Monday, 15 January 2018

Lay It Out Both Ways

There was a new release from Gina K. Designs last week and there is a card challenge to go along with it called Lay It Out Both Ways. We are to make two cards, one horizontal and one vertical, using the same stamps for the focal image. I am also entering these in the StampTV Monthly Mix Challenge - Kindness.


I love Gina's heavy base weight cardstock because you can make a one layer card and use alcohol markers without them bleeding through to the other side. I started by punching the bottom edge of the card bases and then lined them with pink cardstock. I stamped the floral images, coloured them with alcohol markers and then stamped the sentiments. I coloured some adhesive pearls with a marker that matched the pink cardstock and attached them to the cards.

I used the following supplies:

Gina K. Designs: Sending Love Stamp set
                             Heavy Base Weight White cardstock
                             Bubblegum Pink cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: MG4, MG3, BP1, CT3, AG4, AG2, BP2
edge punch, adhesive and pearls from my stash


Saturday, 13 January 2018

Black, White and Kraft

The current challenge on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog is a Color Throwdown. We must use the colors Black, White and Kraft and no other colors. I am also entering this in the StampTV Monthly Mix Challenge - Kindness.



I stamped the cute cat silhouettes and the matching sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and cut it out with a scalloped oval die. I wrapped a piece of ribbon around a piece of black cardstock and attached brads in the four corners. I taped the oval onto the black cardstock and layered this onto a kraft card base with some foam squares. 

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Better with You stamp set
                             White cardstock
                             Black and White Gingham Fancy Ribbon
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
scalloped oval die, brads, black and kraft cardstock from my stash

Friday, 29 December 2017

Thank You Card

This is a card I made for two challenges: StampTV MIUM challenge - Thank You and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes.




Back in November, I made a tag that had the tree boughs and pine cones so I decided to make a card that was similar.

I started with a white card base, stamped and embossed the sentiment and masked off the sentiment. I stamped the tree boughs, stamping off sometimes to get a different look, and added the pine cones. Once the ink had dried thoroughly, I put a thin strip of glue along the top of some of the branches parts of the pine cones and added some flocking powder. I let this dry before adding the bow.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Massive Messages, Seasonal Sentiments Stamp sets
                            Fresh Asparagus, Warm Cocoa, Charcoal Brown ink
                            White Heavy base weight cardstock
Inkadinkado masking paper
Mini Glue Dot
Clear embossing powder, Snow flocking powder, ribbon from my stash


Saturday, 23 December 2017

Inspiration Everywhere

This is a card I made for the StampTV challenge - Inspiration Everywhere. We had a photo of a box of chocolates, which had a very pretty design, and we drew our inspiration from that.


This is what I came up with:



I used the snowflakes, the gold ribbon and the colours red, white and gold. I also used part of a coffee cup which had a snowflake theme. I cut out a circle from the cup and inked up the edge slightly. I stamped the sentiment, punched it out with a scalloped circle punch and then punched a slightly larger circle out of red. I layered these together and set them aside.

I stamped snowflakes with red ink all over a white card base. I embossed some with clear embossing powder and left the rest plain. Then I stamped a few with VersaMark ink and embossed them in gold. I attached the sentiment layers and added a bow with a Glue Dot.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Christmas Joy, Seasonal Sentiments and Snow Frame Stamp sets
                             Red Velvet ink
                             Red Velvet and White cardstock
VersaMark ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Mini Glue Dot
clear and gold embossing powder, 2” circle punch, 1 3/4” scalloped circle punch, ribbon, coffee cup from my stash

Friday, 15 December 2017

Non-traditional Colours

This week for the StampTV MIUM challenge we are to use non-traditional colours. It didn't have to be a Christmas card but I decided to make one since I already had my stamps out.


This is a clean and simple card as I didn't have much time to make it. I was having a hard time coming up with a design and then I remembered the pink artificial trees that you sometimes see. I  stamped the tree boughs in pink and added a bright blue ornament. I thought the sentiment was appropriate so I stamped it and added a few rhinestones for some sparkle.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Merry & Bright and Seasonal Sentiments Stamp sets
                            Passionate Pink and Blue Lagoon ink
                            White Heavy Base Weight cardstock
rhinestones from my stash

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Snowflake background

I made this card for two challenges: StampTV MIUM - Create your own Patterned Paper, and ModSquad Challenge - What a Flake (have a snowflake on your project).



I thought it would be easy to combine these two challenges by making patterned paper with snowflakes. I randomly stamped the snowflakes on a piece of white cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them in white. Then I sponged over the cardstock with two shades of blue ink and rubbed over the snowflakes with a dry tissue to remove any ink that might be there. 

