Friday, October 22, 2021

Colour Dare 467 - Christmas Penguins

Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge 467!

The challenge this week is to use ALL 3 colours shown - black, white and silver are free to use. 

I need Christmas cards - many of them - so even though this colour scheme is far from typical Christmas colours, I challenged myself to use them for a holiday card. 

I stamped some penguins and coloured their hats and scarves in the three colours required. This card was turned into a shaker with a snowfall embossed front. I die cut a stitched border to represent a snowbank behind each of the penguins and filled each area with a filler that looks like snow. The sentiment was stamped and added between the bottom images. A few silver gems were added around the card. There is a sentiment inside that reads "It's penguinning to look a lot like Christmas". 

Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you use the colours shown above. 

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Products used are as follows: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Sage Cardstock, Papaya Cardstock, Slimline Cards and Envelopes (all CTMH)

Stamps: Sentimental Holiday, Playful Penguins and dies (both Gina K. Designs) 

Inks: Intense Black (SSS)

Accessories: Basic Circle Thin Cuts, Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, Fancy Borders Thin Cuts, Tri-Blend Markers, Silver Glitter Gems, Snowfall Embossing Folder (all CTMH), Acetate, Foam Tape, Snow Filler

Enjoy,

Alyson


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Hugs Floral Spray

Who doesn't want a supportive card these days with so many restrictions still happening around the world?  This one was created using a set of layering stencils. 

The floral spray was inked using a series of layers stencils and I die cut the image. That was adhered to a black stitched rectangle and then a bright green base. The sentiment was die cut in white and adhered to a black glitter background. It was placed on top of the floral spray and I added some pink enamel dots around the image. 

Products used are as follows: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Black Glitter Paper (all CTMH), Green Cardstock (scrapbook.com), Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Stamps: none

Inks: Soft Lilac, Candy Violet, Summer Shower, Storm, Grassy Knoll, Key Lime (all PFS) 

Accessories: Garden Florals Layering Stencil and die, Phrase Builder - Sending die (PFS), Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts (CTMH), Wild Berry Gems, Clear Shimmer Brush (CTMH), Foam tape 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Crop and Create Event 7 - Brutus Monroe

This is post 7 for the Crop and Create Card Making Event - featuring Brutus Monroe products. 

This was not a formal class but a quick learn session. The products included a large stamp set with a coordinating die and stencil. There were also two sheets of mixed coloured patterned paper included. 

The leaves on the Kraft tree were die cut from the mixed coloured cardstock. There are a bunch of tiny leaf images in this stamp set and for the card on the left, it was suggested to simply place the stamps on our fingertips and ink and stamp them that way. It was SO much faster and easier than using blocks! 

The stencilled tree was stamped first and then stencilled in various fall colours. The edge around that card was created using the roots part of the stencil around the edge of the card - such a neat idea! 

Products used are as follows:

Paper: White Cardstock (Hammermill), Kraft Cardstock, Patterned Paper ( Brutus Monroe)

Stamps: Tree of Life plus dies and stencil

Inks: Premium Black Ink (Gina K. Designs), Marigold, Clementine, Persimmon, Candy Apple, Grassy Knoll (all Pink Fresh Studio) 

Accessories: Foam Tape 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Iris Fold Pop Up Card

I recently watched a video about how to create this kind of card. I have done many iris folds shakers in the past but I liked the pop up feature inside this one! 

The inside component was completed first after cutting a small slit in the cardstock panel. I used some poinsettia papers to decorate the inside section and also embossed some Evergreen cardstock. The center section pops up when the card is opened, revealing another piece. I used this area to create a gift card holder. I also stamped a sentiment on a circle and cut the edge to keep it flat against the side. 

The front of the card was adhered together and then a circle was die cut to allow for the shaker. I used old origami papers to create the iris and then added some mixed sequins. A small poinsettia with branches and berries was added at the side and a skinny sentiment was tucked under one of the branches. Some gold ribbon was used to finish off the card. 


Products used are as follows: 

Paper: Jingle All the Way Paper Collection (Simple Stories), Cardstock - French Vanilla, Sage, Evergreen, Scarlet, Ruby, Saffron, Vellum (all CTMH), Origami Papers (misc.)

Stamps: Comfort and Joy plus dies, Season of Magic (CTMH), Mini Christmas Greetings plus die (Spellbinders) 

Inks: Ruby, Evergreen, Sage, Toffee (all CTMH)

Accessories: Circle Shaker Thin Cut, Basic Circle Thin Cuts, Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, Circle Foam and Acetate, Gold Ribbon, Skinny Gold Ribbon, Gold Glitter Gems, Goldenrod Stickles, Gold Shimmer Brush, Gold Sequins (all CTMH), Red and Green Sequins (misc.), Leaf Embossing Folder (misc.) 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Crop and Create Event 6 - Concord and 9th

This is post 6 for the Crop and Create Card Making event - featuring Concord and 9th products.

There was a stamp set with dies plus three ink pads and coordinating cardstock included from Concord and 9th. This was a class about clean and simple cards - very effective with a minimalistic colour scheme. 

The sentiments were embossed in white and the center pieces were either stamped, die cut or both. One card required very careful paper piecing to place all the tiny pieces back into a die cut. Love the end results for this class! 

