Monday, March 31, 2014

Heart 2 Heart Marathon

Tonight was a marathon night of creating for Heart 2 Heart challenges in the month of March, as the deadline is fast approaching by hours.

The first week was a Triple Play challenge.  It was the 3rd day of the 3rd month, so the challenge was to create a card using three of something on your card.  With Easter fast approaching, I created a card with three bunnies . . .

The second week was Feeling Lucky.  While a card with shamrocks would have been appropriate, I decided to create a card that could be given to someone who makes me feel lucky for being in my life.  Here is my card:

The third week was the Pantone challenge, to use a combination of colors from the fashion world.  I used Smoothie, Honey, and Sky, although some of the color in mine was second generation to get the desired result, and I did add a couple of other shades.  Here is my design . . .

The final challenge was Country Flair.  For that challenge I found an old paper pack with some patchwork design and created what looked like a view of the country.  What says country like a tire swinging from a tree!

I might not have thought it possible to create four cards in one evening, but the inspiration was fabulous.

All product used in these creations was from Close To My Heart . . . using up my stash!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Merry Monday - Inspired by a Friend

I was blessed this weekend to spend Thursday thru Sunday at a crop with friends, and one of those friends inspired me to create a card.

Hmmm . . . inspired or challenged?  It might have been more like a challenge.  She had purchased a stamp that she loved for the amount of detail it had within the image, but she was struggling with how to use the stamp.

It didn't take me long to figure out why.  The detail is gorgeous, but it ends with the shape of the stamp.  It doesn't taper off and fade out.  So I was challenged to create something using the stamp and I used Merry Monday Christmas Challenge to create a card. The challenge was to create a card using grey, red and white.  Here is my design . . .

 I used Memento Gray Flannel ink layered with Versamark for the image.  I then clear embossed, and it gave a glisten that really added to the image.  We tried ink alone, which was also gorgeous. 

 And there was another card where Santa was showing thru a window, but alas the internet was not cooperating and would not upload the photo. 

Another Christmas card done, with thanks to my friend for the challenge!  

Supplies Used - Merry Monday Santa
Cardstock: Neenah and American Crafts
Pattern Paper:  Carta Bella
Stamps: The Stamps of Life (sentiments)
Dies:  The Stamps of Life
Ink:  Memento and Versamark
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Stampin' Up Clear Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Gradient Stamping for AEI(Heart)U Challenge

Ombre/Gradient was Challenge #3 at AEI(Heart)U.  So I pulled out my Written in the Stars Stamp set and some ink and got to work creating a gradient sky for my stars . . . darkest in the deep sky and lighter as you get lower. 

I clear embossed my stars on white cardstock prior to inking up my sky.  The sentiment is embossed in black.

Challenge 3

Supplies Used - AEI(Heart)U Gradient
Cardstock:  Neenah
Stamps:  Avery Elle
Ink:  Versamark and Versafine
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Stampin' Up Clear Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Friday, March 28, 2014

Easter Greetings for Reverse Confetti

There is this amazing stamp group that I belong to called StampNation.  I've been a member for a couple of years now, and for a minimal fee each month I have access to over 400 videos, numerous tutorials, a gallery full of photos of member creations, and the ability to converse with some very creative people from all over the globe.  It has also afforded me the opportunity to discover stamp companies I never new existed . . . which is awesome if you are a crazy stamper like me.

So when StampNation had their birthday a few months back, I was introduced to Reverse Confetti.  They have some absolutely adorable and whimsical stamps, and here is one of their latest which I could not wait to play with . . .

I started with the March Sketch from Reverse Confetti's blog.  I just had to turn these bunnies into Peeps!  I stamped my images onto some of the solid colors of Carta Bella paper from the 6 x 6 pad I was working with, and after they were die cut, I covered them in Versamark and embossed to get that sugary sparkle.

You know that Spring is on the horizon when the Peeps show up in the stores. 

Here is the sketch that I followed while creating this card . . .

SFYTT10_Mar14Supplies Used - Reverse Confetti Easter Card
Cardstock:  Neenah
Pattern Paper:  Carta Bella
Stamps:  Reverse Confetti
Dies:  Reverse Confetti
Ink:  Memento and Versamark
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Embossing Powder from Stampendous

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kit Kraft Wednesday - Thanks Bunches

Another Kit Club Wednesday, and another card to save my collecting hobby.  Today I'm playing with my stamps and dies from The Stamp of Life.  I used a sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping, and here is my design . . .

This just screams SPRING!!!!  There's wet and snowy weather in the forecast.  

 Just using my stash! 

Supplies Used - Thanks Bunches
Cardstock:  Neenah
Pattern Paper:  DCWV Spring Mix
Stamps:  The Stamps of Life
Dies:  The Stamps of Life
Ink:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Sprinkles Glitter from The Stamps of Life

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fusion Card Challenge

I happened upon another new challenge that I've never participated in before.  It is the Fusion Card Challenge where you have a photo inspiration and a sketch.  You can use one or the other, or you can use both.  I decided to use both to create my card . . .

