Monday, August 31, 2015

3 for Heart 2 Heart

Three cards to share, all for Heart 2 Heart challenges in August.

Yesterday I shared my Birthday Bash card for the first challenge in August.  First up today is a card for Week 2, which was Ticket to Ride.  Here is my card . . .

 I found this stamp set, Enjoy Your Day, from a few years back, and "enjoy the ride" on ticket seemed appropriate for the challenge.  I used the Brushed paper pack which is gorgeous stuff.  I did add some sequins in to add a little sparkle. 

My next card is for the Good Day Sunshine card.  Now, let me just say that I had some stamp sets with suns on them.  But I was drawn more to the colors of the sun, and creating a card for someone who might make me feel amazing sunny myself.  Here is my card . . .

I created the background for my card using  Dizzy Circles Flair and four different Close To My Heart Colors.  For the sentiment I used Smiles Begin With You, which I think is a beautiful sentiment.  I embossed in white on some vellum and placed it over some matching cardstock.

My third card was for the Working 9 to 5 Challenge.  I work in an office, so of course, some sort of office equipment was going to be my subject matter . . .

Now I wanted some color on my card, so it seemed appropriate to add in some pattern papers from the Brushed paper pack, but I also included  some of that awesome black and white stripe paper from La Vie En Rose

That typewriter image from Typed Note is an amazing image.  While I never used a typewriter from that era, I do love the image.

I love that I've gotten back into the H2H Challenges and hope I can keep it going in September.  I have plenty of supplies, and the challenges are great for using them.

I hope you find some time to create.

Supplies Used  - Enjoy the Ride
Cardstock:  Close To My Heart
Pattern Paper:  Brushed from Close To My Heart
Stamps:  It's Your Day from Close To My Heart
Ink:  Close To My Heart
Ribbon:  Colorless Seam Binding from Close To My Heart (Retired)
Other:  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Circle Punch to create ticket notches

Supplies Used - Smiles Begin With You
Cardstock:  Close To My Heart and Bazzill Vellum
Stamps:  Dizzy Circles and Smiles Begin With You from Close To My Heart
Ink:  Close To My Heart, Versamark and Ranger White Detail Embossing Powder
Ribbon:  Colorless Seam Binding from Close To My Heart (Discontinued)
Other:  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and We R Memories Corner Chomper

Supplies Used - A Little Message For You
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Close To My Heart
Pattern Paper: Close To My Heart
La Vie En Rose and Brushed Paper Packs
Stamps:  Typed Note from Close To My Heart
Ink:  Close To My Heart
Ribbon:  Colorless Seam Binding from Close To My Heart (Retired)
Other:  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Zebra and a Pachyderm

I have a few creations to share tonight.

First up is a creation for Color Throwdown combined with the My Favorite Things Sketch.  

Here is my card . . .

 I used pattern papers that had embossing on them.  I also stamped my banner on that blue striped pattern paper so it would blend in.  The zebra was the perfect image for a little black and white. 

Next up is a card for Heart 2 Heart's first challenge of this month which was "Birthday Bash."  For this card I used some new supplies that I had recently received from Close To My Heart.  Love how this card turned out.  

I cut strips of the pattern paper and alternated them side by side leaving a tiny bit of white background showing.  I then embossed the star background and made a trio of tags for my little forgetful  pachyderm.

Loving this new paper pack.

Supplies Used - Go Wild
Cardstock:  Bazzill Cardstock and Vellum
Pattern Paper:  DCWV
Stamps:  Banner Greetings and Wild Things from My Favorite Things
Dies:  Banner Greetings and Cross-Stitch Circle Dies from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Hero Arts
Other:  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Supplies Used - Forgot Your Birthday
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Close To My Heart
Pattern Paper:  Kaleidoscope from Close To My Heart
Stamps:  Charming Cascades and Animal Greetings from Close To My Heart
Dies:  Tag Buddies Dies from CAS-ual Fridays for Stamp of Approval's Friendship Collection
Ink:  Close To My Art, Versamark, Ranger Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder, and Zig Clean Color Bush Markers
Ribbon:  Colorless Seam Binding from Close To My Heart (Discontinued)
Other:  Green Shimmer Trim from Close To My Heart

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Peace, Love and Sparkly Stuff

I nearly forgot to post this card tonight, which is a mix of two challenges . . . the sketch at Reverse Confetti combined with the color combination suggested at Merry Monday . . .

Now, I did add one additional color  . . . the craft cardstock.  I wanted something other than green, white or red for that top panel so my ribbon and holly embellishment would show . . . so in with a kraft colored cardstock.

For the tag, to get the dark and light green, I did a direct to paper color swipe of a Hero Arts Ombre Ink pad.  Love this effect on the tag.

So glad to get back into Merry Monday holiday mode . . . I've got lots of cards to create before the Christmas season is upon me.

I hope you find some time to create!

Supplies Used - Peace, Love and Sparkly Stuff
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Neenah
Pattern Paper:  Stampin' Up
Stamps:  Tinsel & Trim from Reverse Confetti
Dies:  Tag Me Too from Reverse Confetti
Ink:  Hero Arts Ombre, Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up Satin and American Crafts Glitter Tape
Other:  Holly Embellishment Stickers from my stash

Hey Chickie . . . for Paper Smooches

Well, I think this is one of the shortest lists of supplies I've had for a card, which goes to show you can make creations without a lot of bling! 

The inspiration for this card was the sketch from Paper Smooches . . .

And here is my card . . .

Paper piecing is such an effective way to embellish a card.  This one was fun to create.

Supplies Used - Chickie
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Pattern Paper:  Simple Stories Vintage Bliss
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Chubby Chums
Ink:  Hero Arts and Copic Marker

Sunshine Shaker

Combining two challenges to create this morning's card . . . a color challenge from Colour Me and a photo inspiration from my online happy place, StampNation

Here is my card . . .

And here was the inspiration for the card . . .

The color inspiration speaks for itself, and I will say these are some awesome colors together.  What intrigued me on the photo of the bottle was the glittery images up against the glass container.  It inspired me to create a flat shaker with flat confetti where it is pressed against the clear plastic window. 

My first flat shaker!  I definitely want to make more. 

I hope you find some creative time today! 

Supplies Used - Sunshine
Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp* and Bazzill
Pattern Paper:  Simple Stories Summer Vibes*
Stamps:  Flip Flop Season from Simon Says Stamp*
Dies:  Sunshine Die from Simon Says Stamp* and Die-namics Blueprints 26 from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Simon Says Stamp Storage Pocket*, "Magic Fairy Dust" from Martha Stewart Iridescent Hearts & Stars Glitter Set*, "Summertime" Pillow Puffs Stickers by October Afternoon*

*from Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit

Friday, August 28, 2015

Make a Wish Inkspirational Challenge

This week's Inkspirational Challenges Word Prompt was MELT!  I thought about snow.  I thought about ice.  But it's way too soon to think about winter, so I landed on candles . . . birthday candles!  I made a little shaker card . . .

And I also managed to melt some embossing powder for my "Make a Wish" sentiment.  I love to watch embossing powder melt across one of my projects.  There's nothing quite like the power of a heat gun.  Mesmerizing! 

Was pleased with how this one turned out . . . those beads are so fun and colorful.  

Supplies Used - Make A Wish
Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp*
Pattern Paper:  Bazzill Gold Foil Cardstock*
Stamps:  Big Birthday Wishes from Simon Says Stamp*
Dies:  Stitched Mats from Lil' Inker
Ink:  Hero Arts, Versamark and Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
Other:  Wink of Stella, Sequins from Pretty Pink Post, Beads from Simon Says Stamp

*from Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

Pretty Patterns for CAS-ual Fridays

I am absolutely hooked on some new product that I got from my Stamp of Approval box from Catherine Pooler.   It was loaded with some supplies created by CAS-ual Fridays which I used on my card for the challenge this month which was "pretty patterns".  I was also inspired by a StampNation challenge a few weeks back, which was "Friends". 

I used the Curtis Background and Girlfriend stamps to create my card, along with the Friend die, all from CAS-ual Fridays.  For the Curtis Background, I used a Hero Arts ombre ink pad, and I didn't use consistent pressure so I could get a bit of a distressed feel to it.  Love the ombre ink!  On the right side of the card base itself, I created a crisp pattern of white embossed phrases and flowers from the Girlfriend stamp, and then added the Friend die in a silver and black layer along with some sequins. 

I just love this Curtis Background stamp and the font on the Girlfriend stamps is so happy indeed!  My understanding is that while the box is sold out, the product within the box will be available for sale in 2016. 

Keep you eye on these products in 2016, and don't miss out on the next Stamp of Approval box which is already in the works.  It is going to be fabulous, I'm sure.  I know that I can't wait!

Now, go create!

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up, Neenah
Stamps: Curtis Background and Girlfriend Stamps from CAS-ual Fridays
Dies:  Friend die from CAS-ual Fridays
Ink:  Hero Arts Ombre, Versamark, Ranger White Embossing Powder
Other:  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Silver Deco Sheet, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Doily from Bo Bunny

Monday, August 24, 2015

T-shirt Frenzy for Pals Paper Arts

I've been on a bit of a t-shirt frenzy working with some felt that I have.  I created one card yesterday, and it seemed appropriate to continue the fun by creating a second one.  This one is for the sketch at Pals Paper Arts . . .


And here is my card . . .

Another fun card using the t-shirt dies and stamps from The Stamps of Life.  Love that little silver hanger. 

Hope you find some time to create!  It does make the day better. 

Supplies Used - Birthday Girl T-shirt
Cardstock:  The Stamps of Life and Silver POW Paper from American Crafts
Pattern Paper:  The Stamps of Life
Stamps:  The Stamps of Life (tshirt2stamp)
Dies: T-shirt Dies
Ink:  Stazon
Ribbon:  Twine from The Stamps of Life April Card Kit
Other:  Felt Flower from The Stamps of Life* and Pretty Pink Posh Sequins
*from February Card Kit

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Creative Sunday

I love a lazy, creative Sunday, and that's exactly what today was for me.

I have three cards to share today for three challenges that inspired me.

First up is this week's Muse Challenge . . . 

I was inspired by the background stamp on the left, although I went with a different color scheme (and different stamps, dies, embellishments . . . but you know what I mean).  

I used supplies from my new Stamp of Approval box from Catherine Pooler.  The supplies were from the "friendship" box which has already sold out.  Mine arrived last week, and I will tell you that it has been awesome fun! 

Highly recommend you get on the waiting list for the next box. 

My second card was inspired by this week's Freshly Made Sketch . . .

And here is my card . . .

On this card I used supplies from The Stamps of Life's Stamp and Die of the month, and I used pattern papers from the April Card Kit.  I love how this one turned out using felt for the t-shirt.  I have a few more of these in the works.  Oh the possibilities!

And then finally, for Color Throwdown, some colors that leaned a little toward fall . . .

 More Stamps of Life for this one . . . the latest Monthly Card kit (August).

I got matchy, matchy with all the chevron pattern papers.  For the "happiness" sentiment, I started with a piece of white cardstock which I inked up in black.  I then used layers of clear embossing powder.   Super thick and shiny!  Love how it turned out. 

It was a great weekend for creating.  I hope you were inspired to do something crafty.

Supplies Used - Love Ya
Cardstock:  Neenah and Bazzill
Stamps:  Curtis Background from CAS-ual Fridays*
Dies:  Love Ya Die and Friendly Flowers, both from CAS-ual Fridays*
Ink:  Hero Arts Ombre Ink
Other:  Bright White Mix Sequins from Lucy's Cards*

*from Stamp of Approval Friendship Collection
Supplies Used -  Awesome Sister
Cardstock and Pattern Paper from the Stamps of Life April Card Kit
Twine from The Stamps of Life September Card Kit
Stamps and Dies from The Stamps of Life (tshirt2stamp, sayings4shirts and T-shirt Dies)
Felt from The Stamps of Life, Staz-on Ink and Pretty Pink Post Sequins

Supplies Used - Happiness
Supplies for this card were from The Stamps of Life August Card Kit
Other Supplies:  Versamark, Versafine and Clear Embossing Powder; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Stamp Ink Paper meets Paper Smooches

I mixed the challenges for Stamp In Paper and Paper Smooches to come up with a card . . .

I used my Inktense Pencils to watercolor on Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.  The color inspiration was from Stamp Ink Paper's photo inspiration . . .

SIP Inspiration 10
 I used some Wink of Stella on the white parts of the flowers, and some Liquid Glass to make my jar look like a jar.  

I'm off to go create with friends!  Nothing better than catching up while cutting and pasting.

Supplies Used - Thanks a Lot
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Neenah
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Best Buds Stamp Set
Ink:  Versafine Black and Inktense Pencils
Ribbon:  Ellen Hutson
Other:  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart and Wink of Stella

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Two More to Share

I'm sharing two more cards today. 

First up, for Just Add Ink, a card created using supplies from Studio Calico's recent card kit.  Just Add Ink had a sketch . . .

JAI #275

And here is my card . . .

The interesting element to this card is the scratch off circle, which was perfect for this sketch.  Beneath that scratch area, the phrase is completed.  I meant to take a photo of what's below the scratch area, but I completely forgot.  What's beneath it is a stamped butterfly with the sentiment of "thanks". 

My second card was inspired by this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenge . . . Simon Says Food and/or Drink.  Here is my card . . .

These panels were taken from the Simon Says Stamp August card kit and seemed perfect for this card.  Lemonade and frozen treats!  Yum.  For the sentiment, I filled in my stamped image with the awesome Sakura pen that came in the kit. 

Go get crafty! 

Supplies Used - Just Wanted to Say - Scratch
Card was created using cardstock, pattern paper, and scratch off stickers from Studio Calico's Pop Art Card Kit.  Other supplies used were Hero Arts Ink, Stampin' Up Ink, Darice Silver Thread and Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Supplies Used - Hello
Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp*
Pattern Paper:  Simple Stories "Summer Vibes" collection*
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Clear Stamp Set "Flip Flop Season"*
Ink:  Simon Says Stamp and Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen
Other:  "Summertime" Pillow Puffs Stickers by October Afternoon* and Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

*from Simon Says Stamp August 2015 Card Kit

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Masculine Card - A Feminine Card - Take Two

Yesterday I posted both a masculine and feminine card for different challenges.  I thought I would do the same today.  So first, the masculine card which was created for this week's sketch challenge for My Favorite Things.  Here is the sketch . . .

And here is my card . . .

The pattern paper I had came from a Studio Calico kit.  I wanted to cut my circle using the MFT Cross Stitch die, and one of the patterns had summer phrases that I thought would be a good thing to center and showcase within the dies.  And so using four different circles in the set, I cut away.

I also used word dies . . . happy birthday . . . from MFT Blueprints 26 set. 

It is definitely not my usual style of card . . . a stretch for me, indeed.

But my feminine card was right up my alley!  I love how this card turned out.   I used the color combination at the Pals Paper Arts Challenge . . .  PPA263

Although my shade of purple is definitely a little lighter than what was intended.

 I used the negative of the "friend" word die, as I loved the bold color with the white behind it. 

I've been know to create linear cards and scrapbook layouts.  This is definitely a linear card.  I love some linear goodness.

Happy Monday!

Supplies Used - MFT Birthday
Cardstock:  Bazzill*
Pattern Paper:  Studio Calico*
Dies:  My Favorite Things Cross-Stitch Circle Dies and Blueprints 26
Ink:  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Other:  Veneer Plus Signs from Studio Calico

Supplies Used - Friend
Card created using supplies from The Stamps of Life July Card Kit, along with Hero Arts Ink