Friday, June 22, 2018

In All Things, Give Thanks


Hi Friends!

I had fun designing this Mixed Media card using a few digital stamps from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley.  


I love designing and creating cards and being able to share with friends and family! I also enjoy sharing with other stampers through my blog and different social media platforms.  I have met so many friends online and even though we have not met in person, we have an instant bond due to our love for stamping and creating :-)

If you have not had a chance to visit any of the above challenge sites, I hope you will do so- wonderful Design Teams samples and entries from all!

To create this card:

1). Using either a software program or a word processing program, insert the Power Poppy Olive and Acorn image onto a 8 ½” x 11” document.  Re-size if needed to fit, insert the Bittersweet Wreath sentiment (re-sizing as well) and print out onto white cardstock.  FYI- I am still using the retired My Digital Studio™ (Stampin’ Up!) for inserting the images, re-sizing, etc. but you could use Word or other photo software programs.

2). Die cut the Olive and Acorn image with a pierced square die and die cut the sentiment with a stitched rectangle die.

3). Color the Olive and Acorn image using watercolor pencils, water-soluble graphite pencil, distress inks and glitter pens (see the colors used below in the card recipe). I did labor over the coloring for a while to try to achieve depth and rich color.

4). Use the water-soluble graphite pencil, a rust water color pencil and gold glitter marker for the sentiment.

5). Mount the sentiment and the main focal image onto gray cardstock and trim close to the edge.

6). For the card front- trim a piece of gray cardstock 5 ½” square.  Mount a piece of vanilla cardstock (approx. 3/8” square) onto the gray cardstock and mount a piece of gray designer paper onto the vanilla paper (approx. 5 ¼” square).  Add a piece of ivory crochet lace, 1 ½” gold satin ribbon and 7/8” copper satin ribbon onto the card front (wrapping the ends of the ribbon behind the panel).  Mount the entire card front onto a white 5 ½” square card base.

7).  Add the Olive and Acorn focal image on a diagonal along with the sentiment to the card front using dimensional foam. 

8). Finish off the card with a few pearls in the corner.

Stamp Sets: Olive and Oak, Bittersweet Wreath (both digital stamps- Power Poppy)

Ink: Printer Ink- Black; Tim Holtz® Distress Inks- Rusty Hinge, Hickory Smoke; Derwent® Watercolor Pencils- Copper Beech, Golden Brown, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Venetian Red; Gold Wink of Stella®

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Basic Gray; retired Lap of Luxury Designer Series Paper (all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories: Big Shot™, My Favorite Things Stitched A2 Rectangle STAX Set 1; Our Daily Bread Designs Pierced Squares Dies, AquaPainter™, Pearls; Ivory Crochet Lace, 1 ½” Gold Satin Ribbon, 7/8” Copper Satin Ribbon (all from my stash)

I had a great time creating this card and reflecting on this verse- "In All Things, Give Thanks" 1Thessalonians 5:18

 I am so thankful for all of the blessings that the Lord has given me and bring this verse to my mind when times are not generally what I would consider "thankful".   Sometimes it is difficult to focus on "thanks" when you find out about a loved one passing, a terrible tragedy or illness befalling someone you know (or yourself), or other stressful things in life,  but I am so thankful that Christ was willing to die on the cross for my sins (and yours) and rose again on the 3rd day! 

I am so thankful that by believing in Him and putting our trust in Him (and Him alone), we can have eternal life.  I am so thankful that it is the "gift of God, not of works" for our salvation.  "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotton Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16 (NKJV).  Yes, I am so thankful....

I hope I have inspired you today to create something to share with others and that you will have a thankful, blessed week!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

RRCB89 Time To Celebrate




Hi Friends!

Woohoo! Today I am Guest Designing for the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge #89 "X's and O's" Challenge! 

I love participating with the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge since you are required to use a stamp/stamp set that is at least one year old! This encourages me to use my retired stamps and I also generally use older paper and embellishments as well :-)

For this card, I chose the diagonal column, left to right (Romantic-DSP-Gems/Enamel Shapes) and I decided to pull out the older Graphic 45 stamp set, Time to Flourish Set #2 for the sentiment along with Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate designer paper.  I think Graphic 45’s papers are so gorgeous, they basically create the cards for you :-)

I also am incorporating the Sweet Sketch Wed 2 #138 Sketch Challenge into the design and will be linking to the Word Art Wednesday #338-#339 “Anything Goes”Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge site yet, or the other challenge galleries, I would encourage you to do so- wonderful ideas and projects by all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the “Happy Anniversary” sentiment from the Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Set #2 with archival black ink, stamp onto white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Trim the sentiment and create the banner end either by hand or with a punch. Mount onto espresso cardstock and trim close to the edge.

