Friday, 3 February 2023

SHC - Love Lines Options

.... Hello! I'm here with my Seven Hills Craft blog. Grab a coffee (or tea if you prefer) and join me. I've got six cards to share with you today. The main image on them all is a new Turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th - Love Lines - it's part of the Valentine release, but it's so much more versatile. The stamp consists of an double turnabout - so you can make a complete background, an outer frame, and an inner pattern. Here's my first card:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Love Lines Turnabout; The Greetery - Sentiment Suite - Thinking of You
Inks: Gina K - Soft Stone, Stormy Sky, Slate, Black Onyx; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: C&9 - Just Saying
Accessories: White & Black Card; Vellum; C&9 - All-in-One Turnabout Jig

I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#72 where it's always 'anything goes'.


If you've not used a Turnabout stamp, Concord & 9th have a super video on their blog to show you how. I used both parts of the turnabout image to create a complete background in greys and black. I layered the piece onto a black mat and added it to a 5¾" white square note card. I finished the front by adding a die cut greeting. The die cuts both shadow and words, I did the shadow in vellum and the words in black card. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel I stamped a sympathy greeting along with a simple grey flower.


Next is a card I've made for my son, Ben:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Love Lines Turnabout, Friendship Garden
Inks: Gina K - Wild Dandelion, Key Lime, Turquoise Sea, Blue Denim; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: C&9 - Just Saying, Double Stripe Card Front
Accessories: White & Black Card; SU Card - Granny Apple Green; C&9 - All-in-One Turnabout Jig

I'm submitting this to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#47 - Love Lines is brand new, and this is the first time I've used the Just Saying dies.


I made this a bright card using blue, teal, green, and yellow. I added extra interest to the background using the double stripe die which cuts stiched lines into the background. I adhered the panel to the front of an A2 (US size) green card. I added a die cut greeting - the shadow cut from black card and the words in green to match the note card. I cut a piece of white card for the inside and simply stamped a greeting and branch image in the bottom corner. I edged the panel with a blue marker and adhered the panel to the note card.



Next is a Valentine's card - but not in pinks/red - this is more masculine:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Love Lines Turnabout, Just the Ticket, Perfect Match
Inks: Gina K - Ocean Mist, Blue Lagoon, Blue Denim, Stormy Sky; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Gina K - Master Layouts 2
Accessories: White & Black Card; SU Card - Basic Grey; C&9 - All-in-One Turnabout Jig

I'm submitting this card to Global Design Project - GDP#379 where the theme is 'love'.


I used a stitch-edged die to cut out the white panel, added a greeting in dark blue at the bottom and then layered it onto a black mat. I adhered the whole piece to the front of an A2 grey note card. Inside, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped a dotty heart and added some fun sentiments.


Next, is a more feminine version of the central pattern and I've made this for my mum:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Love Lines Turnabout, Hello Wishes
Inks: Gina K - Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, Lovely Lavender, Medium Lilac; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: C&9 - Simply You
Accessories: White & Black Card; SU Card - Highland Heather; C&9 - All-in-One Turnabout Jig

I'm submitting this card to Inkspirational - INK#282 where they have a moodboard where the theme is 'love/Valentine, but with other options too'. I've focused on the love theme.


I used a wide scallop stitched-edge die to cut out this panel - it's so pretty. I adhered the panel to the front of a lilac A2 (US size) note card. I finished the front by adding a die cut greeting. On the white panel inside the card, I stamped a simple greeting and flowers.


I decided to make a card for my daughter, Kat, too - this time I used the outer frame of the Turnabout stamp:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Love Lines Turnabout, Hello Wishes, Friendship Garden
Inks: Gina K - Wild Dandelion, Sweet Mango, Passionate Pink, Coral Reef; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Gina K - Master Layouts 1
Accessories: White & Black Card; SU Card - Melon Mambo; C&9 - All-in-One Turnabout Jig

Using the outer part of the Turnabout stamp give a central open space, perfect for a large greeting. I stamped this lovely message in bright pink ink. I cut the panel with a die and layered it onto a black mat. I added the whole piece to the front of a bright pink A2 note card. On the white panel inside, I stamped a sentiment and flower - I left a big space for my own message.


