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!

Crop & Create Delivered Online

This weekend I am doing the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine’s Crop & Create Delivered Card Class. It’s 3 days of classes led by some amazing talent in the industry, learning new techniques, play with new products and just having fun.

The first card we did today, is from Becky Moore using an exclusive stamp/die set from Photoplay Paper’s Say it With Stamps.

For this class we created our own stencil using the die cut as a template and then using some inks (I used Stamp Market Peachy and Mossy and Gathered Twigs distress ink). The sequins are from Neat & Tangled Festive Fall mi.

C’mon back tomorrow for a bunch more examples of our cards for this weekend!

WCD 2017 Week 3

Here we are on week 3 from the 2017 World Cardmaking Day Online Class with Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine.

I went with the inspiration from Cathy Zielske’s card for mine.

This was Cathy’s card

This is the one that I made

I used the Vicki Boutin Wildflower and Honey collection from my August 2017 SCT Sampler. I used a Mama Elephant sentiment on the focal point, which I cut out of a 3×4 card. I also added a little Nuvo drops .

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

WCD 2017

So I’m super behind on this class for World Cardmaking Day 2017 from Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine.

I am determined to finish it this week! There are 6 cards to be made and I”m done 2! Woohoo

This is the second card. I chose to go with Nicole Nowasad’s example and tweaked it a little bit.

I used the Photoplay Paper O Canada collection. I have the paper pack, embellishments as well as the stamp/die set.

I stamped, cut and colored the beaver, the heart and the sentiment out, as well as die cut the maple leaves. This is a 4.25 x 4.25 card.

Entered into these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp: Add a Sentiment

Aud Sentiments Challenge: Anything goes with a Sentiment

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

6×6 Paper Sketch Class Week #7

Ok, obviously we aren’t on week 7 and I am way behind but here is the layout for that week. 🙂

This is week 7 of Allison Davis’ @allisondavis4sg sketch for 6×6 paper pads class from @scrapbook_generation .

I’m pretty sure I’ve not ever used this many hexagons before, lol.

I finished up my @sctmagazine sampler from December 2018 using the @pinkfreshstudio Holiday Vibes collection. I used some Thickers and some small alphas also from @pinkfreshstudio. Most of the little cluster embellishments were just from my stash.

Oldie but a Goodie

I’ve been trying to go back and work on some old classes that I purchased from @sctmagazine . This is from I believe the WCD online class from 2017 or 2018. We were creating a card using a @pagemaps sketch and a card created by Allison Okamitsu. @nicepeoplestamp .

Her example was a Christmas card but I decided to go with a birthday one using the Perfect Pairings stamp set from @stampinup along with their Gorgeous Grunge.

I used @ranger_ink distress inks in peacock feathers, twisted citron and picked raspberry for the watercolored background, as well as some @ginakdesigns black onyx ink. The stencil from Stampin Up was paired with some @heidiswapp metallic white texture paste and @studiokatia wedding bells sequins.

It’s been awhile since I did any mixed media cards and this one was super quick and easy to put together.

Entered into these challenges:

Crafter’s Castle: Anything Goes

A Bit More Time To Craft: Anything Goes

Die Cut Divas: Watercoloring

Creative Craft Cottage: No Patterned Paper

Love to Craft: Anything Goes

Allison Davis 6×6 Paper Class

OK…

So I’ve done up to week 6 of Allison Davis’ 6×6 Paper Class, which for me is pretty significant. LOL Going by past experience, I’ve bought lots of classes and not even started them yet.

Here is week #4

I did this while vacationing at the farm, so I think that this is using one of my samplers. I’m not sure which one it was. I didn’t have a lot of embellishments with this one left so I like to cut out parts of the papers to use as embellies.

Week #5

This is week #5 using the O Canada collection from Photoplay Paper. Now for this one, I decided to use full sheets of paper and cut them down to the 6×6 size because I really wanted to use this paper line for these pictures. I used embellishments from the collection on this and some of my own mini alphas and thickers.

And finally sketch #6

I like this sketch and it is using the February SCT sampler from 2018 and the My Mind’s Eye Splendor Collection and probably some of the Color Fresh collection from Heidi Swapp in the same sampler.

I love these samplers, and look, you can do some great layouts with just the few pieces that you get in the sampler. I added some of my own embellishments and my own thickers, but I am a big fan of using some of the papers to cut out the images and use them as embellishments as well.

Paper Hugs

Hey there. I have a cute card for you today that I am sending across to Italy to bring a smile to someone’s face.

Using some Jillibean Soup Garden Harvest paper and a small piece from my scraps, I created this one using the Sketch Saturday sketch. I used a Paper Hugs sentiment from Crafty Addicts which I love. I also did some fussy cutting of the flowers in one of the papers. This is a great trick if you don’t have a lot of matching embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by.

Entered into these challenges:

Sketch Saturday: Use Sketch provided

2 Crafty Critter Crazies: Use a Critter (butterflies)

The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge: Anything Goes

Girlz Creative Crafts: Butterflies

Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with a Die

Love to Craft Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

The Creative Crafters: Anything Goes