Saturday, September 24, 2022

Golden Ornament

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We are having a taste of Fall here in central NC.
And that means that Christmas is right around the corner!

Time to "get 'em done"!


I used a retired embossing folder and die for the pine branches here, coloring both
with a sponge dauber and two shades of green ink.

My favorite ornament was die cut and a glittery snowflake popped on top
adds some sparkle to the shine.



Challenges:
CAS Christmas - Sparkle and/or Shine: I have both here.
Peace on Earth Christmas #24: Inspiration photo below

 




Card Recipe
Stamps:  
Ink:   Bundled Sage, Rustic Wilderness
Paper:   Neenah, Soft Seafoam, Gold Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Pine Bough EF (ret SU), Pretty Pines Die (ret. SU), Ornaments 2 (Elizabeth Crafts), Holiday Sentiments Glimmer Plate (Splbndr), Snowflake Die (IO)


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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Hollyhocks and Gesso

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We're using gesso at CAS Mix Up this month and this card came about
from playing with this medium.

I had seen something a few years ago about using gesso to lighten a background.
You can see that post here.

So while I had the gesso out, I thought I'd give it a try.


I went in a different direction though.  I picked out a Brusho background from my stash
that hadn't worked out and decided to see if I could make a usable background from that.

The technique calls for smooshing a background into gesso that's been spread on a
craft sheet and spritzed with water.

This is what it looked like after the first smooshing.

It was still too much for a background.

So I smooshed it again in more gesso and water and got this result.


Now here's where I went in a totally different direction.

The colors reactivated with the watery gesso and what was left on my craft mat was 
so pretty that I grabbed a piece of cardstock and smooshed it in the leftover color to mop it up. 

After that was dried (and the mess cleaned up), I used this hollyhock stamp, inked with 
Distress Ink, spritzed with water and stamped onto the background.
This technique is usually a disaster for me, but this time I had the right amount
of water.  It left some watery blobs that I sopped up with the corner of a paper towel.  
When it dried, I had just the look I wanted.

I just happen to have the die that matches the flowers so I cut one and colored
it by swiping the ink pad directly on the die cut.




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Full Bloom Hollyhocks (IO), Banner Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Aged Mahogany (DI), Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neenah Solar White, Neenah Natural
Other:  Gesso, Hollyhocks Die (IO), Linen/Canvas Coverplate (PTI)


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Monday, September 19, 2022

More Fun with Gesso

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This Christmas tree came out kind of wonky, but I like it anyway.

I used a stencil to smoosh gesso on kraft cardstock.

When the gesso was dry, I replaced the stencil and used a sponge dauber to
add some Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide ink over the gesso.

I cleaned the stencil again while the ink dried and replaced it to trace around
the edges with a Heat Active Pen and gold foil.  Obviously I didn't have the stencil
placed exactly right which caused the wonkiness.  To add some sparkle, I winked the tree.

At this point I almost tossed the whole thing.  I decided instead to sponge
some white ink around the tree and add some Chunky White embossing powder.
heating from below for snow.

An added gold mat convinced me that this was a keeper.

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up - Gesso with a Stencil 
CAS Christmas - Sparkle and/or Shine

And a twofer....


Another card using gesso through a stencil.  This time I let the gesso dry then used
Blending Brushes to add ink.  A damp paper towel removed the color from the gesso.




 






Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Noel (OOB)
Ink:   Whisper White, Rustic Wilderness (DOX), Gathered Twigs (DI)
Paper:   Crumb Cake (SU), Gold Foil (SU)
Other:  Christmas Trees Stencil (Artplorations), Gold Stencil Paste, Heat Active Pen (Crafts & Co), White EP, Chunky White Frantage (Stampendous), Wink of Stella, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Bitty Birthday Wishes (MFT)
Ink:  Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet (DI), Whisper White
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Neenah Natural, Black
Other:  Gesso, Layering Mini Stencil Set 4 (TH), Flower Stems 1 Die (TH), White EP


Enjoy!


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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Vaseline

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A few weeks ago, Christine led us in a Zoom using Vaseline
on our stamps.  Sound intriguing?

  
We smooshed some Vaseline on a mat and picked it up with a sponge to add a light coat to our stamps
or through a stencil on Yupo.  I used a stamp.

Then we dropped some 91% alcohol or Blending Solution on Yupo and dropped alcohol inks
into the alcohol.  I used my Tim Holtz puffer to move the ink around adding more ink
and puffing until I was happy with the background.

When the ink was dry, we used a soft cloth to rub over top and wipe off the Vaseline which
had acted as a resist.


I tried something different with this one and colored the resist with Copics.

Copics don't work great on Yupo and left a lot of streaks.  It worked out okay for this bird
but I don't think I'd try that again.



Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Soft Wings (PB)
Ink:   Alcohol Ink (Butterscotch, Sunset Orange, Shell Pink)
Paper:   Yupo, Gold Foil, Neenah Natural
Other: Vaseline, 91% Alcohol, TH Puffer, Thin Frames Rectangles (SSS)

 Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Perched Hummingbird (IO)
Ink:   Alcohol Ink (Shell Pink, Cloudy Blue, Lemonade)
Paper:   Yupo, Emerald Envy, Neenah Solar White
Other:  Vaseline, Copic Markers (G14, G46, E13, E23, E25, E27, R24, R37, N7), Sharpie Black Ultra Fine



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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Sparkly Poinsettia

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

There's still time to join in at CAS Mix Up.


Hilary is hosting the challenge and she's asking for us to use Gesso with a stencil
on our CAS cards.


I used a Time Holtz stencil and applied Gesso through it onto a piece of
heavy black cardstock.

It's best to use a light hand with the Gesso and build it up slowly.
Unfortunately I didn't realize that at the time and had some oozing under
the stencil that made for a messy look.

While doing this during a Zoom session, Christine suggested using a
black marker to "clean it up".  It worked really well!
Thanks Christine.

I decided to leave this white instead of coloring over the Gesso and went
for sparkle instead.

I replaced the stencil and sponged some glue over the petals, removed the stencil,
 then sprinkled some white glitter over top.  I replaced the stencil and daubed some glue
over the center, removed the stencil and sprinkled gold glitter.

The sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed.

I'm still finding glitter in the studio!

Check out what the rest of the Design team has done and
I hope you'll join us at CAS Mix Up.

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up - Stencil using Gesso
CAS Christmas - Sparkle and/or Shine
Flower Challenge - Add Sparkle (Flower must be main image)
NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff (Stencil)

 
 


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Scribbly Christmas (TH)
Ink:   Whisper White
Paper:   Black Licorice (MFT)
Other:  Gesso, Glitter


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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Double Stamped Vellum for Christmas

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More with the Double Stamped Vellum.


I added a little embossing in the corner and a shiny foil sentiment.


This one took a bit of a different turn.  I had a piece that had been watercolored (poorly
watercolored), and I had tried to smoosh it in some gesso to tone it down.
Well, that didn't really help.  But placing it behind the double stamped vellum gave
another dimension and a good place to use this mishap.

Challenges:
Jingle Belles - Embossing
Peace on Earth #23 - ATG Christmas 

 



Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Pine Bough Stamp (Indinkado)
Ink:   Whisper White, Gumball Green
Paper:   Vellum, Neenah Solar White, Green Foil
Other:   White EP, Mini Slimline Double Stitched Die (Kat Scrap), Special Merry Christmas Die (MB), Pine Bough EF (ret SU)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Pine Bough (Inkado), Brilliance (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White, Gumball Green
Paper:   Vellum, Neenah Solar White, Green Foil
Other:  White EP, Stitched Rectangle Dies (SSS), Special Merry Christmas (MB)


Enjoy!


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Monday, September 12, 2022

Playdate with Michele

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Last week I Facetimed with my friend Michele.
It was so much fun to chat and create with a friend!


Since we both have this Songbird Hot Foil Plate, Stencils & Dies, we decided
we would spend our playtime with them.

We had done the foiling ahead of time and pulled out the stencils and inks.

I've got to say that it's the first time I was really happy with using the layered stencils!

When they were all colored, we die cut and arranged them on card fronts.

I embossed my background with the Pinkfresh Slim Stripes Dies because
they're asking for stripes or gradients in the background.  I also tried to use the colors 
they were asking for as close as I could get them.

I think this is the first time I've crafted with a friend and actually completed a card!

Michele you are such a good influence and so much fun to chat and craft with! 
I can't wait for you to see what she did with her birds. 

I used the colors and stripes for the Pinkfresh Studio September Challenge.




Card Recipe
Stamps:  
Ink:   Mowed Lawn, Saltwater Taffy, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Worn Lipstick
Paper:   Neenah Solar White
Other:  Songbirds on Branches Hot Foil Plate &  Die (PFS), Glimmer System (Splbndr), Gold Foil, Slim Stripes Dies (PFS), Sentiment Strips Hot Foil Plate (Splbndr) 


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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Luna Moth Birthday

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When we were moving into our house, we had a special visitor one evening.
Hubby came called me outside to see this...


It was huge for a moth and oh so beautiful! 

I took it as a good omen of happiness in this house and never forgot the
beauty of it.

Of course I kept on the lookout for a stamp of a Luna Moth and
finally found one at Gina Kay Designs and it was on sale.
Another stroke of good luck.

I stamped on mixed media paper and heat embossed, then colored with
Distress markers and ink.  I took a little creative license using navy along the
edges rather than purple because Color Hues is celebrating their 2nd birthday
and asking for Navy & Lime Green.

Happy Birthday Color Hues!

His body has some white metallic watercolor over the blue so it has a
lovely shimmer.

Challenges:
Can you Handle the Pressure - ATG with Embossing Folder
Color Hues - Navy & Lime Green
Seize the Birthday #246 - Collaboration with Color Hues

 
 



Card Recipe
Stamps:  New Beginnings (GKD), Scripty Sayings (GKD)
Ink:   Whisper White, Twisted Citrus, Chipped Sapphire (DM & DI), Blueberry Bushel    
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neenah, Solar White, Blueberry Bushel, 
Other:  White EP, New Beginnings Die (GKD), Caran d'ache Supracolor Pencil (Ultramarine), Timeworn Type EF (SU), Altenew Metallic Watercolor


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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Autumn Framed

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I'm excited and honored to be Guest Designing today at the
Tic Tac Toe Challenge.


Here's the Tic Tac Toe Board

Using the far right row: Sentiment, Fall Colors, Black.

It was fun smooshing this die cut frame in re-inkers that had been spritzed with water
and getting my fingers really inky!

Isn't this sentiment so true?

I hope you'll come join in at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week.





Card Recipe
Stamps:  Autumn Mosaic (IO)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathnore), Black Licorice (MFT)
Other:  Leaf Frame Die (Alt), Re-inkers (Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry)


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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Two More Double Stamped Vellum

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I told you I became addicted to this technique.  Now I'm trying to get all those
pieces onto cards instead of my UFO box.


First up using Penny Black's Social Butterfly.

I stamped on the front of vellum and heat embossed with white powder.
Then I stamped on the backside of the vellum with Bermuda Bay ink.


This time I used an old Concord & 9th Lace Leaf stamp and die.
(Sadly it looks like it's been retired.)

When I opened the stamp case the gold embossed leaf was in there too.
A pleasant surprise!  I almost threw this one out.  Now I'm glad I didn't.

Have you tried this technique yet?


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Social Butterfly (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Vellum, Neenah Solar White, Bermuda Bay
Other:  White EP, Elegant Rectangle STAX (MFT), Sentiments Glimmer Plate (Splbndr), Gold Foil, Subtle EF

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Lace Leaf (C9), Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive
Paper:   Vellum, Neenah Solar White
Other:  White EP, Gold EP, Mini Slimline Double Stitched Dies (Kat Scrap), Grateful Leaf Did (C9)


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Monday, September 5, 2022

Double Stamped Vellum

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As I said before, this technique can be habit forming.

This time I used Fall colors and a great detailed die cut that matches pretty well.

I've stamped and heat embossed on one side of vellum and stamped with the
same stamp in a colored ink on the back of the vellum.


I added some copper to this one.

I'm ready for Fall.

Challenges:
Four Seasons - Anything Fall  Goes



Card Recipe  (card 1)
Stamps:  Rose Leaves (IO), Good Greetings (ret SU)
Ink:   Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Versafine Vintage Sepia
Paper:   Vellum, Neenah Solar White, Watercolor (TH)
Other:  White EP, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Stitched Laurel Leaves (SSS), Subtle EF (ret SU)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Rose Leaves (IO)
Ink:   Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Paper:   Vellum, Neenah Solar White, Copper Foil
Other:  Mini Slimline Double Stitched Dies (Kat Scrap), Stitched Laurel Leaves (SSS), Happy Birthday Die (SSS)


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