Sunday, February 7, 2016

Almost Vintage Blooms

The Carolina Panthers play in a few hours, so I am took a few minutes (or thirty) to create a card and then I need to clean, clean, clean. I won't be attending any parties, as I think I might be the only Panther fan in Wisconsin!

I took advantage of today's Papertrey Ink Challenge for their anniversary: "grab and craft" and create something. I knew I wanted to color again today, for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge (no techniques shown today, but a lot of cool cards and projects), so here are the supplies I grabbed:
1. White Paper
2. In Blooms Stamp Set (out from my previous card here) and a retired PTI set, Botanical Silhouettes for the sentiment.
3. Ink and Copics
4. Patterned Paper
5. Pearls (old school, I know, but I have a TON of them that need to be used up!)

I chose to stamp the  array of blooms based on the sketch at Fusion Challenge: Paper Hearts.

After stamping the blooms, leaves and sentiment, I colored the blooms and leaves with the Warm Gray Copic, then adding blush, pink and mauve colors as well as ivory and yellow colors for the leaves. I outlined all the images with the blush color, then attached the pearls. The panel was adhered to a patterned paper piece and all affixed to a white card base.

So it is a kind of vintage look, but really clean ant the same time with the stark white. I really like it!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

These are Going in the Mail

It is not too often that I mail out cards I make myself, but the cards in this post are actually going to be mailed. I created a set of three cards like the above for the Lasting Hearts Card Drive. This drive speaks dearly to my heart, and I just wanted to help some families out.

I used the MISTI for these, stamping a white card panel with some florals and a sentiment from Avery Elle's Laurels Stamp Set.

Opting out of the two/three step stamping, I added some white dots on the solid portions of the light pink florals, having been inspired by Kathy's tip in her Day 6 Video for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I finished the card with a strip of May Arts Black Adhesive Scallop Trim.

With the remaining white panel (smaller in size) and the same supplies, I made a card to give to a friend, just because, inspired by the AEIHeartYou Challenge #33: Friendship. I bordered the panel with strips of washi tape.

This next card was created to send to the Cox Family, you can read about their story here. I was inspired to pull out most things sparkly for the A Blog Named Hero's Challenge: A Bit of Sparkle.

I clear embossed some florals from a retired Hero Art's set called So Sorry onto a cream cardstock panel. Then I added a sentiment and some gold foiled patterned paper. I adhered a cardboard butterfly to some glittery vanilla paper and wrapped the panel with May Arts Gold String.

I know this was a super long post...if you haven't already, please consider making some cards for these two great causes!

Orange Pants & Blue Outlines

Papertrey Ink is celebrating nine years and they have a challenge going on to create something inspired by a piece of clothing our an outfit. My closet isn't at all interesting, so I searched online and found some really fun pants.

I started by embossing a white cardstock base with the PTI Sunshine Impression Plate and then adhered a watercolored panel to it. The watercolored panel was a reject from another card that didn't work out, I had too many large water splotches. I learned from Kathy's Day4 Daily Color Challenge Video to save rejects and repurpose them! I then adhered a Hawaiian Shores Panel that was cut from PTI's Spiral Notebook Page Die and decorated with some washi tape and a sentiment panel stamped with a greeting from Lovely Layers.

I also am participating in Papertrey's Ink Day 1 Anniversary Celebrations with a card inspired by Erin Lincoln's Color Scheme.

I started by stamping the lovely blooms from In Bloom in kraft ink onto a white panel. I then colored the blooms and leaves in colored pencil. I added a light blue outline outside the images, a tip I learned from Kathy's Day 5 Video in her 30 Day Color Challenge Series. I erased any harsh lines to soften the look. This  panel was bordered by kraft cardstock impressed with the Woodgrain Impression Plate and strips of Lemon Tart cardstock. I affixed the complete panel onto an Aqua Mist cardstock base and stamped the sentiment and finished the card with a wrapped bow made from May Arts Burlap String.

I really like the felxibilty and creativity stamping with flowers allows. Check out all the entries at Addicted to CAS: Bloom Challenge!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Raccoon's Balloon

I could get used to coloring a bit every day, it is quite relaxing!

After watching the video for Day 3 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge I really wanted to try a few techniques that Kathy brought up: 1. Make an image look a bit faded by lifting color with a lighter color (she used the 0 Copic, I used the W1 Warm Gray) and 2. Add a bit of rosey colors to the cheeks of a cute animal. I started by stamping a die cutting the cute raccoon from Lil' Inker Designs Lovie Stamp Set and Dies. I then colored him in "krafty" colors and the balloon red with Copic markers, applying the techniques mentioned above. My colors were derived from the ones at ColourQ Challenge #137. I then created the card with a some banner dies and a die cut stitched square fro LID and May Arts Natural Burlap String, applying the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #222.

Monster Birthday Wishes

I am a firm believer that if you create something and it makes you smile, then you've done a good job. This card makes me smile, and I am so very happy that I created it!

I had a bit of help with this card. I knew I wanted to try out the stippling to add shading technique that Dawn showed in her video for Day 2 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I stamped some Paper Smooches Monsters from the Falling For You Stamp Set in a cascading format (with a bunch of masking) to match the sketch at The Challenge #59 and colored them in with solid purple, yellow and green Copics based on the fun color from the ColourQ #326 Challenge. I then went in with a darker shade of Copics and stippled some shading. I had to add a medium color too, because the darkest shade of markers I chose for each was just a tad too dark. I fussy cut the monster parade and adhered it with foam tape onto a white cardstock panel that had been stamped with a sentiment. This I mounted onto a yellow card base.

I am also entering this into Paper Smooches February Challenge: Fun & Cute!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Pink Birdie

This card kind of reminds me of what is happening outside right now, I look outside and see white falling down and not much else!

I colored a pink bird with the technique Kathy showed in her Day 1 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I die cut the bird from Memory Box's Perched Reed Bird (retired) and colored it completely with a light blush Copic. Then I shaded it with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and a bit of Wild Honey. I actually adhered four layers of the bird together then rested her (him?) onto a die cut branch from Memory  Box's Twigs & Berries (also retired, I guess most of my stamps/dies are??) and then adhered all onto a white card base. I used my MISTI to place and stamp the sentiment.

The pink bird card is for Memory Box's February Challenge: Tickled Pink.

The Ribbon Resource:: Valentine's Heart Mobile

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and my office was devoid of anything hearts. I asked my littlest to help me decorate and we came up with a mobile featuring dynamic Red Adhesive Sequin Hearts as raindrops and White Sheer Frayed Flowered Ribbon as clouds available at The Ribbon Resource. I have full pictures and tutorial up over on The Ribbon Resource Blog, would love for you to stop by if you have time!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Procrastination Penguin

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I made a shaker card, and the sparkles inside actually shake. I made a shaker card that shakes featuring snow and a penguin and sparkles for the Coolest Card Challenge 2016 to use Sparkles. I made a sparkly shaker card that actually works and my boys are impressed.
And I'm posting again today because I'm procrastinating cleaning my room.
Therefore, the procrastination penguin.

I colored and fussy cut the cute penguin from Paper Smooches winter set, Chilly Chums. He was adhered to an aqua card base that has some snow drifts made from the Lil' Inker Design's Border Builder Die Set, and then stamped the sentiment and created a shaker out of sparkly aqua glitter paper, a few cuts from the LID Stitched Mats: Squares, silver glitter and white chunky glitter. I finished the card with a bow made with black and white baker's twine.

Fun and Foxy

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I had a lot of fun completing cards for all four challenges for the Coolest Card Series 2016.
That's what I like about challenges, they stretch you do create something that you might not be your go-to techniques. After so much time off of creating just for fun,
creating for challenges has been a great creative outlet.

One of the challenges in the series is to create a Snow Themed Card using Watercolors. I started by creating a purple snow flurry by watercoloring a background with purple ink and stamped a few snowflakes and dots on top after it dried.

 I watercolored (with watercolor pencils) the fox from Paper Smooches winter set, Chilly Chums
and then adhered her onto a doily. I finished the card with a stamped sentiment from Lil' Inker Designs Hey, Foxy Stamp Set, a bow from the beautiful May Arts Silk Ribbon in Purple and Black Burlap String, and then a die cut from LID Hey Foxy Word Dies.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Walrus' Note

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This little, er, big walrus looked kinda sad-ish so I made a Miss You card, and the pink background is reminiscent of Valentine's Day, a day that can be kinda sad-ish if you aren't with your honey.

Completely inspired by the Coolest Card Series 2016, to create a Snow Themed Card using Valentine's colors. Pink is a tough color to use for me, so I used it in a big chunk in the background with the pretty patterned paper from the Love You Paper Pack. I started with a white card base, adhered a huge speech bubble made from Lil' Inker Designs Speech Bubbles Die Set and some snow from  Lil' Inker Design's Border Builder Die Set, then added a fussy cut walrus from the Paper Smooches winter set, Chilly Chums. I did color him with watercolors, adding a bit of pink to his muzzle just because.

I stamped the PS sentiment and then finished the card with some die cut LID Snowflakes.