Monday, September 5, 2016

Goodbye Labor Day Weekend

Just a couple more cards I was able to finish this Labor Day Weekend. It was so nice having a 3-day weekend.

This card uses retired Stampin Up stamps. Who cares? They are so pretty. There is a big background toile that I don't even remember the name of, the flower from Still Life Stems, and overtop of everything is the Linen background stamp. So beautiful! I stamped, sponged, and colored with Copics. The corner dies are by Marianne.

And here is a card that started entirely with the background. I was playing with alcohol inks on a piece of acetate. Somehow I thought it would be good to paint the back of the acetate  with metallic pigment inks. This was not a good idea as I discovered the following day that it was never going to dry. So I poured some clear embossing powder on it and heated it with a heat gun. I was suprised that it didn't warp more than it did.

So then I die cut it, and finally tonight, after trying several things with it, decided that copper leaves would be cool. These leaf dies are from Spellbinders, and the "thanks" is from Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft.

Tomorrow I have to go to work. Kind of sad. But it will be good to get back to a routine.


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Fall Accordian Card

On Splitcoaststampers today, the "Featured Stamper" is a very talented lady named Marg Mortimer. We were challenged to pick a card from her Splitcoast Gallery and do our take on it. Here is the card that Marg crated which is the inspiration for my card:

And here is the card that I made. As you can see, I reimagined it as an accordian card.

First I die cut three panels from Karen Burniston's accordian oval die. Then, just like Marg, I made my own stencil. I used a corner leaf die from Marianne Designs (I think Marg used a punch, but same difference). Then I airbrushed the stencil in each of the corners of the previously die cut using a Copic W9 marker.

I also used Marianne leaf dies and Karen Burniston oval dies to cut out a leaf window for each oval. Then I airbrushed the background for the leaf windows. 

I airbrushed another panel and then stamped and gold embossed leaves, which I fussy cut out.

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sunflower Birthday Card Redo

I don't think I've ever done this before - change a card and repost it - but I was not happy with the faux stitching on the card from this post.  It was too heavy and way too crooked. Too heavy because I think the white gel pen I was using was too juicy. Too crooked because - that was totally my bad.

So I got my sewing machine set up again after years and a move. In fact when I first plugged the machine in last night it immediately began to run. After a series of plugging and unplugging and wiggling wires, etc., I discovered that when I pressed the pedal of the running-at-full-speed machine, the light would come on. Duh . . . I had the plugs crossed.

Then there was a lot of jamming of the bobbin thread, which precipitated my discovering that I forgot how to properly thread the stupid thing. 

Finally . . . success!

As you can see, I also changed the background of the "Tip Top Taupe" layer.

But also, it turns out that the Splitcoast Stampers color challenge this week is "Cajun Curry and Chocolate in the Garden." So I redid the card in those colors as well. Plus I made the sunflower bigger. Which is one of the joys of digital stamps.

For this card, I colored the sunflower with Copics, and these are the markers I used to come closest to Cajun Craze, Curry Crush, Garden Green, and Chocolate.

Thanks for looking!