Thursday, 20 April 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge #16

It's time for the mid-month post for the current CAS Card Challenge at STAMPlorations. The current challenge is 


We'd love for you to join us for this challenge. Challenge rules include a maximum of three CAS cards submitted per month; you don't have to use STAMPlorations products on your card (who wouldn't want to, their products are so awesome!) and it's your choice whether to include the optional color twist, or not.

Here's my card


I started with Dragonfly Waltz ARTplorations stencil, distress inks (picked raspberry, cracked pistachio and blueprint sketch) applied with ink daubers. To prevent too much overlap of color, I used scrap paper to cover sections where I didn't want the color to go. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations' Fond Expressions 2 stamp set. I added a few sequins to complete the card.

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sue

Monday, 17 April 2017

Calling All Sistahs - April Edition

It's the 17th of the month. That means, it's time to remind all the women in your life to do their monthly self-exams and annual mammograms. This campaign was started by Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps upon her discovery and diagnosis of breast cancer. Michele designed the Calling All Sistahs collection to help us remind each other of this important campaign. Michele donates 50% of the proceeds of the sales from this collection to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Did you know that one in eight women in the US (or one in nine women in Canada) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Look around, do you see eight women? Think about it, on average, one of those eight will receive the diagnosis of breast cancer. It's frightening to think about! We can increase the odds and through early detection, increase the survivor rate, through monthly self-exams and annual mammograms.

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Here's my card



I started with CAS-ual Fridays' Full On Floral stamp, Versamark ink, white embossing powder and my heat tool. I added colour with distress inks (spun sugar, worn lipstick and picked raspberry) randomly. I matted the card with a piece of bright pink. Out of the same pink, I die cut using CAS-ual Fridays' Hope Fri-die and a small heart using a heart die. I added some sparkle with Wink of Stella on the hope and heart die cuts.

I have a friend, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm going to send her this card.

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sue




Sunday, 16 April 2017

a2z Scrapbooking

Sometimes I think it's a good idea to push yourself a little outside your comfort zone. After all, it's only paper, right? I usually prefer the clean and simple look with lots of white space. I felt it was time to give something else a try.

Here's my card



See - no white space - LOL! I started by using Hero Arts CL949 You're So Lovely stamp set with versamark ink and white embossing powder. I heat set the images. I love the Hero Arts ink cubes. They are an affordable alternative to adding more ink colours while not breaking the bank. For this card, I used the Kelly's Flowers, Quiet Morning, Libby's Purple Garden, Jayne's Fall Colors and Lucy's Floral Favorites ink cube sets. Specifically, the colours used were Green Hills, Emerald Green, Tide Pool, Soft Pool, Orchid, Passion Flower, Pale Tomato, Butter Bar, Tangerine and Ultra Pink. I smudged the ink onto an acrylic block and picked up the ink with a water brush. To get more intense colours, limit the amount of water added. To complete the card, I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle. Here's a close-up

 

The current challenge at a2z Scrapbooking is

We'd love for you to join us. Be sure to use a Hero Arts product as your focus and tell us what your favorite Hero Arts product is. For me, it's the variety of ink cubes.

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sue



Thursday, 6 April 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge #16

I've had to keep this secret for what seems like forever. I feel so blessed to have been named to a Guest Designer position at STAMPlorations for their CAS Card Challenges. I stumbled upon STAMPlorations a couple of years ago and slowly am building up my collection. 

Our challenge this month is 


We'd love to have you join us this month. Blog rules include a maximum of three Clean & Simple (CAS) cards each month, you don't have to use STAMPlorations products to join in (why wouldn't you - they are great!) and it's your option whether to include the optional color twist, or not. 

Here's my card


I used STAMPlorations SKETCHED: Tulips stamp with versamark ink on vellum, followed by silver embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool. I coloured in the opposite side of the vellum with copics V12, V15 and G05. I framed the vellum with some silver shimmer paper. To complete the card, I added a silver chiffon bow on the upper left corner. 

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sue

Saturday, 1 April 2017

House of Cards - April Challenge

Happy April 1st ... It's April Fools' Day. No fooling around here. It's time for a new challenge at House of Cards


APRIL 2017
Feather Images and/or Colors


Here's my card


I was inspired by the colours and feathers of this challenge. I used The Crafters Workshop's TCW389s Mini Fancy Feathers stencil. I added colour with distress inks (cracked pistachio, salty ocean and ground espresso) and ink daubers. I started with one feather. It didn't seem enough, so I added two more.  The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Big Scripty Greetings. I added a dark brown mat for the card to complete it. 

We'd love for you to join us this month. Thanks for visiting.
sue

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #279

I surpised myself when I saw the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and had an idea, right away. That doesn't happen very often. Usually, I check out the inspiration of the design team to help me come up with a plan. 

Here's the sketch




Here's my card





I started with Simon Says STAMP Happy Every Day stamp set. I stamped on a large white piece of cardstock and also on scraps of orange/red, hot pink and teal. Using balloon dies from Paper Smooches Balloons and WPlus9 Whole Lotta Happy, I cut out different parts of the sentiment area. It's pretty easy to line up the balloons on the white panel. I found some printed paper that coordinated to complete the card.

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sue

CASology: Week 240

I'm happy to have had some time at my craft table to make a card for this week's challenge at CASology



Here's my card




I used the Memory Box Large Olive Branch die and die cut three branches. I tried to keep the positive with the negative die cuts - makes it easier to add colour, at least for me. I added colour with ink daubers and distress inks (twisted citron, mustard seed, faded jeans, mermaid lagoon, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry). I like the effect of using black as the cardbase. I feel it makes the colours really pop. I used white embossing powder for the sentiment from Catherine Pooler's Butterfly Notes. I also inked up a scrap of white cardstock with twisted citron and mermaid lagoon and cut them into really thin strips for below the sentiment.  

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sue

Friday, 17 March 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - March - Sketch

Why am I always waiting until the last minute to finish stuff? I mean, there is less than 2 hours before the current challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown closes? 

Here's the sketch




Here's my card



I looked at the three vertical strips in the sketch and changed it up to wavy horizontal strips of light shimmer paper. Here's a close-up (it's difficult to capture the shimmer of the wavy strips).


Instead of a label-type of sentiment element, I chose a circle. The super cute snowman and sentiment are from Create A Smile's Cool Buddies stamp set. 

Thanks for visiting (Phew - I think I made it)
sue

Calling All Sistahs - March Edition

Its that time of the month again ... time to remind all the women in your life to do their monthly self-exams and annual mammograms. This campaign was started by Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays upon her discovery and diagnosis of breast cancer. Michele designed the CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs collection to help us remind each other of this important campaign. Michele donates 50% of the proceeds of the sales of that line to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Did you know that one in eight women in the US (or one in nine women in Canada) will hear the diagnosis of invasive breast cancer during their lives. Take a look around, do you see eight (or nine) women - think about it, one average one of those women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I don't like those odds. We can try to increase the odds and through early detection, increase the survivor rate. We can do this by doing our monthly self exams and annual mammograms.

We'd love for you to join our blog hop. All you need to do is create a card using a CAS-ual Fridays product, preferably something from the Calling All Sistahs collection, but that's not imperative. Help us spread the word.

Three random commenters along the blog hop will receive a $15 gift certificate to the CAS-ual Fridays store. You need to leave a comment before 12am on the 19th of March to be eligible.

Here's my card


I used CAS-ual Fridays Word Ribbon stamp set. I inked up the word ribbon with Hero Arts Shadow Ink - bubble gum. To add some pop, I inked the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs stamp set with black ink and popped up the sentiment element with dimensionals. To complete the card, I added sequins from the exclusive Sistahood Sparkles sequin pack. 

Next on the blog hop is

Kara Stainbrook

Here's the full list of "hoppers" 





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sue

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Less is More Challenge #319 - One Layer Card

The current challenge at Less Is More is



I'm a bit intimidated by one layer cards. I'm always so certain that I'm going to mess it up - you know, drop the stamp, fingerprint, smudge the imprint. I know, that I could just turn it into a multi-layer card and it's only paper. It still stresses me out. I'm working on that, though.

Here's my card



I'm just in love with Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp set. It's what I used, along with my MISTI. I inked up the stamp with one colour, stamped it and without moving the stamp, inked up part of the stamp with a complementary colour. Then, I re-positioned the stamp - restamped, twice more. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. 

Part of me wants to add something to the top of the card. I think that I just need to embrace the white space - do you agree?

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sue

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Stamp Nation Challenge #231 - Background Stamps

Where are your background stamps? If they are like mine, they are tucked away, out of sight and kind of forgotten. Thanks to the current challenge at Stamp Nation, I've gone to the shelf where they are hiding. I remember thinking that I.had.to.have this stamp from Hero Arts Everything Flower stamp. I probably have only used it a few times. I was inspired by this card by "tinstar" and CASEd her card

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Here's my card



I commented on her card, that i thought it should have been photographed with colour pencils because it reminded me of a colouring book image. Well, figures, when I took the picture of my card I forgot the colour pencils. Oh well, next time. The sentiment is from Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp set, which was heat embossed on vellum with silver embossing powder.   Here's a close-up



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sue

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Found some crafting mojo and created a card for the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

This week the challenge is

For A Special Lady/Girl


This week they are showcasing Penny Black Products.


Here's my card



So, i didnt' really think this all the way through. I started masking off a central area (rectangle with rounded corners) and then stamping using Penny Black's Sprigs stamp set and a variety of Hero Arts shadow inks. I then removed the mask. Then I decided that the sentiment should be popped up with dimensionals and made the sentiment element - same sized rectagle with rounded corners. This is where I realized that I didn't have to mask the sentiment area, since I was popping the sentiment element up anyway. Here is a close-up.




The sentiment is from Hero Arts Happy Mother's Day stamp set. I used a red pen to add a stitched outline. 

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sue

Sunday, 12 March 2017

AAA Cards: CAS Game #85

Found some time this weekend to create a few cards. Here's a card for the current challenge at AAA Cards

The challenge is 






I was inspired by the fancy gold dress on a black background. Here's my card



I used Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Flourishes stamp with versamark ink and gold embossing powder. I cut the panel down to 2.75" x 3.25" and matted it with gold. The sentiment from Simon Says STAMP Handwritten Greetings stamp set was also heat embossed with gold.

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sue

Muse Card Challenge #206

There is a great Muse card over at Muse Card Club for this week's challenge. It's this beauty created by Anita Bowden



I was inspired by 

  • the Echinacea flowers
  • black background
  • offset colour mat
  • a friend sentiment
Here's my card



I started by stamping Penny Black's sunbursts cling stamp with white pigment ink on black cardstock. Once the ink dried, I used Primacolor coloured pencils to add colour to the image. 

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sue

Monday, 6 March 2017

Stamp Nation CC Challenge #1 - Sweet Treats

I don't think that it's ever too early to start making Christmas cards. Heck, if I can get them made during the year, I won't have to scramble in December. Sounds like a plan! Stamp Nation has just started a Christmas Card challenge to help us get a head start on our 2017 Christmas cards. The first challenge is "Sweet Treats".


 
So, I was also inspired by Stamp Nation's KISS card challenge to be inspired by one of Catherine Pooler's KISS (Keep it Simple Stampers) cards. You can see her cards here. I was inspired by this card


While I was looking through my stamps, I created a card - then I realized that while I had something that fit the "sweet treats" theme initially, I put down the stamp set and created a completely different card than no longer fit the theme - UGH! It's OK though, another Christmas card completed!

