Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sweet Treats at Seize The Birthday!

Hi!  Our Toppings option for the current challenge at Seize The Birthday is Sweet Treats!  Fun, right!?!
As always, anything goes...the topping is an option.  As long as it's a Birthday card!

Of course, I always go with the Toppings option...since I love a good challenge. :)
This one was certainly a challenge for me, as I have very few stamps depicting "sweets".  I searched through my stash and found the cute Slice of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!  It was just what I needed.
Here is what I created.

A few weeks ago I saw a card with wraparound stamped images.  I loved the idea and thought this would be a great time to try it.  It was fun, but coloring the images took me a LONG time.  Still, it was a lot of fun!  I added some Liquid Pearls to accent several of the images and applied a stripe of washi tape to "ground" the images.
Ok, click on over to Seize The Birthday and see what my oh-so-talented team mates have created for your inspiration.  I hope you'll play along!

Supply list ~
Card stock: white (Recollections 110#)
Ink: crumb cake (SU), onyx black (Versafine)
Stamps: a slice of life, (SU), handwritten sentiments (SSS)
Other: gold/white washi (Paper Wishes), white opal, petal pink, platinum pearl liquid pearls (Ranger), gold and clear wink of stella, Prismacolor colored pencils

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pinecones and Christmas Greetings - Two challenges

Hey, another card to add to my growing stash of Christmas cards!  I'm playing along in 2 challenges with this card.

Just Us Girls Wild Card Week #256 - Anything goes, as long as it's not 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

Festive Friday Challenge #39

My square card measures 4 1/2 x 4 1/2.  I was so drawn to the pine wreath in the inspiration photo for Festive Friday, so I used my new Memory Box die.  I love this card!  It turned out just as I planned.  Yay!

I layered my diecuts over a panel of clear card stock, that was adhered along the top, to my card base (beneath the strip on white cs).  My sentiment was heat embossed onto the card base prior to attaching the acetate card stock.
I added some swipes of clear Wink of Stella to the pine branches and pine cones.  You might be able to see it if you click on one of the closeup photos.  It's so pretty in real life!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supply list ~
Card stock: whisper white, not quite navy, mossy meadow, soft suede (SU), clear (Heartfelt Creations)
Stamps: happiest of holidays (PTI)
Die: pinecone corner (Memory Box)
Other: white ep (SU), clear wink of stella (Kuretake)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Black and White Theme at STB!

Our new challenge at Seize The Birthday has a Toppings option of a Black & White color combination.  There are so many possibilities that I had a hard time deciding!
Of course, as always, the Topping is an option.  Anything long as it's birthday themed!

I did a bit of experimenting on this card.  Here is what I created.

That background was created by applying white pigment ink over a stencil.  I faded it as I worked toward the top left corner.   I love the effect!  It makes me think of the shadow from sunlight shining though a leaded glass window.  What do you think?

I die cut 3 hollyhocks to layer over the background, applied a few drops of black enamel accents to the flower centers, then layered my sentiment strip over it all.

I hope you'll play along with us at Seize The Birthday.  We love seeing what you create.  :)

Supply list ~
Card stock: basic black (SU), white linen essentials (Ellen Hutson), white (Recollections)
Stamps: handwritten sentiments (SSS)
Ink: unicorn white (Memories), onyx black (Versafine)
Other: stencil (Heidi Swapp), hollyhock stem die (Memory Box), black enamel accents (Ranger)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Snowflakes Sparkle!

No, we don't have any snowflakes here!  In fact it's hot and humid this weekend.  We've been spoiled by a very mild, comfortable summer.  So, I guess I shouldn't complain!

Anyway, you're not here to listen to me whine about the humidity, are you?  Nope.

I only had time to create one card this (very busy) weekend.  And I chose to play along with CAS(E) this sketch #89.  This sketch by Leigh Penner is just what I needed to give me some inspiration on how to use a die I just bought.

Here's the sketch.

I created this Christmas card to add to my stash.

