Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sharing Design Team cards

Hi everyone.  I mentioned on my blog last October that I had been asked to join the Dirty Dozen Design Team at Splitcoast Stampers.  I was so honored and excited to be a part of the team that designs for the Fan Club, which is a paid membership at SCS (Splitcoast Stampers).  Part of the agreement for becoming a DT member is to provide a minimum of six cards per month for six months, with my dates running from Oct. 2013 - Mar. 2014.  One of the other parts of the agreement is that our designs not be posted anywhere else on-line for six months, so I was not able to post them on my blog.   The restriction time has now passed and over the next several months I will be sharing my Dirty Dozen Design Team cards.  Some of you may have already seen them if you are a Fan Club member, but I believe these will be new to most of you.  Hope you enjoy them! :)

The theme for October was "It's about Time" ... so anything to do with time (images, sentiments, etc.).  My first month, I went a bit crazy and made twelve cards :)  Here are two of them ...

This is for "Autumn time" and my sentiment also includes a time reference.  I used hand-made paper for the maple leaf ... it's very thin, so I glued it to a piece of white card stock before die-cutting.  I then inked the edge of the leaf with gold.  I love this paper ... it's so beautiful, but also works for this rustic image, especially paired with the text background and black hemp twine.

Another "Autumn time" card ...

For the leaves, I misted watercolor paper with water and then added drops of diluted re-inkers (yellow, orange, rust) with my Aqua Painter on top and let the colors bleed into the paper.  Once the paper was dry, I stamped my leaves in dark brown and then blended the outline into the leaves using a blender pen.  I fussy cut the leaves and then sponged more dark brown around the edges.

I will be sharing more DD DT cards over the next several months, but will be including them on posts along with new creations.  Thanks for looking!


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Maple Leaf card:
Stamps:  Elements of Style (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Mulberry paper; Modern Medley DSP (SU!)
Ink:  Metallic gold (Colorbox); Cajun Craze (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Small Leaves #2 die (Cheery Lynn), sponge, black hemp twine

Oak Leaves card:
Stamps:  Gently Falling (SU!); Autumn Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White; Watercolor paper; Sweater Weather DSP (SU!)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Aqua Painter, blender pen

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Pebbles and Leaf

Hi everyone.  Today I made a sympathy card to send to my ex-sister-in-law and family (my nieces and nephews).  She just lost her dad ... a wonderful man who I met over 35 years ago.  It's a difficult time.

I used today's Muse (#63) card (by Therese Calvrid) as my jumping off point.  I changed the layout slightly by removing the frame and leaving some space at the bottom of my main panel (it is flush with the top of the card).  This seemed to work well with the design, which is a sponged background using a pebbles stencil that I cut with my Cameo.  I die cut the leaf sprig and stamped a design to give it some interest.  Although it may be hard to tell in the photo above, the sentiment banner is curved for added dimension.

Therese's card


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Stamps:  BBD3 (Annabelle Stamps); Thoughts of You (Rubber-Art Stamps)
Paper:  110 lb. White (Neenah); Whisper White, Soft Suede (SU!)
Ink:  River Rock, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Soft Suede (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, clear plastic sheets, sponges, Leaf Die (Sizzix)

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Muse #63


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pretty Petals

Hi everyone.  Time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS!  I can't believe how quickly the past two weeks went by :)  The challenge this time is being hosted by the mega talented Michelle (Handmade by Michelle), and she chose this fun code word:

Prize:  5 free digital images
(please follow the rules to be eligible to win)

And with it being the start of a new month, we have a new guest designer for you to meet.  Please welcome Anita (in France) from MyPaperCraftWorld.  Anita is a wonderful card designer, with her passion being CAS cards.  We are so happy that she will be joining our team for the month of April.  Please check out her blog to see her beautiful cards.

A little bit about my card ...

When I saw the challenge - Far Away ... it made me think of missing a loved one that is far way, so I made a "missing you" card. :)

I used one of the wonderful digital images from our sponsor, called Pretty Petals.  Just love this sunflower!!  I colored it in Copics and then used a Wink of Stella pen to add some glimmer ... just outlining the petals and leaves of the flower, and adding it to the cross-hatching of the flower center.  This is my first time using this pen and I LOVE IT!  It flows so smoothly and it's easy to "paint" on some shimmer.  I'm including a close-up below so you can see how just adding an outline adds lots of sparkle.

I hope you'll join us for this latest challenge, ATCAS#36 - Far Away ... which is open for two weeks.  In order to be eligible for our prize, please make sure your entry is CAS.  Please check out the rules and see the rest of the wonderful Design Team's cards for inspiration.  Hope to see you in our gallery!


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Stamps:  Pretty Petals (StampArt by Design through Whimsy Stamps);  Where the Heart Is - sentiment only (Simon Says)
Paper:  110 lb. White (Neenah)
Ink:  Copics:  Y21, YR24, G43, YG67, E44, E49
Accessories & Tools:  Printer (digital image), Clear Wink of Stella pen

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Falling Snow

Hi everyone.  A little more experimenting with my stencils ... this time I sprayed the soft blue background over my snowflake stencil.  I mixed my own spray in a mister, filling it mostly with rubbing alcohol, and then adding a few drops of Frost White All Purpose Ink (it has shimmer ... unfortunately you can't see it in the photo), and about four drops of Bermuda Bay re-inker.  I just purchased some misting bottles from Simon Says (they come in a three pack from Ranger), and I think I'm going to get more and make up lots of different colors of sprays to have on hand.  This made for a quick, easy and beautiful background ... and as I mentioned, it's very shimmery and pretty too! :)

I added a simple banner with greeting and a snowflake die-cut from silver glimmer paper.  Lovely CAS Christmas card.

