Monday, April 21, 2014

For a special friend

Once again, this image is not true to life - the shadow that seems to appear on the white layer does not exist IRL!  It is a solid white embossed piece.  The floral image is from Antique Images - they have a lot of lovely images - both pre-colored, like this, and black and white.  The sentiment covers a banner on the image, and it is popped up.  The bg is sea green, and the ribbon a pale version.  The floral strip is a yard sale find - I think maybe the package of strips includes iron on material, but I like the look for this kind of  strip.  The pink one is Basic Grey.
Sketch:  http://jwscrapshack.blogspot.ca/ 
Pastels:  http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/
Color inspiration/photo:  http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/
For a special lady - a friend who shares my like for the vintage look:  http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.com/
For a friend:  http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Ethan's Graduation

This will be the third graduation among our grandkids.  I used the photo and logo from the college web site - and the colors are blue and gold.  I liked the sketch I selected - to fit in the various elements.  I did the sentiment on the computer - a variation of one I have seen before.  For stripes - the bg is the embossed Distressed Stripes (Cuttleabug) - as well as the stripes in the logo.  I had to alter the placement of the tiny circles - to cover a label that was part of the logo.  A fortuitous find in my stash - ribbon  in the right colors!  The finished card is 4.5x6.25.
Sketch:  http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/
Stripes:  http://www.southerngirlschallenge.blogspot.com/
Embossing, texture:  http://www.theartisticstampercreativeteam.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/april-challenge-embossing-and-texture.html
Beginnings:  http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
Uplifting:  http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Masculine:  http://paperprettiesblog.blogspot.com/
Ribbon:  http://craftyribbonschallenge.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 20, 2014

All die cuts

 I enjoy using die cuts, so a "die cut only" challenge is right up my alley!  I just need more (yah, sure!!) dies - more of the fancy circles and ovals - then I could do gorgeous cards like so many of you create.
Here I used a couple of kinds of DP, Spellbinders ovals - with glitter added - sizzix dies, and some ribbon.  The leaf die is available at Joan's Gardens.  The owner Terri also sells the Vagabond die cutting machine - I am glad to have that as it does a great job of cutting this birthday die - it seems a bit more temperamental than some of my dies.
Sketch:  http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/
No stamping; at least 2 layers, and product from Joan's Gardens:  http://www.joanstouch.com/
Tic Tac Toe ( middle down - glitter, pastel, and flowers):  http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/
Spring flowers:  http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://craftingbydesigns.blogspot.com/2014/04/april-anything-goes-challenge.html
           http://www.addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.com.au/

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/
Frame (embossed frame):   http://www.suzypantssmarty.blogspot.ca/
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/