Archive for ‘Thinking of you’

May 22, 2014

Paper craft project nos. 190 & 191: Heartfelt thanks and Thinking of you

2014-05-20 Heartfelt thanks

Hello! I’ve got two cards to share in this post. I finally got done with that big writing project and so I’m hoping to get back to crafting again this week…that, and cleaning my work space since I’ve put it off long enough. (Oh, and folding clothes as well — I’ve procrastinated on that task long enough. I really do hate folding and one of my goals is to someday own a really, really, REALLY huge closet and tons of hangers so that I won’t ever have to fold clothes.)

Anyway, the card above is for the current challenge at TIME OUT Challenges. This fortnight, it’s Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration. Joining us as guest designer is Christine. I hope you’ll check out our challenge, look at the projects by my teammates, and then join us! I was inspired by the rich colors in the photo, particularly the deep pink and deep green. Taking my cue from the beautiful colors, I created the above CAS card. It’s pretty straightforward really: I alternately stamped the grunge floral strips (STAMPlorations) in Memento Lilac Posies and Olive Grove on my card base. Next, I die-cut a white cardstock panel using a stitched mat die (Lil’ Inker). I stamped a floral stamp (Inkadinkado) in Memento Lulu Lavender on the upper left of the panel and stamped the sentiment (STAMPlorations). I adhered the panel at an angle onto my card base.

I’m linking up my first card to the following fun challenges: The Paper Players #196 – Clean and Simple Floral; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Botanical; and Addicted to Stamps and More #96 – Anything Goes.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog GRAB OUR BADGE!

And now for card #2…

2014-05-21 CAS Thinking of you

I went with another CAS card. I based the layout of my card on the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch #76. I used one of the stitched mat dies from Lil’ Inker to die-cut the panel. I stamped the flowers and bubbles (Inkadinkado) on the upper left in Archival Jet Black (Ranger) then loosely watercolored the images with Inktense Blocks (Derwent). I stamped the sentiment (STAMPlorations) and then adhered the panel onto the card base. I affixed 3 ivory pearls to finish the card.

My second card fits a couple other challenges: CASology #96 – Flower and Less is More #172 – Flowers.


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January 15, 2014

Paper craft project no. 113: Thinking of you

2014-01-15 OLC Thinking of you
This afternoon, I took time out from my study time to create this A2 one layer card. Well, it’s almost one layer — the flowers are a little bulky (but they are so light). I made the card specifically for a new challenge blog — Time Out Challenges — that Nonni and Sandie have created. I’m thrilled to be a part of the design team! Lynn is also on the design team, and I’m very honored to have my cards shown alongside these 3 super-talented card-makers! Please check out our brand-spankin’ new challenge blog. We’ll soon officially start the challenges, but for now, you can read all about the 4 kinds of challenges we’ll have every fortnight.

To create my card, I first made score lines on the bottom and top of my card base. Next, I stamped the swirls and leaves where I want them to be as a background for my resin flowers. I then adhered the flowers with glossy accent.

Oh, here’s a little story about the flowers: I made them back in June or July last year when I was playing around with resin. I first got interested in making flowers using air-dry clay, but I knew right away it wasn’t for me because I didn’t like waiting 24 hours for my flowers to be completely dry. So I did some research and found out about plastic resin. Bought a kit (a quart of each component that you mix together and pour on molds) and I loved that I can de-mold my flowers in 45 minutes! (Well, it was still a pretty long wait for me, but it was better than the waiting time for air-dry clay!) I went a little nuts and made a couple hundred of these flowers in different shapes and sizes (from 1/4″ to 2″ wide) and a few buttons, cameos, and cabochons. I even experimented with coloring them. The resin I bought solidifies to a white color, but I had lots of alcohol inks so I tried adding those to the mix and I ended up with pretty pastel-colored flowers! So earlier today as I was rummaging through my art cart for supplies to use for my card, I found the bag where I keep the flowers :-)


Anyway, continuing with how I made the card. After adhering the flowers, I stamped the deco border and then the sentiment. I finished off the card by adhering sequins.

I’m linking up this card to the following cool challenges: Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes; CASology #78 – Dot (I used sequins as my dots); Crafting by Designs – Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!; The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #46 – Bling It On! (I used sequins as my bling); and Cards and More Challenge #97 – Anything Goes.

Stamps: VIGNETTE: Art Deco Border BuildersVIGNETTE: Eclectic FloralsVIGNETTE: Trendy FeathersDistressed Floral Swirls (STAMPlorations)
Inks: Pistachio, Espresso Truffle, Cottage Ivy, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (Canson)
Other: Resin Flowers; Sequins; Glossy Accents (Ranger); Bone Folder and Score Board (Martha Stewart)

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January 11, 2014

Paper craft project no. 110: Thinking of you

2014-01-11 CAS Thinking of you
Quickie post again — except for the one layer card I posted yesterday, I haven’t been able to make  cards all week so today, I went a little crazy. This is one of several cards I managed to make before I could no longer ignore the throbbing and burning pain on my right hand and I had to quit for the day. So :o)

I’m not really good at layering and all that stuff and this was the best I could muster *sigh* — card base, mounted embossed panel, and then a third layer of flowers and those die-cuts. This is the reason I stick mainly to one layer cards that have very little frills and embellishments. (The coloring I did on the 3 flowers was inspired by Nonni — I inked the stamp with markers and then used markers to shade the petals and leaves.)

The layout is based on sketch #3 on STAMPlorations (I flipped the sketch), and the embossed lattice background and orange-y color scheme are inspired by the photo over at Fusion. Since I used my thin dies, it fits the current challenge over at Addicted to CAS where the code word is “die cuts”. I also used markers (Memento markers and Distress markers), it fits the current Addicted to Stamps and More challenge — “make your mark”. And finally, the card fits the current challenge over at Make My Monday — Embossing.


Stamps: VIGNETTE: Eclectic Florals, VIGNETTE: Trendy Feathers [sentiment] (STAMPlorations)
Inks: Tangelo, Espresso Truffle, Cottage Ivy (Memento)
Markers: Tangelo, Tuxedo Black (Memento); Picket Fence (Ranger)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (Canson)
Other: Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio); Label Thin Dies (QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Sequins; Foam Dots
Tools: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft); Corner Rounder Punch


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October 8, 2013

Paper craft project #66: You are here

2013-10-07 OLC You are here

Edited to add (10/22/13): This card got picked as one of 5 Trigger Targets over at Moxie Fab World. Woohoo!  ***happy dance***

Here’s a one layer card I managed to create when I was lucid enough. (Still on the mend — but been having to take stronger meds which leave me in a haze for the most part).

I used CAS(E) this Sketch #48 for the layout and I was inspired by the photo in this week’s Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World (it made me think of chevrons/arrows).


Stamps: map, arrows, sentiment (Teresa Collins); hearts (Fiskars)
Inks: jet black, sienna (Ranger Archival inks); butter bar mid-tone, neon blue (Hero Arts)
Other: bronze spray mist (Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists)

September 7, 2013

CAS Card No. 50: Thinking of you

2013-09-07 CAS Thinking of you
Here’s an A2 card that I made for CAS Colors & Sketches #41: Rainbow and Addicted to Stamps & More #61: Anything Goes. To create this card, I used masking to sponge the various distress ink colors. The top part has colors that are darker and more saturated, while the bottom part of the card has colors that are a bit lighter. I then stamped the newspaper background over this part to give it some contrast. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and I hand drew the stitches with a black marker. I finished the card with 3 cute buttons.

Stamps: newspaper background (Hero Arts); sentiment (Stampabilities)
Inks: jet black, coffee (Ranger Archival inks); shabby shutters, scattered straw, mustard seed, dried marigold, barn door, spun sugar, dusty concord, broken china (Tim Holtz Distress inks)
Other: black marker; buttons (OTC)

Before I end this post, I’m inviting all papercrafters to check out my other blog, the STAMPlorations™ blog. I’m hosting a holiday papercrafting challenge over there. The challenge runs until September 22. I’d appreciate it if you’d let fellow papercrafters know. Thanks so much!

July 25, 2013

One Layer Card No. 16: Thinking of you


A2 card using direct stamping, repetition, masking, and layer stamping techniques.

Stamps: flowers, butterfly, leaf, and sentiment (Fiskars); backgrounds (Stampers Anonymous, Hero Arts)
Inks: emerald green, jet black (Ranger Archival inks); peeled paint (Tim Holtz Distress ink); razzberry, picante, surf, mango tango, citrine (ColorBox Classic Pigment Cat’s Eye inks)

Steps for creating this one layer card:

1. Adhere post-it to card base so that the upper half of the card is covered. Stamp distressed argyle stamp on bottom of the card.

2. Using foam applicator, apply peeled paint distress ink on the bottom of the card.

3. Stamp newspaper background then remove mask.

4. Stamp flower stamp in different colors. Mask flowers before stamping leaves.

5. Stamp sentiment and butterfly.

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July 12, 2013

One Layer Card No. 3: Thinking of you

2013-07-11 One Layer Card Thinking of You

A2 card using masking, repetition, and edge sponging techniques.

Stamps: sentiment (STAMPlorations), leaves (Cloud 9), newspaper background (Hero Arts)
Inks: milled lavender, dusty concord (Tim Holtz Distress inks); coffee, jet black (Ranger Archival inks)
Punch: corner rounder (EK Success).

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