Saturday, May 21, 2022

You are a Blessing Tulips

The background of this card was made using strips of blue cardstock from my stash - I sure have a lot of it! That panel was adhered to two shades of blue cardsotck and then to the white card base. The tulips were stencilled using a Cricut cut design created by my wonderful friend, Trina Wirihana. The tulips were fussy cut and I stamped a sentiment with dark blue ink and adhered it partially over the tulips with foam tape. The last step was to add some white gems around the image. 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Friday, May 20, 2022

CD 497 - Rainbow Hugs

Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge 497! 

Choose any row or column from the grid below. Black and white are free to use and you can add any other colours that are on the grid. 

I used every colour except Kraft for my card. 

The rainbow sections were created using strips of cardstock and sized to fit behind the circular openings. The circles were die cut using a scalloped circle die and I also die cut a thin circle outline for each to allow for placement of the gold glitter leaves. The sentiment was hot foiled in gold and added in the middle. I coloured some clear sparkles in the same colours as the papers and added them around the card. The card front was adhered to a gold panel with foam tape and then to the card base. 

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

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Sure Do Miss You

The main image on this clean and simple card was stencilled using five ink shades. The sentiment was embossed in white on black cardstock to coordinate with the top layer. I adhered the card front to black, turquoise and finally purple cardstock using craft foam for the last layer. Some glitter gems in turquoise and purple were added around the image. Easy!

Enjoy,

Alyson

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Sending Rainbows for a Birthday

This easy fun fold card was created for the granddaughter of a friend of mine - the little girl is turning nine shortly.

The front panel was made from seven cardstock colours of the rainbow and I added part of the sentiment at the left. Inside, the rainbow was stencilled and I glued very thin strips of cardstock in the same colour order to a piece of printer paper and die cut the word "rainbows". A birthday sentiment was added under the word and I also stamped and die cut a sun. A few clouds were die cut from white glitter paper and strategically placed so the rainbow word would be covered when the card is closed. I added a panel inside for a place to write a message. 




Enjoy,

Alyson 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Northern Lights Card

The Northern Lights technique is an oldie but a goodie... the effect is so neat. It does result in inky fingers... very inky fingers! 

The background was created on a piece of white cardstock using a variety of ink colours. The black base (hills) was hand cut and used to create a guide to stamp the trees and then glued in place. The sentiment was embossed in white and the card front, followed by a border piece of white cardstock and then a green background were all adhered to the card base. A white gel pen was used to add some stars in the night sky.



Enjoy,

Alyson

Monday, May 16, 2022

Double Trouble 111 - Kraft plus Dots and/or Stripes

Welcome to Double Trouble Challenge 111! 

This week, Kraft is the name of the game. Thing 1 requires you to use Kraft on your project. Thing 3 wants you to add dots or stripes. The small graphic is below - please visit the Double Trouble challenge blog for more information. 

I began with a green card front and wove (largely spaced) Kraft pieces across. Each of those pieces is either dotted or striped. I die cut two circles and added them at the bottom. Two floral images were hot foiled in gold and coloured - they were added inside the circle along with a sentiment. I tied some green twine around the base of the images and added a few gold gems around the circle. 

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

You have two weeks to link up your project.

I am also linking up my card with the Crafter's Cafe challenge (use of dots and stripes). 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Petal Smiles

This card looks so easy... but it was very time consuming. 

The petals each have five layers so I chose three blue-green colours plus grey and silver. The petal images were die cut multiple times and I arranged the inside pieces so no petal had repeated colours. They were then arranged starting at the bottom of the card and working toward the top. I embossed the sentiment in silver and adhered it to the top right of the card. Some enamel gems were added to finish it off! 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Saturday, May 14, 2022

White Pigment Ink Birthday

I posted a couple of cards about a week ago that used this same technique of stamping with white pigment ink and then using darker ink on top. This card was created when I taught this technique. 

I purposely chose a dark blue cardstock piece on which to stamp - white ink doesn't show up on lighter colours. The leaves were stamped first in white and then in a dark blue but offset from the white images. The sentiment was stamped in the same blue ink and the card front was adhered to a white card base. I added some white Pops of Colour around the card and that was it! 

Enjoy,

Alyson


Friday, May 13, 2022

Birthday Floral Sprays

These two cards took HOURS upon HOURS to create! The only stamping on each is the sentiment - the floral pieces are all die cuts. Some of those pieces are tiny! 

I embossed a light coloured piece of cardstock with a floral pattern and adhered that to the white card bases. All the floral and leaf pieces were die cut from white, pink or blue cardstock (depending on the card). Some pieces were inked with the coordinating ink colour to add depth and then everything was glued together with the appropriate stem(s). The pieces were adhered in a spray leading from the top left to the edges of the card. I stamped the sentiments and coloured the word "happy" in an ombre pattern with similar coloured markers. The last step was to add some shimmer to the large flower centres and place a few dew drops around the spray. I also finished the inside of each card. Whew! 




Enjoy,

Alyson

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Acetate Partial Die Cut Card

 This cute card was inspired by my friend, Trina Wirihana. The card base is a piece of acetate.

The image was stamped, stencilled and die cut only along the bottom edge. I purposely used a piece of cardstock larger than what I needed so I could trim the top along the edge of the acetate base. I die cut three more pieces - two from printer paper and a third from white cardstock. The cardstock is on the back inside panel as a place to write a message. The printer paper pieces were adhered to the back sides to cover the adhesive. I also ink splattered the floral piece. 

I added a strip of holographic paper along the bottom (both sides) and brushed the flower centres with a clear shimmer brush. A holographic foiled sentiment was added at the top. 


Enjoy,

Alyson

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Sweet Friend Blue Diamonds

The background of this card was created from a series of die cuts made with a triangle border die. They were layered on top of each other to form diamonds in three shades of blue. 

The flowers and leaves were die cut in various darker colours with a touch of light pink and the sentiment was stamped in sapphire ink and added at the side. Some dew drop gems were added around the floral spray. 




Enjoy,

Alyson

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

TSOT 555 - Carnation Smiles

Welcome to Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge 555!

The optional theme this week (in addition to the sketch) is to use pastels. I did only the sketch. 

I recently ordered the new kit from Gina K. Designs and it contains this gorgeous layered carnation stamp image. That was the basis for this card. The flowers, leaves and berries were stamped and die cut. I found some patterned paper in my stash that worked very well with the colours in the flowers. The woodgrain panel was created by dragging a grey ink pad over a piece of white cardstock. That was adhered to a Cricut cut scalloped piece of black cardstock. The sentiment was die cut from black cardstock, stacked three times and added to a vellum shadow layer. I added some gold metallic thread and gold sequins under and around the flowers and brushed the darkest flower lines with a gold shimmer brush. The flowers were adhered with thin and regular foam tape to add some dimension. 


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! 

Enjoy,

Alyson


Monday, May 9, 2022

AH 472 - Kind People Card

Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 472!

It's an interesting sketch this week - there are so many possibilities for interpretation. I chose to stay true to the sketch. 

The mint background was embossed with a stitched circle embossing folder and adhered to a black base. I die cut several rectangle outlines and left the two gold ones open. The others had paper adhered behind them - one with the white embossed sentiment and the other with alcohol inked patterned paper. I added a white and gold ribbon between the gold pieces and used that same ribbon behind the die cut flower. I also added some gold metallic thread behind the flower and brushed the outline with a gold shimmer brush. 


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! 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Acetate Gatefold Card - You’re the Sweetest

 I posted this card style about a week ago but I taught this to others a few days ago and this is the second result. 

The daisies are from a Gina K. Designs stamp, stencil and die set that was provided to participants involved in a recent online event. It hasn’t yet been released to the public. The flowers and leaves were stencilled and die cut. The sentiment was hot foiled in gold and die cut as well. All the pieces were adhered to an acetate front. I added some yellow patterned paper in the background and used light blue cardstock with ribbon along the sides to hide the glued acetate. There is room on the back to write a message. 



Enjoy,

Alyson

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Friendly Tulips

 This card took me much longer than it should have taken due to some errors on my part. I made silly mistakes with the masking (the stem and tulip images each contain all three images on one stamp so I masked the flowers to stamp them in different colours). I forgot to remove the masking paper from the stamp and accidentally stamped the image, leaving the ink from the masking paper on the card front - not once, not twice but THREE times! That was just one of many errors! Let's not discuss the rest... 

The background was splattered with two colours of gloss spray and the tulip images were stamped to the right side. I double stamped them, trying to get some shading using only inks... The sentiment was stamped in the upper corner and I die cut the word "friend" x3 and stacked it before adding it to the bottom of the card. A black diagonal striped paper filled in the side of the card and the card front was adhered to black and then dark pink cardstock before being adhered to the card base. 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Friday, May 6, 2022

CD 495 - Kindness Leaves

Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge 495!

We have a monochromatic challenge this week - choose ONE colour and use it with black and white. Gold and silver are free to use. 

I created a background using three shades of blue Distress Oxide inks and then splattered it with a mixture of water and Perfect Pearls to add some shimmer. The sentiment was embossed in white on black. The white frame was adhered to a black frame and the sentiment was bordered the same way. I die cut several leaves and adhered them to the frame before attaching the entire front to the inked background. Clear gems were added for additional shine although they look silver in the photo. 

Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you interpret the challenge shown above. 

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Embossed Fold Back Card

This neat card fold design was made by Aarthi Shanmugam. I wasn't able to find a blog or instagram account with her name but I saw this somewhere on Facebook and really liked the design. 

The base cardstock was scored and folded to create an accordion fold. The back piece was embossed with a chevron pattern and the frame on the front was die cut threee times and stacked. The flowers were stamped, stencilled and die cut and added to the frame. The sentiment was embossed in white on black, die cut and adhered across the frame and slightly over the image. I added some gems and brushed the flowers with a clear shimmer brush. 



Enjoy,

Alyson

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Say Hello Half Fold Card

This card is remarkably simple to make but the effect always brings a smile to the recipient. 

The top right side of the card base was cut away and the flowers were arranged over the cut piece. I die cut blank images so the back of the coloured images would be covered on the reverse side. The sentiment was stamped at the top of the card and a message can be written on the lower half of the open card. 


Enjoy,

Alyson

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Birthday and Best Wishes Anemonies

The flowers and leaves on these two cards are from a roll of washi tape that was adhered to white cardstock and die cut - I just love the gold touches! 

The background diamond for each card was hot foiled in gold and die cut only around the outside to leave an open section inside the diamond. I embossed a piece of cardstock (a different folder for each card) and placed it behind the diamond background which was adhered with foam tape. The sentiment on the first card was hot foiled and placed at the top. On both cards, Gold Liquid Pearls were added around the images. 

The second card has a die cut sentiment that spans across the open diamond and there is also a small sentiment at the bottom. 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Monday, May 2, 2022

DT 109 - Rainbow Gnomes

Welcome to Double Trouble Challenge 109! 

This week, the challenge is all about rainbows and make-believe items. The small graphic is below. Please visit the Double Trouble Challenge Blog for detailed information. 

I chose to combine gnomes and a rainbow - who says gnomes can't be found with rainbows, right? 

I stencilled the rainbow first and then stencilled the background with a cloud stencil. The gnomes and the clouds were stamped, coloured and die cut and added to the card front. A sentiment was stamped at the top and the card front was adhered to a base with craft foam. 

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

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

I am also linking up my card with the Colourful Options Challenge

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Enjoy,

Alyson



Sunday, May 1, 2022

White Pigment Ink Stamped Cards

White pigment ink can be used for various techniques and this one is really neat. 

The solid images were stamped in white on coloured cardstock to form an outline. I didn't do this with a stamp platform as it was easier to use a clear block... or so I thought. The peach card was done first and the white ink was so light that I wasn't able to see it through the block. Consequently, the image that was stamped over the white is not aligned but rather looks kind of random. The white ink causes the dye ink to lighten and the areas where there was no white ink are darker. The second attempt was better but I purposely offset the turquoise image for a more random look. Sentiments were stamped in the open area of each card and I added some white drops after adhering each card front to a white card base. 


Enjoy,

Alyson

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Happy Bird-Day Side Easel Card and GOAL MET!

This post marks a FULL YEAR of at least one blog post per day!  

This adorable card was created using the So Tweet stamp and die set from CTMH. The background was inked with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink and I added two green stitched die cuts at the bottom to resemble grass. I drew a few grassy sections on those pieces with a green marker. The bird was coloured and adhered to the front scene. The sentiment was stamped and mounted on two pieces of cardstock so it would be high enough to act as a stopper for the easel. 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Friday, April 29, 2022

Folded Gatefold Card

This is such an easy card to create! It's a sort of gatefold card with acetate attached to the front. 

The base of the card is grey cardstock with a full size piece of acetate attached across the front. Two yellow cardstock panels were added at the sides to cover the adhesive from the acetate. I added ribbon strips on each panel. The flowers and leaves were stamped and die cut and they were placed diagonally across the acetate. A gold foiled sentiment was placed slightly to the right and I brushed the centres of the flowers with a gold shimmer brush. 

This card folds flat for mailing as well! 


Enjoy,

Alyson

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Foiled Hello Mums

It was back to hot foiling to create some backgrounds... this leafy vine background was foiled on black with a teal coloured foil. I used the same foil plate to emboss the lower section of the card and aligned the image (although that ended up being unnecessary since you can't see it anyways). 

The flowers and leaves were stamped with three coloured inks and a black ink for the outline. They were die cut and arranged along the diagonal cut. I added some teal metallic thread under the flowers. The sentiment was die cut and the lower part was stamped and both were adhered to a black border. The last step was to add some coordinating Stickles around the flowers and brush the centres of the flowers with a clear shimmer brush.


Enjoy,

Alyson

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Blossoms and Berries Slimline

The background for this card was stencilled using three shades of Distress Oxide inks and then covered with Moondust Glitter Gel. The gel makes the background sparkle. I actually created this background quite a while ago and found it in my stash. It's amazing the things we do and save "for later"... 

The scalloped circle was die cut from gold foil and arranged as two half circles down the length of the card. The images were stamped, coloured with markers and die cut. They were added to three sections of the foil half circles where I tried to use a flower colour similar to the inked background. I foiled the sentiment in gold and die cut it. Some green metallic thread was added under the sentiment which was adhered with foam tape. The card front was adhered to a green base and some gold gems were placed around the images. The last step was to brush the flowers and berries with a gold shimmer brush. 


Enjoy,

Alyson

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

TSOT 553 - Love and Friendship

Welcome to Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge 553!

The optional theme in addition to the sketch is "things that fly". 

I created a background using Distress Oxide inks and sprays - lots of smooshing and drying between layers. A piece of black and white patterned paper was placed across the card front and a turquoise ribbon was added to the center of that piece. I used stencilled flower and butterfly images to represent the circles on the sketch. A small bow was tied from twine and added along with a sentiment. The card front was adhered to a black frame and then a white card base. Some clear gems were placed around the card and I used a clear shimmer brush and Liquid Pearls on both images. 


Come and join us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. 

You have to weeks to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Enjoy,

Alyson