Monday, February 20, 2017

Birthday Wishes for SSS Challenge

An emboss resist technique for Simon Says Stamp Challenge, which was "fantastic florals.  I used some old materials from a previous Simon Stays Stamp card kit to create this card.  I also broke out some watercolor paper and Ken Oliver Color Burst inks. 


This is definitely not my typical card.  But the results are pretty cool, the colors mixing and blending. 


If you're anything like me, I know you want to find some time to create today.  Just do it. 

Cheers! 


Supplies Used - Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Birthday Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Turquoise, Yellow Ochre, Orange, Alazarin Crimson (Ken Oliver Color Burst) and Versamark
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah), Licorice (The Stamps of Life), and Strathmore Watercolor
Accessories:  Scallop Circle Die (Sizzix), White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Rhinestones (Eyelet Outlet)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Easter Card for Cute Card Thursday

The challenge at Cute Card Thursday was a card without pattern paper, so I got those pastel inks out and got all inkified!  Here is my card . . .



 I used an adorable stamp from Sugar Pea Designs to create this card.  Stamping it with snow out my door feels odd . . . but Spring is on it's way. 


I hope you found some time to be creative today.  


Supplies Used -  Happy Easter
Stamps:  Egg-a-licious (Sugar Pea Designs)
Ink: Canary, Cotton Candy, Gypsy, Lagoon, Pear, Sorbet (Close To My Heart), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Whisper White Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)



Snowflakes for Muse Challenge

A little something for the Muse Challenge.  Here is their challenge card . . .



And here is my card, which while not colorful, has three shades of blue stamped snowflakes and a sentiment embossed on black cardstock. 


Only one ink color was used for this card, but I stamped the image three times to get the gradient ink colors. 



A simple but fun card to create.  I hope you find some time to create today.  


Supplies Used - Warm Winter Wishes
Stamps:  Snowflake and Warm Winter Wishes Stamps (Dab a Little Clear Stamps)
Ink:  Fiesta Blue (Catherine Pooler); Versamark;
Paper:  Sky, Licorice, Powdered Sugar Cardstock (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Silver Embossing Powder (Ranger); Frosted Crystal and Snowflake Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bright and Shiny for Merry Monday

I had so much fun creating this card for Merry Monday.  Yes, it was a bit more work, but the creative process is my therapy from life, so this one was great therapy!

The challenge was to include a snowman, snow woman or snow family.  I just had to play with this new stamp I had in my stash from Art Impressions.


Certainly not traditional colors, but the pink just made me happy.  I started by using black pigment ink to stamp my images and I put clear embossing powder on them.  Yes, . . . there are two images, because the snowman has a layered piece that is on an action wobble.  So I colored the full image on the water color piece, and then colored the smaller center image to match and put it on with the wobble.  You can see the layering a bit better below.


Those arms and those little gifts shake and shimmy on that wobble.  Super cute.

I hope you are able to find some time to create today!

Cheers!


Supplies Used - Action Wobble Snowman
Stamps:  Snowman Shaker (Art Impressions)
Ink:  Black Pigment Ink (Ranger); Zig Clean Color Brush Markers
Paper:  Canson Watercolor; Solar White (Neenah); Candy Cane Lane Pattern Paper (Bo Bunny)
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder; Gold Washi Tape ( Queen & Co.); Snowflake Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Action Wobble

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I'm All Heart Tonight

I created a number of cards today.  They were all inspried by and related to all those "heart" and "Valentine" challenges out here. 

One at a time, and first up is The Card Concept.  This one is a  Clean and Layered Card . . .



A stamped image on the card base, and layered pattern paper with a window over that, and some layers of stamped XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO as borders.  And that raised heart.  Love it.  


And then "Love is in the Air" for "Use Your Stuff" challenge.  Well, when i think of air, I don't think red.  I think blue and white . . . . hearts floating in air. 


And this is all blue and white.  Pattern paper with ink that matches.  


And then finally for the Stamp Ink Paper challenge.  Love!


 This one is all red . . . . lots and lots of red. 

I hope you found some time to be creative today, and if not, there is always tomorrow. 

Cheers!


