Sunday, January 25, 2015

PTI January 2015 Blog Hop





I made a card for this month's PTI blog hop using the 3 Panel Card tutorial at this week's Make it Monday #198.  I used stamps from Simple Valentine, Heart Prints, Framed Out, Keep it Simple Valentines, and No Strings Attached.  I used a technique from a previous MIM about partial die cutting to partially cut that little heart out of the flap.  (After I made the card, I realized that it would look better if the heart were the other direction, but I didn't want to redo everything).

Here is what my card looks like all folded up:




This is the inside:



And, here is the back:


It was a fun project to make, and I am looking forward to seeing all the other projects on the hop.

I am also linking this card up at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Have a Heart.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Lawn Fawn and WPlus9



After working out with a friend at the gym and taking Sherlock to the dog park, I had most of the day home by myself to play in my craft room.  I'm starting to collect polar bear stamps, since my daughter's future college mascot is a polar bear.  I used the polar bear in Lawn Fawn Critters in the Snow to make a few cards for my polar bear card stash.


I created a background using a heart stamp from Into the Woods and used foam tape to adhere my fussy cut my polar bear right on top.  I used my Copics to add a little shading to my bear.  (still don't know what I'm doing there).



I have to say that this next card did not really come out as I saw it in my mind--a bit busy for my taste.  But, I still think that my daughter will enjoy receiving it in the mail.  Another polar bear card for my stash.





I am entering both of these cards at Lawnscaping #98 where the challenge is to create a background with stamps and Simon Says Monday Winter Stamping.  I am also entering the first card at Simon Says Wednesday Have a Heart and Addicted to Stamps #128:  Holiday--my holiday is Valentines Day.


I started playing around with WPlus9 Quilt Prints, trying variations of colors and patterns with the colors and sketch from The Challenge #23.  I decided I liked all my variations--so I added a variety of Get Well type sentiments, some subtle textures, and now I have 4 more get well cards for my stash.









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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Friend to Friend and Get Well



I've got several cards to post today.  First up is a card inspired by this week's Muse #101.  I was inspired by the colored card base and the stripe of white embossed stamping.  I masked off a section of a red card base, and stamped a random grouping from Doodlie Do.  I scored above and below the stamping and added a sentiment in the reverse color scheme.





I am also entering this as another example for this week's CASology Challenge #130 where the cue word is FRIEND.  My design tip--white space can be red.  I am also linking up at Uniko  Studio #17 where the challenge is Love and Friendship and Less is More #207 where the theme is Friends.





I needed to replenish my stash of masculine get well cards.  When I saw this card from fellow CASology teamie Hazel, a lightbulb went off in my head, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I started playing around with On My Couch, Polka Dot Parade (the one with the easy chair) and some new Lil Inker dies.









I am entering the first of this series at Happy Little Stampers January Sketch Challenge, and the second at Colour Me #55.



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CASology Week 130: FRIEND





Hello and happy Tuesday.  Before I get to this week's challenge, I have to say a big WOW!  You guys really had some fun with our challenge last week of NBUS.  It was great fun to team up with Darnell, and I felt better about some of my unused supplies after seeing all the amazing supplies that you all had sitting around unused.

OK, on to today's business--a new challenge at CASology where the cue word is FRIEND.  I pulled out a fairly new stamp and die set called Big Hugs.  It is turning out to be one of my very favorite stamp sets, and is the set I have been turning to when I want to send a little note to a friend--kind of just because/thinking of you/friendship card.

I took a small piece of water color paper and painted over it with Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold and Aqua Mist reinkers and lots and lots of water.  After it dried, I cut it with one of the Hugs dies and then used foam tape to mount the negative portion onto a piece of white card stock just a tad bigger than my water color piece.  I adhered the entire thing to a white card base and added a few clear sequins.




I'm also linking this card up at Happy Little Stampers CAS Watercolouring Challenge, Less is More, where the theme is FRIENDS, and Uniko Studio Challenge #17 Love and Friendship.

I used the die cut Hugs to make another card.



And, I still was not done playing with this die, and grabbed a piece of patterned paper that was still lying around from when I made this card.



I think I'm going to keep this set out for a while.  I've got a few more ideas for when I have some more time.

Will you play along this week?  I sure hope so.  What do you think of when you see the word FRIEND?   Check out the beautiful designs from the CASology Design Team members and see how they were inspired by FRIEND.  Don't forget to keep your card Clean and Simple.



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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mostly Get Well Cards



I've been in and out of my craft room all weekend, and am now ready to post everything.  I focused on restocking my Get Well cards this weekend.  I still need to make some masculine cards, as I realized that all the ones I made this weekend are quite girly.

I'll start with my favorite of the bunch.  I am entering this tag at Tag You're It #13, where I was inspired by the washi tape, layered die cuts, double layer tag and the tiny bow on Heather Campbell's pretty inspiration tag.







I decided to turn my tag into a card, and it will be sent off tomorrow.  The Washi Tape is NBUS--you still have a few hours to play along at CASology, where the cue word this week is NBUS, and you have a few days to play along at Darnell's NBUS Challenge.





I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #169 for my next card.  I finally broke into my NBUS Cuppa Love by Papertrey for the flowers inside the circle window.




I used the Cuppa Love stamps again, along with the matching die, for my next get well card.  I stamped a stripe across the base of the card using one of the graphic stamps in the set, and then adhered my stamped cup on top.



I used this week's ColourQ #275 for my colors and the home made foam sticker technique from this week's Make it Monday #175 for my little take care tag.





My last get well card uses a technique I saw somewhere, and I think it is called baby wipe stamping--or something like that.  I can't remember where I saw it, or even if I did it right, but I tried it and made a card.  Something about putting reinkers (I used drops of liquid water color paint) onto a baby wipe and then having the colors run together.  I used Delicata Gold for the flower centers because I thought the card needed a little something more.



Here is a picture of what it looked like in process.



Switching gears entirely, I have two cards for this week's Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Soft Scarf.  I thought I'd pull out some holiday Hero Arts stamps, since they are the sponsor.  I had two ideas, both of them incorporating the colors from the scarf as well as the idea of a frosty cold holiday.

I made a shaker card using sequins in the same colors as the scarf, and my stamping is Silver on black card stock.





On my next card, I stamped a snowy neighborhood, then masked the houses so I could blend a sunset background in the same colors as the scarf.  I colored some of the white bits of the houses with colored pencils, and went over the snow with Wink of Stella.





Well, that's it for me today.


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