Showing posts with label Try a New Technique. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Try a New Technique. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Embossed Washi Thank You!

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the Splitcoaststampers Technique Lovers challenge.   The challenge was Embossed Washi Background, which I had never heard of or tried before!
I just love how this came out!   I adhered strips of Washi over a white card panel until it was completely covered.   I started with the bird one in the center and worked above and below from there as I wanted the birds the central focus.  Then I embossed the panel with my SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder, added the die cut THANK YOU and adhered the panel to a black panel and then to a white card base.  

That beautiful Rose Birds Washi is by Alexandra Renke, I used her beautiful Foxes Washi on this Mother's Day card back in May.  The others are just generic Washi tapes I got probably at either Michaels or Joann.

What a great way to use up all those washi tapes we have - and to create a beautiful background at the same time!

I'm linking my card to:

Paper:  White, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Rose Birds Washi tape - Alexandra Renke, pink dotted washi, black striped washi, black floral washi - Michaels or JoAnn, On the Edge Thank You die - Simon Says Stamp,  Square Lattice Embossing Folder - SU.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Surprise Pop Up

Last week the Technique Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers was to make a Surprise Pop Up Card.
I was so excited about it - I ended making 2 of them.
Here's how it looks closed
Then you pull the tab at the top and this happens!
How cute would this be sitting on a shelf or table? I colored little Hoppy Poppy with Tombow Markers - spreading the color around with Clear Glitter Wink of Stella so there's lots of sparkle 
(that you can't see in the photo!)
Then I needed a birthday card for a friend and had this King of the Grill stamp and die set that I have never used since purchase, probably 4 years ago??  I thought it was perfect for a male card.  This set is so fun with stamps for all the layers - burger, cheese, lettuce, ketchup and even an olive stuck in the bun!  I popped up the bun pieces on foam so it's quite dimensional!
And here's the surprise when you pull the tab.
You'll find the technique tutorial on YouTube here.

Thank You Card
Stamps:  Thank You Hoppy Poppy - Stamping Bella, "Pull" stamp from Jumping for Joy Set - PTI
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, DP Nostalgic Notions Collection - PTI, Bristol Smooth Surface
Ink: Hero Arts Black
Accessories:  Scor Pal, ScorTape, Cutter, circle punch foam dots, Pretty Panels #2 Die - WMS (retired)

King of the Grill card
Stamps:  King of the Grill - PTI, pull stamp from Jumping for Joy - PTI 
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Canyon Clay, DP Text Style Autumn Abundance - PT 
Ink:Simply Chartreuse, Classic Kraft, Canyon Clay, Cocoa bean - PTI 
Accessories:   foam dots, circle punch, Scor Pal, ScorTape, Cutter,    

Monday, February 12, 2018


There was a really fun New Techniques challenge over on Splitcoaststampers today.   Painting with Cardboard.  Judy shared a YouTube Video with us showing just what this was all about!
I'm already in Easter mode -  Easter is early this year, April 1 - and two friends and I make cards to sell at church.   
I made two cards using the technique - using different colors and I have a few photos to show how I made them.
You start out by taking an empty toilet paper roll and cutting a fringe on one end.  Bend the fringe back and pounce the fringe into the acrylic paint (lightest first) and press it onto your card panel.  You repeat the process with the same color until you have the look you want, then you go to the next darker color and finish with the darkest color.
For my blue card - I used PaperArtsy Haystack, Guacamole, and Sky.  This shows the panel after applying my first color.
And here is is with all 3 of the colors.
After I made the panel above,  I added a little water with my paintbrush to the ink circles on my nonstick sheet and was able to 'stamp' another panel - it came out a little lighter.
Then I cleaned up my mat, made a new toilet paper roll 'brush' and used two different paints to make another panel.  Here I used PaperArtsy Tango and Zesty Zing.
I made two panels of these colors as well - and here they are all done.
As soon as I saw the lovely 'bursts' this technique created I knew I wanted to use this He is Risen stamp on them.

I added 3 white sequins to each card and framed them in two of the colors used on the design and then adhered it all to a white card base.

I'm linking my card to:

Stamps:  Denami Designs 
Paper: white, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice - PTI
Ink: Hero Hues Black
Accessories: empty toilet paper roll, Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics Haystack, Guacamole, Sky, Tango and Zesty Zing, Winter Blend Sequins - Avery Elle

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Bridge Fold Thank You

Splitcoaststampers had a fun Technique Challenge on Monday -  how to make a Bridge Fold Card.
I made two:
One for my niece Christie
and one for my niece Katie, to thank them both for their thoughtful Christmas gifts.
  The front piece is only attached to the left and right panels so it forms a 'bridge' in front of the card.
I cut panels out of patterned paper slightly smaller than each panel of the card.
I used the On the Edge Thank You Die from Simon Says Stamp but added a strip of black behind the letters as they showed up better here.  I added some  real sequins over the printed ones.
They fold flat for mailing  as shown below and fit into a regular size A2 envelope.
(This is also how you fold it to attach the bridge piece - attaching only on the left and right corners.)
A simple to make card that looks very elaborate!

You'll find a YouTube video of how to make it here
Sabrina gave us slightly different cutting instructions that makes the bridge piece a bit longer. Either way will work.  On the video, the woman put patterned paper strips over her bridge strip, I put my bridge strip over the patterned paper.

Cut an 8"x 4 1/4" piece for the card base.
Score at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 5 1/2" and 6 3/4" along the 8" side.
Fan fold on score lines
cut a piece 1 1/4" x 5 1/2" for the bridge piece.

here is Sabrina's lovely card

Here are metric measurements from Sabrina
cut your card base 10.5 cm high by 20cm wide.
Score at 2.5 cm, 5 cm, 15 cm and 17.5 cm.
Cut the long strip 3 cm high by 15 cm long.
Cut your matting layers accordingly. 

I think I'll be making this fun Bridge Fold again!

Stamps: Sending a Big Thank You - PTI (exclusive stamp won for spending way to much money at PTI one year!, Scripture - Print Works
Paper:   white, Shakers and Sprinkles Patterned Paper Collection - PTI
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Accessories: Sequins - Avery Elle, On the Edge Thank You Die - Simon Says Stamp  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree

Chipping away at my Christmas card supply for this  year -  I made this one for two challenges.
The Technique Lovers challenge over at Splitcoast was to try Acrylic Resist. 
I embossed the Tall Pines by Tim Holtz onto a white panel.  Then I brushed over the panel with Weathered Wood Distress Paint and let it dry.   Next, I sanded over the raised trees to remove the paint and then sponged over the trees with Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap.  The paint resists the ink where it hasn't been sanded.  I stamped the sentiment in the corner and added blue Tiny Twinkles to the trees.

I'm also joining in on the Merry Monday Challenge
add a Christmas Tree to your card.

Stamps: Oh Christmas Tree - Rubber Soul
Paper: white, black - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap, Hero Arts Black
Accessories: Tall Pines Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz/Alterations/Sizzix, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, Tombow Glue, mini sander - Ranger, Ranger Distress Weathered Wood Paint, paint brush

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

God Writes the Gospel

Today I'm playing along with two challenges over at Splitcoaststampers -  Monday's Technique Lovers Challenge and Tuesdays Color Challenge.

Karen Dunbrook hosted the Technique challenge and she gave us instructions for swiping ink over a cardstock panel with an old credit/gift card.   And the colors for the Color Challenge are sugarplum, wasabi, daffodil (or something similar!)

I had enough ink spread on my craft mat to make two cards (always a plus!)
They are basically the same - with different designs on the backgrounds as you can never make the same swipe twice (!) and different die cuts.
For the backgrounds, I rubbed 3 Ranger Distress Oxide Inks onto my craft mat - Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber.  I spritzed them with a little water.   Then I dipped just the edge of the used gift card into one of the inks - then dragged it across the panel of white card.  I continued this process with each color, changing the direction of the swipe now and then (you can make a great plaid with this technique!) until I liked the look.  
The die cuts on this card are Leafy Branch 2 and Leafy Branch 5 from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
Here's the 2nd card with a slightly different background design and the die cuts are Dandelion Fluff also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The sentiment is from an older Papertrey Ink set - Out on a Limb sentiments.
I'm making cards for a group at my church that sends 'thinking of you' cards to elderly members who cannot get out to church - so I think these will be very nice for that purpose!

I'm also linking my cards to:

Stamps: Out on a Limb Sentiments - Papertrey Ink  
Paper: white, Simply Chartreuse - PTI  
Ink: True Black- PTI, Ranger Distress Oxides Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber
Accessories: expired gift card, Dies - Dandelion Fluff, Leafy Branch 2, Leafy Branch 5 - Elizabeth Craft Designs, foam tape, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Steam Punk Nipper Winston

I've got a cool metal foil card to share with you today!
For this fun steam punk background I embossed a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"  piece of foil sheet tape with the Riveted Metal Embossing folder by Tim Holtz.  I then hand embossed some more lines with an embossing tool and  pressed some circles inside the squares using the tip of a click-open pen (without the ink clicked on).  Next I painted over the whole sheet with black acrylic paint - rubbing most of it off after I applied it.  I also rubbed some Rub N Buff Autumn Gold Wax metallic cream over some of it and buffed it with a paper towel.
 My cute little aviator is a digital image from Octopode Factory named Steam Punk Nipper Winston. I colored him with Copics. The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse and I die cut it with a Wonky Rectangle Nestability. Both are layered onto the foil with foam dots.
I made this card for the Technique challenge over on Split Coast.  I feel like I cheated a little using an embossing folder to create my foil background instead of hand tooling the whole thing  (!)   There's a great video on You Tube showing how to make your own metallic foil background here:

I actually learned this technique last May at a class with Tim Holtz - You can see the heart I made at that class on my blog post here.

Stamps: Digi Image - Steam Punk Nipper Winston - The Octopode Factory Etsy Shop, sentiment from Free Spirit Sentiments - Waltzingmouse
Paper: white - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Foil Tape Sticky Back sheets 6"x12" - Ranger, black acrylic paint, brush, Riveted Metal Embossing Folder - Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations, Copics: BG32, BG10, E00, E31, E37, N6, N12, R20, Wonky Rectangle Nestabilities, Rub n Buff Autumn Gold Wax Metallic Cream

Monday, March 18, 2013

Framed Wings and Some Embossed Sympathy

I have two cards to share today.
I made this card for the following challenges:
The SCS Try a New Technique challenge - Transform a map -  I punched my butterflies out of a map from a National Geographic.
Less is More Challenge -  Frame It -  I embossed a square Nestability frame in the card base.
CAS on Sunday -  Flutterby - I used three butterflies on my card.
Addicted to CAS -  code word WINGS -  there are 6 of them on my card!

I've been needing Sympathy cards for my stash so that's what I made my next card. 
 I was inspired by the color stripes and white embossed flowers on this weeks Muse Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.   Wednesday I'll be posting a really cute Easter project using a template from Creations by AR.  Hope you can come by then!

You are Missed:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Fancy Phrases
Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI
Ink:  Memento Nautical Blue
Accessories:  Butterfly Punch - Martha Stewart, map - National Geographic Magazine, Square Nestabilities, glue dots.
Stamps:  Roses In Bloom - Waltzingmouse,  Close as a Memory - SU
Paper:  White - PTI, blues - Prismatics
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  white embossing powder, heat gun,

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Let's Mark the Book

I love to read -  and therefore - I love finding new styles of bookmarks to make using my stamps!

This fun design was Joan's Technique Lover's challenge over on Split Coast this week.   It's the kind of bookmark that slips over the page - a foldover bookmark!

Here are Joan's instructions:

1. Cut a piece of card stock 2" x 11" and fold in half so it measures 2" x 5 1/2" (or use a scrap of card stock near the same size).
2. Cut the top corners in the shape of a tag ( or use a die for a fancy shape) and punch a hole in the center top for ribbons or twine.
3. Sew through the front and back about 1/2" from the top so the bookmark will stay closed and not flop open. If you don't sew, you can glue the front and back together on the inside from the fold down about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.
4. Now, decorate anyway you want...remember to keep it flat so the bookmark will fit over the page snuggly!!!

I stamped a crackle background on a white panel then stamped the box words over it. My stamps are from Rubbernecker.  My sewing machine and I are not on the best of terms right now (!) so I just put a piece of ScorTape across the inside just above the stamped panel.

I think this design would work for both male or female even though there is ribbon at the top!

You will find Joan's challenge on Split Coast  here.

ETA:  check out this Rubbernecker sale!


Stamps: Rubbernecker - Box Word Set, Crackle Panel Background
Paper: white, True Black, Royal Velvet - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Sweet Plum
Accessories: Cropadile, ScorTape, wrinkled seam Tape

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Courage with Faux Patina

My goodness - what a fun Try a New Technique challenge we had over at Split Coast this week!  Faux Patina!! Have you tried this before???

Here's how I made mine based on Judy Rozema's instructions for the challenge.   It looks like a lot of work - but it doesn't take much time at all.  I listed the colors that I used - but you can use any combination you want!

1. I ran my River Rock ink pad over the inside cover of my Patchwork embossing folder, inserted my white card stock panel and embossed it.  This colors the background of the embossed panel and not the pushed up parts (clean the ink off your folder as soon as you emboss the paper).

2. Next I sponged Taken With Teal Ink over the embossed panel.

3. Then I sponged Always Artichoke over the embossed panel.  

Sponging with all these colors gives a wonderful mix of color -  you can see how it mixes as you go along so you can sponge more or less depending on how you want it to look!

5. I lightly brushed my embossing ink pad (Versamark)  over the raised areas of the embossed panel, then I sprinkled the panel with gold embossing powder (you can use any color metallic embossing powder you want to).  It will probably stick to most of the card - so brush off most of it with a cloth or brush (you only want the gold here and there) then emboss it with your hot gun.

and you have a lovely faux patina!   

My Rubbernecker sentiment says "Courage doesn't always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tomorrow". "   I gold embossed it on a piece of Ocean Tide card stock, cut it with a rectangle Nestability, sponged the edges with Bundled Sage before taking it out of the die and layered it to a gold card stock panel.   The crown is from Heart & Wings Tim Holtz die.  I buy my pretty wrinkled seam tape from Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Courage #582-13

Paper: White, Vintage Cream, Ocean Tide - PTI, Gold paper from my stash
Ink: versamark, River Rock, Taken with Teal, Always Artichoke - SU, Ranger Distress Bundled Sage.
Accessories: Rectangle Nestability, crown from Heart Wings Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations die, gold embossing powder, patchwork embossing folder - Tim Holz Sizzix, Wrinkled Seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, hot gun, foam tape

Monday, December 26, 2011

Clean and Simple Snow!

I've been missing a bit here on the old blog - I'm on vacation for two weeks - just at home - busy with holiday preparations and celebrations - some babysitting of one of my sweet grand-nephews - 7 month old James Charles - seen here playing happily with his feet!
- going out to lunch with  my sister at Pickity Place - and today I went to see the Sherlock Holmes movie with my dear husband Kent! - Wednesday I have plans to meet my stamping friend Anne (jdmommy) for lunch and I still have 7 more days off!

I have been stamping though -  and here are two I made for Split Coast challenges - both oddly enough involving snow! (although our ground is bare here in New England we did have some flurries on Christmas Day!)

This card was made for the CAS challenge (to make a window card) as well as the Technique Lovers Challenge - to make a simple thank you card.  I used 3 new toys on this - the Small Madison Window die, the Snowfall die and the Country Landscape die.  I sponged the window and the landscape with Antique Linen.  I love how this came out!
My second snow card is also a thank you card -  made for the Color Challenge which is Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and White with the dessert option of using glitter (that I put on the punched snowflakes!)
The flight pattern stamp is from Little Lady set by Papertrey Ink, and the Thank You is from Join Us set by Waltzingmouse.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Window Card
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Thank You from the set Join Us
Paper: White - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: foam tape, Small Madison Window Die - Poppy Stamps, Snowfall and Country Landscape Die - Memory Box

Snow Flake Card
Stamps: thank you from Join Us by Waltzingmouse, flight line from Little Lady by PTI
Paper: white - PTI, bashful blue - SU
Ink: Night of Navy - SU, London Fog - Memento
Accessories: Snowflake punch and Coarse Glitter - Martha Stewart, foam tape, glue pad - Pallette

Friday, May 6, 2011

We Must be Willing to Let Go

This is the first card I'm posting over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog today as part of my Design Team Assignments!    I'd love for you to hop over there and leave a comment on my posting!
I used the twisted easel style for my card today - isn't this cool??!!  It was the Try a New Technique challenge over at Split Coast this week.   Here's the link to the instructions from Laura's Blog:

You start with a piece of card stock 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" that you fold in half.  Then you fold the front of the card over - corner to corner to form the triangle.  Then adhere the rectangle to the front. The scalloped circle is adhered with foam tape and helps keep the easel up.

Here's how it looks folded down - it will go flat and fit in a regular A2 size envelope -  (it just wouldn't stay completely flat without me holding it down!)   It measures 4 1/4" x4 1/4"

I was so pleased with how this came out - I'll definately be making more cards using this fun style!
I used the Split Coast CAS challenge colors - chocolate, sand, baby blue and white.

My stamps are a wonderful new Faith set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Let Go and Let God.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps: Sweet N Sassy - Let Go and Let God

Paper: Dark Chocolate, white - PTI, Sahara Sand - SU, DP Text Style Happy Spots - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Scor tape, foam tape, scallop circle punch -SU, 1 3/4", 1 1/2" 1 1/4" circle punches, rectangle Nestability

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Stickles and Kissing!

We had two fun challenges over at Split Coast last week - My first card was for Joan's Try a New Teachnique challenge - to 'paint' your image using Stickles!

I have quite a few bottles of stickles but not a great array of colors! I only had a Christmas Tree Green that had red mixed in it - so I used Blueberry Ice on the trees instead. I used Arctic Ice and Diamond on the cloud, yellow and orange peel on the sun and Frayed Burlap on the ground.

I stamped the image on a separate panel and sponged the edges. I embossed a frame on the card with my rectangle nestie and adhered the image with foam tape inside the frame - taking Joan's advice to put it all together BEFORE putting on the stickles!

I love how pretty my little forest sunrise came out. The sparkle is unbelievable! Joan did a little tutorial on her blog if you'd like to check it out.

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Trees Serene Sunrise #42-06 KK
Paper: WHite - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress - Antique Linen, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Rectangle Nestability, foam tape, Stickles: Yellow, Diamond, Orange Peel, Arctic Ice, Frayed Burlap, Blueberry Ice

I've used the kissing technique a few times and I love how it adds dimension to a silhouette stamp! 'Kissing was the SCS Clean and Simple Challenge .

I tried several different stamps before settling on my bed of roses background stamp and the model T silhouette - it came out kind of funky - but I like it!

This could be an old abandoned car found in the woods with foliage growing all over it!

I inked the car with Antique Linen and the roses background stamp with Forest Moss - 'kissed' the stamps together and stamped the car on a panel. I sponged the edges, stamped a little of the background roses on the card and then adhered the image panel.

In keeping with 'clean and simple' - I just stamped the sentiment right on the card! All my stamps for both cards are from Rubbernecker.

Stamps: Rubbernecker: Life is a journey from Distressed Set/scuffs, scraps and stains #461, Vintage Model T #502-02, backgrounds/bed of roses #476
Paper: White - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Antique Linen, Old Paper, Forest Moss
Accessories: blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pics from the Fair and Two Challenges

Hello friends! I'm finally back after a very busy weekend working at my church fair -Yikes - I'm exhausted! I have a few pictures to share with you today.

Here's the main hall where we have the Candy Table, Baked Goods, Country Store, Knit Table, and the Stamped Cards and Crafts Table.
Here's all the delicious hand made candy - I bought my usual 1/2 pound of Cashew Turtles - Yum!!

These are some of the sweet little kids sweaters someone made and donated to the Knit Table.
Here's a view of my Stamped Cards/Crafts table.

In another hall on the first floor we have a Jewelry table and a Holiday Table.
Downstairs we have a book table - actually more like a book 'area' with great bargains - hardcovers cost 50 cents and paperbacks are a quarter!

On Friday night we have a pie social - and on Saturday there is a Snack Bar for lunch.

In another hall downstairs we have the ever popular White Elephant room (a polite name for 'junk'!!)
And seeing as I wasn't able to stamp all weekend - I just had to do a couple of the Split Coast challenges today!

My first project is for Joan's Try a New Technique challenge - to make a Christmas Ornament. She had several examples to inspire us. I wanted to try the double ball ornament - You can find the Tutorial in the SCS forum here

What a fun little gift tag this will make - and then the recipient can put it on their tree! AND it's quick and easy to make! You really need to try one! This also fits Kimme's Hope You Can Cling to challenge to use ribbon.

Stamps: none
Paper: Amuse
Ink: none
Accessories: pin & jewels - Mark's Finest Papers, wrinkled seam binding -

I made this card for the SCS Clean and Simple challenge - to use gingham or checks. It also fits Jessica's Hope You Can Cling To challenge - Sew Thankful for Friendship. To use some kind of stitching on your card.

I used gingham patterned paper from Amuse. The stamps are Waltzingmouse - the stitching stamp for my faux stitched borders is from Off Beat Backgrounds, the heart and sentiment are from Seasons of Love
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Seasons of Love, Off Beat Backgrounds
Paper: white - PTI, DP- Amuse
Ink: Ranger Distress Faded Jeans, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: heart button & silk ribbon - PTI, glue dot,

Thanks for coming by today - I'm off to bed - gotta try and catch up on my sleep!