Sunday, January 14, 2018

Awesome Girl!


The image for the Crafter's Café Challenge #188 reminded me of my granddaughter, Brooke, who has her black belt in Tae Kwon Do, but is still a girly-girl. It is called Karate Girl and can be obtained at Polkadoodles.
I colored the image with Copic alcohol markers to resemble Brooke. The theme includes using "Lots of Bling" so I added the glitter paper for headband and colored the pearls for her hair. I also used Wink of Stella (clear) on her hair and on the shoes in the background but it does not photograph well.

The image was fussy cut then adhered to black cardstock and outline cut. The image was adhered to the card using foam tape. The layers are a white cardstock base, then a layer of black cardstock, then the patterned paper. The lacy frame was die cut. The sentiment was die cut three times from different cardstock and adhered in layers. The inside was decorated with a strip of the glitter paper to coordinate with the headband.
Join us at the Crafter's Café Challenge Blog where our challenges are semi-monthly. This challenge begins on January 15, 2018. We offer inspiration with a wide variety of images and card styles.

The card is being submitted to the following challenges:

1. Paper Smooches January "Anything Goes" Challenge






2. Happy Little Stampers January "Anything Goes with Dies" Challenge





3. Three Amigos "Anything Goes" Challenge #10





Techniques: Coloring, die cutting
Size: A7

Materials
Stamp: Polkadoodles Unique Stamps & Papercrafting "Karate Girl" (digital)
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Paper: Echo Park Fashionista "So Many  Shoes" & The Paper Studio Glam Glitter "Brights" stack.
Dies: Gina Marie "Pleated Lace Rectangles" and Paper Smooches "Awesome"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape), pearls from stash, ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)

Friday, January 12, 2018

St. Valentine's Day


This card was made for a family member and was inspired by Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #275. This is the first card I have made since becoming a member of the Design Team. I won a stamp set from a challenge in the UK and wanted to use two of the flowers and the leaves from that set.
Please consider joining in our challenges. They are posted weekly but each one runs for two weeks. We offer plenty of inspiration, a wide variety of color options and there is even a monthly prize!
This challenge's colors are Bashful, Fern and Heather with the option of adding Gold. I used white as my neutral choice. The flowers were heat embossed in white and the sentiment was stamped in Charcoal ink (because I don't have the Heather ink yet) onto a trimmed down rectangle with die cut scalloped edges. The panel with the sentiment was adhered using foam tape. The inside was decorated with the same roses only in Bashful ink rather than white embossing powder.
Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #275 can be viewed HERE.

I am submitting my card to the following challenges:

1. Paper Smooches January "Anything Goes" Challenge





2. Happy Little Stampers January "Anything Goes with Dies" Challenge





3. Three Amigos "Anything Goes" Challenge #10


Techniques: Stamping, heat embossing, die cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamp Sets: Craftwork Cards, Ltd. "Blooms" & Paper Smooches "Lots of Love" (sentiment)
Inks: CTMH Bashful, Fern, Charcoal (sub for Heather)
Cardstock: CTMH White Daisy, Bashful
Die: Lawn Fawn "Stitched Scalloped Borders"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape), SU! EP (white), sequins from my stash

Monday, January 1, 2018

It's a Party!


As a Brown Sugar Challenge Design Team member I was given a Rick St. Dennis image to download, color and turn into a birthday card. I thought it looked like a New Year design so I decided to make a card for a party -  an 18th birthday or to celebrate 2018.
The image was colored with Copic markers, fussy cut, then backed with black cardstock and fussy cut again. The earrings are black beads with silver sequins. The word "Party" and the streamers were die cut. The elements and glitter paper were assembled on a black card base. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with a die cut streamer.
Please join us at the monthly Brown Sugar Challenge #274, which starts on January 5, 2018. The theme is "Birthday". The Top Three will be selected by the Design Team and a random winner will be chosen to receive a prize.

In addition, I am submitting my card to the following challenge:

Dies R Us #88 (Anything Goes)


Materials
Stamp: Rick St. Dennis digital image, Randi Dandi Girl "Nina Nouveau"
Inks: Copics
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black
Paper: The Paper Studio "Glam Glitter" (Hobby Lobby)
Dies: Frantic Stamper "Handwritten Party", Memory Box "Curled Ribbons" & "Drifting Ribbon"
Misc.: Beads & sequins from stash

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wreath for Season of Cheer

The holiday season keeps everyone so busy! Here is the last of my cards for this year. Mailed in plenty of time, I just never got these added to my blog until today.

Another quick and easy card using stamped die cut elements adhered to patterned cardstock. I used elements from a kit, making five of them. It seems as if I always have junky stuff leftover that goes unused but I was able to use everything except a strand of sequins that I elected not to use.


The die cut tag was stamped and then adhered with foam tape onto the red cardstock strip and the patterned cardstock. The inside was stamped with "Merry Christmas" and decorated with some hand drawn holly leaves and berries to coordinate with the wreath.

My card is being submitted to a random drawing at:

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #272 (Use red, green and white. Gold and silver are optional.)



Materials
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Watercolor Christmas" (front) and "Christmas Bliss" (inside)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Emerald Envy, Real Red & coordinating markers for inside decoration
Cardstock & Papers: SU! Whisper White, Real Red, patterned card stock from kit
Misc.: Foam tape & red sequins from stash

Festive Trees for Season of Cheer

My cards were all mailed in plenty of time for the holiday season but I have been too busy to get them posted. As mentioned in a couple of my previous posts this is another card design that I mailed a few weeks ago.

Another quick and easy card using stamped die cut elements adhered to shaded cardstock. I used elements from a kit, making five of them. It seems as if I always have junky stuff leftover that goes unused but I was able to use almost everything except a strand of sequins that I elected not to use.


All it took was some stamping onto a rectangle and sponging the edge. Foam tape was used for dimension. The inside was stamped with "Merry Christmas" and decorated with some little trees to coordinate with the front.

My card is being submitted to:

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #272 (Use red, green and white. Gold and silver are optional.)



Materials
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Watercolor Christmas" (front) and "Christmas Bliss" (inside)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Emerald Envy, Real Red & coordinating markers for inside
Cardstock & Papers: SU! Whisper White, Emerald Envy (shaded), Real Red from kit
Misc.: Foam tape & sequins from stash

Monday, December 25, 2017

All Is Calm, All Is Bright


After making a prototype of this card, I changed a few things and made a batch of 20 of them. I gifted 10 to a friend and I used 10 of them with my own stash of cards.
Using white cardstock, I stamped the tree image with Versamark and added a type of embossing powder that gives a rough texture. To achieve maximum texture, I used the heat tool on the back of the card first. Next, the snowflake images and sentiment were stamped using Versamark ink and heat embossed using a silver pearl powder.
The inside of the card was decorated with a die cut scalloped oval from white glitter paper and a plain oval that had been heat embossed with a sentiment using the silver pearl powder. The bow on the top of the tree was die cut from white glitter paper as well. The card front was backed with foam tape and adhered to the white card base.

I found a couple of challenges not yet closed so decided to add the card to these blogs:

1. Color My Heart Color Dare #273 (Use non-traditional colors or white on white.)







2. Dies R Us #85 (Use white on white.)





Techniques: Stamping, heat embossing, die cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Paper Trey "In the Meadow", Stampin' Up! Christmas Bliss (inside)
Inks: Versamark
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Paper: Stampin' Up! White Glimmer
Dies: Peachy Cheap Bow, Spellbinders Classic Ovals & Scalloped Ovals
Misc.: Fun foam, WOW! Silver Pearl EP, Stampendous Sparkle & Puff 3-D EP, CTMH Shimmer Trim (white)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Oh, Joy!


As mentioned in a previous post found HERE, this is another card design that I mailed a few weeks ago. Another quick and easy card using die cut elements adhered to patterned cardstock. I used elements from a kit. It seems as if I always have stuff leftover that goes unused so this way I was able to use almost everything.
The label was stamped then adhered using foam tape over the banner onto the front of the patterned card base. The red sequins were added. The inside was stamped with "Merry Christmas" and decorated with a smaller red banner.

My card is being submitted to:

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #272 (Use red, green and white. Gold
and silver are optional.)





Materials
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Watercolor Christmas" (front) and "Christmas Bliss" (inside)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: SU! Whisper White, Real Red, Emerald Envy Stripe
Misc.: Foam tape & sequins from stash

Merriest Christmas Wishes


My Christmas cards were mailed about two weeks ago but it has taken until now to add them to my blog. I usually make a few of each design and add them to whatever I have made throughout the year.
This card was quick and easy to make - just a little stamping and sponging plus adhering the sequins. I used elements from a kit. I used elements from a kit. It seems as if I always have stuff leftover that goes unused so this way I was able to use almost everything. The circle was adhered using foam tape for dimension. The inside was stamped with a sentiment and decorated with coordinating holly & berries colored to match the front.

This card is being submitted to:


Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #272 (Use red, green and white. Gold
and silver are optional.)




Materials
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Watercolor Christmas" (front) and "Christmas Bliss" (inside)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: SU! Emerald Envy, Real Red
Cardstock: SU! Whisper White, Real Red
Misc.: Foam tape & sequins from stash

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Where's the Elf?

Santa dropped by and was in such a hurry that he left his little helper behind...

My challenge, as a new DT member at The Crafter's Café, was to use the "Elf Boots" image with a Christmas or color (red and green) theme for Challenge #187. This little elf was left behind by Santa because he was hiding in a box. Perhaps he was being naughty but I'm sure Santa will be back for him!

Although challenges usually occur semi-monthly, this challenge is open for one month, beginning Dec 15.
I find photographing foiled cardstock to be tricky. I tried all kinds of light sources, indoors and outdoors, and was unable to achieve the look for which I was hoping. Perhaps if I had Photoshop software I could adjust it but my tools are limited. The foil is holographic - the green has a variety of circles and dots and the red has star bursts. The card is quite colorful when seen with the naked eye.
The Elf Boots image was downloaded from the challenge sponsor, Scribbles Designs, resized, printed and colored with Copic alcohol markers. The gifts were stamped and colored. The elements were fussy cut and layered onto the embossed brick background. Santa and his reindeer can be seen flying away. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the elf boots and golden gems were adhered to the curled boot toes to appear as bells. The green velvet ribbon was adhered and a few red sequins were added. The inside was stamped with "Naughty and Nice" and an array of stamped gifts were colored and added for decoration.

Join in the fun of semi-monthly card challenges on the 1st and the 15th of each month by visiting The Crafter's Café challenge blog. There are prizes!

My card is being entered into the following challenges:


1. Color My Heart Color Dare #272 (Use reds & greens, opt: silver or gold)






2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #363


3. Crafting from the Heart #187 (Anything Goes)







Techniques: Stamping, coloring, dry embossing
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Scribbles Designs "Elf Boots" (digital image); Stampin' Up! "Cozy Christmas" (inside sentiment) & "Christmas Bliss" (Santa & reindeer); Stampendous (gifts)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers (G05, G82, R24, R29)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Spectrum Noir white for alcohol ink
Paper: Red stripe & foil from stash
Embossing Folder: Spellbinders (brick)
Misc.: ZIG Wink of Stella, foam tape, gems, sequins, velvet ribbon, googly eyes from stash

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Let the Heavens Rejoice...


A friend of my husband's recently asked me if I would make a few Christmas cards for him so I showed him a few photos of cards to get an idea of his style and this card is the result. I made two of these with a few others in a different design.
The card was assembled in keeping with a sketch. I made the card with a portrait orientation rather than landscape and omitted a bow because it detracted from the poinsettia.
The poinsettia flower is actually only the tiny yellow center. The rest are the leaves, which turn color as the plant matures. A strip of paper was dry embossed and sanded. The poinsettia was die cut and sponged then assembled. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the poinsettia and clear foam tape was added to give the leaves a lift. The sentiment was stamped, matted and adhered. The inside was decorated with die cuts and a candy dot. After the photo was taken, I dotted the letter i in Merry Christmas on the inside with a marker.

I am submitting my card to:

The Paper Players Sketch Challenge #372







Techniques: Die cutting, stamping, sponging, stenciling, dry embossing
Size: A2

Materials
Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Rejoicing with You"
Inks: SU! Crisp Cantaloupe, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow
Marker: SU! Cajun Craze
Cardstock: SU! Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey
Paper: Graphic 45 "St. Nicholas Collection"
Dies: Dee's Distinctively Die/Stencil Poinsettia & Peachy Cheap (inside sentiment)
Misc.: SU! TIEF "Garden Trellis", Kool-Tac clear foam tape, Wink of Stella (clear), ribbon from stash

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas in the Desert


While attending a crop yesterday, I decided to make a few Christmas cards. This is one of them. I was drawn to the sketch I had seen at a challenge and decided to use it for my layout.
A panel of red cardstock was adhered to a white card base. The panel of green with the large sentiment was from paper given to me by a fellow crafter. I like the hand-painted look of the brush script. A strip of paper with strung lights was adhered across the top of the card front. In keeping with the sketch, the row of cacti were die cut, colored with Copics and popped up across the top portion by die cutting fun foam to use as backing for the cacti. The inside was decorated with more of the cacti. Instead of a bow, two tiny banners were added and three candy dots finished the card.

I have submitted the card to the following challenges:

1. Hand Stamped Sentiments #277








2. Aud Sentiments #193




3. Crafty Creations #354




4. Three Amigos November Challenge #8 (Use CTMH Beary Christmas
paper packet.)



Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Real Red
Paper: CTMH "Beary Christmas" Collection
Die: Frantic Stamper "Cactus Chorus Line"
Misc.: Fun foam, Stampin' Up! Candy Dots