Saturday, May 18, 2019

Altenew Hyacinth.....

Welcome to my second Altenew Educator Academy Class! 

For this class I am using the Altenew stamp set Hyacinth. Yes! Shout out to Ramsey Alexander AGAIN for the use of this stamp set. 

Remember in my last class post I said I had a hard time eyeballing the layers? Well after reviewing the videos for the class I realized I had been stamping them backwards! When I learned two step or layer stamping way back when I learned lightest ink and largest area first. NOPE! Incorrect, start with the darkest color and the smallest and build out.  Game Changer!  This card was SO much easier to do than the first one. 

I experimented a lot with colors for this one, settling with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. For the flower I am using abandoned Coral for the darkest part and Dried Marigold for the other two layers and Old Paper for the centers. I chose Crushed Olive and Shabby Shutters for the stem and leaves. 

Next I worked up my base card. Since the intent of this post is to show you layered stamping I tried to keep the card layers and colors simple. As usual I started with a base of Neenah Solar White followed by Stampin' Up! Grapefruit Grove, then a layer of Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid in Spring both cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die. The final layer is also Neenah white cut with a retired Stampin' Up! Label Die and mounted on Darice Fun Foam for dimension and stability. 

Now for the fun part!  I decided to use both of the flowers and stamped them using the two coral colors on Gina K. Artist Choice 110lb, it seemed to give me the smoothest coverage. 

Once all the main flower parts were stamped I added in the stems 
and leaves.

I was slightly off on the smaller flower and since I was going to use it behind the bigger one I didn't stress too much or redo it. This could have been alleviated if I had used a stamp positioner, but I really wanted to try and eye ball the placement.

cut the flowers with the dies in my Gemini Jr., then set about to assemble my card.  I laid the smaller flower flat with the larger on top secured by dimensionals. I then stamped a sentiment and added that along with three iridescent clear dew drops to finish off my card.

I really love the sentiment set and dies I used for this card.  They are from Neat & Tangled and the link to purchase them and all the other supplies I used are below in the Clickable Shopping List.  Thanks for learning along with me! 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Altenew Japanese Mum

Good Morning! Welcome to my first Altenew Academy class blog. All About Layering 1.

I know!  About time I started.....  Anyway, I consider myself a pretty seasoned paper crafter. But lets be honest, 90% of the time I stamp an image outline and then hand color it.  I generally do not purchase 2 or 3 step stamps. You know where they have LAYERS of stamped color.  Hmmmm first three classes are 'All About Layering". 
Challenge Accepted! 

For my first class I chose to use Japanese Mum. Special thanks and a shout out to my friend Ramsey Alexander who graciously has 
loaned me several Altenew stamp sets including this one.

Starting with my basic white card stock, I use Neenah Solar White in 100lb. I like a nice solid base. I added a layer of Bazzill Black Heavyweight Card Stock. (This is an awesome black paper.) Since I decided to do my flower in pinks I chose the lightest color and cut a coverplate with my Honeybee Stamps Watercolor Lines Coverplate. I adhered these together for my background. 

Now for the challenging part. Let me tell you I went into this thinking 'easy peasy". Yeah well not so much! The hardest part for me was lining up each layer perfectly. A lot of people can eyeball this with no problem, me included. It is the part after you ink up the stamp and have to place it back down perfectly that got me!  I decided I had better use my Stamparatus stamp positioner.  You can also use a Misti...I have both sizes of that one too. Using the Stamparatus took the guess work out of it.  You only have to line up the stamp dry on the paper. 

 Before you add each layer of color place the stamp down on the image to align it correctly. Pick up the stamp with the plate of your positioner, ink it up and stamp.  I chose to do the outline of my flower in Smoky Slate to keep the outline soft. 
 Three layers: outline, solid lightest color, sightly darker second step.

All three layers. The deeper last color layer really gives a lot of dimension! 

I did the same for the leaves using Brutus Monroe Raven for the outline and Stampin' Up! Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Pear Pizzaz for my three layering colors.

This set comes with coordinating dies making it super easy to cut out. 

I wanted to have the sentiment blend in, so I chose to stamp it on a piece of vellum. Using Versafine and clear emboss powder, being very careful when heating it so as not to burn or curl the edges.  I adhered it with Mystic Vellum adhesive. I attached the leaves to the back of the flower and then used foam squares to mount the flower and leaves, giving it dimension. For a finishing touch  I added Honey Bee Stamps Dew Drops in Holly Berry. I like to affix these with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, and I use the Tanto Crystal Ninja pick up tool to handle them. This tool is the bomb! 
I do hope you liked my first class card. I chose the sentiment just or you!  

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Honey Bee Stamps Swimming By

Happy Saturday from Skyway Drive!

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and I wanted to share a cool Mother's Day Challenge I did this past week. One of my favorite companies Honey Bee Stamps has Buzzworthy Challenges you can enter from their Facebook Page.

If you've read my blog before then you know my family loves the beach, and you would also know my Mom is no longer with us. But, if I were able to make her a card this year it would be this one.

Honestly who does not love a cute Mermaid and her turtle friend?

I used stippling on her tail with both a darker shade of marker than the ones I colored it with and a .05 white gel pen. 

This happy turtle just makes me smile.  I wanted to show you the bit of white highlighting I did. His main body is one color, I felt there was enough shading in the circles. 

I hope you enjoyed my entry in Honey Bee Stamps Buzzworthy Challenge 28 - Mother's Day Theme. 

Skin: E00, E21, E11
Clam Bra and Fin: V04, V01, V000
Hair: E99, YR24, YR23
Main Tail: BG57, BG34, BG32, BG11
Turtle: YG17, YG03, YG01, YG00

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Pals May Blog Hop: More Than One Score

Welcome to the Pals’ May  Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because we made some great projects with “More Than One Score.” You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

More than one score, fun folds or 3D items....Oh boy, if you know me you know this was certainly a challenge!  I don't enjoy constructing 3D items and I am kind of traditional in my 'style'. So I hit up Pinterest for some extra scoring inspiration! I found just the thing way back in 2015 from Chris Slogar of Buckeye Inklings. Shout out to Chris for my CASE.  

This looks super easy, and it really was. The only tricky part is the cut...  Here is how I did it:

Start with a basic card base.
Place your paper back in the trimmer and edge it to 3 inches. Then make a cut from the 2 1/2 mark to the 4 7/8 mark.
Rotate your paper and edge it again to the 3 inch mark, then cut from the 5/8 inch mark to the 3 inch mark.
Your cut will look like this.

Flip and fold down the area you cut. Easy! And yes, that counts as two scores!  šŸ˜‰

I added the sentiment square to cover the cut on the inside

It's always fun to challenge yourself. I do a lot of challenges, because if forces me to be more creative and sometimes to think totally out of the box. Check out my Card Challenge Page.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 12, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Anything with Wings” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

  1. Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio << YOU ARE HERE šŸ˜Š

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

So Hoppy For You!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Sounds like a good reason for tacos and tequila later šŸ˜µ.

For my Pals Sunday Pick this week I decided to use the super cool So Hoppy For You. I hope like me, you were able to snag this Sale-a-Bration set for free. It's really cute. 

That being said, nothing says you can do anything like a Frog Prince riding a Unicycle! 

I am going to really miss Lemon Lime Twist items when they retire in June. It has been my 'go to' bright green since it came out. I am going to have to start embracing Granny apple Green.

I used my Stamparatus to perfectly line up the crown onto my Frog Prince.

 Normally I like to randomly place embellishments like rhinestones or pearls on my cards as a finishing touch. This time I decided to use those cute fireflies as the embellishments. It almost looks like he is juggling them! 

I truly hop(e) you enjoyed this card and that it added a little whimsy to your day. 


Crown: Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23
Firefly: YG21, B000
Frog: YG17, YG25, YG03, YG21
Bike Tire: T5, T6, T7
Bike Seat: E57, E55, E53
Rest Of Bike: C3, C4, C5