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)

 

Trumpet Vine Visitor by Power Poppy

Trumpet Vine Visitor by Power PoppyGood morning everyone! Today I have a card featuring Trumpet Vine Visitor, the latest digital release from Power Poppy! Happy trails are guaranteed with Power Poppy’s trailing trumpet vine and hummingbird. Whether you start with the composite image of the bird and blooms, or create your own scene digitally with the individual components, this set promises to bring joy! Includes one sentiment and 4 images, all in black and no-line versions.

I decided to feature the hummingbird image and the sentiment. I reversed one of the hummingbirds so the pair together would look like they were dancing in air. After coloring the images, I stenciled the background using Distress Oxides.

That’s all for today! Soak in some inspiration from the Power Poppy blog and be sure you take a look at what the rest of the Instant Gardener team has for you.

Barbara Walker
Broni Holcombe
Nancy Sheads (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# & 80#; XPress It Blending Card by Copics; Bazzill Basics in Admiral
Stamp: Trumpet Vine Visitor (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Small Stitch Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass (*)
Stencil: Cloud Stencil (*) by My Favorite Things
Copics: YG01, YG03, YG07, RV02, RV04, YR 02, C1, C3, B00, B66, BV02

Gill Friends and Beach Buds by My Favorite Things

Good morning friends! I recently finished up another series of classes at Photo Scraps where we created three cards featuring the Gill Friends and Beach Buds stamp sets from My Favorite Things. Supplies are listed below. Lots of good fun as we explored creating a box card as well as stenciling backgrounds and ink blending with Distress Oxides.

Mark your calendars! We just set the dates for my September classes at Photo Scraps. Once again, there will be two dates available: Sunday, September 16th and Thursday, September 20th. I haven’t decided what we’ll be doing yet – maybe some Newton’s Nook or perhaps I’ll pull some House Mouse stamps out of my stash. Who knows?

Stay tuned!

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

Rowhouse Greetings | Gill Friends & Beach Buds by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps) Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock (*); Seafarer Ten (*) by Authentique; Kaisercard Cardstock in Ocean
Stamps: Beach Buds (*) by My Favorite Things; Gill Friends (*) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam (*) by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black; Distress Oxide in Antique Linen
Dies: Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up (*) by Lawn Fawn; Beach Buds Coordinating Dies (*) by My Favorite Things; Gill Friends Coordinating Dies (*) by My Favorite Things
Stencil: Clouds (*) by My Favorite Things
Copics:  R30, R32, R35 (reds); Y11, Y15, Y19 (yellows); B000, B00, B02 (blues); YG03, YG06, YG09 (greens); W0, W1 (grays)
Rowhouse Greetings | Gill Friends by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps) Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock  (*)
Stamps: Beach Buds (*) by My Favorite Things; Gill Friends (*) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam (*) by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black; Distress Oxide in Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch
Dies: Beach Buds Coordinating Dies (*) by My Favorite Things; Gill Friends Coordinating Dies (*) by My Favorite Things; Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Crazy Waves by The Crafters Workshop
Embellishments: Fairy Sparkle (*) by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics:   Y11, Y15, Y19, R32 (oranges); B000, B00, B02 (blues); YG03, YG06, YG09 (greens)
Rowhouse Greetings | Gill Friends by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps) Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock  (*)
Stamps
: Gill Friends (*) by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam (*) by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black; Distress Oxide in Tumbled Glass
Dies: Gill Friends Coordinating Dies (*) by My Favorite Things; Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Mini Microbial by The Crafters Workshop
Embellishments: Ocean Blue Dewdrops by Honey Bee Stamps; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics:   R30, R32, R35 (reds); Y11, Y15, Y19 (yellows)

Laurel Burch Leopard Jungle by Stampendous

I’ve amassed a rather large collection of Laurel Burch stamps from Stampendous so I’ve been slowly working my way through them, either coloring them on my own or using them in classes with my students. The image featured here – Leopard Jungle – was one that I used yesterday in my Copic class at The Queen’s Ink.

I decided that I didn’t want to always teach a traditional coloring class – one where the majority of the card was either colored with Copic markers or technique driven (how to color wood, how to color water, how to add texture, etc.). Since I’ve been exploring mixed media, I decided to include my students on my journey. Luckily, they’ve been enthusiastic about joining me on this path.

I’ve also amassed a stockpile of stencils, Distress Inks pads, and jars of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and managed to use a little of each in this card! I used Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock as the base and blended Distress Oxides from bottom to top using Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple. For blending, one of my students recommended the Nuvo Blending Sponges, which I find much easier to use than the round Ranger Mini Blending Tool. After the inks were dry, I used a palette knife to apply Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over the stencil. This added a smooth, shimmery background with just a hint of color.

The image was stamped on Copic X-Press It paper and colored using the markers listed below. I kept the coloring fairly simple since there was already a lot going on visually between the image itself and the stenciled background. Once the coloring was completed, I fussy cut the image and adhered it to the stenciled base using Thin 3-D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives.

Stay tuned – the Laurel Burch Mermaid is coming up next!

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#; Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Laurel Burch Leopard Jungle by Stampendous
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Tribal Shapes by Hero Arts
Embellishments: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Mother of Pearl
Copics:  Y32, Y35, Y38, E07, E21, E23, YG06, B02 (leopard); BG14, YG06 (fronds); E07, Y38 (tree trunks); B01, B02, B04, B66 (flower); V01, V04 (flower)