Wintry Thank You

Welcome 2019 and Happy New Year to everyone!

Today I was hoping to bring two new, wintery, thank you cards but one of them had a speck on its sentiment strip that I didn’t notice until I saw the photos. So I’ll share that one tomorrow… if I have a chance to rephotograph it.

Now that Christmas and the holidays are over, many of us have thank you cards that need to be written. Here is one that I made today for a dear friend of mine.

I just love this Concord & 9th Snowflake Turnabout Stamp.

This card features an inlaid YOU sentiment that has been built up with 5 layers of white card stock behind the snowflake top layer. Here are the supplies I used: Concord & 9th All About You dies, Concord & 9th Snowflake Turnabout Stamp, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Sea Breeze, Aqualicious, Dew Drops, Turquoise; My Favorite Things Snowflake dies, Nuvo Shimmer Powder: Atlantis Burst, Bue Blitz, Cherry Bomb; Watercolor card stock, Simon Says StampTiny Words Stamp, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #80, #110 card stock, and craft foam.

To make this card I used Altenew inks to stamp the Snowflake Turnabout stamp, changing colors each time I turned the stamp. I cut my panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I cut the colored snowflakes, the thanks, and the background of YOU from pre-created card stock that I had in my stash. This pre-created card stock was made using watercolor card stock and Nuvo shimmer powders in Atlantis Burst, Blue Blitz and Cherry Bomb. (I sprayed the watercolor paper with water and then sprinkled the paper with a little of each color, spritzing with water and tilting the card stock until I liked how the background looked.) After die cutting the words thank and you from their respective card stocks, I cut 5 more of each of them in #80 white card stock, glueing all of them one on top of the other. I put craft foam on the back of the card front except where the word YOU had been die cut out. I glued craft foam around the cut-out YOU on the back of the card front. After adhering the card front to the card base, I inlaid the word YOU  and glued the word thanks and the white heat embossed sentiment in place.

Here is a close up:

The card was embellished with Pretty Pink Posh sequins and snowflakes cut from white card stock and card stock detailed with Nuvo Shimmer Powders. I also used a Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen over the snowflakes and thank sentiment (after picture was taken).

Christmas Cards – Day 7

Blessed Christmas to you all! Today is Christmas Eve and the last day of my Christmas Cards posts for 2018.

I am looking forward to being with my lovely family tonight and tomorrow. May all your celebrations be filled with joy and laughter….and of course, yummy food.

This card is absolutely stunning when you see it in person!

Supplies: Birch Press Grace Dies A, B, & C; We R Memory Keepers 3″ Circle Nesting Dies, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card stock #80, #110; Spellbinder‘s Glimmer Hot Foil Plate – Joy; Go Press and Foil Gold Foil, American Crafts Core’dinations Kings Crown Glitter Card stock.

To make this card you cut one of each Birch Press Die A, B, & C. Stack them one on top of the other and use liquid glue to adhere them together. On a piece of white card stock, use Go Press & Foil machine to foil the word Joy onto the card stock. Center and cut out the foiled Joy with the 3″ circle die.

Glue the circle in the center of the background die cuts. Put the gold glitter card stock in back of the card front then adhere to a card base. It’s that easy…and oh so beautiful.

Merry Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

Patty

Christmas Cards – Day 6

Well hello! It has been nice spending time sharing some cards with you during this Christmastime. Today I have a few cards that are very different from each other.

My first card has been one of my favorites this season for a couple of reasons, one being that it is so out of my creative style. I used patterned paper on this card and die cuts, no stamping at all. That is very different for me. The other reason this card is one of my favorites is, that it is so pretty in person.

A Gold Deco Foil sentiment is the center of attention on this Holly branch card.

To make this card I used patterned paper from DCWV-Christmas Cranberry; both the Christmas Tree pattern and the deep green cardstock. The panel was cut 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I also used Spellbinder‘s Glimmer Hot Foil Plate – Joy, Red cardstock, Honey Bee Stamps Deckle Edge Die (A2 Frame), Sizzix Thinlits Holiday Greens Die and Lawn Fawn Mini Wreath (for the Holly berries). The sequins are from Neat & Tangled.

My second card was inspired by an earlier card that I had made in this series. You will recognize it if you have been following the Christmas Card series.

A red glitter bow is this Christmas Tree’s centerpiece. It pops so beautifully in person.

The supplies I used for this card are as follows: Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set, Altenew Gold Embossing Powder, Navy Blue card stock, Brutus Monroe Sterling Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Hero Arts Nested Frame Ornaments Die (bow), Core’dinations American Crafts Red Flash and Silver Glitter card stock, Recollections Bling On A Roll, Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones, Nuvo Glitter Drops: Blue Lagoon, Nuvo Crystal Drops: Simply White, Gloss Red Berry, Gloss Caribbean Ocean, Gloss Dandelion Yellow, and Ranger Stickles Silver.

This clean and simple card was made with Altenew’s Warm Wishes Stamp Set.

The supplies I used for this card: Deep Green card stock, Altenew Warm Wishes Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Parrot, Olive (not positive because I made the card last year) and Jet Black. Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss Red Berry.

Stockings hanging on the fireplace was the inspiration for this card.

Supplies used: Altenew Christmas Stockings Stamp and Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Jet Black, Soft Lilac, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Emerald, Tide Blue, Lavender Fields; Black card stock, Ranger Distress Inks: Barn Door, Vintage Photo; Tim Holtz/Stamper’s Anonymous Brick Stencil; Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, Carta Bella Snowfall Stamp, Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Recollections Christmas Noel Stamp Set, craft foam, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Aquamarine, Amethyst, Pink Garnet.

Silver foil and holographic embossing powder are the highlights of this simple and beautiful Christmas card.

Supplies: Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Plate “We Wish You”, Go Press and Foil Machine, Go Press and Foil Silver Foil, Green Card stock, Neenah Solar White #110, craft foam, Versamark Ink, Echo Park Winter Snow Stamp (A2), Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables Die.

Well, that’s all for today…and today’s almost over. Ooops.

See you tomorrow with the last card in my Christmas Card posts.

Looking Back to Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving Day card was created on craft cardstock, which appeared more tan-colored then it does in the photo.

The following is a list of the materials that I used to create this card. (I am not linking these supplies to the retailers today.) I used Ranger, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and a mini foam applicator to distress the sides of the craft cardstock and I used Prisma Colored pencils to deepen the color of the veins on the leaves.

Sugar Pea Designs Pine Cone Greetings Stamp & Die Set; Sugar Pea Designs Funky Wreath All Seasons Stamp & Die Set; My Favorite Things Stitched Beautiful Bows Die Set; My Favorite Things Whimsical Woodgrain Stamp; Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Sand Dunes, Honey Drizzle, Autumn Blaze, Sunkissed, Ruby Red, Evergreen, Olive, Espresso, Mocha and Parrot; Prisma Colored Pencils: Marine Green, Raspberry, Mineral Orange; Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Add-on Stamps & Dies, Versamark ink, Craft cardstock, Ranger Distress Oxide ink – Vintage Photo, Nuvo Drops -Red, and Orange cardstock.

Altenew AECP Level 3 Challenge

This morning (Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018) I held my first card making class for Altenew’s Educator Certificate Program. I had so much fun with my friends teaching them some basic stamping techniques then helping them complete two Christmas Cards. They had never done stamping before so it was eye opening for them to see the detail and work involved in the process. We all had a great time and shared some laughs too. 🙂

Here’s a look at the 2 Christmas Cards we made.

Level 3 Challenge Cards 10-27-18

To make both sets of cards we used Altenew‘s Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set and Altenew‘s Starry Night Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Die Inks: Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Warm Sunshine, Olive, Mocha, Paper Bag, Espresso and Grapevine; Altenew Gold Embossing Powder, Altenew tape runners, Versamark Ink, and Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Other materials used: Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circle Dies, black card stock, and foam tape.

Level 3 Challenge Class 10-28-18

Pictured here are my good friends: Mary Zakarian (standing), Georgia Burnett (far right), Sandy Gould (far left), and Melanie Gould. They worked hard and did a wonderful job on their Christmas cards.

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Georgia and Mary relaxing after a job well done!

Level 3 Challenge Wreath Set instructions

I made a couple of tent cards to use as instructional helps for the card makers so that if they were ready for the next step they knew what color and what stamp to use.

After the class was over and we were cleaning up, the ladies in my class expressed their appreciation for having these instructional cards. They found them very helpful. I will use this technique in future classes.

Level 3 Challenge Practices-Cards Display

I also set up a table with cards that I have made while in the Altenew Educator Certificate Program for my projects as well as cards that I have made just having fun with my stamps. On the table I also made available some Altenew stamp sets so that everyone could see a sampling of the diversity Altenew has in their stamp sets. Lastly, I displayed my ink swatches and some of the practice sheets I worked on while in the AECP (to help my stamping get better) 😉 .

I’ve enjoyed the AECP so much!! Virginia Lu, AECP Director, has been such an encouragement to me from day one. She has been so patient with my questions, my fears with technology, and all along challenging me to move past my comfort zone and believe I can do it. It was especially nice to meet her and Nicole Picadura, Operations Director at Altenew, via Google Hangouts. The AECP has been such a great experience. I cannot wait to plan my next class.

 

 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

A couple of weeks ago I bought Altenew’s new Starry Night and Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Sets. I am really enjoying both of them and have a few cards today highlighting those sets.

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This is the first card I want to share with you.  Here are the materials I used to make my card. The links are to the retailer’s website but not to the specific product.

Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set, Versamark Ink, Ranger Silver and Gold Embossing Powders, Nuvo Crystal Drops in colors: Dandelion Yellow, Woodland Green, Red Berry, Caribbean Ocean, Blue Lagoon (Glitter Drops), Glitter Card Stock, Vellum, Navy Blue Card Stock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #80 and #110, Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pale Tomato Mid-tone, Umbrella Crafts Ruby Red, Fun Stampers Journey True Color Fusion Cranberry Bliss, David Tutera sequins & rhinestones, and clear sequins.

My next card is so pretty in person because you can see the irridescent embossing powder in the background so much nicer than in the picture and it really adds sparkle and texture.

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Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Starry Night Stamp, Altenew Crisp Die Inks: Forest Glades, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Espresso, Olive, Moss, Warm Sunshine, Black Gel Pen, Versamark Ink, Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock #80, and #110.

My last card is so pretty in person. I absolutely love the new Avery Elle Beautiful Bow Stamp Set. It is simply gorgeous when stamped on vellum and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I am already playing around with new designs using it. 🙂

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Altenew Starry Night Stamp & Die Set, Avery Elle Beautiful Bow Stamp Set, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, Umbrella Crafts White Pigment Ink, Vellum, Craft Smith Gold Noir Paper Pad (12×12) found at Michael’s craft store, Craft Smith Say Freeze Paper Pad (6×6) found at Michael’s craft store, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card Stock #80, #110, Stampendous Clear Detail Embossing Powder.

When making this card I did not have enough matte finished gold card stock so I used a piece of 12×12 card stock that was a white and gold stripe. I cut the gold stripes out of it to use as a trim on my card. If you have gold card stock then you do not need the paper pad that I listed.

I Am Grateful

Hello there! Today I am spotlighting a thank you card I recently made for a friend. It is using a Hero Arts stamp set that I bought last fall (2017) but didn’t seem to have the best ink colors to make the stamp looks its best. However, this year I have wonderful Altenew inks that were perfect for making this layered sunflower. I hope you like it.

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Here are the supplies I used:

Hero Arts Sunflowers and Gourds(MH0917C) Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Caramel Truffle, Rocky Shore, Espresso, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Our Daily Bread With Much Thanks Stamp Set, Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Gina K Designs Dye Ink: In The Navy, Honey Bee Stamps Outdoor Scene Builder Stencils, Neenah Solar White card stock #80, #110.