Saturday, 31 October 2015

Power Poppy Challenge - Watercolor and Die Cutting

Hi everyone!

First my sincerest apologies for going off the grid a little for the past couple of weeks.  Baby C did finally arrive so as you can imagine, I've been a little busy!! More on that tomorrow :)

For today, I'm dashing by to share a card I made for the Power Poppy Bits and Pieces challenge.  I ADORE their stamps - so far I only have digis but I definitely definitely need to get ALL of their stamps.  I urge you to check them out - they are beautiful florals and wildlife, as well as some amazing holiday stamps.  The detail is phenomenal - I love reading the blog entries by the artist Marcella Hawley, where she shows how she came up with the design.  The Design Team are also extremely talented.  Did I mention to go check them out ??!

Onto my entry.  The challenge was to use a 'bit' of one of their stamps to create the design.  I decided to use the Berry It digi stamp and then die cut it using a flower die from Simon Says Stamp (Delicate Dahlia).  I wanted my card to be clean and simple, but for added interest, cut a window in the front of the card using the same die, and put my watercolored piece popped up on fun foam on the inside of the card so it peeks through.

I also added the Delicate Dahlia detailed die in glitter cardstock over the top of the piece (I think SSS may have discontinued this part of the set now unfortunately) - I though it would add to the 'bits and pieces' vibe, and also reminded me of a raspberry net we used to have when my family grew them in our garden.   It is detailed enough to allow the berries stamp to show through.

To finish the card I stamped a sentiment from the Neat and Tangled Origami map in Delicata gold ink directly onto the front, added some gold splatter using Heidi Swapp color shine in gold, and finished with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins in sparkling clear and lime sorbet.

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out - a little different, and very fun to make :D  You can find the Power Poppy blog by clicking on the picture below for the challenge - it is the last day for the October challenge but I imagine there will be a new one very soon!

See you tomorrow with news on Baby C!!!


Disclaimer:  For the supplies I used (where still available) please see links below.  Note some of these are affiliate links (SSS) for which I receive a small commission on any purchases made via my link.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Retro Sketches Challenge featuring The Ton Sketchy Menagerie - Paper Layering

Morning all!! 

The weather has turned chilly and Mike Woods said on the news today there will be the first ice this coming weekend - in the low 20s F (negative celsius) overnight - nooooo!  We have had glorious autumnal sunshine the last few days so hopefully it still stays bright.

Today is officially my Baby C due date. I had my 40 weeks check up yesterday and there is no sign of any impending activity so I was sent to go for a walk, up and down stairs,  try Raspberry Leaf tea and 'crawl around'. Sigh.  Did a couple of miles walking but so far nada.  Countdown to induction begins :(

Yesterday was also my husband's birthday (so I'm actually glad they're not sharing it).  I made his card earlier this week based on the Retro Sketches latest challenge (although I did flip it vertically).   I couldn't post it until today as he checks my blog bless him.

I am totally loving The Ton's Sketchy Menagerie stamp set. My husband has quite the collection of animal skulls he picked up on various hikes (no I'm not kidding) including a huge bison skull that he hauled halfway across New Mexico, so I couldn't resist the image.  I also used a wood slice from a Studio Calico kit as the 'mat'.

Card Recipe:
  1. Create a side folding card base from 110lb Neenah Solar White (8.5" x 5.5" scored at 4.25")
  2. Cut a piece of Recollections Midnight Magic 6x6 paper stack (available from Michaels at the moment - apologies I am unable to link to it) 4.5" x 3.75" and adhere to front of card base with tape runner.
  3. Choose two other complementary papers and black card stock and trim into fishtails of varying widths and lengths.
  4. Staple fish tails together using the Tim Holtz tiny attacher with overlapping staples at top.  Add 3M foam tape to back of piece and adhere to card base. 
  5. Stamp skull from The Ton Sketchy Menagerie in Versamark ink onto vellum (prep surface with powder tool first).  Apply white embossing powder (I used Hero Arts) and use a dry paintbrush to remove any embossing powder that has stuck to the horns. Then apply gold embossing powder (I used Ranger Super Fine Gold) to the horns.  Heat set.
  6. Fussy cut out the skull and adhere to a wood slice using strategically placed Ranger Multi Medium Matte. As mentioned, mine are from an old Studio Calico kit but I'm sure something similar can be found on Amazon or a scrapbook store!   WARNING: I tried embossing directly onto the wood slice first but it became a borderline fireball!!! Do not recommend.
  7. Adhere wood slice with Ranger Multi Medium Matte to stack of fishtails.
  8. Emboss, trim out and adhere sentiment in same way using white embossing powder. 
  9. For the frame I die cut the small frame from Mama Elephant's 'Polaroid Fun' four times from black cardstock and once from patterned paper in the set.  I adhered them together using the Sakura Quickie Gluepen and used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere to wood piece around skull. 
  10. I then finished with My Mind's Eye Charmed enamel dots in gold glitter (have linked to similar  from Simple Stories in the supplies section below).

Hope you like the card - it went down well with my husband! (I'm loving all the skull imagery for Halloween that is around at the moment - works for him all year round!!)   Link to Retro Sketch game is below.

Until next time!

Jenny x

Disclaimer:  For the supplies I used (where still available) please see links below.  Note some of these are affiliate links (SSS) for which I receive a small commission on any purchases made via my link.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Challenge - Embossing Resist and Distress Inks

Morning everyone!

I'm just enjoying my early morning cuppa and posting the card I made yesterday for an entry into The Challenge #46 'The Colours of Autumn'.  The reason I didn't post this yesterday is NOT that I was having a baby or anything (still waiting on that, two days until she's officially overdue!) but actually because I couldn't work out where to put the darn sentiment!!   I've never struggled so hard with sentiment placement/style with a card before.   See what you think - I'd also love to hear if you had any other thoughts on where it could have gone/style.

I was inspired to play by this card I saw on Instagram by @dianejaquay - my commentary on the gorgeous colours (and overall awesome card) prompted a 'that's the colours we're using over at The Challenge' so of course I had to check it out. 

Onto the card - I dug through my stash and would you believe, I had very very few leaf image stamps.  The ones I used today are from Cloud 9 Designs - unfortunately I'm not sure you can get these anymore, but they do come up on eBay every so often. For a similar design look for solid leaf image stamps.

Card Recipe:

  1. Using watercolor cardstock ( I used Tim Holtz) stamp the leaves at random in Versamark (prep your surface with a powder tool first) - start with the largest and use the smaller images to fill in any gaps.  Be sure to rotate your blocks if repeating any images for a more random look.
  2. Sprinkle with white embossing powder (I used Hero Arts) and heat set.  If you struggle to see where you have stamped, heat set as you go.  I find with the thicker watercolor paper, there is little warping if any. 
  3. Liberally apply Distress Inks using a blending tool at random.  For the color combo I used Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Barn Door. 
  4. Add a small scoop of Perfect Pearls in the color 'perfect pearl' to a Ranger mini mister and spray liberally until the inks start to blend.  Leave to dry or speed up with heat tool. 
  5. Apply inks to craft mat and spritz with plain water.  Dab piece into the ink, then dry with heat tool.  Repeat as many times as you like until you have the look you want. 
  6. Die cut the piece using the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die, and then use one of the SSS Wavy Scallop Stitches dies to cut the piece at an angle of your choosing. 
  7. Cut and score a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock to form the card base (mine is a landscape card 5.5" x 4.25"). 
  8. Die cut front of card with the largest Lil Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Rectangles - this one does NOT cut out a panel but creates a row of stitching all the way around the card.  
  9. Dry emboss the front with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fade (embossing folder) 'Rays'. 
  10. Adhere stamped card panel to card base with foam tape, lining up with the stitched cuts and dry embossing.
  11. Die cut a small tag with a hole at either end (I used the Cuttlebug Tiny Tags die from Amazon). 
  12. Stamp small sentiment (I used SSS Circle Sayings) in Versamark on tag and heat emboss in Ranger Super Fine gold embossing powder. 
  13. Thread twine through tag (I used Hemptique Metallic Vintage Natural which has beautiful rust metallic threads in it). Apply 3M foam tape to tag and adhere where you choose.   Pass twine round the card (I snipped a tiny hole on the card crease to feed the twine to the back. You could also wrap it around the embossed panel before you adhere it to avoid cutting your card if you want) and secure with tape on the back. 
  14. Add Pretty Pink Posh sequins with Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive - I used 4mm Sand, Tangerine and Marshmallow.   I also added a large Lawn Fawn Fall Leaf sequin popped up on 3M foam tape - leftover from a 2014 SSS card kit. 

I'm finally pleased with where I added the sentiment - you wouldn't believe how many different times I changed my mind!!  See below for the link to The Challenge #46 and be inspired!

All the best, 

Jenny x

Disclaimer:  For the supplies I used (where still available) please see links below.  Note some of these are affiliate links (SSS) for which I receive a small commission on any purchases made via my link.

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