Inky Backgrounds with Altenew!

Hi!  I played with my Altenew Sketchy Cities America stamp set for the Altenew Instagram video challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and got super inky with it (and now that Will Smith song is stuck in my head….waaaaah)!!  I couldn’t decide what kind of inky background I wanted so I created three!  And  yes, one is a holiday card but that background was singing christmas carols to me so I just had to do it!  hehe  Do you have a preference over these inky backgrounds behind a gorgeous New York City skyline?!

Altenew Sketchy Cities 2Altenew Sketchy Cities 3See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a cardbase out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Create a frame using the stitched rectangle die from the Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts out of Canson 90lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  3. Stamp the New York City skyline from the Altenew Sketchy Cities America Stamp Set with Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and heat emboss with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
  4. Create a mask for the Altenew New York City skyline and a circle out of Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper
  5. Mask the cityscape and create inky backgrounds with the following Distress Inks:
    1. Tumbled GlassSalty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire
    2. Tumbled GlassSalty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Antique Linen
    3. Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Dusty Concord
  6. Stamp a sentiment with the Papertrey Ink Signature Christmas Stamp Set, Winnie & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy and Altenew Sketchy Cities America Stamp Set using Versamark Ink and heat emboss with Hero Arts White embossing powders
  7. Mist some water on the inky background with a Ranger Mini Mister filled with water and Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz
  8. Adhere the card together using foam tape and double-sided adhesive
  9. Embellish/Fill with some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (8mm Sparkling Clear6mm Sparkling Clear, 4mm Sparking Clear, 6mm Winter Snow Mix), Doodlebug Lily White Sequins and Simon Says Stamp Snowflake Sequins
  10. Scrub really hard to clean those inky fingers that will take days to go back to normal flesh color!  haha

I will be submitting these cards to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog | Use Your Favorite Technique and/or Product.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and Happy Crafting!

Happy Twin Day!

Hi!  So, my birthday is coming up the day after Valentine’s Day and I wanted to make a special card for my twin sister!  She is only a minute older than me but I definitely look up to her as my big sister.  I value her opinions and guidance more than anyone else in the world.  I am so lucky to have her in my life and was unbelievably blessed to grow up as a twin!  See below for a pic of us as young ‘uns with these huge cheeses on our face.

Hsieh Twins!

She has been so supportive of my papercrafting obsession and since shaker cards are her favorite, I thought this would be perfect!

Mama Elephant Cosmic Stars

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create an A2 card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Cut a frame out of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock using Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts
  3. Stamp the twins using the Mama Elephant Cosmic Stars Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, color with Copic Markers (E000/E01, E00/E02, C05/C07/C09), paper-piece the dresses with Lawn Fawn Lets Polka Patterned Paper and fussy cut
  4. Stamp the sentiment using the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and Happy Stamp Set and selectively ink “twin” from the Mama Elephant Merry Greetings Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  5. Stamp the balloons using the Mama Elephant Balloon Et Cetera Stamp Set with Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Pale Tomato, Butter Bar, Soft Granite)
  6. Use a mask to create a little hill for the twins to stand on with Hero Arts Soft Sky Shadow Ink
  7. Embellish the card/Fill the shaker with assorted Pretty Pink Posh (6mm Watermelon, 6mm Marigold, 6mm Charcoal, 6mm Sparkling Clear4mm Sparklng Clear) and Doodlebug Sequins (Lily White)
  8. Adhere the card together using some foam tape (I doubled up on the foam tape for this card so that there is more room to shake!) and double-sided adhesive
    1. Tip: Use a powder tool on the inside of the shaker and along the edge of the foam tape to reduce static and prevent the sequins from sticking to the borders
  9. Give your brother/sister a call for no reason other than to talk after shaking this card!!

I will be submitting this card to Virginia’s View Challenge #12 – Shaker Cards.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Winnie & Walter First Birthday Bash Challenge – Sketch & One

Hi!  I’m making my sixth submission to the Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash Celebration Challenges!  I can’t believe I went from never having submitted a card to a challenge due to lack of confidence to having created SIX challenge cards in the span of three weeks!!  It is so much fun and I am so grateful for all of the support and kind words that I’ve received from the unbelievably wonderful crafting community!  I will be submitting this card to the following challenges – Joni’s Sketch Challenge and Shay’s One Challenge.

It has been pretty darn cold in New York, so I looked through my wedding album (destination wedding in the Bahamas) and imagined myself in the warm, tropical weather of the Caribbean.  Since Valentine’s Day is near, I decided to make my husband a one-layer card reminiscent of the place where we met as well as where we were wed five years later.

