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Dad’s Day

Although I didn’t post yesterday, I did make a card. I’m not so sure I’m in love with it, but I’ll post it later anyway. For today’s SCS Sketch Challenge and yesterday’s SCS Color Challenge, I decided to get a jump on a Father’s Day card. I’ve had some patterned paper for a long time that has an olive background and a bunch of different accent colors for the words. I thought I’d get a head start on a Father’s Day card for my dad. I used Old Olive, Ballet Blue and Barely Banana as per the color challenge. There really wasn’t any Ballet Blue in the patterned paper (more of a Bashful Blue), but you have to work with what you’ve got, right? I hope to visit my dad on the May long weekend, so I’ll hand deliver this to him. I started off with a 5.25 x 5.25 card base using Taylored Expressions CS and I layered the patterned paper with Barely Banana and Ballet Blue. I used the Verve set “Father Figure” and used my SU markers in Old Olive and Ballet Blue to color the sentiment. I framed it with Barely Banana and Ballet Blue. I kept this card pretty simple because my dad is not a “frilly” kind of guy at all. I know he loves my cards though and he’ll appreciate the love that went into this. Thanks for having a look!


April 28, 2010 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

Happy Monday

I’m in a wonderful mood! I accomplished more at work today than I expected to and I’m all caught up with my report writing. I’ll be out of the office for the next 3 days and won’t get a chance to do much work, so this feels amaziing! I’m TOTALY in love with the new SU colors coming out in July. I received a sample of the 5 new colors last week and I wanted to hang on to them until I could pre-order full packages, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. It didn’t help that every piece of patterned paper I picked up matched the new colors perfectly! After trying 3 times to use a current color, I gave in. I made this card for today’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge (MOJO136). Given the option, I will always choose a square card. I used Taylored Expression Choice Buttercream for my card base (5.25 x 5.25) and added a panel of Early Espresso (LOVE IT!!). I added a panel of My Mind’s Eye patterned paper. Tucked behind that is a little panel of Buttercream and behind those I tucked some punched pieces of coordinating patterned paper. I added some brown self-adhesive pearls to the Buttercream panel. I stamped the sentiment from Verve in Momento Rich Cocoa and cut it and layered it with my nesties circle and scallop circle dies. I sponged some Valnut Distress ink around the edge to give it a little dimension. I popped this up with dimensionals. I added some SU Vanilla satin ribbon and tied the bow with a brown button from my stash using embroidery floss. Thanks for a great sketch and thanks for having a look.

April 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm 3 comments

Holiday Foursome

I had a few stamping pals over yesterday for a playday. We made a few cards, had some treats and caught up on all kinds of stuff. What a fun time! We’ve decided to do this every 6 weeks. Two of us live in the same town about an hour away from the other two. They packed up a box of stuff they wanted to use and I had a “few” supplies out too. My good friend, Laurel, was in awe of my “punch drawer”. I do have a few punches! I decided to print off a few sketch challenges from a few blogs to use as a little inspiration. This helped me catch up on a few that I missed along the way. I’m going to load them all up in one post, so prepare for a long one!

The first sketch is from Amy Rysavy’s Prairie Paper and Ink (AMYRS79) seen here: . All four cards used the same stamp set from Flourishes, which I just received last week. It is called “All that Glitters”. I’m not sure why I wanted to get a Christmas stamp set now, but I guess I figured I will have more cards to make this year to give to family members, so I might as well get started! I’ve loved all of the cards that I have seen in various galleries, so I wanted to give it a shot too. I really liked the simplicity of this sketch. I bought a huge package of Christmas patterned paper, so I plan to use as much up of it as I can this year. Here are the details of my card, which will be the same for all four: image was stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I used the following copics to colour the image(s) – YG11, YG13, YG17, YG67, R24, R27, R29, R59 and BG000 (outlined the images). I used my nesties to cut out the oval shapes and I coloured the half pearls with a red copic marker. I popped the image up with dimensionals and added the sentiment on the bottom right (SU sentiment). I added stickles to the ornament on the left side – I don’t think it shows up very well in the photo (on the left side).

For my second card, I used the sketch from Verve’s Beach Party 2010 Week 4 challenge (VSAPRBP4). Unfortunately, I didn’t find these challenges until it was too late, so I didn’t have enough time to make other cards for the weekly sketches. I might make a few other cards using these sketches anyway, since I love using sketches brilliant individual’s create! I don’t have an ounce of creativity in my body, so these sketches really make stamping worthwhile for me. I used the same supplies as in my card above, but I forgot to mention I used Papertrey White CS for my card base and used Certainly Celery, Garden Green and Real Red for my accent colours. I added some Real Red 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon and some Papertrey Ink green buttons to this card. I used some green embroidery floss to tie a ribbon the on button as well. The sentiment is from SU’s “All Holidays” set that was stamped in VersaMark and embossed with white EP.

My third card employs a sketch from Our Creative Corner (OCCSC12). For this card, I used a different ornament – this one looks so much like an old fashioned ornament my Baba gave me a long time ago. Her’s was a soft pink colour with glitter on it. I broke it a few years ago, but I’ll always remember it. I feel as though I should have added something to the Certainly Celery panel, but I wanted the ornament to be the focus. Sometimes, I find I just get carried away. I really do like my cards to be simple rather than ornate. The red satin bow is courtesy of Linda, who gave us a little tutorial on how to make good bows. I added the tree branches to the side of the image using Distress ink that I stamped twice. I’m not sure that I should have used brown, but since my ornament was green, I needed to use a different colour.

On to the last card – I made this one this morning. I think it is my favourite of the four. I obtained the sketch from Stampin’ Royalty – Sketch Challenge 16 (SR#16). This also satisfies the Creative Belli Blog challenge this week to use die cuts. I decided to break out my Top Note die from SU, since this was the shape on the sketch challenge image. I haven’t used it in ages. I used 3 ornaments on this card from the “All that Glitters” Flourishes set. I layered the main white panel with a Real Red panel. I used the same copic markers as noted in the first card entry. I had this ribbon in my scrap ribbon bag for about 5 years. My sister bought it to use on some scrapbooking pages she made when we first got into this craft and made scrapbooks for our Dad of her kids as a Christmas present. There was a little left (I try to salvage what I can) and it worked out perfectly – I cut it on either side of the sentiment repeating itself. Gotta love it when that happens! I added three buttons (green from Papertrey Ink. and red from my own stash). I added stickles to the ornaments (red and green). I love how vibrant this is.

I’m goine to make one more card, then duplicate them all to use as a set to give my Aunt (she’ll remember that I promised to make her 20 Christmas cards). Her birthday is coming up, so maybe these will double as her birthday gift. Thanks for bearing with me and having a look. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

April 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm 8 comments

Birthday Wishes

It is my DH’s birthday tomorrow, but since his mom and sister and family are coming over for dinner, we’ll celebrate today. I thought I had better make him a card for the occasion. I used the layout from Flourishes Timesless Tuesday sketch challenge (FTTC63). I started the card by picking the patterned paper. I just reorganized all of my patterned paper and when I came across this sheet, I knew I’d use it for my card. I then decided on the stamp. I had a bunch of different images out on my counter but had to find one that was big enough. I ended up using Hammock Riley. I figured my DH could use a little R & R. He’s been busy repainting and repairing some rooms in the house. I hadn’t used copic markers with this stamp before, so I gave it a shot. I found the sand and sky a little tricky – I didn’t want to add too much colour so I just whirled the marker around in circles. The sky actually looks like it has little clouds swirling around – not sure if that comes through in the photo. I like the way the colouring turned out, but I know I still have a long way to go to learn how to use copic markers properly. Anyway, I layered some dark blue CS on top of the Kraft card base (card measures 5.25 x 5.25). I added 3 horizontal white panels on top of that and then my 3 patterned paper panels. I added brownishbrads to the corner to make it a little more masculine. Hubby is a no-ribbon-on-a-guy-card fellow. I cut the image with my round nesties and popped it up with some foam tape for a wee bit of dimension. I stamped the sentiment (don’t know who made it) in Momento Rich Cocoa. I hope DH likes it!

April 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

More retiring colors

One of my favorite SU colors is retiring – Sage Shadow. This will be one that I stock up on for sure! I incorporated today’s SCS Color Challenge #267 which called for us to use Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal and Basic Gray along with Mercy’s Tuesday Sketch Challenge (MTSC70). I always love playing along with Mercy’s sketch challenges. I decided to use my new Flourishe’s From the Garden set. This is such a versatile set. I can see using it on a regular basis. I started my card using Flourishes White CS. I had a scrap of patterned paper (from Crate Paper, I believe) and layered some Sage Shadow under it. I tied some retired SU grosgrain ribbon around that. I used an Apricot Appeal panel behind the main image, which I had run through the Big Shot (it’s a SU texturz plate). I softened the corners with my corner rounder. I stamped the image with Momento Tuxedo Black and used copics to color it. The sentiment comes from the same set. I cut it out using my nesties die and popped it up a little. I finished the card off with a bow and button along with a few dew drops in the corners. Thanks for having a look. I’ll probably post a couple of other cards that I made last night but didn’t get a chance to upload. Have a beautiful day!

April 20, 2010 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

Beautiful Butterflies

I forgot to check the Viva la Verve Week 3 Challenge on SCS until today. This week, Amber is featuring living rooms. I am always impressed with the inspiration photos she gives us to use as a spring board for our creations. I chose the middle photo. I was immediately drawn to the patterned curtains. I knew I had some patterned paper that had a damask pattern. I used some cream CS as my background and layered a panel of Old Olive on top of that. I added the patterned paper panel and tied some velvet olive ribbon that I had in my scrap bag. I recently purchased the butterfly Sizzlet butterfly die from SU, mostly because I have seen a “flurry” of butterfly inspired cards in various galleries lately. I used a Verve sentiment that featured a butterfly since the Verve sketch had a butterfly on it. I cut it out with my nesties and added a Ruby Red background panel behind it. I added the other butterflies to the side horizontal panel and added some very pale blue self-adhesive pearls to all of the butterflies. I like the way this turned out, even though I wouldn’t normally put these colours together, but I went with the colours that I saw in the inspiration photo. Thanks for looking!

April 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm Leave a comment

Sweet Sunday

The weather is beautiful today – we were supposed to get rain, but the sun is shining and it is a lovely temperature. I’ll have to get one of my boys to cut the grass (first time this year!!). I have spent the last week cleaning up my craft room and reorganizing my paper (to move the retiring SU stuff to a different area) and relabelling my card stock shelves (I’m waiting with baited breath for the new SU stuff to be available!). I have also convinced my DH that he has to build me more shelving for my paper. I took apart the 12 x 12 paper rack I have and resorted it all. I feel like I can now navigate around with more ease.

Anyway, I got a chance to make a card today and used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge SSSC65 for my layout inspiration. I am selling a few things and I’m giving this card to the customer as a thank you card. I have to say, I’m really disappointed that Ruby Red is leaving the SU color family. I will definitely get another package of card stock before it retires. I do like Riding Hood Red, so at least there is a go-to color that is similar. Ok, here are the details for my card: the card base is Ruby Red and I added a panel of Martha Stewart “heirloom” patterned paper over top. I used a coordinating patterned paper, layered with Ruby Red on the horizontal panel. I stamped the flower image and the sentiment from Flourish’s “From the Garden” in Momento Rich Cocoa and colored with with copic markers. I cut out the image with my nesties die and sponged Pretty in Pink and Ruby Red around the edge. I added a prima flower embellishment (with Gina K. button) onto the panel as well as some Riding Hood Red grosgrain ribbon (attached with a mini glue dot). I think the card is pretty simple, but I like the way it turned out. Thanks for having a look!.

April 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm 1 comment

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