Thursday, April 27, 2017

Yay for All Seasons and My Oldest Grand Daughter

The latest challenge at CASology has as the cue card, SEASON. That made me think of a really old cling stamp tucked away in my stash and never used, so I thought to play along. Checking on-line to see what the name was and who made it, I found a wonderful card by Susan Raihala at Simplicity from 2011. My card is a CASE of hers.

I know it is difficult to even see the trees, which are pink for summer, lilac for spring, orange for fall and gray for winter. The stamps are from Hero Arts,  called Trees of the Season. (My kingdom for a good camera! Or someone else to photo my cards). teehee
To make the card, I first stamped some Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock with VersaMark and heated it usomg clear embossing powder. The tree images were then sponged with Tim Holtz Distress inks Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac and Black Soot then carefully wiped with a soft cloth. Not having any Distress orange, I sponged the orange tree with SU Pumpkin Pie. The sentiment is from the Spring Hills set by PaperTrey Ink. All the pieces were cut out and mounted on black fun foam for some dimension. I wonder if there is enough white space for a CAS card, hope so. Other than the photo, I am pleased with this card and can imagine it being sent to someone tired of winter and ready for the next season.

 My second card today was made for my first grand daughter who turns sixteen today. Megan is so pretty, quite the athlete for the JV Lacrosse team and she takes her driver's test tomorrow. Am really proud of her. The card front was designed by Kelly Emerson, a good friend and demo, but made by me with a few tweaks of my own. The supplies are all SU to which I added some Wink of Stella on the wings and bling on the dragonfly's body. This is the first time using the set and die, Dragon Fly Dreams and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. A piece of vellum is like a shadow behind. Colors used are Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Tempting Turquoise and Chocolate Chip. Inside I used PaperTrey Ink numerals and letters and Spellbinders Phrases Set One Happy Birthday die along with some gold bling. Megan liked the card!
Edited April 28th: She passed her driving test and got her license!

Monday, April 24, 2017

April CCC

Hello Friends!

I finally finished and mailed my card for the April Card Chain Challenge. Am guessing it has been received; sure hope so as I was quite pleased with it so wanted to post it here.

The colors suggested this month were red, sky blue and navy. After checking my stash, I found no navy, so made a quick trip to Michaels. Didn't have a coupon and they didn't have a true navy available, so I got the best option. As it turned out, you cannot see much of the navy anyway!

Here's my card:

I went the easy route making a simple but elegant, (I think) card with one of my favorite cover plates by Papertrey Ink. It's called Peony. I was glad I had a Sizzix precision base plate for this delicate die, as it needed to be run through the Big Shot several times anyway. Forgetting to use sticky paper behind it, I used small dabs of liquid glue all around to glue it down. The Real Red and Bashful Blue cardstock are from Stampin' Up! I'll never understand how they could have retired this blue. It is true pale blue and I liked it better than sky blue with the navy. The card base in tent style is from Bazzill.

I was thinking of the friend option for this challenge, so just used a snippet of the red to say hello. The stamp is from a Stampendous! set called Happy Messages and is stamped in Memento Paris Dark. I stamped my friend on a blue rectqangle inside with a note to my recipient in Colorado. It is so nice making new friends in blogland. Join us, won't you?

Thank you for visiting today! Next up the birthday card for my oldest grand daughter who turns 16 on Thursday!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Boo-Boo with Brusho


April came in for me with a bad case of the flu. Am now getting better enough to try to make a card for Darnell's Annual April Fool's Boo-Boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11. My boo-boo card and NBUS challenge was an attempt  to get my new  Brusho Black to show it is made up of pretty colors like I have seen in YouTube videos. Sorry, I cannot remember who demonstrated this technique. Anyone know so I can give credit?

No matter what paper I used, I had trouble with blotches, the paper pilling and tearing and just ugliness. Most results went into the circular file! But I pulled out a piece to have something to show here!

Can you see the rip? And no matter how I tried, I couldn't get the paper to flatten out. I tried another forgotten technique to use both the negative and positive die cuts on a single card. The flower punch is called Blossom from Stampin' Up! and the stem and leaves are a die by Penny Black called Coy. I used retired Midnight Muse blue to try to bring out the blue in the flower and the cardbase is SU Very Vanilla. Am not sure why it look gray in the one photo. The greeting is a fun 2007 stamp also by SU.

Truly, I am not sure if this card will ever make it out of my house, but at least I prove one can try to make something out of nothing! Thanks for coming by!

Coming April 1-11, 2017