Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SPLAT! {Scrapy Land}

Welcome to my project for the 12th Scrapy Land Challenge! 

The Challenge is open until March 1. 
The theme is "SPLAT! (paints, inks, sprays - whatever medium brings SPLAT to mind) and 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 discount.
  plus free shipping over $45!

My cards feature the following Scrapy Land dies.
(for all the dies used, please see the product list at bottom of post)
Scrapy Land Marvelous Squares (Majestic Elements) S4-383 by Spellbinders
Scrapy Land Luscious Labels One (Nestabilities) S4-426 by Spellbinders
Scrapy Land Bitty Blossoms S5-086 by Spellbinders
Scrapy Land Chloe Stem by Memory Box
Scrapy Land Catalina Border (floral) MBD98123 by Memory Box
Scrapy Land Border Duo 2 by Impression Obsession
The same acrylic paint technique was used on a Halloween card here.


SPLAT! technique: 
Two pieces of glossy cardstock (white or colored), glossy side up. 
Squirt, drizzle or drop colors of acrylic paint onto ONE of the pieces of cardstock. 
Carefully place the other glossy CS shiny side down onto the paint, so that the paint becomes the filling in your “sandwich”. Lightly slide the 2 pieces about 1/4 - 1/2 inch against each other so that the paint is moved around a bit. 
Set sandwich down onto flat surface. 
Using BOTH hands, firmly hold the same corner on both pieces and pull apart. Set wet papers paint-side UP to dry.

NOTE: Pearlized and Metallic acrylic paints provide the most interesting effects. If using glitters or beads to paints prior, add them to the paints prior to application AS SHOWN BELOW.
The interior of this card uses two of the borders from the IO Border Duo 2.


I was going to make two flat cards and one full of froufrou - honest I was!
I made the card below for fellow blogging friend Paula of "Look, I'm Stamping".
Although we frequently Skype, the card was hand-delivered when we met in person at the Stampfest by the Bay Convention 2 weeks ago.
Paula is on the right with beautiful red hair, sparkly eyes and a gorgeous smile.

I couldn't contain myself - flowers were crying out to be created!

(love the Chloe Stem by Memory Box - it brings happiness and pleasant curves to floral projects)

When heat embossing on surfaces like this, be sure to use an anti-static bag of some sort (like Embossing Buddy) prior to stamping the image, otherwise the textures will grab some of the EP.

Did you notice that the Border Duo 2 and Catalina Border have been layered and heat embossed?


The following card is my favorite because of the Amethyst colors:

A tiny jewel peeks out of the arrangement:

I still love how the Pearl EP slightly changes the Catalina Border here. It is the same cardstock as the frames, but heat embossed. The Catalina Border is versatile - use it as a border, or cut it up.

We SL designers love being inspired by your projects at Scrapy Land Challenge! Enter as often as you like!

Products Used:

  • Scrapy Land Marvelous Squares (Majestic Elements) S4-383 by Spellbinders
  • Scrapy Land Luscious Labels One (Nestabilities) S4-426 by Spellbinders
  • Scrapy Land Bitty Blossoms S5-086 by Spellbinders
  • Scrapy Land Chloe Stem by Memory Box
  • Scrapy Land Catalina Border (floral) MBD98123 by Memory Box
  • Scrapy Land Border Duo 2 by Impression Obsession
  • Spellbinders Scallop Labels One
  • Cardstock: Black Glossy, Medium and Pale gray, charcoal, Almost Amethyst, Pink, Pale Plum, White
  • Image: Penny Black "Single Rose" 3577K, sentiment "Infinite Beauty" by IO
  • Embossing Powders: Sparkle N Sprinkle Silver EP179, Pearl EP123 (on floral arrangement pieces and border)
  • Martha Stewart: Laurel Leaf and Deco Fans Punch around the Page
  • Acrylic Paints: (mine are OLD OLD Luna Lights and Createx Pearlescent paints) Dick Blick still sells Createx in an assortment of textures and colors.

Fun Challenges to which my cards have been entered:

  1. Fan-Tastic Tuesday #73 Anything Goes With a Die Cut - 2/23
  2. Papertake Weekly (Feb 17) Bingo (diagonally ribbon-free-blooms - thin black metallic ribbon on the middle card on both borders, and pretty pink leafy ribbon on the first card - both have flowers embossed either on the inside or out, and the one card also has a hand-made floral arrangement ) 2/23
  3. Party Time Tuesdays #195 Anything Goes - leave 2 comments 3/3
  4. Through the Craft Room Door - (Feb 17-23) Anything Goes
  5. Top Tip Tuesday - (Feb 17) Use Rubber Stamps Only (The rose is stamped and heat embossed on each card - the "business size" card also has a stamped and heat embossed sentiment on the inside - shown above. Technique tip for the paint is shown near the top of the post. The other tips are shown above in photos for heat embossing on textured surfaces, the die cutting and using EP on die cuts). 2/23 
  6. Country View Challenges P1 - Feb 1, "Drips and Drops" - paint was drizzled and dropped onto black glossy cardstock and smooshed with another sheet of black glossy. Technique shown near top of blog post 3/1
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle - P1 - Feb 1 "Anything Goes with EP" (used silver EP on rose, Pearl EP on the floral arrangements, sentiment and borders) 3/1
  8. Crafting from the Heart - #47 Anything Goes 2/22

Lots of Stamping Hugs,
(like my signature? The colors and water resemble the paint technique in my cards!)

