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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Monday, April 15, 2024

It's Time To Celebrate You

Hello and Happy Monday evening peeps,

My card today is inspired by Claire's Color Challenge for this week's Paper Players. 

To make it, I cut a piece of masking paper the same size as the white card panel and die cut a heart shape from it. After placing the masking paper over the white panel, I stamped the various flowers in the negative space using Claire's challenge colors, masking the flowers as needed. After removing all of the masks, I ran the panel through an embossing folder, using heavy weight card stock cut with the same heart die, as a mask because I didn't want the embossing to show in the stamped area. Unfortunately, my mask wasn't thick enough. In order to make the embossing show more outside of the stamped area, I rubbed the Granny Apple Green ink pad over the white areas to color the scallops. In my mind, I wanted to leave the scallops white, but they needed to be more obvious since my embossing folder mask didn't work.

The sentiment is stamped using white craft ink and heat embossed using white EP. I cut each line out with sentiment strip dies and popped them up in the center with foam tape. 



Here is the inside.



Honestly, I came close to pitching the front panel a few times and starting over, but I kept thinking I should try to make it work, and in the end, it did.

Happy stamping,
Colleen


Supplies
Stamps: Heavenly Hollyhocks and Messages for Mom sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Basic white, black and Granny Apple Green card stock
Ink: SU Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green. Gina K Designs Black Onyx and Craft White
Other: SU Scallops embossing folder, SU Deckle Edge Rectangle dies, Gina K Designs Master Layouts 4 (heart die), Sentiment Strip dies and Masking Magic, SU enamel dots, fine detail white embossing powder, heat too, Big Shot, Misti, foam tape

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Sunny Days Ahead

 Hi and Happy Thursday,

I have my second April Guest Designer card for Just Us Girls. This week is WORD week and our word is Rain.



I'm using all Concord & 9th supplies today with this cute umbrella turnabout stamp and coordinating Rain or Shine stamp and die set. 

I started with the turnabout stamp using four ink colors from C&9th. Matching the card stock to the ink colors I cut the umbrella die from Watermelon card stock and heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder. For the Sea Glass circle, I first stamped the rain drops to completely cover a 5.5 x 4.25 panel again embossing with white embossing powder. After cutting the circle, I ink blended Sea Glass ink over the edges for a darker shade of color. The flower embellishments on the umbrella are from the stamp/die set and the enamel dots in the flowers and on the bottom of the umbrella are from C&9th.




I decided to use the negative piece of the raindrop panel on the inside. Sentiment and heart stamps are also from the Rain or Shine set.



I hope you play along with us this week. I look forward to seeing how "Rain" inspires you.

Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Rain or Shine stamp and die set and Umbrella Turnabout set from Concord & 9th
Paper: Concord & 9th Sea Glass, Watermelon, Pebble and white
Ink: Concord & 9th Sea Glass, Watermelon, Pebble, Buttercup and Oceanside, and Gina K Designs White Craft ink
Other: Gina K Designs Double and Single Stitched Circle dies, White embossing powder, heat tool, Gina K Designs Master Layouts 1 dies, Concord & 9th enamel dots, Big Shot, Misti, blending brush, foam tape, SU glue dots

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Just Us Girls April Guest Designer - You Are All Kinds Of Awesome!

Hi all,

I'm SO, SO EXCITED! Today is my first post as April's Guest Designer for Just Us Girls. 

Week one is color week and the colors are purple, orange and mustard.



I decided to make a "groovy" denim jacket using this fun Concord and 9th die and stamp set from their March release. This die set is so detailed. It has the dies for elbow patches, a yoke die, additional cuff and collar dies, in addition to many different embellishment dies. Because of the bright colors in the challenge, I thought these daisy flowers would be fun.



I kept the theme going for the inside. All of the stamped sentiments on the front and the inside are from the coordinating stamp set.



I hope you play along with us this week. It's a fun color palette with lots of possibilities.

Thanks,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Concord and 9th Carpe Denim stamp set and dies
Paper: Concord and 9th card stock
Ink: Concord and 9th
Blending brushes, Misti, Big Shot, foam squares, Connect glue

Monday, April 1, 2024

Love You Friend

 Hi and Happy Monday Peeps,

After a very wet weekend, we are back to our beautiful blue skies and sunny days. I had a very pretty beach walk this morning before some chores and now I'm planning my craft room fun. Not sure if I'll be stamping or working on a quilt that I'm making, but either will make for a fun afternoon for me.

My card today is inspired by the current challenge at  Just Us Girls. It's Anything Goes Stencil week. I've used a stamp, stencil and die set from Gina K Designs along with the Master Layouts 14 postage die and postage stencil set for my card.




I bought this set when it was first release but have not played with it until now. It's quite fun! I started with the postage die and coordinating postage stencil and inked around the borders with Sea Glass ink. After removing the postage stencil, I blocked off the postage lines with Masking Magic and stenciled and stamped the small and large flowers. The panel is layered with black and glued to a white card base. The sentiments are from the same stamp set, and they have coordinating dies to cut them out.

Here's the inside of this card. The sentiment is from one of Gina's Mini stamp sets.



That's all for now. Have a great Monday afternoon and evening.
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps/Stencils: Modern Floral set and On My Mind and In My Heart Mini set by Gina K Designs
Paper: Gina K Deisgns Layering Weight White and Black Onyx card stock
Ink: Gina K Designs Meduim and Dark Orchid, Carnation and Lilac, Sweet Mango,  Tangerine Twist, Red Hot, Red Velvet, Jelly Bean Green, Black Onyx and Craft White
Other: Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2 and 14 die sets, blending brushes, white embossing powder, Masking Magic, and silver pearls. Misti, Big Shot, foam squares, Connect glue, 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Going Postal - March Woodblock Wednesday Post

 Hi and happy Hump Day Peeps,

What's the saying? Everything old is new again. 

If you've been paying attention around blog-land lately, postal images seem to be all the rage. I've even ordered some of the new stamps and dies in the last month to play with. This morning when I realized it was time for Amy's Woodblock Wednesday Challenge, and I was thinking of what's in my wood mounted stamp drawers, I remembered that I might have some older postal images. I did some digging and found what I had. Enough to make a couple of cards.




I used several stamps to make both of these cards, as well as some newer dies to cut out the panels including GKD Master Layouts 14, which is a postage themed die set. To color the images, I used both Copics and some direct to stamp ink blending prior to stamping, and I also did some ink blending around the edges of the cream card stock on both front panels.


Here's a close up of the pink card front, the inside, and the stamps used. Notice the old fashioned stamp positioning tool. I used it to stamp the sentiments on the front so they were along the lines of the journaling stamp.







The lavender card front and the stamps used to make it.




It was fun putting all of these old stamps together to make these cards!

Happy stamping,
Colleen

Supplies
Wood mounted stamp manufacturer's: All Night Media, Sparkles, Rubber Stampede, Stampin' Up, Rubber Moon, Judith, Tin Can Mail, Hero Arts, A Lost Art, Magenta
Paper: Gina K Designs Innocent Pin, Lovely Lavender, Charcoal Brown, Black Onyx, Vanilla
Ink: Gian K Designs Black Onyx, Charcoal Brown, Prickly Pear, Wild Lilac, and Craft White. Copic markers
Other: Gina K Designs Master Layouts 1, 2, 14, Blending brushes, Big Shot, WOW white EP, heat tool, foam tape, Connect glue


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Thanks

 Hi and happy Tuesday peeps,

I've had a busy morning getting some chores completed (taxes), and my daily walk. Now it's time to do fun things. Not that I don't enjoy the daily walk, because I do. Today it's sunny, low 60s, and beautiful out by the beach. But, even with all of that, I'd rather be in my craft room, LOL.

Today's card is a thank you card for my stash made using LeAnne's sketch for The Paper Players Challenge. I had a bunch of ideas on how to use these four elements and I decided to go with a spotlight technique. This is a very large flower stamp by SSS. I stamped it first on some light blue card stock using gray ink, then again on white card stock using black ink. I colored the images on the white card stock using Prisma colored pencils and Gamsol, then used a small scalloped rectangle to cut the areas I wanted.




I rather like the way this turned out. 
I used another SSS set for the inside sentiment.




I hope you have a great Tuesday afternoon.
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Flower Garden background and XL Greetings sets both by Simon Says Stamp
Paper: Concord & 9th Powder Blue, Gina K Designs Layering Weight White and Black Onyx card stocks
Ink: Gina K Designs Black Onyx, Soft Stone, and Embossing ink
Other: Prismacolor colored pencils, Gamsol, Spellbinders Scalloped rectangle dies, WOW white embossing powder, heat tool, Misti, Big Shot, SU Dimensionals

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Wishing You A Happy Birthday

 Happy Sunday evening,

I hope your weekend has been a good one. We've had some strange weather here, sunny then windy then rainy, then sunny again. At my mom's in northern California, they had severe thunder storms yesterday afternoon with hail the size of marbles, before that pouring rain that made her street a river. Luckily, the house is up a bit from the street, so no water in the garage or house. My sister sent a video of the hail with sound so I could hear the thunder.

I've been watching tennis from Miami this afternoon while making cards. I wanted to get a card made for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge since it ends tomorrow afternoon. I made a super quick and clean birthday card this week.




The large flower image is from an older Gina K Designs set, as is the inside sentiment.



As I'm finishing this post, it's pouring again. Have a good Monday all.
Colleen


Supplies
Stamps: Delightful Daisies and Birthday Cheer Mini sets by Gina K Designs
Paper: Gina K Designs Layering Weight white and Black Onyx card stock, Stampin' Up Flower Garden DSP
Ink: Gina K Designs Black Onyx
Other: Polychromos colored pencils, Pink Fresh Studio Floral Backdrop die, MFT Stitched Square die, Gina K Designs pre-printed sentiment strips and sentiment strip dies, Misti, Big Shot, foam tape