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!

ColourQ #349: Sail first slider card!

Hello all and happy Monday! 
I'm here to share my first ever slider card. In the past, I  have hesitated to make one as I thought it would be difficult and/or time consuming. ..but au contraire, mon frère! It was a ton of fun and I thought it the perfect opportunity to make a cute little nautical scene using the gorgeous color palette from the ColourQ Challenge #349

And, I finally inked up my What the Doodle:Waves set from PTI. I thought it would be super cute and fun to have the boat from the set seem as though it's riding the heat embossed /watercolored waves. 

I colored both the boat and the waves with a combination of Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens (022 Carmine Red, 024 Wine Red, 092 Blue Gray, 042 Turquoise Green) and Akashiya Sais ( unfortunately the names are not in English but I used a "cloudy blue, bright red, light blue and dark gray).

I put down a wash of color starting with my darkest colors and "pulled them out" to the lighter areas. I then waited a bit of time for it dry (not completely, still "moist") and went back in with more colors, building upon the first layer.

For the background, using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Clouds Border dies, I die cut a couple strips that I then used as a mask to sponge on the clouds (I used a combination of PTI's Aqua Mist/Hawaiian Shores/Tropical Teal). I die cut the frame from PTI's Pure Poppy cardstock using one of my favorite Mama Elephant dies. I die cut the track using Lawn Fawn's Slide On Over die set, which made creating the slider card a breeze! Behind the top layer,  I die cut a piece of white cardstock and sponged on the above mentioned colors to provide "uniformity" (to match the sky/ocean) and so that it wouldn't be a stark white behind . And finally for the sentiment, I used Mama Elephant's gorgeous new Calli Letters alphabet set and the interior card sentiment (picture coming soon) is "& enjoy you day!"  . I love, love, love that set and it also pairs well with the Concord & 9th upper and lower case alphabets! I finished off the card with some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins and...I'm done! I hope you've enjoyed this lengthy detailed post (hehe) and that you'll come stop by my blog again soon!

I'm also entering this card into the now returned (YAAAAAAAAAY!) Virginia's View Challenge #22 (Summer) As you may have already deduced from my 'exuberant' yaaaay, I'm super stoked it's back! :) hehe! My card fits the coloring/ink blending and (I think) color-layering criteria. There is a TON of beautiful inspiration on the site, so be sure to check it out!

And I'm  also submitting this card into Kathy's super-fun 30 Day-Coloring Challenge! Her work is always so inspiring!

MIM #255 String Art Using Die Cuts : Enjoy the Journey

Well hello and happy Monday to all!!

I know it may seem as though I've either a) fallen off the edge of the Earth or b) decided to sorely neglect my beloved blog and fellow crafters...but rest assured, it's neither option a or b! I've been sick, with a rather nasty infection, for about 7 weeks and so my card making has been sparse...but not non-existent. I've simply been so exhausted that I found it easier to post my cards to my Instagram account "O2CraftMama". I plan on posting the cards and projects I have up on Instagram to this blog in the coming days.  And now to the "main course" of this post (haha): 

I was first inspired by the cool, "retro-ish" String Art with Die Cuts technique that Amy challenged us to use on a project. As I've been short on strength and time, I opted to use the "no-sew" version. You can check out the video (and find more lovely inspiration) by heading over to   Nichole Heady's blog. Then, my color scheme was inspired by the beautiful mood board up on the Lawnscaping Challenge blog, here it is: 
Lovely, right? And now on to my card: I "scavenged " my die supplies and finally settle on the MIM Circle Shaker dies. I cut the circle put twice so that I would have a sturdiet piece that would not warp once wrapped with the yellow/white baker's twine. Originally I had planned on making a large flower much like the one Amy used as her focal point on one of her cards, but then it struck me that the lines the string art made looked very much like sun rays! So that moment of "Ah ha!!" is what set the stage for the rest of the card (hehe)! 
I used the awesome Scene it Dies to cut from both Stanper's Select and Soft Stone the mountain range. Using PTI'S Smokey Shadow, i stamped the "Enjoy the Journey" sentiment from Betsy Veldman's Petite Places: Happy Camper set. I cut out the hill/trees piece  (in the same set as the mountains ) from white and Aqua Mist card stock. From the Aqua Mist piece,  I cut off the trees and adhered it to the white one. I then colored the tree trunks with a grey Copic marker (IG1). Then, I die cut all the small pieces (car, camper, chairs etc,.) from the adorable PTI Happy Camper set and stamped them in Hawaiian Shores, Bright Buttercup, Soft Stone and Smokey Shadow ink (all PTI). For the banner on the camper, I once again pulled out my Copic markers and colored each individual pennant with alternating colors. For the clouds, I used two die sets, Lawn Fawn's Yay Kites and PTI's Scene It die, so that I would have a variety of sizes. I then sponged the edges of the clouds with Lawn Fawn's Merman and PTI's Aqua Mist for contrast and depth. 

Then, I adhered all of the top layers (tree/hillside,triple mountain peaks, car, camper, chairs etc) to the bottom-most mountain layer.  I used dimensional adhesive, for depth and interest, and then adhered this petite scene directly on top of the "sun rays". I then cut the stitched rectangle mat (from Aqua Mist cardstock) using Lawn Fawn's Large Stitched Rectangles die set and the white, scalloped card base from PTI's new die collection Noted A2. I adhered all the various pieces, mats and layers to the card base and...I'm done! :) It was time consuming and at times frustrating because I have tremors, which certainly does not facilitate such miniscule,  detail oriented work, buuuut all in all it was a ton of fun to create! 

I hope you enjoyed this post, despite its novella-length (haha) and I hope that you all have a happy, craft-filled Summer week! ;) 
Until next time...craft on!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Celebrate- Colour Q #342

I caught a nasty bug from my son, who picked it up at the "Petri dish" that was my nephew's birthday party, so this will be a rather quick post...My apologies! :)

This is the beautiful photo from the Colour Q Challenge that inspired
 my card:

And here is my card, created with three different stamp sets (all PTI), namely In the Bag, Graceful Greetings and for the flowers that I stamped on the tissue paper stuffing my miniature shopping bag, Don't Forget to Write (the latest of Betsy's gorgeous Make it Market kits).
 I framed the bag using one of my favorite dies from Mama Elephant:
 Such a fun card to make...I made a masculine version that I plan on posting in the coming days!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

JUGS Butterfly Challenge: Enjoy

Another one for the beautiful inspiration coming to us from Just Us Girls Challenge

And here's my (2nd) card for the challenge: 

Butterfly- Happy Birthday wishes

Hi all,

Squeezing in a card for this week's Just Us Girls Challenge-Butterfly.

And here is my card:
I die cut from True Black cardstock this love butterfly Coverplate from PTI. Then, I layered it over a white card base. I pulled out my Copics in shades of turquoise, pink and purple and using somewhat of a 'pointillism' technique, added in color. I then liberally applied Clear Wink of Stella. Finished it of with a duo of banners to accompany the ombre sponged 'happy'. Here's a peek at the inside :

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 25, 2016

You Mean the World to Me: Papertrey Ink's April 2016 Bloghop

Hello all and happy Monday!

It has been months, (yes, *gasp* months!!) since I last participated in a PTI bloghop, so it's with great pleasure that I make this post!! Here was the challenge inspiration photo for this month:
What mostly inspired me were the rich colors and the circles which inspired the circular wreath on my card:
I started with a Kraft cardstock card base, which after having die cut with a faux stitching die from Lawn Fawn, I set aside. Then, using an MFT stitching die, I die cut a slightly smaller than A2 size card panel from Rustic White cardstock. On that, using Dark Chocolate ink, I stamped the wreath from the Twig Wreath stamp set from PTI. I used generational stamping but after each impression, I slightly off-set/twisted the stamp so as to avoid an exact impression and for depth. Afterward, I stamped various other foliage also from the same stamp set in Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Orange Zest, Canyon Clay, Autumn Rose and Ripe Avocado ink, each time stamping twice and offsetting the second time, again for depth and interest.
Then, I die cut from Kraft cardstock the Twig wreath and stamped it with dark chocolate ink. I glued that down over the previously stamped wreaths. Then, I added other bit of foliage, at times using dimensional adhesive for depth and dimension and to render the wreath "fuller". I die cut the "Just because" from Berry Sorbet cardstock using the Scripted die set. The companion sentiment (from the same set) was stamped in Dark Chocolate Ink onto a banner die cut using the Quilted Tag Sale die set from Rustic White cardstock. It was all mounted onto my A2 sized card base and finished off with some gold enamel dots (from the Gilded Garden mini kit).

This card is being sent off to my aunt who is very ill. She could use some love and encouragement and well....just as the card says-- because she means the world to me! 

Thanks for stopping by and for sharing a small part of your day with me! :) Happy hopping and until next time...craft on!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Colour Q #337-- Wee Folk Welcome Baby

Final entry for Colour Q #337

A close-Up of the adorable Wee Folk critter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Also entering into the following challenges: 
1. Come and get it: Things with Wings (the butterflies and bird in my card) :Come and Get It

Colour Q #337: Welcome Babyl

 I'm back with another baby card based upon the Colour Q challenge's adorable inspiration:
This time I went with a shaker card, which is filled with sequins and die cut tulips that match this week's color scheme. I used PTI's Wee Folk, combined with the foliage from Songbirds and the "baby" from the wonderful words series. The base is Aqua Mist cardstock, which was cut using Lawn Fawn's Large stitched mats and the heart using Avery Elle's die from Geek Love.

 I used Copics to color the foliage for added interest. And finished it off with some rustic
twine to finish it off.

Colour Q #337--Coos, giggles, oohs and...

I'm back again with another card for this week's Colour Q Challenge, I just always love their color schemes and find them so inspiring and this week is no exception:
The image and colors simply scream "Baby!!" So that's the direction I went with:

 I cut this gorgeous frame, which is a current favorite by Mama Elephant from Sweet Blush cardstock. I then got out my Sweet Cheeks stamp set from PTI and stamped these adorable clips in Hawaiian Shores, Bright Buttercup, Soft Stone and Sweet Blush.
The banner is from Songbirds, and the die cut "baby" is cut using the wonderful words die. I cut it three times from white cardstock (for dimension) and then sponges the bottom with Sweet Blush ink.
 I think the finished product is not too shabby, what do you think?

I've created a few more cards for this challenge, so I won't be gone long!

Until then, thanks for stopping by!