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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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Saturday.  I have a super quick post today with a card I made using the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and the colors at ColourQ.

My leaves are from Leaf Prints, the sentiment is from Autumn Acorns, and the patterned paper is Bo Bunny.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags


I am so happy to be posting today, along with the other members of The 12 Kits of Occasions as a guest on Tracey's 12 Days of Christmas Tags.  I am lucky enough to be joining Tracey for the second time this week.  Click here to see my other Guest Designer post.

My tags today were inspired by this tutorial by Betsy Veldman that I saw last week. I used water color paper for my tags, and PTI reinkers for my watercoloring.  All the sentiments are from Tis the Season, and are stamped in Brilliance Lightning Black.  It is hard to tell from this picture, but the Lightning Black is a very shimmery black ink with tones of gold.  Sounds strange, but it is very striking in person.

I used Tropical Teal and Plum Pudding reinkers for these tags.  It was very quick and easy to make this tag set, because I water colored a piece of paper that was about 4" by 11".  When the water colors were dry, I cut out all the tags, flipping the die around for the last 2 tags.  Then, I stamped the sentiments.

I used Harvest Gold and Aqua Mist on these tags.  Sorry about the dark photos.  When I tried to lighten them, the colors looked very strange.

Did you know that Tracey is offering all kinds of fabulous prizes as part of her celebration?  Along with the daily inspiration from Tracey and all her guests, she is also offering prizes from the following companies:



All you need to do is leave a comment on Tracey's blog for each one of the days (plus the main prize draw *here*) and you'll be entered into a draw to win some yummy goodies! You have until 11:59pm EST on November 27th to enter - so make sure you check out Tracey's blog and get your name into the hat!

AND THERE'S MORE! I'm also giving you an extra chance to win today by commenting on this post!! You have until 11:59pm EST on November 26th to comment, then I'll pick one commenter at random and pass their name onto Tracey to be included in the draw! So please do leave a comment! :) All winners will be drawn on 28th November. :)

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