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

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Hi There!

 Hello,

Did you see this video on Jennifer McGuire's blog. She teaches us a cool way to do ink transfer using Distress inks, heat embossing, stencils, water and a die cutting machine. It looked like a super fun technique so I decided to give it try Friday evening after work. I ended up with several panels, some that look pretty good, others not so much. Two that worked well, I've used on these two cards.

The darker one on the right is the panel that I applied the ink to and then embossed with the background stamp. The lighter card on the left is the ink transfer card. For these two cards, all of the stamped images are from Hero Arts.



As the Hero Arts Background stamp is bee themed, I combined it with another Hero Bee themed stamp set to make a card using this week's Freshly Made Sketches layout. I used the Hero Infinity Hexagon die set for the focal element in the sketch.



For the second card, I use the SSS Hexagon Hi die, in keeping with the bee theme. Using a gold gel pen to make the bee's trail on the "Hi" cutout, and then I popped the little bee image like he's "flying off."


This ink transfer is a really fun technique, and once you get going, it's kind of hard to stop, LOL. In Jennifer's video, she uses some stencils in the process. I tried those too, and mine turned out pretty well. Now I just need to make some cards with them.

Happy crafting all, and thanks for checking in,

Colleen

Supplies

Hero Arts stamps Bees & Flowers Background, Bees & Flowers Wreath set, My Monthly Hero Jan. 2021 set, SU Bumblebee, Daffodil Delight, and Basic Black card stock, Gina K Designs Heavy Weight white and Honey Mustard card stock, VersaMark, Tim Holts Distress Inks in various gold and yellow shades, Gina K Designs Black Onyx, Copic markers, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Hero set dies, Hero Infinity Hexagon dies, Simon Says Stamp Hexagon Hi die, Gina K Designs Master Layouts 1, 2 and 4 die sets, Misti, Big Shot, Gemini Jr, enamel dots, gold gel pen, SU mini Dimensionals


Stay Cool!

 Hello peeps,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I spent most of Saturday sewing some face masks for a friend who asked me to make her some more. We are all vaccinated, but think we will feel comfortable with face masks in crowds through the summer. Today, I set the sewing machine aside and did some stamping.

As Sunday's bring us the new Paper Players Challenge, I like to see what the ladies have cooked up for us. This week, Joanne is our hostess with a fun "card for boys" challenge, and indeed, I had loads of fun crafting this card.



This stamp set by Avery Elle is called Stay Cool, and it's perfect for boy's cards. Today, I made a fun fold card with a belly band. The card is the "mini" slimline size, 6 inches by 3.5 inches. The patterned papers are older SU called Bubbles and Fizz.


For the focal image on the belly band, I stamped the skateboarding bear with Memento tuxedo black and colored him with Copics, then cut the image out with the corresponding die. The circle of stars die is also from Avery Elle and I cut it twice. Once in white card stock and once with holographic card stock. On the white one, I colored the starts with Copics to co-ordinate with the stripes in the patterned paper. I used some foam squares to pop the bear over the star circle cutouts, then used some orange Stickles on the wheels and some Stardust Stickles on the board. I also added some Glossy Accents over his sunglasses. The rectangle base is cut from Gina K Designs stitched rectangles.

Here's the inside of the card, which uses another of the animal images from the set.


I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for checking in,

Colleen

Supplies

Taylored Expressions Lime Green card stock, SU Bermuda Bay card stock, Gina K Designs heavy weight white card stock, SU Bubbles and Fizz DSP, Avery Elle Stay Cool stamp set and dies, Avery Elle Circle of Stars die, Gina K Designs Single and Double Stitched rectangle dies, Memento Tuxedo Black, GKD Stormy Skies, SU Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist inks, Copic markers, Stickles, Glossy Accents, Misti, Gemini Jr, Foam tape and foam squares


Monday, April 26, 2021

Just For You

 Hi all,

Happy Monday. It was rainy and windy in my neck of the woods this morning, but now the sun is shinning, although it is still windy. Luckily, I worked at home today and didn't have to drive anywhere.

Before I get to my cards, I have been doing more craft room organizing. I have many, actually very many, SU DVD boxes that the stamp sets now come in that are empty. If anyone is interested in them, they are free. Just email me at cbegley@cox.net. We can work out the postage.




I have a couple of cards that I made using Claire's sketch for the new Paper Players Challenge.  I love the layers and elements of the layout and I put it to use for two cards. 



On this first card, I ink blended two white card stock panels with GKD Sandy Beach, Sea Glass and Peach Bellini inks and blending brushes. On one panel I stamped the silhouette image from an older SU set called Just Believe using Black Onyx ink, then cut it out using a stitched oval die. Using the other inked panel as a background I layered it and the oval with black card stock onto a Sea Glass card base. For the horizontal element, I used some SU black beaded cording, and finally added some black enamel dots for embellishments.


For the inside of this card, I used another of the silhouette stamps from the Just Believe set along with a greeting from the SU Happy Thoughts set.



The second card uses the "Kraft Magic" technique. The flower images are stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white EP, then colored with pencils. The background wood paneling is made by scoring the kraft card stock with a Scar-buddy then dragging an ink pad over the panel. I used both white craft ink and dark gray ink. The horizontal piece is made the same way, but I used a kraft ink pad to rub over the paper. The flower and leaf images are cut out with the corresponding set dies and glued with foam squares to the oval. I found some matching kraft enamel dots, (that look blue in the photo), in my stash for embellishments.


This card is going to a good friend and, one of my co-workers who had ankle surgery on Friday, so the inside is Get Well themed.


All supplies on this second card are from GKD.


I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Thanks for checking in,

Colleen


Supplies

Just Believe and Happy Thoughts stamp sets by Stampin' Up, Gina K Designs Layering Weight white, black and Sea Glass card stock, Sandy Beach, Peach Bellini, Sea Glass and Black Onyx ink, blending brushes, GKD Master Layouts 2 dies, GKD Stitched and Double stitched oval dies, SU black cord, enamel dots, Misti, Gemini Jr, foam squares

Elegant Asters, Easter Blessings and Take Care stamp sets by Gina K Designs, Kraft and Layering white card stock, Kraft ink, Hero white craft ink, GKD Stormy Skies ink, VersaMark ink, GKD white detail embossing powder, heat tool, GKD Master Layouts 2 and Stitched oval dies, Scor-buddy, Faber-Castell colored pencils, Misti, Gemini Jr, foam squares, kraft enamel dots


Sunday, April 18, 2021

Hope You Have a Great Birthday

Hi Peeps,

Spring has definitely come to the Southern California coast. It's after 6:00 pm and it's 77 degrees. Not a cloud in the sky. I hope the weather is equally as nice wherever you are.

I enjoyed the afternoon by having the door and windows wide open in my craft room while I stamped and watched baseball. My two favorite springtime activities.

I wanted more practice coloring images with colored pencils and this Lotus image from Gina K Designs is a good image to use for it. I made two cards, one which fits Laurie's CAS Birthday theme for the new Paper Players Challenge, and another using dies and layers.

The GKD stamp set has two sizes of both the lotus flower and the lily pad images. On the Clean and Simple card, I stamped the smaller images in the bottom part of a single layer card base, masking where needed. I colored the images with colored pencils, then put masks back on the images so I could do some ink blending over them. After the blended ink dried, I stamped the sentiment using the Misti.




Here is the inside of this card. The sentiment is and dragonfly are from two other GKD stamp sets.




The second  card uses the larger lotus and lily pad images. They are stamped, colored and cut out with the corresponding dies. The theme and layout are basically the same as the first card, just more layers, so less CAS. 



Here's the inside of this card.



Have a great week, and thanks for checking in!

Colleen

Supplies

Most all supplies are from Gina K Designs

Lovely Lotus, Beautiful Wings, Petals and Wings, Spring Tulips, Bitty Blossoms, and Wishes stamp sets, Heavy and Layering white card stock, Black Onyx, Sea Glass, Ocean Mist, Blue Raspberry and Blue Denim ink pads, Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils, Gamsol and blending stumps, blending brushes, Lovely Lotus dies, Masking Magic, Misti, Gemini Jr





Thursday, April 15, 2021

Happy Birthday

 Hi all,

I've got a couple cards to share with you today. Both are made using LeAnne's color theme for the Paper Players Challenge, and one uses the sketch for the Sunday Stamps Challenge.






The large sentiment letters are dies from Concord & 9th. I cut thin strips from card stock in the three challenge colors and glued them onto a piece of thin computer paper at an angle then cut the letters out. The back ground is made by ink blending Crumb Cake ink over a SSS star stencil with a blending brush. The layers are cut with Slimline layering dies from Kat Scrappiness. 

The second card is a CASE of a card that Gina K. demonstrated on her Thursday noon (central time) Stamp and Chat Live segment. 








The stamp set is from Gina K Designs. The images are stamped on a panel of white card stock and then again on a panel of kraft card stock in exactly the same positions. I used black ink to stamp the white panel and kraft ink to stamp the kraft panel. Using the Misti makes this super easy. The images on the white panel are colored with colored pencils. Once the coloring was finished the center of the panel was cut out with a stitched rectangle die. The cut out piece is matted with a piece of Merry Merlot card stock and then layered over the kraft panel so that the stamped images match up. This kraft panel is also matted with Merry Merlot card stock, and the card base is Misty Moonlight card stock.

Two completely different looks using the same color palette. 

TGIF tomorrow! Have a great one, and thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
All the Letters dies from Concord & 9th, SU Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot and Misty Moonlight card stock, Simon Says Stamp slimline stars stencil, SU Crumb Cake ink, blending brush, Slimline dies from Kat Scrappiness, Gemini Jr, Connect liquid glue

Heartfelt Bouquet and Lace Flowers stamp sets by Gina K Designs, Black Onyx and Kraft ink by Gina K Designs, VersaMark ink, Gina K Designs Fine Detail white EP, Heat tool, Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps, SU Misty Moonlight and Merry Merlot card stock, Gina K Designs Kraft and Layering White card stock, Misti, Gemini Jr


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Thanks A Latte

 Hello peeps,

Some late evening stamping after having pizza with some friends. I saw Cecile's interesting sketch for the The Freshly Made Sketches Challenge for this week and I wanted to see what I could do with it. After looking through some of my older SU stamp sets, I saw this tiny cup in the Merry Cafe set and thought it would work just fine. I also had in mind this week's Retro Rubber Challenge where the theme is Pastels.

Using an older SU circle punch, I punched a few pieces of scrap card stock to use as stencils. Then I choose  some SU inks in pastel colors and applied the ink with blending brushes and the punched stencil. After the circles were made, I stamped the cup using black ink into each circle. Super simple really. The greeting is from a Verve set called Better with You.





I cut the stamped panel and a black mat out using the Gina K Master Layouts 2 die set and glued them to a Purple Posy card base, and added some pastel pearls for a little embellishment.

On the inside, I stamped the same cup using Purple Posy ink and stamped a greeting from the Paper Smooches Caffeinated Two stamp set.




Simple and cute.

Have a nice Thursday!
Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Merry Cafe stamp set by Stampin' Up, Better With You stamp set by Verve, Caffeinated Two stamp set by Paper Smooches. SU white, black and Purple Posy card stock, SU Purple Posy, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Lemon Lime Twist, Balmy Blue, Powder Pink, Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Sky inks, Gina K Designs Black Onyx ink and Master Layout 2 dies, SU circle punch, GKD blending brushes, Misti, Gemini Jr, pearl embellishments



Monday, April 12, 2021

Double Stenciling Technique

 Hello and Happy Monday,

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. Mine was nice and uneventful, just how I like them. We did some shopping, although I didn't buy anything, and attended the first Little League Baseball game of the season, and of course, I did some stamping.

Last Monday, Gina's Stamp and Chat Live was on a technique called Double Stenciling. It looked super fun and the cards she made were beautiful, so I thought I'd give it a try. I made four cards using mostly Gina K Designs supplies. I threw in a few items from other companies too. 

The April Monthly Mix Challenge on the Gina K blog is to use a die cut sentiment, and a couple of these cards fit right in.

Here are the four cards together.


Here they are individually.









The technique is to use one stencil with card stock and another stencil with velum. On the card base, die cut a shape and glue the stenciled vellum so the reverse side is up. Then pop this piece up over the stenciled card stock. This gives the double images through the die cut shape. I've attached Gina's video above if you'd like to see how it's done. 

Thanks for looking in,

Colleen

Supplies

Gina K Designs supplies: Passionate Pink, Tranquil Teal, Sea Mist, Wild Dandelion, Black, Layering White card stock, Passionate Pink, Grass Green, Tranquil Teal, Red Velvet, Wild Dandelion, Tomato Soup, Peach Bellini, Sea Mist, Wild Lilac, Prickly Pear, Black Onyx inks, A Little Love, Heartfelt, Harvest Flourish, Fizzy, Water Droplets, Sun Spots, Sunshine, and Mandala stencils, Master Layouts 1, 3 and 4,  stamps and dies from Wishes, Lace Flowers and Forever Flowers, A Little Love and large Oval dies, blending brushes, Connect glue, Fine Detail White embossing powder. Other supplies: Inner Mermaid stamps set and dies by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, Scalloped Square Border die by MFT, Misti, Gemini Jr, SU Vellum, SU mini-Dimensionals, pink pearls, Doodlebug enamel shapes, Wagoner heat tool, Copic markers, Nuvo Clear Glitter brush

Monday, April 5, 2021

Wishing You the Best Birthday Ever

 Hi all,

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was a relaxing and fun one. 

I did some stamping late yesterday afternoon. Last week Gina, from Gina K Designs did one of her weekly Stamp and Chat Live segments on her Wreath Builder and corresponding stamp sets. I've had the Wreath Builder for quite awhile and have posted some cards that I've made, but I had not done the layout that she demonstrated last week. I thought I'd give it a try. I made four cards. Each pair uses the same stamps and placement within the Wreath Builder, but the final card is pretty different. If you have not used the Wreath Builder, it's super fun playing with different images, layouts and colors. It's also rather relaxing.

These cards work with Jaydee's Paper Player's Challenge where this week the theme is Spring Flowers.



Here are the first pair of cards. The first card uses the card stock panel as a rectangle. This one is cut to 3.75 by 5.0 inches. The second card starts with a square panel, 3.75 by 3.75 inches. The square panel is cut in half diagonally to make the A2 size card.




And here's the second pair of cards. Made in exactly the same way, just different stamped images and colors.





I like the way these turned out and as I said, the Wreath Builder is very fun to play with.

Enjoy the rest of the week. After a few days of not so busy work, I'm starting a new project tomorrow out in the Riverside area of Southern California. It's not too far, about 1.25 hours driving each way.

Thanks for looking in,

Colleen

Supplies

Most all from Gina K Designs: Wreath Builder, Original Wreath Builder and Autumn Wreath Builder stamp sets, Doodle Sayings stamp set, Dusty Rose, Wild Dandelion, Layering Weight white and Basic Black card stock, Wild Dandelion, DustyRose, Jelly Bean Green, Wild Lilac, Lovely Lavender, Black Onyx ink, Master Layouts 1 die set, Stitched Circles die set, Spellbinders Circle dies, Pretty Pink Posh gems. Green and Gold Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Gina K Foam Squares, Misti, Gemini Jr



Thursday, April 1, 2021

Good Morning, Sunshine!

 Hello,

It's opening day of the 2021 Baseball season, and I'm in luck because my work schedule had a change today and I am home watching. I've been a BB fan since high school (that's a long time), and even had season tickets for several years. I gave them up when I started traveling for work, but I still watch my team every day, or at least listen on Sirus XM when out of my home area, throughout the season. If my favorite team isn't on, I'll watch other teams around the country.

Now, on to my card post for today, I saw that the Retro Rubber Challenge has a Rainbow theme this week and I wanted to play along. I actually have two cards. The first one I made uses no rubber stamps, and since the challenge is called Retro Rubber, I thought I should make a stamped card as well.

I'm using a fairly old Taylored Expressions set, not sure the year but I'm thinking over 10 years old, called Delightful Day. There are several images in the set including two little birdies that caught my attention.




I put the two bird stamps onto an acrylic block together, figuring out how to space them, then stamped them across the panel. I colored them with Copics in the 6 rainbow colors. The card background is a piece of rainbow plaid patterned paper from Lawn Fawn.  Using a TE Grass Border die, I cut the grass from SU Green Galore card stock, then added a small piece of black card stock. The small enamel flowers I bought several years ago at a Scrapbook shop in Sacramento, CA. The greeting speech bubble is fussy cut and popped up with foam tape. This is a "mini" slimline card measuring 3.5 x 6.0 inches. 

I used another piece of the patterned paper and another of the set sentiments on the inside.




For the first, no stamping card, I used an older Altenew stencil called Halftone. Using GKD inks in rainbow colors and blending brushes I made the front panel for the card. Using a SU Stitched Rectangle die, I cut the center of the stenciled panel, then popped it up on the card base with additional layers of card stock instead of using foam tape, a la Jennifer McGuire. The alpha dies are from TE, again probably 7-10 years old. The letters are cut from SU Lovely Lilac card stock and glued to the die cut panel. The letters are brushed with a very liberal amount of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer clear glitter, then covered with Crystal Effects to give them a sparkly, shimmery look. The paper flowers are from my stash. I used one on the inside too. I glued the yellow pom-pom in the center to continue with the dots theme.


Here is the inside, again no stamping. I used the Aqua Shimmer and Crystal Effects here too.



Enjoy your Thursday afternoon and your Friday. Thanks for popping in,

Colleen


Supplies

Taylored Expressions Delightful Day stamp set and Grass border die, Gina K Designs heavy weight and layering weight card stock, Black Onyx ink, Lawn Fawn plaid paper, Copic markers, SU Basic Black and Green Galore card stock, enamel flower embellishments,  Gemini Jr, foam tape, Connect liquid glue

Altenew Halftone stencil, Gina K Designs Red Hot, Tangerine Twist, Wild Dandelion, Lucky Clover, Blue Raspberry inks, GKD heavy and layering weight card stock, GKD blending brushes, Taylored Expressions tall alpha dies, SU Stitched Rectangle die, SU Lovely Lilac and Basic Black card stock, Nuvo Aqua Shimmer glitter, Crystal Effects, Gemini Jr, paper flowers

Monday, March 29, 2021

Wishing You A Happy Easter

 Hey Stampers,

Happy Monday. Yesterday I played around with something new to me, ink blending with Distress alcohol inks. I made a few simple backgrounds using a blending tool with felt. It was fun to see what several colors added together looked like. I only have a few inks so my palette was somewhat limited. I need to watch a few videos to see what other techniques work. 

After playing around with the alcohol inks, I went back to the familiar and made a card for this week's Paper Players Challenge. Anne Marie has a fun sketch for us. I pulled out the stamp sets from the latest Gina K Designs kit and some SU papers and made an Easter card.


 


I started with some SU papers, Whisper White and Basic Black card stock and a couple of patterns from the Designer Series Paper Sampler from last year. I cut the background paper and the black mat using the GKD Master Layouts 1 dies. The flower is stamped with GKD Black Onyx and colored with Polychromos colored pencils. I used gamsol and blending stumps to help with the shading. The sentiment is from another GKD stamp set from the same kit release. It is stamped with Black Onyx and cut out with a flag die from the GKD Master Layouts 4.

The stamp sets have birthday sentiments, but I wanted to use this card as an Easter card so I used a sentiment from the GKD Easter Blessings stamp set, which is the third stamp set from the kit. I added a smaller poppy flower and this time used the solid stamps with Passionate Pink ink for the flower and Soft Stone ink for the leaves. Using the Master Layouts 1 dies set, I cut the white panel and a Rose Red mat.


 

Back to the alcohol inks, here is a card one of the backgrounds that I made. This is the GKD Easter Blessings stamp set. I added many Pretty Pink Posh gems around the card. I think I'll send this one to my mom.



Thanks for checking in. Have a wonderful week!

Colleen


Supplies

Gina K Designs Forever Flowers, Lace Flowers and Easter Blessings stamp sets, Master Layouts 1 and 4 die sets, Forever Flowers dies, Black Onyx and Passionate Pink inks, Faber Castel colored pencils, gamsol, blending stumps, SU Whisper White, Basic Black, and Rose Red card stocks, SU DSP sampler, Misti, Gemini Jr

Tim Holtz Distress alcohol inks, blending tool, felt, Yuppo glossy paper, GKD Black Onyx ink, Easter Blessing stamp set, Master Layouts 4 die set, Pretty Pink Posh gems, GKD Heavy Weight white card stock, Misti, Gemini Jr


Sunday, March 28, 2021

#Friends

 Hello and Happy Sunday,

I read this Jennifer McGuire post and watched the video a few evenings ago and decided to give it a try using some background stamps and stencils that I already have. I had a ton of fun, got very inky fingers and made about 6 backgrounds. Some turned out pretty well, others, not so much. 

Here are two cards that I made using a couple of the backgrounds that I liked.


For the blue card, I used the Altenew Swiss dots background stamp and on the jungle card, the very old SU Leopard Print background stamp. The large polkadots are made using another very old SU stencil. I did use Distress inks as Jennifer recommended. I only have ink cubes, hence the inky fingers. Also, she recommends using the new domed sponge applicators and I only have the flat ones. After finishing the inking with the stencil on each, I used a large Altenew round blending brush to brush on some background color, this time using a couple of Gina K regular size dye ink pads.

In Jennifer's instructions, she shows that the technique can be done with either white craft ink or with VersaMark ink. On the blue card, the Swiss Dots stamp is stamped using Hero Unicorn craft ink. On the yellow card, the Leopard background stamp is stamped with VersaMark.

Here are each of the cards. The jungle card uses this week's Freshly Made Sketches layout. The bottom is made using a Taylored Expressions grass border die cut from SU black card stock. The images are from Lawn Fawn, colored with Copics and cut out with their dies. I heat embossed the sentiment.


 

On this second card, I used a large flower die. I cut it 3 times from white card stock and glued it to the center of the card. The sentiment is stamped with GKD Black Onyx, a few times to make it nice and dark, then heat embossed with 3 layers of clear EP. Using a N2 Copic, I shaded over the scored lines in the flower and used BV06 and Y04 Copics in the center of the flower. The sentiment and the butterfly images are from the SSS Beautiful Butterflies stamp set.



After playing with this technique, I decided to order some domed applicators and, of course, while I was on the SSS site, I ordered some of the newly released stamps and stencils. I couldn't resist! I'll try this again when my new goodies arrive, and I do have a few more backgrounds that I can use on cards from this first attempt. 

Have an awesome Sunday! Thanks for looking in,

Colleen

Supplies

Lawn Fawn Wild for You and Critters in the Jungle stamp sets and dies, Altenew Swiss Dots Background stamp, Stampin' Up Leopard Print Background stamp, Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Butterflies stamp set and dies, large flower die, Stampin' Up large polkadot stencil, Distress ink cubes, Gina K Designs dye ink pads, Tim Holts ink blender and foam pads, Taylored Expressions Grass Border die,  GKD  layering weight white card stock, SU Black card stock,  GKD Black Onyx ink, Hero Arts Unicorn white craft ink, VersaMark, clear embossing powder, Wagoner heat tool, Misti, Gemini Jr, Pretty Pink Posh gems, Copics, GKD Master Layouts 1 and 2 dies, black and gold sequins, Connect liquid glue