Saturday, February 27, 2021

Layered Floral Background Dies - Part 2

A few days ago, I posted a bunch of cards created with the Layered Floral Background Thin Cuts. These thin cuts are a set of three dies that are the size of a standard card front and are designed to be layered on top of each other to create a really neat effect. 

They can also be used as stencils if pieces are cut in white and then inked. Here are some cards created using various colours and effects. The layers of each card will be identified above the card(s). 

Here I used 3 Distress Oxide (DO) inks in shades of blue for the card on the right. The base of that card is silver foil. The inked layers resulted in the background for the card on the left which was backed with Bluebird cardstock and silver foil. 

These 2 cards were created the same way as the set above using pink and purple shades of DO inks. The base of the left card is black cardstock and the right is layered with a white base and black cardstock.


I used only the top layer to ink the card on the left (using pink and blue shades) which resulted in the background for the card on the right. The left card has a Lagoon cardstock base followed by white pearl paper, Teal glitter paper and the inked top piece. The card on the right was mounted on Pixie cardstock and then Lagoon cardstock. 


This set was done the same way as the pair above - the layers on the left card are Peacock cardstock, Raspberry cardstock and then the inked layer. The right card has a Raspberry cardstock base followed by silver glitter paper, Majestic holographic paper and the inked front. 

Some time ago, I posted this combination - I used DO inks in yellow and orange shades to create the front. The left card base is Twinkle Toes holographic paper, black cardstock, gold glitter paper and the inked front. The right card is mounted on black cardstock and then gold foil. 


These two gnome cards were created using shades of green DO inks. Each was mounted on Evergreen cardstock followed by Clover cardstock.



Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

I am not listing all the other supplies used as the list would go on forever. 

Enjoy,

Alyson


Friday, February 26, 2021

CD 433 - Peony Slimline

Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge #433! 

It's a tic-tac-toe board this week - made up of random colours so they aren't associated with a particular paper collection. 

My tic tac toe is Lilac, Flamingo and Glacier but I also used Lemonade and Grape. 

I decided on a slimline card using the Diagonal Striped Slimline Thin Cut. I backed that with Lilac cardstock and the filler is created from some die cut hearts, iridescent flower confetti and lilac sequins. The flowers were stamped, embossed and then coloured. I fussy cut them and added a small banner on the right side with the sentiment. A few of the die cut hearts were added to that piece as well. The word "hugs" was brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush.  

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

You have two weeks 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, Lemonade Cardstock, Lilac Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock, Grape Cardstock, Flamingo Cardstock

Stamps: Peony Cluster (Sweet and Sassy Stamps) 

Inks: Black Pigment Ink

Accessories: Heart Shaker Window Thin Cut, Diagonal Stripe Slimline Thin Cut, Hugs Die (Calligraphy Pop), Iridescent Flower Confetti, Lilac Sequins (not CMTH), Tri-Blend Markers, ShinHan Markers (not CTMH), Sharpie Marker (not CTMH), Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Foam Tape, Acetate (not CTMH)

Enjoy,

Alyson

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Layered Floral Background Dies - SO MANY Possibilities!

I recently pulled out the Layered Floral Background Thin Cuts - they are a set of three dies that are the size of a standard card front. They are designed to be layered on top of each other to create a very cool effect. They are still available for sale on my CTMH website. 

The ways that these dies can be used is truly astonishing! I am writing two posts as I have so many cards completed that there are too many for a single post. 

I used only papers for several of them - no inking the background - including glitter paper, holographic paper, pearl paper, patterned paper, foil paper and coloured cardstock. The results are all so different. In a subsequent post, I will show the cards created specifically using Distress Oxide inks when some layers were used as stencils. Some of these card fronts were also inked using the Distress Oxide inks although that wasn't the focus. 

So - let's take a look! Paper used will be identified from the bottom layer to the top in order. 

On this card, I used patterned paper (from the Aurora paper pack), Willow cardstock, Gold Foil and the top is inked in green shades with DO inks. 

For this one, I used another patterned paper from the Aurora paper pack as the base, Sapphire glitter paper, Dreamy holographic paper and the top layer is Blue Belle glitter paper. 


The left card has Lilac cardstock as the base followed by Grape cardstock, Purple glitter paper and white pearl paper on the top. 
The right card has Mint cardstock as the base, Teal glitter paper, Lagoon cardstock and a DO inked front. 


This one uses Black glitter paper for the base, Sea Glass cardstock, Sea Glass glitter paper and white pearl paper for the top. 

This pair work together - the circle was cut from the left card and used on the right card. The base is Desert Rose cardstock followed by Silver foil, Majestic holographic paper and white pearl paper on top.

Considering the number of cards presented here, I am not listing all my supplies. 

Please contact me if you have any questions. 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Graduation Book Card

A friend asked me to create a card for her granddaughter's graduation from university. We discussed various options and she really liked the Every Little Thing paper pack so the card was built around those patterns and colours. 

The base is Evergreen cardstock and I used Wisteria, Julep and White as the other colours. I needed more room than a standard card as she really wanted the "You Are... sentiment plus the parts of that to go with it. The card opens like a book and there is a place to write a message on the back. Some of the images were outlined or coloured with the Black and Clear Shimmer Brushes and I also created a coordinating envelope to hold the card. This was fun to create - involved a fair amount of carefully positioned stamping and colouring. 




Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Every Little Thing Paper Pack with Stickers, Mix-In Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Julep Cardstock, Evergreen Cardstock, Julep Glitter Paper

Stamps: Every Little Thing Scrapbooking, Butterflies for You, Always Loved, You Did It

Inks: Intense Black, Archival Black, Wisteria, Julep 

Accessories: Butterflies for You Thin Cuts, Tri-Blend Markers, Black Shimmer Brush, Clear Shimmer Brush, Wisteria Ribbon, Julep Glitter Gems, Thin Foam Tape, Green Sharpie Marker (not CTMH)

Enjoy,

Alyson

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

TSOT 495 - Glitter Gel Friendship

Welcome to Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge 495!

The optional theme (in addition to the sketch) is sympathy. I used only the sketch this time. 

The lower background was created using two distress oxide inks and a stencil that I cut from my Cricut. Before removing the stencil, I brushed on Moon Dust Glitter Gel and then left it to dry. I die cut the hearts and the word "friend" and adhered them to a stitched rectangle piece. I added a few flower sequins and coloured a bitty sparkle to go in the centre of each. Once the glitter piece was placed on the card, a white gathered ribbon was added across the centre.

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 Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Bright Stack Paper Collection, White Daisy Cardstock, Ballerina Cardstock, Pixie Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock, Green Apple Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock 

Inks: Green Apple, Spun Sugar DO Ink (not CTMH), Picked Raspberry DO Ink

Stamps: Friend (Photoplay) 

Accessories: Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, Friend Dies (Photoplay), Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts, Basic Hearts Thin Cuts, Stencil Paper, White Ribbon (not CMTH), Moon Dust Stickles Glitter Gel, Springtime Flower Sequins, Bitty Sparkles, Tri-Blend Marker 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Sunday, February 21, 2021

More Alcohol Marker Cards

I am loving my markers for this technique! Every background that is created is different...

These two cards were created using Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers - the darkest shades. I love the difference in the backgrounds. I embossed some floral images on one background and left the other as it was. The sentiments were die cut from black cardstock and adhered to the front of the acetate. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Black Cardstock, Vellum, Acetate (not CTMH), Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Stamps: Every Bit of Wonderful 

Inks: Versamark 

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, For Someone Special Die and Hello Sunshine Die (Creative Expressions), White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Foam Tape, Tri-Blend Markers, Rubbing Alcohol (not CTMH), Silver Loose Sequins, Julep Loose Sequins, Pink Sequins (not CTMH) 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Alcohol Pen Cards

I have been experimenting with markers with an alcohol base which include Spectrum Noir, Copics, ShinHan Touch and Sharpies. They can be used to create beautiful backgrounds on certain mediums. Here are some of the cards I have created with those backgrounds. 

Two of these are full size shakers. The sentiment has been placed on top of the acetate. Before adding the shaker components, floral stamps were used to stamp images on the background pieces and they were embossed in white. The silver sentiment was die cut and embossed 3x with Silver Embossing Powder. The black sentiment was cut from Black Ore paper which has a shine to it, although that can’t be seen in the photo. 


The last card is not a shaker but some images were stamped, coloured and die cut and added on top of the background. The sentiment was stamped using Charcoal ink on a Pewter background and added on each side of the flowers. Some silver sequins with a bitty sparkle in the center were also added to this card. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Bluebird Cardstock, Pewter Cardstock, Lilac Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper, Acetate (not CTMH), Vellum, Black Ore Paper, Neenah Solar White Cardstock 

Stamps: Every Bit of Wonderful, Sweet Bouquet, Happiness Lives Here Cardsmaking, Word Up (Reverse Confetti)

Inks: Versamark, Bluebird, Intense Black, Charcoal 

Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, Hello Thin Cut, Sweet Bouquet Thin Cuts, For Someone Special (Creative Expressions), Silver Embossing Powder, White Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Misc. Sequins (not CMTH), Silver Loose Sequins, Foam Tape, Tri-Blend Markers, Touch Markers (not CTMH), Copic Markers (not CTMH), Silver Embellishing Thread,  Bitty Sparkles, Purple Shimmer Trim

Enjoy,

Alyson


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

AH 408 - Friendship Card with Alcohol Inks

Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 408! 

The sketch is shown in horizontal format but I chose to rotate it 90 degrees and create a vertical card instead. 

I have always posted my projects for Atlantic Hearts on Monday but with some changes made in other design team posting dates, I am looking at 3-4 posts happening on some Mondays now. Consequently, I am moving my Atlantic Hearts posts to early Wednesday morning to avoid so much happening on the same date. Design team artwork isn't posted on the Atlantic Hearts site until Wednesday anyways so that works out ok. 

A while ago, I created a bunch of backgrounds using various alcohol inks and one of those pieces is used on this card. I paired purple with green and added some gold accents. 

The sentiment is in two parts - the second part is on the inside and that reads, "Friendship is about who came and never left your side." It's such a beautiful sentiment! 

The circles were die cut and I added some gold ribbon behind the first circle and then mounted that on foam tape. A few gold gems were added around the circle. 

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

You have until Sunday evening 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: Brights Stack, White Daisy Cardstock, Green Apple Cardstock, Yupo Paper (not CTMH), Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Stamps: Thank You Friend (Gina K. Designs) 

Inks: Evergreen, Various Alcohol Inks (Ranger)

Accessories: Basic Circle Thin Cuts, Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, Gold Ribbon, Gold Glitter Gems, Thin Foam Tape 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Monday, February 15, 2021

February Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Technique Blog Hop! 

This month, we are featuring the concept of "faux". Faux can be anything that imitates the original. I chose to use faux stitching for my project. 

You should have arrived here from Lauren Moore's blog

I started with a lattice background die that has faux stitching in diagonal lines. I backed that with Bluebird Cardstock. The flowers were stamped with Sapphire Pigment Ink and embossed. Those were coloured and fussy cut and the flower centres were brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush. The sentiment was stamped and I used a dark blue marker to draw faux stitching lines along the edge. I added some Diamond Stickles to the tiny holes in the die and this card was finished! 



I hope you enjoyed my card! 

The next stop on this blog hop is Michelle Johns

I'm sure she has something terrific to share with you! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardsock, Lilac Cardstock, Bluebird Cardstock, Sapphire Cardstock 

Stamps: Every Bit of Wonderful, Sending Well Wishes 

Inks: Sapphire, Sapphire Pigment Ink 

Accessories: Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Tri-Blend Markers, Clear Shimmer Brush, Blue Sharpie Marker (not CTMH), Diamond Stickles 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Double Trouble 77 - Happy!

Welcome to Double Trouble Challenge 77!

It's all about layers, lace and pearls this week. The graphic is below - please visit the Double Trouble website for more information. 

Layers... I rarely create projects with just one or two layers so this wasn't difficult. I layered two stitched rectangles and two stitched circles on top of each other and then added some pearls to the centres of the flowers and around the card. There is also the woodgrain background which is on top of a card base. The section with the most layers adds up to seven (the sentiment doesn't lay over the rectangles so I didn't count that). 

I stamped the floral image, coloured and die cut it. Stitched circles and stitched rectangles were my dies of choice for this card. I used a fairly long sentiment and arranged it on my block so it would be stamped along the edge of the circle. The word Happy was die cut and adhered just to the bottom right of the circles. I added some embellishing thread and coloured a few pearls gold for the centres of the flowers, The other pearls were left white. The word Happy was brushed with the Clear Shimmer Brush. 


I am also linking up my project with The Crafter's Cafe challenge. 

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

You have two weeks 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: In Good Taste (SU), French Vanilla Cardstock, Carolina Cardsock, Bluebird Cardstock, Paprika Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock 

Stamps: Spruced Up Cardmaking Workshop, Happy (Photoplay) 

Inks: Intense Black, Bluebird, Toffee

Accessories: Happy Die (Photoplay), Stitched Circles (GMD), Stitched Rectangles (GMD), Tri-Blend Markers, Gold Embellishing Thread, White Pearls, Gold Sharpie Marker (not CTMH), Clear Shimmer Brush 

Enjoy,

Alyson