Archive for the ‘Colorado Craft Company’ Category

Winter is Coming

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Despite the title, this post isn’t about Game of Thrones (for those of you who are fans). But yes, winter is coming!  It’s hard to believe that we still have almost a month until the start of winter. You may have read or seen on the news the devastating rain & flooding that we’ve had here in B.C., which is were I am, and the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.  I’m very thankful that the area in which I live is relatively unaffected. But I’m very sad for those who have been displaced, lost their homes, and all of the animals (pets, livestock and wild) that have suffered. Wherever you live, I hope that you’re safe!

ACTS OF CARDNESS PROMPT

Over on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page HERE, you’ll find the daily word prompts for the Random Acts of Cardness.  The idea behind the challenge is that it will get everyone making cards daily, but not just making them. Sending them!! Yes – you’re supposed to be giving or mailing your daily creations! At this time of year, it’s not that difficult. For today’s prompt I chose the word ‘winter’, so that you can make this as one of your holiday or Christmas cards.

I pulled out one of my favourite sets from last year, by Colorado Craft Company. It features the whimsical art of Anita Jeram, in a stamp called Kittens & Mittens.

Winter is Coming

Aren’t those kittens adorable?! I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest release, coming soon to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a panel of watercolour paper. Wet the paper with either a spritzer or water brush. Smoosh the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide onto your craft mat, and then pick it up & apply it with a water brush. I did a heavier application on the top for the sky, and then lightly on the bottom. Sort of a reflection of the sky onto the snow. Allow the panel to dry, or speed it up with a heat tool.

Next, stamp the Kittens & Mittens in Nocturne ink. Choose your colours; I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to paint. The colours I chose are Light Gray, Carmine Red, Beige, Yellow, Brown, Blue and Blue Gray.  After colouring the kittens, add some shadows under their feet, using the Light Gray marker.  You can see on the blue hat that the area wasn’t quite dry – so I went with it, added more water, and made it a fuzzy hat!

Now, use the snowflake stamp with Versamark, and stamp it across the top. Cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set.  I felt like the snow wasn’t standing out as much as I wanted, so I added some splatters of watered down white gouache paint.  While this is drying, stamp the sentiment onto a piece of bright blue cardstock in Versamark, and again emboss with white embossing powder.  Attach the sentiment to the top of the card front, and then wrap some silver cording across the bottom.

Attach the card front to your bright blue card base using foam tape. Finish off the card by adding a small Nuvo Cherry Heart.

Winter is Coming

Anyone who receives this card is guaranteed to smile!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

I hope you’ll play along with my prompt today. After all, winter is coming, so we may as well enjoy it! Be sure to share a photo of your project with the hashtag #snschallenge.  At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, and wins a $50 Gift Card to shop Scrap ‘N Stamp!

If you’d like to recreate my card or a version of it, I’ve included product links below. When you shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp, be sure to use my Designer Discount Code of 10DEB, for 10% OFF your total  purchase!

Affiliate links are provided, at no cost to you. When you choose to use my links, I receive a small commission, which helps me maintain my blog & keep creating. Thanks in advance!


Word Prompt Challenge for Fun

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Hi creative friend! It’s Deb here, for the Design Team. Today I’m here for the word prompt challenge for “FUN”. Yes, it’s fun, but the word is actually ‘fun’!

BIRTHDAY WISHING

Now, everyone has different ideas of what is fun. It can be an activity, or reading your favourite book, maybe going to a movie. Or, just sitting with friends. I decided to turn fun into a verb, instead of an adjective – with this fun, interactive card!

Okay, so the front of the card doesn’t give too much away. The glitter cardstock and embellishments hint at something, though. To create the card front, simply die cut the MFT Birthday Wishes Die-Namics from green cardstock. Glue it onto a piece of Memory Box Glitter cardstock (the pack I have is retired, but there’s new packs in store!). Add some Memory Box Fairy Gemstones (Winter Fantasy), and then attach this panel to your card front.

CARD DETAILS

As I explained, I’ve hurt my back, so I had to figure out a card that would be fairly quick to make. The Photo Play Pop Up Card Kit is a life (or back) saver! This pack includes everything you need to create 6 pop up cards. All you need to add is your creativity, some paper and stamps.

Before following the simple directions to attach the pop up piece, add your coloured cardstock to the inside of the card base. On the left side, I stamped 2 sentiments from the Colorado Craft Company Birthday Wishing stamp set in a dark green ink. Next, stamp the balloon holding bunny from the same set in Nocturne ink, onto a piece of white cardstock. Use your favourite markers to colour him and the balloon – I used my Copic markers.

Now you can attach the pop up mechanism to the inside of the card. Next, attach a slightly larger piece of the same glitter paper, behind the bunny, and then attach both to the top of the pop up piece.  Stamp another sentiment onto white cardstock, trim, and attach it to the bottom right, below the bunny. The photo below shows how the pop up mechanism looks like, from above.

Word Prompt Challenge for Fun

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my card for the word prompt challenge of ‘fun’! And, I hope that you’ll join in on the fun, too. Simply join the Scrap ‘N Stamp Challenge Facebook Group, HERE. Pinned to the top of the page, you’ll find the list of word prompts; there’s a new one for each day of the month. Create and then share a photo of your project to the group, using the hashtag #snschallenge. At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen to WIN a $50 GIFT CARD to Scrap ‘N Stamp! It’s just that easy.

To recreate my card, you’ll find the list of supplies below. When you shop at Scrap ‘N  Stamp, be sure to use my Discount Code 10DEB, and enjoy 10% OFF your total order (regular priced items).


Tuesday with Tara {take 317} TWO

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card celebrates the BIG event in our lives last weekend… our grandson turned TWO years old!   I was faced with the challenge of making a card for him that was both creative and simple.  I hope you like what I came up with!

I combined two fun stamp sets for this card- a cupcake by Gina K Designs and a dog by Anita Jeram.  I knew I could add two candles to the cupcake but I wanted something simple with no coloring and I wanted a big number 2 on my card front!  I went with a simple blue & green color scheme- doing my stamping with Prize Ribbon Distress Ink and my ink blending with Twisted Citron.  My blending brush was a bit dirty (oops) so that’s why you see some color variation in the green part of my card!

I started by stamping the cupcake and dog on a panel of Cardstock that I cut 1/4″ smaller than my card front, spacing them so there was room on both sides and beneath the images.  I used another piece of scrap Cardstock the same size and sketched a large 2 on it, then cut it out (trimming and adjusting it here and there until I was happy with it).  I then placed it over the stamped images and used a bit of washi tape and some scraps of paper to roughly mask over the parts of the dog & cupcake that overlapped.  I should have done a proper mask, using a post-it note, or even better a product like Masking Magic… but I improvised with what was on the table next to me 🙂

From there, I just gradually added color over the entire background with my blending brush.  Once I was done, I lifted my masks to reveal my design!  In order to add a bit more texture, I splattered some water across the design.  I did forget that I had used water-based ink for my stamping as well… so as you can see, I got some splotches there too.  I decided to embrace it and add some blue splatters too for a bit of a confetti vibe!  A tiny bit of glitter on the candles was my finishing touch after adhering the panel to a blue card base.

I stamped a smaller pup from the set on the envelope to finish things off.  It turned out to be a pretty fun design, if I don’t say so myself!  The only thing I’d change is next time I would probably use a permanent ink for my stamping so it wouldn’t bleed with my spritzing 🙂

Wishing you a day full of inky fun!

Inky hugs,

Tara