Sunday, August 20, 2017

Celebrate Your Special Day

Day 3's theme for My Favorite Things' Camp Create is "Background Bonanza." Stephanie Klauck, one of the camp counselors, demonstrated using stencils & ink blending to create backgrounds. I went a slightly different route, using MFT's "Wood Plank" background stamp with ink blending/emboss resist.

I cut a panel of Canson XL Mixed Media paper to 4x5.25". I stamped the "Wood Plank Background" on that with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with Recollections Copper Detail embossing powder. Then I ink blended with Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, & Gathered Twigs Distress inks. When I had the "wood" look I wanted, I buffed off the ink from the embossed lines.

I die cut one of the "Flutter of Butterflies - Solid" from another scrap of mixed media paper, & the coordinating "Flutter of Butterflies - Lace" from vellum. I also die cut a body from navy cardstock. I used 3 colors of Tombow markers to scribble areas on the solid butterfly, and then spritzed it generously with my homemade Perfect Pearls mist. I dried it with my heat tool, and repeated with the markers & mist to get a deeper color. I dried it again with my heat tool, then applied a bit of liquid glue to the center of that piece, and glued the vellum butterfly to that. Finally, I glued on the body, and set that aside to dry.

After die cutting one of the "Mini Delicate Doilies" from white cardstock, I marked the vertical center of my woodgrain panel. I lined up the doily, centered on that mark, as well as the butterfly. I heat embossed a greeting from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set with Recollections Snow embossing powder onto a strip of light teal cardstock, and adhered that over the doily.

For the mat, I cut a piece of navy pearlized cardstock from The Paper Studio. I inked around the edges with my Versamark pad, and then sprinkled on more copper embossing powder. I heat set that, and adhered my main panel to that. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Dies R Us Challenge #79: "Anything Goes Using Dies"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Add a Sentiment"

Back on Your Feet

Lawn Fawnatics' current challenge theme is "Custom Sentiments." My mom needed a get well card for a friend. I found this card through Pinterest, and used it as my inspiration.

I began by making the turtle. I die cut his shell using a Spellbinders "Standard Circles LG" die, then cut that in half. I embossed one half with the Cricut Cuttlebug "Honeycomb" embossing folder. After inking around the edges with Peeled Paint Distress ink, I inked the straight edge of the other half of the circle. I glued that behind the embossed piece, letting about 1/8" show through beyond the straight edge as a finishing touch for the shell. I hand cut the legs, using a 1/8" Corner Chomper to round the 2 corners. I also drew & cut the tail & head, and glued all my pieces to the shell. I added toenails & shading where the head meets the neck with a Tombow marker, and also inked around the edges with Peeled Paint. Finally, I drew on a smile with a black Pitt pen, and added googly eyes for the cute factor.

For the grass, I used 2 colors of green cardstock & Lawn Fawn's "Grassy Hillside Borders" dies. I decided how high each section should be, and cut them with 3 of the dies. After I adhered them together, I placed the grass on my A9 card base, & marked with a pencil where the sky would need to end. Then I cut a panel from light blue cardstock a little longer than that and the width of the card. I adhered the sky, & then adhered the grass in place.

I die cut 2 cloud sections with the "Puffy Cloud Borders" dies from Lawn Fawn. I adhered the top section to my card, and used my MISTI & Lawn Fawn's "Riley's ABCs" to stamp the greeting on the lower cloud section. Then I adhered that in place, butted up against the top cloud layer. All that was left was to glue down my turtle in the grass, and this get well card was done!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Add a Sentiment"
Dies R Us Challenge #79: "Anything Goes Using Dies"
Die Cut Divas August Challenge: "Anything Goes"

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Have a Lovely Birthday

The crafty theme for Day 2 of My Favorite Things' Camp Create is "Magnificent Masking." I did a masking technique that Jennifer McGuire demonstrated a couple of years ago.
I cut several masks from full sticky Post It notes using the coordinating dies for "Watercolor Flowers" by My Favorite Things. After placing them on a 4x5.25" white cardstock panel, I inked the background with Bundled Sage Distress ink. Then it was time to start stamping.

Leaving the masks in place to help me remember which flowers went where, I adhered the panel in my MISTI with repositionable adhesive so it wouldn't move. I had to place it in the middle, because several of my stamps hung off the edges. I placed the solid "Watercolor Flowers" stamps (this stamp set has been discontinued) over their respective masks, picked them up with the door of the MISTI, and removed just those masks. Then I inked them up using Memento Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, Lulu Lavender, & Dandelion; and Altenew Frosty Pink inks and stamped. I repeated this process with the solid images for all my flowers, before moving on to the next step.

I stamped the second step for the flowers, lining them up with the solid images. For these I used Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Orchid, & Butter Bar; Memento Tangelo; and Altenew Coral Berry inks. For the final layer of my flowers, I inked with Lawn Fawn Guava, Memento Morocco & Sweet Plum, Altenew Ruby Red, and Simon Says Stamp Sunshine. Finally, I stamped all the flower centers with Hero Arts Navy ink.

For the greeting, I used one from My Favorite Things' "Birthday Greetings" stamp set. I stamped with Versamark onto a strip of navy cardstock, & heat embossed with Recollections Snow Detail embossing powder. After adhering that in place with my ATG tape runner, I matted my panel with more navy, and mounted it to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Add a Sentiment"
613 Avenue Create: "Anything Goes"

Friday, August 18, 2017

Enjoy Your Special Day

My Favorite Things is having another week of Camp Create as this summer winds down. Day 1's crafty challenge was "Inlaid Made Easy." I didn't do quite as elaborate a design as the camp instructor, but I still like how my simple birthday card came out!

I used MFT's "Blueprints 20" dies (apparently discontinued) for my card. I began by die cutting the quilt squares from scraps of cardstock. The die is all one piece, and I didn't feel like cutting all the squares each time, just for the 2 I needed. However, it was easy to line my scraps up over the squares I wanted & cut them without missing any parts.

After I cut the squares & inside design pieces from blue, pink, lavender, & yellow cardstocks, I ran the die through my machine once more to get the dark purple frame. I embossed a piece of golden yellow cardstock with the Provo Craft "Oxford" embossing folder, and glued my frame in the center of that panel. Then I used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue the inner pieces into each opening in the frame. I used more glue to mount that panel to a piece of light purple cardstock that I'd cut with another "Blueprints 20" die, and then adhered that to a piece of black cardstock cut to A2 size.

For the greeting, I used one from MFT's "Birthday Greetings" stamp set. I die cut the banner from "Blueprints 20" from a scrap of vellum, and stamped the greeting on that with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. I dried it with my heat tool, and ran the banner through my Xyron Create a Sticker machine to apply adhesive to the back. Finally, I adhered the banner across the middle of my quilt panel.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "Add a Sentiment"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
Die Cut Divas: "Anything Goes"
Dies R Us Challenge #79: "Anything Goes Using Dies"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Floral Sympathy Card

I recently learned that the mother of an old friend of mine had passed away. So I created this card for my friend & her husband, just to let them know I'm thinking of them. I based my design on the sketch for the current Fusion challenge. I rotated the sketch to be a landscape format & flipped the 2 panels to put the greeting on the smaller one.

I cut a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper to 5.5x3" for my image panel. I stamped the main flower from Essentials by Ellen's "Mondo Hydrangea" set multiple times. I heat embossed as I went with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, and masked after each embossing to stamp the next cluster. I did make sure to turn the stamp with each new impression, so I didn't build up any pattern. I finally ended up with a panel full of hydrangea blossoms.

To color the flowers, I used 2 Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers--a violet and a blue--and a water brush to blend/lighten the colors. I added a light yellow-green for the stems and flower centers. I started by coloring the fullest blooms, that you can see all 4 petals on, because they were the easiest to see what petals went together. As I colored more and more blossoms, it got easier to see how the flowers were turned. I didn't worry about a light source or shading; I just wanted a panel full of subtly-colored blooms. After I had finished coloring, I set that panel aside to dry.

I cut another strip from light blue cardstock, and die cut the top edge with a Lawn Fawn "Stitched Hillside Borders" die. After positioning the "sympathy" from Avery Elle's "With Sympathy" stamp set, using my MISTI to help me get it straight & positioned right, I added the small "with" from the same set. I stamped them on my blue cardstock with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with Liquid Platinum. I adhered the image panel even with the top edge of a white A2 landscape card base, and then adhered my greeting panel below it.

I'm also entering this card in the August Ellen Hutson "Mix It Up Challenge."

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Personalized Birthday Card

The theme for Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #10 is "Custom Sentiments." I have a friend whose birthday is coming up soon, and decided to make her a card. I got the idea for the greeting from Jennifer McGuire.

For the main part of the card, I chose Lawn Fawn's "Claire's ABCs" & Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Script Birthdays" stamp sets. I also used "Quinn's ABCs" & "Quinn's Capital ABCs" for her name. I decided a little rainbow stamping--OK, a lot!--was in order. What is more festive than bright rainbow colors??? :) I had 12 lines of text, not counting the name, so I decided to use 2 shades of each color.

Sizing the panel was the biggest challenge with this card. I initially planned on doing all the stamping on a 4x5.25" panel. Ha! I quickly realized all my stamping would take up way more real estate than that! I finally decided to do a "test copy," and cut a piece of copy paper. I set up my stamps on a few acrylic blocks, and stamped everything out like I wanted it on that paper. I determined from that test that my panel had to be 6-5/8" tall. So I cut a piece of Canson XL Mixed Media paper to 4-3/4x6-5/8". (My plan at this point was to make a 5x7" card, with my focal panel matted.) Then I marked the vertical center, so I could keep my stamping in the middle of the panel. (When I set up my stamps, I made sure to center them on my blocks--also not an easy task!)

I stamped out my greeting, going in rainbow order. I used Hero Arts Bubble Gum; Lawn Fawn Guava; Hero Arts Fresh Peach; Memento Tangelo; Hero Arts Butter Bar, Lemon Yellow, Lime Green, Green Hills, Pool; Memento Danube Blue, Grape Juice; & finished with Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender. Whew! When it came to stamping the name, I used Versamark, and heat embossed with Recollections Snow detail embossing powder. I colored in those letters with my Tombow markers, choosing colors that went pretty well with the inks I'd chosen, and blending as I went across.

This is where my card design took a(nother) left turn. I wanted balloons, but didn't have enough room for them on my panel. No worries! I trimmed my panel to 3-1/2" wide (basically leaving 1/8" of space on either side of "Audra"), and cut 2 more narrow panels to go on either side. Now my card would be 5-1/2x6-5/8". I die cut several masks using the two smallest of Lawn Fawn's "Party Balloons" dies, and adhered them to one of my narrow side panels. I inked over them with Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, & Wilted Violet, again going in rainbow order. After I finished inking, I spritzed on water from my Distress Sprayer, let that sit for a few seconds, then blotted it up with a dry cloth. I repeated the process on the other narrow panel. I was pleasantly surprised that, even though I'd used regular masking paper and the masks had stained when I sprayed the water, the balloon shapes on my inked panels remained white. Cool! :)

To finish my card, I created a portrait-oriented card base. I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock, one at 5-1/2x6-5/8" & the other 1/2" longer. I scored the longer one at 1/2", and adhered my other panel to the underside of the resulting flap. I adhered my side panels with my ATG tape runner, covering up the flap on the card base. For the center panel, I used Scor Tape to adhere a piece of craft foam to the back, and more Scor Tape to mount it to my card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: "Happy Birthday"
613 Avenue Create Challenge #200: "Anything Goes" (not playing the "Shabby Chic" twist)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Decking the Halls--Penguin Style

Aud Sentiments challenge blog's theme for their current challenge is "No Sentiment on Front of Project." Yes, it does seem a bit odd for a sentiment challenge blog, but there it is! :) I created my card for Christina Hor's holiday/winter card drive for children in the Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. This card inspired my design.

I knew I didn't want to die cut my penguins (from Mama Elephant's "Arctic Penguins" set). No great earth-shattering reason--I just like to make things harder for myself every once in a while! :) I created masks for the penguins, and used those to help me decide where they would go on my panel. I stamped the hat first, and masked it. Then, using my MISTI, I placed my top penguin, picked it up with the door, and masked off the feet. The penguins in this set are wearing ice skates, which I figured would be kind of difficult to balance on, standing on top of each other. So I just stamped everything--but their feet--with Hero Arts Black dye ink. After I stamped my first penguin, I masked him, stamped the middle one, masked him, and stamped the bottom penguin.

I don't have a suitable Christmas tree stamp, so I went looking online. I found one on Free Stock Photos' website that looked like it would work. I scanned my panel with the penguins stamped on it into my computer, and opened that in Photoshop. I opened the tree file in Photoshop, and moved it to the file that had the card panel. I sized & positioned it, and (digitally) erased the star & ground lines, since they wouldn't work with my design. Then I printed just the tree onto my panel.

