scenic Route Quad

I signed up for the Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy Fall on line stamp class. The class included this Scenic Route Quad stencil. So much fun to use these quad stencils. Four different stencils and when you are finished ink blending you have four different backgrounds. Very clever. On two of the backgrounds, we used a second stencil to ink in the same color on a section of the quad and the technique for the Happy Birthday card is to lightly spray that background after ink blended and cut apart with Pixie spray then take a piece of foil (the type for a laminator) and lay it on top lightly pressing on the foil. It leaves little bits of foil on your background. So no splatter needed. It was a fun class and I enjoy working with these quad stencils. Now I need suggestoins for different inks.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and stay safe. Baseball is officially over and although my Phillies didn’t win the World Series…wow….what a season those underdogs have given Will and myself.

Bonus Day Homework

Holiday Card Workshop 2022 – Saturday Bonus Day — Using Leftover diecuts!

Kristina Werner’s bonus class this morning instructed us on how to use leftover diecuts. Day 1 was all about plaids and I had cut down a portion of my plaid to die cut a tree to be used on that card. However, that was pretty much a fail but I held onto the piece of plaid with the tree die cut out of it and opted to use it for my shaker tag. I die cut my panel in the plaid and a scrap piece of red card stock, added a shiny die cut star from scraps on my work area to complete this tag. So far no sequins have escaped.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, stay safe. Let’s Go Phillies!!!

Day 5 Homework

Holiday Card Workshop 2022 – Day 5 Using Scraps

Our class today which was instructed by Jennifer McGuire and our challenge was to Use Scraps. She gave us sampels making paper folded trees, ornaments and gift packages using our scraps. I decided to make the folded ornament on my card using four different shades of cardstock scraps, folding and then gluing them to a smaller circle die, stamping and gold heat embossing. I found a topper die, and a bow die and die cut from scraps. My background was made using an arched stencil and some splatter. Sentiment strip from GKD, I think.

The second instructor, Koren Wiskman, created Striped Christmas Trees using paper strips in various sizes and adhering to a piece of copy paper then die cutting. I added one glittery tree and a star cut from scraps too. I have enough striped paper to die cut at least 2 more trees. Tree die was Her Arts Joann’s Kit.

Another fun day in school. Homework and extra credit completed. It’s Fri-YAY! Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, stay safe.

Day 4 Homework

Holiday Card Workshop 2022 – Day 4 Ink Blending

Today’s class was instructed by Kristina Werner and all about ink blending. Her sample slimline tree card was adorable but I opted to go with some pinks using Distress Oxide inks in Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone for my Gina K Designs Winter Flower stamp and die set. The flowers were inked in versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. My leaves were from the DO green blended panels I made earlier today. As I needed something for my background, I decided to pull out PinkFresh Studio Diagonal Plaid stencil and inked with the Milled Lavender and Pumice Stone. It’s more pumice stone than milled lavender but hopefully it set off my poinsettias better.

The second session was taught by Dana Joy and it was all about Inked Backgrounds and the tip was to start with colored cardstock then blend from the top and bottom two different shades of ink. For my background, I used Gina K’s Turquoise Sea cardstock and inked Tranquil Teal from the top and Navy from the bottom. I arranged snowflakes from SSS Snowflake Season January 2021 kit, stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed with Taylored Expressions Diamond embossing powder and added a little copic white reinker splatter to the front.

Another fun day of classes. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care; be safe.

Let’s go Phillies!

Day 3 Homework

Holiday Card Workshop 2022 – Day 3 Fast Backgrounds!!!

Gel Press Printing — Lydia Fiedler was the instructor in today’s class and it was all about gel press printing. I did create a lot of prints and didn’t throw any of them away so on top of my very inky fingers and messy workspace I did accomplish the task. We were intructed how to use alcohol inks, die cuts and actual metal dies for impressions and to lift an image to add white acrylic paint to achieve a lift. Some attempts were successful and some were not as successful. It was a busy day. For this card I used Birch Press Nativity Star String Art die.

The following cards used a SSS Detail Pincushion Plate, a snowflake die from my stash and extra dies and sentiments. My good old Big Shot is on it’s last legs so I was digging through my stash for a lot of items. Will is take it apart tomorrow to see what the issue may be. I just hope it holds out until I can find a deal on a new die cutting machine.

The last purple card with Santa’s sleigh is the actual die cut over a lift image of the same die that was my practice try and the Happy Holidays purple is the lift that worked much better. I completed 5 cards and have 8 extra pieces of backgrounds that I will save for future cards.

And for extra credit, Nathifa Sligh created backgrounds using Tim Holtz tapes and Distress Crayons. I don’t have Distress Crayons and have been using my washi tape to for other purposes but did have collage paper that I added to cardstock. A little glue, a little clear gesso, a little splatter but the collage paper says it all.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, be safe. Go Phillies!!

Day 2 Homework

The Holiday Card Workshop 2022 Day 2 classes were all about Plaids. Kristina Werner demonstrated making plaid cards several different ways. For my plaid card, I used Taylored Expressions Gingham Rotating Stencil on a salmon cardstock and inked in red ink then turned and inked in black ink. A SimonSaysStamp Felicity Snowflake die is my center point and then couldn’t decide on a sentiment so just popped a little gem stone in the middle. The tiny kraft stars and trees were part of an unbranded die set.

Mindy Eggen’s portion of Day 2 instructed us to create our plaid using masks which she demonstrated using Gina K’s masking magic. I cut down some 1/4″ strips of masking magic and then spent the next 45 minutes trying to get the release paper off and mask my cardstock diagonally. Using GKD’s light and dark spruce ink, my plaid section was completed and cut down. The trees are from ArtC stamp & die set, however, I am not loving them. I think it may be the plaid tree that I’m not liking….Suggestions, welcome. Sentiment was from Verve stamps O Christmas Tree stamp set.

Another fun class today! Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Go Phillies!!

Day 1 Homework

Holiday Card Workshop 2022 – Day 1 Die Cutting

Jennifer McGuire’s class today was Faux Laser Cut Cards. It was fun and relatively easy to follow once I decided on all of the supplies from my stash. Primarily how to add extra die cuts to a large open die cut area. She made an A2 and a 5×7 card but I opted to stick with the A2. My card uses SimonSaysStamp Holiday Frames die and Tim Holtz greenery dies.

Day 1 – Layers of Die-Cuts

This is an “extra credit” card taught by Dawn Wolesagle to created layered die cuts and add more dimension by adding ink to the die cut pieces. It was a fun card. I had one poinsettia die in my stash however it didn’t include any embossed lines so my poinsettia may be a little on the plain side. The frames were cut using Taylored Expressions Frame in Frame 3 cutting plate, Tim Holtz Festive Trims dies, SimonSaysStamp Christmas Foilage and sentiment from Gina K Designs’s Winter Flower.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

P.S. I wasn’t sure if I would get my homework finished but the World Series game in Philly was canceled due to rain!

Candy Cane Cardinal

Peace on Earth Challenge #26

Today’s card is my kick off to Christmas cards 2022. I need to make my list and check it twice and really get hopping with Christmas cards. Normally I’m not a real bird person but these chubby cardinals from Pink & Main’s Winter Cardinals stamp set were really way to cute to pass on. SimonSaysStamps Filigree Snowflakes embossing folder on white shimmer cardstock set my background for the My Favorite Things Merry Christmas Circle Die-Namics die which my cardinal rests on. A layer of black cardstock completed my card today.

There were a lot of wreath’s on the Peace on Earth Mood board for inspiration with this challenge.

I signed up for the OnLine Card Classes Holiday Card Workshop which begins tomorrow and I am going to add this card to the Pre-Class Student Gallery. It should be a fun week in school!!

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Pumpkin Patch

Can You Handle The Pressure

The tractor rides to the pumpkin patch and the corn mazes are beginning to see their last weekend at the local farms in my area but I saved a few pumpkins from the patch for my card today. The challenge with Can You Handle The Pressure challenge blog is Anything Goes Embossing with a Twist of Pumpkins. My embossing folder partial embossed sections were created by using Darice’s clouds embossing folder and Nature 3 pack embossing folder. Both were lightly inked with some Distress Oxide ink. My pumpkin patch was heat embossed over the ink blended middle section of my focal layer. Pumpkins are Gina K Designs Haunts & Harvest stamp set. A little Wink of Stella in gold was added to the pumpkins to help them pop a little. A sentiment from Buddy Bonnie was die cut and layered and a few Taylored Expressions Drip Drops completed my card today.

It’s always fun to play along with this challenge. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and stay safe.