I cut my birch trees from Sahara Sand card stock and adhered that to a white card base.  The frame was the negative that was left behind, after using a rectangle die.  I popped it up with foam tape then added my sentiment banner.  The final touch was to add some clear Wink of Stella to the left edge of each of the trees.  Hopefully you can see that in the closeup photo.  If you click on the photo, you should get a larger version of it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies used ~
Card stock: white (Recollections), sahara sand (SU)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine)
Stamps: in the meadow (PTI)
Dies: stitched mats rectangles (Lil' Inkers Designs), birch tree cutting plate (Taylored Expressions)
Other: clear wink of stella (Kuretake)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Watercolor and Bokeh

Yay!  It's time for a new 2-week challenge at Seize The Birthday.  This time there is no Toppings option.  So...anything goes.  Well, as long as it's a Birthday card, of course.

It wasn't easy to decide what technique I wanted to use for this No Toppings challenge.  I'm seeing so many fun video tutorials lately.  When I came across Dawn Woleslagle's video on the Bokeh technique...that made my decision easy!  HERE is the link to her video, if you want to check it out.

I made 2 cards using this technique.  I'll show you my second attempt first.  I love how this one turned out!  The first one...not so much.  I'll include a photo of it at the bottom of this post though, so you can see what I mean.

This was SO much fun.  I love playing with watercolors, as you've probably noticed.  Then add to that some circle stenciling, some Wink of Stella and a few sequins.  Oh. And a heat embossed sentiment, too. 
Well.  Good times! is my first attempt at Dawn's Bokeh technique.
I added some white splatter to this card, and it just doesn't look right.  THEN when I stamped "birthday" under the Happy sentiment it just looked wonky.  So, I stamped it on a scrap that I had trimmed off the main panel. I attached that with foam tape.  Hmmm, it just doesn't look right.
But I figured it was only fair to show you my experimental card!

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you'll leave a comment.  I lvve reading them!

Supplies for "It's Your Day" ~
Card stock: white (Recollections from Michael'), watercolor paper (Artist's Loft from Michael's)
Stamps: think big favorites #2 (PTI)
Ink: versamark, unicorn white
Other: white ep (SU), watercolores and brushes (Michael''s), sponge dauber (SU), clear wink of stella (Kuretake), in color sequins (SU)

Supplies for the "Happy Birthday" ~
Same as for the card above, just different watercolors and the sentiment is from Wet Paint by PTI.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summery Yellows for Seize The Birthday!

Hello again!  We have a fun, summery color for our Toppings option at Seize The Birthday for this 2 week challenge!

Our Toppings option is Monochromatic Yellow.   Of course, you can play along whether you use the topping, or not.  Just make sure it's a birthday card!

This card turned out just as I had imagined.  Yes, every once in a while that happens!

This was so easy and a lot of fun to create.  I just adhered strips of yellow card stock (in various widths) to some copy paper, then die cut it.  To give it a little more strength, I then backed it with a scrap piece of card stock.  The birthday sentiment was stamped on the card base, then I stamped  "happy" onto the panel before popping it onto my white linen card base with foam tape.
Quick and easy, but so fun and summery!
I hope you'll play along with us...just click HERE to check out what the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration!
Thanks so much for taking a look!


Card stock: white linen essentials (Ellen Hutson), barely banana, so saffron, daffodil delight, crushed curry, more mustard (SU)
Stamps: wet paint (PTI)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine)
Die: stitched mats rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Watercolor Trees

Hi there!  Well, I created just one card this weekend.  Which seems to be my norm this summer.  This summer seems to be particularly busy for us.  And, since I made changes to my lifestyle...eating healthy and lots of physical activity...I don't have as much time for crafting.  I'm loving it all though!

I spent some time this afternoon walking/hiking the trails at a local park.  The weather was beautiful and the company was great.  Thanks Trudy!

If you're interested, take a look at the end of this post for a few photos from my hike this afternoon.

Anyway, I created this card yesterday.  Just because.  No challenges involved. I just felt like using some watercolors.  So I did!

I painted the sky and ground first.  After those had dried I stamped the trees.  Before stamping the images onto the watercolor panel, I misted the stamp with water then stamped onto scrap paper first.  I love the soft look it gave me.  I'm loving using my watercolor set (just a cheap one from Michael's).   It's just plain FUN!
Thanks for stopping by!

Here are my photos from our afternoon hike.

These appear to be mini pincones, but they actually came from the tree pictured just below and in the very last photo.

Feathers.  I think this was a lunch spot for some kind of animal!

The source of the mini "pine cones".