Friday, May 31, 2013

The Twelve Kits of Holidays: May 2013





It is the last day of May and time for my monthly post with my "12 Kits" Group.  Reveal day is always such fun, as I get to see what everyone else did with the same supplies I received.  This month our focus is on Get Well, Thank You and Thinking of You, and our host is Marybeth from Marybeth's Time for Paper.  Here is a picture of the gorgeous kit she sent us.  There were so many fun elements in this kit, and it was chock full of supplies that were new to me.  I made 5 cards this time--and I stillI have lots of supplies left over to case some of the wonderful designs I'm sure I'll see as I hop around our group.

Photo Courtesy of Kara


There were quite a few elements that were well suited for coloring, and I was in the mood to color when I took out my kit to play, so it was a perfect fit.  Of course, I needed to start with that darling owl--I'm sure Marybeth put this little guy in just for me.  I colored him with Inktense pencils and a water brush.





I colored this cute umbrella with Copics.  It's a bit hard to see, but I attempted to make polka dots with the colorless blender.






I think this is my favorite of the bunch.  I loved this image, and it was fun to see it come to life as I colored it in with Copics.













I will be entering the first three cards of this post into this week's Simon Says...Anything Goes challenge.




That's it for me today.  If you want a complete supply list, head on over to Marybeth's blog.  I am eager to see what the other members of our group did, and I'll bet that you are too.  Thank you so much, Marybeth, for sending such an incredible kit. 
 
Here is the list of participants:


Joyce (that's me)
 

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Muse #19 and Simon Says








I have a card today for Muse #19, where our muse is the always inspirational Michelle.  I am also entering this card into the Simon Says....Anything Goes challenge as well as the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge Into the Woods.  Michelle's beautiful card gave me a chance to make a card in the folk art style--something I have admired for a while, but never attempted myself.


Michelle's Inspiration Card


Here is my take on Michelle's card.  I was inspired by the layout and the folk art style.  I used images from Sending You, and then impressed with a wood grain impression plate.





Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Sentiment Signs, Sending You
Paper:  White
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Colorbox Orange Fizz, Memento Angel Pink, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Wood Grain Impression Plate



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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Happy Birthday to Ardyth






Happy Birthday, Ardyth

Today Darnell has gathered  a group of us together to wish Ardyth a happy birthday.  Ardyth is definitely up there on my list of people in blog land I would like to meet in real life.  Ardyth leaves a kind comment on almost every one of my posts (and I do post a lot), and I can always count on a big burst of colorful inspiration whenever I stop by her blog.

Our instructions were to case a card from Ardyth's blog--what a fun task.  When I think of Ardyth's style, I think colorful, CAS and square.  So, that is what I went with.  I picked this card to case, and made a 4X4 card using one stamp from PTI birthday bash and another stamp from Lawn Fawn Belinda's Borders in a rainbow of colors.




Ardyth--I hope you have a wonderful birthday, full of everything that makes you happy.

Edited to add:  In a true case of serendipity, this card fits the criteria for this week's One Layer Wednesday--a one layer birthday card that would suit Ardyth's style--she is the host of this week's One Layer Wednesday and also the birthday girl.

I am also entering this card into this week's Simon Says...Anything Goes challenge.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Play Date Cafe #183 and A Blog Named Hero #24




Hi.  Just a quick post with two cards for challenges that are near ending.  I used Sketched Shapes in the colors of this week's Play Date Cafe PDCC#183 to make another Father's Day card for my stash.  I was inspired by Erin Lincoln's card here.  After several unsuccessful tries at getting the pattern and alignment right, I decided to just cut all the triangles, stamp them, and then arrange them.  Much easier.  I am finding that those images are not the easiest to line up.






And, one for the Mother's Day stash.  I am in love with this Hero Arts Dogwood stamp, and really love the inspiration card from last week's CASE Study by Maile Belles.  I could not directly copy her that week, but the challenge is over, so I am copying her now for this week's A Blog Named Hero CAS Challenge #24.





Supplies Used (PTI):
Father's Day
Stamps:  Sketched Shapes, Boutique Borders Father's Day
Paper:  White
Ink:  Harvest Gold, SU Garden Green, Night of Navy, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Sketched Shapes Die

Mother's Day
Stamps:  Hero Arts Dogwood and Envelope Liner, Fillable Frames
Paper:  Kraft, Sweet Blush
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Kraft
Other:  Sweet Blush Ribbon, Black enamel dots


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

4 Cards for Sunday







I had some crafty time today, and was able to make a few cards for some challenges.  First up is a card for this week's CASE Study #142 and A Blog Named Hero #24: Clean Up Your Act.  I used Hero Arts To/From Petals for my card, with a sentiment from Boy Basics Game On.  Kind of an unusual pairing, but this card is going to the gal I've been partnering with lately in tennis.  We have faced some pretty stiff competition lately, and this card is to encourage her (and me) to keep trying.  Even when we lose, it is still fun to be outside on a beautiful day playing tennis.  And, there are always snacks at the end.







