Oooh, I Love This Card!!

I was a busy bee on Sunday! I got several of the Dirty Girl challenges done, cleaned both bathrooms, stewed over an upcoming job interview, AND did the Featured Stamper challenge! This week’s featured stamper was lauraly (view her gallery here) – and wowza does she have great stuff to choose from! I picked this card because it just jumped right off the screen at me. She used one of my favorite color combos, too! It was really tough trying to decide what to change about the card.

I started by changing the colors – my base is Close to Cocoa (CtC), stamped with the Floral background in CtC Classic Ink. My next layer is Sage Shadow. For my focal panel I went with Barely Banana, stamped with the French Script background and sponged with CtC ink. I distressed the edges with my fingernail, and sponged then again after I did that.  I cut a triangle to fit in the corner, over both layers, stamped it with the Floral background image again, and gave it a wavy edge. So now I had the basics done.

Next I used Dark Brown embossing powder and Versmark ink to make the image from Carte Postale really stand out against the Barely Banana. On top of it, I layered three Prima flowers, held together by a pewter brad. In the three corners of the Sage Shadow cardstock that could still be seen, I used my Crop-a-dile to put Sage Shadow eyelets. I accented the whole thing with some beautiful Prima ribbon paired with a sating ribbon from AC Moore; the bottom corner has a decorative brad and frayed satin ribbon just to be different.

I have to say it — I adore this card. I didn’t take long to make at all, and I have been staring at it ever since I finished it! I might just have to keep it all to myself ;)!! I love the original too – thanks for the inspiration!!

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Sympathy for a Family Friend

On Friday, a friend of the family passed away after a long and difficult battle with cancer. I made this sympathy card send, but it just doesn’t seem right. Then again – I never feel like sympathy cards are “right” – are they too much? Not enough? Wrong colors? Right sentiment? Uuugggghh.

So I went pretty simple on this one, and colors that I thought were nice – not necessarily dark. I watercolored the flower after I stamped it with Black Stazon on Naturals White cardstock. The leaves and stem are done with a Garden Green Watercolor Wonder Crayon, the background with a Bravo Burgundy one, the flower with a bit of Blush Blossom, and the inner stem is Summer Sun. I used an Aquapainter to blend it all. I clear embossed over it like 10 times – I was hoping to do the cracked-glass effect but it just wouldn’t ever crack. So oh well! It’s just super glossy!

The base for the card is Garden Green cardstock with the French Script background stamped in Garden Green Classic Ink. I layered Bravo Burgundy (edges sponged with Chocolate Chip ink) and Kraft  (edges sponged with Creamy Caramel ink) cardstock on and added some Burgundy grosgrain ribbon (from Ribbons and Bows Oh My! – link at right) around it. I stamped my sentiment on Kraft cardstock, punched it out with my Giga scalloped oval punch, and sponged on more green.

Now if I could only figure out what to write inside….

A Little Vanilla

I have got to say, I just love these little tent topper cards. They could not be more fun to make! This is my card for today’s Limited Supplies Challenge. I bent the rules a bit (with Jen’s permission!) and used Basic Black and Very Vanilla cardstock rather than Black and White. I am thinking of using this for a swap I am in – if I can bring myself to part with all of my Crate dp!!! This piece is called Trendy, and I *heart* it very much!

I used the stamp set Happy Harmony, which I just think is so sweet. I stamped the flowers, then inked up the stems and stamped them off once on a scratch piece of paper before putting them under the flowers – to make them a tad lighter. Punched it out using my Giga scallop oval , put it on dimensionals, tied the ribbon and tag on, and done! The whole thing took maybe 15 minutes. My kind of card!

Supply list (other than what I’ve already mentioned): Basic Black ink, random brad, large oval punch (SU), black and cream offray ribbon, corner rounder

A Home For My Goodies

This is my project for today’s Ways to Use It challenge. I went in a different direction than intended, I think, but I’m thrilled with the end result.

This little jar (which used to hold Clausen pickles – something I cannot live without) has been coralling my little tools that I use on almost every project – hobby blade, Cutter Bee scissors, aquapainter, blender pens, mechanical pencil – things that have an actual home but are never in there because I’m always using them. So I picked some paper and extra that I cannot live without and decided to make their new home pretty!

I started with some Cosmo Cricket dp (Doc Holiday from the Wanted line) – if Cosmo Cricket makes it I have to have it. They are soooo fab! I stamped Baroque Motifs (new fav set – so versatile) in 2 of my most used colors – Really Rust and Close to Cocoa on the dp. I paired it with Primas (how did I ever live without those???) from the Deep Woods Hydrangea collection. They all have SU brads in the center – which I just think are the perfect color to accent things (not too light, not too dark, not too shiny). I adhered the brads using red sticky strip, folded over the top of the jar so that i could put chocolate grosgrain ribbon around the inside.

The ribbon around the center is not attached at all – just knotted in two places to keep the chipboard buckle (also Cosmo Cricket) from goig anywhere. That way, if I want to change it or use it on a project, I can!

And my little friends are so thrilled they have a new home just at my fingertips!

Christmas Tent Toppers

I am on a roll today, ya’ll!! Thank goodness! Today’s sketch challenge happens to be a card I’ve been meaning to try for awhile – a tent topper. I’ve also been meaning to work on my Christmas cards. I have been kind of slack in my participation in the monthly Christmas Card Challenge. I’ve made up for this morning, though!

With my first card (at left) I had in mind a vintage-feel, peaceful card. I used a base of True Thyme cut to be 4.25″ square. Next I stamped my trees, from the Lovely As A Tree set, in True Thyme ink on Confetti Cream paper. I trimmed it to the desired size, and cut a mat panel fo rit using Cranberry Crisp.  Before I adhered the panel dimensionals, I stamped a sentiment (in Cranberry Crisp ink) and pinecone image (in True Thyme ink) from A Beautiful Season on the base. I added two brads at the bottom, and that’s it – simple and peaceful!

My second card is more fun, I think. I don’t know that I like it more – it is just different! I used a base of Sahara Sand, and the layers are Night of Navy and Bordering Blue. I stamped French Flair lightly in Bordering Blue ink on that panel, and highlighted it with a Signo white gel pen and a Sakura glitter pen. For the topper, I stamped the snowmen from The World Over set twice in Black Stazon ink, so they formed a circle. I colored them using blender pens and stampin’ spots. It is hard to see in this picture, but there are little stacks of snowballs that I put Liquid Applique on and dried with a heat gun, so they are puffy. For a little more oomph, I colored every other word using a blender oen and Bordering Blue ink.  I attached the circle – which I cut out using my circle scissors – with a brad from Q&Co.

So that is more holiday stuff crossed of my list! One of the cool things about these cards is that they fit in regular envelopes, just like other cards – what a bonus!

Don’t Be Alarmed…

I changed the theme again! I just can’t help myself – I get bored after awhile! The picture in the header is a view from Rialto Beach, Washington. We were out there on the Olympic Penninsula for our honeymoon, almost 5 years ago. We must’ve taken 50 pictures at this beach alone!

Olive My Girlfriends!

Today’s Color Combination challenge featured Old Olive, Pretty In Pink, and Regal Rose. And woohoo do I ever love this combo!!!! My card yesterday had similar colors (but the Technique Challenge was a toughie – whew!) to these. But I only made on card yesterday – it took forever and I wasn’t at all happy with the results. Oh well – I am today!

It took way longer than I wanted it to for this first card of the morning to be finished! I’ve noticed that if I try to multitask, cards take forever to complete, and I make a total mess of my area. If I can just sit down and make a card from start to finish, the cleanup isn’t too bad. Guess I’ll have to make some more cards to help clean up the mess!

I used a precut tag that came on the sheet with Basic Grey’s Perhaps collection in the middle of this card. I noticed after I put it into the pocket I made out of Old Olive and Regal Rose cardstock) that I didn’t put it back in the center – but it does fit smack in the middle, I swear! I used a heat gun to curl the white and pink organdy ribbon (SU, retired), and attached the “wild side” of it with a spiral clip. I used a sponge dauber to apply dense color to the edges of the olive panel. I used my mat pack and paper piercer to punch the holes that I whipstitched the linen thread (SU) through. The doodle flowers (from the Doodle This set) stamped in Black Stazon on Naturals White cadstock, colored in Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose, edged with a Sakura Glitter pen, clear embossed, and curled with my bone folder. I attached them together with a random green decorative brad, and adhered them to the pocket with a dimensional. The entire pocket is adhered on the Pretty in Pink base with dimensionals.

The sentiment, from Edgy Eloquence, reads “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.” I stamped in in Old Olive, punche dit out with the round tab punch, and used a sponge dauber to add some Old Olive and Regal Rose color to it.  I love this card, these colors, the Basic Grey paper…..off to play some more!