Papercraft Challenge #25: ‘Anything Goes! ‘ – (January 2020)

A new month means a new challenge from Papercraft Challenges!

The theme for the month of January is ‘Anything Goes!’.

For this month’s challenge I opted to submit a Simple watercolour piece that I made as a masculine Christmas card.

I started off with Altenew’s Modern Poinsettia Stamp set. I prepped a piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum with my Anti-Static Powder Bag and then used Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink to stamp the poinsettia image on the vellum using my MISTI. Then I used Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder to heat emboss the image in a beautiful silver. The I fussy cut out the poinsettia and set it aside.

Next I grabbed my Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set and picked out the garnet paint. I love the look of this paint on black cardstock. So I grabbed an A2 sized panel of Black Bristol paper from Bee Paper for my main panel.

I took a 1 inch wide paintbrush from Royal and Lagnickel and spread the Garnet Metallic paint across the panel diagonally.

I dry fitted the vellum poinsettia to see where I wanted to place my sentiment.

I stamped Happy Holidays on a small strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Fog Cardstock, then backed it with a narrower strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Glitter Cardstock.

I then adhered the sentiment to the bottom right corner of the watercolour panel and the vellum poinsettia in the upper left corner.

Wanting a bit of bling, I added a few gems on the sentiment strip as well as to the center of the poinsettia. Then I adhered my panel to an A2 Card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Voila!

Stamps:

– Altenew’s Modern Poinsettia Stamp set

Inks:

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Bee Paper Black Bristol Paper

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Vellum

-Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

Crystal Katana Jewel Picker (SSS)

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

It’s Christmas!

Feeling super festive, I’ve been working on wanted on my cards for Christmas. I used several dies which is outside my wheelhouse and my stamping was really all about creating a nice background for my die cut letters – hope you like it!

I started off by using Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout stamp set to create a panel that can be used as a background. Concord and 9ths turnabout stamps are really unique because there are so many options with one stamp set! They do however require a stamping tool. I use My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool but really any stamping tool will work. You MAY be able to use a very large stamping block…but that’s not something I’ve ever tried.

I opted to go full out with it for this card. Here’s are the basics behind turnabout stamps. First things first…the jig. The Jig is a plastic template that you place down in your stamping tool to line up your panel. There are little corner marks to show you exactly where your paper should be placed, as well as numbers in the top right corner of each side – 1, 2, 3 & 4 so you know which side you’re rotating/stamping on. Then you place your cardstock – I used a bit of removable tape runner to the back of the card panel to help it stay in place temporarily. I’m using an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then in the stamp set, there’s an acetate sheet with a giant ‘X’ on it as well as some printed portion of the stamp. You’re going to line that up with your jig and paper so that the center point is in the center of your panel.

Then you’re going to line up your stamp with the printed images on on the acetate sheet, then close your stamping tool and the stamp will get picked up on the cover of your stamping tool ready to be stamped. Just remember to remove your acetate template before stamping.

I opted to stamp my greenery using Altenew’s Just Green Crisp Dye Ink. Then…you rotate the jig (with the card panel still stuck to it) to the next number. I started off with my jig in position 1 (top right corner), so I rotated the jig so that number 2 was now in the top right corner. I inked the stamp up again, and stamped it down. You’ll see that the panel is starting to fill up with the greenery in a really cool pattern. You can always opt to stop here, or to change the colour you’re stamping with, however I opted to use the same colour for all the greenery.

Turn to position 3 in the top right corner….ink, stamp….rotate to position 4, ink stamp….done with the greenery!

In this particular stamp set, there’s a second stamp with berries. You can opt to just have the greenery, just have the berries or do both…I’m doing both. So same process. I started back in position #1, applied the acetate template for the berry stamp, lined up the berry stamp, then started stamping.

Same process – ink, stamp, rotate…ink, stamp, rotate…ink, stamp, rotate….done! Below shows the completed panel with all of the greenery and the berries stamped out.

This would make a really great background, but for this particular card, I’m die cutting the word “NOEL” using EK Success Cutter BEE Alphabet Dies. I made sure the letters were lined up with proper spacing, then I used a piece of purple tape to keep everything together. I placed it onto my stamped panel, ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine (any die cutting machine will work here). Voila….a really cool patterned “NOEL”, plus…I can use the negative space on another card! I love being able to get two cards out of one technique!

Then on to my base panel. I stared with an embossing folder from Darice with a really cute Christmas pattern on an A2 panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I took the bow out of Cheery Lynn Designs Die – Ornamental Wreath – DL143 die set, and a piece of Simon Says Stamp Glitter Paper – Crimson and ran it through my die cutting machine again to get a really sparkly bow 🙂

Then I grabbed a wreath die I found in my stash – I don’t have the details for it as it’s an older die, but I loved the size of this wreath. I ran the die through my die cutting machine twice with a piece of DCVW Green Shimmer Cardstock to get two subtle sparkly wreaths.

Then I put everything together….I trimmed down the embossed panel to approximately 5.25×4 inches, then adhered it to an A2 card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. Then I placed all of the dies..starting with the wreaths. I staggered both wreath die cuts to get a fuller looking wreath. I then placed the sparkly bow, using some pieces of Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape to give the bow a bit of dimension.

Then I lined up the “NOEL” letter die cuts at the bottom of the panel and eyeballed the spacing a bit. I started with the first and last letters, then aligned the center letters….this allows for a bit of better placement overall.

That’s it! Lots of different elements to this card, but I feel like it really came together nicely. I paired the card with a Christmas red envelope to finish things off.

Stamps/Dies/Embossing Folders:
Cheery Lynn Designs Die – Ornamental Wreath – DL143

Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout stamp

-Darice Embossing Folder

-EK Success Cutter BEE Alphabet Dies

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

-DCVW Shimmer Cardstock

Simon Says Stamp Glitter Paper – Crimson

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)0

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

Papercraft Challenge #35: ‘To Give as a Gift (Not just a card)’ – (November)

A new month means a new challenge from Papercraft Challenges!

The theme for the month of November is ‘To Give as a Gift (Not just a card).

For this month’s challenge the first thing that popped into my head was ‘Christmas Ornament’.


Why? A friend of mine had a baby in August ad this will be his first Christmas. I know growing up, and even now as an adult I make or purchase a new ornament for major life occasions. So I thought it would be super cute to make one for her son this year. Start a tradition perhaps.

I started off with Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout Stamp Set. Now I love turnabout stamps from Concord and 9th, but I don’t always do them correctly. There’s a method….Place the turnabout jig in your stamping tool (I have my MISTI). Then place your alignment grid to line the ‘X’ up to the jig.


Lay your turnabout stamp lining up the image on the stamp with the alignment grid. Close your stamping tool cover so the stamp adheres to the cover, then remove your alignment grid. Place your card panel on top of the jig – there are corner markers to help align the panel… And you’re ready to begin!

I opted to use all one colour for my leaves, but you could choose to have 1-4 colours (or even more) using one colour per run of your jig. I used Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Just Green. So I started with my jig at position 1 – the jig is numbered in the top right hand corner. After you ink up your stamp and stamp it down on your panel, you rotate your jig (which has your panel attached) to the next number (position 2,then 3,then 4).

Position #2 (note the number in the top right of the jig.

Position #3:

Position #4:

Once the leaves are completed, I moved on to the berries. Same concept. Align the Jig with the acetate layout of the berries.

Then algin the stamp with the acetate layout sheet and begin. You’re going to do the same as the leaves, rotating after each stamp. 

Stamp, rotate, stamp, rotate…

Again I opted to stamp all 4 turns to fill the page, and I love the way it came out!

Now on to the card base. I started with an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I took the “Christmas Wishes” stamp from Kaisercraft’s Christmas Wishes stamp set and stamped it right along the top using Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

I cut down my layered holly panel to fit just below the sentiment, then used Fiskars X-Large circle punch to punch out the center of the panel and used liquid glue to adhere it to the card base.

Then I stamped “May all your Christmas Wishes come true” from Kaisercraft’s Wonderland stamp set in the center of the punch out. I also added two strips of Love from Lizi’s gold straight peel offs (Love these!) on the top and the bottom edge of the holly panel to add a bit of bling and detail to the card.

Now on to the ornament. I used the Fiskars punch to punch out a circle from a sheet of green glitter paper from DCWV Glitter Cardstock. I then used a circle die that was a few sizes smaller than the punched circle to allow me to get a frame for my shaker ornament. 

I punched a piece of Judikins embossable acetate using Fiskars X-Large punch, then lined up the name “ISAAC” using letters from The Ink Road’s 

I prepped my acetate circle using an anti static powder bag, then I used my Simon Says Stamp acrylic block and Versamark ink to stamp the name on the acetate. I heat embossed the name using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embossing powder. I made sure my WOW Dual heat tool as nice and hot before placing it on the acetate and because the acetate warps easily I made sure that I kept it moving to help avoid too much warping.

I took the green glitter frame I previously cut out and glued it to the front of the acetate so now there’s a frame around the front. I also used some 3M foam tape, doubled it up and cut it in half to cover the edges of the shaker ornament. I doubled it up to allow for enough room for the shaker bits to move freely inside once closed. 

I filled the shaker with some of Studio Katia’s Diamond Sparkle Stars, Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm jewels, and Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Vellum Sequin Mix.

Then I took a piece of Celebrate It Iridescent ribbon and tied a loop for the ornament.

I tucked the knotted ribbon just on the inside of the shaker then I used the circle I had punched out of the Holly patterned paper and placed it on the back of the shaker. Shaker ornament complete! 🙂

I added a bit of removable tape runner to the back of the ornament so it’s easily removable from the card and tucked the ornament into the punched circle on the front of the card.

To make a coordinating envelope I added some Christmas themed Washi Tape to the back flap as well as the bottom from of a 5×7 envelope. Since the shaker adds bulk to the card, it wouldn’t fit properly into an A2 sized envelope…so I opted to go up a size.

I clipped the edges off the washi tape….and I’m all done!


PRODUCTS USED:

Stamps/Dies:

– Memory Box Circle Basics Die Set

– The Ink Road’s Block Party Alpha stamp set

– Kaisercraft’s Christmas Wishes stamp set

– Kaisercraft’s Wonderland stamp Set

– Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout Stamp Set

Inks:

– Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks – Just Green, Ruby Red

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink


Other Supplies:

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

– Love From Lizi Gold Straight Peel Offs

– Judikins Embossable Acetate

– DCWV Glitter Cardstock

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Studio Katia’s Diamond Sparkle Stars

– Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm

– Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Vellum Sequin Mix

– Celebrate It! Tempo Iridescent Ribbon


Tools:

– Fiskars X-Large Circle Punch

– WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

-Tim Holtz glass media mat

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

 

 

 

Tag! You’re It! – Papercraft Challenge #23 (New DT)

So I’ve been accepted by an awesome design team at Papercraft Business Challenge. It’s a great monthly challenge for paper crafters and definitely a way for me to think outside my usual box. I’m beyond excited! One way to help keep track of dates for this as well as other challenges grab a Challenge Planner! They’re handy and stylish.

The October challenge #23 is Tags! Check out the blog at Papercraft Business Challenge for all the details and to submit your entry!

My entry for this month is a Halloween inspired card using a tag.

It’s a pretty simple card but I thought it was really cute. I started off with Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Jack O Lanterns’ stencil, Spectrum Noir Midus Pigment ink in Silver and Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes and stencilled faces on the black cardstock tag.

I repeated that several times using different faces from the stencil until the tag was filled. Then I used Clearly Besotted’s ‘Spooky Spirits’ stamp and die set to stamp and cut out several ghosts.

I cut a sheet of zig zag patterned paper measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches from Tim Holtz’s Ideology Halloween Kraft Stock Paper Pad. I adhered the tag using a 3M neon orange washi tape and stamped a sentiment across the bottom using Gina K Amalgam Ink.

I added the ghosts using some foam squares around the tag.

Then to add a smidge of dimension I used Nuvo Drops in ebony black on the eyes of each of the ghosts.

I then added the panel to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches and my Challenge card is complete!

Stamps/Stencils:

– Clearly Besotted ‘Spooky Spirits’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Jack O’ Lanterns ‘ Stencil

Inks:

– Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink – Black

– Spectrum Noir Silver Midas Metallic Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Fog

– Tim Holtz Ideology Halloween Kraft Stock Paper Pad

– Tonic Nuvo Drops – Ebony Black

– Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen – Glitter

– Scotch 3M Xpressions Washi Tape

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

– Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam Squares

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes

AAA Cards Game #145 – Hope

I’ve developed a love for the look of a clean and simple card. Do I struggle every time with keeping things clean and simple? YES!

However, this week’s challenge from AAA Cards Game #145: One Image with Optional twist as positivity was simple for me. The very first thing that popped into my head was ‘survivor’. In particular my mother as a breast cancer survivor and the message of hope to anyone struggling with this terrible disease. I lost my Aunt to the disease, my Grandmother struggled with it, my Uncle struggled… Even two of my cousins’ baby girls struggled with cancer.

So this is something that really hits home for me this week. Extremely personal? Yes… But if this post motivates, inspires or just gives someone a smile… Then I’ve succeeded and am happy.

Here is this week’s challenge :

Here is my submission :

I kept it super simple. I used stamps from Impression Obsession’s ‘Survivor’ stamp set Catherine Pooler Dye Ink in ‘Its a girl’ for the ribbon to symbolize breast cancer in particular. I stamped a beautiful sentiment from the same set.

I used Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle Border Die to cut down the panel then adhered to a card base measuring 4.25×5.5″.

Featuring:

– Impression Obsession (IO) Clingables: 3201-LG Survivor

– Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle Die

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye ink – Intense Black

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Cotton Candy

AAA Card Clean and Simple Challenge #143 – Corner + Optional Flower Twist (Entry 2)

I’ve opted to enter the AAA Card Challenge #143 with a seco d card using the theme: Corner with Optional Flower Twist.

This is my entry using a beautiful floral stencil:

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Bouquet of Roses’ stencil

– Hello bluebird’s ‘Send Flowers’ stamp set

– Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide for Ranger

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

-Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

AAA Card Clean and Simple Challenge #143 – Corner + Optional Flower Twist

I’ve opted to enter the AAA Card Challenge #143 with the theme below: Corner with Optional Flower Twist.

This is my entry using a beautiful floral stamp and heat embossing to enhance the details:

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Tilted Banner Sayings’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Spring Flower Burst’ stamp set

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Penny’ Embossing powder

– Hero Arts’ ‘ Black Sparkle’ embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

AAA Cards CAS Challenge #142 – One layer Black and White Card (DT) – Second Entry

I’ve entered the AAA Cards CAS Challenge this period with a second entry. Not only am i entering the challenge, I’m throwing my hat into the ring for their DT (Design Team) member search. I would love to be a part of a design team. Will i get picked? Maybe not.. But i love what i do and it’s definitely worth a try! Wish me luck!

AAA Cards CAS Challenge: One Layer Cards with Optional Twist of Black and White Only:

Here is my entry:

Another Black and White One Layer Card that I wanted to submit:

Featuring:

– Penny Black’s ‘Ravishing’ stamp set

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Poppy Stamp’s ‘Art Deco Frames and Phrases’ stamp set

AAA Cards CAS Challenge #142 – One layer Black and White Card (DT)

As my card making journey continues I’m finding that I’m liking my more clean and simple cards more than the ones that arw a biy busier. Now.. That’s not to say that I’ll only make clean and simple (CAS) cards…as there’s definitely still room for things a bit busier (which i still love).

Either way, I’ve entered the AAA Cards CAS Challenge this period. Not only am i entering the challenge, I’m throwing my hat into the ring for their DT (Design Team) member search. I would love to be a part of a design team. Will i get picked? Maybe not.. But i love what i do and it’s definitely worth a try! Wish me luck!

AAA Cards CAS Challenge: One Layer Cards with Optional Twist of Black and White Only:

Here is my entry:

Featuring:

– Miss Ink Stamps’ ‘Magnolia Sympathy’ Stamp set

– Flora and Fauna’s ‘Texture 7 Set’ stamp set

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Hero Arts’ White Unicorn Pigment Ink

Allsorts Challenge (509) & Watercooler Wednesday Challenge (WWC211)

Allsorts Challenge : Week 509 – Seasons – what’s your favourite ?

Watercolor Wednesday Challenge : WWC211 – Kath’s Feminine “Anything Goes” Challenge

My submission: Spring /Summer

Featuring :

  1. Concord and 9th’s “Hello Lovely” stamp set. (10135)
  2. Simon Says Stamp Dye Inks