I must admit, I had a hard time with this sketch. It just didn't speak to me. Last night, I sat at my desk and picked out some papers-none of which appear on this card. Hubby said to turn out the light and sleep on it. This morning with fresh eyes, I jumped in and he was right. It just came together. I used the "candy cane" stripe background which I think gives a tailored look to the card. I found the saying in my box. I cut out the sun from the to the moon and back set. I think it would make a wonderful get well card for a man, don't you?
Sunday, December 13, 2015
I stamped the sunflower on watercolor paper with Versa Mark and embossed with SNS gold tinsel embossing powder. I colored the image with Tombow markers and a watercolor brush. The image was fussy cut and then divided into fourths. I mounted them on Hot Fudge squares. The sentiment was stamped on vellum and embossed with gold detail embossing powder. I love the sparkle that the embossing powder gives this card.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
I chose more traditional colors for this card. Cranberry cordial and gold paper on a smooth white cardstock. The Tree and packages are from Birdie Brown's "Santa's Elves" stamp set and cut with coordinating dies. The top design comes from Blueprints 18 (love my blueprints). The images were colored with copics.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I love this sketch. I found a fall leaves embossing folder among my many. I have finally gathered them all together in one place and was surprised to see how many I actually own! The photo reminded me of changing leaves in fall and so I went with shades of orange for my layers. My stamps are from a previous set called "falling for you". I stamped them and then covered them with "Perfect Pearls" in a gold color to add to the fall theme.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
I loved seeing the designers take on this sketch. Even though I have the stars die-namics, I needed a birthday card. I stamped the balloon strings background in gold and cut out the balloons with the stax. I ran them all through an embossing folder and added some shimmer with my Stella. Happy Birthday from PI and a Washi die-namics finished the card.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
When my new stamps arrived, I knew the vertical text would look good on this card. I found the background paper from an old SEI pack. The others are from my stash. I made the butterflies using Jennifer McGuire's faux metal technique using Perfect Pearls. They were cut with die cuts that I have had for years and I am not sure from which company. I am so pleased with the way it turned out.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
This is the first time I have been able to enter the TE challenge. I especially love my TE Christmas stamps and die cuts. When I first saw the sketch, I thought of a wreath. Of course, since we have been involved in remodeling, I can't find my wreath stamps and dies, so I made this card instead. We relocated to FL this year, so I want my Christmas Cards to be very special for our family since we can't spend the holidays with them. I think this one really fits the "special" card, don't you?
Sunday, November 1, 2015
I have really had a hard time getting myself together to finish my cards on time. Hopefully, now that my craft area is just about finished and my storage is organized, I will be able to concentrate on the creative side. I love the tall and skinny cards. The simplicity of this sketch lent itself to a sophisticated Christmas card. I hope the recipient likes it.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
I am in love with these elves. They make me smile! I colored this cutie with copics, added some "twinkling clouds" flocking from Sparkle n Sprinkle and a little glitter from the same company. I paper pieced the tree with some papers from MFT Stamps. I love how they turned out. Did you know that they have a chart which allows me to match my papers to copic colors. Makes me really look good!
Saturday, October 10, 2015
My new elves arrived from MFT Stamps yesterday and I just couldn't wait to cut the out, stamp and color. I colored him with copics and used "Twinkling Clouds" flocking from Sparkle n Sprinkle on his hat to make it look like fur! I just love this look. Christmas card making is underway!
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
I'm really growing to love the tall and skinny sketches. They challenge me to really choose my elements carefully. I looked at my sentiments for one I had not used, and this one spoke to me. We have had a lot of rain here in FL lately and I have had friends who have had a lot of problems, so I thought this would be the perfect sentiment. I looked through my patterned paper and thought this Authentique collection really fit. Hope whoever is the recipient enjoys a Sunshiny Day!
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
I was looking for something other than a circle to use, when I discovered that I needed 3 birthday cards this week. I was looking through my stax and came across the balloons. Perfect! I pulled out the plaid builder for the background using the color challenge and the card was born. I stamped the confetti background on the main card for interest. Great sketch to work with this week!
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
My Favorite Things has a new contest on their blog. My take on it is to think outside my comfort zone for card creations.
My card began by coating a piece of Smooth White cardstock with Gesso. I sponged some die based ink on for the background. Then I pulled out some background stamps, stencils and other stamps and went to work. Since the paper was coated, I was not limited to only one type of ink. I used a little darker and brighter inks for this layer. When it was dry, I added some silver and gold touches. After seeing how intense the raindrops appeared, I pulled out the Pure Innocence stamp, paper pieced her umbrella and colored her with Copic markers. I trimmed the background piece with a frame from Blueprints 20, mounted it on a piece of Blueberry cardstock cut from another frame from Blueprints 20 and mounted this on my card base. I popped the little girl up with foam tape, added a rhinestone on top of her umbrella and gave her boots some shine with glossy accents and she is ready to steal your heart!
I have been inspired to use the "Tall & Skinny" card challenge each month to make a Christmas Card. This one was really fun. Taylored Expressions has these die cuts each month called "Little Bits" and the Christmas ones are so cute. When I saw the circles, I knew the would be perfect. I chose to cut my circles out and it really gives it some depth.
Today's card uses my newest background stamp, distressed stripes. Don't you love the subtle look? I cut my tag from watercolor paper, added some beachy colors, then spritzed with sheer shimmer mist and added one of my penguin buddies colored with copic markers. That's it for today.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
I have had this stamp for several months now, and never found time to use it. My last knee injection was this week and it really swelled, so I was relegated to a chair with my knee propped up and lots of ice. Lucky for me, the chair was next to my craft desk and I had lots of hours to play. I used my new paper pad for the background, then with my harlequin stencil I used dye inks to create the next layer. I cut an oval from smooth white cardstock and mounted the PI clown, colored with copics, onto the oval with tape for dimension. A balloon cut with balloon stacks and stamped with dots from "Totally Happy" balanced the oval. A string of jute twine and a greeting from the PI set completed the card and made me "Totally Happy".
Monday, August 31, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
I love the way this card turned out. I stamped the background and cut out the circle and then was stumped. I went to MFT stamps and looked at some color palates. I chose one that used the circle color and went from there. I'm thinking that the sentiment will be good to send this winter when it is cold and hard to remember warm sunny days!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I must admit, this was a challenge. At first thought came "Modern Blooms" to use the Peach Bellini and the Persimmon, but that would not be much of a challenge so I opted for shaded lettering instead. After a couple of tries, I liked this one along with the cool background. A little bling and a great birthday card!