Saturday, April 20, 2024

Inkspirational #314 Mood Board Bouquet

 It's time for the next Inkspirational Challenge #314 - and this week it is:

I was inspired by the lovely bouquet in the center of the board and the overall colors of green, pink and orange, with a tad of blue in the vase!

Very CAS for me today!

I stamped the image on a panel of white hammered card and colored it with Copics.  I die cut the frame and adhered it around the image, up on foam dots.  I applied Glossy Accents to the vase so IRL it looks like water.  I tied a piece of twine into a bow leaving a long loopy tail and adhered it to the top of the vase.

So how does our Moodboard inspire you?  We hope you will join us and link up your inspired card.  Check out the lovely creations by the rest of the DT over at Inkspirational!

You have until May 3rd to join in!

I'm linking my card to:

first time using this floral stamp set that I've had for over 5 years!

Make a spring card   ends 4/30

Spring - ends 4/30

ends 4/23

Stamps:  Jofy JM22 - Paper Artsy
Paper:  Hammered White - Amazon
Ink:  Nocturne - Versafine Clair
Accessories:  Wood Frame Infinity Dies - Hero Arts, foam dots, twine, Copics YR02, YG03, RV02, W2, BOO, Glossy Accents - Ranger.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Inkspirational #313 Triple Floating Diamond Fold Birthday

 There's a new challenge up at Inkspirational - and the challenge is:

Now I have a few folds that I love to make - but since this is a challenge -  I went to Pinterest to find a fold I haven't done before.  

And I found this Triple Floating Diamond fold designed by Lisa.  Now, I cannot write out all of the instructions but you will find everything you need to know on the two links below if you are interested.
Here's a link to Lisa's blog where you can see 3 designs for the card and her Youtube tutorial on putting it together.

Here is a link to the Google Document list of what size pieces of card stock and patterned paper to cut. 

And here is the Triple Floating Diamond Fold Birthday card that I made.

Since I put the die cut mushroom up on foam dots on the middle diamond, I could slip the corner of the outside diamonds behind the mushroom which helps hold it open for display.

Here's a view looking down into the fold.
Here's the front opened up and flattened.
Here's the front with the outside diamonds flipped over.
Here's the back where I've put panels to write a note to the receiver.

Here it is folded up for mailing - it is a bit thick and I think will probably take two first class stamps to mail - I'll bring it to the post office to find out when I do mail it.  
It will fit into a regular A2 envelope.
Looking down into it folded up.

All of the patterned paper and the die cut mushrooms are from the Mushroom Medley Paper Die Duo  set from Divinity Designs.

So what is your favorite fold?  Or will you go and look for one you haven't done before?  
Either way - we hope you will  join us over at Inkspirational.
Please check out the lovely folds the rest of the DT has created and link up yours too!  
You have until April 19 to link up!

Also linking my card to:

F is for Fold It.  ends May 3

1st time using this beautiful DP and first time making this fold!

fancy fold  ends 4/30

Stamps:  My Oh My - Rosies Road Show Wooden Stamp, Sentiment Suite: Birthday - The Greetery.
Ink:  Nocturne - Versafine Clair
Paper:  Pine Feather, White - Papertrey Ink, DP Mushroom Medley Paper Die Duo Set - Divinity Designs.  
Accessories:  foam dots, enamel dots - Altenew mushroom die - Mushroom Medley Paper Die Duo Set - Divinity Designs.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

March 2024 Card Chain Challenge Reveal - You Make Me Snort

Today's the day for the March Card Chain Challenge Reveal -  I sent a card to Jo in the United Kingdom and received a card from Gail in British Columbia, Canada.

Here is my card:

Every month there are options for designing your card -  you can use all of the options but just have to use one of them.

For my card, I used the color options - black, white and one other color (I used pink),  and I used the theme 'on the farm' - using a pig image.

First, I stamped the pig from Piggies Crushed It in the center of a white card panel.  I colored the image with pink and black Copics.  Then I stenciled around the image with Milky Way Stencil using a blender brush with pink ink.  I  die cut the Polaroid frame and layered it over the image, popping it up on foam dots.  

 I stamped the balloon again on a piece of white card, colored it, cut it out and layered it over the stamped balloon and over the frame.  I die cut the FRIEND from Fun with Words die set and adhered it to the lower edge of the Polaroid die cut.  I colored in the heart on the 'I' of FRIEND with a pink Copic and added 3 black Tuxedo hearts around the card.  Instead of adhering the panel to a folded card - I adhered a die cut easel to the back of the panel.

Please join us in this fun monthly challenge where we send and receive a card to places all over the world!  You'll find all the details about signing up for April at The Card Chain Challenge Blog.  You have until April 6th to sign up!

I'm linking my card to:

First time using the stamps

Just Us Girls  ends 4/2

Middle Horizontal - Spring Colors/Free/stencil  ends 4/11

Anything Goes  ends 4/3

Stamps:  Piggies Crushed It - Whimsy Stamps.
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, Hammered White - Amazon
Ink:  Nocturne - Versafine Clair, Blush - Altenew
Accessories:  Fun With Words Die, Polaroid Die - Whimsy Stamps, Small Easel Die - Sizzix, Milky Way Stencil - A Colorful Life Designs, Copics R20, N10, foam dots, Tuxedo Hearts - Honey Bee.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Group of Seven Cardmakers - March 2024 - Cover Die Eclipse

 It's time for the Group of Seven Cardmakers March Technique.  This month we are creating using the Cover Die Eclipse Technique.

