/Mixed Media card! These colors worked perfect for my niece’s wedding this past weekend (her colors were burgundy, light pink, white/ivory and gold). 


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 Word Art Wednesday site yet, I hope you will find time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Apply clear gesso to a 5 ½” square piece of white cardstock, use a heat tool if necessary to speed up the drying process.
2). Once the panel has dried, use Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Inks, Alcohol Inks along with acrylic paint until you achieve the color that you desire (see colors used below).  Add TH Picket Fence Distress Stain to tone down the color in areas and add a bit of crackle texture paste with a honeycomb stencil.

3). Once the crackle paste has dried, stamp the background with the retired En Francais background stamp (SU!) using Staz-On™ Stone Gray ink, add a bit of distressing with the small splatter stamp from Timeless Textures (SU!) and Stone Gray ink, distress the edges of the panel and mount onto a 5 ½” square white card base.

4). Create the rolled flowers using MFT Mini Royal and Royal Rose Dies from Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink cardstock.  Use a crimper tool to soften the paper before rolling the flowers (I use hot glue to adhere the base).  Die cut the leaves from Wild Wasabi cardstock using ODBD Bitty Blossoms Dies and the scrolls from gold foil using ODBD Fancy Foliage Dies.

5). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Occasional Sentiments (retired SU!)  with Versamark™ Ink, apply gold embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, die cut with an ornate rectangle die and add a bit of gold mousse over the edges.

6). Mount the sentiment onto the card front using dimensional foam,  Add the rolled roses along with the leaves and scrolls around the sentiment (I used hot glue to adhere the floral elements).

7). Add a few pearls to the corner of the sentiment and upper left corner of the card.  Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the roses to finish off the card.

 Stamp Sets: Occasional Sentiments, En Francais (both retired Stampin’ Up!), Timeless Textures (current SU!)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™, Staz-On™ Stone Gray,  TH Distress Oxide- Antique Linen, Picket Fence, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Vintage Photo; Adirondack™ Alcohol Inks- Cranberry and Gold Mixatives™, Ken Oliver™ Metallic Rose Liquid Metals, Liquidtex™ Clear Gesso, Wendy Vecchi™ Crackled Texture Paste, Nuvo™ Indian Gold Embellishment Mousse, Spectrum Noir™ Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi, Gold Foil (all SU!), misc. HD white cardstock from my stash (for base and panel)

Tools/Accessories:  Big Shot™, MFT Royal and Mini Royal Rose Dies;  Our Daily Bread Dies- Fancy Foliage, Bitty Blossoms; Embossing Buddy®, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Distressing Tool, Crafters Workshop Punchinella 6x6 Stencil, Palette Knife

Thanks again for taking the time to visit! I hope you will find the time to check out all of the wonderful cards at The Card Concept and if you have a chance, create a card based on our {Elegant Fall} photo- we would love to see your interpretation!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

TCC99 Sunflower Barn- So Very Thankful



Hi Friends!

Welcome to The Card Concept #99 {Sunflower Serenade} Challenge!!  What a wonderful photo- I love the sunflowers with the barn and it inspired me to pull out a few older stamps to create a Shabby Chic/Mixed Media card!


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). De-static a piece of Naturals White cardstock with an embossing powder tool, ink the Sunflower Barn (Impressions Obsession) image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto the prepared panel, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.
2). Water color the image using Distress Inks and Distress Markers (see colors listed below) and use watercolor pencils and additional water-based markers with a water brush until you are satisfied with the coloring.  Once the panel has dried, die cut with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto espresso cardstock and trim close to the edge of the die cut. 

3). Use a distressing tool to lightly distress the edges of two pieces of designer paper, mount onto a piece of espresso cardstock.  Adhere a piece of 7/8” stitched satin ribbon, wrap the ends behind the panel, add the pieces of hemp twine and mount onto the white card base.

4). Add a bit of cheesecloth at the corners and mount the focal image with dimensional foam.

5). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Pretty Patches: Apple (Wplus9) with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Use the smallest splatter stamp image from Timeless Textures (Stampin’ Up!) with vintage photo distress ink to add a bit of distressing.

6). Trim the sentiment and create the banner, distress the edges with a distressing tool, mount onto espresso cardstock, distress the edges a bit more and add a piece of knotted hemp twine (wrapping the ends behind the sentiment).

7). Mount the sentiment with dimensional foam onto the card front and finish off the card with a twine bow and button.

 Stamp Sets: Sunflower Barn (Impressions Obsession), Pretty Patches:Apple (Wplus9 Studio), Timeless Textures (Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, TH Distress- Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed, Forest Moss, Vintage Photo; Distress Markers- Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade; Spectrum Noir™ Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Marker

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Naturals White, Early Espresso, retired Designer Paper – cannot recall the name (all Stampin’ Up!)

Tools/Accessories:  Big Shot™, MFT Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 2 Dies;  Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Distressing Tool, 7/8” Stitched Chocolate Satin Ribbon (from my stash), Polished Hemp Twine, retired SU! button

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

Friday, September 28, 2018

He Will Sustain You



Hi Friends!                                      
        
I hope all of you are having a great week so far!  We are still receiving quite a bit of rain in our area and I am praying for all of those who have been affected by flooding and hurricanes.  I know that we have received over 300% of our average rainfall so far this year and additional local flooding is anticipated this weekend.

I wanted to take a break from housework, etc. and create a quick card,  I decided to use an image from a retired Stampin’ Up! set (isn’t it amazing what you can find when you decide to organize- lol!) and paired it with a current image from Stamp Simply for a simple one layer card.


If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge galleries yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous ideas and projects by all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of white cardstock (FYI- I used a piece I had in my stash that I had obtained free from my previous job at a printing company- it has a bit of a matte gloss finish and is quite heavy).  Ink the floral image from the retired Stampin’ Up! Sunflower Serenade stamp set with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  

2). Once the embossing has cooled, use a water brush and watercolor the image with  Tim Holtz® Distress Inks and Stampin’ Write Markers (see colors listed below).  Use a soft gray marker to add a few shadows.

3). De-static the lower right hand area for the sentiment, ink the verse image from Fear Not (Stamp Simply) with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

The card is finished- quick and easy and no additional postage required :-)  

Stamp Sets: Sunflower Serenade (retired Stampin’ Up!), Fear Not (Stamp Simply)
Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim  Holtz® Distress Ink- Tumbled Glass, TH Distress Markers- Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Stampin’ Write Markers- Pear Pizzazz, Hello Honey, Early Espresso, Smoky Slate

Paper: White Heavy Duty Cardstock (not sure of manufacturer- from my stash)
Accessories: AquaPainter™, Embossing Buddy™, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

I love the fonts used in the Stamp Simply Fear Not set, don't you?  Such a versatile stamp set with verses that can comfort during times of stress, loss and illness.  I received this set as a gift from a very precious friend and absolutely love it!

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope all of you have a blessed weekend, my friends!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Give Thanks



Hi Friends!

I hope all of you had a wonderful week/weekend!  We are celebrating and  giving "thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever" 1 Chron 16:34!!   

This past week, we received answer to prayer- my hubby Dave’s recent CT scan did not reveal any new tumors, Praise the Lord! At this point, he does not have to undergo any chemo treatments or other medications :-)  Of course, he will be monitored every three months for his bladder cancer (and every six months for his non-Hodgkins lymphoma) but the Lord has definitely answered our prayers :-)  We are so thankful for His faithfulness to us!

In between doctor appointments, organizing my craft room (still working on this "never-ending" project- are you ever really done?) as well as our other weekly activities, I took some time to create a quick and easy monochromatic Mixed Media card. 

I needed a few more masculine cards for my stash so I am playing along with The Male Room Challenge #94 “Geometric”  and also incorporated the JustAdd Ink #427 “Just Add K” Challenge (K= Kraft) and the Simon Monday “Monochrome” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge galleries yet, I encourage you to do so- fabulous ideas and projects by all!

To create this card:

1). Using a Word Processing or Photo Editing program (I am still using the retired My Digital Studio™ from Stampin’ Up!), import the truck image from Countryside and print out onto Whisper White cardstock.  Using Stampin’ Write markers (I used Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand) watercolor the image. 

2). Die cut the image with the MFT Stitched Rectangle A2 STAX Set 2 Dies, mount onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

3). Die cut a piece of Kraft cardstock using the largest rectangle from the MFT Stitched Rectangle A2 STAX Set 2 Dies.  De-static the lower corner with an embossing powder tool, ink the verse sentiment from Scripture Medley 3 (retired Verve Stamps) with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.
Another view - trying to capture the faint shimmer :-)

4). Once the embossing has cooled, stencil the chevron pattern using a stencil brush with Tim Holtz® Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and the Memory Box Modern Chic Chevron Stencil.  Keep the stencil in place and use a clear glitter pen to add a bit of shimmer to the chevron and add a bit of shimmer to the truck image as well (guys can like shimmer, right?).

5). Use a 1/16” Handheld Punch to create the holes for the square brads, add the brads, mount the panel onto a piece of black cardstock, trim and mount onto a white card base.

6). Mount the layered truck image with dimensional foam to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Countryside (digital stamp- Stampin’ Up!), Scripture Medley 3 (retired Verve Stamps)

Ink: Printer Ink- Black; Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim  Holtz® Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Stampin’ Write Markers- Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake (all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories: Printer, My Digital Studio™, AquaPainter™, Memory Box Modern Chic Chevron Stencil, Embossing Buddy™, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 1/16” Handheld Punch (SU!), Square Black Brads (from my stash)

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- hugs and I hope you have a fabulous week, my friends!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TCC98 Rejoice in the Lord


Hi Friends!

Welcome to The Card Concept #98 {Pastel Party} Challenge!!  What a fun inspiration photo and we can not wait to see what will inspire you!!

I was inspired by the pastel rainbow colors as well as the black and white graphic background and banners to create a quick Mixed Media card. 


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- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). On a piece of white cardstock, sponge Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Inks (colors used noted below in the card recipe).  Spritz with water, dry with a heat tool and re-apply additional ink until you are satisfied with the results.

2). Apply strips of washi tape, tearing for different heights. 

3). Ink the floral image from Unity Stamp Co. using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and stamp repeatedly onto the background panel (masking the washi tape to avoid stamping onto the tape).  Trim the panel and add the three black square brads to the corner.

4). Mount the background panel onto white cardstock, trim again and mount onto a piece of black cardstock.  Trim once more before mounting onto a white card base.

5). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an Embossing Buddy®, ink the sentiment from Scripture Medley 1 (retired Verve Stamps) with Versafine™ Onyx Black, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto black cardstock and trim close to the die cut edge.  Add a black square brad to opposite corners.

6). Add strips of washi tape to pastel cardstock and cut the small banners using a punch (or die- I used the retired Banner Punch from Stampin’ Up!).  Adhere the banners behind the sentiment panel and mount onto the card front using dimensional foam.

Stamp Sets: Scripture Medley 1 (retired Verve Stamps), Faith & Hope - Gracielle Designs (Unity Stamp Co)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, TH Distress Oxide- Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron; TH Distress- Hickory Smoke

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Balmy Blue, Blushing Bride, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin’ Up!)

Tools/Accessories:  Big Shot™, MFT Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 2 Dies;  Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge Daubers, retired Banner Punch (SU!), Washi Tape (Kovano), Square Black Brads (from my stash)

Thanks again for taking the time to drop by!  I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Pastel Party} photo and link up to our gallery at TheCard Concept- we would love to see your interpretation!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Card Concept #97- Colorful Basics



Hi Friends!


Welcome back to The Card Concept Challenge!!  We had the summer off and are so excited to be back. 

We are starting off our new challenge season with this fun photo for our #97 {Colorful Basics} Challenge! Our blog challenge creator, Lesley always seems to find the most inspirational photos.  This scene has so many things that could inspire you.- the stripes, the colors, the dresser , the chair, the curtains in the reflection, the award trophies ...and if you pop over to The Card Concept blog post, just wait until you see how our talented Design Team was inspired!! 

This scene is so crisp and clean (not like my house- lol!)  so I decided to create a Clean and Simple (CAS) Mixed Media card.  I was inspired by the rainbow colored stripes as well as the white/light background.   

Since I love participating in online challenges, I will also be linking this card to the Retro Rubber #94 “Anything Goes” Challenge (both stamp sets used for this card are several years old) and the Simon Says Monday “Stamp It On” 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 ink from Zig® Clean Color FB Markers, color the markers directly onto the Watercolor Wash (retired Stampin’ Up!) background stamp, spritz with water and press a piece of watercolor paper onto the stamp.  FYI- I lay the background stamp face up, color (or ink, in this case color), spritz with water and press the paper onto the stamp.  This seems to work best for me when dealing with background stamps.  You can stamp a second piece of watercolor paper for another card as well :-)

2). Spritz the background panel with additional water (if needed) to allow the colors to blend a bit and use a water brush (if needed).  Dry the panel thoroughly with a heat tool.  
***Note- if the paper starts to curl too much, lightly spritz a bit of water on the back of the watercolor panel and it should straighten out. ***

3). Once the panel is dry, de-static the panel with an embossing powder tool, ink the main image from Postage Due (retired Stampin’ Up!) with archival black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

4). Die cut a panel of white cardstock with the MFT Stitched A2 Set 2 Rectangle Die (use the largest die), mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim close to the edge and mount onto a white card base.

5). Die cut the watercolor/embossed Postage Due panel with a smaller MFT Stitched A2 Set 2 Rectangle Die, mount onto black cardstock, trim and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

Wow, that was quick and easy! A refreshing change from my Shabby Chic Mixed Media cards that can take a few hours- lol!

Stamp Sets: Postage Due, Watercolor Wash background  (both retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™, Zig® Clean Color FB Brushes- Red, Yellow, Orange, Light Green and Light Blue

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

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

Thanks again for taking the time to drop by! I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Colorful Basics } photo and link up to our gallery at TheCard Concept- we would love to see your interpretation!!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Created to Create


Hi Friends!

I hope all of you enjoyed the final day of August- where has the summer gone?  It sure seems to fly by faster with each passing year- at least for me :-) My mom used to say that time flies faster as you get older, now I know she was right....

Today I am sharing a  quick and simple Mixed Media card designed with the Created to Create digital stamp from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley.  I wanted to participate with the Power Poppy August Power & Spark “Home Sweet Home”Challenge (getting this link at the last moment :-)). 

I love this image by Marcella and it reminds me that God created us in His image and He is the Ultimate Creator!!  Just look around at His Imagination with all of the created things in the universe- the universe itself, trees, plants, birds, animals, clouds, people- you name it and He created it!!  It is so amazing and I love to just look out at His creation ,don't you?

The challenge was to create a card that was inspired by your home- a color combination, sytle, etc. so I was inspired by my craft room (which is where I tend to spend most of my time).  I love to watercolor and have not had a chance recently to create a painting but do watercolor quite a bit on my cards. 


If you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge galleries yet, I encourage you to do so- fabulous ideas and projects by all!

To create this card:

1). Using a Word Processing or Photo Editing program (I am still using the retired My Digital Studio™ from Stampin’ Up!), import the Power Poppy “Created to Create” digital image and re-size to fit the front of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” card front.  Print out onto Whisper White cardstock and watercolor with watercolor pencils and markers (see supplies used below in the card recipe).

2). Add a bit of splatter with the small splatter stamp from Timeless Textures (SU!) using Rich Razzleberry ink and a few white highlights to the center of the daffodil with an Extra Fine White Sharpie® Paint Pen.

3). Die cut the panel with MFT Stitched Rectangle A2 STAX Set 2 Die, mount onto a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Garden Green cardstock trim and mount onto the white card base.

4). Finish off the card by adding shimmer to the flowers with a clear glitter pen.

Stamp Sets: Created to Create (digital stamp- Power Poppy), Timeless Textures (Stampin’ Up!)

Ink: Printer Ink- Black; Rich Razzleberry, Derwent® Watercolor Pencils and Water Soluble Graphite Pencil (for shadows), Stampin' Write Markers- Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry; Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Garden Green, Extra Thick Whisper White

Accessories: Printer, My Digital Studio™, AquaPainter™

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope you have a great weekend and stop by again soon, my friends!
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