Friday, January 23, 2015

Create, Challenge and Encourage

Create, Challenge and Encourage -- This is the name I gave to our stamp club which meets once a month at my house. Our program topic for January, 2015, was "kissing and thumping". I had watched many videos and read instructions on how to do both techniques. I had never spent much time practicing either one. In preparation, I spent several hours working on both techniques. What fun! I created samples of both then I made a couple of cards using what I had learned.

Kissing Technique
Here is a link to a great video on the "Kissing Technique".  The leaves and tall flower are from the Stampin' Up set called "Summer Silhouettes". The pansy flower is from the set called "Morning Meadow". I used SU soft sky for the first ink and lost lagoon for the second. I will add a sentiment later when I need to use the card.

Thumping Technique

This is not a real strong sample of "thumping", but I loved the way the image turned out. The tree is from the Stampin' Up set called "Lovely As A Tree". I used SU markers in crushed curry and close to cocoa to ink the stamp. I added additional color with the tangerine tango marker using the thumping technique. Next I added more color with a finger sponge and Memento Tangelo ink around the edges. I colored the trunk and ground with colored pencils. Finally, after cutting and embossing the image with Spellbinder dies, I sponged on just a little bit of Memento Sky Blue ink before removing die. The card base is a piece of Close to Cocoa card stock and the remaining papers were found in my scrap box. Here is a link to the "Thumping Technique".

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SC524 -- Great Friend

This is my card for today's sketch challenge.

This card was pretty simple. I used SU Crisp Cantaloupe card stock, Sweet Sorbert DSP (retired) and black for the accent color. The sentiment is from a new Sale-A-Bration set I received yesterday called "Simply Wonderful". I think I am really going to like the set.
This card was also posted to Paper Players Challenge #228.

Monday, January 19, 2015

CAS308--My New Year's Challenge

The CAS challenge today is to make a card illustrating your New Year's Resolution.  I want to change the word "resolution" to "challenge". My New Year's Challenge is to create a scrapbook that contains scripture verses, songs, poems, etc. that the Lord used to speak to my heart. My challenge is also to read through the New Testament this year. I am praying that the Lord will show me many new things as I work on my challenges.

This is my card for today's CAS challenge. When I saw this verse, I knew that I needed to write it down so that I could look at it during the year. I created the image on the computer and cut it out. It was there waiting to be used this morning.

These are the first pages to my scrapbook. I am using a 6x6-inch format so the pages are easy to put together.

 The following two pages have verses from Matthew 6. These verses spoke to my heart and I knew right away what I wanted to try to do

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SC523 -- Garden Collage Birthday

Here is today's sketch at SCS --

This is the paper that I chose to work with. I took one sheet from a 6x6-inch pad of paper and chose my card stock to coordinate -- Island Indigo for the base with Close to Cocoa and Pistachio Pudding card stock as accents.

This is the end result. I flipped the sketch because the design in the paper seemed to show up better. My focal stamp is from the SU set "Garden Collage" and the sentiment is from SU's "Bloom with Hope" set.

Monday, January 12, 2015

CAS307 -- Just Words

Today's  challenge was to "use just words". My "Happy Birthday" comes from a retired Stampin' UP set called "A Greeting For All Reasons". It is a great set that I go to often.

 I made this card for a friend who lost her mother last week. I used Spellbinder dies and a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SC522 -- Birthday Flowers

Today's sketch was fun to work on. I started out by wanting to use SU Midnight Muse card stock as my accent color. Things developed from there. The only stamp that I used was the "Happy Birthday" from SU's "Bloom With Hope" set.


Monday, January 5, 2015

More Thank You Cards

Still trying to finish up my thank you cards. I completed one this morning for the Clean and Simple challenge at SCS. The challenge was to use just one color with white -- use a monochromatic color  theme. I used my new Sizzix and Spellbinder dies and a Stampin' Up embossing folder.

We were at the cottage of some of our friends on New Year's Day. There was a spot of water on the lake that was not frozen. The ice around that spot was covered up with geese; right in the middle was a swan. The geese would sit on the ice, go for a swim, then climb back on the ice. That scene was the inspiration for my card. I used stamps from four different sets -- SU Work of Art, Wetlands, Sassy Salutations and the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamp set Peaceful Swans.

This card was a CASE of a card that I had seen on Pinterest and wanted to make. You can see the original card HERE. I used SU Pool Party ink instead of green and mine is a thank you card instead of a birthday card. The tree is from Stampin' Up's set Lovely As A Tree. I also used stamps from the Stampin' Up set A Greeting For All Reasons and Work of Art.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Thank You Cards

Thank you cards for Christmas gifts.

(This card was in the Favorites for the week ending January 11, 2015 at Splitcoast Stampers)


Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Christmas Cards

These are the Christmas cards for 2014--

 This card included gift cards to Cracker Barrel.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SC521 -- Strips and Strips

Today is New Year's Eve and the house is rather quiet. Everyone has gone home so I had a little "me" time this morning. I made another card for last week's sketch challenge (SC520) and I made a card using today's sketch.

Today, I was playing with stripes again. I punched four squares with a pink stripe going from corner to corner. Different designs can be made with the squares depending on how they are placed. This time I created squares on point in a square. The striped paper is layered on Always Artichoke card stock and placed on a white card base. I added three enamel dots in the lower right corner to break up all the straight lines. Below is a picture of the smaller square; you can see how the four squares are placed.



The focal image was stamped, then I used a stencil to add the dots. I used Distressed Ink in three colors -- dusty concord (purple), tumbled glass (blue) and worn lipstick (pink). I used the same inks on the background piece which was then embossed with polka dots. The butterfly was stamped with SU Island Indigo ink on a scrap left after the circle was cut and then covered with glitter.