Friday, September 29, 2017

Harvesting Gratitude

Hello everyone,

The current Mood Board/Challenge over at Victorine Originals is "Harvest" and I absolutely love the options for this one.  For me fall is one of my favorite times of year and I wish we actually had more of one here in Southern California.  I love cooler weather, wearing sweatshirts, having a fire outside, tree leaves changing colors and the feeling of family preparing for upcoming Holidays and spending more time together.  
I decided that I wanted something I could hang in my house that conveyed the fall theme, so I made a wall hanging and found a perfect frame in my craft stash to set my project off in. So let's go check it out......
 I used the gorgeous Victorine Originals Pumpkin on a Vine and stamped it all over randomly on a piece of Canson XL water color paper with Versamark ink, I then used Nuvo Embossing Powder in Classic Gold and heat set them, they are so elegant and pretty and I think I may do this again and use as a background paper for some fall cards.  I then used my Zig Real Brush markers in orange and a drop of brown to color the smaller pumpkins and two shades of green for the leaves.  I waited for that to dry completely and then I water colored the larger pumpkins with Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey.  I then waited again for the panel to dry completely and used my Zigs again in Green Grey to watercolor the in between spaces.  I cut a larger panel of white paper and inked it up in Fossilized Amber and then cut a third panel even larger in Kraft card stock.  

On all three panels I sponged Walnut Distress Oxide Ink on the edges and popped up each layer in between with fun foam for dimension.  I have a die for the word Gratitude and cut that out of three sheets of Kraft card stock and layered them together and the top layer I sponged on Walnut Distress Oxide to darken it just a tad.  After adhering the word down I coated it in glossy accents for shine and dimension. I wanted to convey to guests in our home during this time they are important to us, so I cut a small piece of white card stock and again inked it with Fossilized Amber and stamped "to have you in my life" with black versafine ink and heat set with clear embossing powder.  I then added it to the top panel  and all this was then added to a beautiful frame I had in my craft room but I felt was perfect with the burlap background and distressed look.

Thank you for stopping by, please go over to the Victorine Mood Board and play along in the challenge and also stop by and see what is new over on social media.

 Pumpkins on a Vine (2587)
Pumpkins on a Vine (2587)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Love of Family

Hello everyone,
I got some new stamps in and wanted to stretch myself to use them and try something new, so here is what I came up with.  I used the Raisin Boat Stamp Set Family Circle (9014-Z) and stamped on Neenah Solar White card stock using Onyx Black Versafine Ink and then cut them out with a circle stitched die set from my crafty stash. I took the next size circle up and cut out black card stock and layered the stamped image on top of the black card stock. My card base is a white A2 side folding card and I layered a piece of black card stock on top then another piece of white card stock that I had used the "memories" stamp on randomly in Wet Cement Ink. I then took the circles and laid them out on top and finished off with a few black enamel dots from my craft room. I think this design could also be good for a scrap layout.... but I don't have that vice yet.  I hope you enjoy and I will see you all again soon!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Flying Bats, It's Almost Halloween!

Hello everyone, Heather here.  Since it is almost fall  I felt it was time to go all out for Halloween, and since there are so many awesome stamps to choose from at Victorine Originals, I went with the Flying Bats and made them the center piece of my card.  

I started by stamping the Flying Bats (3047-F) in the top center area with black versafine ink and then heat embossing them with black embossing powder, which gives it an almost velvety look in person.  I then took Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade and using a piece of masking paper I cut a circle out and inked the center, my circle die had a stitched edging and I was not sure if I would like it, but when done I found that I liked that added detail of color and feel it gives it an original look.  I removed the mask and spritzed with water, which gave it a little texture and made some of the water fade a bit.  I also used my Spectrum Noir Glitter pen and covered the moon area because everything is better with some sparkle.  I cut my panel out with a stitched rectangle die and added the panel onto an A2 sized black card base.  For the final touch I added some Nuvo Glow In The Dark drops in Banana Split.  I think I succeeded in having the bats stay the center of attention and made a rather clean and simple card overall.  
Thanks for joining me on the blog today, see you all again soon!

Supplies Used:
Flying Bats (3047-F)
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Pearls and Lace

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Pearls and Lace

Hello everyone,
Here is my card for the Design Team showcasing a card for the current challenge at Victorine Originals.  
And here is the MOOD (inspiration) board for the challenge

 Pearls and Lace Victorine Originals Challenge

There are multiple ways to play along, so make sure you go to the blog and read the directions and join us.

