THE SKY IS THE LIMIT Challenge

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I’m down to the wire, but here is my entry for Power Poppy’s THE SKY IS THE LIMIT challenge.

Photo Feb 28, 10 26 21 AMHere is my inspiration photo, taken by me, with an iPhone, no filters. I live in SoCal, and winter is when we get spectacular sunsets. Sometimes the sky is lavender, and sometimes it is neon with the last glow of the sun.

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I decided to go bold with my entry, showing off the amazing hues of my sunset.  I haven’t seen the sky go green yet, but I think it sets off those pink, oranges and purples so well. I stamped multiple images from the Orchids Rock set, to create a sort of pattern.  This card is another step away from a realistic style of coloring, but I really like playing with these images in new ways.

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One technique I used a lot of this time was tip-to-tip blending. For both the background and the flowers, I either needed a marker I didn’t have, or needed to “invent” a new color. I’m definitely still learning, but I’m glad for the practice.

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The sentiment is from the same set–I figured that anyone who receives this unconventional card will appreciate the inspiration. 🙂

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COPICS Used:
BV0000, BV000, BV00, BV04
YG0000, YG00, YG03
YR0000, YR000, YR02
RV0000, RV000, RV00, RV02, RV25

Countryside Bouquet Accordion Birthday Card

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My mom is an artsy lady who likes to paint with watercolors.  When her birthday comes around, I always try to make her something pretty and creative, or perhaps show her a new technique I’ve learned.

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I think these accordion card dies from Karen Burniston are so cool! They’re easy to put together, and the finished card looks so impressive.  You can learn more about the dies and assembling the cards from Karen Burniston herself in this video.

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For this years birthday, I used the Countryside Bouquet digital stamp from Power Poppy.  For each of the three main panels, I colored just the Coreopsis, or just the California poppy, or just the Salvia in the bouquet.

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On the back of the of one of the panels, I included a small version of the bouquet, with all three flowers colored.

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I wanted to add some trim pieces around the edges, and I chose flourish edges from the Frame Edges die set.  I cut 16 of these edges to go around the panels of my card. A tip for cutting out these pieces: run strips of paper through your xyron before cutting, and you will get a perfectly cut, perfectly sticky trim piece, with no extra adhesive clinging to the edges, and no trying to glue down tiny swirls of paper!

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After I got the trim pieces placed on my card, I ran a clean brayer over them to make sure they were stuck down securely.

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I used a combination of dies from the accordion card set and other circle dies to cut out my colored images and backgrounds.

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I once I assembled the panels, I added some additions to the back, such as a sentiment (not shown) and this sweet quote, stamped on some Basic Grey Fresh Cut Paper.

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I also made a custom envelope, using more Fresh Cut paper and my WRMK envelope punch board.

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You can see the finished card in motion on my Instagram.

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Shaker Valentines with My Favorite Things

4 valentines I made a bunch of shaker-card valentines, using a new die from My Favorite Things. As soon as I saw Love Centerpieces from MFT, I knew that I had to have it, and that I wanted to dig out my stash of sequins and make some fun cards. Photo Feb 07, 1 29 50 PM Usually, when I make shaker cards, I use foam tape for the center layer.  This time, I tried something new by running the die through with some fun foam, and then used scissors to expand the spaces a bit for more bling room. This let me keep each letter separated, without having to build structure with foam tape. I just used Scrappy Glue to adhere the layers together. Photo Feb 07, 1 29 56 PMI wandered through my local paper crafting store to find patterned paper that would coordinate with the different solid colors I chose. Red valentineI have quite an accumulation of sequins from Doodle Bug, Papertrey Ink, Lawn Fawn, but I have to give a shout out to the Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins. They add such a nice silvery shimmer, without being too distracting, especially if you have other colors in your mix! Photo Feb 07, 1 29 46 PM Here’s what the back of the cards look like: Photo Feb 07, 1 30 11 PM FYI: I made custom square envelopes for these cards (5″ a side), which meant extra USPS First Class postage ($0.70 to $0.91). I’ve pinned a reference sheet on First Class Postage here, but I have had good luck using two “Forever” stamps for my shaker cards and/or square envelopes. Photo Feb 07, 1 30 37 PM Supplies not mentioned in the post:

Solid Paper: Paper Source and Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Doodlebug, Authentique, Crate Paper

Clear Plastic: Dura-Lar .005

What are you making for Valentines Day?

Christmas Cards: 1 Stamp, 2 Ways

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It’s already December and time to start crankin’ out those Holiday Cards!  I usually make a large batch of cards for my Mom to send out, and they usually need to be completed by Thanksgiving (!). This year, I had a time crunch (travel for a wedding), so I decided to keep it simple.

I found a real show-stopper of a stamp set called Nature’s Peace by Stampin Up! The main stamp will cover an A2 card base, and I just loved that hand-lettered-looking sentiment, as well as all of the animals, flowers and flourishes around the edges.

Stampin Up! set "Nature's Peace"

For my first set of cards, I wanted a folk art look, something that reminded me of Redwork. I decided on pigment ink, because I wanted a bright and smooth and vibrant effect, and “Cherry” from Avery Elle fit the bill.   I decided to heat emboss with clear powder to add just a bit of textural interest and deepen that red color.  I experimented with adding twine or a little sparkle, but I found the image striking enough. I did round the bottom corners. This card was entirely one layer, btw.

red card

For the second set of cards, I thought about a starry night sky, and did my stamping (with Versamark ink) on deep blue card stock. I used silver glitter embossing powder and just love the way there’s sparkly bling, but you can still pick out the details of the snowflakes and the stars hanging off the tree.

blue card

I attached the blue card stock to a white base, using Scrappy Glue.  I’m one of those people who can’t line ANYTHING up, ever. So I find that glue gives me enough “slide time” to get everything straight.

I get my envelopes from Paper Source.  There’s one near me, and they have soooo many colors of card stock and envelopes. I typically bring my cards into the store and compare and select right there.

back of all my cards

Comments? Questions? Let me know 😀

The CASE of the Halloween Raven Card

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Last year, Waltzingmouse Stamps released a very cool Halloween stamp set called All Hallows Eve. It had a spooky ruined church, plenty of gothic text and script, and a simply superb raven. I had especially admired this card by Tosha Leyendekker and so this year, I decided to make my own version.

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I had similar, but not the same supplies, and I knew I wanted to make a smaller and simpler card. I didn’t have any ideas for a background when *suddenly* I was reminded of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and the “infernal art” that covers the walls. I selected a Hero Arts background stamp and used Delicata silver ink on dark grey card stock to create my “wallpaper.” I rubbed some Black Soot Distress ink around the edges and corners to add some depth.

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I looked through my dies for a frame, and found that Spellbinders Floral Ovals—die cut in black— looked a bit like wrought iron. Sponging black and silver inks and smearing on some Black Soot stickles further distressed the frame. For the center, I blended many shades or yellow, red and orange (or green, yellow and black), and then lightly misted with some shimmer spray. Finally! I got to stamp that raven with Versafine ink. Was there ever a bird more suited to Black Onyx?

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On the inside of the card, I used Perfect Pearls to make the sentiments stand out. I find that it renders detailed stamps more finely than trying to use heat embossing.

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For a finishing touch, I selected a dark grey envelope and used more Waltzingmouse stamps (Hocus Pocus) to create a sinister gate border.

Raven group

Lawnscaping Challenge 87: Back to School!

Today I am sharing my entry for Lawnscaping Challenge #87, which has a theme of Back to School.

Challenge 87

 

While hunting through my stash for ideas, I found a just a few sheets from Lawn Fawn’s Dewey Decimal paper pack, and the hexagon design made me think of molecular structures from Chemistry class! Sufficiently inspired, I grabbed the Science of Love stamp set for the little smartie-birdies, as well as the “you+me=“ sentiment.  I used Harold’s ABC’s for my own answer to the equation, and then stamped and cut a frame from Fanciful Frames to create a little chalkboard.

Lawnscaping Challenge 87 by Saffron Kingfisher

I popped the chalkboard onto the patterned paper with a few foam squares and then backed it onto a card base.  I had to add a few enamel dots for fun and dimension, of course.