Monday, January 21, 2019

A Cheery Rose For You

Hi there,

I'm back in my stamping room! I've cleaned up a little, organized a little bit and then stamped a couple of cards that I needed to do. I've also done a bit of house cleaning on my blog itself, with a lot of help from dear friend, Donna Ellis. Thank you Donna! I hope to have my header change periodically with one of my own seasonal photos throughout the year. Debuting in January is my snow-laden Dogwood!

So enough about me - let's get on with a card! The mother of a close girlfriend is not doing very well these days and so I wanted to send a little cheer her way. I saw a sketch this morning, while I was reading a friend Diane's blog post that I thought would work for one of the Sparkle N Sprinkle sets that I had not yet inked up. It was a CAS sketch, which of course is difficult for me as I don't like to leave lots of empty space, but after doing one, I think I may just stamp out a few more - changing out the sentiment, so that I have some quick cards on hand!

I stamped the bud vase from the Sparkle N Sprinkle set 915: A Rose for You on to white cardstock in Black Shadow Hybrid Ink, using the stamp positioner.

I then colored the bud vase with Copics.

The colored piece was returned to the stamp positioner and the stamp was reinked with Versamark. I took the piece out and heat embossed with Black Detail.

This gave nice sharp detail back to the stamp. I then took my Versamarker pen and "colored" in the vase up to the water line and heat embossed with Ice Rink.

I returned it to the Stamp Positioner and reinked with the Versamark again then masked off the top of the vase. The outline was again heat embossed with Black Detail.

I die cut the piece using the Memory Box Cross Stitched die. Then Lavender Iris glitter was applied to the rose flower using the Quickie Glue Pen.

Here is the finished flower:

The sentiment, from another Sparkle N Sprinkle Set 816: Rustic Flowers - Snapdragons, was inked on to a little scrap of black cardstock with Versamark and
was heat embossed with White Detail.

So that's my CAS project for me today. Hope you've enjoyed your quick visit?I hope to get back to regular posting soon. Just got to get warmed back up! I say this quite literally as it was only 4 degrees when I got up this morning!!

Below is a list of the products I used today. If you would like to order anything from the
SNS website that I have used in my project today, you will get an additional 10% off by
using code ShonaDT10 at the checkout!

A Rose For You Set 915
Black Detail (EP171)
Memory Box Cross Stitched Die

Today, I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

CAS Game 132 - Up to one Third + Masking (I masked the flower of the vase)
CAS on Friday - Challenge 149 - Flowers

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Robin's Happy Holidays

Hi there,

It's been a while since I posted anything on my blog (almost 3 months actually) and today I'm posting my first Christmas card!  2018 was an extremely busy year for us and I had to take a leave of absence from Sparkle N Sprinkle, while I endeavored to catch up on life. I hope to be back in the stamping saddle by the beginning of the year.

I went back to Scotland to visit my Mum and Dad at the beginning of 2018 and while I was there I took photos of this gorgeous wee robin, who was singing at the top of his lungs, around the back of the train station. My Dad really liked it - so much so that it is his screen saver.  He e.mailed me a month back and hinted that it would make a good Christmas card. I've been pondering what I could do with it, and so here it is:

I also wanted to use the gorgeous Sparkle N Sprinkle Stamp Set 897, designed by a dear friend, Donna Ellis. I managed to incorporate all three stamps from the set on my card! I began by die cutting the wreath from some green cardstock.

This was then covered with Versamark and heat embossed with a bit of Moss and Pear Star embossing powders.

Next I die cut my robin photo and kept the inlaid bits intact, as I wanted to use them in the card. I then added some sparkle to the photo with the Quickie Glue pen and some Sparkling Snow Glitter and Twinkling Clouds Flocking.

I then layered a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet on to a 5 1/2" square piece of red cardstock. The wreath and photo were placed on top of the adhesive and then the various inlay pieces were added to the wreath.

Cherry Sparkle Flocking was added to the remaining sticky surface. I then stamped the sentiment and the little ivy leaf in Versamark on vellum using the Stamp Platform and heat embossed with Moss.

The green cardstock that the red piece was going to be layered on was die cut with the small wreath and three sprigs from the Sizzix Holiday Greens Mini dies.

These were also heat embossed with Moss and Pear Star. Glitter Accents Winter Cranberry was added to the holly sprig and set aside to dry.

I stuck a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape on a piece of scrap white cardstock, removed the backing and then attached the vellum sentiment. This was die cut with the small wreath and then fitted in to the prepared wreath.

I used the pretty saying from the stamp set on the inside of the card. I stamped with Hybrid Safari Green ink, using the stamp platform, stamping twice to get a good crisp image. I then ran a piece of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape along the bottom of the inside of the card, removed the backing and added some of the Cherry Sparkle Flocking.

The card was then assembled. Red front layered to the green and then card base. The little wreath was attached with foam pads and the three sprigs were attached using little bits of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape. Below you can see the sparkle of the Sparkling Snow and Twinkling Clouds on the branches.

 .. and here you can see the sparkle from the Glitter Accents:

Here is the inside of the card.

I hope you've enjoyed my share today.  Here is a list of the products I used:

Spellbinders Wreath die
Sizzix Holiday Greens Mini die

Today I'd like to join in the following challenges:
Craft Stamper Challenge: Take It Make It - December

Hope to be back to blogging on a weekly basis in the New Year. In the meantime, I hope you all have
a wonderful Christmas, full of love and fun and I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year!


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Skating Penguin!

Hi there,

I'd like to share my last September 2018 Reveal card. Today I am using the cute Dancing Penguin Stamp Set 913.

I made the background by sticking a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet to the back of the designer paper.

The igloo was created by cutting a piece of a circle out of watercolor paper using a Grand Circle die in the Tangerine and then dry embossing with the Darice Brick Pattern embossing folder.

The snow drifts were made in the same way with Impression Obsession Hills die and then dry embossed with Crafts Too Polka Dots embossing folder. The hills and the igloo were then applied with Moonstone Glimmer Paste. These were set aside to dry while I worked on the Penguin.

The Penguin was stamped in the Stamp Platform in Black Shadow Hybrid Ink. I then removed the top of the Stamp Platform, so I could work on my coloring desk while leaving the image in the same spot on the platform.

I used Aquaflow Watercolors and Nuvo Alcohol Markers with a Blending Pen to color the penguin. The Hybrid ink allows both mediums to be used! Once colored I put the stamp platform back together again and then stamped with Clear Mark ink and heat embossed with Clear Detail over the top of the image. He was then fussy cut with the 5" Mini Scissors.

Brushable Glue and Snow White Flocking was applied to the belly and hat trim.

Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew were applied to the beak, bell and feet for a glossy effect.

I cut out a window for the slider on the designer paper panel.

This was then mounted onto Cobalt Blue Mirror cardstock, leaving a space on the right side where the pull tab will move in and out.

The hills and igloo were mounted on to the card front. A strip of white cardstock was slipped into the slider space. The penguin was attached with mounting tape to the left hand side and a balsa wood arrow was covered with Clear Mark Ink and heat set with Cerulean. The arrow was attached with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiments for the stamp set were stamped in the Stamp Platform with Empire Blue Hybrid Ink. They were then die cut with Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders. The "Sending you" sentiment was layered on to the Cobalt Blue Mirror cardstock.

Snowflakes from the set were stamped in Clear Mark and embossed in White Detail on a strip of the Mirror Cardstock which would then be attached as the base of the easel card with the second sentiment centered on top.

The card base was made and then the card assembled. Here is the card before the penguin emerges!

... and here he is "sliding on by!"

Dancing Penguin Stamp Set 913
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Crafts T00 Polka Dots embossing folder
Darice Brick Pattern embossing folder
Mounting Tape
IO 343-T die: Hills
Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders die
Balsa wood arrow

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #09: Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge September #9: anything Goes
Morgan's ArtWorld Open Challenge #9: anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #18: Include a critter
Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge September: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you've enjoyed my share?