Thursday, March 26, 2015

Yellow is Blooming!

Hi everyone!

I have an extra post so I can sneak into the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop today (Oops!  it was yesterday! *blush*) and also the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #137...

PTI has an inspiration Challenge for the Hop...the main colors are Aqua and Yellow...

My card did not turn out quite like I envisioned it, but I decided to post it anyway!

I used Pool Party and Daffodil Delight for the spring colors with a dash of Rose-Red in the Painted Blooms DSP flowers.

In reality, the yellow on the white layer is not that bright (thank goodness!).  

The flower was made from two dies, Flower Fair Framelits and the Flower Frenzy Bigz L die....I burnished the bottom layer of the flower (with a bone folder) until I could separate the layers...similar to a "suede" flower composed of several separated layers.  The leaves were also cut from the Bigz die.

My Aqua Painter splashed on the Pool Party ink (squeezed into the ink pad).

Stamps: And Many More
Ink:  Pool Party, Ranger Tea Dye and Mustard Seed, Versamark
Tools:  Spring Flowers TIEF, Flower Fair Framelits, Flower Frenzy Bigz L die, Bitty Banners Framelits, Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper, Aqua Painter, Tim Holtz Spritzer, Ranger Blending Tool, Pool Party Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
Embellishments:  Sequins (stash), Brights Candy Dots, Tea Lace Paper Doily, Pearl Basic Jewels
Card Stock:  Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Designer Paper:  Painted Blooms, Brights Paper Stack

See you next week...have a great weekend!

It's a Five Circle Day!


Today we have a challenge from Pals Paper Arts #245 ... a sketch challenge .... from one of the talented Pals, Nicole Watt....

Different, huh?  Nicole is good at thinking out of the box!

I'm sure those five circles at the bottom of the card could represent anything you can create, but for me...who does not think out of the box...they are simply circles.

This is my week for stripes...yesterday I had vertical stripes and today...horizontal.  I love the bright colors in this Sweet Taffy designer paper!  Of course, my five Candy Dots are from the Brights color family and match the dsp.

I thought the dsp made a great background for the message from Big On You....appropriate name!

I chose not to use a Tempting Turquoise Candy Dot because the card base is that color AND then I would have had SIX circles...that would never do!
Below are the supplies used for this card:
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Better Late Than Never

Hi to all!...

Well, I'm a day late for the challenge, Seize the Birthday, but I wanted to post anyway...after all, the card is made!

The challenge was to make the sentiment the focal point...and I did that except that most of the work actually went into the background!  I used one of SU's decorative masks...same as a stencil.  I used the striped mask with some colorful Birthday colors...

In the picture, I've removed the Painter's Tape from two of the sides, but you get the idea!  You have to stabilize the mask or the effects will morph into something other than the desired design. 

I didn't want to accidentally get the wrong colors on the lines, so I covered the yellow lines with paper when I was coloring the red and aqua.

After the background dried, I stamped with my Misti to get an accurately placed, sharp image.  LOVE!

The message is from SU's Age Awareness stamp set...can you see the sparkles on the small lines within the words?  I used a Sakura Clear Gel Pen that has a glittery effect.


Stamp: Age Awareness

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Inks (Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough)

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White, Daffodil Delight (SU)

Tools: Dots and Stripes Decorative Masks (SU), MISTI (My Sweet Petunia), Sakura Gelly Roll pen (Clear Star), Ranger Mini Blending Tool

Embellishments: 1/8" Silver Ribbon (SU), Sequins (retired SU)

See you tomorrow for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The New Couple

Hi to all!
Hope you all had a good weekend!  My weather is great, but I know some of you are still in "snow-land" and are wishing you weren't.... :(
Today I'm joining into the Paper Players #237 Sketch Challenge...

I made my card base vertical instead of horizontal like the sketch example...

The panel shows off the Something Borrowed Designer Paper, colored with chalks (Pebbles).  Since the background of this DSP is Sahara Sand, I carried the color over to my card base.

The message, stamped in Shabby Shutters Distress ink, is from Your Perfect Day....a really cute stamp set that celebrates marriage.

The ONLY way I was able to get a readable message was with my MISTI...I re-stamped it x3 before I was happy with can stamp over and over on the same message to improve the "look"...  saves a lot of paper!

Can you see the tiny speckles on the card base?  Those were made from the Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker and the Tim Holtz spritzer.

See you on Wednesday....don't forget to stamp!
Friday, March 20, 2015

Irresistible You!

Hi there!

Today I decided to try a card that I have seen "around"... stamping within the Irresistibly Yours DSP!  The two colors I used to stamp the flowers from Nature's Perfection were Pool Party and Crushed Curry
I heat-embossed the fussy-cut flower (from the same stamp set) and the message from A Dozen Thoughts with Pool Party embossing powder.  I just love the message...the font and the swirls make me so happy!

I placed a strip of Vellum across the card and placed a Bitty Butterfly toward the bottom of the strip...actually the butterfly is punched from some Irresistibly Yours DSP also, but the photo doesn't show the reflection.

Here is a little closer look at the embossed flower and message.

Have an awesome weekend!
Below are the supplies used to make this card....

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Star For You


I'm back for the Pals Paper Arts #244 Sketch Challenge ....

The image section says "any shape", but just looking at the star made me want to use one!  SU's Stars Framelits filled the bill!  

I recently saw a technique called "Confetti Cluster" on PTI and decided to give it a whirl...mine is different in the respect that it is not a one layer card as the other one was.  The objective was to use the small stamps that you might rarely I selected an array of smaller stamps and decorated the star with them.

The example that I semi-CASED had even smaller stamps than mine and the images were closer together giving it more of a cluster effect, but I was fairly pleased with mine.  Also this technique gave me a chance to use the three In Colors (2013-2015)....Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, and Pistachio Pudding that I wanted to showcase.  These colors don't have very much longer in the SU catalog....June will be here before we know it.

I added some Pearls...just because...and some Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine...

The message is from the stamp set, And Many More.

Here are the supplies used for this card:

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Thx for Mojo Monday #389

Hi to all you Stampers!

Today I have a card for the Mojo Monday #389 Sketch Challenge...

I recently saw a technique called "Watercolor Smooshing" (on PTI) where you apply ink pad color to a window sheet, lightly spritz the ink with water, lay the card stock on the window sheet and then press down..."smooshing" and transferring the color onto the card stock.  I tried the technique on my small square and found it to be an interesting "look".

The two colors I used in my "Smooshing" technique were Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana....then I decorated the rest of the card with sequins (Dazzling Details Glitter Glue in the middles), rhinestones (on the vellum butterfly), and Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine.  

The bokeh paper is from Best Year Ever DSP (Sale-A-Bration Catalog) and the Coastal Cabana ribbon belongs to the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack....Can you believe we have only 13 days left until Sale-A-Bration is over?

The message of THX is found as an accessory in the Circle Card Thinlits collection.

Thanks for being here...see you tomorrow!
Below are the supplies used for this card:

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