Sunday, September 29, 2019

Pinned It? Try It! Week 6: Circle Snippets

Welcome back to my 6th episode of Pinned It? Try It!  I have been perusing card ideas I have pinned long ago, and actually trying the ideas!  

This week, I am focusing on this Pin that was in my Sketch Board.  The original website was Echo Park’s Flickr account and the card was designed by Wendy McKee.  As far as I can tell, Wendy is no longer papercrafting or blogging.  

I really liked this pin for the creative use of small scraps of paper.  I do not use my punches and dies enough, so I knew that this would be a good challenge for me. 

While I loved the wonderful summery colors in the inspiration pin, I wanted to go with a more fall theme.  The papers are all either kraft cardstock, or scraps of a VERY OLD 6x6 paper pad called Darling Deer.  I love this paper pad, but need to use it up.  My banner is a stamp, and I had to add a cute bird stamp as well.  I did distress most of the paper and die edges with Tea Dye distress ink. 

I also was inspired to use my corner rounder, which I haven’t used much lately. 

Supplies:  JFF Fashion Warbler stamp, Lawn Fawn Bannerific Stamp set, I Brake for Stamps Sheet 138B (sentiment), My Mind’s Eye Darling Deer 6x6 paper pad, Gina Marie X Stitched Circle dies, EK Success Circle Punch, Spellbinders leaf dies, other items from my stash.

I would love to enter Pixies Snippets Playground Anything Goes challenge, and WordArtWednesday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Christmas Cards - Making Multiples

Hello!  I typically am a pretty steady Christmas card maker.  For several years, I have made 4-5 cards a month.  However, this year, I just didn’t get them done!  So at this point, I really do need to make multiples of cards in order to have enough ready by the end of November.

My tip for making multiples is to do it with limited supplies and when you are talking with friends.  These cards were all made with the same 2 stamp sets and scraps of patterned paper.  I stamped and colored the images all at once at one of my papercraft meetups.  And then I assembled the cards at the next one.  Talking with friends really helps the time go by quickly and it doesn’t feel tedious to do some repetitive work.

This stamp set is marked 2004, and I picked it up at a thrift store a couple years ago.  What a find for $2.97!  And it is pretty!  Some sentiments are from a kit that I used for 12 cards last year (you can see them here).   I colored all the images with alcohol markers and then die cut them.  

The topiaries were simply layered over some scraps of an old 6x6 patterned paper pack I am trying to use up.  

The wreaths were die cut, and then I added the sentiment parts from another stamp set.  I layered this over a partially dry embossed background and added gold foil paper accents, as well as some clear Nuvo drops.  

I am so pleased to have 9 cards done!

Supplies: Stampin Up In a Pear Tree, Close to my Heart Mistletoe Wishes, Sizzix Snowflake embossing folder, Gold foil paper, Versafine and Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Gina Marie X Stitched Rectangle and Circle dies, MFT DieNamics Pierced Square dies, Spellbinders Oval and Scalloped Oval dies, Nuvo Crystal drops, other items from my stash.

I would love to enter Scrappy Mo’s Rudolph day challenge for September, Pixie’s Crafty Workshop’s Snippets challenge, SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes, and Retro Rubber’s Anything Goes Challenge.

Thank you so much for your visit!  How are you doing on Holiday cards?


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Floral Silhouette Birthday Card

Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday!  It is a beautiful morning, crisp and cool, but it will warm up later on today.  I decided to use a stamp I just used recently, but in a different way.  You can see the previous card HERE.

First, I used watercolors to create a pretty background on mixed media paper.  Then, I die cut out the paper. Finally, I masked off the sides of the die cut because the stamp was just a little too wide.  I stamped the image in black.  I thought it turned out so pretty, and I love the detail of this stamp, especially the centers of the flowers. Isn’t it funny how a detail can please you so much?

I simply framed the image with a scrap of patterned paper, and also found a pretty scrap of hot pink cardstock for the sentiment tag.  My scrap box has gotten a little full, so I am hoping to attend to that this next month, as I am creating.

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Half Sheet 138B, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Spellbinders Fancy Edge rectangles dies, and Fancy Framed tags 2, Recollections Backyard Table 6x6 patterned paper pad, other items from my stash. (As always, save 10% on your entire order at the I Brake for Stamps Store by using my coupon code, SAVE10HEIDI )

I have a pin picked out to use for my Pinned It, Try It! series later this week, AND I have been working on some Christmas cards.  So hopefully, I will see you again soon once I have finished those up.  

Thank you for your visit!  I think I am up to date on my blog visits, but if not, leave me a comment and I will be sure to stop by and see what you have been up to!


Friday, September 20, 2019

Pinned It? Try It! Week 5 - Masking a Wreath

Hello!  It’s time for me to try another Pin for my Pinned It? Try It! series.  This time, I found a fun and quick technique from my Christmas Card board.  

See the Pin here.  The pin didn’t link directly to the blog post, but I was able to track it down.  The artist is Jill Franchett, who is no longer blogging, and this is the blog post here.   The technique is to cut a circle mask (either masking paper or a post it note) on your card, and then use whatever foliage stamps you have to create a wreath.  When you remove that circle, it looks like a wreath!

I used stamps from Close to My Heart’s Mistletoe Wishes stamp set, and then it looked like it needed something else, so I added the brown branch from Rubber Stamp Tapestry’s Cherry Blossom set.  I used Avery Elle Pigment inks, and Versafine for the black.  Adding berries with Stickles Glitter Glue seemed to finish off the wreath nicely.  Mine is not as clean and simple as the pin, but the technique is the same, and I am happy with how it turned out.

Have you ever stamped a wreath with masking?

Thanks for visiting today!  If you missed my other cards for the Pinned It? Try It! series, you can find them all here

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Flower of the Month: September Aster

Hello!  Did you know that September’s Birth Flower is the Aster?  That isn’t a big surprise as you may see them for sale all over during the early fall.  I made this card for my friend, whose birthday is in just a couple days!  

I tried to color the image in what I think is the quintessential color for an Aster, a pretty periwinkle. I used a blue and a purple alcohol marker to get this look.  I die cut the image, and then with the die in place, sponged light blue distress ink over top, to get the delicate white frame.  

I like to decorate the inside by stamping the flower in a very light ink with the sentiment over top.


Supplies: I Brake for Stamps September Asters, Sentiment from Half Sheet 138B, Versafine and Memento Black inks, Hero Arts Soft Sky shadow ink, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, Spellbinders Labels 18 dies, Bo Bunny Early Bird 6x6 Patterned paper pad, other items from my stash. 

I sure appreciate your visiting the blog today!  Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Crazy Cat Halloween Card

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!  Our weather seems fall-like today!  I made this Halloween card earlier, but haven’t shared it here yet.

Supplies:  Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Cats, Stampendous Bring to Life stamp set, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Memento and Versafine Black inks, The Crafter’s Workshop stencil, Distress Oxide Black soot for stenciling, other items from my stash.

I’d like to enter this in the SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge -Stamp It, and Crafting By Designs September Anything Goes.

Thanks for your visit today!  Are you crafting this weekend? I am really hoping to get some in, but we have a pretty busy schedule!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Bird Thank You - textured cardstock

Hello!  Today, I worked on a Thank You card.  First, I sponged light blue Distress ink over textured white cardstock.  I then stamped my bird image onto this, and a second time onto plain white cardstock.

I simply filled in the color with alcohol markers, then fussy cut out the plain bird and glued it over top of the textured paper.  I like the tiny bit of dimension this gives, as I would have lost a lot of the bird detail on the textured cardstock.  

Oh, and I almost forgot! I did add a touch of white gel pen to accent the eye.  I often find that makes a big difference!

The image is from I Brake for Stamps Sheet 141A Birds, and the sentiment is from Florals Sheet.  Ink is Gina K Dark Chocolate.  I am always happy to offer a coupon code that gives you 10% off your entire stamp purchase at I Brake for Stamps: SAVE10HEIDI.

Thank you for visiting today! Happy Stamping!


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Pinned it? Try It! Week 4: Clean and Simple

Alrighty then, back again this weekend with another edition of Pinned It? Try It!  The pin I chose today was from my Clean and Simple board.  You can see the pin from 2010 HERE, pinned 22,000 times! Wow. The corresponding blog post is HERE, and I was glad to see that Susan is still actively blogging and continuing with a clean and simple style. Neat! 

I decided not only to use the basic layout, but also the two tone stamping.  In the original card, Susan used a light and a dark tone of ink. In mine, I used the second generation.  I also couldn’t help but to add a mat for my rectangles.  I like the way it turned out and am happy to have another Sympathy card for when the times comes.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna set, Hero Arts sentiment, Distress Oxide Ink Peeled Paint, Lucky Clover and Vintage Photo, Versafine Onyx Black.

Thanks for visiting!  What kind of pins have you been meaning to try?

All the blog posts in this series are found HERE.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Get Well Soon Card

A quick share today!  

The background is stamped over an ombré watercolor.  It is more green at the bottom, in person.  The butterflies were stamped on acetate, then stickles were applied underneath. They were adhered with glossy accents.

Stamps: Sparkle n Sprinkle Spring Background, Our Daily Bread Designs Bugs, Hero Arts CL342 Sentiment set.

I’d like to enter this in SplitCoastStampers Free 4 All Challenge - Going Buggy, SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge -Stamp It, and SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge - Something Clear.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Friendship Card - Stamping with Brusho Powders

Hello everyone.  I am sharing a card I made this week with a bit of a different stamping technique. I stamped with Brusho powders.  Any of the watercolor powders would work with this technique and it gives a neat look.

This is the process. 1: Spritz rubber stamp with water.  2: Sprinkle Brusho powders over the wet stamp.  I used yellow, green and blue powders. 3: Spritz again with water to mix colors.  4: Stamp onto watercolor paper.

This is a very loose look and will be a bit different each time.  I let my garden dry, and then stamped over top of it with the fence stamp. I added a few flower sequins to the garden, just for fun. I just adore this sentiment, don’t you?

All the stamps are from Half Sheet 138B.  You can save 10% on this stamp and your entire order at the I Brake for Stamps store using my code SAVE10HEIDI.

Thanks for visiting! Happy Stamping!