2). Using the “Celebrate” stamp from the same stamp set, ink with green ink and stamp onto a piece of green designer paper.  Distress the edges a bit and mount onto a piece of espresso cardstock.

3). Die cut the two smaller rectangle panels with stitched rectangle dies, mount onto espresso cardstock and mount onto the card front.

4). Trim the cut-a-way image from the Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate designer paper, mount onto espresso cardstock, trim close to the edge.  Add ½ of a white paper doily to the back of the image, mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

5). Wrap the polished hemp twine pieces across the card front, wrapping the ends behind the panel.  Mount the entire panel onto the white card base.  Add the hemp twine bow with the button (I used hot glue to adhere).

6). Mount the sentiment to the card front and add three rhinestones to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Time to Flourish, Set 2 (Graphic 45)

Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black

Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, retired Certainly Celery Designer Paper (all Stampin’ Up); Time to Celebrate Designer Paper(Graphic 45), misc. coral designer paper (not sure of manufacturer)

Accessories: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Rectangle A2 Set 1 & 2 STAX Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Polished Hemp Twine, retired SU! button, Rhinestones

Thanks again for visiting- you are all such an encouragement to me!!  Hugs and I hope you can join us at the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge!

So Blessed By Your Friendship


Hi Friends!

I hope all of you are having a productive week so far! I am finally having a chance to catch up on some of my favorite online challenges and created another Clean and Simple (CAS) card using several stamp sets from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps- Sweet As Honey, Thoughtful Words and Grunge Elements 2.

I am linking this card to the Less Is More #373 “Friendship Challenge along with the Little Red Wagon #450 “To Bee or Not To Bee” Challenge. Once I finished the card, I realized that the design is a modified version of the CASE This Sketch #276 Sketch 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- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1).  Using archival black ink, stamp bee image from Sweet As Honey onto white cardstock and heat set with a heat tool.  Color the image with water-based markers and fussy-cut the bee. 

2). Using a rectangle stitched die, die cut two pieces of white cardstock (one for the card base and one for the focal image). 

3). On the smaller rectangle, stamp the honeycomb image from Sweet As Honey as well as the splatter image from Grunge Elements 2 with distress oxide inks and dry with a heat tool.

4). De-static the panel with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Thoughtful Words with archival black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

5). Mount both panels to a white card base, add the fussy-cut bee image and a few crystal drops to mimic honey.  To finish off the card, use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the bee and honeycomb.



Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey; TH Wild Honey Distress Marker, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Nuvo™ Limoncella Jewel Drops

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

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 1 & 2 Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you will find the time to stop by again soon!

Phil 1:3 - I Thank My God Upon Every Remembrance of You



Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing another card designed with the June Stamp of the Month, Texture Tiles II along with previously released stamp sets, Special Blend and Scripture & Sentiment Companions from  Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps!  

I enjoy playing along with online challenges and incorporated the Splitcoaststampers(SCS) SC701 Sketch Challenge, the SCS CC685 Color Challenge and the Word ArtWednesday #338-#339 “Anything Goes” Challenge into the design.

Don't forget, you can receive the June Stamp of the Month, Texture Tiles II free with a $75 (net US $$ after all discounts) plus shipping is free on orders $75 and over!

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- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1).  Using archival black ink, stamp cup image from Special Blend  and the verse sentiment from Scripture & Sentiment Companions onto white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, die cut the cup image with a stitched oval die and hand trim the sentiment into a flag banner.

2). Die cut another oval from black cardstock (I used a die just a bit larger than the stitched oval) and mount the cup image onto the black oval. Color the image using distress ink and markers.  Add a bit of stenciling to the background with a chevron stencil.

3). Mount the scripture sentiment onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

4). Using the cracked line image from Texture Tiles II, stamp repeatedly onto a piece of white cardstock.  Tap a bit of distress oxide ink onto a clear envelope, spritz with water and place the cardstock into the ink, lift and repeat to finish the background.  Dry with a heat tool and die cut with a stitched rectangle die before mounting onto a die cut rectangle from black cardstock.

5). Die cut the designer paper rectangles with a rectangle die, mount onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge.  Mount onto the background panel (per the sketch), add the die cut oval with dimensional foam.  Add the sentiment (using dimensional foam on the far right side) and add the pink button. FYI- I used a small strip of black cardstock to mimic the thread for the button :-)

6). Use a glitter pen to add shimmer to stacked cup image and add a few sequins to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Worm Lipstick Distress Ink, TH Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink; Stampin’ Write Pink Pirouette Marker, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Designer Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, retired Stacked with Love Designer Series Pack (all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Dies- Stitched Oval STAX, Stitched A2 Rectangle Set 1 & 2 Dies; Spellbinders Rectangles Dies, Claritystamps™ Stencil Brush, MD Chevron Stencil, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sequins, retired SU! Pink Button

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

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 and the  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). 
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!

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