Friday, July 3, 2020

Being Awesome!


This is card #7 for my July One + 12 card!  This is a very fun, monthly challenge with Kelly and Jeanette to use one stamp only, each month, for one + 12!  For 2020, I am using my Taylored Expressions image called Big Grumpy.  I am able to add one of the coordinating sentiments from the set.  I think he is a hoot!  

This month I used one of the sentiments from the Big Grumpy-Cat set.  I colored Big Grumpy with my Copic Sketch Markers and used the matching die to cut him out.   The background is some fun paw print patterned paper and I added  strip of craft embossed paws.  The black baker's twine is the finishing touch!



Here is the inside of my card:



Please be sure to check out the other One plus Twelve cards.  Here are links to Jeanette's and Kelly's blogs. I am sure you will enjoy checking out the one stamp set each of them picked for 2020 and will see a couple of great cards! I hope Kelly and Jeanette like my card and that you might too! Be sure to check back every month on the 3rd to see our cards!

Image/Sentiment:  Taylored Expressions Big Grumpy and matching die along with Big Grumpy-Cat Sentiment

Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar 110# White; Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Basic Black; Bo Bunny Happy Tails Paw Prints

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Darice Paw Print Embossing Folder; Black Baker's Twine




Thursday, July 2, 2020

Another Christmas in July card


This is second of the 2 cards I made for Ashley's Christmas in July swap.  I love making Christmas cards and always try to join her swap.  

I inked up one of the sentiments from a favorite Christmas sentiment sent from The Project Bin called Joyful Song.  I stamped the sentiment and layered with my CottageCutz Oval Double Stitched dies. I then picked some Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper.  A strip of Garden Green satin ribbon and three brads are the final touches.  I think it is a pretty Christmas card!



Here is the inside of my card:






I hope Ashley and the others swappers like my card.

Image/Sentiment:  The Project Bin Joyful Song

Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar 110# White; Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Garden Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Brads




Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Christmas in July


This is one of the 2 cards I made for Ashley's Christmas in July swap.  I love making Christmas cards and always try to join her swap.  

I inked up a fun Cottage Impressions stamp called Penguin w/skis.  I colored it with my Copic Sketch Markers and layered over some Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper called Be of Good Cheer.  The sentiment is from the Season's Greetings set by Miss Ink Stamps--lots of fun sentiments in that set!  I layered the sentiment over a strip of Cherry Cobbler satin ribbon and then added a few white glittery enamel dots. There is also some Wink of Stella on the stocking cap.  I think it is a fun holiday card!



Here is the inside of my card:





I hope Ashley and the others swappers like my card.

Image/Sentiment:  Cottage Impressions Penguin w/skis; Sentiment-Miss Ink Stamps Season's Greetings 

Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar 110# White; Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Satin Ribbon; Copic Sketch Markers; Wink of Stella; White Glittery Enamel Dots




Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Home Sweet Home


It is the last Tuesday in June and time for my A Card A Week Challenge!  The  theme  again is using a new technique.   This time I used inks as Watercolor Washes. 

I picked two Tim Holtz mini Distress Inks and swiped the colors along the side of my white cardstock.  I then used a fun windmill stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamp Company over that side of the panel.  I added the word Home from a Scraps of Love stamp set called Wisconsin Collage.  I have had the set for a few years, but this is the first stamp I inked up.  I realized when the card was done, that I used Green Bay Packer colors--how appropriate!
 


I really, really, like the look of these card and hope you do too.  I hope you will stop back next week to see what the last new technique for June!

Image/Sentiment:  Northwoods Rubber Stamp Company/Scraps of Love Wisconsin Collage

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Stampin' Up Garden Green, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed

Accessories:  Yellow Enamel Dots



Sunday, June 28, 2020

Life's a Beach


Today I am posting my card for our Challenge Your Stash group on SCS.  This is our 42nd month of de-stashing-we are into our 4th year of our challenges. 

The premise is to create a card or something else that uses only items that are in your own stamp room--nothing new is to be purchased.  The hostess each month posts their challenge to the group. Each person in the group creates their card with their own image, their own papers, their own embellishments with their own supplies--using up items from their own stash!  The card can be for any occasion and each person is encouraged to send the card on its way to someone so it can be admired.  It is a way for us to step out of the box a bit and create something that follows a challenge--isn't that what a challenge is supposed to be.  And--no money is spent as all items are to be already available in each of own stamping spaces.

Kari posted our June challenge--Life's a Beach!  I picked one of my favorite summer Whipper Snapper Designs wood stamps--and I have had it for many years!  I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers and added some Wink of Stella to the water and the sun.  The background is some fun water themed patterned paper from Bella Blvd called Seashore from the Secrets of the Sea line.  The only embellishment is some orange baker's twine.  


Here is the inside of my card:


If you check some of the blogs on my sidebar, you may find others who have posted their cards in the next few days.  There may be more posted in the thread on SCS, so you might want to check out the link here.  We also have a keyword for the SCS Gallery--it is CYSJUN.  You might see many cards there is you do a search.  They probably will be posted today or in the next few days.

I hope you enjoyed my card and I know I am excited to check out what my other hoarders, I mean stash reducers have made!  Thanks for stopping by today!  For July, Jeanette is up.  Be sure to check back to see what we create!

Image/Sentiment:  Whipper Snapper Designs Chicken Vacation

Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Stampin' Up Mango Melody, Coastal Cabana; Bella Blvd Secrets of the Sea-Seashore

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Orange Baker's Twine




Thursday, June 25, 2020

Mini Summer Camp Wrap-Up


Today is the final day of our Stamping Sisters Mini Summer Camp.  I am wrapping up the 4 day camp and I sure hope you have enjoyed our classes.  If you have missed any of the days, please go back and check out the three previous tuorials by our awesome camp counselors.



Here are our blogs and the days of being a camp counselor:

Monday/June 22 ~ Kelly @ Sandcastlestamper
Tuesday/June 23 ~ Darlene @ Accordingtobijou
Wednesday/June 24 ~ Jeanette @ Creativeplay
Thursday/June 25 ~ Barb (me!)  @ inkingintoretirement

I am here for our final class and you will need the following items:
  • A stencil-any design works.  
  • Pixie Spray and/or tape is recommended to hold your stencil in place.
  • Watercolor Markers--all four of us recently purchased a set of Karin Brushmarker Pro watercolor markers and I hope they use them today!  I would like you to pick some bright rainbow colors for your card.
  • An Aqua-painter or water-brush
  • A word or image die
  • Watercolor Paper 
  • Cardstock to complete your card
  • Any embellishments you might want to add

First--I sprayed Pixie Spray on the back of my stencil and laid it over my piece of watercolor paper.  Be sure to push down the middle of your stencil so it has good contact with your paper on all parts.


I picked two stencils from A Colorful Life Designs--Bare Rainbow and Heart Fade.  I like the results of the rainbow die better as it has larger open spaces than the smaller hearts. The watercolor will seep under the stencil, so it is a bit less obvious in larger areas. 

Now, pick out any number of watercolor markers.  I went with bold colors for both cards and used the ROYGBIV order.  There are 8 colors in my rainbow card as that is the number of rows.  


I started in one corner of the stencil by adding color with my markers direct to the paper.  I outlined the arches of the rainbow and then scribbled in between the outlines.  Then, I used my Aqua-painter to move the color in the open area of the stencil.  You can add more ink from your marker if you want a darker color.


I then trimmed the panels and layered with bold colors of cardstock.  I then die cut words for each card.  For the rainbow, I used Taylored Expressions Celebrate Script and Backer.  On the hearts, I went with a new die I just received from Simon Says Stamp called Scripty Happy Birthday.  I then added a few white glitter enamel dots to the rainbow.




really like these two cards and I hope you do too!


I hope you will join me in making a card with some watercolor markers, a stencil and a sweet die.  Since today is the final day of camp, we will say our goodbyes and see you soon.  Who knows--maybe we will do this again in the fall and hope you will join us again!

It has been a great time--I so enjoyed making the other cards that my sweet counselors taught.  I love the new techniques and the great cards as a result!




Image/Sentiment:  Taylored Expressions Celebrate Script & Backer and Simon Says Stamp Scripty Happy Birthday Dies

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Strathmore Watercolor Paper White; Stampin' Up Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Mango Melody

Ink:  Karin Brushmarker Pro Watercolor Markers

Accessories:  White Glittery Enamel Dots; A Colorful Life Designs Stencils--Bare Rainbow and Heart Fade




Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Modified Stencil-Modified Silhouette-Day 3


Are you ready for Camp-Day 3?  Yes, we are into our third day--did you join us?  This summer camp is a virtual one and everyone is invited to attend. If you did not see what we are up to, please check my blog post from Monday.  This is the brainchild of my good friend Kelly and when she asked three of us to join her at camp, we all said YES!  And, if you did not see Kelly's awesome tutorial on Monday or Darlene's yesterday as counselors, be sure to check out their blogs!



Here are our blogs and the days we are going to be the camp counselor:

Monday/June 22 ~ Kelly @ Sandcastlestamper
Tuesday/June 23 ~ Darlene @ Accordingtobijou
Wednesday/June 24 ~ Jeanette @ Creativeplay
Thursday/June 25 ~ Barb (me!)  @ inkingintoretirement

Jeanette's challenge for today can be found on her blog along with a tutorial for making card.  Each day one of us will provide the directions and photos for our card and we hope you will join us.  Please Play Along--and remember, it is free to attend our camp!  

Jeanette asked us to use a die to create a stencil and then to create our own silhouette using a stamp.  We were to pick a die that would make a great stencil and then to pick a stamp that would be a silhouette when colored in with black marker.  I had never done either one of those things, so very new techniques for me!

I picked a die from Spellbinders called Kaleidoscope.  I cut it out of a piece of cardstock and then picked my ink colors.  I went with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade and Crushed Pistachio.  I used my sponge daubers over the die cut piece of cardstock and inked my white.



I then looked for a stamp set that would have a recognizable stamp when colored black for the silhouette.  I grabbed an Avery Elle set called Sip Sip Hooray for the pair of clinking glasses and it was perfect.  I colored the stamp in with my C7 Copic Marker and fuzzy cut the glasses out.  I added some glittery enamel dots over the glasses for bubbles!  I picked the fun sentiment for my card to celebrate any special occassion.

 


Here is the inside of my card with any stamp from the same set:



really like this card and I hope you do too!


I hope you will join us at camp this week and play along.  You can start today or go back and check out the two previous cards to make also.  It will be a great time--I promise wonderful weather, no mosquitoes and no sunburn!   I am up tomorrow as out last day of camp--be sure to check back!




Image/Sentiment:  Avery Elle Sip Sip Hooray stamp set

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green

Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Pistachio; Stampin' Up Granny Apple Green

Accessories:  Spellbinders Kaleidoscope Die; White Glittery Enamel Dots




Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Stamping Sisters Mini Summer Camp-Day 2


Are you ready for Camp-Day 2?  Yes, we headed to camp yesterday--did you join us?  This summer camp is a virtual one and everyone is invited to attend. If you did not see what we are up to, please check my blog post from yesterday.  This is the brainchild of my good friend Kelly and when she asked three of us to join her at camp, we all said YES!  And, if you did not see Kelly's awesome tutorial yesterday as our first counselor, be sure to check out her blog!



Here are our blogs and the days we are going to be the camp counselor:

Monday/June 22 ~ Kelly @ Sandcastlestamper
Tuesday/June 23 ~ Darlene @ Accordingtobijou
Wednesday/June 24 ~ Jeanette @ Creativeplay
Thursday/June 25 ~ Barb (me!)  @ inkingintoretirement

Darlene's challenge for today can be found on her blog along with a tutorial for making card.  Each day one of us will provide the directions and photos for our card and we hope you will join us.  Please Play Along--and remember, it is free to attend our camp!  

Darlene asked us to go on a scavenger hunt and find something with texture for a background.  I used the bag that onions come in--the orange one and I also picked a piece of bubble wrap.  

I inked up both of them with shades of pink/red.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Festive Berries, Candied Apple and Picked Raspberry.  I inked up both of my scavenged items with three rows of colors.  The left side is when I inked up the bubble wrap and laid my piece of cardstock right over the top to get inked.  The right piece was using the bag from onions and I taped it on the sides over the cardstock.  I then used my sponge dauber over the bag and inked the cardstock.  I carefully lifted the bag off to show the colored effect. Two different patterns applied two different ways.


I should have remembered the cardstock was going to be cut in half from side to side and made my rows of colors go the long way.  After I trimmed each piece to 4 1/2 by 7 1/2,  only two colors show on each piece.

Below are both of the cards that I made.  The top is from the onion bag and is a fun birthday card, using sentiments from the Birthday Girl stamp set from The Project Bin.  The bottom card is from the bubble wrap and would be a great congrats card, using the Stampin' Up Bravo Set.

 

Darlene gives awesome directions with pictures of how to cut out the middle and add the die cuts with the sentiments.  Her tutorial is So Good--be sure to check it out!  I used the Stampin' Up Deco Labels Dies for the middle of my card.

really like this card and I hope you do too!



I hope you will join us at camp this week and play along.  It will be a great time--I promise wonderful weather, no mosquitoes and no sunburn!  Jeanette is up as our counselor tomorrow--be sure to check back!




Image/Sentiment:  The Project Bin-Birthday Girl and Stampin' Up Bravo stamp sets

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink

Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Festive Berries, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberries; Stampin' Up Melon Mambo

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Deco Labels Dies; Bubble Wrap, Onion Bag




Using Karin Markers


It is a Tuesday in June and time for my A Card A Week Challenge!  This is my fourth card for the month, with the theme of using a new technique.  This card was using my new Karin Markers!  I love the way this card looks!

I used 7 markers and scribbled on a piece of watercolor cardstock.  I then spritzed with water and let everything dry.  I then cut with my a frame Taylored Expressions Smile Picture Perfect from the watercolor sheet.  I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug Wedding Suite-Diamonds.  I picked all primary colors for this cardstock, including the Taylored Expressions Flower in the middle
 

Here is the inside of my card with a strip cut from the watercolor paper


I really, really, like the look of these card and hope you do too.  I hope you will stop back next week to see what the last new technique for June!

Image/Sentiment:  Taylored Expressions Smile-Picture Perfect/Flower

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: White Watercolor Paper; Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight, Green Galore, Brilliant Blue

Ink:  Karin Brushmarker Pro

Accessories:  Cuttlebug Wedding Suite-Diamonds