Friday, February 28, 2014

100 cards in 100 days - 28 in Febr.

I was nearly behind in completing a card a day - 100 in 100 days, so I am tryng to catch up.  However, I need to confess - I am not doing so well on the second part of the challenge - no purchase of new items.  I found two items of interest at yard sales today.  I got some ribbon - including a packet of lace for $.05!  At another site, I found some stamps - only bought one SU set (with herbs).  Back to my buying diet tomorrow!
I think I used most of the colors from the color challenge at Classy Cards - I used the oval Spellbinders dies she has available - she has so many lovely items - see the link below.  The image is Verve, and the sentiment has no label.  Other:  sheer ribbon, pale rose gems, Washi tape.
Color (shades of rose, teal, pale neutral):
Any birthday: 

No black

This was a bit of a tough challenge for me - use blues, browns, purples/plums - and no black.  I used a variety of Costco double sided cs (in my stash for  LONG time - it was a huge pack!), and Chocolate Chip ink for the Unity stamps.  I fussy cut the bird, and embossed the light blue layer with a bird folder - from Paper Studio.  The embossing is highlighted with Chocolate Chip chalk - but does not show well here.  The strips are Washi tape.  Oh, yes, some of the circles are Spellbinders Majestic elements, and the tag is highlighted with a crystal gem.
Sketch  (and inspiration):
Washi tape:
Purple, blue, brown - no black:
Inspiration -  tiny blue birds:
With a bird

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rose and Teal

I do not often use contrasting colors for mats - what do you think?  The image is a favorite Hampton Art daisy, and "Sister" is a Dazzle sticker by Hot Off the Press.  I used two different embossing folders, some sheer ribbon and a Recollections gem in shades of teal.  The coloring is Twinkling H20 (African Jade and Playful Peony).  Classy Cards 'n Such has a lot of cardmaking supplies, including the Spellbinder Ovals, and many sets of H20 colors.  The pale teal embossed layer is reminiscent of the inspiration at Classy Cards.
Vintage Dahlia inspiration, with colors (Rose, teal, pearl grey):

Springy green and cream

The Unity image is stamped in Garden Green on cream cs.  I used a water brush to lightly color in the dot shaped leaves - with the same ink.  The sentiment is from American Crafts - a set of library stamps.  The hunter green cs, striped DP and bit of ribbon have all been in my collection for a long time.
Green, cream and a touch of blue:
Spots and Stripes:
Inspiration (shape-circles; color):

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Embossed sympathy

Stamps by Verve, Cuttlebug embossing and dies, misc cs and ribbon.  The ink is grey and black - I just used a mask to remove most of the ink from the stamp to create a faint bg for the sentiment.  I have recently seen a number of cards with a sentiment stamped over the image, and I want to experiment with this look.
Not square:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Thinking of you, Art

This is for a man in our congregation who has shingles - on top of severe macular degeneration and some other health issues - I hope the newspaper is not a negative in this situation.  I need more items for a guy!
AI stamp, gel pens for pj's; chalk for spngong paper and slippers; chalk penil for chair.
Layers (7):
Thinking of you:

Saturday, February 22, 2014

CASE'ing a favorite

This ODB challenge gave me a chance to take advantage of one of the cards I have in my favorite file at Splitcoaststampers - and it is a card by a friend of mine at Wish RAK:
Supplies:  some ribbon I have had a LONG time; a Studio G stamp with Verve sentiment; punches, a die cut butterfly, and gems.  (The punches are under the gems.)
Brown and blue:
Punch and sentiment:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sentiment is the focus

Supplies:  Verve New Mercies; Spellbinder Dies; Misc cs and papers; tear drops.  The teal strip is die cut, then embossed.  I think this color scheme and message is a good masculine one.
Sentiment is the focus:
Use 2 or more dies:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lady in Red

I paper pieced the hat and dress of this Clear Art Stamp.  The inside greeting is for a birhday - could not find a small enough one that said Happy Birthday!  The DP is DCWV - from my very old stash (several years):  I added some LARGE jewels for her necklace and earrings, and did the outside layer in Swiss dots.
Lady in Red:
Funny sentiment:
Cute with Spots - dots:
Polka dots:
Red dp from stash:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monochromatic Sympathy

I prefer a rather tailored look for a sympathy card, and I think this meets that criteria.  The embossing seems to keep a more classy appearance.  The coloring is a sort of dark seafoam - the ink is from an old SU Stampin' Spot - the label is Garden Green but it does match the cs very well.  The images are Verve (New Mercies) and the leaf is from a Lifestyle Craft die set.   The large banner is cut from another die in that set.
Sketch (Febr. week 2):

Monday, February 17, 2014

Chocolatey TeaPot challenge

This is another card for the weekly TeaPot Tuesday challenge at SplitCoastStampers.  Of those who are not familiar with this event:  each week, some one is selected as the recipient of our RAK cards - we have a theme, and try to send cheer or special congratulations.  This week the recipient is the 81 year old mother of one of our group - she has had many health issues and several hospitalizations, so is in need of cheer.  She is fond of chocolate.  Can you believe that in my big collection of stamps, digis, and RAK images - chocolate is not to be found!  So I printed a freebie - located thanks to Google.  Rita will get a whole box of chocolates - and these are definitely no calorie LOL!  This sketch was a particularly challenging one - I probably did not do a good job of pairing image and layout, but I tried - it is flipped. from the original.  The bg layer is embossed with words from the You (Cuttlebug) embossing folder - I just embossed words along the edge of the cs, choosing words that I wanted to use, as some did not seem suitable for the occasion.  That technique worked better than I epected.
Add letters:
Photo inspiration (the top of the cup of chocolate looks like some of the chocolates in this box):
TeaPot Tuesday:

Best Birthday

I just got this High Hopes stamp - a prize for a recent challenge.  I really like this way to display a variety of wishes!
Technique - I used chalk pencils for the soft shading of the sign.  For highlighting the embossing, I tried a variation of techniques I have used before.  I had just a tiny broken piece of the teal chalk I wanted - so I applied it directly to the previously embossed layer - then used a sponge to remove excess - leaving just enough color to highlight the embossing.  Oh, yes, I adhered the dotted layer to the stripes, then embossed.  I am happy with this result - to me it is better IRL than on the screen, however.  The Spellbinder dies are new to me - Labels 5.  I colored with shiny metallic Spica pens as well as chalk pencils, added ribbon, a tiny star charm and equally tiny butterfly punches.
Spots and Stripes:
Birthday, with High Hopes stamp:  
Any, with chalk

Friday, February 14, 2014

Quail in Kraft

Perfect sketch and stamp for a very quick (for me) card - and I will have to come back with more info.
Stamp - Copper Leaf Creations  Kraft cs; misc d[; cord
This is a man's world:

Valentine for Irma

One last Valentine - a friend wanted one for his wife.  The heart paper is from K&Company - the other is from my stash.  I have had both for over a year.  The little pom poms were part of a collection I got after Valentine's Day last year - have not used these before - they are best for a card that does not need to be mailed.  The image is also from my stash of Wish RAK items - colored with Prismas and shiny gel pens - with the outer circle glittered..  I covered most of it, but the white layer is Swiss Dots - one of my first Cuttlebug dies.  On the other hand, I used the Spellbinder Majestic Elements die and the Lifestyle letter dies I just got a few weeks ago.
Use a stamp:
Use DP:
Any for love:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Black & white and a bit of red

Lots of cuttlebug here - the CG Snowflake folder and a Lifestyle ef as well.  The Thanks is a die cut from the Olivia Alphabet die set (Cuttlebug).  I did not have the pattern shown in the Alley Way inspiration photo, so I inked up the embossing folder with black ink, and added a bit of herringbone Washi tape.  The swirl punch is from EK success and the DP is DCWV.  Oh yes, I used a digi from the Alley way, but cut the trees apart to give them a different position.  The red (hearts and dots) has been glittered - but the glitter is also on a few other spots!
Sketch and thanks:
Bingo (glitter, red, ribbon):
Inspiration, with TAW digi):
Use of Cuttlebug with red:
Black ("b" color):

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Scripture for Sharon - in her favorite purple

Every Tuesday at Splitcoaststampers the Tea Pot Partiers create cards to send to a deserving person.  This week we are sending encouraging cards to Sharon - who has undergone 14 surgeries.  She is a devoted reader of Scripture, and purple is a favorite color - so this is especially for her.
This card also recognizes my cyber friend from Wish RAK, Kathleen Curry, who was the SplitCoast Featured Stamper on Sunday.  I followed the same sketch she used for her card, and kept a few other elements, including the pink ribbon.  She stitched the layers - I used my very neglected piercing template - it is just not the same, however.  Kathy's card:
The misc. pieces of DP have been in my stash for a long time - so have the flowers.  The Spellbinders Majestic element ovals are fairly new, as is the Washi tape.  The verse is from Verve's New Mercies - my recent prize from Mojo Monday.
Sorry (see description):
Dies :
Dots and Stripes:
pattern Paper
Teapot Tuesday:
Featured Stamper:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Vintage look

This is a style I often go back to - I like the crisp look of a dark color and white, with embossing.  I think you can see the hearts from the Sizzix EF.  Not so sure you can see the embossing on theouter circle - from the Spellbinders Majestic Elements.  Some of the circles cut and emboss, others emboss only.  I keep experimenting.  This time I cut the appropriate circle in purple cs, then placed it so that it would emboss the design on the mat.  Yeah!  the size was just right - wish the embossing would show better on the screen.
The image is a pre-colored freebie - I think the site is called antique images.  The sentiment could be used for different occasions, indluding a birthday.
For a friend:
New (this is a fairly new to me image):

Love, for a friend

This card will be for one of my many friends who needs hugs and prayers - too many are battling serious illness.  I used the first Verve sketch for February as well as the colors - red (burgundy), pink and grey.
The upper circle is one of Spellbinders fancy circles. I had to use a circle die to cut the doily a bit - all of mine were much too large.  The stamps are from Verve.  I added a touch of lace and some metallic mesh ribbon.
Sketch & color:
For a friend:

Friday, February 7, 2014

Thinking of you

 The mat is a deep burgundy, and the layers are more pink than purple.  The card base and flower centers/pearls are white.  I used sticker hearts I got a long time ago - they are SandyLion designs.  The swirl is from a Spellbinder die,  Both pink payers are embossed, and I added a bit of creamy caramel ink to the script - to add to a shabby chic look.  My style?  Not sure I have one, but I do like layering, mats, dry embossing and die cuts.  The sentiment is part of a clear stamp set - but it is separated from the label, and I do not recall the source.  The set includes flower flourishes, 4 sentiments and a narrow strip.  Any clues?
No dp:
Personal style:
Red, pink, white:

Love is...

I saw this sketch at Mojo Monday and knew what I wanted to do, but I am not sure the result is all that I had hoped.  I did incorporate a lot of "my" usual style - layering, embossing, die cuts.  The birds are from Cheery Lynn (Tiny Things with Wings) and the flourish (which I cut in sections) from Joanna Sheen.  They are cut from shimmery cs.  The bg is vellum , and the Love panel from Paper Studio.  The verse is computer generated.
LOVE - L-love; o- ornate; v - vellum; e-emboss:
Flourish, + Cheery Lynn die:
Personal style:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A heart for friends

This is a busy week and I will not be making many Valentines.  This is special - our friends celebrated their 50th anniversary last summer.  However, Mary Lou's health is declining - there may not be another anniversary.  So I thought a special valentine is called for.  The image is from my WishRAK stash - but I like the old fashioned look.  I distressed the bg layer to go with that.  I colored with Prismas and shiny gel pens.  I added Stickles to the red heart, and some glitter to the doily like inner heart.  I fussy cut (well, it was not very fussy!!) the image.  The pink layer is embossed with hearts (Cuttlebug) and I used a Spellbinder scallop border die with embossing (can't see it?  ... next to the twine).  The letters are cut from a LifeStyle Crafts set (hello, good by), and the greeting is JustRite.

Use CB, add red:
Red, pink, white:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Valentine for Joe

(I am not sure why this seems so out of focus - sorry about that!).  I will be sending this to an older member of our congregation - we do not know him well, but I do not think he has much family.  He is very hard of hearing, and has signs of beginning dementia.  Joe is on the list to visit (visitation team) and I thought he might enjoy a Valentine - but I wanted to avoid frilly or cute.  This is a verse from Word Art (thank you for your great selection of freebies.)  that mentions heart and love - appropriate for a Valentine.  The striped cs is from AMuse; the embossing is a LifeStyle Crafts folder and the hearts are from a Cuttlebug die that was one of my first acquisitions many years ago.
Use red:

Guest at High Hopes

This is a fun announcement to make - this is my card made for my spot as a guest designer here:  The image is Aunt Marge's Garden, by High Hopes.  It is a larger image, so the card is 4.75x6.5.  I added a strip of vellum embossed with LOVE (Cuttlebug).  Coloring is with Prismas, and the hat is paper pieced - a delicate flowery pattern.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Blues water color

Come back tomorrow for a fun announcement!
Once again, I am trying to get out of my rut! 
From my stash - blue cs; blue DP; watercolors (I have not used them for SO long!); Garden Collage stamp; Swiss Dots (Cuttlebug) folder.
Newer items - Washi tape.
Sketch (#86)
Get well:
Blue - stash (see above):

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Birthday in pink and red

This uses Our Daily Bread stamps and Amuse gingham.  IRL the ink and checks are more pink (to me they look a bit like lavender on the screen),  The embossed bg is Victoria (Cuttlebug).
Sketch #5:
Red, pink and white:
Edit:  This was selected in the Top 3 at Our Daily Bread - thank you!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Stamping on Kraft

I seldom stamp on Kraft cs, so this was en experiment - I am trying to do some new techniques - even though they are kind of small!  My ink does not normally smear, but it did seem to bleed a bit when I used the baby oil to blend the Prismas - so I skipped the blending on the other flowers.  (The color does not show well at all - the lower large flower is orange,)  The image is High Hopes.  The mat behind the image has embossed stripes.  The cord and die cut hello (Cuttkebug) add more texture.  I really like the striped paper - it came in a kind of grab bag - great colors and variety of stripes.
Sketch, with Kraft cs:
Stripes, with High Hopes image:
 Twine or string
EDIT:  This was a winner at High Hopes!