Friday, September 21, 2018

CAS Mix Up September


Today I finished an entry into the CAS Mix Up September Challenge. Guess I am not ready for Fall after all, as my card looks summery. Anyway, here is my card!

This challenge asked us to use markers to ink up a stamp, plus stamping and a choice. I decided to show some love for this flower. I used the direct to paper stamping technique, which I rarely do. By Penny Black, the stamp is called Ebullient. Just had to look up the definition of that word. It means "over-flowing with enthusiasm" according to my Random House Dictionary. I think the flower arrangement does flow. I keep a dictionary near my desk. Do you?

My sentiment is from the JustRite Large Elegant Sentiments set and was stamped in VersafFine Onyx Black. For my choice, I framed the flower, literally, with a frame die cut from my newest purchase!  Bought from Papertrey Ink, it is called Pierced Feature Frame Die. Love it! A piece of Bazzill green cardstock just happened to match my markers. The two markers are labeled Tombow ABT and numbered 703 (pink) and 173 (green). The top folding card base is PTI Basic White. Quite a simple card to make.

That is it for now. Just a short post. Thanks for visiting today. I really appreciate any comments people leave!  :-)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

It's Time for Leaves


Yes, it's time to think about Fall or Autumn, so here is my card for Darnell and Her Gang's 9th Twofer Challenge. Only a few trees are starting to turn colors here in the Minneapolis area, but I sure love the colors when they show. Down by the Mississippi and the Minnesota rivers the leaves are especially gorgeous. The only not fun part of Fall is having to rake leaves several times! LOL

My Twofer:

I made the Beautiful Fall card first after looking at my Woodgrain embossing folder from Stampin' Up! sitting on my desk from another project. Wanting even more textural interest, I turned to an oldie but goodie and saved hoarded Handmade Textured Paper from ProvoCraft & Ellison that I have had for years. It was made in India and is dated 2002. Luckily I had two shades of orange and some red left. Notice the different types of texture in this lovely paper. For the greeting I combined two clear stamps by an unknown maker. They go back to my earliest days of card making, if I remember right. The ink is SU Early Expresso, although it looks black in the picture. The card base is made from their Thick Very Vanilla. The leaves were cut out with my Maple Leaf  ek punch.

My Christmas card uses the same leaf punch. I only had one sheet of dark green cardstock that I think it is SU's Handsome Hunter, long retired. Punching out 6 leaves, I assembled them into a green tree and just for fun left on the stems. The plaid black and white designer paper is also from Stampin' Up. The sentiment is from The Last Word stamped in Memories Direct Red  ink. Inside I stamped the whole O Christmas Tree poem from the same set. I could not find the stamp set or the inks when I looked on line.  I am a saver of all the things I like!  :-) I hand cut the trunk from a scrap of brown paper. The side folding A2 card base is Lipstick Red  from Simon Says Stamp.

Here's a closer look at the cards individually:

This Twofer challenge is a lot of fun, as I am sure you agree. I hope you will also enter a card.

Thank you for visiting today. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Challenges & A Few Cards

Hello and Happy Almost Autumn!

First up

Here I am posting my entry to the CAS Christmas Card Challenge for September. The challenge this time is to make a creation with a wreath. This card was fun to make but difficult to photograph. As I am sure you all know, shiny cardstock doesn't photograph well. I like my card and hope you do too.

I started this card with stamping and heat embossing this wreath from Memory Box set called Watching the World Bloom. Wanting to use my newest goodie from HSN, Spectrum Noir Metallic Markers, I chose the Christmas-y colors,  Red Garnet and Green Citrine. I was pleased that one end was a nice narrow point so I could color the small leaves and flowers. The wreath had been stamped on a scrap of Stampin' Up! Basic Black that I feel highlights the colors nicely. The sentiment Merry & Bright is an old stamp from SU dated 2002. It was the only holiday stamp that fit into center of the wreath.  LOL  After cutting the image with a Spellbinders circle die I backed it with some black fun foam for dimension. Next, I started looking at all my green paper for a matching background. Yay, I was pleased to find one 6 x 6 piece left of the green Foiled cardstock from DCWV that I've been hoarding for years. Shiny & bright, right? The card base is also from SU. My thinking is that this is a CAS card so hope it passes muster.

Card #2

My next card is a birthday card I made for a dear friend who has a birthday that we are celebrating this week. Can you believe she and her 2 years younger sister have the same birthday, September 11th? We will honor Rosemary and the memories of the tragedy of 9/11/2001 too.

Rosemary's card is a CASE of Jaydee's recent card for The Paper Players challenge 409. I used the same colors, but changed up the flower stamp and background and added some ribbon. My supplies are all SU. The cardstock is Mint Macron and Blackberry Bliss. My flower is from the Beautiful Day set that was heat embossed with Ranger Gold embossing powder. I fussy cut the flower out twice for some dimension. The fun background is done with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Whew, what a long name! To finish the I card I grounded the flower with some ribbed ribbon and added three shiny brads. Remember brads anyone? I hope Rosemary likes the card, I am pleased with it.

Card #3

Also a birthday card, the final card is the one I made for my daughter Stephanie's birthday. She has seen the card, loved it and told me to save it for her. Her b-day is the 29th. She is celebrating with dinner at the local Spaghetti Factory (as usual). :-)

This card started with a piece of glossy cardstock that I had inked up with Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks. Colors used are Stonewashed, Aqua and touches of Peach Bellini. I made the background quite a while ago. The CutPlorations  fun and big birthday die is from Stamplorations, a NBUS purchase that I just had to add to my collection of b-day paraphernalia. I cut it from a snippet of SU Early Espresso cardstock and inlaid it into the blue background. I'll use the blue birthday cut out another time. To add the "happy" I inked up small Verve stamp in the same dark brown color and cut it out with an small oval whale punch from SU. Love my punches as well as my dies. Inside I placed another die cut saying Hugs from Lawn Fawn. The card base is A2 size and side folding also in the Early Espresso cardstpck. I am honored that my daughter likes my cards and even brags about them sometimes. Because I used snippets for the white oval and the birthday die cut, I am entering this card into Pixie's Crafty Playground Challenge #334. 

So that is some of what I have been up to lately. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll come visit you too! 

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

August CCC Card

My card for the August 2018 Card Chain Challenge has winged its way to Karen in California, so I'm publishing now as it has been received. I followed the challenge sketch option and with some bling, matched the color options closely too. Isn't that a great sketch? I sure will use it again. Am not really happy with the picture, as I took it at night and the flash went off even when I did not want it too. Sigh.

Anyway, this was the best of about 10 shots. As I was nearing the time limit to get my card into the mail to get it to CA by the deadline, I went with this photo. Here's some details.

Using VersaMark and WOW Opaque Bright White embossing powder, I first stamped the circle lines to crisscross like in the sketch onto Stampin' Up! Basic Black cardstock. This took many tries to get them to play nice with each other. But, isn't it fun to watch the magic when using a heat gun and embossing powder? The small circles design lines are from same Uniko Studio set used in my last post. Just used the more solid circles. The sentiment is from Jillibean Soup Handwritten Sentiments set and was also heat embossed. I mounted the panel with my NBUS SU Foam Adhesives Strips for some dimension. It is hard to see in the photo that it say "hello there!" The dots are in the challenge colors of "Bubblegum, Sapphire and Pistachio" also from SU. and called Glitter Enamel Dots. They have some nice sparkle in real life. The top folding base card is my go-to Paper Basics White from Papertrey Ink. A pretty quick card, all-in-all.

Many thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again!