I recommended this technique to the GO7 after seeing it in a challenge over at Splitcoaststampers a year ago.  You will find a link to a video as well as a list of instructions over at the GO7 Blog.

I made 3 samples today. 

This first one using the Fresh Floral Background Stamp from The Greetery, Layered Plaid Cover Die A - Altenew.

My second card was made using a smaller image (Stiple Rose - SU retired) stamped in the center of a panel with  stripes cover die from Amazon.

And then I tried the technique but with no stamping -  just using two panels of the same patterned paper - one for the background and one cut with an Arched Deco Plate die.  I love how this came out!

Here are some photos of how I made the 2nd and 3rd samples.

1) Take two panels of white card stock (I used white A2 card size, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
2) Put your panel into a card positioner and stamp the image you have chosen,  Put the second panel in the same spot in your card positioner and stamp the image in the same spot on the second panel.  
3)  Die cut one of the panels with a cover all die.  Adhere the die cut stamped panel over the stamped panel and  the image should line up.

Then I wanted to see what would happen if I just used the same patterned paper for each panel - no stamping.
1.  Take 2 panels of patterned paper cut 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
I used 2 sheets of 6x6 from the same pack and cut them in the same place on each sheet so the patterns matched.
2.  Die cut one with the cover all die and lay it over the uncut panel
It worked!

To finish this card,I hot foiled the sentiment with gold foil and popped it up on foam dots.

As with any technique - you need to play with the supplies you have to see which stamps/dies work best!

So please join us and try out this Stamped Eclipse technique, make a card and link it up over at the Group of Seven blog so we can all see it!   While you are there - check out all the samples created the the other G07 DT!

I'm linking my Birthday card to:

Die Cut Diva's Anything Goes  ends 3/31

Just a Note Card
Stamps: Fresh Floral Background Stamp, Little Labels Stamps and Die - The Greetery
Paper: white - PTI
Ink: Blue Lagoon - Elements Lavinia
Accessories: Layered Plaid Cover Die A - Altenew, Little Labels Stamps and Die - The Greetery, foam dots.

In this Time of Sorrow Card
Stamps:  Stiple Rose - SU (retired), Simple Strips: Sympathy - Taylored Expressions.
Paper - White, Vellum - PTI
Ink:  Confetti - Elements/Lavinia, Gold Pigment Ink - Color Box, Versamark.
Accessories:  Gonal Stripes Layering Dies - Amazon, Simple Strips Die - Taylored Expressions, Black and White POSCA pens, Gold Embossing Powder, heat tool.

Happy Birthday Card
Paper:  White - PTI, DP Welcome Spring 6"x6" paper pad - Rubbernecker.
Accessories:  Arched Deco Plate die - Poppy, Elegant Occasion Sentiments Hot Foil Plate and Die Set,  Gold Foil, Glimmer Hot Foil System - Spellbinders, foam dots.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Inkspirational #312 - The White Bunny

 Inkspirational Challenge #312 has just gone live over at the blog.  It's a Designers Choice!  I am  the designer this time and my choice is use White on White!    

And here's my card - just in time for Easter which is SO early this year on 3/31/24!

I used only white with a touch of neutral black just for the eyes, nose and sentiment!  I recently purchased this wonderful layered bunny die from Magnolia Ink - a company in Germany.  I just love how this bunny looks with all his layers. I used a simple embossed frame background of white.  I popped the layers of the bunny up on foam for even more dimension, but it looks great without using foam too!

I hope you will join us in this fun White on White challenge!  You'll find inspiration from the rest of the DT and Mr Linky over at the Inkspirational blog.

This challenge ends 4/5/24

I'm also linking my card to:

first time using the bunny die

CAS/Spring  ends 3/30

Anything goes using dies  ends 3/31
CAS  ends 3/27

Stamps:  Mini Strips: Easter - Taylored Expressions
Ink:  Nocturne - Versafine Clair
Paper:  White, True Black - Papertrey Ink, hammered white - Amazon.
Accessories:  Rabbit Die - Magnolia Ink, Mini Strips Die - Taylored Expression,  Heritage Bundle Embossing Folder - Cutlebug, foam dots.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Love from Us and the Dogs

 I made this card for a friend to send her son, Andy, for his birthday -  my friend has 2 dogs and this sentiment from Woof by Taylored Expressions was perfect! 

The dogs are an older Tim Holtz stamp and die set called Dog Talk.  I colored the dogs with Copics and added Glossy Accents to the eyes.  The dogs are popped up on foam dots inside the Polaroid die cut from Whimsy Stamps.  The background paper is paw prints - not sure you can see that as it's rather dark?!

I'm linking my card to:

Dogs or Puppies ends 3/31

Seize the Birthday

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First time using the dog sentiments

Stamps: Dog Talk - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Simple Strips: Woof - Taylored Expressions.
Paper: White - Papertrey Ink, Hammered White - Amazon, DP My Dog 6x6 Paperpad - Echo Park.
Ink: Nocturne - Versafine Clair
Accessories: Dog Talk Die, Alphanumeric Tiny Type Upper - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Polaroid Die - Whimsy Stamps, Glossy Accents - Ranger, Silver Leafing Pen - Krylon, Copics E13, e31, E34, E35, N10, R20, B24, G09