Saturday, December 30, 2023

Inkspirational Challenge #306 - Moodboard

 Here is my DT card for the newest Inkspirational Challenge #306 - it's a Moodboard full of Gold, Black and White inspiraiton!  

I decided to make an Anniversary card using the Gold, Black and White colors.

I remembered I had purchased this lovely shaker wine glass die set when it was on sale over at My Favorite Things several months ago.  
And, of course, it languished, unused,  in a drawer in my craft room.  I was happy to get it out and finally use it!
I added a strip of the DP on the inside of my card to continue the festive feel.
So we hope you'll have a little time after the rush of the holidays to create your own card using the Moodboard! 

You'll find inspiration from the rest of the team as well as Mr. Linky to post your creation over at the Inkspirational Blog
You have up to Jan 12th to link up!

I'm also linking my card to:

First time using the Shaker Wine Glass die

ends 1/14/24 
Something old or Something New (my glass die is new)

Ends 1/3 
All Occasions

Stamp: inside -  I did I do I will - Unity stamps
Paper: Modern Metallics - 12 x12 Paperpad - DCWV, Metallic Gold - Tim Holtz/Ranger, clear acetate - PTI.
Accessories: Wine Glass Shaker Die, Wine Glass Shaker Cups - My Favorite Thing, Preprinted Sentiment, Double Sided Foam sheet, Tuxedo Hearts - Honey Bee, Just Married Mix - Buttons Galore and More.

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Group of Seven Cardmakers - Torn Edge Design Element

 This month the Group of Seven Cardmakers are playing with the Design Element of torn edges.

Here is the my card.

To create this background I followed  2) Gina K's Video linked below on torn stenciling.
I  tore one edge off of two strips of card stock.

I taped the torn edge pieces along the top and bottom of my white panel to mask off a small portion (if you know you are putting your sentiment in the white space on top or bottom, be sure to leave enough room for it.)

I laid my stencil (Pebble/Lavinia) over the open space in the middle.

I used a blender brush to blend a light blue ink (Sea Glass/Altenew) over the stencil, then I blended a little bit of darker blue (Dusk/Altenew) over some of the stencil to add a little depth.

I removed the stencil and  blended a little more of the darker blue along the torn edges of the masks.

I removed the torn strip masks and brushed very lightly over the white at top and bottom with the light blue ink just to soften the white and to give a grounding for my fairy (or you can leave it  white)

I stamped my images  (Lavinia) using Nocturne Versafine Clair Ink.

I colored a few areas on Fairy Starr with a yellow Copic and added a printed sentiment along the top.

Here are links to 3 different torn edge design elements if you'd like to try some out yourself!

1)  Turn ripped card stock into beautiful cards by Simon Hurley (14:35)
2)  Torn Stenciling Technique by Gina K (5:11)
3)  Ripped Paper Technique by Natasha Foote (12:24)

You will also find many lovely examples of various torn edge designs from the rest of the GO7 over at the Group of Seven Cardmakers blog -  so please check them out -  and if you try it yourself , please link up your card over there so we can all see!

I'm linking my card to:
1st time using all of these Lavina Stamps

Stamps:  Starr, Foliage Set, Forest Hares, The Wallace Family Hedgehogs - Lavina.
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Nocturne - Versarind Clair, Sea Glass and Dusk - Altenew.
Accessories:  Pebble Stencil - Altenew, Y02 Copic, blender brushes, printed sentiment.

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Inkspirational Challenge #305 - Celebrate: Nativity

 Inkspirational Challenge #305 has just posted! 

and here is the DT card I made for the challenge.  I am celebrating the birth of Jesus with my card.

I bought this beautiful Nativity Triptych from Tutti Designs at least two seasons ago and this is the first time I pulled it out to use it. I love this beautiful scene!

I die cut the triptych out of metallic gold and then cut out a panel of black with it. I inserted the gold die cut into opening in the black panel.

I created my background using the Smooshing with Cling Wrap technique.
I recently did a post with The Group of Seven Cardmakers on this technique. Click here if you are interested in seeing my blog post on the technique.

So how do you interpret Celebrate?
We hope you will link up your card so we can see it over at Inkspirational!
You have until 12/29!

linking my card to:
First time using the Nativity Triptych die.

ends 1/7/24

last minute Christmas Cards
ends 12/23



Stamps: Simple Strips: Christmas - Taylored Expressions.
Ink: Nocturne- Versafine Clair, Ranger Distress Festive Berries, Rusty Hinge.
Paper: Bristol Smooth Mixed Media Paper, True Black - PTI, Metallic Gold - Parklane (JoAnn).
Accessories: Nativity Triptych Die - Tutti Designs, Cling (Saran) Wrap, water mister, craft mat, foam dots.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Inkspirational #304 - A Glittery Unicorn for Evelyn

 Here's my DT card for the newest Inkspirational Challenge #304 just posted.  Pia is the Designer to choose the challenge this time - and she wants us to Add Glitter!