After drawing my penguins' feet & a tree stand for the tree with a pencil, I traced over those lines with a fine-tip black pen. To color everything, I used my Prismacolor colored pencils. Usually, I color like my light source is from the top right. But, when coloring the tree, I happened to notice that the highlights on the ornaments are on the top left. Thankfully, I hadn't colored very much, and was able to adjust with no problem. I colored the tree stand like an inverted whisky barrel, and added a horizon line & some snow/shadow lines on the ground with a light grey pencil. I punched a star from silver glitter paper, using a Recollections punch, and glued it so it looks like the top penguin is going to place it on the tree. As soon as he can reach it, of course! :)

To finish my card, I first die cut the panel with the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Small Stitched Rectangle" dies. I also die cut another A2-size panel with a Lawn Fawn "Large Stitched Rectangle." I adhered the focal panel to my mat, and mounted that on my white card base. To help the penguins' eyes pop, I added tiny drops of Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops. I also added white gel pen to the highlights on the ornaments, and coated them & the star with Glossy Accents. And that finished this card!

I'm also entering this card in Die Cut Divas "Anything Goes" challenge.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Holiday Wishes

Christina Hor is collecting cards for children with congenital heart diseases at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The theme for this card drive is "Winter Wishes" or "Holiday Wishes." You can find out the details & card requirements at her blog. I created this card to send in for that.

I used Operation Write Home's Sketch #124 as the basis for my design. I cut the focal panel slightly larger than the one in the sketch, to 4x4", to accommodate my image & greeting better. I stamped the "Wonderous Kitty" from Stampendous in Hero Arts Charcoal ink onto my kraft panel. I positioned the greeting, from Hero Arts' "Color Layering Christmas Tree" set, so the opening stroke of the "w" lined up with the tip of the holly leaf. I stamped that with Charcoal ink as well. I colored the kitty with my Prismacolor colored pencils, to look like our youngest, Barney. I went over his whiskers with a white pencil, and colored in the pupils with a black glaze pen. I added the catch lights in his eyes & highlights on the berries with a white gel pen. I also added highlights to the left side of the letters in the greeting with a white gel pen, just to help it stand out a bit more.

To assemble my card, I cut 2 pieces of plaid patterned paper from Graphic 45's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" 8x8" pad. I made one a narrow strip to go above the focal panel, and the other one long enough to fit below. I also increased the width from what the sketch said. I adhered those pieces to a panel of Hot off the Press "Red Holly" patterned paper, and then mounted my focal panel. For the ribbon, I cut a slit on either side of the plaid paper, and fed the ends of a short piece of ribbon through, taping them on the back. I followed the instructions in this video to make a faux bow from more of the same ribbon. I used my paper piercer to help separate the threads in the ribbon I had run across the plaid panel, so I could feed the bow ribbon through. Finally, I scrunched up the flat ribbon around the "knot" in the bow, just so it looked like one piece of ribbon tied in a bow, and secured it in place with glue dots. All I had left to do was adhere my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm entering this card in Creative Knockouts' Challenge #205: "Furry Friends."

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Polka-dotted Birthday

I find that I'm always in need of birthday cards, as I'm sure most people are. I don't have a specific recipient in mind for this one--yet--but I'm sure the need will arise before too long! I used the mood board from the current Pin-Sights challenge at the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog, and the sketch from the current Fusion challenge:
I had a white cardstock panel on my desk--left over from some project--that just happened to be A2 size. So no having to rummage in my scrap files or cut into a new piece of cardstock! I used one of the "Stitched Basic Edges 2" dies from My Favorite Things to cut the panel into 2 pieces. I wanted to use the polka-dot theme from the Pin-Sights challenge photo, so I broke out my Essentials by Ellen "Bokeh Dots" stamp set. I stamped 3 sizes of dots using Lawn Fawn Guava & Fresh Lavender, and Memento Bahama Blue & Dandelion inks. I did both first- & second-generation stamping of my dots, and on the blue even a bit of third-generation. After I had pretty well filled the upper panel with dots, I set it aside to work on the rest of my card.

For the greeting, I used My Favorite Things' "Cause for Celebration" die set for the "birthday," & Papertrey Ink's "Polka Dot Parade" alphabet stamps (apparently discontinued) for the "happy." (I thought the dots in the letter stamps echoed the bokeh pattern in the upper section of my card front.) I die cut the birthday from a scrap of plum cardstock, and glued it to the lower panel with Perfect Paper Adhesive. Then I stamped the happy with Memento Elderberry ink. Even though it's not quite as dark as the plum cardstock, I think it still complements it nicely.

After cutting off 1/4" from the bottom of the larger panel, I added craft foam to the back of each die cut panel with Scor-Tape. I adhered another scrap of plum cardstock to the card base, and mounted my panels so that a bit of the plum peeks through between them. As a finishing touch--and because I can never leave anything that CAS--I glued on some dots that I'd made earlier with White Blizzard & Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops.

I'm also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes" challenge.