Friday, August 11, 2017

Step Birthday Card featuring the color Teal

What pre-teen boy doesn’t like blues, greens, and teals?  For our teal challenge this month at Imagine I wanted to try mixing two different Kaleidacolor ink pads to see if shades of teal could be created.  I think this card illustrates success!  

 Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze and Fresh Green are alternately brayered onto glossy 8 ½ “ x 11” cardstock taking care to have the lighter hues line up in the fade.  A light spritz of Ink Point No. 9 helps the inks blend neatly on the glossy cardstock.  Half of the sheet is die cut with the Sizzix Framelits Step Up Card die.  The remainder of the sheet is used to die cut the coordinating elements.  The gifts were cut twice each so the bows could be trimmed for contrasting colors then adhered with On Point Glue. 

A few days ago, I accidentally split part of a bottle of Fireworks! Dandelion on my craft mat, not wanting to waste this pretty ink I pressed Bristol Board cardstock into the inky mess and set it aside for later use.  This little incident provided the perfect contrasting color for the candle flames and my son’s name.  Each candle die cut is cut twice, once in Fireworks! Dandelion and once in the Kaleidacolor mix.  After trimming off the top to the top of the Kaleidacolor flames they are adhered together with On Point Glue.  The sentiment and cupcake layers adhered together with On Point Glue.   Some elements are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive.   The banner is held together with paper cord before it is adhered to the card front.  I am pleased with the results of my little experiment and think my soon to be twelve-year-old son will be too!

Kaleidacolor—Blue Breeze, Fresh Green
Ink Potion No. 9
On Point Glue

Glossy cardstock
Sizzix—Framelits Step Ups 660142 by Stephanie Barnard
Judikens—Decorative Paper Cord
Lifestyle Crafts—Stiletto Alphabet
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Monday, August 7, 2017

Eighteen with Stick It Down

I am pleased to be sharing a new double page layout for Stick It Down.  We have great sketches to start with for every month.  Go check it out!  For August this is a great sketch for when you have just a few photos for an event.

My oldest son just turned 18!  We had a very small family dinner as it has been busy around here.  So I picked the 3 photos of 5 that he let me take on that day.

I decided to work with the red from his shirt and pulled out an old Fancy Pants Designs collection from 2009, Rough & Tough by lili.  I die cut a few circles from the collection with Elizabeth Craft Designs 1116 Stitched Circles for the background.  Clear Scraps Shattered Glass stencil and a bit of Bronze Creative Medium by Imagine added the grungy splattered look to the background red.  My first mats around the photos didn’t stand out well against the other patterned papers, so a very thin mat of black was added.  My really old Quickutz Newsclips alphabet came in handy to die cut the title.  Over all I am pleased with the simple layout, and am glad to have this memory preserved for his album!

Please stop out by Stick It Down and check out all the sketches for the month of August and come play along!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Heartfelt Thanks for Retro Rubber

We have another fun challenge for you at Retro Rubber BlogChallenge, colors that are often associated with another season but are used for a summer project.  Please join us and have a little fun!

I went with just the three colors: white, Candy Red, and Pearlescent Ivy for this thank you card.  I used Fancy Pants Designs Bella Brush set.  This set was a sheet of 12” x 12” acrylic stamps, and it was retired for several years when I bought it in about 2008.  So many options and I’ve not even scratched the surface!  I started with some foliage stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next I added in a few of the flowers in Brilliance Rocket Red but heat embossed with Candy Red embossing powder.  The sentiment is from Inkadinkado Thanks set from 2011, which is stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Elizabeth Craft Designs 1120 Stitched Rectangles provide the perfect frames for the stamped images.  I added a bit of SEI bakers twine across the top and threaded it through the little pierced holes.  A tiny bow attached with a glue dot finishes off the top layer.  I love the shimmer of the Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy which I inked on with an Ink Blusher.  The card base has the Brilliance Rocket Red to add the last little zing of color for the card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Do go visit Retro Rubber and play along with our challenge.  Remember to use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and let us know how long you’ve had it in your stash!  Enter up to 10 challenges including ours and you are good to go!