Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ho, Ho, Ho...Santa -- Merry Monday Challenge #101

Hi everyone, it's time again for another Merry Monday challenge.  This week we are to use grey, red and white on our card.  Here's our inspiration photo...

It took me all week to come up with idea for this card.  Every idea I came up just wasn't working out.  Finally Saturday night, I came up with a easy card that I just love.

I used Gina K's "Pure White" card stock and Stampin' Up's "Cherry Cobbler" card stock and grey and white snowflake designer paper that I don't know which manufacturer it came from as it wasn't a full sheet of paper.  I hate when I do that.  I need to remember to keep the edge that tells me who designed the paper.  Anyway, the "Santa" and "Ho" stamps came from "Santa, I Believe" from Flourishes.  I love this Santa.  He is so much like the Santa I remember from my childhood.  I stamped "Santa" in Stampin' Up's "Smoky Slate" ink and the "Ho" stamp in SU's "Cherry Cobbler" ink.  I finished the card off with SU's "Cherry Cobbler" baker's twine.

Thank you for stopping by and if you want to see more beautiful grey, red and white cards, please follow this link to Merry Monday's Challenge #101.  You won't be disappointed. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dynamic Duos Challenge -- Hardwood

Back again with another Dynamic Duos Challenge.  We get to use 3 colors again this week.  I found this challenge a little difficult....I just couldn't decide what stamps to use for this card.  I finally came up with an idea tonight at 8pm. 
 I used Stampin' Up's "Rich Razzleberry" card stock for the card base.  I used Gina K's "Pure White" and stamped SU's "Hardwood" stamp in SU's "Soft Sky" ink.  I added a whitewash effect, but using a water brush and brushing on "Soft Sky"ink over the stamped hardwood image.  I then used the flourish stamp from SU's "Everything Eleanor" in SU's "Rich Razzleberry" and stamped a few times on the hardwood after it dried.  I then used SU's "Petite Petals" randomly on the card in SU's "Pale Plum", "Soft Sky" and "Rich Razzleberry" inks. 

To finish off the card, I stamped Hero Art's "Happy Birthday to You" in SU's "Rich Razzleberry" ink and torn the edges and sponged them in SU's "Pale Plum" ink and swiped some "Pale Plum" across the image to add a little distressed look.  I attached a light blue twine from JilliBean and hung the happy birthday sign with a white brad.

I was going for the look of a sign nailed to a fence with flowers growing up around it.  It turned out pretty close to what I had imaged in my head. 

I appreciate you stopping by and check out the other cards submitted for this week's Dynamic Duo Challenge.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Festive Friday - snowflakes

Hi everyone.  We have another Festive Friday Challenge to post.  I love snowflakes, I only wish that they wouldn't be falling from the sky in March as they are right now!  Here's the beautiful inspiration photo.

I used Gina K's "Pure White" card stock for my base.  I also used GK's "Pure White" card stock for the snowflakes, which I die cut from PaperTrey Ink's "Fancy Flakes".  I covered them with Ranger's "Pearl X" for the shimmer.  The shimmer didn't photograph as well as I wanted it too, but I think if you click on the close up photo, you will see the shimmer much better.

I covered the "Pure White" card stock with a piece of designer paper "Soft Pine on Green" from Deja Views (Sharon Ann collection).  It's quite an old piece of dp.  I hung the snowflakes by punching a couple of holes in the dp and putting light gray DMC floss through the snowflake and through the dp and tying a knot.  I finished off the card with some snowflake ribbon from Makin Memories "Winter" ribbon set and added one more smaller snowflake in the upper corner. 

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out Festive Friday's Challenge blog to see the other beautiful snowflake cards.  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Merry Mondays #100 -- Christmas Cheer was a busy week, but I am catching up.  Last chance to get my Merry Monday's challenge posted.  And, of course, I had camera issues today.  The sun is shining, but my camera didn't want to cooperate. 

This week's challenge was fun.  I do love the colors Lesley chose.  I knew exactly what stamp and papers I was going to use for this that was half the battle done.  My challenge was to find the time to put the card together.  Here is this week's inspiration.

This challenge was so much fun.  I love these colors together.  I used Gina K's "Pure White" card stock, Stampin' Up's "Lucky Limeade" card stock and the pink card stock and designer paper came from Recollections "Christmas" paper pack (thank you, Marcia!).  And some other designer paper from Bella Press "Watermelon Coordinates" paper sampler, which I have had for years.  The stamps I used were DeNami Designs "Christmas Cheer", which I stamped with Memento's "Tuxedo Black" ink and colored the backs of the rectangles with Copics #G82 and RV25.  I then paper pieced the trees and the stars.  I used glossy accents on the stars and "Stardust" stickles on the trees.  I used SU's embossing folders "Pretty Print" and "Decorative Dots" and stamped Hero Arts' "Merry Christmas" in SU's "Lucky Limeade" ink.  So much fun!!!

Thank you for stopping by and check out Merry Monday's challenge for some other beautiful cards!  You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In the Woods -- Dynamic Duos Challenge #94

This week's Dynamic Duos Challenge is using More Mustard and Basic Black with an option of dry embossing.

I decided to dig through my stamps this week and pull one I haven't used in awhile and found just the right one for this challenge.
I started out using SU's "Basic Black", "More Mustard" and "Whisper White" card stock.  I dry embossed the "More Mustard" card stock with Tim Holtz "Woodgrain" embossing folder and adhered it to the "Basic Black" card stock.  I inked up the "Birch Tree" from "The Woods" stamp set by Stacy Stamps with "Tuxedo Black" in by Memento and stamped the birch tree three times and off stamped three times.  I sponged "More Mustard" for my background, cut another piece of "Basic Black" card stock and adhered the birch trees to it.  I added a piece of black ribbon and then attached the birch trees to the front of the card and finished the card off with two large black brads and die cut out PTI's "Peace" from "Wonderful Words: Holiday" die set.  I added the word peace as an afterthought.  As I was looking at the card, the trees were reminding me of how much peace I find when walking in the woods and thought it would be a great addition to the card.

Thank you for stopping by and please check out Dynamic Duos for other beautiful cards using More Mustard and Basic Black.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Merry Mondays #99 -- Peace

It's time for another Merry Monday Challenge card.  My Christmas card stash is growing by the week.  It will be so nice not to have to panic come December with having to make 90 cards to get in the mail by Dec. 15 in addition to all the baking, gift-wrapping and other tasks that come with Christmas.    Here is our inspiration picture for this week.  We are to use Brown, Green and Gold in our card with either white or cream.  It took a little while for my creative juices to get going, but here's what I came up with.

I used SU's "Chocolate Chip" and "Always Artichoke" card stock for my base colors and used Gina K's "Pure Ivory" cardstock.  I wanted to have a faint background so I used a music background stamp from Anna Griffin All Night Media #580K21 and stamped it in SU's "Sahara Sand" and off stamped it once and then on the ivory card stock.  I had to do this twice as the background stamp was big enough to cover the whole card.  I then used die cuts to finish my card.  I cut out one of the reindeer from Tim Holtz Alterations "Reindeer Flight" in SU's "Chocolate Chip card stock and put a piece of gold cording around his neck and placed him on the card.  I then cut out three Tim Holtz Alterations "Pine Tree", two in SU's "Always Artichoke" and one in "Chocolate Chip" card stock.  I stacked the three together to give it some depth and cut the trunk off one of the "Always Artichoke" tree which is stacked on top to give my tree the brown trunk and adhered it to my card.  I then used "Peace" from PaperTrey Ink's "Wonderful Words: Holiday Die Collection", which I cut out and embossed with SU's "Gold Embossing powder" and then I went over it with Stickles "Gold Glitter" to make it pop more.  I did struggle with "Peace" quite a bit last night.  At first I used VersaMark and embossing powder on a portion of the card stock and then ran it through the cuttlebug, but couldn't get the card stock out of the "Peace" die cut without ruining it.  After trying this about 4 or 5 times, I then just put white card stock through and then tried to embossed it after I cut it out that took three tries as it was hard to heat emboss it as I had to somehow hold it without touching it or I would loose some embossing powder.  Had I figured out to use the gold stickles right from the start, I wouldn't have tried to burn my fingers and wasted so much gold embossing powder and card stock.  It was frustrating, but comical at the same time. I would have saved myself a good 1-1/2 hours if I just decided to cover "Peace" with the gold stickles from the very start.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other Merry Monday challenge cards.  They are gorgeous.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dynamic Duos #93 -- Wonderful Mother

 It's time again for Dynamic Duos Weekly challenge.  This week's challenge is to use Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand.

I have only used Sahara Sand once and didn't really like the color so I wasn't so sure I was going to play along this week.   But I pull the two stamp pads out and left them on my vanity table as I do every week to help me come up with ideas for a card as I am getting ready for work every morning.  I had a few ideas floating around in my head, but it wasn't until this morning that I knew what I was going to do.  I have to give credit to PTI's Make It Monday #154--Color and Texture Tips for One Layered Cards.  I didn't have a chance to play along with them last week, so I thought I would do so this week with the Dynamic Duos challenge.

I used PTI's "Coverplate Harlequin Die" on a white piece of card stock and put the coverplate on another piece of white card stock and sponged over the coverplate with SU's "Blushing Bride" ink for my background effect.  With the "Harlequin Coverplate" still attached to the white card stock that I sponged, I inked up SU's "French Script" with "Sahara Sand" ink and off stamped it once and stamped over the coverplate making sure to press hard enough that the "French Script" came through onto the white card stock.  I stamped the flowering tree from SU's "Thoughts and Prayers" stamp set in "Sahara Sand" and did the same with the "Wonderful Mother" stamp from SU's "Well Scripted" stamp set.  I finished the card off by added "Stardust" stickles as my texture.  I just love the way this card turned out. 

The second card I am showing you was really my first attempt of this card.  I punched out the small flowers with an EK Success punch and added the pearls.  I like it, but after attaching the flowers, I thought it would look better without the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by and please jump over to Dynamic Duos to check out the cards others submitted for this weeks challenge.   There are some really cool cards posted. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Festive Friday #26 - Dasher

It's another Christmas Challenge.  Here's the inspiration picture...

All the card stock I used is from Stampin' Up ("Chocolate Chip", "Whisper White", "Cherry Cobbler" and "Glorious Green").  I stamped the Hero Arts' "Snowflake & Flourishes" background stamp on the white card stock with VersaMark ink and embossed it with Stampendous "Shabby White Embossing Enamel".  I did the same with SU's "Dasher" stamp.  I cut out "Dasher" with Spellbinder's "Small Scalloped Circles" and cut out a larger circle from the "Cherry Cobbler" card stock and stamped a snowflake flurry stamp from Inkadinkado (#60-00018) with VersaMark and embossed it with the "Shabby White Embossing Enamel" and did the same for the larger label.  I cut the ends of the "Merry Christmas" label and the "Cherry Cobbler" label with the "Small Scalloped Circles", too.  The "Merry Christmas" stamp is from SU's "More Merry Messages".  I stamped SU's Ivy stamp (from "Season's Sketches") on both "Cherry Cobbler" and "Glorious Green" card stock and fussy cut them out and attached them to the finished card.  Both "Dasher" and the "Merry Christmas" label are pop dotted.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other cards at Festive Friday Challenge blog

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Merry Monday Challenge #98 - Country charm with stitches and buttons

It's another Merry Monday Challenge for the week....

When I first saw the challenge, I have to stay I was stumped and thinking to myself, I don't think I can enter a card this week.  I don't have a sewing machine and I don't have a lot of buttons, let alone "Christmas" colored ones.  The country part of the challenge, was simple.  But as I looked at the design team's samples and read the fine print that "faux" would be okay, I knew I could do it!

As ideas came floating into my head, the top idea was a country quilt look  So here's my country quilt card.  I started with a white card stock cut as a 5x5 card.  I then used different sheets of designer paper from Echo Park's "Very Merry Christmas" 6x6 paper pack to make the border.  I used my paper piercer to make my holes so I could handstitch with DMC floss #3364.  I also used different sheets of Echo Park's "Very Mery Christmas" to

cut out PTI's "Polka Dot Parade #9" die cut tree which I  stitched together with the same DMC floss.  I cut out my "faux" bottons from Stampin' Up's "More Merry Messages" and stitch the DMC floss in the middle of the snowflake. 

Don't forget to check out the beautiful cards posted on MM challenge for more of the Country Charm with stitches and buttons.

Thank you, again, MM design team, for challenging me once again.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dynamic Duos Challenge #92 - Feeling Sentimental

I'm participating in DD Challenge #92.  I took a few days to think about how I wanted to use these two colors together and thought using the watercolor effect would be perfect.

All stamps, inks and card stock are from Stampin' Up.  I started with using "Midnight Muse" ink and adding water to it and painting a small piece of white card stock on an angle for a different look.  After it dried, I stamped the phone booth from "Feeling Sentimental" in  "Rose Red" ink over the blue water colored background.  I took another white piece of card stock and splattered both "Midnight Muse" and "Rose Red" inks (watered down).  I attached the splattered card stock to a piece of "Midnight Muse" card stock.  I took the piece of paper that has the phone booth stamped on it and attached it to  "Midnight Muse" and then attached it to the white splattered card stock.  I took a piece of  "Rose Red" card stock and punch out the "Scallop Trim Boarder" on both sides and put a piece of  "Midnight Muse" and another piece of "Rose Red" over the" Midnight Muse" card stock.  I then used a scrap piece of white card stock from my stash and splattered it with "MIdnight Muse" and "Rose Red" watered down inks.  I stamped a  "Happy Birthday" in "Midnight Muse" and attached it to a small piece of "Midnight Muse" and "Rose Red" card stock.

Thank you for stopping by and if you have a chance, check out the other cards submitted for DD challenge this week.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Make It Monday #153 - Watercolor background

I had to  make a few birthday cards this weekend for my sister, so I decided to use Dawn McVey's watercolor technique she showed on PTI's Capture the Moment for this week's challenge.

I stamped "Happy Birthday" (PTI's "Keep It Simple: Birthday" set) in Versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder and water colored with SU's "Bermuda Bay" ink.  I then used PTI's "Embroidered Blooms" and stamped the leaves in SU's Pear Pizzazz and then stamped the flowers in SU's "Real Red" and "Strawberry Slush".  I finished off the card with green twine and a red button
 I attached it to a white card base and then onto a blue/green piece of card stock from a local scrapbook store.  I really loved how this card came together.  The water color background was perfect for these colors. 

I loved how this card turned out, so I thought I would make another one.  On this card, I water colored with SU's "Coastal Cabana" ink and stamped "Happiest Wishes on you Birthday" from SU's "Happiest Birthday Wishes" in Versamark and embossed it with Pearl White embossing powder.  I used PTI's "Daydreamer" stamp set to stamp the poppies in SU's "Calypso Coral" and Pear Pizzazz" inks.  I cut out the card from Spellbinders "Labels #8" and placed it on white card stock (also using Spellbinders "Labels #8" die cut) and mounted it on a green/blue piece of card stock bought at a local scrapbook store.  I finished the card off with white ribbon by SU.    I liked how this one turned out too.  I just may do a few more of these this week. 

Thank you Dawn for highlighting this technique this week.  I really enjoyed it.  Don't forget to stop by Captured by the Moment and check out the great cards others have posted this week.   Thanks for stopping by!