Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Silent Night, Holy Night - CAS-ual Fridays challenge

This is my second post for today.  I enjoyed the sketch challenge at CAS-ual Fridays so much that I stayed up late last night to make a second card.  And now, here I am...blogging...when I should be cleaning my house.  This will have to be a quick post!

Here is Karen's sketch challenge - CAS-ual Fridays CFC29 is my second take on the sketch.

Ahhh.  This is one of those rare times when a card turns out EXACTLY as I'd pictured it in my head. lol!
Usually, when I do a sponged background, I end up creating the background 2 or 3 times until I get it right.  You know, a blotch or a smudge jumps onto my card (through no fault of my own, of course.)  Not this time.
I masked off the area to be sponged, with post-it notes.  I used 6 different blue inks to sponge the background, then stamped the two deer and created the "grass" with the darkest of the inks.  I love using this sponging technique, so if you've followed my blog for a while you've seen it a few times, before.
Anyway, I HAVE to get my house ready for the big Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.  So...gotta' go!
Thank for looking,

card stock: stamper select white (PTI)
ink: bashful blue, bordering blue, marina mist, pacific point, not quite navy, night of navy (Stampin' Up!)
stamps: in the meadow, Christmas blessings (PTI)
other: gems from my stash, craft sponge

A sympathy card - CAS-ual Fridays challenge

Yes, I had to squeeze in some stamping time before I cleared up my crafting space for the holiday!  My husband's family will be here for Thanksgiving Day, so today is cleaning and prep day.  Which is what I should be doing...instead of blogging.
So.  When I saw Karen's sketch on CAS-ual Fridays blog, two ideas popped into my head.  This is the first one.   I'll do another quick post in a few minutes, with my second card.
Here is the challenge.  CAS-ual Fridays CFC29

My (first) take on the sketch:

I've used the woven ribbon technique on 2 other cards, and I enjoyed it so much. I love the dimension that this technique adds to a card.   Britta Swiderski has a great tutorial for the technique on her blog.  HERE is the link.  Once I'd created the woven ribbon panel, I attached it to an early espresso card stock panel, using Scor-tape.  This particular ribbon is somewhat stiff, so I knew it would need a strong adhesive to hold it in place.
After stamping the sentiment on my white card base, I added 2 tiny brown pearls between the 3 small sentiments.
That just about covers it.  It was an easy, but fun card to create.
Thank you for taking a look!

card stock: select white (PTI), early espresso (SU)
ink: early espresso (SU)
stamps: simple sentiments (PTI)
other: diamond arch brown/white ribbon (Am. Crafts), Scor-tape (Sookwang), 2 brown pearls from my stash

Friday, November 18, 2011

How do you know...? Unscripted Sketches #132

Hi!  Just a quick post with a birthday card that I made for one of the guys I work with.  I needed this card to much larger than a standard A2, so there's enough room for everyone at work to sign it.  So, this was a fold that I haven't done before.  I used a full sheet of card stock, scoring it twice, so it folds in thirds.

I'm playing along in the Unscripted Sketches #132 challenge.  Here's the sketch:

 And, here is my take on the sketch.

Since this is for one of the I didn't dare use any ribbon or bling.  And that was SO difficult! lol
I did some layering over the card base.  I used a border punch on a piece of Night of Navy card stock, then layered a strip of patterned paper over that.  Two Spellbinder dies were used for the sentiment.  Oh, and I wrapped a length of linen thread around the front of the card.
I didn't have a stamp with the type of sentiment I needed for this card.  So I searched online for verses...and this one seemed just right!
Thanks for taking a look!

card stock: river rock, not quite navy, cajun craze, whisper white (Stampin' Up!)
dsp: well worn (SU)
other: linen thread (SU), bracket edge punch (EK), dies (long classic rectangle large & small pinking circles by Spellbinders)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tag - you're it...again. CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

Yes, I'm back with a second post today!  I'm posting another Christmas tag for the CAS-ual Fridays "Tag, You're It" Challenge #28.  I'm really enjoying making these tags.  It's a little like making a mini card, I guess.
I used the PTI Tag Sale #5 die, again for the base.  Love this die :)  I popped on a snowflake created with one of PTI's Damask Snowflake dies.  The edges were swiped with a little Chai ink.  Next, I added the tree die cut (also PTI) then created a banner, stamped my sentiment (Christmas Blessings set from PTI) and inked the edges of that, too.  I added a piece of SU linen thread to the top of the tag - and done.
Well, this post has to be short.  Gotta' go!
Thanks so much for stopping in!

Tag - you're it! CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

Hello strangers!  I've been absent from blogging lately...and I've really missed it.  I kept thinking that after summer was over, our weekends would slow down.  Well, not so far - lol.  Tha's okay, it's all good!

Anyway, I couldn't wait to play along in a challenge.  And I can always count on CAS-ual Fridays to come up with a good one.  This time it's CAS-ual Fridays CFC28 - Tag You're It

I just purchased a new tag die from PTI and this was my first chance to use it.  I'm really having fun with it!
Here is the first of the 2 tags I've created so far.  I'll post the other one later.

This is a very clean and simple tag.  I used white and island indigo cardstock.  The top edge of the "hill" that the sled sits on, was heat embossed with irridescent ice embossing powder.  I wrote in my "to" and "from" sentiments.  Then attached the sled die-cut and the ribbon...and called it complete.  I'm almost done with my Christmas cards, so I may be making a few more tags now.

Thanks for taking a look!

card stock: select white (PTI), island indigo (SU)
ink: basic black (SU)
dies: tag sale #5 (PTI),child on sled die from:  in the meadow silhouettes die collection (PTI)
ep: irridescent ice (SU)
other: ribbon from my stash

Hey friend! Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

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