Monday, February 11, 2019

Love You Mower!, Art Impressions

Hi friends!  It's Monday and that means I'm over on the blog at Art Impressions today.

The set I've used for my two cards is called Born to Ride.  It actually has two other images included that I featured in my card on THIS post.

Both cards are very similar in design, however, the second one has a few more details.  Both were super easy to make too!  I used alcohol markers on both (listed below) to color the images, including the grass.  For this first card I stamped a mask to use a cloud stencil with Distress Oxide ink.

For the second card I paper pieced his shirt from some plaid paper.  I used a light gray marker to add shadows for a bit of dimension.  I die cut a sun and some clouds, popping up a few of the clouds with foam dots.

For me, masculine cards can be a struggle.  This stamp set makes it so easy to make a card for that special guy.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a great crafty week.

Copics (**=Spectrum Noir markers)
Cap, shoes: B34, B97
Shirt: Y15, (**CT1, 2, 4)
Shorts: W3, W5, W7, (**AG1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Tractor:  YG06, YG17, YG67, R39, 29, 27, 17
Seat, gloves:  E25, E47, E15, E33, E53
Tires:  N5, N9
Wheels: N2, N4, N5, N9
Metal parts: N2, N4, N5
Skin: E30, E53, E02
Grass:  YG03, YG06, YG09, G05

Art Impressions Born to Ride
Neenah Desert Storm #80 card stock
W Plus 9 Sending Sunshine

Friday, February 8, 2019

AECP, For The Guys

Woohoo!  This is my final card in the Level 1 classes in the Altenew Educator Certification Program.  This class is called For The Guys and can be found in the Altenew Academy.

So, this was quite the challenge for me for two reasons.  First, most of my Altenew stash is flowers, well because I love flowers, and Altenew's are beautiful!  I just don't think a card with flowers is very masculine!  Haha!  Second, my main takeaway from the lessons of this class is that masculine cards are generally CAS and non-fussy.  Well, if you follow my card making at all, you will know that I rarely make a card with those features!!

So, after going through my Altenew stash, I settled on this oh, so cool Cube Builder stencil.  I've only used it a couple of times and thought this just might work!

I taped the stencil over my 80# Neenah Solar White card stock and used a Ranger Distress Blending Brush to add the ink.  The back of the packaging shows you how to use this stencil.  It's very easy and you just ink the first color, lift up the stencil (clean off the ink!) and flip it over, then ink the second color.  Done!


The most fun part is lifting up the stencil after inking the second time!  Magic!!

For the sentiment I used Altenew's Happy Die.  I cut it once in 110# Neenah Solar White.  Instead of searching my card stock stash to find a color to match, I swiped the Lagoon ink pad directly onto a scrap piece of card.  Once that ink was dry, I die cut the Happy again.  I glued the Lagoon colored die offset to the back of the white one.  I also stamped the word 'birthday' from the Birthday Builder stamp set in the Lagoon ink and cut it into a banner shape.

I'm very pleased with how this came out.  I've learned that a card doesn't need to be fussy or sparkly to be quite pretty!

Carol :)

Altenew inks:  Mountain Mist, Lagoon

Monday, February 4, 2019

Floral Birdhouse PopCard, Art Impressions

Hello!  I hope your Monday is off to a good start.  I'm over at Art Impressions' blog today featuring this sweet Floral Birdhouse PopCard.

Everything pops up when the card is opened!  Even the bird's wing.  So sweet!

I have many more details and photos on Ai's blog.   I'd love for you to pop over and leave me a comment!  Thank you for stopping by here too!

Copic markers:
Birds:  B02, B04, B16, E000, E30, R11, Y08, E35
Roses:  RV14, RV21, RV23
Leaves:  YG03, YG25, YG67
Birdhouse:  R13, E99, RV13, RV14, RV25, W0, W1, W3
Butterfly:  B02, B04, B16, Y02, Y08, RV14, RV21, RV23
Bee:  Y02, Y08

Art Impressions Floral Birdhouse PopCard
Art Impressions Oval Double Stitched dies
Art Impressions PopCard Template die
Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
Scor-Tape ¼" adhesive

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Join Me on My Porch, Art Impressions

Hello!  I'm on the Art Impressions' blog to kick off the latest Ai challenge featuring Stripes and Circles.

For our Stripes and Circles challenge I'm using the beautiful new Front Porch Circlet Mini TryFold.  I wanted to do something a bit different with this Circlet and decided to make a cute tag!

Since I wanted the images to be stamped crisp and clear, I used Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock.  To step it up even a bit more, I pulled out a couple of my long neglected Watercolor Sets and stamped a wreath around the first two circle images.   I wasn't totally certain how this would work with the water color stamps, but I have to say it worked great!  I stamped each image onto a piece of Bristol Smooth using Versafine Onyx Black in, which is waterproof.

After stamping each image, I stamped the wreath using the techniques that Bonnie teaches in her watercolor videos.  To color the images I scribbled each marker color onto my pallet and used a barely damp paint brush to color each one.  (The markers I used are listed at the end of this post.)

I then used the awesome new Tag Stitched Dies set to cut each one into a tag shape.  I used the reinforcer die from this set to cut the shape to go around the tag hole where the ribbon is.

Here is a view of the second layer:

And the third layer.  (FYI, I have a yellow front door on our home!:)

I love the sentiment:  "No matter where you go, you can always come home."  Sweet!

I love how this came together.  It would be perfect to give as a card, or tied onto a package for a pretty gift tag.  Of course, you can make this as a mini Tryfold following the directions on the back of the packaging.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing my different take on this Circlet.  I can't wait to see your creations linked up for the challenge on Art Impressions' blog!  I also have more details and photos there too.   Happy crafting!

Markers used:
Marvy LePlume II:  Olive Green, Leaf Green, Ochre, Yellow, Magenta, Sapphire,
Manganese Blue, African Violet, Brownish Grey
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush:  Fog Gray, Dark Brown, Deep Brown

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

AECP, Seasonal Scene Building

I have a card here today for another class in the AECP.  This card is inspired by the lesson in Irresistible Inking Techniques where you create a background for your scene.  You can check out all the fabulous classes in Altenew Academy HERE.

I purchased Altenew's Kind Words set right after it came out.  I can't believe this is the first time I've used it.   It has the most beautiful sentiments along with some beautiful starry stamps.  I thought a starry night time background fit perfectly.

I inked the Distress Oxides onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper using the lightest color in the center and working out to the darkest.  I kept blending the inks with the foam blending tools until I was happy with the look.  I wanted to keep the background kind of uncluttered, so I placed the stamp where I wanted it, spritzed some water into my palm and used my fingers to scatter the droplets around.  By having the stamp in place, it kept that area free from the water drops that I felt might distract from the sentiment.

Once the card was thoroughly dry, I used my anti-static powder bag and swiped it all over the card to minimize the stray embossing powder bits.  Using my MISTI, I positioned the stamps and picked them up with the door.  Next I stamped with Versamark clear sticky embossing ink, added white embossing powder and heat set it.  I repeated these steps to add another layer of white embossing powder for dimension and a more solid coverage.  


The Fine Frames Cover Die is awesome!  This is the first time I've used this one too.  It cuts many frames in one pass, some thinner than others.  I used one of the wider frames to help me position the thin frame straight.  I adhered it with Collage Medium as it will dry with a matte finish and won't show if any seeps out.  I added foam tape to the back and adhered it to my top folding A2 card base.

As a finishing touch, I used a white gel pens to add tiny stars.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look.  I really appreciate it!

Carol :)

Distress Oxide Inks:  Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Shaded Lilac
Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
Ranger Distress Collage Medium - Matte

Honey, Be My Valentine!

Hello to you all! I thought I'd share a few details about my card for Honey Bee Stamps in my blog today.  This little Mae the Mouse is totally adorable and can be used for so many different occasions. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, she's sending Valentine hearts to you!

I stamped Mae (click on any of the links to be taken to the HBS shop) and the rose in Copic safe ink onto Neenah Solar White 80# card stock. It only took a few Copics to color her and the rose, which is good since I've just recently began acquiring these and my collection is a bit limited. Too bad mice aren't this sweet and cute in real life--right?! Haha!

I stamped her bow with Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink.  I die cut Mae, the rose, and bow using the coordinating Mae the Mouse Honey Cuts. For the background layer I used a piece of pink card stock cut to 4" x 5.25". I used Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide inks to stencil the hearts with one of the stencils from the Fall Showers Backgrounds stencil set.  I faded out my inking towards the bottom of the stencil for the lighter hearts.

I used the scalloped stamp from the Background Builderset and the coordinating Honey Cutto create a cute edge on the bottom of the pink layer.  I stamped the XO on a ¾" strip of card stock with Spun Sugar Distress Oxide using my MISTI and stamped three times to get the shade I wanted.  I also inked a 1" strip with Worn Lipstick, layered it under the sentiment, then cut it using the scalloped edger piece from the Banner Builder Honey Cuts.  I popped this up with foam tape and adhered.

(Funny side note:  I made this card the first week of January.  I had photographed it and edited the photo--had it all ready to post.  I had shown it to my daughters too.  They loved it! :)  Probably a good week or more later, I happened to glance at the card.  To my HORROR I saw this sentiment and it said OX OX OX!!!  LOL!  I had put it on upside down!  Have you ever done anything like this?  I was lucky enough to get it off without damaging the rest of my card thankfully!)

I used some of the many sentiments from the Brie Minestamp set to add this greeting on the inside of my card.  I stamped it, and the rose, using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look!  I hope the rest of your week is fun and crafty!

Carol :)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Rooted in Love, Art Impressions

Hello!  It's Monday and that means it's time for my post over on the Art Impressions blog!

Today I have a card using the Tree Twist Ties set.  This card was really fun to create.  All of the directions for scoring and stamping are on the back of the packaging, which is very helpful.  My supplies are listed below.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  If you would like to see more photos and details of how I created this card, go over to Art Impressions blog and check it out.  I'd love to know what you think!  Have a wonderful week!