Classes, Donation and Challenged

Hey friends!  Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and will be enjoying the first ‘official’ day of Autumn tomorrow!🍂 Yay!  I know that this is my most favorite time of the year and today it seems like it has finally cooled off a bit which is very welcoming to give the air condition a break!  Decorating for Fall/Halloween is also a favorite thing I like to do along with being outside…so I’ll be doing that this week and weekend for sure!

Today I have some creations that I’ve been working on.  The first one comes from a challenge that I wanted to enter along with breaking out a new stamp set, but excited about using an older embossing folder and some paper that has been in my stash for far too long:

He even looks like a wise old owl…and I thought he would be cute with a little bow around his neck too!  This is not a ‘new’ stamp set from Inky Stamper, but it’s the first time I’ve broken out to use this Owl stamp set!  Their challenge issued this month was “embossing” and so I pulled out a VERY old embossing folder (remember the Cuttlebug days?! LOL)  I think it was one of my very first ones!  Plus, I pulled out some Coordinations Sandable textured and colored cardstock.  It is weathered looking, but when you sand over it, the color comes out underneath…really cool stuff that I haven’t used very much!  You can get the coordinating dies for this ‘Owl’ set which also cuts out the owl and the leaf in the set.  I’ve colored them up with Copic markers and used the die to cut them out with.

For the embossing folder card front, I took a piece of the Coordinations paper, die cut it out and then ran that piece through the selected embossing folder and then sanded over it with a sanding block.  I also die cut a frame the same color as the card base and took a separate embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! to go over that with and sanded it a bit as well before popping it up on the card front.

Before placing all of the elements on the card front, I decided to add some white and black paint splatters over the background.  I also copper heat embossed the sentiment underneath the owl, die cut the strip and popped it up with one of the leaves over top. (You can also see along the edges that I’ve heat embossed too!)  I popped up the owl, but left him grounded to the frame and then finished it with copper sequins filled with glitter drops.  The copper twine bow was a last element decision.  LOL🦉    

Speaking of sanding, it reminded me of this class I took with Inky Stamper making these cards. (couple weeks ago)  I believe there are still a few kits available in the store if interested.  The directions are recorded and saved on their You Tube channel.

Anyway, the sanding reminded me of this class because at the bottom of the card, the kit included sandpaper for the beach.  Really love the look it gave to the design with the texture and tiny bit of sparkle in it!


And the same day I had the class above, I had this class from Craft Fancy during their OOAK event.  These were made from their “Alcohol Pearls Butterfly card kit” (I think they have some left in store if interested).  The kit came with one alcohol ink color in Celestial Pearls, which is beautiful, but I decided to also add some copper metallic from my stash for another bit of color.  I also went on my own a bit with the white heat embossed sentiments at the bottom.  I really had fun playing with the alcohol backgrounds and being able to cut them out in one pass for different looks.

I thought this set of four cards would be perfect to add to my donation box to The Butterfly Project in support of domestic violence.  So I was able to send off a batch of cards for that this past week too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my mixed collection of projects here and I’m sure I’ll have more fun things coming soon!  Thank you for stopping in!

Challenges I’d like to enter for OWL CARD only:

  1. Inky Stamper Inkspirations FB Sept Challenge – Embossing (heat or dry)
  2. Let’s Squash It! – embossing folder (Cuttlebug & SU! used on mine) with letters or #s and sand it
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes
  4. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  5. Allsorts – ‘real’ animal/creature
  6. My Time to Craft – embossing (heat/dry)
  7. Splitcoaststampers – SC871 Wednesday SketchSC871 Color

26 thoughts on “Classes, Donation and Challenged

  1. Love them all, Vicki! The butterflies are so sparkly and pretty, the first card is OWLsome, the ‘Inky” cards are absolutely adorable! Great job on each and every one! Thinking of doing what you’ve done, so I can create anything I want, anytime I want, with no deadlines….!!!! Hugs!


  2. Love them all,you never fail to create inspirational cards .Owls are one of my favourite birds,this little guy is adorable,brilliant layout and sentiment.


  3. Beautiful cards Vicki, I love your Owl with his dreamy eyes, great frame and textured background and yummy splatters, I do love splatters..your Flamingo is looking rather pleased with himself and love the card design and the drink looks very refreshing, and then we have butterflies, what is not to love about butterflies, gorgeous colour and shimmer all are gorgeous cards..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  4. Everything here is just the cutest of them all, but I love that little owl with the tiny twine bow! Great color combo and such fun embossing everywhere makes it simply delightful! Looks like you’ve learned some new tricks with those classes and instructions because everything is fun and inspirational at the same time! Nice work on everything!


  5. Oh wow Vicki you have been busy and what fantastic creations you have completed, I love them all but that Owl one stands out for me I love the texture of the base card and the distressed look of the colour all beautifully showcased superb work.
    lorraine x


  6. What a great owl card – he is cute and the bow is a great idea. All the cool vintage embossing is cool too. All your cards are great and what a lovely thing that you sent them off to be loved. Hugz


  7. You have been a busy crafter – love the sanded embossing designs – I forget some of the simple techniques that we learned a long long time ago. The ink stampers stamps are so cute and love how you create with them. Great job on all of the cards you showcased.


  8. Such a fabulous collection of cards, the owl is adorable, like the embossing and how your framed him, your easel card with Chelsea’s stamps is so cute, and the glittery butterflies-wow!


  9. All of your creations are gorgeous Vicki!! I Absolutely love that owl and it’s colored beautifully, great textures! Cute beach card and I love the shimmer on your butterfly cards, the recipients will love them!
    Take care my friend!
    Hugs, Tammy


  10. Adorable owl in his cute little bow, great texture from the embossing and love the design layout x. What a fun flamingo card, great image and the actual sandpaper is fabulous x. The butterfly cards are so pretty and shimmery and love the celestial pearls and copper alcohol inks. Fabulous post, tons of inspiration and the most fabulous cards Vicki x.


  11. Hi Vicki, a fabulous owl card, love the distressed embossing behind the image and the frame is wonderful, thank you for sharing with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, good luck in the prize draw… Megan DT LPoCF


  12. What a bevy of awesome cards, my fellow autumn adoring friend. The trees are starting to turn here this week. It’s hard to say how much of an impact a summer filled with drought and severe wildfires will have on their ability to do so to the same degree as usual, but thus far, some are giving things the ol’ collage try and looking ever more breathtaking by the day (to my unending delight).

    Tons of pumpkin spice hugs & the very happiest of wishes for this enchanting chapter of the year coming your way.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life


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