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September 3, 2014

Paper craft project no. 255: Cherish you one layer card

Hello! I’m here to share a one layer card I made. Late last week, I replenished my card stock supply. Because it was a long holiday weekend, I didn’t get my order until Tuesday. The wait was worth it, though, as I was  pretty pleased with what I got: a ream of 100# (270 gsm) premium heavy classic white card stock, my second favorite card base to use (my top favorite is the 140-lb cold press watercolor paper by Canson); a pack of 165# (660 gsm) double thick card stock (wowza, I am in love with this one — it is really, really, REALLY thick — and so perfect for some mixed media projects I’ve got planned); and a pack of 120# (480 gsm) recycled taupe brown fiber card stock (this card stock is super thick as well and super smooth to the touch!).

I took the taupe brown fiber card stock for a test drive last night and oh boy, did I fall in love with this card stock hard! Inks stamped like a dream. For my card, I stamped and masked the sunflower from the Bloom Sketches set in VersaMagic cloud white chalk ink. (It’s my favorite stamp right now, as I’ve used it so many times in the last couple of weeks alone — here, here, here, here, and here.) I stamped the bold sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms & Bold Sentiments set) in jet black archival ink. I debated whether to add some bling on the card, but decided to keep it simple by adding a border around using my Faber-Castell white PITT artist pen. And the card is done — took less than 10 minutes to make!

Anyway, I made the card as a reminder project for our current challenge at Time Out. There is still about a week left to join us! We’re having an “Inspired by Words” challenge: “If music be the food of love, play on.” [Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night] All you gotta do is create something inspired by that line. Doesn’t have to be the entire line. For my card, I took my cue from the word, “love”, and created this card that fits many occasions: anniversary, wedding, friendship.

Linking up my card to these 5 fun challenges: CAS on Sunday #41 – Black & White with One Color of Your Choice (my other color is taupe brown);  CASology #111 – Under (I masked my blooms so some of them are underneath the other blooms; then the blooms are under my bold sentiment and border; then my simple border looks like it’s under the sentiment); Stampavie and More #218 – CAS;  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Stamptember Stamp-It Challenge (use rubber or clear stamps; no digis); and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Boldly Go Into Stamptember (use bright ink; a large stamp, or be bold in your stamping — I used a large flower stamp and bold sentiments).

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July 9, 2014

Paper craft project no. 220: You had me at hello

2014-07-08 You had me at hello

This week at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge blog, we’ve got an interesting challenge: use a line from your favorite flick. I have to confess, however, that Jerry Maguire is not my favorite movie. I haven’t even seen it (not a Tom Cruise fan) and I’m not in the least bit interested in seeing it…ever. So why did I pick that line then? Because it goes with the digi image that was provided by our sponsor, Eureka Stamps. My favorite movie of all time is 12 Angry Men (1957) and the line, “The burden of proof is on the prosecution. The defendant doesn’t even have to open his mouth. That’s in the Constitution” doesn’t really go with the heart bouquet image, ya know? So that famous Jerry Maguire line it is ;o)

For my card, I colored the heart bouquet with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut it. I partially stenciled the Reversed Chickenwire stencil (TCW) on my card base to ground my colored image (mounted using adhesive foam). I stamped the “hello” (from the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments by STAMPlorations) and then hand-wrote the rest. I finished the card by applying Diamond stickles on the hearts so they sparkle.

A snippet of the convo DH and I had when I showed him the finished card:

DH: [after looking at the card] So did I have you at hello?
me: [thinking] Nah. You had me at hi.
DH: Oh, is that what I said the first time we met?
me: Yeah, and I remember feeling like I was going to pass out as I watched you walk toward me.
DH: Good thing you didn’t. I had my hands full with luggage.

Anyway, enough of the sappy stuff ;o)  I hope you’ll come visit the blog and check out the other projects that my teammates created for the challenge.

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #103 – Holiday (my card fits Valentine’s Day); CAS(E) This Sketch #83; and Crafting with Dragonflies #30 – CAS Card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


June 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 208: Cherish you forever one layer card [with video tutorial]

2014-06-17 OLC Cherish you forever

It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges and this time, it’s CASE…with your own twist! We’re CASE-ing a card by the talented Donna Mikasa. We also have Marzena joining us as guest designer. Check out the projects by my teammates, our guest designer, and even Donna herself and see how we CASEd Donna’s lovely card!

As for my card, I went with Donna’s color scheme, the tone-on-tone (watermark) stamping, and the gold embossing. My twist? I did the water stamping technique using a stamp (instead of using a stencil as a stamp), used a stencil as a stencil to create the subtle honeycomb watermark, and did an OLC-ified version. The flower stamp is one I illustrated (currently my favorite stamp – I’ve been using it on my cards lately) and the sentiments are from the new set from STAMPlorations (Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments). I used gold embossing powder by Stampendous and the reversed chicken wire stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop.

I’ve got a video tutorial showing how I did the card from start to finish. It’s a short video (4 minutes, 5 seconds) — in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart (just like my other videos).

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-06-17 OLC Cherish you forever-cu

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Cards und More #108 – One Layer Cards (my second entry); Crafting from the Heart #23 – Always Anything Goes; Stempelgarten #26 – Floral DreamsOne Layer Simplicity #6 – I’ve Been Framed, and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes.

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June 11, 2014

Paper craft project no. 203: Happy anniversary

2014-06-11 CAS Happy Anniversary


At The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge blog, the theme is “White and one other color”. I took a bit of liberty with my DT project and used a neutral color (brown) as well. The heart and lily image I used is from our wonderful sponsor, Art by Miran.

