Friday, April 28, 2017

It's Hip to Be Square

What a fun theme for a card challenge - It's Hip to Be Square! Rather than making a square card I decided to create a card with some not-so-perfect squares.
Various dies were used to cut true squares, wonky squares, wonky window squares and the lone circle. The sentiment is a die cut stamped image with a die cut shadow. A panel of black cardstock was adhered to a white card base. A panel of patterned paper was then adhered. (Note the tiny squares in the patterned paper.)
The remaining items were adhered to the card - some with foam tape and some directly to the card front. The inside of the card was decorated with a strip of patterned paper and a strip of black cardstock.

This card is being entered into:

1. Dragonfly Journeys #90









2. Crafting from the Heart #156
    (Theme: Just for Fun)





3. Crafty Creations #349
    (Theme: Anything Goes)

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting
Size: A2

Materials
Stamps: Wplus9 "That Is All"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!  Whisper White, Basic Black, Pacific Point
Paper: Stampin' Up! Everyday Chic Collection (retired)
Dies: Wplus9 "That Is All", Lil' Inker Designs Wonky Stitched Squares, MFT Wonky Windows, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares & Stitched Circles
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cheers on Your Birthday!

Wanting to participate in a photo card challenge led me to create this birthday card. I used a sketch challenge for the layout.
The flowers, leaves and stems were stamped and die cut. The oval pieces were also cut from dies. The card was assembled by applying the black and white patterned paper, the black cardstock and the yellow patterned paper onto a white card base. The oval shapes were backed with foam tape for dimension. The flowers, leaves and stems were adhered using foam tape.  The sentiment was cut with a die.
The inside of the card was decorated with three strips of cardstock matching cardstock on the front of the card. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers to give them a sheen.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Just Us Girls Photo Challenge #390






2. The Paper Players Sketch Challenge #341








3. Crafty Creations Challenge #340
    (Anything Goes)




4. Paper Sweeties April Challenge #54



Techniques: Stamping, die cutting
Size: A2

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Garden Green, Pistachio Pudding, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Everyday Chic (retired)
Misc.: Dimensionals (foam tape)

Other Materials
Stamps: Paper Sweeties "Pretty Posies"
Dies: Paper Smooches "Birthday Words"; Paper Sweeties "Pretty Posies"; Gina K Designs Ovals

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Best Ever - CAS/Masculine

My stepson, Ross, has a birthday coming up so I decided to use a few challenges for inspiration to make his birthday card. Ross was always an outstanding baseball player throughout his youth and young adulthood. Although he no longer plays much, he still loves the game.
I made an effort to keep the card clean and simple plus low profile for easy mailing. Using patterned paper, the baseballs were fussy cut and adhered to a card base of navy blue cardstock. The stars were die cut or punched, then adhered - some with foam tape and some directly onto the card. The sentiment was stamped, fussy cut and adhered with foam tape. The inside of the card was lined with vanilla cardstock and decorated with die cut stars.


This card is being submitted to the following challenges:

1. CASE This Sketch #218











2. Watercooler Wednesday Masculine Challenge #116







3. Aud Sentiments Challenge #178
    (Use a Sentiment Stamp)





4. Crafting from the Heart #156
    (Anything Goes - Just for Fun)


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

Materials
Stamp: CTMH "Life Is Sweet"
Inks: Stampin' Up! Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Real Red, Night of Navy
Paper: Moxxie "Play Ball"
Dies: Stampin' Up! Stars Framelits
Punch: Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Accents Star
Misc: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)

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.


I actually saw a similarity between two sketches so decided to submit this card to both. 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. 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:


1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #208








2. Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #262







3. Brown Sugar Challenge #247
    (Use a Die Cut)



Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting
Size: A2

Materials:
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





4. Heart 2 Heart Challenge 
    (Theme: It's a Wonderful World)





5. Brown Sugar Challenge #247
    (Use a Die Cut)


Materials:
Cardstock: CTMH Lemon
Paper: CTMH : "Some Kinda Wonderful" Collection
Die: Sizzix Border
Misc.: Doodlebug stickers from stash

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

04/25/2017 Update: Honorable Mention at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #115








04/24/2017 Update: Winner of Sapphire Award at Color Dare Challenge #239



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:

1. Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #239








2. Watercooler Wednesday "Spring Theme" Challenge #115





Techniques: Stamping, fussy cutting
Size: A2

Materials
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)



Materials
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

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