Thursday, February 27, 2020

Smiley Card with a Lot of Glitz


Welcome!  I have some happy today...hope to make you smile. This card was a result of playing with GKD Blue Glitz Glitter Gel  that I bought a few months ago but never tried.  Using a Hero Arts stencil from a past monthly kit, I added the glitz to a bright yellow cardstock and trimmed the panel and added to a card base of the same cardstock.  Finished with GKD stamp from You Make Me Smile set and a die cut word Happy stamped and die cut with GKD Tropical Bloom set.  A quick and easy card but it does take a bit for that gel to dry.
Monthly Mix Challenge: Sheri's challenge was Just Add Texture. There is a lot of texture with this gel. This is my 4th entry this month.
Mix It Up Challenge: MIUCB #34 Anything Goes + Optional Twist Stenciling.
CRAFT Challenge: #546 Be Inspired by a Song. This brings to mind the song....Don't Worry, Be Happy

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Birthday Wishes

Hello!  You might have seen my post that showed a card using the Embossed Silhouette technique that I learned from Julie on Power Poppy's Inspire Me Monday.  I have created another card with the same technique using an older stamp from Marcella Hawley's Zinnia stamp set from Flourishes.  The zinnias were stamped with black ink and colored in with a multiliner pen to create a silhouette,  then I re-stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed with White EP.   I used the current sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge to design my card.  I trimmed the edge of my stamped image with a  Martha Stewart punch and lined the punched edge with a strip of black cardstock. I attached it to a panel of white cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug Polka Dots EF and placed on a card base of Black CS.   I finished with a GKD birthday sentiment that I heat embossed.
Challenges:
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Anything Goes
The House That Stamps Built: Challenge F2620 Anything Goes
Retro Rubber Challenge: RRCB #129 Anything goes with stamps older than one year. The zinnia stamp is 9 years old.
Creative Confetti Challenge: Use a black and white accent on your card. Or give Julie's tutorial a try.  I did both since I used a black and white for my card following her tutorial.
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Challenge #543



Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Monday, February 24, 2020

Embossed Silhouette

Hello! I was truly inspired by Power Poppy Blog Monday Inspire Me post about Embossed Silhouette.  I was so inspired that I immediately CASE'd Julie's card.  I even used a flower stamp from the same set that she used- Vibrant Thanks set- but I used the Bee Balm  instead of the Coreopsis.  I also did sponging very similar to what she did.  I simply followed her steps to create this card so please check out her post ….she explained everything much better that I can. 
Supplies used: Power Poppy Vibrant Thanks and Simply Camelia stamp sets; White, Fresh Asparagus, and Faded Brick GKD cardstocks; Fried Brick and Peeled Paint DOI, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; Versamark Ink; White EP; Copic Black Multiliner pen and marker; Dewdrops.

Challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: W is for anything you wish. Wishing Happy Wishes. 
Creative Confetti:  Frame It Up.  Simply framed my image with layers of card stock and also framed the edges of image with a black Copic.


Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Simply Hello


Hello!  Today I have a CAS card that features a Rose, a digital image from Power Poppy, that I printed on white card stock and colored with Copics. Simply stamped the word Hello with Black ink. Made this and 3 other note cards shown below in 3.5" x 5" size.  Colored 2 with copics, one with pencils, and water colored one with DOI.  Might use the set for a gift. 

Challenges:
Double D Challenges: Saying Hello.  I was inspired by the roses on the mood board.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Stencil with Foil




Welcome!   Not all cards are going to be perfect and my first attempts to use foil with a stencil were disappointing. But I continued to learn this technique and using  the right foil made a difference.  The card above was made for CAS Stencil Challenge - to use foil with stenciling.  I used a portion of the GKD stencil called Snowflake Mandala with Deco Foil Transfer Gel on white cardstock to add red foil. I added the foiled image to a Red Velvet card base and attached die cuts also foiled with the red foil.  The words were cut with Cheery Lynn dies. 
Challenges:
CAS Stencil Challenge: Use Foil with Stencil
Christmas Kickstart Challenge: #28 Theme is color Red



I am sharing another card to show my first attempt at this technique.  I used a portion of a Tim Holtz stencil called Lace Layering with Deco Foil Transfer Gel and used a laminator to add red foil.  This was my first try at using my new Royal Sovereign laminator. (I finally broke down and bought one and am ready to learn how to enhance my cards with foil.) Trimmed the stenciled image and attached to Red Cardstock with a White card base.  I stamped Hello with a Gina K Design stamp and heat embossed with White EP.  Did this twice to make brighter. But the results were less than satisfactory. Part of the problem was that I used foil that was to be used with adhesives not a laminator.

