Thursday, April 15, 2021

Another Spring Scene

Have you seen Stampendous! new release? There are several fabulous new Slim Cling Rubber Stamp, including the Slim Cling Meadow Rubber Stamp, which is perfect for a spring scene.

Here's my card.


Stampendous!® Products Used:
Tuxedo Black Memento™ by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Desert Storm Smooth Environment® Cardstock
Green Cardstock Source Unknown
Copic® Markers:
   Clouds: B60, RV0000, RV000, B000, B41, C00, C0
   Sky: B21, B41
   Grass: G43, G46
   Trees: B02, B04, G03, G05, G07, YG05
   Bushes: B02, G09, G17
   Stream: BG11, B32, B41, B52
   Coneflowers: RV55, RV66, R56, YR15, YR18; YG03, YG05
   Queen Anne's Lace: RV91, V22, B41
   Pathway: E42, E43, E44
   Fence: E21, E23, W0, W1, W4
Slimline Basics Die Set by Gina Marie Designs
Scalloped Stitched Slimline Die Set by Gina Marie Designs

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of Desert Storm cardstock to  9.125" x 8.25". Score at 4.125" and fold to form card. Set aside. This card will fit a #10 envelope, though it might be a bit of a snug fit.
  2. Use the largest die from the Scalloped Slimline Die Set to cut another piece of Desert Storm cardstock. 
  3. Cut a piece of green cardstock to 8.625" x 3.75" and use to mat the Scalloped Slimline Rectangle die-cut.
  4. Stamp the Slim Cling Meadow Rubber Stamp onto Mixed Media White Paper using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
  5. Color with Copic markers.
  6. Use the second largest die from the Slimline Basics Die Set to cut the image.
  7. Adhere the image panel die-cut onto the matted scalloped die-cut, then adhere to the card.
*Mixed Media White Paper is wonderful for Copic coloring, especially when using with a glass mat underneath the paper.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Spring Scene . . .in Holland!

It's Tuesday which means it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps This week my teammates and I are celebrating Spring and/or Mother's Day. Since the trees, dandelions, tulips, and hyacinths are starting to bloom, I opted to celebrate spring with my card. 

Over thirty years ago, I spent part of April and May visiting my husband in Holland. He was there for work for three months and I took a leave of absence to join him and we spent weekends sightseeing, visiting gardens, windmills, museums, and different towns. Honestly, it could not have been a more perfect time to visit! Everything was in bloom and as we traveled mostly by train, we were astonished by the fields of tulips stretching from the tracks to the horizon. The rows were grouped by color and were just amazing. 

I certainly prattled on there, but I did want you to know why when I saw the Art  By Marlene Go Dutch #16 Clear Stamp Set by Studio Light, I had to buy it. When I found out that this week's theme was Spring, I had to use it.

Here's the card.


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

PSA: There are lots of fantastic new products at Topflight Stamps, so you should definitely click on over there after reading my instructions. especially since there are loads of new goodies. BTW, if you'd like to get 12% off your order at Topflight Stamps use THIS LINK!

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Blue and Red Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Watercolor Paper by Strathmore®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
   Skin: BV0000, BV000, E50, E21, E11, E000, E00, R20, R22
   Hair: Y11, Y21, Y26
   Outfit: B02, B04, B16, R24, R39, Y13, Y19, C0, C2, C4
   Wooden Shoes: E21, E23
   Basket: E51, E53, E55, E7
   Tulips: Y13, Y19
   Windmill: E70, E71, E74, R22, R35, B12, B26, B34, B37, YR31
Grass Green and Pink Chalk Pencils by General's® Pencils
Red, White, Yellow UniPosca Brush Paint Pens by Mitsubishi Pencil Co. Ltd.
5" x 7" Card Creator Nestabilities™ Die Set by Spellbinders®
Stamping Platform
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Post-It Notes® by 3M

Instructions:
  1. Use blue cardstock to create a 5" x 7" card. Set aside.
  2. Use Memento ink to stamp the Dutch girl and the windmill from the Go Dutch Stamp Set with Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock. 
  3. Fussy-cut  and color the images with Copic markers then edge them with a dark marker. Set aside.
  4. Sprinkle a bit of a bit of Cobalt and White Brusho Crystals onto watercolor paper, spritz with water, then use a paper towel to spread the color horizontally. Heat set.
  5. Tear some cardstock, then brush Rainforest and Evergreen Prism Ink over the top of the torn cardstock onto the background paper. 
  6. Move the torn edge down a bit, then the colors were brushed over the edge again. 
  7. Repeat Step #6 until the grassy part of the background is complete. Heat set.
  8. Since the windmill from had so many wonderful details that I didn't want to lose, I wanted to stamp it onto the completed background.
  9. The background was secured to the base of my stamping platform with magnets and the windmill was positioned facedown on the background..
  10. I also positioned the happy little sun from the Art By Marlene Marlene's World Happy Birthday Clear Stamp Set facedown onto the background.
  11. The lid of the platform was pressed onto the back of the stamps, lifted, and inked with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.
  12. Both images were stamped. VersaFine ink creates such a wonderful clean impression. 
  13. I then stamped the sun again onto a scrap of watercolor paper
  14. The stamped background was removed from the platform and it and the spare sun were heat set to prevent smudging.
  15. Sprinkle Yellow Brusho crystals onto a craft sheet and spritz with water.
  16. Use a paintbrush and diluted Brusho crystals to paint the sun that was on the watercolor paper. 
  17. Fussy-cut the sun and edge it with a dark marker.
  18. Now that the windmill is stamped onto the background,  add a worn grassy path to the windmill's door by putting two Post-It Notes on diagonals stretching from each bottom edge of the door to the base of the panel then sponge Evergreen Prism Ink between the Post-It Notes onto the background . 
  19. Use dark green chalk pencil to add some shading under the windmill and where the girl will stand. 
  20. Adhere the fussy-cut and colored windmill and happy sun over their counterparts on the background. Also adhere the girl.
  21. Use the red paint pen to add color to the hearts. 
  22. Use the white paint pen was used over the stamped sun rays, allow the paint to dry, then apply yellow paint pen was applied overtop.
  23. Use one of the Nestabilities dies to cut the scene, then edge with blue and green markers.
  24. Use a larger Nestabilities die to cut the red cardstock.
  25. Mat the image panel with the red die-cut panel.
  26. Adhere the matted card front to the reserved card.
Thanks for visiting today! 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Reach for the Stars!

It's Tuesday which means it's my day to share a project created for Topflight StampsLately it seems that I've been sharing cute and/or whimsical projects, so I decided to create a card with a positive message using the Voyager Clear Stamps Set #198 and the Celestial Navigation Clear Stamp #398 by Olga Heldwein for AALL and Create.
Here's the card:


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

PSA: There are lots of fantastic new products at Topflight Stamps, so you should definitely click on over there after reading my instructions. especially since there are loads of new goodies. BTW, if you'd like to get 12% off your order at Topflight Stamps use THIS LINK!

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic Markers:
   Flowers: R52, RV6, RV91, RV93
   Leaves: G40, YG45
   Clouds: C0, C1, B60, RV000
   Orbs and Triangles and such: BG53, BG57, BV11, BV13, V17, FB2, B21, B28, B39
Blue Cardstock
Gold Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous!®
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
I wanted to stamp this image in gold but color as usual with my beloved Copic markers, but was afraid to contaminate my precious babies.. So I decided to try a technique that I'd seen others do but was new to me. 
  1. Using a stamp platform, I first stamped one of the two focal images from the Voyager Clear Stamps Set #198 with Black Memento ink onto white cardstock, then colored the images with Copic markers. 
  2. As stated, I really wanted the stamped image to be gold, but was afraid that gold ink would hurt my beloved markers. I also didn't want to contaminate my darlings with embossing powder, so I decided to just try this new-to-me technique.
  3. I had left the stamp on the lid of my stamp platform rather than taking it off and cleaning it immediately as is my usual control freak habit. I positioned the image panel back on the platform in exactly the same position, inked the stamp with Onyx Black VersaFine Ink*, and stamped the image. 
  4. The image was sprinkled on Detail Gold Embossing powder, the excess was dumped off, and the image was heat set. I was delighted that it worked and I had a golden embossed colored image. Then I gave into my Inner Virgo, cleaned the stamp, and put it back where it belonged.
  5. The image panel was trimmed, the edges were distressed, edged with VersaMark Embossing ink, then the same gold embossing powder was used. Usually I'm nutsoid (see above notes about my inner control freak Virgo tendencies) about getting stray embossing powder where it doesn't belong, but I actually like the effect on this.
  6. The image panel was set aside while I worked on the background.
  7. Blue cardstock was trimmed to 4.75" x 6.75" to form the background panel.
  8.  The Celestial Navigation Clear Stamp #398 was stamped at the top left and bottom rightish with VersaMark ink, then heat set with the same gold embossing powder. 
  9. Using VersaMark ink, the star cluster stamp from the Voyager Clear Stamps Set #198 was used to fill in some of the empty areas of the background.
  10.  The star clusters were then heat set with gold embossing powder. 
  11. The VersaMark pad was pressed against the edges of the background panel which were then dragged through gold embossing powder, and heat set. 
  12. The background panel was adhered to a blue 5" x 7" card.
  13. One of the three sentiments from the Voyager Clear Stamps Set #198 was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine Ink, then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
  14. The sentiment was cut into a strip, then into smaller pieces, each of which was edged with gold embossing, then adhered to the image panel as shown.
  15. The image panel was adhered to the background panel 
  16. Pink Diamond Sparkles by Hunkydory Crafts were added to the corners to finish the card.
*If you're wondering why I used Onyx Black VersaFine Ink instead of VersaMark, VersaFine ink produces a clean detailed image, yet can be heat embossed, especially with Detail embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate! Today's card seemed to be perfect for the holiday. It features the Missing Treats House-Mouse Designs® Rubber Stamp by Stampendous!®.


Stampendous!® Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Copic® Markers:
  Guinea Pig/Hamster's Skin: BV0000, BV000, E50, E51, E53,R20, R21
  Guinea Pig/Hamster's  Fur: T0, T1, E30, E31, E34, E40
  Jellybeans: RV52, RV55, R81, R83, YG03, YG05, YR12, YR14, YR16
  Mouse's Skin: BV0000, BV000, E50, E51, R000, R01, R20
  Mouse's Fur: E31, E33, E35, E44
  Bowl: BG0000, BG90, YG91
  Wall: BG0000, BG000
  Floor: No, N1, N2
Chloe 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by Bella Blvd.
Freehand Graph and Dot Bella Besties 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by Bella Blvd.
Brushed Corduroy Distress® Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
Brown Cardstock

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of brown cardstock to 5.5" x 8.5", score at 4.25", and fold to form an A2 card.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the image.
  3. Color image and background with Copic markers.
  4. Trim the image panel and mat with brown Freehand Dot patterned paper cut .25" larger than the image panel.
  5. Cut a piece of the pink patterned paper to 5.25" x 4".
  6. Cut a piece of the floral patterned paper to 3" x 4" and edge with Distress ink.
  7. Adhere the floral patterned paper to the pink patterned paper to create the card front.
  8. Edge the card front with Distress ink.
  9. Adhere the image panel to complete the card.
Thanks for visiting today!

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

A Sprinkle of Imagination

On Tuesday of this week I showed you a card created for Topflight Stamps with the Television Eclectic Red Rubber Cling Stamp by Darkroom Door. While I was working with this versatile stamp, other ways to use it kept popping into my mind so I jotted them down.

Here's the first idea, which uses the Television as a shaker element on a card using the Butterflies Background Red Rubber Cling StampAbstract 12 Red Rubber Cling StampMake Art Sentiment Strip Red Rubber Cling Stamp by Darkroom Door with Freya Clear Polymer Stamp and one of the fairiy stamps from the  Fairy Foragers Clear Polymer Stamp Set by Lavinia Stamps.

Card laying down so that you can see the shaker contents and the background.



Card standing up so that you can see the glittery touches on the fairy's wings and the tv screen.



Topflight Stamps Products Used:

PSA: There are lots of fantastic new products at Topflight Stamps, so you should definitely click on over there after reading my instructions. especially since there are loads of new goodies. BTW, if you'd like to get 12% off your order at Topflight Stamps use THIS LINK!

Other Products Used:
140 lb. Mixed Media Cardstock by Strathmore®
Raven Black Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black and London Fog Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers: E21,E23,E25, E27, E49, BG90, BG93, BG96, N5, N7, T1, T2, T4
Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry Distress® Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
New Canvas Palette™ Ink by Stewart Superior
Nocturne VersaFine Clair™ Ink by Tsukineko®
VersaMark™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Detail White Embossing Powder by Stampendous!®
Frantage Silver Halo Glitter by Stampendous!®
Clear Stardust® Glitter Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
Quickie Glue® Pen by Sakura® of America
Beadazzles by Suze Weinberg for Ranger Ink
Rounded Rectangle Die: Don't know who made it. Sorry.
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platforms
Black Foam Tape by Craft Fancy
Clear Acetate cut from packaging.

Instructions:
You had better grab a beverage because this tutorial is going to be long and verbose! 

Here goes!

Step #1:
Stamp the television set onto heavy cardstock. I used 140 lb. Mixed Media paper. Use a craft knife to cut out the TV screen.



Step #2:
Fussy-cut the television. 



Step #3:
Use Copic markers to color the image. Use a dark marker to darken the edges including the window cut for the screen.



Step #4: 
Flip the image over, adhere a piece of acetate over the tv screen aperture, then use foam adhesive to create a well for the shaker contents. Set aside.



Step #5:
Apply Distress inks to a piece of heavy cardstock. Lightly spray with water. Heat set.



Step #6:
Use white hybrid ink to stamp the Butterflies Background Red Rubber Cling Stamp. Repeat inking and stamping until you're happy with the result. Heat set. 




Step #6b without photos. 
Trim off the unstamped area and die-cut with a rounded rectangle die. I also used this die to cut a strip of cardstock that had been stamped with the Abstract 12 Red Rubber Cling Stamp


Step #7a (with two steps) because I forgot to take a photo, then had to go back and fix the step numbers. Oops.
Clean the Butterflies Background Red Rubber Cling Stamp stamp. Use grey ink to stamp the Butterflies Background Red Rubber Cling Stamp onto the strip cut off the background panel. This will become the backing panel of the shaker.

Use Nocturne VersaFine Clair to stamp the fairy from the Fairy Foragers Clear Polymer Stamp Set by Lavinia Stamps. Heat set. Use a clear Stardust Glitter Gel pen to add a glittery touch to her wings.



Step #7b
Fill the tv screen aperture of the shaker with the contents of your choice. Peel off the foam adhesive tape backing and promptly get the contents all over the adhesive. Remove as much as possible.



Step #8
Secure the background panel to the base of a stamp platform with magnets. Place the trimmed die-cut border on the bottom and the TV where desired.

Place Freya face down where you want her. Press the lid onto the back of the stamp. Lift. Remove the border and the TV.

Ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair and stamp. Repeat if necessary.Use a clear Stardust Glitter Gel pen to add a glittery touch to her wings.




Another Missing Step
Sponge the Abstract 12 border strip with the same Distress inks used to create the background. 


Step #9
Use a glue pen to add dots of glue between Freya's hand and the TV. Sprinkle glitter onto the glue, let set for a few minutes, then shake off excess.



Step #10
Use VersaMark ink or other embossing ink to stamp the Make Art Sentiment Strip onto black cardstock. Sprinkle wet ink with White Detail Embossing Powder, shake off excess, and heat set.



To assemble the card.
Adhere the inked stamped die-cut strip to the base of the background using foam tape. 
Adhere the Television shaker element to the background as shown. Adhere the background to a black A6 card. Finish the card by adhering the sentiment as shown.

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Post-It Note Holder!

I know! Three blog posts from me in one day and it isn't even April Fool's Day!

Have you checked out Stampendous!' new Slim Cling Rubber Stamps yet? They're fabulous and so very versatile. They are sized so that they will fit most of the slimline cutting dies out there, plus you can use them to create larger slimline cards that fit a bit more snugly in #10 envelopes. Additionally, the new stamps work wonderfully well with Eileen Hull's Journal Die by Sizzix, can be used to create Post-It® Notes® Holders, regular cards, 3.5" x 5" cards, and 4" square cards!  

Here's my Post-It® Note Holder created with the Vintage Post Slim Cling Rubber Stamp.

Stampendous!® Products Used:
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass, Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold, Milled Lavender Distress® Inks by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
Copic® Markers for envelopes: Y000, Y00, Y21, YR00, BV00, V000, G82, B00
Copic® Markers for stamps: Y23, B45, R22
New Post-It® Note Pad
Post-It® Note sheets
Gold Sunburst ™Metallic Gel Pen by Pentel® of America
The Letter "s" from the Small Alphabet Die Set by All Occasions
Just a Note Die by All Occasions
Metal Pen Nib by Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® by Advantus
Strong Liquid or GelAdhesive
Double Sided Tape
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink

Instructions:
  1. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the image onto Mixed Media White paper. 
  2. Use Copic markers to color the envelopes on the image panel.
  3. Spray isopropyl alcohol over the the envelopes which results in a splotchy worn look.
  4. Use Post-It Note sheets to cover the envelopes, then brush Distress ink onto the background. 
  5. Lightly spray with water. Heat set.
  6. Color the postage stamps with Copic markers.
  7. Use Gold pen to add further detail to the postage stamps.
  8. Trim the image panel to 3.5" x 7.5". Score at 3.5" and 4". Fold to form a little booklet.
  9. Edge the image panel with VersaMark ink, apply embossing enamel, dump off excess, and heat set.
  10. Repeat Step #9 to build layers of this wonderful embossing enamel.
  11. Use the alphabet and the Just a Note dies to cut black cardstock.
  12. Press the die-cuts into the VersaMark pad, dip the diecuts into the embossing enamel, shake off the excess, and heat set. Repeat if necessary to ensure full coverage of the die-cuts.
  13. Press the metal nib into the VersaMark pad, dip it into embossing enamel, shake off the excess, and heat set. Repeat if necessary.
  14. Use double-sided tape to adhere the Post-It Note to the inside of the booklet.
  15. Use strong liquid adhesive to adhere the "Note" and the "s" to the front of the Post-It Note Holder.
  16. Use strong liquid or gel adhesive to adhere the embossed pen nib to the front to finish the Post-It Note holder.
Thanks for visiting!

Berry Picking Fun!

New Jersey is one of the top producers of blueberries in the USA, but they won't be in season until the summer. However, they're readily available in the supermarkets and are a sweet treat loaded with anti-oxidants. 

Here's a card with the new House-Mouse Designs® Blueberry Basket Rubber Stamp by Stampendous!®.


Stampendous!® Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Desert Storm Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Comodore Blue Cardstock by My Colors Cardstock/My Mind's Eye® Paper Goods
Basket Weave Embossing Folder by Lifestyle Crafts™
Copic® Markers:
   Mouse Skin: BV000, E50, E51, R000, R20, R21
   Mouse Fur: E23, E25, E37; E31, E33, E35, E44; T1, T3, T5
   Basket: E81, E84, Y11, YR20
   Blueberries: B21, B23, B28
   Grass: YG01, YG03, YG05, YG17
Twine: American Crafts
Scalloped Rectangle Die: Forgot to write down what brand and name. Oopsy!!!

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of 8.5" x 11" blue cardstock in half. Score one piece at 4.25" and fold to form an A2 card. Set aside.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the image onto Mixed Media Paper.
  3. Color with Copic markers.
  4. Trim and edge with Copic markers.
  5. Use Scalloped Rectangle die to cut other piece of blue cardstock.
  6. Mat the image panel on the blue scalloped die-cut.
  7. Cut a piece of Desert Storm cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5"
  8. Place the cardstock inside the embossing folder and crank it through a diecut machine.
  9. Trim the embossed cardstock to 5.25" x 4" to form the card front panel.
  10. Wrap twine around the card front panel.
  11. Adhere the matted image panel to the card front.
  12. Adhere the card front to the reserved blue A2 card.
Thanks for visiting today.