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Just found out I was the winner of the TGIF#66 Card Challenge! Here is a picture of my card that won the challenge along with the link here for the original blog post (this post includes links for Heartfelt Creations and Marisa Jobs blog). Love, Love, Love the Heartfelt Creation product line. They are awesome. Thank you to Marisa Jobs for her design I modified to create a winning card. Also, thanks to Cheyenne Luken for being my stamping cohort.

Heartfelt Creations inspiration from Marisa Jobs

Heartfelt Creations
inspiration from Marisa Jobs

This post is showcasing a card my friend, Cheyenne, and I completed this past Tuesday. We case’d the card from Designs by Marisa with a few additions to our cards. The card is made with stamp sets and 12 x 12 paper stack from the Farmer’s Market Collection sold by Heartfelt Creations. The coloring of the stamped images was completed using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I had been researching alcohol markers and trying to decide which ones I wanted to purchase. The Copic Ciao and Sketch markers seemed to be the best investment because you can refill them; and, they would have been an investment. They are definitely not inexpensive. I had also considered Prismacolor alcohol markers, but they are not refillable and they are not much less in cost than the Copic markers. My friends, Debbie and Cheyenne, had purchased Spectrum Noir alcohol markers but neither of them had really used them for any card making sessions. By the way, Spectrum Noir markers are refillable and are sold at a great price point. So, Cheyenne suggested we use her Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color the stamped images on this card.  Prior to Cheyenne’s arrival, I watched a lot of YouTube tutorials on how to use the Spectrum Noir markers and felt confident I would do well using them.

Once she arrived at my house, I stamped a fairy image onto some SU! Whisper White card stock and gave the markers a go for the first time. I think my coloring turned out well. I noticed when I cropped the photo, the mushroom doesn’t look well blended, but in “real life” it looks well blended and great. Here is my first attempt with the Spectrum Noir markers.

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Now, to the show piece. This card took us all afternoon to create. The base of the card is a stair step fold using SU! Elegant Eggplant cardstock. We started with the peaches first and colored them using the Spectrum Noir markers (no, I did not write down the numbers we used – too excited to color and couldn’t be bothered to slow down and take notes – lol). The rest of the peach stamped image was colored using the Spectrum Noir markers as well as the blackberries, apples, vines, olives, and bottles. The glass part of the three bottles and the bottle on the tag, along with the blackberries were accented with SU! Crystal Effects. The peaches and blackberries were dusted with fine glitter. I found one of Cheyenne’s sunflowers from our last card session and claimed it for my card.

We should video our creative sessions because they are quite humorous. We compete against each other to see who has the better card. And, many times we pull our own card apart to do what the other one is doing. At the end of our sessions, we text a picture of both our creations to friends and family and have them vote on the one they like best (we don’t tell them who made which one). It’s usually 50-50 and we both agree the other ones card is better. Although, this go round, I think my bottles turned out better than Cheyenne’s (yes, Cheyenne, they are better than yours – ha), but her apple looks better than mine. My apple looks really good, but i had to cover my yellow highlight area because I put too much dark red near it and it had to be blended out.

All in all, I am sold on the Spectrum Noir markers. In fact, I ordered as many of them as I could from Consumer Crafts (www.consumercrafts.com). They are having a sale today, August 11, 2016, until 9:00 p.m. You will receive $10 off of every $40 spent. That is a great deal. For all of you local ladies, I will be having technique classes using these markers. You will need markers to take the class. You don’t have to buy all of them. You could start out with the following 6 packs: yellow, red, green, essentials, and a blender pen.

Here are several pictures showing the card we created (I used Spectrum Noir packs – yellow, purple, red, green, blue, essentials, and pink):

Hearfelt Farmers Market

 

Heartfelt Farmers Market

 

Heartfelt Farmers Market

The Pals Paper Arts Challenge 312 sketch was a great sketch to showcase the Elizabeth Craft Design Hydrangea Die I purchased at our recent Scrapbook Expo held in Duluth, GA.

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To keep the main focus on the hydrangea, I kept the background and the cardstock band neutral. The Elizabeth Craft Design die comes with an irregular shaped circle, a die for the petals and several different sized leaves.  I cut three of the circles and cut the second and third down to create a stairstep affect on the bottom circle. I adhered each of the circles onto the larger circle using SU! dimensionals. This adds greater dimension to the hydrangea.  I sponged a little SU! Pool Party on to some Whisper White card stock and then cut out the petals. I shaped the petals using the Elizabeth Craft Design tool kit for flower shaping; then, I cut the leaves out of SU! Old Olive and sponged the edges with SU! Old Olive ink andshaped the leaves. I  adhered the flowers on the cardstock circles and I took a dry watercolor brush (a stiff one) and took up a little Pool Party ink from the ink pad lid and brushed the color lightly across the petals.

The band is cut from SU! Crumb Cake cardstock and embossed with the SU! brick wall embossing folder. I cut the strips on top of the Crumb Cake from Old Olive using the SU! Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive and is a Bo Bunny – Amen stamp set which I purchased on sale from Hobby Lobby. The mat and base are SU! Very Vanilla cardstock.

If you have been keeping up with my posts, you know I have really fallen in love with 3D flowers. I think this card is clean and simple and would be a great card to give someone as a sympathy or get well card.

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Enjoy!

After seeing this past TGIF challenge winner, Bronwyn Eastley’s fancy fold card, I decided to CASE her card and create my own fancy fold card for TGIF #66 Case Your Fave challenge. If you have been keeping up with my previous posts, I attended Scrapbook Expo 2016 held in Duluth, GA. I fell in love with the Heartfelt Creation flowers, dies, and paper stacks. My fiend Cheyenne and I created a side-step card initially featured in Heartfelt Creations gallery but with a few changes (here’s the artist’s post here). We love Marisa Job’s designs! This side-step card creates a unique blend of 3D flowers in a 3D card. I LOVE this card!

Before I post the picture, I should say this was an all day project. Cheyenne had just purchased the stamps, dies, and paper to create sunflower cards and since we do not have a lot of practice flower shaping, it was a long arduous task but very satisfying. We first stamped our flowers on SU! So Saffron cardstock in SU! Soft Suede ink. I sponge daubed my flowers with SU! Hello Honey in the center of each petal and in the center of the flower. I then sponge daubed the edges and the outer portion of the flower center with Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade distress ink. The leaves were stamped with SU! Old Olive ink onto SU! Old Olive cardstock. We shaped the flowers and leaves and set them aside to create the card base. We used SU! Crumb Cake cardstock with Heartfelt Creations Sunflower paper matted on SU! Mossy Meadow cardstock. We cut out some Old Olive from the SU! Swirly Bird dies and a Sizzix die Cheyenne picked up from Hobby Lobby. This was one of the design changes due to neither of us having the corresponding die to match their gallery pic. Once the base was created, I added black beads from Hobby Lobby in the center of my flowers and glitter to my flowers. Note: Add glitter first to your flowers, because the beads held the excess glitter and I had to add extra beads to cover the shine. I placed my flowers on my card and adhered everything together. Now, this sounds very straight forward, but . . . . . Cheyenne and I both are perfectionists to a certain degree, and we just weren’t satisfied with the balance of flowers on our cards. We pulled flowers off and re-adhered them many times until we were satisfied. This was not an easy thing to do because Heartfelt Creations glue is a very strong adhesive. I, also, had to pull the large bottom flower off and move it down so the sentiment was not covered up. Here’s another tip: If you decided to watch a YouTube video to created a specialized fold card, make sure to watch it all the way through. We were following along with the video, when the woman creating the tutorial said she messed up. What!!!!???? She didn’t edit that part out or add text prior to the goof? We had to cut more paper and start over. Sweet Shananigans!

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I can’t wait to create more 3D projects using flower shaping!

Friday, at Scrapbook Expo 2016, Cheyenne and I had a class with Heartfelt Creations. It was Flower Shaping 101. Cheyenne and I have wanted to learn how to make 3D flowers since visiting Heartfelt Creations booth last year. This class was awesome. We made four flowers.

 

Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Class

Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Class

I think my flowers came out really well.

Our second and final class was Hearfelt Creations Sparkling Poinsettia Class. We made three gorgeous cards. This class was definitely fast paced and we barely finished in time.

Here are the cards we made in class:

Heartfelt Creations Workshop Card

Heartfelt Creations Workshop Card

 

Heartfelt Creations Workshop Card

Heartfelt Creations Workshop Card

 

Heartfelt Creations Workshop Card

Heartfelt Creations Workshop Card

I plan on saving money each month to take more workshops; especially the Heartfelt Creation workshops. In addition to making wonderful samples and cards, we could pick out for each workshop a FREE stamp set up to a $19.99 value. Here are the stamps I chose. I would have the 12X12 paper stack I purchased (Berry Cafe), but I think I put it in Cheyenne’s bag of Heartfelt Creation haul after we made our Bee Hive Card.

Heartfelt Creation Free Stamps

Heartfelt Creation
Free Stamps

I will be posting either today or tomorrow the cards Cheyenne and I made with her haul of Heartfelt Creation products.

 

I just saw I had made one of the Top 3 for SUO Challenge #149 (click on Top 3 and see the Top 3 cards for this challenge).

Here’s a shout out to Promise Armstrong and Kayla Cansler for providing me an opportunity to create such a cute card. When Margratha (Promise’s mom) told me Kayla loved elephants, I just knew I had to make a card with them included. Congratulations!

Here’s the card:

Top 3 SUO #149

Click here to see the original post.

SUO Challenges Blog’s challenge is a card created with weddings in mind. This was the perfect timing for a card I created to a friend’s son’s engagement party.  They are both missionaries in Hong Kong. She is here preparing for their June wedding, but he is still in Hong Kong and will travel here closer to the wedding date. My friend told me her future daughter-in-law LOVED elephants. So, when I could pre-purchase the new Love You Lots SU! hostess stamp set, I didn’t hesitate to purchase it just for the elephant.

There is only one elephant in the stamp set, but I wanted two elephants kissing each other with their trunks; so, I looked up a couple of techniques on YouTube for stamping reverse images. I found one where you turn a large enough polymer stamp upside down on a block and then stamp your image onto it and then quickly stamp it onto the card stock – no successful – in fact, epic failure. I, then, saw a Jennifer McGuire tutorial where she stamped onto a sheet of acetate and then restamped onto the card stock. I tried it and I got a good enough image to work with. I did have to take a fine tip sharpie and fill in some of the outline.

I then took Basic Grey and Smokey Slate and added some shading onto the elephants. I gave a wash of color onto the elephants using an aqua painter with some Smokey Slate. I stamped the heart in Real Red from the SU! stamp set Wood You Be Mine? Then as an accent to the bottom of the page, I used a stamp from the new SU! stamp set Swirly Bird. I stamped off using Basic Grey ink. The sentiment stamp is from a SU! card kit Watercolor Wishes. The stamped portion of the card is raised with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I think this is the perfect engagement card for elephant lovers:

SUO Challenge #149

Update to Initial Post: Last night 5/27/16, I had an email Pinterest alert for the cutest card ever. It was like mine but different. Here is the link: http://swathicrafts.co.uk/love-you-lots/pinkies-blog-hop-card-featuring-affectionately-yours-speciality-designer-series-paper/  Why didn’t I think of making the other elephant PINK!!!!! And, on top of that, she had great instructions on how to transfer the image from the acetate to the card stock. She used a bone folder to press down on the acetate to make a crisper, fuller image. I wish I had ran across this tip when I was doing my card!

Supplies:

Stamp Sets (All SU!): Love You Lots, Wood You Be Mine?, Watercolor Wishes
Inks: Basic Black, Basic Grey, Real Red, Smokey Slate
Card Stock: Whisper White
Accessories: SU! dimensionals, black Sharpie fine tip marker, SU! blocks, SU! paper trimmer

A friend of mine took me to a stamp store, Impressive Ideas, in Norcross, GA. It is like a candy shop. All the stamps and accessories I’ve seen used on YouTube videos and various rubber stamping websites were all in one place! I really didn’t need anything, but ……. I just couldn’t pass up the blow fish blowing out candles on a birthday cake (Art Impressions – unmounted ZooCrew Deep Breath Birthday – 4471); so, I bought it along with a few other things and then….. I went back to the Dienamics aisle and picked up two dies (the stitched rectangles and the rolling hills). There went my budget of not spending anything on stamps until I have a few more make-n-take classes. LOL

Anyway, a girl in my small group from church had a birthday the next week. I thought this would make a great card to give her from the group. I pulled out scraps to make the card along with my Blendabilities and came up with this.

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Jess’ Birthday Card

Enjoy!

Last year I had a technique class featuring the Bendi Card fold featuring a birthday card (I guess I didn’t post that card – will do so soon and link up). It was such a fun card technique, I decided to use it for a Valentine’s Day card. I used the Bloomin’ Hearts thinlit dies to create a fun and stunning Valentine’s Day card.

Bendi Valentine's Day Card

This card will unhook and lay flat for easy mailing. The dimensions I used on this card would not allow it to fit into a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 envelope, but I adjusted the measurements for the one we did in class and it fit quite well in the envelope. Of course, you would want to put a little padding to keep everything intact during the mailing process.

Supplies: love and you thinlits, x-acto knife (not pictured)

 

This week’s Paper Craft Crew Card Challenge #165 is featuring the Hearth and Home Thinlit set. I love this set. It is so versatile and just makes the most darn cute cards you have ever seen. The card sketch is below:

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I am having a December Christmas Card make-n-take. Each stamper will be making two each of three designs which are detailed and require extra time to complete. I had completed, I thought, one of the cards for this make-n-take, but once I saw this week’s card sketch, I changed a few things.

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This is a 6″ x 6″ shaker card. Yes, it will snow on the sleigh rider if you shake the card up and down. If you shake it sideways you have created a blizzard for the poor horse and rider to endure. This card had initially started off as a regular 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card, but the double window took up the entire card and it just didn’t look “right.” I decided to make it a 6″ x 6″, which allows for a sentiment (card change from sketch).

I cut the sleigh rider out of SU! Whisper White and set it aside to create the evening background. I used a piece of Whisper White card stock for the background. I punched a circle to mask where the moon would be and then, I sponged on retired SU! Midnight Muse (Night of Navy would work) on the outer edges and Coastal Cabana in the center to add some light. I stamped the top portion of the trees from the new Wonderland stamp set in Midnight Muse (there are trees on both sides – the left side is obscured by glitter sticking to the acetate sheet I used for the window panes. I cut a double window out of Sahara Sand (first go-around was Very Vanilla, it really left the card looking washed out). I added a little glitter to the background piece after placing the sled and other hill onto it. Now, here is where things got a little dicey. I tried using the circle dimensionals.  Well, that tended to be a problem, because the dimensionals naturally curved, they are very thin, and don’t close the gaps between them very well. Needless to say, I had “glitter leak”. What a pain!!!! I tried squirting the new clear fine tip glue in the gaps, but I can say that did not work. I, eventually, went to Lowe’s and bout mounting tape, which I will cut in half and double. Oh, the joys of cardmaking snags.

Anywhoo, The top portion of the interior wall is SU! DSP from WAY BACK WHEN I can’t remember. It just look appropriate. Lost Lagoon is the bottom portion and it was embossed with SU! retired stripes embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla and ran it through the Big Shot with a banner die (oops! didn’t put that on the purchase list) and matted it with Cherry Cobbler card stock. I accented the sentiment with Gold Cording Trim. All of this is matted on Early Espresso.

Hope you enjoy!

Price: $110.00

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