My final card is a Christmas card:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Love Lines Turnabout, Festive Phrases, Fa La La Fringe Tree
Inks: Gina K - Lipstick, Jelly Bean Green, Lucky Clover, Key Lime; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Poppy Parade; C&9 - All-in-One Turnabout Jig

I'm submitting this one to The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#132 where the theme is always 'anything Christmas goes'. So happy to join in with this challenge again.


I stamped a bold black Christmas greeting in the opening, layered the panel onto bright red card and added it to the front of a 5¾ white square note card. Inside, I cut a mat layer of red card and on the white panel stamped a simple bold greeting and red stars.


I had such fun making all these card. They show just how versatile Turnabout stamps are - and they come together so quickly. Once set up in my MISTI, I like to stamp multiple backgrounds and keep them in my stash for future use.

That's all from me today. Thanks for sticking with me. See you again soon.

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Friday, 20 January 2023

SHC - One Background - Four Ways

... Hello again! I'm beginning to get back into card making - so many birthday cards needed this month. I'm here with my Seven Hills Craft blog post. I've used one background stamp - four different ways. Here's the first card:


Stamps: Altenew - Woven Stripes, Just a Number, Birthday Builder; Colorado Craft Company - Big & Bold Majestic Moth
Inks: Gina K - Soft Stone, Keylime, Blue Raspberry, Sea Glass; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: C&9 - Confetti Card Die
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Pear Pizzazz; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Clear Aquashimmer Brush

I'm submitting this card to Seize the Birthday - STB#253 - I'm using the toppings option - 'winged things'.


I made an A2 note card using green card from my stash. I put the Woven Stripes stamp into my MISTI and masked off sections, I stamped the panel in four colours. I used a scallop edge die to cut out a piece of the panel and glued it to the note card. I stamped a simple birthday greeting in the bottom corner of the panel, along with a dragonfly above. I stamped the dragonfly again on white card, coloured it with Copic markers, restamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I then carefully cut out the dragonfly, edged it with a black marker and glued it to the note card. I finished the front by adding some shimmer to the dragonfly with a clear aquashimmer brush. I cut a piece of white card for the inside, I stamped a fun sentiment and another dragonfly.


Next is a card for Ben's grandmother:


Stamps: Altenew - Woven Stripes, Just a Number, Enchanting Beauty, Sentiment Strips 3
Inks: Gina K - Powder Blue; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Versamark; Memento - Angel Pink
Dies: Altenew - Just a Number, Enchanting Beauty
Accessories: White & Black Card; Watercolour Card; Brusho - Cobalt Blue, Violet, Rose Red; Silver Mirri Card; Silver & White Embossing Powders; Vellum

I'm submitting this card to a new challenge - Birthstone Challenges - BSC#01 - January (Garnet) and February (Amethyst).


This time I stamped the Woven Stripes image in Versamark on watercolour card and heat embossed with white powder. I sprinkled Brusho crystals onto the panel, spritzed with water and allowed the colours to flow and blend. Once dry, I trimmed the panel and layered it onto a black mat layer. I glued the whole piece to the front of a note card measuring 6¼" x 4½". I stamped the leaf image in Versamark onto vellum and heat embossed with silver powder. I used the matching die to cut out the leaf and adhered it to the panel. I finished the front with a die cut birthday greeting. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel I stamped the leaf image in pink and added a birthday greeting.


Next up is a clean, simple card:


Stamps: Altenew - Woven Stripes, Just a Number, Sentiment Strips 3, Half-tone Stars;
Inks: Gina K - Wild Dandelion, Red Hot, Lucky Clover, Blue Raspberry, Medium Lilac; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White & Black Card

I'm submitting this one to The Male Room - TMR#170 where the theme is 'galaxy and/or stars'. I've not played along with this challenge for a long while, so it's good to play along.


I stamped this background in several colours - using my MISTI and masking off areas. Once stamped, I cut the card in half along the long line of the biggest set of stripes. I turned one section and glued it to the bottom of an A2 white note card and trimmed off the excess. I then added a thin strip of black card above. I finished the front by stamping a simple birthday greeting and adding several stars stamped to match the colour of the stripes. For the inside, I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the note card. I added two more portions of the Woven Stamp panel at the corners and edged them with a black marker. I finished by adding a fun sentiment and a few more stars.


For my last card, I simply stamped the Woven Stripes background directly on the card:


Stamps: Altenew - Woven Stripes, Just a Number, Sentiment Strips 3; C&9 - Triple-Step Hooray
Inks: Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze; Gina K - Powder Blue, Ocean Mist, Blue Raspberry; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White & Black Card

I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#72 where it's always 'anything goes'.


I used my Kaleidacolor ink pad to stamp this background - I love the ombre effect you get with these ink pads. I stamped the three-step word 'hooray' on white card - it's very easy to line up these stamps. I then cut out the word and layered it onto a black mat and adhered it to the front of the card. I finished the front by stamping one of the smaller sentiments from Triple-Step Hooray in bold black ink, trimmed it to size and used dimensional pads to adhere it to the card. On the white panel inside, I stamped a birthday greeting and some stars.


That's all my cards for today. I'm so pleased to be making cards again. I need to replenish my own card stash. See you soon. Take care.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Playful Penguins

.... Hello! It's been a busy day, but I managed to get a couple of hours to play this afternoon and I made a start on my Christmas card stash for this year.


Stamps: Gina K - Playful Penguins, Peace Love & Joy
Inks: Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Versamark
Dies: Gina K - Playful Penguins
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Smokey Slate, Night of Navy; Pinkfresh DP - December Days; Copic Markers; White Embossing Powder; Pinkfresh - Enamel Dots

I'm playing along with three challenges - Color Throwdown - CTD#726 - navy, grey & white, Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#569, and Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - CIC#560 where the theme is 'winter fun'.




I used grey card from my stash to make an A2 landscape top-folding card. I found the text design paper in my stash, trimmed it to size and adhered it to the card. I used my MISTI to stamp the two cute penguins on white card. I took them out, coloured them with Copic markers, returned the image to the MISTI and restamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink - it gives such a clean, crisp line. I used the matching die to cut out the penguins. I found a strip of navy card onto which I stamped a greeting in Versamark and heat embossed with white powder. I added the strip to the card, put the penguins on top and finished by adding three blue enamel dots. For the inside, I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the note card. I stamped a greeting and verse and added another penguin. I coloured it with Copic markers and restamped - slightly out of register, so the penguin looks very 'happy'!! I edged the card with a blue marker and adhered it to the note card.


I'm so pleased to have finally made a start on this year's Christmas cards. I need about 100 to send out, so a few more to go. That's all for now. See you soon.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Chocolate Birthday Cake

.... Hello again! I'm here to share another birthday card that I've made:


Stamps: Gina K - Birthday Bash, Big Birthday
Inks: Gina K - Sandy Beach, Dark Chocolate, Sea Glass, Applemint, Blue Denim, Wild Dandelion, Red Hot
Dies: Gina K - Birthday Bash
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Early Espresso; Gina K Stencil - Fizzy; Copic Markers

I'm submitting this card to AAA Birthday - AAAB#45 where it's 'anything birthday goes', and to Inkspirational - INK#281 where the word prompt is 'new'. I've had these Gina K stamps and dies for a while, but this is the first time I've used them on a card!! I plan on shopping my stash this year, rather than buying new stuff. We'll see how that goes 😉


I used brown card from my stash to make an A2 note card. I placed the stencil on white card and used my blue, green and teal blending brushes to add colour - I didn't add any ink to the brushes, just used what was left!! A lot it seems. I trimmed the stencilled card to 4⅛" x 5⅜" and adhered it to the note card. The birthday cake is made from a solid stamp in the lighter colour, with the layers in darker ink. My cake is chocolate with coffee frosting!! I stamped a candle and flame, and used the co-ordinating dies to cut them all out. I adhered all the pieces flat to the card. I finished the front with a bold birthday greeting in dark blue ink. On the white panel inside the card, I stamped a large greeting and coloured the letters with Copic markers.


We woke up to a blanket of snow this morning - about 3" deep! That's a lot for around here. I've been out this morning and shovelled the snow off our drive - reminds me of being in Michigan. The sun is shining and should melt any snow off the cars and the last bits off the drive. Here are some photos of the snow - it always looks so pretty!!


This was our garden last night - I only realised that it had snowed when I went to bed. My neighbour had his garden lights on - so I got a good photo!



The photos above are two views of the garden just as the sun was rising. The sky was so pretty and the garden looks just lovely. It's a perfect day to stay in the house, keep warm and play in my craft room. That's it for today. See you soon.

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