Thursday, February 23, 2017

Yay! Using up the Old Stuff - the Maggie Holmes Edition



I'm working with my stash again today.  This time I chose to pull out some Maggie Holmes Ephemera, using a tag as my focal point and sentiment.  I mixed some die cuts from the ephemera pack (leaf with gold accents and the polka dot leaf) with some dies that are also from Maggie Holmes/Crate.

The papers are from some of my older Maggie Holmes 6x6 paper pads.  I used my MFT fringe die to with one of the papers to create the borders on that base piece of ephemera and added some machine stitching as well.



The tag was finished up with some Maya Road natural and gold twine.

It's so fun to use up some of my stash as well as pull out some dies that haven't been used in a while!





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Beautiful Day



I picked up this Hero Arts stencil a while ago, and finally got to put it to use.

I love the bold design, and really didn't want to detract from it, so I kept this fairly simple.

The stencil was inked up with a whole bunch of yellow and orange distress inks.

Then I used a sponge dauber to ink up just the center and added some gold embossing powder there.  I actually started with clear, and did a couple layers of clear embossing before the gold....this gives it a bit more body and texture and puffs it up a bit more.  You'll see some sparkles in the embossing, that's because I was at my friend JJ's when I made this and she had a home brewed embossing powder which mixed two types of gold and some clear.



The sentiment is from a previous My Monthly Hero kit, and I added a bit of woodgrain paper to frame the sentiment.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Topography in Black and White




I pulled out my Topography set over the weekend.  I wanted to create a really clean and simple, one layer card, so before I stamped the background, I masked off the center using a post-it note that was cut down to 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Originally I was going to just color in a few of the areas in black, but I decided I wanted a mid-tone, so I added a dark gray, and then I decided I wanted a lighter gray too, and I went with it.

This is fun to color because you don't have to worry about shading, and for the most part the areas are pretty big and easy to color.  The trickiest part was creating a straight line around the center masked area, but again, because the areas aren't too far apart, it was relatively easy to do.



To make the sentiment pop a little bit more, it's stamped in Versafine and then clear embossed.

This really is a lot of fun to color in a relatively short amount of time, and you could definitely mass produce these.

Oh one more thing!  There's a new release at Ellen Hutson.



Some great goodies there....I'm thinking that these might just jump into my cart before the day is over.....


Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Papertrey 10th Anniversary Challenges



Hey everyone!  I had some time this weekend, and managed to create a couple cards for the 10th Anniversary celebration happening over at Papertrey Ink.

This first card is for the 2014 challenge.  One of the featured sets is Embellished Elegance, which I had to have (let's remember that this was back in 2014) and then never actually used.  Guilt-ridden, I pulled it out, it really is such a pretty set and wonderful for framing a sentiment.




I kept this very CAS, in terms of the stamping, the real interest come from the stitching.  I used two strands of DMC floss for the stitching.  Stitching always adds such great texture and interest and really elevates a card.

This next card is for the 2009 Challenge.  One of the sets being highlighted is Giga Guidelines, which I don't own, but I thought that my Fancy That set would fill in admirably.



For this card I was really inspired by Laurie Schmidlin's creation.  The medallions in the Fancy That set are significantly larger than Giga Guidelines, so it's not as delicate and open as that card, but I love the background pattern you can create.  For this card I alternated between black stamping and gold embossing.



The sentiment is also from that set, and I added some sprigs from my all time favorite Leafy Branch die cut from both black cardstock and vellum to frame the sentiment.  I also added a few clear sequins for some extra sparkle.

That's all for me today.  Hope you are enjoying the long weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Prayers to You and Your Family


I've got another card featuring a previously unused set from my stash.  I picked up this floral stamp set from Hero Arts several months back.  I've been eyeing it since it came out, and finally pulled the trigger, but does that mean that I actually used the stamp set I had been coveting for nearly a year?  Of course not!

Anyway, this set finally got it's day in the sun.

I stamped the flowers and leaves along the top of the panel using Altenew inks,

I wanted some extra depth/dimension for the flowers, so I just went in with a Copic marker and added a little line on the inside of each of the petals.  It really makes the image pop and almost gives it the look of a multi-step flower.  Super easy to do!  



To set the stamped images off even more, I used some gray Copics for a shadow.  I used C3 just next to the flowers and then added C1 as a second layer as well as around the leaves.

The card was finished off with sentiments from Hero Arts' Prayers stamp set.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Take Heart - Using the Old Stuff


I hate to call it a 'series' because I want to just do it when I feel like it and I don't want pressure, but as the regulars here know, I'm making an effort this year to get out the old stuff and use it.  

For this card I pulled out well aged package of ephemera from Pink Paislee, this was from the Portfolio collection, and just started playing around.

I started started by layering a bunch of pieces together to create the stitched piece, I wanted a little bit of a medallion and I liked the look of it on the tag.  The layers were machine stitched together and then I popped up the halves of the heart for some extra dimension.

Then I thought, why not use tags instead of patterned papers to kind of frame the tag?  So I played around with placement a bit, and came up with this combination.

I thought about placing the tags directly on my card base, but decided that some patterned paper might soften it a bit and goodness knows it's not like I don't have any patterned paper (this one came from an old Studio Calico card kit pad).  

It's also been ages since I actually used my washi for anything other than holding down a die in the Big Shot, but I wanted something to define the corners of the patterned paper as well as add a little more of a graphic punch to the card.  


Finally, I pulled out my Gardenia Blooms Journaling Card stamp set for the sentiment which was stamped on one of the banners from my Scalloped die set and popped up with foam tape.

Some Lawn Fawn Lawn Trimmings finished this off.

This was such a fun card to put together and it really came together quickly.  I'm loving diving back into the stash and seeing what happens!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Everything Will Be Okay



Hey everyone!  Happy Valentines Day!

I'm popping in with a card I made over the weekend.  I bought this sentiment die from Altenew a while back and haven't used it, and it was time.

The stamped images are from my favorite Altenew stamp set, Beautiful Day.  I wanted a soft sketchy feel, so I stamped the outline image with WPlus9 Fairy Dust ink.  Then I went in with Copics.  I had three shades of green.  I sketched in a bit of the leaves using the middle tone, then used the lightest tone to really soften the color as well as color the rest of the outline.  The darkest was used to redefine the lines a little bit as opposed to actually coloring with it.  Finally I went in with a fine journaling pen to sketch in some of the lines.



For the flowers/berries, I just added a dot of a dark red, and softened that with a pink and then used the journaling pen for definition.  This isn't an exact technique, your image won't look exactly like the stamped one, with this technique you're really using the image as a jumping off point/guide.

Once the stamping/coloring was complete, I adhered my die cut.  I also cut one in red so I could use the heart here for a little pop of red.

Thanks for stopping by!

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