Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SIP #112 Travel Challenge with Gina K Designs My Anchor Stamp Set

Hi Friends!  Happy Tuesday!  Hope your week is off to an awesome start.  Stamp, Ink, Paper has a super fun challenge this week based on a Travel theme!  I hope you'll have a chance to head over and check it out!

I challenged myself this week to make a travel themed card with a current stamp set.  This was a difficult challenge for me because I have a retired stamp set called Traveler that is my go to set for projects like this.  Thankfully I remembered the awesome Gina K Designs Kit that I purchased.  It included an awesome stamp set called "My Anchor".  It has some great sentiments and lovely old truck stamp.  I LOVE old trucks!

This was such an easy card to create.  I started with an 11" x 4 1/4" Basic Black Cardstock base, scored at 5 1/2".  Next I layered a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock that measured 4" x 5 1/4".  My Patterned Paper was some retired DSP from my stash.  I used a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of the Black Street Map Paper to layer over the Very Vanilla Cardstock layer.  I cut a piece of 2 1/8 " x 3 7/8" piece of Very Vanilla to matt the Crumbcake and Black curvey design paper that measured 2 x 3 7/8".  That left a small border on the top and bottom.   I added three loops of Natural Twine and tied into a bow on the left side of these horizonal layers and adhered them with Foam Tape.  The truck and sentiment from the My Anchor set were stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock with Versafine Black Onyx Ink.  I used SU Layering Circle Framelits Dies to cut the stamped piece into a circle.  I layered it on a scrap of Crumb Cake Cardstock that was cut in a scallop and a larger circle of Basic Black cardstock.   

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PCC255 Sketch Challenge with Hero Arts July 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I've been missing in action the last couple of weeks over at Paper Craft Crew but this week I'm back with a Design Team Card for a new fun sketch!  

I was super excited for this week's card because I finally got a chance to use my July 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit by Hero Arts!  


I started with a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" 80# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.  I inked up the Hero Arts Background Tribal Stripes Bold Prints (July Kit Add on set) with Mustard Seed Distress Ink and added some Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink with a dauber and then sprayed the stamp with some water before stamping it on the white panel.  Once dry, I stamped the grassy strip in FSJ Black Licorice Fusion Ink.  I then cut out the sun in a scrap piece of SU Pumpkin Pie Cardstock.  I wanted to diecut a white circle to go behind the sun but I didn't have a circle big enough so I used my largest circle framelit to cut out a piece of 80# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and then I used the same circle to reduce the size of my sun just a little so that they would matt correctly.  I glued them together with FSJ craft glue and then used the same craft glue to adhere it to my cardfront.  Next I stamped the elephant silhouette in FSJ Black Licorice Ink onto a scrap of the Neenah white cardstock and used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I attached it to the front with foam tape.  I used my Misti to stamp the "Huge Thanks" sentiment in more of the FSJ Black Licorice Ink and then clear embossed it.  I then matted this layer with a piece of SU Basic Black cardstock that measured 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  I used some Journey Natural Thread to run around both of those layers and tied it at the top of the card leaving the tails long enough to curl with the edge of my scissors.  I mounted these panels on a 11" x 4 1/2" piece of 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock that was scored at 5 1/2" for a top folding card base.  I was super happy with how it turned out and can't wait to use this kit some more!  I think I'll try some blues and purples in the background next time.. What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SIP #111 Beach Theme Challenge with Mermaid Kisses July 2017 FSJ Bloom Box

Hello and Tuesday!  As always, I hope you're week is off to an awesome start!  It is beginning to cool down a bit here in Middle Tennessee and I'm super happy about that!  Last weekend was truly a wonderful weekend with some nice breezes and I was even able to enjoy a little time with my windows open to allow some fresh air in.  Well... until my neighbor drove by on his riding lawn mower and my dogs started acting like they were going to tear down the screens on the windows.  I mean how dare he drive his lawn mower through our yard!  Most certainly the dogs were there to protect me from what could have been a devastating thrown rock through the window that could  caused me sudden death!  lol  I should be grateful, right??  Well that is when I decided to shut the windows and enjoy the air conditioning instead!   

This is a Tuesday so of course that means another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge.  This week is a theme that is dear to my heart... the Beach!  I love anything nautical!

There were seriously sooo many ways I could have gone with this one but I decided to dive into the July 2017 FSJ Bloom Box "Mermaid Kisses"!  I had recently seen a new stamp and die set that featured a mermaid tail so I decided to make a beach scene and use just the tail from one of the mermaids.  What do you think?

I started with a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I used some post-it-notes to do my ink blending with Distress Inks.. starting with the beach portion that was sponged in Antique Linen.  Next the water was sponged in Broken China.  I used a Hero Arts Stencil and some Faded Jeans ink to add some depth to the water.   After masking off the water I tore some more of the post it notes to create the hills with Peeled Paint for the first layer and Iced Spruce over that.  I cut out a post it note circle to mask the sun and then lightly sponged some Broken China Ink onto the sky.  Afterwards I removed the circle and sponged a little Mustard Seed Ink into my Sun.  Super easy but I used a lot of post it notes. lol  Once I decided where I wanted my mermaid's tail, I stamped a few of the bubbles from the stamp set and added some Glossy Accents to them.  Next I stamped the largest of the Mermaids from the Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set onto a scrap piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Versafine Black Onyx Ink and then Clear Embossing it.  I colored my mermaid in with my Zig Clean Color Markers.  I used an Exacto Knife to cut a slit along one of the waves to tuck the mermaid into the water so her tail was sticking up.  I used some Clear Wink of Stella to give it some sparkle.  I did some ink blending with Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed Distress Ink onto a scrap of Bristol Smooth and stamped the Starfish from the stamp set on top.  I fussy cut out the starfish and added some Glossy Accents on top.  I adhered it onto my card front with some craft glue.  For the beach portion of my card I pushed my versamark ink pad onto that part of my card and then sprinkled some heat n stick powder on it.  I used my heat gun to activate the heat n stick and then used a salt grinder filled with Pink Himalayan Salt to add a salt (sand) layer over the heat and stick.  It looks so realistic in person. Finally I added some FSJ Sparkle Silk to the front.  Once my card front was dry I added it to a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Dapper Denim Cardstock Mat.  Finally I added that panel to a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 110# Neenah Classic Solar White Cardbase that was scored at 4 1/4".  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SIP #110 Primary Colors with SU Colorful Seasons Bundle

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  If you're on this side of Monday, it's a good day!  I've been so busy at work lately I feel like I'm in survival mode.. every day the goal is to make it to the end of the day!   I'm sure it will be better soon but the world of Import when it comes to shipping Holiday goods is Crazy!  lol   So back to the matter at hand, it's Tuesday and that of course means it's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge!  This one is about Primary Colors: Red, Blue and Yellow!

So you'll have to hang with me on this one.  My hubby and I are planning a cruise at the end of October.  We tend to vacation in October or November every year because that is my slow time at work.  I have sandy beach and beautiful sunsets envisioned and that is really what keeps me going right now.  My upcoming cruise is what inspired this card using the SU Colorful Seasons Bundle.

I sponged the background onto a piece of 3 5/8" x 4 7/8" Neenah Classic Solar White 110# cardstock.  The water is Marina Mist and Pacific Point Ink, the sand is a touch of Sahara Sand, The sky is Sky Blue,  Marina Mist and Pacific Point.  The sun is Daffodil Delight.  I used full coverage post-it notes to mask off the various areas to sponge.  I cut the chairs out of SU Real Red and Daffodil Delight Cardstock.  I used my embossing buddy and then Heat Embossed the sentiment in White onto the bottom section of the cardfront.  After adhering the chairs onto the front with small dots of liquid glue, I adhered the panel onto a 3 3/4" x 5" Read Red piece of cardstock and then glued that onto an A2 Neenah Classic Solar White cardstock base.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing July 2017 Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to A Paper Pumpkin Thing July 2017 Blog Hop!  Do you love card kits?  I know I do!  The Paper Pumpkin Kit is one of my favorites! Unlike most of the Bloggers on this hop, I am not a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator but I am a lover of all things Paper Pumpkin!   We have such a wonderful group of cardmakers on this Hop that love to inspire you!  If you landed here from Lori Mueller's fabulous blog, thanks so much for continuing on!  If you started with me, please make sure to hit the next button at the end of the post for lots of wonderful inspiration!

I decided to start off with a super simple card.  I'm learning to really enjoy some white space on cards and this was a perfect example of how less can be more!

I used the heart cut out panel from the kit but cut it down a bit until it measured 3 7/8 x 5 1/8".  I added to the  back of the heart a piece of Delightful Daisy DSP .  I then mounted the panel onto a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of  Tranquil Tide Cardstock which was mounted onto an A2 cardbase made with  Powder Pink Cardstock.  I pushed the "love" wood element from the kit into my Tranquil Tide Ink Pad to coat it with the Ink.  I had to do this 3 times to get the coverage that I wanted.  I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the wooden element.  I stamped the "you" from the stamp set in Tranquil Tide to finish this one off.   Such a pretty but simple card!

My next project was also super easy! If you've never made an Easel Card I have instructions on a previous post.. just click here!

I kept this one super simple.  I really think the Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was so pretty that I didn't want to take away from it too much.  My Easel Card Base was made of Dapper Denim Cardstock.  After adding the embossed 5 x 3 3/4" layer to the front of it, I added some Linen Thread with Stampin' Dimensionals.   The used the ink direct to paper technique to ink up in the heart in the kit with Dapper Denim Ink.   I adhered the "hooray" wood element from the kit with my fine tip glue pen.  I stamped the "it's your day" sentiment from the kit in Dapper Denim Ink onto a scrap piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock.    Finally I added a Post It Note Pad to the bottom of the Easel Card.  

I hope you've enjoyed my card and project.  Next up is the Amazing Carolynn Sander's blog.  Just click the Nest button and you'll be there!  

If case you've lost your way, here is a list of all of the Bloggers on this Month's hop!

  1. Sara Levin
  2. Lori Mueller
  3. Tina Rackley Riddle - That's Me!
  4. Carolynn Sander
  5. Jennifer Hill
  6. Rick Adkins
  7. Kelly Acheson
  8. Dena Rekow
  9. Kimberley Morris
  10. Maria Willis
  11. Cindee Wilkinson
  12. Megan Thompson
  13. Cathy Caines
  14. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
  15. Pam Staples


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SIP #109 Sketch Challenge with FSJ Got You!

Hello and Happy Tuesday...which of course means Hump Day Eve!  lol  I've been so super busy that last weekend I just crashed on Saturday!  The only thing I was able to get done was to get this card made for the awesome new sketch challenge up over at Stamp, Ink, Paper.

I decided to use a fun new stamp set that I got as a Bloom Benefit for placing a $75 order at Fun Stampers Journey.  I LOVE bears so this one really spoke to me!  

I adore this sketch!  Some of you may be suprised that I didn't make a shaker card since I love them so much but I really thought this one would be just perfect as a window card.  These bears are so adorable and I love the sentiment "I've got you covered" that comes with the stamp set.  I stamped the image with FSJ Black Licorice Fusion Ink and watercolored with a water brush and some Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I added a little bit of Journey Glaze to the umbrella and some of the little raindrops. 
I used the Journey Squares Dies and the piercing element that comes with them to cut my window.  The blue paneled background is from FSJ Designer Choice Prints.   

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SIP #108 Fabulous Florals with Hero Arts July 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  What a day I had on Monday!  I went to work like any other Monday and around 10am I got a text from my son that they were having their baby today rather than next week as planned.  Apparently Ashleigh had been in labor all night and by the time she got to the hospital she was already dialated to about 7cm.  They had planned a C-Section for next Monday but Baby Beckett decided he was ready to meet the family!  My son was so happy and proud of his HUGE son.  Beckett weighed in a 10 lbs 3 oz and was 21" long!

He is one proud Daddy!!  

So since today is Tuesday, that of course means it's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge!  This week's theme is Fabulous Florals!  How cool is that?? 

I decided to use my July 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts and decided to go Clean and Simple with this one!

I used my favorite coloring method.. Distress Inks applied with an Aqua Painter onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  You can't get much more simple than that.  My card base was 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.  I added a 3 3/4" x 5" layer of Black Cardstock and my watercolored layer of Bristol Smooth that measured 3 5/8" x 4 7/8".  I heat embossed both the floral image and the sentiment in black.  Embossing really helps me to stay within the lines with my watercoloring!  I added three Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon 4mm sequins and a small little natural thread bow to finish this one off.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina