Tuesday, 16 January 2018

TIME OUT Challenges: #100

Today, was my last day at work - I'm heading for retirement!  WOOHOO! Hopefully, I will be able to find serious time to craft. I found the current challenge at TIME OUT Challenges and how could I resist?

I'm good at making cards but not so good at mailing them or selling them or gifting them. I'm running out of space. I found a great charity which is grateful to receive "thank you" cards as they send them to their donors, who appreciate the "handmade" card. I feel that it's a win-win-win! Right? So "thank you" cards are my favorite card - because I have a way to donate them but also I love the sentiment of being grateful to someone else.

Here's my card

I used some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, which I arranged in rainbow order. I scribbled each color, in order, slightly overlapping the colors. Then I used a waterbrush to help the colors blend. For the sentiment, I die cut light grey cardstock with My Favorite Things Die-namics Thank You dies. For a bit of dimension, I also die cut some black fun foam. I adhered the cardstock and fun foam using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue. I added a few clear sequins for a bit of sparkle.

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #247

Are you ready for a new sketch to inspire you? Here's the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

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Here's my card

I started by using Hero Arts Large Lotus Pattern stencil with distress inks (ripe persimmon, peacock feathers, peeled paint) applied with ink blending tools. I cut the panel into three strips to mimic the sketch and adhered them to a green panel. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set. I added some black and white baker's twine to complete my card.

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #1

There's a new card challenge that just started - Twofer Card Challenge. The premise is to create two different cards, for two different occasions using the same stamp or die corresponding to the given prompt. This month, it's 

Here are my cards

At first, I didn't think I owned any stamps with feathers. I found a feather die in my stash but couldn't figure out a "clever" way to use it, where it didn't necessarily look like a feather. I decided to look through my stamp collection and there is was - a feather. I used Avery Elle's Love Note Stamp set.

For the first card, I used the feather stamp and repeatedly stamped it with Versamark. I added clear embossing powder and heat set. I then added colours with distress inks (salty ocean, mermaid lagoon and faded jeans) with ink blending tools. The teal band has the sentiment from the same stamp set, heat set with silver embossing powder. 

For the second card, I thought I would use the feathers to possibly create a eight-petalled flower, stamped with Hero Arts Aquatic ink. Actually, it looks more like a propeller - LOL! For the center, I use the spiral from Simon Says STAMP Flower Friend stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts Butter Bar ink. The stamped panel is matted with dark gray. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Keep It Simple: Thank You stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts Charcoal ink.

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CASology: Week 282

Yippee! I think my crafting mojo is back. Well, at least, I'm finding time at my craft table. This makes me happy. I know that I need crafting time - I can't say that I start twitching if I don't. However, I know that I'm happier if I craft.

Loved the cue card at CASology this week, that I planned to join in

Here's my card

I purchased the Simon Says STAMP Circle Friends stamp set and Tri Circle die collection some time ago. It was time to take it out of its packaging and use it. I chose the polka dots, cute bear, and sentiment to fill in the circles cut out with the die. The sentiment looked "too bland", so I added the stripes. I colored the bear with copics. 

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Muse Card Club #248

It's so frustrating not to have enough time to craft. I haven't really been able to craft since early December. I vacationed in Hawaii - I know, poor me, and just couldn't take enough craft supplies to make it worth while. Then it was Christmas/New Years with all the craziness that caused. Finally, so happy to have time to craft - I love playing with paper!

I loved this inspiration at Muse created by Anita Bowden

Here's my card

I was inspired by:

  • the teal background
  • the floral sprays on opposite corners
  • the gold embossing
  • the use of colored pencils to add color
  • the birthday sentiment
I used the floral spray from Simon Says STAMP Floral bliss to stamp the opposite corners. I used gold embossing powder and heat set. I colored in the image with Prismacolor colored pencils. I was under the impression that the rich teal color would not "take" darker, bolder colors. However, I learned that that was not the case. While the light colors worked, definitely, the bolder colors worked best, in my opinion.

Hopefully, I'll continue to find time to craft. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 5 January 2018

a2z Scrapbooking - January 5th post

Happy New Year a2z Scrapbooking family! I have a card that's not a Christmas card for you today! I'm finally moving on ... from Christmas.

It's a one-layer card. I masked off a 1.75" area with post-it tape. I used the Hero Arts Asian Flower Pattern stencil with distress inks (peacock feathers, cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon - my favourite colours), applied with ink blending tools. I carefully removed the post-it tape. The sentiment is from Hero Arts DC215 Holiday Ornaments Stamp & Cut set, stamped with Hero Arts Tide Pool shadow ink. 

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Thursday, 4 January 2018

STAMPlorations January 2018 Post

Happy New Year! So blessed to be continuing on at STAMPlorations CAS as a member of their design team. For this month, our challenge is

Here's my card

I love this bible passage. It reminds me of Linus in a Charlie Brown's Christmas, who reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. It's a wonderful stamp, part of STAMPlorations Typografia in Faith collection - Glory to God. I used silver embossing powder to heat set the sentiment on vellum. For the background, I used 96 lb bristol and some yellow/orange/pink Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I scribbled each marker randomly and used a water brush to blend the colours until the background panel was covered. To adhere the vellum, I hid glue dots behind the rhinestones in the corners.

We'd love for you to join us at STAMPlorations CAS. A reminder to please keep your card, clean and simple (CAS) and use our optional twist of silver - or not!

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