Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Picket Fence Studios and WOW Embossing Powder Collaboration Blog Hop








Hi, This collaboration is so much fun! I love embossing powders (don't ask how many I have) and I love Picket Fence Studios. For this project I used Iced Silver, Misty Sky, and Oceanic WOW embossing powders. I chose these three so I could make an ombre look of blue greens on the card.



No blog hop is complete without prizes. WOW is giving away 6 embossing powders of your choice along with a carrying case! Picket Fence Studios is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store. To enter leave a comment on this blog post and all the other blogs on the blog hop. The comments will be open until 11:59 PM EST August 4th. The two winners will be announced on August 5th on the Picket Fence Studios blog and the WOW Embossing Powders Blog.

You definitely need a MISTI for the stamping as these are sections of large backgrounds. I used all the stamps from On The Ocean and embossed each one using the 3 powders onto Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock. I did this repeated stamping so I would have lots of pieces to chose from. I have a video below showing my process.


Once all the embossing was done, I cut out each ocean swirl. Then, I assembled the card from lightest to darkest. I stamped Oh So Many Birthday Wishes sentiment with Versamark ink and used the darkest embossing powder, Oceanic. I then added Hero Arts Aqua Enamel dots to the vellum. I attached the vellum to the background using Gina K. Design Connect Glue underneath each enamel dot.

 This really was an easy and fun card to make. The different textures of the embossing powder are hard to capture with the camera but make for a lot of interest in person. Next on the hop is: Karen Reategui 
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The Blog Hop List

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Impression Obsession: Sleighs Old or New. Which is best?



Hi,
It is another Old is New Day at the Impression Obsession Blog. On these days we show older stamps from our stash and give them a chance to shine again. Today, I am using 'Twas the Night Before by Serendipity Stamps which is now part of Impression Obsession. This card was so easy to make because this stamp was made to look like a vintage etching.

Using my MISTI, I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black. I added clear embossing powder and heat embossed the image. I trimmed the image down to the very edges. I layered it on top of some red card stock and then black and white striped paper. I layered all of this onto a 110 lb top folding notecard. I added no other embellishments because the stamp did all the work!

Thanks for stopping by and hop on over to the IO Blog;
Susan

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Hot Pink Wheelbarrow: Impression Obsession Using Hot Colors Challenge


Hi,
We have a new challenge theme over at the Impression Obsession Blog. Please head to the blog for more details on how to play for a chance to win a gift certificate and for inspiration. The theme is Hot Colors. I assume Jeanne and Mitra chose this because it is summer here in the US! However, your card does not have to be summer themed. In fact, mine is not.

In fact, my card shows the Easter Bunny taking a vacation. We always see Santa taking a vacation but this stamp shows the Easter Bunny on a well-deserved vacation. Yes, a lounge in a hot pink wheelbarrow, a beverage - adult or not - with a carrot is always appropriate. So is sharing with a friend and using a yellow lampshade as an umbrella. You have to give the Easter Bunny credit for some creative thinking. 

To create this vacation scene I stamped the Relaxing Easter Bunny with Memento Tuxedo Black and used a lot of different markers to color the stamp in. You could use any coloring medium. The pink Copics are RV02, RV04, and RV09. The bunny is E30, E50, and E51. The stylish umbrella is Y11, Y15 and Y18 with a bit of Greyed Lavendar colored pencil for shading. 

I then colored the grass underneath the wheelbarrow with YG67. I had tried drawing in some grass with my Copics but it just did not look right. So I whipped out my Grass Border set and used the straightest lawn border. I then stamped the sentiment from Everyday Quotes 1 onto the border and then popped it up with 3M foam tape. 

I still wasn't happy with this so I cut the panel down and then mounted it over some black and white patterned paper. I added Clear Wink of Stella to the wheelbarrow and lampshade. 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come play over on the blog!
Susan

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Reverse Confetti Anything Goes: Hatbox Floral Sympathy Card


Hi,
Sorry it has been a while since I last posted. Adoping two older rescues dogs has been a handful but wonderful and heart-warming. Today I have a sympathy card. Sadly I was running out and thought the Hatbox FloralsSentimental Sayings, and Lacy Scallop Frames would make a great combination.


