November 29, 2018

U rock Gala!

My daughter went back to school, making her way towards a new degree in IT - all the while working full-time.
She secured an internship with a web-based company back in March and was hired last August by that same company. Just before Black Friday and at a very busy time for her in her new job, she finished her last assignment and she is done!

I am so immensely proud of you and your achievement, bravo Gala!

Here is a card I sent to congratulate her on this new milestone, it has quite a graphic quality.


I think the two sentiments complement each other quite well



And I love the color splotches that really make the flowers stand out! I did fill in some of the stamens with a black Sharpie pen.



I am entering this card into Altenew's  November 2018 Inspiration Challenge. Aga's beautiful photograph and Christmas themed card here were my color combo inspiration for quite a different card from me.


All supplies used are from Altenew:
Stamp sets:
Charmed, A Splash of Color, Label Love English (sentiment), Congrats!(sentiment)
Inks:
Hunter Green, Heart Beat, Jet Black

Let me know what you think!

November 25, 2018

Enjoy the little things - Apprécier les petites choses

Much of my four day weekend was spent crafting and I am happy to have another post ready using Altenew stamps and markers. Let's jump right in to see how I made this card.


Using my MISTI I laid out how I wanted my three succulents to sit on the card, then I stamped the foremost image which is also the smallest plant in the set



Using the matching dies for the Succulent set I die cut the mask out of contact paper which makes such great masks that are repositionable and reusable, even though mine are made of orange contact paper they are see through which makes life easy. I then stamped my second succulent and positioned the second mask and so on until all my image was stamped




As I was stamping along I managed to add a smudge of ink on my card stock, don't you hate when that happens!? Luckily I have a Mono sand eraser that takes care of that - just let the ink dry and if it's not too heavy you'll be able to remove the smudge just like I did below.




My next step before removing the masks was to sponge some Distress Oxide ink in a light color above the plants, as you can see below I wiped off any extra black ink from the masks, no more smudges wanted! Then I removed the masks and colored the image using alcohol markers which I am still very much learning about. 






This is my finished card, I love how the outline stays white so you can easily distinguish the three plants.


The sentiment was first stamped in green but I decided to over-stamp it in black ink (luckily I had used the MISTI) and you can actually see a hint of green, in the closeup you can also see my coloring, I really like the way this card came out!



Supplies used:
Stamp sets:
Succulents (and matching dies), Charmed (sentiment)
Inks:
Hunter Green, Jet Black from Altenew and Distress Oxide in Antique Linen
Altenew and Letraset alcohol markers.

This post is for a Level 2 assignment in the Altenew Certification Program, inspired by a class from Altenew Academy called Magical Marker Techniques.



November 21, 2018

Christmas cards without Christmas stamps - Cartes de Noël non traditionnelles

I have really gone into Christmas mode in my card making and I cannot wait to start decorating the house for one of my favorite times of the year!

While I wait I'll share a couple of cards that I made last weekend, the colors are very traditional but the images I used are not, still works for this time of year, don't you think?

These cards were all made with stamps and inks from Altenew and I am happy to enter them into the November Inspiration Challenge on their blog, here


Since the inspiration came from a beautiful forest photograph taken by Aga, I immediately knew I wanted to use feathers and a rock n roll technique to stamp them.


I am also a big fan of berry images for Christmas so I made a pattern on the second card.


And this mid century inspired one finishes it all up.


Supplies used:
Stamp sets:
Faithful Feather, Halftone Happy, Bride-To-Be, Simple Flowers and a greeting from the Hero Arts October 2018 card kit.
Inks:
Olive, Moss and Hunter Green
Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry and Velvet
Espresso
Jet Black


Which one is your favorite?



October 31, 2018

Autumn thanks

Today I have an easy thank you card using three mini stamp sets from Altenew; Pear Tree, Peach Tree and Apple Tree to create a little scene.


I used Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Firebrick, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle and Warm Sunshine to ink up the layered trees on a white card panel, masking off the middle tree-top to stamp the ones on each side. The tree trunks and sentiment were stamped last in Dark Chocolate and Paper Bag inks.
Mounted the panel onto beautiful, real Cherry-wood card stock from Altenew and called it a day!

I am entering this card into the October 2018 Inspiration Challenge. See Virginia Lu's beautiful inspiration here.



Happy Fall!



October 17, 2018

Christmas anemones - Anemones de noël

The holidays for me are a lot about flowers; bunches of tulips, poinsettias, wreaths of greenery, hyacinths. Whites and greens in my house, clean and lovely and doesn't look old even into the new year. But I love anemones and I love them in color as well as in all the white shades, the blues and purples and even the odd red one.

When I originally bought the Beautiful day stamp set from Altenew I knew very well that the flowers were peonies, (which I also love) but I got that particular set because the main flower looks like an anemone to me.

This year some of my Christmas cards will have watercolored anemones in all possible colors as I was so inspired after taking an Altenew Academy class called Polychromatic taught my Nina-Marie Trappani. Nina demonstrates several coloring media in the classes, she does beautiful work.
I choose to work with my Arteza watercolor brush markers on Bristol smooth cardstock.

After stamping out several anemones in Versamark Onyx black ink and heat embossing in clear power I colored a whole evening, doing the class home work for my AECP certification. I think my flowers got better with each one, practice makes perfect so I'll just keep practicing!

