Wednesday, October 5, 2022

TCC181 Colors of Fall

 


Hi Friends!

Welcome to the #181 Colors of Fall Challenge

Don’t you just love all of the vibrant colors in our inspiration photo?  I was inspired by the colors, the leaves and nature to create a Mixed Media card. 

I pulled out a few retired Stampin’ Up! sets for this card and used a heat emboss resist technique.

As many of you know that follow my blog, I enjoy playing along with online challenges and will be linking this card to the Featured Designer Jeanne #181 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge (far right column down Autumn Colors-Enamel Dots/Gems- Ink Blending).  I used Nuvo™ Jewel Drops (hopefully they qualify as enamel dots).  

I am also linking to the Use Your Stuff #468 "Autumn or Fall" Challenge (I chose Fall and used stamps that are many years old (French Foliage is from approx. 2010), the Shopping Our Stash #480 "Leaf Me Alone" Challenge , the Stamping Sensation October "All Things Autumn" Challenge , the We Love Stamping "Autumn" Challenge and the Make My Monday #184 "Autumn Flora or Fauna" Challenge (I love the leaves in the fall).

If you have not had a chance to visit our Design Team/gallery at The Card Concept Challenge, or the other challenge sites,  I hope you will find time to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!



This was a fairly easy Mixed Media card to create:

Using a stencil brush, apply Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink to the majority of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” coated white cardstock panel.

Repeat the above with Candied Apple, Crazed Pumpkin, applying less ink than the Amber and heat set the ink with a heat tool.

De-static the panel with an embossing powder tool, ink the leaf images from the retired Stampin’ Up! French Foliage using Versamark™ ink, stamp a few leaves onto the panel (not overlapping at this point), apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Create a mask for each leaf, apply a bit more distress oxide ink onto the panel, mask the leaves that have already been stamped and embossed, ink the stamps again with Versamark™ ink, stamp over the masked leaves and repeat the above embossing steps.

Once you have embossed the leaves to your satisfaction, apply Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide ink over the embossed images.  Wipe the ink off the embossed images.

Using a purple water-based marker, deepen the shadows around some of the leaves and blend into the background,



Ink the script stamp with Versafine™ Onyx Black and repeatedly stamp over the background (sporadic and not pressing too hard), stamping off to lighten the ink as well.

Repeat the above with the canceled postage image and stamp the Gorgeous Grunge splatter image with Seedless Preserves. Wipe off the ink from the embossed images and heat set the background carefully (being careful not to melt the previously embossed leaves).

Trim the panel, mount onto light yellow cardstock, trim again and mount onto black cardstock. Adhere the panel to a white card base.

De-static a scrap piece of black cardstock, ink the sentiment from Moon Lake with Versamark™ ink, apply white embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Cut the pieces of the sentiment apart and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

To finish off the card, add a few Nuvo™ Morning Dew Jewel Drops and allow them to dry naturally. 

Stamp Sets:  French Foliage, Gorgeous Grunge, Moon Lake (all retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums:  Versafine™ Onyx Black, Versamark™, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Seedless Preserves; Stampin’ Write Elegant Eggplant Marker, Nuvo™ Morning Dew Jewel Drops

Cardstock/Paper: Coated White (not sure of manufacturer, in my stash), Barely Banana, Basic Black

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Powder Tool, Clear and Extra Fine White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stencil Brushes

Thanks so much for stopping by-I hope you have been inspired to join us with our #181 Colors of Fall Challenge!

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Have a Cup On Us

 


Hi Friends!

In celebration of International Coffee Day, World Card Making Day and the National Coffee Day Blog Hop, there are several blog hops and prizes! 

Come hop along for a chance to win prizes!


Come hop along and leave a comment for a chance to win!


The National Coffee Day Blog Hop and the Stamp Simply National Blog Hop post are still active as well!  Come hop along and leave a comment for a chance to win!  It’s easy to enter to win!  Just leave a comment on this Stamp Simply Blog Post telling us what your favorite HOT beverage is. This post is open for comments thru Tuesday, 10/04/22. The winner will be announced on Thursday, 10/06/22 in the evening.


Plus, Stamp Simply is one of the sponsors of the National Coffee Day Blog Hop and to celebrate, all items in the Stamp Simply Coffee Category (stamps, dies, paper, ribbon, embellishments) are 15% OFF with code Coffee2022.

FYI- The sale code is Case Sensitive and runs through 10/02/22.  Also note: Select stamps/dies that were marked at 35% OFF previously, are still on sale and you still get another 15% OFF those!!!   Shop the Coffee Category here.


To celebrate, I am sharing a fall coffee card designed with several stamp sets and supplies from Stamp Simply!



To create this card:

De-static two panels of white cardstock (4 ¼” x 5 ½”) with an embossing powder tool.

With Versafine Onyx Black ink, stamp the coffee cup /images from the Have A Cup On Us Bundle and on the other panel, stamp the sentiment from Welcome Fall.

Apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Once the embossing has cooled, create a mask with a sticky note and stamp/heat emboss the leaf image from Harvest onto the coffee cups in the same manner as above.

Die cut the coffee cups using the coordinating Have A Cup On Us Bundle dies and color with water-based markers. Add a bit of shimmer with a clear glitter pen to both cups and set aside.

Trim the panel with the “pumpkins and spice…” sentiment to approx. 2 ¾” x 4 ¼” . 

Ink the subway style background stamp from A Cup of Java with teal ink (I used the same teal marker to color the stamp), stamp onto the bottom of the panel.


De-static the panel and heat emboss the sentiment “Rise & Shine” from the A Cup of Java stamp set with clear embossing powder (same steps as above for the heat embossing).

Add a strip of plaid designer paper (a scrap from the Doodlebug Design Pumpkin Spice 6x6Paper Pad) and mount onto a piece of teal cardstock.

Wrap a few strands of natural twine (wrapping the twine ends behind the panel) add the twine bow with a button.

Trim the pieces of Carta Bella Welcome Autumn designer paper to approx. 3 ¾” x 2 ½” and layer onto a piece of white cardstock.  Mount the panel onto a piece of teal cardstock, trim again and mount onto a piece of black cardstock, finally mounting onto a white card base.

Adhere a piece of 3/8" white crochet lace and a piece of scrap cardstock to cover the raw edges of the designer paper.



Adhere the layered twine/button panel onto the card front using dimensional foam and add the stamped/die cut coffee cups with dimensional foam as well.

Finish off the card with a few black rhinestones.

As many of you know, I enjoy participating with online challenges and used the Splitcoaststampers SC345 Sketch for the layout and will also be linking to the Simon Says Monday “Emboss It” Challenge, the Addicted to Stamps and More #439 Any Occasion Challenge and the Word Art Wednesday #563-#564 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not already had a chance to do so, I hope you visit the Stamp Simply blog to see all of the inspiration from the rest of the SS Design Team as well as the above challenge sites- gorgeous  galleries from all!



Stamp Sets: A Cup of Java, Have A Cup On Us Bundle, Harvest, Welcome Fall (Stamp Simply)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine Onyx Black, Stampin' Write Markers- Coastal Cabana, Tangelo Twist; Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker

Cardstock/Paper:  White, Black, Coastal Cabana; Doodlebug Design Pumpkin Spice 6x6 Paper Pad, Carta Bella Welcome Fall 6x6 Paper Pad

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Stamp Simply Dies- Have A Cup on Us Bundle. White Crochet Lace, Natural Twine, Black Rhinestones, Pumpkin Button (from my stash)



Thanks again for stopping by! I am praying for those of you in the path of Hurricane Ian and hope you are staying as safe as possible.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Sound of the Sea- #RRCB192 Guest Designer

 

Hi Friends!

Woohoo! Today I am Guest Designing for the 

Retro Rubber Blog Challenge #192 Tic-Tac-Toe 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 older/ retired stamps and I enjoy using some of my stash of paper and embellishments as well!



For this card, I chose the diagonal column, right to left (Nautical-Designer Paper-Blue) and I decided to pull out the 2015 Artistic Outpost Sounds of the Sea stamp along with the Divinity Designs LLC stamp set, Scripture Collection 9 and paired it with the Graphic 45 By The Sea designer paper, older washi tape and a nautical charm!

I enjoy participating with online challenges and will be playing along with the Simon Says Monday “Emboss It” Challenge (the main image and sentiment are both heat embossed) and the Word Art Wednesday #561-#562 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:

Ink the Sound of theSea 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 with water-based markers and distress oxide ink (see colors below).

Trim the panel, mount onto tangerine cardstock, trim again and mount onto navy cardstock.

Repeat the same process for the embossing of the verse sentiment from Scripture Collection 9, ink the Sound of the Sea stamp with the tangerine marker (I inked mainly the seashells and the map area) and stamp over the sentiment.  Sponge Antique Distress Oxide Ink over the sentiment to “age” the paper.  Die cut and layer onto two additional die cuts (one from tangerine cardstock and the other from navy, split both in the center and layer behind the sentiment).

Trim and distress the two different patterns from the By The Sea Graphic 45 paper and mount onto a piece of navy cardstock.

Layer the crochet ivory lace, striped grosgrain ribbon and stitched ribbon over the rough cut edge, wrapping the ends of the ribbon behind the panel.

Add the strips of washi tape to the lower right hand area and mount the entire panel onto a white card base.

Mount the main image panel and sentiment with dimensional foam/

Use an antique pin to add the nautical charm to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Sound of the Sea (Artistic Outpost), Scripture Collection 9 (DivinityDesigns LLC)

Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Tangerine Tango, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Smoky Slate; Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink- Antique Linen, Broken China

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango; By The Sea (Graphic 45)

Accessories: Gemini, Jr™, Deco Labels Framelit Dies (retired Stampin’ Up!), Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Distressing Tool, AquaPainter™, 1 ½” Night of Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, 3/8” Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, White Crochet Lace, Nautical Charm (ribbon and charm from my stash)

Thanks again for stopping by!  I hope you can create a card/project and join us at The Retro Rubber Blog Challenge!


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Christmas Stocking Joy

 


Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing a quick Christmas card using the new Stamp Simply Winter Release bundle, Christmas Stockings & Mittens, Peace & Joy Word Dies, Craft Consortium Tartan Plaid 6x6 Paper and a few other stamps and supplies from Stamp Simply.






I enjoy participating with online challenges and will be linking this card to the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #180 Featured Designer Vicky (center column down- Jewel Colors (Emerald and Sapphire), Any Sentiment, Plaid) and the Word Art Wednesday #561-#562 “AnythingGoes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the Stamp Simply blog or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Using a stencil brush with Mowed Lawn and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink, apply the ink onto a piece of white cardstock using the Tim Holtz Holiday Knit Layering Stencil.

De-static the stenciled panel with an embossing powder tool, ink the sentiment from Christmas Joy Sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.



Trim the panel and mount onto black cardstock, trim again and mount onto lime green cardstock (sponged with Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink).

Trim again and mount onto black cardstock before adhering to the white card base.



Die cut the Joy Word Die from black cardstock and adhere to the panel.

Die-cut the stocking die (from the Christmas Stockings & Mittens bundle) from a piece of green plaid (Craft ConsortiumTartan Plaid 6x6 Paper Pad). 

Die cut the stitched cuff, hanger, toe, heel, and snowflake pieces (from the Christmas Stockings & Mittens bundle) from white cardstock and adhere to the stocking.

Sponge a bit of Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink onto lime green cardstock and die cut three sprigs using the Two Sprigs die.

Layer the die-cut sprigs behind the stocking die cut and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.

Add a silver cord bow and black rhinestone to the center of the snowflake.

Use a clear glitter marker to add sparkle to the sprigs, snowflake, and Joy sentiment.



Finish off the inside of the card by stamping the sentiment from Farmhouse Christmas onto a piece of white cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink and trim the panel to approx. 3 ¾” x 5”.

Mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim and add to the card center.

Adhere a strip of the green tartan plaid to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Christmas Stockings & Mittens Bundle, Christmas Joy Sentiments, Farmhouse Christmas (all from Stamp Simply)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide- Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire; Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen

Cardstock/Paper: White, Black, Lime Green, Craft Consortium Tartan Plaid 6x6 Paper Pad

Accessories/Tools: Gemini, Jr., Stamp Simply Steel Dies- Christmas Stockings & Mittens Bundle, Peace & Joy Word Dies, Two Sprigs;  Tim Holtz Layering Stencil- Holiday Knit, Stencil Brushes, Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, May Arts Metallic String- 300 Yard Spool- Silver, Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive Round Rhinestones- Black

Check out the new Stamp Simply 2022 Fall and Winter Release- free shipping on orders of $100 or more to US addresses.




 


Thanks again for taking the time to visit! I hope I have inspired you to create something this week- hugs and God Bless!

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

TCC180 Eiffel Collage

 


Hi Friends!

Welcome to the #180 Travel Abroad or Stay At Home Challenge at The Card Concept!  This challenge has a new twist for us at The Card Concept- you have two inspiration challenge photos for this two week challenge (see below to check out our alternative "second" inspiration photo :-))! 


I chose the #180 a photo as inspiration for my card, specifically the Paris tile on the upper right hand corner (top row) and also used the colors from the color dots for my Clean and Layered Mixed Media card.

I pulled out the Artistic Outpost Eiffel Collage background stamp with the sentiment from By The Sea (Divinity Designs, LLC)- I have not inked up either of these images in a while (I have a goal to ink up my older stamps and use what I have “in stock”).

I also enjoy playing along with other online challenges and playing along with the  Stamping Sensation September “Feminine” Challenge and the Word Art Wednesday #551-#552  “Anything Goes” Challenge into the design.

If you have not had a chance to visit our Design Team/gallery at The Card Concept Challenge, or the other challenge sites,  I hope you will find time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

This was a fairly easy card to create using just stamps and other supplies:


De-static a piece of white cardstock with an embossing powder tool, ink the Eiffel Tower background stamp with Versafine Onyx Black ink and stamp onto the prepared cardstock.

Apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Once the embossing has cooled, fussy-cut around the edges and watercolor the image using water-based markers.

Layer the image onto white cardstock, trim and mount onto melon cardstock, trim and mount onto black cardstock. (FYI- if you are better than I am at centering your image onto the white cardstock in the beginning, you may not need to fussy cut and re-layer, lol!).



Add a strip of melon grosgrain ribbon, wrap the ends behind the panel.

Mount onto a white card base.

Ink the sentiment from By The Sea with Versafine Onyx Black ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Trim the panel close to the sentiment, mount onto black cardstock, trim again and add to the card front with dimensional foam.

Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the flowers and rhinestones to the floral centers and sentiment to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Eiffel Collage (Artistic Outpost), By The Sea (Divinity Designs LLC)

Ink/Mediums:  Versafine Onyx Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Balmy Blue, Gray Granite, Melon Mambo, So Saffron; Zig Clear Wink of StellaGlitter Marker

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Powder Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, ¼” Melon Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestones

Thanks so much for stopping by-I hope you have been inspired to join us with our #180 Travel Abroad or Stay At Home Challenge at The Card Concept!  

Here is the second inspiration photo that you could choose to use for your card.  We hope you can choose one, create a card and join us!  

The deadline to link up to our gallery is Monday, October 3rd at noon EST.



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