Products used are as follows: 

Paper: White Cardstock (Hammermill), Sprout, Honeysuckle and Aqua Cardstock (Concord and 9th)

Stamps: Grateful Blooms Stamp and dies (Concord and 9th) 

Inks: Aqua, Sprout, Honeysuckle (Concord and 9th), Versamark

Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Foam Tape

Enjoy,

Alyson

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

TSOT 529 - Perfect Little Snowmen

Welcome to Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge 529! 

The sketch this week is shown in horizontal orientation but I flipped it ninety degrees to make a vertical card instead. 

The papers are from a Christmas paper collection from Echo Park. I used a border punch on the green paper near the bottom. The sentiment was stamped, splattered with a shimmer brush and die cut along with a glitter background of the same shape. The snowmen were stamped, coloured and die cut and added below the sentiment to create the line on the side of the sketch. I added a few red sequins and brushed parts of the snowmen with a clear shimmer brush. 


Come and join us at TSOT and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. 

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Products used are as follows: 

Paper: Jingle All the Way Paper Collection (Echo Park), White Daisy Cardstock, Evergreen Glitter Paper (both CTMH), Neenah Solar White Cardstock 

Stamps: The Jubilee Crew plus dies (CTMH)

Inks: Intense Black (SSS)

Accessoires: Tri-Blend Markers, Red Shimmer Brush, Clear Shimmer Brush, Red Sequins (all CTMH), Thin Foam Tape, Nestabilities Square Tag dies (Spellbinders), Border Punch (Martha Stewart)

Enjoy,

Alyson

Monday, October 18, 2021

Triple Hippos

I just adore these hippos from a La La Land stamp that was part of Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp. They are so cute. 

This card was inspired by one of the cards posted on the SSS blog when this set was released and the artist was Suzy Plantanura (I'm not sure if that spelling is correct as it was taken from her blog signature). 

The three hippos were stamped, coloured and die cut. I created a background simply with markers and distress oxide inks - just enough to add some colour. The hippos and the sentiment were added to the front panel and that was adhered to red cardstock and then a black base. 

Products used are as follows: 

Paper: Cardstock - White Daisy, Candy Apple, Black, Slimline Cards and Envelopes (all CTMH)

Stamps: Hippo Holiday (La La Land) 

Inks: Intense Black (SSS), DO Inks - Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean 

Accessories: Stitched Slimline Dies, Slimline Dies (Pink and Main), Tri-Blend Markers, Copic Markers, Touch Markers

Enjoy,

Alyson

Double Trouble 95 - Happy Fall

Welcome to Double Trouble Challenge 95! 

It's all about fall and Halloween this week! The small graphic is shown below - be sure to visit the Double Trouble Challenge Blog for detailed information on this challenge. 

I don't make cards for Halloween so I chose a fall theme instead. The letters were stamped in black and the flowers were coloured in autumn colours. Along the bottom, I stamped several images and coloured them. The grass was created by flicking a green marker up from the bottom. I placed some washi tape on white cardstock before cutting out the pieces and adhered them to the right side of my card. Some bitty sparkles were coloured and added to the centres of the flowers and also around the washi tape. The card front was adhered to thin craft foam and then to a card base. 

Come and join us at Double Trouble and show us how you interpret this challenge.

You have until October 31 (Halloween) to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, White Cards and Envelopes 

Stamps: Giving Thanks, A World with Octobers, Birthday Joy, Floral Alphabet

Inks: Intense Black (SSS)

Accessories: Washi Tape (misc.), Tri-Blend Markers, Copic Markers, Bitty Sparkles, Thin Craft Foam (Heartfelt Creations) 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Craft Roulette - What's Up Dog?

It has been quite a white since I submitted a card for Craft Roulette (You Tube Fridays at 730pm ET). The parameters this week were favourable ones for me so it was time! 

The requirements for this week's challenge were as follows: 

- fun fold card of choice, four colours, it's a dog's life and xoxo 

I decided to create a simple Z-fold card using a dog stamp set as the focus. 

The xoxo requirement was met by using papers with xoxo on it for my background. The dogs were stamped, coloured and fussy cut and placed on a piece of Raspberry patterned paper that runs across the card. There are two sentiments (one on the front and one inside) and a panel inside for message. 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Heart Happy Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock, Sapphire Cardstock 

Stamps: Lucky Dog (MFT) 

Inks: Intense Black (SSS), Sapphire

Accessories: White Shimmer Trim, Mint Shimmer Brush, Raspberry Shimmer Brush, Copic and Touch Markers 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Crop and Create Event 5 - Pink Fresh Studios

This is post 5 for the Crop and Create Card Making event - and features Pink Fresh Studios products!

Pink Fresh has become one of my favourite brands lately - they have the best layering stencils! This set of cards was created using a not-yet-released set of lawyering stencils and a coordinating die. We also received three text dies with shadows. Many of the products received in the box for this event are created specifically for the event but this set of products will be released later this year, along with a coordinating stamp set. 

The stencils were inked in three colour schemes, one of them being a rainbow colour scheme. Only one card is a standard slimline that used the full image as it was designed. The other cards also used the image but in a cut up format to show how a slimline product can be used on other size cards. I added some gems around the inside section of each card as well. 

Products used are as follows: 

Paper: White Cardstock (Hammermill)

Stamps: none

Inks: MANY Pink Fresh Studios Inks (too many to list), Versamark

Accessories: Daisy Slimline Layering Stencils and Die (PFS), Scripted Greetings Dies (PFS), Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Foam Tape, Gems - Glacier, Ballet Slippers, Bubblegum, Lavender, Ocean Breeze, Emerald City (all PFS) 

Enjoy,

Alyson