Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pattern Paper Inspired for Simon says Stamp

Pattern paper was the challenge this week for Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.  So here is my attempt at a card using supplies from one of last year's card kits. And before I show you the card, let me just say it is awesome to be able to pull out a box from last year that is all matchy-matchy.  Not that I didn't have to figure it all out . . . but just awesome to have an old box.  

Here is my card . . .

Not a lot of stamping on this one, but a lot of pattern paper from that kit.  The stamping was just in that little flower that was stamped in black..  The "dream" sentiment was a die that was embossed with several layers of sparkly powder. 

As a 9 to 5 working girl (9 to 5?  Ha!), I hope you are able to find some time to create today. 

Supplies Used - Dream
Stamps:  Look for the Miracles (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Black (Hero Arts); Versamark
Paper:  Orange Peel and Black Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Believe Pattern Paper (Bo Bunny);
Accessories:  Dream Die (Simon Says Stamp); Black Rainbow Sparkle Embossing Powder (Ranger); Rainbow Enamel Dots (Doodlebug)

Muse Inspiration

I was inspired today by the card posted on Muse.  Here is their card . . .

 I was inspired by the variety of directions the sentiment took, and wanted to try to make a directional card using arrows to direct the recipient.  Here is my card . . .

I struggled at first with placement of the words.  In the end, it has a flow and the message is there . . . "You are simply the BEST friend ever; sending birth wishes to you.  Not one color was repeated, as I also have a variety of new ink colors from Catherine Pooler Designs that I wanted to play with.  

I hope you find some time to create today. 

Supplies Used - Simply the Best
Stamps:  Simply the Best Stamp Set
Ink: Garden Party, It's a Girl, It's a Boy, Pixie Dust, Melon Ice, Fiesta Blue, Party Dress, Tiki Torch, Flirty Fuchsia, Lime Ricky, Tutti Frutti, Aquatini, Tiara, Grass Skirt, Orange Twist (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Orange (Bazzill)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Sprinkles Latte Love (Doodlebug)

Monday, June 19, 2017

One Layer Cards

I have a couple of one layer cards to share today.  They are both the same design, but a different sentiment and a few tweaks here and there.  I wanted these to have a bit of a watercolor look, so after applying the ink to the stamp, I sprayed a mist of water from afar before stamping, and I also rocked the stamp a bit.  They blended quite nicely where there is overlap.

And a great use for all that washi tape!   While the card above has colorful sequins on the balloons, I changed it up on the card blow and did just clear sequins around the balloons.  I like elements of both cards . . . prefer the washi tape on the bottom card, but I think I like the sequins on the top one. 

I'm entering that top one in the Seize the Birthday challenge for this week . . .

I hope you find some time to create today! 

Supplies Used - Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Balloon Celebration (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Pixie, Ocean, Sky, Tangerine, Banana, Lemonade, Kiwi, Candy, Guava and Licorice Ink (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Powdered Sugar Cardstock (the Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Washi Tape (The Stamps of Life); Sunshine Glow, Peridot, Bermuda, Strawberru Burst and Fairytale Fuchsia Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - You Got the World on a String
Stamps:  Balloon Celebration (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Pixie, Ocean, Sky, Tangerine, Banana, Lemonade, Kiwi, Candy, Guava and Licorice Ink (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Powdered Sugar Cardstock (the Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Washi Tape (Doodlebug); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 2017 - A Year of Card Making Techniques - Basic Card Folds Using Double-sided Paper

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
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I have three cards to share with you today, as I wanted to be sure to try all of the folding techniques.  First up is  a card featuring the drapery/curtain fold, and for this card I used some double sided paper from Close To My Heart's Ariana collection.  It came with an amazing stamp with a quote by Oprah Winfrey.  

 I love the striped paper that is peaking between the pleats.  And it's hard to see, but the sentiment was embossed with silver embossing powder. 

Second up is a card with the double-z gate fold.  Now I will tell you that my card got a little wild . . . that pattern paper was leftover from a scrapbook layout I worked on a few weeks ago, and I didn't want to throw it out . . . and yet I never thought I could use it on a card.  But then comes the double-z gate fold and I was proven wrong.  

Busy and crazy paper, for sure.  

 And I have to say . . . that little ticket just hit the spot.  Since the card ends up being 4 inches, the ticket can hang off the edge and still fit in the envelope!  This was a really fun technique. 

And then finally, my favorite of the three . . . peek-a-boo fold.  

 This card started as one thing and ended as something else.  the sentiment was going to be where the bunny was . . . and the bunny was going to be somewhere else on the card . . . and I was going to use the reverse side of the pattern paper . . . and the folds were going to be on the right! 

Proof that sometimes things do not work as we planned. 
I am the last stop on the hop!  I certainly hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!

And I hope you find some time to create today. 

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Supplies Used - Surround Yourself
Stamps:  Ariana Workshop Stamp Set (CTMH)
Ink: Versamark
Paper:  Ariana Workshop Paper (CTMH); Desert Storm Cardstock (CTMH)
Accessories:  American Crafts Ribbon and Ranger Silver Embossing Powder

Supplies Used - Admit One
Stamps:  Chunky Monkey (Sugar Pea Designs); tickets2stamp (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Paper:  Pattern Paper (Best Creations); Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp and Neenah)
Accessories:  Circle and Dotted Circle Die (Catherine Pooler Designs); Stitched Mats (Lil' Inker); Ticket Dies (The Stamps of Life); Enamel Dots (Queen & Company)

Supplies Used - Some Bunny
Stamps:  Some Bunny (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copic Markers
Paper:  Celebrate Easter (Echo Park), Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp and Neenah)
Accessories:  Notebook Die (Papertrey Ink); Orange Twine (Studio Calico)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Puzzle and a Bee

I have a few cards to share today, for a few challenges that inspired me.

First up . . . a masculine card for Stamp Ink Paper.  I always go with bold or earthy colors on those cards.  For this one, I went completely earthy!

Such a simple card . . . but I love the end result.  

And of course that missing piece ends up on the inside of the card. 

Second up . . . an insect on a card.  I have to be honest, if the insect isn't cute and whimsical . . . it won't make it into my craft room (unless it's real, and that's  whole different situation). But these cute little bees made it easy to get crafty so I could participate in this week's CASology card challenge. 

 I used stamps, paper and supplies from The Stamps of Life to create this card.  And Stickles was my bestie for this one! 

I certainly hope you find some time to create today! 

Supplies Used - Life is a Puzzle
Stamps:  Sayings4Puzzles (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Paper:  Cityscapes (Graphic 45); Desert Storm (Neenah); Licorice (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Medium Puzzle Die (The Stamps of Life)

Supplies Used - Bee You
Stamps:  bee4me, background4bees, hive4bees (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Black (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Cardstock and Pattern Paper (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Bee Dies (The Stamps of Life), Action Wobble, Diamond Stickles