Friday, August 25, 2017

A Basket of Sunflowers

I did a little coloring for the Paper Players Challenge #358.  We're have some really great weather here in the northeast, cooler temps and very low humidity, some very fall-like weather so maybee that inspired my  color choices.

Card Base:  Very Vanilla Thick CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Before going any further, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Basket of Wishes stamp set first with Cajun Craze ink and then Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder.

First Layer:  Cut two 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the Painted Autumn DSP (new starting 9/1); I then cut them in half diagonally.  I attached them to a 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Cajun Craze CS and attached it to the card front.

Image Layer:  Stamped the basket and the flowers from the Basket of Wishes stamp set on Watercolor Paper with Basic Black Archival Ink.  Before doing any coloring, be sure the ink has dried (ask me why I'm saying that).  Early Espresso ink was used to color the basket with a Blender Pen.  The flowers were colored in with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist and Early Espresso Markers.  The image was cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and matted with Cajun Craze CS cut using the Layering Squares Framelits.  I used Dimensionals to pop up the image on the card.

The Finishing Touches:  I added a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the center of the sunflower and the little berries.  A bow made from Linen Thread was attached with a Glue Dot.  Four hearts from the Regals Enamel Shapes were added, one in each corner.

Sounds like a lot of work to pull this card together, but I found the coloring was the most time consuming probably because I need lots more practice.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Swirly Birthday

It has certainly been a while since I posted.  Today's card is inspired by the sketch from Create Pretty Cards Challenge #74.

Card Base:  Berry Burst CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  Whisper White CS cut 4" x 5-1/4".  Embossed with the Layered Leaves EF.  This folder gives such a beautiful deeply embossed image.  Attached to the base with Fast Fuse.

Sentiment:  Stamped the sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set on Crushed Curry CS with VersaMark and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  This is a 2-line sentiment but when I cropped it using one of Bunch of Banners Framelits, it cut the top line off perfectly.  Love the swirls on the sentiment.  I curled both ends in opposite directions using the Bone Folder and attached it with Dimensionals.

Image:  The swirly image was cut from Berry Burst from the Color Theory dsp using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  Before cutting it out I added a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the paper to make it easy to attach to the card.  Again using the Old Olive from the Color Theory dsp, I cut out three leaves from the same thinlits.  The small flower is cut from Crushed Curry CS, also using the same thinlits.  I attached the leaves and the little flowers with Glue Dots.

The Finishing Touches:  Glitter Enamel Dots were added to the center of the flowers for a little sparkle.

I appreciate you stopping by.  Take a moment to leave a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you.  Have a great day.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clean & Simple Eclectic

Following my usual habit of working with challenges, I found the three challenges I used, well, challenging.  CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #233 was, by far, the easiest of the three.  The color combo in the TGIF Challenge #119 are not colors I would probably have chosen together, but in the end, they worked out fine.  Probably the one most challenging was the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #179 to use ONLY DIES - no stamping.  And it had to be clean and simple. Yikes!!!

Card Base:  Lemon Lime Twist CS cut 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".

White Layer:  Cut a piece of Shimmery White CS 4" x 5-1/4".  I used the Eclectic Layers Thinlits to cut out the design on the bottom. 
Attached it to the base with Liquid Glue.

Image/Die Cuts:  Using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits, I cut out two outline flowers and two solid backgrounds for the flowers from Pool Party and Crushed Curry cardstocks and attached them with Liquid Glue.  I found this great tip on Connie Stewart's blog here for  an easy way to attach detailed die cuts.  The leaf stem from the same thinlits was
cut from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and attached to the back of one of the flowers.  I added that flower with Liquid Glue.  The second flower was added using Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touches:  To add a little more shimmer, I added Clear Wink of Stella to the center of all the flower petals.  For a final touch of bling I added some of the really small Rhinestones from the older style package of rhinestones.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.  Have a great week.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

He's Turning Two

Easel Card Open

I mentioned earlier this week that my grandson is turning 2 on Saturday.  HE LOVES MICKEY MOUSE!!!!!  I knew I wanted to make a card with Mickey on it somehow so I searched the internet for punch art ideas.  I couldn't find exactly what I wanted so I CASEd ideas from several different people.  My apologies but I didn't write down the names of where I found them.  If you visit my blog, you know I am fond of challenges because they are great as a start off point.  For this card, I used Global Design Project Challege #95 - Kids and Seize the Birthday Challenge:  Red, White and You!  For my "you" I chose the color black.

I've renamed this die cut art since I used mostly dies for the Mickey art.  As you can see, this is an easel card.  Real Red CS cut at 6" x 12"; score on long side at 3" and 6".
To make Mickey's head, I used the retired Circles Collection Framelits.  For the ears and face, I used the Layering Circles Framelits.  His eyes, mouth and tongue were cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits.  I did use the retired small oval punch for his nose.  After I put Mickey's head together, I attached it to a piece of Whisper White CS that was embossed with the
card closed

Brick Wall EF.  I used a wobble to attach his head so that it would wiggle back and forth.  The word birthday was taken from the Lemon Zest stamp set and stamped using Black Memento ink.  The happy is from the retired Hello You Thinlits.  I wanted to use it as the prop for the image so I cut out six of them:  2 from Basic Black CS, 2 from Real Red CS and 2 from Whisper White CS.  Before cutting them I attached the card stock to pieces of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets so that it would 
side view
be easier to layer them.  It makes a perfect prop for the easel.  For cards that I make for the grandchildren I usually compose a poem so I added that to the inside.  Because of the size of the card, I used the Envelope Punch Board to make just the right size envelope.

All I could hope for was my grandson would recognize who it was.  When his mom asked him who that was, he responded "Mickey".  I knew then that all the effort spent was well worth it.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out.  If you have any questions about this card, please let me know in the comment section.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Just Because

I needed a card that had no specific occasion so I thought this sentiment would work great.  And because I needed it right away, I wanted it clean and simple so I found the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #229.  Got a little help with the color combo from the TGIF Challenge #115.

Card Base:  Very Vanilla CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  The sentiment from the Vertical Greetings  stamp set was stamped in Tranquil Tide ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.

Image Layer:  To get the background on the Watercolor Paper, I dragged the Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst ink pads onto Clear Block E.  It was spritzed with water and laid over the 
paper.  I let it sit for a while so the inks would spread out.  After it dried, I heat embossed the image from the Vertical Greetings stamp set with Versamark and Black Embossing Powder.  I rounded the corners with the reverse punch on the Envelope Punch Board.  It was matted with a piece of Tranquil Tide CS and attached to the card with Fast Fuse.

The Finishing Touch:  To perk up this simple card, I added a bow made with Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" Ombre Ribbon and used Glue Dots to attach it to the image.

This was a quick and easy card; just perfect when you're in a rush.  I appreciate your visit today.  Hope you stop by again.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Baptism Blessing

On Sunday, my sweet and rambunctious grandson was baptised.  I must say, it was quite an experience.  He will be celebrating his second birthday this coming Saturday and he is quite active.  Needless to say, this was one baptism that will be hard to forget.  I wanted to share the card I made for the occasion using the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #329.

 Card Base:  Whisper White Thick CS cut at 7" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  This is larger than the normal A2 size card.  The sentiment from the Blessed by God retired stamp set was heat embossed using Versamark and Silver Embossing Powder.

Layers:  The strip of Whisper White CS on the bottom was embossed with the retired Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  On the left side layer of Whisper White CS, I used Embossing Paste and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks to add some dimension.  A strip of Silver Foil Sheet was added on one edge.

Image Layer:  The image of the floral cross from the Blessed by God stamp set was heat embossed on Whisper White CS with Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder.  I cut it out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  It was matted with Silver Foil Sheet cut out with the Layering Ovals Framelits.  I added it to the card with Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touch:  A small bow was made out of 3/8" Metallic Stripe Ribbon and attached with Glue Dots.

Because of the size of the card, I used the Envelope Punch Board to make the perfect size envelope.

It is difficult to see the details of this card because of all the white but, trust me, it is lovely in real life.  Thank you for visiting today.  I hope your week is off to a good start.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Floral Get Well

A family member had surgery this past week and I thought a get well card with flowers would help brighten her day.  The sketch I chose to use today is the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #294.  This card was pretty simple to make since the dsp did most of the work.

Card Base:  Pool Party CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  Added a layer of Night of Navy CS.  On top of that I added a strip of Lemon Lime Twist card stock.  The sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set was stamped using Night of Navy ink.

Image Layer:  A piece of Naturally Eclectic DSP was matted with Peekaboo Peach and added to the card front.  The flower from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set was stamped on Pool Party and Peekaboo Peach CS with Night of Navy Ink.  I cut them out with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  The center of the flowers was cut from Lemon Lime Twist using the same thinlits.  I attached the centers and used Dimensionals to add the flowers to the card.

The Finishing Touches:  Wink of Stella was added to the flower centers.  For a little bit of bling, I added Rhinestones to the flowers and the Lemon Lime Twist strip.  I also added a piece of the same dsp to the envelope flap to add a little glamour to it.

Fortunately, I have been in the mood to be creative lately since I've had some catching up to do in my card making.  My sweet grandson's second birthday is coming up so I've had my thinking cap on trying to design his card.  Stay tuned.  I'll share it here when it's completed.  Have a wonderful, safe and fun weekend.

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