Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thankful For You for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello and welcome! It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe challenge and Jeanne has given us a great board to spark our creativity.



I'm also sharing this at the current Inkspirational Challenge, where the theme is autumn leaves.


I'm also joining the current Double D Leaves challenge. 



I chose to use the first column from the tttc board - ribbon, die cuts, foliage.


I started with a panel of Vicki Boutin mixed media paper and sprayed it Cracklin' Campfire, Rusty Hinge and Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stains.  I love the vibrant colors however I found that I am a bit heavy handed with adding the sprays and definitely need some more practice, however I finally got a mix of colors that I liked. Next I splattered it with water, then gold metallic paint, and once dry, die cut it and a panel of gold pearl mirror paper with the Autumn Splendor Cover die. 


I dug through my 6x6 patterned paper stash and found a piece of burgandy paper with a subtle design, which I thought would look great behind the layered die cut panels, so I cut it down to A2 size and adhered to the ivory card base.  Next I adhered the die cut panels were slightly offset and glued together, then wrapped with a burgandy ribbon.  I don't have much ribbon anymore as I rarely use it (unlike when I was first making cards 14 years ago), but I was lucky to find a length in this color that I think came in an Ellen Hutson order as a little gift (such a great store!).  After tying the bow (SO out of practice!) the panel was adhered to the base.  The sentiment was die cut from the same gold pearl mirror paper, adhered to the ivory shadow and added to the card front along with the popped up secondary sentiment.


Thanks so much for visiting, I always appreciate it!  Please use the link above to check out all the fabulous cards by the other DT members and hopefully join in the fun this week!

Stef


Stamps:  Bitty Buzzwords:  Fall (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Ivory, Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror, Harvest Festival 6x6 paper pad (HB), Vicki Boutin Mixed Media
Ink:  Versafine Clair Acorn; Cracklin' Campfire, Rusty Hinge & Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stain
Other:  Autumn Splendor A2 cover plate die (HB), Bitty Buzzwords: Fall Honey Cut word dies (HB), Altenew Metallic paint, ribbon from my stash

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Enjoy, Sweet Friend!

Hello and welcome!  Today I'm sharing a card that I created for the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, where Jen has given us this terrific sketch.


I went with kind of fall-ish style card with a lot of white.


I started by ink blending a few Distress inks on Bristol paper then die cut the flower layers, center and leaves.  The colors were inspired by Laura Bassen, who used the same colors for her flower here. The bottom two flower layers were glued together only at the center, then the top petal layer was added with foam tape.  The outer portion of the flower center was die cut from gold pearl mirror cardstock, adhered to the brown center then glued to the flower.


Next a panel of white cardstock was die cut with the Autumn Splendor cover die and layered on the white card base.  The sentiment was die cut four times from brown paper and adhered to the vellum shadow.  I also cut a rectangle from vellum, adhered it to the card, then added the leaves and flower.  After adhering the sentiment to the flower and stamping "sweet friend" on the card interior, I decided it still needed a little something, so I found some matte gold sequins in my stash and added a few to finish things off.


Thanks for taking time to visit, I really appreciate it!  Take care and stay safe!

Stef


Stamps:  Bitty Buzzwords (interior sentiment/Honey Bee Stamps)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror, Vellum
Ink:  Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Squeezed Lemonade Distress
Other:  Autumn Splendor A2 Cover Plate die (HB), Lovely Layers: Sunflower (HB), Bitty Buzzwords dies (HB), gold sequins from my stash

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Etched Meadow Flower

Hello and welcome!  Yes, a second post today, this time for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, where Kim has given us a fabulous sketch to play with! (you can find my earlier Sunday Stamps post here.)


I decided to go with some soft peach colors on my card.


I started by die cutting the Etched Meadow Flower and Leaves from watercolor paper, then used my Karin markers to color.  Since the markers have such vibrant colors, I just added brushed on a bit with the marker at the base of each flower and leaf, then pulled the color out with my damp paintbrush. After the initial coloring dried I went back into the flowers and some of the leaves to add more color for a bit more contrast.


To complete the card, I created a 5"x 7" ivory card base, then layered on two patterned paper designs, one as the strip across the middle.  Next I used the Tasteful Textile embossing folder (I am in love with this ef!) to created the subtle pattern on a panel of ivory, die cut it with a deckled rectangle die, then adhered the die cut flowers and sentiment strip.  After the decorated panel was mounted on the card with foam tape, the final step was to add some enamel dots.


That's it for today!  Thanks for visiting, I always appreciate it so much!  

Take care and stay safe!


Stef


Stamps:  Best Friend Ever (sentiment/Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Ivory (SSS), Arches 140# cold press watercolor, Simply Vintage Cottage Fields 6"x 8" paper pad (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Versafine Pinecone; Karin markers: 200 Soft Peach 1, 281 Olive Green
Other:  Etched Meadow Flower and Leaves dies (SSS), Mix and Match Frames die (Altenew), A7 Layers Rectangle die (Waffle Flower), Fishtail Foundations die (MFT), Warm and Cozy Enamel dots (Altenew)

Thankful and Gr8ful

Hello and welcome back!  It's time for a new color challenge at Sunday Stamps and this one is just perfect for late summer or early fall. 


ETA:  I'm also joining the current challenge at The Paper Players, which is to use a number on your card, which I did on the license plate of the truck.


I decided to go with a Fall themed card using the SSC colors.


I've had this pickup stamp set for a while and used it on a few cards (if you click on Honey Bee in the Labels section in the right side bar to see other examples).  This time I used the new Loads of Fall stamp set to fill the back of the pickup with a load of pumpkins, gourds and a sunflower stalk.  The images were all colored with Copic markers then die cut with matching dies.  


To add some dimension and allow me to tuck the pumpkins behind the tailgate, a second tailgate was stamped, colored, die cut and added to the truck with foam tape.  I kept the background very simply, just ink blending a soft green on a panel of Bristol and adding to the Desert Storm card base.  The truck was adhered directly to the panel along with the corn stalk and one of the pumpkins with the second popped up with foam tape. Since I'd stamped "GR8FUL" for the license plate, I thought the thankful die cut sentiment worked well.  


As always, I really appreciate your visit!  I hope you'll use the link above to see all the fabulous cards by the other DT members and join us for this great color challenge!

Stef


Stamps:  Big Pickup Tailgate, Loads of Fall, Bitty Buzzwords: Fall (all Honey Bee Stamps)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Desert Storm, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up), Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Bundled Sage Distress
Other:  Stamp set matching dies
Copics:  Truck - E19, YR18, 14, W9, 7, 5, 3, 1, 0, C5, 3, 2, 1, E43, 42, 41; Pumpkins/Gourds - YR23, Y15, 13, 11, E43, 42, 41, 40, YR09, 16, Y38, 17, E59, 57, 55; Sunflower:  Y26, 15, 13, 11, E59, 57, 55, YG67, 63, 61

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Floral Birthday

Hi there and welcome! Today I have a card to share that I made for Jaydee's Tic Tac Toe challenge at The Paper Players, the current Birthday challenge at Addicted To Stamps and the All Things Feminine at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.


For the Tic Tac Toe board, I went down the left column - feminine, birthday, florals.


I've had this stamp set for a while and finally had a chance to use it, as it was perfect for all three challenges.  The floral image is one stamp and after I colored it with Copic markers, I used the matching die to cut it, which splits the sprays into two pieces to accommodate the sentiment in between.  I liked the idea of a bit of texture in the background, so I embossed a panel of white cardstock, then die cut it with a deckled rectangle die. I also stamped and die cut the sentiment with its matching die.


Next came mounting the sprays on the panel with thin foam squares, then adding the sentiment in the split. For some additional subtle contrast, I used an Ivory card base which the panel was adhered to with foam tape.  For as long as I have been making cards, I would have never mixed white and ivory on the same card, but lately I've seen other card makers do so and really liked the look. Good to change things up even if it's just mixing neutrals lol!  The final touch was to add a few satin white sequins.


As always, I so appreciate your visit!  Please take care and stay safe.

