Posts tagged ‘The Card Concept’

June 25, 2014

Paper craft project no. 211: Baby girl clean and layered card

2014-06-24 CAL Baby girl

It’s a brand new challenge over at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge blog! Our sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique. I hope you’ll stop by the blog and see the projects that my teammates made and then join us :o)

For my project, I used the cute little girl with stroller image. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and then I fussy cut it. I layered a couple of patterned papers from Authentique. I also used used some SRM products: large and medium scalloped punched pieces, and stickers from the Sentiment/Baby (51002) and We’ve Got Your Border/Baby Girl (57003). Except for the time it took to color the image, this card was a quick and fun one to put together.

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #101 – Anything GoesCrafting from the Heart #24 – Anything Goes, and The Card Concept #13 – Oh Baby! (my card is clean and layered).

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April 12, 2014

Paper craft project no. 171: Bloom where you are mixed media card

2014-04-12 Bloom where you are
So this is one of those serendipitous cards. See the background? That’s one of my “rejects” last week when I was trying desperately to get some crafting mojo going but all I ended up with were a couple dozen unfinished cards and canvases. Welps, Friday night as I was working on a new mixed media card, I came across this rather colorful gessoed, Gelatos-ed, and stenciled card base underneath one pile on my craft table. I remembered I was experimenting on a stencil technique and didn’t like it so I tossed the card to my reject pile and promptly forgot about it. When I saw it again last night, though, I was struck by how textured and colorful it was, so instead of finishing that mixed media card I was working on, I ended up making this card and was happy with how it turned out.

I trimmed the background and mounted it onto  my card base and then built the card from there: a strip of dark yellow textured cardstock from DCWV’s Mango collection, a strip of burlap ribbon, jute twine, embossed artsy butterfly on punched circle, and a sentiment — part of the new Subway Art Builders stamps from STAMPlorations that’ll be available in May. (Oh yeah, the STAMPlorations girls will be doing a Stamp Release blog hop in May to showcase the 5 new stamps coming out then. A number of lucky crafters will win these new stamps. Follow the STAMPlorations blog because that’s where we’ll post sneak peeks of the new stamps and the details of the hop in a couple of weeks.)

Normally, for a card like this one, I’ve got a video tutorial to share. But I didn’t get to shoot one last week, and I didn’t have good lighting Friday night to repeat how I did the background. I’ve got another project planned where I will use this stencil technique so I will shoot and share the video for that one in a few days :-)

I used the sketch at House of Cards for this mixed media card. The challenge is to use the sketch to create either a fun/cute card or a shabby/vintage card. I don’t think I’ve ever played there. I’m hoping my card could pass for a shabby card. And then at The Card Concept, the challenge is to use a butterfly theme. My card is in the shabby category and it can also fall under the freestyle collage category. And finally, there is the delightful Virginia’s View Challenge, where it’s all about stencils!










Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely weekend!


March 27, 2014

Paper craft project no. 164: Have a great birthday [with video tutorial]

2014-03-21 OLC Spring birthday card
Hello! It’s time for the next challenge at Time Out Challenges! This time around, it’s Home Sweet Home, which is a photo inspiration challenge with a homely twist! The photo below is what inspired my one layer watercolor card above. Do check out the other cards that the fab girls in the TO design team created and then come join us! The challenge is open for 2 weeks and the winner will be invited to guest design for us.

Photo source: House Decorating Ideas

My card is one layer, but I created dimension (or optical illusion) with the masking technique. The great thing is that it’s quick and easy to recreate — no fussy cutting involved! I didn’t get to shoot a video for my Time Out DT project. We had relatives visiting at the time and I only stole a bit of time to create my card. However, I created a similar card (see below) a few days ago and recorded it. So rather than bore you with a long description of how I created my card, I’ve got a 9-minute video for you to watch. Like my previous videos, this one’s in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart.

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE.

2014-03-25 OLC Spring butterflies birthday card

2014-03-25 OLC Spring butterflies birthday card - closeup

I’d like to enter my first card to the Simon Says Work It Wednesday March 2014 Challenge (create a card with bright colors, flowers, sunshine, or anything else that makes you think of spring).

As for my second card, I’d like to enter it to the following challenges: The Card Concept #6 – Create a Birthday Card (clean and simple? perhaps freestyle collage, even though it’s one layer); Less is More #164 – Three of something in your card (I’ve got 3 blocks, 3 butterflies, 3 of each flowers); and Creative Moments #39 – Anything Goes/Things with Wings.

Stamps: Chocolate Chalet [Cloud9]; VIGNETTE: Artful Flutters, VIGNETTE: Eclectic Florals, VIGNETTE: Chevron and Arrows [STAMPlorations]
Inks: Tangelo, Grape Jelly, Pistachio, Bahama Blue, Tuxedo Black [Memento/Tsukineko]
Other Media: Inktense Blocks [Derwent]
Card Base: 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper [Canson]
Other Supplies: Corner Rounder [The Paper Studio]; flat and round brushes

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March 23, 2014

Paper craft project no. 163: A birthday card for Maria

2014-03-21 OLC Have a happy birthday Maria
Today in blog land, many of us are celebrating the 50th birthday of Maria of rieslingmama. I’ve admired the cards she’s made that were published in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking (formerly Paper Crafts Magazine) and I couldn’t have been any more pleased when she expressed interest in becoming part of my design team at STAMPlorations! I’m always in awe of her projects and I love reading her posts. So Maria, here’s to you on your 50th birthday!  This virtual birthday party is being hosted by Shirley, another wonderful STAMPlorations girl :o) Hop over to Shirley’s blog to see birthday cards made by some awesome card-makers who are partying in Maria’s honor as well!

For this card, I used stamps from Inkadinkado Cloud 9 (big flower, circles, and ribbed leaf) and STAMPlorations (small flowers and solid leaf, birthday sentiment). I used Memento inks: cantaloupe, pear tart, rose bud, bahama blue, and tuxedo black. I used the current sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch #69 and I was inspired by the flowers in the photo inspiration over at The Card Concept Challenge #6 to create this clean and simple one layer card. And then there’s Seize the Birthday, where it’s anything goes (as long as it’s a birthday card, of course!).


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March 13, 2014

Paper craft project no. 156: You are amazing

2014-03-13 CAS You are amazing
For my earlier post, click here.

Quick card — I’ve been meaning to play at CAS(E) This Sketch all week but the days passed right by so quickly so I’m barely getting this in before the deadline! I was also inspired by the current challenge at The Card Concept. (My card is clean and layered.) My card’s pretty straightforward: I stamped the MOM Subway Art Builders stamp all over the card base in rich cocoa Memento ink. I’ve got a pack of ATC size papers from The Paper Studio so I went through those, picked ones that have vintage and brown colors, and then adhered them to my card base with double-sided tape and foam dots. Then on white card stock, I stamped the sentiment in pistachio Memento ink, fussy cut it and then adhered to the top layer. I finished the card by adhering two brown half-back pearls. Done and done!


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March 2, 2014

Paper craft project no. 149: You are the best mom

2014-02-27 Shabby Chic and Vintage You are the best mom
With this card, I pushed back my CAS/one layer inclination and brought out my inner shabby chic-ness. I hope I succeeded! DH certainly thought the card isn’t in my usual style — he had to stare long and hard at it after I got done. He endured about an hour of my mutterings because I was having a tough time layering the elements. Anyway, this is my DT project for this week’s challenge at 613 Avenue Create. March is National Craft Month so for this challenge, we want you to use your stash to make room for new purchases this month! Our sponsor is Rick St. Dennis and I used his fab buttons and bows dress form digi stamp. Please stop by at our neighborhood and check out the awesome projects my teammates have created.

I pretty much used my stash in this card. The papers are from Prima, the photo frame is from Pink Paislee, fabric and paper flowers are from Making Memories, paper brads are from Candi, the pearls are from The Paper Studio, and the doily is from the dollar bin. I printed out the dress form image, colored it with Distress markers, and fussy cut it. I distressed the edges of the DPs with TH Distressing Tool and ran the brush end of Vintage Photo Distress marker to give the edges color. I stamped my sentiment on scrap watercolor paper and distressed it too. The stamps are from STAMPlorations — the “you are” is from the It’s All About You rubber stamp set and “the best” and “MOM” are  from the new MOM Subway Art Builders sets.

And since it’s National Craft Month, I’m setting my sights on some yummy Derwent Inktense Pencils. I got the Inktense Blocks last week and absolutely love them!

I’m entering my card to these fun challenges:

1. The Card Concept #4 – Use a Floral Theme (My card style: Shabby Chic and Vintage)

2. Crafts Galore Encore Challenge – Use a Stamp or Digi Stamp (I used both — digi stamp for the dress form, clear stamp and rubber stamp for the sentiment)
3. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes with Pearls
4. Natalie and Amy’s Challenge #18 – Flowers
5. Seemacrafts March Challenge – Something for Mom
6. Treasured Times Challenge #13 – Anything Goes with Layering

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February 27, 2014

Paper craft project no. 148: Always there for me

2014-02-27 OLC Always there for me
Here’s a very CAS one layer card. I rubbed various Inktense block colors on my focal image, spritzed the stamp lightly with water before stamping onto the card base. With a brush, I painted over the vase and flowers using the same colors I used to stamp the image. (I really love the vivid colors produced by Inktense blocks.) I stamped the sentiment in dark blue ink and then added 3 small pearls to finish this very simple card.

Stamps: Simple Flowers and Sentiments, SUBWAY ART BUILDERS: Mom – Quiet Strength (STAMPlorations)
Ink: Paris Dusk (Memento/Tsukineko); Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Fuchsia, Leaf Green, Bark Inktense Blocks (Derwent)
Card Base: 140-lb Cold-Press Watercolor Paper (Canson)
Other: White Pearls (The Paper Studio); Waterbrush; Heat-It Tool (Ranger/Inkssentials)

I’m entering this card to the following challenges:

1. The Card Concept #4 – Use a Floral Theme (my card style: CAS)

2. CASology Week #84 – Paint

3. Addicted to Stamps and More #84 – Clean and Simple 

4. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes with Pearls

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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