Sunday, March 31, 2019

AECP, In The Mood for Color

My card today is inspired by Altenew Academy's class called In The Mood For Color.  This is also another card for my Level 2 classes of Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP).  This class focuses on using various colors on your cards while considering the "mood" that a color may evoke.  My card uses blue as that is a calming, soothing color.  This color is just right for a sympathy card.

I really like how this card was so quick and easy to make.  Sympathy cards are so good to have on hand as it's not too fun to be making one when you actually need it.  However, that's another reason why I like this card--it is easy to make when you need to make one at the last minute.

The florals in the Extra Special stamp are two layers and very easy to line up and stamp.  I used Altenew inks in Iceberg and Eastern Sky for the flowers and Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades for the leaves.  I stamped the outline and the sentiment onto light gray card stock in a medium toned gray ink.  I feel like using the gray inks helps to keep this card's "mood" calming.  I used a blue pencil to add just a few extra shadows to the flowers.  Lastly, I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White to the flower centers and scattered other drops around the card for a bit more interest.  This panel is adhered to a white top-folding A2 card base.

Thank you very much for stopping by!  This class is so good to help you think about colors and I hope to have inspired you with my card today.

Carol :)

Altenew Extra Special
Altenew Kind Words
Altenew inks:  Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Iceberg, Eastern Sky
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss White
Simon Says Stamp gray card stock
Hero Arts Charcoal Mid-tone Shadow Ink

Monday, March 25, 2019

Some Bunny Special, Art Impressions

Hello to you all!  It's Monday and I'm on the Art Impressions blog.  Can you believe March is nearing its end and Easter is just about a month away?  How time flies!  My card today features two sets:  Holiday Mansion and HM Easter.

I stamped and then colored everything with my Copics (colors listed below).  For the background I used a cloud stencil and some Distress Oxide inks in pretty pastel rainbow colors.  This angled photo shows the clear sparkle I added to the eggs.

I glued the three bunnies in position on the house before I added the foam tape to the back for dimension.  I adhered the basket of eggs directly onto the card base to add a more dimensional look.  I used Nuvo Crystal Drops to emulate "smoke" coming from the chimney.  Maybe the bunnies got some of their egg colors in the fireplace?  Haha!

I hope you're inspired to make some cute Easter cards for "some bunny special"!  :)

B000, B00, B01, B02, C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, E51, E53, E55, E57,
Y08, Y11, YG06, YG11, RV000, RV00, RV02, RV10, RV11, RV21, RV23, RV32, V12, V15

Art Impressions Holiday Mansion Set
Art Impressions HM Easter Set
Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
My Favorite Things Cloud stencil
Distress Oxide Inks:  Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn,
Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender
Nuvo Crystal Drops Sweet Lilac

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Go Hog Wild!, Art Impressions

Hello!  It's Week 2 of Art Impressions' Die Cut Beyond Edge Challenge.  We are featuring the new flip card stamps and the coordinating die.

For my card today I used the Warthog Flip Card set.  Did you know that a warthog is the animal that inspired the character Pumbaa in "The Lion King"?  I didn't remember that and did some warthog research.  In real life they are not very attractive as I saw when looking at the information found HERE.  It's a good thing that Bonnie Krebs (Illustrator) made these warthogs happy and friendly looking!

The Flip Card Die set comes with the piece to cut and score the flip part.  It also has this Happy Birthday die along with the numbers 0 through 9 to add if you wanted.

I used Versafine Onyx black ink to stamp the images onto watercolor paper using my MISTI.  I added some clear embossing powder, then heat set.  I used a few Distress Ink pads and re-inkers along with a few watercolor markers to color these.  I smooshed the ink pads onto my glass mat or scribbled the markers and picked up the color with my paintbrush.  All of the colors are listed below.

I stamped the Time To Celebrate and Go Hog Wild sentiments (included with the set) in Gather Twigs Distress Oxide ink.


Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll enter into this challenge so I can see what you've created!  Happy crafting!

Art Impressions Warthog Flip Card
Art Impressions Flip Card Die
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Ranger Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
Distress Inks/Reinkers:  Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo
Distress Oxide:  Gathered Twigs
Marvy LePlum II: Steel Blue, Brown
Tombow: #969, #743
Connoisseur #4 round brush
Canson XL Watercolor paper

Monday, March 18, 2019

Desert Window, Art Impressions

Hello!  I'm on the Art Impressions' blog today featuring the Desert Window stamp.  This is such a pretty stamp and I've designed my card in a more masculine style, but I think it could be great for anyone! there water in the desert?  I don't know since I've never been to a desert.  I kept pondering whether to color in some water or to leave it as sand.  I even asked my husband what he thought. Haha!  I just saw that part as water, so that's how I colored it!  It was stamped with some Copic safe ink and colored it with Copics. (Listed below.)  I die cut the image with the second largest Square Double Stitched die.  I adhered it to another square using some burnt orange card stock.

I embossed a 4" x 5.25" panel and wrapped the natural twine around it.  I then added foam tape to it and the matted image and put them onto a coordinating A2 card base.

Water, or sand?  I guess in our card making world it doesn't really matter, right? Haha!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Stay crafty!

Sand & hills:  E13, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39, E55, E57 
Cactus blooms:  RV21, RV23, RV25
Water:  B000, B00, B01, B02
Cactus: YG41, YG67, YG99, G03, G05, G09, G28
Sunset sky: Y13, Y15, Y17, YG17, YR01, YR04, YR07, YR09, YR18, E08


Monday, March 11, 2019

AECP, Beautiful Details

Hello!  I'm so excited to be starting the Altenew Academy classes to fulfill the requirements for  Level II in AECP.

My card today is for the Beautiful Details class.  The instructor, Marika Rahtu, is an amazing artist and shares many ways to add details to enhance stamped images.  The lesson my card is inspired by is one using colored pencils on a stamped image.

I used the Spring Daisy stamps and dies and stamped the outline in Hero Arts Soft Granite ink.  I used a softer ink for the outline to kind of get a no-line coloring look.  I then used the layer stamp and stamped it in SSS Steel Blue.  The leaves were stamped in SSS Willow.

I used Prismacolor Pencils for the added personal touch.  I added shading to the flower petals where the shadows would be and did the same for the stem and leaves.  I also added some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to portions of the petals (it was hard to capture that in the photo). 

The sentiment is the Thanks die and I embossed it three times with WOW Metallic Silver embossing powder.  I definitely think this adds another beautiful detail to this card!

I really enjoyed this class and highly recommend it.  There are many techniques I still want to try!  Thank you very much for stopping by to take a look!

Carol :)

Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink
Simon Says Stamp Steel Blue ink
WOW Metallic silver embossing powder

Teachers Rule, Art Impressions

Hello!  It's Monday and that means I'm on the Art Impressions blog today with a fun teacher's card featuring the Teachers Rule Set.

I stamped her in a Copic safe ink and also stamped her skirt onto some gingham paper.  I fussy cut the skirt out and ran a Memento Tuxedo Black marker along the edges to give a clean look.  I colored her in Copic markers (listed below).

For the chalkboard, I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it in white.  I used an ink dauber  to lightly smudge white pigment ink around on the black paper for a chalky look.  The chalkboard frame is layered three times for some dimension.

I thought it needed a little something extra, so I stamped the pencil cup and apple, colored it and then fussy cut it.  It's also popped up with foam tape.  I added a few clear hearts to the chalkboard too.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope I've inspired you to show that well-deserved appreciation to the teachers you know.  Have a great week!

R05, R08, R14, R22, R21, R20, R24, E000, E00, E11, E33, E35, E39, E53, E55, E57, YG17, YG25, YG03, B66, B69, C1, C3

Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Animals Are Having a Party!!

Hello!  It's a Party Animal week at Honey Bee Stamps!  My card is what I call a "party on a card!"  This week all of the designers are showcasing Honey Bee's animals and how interchangeable all the bits and pieces are.

These and other animals are on sale at a 15% discount when you use the code PARTY15.  Click HERE to see all of the stamps and dies on sale.

Also, on Instagram, I have a prize!!!  Click my Instagram box on the left side to go to my Instagram page, click on this card and you'll get the information to enter!

I don't know if I've ever used this many stamps and dies from so many sets together on one card!  Take a look at my Party Card and take a guess (no peeking at the supply list below!)

Everything is stamped with Gina K. Designs Amalgam ink and colored with Copics.  I created this confetti look on the background with Distress Oxide Inks.  I really love playing with these inks!  I just smooshed some ink from the pad onto my craft mat.  I used a brush with a bit of water to splatter the colors.

I gave them all (except the small rabbit) sunglasses that I put Glossy Accents on.  They just crack me up with those glasses!  I die cut the letters twice from pink card stock, glued them together, then added some clear sparkle and Glossy Accents.

Penny the Platypus is wearing a vest that is in Bill the Bears set.  I fussy cut it to make it fit better.

Their party hats are cut with the two smallest pennant dies and colored with Copics.  I added details with my white gel pen and a black Micron pen.  Each hat got a cute little pom-pom!  These had to have some clear sparkle too!

I couldn't help but add to the party atmosphere by adding some GORGEOUS sequins from Honey Bee Stamps in a mix called Carousel Lights Confetti Mix.

If you're wondering, yes, this is an oversized card at 5-3/4" x 7-3/4".  Hey, it's a big party, so I needed a big card!  Haha!

OK, did you guess how many sets I used?  Check out the supply list below!  This card was really fun to put together and I hope I've inspired you to mix and match whatever sets you may have.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Carol :)

Honey Bee Stamps' products:

Other Supplies:

Monday, March 4, 2019

Succulents Window, Art Impressions

Happy Monday!  I'm on the Art Impressions' blog today featuring the very pretty Succulents Window.

This is such a sweet card to send to a friend!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Art Impressions:  Succulents Window; Window Die
Spellbinders Brick Embossing Folder (retired)
Neenah Solar White 80# card stock