Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Happy Birthday in color for Dynamic Duos #100

I'm pretty bummed today.  This is my last card challenge for Dynamic Duos.  Dynamic Duos has decided to end their challenges (sniff, sniff).  They really helped me think outside the box and use colors that I would never have put together.  I will miss entering their challenges every week.  I now have to find another color challenge to participate in.

Dynamic Duos last challenge is to use So Saffron, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.  I love these colors together.  They are so "springy" looking.

I used Stampin' Up's "Pool Party" and Brazzill's yellow and grey textured card stock.  I don't know what their color names are though.  Sorry.  I used water colored paper, too.

I used a water color pen and water colored the inks across the card.  I let it dry, ran the water colored paper through the Cuttlebug with the "Happy Birthday" embossing folder.  To finish off the card, I attached "Pool Party" cording, a small piece of yellow ribbon (sorry, I don't know who made the yellow ribbon, it was in my leftover box), a "Pool Party" button and two flowers from Prima Marketing "Essential Shabby Chic" that I inked with "So Saffron" and "Pool Party".  It's hard to see the "Pool Party" inked flower, which is behind the "So Saffron" flower.

I have to end this post on a "laugh out loud" note though.  I saw this on facebook and just had to share it.  The dog, Cooper, reminds me of my dog, Sebastian.  The video is only 40 seconds long.  Enjoy!
Thank you for stopping by and check out the rest of the beautiful cards posted on Dynamic Duos #100 Challenge this week. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Merry Christmas for MM 105 Challenge

Here's another Christmas card for my every growing stash of cards!  Our challenge this week is to used decorative words using designer paper, stamps, die cuts or other creative items.

I have had ideas floating in my head all week and finally had time today to put an idea on paper and fell in love with it.

I used a piece of Brazill colored card stock (Sorry, I don't know what color it is.)  I also used Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock, a small piece of mirrored silver paper (from a local scrapbook store) and a small piece of Stampin' Up's "Winter Frost" designer paper.

I cut the word Merry" from PaperTrey Ink's "Wonderful Words Holiday Die Cut Collection" out of the "Pure Luxury White" card stock and out of a piece of very pretty designer paper from SU's "Winter Frost" set.  I took the dp "Merry" die cut and placed it inside the cut out "Merry" of the white card stock.  I put the small piece of mirrored silver paper behind the cut out "Merry".  I stamped the word "Christmas" from PTI's "Wonderful Words: Holiday" stamp set in SU's "Bermuda Bay" ink.  I added blue/green crystals from a local stamp store to finish off the card.

I really love the simplicity of this card.  Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out all the other Merry Monday #105 challenge cards that have been posted.  They are all so beautiful.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A "Pick Up" Masculine Birthday

I haven't posted any cards that weren't made for challenges in awhile, so I thought I would today.

I made this card for my son's 17th birthday.  Yes, my baby is now 17!  It is so hard to believe that he will be graduating in a couple of years.  It's just not fair how fast time flies.

Tim loves trucks and the color blue.  I used a blue-white speckled card stock that a local stamping store carries and Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" card stock.  The white/blue polka dot designer paper is from Echo Park's "Splendid Sunshine" 6x6 paper pack and the blue "baroque" designer paper is from Carta Bella's "Sew Lovely" 6x6 paper pack.  The "Wish Big", the "3 stars" and "1 star" stamps are all  from PaperTrey Ink's "Stylish Sentiments: Birthday". The ink I used was Stampin' Up's "Night of Navy" and sponged "Night of Navy" around the white card stock that I stamped the truck on.  The pick up truck stamp is from Tim Holtz's "The Journey" stamp set.  I was so excited to find this stamp set with a pick up truck to use on Tim's card.  So he opens the card and says nothing.  I was bummed.  I said, "didn't you like the card?"  His comment, "well it would have been better if it was a Chevy truck instead of Ford truck."  Like I would know the difference.  I should have expected that from a 17 year old right?  Still disappointing.

I loved the way the card turned out, so the second card is for one of my sister's male employees, whose birthday is later this week.  The card is the same as Tim's, except I used an old car from Tim Holtz's stamp set "Now and Then".

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rosie Posie Day

It's another Dynamic Duos challenge.  This week's challenge is to use Rich Razzleberry and Black, with a optional touch of Gold. 

I decided to use PaperTrey Ink's "Rosie Posie 1 & 2" stamp set and "Think Big Favorites #24" stamp set.  The card stock I used is Brazill's "Shimmer Black", Gina K's "Pure Luxury White" and Stampin' Up's "Rich Razzleberry".  I also used Gold card stock, but I don't know who made it.  I used SU's "Rich Razzleberry", Momento's "Tuxedo Black" and Encore's "Ultimate Metallic Gold" inks.  I fussy cut out the roses and attached pop dots to lift them off the white card stock. 

