Friday, July 24, 2020

Zinnias in Vases

One last card this week, friends.  Fridays are for Power Poppy so I have some of Marcella's digital flowers today.  Zinnia Parade is a perky and fun set for happy coloring and I thought this one would be good for a CAS card.

I was really feeling the white space at the time.  Just a bit of polka dot designer paper 'cause that's one of my favorite things, and a sentiment from one of Power Poppy's clear stamp sets -- Vibrant Thanks.  Oh, I did a little stitching up the side, too.  Coloring was done with Copics.

Check out these beautiful cards, too:

I hope you have a nice weekend, whether you're staying home or getting out and about.  Whatever your plans, be safe and alert, please!  Thank you so much for your time.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

CAS Stencil Tracing

Hello!  Yes, I'm back so soon.  I wanted to try the stencil tracing challenge at CAS Mix Up.  Sure enough, I've used another one of my Penny Black Songbird Celebrations stamps.  Hadn't really planned on it, but it just seemed to fit in the space I'd created with my traced stencil area.

The stencil is a 6x6 square called Wander & Find by Carta Bella.  Using the gray marker shown in the picture, I traced just enough of the stencil to create a partial frame.  I expected I'd be stamping a sentiment in that space (trying to keep it CAS per challenge rules), but then the bird happened.  I hope it's still CAS enough for the challenge.  In the picture below you can see the gray marker outline a little better.  Coloring is Copics.

I do really like the stenciled leaves and berries and probably wouldn't have thought to use my stencil like this were it not for the challenge.  It was quick to trace and color.  The coloring of the bird stamp is quick and simplistic, too.

CAS Mix Up:  Stencil Tracing

Card making is bound to slow down soon, but I've enjoyed it this week.  It's been so darn windy outside in the afternoons I'm happy to stay in and view the garden through my window.  Have a good rest of the week!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Butterfly Twofer

Hello again!  I had some extra time in my stamp room on the day they removed our fallen tree, staying out of the way with a good view of the goings on... so I made a twofer... specifically, a pair of butterfly cards in order to play along in the Twofer Card Challenge #29 where the prompt is "Butterflies".  Just happened to have a NBUS butterfly die:

The die is Poppystamps Bellina Butterfly Collage, and is shown in full on the birthday card below.  It's simple and pretty over an inky background that was sitting in my bag o' background pieces.  Embossed a Poppystamps Birthday Blowout sentiment and tucked it in the side like a label.

The "hello" card was more time consuming, but fun.  I had a CAS card base pre-made from when I was trying to use up the last of my Prima Fairy Flora designer paper.  A good start.
  • I saved the popped out parts from when I cut the full butterfly die for the first card, then cut it again just to get more pop out parts from the largest and smallest butterflies.
  • Used the die cut like a stencil to guide the placement of two layers of parts on the circles.
  • Colored with Copics, added glitter.

It's colorful and dimensional, but still clean looking and an easy mailer.  The sentiment is from an oldie Inky Antics set.  It appears black in the photos, but is stamped in chocolate brown.

Two different card designs for two different occasions using the same die.  Also heading over to link up at NBUS with my not-yet-used butterfly die.

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay well, stay happy.  Love.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Songbird Birthday

I'm woefully behind in all things related to stamping and blogging.  It's summer, I'm enjoying the garden and can't seem to settle at my stamp table or the computer, and then we went camping for a few days.  It was fabulous, by the way.  Totally contactless, just the way we need it.  Bit by bit, I'm getting back into the swing of card making.  Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Today I'm sharing a card I made more than a week ago with my new-to-me Songbird Celebration set from Penny Black.  I'm loving all the stamps in that set.  This is card #2.

Copic colored, Wink of Stella on the colored balloons, a die cut balloon frame with a bit of patterned paper... I'll list all ingredients below.  It was a fun card to make!

Since this is first use of these particular stamps from the set I'll send my card over to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #16:

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Sending hugs and good wishes to all!

Stamps:  Penny Black Songbird Celebration  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Bazzill pale green card base, scrap designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Coloring:  Copics  Dies:  Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, Poppystamps Celebrations Balloon Collage  Other:  Baker's twine, Wink of Stella, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Saturday, July 18, 2020

On Goldens and Garden

We were away camping for a few days and it was wonderful.  Sharing pictures on Goldens and Garden if you'd like to see.

I'll be back to business as usual here on the stamping blog next week.  Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Christmas in July

We've reached the halfway mark, friends -- Christmas.  It's just what you want to think about right now, isn't it?  Well, I hope to be more ready than last year.  This trio of cards was made with an older Penny Black stamp called Adornment.

The first card was almost a throw away.  At this point I don't remember what I did to make myself love it more, but it's probably my favorite of the bunch now.  Stamped in light brown, Spica glitter pens were used to color the bow and baubles.  I didn't capture the sparkle in the photo, but it's lovely.  A star die cut from gold glitter paper accents the bow.

The next wreath was stamped in Versamark and embossed with gold glitter embossing powder.  I added a die cut bow for fun

Lastly, I have a wreath stamped first in green, then stamped again in Versamark and embossed in white.  A green bow was added with Wink of Stella Shimmer.  The baubles on this one were touched with Platinum Stickles glitter glue.

A closer look:

I'd like to do more with this wreath, but I need to move on.  I have so many new Christmas dies and some new-to-me Christmas digis to get to.  I'll list the main ingredients below.  Enjoy your day!

Stamps:  Penny Black Adornment  Designer Paper:  Studio Light Woodland Winter  Dies:  Impression Obsession Holiday Bottom Word Edgers, Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Square Set, Poppystamps Prim and Proper Bow, Die-namics Star Stax  Other:  Gold embossing tinsel, white embossing powder, Atyou Spica glitter pens, Wink of Stella

Monday, July 6, 2020

Scraps and NBUS

Hello and welcome!

As I was filing away yet another scrap of textured cardstock (all sorted in bags by color) I decided I finally had to do something about the overstuffed bag situation.  Just one card, but it's a start.  The 1" wide strips were corner punched on one end.  I scored a line on the white card base to help keep things even, and then I added the rest -- some scraps of designer paper, an old Rubbernecker sentiment, and a not-yet-colored digi that's been in my box for a long time .  This one is a Bugaboo oldie called 4 Square Floral.

Before there were dies I relied on punches and decorative edge scissors to do the fancy work.  To save space in my stamp room I've given up most of those items, but a few have survived the purges.  Pictured below is the lower edge of the card inside.  The flower is a Poppystamps Flower Stack die.

Since my Bugaboo digi is NBUS I'm sending this card over to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #16.

Thank you for coming today!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Life in the Garden

On Goldens and Garden today:

Lots more garden pics there.  Stop by!   Wishing all who celebrate a happy and safe Independence Day weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Seeds of Today

Hello!  Quick Copic coloring for today's card.  One by one I'm catching up on my not-yet-colored Power Poppy digis.  This one is Seeds of Today.  Marcella initially created this digi set with graduation celebrations in mind, and it does come with the appropriate sentiment for that, but I'm seeing it in a different light today.  Whether we plant the seeds of pretty flowers, or those of bitter fruits, we all reap what we sow.

I finished with a scalloped valance and a yellow mat.  Just simple.  Minimal supplies are listed below.  Have a beautiful day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy 'Seeds of Today' digital stamp  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, yellow, BasicGrey Origins designer paper  Ink:  Printer  Coloring:  Copics  Dies:  Spellbinders Scored and Pierced Rectangles, Serendipity by Impression Obsession Heart Scroll Valance