Saturday, April 19, 2014

Monochrome graduation

I have a fairly long list of graduation cards and not much time, so I will need some quick and easy styles!  I think this works - when I get invitations I will try to create a card to match the colors.  This uses a Cheery Lynn Tiny Things die - which I bought when Joan had her Joan's Garden shop.  The flourish Frame folder is now available at Joan's Gardens - as is the Vagabond die cut machine I use.  The Congrats is a Cuttlebug die I have had for a while.  Two layers of purple are matted on white base.
Monochromatic:  http://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
wings:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Purple, with Cheery Lynn die:  http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.com/search/label/challenge
Embossing:  http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/
Die cut (no stamp), with layers and items from Joan's Gardens:  http://www.joanstouch.com/
Spring (Graduations!!!)  http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 18, 2014

Rejoice! Have a blessed Easter

This is a favorite technique - using a white embossed bg - this time, with an addition of chalk.  I used some of the Stamp 'n Plus powdered chalk - just received as a prize from Chalk ah Lot.  I mixed it with water and painted it on the leaves - it looks grey here but IRL is a lovely green.  I like the way that I could use the aqua brush and control where it is placed.  I added some gems, and butterflies.  The image is from my stash of pre colored items - ready to use when needed.  The mats and butterflies are a dark green for the spring look.
Sketch:  http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/search?q=stella+says+sketch&max-results=20&by-date=true
He is Risen - pastel:  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
Easter - with chalk:  http://chalk-ah-lot.blogspot.com/
Easter:  http://createdwithlovechallenges.blogspot.com/
Spring:  http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/
Favorite technique (see above):  http://www.fashionablestampingchallenges.com/?p=8200
Emboss:  http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://aurorawingschallenge.blogspot.com/
    http://suzypantssmarty.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MMTPT298 for Lesley

I think this is a bright, springy card to show support for a friend of a teapotter (at SplitcoastStampers) who is undergoing tough times with cancer - the latest is that her blood count was too low for a scheduled treatment.  I am sure Lesley would appreciate prayers.  For more details:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/teapot-tuesdays-f260/mmtpt298~april-15-2014~peace-love-lava-lamps-t586525.html
I could not think of anything for the lava lamps or the 60's, so I opted for a supportive theme - this sentiment is a part of my Wish RAK stash, and the Hello is from The Alley Way.   The starry pattern is the best I could do for the red polka dot inspiration photo!
Sketch:  http://unscriptedsketches.com/
Inspiration:  http://beinspiredchallenge.blogspot.com/
Spring flowers:  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
Spring:  http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://suzypantssmarty.blogspot.com/
Feminine:  http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Black, white and purple for Easter

This represents one of my favorite styles - using primarily a white embossed bg with dark (usually black) conrast - here I added some shades of purple.  In completing the Verve sketch I was rather stumped as to how to complete the long strip behind the circle - then I remembered the Paper Inspirations stamp I use frequently - for sympathy and for Easter.  I am quite happy with the result.  I used black ink - stamped lightly for a subtle effect.  The Easter stamp has not name.  I added a touch of lace and a Petaloo flower. as well as Nesties die cuts.

Sketch:  http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.com/
Black, white, a color: http://www.drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/
            http://cagichallenge.blogspot.ca/
Easter:  http://totallypapercrafts.blogspot.com/
               http://jwscrapshack.blogspot.ca/ 
               http://milkcoffeechallenge.blogspot.com/
               http://cutitupchallenges.blogspot.com/
Flowers:  http://craftyribbonschallenge.blogspot.com/

HB Ethan

I am re posting this card I made about a year ago.  It will help me remember - this is for Ethan - who is going to Alaska this summer to train as a fire fighter (hot shot group).

Monday, April 14, 2014

For Don and Jan

This card is going to a couple from our church - he is having serious back surgery to prevent the onset of paralysis - they both need our support and prayers. The sentiment is a digi.  The DP is K&Company.  Other supplies _ Nesties, a gold strip, tiny "flower" punch, flower from a stem, glitter, gem (flower center), Washi tape.  The gold strip, punch and flower have been around for a few years!  The sticker is a faux stitching one.
Sketch #1:  http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/p/link-list.html
Case #4:  http://citycrafter.blogspot.com/
Inspiration image:  http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/
Any, with stash items and faux stitching (see above):  http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paris Journey on Kraft


This has been a disappointing and frustrating experience today.  I had another version that, IRL, I liked much more - but I could not get a view that would show up on the screen.  So I did a partial remake - stamping the top part in black rather than Ranger Distress Tea Dye ink.  I also substituted a narrow gold sticker for a ribbon - actually I had used rust and gold twine that looked great.  I used a stamp set that has been gathering dust for a while - from PSX - just fit the challenges!  I used the collage look main stamp, a quill pen, tiny post card, and trunk - the one you cannot really see at the bottom of the card.  The sentiment is a stray from my sentiment collection, and the other two circles are pieces of DP from my new DCWV stack - Heirloom.  I added sponging with the Tea Dye ink.
Sketch:  http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/
For a friend:  http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Paris Journey with Kraft http://www.thekraftjournal.blogspot.com/
Monochrome:  http://bunnyzoescrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/march-challenge-monochrome.html
Journey:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
A little bit French in Tim Holtz style:  http://www.vintagejourney.com/
Vintage: http://itsallaboutthevintagechallenge.blogspot.com/

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cheery spring

For this card I used dies and a technique I do not recall using before.  The flowers/stems are part of the Cuttlebug Olivia set I have had for a LONG time  I used pattern paper (from AMuse) cut two pieces to make longer stems.  For the flowers I uaed both pattern and solid cs, wich a sparkly gem center.  The HB is Sizzix, and the circles are Spellbinders Exquisite Circles.
Note:  Does any one use those circles?  I like the look, but have trouble figuring out how to layer them.  I also find them labor intensive - some of the tiny pieces do not punch completely - and a lot of items stick to the die - I use a pin to remove them, but that is lots of poking!
Sketch:  http://www.cardabilities.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2014-04-11T00:02:00-04:00&max-results=2
Colors - yellows, grass green, light blues:  http://www.inlinkz.com/new/luAddLink.php?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fstampedblessings.com%2Famusing-challenge%2F&id=391770&cookie=870af6d541f7
Spots(bg paper, green leaves, lots of dots on the die cut!):  http://whimsiedoodles.blogspot.ca/2014/03/new-challenge-seeing-spots-and-winners.html
Technique - using piecing (pattern papers) to create flowers):  http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/
Feminine:  http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/