Thursday, October 12, 2017

Scenic Thanksgiving Card - Tic Tac Toe Challenge #19

Hello crafty friends,

The Tic Tac Toe challenge board for this week has a decidedly Fall theme to it right?  It gave me the chance to play with a set of stamps that I had not used yet.  I created this scenic style card with layers of leaves tucked underneath the "picture" of a landscape with trees, falling leaves, and a small group of pumpkins in the foreground.

I went with both the bottom row across and the right column down for my design.  I snuck in the geometric shapes with little picture corners lol.  The scene was colored on white cardstock cut down to 4" W x 5"H and layered onto a 5"W x 7"H kraft card base.  I die cut some fall leaves from a bronze shimmery cardstock and layered them in between the base and the scene.   These particular dies have an embossing feature to them if you run through the die cutting machine a second time with an embossing mat instead of one of the cutting plates.

The scene was created by first stamping the pumpkins, then the trees in the background.  To give the perception of depth and distance between the pumpkins and trees, I stamped them higher up on the background and created a hilly area.  I used Copic markers to add the foliage to the trees and falling leaves in the air and on the ground by simply tapping the markers lightly and repeatedly onto the paper.  This is an easy and effective technique to add more interest.  I kept doing this until I had mostly filled in the ground area and to varying degrees the trees.  I used a lighter brown marker to fill in the remaining area for the ground.

the sky color was added by ink blending with Distress ink (not the oxide, which is very opaque) to add color without covering up the trees.  I used a light hand the closer I got to the trees and was able to blend in the sky without covering up all the prior coloring.  Masking is the foolproof method to avoid coloring when trying to avoid covering up other coloring but in this case I was able to get around it.

The pumpkins are also colored and shaded with Copic markers.  For the ground area right in front of the pumpkins I used two Distress oxides and ink blended in both brown and green being careful to avoid the pumpkins.  I added more shadow directly underneath the pumpkins with a Copic marker.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with Nuvo hot chocolate powder.  This is one of my new favorite supplies, especially with all the Fall projects I'm working on.

Supplies used:
Pumpkin stamps: Stampabilities wood block stamps purchased from Hobby Lobby - one is called Pumpkin trio and the other is Pumpkin 03 (single)
Copics used: YR15, YR07, R14, E33, E25 except the green is a Spectrum Noir DG2
Distress Ink: Sky blue
Distress Oxide:  peeled paint and vintage photo
Other stamps:  Inkadinkadoo "Trees" and Hero Arts "Celebrate Everyday" set for the sentiment.
Embossing Powder:  Nuvo hot chocolate
Other ink: Versamark
Dies:  Cricut Cuttlebug Seasonal Foliage Cut & Emboss Die set
Paper:  Kraft 110 lb cardstock, white 80 lb cardstock, Bronze metallic/shimmer cardstock 

Now it's your turn to play along with us - be sure to get your take on this week's board in by noon Central on Tuesday, October 17th for a chance to be one of our design team picks and get the badge of honor to place on your blog (or wherever you post your project photos).

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Traditional Christmas wreath on window

Hello crafty friends,

Wreaths are such a big part of Christmas decor and for the September release from So Suzy Stamps  my team-mate Terri Burson designed a wreath stamp.  I decided to use this stamp in this design showing a traditional wreath over a window.

I first stamped with the wreath stamp (in Versamark) onto ivory cardstock and heat embossed with Nuvo chocolate embossing powder.   Terri is the person I credit with influencing me to try it as I've seen it in many of her projects with beautiful results.

Once I embossed the wreath, I used alcohol markers to color in the branches for the wreath.  The berries were also colored with red alcohol markers then used Glossy accents to the berries to add dimension and shine.  I then fussy cut around the outside and inside of the wreath so the center of it would be open.

The window was die cut on Walnut Distress (Tim Holtz collection) h C'oordinations paper.  This is the type of paper with two or more layers of coordinating shades so when you distress the paper (by sanding for example) you see the underlying color.    I distressed the paper with a simple nail buffer after it was die cut.

The window panes are open from the die cut, so I used vellum right behind the window, then patterned green paper behind the vellum to give the appearance of fabric curtains and complete the window piece.

The window panel was layered on top of a 4.25" x 5.5"  piece of C'oordinations whitewash collection paper, which was dry embossed with a wood panel textured embossing folder.   I was unable to find a link where this can be purchased online but am reasonably sure the cardstock can still be found as single sheets at JoAnn's craft store.   I added some more texture by sanding the surface of the paper with a nail buffer to accentuate the effect.

Once the window panel was glued to the white, wood textured piece, the wreath was added on top of the window using pop up dots to separate it from the window.  The small bow stamp was used to create the bow using a red glitter embossing powder, which was colored in with red alcohol markers.

I die cut a smaller circle to go inside the wreath, then stamped with the "joy" stamp (also designed by Terri) on the circle.

I layered the whitewash cardstock and window panel on top of more of the walnut core'dinations cardstock used to cut the window as the next layer.

I layered again on top of a subtly patterned piece of paper (white and beige), then adhered to a 110# cardstock base cut to approximately 5" w x 6 1/4" l for the finished card.  It's not quite a standard size but close enough for my purposes.  Sometimes I do find standard sizes a bit confining and at times will adjust the overall size to fit how the overall design is working rather than trying to stick strictly to a standard size.

This card is fairly simple to recreate as the texture is more dependent upon the cardstock than a particular technique.

Below are links to the majority of the products used.  Affiliate links are used.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!

Until next time,


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pastel Poinsettia Card

Hello crafty friends,

One of the fun things about Christmas cards is they don't have to be traditional colors (red & green) to be beautiful.  I love that Poinsettias come in a few different colors so I decided to go with pink on my card.  

One of the things I really like in general about So Suzy Stamps is that the stamps are sized so that they can be used on a variety of card sizes.  This stamp is large enough that it can be a great focal point or stamped multiple times to cover a larger area.  The size I used today is an A2 sized card and 3 of the same stamp filled up one side.

I created a mask of the poinsettia stamp onto masking paper so I could stamp them to overlap each other along the right hand side.  I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder before coloring the flowers with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in various shades of light pink.  In this post, I cover masking in more detail.

I added gold Nuvo drops on the centers of each flower and set aside to dry.

I added a neutral patterned paper panel on the left hand side and used an edge die to create a decorative border, placing so it slightly overlaps the flowers.

The sentiment was stamped onto white cardstock (die cut with a stitched die) with Versamark, then heat embossed with green embossing powder.  This is one of my favorites because it has a gold-green sheen to it.  I popped up the sentiment on foam tape.

This completes my project - hope that it inspires you to give masking or pink colored poinsettias a try!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Winner of coffee card from Coffee Lover Blog Hop

TGIF Crafty friends,

I used the random name picker tool to choose a winner from all the comments left on this post.

Drumroll please.....the winner is Hetty - congrats to you!!

Please contact me via email or contact form (please see the sidebar).  I will forward the card electronically so I will need an email address to send the prize to.  Please contact me no later than 10/1/2017 by midnight Central time.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Funny sentiment card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #17

Hello crafty friends!

It's another fun week for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  I designed the elements for the board this week and knew for sure that a funny sentiment had to be part of it.  I did manage to incorporate all the elements into it this time.

One thing I always get a big kick out of is reading funny cards and they certainly range from the cute to super snarky.  I thought this one was more "tongue in cheek" and I decided the greatest impact would come from separating the sentiment into two parts so the punchline was on the inside of the card.  Do come and check out the challenge here.

The main stamp image I used is from Unity Stamp Company of a classic looking lady with a slightly coy expression.  I thought it was perfect to pair with a sentiment from So Suzy Stamps.

(Note:*affiliate links are used at the end of this post at no additional cost to you should you decide to use them to purchase a product used on this project.  All products used here were  personally purchased and I was not compensated for using them here)

I first stamped the lady (Versafine ink) on a piece of white cardstock sized 4.25" x 5.5", then stamped the first line of the sentiment (first I covered up what I did not want to stamp with post it tape, added ink, removed the tape then stamped on the paper).  I embossed with clear embossing powder over the stamped images.

Next I placed this stencil from Hero Arts onto the unstamped portion of the card, taped it down with post it tape, then used two green shades of Distress Oxide to blend over the stencil.

I then added some clear sequins to embellish, layered on top of a piece of black cardstock and added the front card panel to an A2 sized top folding card base from white cardstock.

On the inside of the card, I stamped the second part of the sentiment (using same technique as before) and put a die cut wine glass above using a Reverse Confetti die (cut from white glitter paper).  I added the "wine" using a dark red Copic marker.

This is a fast and easy card to make - you could even skip the glass of wine image on the inside or stamp it instead of using a die cut.

Hope you got a laugh out of this card - now we'd like to see you play along!  Pull out your funny sentiments and show us your funny side.



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Elephantastic pop out slider card

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am tickled pink to be doing a guest design post for Heffy Doodle Stamps!  Please do check out my post here.

Today I have a fun interactive card that both slides and wobbles using the Elephant of Surprise stamp set and the Happy Snappy Crocs set.

Starting with a piece of white cardstock, cut to 4.25" x 5.5", I stamped a *box stamp, 2 balloons, and a *bow as my base with Memento Black Tuxedo ink.  (Note:  Affiliate links used for items marked with an *)

On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped the elephant, the flag, a balloon and the word "boo" on the flag to create a composite image from the Elephant of Surprise set.  After coloring it with Copic markers, I used my Brother Scan n Cut to cut it out and set it aside.

On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped the box stamp and cut it out the same way described above.  I used a background stamp (exact one used is no longer available from My Favorite Things) to add a dotted pattern using Versamark and white embossing powder.  I then colored on the separate die cut box with a yellow Copic marker and set it aside.  As you can see I cut away the part of the box at the top (the same part I colored in brown on the background)

I stamped random "swirls" with a small stamp from my stash in different bright colors to make the background even more festive and added the sentiment "Elephant of Surprise" at the top right hand corner.

As shown below, I used a die to cut a slider channel using the smallest die from the Lawn Fawn Die set* as shown above.  I colored the "inside" of the box with a medium brown marker (the part that would still be visible when I added the die cut box on top.)

I tried an experiment with the slider - I used a small *action wobbler in the channel since it has a wide base and top and it seemed to work fine although it doesn't slide quite as easily.

I added two layers of foam tape on the card front to leave space for the slider to move once adhered to a standard A2 sized card base.

Next I glued the elephant piece to the wobbler (which was already placed into the channel) and last added the box "front" with a double layer of foam tape.  Next I removed the strips from the *foam tape and adhered to an A2 sized card base.

I also decorated the inside of the card with the small cake stamp from the Elephant of Surprise set and Happy Birthday sentiment from the Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a peek at this card.  I would love to know what you think and look forward to seeing your comments!

Happy crafting,


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Christmas Tree Scene card

Hello crafty friends,

One of the most heartwarming and welcoming scenes near Christmas is the sight of a decorated tree with lots of beautifully wrapped gifts underneath.   I wanted to capture this in today's card.

The technique used to create this with multiple stamps is masking.  It can be a bit time intensive, depending on how many objects need to overlap.  In this case, there wasn't a crazy amount needed to get this done.  I created a mask for the tree, bow and gifts stamp since it wasn't needed for the window.   I used Inkadinkadoo masking paper for this project.

You first stamp the image onto the masking paper, then cut around the image right on the line.  If you leave any whitespace outside the line, you will also have gaps when you stamp an overlapping image and no one wants that!

Masking & stamping order:  (all stamped with Black Memento ink unless specified otherwise)
  • Stamp the gift collection (bottom right) first, cover with mask after
  • Stamp the tree (overlapping the gifts), cover with mask after
  • Stamp the gifts again on the left hand side of the tree (overlapping the mask on the tree)
  • Stamp the bow on top of the tree and cover with the mas 
At this point you will have a mask covering everything stamped except the gifts stamped on the left side of the tree.
  • Stamped the window (which is not from SSS, I tried to find a similar stamp, but was not having any luck.  It would be easy to use a ruler to draw since it's mostly straight lines.  I did include a link to a die, which could be used as a substitute in lieu of a stamp.  Paper could be die cut to fit  to make the frame.
  • add a small sliver of masking paper to cover the middle pane divider on the window
  • Stamp the Santa & reindeer stamp over the window pane area towards the top.
  • Stamped the Noel stamp at the top upper left side with Versamark, added white embossing powder and heat set so it would resist the ink when I colored the background of the wall.


Using alcohol markers, I colored all the gifts, trees, bow, window panes, window frame.
I drew a tree skirt with a black gel pen and colored in the area under the tree
Used a white gel pen to add "snow" to the window panes and doodled details on the gift packages as well as the tree skirt

With masks still in place, added some post it tape on the edges of the window and blended the color over the non-stamped areas, gradually working in close to the masked areas, being careful not to disturb the masks in the process.  I had to move the gift mask to the left when I got to that side.


Added gold Nuvo drops for "ornaments" on the tree

Close up view of card front

Card assembly:

Layered the finished front onto patterned Christmas paper to mat it, then glued both on top of an 5 x 7 card base - which I trimmed down to fit the panel.  I usually stick to a standard size card, but in this case I just decided to make it a unique finished size.

I hope this inspires you to create a scenic card and if you'd like to use the same stamps (other than the window) the links are below.  Affiliate links are used for most of the products in this post.

Until next time - happy crafting!