Sunday, April 24, 2016

Muse Challenge #162 - Lucky Me

It's interesting to think about the elements of a card and how it inspires another card. 

Today I played around with the Muse Challenge - #162 to be specific.  Here is the Muse's card . . .


Now admittedly, my card is a bit different.  I was inspired by the flowers that were stamped and die cut with their white outline.  So I thought I would stamp my flowers with a white embossed outline, and instead popping my flowers with dimension, I would pop the entire panel. 

I used Inktense pencils to color my flowers.  I was also inspired by the script sentiment and was sure to include one of those.  

Always fun to play along.  I hope you can find some time to stamp. 

Supplies Used - Lucky Me
Cardstock:  Neenah
Stamps:  Bold Blooms from Essentials by Ellen
Dies:  Stitched Circle from Simon Says Stamp
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine, Ranger White Embossing Powder, Inktense Pencils (Derwent)
Ribbon: Stampin' Up
Other:  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Curtain Call - Mr. and Mrs.

I was reminded by a friend that I was abusing my blog, as I hadn't posted anything new in a couple of weeks.  Indeed she was right . . . I have been super busy at work, and I had switched gears for a bit to work on some scrapbook pages that needed to go from my brain to a page protector.  I'll have to share a few of those down the road. 

So today I'm sharing a card that I created for Curtain Call's challenge, which was to keep it simple!  And man, was this card simple. 

I let the pattern paper do the work for me here.  The pattern paper had those awesome blocks of color separated by that shiny bold line.  So I just stamped my sentiments in Versamark, added some gold embossing powder . . . a few sequins . . . SIMPLE! 

I hope you find some time to create today! 

Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp*
Pattern Paper:  My Mind's Eye Fancy That*
Stamps:  Congratulations from Simon Says Stamp*
Ink:  Versamark and Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
Other:  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh

*from Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit

Friday, April 8, 2016

Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop - April - Shaker Cards

Welcome to. . .

It's month three of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products. We hope you got the chance to hop with us in January for the emboss resist technique, in February for ink layering and in March for inlaid dies.  It's not too late to hop and comment.

If you missed January's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE.
February's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE.
March's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE.

This month we will be creating shaker cards and you won't want to miss the amazing and fun cards we have for you today.  We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop. Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.

Now on with the projects.

My projects each have a little twist that is different.  I'll start with a shaker that I made using the same supplies as my Merry Monday card from last week, which you can check out here.   And here is the shaker using the same supplies . . . 

For this card I used a combination of confetti and some little die cut snow hats, one for each critter.  The nice part about these hats . . . they're too large to flip over and have the back side show, so they're a great option for shakers.  Just be sure they can't flip.   And keep an eye on that window size, because it is the negative image of a die that I'll be using in my fourth card. 

For my second card, I created both of my backgrounds, and used a sentiment within a die cut shape for my shaker window. 

I also used a combination of flower sequins, regular cupped sequins and beads.   

Card # 3 was similar . . . a die cut shape as my shaker . . . and this one is pretty tiny.

I used a mix of confetti and different sized cupped sequins to create this card.  I imagine that this is an irish mocha iced latte.   In the background . . . pattern paper. 

This next card  uses the die that was cut from the negative space of card #1.  I use all pieces . . . negative and positive.  For this ccard, the shaker is the popped window. 

And for this one . . . micro-beads.   The slide back and forth super fast and they remind me of an ice winter storm or a rainy day. 

And my final card . . . a see-through shaker card where the sentiment shows through . . .

So this one has a window sheet on both sides, so the sentiment that is on the inside of the card is showing through.  Here is the inside of the card . . . it's like a floating window. 

Just in case you get lost along the way, here's today's line-up. 

I am the last stop on the hop, so on behalf of the entire Technique Team, I hope you were inspired to make a shaker card of your own. 

Happy crafting.  

Supplies Used -  We Wish You a Merry Christmas Shaker
Stamps:  Yuletide Birdies (Poppystamps)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), R39 Garnet (Copic)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Stitched Film Strip die (Pretty Pink Posh); Raspberry Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); White Wink of Stella (Zig); Musical Note Sequins; Window Sheet (Graffix)

Supplies Used -  Happy Easter Shaker
Stamps:  Easter Hodge Podge Stamps (Lil' Inkers)
Ink:  Canary, Cotton Candy, Gypsy, Lagoon, Pear, Sorbet (Close To My Heart); Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Springtime Mix and Summer Flower Mix Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); White Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Supplies Used - Let's Venti
Stamps:  Oh Frappe (Essentials by Ellen)
Ink:  Cup O'Joe (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Switchboard (Pink Paislee)
Accessories:  Oh Frappe Dies (Essentials by Ellen); Window Sheet (Graffix); Copper, Sparkling Clear, Espresso, Sand Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Supplies Used - Thanks Friend Shaker
Stamps:  Natural Beauties (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); E18 Copper, YR68 Orange, R24 Prawn, R27 Cadmium Red, 0 Colorless Blender (Copic)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Sparking Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Nail Art Beads

Supplies Used - Birthday Wishes Shaker
Stamps:  Birthday Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper:  Schoolhouse Red (Simon Says Stamp); Life in Color (Simple Stories); Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Sequins (Studio Calico); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Life in Color Stickers (Simple Stories); Window Sheet (Graffix); Postage Dies (Simon Says Stamp)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Christmas Carol for Merry Monday

This week's challenge at Merry Monday was to create a card using a Christmas Carol for inspiration. I needed some carolers to get the job done, so I found some feathered critters to help me out. 

My song was "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and I went with neutral colors for this card and only added a pop of red with those little, popped stocking caps and my red sequins.  I had lots of fun creating this card.  

Later this week I will be participating in a hop on shaker cards, and I will be creating a shaker card using this same  stamp set and these same little critters.  So stop by on Saturday for . . .

 I hope you find some time to create today. 

Supplies Used -  We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Stamps:  Yuletide Birdies (Poppystamps)
Ink:  Black Onyx (Versafine), Antique White and Poppy Red (Derwent Inktense Pencils)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah) Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Raspberry Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); White Pen (Signo Uniball)