Friday, April 19, 2019

Penny Black Flower Card

Today, I'm sharing a card I made for Fond Memories Spring Workshop held last week.  

I really like how this card turned out!  All the stampers that I taught at the workshop enjoyed it, too! 

The stamp is from Penny Black, called "painters vase".  I stamped the vase with Versafine Clair Morning Mist ink on white cardstock.  I masked the top of vase so stems of flowers wouldn't stamp on it. Flowers are stamped with Versafine Clair Medieval Blue.  I really like all the Versafine Clair inks!  They stamp very crisp, especially nice for verses.  I like to use color for verses sometimes rather than black.  These are the inks I use. It's especially important for this card, that the ink didn't react to water brushed over it.  A water base dye ink will not work for this card.
Once the stamping was done, I painted a wash of Broken China Distress ink over background.  I  like to use Distress ink as a water color.   Next, I added Distress Seedless Preserves to the flower petals again as a watercolor.  Since the stamped petals have some white space, the color fills in there and adds a shadow of that color over stamped ink.  Distress Spiced Marmalade was used for flower centers.  I used a bit of all the colors on the vase!  These were quite diluted with water. I also added  a wash of Distress Hickory Smoke at base of vase and for shading on the vase. 
The verse from Penny Black "grateful heart" was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black (always a favorite of mine for verses!) It was clear heat embossed to give it a bit of shine and intensify the black. 
The stamped piece is layered onto dark purple and magenta mats and fastened to a white 5 x 7 inch card. 
All the Fond Memories stampers that I taught were impressed that this card was easier than they expected! 

In preparing this card for the workshop, I had stamped several of these when I was making samples and experimenting with colors.  I had a few left of my work table that were colored but not assembled as a card.  I also had an experimental embossed background piece with similar colors.  Ta da!  The colors were good together so I made another card with the two pieces.  

As you can see, I cut around the flowers, vase and verse. I cut off the bud that extended off the edge on the workshop card (as shown above).  The background is fastened to a purple 4 3/8 x 5 5/8 inch top fold card.  I know it's a bit odd sized!  That fit the embossed piece and still left a border of purple.  I popped the flowers and vase up with Thin 3D Foam Squares.

As for how I made the background, it started as glossy white paper.  I rubbed 3 colors of new Distress Archival inks over it - Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Mermaid Lagoon. I applied some color direct to paper and also used foam applicator to add color. The paper was a bit splotchy in places with darker purple in one area but that's not as obvious after embossing.  I embossed it with a Spellbinders folder called Grid.  After it was embossed, I took Distress Archival Black Soot ink pad and rubbed over the embossed pattern.  I really like it!  Kind of a stained glass effect.  This technique can be used with other embossing folders that have an open pattern.  

There you have 2 ways to use same image and colors to make 2 different cards.

Thanks to everyone who made the Fond Memories Workshop success! For anyone who doesn't know what Fond Memories's a store in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.  They sell stamps, scrapbook paper, cardstock, dies, inks and lots of supplies plus gifts and unique toys.  It's one of the few stamping stores still in existence in Minnesota!  They offer a stamping workshop every spring and fall with 10 projects, generally cards.  Each project usually features a new technique plus new products and unique designs.  It's a fun day of crafting!  If you are interested in attending, please call or email Fond Memories - or 507-859-2929.  They are on Instagram as fondmem.  They  have a blog - Fond Memories at the Creamery
 and they are on Facebook as Fond Memories
They will ship stamps and supplies so if you see something on their blog or FB, give them a call. 

Thanks so much for visiting! 

Happy Creating!

Supplies: for Workshop Card: 

Penny Black 40-672 Painter’s Vase

Penny Black 30-467 Grateful Heart

Versafine Clair Medieval Blue Ink Pad

Versafine Clair Morning Mist Ink Pad

Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad

Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

Distress Broken China Ink

Distress Seedless Preserves Ink

Distress Spiced Marmalade Ink

Distress Hickory Smoke Ink

White Cardstock (7 x 10ʺ, 4 x 5⅜ʺ)

Dark Magenta Cardstock

Purple Cardstock

Supplies for Embossed Card:
Same supplies as above except Dark Magenta Cardstock
Distress Archival Faded Jeans
Distress Archival Dusty Concord
Distress Archival Mermaid Lagoon
Distress Archival Black Soot
Spellbinders Grid Embossing  Folder
White Glossy cardstock
Purple Cardstock (card)
Thin 3D Foam Squares White

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace April Die of the Month Blog Hop

Sponsored:  As a designer for Amazing Paper Grace, I receive dies to create projects.   I'm also a designer for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and receive product to use for projects.

Today, I'm showcasing a project made with Amazing Paper Grace April Die of the Month.  This is a fun set of dies!   I really like that there are words, flowers, leaves, a scallop panel and a fun insert mechanism and panels to make a fold out center insert!  Plus there's an intricate rectangle insert and fan element.  I used the intricate insert on my second card shown towards end of my post.  

My Card Today:

I really like this whole set! I like the word dies with outline die to make a coordinating mat. The word can be used alone or with the mat.  On my card, I've cut "Hello Friend" out of a pretty paper from Simple Stories and layered it onto a black  mat.  I applied Adhesive Sheets to the back of the patterned paper before die cutting it.  That makes it like a sticker.  So easy to assemble!  Just peel liner and fasten word in place on coordinating mat!  

This set also has 4 sizes of flowers and 2 leaf sizes.  I used 3 smaller flower dies to cut flowers for front and inside of my card.  I applied Distress Oxide inks to light tan paper before cutting my flowers and leaves.  The ink color is more dusty over tan paper and matched the paper colors. The black flower centers were punched out with a  3/16 inch hole punch and fastened with an Adhesive Dot.

On the card front, I used the small rectangle die to cut peach check paper. I cut a narrow black mat with my paper cutter.  The tan mat was cut with rectangle die that has flap on it.  I simply cut the flap off.  It's easy to do as there's a score line to follow. Behind that is a pattern paper piece cut with the largest die in this set, scallop edge panel.  It cuts such a sweet edge! I cut just scallop edge on cream strip and layered it under it for shadow/contrast. Card has multiple layers of patterned papers and black over a Kraft top fold card which is 4½ x 6½ ʺ.  Flowers and a small bow frame the "Hello Friend" panel.

The most fun part of this die set is the piece that makes a pop up unfold when the card is opened

It can be used on a vertical card or horizontal one.  The folding piece that makes the insert unfold is cut with the die shown inside the scalloped rectangle. (see photo of die set).  Two of those are needed.  They are placed with diamond hole aligned with fold line of card. The fold line matches the fold of card.  This photo shows placement and what it looks like but card is not to size.  Double stick adhesive is applied to areas marked with an "X" to hold folding insert. 

The rectangle die with flap is used to cut pieces to be fastened together to form the folding insert.  Four pieces are needed with flap cut off of one. Photo shows 2 fastened together, 3rd one ready to be fastened and 4th one with flap cut off.  It will be fastened to flap on 3rd piece. 

There's a smaller rectangle die that cuts a slightly smaller rectangle to fit perfectly on each piece on the folding panel.  I cut patterned paper with it and black mats cut with paper cutter to decorate the folding strip. I also cut scallop edge on two strips of cream cardstock, then cut it to fit panel and fastened at ends of folding insert.  Six scallops perfectly fit along that edge! I added another "hello", some words from Simple Stories paper and flowers with leaves.

Inside of card front and back has scallop edge panels layered over black cardstock.  These were fastened in place before adding the folding mechanism pieces.  I used strong adhesive so it wouldn't come loose with movement of pop up strip. The folding mechanism was fastened at fold of card with strong double sided adhesive. 
The last thing I did was fasten the folding insert panel inside the card with card fully open. Strong double side adhesive was used at "X" areas as shown in photo above.  I recommend checking adhesive placement with panel held in place before fastening it.  If adhesive sticks to two center panels, it won't fold right! 
This card is so fun to open!!!  Just imagine all the different occasions to use this for! I think it would be fun for a kid's birthday card, encouragement card, congrats especially graduation, even a wedding card!

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My Second Card Today:

Because I had some pieces that I didn't use when I was finished my first card, I made a "scrap" card.  I call it a scrap card because I used leftover pieces!  

