Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Masculine Version

As promised in my previous post, here is the masculine version:
Not too many changes from the feminine version-- I simply chose a bit more of what I thought was a more masculine interpretation of the rainbow, as in red rather than pink, navy blue rather than turquoise, etc,. 

I then switched out the "focal sentiment" with a die-cut birthday that I thought was a but more "blocky" and therefore more masculine, in my opinion! 

Until next time...Craft on! :)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

I'm baaaaccckkk!

Yes, as my above subject proclaims...I'm finally back! As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm chronically ill and something as seemingly inconsequential as a cold, will make me sick for 2 months. So, though I have been making cards from time to time, I simply have not had the energy to update my blog. It's much easier to simply post on Instagram, though I'm vowing to be more present here on my blog from now on. Though if you want to catch me on IG, my handle is: O2CraftMama. All right, now down to business :)

I've decided to challenge myself-- It seems like I'm always low on masculine cards but yet have tons of feminine ones. So, I've decided that every time I make a feminine card, I will also make a masculine version. I think it's absolutely doable, especially since I already have the materials out and with only a few alterations, (be it color or images, i.e. flowers converted to stars)  I can quickly make a male version. And that's precisely what I did with the card in this post and the next:

First up, the feminine version:
I cut the cover plate out in  both white and black cardstock. Then using my Tim Holtz blending tool, I blended a feminine version of the rainbow-- using pink in place of red, turquoise rather than blue, etc. I cut and scored a top-folding A2-sized card and glue the black coverplate to it. Afterward, using my chosen pattern I inlaid and adhered the pieces into it. 

I cut two small strips of black cardstock and then stamped/heat embossed them with  "supporting sentiments" using sparkling, superfine gold embossing powder. Then using Lawn Fawn's amazing Big Scripty Words set, I diecut and stamped the "focal sentiment"

I finished the card off with various sized Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh,,,,aaaannnddd I'm done! 

Catch you in my next blog post, but until then-- craft on!

**I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hello, Friend-- Color Throwdown #429 and MIM #275

Well hello,

I thought I'd pop in to not only share this card that I'm entering into the challenges but also to let you know I'm still alive and (somewhat) kicking! I actually am chronically ill-- I have over 12 diagnoses and 65 different medications I need to take daily. One of my diagnoses is a rare immune-deficiency disease, which means that even a cold can land me in the hospital or at the very least takes me 6- weeks to recover. Soooo, all that to explain my disappearance since August!

Now, on to the fun stuff! :)

My color combination was inspired by this week's bold Color Throwdown #429 challenge:

And my technique with the "dangles" from the sentiment is from the tutorial Amy did for this week's Make-it-Monday #275. So here is my interpretation:
**All supplies PTI unless otherwise noted.
 My sentiment comes from the Bitty Bouquet set. The lines/"dangles" and bows are from sets by PTI, Mama Elephant and Avery Elle. The "symbols" on the dangles are also from various stamp sets/companies-- Clipsters Mini Kit, Stacked, Avery Elle and Mama Elephant.
Once the front panel was completed, I matted it with Soft Stone Striped patterned paper, which I cut using MFT's Scalloped Rectangles. Then, I wrapped some black baker's twine around the panel 3 times and finished with a bow. Finally, I mounted the finished front panel onto a Hawaiian Shores card base, cut with the Noted: A2 die set.

And that's all! Hope you had a lovely weekend and I look forward to any and all comments!


Monday, August 22, 2016

O-Fish-Ally Awesome- Lawnscaping Challenge #

Hello and happy Monday!

Just stopping in for another quick post for the awesome Lawnscaping Challenge, for challenge #136 in which we need to make a card with a "punny sentiment". How fun, right?

 So, using Lawn Fawn's adorable Dad + Me stamp/die set and my Copics, I created this card:
I created the card panel using my Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle in PTI's Stamper's Select cardstock. The Hawaiian Shores cardstock strip that was threaded through PTI's Scene It: Scalloped Tag Base Die. On that I layered the Scene It Backer and then die cut the Scene It Mountain View Dies, which I sponged with distress ink. Then I set up the scene with various stamps/dies from the Dad + Me set and then I die cut the cloud, which I sponged with Hawaiian Shores ink, from Lawn Fawn's Yay Kites set.

 I finished the card off with the punny sentiment stamped in Lawn Fawn's Black Licorice onto a stitched banner, added some matching enamel dots and...I'm done! :) I had such fun making this card and coloring these cute little critters, I hope you will enjoy it too!

Thanks for stopping by and as always your comments are super appreciated! Have a wonderful, craft-filled week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Loads of Fun Shaker Card

Hello and I hope you've had a wonderful beginning of your week, so far! I'm just stopping by with a quick post for this week's Lawnscaping Challenge, sponsored by Lawn Fawn:
 So here is my interpretation of "Pattern Palooza": 

 I had so much fun creating this girly card for one of my (many) nieces! Seriously, I have 9 nieces and 10 nephews, but I digress...Hehe. So, my card began with this beautiful, patterned paper from Lawn Fawn and from this I pulled the colors and fun style. I love this stamp set and had such fun stamping the various faces on the undergarments!

