Monday, July 28, 2014

Penny Black Rose Sympathy Card

Continuing on my Penny Black rose designing, I created this sympathy card to share with classes I teach in my home. I was inspired by this card by fellow TEAM S.A.S. member Kathy to try the faux chalk look described in a tutorial here. I created my own stencil by die cutting the rose in a piece of acetate. Then I applied red and pink Copics around the rose part of the stencil hole, and green Copics around the rest. To get the chalk look, you add a little Copic colorless blender fluid to a paper towel and pull the color into the negative space of the die with it. Even if you make a little mistake (like in the space between the stems), it still looks good. I punched the large border with a Martha Stewart border punch. "Heartfelt sympathy" (by Joy Crafts) was die cut in green and black and layered together before attaching to the card. I love how the card turned out.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Treasured Times and Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenges.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thinking of You Rose Card

I have been having fun with my rose die from Penny Black, and the other night while laying in bed (where I get my best ideas), it occurred to me to put a Clear Views transparency picture from The Mark-It Place under the cut out image of the rose and this is how that late night idea turned out. The Thinking of You die is from Penny Black too and I sponged it with a little green ink. I stamped the sentiment from Words to the Rescue on a green piece and cut it out in a wave.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Catz and Sister Act.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Embossed Ribbon Card for Challenge

The challenge for next month's stamp club was to make a card using this blue ribbon - recycled from a lanyard. I decided to feature it as the focal piece, folded for four loops and topped with a couple wooden flower embellishments. I started with a black card base and a white piece where I stamped the encouraging sentiment from Avery Elle. Then I die cut a fancy circle by Spellbinders and ran them through the Big Shot embossing them twice. I did the x's first, then the dots for a unique embossed look. I added a couple black candies to complete the card.

I am entering this card in the embossing challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Ribbons.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Fun Sketch Card from Repeat Impressions

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's time for another fun sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built and we are challenging you to make a card using the sketch below and link it up for a chance at some great Repeat Impressions rubber! For all the details on what you can win and to see the other Rock Stars cards using this sketch, please visit our blog.

I am loving summer now that it is finally here in Wisconsin and Repeat Impression’s Summer Frame is perfect for a sunny summer card. I attached two yellow strips following the sketch to a white front piece and sponged the whole piece with an orange ink through a stencil. Then I stamped the Happy Summer and attached to a yellow card base. I stamped the Summer Frame on light blue and again on white. I paper pieced the sweet girl’s swimsuit, colored the rest with markers and attached her in the center of the frame.
Here is the sketch for you to follow when you create a card for our challenge. You do not need to use Repeat Impressions stamps to enter our challenges, but you get an extra chance to win if you do!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart and Through the Craft Room Door.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Easier Northern Lights Technique Project of the Week

Good Monday morning everyone! Today I am sharing an easier way to get the Northern Lights look as a background on your card for my Project of the Week at Repeat Impression's blog, The House that Stamps Built. I have tried all different ways of getting the Northern Lights look on my cards, but wasn't happy with the random look when sponging. Then I found an example showing simple up and down sponging and was able to do it with this lovely result.

I created the card base with the largest Spellbinders Labels 4 die after I folded a piece of white card stock in half, not cutting the folded part. Then I cut a smaller white piece of the same shape die for my focal point. I chose 4 die inks - a yellow, light blue, light raspberry and navy blue for my sponging. I had a different sponge piece for each color. I started with the yellow ink, scrunched up the sponge, applied some ink and sponged up and down in a straight column, moved over and did that twice more. Then I added the blue and raspberry columns, sponging up and down over and over until I liked the look. It is fine if the colors overlap as that adds different colors to the Northern Lights sky look. Then I stamped Repeat Impression's deer trio, large pine tree and Thinking of You sentiment in an archival black ink. I created "ground" below the deer's feet with the navy ink and sponged over the whole piece with a little navy to tone it down a bit. Using a white gel pen, I added some stars in the sky. If you want an easy way to sponge "Northern Lights" on your card, give this method a try sometime.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Time 4 Scrap and Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Camper Summer Card

This sentiment is one I use all the time IRL so when I saw this set from Close to my Heart I just had to have it. I made this CAS card using a Wisconsin map as the background and stamps from the CTMH set for my grandson.

I am entering this card in the Vacation challenges at Open-Minded Crafting and QKR Stampede Challenges.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Christmas in July Challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids

It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is Christmas in July 4 Kids! Create and link any Christmas or Happy Holidays card for a child and you could win one of our great prizes. Check out what the 3 awesome prizes are this time at the SAS4Kids blog here.

We start early here at SAS4Kids for holiday cards because we would love for every one of the kids in the 8 children’s hospitals we currently serve to receive a card on all the major holidays and to be able to pick some out to send to relatives or friends they are missing while in the hospital. So after making your holiday cards of any kind during any time of the year, please consider sending them to one of the addresses under the tabs on the top. If we get them early (or late) we will save them for the next box going to the hospitals close to the holiday.

My first card above features a sweet pre-colored little girl from Whoopsi Daisy. I don't usually do pastels in my Christmas cards, but why not? I created a background with a Martha Stewart border punch and an embossing folder from Darice. Then I printed and cut out the precious girl holding a present.

The image from Doodle Pantry I chose for my second card is called Birdie Christmas and is a pre-colored image as well. I cut him out with a Nestabilities die and attached him to the front of a folded card that has been embossed with a musical note embossing folder from Cuttlebug. Here is the inside of the folded card with a fun sentiment also from Doodle Pantry and some musical punched notes.

I am entering these cards in the Christmas in July challenges at Aud Sentiments and C.R.A.F.T.