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!!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Star of Wonder




Hi Friends!

Happy New Year’s Eve!  I hope all of you are having a safe and fun New Year’s Eve!

Tonight I am sharing another Christmas card designed with We Three Kings from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

I love the We Three Kings stamp set with the silhouette images and all the different sentiments- perfect for so many styles of cards.  I needed a few additional Christmas cards and decided to pull out my Distress Oxide inks to create a fairly quick and easy card.

I enjoy participating with online challenges and am linking this card to the Simon Says Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge. 

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

To create this card:

1). Using Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Inks, apply Tumbled Glass with a sponge dauber onto a piece of white cardstock.  Add a bit of Faded Denim and Picked Raspberry until you are satisfied with the color.  Lightly spritz with water and dry with a heat tool.

2). On another piece of white cardstock, de-static with an embossing powder tool, ink the wiseman image from We Three Kings with archival black ink, stamp onto the prepared cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, die cut the image with a domed stitched die.

3).  Using the same distress oxide inks as in step 1, apply ink to the sky area to mimic part of the background on the main panel.

4).  De-static the left hand side of the panel with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment and star image from We Three Kings with archival black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

5). Mount the die cut domed image with dimensional foam and add a rhinestone to the center of the star.
 
6).  Add a few stars with a Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Tumbled Glass, Faded Denim and Picked Raspberry

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White

Accessories/Tools:  Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Dome STAX Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Rhinestones

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- hugs and I hope you have a great week!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Snow Glad We're Friends



Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing another card designed with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps-  Snowy Hello and  Texture Tiles 3 using the Try Stampin’ On Tuesday #387 Sketch Challenge for the layout.


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). De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, ink the snowman image from Snowy Hello with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, color the images with water-based markers and die cut with a stitched oval die.  Mount onto an oval doily die from dusty pink cardstock.  Use a permanent marker to create the snow line and apply Tim Holtz® Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink with a sponge to the background.  Add a few snowflakes using a Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen.

 2).  Stamp the sentiment from  Snowy Hello with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink onto a piece of white cardstock, trim and create the banner by hand.  Mount onto dusty  carpinkdstock and mount onto the lower portion of the oval focal image. 

3). Stamp the texture image from Texture Tiles 3 with Versamark™ ink onto a piece of white cardstock, apply white embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Use a sponge dauber to apply Twisted Citron and Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink, wipe the excess off with a dry paper towel.  Trim the panel and mount onto dusty pink cardstock. 

4). Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼”  and mount onto a piece of dusty pink cardstock 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.  Adhere the panel to a white card base and add the panel of horizontal panel created in step 3.

5). Mount the snowman image with dimensional foam and add a few sequins.  Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the snow and snowman to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versamark™, Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write markers- Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Lemon Lime Twist, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate; Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Tattered Rose; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen,  Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen

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

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Clear & White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  My Favorite Things Dies- Stitched Oval STAX, Oval Open Scallop Doily; AquaPainter™, Sponge Dauber, Sequins

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve and New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Card Concept #105- Favorite Card from 2018



Hi Friends!


We know that most of you are very busy during the Christmas season and New Year but wanted to have a challenge that you could participate with us that would be easy.

To play along, just share with us either your favorite card that you designed in 2018 or a photo of your Christmas tree this year.

Since our Christmas tree is very small and it is hard to get a great photo, I am sharing one of my favorite cards from 2018.


This card was created for The Card Concept #91 Challenge and all of the free step by step instructions can be found in this blog post.

Thanks again for your faithful participation with The Card Concept in 2018 and we are looking forward to another great year in 2019!  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Friend Loveth At All Times



Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing another card designed with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps-  Snowy Hello , Texture Tiles 4 and Peaceful Peonies.   

I incorporated the Hand Stamped Sentiments #304 Sketch Challenge into the design and am also participating with the Simon Says Monday “Warm Winter Wishes”Challenge and the CAS-ual Fridays #214 Inspiration Challenge (I was inspired by the snow, greens and reds). 

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 cardstock with an embossing powder tool, ink the snowman/bunny image from Snowy Hello with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, color the images with water-based markers and die cut with a stitched circle die.  Mount onto a circle die cut from black cardstock.  Use a permanent marker to create the snow line and stamp a few snowflakes from Snowy Hello with ink from a marker (see all colors used listed below).

 2).  Stamp the sentiment from  Peaceful Peonies with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink onto a piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, die cut with a ticket die and mount onto the larger layering die cut from dark green cardstock.


3). Stamp the buffalo plaid image from Texture Tiles 4 with black soot distress ink onto a piece of cherry cardstock.  Repeat stamping to create a large panel, cut a strip of the side layer on the left of the card and another strip for under the sentiment (per the sketch). Mount both onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

4). Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼”  and mount onto a piece of black cardstock 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.  Adhere the panel to a white card base and add the vertical panel of plaid on the right and the strip onto the card front (for under the sentiment).  Add the layered sentiment directly to the card front and mount the die cut focal image circle with dimensional foam.

5). Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the snow and snowman.  Add a few silver sequins to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write markers- Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate; Tim Holtz® Black Soot Distress Ink, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

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

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™,  My Favorite Things Stitched Circle STAX Dies, Circle Dies (retired SU!), Ticket Dies Duo (retired Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps), AquaPainter™, Embossing Buddy®, Clear EP, Heat Tool, Silver Sequins

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- I hope all of you have a blessed weekend and Christmas season!

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