Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Let the Good Times Roll!

It's Tuesday, so I'm sharing a post over at Topflight Stamps. Not only is it Tuesday. it's Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday. Being a festive sort of person,  I decided to create a little scene with a "Let the Good Times Roll" card with Katzelkraft's fun and fabulous Robots 1 Unmounted Red Rubber Stamp Set and Robot Dog

Here it is!

Topflight Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Cryogen White Curious Metallics Cardstock
Silver Flecked Grey Cardstock from Club Scrap
Black Cardstock by Bazzill Basivs Paper®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
   Dog: E08, E93, E95, E97 Y21, Y23,Y26, Y28, C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, BG70, BG72, BG75, BG90, BG93
    Robot:
    Bulbs and Glow: Y00, Y11, Y13, Y19
    Verdigris: BG72, BG75
    Rust: E07, YR27
Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura
Chalice Silver™ MetallicCardstock from the Neenah Creative Collection™
Time Machine 4 Die by ScrapMan Dies
My stash of previously die-cut gears and screws.
Repositionable Label Paper by Avery® 
P -Touch Label Maker by Brother International Corp.
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi/Ranger Industries

Instructions:
  1. Create a 5" x 7" card from the silver-flecked grey cardstock. Set aside.
  2. Stamp the robot and the dog onto Cryogen cardstock and onto repositonable label paper with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
  3. Fussy-cut the label versions and place them over their counterparts on the image panel.
  4. Place the image panel onto the STAY-tion and secure with magnets. Place the magnetic ruler over the bottom part of the panel under the wheels of the robot and dog.
  5. Sponge the light blue ink from the Ombre Prism Ink pad over the masked images and over the top of the ruler.
  6. Use the magnets to secure the stencil over the blue-sponged image panel.
  7. Sponge the same blue ink over the stencil onto the image panel. Remove the stencil.
  8. Move the ruler so that it's covering the top part of the image and sponge Thundercloud ink over the base of the image panel.
  9. Lift the masks and color the images with Copic markers. Retrospectively, I wish I hadn't added the verdigris and rust to the dog and robot. Alas.
  10. Coat the clock, bulbs, the tip of the dogs nose, the goggle lenses, screws, and rivets with several layers of Glaze pen, letting the gel ink dry between each layer. This will create clear dimension and shine on all those elements.
  11. Trim the image panel and mat with black cardstock.
  12. Use the Time Machine die to cut the metallic silver cardstock and adhere to the right side of the card front.
  13. Add different gears atop some of the gears on the Time Machine die-cut.
  14. Adhere the matted image panel as shown.
  15. Use the label printer to create the sentiment and adhere to the card front.
  16. Add some gears to finish the card.
Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Gnome Travel WindowRama Card

Home again. Home again. Jiggedy Jig. Or should that be Gnome again. Gnome again? Yep. I was away on vacation and have returned.

Presenting a WindowRama carad featuring Stampendous' seriously cute Gnome Travels Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set!

Products Used: 
Stampendous Products Used:
Gnome Travels Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set (SSC1343)
WindowRama Baby Card Kit (WR104)
WindowRama Die Set (DCP1012)
Tweet Birdie Die Set (QD5018)
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Antique Linen Tim Holtz® Distress® Ink by Ranger Industries
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Desert Storm Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Uncharted Paper Pack by The Paper Studio
Copic® Markers
  Gnomes' Skin: BV000, E50, e1, E11, E000, R01, R20, R04
  Gnomes" Beards: C3, C1, C0, C00
  Shirt: YR12, YR14, YR27
  Pants/Hat: V17, V28, B01, YG03
  Belt/Boots: E47, E35, E33
  Buckle: Y28, Y26, Y13

Instructions:

  1. Sponge Polka Dot Window Front from the WindowRama Baby Card Kit with Distress Ink. Fold backward along the innermost fold line on both sides.Set aside.
  2. Use WindowRama Die set to die-cut the map patterned paper to form the back of the card. Fold  forward along the innermost fold line on both sides.
  3. Stamp the gnomes onto white cardstock with Memento ink, color, fussy-cut, and edge each image with black marker.
  4. Stamp sentiment onto Desert Storm scrap and die-cut using the speech bubble from the Tweet Birdie Die set.
  5. Adhere the images as shown. You can use tape on the reverse of the images and the speech bubble to make sure they're secure. 
  6. Be absolutely sure that there is no adhesive showing or the gnomes and/or the speech bubble with make the front of the card stick to the back!
  7. Adhere the front of the WindowRama card to the back.
Thank you for visiting today!




Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Believe

It's Tuesday, so it's time to share a card that I created for Topflight Stamps, featuring the gorgeous Dragon Clear Photopolymer stamp set by Pink Ink Designs. The detail on this stamp set and all of Pink Ink Designs' stamp sets is absolutely incredible. You should check them out!

Here's my card:



Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Cryogen White Curious Metallics Cardstock
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers: 
    Dragon: B63, B66, B69, RV52, RV91, RV93, RV95, BV20, BV23, G21, G24
    Background Dots: B0000,
Glitter Cardstock by DCWV
Commodore Blue Cardstock by My Colors/My Mind's Eye
Vellum by Strathmore®
Believe Die: I don't recall who made this die. Oops.
Make Art STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi/Ranger Industries
Cutterbee® Circle Curvy Cutter™ by EK Success 

Instructions:
  1. Cut the 12x12 piece of blue cardstock in half. Score one of the pieces at 6" and fold to form a 6" square card. Set aside.
  2. Using Memento ink, stamp the image onto Cryogen White Metallic cardstock. Give the ink a few minutes to dry or heat set.
  3. Color the image with Copic markers*. 
  4. Use the Curvy Cutter to cut a 5.75"-ish circle from vellum to create a transparent mask.
  5. Place the vellum sheet over the image panel with the circle opening where you want.
  6.  Secure both the image panel and the vellum with magnets.
  7. Sponge Periwinkle Prism ink over the edge of the circle onto the image panel.
  8. Repeat Step #7 with Dusky Rose Prism ink.
  9. Remove the vellum and reserve for another day.
  10. Trim the image panel to 5 5/8" square.
  11. Use Copic markers to add dots around the dragon.** I actually did this because I had an area where the Copic marker bled a bit and I couldn't fix it. Since it was the last thing I colored on the dragon, I was heck-bent on saving the colored image. I hope I did.
  12. Use Periwinkle ink to stamp the swirl, from the Dragon stamp set, to the right of the dragon's nose.
  13. Use Periwinkle ink to stamp the outline star trio randomly around the edges of the image panel.
  14. Edge the panel with Periwinkle and Dusky Rose ink.
  15. Cut pink glitter cardstock to 5.75" square.
  16. Cut the sentiment from the interior of the square.
  17. Mat the image panel with glitter paper and then adhere the matted image panel to the card.
  18. Adhere the sentiment to finish the card.
* Cryogen White cardstock, when colored with Copic markers or inked with Dye inks, yields a lovely shimmer, which I hope that you can see on the photo. I figured that shimmer was perfect for the dragon!
** I actually used the dotty background thang because I had an area where the Copic marker bled a bit and I couldn't fix it. Since it was the last thing I colored on the dragon, I was heck-bent on saving the colored image. I hope I did. Can you see it?

Thanks for visiting today!




Sunday, February 16, 2020

Mice Love Chocolate

True fact. Mice do love chocolate. Unfortunately, I discovered when I left Halloween candy overnight, then discovered empty wrappers, mice paw prints, and other (nasty) evidence. Ick. However, Stampendous' new House-Mouse Designs® Chocolate Dip rubber stamp is absolutely adorable.


Products Used:
Stampendous Products Used:
House-Mouse Designs® Chocolate Dip Stamp (HMV40)
Fitted Frames A Cutting Dies Set (DCP1005)
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Bitter Chocolate Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Bittersweet 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by Basic Grey®
Copic® Markers:
   Mouse Skin: BV000, R000, E50, E51,
   Mouse Cheeks: R20
   Mouse Nose: R21
   Mouse Fur: E31, E33, E35, E47
   Chocolate Mouse: E49, E70, E71, E74, E79
   Chocolate in Jar: E49, E70, E71, E74, E79
   Jar Label: RV32, RV34
   Jar: BG000, BG90, BG93
Brown and Aqua Triplus® Fineliner by Staedtler
Ground Espresso Tim Holtz® Distress® Ink by Ranger Industries

Instructions:
  1. Cut 12x12 brown cardstock in half, score, and fold to form a 6" square card. Set aside.
  2. Cut patterned paper to 5.75" square to form the card front. 
  3. Use one of the dies from the Fitted frames Cutting Die Set to cut a window in the patterned paper.
  4. Edge the opening and the edges with Distress ink.
  5. Use a smaller die to cut a window in the other side of the brown cardstock.
  6. Adhere the brown cardstock behind the opening in the patterned paper.
  7. Use Memento ink to stamp the image.
  8. Color with Copic markers.
  9. Frame the image panel with opening in the matted patterned paper card front.
  10. Adhere the card front to the brown card.
Thanks for visiting today!

 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of Valentine's Day and since I can't seem to remember whether or not I shared these canvases that were published in Just Steampunk, Volume 10, I figured I'd share them again. Sadly, I will not be able to share instructions with you. Bummer!

Using The Heart Has Its Reasons Cling Stamp by Carabelle Studio

Using Time for Love Rubber Stamp by Stampendous®


Supplies:
The Heart Has Its Reasons by Carabelle Studio
Time for Love by Stampendous®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ ink by Tsukineko®
Onyx Black VersaFine™ ink by Tsukineko®
Clear Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous®
Copic® Markers
Black Pitt Artist Pen by Faber Castell
Clear Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura
Solar White Classic Crest® White cardstock by Neenah Papers
Medium Steampunk Pipes Die Set by Memory Box
Metal Grid Background Dinky Stencil by That's Crafty
Primary Cyan, Primary Magenta, Quinacridone Red, Metallic Silver, Carbon Black, Payne's Grey, Quinacridone Gold, and Transparent Yellow Oxide Media® Fluid Acrylic paints by DecoArt®
Black Media® Gesso by DecoArt®
Black Media® Modeling Paste by DecoArt®
Media® Matte Medium by DecoArt®
Media® Liquid Glass by DecoArt®
6" Square Canvas from AC Moore
Words Remnant Rubs by Tim Holtz® Idea-ology/Advantus

Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Heart Canvas

It's Tuesday, which means that I'm sharing a post over at Topflight Stamps! This week my teammates and I are showcasing products from PaperArtsy, who has long been one of my favorite companies. When you have time this week, you should pop over to Topflight Stamps' blog to check out my teammates artwork!

This canvas will join two other 6x6 Steampunk Heart canvases, that I don't think I ever shared on my blog because they were published a few years ago in Just Steampunk 10. I think I might share them later this week.

