Thursday, April 18, 2019

CAS Stencil - April Mid-Month Reminder - Embossing Pastes/Gels

I'm here today to remind you there's still time to join in on the April CAS Stencil Card Challenge!
Barb is our hostess this month and she wants us to use Embossing Pastes/Gells with our stencils.
 I made a white on white sympathy card.
I laid the 6"x6" Leaf Burst Stencil from Altenew over a panel of white card stock.  Then I spread Worn Linen Nuvo Expanding Mousse over the stencil with a plastic spatula.
It looks flat and shiny when you remove the stencil although it is raised up because it's thick.
(Wash off your stencil immediately after lifting it off the cardstock).  
If you let the panel dry naturally, it will stay looking like this
 If you dry it by heating it with a heat tool, it will puff up (hence the name 'Expanding Mousse').  
I like this heated look better than letting it dry naturally but you have the option of one or the other.
 Here's a close up where hopefully you can see the 'pouffiness' and a little glimmer.
I cut the stenciled panel right down the middle of the design and then I fussy cut around the petals and adhered half of the stencil onto the left edge of a watercolor paper card base.  It just fit on the
5 1/2" card base height!  I stamped the sentiment from Faithful Flutterings by Catherine Pooler onto a strip of watercolor paper and adhered it over the stencil with foam dots.
 So please join us over at CAS Stencil Card Challenge and show us how you use your stencils with Embossing Pastes or Gels!  Check out all the inspiration from the Design Teams as well as our 
April Guest Designer:  Bobby (Bits & Pieces)
You have until 4/24 to link up your CAS creation!

I'm also linking my card to:






Stamps:  Faithful Fluttering - Catherine Pooler
Paper:  Water Color - Canson, white - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Leaf Burst Stencil - Altenew, Nuvo Expanding Mousse - Worn Linen, Heat Tool, foam dots.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Elves for Christmas

I always get my Christmas cards done early so that I can enjoy the wonderful Christmas season.  
So I'm also always looking for the monthly Christmas blog challenges for inspiration!
Here are two cards I made using the same Elf stamp but with different hats and using different colors and die cuts.   
The stamps are from Jolly Old Elf from Waltzingmouse which unfortunately closed several years ago. 
I used the Pierced Feature Frames:Ovals from PTI for this one and added clear Tiny Twinkles as the berries for the mistletoe on the end of the elf's hat as well as on the sentiment strip.
I actually made the purple card below first - but wasn't completely happy with it - not really sure why - so I then made the green one!  Then I thought, "I guess I do like the purple one too!"  So here they both are!

The elf body and the hats are separate stamps (there's one more hat in the set, more like a Santa hat) so for the purple elf,  I stamped and cut out the hat and adhered it over the Bold Borders Diagonal die from PTI.  I added Cherry Ice Stickles to the boot cuffs, belt and hat for a little sparkle!

 I'm linking my cards to:
anything goes


Stamps:  Jolly Old Elf - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper:  white, Limeade Ice - PTI
Ink:  Fern Green - Wendy Vecchi Blendable Die Ink, Plum Pudding - PTI
Accessories:  Pierced Feature Frames: Ovals, Bold Borders: Diagonal Die - PTI, foam dots, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, Cherry Ice Stickles.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Three Giraffes x 2

I am once again attempting to play along with Darnell's Twofer challenge - which this month is Zoo Animals!  These instructions always throw me for a loop!
I used a really funny giraffe stamp from Technique Tuesday called Attitude Giraffes on both cards.

I dropped Glossy Accents on the sunglasses (which you can't see too well here).  The sentiment is from What's Up by Avery Elle.
For my Twofer - I stamped the Attitude Giraffes on patterned paper and die cut it with a Circle Nestability and framed it in a Pinked Edge Nestability.  I added Eerie Eyes from Doodlebug and brushed over all the giraffes with Clear Glitter Wink of Stella (not showing in photo!). The birthday sentiment is from Party Animal by Avery Elle.

To be sure I made each card a different design, I enlisted the help of two sketch challenges!

For my It's Been Too Long card I'm linking to:
I tweaked the sketch a tad since my image was a long rectangle

For my You Party Animal card I'm linking to:
I used the sketch as well as the colors from the photo



It's Been Too Long
Stamps:  Attitude Giraffes - Technique Junkies, What's Up - Avery Elle.
Paper:  White, Kraft, Dark Chocolate - PTI, DP Enchanted - Authentique.
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Orange Blossom, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Pierced Feature Frames: Rectangles - PTI, Glossy Accents.

You Party Animal
Stamps:  Attitude Giraffes - Technique Tuesday, Party Animal - Avery Elle.
Paper:  White, New Leaf - PTI, DP Rainbow Bright - Sunny Studio.
Ink:  Hero Hues Black, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Nestability Circles and Pinked Circles, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella, Eerie Eyes - Doodlebug Designs.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A Unicorn Birthday for Madelyn

Today is my sweet youngest Grand Niece, Madelyn's birthday.  She is 5 years old and she shares her birthday with my maternal grandmother Lila May Mulryan Chase who was born in 1887! (Madelyn's Great Great Grandmother!)
As part of her birthday presents from Kent and me,  I made her a reveal wheel card and a little die cut felt Unicorn (her favorite creature at the moment!)
I used the Unicorn die from Neat and Tangled for my little stuffed unicorn.  I die cut the pieces out of felt, used a running stitch to sew the pieces together and stuffed it with little pieces of cotton balls! 
Below you can see the sparkle added to the unicorn where I brushed over the colors with Clear Glitter Wink of Stella.  I used Tombow Markers to color the areas.
I used the Reveal Wheel dies from Lawn Fawn to cut all the wheel pieces.  Lawn Fawn has a great tutorial on YouTube showing all the simple steps in putting the pieces together.
The words in the windows are from Reveal Wheel Sentiments.
The unicorn and MAGICALsentiment along the bottom are from Magical Day by Neat and Tangled. The Wishing You and Birthday are from the Reveal Wheel Sentiments set.  
I used the Magical Day die to cut the unicorn and popped her up on foam dots. 

Here are the 4 words revealed as Madelyn turned the wheel.
I used my Brother Label maker for the personalization.

I'm linking my card to:

I used pop dots on the unicorn and on the reveal wheel
I used a two unicorn dies and a reveal wheel die

Stamps:  Magical Day - Neat and Tangled, Reveal Wheel Sentiments - Lawn Fawn
Paper:  white, Hibiscus Burst, DP Bitty Big Berry Sorbet - PTI
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Accessories:  Unicorn Die and Magical Day die - Neat and Tangled, Reveal wheel Die - Lawn Fawn, foam dots, tiny brad, Tombow Markers, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Framed Poppies

Today I have a card to share that I made for two challenges -  Sunday's Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoaststampers and the April CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.
I CASEd a card of Angie's (stampinhappy on SCS) that had a poppies image on it and the CAS Watercolour challenge is to use poppies - so I hit two challenges with one card!

It seems I only have two poppy stamps in my vast array of floral stamps in my craft room!??
Today I used a two stamp set from Rubbernecker aptly called Watercolor Poppies for my card.  I put the flower piece in my Stamp Platform and colored the areas on the stamp with Ranger Distress Markers -Festive Berries on the poppies, Forest Moss on the leaves and Gathered Twigs on the stems.  I spritzed the stamp with water and pressed it against a panel of watercolor paper.

I dried the panel with my heat tool and then positioned the outline stamp over the colored image, put the outline stamp on the Stamp Platform, inked it in black and pressed it over the panel.
This is a great way to watercolor a stamp if your not adept at regular watercoloring ie. with water and paint (which I am NOT although I'm trying to learn!) 

I die cut the panel using the medium frame from Pierced Feature Frames: Rectangles from PTI (they are presently on sale!).  Then I layered the outer frame on foam dots onto a white card base and adhered the inside panel inside the frame.

Also Linking my card to:

watercolors

Use some kind of Water
I 'inked' my stamp with Distress Markers and spritzed with water







Stamps:  Water Color Poppies - Rubbernecker
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Paper:  Water color - Canson, White - PTI
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Markers Festive Berries, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs,  Stamp Platform - Tonic, water mister, heat tool, Pierced Feature Frames: Rectangles - PTI, foam dots.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Consider the Lilies

There's a fun technique challenge over on the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge blog this month!  
I was intrigued as I don't think I have ever heard of Layered Stamping with Heat Embossing??!! 
I used the technique Jennifer McGuire shows on this video that was linked to over on the CAS Mix Up Blog:  Layered Heat Embossing.  There are other links posted at CAS Mix Up as well.
I just purchased the older PTI stamp and die sets called Lilies of the Field and it just happened to have 4 stamps for each lily - so it was perfect for this challenge!
 I die cut the lily and stem out of kraft card.  I white embossed the first layer of stamp, then I used yellow on the 2nd layer and tree branch on the third little center piece there.   I stamped the final stamp (the stamens) in black ink .
I die cut the PTI oval frame out of Kraft card as well as a dotted vellum (the inside of the circle - can you see the dots?  It's pretty subtle.).   I gold embossed the sentiment from Garden of Faith Sentiments.  I popped up the outside frame as well as the lily blossom on foam dots.
ETA:  Another photo I took with my phone in the sunlight - hopefully showing the dotted vellum?!

Inside I stamped:  
& how much more he cares for you - from the Lilies of the Field set
HAPPY Easter -  from  Easter Alleluias 

So this was a fun new technique learned and now I want to try it out with other stamps I have that have multiple layers!

I'm linking my card to:

April Easter/Spring

Stamps:  Lilies of the Field, Garden of Faith Sentiments - PTI
Paper:  White, Kraft, Sheer Basics Pattern Pack Vellum - PTI
Ink:  Versamark, Classic Kraft - PTI, Black Hero Hues.
Accessories:  Pierced Feature Frames: Ovals, Lilies of the Field Die Set - PTI, foam dots, Antique Gold Embossing Powder - Altenew.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

April CAS Stencil Card Challenge - Pastes and Gels

Wow - how did April get here so fast -  although isn't it great to be coming into spring and saying goodbye to winter?!  

It's also time for the April CAS Stencil Card Challenge!  Barb is our creative host this month and she would like us to use pastes or gels with our stencils! 
I was excited to get out my recently purchased Nuvo Expanding Mousse paste and try it out for this challenge.  When you dry it with your heat tool, it puffs up!  If you leave it to dry naturally - it's still thick but flat. 
I decided to make Easter cards since I will be needing them to send out in a couple of weeks!
I used my old Nestability Egg die to cut a Pale Peony egg.  I laid it under the Abstract Petals Stencil (older from MFT) and spread the Worn Linen Expanding Mousse over the stencil with a plastic spatula.  Here's how it looked when I lifted off the stencil.  (wash your stencil and spatula immediately!)
I dried the mousse with my heat tool and it puffed right up, see below (if left to dry naturally, it dries flat, pretty much like it looks above.)   I sponged the edges of my eggs (I cut another one out of Blueberry Sky) with the matching inks to give them a little depth.
I added 2 thick (3/16th") foam dots just to the center of the back of the eggs and I curved the edges of the egg down a bit.
I adhered the die cut frame (Papertrey Ink) flat on the card base, then added the egg (with just the foam dots as shown above)  I stamped and die cut the sentiment banner (Waltzingmouse retired) and layered it over the egg with regular thin foam dots.
And here's the blue one!

So please join us in April - and show us how you use paste or gels with your stencils.  Link up your CAS designs at CAS Stencil - where you will find links to technique videos and wonderful inspiration from the creative Design Team!   
You have until April 24th.
We also have a wonderful Guest Designer joining us this month:  Bobby (Bits & Pieces)

I'm also linking my cards to:
Country View Challenges
Easter/Spring

Stamps:  Good Egg - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper:  White, Blueberry Sky, Pale Peony - PTI
Ink:  Pale Peony, Blueberry Sky - PTI
Accessories:  Nested Eggs - Nestabilities, Good Egg Dies - Waltzingmouse (retired), Pierced Feature Frames: Rectangles - PTI, thick foam dots, foam dots, plastic spatula, heat tool, Nuvo Expanding Mousse Worn Linen, Abstract Petals Stencil - My Favorite Things (retired).