Archive for ‘Clean and Graphic’

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 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!


November 18, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop – Day Two

Welcome to Day 2 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we’re putting the spotlight on VIGNETTE: Eat Drink Be Merry. Plus we’ve got a special guest designer joining us, the talented Amy Tsuruta! We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.


This set is perfect for creating clean and simple (and graphic) cards and other projects. I stamped the food icon/silhouette in four Memento dye inks (dandelion, tangelo, morocco, rhubarb stalk) all over my card base to create a birthday or celebratory card that has an autumn and retro feel. Then I used one of the sentiments to stamp around the card to create a border. On a piece of card stock, I stamped my main sentiments (from Sentiment Builders: Celebrate), cut it down to size, and matted the panel to textured cardstock before adhering it to my card base using foam tape. And that’s it for my card. Check out the fun cards the other STAMPlorations girls made using this fun and graphic set. Thanks so much for stopping by! See you again tomorrow!

*** The stops in the hop***

STAMPlorations Blog

Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria Monika Nonni | Shery | Shirley Vicki

Special Guest Designer: Amy Tsuruta

November 7, 2014

Paper craft project no. 298: Merry Christmas

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means we have a new challenge at STAMPlorations! This month, the theme is STAMPS & LAYERS. Lee-Anne Cross is joining us as guest designer this month and her card is simply stunning! The STAMPlorations girls did a wonderful job as well — you’ll have to check out the blog to how they interpreted the theme with their gorgeous creations! The winner doesn’t just get bragging rights, but a guest design spot and stamps too! The challenge is open until November 30 so we hope you’ll come play along.

As for my card…I layered in 3 different ways. For the background, I created a faux layer by stamping the poinsettia in white chalk ink several times and masking as I went along. Then I stamped the sketchy Christmas sentiment in red chalk ink before stamping it in black ink and a little offset to create a layered or drop shadow effect. And last, I stamped the poinsettia again on pre-cut diecuts, colored them with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, and then layered them onto my card base using foam dots. I think I managed the “layers” part of the challenge without going through the agony of layering different elements like diecuts, patterned papers, and such :o)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


PS: I’m having a design team call for a new challenge that starts on January 6. If you enjoy making one layer cards and Christmas cards, please check it out here. If you know someone who’d be interested, please pass the info along and thank you in advance! :o)

November 5, 2014

Paper craft project no. 296: Joyeux Noel CAS card + video tutorial

We have a new challenge at Time Out Challenges! In the next couple of weeks, we’re doing Home Sweet Home, a photo inspiration challenge with a homely twist. Joining us this time around as guest designer is Toni of Frankie Helps Craft. I hope you’ll check out her card, as well as the cards by the Time Out girls, so you can see how we each got inspired by the photo.

Photo source: The Swenglish Home

For my card, I went with a taupe brown recycled card base to mimic the kraft/brown/rustic feel in the inspiration photo. I created the background by repeatedly stamping the poinsettia in gingerbread chalk ink, masking as I went. I also stamped it onto a pre-cut diecut and then colored with Chameleon Color Tones alcohol markers. I love these markers! I only used 2 markers (RD4 and GR3) to color the poinsettia – I much prefer coloring this way over using multiple pens to create shadings and/or gradients. Here’s a short video (4 minutes, 23 seconds) showing how I put this card together. Thanks for watching!


I’m linking up my card to the following fun challenges: Creative Card Crew #74 – Christmas Joy; Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round – No Patterned Paper; and Dream Valley Challenge #94 – Getting Ready for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!


September 29, 2014

Paper craft project no. 274: You are special

2014-09-30 You are special

[Edited to add: Thanks heaps, Shirley, for letting me know of my project numbering error! It’s been corrected and I really am on #274, not #174!]

Apparently, today is National Coffee Day. It has been a stressful Monday so far and the day is far from over. (I’ve been a ball of anxiety all morning.) And I need coffee right now really, really, really badly. My mother would tell me that’s the last thing I should be drinking but during times like right now, coffee is what can help calm me down. I don’t drink coffee often (maybe three or four times a month) because I have caffeine intolerance (even if it’s decaf). (I have Pero and Roma — coffee alternatives — in my cupboard.) But once in a while, I’d give in to the urge — consequences be danged — and splurge on an ultra-customized Starbucks drink: a Venti light decaf mocha frappuccino with soy, no whip cream. Today might just be the day I indulge. [DH walked in the room as I was typing this post, took one look at me, and said, “Come on, dear, I’m taking you to Starbucks just this one time. You look like you need it.” Yep, I married the right guy!]

Anyway, there’s a coffee blog hop hosted by Chaitali at Cuts, Crops & Creativity happening today so I thought I’d join in. I don’t have a coffee stamp, but I do have one that I had drawn a couple of months ago. Yes, this one will be turned into a clear stamp when I finish drawing the other images that’ll go into a coffee-themed set ;o) So I printed out 6 of my coffee cups, fussy cut them, and then colored them with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I used foam tape to adhere them to my card base. I stamped my sentiment and added a strip of designer paper along the bottom. And the card is done…and to answer a few questions, as suggested by Virginia:

1. When did you start drinking coffee? I don’t really remember, although I do remember drinking coffee that my grandma brewed when I used to stay with her at their farm. I was ten.

2. What is your favorite brand? (You can name up to three). I don’t have a favorite brand, but when I do drink coffee, it’s either I go to Starbucks or drink whatever DH makes for me — I think it’s Maxwell (not sure) and we keep one in the freezer for emergencies.

3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Nothing can beat my grandma’s home-brewed coffee. I can still remember its wonderful aroma as if it were yesterday instead of more than a quarter century ago.

4. If I don’t drink my needed coffee, I will…implode — like right now, when I am so stressed out and my anxiety level is at an all-time high.

I based the layout of my card on the current sketch at The Paper Players, and it just so happens that the talented Carol picked “Beverages/Drinks” as the theme at Inkspirational so I’m entering it there! :o)


Thanks for stopping by!



September 25, 2014

Paper craft project no. 272: Glad tidings

2014-09-25 Glad Tidings - A

It’s my turn to do a spotlight project at STAMPlorations, and this time I have two Christmas cards to share. These cards are quick and easy to make — the kind of cards I like to make for when I know I need a LOT of them. I used stamps from the September releaseHoliday Sketches: Christmas Flower, Vignette: Christmas Block, and Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year — as well as VersaMark watermark ink, ColorBox Midnight Mix’d Media Inx Chox, DCWV textured card stock, PanPastel Colors, and stickles. Check out the photo tutorial for these cards here.

I’d like to enter my cards to the following fun challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Stencils & Stamps (I went with stamps); Addicted to Stamps and More #114 – CAS; ABC Christmas Challenge – S for Something Festive; Deep Ocean Challenge #87 – At Least One Flower; Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long #29 – Use Lots of Layers [I’ve got 4 layers — which, for this one-layer girl, is a LOT! ;o)]; and Crafting by Designs – Get Ready for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!


%d bloggers like this: