Thursday, August 27, 2015

Addicted to Stamps and More

This will be my third post for today!  I have been busy, busy!!! 

The challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More is one of my favorites...Clean and Simple.  I got my card made using a sketch from CAS(E) this sketch, only to realize that I missed that challenge...and I might miss the challenge at ATSAM if I don't get a move on!

Here's my card for this challenge:



I had a lot of fun making this card.  I cut the white panel to fit at an angle, then added a stitched edge using a die from Paper Smooches. I cut the sentiment from white card stock three times and layered them for dimension.  I put some score tape across the back of the cards and put the letters back in the white panel.  I cut a flower die using the SS Calliope die and tucked it under the corner of the white panel.  I layered all of the white on a Kraft card base, popping up the panel with some fun foam.  I added a little clear Wink of Stella to the flowers and the letters in the sentiment.

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Masking...for Happy Little Stampers and AAA Cards

I had some fun with masking today.  I made a card that fits 2 challenges - Happy Little Stampers and AAA Cards!  YAY Me!!  This card was fun to make....a little time consuming, but fun.



I used Uniko's Gerber Daisy stamp for this card.  I stamped the first bloom, cut out a mask and then stamped the second bloom.  I trimmed the panel down slightly so that it would be slightly smaller than the card base.  I colored the daisies with Copics then trimmed around the outside edges.  I adhered a piece of scrap green paper onto the card base, then popped the flower panel over it with fun foam.  The sentiment is from PTI and is heat embossed in liquid platinum.

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CASology 161 and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

I've made a few cards today (AND got them photographed!) that I'd like to share with you.  This first card is for the current challenges at CASology and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.



I stamped the plaid background with Hero Arts mid-tone shadow inks (cornflower, fresh peach, and mint julep).  I used the stripe stamps from a PTI set.  The sentiment is from from Lawn Fawn, and the greenery is a die from Impression Obsession.  I inked some white card stock with the mint julep HA ink and then cut the leaves out.  The sentiment was cut 4 times and layered.  I used a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch....thinking that I was getting it finished in time for that sketch challenge...nope...missed it!  But it still works for the CASology challenge and for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.  I also used a stitched edges die from Paper Smooches.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LIM 238 - Sketch Challenge

Once again I'm running behind getting my cards photographed!  I finished these two card several days ago, but just got around to taking pics this morning.  As a matter of fact, I'm also going to share a couple of cards I made for a challenge LAST week, but never got them posted!  

These first two cards are for the current challenge at Less is More, which happens to be a sketch challenge. Here's the sketch: 

Here's my take:


Not much to either of these card...very CAS!  I die cut a stitched rectangle with a SSS die, then cut it at an angle.  I cut the letters for "happy" from the top piece, then cut them again from some gold foil paper and inserted the gold letters back into the negative space where I cut the white letters out.  I have the top piece popped up with some fun foam and the bottom piece adhered directly to the card base.  I added a small strip of black card stock behind the letters thinking that it would show how the letters are popped over the bottom panel.  The birthday sentiment is from a PTI set.


This second card was made by cutting 2 panels (4 x 5.25) and them cutting both at the same time to get the same angle.  I then adhered them them together with some score tape. (and I have the reverse cuts to make another card!) I cut the SSS die "thanks" 3 times from the blue paper, stacked them and adhered them above the diagonal line.  The remainder of the sentiment is from a Winnie & Walter set.

These next two cards were the ones I made for last week's sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch...but I didn't get them posted in time.


Front white panel cut with the Cameo, then popped over a blue base and adhered to a white card base. The sentiment is from PTI and then I added a few sequins....quick and easy!


For this card, I cut a 4 x 5.25 panel, embossed it, then cut the swirl with an Xacto knife. I used a PTI sentiment and curved it on my MISTI to match the curve of the embossed panel.  I had to trim off a portion of the bottom panel so that there would be a nice gap for the sentiment to shine through.  I added some bling to the embossed panel and as the dot on the "i".  The embossed panel was popped up on the card base using fun foam.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

LIM 236 - The Eyes Have it!

I'm finally getting my cards posted for the Less is More challenge for this week.  My problem is taking the time to photograph my cards!  I don't know why this is so difficult for me to get done!  This week is a one layer card challenge and we must use something with "eyes" on the card.  I actually made several cards (surprise, surprise!) because I didn't really "like" the first ones I came up with!


This card was made using a Paper Smooches stamp set.  I embossed the double stitched circle with a die from SSS. I drew on the ground and colored it with Copics.  Very quick and easy card.


For this second card I finally used a stamp that I've had for a year or two!  The woman is a stamp from Riley & Company.  I stamped in Memento black and then colored with Copics.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle.  Inside the card I stamped....I missed your birthday...a sentiment from TH.


I think I might have to give up on water coloring.  I used the TH stamps to create this card on water color paper. I tried using the Zig Clean Color brush pens to add color and I guess I just haven't gotten the knack of using them yet.  Not happy with my coloring at all!  I drew a string to hold his hat on and a string for the deflated balloon.  I think water coloring is kind of messy and random....and I'm just too much of a perfectionist!

 I tried water coloring on Neenah solar white card stock for this card.  Didn't turn out very well.  The water really saturates the card stock.  Oh, well....I sure I can find someone to send this one to! LOL!

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Simplicity, ATSAM, & Happy Little Stampers!

This first card actually fits two different challenges...Simplicity and Happy Little Stampers. The challenge this month at Simplicity is to "strip down"...not literally...but to mask a strip down the front of your card and stamp away.  The challenge at Happy Little Stampers is to use masking. Here's my take...


I masked off about a one inch strip, then cut a small mask to create the "hills".  Then I reversed the mask and sponged the sky.  I found a very small tree stamp and stamped it in black and slightly off the edge so that only part of the tree is visible on each side.  Added a few stars with a silver signo pen.  Sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and is stamped in Versafine black.  I used my MISTI for placement because I ended up needing to stamp it twice to get good coverage with the black.

The challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More this week is my favorite....Anything Goes!




This first card was the result of my practicing techniques from the most recent Online Card Class.  I had a full panel that I'd inked, but then I messed up the top portion, so I cut it down to make this card. I added the stitched lines with a die from Paper Smooches.  The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter. I added the inked panel to a white card base and added just a thin strip of black between the two.  The hearts were punched and inked then adhered with foam tape.  



This is another card I made with a panel I made when practicing my ink blending.  I made the swirly cover plate with the Cameo...trying to mimic PTI waves the cover plate.  It doesn't look nearly as good as cutting it with a cover plate would, but I was happy with the results.  The sentiment is from SSS.


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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 More....so 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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