Here is how the card came together:
I found this beautiful pearl patterned paper in my crafty stash and used a scalloped and stitched rectangle die from my stash to start.  I then stamped the Woman in Dress in black versafine ink on the paper and I used the sentiment, You are invited, from the Floral and Sayings stamp set in black versafine ink.  I wanted something elegant and simple and this came together perfectly.  I then added some fun foam to the back of the die cut panel. I found a glimmer card stock in my stash that I felt went nicely with the pearl colors and added some black glittery trim from my stash at an angle on my card stock.  I then glued down the top panel to finish the card off.  

Links to the products I used are listed below and please go check out the Victorine Originals social media sites, shop and blog
See you all soon!

 Floral and Sayings (10549-X)
     Woman in Dress (74835-F)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wedding Congratulations

 Hello everyone,
So it has been a whirlwind of activity around my house lately as my eldest son got married Saturday, September 2nd.  My husband also decided three weeks prior to the wedding to do a massive interior renovation to our house. I am happy to say that the renovation is done and my eldest has married the prettiest and sweetest girl and I now have a daughter in the family.  I of course needed a card to reflect the happy couple so I reached for the prettiest stamp I have ever seen from Victorine Originals and made what I consider an elegant and yet simple card design.  I used the Wedding Couple Silhouette (74825-M) that I stamped on the first layer with black onyx versafine ink, I then sprinkled Nuvo Glitter Embossing Powder in Glitter Noir over the stamped image and heat set.  

My card base is in a medium grey card stock cut to A2 size with a top fold.  My next layer up is a dark grey card stock in the largest scalloped and stitched rectangle die from Kat Scrappiness. I then cut the next size layer in vellum and the top layer is the medium grey card stock to match the card base.  I added silver metallic effect thread between the vellum and top layer for extra effect.  Each layer is also mounted with fun foam for added dimension.  I then stamped the "Congratulations" from the Elegant Sayings (10517-X) stamp set, also from Victorine Originals, in black onyx versafine ink and heat set with clear embossing powder on vellum to match the second layer of the card.  I love the font used for this sentiment set and felt it would be perfect layered over the stamped couple silhouette. I then ran the vellum through my Xyron sticker maker and layered it over the couple.  I like how it is still see through yet completely stuck down and there is no visible glue to see through the vellum.  I then added some Studio Katia Clear Crystals to the wedding bouquet and sealed with some glossy accents for added dimension and sparkle.
This card came together beautifully and I am sure the happy newlyweds will love it, I am pretty sure they did not have a chance to enjoy it prior to leaving for the honeymoon...... 
Hope you all enjoyed this newest card and I will see you all again soon.

Please go over to the Victorine Originals blog and check out the ongoing challenge and join in on the fun.  I have also added the links to the products used below.

Elegant Sayings (10517-X)

Wedding Couple Silhouette (74825-M)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Time for Baseball

Hello everyone,
It is that time again...... fall sports and (hopefully) cooler weather.  That is what I miss most being in Southern California, Seasons! I love the crisp fall air, leaves changing colors, comfort food that warms you from the inside, fresh apple picking, and so much more.  So for this challenge I went with the adorably fun Baseball stamp from Victorine Originals (2558-A) and thought what better way to showcase this stamp then with red, white and blue.  I found the perfectly fitting "Yay!" stamp in my crafty stash and thought why not make a fun fall birthday card.
I I started with a white A2 card base and then layered a piece of red card stock cut to 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 on top, then I took a piece of blue card stock and die cut it with a stitched rectangle die from Kat Scrappiness and layered that a bit skewed on top.  I then took the next size down in the cut rectangle stitched die and stamped all over it with my Baseball Stamp.  I took out my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and used the Carmine Red to go over the stitching on the baseballs, then I used Light Grey and dotted the edges of all the balls to give them texture and dimension and not leave them so "flat" and white as to blend in with the card base.
I used a red heart for the sentiment, thinking what things in Fall go together in my head, baseball, apple pie, red, white & blue, America's pastime, the love of baseball.... I think you get the hint. I stamped the Yay! with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with clear powder to get the shininess and I took a white gel pen and made little dashes around the heart to help tie it in. I used a small piece of the blue card stock used in layer 2 and found a birthday stamp in  my craft room, made little white dotted lines on the scrap to tie it in, popped up the heart with fun foam for dimension and then layered the sentiment with more foam on top.
I hope you enjoyed my card, please check out the challenge at Victorine Originals and play along and I will see you soon.

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