Hi: Thinking of You

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a nice Christmas/Holiday Celebration.

Today I am featuring a small stamp set from Altenew, it is called Billowing Blossoms. I kept the card simple in design and size. The card size is 3 1/2″ wide x 5 1/4″ tall.

I just love the Invisible Alpha lettering on this card (from Altenew).

The supplies I used in this card are as follows: Altenew Billowing Blossoms Stamp, Altenew Thinking of You Stamp, Altenew Invisible Alpha, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultra Violet, Silver Lake, Gray Denim, Morning Frost; Altenew White Embossing Powder, Versamark ink, Neenah Solar White #80, #110, craft foam, sequins, black cardstock.

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.

Christmas Cards – Day 3

Hello and Merry Christmas to all! Are you ready for Christmas yet? I got a lot of my wrapping done Tue. night, thanks to my husband…he’s such a big help. I don’t think I’ve ever had my wrapping done so early. 😉

Today I am featuring a card trio using Altenew‘s Starry Night Stamp Set. This is a beautiful holiday stamp and die set that I have used over and over this holiday season. Though each card’s layout is the same, I used some different materials in each one.

In person, each of these cards is like looking out through a snow crusted window pane.

The first card, center in the above photo, features Ranger’s red embossing powder.

Ranger Distress Inks and Oxide Inks set the background of the card base. Layers of heat embossing are used to create the starry, snowy effect on the sides.

To create the background on the card base I used Bristol White card stock and Ranger Distress Oxide inks (for the first layer): Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jeans and Black Soot. I blended the colors together using a mini blending tool and worked my way from the outside edges toward the center. For the second layer, I blended using Ranger Distress inks: Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, and Black Soot (Oxide). I was hoping to deepen the colors using the Distress inks over the Oxide inks.

The next step was to start layering the embossing powders using the Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set. My first layer was using Lawn Fawn White embossing powder, followed with Ranger Gold, silver and red embossing powders. I then rubbed the edges of the card using Versamark ink and used white embossing powder to crust the edges. For the sentiment I used Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster embossing powder and for the star, Altenew Gold embossing powder.

To achieve the wavy affect with the white embossed frame of the card, I used Fiskar’s Deckle Tear Edger as a guide for the Versamark ink.

This card features Ranger’s Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder.

This card was actually the first one that I made out of the three. I used only Distress Oxide inks on it and found that the background was not as deep in color as I would have liked. This is why I chose to use both Distress and Oxides together in the last card (which was the first one I featured today). 🙂

My materials were: Bristol card stock for the card base; Distress Oxide inks: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jeans, Black Soot; Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set, Altenew Gold embossing powder, Ranger Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder, Brutus Monroe Silver embossing powder, navy blue card stock for frame, and craft foam.

This card also features Ranger Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder.

Ok, I have to admit that this card had a few experiments going on with it. It was the second one I tried out so I wanted to make it a little different from the first one (pictured above this card)… so I added a few extra snowflake bunches at the top of the card to see how they would look, then I worked on deepening the background color after the embossing was crusted on it. My takeaway on this is to use a brighter embossing powder for the sentiment. It will stand out better. It is beautiful just the same.

I have enjoyed the uniqueness of each card and the new things I learned along the way.

Have a wonderful day and take some time to be still and enjoy some peace and quiet, it will revive and energize you.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cards – Day 2

Hello out there! Merry Christmas!!

Today I am even more ambitious, than yesterday, with five cards using one main stamp set. Today’s featured stamp set is Concord & 9th’s Snowflakes Turnabout Stamp Set. I love this stamp set and will continue to make cards with it throughout the winter months ahead.

Let me show you my first card.

This card features Concord & 9th Snowflakes Turnabout Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks, and Neat & Tangled Wishing You Love Stamp Set

The materials I used to create this card are as follows: Concord & 9th Snowflakes Turnabout Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Sea Breeze, Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Turquoise, and Starlight, Glossy Accents, Imagine Crafts Sparkle Shimmer Spray, Neat & Tangled Wishing You Love Stamp Set and Neat & Tangled Sequins, Craft Foam.

The second card I have is the exact same layout only using Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in the following colors: Pink Pearl, Rouge, Blush, Coral Bliss and Vineyard Berry.

My third card has an oval stitched cut out as the center focal point with snowflakes dancing around the edges.

This beautiful card has snowflake accents with small sequin centers and Gina K Crystalline Drops.

Here are the materials I used to make this card: Concord & 9th Snowflakes Turnabout Stamp Set, My Favorite Things In & Out Stitched Oval STA Dies, Neat & Tangled Wishing You Love Stamp Set, My Favorite Things Snowflakes Dies, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Sea Breeze, Dew Drops, Aqualicious, and Turqouise, Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Aqua cardstock, Craft Foam, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Gina K Crystalline Drops, and Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz Sparkle.

The next card’s special feature is a Rose Gold Foiled sentiment on vellum.

The Rose Gold foiled sentiment on vellum was made using the Go Press and Foil Machine by Couture Creations.

This card used Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Dew Drops, Concord & 9th Snowflakes Turnabout Stamp Set, Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Plate: Making Spirits Bright, Rose Gold Bright Foil for Go Press and Foil, In & Out Stitched Oval from My Favorite Things, #65 Vellum, Craft Foam, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 cardstock and Neat & Tangled Sequins.

My last card for today is playful and fun. I used pink embossing powder to stamp the snowflakes.

Merry Christmas! Let it snow!!

Here are the materials I used to make this card: Concord & 9th Snowflakes Turnabout Stamp Set, Nuvo Ballerina Pink Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Honey Bee Stamps Snow Buddies Stamp & Die Set, Copic Markers: B00, R46, YR04, YR07; Brutus Monroe Alcohol Marker 370, Gina K Amalgum Ink, Red Card Stock, My Favorite Things Snowflakes Dies, Black cardstock, Pretty Pink Posh flat irredescent sequins, Ranger Distress Oxide Inks: Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass, Penny Black Merry Christmas Die and Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 cardstock.

After heat embossing the snowflakes on #80 Neenah Solar White cardstock I used the Distress Oxides to blend on the background. I splattered the background with water before adhering the snowman, snowflakes and sentiment.

Oh, what fun….

Christmas Cards – Day 1

Hello and welcome to Day 1 of my Christmas Card posts. Last month as I set my mind to making some Christmas cards, it was my goal to try to use a new stamp and/or die set in multiple ways, rather than just make one card and then move on to another stamp set.

With this in mind, here are today’s cards. The featured stamp/die set is from Avery Elle: Snow Tags. You can find this stamp set at Ellen Hutson.

I stamped the ornament on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80 cardstock with Delicata Silvery Shimmer pigment ink. I also used Sunny Studio Stamps Holiday Style pine branches and stamped them once using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Evergreen and then once with Olive, shifting the stamp just slightly so that both colors were visible. I used the ornament’s die to cut it out, propped it up with foam tape and used Simon Says Stamps Wonky Rectangles Die to frame the card base. The bow was cut from cardstock that was colored using Versafine Clair ink: Glamorous, using Hero Arts’ Infinity Dies – Nested Cuts Ornaments. The sequin embellishments are from Pretty Pink Posh. I also used some silver thread to make the ornament look as though it was hanging on the tree.

This card was simple and easy to make.

The second card for today is another simple, clean and easy to make card, using a few of the same materials as the first card.

This card has a lovely background of snowflakes created from Carta Bella’s Snowfall (A2) stamp and white embossing powder from Stampendous.

The materials used in this card are: Avery Elle Snow Tags Stamp and Die Set; Hero Arts Infinity Dies – Nested Cuts Ornaments; Delicata Silvery Shimmer Pigment Ink; Carta Bella Snowfall A2 Stamp, Versamark Ink, Stampendous White Embossing Powder, Versafine Clair Ink – Glamorous, Craft Foam, and Neenah White Classic Crest Solar White cardstock in #80 and #110. I also used a Wink of Stella glitter pen on the ornament to add some sparkle and shine (I did this after the picture was taken.) The card base for this card is 3 3/4″ x 5″.

My third card using this same, Avery Elle Snow Tags Stamp and Die Set is a little more colorful yet still, simple, clean and easy to make.

I added color to the ornament using Zig Clean Color Markers in May Green and Wine. Rather than cutting the ornament out, I dry embossed it with the die.

This card was made with the same materials as the card above it with the addition of Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder, and Hero Arts Peace Love & Joy Stamp Set. The edges of the card base were colored by rubbing the Versafine Glamorous ink pad across the edges of the base on all four sides.

Well, I hope you like the cards.

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.

Level 3 Challenge Mary Z-Georgia 10-27-18

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.