Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hello You!

Hi there and welcome back!  My card today was made with the great sketch from this week's Paper Players challenge.

I had remnants from the last card I posted on my desk, so I ended up making another small square card (4.5" square).

I leveraged the small bit of Calypso Coral in the bottom right corner of the designer paper by adding a vertical strip of the same color card stock embossed with the Pretty Print embossing folder and a small floral circle from Daydream Medallion.  Originally I did not intend to make this in a distress style, but when a stamp inked with Smoky Slate slipped off the acrylic block to which it was supposed to be adhered, well, I needed a plan to redirect the viewer's eye, so to speak!!  

Fortunately, the paper already had a distress look to it.  The matching envelope was actually made for yesterday's card, but I ended up using a different designer paper for that envelope, so it became part of today's post.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope the rest of your week is wonderful!



Product details:
Stamps:  Four You, Daydream Medallion, Chevron
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Epic Day This & That designer paper
Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Sahara Sand
Other:  Scallop oval punch, Floral Frames Collection framelit, Sycamore Street ribbon and button (ret.), White Baker's Twine, Pretty Print embossing folder.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Dynamic Thank You

It's Sunday evening and the card I'm sharing was made with this week's Deconstructed Sketch and using the color challenge at the Dynamic Duos.  Sadly, this is the final challenge at Dynamic Duos, as the owner has decided to close the blog.  I've made a thank you card to recognize all the great inspiration from the color challenges and the wonderful design teams for the last two years.

At first I wasn't sure how I wanted to use this sketch, but when I saw the color challenge, it all fell into place.  It was certainly a great way to use up designer paper scraps for the flags and retired dp for the envelope.

The card base is 4 1/4" square adhered to a 4 3/8" piece of Smoky Slate.  The envelope and largest piece of designer paper on the card is from a retired Simply Scrappin' kit. It had been tucked away and neglected until I went looking for some Pool Party designer paper.

I love this color combination, it is so soft and fresh.  The little circle under the sentiment was a single piece of the Delicate Details Lace Tape.  My photo is so dark in the back, I'm not sure what happened, but I have no doubt is was operator error!  ;-)

As always, I appreciate your visit and would love to hear from you if you have a moment to leave a comment!

Take care and have a great week!



Product details:
Stamps:  Peaceful Petals
Paper:  Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, So Saffron, Tea Party Simply Scrappin' kit, Epic Day This and That and Parisian Summer designer papers
Ink:  Smoky Slate
Other:  Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Basic Pearls, Subtles Button, White Baker's Twine, Delicate Details Lace Tape, Chevron embossing folder, Envelope Punch Board

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Daffodil Birthday

I'm back with a card made for the color challenge at ColourQ, using this week's card sketch at Splitcoaststampers.

I couldn't resist the classic colors of spring - lots of yellow, a bit of purple, green of course, and a bit of dirt, or in this case, Crumb Cake / Kraft.

The flower from Simply Sketched was stamped twice on Watercolor paper and colored with Pear Pizazz and Elegant Eggplant with a blender pen.  I cut out the second flower and popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

An easy card that came together very quickly this afternoon, which was great as it allowed me to still get some work done around the house and not feel guilty for spending the whole day in my craft room!!

Thanks for taking a look today, and as always, I'd love to hear from you if you have time to leave a comment.



Product details:
Stamps:  Simply Sketched
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizazz, Watercolor, Gingham Garden and 2010-2012 In Color Paper Pack designer series paper
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizazz, Jet Black Stazon
Other:  Pear Pizazz Seam Binding Ribbon, Brights Button, Brights Candy Dot, White Baker's Twine, Woodgrain embossing folder, Banners Framelit

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ahoy, Father's Day!

Happy weekend eve, my friends!  It's Friday night and I'm looking forward to an extended weekend. Monday is the new Stampin' Up catalogue reveal and I've taken a vacation day in order to join my upline Susan, and lots of fellow demonstrators from the greater Portland metro area, to learn about what is coming up in 2014-2015.

In the meantime, I have a card made for my father-in-law for Father's Day.  I've used the wonderful sketch from Freshly Made Sketches as the basis for my card design.

