Sunday, 17 June 2018

Muse Challenge #270

Like the post before this, I'm rushing to finish my card and post it here on my blog. I started it last Wednesday. Where does the time go? I had such good intentions with this card, started it early BUT I just finished it. I need to complete the cards when I start them and post them here on my blog, right away! It's time for a new challenge at Muse Challenge. This week's Muse card was created by Tracey McNeely



I was inspired by:

  • the floral arrangement with greenery
  • the pink and green color scheme
  • a birthday sentiment stamped on white, popped up
  • gray card panel, colored with colored pencils 


Here's my card


I started with WPlus9's Beautiful Bouquets: Dahlias stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink on a gray card panel. I added color with colored pencils (or as us Canadians refer to them, as pencil crayons). For the flowers, I used three shades of pink and colored over them with white to blend the colors. For the leaves, I used two shades of green. I found the coloring to be very relaxing. Might just ink up some more panels and color them. The sentiment, stamped on a scrap of white cardstock, is from Simon Says STAMP Birthday Messages. The sentiment strip is popped up with dimensionals.

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sue

CASology: Week 304

It's incredible how fast days go by. I see various challenges online and think that I have a few days to make a card, take a photo and write a blog post. Then "poof", it's close to the deadline and i'm rushing. I need to figure this out better. I don't need the extra stress! Well, here it is, less than 12 hours before the deadline and I'm writing this post. It's for the current challenge at CASology




Here's my card



I started by inking up a small panel of cardstock with distress inks (picked raspberry and wilted violet) with ink blending tools. I then immediately brushed on some Perfect Pearls to the inked panel for some shimmer. Using We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder, I added some texture and dimension to the inked panel. I matted the panel with purple cardstock. I added adhesive pearls at the intersections of the panels. Here's a close-up.



For the sentiment, I used both of the same distress inks (picked raspberry and wilted violet) to ink the sentiment, from Simon Says STAMP Flower Friend stamp set.

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sue

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Time Out Challenge #111

Joining in at Time Out Challenges for their current challenge




Here's my card



I chose to add the optional twist - one layer card onto my Christmas holiday card. I started with Gina K's Wreath Builder bundle - well, the stencil part (again). I used the holly leaves and berries from Hero Arts Bird Words stamp set inked with Hero Arts Field Greens and Pale Tomato inks. The little sprigs are from Hero Arts Color Layering Joy Message stamp set inked with Hero Arts Green Hills ink. The sentiment is from The Alley Way's Mistletoe Kisses stamp set.

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sue

AAA Cards - CAS Game # 117

When I saw the current challenge at AAA Cards, I knew right away what I was going to do.




Here's my card




At the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup, I saw a demonstration using Gina K's Wreath Builder bundle. It was so awesome that I just had to purchase it. There was a sample that resembled a spirograph (anyone old enough to remember spirograph?) pattern. I tried to re-create it. I started with a 4" square panel. I used my regular size MISTI, stamped the dotted circle alternating with Hero Arts Fresh Peach and Soft Cantaloupe inks as I rotated the square panel using the stencil in the Wreath Builder bundle. I matted the panel with some bright blue for "pop" and then with dark gray. For the sentiment, I used Paper Smooches Salutations stamp set, stamped onto a scrap of the bright blue and then popped up with dimensionals.

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sue

CAS(E) this Sketch #275

Greetings! I have a card for the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch. I love working with sketches. They provide me with a starting point for my creativity. Here's this week's sketch



Here's my card



I started by embossing a card panel of kraft cardstock with my Sizzix/Stampin' Up's Woodgrain embossing folder. I trimmed it to 3" and with a sizzix circle die, cut the little "peek hole" in the woodgrain strip. Using my MISTI, I positioned the cute mouse from Unity Stamp's meow, purr, baa stamp set to where it would be in the "peek hole". I stamped the mouse on natural cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it in with Copic markers. I adhered the woodgrain strip over the mouse. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Word Salad stamp set.

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sue

Monday, 11 June 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #268

It's a new week so it's time for a new sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's the sketch

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Here's my card




I started with distress oxides (worn lipstick, picked raspberry) and some glossy cardstock. I smooshed the ink on my craft sheet, spritzed a bit of water and dabbed the glossy cardstock into the ink in a random pattern. I dried each layer of color (each color separately) with my heat tool. I continued until I liked the marble-like effect of the colors. I die cut using Simon Says STAMP's Bird of Roses die to create the bird. I stamped using the branch of leaves from Paper Smooches' Reflections stamp set with Hero Arts Field Greens ink. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Layered Topiary stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts Charcoal ink. I adhered the bird using a glue pen. I matted the card panel with dark gray.

We'd love to see what you create using this week's sketch.

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sue

Sunday, 10 June 2018

CASology: Week 303

It's time for a challenge at CASology where this week's cue card is



Here's my card



In full disclosure, I think that sheep are my only farm animal stamp I own. It's because my sister, had a stuffed lamb, she adored. She still loves all things sheep. When I see new "sheep/lamb" stamp sets, I just have to add them to my collection. This card will be her birthday card. I started with Reverse Confetti's all about ewe stamp set. I stamped the sheep with Memento tuxedo black ink on white cardstock. I added a bit of color with Copic markers. I fussy cut the sheep. I dusted off my Creative Memories 12" decorative trimmer and cut a wavy mask which I used to create the hilly field using shabby shutters distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool. I added the fence, using Stampin' Up's Chocolate Chip ink and added some "woodgrain" with Stampin' Up's Chocolate Chip marker. The sentiment, from the same stamp set, was added to the top of the card.

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sue