Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SC529 -- Soft Summer

Today's sketch--
 
 
My card --

 
The stamp used -- Stampin' Up Soft Summer colored with Prisma Colored Pencils
Card base-- SU Pale Plum (retired)
Additions -- Retired DSP, ribbon and enamel dots
 
 

Monday, February 23, 2015

CAS313 -- The Trees Are Blooming

When I thought about the theme for today's CAS challenge "Think Spring", my first thoughts were about crocuses, tulips, daffodils, etc. When I finally got to working on my card, my mind went in a totally different direction. I love the time of year when the trees start to bud and bloom -- crab apples, dogwoods, red buds, fruit trees and lilacs. Here is my finished card. I used stamps from Rubber Tapestry Stamps, Stamps by Judith, and Stamps for Life to create my own tree that is just beginning to bloom.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Catching Up -- SC527

Last night I was able to start work on the SCS sketch challenge for Wednesday, February 11. It helps when you are in need of a card which was the case. Our grandson has his nineteenth birthday on the 21th. Looks like his card will be a few days late.


 
I am not real good at making square cards but decided to give it a try. The biggest challenge was trying to decide which papers I wanted to use. Once that decision was made, the card went together very quickly except for one problem. I cut the background square too small. I didn't want to waste the paper so I taped it all back together and recut it. The cut lines got covered up with the top two strips. Problem solved. The card base is made from natural colored card stock. The three designs are from a 6x6-inch pad from Jillibean called "Cold Avocado Soup". It matched up perfectly with SU Midnight Muse. The greeting is from SU's set called "Perfect Punches" stamped with Midnight Muse ink.
 
 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Two Challenges Today

After traveling to Chicago this past weekend, I am way behind in so many things. I finally got a card made this afternoon for two challenges.


 I needed a birthday card for my cousin's husband so that played a big roll in my choices. I wanted to use a piece of designer paper from a new 6x6-inch pad I got last week so that determined the colors I was going to use. I ended up using basic gray for the card base, a light gray for the band and black as my accent color. For a February birthday, I think the colors work especially with all the ice and snow they are having in Middle Tennessee right now. The greeting is from the Stampin' Up set called "Wetlands". The branch die is from Memory Box and the bird is a die from Impression Obsession.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

CAS #311 -- Rainbows

I was so anxious to work on my card for today's challenge. I had so many ideas running through my head when I went to my craft room. After finding some papers that I thought might work, I set out cutting my hearts. Having a number of hearts in different sizes, I finally chose to use the ones on my card. It is quite simple; most of all, I love the colors. I think I will use the extra hearts for other Valentine cards I need to make for the grandkids.


*02-15-2015 Chosen as a "CAS Favorite".

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SC526 -- Wishing You

Today's sketch --



My card --


For today's card I used two Stampin' Up sets--Upsy Daisy and Polka Dot Punches. I used a background stamp from Impression Obsession, inked with Primrose Petal ink on Primrose Petal card stock. Because I wanted to be able to use this card in a number of ways, I chose a greeting from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set "Sunshine & Flowers".

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Two Challenges

My card today is for two challenges. The first was from The Paper Players.


The second challenge was at Splitcoast Stampers. It was this weeks Clean and Simple challenge to create a card with the theme "Love".


The little hedgehog is from a clear set by Penny Black colored with Copic markers. The heart outline stamp is from SU's "I {heart} Hearts" set and the sentiment is from SU's "Filled With Love" set. I cut the image out using a Spellbinders pierced rectangle die. The image was then layered with black and red card stock (both from my scrap box). To add a little bling I used three little heart rain dots.
 
February 8, 2015  My card was chosen for "A Cut Above" at The Paper Players.
http://www.thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2015/02/winners-for-challenge-pp230-claires.html

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SC525 -- Pretty Paper

This is today's sketch --

 
I went to my scrap box that holds my designer paper. I found a small strip from a card I made last spring. Then I found a piece of white card stock that had already been embossed. After playing around with the pieces, this is the card I made. I used a white card base. The embossed piece is layered with a sheet of ColorMates card stock called "deep glorious green". Love that name. I trimmed the printed piece that I was going to use for the band; got it to narrow; decided then to layer it with the pink and finally the dark glorious green. I decided not to add a sentiment right now. I think I like it without one, but time will tell.
 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Paper Players Challenge # 229

I decided to make a card using the Paper Players sketch challenge. Love the simplicity of this sketch
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I used a piece of Designer Series Paper that I used a couple of weeks ago for a SCS sketch challenge.
The card base was SU Rose Red and SU Island Indigo was my accent color. The "hello" is a die cut that was inked with VersaMark and clear embossed three times. Doing that makes the color seem darker. A stamp from the SU set "Stipple Stencils" was used with Old Olive ink, and the flower, punched in Rose Red, was glued in place using a rhinestone for the center.

 
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

CAS309 -- Snowmen!

There is a big snow storm heading to the northeastern section of the States tonight and tomorrow. We missed out on the snow here in lower Michigan. I expect there will be lots of kids out making their own snowmen during the next few days.

This is my card for today's challenge. I pulled out a stamp that I have had for several years. I  think I cut my circle a little bit too large but decided to use it anyway. I love the color red with black and white. The little guy's scarf was colored with copic markers.