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other beautiful cards posted at Dynamic Duos #99.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Snowy Postcard for Merry Monday's Challenge #104

It's another Merry Monday Challenge.  This week we are to use the colors slate, kraft and white or cream.  When I first saw this challenge and all the beautiful samples from the design team, I was really excited about the colors, until I started playing with slate and kraft together.  This challenge didn't come together for me as easily as I thought it would.

The card stock I used were Gina K's Kraft and Pure Ivory and Bazzill's textured grey.  The stamp I used is "Snowy Postcard" from Stampendous, which I stamped in SU's "Smoky Slate" ink on "Pure Ivory" card stock.  I then wanted to make the card look old, so I used Tim Holtz's distressed "Brushed Corduroy" which is as close to a creamy color as I could find in my stash of inks.  I finished the card off with some "Clear" Wink of Stella and cut the postage stamp out of grey card stock and the holly out of kraft card stock for some texture.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Easter...Alleluia, He is Risen!  Don't forget to stop by Merry Monday's Challenge 104 to see the other beautiful cards.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Birthday for MIM #159 and DD Challenge #98

I love it when I'm able to make one card to work for two challenges.  I wasn't going to make a "No Sew-Quilted" card for Make It Monday #159, but after looking at the beautiful cards everyone has been posting all week, I knew I wanted to make one, if I had time over the weekend. 

Dynamic Duos Challenge #98 is calling for Stampin' Up's "Wisteria Wonder" and "So Saffron".  As I was mulling over these two colors and what I wanted to do, the light bulb went off and so here I am with my "Wisteria Wonder and So Saffron No Sew Quilted" card. 

I used Gina K's "Pure Luxury Ivory" card stock for the base.  I cut a white piece of typing paper to use as the backing of my quilt.  I started punching out SU's "Wisteria Wonder" and "So Saffron" hexagons with SU's "Hexagon" punch.  I punched out "Pure Luxury Ivory" hexagons, too.  I attached the hexagons to the white typing paper to make my quilt pattern.  After all the hexagons were taped down, I used SU's "Soft Swirls" background stamp with VersaMark and embossed it with clear embossing powder over the hexagon quilt pattern.  I cut out hearts from SU's Sizzix "Fashionable Hearts" embosslits in both "Wisteria Wonder" and "So Saffron" and attached them to the "Pure Ivory" hexagons.  I ran the quilt pattern through the Cuttlebug with QuicKutz "Retro Diamonds" embossing folder.  I finished off the card by adding a piece of vellum that I stamped with PTI's "Think Big Favorites #24" happy birthday in SU's "Wisteria Wonder" ink and quickly covered it with clear embossing powder to make it pop a bit.  I attached it to the front of the card and then added the purple baker's twine to finish off the card.

It was such a fun card to make.  A little labor intensive, but well worth it.  I really love the way it turned out. 

Thank you for stopping by and do check out all the beautiful "No Sew Quilted" cards at Make It Monday #159 and at Dynamic Duos Challenge #98 this week.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Snowmen for Merry Mondays #103

I was so excited to see what this week's challenge was.  I love snowmen and have lots of snowmen stamps.  My challenge, which snowman to use.  It took me all week to figure that one out.  Then how did I want to design the card.  Kristie Goulet, you'll be so happy to know, I used some of my hoarded stash of designer paper with you in mind, which also puts me out of my comfort zone.  I have never been very comfortable using designer paper on my cards, because I don't think I pick the right combination.  I do have to give some credit to my hubby this week, he helped me pick out which dp to use as the base of the card.  Do you pick out your paper first then design your card around it or the other way around?

The snowman with his reindeer pal is from Whipper Snapper Designs #LY801d.  I used Gina K "Pure White" for my card base and used some of my hoarded stash of Stampin' Up snowflake dp.  It is so pretty, I really didn't want to cut it.  I embossed it with Sizzix "Snowflake" embossing folder and put that over the "Pure White" card stock.  I then cut out two "Pine Trees" from Tim Holtz big die.  Both trees were cut from Echo Park's 6x6 paper pack "Very Merry Christmas".  I paper pieced the snowman and reindeer from the same designer paper pack and colored him with Copics and "Clear" Wink of Stella.  The Copic colors I used were R-20, YR68, N4, R46, Y17, YG17, E23, E25, 100, C8, C9 and E29.  I pop dotted the snowman in front of the trees, put glossy accents on the ornament and jingle bells

and added some sequins to finish the card.

Thank you for stopping by and please go to Merry Monday's Challenge #103 to see all the beautiful snowman.  You won't be disappointed!  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dynamic Duos #97 - Happy Birthday

It's time for another Dynamic Duos Challenge.  This week we are to use "Melon Mambo" and "Tempting Turquoise" inks.