This photo shows another attempt at using foil with a stencil but the foil did not transfer completely.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Elmer Says Happy Birthday


It's been awhile since I played with The Library Challenge so I just had to make a card for Challenge 53 Elmer when I saw The Patchwork Elephant. I remembered I had a template for an elephant that I could use.  I traced the template on a 6"x 6" square of Scor-tape that I have hoarded for a long time. I simply trimmed the elephant and attached roughly cut half inch squares of various colored cardstock to the adhesive on one side of the Scor-tape trimming the edges as I went.  If I had it to do over I'd use larger squares and cut perfect squares-easier to line up.  Added a pink ear, a toothpick tusk, and a googly eye to the elephant.  I simply peeled the backside exposing the adhesive and attached to a textured card base.  Sorry, the square textured finish does not show in the photo but it looks great.  I heat embossed the Gina K Design sentiment using Black ink and Clear EP.  The template was from a Paper Crafts Magazine with Birthday Free Projects that I have had for years.  This was a fun card but it took some time to make. 
After looking at the photo, I thought another color would be better for the base but that elephant is really stuck tight. 
Challenges:
The Library Challenge: #53 Elmer.  Used all the colors and a patchwork design from the cover. 
Always Fun Challenges: #150 Animals
Male Room: #130 Use Embossing. The sentiment is heat embossed. 

I am sharing another card that I made with this template in 2013 which was a shaped birthday card: 
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Take a Slice of Lemon and Make Cards


Hello!  I have an entry for Twofer #24 Card Challenge to use Fruit - use the same stamp, stencil, or die for the prompt on two different designs for two different occasions.  I decided to use a simple lemon slice stamp from Just For Fun to create 2 cards.  For one card I stamped the slice 3 times using masking with Memento inks and markers.  The sentiment was generated using Photoshop.  Added a border of dry embossing to give some texture. Finished with a lime Green cardstock. I will send this for a birthday. 
For the second card, I created  flowers with the lemon slice stamp adding some stems and leaves with GKD stamps. Colored with Memento and Copic Markers.  Used Scalloped oval dies to trim the image and to frame  with Yellow cardstock. Attached to an Orange card base.  Finished with some glitter gems and the word Hello stamped and die cut with GKD stamp and dies. 
Challenges:
Double D Challenges: Saying Hello

Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by. 



Friday, February 21, 2020

Snow Scene

Welcome! Another cold day in Ohio. It's 14 degrees this morning but feels like 10.  It's a good day to post a card that was inspired by the Inspiration Palette challenge at The House That Stamps Built. As I tend to do sometimes,  I almost recreated the scene in the photo. I used DOI to sponge a background on white cardstock and stamped a tree line with 2 Repeat Impressions stamps Large Pine Forest and Bass Harbor Light (used the large trees portion only).  I stamped the center trees first with Memento Black ink and then stamped again with Memento Cottage Ivy ink.  The trees on the left were stamped only with green to get a different dimension. I used a scrap of watercolor cardstock on the lower part of the card for snow.  Added some falling snowflakes and snow drifts with Snow Marker. The sentiment from my stash was inked with Memento London Fog.  The Rose card base is a textured cardstock by Neenah, a bargain from Tuesday Morning. 
Challenges:
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Add a Sentiment.
The House That Stamps Built: Inspiration Palette Challenge F1920

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Tall Giraffe

Second Post Today
Hello! I am playing with animals today....a change up from Christmas and flowers.  I used stamps from GKD Wild About You set .  I stamped the Giraffe with DOI and colored with Copics. The grass was done with Memento Cottage Ivy marker.  The sentiment was stamped with 2 colors of DOI. Used an orange card base and a scrap of patterned paper to finish.  The finished size of card is 3.75" x5.5" so I consider this a tall card with a tall animal.
Challenges:
Always Fun Challenge: #150 Animals
CASology: Week 362 Tall-used a tall giraffe
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Add a Sentiment
Addicted To Stamps and More: #377 Make Your Mark. Used Copics and Memento Markers
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Birthday Boys






Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Owls Are Cute!

