Soft Castles

I found the time to make a card after DD went to bed – how exciting! This one is for the Try a New Technique Challenge this week, which is a Two Way Open Card. Beth posted some awesome directions, so be sure to check it out.

I was in a mellow mood when I stamped this – it was a really awful weather day here, complete with torrential thunderstorms and tornadoes sighted in the area. Somehow, a bright card just seemed wrong tonight, kwim? So I went for an aged, softer look.

I shrunk my card 1/4″ on all the measurements, so it would fit into the envelopes I have here at home. I sponged everything to death on this card using Creamy Caramel ink. I stamped on the dp (Fancy Pants) with the French Script BG and Close to Cocoa ink. My image is from the Provencal set. The image is larger than the panel I had cut, so I inked it up and laid the cs down on the stamp – I like the way it fills up the whole piece of Naturals Ivory cs. I distressed the edges with my fingernail (yes, I was too lazy to get up and grab my distresser tool).

On the inner panel I added two primas with a large brad. I love the element of surpsie they add – you can’t see them at all when the card is closed! I added a piece of hodgepodge hardware in the corner to keep the card closed, and considered it finished. I do need to spend some time with DH!!

Stamps: Provencal, French Script
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Naturals Ivory, Fancy Pants dp
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: distresser, hph, random sprial clip, ribbon, primas, brad
Techniques: two way card, sponging
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A Quick Thank You Card

Sorry about the terrible picture – my allergies are so bad I can barely see the camera anyway! I just hate pollen season 😦  I knew it would catch up to me eventually. And for some odd reason, I don’t think DH likes me with tissues stuffed up my nose, lol. So I spent most of Sunday semi-reclined on the couch, trying to get some rest.

I needed a few quickie thank you cards, so this is one I whipped up. The base is Sage Shadow, the large panel is Groovy Guava stamped tone-on-tone with the retired Harlequin background stamp. I used Prima dp, from their Lucid collection, for my accent panels. It is double sided paper, which makes for easy coordinating! I handstitched around the edges of each panel with dark brown and creme thread, and added some die cut photo corners to it. I used the SAB So Many Scallops set, and punched it with my scalloped circle punch. I punched another scalloped circle out of Groovy Guava cardstock and put it behind the stamped image, and sewed a button in the middle. I finished the whole thing off with some guava organdy ribbon (what a great RAK that was!).

Have a great day, and I hope it isn’t pollen season at your house, too!

Tempting Blackbird

I made this for this week’s sketch challenge on SCS. I am really pleased with how this card came together. And all day long I have been singing “Blackbird” to myself! I love that song.

I discovered this ribbon at Michael’s recently, in the dollar spot area. I got several spools, all of them a bold color with black and white accents. I haven’t made a card yet with any of them, so I was pretty determined to make that happen today! The stamps on this card are more from the set I won from Rose Ann (Paper Delightz) – I’m totally lovin’ it! It makes beautiful cards 🙂

The sketch this week is so great — I did have to flip it on end, though. Sometimes when you flip a sketch on end, it doesn’t work. I do think this one does, thank goodness! I stamped the large bird and the small flowers in Versafine Black ink. I stamped the French Flair background on the white panel and on the card base in Temtping Turquoise.

Stamps: French Flair, Garden Assortment (inkadinkado)
Paper: Tempting Tuquoise, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Versafine Black
Accessories: $1 ribbon, crystal brad

Birthday Bird

I must know a zillion people (okay, I’m exaggerating slightly) that have a birthday in May. I am trying to get a jump on the cards I know I need to mail out. So far, I’ve made…one! I’m a bit slow, okay??

The inspiration for this color combo came from the fabulous dp, which is by Me & My Big Ideas. I got the whole pad on clearance at Michael’s awhile back. The card base is Bashful Blue, The large accent panel is Real Red, and the small mat is Old Olive. I stamped my image and sentiment on textured (no SU) watercolor paper (with Versafine Black ink) and colored it with ink and aquapainters.

I added *bling* to the bottom of the image panel (but noticed when I took the picture that one side had slipped a bit – I have fixed it now!) and to the center of one of the circle designs on the dp (bottom corner). The other circles all had red dots in the middle, so I left them alone. Click on the picture for a better view of the dp!

I think this is a fun card, and I hope it makes the birthday girl smile!

Stamps: Inkadinkado – Bird Assortment
Paper: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Old Olive, non SU watercolor, My Mind’s Eye dp
Ink: Versafine black, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Accessories: aquapainter, mme bling, white gg ribbon, blue organdy ribbon
Techniques: watercoloring

Small Changes…

I changed a few things – I really like it! Hope you do too 🙂

Spotlight on Poppies

Would you believe I have never done a “spotlight” card? What a fun technique! If you’ve never done it either, be sure to check out this tutorial over on SCS.

I was inspired to make use this technique when I saw this adorable card my friend Victoria made. It is such a sweet little card!

I used the new Poppies stamp by Inkadinkado – it’s part of my most recent splurge at Jacksonbelle Embellishments. I don’t think it is possible to make an ugly card with this stamp!  I stamped it on this cool ribbed watercolor paper I found (at Michaels, maybe?) – I love the way it provides texture to the image. I used Brilliance Coffee Bean ink for it. I colored my spotlighted piece with a Blush Blossom WWC and True Thyme ink, and an aquapainter. I also used the inks to watercolor around the edges. 

Stamps: Inkadinkado – Poppies; Carte Postale
Paper: True Thyme, Blush Blossom, Watercolor Paper, Basic Grey DP
Ink: Brilliance Coffe Bean, True Thyme
Accessories: WWC, Aquapainter, small and large oval punches, ribbon
Techniques: Spotlight, tent topper

Purely Butterfly

I made this card for Beate’s weekend sketch. As usual, it was a stunner of a sketch – so simple yet so many possibilities! Her blog is so much fun to drool over!

I knew going in that I wanted to use this Butterfly Scroll stamp that I got from Jacksonbelle Embellishments. I love it! I’m thrilled it happened to work so perfectly with the sketch, lol 🙂

I used my new Brilliance inkpads – Rocket Red Gold, which has the most gorgeous gold sheen to it ever, and Pearlescent Poppy. I am so in love with this whole line of inks! What took me so long??

The dp is from Basic Grey’s Perhaps line. I used two different Inkadinkado stamps – one wood mounted image (the butterfly/scroll/doodle on the Whisper White) and two different images from the clear stamps set Garden Assortment. I used my Martha edge punch to trim the dp.

Stamps: Inkadinkado – Butterfly, Garden Assortment (clear stamps)
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Regal Rose, Basic Grey – Perhaps
Ink: Brillinace – Pearlescent Poppy, Rocket Red Gold
Accessories: polka dot organdy ribbon, Martha Stewart edge punch