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).

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Morning Glory

Today I made a card using the colors for the Color Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers - 2 purples and a green.
I used lots of recently purchased items from Altenew -  the Layered Plaid Cover Die A, Build A Flower: Morning Glory and the Morning Glory die set.  I love when I use something new right away!  So often I put new purchases in a drawer and then forget I bought them!
I brushed the flowers and the leafy stems with Clear Glitter Wink of Stella which you can hopefully see in the photo above?!

I'm also linking my card to:
Country View Challenges - Easter or Spring


Happiness held is the Seed
Happiness Shared is the flower

and I'm linking my card to their blog.
Stamps:  Build a Flower: Morning Glory - Altenew
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Wisteria, Hydrangea Ultraviolet, Bamboo, Olive - Altenew 
Accessories:  Layered Plaid Cover Die A, Morning Glory Die - Altenew, foam dots, Clear Glitter wink of Stella Brush.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A Vintage Journey - March Tag Friday

Whenever there is a 5th Friday in the month, we celebrate with Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey!

I'm already in Easter mode so I decided to make Easter Tags!
First I gathered supplies I wanted to use to create my tags.  Critters Dies, Tag Sale Quilted die, Nestability Egg die (discontinued), Wall Flowers Paper Stash, Gold Gansai Watercolor paint, Happy Easter sentiment stamp and die from A Good Egg by Waltzingmouse (retired), Distress Inks in Gathered Twigs, Spun Sugar and Weathered Wood.
 To create an aged vintage look, I sponged the edges of the patterned paper and tags cut from Rustic Cream with Gathered Twigs
I die cut the bunny head from both blue and pink Kraft Core-dinations, sponged the edges with Gathered Twigs and assembled the pieces. 
I die cut eggs out of Rustic Cream card and sponged them with either Gathered Twigs, Spun Sugar or Weathered Wood.  I sponged the edges of the eggs with Gathered Twigs then flicked water on them.  They look so pretty - I love just looking at them!
 I loosely painted the edges of the tags and patterned papers with Gold paint, then splattered some on the eggs and papers by flicking the paint brush over them.
So then I adhered all the pieces together - popping up the bunny head and sentiment banner on foam dots.  I brushed over the bunnies and the sentiment with Clear Glitter Wink of Stella - so there is a little shimmer IRL (doesn't show in photos)
I added bright satin ribbons to the top and a square of patterned paper to the back to give it a finished look.
The most time consuming bit was putting all the pieces of the bunny heads together!
They look so pretty all laid out!
 
I made a total of 11 tags and will hopefully sell most of them at my church Easter sale.
The tags can be tied on the handle of a basket, placed inside a basket, or given as a card by itself!
So please hop over to A Vintage Journey and be inspired by all the beautiful tags the Creative Guides have created this month!   We'd love for you to link up a tag that you've created recently as well!

I'm linking my card/tag to:




Stamps:  A Good Egg - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper:  Rustic Cream - Papertrey Ink,  Kraft Core Core-dinations, Wall Flowers Paper Stash - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.
Ink:  True Black - Papertrey Ink, Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs, Spun Sugar, Weathered Wood.
Accessories: Critters Side Kick Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Nestability Egg Die, Good Egg sentiment strip die - Waltzingmouse (retired), Tag Sale Quilted Die - Papertrey Ink, Gold Gansai Water color paint, foam dots, Tombow Glue, blue and pink Satin Ribbon, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella.