Saturday, August 24, 2019

Balloons Again for August CCC


I finished up my card to send to India. I understand it will take 25 days! it has been mailed. The options this month made me think of a balloon card I did lat spring, so I gave it another try. This month I used the Card Chain Challenge Color Option, asking for Sunshine, Sea Green and Flamingo colors. The next option suggested balloons and friendship. As my card is going to a newer CCC member to me, that helped me complete my card design. I like it; what do you think?

To make my card this time, I punched out the three balloons with my Stampin' Up! Balloon Bouquet punch, then added Nuvo Glimmer Paste on top of each. The shine didn't photograph too well, but in real life it is textured and shiny. I used colors as close to matching the suggested ones using inks and paper from my stash. One was done with Catherine Pooler's Fiesta Blue ink, and the others are done with SU cardstock in retired Yo Yo Yellow and current Melon Mambo. Pieces of black string keep the balloons from flying off into my sponged sky. I used Distress Ink in Faded Jeans to make the cloudy sky.

For the sentiment, where I am saying hello to my new CCC friend Shylaa, I stamped with a stamp from the My Favorite Things set just called Hello. I hope she doesn't read my blog! This set is a NBUS one for me. I embossed and heat set the words with some WOW Opaque White powder and, of course, VersMark. My card was fairly simple to make once I decided on what to do. I glued the topper onto a SU Basic Black A2 card and was done.

I've got numerous birthdays in August coming up, so have been busy. So, bye for now. See you soon, I hope.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Day 5: Awsome Ombre


Hello !!

This is my last card from My Favorite Things Camp Create. Ombre has been difficult for me as is blending of any kind. So this was a good lesson for me. I kind of like my card; not perfect, of course, but I gave it a go (thanks my British friends) and will try again soon.

I did want to use MFT stamps and/or dies, and after a search, found two sets that would work. Both sets seem to be retired, however, there are some nice similar ones available.  Here's my card.

The two set I used are called Cloud Trio and Rainbow of Happiness. I blended Ranger Distress Ink in Faded Jeans onto the die cut clouds and the background. I like the sentiment and will send this card to a friend that is struggling. I used Perfect Fence Studio brushes for the blending and my MISTI to stamp the sentiment. Daffodil Delight in a mini cube from Stampin' Up! brightens up the card. The A2 base card is SU Night of Navy.

Done. Thanks so much for putting up with my meanderings through Camp Create as I learn new things. Your comments are so welcome and make me happy.

Bye for now.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Camp Create Days 3 & 4

Hi Again! All of the Camp Create challenges are posted, but I am trying to finish all five cards for this 2nd week of Camp Create 2019 by the deadline to post. My first card this time is for Day 3 Background Bonanza. The badges are below. The idea in the video for the 3rd day was to create a colorful background. Bright colors are really out of my comfort zone. But I persevered! Following some of the ideas in this challenge, I dug out my rarely used Ranger Distress Oxide inks and made a rainbow of sorts. The colors I have are Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Iced Spruce, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I had not used watercolor paper so I just light spritzed with water. It still warped a bit. To flatten it, I ran the image through my Big Shot.

Next I die cut Hello with a still available die at the company Mama Elephant from my main piece and cut two extras in white to put  behind for dimension. For further dimension, I mounted the whole piece on some black fun foam. I used a SU  Basic Black card base to tone down the bright colors a bit. Funny part of the base looks blue in the picture. 

Not my best, IMO, card or photo. But I completed this one.

Day 4 calls for Monochromatic Magic. I did not want to copy the technique the way shown in the Day 4 video, but remembered a video from Jennifer McGuire. My card comes from her video from 2012. It is monochromatic! See?

The background is an oldie embossing folder from Stampin' Up! called Print Texture. I inked up  one side in Rich Razzleberry ink which left the words white and raised after running the card through my Big Shot. The pretty rose stamp and stem are from  really old My Favorite Things set by the name of Blooming Roses. My database says I have the dies, but alas, cannot find them, so I fussy cut both pieces out. I used dimensionals to pop up the rose from the textured base. To finish, I placed the image on a base card of Papertrey Ink cardstock. Not being sure how I will use this card, I left off a sentiment.

Whew! More cards done and one to go!




Friday, August 16, 2019

Day Two Camp Create: Magnificent Masking


I have struggled with the technique of masking...spacial relationship problems have plagued me all my life. So this video for Camp Create: Magnificent Masking was a big help to me. 

After watching the video several times, I tried masking. Yay! It worked. I do not have any masking paper, so just cut a piece of white cardstock, die cut out my image and adhered the aperture to my heat embossed card front.

To make the card, I first stamped and heat embossed a piece of stash shiny paper using My Favorite Things Cling Rubber Stamp called Etched Flower. It is still available and is a favorite of mine. My go-to white embossing powder is by WOW. Next, I made a mask from Spellbinders Filigree Vase following the above video by Stephanie Klauck of the design team at MFT. Temporary tape kept the mask down while I colored the vase. For the first time, I used my Picket Fence Studio brushes to spread Ranger Distress Ink in Spun Sugar. What fun pulling off the mask and seeing the vase! To finish to card, I inked up MFT Label Maker Sentiments happy birthday stamps with VersaFine Onyx Black and just cut out the images. They work great! In all honesty, I have never figured out how to use the little dies that come with the label set. Anyone have a tutorial? Printed directions? Anyway, I finished by gluing the whole topper on to a card base of Stampin' Up!Pretty in Pink.

I really like this card but will probably re-do the sentiment. The card is shiny and pretty in real life.

The camp create videos are fun for me and I do learn so much. On to Day 3. See you next time!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Cards & Challenges

Good Afternoon~

Here I am again! I just finished my entry into the CAS Christmas August Challenge . This time Loll Thompson asked for glitter. I took the easy way out, but my excuse is that I wanted to use my NBUS set from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Elegant Christmas Tree. I love the swirly design that looks so pretty cut out in glitter paper. Hard to photograph, though. IRL it is really pretty. Really!

The card base is made from Linen Cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I used the largest rectangle from the Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats to frame the otherwise simple card. The green glitter paper is from Stampin' Up! as is the snippet of copper paper that I free cut for the tree trunk. I did use Zing Silver glitter to cover the star.

Searching for just the right greeting, I dug out my retired SU set from ages ago called Sparkly Seasons. I use Evernote to keep track of my stuff stamping supplies. That is a great database program and I highly recommend you use it. I heat embossed the stamp with VersaMark and WOW white onto a snippet of Real Red cardstock Because I used up some snippets of my holiday papers, I am also entering this card into Pixie's Snippets Playground #358. 

Hurray! Done with another blog post. Thank you for visiting!

        Snippets Playground Badge

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Camp Create Week 2: Inlaid Made Easy


Just a quickie for now...just realized the second week of Camp Create is running, so quickly made a card. The first challenge is explaining the inlaid technique. I've wanted this die from Memory Box and finally got it. Here is the badge and then my card.

This die is called Large Cosmos and it is from Memory Box, Inc. They have a smaller size that I may have to get too! LOL  To make the card, I cut an A2 size top folding card from a piece of my hoarded Pretty in Pink cardstock retired from Stampin' Up!. I used the die to cut the flower right from the card. Then I put a piece of c.s. behind that shows in the inside as a full piece like for more writing room. It was easy than to inlay the die, gluing it down with Quickie Glue. The video for the inlaid technique showed more complicated masking ideas with inlays, but I was in a hurry as two more camp challenges are up. The happy birthday sentiment is done in Memento Tuxedo Black, using a cling stamp from Spellbinders called Birthday Balloons. I have used that many times lately and love the font. A SU  rhinestone completes the card.

I have three other posts partly done as it seems the month is running out fast to me and I've so much to do. Create, that is!  Also, my grand daughter is leaving for college and her mother is moving out of state! Feeling happy and sad both.

Bye, bye.