Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Color Challenge

In our card class last Saturday at Altered Art Addicts, I gave the gals a color challenge. It was an old combination from the Splitcoast Stampers weekly color challenge. I didn't write down the challenge number and then I could not find it again when I tried. The challenge was to use cherry cobbler, pool party and mossy meadow colors. There were some really pretty cards. I am now sorry that I did not take pictures of the cards.

This was my card. The base is pool party.  I stamped my image on watercolor paper and colored it using raspberry ripple, pool party and always artichoke inks. The sentiment was stamped on vellum and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The scalloped layer is cherry cobbler card stock. I have so much trouble getting everything straight, I just placed the focal image on an angle. It made it a lot easier. The flower is from the Simply Sketched set and the birthday greeting is from the retired set Happiest Birthday Wishes.



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Toys Versus Old Toys

I just received a shipment from Stampin' Up last week. One item in the shipment was the Flourish Thinlets. I love the dainty look of these dies. I started out to see what the dies looked like. I found a small strip of Wild Wasabi card stock and cut the leaves. I ended up getting at least five cuts from that one piece of paper. Secondly, I wanted to see what the little decorative border looked like. I found a small piece of Strawberry Slush paper that the die would fit on. Perfect. I looked at the die cuts. Now, what kind of card could I make using what I had just cut?

 Here is the card I came up with. The flower is from the stamp set called "Secret Garden". It was stamped on Strawberry Slush card stock and heat embossed using white detailed embossing powder. The sentiment was from the set called "Watercolor Trio". To add  some dimension to the flower, I added a little rose red ink at the base of each petal using a blender pen.



I then decided that I wanted to use this card in an upcoming class at the end of April. I made a second card because I wanted to show that the card could be made without the dies. I have been made aware in the past months that not everyone is able to purchase new stamp sets with coordinating dies all the time. So, my question was, "Can I make this card using only stamps?" I used the greenery stamp from the set "Kinda Eclectic", stamped it on the white card stock using Pear Pizzazz ink and then embossed the piece.The flower was from the "Secret Garden" stamp set. I stamped it on white card stock with Primrose Petal ink. (Don't have the Strawberry Slush ink pad.) It was  stamped again on Strawberry Slush card stock because I wanted to use just the center part for an accent piece. Even though I have the die, I cut these pieces out by hand. Any  flower stamp would have worked on this card. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of scrap card stock, made it into a banner and sponged the edges with the Primrose Petal ink to give it some definition.


It's fun to have new toys, but beautiful cards can be created with things already in our craft rooms.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Creating My Own Unique Designer Paper

I wanted to try creating a sheet of my own designer paper using inks and stamps from my craft room. I thought that the result was fairly good. Some of you create such lovely papers. I started out by sponging different colored distress inks onto plain, white card stock.Took out a few stamp sets and started stamping, covering the entire sheet. I thought I did a pretty good job on that part. Of course the paper shows my favorite colors and images.


I got two cards made using the paper. I hope to get some more made with what I have left someday.





Saturday, March 18, 2017

Going Back to "One Sheet Wonder"

I was going to try the "one sheet wonder" pattern that I have using a different designer paper. I cut my 6" x 6" piece. Looked at the pattern, made a cut, looked again at the pattern -- it was all wrong. Now what? Well, I will just use these pieces and see what I can make. After playing with different solid colored card stocks and different layouts, I made three cards (instead of four).


Here are the cards all together.


Now, individually. 
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When I saw this paper by Graphic 45, I fell in love with it. Loved the small design, the strips on the back side, the colors and the flowers. I took the pieces that I had cut incorrectly and made three cards that I was very happy with. I used different stamp sets, a number of different dies and different color card stock. They are not what I started out to make, but that is OK. I love the finished cards.

There was one little piece left, so I used it on the inside of the middle card. So often I forget about doing anything to the inside when I am working on a card, but I always love the finished look when I do. Even just a little piece of the designer paper gives that completed look.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Another Day -- Another Card

Some weeks ago, I had done a class on making this card. Then I sent the instructions to my cousin in Tennessee. She was overwhelmed with all the parts and my instructions. So I wanted to show her how to make the card while I was there. I had used my last sample card so I needed to make another one. I used some of the Graphic 45 designer paper that I had. I used a birthday sentiment to complete the card.

As it turned out, I needed a birthday card while I was there. So this card turned out to be perfect. I guess I need to make a few more of this design to have on hand.






Thursday, March 16, 2017

Grandson's Birthday

February 21, our grandson, Alex, turned 21. I ask myself, "Where has the time gone?" It doesn't seem that many years ago that we were rejoicing over his birth. Even now at 21, he still brings joy, and laughter, to our lives.




There is now a very special person in his life, Danielle. They love the Lord and want to serve him with their lives.

 Because we where hoping to see him in person, I decided to hold his birthday card until we were able to do that. On our way home from Tennessee last Saturday night, March 11, we were able to stop in Florence, Kentucky and meet the grandkids for supper at the Cracker Barrel restaurant.  We had such a good time visiting with everyone, and I was able to give Alex his birthday card "in person".

I was a very simple card. I was pleased with the way it turned out.






Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Flowers Are Mine

Sometimes I look around my desk and wonder why I don't just throw everything laying around in the wastebasket. Then I make a card with some of those things. That's why I cannot seem to throw away those extra flowers, leaves, die cuts, etc away. This is one of those cards. I needed a card for a special friend. Found the die cut in a small tray on the left side of my desk. The flowers were from the "flower drawer" and the leaves were from a small plastic box of "greenery". Often when I have a small scrap of card stock left, I will punch or die cut a flower or two. If it is green card stock, I will punch or die cut greenery until the scraps are so tiny that I can do nothing else with them. I have found that I like to have different shades of greenery on hand. When I am in the middle of making a card, I don't have to stop and cut the leaves.

I started out making this card with the idea that it would be a sympathy card. I had cut the large circle medallion months ago (from a Spellbinder's die). To keep the colors soft I used the same vanilla card stock that the circle was cut from. From the "flower drawer" I found the parts for the flowers which had been cut from SU island indigo card stock. Some parts had already been sponged with whisper white craft ink. The greenery was already cut. After laying everything out, I sponged a little island indigo ink onto the medallion so that it would show up better. I did not add a sentiment because I knew that I could use the card for many different occasions. 

I love flowers and I love putting them on my cards. I love springtime and I love seeing all the different flowers come to life after a winter of rest. 

"Take a good look at God's Wonders--
They'll take your breath away."
Psalm 66:5 (The Message)






Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Card in An Envelope

In just over a week, Grandpa and I are hoping to see our grandchildren who live in northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. I wanted to give each a card with a small cash gift inside. I decided that the ideal card would be one of the cards that is made inside an envelope. Mine turned out to be 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square. I used double sided designer paper. The belly bands were made from a small strip cut from the leftover paper and turned to the opposite side. The challenge for me was how to decorate the inside of the cards and what accent piece to add to the belly band. I only got pictures of the insides of two cards. This was a fun project but I thought I was never going to get finished. My creativity was not working very fast.










Friday, February 24, 2017

More Flowers

I was asked about embossing and stenciling with Spellbinder dies a few weeks ago at one of my stamp classes. I made this card to show how you can emboss and sponge the paper before removing it from the die. I cut and then embossed each die cut. Before removing the white oval from the die, I sponged some SU Pool Party ink lightly around the edges. That is a very simple way of getting the look of another layer to your focal image. I didn't add a sentiment to the card. One can be added later or I might just use it the way it is. I don't think that every card must have a sentiment stamped on the front. Sometimes the beauty of the card can speak for itself.

I made the flowers using a flower die and punches. The leaves were stamped using a stamp from the SU  "Summer Silhouettes" set. I tried to add some accents to the centers using a marker.

 



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Flowers Are My Favorite

I love making dimensional flowers to go on my cards. I got some new paper last week and I had to try it on this card. You can see how the paper has a batik look. It makes beautiful flowers and it also made a beautiful background. For the flowers, I used a couple of different size punches, did a little shaping, added a little ink to the center and used prills in the centers. Prills can be purchased from USArt Quest in Chelsea, Michigan. You can also order on-line from their website -- USArt Quest. There are over 2 dozen different colors to chose from. After everything was assembled and the glue had dried, I added a few accents of stickles to the petals of the flowers for some sparkle.

For the leaves, I used the stamp set and coordinating framelits called "Botanical Blooms". The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up stamp set "Birthday Blooms".