Monday, October 25, 2021

Calla Lily Birthday


This image (Paint-a-Flower Calla Lily, Altenew) was first stamped in a very light dye ink, then colored with water color pencils. When dry, it was re-stamped with Versamark and gold heat embossed.  I used a border punch on some gold matt card stock for the side strip element of the sketch, then mounted it with foam on a panel that was embossed with a stitched die plate. I used a cream card stock because the water color paper was not bright white. I embossed the sentiment with gold and adhered it. 

Inspired by sketch #529 at Try Stampin' on Tuesday - though I did not use the option of kitchen items.

Saturday, October 23, 2021



New challenge at Sketch Saturday.

My card for the design team used some origami paper for the background, and leaves embossed and die cut with a set from Momenta.  The sentiment from Grateful Greenery set by Gina K was gold heat embossed.

Sketch Saturday challenges are sponsored by Riley & Co.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Autumn Prints

 I've been walking most days and collecting leaves and other growing bits from my yard to make botanical prints with my gel press.  I made a lot of backgrounds and can't stop!!  So this sketch from Freshly Made gave me some inspiration for turning one into a card.

I used Distress Oxide inks on the Gelli and the sentiment is from Gina K, backed with vellum. 

Allsorts #646   Anything Autumn

and Freshly Made Sketches #508

Monday, October 18, 2021

Autumn Birthday


Good Morning!  It is new Sketch time at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and this is my design team card for this week's sketch #443.

After stamping the sentiment, I ran a panel in CTMH's woodgrain embossing folder making sure the sentiment was between the grain.  I did some direct ink to paper over it before adhering the color card stock.  The leaves were created on watercolor paper and cut out with an older, cherished, Lawn Fawn set of leaf dies.  At the last minute I added the metal flower. I recently tried to clean a chaotic embellishment drawer and found a packet of copper Foundry Flourishes. You know those things that are too pretty to use and you hoard them?  lol The little dots seemed to match the stitching marks on the leaves. I hope you will try your hand with our sketch this week. Link up at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  We love to visit your blogs to see your creations.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Autumn Leaves


It was fun to watch a few technique videos that are linked in the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge for October.  I really had fun playing with paints and Distress Oxide inks and some leaves collected on my walk.  My acrylic paints are not of a good quality, and I found I had greater success with the Oxides.  I also don't have mini-gell plates, so I used the back of the Concord & 9th Painted Shapes stamp set as gel plates.  I have lots of sweet square backgrounds to turn into cards as well.

I used the Freshly Made Sketches #506 to create this card. I adhered 1/4" strips to a card panel and then used a circle die to cut out a window.  I stamped a small sentiment on the inked portion and adhered it behind the window.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Sending Smiles

Happy Monday morning!  A new month and a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

I spent most of National Card Making Day organizing and cleaning...I have finally begun the process of creating Inventory sheets for my supplies.  I have finished stencils, CTMH inks, Distress Oxide inks, and all the sentiment dies.  And I created a big box of stamps that I am saying good-bye to. That last is much harder!

Stand alone dies are next, and while going through I found a fun little folder that cuts and embosses. It is from Stampin'Up so I know it's been in there for quite a while!  Honestly, sometimes I wonder if my hobby is collecting products or using them!

I cut a pretty pattern scrap into a rectangle, found some card stock that coordinated and ran it through the machine with the stencil. While the stencil was still attached, I pounced some white pigment ink through the stencil. Found a scrap of green that matched and cut a few bits of foliage. Cut the frame and stamped it with Cocoa ink and embellished with a few pearls from my stash before popping it on with some foam tape.

I hope you will create some fun in your craft space with this week's sketch # 441 and share it with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Fall Leaves


Autumn has always been my favorite - I love the colors, the crisp air and woodsy smells, and the food. Today I played around with a new layering stencil set from Simon Says (Stepped back Squares) and blended with Gina K inks.  I cut two leaves with the Large Stitched Maple die from Simon Says- one in the deep brick color and another in copper card stock.  The panels and sentiment were cut using Gina K Master Layout 2.

Linking to several challenges:  Addicted to Stamps and More #415

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Stencils challenge

Dare2BArtzy October challenge -Fall