Saturday, November 22, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Cards /Christmas 2014

I love cards with windows (on the inside or on the outside) because it is such fun to put up wall paper and the ever popular wainscoting.  My Two Paper Divas stamp embellishments are the Wreath from the "Happy Holidays" stamp and the Sentiment from the grouping of stamps on the "Holiday Sentiments".
I stamped and then colored the wreath with three different Copic markers and then the bow as well.  I then cut out the wreath.  To embellish it I used an assortment of small red, green and gold sequins.  I also added these sequins on the Greeting.  The ribbon under the greeting is a red satin ribbon from Stamping Up.  I love the look of the gold metallic thread in this area.  This is a look that Julie Ebersole loves to do on her cards.  I used the Small Madison Arched Window die from Poppystamps.  I placed a blue card stock behind this window to represent sky and next to the window on that side I have a piece of snowflake vellum which was embossed.  I purchased it this way.  Using another piece of the 6 x 6 pad of paper from Fancy Pants "Oh Deer" I made the wall paper.  In a recent previous posting, I said I would be back into this pad of paper.  They are all so cute.  The wainscoting is with glossy card stock and I also used it when I die cut the window. The final touch to this card is the glossy accents on the bow!!   The card base is card stock from Ellen Hutson in Easter Green. Nothing like mixing Holidays!!  HA!

This is a Gatefold card, hence the reason for my finger to hold it together.  I loved making Gatefold cards.  It always if nice when you have a good grouping of paper to highlight.  The small picture above shows the inside.  This card was designed with the Two Paper Divas stamp sets called "Holiday Greetings"  (Candle, Holly & Berries) and "Warm Winter Wishes" for the Sentiment.  I used the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen on the candle and for the candle flowing I used the white Enamel Accents by Ranger.  The coloring was with Copics and I used Mowed Lawn Distress Ink when I stamped the Holly Leaves.  Once again I used glossy accents on the Berries around the Candle and by the Holly Leaves.  The card base is from Ellen Hutson and it is called Galvanized (Silver) and the red is also from EH and it is called Peppermint.  Both of the diagonal.stripe papers are also from the Fancy Pants 6 x 6 pad "Oh Deer".  The ribbon is the red satin ribbon from Stampin' Up.  Enjoy the cards and happy Christmas Card making!!!  I still have many to make from Roger and I.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


I keep promising that I will post some more of the cards which I teach in my weekly card classes.  So I figured if I write this note to you.... my Blog readers,  that I have to work on publishing them for you.  So beware ...... they will be here soon!!

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Card - Harvest "Enjoy the Journey"

Fall is all about THE Pumpkins and here they are making their way to your home.  So, what came from TWO PAPER DIVAS this time:

Sentiment:   Enjoy the Journey
Wagon:    Little Red Wagon
Pumpkins:   Fall is in the Air

The acorns are a wonderful die that I am not sure where I got it but I do love it!!  HA!  All the paper came from a harvest grouping of 6 x 6 papers which I have had.  I used the glitter pen to highlight areas of the wagon to make it pop.

I will pick up on this and finish it up and add the picture tomorrow.  See ya then.......

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Card ... A Happy Red Bird!

Oh my...... how all of us love these Red Birds.  They bring such JOY to our hearts and it shows, I am sure, on our faces when we see them.  This special Bird Stamp, "Sing Like A Bird" & the Sentiment, "Happy Winter" ("From our House to Yours" stamp set) are from Two Paper Diva's website and both can be duplicated for so many different cards.  Check out my posting on June 1, 2014 on my Blog and you will see a Blue Bird on a different card.  But, now with the Holidays so close on our doorsteps,  I felt it was good time to feature this Christmas Bird.

To color the bird it was such a natural to use my Copics.  The colors ..... awwww gee they are already mixed up in my box of all I own!!  Melissa and Gayla of Two Paper Divas did lovely shading on this bird and the branch.  You just get color near and it is beautiful.  I first stamped the bird and then did an embossing with a small snowflake folder at the top.  I wanted a banding of more snow fall and felt I would get the affect with it and then using the Simon Says stencil, "Falling Snow" (one of my favorites), to create the touches of snow with the Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and a popsicle stick.  I use the stick instead of one of my palette knives because when I teach my students,  they each can have a stick.  I love how the snow fall happens all over the bird so you need to position the stencil so this will happen that way.  He won't get cold....I promise .....HA!

Like I said above, I used the sentiment from Two Paper Divas.  It is my favorite and I use it on many of my cards through the winter months when I am teaching the weekly classes.  Our winter is long here in
Colorado and it is perfect...... it totally is not just a Christmas sentiment.

The base card is the wood grain card stock that I love from Ellen Hutson, misc. papers and the tiny red and white stripe twine finish out my card.  Very simple and sweet and I hope that you enjoyed it.  Those of you who visit my Blog, I also hope that you will spend time with the Two Paper Divas website and enjoy what a beautiful array of cards are being created by all the Diva Design Team.  BUT, also take a peak at the different wonderful stamps the design creators of TP Divas have for sale.  Thanks to Melissa and Gayla the creators of this fine product.  No, I am not buttering them up....I really care about these two ladies.  This collection is growing rapidly and you need to subscribe if you are not already so you can be on top of the new releases when they happen.  I am so happy to be a part of such creative friends!!  Happy Holidays to ALL!

