Friday, November 10, 2017

Believe Poinsettia Card

I am finally getting around to posting my card for the Penny Black at Allsorts challenge this month.  
The theme is Flower Power, so I went with this beautiful stamp from one of my PB oldies but goodies (Winter Glow 2808L).  

I inked the stamp with Tim Holtz distress inks, placed a piece of Strathmore vellum bristol in my Misti, and stamped the flower.  I started with a light shade, and gradually added darker shades to build up the color.  The Misti is great for this technique. 

When the image was dry ( I hurried it along with a heat tool), I used a VersaMark embossing pen to add some gold embossing to areas of the image, then embossed it.  I also embossed the 'believe' (from a Fiskars small Christmas set).  

I am also adding my card to:  Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge and Addicted To Stamps Challenge (Make your mark).

I added some extra shading and details to the poinsettia petals and leaves with my Prismacolor colored pencils.  With my Clarity brush, I added a light purple haze around the flower, then stamped some Penny Black background stamps (Letter Background, swirl, and swirl border) for interest.  Some spatters, a few crystals, and some gold cording finish it off.

My design team duties have been keeping me busy, so I haven't been as active here on my blog.  I was honored to be asked by SCS moderator, Lydia, to join the Dirty Dozen Design Team at Splitcoaststampers last month.  Can't believe I'm in my second month as a 'Dirty Girl!'  I love the community there, and have been enjoying getting to know everyone.  If you haven't been to the SCS site, do pop in and say hello.  Check out the amazing galleries, and the fun forums.  There are also lots of challenges available to join.  If you are not a SCS member, it only takes a minute to join.  It's a wonderful resource for inspiration and ideas.  And there are tons of free tutorials on the site!  Here is a link to my gallery.  The cards I've been making for the Dirty Dozen Design Team are in the Fan Club section.  You can find information about the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club HERE.  The rest of my cards are in my gallery.  My SCS identification is JustCallMeNana.  The 'my gallery' link above will take you there.

I also received an invitation to join the Technique Junkies design team a couple of weeks ago.  I have been busy, busy, busy getting my cards ready for my first post on that site in late November.  I hope you will stop by to check out the TJ blog and say hello!  You will love the stamp designs.  You can see a card I made a while ago, using TJ's stamps on my blog HERE.  And another one HERE.

Now that I have worked out all the techie stuff (I hope), I will be around here more often.  I miss my little Cafe!  I will be back to my normal posting schedule very soon. 

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.  If you feel inclined, let me know in the comments if you prefer traditional Christmas colors or tend to go for the non-traditional, as in this poinsettia.  I love both, just depends on my mood!



Monday, October 30, 2017

In My Thoughts Anemones Card

I just received my order with my stamps from The Ton, and couldn't wait to use them.  I've been drooling over this anemones set for a while now, and finally have it.  So, today's card....
 Stamps:  Fresh Cut Anemones - The Ton
                Verse - Thoughtful Poppies - The Ton
                Various background stamps- unknown
Stencil:  Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi - dots & stripes borders
Inks:  Tim Holtz distress inks
Tools:  Misti, Clarity stencil brushes, distress applicators

I started with a pale pink A2 card.  On a panel slightly smaller, I created a row of stripes along the left side, using my Clarity brushes and distress ink.  

On a light pink card stock panel cut slightly smaller than the card front, I stamped the vase from the Fresh Cut Anemones set.  I did not ink up the bottom portion of the vase.  I used the same distress marker color to draw the bottom for the mug, and added a hand-drawn handle, then colored the mug.  I sponged a background, and added some background stamping with a script and flourish stamp.  These are stamps that I have had in my stash forever, unmounted, so I do not know who they are.

On watercolor paper, I stamped and water colored the anemones and leaves.  Then I fussy-cut them, and arranged them in the mug.  I added the verse, and some pearls from Want 2 Scrap.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

The Ton Challenge  - Mood board inspiration

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge -
Anything goes

Less Is More Challenge - Stamp layering

Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge - Case one of this week's featured stamper's cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Happy National Pumpkin Day Card

Happy National Pumpkin Day!  To celebrate, I made a card with, well, pumpkins!  Lots and lots of pumpkins.
 I used watercolor paper, and inked the pumpkins with Tim Holtz distress inks and just stamped randomly all over the paper for the background.  I added some sponging to fill in the white.  

For the verse, I stamped it with India Ink black, distressed it a little, then cut with a double stitched die.  I added another double stitched die under it, which I colored with my green distress ink.  I used foam tape to give this dimension.

The leaves were punched from some direct-to-paper card stock, and added with glue dots and foam tape, along with the pumpkin charm with the twine.  All was layered onto a gold panel, then adhered to a white A2 card.

Stamps:  Pumpkins - Printworks Q019 Thanksgiving Blessings; Verse - Printworks (don't have name or item #)
Dies:  Our Daily Bread Designs double stitched rectangles
Punch:  McGill oak leaf
Inks:  Tim Holtz distress inks

I hope you are enjoying some pumpkin things today.  Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin cookies, pumplin pie, pumpkin bread.  Yummy.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge - Anything goes optional gold (border)

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Fall Splendor challengel - Use fall colors

Thanks for visiting. 




Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Let Us Give Thanks Card

Following along with fall card making, I couldn't resist making a card with this stamp from Art Impressions.
I am adding my card to the Art Impressions challenge, 
which is stamp a scene.  This fall scene takes me back many, many falls ago, when I was a child, growing up next door to my grandma's farm. 
I am thankful for a childhood full of loving and joyful memories.  We worked hard, and played hard, and there was an abundance of love and joy in our days.

I embossed the image onto watercolor paper, and watercolored it with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  I love the vibrancy of these pencils.  The image stamp is Art Impressions #fUMM3180, and the verse is from Art Impressions Sentiments Set # 4903-WC.

I am also adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenge - Fall splendor

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge - Anything goes optional gold
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Let me know in the comments what you are thankful for this fall!



Monday, October 23, 2017

Technique Junkies Challenge Card

When I saw the Technique Junkies challenge I knew what I was going to use for my stamp.  These giraffes were the perfect thing for October, breast cancer awareness month. The challenge at Technique Junkies is to create a card using the 'build a background technique.  

I used the Technique Junkies stamp 'Stand Tall' #SD601.  I cut the verse from the stamp, and used my Misti to do the background building technique.  I stamp and embossed the giraffes over the background, and sponged lightly around the edges.  I used Spellbinder's oval dies for the layering, and for the card.  A little ribbon and bow finish off my card.  Here is the inside:
I am adding my card to these challenges:

Technique Junkies Challenge - build a background technique

AAA Cards Challenge - Inspired by a film (Lion King) 

Little Red Wagon  - Shape up - Make a shaped card

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Hope your have a wonderful evening.



Sunday, October 22, 2017

Daisy Blessings Card

It was another glorious day here today.  The sun was shining, and it was warm, but just warm enough to be comfortable in long sleeves, no sweater.  I love fall days like this, when it smells like fall, sounds like fall, looks like fall, yet it is a wee bit warmer than the crisp fall days.  I love those, also, though.

So, my card today was inspired by the last three daisies in my garden, that just refuse to give up.  They are hanging in there, standing proud and tall, and giving their very last bit of life to add some cheer to my decaying garden.  I love daisies; they are my favorite flower.  They are cheerful, unpretentious, and always make me smile.  They look so pretty on a window sill in a little vase, and add so much life and cheer to a garden patch.  Their bloom is long, and they look like dancers when they sway in the wind.
I started with a Darice embossing folder - the one with the daisies, and put it through my Cuttlebug with white bristol paper in it.  I fussy-cut the daisies from the paper and set it aside.

For the background panel, I used a piece of bristol paper, and dragged fossilized amber, peeled paint, and broken china distress oxide inks from top to bottom of the paper.  I dried that with my heat tool, then dragged the same colors horizontally across the paper, and dried that.  

I made a frame from amber card stock with an Our Daily Bread double stitched die, and attached the background piece to it, wrapped some yellow, blue and green string around it, then attached it to a white A2 card.  

I used the distress inks as watercolor, and added color to the daisies with a paint brush, then attached it to the card with glue dots and foam tape.  The Blessings die is from Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings SSSD111380.  I cut it several times, sponged the oxided on the last die cut, and layered them, then attached it to the card.  I was going to add some sequins or clear crystals, but thought it had enough going on, so didn't.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenge - Abundant Blessings
There is still time to join any of the Falliday Fest challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  The deadline is October 31st.  You can learn more about the challenges HERE.  Stop in and check out all the galleries and different challenge opportunities.  And the amazing tutorials.

The Flower Challenge - Favorite flower

I am going for prize # 4 - The Ton gift certificate

Happy Little Stampers Die Challenge - Anything goes with dies

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  May you have a blessed week ahead.

Thanks so much for visiting.



Saturday, October 21, 2017

Happy Fall Sunflower Card

Sunflowers are a basic part of many fall floral arrangements and fall wreaths and decor.  It's no wonder, as they are one of the most glorious flowers you can find.  From the rich golden curly yellow petals, to the fabulous seeds inside the center, these flowers display magnificently!
I have several sunflower stamps.  This one from Penny Black (2669K 'Sunny') is one of my favorites.  It is a solid image, with an artsy, watercolor feel to it.  For my card today, I chose to stamp it on black card stock, using white ColorBox pigment ink.  I let the ink dry while I went about my chores, and came back and colored it with my Polychromos colored pencils.  I added some white lines here and there with a nib pen dipped in Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay white india ink.  I added the white spatters of the same ink with a fine paint brush which I tapped to spray the ink.

I die cut the panel with Our Daily Bread Designs double quilted dies, and mounted it to yellow/gold card stock panel, which I die cut, as well.  I used fun foam to mount it to a brown panel, then a black A2 card.  I hand lettered 'happy fall' along the bottom.  A strip of black and white dp along the edge for interest, and a bow and little sunflower charm I found in my stash, and that is it. 

I've had several people ask me about my bows.  I have had a Bow-Easy tool (by Posi-Bendr Company) for years, and use it all the time.  It is so easy to use, and makes perfect bows each time.  It takes all the guesswork out of bow-making.  I love it. 
I am submitting my card to the Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenge (Fall Splendor).   Falliday Fest is an annual fall challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  You can read the details HERE and check out all the fabulous entries HERE. 
The challenge deadline is October 31st, so you still have time to enter.  Hope to see you there.

I am also entering my card in these challenges:

Penny Black At Allsorts Challenge - Close to nature

House of Cards Challenge - Halloween colors 


The Flower Challenge  - Favorite flower

I am going for prize # 4 ($25 Gift Code for The Ton)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I know how busy weekend days can be, so I really appreciate you visiting. 

What is your favorite thing about fall?   If you feel inclined, please leave a comment and let me know.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I Love You More Than Candy Corn Halloween Card

Greetings!  I thought I would post a card I made for the Impression-Obsession Challenge . 
The challenge theme at IO is 'You're an animal.'  Owls are animals, yes?  And I just adore these cute little Impression-Obsession owl stamps (B7800 Owl on Hat and D7801 Owl on Head.  I stamped, colored them with Copics, then fussy-cut them and layered them onto a die cut heart (die unknown).  It is actually two stamps, which I stacked.  The verse is also Impression-Obsession (A14476) More Than Candy Corn.  

I added some Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine sequins, and layered the heart on an A2 card, layered with some candy corn designer paper and a strip of purple.  
I added some feathers and a pretty shimmery orange ribbon and bow for a whimsical touch.

This will be our halloween card for my six year old granddaughter.  Now I have to make one for her older sister.

I also added this card to the Falliday Fest Challenge at SplitCoastStampers HERE.

NOW for some news I've been waiting to tell you, which will explain why I haven't posted much here in the past four weeks.  (don't worry, I'm back)!   I am now on the Dirty Dozen Design Team for SplitCoastStampers!  I received an email about four weeks ago from Lydia, asking me if I would be interested in being on the design team.  It really took me by surprise!  I am honored and delighted to represent SCS.  I have been working furiously, making cards for the October theme challenge (Creepy Crawlies), and learning the 'behind the scenes' ropes.  Mine and the other 11 Dirty Dozen design team members six cards each will be posted in the October theme gallery.  The monthly theme challenge is available to be viewed and entered by SplitCoastStamper Fan Club members.  The other galleries are open to anyone.  Here is a link to the Splitcoaststampers site.  I hope you will stop by to see all the amazing cards.  
SCS is a fun community, with daily, weekly, and monthly challenges, tutorials, and hundreds of members' galleries.  

You can also join the site and add your own gallery.  I have been a member there since 2007.  Please stop by there and say hello.  There are tons of forums where you can ask questions, check out what's new, get tips and ideas.

I'm happy to be back in my blog, and will continue to regularly post here.  Now that I am familiar with the procedures and technical stuff over at SCS, I will have more time for my home sweet home here at Paper Arts Cafe!

I hope you are having a great week.  See you soon in the cafe!



Friday, October 13, 2017

Sending Prayers Fall Card

A quick post today with a card for Cas-ual Fridays Challenge.
Here is the sketch for the challenge
I went with fall colors because, well, because I could!  I love, love, love fall, and the gorgeous colors of the season.
 The card is an A2 card made from Bazzill card stock.  On a panel of off-white card stock cut slightly smaller than the card, I stamped the branch (Cas-ual Fridays CFSS-14-002 Casual Comfort set) a couple of times with distress inks.  I used my Clarity stencil brushes to add a halo of color around the stamped images.  I stamped it one time again on a scrap piece of card stock, and added color as I did on the first panel.  

I cut the scrap stamped piece to fit inside the die, which is Spellbinder's.  I cut it out, inked it with VersaMark, and added Oatmeal embossing powder.  I also embossed a couple of strips of card stock, and the verse.

I added the strips above and below the verse (same Cas-ual Fridays set as branch), then used foam tape to add the die with the image in it, so that it lined up with the image under it on the card.

Some spatters and some sequins finish off the card. 

I appreciate you stopping by today.  I will be back this weekend.  I have some amazing news to reveal on Monday.  I cannot leak this info until then, so please do come back. 




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mondo Hydrangea Birthday Card

I needed a special birthday card for a very special friend.  I know she likes planting and grooming flowers in her yard.  The past couple of years, however, deer have been eating all of the fruits of her labor, so she doesn't do as much planting any more.  I thought I would send her a flower plant that the deer won't eat......
Stamps:  Mondo Hydrangea from Essentials by Ellen and the verse is from the set Lovely from Essentials by Ellen.

The background is patterned paper I had in my stash.  It is a lovely creamy color with light brown flower names all over it. I attached the background paper to a coral A2 top folding card, leaving a small margin of the coral paper showing on the left.  I used my Clarity brush to add some blending with the color Abandoned Coral from Tim Holtz distress inks.

I stamped the hydrangea and leaves onto canvas paper with India Ink permanent ink.  I used Tombow markers to watercolor them, then fussy-cut it and added it to the card using foam tape to raise it up and give the card dimension and interest.

I stamped the verse onto cream card stock, cut it with an Our Daily Bread doubles stitched rectangles die, brushed on some of the same abandoned coral ink, and added it to the card.

Some Studio Katia clear sparkling crystals finished off my card.  I addressed it and popped it in the mail.  Hope she likes it!


Ellen Hutson Pin Sights Challenge - Inspiration picture (I used the coral-like colors/

Casology - Big

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge - Anything goes

The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Harvest Card

My card today was inspired by The Paper Players Challenge 

I think I may have strayed just a wee bit from the clean and simple aspect, so if it does not qualify, I understand.  I would have been ok if I hadn't created the background, but I couldn't resist.  I do have a problem keeping to CAS!   But, I wanted to share anyways, and I'll take the chance.

I love fall, and all things autumn and fall.  I have been seeing those white pumpkins everywhere in the stores, and think they are so adorable, and something different.  So, I decided to use this inspiration for my card.
Stamps:  Penny Black 'pumpkins' cling stamp 40-145, Penny Black Letter Background 1999L, and Penny Black Curly Foliage 1993J.
I white embossed the pumpkins, then watercolored them using Derwent Inktense water pencils.  For the background, I stamped the swirl background stamp in Memories dye white ink pad, and the script background with Tim Holtz distress ink.  I used a Copic marker around the outside of the pumpkins to make them stand out and give them some shadow.  I used my Clarity stamp brush with some distress ink to distress along the edges of the card.

I did not have a stamp I really wanted for the verse, and I liked the word 'harvest' on the inspiration picture.  I decided to go for it and hand letter.  Unfortunately, that is when my white Uniball Signo pen decided to not play nice, and would simply not work.  So, after playing around with it trying to make it write, I decided to go to plan B.  I hand lettered the word with my Prismacolor white pencil.  I sharpened it as sharp as I could get it, and went for it.  I outlined it with a light tan Copic marker on the left side to help it stand out.

Some spatters of white and brown, and some Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen finish off the card.


The Paper Players Challenge  - Inspiration picture above

Allsorts Challenge - Feels like autumn

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - One layer card

The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge - Color something every day for 30 days.

I hope you are having a great day.  Thanks so much for visiting.  




