Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SC672 Frosted Medallion Thanksgiving


Hi Friends!

It’s Wednesday and time again for the weekly sketch at Splitcoaststampers! Allison is our sketch artist this week and I thought this sketch would be perfect for a holiday card!

Since we are celebrating Thanksgiving this week in the United States, I decided to create a non-traditional Thanksgiving card using Stampin’ Up! stamp sets- retired Frosted Medallions for the main image and the current Painted Harvest for the sentiment. 


If you have not had a chance to visit the SC672 Splitcoaststampers’ Sketch gallery or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Embossing Buddy®, stamp the medallion image with Versamark™ ink onto the prepared panel, apply Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Once the powder has cooled, color with Stampin’ Write Tempting Turquoise and Chocolate Chip markers.

2). Die cut the image with a stitched circle die. Die cut a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock with a nesting circle die (just a bit larger than the stitched die) and die cut a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock with the same size nesting circle die.  Layer the Chocolate Chip die cut circle behind the embossed image and split the Tempting Turquoise die cut in half before layering one half behind the upper part of the Chocolate Chip circle.

3). Emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, trim and mount onto a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  Mount the entire background panel onto the white card base.

4). Trim off a bit of the Frosted Medallion circle before adding to the card front with dimensional foam.

5). Stamp the sentiment from Painted Harvest with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Create the fishtail banner points (I used the retired Hexagon Punch), mount onto Chocolate Chip cardstock, trim to match and mount onto Tempting Turquoise cardstock (trimming again to match the layers).

6). Mount the sentiment with dimensional foam and add a Pearl to the center of the medallion image to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Frosted Medallions, Painted Harvest (Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™; Chocolate Chip Classic Ink, Stampin’ Write Markers- Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise

Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Pierced Circle STAX Dies, retired SU! Circle Framelits™, retired Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Pearl, Embossing Buddy®, Gold EP, Heat Tool, retired Hexagon Punch


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- if you have time, come join us at Splitcoaststampers for thisweek’s sketch challenge!  Hugs and I hope all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving week, sweet friends!

November 21- Power Poppy Hues to Use Challenge Guest Designer


Hi Friends!!

Woohoo!! I am the Guest Designer for the Power Poppy "Hues to Use"Challenge for the week of November 21st!!  

In addition to the monthly Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy, the "Hues to Use" Challenge is a weekly color challenge which does not have a link up expiration date, so you can play anytime!! One of the benefits of playing along is that you may be asked to be a Guest Designer in the future- which is such an honor and very exciting!!

I am so excited since I absolutely love Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley images and own several of her clear stamp sets as well as quite a few digital sets.  

I know, many of you may cringe at the thought of digital stamps and feel that digital images are too intimidating, but trust me, they are so easy to use!! You can import them into photo editing software (I generally use the retired Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio™ program or Word) or you can use another word processing program.  

Also, what I love about digital images is that you can enlarge or reduce the image, flip it and/or crop it, then print it out on cardstock, watercolor paper or other paper.  Then you just color as you would a stamped image.  It is so easy to create different looks with just one image plus another major benefit for me is that they do not take up space in my stamping studio :-)

This week’s "Hues to Use" neutral palette is perfect for so many different types of cards and with the celebration of Thanksgiving this week here in the States, I decided to use the main image from the Olive and Oak digital stamp set and the sentiment from the Bittersweet Wreath digital stamp set.


If you have not had a chance to do so, I hope you will find the time to check out the rest of the challenge gallery at Power Poppy (as well as their other challenge sand blog posts).  Their Design Team is amazing and gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Open an 8 ½” x 11” document in your word processing/photo software program, import or insert the Olive & Oak image into the blank document (I enlarged it a bit) and import the sentiment from Bittersweet Wreath into another area of the document.  I positioned them both on the same page but made sure I had enough room to cut out the main image panel and that the sentiment would be the correct size for the 4 ¼” card (again, this is what I love about digital images!!).  Print the images using black printer ink onto white cardstock. FYI- you can use watercolor paper or other colored cardstock as well – just as long as your printer will handle the weight.  I tend to use an 80lb weight white cardstock that has a very smooth surface. 

2). Use a water brush with antique linen distress ink, watercolor the entire image.  Use a heat tool to speed up the drying and continue to color the image using watercolor pencils, distress ink and markers and shadows with a water soluble graphite pencil until you are satisfied with the results.  I also used an alcohol marker for the background (to try to achieve an antique paper look).  Use a stencil with antique linen distress ink to lightly stencil in the background.

3). Die cut the image with a rectangle stitched die, mount onto rust cardstock, trim close to the die cut edge and mount onto espresso cardstock. Create the photo corners using a square punch from rust cardstock and trim the edges for the photo corner. Add the chocolate brads in the corners and mount the entire panel onto a piece of rust cardstock. 