A friend asked me to make a card for her 2 year old granddaughter - and I thought what would be better than a shaker Unicorn with glitter cardstock?!

I used this fun Potbellies Unicorn die from Papertrey Ink.
  (unfortunately no longer available - I also have the Penguin, Santa and Reindeer Potbellies!). 
I personalized it with her name and age, and die cut the wings, snout, hair, horn and flowers out of glitter paper.  I added a mix of colorful gems/sequins in the shaker piece.

I die cut another base piece and adhered it to the front so it stands up.

So how will you use glitter on a card?  
We hope you will join us over at Inkspirational and link up your card.
You'll find lots of inspiration from the rest of the DT as well as Mr. Linky at the Inkspirational Blog!

I'm linking my card to:
Anything Goes

at least 3 different elements
Die cuts, shaped card, sequins, shaker, glitter paper, a number

Stamps:  Potbellies Everyday Sentiments - Papertrey Ink.
Ink:  Nocturne - Versafine Clair
Paper:  Hammered White card - Amazon, white - Papertrey Ink, glitter cardstock - Recollections/Michaels.
Accessories:  Extra large clear bubbles, Potbellies Unicorn Die - PTI no longer available, Alphanumeric Tiny Type Upper dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Mermaid Gems - Buttons Galore.

November 2023 Card Chain Challenge Reveal

 Today is the day that we see all the cards exchanged for November in the Card Chain Challenge!  This month I sent a card to Ellie in IL and I received a card from Joanne in CT.  

Here's the card I made.  I just LOVE this apple pie that I made using To Pie for Die from The Greetery!  I think it looks SO realistic and all I did was sponge the layers with Distress Inks!  The coaster die under the pie is also from The Greetery.

This month I followed the sketch, the colors (sort of) and the theme of friendship.

I adhered a die cut easel on the back of my card panel so it can be stood up for display if so desired.

Check out the Card Chain Challenge blog to see all the cards sent and received and to see how you can join in, any month, to send a card and receive a card from anywhere in the world!
You have until Dec 6 to sign up for the December exchange.

Stamps:  Leading Ladies: Baker Lady - Ellen Hutson
Paper:  Watercolor - Canson Cold Press, DP - Quality Time - Parklane/JoAnn.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Tea Dye and Vintage Photo, Nocturne - Versafine Clair.
Accessories:  To Pie for Die, Coaster Die - The Greetery, Small Easel Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix (retired?), enamel dot - Altenew, foam dots.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Nov 2023 Group of Seven Cardmakers Technique - Smooshing with Cling Wrap

 The November Group Of Seven Cardmakers post is up today.  This month we are Smooshing with Cling Wrap.    There are full instructions and links to videos over at the blog.

Here are 3 of the cards I've created so far!   

I made many panels using the technique using different colors as you'll see below.  Now I have lots of backgrounds to create with!

Inks Used on All Is Calm
Ranger Distress Uncharted Mariner, Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs

Ink Used on Baby It's Cold Outside
Gray Brushos
I put the white die cut panel up on foam strips over the gray panel to give depth

Inks Used on Peace on Earth
Ranger Distress Festive Berries and Pine Needles

I'm linking this card to:
I have trees, sky and snow - but my sky is red!

Here are the steps I used to create all of the panels.  
These particular colors were used on the background on the Peace on Earth card above.

1. I rubbed Ranger distress inks Festive Berries and Pine Needles onto my craft mat and spritzed with water
2.  Then I rubbed a panel of Bristol Smooth Mixed Media Paper over the inks - smooshing and pressing the panel, checking to see I got full coverage and stopping before it mixed too much
3.. I place a 'larger than the card panel'  piece of Cling Wrap over the panel .
4.  Then I wrinkled up the cling wrap over the panel with my fingers.
5.   If the panel warped a bit, I put a cutting pad over the cling wrap covered card and let it sit for about an hour. Then I removed the cutting pad and the cling wrap and let the panel dry over night before creating with it.

Here are all the panels I made using Distress Inks.
This shows how, even when you use the same inks, you get different results.

Left column - Festive Berries and Rusty Hinge
Center column - Uncharted Mariner, Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs
Right column - Festive Berries, Pine Needles.
I wanted to try Brushos to see what happened with them using this technique.  
Below, I used Sand Stone and Turquoise on left, Sand Stone and Gray in center, and Gray alone on the right. 
I found the Brushos didn't melt with the spritzed water as well as Distress Inks and the colors I used didn't end up as bright. 