I added other details such as glossy accents on the washer's knobs and around the bottom portion of the heat embossed sentiment, I stamped in PTI's Hawaiian Shores the tiny hearts, which are included in the set to decorate the clothes and such
A mixture of Copics and Spectrum Noirs were used to color the images and they were finished off with a very liberal slithering of Clear Wink of Stella. And finally, sequins from Pretty Pink Posh's Spring mix were added for some subtle"bling"...though I believe that is actually an oxymoron, haha. 
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge for more gorgeous and inspiring cards! 

Until next time...craft on! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Yay, Kites- "Quadruple-Shaker and Double-Slider" Card

The title sounds quite weird, right? Well, you shall now see what I mean by "quadruple shaker/double slider card... *drum roll*:  

Does it now make sense? Haha, I certainly hope so! So, when I initially set out to make this card, which is for a soon-to-be 10 year old girl, I was stumped and (sorely) lacking in inspiration/ideas/mojo etc,. But then I did my daily "rounds" of challenge blogs and I finally had my muse!!  For the color scheme, I actually drew inspiration from both the Sunday Stamps Challenge (where we must use a minimum of 3 colors from the challenge image above) and from Lawn Fawn's Lawnscaping Challenge  #134  in which we had to incorporate rainbow colors. That also happens to be the same theme for Virginia's View Challenge #22:

As I could not fit 7 kites within the space of the gorgeous Mama Elephant frame, I simply decided to cut 4 kite shapes and put two different colored sequins in each (except for the first). 

For a little twist and colors that I thought would be more appropriate for a girl, I decided to use somewhat non-traditional rainbow colors, using pink rather than red, for instance.

And finally, as I'm participating in Kathy Racoosin's awesome 30-Day Coloring Challenge, I opted to use little critters that I could color!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Colour 351 & Stamp-a-Faire 2016: Gilded Gold- Sending Birthday Cheer

Well hello and happy Sunday/weekend! I'm here today with a card that was made for two challenges-- the colors were inspired by the beautiful and regal color scheme of ColourQ #351 and gold "touches" throughout were inspired using the techniques that Danielle Flanders challenged us to use in the Gilded in Gold Stamp-a-Faire (SAF) 2016 video:

I pulled out my Don't Forget to Write Make-it-Market kit and used my trusty MISTI to get near-perfect stamping. The card base is PTI's Soft Stone, upon which I overlaid a chevron cover-plate (in white). Then, from Hawaiian Shores cardstock, I cut the "base square" using my MFT Stitched Scalloped Squares. Then I die cut and stamped the frame, with the edges accented in gold and the "mail stripes" in PTI's Hawaiian Shores. The sentiment, both the die-cut "sending" and "birthday cheer" (stamped in PTI's Amethyst Allure) are from the kit but the stitched banner is from MFT Blueprints 29.
The floral spray was mounted using dimensional adhesive after having stamped it in an array of colors, namely Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Amethyst Allure and embossed with gold accents.
I finished the card off with some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and then lined an envelope, using an awesome stitched die from Lil Inker Designs, with PTI Soft Stone striped patterned paper. And that's it! As always, thanks for stopping by and craft on! :)


Monday, July 11, 2016

ColourQ #349 (2nd helping ) : Enjoy the Journey

And I'm baaack with another card for the beautiful color scheme for ColourQ's Challenge #349

After having made yesterday's camping card, I decided that as I already had he supplies out, I might as well make another card! I was in need of a masculine birthday card, so the Colour Q challenge #349 fit the bill! 

I began by die cutting the layers of the focal point, using various dies from PTI's Scene It collection. The mountains were die cut from PTI's Kraft and Stanper's Select cardstock. The cloud layer was also cut from PTI's Stamper's Select and then sponged with Simon Says Stamp's Cloudy Sky dye ink. I die cut the tree layer from both Kraft ans Aqua Mist cardstock.  I snipped the trees from the Aqua Mist die cut and layered it on top of the Kraft one for added dimension and color. 

I adhered all the layers onto the PTI Scalloped Basic Backer and set it aside.  I die cut various pieces from PTI's Petite Places: Happy Camper set. I inked the car up with Memento's London Fog dye ink; the fire, suitcase and camper with PTI's Pure Poppy; the "Enjoy the Journey" sentiment was stamped in PTI's Smokey Shadow ink; and finally the lawn chairs were inked up with Memento's Teal Zeal. The small banner with alternating colors was colored with Copic markers.

I die cut the banner for the sentiment from Tag Sale Quilted (PTI) and stamped this sweet sentiment from Mama Elephant's Sunday Sentiments stamp set.  I then cut from Kraft Cardstock the frame using MFT Stamps' Stitched and Scalloped frames. I adhered the focal point scene, along with the banner and frame, to the white card base. I finished the card up with some red baker's twine and enamel dots.

Well that's all folks and until next time...craft on! ; )

Have a fantastic week!