I'm going to make this my second entry for the current challenge at CAS-ology #90 - cue card:  Wet ... as well as the current challenge at Paper Smooches - Anything Goes.  And also entering it into the Sparkle Christmas Challenge #19 - no patterned paper and my third entry into Virginia's View Challenge #2 - Stencils.

It's crazy how so many challenges have lined up for my cards lately :)

I'm going to enter this in a few challenges at Splitcoast Stampers (SCS).  I have always listed them separately on my blog with links, but I'm just going to mention them briefly as they aren't challenges in the true sense.  There is no time limit, no winners, no prizes ... it all just for fun.  You need to be a member of the site to enter your cards (membership is free) ... it's also a great place to display your cards on-line if you don't have a blog ...  and you can use the link at SCS to enter your cards into other challenge blogs.  Today's challenge is about wind (or moving air) and the spray qualifies for that.  It was my jumping off point for making today's card :)


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Stamps:  Joyful Greetings (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Silver Glimmer (SU!)
Ink:  Bermuda Bay (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Snowflakes stencil (Simon says), water mister, rubbing alcohol, Frost White All Purpose Ink (Tsukineko), Maryanne snowflake die (Simon Says)

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CAS-ology #90 - Wet
Paper Smooches - Anything Goes
Sparkle Christmas #19
Virginia's View #2

Remembering Marie ...

I've mentioned briefly a few times that my DMIL has been ill.  She was diagnosed with advanced cancer in January 2013 and told she only had about three months to live.  She had other plans ... one of which was to meet her first great-grandchild, Cooper.  A year later, she got her wish.  Below is a picture of her holding Cooper, which was taken in January of this year.

A few months ago, the cancer started to take over and by the beginning of March she was in the hospital.  Two weeks later, she was moved to hospice care and on April 9th, Marie passed away.  It's been a very difficult time for the family, but we are thankful that she was in no pain until the last few days.  It is a blessing that she didn't suffer long.  We miss you Marie ... you are forever in our thoughts.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Bokeh Birthday

Hi everyone.  A bit of a different card for me.  I have been seeing lots of cards around using the Bokeh Technique, so wanted to try making another one of these fun cards.  My first Bokeh card is here and there's a little more information about the technique.  And, it looks as though I used some of the same colors (I do love orange and pink together!). :)

But, the colors for this card actually came from the Photo Inspiration of the latest challenge at ATS&M - #90 ...

And this card is also for the lastest challenges at CAS-ology (#90 - cue card:  Wet) ... and Paper Smooches - Anything Goes.

I taped my watercolor paper card front to a piece of cardboard to hold it flat, then I misted it with water.  I also misted my sponged daubers, but don't know if that made any difference.  I inked up a large and small dauber in each of the four colors and randomly "stamped" them onto my wet card front.  I used my heat gun to dry the watercolor paper and then stamped my sentiment.  Bright, cheerful and very easy to make card! :)


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Stamps:  Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  110 White Neenah (card base); 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper
Inks:  Black (Memento); Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, small and large sponge daubers

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ATS&M #90
CAS-ology #90
Paper Smooches - Anything Goes

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Poppy Field

Hi everyone.  Continuing on with my new found love of stenciling! :)  I've used two stencils for today's one-layer card.  I know it's actually two layers because I almost always include a card front that's just 3/8" smaller than my card base, but the card front is completely flat with no embellishments - so I consider this one-layer.

I have been inspired for a long time by an amazing card artist, and fellow Canadian, Karen Dunbrook.  Her use of stencils is second to none and she uses bold and bright colors on most of her cards, which are absolutely stunning.  If you haven't been to her blog Snippets, I suggest you check it out - you'll be glad you did!

My card today was inspired by this beauty that Karen made a few months ago.  I included a background stencil (drywall tape) of turquoise so this qualifies for the latest challenge at Less is More #166 - a touch of turquoise.  And because this is another stenciled card, this will be my third entry into Virginia's View Challenge #2 - stenciling ... I hope she's not sick of me! :)  And I'm going to include it in this week's challenge at ATS&M #89 - CAS.  Whew!!  Another bunch of challenges with one card - crazy! :)

As I mentioned above, I used a piece of drywall tape to stencil the grid background of turquoise (also included a strip on the inside of the card).  I cut my own stencil using my Silhouette Cameo ... and I learned something new today.  I had cut this before, but when I went to sponge, I'd end up with green ink from the stems in the flower heads or vice versa ... so I cut a new stencil, copying the image so I had two exact matches.  Then I ungrouped the images and deleted the stems from one and the flower heads from the other and cut it out.  I placed the stems down first, sponged with bright green ink, moved the stencil over so the flower heads lined up with the tops of the stems, and then sponged three shades of orange to give the flowers some depth.  Worked great!

Today the rain has come.  Hubby is having a quiet day for himself and taking a break from visiting his mom at the hospice.  He's been so tired and I'm glad he is taking a little break for himself.  Tomorrow is our family dinner to celebrate hubby's birthday ... we are so excited every Sunday when the kids (and grandbaby!) come over for the evening.  It's the highlight of our week! :)


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Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Gumball Green, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Drywall tape, sponges, Silhouette Cameo, Clear plastic sheets, Cutting file:  poppy field

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Less is More #166
Virginia's View #2
ATS&M #89