Monday, September 29, 2014
A couple years ago right after Christmas I found these red #10 envelops for 50 cents a pack. I bought a couple packs intending to do up Christmas cards for them, but that never happened. Todays tall and skinny Mojo card seemed like a good time to get started.
I used Real Red CS and Silver embossing for my tree. The sentiment and snowflakes are Pool Party. I used the silver glimmer paper for the star and for the banners at the top.
I sure hope you enjoy.
And here is the sketch:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
This is my card for todays Quick and Simple Saturday. I know some may not think it's very simple because of the layers, but I put this together in just 10 min. It's just one stamp set and no punching or die cuts.
I used Whisper White, Gold, Lost Lagoon, and Pool Party for my colors. I hadn't used this tree from the Festival of Trees stamp set yet and it's so cool that I had to finally use it. You do get a bargain if you buy the bundle, but you don't have to, the stamp set and the punch are each able to do plenty on their own.
I thought the Lucky stars embossing folder did a nice extra background, but this same card would look great without it.
One of the little things I'm wanting to do with this folder is to use a darker blue and after embossing, run my brayer over the stars with white ink. Think stars at night.
Hopefully I have given you some ideas of your own, but feel free to CASe, (Copy and share everything), the SU moto. I'd be honored.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
And it's PPA thursday. I found this to be an interesting sketch today. At first I wondered what in the world I could do with it, next, what could I do with it to make it my own.
I've been wanting to play more with water color. Specifically the Aqua Painters, and I loved how this turned out!
It's so easy too. I simply used my Versa Mark pad and white embossing powder to emboss the ornaments, then put some drops of Cherry Cobbler in my Aqua Painter with water till I got the color I wanted, then it was a simple matter of just brushing across the embossing. I wanted the brush marks for effect.
The card base is one of the gorgeous pieces from the Under the Tree Speciality DSP. This paper is meant for boxes, and it works so well for them, nice and heavy, but not so heavy that you can't fold.
It's also double sided and makes for such a great card inside, love love love this paper. Each sheet is a color design on one side and Kraft design on the other leaving you with a nice light inside to stamp or write on.
The tiny star is from Bright and Beautiful and cut out using the smallest of the Star Framelits.
Please let me know how you like this idea, both the box paper and the Aqua painter part. Then stop by another time and you'll find my response in the comments. Thanks so much for stopping by.
And here is a look at our challenge sketch this week.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Have you played with challenges? They can be fun, challenging and help you to grow as a crafter.
I used to try to make mine look exactly like the sketch, but I found that often I wasn't all that happy with what I had created.
It occured to me that I needed to make my cards more my own style and at the same time try to follow the sketch as much as possible while doing so. This is one of those times. I love the Blackberry Bliss and gold.
The two background trees were done with just gold ink pad, stamping off on paper first. The center one I did with the gold pad and gold embossing powder. It's all tied together with the gold striped paper and the gorgeous gold satin ribbon.
I hope you enjoy.
Below is the sketch for this monday.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I love using embossing folders in different ways, this one is easy, just use your brayer to put color from your ink pad onto one side of the embossing folder then emboss the card as usual.
Colors used today are: Whisper White, one of the new incolors Mossy Meadow, and Tangerine Tango. To add a little interest I used some linen thread looped around and just the tip of the large grunge stamp in Gorgeous Grunge.
Here is the sketch for this week:
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Curves is have a week of open house this coming week. I'm not sure if it's all Curves or only certain areas, I do mine is and my friend in CA says hers is as well. You might check if you are interested, it's a great chance to check out Curves and see if it's for you. Or you might just want to go and shop on thur afternoon.
Ours is having a shopping afternoon between 4 and 7. Invited to have a table are reps for Home based business's. I was asked if I would represent Stampin Up. But of course. I made this cute set of cards for the drawing.
I made one in each of last years in colors. Every year SU comes out with a new set of 5 incolors, these are last years and will retire at the end of this catalog period in May. They have been a real favorite with many, I love them and they all work so well together they are a joy to play with.
Also, one nice bonus with new incolors is that you can buy a set that includes all 5 ink pads and a set of paper with 4 of each color, all for the price of just the ink pads. I think that is a great bargain and a great way to have a whole set, I but it in my first order every year.
I used the Flowering Florishes on this, the largest one in the set and simply added rhinestones for that bit of extra that makes these special. A set like this makes a very nice little gift especially if someone is needing thank you cards, but I think everyone likes having some nice cards on hand.
As always, click on any of the photos below to be taken to my store where you can just check items out more, or purchase should you desire to do so.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Welcome to another Thur PPA challenge card. This week we are doing a color challenge. Lots of fall cards are coming your way if you check out the challenge, as the colors this week are:
Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry and Cajon Craze.
My leaf set came from the awesome Lovely as a Tree. I looked back in my SU catalogs to 2000 and it was in that one and I'm not sure if any before that. I'm pretty sure it's been in catalogs longer then any other stamp or set.
For my sentiment I choose Four You, inked the edges and used Candy dots to fasten it down.
For my frame I stamped and used the Squares Framelits, then cut a square hole in a larger piece of the Artichoke for the outside frame and used my Stampin Dimentionals top pop it up.
I hope you enjoyed.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Yup, it's tuesday and I'm just posting. Life just keeps getting in the way.
This was an interesting sketch, it took a little thought, but I have a special friend who is having a birthday so that had to be my card theme.
Colors today are: Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, and Whisper White.
The little wavy cut you see on both sides of the card are made using the Rotary add on for the Stampin Trimmer and the optional tiny wave blade. There are also other blades, a small scallop, and a perforating blade as well as the straight cut blade. And the blades are inclosed in little cartridges so easy to change out and very safe to use.
Here is todays sketch: