Wednesday, August 10, 2022

At the Shore

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!


I used a smooshed mop up background from my stash to place behind the die cut circle
and a white gel pen to make the white dots.
 
So sorry to keep using retired products.  I do wish these companies wouldn't discontinue items so fast! 

Challenges: 
Double D - Lighthouse (Welcome back to the Design Team, Leslie.)
Krafty Chicks #623 - Stamping (Lighthouse and birds are stamped)  

Continuing down the shore...


A sweet friend sent me this 3D wave embossing folder that I used on a piece
of Inka Gold Smoosh in my stash.

The fish are from a new die and are cut from a piece of watercolor background
colored in yellows.  There wasn't much of it left so I ended up with more
of the dark yellow than the light.  Hopefully there's enough yellow for
the Memory Box Challenge.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Challenges:
Four Seasons - Summer
NBUS #41 - Never Before Used Schtuff (Fish Die)


 

  




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sailing Home (ret SU), Fun Birthday Sentiments (oob HLS)
Ink:   Night of Navy
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Night of Navy
Other: Stitched Circle Die (LI oob), Thin Frames Circles (SSS), Smooth Sailing Dies (ret SU), Subtle EF (ret SU), White Gelly Roll Pen

 Card Recipe
Stamps:  
Ink:   
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Watercolor
Other:  Waves 3D EF (MB), School of Fish Die (MB), Inka Gold Smoosh, Yellow Watercolor Smoosh, Clear Drops


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Monday, August 8, 2022

Blue and Purple

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I have a couple of cards to share today using some Deep Red stamps.
 

First up is a dragonfly stamped onto patterned paper and cut out.

The paper gave him wings of blue and purple but I added a bit of colored pencils
to his wings to intensify the colors.  I colored the flowers with the same pencils.

To add thickness and shine, I smacked him into a VersaMark pad and used
clear embossing to give him some shine.

Color hues is honoring the memory of a Design Team member who
recently passed away from cancer.  These were her favorite colors and she loved
gardening, flowers and CAS cards.

a twofer.....


This card was stamped with the Butterfly Flourish stamp in black and
clear embossed.  I used blending brushes to add color randomly around the piece.

Such a simple technique that we're using at CAS Mix Up this month.

Another simple technique to add contrast to the edges of the design piece is
to lay the piece on scrap paper and run a Black Sharpie along the edges.

Challenges:
Color Hues #46 - Blue & Purple
CAS Mix Up - Emboss Resist
NBUS #41 - Never Before Used Schtuff (Dragonfly stamp first outing)


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Dragonfly Quatrefoil (Deep Red), Sentiment Strips (Alt.)
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Patterned Paper (Ink Drops Vivid-Craft Consortium)
Other:  Rectangle Dies (Waffle Flower), Tasteful Texture EF (SU), Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencils ( 155 Blue Jeans, 111 Mauve, 110 Lilac), Clear EP

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Butterfly Flourish (Deep Red), Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Wilted Violet, Speckled Egg (DI)
Paper:   Neenah Solar White
Other:  Clear EP, White Gelly Roll pen, Blending Brushes, Black Sharpie, Foam Sheet, Tasteful Textile EF (SU)


Enjoy!


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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Going in Circles

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For my card, I used an alcohol ink lift background and added 
stenciling in a similar color along one side and the opposite corner.

I've stamped a simple image to my background and added some glitter to the flower.

The card base is embossed with the Subtle Texture Embossing Folder. 
The photo doesn't seem to pick that up.

A twofer....


This time I did some light handed stenciling and finished the card with some die cuts
from my stash and a little stamped hello. 

Challenges:



Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Beautiful You (Dee's Art Impression/Stamploration), Tiny Sayings (Ali)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Faded Jeans (DI)
Paper:   Yupo, lifted onto Neenah Solar White
Other:  Ranger Alcohol Inks (Stonewashed, Caramel), Alcohol Lift re-inker, Stencil (TH MM124)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Bouquet of Thanks (SSS)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Marina Mist, Tattered Rose
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Black, Gold Foil
Other:  Mixed Media Stencil #124 (TH), Wildflowers Die (TH), Circle Die (?)


Enjoy!


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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Checks and Christmas Trees

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When I turned the page of my calendar to August, I realized that I really need
to up my Christmas card stash.  This year is going by so fast that I'm 
afraid I'll wake up tomorrow and it will be time to send them!

I pulled out a NBUS die from Stamplorations and some
Christmas papers and here are a couple of outcomes.


When I saw the mood board at the Peace on Earth #20 Challenge, I remembered
this black and white checked paper in my stash.

Here's the board.  My inspiration is pretty easy to spot.


I also cut the tree from black foam so the tree has lots of dimension.

The stars and were punched from some Christmas plaid and I used a piece of
the plaid to mat the embossed snowflakes background.

The bling was added with the aid of some stickers.

And a Twofer....


This time I die cut the tree from some green plaid paper, and twice from 
green cardstock to give it body. I decorated it with gold stickers and 
added it to a new (NBUS), pin point snowflake background.

The gingham paper was in the same paper pack that the plaid was in.
(Sorry, those papers are so mixed up that I have no idea who made the paper.)

I pulled out a Glimmered Christmas sentiment to finish it off. 
(I like to keep a stash of these sentiments on hand.)

I did more with this tree, but I'll wait to post them later.

Or maybe you'll get one in the mail.

Challenges:
ABC Christmas - N is for New-O is for Old (Snowflake plate in new)
Peace on Earth #20 - ATG/Mood Board Inspiration
Krafty Chicks - Any Occasion (Christmas)
NBUS #41 - Never Before Used Schtuff (Tree Die & Snowflake plate)

  
 


Card Recipe
Stamps: Scribbly Christmas (TH) 
Ink:   Garden Green
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Patterned Paper
Other:  Christmas Icons-Christmas Tree #1 die (Stamplorations), Frosty Border EF (Darice), Star Punches, Star of Wonder Die (MB), Pinpoint Snowflake Plate (MB), Holiday Sentiments Glimmer Plate (Splbndrs), Gold Stickers (stash)


Enjoy!


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Monday, August 1, 2022

Faux Batik Butterflies for CAS Mix Up

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It's time for a new challenge at CAS Mix Up.

Using Emboss Resist Technique, Stamping, Heat Embossing, Brushos, Sponging and Dry Embossing.

My sweet friend Nancy is hosting this month and she's asking for...


She's added some tutorials on the challenge site if you're not sure
of the technique.

I pulled this piece from my UFO box that had some butterflies embossed
on a Brusho background.  I wasn't happy with the results but didn't hate it enough
to throw it away.  

After watching this video of the Faux Batik technique, I saw a way to save
this piece.

I folded it in several places, scoring as I went along.  Then I flattened it out
and smoothed the folds before adding lots of ink with a blending brush.
When I wiped the excess ink off the butterflies, I was pleasantly surprised!
Another UFO found a home.

Our fabulously talented Design Team has lots of inspiration to share
with you at the CAS Mix Up challenge site.  We are joined this month by
my dear friend Brenda (Inkspired to Stamp) as our Guest Designer.

I hope to see you in the gallery at CAS Mix Up.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Social Butterfly (PB), Thinking of You (Alt.)
Ink:   Whisper White, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Villainous Potion (DI)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neenah, Black 
Other:  White EP, Brushos, Mini Slimline Double Stitched Dies (Kat Scrap), Subtle EF (SU)


Enjoy!


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