I kept my card pretty clean and simple. I printed out the digi, colored it with Memento markers, and fussy cut it. I stamped the sentiment (from the SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Happy by STAMPlorations) in Memento tuxedo black.  To add interest (but still keeping my card CAS), I used the TH Dot Fade stencil and sponged Memento cantaloupe onto my card base. I used foam tape to mount my image. I finished the card by adding Diamond stickles to the center of the lilies. Quick and fun card to make — took less than 10 minutes (well, not  counting the time my printer picked a fight with me). I hope you’ll check out the projects that my teammates created and join in on the fun as well!

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #99 – CAS; Card and Scrap #77 – Clean and Simple; Lia Stampz #66 – CAS; and Digistamps for Joy # 94 – Flowers, Flowers, Flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!


May 8, 2014

Paper craft project no. 184: 10

2014-05-06 10 - TimeOut

Time flies so fast…it’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges! This time, we’re having an “Inspired by Words” challenge and it’s “Time Flies, Love Lasts.” I hope you’ll check out the beautiful projects that my teammates created and then join us. We have Karen as our guest designer too! It’s simple really: use the phrase to jumpstart your project. Focus on the entire phrase or just one word — up to you.

As soon as I read the phrase, I knew what I was going to make: a wedding anniversary card for DH. You see, in less than 2 weeks, we will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. So I took the Tim Holtz Cargo Layering stencil, a couple of my Spectrum Noir markers, and set to work. I covered the entire card with ones and zeroes — yep, no stamping, just a lot of eye-balling to make sure the 1’s and 0’s were lined up (I was way too lazy to use a ruler). DH’s favorite color is dark red (well, actually I’ve always told him that he looks really handsome in dark red) so I made out the “10” in that color. And since he and I met online 17 years ago, I thought he’ll find it very clever that I used 1’s and 0’s. Computers “think” in binary…everything a computer does is in ones and zeroes. ETA: What I forgot to mention is that I wanted to spell out “I love you” in binary code as well but it just won’t fit in the card with the size of the number stencil I have. “I love you” in binary is  01101001001000000110110001101111011101100110010100100000011110010110111101110101. (And in case you’re wondering, no, DH and I didn’t have an online romance; we were friends and business partners and didn’t get to meet in person until 6 years later. A year after that, he proposed and the rest is history. I’m as in love with him today as I was the day we exchanged “I do’s”, even more so.)

I’d like to enter this card to CASology #94 – Metal. (With my card inspired by binary code, and computers have metal components.) And it’s a color challenge at Less Is More #170. It’s either to use 3 colors or 3 shades of one color. I may be skating on the edge here with my gray, red, and white color combo. (Is white a color? Yes, and here’s a good explanation!)

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Oh, and STAMPlorations is having its first Stamp Release Blog Hop! Check out my post yesterday for more info. There are 5 new stamp sets released and those who hop along with us (there are only 9 stops in the hop) get a chance to win one of the new sets! (There’ll be 7 winners.) Hope you’ll join us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


February 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 142: Let’s Celebrate [with video tutorial]

2014-02-18 OLC Lets Celebrate
Hello! Well, here I am again with another one layer mixed media card. Thanks so much to everyone who commented and watched the video tutorial for the one layer mixed media card I posted on Monday. [The blog post is here and the 6-minute video for that is here.] I couldn’t stay away from the craft table today so instead of working on that business case draft due Monday for my technical communication class, I played hooky and did another card — this time, I tried to keep it as CAS as I can while still making my inner mixed media girl happy :-) It took me about 9 minutes to create the card, but the video is just a little over 3.5 minutes long (fast-forwarded with captions). Watch it here. I hope you enjoy it!

I also want to mention that the DT call at Time Out Challenges is ending on February 20. Nonni and Sandie are looking for a few more creative ladies to join our merry design team. All you have to do is create a project with a Love and/or Friendship theme and enter it here.

I’m entering my card to the following fun challenges:

1. CAS(E) This Sketch #64

2. Dynamic Duo #90 – Black & Yellow with the Option of a Shaped/Fun Card

3. Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #83 – Holidays (my card could fit New Year’s or even Christmas)

4. Less Is More Week 159 – Masculine Card

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5. One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #2 – Can You Repeat That?


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January 14, 2014

Paper craft project no. 112: I love you

2014-01-14 OLC I love you
One of the things I want to do this year is use my dies a lot more often, so here’s one of those cards, only I used the negative space because I wanted to create a one layer card. I placed the Sizzlit brush strokes heart under my card base and eyeballed its position before running it through my Cuttlebug. I stamped and heat embossed the butterflies and stamped ink splotches and arrows for an artsy look. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment.

This card goes to my any occasion stash, although it can very well be a Valentine’s Day card, so it fits a few challenges: One Layer Simplicity #1 – Restocking the Shelves, Less Is More Week 154 – One Layer Cards (Hearts), Twisted Tuesday Challenge #67 – Use Items from 3 or More Companies + Arrows (I used stamps from STAMplorations, embossing powder from Stampendous, and dye inks from Memento + I had stamped arrows), and Addicted to Stamps and More #78 – Holiday. I based the layout of the card on the STAMPlorations sketch #3.

Stamps: VIGNETTE: Artful FluttersVIGNETTE: Chevron & ArrowsHoliday ArtsyPATCHWORK FRENZY: Graphic Squares (STAMPlorations)
Inks: Pistachio, Espresso Truffle, Love Letter, Morocco (Memento)
Embossing Powder: Carnelian Pearl (Stampendous)
Paper: Acrylic Paper (Canson)
Die: Brush Strok Heart Sizzlits Die (Sizzix)
Tools: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft); Heat It Tool (Ranger)


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