Sunday, May 25, 2014

Howdy and Happy Birthday!

Hi!  I finally found carved out some time at my craft table today to create a birthday card for a couple of challenges.  How do my weekends without plans, get so busy???  Yikes!

I just HAD to find the time to play along at CASE Study #192, since my friend Wida is the Muse this month.  I wish that I'd the time to play along each week this month. :(

Take a look at Wida's wonderful card!
Sweet and adorable...right?  I loved Wida's use of die cuts and (of course) splatters.  So I used those elements...but I went whimsical and a bit silly.  If you knew the friend that this card will be going to, you would know why!

I'm also playing along with the color challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges.  Love the summery colors. :)
My card...

Oh my, this card took about 2 1/2 hours to make.  How is that possible?  I sure had fun with it though.  I used a variety of Stampin' Up punches, a die cut horse, a wooden arrow and an alpha cork.  Oh, and a few splatters of Heidi Swapp Teal Color Shine.
Thanks for taking a look!

Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), tempting turquoise, pumpkin pie (SU)
Ink: crumb cake, pumpkin pie, taken with teal (SU), onyx black (Versafine)
Stamps: on the farm, tiny tags, with all my heart (PTI), friend, love and calendar stamp sets (Precious Remembrance Shop)
Dies: on the farm, fabulous frames, boutique borders:friends (PTI), punches (SU)
Other: essential wooden elements (SU), alpha corks (The Paper Studio), heidi swapp teal color shine (Pink Paislee)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Happy 90th - Seize The Birthday Tag Challenge

Hey, you know what day it is?  It's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  We have a Toppings Option of using a tag or tags on your card.  As always the Topping is optional.  Anything long as it's a birthday card!

Of course, I chose to use tags since I have some fun tag dies in my stash!

I made this card for a very sweet woman who rides with me to church every Sunday.  Yes...she'll soon be celebrating her 90th birthday!  She is SO sweet; such a joy to be around.  :)

Thank you for stopping by to take a look!  Don't forget to click over to Seize The Birthday and see what my team mates have created for your inspiration!  I hope you'll play along, too. :)

Supply list ~
Card stock: real red, crushed curry, wild wasabi, naturals ivory (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine)
Stamps: birthday by the numbers, tiny tags, tiny tags II (PTI)
Dies: designer mini tags (Taylored Expressions), headline numbers (PTI)
Patterned paper: dear lizzy lucky charm 6 x 6 pad (American Crafts)
Other: natural/silver bakers twine (SU)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Watercolor Rose

Hi, a very quick post to share a card I created for one of the lessons at Online Card Classes: Watercolor for Cardmakers.  Even though I haven't had the time to try all of the techniques I'm learning (yet!), I'm enjoying these classes SO much.

This card was created using the Faux Hand Painting technique.

This technique looks so easy in the video tutorial, but it does take some practice.  It took me quite a while to color this image and I wasn't entirely pleased with it at first.  But, after it had completely dried...I love it!

I kept the rest of the card very clean and simple; just matted the watercolor panel on some cajun craze card stock.

If you've considered taking one of the Online Card Classes, I highly recommend signing up.  The instructors are fantastic and you absolutely get your money's worth!

Supply list ~
Card stock: cajun craze (SU), 140# water color paper (Artist's Loft)
Stamps: fifth avenue floral (SU)
Ink: vintage photo, spiced marmalade, wild honey, dried marigold (Ranger Distress Inks)
Other: paint brushes, water

Sunday, May 11, 2014

I Adore you - Watercolor for Cardmakers Class - Day 5

Hey, another quick post to share the card I made for Day 5 of Online Card Classes: Watercolors for Cardmakers.  The tutorials for day 5 showed us various ways to watercolor stamped images.

I used my Derwent Watercolor pencils to color the image for my card.

The image stamp that I used from a Stampin' Up set that was retired long ago.  Summer By The Sea.
It was perfect for watercolor.  I have more ideas for using this set now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Two cards - Watercolors for Cardmakers Class

Hi!  I'm sharing 2 cards that I created for Online Card Classes - Watercolors of Cardmakers, Day 2.
Yes, I running SO behind...Day 2 was 5 days ago.  It really doesn't matter, we lifetime access to all of the video tutorials and PDFs.
Day 2 showed us other ways to create watercolor backgrounds.  I used 2 of the techniques on my cards.

Card 1 ~

This is my second try at this particular background technique.  As with most techniques, it takes a little practice.  At least, for me!  The hollyhock die cut is by Memory Box.

Card 2 ~

And...once again, my first attempt didn't go as planned.  BUT, after watching Debby Hughes video again, I realized I hadn't used enough water.  I'm very happy with this second attempt!  I'm ready to do it again!  The background stamp I used is one of my favorite's from Stampin' Up!...French Script.

Thanks for taking a look today.  I'll be back in a bit with my card for Day 5.  Yeah, I know, I'm jumping around out of the lessons order.  Ack...not enough stamping hours in my weekends!


Saturday, May 10, 2014

hello - Watercolor Class Day 1

I'm taking my first Online Card Class - Watercolor for card makers.  I've heard such good things about the classes at OCC in the past, and I've wanted to participate, but I have so little time to spare.
When this class popped up in my Inbox though...I just had to sign up.  I haven't been able to keep up with the classes each and every day, but I'm really glad I jumped in this time.  I'm learning SO much!

In this post I'm sharing my card for Day 1 - Watercolor Backgrounds
My first attempt ended up in the wastebasket.  That's ok.  After a bit of practice, this is what I created.

Those blocks of color were created using a technique that Laura Bassen taught us.   This was a lot of fun!
After stamping my sentiments, I popped up the watercolor panel on the card base with foam tape.  A few sequins finish off the card.

I'll be back soon with a couple of cards for Day 2.  Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Seize The Birthday: Flowers!

Hi!  Now that spring is here - flowers are blooming.  So, our toppings option for the new Seize The Birthday challenge is (of course) flowers!  You knew what I was leading up to.  Right?

If you choose to use our Toppings option, it doesn't need to be Springtime flowers...use whatever you wish.
Of course, you don't have to use flowers at all.  The choice is yours, as long as it's a birthday card.

I chose to use Roses on my card.

I used a stamp set from WPlus9, using some 2-step stamping.  The images were actually very easy to line up.  I stamped an extra rose and fussy cut it, so that I could pop it up on foam tape.  The vase is die cut and popped up also.
My sentiment is stamped on vellum so that the vase is still visible through the sentiment.

I hope you'll play along with us, I love seeing what everyone creates!

Supplies ~
Card stock: night of navy (SU), white (PTI), white vellum (The Paper Studio)
Ink: wild wasabi, peach parfait, tangerine tango, always artichoke, night of navy (SU)
Stamps: coming up roses (WPlus9), wet paint (PTI)
Patterned paper: dear lizzy lucky charm 6 x 6 pad (American Crafts)
Dies: coming up roses (WPlus9)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

CASEing Wida at CASE Study #189!

My blogging friend, Wida Miller, is the Muse at CASE Study this month.  I'm SO excited to get the chance to CASE her cards!  She's been so supportive and encouraging of my blogging and papercrafting.  And, who doesn't love her sense of humor?

Take a look at this.  She included this as part of her bio, over at CASE Study #189 Challenge.
 Uh huh, she is amazing.  This is Wida's inspiration card for the current challenge.

What caught my eye, was the repetition of the stamped pattern on Wida's card.  I knew what stamp I wanted to use for the pattern on my card.

I've had this BB:Postmarks stamp set for quite a while, but I hadn't used this particular stamp before.  I thought it would be so pretty embossed in gold.  I used vellum for the embossed image, then backed it with white card stock.  The single heart below the sentiment is stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz. The rest is pretty straightforward.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies ~
Card stock: white, white linen vellum (PTI), basic black (SU)
Stamps: BB:postmarks (PTI), friend (Precious Remembrance Shop)
Ink: versamark,  delicata golden glitz (Tseukineko)
Dies: limitless layers hearts (PTI)
Other: gold EP (SU), gold cord (Hobby Lobby)