Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good Bye Summer!

School has been back in session for a month here in my town. The return to school reminds us that summer is about gone and fall is approaching. The card layout was inspired by a sketch challenge. I elected to vary the placement of the sentiment. The topic, "Back to School", is in keeping with another challenge where I am a Design Team member and the card is posted as inspiration to challenge participants.
The digital image was downloaded, sized and printed twice - once on yellow cardstock and once on white cardstock. The image on the yellow cardstock was fussy cut and used for the school bus. The images on the white cardstock (bus driver, children, bumper and two tires) were colored with markers, fussy cut, backed with foam tape and adhered to the school bus. The sign along the side of the bus was computer generated and adhered.
A panel of green cardstock was adhered to the white card base followed by a panel of white cardstock that was embellished with two rows of die cut grass and a strip of black cardstock as a roadway. The bus was adhered with foam tape. A few lines were drawn to highlight the headlight on the bus. The sentiment was computer generated, adhered to yellow cardstock and adhered with foam tape.
This card is being posted to Brown Sugar Challenge #268. Please join the challenge HERE beginning on Monday, September 18.

The card is to entered into the following challenges:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #229

2. Crafting from the Heart #174 (Anything Goes - Just for Fun)

3. Crafty Creations #350 (Anything Goes)

4. Happy Little Stampers September Challenge

Techniques: Die cutting, fussy cutting, coloring, digital
Size: A2

Stamps: Bugaboo Digital Stamps "Kidz Bus"
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers, silver marker
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Paper: Spectrum Noir paper for alcohol ink
Die: MFT "Fresh Cut Grass"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Happy Heart - Watercolored Blocks

09/19/1027 Update: Ruby Award in Challenge #259 at Color My Heart Color Dare.
The idea for this card came from a technique challenge requiring watercolor blocking. This is the first time I have done watercolor blocks. The design also includes a color challenge.
On three panels of watercolor paper, using dye ink pads and an Aqua Brush, the watercolor panels were created. After drying them, the panels were cut into blocks and added to a white card base along with some black cardstock blocks. Three small banners and three small hearts were cut from punches and added as well. The sentiment was fussy cut from a paper scrap and popped up on foam tape. The inside of the card was decorated with a block of black cardstock and a heart punched from each watercolor panel.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Just Us Girls Trend Challenge #410

2. Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #259

3. Crafting from the Heart Challenge #174 (Anything Goes - Just for Fun)

4. Crafty Creations Challenge #350 (Anything Goes)

Techniques: Watercoloring
Size: A2

Inks: CTMH Goldrush, Stampin' Up! Emerald Envy, Distress Dusty Concord
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (heavyweight), Basic Black
Paper: Strathmore Watercolor
Punches: Stampin' Up!
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Aqua Pen & Dimensionals (foam tape)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thanksgiving Memories

9/18/2017 Update: Splitcoast Stampers Favorite of the Week (week ending 09/16/2017).
Changing leaves are not something we see in the Phoenix area but having lived in New England and New York, I know they can be very beautiful. I always loved fall and especially Thanksgiving Day with the whole family gathered together. Our family is widespread now and my parents and a brother have passed on but the memories remain.
The leaves were heat embossed with white powder, sponged with various dye ink colors, wiped clean and then fussy cut close along the edges. On a vanilla card base, a panel of tan cardstock was adhered, followed by a panel of wood grain paper. In keeping with the sketch, a panel was die cut and edge-sponged, a ribbon was added for color. This panel was adhered across the card. The large die cut banner was cut from orange vellum and adhered. The leaves were backed with foam tape in varying heights to give the card dimension. The bow was added. The inside was decorated with a copper metallic heat embossed leaf, a leftover from another project.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge #419

2. Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #258

3. Crafty Creations #349 (Anything Goes)

4. Happy Little Stampers September Challenge

Techniques: Heat embossing, embossing resist, die cutting, fussy cutting, sponging
Size: A2

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Inks: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla
Misc.: Dimensionals (foam tape), EP (white), Pumpkin Pie cotton ribbon

Other Materials
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Bo Bunny Felicity Collection (wood grain); WRMK DIY Party Vellum
Die: Lawn Fawn

Thursday, September 7, 2017

All You Need Is...

Who doesn't love a new pair of shoes? Whether they're gym shoes or red stilettos, it's always a good feeling to buy a new pair, and if they're on sale, it's even better! The layout was inspired by a sketch with a twist. I almost missed the twist but am hoping the card still qualifies. Celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary is a far cry from celebrating new shoes but here's my card.
The image was colored with Copics on "alcohol ink-friendly" white cardstock then die cut with an oval and matted with gray cardstock. The sentiment was die cut into an oval. A strand of silver ribbon was adhered to a panel of white cardstock, which was then adhered to a card base. The remaining die cut elements were adhered using foam tape on the focal image and sentiment. The sketch calls for a bow, but I elected to use these tiny roses instead. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with a die cut strip of pink cardstock with matching silver ribbon.

The card is being submitted to:

1. Just Us Girls Word Challenge #409 (Shoes)

2. Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #120 (Include pearls with a love theme.)

3. Water Cooler Wednesday #135 (Feminine AG)

4. Happy Little Stampers September Challenge (AG with dies.)

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting
Size: A2

Stamps: DSB "Rachel Loves Shoes"
Inks: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Spectrum Noir (for alcohol ink)
Dies: Gina Marie Stitched Oval; Gina K Nesting/Stacking Ovals
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals foam tape, pearls; ribbon, flowers from stash

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

You Are Awesome - CAS

9/11/2017 Update: Splitcoast Stampers CAS Favorite of the week ending 9/10/2017.

CAS cards have been catching more attention from me and I have been participating in more CAS challenges. I'm still learning when enough is enough and sometimes it's difficult not to add more. The colors on this card are supposed to be ROYAL BLUE & LIME GREEN. I substituted a different shade of blue because I don't have any royal blue ink - not a drop!
On a white card base, a circular stamp was masked and inked with lime green ink and then again with blue ink. The sentiment was stamped across the image in keeping with the sketch.
The right edge was die cut with a row of little circles as a complement to the tiny dots of the stamped image. The inside of the card was decorated with a strip of green cardstock using the same die but placed so that the green cardstock shows through the little holes.

The card is being submitted to:

1. CAS(E) This Sketch #237

2. Less Is More Color Challenge #344 (Royal Blue & Lime Green)

3. Crafty Creations #349 (Anything Goes)

Techniques: CAS, stamping, masking, die cutting
Size: A2

Stamps: Altenew Half Tone Circles & Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings (sentiment)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Lemon Lime Twist, Distress Oxide Broken China
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (heavyweight) & Lemon Lime Twist
Die: Lawn Fawn

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Loads of Christmas Wishes

9/06/2017 Update: Top Three winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!
Here it is - September, and I only have a few Christmas cards made. I thought I could accomplish one per week but it has not happened. I managed to get one made for this week and here it is! The layout was inspired by a sketch challenge.
The images were stamped onto white cardstock, die cut and colored with markers. The sentiment was stamped and the shape is from a punch.. On a panel of white cardstock, a strip of black cardstock was added to represent the road and the tree was adhered and topped with a sparkly snowflake. The strip of patterned paper was added along with the green satin ribbon and red sequins. The remaining elements were popped up and adhered with foam tape. A piece of ribbon was added to the lower right corner of the sentiment. The inside was stamped with the image of gifts and colored.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #227

2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #349 (Always Christmas; add sparkle this week.)

3. Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #134 (Anything Goes)

4. Addicted to Stamps & More #257 ("Make Your Mark" by using pens, pencils, chalks, paints, brushes etc.)

5. Happy Little Stampers September Challenge (Anything Goes with Dies)

Techniques: Coloring, stamping, sponging, die cutting
Size: A2

Stamps: Stampendous
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black
Paper: Stampin' Up! DSP stripe from stash
Dies: Stampendous
Punch: Stampin' Up!
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals foam tape; ribbon, sequins, snowflake from stash

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Double Stencil Birthday Greetings - CAS

9/04/2017 Update: Winner of the Sapphire Award at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #258.

Masking and stenciling are techniques that are fun to do in paper crafting. This card was double the fun because I stenciled over a stencil. Wanting to keep it CAS, I decided to place the image directly onto the card base. The card front was masked to form a frame and sponged with ink. The floral stencil was used to sponge the flower and stem. A second stencil of dots was placed over the floral stencil and sponged with white ink.

The ribbon was added. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with white powder then cut with an oval die and backed with foam tape to pop it up. I think the card is still CAS even with the ribbon and popped up sentiment. The inside of the card was decorated along the bottom edge with the dotted stencil.

The card is being submitted to:

1. Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #258

2. AAA Cards CAS Game #97 (Masking)

3. Allsorts Challenge #430 (Theme: Ribbons-more than just a bow.)

4. (CAS)E This Sketch #236

Techniques: Double stenciling, die cutting, stamping, sponging, heat embossing
Size: A2 (5.5" x 4.25")

Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Wetlands" (sentiment)
Inks: Versamark; CTMH Ruby, Sweet Leaf, Juniper; Stampin' Up! White Craft
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black
Die: Gina Marie Ovals
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate 1/8"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! EP (white) & Dimensionals foam tape; stencils from stash