Friday, March 16, 2018

Timeless Florals Layouts

So some of you may be a little confused with the title of my post today.
A Layout?
Nancy does cards not scrapbooks, well today I have a special project to share for my Altenew certification classes.  I still have several more courses to complete and there are a couple of scrapbook layouts I can choose and I thought it would be a good challenge.

Now, I don't have supplies from the Altenew scrapbook paper line so I needed to come up with an idea using my floral stencils, stamps and dies.

I had a great picture of my daughter to use and decided that I would use a stencil to create a ghost image on my paper.  I also wanted to use the 

to enhance the floral aspect of the layout.

I cut several blossom dies in white and gray, layering one set and then adhering gold foil as an accent. (totally a happy accident when I used spray adhesive on the front and was able to salvage the blossom)

 I inked the background with Dew Drops and Mountain Mist from Altenew.  This created a very soft fun floral effect.

Matting the picture with back and gold created a great focal point and then I added various components from my stash.  
The fun white accent on the left of the photo is 

Washi tape, a gold dot paper, and a couple of black gems completed my project.

Here's a video of my process

Thanks for stopping in today



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Another Clean-Up Today

Once again I needed to clean-up my workspace, so I put this card together instead of just sending everything to the trash.

I've decided that I can no longer keep every little piece of scrap because it just gets out of hand.  
I need to keep creating and learn how to use what I have.
Anybody with me?

Thanks for stopping today.



Floating Die Cuts

First I want to say that I am happy to finally have some internet connections back.  You don't know how much you take it for granted until it doesn't work.  Still slow, but we are working on it.

I want to share a couple of cards today that were inspired by The Dynamic Die Cuts course from Altenew Academy Classes.
I am now working on my Level 3 classes and I must say that I continue to be impressed with the instructors and quality of classes.  If you haven't check out the classes, hop on over and take a look.  There are many to select from and they are all very reasonably priced and some are free.

My first card is and example of Partial Die Cutting.

I used A couple of Altenew Cover Plates to make this card.  You will notice that the image is only die cut in the center of the panel.  This is a simple and fun technique.  I didn't take pictures during the construction process but will try and do another card and film a video.

Todays main focus is the card featuring Floating Die Cuts

This has an acetate card front and then you die cut multiple images of your choice and adhere them to the acetate.  You need to cut enough images that you can also adhere them to the back of the acetate panel to achieve a finished look.

Its difficult to take pictures that do the card justice.  You need to use a good heavy acetate for this process so it will stand up to the weight.

  I have a video that you can watch to see the total process.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Altenew Halftone Happy Die
Altenew My Family Stamp Set

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

AECP Level 2 Challenge

I'm excited to share another project for my Altenew Educator Certification Program.  I have completed the assignments for Level 2 but still have a final challenge to present.

I has been asked to create a home decor/3D project with a matching tag or card.

I've made paper flowers for years and when I saw the Altenew Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom stamps and die set I was so excited.  
The floral dies in this set have score lines for center creases and work very nicely with stamps or plain scrapbook paper.  

For this project I stamped the floral layers and used the dies.  If you want to watch a video of how I constructed the floral stems the link to You Tube is below.

The fun banner on the flower can was created using the Altenew Trigonometry Set.  This set is very versatile.  I stamped several extra triangles when making the banner so what better than to incorporate them into my add-on project.

I made this cute little card that could also be used as a gift tag by just punching a hole and adding ribbon,  it measures 3 3/4 X 4.

First I stamped the all-over background with Altenew Citrus Burst ink.

Then cutting my stamped panel down and mounted on Aqua and Kraft.  After completing my flower can project I had a one remaining flower that I place

Thanks for stopping by today and following my journey.



Altenew Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom Stamp and Die here
Altenew Trigonometry Stamp Set here
Altenew Citrus Burst here

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Cleaning

I needed to spend some time today cleaning up my workspace before it got totally out-of-hand.
I must admit that when I clean I get very distracted and usually make a bigger mess than I started with.  
Having enough stuff, the result is three cards made from the scraps and pieces parts laying around. So it looks like today was no different than any other cleaning day.

Also on my list was going through my various markers and throwing out the ones that have dried up. Not too many hit the trash but obviously I have too many markers and the purge was good.

This card was from extra stamped flowers and die cut pieces.

Practicing a little pencil coloring using a Power Poppy image. 
Attaching an un-used sentiment.

Extra stamped and embossed image only required a quick Copic color while watching TV.

Ok, so things are much cleaner now and I'm going to finish watching the Oscars.
Hope everyone had a great weekend.



Friday, March 2, 2018

Altenew Academy - Sentiments With Impact

I have a quick post tonight with a continuation of my Altenew Academy Classes.

My card focuses on a Multi-colored Sentiment

I started stamping an image from the Altenew Speech Bubble set.

  I picked six ink colors to create a background.  

After I stamped the sentiment bubbles with color I used paper masks and filled in areas of the background with a neutral ink color.

 I cut 'you' and 'me' out of black paper.  Wanting a smaller printed 'and' between the words, I cropped what I needed from a sentiment in the 
Altenew Wild About You set.

Thanks for stopping and have a Great Weekend.




Altenew Speech Bubbles Stamp Set
Altenew Wild About You Stamp Set
Altenew Inline Alpha Die Set
Altenew Inks-
   Fresh Lemon
   Cotton Candy
   Minty Mint
   Soft Lilac
   Sea Breeze
   Morning Mist

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

AECP - Masking Unleashed

Masking can be so rewarding in my opinion.  There is just something about stamping several images and removing the mask that reveals your masterpiece.

I started this project by stamping leaf images on watercolor paper.  

Next step is to mask the images, I will use Molotow Art Masking Liquid.  
I this pen type of masking for it's detail and color.

I tape the paper to a board and wait for the masking fuild to dry.  
I selected Distress Oxide Re-inkers to colorize my background

First layer is with iced spruce, fossilized amber, and peeled paint.  I painted it on the background using quite a bit of water.  I did use a heat gun to move things along before adding another layer.

Selecting worn lipstick and wild honey, I put on the second layer.  
I love the soft effect you get with Oxides and sometimes I just have to stop myself from adding additional layers.

My final step was to splatter some black Distress Stain for accent.

Now it's time for the reveal......

I use a rubber cement eraser and carefully remove the masking fluid from the leaves.

It's looking very cool

I selected the part of the panel I wanted to use on my card front and cut it to size.
Layering with black really 'pops' the colors.

The sentiment was embossed using a fun leaf green powder from Zing.  
I added twine and black nail heads for finishing touches.

Thanks for joining me today.