I love how this card turned out!  I used the same "Hello" as my first card.  The pretty patterned paper panel with scallops was a piece that moved in my die cut machine so one edge went off the paper.  Frustrating but it worked perfect for this card!  I cut off one edge so there are 7 scallops instead of eight.  This card is side fold 4 x 6¼ʺ.  There's a scallop edge black mat under the yellow one.  I was able to cut it just a little bigger when I cut off one edge to have 7 scallops.  In the center is a rectangle of patterned paper cut so the bird shows through an intricate panel cut from Kraft paper....before layering it, I cut out a section to frame the bird. I added leftover flowers and leaves along the bottom.  The green at top and bottom is paper that I inked with Distress Oxide ink.  I had a scrap left from cutting leaves to use to make a faux awning at top and inked another strip to add at the bottom.  I added some accent narrow strips of black cardstock.  The paper had Adhesive Sheets applied to the back so once I cut the strips they were like stickers. Simply peel the liner and fasten in place. 

This is such a versatile set of dies!  I sure had fun with it!

Thanks for visiting!
Happy Crafting!

Supply List:
Paper:  Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse; Cardstock: Kraft, Cream, Black
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks: Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass, Iced Spruce
Accessories: Off White Seam Binding, 3/16ʺ Hole Punch

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Charming Anniversary Card

Sponsored:  As a designer for Amazing Paper Grace, I receive dies to create projects.   I'm also a designer for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and receive product to use for projects.
Today, I have an anniversary card to share made with a holiday set of dies! 

I made this card with a die set by Amazing Paper Grace called Charming Snowflake Doily.  I had in mind to make a Valentine's card with it but just never quite got it done. Does that ever happen to you?  It works nicely for an anniversary card.  The colors could be changed completely....make gold foil and black or silver and gold....

Here's what the die set looks like:

This card is basically a white 5.5 inch square card with red patterned heart paper layered over it.  I used the insert part of the die (without outer cutting edge which is a separate piece) to cut the design into a 5 inch square of pale pink paper.  I used all of the little pink hearts that cut out to layer over it.  They are to the outside of each cut out heart shape (those that show red paper through them).  Next, I cut the design out of a scrap of white cardstock.  As I only wanted the center circle of hearts, I used a piece of paper just big enough for that.  I cut off any part to outside of circle of open hearts.  Then I snipped the circle of hearts apart between every 2 hearts and cut a slight amount of paper away at the cut.  That's so I could make them into a slightly smaller circle to add behind the pink paper and have a white edge show at inside of center opening.  Hope that makes sense! I fastened all the little white hearts from the die cut along the outer edge of the design.  Adhesive Dots Micro hold all the hearts in place.  I stamped the verse on a strip of white cardstock and popped it up on the card.  It's actually a pretty easy card to make! Putting the little hearts in place took the most time but add so much!  If you have this die set, this is another use for it besides for holidays or winter!  

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday for Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Blog Hop!  The April Die of the Month makes an action card!  It's a great set!!!  You can find details on Spellbinders website.

Happy Creating!


KaiserCraft Stamp
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink
Bazzill Pink Cardstock
Red Heart Patterned Paper 
White Cardstock

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Introducing Vintage Treasures Blog Hop

Sponsored - As a designer for Amazing Paper Grace, I  receive dies to create projects.   I'm also a designer for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and receive product to use for projects.

We are so tickled today to be introducing  Vintage Treasures .  You'll find this collection chocked full of classics!!  As always, there is a rectangle, oval, square and circle that will work well with everything in your stash and are perfect for layering.  Next are several embellishment sets.  As you hop through all the links in the blog hop, you'll see all the new dies and how we used them.

Inspiration for Vintage Treasures  
There is a special place in our hearts for those things kept in a hope chest.  Other than a promise of the future, they symbolize things of value and keepsakes that bring back treasured memories.  I delved there to find memories, filigree jewelry and keepsakes of old.  From long-forgotten turn of the century jewelry to the edgings on an old tattered handkerchief, I love bringing the past into the present in a style that is ....well, timeless.  These things -- bejeweled lockets, a sweet tiara and vintage adornments from long ago -- provided the sweet inspiration and restoration of some lovely, lovely Vintage Treasures.  

The physical dies in this collection have an extra measure of flexibility and function.  Most templates have an outer rim, an inlay and an inner rim that you can use for your sentiment.

My First Project For Today:

I'm pleased to introduce  S5-394 Nobel Chatelaine

I also used Cinch and Go V to make my flowers.

I made a Mother's Day card and gift basket with this beautiful new die from Vintage Treasures Collection. 

These dies can be combined in so many ways for projects. So pretty to layer on a 5 x 7 inch card front! I used the inlay part of die set cut from white paper layered over peachy pink paper that was cut with outer die only.  If you look closely, you can see that there is a subtle embossed design near inner border of white piece.  That part of the die set doesn't cut when used by itself.  There are 2 edge dies that can be used with it to cut a design element, one of which I used to cut the floral paper that's under the verse. Having edge dies separate allow more versatility when creating with this die set!  I've used the label die from Oh Happy Day for my verse which was inked through the die before stamping the verse.  It's layered over gold ribbon fastened and popped up with Thin 3D Foam Squares.  I've also used the new Cinch and Go Flowers V on the card and basket. I inked the small flower for the pink center and lightly inked the rest of the petals.  Gold stamens fill the centers.

The basket takes just a bit more planning to put together.  This die set makes a lovely edge on my basket! I die cut white paper and solid peach pink for trim around basket top.  After I fastened them together, I decided to run it through my die cut machine with die in place and using embossing sandwich.  It embossed as I wanted but also cracked the pink paper.  I was disappointed at first but  decided I liked the look!   I added a die cut of the smallest die to top of the basket handle.  I applied ink through the die to add color on the flower shapes.  The center diamond was cut from coordinating paper and fastened over the inked piece. Another piece cut the same is fastened under it sandwiching the ribbon between.  The ribbon wraps around the basket sides and is fastened on the bottom. 

These papers from Photo Play paper really work well for this card and basket!  It's the same paper used front and back. 

For my Second Project For Today:

I'm pleased to introduce S4-999 Infinity Link Border
Another gorgeous die that has so many possibilities!  I've used it to make a band down the center of this wedding card.  

I cut the design from white cardstock and lightly rubbed Distress Tattered Rose ink over it.  It accents the raised parts of the design.   I really like that the cutting edge dies are 2 separate pieces.  Because of that I was able to cut the teal paper behind the decorative piece just a little bigger to allow a border to show along the edge.  If you notice the pointed design with pearls along the edge, that was also cut with the edge die. I used the point side and trimmed the ends off.  The wonderful part of that is it perfectly fits the design yet looks so different! I've used seam binding to add borders to the center design as well as along the edges of peach paper.  The subtle design on the peach paper was stamped with Distress Tattered Rose Oxide ink and Distress Tattered Rose ink used to blend and add color along the edges.  Pink pearls and a bow accent the design.


These plates are available right now on the Spellbinders website —- HERE


Just a note: all past prize winners have been contacted and their dies are on the way - we are caught up with prizes.  Just in time for us to give away more dies!!!

Be sure you leave a comment on this post and every Creative Team Members post for a chance to win an Amazing Paper Grace Die from any previous collection.

There are two dies that are being given away.  One name will be randomly picked from comments left on the combination of our seven blogs on the  Introducing The Vintage Treasures post between April 10 and April 15, 2018, at midnight US Central Time.  We encourage all of our international friends to participate!  The randomly selected names will be announced on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog on April 16th.  (All giveaways for this hop are managed by and the responsibility of Amazing Paper Grace).

There will be a total of two dies and a winner can win once among all the blogs.  If your name is selected, simply claim it within 2 weeks of the announcement by sending your address through the form under the Contact Tab on the Amazing Paper Grace Blog.  There won’t be a reply back but if you leave your choice, we’ll get it, I promise.  When sent, you will get an email that your die is on the way. The dies will be mailed out from Amazing Paper Grace.

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Thanks so much for joining us for the Introducing Vintage Treasures Blog Hop.  Is it time to update your dies with new classics?  We hope you'll find some inspiration here that help you turn your next project into something you love.

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies for Project One -Mother's Day Card and Basket:

Spellbinders S5-394 Nobel Chatelaine
Spellbinders S4-995 Cinch and Go V

Spellbinders SDS-116 Oh Happy Day

Ranger Distress Fired Brick, Peeled Paint Ink, Photo Play Pretty Peonies paper; Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock; KaiserCraft Stamp; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves Ink; Pearls; Flower Stamens; Gold Satin Ribbon; White cardstock

Supplies for Project Two - Wedding Card:

Spellbinders S4-999 Infinity Link Border
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®:

Ranger Distress Tattered Rose and Distress Oxide Tattered Rose Inks, Hero Arts Pink Pearls; KaiserCraft Stamp; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Versafine Clair Morning Mist Ink; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Glorious Bouquet; Teal Seam Binding