Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Warm Winter Wishes

The guest designer over at MUSE is Deana Jean from Kloset Kreations. She has created a gorgeous card to inspire us. I was drawn to the collection of flowers in the upper corner of her card. I loved how her sentiment looked like it was tucked behind the flowers. This reminded me of a pocket. So I decided to create a pocket. I stamped snowflakes on blue cardstock, punched holes around the edge and threaded a piece of string through the holes ending in a bow in the center of the pocket. I adhered this to a cardbase that I had printed text on and then tucked two hand made mittens into the pocket. Inside the sentiment reads....Warm Winter Wishes.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Scrap piece of blue
Crimper: Marvy Uchida
Trim: white...bought at a garage label
Circle Punch: 1/8" hand held
Snowflake Punches: Tonic Studios, EK Success
Computer: Printed text
Mittens: Hand cut
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

This is my second card today. This one has a felt focal point and is for the felt challenge over at 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown. I hand cut the holly leaves and berries from felt, then used my Fiskar's Fuse to die cut the white felt background. I adhered the leaves to the felt, then adhered the white felt to the green mat. Next I punched holes in the green cardstock along the edge of the white felt.  I finished by writing "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!" inside.

Cardbase: Paper Recollections
Cardstock: DCWV
Fiskar's Fuse Die Cut
Hole Punch
Marker: American Crafts
Adhesives: AdTech Hot Glue Gun, Scotch ATG

Season's Greetings

My inspiration for today's card comes from  the view out my craft room window. We are in the midst of  snow flurries here. The wind is howling and the snow is flying. Although there isn't anyone carrying a tree home, the weather seems perfect for it. The focal point for this card was created from felt. Using felt is the current challenge over at 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown. So, I began by hand cutting the person and tree from pieces of felt. I adhered the pieces together with hot glue and added highlights and detail with markers. For the snow I used layers of torn white cardstock and matted this onto a piece of blue  "snow" patterned paper.  Inside the card, I simply wrote Season's Greetings!

Cardbase: Paper Studios
White cardstock: Paper Recollections
Ad Tech Hot Glue
Markers: American Crafts, Galaxy, EK Success
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's Got Rhythm

Inspiration for this card came from the current challenge at the MUSE Card Club. The goal is to create a card based on an inspiration card created by Marion Vagg. Marion created a colorful, patterned card with a bright cheerful feel. I wanted to create a card that evoked the same happy feeling.  In addition to the bright, cheerful colors, I loved her placement of her patterned papers...they seem to have rhythm.  I wanted to replicate that rhythm, so I placed  alternating patterned papers horizontally.  I really liked the orange diamond shapes and the chevrons on Marion's patterned papers. I didn't have a patterned paper with the same bold, bright feel, so I cut a blue striped piece of paper with decorative scissors (to give it a similar chevron pattern on the edge).  I backed these blue striped pieces of paper with a bright green colored cardstock and repeated the chevron edge by cutting it with the decorative scissors. To create a diamond pattern in the center of the blue striped paper, I punched squares and then turned them on end and adhered them. The decorative tape with the floral pattern gave me a second pattern to alternate with the blue striped paper. I adhered this cream colored decorative tape to a piece of the same green cardstock that I used to mat the blue striped strips. The tape was somewhat translucent and allowed some of the green color to come through.  This added just the right touch and the new color worked well with the other colors. I positioned my sentiment in the same corner as Marion placed hers, however, I used a banner and stamped the sentiment instead.
Cardbase: Paper Studios
Punch: Family Treasures
Ink: Tsukineko: Brillance
Stamp: Stamp' in Up
Patterned Paper: Great Paper Co.
Decorative Tape: Darice
Green Cardstock: Bazzil

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Shades of Green

I gave my Tim Holtz Flutter stamp another workout with this card. I stamped the image onto white cardstock using green ink then trimmed around it leaving a slight border. I matted this image on piece of green cardstock and adhered it to a cardbase. I added the gorgeous green ribbon to anchor the mat and finished by adding the pearls.  

Cardbase: Paper Recollections
Stamp: Tim Holtz, Flutter
Ink: Momento
Green mat: from scrap stash
Ribbon: ?  I won it and it didn't come on a spool
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...

This is my third card based on the sketch I created for Jingle Belles. In my previous post HERE, I explained that I am a guest star at Jingle Belles this week (so exciting!) For this card, I let my imagination run wild and came up with this rather silly card with a Santa suit and hat to represent the main elements in the sketch.  Can you still see the sketch in this creation?  The Santa suit was so easy to make. I grabbed some felt, cut it into the shape of a hat and suit and then used some polyfill to add faux fur.  In addition, I hand cut a belt from some scrap pieces of black cardstock, folded it around the suit and adhered it with glue dots. I used MS Word to print my sentiment on white cardstock, cut around it in the shape of a banner and matted it on black cardstock.  Of course, I wrote "Christmas" inside the card to complete the sentiment.

