Tuesday, September 28, 2021

New Stamp Release from Eileen Hull and Maker Forte

 Today, Eileen Hull, is releasing two new lovely stamp sets in collaboration with Maker Forte.   

Wonderful World of Flowers

For my first card I smooshed a background  on water color paper using my craft mat, Ranger DOX Inks and my water mister.  When it was dry, I stamped one of the flowers from the Wonderful World of Flowers set in black ink and colored in most of the parts using Copics.  I stamped a sentiment from Snail Mail Inspiration onto a strip of watercolor paper and adhered it below the flower adding a few blue enamel dots.  I lightly splattered the card with a white fine tip POSCA Paint Marker.
Two process photos
Stamping over the smooshed background
Adding splatters using a white POSCA paint marker that I tapped with a heavy plastic ruler to create the splatter.

Next, I made another card using a different flower stamp from the Wonderful World of Flowers and a different sentiment from Snail Mail Inspiration.   
This one was quick and easy, simply stamping the bloom several times over the white card panel with Sand Dune Ink.  I stamped the sentiment with Mocha Ink on a white strip and adhered it over the stamped panel.
Next up is a card made with the border stamp from Eileen's previously released stamp set, Snail Mail Everyday Sentiments mixed in with the butterfly, the leaf, the square bloom and a sentiment from her new coordinating set Snail Mail Inspiration!  The Snail Mail sets are designed to be used together.  And Eileen says there will be more sets coming!

I gold embossed the frame stamping, stamped the images in the boxes, added rhinestones to some flowers and white Nuvo drops to leaves, butterfly and flower petals.
For my last card today I used this lovely quote sentiment stamp from the Wonderful World of Flowers and the beautiful background stamp from Eileen's previous stamp release - Vintage Damask.  Another really simple but impressive looking design!  
I simply stamped the Vintage Damask on a white card base in Sea Glass Ink and then stamped the sentiment in black.  I added two blue enamel hearts on the end of both swirls for a little added interest!

Eileen is hosting a FB live today at 6 pm to announce the new release where she will have my cards to display along with others made by herself and the rest of her Inspiration and Education team members.   You'll find the FB live here.

Be Kind
Stamps:  Wonderful World of Flowers, Snail Mail Inspiration - Eileen Hull/Maker Forte.
Paper:  water color paper - Canson Cold Press, white card base - Papertrey Ink.
Ink:  Obsidian - Altenew, Ranger Distress Oxide Inks Kitsch Flamingo, Walnut Stain, Speckled Egg.
Accessories:  Copics B21, RV04, E33, white POSCA Pen, enamel dots - Altenew.

Seek the Good
Stamps:  Wonderful World of Flowers, Snail Mail Inspiration - Eileen Hull/Maker Forte.
Paper:  White Linen - Ellen Hutson
Ink:  Sand Dune, Mocha - Altenew

Hello Friend
Stamps:  Snail Mail Inspiration, Snail Mail Everyday Sentiments - Eileen Hull/Maker Forte
Paper:  white - Papertrey Ink.
Ink:  True Black - Papertrey Ink, Ruchsia, Sweet Leaf, Deep Iris, Puffy Heart - Altenew, Versamark.
Accessories:  Rose Gold embossing Powder - Altenew, heat tool, Gloss Simply White Crystal Drops - Nuvo, rhinestones - Dollar Store.

I Think to Myself
Stamps:  Wonderful World of Flowers, Vintage Demask - Eileen Hull/Maker Forte
Paper:  white - Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Sea Glass - Altenew, True Black - Papertrey Ink.
Accessories:  enamel hearts - Altenew

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Give Thanks with Metallic Leaves

 I'm jumping past Halloween today and sharing a Thanksgiving card!

I die cut the circle out of a panel of water color paper, stenciled behind the circle on the white card base using a Tim Holtz mini grid stencil and Ranger Distress Fossilized Amber ink.  

I die cut the Skeleton Leaves out of metallic papers in orange, gold (which looks greenish in the photo?!) and red. 

I adhered the two larger leaves over the grid then adhered the circle cut-out panel over the card base with foam dots.  I adhered one edge of the orange leaf to the outside frame with a foam dot on the other side of the leaf to hold it above the larger leaves.  I added 3 enamel dots and the sentiment.

I'm linking my Thanksgiving card to the following challenges:

I'm happy to be welcoming cooler fall weather here in MA.  I've had enough of the heat wave days and weeks of rain - even if it does mean we have to start raking leaves soon!

Stamps:  Mini Strips: Harvest - Taylored Expressions.
Paper:  White - PTI, Water Color Paper - Canson Cold Press, Kraft Stock Metallic Jewels - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.
Ink:  Dark Chocolate - Altenew, Ranger Distress Fossilized Amber.
Accessories:  Mini Strips Dies - Taylored Expressions, Stitched Mats Circles - Lil Inker Designs, Skeleton Leaves - Tim Holtz/Sizzix,  mini grid stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, foam dots, enamel dots.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Mid Month CAS Christmas Card Challenge Reminder - Plaid

 Today I'm sharing the card I made for the mid-month September CAS Christmas Card Challenge reminder!  You have until 9/24 to link up your card!

Hostess Colleen's challenge for us is to use plaid and here's my card!

This time I used two different plaids on my card - gingham for the background panel and a multicolored plaid for the die cut 'merry'.

I cut a second 'merry' from black fun foam and adhered the plaid die cut over it just to give it a little dimension so it was seen better layered over the gingham. I die cut the 'christmas' out of white card and layered it along the bottom edge of the panel.

So get those CAS Christmas cards done using some plaid!  You have until 9/24 to link up your creation.  You'll find lots of inspiration over at the CAS Christmas Card blog

Paper: White - PTI, DP Patterns and Pine - Catherine Pooler
Accessories: Wonderful Words-Holiday - PTI, Snowy Merry Christmas - Poppy Stamps, black fun foam, Ultra Bond Adhesive - iCraft.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Using Dies in Different ways - Nature Junk Journal

A new month means a new theme for Eileen Hull's Inspiration and Education Teams. This month we are taking a look at journals inspired by nature.  And just to make it a little more tricky, we have been challenged to use dies that aren’t normally considered “journal dies”.
I used Eileen's Gift Card Folder to hold a little nature journal. The Junk Journal stamp is from her new set Buttons Cards and More.  The Nature stamp is from a soon to be released new set!
I held the flaps of the folder closed with a blue elastic ribbon.
Remove the ribbon and you'll find a little junk journal
I added a little felt flower using Eileen/s Journaling Cards - Flowers and Leaves Thinlit dies.
I pressed leaves and flowers from my garden using my Vagabond onto panels of watercolor paper 
and onto tea bags that I used as pockets on some pages.
I slipped little die cut pieces into the tea bags.

Here are a few shots showing how I put this together.
I die cut Eileen's Gift Card Folder out of matboard.  Then I stamped it with her beautiful new Damask stamp on both sides.  
Then I used a blender brush to ink all the edges with Distress Antique Linen. (not shown in photo) 
I die cut the ornate piece from Eileen's Gift Box Scalloped Edge die out of matboard and stamped the image from her new Buttons Cards and More stamp set onto it.  I also stamped the ticket from the same set onto a piece of DP and fussy cut around the edges.  I later looped a piece of twine through a hole I punched on one edge so it was easier to get out of the tea bag pocket I put it in.  I die cut the larger leaf from Eileen's Spring Leaves Die out of watercolor paper, stamped a sentiment  and leaf from a 'soon to be released' stamp set from Eileen.
I went out to my garden and gathered some leaves and blooms so I could 'press' them using my Vagabond.  I used a geranium leaf, petunia blossoms, clover, an astilbe leaf stem, Solomon Seal leaves and phlox stems and blossoms.  I pressed them onto new teabags that I had stained with watery Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink to make them look 'used' as well as water color paper.   My sandwich was teabag, leaf or blossom, piece of watercolor paper.
This shows how wonderfully the petunia blossom pressed into the watercolor paper.  I hadn't removed one of the blossoms from the top piece yet for illustration.
For my Nature Junk Journal, I cut 3 pieces of watercolor paper each one 4 3/4" x 3" that I scored in the mittle of the long edge to create 6 pages.  I laid the pages on top of each other and bound them with a knotted piece of black twine.
I die cut all my pressed pieces with a rectangle Nestability slightly smaller than my journal pages and stamped some of them with various nature themed sentiments.

Please check out Eileen's blog every Wednesday this month where you will find lots of inspiration for using your dies in different ways for journaling!

Stamps:  Vintage Damask, Buttons Cards and More - Eileen Hull/Maker Forte, EAB16 and EAB04 Alison Bomber - PaperArtsy, Potters Bench - Stamping Bella, Stampotique, Verve Stamps.
Paper:  Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, water color paper - Canson Cold Press, DP Petite Places - PTI.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Iced Spruce, True Black - PTI, Iceberg - Altenew.
Accessories:  Gift Card Folder die, Spring Leaves Die, Thinlit Journaling Cards Flowers and Leaves - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Classic Rectangle die - Nestabilities, new teabags - gift from a friend, black cord, blue elastic ribbon - Cousin, rhinestone heart, ScorTape, felt from stash, Vagabond Machine, leaves and blooms from my garden.

Friday, September 3, 2021

September CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Plaid

 Gosh - summer is over!  We had either weeks of rain or weeks of heat waves here in MA - either way I spent a lot of time inside - but I did get a lot of crafting and reading of books done!  

So now it's time for the September CAS Christmas Challenge with Colleen as our creative hostess.  She would like us to use PLAID this month.

And here's my card:
I die cut a pair of mittens from Poppy Stamps out of a piece of buffalo plaid DP.  I lightly stenciled snow flakes with Speckled Egg Distress Ink.  I die cut the Merry Christmas out of white to help keep the CAS look and die cut the panel with Crimped Frames from The Greetery.
The mitten die has the mittens on a long string coming out on each side of the cuffs on the mittens but I cut that part off as I wanted just the mittens looped to each other.
So please join us and show us how you use plaid on your CAS Christmas card design!  You'll find lots of inspiration over at CAS Christmas from the rest of the Design Team as well as our talented Guest Designer Melanie.   

Only 4 months till Christmas!  How many cards have you made so far?  
We're trying to help you get it done!

Paper: White - PTI, DP Christmas/Noel - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.
Ink: Ranger Distress Speckled Egg
Accessories: Mitten String Die - Poppy Stamps, Special Merry Christmas Die - Memory Box, Crimped Frames die - The Greetery, Mini Snowflake Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, blender brush, foam dots.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

August Card Chain Challenge Reveal

 Today is reveal day for all the cards made and sent for the August Card Chain Challenge.  This month, I received a beautiful card from Dawn in New Zealand  and I sent this card to Helen in Ohio.

I used the suggested colors this month - Silver, Blush and Frost.

I sponged over this beautiful stencil Flower Mask from Lavinia using a blender brush with Ranger Distress Spun Sugar and Speckled Egg.   Then I stamped one of the hares from the Whimsical Hares set and a sentiment from Heartfelt Verses - both from Lavina.  I added silver Stickles inside several of the circles on the stencil.  
My card was inspired by a YouTube video by Eileen Godwin - a designer for Lavinia stamps.
If you'd like to sign up to send someone a card somewhere in the world - check out the details on how it works here!

Stamps:  Whimsical Hares, Heartfelt Verses - Lavinia Stamps
Paper:  Bristol Smooth Surface, white card base - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Spun Sugar and Speckled Egg, Obsidian - Altenew
Accessories:  Flower Mask Stencil - Lavinia, Silver Stickles, Blender Brushes.