Laurel Burch Heart Bouquet by Stampendous

Good morning everyone! I recently returned from Jennifer Dove’s Copic Boot Camp where I received lots of stamps, dies, adhesives and other products from generous sponsors. You can see a sample of the gifts in my recent Instagram posts, but there’s lots more that I haven’t yet had a chance to acknowledge. Boot Camp was fabulous! I got to catch up with old friends from across the country and meet new friends along the way. Registration for next year’s boot camp will probably open in early spring so jump on it to reserve your spot.

I’ve spent the past few days trying to organize all my loot from Boot Camp. There must be over twenty stamps from sponsors like My Favorite Things, Lawn Fawn, Witt & Sass, Crafting Desert Divas and many others. And I apparently went on a buying spree just before I left because lots of packages arrived while I was gone. So I’m knee deep in new product that I’ll be showing off in the coming months.

In the course of organizing, I came across a card that I made as a card model for The Queen’s Ink and never posted so I’ll leave you with this one featuring the Laurel Burch Heart Bouquet Stamp by Stampendous to brighten up a cold November day. And for you local folk – don’t forget that I’m offering three classes this month:

  • November 10Fall Friends (featuring My Favorite Things), Photo Scraps, Eldersburg, MD.
  • November 15Fall Friends (featuring My Favorite Things), Photo Scraps, Eldersburg, MD.
  • November 20Winter Greetings (featuring Power Poppy), Queen’s Ink, Savage Mills, MD.

Hope to see you there!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Cardstock by Love Nicole in Intense Colbalt and Hot Pink
Stamp: Laurel Burch Heart Bouquet by Stampendous
Ink: Memento in Tudexo Black by Tsukineko
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in Detail Gold by Stampendous

New Class! Winter Greetings – Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at The Queen’s Ink

Join me at the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, November 20th for a new Copic marker class featuring winter themed stamp sets from Power Poppy.  We’ll make two cards in this class, with emphasis on basic Copic skills such as ink blending. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today!  CLASS FEE: $25

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website: https://queensink.com
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Rowhouse Greetings | Rustic Rejoicing by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Bough Wow Wow by Power Poppy
BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • BV01: Viola
  • BV23: Grayish Lavendar
  • V20: Wisteria
  • Y11: Pale Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • G20: Wax White
  • G21: Lime Green
  • G46: Mistletoe
  • BG70: Ocean Mist
  • B18: Lapis Lazuli
  • B21: Baby Blue
  • B23: Phthalo Blue
  • E25: Caribe Cocoa
  • E35: Chamois
  • E81: Ivory
  • E84: Khaki
  • E87: Fig
  • C1: Cool Gray No. 1
  • C3: Cool Gray No. 3
  • T8: Toner Gray No. 8
  • 0: Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring

  • Scissors
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape

Painting Pumpkins by Power Poppy

Power Poppy Painting PumpkinsGood morning friends! I’m back once again with the new digital release from Power Poppy – Painting Pumpkins. Painted pumpkins — whether given a coat of chalky milk paint in pastel hues, a bold dip with metallic accents, or delicate dots with a fine-tipped brush — are all the rage. Now you can paint the pumpkins in real life AND in your papercrafting process. In this digital set, Marcella has several pumpkins primed for your special creative touches. Paint pots and brushes await your artwork on the “blank canvas” version, or use one of the pre-drawn patterns or jack-o-lantern faces. A series of 4 sentiments ranging from a general Thank You through Halloween and Thanksgiving allows multiple uses for this fresh fall imagery.

Take a look at what the Instant Gardeners have for you and be sure you stop by the Power Poppy blog for additional inspiration.

Broni Holcombe
Leslie Miller
Cheryl Scrivens
Rhea Weigand

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Justice from the Americana Collection by Pebbles; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamps: Painting Pumpkins (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: BV20, Y32, Y35, Y38, YR68 (pumpkins); Y32, YG91, YG95, YG97 (leaves); R32, R37, E09 (pitcher); B91, B95, B97 (ribbon); BG70, BG72, BG75, C0, E30, E35 (paint brushes); E30, E35, YG91, YG95 (acorns); BG0000, B0000, BG10, BV00, 0 (background); E30, E33, E34, E37, YG63, BV23, BV20 (foreground and shadows)

Stitched Wreath by Poppy Stamps

Good morning everyone! Still working on simple holiday card designs. I had to sidetrack back to Halloween briefly – I received the new digital stamp release from Power Poppy and had to put my design team card together. More about that on Monday!

I was flipping through my die collection and came across this die from Poppy Stamps that I bought a few weeks ago at Photo Scraps. I liked it because it’s a great year round wreath – just change the colors and embellishments and you could have a wreath for any season.

I die cut the wreath image from Neenah 80# cardstock and kept all the die cut leaves so that I could color and inlay them back into the design. With some trial and error, I realized that the best way to do that would be to add a piece of double sided adhesive on the back of the die cut instead of using liquid glue to adhere each leaf. I used Easy-Cut Adhesive from iCraft (5 6×6 inch sheets per pack). I colored the leaves with a Copic marker and then picked each one up with a jewelry picker and placed the leaf back in place in the design. I added some pearl embellishments to mimic berries and paired the die cut with a red gingham design paper. The overall effect has a homespun appeal.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# & 80#; Justice from the Americana Collection by Pebbles; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamp: Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled
Ink: Versafine in Satin Red by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Wreath by Poppy Stamps; Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Pearl Strips (Red & Denim) by Kaisercraft
Copics: YG07

Making Christmas Cards (Yes, It’s That Time Again!)

I decided two things about making Christmas cards this year. First, I would stop worrying about making each card unique and come up with some designs that could be massed produced. Second, I would start early so that I wouldn’t be frantically making cards as fast as my husband mails them out. Apparently this year, I’m defining mid-October as early. Since I have several holiday stamps, stencils and dies, it’s time to pull them out and start putting them to use for this year.

I love this snowflake background stamp from Hero Arts so I decided to make it the star of the show. I stamped the image on white card stock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder to create a resist pattern. I blended Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch over the embossing to make the design pop. I used the Country Landscape die from Memory Box to create the village scene in the foreground and added a sentiment from the Comfort & Joy stamp set by Avery Elle. For the inside, I added a bold sentiment from the Wishing You Love stamp set by Neat & Tangled.

Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts; Comfort & Joy by Avery Elle; Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled
Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts; Comfort & Joy by Avery Elle (front sentiment); Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled (inside sentiment)

I made all the individual component parts first. I cut the card bases from Neenah 110# card stock and stamped the inside sentiment using my Misti.  I cut all the bases for embossing and all of the village scenes from Neenah 80# card stock. Using my Misti, I stamped the sentiment on all of the village die cuts and stamped and heat embossed all of the snowflake backgrounds. Finally, I ink blended all of the snowflake backgrounds.

In a couple of hours, I had all of the component parts ready for assembly. At the moment, I have ten cards assembled and will finish the final five cards later today.

Rowhouse Greetings | Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts
Mass producing Christmas cards. 10 down – 5 to go!

While I love how these cards turned out, the design is still a little labor intensive. So hopefully my next design will have fewer moving parts!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Neenah Solar White #80
Stamps: Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts; Comfort & Joy by Avery Elle; Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled
Inks: Midnight Blue Premium Ink by Dare 2B Artzy; Versamark by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch
Dies: Country Landscape by Memory Box; Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn