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Guest Designer for MarkerPop

Happy Sunday everyone.  Today I am sharing a card I created as the guest designer for challenge #116 at MarkerPop.  The theme is Lucky Pot of Gold and here’s the inspiration graphic.

And here’s my card

I don’t make and celebrate St. Patrick’s day so I made a friendship card instead. The pot of gold, face and sentiment were stamped.  All other elements are diecuts.  To start, I stamped the pot of gold with Intense Black ink on X-press It paper, then fussy cut it out.  Next, I masked the bottom half of a white A2 piece of cardstock and using a DIY diecut ray stencil, I blended Twisted Citron for the background.  I die cut the rainbow, hat, beer, arms and clover leaf from X-press It paper as well and coloured with Copics, giving them a no-line colouring look.

Next I adhered the rainbow and pot of gold to the panel then die cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  For some dimension and interest, I did the camouflage die cut technique using NBUS Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frames.  I die cut two more frames to stack them.

I stamped the face onto the clover and the sentiment inside the frame. To finish, I added clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the clover and gold coins and glossy accents to the beer mug.  Join in the fun and link up your Irish inspired creations for a chance to win a pack of X-Press It cardstock.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:
Words 2 Craft ByW2CB 39 Proverbs and Blessings
Happy Little StampersMarch Anything Goes with Dies
Addicted to Stamps and MoreMake Your Mark
Dies R Us68 Something New (frame die)
Craft StamperAnything Goes with Stamping

 

YNS March DT Dare

Hi there.  I’m back with another guest design project for Your Next Stamp.  Each month, YNS dares the DT and guests to create a project based on a theme using new released products.  This month the theme is Shades of Spring.  To view all the projects from the DT and guests, go to the YNS blog.  Be sure to leave a comment there for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice.  And now here’s my card.

So nothing says more spring to me than rainbows. 😉 To start, I die cut curvy masks from masking paper with the Double Stitched Hills die.  I trimmed off the stitching marks because I didn’t want them to show from ink blending.  On a white A2 panel, I stamped the butterflies and mini butterflies within the curved masked area and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

For the rainbow of colours, I die cut another curved mask, from acetate this time, and used it to blend different distress inks in sections. The bunny was stamped with black Memento ink on a scrap piece of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics and fussy cut out.  I adhered the bunny on the cardstock, then coloured in the ground and shadow.  Once again, I used a DIY cloud border stencil and Tumbled Glass distress ink to create the sky background.

Next, I die cut the A2 panel with a Stitched Rectangle die before stamping the sentiment in black.  To finish, I added gumdrops and clear Wink of Stella to the rainbow.

Now don’t forget to head over to the YNS blog and leave a comment for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice.  Thank you for stopping by.

 

 

 

I am entering in the folloing challenges:

Just Add Ink Challenge #349 Inspiration Photo
Send a Smile 4 Kids Spring Colors
Penny Black and More March Anything Goes

 

Shiny & Bright

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Happy Monday everyone.  So MFT is doing a second session of Camp Create.  As you may have remembered, I was the lucky random winner of the $150 MFT grand prize in the first session.  Unless lightening strikes twice, I highly doubt I will be as lucky again, but these challenges are fun and it forces me to use products I’ve bought.

Christmas card created for Camp Create Fantastic Foiling, Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July, MarkerPop 99 Die Cuts, and Naughty or Nice Anything Goes.

For the first challenge, I needed to create a card with shine.  I love shiny Christnas cards, so that is what I decided on.  I know it’s only July, but there are a lot of Christmas themed product releases and challenges popping up lately.  Initially, I was going to heat emboss with sparkly embossing powders and use Wink of Stella, but then I found a scrap piece of red foil tissue wrap.  I glued the foil to a piece of cardstock and then die cut the sentiment from it.

Christmas card created for Camp Create Fantastic Foiling, Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July, MarkerPop 99 Die Cuts, and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 238.

I stamped the elf on white cardstock with black Memento ink.  I first colored the ornament, shoes, pants and bell with a yellow Daffodil Delight dye ink marker and then added gold Perfect Pearls.  It gave a beautiful gold metallic shine, but it’s hard to capture that in the photo. I proceeded to color the rest of the elf with Copics and then die cut it out with the matching die. I also die cut another elf image from white cardstock to stack them for dimension.

Christmas card created for Camp Create Fantastic Foiling, Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July, MarkerPop 99 Die Cuts, and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 238.

Next I die cut a stitched panel from white cardstock.  Since the stitched panel has two rounded corners, I die cut the white card base to match.  Using a mini blending tool, I blended Peacock Feathers for the background.

Christmas card created for Camp Create Fantastic Foiling, Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July, MarkerPop 99 Die Cuts, and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 238.

To finish and for a little more shine, I added some gold sequins.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

MFT Camp Create – Fantastic Foiling
Send A Smile 4 Kids – Christmas in July
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 238
MarkerPop – Challenge 99 Die Cuts

 

Category: Challenges

Custom Out To Sea Stamp

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Hello everyone.  It’s Sunday and I have a one layer card to share using the inlaid die cutting technique.

Out To Sea card for HLS May CAS. Challenge Inlaid Die Cutting and Penny Black and More May Challenge Anything Goes

I haven’t seen a sailboat stamp I really liked, so when I saw this image online, I knew I had to buy it. BUT (and here’s the kicker) this wasn’t a stamp! The image that I saw was actually a die from Penny Black called Out To Sea.  Now the dilemma–Should I still buy it?

Custom Out To Sea Die Stamp

Of course, I bought it. Otherwise, I couldn’t have made this card. 😉  I took the die (pictured left above) and created my own custom stamp from fun foam (pictured right above).  You may have noticed that I was able to reverse the image.  I used a temporary adhesive to adhere my custom fun foam stamp to an acrylic block. In this case, I used my 2-way glue pen, allowing it to dry clear for the temporary adhesive before pressing it to the block.  This is one great way to stretch your dies.

Out To Sea card for HLS May CAS. Challenge Inlaid Die Cutting and Penny Black and More May Challenge Anything Goes

I inked up my “stamp” with VersaMark and stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper. I heat embossed it with white embossing powder then watercolored with distress inks.  Once it dried, I cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle die with stitching on both sides of the cut line.  I used the 3rd and 4th largest dies to cut a stitched frame from thick white cardstock.

Out To Sea card for HLS May CAS. Challenge Inlaid Die Cutting and Penny Black and More May Challenge Anything Goes

Next I dry embossed the thick cardstock by running it through the Big Shot with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.  With the pieces die cut out, I inlaid them back into the thick dry embossed cardstock before die cutting the happy sentiment below. I mounted this piece onto a white card base and then inlaid a black happy die cut to finish.  With everything inlaid, this is a one layer card.

UPDATED: I forgot to add that I left the sentiment with just happy to be filled in later once I decide what type of card I want it to be (ie. birthday, Father’s Day, etc.)

 

Challenges:

HLS CAS Challenge – May 2016 Inlaid Die Cutting
Penny Black and More Challenge – Anything Goes

Whitewash Wish

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Happy Friday everyone.  I was really hoping the Smile stamp set I ordered would arrive before the challenges ended…and it did — TODAY!

Whitewash Flower Birthday Card using Smiles stamp set for challenges Time Out, Crazy 4 Challenges, SSS Monday and SSS Wednesday.

Because one of the challenges is white flowers, I decided to use the whitewash watercolor technique for my card. I stamped the flower image with white pigment ink onto Kraft cardstock and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Using a water brush, I colored in the stamped image with white pigment ink refill and then dried it with my heat tool

Whitewash Flower Birthday Card using Smiles stamp set for challenges Time Out, Crazy 4 Challenges, SSS Monday and SSS Wednesday.

To add color and shading to the image, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  The flower itself was essentially untouched.  I just added a bit of shading in the middle area for some depth

Whitewash Flower Birthday Card using Smiles stamp set for challenges Time Out, Crazy 4 Challenges, SSS Monday and SSS Wednesday.

I wanted part of the image to extend onto a strip of Elegant Eggplant cardstock, so I used my trimmer to cut up to and around the image to get a straight edge. Then I used my scissors to cut the overhang portion.  I die cut Wishing from Elegant Eggplant cardstock and stamped the birthday sentiment in the matching dye ink. I wanted the whitewash flower to stand out, so no embellishments.

Whitewash Flower Birthday Card using Smiles stamp set for challenges Time Out, Crazy 4 Challenges, SSS Monday and SSS Wednesday.

 

Challenges:

Time Out Challenge – CAS with the Optional Twist of Purple to celebrate Sandie’s birthday
Crazy 4 Challenges – C4C336 White Flower
SSS Monday Challenge – Make a Wish
SSS Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Fireworks

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I am needing at least half a dozen birthday cards in the weeks to come, so it’s no surprise that I have another birthday card today. This time it is a masculine birthday card.

Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card

I usually keep masculine cards pretty minimal, and yet these cards can be difficult to do. Go figure. However, this card was simple to do.  I applied distress inks on the upper portion of a white piece of  cardstock.  Of course I chose masculine colors. I made sure the inks were dry before stamping the Fireworks with VersaMark ink.  Next I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.

Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card

Using the emboss resist technique, I applied black ink to the entire white piece.  Once done, I took a tissue and removed the excess ink from the embossed images.  I heat embossed the sentiment with Sparkly Gold embossing powder. I wanted this black panel to really pop, so I used the same sparkly embossing powder to heat emboss the edges of a slightly larger piece of white cardstock.  I layered them together and adhered it all to a split black/white card base.

Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card

 

Challenges:

Less Is More – Week 277 Something That Pops or Bangs
CAS-ual Fridays – CFC148 Birthday Boy

Magical Day

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Boy, it was a busy long weekend.  And today I finally got a chance to play in My Crafting Closet to make this fun CAS birthday card.

YNS Magical Unicorn, birthday card, color challenges 39, AAA Card Challenge Game 65

I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.  I stamped the Magical Unicorn image and sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink so that I can color with Copics.

YNS Magical Unicorn, birthday card, color challenges 39, AAA Card Challenge Game 65

Next, I created a mask for the unicorn and masked off the unicorn.  I  ink blended over a sunray stencil with distress inks and mini blending tool to create the background.  Once again, for a bit of shimmer I added some clear Wink of Stella to the unicorn’s mane and tail.  I love this product because it’s mess free!

YNS Magical Unicorn, birthday card, color challenges 39, AAA Card Challenge Game 65

I mounted the stitched piece on white fun foam cut slightly smaller and finished with some blue sequins.

 

Challenges:

AAA Card Challenge – birthday theme.
They are celebrating their 2nd birthday.  Lots going on over there with many prizes to be won.
YNS Color Challenge 39

 

 

Hello Beautiful Card

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Hello everyone.

You will be happy to know my card today is NOT a punch art card – YAY!  It is just a very simple floral card without the feminine colors.

Sketch Saturday, Cards in Envy, Altenew Inspiration Challenge

I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from Night of Navy cardstock.  To give this navy panel some depth, I stamped Wide Stripes with Night of Navy dye ink for a tone-on-tone look.

Sketch Saturday, Cards in Envy, Altenew Inspiration Challenge

I then die cut a navy Stitched Oval Frame.  I used a Stitched Oval die slightly smaller than the oval frame to cut an opening in the middle of the stripe panel.  I also die cut the same oval from Kraft cardstock and inlaid it before stamping the sentiment from For You Flowers.  I had to use the MISTI to stamp the sentiment a few times to get a good impression on Kraft cardstock.

Sketch Saturday, Cards in Envy, Altenew Inspiration Challenge

The Peony Bouquet flowers were stamped on Whisper White cardstock with the Summer Afternoon ink cube set.  There are actually 3 layering stamps plus an outline stamp for each of the images in the set (flowers and leaves), but I only used 2 layers with the outline. After I finished stamping, I die cut the flowers with the matching dies and added some clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer.

Sketch Saturday, Cards in Envy, Altenew Inspiration Challenge

I die cut a branch from Chocolate Chip cardstock before assembling the card together and mounting it all on a top-folding Kraft cardbase.

 

Challenges:

Sketch Saturday #412
Cards in Envy – Deep Blue
Altenew May Inspiration Challenge

Dancing Panda Card

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punch art pandaThis is the last of my punch art cards and it was also the easiest one to do.  Once again I was inspired by this Pandamonium stamp set.

punch art panda

Punches used to create this panda were:

Head & Body – EXtra Large Oval
Ears – 1/4″ Circle
Eyes & Feet – small heart
Pupils & Nose – Owl Builder
Arms – Word Window

punch art panda

Unlike the puppy card, I wanted this dancing panda to be against a colorful background.  I first stamped the Time Warp using Archival black ink on a small panel of white cardstock.  Next I sponged Pacific Point, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight in a sun ray manner, overlapping the ink colors to get the secondary colors in between.  I added that panel to the bottom of a piece of white cardstock and then stamped the sentiment at the top with Archival black ink as well.  I thought the colorful background was enough, so no embellishments were added.

Little Tangles 68: Anything Goes

Since I used Time Warp from Neat & Tangled, this is my second entry for the Little Tangles Challenge 68 Anything Goes.

 

Huggable Squirrel Card

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CTD392

I am excited to finally participate in my first Color Throwdown Challenge after many years of following them. The colors from this challenge 392 really caught my attention.

Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392

Don’t you just want to give this little guy a big hug?  This punch art squirrel was inspired by this Nuts ABout You stamp set.  This squirrel was created from SU! punches of which a couple have already retired and several more will be retiring soon at the end of this month.

Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392

Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Basic Black cardstock were used to create this punch art squirrel.  The edges of all pieces were sponged with Soft Suede ink to give it more definition.  Here are the punches used:

Head/Face – Tab, Extra Wide Oval, Large Oval
Body – Owl Builder, 1″ Circle
Ears – Bird Builder
Eyes – Bitty Butterfly
Pupils – Owl Builder
Nose – Cupcake Builder
Arms – Tree Builder
Feet – Small Heart
Tail – Blossom Petals Builder, Extra Wide Oval, Large Oval

Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392

I heat embossed Big Hugs from Jumbo Stripes with white embossing powder on a strip of Pacific Point cardstock.  The for you was die cut from Smoky Slate cardstock.

Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392

Depending on the inside sentiment (such as “on your promotion” or “on your special day”), I think this card would work as a congratulatory or a birthday card.  Or simply it could just be a fun card to put a smile on someone’s face.