Thanks: Altenew Peruvian Lily

Using Your Stash

Isn’t this card beautiful and colorful?! I think so and I made it using some flowers that I had in my “stash”. This year I am really trying hard to use what I already own and to use some of the backgrounds and detail pieces that I have put aside for one reason or another. The process has really helped me stop needing perfection…as some of the pieces in my stash had a mistake or imperfection in them. And it has helped me to use and enjoy the stamps and dies I already have.

Altenew inks are so bright and cheerful! This layered stamp is gorgeous.

In order to make the sentiment stand out more, I cut it out 3 times, glued them together and then added a coat of black Enamel Accents on top of the die cut.

Supplies: Altenew Peruvian Lily Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Wavy Grid Stencil, Black Card Stock, Ranger Black Enamel Accents, Lawn Fawn Scripty Die Set, Sakura Black Gelly Roll Pen, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Vanilla Cream, Wisteria Hydrangea, Ultra Violet, Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Rouge, Espresso, Jet Black, Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Neat & Tangled clear sequins.

How I Made It: I stamped and layered three lilies and made a batch of leaves (these were the pieces that were in my “stash”). To make the background, I used Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80 card stock, vanilla cream ink and a Life Changing Blender Brush to apply ink over the stencil. I applied the ink lighter around the edges and darker toward the center. I die cut the “thanks” sentiment 3 times out of black cardstock. After glueing down the lilies, leaves, and sentiment, I applied black enamel accents over the sentiment and let dry. I used a Black glaze Sakura Gelly Roll pen to deepen the pollen buds of the lily centers and scattered some sequins. I glued the card front to a black piece of cardstock and then adhered it to a card base made out of Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #110 cardstock.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate it!!

Gina K Wreath Builder with a Die Cut Background

Today’s card is one of my favorite! I love the contrast of colors and the simple but wonderful Altenew background die.

This card features Altenew’s Gradient Stripes Cover Die

Supplies: Gina K Designs – Rina Krupsky Mandala Maker©, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Pinkalicious, Starlight, Razzleberry, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Rubellite, Pink Diamond; Nuvo Crystal Drops Caribbean Ocean, Studio G Glitter Glue VG0021, Lawn Fawn In/Out Stitched Circle Stackable Die, We R Memory Keepers Nesting Dies Circles, Altenew Gradient Stripes Cover Die, Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen, Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp Set, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Card Stock #80, #110 and Craft Foam.

I used the negative stripe cut outs and colored them with Altenew Crisp Dye Ink -Razzleberry, then in-laid them back into the background to make the colorful stripes.

Snow Day!

Good morning! Well, it is looking like March is starting out the same way as it did in 2018, with snow, and lots of it! Here’s what we woke up too in MA today.

I took these pictures from my sunroom window.
Isn’t it beautiful?!….at least for today. 😉
Only 17 days until spring!!

Here’s a card I made back in January and feel that it is appropriate to post today.

Supplies: Lawn Fawn (teddy bear on skates from my “stash”), My Favorite Things Stamps Stitched Heart Stax, Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter, Lawn Fawn Hillsides/Snowbanks Die, Lawn Fawn Winter Village Dies, Echo Park Winter Snow A2 Stamp, Ranger Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass, Quickie Glue Pen, Concord & 9th Snowflakes Turnabout Stamp, Copic Markers, Versamark ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Life Changing Blending Brushes.

This side view shows the sparkly touch that the Prisma Glitter gives this card.

Have a wonderful day….and be safe.

Another Wintry Thank You

Today was my first day back to work after almost two weeks of vacation….I got so much done while I was out but, I have to admit….it felt good to be back 🙂

Today I have another wintry snowflake thank you card. It has a clean and simple look, I hope you like it.

This card features Nuvo Shimmer Powders which were used to create a background on watercolor paper. I saved the background in my stash and used it to die cut the word thanks and I also cut a strip and glued it behind the snowflake border. The color is rich, shimmery and beautiful!

Here are the supplies I used in my card: My Favorite Things Snowflake Dies, Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen, Versamark Ink, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Black Card Stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110, Gina K Crystalline Drops, Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp Set, Concord & 9th Wintry Edge Dies, Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks, My Favorite Things In & Out Stitched Oval STA, Watercolor card stock, Nuvo Shimmer Powder: Atlantis Burst, Blue Blitz, Cherry Bomb, Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Aqualicious, Dew Drops, Turquoise, Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamp.

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!

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.