Then I picked up Catherine Pooler's Candy Cane Lane stamp set and CAS-ual Friday's Snowy Sayings stamp set which was available in Catherine Pooler's Holiday Magic Stamp of Approval box. Here's my card



I stamped the candies with Catherine Pooler inks (Rockin' Red and Party Dress). The sentiment is die cut using Simon Says STAMP Happy Holidays die. To complete the card, I used a piece of black striped washi tape.

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sue

Stamp Nation Challenge #230 - KISS Cards

I love watching Catherine's KISS (Keep It Simple Stampers) videos. She makes cardmaking seem so effortless. There is a challenge over at Stamp Nation to make a card inspired by one of Catherine's KISS cards - you can see her videos here

I chose to start with this card

Frankly My Dear Confetti KISS Cards 3

Here's my card


I used Catherine Pooler's Paisley Peacock stamp set with Catherine Pooler inks (Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia and Fiesta Blue). The sentiment used CAS-ual Fridays 2 Yous Dies and CAS-ual Fridays All About You stamp set - both were available in Catherine Pooler's Beautiful World Stamp of Approval box. To complete the card, I used some diagonally striped washi tape.

Of course, I couldn't stop with just one card. 


I made this card with The Ton's Holiday Flourish stamp set from Catherine Pooler's Holiday Magic Stamp of Approval box. I used Catherine Pooler inks (Rockin' Red, Lime Rickey and Grass Skirt). The sentiment is die cut from Simon Says STAMP Happy Holidays die. I found a thin scrap piece of Christmas cardstock which complemented the colours well.

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sue

Less is More Challenge #318 - Mainly Teal

I was intrigued by the current challenge at Less is More 




because I love the colour teal. 

Here's my card



I used the leaf-y branches stamps from Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp set using my MISTI. I used both Cracked Pistacchio and Peacock Feathers to create the "teal"-like colour. I also die cut the sentiment using two colours of cardstock which mimic the colours of the ink. I chose to slightly offset the two die cuts (like a shadow). Here's a close-up.


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sue

TIME OUT Challenges 3rd Birthday Party

Joining in the birthday party fun at TIME OUT Challenges where the current challenge theme is

Love and/or Friendship with the optional twist of 'spotlight stamping' where you add colour only to one raised area of your image


Here's my card



I started by silver heat embossing using the large sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Dream Then Do stamp set. I felt that the message is one for a special friend, filled with love. I then silver heat embossed the same sentiment on a scrap of bright pink and a scrap of light pink cardstock. I die cut hearts from different sections of the main sentiment. I popped up the bright pink heart. Here's a close-up.


Instead of traditional spotlight stamping, I mimicked the same effect using cardstock to add spotlights of colour.

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sue

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hero Arts SA085 Highlighting Stencil Hello Card

Can't believe that it's already March. I'm thinking that someone has shortened the number of minutes in a day and maybe even the number of days in a week; certainly someone has shortened the number of days in a weekend - it sure feels that way.

Well, with the beginning of a month, that means that there is a new challenge at a2z Scrapbooking

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My supply of Hero Arts stencils is very limited. I picked up Hero Arts SA085 Highlighting Stencil and wondered what I could do to create a card. This is what I ended up with.


I thought it would be fun to ink up various speech bubbles with different colours of distress inks and add a sentiment to one speech bubble. I inked some speech bubbles, wiped off the stencil and flipped it over to ink more speech bubbles. 


We'd love for you to join us for our March challenge. Just remember to use a Hero Arts product prominently on your project. If you're looking for Hero Arts products, please check out a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your order exceeds $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off.

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sue

House of Cards - March Challenge

WOW - it is really March the 1st? Where did February go? Heck, wasn't it just Christmas? I can't believe how fast the days are flying by. Well, if it's March 1st, then it must be time for a new challenge at House of Cards

MARCH 2017
Make a Scene and/or Colors


Here's my card


I chose to use the colours (well, the bottom four) to create my card. This was the first time I created a background using stamping, masking and colouring. I used Simon Says STAMP Wild Beauty stamp set. I stamped the outline of the flower and also created a mask of that flower. Then placing the mask on the outline, I stamped both branches of leaves. I removed the mask and then stamped the solid flower with yellow. I wasn't sure what to do about a sentiment. I couldn't figure out "where" to place a sentiment. I was going to leave the card without a sentiment. Then, I decided to try stamping the sentiment on vellum with silver embossing powder. Here''s a close-up.