Supplies Used - Me + You
Stamps: Stamp Set from The Stamps of Life January 2017 Card Kit
Ink: Licorice Ink (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Powdered Sugar Cardstock and Pattern Paper (The Stamp of Life January 2017 Card Kit)
Accessories:  Scallop Punch (Fiskars), Pearls from Stampin' Up)


Supplies Used - Sending Lots of Love
Stamps:  Stamp Set from The Stamps of Life January 2017 Card Kit
Ink: Midnight (The Stamps of Life))
Paper:  Powdered Sugar Cardstock and Pattern Paper (The Stamp of Life January 2017 Card Kit)
Accessories:  Puffy Embellishment (The Stamps of Life January 2017 Card Kit)


Supplies Used - Sending Lots of Love
Stamps:  Stamp Set from The Stamps of Life January 2017 Card Kit
Ink: Licorice (The Stamps of Life))
Paper:  Powdered Sugar Cardstock and Pattern Paper (The Stamp of Life January 2017 Card Kit)
Accessories:  Puffy Embellishment and Glitter  Dots (The Stamps of Life January 2017 Card Kit)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Color Throwdown and Time Out

Two more cards to share, inspired by a few challenges. 

First up is a card for Color Throwdown.  Love these colors together.  Here is my card . . .


I used pattern papers and embellishments from Studio Calico.  They came right to mind when I saw the inspiration photo.  I do love that button in the center of the stamped image.  


Second is a card created  for Time Out's challenge which had an inspirational quote:

 "Friends are connected heart to heart, 
distance and time can't break them apart." 


I immediately thought of our ability to send mail to our distant friends, and I used the little heart sequins to show the "heart to heart" love contained in the little envelope.  I stamped this card on Desert Storm cardstock, which was different than the norm for me, but I love how it turned out. 



I'm hoping to find even more time to create tomorrow.  And I hope you do as well. 






 Supplies Used - Just for You
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Neenah*
Pattern Paper:  Studio Calico*
Stamps:  MID for Studio Calico*
Ink:  Hero Arts
Other:  Sequins from Studio Calico*, Badge from Hello Forever for Studio Calico*
*from Studio Calico's Carolina Moon Card Kit





Supplies Used - Sending You Happy Mail
Stamps:  happymail2stamp and patterns4happymail (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Licorice, Artichoke, Cloud, Sky, Gingersnap and Strawberry Ink (The Stamps of Life); White Uniball Gel Pen
Paper:  Cityscapes (Graphic 45); Desert Storm (Neenah);
Accessories:  Heart Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

One-Layer CAS Card for Merry Monday

For the first time in forever, I got the chance to get a little crafty today.  I really have missed getting all inky. 

I do have a few cards to share today for a couple of challenges that inspired my creativity today.  First up is a card for Merry Monday.  The challenge was a clean and simple card.  Here is my card . . .


One layer cards are a challenge for me, but I love how this one turned out.  I used new ink from Catherine Pooler Designs, and one of her stamp sets as well.  I highly recommend checking this ink out.  It is fabulous. 



I hope you all find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Happy Holidays
Stamps:  Spot On Stamp Set*
Ink: Rockin' Red, Grass Skirt, Midnight*, Versamark
Paper:  Scored Cardstock*, Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Time Out Challenge - Quote Inspired

The Time Out Challenge had a quote for inspiration . . .

'With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning'

Here is the card I created . . .


 Of course, I was inspired by the word "sunrise" in this quote. 


Hoping you found some time to create today!

Cheers.

 
Supplies Used - A Little Bit of Sunshine
Stamps:  Birthday Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:   Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Life in Color (Simple Stories)*, Black, Surf Blue and White Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp)*
Accessories:  Sunburst Die (Lil' Inkers), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)
*from Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Glitter & Snowflakes for CAS-ual Fridays

Just a little something for CAS-ual Friday's challenge this month. 


 Glitter in the form of dots of Stickles, and snowflakes in the form of of CAS-ual Friday's snowflakes stamped in white pigment ink. 


This is one of my favorite color combos . . . love kraft cardstock.  


I hope you find some time to create! 


Supplies Used - Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Stamps:  Snow Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays) and Holiday Trimmings (Winnie & Walter)
Ink: White Pigment (Simon Says Stamp), Black (Hero Arts), Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) and Diamond Stickles







Friday, December 9, 2016

Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop - December




Our year of hopping is almost through, if you've not gotten the chance to hop and comment each month, click on the links below to take you to the posts.

Where has 2016 gone?  I cannot believe it's month twelve of a Year of Card Techniques? 

Here are the links in case you missed a month:

January - Emboss Resist Technique
February - Ink Layering Techniques
March - Inlaid Die-cutting
April - Shaker Cards
May - Spinner Cards
June - Step Cards
July - Watercolor Cards
August - Baby Wipe Technique
September - Mixed Media
October - Black Magic or Joseph's Coat
November - Vellum and Acetate

Be sure you've hopped and commented on each month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Stampin Up or Blitsy.com. (Winner's Choice)

This last month of the year we are focusing all our attention on metallics, whether it's foil, embossing powder, inks or cardstock, anything metallic and since it's December we just had to make it holiday too.

Now on with my projects, and I have a few today.  

First up is a card made using some sparkling metallic glitter paper.  


For this one I used pattern papers that were leftover from a kit . . . the perfect way to use up your scraps.  I also used a distress tools to make that harsh edge on the ivory cardstock.  I really let my die cuts do the work on this one.  

And my next card used metallic cardstock . . . 


I started by creating my watercolor piece which . . . although you can't see it . . . has a metallic tinge to it.  I used Ken Oliver products for this piece. 


I do love the gold and turquoise metallic paper.  

So here is the lineup in case you get lost along the way.  



Thanks for hopping! 

Hope you find some time to be creative.  

Supplies Used - Noel Christmas Wishes
Stamps:  ornaments4Christmas (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Cityscapes (Graphic 45); Desert Storm and Ivory Cardstock (Neenah); Gold Glitter Cardstock (American Crafts);
Accessories:  Ornament Club Die and Ornament Dies Two Set (The Stamps of Life); Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Blessings Fall Like Snowflakes
Stamps:  Six Sayings (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Ultramarine Blue Colorburst and Metallic Sky Liquid Metals (Ken Oliver); Versamark
Paper:  Metallic Stack (DCWV); Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Designer Series Paper Stack (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  White Embosssing Powder (Hero Arts);  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Masculine Creation for Merry Monday

Playing along with this week's Merry Monday challenge, which was to create a masculine card. 

I know that with my husband, less is more.  So I tried to keep this one pretty simple.  I started out by white embossing my sentiment.  I then cut the tree with a new die I have from Paper Smooches - the Triangle Tree Die. 


The die cuts the two side pieces of the triangles, and scores the bottom of each.  I flipped the bottom row of triangles to the inside of my card (so you don't see them).  I flipped the top three rows down and put some foam adhesive underneath so they would pop.   And then I put the entire panel on the same color card base.  From there, it was all sequin placement. 


Fun and easy card.  I hope you find some time to create today. 





Supplies Used - Oh Christmas Tree
Stamps:  Be Merry (Paper Smooches)
Ink: Versamark
Paper:  Pine Feather Cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Triangle Tree Die (Paper Smooches), Festive Holly Days Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Grateful Thanks - Colour Q and Paper Smooches Challenges

I have two cards to share tonight.  Two cards for two challenges. 

First up is a card I created for Colour Q challenge.  I used Stampin' Up inks to watercolor, which I don't do often.  But it works!  The color palette . . .



Here is my card . . .


And my sequins matched up pretty nicely too.  I love it when things come together.  


And then next up is a little something for Paper Smooches Challenge.  I've not participated in one for a while, and I started out creating a wreath using one of their stamps sets.  I was inspired by their inspiration photo . . .


But it went in a different direction, as you'll see below.  


I was inspired to cut pieces of my wreath with a circle punch, and then piece it all back together.  If you look closely, I did match up the pieces.  It's tough to tell . . . but I swear.  It was puzzle time for me.  


I hope you find some time to create today. 

Cheers! 


Supplies Used - Grateful Heart
Stamps:  Happy Scenes (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey, and Old Olive (Stampin' Up); Versamark; Black Embossing Powder (Ranger)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Acetate (Graffix)
Accessories:  Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies (Stampin' Up); Autumn Harvest Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)


Supplies Used - Thanks Friend
Stamps:  Natural Beauties (Paper Smooches)
Ink: Glacier, Sweet Leaf, Bamboo, Poppy, Goldrush, Saddle and Buttercup (Close To My Heart)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah)
Accessories:  Bronze Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Circle Punch (Fiskars)


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Warm & Cozy Merry Monday Wishes

Just a little something for Merry Monday . . .


Paper, ink, stamps, embossing powder and a little Wink of Stella.  


The embossed snowflakes on the mittens and on the card background provide a nice shine. 

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Warm & Cozy Wishes
Stamps:  mittens2stamp and patterns4mittents (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Blueberry, Seaglass, Candy, and Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Versamark
Paper: Seaglass and Powdered Sugar Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); Galaxy (Bazzill)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Just Roll With It - The Card Concept 62

I am completely stepping outside of my comfort zone today for The Card Concept challenge.  I was inspired by the checked pattern and the plaids in the tablecloth in the photo (which is shown below with my supply list).  I knew I had some leftover supplies and I wanted to attempt a collage card using various elements that I've saved over time.  Most of these are leftover items from kits.  Cardstock from an old Simon Says Stamp kit, pattern paper and stickers from a collection I had purchased, and ribbon leftover from an album kit.  Here is my card . . .


In fact, it's so out of my comfort zone, that I think while collage was my intention, I might have stopped a bit shy.  The intent was there . . . I promise. 

The interesting thing is that aside from some inking on the edges, I didn't use any stamps on this card.  By the time I started layering and collaging items on my card, I didn't feel the need for any additional stamping. 

I love using up old supplies, and if you are a "saver" like me, I hope you find some time to use up some old items sometime soon.   



Supplies Used - Just Roll With It
Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp
Pattern Paper:  Pebbles
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Ribbon:  May Arts
Other:  Stickers and Embellishments from Pebbles Harvest Collection, Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart)

Baby It's Cold Outside - Stamp Ink Paper Challenge

Finding time to create has really been a challenge for the last several months, so I'm really trying hard to schedule creative time. Some challenge cards seem in order, so this post is the first of what will hopefully be a few. It is for Stamp, Ink Paper Challenge which had a color challenge this week.  The colors . . .




And here is my card . . .


I love House Mouse stamps, and while they take some time and attention to color, the results are always adorable. I turned this one into a shaker card.  



To get my shades, I mixed distress inks of varying shades until I felt I had the color palette for the pool and copper colors . . . although clearly my copper doesn't have a shine to it.  I've rarely seen a mouse that had a shine . . . and thanks to my cat, Lucy, I've seen a few mice over the last few months as it gets colder here in New England.  They love to make their way in, and she loves to find them.  A few we've rescued from her grip and freed outdoors again.  But I think they make their way back in.  If I could put a knit hat our there for them and be assured they would end up as cute as this image in the card, I'd do it!

Hope you find some time to create today!


Supplies Used - Baby It's Cold Outside
Stamps:  Snow Cap Nap (House Mouse Designs by Stampendous)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Various shades of blue and brown distress inks (Ranger); Acetate (Graffix)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); scraps of cardstock and pattern paper from my stash
Accessories:  Bring on the Cake Dies (Sugar Pea Designs from Stamp of Approval by Catherine Pooler); Snowflake Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Iridescent Confetti (Martha Stewart); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)


Friday, November 11, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques - November




Our year of hopping is almost through, if you've not gotte n the chance to hop and comment each month, click on the links below to take you to the posts.

January - Emboss Resist Technique
February - Ink Layering Techniques
March - Inlaid Die-cutting
April - Shaker Cards
May - Spinner Cards
June - Step Cards
July - Watercolor Cards
August - Baby Wipe Technique
September - Mixed Media
October - Black Magic or Joseph's Coat
November - 

Remember to comment on each blog, each month to be entered into the prize drawing.

Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or Stampin' Up gift certificate (Winner's Choice).

Now on with the projects.

This month it's all about the see through stuff...vellum and acetate.  I have three projects for you today . . . One with vellum and two with acetate.  First up is the vellum card.   


 The secret to this card is to stamp with Versamark and emboss with white ink.  Once it had cooled down, I flipped the image over and colored the back side with Copic markers.  However, any marker would do for this technique.  When you flip it back over, the white embossing just pops, and you have the color behind, so no smearing.  


Next I  have two shaker cards for you below.  One is a bit more simple than the other.  What do you need for great shaker cards . . . dies that provide a window, something shake (sequins, beads, glitter or small cardstock pieces) and a piece of acetate.  In this case, I used pattern paper to create my design. 


Such a simple card. My die cut images are on top of the acetate, which is a different use because you get that great shadow effect in the background. 


And then a Holiday card with a full window shaker.   


In this one, the focal point is the watercolor image in the window, which was obviously a bit more work than just using that pattern paper.  I adore House Mouse Stamps, so this card makes me melt. 

 

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Your hop destinations are:


Thanks for hopping! 

Hope you find some time to be creative.  


Supplies Used - Thinking of You
Stamps:  Roses Cover-a-card (Impression Obsession) and Thinking of You (Altenew)
Ink: Versamark, Copic Markers, Hero Arts Black
Paper:  Vellum (Bazzill), Solar White (Neenah), Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Ranger) and Stitched Borders 4 Dies (Pretty Pink Posh)
 
Supplies Used - Sunshine Shaker
Stamps:  Sending Sunshine (W-Plus 9)
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Chocolate (Bazzill), Solar White (Neenah), Pattern Paper (DCWV) 
Accessories:  Marigold and Sparking Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) , Orange Nail Art Hearts, White Embossing Powder (Ranger) and Sunshine Layers (W-Plus 9)

Supplies Used - Be Merry
Stamps:  Light Wrap (House Mouse Designs by Stampendous); lights4Christmas (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine); Ranger Distress Inks for Watercoloring
Paper:  Bee Watercolor Paper; Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Green Cardstock from Papertrey Ink
Accessories:  Diamond Stickles, Acetate, Sparking Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);  Birthday Journal Card Die (Sugar Pea Designs)*

*Stamp of Approval Young at Heart Collection