In order to keep the proportions pleasing with the size of circle and square used, my card size is closer to a square than the normal A2 size (4 1/2" x 4 1/8")

The retired image from Sail Away was stamped in Island Indigo on Crumb Cake. Unknown to me until after I made the card, my FIL once owned a sail boat.  I'm hoping this will generate some good memories for him.

I chose the Burlap Ribbon for the vertical piece to add a bit more texture and a kind of ruggedness to the overall feel of the card.  In that same vein, the circle cut from Soho Subway has such great texture with the subtle woodgrain background and waives of color that it definitely reminded me of the ocean.

Thanks so much for dropping by and taking a look.  If you have a moment to leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you!  Have a great weekend!!



Product details:
Stamps:  Sail Away, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Confetti Cream, Island Indigo
Ink:  Island Indigo
Other:  Metallic Eyelets, CropADile, Hemp Twine, Word Window punch, Burlap Ribbon. Hemp Twine, Circles Collection framelit

Thursday, April 24, 2014

You're the Best!

Hi there and welcome back!  A quick post with a card for The Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  I had lots of fun playing around with this sketch.

I pulled out the Just Sayin' stamp set and some Wooden Elements to create this easy card:

I so love Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and the amazing Burlap ribbon together, so I decided to pull them together again for this card.  The wood embellishments were rubbed into their respective stamp pads on both sides and around the edges, then left to dry for a couple of days.

Thanks for dropping by!  Friday tomorrow, then the weekend.  Enjoy!



Product details:
Stamps:  Just Sayin'
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Confetti Cream, Calypso Coral, Etcetera designer paper
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon, Calypso Coral
Other:  Word Bubble framelit, Distress Dots embossing folder, Linen Twine, Wooden Elements

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sketched Composition Birthday

Welcome back!  I have a quick and easy card to share today.  I pulled out some of the retiring Natural Composition designer paper intending to make a masculine birthday card, but somehow it morphed into this:

I have a box of designer paper scraps, which I pulled out to find something that would look good with the card base.  When I found this scrap of Spice Cake dp, the rest of the details came together quickly and a more feminine card emerged, with scallops and ruffled ribbon.

The sentiment and bird image were stamped in Soft Suede on Confetti Cream that was punched with the Scallop Tag Topper punch.  The bird was colored using a blender pen very lightly dipped in More Mustard ink, which resulted in a far lighter (and more natural looking) color.

I added the Soft Suede Candy Dots but I'm ambivalent about how they look, so they may be removed and saved for another card.

Thanks for taking a look and if you have a moment to leave a message, I'd love to hear from you!



Product details:
Stamps:  Simply Sketched
Paper:  Confetti Cream, Pool Party, Natural Composition and Spice Cake designer paper
Ink:  Soft Suede, More Mustard
Other:  More Mustard grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Border punch, Scallop Tag Topper punch, Neutrals Candy Dots.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Four Happiness

Hi there again!  I've a card to share that I made for Friday Mashup.  The challenge this week includes the sketch below and the "mash up" part is to use an Ombre` Background.

Our dogwood tree is starting to bloom and the blossoms are so beautiful, it really inspired me to make a card with a range of pinks.  I thought I had a stamp with a dogwood flower but I don't, so I pulled out the lovely rose from Happiness Shared and colored it with reinkers and a blender pen.

I also decided to try my hand at the Ombre` background, using Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple.  Originally I was going to use a brayer, but don't have a Raspberry ink pad, so I ended up sponging the colors onto Very Vanilla.  I really like how it looks but was a bit disappointed that I could not completely blend away all the sponge marks in the Raspberry section.  Probably a technique I will have to practice, but I still think it turned out okay(???).

I kept the rest of the card simple, with only the Baker's Twine as an embellishment because it seemed like there was already a lot going on here.

Well, it didn't turn out quite as I imagined, and I'm not sure meshing together the background technique and the watercolor image works (trendy vs. classic).  But one doesn't learn until trying, so I'll keep trying!! ; - )

Thanks for taking a look.  Have a great week ahead!



Product details:
Stamps:  Four You, Happiness Shared
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Watercolor
Ink:  Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette
Other:  Gold Baker's Twine

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Garden Birthday Wishes

Welcome back!  The card I made this afternoon is for the challenges at Pals Paper Arts and Dynamic Duos.  Click on the links below to check out both of these great challenges, plus there is still plenty of time to play along.

I love when Dynamic Duos has the Black Tie week, and these colors, along with gold are so rich and elegant.  I have a friend at work that will be celebrating her birthday later this month and this card will be perfect for her "style".

The touch of gold really kicked up the glam factor for the card, I think.  Two sizes of Squares framelits were used to create the Gold Foil frame that went over the Very Vanilla square stamped with the sentiment from Fabulous Phrases.

The flower from the Secret Garden stamp set was stamped 3 times on Very Vanilla and then colored with Rich Razzleberry with a blender pen.  The layers were then cut out and layered with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The branches were cut with a Secret Garden framelit.

As always, your visit is so appreciated and I would love to hear from you if you have a moment to leave a comment!  Take care and have a Happy Easter!



Product details:
Stamps:  Secret Garden, Fabulous Phrases
Paper:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Gold Foil, Modern Medley designer paper
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon, Rich Razzleberry
Other:  Gold Baker's Twine, Secret Garden and Squares Collection framelits, Basic Pearls, Paper Snips, Stampamajig, Blender Pen

Vintage Petals

Hi there!  I'm back with a card made for this week's card sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  I saw it and was immediately taken with what a great layout it was and the resulting card came together with ease (thank heavens, after my creativity doldrums of the prior weekend!).

One of the stamps from Peaceful Petals immediately sprang to mind for the long, slim panel.  I decided to go with a vintage, distressed style.

This is such a lovely floral image, so sweet and delicate.  The petals were colored with Soft Sky and Baja Breeze using a blender pen, and Barely Banana for the center.  Lucky Limeade was used for the stem, with the "shadow" areas created with additional layers of the same color.  The piercing design from the Paper Piercing Pack Essentials meant for use with the Curly Label punch was added to the top and bottom of the green panel, then I just went around the edges of the watercolor paper.

Normally I use Crumb Cake to sponge around the edges of my card to develop the vintage, distress feel, but sometimes it can be too dark for lighter colors, even using a light hand.  I decided to experiment with this card by using Sahara Sand, and I was so pleased with the result.

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you have a great weekend.  I will be back later today or tomorrow with another post, so please drop back by if you have time!



Product details:
Stamps:  Peaceful Petals, Express Yourself
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Watercolor, Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze, Everyday Enchantment designer paper
Ink:  Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Barely Banana, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand, Jet Black Stazon
Other:  Paper Doily, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, Blender Pen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CAS Birthday Elegance

Hi once again, I'm back with a quick post with a card made for Retrosketches.  Check out this super fun sketch:

I knew when I saw this sketch I wanted to play along.  I walked into my craft room and less than 10 minutes later I had finished this card:

I decided to go with a bit of gold, with the sequins and the Baker's Twine, to compliment the lush Crushed Curry color in the designer paper.

My card varies a bit from the sketch, because I ended up with five cross sections rather than four, but I hope it still reflects the spirit of it!  

Thanks for taking a peek!



Product details:
Stamps:  Four You
Paper:  Whisper White, Eastern Elegance designer series paper
Ink:  Coastal Cabana
Other:  Gold Baker's Twine, Gold Sequin Trim, Basic Pearls

Monday, April 14, 2014

Storybook Easter Wishes

Hi there!  Easter's fast on the way and I made a card to send to my daughter and her family.  I've entered it into the current challenge at SUO Challenges to make an Easter card or other papercrafted project with the Easter theme.  There's still plenty of time to join in so go check out the blog for lots of fun inspiration! (http://suochallenges.com/)

I decided to use the cute bunny from the Storybook Friends stamp set.  He was heat embossed and colored in Crumb Cake with a blender pen.

Since the stamp includes a sentiment but not the one I wanted to use, I fussy cut old Bun and adhered him to Whisper White card stock stamped with the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and cut out with a Windows Collection framelit.

The main image was adhered to So Saffron card stock cut out with a Deco Labels framelit and popped up on a Soft Sky designer paper pennant, cut out with the largest Pennant framelit.  My goodness, what did I do before framelits???  The Early Espresso pennant was created by tracing around the outside of the largest framelit and cut out by hand.