Hello! I had some fun playing with a Hoot Owl digital image from Beccy's Place.  I used her colored version of Hoot and printed it on white cardstock with a computer generated sentiment.  For fun I added some brown and yellow Flocking to his feathers and Glossy Accents to his eyes.  I love how his glossy eyes pop out on the card.  Rounded the corners of the trimmed image with a corner punch, attached it to a patterned paper mat and brown card base, and finished with 3 green gems. Isn't he the cutest?
Challenges:
Beccy's Place Challenge: February Challenge use a Beccy's image -optional element-animals.
The Paper Players Challenge: PP478 CAS Theme Woodland Critters.
Always Fun Challenge: #150 Animals
Make My Monday Challenge: #116 Critters



Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

More Love and Hearts

Hello!  Sharing more love in another card featuring Hearts!  I used stamps and dies from Gina K Designs You Have My Heart set.  I stamped 3 hearts with Memento Rose Bud ink and die cut the 3 different sizes of hearts. The center heart was stamped with the word Love. I arranged these on a white grosgrain ribbon and that to a Pink Cardstock panel that I embossed with a Cuttlebug border EF of dots. Finished with a White card base. 
Challenge:
Monthly Mix Challenge GKD: Just Add Texture-used dry embossing and ribbon.
CAS on Friday: #173 Love
Allsorts Challenge: Week 559 Dies and/or Punches.
Die Cut Divas: February challenge is Hearts or Flowers

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Lots of Heart


Hello! I am sharing a card that was inspired by a sketch challenge but fits several challenges that I have found this week.  I created this card using several scraps of pattern paper from my stash, a Spellbinders Scalloped Heart die, some old word stamps from Repeat Impressions ink, and clear embossing powder. I arranged several trimmed scraps in a random pattern and attached to a red card base.  I added the heart cut from a shimmery pink cardstock(another scrap) that I popped up on a foam heart. Stamped the words with red ink and embossed with clear EP for some shine. 
Challenges:
Try Stampin' On Tuesday: Challenge #TSOT 444 Sketch shown below.
Retro Rubber Challenge: #128 Love is in the air! Use red, pink, and white.  The stamps are over 3 years old.
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says use 2 or more patterned papers.
Cupcake Inspirations: CIC 487 Theme is Love/Valentine's Day
The House That Stamps Built: Designer's Choice Challenge DCF 520-Use Hearts
Cut It Up: Challenge #193 Love Is In the air. Create a project that celebrates Love



Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Quick and Easy Christmas



Hello!  Thought I'd sneak in a quick and easy Christmas card that I made with die cuts and red and white card stocks. I won the Creative Expressions Merry Christmas die by Sue Wilson from Double D challenge last December and the Snowflake die was in a freebie with Simply cards magazine several years ago. I like the clean look of this card  and it will be easy to mass produce.  No stamping involved.
Challenges:
Christmas Kickstart Challenge: #28 Theme is color Red.
Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Merry Little Christmas Challenge: MLCCB #19 Anything Christmas Goes

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Love My Coffee

Welcome! Hope you have time for a cup of coffee!  I'll tell my DH to pour another one.  My DH is the coffee barista in the house and this cute digi  from Dearie Dolls reminds me of him in a way....but he does not have a moustache.  But he is always ready to serve a cup of hot coffee. 
I printed this colored digital image (never used before) from my stash of images on white card stock.  I added some color to the shoes and skin tones with Copics.   Added some red foil to his kerchief using some quick glue and added glossy accents to the cup and shoes.  Printed the sentiment with Angelface font which I just downloaded. ( Been looking for a hand written script like this and found it.)
Finished the card by inking the edges of the trimmed image with a Black Copic and attaching it to a card base of patterned paper with circles. 
Challenges:
Artsystamper Digital Challenge: #10 Hot Drinks
Use Your Stuff: #392 Circles-I used patterned paper with circles from my stash. 
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using patterned papers. 

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Monday, February 17, 2020

Fun with Poppies


Hello!  I made this card using a die-cut to create a stencil from cardstock.  I used Memory Box die Darling Poppies to create the stencil and also used some masking with the cut out pieces when I sponged DOI Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint with the made stencil to the panel of white cardstock.  Using a rubber mat, I also dry embossed the image using the same die after applying the ink.  I stamped the GKD sentiment with DOI Peeled Paint and heat embossed with Clear EP.  Added some embossed dots with Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Border for more texture.   I attached the image to a pink card base in an asymmetrical fashion for interest. 
Challenges:
CAS Mix Up Card Challenge: February Stencil from Die-cuts + Stamping + YourChoice. I used sponging, masking, and dry embossing. 
Mix It Up Challenge: MIUCB #34 Anything Goes + Stenciling
Happy Little Stampers: February Anything Goes with Dies.  Used a die to make a stencil and for dry embossing.

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Playing with Perfect Pearls


Hello!  I made this card for this week's ModSquad challenge -  we are to use Mica powders like perfect pearls on our card.  I stamped Roses from the Gina K Designs set Rose Bouquet with Versamark ink on GKD Red Velvet CS and applied Perfect Pearls to the image.  I colored the leaves with green pencils. Since I did not have a dark green cardstock to use behind the image, I colored white cardstock with green copics to match and also used versamark on the edges with more of the Perfect Pearls. Wanted some shine on the mat.  I cut the mat with a scalloped square die but manipulated the die to create a rectangle shape (only had the square).  Assembled the card with a white card base.  The GKD sentiment was  stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with GKD White EP. 
(The color of the leaves and the scallop edges match better in real life but does not appear to in the photo.  I might have liked this card better if I had fussy cut the rose image and placed on a different background. )
Challenges:
ModSquad Challenge:  Mica Powders-use something like perfect pearls.
Monthly Mix Challenge: Just add texture.  Used heat embossing.
Simon Monday Challenge: Frame It.  Used scalloped border to frame the image.
Creative with Stamps: CWS #47 Red
The Flower Challenge: #41 Add Leaves

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Birthday Wishes



Hello!  I made this card using a die cut to create a stencil then I sponged the edge of a white cardstock with the stencil using DOI Picked Raspberry. ( I used Modern Flower Card Wrap die from Simon Says Stamp - the die cut is shown in the photo below.)  I added a rounded green border to the stenciled area that I cut with two circle dies, one with stitching. I stamped a Gina K Design birthday sentiment with same pink ink and then dry embossed the flourish and words below the sentiment with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I inked the raised design with DOI. Finished with a GKD Grass Green card base. 
Challenges:
CAS Mix Up Card Challenge: February Stencil from Die-cuts + Stamping + YourChoice. I used sponging and dry embossing. 
Mix It Up Challenge: MIUCB #34 Anything Goes + Stenciling
TIME OUT challenges: #155 Be inspired by the words- It's your Birthday, etc.
Seize the Birthday: 183 Show Me Your White Space 
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Glitzy Gold and Red


Hello! This is my third post today....working on completing some challenges before time runs out.  For this card, I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches shown below with some stamps from Gina K Designs You Have My Heart set.  I also used Gina K Gold Glitz Glitter gel for the first time with a Tim Holtz Stencil Layering Lace to create a "doily" element for the background on white cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment and hearts with red ink and heat embossed with GKD Clear EP on white CS.  I used Spellbinder circle dies to trim this and a mat of Red CS.  Finished the design with red satin ribbon and bow and red nail head bling. 
Challenges:
Mix It Up Challenges: MIUCB #34 Anything Goes + Stenciling. Used Tim Holtz stencil with Glitter Gel.
Monthly Mix Challenge: Just Add Texture. Used Glitz Glitter Gel for my texture as well as ribbon and heat embossing.
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Lucky Me



Welcome to my studio! I recently received Power Poppy Shamrock-n-Roll digital images and sentiments. These stamps are perfect for St. Patrick's Day cards. I created 2 cards using the same stamps on both cards.  For the above card I printed the no line image on White CS with the sentiment that I colored green before printing.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and added some Flower Soft Raspberry Fizz to the clover and tied on a bit of Raffia to give texture and dimension.  Adhered the trimmed image to a Pattern Paper background and then to GKD Grass Green card base. 

For the second card I printed the image on white cardstock and colored with different Copic Markers.  I trimmed the image with a Spellbinders die and inked the edges with a Pink Copic.  I used Crushed Velvet Flock to add texture to the bloom and tie. Have not used this product or the Flower soft in ages but it does add a nice touch of texture. The flocking does not show up in the photo but looks good in real life. I printed the Power Poppy sentiment on a panel of pattern paper and assembled the card with a White Cardstock base. 

Challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always all about using patterned paper.
Allsorts Challenge: Week 559 Dies and/or Punches. Used die on second card.
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #376 Anything Goes
Creative Confetti Challenge: Inspired by a Song. This image of Shamrocks reminded me of the song "I'm looking over a four leaf clover" 

Click on the arrow to listen to 
"I'm looking over a four leaf clover"

Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa