Monday, May 27, 2024

Feel Better Soon Card With Alcohol Inks

I recently took a class with Tiffany Solorio and Mary Polanco that focused on techniques for creating alcohol ink backgrounds. I convinced a friend of mine to take the class, also, and we did some fun crafting together on a Saturday morning playing with alcohol inks and different types of papers and then had a lovely lunch together while our backgrounds dried. Some of mine turned out better than others, but I liked all the ones I did on Yupo paper. (I also tried the back of glossy photo paper with pretty good results, but I didn't care for the backgrounds I made on vellum or acetate--I need more practice to make those work!). 

For this card, I trimmed my Yupo paper background to fit a 5x7 inch top-folding card base and then die cut an oval out of it. I saved the oval for another project and die cut a black oval using the same die and popped that up with foam tape. The die cut lilies are from Altenew's Craft-A-Flower: Lilies die set, and I used some of the watercolor card stock that I had water colored, ink smooshed, and sprayed to get the yellows and greens here for the flower die cuts. I then colored one of the layers of the flowers with an alcohol ink marker to get a darker shade of yellow so it showed up better.

The "feel better soon" sentiment is from Altenew's Craft-A-Garden: Grand Carnations and was stamped using Distress Black Soot ink. 

 Challenges I'm entering: Lots of texture (1/5; ends 6/3/24)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (2/5 for the week; 2/10 for the challenge; ends 6/5/24)

As You Like It Challenge: Favorite Sketch and Why: I love making cards with flowers at the center as the focal point. I usually pop them up on foam tape so they stand out a bit from the background, and for this card, since the flowers were yellow and so was the background, I also added a black oval on foam tape behind the flowers. (2/3; ends 5/29/24)

Cut It Up ( Send my flowers (1/3; ends 5/29/24)

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (1/3; ends 5/31/24)

Allsorts challenge blog: ATG or blast from the past (1/3; ends 5/31/24)

Crafty Calendar Challenge: ATG (ends 5/28/24)

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge: ATG with flowers as the focus (2/6; ends 6/12/24)

No more challenges. 

Friday, May 24, 2024

Cascading Pleats Birthday Card for Creative Creases #83

It's time for a new challenge on the Creative Creases blog where it's always Anything Goes with a Fun Fold project! If you'd like to join the fun, here's the link: Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #83 (

For my Guest Design card this time, I finally made a Cascading Pleats card. I've been wanting to try this fold for quite some time, and I was surprised at how easy it was! It's a great fold if you'd like to show off pretty pattern paper as there are lots of panels to decorate. Here's a link to a video by Tami White if you'd like to try out this fold: (5) 🔴 #FancyFoldCards: Make Stunning Cascading Pleats with Effortless Ease! - YouTube

After making the card base, I adhered the pattern paper panels to the base and set about stamping several flowers and leaves from Altenew's Mini Delight: Wild Geranium stamp set. I used ink colors that matched the patter paper (it's double-sided paper with lots of pretty spring colors on the floral side, so it was easy to choose some matching inks). I should mention that when I'm stamping multiple images like in this case, I like to die cut the shapes first and create a jig to put in my MISTI so I can quickly stamp lots of the same image in one sitting by die cutting the shapes and then fitting them into the jig to align them perfectly each time. I die cut 24 flowers and 12 leaves, so I have some extras that I went ahead and stamped for a future project. 

I stamped a few sentiments onto the panels of the card and stamped a large floral image (from Altenew's Dear Dahlias set) on the back using a tone-on-tone light lilac ink so my "Celebrate" (from SU!'s Share  A Milkshake set) would show nicely. I popped the flowers up using foam tape for dimension and added a few blue and purple gems to embellish the card. Finally, I added some purple Nuvo drops to the back in all the flower centers. 

Close up of the sentiment and Nuvo drops: 

 Challenges I'm entering: 

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (1/5 for the week; 1/10 for the challenge; ends 6/5/24)

We Love Stamping: Vintage or ATG (3/3; ends 5/29/24)

613 Avenue Create ( ATG (ends at the end of the month)

A Place To Start ( ATG (ends at the end of the month)

Double Trouble Paper Crafting ( Thing 1: Birthday or newborn category; Thing 3: GD card for Creative Creases entered in Inspiration Station, The Paper Fun Day, and Beautiful Blossoms

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge: ATG with flowers as the focus (ends 6/15/24)

Inspiration Station ( Photo prompt contains florals as the theme, and my card is a floral card (ends at the end of the month)

The Paper Funday Challenges: Flower Shoppe (1/4; ends at the end of the month)

Allsorts challenge blog: ATG Happy 15th anniversary! (2/3 ends 5/24/24)

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Hello Card in Red

In a recent challenge on the FB Altenew Fan Group, we were challenged to create a card with a red motif. Challenge accepted! 😁I took out my Altenew Craft-Your-Life Magnolia & Blooms set and stamped the large floral focal point in black. Then I used several shades of red to color it in using the coordinating stencils. I die cut the image and then ran it through with the embossing folder. Then I embossed a red panel with the same image but going in the opposite direction and colored the raised parts of the panel using an Ohuhu alcohol ink marker. It was surprisingly easy to color! I set the embossed and stenciled panel on the red embossed background to get an idea of where to stamp the "hello" sentiment and then stamped the sentiment and adhered the stamped and colored piece using foam tape. I added some red gems in two shades of red to finish this A2 card. 

Close ups:

The Diva's that cut ....paper! ( Monochromatic (3/4; ends at the end of the month)

Allsorts challenge blog: ATG (2/3; ends 5/24/24)

Can You Handle The Pressure? ( ATG with an embossing folder with an optional twist of flowers (1/3; ends 5/22/24)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (ends 5/22/24)

613 Avenue Create ( ATG (ends at the end of the month)

We Love Stamping: Vintage or ATG (2/3; ends 5/29/24)

Crazy is our fame - STENCILS are our game! ( ATG with a stencil with the option of girly (3/3; ends at the end of the month)

Passion for Markers ( Use markers (I used Ohuhu R180 on all the embossed portions of the red card panel) (1/3; ends 5/28/24)

Thanks Card With Sunburst Azaleas

This is my fifth and final card for the Time Out challenge with the theme of Alphabet Magnet Letters. I've really enjoyed this theme and have tried to mostly use Altenew products on my cards since Altenew is sponsoring the challenge.

To create this card, I splattered black, gray, and 2 colors of orange splatters on a white 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch panel and set that aside to dry. Then I worked on die cutting Altenew's Craft-A-Flower: Sunburst Azaleas and leaves out of snippets of water color cardstock I had previously water colored, smooshed, and sprayed with various shades of orange and green. I like to make up lots of my own card stock to use for die cutting, and I tend to take an afternoon or evening and just have fun smooshing, spritzing, spraying, splattering, etc. in various colors. 

Once I had the pieces die cut, I assembled the flowers and then arranged them on the card panel with the leaves. I used Press N Seal to hold all the pieces in place as I began to adhere them to the card panel. I used foam tape between some of the die cut layers of the flowers as well as behind the flowers to pop them up on the panel so this card has lots of dimension. I plan to hand deliver it to my mother-in-law for the pretty hanging basket she gave me for Mother's Day. 

For the sentiment, I used Altnew's Bold Thanks die, and I die cut the letters in my homemade orange water color paper and the shadow in black card stock. To finish the card, I adhered the sentiment to the card panel and then adhered the panel to an A2 card base. 

Close up of the sentiment and flowers:

Challenges I'm entering:

New tab ( Alphabet magnet letters C5 (5/5; ends 5/22/24)

As You Like It Challenge: Favorite sketch and why: I love to put a focal point in the center of the card and then add a sentiment at the top or bottom. I feel like whatever focal point I've chosen can take center stage and really get the attention by placing it in the middle of the card. (1/3; ends 5/29/24)

 The Diva's that cut ....paper! ( Monochromatic (2/3; ends at the end of the month)

Snippets Playground ( ATG with snippets: I used a snippet of black card stock for the sentiment shadow and some white snippets for the base layer of the flower centers (I colored the tips black and then adhered orange die cuts to cover the rest of the white), and most of the flower die cuts are from pieces I have left of the water color card stock I created myself. I only use tiny bits of it at a time since many of these Craft A Flower sets have teeny pieces (1/1; ends 5/24/24)

Allsorts challenge blog: ATG (1/3; ends 5/24/24)
No more challenges. 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Miss U Fur Real Card

My youngest daughter serves in the Navy, and we don't get to see her very often. She is on our minds and in our prayers every day though. And sometimes I like to send her a note from our dog Smoose just for fun. For this card, I printed a couple photos from the last time she was home (of course she gave Smoose lots of attention while she was here!) and added them to an A2 card I had debossed with Altenew's Dotted Lines coverplate die. I ink blended an ombre look using Altenew's Ruby Red ink and then added some red spray before adhering the photos and adding the chipboard letters. I also added a few sequins to the bottom left of the card. 

For the inside, I die cut 3 shapes from Altenew's Circular Elements die set and spelled out the punny: "Fur real" sentiment using more of the sparkly black chipboard letters. I'm hoping a card from Smoose will lift her spirits as she has a very challenging job with long hours. 

You can see a bit of the coverplate die pattern from the front of the card here:

 Challenges I'm entering: 

New tab ( Alphabet magnet letters C5 (4/5; ends 5/22/24)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (1/5 for the week; 5/10 for the challenge; ends 5/21/24)

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Sending Warm Hugs Card

I've recently been participating in the Altenew Fan Group challenge for the month of May, and each day there's a different prompt. One of them was to create a card using a stamping technique. I hadn't tried no-line stamping before, so I decided to give it a go for this card.

First I stamped the outline of the floral focal point in Altenew's Rose Quartz light pink ink. I've normally seen people use light gray ink, but I didn't have any light gray, so I figured the light pink would work instead. After stamping the image from Altenew's Build-A-Garden: Dear Dahlias set, I used the coordinating stencils to color the image using the green, red, and purple colors from Altenew's monthly challenge on their blog. I really like how this turned out. I'm not good at coloring images, so I love Altenew's layered stamp sets and stencil sets that do the shading for me! 

For the background, I decided to emboss the A2 card panel using Altenew's Craft-Your-Life: Bewitching Rose 3D embossing folder. It's a very large embossed pattern, and I like how it peeks out from behind the stamped floral focal point. 

To finish the card, I stamped "Sending warm hugs" in white pigment ink onto the focal point, and then I adhered the focal point to two layers of foam to give it some dimension. 

Challenges I'm entering:

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge: ATG with flowers as the focus (ends 5/12/24)

Can You Handle The Pressure? ( ATG with dry embossing with optional twist of flowers (1/3; ends 5/22/24)

We Love Stamping: Vintage or ATG (1/3; ends at the end of the month)

Stamping Sensations: Moodboard or ATG (1/3; ends at the end of the month) 

Crazy is our fame - STENCILS are our game! ( Girly or ATG (I used a set of stencils to color the floral focal point) (2/3; ends at the end of the month)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with twist of Flower Shoppe (3/4; ends at the end of the month) Use die cuts (the floral focal point was cut with a coordinating die)  (4/5; ends 5/15/24)

Double D Challenges ( Flowers for Mom (2/3; ends 5/12/24) Prize winner 5/14/24 Spellbinders Sweet Pea die set

No more challenges. 

HB2U Pop Out Card

My son's birthday is this month, and I wanted to make a special card for him, so when I saw this pop out cut file in my Silhouette Card Making & Paper Crafts FB group, I knew I wanted to try it out for my son's birthday card. A huge thank you to Sabine Harris, the creator of this cut file. She generously donates many beautiful designs to that FB group!!

After opening the cut file in my Silhouette Design Studio program, I chose the ocean-themed paper pack I wanted to use and decided what papers to use for what parts of the card. I used a coordinating card stock for the card base and the mechanism that makes the pop two flaps pop out. 

I adhered the parts together and chose the ephemera I wanted to include. I die cut the wooden rowboat using an Altenew set aptly titled: Wooden Rowboat die set. I colored some of the pieces with my Ohuhu alcohol ink markers and adhered all the pieces together. Then I added foam tape to the bottom piece and a double layer of foam tape to the top panel. I adhered the wooden rowboat with more foam tape (this is going to be hand delivered, so it can be as thick as I'd like 😁. 

For the inside of the card, I kept it simple and added a little bottle from the ephemera pack. I attached a stamped message ("Enjoy your day" from Altenew's Build-A-Flower: Larkspur set) with a bit of twine and popped the bottle and the message up on foam tape. After I took the photos, I added a personal message to the two pop up flaps. This was a fun card design, and I definitely plan to use it for other occasions. 



Challenges I'm entering: 

New tab ( Alphabet magnet letters C5 (3/5; ends 5/22/24)

****Pammie's Inky Pinkies**** **********Challenges********** ( ATG (2/3; ends 5/12/24) C10

Allsorts challenge blog: Spots and/or stripes (1/3; ends 5/16/24) Top 5 Pick 5/17/24 Use die cuts (the rowboat is made of die cuts) (3/5; ends 5/15/24)