The pattern paper for my card is a Stampin' Up holiday paper from last year, but I thought it would work perfectly for this design.  I created my focal panel using Lucky Limeade and Summer Starfruit.  My sentiment is a simple "hi" so that my inside could be anything I wanted.

Here is the Fusion sketch/photo . . .

Supplies Used - Fusion "Hi" Card
Cardstock, Designer Series Paper, Ribbon, Stamps and Ink are all Stampin' Up
Sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Birthday Greeting for Freshly Made Sketches

With some leftover paper scraps from a scrapbook layout, I created a card for Freshly Made Sketches.

 There was a section of the pattern paper that had clouds, and I cut the smallest two balloons from those clouds.  The stars were filled in with Liquid Pearls.  My sentiment was stamped using Avery Elle pigment ink with clear embossing powder.

My balloon strings were created using white pigment ink from Color Box and then clear embossed.  

Supplies Used - Freshly Made Sketches
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Pattern Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamps:  Lil' Inker Designs
Dies:  Lil' Inker Designs
Ink:  Avery Elle and Color Box
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Stampin' Up Clear Embossing Powder, Liquid Pearls

Elfin' Greeting for Merry Monday

There was an adorable stamp set from Pink by Design called "Elfed" that I just fell in love with when it was released.  I used it this week for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.

 The challenge was . . .

 I had fun paper piecing my elf legs with pattern papers, oddly enough, from DCWV's Spring Mix paper collection.  The colors fit!

 I cut banners from the collection as well.  Added some bling in the form of the square mosaic tiles from DCWV.  And then I dug up the tiniest rhinestones I could find to be the "bells" on the elf boots. 

Whimsical greeting!  I think I know exactly who this card will go to come holiday time.

Supplies Used - Merry Monday Elf Card
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Pattern Paper:  DCFW Spring Mix
Stamps:  Pink by Design
Ribbon:  American Crafts
Other:DCFW Mosaic Tiles, CTMH Rhinestones

Thursday, March 20, 2014

You Bring Color Into My Life

Freshly Made Sketches had a great sketch this week, and while I didn't link up, I did play along.  I decided to add a bit of a challenge to myself, and that was a white space challenge.  I decided to use a white card base for the card, and I did what I could to keep the white space white!  (This is no easy task for me.)

Here is my design . . .

Inking all of the edges made a huge difference in defining the images on this card, but I had to be extra careful not to get any ink smudges, as that would have resulted in "cover ups" which means a loss of white space.  

I used scraps of paper to create my crayons.  I have to say I was stamping "hello" onto each of the crayon images . . . dead center horizontally, and then I realized that the crayons would not all have "hello" showing exactly right . . . depending on how the crayon rolled.  So I got super anal and stamped off the the edge.  (Yes - I'm nuts!)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kit Kraft Wednesday - Happy

My use it or lose it card this week was again created from my Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit.  I created this card using the sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping Challenge.  Here is my design . . .

I let my pattern paper do more of the talking on this card, choosing to stamp my sentiment only.  There were three stamps to make up the sentiment, and I think I spent most of my time trying to figure out where to stamp it and how to separate the three pieces.  Decisions, decisions. 

Here is the sketch that inspired the card, along with the supplies used . . .

Supplies Used - You Bring Me Happy
Cardstock:  Bazzill from Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit
Pattern Paper:  Lawn Fawn "Hello Sunshine" from SSS March Kit
Stamps:  Simon Says "Color and Sunshine" from SSS March Kit
Dies:  Sizzix Circle Die
Ink:  Memento Ink
Ribbon:  Lawn Fawn Trimmings Cord Twine from SSS March Kit
Other:  Sequins from SSS March Kit

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Smile . . . for CAS(E) this Sketch

Playing along with this week's CAS(E) this Sketch and here is my design . . .

I let my pattern paper do most of the talking on this one, so the challenge was finding the right combinations so that they blend together well and one doesn't overpower another.  I was pleased with the result. 

Here is the sketch that inspired my design, along with the supplies used. 

Supplies Used - Smile
Cardstock:  Bazzill from Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit
Pattern Paper:  Lawn Fawn "Hello Sunshine" from SSS March Kit
Stamps:  Simon Says "Color and Sunshine" from SSS March Kit
Dies:  Sizzix
Ink:  Memento Ink
Ribbon:  Lawn Fawn Trimmings Cord Twine from SSS March Kit
Other:  Sequins from SSS March Kit

Monday, March 17, 2014

Watercolor Doodle

I made an attempt to combine some challenges to create this card.  One was a color challenge to combine Certainly Celery, Tangerine Tango and Basic Gray to create a card (which was the Color Throwdown Challenge, but I did not enter this card due to timing).  The second was a doodle challenge with my online stamp group at StampNation (by far the best online group that I've ever had the privilege of being involved).  And the third is a new challenge I stumbled on while perusing blogger the other night, and that is Virginia's View Challenge.  Their challenge was to create a watercolor card. 

So here combines the colors, the doodles and watercolor . . .

I'm not sure that the Basic Gray lends itself to being the best for watercolor, but I certainly had some fun creating this card.

