December 9, 2014
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.
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December 1, 2014
Hello! Well, it’s been ages since I’ve posted! Chalk it up to a super-busy week last week with the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m now playing catch-up with my to-do list! I’m sharing a card today for the December challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo. This month, the theme is “Winter Holidays” with “Ornament” as the optional twist. I hope you’ll come check out what my teammates created and then join in on the fun :o)
I skipped the twist and went with a quick card. I created stripes and dots on my card base with Distress paints (mowed lawn, festive berries, and mustard seed). I splattered shabby shutters Distress ink and stamped the poinsettia in mustard seed Distress ink. For the border, I just used the side of my Japanese watercolor brush pen and ran it along the edges. I added drywall tape and torn patterned paper then dabbed them with a bit of PanPastels. I mixed silver Gelatos with modeling paste and applied that over a stencil. I adhered a piece of burlap ribbon then stamped the poinsettia again on pre-cut diecut and colored it with Chameleon Color Tones. Last, I stamped the sentiment in jet black archival ink.
My card’s also a reminder for the current challenge at Time Out Challenges. The current theme is “embossing” with the optional twist of sparkle. There’s still a couple of days left to play. Create a project with the twist and you’ll be in the running to win a stamp set from our sponsor, Avocado Arts.
Linking up my project to these fun challenges: (1) Addicted to Stamps #92 – Lots of Layers; (2) Addicted to Stamps and More #123 – Holiday; (3) Just Us Girls #269 – Anything Goes; and (4) Sentimental Sundays #235 – Lots of Layers.
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November 19, 2014
Hello! It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges. This fortnight, we’ve got a theme with an optional twist. The theme is embossing and the optional twist is sparkle. Our challenge is sponsored by Avocado Arts and one lucky winner will be randomly drawn from entries that have the twist. Our guest designer is Lesley of Always Playing with Paper. I hope you’ll come check out the blog to see what Lesley and my super creative teammates did.
Okay, this is the part where I’m supposed to describe how I made this card. But I’m going to do that a bit later, as I’m hurrying to get out the door and get to our favorite Thai restaurant for an impromptu Wednesday date night with the hubby! He decided he wanted to celebrate and take me out, and although I have a bunch of stuff I gotta do tonight, I don’t want to give him the chance to change his mind. He and Thai food aren’t really friends, but we go to Thai restaurants because he knows I like my pad thai. He said tonight, “I want to see you smile, so I’m taking you out for Thai.” <insert happy sigh here> :o) Then after we indulge in all that good food (I’m getting me vegetarian pad thai!), we’re headed straight to the gym to work it all off so we won’t be back until after this post goes live. So see you in a bit!
Well, that was a most wonderful date night! I got to eat pad thai with my favorite guy and work it off right away at the gym! ;o) Anyway, as to how I made my card: I placed the front of my taupe brown card base inside a Sizzix embossing folder and ran the whole thing through my Cuttlebug. I sponged vintage photo Distress ink over the embossed areas. It was too brown for me so I sponged some barn door Distress ink to give it that burnt red/sienna look. Then I inked up the Christmas block with jumbo java chalk ink and stamped on the embossed areas for texture. On pre-cut diecut, I stamped the Christmas bells and colored them with Chameleon Color Tones pens. I layered metallic gold vellum and textured brown cardstock and adhered to my card base with foam tape. The sentiment is from SRM Stickers.
My card also doubles as a reminder card for my challenge blog, The Mixed Media Card Challenge, where this month we’d love to see mixed media Christmas cards with or without the optional element (bells). One lucky crafter who enters a card with the optional element will win a $15 gift certificate to use towards products in the STAMPlorations shop, and one (drawn from all entries) will win her choice of 3″ by 5″ stamp set. The challenge ends on November 25.
Linking up my card to the following fun challenges: (1) Addicted to Stamps and More 122 – Make Your Mark; (2) Love to Create #142 – Make It For Christmas; (3) Crafting When We Can #82 – Use Your Markers (2nd entry); (4) Stamping Sensations – Simply Christmas (2nd entry); and (5) Aud Sentiments #120 – Use a Sentiment for Any December Holiday.
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November 16, 2014
Hello! Popping by to share a card I made for the current challenge at 613 Avenue Create. It’s anything goes with the optional twist to use “hello” in any language — because it’s World Hello Day on November 21 :o)
To create my hello card, I stamped a newspaper background on a cardstock panel. I inked up a Sizzix embossing folder with Distress inks, gave it a light spritz of water, and then placed the panel in the folder to transfer the ink. After the panel dried, I sponged Distress inks all over. On pre-cut diecuts, I stamped the daisies three times, colored them with Spectrum Noir markers, and adhered them to my panel. I stamped the sentiment in black ink and adhered the panel to the card base. And the card is done.
Linking up my card to the following fun challenges: (1) Crafts Galore Encore Challenge – Anything Goes; (2) Addicted to Stamps and More #121 – Anything Goes; and (3) Sisters of Craft – Anything Goes.
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Supplies: (Stamps) Boxed Blooms, Bloom Sketches – STAMPlorations, Newspaper Background – Hero Arts; (Ink) Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky, Paris Dusk – Memento/Tsukineko, Distress inks [Chipped Sapphire, Broken China], Jet Black Archival ink – Ranger; (Markers) Spectrum Noir alcohol markers [CT4, GB5, CG2, DG4, GB10, EB5], white PITT artist pen – Faber-Castell; (Other) Embossing folder – Sizzix; (Paper) 100-lb classic white premium heavy cardstock
November 12, 2014
Hello! Popping by today with a one layer card for the current challenge at Time Out Challenges, where it’s a Home Sweet Home Photo Inspiration challenge. We hope you can play with us…you have a week more to share your projects! Here’s the photo:
I was inspired by the wooden floor and crate so I mimicked those by scoring (embossing) the lower portion of my card base and then swiping various Distress inks (vintage photo, brushed corduroy, walnut stain) over it. Next, I stamped the gift image and colored with Chameleon Color Tones alcohol markers. I then masked it before stamping the holiday words in VersaMagic chalk ink (aegean blue). And the card is done :o)
Linking up my card to these fun challenges: (1) Stamping Sensations November Challenge – Simply Christmas; (2) Crafting When We Can #82 – Use Your Markers; (3) Love to Create #141 – Anything Goes; (4) Addicted to Stamps and More #121 – Anything Goes; and (5) Creative Card Crew #74 – Christmas Joy.
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PS: There’s 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. Please feel free to pass the info along to anyone you think would be interested :o)
November 3, 2014
It’s the first Monday of the month, which means we have a new sketch challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. Joining the STAMPlorations girls is guest designer Ingrid of Ingrid’s Craft Corner. We hope you’ll stop by the blog and see how we interpreted the sketch. And we’d love for you to play along! The challenge is open until Friday, November 14, and the winner gets to guest design in a future sketch challenge.
I went clean and simple and one layer to create this happy card. Stamped the circles and squares from the Retro Mod Shapes set in various Memento and VersaMagic inks and stamped the big sketchy sentiment and brush/crayon stamp in jet black ink.
Linking up my card to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes; Addicted to Stamps and More #119 – CAS; and Allsorts Challenge #282 – Masculine;
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