December 17, 2014

Paper craft project no. 318: Fa la la la la la la la la one layer card

I’ve moved to a brand new blog! You’ll find details of this card HERE. I hope you’ll follow me there :o)

December 10, 2014

Paper craft project no. 317: Enjoy today one layer card

Hello! Here’s a quickie post to remind you that we’re mid-way through the current challenge at Time Out, where we’re CASEing a card made by the super-talented Amy Wanford. For my card, I went all red (!) — it’s my way of trying to get over the winter blues. Even though winter doesn’t officially start until December 23, I’ve been feeling it for the last 3 weeks. I’m not liking the gray days and foggy days at all, and I am missing the sun way too much! And so the cards I’ve been making lately have bright colors :o)

How I CASEd Amy’s card: sentiment (big and small combo), focal image (butterfly instead of a cloud), border (red border with a painterly look)
My twist: non-wintery, bright red colors, and one layer…of course!

The stamps I used are all from STAMPlorations – The grungy splashes and ink blots are from Holiday Artsy and the graphic butterfly and sentiment are from the newly released Trendy Butterflies (it’s a set that stamp club subscribers get for free!)

Let it Snow

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

December 9, 2014

Paper craft project no. 316: Merry Christmas one layer card

Hey, everyone! We have a new challenge this week at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge. Our theme this week is…yep, you guessed it — Christmas! I used the holly square digi provided by our sponsor, Eureka Stamps, to create my one layer card. I printed the image on cardstock, colored it with Chameleon pens, then trimmed the cardstock to size. I masked the image before stamping the poinsettias and sentiment. I applied a bit of green shabby shutters Distress ink along the edges to finish the card. I hope you’ll come check out the projects that my teammates created and then play along. I should also mention that this is my last project for the team, as I decided it’s time to step down. I’m sure I’ll be playing in the challenges, though, because it’s a great place to play and my teammates are simply awesome! :o)

Linking my card to these fun challenges: (1) Addicted to Stamps and More #125 – Photo Inspiration (I was inspired by the red, green, and gold); (2) Paper Creators Crafts #33 – All About Christmas; and (3) Crafty Cardmakers and more #129 – Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

December 8, 2014

Paper craft project no. 315: You’re a sweetheart one layer card

It’s a great Monday morning, folks! I have been up since 8 last night (I’m on a weird schedule) and DH and I should be well on our way to town by the time this post is published. I haven’t been out much in the last couple of weeks because of work, school, and my weird sleep schedule, and this week, I’m trying to get turned around and at the same time get a bit of sunshine. I’m dropping packages in the mail and then we’re headed to do some grocery shopping. After that, we’re having a little lunch date at our favorite Thai restaurant (I can almost taste that vegetarian pad thai…). Keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be awake enough to enjoy lunch ;o)

Anyway, this one layer card is to remind you that there’s a little less than 3 weeks left to play in the last sketch challenge at STAMPlorations. Linky is open until December 28, you can link up as many projects as you want (instead of the usual 3 projects max) as long as they’re based on the sketch, and you can win one of two gift certificates!

I made my card by first stamping the butterflies (from the Trendy Butterflies set) in different shades of blue. I masked the big butterfly then stamped the leaves (from the Trendy Leaves set) in different shades of green. Then with a TCW reversed chicken wire stencil, I sponged broken china Distress ink for a bit of interest and then stamped the sentiment (from the Sugar Rush set) in black. Finished the card by rounding the bottom right corner. As you can see, I flipped the sketch and used butterflies instead of circles :o)

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

December 7, 2014

Paper craft project no. 314: Live with passion

Happy Sunday! I’m starting off the week with my project for 613 Avenue Create.  It’s anything goes but we’ve got an optional twist: create your own challenge with our chart. I don’t do so well with this kind of twist, but surprisingly, I was able to create a card using at least 1 item from every column — image, sentiment, glossy accents, flowers, and burlap/ribbon :o)

To make my card, I stamped a newsprint background stamp (Hero Arts) in coffee archival ink on white cardstock panel. Then I inked up an embossing folder with Distress inks, spritzed it with water, and placed the panel inside it to transfer the ink. (I recently did a photo tutorial using this fun technique and you’ll find it here.) I sponged Distress inks on the panel, ran my TH distressing tool along the edges, and inked it up with coffee archival ink. I added a strip of burlap ribbon on to one side before adhering the panel on my card base. For the main image, I used an image from our sponsor, Digital Delights, and used Japanese watercolor brush pens to color. I stamped my sentiment in black ink and added glossy accents on the word “Live.” And my card is done. I hope you’ll come check out the beautiful projects my teammates created this week and play along too! We’d love to see you in the ‘hood! :o)

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: (1) Sister Act Card Challenge #86 – Anything Goes and (2) Word Art Wednesday #161 – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Shery

December 5, 2014

Paper craft project no. 313: Joyful

Hey! We’ve got the last challenge for the year over at STAMPlorations. The theme is pretty easy: stamps and any of our past challenges. Our monthly challenges are here and the sketch challenges are here. Our guest designer is the super-talented LauraJane. I hope you’ll check out the blog to see the beautiful makes by our guest designer and the STAMPlorations girls. The winner (voted by the design team) gets to be our guest designer in February. She’ll also win stamps — 2 stamp sets if STAMPlorations stamps were used in the winning entry; 1 stamp set if no STAMPlorations stamps were used.

As for my project, I went with two past challenges (September Challenge: Stamps & Markers and October Challenge: Stamps & Embossing). I used a chevron embossing folder to emboss a cardstock panel. Then I swiped various Distress inks (mustard seed, shabby shutters, spiced marmalade, fired brick) over the raised areas and stamped the Christmas word block in brown archival ink to create interest and texture onto the inked areas. On pre-cut diecut, I stamped the poinsettia and colored it with Chameleon Color Tones alcohol markers. I cut a fishtail banner from scrap cardstock and stamped the sentiment.

I’d like to link my card to these fun challenges: (1) Virginia’s View Challenge #10 – All Things Distressed (my 3rd entry; I hope Virginia doesn’t get tired of my entries this month — I’m trying to make up for missing last month’s challenge because of work and school!); (2) Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Christmas/Holidays; (3) CASology #124 – Old (the Distress inks I’ve used are the ones I’ve had since 2009 — they’re still good after all these years, thanks to my bottle of ink refresher!); and (4) Kylie’s Christmas Card Challenge.

Oh, and we’re having a design team call at STAMPlorations. We’re looking to have a few more creative girls join the challenge team. You’ll find all the details here.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

~Shery

December 3, 2014

Paper craft project no. 312: You’re a dear friend one layer card

Hello! It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges and this time, we’re doing the CASE with Your Own Twist Challenge. We’re CASEing the talented Amy Wanford of Crafting Confessions. Here’s the card she made:

I was inspired by the two rows of snowflakes and hearts, as well as the sentiment so I went with that and stamped the butterfly in turquoise and the flower in pink. The sentiment is from the new stamp club set at STAMPlorations called Sugar Rush and I stamped it in black. I finished the card with an artsy border using a pink Japanese watercolor brush pen. So my twist is pretty obvious: a non-winter/holiday one layer card :o) I hope you’ll come check out what my teammates created and how they were inspired by Amy’s card! We’re joined by another talented crafter, Milla of Mustesormi. We can’t wait to see how you’ll CASE Amy’s card!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

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