Monday, September 18, 2017

Music Note Card

I have a clean and simple card for today for a couple of challenges.  
Stamp - Cas-ual Fridays verse from the set 'Big treble'
Dies - Cas-ual Fridays coordinating treble clef die to above set, and Our Daily Bread double stitched rectangle
Inks - Tim Holtz distress oxide, India Ink Black
Other - Studio Katia clear drops

I created the background with distress oxide inks in abandoned coral and worn lipstick, with an ink blending tool, blending out the colors into each other.  Then I dropped some water droplets on it from my hand, and used a paper towel to pick up the water and create those white areas.

I stamped the verse with black and let it dry.  I cut the treble clef in black and coral, and layered them onto the card, offsetting the coral a bit so the black shows under it.  Some clear drops finish off the card.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  - Clean and simple

Happy Little Stampers Die Challenge - Anything goes with dies

Cas-ual Fridays Challenge - Case a Girl Friday - I 'cased' Channin Pelletier's card 

Thanks for stopping by.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Positivity Journal Cover

Today's project started out to be a card, but somewhere between the leaf and the background, I started thinking I wanted it to be the cover for my Positivity Journal.  And so it is....
 Penny Black 'Poetic' cling stamp 40-544
 Penny Black verse from the 'faith' clear set 30-409

Other supplies:
 Canson Canva-Paper
 Tim Holtz distress inks rusty hinge, vintage photo, fossilized
 amber, fired brick
 India ink for verse
Watercolor brush, water, Tombow markers black and brown,   5 1/2 x 7 1/2" Strathmore Mixed Media pad for journal,          Faber Castell white Pitt artist pen, black card stock, Clarity stencil brushes, Misti stamping tool, foam finger daubers.

I put my canvas paper into the Misti with the leaf, inked the leaf in fossilized amber and stamped it.  As the ink really didn't take easily to the canvas paper (lots of texture and a bit of a finish on it), I used a watercolor brush and a bit of water to fill in the color to the textured areas.  I heat it to dry it, then added the other colors.  I used the foam daubers to add the colors to the stamp, adding different colors in different areas, then stamping.  I kept repeating this process, drying in between, and adding/moving color around with a damp paint brush, until I was happy.  It is a challenge working on the canvas paper, but so worth the effort!

I used the Tombow brown and black markers to create the age spots and details, and also the shadow under the leaf.  I added some bits of white Pitt pen in the areas where there are holes in the leaf.

For the background, I very carefully added water and some of the distress inks to create a watercolor background.  When dry, I stamped the verse, using the Misti so I could stamp it multiple times because of the texture.  I layered it onto a black piece and tore a jagged border along the left side.

I cut a piece of the canvas paper the size of my journal, and used my square punch to punch the holes for the spiral binding.  I use Clarity brushes to apply rusty hinge and vintage photo distress inks, lightly.  I added the cover to the journal and reassembled it.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend, and made some time for yourself and your loved ones.

Adding my project to these challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge- One layer card (I know it's not a card, so I hope it's is one layer, which I attached to the cover page for my journal cover.

AAA Cards - Autumn colors

Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Clean and simple

Word Art Wednesday - Verse

Thanks so much for visiting.  Enjoy your week!



Friday, September 15, 2017

Positivity Journal Page Two

Today I decided to work on my 'positivity journal.'  In a previous post I wrote about starting this journal of positive thoughts and quotes.  I decided to combine my love for words with my love for all things 'art.'  So, my positivity journal was born.
So...I was really liking this know when that little voice in your head says 'stop,' but you ignore it and keep going?  Yep...I did that.  And I don't like the results.  But, I decided to put it out there anyway.  This art journaling thing is a work in progress.  We learn from our mistakes...and hopefully use them to help us grow.  The next time I hear that voice, I will heed!  I think.  I hope.'s the scoop on the page....
     Impression-Obsession Chinese Lanterns (E13185)
     Impression-Obsession Solid Florals ( CL124)
     Tim Holtz distress inks in antique linen, dusty concord, and seedless preserves
     My own - a bit wobbly, but I'm just learning, and, hey, you have to start somewhere.  I decided to just go ahead and use it in my journal, even though I am not anywhere near good at it...yet. 

I removed the pages from a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Strathmore Mixed Media pad (my journal) so that I could easily do my stamping and drawing/lettering without the binding coil getting in the way.  I will put them back in, as I saved the coil.  I plan to do all the stamping/drawing/lettering, then put them in.  I can then work on the fun part...the coloring and artsy stuff.

I stamped the Chinese lanterns (yes, I know they are orange, but I love purple, and thought they went well with the quote I chose), and watercolored them with the distress inks. I used a fairly dry brush (I like the Silver Black Velvet round brushes...they taper to a point).  They look as though I added white, but I did not.  It's just the way I used the brush, going in very lightly at the first coat, then adding darker layers by adding less water to the ink, and using a fairly dry brush.

When they were dry, I made masks for the lanterns, then brushed antique linen around them with my Clarity stencil brush.  I spattered some water to create those soft white areas.  I did the lettering, then added the swirly stamps.  That's where I got a little carried away!

So, I am adding my page to these challenges:

Impression-Obsession - Harvest hellos - fall or halloween 

Work Art Wednesday - verse

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media - Collage

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor - Anything goes - optional spritz

The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you had a good week, and have some fun plans for the weekend!



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Fall Theme Card

We have had some lovely fall weather lately, then today it turned warm and muggy again, and will be through the weekend.  I did enjoy the cooler days, and am looking forward to fall.  But although it has been humid and warm, it still cools right down at night.  Fall is definitely very close.

So, another fall card......
I am just having so much fun with my distress oxide inks.  I created this background with them on watercolor paper, then stamped some Impression-Obsession stamps onto the background - Leigh Hannan medallion stamp (F2258), and a border from their Ornate Borders clear set WP130.  The verse is IO, but it is an old one that I had removed from the wood and neglected to record the name and number.  Finally, Impression-Obsession Silhouette 18 (E5568) is the main silhouette focus.  I spattered some black ink, but had to dry it quickly, as it started to fizz out, and I didn't want that.

I layered the panel onto a black card, cutting it a little narrower than the card so I had a black narrow border along the left.


Impression-Obsession Challenge - Fall or halloween

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor challenge - Anything goes - optional spritz

Little Red Wagon - Distress it

The Daily Marker 30 Day color challenge 

I hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer.  Thanks so much for stopping by.




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

First Fall Card Of The Season

It's official....I saw two flocks of geese leaving today.  Fall is definitely on the horizon.  And my fall stamps are making their way to my desk, waiting to be inked.  I couldn't resist, so here is my first of the season.....
I do love the rich, jewel tones of autumn, especially in the leaves.  
Stamps used:  Impression-Obsession Fancy Leaves CC224 Cover A Card cling background leaf stamp.  The verse is also Impression-Obsession.  I do not know the name or number, as it is one of their older stamps, and I had detached it from the wood and neglected to write the info.  Sorry.

Technique:  I inked the leaf stamp with Tim Holtz distress oxide inks, then spritzed the stamp so that it was wet, but not extremely runny.  I placed a piece of linen card stock onto the stamp, and held it there a few seconds before lifting it.  I lifted it off, then spritzed the card with water to get the inks blurring a bit more. I dried the piece, then when it was dry, I very lightly rubbed a damp baby wipe over the surface.  This brightened the color somewhat, and also spread some of it into the background, creating a creamy, soft background for the leaves.

I stamped the verse using my Misti, so that I could stamp it a few times to get it dark enough.  I spritzed Tattered Angels pearl glimmer mist over the entire panel.  In real life, this gave the piece a beautiful shimmery finish.  Here is a close up, but still doesn't do it justice in the photo...
 I adhered the panel to an A2 card base, added some spatters with a Krylon gold leafing pen, cut a thin strip for along the left edge (I ran the gold leafing pen along the strip before adhering, to carry over the gold from the spatters).


Impression-Obsession Challenge - Harvest hellos (fall or halloween)

Little Red Wagon Challenge  - Distress it (I used distress inks)

Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Verse

The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge 

I hope you are having a great week.  Thanks so much for visiting. 



Monday, September 11, 2017

Glitter Embossed Card

Today's card is for a special young lady who has achieved a very important goal she had set for herself.  I pulled out one of my old, very old, Hero Arts sets CL303.  I love the high heels and fun verses in this set.
I used pink distress ink to create the background with a stencil.  I then embossed the vellum strip and the she using Judi Kins Black Opal embossing powder.  It has lots of fiery glitter in a black base, and really is striking in person. 

I also embossed the border of the layering piece, before applying it to a pink A2 card, then adhering the panel on it.

I am adding my card to:

The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 

Cards In Envy  - Cheers to you!

Thanks for stopping by.