Saturday, February 18, 2017

Merry Monday #235

It's been too warm here for a snowman to exist so he'll have to live on my card for Merry Monday.
He comes from Inky Antics and is colored with Zigs.  An Avery Elle curve cut an opening so I could emboss the rest of the panel with a snowflake folder and pop it up.  The sentiment comes with the stamp set and I colored some Bristol the same as the jacket to stamp and emboss it on.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by.

Addicted to CAS #104

Ceal is our host at Addicted to CAS and she has chosen this as your cue word:
Where does the word take you?  I need some masculine cards so I made this:
First I spread ink on my woodgrain embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot on Neenah Desert Storm several times until I was satisfied with the look, then ran a dark brown pad lightly across it.  I cut a circle from the center with the die that comes with the SSS birthday sentiment. Hint: Be sure to cut the circle AFTER the embossing.  Ask me how I know. ;)  The sentiment is cut from chocolate and layered over another circle of Desert Storm.  Some may think this is not CAS but clean and simple does not mean it has to be white.

Now it's your turn to make a card incorporating wood somehow.  There's a $10 gift to Stamplorations for the winner of this challenge.  For more inspiration, check out what the rest of the Design Team has done at Addicted to CAS.

Just Us Girls #381

This week Judy has a color challenge for us at Just Us Girls and they're three of my favorite colors.
I stuck strictly to the three but you can add neutrals if you like.
I cut my SSS wreath from black and black foam.  With the depth and shadows the photo looks a little blurry.  I'm sorry about that. The tripled layered bow and birds are from the same Chisholm Wreath set and the sentiment is from PTI.

What ideas do you have for using black, red and kraft?  If you need more inspiration, check out what the Design Team and guest designer Michele Greenwood have made.  If you enter a card in the gallery you may be chosen Chic of the Week and have the possibility of becoming our guest for April.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CAS Mix-up Challenge - February

Here's the challenge for CAS Mix-up for February.

I had to get out my old, old crimper to make my card but after seeing some of the other cards that have been made with regular corrugated cardboard, and after receiving several boxes from Amazon and ripping off the covering, I wish I'd used it instead.  But I will be saving pieces and may have time to make another card.  Meanwhile I have this one.

I need quite a few masculine birthday cards shortly so I thought this would work well.  The card base is embossed with a birthday folder and I added the tag from MFT.  The platinum embossed sentiment is from PS.  That means I stamped, heat embossed, dry embossed, die cut, and inked around the edges.

Thanks for dropping by today.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Papertrey Ink: Past, Present and Future

Papertrey Ink is running a challenge, or series of challenges, to show past releases and new cards made with them.  We are encouraged to use any of these stamps we have to create a card and post for the year of it's release. I have three cards for you today.

First up is 2007.
The leaves are from their Beautiful Blooms.  I inked them with two colors of Distress Markers and spritzed them with water before stamping.  The sentiment is also from PTI.

In 2008 they released the hexagon coverplate.
I have to admit I didn't use this much because lining up the stamps on the little hexies was too frustrating.  MISTI to the rescue.  I stamped all the hexies on the card base with Paptertrey inks except the blue, using the outline as a guide for stamp placement.  It worked beautifully!!!  The PS die was layered three times so it didn't get lost in all the pattern.  I thought a quilt said 'get well' and I love that the lines of the font were about the same thickness as the coverplate.

In 2010 they released the Wreath for All Seasons and it's one of my favorites.  I usually use it for Christmas but I went with an Autumn theme this time.
For this card I used Altenew ink, layering the branches, leaves and berries on a PPP die cut.  The sentiment is a NBUS one from A Jillian Vance Design and the card base is embossed with a woodgrain folder.

This was fun taking a look back and seeing new ways to use some old stamps.  Maybe you should try it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Inspired By All the Little Things #43

My Michigan crafting buddy Michele Ferguson is the guest designer at Inspired By All the Little Things so you know I HAD to make a card.
I haven't used my PTI coverplates in a while and this one looks very much like the chairs in the photo.
The pink flower from Altenew had already been stamped and was waiting for the perfect challenge and this was it.  The leaves were cut in silver mirror to pay homage to the mirror in the photo.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for dropping by.