Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Card Concept #95

Oh how I wish I had these owl pillows.  They'd go well on my bed with it's quilt of many colors.  Needless to say I can't pass up a chance to make an owl card for The Card Concept.  I think this falls into the clean and layered category.
A long time ago my friend Joyce sent me a number of owls both stamped and die cut.  Every so often I get into the envelope to see what I can use and this Poppy Stamps owl was cut three times in different papers so I could mix and match.  I picked out a subtle pattern for behind the owl and then the green plaid for the main panel, popping it up on fun foam. 

For the sentiment I used the MFT die cut letters that my crafting BFF Michele so graciously gave me.  How fitting since I'm a whooting and a hollering that we're flying to Florida in September to meet up with Nancy Leppek and take a class from Kathy Racoosin at MFT as part of her 30 Day Color Challenge. I'm still pinching myself.

Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful week.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Addicted to CAS #139

We're saluting Girl Power on the Addicted to CAS blog today.  Susan chose this as her code word.
I had to think about this one for a while because my choice in stamps doesn't really go in that direction.  As I was looking for something else I spied this sentiment from EbyE and knew I could make that my focal point.
I heat embossed the sentiment and then did some Dox smooshing on watercolor paper.  Using a stitched rectangle, I cut the panel down and popped it up on my card base.

What do you have in your stash to make a card using the code words?  You may have to think out of the box like I did but we'd sure love to see your card in our gallery.  Why not get some inspiration from the Design Team first.  If you're the winner of the challenge you will receive a $20 gift certificate to the HLS Store.

Just Us Girls #446 - Photo Week

Maria is a girl after my own heart.  She picked this for the photo challenge this week at Just Us Girls.
If you don't know by now, I'm an owl freak.  I have a gigantic collection of owls in all shapes, sizes and materials, although not one made of a pineapple and bananas like this one.  In fact I just bought one.  I'll share it below for those who'd like to see it but for now here's my card.
A long time ago Joyce Mehrberg sent me a bunch of stamped and die cut owls because she knew how much I love them. I've used some over the years but I went into her envelope and discovered this gorgeous creature from Serendipity and decided to use him on my card.  I thought he would make a good masculine card so I found this tweed paper that matched perfectly with PTI Fine Linen.  I didn't have room for much of a sentiment so I used this one from a NBUS set from Sunny Studio.  

You know I'm exited to see what you do with the photo.  There should be a wonderful collection of owls in the gallery, although you don't have to use an owl.  The photo is only for inspiration. For more inspiration check out what our talented guest designer Hannelie and the rest of the Design Team have done.  If you are chosen Chic of the Week you will have a chance to be our guest designer in August.

Here's the owl I bought made from a glass serving tray and tealight holders.
You can't see them in the photo but there are forks for his talons holding onto the branch.  Now to find a place to hang him.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Merry Monday #295

I haven't been able to play at Merry Monday for three weeks because I didn't have any images that fit the challenge.  This week I had the exact one needed.  Thanks for the inspiring photo, Marcia.
I was excited because I knew my PTI Jars and their accompanying Winter Fillers were perfect.
I die cut and stamped the jars and the candy, coloring it with Zigs.  I embossed the dove gray background with some TH greens and added the sentiment from CPD.  Which flavor do you prefer?

Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

CAS Mix-Up - June

I started to post this card for CAS Mix-Up yesterday and then saw that I forgot one of the important parts of the challenge - the stamping. 
Fortunately I was able to correct that mistake without too much trouble.
I watched all the videos on layered embossing and the easiest would have been to do multiple layers on a die cut image but I wanted to play around.  I started with some UTEE thinking that would help blend other powders better, especially since those powders were some cheapies I got at a grocery store on clearance.  I actually put on too much UTEE but it was fun sprinkling on the other colors and watch them move with just my heat gun.  The pink is just light purple and the yellowish is really gold glitter.  Once I had the piece done I wasn't sure what to do with it but the MFT peek-a-boo die is great to show off panels like this.  I added the die cut word in purple foil, layered up on other cs. The sentiment from HA worked out beautifully to fulfill the stamping portion.

Thank you to the Mix-Up team for teaching us new techniques.  I had fun with this one and want to try it again.