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


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Pine Cone Tag

This tag was inspired by the tag by Svitlana Shayevich on day 5 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I am entering it in the StampTV MIUM challenge - Tag, You're It and the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.



I stamped the branches with Christmas Pine, both in full strength and stamped off. I also added some in Moonlit Fog. I added the pine cones, trimmed the top corners and sponged around the edges. I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with clear embossing powder. After punching a hole, I threaded the ribbon and tied it.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Seasonal Sentiments stamp set
                             White cardstock
                             Ink: Christmas Pine, Moonlit Fog, Warm Cocoa, Red Velvet  
clear embossing powder, sponge dauber, ribbon from my stash

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Card and Tag

This week, the StampTV MIUM challenge is to make two things that match. It can be a card and tag, box and bag, any two things as long as they match. I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Christmas Gift Tag, and Tracey McNeeley's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.


I was inspired by Jo Nevill in Day 1 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I liked the clean and simple look with the sparkly gold stars.

For the tag, I stamped the image and sentiment with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with gold. I used the VersaMarker to write the To and From and embossed them. I punched the top of the tag and tied the ribbon on.

For the card, I used VersaMark ink to stamp the ornament randomly onto a piece of Red Velvet cardstock to give a watermark look.  I embossed the ornament and sentiment on white cardstock, sponged the edges and adhered it to the red cardstock. This was then attached to a white card base.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Merry & Bright stamp set
                            Scripty Holidays stamp set
                            Red velvet cardstock and ink
                            White cardstock
VersaMark ink, VersaMarker
antique gold embossing powder, ribbon from my stash

Monday, 30 October 2017

Christmas Treat Box

I made another treat box for the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #42 - Treat Holders. I found the idea here: http://intatwynedesigns.co.uk/intatwynedesigns/?p=4621. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.



This was very easy to make and holds 4 of the Lindor or Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

Using a piece of cardstock measuring 10" x 6 1/2", I scored at 1 1/2", 3", 4 1/2" and 6" along the 6 1/2" side and at 1/2", 2", 8", and 9 1/2" on the 10" side. I cut, trimmed and folded to get the following shape.



The middle hole was made by folding the cardstock in half and punching with the Decorative Label punch. You could use any punch you have, or even cut a shape by hand. It just allows the candies to show through. I used a corner rounder punch on the two side tabs and punched part of a circle out of the edges of the bottom piece. This allows for easier opening. I also tapered the sides of the flaps on the sides and at the bottom to make it easier to fold and close.

I decorated with patterned paper - 3 pieces cut 1 1/4" x 5 3/4" and 2 pieces cut 1 1/4" x 1 1/4". I didn't put any paper on the bottom edge. After the paper was attached, I re-punched the hole. It's easier to punch them separately so it isn't too thick. I used Scor-Tape to adhere the bottom tab to the back of the top edge and folded and closed in the side tabs. 

I stamped the sentiment, punched it out and matted it with a scalloped circle. I attached on one side and a bow on the other side. 

I used the following supplies:
Scor-Pal
Stampin’ Up!: Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper
                        Cherry Cobbler cardstock and ink
                        Decorative Label punch
                        1 3/4” Scalloped Circle punch
ek tools 1” and 1 1/2” punches
Scor- Tape
Art-C stamp set
corner punch, ribbon from my stash

Friday, 27 October 2017

Halloween Treat Holders

I decided to make some Halloween treat holders for the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge - Treat Holders. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.



These are a matchbook style so they were so quick to make. I started with a page in the Witch's Dust paper pad. It is quite thick, so it's almost like cardstock. It measured 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" and I cut it in half to get two pieces of 2 1/4" by 6 1/2". It is reversible so I made one of each.

With the 6 1/2" side at the top, I scored at 3/4", 3 1/2" and 4". I folded up the 3/4" and stapled near the middle of the edge to make the bottom of the 'matchbook'. I folded along the other two score lines to make the top and front.

I stamped the two images and fussy cut the one with the bat. The spider image was cut with the Creative Memories circle cutting system. I matted it with another circle cut from orange cardstock. I adhered these to the front with some foam squares.

I filled each one with a treat sized candy bar.