Stef


Stamps:  Just a Hello Floral (Emily Midgett for Pinkfresh Studio), Silhouette Sentiments (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Ivory (SSS)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Other:  Tasteful Textile embossing folder (Stampin' Up), stamp set matching dies, Deckled Frame die (Waffle Flower), Satin White Sequins (Altenew)
Copics:  YG17, 05, 01, G28, 17, 03, BG07, 53, 11, 96, 93, 90, V28, 25, 22, 20, 17, 15, 12, R32, 30, 00

Beware the Cat for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this week Carol has brought us a fun board to play with! I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the current theme it "Stamp It!"


For my card I went down the middle column - cat, orange, tag.


I started with a panel of Bristol paper then heat embossed in black the broom riding cat and the bats.  I adore this image and the clever sentiment!  Next, I blended various distress inks over the images then die cut it with a tag die.  On a separate piece of Bristol I ink blended yellows and oranges then die cut it with a circle die to create the moon.


With all that done, the rest of the card was fairly simple.  A strip of embossed black cardstock was layered across a panel of orange that was then adhered to the black card base.  I used my black Copic marker to color some hemp twine, then tied on the bow before adding the tag to the card with foam tape.  The white embossed sentiment was added with thin black squares and lastly some black enamel dots were added.


Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to check out the fabulous cards by the other DT members and hopefully join us this week!

Stef


Stamps:  Wicked Together (Picket Fence)
Paper:  Orange Peel and Black (Simon Says Stamp), Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade, Black Soot DI
Other:  Infinity Circle dies (Hero Arts), Tag Trio Die (Ellen Hutson), white and clear embossing powder, hemp twine, Copic 100 marker, Essential Black and White Enamel Dots (Altenew)

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Tall Tales

Hello and welcome.  Today I'm sharing a card that I made for the 500th Freshly Made Sketches challenge, where they are celebrating a decade of challenges!  Congratulations to Lesley and the DT team members past and present, for having one of the best and most successful challenge blogs!  Here's the sketch by the lovely Linda Callahan, who was one of the original team members.


I'm also joining the current Color Throwdown Challenge as the colors worked perfectly for my card.


I ended up rotating the sketch 90 degrees, putting the left panel at the top of the card, represented by the bookshelf.


I just adore this stamp set and I think it will be perfect with a gift of books. The sentiment really speaks to me because as a kid I was a voracious reader.  The libraries in Portland, Oregon were some of my favorite places to be growing up. 

I stamped the images on a panel of white cardstock, colored them with Copic markers then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  The size of the images required making a 5" x 7" card, so I used my A7 rectangle dies to cut both a white and black panel.  


Next Dew Drop ink was lightly blended on the top of the panel, fading off to white.  Unfortunately is was so light that my camera had a hard time picking it up but IRL it looks nice.  Next the sentiment was stamped in black pigment ink and the panel adhered to the larger black panel, then added to the Fog card base.  I used my T-Square ruler to keep the bookshelf straight when I glued it onto the panel then popped up the stack of books and our little reader with foam squares.  The final touch was to use some Glossy accents on her glasses as well as the dots on the vase and a couple of the book bindings.


FMS has been one of my favorite challenges, although it seems the last couple of years I haven't played along as often as I would like.  I was looking back in my photo history and found that the first FMS challenge I joined was #14 in December of 2011.  I had to chuckle at my card because clearly at the time I didn't understand the concept of clean and fresh lol! Ah, yes, back in the days of distressing and sponging all the edges....


Thanks so much for visiting, I always appreciate it!  Take care and stay safe!

Stef  


Stamps:  Tall Tales (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Black, Fog (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Dew Drop (Altenew)
Other:  Tall Tales dies, Glossy Accents
Copics:  R59, 46, 24, 14, YG67, 17, 05, 03, BG05, 02, 01, 000, W5, 3, 1, C9, 7, 5, E79, 59, 51, 47, 44, 43, 35, 33, 31, 30, 21, 11

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Best Wishes

Hello and welcome! I hope you're continuing to stay safe and healthy.  Today I'm sharing a card made for the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  

I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is to "Add A Sentiment".  

(This is my 2nd post today.  If you're here to see my DT post for Sunday Stamps you can find it here.)

I really loved Jen's sketch but as I was making my card, I forgot the sketch was a square and made my card an A2 size.  