Here's the front view of my Steampunk Heart canvas:

Here's the side view:


Topflight Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:
6x6 Box Canvas
Media® Matte Medium by DecoArt®
Black Media® Gesso by DecoArt®
Titanium White, Translucent White, Cerulean, Quinacridone Magenta, Metallic Silver, and Metallic Gold Media® Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints by DecoArt®
Silver Dazzling Metallics® Acrylic paint by DecoArt®
Jet Black, Watering Can, and French Ultramarine Archival™ Ink by Ranger Industries
Long John Sliver Moon Shadow Mist by Lindy's® Gang
Brusched Nickel Glitz Spritz by Lindy's® Gang
Classic, Ruby, and Pewter Treasure Gold by PaperArtsy
Cryogen White Curious Metallics Cardstock
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers: R27, R39, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, C07y, YR24, YR27, C1, C2, C4, B32, B34, B37, N7
Clear Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura
On Point Glue by Imagine®
3D Foam Adhesive Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives® by 3L
Micro Adhesive Dots by Scrapbook Adhesives® by 3L
Broken Guitar Strings from my husband

Instructions:

  1. Brush black Gesso over the front, sides, and back of the canvas. Let dry.
  2. Brush Gold and Silver MFA paint randomly over the front and sides of the canvas. Let dry.
  3. Randomly add the Silver Dazzling Metallic paint to the canvas. Let dry.
  4. Mix Translucent White with Cerulean MFA paint, spritz with water to thin it, and apply wash over the canvas. 
  5. Mix Translucent White with Quinacridone Magenta MFA paint, spritz with water to thin it, and randomly apply streaks to the canvas.
  6. Repeat Steps #2 to #5 until you are happy with the canvas' appearance.
  7. Heat set, which will make some of the paint bubble, which will add texture and interest.
  8. Coat the canvas with a layer of Media Matte Medium. heat set.
  9. Use Jet Black Archival ink to add the heart/vine border to the top of the canvas.
  10. Apply a layer of Media Matte Medium to the canvas and heat set.
  11. Place the Microchip stencil on the canvas and sponge Watering Can and French Ultramarine ink over the stencil. Remove the stencil. Heat set.
  12. Apply a layer of Media Matte Medium to the canvas and heat set.
  13. Spray Long John Silver Moon Shadow Mist over the canvas. Let the spray pool and drip down the edges. Heat set.
  14. Spray Brushed Nickel Glitz Spritz over the canvas. Let the spray pool and drip down the edges. Heat set.
  15. Repeat Steps #13 and #14 until you are happy with the canvas. Heat set.
  16. Using a q-tip, apply Treasure Gold or other sparkly wax product to the areas of the canvas where the paint bubbled.
  17. Using Tuxedo Black, stamp the hearts, butterflies, heart border, key, and sentiment onto Cryogen White cardstock, which is shimmery. Fussy-cut all the images, color with Copic markers, and edge them with a dark marker to avoid those nasty white edges. 
  18. Adhere the colored hearts to the canvas and the hearts onto the stamped border using On Point Glue or other good quick drying transparent glue.
  19. Trim the ends of two guitar strings. Adhere to the back of the butterfly's head using Micro Adhesive Dots.
  20. Use 3D Foam Adhesive Squares to adhere the butterfly as shown.
  21. Adhere the sentiment to the key, then use 3D Foam Adhesive Squares to add the sentiment/key element to the canvas.
  22. Apply several layers of  Clear Glaze 3D Glossy Gel Pen to the screws and rivets on the hearts and butterfly and the clock hands on one of the hearts.
Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this canvas into the following challenges:

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Rocking Cat

The weather has been decidedly odd here in New Jersey. The temperatures have ranged from the teens to the mid-fifties. This card, with Stampendous' new Cat in Rocker Rubber Stamp, reminds me that spring is coming soonish.


Products Used:
Stampendous Products Used:
Cat in Rocker Rubber Stamp (P344)
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Navy Cardstock
SoholGarden 6x6 Patterned Paper pad by American Crafts™
Checked Patterned Paper from the Domestic Goddess Collection by Graphic 45®
Copic® Markers:
   Chair: B34, B37, B39
   Blanket: Y000, Y00, Y11, Y13, BV0000
   Cushion and Pillow: G0, G02, G03, B32
   Cat: YR20, YR21, RV10
   Plant: Y11, Y13, Y15, G03, G5, G07, G16
   Planter: E04, E93, E95, E99
Tim Holtz® Stitched Rectangles Thinlits™ Alterations Die Set by Sizzix®
Faded Jeans Tim Holtz® Distress® Ink by Ranger Industries

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of 85" x 11" navy cardstock in half. Score and fold one piece to form an A2 card. Set the card and the extra piece aside.
  2. Using Memento ink, stamp the image onto white cardstock and color with Copic markers.
  3. Using one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles die set, cut the image panel.
  4. Cut a piece of flowered patterned paper to 4" x 5.25" to form the card front. 
  5. Edge with Distress ink.
  6. Cut a piece of checkered patterned paper, edge with Distress ink, and adhere to the card front.
  7. Adhere the image panel onto the card front as shown.
  8. Adhere the card front to the card.
Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Valentine Variations

Greetings! It's Tuesday, so it's my turn to share the projects I created for Topflight Stamps! I'm firmly in the Valentine's Day groove and have made a set of three cards that are a variation on a theme. They all  feature AALL and Create's screamingly cute Love BirdsPaper Rose Studio'sScalloped Rectangle Frame die setHunkydory Crafts' Prism Inks, and my poor neglected  5x7 Gel Press.

Here are all three cards together.


Here's the Love Birds Penguin card, which also uses the Grid of Hearts stencil by Alexandra Renke.


The Together Cat card.

The XOXO Owl card.


Topflight Stamps Products Used:
2" Brayer  by Speedball®

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Avalanche White Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
140 lb. Mixed Media paper by Strathmore®
Kitten Smitten 6x6 pad by Doodlebug Designs Inc.™
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Stormy Sky Tim Holtz® Distress® Ink by Ranger Industries
Copic® Markers:
   Penguins: N6, N7, N8, C00, C0, B60,
   Cats (colored to look like my babies): C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, R81, B60, BV0000, BG00, BG01, B00, B01
   Owls: E70, E71, E74, E77, E79, E81, E84, E87, R2, Y23, Y35, Y38
Green Bice and Grass Green Chalk Pencils by General's® Pencil Company
Branch Die
Circle Nestabilities® Die Set by Spellbinders®
White Blizzard Nuvo Drops by Tonic Studios
4" Brayer by Speedball®
Self-Adhesive Removable 8.5" x 11" Labels by Avery®*
STAY-tion™ by Ranger Industries
Stamping Platform
Removable Scotch Tape by 3M 

*The packet of these labels contains 25 8.5" x 11" sheets that make cost-effective masks!

Instructions: 
  1. To create the card bases for all three cards, trim three sheets of Avalanche White cardstock to 8" x 5.75", score at 4", and fold. 
  2. Use the larger of the two dies included in the Scalloped Rectangle Frame set to cut Avalanche White cardstock twice and the paw print 6x6 patterned paper once.
  3. Set aside the cards and the die-cuts.

Penguin Card Instructions:
  1. Using Memento ink, stamp the penguin pair onto 140 lb. Mixed Media paper and onto the label paper.
  2. Fussy-cut the label version and adhere atop the penguins on the image panel.
  3. Adhere a strip of removable Scotch Tape over the base of the card.
  4. Place the 5x7 Gel Press on top of the 5x7 Clear Acrylic Handle.
  5. Brayer Stormy Sky Distress ink onto the 5x7 Gel Press. 
  6. Use the Gel Press as a stamp to stamp the background onto the masked penguin image panel. Carefully separate the Gel Press from the image panel, spritz lightly with water, and heat set.
  7. Secure the image panel and the Grid of Hearts stencil to the STAY-tion with magnets then randomly sponge Dusky Rose Prism ink over the Grid of Hearts stencil onto the image panel, starting between the penguins and continuing upwards.
  8. Keeping the mask over the penguins, remove the Scotch Tape strip along the base of the image panel.
  9. Sponge Arctic Mist over the penguins feet to the bottom of the image panel.
  10. Remove the mask from the penguins and realize that the ink bled a little around the penguins' feet. Oops.
  11. Color the image with Copic markers.
  12. Secure the image panel onto the base of the stamping platform with magnets, position the sentiment as desired, lift the handle, ink the stamp with Onyx Black VersaFine ink, and stamp the sentiment. 
  13. Coat the base of the card, including the penguins' feet, with White Blizard Nuvo Drops and let dry several hours. Move on to the next card. 
Cat Card Instructions:
  1. Stamp the cats onto Neenah cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, color the cats with Copic markers to look like your cats, fussy-cut, edge with a dark marker, and set aside.
  2. Brayer Ombre Blues Prism ink to the top part of the Gel Press to create the sky.
  3. Brayer Rainforest and Evergreen Prism ink to the bottom part of the Gel Press to create grass.
  4. Place Mixed Media cardstock onto the Gel Press and pull a print to create a background.
  5. Use the two green chalk pencils to add some dimension to the grassy area.
  6. Secure the image panel onto the base of the stamping platform with magnets. position the sentiment as desired, lift the handle, ink the stamp with Onyx Black VersaFine ink, and stamp the sentiment. 
  7. Color the center of the hearts with the Copic marker(s) that match the background.
  8. Adhere the cats to the image panel.
Owl Card Instructions:
  1. Stamp the cats onto Neenah cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, color the cats with Copic markers to look like your cats, fussy-cut, edge with a dark marker, and set aside.
  2. Cut a circle from white cardstock using one of the Circle Nestabilities dies to create the moon.
  3. Use Dusky Rose ink to stamp the hearts onto the moon.
  4. Cut a branch from a scrap of brown cardstock.
  5. Brayer Purple Velvet, Nautical Blue, and French Navy Prism inks onto the Gel Press. 
  6. Place Mixed Media cardstock onto the Gel Press and pull a print to create a night sky background. 
  7. Contemplate adding a spray of stars with white acrylic paint. Decide against it.
  8. Use Purple Velvet and Nautical Blue ink to randomly stamp xoxo and "Hugs and Kisses" onto the image panel.
  9. Adhere the moon, branch, and owls to the image panel.
To Complete the cards:
  1. Secure each image panel behind the openings of the Scalloped Frames die-cuts.
  2. Adhere the combined Scalloped Frames/image panels to the card front positioning them close to the top and fold of the card.
  3. Trim.
Thanks for visiting today and reading all the above! You're a trooper!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

It's a Girl Thing Blog Hop!

It's a Girl Thing Blog Hop
I am participating in a blog hop that is designed to increase awareness about Turner Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder where girls are born without the second X Chromosome. This syndrome leads to lifelong medical issues, learning disabilities, and anxiety. Click here to learn more about this syndrome. Be sure to click on the link below the graphic to participate in the blog hop. After all, there will be some stunning eye candy and prizes too!

Here's my card featuring the new Cling Butterfly Beauty Stamp by Stampendous!


Products Used: 
Stampendous Products Used:
Cling Butterfly Beauty Stamp
Laurel Burch Floral Reflections Perfectly Clear™ Stamps Set
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Copic® Markers:
    Skin: BV0000, E50, E21, E11, E000
    Lips: E04, RV32, R32
    Hair: W1, W3, YR20, YR21, YR30, YR31, Y21, Y23
    Flowers: R81, RV52, RV91, RV93, RV95, V15, V17
    Shirt: V15, V17
    Leaves: G20, G21, G24
    Butterflies: V20, V22, V25, V28, V99, FB2
Pink and Lavender Chalk Pencils by General®
Concord Jam Cardstock by My Colors
Dusty Rose Flecks from the Cottage Collection™ by Keeping Memories Alive*
Tim Holtz® Black Soot Distress® Ink by Ranger Industries
Monarch VersaFine Clair™ Ink by Tsukineko®
*The copyright date on the patterned paper was 1999, so it was 20 years old! Wow. Am I a hoarder or what?

Instructions:

  1. Cut Concord Jam cardstock to 11" x 5.5", score at 5.5", and fold to form a 5.5" square card.
  2. Cut rose flecked paper to 5.25" square and edge with Black Soot Distress ink.
  3. Using Memento ink, stamp the image onto white cardstock and color with Copic markers. 
  4. Use the pink chalk pencil to add a touch of blush to the beauty's cheeks.
  5. Use the lavender chalk pencil to shade the side of the nose and under the cheeks, nose, and jawline. 
  6. Trim the image panel to 5" square and edge with Black Soot Distress ink.
  7. Stamp the sentiment with the Monarch VersaFine Clair ink, die-cut with the ticket die, and lightly edge with the Monarch VersaFine Clair ink.
  8. Adhere the image panel to the card front.
  9. Adhere the sentiment to finish the card.
Thanks for visiting today. Remember to hop along and leave comments for the chance to win!








Thursday, January 30, 2020

Thank You!

Stampendous' new release features wonderful new Frames stamps, that include an image with a space for a sentiment and several sentiments. This makes these stamp sets incredibly versatile. 



Products Used:
Stampendous Products Used:
Bird Frame Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set (SSC1331)
Spring Borders Cutting Dies Set (DCP1009)
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Red Cardstock
Euphoria 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by Basic Grey®
Copic® Markers:
   Bird: B02, B04, B06, B18, B63, B66, T1, T3, T7
   Branch: E70, E71, E74
   Leaves: G20, G21, G24
   Frame: RV0000

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of red cardstock in half. Set one half aside. Score and fold the other half to form an A2 card. Set the card aside.
  2. Using Memento ink, stamp the image onto white cardstock and color with Copic markers.
  3. Trim image, then tatter the edges using the side of a scissor or a distressing tool. I actually used both. 
  4. Run a blue marker along the tattered edge.
  5. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 4" x 5.25" to form the card front.
  6. Edge the patterned paper with a blue marker and use the blue marker to deepen the blue spots that are already in the paper.
  7. Cut a coordinating sheet of patterned paper to 4 1/8" wide.
  8. Cut the reserved piece of red cardstock to 4.25" wide.
  9. Using one of the cutting dies from the fabulous Spring Borders Cutting Die set, cut both the coordinating patterned paper and the red cardstock. 
  10. Trim both the patterned paper and the red cardstock lengthwise as shown.
  11. Adhere the image panel to the die-cut patterned paper, then adhere to the die-cut red cardstock.
  12. Adhere the image panel to the card front.
  13. Adhere the card front to the card.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Love Letters!

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching, so it's time to get busy making love-themed cards so that you can get them in the mail to arrive on time. 

That's just what Mr. Fox is doing in my card using the Fox Mail unmounted rubber stamp by Katzelkraft which you can find out Topflight Stamps!



Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Tuxedo Black Memento™ by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
   Mailbox: E04, R43, R46, R59, RV42, Y11, Y21, 23, Y26, Y28
   Fox: E11, E13, E15, E17, YR20, YR21, YR30
Prismacolor® Premier Pencils by Newell Office Brands
   Deco Blue (PC1015), Burnt Ochre (PC943), Terra Cotta (PC944) Sienna Brown (PC945), Golden Rod (PC1034), 10% French Grey (PC1068), 20% French Grey (PC1069), 30% French Grey (PC1070), 50% French Grey (PC1072), 50% Cool Grey (PC1063)
Prismacolor® Premier Colorless Blender Marker by Newell Office Brands
Masking Magic™ By Gina K Designs™/Thermoweb
Love Me 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by My Mind's Eye Paper Goods
Red Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Envelope Die by QuicKutz
Removable Scotch® Tape by 3M

Instructions: 
  1. Cut a piece of dark red 12x12 cardstock in half. Score one piece in half and fold to form a 6" square card.
  2. Stamp the image using Memento ink onto white cardstock and color using Copic markers. 
  3. After coloring the mailbox with the dreaded red Copic markers and be all happy, realize that one of your E markers has gone gummy and messed up your coloring.
  4. Try to repair your coloring with the colorless blender. 
  5. Epic fail.
  6. Decide to try to repair your wrecked fox using Prismacolor pencils, especially because you had just organized your colored pencils so you can actually use them. Serendipity for the win! 
  7. Blend out the colored pencils using a Prismacolor colorless blender.
  8. Stamp the image onto Masking Magic, fussy-cut, and adhere over the image to mask it.
  9. Apply Removable Scotch Tape along the base of the image.
  10. Sponge Periwinkle Prism ink over the masked image onto the image panel.
  11. Place the Grid of Hearts stencil onto the inked image panel.
  12. Randomly sponge Periwinkle Prism ink over the stencil to add subtle hearts.
  13. Randomly sponge Pink Jellybean Prism ink over stencil. This will blend with the blue hearts in some places and add pink hearts in other places.
  14. Trim the image panel and mat with dark red cardstock cut from the other half of the 12x12 sheet cut previously.
  15. Trim 'xoxo' patterned paper .5" larger than the red cardstock, edge with a pink marker, and use to mat the image panel.
  16. Cut another piece of dark red cardstock slightly larger than the xoxo piece. and adhere the image to it forming a triple mat. 
  17. Cut the red 'love' paper to 5.75" square. Edge with a dark red marker and adhere to the 6" square card.
  18. Adhere the image panel as shown.
  19. Die-cut the polka-dot patterned paper with the Envelope die three times, fold down the flaps, and edge with a dark grey marker.
  20. Use the same die to cut three hearts from a leftover scrap of the dark red cardstock.
  21. Adhere the hearts to the envelopes.
  22. Adhere the envelopes to the card to finish it up.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Wine and Cheese!

When I saw Stampendous' new Wine Frame Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set, I immediately remembered that I had purchased this unfinished wooden cutting boards eons ago. I had a "Eureeka! moment" and decided to create a mixed media cutting board. 

Here's the front.


Here's the back.


Products Used:
Stampendous Products Used:


Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Copic® Markers:
  Left Bottle: G29, G46, Y26, E81
  Right Bottle: YG97, YG99
  Red Wine Glass: R56, R59, YG91, V22
  White Wine Glass: Y21, Y23
  Grapes: V06, V28, BV08
  Grape Leaves: YG03, YG17, YG63
  Shield Edges: YG23, Y26
  Shield Center: E81
Tan, White, and Gold Vintage Effect Wash™ by DecoArt®
Media® Matte Medium by DecoArt®
Small Unfinished Wooden Cutting Board: Source Unknown because I can't remember where I got it. Oopsy.
Jet Black Archival™ Ink by Ranger Industries
Stamp Platform
Plastic Wrap or cellophane
Removable Scotch ® Tape by 3M

Instructions:
  1. Use Memento ink to stamp the Wine Frame onto white cardstock. 
  2. Use Memento ink to stamp the sentiment into the frame's opening.
  3. Color the frame with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edge with a dark marker. Set aside.
  4. Sand the cutting board to achieve a smooth surface. Brush away dust.
  5. Mix Tan and White Vintage Effect Wash paints and paint the back, front, and sides of the cutting board.
  6. Sponge or paint both sides with Media Matte Medium to seal the paint. Heat set.
  7. Put some Gold Vintage Effect Wash paint onto a craft sheet.
  8. Ball up a piece of plastic wrap or cellophane, pounce into the paint, onto the craft sheet, then randomly over the cutting board. 
  9. Repeat this step until you're satisfied with the gold splotches. Heat set.
  10. Add another layer of Media Matte Medium to seal the paint.
  11. Take the Posted Script 6x6 stamp and place it stamp side up on your work surface. 
  12. Ink the stamp with Jet Black Archival ink and press the base of the cutting board onto the inked stamp. Leave the cutting board in place for a minute. Lift. Heat set.
  13. Since the cutting board is longer than the stamp, you will not have covered the entire surface, so place Removable Scotch Tape over the top of the image on the cutting board,.
  14. Repeat Step 12.
  15. Coat the entire front of the cutting board with a layer of Media Matte Medium to seal it. Heat set.
  16. Repeat Steps 12-15 on the back of the cutting board.
  17. Coat the front of the board and the reverse of the Wine Frame stamped image generously with Media Matte Medium. 
  18. Adhere the stamped Wine Frame onto front of the board, then coat with two layers of Media Matte Medium, heat setting between layers.
  19. Pour some Aged Gold Frantage Embossing Enamel onto a folded piece of paper.
  20. Squish a VersaMark pad onto one edge of the cutting board, then immediately press that side into the Frantage Embossing Enamel.
  21. Shake the excess Embossing Enamel powder back onto the folded piece of paper.
  22. Carefully heat set the Embossing enamel.
  23. Repeat Steps 20-22 until all sides of the cutting board are sufficiently covered with lovely golden texture.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Steampunk Post!

This week my Topflight Stamps team mates and I are sharing creations using Carabelle Studio's My Stamp Rubber Cling Stamp Set. This set includes three stamps, one of which is a postage stamp with a blank rectangle in the center. Carabelle Studio created coordinating Border Label Cling themed stamps that feature little scenes that fit perfectly inside the opening of the postage stamp! Genius!

I had such fun working with these stamps that I created two cards that are also a bit shocking as they are just one layer aside from the card base!





