Saturday, July 25, 2015

LIM 234 and ATSAM

I've got several cards and a couple of layouts to share with you today.  I believe all 4 of these cards will fit the current challenge over at Less is More  and Addicted to Stamps and More.  The challenge at LIM is in honor of Chrissie's birthday!  Happy Birthday, Chrissie!!

I've had a busy couple of days, but I did manage to make these 4 cards.

For this first card, I inked the card base with just a very light touch of blue distress ink for the background.  The honeycomb piece is from my scraps (it was left over from another card).  The butterfly was cut from a snippet of white paper, then colored with some Copics.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly for a little sparkle.  The sentiment is from PTI and is heat embossed in blue.

Any time I use the hexagon cover plate from PTI, I always save the "centers" of the honeycomb to used on something else.  This time, I took some of the pieces and colored them with Copics, then using another "honeycomb" piece from my scraps, I placed the colored hexagons back into the honeycomb to find an arrangement that I liked.  I added dimensional tape to the back of each of the hexagons, and placed them back in the "frames".  After adhering all of the hexagons, I removed the honeycomb frame piece.  The sentiment is from PTI.  I also added a touch of clear Wink of Stella to each of the hexagons.

I used the Penny Black Bashful Flower die for this card.  Each of the different colors in the flower were cut from snippets from my scrap bin.  I embossed the white panel with a PTI embossing plate, then inserted the different pieces of the flower back into the white panel.  To get it to stay in the white panel, I added some wide score tape to the backside of the panel.  The panel is popped up with a piece of fun foam that is slightly smaller than the card panel.  Then sentiment is from Technique Tuesday and is stamped in Versafine Black.  I also added a little Copic coloring to the yellow bloom to give it a little dimension, and then I dotted the flower center using a white signo pen.

For this last card (which is probably my favorite), I was inspired by this card.  The front panel on this card is popped up with fun foam.  I cut the circle from the front panel with a SSS stitched circle die. The bloom is a die from Penny Black (Field of Dreams).  I cut the flowers from a snippet of white from my scrap bin (and WHY do I have some many little "pieces" of white!) I colored the flowers with Copics and adhered them to the card front panel.  For the top bloom, I put a piece of the leftover fun foam behind it so that it would be level with the top panel.  The sentiment is from PTI and was heat embossed in liquid platinum.  I also sponged a bit of red and green distress inks on the card base directly behind where the top bloom would sit.

I wanted to share another layout with you too.  This is a photo of my mother (when she was a baby) sitting on her mothers lap.  I used a lot of old papers for this layout as well as lots of old flowers.  I cut some flowers and leaves from gold vellum to add to the brown blooms.  The two lacy pieces are actually old, old stickers from my stash.  I do believe I could scrapbook/make cards for years without purchasing anything but adhesive!  The metal circles and the bling were also from my stash.  The doily was cut with a Prima die and then cut in half and added to the layout.  I scattered a bit of bling around and added a touch of faux stitching with a black pen.  The title work was created in the Silhouette program and cut out with the Cameo.  I used a clear transparency behind the photo which is also one of those things that has been in my stash forever!

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

One Layer Simplicity, LIM, AAA Cards, and ATSAM! Go Me!

I've finished a card that I believe will fit for FOUR....I mean 4 challenges!  I rarely manage to combine more than 2 challenges, so I'm extra surprised that my card will work with FOUR different challenges! The challenges are:  LIM 232, One-Layer Simplicity, AAA Cards, and Addicted to Stamps and here we go....

I'm sure it will come as a BIG surprise to most of you...but this is my only card for this post!

The LIM challenge this week is a one layer card challenge with a theme of masculine.  The One Layer Simplicity Challenge is to add sparkle and shine.  The AAA Card challenge is a starry skies theme.  Addicted to Stamps and More challenge this week is "make your mark".

This is a one layer card. I masked off a rectangle in the center of the card front.  I stamped the image of the father and son (a very old SU stamp) inside the rectangle, then stamped and cut out a mask to cover it so that I could add a bit of inking.  I inked the ground and sky with distress inks.  I colored the image with Copics.  Then sentiment is from PTI and is stamped in black.  I added the stars with some embossing paste over a star stencil.  Before applying the embossing paste, I added a bit of glitter dust to the embossing paste, mixed it in well, then applied it over the stencil.  IRL the stars really twinkle!

Thought I'd also share another couple of layouts with you today too...

Three of my beautiful grandchildren during a visit to my house last year. A very simple layout created with papers from Echo Park.  The hearts, banner, and doily were all cut with the Cameo.  I added a bit of doodling and some bling to the scallops.  There's not a black border on the layout, I added that in photoshop so that the edges of the layout would be visible.

I had a lot of fun with this layout.  These three cuties are three of my grandsons. I believe I also used Echo Park papers for this layout too.  I designed the blue border strip and the title work in my Silhouette program.  Then printed both pieces and cut them with the Cameo. The boy on the tire swing is from the Silhouette store.  I designed the tree in my Silhouette program, cut it from brown card stock, then added lines with Copics to make it look wood grain.  The hill was cut from green paper, then I added a few tuffs of grass with Copics.  The grass border across the bottom was cut with a die.  The leaves on the tree were also cut with a die.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Four Challenges and Some Scrapbooking!

I apologize for the long absence.  I'm still making cards regularly, but I tend to put off taking photos of my cards...then the next thing I know the challenge is over and it's too late for me to post to the challenge.  I guess I'm just lazy a procrastinator!

I have a couple of cards and a couple of layouts to share with you today.  The cards are for four different challenges - Less is MoreAddicted to CAS, Addicted to Stamps and More, and CASology.

I made this first card for a friend who will be moving away.

I used the Penny Black Blooming Garden die to cut the flower from white card stock.  The circle was cut using the largest Simon Says stitched circle die.  The sentiment "wishing" is also a SS die and was cut from red card stock.  I also cut the flower die from the blue circle, then inserted the flower die that was cut from the white card stock into the circle.  I colored the blooms on the flower with Copics. The remainder of the sentiment is from the SS Wishing and Sending stamp set.  I heat embossed that part of the sentiment in white.  I rounded the bottom corners with a 1/4 inch corner chomper.  The circle and flowers are "popped" off the card base with white fun foam.

This next card will also fit all of these challenges.

I used the SS Stitched, Slopes, and Hills die to cut the sloping colors of card stock.  I cut a small blue rectangle for the bottom portion of the card panel, then topped that with a white piece cut with the hill die, then added a red piece cut with the same die.  I adhered these three together, stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it in white. Sentiment is from Avery Elle.  I die cut three stars from silver glitter paper using SS star dies.  I then "popped" the panel onto a white card base.

Here's a couple of layouts I recently finished:

This is a photo of me and my children, grandchildren and my SIL and DIL.  We spent Thanksgiving 2014 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  We ate Thanksgiving dinner at the Dixie Stampede.  It was a great family vacation.  Title work was cut with the Cameo.

These are photos of my grandson...he was all played out!  He fell across that chair and slept for about and hour and a half and never even moved!  The bear and the title work was cut with the Cameo.  

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

One-Layer Simplicity Challenge, Online Card Class and a Little Zentangle

It's been quite a while since I've played along with the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge...but this week I found a little time to play along.  The challenge for this month is called "Round and round": make a one layer card that has two circles on it. No more no less. Other shapes, words etc allowed.

Here's my take on the challenge:

I punched a 1.5 inch circle and using the negative of the punch, I inked up the small circle with Tumbled Glass DI.  Then I masked off the large circle with a 3 inch circle and covered the smaller circle with the previous punched circle.  I inked all the background with several shades of yellow and orange DI.  The flower is from Uniko Studios - Gerber collection.  I added color to the flower with Copics, then added a touch of clear Wink of Stella for a little sparkle.  I also added some gray Copics around the large circle, the small circle and around the flower to give a little dimension. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches and was heat embossed in white embossing powder.  I wasn't really sure I liked the card when I first finished it...but I think its growing on me now! :-)

I also wanted to share a couple of cards I made after taking the online card class - Maskerade:

These two cards were made using a technique shown by Laura Bassen.  I loved the cards she made and couldn't wait to give it a try!  I used distress inks for my cards.  The sentiment was stamped on the Wishing card and cut out on the Sending card.  All sentiments are from SSS. 

I know it's been a while since I posted...can't believe how much time has passed!  I keep telling myself that I'll post more frequently, but somehow I just don't get things posted like I mean too! Please forgive me!!

I've also been doing a little Zentangle Inspired Art lately.  This is one that I had framed to hang in my house (something I rarely do!)  The seahorse is a template from Ben Kwok of Ornation Creation.

I tangled on water color paper then added color with some watercolor pencils.  I love how this turned out and the lady who framed it did a fabulous job!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Simon Says - Build a Background...and MUCH more!

I've been in a card making frenzy the last few days.  I was trying to put together a couple of boxes of cards to use for door prizes at a luncheon I'll be attending this week.  I also made a card that will definitely work for the Simon Says Challenge this week - which is to create a background (and use MFT products if you have them)

I made the popped up rectangle by spritzing watercolor paper with glitter mists (golds, pinks, oranges) then I did a few splatters with the inks.  The sentiment is from MFT Simply Fabulous Sayings stamp set.  The background panel and the "amazing" tag are stamped in Delicata Gold Glitz pigment ink with the MFT linen background stamp.  I edged the background panel and the pink panel with a gold leafing pen. The pink panel is popped up on the linen background, and then linen background is popped on to the card base.

The remainder of this post will be photo heavy!

 I was inspired by this card for this first card.  I used tiny strips of rainbow colors for the background, then punched the edges of two pieces of card stock and popped them over the rainbow.  The sentiment was cut with the Cameo.

These next two were made by using the negative space from die cutting the flower and replacing the flowers with the flowers cut from the opposing card stock.  Super quick and easy!

Once I got on my rainbow kick, I just kept going!  The card on the left was inspired by Lisa's card.  The card on the right was inspired by a card from Kristina Werner.  The strips for each letter was made using the Silhouette Cameo, then layered across the front of a card panel.

These next two are almost one layer cards.  On the left, I embossed the card base with the dots, stamped the PTI sentiment in HA peach, backed it with a matching card stock, then popped the sentiment on the card base.  The card on the right has a black card base that was embossed with a Anna Griffith embossing folder...SO pretty!  The sentiment was heat embossed in white on a piece of the black card stock, then backed with a piece of vellum.

The card on the left is a Flourishes stamp that was stamped in Versamark, then heat embossed in white.  I added some color with Copics, inked around the edges of the panel, popped it on a dark purple, then adhered it to a lighter purple card base.  The sentiment is from PTI.  The card on the right is just a purple card base, with the sentiment (PTI) stamped in HA lavender, popped on a light purple panel, then all of it adhered to the purple card base.  I added just a few sequins.

This last card is about the same concept as the one above, I just made the sections have a bit of an angle to them when I designed them in the Silhouette program.  Each layer of letters on this card are raised with foam tape.

WHEW!  That's a lot of card!  Hopefully the recipients of the door prizes will like them!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

LIM 220 - Up, Up, and Away

This week's challenge at Less is More is a theme challenge.  The theme is "Up, up, and away!"  I had to put my thinking cap on for this challenge!

This first card was super quick and easy!  I purchased the Superman from the Silhouette online store, printed him and cut him out with the Cameo.  The sentiment is also computer generated.  I adhered Superman with some foam tape, and then added a touch of blue around him with Copics.  This card will be perfect for one of my grandsons!

I actually made this card first, then decided it probably didn't have enough "white" space. This is almost a total CASE of a card Kristina Werner did a few weeks ago.  I love the technique and wanted to give it a try.  I stamped the balloons on watercolor paper with distress ink, then did a little blending with a water brush.  After I stamped each color and did the water coloring, I dried it thoroughly with my heat tool - then added the next color of balloons.  I hand drew the strings with a Memento gray marker.  The sentiment is from PTI and was stamped in Versamark on vellum, and heat embossed with liquid platinum embossing powder.  I also added a little Versamark to the edges of the vellum and heat embossed them with the liquid platinum EP too.  I adhered the vellum panel over the balloons and then popped the balloon panel on the card base with some fun foam.

This last card is probably my least favorite of these three cards.  I used a kite stamp from PTI, stamped it three times over a background of clouds I made with distress ink and a hand cut cloud edge.  The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in blue.  I stamped three more kites, colored them with Copics, and cut them out.  I popped them up with foam tape over the stamped images.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

LIM 219 - One Layer with Splatters

The challenge this week at Less is More, is to create a one layer card and to include splatters on it. Tough one this week.  I have a LOT of trouble making a card with splatters on see, that's in...not planned. goes....

I think this first one might be my favorite of the three cards.  I sponged some distress ink on the bottom half of the card and up the right side, blending as I inked.  The splatters are also distress ink.  I put some walnut ink on my craft mat, spritzed it with water then flicked it across the card with a paint brush. The sentiment is from PTI and was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  In retrospect, I should have heat embossed the sentiment before I did the blending of the distress ink and added the splatters....oh well....lesson learned!  I also wanted to add a little more of the embossing, so I masked off the card leaving a small strip on the right hand side, then inked it up with Versamark, peeled off the mask, and heat embossed some liquid platinum embossing powder.

I liked this second card okay, but it's kind of blah. I stamped the Simon Says Stamp sentiment in the middle of the card front in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in white. I masked off a circle in the middle of the card base, inked it up with a couple of colors of distress ink (tumbled glass and peacock feathers).  I then added some darker ink to my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then flicked a few splatters on the circle.  I also added some white splatters with watered down white Copic ink. I peeled off the mask and added a little gray Copics around the edges for a bit of dimension.

This last card was actually the first card I made...then after I added the splatters, and really looked at the kind of looks like the little bird is pooping!  The bird is from Tim Holtz.  I stamped him in Memento black and colored him with Copics.  The sentiment was computer generated after I colored the little guy...I know...very risky!  But luckily it worked out this time!  The ground was spritzed on with my TH spritzer and a green Copic marker.  (Thanks Chrissie for mentioning that the barrel comes apart - I had forgotten that!).  Anyway....not sure it the spritzed green "ground" would count as my splatters, that's when I added the brown splatters!  Trust was much better before the brown splatters!  I can't imagine sending this to anyone!

