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)

Dragonfly Dreams: May

Hello one and all. I’m slowly trying to get back into the groove but I will admit this Covid thing is kicking my butt.

Over on the Dragonfly Dreams blog our new challenge for the month of May is up.
We are being sponsored by Fred She Said this month and our theme is Butterflies and/or Flowers.

I got to play with these awesome pre colored images and I must say, there were a lot!

I really love this card!

So I decided to go with a slimline and used my Studio Katia slimline dies for this card. I printed out an assortment of the flowers and butterflies for this card and then made a fun cluster. The HAPPY die cut is from my stash and the HELLO is from Gina K. I added a few little bling as well. You can’t tell from the photo but a few of the phtos have some Wink of Stella and I also went over a couple of them with a white gel pen to give it a little more depth.

I hope that you will play along with us and be sure to check out the amazing projects the design team has created to inspire you!

TMS #652

Hello all!

This is coming on to Easter Weekend for us here in Canada so I hope that you have a Happy Easter! I will be heading to our farm in Saskatchewan a little later in the week. Very excited!

Ok….been to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog yet? Our new sketch is up and we have some amazing DT projects for you!

Here’s this week’s sketch!

For this card I used a Gina K stamp and die set. It’s called Friendly Silhouettes. I did some ink blending with my Stamp Market inks and then I also blended on a scrap and stamped and fussy cut the butterflies out. I die cut the friend sentiment and added it to the stamped Hang in There. A few little gemstones and we are done!

Be sure to play along with us on the blog – we can’t wait to see what you create!

TMS #643

Sorry everyone! My mom is getting knee surgery this week so I’m behind as we get ready for that!

We put a new sketch up on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and it is my fave sketch being highlighted this week!

Here is what I have for you today!

I was working on some layouts over the last week so these are just some scraps left over from that. It was from the June 2019 SCT sampler I believe. The sentiment is from Gina K.

This is a great sketch for using up some scraps that you just aren’t ready to throw out and think you can make one more card from!

Head on over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT has for you ! Come play along with us!.

Crazy Critters: Nov

Welcome to November’s challenge at Crazy Critters. As always it’s an anything goes challenge as long as you feature a critter in your project!

My card today has some gorgeous butterflies from Gina K. Designs!

I love the colors in this one and it was so easy to do with some masking! I hope that you will stop by the blog and see the amazing projects the DT has created for you this month and be sure to play along with us too!

Simon Says Stamp: STAMPTEMBER!

Well, it took some time but my wonderful stamp set from Simon Says Stamp arrived. I was graciously given a stamp set as part of their annual Stamptember event! Every day this month, they have a wonderful collaboration with a stamping company to bring you some amazing exclusive sets! There’s prizes, inspiration and shopping codes. Let’s also not forget about the golden bone…..a very special prize given to 4 lucky people who order during this event!

I was given the Raindrops 6×8 stamp set.

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This is a gorgeous set with lots of beautiful sentiments and a wide variety of raindrops that you can mix and match to make your own backgrounds or to add as embellishments to your projects.

I have 2 cards for you today.

For this card, I stamped three of the larger raindrops and two of the smaller ones randomly on a sheet. I then heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I went over it in a rainbow of colors of ink to simulate a rainbow. I added the sentiment and a little vellum cloud. I also added some cute little iridescent rainbow pearls that are from Studio Katia.

For my second card, I paired one of the sentiments with a Gina K die set that I have in my stash. I created the background using some distress inks & water and then smooching that onto some Brea Reese cardstock. Again I added the raindrop pearls to finish this card.

I love how these turned out and I am especially thankful to Simon Says Stamp for allowing me to play along in their event this year. Make sure you stop by their blog each day so that you don’t miss out on the amazing collaborations that they have and also check out the store and pick up your exclusive products today! Once they are gone, they are gone so don’t wait!

TMS #574

Oh man! Are we really into fall now? Where did the summer go right?

So I really loved this sketch over on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog for the week! It has some great layers and while I was at my Great Creative Virtual Scrapbook Carnival over the weekend, I came up with this.

I used components from my SCT Sampler for April 2018 so it is the Flourish collection from Crate Paper. I also used the Gina K stamp set that was in the August sampler for 2020. I thought these papers went well together.

Now it’s time to head on over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT has created for you and to play along in our challenge this week, we can’t wait to see what you create!

SCT Sampler March 2018

Ya so. I am so far behind in my Samplers, I took a year off and then well, I missed them so I started up again. Slowly I am trying to go through my old stock.

Here are a couple cards that I made using some of the My Mind’s Eye Good Vibes collection. This was a bit of a challenge for me, I’m not sure if it was the icons or the colors but I wasn’t sure what to create.

Gina K recently did a FB live using the August 2020 sampler and then some of her new Master Layout dies and so I took my inspiration from that. Here’s a link to her dies! I think you have to join the SCT Sampler FB page to see the actual video.

I used some of the DP and one of my die sets (sorry I can’t remember which one it was) then I backed the die cut with some black and popped it up. The sentiment is actually from Taylored Expressions I believe. The sequins are from my stash.

Then there is this one

Again using that same die set, I cut out some of the DP paper and just backed it on the black cardstock. The focal is a 3×4 card that came with it and I added a stamped sentiment from Mama Elephant that I have been wanting to use for while. I just added a few enamel dots to finish it off.

I hope you like these! If you are interested in purchasing your own SCT Sampler subscription from Scrapbook & Cards Today, you can find all the information here:

Honestly, this is a great way to get a snippet of all the up and coming new product on the market to see if it is something that you want to buy more of. There’s always always such fun things like stamp sets, dies, etc…it’s always a fun surprise every month! Just as an example in this particular sampler, besides all the really great paper, there was also a Lawn Fawn die set, a die From Spellbinders and some Sticky Dots from Therm O Web, tags from American Crafts and some great cardstock from My Colors Cardstock! Crazy right!