I stamped the sentiment and snowflakes on blue cardstock and heat embossed them in white. I used my PixScan mat and my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the sentiment, leaving a small border. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the snowflakes.

I matted the background before attaching it to a white card base and popped up the snowflakes with some foam squares. When I was putting the card together, I wasn't quite happy with it and my husband suggested that the sentiment could be in colour. I used my Spectrum Noir markers to colour over the white sentiment before using foam squares to attach it.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Seasonal Sentiments Stamp set and matching dies
                            White and Blue Denim cardstock
                            Powder Blue and Blue Denim ink
VersaMark ink
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: BP2, PL2
Silhouette Cameo and PixScan mat
white embossing powder, foam squares from my stash

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Christmas Inspiration Challenge

We were given a Christmas inspiration photo this week for the StampTV MIUM challenge


I decided to use the gold, white and turquoise colours and the poinsettias. This is what I ended up with.


I loved the sparkle of the lights on the tree, so I foiled one of the Foil-Mates with gold foil
for my background. I stamped and die cut the poinsettias, and stamped and embossed the sentiment. I used a square die but cut out a rectangle by only cutting part of the die, turning it around, moving the die and partially cutting again. I used the same technique to cut a mat for the sentiment. 

I wrapped a piece of sheer ribbon around the background and attached it to a turquoise card base. I added the matted sentiment and popped up the poinsettias with some foam squares.



I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Merry & Bright stamp set and coordinating dies
                            Christmas Joy stamp set
                            Turquoise Sea cardstock and ink
                            Swirls & Flourishes Foil-Mates
Cottage Cutz Stitched Square die set
VersaMark ink
gold foil, gold embossing powder, ribbon, foam squares and white cardstock from my stash

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Square Tag

There are more beautiful tags on the 25 Days of Christmas Tags site. I was inspired by Michele Ferguson's tags on day 22. I am also entering this in the StampTV MIUM challenge - Get in Shape. We had to pick a shape or two and use that on our project.


I didn't have any plaid paper or stamps, so I used squares to give the look of plaid. I cut out squares that are about 1 1/2 cm wide. I attached them onto a square of black cardstock and then to a small white card base.

I stamped the sentiment and trimmed it down, and then stamped the holly and fussy cut it out. I used foam squares to pop up the holly and sentiment, punched a hole in the corner and threaded the baker's twine through. I used some red Stickles to add the berries.


I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Seasonal Sentiments Stamp set
                             Sentimental Holiday Stamp set
                             Cold Snap patterned paper
                             Fresh Asparagus ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Christmas Red Stickles
1/16" punch, black and white cardstock, black twine, foam squares from my stash

Friday, 17 November 2017

Cutout Card

This week, for the StampTV MIUM challenge - Cut It Out, we were asked to cut out a portion of our card front and then use that cut out portion on the inside. So here is the card front:




And here is the inside:



I decided to use the snowflake dies that go with the Seasonal Sentiments stamp set. I went with a white card front to look like the snow and used a swirly patterned paper behind the cutouts to look like the wind. I embossed the sentiment and attached the layers to a navy card base.

For the inside, I stamped and embossed the snowflakes on the die cut pieces before adhering them to the card base. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and attached that to the bottom.

I used these supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Seasonal Sentiments Stamp set and coordinating dies
                             Scripty Holiday Stamp set
                             Cold Snap patterned paper
VersaMark ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
silver embossing powder, white and navy cardstock

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Plaid Tag

I have been inspired by another tag. It is by Karen Letchworth on Day 9 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I am entering that challenge and also the StampTV MIUM challenge - Tag, You're It.




The background was made by adhering tissue paper to cardstock with cling wrap. You put the cling wrap in between the two layers and use an iron to melt it. This sticks the two layers together and you can use it like patterned paper.

I stamped the holly leaves and cut them out with the coordinating die. I also die cut the berries with another die in the set. The holly stamp only has two leaves so I cut out an extra one, cut it apart and glued one leaf to each of the other two leaves. I added the berries in the middle.

I stamped the sentiment, cut it out with a square die and cut it again to make the rectangle. I did the same with the black mat with a postage stamp edge die.

I attached a piece of patterned paper to the tag and added the sentiment. I wrapped the black gingham type ribbon around the tag and tied a bow. Then I added another bow underneath. I punched a hole in the top and threaded the black ribbon through and tied a bow. Then I added the red gingham ribbon. I popped up the holly leaves with some foam squares and added three sequins to the sentiment layer.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Merry & Bright stamp set and coordinating dies
                            Fresh Asparagus ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Cottage Cutz Stitched Square Set die
Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frame die
tissue paper, cling wrap, ribbon, foam squares, sequins, 
patterned paper, white, red and black                           cardstock from my stash