Sunday, June 26, 2022
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
About four times a year, Splitcoaststampers hosts a Virtual Stamp Night challenge, which starts a month earlier than the official challenge date with three mini challenges. When the official event happens, it starts on a Friday evening with four challenges, each on the hour, starting at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The second day starts at 1:00 p.m. and goes under 11:00 p.m., also with a challenge each hour. My first goal was to at least get the mini challenge completed and at least six the next two days. I was being realistic that I'd probably not get all challenges done in the time limit allotted for uploading the the gallery. My fondest wish is that someday, maybe I'll actually complete all challenge and get them uploaded on time!
Well, this year, so far, I'm really random. I may finish the minis, but I'm diving right into one of the later challenges, which I didn't really see myself completing, because I thought the challenge would be difficult to design a card for. But while browsing a few of the possible inspiration photos, I ran across one that really sparked my interest and reminded me of a collection of papers I recently bought, which motivated me to get started. I also check for other challenges that might help me in my design, but I will have to add them later because of the short timeline to make and upload cards!
Take a peak at my completed card, which uses the bedroom color scheme and floral idea found in the paper:
Ingredients: Stampin' Up: Cardstocks--Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Basic White, Gold Foil. Patterned Paper--Symbols of Fortune DSP. Stamps-- Here's A Card (sentiment). Ink--Soft Succulent. Embellishments--Brushed Butterflies. Technique--Layered Strip Weaving. Other: Copics--Butterfly colors...R09 (orange), G29 (green), Y38 (Golden Yellow). Chatterbox inside verse. Size--4-3/4" x 6."
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Birthday cards...I need birthday cards! I just can't make enough birthday cards. I also need a card with well wishes for retirement for early June. The SCS Virtual Stamp Night is asking for flowers for a Summer Flower Festival!! So, with that in mind, I've definitely decided my card will feature flowers with a belated birthday/ retirement theme, all rolled into one. I needed to further search other SCS challenges that my card might fulfill. This search provided me with a total of 14 fairly new and old challenges that my card would fit. In case you were wondering, SCS welcomes completing a challenge at any time not just the week the challenge is presented!
My card needed to be fairly simple to meet the one-hour time limit for making cards for the VSN challenges, but I'm really happy with the outcome...four layers and another for the Sweet Sorbet inked flower and sentiment, both of which I popped. Take a look at my card in its finished state:
Ingredients: Stampin' Up: Cardstock--Whisper white, Pretty Parakeet, and Orchid Oasis. Patterned dsp--6"x6" DSP Assortments--2022-2024 In-Colors. Stamps/ Dies--Sending Smiles/ Sending Dies. Dies--Basic Borders. Inks--Starry Night, Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Sweet Sorbet. Markers (SU)(stamp coloring). Gems--2022-2024 In-Color Matte Decorative Dots. Stampin' Up Markers. Other: Copic Markers (darkening gems).
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
In the middle of thinking about and making Father's Day cards, I realized I also needed to be thinking about my oldest daughter's birthday card! I attended a June card class where we learned to make two cards in one by die-cutting a lacey floral die out of white cardstock to use as a stencil on another white card front panel, creating a negative inked floral bouquet. We were to use our blender brushes to ink and colorize our blossoms with three lovely ink colors, but I decided to use four: Polished Pink, Orchid Oasis, Starry Night, and Parakeet Party for the leaves. What gorgeous colors these are together. Our white cardstock stencil ended up very prettily ink blended as well and became the focal die-cut for the second card. This is the card I decided to finish for my daughter!
I adhered four 1/2" black paper strips spaced 1/2" apart and horizontally across the white cardstock front panel, starting in middle...find the card front middle before starting. Next adhere two 1/4" black strips at the top and bottom, but also leaving 1/2" of the white cardstock showing. I adhered this card front panel to a black mat layer with a narrow 1/8" border. I add two more base layers...the 4-3/4" x 6" black card base and a Gorgeous Grape cardstock cut to 4-3/8" x 5-5/8". I positioned the inked Artistic lacy flower die-cut where I liked it and allowing for my sentiment strip toward the bottom and offset to the left.
To finish, I added a 1/4" x 1" tiny black strip to host three medium rhinestones colored with Copic markers to match the Parakeet Party ink and positioned the strip toward the upper right corner of the card front. I punch my white cardstock sentiment strip with the Lovely Label Pick-A-Punch and popped two rhinestones beside the stamped "Happy Birthday". I also added to Glitter Enamel Gems to the flower centers, coloring them with Copics to accent the inked blooms.
I was super pleased with the look...black and white always dresses up any card...such a classic combination! Take a peek below and my finished card and my inside Chatterbox verse:
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Father's Day is coming, and the Virtual Stamp Night Mini Sneak Peek was held just a few days ago. The first one wants your card theme to be farm animals...like in Old MacDonald's farm. I'm thinking someway I will build a Father's Day card out of this challenge.
My son-in-law is such a good Dad! His daughter, and my middle granddaughter, was three this past March. From the time she was three months old, he has taken her to oodles of animal places and events...zoos, summer fairs, petting zoos, etc. You name it, if it's within 50-miles of their location (even on vacation), he will find an animal place to take Sienna. As a result, she just loves animals, has no fear, and you can see why. Her first favorite was a cow, and one of her first words was moo-moo!
I'm a lover of "simple" vintage cards (those without too much frou-frou), and for some reason, I've not made many vintage cards in the last few years. I went to my stash, because I remember a vintage cow image that I almost made into a card a few years ago. I had to scrap the idea at the last minute, because I forgot to take the image and any papers with me to a retreat where I planned to make the card! I had even mounted it on homemade script paper that I made prior to leaving that talks about medieval farming as I needed a computer and printer to do so. Using it now, was just a matter of deciding the layout, design, and papers! I actually copied my design layout that I used on the replacement card. Take a peek at my finished card below with its vintage slant!
Ingredients: Stampin' Up: Cardstocks--Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, And Very Vanilla. Patterned DSP--2012-2013 DSP Stack--Wild Wasabi Stripe. Inks--Soft Suede, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip. Other: Patterned Paper--Medieval English Farming Script (homemade/ink distressed). Vintage Farmyard print (stash). Gems--Robin's Nest DewDrops-Golden. Technique--Short Front Flap Card. Chatterbox computer verse. 4-3/4" x 6."
Sunday, May 15, 2022
My oldest son is newly engaged, and they intend to tie the knot in June 2023 if everything goes according to plan. Through this union, I have acquired what would be a great granddaughter. She will be three years old on her birthday in a few weeks...the same age range as are my three natural granddaughters, which is 2-1/2 to 5 years. Her Mom and grandmother (who is my son's fiancé) planned a dinosaur-themed birthday party. So, needless to say, I needed a birthday card and wanted to try my hand at the dinosaur theme.
I found a darling little cartoon line-art baby dinosaur, who had just hatched from his uniquely designed egg. I thought this would be a good place to start. Next, I found some pink, white, and green digital dinosaur paper to add to the plan. My next task was to search out some Splitcoaststamper challenges to fit this card into my "challenge catch-up" goal. With all these thoughts in mind, I came with up my card design, which started with the Standing Pop-Up card fold technique.
The face of Amara's card got so heavy, the card wouldn't stand up, so I invented a little paper fold "hinge" to insert into the hollow box-like rectangular front platform that allows the card to fold down flat to insert it into an envelope for mailing and also to pop-up and open to allow the card to stand on a flat surface.(1) My "hinge" isn't a terribly difficult addition if you can do it before you form the box and while the cardbase is still flat, but it becomes much more tedious to insert the "hinge" with the attachment flat covered in glue after the box is formed!
With all that was said above, take a look below at Amara's finished baby dinosaur Standing Pop-Up card when finished. I think she will love it, as well as Mommy and her grandmother!
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
I went to a card party a few months ago, and my Stampin' Up demonstrator duo (Daralee Peterson and Luci Kirschbaum) had a card design using the new "Whiskey Business" stamp set. I loved their card design idea, but decided to enlarge it and tweak it here and there to make it more mine.
I gave it a new, enlarged and ink-distressed white card base, a new, ink-distressed punch size panel to host my changed sentiment, re-positioned brads, plus a pale blue decanter, glass, and ice shaded with Copic Markers. I also used Copics to color my whiskey and highball drink, getting better shading, blending, and highlights than could be achieved with the water-base markers provided. My finished card, inside and out, can be seen below:
Saturday, April 30, 2022
It is already May, and I really need to get my Mom's Mothers' Day card made, compose my inside verse, finish the inside card design, and get it into the mail ASAP in order for it to arrive on time. After reviewing various Splitcoaststamper challenge possibilities, I decided to finish one of my card class designs (original by Luci Kirschbaum) that I remembered was lurking in my “To Do Stash,” but there were some changes I wanted to make that occurred to me while in class. I wanted to jazz it up a bit and make it more me by adding layers, making it larger, and change the sentiment and its presentation.
I added layers below the card front with a Poppy Parade cardbase and a White Iridescent Glimmer layer. I changed the label shape and sentiment theme from a simple fishtail flag to the Lovely Labels punch design, and I made my new sentiment Mothers' Day wording using two computer fonts I really liked. I have to say, I really like all my changes.
I composed an inside verse using the computer and added a two-layer corner punch design to the four corners of the verse cardstock. I coordinated these punch corners with the card front's beautiful tulip dsp and the iridescent glitter paper. I'm just sure Mom will love her card......take a peek below:
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Moving on to my second Easter card that I found in my "TO DO" box: a previously finished card from a 2018 class card. When I got home from class, I separated the layers with my trusty spatula (OLD Cricut spatula), because I knew I wanted to elaborate on the card when I had time and I didn't want the glue tape to set. The pieces ended up stashed in my "Need to Finish...TO DO Stash" box and promptly forgotten! The original card's design credit goes to Dar Peterson, one of my two SU demonstrator duos.
I got out all the pieces and my photo of the original to see if I could remember what I wanted to do different. My changes do not really change the original design look too much, but adds a bit more sparkle and elegance, I think, with more Gold Foil added. I enlarged the card to a 4-3/4" x 6" card from an A2 by making a larger new white card base, adjusting the Blackberry Bliss larger (I used the original for an inside card layer), and cut and inserted a Gold Foil layer before adding the top white embossed card front layer. I also added a Gold Foil scalloped oval below the multi-color stitched dsp layer.
I was really please with the foil additions as it dressed up this lovely card even a bit more by adding more eye-catching metallic sparkle that coordinates with the gold filigree cross. Now, here's the rub! I forgot to take a photo of my remodel before popping it in the post for mailing!
All I got to say is...woe is me, sigh! I bid you to use your imagination to envision how those changes looked as this is a photo of the original design! Take a peek below at it and my inside design and stamped verse:
Ingredients: Stampin' Up: Cardstock--Blackberry Bliss, Basic White, Gold Foil. Pattern--Painted with Love Specialty dsp (2018 Occasions). Stamps--You're Inspiring (sentiment); Easter Promise (inside verse). Dies--Cross of Hope Framelits (2018 Occasions/ 2018-19 AC); Stitched Shapes Dies (oval). Petal Burst EF (2018 AC). Other: Brilliance Chalk ink--Gingerbread. Ribbon scrap.