Saturday, October 14, 2017

Moonstruck - CAS


After recently winning a CAS card challenge with THIS CARD, I was asked to be a guest designer at AAA Cards for CAS Game #101. The theme is "Inspired by a Film". After much thought about some of my favorites, I selected Moonstruck.
Just a few die cuts and some sponging and assembly and the card was finished. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and more of the theme using a die cut image.

The challenge goes live on 10/15/2017, so be sure to visit AAA Cards and have some CAS fun!

Techniques: CAS, sponging, die cutting, computer generated sentiment
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: none (computer generated sentiment)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Circles, Memory Box "Cityscape Nightline"

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friendship Card - CAS


One of my oldest and dearest friends lives more than 2,000 miles away from me and does not use social media nor does she text. Occasional phone calls make it difficult to stay in touch with the everyday things of life so making all-occasion and friendship cards for her helps us stay up-to-date.
I decided to use a few challenges for inspiration, orienting the sketch from portrait to landscape without tipping the elements. The white card base was decorated with a die that punches a row of tiny holes. Next, I created a blend of watercolors using Brusho crystals. Once dry, I ironed the paper to flatten and soften it. The bold word was die cut from the watercolored paper and adhered directly onto the card base. The sketch calls for a little "something-something" on the lower right of the sentiment, so I added a punched butterfly with clear foam under the wings to add dimension. The inside sentiment was stamped and the punched heart added to cover a "happy accident" smudge.

My card is being submitted to the following card challenges:

1. Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #341 (Option: Bold Words)










2. Less Is More Challenge #348






3. Inkspirational Word Prompt Challenge #144






Techniques: Watercoloring, stamping, die cutting, punch cutting, CAS
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Wplus9 "That Is All"
Inks: Stampin' Up! Blackberry Bliss (inside); Brusho Crystal Colors
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Paper:  The Paper Studio (lavender glitter); Strathmore watercolor paper
Dies: Winnie & Walter "Hi Cutaway" & Lawn Fawn border die
Punches: Stampin' Up! Butterfly & Heart
Misc.: Kool-Tac clear foam dots

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Basket of Blessings

10/10/2017 Update: Winner of the Sapphire Award at Color Dare Challenge #262.






I don't like to do anything in a hurry or under pressure. I like to plan, think and take my time, however, that doesn't always work out in the real world.
The card I am posting is in response to a color challenge that I allowed to overwhelm me because of the EIGHT colors. I did not have the coordinating paper pack for these colors, so I put it off until the last minute figuring, later, later. Like some brilliant idea was going to strike like lightning. I finally decided to get busy and give it a try. That's when I discovered I needed a minimum of FIVE colors, which is still a lot since most challenges are three. Now I was out of time... so here it is.

The front of the card base was texturized with swirls using a die. The basket and floral images were stamped, colored with Copic markers and fussy cut. The bow was die cut and colored. The card base was embossed and the various elements were adhered to the card. The basket, flowers and bow were backed with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with a die-cut bow.

The card is being submitted to:

1. Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #262.








2. Sketch Saturday Challenge #483 (pick any sketch from the archives)








Technique: Coloring, stamping, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Basket of Wishes"
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers; Stampin' Up! Basic Gray (sentiment)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Smoky Slate
Dies: Stampin' Up! "Wonderful Wreath" (bow); Lil' Inker Designs "Stitched Spirals"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Poppies Birthday Card

10/08/2017 Update: Splitcoast Stampers Favorite of the Week for week ending 10/07/2017.


10/07/2017 Update: Winner of The Cut Above Award at The Paper Players. 




Three months ago I started taking a Copics class to help me with my coloring technique. This card represents the results of my classes so far. It's perfect for a fall birthday card. I have one sister and three sisters-in-law with October birthdays so this will go to one of those lovely ladies.
The stamped images were colored with Copic markers. Before starting the assembly I added a dark blue-green chunky glass glitter to the centers of the poppies. The glitter does not photograph true to color.
A panel of cardstock and one of patterned paper were layered onto the card base. Before assembling, I had partially fussy cut the background flower, leaving some of the white cardstock intact and cutting some away. I adhered this to a narrow panel of cardstock and backed it with foam tape. The sentiment was matted and added. The final flower was backed with foam tape and added to the foreground. A die cut "Happy Birthday" was added to the inside with a little heart punched from cardstock.

This card is being submitted to the following challenges:

1.  Color Throwdown #462 (Use rust, green, orange and aqua.)






2. Addicted to Stamps and More #261 (Anything goes.)


3. The Paper Players #364 (Autumn Floral)









4. Inspired by All the Little Things #66






Techniques: coloring, stamping, die cutting, fussy cutting, punch cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Stampendous "Pretty Poppies"
Inks: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Cajun Craze
Paper: Brick pattern from stash
Die: Peachy Cheap "Happy Birthday" (inside)
Punch: Stampin' Up! heart
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); chunky glass glitter

Sunday, October 1, 2017

"For You" Birthday

10/04/2017 Update: Top Three Award at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #231.

Seems as if it has been forever since I made and posted a challenge card. The layout was provided by a sketch challenge. The colors were for a color challenge but I got carried away with too many colors.
The image was stamped and die cut. The stamp set is a multi-step set but I wasn't happy with it so using additional dye inks and an aqua pen, I watercolored the flowers and leaves. The paper is regular cardstock so I had to be cautious with the volume of water.
A panel of coral cardstock was embossed with butterflies. Onto a white card base, panels of green & embossed coral cardstock were adhered. The floral image was adhered with foam tape. Gold Stickles were added to the flower centers. The sentiment on the card front was die cut and adhered. The inside was decorated with a punched butterfly image and large Happy Birthday sentiment.

I am submitting to the challenges listed below:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #231









2. Aud Sentiments Challenge #189 (Use a two-word
sentiment.)



3. Just Us Girls Challenge #413 (Use die cut words.)






4. Addicted to Stamps and More #261 (Anything
Goes.)



Techniques: Stamping, watercoloring, die cutting, dry embossing
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Altenew "Extra Special" & Concord & 9th (inside sentiment)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive; Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Old Olive
Dies: Altenew "Extra Special" & Penny Black "Just for You"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! TIEF, Dimensionals foam tape

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

So Sweet... Thank You/CAS


This card came to mind while sitting on my patio enjoying morning coffee. I was noticing how industrious the ants were in their search for food. I have a stamp set of insects that has only been used twice so thought this would be a good opportunity to use it again.
The layout was inspired by a CAS challenge sketch. To ensure that my elements match the sketch, I download the image to Word, size it to A2 and print to use as a template. The front was stamped with the insects, peppermint candy and the sentiment. A light spatter of ink and the card front was finished. The inside was decorated by stamping the ants and a Thank You sentiment.

The card is being submitted to:


CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #240



Techniques: Stamping, CAS
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Beetles & Bugs" (ants), "Sweets for the Sweet" (peppermint candy) and "Honeycomb Happiness" (sentiment)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Regal Rose
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (heavyweight)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pretty Plaid (Using Copics)

09/27/2017 Update: Winner of the Color Dare Sapphire Award in Challenge #260.
My card was inspired by a Design Team member's card that can be found HERE. I CASE'd the card but things changed as I moved along. In the end, in spite of the differences, I like my card and believe the recipient will enjoy receiving it.
The front of the card base was dry embossed. The plaid was made with Copic markers on a panel of white cardstock. The plaid panel was adhered to a panel of charcoal cardstock. The punched flowers were adhered and Nuvo drops were added to the centers. The sentiment was adhered to a strip of vellum and adhered to the plaid panel. This was adhered to the card base. The inside was decorated with coordinating cardstock and punched flowers.

This card is being submitted to:

1. CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #239







2. Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #260






3. Happy Little Stampers September Challenge






Techniques: Handmade Plaid, die cutting, punch cutting, dry embossing
Size: A2

Materials
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers (C5, G14, RV25)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Gray, Strawberry Slush, Vellum; CTMH Bashful
Die: Peachy Cheap "Happy Birthday"
Punch: Stampin' Up!
Misc.: Nuvo Crystal Drops (Morning Dew)

So Very Loved

09/27/2017 Update: Top Three Award Winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #230.
One of my dearly loved nieces celebrates her 37th birthday soon so this card is for her.
The various panels of cardstock and patterned paper were adhered to a vanilla card base. The ribbon was added along with two punched banners. The sentiment panel was die cut, stamped, decorated with flowers and Nuvo drops and popped up onto the card for dimension. The inside was stamped with the word, "loved" along with some tiny hearts and decorated with a strip of coordinating paper. I left space for a personal message.

My card is being submitted to:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #230









2. Crafting from the Heart #175 (Anything Goes)







3. Happy Little Stampers September Challenge






Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, punch cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Wplus9 "That Is All"
Inks: Stampin' Up! Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe
Paper: Moda Scrap "Sweet Vintage Rose" Collection
Dies: Gina Marie Designs "Pleated Lace" rectangles
Punch: Stampin' Up! Banner
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Sherbet Shimmer), ribbon & flowers from stash

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

Materials
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)