Friday, July 11, 2014

More Summer Lovin'

Here's my second card for the CAS-ual Friday Challenge (CFC133)  Remember the theme is Summer Lovin' and the requirements are:
Clean and Simple...
Use hearts...
Use summer colors...

This card is also done with Soft Sky paper and an Impression Obsession die.

I love this die cut and I've had the die for ages and never used it.  So that makes it NBUS!  That's Never Before Used Schtuff.  Thanks, Darnell, for giving a name to all that schtuff.  I promise to work on my mountain of it.  The die cut panel is shaded with ink and sponges and the panel behind is shaded with markers.

Stay cool!

Summer Lovin'

That's the subject for me today.  The CAS-ual Friday Challenge (CFC133) this time is Summer Lovin' and the requirements are:
Clean and Simple...
Use hearts...
Use summer colors...

For me, water is a summer color.  Cool aqua. be at the lake right now!  It'll never happen!

So next best is cool aqua colors, accented by the colors of my roses and daylilies.  Here's what I created with Soft Sky paper from SU.

For this the wreath is my heart.  It is stamped on vellum, embossed in white, and colored with markers on the back of the vellum.  The banner is also vellum, and cut and shaped by hand.  No extra tools there!

There you have it.  Have a great day! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Good morning everyone!  I love when the mist fills the valley in front of my house.  Unfortunately it usually moves by the time I get my camera!  That happened this morning...rats!  Still, it was pretty.

Here's my latest patriotic card for A Scrap N Place...

This was a fun card to play around with...and that's just what I had to do! ;)  I changed the backing paper, changed the diecut paper...twice!  I'm kind of fussy about color, and it just wasn't working at first.

The star dies are from Sweet n Sassy Stamps and the patterned paper is from the "Anchor" collection by Authentique.  The greeting is from Technique Tuesday.  Since my cards for the store this month will all be suitable for Operation Write Home, and hence very mailable, there won't be a lot of bulk, like big bows and gems.  Those don't go thru the mail very well, alas.

Hope you enjoy this one...and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Let freedom ring!

I love red, white and blue!  And I got a brand new stamp set from Technique Tuesday on Monday that I decided to use for this card.

So, how did I make this one?  I started with a navy blue A2 card base.  The red star paper was cut 4 x 5-1/4 to leave a border.  Then the fun began.  I cut two flourishes from the Die-namics Fancy flourish die.  After playing around with how to arrange them, I traced off the center line with pencil onto the red star paper, then cut on the line and glued the sheet to the card base.  I trimmed the flourishes where they overlapped and attached them along the curved line of the red paper.

Next I cut stars with the Sweet and Sassy star dies and stamped the images from Technique Tuesday's My Hero set on the diecuts.  They're attached with dimensionals.  The sentiment is also from the My Hero set and is heat embossed.

This card is very mailable! No extra postage charges.

I guess that about covers it...  Happy 4th!

Navy and white cardstocks
Patterned paper from Authentique: Pride collection
My Hero stamp set from Technique Tuesday
Star Dies from Sweet and Sassy
Flourish die from MFT Die-namics
Embossing powder from WOW

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I have to apologize for not posting my usual Wednesday post last week.  My mom was put in hospice week before last and she died on Monday (Memorial Day).  I've been out of town a lot and distracted when I wasn't.  Top that off with a car breakdown on my way to Denver last week...a permanent breakdown...and you'll get a picture of the last couple of weeks for me.

Enough of's a new card for you.

This was definitely a delight to make!  I've taken the Watercolor for Cardmakers class at Online Card Classes recently and watercolor was definitely on my mind for this one.  And I used the same Penny Black stencil and stamp that I've been using this month.  

For this I inked the stencil with Distress Inks...Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberries.  I just kinda smeared the colors on the pads all over.   Then I spritzed it really good and put my paper down on it and allowed it to take up the color.  A couple of seconds is all you need.  Then I blew it dry with my heat gun.  

I used the stamp positioner to position the stamp over the flowers, stamped in versamark, and embossed in bright gold embossing powder.  A pale pink card made the most impact for the background so that's what it got!

The greeting is stamped in Picked Raspberries and layered on gold glitter paper.

Pink and white cardstock
Penny Black stamp and stencil
Versamark ink and bright gold embossing powder
Distress inks

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's spring...time for Butterflies!

I used the same lovely butterfly from Impression Obsession again on this week's card. 

I am loving working with that die.  It cuts beautifully, the two layers line up perfectly (well, as good as my old eyes work anyway!).    The circle is cut with a Spellbinders circle...use your choice of size.

White and black cardstock
The golden brown is the reverse side of the Glitz designer paper I've been using for the last couple of cards, the Chevron is Hippity Hoppity paper from Echo Park...and is mounted directly to the card front.
The bow is tied around the top cardstock layer only...from the circle to the edge.  It is crinkly paper ribbon from May Arts that looks like rope until you fan it out...CAREFULLY!  Ask me how I know!
Pearls are Zva Creative