Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nautical Thinking of You

I've never used this Spellbinders embossing folder until now.  It's called "Need a Rope?".

The sailboat is by Frantic Stamper.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge:  Add a Sentiment

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, August 14, 2017

30 Days of Diemond Dies - Day 14

Today is Day 14 of the Diemond Dies Giveaway.  Like them on Facebook and leave a comment there about my card for a chance to win a gift certificate to their store.

This card uses 3 dies from Diemond Dies:  The Fluttering Butterfly set, Pretty Petals Flower and the Filmstrip:


I cut the filmstrip apart so I could place the pieces diagonally on the embossed card front.  Since I didn't want the script embossing to show through the filmstrip, I cut the filmstrip again with white cardstock and used just the rectangle centers under the butterflies.  Then I adhered the small butterflies and filled their wings with a light green shimmer paper.  The flower on the butterflies is the smallest flower in the Pretty Petals Flower set.

Products Used:  Diemond Dies:  Fluttering Butterfly, Pretty Petals Flower die set, Filmstrip / Craft Concepts Hand Script EF

Diemond Dies has given me a discount code for you to use if you purchase $20 or more from their store.  Use code ddag to receive 20% off plus FREE shipping in the US and International.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Alcohol Ink on Tiles

(with the flash on)

(without the camera flash)

I stumbled upon a website called the Alcohol Ink Community where you can see some amazing talent by AI artists.  There is a video on the site where a lady paints stones with AI so I figured I'd give it a try on some ceramic tiles we had left over.  I broke the tile for a more natural look.

I used canned air to blow the inks around.  This is highly addicting; once you start, you can't stop.  To finish off the piece, I covered it with Glossy Accents for a nice shine.

If you aren't familiar with Alcohol Ink (AI), this is what it looks like:

Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink

It is basically alcohol based ink that dries quickly.  It works best on glossy photo paper, Yupo paper, glass and other items but does not work on regular cardstock or watercolor paper.  I had a lot of this ink from my card teaching days, so I dug it out and gave it another try.

You should check out the amazing talent in this group.  They also have a Facebook page for the AI Community which you can join for free.  The members are very helpful to beginners like myself.

I hope to work on some other pieces later today.  Wouldn't it be fun to make some stones for jewelry out of this?

~ Ann

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sunset Tree Line

I'm finally getting the hang of using orange and turquoise together for the Impression Obsession Challenge.  This card reminds me of standing on a hill at Lake George, NY while the sun is setting,  looking over the lake at the purple mountains on the other side.

I started off by stamping the IO Tree Line Cover-a-Card Background stamp with Versamark Ink and heat embossing with some black embossing powder.  This stamp inks up so nicely the first time for being such a big stamp.

I then rubbed on a variety of distress inks using a Smoothie.  At the bottom of the card I used Salty Ocean and at the top of the card I first used Spun Sugar so the pink would mix with the blue for a bit of purple.  On top of the Spun Sugar, I applied Spiced Marmalade very lightly in the middle of the card and very heavily at the top.  The great thing about distress inks is how the colors separate; you can see some of the yellow that separated from the orange in the middle of the card.

The final step was to cut out and adhere the word "thanks" from the Impression Obsession DIE375.

These are the products used to make my card:

Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Tree Line Background stamp, Impression  Obsession Thanks DIE375,  Distress Inks, black embossing powder

I'm also entering this card in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

30 Days of Diemond Dies -- Day 12

This is a 5 x 6.5" pocket card made with the following Diemond Dies:

To make the card, I started off with a kraft card base measuring 6.5" x 10" and folded it in half.

Then I cut a piece of Doodlebug purple gingham paper measuring 4.5" x 6" and inked around the edges with some dark purple ink.  I adhered that piece to my card front.

For the pocket, I took another piece of double sided gingham paper measuring 4.5" x 6" and folded down the top right corner to line it up with the left edge of the paper.  I also inked around the edges of this piece of paper with purple ink.

To adhere this pocket piece to your card, be sure you leave enough room to tuck in your seed packet.

To make the flower, I cut three of the largest Pretty Petals and adhered them with glue but staggering the petals so they didn't line up on top of each other.  The brown center of the flower is made using three of the smallest Pretty Petals flower, adhering them on top of each other, and pressing a stylus into the center to form a cup.  The leaves are made using the Martha Stewart branch punch.

The Garden Tools were made by cutting them all on a piece of silver foiled cardstock which I dabbed with a rust colored alcohol ink.  I rubbed some of the color off with a piece of sandpaper for a distressed look.  Next I cut just the handles of each tool with brown paper and adhered them onto the existing tool handles.

After cutting a stitched rectangle out of Core'dinations paper, I sanded the edges and adhered two of the garden tools.

This is a great kind of card to make for anyone who likes gardening but you could also tuck a tag or gift card into the pocket instead of a seed packet. 

Diemond Dies will be having a new project posted on their Facebook page for 30 days.  They will also being doing several random drawing giveaways so be sure to "Like" their Facebook page and leave comments on the designer's projects for your chance to win.

You can use code ddag to receive a 20% discount off all dies in the store and to get FREE shipping in the US and International on purchases of $20 or more.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pail of Hollyhocks

At first I was stumped as to what I could do with these two colors other than having some orange leaves falling out of a blue sky -- I think I did a card like that last year.  I wanted something totally different and tried to think outside the box -- that's when I realized a heart against the blue sky would really set off some flowers and thus the process began.

I stamped the Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Fluff Background stamp in Salty Ocean distress ink then cut out the Spellbinder's Classic Heart and painted that with Salty Ocean also.  To make the hollyhocks, I cut them out of white cardstock then colored the stems with a Peeled Paint distress marker and painted the flowers with watered down Spiced Marmalade distress ink.  I also watercolored the tall grass with watered down Peeled Paint distress ink.

The pail was cut using silver mirror board but looks like it's red in the photo.

Products Used:  Impression Obsession Fluff Cover-A-Card Background stamp, IO Pail, IO Hollyhocks, IO Tall Grass, Spellbinders Classic Hearts, IO Stamps MC662 Thanks

I'm also entering this in the Crop Stop Anything Goes Challenge


Thank you for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Vanilla Cupcake

One of my nephews will only eat vanilla cupcakes, and he prefers to not have them frosted.  Can you believe that?  Definitely not the typical sweet-tooth in my family.

I made the card based on the sketch at My Favorite Things:

Sketch Challenge 345 #mftstamps

The cupcake wrapper was cut out of silver mirrorboard but it's so shiny that it just didn't photo well.  My sister uses those aluminum foil cupcake wrappers to jazz up the plain white cupcakes for her son.

I used the following products for today's card:  My Favorite Things Die-Namics Sweet Treats die set, MFT Lucky Prints 6x6 paper pack, MFT Tiny Check 6x6 paper pack, Creative Expressions Stitched Flags, Tombow Mono Adhesive, Broken China Distress Ink, Frantic Stamper Pinprick Circles

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gold Christmas Trees

A very quick Christmas card made of gold foil cardstock.

Products Used:  IO Fir Trees, IO Holly Leaf Cluster, IO Merry Christmas, IO Hill Landscape Layers

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Feminine Birthday Card

I've taken photos of this card several times but can't get the real colors to come out on this dreary day.  In real life, the card is a very soft pink and even lighter under the vellum layer.

For the flowers, I used the Altenew Painted Flowers layering stamp set.  I first stamped the outline layer with VersaFine Black Onyx ink then stamped the solid layer with Spun Sugar distress ink and the center layer with Stampin' Up Regal Rose.

I used the following products:  Altenew Painted Flowers, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame, Darice Wire Fence embossing folder, Stampin' Up vellum, Penny Black Sentiment Collection

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Happy  Birthday

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes

Die Cut Divas Anything Goes for August

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann