Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Merry Sketch

This week at The Paper Players Sandy has a great sketch for everyone. I hemmed and hawed about what I wanted to do with it and finally settle on a Christmas card that used the squares to highlight DSP. I did move the sentiment across the panels instead of below, so hopefully that's ok! I just really wanted to use that "merry" sentiment and it didn't look right going across the bottom :) The "merry" was cut out 3 times with the Big Shot and adhered to each other for more dimension, and then I sponged it  with Metallic Silver ink for more pop. I then channeled a bit of my daughter, who loves all things sparkly, and added some rhinestones to finish the card off, along with some paper piercing. 




Stamps: none
Paper: Smoky Slate Lost Lagoon, All is Calm DSP
Ink: Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Encore Silver Metallic
Accessories: Big Shot, Expressions Thinlet Dies(retired), Basic Rhinestones, Paper Piercing Mat, Paper Piercing Pack-Essentials

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blowing Colors for Friday Mashup

It's time for another Friday Mashup and this week Avery is our lovely hostess. She has a fun technique for us to try....the ink blowing technique. You can watch a video on it HERE. She also wants us to use the following colors: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Basic Black.

The colors spoke fall to me and I started out thinking I was going to create a fall themed card but you can see that it ended up in a totally different direction :) The lines and colors are so bold that it's really easy to let them take center stage.  To complete the card I took a stamp from Starburst Sayings, colored it in with markers, stamped it, cut the circle portion by hand and then backed it with a piece of Basic Black cut with the Starburst Framelits. Easy peasy!

Channel your inner child and come by The Friday Mashup and play along with us!





Stamps: Starburst Sayings
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, straw, dimensionals

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Getting Fancy for TTS26

 It's time for a new challenge at 'Tis The Season and it's all about traditional colors this week...red, green and kraft for a neutral. 

For my card I used a set I just got, Visions of Santa. I'm not completely sold on this set, I find the Santa's a bit creepy, but as a lover of moose I finally decided to get it if only for the moose(which my husband thinks is very funky looking but oh well).

I used a sketch that Create With Connie and Mary had a few weeks ago. I really like the strips and how easy this sketch comes together. The papers are from the Trim the Tree DSP paper stack. The moose was colored in with SU Blendabilities.

I hope you'll come by 'Tis The Season and play along with us!


Stamps: Visions of Santa
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Trim the Tree DSP Paper Stack
Ink: SU Blendabilities: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, sponge, dimensionals

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Holidays Penguin

In between watching football (Go Giants!) and picking my oldest up from work I had some time to stamp this afternoon so I set out to make a card for the Lawnscaping challenge, using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

The challenge at Lawnscaping is to make a project with critters so I pulled out Winter Penguin. I love penguins and had to have this little guy when I saw him! I kept the card simple by just doing some faux stitching around the card base and letting the cute little penguin and sentiment take center stage. The sketch from Freshly Made is perfect for a CAS card. The penguin is popped up with dimensionals, as is the white panel he is adhered to.

Thanks for stopping by!


 Here is another card I made with this little guy. I prefer the one above, but my husband and daughter liked this one with the snowflakes:


Stamps: Winter Penguin (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Kraft (SU retired), Whisper White (SU), Snow Day Paper Pack (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Old Olive (all SU)
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Basic Pearls (all SU)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hey There! Snapshot

My friend Susan is an amazing photographer based in North Pole Alaska and every year I order one of her beautiful calendars. This year she proposed a trade...some of my cards for one of her calendars. I of course said yes and so this is where this card came in. As soon as I saw the sketch from Cindy L. at Freshly Made Sketches I knew I wanted to use the Snapshot stamp, as it would be perfect for Susan!

I started with a card base of Rich Razzleberry and then embossed a panel of Whisper White with the Arrows TIEF. My banners are from Sweet Taffy DSP. The papers in this set are perfect for fall, they have nice rich colors. I colored the camera in with Tangerine Tango and Smoky Slate and the sentiment is from Just Sayin'. All I did was color the words with Rich Razzleberry and left off the word bubble around it. The camera is popped up with dimensionals as is the Whisper White panel its mounted on.

Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Snapshot, Just Sayin'
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy DSP
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Smoky Slate, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Arrows TIEF, Round Corner Punch, dimensionals

Vellum Stitches for Friday Mashup

I'm late with my post for Friday Mashup, bad me! It was a very hectic week and I had no time to stamp and I'm also not one of those wonderful stampers who manages to work ahead so here I am on Saturday with my card :)

Tara has a fantastic challenge for us.....use stitching/faux stitching on your card along with vellum. I love faux stitching so I was really excited to do this.

I grabbed one of the new sets from the Christmas catalog, White Christmas, and I embossed the trees with white embossing powder(SU, which I found in my stash a few days after posting on here that I had none, sigh). I then took vellum and cut it along the lines of the hill on the stamp to create my snowy hillside (for the bottom hill I did the same thing, just reversed the strip to get the hill going in the other direction). The snowman was stamped in Memento Ink and I colored him in with a white gel pen and some metallic green and red pens I have. I used the snowflakes from the set and stamped them in Whisper White and then covered some of them with Dazzling Details to get a little sparkle. The bird in the tree was stamped in Real Red and the sentiment was stamped in Marina Mist.

Now, I was going to do faux stitching. I love the look and besides, I hate actual sewing. I avoid it all costs. When I was in the Navy I paid someone to do any sewing I needed, big or small and throughout the years at home hubby has done any sewing that's been needed. So yeah, I don't like to sew. For some crazy reason I grabbed a needle and hand stitched the borders on the card! I don't know what got into me, maybe the rain we had all week made me a little more loopy than normal, I don't know. I can say that while I like how it all came out, I wont be reproducing this card, at least not with hand stitching :)

Come by The Friday Mashup and see all the great projects from the rest of the design team and then play along with us!

Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a Project using "Vellum". 
  • Create a Project with "Stitching (Sewing or Faux)".
  • or Mash it up! and create a Project with "Vellum and Stitching


Stamps: White Christmas
Paper: Soft Sky, Vellum
Ink: White Craft Ink, Memento Ink, Real Red, Marina Mist
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Green Metallic Pen, Red Metallic Pen, Dazzling Details, DMC Floss, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Feeling Like Fall for Friday Mashup

Happy Friday! I'm so excited for today and this weekend.....my family and I are spending the weekend in Denali National Park. It's the road lottery weekend and a friend of ours gave us her pass. I am hoping to see bears and caribou along with my favorite animal, moose! Of course the fall colors have taken over the area so I'm looking forward to that also.

Speaking of fall, Heidi is our hostess this week at The Friday Mashup and her 7 year old daughter came up with the challenge.....follow the sketch and incorporate leaves into your project! Looks like she is following in her mom's creative footsteps!

Since I'm usually so literal when it comes to sketches I decided to step out my comfort zone a little bit. Normally I would have cut some card stock into a circle, created a frame and then added a leaf. Instead I grabbed the Work of Art set and created a square of sorts using Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss. I then grabbed the retired set Gently Falling and stamped a leaf 3 times....twice in Tangelo Twist (off set with Baked Brown Sugar) and once in Hello Honey (off set with Mossy Meadow). I secured the 2 Tangelo Twist leaves to my card base and then used dimensionals to pop up my Hello Honey leaf. To finish the card off I added some sequins. A nice and simple fall card!

I hope you'll come by The Friday Mashup and see all the great projects from the rest of the design team, and then play along with us!

Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project using the "Sketch". 
  • Create a project with "Leaves".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project with "Leaves using the Sketch". 
Feel free to interpret the shapes with what you have on hand, and also keep the background clean or add strips of patterned paper - crafter's choice!  Can't wait to see what you create!


Stamps: Work of Art, Gentyly Falling (retired)
Paper: Mossy Meadow, Naturals White
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Sequins, dimensionals