I wanted to do a CAS card.  I started with Stampin' Up's "Tempting Turquoise" card stock and Gina K's "Pure White" card stock.  The stamps I used are all from PaperTrey Ink.  The "Happy" is from "Wet Paint", the "Birthday" is from "Stylish Sentiments: Birthday" and the leaves are from "Doodlie-Do".  The blue gems are from a local stamping store and the pink gems are from Hero Arts.   I also used SU's "Tempting Turquoise" marker.  Since I don't own the SU "Melon Mambo" marker, I substituted it for "Pink Passion". 

I love how this card came together.  Very quick and simple.  Thank you for stopping by and check out the beautiful cards using Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise at Dynamic Duos #97.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Festive Friday

I'm back again with another Christmas card.  This one is for Festive Friday's challenge.  Here's the inspiration picture for us to draw our idea from...

I have to admit, I wasn't going to do this challenge because I don't have a jar stamp.  The pine cone stamps I have are very tiny and I just couldn't think of anything I could put together.  So it was back to the Silhoutte Cameo again.  I downloaded a jar, pine cones, Christmas lights and a doily to make my card. 

I used "Always Artichoke" by Stampin' Up and "Pure Ivory" card stock from Gina K.  I used acetate to cut out the jar and vellum to cut out the lace doily that I cut down to look like a lid cover.  I inked up "Christmas Sayings Stamp #3421R" by Rubber Stampede with VersaMark ink and embossed it with "Pearl White" PEARLustre by Stamendous.  The ribbon is from Gina K.  I also used Martha Stuart's pine punch.  I love that punch! 

This card was truly a labor of love to put together.  It was hard to fit all of the greens, lights and pine cones under the jar.  Nothing wanted to stay put.  It was a tad frustrating.

Thank you for stopping by.  Don't forget to check out the other beautiful cards at Festive Friday.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Meet Me Under The Mistletoe---Merry Monday Challenge #102

Merry Mondays is back at work in challenging me to think outside my stamping box.  I don't own a single mistletoe stamp in my vast stamp collection.  So I'm back to using the greatest Christmas present my hubby could have ever bought me...Silhoutte Cameo.

I combined two mistletoe downloads from the Silhoutte store to make my card this week.

I used red and green card stock from my local scrapbooking store and Gina K's "Pure White" card stock, Stampin' Up's "Cherry Cobbler" bakers twine and the designer paper is from Bo Bunny's "Rejoice Collection" 6x6 pack.

After the idea came together, it was pretty easy.

I am, by the way, hoping for advice from other Cameo owners.  I'm having an issue with the paper going off kilter.  I make sure the paper is loaded straight, but it doesn't stay straight when it starts cutting.  It doesn't happen all the time, but more than I think it should.  Has anyone else had this issue?  What am I doing wrong?  Help if you can.  Thank you!

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to head over to Merry Monday Christmas Challenge to see all of the beautiful mistletoe cards.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Beautiful Blooms for Dynamic Duos #96

What a beautiful day it was here.  The sun was shining and the temperature was 52 degrees.  It felt like heaven outside today!  It was hard to come inside to make a card for Dynamic Duos Challenge #96.

I started with Gina K's "Pure White" card stock.  I made the card 5.5" x 3.5" (Marcia showed me this size card about a month ago from Melissa Phillips).  I really do like the size of this card.  I  used Stampin' Up's "Melon Mambo" and "Gumball Green" card stock and inks.  The other inks I used were StazOn Opaque in "Cotton White" and "VersaMark".  The stamps I used were SU's "French Script" and PTI's "Beautiful Blooms" and one small flower stamp from SU, but I don't know which set it came from.

I started out by stamping "French Script" in the "Cotton White" StazOn ink on the white card base and the small piece of white card stock.  I let the ink dry and them stamped the leaves and flower centers in "Gumball Green" and the flowers in "Melon Mambo".  As you stamp over the white inked  french script, you can see it in the flowers as the dye ink resists the pigment ink.  Such a cool technique.  You can learn more about this technique from Heather Nichols over at PTI here.

I mounted the piece of white card stock on "Melon Mambo" and tied some pink DMC floss around it and mounted it to the card base.  I cut out a piece of "Gumball Green" card stock and stamped the "French Script" in "VersaMark and used SU's "Scallop Edge" punch.  I wrapped some pink DMC floss around it and mounted it to the card base.  For the finishing touch, I added 3 white iridescent sequins to the card.

Thank you for stopping by and check out the rest of the cards using "Gumball Green" and a color of their choice at Dynamic Duos Challenge #96.