Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In the Pink for CASE Study Challenge

Photo inspiration for the current CASE Study Challenge . . .

I stuck to the basics for this one . . . cardstock, ink, stamps and ribbon.  I'm hoping to send it to a friend to encourage her to have a little beverage with me some night after work.

I used pink and gray ink and if you check out the image below, you'll see my Jelly Roll pen adding a bit of pizazz!  

Supplies Used
Bazzill Cardstock
Ink from Close To My Heart
Stamps from Impression Obsession and Paper Smooches.  
Ribbon from Offray
Jelly Roll Pen

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fresh Applies for Freshly Made Sketch #109

This week's Freshly Made Sketch was square, and I was in a rectangular mood.  (I really need to get a supply of square envelopes . . . which is on my to do list!)

Here is the sketch . .

And here is my design . . .

All of the paper used is Authentique, with the exception of the card base which was a scrap of a very heavy patterned cardstock in my scrap stash.  I have no idea who made it, but I loved the edging effect it lent to the card. 

I used a set from The Craft's Meow called Apple Picking Time, and I stamped directly onto some scraps of the pattern paper and then cut out the two stamped images.  I then used my Inktense pencils and a watercolor pen to color the images and I popped them onto the note paper background.

Now I'm still getting used to using pencils to color stamped images.  As the saying goes . . . "Practice makes perfect."  I'm still practicing, for sure.  But I'm having a lot of fun trying!

Supplies Used
Authentique Pattern Paper
Inkstense Pencils
The Craft's Meow Stamps
Close To My Heart Archival Black Ink
Ribbon from stash

News Flash . . . Yo!

This week's challenge at Paper Smooches was a color challenge.  I thought I had some pattern paper that would match up nicely . . . We R Memories Chalkboard line . . . which I absolutely love.  It pulled in the teal, light purple and orange, and I pulled in the Kraft as my base of the card.

Admittedly, my lighting must be a little off.  My lavender is a little more on the pink side in these photos.   However, here is my design . . .

I love to paper piece, and that's how I "built" my television.  I used black rhinestones for the top of the antenna and two of the knobs on the retro television.  for the larger dial, I popped the stamped image.  

Boob Tubes is one of my favorite sets from Paper Smooches, so I'm often drawn to it for some cute cards to catch up with friends. 

Supplies Used:  
Bazzill Cardstock
We R Memories Chalkboard pattern paper
Paper Smooches Boob Tubes and Slang Gang Stamps
Memento Ink
Queen & Co.
Ribbon from Stash

Inspired by "Lace"

This week's Heart 2 Heart challenge was lace!  I immediately thought of the For Always paper collection and the stamp that came with last year's kit.

I stamped and embossed with white to create the lacy fan at the top of the card.  I used a single jewel to check off my "I Love You Because" selection.  

Always fun to create! 

All product is Close To My Heart except the card base, which is Bazzill and the ribbon, which is from Denami.  

Heart 2 Heart - Shape Up

Last week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart was "You Better Shape Up" so a shapely card was in order. 

I had the Babycakes paper and I thought a train would be perfect.  So I set to work to make an A2 size steam train.  I used the Washi Wonder set on the base of the train, and who better to engineer then the giraffe from Wild Wonders.  

 I used a few different sentiment stamp sets to finish things off.  This was a fun creation, as I love to build and figure things out from scratch.

Love that little giraffe peeking out the window. 

All supplies are Close To My Heart except for the ribbon (steam) which is from Denami Stamps.  

Friday, October 25, 2013

Just the Ticket for Mojo Monday

I had a little fun working with my scraps and coming up with something for this weeks Mojo Monday sketch.

The horizontal border was calling to me and I knew it was perfect for my Stamps of Life monthly kit.

Now I have no idea what paper company this pattern paper was originally from, because I have a habit of taking scraps from a layout and breaking them down into card size pieces.  I will say that this was a perfect paper for my stamps and dies.  The colors were bright and cheerful and the prints had a bit of texture to them.  

I used the ticket dies for the tickets and the little banner pieces peaking out at the bottom.  

For ink I used Ranger Archival, and I must say that I am loving it for stamps with detailed writing.  The images are very crisp!  

Aren't those tickets adorable!  

Supplies Used
Bazzill Cardstock
Pattern Paper from Scrap Stash
Stamps from The Stamps of Life
Dies from The Stamps of Life and Sizxix
Ribbon from Denami
Ink from Ranger (Archival)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Seasons Greetings for Sparks Challenge

Little time to "play" this week, but found some time this evening to create a little something for Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.

A sketch this week . . .


And here is my design . . .

I saw this cute paper in my stash . . . no bar code . . . no idea who made it, but it seemed perfect for this challenge.  I added some embossed snowflakes on the ski slope.  A fun little card to make. 

Supplies Used:
Bazzill Cardstock
Pattern Paper from my scrap stash
Paper Smooches Stamps
Colorbox Ink
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Close To My Heart Embossing Powder

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Painted Edges for Seize the Sketch

This was a Thursday night project.  I know this because on Friday at work a co-worker pointed out the paint that was on my arm.  I had it all washed off my hands . . . but not my forearms.  Hazards of a creative person!

This design was created using a sketch from Seize the Sketch.  Here is the sketch . . .

And here is my design . . .

I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint to dress up the edges on the right and left of the card, as well as to "ink" the edges of the pattern paper pieces and to stamp two of the three "happy birthday" sentiments.  

I love the look of the paint on the two sides.  It's almost like a chalk effect. 

Finished reading?  Then go create! 

Supplies Used
Bazzill Cardstock
Pattern Paper from Scrap Stash
Twine and Button from my leftover stash
Tim Holtz Distress Paint
Stamp from Paper Smooches
Memento Black Ink

Little Black Dress Meets Mojo

I challenged myself throughout the work week to create some cards after work, rather than my usual chillaxin' in front of the television.  This was one of my creations which was a cross between this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge and Mojo Monday Sketch.

Heart 2 Heart's challenge was "Little Black Dress."  I immediately knew which stamp set I would be using . . . Fashionista!  I love black and white, so this was right up my alley!  

So here is the sketch I worked from . . . 

And here is my design . . .

I used the For Always paper along with some of that awesome sparkly paper that was part of a promotion last year.   The sentiment is from Perfect Fit Birthday. 

All product used is Close To My Heart except for the ribbon which was from my jar of ribbon scraps. 

Now go create! 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Embossed City Scene for Paper Smooches SPARKS

I love the opportunity to play with my Paper Smooches stamps, and I loved this week's inspirational photo at Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  When I first saw the photo, I was stuck for a moment because I couldn't think of anything "lacy" about my PS stamps.  But the more I looked, the more I saw embossing.  It was like the edges of what appears to be a lacy votive candle holder were embossed edges that had been trimmed out.  

So that's where I took my inspiration, and I got busy Wednesday night creating!  I had to emboss and then trim so those embossed edges were defined like lace.  

So here is my design . . .

I used white embossing powder on the cityscape, and a pewter for the road, the cab and the sentiment.  I trimmed out both cityscape pieces and layered one over the other, and then trimmed out my cab and layered that as well.   The embossed edges were inspired from the photo. 

The cab added that little bit of candle glow.  I love to emboss, so this was a fun card to create. 

Supplies Used

American Crafts and Bazzill Cardstock
Pattern Paper from my Scrap Bin
Stamps from Paper Smooches
Zing Embossing Powder from American Crafts
Ribbon from Denami

CAS-ual Fridays - Sequins and Chevrons

This started our clean and simple, and then I was suddenly grabbling all kinds of things within eye-shot.  It's my crafting A.D.D. which kicks in . . . see a piece of paper, pick it up . . . see an embellishment, pick it up.  But I digress . . . as usual. 

I was inspired by a photo from StampNation World Card Making Day.  Now . . . you'll see this photo and you'll see this card and you'll say . . . "Huh?"  But when I first saw the photo my brain went to one particular stamp in my collection and it was right on my work surface because I was planning to use it for CAS-ual Friday's challenge.

So here is the inspiration photo from StampNation. . .