Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dragonfly All Occasion

01/23/2017 Update: Emerald Award Winner at the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #226!

Isn't it peculiar how we enjoy putting insects like bees, ladybugs, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. on our cards? This is my second dragonfly card this week. I decided to participate in a color challenge and I needed to meet the deadline so used the stamp that was on my desk.

A panel of cardstock was scored diagonally every 3/4". The scores were folded and sponged. A die cut flourish was adhered and coated with Glossy Accents. Using a vent die with a scrap of black cardstock, the vertical design was cut and backed with white cardstock and foam for dimension. It was adhered over the flourish. The dragonfly was stamped, colored and die cut, then adhered with foam tape. On a card base of white, another vent die cut, but in white, backed with black, was added. The other layers were added. The inside was decorated with a dragonfly stamp. No sentiment has been added.

The card is being submitted to:

Color My Heart: Color Dare Challenge #226

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, sponging, pillow top
Size: A2

CTMH Materials
Inks: Glacier
Cardstock: Glacier

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Island Indigo (sub for Peacock)
Die: Dragonfly Thinlits
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

Other Materials
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Dies: MFT Die-namics Flourish, Simon Says Stamp Air Vent
Misc.: Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella (clear)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Scooting By to Say...

One of the themes I most enjoy in card making is a masculine card. With a husband, a stepson, three brothers and five nephews, I am always needing cards. With all those men in the family, it seems there's always a motorcycle in the mix. My card will probably result in a big grin from the recipient because it's not a big Harley-Davidson... it's more like a Vespa.

Sidenote: The More Mustard color looks very orange in my photos. Wish I knew more about photography!

On a white cardstock card base, two panels of cardstock, Marina Mist and More Mustard, were adhered. The scooter was stamped on white cardstock to be colored. I was disappointed with the mustard marker - it was much darker than the cardstock, so I paper-pieced the mustard cardstock onto the scooter. The blue area was colored with a Marina Mist marker. A black marker was used to color the handlebars and light rims as well as the zigzag on the tire. It seems that motorcycles should be really clean and shiny, so clear Wink of Stella was added all over and the headlight was covered in Glossy Accents.

The top layer of white cardstock was brushed with Marina Mist and More Mustard inks. Black cardstock was added to depict the road and the scooter was backed with foam tape and adhered. The sentiment was stamped along with two additional banners, and popped up across the top of the card. The inside was decorated with a Happy Birthday die cut. Lastly, the tiny black star was stamped on a banner, the scooter and inside the card.

I am submitting this to the following challenges:

1. Color Throwdown #425

2. Cardz 4 Guys #152

3. Happy Little Stampers January Challenge  (anything goes with dies)

Techniques: Stamping, ink dusting, coloring, paper-piecing, die cutting
Size: A2

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Marina Mist, More Mustard
Stampin' Write Markers: Basic Black, Marina Mist, More Mustard
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Marina Mist, More Mustard
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

Other Materials
Stamps: Paper Smooches "Spiffy Scooters"
Die: Paper Smooches "Scooter Icons"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc.: Judikins Ink Dusters, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella (clear)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dragonflies Birthday

01/18/2017: Top Three winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #194.

01/17/2017: Honorable Mention at The Water Cooler Wednesday Color Challenge #101.

In this morning's mail, I received a pretty card from Amy K (my Stampin' Up! demonstrator) made with the Dragonfly Bundle. I did not CASE the card but it provided just the inspiration I was looking for to make a challenge card.
I kept the card somewhat low profile to allow for mailing. The lattice was die cut and added to a base of white cardstock. One small panel of white cardstock was stamped with roses and leaves, the other with dragonflies and a sentiment. Both panels were backed with cardstock. One was adhered directly to the card base and the other was backed with foam tape for dimension and adhered.

In keeping with the sketch, a simple shape (scalloped oval) was die cut from a scrap of embossed cardstock. The dragonfly was stamped with black ink on white cardstock, colored
with Copics then die cut. The wings were covered with clear Wink of Stella and the Body was lightly coated with Glossy Accents.  Three sequins and a strip across the bottom were added.

The inside of the card was decorated with stamped roses and leaves and a small dragonfly. A birthday sentiment was also added.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #194

2.  Water Cooler Wednesday Color Challenge #101 (Used Island Indigo as a substitute for Bermuda Bay.)

3.  Crafty Creations #332
    (Anything Goes)

4. Happy Little Stampers January Die Challenge
    (Anything Goes)

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, dry embossing, die cutting, stamping off
Size: A2

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp: "Dragonfly Dreams"
Inks: So Saffron, Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo (sub for Bermuda Bay)
Cardstock: Whisper White, So Saffron, Island Indigo (sub for Bermuda Bay)
Die: Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

Other Materials
Stamps: Tapestry Peg Stamps "Rose Trio" & Stampability Small Dragonfly (yard sale)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic markers
Die: Spellbinders Basic Lattice
Misc.: Darice EF, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Glossy Accents, ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy Birthday to Fran!

Today I made a birthday card for my friend, Fran. Her birthday is in February but I am trying to make cards one month earlier than I require them so there is no last minute panic. I've been trying to use some of my DSP stash but I used none for this card but I'm happy with it and it suits Fran's "glam" style.

Inspiration came from The Paper Players Challenge #326, which required a recycled item. I have been sewing all of my life and have a button box full of interesting old buttons. I selected the 1" black velvet button with gold metal as my recycled item, and developed the card from that. The button had a large shank on the back, but I was able to cut it off with wire cutters so the button would stay flat in spite of the rounded surface.

Panels of black, gold foil and red cardstock were adhered to a white card base. The white panel was stamped in stripes of gold ink. The flower was stamped in red ink on white cardstock. Two markers - one black, one gold - were used to add contrast to the red flower. The leaves were stamped on black cardstock in gold ink. Because my Scan 'n Cut would not cut the black leaves, I just decided to fussy cut all of the elements by hand. One leaf was adhered directly to the white panel. The other leaf and flower were backed with foam for dimension and adhered. The sentiment was stamped direct to paper. The top panel was adhered and gold sequins were added.

The inside of the card was stamped with a coordinating flower in red and some gold leaves. I used a matching font for the interior sentiment, "Happy Birthday," as is on the front.

I am submitting this card to:

1. The Paper Players Theme Challenge #326  (Recycled an antique button.)

2. Brown Sugar Challenge #233
    (Anything Goes)

3. Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #83

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

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps: Curly Cute (sentiments)
Inks: Real Red, Basic Black marker
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

Other Materials
Stamps: Dare 2B Artsy "Blissful Blooms"
Cardstock: DCWV Gold Foil
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiments), Delicata "Golden Glitz", Casemate Metallic Marker (gold)
Misc.: Pretty Pink Posh sequins, button from my sewing stash

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Celebration for Joyce!

I have decided two things:
1. I am going to reduce my DSP stash, and

2. I will try to make my personal cards one month in advance of an event and at least one Christmas card every week. So far, I've kept ahead of the birthdays and Valentine's Day but Christmas is a whole other subject. Throw in challenge cards, which sometimes double as personal cards, and it takes a chunk of time to conjure up the creativity.
My friend, Joyce, was born on February 29. Yikes! Imagine only celebrating your birthday every four years. Instead, we celebrate with her on February 28th. She doesn't follow my blog, so I decided to post her card early.

Panels of Whisper White and Lost Lagoon cardstock were adhered to a card base of Elegant Eggplant. A floral panel of paper was added. The die cut word "Celebrate" was backed with a shadow die cut. Foam was adhered to pop it up. Clear droplets were added and the inside of the card was decorated with stamped tiny leaves, a stamped heart and a "Happy Birthday" sentiment.

The card is being submitted to:
1. Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #83

2. Happy Little Stampers January Challenge

3. Brown Sugar Challenge #232
    (Anything Goes)

4. Crafty Creations Challenge #332
    (Anything Goes)

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting
Size: A2

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp: Curly Cute (inside sentiment)
Inks: Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Elegant Eggplant (inside)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

Other Materials
Stamps: Tapestry Peg Stamps "Lace of Hearts" (inside decoration)
Paper: Graphic 45
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc.: Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets

Monday, January 9, 2017

You Are Invited, "Celebrate"

Congratulations to the ladies at Watercooler Wednesday! This week they are celebrating their 100th challenge and the theme of the challenge is just that: "Celebration!"
The layout was inspired by a sketch but I changed it too significantly to enter it into that challenge. I used one of the first stamps I ever purchased. I like that the rabbit is wearing a tunic decorated with hearts. I used Copic markers for the image, using colors I thought were festive and celebratory. The image was backed with a layer of plum and then pink cardstock. It is backed with foam for dimension. A googly eye was added to the rabbit.
The doily was sponged with various pink, peach and plum inks and adhered directly to the card base. The base for the word die is stamped in tiny hearts using the same inks as on the doily. It was also matted with plum and pink cardstock and popped up with foam. The word is cut from a die using black cardstock. The interior is decorated with more of the tiny hearts found under the word die.
The card is being submitted to:

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Perfect Plum, Regal Rose, Peach Parfait, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink
Misc.: Dimensional foam

Other Materials:
Stamps: Tapestry Peg Stamps "Lace of Hearts" & Crafty Secrets (SL02)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Copics
Die: Neat & Tangled
Misc.: Googly eye & doily from stash

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ugly Sweater Contest

01/13/2017 Update: Sapphire Award Winner at Color My Heart: Color Dare Challenge #223.

Several weeks ago I saw some really cute and clever "ugly" sweaters HERE and was inspired to give it a try. The paper I used is perfectly lovely and it was more challenging to make an "ugly" sweater than a pretty one.

So here it is, with a string of jingle bells along the bottom and some mismatched colors.

I do not have the CTMH paper packet for this design, but through the generosity of a friend, I was able to use the required supplies. Using an off-white card base, an oval die was used to cut out the neck hole at the top fold of the card. Using a coordinating oval die with a scalloped edge, the collar was added. A panel of white cardstock was embossed using the inked-by-embossing-folder method. The circles were lightly distressed to show white through the Fern ink. A panel of wood grain designer paper was also inked, this time with Juniper, using an embossing folder. Under close examination, the wood grain shows through the Juniper ink - a pretty effect.
In my friend's supplies, I found the die cut pine cone with a sprig of fir and the star. They are backed with foam to add dimension. The circle with a deer image was die cut from the paper, the edges sponged with Glacier and popped up with foam. Copic markers were used to brighten the colors on the image. The jingle bells were fussy cut and also adhered with foam. Using a marker, stitches were added to the center panel. The inside is stamped with a simple "A Very Merry Christmas to You" and a strip of the Fern embossed paper along the right vertical edge.
I am submitting the card to the following challenges:
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes

3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge

4. Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies December Challenge

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, fussy cutting, stamping-with-embossing-folder, distressing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

CTMH Materials
Ink: Fern, Juniper, Glacier, Cocoa
Cardstock: Cocoa, Desert Sand
DSP: "Oh Deer" Collection

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp Set: "Reason for the Season" (inside sentiment)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Marker: Stampin' Write Crumb Cake
Misc.: Dimensionals foam, Pine Bough EF

Other Materials
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (inside sentiment)
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Scalloped Ovals, Classic Circles
Misc.: Darice EF, Copic markers 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Celebrate - Masculine Birthday

12/07/2016 Update: Top Three winner at Cardz 4 Guyz #48.

This is my second post today... very unusual. My husband played a little poker today and I had the house to myself for a few hours. I actually finished four birthday cards, made two personalized Christmas cards, and posted two items! I still need to finish my "bulk" Christmas cards.
My "baby" brother will celebrate his 58th birthday next week. The technique I chose is an oldie but goody: stamping with an embossing folder. The technique is all over You Tube but the effect is always unique. HERE is a tutorial to use if necessary. It has optional steps that I elected not to use.
Ink was applied to the embossing folder, then it was stamped. A panel of vanilla cardstock was placed inside the folder and it was embossed. A marker was used to emphasize the birch dark spots and a slight shadow on the side of the birches. The panel was sponged along the edge, backed with foam tape and adhered to a card base. The sentiment was cut from two dies, adhered together, backed with foam tape and adhered. The inside of the card was lined with vanilla cardstock and stamped with trees and a "Happy Birthday" sentiment.

The card is being submitted to the following challenges:
1. Cardz 4 Guyz #48:
(Use something beginning with "T" - Tree)

2. Brown Sugar Challenge #227 - Anything Goes:

3. Happy Little Stampers December Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies:

Techniques: Stamping with embossing folder, stamping, sponging, die cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp set: "Lovely As a Tree" & "Curly Cute" (inside sentiment)
Inks: Pool Party, Garden Green, Tip Top Taupe
Stampin' Write Markers: River Rock, Tip Top Taupe
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe
Misc.: Dimensionals  foam, Woodland TIEF

Other Material
Dies: Neat & Tangled two-part dies "Celebrate"

Please let me know if you have questions. I enjoy reading your comments.

Joy to the World

12/07/2016 Update: Top Three winner at AHSC #188:

Black is not a color I typically associate with Christmas cards but I have this gorgeous paper pack that includes some DSP with black and gold.
The card base is black, lined with vanilla cardstock, decorated with a strip of glitter paper and stamped inside with "Season's Greetings." Using clear embossing powder, the first panel of swirly DSP was coated with Versamark, heat embossed and adhered to the card base. Textured foil cardstock was cut into two pieces - a small rectangle and to die cut another with a label die. The rectangle was adhered to the embossed DSP layer. The flourish was die cut, clear embossed and adhered. Finding a sentiment on the DSP, a die was used to capture the sentiments, "Joy to the World," "Kris Kringle" and "May Christmas Love and Christmas Cheer Surround and Bless You Again this Year." Another piece of black DSP with tiny stars was die cut. The three die cut labels were stacked by size, backed with foam for dimension and adhered.

Photography does not capture all of the clear embossing, which gives a beautiful sheen to the swirly DSP and the flourish.
I am submitting the card to the following challenges:
1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #188 (sketch reversed):

2. Color My Heart: Color Dare Challenge #222:

3. Aud Sentiments #169: Anything Goes + a sentiment:

4. Crafty Creations #329 - Christmas:

5. Brown Sugar #227 - Anything Goes:

6. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper December Challenge:
(randomly selected winner)

7. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas December Challenge Extra:
(randomly selected winner)

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, heat embossing, Faux Patina
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp set: "Curly Cute" (inside sentiment)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Gold Glimmer (inside decoration)
Dies: Deco Labels
Misc.: Dimensionals foam, clear embossing powder

Other Materials
Cardstock: Pressed Petals Embossed Foil Mat Stack
DSP: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas Collection
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (inside sentiment) & Versamark (for heat embossing)
Die: My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish