Friday, August 29, 2014

Case Study 4th Anniversary Week #4

This post is an entry into the Case Study 4th Anniversary Week #4 challenge.  They are having a blog hop and the challenge is to pick a designer along the hop that inspires you.  This info is here:Case Study 4th Anniversary 4th Week.

I chose a card by Danielle Flanders.  She  embossed on kraft cardstock and I just  love the look she created.
Actually she did two cards :)  The colored embossing on the kraft cardstock just drew me in.  This is what I decided to do:

I embossed the cross stitch in the corners with white. The sentiment is embossed in coral, I know it looks red here but it is coral. :)  I then outlined the sentiment with an green apple color embossing powder using a dotted stamp.  I do like the way it turned out. 

Stamps: Paper Smooches Needle Fun, Winnie & Walter The Big, Bold and Happy

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #90

Hello there,
Today's challenge sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch is:

Isn't that a great sketch?   Love the simplicity of it.  This is what I decided to make:
First I stamped the card base with a background stamp.  I watercolored the card front and when dry, splashed some color on with a small paintbrush, and then die cut it.  I die cut the flower and added it to the card front along with sequins. The sentiment is on a piece of patterned paper cut at angles and I added more sequins.  Yeah can't stay away from the sequins. :)

Info for challenge is here: CAS(E) this Sketch #90

Have a great day!

Supplies used:
Dies: Memory Box Prim Poppy, SSS Postage Stamp Edge
Stamps: Hero Arts Stripes, Avery Elle Oh Happy Day
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes.  I just received my SSS Monthly September Card Kit and love the stamps set, so I wanted to use it as soon as I could.  This is the card I made:

All of this is stamped using the stamp set in the kit.  The sentiment stamp I curved it a little before I stamped it.  I used some of the stickers from October Afternoon which were also included in the kit.  I kinda wanted it to look like bookstore shelves. 

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge
SSS 2014 Card Kit Gallery

Thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS August 24-30 Designer Drafts Challenge

Today's post is an entry in to the Paper Smooches SPARKS August 24-30 Designer Drafts Challenge
Paper Smooches Aug. 24-30 Challenge

The August Sketch is:

Here is what I made:

 I decided to make a shaker card, because when I looked at the sketch that is what came to mind.  Now this is only my 3rd shaker card ever, so I wasn't still really confident about making one. :)  I colored the dog from Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies with copics. I fussy cut the balloons from PS Hullabaloo and colored with copics. The sentiment is from PS Alphadot (stamped on the balloons).  I ran some washi tape under the dog and across the page before I mounted the shaker box.  I also rounded the right corner with a 1/2" rounder.  This doggy looks so happy I just love this stamp set! 

I think it turned out pretty O.K.  :)

Hope you like and thanks for coming by!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

Today Pretty Pink Posh is having a Blog Hop for the details see here: Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop.  If you get a chance go on over and participate or just leave a comment.  Prizes are involved. :0

The requirements were to use at least one die on your project and link up to be part of the blog hop.  

Here is what I made.

I used  Wplus9 Timeless Tags 2 to cut the tag, and the frame is cut from Simon Says Stamp Frames.
The frame is stamped with  Hero Arts Dots background stamp, the tag sentiment is Lawn Fawn Riley's ABC's and the Happy Birthday sentiment is from Hero Arts Anything Can Happen.  I added some Pretty Pink Posh Pumpkin and Sparkling Clear 4mm sequins to the cake and tags. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Back to School

I made a lot of cards today because I will be very busy the next couple of days and I wanted to get in the challenges I usually do on a weekly basis.  Simon Says Stamp challenge is Back to School details are here: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

They have great inspiration on their blog this week for this challenge, I especially liked the card by Melissa Bove.  It was darling.  I don't have  children in school any longer, so this is for my grandson, he is going into third grade!  My goodness, wasn't he just a baby! 

I used texture paste and a SSS stencil Scrambled Letters.  This is the first time I have ever used texture paste and wasn't sure what to expect. I saw Jennifer McGuire demonstrate and I had to give it a try!   It is very similar to embossing paste but it does seem to go on a little smoother and dry smoother, PLUS you can color it once it is dry!  Embossing paste doesn't take color well, unless you mix it when it is wet and then apply it.  Once it was dry, I put the stencil back on and used distress inks and kinda pounced the applicator on the stencil.  The dry texture paste gives a way more intense color, I like it!! 

The sentiment is  SSS-All Boy and Winnie & Walter-Bubble Talk.   I added a few stars and colored them with Wink of Stella red .  Hope you like!

Thanks for coming by .....

Lawnscaping Challenge #88 Texture

Yep another post!  This one is for the Lawnscaping Challenge #88 Texture.  Information is here:
Lawnscaping Challenge #88 Texture

Well I am really a fan of texture, if I can emboss it with paste, powder or whatever I am all for it!

This is the card I made:
I used Lawn Fawns stamp Get Well Soon.  This is the cutest set.  I embossed the background with the little band aid stamp, and inked a heart in the middle of the band aid.  I embossed the nurse bird (so cute) , the medicine bottle and the band aid on vellum and layered it over the background. I colored the images on the backside with copics to help them stand out more.   The sides of the vellum piece are also embossed.  The greeting is all on one line but I just covered up the words as needed and stamped it down the middle.  The hearts have glossy accents on them, but it is hard to see.

Happy crafting!

CASE Study 4th Anniversary Week #3

Hello again,
Second post for the day is an entry into CASE Study 4th Anniversary Week #3.  The month long blog hop continues, information is here CASE Study 4th Anniversary Week #3.

Blog hop this week is all about inspiration.  Along the blog hop I saw this card:
by Barbara Anders at Paper Pursuits.  Isn't it fantastic!  I love Halloween and Christmas cards so if I see one to CASE, I can't resist.  ;)  This is what I made:
I just layered some papers from Bazzil, die cut a pumpkin  and leaves from Sprinkles vellum, added a few enamel dots and the cut outs are also from the Bazzil patterned paper. I didn't do any stamping on this card. :)

Supplies used:
Die: Paper Smooches Halloween Icons

Thanks for coming by.

CAS(E) this Sketch #89

I had a marathon card making session today so I will have several posts:)  This post is an entry into CAS(E) this Sketch #89.  The inspiration sketch is:

I decided to go pretty simple with this card sketch, because that is how it looked to me. :) This is my card:
I inked up this stamp by Simon Says Stamp called Wide Stripes.  I have wanted this stamp for awhile but it always seemed to be out of stock, but I finally got it!  I think that you could ink this in red and green or even emboss the stripes in gold or silver for Christmas cards,  it could be used  many ways.  Anywho I used different  colors that kinda reminded me of the beach.  I added a sentiment and some enamel dots to finish it and that was it! 

Info for challenge is here: CAS(E) this Sketch #89

Supplies used:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp-Wide Stripes, SSS Handwritten Borders
Inks: Hero Arts

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge-August 17-23 Anything Goes

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! This post is an entry into the Paper Smooches challenge this week  which is Anything Goes. 

This is what I made:
I used a Paper Smooches die on the bottom of the card base to create motion. Then used a paper punch to cut the paper and vellum for the waves.  I colored the vellum with copics and mixed them with  paper to create waves.  I really like the way it looks!  The sailboat, birds (I think they are seagulls?), and greeting are all from the same Paper Smooches stamp set.  They are all mounted on foam squares. This card makes me want to go on the water! Ha!!  Hope you like!

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Aug 17-23

Supplies used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches Wicked Nauticool.
Dies: Paper Smooches Stitched Wise Dies

Thanks for coming by....

Saturday, August 16, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #88-SSS Wednesday Challenge-Summer

Today's post is an entry into the CAS(E) this Sketch #88 Challenge.  This is the inspiration sketch:
This is the way I interpreted it:
For some reason I saw beach balls when I saw this sketch!  I didn't have a beach ball stamp so I die cut circles with a circle die and then colored them with copics.   I applied glossy accents to the beach balls, but I am not sure how well you can see it in this photo.  The first set of beach balls I coated with  glossy accents I ruined! I touched them too soon, forgetting how long it takes to dry! :/ I watercolored the textured side of watercolor paper.  I think I was hoping it would look like water, I guess it kinda does. :)  I attached some wooden stars because it looked a little bare and I can't leave well enough alone!  Ha!

Info on the challenge is here: CAS(E) this Sketch #88

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Summer info is here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Summer

Supplies used:
Dies: Sizzix Circle Dies
Stamp: Simon Says Stamp Life is a Journey

So glad you stopped by!

Friday, August 15, 2014

OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 11-Play Day

Sadly, today  is the last day of class, I learned quite a bit during this class and really loved all the new techniques, tips and tricks I learned!  Instructors suggested today to play with the stamp sets from the class and see what you can do with what was taught.  Laura Bassen did a card with some graphic stamping and used a couple of different stamp sets to create a greeting.  Since I really like the graphic portion of this class I decided to try my hand at what she did.

I made the card, grabbed my camera to take a photo, and that didn't work out so well. :(   Yeah batteries were dead, AND not a battery in the house!  After going to store and running other errands by the time I returned it was night and the light was way different for taking pics, but I did anyway.  I had to take way more than I usually do to get the right one.  So, lesson learned, well actually two lessons,  #1 keep batteries in the house and #2 take pictures in the daylight!  :)

Here is my card:
I measured the card at the halfway point and drew a light line to get a starting point of where to stamp.  After stamping with Avery Elle Rounded Diamonds I knew I wanted the sentiment on vellum, but after several failed attempts to emboss it, I ended up stamping it.  For some reason the 'Love' word grabbed way to much embossing powder and it always ended up looking like a blob, no matter what kind of powder I used. :/  To get this message I used Technique Tuesdays Smooch by Ali Edwards for the 'Love' and the 'the' is from Winnie and Walters The Big the Bold and the You, and the 'Journey' from a wooden stamp  that I couldn't find an identity. I masked the other words on the Journey stamp to just get the word Journey. 

After a couple of delays it is finally done and I hope you like!

Happy crafting!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CASE Study 4th Anniversary Week 2 Challenge

CASE Study is celebrating  their 4th Anniversary with  a Blog Hop featuring their past muses and designers.  The anniversary celebration lasts all month long.    If you leave a comment along the blog hop you could win a prize! :) Here is the link for the blog hop and the challenge info: CASE Study 4th Anniversary Week #2.

The challenge is to choose one of the designers along the blog hop that inspired you.  

I liked the card  by Guyatri Murali, she in turn was inspired by Laura Bassen (one of my favorites!).

This is the card that I made:
I used a stencil by Heidi Swapp and applied distress inks starting in the upper left hand corner and working towards the bottom right corner in different colors and blending as I went down the card. I cut the border with a die cut from Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment is also from SSS.  Hope you like. :)

Supplies used:
Die Cut: Simon Says Stamp Frames, Hello
Stencil: Heidi Swapp

See ya soon!

OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2-Days 9 & 10 Floral & Floral Building Stamps

Hi there,
Online card class for days 9 & 10 was about floral and floral building stamps.  I got so much out of this portion of the class because I love floral stamps but wasn't really confident using them to build a floral scene on a card.  One of the stamp sets featured was Wplus9 Spring Blooms.  This set is so versatile and it has so many components that can be used together.  Here is the card I made:
The easiest for me was to start in a corner and work to the middle.  I used several of the leaf stamps, some stamped in a light green and others in a dark green.  I stamped the blooms and then used a gold Wink of Stella pen to fill in the centers.  I used some gold dots on the card, but they look yellow in the picture. :/  I do like the way it turned out and want to try some of the other techniques from the class very soon.  

Supplies used:
Stamps: Wplus9 Spring Blooms, Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts(sentiment)

Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 7 & 8 - Graphic Stamps

Second post for today.  I am behind!  My husband put in a new floor in my craftroom and I had to take out all my stuff and then put it all back in.  BUT my floor is fantastic. :)

The lesson focused on using graphic stamps.  I have to admit I don't use a lot of graphic stamps and wasn't sure how to use them. :/  Some really great techniques were demonstrated and I have a better understanding of graphic stamps!

This is the card I made:
The stamp used was Avery Elles Rounded Diamonds set.  The stamp set has  a LOT of shapes that work together.  I used the larger diamond shape and stamped in a light ink and then I used the kind of spikey shape stamped in a darker color.  The little corner shapes were part of a larger shape but I only used a part of it to get the effect I wanted.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter.  It is simple looking but I like the way it turned out.  I didn't use any embellishments, I restrained myself, and it was hard. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper Smooches SPARKS August 10-16 Picture Perfect Challenge

I am little behind this week.  My husband put a new floor in my craft room, although it was sorely needed, getting everything back in place again was a challenge. :) But it is done now and it is catch up time! This weeks PS challenge is an inspirational photo.

Inspiration Photo


 This is what I made:
I colored the stamps with distress markers instead of inking the stamp.   I wasn't sure what it was going to look like, but I kinda like it. The 'sunshine' is distress ink applied with a sponge dauber and enhanced with clear Wink of Stella .  I added the sentiment, some red pearls and a heart. I applied some glossy accents to the heart.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches Crystal Clear and Sentiment Sampler, SSS Scribble Flowers

Paper Smooches Picture Perfect Challenge August 10-16

 Thanks for coming by!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

CASE Study 4th Anniversary Week #1

CASE Study is have their 4th  Anniversary celebration all month long!  They have a blog hop going on right now. Here are the details:

CASE Study 4th Anniversary Week #1

This is Joni's artwork:

During the blog hop many of the past designers and muses feature what inspired them, in turn any artwork they do, you can choose to inspire you!  I was inspired my Joni Nina Andaya, she created a watercolor that was just stunning, and freehand too!  I decided to do a watercolor, but I didn't want to chance doing it freehand!  This is what I created:

I white embossed the image on watercolor paper and water colored it with distress ink using an aqua brush.  It took a little time because you need to wait for drying, but I think it was worth it!   The sentiment was also embossed in black.  Sometimes it is difficult to stamp on watercolor paper and get a good image, so I just opt for embossing, to save heartache. :)

Supplies used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink, Winnie & Walter 
Die:  SSS Frames
WRMK Corner Chomper
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Glad you could stop by.

OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2-Day 6

Today's lesson continued with using outline stamps.  All of the demonstrations today were awesome.  My favorite was Debby Hughes' card.  Seriously I love everything she does, she is so talented. Her lesson was stamping on non paper.  I didn't have the material she used, so I used vellum.  Is vellum considered paper?  Ha maybe it is!  Oh well that is what I used.
I white embossed the flower image  on vellum and colored with copics and then turned it into a tag.  The rest is just patterned paper and some twine.  This was really easy to do and took no time at all.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Penny Black Garden Blooms, Winnie & Walter Big Bold
Die: W9Plus tag

See ya soon!

Friday, August 8, 2014

OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2-Day 5

Day 5 of OCC and I am thoroughly enjoying all the different techniques for using the stamps you already have in different ways.  Today's lesson focused on Outline Stamps.  Most of what was demonstrated today were flower images.  I really, really liked Shari Carroll's card, but didn't have a stamp close to what I could use for her card.  I am going to get one because I want to try it soon.  Jennifer McGuire demonstrated a technique using embossing powder and an outline flower stamp.  She used different color embossing powders. I didn't have any of the colors she used. :( .   BUT as she always does, she gave an alternative way to achieve the same result, using markers. Stamping the image and coloring the stamp with different color markers and them applying it to the paper and when finished, embossing.

This is what I made:
I used iridescent embossing powder but it is really hard to see, I wish it showed up better, because it makes a big difference on the card.    I really like how this turned out and will use this technique again. The sentiment is embossed using Ranger Silver.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Penny Black Garden Bloom, SSS Friendship Messages

Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2-Day 4

The lesson for the Online Card Class today were more examples of how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h :) your stamps.  The card created by Kelly Alvarez was so darn cute and I loved the concept.  She used alphabet letters to represent rain falling on an umbrella so I set out to try to recreate it. This is what I made:

The  letters represent water falling on the flower and I put the sentiment in red.  All of the stamp sets used were Paper Smooches.  The flower was colored with copics and mounted on foam dots.  I added a white stitched border and some little enamel dots for some more color.  Using an alphabet set in this way I think can be recreated many ways.  I really like the way it turned out!

Since this is a card created with all Paper Smooches products I decided to enter it into the PS Sparks Challenge-Anything Goes this week.  Paper Smooches Challenge August 3-9.   
This would be my 2nd entry. :)

Supplies used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches Perky Plants, Green Thumb, and Alphadot

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2-Day 3

Today is Day 3 of the OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2.  The emphasis today was on using alphabet stamps and sentiment stamps in different ways.  My card was influenced by pretty much all of the instructors today.  I took a little bit of this lesson and a little bit of that one.  :)

My card is a lot like what Stephanie Klauck demonstrated.  She used a stencil and lettered a phrase inside with an alphabet stamp set and then distressed the inside of the stencil.  I didn't have a stencil for what I wanted to do so I made one.  I die cut a onsie using a little stiff packaging material, and got the effect I wanted.  I added a patterned paper banner, with a sentiment embossed on vellum with black embossing powder.  Then I added twine and enamel dots. 

Supplies used:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Rileys ABC's, Winnie and Walter Big & Bold stamp sets
Die Cut: Wplus9

Thanks for coming by and I am loving these classes so far!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

OCC Stretch Your Stamps Days 1 & 2

I am participating in the Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps.  The focus on days 1 & 2 has been using background stamps and how versatile they can be.  Many great examples were demonstrated and I hope to try some more techniques in the future.  The technique I wanted to try first was demonstrated by Laura Sterckx.  She created an ombre effect on a cardfront with distress inks.

This is the card that I did:
I heat embossed a background stamp with white embossing powder and used distress inks to blend the colors on the card.  I cut a banner and kinda drew a rough border with a Versamark pen and heat embossed it.  I diecut the 'thanks' four times, glued them on top of one another, and used a clear embossing powder to give it a little shine. I added some sequins to 'pretty it up' a bit.  :)
I liked the way this turned out, I hope you do too. 

Supplies used:
Hero Arts Lattice background stamp
Distress Inks: Tim Holtz Iced Spruce, Broken China, Mustard Seed
Die Cut: Memory Box
Thanks for coming by. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge-Week August 3-9 Anything Goes

Hope everyone had a great Monday!  This post is an entry into the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Week 3-9 Anything Goes.

I love PS's Chubby Chums (aren't they cute) and don't use it enough, so I decided I was going to for this card.  This is what I came up:

I stamped, colored, and fussy cut the dog and cat, then mounted on foam squares to the card front (don't you love the apple green card stock!)  All of the letters and numbers are from the PS Alphadot set.  I used the PS  Stitched Wise Dies on the bottom of the card.  That's washi tape on the top for some accent (and there was a little inky smudge I had to cover up) :)  The sentiment on the side looked a little bare so I  added  color to the centers of some of the letters.  I kinda like the way it came out.  :) And oh yeah, added googly eyes, can't resist googly eyes!!

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Week of Aug 3-9

Thanks for coming by, see ya later. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #87-SSS Work It Wednesday

Hi there,
This weeks CAS(E) this Sketch challenge is inspired by this sketch:

The theme also is to incorporate a tag into your design, either a tag by itself or on a card. 

This is what I came up with:

The tag is inked with distress inks and then I embossed it with a stencil.  The embossing paste was tinted with the same color as the tag color.  I like the look of the light and dark areas between the tag colors.  The hearts are die cut as well as the 'congrats'.  I just stamped the letters on the hearts, added sequins and a ribbon tie.  I wish you could see this better, I tried photographing it in all types of light but I couldn't get the colors to pop they way I wanted to and the way they look naturally.  :/

CAS(E) this Sketch #87

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge.
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge
Where Blue is the main theme.

Supplies used:
Die Cuts: Simon Says Stamp Hearts, Papertrey Ink Congrats
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Riley's ABC's
Stencil: Simon Says Stamp Waves
Embossing Paste: Wendy Vecchi
Distress ink: Tim Holtz Iced Spruce

Next week starts the Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps that I am participating in, so I hope to be posting projects from the classes.

Thanks for coming by, see you soon.