Saturday, January 27, 2024

Simon Says Stamp January Flickr Challenge -- Anything Goes

 The theme for Simon Says Stamp's January 2024 Flickr Challenge is Anything Goes 
so I decided to enter a card made with some new Simon Says Stamp goodies.

I ordered the Printmaking Hearts Stamp and Die set which has layered stamping on
9 hearts. Feeling a bit lazy, I decided to cut out the hearts from several alcohol ink
panels that I've accumulated.

 The hearts were spritzed with alcohol, some gold Kuretake watercolors and I found
my ancient set of metallic rub ons that all added touches of gold. The hearts were
adhered to a kraft card base and a popped up sentiment finished off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, January 25, 2024

Freshly Made Sketches #620

I decided to enter Freshly Made Sketches #620 after my Concord & 9th order arrived and 
I pictured the knitted heart as the main element in the sketch.

 And here's my card with a simplified take on the sketch.

After watching Jennifer McGuire go through her stash of AI backgrounds, I went through
mine and looked for the most appropriate ones for a heart. All of the dies were cut from
one inked piece and assembled with the "stray" yarn coming off on the side.

I stamped the sentiment before running the card base through Waffle Flower's
Quilting Texture Die. In hindsight, I didn't have to add the extra stitches over the
heart because it looks super variegated even without it. But I do love the texture.

I'm off to link this up with a few days to spare. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 12, 2024

Inspired by Challenge #271 -- MITTENS

The theme for this month's Inspired by Challenge is MITTENS. 

Here's how I was inspired.

Meet a 5-year old stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp. I remember buying it and 
it never touched ink until recently when I watched some of Kristina Werner's Christmas
Card series on You Tube. I spotted Critter Sweaters from 2018 and dug through my
SSS Christmas stamps and found it! 

They appear to be snuggled in mittens, or is that just me? The stamp set is unique
because it's simply stamped on each die cut critter to resemble cozy sweaters.
The background uses MFT's Knitted Sweater Background, stamped on kraft with
Versamark for a tone on tone look. The stamped sentiment finished off the card.

Ok, I'm off to link up my card. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 8, 2024

SSS Wednesday Challenge--Something NEW

Happy New Year to you! I made this card for a friend and decided to enter it in 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with a theme of Something NEW.

While the theme may be "new" the stamp itself is old and long retired. I used 
Birdie Brown's Warmest Wishes stamp and die set and had this cut and colored 
in my scrap bowl. She must have been waiting for a chance to make an appearance.

After die cutting a card base from Reverse Wonky Rectangles, I inked a sky, stamped
the sentiment, then ran the panel through a falling snowflake embossing folder. I used 
a sanding block to take away the color and leave the appearance of "snow" behind.

I grounded the girl with a torn bottom and finished off with some extra snowflakes.
The back panel was hinged so the card can stand to be displayed.
I'm off to enter this and mail it out, too! Thanks for stopping by!