Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Card Concept {Sweet Treats}

Hello there!  It has been a few months since I've gotten to make a card for the The Card Concept Challenge.  I took this term off from the Design Team because I am so busy with the house that we are building in another state. We've been traveling back and forth every two weeks or so since December but we are making some real progress this week.  Many of the things we've been waiting on have finally arrived and are getting put in place.  This week the wall color got painted. I have a picture, but it was taken in low light, so you can't see very well.  But you can see what this guy is working on for my studio!  That entire wall will be lined with Ikea Cabinets that are being built in.  I would have loved to do more, but it all comes down to money.

The cabinets themselves will sit on a base structure a bit higher than they are right now and the top will have some built in paper cubbies for my most used colors.  That will have a top that is white and then tempered glass will be covering the whole thing.  That will be my staging area for photos.  I am hoping I can give up my very rigged lighting system, but I just won't know until I start working in that room. Because my desk is so large (8 x 8), it will take up the rest of the space in this room which is why we converted the formal dining room into additional studio space. We're not formal dining folks anyway.  We don't entertain or anything so this room will actually get used.  This picture was taken on Monday so they will be a lot farther along when we get pictures later today.  When we started this house last year, I asked Jennifer McGuire if I could use the pictures of her "craft room" in her old house to show to my builder and she said I could.  So this bank of cabinets follows a similar design.

Anyhow, I saw the post yesterday with the inspiration image and I wanted to play along, so I grabbed my Stitching Garden Stamp and Die Set to mimic the big rose on the one cupcake.  Not all of my color follows the inspiration photo and I ended up with a very monochromatic palette with the exception of the roses, but I hope you'll enjoy it anyway.

The products I used are all from Papertrey Ink and will be linked below for your convenience.  For the leaves, I stamped the base layer in Stormy Sea and the detail layer in Ocean Tides. For the blooms, I stamped the base layer in Lovely Lady, the 2nd layer in Lavender Moon and the detail layer in Autumn Rose.  The card base is made from Ocean Tides Cardstock and the striped paper is one of the patterns in Pinefeather Bitty Big.  I cut the card base using the Noted A2 Vertical Scallop Die Set.  The sentiment is from Botanical Blocks stamped on the banner from Tag Sale Quilted using Versamark and heat embossed using Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  The little gold leaves were leftovers from another project, but I love the special little touch they added.



Thanks for popping in today to see my card.  I'm not blogging as much as usual  with our upcoming move, but I hope you'll keep coming by.  We hope to close on our house May 1st so by June 1st, I should be back in the swing of things.  The supplies are linked below (Affiliate Links may be used).

I wanted to sneak back in here to post a picture of my cabinets all assembled. The top bins are for my White Cardstock, Pre-Cut Card bases in vertical and horizontal and all of the specialty papers I use - 3 types of watercolor paper, X-Press-It Blending Card.




Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive Refill
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive Refill
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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PTI Botanical Blocks Stamp Set
PTI Botanical Blocks Stamp Set
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PTI Ocean Tides Cardstock
PTI Ocean Tides Cardstock
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PTI Perfect Match Lavender Moon Ink
PTI Perfect Match Lavender Moon Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Lovely Lady Ink
PTI Perfect Match Lovely Lady Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Ocean Tides Ink
PTI Perfect Match Ocean Tides Ink
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PTI Perfect Match Stormy Sea Ink
PTI Perfect Match Stormy Sea Ink
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PTI Pinefeather Bitty Big
PTI Pinefeather Bitty Big
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PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
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PTI Stitching Garden Dies
PTI Stitching Garden Dies
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PTI Stitching Garden Stamp Set
PTI Stitching Garden Stamp Set
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PTI Tag Sale: Quilted
PTI Tag Sale: Quilted
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Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
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Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
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SSS Antique Gold Embossing Powder
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Teflon Bone Folder
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Tonic 6 Inch Personal Trimmer
Tonic 6 Inch Personal Trimmer
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Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Wagner Heat Tool
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge featuring Stampendous


Hello!  I'm back with my post for this week's Designer in the Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.  This week our theme is "Anything Goes" and we are featuring products from Stampendous. You don't have to use Stampendous products to enter the challenge, but if you have some, we would love to see them used. This is my last week in the Designer Spotlight and it has been a treat to get to create alongside some of my favorite ladies! Thank you so much for having me along this month. You've left such sweet comments for me here on my blog and I really appreciate it.   