Cardbase: Paper Studios, Patterned Cardstock: MME 12 Days of Christmas,Black cardstock: from my scrap stash, Whole punch, Polyfill, Red Felt, Adhesive: Elmer's Glue Spots,  Scotch ATG

If you were inspired by the sketch, please link up your card over at JINGLE BELLES!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Flutter, Flutter

My goal for this card was to keep it simple and to use the stamp as the focal point. I stamped the image with green ink onto white cardstock and trimmed around it leaving a slight border. Along the border, I punched holes. I layered this image on a piece of embossed cardstock than matted it on a piece of black cardstock.  I wrapped trim around the top and bottom of the black cardstock and finished with a few pearls.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Paper Recollections (black), K&Co.
Stamp: Tim Holtz, Flutter
Ink: Momento
Paper punch
Pearls: Queen & Co
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

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Thanks so much!

My Love for You...

This card came together very quickly. I stamped the image of the watering can, punched the hearts to create the flowers and drew in the stems, grass and "pouring" hearts.  The sentiment finishes with... just grows and grows.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Stamp: Studio G
Marker: Zig Memory
Heart Punch: Troll
Colored Pencil: Crayola
Cardstock: Paper Recollections
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG


Friday, February 15, 2013

My Sketch at Jingle Belles

Today I am honored to be a guest star over at Jingle Belles.  I have enjoyed participating in the challenges there and was thrilled that Lauren and Steph agreed to let me share a sketch with you.  I hope you will find the sketch inspiring  and will create a card to share HERE. 

I created two cards based on the sketch. The more interesting of the two is the snowman card, which is a little more creative and uses the sketch more loosely. For the second card I stuck closely to the elements and layout of the sketch.  Do you prefer one over the other?  Either way, I hope you'll take a moment to visit the Jingle Belles blog and join in on the challenges. I've loved participating in the challenges. And the best part....If you participate regularly, when December rolls around you'll have plenty of cards to mail to friends and family! No more assembly line card making for me!

Snowman Card Supplies:
Cardbase: Fox River Paper Co.
Cardstock: Paper Recollections, MME (Scarf)
Snowman punch: Martha Stewart
Snowflake Punch: Tonic Studios
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG

Tree Card Supplies: 
Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock:Fox Rive Paper Co
Star Punch: EK Success
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG
Sketch created with MS Paint
Paper Crimper: Marvy Uchida

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Hanging Hearts

HANGING HEARTS...that's the challenge over at 365 Cards . For my card, I started by stamping the background image on a Kraft cardbase using a Versamark ink pad. Then I punched a large circle in the upper half of the cardbase and hung the hearts. I attached an outer ring made from cream cardstock. To add some definition, I inked the hanging hearts and  the inside edge of the cream ring. Inside the card I adhered a cream colored piece of cardstock and added a series of red hearts.  To finish the card, I added the four sets of hearts in each corner.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Core'dinations Vanilla Cream, Red (scrap pieces)
Thread: DMC
Heart Punches: EK Success, Troll
Circle punch: EK Success
Stamp: Market Street
Inks: Versamark ink pad, Page Craft
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG

Friday, February 8, 2013

My Take

This is my take on the current challenge over at MUSE Card Club. The challenge is pretty simple. We can draw inspiration from the posted card. That inspiration can take any form including "design/layout, color combination, pattern, texture, image style, embellishment and technique." My card and Laurie Willison's inspirational card share the same colors as well as a split panel down the center. I love the clean style of Laurie's card and her fantastic color combination. To create a floral background on my card, I used stamps and a VersaMark.  I punched six flowers, layered them and added a yellow circle to the center. I inked around the edges of each flower and added hand cut felt leaves. I printed the sentiment on the computer and used a colored pencil to add lines around the edge of the square. I adhered the flowers and attached this square to the green panels that I had wrapped in ribbon. In the end, I felt that the cards were two similar and I wished I had been a bit more creative in my design.
Cardbase: Paper Recollections
Cardstock: Bazzill
Punch: Stampin' Up
Ribbon: Oriental Trading
Stamps: Studio G
Versamark Stamp Pad
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Let it Snow!

Some of you may not have the same wish for snow that I currently have but we've had very little moisture this winter and we are in desperate need of snow.  With that thought in mind and the current  snow, sleet, rain challenge at Jingle Belles I couldn't resist making a card about snow. To create the card base, I took a 12 x 12 sheet of white cardstock and scored it at 4" and 8". Then I accordion folded it and tore a portion off starting at the back top edge and tearing towards the bottom front edge (diagonally).  I used a computer to print the sentiment. Then I used a blue colored pencil to add some dimension and interest around the edges. I punched three large snowflakes and a bunch of smaller snowflakes. I layered the three large snowflakes and covered all the snowflakes with clear iridescent embossing powder.

White Cardstock: Paper Recollections
Colored pencil: Crayola
MS Word Font: Bradley
Snowflake punches: Emagination, EK Success
Embossing Powder: Darcie's Country Folk Clear Iridescent
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry, Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Tape

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Blue Buds

Yesterday was "clean up my desk" day in my craft room. I had bits and pieces of things that I had set aside for one reason or another. When I came across these blue buds, I knew it was time to use them. Also, in that same pile of bits and pieces, I found the black mat and the white punched circle. So, I challenged myself to use them on a card. I kept it pretty simple. I adhered the blue buds onto the white circle, clumping them together and matted these onto the black rectangle. I added the white dashed line with a gel pen along the outer edges of the black mat. I didn't add the sentiment. This is one of those all occasion cards and I'll add it when I decide how I want to use it.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: scrap pieces
Stamps: Market Street
Markers: Bic Mark Its, Gallaxy (white)
Gel Pen: Sakura
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Bicycle Card

I made this card just for the fun of it. For this card, I tried to keep the bicycle as the focal point and to limit embellishments to just the patterned paper and the faux stitched line and inked edges.

Cardbase: Paper Studios, Cardstock: Paper Recollections, Core'dinations, Text: MS Word (random words), Stamp: Studio G, Gel Pen: Sakura, Ink: Tim Holtz, Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Thanks so much for visiting!

All Stitched Up

Kathy has the February sketch up over at The Sketch File. When I first saw it, I was somewhat hesitant because of all the layers. But I was ready for a challenge and reached for some MME Antique Dot paper. I had bits and pieces left over from other projects so this was a perfect card to use up some scraps.  Once I decided on the patterned papers, I cut a large circle and layered the other bits under it.  I ended up using my sewing machine to stitch the pieces together and then adhered them to the card base.  You probably can't tell from the photo, but the flowers are layered and have a bit of dimensional adhesive between the layers.

So are you feeling inspired? Want to play along?  Please check out the current challenge and other DT member's projects over at The Sketch File. We'd love to have you play along with us.

Supplies: Cardbase: Paper Studios, Patterned Paper: MME Antique Dots, Cardstock: yellow scraps, Punches: Flower:  EK Success, Leaves: ? (no name on it),  Sewing Machine: Janome, Colored pencil: Crayola, Adhesives: Glue Dots, Scotch ATG, February Sketch: Kathy Waffle's The Sketch File

Flower Power

This very simple card was inspired by the current sketch at Sunday Stamps. I started by stamping the text. I have a collection of stamps with the names of flowers on them. I stamped these flower names onto a piece of white cardstock using a green ink. After the ink had dried, I punched flowers in two different sizes and used a colored pencil and ink to add more detail. I cut a banner from green cardstock and wrote the sentiment with a black marker. I adhered circles that I had punched and inked to the center of each flower. On the outside edges of the white panel, I  used a colored pencil to add stitch lines. This panel was matted onto a piece of green cardstock and then the card base.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: DCWV, Paper Recollections
Stamps: Flower Names (?)
Punches: EK Success
Ink: Memento: Bamboo Leaves
Marker: Sakura
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Heart Trio

This is my second card based on the February sketch at 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown. I wanted to try another card with the same sketch, but this time I created a Valentine's Day card rather than a Christmas card.  I punched three dark brown hearts, added pieces of zig zags/Chevrons that I cut from patterned paper and adhered them to the heart panel. I added a strip at the bottom with a layer of cream cardstock, brown and a chevron. Finally I added the two bows between the hearts.

Cardbase: Paper Studios
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants: Country Boutique
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Heart punch: EK Success
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG

Trio of Trees

52 (Christmas)Card Throwdown has posted a new sketch for February. I decided to see what I could come up with and ended up creating this card. I started by hand cutting the three trees from white cardstock. I adhered them to the green panel, then added the hearts between each tree. Next I added a bit of ribbon and finished by printing the sentiment on white cardstock.
Cardbase: Paper Studios
Cardstock: Paper Recollections. DCWV: Green
MS Word
Heart punches: Troll/?
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Glue Dots

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