A Day Bursting with Joy

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Hello everyone,

The inspiration photos shown below for the June Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge is filled with bright summer floral colors.

My project incorporates these beautiful colors in the peonies. I’ve also added a touch of gold around the edges. For information on how I made this project and the supplies I used, read on below.

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How I made this project:

I blended three of the colors (Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber) from the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks line onto an A2-sized piece of hot press watercolor paper. A mini ink blending tool was used for this. The Distress Oxides blend so smoothly!

After getting the colors blended like I wanted, I stamped three peony flower images onto the blended background. I used a black archival ink that would not bleed if I decided to add water splatters to the background. Ultimately I didn’t use water splatters because I thought it might distract from the large blooms and the softly blended, bright background. I wanted the colors to pop so I decided to adhere the card front against an A2-sized black mat. To do this, I had to cut the card front down to 4″ x 5.25″.

The flowers against the black mat were striking, but to further emphasize this, I smudged Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Indian Gold around the edges of the card front. This was done before I adhered the card front to the black mat. The entire front was adhered to an A2 card base.

I stamped the sentiment onto a black strip of cardstock using gold ink. The strip was mounted onto the card using foam tape.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Ellen Hutson Essentials by Ellen: Mondo Peony stamp set; Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamps set (sentiment).

Inks:  Distress Oxide Inks: Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Tsukineko Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz.

Cardstock: Hot press water color paper; Bazzill Cardstock: Licorice Twist.

Other: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Indian Gold; Misti Stamping Tool.

 

 

SSS: Resist Technique Challenge

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For the SSS ‘s Resist Flickr Challenge #56, I chose to use an embossed resist technique with Distress Inks.

I first stamped my floral images in Versamark ink and then heat embossed the images using white embossing powder.

To create a more autumn look, I used 3 Distress Inks for an ombre effect. The ombre effect was created at a slight diagonal across the card front. I started with Abandoned Coral distress ink in the upper left-hand corner, then blended Squeezed Lemonade and finally Wild Honey to finish midway. I then started to blend using Squeezed Lemonade at a diagonal across the second-half of the card and finished with Abandoned Coral at the bottom right-hand corner. I kept blending and adding more color as needed across the entire front of the card until everything looked blended.

I added sequins in pink and cream to the card as well. These sequins were from my stash, but I think they are from Neat & Tangled.

When I assembled the card, I cut down the card front to 4” x 5.5”, and placed 3M foam tape all over the back to raise the panel. I then matted this against an A2-sized piece of cardstock in a cardstock color that picked up the pinky/coral hues in the card front. This in turn was mounted onto a top-folding, portrait-oriented, A2-sized card base.

Hope you like the finished product! Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Look for the Miracles stamp set

Dies: SSS Painted Hello wafer thin die

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey; Versamark Ink

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Stampin’ Up cardstock in Regal Rose (now obsolete) for matting for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Others: Neat and Tangled Sequins in Cotton Candy and Buttercream; Hero Arts White embossing powder, 3M foam tape.

So Many Reasons to be Happy

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The theme for SSS Flickr Challenge is ‘Anything Goes’. So, I decide to try a technique for creating beautiful inlay backgrounds. This was demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire on her blog post called Easy Die Cut Inlay Backgrounds

A friend of mine gave me some leftover gold shimmer cardstock she had from her wedding invitations. I believe this cardstock was purchased from Paper Source. I’m not really sure. But Simon Says Stamp just released some glimmer cardstock as part of their Stamptember Release. I ordered an assortment, but it hasn’t arrived as yet. I was eager to try Jennifer’s technique, so I used what my friend gave me and I was impressed with the results

This technique produces beautiful backgrounds and is so easy to do! I won’t go on about the technique, Jennifer McGuire does such a beautiful job of this, so just click on the blog post link I mention above.

I used several die from SSS to create this card. The background was created using their Maple Leaf Corner die. I angled this die several different ways across the shimmer cardstock to create the inlay pattern. There were some spots that couldn’t be filled in because of the size and angle of the corner die. For these spots, I used the individual Stitched Maple Trio Dies to fill in what spaces I could. The dies from the trio set coordinate with the Maple Leaf Corner die.

I cut 2 large maples leaves using the Stitched Grand Maple die from vellum to make a sturdy platform for my sentiment. I heat emboss my sentiment with copper embossing powder on one of the large maple leaves. I added bronze sequins to this leaf, attaching them with glue dots. I added glue dots to the back of the leaf underneath the sequins and adhered the second maple leaf to it. More glue dots were then added to the back of the double-layered vellum leaf to adhere them to the card front.

