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.

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 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 it...you see, that's random...as in...not planned.  So...here 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 card...well...it 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 me...it 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 panel....and...it'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 fun...so 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.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

LIM 215 and CASology

I have several cards to share today.  I seem to have a problem getting photos of my card and because of my laziness procrastination, I've missed a couple of challenges!  These first two cards are for the current Less is More challenge which is a one layer card with animals.  The second card is for the current CASology challenge with a cue word of "tropical". (and I think I'm squeaking in just in time!)


This is my one layer card for the LIM challenge.  I decided to draw several little "chicks" as I couldn't find a stamp I wanted to use.  Chicks are considered animals....right??  Anyway, I drew the chicks, colored them with Copics, added googly eyes, and masked off a little green hill to ground them.  Then just a touch of blue for the sky.  Very quick and easy...even though my little chicks look a little startled! I can't say I'm a great artist...but I try! LOL!


I hope this "tropical" card is CAS enough!  I cut the silhouette (chair, tree, ground) with my Cameo.  I used distress ink to shade the background, then stamped the sentiment in black and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. I should have left well enough alone...but decided I "needed" a little sparkle in the sky, so I put clear Wink of Stella on the sky...kind of looks like stars!  The sentiment is from Flourishes - Beach Life (unfortunately Flourishes no longer exists!)

This next card is the one I made for my grandson who will be eleven tomorrow.



I wanted to make a shaker card, and I've had very little practice, so I gave it another try!  I cut the balloon from a white panel, then cut two layers of fun foam and adhered them to the back of the panel, aligning them with the opening.  I added tiny seed beads inside the balloon.  On the card base, I colored a blue rectangle to go behind the opening.  The robot is a MME stamp and is colored with Copics.  I added a dotted "ground" and colored it with a light grey Copic.  The sentiment is hand written. I hope he likes it and doesn't think it's too "childish"!

These next two cards were cards I made for last week's LIM challenge...but once again I was lazy didn't get photos in time!
  

The tulips are a stamp from Penny Black, that I stamped in Memento black and colored with Copics. I fussy cut each of the blooms and then layered them on the green panel.  Some of the tulips are popped up for a little dimension. The green panel was cut with the rectangle stitched die from SSS, but I did some partial cutting in order to get a more "square" shape.  The sentiment is from SSS and is stamped on vellum and heat embossed in yellow.


This card is the result of my playing with some of my distress inks and trying to figure out what I could do with the inked panel after I finished!  Can't say I really love this card, but I do like the bright colors!  The sentiment is from SSS (I think), and was stamped in black then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The butterfly was punched with a MS punch then coated with a little wink of stella.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Playing Along with THREE Challenges!

I thought I'd play along with a couple of challenges today.  The card I've made today actually works for three current challenges! Yay me!  This is not something that I manage to do very often!  The three challenges are:  Merry Monday Christmas, 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown, and Addicted to Stamps

Red and Green
Use Markers


Addicted to Stamps
CLEAN AND SIMPLE


So....here's my card for these three challenges:



I cut the white panel using a stitched rectangle die from SSS and mounted it with a piece of fun foam to a piece of red card stock which is adhered directed to the card base.  The big bow (with ribbon) is an image from Flourishes (sadly, I think they are out of business now!).  The tag and sentiment is also from Flourishes.  All I did was color the bow and tag with Copics, cut them out, and popped them with foam tape on the white card base.  Super quick and easy!

That's another Christmas card for my stash!  Maybe if I keep playing along with these challenges, I'll have all my Christmas cards done by November!  Wouldn't that be great?

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Two New...For Me...Merry Monday & 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Thought I'd play along with a couple of new challenges.  I don't think I've played in either of these before.  The first is Merry Monday challenge where the theme is "Star(s)". The host this week is my friend Bonnie Klass.  Bonnie always makes awesome cards...so check out her blog!


Here's my take on this challenge:


Super simple CAS card.  I die cut the navy panel with a SSS stitched edge die.  The star is the Star of Wonder from Memory Box.  I cut the star in the navy panel, then cut it again in a silver glitter paper and inset it into the navy.  The sentiment is from PTI and is embossed in silver.  It's difficult to see on here, but I backed the navy paper with another piece of the silver glitter paper like I used for the star. Very sparkly card IRL.  Sorry the navy color looks so washed out...it's really a deep navy, but I'm taking the photo indoors .... rain, rain, and more rain...all day today!

This next card is for the 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown the theme challenge for February.


The snow border across the top of the card is from Memory Box.  I cut it from white card stock, then ran it through my Xyron and sprinkled it with glitter dust.  It's really sparkly!  The sentiment "peace" is a die from Papertrey Ink, and the "be still" is from the coordinating stamp set.  I stamped the "be still" in Versamark (twice) using my MISTI, and heat embossed it with silver pearl embossing powder.  The word peace was covered with Versamark (3 times) and heat embossed between each inking with silver pearl embossing powder.  I added three pearls and a scattering of pearly sequins. Super quick and easy card!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

LIM 212 - Wings....revisited

I'm back with another card for the Less is More challenge.  The theme this week is "wings".  This card is SUPER simple!


I used a white linen textured card base, and stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches in Versamark, then heat embossed it in a bright yellow. (I'm thinking Spring here!)  Knowing that I needed some "winged" images....I searched my stash and found these adorable little bird dies from Impression Obsession.  I heat embossed a piece of card stock with a bright red (three times), then cut out my birds.  The birds are adhered to the card base with a little glue.

I'm not particularly crazy about either of these next two cards, but thought I'd share them anyway.  


For this card I used watercolor paper for the front panel.  The sentiment is from Sweet and Sassy and is stamped in black Versafine ink.  For the background, I stamped my distress ink pads on my craft mat (I think it was Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, and one of the purples)  I spritzed the ink and then dipped my card into the ink (face down) holding it there for a few seconds so that some of the water could soak into the watercolor paper.  The butterfly is punched with a Martha Stewart punch and adhered to the watercolor paper.  I added a butterfly "trail" with a black pen.  I also made a few splatters on the background with a paintbrush dipped in the ink on my craft mat.


This last card was done basically the same way as the card above, on this time I wet my watercolor paper thoroughly before smushing (is that a word?) it in the ink.  After drying it, I sprinkled the front with a bit of water drops and then dabbed them away with paper towels - leaving a splotchy look. The butterfly is punched with a MS punch.  The sentiment is from Simon Says.  I cut it once from purple, then three times from white card stock, then layered all the layers together to give it a raised look. Added a few sequins....done.  

I think my problem with water coloring (or distress inking) is that I generally make very clean cards, and my water color cards always look a little "messy" to me.  I'll keep practicing though...maybe it will help! LOL!

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