Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #568

It's Tuesday so it must be time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. Our challenge for the next fortnight is a sketch challenge

Optional theme: Checker/Gingham
Here's my card


I started my card by inking up the Echo Park Always & Forever stencil on a white A2 card panel with distress inks (seedless preserves, picked raspberry, speckled egg) applied with oval ink blending brushes. I cut the panel down to 2 3/4" x 4 1/4". I checked my stash for papers that went with the ink blended colors and what do you know, I couldn't find anything. So I decided to "make" my own colored paper. I ink blended some white cardstock with seedless preserves and an oval ink blending brush. I used it to make the fish-tail banner and the three half circles (actually, I used a 3/4" circle punch to cut these out). For the sentiment, I used My Favorite Things Blissful Butterflies stamp set and Gina K's Soft Stone ink, stamped on a scrap of white cardstock. I used a Sizzix circle die to die cut the sentiment out and ink blended along the edges with speckled egg distress ink and an oval ink blending brush. I adhered everything to a light gray A2 card panel and then adhered it to a white A2 card base to complete my card.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our sketch by adding your card to our gallery.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Die Cut Divas ~ Poppystamps Circle Card

Our challenge for the month of August at Die Cut Divas is

SHAPED CARDS

This month, our sponsor is Poppystamps. They will be giving our winner a $20 gift card to their shop.

Here's my shaped card


For sure, I make mostly A2 cards. So this challenge makes me work outside my comfort zone. To start, I made the card using light gray cardstock and a Sizzix circle die. I folded the cardstock, like a regular A2 card and die cut, making sure that a portion of the die extended beyond the fold (i.e. wouldn't be cutting anything, but would be where the fold of the card is located). I stamped the large sentiment using Simon Says STAMP's Big Scripty Greetings stamp set and Gina K's soft stone ink. I added the flowers and leaves die cut using Poppystamps Potpourri Flower Die Set and Orchard Leaves Die Set and scraps of colorful cardstock. I arranged them and adhered them to the card. I added some adhesive rhinestones in the centers of the flowers for a bit of sparkle. 

We'd love to see your shaped cards in our gallery this month.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Monday, 8 August 2022

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #485

Well, it's at least still Monday, here on the West Coast. Two weeks ago, I was a bit late! Oops. It's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's our sketch


Here's my card


I turned the sketch into a Birthday card. I chose some festive patterned papers for the background and the vertical strip. They are both from the same 6x6 paper pack so the colors matched. For the tag, I used some blue cardstock and Stampin' Up's Ornate Tag Topper Punch. I stamped the sentiment using Simon Says STAMP's Furry Cat & Box stamp set and Gina K's Red Hot ink. I dusted off my Creative Memories Oval custom cutting system to cut the sentiment oval. I thought I add some balloons, die cut using Paper Smooches' Balloons dies and scraps of cardstock. I added silver thread for the balloons strings and a silver bow for the top of the tag. I adhered all the pieces to a light kraft A2 card base to complete my card.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by this week's sketch.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Saturday, 6 August 2022

Happy Little Stampers ~ August Stencil Challenge

The world of stencils for cardmaking is exploding with possibilities. It used to be (and in many cases still is), you used a stencil, with primarily one color to achieve some design. However, with companies like PinkFresh Studio, Pretty Pink Posh, Taylored Expressions, there are layering stencils. These layering stencils permit the addition of typically more than one color (one color per stencil) to add more interest or more detail to the image. 

We have a new challenge starting at Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge


Here's my card


OK - so the use of stencils isn't prominent on my card. However, see that little bouquet of flowers? It was created with layering stencils. I used PinkFresh Studio's Whimsical Blooms layering stencils and matching die. I added color with distress ink (spun sugar, abandoned coral, dried marigold, fossilized amber, mowed lawn) applied with oval ink blending brushes. With the layering stencils, typically, there is no masking. It's usually one layer, one color. For the background, I used PinkFresh Studio's Geo Arch Hot Foil Plate, not to hot foil (I don't have the necessary equipment). However, I used it to emboss a white A2 card panel. I then lightly ink blended with tumbled glass distress ink applied with an oval ink blending  brush to help accentuate the ridges. For the sentiment, I used Paper Smooches Salutations stamp set. I stamped on light gray and cut it to form a strip. I glued the pieces together and adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete my card.

We'd love to see your stencil creations in our gallery this month.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #226

There is a new challenge starting at Addicted to CAS. For the next fortnight, our challenge is


Here's my card


For my card, I used Sunny Studio's Radiant Plumeria stamp set and matching dies. The stamp set is a layering stamp set, meaning that there are multiple stamps which get stamped "on top of each other" with different colors to add interest, shading and dimension to the images. I used Hero Arts inks (pine, field greens, grape juice), PinkFresh Studios inks (ballet slipper, sparkling rose) and  Gina K ink (wild lilac). I then die cut the images. I stamped the sentiment using Simon Says STAMP's Flower Friend stamp set with Gina K's soft stone ink. I then die cut it using a My Favorite Things stitched circle STAX die. I adhered the flower, leaves and sentiment circle to a light kraft A2 card panel, which was then adhered to a white A2 card base to complete the card. 

We'd love to see how you're inspired by the word "tropical". Please remember to keep you creations clean and simple.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Thursday, 4 August 2022

Happy Little Stampers ~ August Christmas Challenge

Wow, it's hot outside. It's nice to think about Christmas. I find it cooling - LOL! We have a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Christmas Challenge.


Here's my card


For my card, I used Simon Says STAMP's Winter Floral stencil. I added color with distress inks (candied apple, speckled egg, twisted citron) and oval ink blending brushes. I masked off areas where I didn't want the color to spread with torn pieces of post-it notes. I didn't want to cover the stenciled areas, so I chose to heat emboss the sentiment using The Ton's Holiday Flourish stamp set and gold embossing powder on a strip of vellum. I adhered the vellum to the card panel and then adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to finish off the card.

We'd love to see your floral Christmas cards.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #435

Hello Crafty Friends! How are you doing? I love having time to play with paper. We have a new challenge for you at Addicted to Stamps and More!


Have you heard of PinkFresh Studio? They hold online Create & Connect cardmaking events where for a fee, you receive a box of goodies, many not yet released and then for one weekend, you attend virtual classes using those goodies. I feel that they are worth the price tag. Also, I don't have to travel somewhere - pay for travel and hotel to attend classes. Since the classes are virtual, they can be re-watched at one's leisure. They are a brilliant way to take classes and receive new product. I took their spring class and we received their Handpicked Flowers stamp set, die and layering stencils. Their layering stencils make adding color so easy.

Here's my card


I started by stamping the image on white cardstock. I added color with the layered stencils and distress inks (spun sugar, dried marigold, carved pumpkin, twisted citron, abandoned coral, peeled paint) applied with oval ink blending brushes. I then used the coordinating die to die cut the image. I adhered it to a green A2 card panel. For the sentiment, I stamped it using Clearly Besotted's Sentimental Type on white cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I die cut the sentiment using My Favorite Things' Skinny Strips Die-namics. I adhered the sentiment to the panel and then adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete my card.

We'd love to see your stencil &/or die cut creations in our gallery.

Thanks for stopping by
sue

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