Saturday, April 8, 2017

Card: Sharing in Your Sorrow - Global Design Project #81

Using Versamark ink to make a watermarked design on plain cardstock is a technique I love but don't use nearly enough!  Tone-on-tone in any color always has an understated elegance.  Sometimes you just need that extra little something that really takes your handmade card or other paper project to another level. Using this technique on a sympathy card adds texture and interest in a way that doesn't look too showy or overdone.

This week's Global Design Project is a color challenge with Night of Navy, Whisper White and a third color of your choice.  For this project I chose Smoky Slate as my third color.

To make the watermarked background on the Night of Navy cardstock use the tree stamp from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and Versamark ink. Ink only the leafy treetop and stamp the image along one long edge of the cardstock. Stamp off the cardsock so that only the canopy of the tree is stamped.  Turn your cardstock around and nest the next row of stamping in the outline formed from the previously stamped leaves. Be sure to only ink the leaves of the stamp! Finally, stamp the leafy portion of the stamp along the bottom edge of the cardstock.

I hope that if you've never tried this technique you will!  It's so simple yet it elevates your project to a whole other level!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Card: Bluebird

I love birds!  Who doesn't?! With spring arriving birds are flying north to their summer homes and bluebirds are becoming more plentious.  The bluebird is the state bird of my home state, Missouri.

I just recently found Global Design Project and have been excited about participating in their weekly challenge!  Because of circumstances in my life I've neglected my blog for 3 years. Things have gotten better in the last few months so I have more time to devote to card making and blogging. Yay!

The GDP challenge theme this week is to CASE the designer.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Card: Urban Underground

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From the moment I saw this Designer Series paper from Stampin' Up! I loved it.  Masculine themed papers can be hard to find!  Black tends to be a favorite of mine and the addition of Delightful Dijon, one of the selections from the 2015-2017 In Color group, looks great with black.

I have this thing about leaves...
I love using them on cards and these open framework leaves are a perfect accent!  And that cute paperclip is just, well, cute. For the grey back ground I first lightly stamped honeycomb and post mark stamps before embossing it with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder from Stampin' Up. You really have to see the embossing in person to appreciate it - the 3D effect is just spectacular. To finish off the embossing the surface was lightly inked to emphasize the hexagon design.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

ATC : Life Is Sew Good

This ATC was made for a monthly exchange I do with my BFF, Donna.  Our theme was "A Stitch In Time."  I'm linking this ATC to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the challenge theme is "Tick Tock."

My Mind's Eye 6x6 The Sweetest Thing Lavender
sewing pattern tissue

Stamps and Ink
sentiment - It's Sew Vintage - JustRite Papercraft
dress form - My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 2 Blush - Princess
Rhubarb Stalk ink - Memento
Tea Dye Distress ink - Tim Holtz/Ranger

Additional Supplies
rick rack
tag die - QuicKutz
vintage seam binding ribbon
pink thread
brad - Making Memories

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Card: Live In The Moment

I'm linking this card to this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  The theme is "Tick Tock."

(click on the image to enlarge it)

Paper and Cardstock
patterned paper - My Mind's Eye 12x12 So Sophie Graceful
cardstock - Core'dinations
diecuts - My Mind's Eye So Sophie Graceful

Stamps and Ink
mini alphabet - Studio G
Sweet Plum ink - Memento

Die Cuts and Embossing Folder
Ornamental - Cuttlebug
Leafy Branch embossing folder (fussy cut) - Cuttlebug
Flower Petals #16305 - Silhouette

Additional Supplies
clock and key - Studio G
leaf stick pin - Maya Road
briolette - Making Memories
gem swirl and single gems - Zva
dew drops - The Robin's Nest
glittered flower - Petaloo
jump ring
purple thread
vintage seam binding ribbon
Dot Fade stencil (on the striped paper) - Tim Holtz
Mother Of Pearl Champagne Modelling Cream (on the striped paper) - Viva Decor

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tag : Blissful

I love pearls - cultured, freshwater, plastic flatback, brads...  The pearl is my birthstone so I guess I come by my love of pearls honestly!  The challenge theme for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is "Anything Goes With Pearls."  I'd have to say that I agree with that sentiment!

Paper and Cardstock
patterned paper - My Mind's Eye Lush Blue
cardstock - Bazzill
"Blissful" die cut - Authentique Blissful

Additional Supplies
pearl swirls - Zva
pearl brads - My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose Hazel "Lovely" brads
lace/crepe paper trim - My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Portobello Road "Party" trims
large brad - My Mind's Eye Lush Blue
ribbon - My Mind's Eye Lush Blue
yellow gem
Broken China Distress Ink - Ranger/Tim Holtz
die - Spellbinders Labels Four

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Card: Bless Your Heart

This is my spin on Mojo Monday #334!  Unfortunately, the paper on which the "Bless Your Heart" is stamped  looks white in this picture when actually it's very pale blue.

masculine cards

Paper and Cardstock
brown cardstock - Nennah
green cardstock - Bazzill
patterned and solid papers - BasicGrey Marjolaine 6x6
die cut shapes - BasicGrey Marjolaine

Die Cuts and Punch
Standard Circles Large and Small - Spellbinders
leaf - Spellbinders
Scallloped Circle punch  (inside)- Martha Stewart

Stamps, Ink and Embossing Powder
What Defines Us stamp set - JustRite
leaves (inside): Granola All Natural b2 - BasicGrey
VersaColor Bamboo (inside) - Tsukineko
VersaMark ink - Tsukineko
Zing! Chestnut Opaque embossing powder - American Crafts

Additional supplies
Marjolaine Glazed Brads - BasicGrey

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Card: Snowflakes and Leaves

Challenge #2 at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog this week is "Let's See That Hoard!"  The challenge is to showcase your hoarded items and use a palette of blues.  Okay, so the question is:  what DON'T I hoard?  This card represents some of my precious hoarded pretties:  anything with snowflakes, anything with leaves, brads, gems, ribbon, stamps, ink, stencils, cardstock, and (of course!) paper.  If you look closely at the photo (click on it to get an enlarged view) you will see that the background is embossed.  I used a stencil with an embossing mat and cranked 'er through the old Cuttlebug.  As I type this it is snowing here.  The expected accumulation is 3-6 inches.  I LOVE SNOW!

Paper and Cardstock
leaf printed paper
blue cardstock
white cardstock - Neenah Classic Crest

Stamp and Ink
Christmas Greetings stamp set - 7 Gypsies
VersaColor Indigo ink - Tsukineko

Die Cut
Snowflake #5281 (with offset) - Silhouette

Stencil (to emboss the background)
Mini Maple Leaves - Crafter's Workshop

Additional Supplies
snowflake brad - Making Memories
clear gem
Glory Blue seam binding ribbon - Hug Snug
Frosted Lace Stickles (on the snowflake brad) - Ranger

Friday, February 28, 2014

Card: Cats Leave Paw Prints On Our Hearts

Today I'm linking my card to the weekly sketch over at My Favorite Things.  I enjoyed working with this sketch because the simplicity of it was perfect for this card.

Losing a pet is so, so, so very hard.  We've lost 4 pets - 2 dogs and 2 cats. Our most recent loss was a beautiful 3-year-old feline named Zephyr who had cancer.  He was one of the lights of my life and I still cry every day even though it's been over 4 months since his passing.  I made this card for friends who recently lost their cat to let them know I was thinking about them and that I understand what they are going through.

Paper and Cardstock
patterned paper - My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender 6x6
cream and coral cardstock

Cat Sympathy - Our Daily Bread Designs

VersaColor Burgundy - Tsukineko

Additional Supplies
heart brads - Making Memories

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Card: Getaway

When our dear friends celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary (see their card here) they commemorated the occasion with a trip to Florida.  I sent them this card to wish them a "bon voyage!"  I used modeling paste to make the stars - I colored it with red acrylic paint.  This card is being linked to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is "Paste."

Paper and Cardstock
grid paper and words- Teresa Collins 6x6 World Traveler
kraft - The Paper Company
red, black, white, and grey cardstock - Bazzill
white vellum for car windows

compass rose - 7 Gypsies
postmarks - Inkadinkado/Dawn Houser

Die Cuts
Classic Car #10368 - Silhouette
Four Borders #24503 - Silhouette
beaded border - Babyface alpha die set - Cuttlebug

Additional Supplies
stars stencil - Tim Holtz
modeling paste - Liquitex
red acrylic paint - Liquitex
black brads