Archive for February, 2018

It’s Tuesday and it’s time for SplitCoastStampers Color Challenge! This time, Mary chose the following colors, with the optional challenge (dessert!) of making the card masculine:

So…I’m looking at that Lemon Lime Twist, and it looks more lemony than lime-y, but I just found out (from the cards of other CC design team members) that it’s actually a bit more lime-y than lemony! Uh-oh! Sorry for the mistake!

Anyway, this card was made using the template that I shared here 3 years ago, and I thought that it was time to dust it off and give it another look. The “shorts” were done with watercolor: first, I pencil-marked a grid with quarter-inch squares. Then I went over the lines with watercolor: a mixture of 3 parts Cerulean blue with 2 parts Ultramarine blue – closest I can get to Dapper Denim!

The “bib” was printed with “Future Dreamboat”, then embossed with Swiss dots. I just kind of winged the boat – snipped pieces of card stock in the challenge colors until they looked like a boat and sails. I put a white cardstock stripe (about an eight of an inch wide) for the boat, then painted a blue line on it. For the sails, I painted 3 lines using the same blue watercolor paint. The tiny star sticker came from a Jillybean pad.

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Fluffy Floss Florals Card

Posted by: Gemin General in General


So it’s Tuesday and here’s my card for SplitcoastStamper’s Color Challenge using colors that Mary chose for this week:

These colors were unusual for me, meaning that they’re not the colors I am used to working with. After making this card, though, I realized that I should use these colors more often – I love how the white contrasts crisply with the dark colors (and that’s why I made another card here)! But that Lemon Lime Twist swatch had me though – I thought it was a more lemony yellow, but I saw from other cards at the gallery that the actual Lemon Lime Twist is more greenish! (I am red-faced over a yellow that should be more green…)

Anyway, this card is a remake of a card I did 3 years ago, and that blog post also included a guide/template for gluing those dots. The dots were made from an ordinary-standard-office 3-hole punch (yup!), then thin stripes of the challenge colors (measuring about an eight of an inch wide) were adhered at the bottom of the card front. Embroidery floss flowers using the challenge colors were made into a small floral spray with leaves made using Martha Stewart leaf punches.  A sheer bow was added to complete the card front, then matted onto a Fresh Fig cardstock (cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″ size).

How about the tutorial on making the flowers with the embroidery floss?  I finally uploaded all the pictures (dear hubby showed me how to upload a whole bunch of pics in one go), and am slowly making the photo tutorial – please check back this post again as I will post the link here.

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Stripey Floral Congrats Card

Posted by: Gemin General in General

Hello everyone! It’s Tuesday and time for SplitCoastStamper’s Color Challenge again! This week, Robin chose the colors we are going to work with:

I am shamelessly using these colors as flowers again – because they just scream of flowers (actually, they also remind me of macarons – mmm, yum!), and arranging flowers on cards is what I like doing the most!

This is a 5″ x 7″ card, the black mat measures 4 ½” x 6 ½”, and the black striped paper from Recollections was cut to 4 ¼” x 6 ¼”. The sentiment was first printed on a linen textured white cardstock (by Core-dinations) using AL Afternoon Delight font.  It was then die-cut and embossed on the cut edge with the second largest die of Spellbinders’ Labels 14. The black mat of the die-cut sentiment was done by tracing the outer edge of the die-cut itself and cut using a technologically advanced pair of scissors (LOL, my sense of humor gets the better of me at times).

Next comes the fun part which is adding the floral arrangement! The bright blue flower is, I believe, from Prima (it’s been in my stash for quite a while), and I added pearls for its center. The peachy flowers were made using DMC embroidery floss #741. I’ll update this post as soon as I’m done with the photo tutorial (I’ve been having trouble uploading pics from my phone) on how to make these. I thought that DMC #741 was already closest to Peekaboo Peach but now that I am comparing the pics, the floss is actually brighter – more daring than peekaboo! Oh well, next time I’ll use DMC #353, it’s a more subdued peach color.

I added buttons (again from my stash) which had the color of Berry Burst (lucky!), and embroidered french knots using  thread from Designs for the Needle (it didn’t have a number or a description of the color, but it looked a lot like Berry Burst). Some of the leaves were cut on the Silhouette and some were punched using Fiskars Border & Corner punch – Read Between the Vines (I’ve had this punch for a long time already, I use it a lot!).

Most of the elements were hot-glued, the leaves were adhered using Glossy Accents and the sentiment was popped-up with foam tape. After writing all that, it looks like making this card was a complicated process, but I assure you, it’s not! It went together pretty quickly as soon as I had a clear design in my mind (and that is the one that takes days! LOL!).

Thank you very much for coming to visit and reading my ramblings – it’s a pleasure sharing these with you!

According to Mr. Groundhog, there will be six more weeks of winter – but, of course, this won’t stop me from making a spring-y card! I’ve been asked to be a February guest designer for the Tuesday Color Challenges at SplitCoastStampers (doing the happy dance!), and this is my first card. The colors for the challenge are: 

I tried to be as close to the colors using DMC embroidery floss – for Wisteria Wonder, I couldn’t really decide if its DMC #340 or #341, so I used both (it made for a natural variegated look); for Wild Wasabi, I used DMC #703. The embroidery floss was used in making these Bachelor’s Buttons look-a-likes (don’t they kinda look like cornflowers aka Bachelor’s Buttons? Squint a little bit harder if you disagree! LOL!). Did I hear “tutorial on how to make floss flowers”? Sure – I’ll post them next week since I’m not ready with it yet.

For the rest of the other elements: slivers of Wild Wasabi cardstock (or something really close to it, since I grabbed it from my scraps) were cut and curled a bit to make the “leaves”; the sentiment was printed on white Georgia-Pacific cardstock using the fonts Albemarle Swash (Birthday) and BernhardFasD(Happy) then cut into an oval on the Silhouette; the tiny butterflies were punched from Soft Sky (again, or something close to it, since it came from my scraps) using Fiskars Seasonal punches; tiny pearls are from Recollections.

As for the paper-pierced background, I designed it myself and am sharing it! Just right-click on the image below and save it in your computer.  The print size is 4″ x 5.25″. If you’re new to paper-piercing (or new to digital paper-piercing designs), check out this video for a quick how-to (scroll down to find the videos). Thank you for coming by to visit!


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