July 30, 2018


Today I have a very quick post featuring the Peruvian lily (am I the only one who only knew the name Alstromeria for this flower?) set from Altenew and some background texture as well.

This layering set is easy to stamp out and gives spectacular results - the flowers look fantastic! I decided to stamp these using all the pink, orange, red and yellow color families of the Altenew Crisp Inks and they all look great. Now what I did not do was stamp the insides in another color family - so you could have a pink outer and a yellow inner flower for example, the possibilities are endless!

Once I had all my flowers stamped and cut I pulled together some cards using inspiration from Svitlana Shayevitch - she is so clever with texture and I used some of her techniques adding color to wood cardstock. The first card has a natural wood color which was blended right on to the white woodgrain cardstock

For the second card I imagined painted, weather-stained wood that was created using Distress Oxide Inks, I also added a small strip of washi tape to balance out the black.

That's it for today, see you soon!

July 18, 2018

Trigonometry - this is a test!

I am certainly not a maths person but I love geometric shapes, triangles, circles, hexagons - bring them on and I will make cards with them!
Today's cards are composed with triangle shapes that I stamped in a couple of bright colors as well as in cool grays using the Altenew Crisp Inks and the Trigonometry stamp set.

The shapes were all cut out with scissors, these may have a coordinating die but honestly they are so easy to cut out and it would probably take longer to die cut them than it did to fussy cut these shapes! However as you will see, I did use a triangle die from my stash to add some interest to the cards in a later step so I am not saying do not buy the matching dies!

Then I laid them all out on different colored card stock to see how I wanted to arrange them and what color scheme to use - I choose some grays and teals as these felt quite masculine and I wanted to make cards for the men in my life!

This is when my triangle die came into the picture - I decided to cut triangles into the card stock as well as arranging them on top of the card front.

Below you see how I was planning out my cutting and lay out; the first card has a "dancing" triangles while the second has a more strict placement.

The triangular cutouts looked cool but there was not a lot of wow and that is when I decided I wanted to add shine so I grabbed a new (to me) product that I picked up at the recent Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Chantilly, VA. This Mirri paper is nice and light, very shiny and comes in a bunch of beautiful colors - I would highly recommend it!

See below how my phone with it's flowery protective case is reflected in this awesome paper and the great colors in this variety pack - I seem to remember it cost me about $5 so a good price point as well.

So this is what I used behind the cutouts and I love the effect of the shine. To finish I stamped a couple of sentiments on an angle and embossed in Platinum from Hero Arts and Antique Lead, an old embossing powder from JudiKins - a lovely matte dark gray color.

I couldn't resist taking pictures with some shiny Mirri paper as a background to finish up this post!

Altenew Ink colors used:
Tide blue, Starlight, Industrial Diamond, Silver Stone, Heart Beat

Altenew stamp sets used:
Trigonometry and sentiments from Cake Love.

These cards were fun and easy to make and I think I have covered all the aspects required for the final challenge in the AECP Level 1 assignment using techniques from 3 separate classes in Altenew Academy; Let it Shine, For the Guys and Easy Die Cutting Techniques.

July 10, 2018

Building a scene

This large and luscious 6-layer Altenew rose has always reminded me of English chintz and today I wanted to build a scene with two colorful roses on a turquoise background - I love the combo of yellow, coral and blue, I find it vivid and summery but not garish. Just like apiece of chintz!

Since these roses are not the easiest to line up (in my opinion) I stamp out several at a time using the MISTI and several color combination - this helps with frustration when you miss-stamp your one perfect flower on the very last layer!

Once I had decided on the colors I was using and selected my roses I fussy cut them out - I know, I know, there are dies that come included with the set, but I wanted no edge to these flowers!

The idea for this card came from an Altenew Academy class called Seasonal Scene Building so I wanted my scene to be of two beautiful roses in a vase in front of a striped background (curtain, tablecloth, wallpaper, who knows!)
Which is why the fussy cutting.

My initial idea was to make this a shaker using clear plastic packaging for the shaker element and mixed sequins for the water so I stamped out my background using the MISTI in a lighter ink for behind the vase and a darker shade for behind the flower. It didn't need to have a perfect line between the two colors as the roses would hide any mess.

It looks quite cool but in the pics here but I ended up hating that shaker element - it looked fussy and too much on the card once I had everything glued together so this is all you will see of my original idea!
Instead I decided to go for a light blue vellum to represent the vase, this calmed things down a bit and to make the scene a tad more realistic I cut out a couple of stems for my roses from a scrap piece of green card stock.

I still liked my striped background so decided to use that, the white was too stark and also did not make this look like a scene which is what I really wanted!

To finish up I used a sentiment from another Altenew stamp set - I love how straight and graphic this is embossed in white on black card stock - in my mind it reinforces the clean look of the card in spite of all the colors, does anyone agree with me?

Also that black strip helps glue the vellum down to the paper - we all know that vellum is notoriously difficult to stick down without showing ugly glue or tape marks!

By the way, the vellum is doubled up about three quarters of the way up to simulate water in the vase. A clever idea suggested by my husband JM.

I admit that I was worried that all the color would make this crazy but I actually really like it and I hope you do to!

The rose leaves were not glued down but tucked under the roses.

Altenew Ink colors used:
Red Sunset (Blush, Rouge, Crimson, Velvet) and Tea Party (CoralBliss and Vineyard Berry) color families for the coral flower.
The yellow rose was stamped in Pocketful of Sunshine colors (Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle) and Summer Afternoon (Buttercream and Warm Sunshine).
Leaves were stamped in Tropical Forest (Parrot, Olive and Moss)
Dew Drops, for behind the vase and Ocean Waves for the darker shade on the wall.

Stamp sets used:
Build - A - Flower Rose and a sentiment from Simple Flowers from Altenew and Basic Stripes from Simon Says Stamp.

This is my tenth and final submission into Level 1 of the AECP program.

July 7, 2018

All about layering - with a spin

We are enjoying a lovely summer day here in northern Virginia and I am so enjoying my day, cooking for friends coming for dinner tonight and finishing up this latest blogpost which is all about layering with a spin.
I am such a happy, albeit slow participant in the AECP - Altenew Educator Certification Program,
and this post is part of that program focussing on stamp layering. Altenew is the master of layering stamps, I remember first seeing Vintage roses when that stampset came out a couple of years ago and just being flabbergasted! Nowadays many companies do really good layering sets but in this post I will use only Altenew sets.

I wanted to make a couple of spinner cards and knew that I wanted to use To the Moon and Big World as they lend themselves perfectly to this technique:

But why not also use Main Squeeze - it works too! If you want to try this technique, look through your stash for images that could spin and follow along.

After stamping out the layered images in sets of two to make up the front and the back of my spinner elements, I diecut them using the coordinating dies. I just love how dimensional these images are, so cool!

Then I glued them together with doublesided tape sandwiching a strand of twine in between the two, very easy to do.

Then I choose a circle die, slightly larger than the spinner element to cut round holes into my cardstock, I also cut a separate backing piece so that I could sandwich the twine in between the two to hold it in place and have a clean looking card. I do not measure and plan things out exactly, math was never my subject,(!) I think it looks OK even if it's not to the millimeter, don't you?

After that I added lots of doublesided tape to keep everything in place and carefully lined up the two circles.

To finish up I stamped coordinating sentiments from several sets; from To the Moon and from Folksy Florals for the first card.

On the space card I first stamped the word MOON and then lined up the smaller sentiments  around the first word - this makes for better spacing than stamping the lines all together - the MISTI and a good old ruler are invaluable for lining these up! These sentiments are from from To the Moon and Trigonometry. The astronaut and star are from Space Travel.

And for my last card today I stamped a simple sentiment from the Main Squeeze set; squeeze the day!

I hope you like my cards, they were certainly fun to make and I should think fun to receive - just remember to wind them up as you put them into the envelope so that the recipient get a spin when they open their card!

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