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

ends 3/26

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

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Dennis: Poker Player and more!

 A friend asked me to make a birthday card for her brother-in-law who is a new grandpa and loves to play poker.   So this is what I came up with!   

I do NOT play poker - so I googled what are winning hands in the game.  My card shows a winning Straight Flush - 5 cards in a row of the same suit.  The cards were cut from a piece of DP from Stamperia Alice.  The backgrounds are from the same DP.
I stamped a simple birthday sentiment inside.

I'm linking my card to:

Cardz 4 Guyz  ends 3/18
#342 Namesake - use a letter in your design

Stamps: Men of Life - PTI (retired), Compact Family - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper: White, True Black - PTI, DP Alice - Stamperia.
Ink: Nocturne - Versafine Clair
Accessories: Alphanumeric Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, 01 Black Micron Pen.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Colby's First Easter

 A friend asked me to make a personalized card for her to send to her newest grandson, Colby, for his first Easter.

Here is the card I created - it's a small 3 1/4" square card.

The bunny is from Colorado Crafts and he's actually holding a snowball, so I added a sweet chick puffy sticker to cover it.  I also added a puffy mushroom and heart sticker.  I softly colored the image with COPICs.

Here's what I stamped on the inside along with another puffy chick sticker.

I'm linking my card to:  
First Signs of Spring  ends 3/17

Stamps: Snow Happy - Colorado Craft, Bitty Baby Blessings - PTI (retired), Easter from Pumpkin Kit - SU.
Paper: Water color - Cold Press Canson, Robins Egg - Bazzill, New Leaf - PTI, DP scrap green check from stash.
Accessories: Noted Scalloped Squares die - PTI (retired), Alphanumeric Tiny Type Upper - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Puffy Stickers - Nekoni, Copics: W2, B00, YG03, R20, Square Lattice Embossing Folder - Stampin Up.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Inkspirational #311 Mickey Balloon

Inkspirational Challenge #311 has posted today over at the blog.  
The challenge is Clean and Simple (CAS) 
optional: feature a balloon

Since I recently purchased this fun Mickey die set  from Kat Scrappiness, I opted to feature a balloon!  I kept it CAS by embossing a white background behind the die cuts that are up on foam dots.  Lots of open white space!

So we hope you will join us for this challenge and link up your CAS design over at Inkspirational where you can also check out all the wonderful CAS designs from the rest of the DT!

Challenge ends on 3/22!

Also linking my card to:

Die Cut Divas

Anything Goes ends 3/31

Tic Tac Toe

CAS Free Favorite Color (red) ends 3/13

Stamps:  Happy Everything - Honey Bee Stamps
Ink:  Nocturne - Versafine Clair
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, True black - Papertrey Ink.
Accessories: Mickey Balloon Dies - Kat Scrappiness, Beaded Garland Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz/Sizzix (an older one, not the new 3D one), foam dots

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Lucky St. Pat's

I saw a card using these dies on a Tim Holtz Addicts FB page and since I had the dies - I decided to CASE it!  Colors and design slightly changed.

I don't send a lot of St. Patrick's Day cards but I always like to have a few on hand.

I'm linking my card to:

Inspired by Challenge

Luck   ends 3/13

Just Us Girls

Two greens and gold  ends 3/12


first time using the hat and jacket top dies

Stamps: Celtic Heritage - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper: Pine Feather - PTI, water color paper - Canson Cold Press, Glitter Green and Glitter Gold - Michaels, DP Kraft Plaid - Coredinations American Crafts.
Ink: Nocturne - Versafine Clair.
Accessories: Tailored Things Dies, Bold Text #2 Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, foam dots.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Woodblock Dandelion Sympathy

 I'm finally remembering to join in with Amy's Woodblock Wednesday Challenge today. Heaven knows I have LOTS of older and some new woodblock stamps!

Both of the stamps I used on this card are wood block as shown below -  the Dandelion stamp is newer, purchased at Michaels and the sentiment is very old from Simply Stamped. I stamped both stamps and then partially stenciled around the image.
I drew the frame lines with a Gold Sharpie and a ruler, tied the twine around the panel before adhering it to the card base and added 3 enamel dots.
I got this posted just in time - as this challenge end's on 3/4!

Stamps: Wooden stamps: Dandelion - Recollections, with Deepest Sympathy - Simply Stamped
Paper: Vintage Cream - PTI
Ink: Nocturne - Versafine Clair, Lavender Fields - Altenew
Accessories: Bubble Wrap Stencil - Altenew, purple twine, metallic gold Sharpie, ruler, enamel dots

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Feb 2024 Card Chain Challenge Reveal

 It's time for the Feb 2024 Card Chain Challenge Reveal!   For February, I sent a card to Viv in the UK and I received a card from Hilary in the UK!

This is a fun world wide card exchange challenge, where each month you can sign up to send a card and receive a card.   We are given options to use on our card design each month -  we only have to use one of the options but can use as many as we want.

This month, I used several:  the colors, the sketch, theme options of Balloons and Friendship and Product option of Twine!  

And here is my card:

The parakeet is a multi stamp/and die from Papertrey Ink both called Feathered Friends Mini 5.  They are older sets but still available (and on sale!).  The paper is from Petite Places Patterned Paper Pad (no longer available).

I die cut the Woodland Branch from Memory Box out of brown card and adhered it across the landscape.

I popped up the bird over the branch on foam dots.

I die cut the balloon, sponged it with ink, tied the twine around it and popped it up in the sky with foam dots.  I looped the twine under the birds feet so the balloon won't fly away!

I stamped the sentiment from the bird set in the corner and added 3 enamel dots in the colors along the roll of the hillside.

I sponged around the edge of the panel with Gold Pigment ink to add definition.

As I have been doing with many of my Card Chain Challenge cards lately, I adhered the panel to a mini easel so it stands up rather than having it on a folded card.

A couple of side notes:  

We feed the wild birds in our backyard year round - and one day, several years ago,  I looked out and saw the bright colors of a  parakeet, like this one, on one of our feeders. I knew it must have escaped from someone's home and his wings were probably clipped so he wouldn't be able to fly very well - but I was unable to catch him.  I felt badly for the family that would be missing him. 

I originally bought the stamps and die because my niece and her family bought a parakeet (because their daughter is allergic to dogs).  I made them a welcome Rocky card and haven't used the bird again until I made this card!  And since I had all the colors and stamps out to make the bird- I made 4 cards this time for my stash!

So please check out all the cards exchanged in February - and sign up to participate in March!  You'll find all the details over at the Card Chain Challenge!.

Also linking my card to:

Double D Challenges - Patterned Paper

ends 3/3

Die Cut Divas: Anything Goes Ends 3/31

Krafty Chicks - Anything Goes  ends 3/6

Stamps:  Feathered Friends Mini 5 - Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  white, Dark Chocolate, DP Petite Places Patterned Paper - Papertrey Ink.
Ink:  Nocturne - Versafine Clair, Teal Cove, Lime, Fresh Lemon, Cloudy Sky, Marigold, Chamomile - Altenew, Gold Pigment Ink - Color Box.
Accessories:  Feather Friends Mini 5 die, Birthday Balloon Die - Papertrey Ink, Woodland Branch die - Memory Box, Small Easel Bigz Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, yellow twine, foam dots, Enamel Dots - Altenew.