Since it's definitely too boring to make the exact same card 6 times, after I diecut the flowers I pulled everything together into a set of 6 Christmas cards, using a lot of white space and aiming for a CAS look. Each card a little different but they are definitely a set.

Here they are:


This first purple one has a sprig of leaves from the Build-a-flower Rose set stamped in all the colors from the Sea Shore Crisp Inks collection; Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon and Emerald. Then I diecut a frame from  Concord and 9th Love set in a gorgeous bright green, mirror Mirri paper from the Paper Cut.

The sentiment which is the same on all these cards is from the little Pine Tree set, this one I stamped in Midnight Violet Crisp Ink and then overstamped in Versamark to be able to heat emboss and make the color shine a bit - there was a lot of shine in the paper that needed to be compensated for.


My second anemone was white, painted with a grey toned Arteza marker, I love how it came out! My mother would have loved this one.

The background was the inside from the previous diecut, and the leaves also as above. I added three small drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White and heat embossed the sentiment in black.


The red anemone I felt looked the least real of all of them, it seems red is a somewhat unnatural color so that's why I simply diecut the leaves from a glossy dark green cardstock from my stash and monted on to a strip of the lovely (real!) wood paper from Altenew.


I do like the contemporary look of this one!


Next I decided to mount the beautiful pale pink bloom together with the Leafy Wreath Die from Altenew. I diecut the wreath in both glitter and metallic gold washi tape from the Metallics stack from DCWV.

Without the sentiment this could be bridal card.


Here is another white anemone, this one has a blue tint to it, for some reason it looks grey in this photo, not sure why??? 

Does it look more blue here, not even sure?
Again I went with the solid leaf cut out from the same metallic gold washi, I added Frosty Pink ink through a small hear stencil from Melissa Frances and heat embossed the sentiment in gold.


For the blue anemone I matched it with copper glitter washi to follow that hot trend, pretty combination, no? I glued it on to the lovely Spicy Yogurt cardstock from Altenew because I thought white cardstock was too harsh.

The sentiment was heat embossed with copper embossing powder that I purchased surely before the year 2000 - good heavens, should I even tell you that?



That's all the cards for today, what do you think, do you have a favorite?

October 8, 2018

Foxes four ways - Quatre renards

I kept very busy on international cardmaking day which was this past Saturday, October 6,  making several new cards with an adorable stampset from Altenew called Hug Me.

This is a perfect set for new babies, children's birthdays, love cards - you can make so many different cards.


I started by stamping all the fox images in Altenew Jet Black Crisp Ink onto Neenah 80lb cardstock using my MISTI and then I left the stamps in place while I colored the images with alcohol markers. This is a new media to me and I am certainly no expert, I just go with the flow and what I have picked up from watching YouTube videos.
I have also taken an Altenew Academy class called Magical Marker Techniques which is quite helpful when you are a complete newbie like me to this type of coloring medium.

Some of my markers are Letraset Promarkers that my son had and was no longer using and I also have set A from Altenew. Limited colors available but enough for me, I am not planning on becoming the next alcohol marker pro,  but I do love how easily you get even coverage with them.

So once they were all colored I put the paper back into the MISTI and over stamped the outlines in Versamark black ink - this makes a huge difference to the quality of the image which becomes really crisp. Then I diecut all the images using the coordinating dies.

I decided against using white cardstock for my card bases and went with Fog from SimonSays Stamp - it's a beautiful pale grey paper and I love how it showcases the images. To give the balloon-fox somewhere to stand I first put down a strip of silver glitter paper, then I stamped my sentiment in Altenew Pure Graphite.


You can better see the glitter in this pic below.
I also covered the balloons in Glossy Accents and added Ebony black Nuvo drops to the eyes and snout of the fox - he is so adorable!


For my second card, I diecut a total of three layers of cardstock to glue together to make the HugMe-fox a bit sturdier. I then sandwiched a white, a red and then the stamped image, slightly offsetting the red so it can be barely seen. Then I mounted him to the middle of the card using a mini action wobbler.


It's hard to see in the picture but I added a layer of Wink of Stella to make the letters glitter and the black Nuvo drops to the eyes and snout.


To continue my set I started looking for pieces of scrap in my stash - I try and stamp every day and find myself with so many bits and pieces that do not make it into a card that day but can possibly be used some other day. I'm happy to say that I found a piece of cardstock that I had inkblended Distress Oxides onto, probably Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen.
After diecutting the piece into a square, I added a strip of glitter - I felt there needed to be something separating the fox and his dream!



Then I mounted the square ont the card, stamped a sentiment from the Adore You set in Pure graphite, glued down the fox and the dream and added Nuvo drops as above.


For the last card I wanted to combine the fox image with one of Altenew's lovely flower stamps. I stamp these and keep them in my stash and so I had several to choose from before deciding on these from the set called Bride-To-Be. The reason I choose these is that I felt the flowers needed to be a little cartoonish to not clash with the style of the fox.


The foliage is from another small Altenew set called floral elements. The heart has added gold Nuvo drops. I think this is my favorite of all the cards but I do love the set.
Someone might get these fro Christmas...


I hope you have enjoyed my post, which is your favorite card?

J'espère que cela vous a plu - n'hésitez pas de m'écrire en français si vous avez des questions ou commentaires. Quelle carte préférez-vous ?


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