TMS#661

I’ve had a computer malfunction today after a power outage and so my post is late getting up and I’m having to do it on my phone!

Our newest sketch is ready for you at Tuesday Morning Sketches!

A fun one with some rounded corners and a lot of great layers!

Here’s what I have for you!

It looks similar to one I did not too long ago. I still had so many of these great flowers to use up. I believe the DP is from Crate Paper. I am pretty sure the sentiment came in one of my samplers from SCT.

Please stop by the blog and play along with us this week and don’t forget to leave some love for the rest of the DT.

Blowing the Dust off the Gel Press

Ready for day 3 of my Spring Card Class? We were doing some gel press techniques. I have to be honest. I’ve had a gel press for about 6 years ( a gift in my goodie bag from a crop I attended) and this is the first time I’ve used it. I have no idea why I never used it before as it really is a lot of fun and it’s so unique!

We paired the gel press with some embossing as well, again something that I don’t do near enough (although it did make me realize I don’t have any clear embossing powder in my stash….say what???? )

I needed some birthday cards to send out, so I focused on that sentiment but really mixed and matched here.

The left card is using some Gina K stamps and sentiment (you’ve seen this set before from another online class I did last year), with a Plaid Crafts stencil to add an extra layer of texture to the gel pressed panel.

On the right we have some gel press and watercoloring and it is paired with a stamp and die set from SCT delivered online (this is part of an online card class from the spring that I haven’t finished yet so stay tuned for another card with this set). This one I brayed the watercolored ink and then added the panel onto the gel press. It gave me some lighter and darker parts, which I think adds some great interest to this card. I did some gold embossing and I love the gold on this!

Our flat card, which was actually my first gel press panel, I cut out the flowers using a CTMH stamp and die set (again from a previous online card class) which had been heat embossed with some gold embossing powder.

The inks were from Your Next Stamp for this one. I went with some pink/purple/teal combo, which is a little out of my wheelhouse but I love it with the gold embossing!

Get out your gel press and have some fun with it! There is no right or wrong way ( I even left a little ink on mine for the next batch).

Entered into these challenges:

Alphabet challenge: Embossing

Beyond the Blue: Flowers

Creative Fingers: Anything Goes

Classic Design Challenge: Anything Goes

Do -Al Creative Challenge: Group ( I used my gel press to create 3 different cardstock panels)

A new (favorite) technique !

For day 2 of the Spring Card Class 2022 with Kristina and Jennifer, I learned a new technique called Joseph’s Coat which is pretty cool. It when you create an inked up card panel, and then stencil over it in black ink. How cool is this!!

I created my rainbow background panel using inks from Your Next Stamp, Lawn Fawn and The Stamp Market. The star stencil I used was distressed stars from Plaid Crafts which I used with black Memento Ink. I heat embossed a sentiment from Stampin Up for the focal point and then just a few clear enamel dots.

This card was based on the Cathy Zielske example for the class. I’m pretty sure I’m going to chalk this up as a new favorite because it is just so easy and makes such an impact on your project. I love the effect!

Thanks for stopping by.

Entered into these challenges:

Alphabet Challenge: E is for embossing

Creative Inspiration: Masculine

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday: Favorite Technique

Online Card Class

So, as you know I’m a fan of card classes. I’ve taken a lot, some I’ve finished, some I’m still working on.

I recently signed up for the Spring Card Camp 2022 hosted by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire as part of their Online Card Class Series. I really enjoyed this class and I learned a lot of techniques. There are a ton of classes on their website, something sure to tickle everyone’s fancy. I have a few more in mind once I get this one done and the cardstock one that I signed up for!

The class has since finished and I’m only on the third one, but that’s the great thing about it being online, one can go at their own pace as time allows.

So our first lesson was about Ink Lifting. A simple technique that has a lot of punch and one that I don’t do near enough (all of these classes really take your cards to the next level). We used stencils, heat embossing, distress inks and then some fun embellishing.

Here are the some cards I created for this class!

So for this one, I used a stencil from Vicki Boutin and some distress inks in some oranges and pinks. The butterflies and sentiment strip are from Brutus Monroe (which I got in a different online card class with SCT). I thought it would be fun to dip them in some gold embossing powder, which I’ve not done in forever!

The happy is from Stampin Up as well and I die cut it in white and then glued it to some vellum and cut it out. I added a few gold Nuevo Drops as well. I really like how this turned out.

Entered into these challenges:

Crafty Gals: Anything Goes

Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes

We Love to Create : Anything Goes Mixed Media

This is the other card I created with the challenge! I love the colors in this one. I used a stampin up stencil for the background. The Yippee is a die from my stash as is the sentiment strip, which was stamped, embossed and then die cut out. I punched out some leaves in some teal glitter paper to set it off and added a few pink enamel dots.

Entered into these challenges:

Crafting Happiness: Anything Goes

Everybody Art Challenge: Glitter or pearls

Love to Scrap : Anything Goes

Dream Valley: Summer Colors

Simon Says Stamp: Bright and cheerful

That’s week 1. Very fun and some great techniques that just add a lot of visual interest in my cards I think. Stay tuned for more cards as I progress through this class!

TMS #660

This is the lovely sketch that is up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog today for your inspiration and enjoyment! The DT has some great projects for you to see.

Here’s mine for you!

I had some CTMH paper hanging out in my box so I used that for todays creation. I added a Paper Hugs die that is in my stash and voila! This sketch is really great if you need to make a quick card!

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to hit the blog and leave some love for the rest of the DT!

Dragonfly Dreams: June

Happy Sunday one and all! Our new monthly challenge is underway over on the Dragonfly Dreams blog!

This month we are being sponsored by All Dressed Up Digital Stamps

Our theme is OUTSIDE! So let’s see the projects with an outdoor theme to them.

I’m using a digital stamp called Sight Seeing In Paris! I have been lucky enough to go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower about 20 years ago. It was an event that was on my bucket list since I was about 6 and it was everything I thought it would be. I would love to be able to go back there again one day.

I used some DP from Crate Paper called Style Board. The image was colored with copics and my sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

I hope you like the card and don’t forget to head on over to the blog to see the rest of the DT creations.

UYS: Anything Goes

I’m sharing the first card from my Online Card Classes with Kristina Werner and Jennifer Maguire as my inspiration for our anything goes challenge at Use Your Stuff this week!

This first card is doing some ink blending.

I used a stencil from Hero Arts and embossed it with some WOW embossing powder and ink blended with Distress Inks. I cut a matching hexagon out of vellum and the sentiment is from PinkFresh and Spellbinders.

I hope that you will stop by the blog and see the projects that the DT has created and to show us what you are working on this week.

Online Card Classes has a lot of really great classes available and you should check them out!

Thanks for stopping by.

TMS #658

Need a sketch to jumpstart? Well head on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and see this week’s challenge sketch and the great inspiration that the Design Team has sorted out for you!

I really like this one! I went a bit crazy with some layers for this one. I challenged myself to just use whatever was in arm’s reach of my desk, so I used a lot of stuff from my stash box for this card.

You know I love the layers so I used an embossing folder for my green layer and then went to down with some doily and flowers that I cut in half. I also have a layered sentiment die and then some gemstones, stickers and twine to finish it off.

How will you interpret this sketch? Come by the blog and show us!

CCC: May

Hello All! We are enjoying some awesome sunshine here in Calgary after bits and bobs of snow scattered over the last couple of weeks so it’s hard to think about Christmas cards, but our new challenge is up at Christmas Craft Creations! Our theme is to use 2 colors…neutrals are ok, but there should be primarily 2 colors as your focus!

I didn’t want to go digging for all of my Christmas stuff for this card so I challenged myself to find some that was within arms reach of my desk and drawers. Luckily I had a bunch of Christmas product in a drawer and so I created this cute layered card.

I’m not sure where the paper is from but the sentiment is from Echo Park. I added some sequins from Studio Katia as well as some Nuevo Drops. I used a fun layer die for a bit of added interest.

Come on over to the blog to see the DT creations for this challenge to inspire you and then link up your creations!

See you there!