Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dynamic Duos #68 - Hello!

Hello!  Are you ready for the new color challenge at Dynamic Duos #68?   We're starting out with one of my favorite colors...Perfect Plum.  And you get to choose the other half of the duo.  Here's the graphic for this week's challenge.
I had no idea what color I was going to pair with Perfect Plum.  But, my friend Kris pulled out her SU Color Coach and I saw a combo that I would never have thought of.  Perfect Plum and More Mustard.  What?


As it turns out...I love it!
This card was so much fun to create.  Well, that is, once I finally decided on a theme/layout.  I started out in a completely different direction, but I could NOT get it to work.  Then I remembered an ink splatter technique I'd seen recently.  It worked!
HERE is a link to the video tutorial...you just might want to try it. :)
After adhering the strip of kraft cardstock, I pulled out my SU watercolor crayons (discontinued now), and wet a small paintbrush with water.  I loaded it up with color - plenty of water & crayon - then started tapping the brush as I held it over my card.  I used 2 crayons...Perfect Plum & More Mustard, using 2 different size brushes in order to vary the size of the droplets.
I added the chevrons and the "hello" die cut after I splattered.  Those chevron pieces?  They're from the new SU chevron border punch.  I just bought this punch and couldn't wait to use it.  Love it. :)

Hey, now it's time for you to click over to Dynamic Duos and see what the rest of the Dynamos have  created.  Just follow THIS link.  Ok?
Thanks so much for taking a look!
Susie

Supply list ~
Cardstock: perfect plum, confetti cream, more mustard (SU), kraft (PTI)
Ink:  perfect plum &, more mustard watercolor crayons (SU)
Other: hello script die (Memory Box), chevron border punch (SU), art paint brushes

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Celebrate your day! - A Case Study Challenge

When I was browsing the challenge blogs a couple of days ago, this one sure caught my eye!  Jennifer McGuire is the August Muse at CASE Study and she's created a beautiful color blocked card for Case Study #154.


I was drawn to the blocks of color in Jennifer's card, but I decided to use colors that would give me an ombre effect.



I adhered 5 strips of colored card stock (a very good way to use up some scraps) to a piece of white card stock.  Then I used one of my new Memory Box dies to create the negative die cut.  I even remembered to pop out the 2 tiny flower centers from the die so that I could use them here.
The sentiment is embossed in white. And that's all. Easy peasy!

Thanks so much for taking a look!





supply list ~
card stock: crushed curry, more mustard, pumpkin pie, really rust, cajun craze (SU)
ink: versamark
stamps: signature greetings (PTI)
die: hollyhock stem (Memory Box)
other: white embossing powder (SU)

Smile! - CAS(E) this Sketch!

Hey there!  I'm sharing a card I created using the newest sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch! CTS #42.
This week's sketch is by N@Ali, and it's SO versatile and fun.
My card ~

I used some white linen textured card stock, and began by misting spritzing it with some Mister Huey Gold color mist.  The patterned paper leaves were die cut, then glued to 2 layers of solid color card stock leaves.  I wanted to give them some dimension without using foam tape or dots.  If you click on the closeup photo you may be able to see the layers.
The gold stripes on the tiny "polaroid" frame are actually washi tape, adhered to white card stock. I attached a piece of vellum (stamped with my sentiment) behind the die cut.  A few enamel dots finished off my card.  What a fun card to put together!

Thanks so much for stopping in!





supply list ~
card stock: white linen texture (Ellen Hutson), coastal cabana, whisper white (SU), white vellum (The Paper Studio)
ink: onyx black versafine
dsp: winter frost stack (SU)
stamps: happy trails (PTI)
dies: turning a new leaf, framed out #12 (PTI)
other: gold mister huey color mist (Studio Calico), gold/white washi (Paper Issues), sky's the limit enamel dots (MME)

Dynamic Duos #67 - Merci

We've got a sweet monochromatic color combo for you this week at Dynamic Duos #67 challenge.  Oh, I had fun with this challenge!
I told you, didn't I?  Sweet.

I used two neutrals with this combo...kraft and very vanilla.  I chose to do some collage stamping this week.

I pulled out my long-neglected French Script background stamp (yes, again) for this card and inked it up with Crumb Cake ink.  Then I layered on a variety of images in our challenge colors.  Um...yes.  Love these colors.  A lot.
Anyway, I popped up a couple of layers with foam tape to finish my card.  Done!
I hope you'll play along with us this week.  We love seeing how everyone uses our colors!

Now, pop on over and see what my team mates created for you. :o)  Here is the link.




Supply list ~
Card stock: calypso coral, crisp cantaloupe, very vanilla (SU), kraft (PTI)
Ink: crumb cake, crisp cantaloupe, calypso coral (SU)
Stamps: french script (SU), postmarks (PTI), merci (Avery Elle)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Girly, you rock! A card for MUSE Challenge #30

Therese Calvird is the Monday Muse at Muse Challenge #30.  Her card is stunning!  See what I mean?
Well, I love sponging with inks.  Plus...I adore Therese's work.   So I HAD to play along with this challenge.  Had. To.

Here's my card.

I used Stampin' Up's whisper white for my inked panel.  It has such a nice, smooth surface for blending.  After applying the 3 distress inks, I spattered a few drops of water onto the panel.  Once it was dry, I stamped my butterflies.  I stamped my sentiment on a piece of white PTI cardstock, then adhered my inked panel.  It's all attached to the card base with dimensional adhesive.

Love this technique..and this was such a quick card to create.  I can't say that very often, can I???  Quick?  Not usually!

Anyway, thanks so much for taking a look!  I appreciate your visit.  :)
Susie

Supply list ~
Cardstock: whisper white (SU), white (PTI)
Ink: peeled paint, broken china & dusty concord distress inks (Ranger), onyx black versafine
Stamps: beautiful butterflies, signature greetings (PTI)
Other: blending tool (Ranger), small paint brush - for water splatters

Peace - A Christmas card for CAS(E) this Sketch!

Chrissy, at CAS(E) this Sketch #41 has another great challenge this week.  You'll see what I mean!
I'm working on my Christmas cards and this sketch was exactly what I needed.  Here's what I created with it.

I turned the sketch on it's side, then used 2 die cuts for the elements in the center of the sketch.  My patterned paper is from a new DSP paper stack from Stampin' Up!

Thanks so much for taking a look today!
Susie

Supply list:
Cardstock: pool party, bermuda bay, basic gray (SU)
Patterned paper: winter frost dsp stack (SU)
Dies: wonderful words-holiday (PTI), clear cut stackers stars (WPlus9)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dynamic Duos #66 - Pool Party and Basic Black

Oh, such elegant colors.  We're playing with Pool Party and Basic Black for Dynamic Duos #66 and there's a Dessert option of embossing!
I chose to use heat embossing for this sympathy card.  I pulled out a background stamp called French Script from Stampin' Up!  This stamp hasn't seen ink in a long time.  When I reorganized my stamps a while back, I "found" this stamp and remembered how much I love it.  You can bet I'll be using it again, soon!

I embossed the script background, as well as the sentiment and flower.  The flower was stamped and embossed twice so that I could fussy cut a couple of petals to layer over the top.  The stamens of the bloom are covered in black enamel accents.  This color duo is so elegant that I decided to not add a neutral to the mix.  Yes.  Love this color duo a lot!
I hope you'll play along with us at Dynamic Duos this week.  We love to see what you do with our colors!
Click the link above to see what my super talented team mates have created.  Go now!




Supply list:
Card stock: pool party, basic black (SU)
Stamps: french script, fifth avenue floral (SU), communique curves (PTI)
Ink: versamark
Other: black embossing powder, pool party embossing powder (SU), black enamel accents (Ranger)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Hello! It's a Lawnscaping Challenge

Hi, I'm back with my second post for today.  This time, to play along with Lawnscaping Challenge No. 63.
This was such a fun challenge, but it took me so long to decide on a theme.  Anyway...take a look at the challenge.


I finally decided to mask a rectangle, then sponge a few clouds in the background.  Then I drew in a line (hmmm, either a telephone line or power line) for my little flock of birds.  I colored them in with my Prismacolor pencils, then stamped my sentiment.  I used a linen textured cardstock, which shows through my colors.  I think it adds so much interest though.  Fun stuff!
I'm so glad you stopped by.  I hope you'll leave a comment!





Supply list ~
Cardstock: linen textured white (Ellen Hutson)
Ink: bashful blue (SU), tuxedo black (Momento)
Stamps: critters in the burbs, critters in the forest, a birdie told me (Lawn Fawn)
Other: rectangle die to create a mask (Spellbinders), Prismacolor pencils

Together Forever - And a brand new challenge!

Hey!  There's a brand new sketch challenge in blogland.  The creator is our super talented "boss" over at Dynamic Duos, Lesley Croghan.  I'm so excited for her!  I love sketch challenges, so I've been waiting for Seize The Sketch - STS #1 to post this first challenge.  Take a look.
My card ~

I used some negative and positive die cuts from PTI's heart border die for the diagonal pieces of the sketch.  Then layered the butterfly die cuts in the same colors, after heat embossing my sentiment.  I worked all of my die cuts and embellishments around the word "Memories" in the bottom corner of this piece of patterned paper.  It fits so well with the wedding anniversary theme of my card.
Thanks so much for stopping by!





Supply list ~
Card stock: pistachio pudding, early espresso (SU)
Ink: versamark
Stamps: love & marriage (PTI)
Patterned paper: printery 6 x 6 pad (Prima)
Other: heart border die (PTI), early espresso embossing powder, neutrals candy dots (SU), thread, sewing machine

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dynamic Duos #65 - Watercolor Sympathy Card

This week's colors at Dynamic Duos #65 are very soft and pretty.  I knew they would be perfect for a watercolor technique that I used a few weeks ago.  This technique is so easy and fun, that I wanted to use it again.

First things first, though.  Take a look at our challenge colors.




I had never thought to put these colors together.  But aren't they perfect?


I chose to make a sympathy card.  I thought the softness of the colors and the watercolor technique were a soothing combination for this type of card.

To create this card I used white watercolor paper.  It will absorb and disperse the water and ink  That will result in the blurred and uneven images you see on my card.  I sprayed the water color paper first, then sprayed the stamp after inking it.  After all the leaves and flowers were stamped, I gave the panel a spritz of pearl glimmer mist.
The sentiment was stamped after the panel had dried completely.



Ok.  Now it's time to click over to Dynamic Duos blog and see what the my team mates have created for your inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by!









Supply list ~
Card stock: pistachio pudding, blushing bride (SU), white water color paper (Canson)
Ink: pistachio pudding, blushing bride (SU), onyx black versafine (Tsukineko)
Stamps: rosie posie, turning a new leaf (PTI), words of comfort (CTMH)
Other: pearl tattered angels glimmer mist

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Recycle, Reuse, Recycle! A Blog Named Hero Challenge #29

Hi, I'm back with one more post today.  I've playing along in Challenge #29 at A Blog Named Hero.  The challenge title is: Recyle, Reuse, Recycle!
I'm recycling a piece of corrugated packing material for the star on my card.  I've also used 2 vintage trims.


Actually, this "merry" die cut was on my craft table.  I had cut for a project last week, but it just didn't work.  I couldn't bear to throw it away and now I'm glad I didn't.  :)
Thanks so much for taking a look today!  I hope you'll leave a comment.




Supply list:
Card stock: naturals ivory, riding hood red (SU)
Ink: unicorn white (Memories by Superior), early espresso (SU)
Stamps: wonderful words-holiday (PTI)
Dies: wonderful words-holiday (PTI), clear cut stackers star (WPlus9)
Recycled piece: kraft corrugated packing material
Other: champagne glass glitter, brights candy dot (SU), glossy accents (Ranger), white and ivory vintage trims

Tuesday Trigger - It's Completely Collagical

Sharing a card I made for the current Tuesday Trigger: It's Completely Collagical.  Don't you love that title?
It's been way too long since I've played along and Cath has an inspiration photo that I *love*.  Take a look.
I immediately saw postage stamps, so that's the where I got the inspiration to create this card.

I used a mix of postage and Christmas themed stamp sets.  It was so much fun, and I love the results!  And...mailing this one layer card will be so easy.  I'll list my supplies below.
Thank you so much for visiting.  It means a lot to me!




Supply list:
Card stock: white (PTI), riding hood red (SU)
Ink: riding hood red, wild wasabi, crumb cake, basic black (SU), onyx black versafine
Stamps: postmarks, love lives here-holiday (PTI)
Other: stardust clear glitter pen (Sakura)

A Clean & Simple card set


If reading from email, click HERE to go to my blog.
Hi, I'm sharing another card set that I made for a family member, to be given as a gift.  I decided to go very clean and simple with this set of cards.  There are a few layers and some stitching, but these will be easy to mail...no extra postage required.
I saw a Christmas card in the new Stampin' Up Holiday catalog that gave me the idea for this layout. It's a Christmas card on the left side of page 38.
I used DSP from the Festival of Prints Stack that I bought last year.  I love these prints and they're not JUST for the holidays...as you can see here.  I love that the prints are small; scaled perfectly for cards.  I was so happy to see that there are 2 Christmas DSP stacks in the current Holiday catty.  Ummm...I ordered those on August 1st.  Yup.  The day that the catty started!

Enough talking, right?  Here's my latest card set.




I stitched the focal panel onto a piece of DSP after I stamped the image and sentiment. Easy peasy.  And I'm so pleased with the results!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  :)





 Supplies used:
Card stock: confetti cream (SU)
DSP: festival of prints (SU)
Stamps: harvest berries - the gingko leaves (PTI), sentimental swirls - the thank you sentiment (Avery Elle), boutique borders - the birthday sentiment (PTI), words of comfort - the sympathy sentiment (Close To My Heart)
Other: thread, sewing machine