I am so glad when Stampin' Up! decided to bring Soft Sky back into the color fold!  It is such a lovely blue and goes well with so many other colors.  It also meant that the retired designer paper I was holding onto had new life as well!  The button and twine are also retired products but fortunately they don't have an expiration date so they can still be used LOL!  The twine has a bit more heft than Linen Thread, so I like using it behind buttons.

That's it for today.  I appreciate your visit and as always, would love to hear from you if you have time to leave a comment.  Have a great week!



Product details:
Stamps:  Storybook Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Woodgrain
Paper:  Soft Suede, So Saffron, Whisper White, Early Espresso Core'dination, Soft Sky designer series paper
Ink:  So Saffron, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Versamark, Crumb Cake
Other:  Pennants, Windows, and Deco Labels Collections framelits, Blender Pen, Paper Snips, Hemp Twine, Sweet Stitches Big Designer Buttons

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Flourished Wisteria Birthday

The process of creativity is so surprising sometimes.  The last card I posted was such a struggle for me...I wasn't happy with different iterations of it and kept redoing parts of it, and it took hours to finish. Then there is the card below that I made in about an hour this afternoon, totally unplanned!

I was inspired by the color challenge at Dynamic Duos and the current sketch at the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge:

The DD color combination is perfect for a floral image, and initially I intended to watercolor a floral image, but when I saw the sketch today, I decided to use punched flowers atop the Flowering Flourishes image.

I really love these colors together.  The bands of So Saffron look so bright and cheerful with Wisteria, it's a great Spring color combo.  Be sure to check out both challenges, there is plenty of time to join in.

I'm glad you dropped by for my second post today and I'd love to hear from you if you have time to leave a comment!   Enjoy your evening!



Product details:
Stamps:  Flowering Flourishes, Express Yourself
Paper:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, In Color 2011-2013 Pattern Pack designer series paper
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder
Other:  Boho Blossoms & Itty Bitty punches, So Saffron Grosgrain ribbon, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Basic Pearls

Love Ya!

Welcome back!  I have a card to share that was made using the current Mojo Monday sketch.  I worked on this little devil off and on for several days, trying to get the flowers right.  I'm still not entirely happy with the end result because the flowers should be reversed in their position, but that's what happens when you remove things that were hot glued - must cover up the evidence LOL!!

I've seen plenty of others create perfect flowers with the new Spiral Flower die but I have struggled to finish flowers to my satisfaction.  The flowers are big and I've found them awkward to manipulate, but maybe I just need to practice more (less work, more crafting!!).

Love Letter designer paper was used for the large flower as well as the background for the new Hexagon Hive Thinlit in Riding Hood Red card stock.

Here's the sketch and link to the Mojo Monday Blog:

Thanks for taking a look!  I'm heading back outside to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon in our unusually warm 70 plus degree weather.  Take care and have a great week!



Product detail:
Stamps:  Just Sayin'
Paper:  Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letter designer paper
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon
Other:  Hexagon hive Thinlit, Chevron embossing folder, Spiral Flower Bigz Die, Word Bubble framelit, Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Basic Pearls


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Best for Baby

Welcome back!  Tonight I have a fun little card made with this week's sketch at The Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  Yes, this week I actually made it before the deadline!

I decided to flip the sketch on its side and shrink the dimensions to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4", which seemed more appropriate for a baby card and also to give proper dimension to the stamped image and the sentiment.  See what you think.

I recently got the Best of Brides and Babies before the offer ended the end of March and have been waiting for the right time to ink up this adorable stamp!!  I debated about whether or not to color the text but after the fact think it added a lot of vibrancy to the card.

I was tickled "pink" (hee hee) that the cute 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch fits so perfectly atop the smallest of the Windows Collection framelit.  I love how it looks. And the sentiment from Petite Pairs is perfect inside the 1" Circle punched from Very Vanilla.

Well, that wraps it up for tonight.  I was glad to find some time earlier this evening to finish this card and get it posted, as much of the time its hard to find the time and energy after work.

Thanks for looking and as always, I would love to hear from you if you have time to leave a comment!  Take care and have a great remainder of the week!



Product details:
Stamps:  Best of Brides and Babies, Petite Pairs
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Other:  Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (ret.), Blender Pen, Windows Collection framelit, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle and 1" Circle punches, Basic Rhinestones