Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Wishing You Joy

 I've been stamping up a huge pile of greenery from two of my new Pigment Craft Company stamp sets this week, and put a couple of them together into cards tonight.  Here's my first one using Winter Sprig stamps and dies and the Falala sentiment set:

I used my Misti to stamp my multiples using Distress Oxide inks, and grabbed my background die from The Greetery to cut my kraft cardstock, and mounted it to my base with 3D foam adhesive.

A little twine bow finished it off.  Starting to get in the zone of holiday crafting!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Ai Foundations Chairs

 I'm sharing a slimline card today that will be on the Art Impressions blog on Saturday, using the 5432 - WC Foundations Chairs set:

This is the perfect stamp for a slimline or even a mini-slimline card.  I began by colouring up the stamp in #969 Chocolate/#565 Deep Blue and stamped it using my Misti - this worked really well for such a large image, as I was able to give it even pressure, and if I'd missed a spot, I could've gone over it a second time.  I placed the image slightly right of center, as I planned to add the sentiment and a pumpkin to the left side of the card.  *I purposefully left the lower corner of the bench uncoloured when I stamped, as that left me enough room to stamp the pumpkin from 5426 - WC Veggies just in front of it.  I used my stamp positioner to place it, as well as the possum from 5425 - WC Peeking Animals in one of the pots.  I partially painted the three chairs in #346 Sea Green, #606 Violet and #443 Turquoise which helped me know how to place my flowers and foliage in the pots by balancing out where the colours would be.  I used the Daisy Bunch from Flower Set - 4052 in #993 Chrome Orange, the small dots from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set in #443, and the vines and grasses from 5126 - WC Foliage Set 4 in #249 Hunter Green.  To brighten things up and fill in any gaps, I used the tiny sprig from set 5009 in #126 Light Olive. 


I finished painting in the 3 chairs, and added several shades of #969 to the bench.  Pots were painted in #947 Burnt Sienna, #N55 Cool Grey 7 and #228 Gray Green.  To finish off, the spiky flowers from 5258 - WC Flower Set were added in #606, and the branch from 4964 - WC Branches set was added to two pots.  Shadows were added with #565, and the background was done in a wash of #228.  The pumpkin was painted with layers of #993/933/947.  The sentiment is from the Exclusive Daisy Set, and the dots were added with a fineline marker.  Be sure to check out what Dot & Tricia will be sharing on Saturday for the Watercolour Weekend!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Skiing By!

 I was lucky enough to get some Happy Mail this week from my lovely niece... gifting me this sweet stamp and die set from Pinkfresh Studio, called Skiing By!  I used a card by Nicky Meek that I found on Pinterest as my design idea, with my own spin on it:

There is minimal colouring required on the critters (so cute!) and they cut out so perfectly with the dies.  The set even includes the mountain and hillside dies, so other than my Copics, some ink blending on the sky and a little glitter - it came with everything I needed.

This will work perfectly for a holiday card for some of my friends that don't celebrate Christmas.  Cute and wintry.  I am entering this into the Pinkfresh Studio October challenge, using just the colours this month!


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Winter Farmhouse Part 2

 Here are my other two cards featuring Simple Stories' Winter Farmhouse papers:

This warm gold gingham paper looks amazing with the faded aqua birch tree paper!  I added a chocolate diecut wreath, and cut my word die from a mat-gold cardstock (has more of a shimmer to it), and added some mat gold Nuvo drops.
I am a sucker for a good snowflake patterned paper!  It stayed as the focus of my card, and I used one of the preprinted sentiment squares popped up with 3D foam adhesive, with a few diecut snowflakes as the only embellishment.  Here's a look at what I got put together - happy to have 10 more Christmas cards in my stash.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Winter Farmhouse

 I adore these Simple Stories papers!!  I got the Winter Farmhouse collection a year or two ago... and have not pulled it out until now (gasp).  I love using patterned paper for Christmas cards, so I created four different designs, and will share two today, and two tomorrow.

The larger prints on today's cards are what drew me to this paper pack - I love that dusty aqua colour, and when it's paired with the wine and forest green - happy sigh.  I used a sentiment set from Reverse Confetti, stamped on some light kraft paper, and added a few die cuts.  I got 6 of these made!
I will post the other two, and a group shot here tomorrow.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Small Fall Wreath card

 I'm using the smaller wreath included in the Fall Wreath stamp and die set from Pigment Craft Co. today, to make a fall masculine birthday card (it's just masculine in that I'm giving it to a guy!):


This is a 2-part stamp set, so I used my sponge daubers and 5 colours of Distress Oxide inks on the leaves to get my fall ombre effect, and then stamped the frame/veins in a neutral ink.  I die cut the shape out, along with 2 others which I layered to give my wreath a little bit of depth.  I kept my card simple, as I really wanted the wreath to shine... and guys generally don't go for fussy cards!  I stamped out my sentiment and attached it with some 3D foam adhesive, offsetting it a little to balance the open part of the wreath.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Fall Wreath

I am really loving everything from the Pigment Craft Co. lately!  I picked up a few things from their fall release, and am using the Fall Wreath stamp set and die today, along with the Sweater Season Sentiments:

I used Sorbet, Creme Brulee and Garden Green cardstock from CTMH, and Creme Brulee ink for the sentiment.  I love that the wreath dies can be used on their own, with just the veins (as I've done here), or with the stamp set.  I was able to sort of interlock the different pieces to put my wreath together.


 I used my sewing machine to add a line of stitching around my kraft base - finished card is 5 1/2" square.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

A Fall Arbour

It's time for the Watercolour Weekend on the Art Impressions blog.  I did a little masking this week using 5363 - WC Arbor Set:

I started stamping in the foreground and worked backwards, masking each item as I went along.  The fox from 5016 - WC Mini Critter Set was colored in #947 Burnt Sienna, as were the two pumpkins from 5059 - WC Harvest Set.  I cut my arbor out of masking paper, and pressed it firmly onto my watercolor paper (you don't want paint to seep underneath!).  I used the Daisy Bunch from Flower Set - 4052 in #933 Orange to add my bright flowers to the arbor, then added all of my greenery from 5126 - WC Foliage Set 4: the long branch in #076 Green Ochre/346 Sea Green, the vines in #177 and #346, and the grasses in #076.

I softened everything with a damp brush, then picked up #933 and #947 from my palette to paint several layers of colour on the pumpkins and fox.  With #177, I added in the green hillside and painted my grass, then with the bullet tip, I used my #533 Peacock Blue marker to sketch in the mountains, and to outline the arbor after I removed the mask, which gave the suggestion of shadows.  I used #N65 Cool Grey 5 to paint in some clouds, and added the sky around them in #526 True Blue, leaving some cloudy white areas.  I added a few shadows around my images with #565 Deep Blue, and stamped the sentiment from the Exclusive Daisy set before die cutting my image with the A2 Stitched Rectangle die.  Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have to share.

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Quick & Easy

 I made up twelve cards this week, ready to donate to a local charity!  I am using up papers that I've had on hand for years, to make some cards with a positive message.  I did variations on these four:




Thursday, September 23, 2021

Rustic Wedding Card

 I made a special wedding card for an upcoming family wedding next month.  The wedding will have a very rustic outdoorsy feel, and I thought this would be perfect for them:

I used my Art Impressions Watercolour stamps with Tombow Dual Brush Markers to put this together using the following sets: 5378 - WC Stone Creek Set, 5373 WC Lg Tree Set, 5372 - WC Mini Foliage Set, and 5262 - WC Mini Cabins Set.



Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Greetery Thank You Cards

 I have a niece getting married in a few weeks, so I decided to make her a set of thank you cards to tuck in with their gift.  I used lovely stamps and dies from The Greetery to put them together:


I chose my colour palette from the two colours of brown cardstock that I used to make the wood slice, and stuck with Distress Oxide inks in Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint, using the pink and green to blend a soft halo of colour on the white rectangle.  The browns are Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain.  The stamp set is Budding Beauties - Autumn.  I spattered some brown paint lightly on the back ground, and then adhered the wood slice down with 3D foam adhesive.  I managed to get five of each made to send!



Thursday, September 16, 2021

Ai Vintage Car

  Here's my project for the upcoming Watercolour Weekend on the Art Impressions blog!  I have really been loving all the purple that I've seen recently in a lot of fall cards, and decided to incorporate it into my scene using 5416 - WC Vintage Card Set:

I coloured the car with Tombow markers #969 Chocolate/565 Deep Blue, and then did the same with the barn from 5371 - WC Barn Set, using my Stamp Positioner to get the placement right.  I also used it for my fence, as I wanted it to appear along side the car - and I only coloured a portion of it.  I sketched in the hillsides, the path to the barn and the roadway, then after masking the barn, I stamped the trees from 5372 - WC Mini Foliage around it, and used the foliage stamp in the set to add the leaves using #933 Orange, #177 Dark Jade and #126 Light Olive.  I painted a wash of #177 on the hillsides, then masked them off and stamped the pine tree from the set in various heights to create a line of trees in the distance.

I used my damp brush to pull the colour out from the lines on the car, and then picked up #493 Reflex Blue from my palette and painted several layers on it to look worn and a bit faded.  I followed the packaging from the stamp set for most of my design as it works so well!  Using the daisy bunch with #933 Orange and #856 Chinese Red, I stamped flower clusters around the car, and then did the same with the vine from 5126 - WC Foliage Set 4 using #177 Dark Jade and #636 Imperial Purple.  After dabbing everything with my brush, I added some rocks from 5415 - WC Rocks Set in the foreground, shading them with greys & blues.  Using the grasses from Foliage Set 4, I filled in around the base of the car and fence.  I added shades of #969 Chocolate and #565 Deep Blue to the fence to darken the wood.  The barn was painted with #856 Chinese Red with a little brown mixed in to dull the colour, and the grey tones were added to the roof.  Some #493 was painted in as the sky.  

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Dim Sum cards

 I got the Catherine Pooler stamp set "Hey There Dumpling" a few months ago, and I made up a couple of sets of 4 cards with it.  One set was given to a coworker, and the other I'm sending out to a few different friends, one at a time.  Here's a group shot, and then scroll down to see them individually:

This is a paper pack from Close To My Heart that I've had for a few years, and I had just enough left to squeeze out my 8 cards.



The little faces on the dumplings just crack me up!  Each card has a few elements that have been popped up with 3D adhesive.  I have a whole pile of fussy cut little images from this set, so you'll be seeing more dim sum cards from me down the road.


Monday, September 6, 2021

Stamptember with Art Impressions!

 Simon Says Stamp is celebrating "Stamptember" by releasing an exclusive collaborative set with Art Impressions that is available starting today, September 6th - only on the SSS website.  This is only available while supplies last, and they often sell out in a few days or less.  Check out  the Art Impressions blog, here and the SSS blog to see some wonderful inspiration by both Design Teams!





Friday, September 3, 2021

Fall Wreath

I've been playing with more of my new product from the Pigment Craft Company this week.  This is the Fall Wreath set.  I've just used the die that matches the stamp set today, it works beautifully on it's own to cut out the different wreath shapes.  I pulled out the years-old Chloe's Closet papers from Making Memories, and die cut a bunch of different patterns:

A bit of a softer, muted palette for me!  I used one of the ledger style papers in the set as my 5 1/2 x 5 1/2" card base, and cut a smaller square out of the middle that I mounted on kraft cardstock and adhered back down with 3D adhesive tape.
I cut the full wreath out of 4 different patterned papers that I layered over each other to form my wreath (and I had enough leftovers for a 2nd smaller version).  The sentiment is from Pinkfresh Studio.  I'm adding to my stash of cards to keep at work for retirements, special occasions etc. - so I'm hopeful this would work as a masculine card?  Great to make something a little different.
 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Ai Foundations Door

  I've created a fall scene with the 5433 - WC Foundations Door set for the upcoming Watercolour Weekend on the Art Impressions blog:  

I began by cutting my Canson XL Watercolor paper with the largest of the 5063 -A2 Stitched Rectangle dies, and put it into my Misti.  This allowed me to place the large Foundation stamp exactly where I wanted it on the paper, and then I coloured it with my Tombow #969/565 combination and stamped it.  Being a large stamp, it's easy to miss an area, so any part that didn't stamp completely, I could stamp it again while it was still in the Misti.  After pulling out the colour with a damp brush, I then added the pumpkin from 5059 - WC Harvest set, masking off the pot, and colouring it in #228 Gray Green, and again in #946 Gold Ochre.  I used the cluster from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set to fill the upper left pot in #565/228.  The wheat sheaf from 4763 - Southwest in #991 Light Ochre filled the tall pot, and the leaves stamp from Flower Set - 4052 in #565 filled the rounded pot.  The two foliage stamps from 4605 - Spring Basket were stamped in #228 over the door in all directions, sometimes colouring just half of the stamp to vary the lengths.  I used the daisy bunch from 4605 in #946 to add clusters of flowers over the door, and in the smallest pot, then used two of the branches from 4964 - WC Branches Set with #969 to add branches over the door and to the tall pot.  With the tiny green from 5009, and #228, I added greenery to the small pot, and then used it with #312 Holly Green to stamp the heart shaped wreath on the door.

With all of the stamping done, I now painted in all of my images, pulling colour from my palette to paint the terra cotta pots in #947 Burnt Sienna, #N57 Warm Grey 5 to the pots and watering can, and #312 to the rounded pot, going back several times to add layers of colour.  The door was painted with #992 Sand and #969, first with a wash, then streaks of colour to imitate a woodgrain.  The walls of the house were painted with a wash of #990 Light Sand.  I used #565 to add shadows around all of the images, under and around the door, and on the stairs.  I used my Twintone Navy marker to draw the ribbon to hang the wreath, add lines to the door, and to darken areas that had been painted out.  I added a little grass, and a few dots with a marker to finish my scene.  Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have created!


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