My next card is for this week's CAS-ual Fridays CFC102:  Red, White & Blue as well as Freshly Made Sketches #87.  I think this is my first time ever playing with Freshly Made Sketches--I decided to seek out some more sketch challenges, since I think they help jump start me the most.   This card is small--4 3/4 by 3 1/2.  After I made it, it looked too big, so I just kept cutting it down until I thought the proportions were right.  Can you see all those stars impressed into the card front?  I used my newest impression plate--Star Spangled.



One more entry into this week's Make it Monday #117--I am already dreaming of Hawaii, where we will go this July.  Lots of masking and fussy cutting on this card, but I think it was worth it. 







And, my last card for today is a Father's Day card using the colors from this week's Color Throwdown CTD243.  I used a tutorial from Kara to make an argyle pattern using a stamp from Button Boutique and one from Happy Harlequin, and then loosely followed this card from Heather Nichols.   




That's it for me today.  I think I'll be back tomorrow, too.


Supplies Used (PTI):
Bring on your Best Game
Stamps:  Hero Arts To/From Petals, Boy Basics Game On, Embroidered Blooms, Turning a New Leaf
Paper:  White
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, SU Pretty In Pink, Versacolor Opera Pink, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  TANL Die, Bling

Red, White & Blue Card
Stamps:  WMS Playful Pinwheels, Hello Friend
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, SU Night of Navy
Ink:  SU Real Red, Night of Navy, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Memory Box Piestra Tile Die, Sketched Shapes Die, Star Spangled Impression Plate

Thinking of You
Stamps:  Aloha
Paper:  White, Raspberry Fizz, Melon Berry, SU Calypso Coral
Ink:  Memento London Fog, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Inktense pencils, glitter pen

Father's Day
Stamps:  Button Boutique, Happy Harlequin, WMS Man of the Hour, Background Basics Herringbone
Paper:  White, Blueberry Sky
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Harvest Gold, Versamark, Colorbox Dragonfly Black, Memento London Fog
Other:  Fillable Frames Die, Black Embossing Powder, Ribbon


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Saturday, May 25, 2013

PTI May 2013 Blog Hop





What a fun topic we had this month--flowers.  I am afraid to count the flower sets I have, but it is safe to say that I have a lot.  I thought about trying to make one card with each of my flower sets, and quickly ruled that out as impossible.  I did try to make something for each of the color schemes we were given, and I made it to all but one.  I'll have to get that one some other time.





 Sweet Spring

First up is a little teacher gift that I made based on this post by Christina.  I ordered the paper cubes here.    It's hard to get a perspective on size in this photo--the cube is 2 inches on all sides.  It was surprisingly easy to stamp on the side of the cube.  I colored with copics, and even added some glitter with a sakura gel pen.




I stamped and colored some images on a piece of computer paper, and stuck it inside of this pen to coordinate with the memo cube.

Here is a side view:




I made a matching tag using Tremendous Tags, and tied it all together with some sheer ribbon from Michaels.



I am going to enter this into the Gift Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.










Friends Till The End

My next card uses paper piecing, and is also for this week's Make it Monday #117.  I tried to stick as close as possible to this color scheme, but had to make a few substitutions because I really wanted to use my Distress Dots paper.  







Funky Florals

This is my favorite of the color schemes, and I think this card is one of my favorites for today.  I was inspired by this card I saw a while back, which reminded me how much I love my Background Basics Medallions.







Beautiful Blooms II

I started this card by stamping a background on a quarter sheet of white.  I ended up cutting it in two pieces, and using it on two cards.   I wanted to use a vertical sentiment on both cards, and couldn't figure out if it should read from the bottom up or the top down.  So, I did one each way, and perhaps you can tell me which looks right?











Botanical Silhouettes


I got the idea to use that picket fence from Lisa's card here. I used the fence from Little Bitty Bird.  I can't believe I own two different picket fence dies.






The Sweet Life

Last is my other favorite card of the post.  I am also submitting this card to this week's Simon Says...Take a Picture.



I know I have kept you too long.  Enjoy the rest of the hop.  I am eager to see some of my other flower sets in action.


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