Simon Says Stamp generously provides a $50.00 Gift Voucher each week for each of their blog challenges. Winners are selected from all of the entries by Random Draw each week.  Thank you, Heidi, for providing that each week.

For my card, I started with a piece of Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper and heat embossed my images using Versamark and Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  When I buy the pads of watercolor paper, I take them to Kinkos and have them cut into 4.5 x 6 inch panels so they are a little bit larger than the size I need when making a card. I like to die cut my background panels for that super crisp and clean cut so the smaller size makes it easy.

Whenever you do heat embossing of your outline images, this creates a channel for the water to flow in. Easy-peasy!  I worked in a Jewelry Store many years ago where we sold lots of loose diamonds and created custom mountings for engagement, wedding and dinner style rings.  Many of the smaller stones were set into a channel to keep them contained and water works the same way.  I'm just creating a little gold channel when I heat emboss.  You can use any color of embossing powder that you like.  I just happen to like this one the most.  I go through about 6 jars of it a year. I do a lot of heat embossing and the most important thing is to use some kind of a powder tool first!

For all of my watercoloring today, I wanted something easy, so I smooshed a bit of Distress Ink onto an acrylic block and picked it up with a water brush to color my images.  For the Lilacs, I used Seedless preserves and the darker blooms just have additional layers of color on them and the same is true for the leaves and butterfly.  The leaves were done with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and the butterfly with Peacock Feathers Ink.  This is an easy way to color without the stress of trying to use "real" watercolors in the correct technical manner.

Once all of the painting was finished and dry, I went back in with my Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen and gave some shimmer to all of the images, especially the butterfly and let it dry again. Once it was dry, I die cut all of the images with the coordinating dies.  I cut a stitched rectangle using the WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a white background panel and did a bit of ink blending with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I used a combination of Thin 3D Foam Squares, Scotch 3D Foam Tape and Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere the elements to the background panel and I put a piece of fun foam behind that panel to give a little bit more dimension.  I really considered adding for sequins or confetti but in the end, I liked the simpler image much better.


For the sentiment, I used the Simon Says Stamp "oh hello there" die to die cut the sentiment, but just used the word "hello".  I love the handwriting of this die (Kristina Werner's I'm sure) and it's one that I use often to send cards to friends.

Thank you so much for stopping by today to see my card!  I appreciate all of the kind and encouraging comments.  I've linked the supplies I've used below for your convenience (Affiliate Links may be used at no additional cost to you).


Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper 9 x 12 #140
Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper 9 x 12 #140
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Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
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Distress Ink Mini Cube - Mowed Lawn
Distress Ink Mini Cube - Mowed Lawn
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Distress Ink Mini Cube - Peacock Feathers
Distress Ink Mini Cube - Peacock Feathers
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Distress Ink Mini Cube - Seedless Preserves
Distress Ink Mini Cube - Seedless Preserves
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive Refill
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive Refill
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
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Scotch 3M Foam Tape
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Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
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SSS Antique Gold Embossing Powder
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Stampendous Lilac Die Cut Set
Stampendous Lilac Die Cut Set
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Stampendous Lilac Stamp Set with Stencil
Stampendous Lilac Stamp Set with Stencil
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Teflon Bone Folder
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Tonic 6 Inch Personal Trimmer
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Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen
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Versamark Ink
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Wagner Heat Tool
Wagner Heat Tool
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WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
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