Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Spots and Dots Vintage Style {Scrapy Land #10}

Good Morning! (smoochies to you!)


Such a delightful, sweet card to share with you today!

Welcome to my project for the 10th Scrapy Land Challenge! 


The Challenge is open until February 1. 
The theme is "SPOTS AND DOTS using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells" (electronic die cuts do not qualify)Scrapy Land sells over 40 brands of dies, including overseas products, and most are at a great discount.
  plus free shipping over $45!

My card features the following Scrapy Land dies.
(for all the dies used, please see the product list at bottom)
Scrapy Land Wild Rose Studio Snow Frame (used inner holly frame)

With Spots and Dots, this card is created with lots of "rounds" - even the scallops are round. Big "dots" are featured in the image circle and tear drop circle layer. The Swiss Dot embossing folder worked with the Martha Stewart holly leaf layer. And then some very, very old dotted patterned gold paper.


The adorable Vintage Girl image is from Stampa Rosa J22-1095.
The sentiment image is from Anna Griffin Vintage Seasonal Greetings.

I am in love with the Wild Rose Studio Snow Frame which is actually a 2-frame set. The larger frame is studded with snowflakes. The smaller frame used in this card is clusters of holly leaves and swirls. 

TIP: Create dimension by layering identical die cuts: 

I cut the holly frame several times in two colors of green. The sentiment is set in the frame which has a holly frame in tact, and then another, darker frame, cut in half lengthwise and adhered in the back to create depth and dimension.

The sides of the base panel were created the same way, only the frame was disassembled, so that the 2 long sides were utilized to create a partial frame on either side of the base. This provides visual interest.


The tiny berries are from Scrapy Land Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Holly Accessory Kit - Festive Collection CED3014.

TIP: The berries are brushed with glue, and have UN-heated embossing powder on them (Sparkle N Sprinkle Christmas Fire EP285). This provides a tiny bit of sparkle and lots of velvety texture. Do you have unused colored EP? Consider adhering it with glue and using it as sandy textures on your cards.

The pretty Stampa Rosa image was added to my stash many years ago, but never used, so it is "new".  It's is so pretty!

I can hardly wait to see what Spots and Dots you will make for the challenge!

Products Used:

Scrapy Land Cheery Lynn Holly Lace Flourish
Scrapy Land Wild Rose Studio Snow Frame (used inner holly frame)
Scrapy Land Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Holly Accessory Kit - Festive Collection CED3014
Spellbinders Grand Circles
Spellbinders Grand Scallop Squares
Spellbinders Tear Drop Circles
Spellbinders Petite Circles
Spellbinders Fancy Tags One
Martha Stewart Holly Leaves punch around the page
Ink: Memento Cottage Ivy, Brilliance Gold Galaxy, Distress Antique Linen
Copic Markers W3, R05, R20, R21, E00
Paper: Stampin Up! (green, red, DP) and Neenah Ivory (for image)
Stamps: Stampa Rosa J22-1095 (vintage Christmas girl), Anna Griffin Vintage Seasonal Greetings
Embossing Powder: Sparkle N Sprinkle Christmas Fire EP285 (NOTE: this was NOT heat set - it is glued on to create texture on the berries)
Recollections Flowers, Lace from Stash

Challenges Played in:

  1. Die Cut Divas (Jan 1) - Anything Goes with Die Cuts - P1 M (please see list of die cuts above) 2/1
  2. Paper Take Weekly Challenge (Jan 20) "Get In Shape" (use 3 or more shapes on your card) 1/26
  3. Party Time Tuesdays #194 - Anything Goes - 2/3
  4. PDE Linky Party (Jan 20) 3-D Projects 1/25
  5. Sweet 7 Designs Challenge #9 Anything New (Several new die cuts, ink colors, and new stamp image - it had never been used before) 2/9
  6. Top Tip Tuesday Challenge (Jan 20) Something New and show tips in your blog post (there are two TIPS in my post) (Several new die cuts, ink colors, and new stamp image - it had never been used before) 2/2
  7. Christmas Cards All Year Around - (Jan 1) Anything Christmas 1/31
  8. Jingle Belles (Jan 16) Bring in the New (use new goodies - Several new die cuts, ink colors, and new stamp image - it had never been used before) 1/28






Stamping Hugs,

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hearts {Sweet Stamps}



Welcome New Google Follower Debbie, and all my sweet blogging friends!
I hope the bad germies which have plagued our home this week, have avoided your homes.

Today I'm showing my 3rd project as Sweet StampsJanuary Guest Designer



The Sweet Stamps Blog challenge this week is HEARTS. Please visit the Sweet Stamps Blog to see the beautiful inspiration the Sweeties have designed for you! 


Today's project uses Sweet Stamps' Scalloped Heart stamp image, and Sweet Cuts Elegant Leaves die.

First, the back of my Valentine was created:


Now for the front:

To create the glittery heart:

  1.  Use double-stick adhesive the size of your image. 
  2. Peel off one side of the protective coating and adhere to white cardstock (or whatever color you wish to use).
  3. Die Cut your shape.
  4. Pull off the remaining protective layer from your double sided adhesive.
  5. Dredge with MicroFine Glitter (I used Cloud Nine from SNS).
  6. After burnishing the glitter into the adhesive (it only takes a little bit of glitter), brush off the excess glitter.
  7. Stamp image onto burnished glitter.
  8. The Scalloped Heart stamp image is really delicate and ornate, so I stamped with Royal Purple Staz-On ink, let dry, and then used a Dove Blender Pen to draw off color from Lyra Watercolor Crayons. 
The watercolor is applied directly to the glitter.


Because stickers do not adhere very well to glittered surfaces, Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue was applied to the back part of the self-adhesive jewels. After applying them to the glitter, I dredged the top of the jeweled stickers with more microfine glitter so that the clear sticker portion between the jewels would not show - the microfine glitter sticks to it.

It's a sweet little card! 

The Sweeties are looking forward to seeing your creations at their challenge, too!


Products Used:
Sweet Stamps' Scalloped Heart stamp image 
Sentiment: SU Elegant Greetings image
Sweet Cuts Elegant Leaves die.
Spellbinders Labels Eight
Life Style Nesting Hearts
Life Style Nesting Lace Hearts
Paper: White, Lavender, Purple
Ink: Royal Purple Staz-On, Imperial Purple VersaFine
Lyra Watercolor Crayons
Dove Blender Pen

Challenges I've entered:

  1. Amuse Challenge (Blessings Ink) - Jan 18 - HEARTS theme (my heart and my sentiment are hand stamped)  1/25
  2. The Craft Place Blog - Jan 18 - Love-Valentine's Day theme 2/1
  3. My Time To Craft Challenge - #275 Love is all Around - 1/23



Thanks for visiting!
Stamping Hugs,

Monday, January 12, 2015

Winter Blues {Sweet Stamps}


Hi, Blogging Friends! 

Today I'm showing the 2nd card as Sweet Stamps' January Guest Designer! I hope you will stop by and see their many pretty stamp designs, stencils, dies, and art supplies. 

The Sweet Stamps Blog challenge this week is WINTER BLUES. Please visit the Sweet Stamps Blog to see the beautiful inspiration the Sweeties have designed for you! 


The following Sweet Stamps products were used:

Back in the Olden Days (some 20 years ago),
we frequently used a technique called CRACKED ICE.
(anyone ELSE recall that term?)
"Cracked Ice" is now known as "Cracked Glass". 
It was called Cracked Ice because the freezer was used as a tool to create the finish. When "cracked" it also was reminiscent of the "old fashioned" ice cubes that cracked when manually removed from the freezer.

My card has fewer cracks to let the pretty Fuschia image be seen. It is distressed with the same color ink the image was stamped in (Danube Blue Memento).

Love the delicate yet playful font in the Sending Happy Thoughts 9115 sentiment:


Have you noticed that the stamped Floral Wrap 4004 image is on the left at the top, but on the right on the bottom? (giggle)

Tip: How to reverse a rubber stamp image:

Also "back in the olden days", we used to ink a rubber stamp, stamp it onto a flat piece of rubber, and then stamp that flat rubber image onto paper in order to reverse the image. It never came out perfectly. 
Sooooo... this is how I did it:
Today's card uses Sweet Stamps Floral Wrap Rubber Stamp 4004. It is stamped with Danube Blue Memento Ink. The stamped image was scanned and saved to my hard drive. The image was manipulated by flipping it vertically to show it on the right side, instead of the left, and then printed. Because it was printed on X-Press It Copic paper, I was then able to color it just like any other image using Copic Markers.


