Sunday, July 31, 2011

CPS 229

Another fabulous sketch today from Tami Mayberry.  Since I don't know what my week will be like I wanted to jump on this right away.

I used a card base of Lucky Limeade (new SU! In Color)  Very reminiscent of Kiwi Kiss which I adored.  I have a feeling I will be using this color A LOT.  The back layers are Early Espresso.

I stamped the bamboo image from Peaceful Garden (PTI) in Old Olive and also in Lucky Limeade (2nd generation).  I did a little selective inking on the sentiment, which is actually one long line.  It was too perfect though so I turned it into 3 lines to fit the sketch.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Its been so long ...

...but I'm back.  I had meant to make this card last week for OWH Sunday Sketch but I got sick and just started feeling better midweek.  And today my PTI order came so I quick texted my stamping buddy Tara and she came over for a play date.

I used an old pack of patterned paper from SU! for the ice cream scoops with my new Sweet As Can Be die.  The main colors are crumb cake, chocolate chip and raspberry fizz.

The sentiment and waffle pattern for the cones is from the Sweet As Can Be set

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

CPS 227

Not a lot of time today to expound on the design.  I used CPS227 and went with a masculine theme

 I used the Wood Grain impression plate from PTI, Frame It (SU!), Oh So Sweet (SU!) and Fillable Frames #3 (PTI) stamp sets
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Make It Monday: Pockets and Edgers

Today's MIM video was a great tutorial on making pockets with decorative edges.  So often I leave it as a straight edge or just round the corners, but I have these edger dies and I ought to use them right!

I went with a clean and simple design on this card, but I love the pops of color from the stamps

Since its a white on white its a little hard to see everything in the big picture, but the detail shot has, well detail :)

I used the Doily edger to create the top edge of the pocket.  I left the lower edge straight and rounded the corners and matched that to the insert (as an homage to what I usually do and becasue the doily edge was blocking my sentiment). 

I added some texture to the card base using the Polka Dot impression plate.

Ink colors: Raspberry Fizz (PTI) and Lucky Limeade (SU!) and I tied it all up with Pure Poppy bakers twine.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

CPS 226 - Friend To Friend

I was sitting in church today missing my friend, Anita.  She and her husband moved to the East Coast a few weeks ago.  Now we've texted back and forth a few times, but still, we'd usually chat on Sunday mornings, and today I just missed that, and her.

When I saw the CPS sketch this morning, I thought a keep in touch sort of card felt in order.

I used my new Established Elegance (SU! 2011-20112 IBC).  I loved the vintage typewriter image from when I first saw it.

I used Newsprint DSP for the background layer and stamped the typewriter repeatedly to make a piece of my own patterned paper.

I sponged everything with Basic Gray ink to age it a little and tied it all up with cherry cobbler twine.

Inside I continued the theme with a narrow strip of the Newsprint DSP and Basic Black card stock.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Well Its Official ...

... I'm a Great Aunt. I've always been a great aunt, but now I'm a Great Aunt. See the difference ... .capital letters :) My niece (the first grandchild of the clan) had her first baby last night. All went well and the first great grandchild is also a beautiful little girl, just like her momma.
Here is the pink giraffe card I've been dying to make for a very long time :

I CASEd the design from Debbie Carriere's July SFYTT guest designer card. Got some practice helping my good friend Tara make this cutie.   The stamps are from Sweet Baby from PTI. The papers are from Bella Rose from SU!. I used the Mat Stack 3 die for the giraffe layer.

I opted for a sentiment on the inside so I again used some of the stamps from Sweet Baby.

Ink colors are Pretty In Pink and Chocolate Chip from SU!

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Friday, July 8, 2011

A Study In Blue

Hi everyone

This card is one that I submitted for publication.  It wasn't selected (sniff) but I love it anyway

I used Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze and Marina Mist on baby wipes to create the background layer on watercolor paper.  I stamped the vases from Gracious Vases and sentiment from Botanical Silhouettes in Night of Navy and let it dry for a bit.  Then I applied Crysta Effects to the vases to get the glassy look.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pinwheel Card

Over the weekend there was an OWH tutorial on making pinwheels.  I didn't get a chance to play then, but they had a re-do today so I decided I better take the opportunity while I had it.

I used 1.5" and 2" squares instead of the tutorials 3'.  Otherwise I followed the instructions.

I used a crumb cake base, and created the sky and ground with Spring Rain and Spring Moss card stock.  I sponged some Fresh Snow ink to make clouds.