To begin with I stamped the separate floral from Hatbox Florals with Versafine Black Onyx ink to make the frame. I used my MISTI and some masking in order to do that. I then die cut that panel with the Lacy Scallop Frame largest die to leave the floral border.

Using one of the middle dies, I cut the lacy panel out of Neenah Solar White. I used a simple combination of Copic Sketch Markers to color it in: B60, B63, B69. I also added some colored pencil details and some Nuvo Lemoncello drops to the centers of the blue flowers.

For the sentiment, I used the sympathy sentiment from Sentimental Sayings and using my MISTI I positioned it to be underneath the florals. I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black. I then used some 3M Foam tape to pop up the florals once I had stamped the sentiment.

For the background I used a piece of Mist cardstock from the Combo 3 Card Stock. I thought this color of card stock made the florals pop. I mounted all of this on a side folding card that I flipped to open at the top.


Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge - Oh, Baby


Hi, Welcome to my blog and my part of the Stock Your Stash challenge for Reverse Confetti. The Reverse Confetti challenge page has loads more inspiration and information on how to win a $20 gift certificate to the store. You can find it HERE.



I decided to go a traditional route for this card. For some reason I was drawn to yellow and blue. So I made a baby shower card for a baby boy. First, using my MISTI and Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I stamped the nested chick from Spring Pals. I then stamped the smaller corner bouquet from Happy Mail. Using my Copic Markers I colored the images in. I added some colored pencil for a bit more texture. I then die cut these two images with the accompanying die cuts.

Next I used some very old yellow polka dot paper and the Circle of Hearts Cover panel to make the back layer. I then die cut some Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock using the Stitched Hex Tag die.  Then using my 2nd to largest Life Changing Blender brush from Picket Fence Studios, I blended Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide inks. I used the bigger brush to get a lighter effect. The smaller you go in brush size the heavier the application of ink. I spritzed on some Sheer Shimmer spray and let it dry so there is a subtle shine on the tag. I then die cut another piece of Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock using the Bubbles Confetti Cuts die. This die is fast becoming a favorite accent die for me for any type of card.

Once I had all the panel and images prepared, I took the Welcome, Little One sentiment from Bear Hugs and lined it up in my MISTI making sure that I had the nest and floral images in the right place. This was a breakthrough for me as I often think of the sentiment last and this time I had a plan lol!

To assemble the card, I added 3M Foam tape to the back of the die cut panel. Then using dry adhesive I added the Bubbles die cut. I then added 3M Foam tape to the back of the tag and popped that on. I also added foam tape to the floral bouquet. With some dry adhesive I tucked the nest and the chick into the bouquet.


Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to join in here at the challenge blog !
Susan

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Love Me Some Older Stamps: Impression Obsession Old is New


Hello!
I think as stampers we tend to want the latest new thing at least I do. However, sometimes if I just shopped my stash I might find what I want. So on Impression Obsession Old is New Day over at the blog we pull out stamps from several releases ago! I have out today one of my favorite background stamps, Faceted. It is a large Cover a Card background.

For today, I did something simple. Using my MISTI, I inked it up with Versamark ink and then stamped it onto Arches 140 lb cold press on the smooth side. I added some white heat embossing powder and carefully moved the heat gun across the paper to prevent warping. I then used my favorite water colors and brushes to color in with glazing. I used this method because it is relaxing and I could paint while in the kitchen keeping watch over my new rescue dogs. Dory and Peaches are still adjusting to coming here from foster care.



I die cut the sentiment from 2 pieces of white card stock and one piece of black and layered them. However, I slightly offset them to leave a bit of white showing. Then I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and cut it into a strip which looks crooked but can't be. I used my T -Square ruler hmmmm. OH WELL. If you have any ideas let me know. It is a plastic ruler...

Actually if my Cut Align wasn't buried in my craft room...that would have been straight. If you get here and it is straight, it is because I found my Cut Align.

Thanks for stopping by and head to the Impression Obsession blog for more ideas;
Susan

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

PIcket Fence Studios July Release


Welcome to my blog and the July Release for Picket Fence Studios. There is a bit of something for everyone in this release. The new release can be found here. Also head to the blog to see what the rest of the design team did. The blog is here.

For some reason, I have been thinking about my grandparents' old house. My grandfather packed every space he could with beautiful roses and peonies. He used to cut fresh bouquets to bring into my grandmother. I thought that was so romantic. I just had to use Rosa Eden Roses.

This was a simple card to make. Using a piece of Arches Cold Press 140 lb card stock, I gold heat embossed the roses. I then added a wash of Distress Ink Scattered Straw all over most of the card. This left a lovely golden yellow wash. I really wanted a vintage look for this card. After that dried, I added more Scattered Straw, Tea Dye and a bit of Tattered Rose. Again, I used regular Distress Inks for these washes.

I stamped the sentiment twice in Versafine Onyx Black. I did stamp it three times due to the texture of the water color paper. I then splatted some drops of gold and opalescent white paint from my Gansai Tambai water color set. That was it. Fun and easy.

For my next card, I did something a bit different. I wanted to use the bluebonnet stamp but I wanted a more graphic look to this. Will leave the water coloring to Lydia!


This was easy! On an A2 panel I stamped Rough Edges in Versafine Onyx Black. For the front panel I used my Life Changing Blender Brushes to apply Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxides to a 4 x 5.25" panel of Ranger Water Color paper. I did leave the sent lighter then the rest. I added some water droplets and Clear Shimmer Spray. Then I let this dry.

For the flowers, I stamped them in Versafine Onyx Black and then fussy cut them out. I formed a rough bouquet and tied it with twine. I popped all this up on the blue panel with some 3M foam tape. I heat embossed the sentiment from the same set.

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan


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Friday, July 12, 2019

Rescued - My Favorite Breed and Picket Fence Studios





Hi,
I am up on the Picket Fence Studios blog today. Nichol and her husband, the owners of Picket Fence Studios, adopt rescues so this sentiment set is a natural for them. I am so thankful they created this set and Friendly Mutts. I have used this sentiment set a few times but not for cards about pets. My friends are my lifesavers so I have used the sentiment on cards for them. However, today's card is focused on pets, my pets. On Saturday, my husband and I are picking up two rescued senior Cockapoos. They were very sick and blind when they arrived at the SOCKS (Save Our Cocker Spaniels). They are a bonded pair so needed to go to the same foster parents. These foster parents loved these two - Blanche and Dorothy - through potty training, the difficult treatment for heart worm, removal of cataracts, spaying and skin issues. Both have now been cleared to come to their fur-ever home - our house. I wanted to express my gratitude to this family who took such good care of Dorothy and Blanche so I made this card.

 

To chose my colors, I looked at the new Color Throwdown Challenge - pink, white, gold and black for inspiration. For layout inspiration, I am using a card on Splitcoast Stampers by Lee Ann Barrett aka Whippet Girl - she is the Featured Stamper this week. I love her cards and I had time to play along so I did! Here is her card that I CASEd - "LOL!" I changed it up by using different stamp images, different colors and a stenciled background. Go have a look at her gallery and be inspired!

 First, I used my blender brushes to ink up a 5.25 x 4" panel using the Random Dots Stencil and Tattered Rose Distress Oxide. I adhered this to a blush pink A2 sized panel. Using my MISTI, I stamped the two dog images from Friendly Mutts with Memento Tuxedo Black ink - this is my favorite ink for Copics. Trying to keep the colors creamy, I used E50, E51 and E53. Looking at the card now, the E40s would have been a better choice. I then added 3M foam tape to each dog. Next I heat embossed the sentiment onto black card stock and trimmed this into a strip. I added 3M foam adhesive to this as well. I then assembled the card and added some gold sequins.

Here are our two new dogs: Dory and Peach at their foster parents' house and before their cataract surgeries. At the Rescue they are known as Dorothy and Blanche. But we are changing their names as Dorothy is my mother in-law's best friend and we do go visit them! I will be posting more pictures of  Dory and Peach soon!


Thanks for stopping by and indulging me in looking at pictures of Dory and Peach!
Susan

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Impression Obsession Challenge: Things that Fly - Snow Flies right?





Impression Obsession has a new challenge up on the blog. You can find the challenge instructions, how to win a gift certificate and see other designers' cards HERE.

So the challenge theme is Something That Flies and that could be anything that could or does fly. This led to quite the discussion in our team Facebook group. I have decided that snow flies. I am sure I read a book to my children where snow is described as flying! So that is my rationale for this card LOL!

Super easy card to make. Using my MISTI, I inked up Pretty Bough with Distress Ink Peeled Paint and sprayed a mist of water onto the inked stamp. I shut the door of the MISTI and stamped onto Ranger watercolor paper. I did this three times and when needed I added water with a water brushes. I then splattered the branch area with water and Shimmer Spray. I heat set all of this before moving onto the next step.

For the next step, it is important to treat your paper with an anti-static embossing bag or tool. Before I stamp the image, I test to make sure it is dry by placing some embossing powder onto it and making sure it doesn't stick.

Once I have determined that the paper is dry, I ink up the stamp with Versamark ink. I repeated this process three times as this paper has some texture. I used our new Floral Snowflake. I then added Hero Arts Silver embossing powder and heat set it.  I love their embossing powders.

At this point I decided to cut the panel to 4 x 5.25".  I added an A2 sized panel of silver glitter paper and layered the watercolor paper on top of that. For added interest, I added a twine bow and a bit of twine hanging from the top of the card.  For the sentiment I used Tidings 2 - I sooooo love this font. I simply stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black using my MISTI.

Thank you for stopping by!
Susan

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Impression Obsession New Jam Jar Die


Welcome back to Day 2 of the Impression Obsession Summer Die Release. I have so many more cards in mind to make but this is what I did today. It was fast. Stamping is my jam - pun intended but working with dies makes things so much quicker. Today I worked with the Jam Jar dies and the Fruit dies. They are so cute. I just did a lot of die cutting from patterned paper. The only stamping I did was the sentiment from You Are So from the last release. I added a couple of lines of zig zag stitching and some sequins to finish the card off!

Head over to the Impression Obsession Blog for more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Impression Obsession Summer Die Release Day 1




Welcome to my blog and the first day of the Impression Obsession Summer Die Release. This release

is amazing. For the next two days the list of design team participants will be available at 6A on the
Impression Obsession Blog. There is 1 $25 gift certificate up for grabs. One winner will be chosen from
all the comments on all of the blog participants. Comments close July 14th at noon and the winner
will be announced on Tuesday, July 16th on the Impression Obsession blog.
You can find all of the new dies here. I love everything that I ordered. I needed to make a quick card
so I chose to work with Fish Net and Fish dies. Using some easy ink blending with my Life Changing
Blender brushes I added the background to a panel of Neenah Solar White 90 lb card stock. To make
the net, I used direct to paper ink blending with Simon Says Stamp Scuba. I then die cut this with the
Fish Net die using my Gemini Junior. I cut the fish from some Neenah Solar White as well and colored
them in with Copics and colored pencil. Using my MISTI I stamped a sentiment from You are There
to a sentiment strip and foam mounted that to the panel. I added some Dew Drops for dimension.


Thanks for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with more cards!
Susan

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Reverse Confetti Release Day


Welcome to Release Day for the July Release. You can find the full new release here! The full blog hop list is below but if you get lost - been there done that - head over the the Reverse Confetti blog.



For my card and tag I chose to work with a few beach products lol! First up is a card featuring the new Bubbles die and some critters from Shellabrate. I love the patterned paper behind that die cut and it is from Fun and Sun.  I used the dies for the crab and shell as well. For all stamping I used my MISTI. All images were colored in with Copics and colored pencils.



Next up I used the Fold Over Tag die and made a birthday tag for my granddaughter's birthday present. We will be celebrating at the beach so this is perfect. The images are from Hippo Pool Party.


I needed this to be as easy as possible so I used the Fold Over Tag with the Polka Panel Die. I trimmed the Polka Panel to fit the fold over part of the tag die. I then stamped the images using my MISTI and colored them in. I stamped the sentiment onto some Neenah Solar White 90 lb with Versafine Onyx black ink. I tied on some twine and called it done!



Here is the list for the blog hop!


Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Countdown to Confetti Day 3


Welcome to Countdown to Confetti Day 3 for the July Release! Before I tell you about my card, let me tell you about the $15 gift certificate to be used in the Reverse Confetti store. Jen is giving away 1 gift certificate. The winner will be selected from all comments on all the team's blogs starting on each day of the Countdown to Confetti! So make sure to go to everyone's blog to leave a comment for more chances to win. There is also 1 $15 gift certificate to a commenter on the Facebook page. Head over to the Reverse Confetti blog for more details.

So my card for today features these two new products: Sentimental Sayings - such a useful set - and Bold Blooms which has accompanying dies!






This card was so easy to make. With my MISTI, I stamped out several of the blossoms at a time so I have more flowers and leaves for at least 3 cards. I was trying to match the colorway of the paper pad so I worked with yellow, navy and melon inks. Any inks will do. I used dye inks. I die cut the main panel using the Diagonal Stitches cover plate. I trimmed a navy card stock panel to 4 x 5.25" and adhered that to the stitched panel. Using paper from the Fun and Sun pad I cut the third panel using Polka Panel Die. Finally, I cut the 4 layer from Grid Stitched Tag although I am not using it as a tag just as a layer. Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment in navy ink on a rectangle cut from Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock. A quick assembly with dry adhesive and some foam tape and I was done! Now to make the rest of the cards lol!

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow!
Susan

Here is the hop list: Keep going and leaving comments!

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Countdown to Confetti Day 2




Welcome to Countdown to Confetti Day 2 for the July Release! Before I tell you about my card, let me tell you about the $15 gift certificate to be used in the Reverse Confetti store. Jen is giving away 1 gift certificate. The winner will be selected from all comments on all the team's blogs starting on each day of the Countdown to Confetti! So make sure to go to everyone's blog to leave a comment for more chances to win. There is also 1 $15 gift certificate to a commenter on the Facebook page. Head over to the Reverse Confetti blog for more details.


So up for today are 3 scene stamp sets, Hippo Pool Party, Lemonade Stand, and Let's Shellabrate and the Pool die. 







For my first card, I stamped out all the images in Hippo Pool Party with my MISTI and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I colored the images with Copics and colored pencils. Using my Life Changing Blender Brushes I added the pool deck in Antique Linen and the sky in Tumbled Glass and Broken China. I added some droplets and Shimmer Spray. Once that was all dry, I die cut the pool into the base. I then die cut the pool several times from Neenah Solar White 90 lb card stock and one piece of blue polka dot paper from Fun and Sun. 


Using a liquid adhesive, I glued the pool rims together to give it some dimension. I then put a piece a navy blue paper underneath the pool. I like a dark pool. I die cut each of the images out and then arranged a scene. I added some droplets. I added some drop shadows E41 and E42. Onto card number 2!


For this card, I stamped out many of the images of Lemonade Stand and Let's Shellabrate with my MISTI and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I several Copics and pencils to color the images in. The sky is swirls of Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide inks and I used my Life Changing Blender Brushes. The sand is Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink. I added some splashes of water and Sheer Shimmer spray.


The Hop
Thanks for stopping by and head over to the Reverse Confetti blog. I will be back tomorrow with another new stamp set and some dies!
Susan

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