Posts tagged ‘Crafting by Designs’

November 6, 2014

Paper craft project no. 297: 4 cards = Shery loves doilies!

I’m a one layer card girl at heart, but I gotta say that the doilies from SRM Stickers had me hooked! Once I started using them, I couldn’t stop at just one card. I hope you’ll come check out the SRM Stickers blog where my cards are featured today.

Exhibit A: Simple But Elegant

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

So this is card #1. I thought I’d do a simple card first and because you know me and layers…we don’t go along well! (Besides, I had to channel my inner Nonni for this batch of cards. That girl can be the poster girl for doilies because the cards she makes with them are simply gorgeous…like this one here.)  I used an SRM White Heart Lace Doily. I thought it was perfect to use for a love or wedding themed card. I placed the doily on the bottom left corner of the card, trimmed the edges, and rounded the corner. I was after a clean look so I kept the design uncluttered and simple using the white stitches in the Sticker Stitches/ChristmasStickers by the Dozen/Wedding, and Fancy Sentiment/Love.

Linking up card #1 to these fun challenges: Creative Moments #55 – Anything Goes/Celebration and Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes.

Exhibit B: Clean And Graphic

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

Card #1 got my me all happy that I decided to step it up a bit on card #2 and add a little layer. I also wanted a clean and graphic look, so I stamped a newsprint stamp on my card base in brown ink and adhered Sticker Stitches/Christmas on either side. I adhered the labels with the fishtails in the Labels by the Dozen/Bright Blank then adhered the 4″ white lace doily on top and trimmed it to the edge of the card. Next, I took a large 2.5″ white scalloped circle punch piece, added a sentiment from the Fancy Sentiments/Thanks, adhered it onto the doily, and trimmed. I finished the card by adding black stitching from the Sticker Stitches/Black.

Linking card #2 to these fun challenges: The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #89 – Thank You and Word Art Wednesday #157 – Anything Goes.

Exhibit C: Clean And Simple for Fall

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

As for card #3, I decided to create a fall-themed card so I went with fall colors of yellow, orange and red. I stamped the newsprint and leaves on the card base and added black stitching from the Sticker Stitches/Black. I layered two scalloped circle punched pieces (2.5″ and 2″) and added a sentiment from the Sentiment/Fall. I cut a 4″ white lace doily in half, folded each half, and adhered on the back of either side of the layered punch pieces.

Linking card #3 to these fun challenges: Shopping Our Stash #176 – Leaf Me Alone! and Fresh Brewed Designs – Fall Colors

Exhibit D: Freestyle Collage

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And now we come to card #4. This is the card that took me the longest to put together. I spent 45 minutes auditioning the different elements and I kept bugging DH and showing him different looks. Being the ever helpful husband, he gave encouraging comments (“That looks pretty, dear.” “I like the color of that butterfly.” “I don’t know what that thing is that’s sticking out, but I say keep it.” “How much longer are you going to take? It looks great already. I’m hungry.”) accompanied by glazed, helpless looks. The 6″ white lace doily was the perfect background for all the diecuts I found in my stash. First I stamped a newsprint background stamp in black ink on the card base and then added white cross-stitch stickers from the Sticker Stitches/Christmas around the edge. I adhered the doily, trimmed it, and then added black cross-stitch stickers. I went through my stash of diecuts and just layered the different elements onto the doily. I used a label from the Labels by the Dozen/Black & White and adhered it on the card base. I finished the card by adding a sentiment from the Sentiment/Thinking of You.

Linking card #4 to these fun challenges: Crafting by Designs November Challenge – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Good ‘ol Days (the diecuts from K&Company that I used have been in my stash for at least 4 years); and Mod Squad Challenge – Grandma’s Attic (Doily).

Hope you enjoyed my little parade of cards. And I’d love it if you could stop by the SRM Stickers blog. There are oodles and oodles of fabulous projects and inspiration there! 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!


August 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 243: Have a holly jolly Christmas

2014-08-18 CAS Have a holly jolly Christmas

It’s time for a new sketch challenge at STAMPlorations! We’ve got the awesome and super-creative Carol of Just me: c guest designing this time around. You have got to head over the blog to see the fabulous sketch-inspired projects the STAMPlorations girls created. We’d love for you to join us too! Here’s the sketch:

I took some liberties with the sketch as you can see :o) I decided to take some of the new STAMPlorations holiday stamps for a spin (they come out in September and you can preview them here) by combining 3 of the sets (Vignette: Christmas Block, Holiday Sketches: Christmas Bells, and Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year). I stamped the Christmas block stamp in VersaMagic chalk ink (aegean blue) on the left then sponged with the same color for a tone-on-tone effect. On scrap cardstock, I stamped the Christmas bells, colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, fussy cut, and adhered to the card base with foam tape. I picked words from the Sentiment Builders set (there are 28 words to mix and match) to form my sentiment then stamped them in VersaMagic chalk inks (red magic and midnight black). I finished the card by rounding the bottom corners.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: My Perfect Life – Festive 48 Any Christmas Card; Stamping Sensations – Anything Goes; Crafty Calendar August Challenge – Anything Goes; and Crafting by Designs – August Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


July 16, 2014

Paper craft project no. 224: Thanks so much one layer card

2014-07-15 OLC Thanks so much

Hello! It’s Wednesday and that means…time for a new challenge at TIME OUT Challenges! We have a fabulous guest designer joining us — Sarah from Funky Fossil Designs. This fortnight, it’s Home Sweet Home, where we’d like you to create a project inspired by this photo:

Me, when I saw the photo, I noticed all the wonderful patterns. My eyes went straight to the yummy chevron pattern on the pillow inside the tee pee. I loved the colorful banners too so I combined the two elements to create a fun and colorful one layer card. To create the chevron pattern on my card, I used one of the brush stroke stamps in the Holiday Artsy set by STAMPlorations. I started by stamping it with the lightest color ink (cantaloupe) and working my way through the color wheel. The sentiment is from the Boxed Blooms & Bold Sentiments and Sentiment Builders: Thank You sets. I thought about adding some flat sequins but because my craft area is in a state of chaos, I decided I wasn’t up to hunting around for those. I rounded one corner of my card because, well, my corner rounder was actually where it was supposed to be!

I hope you’ll come check out our challenge and see what our guest designer and the rest of the design team made. If the photo inspires you to create something, I hope you’ll share it with us!

I’d like to enter my card to these fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #104 – Clean and Simple and Crafting by Designs – Use a Sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!


July 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 212: Thanks a million mixed media card

2014-06-30 Thanks a million mixed media card

Today marks the start of The Mixed Media Card Challenge! We are so excited to share our mixed media cards, as well as have you come play with us! Our theme for July is “Touch of Nature” with an optional element (tag). Not sure what a mixed media card is? Here’s how we define it for our challenges.

For my DT card, I cut a cardstock panel smaller than my A2 watercolor card base and adhered DP that has a nature & newsprint design. I created an aperture by taping a Li’l Inker stitched circle die onto the panel and then running it through my Cuttlebug. I sponged the edges with coffee archival ink (Ranger). Using the 12″ by 12″ Specimens stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop, I applied modeling paste over the panel. Next, I distressed the edges and inked with brown ink.  On my card base, I stamped a daffodil (one of the flowers I illustrated) and watercolored it with Inktense blocks. I stamped one of the grunge floral strips in olive green all around the card base and sponged with Memento cantaloupe ink and Ranger coffee archival ink. I mounted the panel to the card base with foam tape. I finished the card with a transparent sticker sentiment from SRM Stickers.

Please check out the blog and see what the girls in my design team created!

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Crafting from the Heart #25 – Anything Goes; Crafty Boots Challenges – Thank You; Crafting by Designs – Here Comes Summer; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; and Muse Challenge #74 (I was inspired by the circle in Muse Jennifer Wills’ card, as well as the colors.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


June 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 207: Heartfelt thanks one layer card [with video tutorial]

2014-06-18 OLC Heartfelt thanks

Popping by with another one layer card I made last night. I based the layout on the current sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. For the colors I used to stamp the “heartfelt” sentiment, I was inspired by the photo at Addicted to Stamps and More, where they’re celebrating their 2nd birthday! And because I’ve got my flower stamp in a frame, it fits the current One Layer Simplicity Challenge – I’ve Been Framed. I’m entering my card to two more fun challenges: Crafting by Designs June Anything Goes Challenge and Cards und More #108 – One Layer Cards.

I used archival, dye, water-based (distress), and pigment (in the form of Inktense blocks) inks, as well as some watercoloring on my favorite card base (cold-pressed watercolor paper) so you could say this is a one layer mixed media card at its simplest. I went with good old-fashioned stamping and used STAMPlorations stamps — SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thank You and Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments. The flowers are ones I illustrated and turned into stamps.

The card is a pretty simple one to make, and I’ve got a video showing how I created this card from start to finish. The video is another shorty (5 minutes, 44 seconds to be exact), in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. Yes, I love classical music, especially by Mozart. When I’m crafting or writing or even when I’m at the gym, I’ve got classical music playing in the background, as it helps me to relax and as weird as this may sound, the music stimulates my brain cells and I’m able to visualize [when I’m doing art], think [when I’m writing], or focus [when I’m working out] more. Actually, it isn’t weird if you’ve heard about the Mozart effect (or the effect of music you enjoy listening to), as research has found that listening to music [in this case, Mozart’s] induces a short-term performance improvement of one’s spacial-temporal reasoning. [Don’t make the mistake of thinking it increases IQ — there are no definite research results on this, and the researchers who did the study on the Mozart effect made no such claim that listening to Mozart makes one intelligent or that it raises IQ.] In any case, music by Mozart and all the other classical composers was what helped me get through university (particularly on those days that I crammed for finals) and it helps me get through deadlines (particularly on those rush writing projects from clients) — and hey, doing 12k on the rowing machine for an hour becomes fun and easy! Aannnyyway…back to the video. Again it’s a real quickie so if you’re up for a few minutes of brain stimulation while watching me create this card, head on over to YouTube. Feel free to leave me some love over there ;o)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-06-18 OLC Heartfelt thanks-cu


Thanks so much for stopping by!


June 4, 2014

Paper craft project no. 198: Bloom where you are one layer card

Hello and welcome to a brand new challenge at Time Out Challenges! For this fortnight, our theme is SUMMER  with the optional twist FLOWERS. So create a project with a summer theme (or anything really wherein your are inspired by the theme) with or without the optional twist. If you do create a project with an optional twist, you get a shot at winning a prize from our sponsor this month, CAS-ual Fridays. This week, our guest designer is Bobby from Bits & Pieces. Please check out the projects that my teammates and our guest designer created for the challenge.

For my project, I went with a one layer card. I started with the image of California golden poppies. I drew them on paper then scanned them. I cleaned it up a bit  then printed on 100# cardstock. (This image is one of several of my illustrations that will be available as clear stamps at STAMPlorations in a couple of months.) Next, I did some masking and sponged Memento inks (Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, and Northern Pine) on the bottom area. I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the poppies. For the frame, I used some left over doodle rub-ons that I found in my stash. Last, I stamped the sentiment (from the SUBWAY ART BUILDERS: Dare). And the card is done :o)

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: One Layer Simplicity #6 – I’ve Been Framed; CAS(E) This Sketch #78 (I placed the sentiment toward the top instead of the bottom); Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes; and CASology #98 – Shine (it’s summer now, which means more sunshine and being in California (where we’re hitting the mid-90s this week in the valley, btw), I am enjoying the last of the poppies at our place — they’re starting to wilt under the heat, but they were beautiful several weeks ago when the temps were still cooler; then I also think that the word “bloom” can, in the context of the sentiment, be synonymous with “shine”; other synonyms for shine include “excel”, “be outstanding”, “stand out”, “be brilliant”).

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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