Topflight Stamps Products Used:
My Stamp Rubber Cling Stamp Set by Carabelle© Studio
Once Upon a Time Border Label Cling Stamp by Carabelle© Studio
Steampunk: The Butterfly Effect Cling Stamp Set by Carabelle© Studio
Steampunk News Foam Stamp by Stamperia (used on the bottom card)
Steampunk Man Stencil  by Stamperia (used on both cards)
Steampunk Sentiments by Creative Expressions (used on both cards)
Cogs Dinky Stencil by That's Crafty (used on the top card)
Thundercloud Prism Dye Ink by Hunkydory Crafts
Slate Grey Prism Dye Ink by Hunkydory Crafts

Other Products Used:
Ivory Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Grey Cardstock by Bazzill Basics®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko
Copic® Markers:
   Iron: BV23, BV25, C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
   Rust: E08, E95, E97, YR27
   Tarnish: BG72, BG90
   Brass: Y11, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
   Skin: BV0000, BV000, E000, E11, E21, E50, R20
   Clothes: B32, B34, B37, C0, C1, C3, C4, R22, R24, R27, R39
   Bird: C4, C6, BV23, BV25, B32, B34, Y23, Y35, Y38
   Branch/Hair/Mustasche: E44, E47
   Hourglass Sand: E41, E42, E43
   Hourglass: BG000, BG01, BG10, BG90
   Background: G20, E40
London Fog Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko
Viridian, Pale Ochre,  Buttercup, French Ultramarine, Watering Can Archival™ Ink by Ranger Industries
Mixed Media Gears Foam Stamp by Stamperia (on the top card)
Stencil #2 by AALL and Create (on the bottom card)
Stamping Platform
Stamp-a-ma-jig® by EK Success
Eclipse Tape by Judikins
Post-It® Notes by 3M
Clear Mask Paper
STAY-tion™ by Ranger Industries

Instructions with some photos:
1. Cut two pieces of grey cardstock to 9.25" x 8.5". Score both at 4.25" and fold to form two cards. Set aside.

2. Cut a piece of 8.5" x 11" Ivory cardstock in half.

3. Secure the ivory cardstock to the Stamping Platform with magnets so that it's flush left with the closed edge of the platform and flush with the base of the platform.

4. This photo shows the three stamps included in the My Stamp Rubber Cling Stamp Set
The stamp was positioned at a tad larger than 4.5" from the closed edge of the platform and flush with the bottom ridge.  The lid was lifted and the image was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

5. This photo shows that stamp was left in the same position on the platform and the cardstock was moved ~2.25" to the right. I inked and stamped again!

6. ~~~Invisible Photo~~~
The invisible photo, if I had remembered to take it, would've shown that the cardstock was moved another ~2.25"wish to the right so that it was a bit over the 4.5" mark. There are now three stamps on the image panel.

7. Repeat Steps #3-6 on the second half of the Ivory cardstock. 

8. Using Repositionable Scotch Tape, I masked off the border and the image rectangle's lines on all four sides, then used a Post-it Note to mask the middle lines. This left a window in the center of each Postage Stamp.

9. Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioner, I stamped the three labels into the openings.

10. Steps #8-10 were repeated for the second image panel. The tape was lifted from both image panels and discarded.

11. All images were colored with Copic markers

12. The postage stamp was stamped three times onto doubled-up Eclipse Tape and fussy-cut, which yielded six masks.

13. The Eclipse Tape masks were placed over the images and Viridian, Pale Ochre,  Buttercup, French Ultramarine ink was sponged over the image panels. 

14. The sentiments, from the Steampunk Sentiments set, were stamped on both cards, then covered with trimmed clear masking adhesive paper that I found in my stash. 

15. Grey ink was sponged over the Steampunk Man stencil on both cards and onto printer paper, which was fussy-cut to use as a loose mask.

16. Additional stenciling was done around the Steampunk man stencil on both cards using three grey inks, specifically Thundercloud and Slate Grey Prism inks and Watering Can Archival ink. 

17. The word "Steampunk" and the number strip from the Steampunk Sentiments set, were stamped onto cards.

18. The left side of the top card (Steampunk-Cog in the Machine) was covered with printer paper, the Mixed Media Gears foam stamp was placed stamp side up on my table and inked. The card was very, very carefully placed atop the stamp, and burnished with my hand. 

19. This process was repeated for the bottom card (Time Flies) using the Steampunk News Foam Stamp.

20. When all the stamping and stenciling was done, the masks were lifted, touch-ups were done, both cards were edged with the Watering Can Archival ink, and the card fronts were adhered to their cards.

I know this might not have been the clearest set of instructions I've ever written, so if you have questions, please don't hesitate to email me at merkattwo@yahoo.com.

Thanks for visiting today!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Purrfect Birthday!

The House-Mouse Fans Challenge's current theme is Food or Drink. You should participate for the chance to win a fabulous prize. I decided to play along with the theme.



Products Used:
Stampendous Products Used:
House-Mouse-Designs® Birthday Kitty (HMP117)
Cat Sayings Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set (SSC1222)
Fitted Frames A Cutting Dies Set (DCP1005)
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Nocturne VersaFine Clair™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Grey Cardstock
Paris Girl 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by Carta Bella Paper Company
Copic® Markers:
   Cat's Fur: T0, T1, T2, T3, T4, T5
   Cat's Nose and Ears: RV91, RV93
   Cat 'sTongue: RV32, RV42, RV93
   Cat's Mouth: RV95, RV99
   Hamster/Poppet's Skin: BV000, E50, E51
   Hamster/Poppet's Nose and Cheeks: R20, R21
   Hamster/Poppet's Fur: T3 T4, T5, T7
   Cake Frosting: RV32, RV34, RV91, RV93, RV95
   Roses: RV34, RV93, RV95, RV99
   Cake: E40, E41
   Cake Plate: T5, T7

Instructions:

  1. Cut a 12x12 piece of grey cardstock in half, score, and fold to form a 6" square card.
  2. Cut the plaid patterned paper to 6" square and adhere to the front of the grey card. 
  3. Cut Grey patterned paper to 5.75" square and adhere to the card.
  4. Using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, stamp the image onto white hardtack.
  5. Color the image using Copic markers.
  6. Trim the image panel as shown, mat with pink patterned paper from the pad, then mat again with plaid paper cut to .5" larger than the pink patterned paper.
  7. Adhere the matted image panel to the card.
  8. Cut plaid paper to .5" x 5.75" and adhere to the card as shown.
  9. Using Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink, stamp the sentiment, then die-cut with one of the dies from the Fitted Frames A Die set. 
  10. Adhere the sentiment to finish the card.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cheers! Another 2020 Calendar!

Oh no! It's another 2020 calendar. I promise this will be the last one that I share with you (maybe). It's just that I bought a bunch of the little tear-off calendars, just like last year. This year I vowed to actually use 'em. So that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

This calendar features AALL and Create's Go Bananas Clear Stamp Set with their new Twirling Tendrils Stencil. This stamp set is adorable and has three drinking monkeys (below), three "evil" monkeys, a juggling monkey, and several sentiments. I bet you'll agree that the monkeys are adorable.



The Go Bananas Clear Stamp Set stamp set is absolutely fabulous and features three drinking monkeys (below), three "evil" monkeys, a juggling monkey, and several sentiments. The new Twirling Tendrils Stencil is very elegant and reminded me of jungle leaves.

Topflight Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko
Copic® Markers: 
    Monkeys' Faces: BV0000, BV000, E21, E50, E51, R01, R02, R20
    Monkeys' Fur: E30, E31, E33, E35, E40, Er1, E43, E47, E49
    Hammock, Hat Stripe, and Wine: R24, R27, R39
    Hat Stripe and Top Drink: Y35, Y38
    Sunglasses and Bottle: YG61, YG63, YG67
Eclipse Tape by Judikins
Clear Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura
Gold Stardust ® Glitter Pen by Sakura
New Sprout and Bamboo Leaves Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko
Safari 8x8 Patterned Paper Pad by Graphic 45® Papers
Black Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Cheers die by Frantic Stamper
Number Dies by QuicKutz
Black Chipboard
Post-it® Notes by 3M
Make Art STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi/Ranger Industries.

Instructions:
  1. Use a tiny bit of a Post-It Note to cover a bit of the Hammock monkey's tail. Ink the stamp with Memento ink and stamp the image onto white cardstock.
  2. Use a stamp positioner or a stamp platform to position the Tail-hanger party-hat monkey so that his tail is hooked onto Hammock monkey's tail. Ink and stamp.
  3. Position Wine monkey as desired, ink and stamp.
  4. Stamp all three monkeys onto Eclipse Tape and  fussy-cut to create masks.
  5. Adhere the masks onto their counterparts on the image panel.
  6. Place the image panel onto the STAY-tion and position the ruler over the Wine monkey's paws.
  7. Using the Premier Ink Blending Tool* and the Premier Ink Blending Sponges*, sponge Sprout Memento ink over the monkeys.
  8. Place the Twirling Tendrils Stencil over the image panel and secure with the STAY-tion's magnets.
  9. Sponge Sprout Memento ink over the stencil onto the image panel.
  10. Lift the stencil, move the STAY-tion's ruler so that it covers the top part of the image panel.
  11. Sponge Sprout Memento ink over Wine monkey's paws to ground the image.
  12. Sponge Bamboo Leaves Memento ink over the bottom part of the image panel
  13. Trim the image panel to 2.75" x 7.25" then use the ink to edge the image panel.
  14. Lift the masks off of the monkey and reserve for a later use.
  15. Use a Clear Glaze 3D Glossy Gel pen to add several layers to the monkey's sunglasses, their drinks, the wine bottle, and the wine glass, being sure to let the gel dry between layers. This adds dimension and shine to those parts of the image.
  16. Use the Gold Stardust Glitter pen to add a dot to one of the Tail-hanger monkey's teeth. Next time I'm going to give him a gold grill. Just so that you know.
  17. Trim a piece of black cardstock so that it's slightly larger than the image panel and use to mat it.
  18. Trim the palm leaf patterned paper to 3.25" wide and edge with Midnight Black Prism ink, which is a lovely deep black.
  19. Trim a piece of leopard print paper to .25" wide and edge with Midnight Black Prism ink.
  20. Layer the palm leaf patterned paper onto the right side of the floral print paper.
  21. Adhere the strip of leopard-print paper next to the palm leaf paper as shown.
  22. Trim the 8x8 paper to 7 7/8" and edge with Midnight Black Prism ink.
  23. Trim a piece of the multiple animal-skin patterned paper to 3.25" x 2.5" and edge with the Midnight Black Prism ink.
  24. Cut black cardstock so that it's slightly larger than the animal skin paper and use to mat it.
  25. Cut black cardstock with the "Cheers" and numbers die.
  26. Adhere all the elements as shown, then adhere to black chipboard cut to 8.25" square.
**Hunkydory's Premier Ink Blending Tool and Blending Sponges have stolen my affection from their  Ranger cousins. The velcro is firmly attached to the tool and the sponges stick beautifully to the tool. Additionally, the foam seems slightly more absorbent. 

I also highly recommend the STAY-tion tool. It's a reasonably priced investment that makes stenciling almost foolproof.

Thanks for visiting today!