Thursday, May 30, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #103

I went with fun, bright & bold today for the Deconstructed Sketch.  This is another saying from the wonderful Verve stamp set called Words of Wisdom, and I think that I may just use it as a Grad card:
Patterned papers are Little Boy, Echo Park; Cardstock is Sunset, Outdoor Denim & White Daisy, CTMH; Stamp set is Words of Wisdom, Verve; Ink is Nautical Blue, Memento; Twine & button are CTMH.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Paper Players #147

I'm playing along with The Paper Players sketch challenge this week.  I had these little flowers already cut out and waiting for me on my desk, so I pulled out some matching Carta Bella papers and got to work:
Patterned papers are True Friends, Carta Bella; Cardstock is Slate, Cotton Candy & White Daisy, CTMH; Stamp sets are Borderline & Birthday Cheer Plain Jane, Verve; Meadow Leaf die, Memory Box; Mini Bookplate dies, Verve; Ink is Cotton Candy, CTMH & Tuxedo Black, Memento; Cricut Artiste cartridge, CTMH.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #87

This background paper makes for a pretty busy card!  But it is so bright & cheery, that I really wanted to use it for this week's Freshly Made Sketch.  I love this little pop-up flower die that was made to go with these papers!  And oh, before I forget - the internet is a wonderful thing... when my sewing machine had issues a few months ago, I borrowed an older model from my MIL, and I haven't been able to get the tension right.  I was able to find the ancient manual for the machine (thanks, Singer!) online, and fixed the problem!  So you'll be seeing more sewing on my cards again :o)
Patterned papers are Hello Summer, Echo Park; Cardstock is Tulip & White Daisy, CTMH; Stamp set is Borderline, Verve; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Flower & butterfly dies, Taylored Expressions.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #101

This is a total summer card for me, since it uses what I call "ice cream" colours :o)  I've used this week's Deconstructed Sketch, and some new Carta Bella papers along with one of the Cricut collection stamps from CTMH:
Patterned papers are Cool Summer, Carta Bella; Cardstock is Chocolate, Cotton Candy & White Daisy, CTMH; Stamp sets are Cricut Artiste Collection - Birthday, Borderline and a small Plain Jane sentiment from Verve; Ink is Rich Cocoa, Memento; Copic Markers.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rainbow cards

I have LOVED this stamp set ever since Close To My Heart came out with it a few years ago.  I've seen a lot of rainbow themed cards lately, and thought that this font would be perfect to do up a bunch of fairly generic birthday cards for my kids to give to their friends.  I did up a few different versions with different accessories:

and the plain & manly version:
Patterned papers are Dotty for You; Cardstock is Black & White Daisy; Stamp sets are Polka Dot Alphabet & Happy Birthday; Inks are Tulip, Sunset, Creme Brulee, Pear, Pacifica & Black.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

April Humble Artist's Swap

This is my April offering for the Humble Artist's Swap... we were again able to do "anything goes" as long as we had an 8 layer minimum.  This was one of my very first projects using the lovely Claire papers, and I used a layout that is pretty popular right now, with some kind of a medallion, and a hanging penant.  I coloured the Buzz & Bumble workshop on the go stamps with Copics to match, and layered the flowers for a bit of dimension:


Patterned papers are Claire; Stamp sets are Buzz and Bumble WOTG and Avonlea WOTG; Outdoor denim chevron ribbon; Bitty Pearls; Ink is Outdoor Denim; Copic Markers;  Cardstock is Outdoor denim, Blush & Colonial White. - all products are Close To My Heart.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Theory of Negativity

I loved the title of the current challenge over on the Art Impressions blog... "Theory of Negativity"!  They want to see how we use our negative die cuts... so I came up with this fun card idea.  A friend of mine has just become a new Grandma, and is VERY excited to say the least - so I wanted to make her a card.  This little AI stamp called "Millie" pretty much captures Marilyn's current frame of mind, so I coloured her in some girly colours with my Copics, and popped up a double negative die cut frame to show her off (the colour of her sweater isn't quite so funky in real life, just in the photo!):
Patterned papers are Woodland Park, October Afternoon; Cardstock is Slate and Colonial White, CTMH; Stamp sets are Millie by Art Impressions and You're Invited, CTMH; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Copic Markers, Sparkle, CTMH.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sweet Sunday Sketch #183

I have a bright and sunny card today using the current Sweet Sunday Sketch.  I pulled out one of last year's Key Ingredients kits and that lovely flower from Something Splendid:
Patterned papers are Hello Summer, Echo Park; Paper,cardstock & ribbon, Key Ingredients; Stamp sets are Something Splendid and Say it in Style, CTMH; Inks are Creme Brulee, Sorbet & Black, CTMH; Licorice Opaque pearls, CTMH.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Retro Sketches #62

I am playing along with Retro Sketches today... and if you're thinking that my card looks pretty similar to the one that I posted yesterday, you'd be right.  Even though the sketches are quite different, I used the same paper pack and lacy die cut, and both sketches have the main element offset to the right...  I have a son graduating in a few weeks, so I'm going to need a number of grad cards, and thought this would fill the bill:
Patterned papers are Farmhouse, October Afternoon; Cardstock is Slate & Colonial White; Stamp sets are Words of Wisdom, Verve & Adorable, CTMH; Inks are Whisper & Honey, CTMH; American Crafts twine; Labels 11 die, Spellbinders and Tilda Swirl die, Memory Box.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dynamic Duos #51 & Seize the Birthday #16

Well, I just had to come back and link up a card to this week's Dynamic Duos challenge, as a player this time :o)  The colour combo is a very pretty yellow & blue duo, so I pulled out my October Afternoon Farmhouse papers and I used the current Seize the Birthday sketch.  It's not my favourite card ever, it's either over or under embellished - I can't decide which??  When I took away the flowers, it looked like it needed something... and when I tried to add a different ribbon or some twine, it just looked like too much!  I took that to mean that it was time to walk away :o)  Here it is:
Patterned papers are Farmhouse, October Afternoon; Cardstock is Slate & Colonial White, CTMH; Stamp set is Borderline, Verve; Mini Vintage Oval die, Verve; Tilda Swirl die, Memory Box; Inks are Honey, Slate & Black, CTMH; Slate polka dot ribbon, CTMH.

Friday, May 3, 2013

CASE Study Challenge #139

I really loved this week's inspiration card by muse Maille Belles on the CASE Study Challenge blog, and thought it would make a great Mother's Day card.  I've used some vintage CTMH stamps & paper for this one:
Here was Maille's card:
Patterned papers are Key To My Heart; Stamp sets are Something Splendid & Say it in Style; Inks are Creme Brulee, Sorbet & Black.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #100!!

Jen Shults is having a little party over at her Deconstructed Sketch blog... it's not only her 100th sketch, but her 2nd anniversary of the challenge.  If you've never played along before, check it out - Jen's sketches are always awesome, and she has a wonderful design team to inspire us all.  I got right down to business as soon as I saw this week's sketch, and even rolled a few fun flowers to add to my card:
Patterned papers are True Friends, Carta Bella; Cardstock is Slate, Cotton Candy & White Daisy, CTMH; Inks are Cotton Candy & Black, CTMH; Stamp set is Borderline, Verve; Mini Curvy Bookplate dies, Verve; Meadow Leaf die, Memory Box; Flowers are Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, CTMH; Sparkles, CTMH.


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