Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Easter Card: Heart 2 Heart "Dreamin' Big", BTF #42A, and CWS #12

Happy Spring!  Finally Spring has arrived even though the cold weather hasn't left us yet here in Michigan.  At least now the cooler weather comes and goes quickly.  I am SO ready for sunshine and warmer temps.  Anyway, tonight I needed some stamping therapy so I looked at some of the challenge blogs for inspiration.  I knew I would use the "Dreamin' Big" paper collection from CTMH so I am entering 2 challenges that have to do with that paper.  Heart 2 Heart Challenges "Time to Dream - Dreamin' Big"  is to use the Dreamin' Big paper or theme.  I used that paper so I am in.  You can find that challenge here.  Heart 2 Heart Challenges 

I also am entering the Between the Folds Challenge #42A which is to use the "Dreamin' Big" paper collection from CTMH.  That link is found here.  

And last, but not least, I am entering the CWS(Creative With Stamps) Challenge #12 which is "Easter".  You can find that challenge here.  

As for my card, I decided I wanted to make the card base out of kraft cardstock.  I then stamped the flower border with Desert Sand ink (CTMH).  I then stamped the grass in Juniper ink (CTMH).  Both the flower border and the grass are from the CTMH stamp set called "Nobunny Like You".  I then used my CTMH watercolor pencils to color in the flowers.  Next I stamped the bunny on Kraft cardstock and fussy cut her out.  I colored her with the watercolor pencils.  I then stamped the bunny again on patterned paper from the "Dreamin' Big" paper from CTMH.  I fussy cut the dress only and attached it onto the kraft bunny.  I added a little bow on her using ribbon from my stash.  Next, I die cut the heart out of the front of the card using the CTMH thin cuts Basic Hearts - largest heart.  I then hand drew a stitch line around the heart using the tan marker from AC Stamp Markers Pastel pack.  I cut a piece of pattern paper from same collection and glued it above the flowers.  I then used a frame stamp from the CTMH stamp set called "Holiday Tags" and stamped it onto a piece that I cut to match using my Cricut and Artiste cartridge from CTMH.  I used Goldrush ink to stamp the frame and Desert Sand to stamp the greeting which is from the CTMH set called "Just to Say".  I popped the frame up on top of the patterned paper used dimensional foam adhesive.  Now for the inside of the card.  I cut a piece of paper from same collection and popped the bunny up on it.  I then glued that piece to the card so that the bunny would show up through the heart when the card was closed.  I then stamped the inside greeting with Desert Sand (stamp set "Nobunny Like You" CTMH).  And that is it.  It took a little bit of work, but was fun to make.  My camera reflected the colored pencil on the first picture so the bunny's cheeks really showed up well.  

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hello Lovely Card: Atlantic Hearts Challenge #201 and Between the Folds Challenge #41A

Hi.  It's me again.  I am on a roll today.  I love joining in on challenge blogs and this card was inspired by two of them.  I followed the sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #201.  You can find it here.

And I also have a bunch of Complements left over from my CTMH "Hello Lovely" workshop kit.  I used those on this card for the "Between the Folds Weekly Challenge" 41A which is to use Complements on a project.  That challenge can be found here.

As for the card details, I used the "Hello Lovely" paper and complements collection from CTMH.  The banner is from the "Hello Lovely" Cardmaking bundle.  I stamped it in Fern (CTMH) and then die cut it with my Cuttlebug.  I then stamped the verse from the "Say It All" stamp set (CTMH) in Sorbet ink (CTMH).  I popped up the Complement floral images and the banner with dimensional adhesive.  I added some sparkle to the flowers with my Clear Shimmer Brush (CTMH) and then lastly added some gold glitter dots to the sentiment piece (CTMH).  And that's it.  
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Happy Birthday Card for Multiple Challenges

Good morning!

It is a gloriously sunny day here in Michigan.  Too bad that looks can be deceiving!  It is still terribly cold.  Brrrr!  Anyway, I needed to get a card made for my sister's birthday coming up.  We have fun sending each other snarky cards so I was so excited when I found this new stamp set with matching dies by Taylored Expressions.  I thought it was perfect for a March birthday since she lives in TX and it's already warming up there.  I used several blog challenges for inspiration.  First I knew I wanted to use the sketch from the Try Stampin' (or not) on Tuesday Challenge #311.  Here is the sketch:
You can find it here.  

I also am entering it in the Seize the Birthday Challenge (Anything Goes as long as it's birthday) found here.    

And while I am at it I might as well enter it in the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #231.  That challenge is found here.
As for the details of the card, I pretty much stayed true to the sketch.  I used papers from the Dreamin' Big collection from CTMH.  I matted with Slate cardstock from CTMH.  The adorable little grumpy bunny is from the new stamp set called Spring Grumblings from Taylored Expressions.  I love that there are matching dies!  The greeting on the outside is from the CTMH stamp set called Birthday Wish.  The sequins are from the Coral Reef Sequins pack also from CTMH.  For the inside I cut matching paper with mats.  The snarky greeting is from the same Taylored Expressions stamp set mentioned above.  The "happy birthday" stamp is from the CTMH set called Holiday Tags.  The bunny image was stamped with Black Momento ink and colored with alcohol markers (CTMH and Copic).  The greetings were stamped with black CTMH ink.  And there you have it. 

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thinking of You: BTF #40A/B, Heart 2 Heart "Hello Lovely", and Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenges.

Hi again.  I am here now with my second card for the day.  This one I used several challenges for inspiration.  First, I knew I would be using the "Hello Lovely" paper collection from CTMH and two of the challenges are to use this collection.  One is Between The Folds (BTF) #40 A/B and it's is found here.  

The other challenge is the Heart 2 Heart Challenge for February to use "Hello Lovely" and it's found here.  Heart 2 Heart Challenges

The third challenge I am entering is the Happy Little Stampers "Anything Goes with Dies" challenge for February.  You can find the challenge here.  

So on with the card.  I started with a white A2 card base.  I then cut a large piece of patterned paper from the "Hello Lovely" collection from CTMH at 4" x 5 1/4".  I then cut a piece of white daisy cardstock at 3 3/4" x 4" and I stamped the floral image from the CTMH stamp and die set called "Hello Lovely Cardmaking Bundle" with Versamark ink.  I then used gold embossing powder(CTMH) and heat embossed the image.  I then colored the flowers with colored pencils from Prima and CTMH.  I then covered the main flowers with glue and sprinkled CTMH Prisma Glitter on top. (Sadly, Prisma glitter has been discontinued by CTMH but I bought a bunch for my stash!)  Next, I got my piece of patterned paper that I cut earlier and I die cut the floral image from it.  I am just using the negative piece for this card.  Before attaching the paper to the card I wrapped some Blush Shimmer ribbon (CTMH) around the edges and attached on the back with my tape runner.  I then attached my colored floral piece to the top of my card.  I then lined up the hole left from die cutting the patterned paper over the floral stamped piece.  I used pop dots to add the patterned paper so that there is more visual interest.  I next stamped a banner from the same stamp/die set with Versamark and then gold embossed it same as the floral image.  I stamped the greeting with second generation Sorbet ink (CTMH).  I centered this banner on top of the ribbon and attached with glue tape.  Lastly, I added some rose gold sequins from CTMH.  And there you have it.  
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Happy Birth Day Card: Addicted to CAS #105 and Crazy 4 Challenges #374

Good evening, friends.  It's been a busy weekend for me, but I found some time to work on getting some cards done and posted.  For this card I chose a few challenges that would work in making a masculine card.  I am always needing more guy cards and this one will be easy to duplicate in the future.  I used the Addicted to CAS challenge #105 as inspiration since it is to use "wood".  The challenge can be found here.  I also used the Crazy 4 Challenges #374 which is to use your sentiment as a focal point.  The link to that challenge is here.  

To make this card, I started with a kraft cardstock card.  I needed a good layout for the card so I chose a sketch from the CTMH Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 page 45 pattern 25.  I love these books because they give you the measurements for each piece.  No guess work involved which cuts a lot of time.  I have all their how to books that deal with cards.  For paper I cut pieces from the "Hello Lovely" and "Rustic Home Fundamentals" collections from CTMH.  The greeting is stamped in Black dye ink from CTMH.  I edged all the pieces with Ranger Distress Walnut Stain ink using my Ranger distress tool.  The greeting piece is popped up with pop dots.  It needed a little something else so I attached some black epoxy bubbles from CTMH as shown.  And that's it.  A nice CAS style masculine card for my stash.  
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Freshly Made Sketch #274: Congrats!

Yep.  It's me again!  Fourth time's a charm.  I knew I wanted to use the sketch from the "Freshly Made Sketch" Challenge #274.  It is nice and simple.  You can find the sketch here.

I kept my interpretation of the sketch very clean and simple.  I started with a Colonial White card base from CTMH.  I then cut a rectangle out of gold mirror card I found in my stash.  I then cut the gold dot piece from the pocket page paper in my "Hello Lovely" collection from CTMH.  I then die cut the background for "Congrats" from more gold mirror paper.  I die cut the word "congrats" from Colonial White cardstock (CTMH).  The congrats dies are from Sizzix.  I just mounted the greeting with glue directly to the gold dot paper.  I added some Gold Shimmer Trim (CTMH) cut into banners
underneath the rectangle before mounting the whole rectangle piece directly to the card.  And there you have it.  I tried to take several pictures from different angles, but the mirror card reflects the flash no matter how I take the picture.  It is dark outside so no daylight to help with that either.  Oh, well.  What can you do?  Anyway, thanks for stopping by.


Muse Challenge #202: Hello

Good evening, Friends!

Wonders never cease.  I actually got a third card made tonight.  I love card making challenges since they get my creative thought process moving.  This card was inspired by the Muse Challenge #202 which is found here.  

I used a stitched rectangle for MFT for the base of the stamping piece.  I then stamped randomly with feathers from the CTMH stamp set called "Feathers"(dah!)  I used Sorbet, Pear, and Peacock inks from CTMH.  I also added some scribble circles from the CTMH stamp set called "Shower Flowers" with Honey ink (CTMH).  I then die cut "Hello" (CTMH) several times form dark blue cardstock and also from the stamped panel.  I then layered them back in place so that they stacked up to add dimension.  And that is it.  Actually easier than I thought it would be.  I even decided I didn't like my first color combo so I flipped my rectangle over and tried again.  There are no mistakes in stamping!  LOL  

See ya again soon,