Monday, September 22, 2014

CAS291 -- CASE

Today on the Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoast Stampers we were to visit the gallery of tessaduck (Brenda) and CASE one of her cards. I really liked Brenda's style so it was hard to decide which one to use. I finally narrowed it down and then picked one. This is Brenda's card and a link to her gallery. I really loved the simple design and the embossing around the sentiment on her card.


On our card, we were to change at least two things. You can see that I made several changes -- color, image, sentiment and placements of elements. When I was making my card I ended up with two.


For this card I used a card stock called "Stardust" by Wausau Paper. The sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set called "Faith" -- one of my favorites and a Hero Arts stamp called "Exotic Bloom". The ink I chose was SU's Night of Navy.


For this card, I changed the orientation and used SU's Raspberry Ripple ink and mounted the stamped image on a piece of card stock from Bazzill called Berry Sensation.



 May you have a bright and beautiful day!








Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SC506 -- Rose Red Flower

Finished my card for today's sketch.


I was challenged by the CAS challenge on Monday to use crumpled paper. Thought I would try it again. I had made the crumpled piece Monday afternoon but could not decide how to use it. I had chosen several pieces of designer paper that I thought would work with the pink. But that is as far as I had gotten. Using today's sketch, this is my card. For the flower I used SU's stamp set "Mixed Bunch". The butterfly was made with SU's "Papillon Potourri". The leaves were die cut and I printed the sentiment on with the computer.



Monday, September 15, 2014

CAS290 -- Crumpled Paper

Crumpled Paper! This was something I had never done. I had watched videos (especially ones by Tim Holtz) where the paper had been crumpled and then inked. Well, I decided to give it a try. Before getting started, I downloaded and printed a copy of today's Mojo Monday Sketch. Could I put the two together? I set about the task and this is what I can up with.


I crumpled a piece of light gray card stock and then sponged it with a couple of different shades of gray ink that I have. The first step is done. Now, what will go with it? How can I incorporate this piece into the sketch?


I found a little scrap piece of paper that would work for the tall layer. It was from a 6 x 6-inch paper pad from My Mind's Eye. Finally decided on a second piece of paper from the same collection and I used both sides of that piece. In order to make my sentiment work on the circle, I had to bring it to the front. The flower was punched with the SU Petite Petal punch from the same paper. When I started looking for a card base, SU Not Quite Navy worked perfectly. I love so many of the retired colors, and I have only a few sheets left. The sentiment that I chose was from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set called "Sunshine & Flowers".

Thank you for being a part of my day.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SC505 -- Christmas Snowflake

I wanted to try making a Christmas card using today's sketch. It took me some extra time!



I changed the square format into the A2 size -- 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. The "Merry Christmas" stamp was from Hero Arts. After stamping and embossing the greeting, I made a mask using the SU extra large oval punch, covered the greeting and then stamped the background using Our Daily Bread Designs "Snowflake Background" stamp with Memento Gray Flannel ink. I used a snowflake embossing folder for layer # 2. The snowflakes were punched from Stampin' Up's sliver Glimmer Paper using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cards This Past Week

Today I want to share cards that I have made the last week or so. When I stopped and looked at this card, I realized that I used "five" stamp sets on these two cards -- Kinda Eclectic, Gorgeous Grunge, You're Lovely, Papillon Potpourri, and Express Yourself. All these stamp sets are from Stampin' Up. With all these stamps, I only used two ink colors -- SU Crushed Curry and Memento's Rich Cocoa and two colors of card stock -- SU Crushed Curry and Recollection's brown.





Two week's ago the CAS challenge was "coloring". I made a card that I really loved. That one card led to a whole set. Then to finish the set I made a box for them and decorated it with a similar focal image.



And here is the box that I made to hold all of the cards.





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SC504 -- Wild Wednesday

This sketch was a challenge for me.


I spent the afternoon with a friend "playing". We worked with several techniques and shared some of our cutting dies. We each have different ones so it was fun to cut some images with the other's dies. I did three color wash backgrounds using distress inks -- tumbled glass, dusty concord and spiced marmalade. (I love these names.) Later in the afternoon I thought about using a couple of the sheets for today's challenge. The colors worked well with SU soft sky card stock and of course I had to use black as my accent. The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs set "Mini Tags 1". This is a great set to have.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SC503--Hummingbird In The Meadow

This is today's sketch and my card--



Night of Navy and white were the colors for today! I used Stampin' Up's sets called "Wildflower Meadow" for the three panels and "Gorgeous Grunger" for the stripped horizontal piece. I wanted it to look like a ribbon. When the hummingbird got cut off while creating the three panels, I stamped that part again, cut it out and glued it on top of the cut-off image. Worked for me!

I pray that you have a blessed day!
Dianne

Monday, August 25, 2014

CAS287 --Color The Flowers

Today's Clean and Simple challenge -- coloring! Where do I start? So many choices! My favorite coloring tools are my Prisma color pencils with Gamsol. So that is the direction that I chose to go.



I used the Stampin' Up set "You're Lovely". The sentiment came from The Stamps of Life set "tiny titles 2 stamp". I used the matching framelits and Melon Mambo ribbon, both from Stampin' Up. I found the accent paper in my stash--it is from Bazzill Basics Papers in the color Razzleberry Light.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SC502 -- Little Bird

After a busy day I have finally finished my card for today's sketch challenge. I started two or three times to work on my card and then had to leave it. With each start I seemed to go a different direction.

I used two stamp sets -- Stampin' Up Simply Sketched and Wetlands. I used SU crumb cake card stock for the card base and for my accent layers. The green was a piece of paper laying on my desk. It is from the Tim Holtz core'donations collection. I colored the image using markers and my aqua painter. The color palette included distress markers in vintage photo, wild honey and bundled sage and Su always artichoke.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Experimenting with Distress Ink

I have been trying to do a little more with the distress ink pads that I have. Sometimes I have success and then there are other times that -- Well, things don't go so well. For this experiment, I started with a quarter sheet of white card stock and sponged it using antique linen, vintage photo and tea dye distress inks. It looked like a mess, but I continued on. I chose a stamp from SU's Serene Silhouettes and embossed the image with black detail embossing powder. After trying to match the image with different colored card stock, I decided to use the leftover piece of sponged paper to cut the scalloped layer. After putting the stamped image back into the cutting die, I used a black ink pen to create the black line just inside the cut edge.


Here are the two parts cut from the sponged paper ready to be put together.

 This is the finished card. It is amazing to me how pretty the end result can be.