Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wild About You

It has taken some time for me to make the transition from the graceful, formal cards I am used to making with plenty of flowers and ribbons. I am trying to adjust to using stamp sets with cute critters and silly characters.

I thought the patterned paper was reminiscent of jelly beans, which I used to buy (and eat) when we would take the train from Tampa to the circus at Sarasota, Florida. This was the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus and was always a fun day for my older brother and me.

The lion and stand were stamped, colored and die cut. The white oval, yellow vellum, balloon, string and banners were all die cut and layered onto the patterned paper. In keeping with the sketch, the two black strips were adhered. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the patterned paper so as not to detract from the colorful card. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with die cut banners.

This card is being submitted to:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #208

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting
Size: A2

Stamps: Reverse Confetti "Leaping Lions"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Regal Rose
Paper: Day Spring Illustrated Faith; WRMK Party Vellum
Dies: Reverse Confetti "Leaping Lions"; Spellbinders Classic Ovals & Labels Eighteen; Craftin' Desert Divas "Party Dies"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensional (foam tape)

The Sweet Shoppe

After deciding to submit a card to a challenge, I realized I did not have the suggested paper collection. A friend came to the rescue with all of the paper, although I already had the card base ready to decorate. Never having made an awning card before and because one of the papers reminded me of roof tiles, I gave it a try. Such a simple design with a cute result! I especially like that the design folds flat for easy mailing. This card is sized for an A2 envelope.
The card base was scored and folded 1/2" from the center fold  at the top front and top back of the base. This 1/2" fold was adhered with strong adhesive. The awning was trimmed with die cut borders and adhered to the card front. A panel of coordination paper was adhered and a "shelf" was added with another die cut border.
I found the cute stickers in my stash and added them to the store front. I love the pretty cakes and French macaron biscuits. The inside of the card was decorated with a strip of coordinating paper and the donuts from this pack of stickers. I see all kinds of possibilities with this card fold - a Tiki bar, a quilt shop, a pet store, etc.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Color My Heart Color Dare #240

2. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #1
    (Theme: Some Kinda Wonderful)

3. Between the Folds Challenge #44-B

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White; CTMH Lemon
Paper: CTMH : "Some Kinda Wonderful" Collection
Die: Sizzix Border
Misc.: Doodlebug stickers

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

After recently acquiring a set of circle stamps I just had to find an immediate use for them so I guess one could say that the circle stamps provided inspiration for the layout.
Using the MISTI to achieve solid images, the large yellow butterfly was stamped at about the center point, the circles and spheres were stamped in gray, followed by the small butterflies in eggplant ink. Another yellow butterfly was stamped, fussy cut and added over the first butterfly, leaving the wings free. The sentiment is carved into the butterfly stamp, "Let your dreams take flight."
The stamped panel was adhered to a panel of eggplant cardstock and then to a white card base. The inside of the card was decorated with stamped circles and butterflies.

This card is being submitted to:

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #239

Techniques: Stamping, fussy cutting
Size: A2

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp "Lots of Dots" & Reverse Confetti "Butterfly Dreams"
Inks: CTMH Canary, Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Slate
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mother's Day/Happy Birthday

04/21/2017 Update: Winner at the Brown Sugar Challenge #246

Mother's Day in the USA falls on Sunday, May 14. My own mother has passed away but I have a lovely Aunt Millie to whom I send cards. She enjoys receiving them and putting them on display. It's always nice to know of someone who doesn't toss our handmade cards!

In addition, my daughter-in-law, Jean, has a birthday in two weeks. To further my ongoing effort to use up patterned paper in my stash it made sense to make similar cards for both occasions at the same time.

I used two sides of the same paper to complete these cards. The stacked buttons, which are required by the challenge, depict the Black-eyed Susans in the background. The shades of yellow vary but in nature we see all kinds of color mixes. I was going to omit the buttons on the birthday card and add small flowers in shades of yellow but I kind of like the whimsical look of the buttons so included them on both cards.

The cards were assembled with blue card bases, panels of vanilla cardstock and the patterned paper. A strip of cardstock provided the division between the two patterns. A matching butterfly was punched, the buttons were adhered and a small bow of gold cord was added to each. The inside was lined with a panel of vanilla cardstock and a punched butterfly.

I have no Mother's Day stamps so elected to omit the sentiment on my aunt's card. I have sufficient space on the inside to include a personal note to her. For my daughter-in-law, I added the birthday sentiment on the front. As an afterthought  I added some droplets because Jean likes bling and clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly.

The Mother's Day card is being submitted to:

Brown Sugar Challenge #246
(Use two patterned papers & two buttons)

The birthday card is being submitted to:

Seize the Birthday
(Option: Use two patterned papers)

Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Avant-Garden" (birthday sentiment)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Hello Honey, Dapper Denim
Paper: Graphic 45 "Garden Fresh" from Home Sweet Home Collection
Punch: Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Butterfly
Misc.: Four buttons from my sewing stash; gold cord; ZIG Wink of Stella (clear); The Robin's Nest Dew Drops

Burst of Awesome! CAS

My 39-year old niece is such an awesome young woman - bright, college educated, pretty and a talented pianist and vocalist. I have always been so proud of her achievements. This lovely young woman begins chemo treatments today for triple negative breast cancer. I was inspired to make a card for her as she begins this difficult journey.
This appears to be a direct-to-paper technique using ink pads to achieve the color but it's actually patterned paper. The fine splatter was added by tapping an inky paint brush over the paper. The patterned paper was trimmed to size and adhered to a panel of black cardstock and then to a white card base.
The sentiment was die cut from black cardstock and adhered. The inside was decorated with a strip of the patterned paper leaving sufficient space for a personal message. I also lined the envelope (no photo) with patterned paper and stamped a small balloon cluster on the outside of the envelope.

This card is being submitted to:

1. CASE This Sketch #217

2. Happy Little Stampers April Challenge
(Anything Goes with Dies)

3. Crafty Creations Challenge #339
(Anything Goes)

Technique: Clean & Simple (CAS)
Size: A2

Ink: Stampin' Up! Strawberry Slush (splatter)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black
Paper: Day Spring Illustrated Faith
Die: Paper Smooches "Awesome"

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Magnificent Bridge

Another masculine card... Is a bridge considered architecture? I have a family member who is educated in Civil Engineering and Architecture so I verified that bridges can be considered both architecture and engineering. I have had this die for a few years and have never used it so decided this theme challenge was the perfect chance to use it.
A panel of blue cardstock was masked and sponged to depict water. The ink was touched up with a white gel pen to add some foam for movement. The bridge was die cut from silver foil and adhered to blue panel. The cork was die cut and adhered to depict the shore. The clouds were die cut and one was cut in half horizontally and adhered directly to the card front. The other cloud was adhered with foam tape.
The tree die was used to cut the same tree twice using different shades of green cardstock. The dark tree was adhered directly to the card front. The light tree was turned over to give a different profile and adhered with foam tape. The right edges of the trees were trimmed off at the edge of the blue panel. The inside of the card was decorated with a strip of cork and a strip of silver foil. No sentiment was added at this time.

This card is being submitted to:

1. The Male Room Challenge #58 

2. Happy Little Stampers April Challenge

Techniques: Masking, sponging, die cutting
Size: A2

Inks: Stampin' Up! Island Indigo; Uniball Signo Gel Pen (white)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Soft Sky, Garden Green, Mossy Meadow, Silver Foil; DCWV Cork
Dies: Memory Box "Magnificent Bridge"; Sizzix (Tim Holtz) Pine Tree; Mama Elephant Landscape Die; Reverse Confetti Clouds
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

True Friend

04/18/2017 Update: Artist Pick at Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #261.

Color challenges are always, well, a challenge. I always want to add a little green here and a touch of pink there... you get the idea.
Using a die, the image was cut from Pool Party cardstock. Sections of the die were used to cut pieces for inlay from white and coral cardstock. The die cut image was adhered to a panel of slate cardstock. The die cut pieces were inlaid. The coral panel was adhered to the white card base, then the main panel was adhered. A thin strip of Pool Party was adhered to the right edge for color balance.
A square was cut from slate and backed with foam tape. The flower was added to the center of the design. Three enamel dots adhered and the sentiment was stamped directly to the card front. The inside was decorated with strips of cardstock.

I think substituting a different center in place of the flower would make the card gender neutral.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #261

2. Happy Little Stampers April Challenge (Anything Goes with Dies)

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, die cut inlay
Size: A2

Stampin' Up! Materials
Ink: Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker (flower center)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
Misc.: Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Other Materials
Stamp: Winnie & Walter "True"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Die: Spellbinders "Contemporary Diamonds"
Misc.: Flower from stash

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Need Hugs?

Living in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona for more than 11 years has given me an appreciation for the rugged beauty of the environment. When I saw this cute stamp set at Paper Smooches, I knew it was for me!
Using a sketch for the design layout, the sentiment was stamped on cork, die cut and backed with foam tape. The tall cactus (Saguaro) was stamped and die cut. The smaller cacti (Prickly Pear) were stamped, colored and fussy cut. The Desert Iguana was stamped, colored in tones of gray and brown as found in nature, then fussy cut. Googly eyes were added to the iguana. All of the cacti were touched up with a white gel pen to give them a little texture, then backed with foam tape.
On a card base of white cardstock, a panel of texturized cardstock was adhered along with a strip of Washi tape. Another smaller panel of patterned paper was adhered to the card. The elements were then added to the front of the card. The inside was decorated by stamping and coloring more Prickly Pear cacti.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #207

2. Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #165 (Theme: Animal Antics)

3. Addicted to Stamps & More #237 (Theme: Make Your Mark)

4. Crafting from the Heart #153 (Theme: Anything Goes)

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting, fussy cutting, dry embossing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stamps: Paper Smooches "Southwest Charm"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Tangelo Twist
Paper: Doodlebug Cactus Garden; DCWV Cork
Dies: Spellbinders "Postage Stamps"; Paper Smooches "Desert Icons"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Diagonal TIEF; Washi tape & Googly eyes from stash; Uniball Signo white gel pen

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Grandpa's Garden

Miracles happen in Grandpa's garden! As a child, I recall my grandfather working diligently in his garden every spring and summer. He grew flowers, fruits and vegetables in great abundance and my grandmother would go through the work of canning much of the food. My card shows Grandpa working in the garden and enjoying the resulting miracle that spring brings.
The focal point is a downloaded image printed on watercolor paper. Watercolor pencils were used to color the image and an Aqua Painter was used to watercolor the design. The colors were chosen from a color challenge and tones of brown and flesh were used as neutrals, which is permitted.
A panel of patterned wood grain paper was adhered to a panel of black cardstock and then to a card base of white cardstock. The focal image was backed with foam tape and adhered. The tomato was fussy cut from patterned paper and popped up with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped then sponged with ink and popped up. The inside of the card was decorated with a smaller fussy cut tomato.

The card is being submitted to:

1. Cardz 4 Guyz #164 (Theme: Easter or spring)

2. Color Throwdown #437
    (Red, green, yellow, soft aqua + neutrals)

3. Inkspirational #132

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, water coloring, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp: Bloomin' Marvelous
Ink: Mossy Meadow
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Mossy Meadow
Paper: watercolor, Farmer's Market Collection
Misc.: Dimensionals foam tape, Aqua Painter

Other Materials
Stamp: Mo's Digital Pencil
Ink/Paint: Memento Tuxedo Black, Derwent Inktense Water Pencils
Paper: Bo Bunny Felicity (wood grain)
Die: MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles