Wednesday, September 23, 2020

TCC140 Give Thanks To the Lord

 



Hi Friends!

Welcome to The Card Concept #140 {Fanciful Fall} Challenge! Isn’t this a fun inspiration photo?

I love the different patterns and fanciful colors of the leaves, and in my effort to continue to ink up some of my older stamp sets, pulled out Lighthearted Leaves (retired Stampin’ Up! from 2015) and paired it with a sentiment from Scripture Medley 3 (retired Verve Stamp Set from 2013). 

I decided to keep the card Clean and Simple so that the leaf could be center stage as well as one of my favorite Bible verses.  Since I used heat embossing along with water-based markers, a few rhinestones, and dots with an extra fine white paint pen (using more than one medium), this card qualifies as Mixed Media.

In addition to our inspiration photo challenge, I am participating with the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #144 “Anything Goes” Challenge (both sets are over 5 years old and the RRCB requires you to use stamps that are at least a year old or older) and the Stamping Sensations September challenge “The Great Outdoors”.  This time of year, we are seeing a lot of colorful leaves (although not as fanciful as this one, lol!).


If you have not had a chance to visit The Card Concept or the other challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!  

To create this card:

Ink the leaf image using Versafine™ Onyx Black ink and stamp onto a prepared piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

Once the embossing has cooled, watercolor the image using water-based markers (see the colors used below). Once you are satisfied with the coloring, use a extra fine white paint pen to add white dots to the design.

Die cut the leaf with the retired Vintage Leaves coordinating die and set aside.

Die cut a piece of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die (approx. 4 x 5 ¼”), de-static the lower right hand corner with an embossing powder tool, stamp the verse sentiment with Versafine™ Onyx Black, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Mount the sentiment panel onto a white card base.

Add the die cut leaf with chipboard (or dimensional foam). 

Add a few rhinestones to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Lighthearted Leaves (retired Stampin’ Up!), Scripture Medley 3(retired Verve Stamps)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black,; Stampin’ Write Markers- Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey, Highland Heather, Midnight Muse; Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White

Tools/Accessories: Gemini, Jr™,  My Favorite Things™ Stitched Rectangle A2 Set 1 Dies , retired Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves Dies, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Rhinestones

Thanks again for taking the time to visit!  I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Fanciful Leaves } photo and link up to our gallery at The Card Concept- we would love to see what inspired you! The challenge is open until October 5th  at noon EDT.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

For They Shall Be Comforted

 Hi Friends!

Whew, I finally have a moment to create a blog post (we are in the middle of remodeling and have been extremely busy this past week)!   

Also, sorry for the weird alignment in this blog post, I am still trying to get used to the new blogger  I am having issues with the photos not allowing the text to wrap, anyone else having this issue? 

I wanted to play along with the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #143 Color Challenge (use yellow and 

green only) and was also able to incorporate the Splitcoaststampers' SC23 Sketch Challenge (from 2005) into the layout (one more sketch finished for my own personal challenge, lol!).

I love playing along with online challenges and alsincluded the International Art & Soul #92 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge (diagonal  Image-Die Cut- Embossing). 

To create this card-

Ink the pear image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Once the embossing has cooled, color the image with water-based yellow and green markers and once satisfied with the coloring, die cut with a stitched rectangle die and mount onto a piece of black cardstock (trimming close to the edge).

Trim a piece of designer paper with yellow and green (and a bit of brown- I hope neutrals are OK), mount onto white cardstock, trim again and mount onto black cardstock.

Add the background panel to a white card base.

De-static a piece of black cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Blessings/Beatitudes 1 with Versamark™ ink, apply white embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Trim the panel to a rectangle, mount onto another piece of black cardstock to thicken the layer and adhere behind the pear image.

Add a piece of white crochet lace and mount the entire layered panel to the card front using chipboard (or dimensional foam).

To finish off the card, use a clear glitter pen to add a bit of shimmer to the pear.

Stamp Sets: Sun Ripened (retired Stampin’ Up!), Blessings/Beatitudes (Stamp Simply)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Versamark™, Stampin’ Write Markers- Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Granny Apple Green,  Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, misc designer paper (from my stash- not sure of the manufacturer)

Accessories: Gemini, Jr™, My Favorite Things™ Stitched Rectangle STAX A2 Set 1, Embossing Buddy®, White and Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, White Crochet Lace

I also have a personal goal to ink up some of my older stamps and while I had the Sun Ripened stamp set on my desk, I did stamp a few more images and  I plan to share those cards in the new future.

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

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

TCC139 Let the Earth Rejoice


Hi Friends!

Welcome to The Card Concept #139 {Summer Harvest} Challenge! I love the farmhouse feel of this inspiration photo and especially the little bee image in the vase that holds the sunflowers.  I mentioned in a few previous posts that I am allergic to bee stings but love bee images, especially vintage ones!

I decided to pull out the retired A Quiet Life and Background Builders stamp sets (both Stampin Up!) and paired them with the retired Scripture Medley 4 stamp set from Verve Stamps. 

Originally, I had planned for a Clean and Layered card but as in my normal fashion, I kept adding layers and distressing, so it ended up being a Shabby and Vintage Mixed Media card!

I am working my way through the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenges and used the SC54 Sketch for the layout and am also participating with the Tuesday Throwdown #465 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit The Card Concept or the other challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all! 

To create this card:

Stamp the bee image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink onto a prepared piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

Once the embossing has cooled, watercolor the image using water-based markers, fussy cut around the square and use a black marker to fill in the white edges.

Die cut a piece of white and black cardstock using the stitched hillside dies (the stitching ended up on the waste pieces that went into my stash).  Repeatedly stamp the background script image over the white die cut, stamp a chicken wire background with distress oxide ink(very little of this shows so I was a bit unhappy with the result).

To try to correct this problem, I used a honeycomb stencil with Wild Honey distress oxide, still did not like it so I added Fossilized Amber oxide ink with a stencil brush over the edges.  I still did not like the result, so I used the same honeycomb stencil with Faber-Castell® Pearl Texture-Luxe™ Paste.  Once this dried, I used Wild Honey Distress Stain to add color to the stencil paste and a bit of black texture with a stamp- whew, what a work around!

Close up of the "mess" :-)
For the tag (I had the black pierced die cut tag in my stash), layer a piece of torn Crushed Curry designer paper, tear the bottom edge of the tag to match.  On a scrap piece of white cardstock, repeat the steps above (except for the texture paste).  Layer onto the tag and add scrap pieces of torn washi tape for more texture.  

Add the bee image with chipboard (or dimensional foam), mount onto the tag and add the two strips of adhesive pearls.

Mount the textured paste layer onto the die cut black layer (trimming as needed). 
De-static a piece of striped designer paper with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from the Scripture Medley 4 (Verve Stamps) with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Mount onto the lower portion of the 4 ¼” x 5 ½” black card base, add the textured layer to the top half of the card base.  Add a few strips of washi tape and mount the bee tag with chipboard.

Add a few pearls to the corner near the sentiment and use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the bee’s wings.

Finish off the card using an extra fine white paint pen to add highlights to the flower centers.

This card looks a bit better in real life, it was hard to photograph the stripes without feeling dizzy, lol!  Plus, the colors are a bit brighter- my lighting is not the best.