The sentiment is from Hero Arts Color Layering Bouquet.

Won't you join us at House of Cards this month? Either create a scene or use the colours of the photo. We'd love to see your work.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Sunday, 26 February 2017

a2z Scrapbooking

I posted over at a2z Scrapbooking. This card would work for this month's challenge

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We'd love for you to participate in this month's challenge. Be sure that you highlight a Hero Arts product. If you are looking for Hero Arts products, check out a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off.

Here's the card



I was testing out a new technique - alcohol ink on vellum. I tried heat embossing on the reverse side. I didn't like how muted the colour was. So, I tried again, this  time embossing on the alcohol ink side - much better. The colour was more vibrant. It was the look I was going for, for this card.

I used Hero Arts K6214 Artistic Dahlia. I fussy cut the flowers out - removing the leaves (which of course, were red!) I hand cut leaves from a grey/green cardstock. It felt that I needed to do a bit more to add a bit of interest. So, I embossed using a vertical stripes embossing folder. The sentiment is from Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia.

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sue

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Calling All Sistahs - February Edition

It's that time of the month again ... 

Calling All Sistahs is a campaign started by Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays after her discovery of breast cancer. The idea is to remind our sistahs to do their monthly self-examinations and annual mammograms. Michele designed the CASual Fridays' Calling All Sistahs collection during her cancer treatment and donates 50% of all proceeds of sales of that line to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Did you know that one in 8 women in the States and one in 9 women in Canada will be develop invasive breast cancer during their lives. Take a look around, do you see 8 (or 9) women? Think about it, on average, one of them will develop breast cancer. We can do something to reduce the incidence. Annual mammograms and monthly self-exams (here's your reminder!) are one way for us to take an active role in reducing the incidence. 

We'd love for you to join us on an upcoming Calling All Sistahs blog hop. We're looking for people to help us spread the word. The only restriction is that you need to use a CAS-ual Friday product, although something from the Calling All Sistahs line would be great.

Last month, my special package of Sistahood Sparkles was held up by the post office. I was unable to use them on my January card. I made sure to use them this month on my card.



The stamp is from CAS-ual Fridays Dream then Do stamp set. I felt this sentiment fit with this month's theme of "With love from your sistah". I used white embossing powder and heat embossed the sentiment on white cardstock. I then applied distress inks (spun sugar and picked raspberry) with ink blendng tools.  I then also white heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of hot pink cardstock. I die cut a heart, trying to capture the word "Love". I super-imposed the hot pink heart directly over the original sentiment for a fun effect. I used three of the sequins from the beautiful Sistahood Sparkles to complete the card. 

This month, Michele is going to give 2 gift certificates to people who comment on cards found on the blog hop. As an added incentive to those participating in the blog hop, Michele randomly gives a gift certificate to a blog hopper (is that a thing?)

Next on the blog hop is

Taheerah

Here's the full list ...


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sue

Monday, 6 February 2017

STAMPlorations February CAS Card Challenge

Finally, I've had time to create something for the CAS Card challenge at STAMPlorations. I check over at their blog each month and think that I have time. It never fails, it's the end of the month before I know it. Not this month ...

The challenge is 




Here's my card




I used the beautiful STAMPlorations SKETCHED: Tulips stamp which I used with white embossing powder on white 96 lb bristol. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pink marker along the top edges of the petals. Using a waterbrush, with minimal water, I pulled the colour towards the base of the tulips. For the stems and leaves, I didn't want to distract from the hot pink, so I lightly used a Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pale Gray marker and the waterbrush. Here's a close-up




The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Helenium Large stamp set.

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sue