P. S.  Forgot to say that I added a final touch to the Red Bird card and that was the all important glitter mist!!  It does make the card "in person" really pretty special!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVA DESIGN TEAM RECENT CARDS - Penguin and Birdie friend Merry Christmas

I have a great deal of CATCHING UP to do with my Blog here I go and just bear with me.  There has been a lot of time since my last posting.  I will report on that later but first things first .......this card!!

First I decided to pick a paper with trees.  This paper set my color palette and the base card stock was pulled from Gina K Designs "turquoise sea".  The trees and the stripe companion paper came from a 6 x 6 paper pad from Fancy Pants called "Oh Deer".  Really fun pad.  This grouping will make another appearance this season.  So then what from my grouping of  Two Paper Diva stamps will bring life to this card ........?  TPD has an adorable set of stamps from the "Brrrr! Friends" grouping.  The Polar Bear was not a fit with this card, so I got out my scissors and surgery once again was performed.  The Penguin and his little friend, the Bird, were to be used.  Love them!!  I colored the Penguin and used  Clear Wink of Stella for all the white parts of him (or Her?) and colored the rest in Copics.  The little bird has some of these colors on it's (him or her?) hat.  I applied glue/teal colored glitter around the edge of the bird circle.  The Sentiment is of course from Two Paper Divas and I embossed it in white embossing powder.  The Bling is a Jolees embellishment and they have a real iridescence to them.....hard to show that in the picture.  Finally a very favorite embossing folder was used ....... the swiss dot.

I will be back with previous TPDiva card postings and also the promised cards from my weekly card classes.  There are some cuties.  Happy Holidays to each of you.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Card - Fall is in the Air

Isn't it getting exciting - Fall is coming and the colors are beginning to change just ever so slightly here in Colorado.  This is such a favorite time of the year when you live where the colors are so vibrant when it is time.  This week for my classes, I had to do these adorable Pumpkins from TWO PAPER DIVAS from the set "The Fall is in the Air".

First, I started with a heavy weight (120 lb) Gina K Designs card stock for my base card and the piece I layered with.  It was important to use this heavier weight because of the background design which I stenciled a thin layer of the embossing paste.  I used only a portion of the stencil to get this result that you see.  AND by the way, even though I do have a number of palette knives to layer this paste through the stencil, I used a Popsicle Stick. It works very well for this purpose.  Because of the wetness of the paste, it would have the tendency to warp a much lighter piece of card stock.  Love this technique and so do my students but the drying time is important.  It does take a good hour before continuing with the other features of the card.  I also like it to dry naturally instead of using the heat gun.  It can change the appearance of the embossing paste.  But, while it is drying, it is time to take care of the pumpkins.

I used the Tim Holtz Watercolor paper for these pumpkins because after I stamped the TWO PAPER DIVAS pumpkins using Stazon Black Ink (one of the best inks when watercoloring) I then had fun using my Gelatos to color these cuties.  On my Craft Sheet, I laid down small areas with each of these Gelatos (2 shades of orange; 2 shades of yellow and 2 shades of green-for the stems) and then using a water brush I began to lay on the lightest colors and then followed up with blending the oranges.  Oh, I forgot to say that I used the textured side of the Tim Holtz paper.  I wanted my pumpkins to have a dimpled affect.  

While the pumpkins were drying and before I cut them out,  I next spritzed some gold Shimmer Mist on the card letting some areas get a little more spray than others.  I then stamped my greeting and put the first piece of ribbon down but not all the way around the piece of card stock.  I saved ribbon by just putting the ribbon around to the backside of the two edges of the paper and taping it in place.  Next I took two short strips of the two different sizes and tied them (together) around the first piece of ribbon on the card.  Love this ribbon from Gina K Designs.

Like everyone else these days, I love to add sequins to my cards on occasion for some interest after I popped up the two pumpkins.

So there you have it ...... lots of texture and a cutie for our Harvest time which is approaching.  Be sure to check out the stamp selections on TWO PAPER DIVAS website.  Their website has developed into a wonderful site and I think that you might get inspired by all of us Divas.   Thanks for joining me.  I loved sharing this card with you.

Friday, August 29, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team card - Fall is in the Air - Week of August 25, 2014

Is it really almost Pumpkin Time .........we have had such a beautiful Summer here in Pagosa Springs!!!  I kept looking at my Pumpkin Cookbook sitting on our Baker's Rack in the solarium in the Kitchen.  So that was all it took when I was chasing down the idea for this week's card.  I love doing "masking" and decided that I needed two pumpkins on this card.  So after that with the "glitter pen" in hand,  I began to glitter a few things on the card.  Then I pulled out a piece of glossy paper and used some of my Alcohol Inks to bring in some color BUT instead of using the glossy side, guess what .......I liked the back side and stamped (using my Peeled Paint Distress Ink) one of the leave's (twice) from TWO PAPER DIVAS "Fall is in the Air" set.  Oh Dear....I just looked and that set is SOLD OUT.  I sure hope you have this darling set!!!!  I cut the two leaves out and used Crackle Accents on the face of the leaves.  A different look than Glossy Accents.  I also used another leaf from the set as doilies under the pumpkins.  The orange pumpkin was pieced over the stamped one on the yellow card stock.  Love this darling birdie and he had to have a spot as well.  DONE!!

Tootles to all of you and enjoy your card making for Fall.  I am sure that I will be back with more before we get to the rest of the Holidays!!!