Wednesday, September 27, 2017

PCC #261 Color Challenge with Hero Arts My Monthly Hero September 2017 Kit

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  You've made it this far so just keep pushing through!  I'm over with the Paper Craft Crew with a card for a color challenge that was indeed a bit of a challenge for me.  I was NOT feeling these colors at all!  Once I decided to use my September 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit and realized I could do some color layering to make them work, it turned out ok.. I hope!  lol  I'm sure you can think of something more fabulous than I did so please head over to Paper Craft Crew for some inspiration and to link up a card of your own!

And here's my card.. 

So for this one I started with a 11" x 4 1/4" sheet of SU Calypso Coral Cardstock.  I added a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of SU Early Espresso Cardstock over the Coral.  Next I used the SU Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" piece of 80# Neenah White Cardstock and added it to the Early Espresso Layer.  Then on another piece of 80# Neenah White Cardstock I stamped my stem and leaves SU Lemon Lime Twist for the bottom layer and Tranquil Tide for the detailed layer.   My Flower was stamped in SU Calypso Coral for the base layer. The first detail layer was stamped in SU Cajun Craze and the second detail layer was stamped twice in Cajun Craze to darken that layer.  The center of the flower was stamped in SU Crumb Cake first and then Gina K Designs Black Onyx Ink.  (Note.. somehow I have lost my Versafine Tuxedo Black Ink.. how does one loose an entire ink pad?????)   I stamped two of the flowers exactly alike using my Misti so that I could layer them.  I used the coordinating dies to cut out the stem with leaves and the two flower images.  The top layer was handcut between some of the petals to allow more dimension.  I used a bone folder to bend the layers out.  I added the top flower with foam squares and added some FSJ Journey Glaze to the flower for some shine and drama!  Concord and 9th's Pineapple Perfection Bundle was used for the sentiment and banner.  I cut out the banner die first in SU Early Espresso and Stamped the "Thinking of You" in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it in White. Some Natural Thread hoops were added with a small foam square in the middle and then the banner was added over the thread with small foam squares on each end.  It was finished off with Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Espresso Sequins.  I hope you like what I came up with!  I ended up loving it!

Have a blessed day!  Tina

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SIP Challenge #118 Anything But a Card with Verve Fill My Cup Bookmark

Hello my friends and Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have gotten the week started off to a good start.  I am super excited about Stamp, Ink, Paper's Challenge theme this week... Anything But a Card!  

My first idea was to make a tag but when I started went through my stamps and ran into this awesome Fill My Cup Stamp Set from Verve I decided a bookmark would be perfect!  I'm trying to get back on track with my morning Bible reading and this bookmark is just the thing for me!  

How adorable are these sentiments??  I LOVE them!  I started with a 1 3/4" wide by 6 1/4" inch piece of SU Soft Sky Cardstock.   I heat embossed the sentiments and images in Black and used Zig Clean Color Markers to color in the sun and cloud image and the cup.  The heart was a punched heart out of a scrap of red cardstock.  Once I was done with the embossing and coloring, I added some wink of stella to the cloud and then a little white glitter.  I then used some FSJ Journey Glaze to coat the cup, cloud, sun and heart for some dimension and shine.  I used some ribbon fibers from my stash.  This was a super easy and fun project and is just what I need for my morning Bible reading. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SIP Challenge #117 Watercolor with Lawn Fawn Pumpkin Spice!

Hello my friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and survived Monday!  I had a busy Monday but still made time to head out for lunch for my favorite drink.... coffee!  And what kind of coffee says it's fall... Pumpkin Spice Latte of course!  This week's challenge over at Stamp, Ink, Paper is a Watercolor Challenge and I made it all about Pumpkin Spice Latte!  lol

The background in this week's challenge banner inspired me to do some distress ink smooshing onto watercolor for my background!  

I started with a 5 1/2" x 3" panel of watercolor paper that was sprayed with water.  I smooshed some Tim Holtz Mustard Seed Distress Ink onto a piece of acetate and sprayed it with water and then pushed it around onto the watercolor paper.  I followed the same technique but with Spiced Marmelade and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, drying between each layer.  A Distress Splatter Brush and some more of the Rusty Hinge Distress Ink thinned out with water added some dark splatters.  Next I stamped my Lawn Fawn Cup and shaker onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Versafine Black Onyx Ink and then dried it with my heat cool.  Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain were used to color in the coffee and the cup.  A small amount of Scattered Straw Distress Ink  was used to highlight the edges of the whipped cream.  I used a stiff brush to brush on a little bit of the Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain Distress Ink onto the whipped cream and inside the shaker for the Pumpkin Spice.  A Zig Marker in Medium Gray and a wet small brush  highlighted the metal ring of the shaker.  I attached the cup and shaker to the watercolor panel with foam squares.  I used a little more of the Walnut Stain Distress Ink with a wet brush under the cup to ground it.  Clear Wink of Stella was brushed onto the Whipped Cream.  Some FSJ Journey Glaze was brushed all over the cup and the shaker.  (I LOVE the Journey Glaze.. it's the one thing I never want to run out of!)  I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment onto the bottom of the watercolor panel with more of the Versafine Black Onyx Ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I used some scraps of Woodgrain DSP onto the top and bottom of the panel and then attached it all to a piece of Patterned Paper from my stash that I felt matched the colors well.  I added a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins to finish it off and then attached it to a card base of 110# Neenah Classic Solar White Cardstock.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll stop by and pick up a Pumpkin Spice Latte today!  I know I will! 

Blessings, Tina

Thursday, September 14, 2017

OSAT Blog Hop - Throwback Thursday!

Hello and Welcome to the One Stamp At A Time Throwback Thursday Blog Hop!  If you have already been hopping you should have landed here from the awesome blog of  Renee Ondrajka and I'd like to thank you for continuing on!  If you've started with me let me introduce you to our theme.....Throwback Thursday!  Here's a throwback picture of me with Big Hair for you to get you in the mood.  Oh and notice the shoulder pads... lol

Ok, so enough big hair and back to the matter at hand.. Throwback Thursday!  I believe this may mean different things to different crafters but for me I thought I'd share one of my very first blog cards with you and show you how I've recreated the same type of card with new products.  My original card was from October 2013. 

 Before I get to my card I thought I'd tell you a bit about how it all started.  I started scrapbooking around 2003 when my son began playing football.  Later he joined the Marines and I scrapped all of his years of duty at various places around the world.  He still treasures those books and loves to look through them.  In 2008 I remarried and moved to Manchester, TN and continued my love of scrapbooking.  After moving here I met my sweet friend Polly and she invited me to her house to scrap.  From that point on I was at her house on Friday nights to scrap or craft.  I can still remember going over there and seeing a huge box of stamps and asking her what she did with them.  I started off by stamping things on my scrapbook pages.  Then she showed me how to use chalk ink to ink the edges of my pages.  Well that was my introduction to stamps and ink and wow has my addiction grown!  Fast forward to 2013..  I met a sweet friend named Nicole Nastali in one of the Facebook Stamping Groups and she was certainly an encourager.  I found out that she was a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator during one of our chats and I purchased quite a few additional supplies that I had been unable to find at local stores.  She always complimented my cards and often talked with me about blogging.  It was because of her that I started my blog.  My first blog post was in 2013, the same year that I made the card pictured below.  I picked this card for my Throwback Thursday project because it was my first attempt at finding a cardmarking tutorial and creating it with the stamps and patterned paper that I had. 

 Here's my card using Unity Stamp Co.  Acorn Greetings Stamp Set from 2013..

In my blog post from 2013 I explain how I made this card.  For info on the Starburst or Sunburst Design from my original blog post click here.  

For my updated version with new products I decided to go first with a Christmas Design.  Here's my Christmas Card using the new Stampin' Up! Stamp Set called Smitten Mittens. I decided to make the panel longer instead of using an edge punch to add to the panel on the bottom as I had done on my original card.

I actually got my inspiration for this card from a Stampin' Up! DSP share that I bought from Linda Heller when the new annual catalog came out.  As I thumbed through the patterned paper I loved the designs as well as the colors of Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Garden Green in the Be Merry DSP.  I stamped the small Mittens in Garden Green and attached them with foam squares.  The "Smitten" Sentiment was stamped first with Versamark and then SU Cherry Cobbler Ink using my Misti and clear embossed.  I don't know how I survived without my Misti!  

My next card using this technique is a Fall Theme card using the Painted Harvest Stamp Set and the Wood Textures DSP Stack.

I stamped the flower from the stamp set onto Very Vanila Cardstock first in SU Daffodil Delight and then in SU Crushed Curry Ink.  The center was stamped in Soft Suede Ink.  I added some Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Espresso sequins in the center of the flower as well as scattered around the card.    

Last but not least I made one additional Fall theme Card..

My last card uses the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  The sentiment if from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set as was the previous fall theme card.  I thought adding a Sunflower to this one would be too much so I added two Stitched Leaves from Fall Tiny Tags set by Lawn Fawn.  I ink blended some distress inks in various fall colors onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock and then die cut the leaves.  Once cut out I also sponged the edges and then tied them together and added some Natural Twine and attached them with Foam Squares.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm sure you'll want to check out every blogger's Throwback Thursday post!  Next up is Lori Mueller's blog.  Just click the next button and you'll be there!  

In the off chance you get lost along the way.. here's a list of all of our bloggers:

  1. Elizabeth Jeanne
  2. Jenny Hall
  3. Kelly Acheson
  4. Anna Smith
  5. Rose Grunewald
  6. Maria Willis
  7. Melissa Davies
  8. Jennifer Hill
  9. Jessie Holton
  10. Rick Adkins
  11. Dena Rekow
  12. Renee Ondrajka
  13. Tina Rackley Riddle - That's me!
  14. Lori Mueller
  15. Pam Staples
  16. Jeanna Bohanon
  17. Marisa Gunn
  18. Justin Krieger
  19. Andrea Tracy-Tucker

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PCC Challenge #259 - Inspiration Challenge with Hero Arts My Monthly Hero February 2017 Kit

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I'm super excited about this week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge because I love umbrellas.  I seriously have about 5 stamp sets that all involve umbrellas and rain!  Is that wild?  I didn't realize until I tried to decide which stamp to use.  I must have a thing for umbrellas, or rain, or storms!  lol

Lately I've been on a kick to use some of the stamp sets or kits that I haven't used yet.  I have quite a few so this will take quite some time.  For this card I decided to use a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit from February 2017.  Now I have used the add-on stamp sets from the February Release but not the actual kit... so today's the day!  

For my background I decided to use a trick that I learned from the awesome Gina K of Gina K Designs.  I scored a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of 110# Neenah Classic Solar White cardstock every 1/4" on a Scoring Board.  After the cardstock was scored, I ran a SU Soft Sky Ink Pad directly to the cardstock for a distressed wood planking look.  I really love the look and can't wait to try it with other colors.  I cut my window from the February Kit out of 110# Neenah Classic Solar White as well.  The background of my window scene was created by Ink Blending Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink onto a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  After I completed my ink blending, I used a distress sprayer to spritz some water on it and then placed a paper towel over it to absorb the drops of ink that lifted.  I stamped my girl with the umbrella as well as the other umbrella onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  After it was dry, I used Zig Clean Color Markers and an Aqua Brush to color in my images.  The cloud was stamped in Iced Spruce Distress Ink and the Lightning was stamped in Onyx Black Ink onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock as well.  I used a silver Zig Clean Color marker to color in the Lightning.  I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black Ink in the upper left corner of the window. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SIP Challenge #116 Clean and Simple Fall Card with Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit September 2017

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I waited until the last minute to make my SIP card this week which turned out to be a good thing... Why?? Because I received my Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit when I arrived home from work on Monday.  How cool was that?  It was perfect to make a clean and simple fall card.  The color layering pumpkins and sunflowers in the September kit are gorgeous!  I love clean and simple although it's not usually my style.  It was sure fun to try to make one and believe it or not, I actually made a one layer card.. Wow!  Can you believe it??  It you have an awesome idea for a Fall theme CAS card head on over to Stamp, Ink, Paper and link it up!

Here's my card using the largest pumpkin from the My Monthly Hero Kit..

I really did keep this one simple.  I started with an 11" x 4 1/4" Card Base of 110# Neenah Classic Solar White cardstock, scored at 5 1/2".  I used Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste and Brick Wall Stencil to add the brick texture on the bottom of the card.  I considered adding some Crumb Cake reinker to make the brick wall a little darker but I decided to go with white on white.  I may make another one with the reinker to see if I like it better!  I stamped the pumpkin, stem and leaves seperately on more of the 110# Neenah Classic Solar White.  The pumpkin was stamped with Stampin' Up! Peek-A-Boo Peach for the base and then used the Hero Arts small inks in Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie and Orange Soda for the details.  The stem was stamped in Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie and the detail was added in Cup O'Joe Ink.  The leaves were stamped in SU Pear Pizzazz Ink and the detail was added in SU Old Olive Ink.  I added the pumpkin with foam squares and then added the twine at the top and twirled the tails to hang down on the left side.  The sentiments in the set were curved but since I didn't want it to go around the pumpkin, I stretched it over a ruler until straight and then picked it up with the lid of my Misti.  I then stamped the Autumn Greetings sentiment in Hero Arts Cup O'Joe Ink straight on the upper right side of the card.  That was it!  I seriously thought about adding sequins.. but then said to myself... No!  Keep it Simple!  Why is that always so hard? lol

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

PCC258 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge with FSJ Poinsettia Burst

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  We made it to mid-week so Woo Hoo!   Hopefully it's been a good week for you.  So far it seems like I'm going to have to cram 5 days of work into 4 since we were off on Monday.  But I really think being off work a day was worth it!  Since it is Wednesday, that means it's time for a new Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  This week's sketch is super cute! 

I decided to try as much as possible to get Christmas Cards made early so I took this sketch and an awesome FSJ Stamp Set called Poinsettia Burst to knock one out!

I tried to stay fairly close to the sketch but as usual I took a little bit of artistic liberty!  lol

I started with an A2 Card Base made of FSJ Frest Forest Cardstock.  I added a thin layer of SU Gold Glimmer Cardstock.  My next layer was FSJ Whipped Cream Cardstock that was embossed with the SU Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder.  I ran a piece of green and white washi tape across it and tucked it behind each of the sides and then added it to the gold layer with foam tape... It's a little hard to adhere to the Gold Glimmer Cardstock so I felt the foam tape was a safe option.  My middle panel was a piece of FSJ Whipped Cream Cardstock that measured 3 7/8" x 2 7/8" and was matted with a piece of 4" x 3" Fresh Forest.  I cut a small layer of distressed wood paper from the SU Wood Textures DSP stack for the bottom of the center layer.  I used my Misti to stamp the Merry Christmas Sentiment from FSJ Holiday Wishes Stamp Set in FSJ Candy Apple Ink.  My poinsettia was also stamped in Candy Apple Ink onto Whipped Cream Cardstock.  The leaves for the poinsettia were stamped in SU Garden Green Ink and the Pine Boughs were stamped in SU Emerald Envy.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out.  I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the poinsettia and then attached everything to my middle panel with Foam Tape.   I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White to the center of the Poinsettia.  Finally I added some Gold Metallic Dots to finish this one off!  Well that's it one more Christmas card down!  Yay me!!  

Have a wonderful day!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SIP #115 Color Challenge with FSJ An Adventure Stamp Set

Hello and Happy Tuesday... but it feels like Monday!  I really enjoyed being off Labor Day but it sure puts a damper on Tuesday!  So of course Tuesday means another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge and this is probably my favorite Color Challenge that we've had... Aqua, Gray and Light Yellow!  I immediately thought of an ocean scene and that brought me to this super cute stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey called An Adventure!  It's an adorable ATS (Artist Trading Stamp) that is only $8.95..  What a deal!!!  This is my first time to use it and I really am loving it!

So for this one I started with a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I used a ink blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China and Cracked Pistachio for the Ink Blended Background.  This is the first time I had used the Distress Oxides and they are awesome!  Seriously they blend so smooth on the Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I started with Cracked Pistachio on the bottom and Broken China on the top and then blended it down into the Pistachio.  After I had it all blended I spritzed it with my Distress Water Mister and then laid a paper towel over it to absorb the ink.  It made such a lovely ocean background!  Next I stamped the Submarine from the An Adventure Stamp Set onto some Watercolor Paper.. this was a mistake.  Although it all turned out well, I should have used Bristol Smooth for the Submarine.  My Brother Scan-n-Cut cut out the Submarine for me since I had not purchased the coordinating die for the stamp set.  I used Zig Clean Color Markers to color it in and this is where I noticed that watercolor paper does not blend like Bristol Smooth.  It took several layers of color and Clear Wink of Stella to make it look right.  I really should have just stamped it again on Bristol but I was determined to make it work.  I'm seriously hard-headed like that!  lol  Once I decided where I wanted my Submarine I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment in just the right spot.  I love the Misti because I can continue to stamp in the exact same place several times.  I stamped the sentiment with FSJ Black Licorice Ink and then clear embossed it.   Ok, so you know that I can't make a card with just one stamp set.. right??  So I wanted to add some fish so  I stamped the Fish and Seahorse from a Hero Arts May 2017 My Monthly Hero Set.  They were just the right size to go with my Submarine!  I stamped them in Versafine Black Onyx Ink onto a scrap of Bristol Smooth Cardstock (lesson learned!) and then clear embossed them.  I used Zig Clean Color Markers and an Aqua Painter to color then.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out but then decided there was too much white showing so I fussy cut right up to the black line on them.   I attached them to my background with Ranger Multi Medium in Matt Finish.  My Submarine was then attached with Foam Tape....... and a LOT of it!  I matted this in my very favorite Yellow Cardstock.... FSJ Banana Cream.  I LOVE this color!!  I then matted that with FSJ River Stone Cardstock and then mounted the entire panel on an 11" x 4 1/4" piece of Banana Cream scored at 5 1/2" for a top folding card base. Last but certainly not least I added some Lucy's Cards Rainbow Sparkle Mix Jewels with Ranger Multi Medium Matt!   I adore all things Nautical but I think this is one of my favorites of all of the ones I've made!   I can't wait to make more Under the Sea backgrounds... I'm heading to do that now!  If you haven't given it a try.. go do it!  It's a blast!

Blessings, Tina

Sunday, September 3, 2017

TGIF Challenge #tgifc123 Color Challenge with FSJ Flower Swirls Bundle

Hello and Happy Sunday Funday!  I actually had time to make a few cards today so that's a big Yay!  I loved the TGIF color challenge for this week so I thought I'd join in the fun!

My original thought was to go nautical but I changed my mind at the last minute... although I must admit seashells in Peekaboo Peach would be awesome!  Here's my card...

Here are the products I used...

Avery Elle Wonky Dies 
Bristol Smooth Cardstock (for the ink blended layer)
SU Peek-a-boo Peach Ink
SU Early Espresso Ink
Broken China Distress Ink
Distress Water Mister
FSJ Flower Swirls Bundle
FSJ Must Have Sentiments
FSJ Whipped Cream Cardstock
SU Early Espresso Cardstock
SU Wood Textures DSP
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti
FSJ Sparkle Silk
Ranger Multi Medium Matt
FSJ Easy Glibe
3M Foam Tape

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina