Monday, October 16, 2017

Falling Leaves

You can tell fall is in the air; there are leaves everywhere.  My falling leaves card today is based on the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #244.

Card Base:  Lemon Lime Twist CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2"  Very Vanilla Thick CS run through the Big Shot using the Woodland Embossing Folder and attached to the card front.

Leaves:  I added Crush Curry, Cajun Craze, Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach inks to a clear block, spritzed them with water and placed on Watercolor Paper.  After letting it dry, I cut out the large leaf using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Added some Clear Wink of Stella and attached it to the card.  The smaller leaves were cut from Copper Foil Paper using the same thinlits and added to the card.

Sentiment:  The sentiment from the Best Birds stamp set was heat embossed on Very Vanilla CS with Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder.  Cut sentiment out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and matted it with Lemon Lime Twist cut out using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  Sentiment attached to card with Dimensionals.

The Fininshing Touch:  Before adding the sentiment, I added some loops of Copper Metallic Thread on the back using Snail Adhesive.

The embossing folder gives a clean and simple card a little added punch.
Hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Please stop by again.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A BIG Happy Birthday

Hope your Tuesday is going well.  Today I have a birthday card meant for a guy in your life.  I never have one of these on hand when I need it.

Card Base:  Cajun Craze CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".

Sentiment - Part 1:  The large debossed "happy" was done by running the card base through the Big Shot using the Celebrations Duo Debossing Folder.

Card Front Layering:  I matted a piece of Painted Autumn DSP with Early Espresso CS and added it just above the happy.  The leaves were cut from Garden Green CS using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  I added some retired Crystal Effects to the leaves and popped them up with Dimensionals.

Sentiment - Part 2:  On a strip of Early Espresso CS I heat embossed the word birthday from the Number of Years stamp set using VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder.  The sentiment layer was matted with a piece of the Painted Autumn DSP and attached under the happy.

Finishing Touch:  Some Regals Enamel Shapes were added to the Early Espresso sentiment strip.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Peaceful Snow

This is the first Christmas card I've created this year and went with the traditional red and green.  I'm hoping to jump start my holiday cards using these two challenges:  Merry Monday Challenge #259 - add a Christmas tree and Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #341 with the optional theme of bold words.

Card Base:  Whisper White Thick CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  Added Be Merry DSP.

Image Layer:  Ran a piece of Whisper White CS through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  Cut a Real Red CS scallop using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and attached on the left side of the embossed piece.  Added this layer to the card front.  Cut the trees from Silver Foil Paper using the Card Front Builder Thinlits.  They were added with Dimensionals.

Sentiment:  Another piece of the Be Merry DSP was matted
with Silver Foil Paper and added to the card.  Ran a piece of Real Red CS through the Big Shot with the Christmas Greetings Thinlits (retired) and attached it to the designer paper.

Finishing Touch:  I heat embossed a retired Snowflake Element using VersaMark and Silver Embossing Powder.  It was attached to the card with Glue Dots.

This is an easy card to mass produce, especially if you have a lot of cards to make.  I hope you are enjoying the long weekend as we celebrate Columbus Day here in the US as well as some lovely fall weather.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

A Basket of Sunflowers

I did a little coloring for the Paper Players Challenge #358.  We're have some really great weather here in the northeast, cooler temps and very low humidity, some very fall-like weather so maybee that inspired my  color choices.

Card Base:  Very Vanilla Thick CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Before going any further, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Basket of Wishes stamp set first with Cajun Craze ink and then Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder.

First Layer:  Cut two 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the Painted Autumn DSP (new starting 9/1); I then cut them in half diagonally.  I attached them to a 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Cajun Craze CS and attached it to the card front.

Image Layer:  Stamped the basket and the flowers from the Basket of Wishes stamp set on Watercolor Paper with Basic Black Archival Ink.  Before doing any coloring, be sure the ink has dried (ask me why I'm saying that).  Early Espresso ink was used to color the basket with a Blender Pen.  The flowers were colored in with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist and Early Espresso Markers.  The image was cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and matted with Cajun Craze CS cut using the Layering Squares Framelits.  I used Dimensionals to pop up the image on the card.

The Finishing Touches:  I added a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the center of the sunflower and the little berries.  A bow made from Linen Thread was attached with a Glue Dot.  Four hearts from the Regals Enamel Shapes were added, one in each corner.

Sounds like a lot of work to pull this card together, but I found the coloring was the most time consuming probably because I need lots more practice.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Swirly Birthday

It has certainly been a while since I posted.  Today's card is inspired by the sketch from Create Pretty Cards Challenge #74.

Card Base:  Berry Burst CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  Whisper White CS cut 4" x 5-1/4".  Embossed with the Layered Leaves EF.  This folder gives such a beautiful deeply embossed image.  Attached to the base with Fast Fuse.

Sentiment:  Stamped the sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set on Crushed Curry CS with VersaMark and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  This is a 2-line sentiment but when I cropped it using one of Bunch of Banners Framelits, it cut the top line off perfectly.  Love the swirls on the sentiment.  I curled both ends in opposite directions using the Bone Folder and attached it with Dimensionals.

Image:  The swirly image was cut from Berry Burst from the Color Theory dsp using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  Before cutting it out I added a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the paper to make it easy to attach to the card.  Again using the Old Olive from the Color Theory dsp, I cut out three leaves from the same thinlits.  The small flower is cut from Crushed Curry CS, also using the same thinlits.  I attached the leaves and the little flowers with Glue Dots.

The Finishing Touches:  Glitter Enamel Dots were added to the center of the flowers for a little sparkle.

I appreciate you stopping by.  Take a moment to leave a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you.  Have a great day.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clean & Simple Eclectic

Following my usual habit of working with challenges, I found the three challenges I used, well, challenging.  CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #233 was, by far, the easiest of the three.  The color combo in the TGIF Challenge #119 are not colors I would probably have chosen together, but in the end, they worked out fine.  Probably the one most challenging was the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #179 to use ONLY DIES - no stamping.  And it had to be clean and simple. Yikes!!!

Card Base:  Lemon Lime Twist CS cut 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".

White Layer:  Cut a piece of Shimmery White CS 4" x 5-1/4".  I used the Eclectic Layers Thinlits to cut out the design on the bottom. 
Attached it to the base with Liquid Glue.

Image/Die Cuts:  Using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits, I cut out two outline flowers and two solid backgrounds for the flowers from Pool Party and Crushed Curry cardstocks and attached them with Liquid Glue.  I found this great tip on Connie Stewart's blog here for  an easy way to attach detailed die cuts.  The leaf stem from the same thinlits was
cut from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and attached to the back of one of the flowers.  I added that flower with Liquid Glue.  The second flower was added using Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touches:  To add a little more shimmer, I added Clear Wink of Stella to the center of all the flower petals.  For a final touch of bling I added some of the really small Rhinestones from the older style package of rhinestones.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.  Have a great week.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

He's Turning Two

Easel Card Open

I mentioned earlier this week that my grandson is turning 2 on Saturday.  HE LOVES MICKEY MOUSE!!!!!  I knew I wanted to make a card with Mickey on it somehow so I searched the internet for punch art ideas.  I couldn't find exactly what I wanted so I CASEd ideas from several different people.  My apologies but I didn't write down the names of where I found them.  If you visit my blog, you know I am fond of challenges because they are great as a start off point.  For this card, I used Global Design Project Challege #95 - Kids and Seize the Birthday Challenge:  Red, White and You!  For my "you" I chose the color black.

I've renamed this die cut art since I used mostly dies for the Mickey art.  As you can see, this is an easel card.  Real Red CS cut at 6" x 12"; score on long side at 3" and 6".
To make Mickey's head, I used the retired Circles Collection Framelits.  For the ears and face, I used the Layering Circles Framelits.  His eyes, mouth and tongue were cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits.  I did use the retired small oval punch for his nose.  After I put Mickey's head together, I attached it to a piece of Whisper White CS that was embossed with the
card closed

Brick Wall EF.  I used a wobble to attach his head so that it would wiggle back and forth.  The word birthday was taken from the Lemon Zest stamp set and stamped using Black Memento ink.  The happy is from the retired Hello You Thinlits.  I wanted to use it as the prop for the image so I cut out six of them:  2 from Basic Black CS, 2 from Real Red CS and 2 from Whisper White CS.  Before cutting them I attached the card stock to pieces of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets so that it would 
side view
be easier to layer them.  It makes a perfect prop for the easel.  For cards that I make for the grandchildren I usually compose a poem so I added that to the inside.  Because of the size of the card, I used the Envelope Punch Board to make just the right size envelope.

All I could hope for was my grandson would recognize who it was.  When his mom asked him who that was, he responded "Mickey".  I knew then that all the effort spent was well worth it.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out.  If you have any questions about this card, please let me know in the comment section.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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