Sunday, April 27, 2014

It's okay to be different - 2 challenges

Hey, sharing a card that I had soooooo much fun creating.  I looked at the inspiration piece for CASE Study Challenge #188 several times yesterday, but I couldn't find my "direction".  I loved this card by Jaclyn, but I wasn't sure how to translate into my own card.

Until this afternoon.  After working on something else, I took one more look at Jaclyn's card - then took a look at the colors for Dynamic Duos #100 - and knew exactly what I wanted to do.  Thank you DD!


This was fun.  And...it turned out exactly as I imagined it.

This is something a little different for me.  Ink splats, brush strokes and dots...oh my.  Lol!
I was inspired by the grouping of elements in the center of Jaclyn's card.   The DD colors and these stamp sets that happened to be laying on my craft table, gave me the inspiration I needed.

Anyway, I've rambled on for long enough.  Thanks for taking a look today!






 P.S. The Dynamic Duos #100 Challenge is the final one.  This is very sad news for me, since DD was the first Design Team I worked on.  Thank you to Lesley for giving me a start!  I enjoyed it immensely and had the opportunity to work with an amazing talented group of ladies!    Don't worry Lesley isn't going anywhere, she has several other challenge blogs.  In fact she's my "boss" over at Seize The Birthday, where I'm on the DT.  :) 

Supplies ~
Card stock: white (PTI), smoky slate, so saffron (SU)
Ink: pool party, so saffron, smoky slate (SU), onyx black (Versafine)
Stamps: ink splats (WPlus9), new day (Precious Remembrance Shop), wet paint (PTI)
Other: white thread, sewing machine, corner chomper

Happy Spring! CASE Study DT Call Challenge

I'm entering one more card into the CASE Study Design Team Call Challenge.  I've wanted to CASE one of Debby Hughes cards, but didn't have the time until yesterday.  It's just a tad intimidating to CASE her work, because her cards are amazing.  So beautiful!  You can find Debby's blog at Lime Doodle Design.  I know that you'll want to see more of her work!

The DT call challenge asks us to choose a card that inspires, but pushes us out of our comfort zone.  I chose this card as my inspiration. 

I was inspired by the variation of color in her inked background and especially the delicate leaves stenciled with embossing paste.  So much texture!  It was a challenge for me to limit myself to so few colors and still make my images "pop".  I also had to find a way to incorporate texture into my card, without using embossing paste (which I don't have.)

This is what I created.


These yellows look SO bright in my photos.  In real life they're much softer, but no matter what I tried, I wasn't able to edit the photos to show the actual hues.

I chose to create my hombre yellow background using watercolors.  It's a technique that I've not used much yet, but I've found that I enjoy it SO much.  As the watercolor paper dries, the colors change slightly.  So, it's fun to see the end result!

The vase and tulips were cut from linen textured card stock and the sentiment strip is linen textured vellum.  I embossed my sentiment with Smoky Slate embossing powder.  Before adding the sentiment strip, I misted the entire card with Mister Huey's Color Shine.  You might be able to see a bit of it if you click on the closeup photo, to enlarge it.

Thank you Chupa for the opportunity to apply for a DT spot on the amazing CASE Study team!


Supply list ~
Card stock: watercolor paper (Canson), white (PTI), white linen (Ellen Hutson), white linen vellum (PTI)
Ink: versamark
Stamps: wreath for all seasons (PTI)
Dies: dancing tulips (Memory Box), coming up roses (WPlus9)
Other: smoky slate EP (SU), watercolor paints & brushes (Michael's), mister huey color shine (Studio Calico)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Seize The Birthday: Anything Goes!

We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday.  This time...no toppings option.  So anything goes, as long as it's a birthday card (of course!).  You already knew that. :)

What you may not know, is that a member of our Design Team has a birthday today.

Jodene Tripp...Happy Birthday!!!
She's sweet and talented and we're so fortunate to have her on our team!
You can click on over to her blog Jodene's Cards & Creations to leave birthday wishes for her.

For my card, I was in the mood for something bright and sunny.  Patterns and the color orange are what I chose!


Yes.  It's bright.  And it makes me smile!  Isn't that triangle patterned paper fun?  I even snipped out 3 tiny triangles to scatter around my sentiment.  :)

I hope you'll play along with us.  Now click on over to the Seize The Birthday challenge blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration!

Thanks for looking!






Supplies ~
Card stock: white (PTI), pumpkin pie (SU)
Stamps: wet paint (PTI)
Ink: onyx black versafine
Patterned paper: dear lizzy lucky charm 6 x 6 pad (Am. Crafts)
Dies: tipped tops (PTI)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

CASE Study DT Call Challenge

For almost as long as I've been participating in challenges, CASE Study has been on of my favorites.  I love that you can take whatever inspires you, from the Muse...and run with it!  If you've never checked out their blog, well...you don't know what you're missing.  Seriously!

Well, CASE Study has a couple of openings on their Design Team, so in this post I'm "trying out for the team" so to say.  Wish me luck.  Ok?   *Warning* this is a long post!

We are to choose someone who's style inspires us, then use a piece of their work to inspire our own creation.  I've chosen 3 Muses.

The first is Lucy Abrams.  Lucy's work is usually clean and layered, whimsical, but always sweet.  You'll often see that she adds something unexpected, too.  You'll find her blog at Lucy's Cards.
This is the card that I've chosen as my inspiration.

And, my card.

My owl is fussy cut in 2 different patterned papers.  Then I popped him onto a branch inside this die cut frame.  I created the stars using a stencil and sponge, using the ink that matches the green card base.  And...since this owl is "special" I had to give him some wiggle eyes.  :)

My next card was inspired by Maile Belles.  She is the ultimate in clean and simple, but oh-so-elegant.  You can find her blog at Simply Stamped.
This is Maile's card that I chose as my inspiration.




And this is the card I created.


I chose to use the same die cutting technique that Maile used.  But wanted to use a large pop of gold!  The feather was embossed with gold embossing powder before die cutting the card front.  I also cut the front a little smaller to leave a border of the black card base to frame it.

For my 3rd Muse, I chose Betsy Veldman.  Betsy is so creative with layers, colors and die cutting.  She always surprises me with the way she combines all of these elements...and it always looks wonderful!  You can find her blog at Paper, Scissors and Superheroes.
I chose this card of Betsy's as my inspiration.


I was inspired by Betsy's use of die cutting and layering.  But I wanted to go bold with my colors!
This is what I created.

These are unusually bold colors for me!  It took a couple of attempts, before I came up with this finished card.  It was out of my comfort zone, for sure.  But I'm really pleased with it.


Well, if you read all through this very LONG blog post...thank you.

A big "thank you" to Chupa, the owner of the CASE Study Challenge blog for your consideration!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Just Because - CASE Study Challenge #186

A quick post to share a card I made for CASE Study Challenge #176.  Take a look at the wonderful inspiration provided by the current Muse, Jaclyn Miller.
Wow.  Right?

I was inspired by the layout of Jaclyn's card.  This angled layout isn't something that I would usually do, so I knew it would be a challenge for me.  That's the idea right???

I struggled for a while, but eventually came up with this.


I used a set of tag dies that I won from Paper Crafts Magazine a while back.  I was one of the random winners of a sweepstakes.  It was a lot of fun to open that box of paper crafting goodies from PC!

Thanks so much for taking a look!






Supply list ~
Card stock: primrose petals, pretty in pink, naturals ivory (SU)
Ink: onyx black versafine
Stamps: handwritten sentiments (SSS)
Patterned paper: dear lizzy lucky charm (Am. Crafts)
Other: designer mini tags die (Taylored Expressions), clear gems (The Paper Studio)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Seize The Birthday - White on White Topping

Yes, it's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  We have a Toppings option of White on White.  I was so excited to get working on today's card.  White on white is the perfect time to use either layers or textures.  Always fun, right?
You can choose to use our Toppings option OR anything goes...as long as it's a birthday theme.


My card.

For my card I used a shimmery card stock for the front panel of the card.  It's very subtle, but so pretty in real life.  If you click on the closeup photo, I think you'll be able to see it a little better.
I layered that die cut leaves panel over some bright white card stock, to have some contrast between the two.  For the sentiment panel and the tree die cut, I also used the bright white cs.

It was difficult to get a really good photo of this card, with so much white.  I probably should have used a dark background in my photo booth.

Okay now, click on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what the rest of the design team has created!





Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), shimmery white (SU)
Stamps: quilled elegance (PTI)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine)
Dies: twiggy tree, leaf canopy (Memory Box)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hey There - CAS(E) this sketch

Hi!  Just a quick post to share a card I made for the challenge at CAS(E) this sketch #71.  This sketch by Gayatri is so fun!

I took the sketch literally this time, since I love using splatters.






I used the splatter stamps in PTI's Grunge Me stamp set to begin with.  Then I splattered a Chartreuse and Amethyst Heidi Swapp color shine onto the card.  It really does shine if the lighting is right.  If you click on a photo, for a closer look, you may be able to see it.
To finish, I stamped the sentiment onto a banner die cut.  I made 2 scores near each end, then folded the banner to give it some dimension.  That's about it.

Thanks for looking!






Supplies ~
Card stock: white (PTI)
Ink: lucky limeade (SU), onyx black Versafine
Stamps: grunge me (PTI), heartfelt mix (WPlus9)
Other: heidi swapp color shine in Amethyst & Chartreuse

Eggs - Our Beautiful World

No cards to share in this post, because I'm linking to Our Beautiful World Week 41 - Eggs.


I hope you'll click through to the OBW blog to see the gorgeous photos shared by the team.  All with the theme of Eggs this week.  Such amazing photography!

When I saw the theme for this week, I knew what I wanted to share.

This is an altered tea cup that I made as a gift.  I love using those tiny faux eggs...in a little nest, inside the cup.




Now that spring has finally arrived, here in Illinois, maybe I'll get the chance to see some Robin's eggs soon!

Peace be with you!