4). Using a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers for an easel card (see tutorial here), I cut a piece of espresso cardstock to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½” and 8 ¼”.  I folded on the score lines to create the easel.

5). Hand trim the sentiment to approx. 3 ¾” wide, watercolor with the antique linen distress ink and watercolor pencils for a wash over the sentiment panel and stencil around the edges with the same stencil as used above for the main image panel.  Mount the sentiment onto rust cardstock, trim and mount onto espresso cardstock, trim and mount onto rust cardstock again for the layers.

6). On a separate piece of espresso cardstock (approx. 4 ¼” wide by 5” tall), add the crochet lace and chocolate ribbon. Wrap the ribbon ends behind this panel and adhere the panel to the lower portion of the easel card.  Mount the sentiment with dimensional foam (this is the part of the card that will help keep the easel portion open).

7). Adhere the front panel onto the small flap of the easel card, test out the easel movement to make sure that it will work smoothly.

8).To finish off the card, add shimmer to the main oak leaf with a clear shimmer pen.


Ink/Mediums: Inkjet Printer- Black Ink,  Tim Holtz® (TH) Antique Linen Distress Ink, TH Gathered Twigs Distress Marker, Stampin’ Up! (SU!) Markers- Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Rexel Derwent® Watercolor Pencils-#53 Sepia, #57 Brown Ochre, #62 Burnt Sienna, #64 Terra Cotta; Derwent® Water Soluble Graphite Pencil- HB Light Wash; Spectrum Noir™ GV1 Alcohol Marker & Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso (all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Rectangle STAX Dies, AquaPainter™, Ivory Crochet Lace, Chocolate brads, 1” Satin Ribbon from my stash


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!  I hope I have inspired you today and that you will be able to join us for the Power Poppy “Hues to Use” Challenge!

SUO188 Star of Light



Hi Friends!   

It’s time for the #188 “Celebrate Winter Holidays!” Challenge at SU-Only Challenges and since I still need a few more Christmas cards, I chose to create a quick card using the Star of Light stamp set with the coordinating Starlight Thinlit™ Dies.    

I have owned this stamp set with the dies since last year and this is the first time I had a chance to create a card- pitiful, I know :-)  I have so many stamps and so little time!! I love the intricate cuts on the inner star and think that this set may become one of my new favorites!! :-)


If you have not had a chance to stop by the SU-Only Challenge site to check out the rest of the Design Team’s samples or the other challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). De-static a piece of Whisper White cardstock with an Embossing Buddy®, stamp the flourish image along with a few of the miscellaneous small star images from the Star of Light stamp set with Versamark™ ink, apply Stampin’ Emboss® Silver Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool. 

2). Once the embossing has cooled, use largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits™ to die cut the circle element.  Use the Simply Scored™ Tool to score a few vertical lines along the left hand side of the remaining panel, trim to 4” x 5 ¼” and mount onto a piece of Perfect Plum cardstock. Mount the entire card front onto the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

3). Die cut a circle from Perfect Plum cardstock using the retired Circle Framelits™ and mount behind the circle cut in the above step.  Adhere the layered circle onto the card front (lining up the flourish image) using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

4). Using the Starlit Thinlits™, die cut the open star from Perfect Plum cardstock and the large intricate star from Silver Foil.  Layer the two together and set aside.

5). De-static a scrap of Whisper White cardstock with an Embossing Buddy®, stamp the sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set with Versamark™ ink, apply Stampin’ Emboss® Silver Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool.  Trim and create the flag banner points by hand (I used the retired Hexagon Punch). Mount onto Perfect Plum cardstock, trim and adhere to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals®. 

6). Add the layered die cut star and finish off the card with a Rhinestone in the center of the star image. 

Stamp Sets: Star of Light, Painted Harvest

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™

Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Silver Foil, Extra Thick Whisper White

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Stitched Shapes Framelits™ , Starlit Thinlits™,  Framelits™, retired Circle Framelits™,  Embossing Buddy®, Stampin’ Emboss® Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Simply Scored™ Tool, Rhinestone,

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and I hope that you will create your own Stampin’ Up! Only project and join us for our “Celebrate Winter Holidays!” challenge!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

You Are In My Prayers



Hi Friends!

I am sharing a card today designed with Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley digital images for the Power & Spark “Portion Control” November 2017 Challenge.

For this card, I decided to use a portion of the main image from the Climbing Clematis Digital Stamp Set along with the sentiment from the Rose and Chamomile Digital Stamp Set.


 If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites yet, I hope you will take the time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from the Design Teams as well as their galleries!

To create this card:

1). Open an 8 ½” x 11” document in your word processing/photo software program, import or insert the Climbing Clematis Digital Stamp Set main image into the blank document (I enlarged it quite a bit) and import the sentiment from the Rose and Chamomile Digital Stamp Set into another area of the document (again I enlarged the image a bit).  FYI- I positioned them both on the same page but made sure I had enough room to cut out the main image in half (for two cards) and that the sentiment would be the correct size for the 4 ¼” card.   Print out the image onto Whisper White cardstock (I have an inkjet printer).

2). Use watercolor pencils and water-based markers along with a water brush to color the entire image (I used various brands and will list the colors and brands below- I also used a bit of pastel pencil).  After you are satisfied with the coloring, use a water soluble graphite pencil to add shadows.  Use an extra fine white paint pen to add highlights to the flower centers and a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the flower petals along with the butterfly.

3). Die cut the image with a rectangle stitched die, mount onto Basic Black cardstock and trim close to the die cut edge.

4). Trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock to approx. 4” x 5 ¼”, mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhere to the white card base.

5). Die cut a piece of Real Red cardstock with a square stitched die, split in half and mount onto the card front (knowing that the main image panel will cover the gap).  FYI- I already had this square of red cardstock pre-cut in my stash, you could use the appropriate size rectangle die as well.

6). Trim the sentiment, create the banner points and mount onto Basic Black cardstock. 

7). Mount the main focal image and sentiment onto the card front with dimensional foam.

8).To finish off the card, add a few grey mist jewel drops to the leaves and pearls in the corner.

Stamp Sets: Climbing Clematis , Rose and Chamomile (both digital stamp sets from Power Poppy)

Ink/Mediums: Inkjet Printer- Black Ink,  Real Red Watercolor Pencil (Stampin’ Up!), (SU!) Markers- Real Red, Cucumber Crush, Marina Mist; Rexel Derwent® Watercolor Pencils- #19 Madder Carmine, #21 Rose Madder, ; Faber-Castell® Colour-Me-Grip Red & Green Pencil, Faber-Castell® Polychromos Pencils- Emerald Green, Scarlet RedDerwent® Water Soluble Graphite Pencil- HB Light Wash; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen, Conté ά Paris Pastel 1655 #30 Pencil; Nuvo™ Gray Mist Jewel Drops

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red (SU!)

Accessories: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Rectangle and Square STAX Dies, AquaPainter™, Pearls

Thanks again for visiting- I hope all of you have a very blessed week!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SC671 Christmas Wishes


Hi Friends!

It’s Wednesday and time again for the weekly sketch at Splitcoaststampers! Carey is our sketch artist this week and I thought her sketch design would be perfect for a Christmas card!

I envisioned the lower circular element as a nature scene so I decided to pair the Tender Thoughts Clear Stamp along with the We Three Kings Clear Stamp Set (both Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps for this fairly simple Mixed Media Christmas card.   Pssst....don’t forget that we are celebrating the 10th Birthday at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps- come check out all of the details here!!  

I decided to go with a monochromatic color scheme to participate with the Inspired By All The Little Things #72 Challenge and will also be linking to the Happy Little Stampers November “Anything Goes” Christmas Challenge as well as the Word Art Wednesday #308-#309 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the Splitcoaststampers’ Sketch gallery or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will do so- such wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the birch tree image from Tender Thoughts with pumice stone and hickory smoke distress ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock.  Heat set with a heat tool, use an embossing powder tool to de-static the paper and stamp the deer image from TenderThoughts with Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink.  Apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

2). Die cut the image with a stitched circle die then die-cut again with a stitched square die.  Die cut a piece of black cardstock with the same circle die, mount the image onto the black circle (allowing a bit of the cardstock to show) and trim the edge close to the die cut.
3). Use a waterproof black marker to fill in the grass area, quickly apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool (I could not find my Versamarker™ pen).

4). Die cut a piece of light gray cardstock with a stitched border die, die cut a piece of black cardstock with the same die.  Emboss the light gray cardstock with a snowflake embossing folder and use the same embossing folder to emboss a piece of white cardstock.

5). Layer the embossed light gray cardstock over the black border, mount onto the white embossed layer and adhere the entire panel onto the white card base.

6). Ink the sentiment from We Three Kings using Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto a scrap piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Die cut with a label die, mount onto a piece of black cardstock (die cut with the same size die- layer two behind the sentiment to create a frame).  Mount onto the card front with dimensional foam and add the die cut scene directly onto the card front per the sketch.

7). Die cut snowflakes from silver foil, mount onto the card front.  Add a few pearls to the centers of the die cut snowflakes as well as a few of the embossed snowflakes.

8). Finish off the card by using a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the tree trunks.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; TH Distress Ink- Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Pierced Circle STAX Dies, retired SU! Project Life® Framelit™ Dies, Lawn Fawn™ Stitched Hillside Border Die, Impression Obsession™ Small Snowflake Set Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Clear EP, Heat Tool, Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- if you have time, come join us at Splitcoaststampers for this week’s sketch challenge!  Hugs and I hope all of you have a blessed week, sweet friends!