The inlay front was cut down to 4 inches by 5.25 inches and mounted with white fun foam and then adhered to a top-folding A2 portrait-oriented card base.

I was very pleased with the results. The card has a very elegant feel to it and it was a fairly easy technique to use. Thanks Jennifer for showing us this technique!

Hope you all have many, many beautiful reasons to be happy!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:
SSS: Uplifting Thoughts

Dies:
SSS Maple Leaf Corner Die; SSS Stitched Maple Trio Dies; SSS Stitched Grand Maple Die.

Inks:
Versmark Ink.

 Cardstock:
Neenah Solar White 80# for the front card panel, Gold Shimmer cardstock from Paper Source?; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Bazzill 40# Vellum for sentiment base.

Other:
Hero Arts embossing powder in Copper; Pretty Pink Posh 6mm flat sequins in Bronze.

Hello Spring: SSS Flickr Challenge #42

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The theme for the forty-second Simon Says Challenge is things that remind us of spring.

Bright colored flowers always remind me of spring. Spring colors are always so fresh and vivid which is such a contrast from the gray days of winter. I used bright colors for my flowers and bright green for the stems. I imitated the bright flower beds I see planted in the spring.

I added butterflies that were punched out of bright pink cardstock using an old Martha Stewart’s punch.

This card is fairly simple no special stamping techniques and I didn’t add any special background because I just wanted all the flowers and butterflies to pop.

Hope you like the card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Birthday Flowers stamp set.

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Painted Hello.; Martha Stewart butterflies punch (obsolete).

Inks: Papertrey Ink:  Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup, and New Leaf.

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz for the punched butterflies, New Leaf for matting the card front.

 

 

 

Hello Sunshine Chick: Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge

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Spring is coming. It’s time for more sunshine and brighter colors. I hope the card I created for the Ellen Hutson March Mix It Up Challenge with Pretty Pink Posh reflects this.

I focused on creating a blue sky with a hint of haze from clouds and the fresh green color of spring grass. I added a cute baby chick as well and was going for a bright, but soft fresh look.

The sky and grass were colored using Distress inks in Tumbled Grass and Twisted Citron and a blending tool.

The chick is from Pretty Pink Posh’s Birdie Notes stamp set and is colored with Copics (Y13, Y18, and Y38). The sun smiling down on the chick is from Ellen Hutson’s All Inside stamp set and is stamped onto Papertrey Ink’s Summer Sunrise cardstock and die-cut from the coordinating die.

I have a rubber stamp that has tufts of grass and used it to create more dimension (grass) on the ground. That little stamp comes in very handy at time.

The sentiment is actually from 2 stamp sets. The “hello” is from Ellen Hutson’s All inside and the word “Sunshine” from Pretty Pink Posh’s Rainy Days stamp set. The sentiment was stamped onto a die-cut piece using Pretty Pink Posh’s Stitched Speech Bubbles die set.

I stamped and colored the front of an A2 piece of cardstock and after the coloring was all done, I die-cut the center of the card using a die from My Favorite Thing’s Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Stax set. I then mounted the cut piece onto foam board and glued it back into place. The foam board raises the center area of the card and gives the card front a nice bit of dimension.

The sun was attached to the raised panel of the card front and embellished with a Wink of Stella pen in clear. Finishing touches wouldn’t be complete without adding some sequins for a bit of glimmer.

Hope you like the card!

Supplies used in this project:

Stamps: Ellen Hutson: All Inside stamp set (for the sun and word “hello”); Pretty Pink Posh: Birdie notes (chick), Rainy Days stamp set (for the word “Sunshine”).

 Inks: Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass (sky), Twisted Citron (grass);  Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black (for the images). Copic Markers in Y13 (Lemon Yellow), Y18 (Lightning Yellow), Y38 (Honey) for the chick.

Dies: Ellen Hutson coordinating dies to the All Inside stamp set; Pretty Pink Posh: Stitched Speech Bubbles die set; My Favorite Things: Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Stax.

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# (card front) and 110# cardstock (card base); Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise.

Other: Wink of Stella (clear); Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (clear).

Have a Beautiful Day: Ellen Hutson Mix-It-Up-Challenge

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The September, 2015 Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge requires combining any Essentials by Ellen and Impression Obsession products.  Impression Obsession makes some great red rubber cling background stamps and I have collected a few. The line of Essentials by Ellen clear stamps has a number of beautiful floral images. All the images are quite versatile and can be used in a number of ways.

For this challenge I decide to use florals in my card composition. So, I combined Impression Obsession’s Doodle Flowers 6”x6” background stamp with floral images from Ellen’s Bohemian Garden. I think the images from both brands really coordinate well and I am quite pleased with the results. I hope you like the final creation as well.

