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.
Purple, with Cheery Lynn die:
Die cut (no stamp), with layers and items from Joan's Gardens:
Spring (Graduations!!!)

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.
He is Risen - pastel:
Easter - with chalk:
Favorite technique (see above):

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:
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!
Spring flowers:

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.

Black, white, a color:

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:
Case #4:
Inspiration image:
Any, with stash items and faux stitching (see above):

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.
For a friend:
Paris Journey with Kraft
A little bit French in Tim Holtz style:

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!
Colors - yellows, grass green, light blues:
Spots(bg paper, green leaves, lots of dots on the die cut!):
Technique - using piecing (pattern papers) to create flowers):