Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Full Pleated or Curtain Fold Card

Hello! It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday. This week we're focusing on a verse in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah 54:10, "For the mountain shall depart and the hills be removed: but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee." Wow! What a promise! Even if the hills and mountains are somehow removed, the Lord will still be with us and not break His promises to us. I'd call that an iron-clad promise! In a world where keeping your word and personal integrity are rare character qualities, it's good to know that the Lord has not and will never change in keeping His promises.

I saw this Curtain Fold or Pleated Fold card design on YouTube a long time ago but never have given it a try. So, this week, I re-watched this Full Pleated Card video by Linda Bauwin and gave it a try. One of our sponsors this week is the Kraft Outlet. I love their cardstocks and other supplies. They have GREAT prices and such unique items (bags, tags, envelopes) in various kraft shades. I started my top-folding A2 sized card with a base of Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock. This cardstock is so nice to work with and makes a good foundation for your cards. I used a piece of My Mind's Eye double-sided patterned paper (it's from the Lost and found collection but I can't find it anywhere online - sorry. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby) for my "curtain." This paper has a beautiful rose pattern on the front and a sweet pink and cream gingham pattern on the back. I had two scraps of this cranberry colored cardstock that matched the darker shade in the roses. I embossed the bottom section with an Anna Griffin embossing folder (Rosette Cluster). I printed this week's verse on Buff Ivory Text Weight Paper and adhered it to the other piece of cardstock. The curtain was adhered over the seam where the two pieces of cardstock met. I wrapped the top of the curtain with Twill Tape in Natural and then with Black Baker's Twine. I then used foam tape to adhere this entire panel to the card base. Some faux stitching, sequins, pearls and Stickles provided the perfect finishing touches.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #211 - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining Light Challenge (ODBDSLC278) - Dots or Dashes
Craft  Your Passion Challenge #329 - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers #172- Layer it Up

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll have time to visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the projects made by the rest of the design team and to pick up your free digi. Also be sure to check out both of our fantastic sponsors.

Items I used to make this card are listed below. I was not able to find the exact embossing folder I used online so I linked a similar one. Affiliate links are used where possible. When you shop using these links, I receive a small commission.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Simon Says Stamp - Stamptember

Today I have a card for you showcasing several Simon Says Stamp items. As you may know, this is Simon Says Stamp's annual Stamptember celebration. They have a new release of their own products and exclusive releases with various stamp companies. So far, they've shown us releases from Lawn Fawn and Art Impressions. If you are new to Simon Says Stamp, you can hear the story of their beginning in this YouTube video by owner Heidi Crowl. I had the privilege of meeting Heidi at Stampaway USA last month. What a wonderful and gracious lady she is! It was the highlight of my trip to the convention.

I don't have any of their new release items yet, but I'm using my new favorite set that I purchased at Stampaway USA last month. This set comes with flowers in three different sizes and each flower has a solid image and an outline image.I used the solid and outline images from just one size. I randomly stamped the solid image in three different colors using light shades and then stamped the outline image in a darker shade. I used the stamp that is intended to fill in the centers in all six shades to fill in the empty spaces. I used Enamel accents on the centers of the flowers, however as it dried it didn't give me the look I wanted. So, I added some coordinating bling to each flower center. Each flower petal was given a coat of Wink of Stella. The stamped panel was layered on Audrey Blue cardstock and then adhered to a black card base.

 One of the sentiments was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip. I cut a fishtail end to the sentiment strip. and then adhered it to the card front.

I did a little interior decorating on this one and, and decorated the envelope as well. For the flower centers on the envelope, I stamped the centers with charcoal ink and then highlighted them with a white gelly roll pen.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp It
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - Use Stamps
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #209 - CAS (for me, this is CAS :) )
Outlawz Sunday CAS Challenge - Use a bird, bee, flower or tree

Have you heard about the absolutely amazing giveaway Simon Says Stamp has going on now during their Stamptember celebration? It is for a dream craftroom makeover. You can check out all the details in their blog post here.

I've listed all the products I used in today's card below using affiliate links where possible. {When you shop using these links, I earn a small commission at no cost to you.}

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My Soul, Wait...

Welcome back! It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday!! This week we're back to one of my favorite books of the Bible, Psalms. Psalms 62:5,"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him." This Psalm is one of my "go-to" places in the Bible that I turn to when I need encouragement. The psalmist is reminding himself of all the ways God takes care of him and encourages him. In this week's focus verse, the psalmist is reminding himself to wait on the Lord. When tough times come, this is sometimes hard to do. Our society is full of instant everything. However, God's timetable is not always set on "instant." Sometimes He says, "Wait." It's always worth it and after God resolves a situation, I'm always glad I didn't run ahead of Him. However, it's usually hard to do. I'm learning but I have a long way to go.

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp. This company is truly one-stop-shopping. I was able to go to the Stampaway USA Convention with a friend earlier this month. Simon Says Stamp had a booth. I was so excited to meet some of the staff and I even was able to talk to Heidi Crowl! What a kind and gracious lady she is!! Even with all the hectic commotion of the vendor hall, she took time to talk with me, ask my name and answer questions. All of the staff at the booth was so kind and the crowds didn't seem to phase them at all. I was able to pick up some new SSS goodies and I am using several of them in today's card.

I saw a YouTube video by Jennifer McGuire where she a cool emboss resist technique. So, I gave it a try and added my own spin to it. On watercolor paper, I used SSS White Embossing Powder to heat emboss several of the solid floral images in the Artful Flowers Stamp Set. Then I inked my panel with three shades of Distress Ink (Shaded Lilac, Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough). I spritzed the panel with my Mini Mister and then blotted it with a paper towel. I took the panel to my ironing board and sandwiched it between two sheets of copy paper. I ironed it with a hot iron until all the embossing powder melted off the watercolor panel and into the copy paper. Using the outline images from the stamp set, I stamped them with Versafine ink and heat embossed with SSS Clear Embossing Powder. I purposely stamped the outlines a little off the solid flowers to give more of a casual, playful look. I heat embossed the flower centers with gold embossing powder. Using another technique I learned by watching more YouTube videos, I smooshed a Black Soot distress ink pad on my clear acrylic block. After spritzing it with water, I used a paintbrush to flick spatters on my panel. As a final detail for the background, I spritzed it with shimmer spray.

Using circle dies, I cut out a circle in the bottom right of the panel and adhered the verse behind it. I die cut 4 circle frames from the dark gray cardstock and stacked them around the opening. Then I mounted the panel on dark gray cardstock and attached it to my card base. To finish it off I used SSS Assorted Moonshine Sequins and champagne sequins. I topped the sequins off with Star Dust Stickles.

I'm entering this card in these challenges:

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #267 - Learn Something New (the type of heat emboss resist technique I used and the ink splatters)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - Use Stamps

I had so much fun with the background technique that I had to make another card. For this card, the floral outlines were heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I die cut the inked and embossed panel with square dies and layered them in a telescoping technique. They were mounted on a piece of white cardstock that had the edges heat embossed with two layers of the embossing powder. This panel was adhered to a dry embossed white cardstock panel that was then mounted to a larger panel with heat embossed edges. This larger panel was adhered to the card base and covers the entire front of the card.

Using another technique shown by Jennifer McGuire in this Faux Metal Embellishment video, I stacked 3 SSS Thanks diecuts and then heat embossed them with 3 layers of the same embossing powder. I love the metallic look this gives the diecut. Sequins were scattered across all the layers. The flower centers and sequin centers were dotted with Eucalyptus Stickles.

I'm entering this card in this following challenges: Crafty Sentiments Challenge  - Lots of Layers

Both cards were entered in the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge.

I hope you'll stop by the Word Art Wednesday blog to pick up your free digi and to see what the rest of the Design Team made. Also, be sure to stop by Simon Says Stamp. Tomorrow they kick off their annual Stamptember celebration. I can't wait to see what goodies and surprises they have in store for us. We hope you'll participate in this week's challenge because one participant will win a gift certificate to the store. Just in time to shop for all their new Stamptember releases!!

I've listed all the products I've used below. Please note: the Anna Griffin Honeysuckle Vines embossing folder and the Eucalyptus Stickles are used are now discontinued. The foam tape, dark gray cardstock, and gold embossing powder I used are not available online. For all of these items, I've listed substitutes below. Affiliate links are used wherever possible. This means that when you purchase using one of my links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you).


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