Friday, September 15, 2017

Pretty Patches: Apple



Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing a quick Clean and Simple (CAS) card using a retired W9Plus Design Studio Pretty Patches: Apple stamp set.  

I bought this set approx. four years ago and have not had a chance to ink it up that often, so when I saw the code word for  Challenge #119 at Addicted to CAS was “Apples”, I decided to pull out this neglected stamp set and give it some "love".  I really love the sentiments and images in this set and while the apple set is retired, WPlus9 still has a beautiful Pretty Patches: Pumpkin and Pretty Patches: Tree set.  I have the tree set already but now that pumpkin set is on my wish list- lol!!

I am also linking this card to the Addicted to Stamps and More #259 Clean and Simple Challenge and a second entry into the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #71 “Anything Goes”- the Pretty Patches:Apple stamp set is from 2012.

Again, if you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites yet, I hope you will find the time to do so- as always, fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Using the Big Shot™ die cut a banner from a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the My Favorite Things™ (MFT) Jumbo Stitched Fishtail Banner STAX Dies. 

2). Die cut the same Whisper White panel (step #1) with the MFT Stitched Rectangle STAX Die, mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and trim close to the edge.

3). Mount another piece of Whisper White cardstock onto the Basic Black card front, adhere to the Whisper White card base and add the die cut rectangle (with the cut out banner shape) to the card front.

4). Ink the Pretty Patches: Apple image with Tim Holtz® (TH) Candied Apple Distress Ink, wipe off the stem with a paper towel (or your finger), use a TH Gathered Twigs Distress Marker to color the stem and stamp the image onto the white die cut banner from step #2.  Ink the leave image with TH Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and add to the image and stamp the sentiment with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink below the apple.

5). Die cut a piece of designer paper (I used retired Stampin' Up! Print Poetry DSP) with the MFT Blueprints 20 Die-namics™ banner and trim the length for the topper.  Wrap some pieces of polished hemp twine onto the front and add the twine bow.

6). Mount the stamped apple banner using dimensional foam (a bit offset to allow the black background to show) and add the topper with dimensional foam as well to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Pretty Patches: Apple (WPlus9 Design Studio)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Tim Holtz® Distress Inks-Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn; Gathered Twigs Distress Marker

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black; retired Print Poetry DSP Stack (SU!)

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Blueprints 20 Die, MFT Jumbo Stitched Fishtail Banner STAX Dies, Polished Hemp Twine

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and I hope all of you have a great weekend- hugs!!

F4A395 You've Got This- I am Praying for You


Hi Friends!

I hope all of you are having a great week so far!  Today I am sharing a card designed for the Splitcoaststampers F4A395 “An Encouraging  Word Goes a Long Way” Challenge.  I am praying for quite a few people right now and needed to have a few more "Praying for You" cards in my stash.  

I decided to use the Splitcoaststampers CC652 "Eating Berries and Doing Pirouettes in the Lost Lagoon" Color Challenge (including dimension for dessert) as well as my second card using the SC662 Sketch Challenge (I told you I loved this week's sketch in my previous post :-)).


If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites, I hope you will find time to do so- great inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the floral images from You’ve Got This (Stampin’ Up!) with archival black ink and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp three of the images and immediately apply clear embossing powder, heat set with a heat tool.

2). Watercolor the flowers using Stampin’ Write Markers- Pink Pirouette, Berry Burst and Lost Lagoon and once the watercolor has dried, fussy-cut the flowers and leaves.

3). Ink the sentiment from Strength & Prayers with archival black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Die cut the sentiment with Circle Framelits™.

4). Cut an oval from Whisper White cardstock using an Oval Stitched Die.  Trim a piece of Berry Burst cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼”, die cut an oval in the center (same size die as used for the WW die cut) and emboss the panel with the retired Square Lattice Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder.  Layer the embossed panel onto a piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock (4 ⅛” x 5 ⅜” ) and adhere to the Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

5). Insert the die cut Whisper White oval into the opening and mount the fussy-cut flowers with dimensional foam. Apply clear shimmer to the flower petals using Clear Wink of Stella® and add white highlights to the flower center with an Extra Fine White Paint Pen.

6). Using a scoring board, score a piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock every ⅛”.  Mount onto the card front (along with the sentiment) using dimensional foam and add a few sequins to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: You’ve Got This, Strength & Prayers (retired)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Black Onyx; Stampin’ Write Markers- Pink Pirouette, Berry Burst, retired Lost Lagoon; Clear Wink of Stella®, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen.

Paper: Whisper White, Berry Burst, retired Lost Lagoon

Accessories: Big Shot™, retired Square Lattice Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Circle Framelits™, MFT Stitched Oval STAX Dies, Sequins (Craft Medley)

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- if you have the time, we hope that you can join in on the fun with our Free For All Challenges!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SC662 Nothing is Worth More...


Hi Friends!

Woohoo- it’s time for the new SC662 Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  I think that Diane created a very versatile sketch, don't you? 

 I hope you will find the time to check out the gallery and see what a great job by DT Sisters did with this sketch- amazing talent for sure!

I decided to create a masculine card for my stash and pulled out two retired sets from Stampin’ Up!- Angler and Summertime Afternoon and paired them with the current Timeless Textures stamp set. 

I love the art work in both of the retired sets and since all three of the stamp sets are over a year old (Angler dated 2004, Summer Afternoon dated 2012, Timeless Textures 2016), I am also linking to the Retro Rubber #71 “Anything Goes”Challenge as well.

If you have not had a chance to check out the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Gallery or the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge gallery yet, I hope you will find the time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the Angler image with Versafine™ Black Onyx Ink, stamp onto Whisper White cardstock, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Once the embossing has cooled, use an AquaPainter™ with Tim Holtz® Distress Inks to watercolor the image (I used neutrals and they are listed below).

2). Use a stitched oval die to die cut the image, mount onto a Basic Black oval die cut (cut with the same die, split in half to just show a tiny portion at the top and bottom).  Ink the Timeless Textures small splatter stamp with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and stamp onto the image (in the sand area).  Soften with the water brush and set the image aside.

3). Repeat the steps above for the fishing lure (fly) image from Angler and fussy-cut the image once it is completely dry.

4). Ink the sentiment from Summer Afternoon with Versamark™ ink, stamp onto a scrap piece of Basic Black cardstock, apply white embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.

5). Trim a piece of the retired Kraft Specialty Paper (I used the piece that had a woodgrain pattern already embossed in the paper), die cut a small circle from the area that will be hidden by the oval image (little tip to save paper :-)) and mount the entire woodgrain panel onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Trim and mount onto the white card base.

6). Die cut a larger circle from Basic Black cardstock.  Layer the woodgrain circle from the step above onto the black circle element, adhere to the sentiment.

7). Mount the layered oval focal image and sentiment to the card front with dimensional foam.  Add the fishing lure image with dimensional foam to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Angler, Summer Afternoon, Timeless Textures

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Basic; Versamark™; Tim Holtz™ Distress Ink- Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso, Vintage Tea, Walnut Stain

Paper: Extra Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Basic Black; retired SU! Kraft Specialty DSP

Accessories/Tools: AquaPainter™, Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Oval STAX Dies, Circle Framelits™, Embossing Buddy®, Clear and White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by! I hope you can find the time to come join us at Splitcoaststampers- we would love to see your artwork in our gallery!  Hugs and I hope all of you have a safe week, sweet friends!

SUO183 Sheltering Tree


Hi Friends!  

It’s time for the #183 “Autumn Colors” Challenge at SU-Only Challenges!  Autumn is my favorite season here on the East Coast- the crisp air, the beautiful colors of the leaves changing and all of the fabulous pumpkin and apple dishes!

I decided to pull out one of my more neglected current stamp sets, Sheltering Tree to create a quick “Thinking of You” card.  I love the tree image as well as the sentiments, bike, swing, etc. that you can add to your scene- not sure why I do not use this one more often...will have to remember to pull this set out more:-)


If you have not had a chance to stop by the SU-Only Challenge site to check out the rest of the Design Team projects or the Word Art Wednesday site yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the Sheltering Tree trunk image with Early Espresso Classic Ink and stamp onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.

2). Ink the leaf image from Sheltering Tree with Crushed Curry Classic Ink, use a Sponge Dauber to daub Pumpkin Pie,  Garden Green, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink and stamp onto the panel.  Repeat the process and re-stamp to fill out more leaves.

3). Ink the swing image with Soft Suede Classic Ink, position and stamp onto the panel.

4). Ink the large solid image with Crushed Curry Classic Ink, daub Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green onto the image and stamp onto the panel for the grassy knoll.  Repeat to create a larger area.

5). Trim the panel, mount onto Early Espresso cardstock, trim and mount onto Soft Suede cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock, trim and mount onto the Early Espresso card front.  Adhere the entire panel onto an Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

6). Stamp the sentiment from Sheltering Tree with Early Espresso Classic Ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, trim and create the fishtail banner by hand,  mount onto Early Espresso cardstock, trim and adhere the entire sentiment onto the card front with dimensional foam.

7). Apply Clear Wink of Stella™ to add shimmer to the leaves to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree

Ink/Mediums: Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede; Clear Wink of Stella™
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie. Extra Thick Whisper White
Accessories/Tools: Sponge Daubers, retired Hexagon Punch (to create the fishtail banner)
Thanks again for taking the time to visit and I hope that you will create your own Stampin’ Up! Only project and play along with our “Autumn Colors” challenge!

One Layer Floral Prayers



Hi Friends!

I had a chance to create a card this evening and decided to try a Clean and Simple (CAS) One Layer Card.  I paired the retired Stampin’ Up! Choose Happiness stamp set along with Hero Arts Stamp and Cuts Prayers using masking and watercolor.


If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites yet, I hope you will find the time to do so- as always, gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Score and fold a piece of 4 ¼” x 11” Naturals White cardstock in half.

2). Ink the floral image from Choose Happiness with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.  Create a mask, mask the flower and repeat the steps for additional flowers and leaves.

3). Watercolor the flowers, leaves and background area using Distress Inks- Wild Honey, Broken China, Salted Ocean, Seedless Preserves and Blueprint Sketch.

4). Once the watercolor has dried, de-static the lower part of the card front with an embossing powder tool, stamp the sentiment from Hero Arts Prayers Stamp and Cuts using Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.

5). Spritz a bit of diluted Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink over the front and add highlights using an extra fine white paint pen to the flower centers.  Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the flower petals and background to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Choose Happiness (Stampin’ Up!), Prayers Stamp and Cuts (Hero Arts)

Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Tim Holtz® Distress Inks- Broken China, Blueprint Sketch, Salted Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Sharpie® Extra Fine White Paint Pen

Paper: Naturals White

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Emboss® Clear Embossing Powder, AquaPainter™

Thanks again for taking the time to visit! I hope all of you have a wonderful week and drop by again soon!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thoughts of You



Hi Friends!

I am sharing my final card that I created this past weekend using a quick Acrylic Block Watercolor Stamping technique (this is a fun technique and I am sure that I will be sharing cards with this type of background again in the future).


If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites yet, I hope you will find the time to do so- as always, fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). SwipeTim Holtz® Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink onto a medium sized acrylic block, spritz with water, flip the block over onto a piece of watercolor paper and put something heavy (I used my electric pencil sharpener on my desk) and allow it to stay on the paper for five minutes.

2). After five minutes, lift the paper off the block, pat any excess water and dry with the heat tool.  Spritz again with water to add a few water spots and dry with the heat tool.

3). Once the panel has thoroughly dried, de-static with an embossing powder tool, stamp the floral image and sentiment from Long Stem Silhouettes (designed by Korin Sutherland available at Sweet ‘n SassyStamps) with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.

4). Trim around the image and mount onto a piece of black cardstock.

5). Use a water brush with Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves ink to add a light wash to a piece of vanilla cardstock, add a bit of splatter with black ink, trim and mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim and add to the white card base.

6). Mount the embossed floral image with dimensional foam to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Tim Holtz® Distress Inks- Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up!), Canson™ Watercolor

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Emboss® Clear Embossing Powder


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by! May the Lord keep all of you safe in the path of Hurricane Irma- hugs, sweet friends!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Peaceful Peonies- Block Watercolor Experiment


Hi Friends!

I decided to play around this weekend with the Acrylic Block Watercolor Stamping technique that Just Us Girls shared (see here) and I created two very different cards, of which, this one did not turn out how I expected for sure!

I used a block that had etching and learned a valuable lesson- put the inks on the smooth side, not the etched side- duh!!  I wanted to rescue the card so I applied additional ink layers (please see below). 


If you have not had a chance to check out the above challenge sites yet, I hope you will find the time to do so- as always, gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Using an acrylic block, pat Tim Holtz® Distress Ink- I used Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry and Chipped Sapphire.  Spritz with water, flip the block over onto watercolor paper and put something heavy (I used my electric pencil sharpener on my desk) and allow it to stay on the paper for five minutes.


2). After five minutes, lift the paper off the block, pat any excess water and dry with the heat tool.  Since I had mistakenly inked the etched side of this block, there was a distinctive grid pattern that showed and I was not thrilled with the result.  To fix this issue, I re-inked the block with Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Inks- I used Wild Honey and Broken China (trying not to cover all of the distress ink), spritzed with water and re-positioned the inked block over the original background (this time using the smooth surface).

3). Once the five minutes have passed, repeat the block removal step and dry with a heat tool.  Spritz with water to create additional water drops, dry with the heat tool and de-static the panel with an embossing powder tool.

4). Ink the Peaceful Peonies large floral image (NinaB Designs available at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps) with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink, apply clear embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool.

5). Repeat the steps above with the verse sentiment from Peaceful Peonies.

6). Hand trim around the edge of the block, distress the edges with a distressing tool and mount onto a piece of white cardstock.  Trim the edges of the white cardstock, mount onto a piece of black cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of plum cardstock.

7). Use a 5/16” handheld punch (or a piercing tool) to position the antique pewter brads, insert the brads and mount the panel onto the white card base to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black; Tim Holtz® Distress Inks- Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Chipped Sapphire; Distress Oxide Inks- Broken China, Wild Honey

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!), Canson™ Watercolor

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Emboss® Clear Embossing Powder, Distressing Tool, 5/16" Handheld Punch, Antique Pewter Brads

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by! Praying for all of you in the path of Hurricane Irma- may the Lord bless and keep you safe!
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