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a top-folding A2 card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Create several masks for the beach, the ocean, the sun and the bunnies out of Post-It Full Adhesive Notes and 3M Micropore Tape
  3. Stamp the bunnies from the Mama Elephant Honey Bunny Stamp Set, color with Copics (0, W1, W3) and mask
  4. Create the beach by laying down a mask to protect the water line and blend with Antique Linen Distress Ink using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools
  5. Create the ocean by laying down masks to protect the beach and sky lines and blend with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean) using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools
  6. Create the sky by laying down masks to protect the sun and ocean and blend with Distress Inks (Mustard SeedSpiced MarmaladeBarn Door and Salty Ocean) using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools
  7. Create the sun by removing the sun and ocean masks and blend with Distress Inks (Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade) using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools
  8. Stamp the sentiment from the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy Stamp Set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder
  9. Stamp the birds and waves using the Lawn Fawn Float My Boat Stamp Set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
  10. Remove the bunny mask
  11. Think of how nice it would be to be with a loved one lying on a beach soaking in the sun with the water lapping at your feet….sigh

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!  Hope this card warmed you up a bit during this cold winter!

Winnie & Walter First Birthday Bash Challenge – In Rotation & Distress Patterns

Hi!  I’m submitting my fifth card to the Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash Celebration Challenges!  I have had so much fun these past two weeks playing along with the Winnie & Walter challenges and I am so happy that there are two more weeks!  YEAH!!  I will be submitting this card to the following challenges – Kelly’s In Rotation Technique Challenge and Mayuri’s Distress Inks & Patterns Challenge.

Combining these two challenges together was super hard for me because most of my Winnie & Walter stamps are sentiment stamps and because I generally use Distress Inks for techniques!  I checked out Mayuri’s blog for some inspiration and just love how her cards have such bold and bright colors with a loads of white space.  I decided to give it a shot.  What do you think?

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a top-folding A2 card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Stamp and rotate the solid leaf from the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Extras Stamp Set with Distress Ink Pads (Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves) to create a bold and colorful patterned background
  3. Stamp the sentiment from the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and You Stamp Set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink onto a strip of vellum and heat emboss with clear embossing powder
  4. Embellish the card with assorted Pretty Pink Posh (6mm Lemon Drop, 6mm Shamrock, 6mm Cobalt, 6mm Amethyst and 4mm Sparkling Clear) and Doodlebug Sequins (Ladybug and Tangerine)
  5. Adhere the card together using double-sided adhesive
  6. Go back and forth in your head for an hour debating whether the card needs something more and then decide to stop fussing and enjoy the cheery rainbow of colors!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Winnie & Walter First Birthday Bash Challenge – One & Shaker

Hi!  I’m back to play with some more Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash Celebration Challenges!  This will be my fourth submission to the event!  I will be submitting this card to the challenges thrown by the incredibly talented founders of W&W – Shay’s One Challenge and Julie’s Shaker Challenge.

I decided to make a birthday card for these two lovely ladies using their logo’s fun and cheery color scheme!!  Hope they like it!

I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time deciding between whether to make a card a shaker or not!!  I think it’s because I want to make EVERYTHING into a shaker card!!  haha  Which one do you like more??

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a top-folding A2 card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Cut a frame out of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock using the Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A Dies
  3. Stamp the background with second-generation stamping using the Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti Stamp Set with Memento Dye Inks (Lilac Posies, Tangelo, Dandelion, Pear Tart) and ColorBox Petal Point Cyan Pigment Ink
  4. Stamp the balloons using the Mama Elephant Balloon Letters Stamp Set with Memento Dye Inks (Lilac Posies, Tangelo, Dandelion, Pear Tart) and ColorBox Petal Point Cyan Pigment Ink and fussy cut
  5. Stamp the sentiment from the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy Stamp Set with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder
    1. I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder for the shaker card
  6. Embellish the card/Fill the shaker with assorted Pretty Pink Posh (6mm Pink Peonies, 6mm Tangerine, 6mm Marigold, 6mm Mossy Green and 6mm Aquamarine) and Doodlebug Sequins (Lily White)
  7. Adhere the card together using some foam tape (I doubled up on the foam tape for this card so that there is more room to shake!) and double-sided adhesive
    1. Tip: Use a powder tool on the inside of the shaker and along the edge of the foam tape to reduce static and prevent the sequins from sticking to the borders
  8. To Shake or Not to Shake?  That is the question!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!  I have become quite addicted to The Winnie & Walter First Birthday Bash Challenges.  I hope you get a chance to play along so that I can look at your beautiful creations!