Royalty Tribute

I played with a challenge at Splitcoast Stampers honoring Queen Elizabeth II using any kind of mixed media. I do very little mixed media, but chose to give it a try.

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/3098240?&cat=500&ppuser=301308

I used several stamp sets in completing this card. I used Paper Smooches Royal Cuteness for the greeting and castle. The crown came from Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After. The corgi’s came from My Favorite Things Best in Show along with the pedestal the queen dog is standing on.

The background is on a piece of Strathmore Watercolor Paper. I began with a stencil and acrylic paint. I came back after it dried and began adding green ink colors, but that wasn’t enough. Then I remembered I had Ken Oliver pigment powders, so I shook a few colors on the background and applied a lot of water. I let it dry then sprayed gold spray onto it. This gold is from Stampin Up and I must have added water to it at some point; it is in a small mister bottle that I shake. After drying, I decided it finally looked like a lawn fit for a queen.

Thanks for spending time with me. I enjoyed creating this card. I am not sure when I will dive into the mixed media again, but I know I can create this way when I choose to spend the time.

Alcohol ink on Vellum

I tried a newer technique this weekend. The featured stamper on Splitcoast Stampers is Lisa Curcio who I learn a lot from. She shares several videos a month, blog posts, and special cards for newsletter subscribers. I was thrilled to select a card to CASE.

https://lisasstampstudio.com/2021/07/4-ways-with-alcohol-markers-to-create-unique-and-easy-greeting-card-backgrounds.html

I linked the blog post that shows the video used for the card that I CASED. My card uses a die from My Favorite Things. I think it might be called Contemporary Rose. I stacked it two times. I used Spectrum Noir markers and 99% alcohol to create the background. I placed the alcohol in a small spritz bottle; I have never done that before. It really made the alcohol ink move a bit. My vellum is thin from Hobby Lobby. My paper is Spectrum Noir white cardstock. I chose a simple Hello greeting from the mini set Rose Bouquet from Gina K Designs.

I had fun creating this card. I made two pieces of alcohol inked vellum, so will use the other one hopefully soon.

Day 5 Wreath

I spent today making wreaths, without the wreath builder.

Wreath Birthday

The above wreath is pretty, but didn’t really look like the presenter’s wreath. Laura Bassen is the teacher and she stamped all of her images with no coloring. The flower set is an Avery Elle set which worked well for making a wreath. I decided to finish the wreath and color the images. The greeting is from a Gina K Design set but it does not have a name. I do like the wreath and this is one I would create again.

Wreath Butterfly

The above wreath is more like the lesson taught. Again, the wreath builder was not used. I use butterflies from a My Favorite Things set. The greenery is from a Simon Says Stamp with Gina K illustrated. The greeting is from the same set. The filler dots are from a Gina K Designs set illustrated by Lisa Hetrick. I had so many sets pulled out looking for an image to include in the wreath, that I was getting a bit overwhelmed. I like the final wreath.

Crushing on Cardstock Day 4 backgrounds

I have been using Day 4 background ideas for a few cards.

Happy Birthday

For this card I used a My Favorite Things background stamp, a die from The Stamps of Life, and the butterfly using my Spellbinders Hot Foil machine.

Floral Hi

I used a SU 3D embossing folder on this card along with a stamp set from Unity Stamps. The die is from The Stamps of Life.

I enjoyed the different kinds of backgrounds created by Keisha Charles on Day 4. This is a small look at the kind she created.

Sunray Slimline

One of the techniques Yana showed in Crushing on Cardstock involved using Sunrays with dies. I do not own the dies, so off to Google I go searching for a template. The one I found is one I have used several times from Kristina Werner in 2012. Here is her blog post link with the template to download: https://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/sunshine-rays-card/

Sunray Slimline

My cardstock is SU Regal collection colors. When all of the rays were completed, I used a die cut from Pink Fresh Studio to cut the entire set of rays. I loved the card Yana created in the mini-slimline size, but my rays seemed to need a larger size. This particular die set was gifted to me from someone who doesn’t like the slimline size, so I said I would give the die set a try. It is a fun set with two sizes of the pattern I used here and a few dies with no pattern, which I used for the black piece. The card base is Ivory by Gina K Designs along with the butterflies and greeting.

I added the butterflies from a My Favorite Things set called Spread your Wings. I added color with markers close or the same as the cardstock. I added Nuvo drops rather than sequins. There is also the same shimmer added to the butterfly bodies and a lot of shimmer on the wings.

I enjoyed making this card. I am enjoying what I am learning in the class and will hopefully have time to create more cards with techniques and ideas from the class.

August Birthdays

For the buddies who remember, August is birthday month in my world. This means I generally try to create cards specific for the person receiving it and that it looks different than last years cards. Here are the ones for this year.

Birdy card front
Bird card inside

This particular daughter is not really a bird lover, but these birds are colorful and fun. I hope she likes the color and enjoys the quirkiness of the birds.

Sparkly Unicorn

This daughter loved her card. She is all into sparkly, pink, and unicorns. I saw the idea on Pinterest then found there was video. It took a while to make as there are clouds, blended with Bonnie cloud die, and lot of sparkle on those clouds that had to dry. It was fun to create.

Thanks for sharing the birthday congratulations and allowing me to share my cards.

Wonderful Friend

Day 5 of Camp Create is all about die cutting. I chose to use the MFT stamp set, Sending Sunshine with matching dies for my card.

https://www.mftstamps.com/blogs/news/camp-create-august-4-2021

I searched Pinterest for ideas with this stamp set. I saw so many ideas and after a while they jumbled together in my mind, so I can’t give credit to any one designer for using her work. I paper pieced the girl’s clothing. I used a Carta Bella paper pad from a prior year. The background paper came from the same pack. I enjoyed coloring today. All images were colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

Following is the final badge for participating in each challenge.

Thank you for spending time with me this week. Now I will take a few days off and figure out what I will choose for my Faith based card which I really should have ready to post on the 7th. Following I need to get into birthday mode as birthdays are quickly coming in my household and I have done nothing to prepare much less make gift suggestions.

Beautiful Day

Day 4 at Camp Create is all about making the background. The assignment is to use stamps, stencils, dies, any way you choose to create a background.

https://www.mftstamps.com/blogs/news/camp-create-august-3-2021

I looked at a die and drew my own design on MFT Summer Dots Patterned Paper. I used the stamp and matching dies Spread Your Wings, embossing with Taylored Expressions Diamond EP. It is basically sparkly glitter in a clear powder. I added sequins to complete the card.

I chose to use this card for the Crafters of Faith challenge with Splitcoast Stampers. The verse if Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us Rejoice and be glad in it. I think the sentiment fits this verse as it is all about a beautiful day.

Emboss Resist with Fruit

Day 3 of MFT Camp Create is Emboss Resist. Mindy Eggen was the camp counselor and she showed how to use emboss resist with small images as usually she uses it with a background. I gave her idea a try.

https://www.mftstamps.com/blogs/news/camp-create-august-2-2021

I used the MFT stamp set Bunch of Happiness and the Scripty Birthday die for this card. I followed Mindy’s idea with stamping each image and embossing with white embossing powder. Then I used dye inks as opposed to Distress Oxide inks like Mindy used. I fussy cut each image and glued them to my background. I am not sure if I will ever ink blend small images like this, but it was nice to learn and give her idea a try.