For the pinwheels I used Welcome Neighbor from SU! [retired] and Raspberry Fizz buttons

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Make It Monday

Today's MIM video tutorial is multi-color stamping using re-inkers. Essentially you make your own custom ink pad for your stamp using craft foam and re-inkers.  Its much faster than using markers and has pretty much the same effect.

I know its crooked ... I didn't notice that until I took the pictures ... its avant garde ... yeah that's it :)

I've been trying to make more single layer cards for OWH, but I still want them to be interesting.  I thought this technique, combined with a little masking, was both.

I used Framed and Life from PTI for the stamps and Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Tangerine Tango and Early Espresso for the inks.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

OWH Challenge Hop / Sunday Sketch/Any Hero Card

I feel like I hit the Trifecta!!! 

I have been trying all weekend to design a card for a class I am teaching in a couple of weeks.  We are going to make Any Hero cards and I wanted something quick and easy so the attendees can also have time to write the Any Hero letter (yes I am making them do this, but they all know my involvement with OWH so they are being gracious  :)

So today - great OWH Sunday Sketch, Easy as 1-2-3 challenge and first thing in the morning creativity all combined to make a card I finally like

Even though its butterflies, I don't think its too girly.  I dug through my stash of PTI patterned papers and found the Chocolate Remix I bought ages ago ... kinda forgot about it.  But it pairs greatly with the alphabet pattern on the butterfly stamp from SU!

Thanks OWH Stars and Stamps for another great Sunday Sketch.  Thanks Patricia for just the challenge I needed.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

OWH Challenge Hop (Challenge 6) - Harvest Moon

I thought I'd be able to work on all of these, then I thought OK, maybe the odd numbers, but I'm hitting an even number now so that thought goes out the window.  I'm just working on the ones that I can.  I love the other challenges too, and those would be more of a stretch so I should do them, but I'll save them for later.

Challenge 6 is howl at the moon.  Here's my Harvest Moon card

I used Through The Trees [PTI] and Simple Circles [SU!].  I stamped off the Peach Parfait for the moon 3 or 4 times to get it fairly light.  The I also stamped in versa mark and embossed with clear EP.  All this was done on my ever dwindling supply of SU! watercolor paper.

To make the sky I dragged a baby wipe in Night of Navy ink and just played around with it

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OWH Challenge Hop (Challenge 3)

Challenge 3 was a no-brainer for me ... sorry Tara.  I HAD to use the vases again :)

The challenge was a color challenge: Peach Parfait, Delightful Daffodil, Early Espresso and White, so that's what I used.  The stamps are Gracious Vases (one of my new favorites) and Friends til the End, both from PTI.

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OWH Challenge Hop (Challenge 1)

Operation Write Home is sponsoring a crafty day of challenges to day for the holiday weekend ... I plan on participating in all that I can.  The laundry can wait until tomorrow, right  ; )

The first challenge is to use camouflage.  I made a batch of cards like this several years for a friend.  She sent them to a friend of hers who was serving overseas (kind of our own mini OWH :)  I was honored to meet him at her son and future daughter in laws wedding shower.  I thought of this immediately when I saw the challenge

 The camo pattern is called USA 6 Desert (I hope its accurate).  I printed it off of this site.

The dog tags I made from the chipboard backing that comes in patterned paper packs from SU!.  The measurements are 1.5" x 2.5".  I used the faux metal technique on them.  The only difference is in between each layer of embossing powder, I let it cool and added more Versamark.  I've learned I'm just not fast enough to add more EP while the layer is still hot enough to grab hold of it.

The chain is silver cord from SU!.  I knotted it about every inch to make it look more like a chain.

This card will go in my OWH box that I'm sending in a few weeks.  I am having my card class make some cards for OWH as well as Any Hero cards.  All this weekends challenge cards will go in that shipment

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Sweet New Baby

My niece is due in a week (read any day now).  The baby's room is going to be all green and yellow, so I made a card to match using this month's Sketch For You To Try

I was going for a "Good Night Moon" with a giraffe theme ... how'd I do ?  :)  I made the moon using a 1" circle punch and the stars with a folk star punch (SU! retired).  The giraffe and sentiment stamps are form Sweet Baby [PTI].  Colors are Certainly Celery and So Saffron.  A little bit of Chocolate Chip for accent.

Its a little lighter/paler that I usually make so I can't tell if I like it or it was it was just a fun experiment.  I'd welcome any feedback you have.

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