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Eleven Cards - One Die Set {Scrapy Land}

Hi!and a special welcome to new follower Marlene Atkinson.

The icky germies have pretty much left our home, and the ME and CMP which became activated because of the viruses, are now also abating! Yippee! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers - it meant so much!

I'm so excited to show you ELEVEN different cards using a single Sue Wilson die set. Sue's "border and corner" die sets are fun and easy to use on any card size. The borders look fabulous even on small cards. All my cards are from ONE of the sets:

Welcome to my projects for the 11th Scrapy Land Challenge! 

The Challenge is open until February 15. 
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. Each week different items are on sale.

(pssst! there are always so MANY items on sale, that I have learned to look for products alphabetically by manufacturer name in the Sale Section).

  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)
To see all the beautiful Sue Wilson Border-Corner-Tag die sets, click here
My eleven cards use this set:

Sue Wilson - French Collection
Corner, Border, and tags

All cards are made with old, long-forgotten products from my stash: 
designer papers, stamp sentiments, and 3-D stickers, 
making these cards relatively fast to put together.

First are some samples of using the corner element only.

Corner element facing down:

Corner element in the four corners:

Corner element used as a medallion (or doily):

Next are "business size" cards using the border as a double border 
(top and bottom):

One is dry embossed:

The other is distressed lightly with ink:

Below are two cards using only one border on the same size cards 
(one is light green with distressed inks, the other is a darker green without the ink):

Now to see cards using the tag only. 
The tag can be cut up to use the elements as background pieces on gift tags, 
or even horizontally for a pretty layer behind other layers:

Assortment of using the variations of die cuts:

These cards are size 5x7. The border was cut on both ends to accommodate the smaller size.

Here I glued the tag onto red CS and then trimmed around the die by hand:

Tag die cut with 3-D sticker:

Tag and Single border:

While Sue Wilson is known for her large, beautifully elegant cards, my card designs show her dies are great for colorful, fun designs as well, to make quick and great-to-mail cards, too (using a single postage stamp)!

Products Used:

  • Scrapy LandSue Wilson - French Collection - Corner, Border, and tags
  • Scrapy Land - Sue Wilson - Spanish Collection - Corner, Border, and Tags (background for a sentiment on top)
  • Scrapy Land - Sue Wilson - Italian Collection - Umbria (the round section with the medallion card)
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large (Large, meaning they are fatter) (used with tags for sentiments)
  • Spellbinders Floral Ovals (for sentiment)
  • Martha Stewart Holly Leaves punch around the page (one of my favorite punches!)
  • KandCompany papers and stickers
  • SU solid cardstock colors - assorted.
  • Inks: Assorted VersaFine and Distress Dye Base inks

Fun Challenges I'm playing in:

  1. A Gem of a Challenge - #137 Lots of Layers 2/12 (2/14)
  2. Sister Act - #91 Anything Goes 2/4
  3. Winter Wonderland - (Jan 30) Lots of Layers 2/4
  4. Completely Christmas #48 Make a Square or Rectangular Card 2/5
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #3 - Anything Goes 2/13
  6. Crafting from the Heart - #45 Anything Goes 2/8
  7. Craft Your Passion Challenge - #247 - Anything Goes 2/8
  8. Clear it Out Challenge - (Feb 8) Anything Goes - stash is all "virginal" - old patterned papers, old stickers, old lacy ribbon - and 6 month old virginal die cut set 2/9

Warm Florida Stamping Hugs,

Monday, January 26, 2015

Stencils and Paste {Sweet Stamps}

Hi! This is my final project as January Guest Designer for Sweet Stamps
It's been a fun month, and I appreciate the opportunity.

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

Today's project uses Sweet Stamps' Dot Butterfly 438 stamp image, and Sweet Stamps Petaloops stencil.
Split Coast Stampers has a fabulous tutorial for using stencils, paste and adding glitter to the wet paste.

Stencil Paste has long been abandoned in my stash of goodies. I opened my box labeled "Stencil Paste". The last dated projects in it were dated 2006.   SIGH  So this was a good challenge for getting me out of my comfort zone. After applying the white opaque paste, I lightly spooned Sparkle N Sprinkle Guava Nectar Glitter on the wet paste, and set it aside to dry. In real life, it is quite sparkly, with great dimension.

The pretty Sweet Stamps Dot Butterfly was stamped on semi-opaque vellum and embossed from under the paper using Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Copper Dreams EP.

More Glitter was glued onto the front of the butterfly.

The white frame was smooshed with VersaMark ink and embossed with Winter White Sparkle EP.

The frame was made using two Spellbinders Card Creator nesting dies. The larger size for the outer white frame, and the next largest size for the interior frame:

(use the exterior portion of the cuts)
I hope you can visualize the sparkly happiness on this project, right down to the blue rhinestones!

Products Used:

Entered in these fun Challenges:

  1. Crafting for All Seasons #94 "Things With Wings" 2/1
  2. Crafty Creations #281 "Something Old, Something New" (old - my long forgotten stencil paste, which was still good after 8 years of being neglected) (new - stencil, both SB dies, Butterfly image) 2/4
  3. Inspiration Destination Challenge #17 Anything Goes! 1/27
  4. Lil Red Wagon Challenge #273 "Shhhhhh!" (no text) 1/27
  5. Amusing Challenge (Jan 25) Anything Goes 2/1
  6. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #2 Anything Goes 1/30

Thanks, as always, for visiting and sharing your thoughts,

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,


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