I first stamped the cling background piece onto an A2-sized piece white cardstock using a pinky-coral ink. I cut the stamped A2 piece in half along the diagonal. I then took a piece of A2-sized blush-pink cardstock and randomly stamped several of the Bohemian Garden images on it using the same pinky-coral ink used on the white cardstock piece. Note: I drew a diagonal pencil mark from corner to corner on the blush-pink cardstock as a guide to mark off the area I was going to create my background. I didn’t stamp the entire area of the blush-pink cardstock, only the area that would show.

I then adhered the white piece of stamped cardstock onto the bottom half of the stamped blush-pink cardstock. This served as the front of my card. I die-cut a narrow frame from gold metallic cardstock from my stash.  I used two dies from Papertrey Ink’s Mat Stack #1 dies to make the frame. Then using the larger of the two dies, I cut a vellum piece, and heat embossed the sentiment (also from Bohemian Garden) using gold embossing powder onto it. The sentiment piece was adhered to the back of the gold frame and gold sequins were added to finish the look. I adhered the entire frame to the front of the card and the card front was mounted onto a top-folding landscape-oriented card base.

Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen: Bohemian Garden stamp set; Impression Obsession: Cover-a-Card Doodle Flowers,

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Melon Berry; Versamark.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80lb for card front; Papertrey Ink: Sweet Blush for card front; gold metallic paper from my stash; Bazzill 40# Vellum; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Other:  WOW embossing powder in Gold Rich Pale; Pretty Pink Post gold metallic sequins (4mm and 6mm sizes).

Hello: SSS Flickr Challenge #25 – White-on-White

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Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr challenge #25 is a tricky one. The challenge is to make a card using a white on white style. The guidelines are to use as little color as possible on your project. I discovered that to make a white on white card interesting, you need some kind of texture or dimension.

So, I used an embossing folder to create raised stripes for the background of the front of the card. I die cut each of the flowers three times and glued them together to create a thicker flower for additional dimension. The hello sentiment was die-cut three times as well and glued together for the same reason. The stitched label was die-cut from 60# vellum and used as a base for the sentiment for additional textural interest. The flowers were all die-cut from linen textured cardstock, though the photograph does not pick up this detail as I would have liked.

My only color is the addition of silver sequins which only adds to the tone-on-tone look.

Hope you like the card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Hello (from Painted Words die set); Simon Says Stamp: Calliope Flourish die; Paper Smooches: Frame 1 die; Paper Smooches Wise Dies: Flowers 2.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Linen-textured cardstock from my stash; Bazzill 40# vellum.

Other: Lifestyle Crafts: Stripes embossing folder; Pretty Pink Posh: silver sequins.

Oh Happy Day: Ellen Hutson April Challenge

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Hello!

Spring is here and my thoughts turn to flowers.

Ellen Hutson’s April Challenge is to create a project combining any products from the Essentials by Ellen and Lawn Fawn product lines.

The card above was made using floral stamps from Essentials by Ellen’s Bold Blooms and Lawn Fawn’s Petite Florals stamp sets. I love the simple graphic flowers from these two sets and thought they might look good together.

I started off using the largest bloom from the EH set and then started adding additional flowers and leaves. I chose ink colors that I like for Spring and Easter which are usually light purples, bright pinks and a spring green.

By the time I finished the background for the front of the card, I realized that a mat for my sentiment would cover up the floral background. So, I die cut a frame from vellum using a Hero Arts frame die and embossed the sentiment in gold metallic embossing powder on it. I added some gold sequins around the sentiment to emphasize it. (Note the sentiment is also from the Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms set.)

The card front was trimmed down to 4” x 5.25” and was mounted onto a 4.25” by 5.5” piece of purple card. The whole thing was then glued to a 4.25” by 5.5” top-folding card base.

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen: Bold Blooms, Lawn Fawn: Petite Florals.

Inks: Memento dye inks in: Sweet Plum, Lilac Posies and Pear Tart; Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow ink in Bubblegum; Versamark ink.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80 lb. for card front; Bazzill cardstock in Pansy for the mat for card front; Neenah Solar White 110 lb. for the card base.

Dies: Hero Arts Classic & Ornate Frames die set.

Other: WOW Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh: Metallic Gold sequins.

Thinking of You: Flower, Sun and Cloud

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This card was made for a dear friend who is under the weather at the moment. I thought that the Spring scene and the sun would reminder her that Spring is coming soon. We’ve had a long cold winter here in the Midwest.

For this card, I created my own stencil using My Favorite Things (Die-namics) Snow Drifts die set. There are 2 curvy snow drifts in this set and I chose the more gently curving drift. I die cut the drift from a sheet of acetate from some packaging and used this cut out piece to create the illusion of a hill in the background. I’m really happy when I can extend the use of my dies!

The other elements are pretty much die cut and placed as you see. I don’t know what I’d do without my Vagabond machine. The cute stitched tag is from Pretty Pink Posh. As you can see the landscape goes across the card front and onto the tag for visual interest. I also raised the tag using foam tape and hung the sun and cloud off the edge of the tag for additional dimension.

Hope you like the card and Spring can’t come soon enough for all of us in the Midwest.

 

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Flower Fusion #7.

Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics: Flat-Bottomed Clouds die set (larger cloud), Snow Drifts die set (to create the stencil used for the hill); Lil’ Inker Designs: Sunshine Dies (larger sun); Papertrey Ink: Flower Fusion #7 coordinating die (flower and sentiment); Pretty Pink Posh: Stitched Duo #1 tag.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Lemon Tart (for the sun); Neenah Solar White 80# for card front and tag; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.

Inks: Stampin’ Up: Melon Mambo for the flower, Pear Pizzazz for flower stem; Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist (for cloud and hill);

Other: Hot pink flat-bottomed dot from my stash

Get Crafty with Kraft a SSS and Lawn Fawn Co-Challenge on Flickr

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There is a Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn Co-Challenge going on on Flickr.

For the challenge, I used the sentiment ‘I only have eyes for you’ from a SSS stamp set (Only Have Eyes for You) and a couple eyeglass images from a Lawn Fawn stamp set (Clear to See).  A requirement of the challenge is to incorporate a kraft product such as cardstock, or kraft-colored inks, embellishments into your project. I used Neenah Environment 80 lb. Desert Storm cardstock on the card front. To add additional interest and carry the theme of Kraft further, I embellished the card with small wood veneer hearts.

I added a bit of glimmer to the eyeglasses and the wood veneer hearts with my Wink of Stella pen in clear. I can’t live without this glimmer pen.

Summary of the supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Only Have Eyes for You (sentiment); Lawn Fawn: Clear to See (eyeglasses).

Inks: Simon Says Stamp: Lipstick Red.

Cardstock: Neenah Environment Desert Storm 80lb (for card front); Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy (used as mat); Neenah Solar White 110lb for card base

Other: Wood veneer Hearts (from my stash); Wink of Stella (clear)

Pretty Petals & Thinking of You

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I haven’t posted in quite a while. The month of December went by so quickly! The Holidays, work and just the business of life made it difficult to post on the blog.

While I love making Christmas cards, by the time the Holiday Season ends, I really need a change.

So my first card of the New Year is something fresh and bright.

As a perk with my Papertrey Ink purchase in December, I received their freebie stamp set, Pretty Petals. It is a small, sweet, graphical stamp set. It’s just the thing to cheer me up and take my mind away from the harsh winter we are heading into here in Chicago.

I stamped the flower and leaf images from the Pretty Petals set in Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse, respectively, onto an A2-sized piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock. The center of the flower was stamped in Harvest Gold.  Onyx Black Versafine ink was used to stamp the sentiment. However, after looking at the image, I thought it need a little something to make it less plain, so I stamped dots from a WPlus9 stamp set in the same color ink that I used for the leaves. The dots seemed to make the eye travel across the image. I also added some sparkle to the dots using my Wink of Stella pen in clear.

I later trimmed down the image piece so it would fit as a center panel on an A2-sized woodgrain-embossed piece of cardstock. I love woodgrain embossed cardstock! It adds a bit of texture and dimension to a clean and simple card. I then glued the woodgrain piece to the front of a horizontal, top-folding A2 card base. The card base was made from 110lb Neenah Solar White cardstock.

If this sounds like excessive layering of cardstock, it’s because I like my cards to have a solid feel to them. I think that feeling of solidity is appreciated by the receiver of the card when they hold the card in their hand. Besides, thicker card bases make it easier to prop up the cards when photographing them! That’s just my preference, neither right nor wrong.

Hope this card makes you think of Spring!

 Supplies used in making this card: Stamps: Papertrey Ink Pretty Petals stamp set,  Hero Arts Everyday Sayings (CL342-retired), Borders and Backgrounds 3 stamp set by WPlus9; Inks: Papertrey Inks in Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, and Harvest Gold;  Versafine Ink in Onyx Black; Cardstock: Essentials by Ellen Woodgrain Embossed, Neenah Solar White both 110 lb. and 80 lb.; Other: Wink of Stella in Clear.