Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Father's Day!

 Hope everyone is having a great weekend celebrating the dads in your lives.
It appears that beginning Tuesday, we will be on the dirty side of not one but two low pressure storm systems which may or may not become a named tropical storm. So we'll be enjoying this holiday, the literal calm before the storm.
This year I made Honey a fancy fold card with beer images and wine sentiments, lol.
Because I used bubbles die cuts and a bubbles stencil, I figure it works.
I did a lot of inking and I used multiple shapes of torn edge dies.
I cut the bubble dies with yellow vellum and I also used colored jute twine.
And the beer and all the sentiments are heat embossed.
I was determined to use the mood board at Inkspirational challenge, but I didn't have any designer papers that worked, so I stuck with card stocks. I decided to use Cracked Pistachio DOX for the stenciling on the grey card stock and Peacock Feathers DOX for edge distressing.
Everything was stamped with Nocturne VF Clair ink, except for the beer liquid which was stamped with Golden Meadow VF Clair ink.
I think I ended up doing justice to the mood board colors and circle motifs.
This was the most challenging thing for me to get right, so I'm pretty pleased.
I used this Splitcoaststampers sketch as inspiration and design for my card.
I only decided to make a centerstep fold card after eyeing this sketch.
I looked at it and thought, wow this looks like a center step fold card, that's what I'll make.
SU grey and brown card stocks
Recollections white card stock
Yellow vellum
Avery Elle and MFT sentiment stamps
Avery Elle beer stamps and die
Memory Box Loopy Ringlet dies (I call them bubbles)
Spellbinders torn edge and classic circle dies
Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers DOX inks
Nocturne and Golden Meadow VF Clair inks
Clear embossing powder
TH colored jute twine
Inside I stamped Papertrey Ink sentiments from 2 different stamp sets with VF Clair ink.
On back, more of the card stocks and stenciling as on the front. I notched the layers at top using square punches to fit the card base.  I also outlined the stenciled layer and the siggie with a Peacock Feathers Distress marker.
Close up of the heat embossed sentiments.
Close up of the heat embossed bubbly beer.
Here's the Dylusions Bubbles stencil I used.
And final view.
Thanks for visiting!
Enjoy your day, xox

Took inspiration from the colors and circles

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge Time!

 Happy Saturday!
It's the 15th and that means time for another monthly challenge at Beautiful Blossoms.
Here is our optional mood board for your inspiration, but any blooms will do as long as they are the focus of your project. Please read the complete rules HERE.
And here is my inspiration make for you.
I used the mood board's colors, focusing on the red/pink/corals and greens.
I have had this outline flower stamp in my stash for quite a while now. It also includes a silhouette stamp for layered stamping but since they are rubber, I think I'll stick to using them separately. I wanted a light color for the stamped outline but not white, so I experimented! I stamped it with Lost Shadow DOX ink and then clear heat embossed it. I love how it looks, very subtle but there.
I chose this Splitcoaststampers sketch for my A2 layout design.
SU card for base
Recollections white card
MFT Stitched Basic Edger die
Basic Grey Olivia 6X6 designer papers
Rubbernecker Scarlet Star stamp
Lost Shadow DOX ink
Clear embossing powder
Tombow watercolor markers for coloring focal image
MFT sentiment stamps
Shady Lane Versafine Clair ink
Berry Red and Blushing Red Nuvo Crystal Drops
Close up of  the floral focal embossing and coloring, and the Nuvo drops.
The back of the card with papers leftover from the front and an MFT stamped siggie.
And last look.
Hope you can join us in the challenge!
Have a great day,

Birthday and Blooms
I always prefer adding a sentiment to my card fronts, as I've done here.
The only time I don't add words is on a deco or art journal page and that's unusual, but every once in a while the art is enough.
Inspiration Station June Prompt #62
Pink and Birthday inspiration

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Impussible Love 4X6 Weekly Art

 Hey there!
Happy Thursday, hope all is well with you and yours.
Spring storms in my area knocked out our internet yet again and with my gmail being on my desktop computer, I was not able to access and am now playing catch-up. While I did try to leave comments on blogs via my phone, it was only a few, so I'll be catching up on those as well.
Turning to happier thoughts, I'm sharing my weekly 4X6 art today.
I'm a Pisces and a coastal dweller, so underwater life makes me happy even though I don't go to the beach anymore. Puns and wordplay make me happy as well, so I've featured the unlikely coupling of an octopus and a pussy cat mermaid in an Impussible Love.
Since they are both "pus(s)es", I replaced the o in Impossible with a u
Yes, I'm silly but I crack myself up and laughter is a daily requirement for me.
I began with some stencil-on-stencil action for the background. Here you can see my 4X6 landscape base of white card stock with the La-La Land Under the Sea ocean floor stencil and then Artistcellar Water Series Ripples stencil on the top, before I began inking it with Distress Inks. I used Pixie Spray on the backs of the stencils so everything held down securely. I usually stencil on a silicone kitchen mat so I can just rinse it off, plus the paper holds pretty well on silicone.
Cut Cardstock 4X6 white pre cut card
Distress Inks
Rubber Soul octopus stamped with black I/O hybrid ink
Pussy cat mermaid (can't remember who made, very old rubber) stamped with the I/O ink and colored with Promarkers
La-La Land fish and seaweed dies, colored with Promarkers
Spellbinders Classic Nested Heart die cut from pink card
Bronze acrylic paint pen (anchor)
Glitter metallic and white gel pens for accenting 
Making Memories Tiny Alpha Pink Ledger letter stickers, outlined with black pencil
Ink-edging with black Promarker
Close-up to show the lovers and the punny sentiment up close.
And last look.
The previously uninked pussy cat mermaid stamp was bought so long ago I can no longer remember where I got it from and frankly, what was I thinking? LOLOL But I've been on an old supplies kick as of late so I'm glad I found a way to use it. And the octopus clear stamp, almost as old, is beginning to sugar, so I stamped several to keep just in case.
Thanks for visiting today and enjoy the rest of your week.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Click Your Heels Birthday

 Hello, hope you are all ok.
This card I'm sharing today has a subtle homage nod to The Wizard of Oz and was the fruit of 2 challenge themes: the cut-it-up technique and a shoes theme. I also used different heat embossing powders on the left side and embossing paste stenciling with a brick stencil and a rainbow die cut on the right to symbolize Follow the Yellow Brick Road and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, respectively. It's very very glittery and shiny and textural in real life and I'm pleased as punch with how it turned out, especially because the cutting and piece placement was a bit nerve-wracking for me but I hung in there and miraculously pulled it off!
{Sigh of Relief}
I chose this Splitcoaststampers sketch for my A7 layout design.
The minute I saw this sketch I was like, oh wow, perfect for the cut-it-up technique!
Recollections white card for base
Cardstock Warehouse red card
TownStix Kraft card
DCVW red foiled card
Promarkers (for rainbow)
TH Bricked layered stencil
Gold glitter embossing paste
MFT star dies
QK rainbow clouds and shoe bow dies
Technique Junkies and Inkadinkado image and sentiments stamps
Versamark ink
Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder
Versamagic cardinal red ink
Ranger Red Tinsel embossing powder 
Gold Wink of Stella liquid glitter
Dried Marigold Distress ink to highlight sentiments
Here's a pic of the stencil with the gold glitter embossing paste.
Inside of the card with the Papertrey Ink "punchline":
You can deal with anything
if you have the right shoes.
LOL I love that!
And then a Technique Tuesday stamp underneath, both inked with Memento Rhubarb ink on a scrap of white card.
And the back with more the red card, a few Kraft strips and a Spellbinders decorative siggie die cut out of white scrap card.
Last look.
Thanks for the visit and have a great day.

Birthday inspired

Monday, June 10, 2024

Shopper Tag

 Happy Monday, hope all is well with you and yours.
I created another tag for my Stamping Bellas/MFT themed collection.
Acetate for homemade Bokeh stencil with circle dies
Nested Notched Square dies (2)
Dotted banner flag die
Heavyweight glossy card
Watercolor paper 300#
Recollections white card
Translucent vellum (sentiment)
Stamping Bellas Emmybella stamp
Pink Cat Studio shoe border stamp
Leave Memories sentiment stamp
Versafine Clair and Distress inks
Versamark ink
Cloud White Versamagic chalk ink
White and clear embossing powders
Promarkers to color Emmybella

I ink blended the background with Charming Pink and Warm Breeze Versafine Clair inks and then I did the Bokeh Technique using a homemade acetate stencil of various die cut circle sizes and white chalk ink. My reasoning for not using Distress inks was so that it would dry permanent and when I stenciled the Bokehs circles, my white dewdrop ink pad would not get cross-contaminated.
I also die cut the vertical banner flag out of the background layer before ink blending, stamping with Versamark and white heat embossing the shoes, then ink blending the banner flag with Fantasia VF Clair.
Then I put the die cut banner flag back for an inlaid look when I adhered the background layer to the dark purple glossy card base which was inked with Villanous Potion Distress ink.
The sentiment at bottom says "Veni, Vidi, Visa / I came, I saw, I shopped" in case you cannot read it. I stamped it on translucent vellum with Fantasia VF Clair, then clear heat embossed it and trimmed the vellum into a horizontal banner flag before adhering with vellum tape runner. I stamped Emmybella on white card with Nocturne VF Clair and clear heat embossed her, then colored her with Promarkers and fussy cut her out before adhering.
And done!
I used this sketch from A Crafting Niche group on Facebook as a guide for my tag layout design.
I made it into a square and made the vertical element longer.
Three close-up shots to show the inlaid banner die, the white background Bokeh dots and the heat embossing on Emmybella, the shoes and the big sentiment at bottom.
Last look.
Love, love these colors and I had fun attempting the various techniques and getting inky.
Thanks for visiting and have a great day.

Vertical banner flag die cut is inlaid flat
I like both wet and dry but here I have done wet and I really liked inking over white heat embossing and also clear heat embossing on large fat sentiments because it looks like glass.
Column B: Free / Hand-colored Image / Dots / Vellum
Disney Clothiers at WDW Magic Kingdom