Supplies Used - Thanks Watercolor
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Strathmore Watercolor
Stamps: Close To My Heart
Ink:  Stampin' Up and Versamark
Other:  Stampin' Up Black Embossing Powder

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bunches of Wishes for The Card Concept 5

I've been playing along with The Card Concept since the challenge started up this year.  It's a great challenge that asks you to identify your style.  Here is the fifth challenge  for The Card Concept.

I think I gained five pounds just looking at those cake pops.  They look absolutely yummy.

Now I typically go with "Clean and Layered" as my style, and today was no different.  Instead of using a pattern/designer paper, I created my own.  Here is my design . .

The balloon stamps were from Lil' Inker Designs, and it required some pretty serious masking to get the effect I was looking for, which was a lot of balloons.  I used Scotch's 2-inch Post-It tape for my masks, and I kept the bottom couple of inches of my panel white so I could stamp my sentiment. The ribbon border covers the separation. 

Looking forward to seeing what next week's inspiration has to offer.

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Neenah
Stamps:  Lil' Inker Designs
Ink:  Stampin' Up
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Rhinestones from Close To My Heart  and Scotch 2" Post-it Tape

Brewin' Up Wishes for Seize the Sketch

Another creation for Seize the Sketch, and this one features one of my favorite things.  Coffee!  I can never resist a stamp set that has anything to do with coffee, and the one from Reverse Confetti did not deter me.  The fact that it had separate little stamps for the coffee in your cup just made it irresistible. 

Here is my design . . . 

I paper-pieced my coffee cup.  I stamped using green embossing powder on the cup, and the coffee is on brown cardstock using clear embossing powder (check out that adorable coffee swirl). 

Always fun to play along, and always fun to use items from my stash! 

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  Neenah and Bazzill
Pattern Paper:  Basic Grey
Stamps:  Reverse Confetti Be A Barista
Dies:  Stampin' Up Chalktalk
Ink:  Versamark and Ranger Archival
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Stampin' Up Embossing Powder

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Merry Monday - Joy

This week's Merry Monday Challenge was to use chocolate brown, green gold and white or cream on a Christmas card. 

Do you see any layering on this card?  Well, sure.  You see the layering of the cardstock and pattern paper on the card.  But there are two other places I layered, and it's all about embossing powder.

  • The letters "j" and "y" were stamped using a Little Inkers stamp, and I inked it up in Versamark first and then in Stampin' Up's Lucky Limeade ink.  What's great about that is that your ink is on top and hits the paper first, and then the Versamark is the top layer and you can emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • The bell was cut from a Little Inkers die.  I then covered it in gold ink and clear embossed . . . and then gold ink and clear embossed . . . and then gold ink and clear embossed.  Layers of gold goodness.  

I'm on an embossing craze lately.  Love that shine!  

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Pattern Paper:  Stampin' Up
Stamps:  Lil' Inker Designs
Dies:  Lil' Inker Designs
Ink:  Encore Gold, Versamark, and Ranger Archival
Other:  Stampin' Up Clear Embossing Powder and The Twinery Twine

Avery Elle - Embellishments

I have been falling in love with a few "news stamp companies.  While the companies themselves may not be new, they are new to me.  One of those is Avery Elle.  I've discovered their stamps and I've discovered their new pigment ink, and I'm loving both of them right now.

I came across AEI(heart)U Challenge this week, and I just had to play along.  The challenge was to use embellishments.  Here is my creation  . . .

I used two Avery Elle stamp sets for this card.  The bicycle is from Roll With It and the border is from Link It Up.

For my embellishments (after all, that was the challenge) I used some rhinestones and a wood stick pin, both from Little Yellow Bicycle.    

Now that awesome bicycle image reminds me of my younger years . . . my friend had a bicycle built for two and there was something nostalgic about riding around town on that bike.  Great memories and great fun creating.

Challenge 2

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  Neenah Desert Storm
Pattern Paper:  Basic Grey
Stamps:  Avery Elle Link it Up and Roll With It
Ink:  Avery Elle and Versafine
Ribbon:  Stampin Up
Other:  Rhinestones and Stick Pin from Little Yellow Bicycle

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kit Kraft Wednesday - Rainbows

It's another Kit Kraft Wednesday, and if you follow my blog, you know the rule.  If you don't use your monthly kits that come in the mail, than you have to cancel them.  (Not happening.)

So today I played with a recent arrival:  my March Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.  I decided to use the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch, and here is the sketch.

 And here is my design . . .

I had this idea that the sun shines in the sky, above the clouds and produces rainbows down below.  So I used a sun print paper for one rectangle, the sky/cloud paper for another and displayed a rainbow below. 

 With the exception of my ink and some clear embossing powder, all supplies are from my kit (which is awesome). 

Supplies Used
Cardstock: Bazzill from March Simon Says Stamp Card Kit
Pattern Paper: Lawn Fawn from March SSS Card Kit
Stamps:  Color and Sunshine from March SSS Kit
Ink:  Versafine and Avery Elle
Other:  Sequins from SSS Kit; Clear Embossing Powder from Stampin' Up