Thursday, April 15, 2021

CAS Mix Up Reminder: Paper Piecing

Hi, there!  More paper piecing today as a reminder for our CAS Mix Up challenge.  Our host, Linda, chose this theme for the mixed media leg of the challenge, so must remember to include stamping and at least one other media element.  Along with my paper piecing I have stamping, coloring, die cutting, wet embossing.  It's hard to make a card without mixed media!

This time I got a few more Christmas cards made while the sun shines.  I've used a Penny Black Cup of Joy mini-stamp set.  The cup is paper pieced and the rest is colored with Tombow markers and blender.  I embossed with black EP so the outline would show up nicely on the patterned paper.  Great opportunity to use some PP scraps!

It's such a cheerful and cute little stamp which a very nice friend gifted it to me a while back (thanks, friend!).  I started by stamping and embossing the image on Neenah white cardstock, then stamped twice more -- once on patterned paper and once on watercolor paper.  Cut out the latter parts and layered the goodies with the melting whipped cream over top of the patterned cup.  Put it all together and then applied white dimensional product to the whipped cream (see recipe).  It sounds like a lot, but it was a fairly simple assembly line project.

Three more below.  I did chocolate and pink marshmallows.

I love what I'm seeing in the players' gallery so far.  I hope you'll enjoy them, too, and take a look at the team's inspiration.  Such a fun challenge!

See you again soon, and until then I'm wishing you a beautiful day!

Stamps:  Penny Black Cup of Joy  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 110 lb, Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor, Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly designer paper  Ink:  Versamark  Coloring:  Tombow  and blender pen  Other:  Black embossing powder, Art Anthology Blizzard dimensional crystal, Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders, Scotch Brand foam mounting tape

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Slimline Hello

Hello and welcome!  I've got flowers and a big "hello" on a slimline card today.  I don't make many slimline cards, but this one insisted on it.   The flowers were sized right, and I recently purchased these cool wood grain letter dies that I hadn't used yet.  I started playing and the next thing you know I had a card!

It really all started with the flowers.  It's a digi stamp and it is totally FREE.  Interestingly, it's an 1892 needlework pattern.  You can find it here.

I've had a long-running fascination with these vintage images over at the Digital Two for Tuesday blog.  If you decide to visit there, do take time to scroll past the first page or two, or search the categories or archives.  She hasn't posted since 2018, but blog owner, Cora, has a treasure trove of digitally refurbished illustrations that color up beautifully.  All are scanned from various catalogs and publications, copyright expired so no worries about infringement  Over the years it has been one of my favorite crafty pastimes to turn these old-timey images into current card creations.

I colored with Copic markers.  The wood grain letters are new-to-me Memory Box Wooden Alpha, triple-layered for dimension.  I Copic colored some die cut flowers for extra decoration and gave them light gold glitter cardstock centers.  The black border strip is cardstock.

I dearly love my stamps, whether wood block, cling, or clear, and it's great fun to search through the drawers of old favorites or pull from the basket of new-to-me stamps, but I also like to keep a boxful of digi-stamps printed up and ready to color.  Now and then I sift through the box and find something I'd completely forgotten about.  I feel fortunate.

I'd like to join these challenges:

NBUS Challenge #25 -- My never before used schtuff is the Wooden Alpha

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #108 -- I've used the middle vertical column:  florals, free (free digi image), any shape die


Have a beautiful day!

Stamps:  1892 digitized embroidery design from Digital Two for Tuesday (free)  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White, black, SU Bermuda Bay, light gold glitter cardstock  Ink:  Printer  Coloring:  Copics  Dies:  Memory Box Wooden Alpha, Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 4, Die-namites Small Ivy  Other:  1/4" circle punch

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Just Tweeting Around

Color me happy to have some time to play in my room!  This one is another new-to-me stamp set which was gifted to me in either October or December.  Shame, shame that I can't remember.  If I was a gambling woman I'd say October (birthday).  It's the cutest little Polkadoodles set called Stay Chirpy, and I just love it to pieces!  I've linked to it at Simon Says Stamp, but it's out of stock.

I watercolored with Twinkling H2Os.  Love those little pots of shimmery paints!  So many pretty colors.  The more water you use with Twinks the less twinkle you see, but it's there as a little surprise when you turn it certain ways.  I put Black Diamond Stickles glitter glue on the polka dot wings, too.

I'm going to play along in the following challenges:

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #25 -- my birds are fresh out of the package.

Dies R Us Challenge #166 -- anything goes with a brand of dies that are sold in the store.  My grass and flower corner dies came from the DRU store, but not sure they're still available as I've had them a few years:  Poppystamps Hampstead Corner, Impression Obsession Grass and Grass Border

Back soon!  Wishing you a very happy day!

Stamps:  Polkadoodles Stay Chirpy  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor, black cardstock, spicy coral textured cardstock  Ink:  Palette Noir  Coloring:  Watercolor with Twinkling H2Os  Dies:  Spellbinders Grand Squares, Poppystamps Hampstead Corner, Impression Obsession Grass Border and Grass (tall)  Other:  Clear rhinestones, Black Diamond Stickles, white acrylic paint

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Flamingo and Flowers

Hi, there!  Letting the dust settle between home improvement projects . . .  It's been a while since I made a card "just because", but new stamps were calling to me from the basket.  I couldn't wait to color this one.  I spotted it when I was searching flower stamps at 1-2-3 Stitch.  This is my first Creative Expressions stamp, and it's called Tropical Flamingo.

It stamped nicely and the image is fanciful enough to allow some fun with the coloring.  I used Tombow markers and blender, giving it a loose watercolor look, but without the water.  Colors are almost the same as the package picture.  It's a little bit funky, but I love it.  For an easy finish I stenciled sunrays which go nicely with the sentiment.  This is one of those little 4 3/4" square cards that I love making.

I hope to get a little caught up with my visiting, plus color a few more things before someone comes to do the second bathroom and floors.  Maybe we'll see each other again soon!  Wishing you a happy day!

Stamps:  Creative Expressions Tropical Flamingo  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor, other white card base  Ink:  Palette Noir, Distress Oxide Scattered Straw  Coloring:  Tombow markers and blender  Other:  White acrylic paint, Black Diamond Stickles, MFT Ray of Light stencil

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge

The Two Old Bats are at it again -- another Halloween challenge right here in the first of April.  Who would've thought?

The mood board, above, is provided for inspiration, but not required to follow.  Any Halloween project is welcome.  I chose today's image because I expected I'd be coloring a green pumpkin, but changed my mind at the last.  Nevertheless, I do have a pumpkin as part of this cute Bugaboo digi stamp called Halloween Peeker Ghost

I used Tombow markers and blender pen for coloring.  The sentiment was cut from green cardstock and  heavily glittered with Stickles Orange Peel and Stardust glitter.  The star is simply done in orange.

If you enjoy the fun of Halloween cards, do let your hair down and come play with us in the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge.  We'd love to see you there.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Bugaboo Halloween Peeker Ghost digi  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor, Memory Box Granny Smith, DCWV Happy Halloween mat stack  Ink:  Printer  Coloring:  Tombow markers & blender  Dies:  Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Sue Wilson Pierced Flags, Cheery Lynn Happy Halloween  Other:  Stickles Stardust and Orange Peel glitter glue, Scotch brand foam mounting tape (to pop up star)

CAS Mix Up: Paper Piecing

Hi, there!  It's time for another CAS Mix Up challenge, and this time our host, Linda, is asking to see our cards featuring the paper piecing technique.  I can do that and I'll bet you can, too!  It's an old favorite.

Remember to follow the easy rules as listed on each of the two graphics shown here:


Video Tutorials:
Paper Piecing by Beate Splitcoaststampers
Stamped Paper Piecing - Jennifer McGuire

Easter is fast approaching and my card has already been mailed.  I decided to paper piece with dies this time.  The bunny die cuts an outline, which I did in white.  I cut two more times from two different patterned papers so I could piece the polka dot body areas.  The fancy egg turned out with some pretty shading from the blue paper.  I cut it again just so I could trim out a pink bow.  I'm not sure if the egg is technically paper piecing, but the bunny is, for sure.

A couple more notes:  The pink outline under the bunny was done by drawing around the bunny die on pink card stock, then cutting with scissors.  Been wanting to try that.  It helps it stand out from the background.  Also, I hope you can see in the photo that I embossed the egg die on the card stock and then set the die cut egg into it.  Learned embossing with dies from another CAS Mix Up challenge which linked to this Embossed Impressions video.

I'm looking forward to seeing all the fun cards in our CAS Mix Up Paper Piecing gallery.  The team and our talented guest designer, Bonnie (Paper Crafter at Large), have some fabulous inspiration for you.  Wishing you a happy day!

Stamps:  Hero Arts Easter Greetings sentiment  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest super smooth solar white, lime green scrap, retired SU designer paper  Ink:  SU Not Quite Navy and Pink Pirouette  Dies:  Spellbinders Small Die of the Month 2019 'Hop into Spring', Die-namites Delicate Egg, Impression Obsession Grass Border  Other:  Pink & Main Glossy Dot