Monday, November 12, 2012

Merry Trees ... and Window with a View


Hi everyone.  I entering a Design Team call for Inkspirational, a new challenge blog that will go live at the beginning of January.  Four cards, one for each challenge (CASE, Color, Photo, Sketch) are required and I posted my first card (for the photo inspiration) a couple of days ago - Christmas Wreath.

Today is all about the color challenge:




Love these colors together.  I didn't have any designer paper that had all three colors, so I made my own.  I used Whisper White for the base, stamped large and small snowflakes in both olive and pale blue; and then added some suede dots.  I die-cut three trees and sponged more olive around the outside edges.  The base of the tree is suede.  I'm so happy with how this turned out ... and happy that I was able to make my own DP! :)  The green glitter paper finishes the card off with some bling.  Hope you like.



Stamps:  Holiday Cheer (Sizzix / Hero Arts), Merry & Bright sentiment (Amy R)
Paper:  White (C.C. Designs); Whisper White (SU!); green glitter paper ($1 store)
Ink:  Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Tree die-cuts (Holiday Cheer set - Sizzix / Hero Arts), Star die (C.C. Designs - part of the Christmas Tree die set), Stamp-a-ma-jig, glue, sticky strips, and dimensionals



Here's a close-up of the DP I made:





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And, as per usual for me, I had a hard time limiting myself to just one card with these colors.  So here's a second card, that uses different techniques ... and is a totally different style but still CAS.  Hope you like.




Stamps:  Delicate Branches (Inkadinkado); Leaf sprig (Cause a Scene, Master #1 - Kittie Kits); Thoughts of you (Rubber-Art Stamps)
Paper:  White (C.C. Designs), Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Small Madison Arched Window die (Poppy Stamps), sponge, paper piercing tool & template, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sticky strips, glue, and dimensionals



I glued three layers of the window die together to create a thick die.  I sponged Baja Breeze onto Whisper White, and stamped the branch in Soft Suede ink.  I then stamped the leaf sprig in Old Olive ink, two or three times before re-inking and stamping more (second generation stamping).  A sentiment stamped in soft suede and a line of piercing finishes the card.

Here's a close-up of the view:







15 comments:

Valerie said...

Stunning cards Loll I love them both!
Val

Bonnie said...

I can't decide which I like the best! Both of these are gorgeous!

Mynnette said...

Absolutely beautiful! LOVE them both! I adore your created patterned paper and the window scene is fabulous! Thanks for joining in my DT call--can't wait to see your other creations! :)

Susan said...

I love both cards! I just ordered the Arched Madison window die - can't wait to play with it. What a great idea to stick 3 layers of the window die together to make it raised - far easier than trying to do it with dimensionals. And your homemade dp on the first card is terrific. I'm planning on making more of my own dp as it will save money and stop me buying dp I never end up using!!!!

Jacynthe said...

Love both of these but the tree one is my favorite!!!! Could I CASE? I will give you credit on my blog. Thanks!!

Loll Thompson said...

Looking forward to seeing your CASE of the tree card, Jacynthe!

nancy littrell said...

Oh Loll....I LOVE both your cards. You will surely be picked for the DT...how could anyone say no to your creative CAS style :-) TFS my friend...

Darnell J Knauss said...

Beautiful designer paper, Loll! Nothing stops you in your tracks when it comes to making stunning cards!

(I think I left a couple of comments when I was "inside." Hope they made sense or did I dream that in my narcotic haze? Oy. Thank you so much for leaving me some loving thoughts for a speedy recovery. I'm doing pretty good; always a plus just being home in my own bed!)

Hugs, Darnell

denmo said...

absolutely gorgeous - love 'em both hugs. denise x

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous cards, Loll! I love the design of the first one, and the handmade DP is excellent. The sponging around the trees adds definition - makes them look like chipboard diecuts.

I love your window card with the leaves blowing in the breeze.

Sue said...

Hi Loll, two gorgeous cards. I really like the design and the trees on the first one, and the inking and stamping on the second is super, that window die is lovely, think I will have to get one!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your encouraging comments, means a lot to me, really. Hugs, Sue x

Anonymous said...

like it?! LOVE them both! The new challenge sounds fun! Good luck Loll!

Brenda said...

Loll, these two cards are incredible. You are so creative!

Kim- www.agirlandherstamps.blogspot.com said...

I really like your cards for the DT call! :)

meemee48 said...

Love both of your cards. Very Clean, simple and elegant!