TCC82 Peace on Earth



Hi Friends!!

It’s time for the new #82 {Retro Holiday} Challenge at The Card Concept! What a gorgeous wreath with all of the pinks, blues and sparkle- this reminds me of Christmas at my grandparent’s home.  Silver trees with pink and blue were all the rage in the late 60’s :-)

I decided to pull out the retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set, Merry & Type to create my Mixed Media card.  I thought that this stamp set would be perfect for the retro feel and we cannot wait to see what you create for our challenge!

I have incorporated the Try Stamping on Tuesday #347 "How Sweet It Is" Sketch Challenge into the design (I flipped the sketch) along with the As You Like It “Christmas orNon-Christmas and Why?” Challenge (I love Christmas so Christmas it is!) and the Addicted to Stamps and More #268 “Holiday” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to do so, I hope you will find the time to check out the rest of the wonderful Design Team cards at The Card Concept as well as the entries at the other challenge sites- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Prepare a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the ornament image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply silver embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing powder has cooled, watercolor the ornaments and background using a water brush with watercolor pencils and water-based marker (colors are listed at the end of the post).  Add shadows with a water soluble graphite pencil.  Die cut the panel with a pierced rectangle die.

2). Ink the #25 stamp with Versamark™ ink, stamp repeatedly over the background on the panel.  Use a pastel pencil to color over the images, run with your finger or a paper stump (remember the “Popping Pastels” technique?).  

 3). Mount the panel onto a piece of gray cardstock and trim close to the edge.

4). Score a piece of white cardstock vertically (per the layer in the sketch- it is hard to see in the photo), mount onto gray cardstock and mount onto the white card base.  Add the watercolored panel directly onto the card front.

5). Ink the sentiment with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Add a wash of watercolor to match the card front, die cut with a pierced tag die, mount onto gray cardstock and trim close to the edge.

6). Die cut a snowflake from silver foil, split in half and adhere behind the tag sentiment.  Mount the sentiment to the card front with dimensional foam. Add a few rhinestones to the corner and ornament along with using a clear glitter pen over the ornaments to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Merry & Type (retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Versamark™, Versafine™ Onyx Black; Derwent® Watercolor Pencils; Stampin’ Write Markers-Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Conté à Paris Pastel Pencil 

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Silver Foil

Accessories: Big Shot™, ODBD Pierced Rectangle Dies, MFT Pierced Traditional Tag STAX, Memory Box Lindeman Snowflake Die, AquaPainter™, Embossing Buddy®, Heat Tool, Silver and Clear Embossing Powder, Rhinestones

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!  I hope I have inspired you today and that you will be able to join us for the #82 “Retro Holiday” Challenge at The Card Concept!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Autumn Blessings



Hi Friends!

I loved this week’s Splitcoaststampers CC660 "Crazed Over Crushed Cherry Cobbler" Color Challenge with an optional dessert option of "Gratitude"- don’t you?  

The leaves are all in there spectacular glory here on the East Coast and I wanted to play along so I decided to create a fairly quick Mixed Media card using Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps- Skeleton Leaf Background (designed by Korin Sutherland) and So Grateful (designed by Gloria Stengel).  I love both of these sets together- so many possibilities plus there is a chance to win the So Grateful stamp set with our Facebook giveaway this week- check out the details here!!


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!  


Plus, we are celebrating our 10th Birthday at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps- there are so many promotions along with a few giveaways! Come check out the details here!!

To create this card:

1). Tap Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Inks onto a silicone craft mat- Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple and Fired Brick (I worked with two colors at a time).  Lightly spritz with water, place a piece of white cardstock into the ink, “smoosh” around, lift up and repeat until you are satisfied with the coverage :-).

Ink the Skeleton Leaf Background stamp with archival black ink, stamp onto the panel prepared in Step #1, re-ink and stamp partially to fill up the panel.  Dry with a heat tool (to speed up the drying process), trim to approx. 3 ¾” x 5” and cut into three panels.  Mount each panel onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge.  Add a bit more color with water-based cherry and cajun inks as needed. 

3). Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼”, mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim close to the edge and mount onto the white card front.

4). Add the leaf panels to the card front with dimensional foam.

5). Ink the sentiment from So Grateful with archival ink, stamp onto a piece of vellum, apply gold embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Trim the sentiment and adhere to the card front (I used adhesive in the top left corner and behind the letters). 

6). Add the looped thin black satin bow with the antique brad center to the left corner (hides the adhesive for the vellum) and a few copper sequins to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Inks-Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Fired Brick; Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink- Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze
 
Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black

Acessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 1/8” Black Satin Ribbon, Antique Brad, Copper Sequins


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope you have a blessed week, sweet friends!
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