So...which card is your favorite?  

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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

I thought I'd play along with the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge this week.  This week the challenge is to create a card using Memory Box dies with a theme of April Showers/or Spring Flowers.  I needed a birthday card for one of my granddaughters, whose birthday is April 15, so I decided to make a shaker card using a Memory Box die.

I used the Memory Box Prim Poppy die to cut the flower.  The square-ish opening was cut with a Simon Says stitched rectangle die that I did a bit of partial die cutting to get something closer to a square.  I colored the flowers with Copics, and adhered them to the back of the white die cut panel.  I then cut a piece of transparency to cover the opening and adhered it to the back of the opening behind the blooms. I added foam tape around the back of the opening on top of the transparency, and around the bottom edges of the panel.  I adhered a few of the blue and white sequins to the blue card base, then filled the shaker window with silver stars and seed beads before adhering it to the blue card base.  That was a bit tricky since I had the back side of the shaker facing up and had to adhere the card base over the shaker's mostly straight! LOL!  The sentiment is from PTI and is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with blue embossing powder.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Simon Says Weekly Challenge...and a little scrapbooking

I made this card for the Simon Says weekly challenge.  The challenge this week is making a birthday card showcasing Simon Says exclusive products. I masked off the edges of my card, then sponged in four different distress inks. The sentiment is from Simon Says as are the stars.  I stamped them all in Versamark, then heat embossed them with liquid platinum embossing powder.  Super quick and easy one layer card.


I've also been trying to do a bit of scrapping again lately.  I didn't do any scrapbooking for quite a while, and it's difficult to get back into it...but hopefully, the more I scrap, the easier it'll be!

Last fall, my son asked me to go to the shooting range with him and get in a little target practice.  I knew that we had a gun in the house, but had never shot it.  So...this was definitely a new experience for me!  I was shooting a 38 revolver, and after the first couple of shots (which were made with my eyes closed! LOL!), I finally got the hang of it, and did fairly well as you can see by my target in the top photo. (The target was set out 25 feet).  If you look closely at the photo in the bottom right, you see me ducking...when I fired the first time, I closed my eyes AND ducked!  It was kind of who know...maybe I'll go again one day!

This is a photo of my daughter and son-in-law taken at my house last summer.  I printed the large dashed circles and the brown splatters onto the 12 x 12 card stock with my large format printer.  I created the smile circle in my Silhouette program and used a 2 inch punch to punch it out.  The hearts are all dies.  The title work "hey, Good Looking" was stamped with a Lawn Fawn alphabet.  Arrow is a Spellbinder die.  Photo corner is a die from MFT.  The film strip and the striped piece are both washi tape.

This card is a tri-fold card that I made after my last Online Card Class.  It was super simple to make.  In the class we were shown how to use dies to make the word pop off the page so that the top fold could be slipped under the word, but I figured out how to do the same thing with the Cameo.  The top of the card was stamped with stamps from WPlus9. I'm not sure what stamp I used for the birthday.  I do love how this card turned out.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

LIM 218 - Mostly Black

It's been a few weeks since I've played along with the challenge at Less is More, and this week's challenge seemed to spark my mojo!  I've gone overboard again, and made 5 cards for this challenge! Here's my cards for this week's challenge:

This first card is on a black card base, with a tiny white border on the embossed card panel.  I heat embossed the poppy stamp from SU with a detail white embossing powder.  I heat embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts on a strip of vellum and adhered it over the black panel, then adhered the black panel to the white background before popping it up on the black card base.

When I started this card, I had NO idea how it would end up.  This is actually a top folding card, although it looks like a side folding card.  The recipient will probably really be confused when trying to open it! LOL!  I stamped the PTI sentiment on the center of the white panel.  The flowers are from Sweet and Sassy, and were stamped in black ink then cut out with a matching die.  I added some black gloss to the center of each of the blooms.  I also popped up the two middle sized blooms, rounded the right corners and adhered the panel to a black card base.

This card was SO super quick and easy!  I printed out the silhouette children and the sentiment...cut it out, adhered it to a black panel, then popped it on a white card base....SUPER quick and easy!

This card and the next card are both cards that I did a little Zentangle inspired art on.  When I think black and white, I often think of added a few of my doodles.  The sentiment on the above card is from PTI, stamped in black.  I cut the panel using a stitched edge rectangle from Simon Says.  I popped the white layer on a black card base.

This card is also some of my ZIA...I used the same die for cutting the white panel and the sentiment is also from PTI.

Whew! That was a lot to drop on you today! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by for a visit!  Hope you'll come back soon!  Your comments are greatly appreciated! Until next time...

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