I’ve got a pretty card over at A Blog Named Hero today. Inspired by my Grandmother’s wallpaper. The one that didn’t give me nightmares. Ahem.
This month we are celebrating all things floral for the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge.
For my card, I used a new to me stamp set, called “You Are Here“. It was released two months ago but I just got the opportunity to ink it up and I’m sad that I waited a month! I was inspired to make a “coloring page” for myself, and used the large floral heart stamp repeatedly on a piece of bristol paper. This involved a bit of masking, but the image was pretty easy to cut out, so don’t worry about that part. I started in one corner of the paper and worked my way around. I did make the paper about 6″ x 8″ just in case I messed up, and also so that I could choose where to cut to make it a card front.
After I finished stamping the background I realized I should think about the sentiment before coloring. And that made me want to use the new Hugs die, and only color the sentiment. I have been loving all the black and white I’ve seen people using on their cards, and wanted to try my hand at it.
I made sure to use bold colors on the sentiment as I really wanted it to pop. I layered the black and white piece onto a piece of black cardstock, so that the sentiment die cut would look like it was surrounded by black paper. The neat thing about this die is that it also cuts an outline, so I could have just cut that with black paper and adhered to the card front. A shame I only just thought of that. Ahem.
I did cut the sentiment out two other times from scrap white cardstock so that I could layer the pieces together. I just love the look and feel of that and don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.
Once I had most of the card together I decided to use a small “sub sentiment”, if you will, and embossed that on some black cardstock, and used some foam squares to add that under the hugs itself. I finished the card with some silver sequins, and also added some black scalloped edges to the sides of the card front. Those are hidden under the stamped card front, and adhered to the card base. I was cleaning out some old scrapbook stuff last month and found these odd shaped black card bases, with scalloped edges on the fold. I have no use for them but since they were black, I put them on my desk so I could use them for sentiments. It was just serendipitous that I cut the edges off when stamping that sentiment and noticed they were the perfect size. Love when that happens, and I think it adds a nice whimsical touch to this otherwise very modern card.
I do hope you’ll join us in this month’s challenge. I’m certain you’ve got some floral sets that need some use. We have a $25 gift certificate to Concord & 9th for the winner, and a guest designer spot at Where Creativity Meets C9.
Happy Monday to you! I hope your week has started off well. It’s a new month. Let’s make it a good one!
We are collaborating with Honey Bee Stamps this month, and featuring watercolor techniques. They go perfectly together, so, phew. Honey Bee Stamps has a new release this month, you should definitely check it out, and maybe hide your wallet? That’s totally up to you.
This is a card showcasing the Playful Pups stamp set, which is adorable, and I couldn’t choose one, so I used almost every single pup included in the set. In my mind I was picturing the dog park. Where every dog is welcomed with open paws. That was one of my favorite things to do with our Golden Retriever. Take him to the park. He was the park greeter. He would make sure every single dog was welcomed at the gate, then go back to find someone with a thumb for petting him. Seriously. We’d look up and he’d be at one of the benches with his head on a human’s lap, nudging them to pet him. I’m fairly certain that’s typical Golden Retriever behavior. 🙂
Here are the steps to make this card:
- Stamp the dogs in grey ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
- Fill in the background with smaller stamps from the same set, also with grey ink and heat embossing.
- Color the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.
- Color in the background if you like. I did a pale blue, but a pale grey would have worked as well, or even a pale green. Since I was thinking dog park, I went with blue, for the sky.
- Die cut Welcome three times out of white cardstock. Adhere them on top of each other. Color the welcome with a Zig Clean Color marker. Add some Spectrum Noir overlay pen to the die cut, and also use that sparkle pen on the tennis balls, bones, and dog collars in the background.
- Add the die cut to the background. I used a sheet of adhesive called Artist-Tac, where you put the die cut down on it, peel it up, and it’s covered in adhesive. Great for intricate die cuts. I also used the negative of the die cut so that I could make sure it was placed properly. The word is in pieces, as you can see below.
- Cover that with glossy accents. I used two layers.
- Add some Nuvo drops if you like, or sequins. Whichever you prefer.
This is a close up of the double layer of glossy accents I added to the Welcome die cut. The set comes with “welcome”, “special” and “delivery”, so it’s a very useful set, and I love the font.
If you click on the badge above, it will take you right to our post at A Blog Named Hero where you can enter to win a prize from Honey Bee Stamps. We’d love for you to join us.
I’ve got an easy one layer card over at Where Creativity Meets C9 today. Come check it out. As long as you’re not my Mother, this is her Mother’s Day card. Shhhh.
We have an easy “Anything Goes” challenge over at A Blog Named Hero this month. Come check it out.
Here’s how I made this card:
- Folded a piece of heavyweight cardstock in half lengthwise.
- Place that in my Misti and figure out where I want to stamp Hello Lovely. I knew I wanted to stamp this in the same place on both ends of the card. I recommend testing this on scrap paper. Ask me how I know.
- Stamp the floral image in antique linen distress ink. Leave the stamp in the Misti.
- Color using Copic markers. This is somewhat of a no-line coloring technique. But when it’s been too long since you’ve used your Copics and you’re rusty, you get to improvise. See next step.
- Cover your colored images with powder to prevent stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it to stick.
- Stamp the floral image again, over your coloring, with versamark. Apply embossing powder and heat emboss.
- Color the florals, not the leaves, with shimmer pen.
- Use the Say Hello dies to cut out two die cuts from white cardstock. Adhere those to each other and cover the top of them with versamark ink. Apply the same embossing powder and heat emboss.
- Use the same die to cut out the word Hello from the front of your card. Try not to get too anxious that you’re totally going to mess this up. I can’t be the only one that does that. Please tell me it’s not just me?
- This is the point where I realized that there is no way this card is going to be one layer. Because I need to adhere that die cut to something to make sure the card can get opened.
- Fail the one layer challenge.
- Stamp “Happy Birthday to You” on the inside of the card because this is actually your Mom’s birthday card. Better get that in the mail with her gift!
Lessons learned from this challenge:
- Even though I’m very clean and simple, one layer cards are not my forte.
- I must spend much more time with my Copics. The last day of Kathy Racoosin’s coloring challenge was not the best day to realize that.
- I type just like I talk.
- I need more Happy Birthday sentiments. Or even this die in “Happy”. Concord & 9th, can you please do that for me? Thanks!
If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much! You should probably join our challenge. Remember, it’s one layer. Seriously, we’re sticklers for the rules, so stick to them! There is a $25 gift certificate to Concord & 9th up for grabs and also a guest design gig!
I’ve not lived a life where pizza was a big deal for me. Growing up, I never liked cheese, so I would always just eat the crust.
Now that I’m vegan, we eat pizza more than we did when we weren’t vegan, oddly enough. It’s one of the easier things to make vegan when you’re at a restaurant. If you’re thinking “OH MY G-D, pizza without cheese is just bread”, well, one, I love bread. Two, try it one time, you’ll be surprised to know that it’s amazingly satisfying and delicious without the cheese. Also you’re less likely to experience that “oh my gosh, I ate too much” feeling.
One tip I recommend if you’re ordering a pizza without cheese is to ask for “light” sauce. Sometimes the pizza maker will overcompensate for no cheese with extra sauce. That is just not delicious. Even if you love tomato sauce, it’s just a soggy hot mess. Don’t do it.
For the past couple of months we’ve been making pizza at home using this dough recipe from Melanie Makes. I follow the recipe as it is, although I will say that I prefer it, personally, when I use all purpose flour vs. bread flour. They’re both delicious, but for me, the crust is easier for me to bite when I use all purpose. Hey, I have braces, I’m allowed to like a softer crust.
That’s a picture of tonight’s pizza. Crust, pizza sauce, sliced green olives, steamed broccoli, and on half of the pizza, sliced Gardein Meatballs. These were leftover from last night’s dinner. Intentionally. This is three meatballs, sliced, then scattered over half the pizza. I think two meatballs is the proper number for this pizza, for reference. Hubs loved this! They crisped up a bit along the edges, so that was a nice bonus for him.
We use a perforated pizza pan. In a toaster oven. This pizza is perfection. We can have the idea of wanting pizza to slicing that pizza in less than 30 minutes. It’s so easy to make and so delicious that there is no way that you’ll go for delivery again once you try this recipe.
Here are a couple things I’ve tried with this pizza, all to great results.
- Drained some olive tapenade to use as olive topping. Kept the oil that drained off to use in the dough recipe. It calls for two tablespoons, and if the tapenade doesn’t produce that much, I just supplement. It adds a nice boost of flavor to the crust.
- Use this slicer to produce thin pieces of yukon gold potato. They crisp while cooking and are just delectable on pizza. I also use this tool when I slice mushrooms for pizza, because I want them to cook evenly.
- Place a couple of basil leaves on the pizza for the last minute of cooking. Just to wilt, not to brown.
- Take the pizza out of the oven, sprinkle arugula on it, let it sit for a minute. Devour.
My only issue with this pizza is that I don’t have a pizza cutter. Have one that you love or know one to recommend? There are many to choose from, but I just can decide if I want a wheel, a rocking blade, or should I just stick with my santoku knife? If you have an opinion on that, I’d love for you to comment.
Happy Monday to you! Thanks for spending a bit of your day here with me in my corner of the internet. Today starts our new challenge at A Blog Named Hero, and as our namesake suggests, it’s all about Hero Arts! To make it especially easy to join this month’s challenge, we’ve made it anything goes. As long as it goes with Hero Arts. 🙂
Here’s my card for this month’s challenge. It features the newish Large Hydrangea Stamp and coordinating dies. I just love hydrangeas, and one day I hope to live somewhere where I can grow them in my yard and/or garden. A girl’s got to have dreams, right?
Here are the steps to create this card:
- Stamp the hydrangea on four pieces of watercolor paper. I used versafine ink and then clear embossed the images to help with any coloring that I was going to do.
- Use the coordinating dies to cut out the different layers of the image. This is optional, but since I had the dies, and love dimension, I wanted to do this.
- Use Zig Clean Color markers to color the different pieces of the image. I used green and light green for the leaves, and deep violet, violet, and lilac for the flowers.
- Die cut a panel of cardstock to use as the base for your image. I chose a medium grey color and the second largest of the infinity postal dies from Hero Arts.
- Stamp your sentiment onto this base, before you do anything else. Ahem. Also, please note that this sentiment is from an amazing Holiday stamp set from Hero Arts. I often find myself using sentiments from holiday sets, more than the images. Love that I get more use out of these!
- Adhere some fun foam to the back of that panel for extra dimension when layering onto a card base.
- Adhere the leaves, then the layers of flowers onto the base. I used tape runner adhesive for most of the leaves, and then a thin foam square on the left side, for some lift. For each of the floral die cuts I used the same thin foam squares. I usually love ALL the dimension, but for this one I wanted something less dimensional, and am so glad I had those thin foam squares in my stash. Hoarding to the rescue!
- Attach this floral piece to your card base and then embellish with whatever you prefer. I am trying to use more sequins, but I had these Nuvo dots on my desk and they just spoke to me. I love how you can get so many different sizes with them. When I first got my bottle I was just playing around with it on a piece of acetate, and now just use that to make my dots, and then glue them on to projects as needed.
This picture shows a bit of the layering and dimension that this stamp and die set can give you. What it doesn’t show, but it should, is that I colored all the flowers in with a shimmer pen. It’s like a project isn’t complete if I haven’t gone over it with that pen. And… I just bought the black, silver and gold pens. Look out!
Now, make sure to join us in this challenge. I expect we will get lots of entries and I’m excited to see them all!