Sunday, September 29, 2013

December 25 - Retro Sketches RS#83

One more quick post from me today.  Gotta get ready for the new work week, you know.
As Julie Ebersole says "Happy Mundane"!

But I digress.

I'm made a very quick card to play along with Retro Sketches #83.  Love their sketches!
Of course I made another Christmas card for my stash.  You're not surprised, are you?

I used a PTI canvas texture plate on my green panel, to mimic the plaid patterned paper.  I'm not sure if you can see it, but I added a little sparkle to the striped border that I stamped along the right edge of that panel.  Thank you Stardust clear glitter pen!
That's about it for tonight.  Thanks so much for taking a look!






Supply list ~
card stock: old olive (SU)
ink: raspberry ripple (SU), onyx black versafine (Tsukeniko)
stamps: Christmas stamp set (Precious Remembrance Shop)
patterned paper: festive 6 x 6 pad (Authentique)
other: canvas impression plate (PTI), candy dot (SU), stardust clear glitter pen (Sakura)

Merry Christmas to All - CAS(E) this Sketch!

I'm playing along with CAS(E) this sketch! - CTS #47.  And, adding to my Christmas card stash!

I intended to add some machine stitching to my card.  But...my sewing machine wouldn't cooperate.  So, on to plan B.  Chrissy's sketch was fun to play with, and has given me more ideas.  I just have to find the time to use them!



I need some input from my fellow bloggers.  I made an inexpensive light box recently and this card was my first time using it.  What do you use for photographing your cards, when you don't have natural sunlight?
I'm not entirely pleased with these photos.  I would truly appreciate your input!







Supply list ~
card stock: raspberry ripple, very vanilla, always artichoke (SU)
ink: raspberry ripple (SU)
stamps: wonderful words holiday (PTI)
die: wonderful words holiday (PTI)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

BOO - Ravens, spiders and a bit of sparkle

Hi! Just a short post to share a Halloween card that I made today.  No challenges, just a fun card.  Not even any stamping involved.  What?



This was a lot of fun and so easy to create!  I added some black Stickles to the crystals on that chandelier...you can see it if you click on the closeup photos, I think.  After die cutting the spider, I added a dollop of black enamel accents to make him a little creepier - as if spiders aren't creepy enough, huh?
The letters for my sentiment are also die cut.  That's about it.  Fun stuff!

Thanks for stopping in to take a look

BOO!






Supply list:
card stock: basic black, pumpkin pie (SU)
patterned paper: haunted 6 x 6 pad (MME)
dies: fabulous frames, block alphabet upper (PTI), scary spiders (Memory Box)
other: black diamond stickles, black enamel accents (Ranger)

An Autumn Anniversary - CASology and CAS-ual Fridays

Well, it seems like forever since I've played along in a challenge!  I finally had a little time to spend at my craft table today so I created a card for 2 challenges.

CASology - the Cue Card is Autumn



CAS-ual Fridays - CFC115: Fall Colors & a Leaf




Here is my take on both challenges.

 
I found this leaf on our front lawn late last summer and thought it was beautiful.  It's extremely fragile and thin.
I had no idea what I would do with it, until just a few days ago when I saw the challenge theme at CAS-ual Fridays.  Use a leaf?  Of course!
Since this leaf would never survive the postal service, I knew I wanted to use it on a card that I would deliver in person.  What better recipient than my husband?  Our Wedding Anniversary is coming up in a few days.  So....I actually get to keep my lacy leaf card.  It's a win-win situation, don't you think?

Anyway.  In order to protect the leaf AND cover as little of it as possible, I used a piece of clear card stock (acetate) over the leaf.  When I adhered the sentiment panel, I used scor-tape beneath that area of the acetate to adhere it all to my card base.  By the way, fragile leaves and static-y acetate are bit challenging to work with.  Trust me.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Supply list ~
card stock: crushed curry, cajun craze (SU), clear card stock (Heartfelt Creations)
ink: onyx black versafine
stamps: simple sentiments (PTI)
other: brights candy dots (SU), leaf from my lawn

Dynamic Duos #72 - Chalkboard Card

Hi!  It's time for a new challenge at Dynamic DuosDD #72 features some very pretty colors!  Ummm, maybe I say that every week, huh?  That's because I truly enjoy these challenges. So much!
Take a look at our duo, then I'll show you my card.
Have  you ever seen a papercrafting trend that you like a lot, but when you try it...well you can't quite get it right?  Please tell me you have.  I hope I'm not the only one!  Anyway, I've tried the Chalkboard style a couple of times before and didn't really like my results.
But...........it worked this time.  Yay!!!

I had so much fun with this card.  :o)

The "frame" of my chalkboard is Primrose Petals card stock with a woodgrain texture (from a PTI impression plate). I attached the pieces directly to my black card base, then rounded all four corners.
I used two embossing powders - pink and white - for the sentiments, the 18 and the pointer (with the U inside).  The dots and the lines were created with the Stampin' Up Chalk Marker. The M.W. is the only cardstock piece that I added to my layout.  Then, lastly, I sponged a bit of white ink over the black portion of the card.

Now that you've visited here, click on over to Dynamic Duos to see what my team mates have created for your inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Supply list ~
cardstock: basic black, primrose petals
stamps: birthdays by the numbers, boutique borders: birthdays (PTI), designer typeset (SU)
ink: versamark, white stampin marker, unicorn white, onyx black
other: woodgrain impression plate (PTI), white embossing powder (SU), blushing pink embossing powder (Stampendous)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dynamic Duos #71 - BEWARE

Ha!  Did I get your attention with that post title?

I'm here with my design team card for Dynamic Duos #71.  This week we have such a versatile color duo.  You can in any direction with this combo.  Seriously.  Oh, and we have a Dessert Option...wet embossing.


I usually don't get much into making Halloween cards.  But, I'm seeing so many cute dies and stamps lately AND I've realized these how much fun it can be to create something for this occasion.  So, here goes!


This card really was a lot of fun to create.  I started with a kraft base and panel, then tore strips of black card stock to place behind my spider web.  Tearing is one of the first techniques I learned, all of those years ago, when I first began paper crafting.  Kinda fun to use it again!
The spider web and the spiders were made using some Memory Box dies I bought recently at an Expo.  It doesn't show in these photos, but I added a few swipes from my Wink of Stella brush to the "spokes" of the web.  It glimmers IRL.  You'll have to trust me on that one. :)
Those little spiders needed a little something extra, so I added black embossing to their little bodies.  My sentiment is also embossed.

Now it's time to pop on over to the Dynamic Duos blog now, and see what my teammates have created!

Thanks so much for taking a look today!





Supply list ~
cardstock: whisper white, basic black (SU), kraft (PTI)
stamps: halloween (MS)
ink: versamark
dies: delicate web, scary spiders (Memory Box)
other: wink of stella brush (Kuretake)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Merry Chistmas from Our House to Yours

Well, my weekends have been so full that I haven't had the time to play along in many challenges lately.  I'll fix that right now!  I'm placing this card in TWO challenges.

CASE Study #157
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Emboss it! - heat or dry embossing
The first thing I noticed on Cathy Racoosin's inspiration card, was the stripes in the background.  I knew that I wanted to use dry embossing to create my stripes, so this is the result of the 2 challenges.

I used an impression plate to create these stripes.  This one always reminds me of bead board, so I decided to create a spray of pine boughs to (hopefully) resemble a decorated wall or door for Christmas time.
The little sprigs were punched using a Martha Stewart punch.  The bow was made from Stampin' Up's natural trim (I think it's in the holiday catalog). I decorated my pine boughs with 3 little Candy Dots (SU).

Thanks so much for taking a look today!


supply list ~
cardstock: white (PTI)
ink: tuxedo black Momento
stamps: love lives here-holiday (PTI)
other: pine branch punch (MS), natural ribbon trim, brights candy dots (SU)


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dynamic Duos #70 - Wishing You Peace

We've got a very soft and subtle color combo for you this week.  Take a look at Dynamic Duos #70 and I think you'll agree!
I decided to add a couple of neutrals to my card this week.  So here's what I created.

I used another of my new Memory Box dies today.  I love the detail in their dies!  As you can see, I used 2 layers of the peony backgound, then adhered the outline die to the top.  The leaves are stamped, as is the background.
I hope you'll play along with me and my awesomely talented team mates at Dynamic Duos this week.  I can't wait to see what all of you create!





Supply list ~
card stock: so saffron, whisper white, basic black, pistachio pudding (SU)
ink: pistachio pudding (SU), onyx black versafine
stamps: bb:wrought iron (PTI), words of comfort (CTMH), turning a new leaf (PTI)
dies: lovely peony, lovely peony outline (Memory Box)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dynamic Duos #69 - Silent Night

Hi, it's Saturday!  That means it's time for a new color challenge.  Oh...and we've such a gorgeous combo in Dynamic Duos #69.  I've always loved blue and green together and these deep shades are so dramatic.

If you follow my blog, you know that I've been adding to my stash of Christmas cards.  When I saw this week's colors I wondered if I could make it work for a holiday card.  Absolutely!

I'm so pleased with how this card turned out.  Do you know how, sometimes, the card you've "created" in your mind turns out exactly as you planned?  That actually happened this time.  Shocking.  I know.

The panel of old olive is embossed with sheet music texture.  That banner is actually a flat banner, so I added a couple of score lines near each end of the sentiment to create the folds.  I popped that up over that delicate Snowflake Tree.
I hope you'll play along with me and my tremendously talented team mates at Dynamic Duos this week.
I want to see what you create with these colors.





Supply list ~
card stock: old olive, pacific point, whisper white (SU), white (PTI)
ink: pacific point
stamps: Christmas blessings (PTI)
dies: snowflake tree (Memory Box), sheet music impression plate, double ended banner (PTI)
other: stardust clear glitter pen (Sakura)