I made the Baby It's Cold Outside card with the panel created with Gray Brushos.

We hope you will check out all of the inspiration from the Group of Seven using this technique - and that you will try it out yourself and link up your creations so we can see them!   

Check it all out at the Group of Seven Cardmakers blog!

All is Calm
Stamps:  Cabin with Fence - Stampscapes, All Is Calm from Great Outdoors - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.
Paper - Bristol Smooth Mixed Media, Brushed Gold - SU, Metallic Gold - Parklane (JoAnn)
Ink:  Ranger Distress Peeled Paint, Uncharted Mariner, Gathered Twigs,  Nocturne - Versafine Clair.
Accessories:  Craft Mat, Water Mister, Cling Wrap, Snowy Stars Thinlit Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix

Baby It's Cold Outside
Paper:  Bristol Smooth Mixed Media, White Hammered Paper - Amazon.
Ink:  Gray Brushos
Accessories:  Craft Mat, Water Mister, Cling Wrap, Lamplight Tree Collage die - Memory Box, foam strips, yellow Copic, Black and White POSCA pens, Quote Chips: Christmas - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.

Peace on Earth
Stamps:  Peace on Earth from Great Outdoors set, trees and cloud stamps from Stamptember 2021 set - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.
Paper: Bristol Smooth Mixed Media, White - PTI.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Festive Berries and Pine Needles.
Accessories:  Craft Mat, Water Mister, Cling Wrap, White POSCA Pen, Nested Rectangle with Square Holes Die - Rubbernecker.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Inkspirational #303 - Seasonal/Thanksgiving/Fall

This is my DT card for Inkspirational #303 Challenge - Seasonal.  Here in the States we will be celebrating Thanksgiving on 11/23 and it is also the Fall season here, and I needed a few cards to send.

I used 4 die sets from the Greetery to create my card -  Herringbone Parquet, Botanicuts: Toadstools, Botanicuts Wheat, Fit to be Tied and A2 Arches.  I sponged the mushrooms, wheat stalks and ribbon with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then assembled them.

Please join us and show us what Seasonal inspires you to create!
You have until 12/1 to link up your card.

You'll find lots of inspiration from the rest of our talented team as well as Mr. Linky at Inkspirational!

And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US!

Also linking my card to:
Stripes and/or Dots 

Any Holiday


Stamps:  Thanksgiving Message wooden stamp - Hero arts.
Paper:  Honey Nut, Dark Chocolate, White - Papertrey Ink, DP Simple Things Paper Pad - Park Lane (JoAnn).
Ink:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Espresso - Altenew
Accessories:  Herringbone Parquet Die, Botanicuts: Toadstools die, Botanicuts: Wheat Die, Fit to Be Tied Die. A2 Arches Dies - The Greetery, gems - Park Lane (JoAnn)

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Aging Pumpkins

 I found a really fun technique over at Splitcoaststampers - Aging Textured Die cuts.  here's the link to the YouTube video by Lydia.    Basically you smoosh your textured die cuts into several DOX inks and then sponge over them with Distress Vintage Photo.

 I die cut the pumpkins from the Autumn Harvest Die set by The Greetery.  I rubbed Dox inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Crushed Pistachio and Salt Water Taffy onto my glass board, spritzed each color with water and pounced into each color with my die cut pumpkins until I liked the mix. I dried the pumpkins and then rubbed over them with my finger with Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink which also highlights the texture lines.

I wanted to age the wagon as well as the pumpkins - so I die cut the wagon from Rubbernecker out of Hammered White card and rubbed over the pieces with with Ranger Distress Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo ink pad before putting the pieces together.

I adhered the wagon with the pumpkins as well as a tree sticker and leaves from Jolee onto a piece of patterned paper from Rubbernecker with this lovely fall field scene.  I stamped the sentiment and splattered over the panel with my black POSCA pen.  Inside a stamped Happy Thanksgiving.

I'm linking my card to:

Just Us Girls


First time using the wagon die.

Stamps: Autumn Bounty - Sweet N Sassy (retired set)
Paper: Hammered White - Amazon, White - PTI, DP Festival of Colors paper pad - RubberneckerInk: Ranger DOX Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Crushed Pistachio and Salt Water Taffy, Ranger Distress Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo, Nocturne Versafine Claire
Accessories: Autumn Harvest dies - The Greetery, Wagon - Rubbernecker, Tree and Leaf stickers - Jolee, Black POSCA Pen, foam dots, Enamel dots - Altenew,