Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sympathy and Prayers -- CFC62

Hi!  I’m back today with a second entry to CAS-ual Friday’s CFC62 challenge “Back in Black”.  This time, I used a white card base with a large black panel. I heat embossed a stamped image of a flower in white and used alcohol inks to add a bit of color. A white heat embossed sentiment completes the front of the card. Thanks for looking!

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card details:
paper:  white and black cardstock
stamps:  Hero Arts Potted Plant, SU! Petite Pairs
other:  corner rounder, gold glitter, Adirondack Alcohol Inks, white embossing powder

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Gratitude... -- CFC62

Hi there!  I hope all is well with you and yours.  Thanks for visiting my site--I have very much enjoyed the wonderful comments and I appreciate you checking out my posts!

Today’s post is a simple card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge which I have had lots of fun playing in. This week’s challenge is called "Back in Black" where the challenge is to create a Clean & Simple card using a black card base...

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The ribbon used in this project is cream with a gold edging.

card details:
paper:  Black, SU! Soft Suede
tools:  Unity Co. Dream tree stamp, Hampton Art Studio G sentiment stamp, Provo Craft herringbone embossing folder, Celebrate It ribbon, black and gold embossing powders 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sending You Birthday Wishes -- CAS179, CFC61 & CASology

Hi!  Just popping in to share a simple card I made for some challenges:  The Splitcoast Stampers CAS challenge to use twine, the CAS-ual Fridays challenge to use strips of paper in a CAS design and for the new CASology challenge to make a "happy" card. For this card, I used strips of paper to make the birthday “present”.  I dyed normal baker’s twine in SU! Rich Razzleberry re-inker to create the bow. That’s all for now. Thanks for looking!

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card details:
Paper:  SU! card stock in certainly celery, pacific point, whisper white
Ink:  SU! Rich Razzleberry
Other:  Hampton Art Studio G sentiment stamp, MFT Die-namics Solid Bracket Border die, baker’s twine

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Flowering Christmas Tree -- CC384

Hello!  I hope all is well with you and yours. It’s been a busy week this week as well as last week but I finally had a little time today to play in my studio. Today I made a Christmas card for the Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge. I used a die cut for the main focal point but I did manage to incorporate a bit of stamping. :-) The flowers were layered and I added a bit of sparkle with gems and glitter. The sentiment as well as the "container" for the tree were heat embossed. I also experimented with some Copic markers in shading parts of the Christmas tree--something else I will having fun playing with more in upcoming projects.  Thanks for visiting!

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Below is a different view...

card details:
Paper:  from Stampin’ Up!-- Very Vanilla and Certain Celery card stock, Certainly Celery (subtles collection) DSP
Tools:  SU! Apothecary Accents, Memory Box Flowering Christmas Tree, ProvoCraft Ribbon Slide dies; Corner rounder; Circle punches
Stamps:  Unity backgrounder, clear Christmas set (cannot recall the manufacturer)
Other:  satin ribbon, red glitter, red embossing powder, Copic markers, dimensional dots, Swarovski crystals

Sunday, July 15, 2012

You Make My Heart Sing!

Hello!  Just popping in with a simple card I made for a recent CAS challenge in Splitcoast Stampers.  The CAS177 challenge was to use the color combination of Navy, Olive and white. When I began this card, I thought it would be easy to do a direct to paper background and use one of the new music dies I just purchased (and could hardly wait to use). I struggled to find a sentiment in my stash to go along with the theme so I (reluctantly) used a pen to print one. The vellum panel was a suggestion from my husband who walked by while I was putting elements together and noted that the background I created was a bit “too water color like”.  :-) I placed the panel there to humor him but liked the result in the end.  Well, that’s all for now!  Thanks for visiting my blog.

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Card details:
Paper:  Heavy white card stock base, black card stock panel, water color panel, Vellum panel
Ink:  Ranger Distressed Inks Faded Jeans, Spanish Olive Versamagic Chalk
Other:  Memory Box “Virtuoso Music” die, Sizzix Triple Chocolate Truffle Hearts Sizzlit, Swarovski flat back crystal gems

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Love U...

Hi!  I’m back with a second entry for this week’s CAS-ual Friday challenge. This card is actually my first crack at the technique I did in my previous post (Love, Always & Forever) for the CFC60 challenge to use text in a clean and simple design.  The same steps are involved but I used a larger heart die and consequently more of the text can be seen. I used a QuicKutz alphabet die to cut out the “u” in the top panel.  Thanks for looking!

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Below is a closer shot of the heart with the layered die-cuts...

card details:
Paper:  white card stock, SU! Sahara Sand
Tools:  “love” dies from BossKut, Sizzix and QuicKutz, Memory Box Grand Heart die, “u” alphabet die from QuicKutz, Die-namics Solid Bracket Border die
Other:  Satin Sensations ribbon in Copper, Swarovski crystals

Monday, July 9, 2012

Love, Always & Forever: CFC60

It’s that time again--time to play the CAS-ual Fridays CAS challenge! This week's challenge (CFC60: Text Me) is to use text in a Clean and Simple card design. I knew the technique I wanted to use right away after reading the challenge description.  Since I love die-cutting (more than stamping it seems), I wanted to use die cut words in my design. I rarely use die cut words as sentiments on my card designs--it just rarely turns out the way I want. "Love" was the word that I had multiple dies for and I just didn’t have the time patience to use various fonts to cut each letter and spell out "love" over and over. I die cut the word “Love” multiple times and adhered them to paper. I then die-cut a heart from that layered "text" paper making sure that the full word was centered. Originally, the wording was all white on white but then I changed it to highlight one word once I selected gold for the stamped and embossed sentiment.

I am planning to give this card to my dear hubby for our anniversary. Next month (August), we celebrate 22 fun and blessed years of marriage! I cannot believe so much time has passed--I am truly counting my blessings for such a special mate.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

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A closer view of the die-cut heart:

Card Details:
Paper:  white card stock, pearl, gold metallic
Tools:  “love” dies from BossKut, Sizzix and QuicKutz, Memory Box Cupid Heart die
Sentiment: Ditto from Studio G
Other:  Stampendous gold embossing powder, Versamark ink

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Another Baby Boy Sailboat Card Design

Hello!  I have another 'sailboat welcome baby boy' card design to share today.  Like my post from a couple of weeks ago (Baby Boy Sailboat), this design features a die cut window in the card panel and is CAS (clean and simple).  I made two variations of this card, one featuring a smooth panel on top and one that is textured.  I couldn’t decide which I like better or even which one is easier to make. I'm already planning to rework this design a bit for another project in the near future. That's all for now. Thank you for visiting.  Until next time...

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        Tools & Materials:
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities, Long Classic Rectangles (lg)
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities "So Trendy" Chevron embossing folder
  • Spellbinders Baby Boy die
  • SavvyStamps sentiment
  • Elmer's Painters Marker in pearlescent on embossed areas of die cut
  • SU!© ink in Baja Breeze

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Winter Wonderland (in July)--CFC59

Hello!  I have a second entry in this week’s CAS-ual Friday Challenge: CFC59: round and round.  It’s been so very hot here lately--the triple digit temperatures and high dew points make it difficult to breathe outside!  So, I’ve been staying inside, trying to "think cool thoughts" to help cope with the July heat. Christmas came to mind! This may be the earliest I have ever started my Christmas card designs. :-)  I went with a snowflake theme and found one more way to incorporate those glass micro beads that I mentioned in my recent “Pretty In Pink” post.

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I had a difficult time photographing this card to capture the beauty of the microbeads. I wish you could see it "in real life" to see the subtle sparkle.  Below is a close up of the focal image--a snowflake surrounded by a circular sentiment (Winter Wonderland).  

         Card details:
  • Paper:  Heavy card stock base, SU! Bashful Blue, Silver paper
  • Tools:  Martha Stewart Border Punch, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles (lg), Marvy Uchida circle punch
  • Stamp: Unity Stamp Co. Winter Wonderland circle stamp
  • Other:  Martha Stewart Holidays Clear Microbeads, Stampendous silver embossing powder, SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Pink Ribbon Note--CFC59

Hi there!  I am back with an entry into this week’s CAS-ual Friday challenge. The current challenge is CFC59: round and round where two circles are used in the design.

I opted to make a small note card--a 4 inch square card with my Aunt in mind. She can use this for a thank you note for one of her Avon Breast Cancer Walk supporters or use it for a small display. This card is just the right size to perch on her desktop at work. She is always looking for ways to bring about awareness of breast cancer research and the walk she does annually to raise funds and I think this may be a great little conversation starter with anyone who comes by her desk...

Here it is:

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        Card details: 
  • Textured white card stock base
  • SU! Sahara Sand card stock
  • SU! Pink Pirouette card stock
  • Die-namics Dizzy Doily Dies
  • Cuttlebug Awareness Ribbon Die
  • Spellbinders Standard Circles (lg & sm)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Baby Boy Denim

Hi everybody!  I'm back with another baby boy card to share. I made this one to give to a dear friend at her recent baby shower.  I have wanted to use my new denim stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms for a while now and thought this occasion was the perfect one! I also used some cork (colored with acrylic paint) to make a "belt".  I had a lot of fun making this one!  Thank you for stopping by.  Until next time...

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       Card details:
  • SU! Crumb Cake card stock--textured and smooth--(textured card stock has been retired - 124274)
  • SU! Midnight Muse ink (126860)
  • SU! Summer Starfruit ink (126991)
  • CHF Denim background stamp
  • CHF Linen background stamp
  • Cork (cut from flat sheet on a roll)
  • Spellbinders buckles die
  • Bosskut “Baby” word die 
  • Diamond Glaze