Supplies used:
Recollections Witch’s Dust Halloween paper pad
Hampton Art Happy Halloween stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Creative Memories Circle cutting system

Scor-Pal
yellow marker, foam squares, white and orange cardstock from my stash


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Turquoise for September

This week, for the StampTV MIUM challenge, we were given a colour to go with each month of the year. We had to use the colour associated with our birth month. We could also use black, white and ivory. I am also entering this in the StampTV Kit Addicts Group challenge - Birthday Card, Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Monochrome and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes.


My birthday is in September, so I had to use aqua or turquoise. I decided to use the Turquoise Sea ink, cardstock and envelope by Gina K. Designs. I started by sponging the ink through a stencil onto a piece of white cardstock. While that dried, I formed my card base into a gate fold card by scoring 2 1/8" from each side and folding them onto the front so they met in the middle. I cut the stenciled piece in two and adhered one piece to each side.

I foiled the sentiment and cut it out with a stitched square die. I attached this to a postage stamp die cut and added them to the left hand side of the card front with some foam squares. I stamped a little flourish on the envelope to finish it off.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Turquoise Sea ink, cardstock and envelope
                            Happy Birthday foiling element in the Made with Love StampTV kit
                            Dazzling Dahlia stamp set
Plaid FolkArt stencil - Swirl Background
Cottage Cutz Stitched Square set die
Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frame die
foil, foam squares, adhesive, white cardstock from my stash

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Red, Green and White


The challenge this week at StampTV Mix it up Monday is Red, Green and White. I decided to make a treat box and enter the Scor-Pal More Than One Score challenge - Treat Holders.



I found this design on Pinterest and tweaked it a bit. I started with a piece of white cardstock cut to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". With the 5 1/2" side at the top, I scored at 1 1/2" and 4". With the 8 1/2" side at the top, I scored at 1 3/4", 3 1/2", 5" and 6 3/4". I folded all of the score lines and then on the 5 1/2" side, I cut along the score lines between A and B and between B and C. I repeated this at the other end (between M, N and O). On the two 8 1/2" sides, I cut on the two middle score lines (both sides of G and I). 



To assemble the box, I folded up the two middle tabs on the long edge (G and I). Then I folded E up and brought D and F over G and I. I then folded A and C to the inside. I repeated the process, bringing K up, J and L over D and F and folding M and O to the inside. I added adhesive to the inside of J, L, M and O before folding. I hope I have described this well! If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

I added patterned paper to the outside faces, stamped and punched out the sentiment and added the holly stamp. Once I adhered this to the front with some foam squares, I added the holly berries with Liquid Pearls. I punched a hole in the top two sections before adding the ribbon. This will easily hold 2 of the chocolate balls shown.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Sentimental Holiday stamp set
                            Cold Snap patterned paper pack
                            Grass Green ink
Ruby Red Liquid Pearls
Decorative Label punch
Scor-Pal
White cardstock, ribbon, foam squares from my stash

Monday, 16 October 2017

Release Party Challenge

Gina K. Designs had a new release last Thursday and I made this card for the Release Party Challenge. We were asked to have the sentiment as the focal point and were to frame it somehow - dies, punches or other borders. I am also entering it in the StampTV Kit Addicts Group challenge - Birthday card.




I never seem to have enough masculine birthday cards so I thought I would make one for the challenge. I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it in copper. I used a set of circle dies to cut out the sentiment and three layers.

Using a white card base, I layered Dark Chocolate cardstock and the patterned paper. I adhered my circles together and added them to the center of the card front.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Birthday Blessings stamp set
                             Give Thanks patterned paper
                             Sweet Corn, Honey Mustard, Fresh Asparagus, Dark Chocolate cardstock
VersaMark ink
Cottage Cutz Stitched Circle Set dies
copper embossing powder, white card base from my stash

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Creative Crop card

The challenge this week for the StampTV MIUM is Creative Crop. We had to stamp an image that went off the edge of the card.



I looked through my stamps and decided to use the bicycle image. I thought that it gave a feeling of motion as it came in from the side. 

I stamped and embossed the bicycle, cut it out with the coordinating die and coloured it with alcohol markers.  I cut a piece of patterned paper, adhered it to the front of a white card base and added a piece of ribbon along the bottom of the patterned paper. I stamped and embossed the sentiment before attaching the bicycle with some foam squares. I trimmed the back wheel along the edge of the card base and added some Wink Of Stella for some shine.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Made with Love patterned paper
                            Your Own Kind of Beautiful stamp set
VersaMark ink
Spectrum Noir: Alcohol Markers LG3, BT5, CT2, OR1, CR7, true black

                         Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Clear Wink of Stella pen
black embossing powder, ribbon, foam squares from my stash

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Vellum Birthday card

I made this card for a few challenges: StampTV MIUM - Vellum; StampTV Kit Addicts - Birthday; World Card Making Day - Scrapbook.com; Happy World Card Making Day - Simon Says Stamp.



I decided to use a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire's site - using the vellum over an image on the cardstock below.



I stamped the first flower in the middle and then used masking paper to cover it up before stamping the other two flowers. I added the leaves in the same way. I just received the new sets of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers - Nature and Vintage and was eager to try them out. I coloured the images using the greens from the Nature set and the magentas from the Vintage set. I wanted fairly vibrant colours so they would show through the vellum layer. I used the heavy 120 lb. weight cardstock from Gina K. so I knew the markers wouldn't bleed through.

I lined up the vellum with the card base and stamped and embossed the flowers with white embossing powder. I stamped and embossed the sentiment, using black ink and clear embossing powder. I creased the top of the vellum and adhered it to the back of the cardstock. 

Gina K. Designs: Painted Autumn, Birthday Blessings stamp sets
         White heavy base weight cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
VersaMark ink
Inkadinkado stamping mask paper
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: AG2, AG3, AG5, MG2, MG3, MG4
Forever in Time vellum
Scor Tape
White, clear embossing powder from my stash

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Inspiration Photo

This week for the StampTV MIUM challenge, we had a photo for inspiration. I used the black and white flower pot, the flowers and the colours for inspiration. I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes and the Mod Squad challenge - Fall Colors. For the Mod Squad challenge we get an extra entry if we have a stenciled background. Here is the photo we had for inspiration:



Here is the card that I came up with:


I started by stenciling the bottom half of the card front to look like the flower pot. I stamped the flower, masked it and added the leaves. I coloured these with some watercolour markers and added the ribbon at the edge of the stenciled area, before matting the card front and adhering it to a white card base. I stamped the sentiment, matted it and popped it up with some foam squares.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Especially for You, Give Thanks stamp sets
                            Dark Chocolate, Fresh Asparagus ink
                            Sweet Mango cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
On the Surface stencil
white cardstock, watercolour markers, ribbon, foam squares from my stash

Friday, 22 September 2017

Encouraging Words

The challenge this week on StampTV MIUM is Uplifting Words.




I decided to use a technique that I saw Jennifer McGuire show on her Blog. I used the largest 4 dies in the Scalloped Ovals set and taped them together with washi tape. I picked out 4 shades of pink cardstock and die cut the ovals out of each one. That left me with the 4 'frames' in each colour. I also cut out the largest oval from the front of a white card base.

Using an adhesive sheet, I covered a piece of white cardstock with adhesive and attached it to the back of the die cut front part of the card base. Starting with the darkest shade, I fit the frames onto the adhesive, like a puzzle. I ran it through my cuttlebug to make sure everything was well adhered. This left me with a smooth card front that I could stamp on.

I used my homemade stamp positioner and stamped the cat silhouette. I stamped it three times to make sure I had a nice, solid image. I stamped the sentiment and added the star sequins to finish off the card.  

Supplies used:

Gina K. Designs: Better with You stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Adhesive Sheets
Spellbinders Nestabilities Big Scalloped Ovals Large dies
sequins, pink and white cardstock from my stash

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Card Box

Today I made a box to hold cards for the Scor-Pal More than One Score challenge - Bags and Boxes. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Pop it Up.








I started with an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of heavy weight cardstock. Using the Scor-Pal, with the 11" side at the top, I scored at 2" and 6 1/2". With the 8 1/2" side at the top, I scored at 3 1/2" and 5". Then I scored at 1 1/2" only between the two horizontal lines and repeated this at 7".  I cut the score lines that were scored at 2" and 6 1/2" from the edges in to the scored lines at 3 1/2" and 5". This middle section will be the spine of the box. I creased all the folds well. I applied tape to the back side of the bottom strip and folded the ends up and inside the side flaps. I folded and taped the tops of the side flaps down. I cut a triangular piece from the two corners of the back piece before folding it up and taping the two side pieces to the sides of the base. 

For the top of the box, I started with a 6 13/16" x 7 5/8" piece of heavy weight cardstock. With the shorter side on top, I scored at 2 5/8" from each side. With the longer side on top, I scored at 1 9/16" from each side.  I cut the score lines from the edge of the short sides into the score line to make two tabs. After creasing all the folds, I folded in the sides and tabs and taped the ends to the tabs.  

I decorated the box with tan cardstock and green patterned paper. I added a flower to both sides with some foam squares and some sequins to the sides of the top.

Materials used:

Scor-Pal
Scor-Tape
Stampin' Up!: Flower Shop stamp set
                       Pansy punch
                       Cajun Craze ink   
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: OR2, TN6, TN8
Sequins, ribbon, foam squares, patterned paper, cardstock from my stash

Friday, 15 September 2017

Autumn Card with Twine

Today I made another autumn themed card for two challenges: StampTV MIUM - It's about Twine! and StampTV Kit Addicts group - Fall Card. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Clean and Simple.



This was a quick and easy card to make. I cut 1 1/2" squares of the patterned paper and adhered them to a piece of brown cardstock. I stamped and die cut the sentiment and popped it up with some foam squares. I wrapped the twine around, using the foam squares to help make the pattern and taped it at the back. I attached all this to the card base with some more foam squares.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Give Thanks patterned paper
                             Birthday Blessings stamp set
                             Dark Chocolate ink
                             Dark Chocolate, Honey Mustard, Ivory cardstock
Sizzix/ Tim Holtz die from Celebrate stamp and die set

twine, foam squares from my stash

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Masculine Card

I made this card for a few challenges: StampTV MIUM - Masculine; StampTV Kit Addicts - Fall Card; Mod Squad - Lose the Lines (color an image without lines); Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Stamp ItSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Stamp It.



To make the background, I used a piece of photo paper and my homemade alcohol inks. I made dots of colour on my foam applicator, spayed it with rubbing alcohol and pounced it all over the background. I did this several times until the background was covered. Once it was dry, I attached it to a white card base.

I stamped the sentiment and stitched circle frame and die cut it with a stitched circle die. The stitches line up fairly closely. I cut a brown mat, adhered these together and attached them to the background. I stamped the pumpkin image in a very light yellow and coloured it in with alcohol markers. I cut it out with the coordinating die and popped it up with some foam squares.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Give Thanks stamp set and coordinating dies
                            Dark Chocolate cardstock
                            Sweet Corn and Dark Chocolate ink
Spectrum Noir: Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
                          Alcohol markers: OR1, OR2, OR3, TN6, DG3
Cottage Cutz Stitched Circle Set die
Creative Memories Circle cutting system
Homemade alcohol ink
Photo paper, foam squares from my stash

Friday, 1 September 2017

Autumn Resist Card

I made this card for two challenges: StampTV Kit Addicts - Fall Card and the StampTV Release Party Challenge - I Can't Resist this Challenge! I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.



For the embossed resist technique, I stamped the leaves and acorns with VersaMark ink on white cardstock and heat embossed them in clear. I sponged various colours of ink over the cardstock to look like an autumn scene. I rubbed a cloth over the embossed areas to remove any ink that might be sitting on top.

I adhered this panel onto a piece of patterned paper and then to a white card base. I stamped the sentiment and embossed it in black. It shows up better in real life than in the picture. I stamped the acorn and leaf and die cut them before popping them up with foam squares.

I used the following items:
Gina K. Designs: Give Thanks stamp set and matching dies
                             Give Thanks patterned paper
                             White cardstock
                             Ink: Sweet Corn, Sweet Mango, Red Velvet, Fresh Asparagus, Honey Mustard,                                           Warm Cocoa
VersaMark ink
clear and black embossing powder, foam squares from my stash

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Have you Scene it?

This week's challenge on StampTV MIUM - Have you Scene it? is to create a scene. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes.



I started with a piece of heavy base weight white cardstock, stamped the sun and sponged the background.  I stamped the bicycle and coloured it with markers. For the flowers I squished some ink onto an acrylic block and used a water brush to paint them. I also used this method to add trunks to the trees. I stamped the sentiment, added some Liquid Pearls to the trees and some Wink of Stella to the bicycle frame.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Your own kind of Beautiful, Birthday Blessings stamp sets
                             Ink: Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Grass Green, Fresh Asparagus, Powder Blue, 
                                     Wild Dandelion, Sweet Mango
                             White heavy base weight cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Staedtler triplus fineliner markers
Ruby Red Liquid Pearls
Clear Wink of Stella pen
water brush, sponge daubers from my stash

Step Card

I made this card for the Scor-Pal More than One Score challenge. We had to make a project that had more than one score line. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge-Anything Goes.


I decided to make a step card for this challenge. I started with a piece of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" white cardstock. With the short end at the top, I cut a slit at the 2 3/4" mark starting 1 inch from the top and going down to 5 1/4". With the long end at the top of the Scor-Pal and the slit on the right hand side I scored from the top down to the slit at 3 1/4", 6 1/2" and 7 1/2". I turned it over and scored the same way at 4 1/4".

I stamped the flowers, leaves and sentiment and cut them out with a punch or die. For the peach flower I sponged lightly around the edges and darker in the middle. I attached patterned paper to the two front panels and added the flowers, leaves and sentiment, popping some of them up with Dimensionals. For the strip at the bottom, I cut a piece of patterned paper, sponged the edges and added a border that was in the patterned paper pack. I tied and added a bow above the sentiment.

Supplies used:
Scor-Pal
Stampin' Up!: Punch Bunch, Flower Shop stamp sets
                       Secret Garden stamp set and matching dies
                       1 3/4" Scalloped Circle and Pansy punches
                       Sunny Garden designer series paper
                       Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight and Certainly Celery ink
                       Stampin' Dimensionals
Scor-Tape
ribbon from my stash


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Markers and Foiling

This week there is an unusual challenge on StampTV. We are to use the two digits of our birth date (single digits add a zero in front) and match them to a list to see what two items or techniques we need to use. My birth date is the 5th, so I had to use markers for the 0 and foiling for the 5. Here is my card.


I began by stamping the roses onto a piece of white cardstock and colouring them with alcohol markers. I added the sentiment and used a marker to outline the edge of the cardstock to create a tiny border.

I used a foiling element from a StampTV Kit and foiled it with the Silver Sequins foil. It is so hard to get a good picture but in real life it really sparkles. You can see a few of the sequin shapes that look different colours in the picture. I matted it with a piece of cardstock that I coloured with one of the markers that I used for the roses. I adhered this to a white card base and attached the rose layer with some foam squares.

This was a fun challenge that I really enjoyed.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Rose Bouquet, Birthday Blessings stamp sets
                             Silver Sequins Fancy Foils
                             Foiling element from Sending Love StampTV kit
Spectrum Noir: Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock
                          Alcohol markers: PL1, PL2, PL3, PL5, LG3, LG5, JG1
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
foam squares from my stash

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Leafy Background

This week for the StampTV MIUM challenge- Leaf me Alone, we are to have a leafy background. 


I decided to use a multi-step stamp set for the two sizes of leaves. They don't always line up perfectly but that's part of the fun of a handmade card!

I stamped the first flower, also multi-step, and then used a mask to cover the first flower when I stamped the second. I die cut it and the pink oval and added the sentiment. I adhered the two layers together and popped them up with some foam squares to give a bit of dimension.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Painted Autumn, Rose Bouquet stamp sets
                             Apple Mint, Grass Green, Fresh Asparagus, Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, 

                                          Passionate Pink ink
                             Passionate Pink cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Inkadinkado Masking Paper
white cardstock, oval dies, foam squares from my stash

Saturday, 12 August 2017

One Layer Gradient card

This week for the StampTV MIUM challenge we were to make a card with a gradient background. I chose to make a clean and simple one layer card and am entering it in the StampTV Kit Addicts Group challenge - Single Layer.


I started with a piece of heavy base weight cardstock cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". I scored it at 4 1/4" on the long side but left it flat while I sponged the front. I tore two pieces of sticky note and attached them to the front, leaving some space in between. I sponged with four colours, blending them into each other. I removed the sticky notes, added the sentiment and some rhinestones before folding along the scoreline.

Supplied used:
Gina K. Designs: Dazzling Dahlia stamp set
                             Sweet Corn, Peach Bellini, Sweet Mango, Faded Brick ink
                             White Heavy Base Weight cardstock
VersaFine Onyx Black ink
sticky notes, rhinestones from my stash

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Watercoloured Embossing Paste

This week, the challenge for StampTV MIUM is to use watercolour.


I have seen lots of projects using embossing paste. I didn't have any so I made my own. It was a bit of a fail since I used tapioca starch instead of corn starch or talcum powder. It gave an interesting lumpy texture! I decided to go with it anyway and applied it over a stencil onto a piece of Cristol recycled paper. I removed the stencil and let it dry overnight. I'm not sure how well this will hold up over time but I plan to hand deliver the card so I should be okay. I think it would crumble if I tried to send it through the mail.

I pressed 3 colours of blue ink onto an acrylic block and spritzed it lightly with water. I applied this with a brush to the embossed background to give an ombre look. I set this aside to dry.

I stamped and embossed the flower and sentiment before colouring the flower in the same manner as the background. I matted the background and focal image with black and adhered everything to a white card base. I added the three rhinestones for a bit of bling.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Fabulous Frame stamp set
                             Blue Lagoon, Blue Raspberry, Blue Denim, Grass Green, Wild Lilac ink
Canson Bristol Recycled paper
Deco Art Retro Mod stencil

VersaFine Onyx Black ink
Cottage Cutz Stitched Square set die
Homemade embossing paste
clear embossing powder, white and black cardstock, rhinestones from my stash

Friday, 28 July 2017

Inspired by a Video

For this week's StampTV MIUM challenge - Inspired by a Video we were to go through the videos on StampTV and pick a technique we liked and make a card with that technique. I used the Scrappy Background technique found in this video: http://stamptv.ning.com/video/scrappy-background. It uses up the scraps of patterned paper that are too good to throw away and qualifies nicely for this month's StampTV Kit Addicts group challenge - Patterned Papers.


I used a piece of white cardstock cut to 3 3/4" x 5" and adhered my strips of patterned paper(1/2" wide). It's fun to vary the direction and patterns as you go so that no two cards would come out the same. I matted it with black cardstock and attached it to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base.

I stamped the butterfly and sentiment and coloured in the butterfly with alcohol markers. I matted it with black and popped it up with some foam squares. I added some rhinestones in the middle and used a clear Wink of Stella brush on the butterfly to give it some shine. 

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Made with Love stamp set and patterned paper pack
                             White and Black cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: OR2, OR3
Clear Wink of Stella brush
foam squares and rhinestones from my stash

Friday, 21 July 2017

Sketch card

This week for the StampTV MIUM challenge, we were provided with a sketch to follow.


We had to follow the layout but we could vary the elements that we used. Here is what I came up with.



I started by picking out my patterned papers. I thought that these would work nicely with the sketch. I fussy cut the bottom of the flowered paper to make the fancy edge.

I stamped the butterflies on white cardstock, using the two colour technique. I inked with one colour and swiped the edges of the stamp with a slightly darker colour. I fussy cut the two butterflies and set them aside.

I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with clear embossing powder three times so it would stand out against the background. I matted this layer and wrapped the baker's twine around it and tied a bow. 

I matted the bottom layer and adhered it to a white card base. I added the other layers and popped up the butterflies with some foam squares.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Sending Love stamp set and patterned paper
                             Wild Lilac, Wild Wisteria ink
                             Lemon Drop, Jelly Bean Green, White cardstock
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
baker's twine, clear embossing powder, foam squares from my stash

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Christmas in July

I made this card for two challenges: Mod Squad Blog challenge - Mark it, Stamp it (where we had to colour our stamp with markers and then stamp) and StampTV MIUM - Christmas in July.



I chose which stamp I wanted to use and coloured and stamped it. I thought it had a watercolour look so I decided to do a watercolour background. Using the same markers that I had coloured my stamp with, I scribbled on an acetate block and stamped onto a wet piece of watercolour paper. I did this a few times, soaking up excess water, until I had the look I wanted. I added little spots of red to look like the berries on the wreath.

I matted the background and attached it to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the wreath, embossed it with a Sparkle powder, cut out the wreath, matted it and used foam squares to adhere it to the background. I added the bow with a Glue Dot.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs Christmas Joy stamp set
Canson Bristol paper
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Recollections Glitz Sparkle embossing powder
Creative Memories circle cutting system
Glue Dot
markers, white and black cardstock, ribbon, and foam squares from my stash