Stamp Sets:  A Quite Life, Background Builders, Chicken Wire Background, Timeless Textures  (retired Stampin’ Up!), Scripture Medley 4 (Verve Stamps)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey Oxide and Distress Stain; Stampin’ Write Markers- Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Faber-Castell® Texture Luxe™ Pearl, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, retired Crushed Curry Designer Paper (all Stampin’ Up!), Midnight Chic Pack (DCWV)- black and white striped layer

Tools/Accessories: Gemini, Jr™,  My Favorite Things Dies- Pierced Tags STAX, Stitched Hillside, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, AquaPainter™, Stencil Brush, Honeycomb Stencil, Palette Knife, Pearls, Graphic 45 Washi Tape

Thanks again for taking the time to visit!  I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Summer Harvest } photo and link up to our gallery at The Card Concept- we would love to see what inspired you! The challenge is open until September 21st  at noon EDT.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

TCC138d Sunset on the Shore



Hi Friends!


We have a beautiful inspiration photo for our last summer challenge (we will be back for our Fall/Winter challenge in September) and I was inspired by the overall sunset scene with the pretty seashells as well as the shades of pinkish purple.  I can just imagine sitting on the beach and watching this sunset, can't you?  

For this Mixed Media card, I decided to pull out some of my retired Stampin’ Up! stamps (Stippe Shells, Gorgeous Grunge, Timeless Textures) along with a verse sentiment from a current Divinity Designs LLC set, Scripture Collection 11.

I love this verse from the Scripture Collection 11 and have not stamped this verse in a while (if ever).  I am still focusing on inking up my "unloved" stamp sets and in addittion to my Divinity Designs LLC Scripture Collection stamp sets, the Stampin' Up! sets used for this card will remain in my collection (I love the seashells in the Stipple Shells, they are so realistic).

As those of you who follow my blog know, I am making an effort to complete a card for each of the Splitcoaststampers Sketches (they are at #815 now and I have finished over half so far, woohoo!) :-).  

With that in mind, I thought that the SC17 Sketch  would work well for the layout and will also be linking this card to the Word Art Wednesday #452- #453 “Anything Goes” Challenge (another one of my favorite challenge blogs).

If you have not had a chance to visit us at The Card Concept (or the other challenge sites yet), I encourage you to do so- fabulous inspiration from all! 

To create this card:

Using a stencil brush, apply distress oxide inks onto a piece of white cardstock – first, applying Fossilized Amber for the sun area and reflection, then applying Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry for the sky/water areas.  Keep applying ink as needed and use a water brush to create the horizon line and tapping water (I used my fingers) to blend the ink and create the clouds.

Dry the panel thoroughly with a heat tool before inking the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Trim the panel to 4” x 5 ¼”. 

Tear the edge of a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock, stamp the splatter images with Vintage Tea Archival ink as well as inking the torn edge.  Mount onto the sentiment panel and trim the edges.

Use a water brush to water down the pearl texture paste to add shimmer to the embossed “sand”. 

Adhere the entire panel onto black cardstock, trim close to the edge.

Ink the Stipple Shells images onto white cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Another view of the shells and colors :-)
Watercolor the shells using distress oxide inks along with water-based markers.  Once satisfied with the coloring, fussy cut and adhere to the card front with chipboard or dimensional foam.

Finish off the card by applying shimmer to the seashells with a clear glitter pen.

Stamp Sets: Stipple Shells, Gorgeous Grunge, Timeless Textures (retired Stampin’ Up!), Scripture Collection 11 (Divinity Designs LLC)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Vintage Tea Archival; Stampin’ Write Markers- Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar; Faber-Castell® Texture Luxe™ Pearl, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Sahara Sand (all Stampin’ Up!)

Tools/Accessories: Gemini, Jr™,  Pretty Print Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (retired Stampin’ Up!);  Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, AquaPainter™, Claritystamp™  Stencil Brush

Thanks again for taking the time to visit!  I hope I have inspired you to create your own card based on our {Sunset at the Short } photo and link up to our gallery at The Card Concept- we would love to see what inspired you! The challenge is open until August 31st   at noon EDT.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Summer by the Sea


Hi Friends!

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I am slowly working my way through the Splitcoaststampers over800+ sketch challenges in addition to inking up some of my older (and mostly retired) stamp sets.

This card was designed using the retired Stampin’ Up! Summer by the Sea stamp set along with a verse sentiment from the current Divinity Designs LLC set, Scripture Collection 9.


If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- beautiful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, ink the Summer by the Sea image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto the prepared cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Once the embossing has cooled, color the image with water based markers and watercolor pencils.  Use distress oxide ink to watercolor the sky and once satisfied with the coloring, die cut with a stitched rectangle die.

Mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim close to the edge.

Emboss a piece of eggplant designer series paper and mount onto black cardstock for the background panel.  Lightly distress the edges and sand the embossing (I had this piece already embossed in my stash and discovered it during my organization this past spring).

Ink the verse sentiment from Scripture Collection 9 using Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto the prepared cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

Distress with brushed corduroy/vintage tea ink using a sponge and a texture stamp.  Die cut the sentiment with a stitched rectangle die, mount onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

Die cut the nautical paper with a stitched square die and hand trim the mustard paper, mount both onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

Arrange the layers onto the eggplant background (per the sketch), add the knotted hemp twine, the sentiment and mount the focal image with chipboard (or dimensional foam).

To finish off the card, use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the water and a sponge with distress ink to age the edges of the layers.

Stamp Sets: Summer by the Sea, Timeless Textures (retired Stampin’ Up!), Scripture Collection 9 (Divinity Designs LLC)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black , Stampin’ Write Markers-Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant, Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Marina Mist; Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Tea Archival Distress; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant and More Mustard Designer Series Paper (Hostess Level I)- all Stampin’ Up; misc. Nautical Designer Series Paper

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr™, My Favorite Things™ Stitched Rectangle STAX A2 Set 1, retired Finial Press Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (Stampin’ Up!), Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Polished Hemp Twine

Thanks again for taking the time to drop by- I hope all of you have a great weekend!

Sun Ripened




Hi Friends!

I am sharing another card that was designed with a retired Stampin’ Up! set, Sun Ripened along with a verse from the current stamp set, Words of Encouragement from Stamp Simply.

In addition to my personal goal to ink up my “unloved” stamp sets (I have not inked up the Sun Ripened set in years), I have a personal goal to create a card for each of the over 800+ sketches at Splitcoaststampers (I used the SC187 Sketch for the layout on this card).  

I am also participating with online challenges and will be linking to the FUSION 08/06 “Fruit” Challenge (I was inspired by the colors and fruit images) along with the Word Art Wednesday #452-#453 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, ink the Sun Ripened berry image with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, stamp onto the prepared cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. 

Once the embossing has cooled, color the image with water based markers and die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  Mount the image onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

Emboss a piece of blackberry designer paper with a brocade embossing folder, trim into three panels and mount onto black cardstock. Lightly sand with a sanding block.

Trim a piece of white cardstock to approx. 4” x 3.75” and mount onto black cardstock, trim close to the edge.

De-static the bottom right hand corner of a piece of 4” x 5.25” white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, stamp the verse sentiment from Words of Encouragement (Stamp Simply) with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim close to the edge. 

Add the layered panel with the three vertical strips onto the card front, adhered a strip of black seam binding and wrap the ends of the seam binding behind the panel before adhering to a white card base.

Mount the focal image with chipboard (or dimensional foam) and add the seam binding bow.

Use a clear gold glitter pen to add shimmer to the raspberries and a few pears to the corners to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Sun Ripened (retired Stampin’ Up!), Words of Encouragement (Stamp Simply)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black , Stampin’ Write Markers- Berry Burst, Gray Granite, Pear Pizzazz, Wink of Stella® Clear Gold Shimmer Pen

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, misc designer paper

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr™, My Favorite Things™ Stitched Rectangle STAX A2 Set 1, Lace Brocade Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, ½” Black Seam Binding, Pearls

Thanks again for taking the time to drop by- I hope all of you have a wonderful week/weekend!

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