Friday, May 22, 2015

Sunday Stamps Challenge...I'm addicted!

And hello...again! ;)

This is my final entry for this challenge, I promise. I had some scraps leftover from the two previous cards and my frugal self simply could not place those in the trash bin, so that's how this matching bookmark came to be! Again here is the lovely inspiration photo for the Sunday Stamps Challenge 101:

And here is my coordinating (with previously posted cards) bookmark:
I used Avery Elle's Spring Release's bookmark die and cut from Hawaiian Shores cardstock as well as from the striped patterned paper, which is Heidi Swapp. I also die cut a PTI Tremendous Tag and heat embossed one of the cute sentiments from their set All Booked Up. Also from that set I stamped and colored with Copics part of the image (BG45, BG15,BG10). I cut it out with my EK Success 1 3/4 punch and then layered it on black cardstock which was cut using my 2 inch scalloped punch. I then used some Scor-Tape and adhered some black ruffled ribbon from the Ribbon Retreat. I finished the bookmark off by threading some sheer, aqua ribbon through both the bookmark and tremendous that and then tied that together with some black baker's twine. And that's all for today! Thanks for joining me and my obsession with this color combination! :)

Have a lovely weekend and craft on!

-O

Sunday Stamps Challenge...another helping!

Hello,

I warned you that I have a thing for this color combination
 so I'm back with another entry and likely will be posting at least one more project before the Sunday Stamps Challenge closes!
Yes, this card is very similar to the last but have you ever come across this popular saying circa 2002 "Same, same but different."? Yep, that's the case here. I started with a top folding white card base,  and adhered a thin 2-inch strip of striped patterned paper. I then cut, using Lawn Fawn's Large Stitched Rectangles dies, a  panel from PTI's Hawaiian Shores cardstock. On one edge, I then cut a scalloped border using Pretty Pink Posh's Stitched Borders 1 die set. I cut a smaller stitched panel (also using Lawn Fawn's Large Stitched Rectangles) from white cardstock, upon which I stamped my sentiment from PTI's Swoosh set. I die cut various floral images from PTI's Quilted: Spring, Painted Poinsettias and Happy Notes. I wrapped the Hawaiian Shores panels with aqua baker's twine from We R Memory Keepers, added some enamel dots from My Mind's Eye Necessities collection, adhered this to the card base with the striped patterned paper using dimensional adhesive (for added depth and yes, you guessed it...dimension! ha) and I'm done. Here's a close-up of the card: 

Thanks for stopping by!
-O


Sunday Stamps Challenge 101/MIM Fussy Cutting

Hello all and happy Friday,

My apologies for the lack of activity here, as of late...I've been (and unfortunately still am) combating a respiratory infection, which currently feels like what I would imagine the Black Plague felt like. I'm chronically ill, so when a nasty bug takes up residence in my lungs, havoc ensues. But, I have my 4 year old son, who happens to be my most effective medication, and cardmaking to distract me from hacking up what appears to be my left lung, so all is well. :) But on to the 'order of business': I came across a new-to-me challenge and when I saw the inspiration photograph, I knew I simply had to play along! I am a sucker for high-contrast color schemes and happen to worship teal, turquoise, aqua and any shade of these, so this was right up my alley! Here is my interpretation:
 So I began with a top-folding white card base and from there layered the striped patterned paper and two stitched panels cut using Lawn Fawn's Large Stitched Rectangles from Hawaiian Shores cardstock and PTI's new-ish Vellum Bitty Dot paper. I adhered the Hawaiian Shores layer at an angle for added interest and so the aqua color could peek through the vellum. I then stamped and fussy cut various florals from PTI's Quilted: Spring and Bitty Bouquet stamp sets. Ashley Canon-Newell had a wonderful video this week full of tips for fussy cutting. I happened to not get my hands on the Bitty Bouquet dies so old-fashioned cutting it was for me...perfect for this week's Make It Monday . The sentiment is from one of my current favorites, PTI's Swoosh set, such a beautiful and flowing font! Yeah, I'm also a sucker for typography...but I digress. :) It was stamped in Memento's Tuxedo Black on to a piece of Hawaiian Shores cardstock that was first cut, again using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles, and then with Pretty Pink Posh's Borders 1 set for the scalloped border. I scattered a few enamel dots from My Mind's Eye Necessities and I'm done!
Here is a more detailed photograph of the focal point:

Be sure to check out more lovely inspiration by heading over to the Sunday Stamps Challenge.

Thanks for spending part of your day with me and have a wonderful weekend!

-O

Sunday, May 10, 2015

MIM #211: Using Gelatos with Stamps

Hello and Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and grandmothers out there! I currently have a fairly severe respiratory infection so this will be a very quick post! This week Melissa Phillips aka the Queen of Shabby Chic showed us how to soften stamps and a floral background with gelatos. I actually only owned two gelatos, which were silver and gold, so I bought a set through Amazon Prime and set to work! Here is my take:



If I have the strength, tomorrow I'll be back with the supply list. Thank you for sharing a portion of your day with me and until next time...craft on! :)

Also entering this card into Virginia's View Challenge, with the theme of "dimension" I thought this card aptly suited.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

MIM #210: USING VELLUM TO SOFTEN PATTERNS

Hello all and I hope you are enjoying the relatively nice weather and the rest of your weekend! I
m back today with a quick post for this week's MIM, which was hosted by Lizzie Jones. This week we were challenged to create vibrant and bright backgrounds, which we would then soften with vellum. Here's my take:
I began by choosing the lovely and adorable Wee Folk Mini Market Kit released this month by Betsy Veldman, aka Papercrafting Genius Extraordinaire! :) I used various stamps from the set and stamped them randomly in the following colors: SSS Audrey Blue, Memento Rose Bud & Tangelo, Lawn Fawn's Freshly Cut Grass and Sunflower, and finally Hero Arts' Neon Purple. I then layered it with PTI's beautiful and high quality bitty dot vellum, which was cut using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Large Rectangles. I cut out a tag from Tag Sale and matted it with a stitched circle from MFT. I threaded through some fuchsia ribbon and tied it with PTI's button twine. Then to accent it, I used one of the adorable wooden buttons that comes in the kit. I then die cut the deer and a couple butterflies and adhered to card panel. Then the sentiment, also from the kit, was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Tinsel Gold Embossing Powder. And I'm done! Here is a close up of the focal point:

And here is a detailed shot of the button and ribbon:And that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by and spending a portion of your day with me! As always, craft on! :)
-O

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PTI's April 2015 Bloghop

Hello all,


I hope you're having a lovely weekend! I'm back today with a card for this month's PTI bloghop. Here is the gorgeous inspiration:
Blog hop inspiration The colors are simply stunning and the textures and bold stripes inspiring! Here is my interpretation:

 I started off with a white card base upon which I mounted an Enchanted Evening panel cut with the Center Stage coverplate from PTI. It's so bold and striking and absolutely reminiscent of the chair sashes from the inspiration photo. I then stamped the beautiful Garden Grace foliage with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them in with a combination of Copics, Spectrum Noirs and even my old Pantone Letraset professional alcohol markers, which sadly are no longer available. I popped them up with dimension adhesive. Then I cut out a scalloped Tremendous Tag and stamped the sentiment, also from Garden Grace in both Enchanted Evening and Hibiscus Burst inks. This was then attached to the white seam binding ribbon with a clip from the County Fair Make It Market kit.
 I also elected to make a matching envelope, which I thought adds a little extra 'je ne sais quoi!". I actually later went back and added pink enamel dots, alas by the time I remembered that I would need to rephotograph the card, it was already on it's way to the recipient!
That's all for today. Be sure to check out the other blogs as there is so much beautiful inspiration to be found! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely rest of your weekend!

-O

Monday, April 20, 2015

ColourQ 287: Sprinkled With Love

And I'm back again... I have thoroughly searched through the ColourQ blog to see if there is a submission limit but have not been able to find anything. Hopefully there isn't, as I plan on entering a few more cards! Once again, the inspiration photo:

This card was created exactly as the last but simply with different patterned paper and sentiment:


The last was upright and here is a close up of the shaker element:
Don't mind my fingers that are reflected in the window! ;)
I simply love what contrast that a pop of color yields when paired with black and white...I'm sure you can tell as I have created a slew of cards with this color scheme!

Also submitting to these challenges:


Supplies Used:
Paper: Paper and More 120# white cardstock, PTI True Black, Heidi Swapp Memory Planner 
Ink/Embossing Powders: Versamark Ink, Recollections Turquoise Glitter Embossing Powder, Ranger Gold Sprinkle Embossing Powder
Stamps: PTI's Baker's Dozen
Dies: Baker's Dozen