Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PTI November 2014 Blog Hop

This month's blog hop is all about snow.  Living in San Diego, stamped snow is about all I can get.  I had some crazy idea about pulling all my PTI holiday and snow related stamps and dies and trying to use all of them for this blog hop.  I didn't quite make it through even half, but I did have a good time trying.

I think my favorite of the bunch is this little Whoville-like village I created with Wonderfully Whimsical--one of my favorite stamp sets that doesn't get nearly enough love.  I drew the snow with a paint pen onto my Distress Inked sky 

City Scene, another favorite stamp set that I haven't used in a long time.  I used the sketch at Wanna Sketch #22 for this card,

I used the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #101 for my next 3 cards.

My next card uses the sketch at Clean & Simple Stamping #313.

I pulled out Holiday Home and some embossing past for my next card.

This card uses a birch tree stencil and some stamps and dies from In the Meadow.

And, finally--a sweater to warm you on a snowy day...

That's it for me.  I think next year, I will try to make something with all of my Christmas and holiday stamps, but I will need to give myself more time.

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CASology Week 123: Eat

It is 2 days before Thanksgiving, here in the US, and what a fitting cue word we have this week--EAT.  Who besides me will probably spend the entire day eating?

I pulled out Foodie Fun and decided to make some colorful gelatos tumbling across the page.  Something to look forward to after the turkey.  This sentiment is one of my favorites.  I only wish it were true.

So, what about you?  What are you planning to eat this week?  How does the word EAT inspire you?  Check out the beautiful designs from the CASology Design Team members and see how they were inspired by FLAG.  Don't forget to keep your card Clean and Simple. 


Joyce Mehrberg (that's me)
Guest Designer: Coni

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Friday, November 21, 2014

In Bloom Thank You

I made a card today using the technique taught at Make it Monday #189:  Impression Line Water Coloring.  I am also linking up to Simon Says Wednesday Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge. 

I used the In Bloom Impression Plate and my Inktense Pencils for the water coloring.  I drew over all the impression lines with the pencil, then went over them with a water brush.  Then, I went back and added more color inside the lines using more water to get a paler version of the same color.  I started with the leaves and then moved on to the smaller flowers.  By the time I got to the biggest flower, I had the technique down better, and I am most happy with how that flower came out.

I was not sure where to put a sentiment, because I did not want to cover up my biggest flower, so I cut the panel to a narrower width and had the sentiment go up the side of the card base.  If my paper was not so warped, I would have popped this panel up, but I had to use lots of score tape to get it to lay flat.  I think I will use water color paper next time.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Four Cards for Thursday

Today I have a card that uses the colors from this week's ColourQ #268 and the sketch from RetroSketches #141.    When I first saw the colors and some of the samples, I was thinking feminine, but after I put my card together, I realized that my design worked better as a masculine card--so I picked a different sentiment that wasn't so ornate.  I'm also entering at Seize the Birthday, without toppings.

After cutting my 3 different colors of card stock with the SSS Diamond Parade die, I stamped them all with the background texture stamp from the same set as my sentiment--PTI's 1960's Stamp A Faire set.

Happy 2nd birthday to Addicted to CAS.  I made a card with my newest owl stamp, this little cutie from Unity called Woo Hoo Owl.  He is perfect for my owl-loving daughter because he has long skinny legs and wears glasses, just like her.  Can you see the Glossy Accents I used to make lenses on the glasses?  I am also entering at Addicted to Stamps #122 for their Make your Mark challenge, as I used Copic markers on my owl.  My daughter is going to Florida tomorrow for a big lacrosse tournament, and I'll be tucking this into her suitcase.

I was inspired by Kristie's card to finally use my No Strings Attached stamp set, and made another card for The Card Concept 23 Krafty Christmas.  I will call my card Clean and Layered.

My last card is for this week's Muse Challenge #94, Paper Players #222 Clean and Simple Thank You, and Simon Says Wednesday challenge thanks or Thanksgiving.  I wanted to follow the basic sketch of the gorgeous inspiration card, and use the technique of overlapping stamped images and inlaid die cutting for the sentiment.  When I stacked up my sentiment and inlaid it back into my stamped panel, topped with the layer cut from the stamped panel, it was really too difficult to read the die cut word, thanks.  So, I left it as a stacked inlay, but did not put the last layer on, which was the layer cut out of the stamped panel.  I added some burlap texture to the card front.

That's it for me today.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Less is More #198

I have not played at Less is More in so long, and I am very happy that I found time to play along this week.  The theme is 'more than one tree' and I remembered seeing a tutorial not too long ago about adding a sense of depth to a card by using vellum.  I don't remember where I saw this technique, so I am sorry I cannot supply a link, but I did use the technique on this card.

I cut out 5 trees and 2 snowdrifts and adhered 3 of the trees and 1 snowdrift behind a piece of vellum.  I adhered the remaining 2 trees and 1 snowdrift and snowman on top of the vellum.  Does it look like those trees in the back are very far away?  The trees in the back are also cut from darker green shades of paper.

Time is running out to created and send cards to the Caring Hearts card drive.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CASology Week 122: Flag

It's time for another CASology challenge, and this week, the cue word is FLAG.  Lots of different ways to play along with this word.  I decided to use those little flags that mark a place on a map.  I am anticipating the day when my daughter goes off to college--she is only applying to schools that are across the country from where we are now.  I think this card will come in handy when I write to her.

So, what do you think?  Are you all set to create something inspired by the word FLAG?  Check out the beautiful designs from the CASology Design Team members and see how they were inspired by FLAG.  Don't forget to keep your card Clean and Simple. 


Joyce Mehrberg (that's me)
Guest Designer: Anita

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Wrap Up

Happy Sunday everyone.  I'm here to post several cards I have made over the past day or so.  First up is a card that uses the sketch at Sweet Sunday Sketch along with a fabulous bird die that I completely forgot that I had.  Once I saw the bird in my box of dies, I knew I had to make a card or two with this die.

I just love the contrast of white and red with that bird, and decided to make another similar card.

My next card is inspired by this photo at Festive Friday, and I was also heavily influenced by Ardyth's inspiration card  for this challenge.

I'm still creating for the Caring Hearts card drive, and there is still time, if you are thinking you would like to join in.

Now, because I can't seem to stop making ombres to play along at Make it Monday #180, I have three more cards to enter into this challenge. 

I am also entering this card at Seize the Birthday Anything goes and Addicted to Stamps Anything Goes.

I sort of cased myself with this next card.

Last up is a card for one of my favorite sketch challenges, CAS(E) this Sketch, where they are celebrating 100 sketches.

That's it for me today.  I've been horribly behind in making my blogland visits and comments, so I am off to mosey around and see what you've all been up to.

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