I've had this pretty succulent stamp for a few weeks and thought it would work well with the sketch.  It's a large stamp so I was able to flip it around and get different looks for each corner.  A muted color combination seemed most appropriate for these succulents so I went with very desaturated green, blue-green and violet colors for my Copic coloring.  The lightest of the BG colors was barely visable after coloring, so I took one of the lightest violets and went around all the edges of the large succulents.  Unfortunately, it's hard to see in the photo but in real life it looks pretty.  Then I used a BG0000 to create a light halo around all the succulents.


Next I trimmed down the panel to 4" x 5.25", stamped the sentiment with black pigment ink, layered 4 pieces of inexpensive white cardstock on the back to provide some dimension, then adhered it to the white card base.  Three iridescent sequins finished things off.


Thanks for taking time to visit, I really appreciate it.  Take care and stay safe!

Stef


Stamps:  Elegant Succulent Sentiments (Memory Box Open Studio)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Accent
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Other:  Sequins from my stash
Copics:  BG18, 72, 70, 0000, V95, 93, 91, G28, 24, 21, 20

Home Sweet Home for Sunday Stamps

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps and we're using one that I created. I hope you like it and are inspired to come play along with us!


For my card, I used another of the stamps illustrated by Anita Jeram.  I think I am rather obsessed with this line of stamps lol! And I still have a few that are waiting to be inked up!


This was such fun to color.  I love the English cottage look and the cute cats and doggie in the window.  Using my Copic markers I started with the gray cottage.  When coloring such a large area, it's hard to avoid lines, which is just the nature of alcohol markers.  So, to hide the lines, I used some colorless blender on an old washcloth and dabbed it over the entire background to give it a nice texture.  Once that dried I could go about coloring the remainder of the scene.


With the coloring complete, I trimmed down the panel to fit on a slightly larger piece of white cardstock, then layered that on a piece of green cardstock.  Foam tape was then used to adhere it to the Fog card base.  I used a white gel pen to add stripes to one of the flower pots and polka dots to the curtain in the window.  I tried to add a sentiment but nothing seemed to work without covering up some part of the scene that I didn't want covered, so I ended up putting it on the interior and stamping two flower pots that are stand alone stamps in the set.


And that finished things off!


Thanks for taking time to visit, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to see what beautiful designs the other DT members created with the sketch and hopefully join us for this challenge!

Take care and stay safe!

Stef


Stamps:  Home Sweet Home (Colorado Craft Company/Anita Jeram)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Fog (Simon Says Stamp), Evergreen (Concord & 9th)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Other:  A7 Layers Rectangle die, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Copic Markers:  
Cottage:  W5, 3, 1, Colorless Blender
Wood Door and Stool:  E29, 37, 35, 33, YR24, 23, Y15, 13
Awning and flower pot leaves:  G28, YG45, G21
Grass:  YG67, 17
Pots and curtain:  B39, 26, 24, 21
Kitty by door:  T8, 6, 2, 0
Kitty on stool: YR18, 14, 31
Dog: YR 21, 23, 24

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Tessie the Teacher for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe challenge and this week I have come up with this fun board to hopefully spark your imagination!  


My card actually covers a number of the rows and columns in the tttc challenge but my initial choice was the left column (blue, globe, books).

I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week's theme is to Add A Sentiment and Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.


My card is all about cheering on the teachers as they head back to school!


I've actually had this Tessie the Teacher stamp from Stamping Bella for over a year but never had a chance to use it until now.  However, on my recent visit to their website, it appears it's been retired, so I'm happy I got it when I did.  I stamped the image and set out to color it with Copic markers.  Initially, I wasn't going to create a background but decided it really needed it, so I used my T Square ruler and drew a couple lines to create the floor and the wallboard, leaving it very simple as the image itself has a lot of small details.


With the coloring complete, I used a deckled edge rectangle die to trim down the panel and added it to the red card base with fun foam.  To complete the card, the sentiment, also from the same stamp set, was stamped in black pigment ink, die cut and mounted on the panel with thin foam squares.  I thought the main image was busy enough embellishments weren't necessary.  


Thanks for the visit, I always appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to check out the fabulous cards by the other DT members, and hopefully be inspired to play along with us this week!

Stef


Stamps:  Uptown Girl Tessie the Teacher (SB)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Other:  Deckled Frames die (Waffle Flower), Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, Marvy gold gel pen, Copic markers