Saturday, June 28, 2014

You bring sunshine!

I'm playing along with a brand new challenge today.  Since I love using dies, I had to find a little time to play along with The Cutting Edge Challenge #1 !

Here's the inspiration, provided by Jackie Rockwell.




I was inspired by those large circle in the background, first of all.  Yes...I did some stenciling, again.
Just had to, since I had so much fun with yesterday's card.  Click HERE to take a look.


I knew that I wanted to use summery colors.  So, after sponging on those green circles I looked for a soft blue to sponge a bit sky to go behind that photo frame.  I added 2 die cut clouds and then tucked in a tiny sun to compliment my sunshine sentiment.  That little sun is swirled with some clear Wink of Stella, just to add a little sparkle.
This was one of those cards that just flowed.  Don't you love when that happens?!?  So fun. :)

Thanks for stopping by!







Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), daffodil delight (SU)
Ink: pistachio pudding, soft sky (SU), smokey gray (Versafine)
Stamps: hello sunshine (PTI)
Dies: fabulous frames (PTI), cloud duo (Amuse), small pinking circles (Spellbinders)
Other: mini ink blending tool (Ranger), clear wink of stella (Zig)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hello! A bit of stenciling...and stuff.

Oh my.  This summer is chock full of busy!  I haven't had much time to create lately, but I made sure to carve out a bit of crafty time this afternoon.  Fun stuff!  A little stenciling, die cutting, heat embossing and a few enamel dots.  Yup...I needed that. :)

I'm playing along with 2 fun challenges.

CASE Study #197

CAS(E) this sketch!

And, here's my take on the 2 challenges.

These colors are actually much, much softer in real life.  I don't know if the problem is my camera, my editing software...or me.  Hmmmm.

Anyway, I used a new Simon Says Stamp stencil with a mini ink blending tool to create my background.  Love, love, love blending some inks. :)
I added 2 heat embossed, die cut feathers, a die cut hello and 3 enamel dots to finish my card.

Ahhh.  I thoroughly enjoyed some crafty time today.  Now it's time to get busy again.

Later,







Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), strawberry slush (SU)
Ink: calypso coral, strawberry slush, crisp cantaloupe (SU)
Stamps: feather finery (PTI)

Dies: small hello (SSS), feather finery (PTI)
Other: large morracan stencil (SSS), mini ink blending tool and pads (Ranger), enamel dots (MME)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Happy! Seize The Birthday with some cluster stamping!

Yes, it's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday Guess what?  There is no Toppings option for this challenge.  That means ANYTHING goes.  Well, as long as it's a birthday card, of course!





I used a technique called Cluster Stamped Sentiment.  HERE is the link to the video, if you'd like to try it.


The sentiment was heat embossed first, then lots of stamping.  Finally, wipe the ink residue from the embossing...and your sentiment pops!  It was a fun technique, even though it took me several tries to get it right. :)

Okay...follow the link HERE to see what my team mates have created to inspire you!  I hope you'll play along with us!







Supply list ~
Card stock: white (PTI), wisteria wonder (SU)
Stamps: wet paint, button boutique (PTI)
Other: clear embossing powder (SU), heat tool

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Welcome Summer at Seize The Birthday

Hi!  It's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday.  The Toppings Option, if you choose to use it, is Summer Time!   As always, you don't have to use the Toppings...that's optional...as long as it's a Birthday card.

Summer Time!
 

I knew exactly what stamp I wanted to use when I saw the Toppings option.  Actually, this stamp hadn't even seen ink until now.  So, it was about time!

This card was inspired by some of the early morning skies I see when I'm out for my early morning walks.  I love sunrises and sunsets.  The colors can be amazing!

I sponged this background using distress inks and my Tim Holtz foam blending tool.  The clouds were created with a smidge of Black Soot distress ink, on the edge of the foam pad.  Then I used a white Signo gel pen to add a little dimension to them.  Next I stamped the tree and finally, I sponged onyx black ink over the edge of a torn piece of cardstock to create the ground.

For the sentiment panel, I sponged a piece of white cardstock with the same pink ink that I used in the sky.

Okay, now it's time for you to check out what my team mates at Seize The Birthday have created for your inspiration.  Just click HERE!
I hope you'll join us in this fun challenge...we love seeing what everyone creates.







Supply list ~
Cardstock: whisper white (SU), white (PTI)
Stamps: forever young (SU), wreath for all seasons (PTI)
Ink: black soot, faded jeans, stormy sky, victorian velvet (Ranger), onyx black (Versafine)
Other: blending tool and foam pads (Ranger), white gel pen (Signo)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Feel better soon - CTS#78

Hi there!  Just a very quick post to share a card I made for CAS(E) the Sketch #78.


You wouldn't believe me if I told you how many attempts (and how much card stock) it took for me to create this card.  Everything I touched turned into a mess.  Oh...poor me.  Ha!  Enough whining, right???

Anyway, I used a technique I saw recently in a PTI Make It Monday video.  This is what I finally came up with!

Edited to add:  I originally linked to the wrong video; I've corrected it now.  Yikes.  Another mess-up!


After stamping my leaves, I used an aqua painter to blend the inks out from the images.  I finished the card with a bit of ink splattering and a piece of bakers twine.  That's about it!

Thanks for taking a look!






Supply list ~
Card stock: 140# watercolor paper (Artist's Loft), white for the card base (PTI)
Ink: pistachio pudding, coastal cabana, lucky limeade, wild wasabi (SU)
Stamps: turning a new leaf,  inside & out (PTI)
Other: aqua painter (SU), water