2018 Card Design Superstar – Clean and Simple

Good afternoon! I had a design idea bouncing around in my head this morning so I decided to create a second card for the 2018 Card Design Superstar Contest at My Favorite Things. I’m posting this project in the category for Clean and Simple Genius.

Rowhouse Greetings | Gnome Me by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

For this project, I chose one of the images from the Gnome Me stamp set which I paired with a retired MFT die and a sentiment from MFT’s Aim for the Clouds stamps set. The second die used for the yellow strip is one that I received as a free gift from MFT for placing an order last month. I added a few dew drops from Honey Bee Stamps – this is my new favorite embellishment!

This will be my last post of the day (promise!). There’s a basket of laundry calling my name and I have to get ready for my class tomorrow at Queen’s Ink so time to put crafting aside for now.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Basics in Mexican Poppy and Devil Red; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things; Aim for the Clouds by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Dies: Die-namics You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things; Die-namics Friend [retired] by My Favorite Things; Essential Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Honey Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E97, BV20 (skin); C00, C1 C3 (beard); R32, R35, R39, R46 (hat); B18, B24, (pants); V20, 0 (shirt); Y19 (buttons); T6 (suspenders & boots); B18, B21, B24 (flower pot); B01, BV01, YG07, YG09, RV63, Y19 (flowers)

 

Game Day by House Mouse Designs

Football season is underway here in the United States. Although I live near the stadium, I can’t say that I follow the game. At best, I can tell you the name of the home team and that they wear purple. My dad at age ninety is still a big football fan and when I was a child, all of us would sitting around the TV on Sunday afternoons to watch the game. This was in the days before televisions had remotes so one of us kids was usually charged with the task of flipping the channels and adjusting the rabbit ears to get the best reception.

Rowhouse Greetings | Game Day by House Mouse Designs

In the House Mouse world, Maxwell and Amanda have it a little easier. And their game day even includes snacks!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Bazzill Cardstock in Mexican Poppy; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics; Apricot Dot by American Crafts
Stamp: Game Day by House Mouse Designs
Embellishments: April Showers Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E30, E33, E35, BV20 (mice); Y02, Y15, Y19, BG000, BG01, BG02, N0, N1 (popcorn box); E30, E31 (popcorn); E33, E35, E37, E39, BV20, BV23 (football); W1, W4, W5, BV20 (shoe); YG03, YG17 (grass); C3, C5, C7, C9, 100, BG72, BV20 (television); C0, BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG10 (television screen); BV20, BV23, C5, E00 (remote); Y15, Y19, YR04, YG00, YG01, YG03, BV20 (soda can); Y02, Y15, Y19, BG000, BG01, BG02 BV20 (straws); W1, W2 (wall); E20, W2, W4, W5 (carpet)

Bountiful Bouquet by Power Poppy

Bountiful Bouquet by Power PoppyGood morning friends! I’m back this morning with a card featuring the new digital release from Power Poppy available for download today. Bountiful Bouquet features TWO focal images! One illustration (featured here) is large and in charge — with three Rudbekia blooms intertwined with berries and leaves. A second illustration is a pitcher filled with the same Rudbekia flowers, plus branches of fruiting Persimmon and the vivid stems of pokeweed berries. Two sentiments encouraging happiness and mindfulness round out this bountiful digi set.

For my card, I colored the image using Copic markers. I fussy cut the image and mounted it on a piece of plain white card stock with thin foam adhesive squares. I ink blended the background on a piece of multi-media cardstock and dried the ink with a heat gun. When ready, I taped down the stencil and applied embossing ink with a foam blender. After removing the stencil, I covered the embossing ink with clear embossing powder and set with my heat gun.  All products and Copic colors are listed below in the supply list.

Be sure you take a look at the projects created by the rest of the Instant Gardener team and stop by the Power Poppy blog for even more inspiration!

Jesse Banks
Stacy Morgan
Cheryl Scrivens
Nancy Sheads (that’s me!)
Rhea Weigand

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Ranger Mixed Media Cardstock; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamp: Bountiful Bouquet (*) by Power Poppy
Ink: Distress Oxides in Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Square Mandela (*) by Gina K. Designs
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder (*) in Clear
Copics: Y02, Y15, Y19, YR27, E07, BV20 (petals); E07, E79, E99, 100 (center); B63, B66, B69 (berries); G20, G21, G24, G46 (leaves)

Join Me TOMORROW for Demo Day at Photo Scraps!

Don’t forget – I’ll be at Photo Scraps tomorrow for Demo Day! I’ll have the two cards shown below and there will also be a variety of other cards and layouts to choose. Just drop in anytime after 11:00 and create as many projects you want. Please remember to bring your own tape runner or other adhesive of choice to Demo Day.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Rowhouse Greetings | The Whole Herd by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps) Paper: Ultra Smooth Cardstock (*) by Spectrum Noir
Stamp: The Whole Herd (*) by My Favorite Things
Die: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; The Whole Herd Coordinating Dies (*) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Distress Oxides in Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick
Stencil: Geometric Stars by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Fairy Sparkle (*) by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics: N5, R00, R01, R02
Rowhouse Greetings | The Whole Herd by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps) Paper: Ultra Smooth Cardstock (*) by Spectrum Noir
Stamp: The Whole Herd (*) by My Favorite Things
Die: Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; The Whole Herd Coordinating Dies (*) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Distress Oxides in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick
Stencil: Full of Heart by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Mixed Berry (*) by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics: R00, R01, R02

September Art Du Jour Project Details

Yesterday was my last Art du Jour at Queen’s Ink for this year. I’m away next month and the store has a different format for this event in November and December. So I wanted to take time today share the details on yesterday’s cards.

For my first card, I used the Skeleton Lady stamp by Stampendous. Unfortunately, it’s a retired image, but it’s an oldy but goody that’s perfect for a Halloween card. The stamp includes the entire scene so you can pull the card top together with just a little stamping and coloring. Initially, I stamped the image with Memento but the result wasn’t as crisp as I wanted. For my second attempt, I stamped with Versafine. Since Versafine is not Copic safe, I quickly covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder and heat set it. This gave a glossy appearance that enhanced the overall appearance. I scribbled (literally!) some color on the image with my markers as a color wash. I used the Antique Frames die set from Penny Black to create the deckled appearance on the edges and paired it with a paper from Authentique.

For my second card, I used the simple, but lovely Grateful stamp set by Avery Elle. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The acorns were stamped with Memento. Of course, even though there were only two acorns to color, I still managed to use six markers. The E markers were used for the acorn cap; the Y markers for the body.

Hope you enjoyed these projects. Thank you to everyone who joined me for Art du Jour this year. It’s been fun getting to know everyone and I’ve learned a lot from each and every one of you!

Although I won’t be participating in Art du Jour until January, I will still be offering monthly Copic classes at Queen’s Ink. Be sure to check my teaching schedule to stay informed on upcoming classes.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Rowhouse Greetings | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Nightfall Five (*) by Authentique
Stamp: Skeleton Lady by Stampendous
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black
Die: Antique Frames by Penny Black
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: RV63, RV66, B63, B66, Y35, E30, E33, BG000, BG01
Rowhouse Greetings | Grateful by Avery Elle Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Penny’s Paper Doll Family (*) by Graphic 45
Stamp: Grateful (*) by Avery Elle
Ink: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versafine in Onyx Black
Die: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: Y21, Y26, Y28, E33, E35, E39