Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Washi Tape Card

I recently saw Andrea Walford at the Paper Crafter's Library create a card with Washi tape. It looked like so much fun that I had to give it a try. I started with a several rolls of Washi Tape that  I thought would look good together. I cut a piece of cardstock that was slightly smaller than the front of my cardbase and starting at the bottom began layering Washi tape across it leaving about a 1/4 inch of the tape hanging over the right and left edges. I layered the remaining pieces above this one leaving an 1/8" gap between each color.  When I had all the pieces adhered, I lifted the panel and folded the excess tape to the back. I matted this panel on a piece of black cardstock and adhered it to the card base.  I added the diagonal pieces of yarn, using mini dot adhesives.

Creating from the Scrap Stash

Do you have a lot of scrap pieces of patterned paper and cardstock that you have been saving?  I certainly have my fair share. I recently reorganized my scrap stash and decided it was time to start using up some of the bits and pieces, so I created this card. The background for this card was made from three shades of blue cardstock. It was a fun and interesting way to create a background. Of course, making just one card didn't use up much of my scrap stash and I don't see myself doing too many backgrounds this way. It took far too long to cut and fit the pieces together. However, if you haven't tried something like this, it's so worth doing at least once.

Supplies: cardbase: Paper Studios, Cardstock: DCWV & other pieces of scrap, brads, Adhesive: Scrapbook Foam Adhesives, Scotch Quick Dry

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hexagon Background

I recently purchased a Stampin' Up Hexagon Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. As you can see, I used it to create the background for this card. I also used Core'dinations spotted cardstock to add even more dimension. I wasn't sure that I would be able to use the embossing folder in my FUSE Die Cut machine, but with a little tweaking I got the folder to work!  Of course, now that I know it works, it makes me want to see what other embossing folders I can find.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Core'dinations spotted, DCWV: green, red: scrap piece from stash
Punches: Ek Success: Flower, Leaf: ? no name on it, 1/8" circle
Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up
Fiskars Fuse Creativity System
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Triple Time Stamping Round 2

I tried the triple time stamping technique for the first time yesterday morning and just had to give it another try. It involves stamping an image over layers of cardstock.  (If you don't know about this technique you can watch Dawn Olchefske demonstrate it here.) For this card I stamped with a butterfly stamp and a tree stamp onto layered pieces of white cardstock. I matted each piece with black cardstock and added a ribbon made from embroidery thread.  This is a quick, fun technique. Next next time I used this technique I am going to try embossing the images for a slightly different look.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Paper Recollections
Ink: Studio G
Stamps: Stampin' Up
Embroidery thread: DMC
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Orange Fringed Flowers

I came across an incredible inspirational photo at Just Us Girls. I don't work with orange often but really liked the photo and wanted to see what I could come up with for the challenge. I ended up punching flowers from orange cardstock, inking around the edges and cutting tiny slits into each petal to create a fringe. To add dimension to each flower, I added a second layer to each one. For the center of the flowers, I added brown fringed circles as well as pearls and a bit of highlighting with a white marker. I punched leaves, inked around the edges and folded them in half to give them some dimension.The flowers are matted on a piece of white cardstock. At the base of the mat I attached brown ribbon and adhered the mat to a white cardbase with dimensional adhesive.                                                                                            
Cardbase: Paper Studio Cardstock: Paper Recollections, Flower punch: Marvy Uchida , Circle punch: EK Success, Leaf Punch: McGill, White Marker: American Crafts, Pearls: E Line, Ribbon ?, Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry & Scotch ATG, Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares, Ink: Studio G

Merry Wishes Triple Stamped

This morning I tried a new technique: triple stamping. I had seen this technique used on several cards and had wanted to try it but never got around to it. When I noticed that the technique challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is to use this triple stamping technique, I knew it was time to give it a try.  Since I am not a big stamper, my selection of stamps is pretty limited. However, I did have this snowflake stamp and I put it to use after watching Dawn Olchefske's tutorial. (If you haven't seen this technique, you should watch the video. Dawn explains it very well and provides measurements to make it sooooo easy.)  This was a fun and easy technique and I imagine I will be using it again and again.

Cardbase: ? red piece of cardstock from my scrap stash
Cardstock: Paper Recollections
Stamp:  Handwritten on the side of the snowflake stamp: Stacy Stamp 1007A, Stampin' Up
Gems: Studio G
Ink: Page Craft
Snowflake Punch: Tonic Studios
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Happy Hellos

This card was inspired by the sketch challenge at Make My Monday. I started by punching squares from patterned paper, then cut a slightly larger squares from blue cardstock. Next I cut randomly cut each square of patterned paper into five pieces and adhered the pieces onto the blue squares, leaving a space between each piece.  I cut a strip of black cardstock and attached it vertically to the center of the card and then adhered the blue squares along it.  I punched black dragonflies, glued them to the squares and added gems down the center. I cut a banner from both the blue cardstock and the patterned cardstock and wrote the sentiment on the blue cardstock with a marker. To finish I added a few gems below the word Hellos.
Supplies: Sketch: Make My Monday,  Cardbase: Paper Studios, Cardstock: Authentique: Splendid, DCWV, Dragonfly Punch: McGill, Gems: Paper Studio, Marker: ZIG, Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG

Friday, January 25, 2013

Polka Dot Birthday

I was sorting through my scrap pieces of cardstock and came across this turquoise cardstock.  I decided to put it to use and created this card just for fun. If you follow my blog regularly, you might recognize the layout. It's based on a sketch  from a recent challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch. (I submitted a card for the challenge earlier this month.)  To create this card, I started by adhering the the wavy edged turquoise strip to a white cardbase. I punched several circles from different colored pieces of cardstock. Next I added white polka dots with a gel pen on and adhered them to the background.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but the square in the center is dark purple. I matted a piece of white cardstock on it and used four of the circles in the center as a focal point. I ended up using a marker to write the sentiment....it's also purple but hard to tell from the photograph.  
Supplies: Cardbase: Paper Studios, Punch: EK Success, Decorative scissors, Cardstock: Scraps from my stash, Marker: Bic Mark It, Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Gel Pen: Sakura

Thanks so much for visiting!

Faux Happy Father's Day

This morning I was really wishing that it was Saturday instead of Friday. I didn't want to go to work and deal with the stresses that have been a part of each day this past week. Instead, I just wanted to stay home and be creative. Fortunately, I am an early riser and had plenty of time before work to put this card together and to let my creative juices flow. My inspiration came from the sketch challenge at  Clean and Simple. I really like creating banners and this sketch has three of them! I began by cutting a strip of patterned cardstock to run the length of the card then cut three banners from a piece of light green cardstock. I also cut images from the patterned cardstock to use to as decorative elements on the banners. I used blue cardstock to punch a few stars and then cut strips of of it to add further detail to the banners. The blue cardstock was also used to mat the center banner.  I adhered the patterned paper and the banners and then added a strip of cream colored ribbon. To add a bit of dimension, I bent a piece of blue wire in a zig zag fashion and attached it over the top of the ribbon.
I couldn't decide what I wanted to use for a sentiment, so instead of printing or stamping one on the card, I used photoshop to add a "faux" Happy Father's Day. I've found that using photoshop this way is a good way to see what a sentiment will look like on the card before actually printing or stamping it onto it.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Authentique Splendid, DCWV, Fox River Paper Co.
Ribbon: Offray
Wire: ?
Star punch?
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry
Photoshop Elements

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Building a Snowman

I am playing along with the latest challenge at Jingle Belles. The challenge is called:  It's a Scandinavian Christmas! The inspirational photo was the perfect prompt for me. I was also inspired by a card created by Nikki Foraker. She had created a snowman from cardstock that had text printed on it. I really wanted to try something similar so I began by hand cutting a snowman from a piece of white cardstock with text printed on it. Then I hand cut the hat, scarf, arms, eyes and carrot nose. I used a punch for the buttons. With a white gel I carefully drew a "Scandinavian Snowflake" pattern onto the scarf and hat band and added more detail with a red colored pencil. I adhered all the snowman parts together and then attached the snowman to a white textured cardbase that I had embossed with a scoreboard. As I embossed, I made heavy and light embossing patterns on the cardbase so that the background would have lots of texture. This was a super fun challenge and it was an awesome inspirational photo!
Thanks for visiting!

SUPPLIES:Cardbase: Paper StudiosCardstock: Scrap pieces of white, red, brown & blackScoring Board: Martha StewartGel Pen: SakuraColored Pencils: CrayolaInspiration: Nikki Foraker: http://scrappinnavywife.blogspot.com/2012/12/mct-12-days-of-christmas-day-12.html  Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Challenge #1 at Muse Card Club

I was inspired to make this card after seeing the card challenge at Muse Card Club. Amy Kolling designed a beautiful card for us to use as inspiration. Our challenge is to create a card based on any or all of the elements of her card. I loved her layered flower so I started by creating a yellow flower. I used a leaf punch to create the petals and bent them slightly to give them dimension. My flower petals were created with a leaf punch. I used a spotted/textured cardstock that I sanded so the dots would pop. Amy and I both used green leaves, but I added a few more and also inked around the flower and the leaves. I didn't use any embossing, instead I drew the leaf lines in with a colored pencil.  I printed my sentiment on a square panel but did not dry emboss the panel. Instead I cut it out and poked holes around the outer edges with a needle. I was also inspired to use a striped patterned paper. My stripes are vertical and Amy's are diagonal. Finally, the layout on both cards is also quite similar. Thanks for the inspiration, Amy....I am looking forward to more challenges at Muse.
Cardbase: Paper Studios
Amy Kolling's card
Patterned Cardstock:   EP: This & That (striped), Core'dination's:  yellow spotted, Happy Colors Collection, DCWV(green), white: scrap piece
MS WORD: Font: Pristina
Punches: McGill (leaf), EK Success (circle)
Ink: Studio G
Colored pencil: Crayola
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG

Bright, Cheerful Birthday Flowers

Lately, when I am making cards, I find myself reaching for bright, cheerful colors which isn't a bad thing. I must be just going through a phase.  Anyway,  I used punched flowers as the focal point for this birthday card. I added hand cut leaves to each flower and adhered them across the top of the card base. Next I added a decorative strip of trim and wrote the sentiment with a marker. I was inspired to make this card because of a challenge that I saw over at 365 Cards.  The challenge is: CREATE A FRESH FLORAL card with a CLEAN & SIMPLE STYLE.

Cardbase: Paper Studios, Punch: Stampin' Up/Paper Shapers, Leaves: hand cut, Trim: Amy Applique Craft Cord, Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry

I hope you are 
a great week! 
Thanks for stopping by!  

Happy Valentine's Day

This is the second card that I created based on the  current challenge at The Sketch File.  Please visit Kathy's blog for more inspiration and to link up your project with us. 
Cardbase: Paper Studios
Patterned Paper: MME
Cardstock: DCWV
Punches: Ek Success, circle, Troll, heart
Embroidery thread: DMC
Embossing: Fiskars Texture Plate
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Green Card

Every once in a while, I take a few moments to look through a container of embellishments that I've made and didn't used for one reason or another. I had sewn the heart and smock like border on this hand cut tag quite a while ago. When I initially created the tag, I wasn't happy with it so I put it aside. However, when  I came across the tag this morning, I decided that I really liked the stitching and wanted to use the tag. So, I added the punched flowers and mounted the tag on the embossed background cardstock.  Now, I'm wondering what other hand made items I've stashed in that container of embellishments. I'm going to have another look and see what else I can create.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Core'dinatons: Happy Colors
Punch: McGill
Tag: Hand cut
Sewing Machine: Jenome
Colored Pencils: Faber Castell
Adhesives: Scotch ATG

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Multi-colored leaves

Tonight I really wanted to try using markers to add a bit of color to a  stamped image. I had seen a  card created by Lisa from I'm in Haven that was so very stunning with it's bright colors that I thought I would give something similar a try.  Lisa's card used hearts with a flourish stamp. I used leaves instead. I stamped the image of the leaves on a separate piece of white cardstock, then colored them with markers. Afterwards I fussy cut around the leaves and stems to give them a bit of dimension. Next I adhered the leaves randomly over the cardbase. I printed my sentiment on the computer and used a score board to add embossed lines before matting the sentiment on a second, slightly larger piece of white cardstock.
Lisa's card from I'm in Haven

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Scrap piece of white
Markers: Bic Mark It, Galaxy Marker
Adhesive: Scotch ATG
Ink: Ranger: Adirondack
Font: MS WORD Lucida Handwriting

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Circle Time

This very quick and simple card is based on the current sketch challenge over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  First, I did a little embossing with my score board. Then I punched a circle within a circle from four different colored pieces of cardstock. I added polka dots with a gel pen and adhered the circles to the cardbase. 
Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: bits and pieces from my scrap stash
Gel Pen: Sakura
Punches: EK Success
Score Board: Martha Stewart
Sentiment: Stampin' Up
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry

Friday, January 18, 2013

Seeing Red

A big shout out to Karen Baker from The Bald Dragonfly who was the inspiration for this card. Karen's cards always have a clean look that I really admire. Recently, Karen has started sharing some crafty tips on her blog. One of her tips for creating a clean look is to sort solid colored pieces of scrap paper by color. Next choose a color and find three shades of that color to use in a color block fashion. After seeing the beautiful card Karen created for the The Crafts Meow, I decided to give her technique a try.  I ended up using more white space between the blocks than I had originally intended, but I think the shades of red work well together.  Thanks for the great tip, Karen! It's a great way to use up the scrap pieces!

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Scrap pieces
Punches: McGill
Pearls: e.line, Prima Marketing
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Three Flowers in Black and White

Are you tired of looking at black and white cards yet? This is my last submission for the black and white color challenge at Addicted to Stamps. Once again I used punches instead of stamps. I punched three flowers from white cardstock that I had printed random words on with MS Word.  I added punched circles and adhered the flowers to black cardstock. I added a white dashed line around the outer edge of the black cardstock and a strip of the text at the base. (The text looks a bit blurry in the photo...sorry. I have a hard time taking photos of black and white cards.)

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Paper Recollections
MS Word
Gel Pen: Sakura
Punches: Ek Success
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed my series of black and white cards. 
I have one more, but I'm not planning on posting it.

Trees with Text

This is yet another card with the black and white color combination.  I wanted to make a masculine card and felt the punched trees would work for this. I printed random words on white cardstock and then punched the three trees across a strip of it. I matted the strip on a piece of black cardstock and again on a piece of white cardstock. Along the edge of the white cardstock, I used a punch that looks like notebook paper. I adhered this to a larger black mat and then to the cardbase.  I'm submitting this for the black and white color challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Paper Recollections
Punches: Tree: EK Success, Note Book: Stampin' Up
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Black & White Again

The black and white color challenge at Addicted to Stamps has really inspired me. I have to admit that this is only the second of five cards that I've made with this color combination. I just love this color combination. I created this card with flower punches and hand drawn leaves and stems. I punched a total of six flowers and layered them adhering a white circle between each set of flowers. The layers don't show up very well in the photo.  I added twine and a dashed line around the edges and adhered the tag to the cardbase, along with a black strip of cardstock. .

Cardbase: Paper Studio
Twine: The Twinery
Punches: McGill, Ek Success
Stems: Hand drawn
Markes: Bic Mark It
Gel Pen: Sakura
Black cardstock: Paper Recollections
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Black & White Sunflowers

I'm submitting this card for the Black & White Challenge over at Addicted to Stamps. I used a punch to create the flowers and cut the stems with scissors.  I wrapped a piece of rick rack at the base of the black cardstock before adhering it to the white cardbase. It was a very simple card to make and the flowers really pop!

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Recollections
Punch: EK Success
Rick Rack: ?
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Head Over WHEELS for You

There is a fabulous color challenge over at ScrapFIT: aquamarine, taupe and white! I knew I had these colors in my stash and had recently acquired a new bicycle stamp that I really wanted to use. So, I started by stamping the bicycle image onto tan cardstock with aquamarine ink , then distressed the outer edges of the cardstock with taupe/dune ink.  Once the image was dry, I used a black marker and drew over the tires, seat, handle bars and pedals.  I matted the bicycle image onto a piece of white cardstock and layered this onto aqua cardstock.  I cut a piece of patterned taupe paper slightly smaller than the card base. I adhered the bike panel to the patterned paper and added the punched hearts, the twine and the sentiment..."Head Over WHEELS for You!".  I finished by inking around the outer edge of the patterned paper before adhering this to the cardbase.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Aquamarine: DCWV, white/taupe...pieces from my scrap stash
Stamp: Studio G
Patterned paper: Colorbok: Cafe au Lait
Twine: The Twinery
Hearts:  Small: hand held punch...no brand name, Medium: Troll, and Large: Hand-cut Markers: Sakura
Ink: Page  Craft: Dune, Studio G: aqua
Font: MS Word Calibri

Monday, January 14, 2013

Lots of fun just around the corner...

Are you ready for some fun? 
 Jackie Rockwell has put together 
a new card making club. 
It's called Muse
The first challenge will be posted
 on January 21...
until then, check out the
to see what kind of excitement
 you can expect.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Quick Thank You

Hello! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. It's really cold here and has been all weekend. It's currently -15 (Fahrenheit) and with the wind chill it feels like -29....brrrrrrr! Sure hope you're staying warm!

I put this card together with a few punched flowers that were hanging out on my craft table. I was tidying up and came across them.  Instead of putting them away, I sat down and put them to use.
Cardbase: DCWV
Twine: Twinology
Punches: Stampin' Up
Markers: Bic Mark It
Cardstock: from scrap stash
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Three in a Row

I made this card just for the fun of it. I wanted to use the new decorative tape that I recently purchased. My goal was to create a masculine card (which I rarely make). I started by attaching the decorative tape diagonally along the face of the card. Then I punched three trees from brown cardstock, adhered them to a small piece of Kraft cardstock and inked around the edges of this. Next I matted this on a piece of cream cardstock. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your visits.

Kraft Cardbase: Paper Studios
Tree Punch: EK Success
Ink: Walnut Ink
Decorative Tape: Steampunk Darice
Cardstock: from my scrap stash
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Aluminum Foil Snowflake

I discovered yet another fabulous blog. It's called 52 (Christmas) Cart Throwdown. The current color challenge is purple, metallic silver and white. So I put together this card with the large silver snowflake as a focal point.  I used two shades of purple and a white cardbase.  To create the silver snowflake, I adhered aluminum foil to cardstock and ran this through my die cut machine. It embossed and cut beautifully. I added purple gems to the snowflake and layered the snowflake on a piece of purple vellum. The background is a punched background that I adhered to a white cardbase.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Punch: background: Martha Stewart, Snowflake: Fiskar's Fuse
Gems: Studio G
Vellum and Patterned paper: Unknown (bought it at a garage sale)
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry
This is another card I made for the same challenge. I used aluminium foil to create the silver snowflakes and the bottom edge of the card.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Snowflakes: Emagination, EK Success
Penguin: Fiskar's Fuse
Tag: Fiskar's Fuse
Twine: Twineology
Markers: Bic Mark It
Colored Pencils: Crayola
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry, Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Flowers for a Friend

This is a simple card that I put together for a friend. She loves bright colors and flowers. I started by punching the flowers. Next I added punched circles to the centers and then adhered the flowers to white cardstock. Using a marker and a green colored pencil, I drew stems and leaves. I matted the panel with the flowers onto red cardstock and adhered it to the cardbase.  To finish the card, I randomly punched holes in a strip of red cardstock and attached it to the card.
Cardbase: DCWV
Cardstock: DCWV, scrap pieces
Markers: Bic Mark It
Punches: McGill, circle punches
Colored pencil: Crayola
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry
I hope you are having a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Look What "Santa" Brought Me

A special "Santa" gave me a delightful new punch for Christmas. It's a Martha Stewart Anywhere Punch. I used it to create the beautiful background on this card. I used two other punches to create layered snowflakes then hung them with gold trim from the top of the card.  I matted the red background and snowflakes on dark green cardstock and finished the card by adding three small bows. I am linking this card up for the current challenge at Jingle Belles. The challenge:  USE NEW CRAFTING GOODIES to create a card.

Cardstock: DCWV, Fox Paper Co.
Punches: Martha Stewart Anywhere, EK Success, Emagination
Gold trim
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares

Handmade Castles

Here are a couple of castles my son and I have created over the years. They are completely handmade from cardboard or foam core.  They look complicated but are easy to make. In addition to cardboard and foam core they require just a few tools, including an Xacto knife, straight edge, hot glue/glue gun, and a bit of paint.  Foam core is easy to shape. Scoring it allows it to bend so that you can create shapes like the towers. We even included a working portcullis in the first one! Painting each little stone onto the walls took us a long time, but it was well worth it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Flag

I'm still experimenting with the stamps that I recently required. This time I inked the cardbase with mulitple colors and stamped the confetti background across the card. I then added black and white strips.  To create the banner, I stamped happy birthday on white cardstock, colored it with markers and inked the edges with the same ink that  I used on the cardbase. I cut a fish tail at one end and punched two 1/8" holes at the other end. I slipped a piece of a skewer into the holes to create a flag and adhered it to the front of the card.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Stamps: Provo Craft, Clear Impressions
Cardstock (from my scrap stash)
Markers: Bic Mark It
Inks: Ranger Adirondack, Pitch Black, Studio G
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry

Thanks so much for visiting!

Thinking of You

This is the third and final card that I created with for December sketch challenge at The Sketch File. I started by punching flowers, inking around the edges and layering them. I adhered them to the cardbase along with the punched leaves, the red patterned paper and black cardstock. I finished by printing the sentiment on my computer and adhering it to the front of the card.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Recollections
Patterned Paper: DCWV
Flower Punch: Stampin' Up
Leaf Punch: McGill
Ink: Studio G
Adhesive: Sotch ATG