Friday, January 24, 2020

Time Out #153

I remember when Hannelie would make cards based on some of her wardrobe.  Now Time Out has made that their challenge.  How fun is that?!
I've been wanting to use my Altenew metallic watercolors since I got them a couple months ago.  This design proved to be a good place to break them out.  I heat embossed the flowers and butterfly from Altenew's Hibiscus Garden in white and die cut them.  Color was added to the butterfly (see photo below).  It seemed perfect for a sympathy card with a sentiment from MCS.

Close-up of the butterfly
Based on this dress
.Thanks for dropping by.  Have you ever made a card inspired by something in your closet?

Monday, January 20, 2020

CAS Watercolor and CAS Mix-Up

I was editing a rather bad photo of my card for CAS Watercolor when I started thinking.  Someone has a partial die-cutting challenge.  When I looked it was another of the CAS challenges - CAS Mix-Up.  So here you go, girls.
My NBUS Poppy Garden from Altenew has this cute little stem that I thought would look perfect along the side of a card.  I used Altenew watercolors in the cool colors the challenge required and stamped a sentiment from another Altenew set.  That meets the requirements for the mix-up - partial die cutting, stamping and (my choice) watercoloring.

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's been a day but I'm always happy when I can get into my craft room and create something pretty or blog about it. ;)

Sunday, January 19, 2020

CAS Stencil's First Birthday

Congratulations to CAS Stencil on celebrating its first birthday.   The prompt for this challenge is
I recently purchased the lovely "Leaves and Berries" stencil from Pretty Pink Posh and used it for my card.
A lot of masking happened on this stencil so the berries could be red.  I used Distress Inks initially and then went in with PolyChromos pencils to add even more shading.  To keep it clean and simple, a PTI frame was popped up on foam after adding the sentiment from Penny Black.

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a wonderful week.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Twofer #23

It's Happy Blogaversary time for the Twofer Challenge.  It's been two years since Darnell had the wonderful idea of having us make two cards using the same prompt but for two different occasions with two different layouts.  For challenge #23 the prompt is
How appropriate for this time of year when we're all busy making valentines.  But that's only one occasion.  What else can you do?  For me it was an anniversary card.
I hate to tell you all I went through to make this card presentable and that was before the aggravating time trying to photograph both cards.  Let's just say I'm glad I have some hair left.  I knew I wanted to use my new pearl vellum and cut it with a die from The Stamp Market. Then came the problem of gluing them down.  I finally put it onto white cardstock with Stick-It and then cut them out.  You can't see the texture in the background and can barely see that the sentiment from CB was heat embossed in silver.  For all the trouble it caused me it looks rather nice IRL.  And then there is the valentine.
I actually had this idea first and thought of the other card while making this one.  Don't get me wrong.  I still had troubles with this one too.  Glue is not my friend. 😜 The little hearts in the shakers are from a card Darnell sent me ages ago and she was kind enough to include all those little pieces.  I colored them with Zigs and add a few seed beads to keep them moving.  The sentiment is an oldie from My Craft Spot (nlib).  Here they are side by side.
The photos don't do them justice but it's the 4th time I tried, finally resorting to my iPhone.  They'll have to do. 

Thanks for dropping by.  I love it when you do.

Addicted to CAS #176

Addicted to CAS is up and running again after our holiday break.  The first challenge of the new year as chosen by Stephanie is very appropriate in my part of the world.
I tried a couple of things before I got a card that resembled what I had in my mind.
I covered some SSS snowflakes with Nuvo Glimmer Paste and while they were drying I inked up a panel with Stormy Sky Distress Ink.  When it was dry I added a couple of stamped snowflakes that were embossed with Wanderlust embossing powder, glued on the large ones and added a sentiment from PB.

Where does the code word take you?  The Design Team would love to see how you were inspired by their creations.

Just Us Girls #519 - Color Week

It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Sue has chosen these colors for us to use.
Those colors brought valentines to mind and since I need a number of them that's the way I went.
First I smooshed a panel with Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Wilted Violet Distress Ink and then cut it with the die from C9.  I cut it again in dark gray and inset the colored panels.  The 'you' is from CP and is from the same dark gray.

I was left with a colored outline so I had to make a second card.

This time I inlaid the outline into the card front and added a DSP banner and sentiment from the C9 stamp set that goes with the dies.  I took the photos on two different days and you can see what a different color I got with my light box and the same camera setting.  Grrr.

The Design Team is looking forward to seeing what you make with these colors and want to show you what they did.  Check out the blog and then enter your card in the gallery.  You could be our guest designer just like Mary and Hannelie.