One Last Look at those Cold Wintry Blues the rest of the country is contending with:


The Sweeties are looking forward to seeing your creations at their challenge, too!


Products Used:
Sweet Stamps Fuschia
Sweet Stamps Floral Wrap 4004
Sweet Stamps Sending Happy Thoughts 9115
Sweet Cuts Fancy Leaf die cut
Sweet Stamps Danube Blue Memento Ink
Sweet Stamps Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Scrapy Land Spellbinders Majestic Squares S4-383
Scrapy Land Spellbinders Scallop Squares Classic
Scrapy Land Copic Sketch Markers
Sparkle N Sprinkle Clear Detail embossing powder
Spellbinders Grand Labels One
Spellbinders Grand Decorative Labels One
Spellbinders Luscious Labels One
EKSuccess corner punch
Ink: Danube Blue Memento, VersaMark, Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, Spun Sugar Distress
Copic Markers

Challenges this card is submitted to:

  1. Die Cut Divas (Jan 1) - Anything Goes with Die Cuts - P1 M (please see list of die cuts above)
  2. Artistic Inspirations #122 - Anything Goes with A Twist of New (new stamps, new Danube Blue Ink, New Reverse Technique)  1/18
  3. Crafting from the Heart #42 - Anything Goes - 1/18


Stamping Hugs,



Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Mistletoe and Bells {Scrapy Land #9}


Hi, Everyone! I made two "flat" cards! Yippee! (and I said it could not be done)


Welcome to my project for the 9th Scrapy Land Challenge!
and to new follower Karen


The Challenge is open until January 18. 
The theme is "ANYTHING GOES using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells" (electronic die cuts do not qualify)Scrapy Land sells over 40 brands of dies, including overseas products, and most are at a great discount.
  plus free shipping over $45!

My cards feature the Impression Obsession Mistletoe and Bells die cut available at Scrapy Land.
Below, using gold glossy cardstock and accented with gold glitter:
A very simple flat card made with a distress panel and other die cuts and punches for interest:

Below is a triple panel version using old, old coordinating KandCompany designer papers.
This card will cost only one stamp to mail:
Inside:
The gold glossy cardstock is so pretty, and looks great with the Sparkle N Sprinkle Celestial Glitter G1031 (another virginal product bites the dust! giggle)
I hope you have enjoyed my two flat cards! Now let's see what you come up with for the "ANYTHING GOES using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sellsChallenge!

Products Used:

Scrapy Land - Impression Obsession Mistletoe and Bells
Spellbinders Scalloped Oval - Small Petite S4-141
Spellbinders Oval - Small Petite S4-140
Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles (LG) S4-142
Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rect. (LG) Sr-143
Martha Stewart Holly Leaves PAP
KandCompany Papers (years old!)
Sparkle N Sprinkle Celestial Glitter G1031 (never before used - so pretty!)


Fun Challenges I'm playing in:

  1. Die Cut Divas (Jan 1) - Anything Goes with Die Cuts - P1 M (please see list of die cuts above)
  2. Crafty Catz Challenges #260 - Anything Goes - 1/7
  3. WagsnWhiskers Rubber Stamps Challenge #144 Merry Christmas 1/8
  4. Winter Wonderland (Jan 2) Favorite Color Combination - My favorite Christmas color combination is more traditional - red, green and gold. 1/8
  5. Clear It Out Stash -(Jan 6) Anything Goes (using old, old cardstock, and 2 old die sets) 1/13
  6. ABC Christmas -(Jan 7) Anything Christmas (1/20)
  7. Christmas Cards All Year (Jan) Anything Christmas P1 M
  8. Completely Christmas #1 Anything Christmas with NY resolution - my promise to myself is to keep the previous 4 years promises AND to have my Christmas cards completed by November. I've been afraid of saying this out loud in the past for fear of failure - so thank you, Sue, for making sure I have to do it now LOL 1/9
  9. Paper Take Weekly (Jan 6) Anything Goes 1/12
  10. Party Time Tuesdays #194 Anything Goes - 1st Tuesday



Stamping Hugs,

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