New Realms of Possibility

Well, I tried to do most of the challenges I’ve been skipping the past few weeks, this week and wound up trying some new things.

This first one was quite the challenge as one of the amazing artists on ScrapZee is trying to teach us about colors and challenged us to use one of three or four different types of color combinations. I went with the Triadic Color Scheme and used dark pink, dark yellow/brown (as well as a lighter one), and teal. This is also being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge this week to use flowers.

6-27-13 SZ SP Color Sent

This next one was done for the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration challenge which had to do with doors. I was inspired by a white door with frosted glass, so wanted to use some vellum. I stamped the tree on the back side, dried it with my heat tool, then used some ink to get background color. As there was a squared off door that was housing the frosted glass, I used white pieces to surround the vellum. Really like how this one turned out.

6-28-13 SP Inspired

The last card I did is for the MFP SpeedyTV Tutorial Time challenge to do faux tile. Now, I very carefully followed the instructions and got only the very edges of the image to show up, so I tried it again and wound up with ink in my “grout”, as well as a blurred image. This was the third try. I did have to push down pretty hard to get the image to show (maybe my acrylic block is slightly warped?), which once again put ink in the “grout”, but I have had some Elmer’s fine tip paint pens sitting on my desk for months as I had intended to use them on a challenge my friend Jane posted, but was never able to get done, so I grabbed the white one and very carefully used it on my grout lines. It wasn’t perfect, but it still looks a lot like tile. I figure they sell actual grout paint pens, so this qualifies. (I’ve seen them at Lowe’s.)

6-27-13 SP Tile

I had actually intended to send this one to my summer secret pal, but forgot and stamped my name on the back. Oops! Oh well, I made a different card for my pal.

Stamping on vellum is something I’ve only done once or twice and made a mess of, so this was new territory, as well as the faux tile technique. I make the attempt to try new things at least once, then decide if I like it. Hey, you never know unless you try. I wouldn’t use any stamped images had I not tried that several times.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Mothers Day 2013

Just wanted to share 3 Mothers Day cards with you.

4-29-13 MD Flowering Tree

5-5-13 MD Monochromatic

5-5-13 MD Tea

I won’t tell you which one goes to who as one of the wonderful women might see, but there is one for my mother, my grandmother and my mother-in-law.  The purple one has tissue paper on the square, which was interesting to work with.  The teal/turquoise one is monochromatic (MFP Speedy TV Simple Salutations Challenge), though it does have touches of white and green on the flowery paper piece and you can see a bit of the white base card around the edges.  The first is more of a scene card as I used several stamps out of one set to do it.  Love that stamp set, called The Giving Tree (Gina K.).  The flowers on the other two cards are from different flowered stamp sets by Gina K. and the teapot and cup die and stamps are from (MFT).

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Heat Embossing in Color

One of the challenges at SpeedyTV was to use heat embossing.  That is easy enough.  There is another challenge at StampTV to use bright pink.  Hmmm, that sounded like a good one to put together.

I used Passionate Pink layering weight card stock for the bright pink on a layer of Innocent Pink layering weight card stock, then embossed with pink embossing powder.  The flower is from the stamp set “A Year Of Flowers” illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger.  The sentiment is from the “Elegant Post” set illustrated by Nina Brackett.  The ribbon is some from the Holiday Noel set by Celebrate It.  To make the card, I cut a piece of Passionate Pink to 4″ by 5 1/4″ and then used VersaMark ink to stamp the flower all over it and emboss with the pink embossing powder.  I took a small piece of the same color card and embossed the sentiment and another flower.  I cut out the flower and cut down between the petals so I could add some shape.  The sentiment was layered on white and then cut around.  Then I adhered it all together.  I like the look of the light pink on the bright pink for this one.

Well, I have been wanting to use my glow-in-the-dark embossing powder and I thought it would work really well for eyes on black card stock.  Couldn’t think of quite how I wanted to do that, so I used some dark green and stamped two different sizes of dragonflies with VersaMark ink and used my fun embossing powder.  I thought this would work better, but the textured green card stock I used wasn’t quite right for stamping on, and I figured the embossing powder would show up the slightly yellowish/greenish color.  Nope.  This is what I wound up with.

You can slightly see the dragonflies and you can read the sentiment if you look at it straight on.  At an angle, parts of the sentiment don’t really show up well.  Oh well, now I know.  The dragonflies look great in the dark, but then you can’t see the sentiment.  How best to use this embossing powder is going to take some more thought.  Did have fun making the cards, though.  And, it goes with a different challenge at StampTV for making a card that stands up by itself.  Well, it was supposed to be an easel card, but I wanted to switch it up a bit.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Hearts and Flowers

As it is almost Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d give you a fun teabag fold called Hearts and Flowers today.

To start this one, you need four 1-7/8″ squares. 

You want to flip one of the squares over so the white side is up.  Fold the square in half horizontally, then unfold it.  You will take the top half and fold that in half to the first fold line.

Now you want to fold it in half vertically, then unfold it.

Place it so the folded over section is at the top and the square is face up, white side down.


Take the top right corner and fold it down along the center fold line.  Do the same with the left top corner.

Now, fold the top point down so it is half way between the corners that have been folded down and the bottom edge.  Then unfold and flip the folded part to the other side.

After that, you want to squash the top colored (front) sections so the fold line from the center is along the top edge of the folded back piece.

Do that for each side.

Fold the side sections in to the center fold.

Now, fold the top point (from the squash you did above) down along the fold.  Do this for both sides.

The next step is to fold the very top points over, so it isn’t pointed.  You don’t have to fold much towards you, just the point on each side.

Flip your piece over and you should see the heart on the other side.  The heart will be colored over white bottom section.

To adhere, you can put a bit of adhesive on the white section and slide the next heart piece along that one.  The last piece is the most difficult to get in, but it will slide in.  You may have to fold the bottom corners of the white section in a bit.

What you wind up with should look like this.  You can use this as it is, or as a flower head and draw in a stem and some leaves.  If you just want the heart, you can slide the white section behind something and have the heart over the top.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Don’t forget the Winter Warm Up Crop is going on over at CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap this weekend.  Go check it out and play along!  It is a lot of fun and is being sponsored by Elmers and Spellbinders, so there will be some fantastic prizes!

Last Post for 2011 – Flowers

I wanted to give you a special last post for 2011, so I made a flower card.

The embossing folder I used was from a Cuttlebug set called Oriental Weave.  My wonderful husband got it for me for Christmas.



To start, I knew I wanted to go mainly with greens in the background, but definitely wanted the embossed background, so I chose some Lasting Impressions paper called Sage Green in wide stripes.  To make my flowers stand out, they had to be stamped on white.




Then I used green embossing powder for my flowers.





To make the flowers sparkle, I colored them with glitter gel pens.


You can see the shading and shine a bit in this close up.  Then I cut fairly close around the flowers so I would have a smaller piece to add onto my card.

The sentiment was stamped in a dark green to go with the flowers on a Spellbinders Fancy Tag.

Wanted this one to be fairly simple, so that’s all there is to it.

Thanks for spending some time with me on this last day of the year.  It is so hard to believe tomorrow will be 2012.  Good grief, this year has just flown by.

Have a wonderful New Years, but please, be safe!  I’ll see you next year!