Monday, October 1, 2018

As You See It Color Challenge ....

This card is for the As You See It Challenge  which is a color challenge this round.  The colors are Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Dapper Denim.    

The colors are not coming through too well in the picture.  By the time I was able to take the picture yesterday afternoon, the sun (what little there was) had gone down so I was force to use home lighting.  The Dapper Denim is stamped on the Thank You and flowers, the leaves and lines above/below the Thank you are Versa Fine black.  Unfortunately all the Dapper Denim looks  black.  :(  The flowers are colored with the Denim at the base, and then Bermuda Bay brushed out using SU Markers.  Wink of Stella was added to the flowers to give the card a bit of sparkle since there is a lack of embellishments.  This card will go in the mail, so it was intentionally left without my normal add-ons.  

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Red, White and Black

This card was inspired by two challenges.  This week's Addicted To CAS - Diamond, and Muse Challenge #284.

While surfing though links yesterday I came across the Muse Challenge.  This is a CASE challenge where each week one of the DT's or Guest DT's present their card design, and the challengers' take their shot at CASE'ing it.  The gorgeous card below, by Michelle W., is the inspiration for this week's challenge; you can jump over to her blog here

Now over at Addicted to CAS, the code word this week is Diamond.  The DT has some wonderful creations, but it was a card by Ceal (here) that gave me the final inspiration for my card.  

For the Muse challenge, the red is pulled into the background via the ink blended Diamond (Distress Candied Apple Red) and sequins while still having a floral theme (Altenew).  The DP edging was excluded mostly because I don't have any DP or stamps that could mimic Michelle's design.      

For the Addicted To CAS challenge this card might be a bit close to the line for a true CAS, but it still has lots of open white space.  

So thank you to both challenge Host's for the inspiration today.  This card has the added benefit of working in a variety of colors.  

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Halloween Fun and A Christmas Wreath

This post includes two challenges.  I have posted the cards along with the challenge badges first, then put the related details at the bottom.   

The first card is for a challenge I found over the weekend called Little Red Wagon Challenge.  This challenge called for TAGS.  

This second card is for the September CAS Christmas Card Challenge: Wreath.  This card was actually completed weekend before last.  

TAG CARD: The tag itself was created months ago but ended up in the "to be finished later" pile.  

A little over a week ago, one of the ladies where I work brought in seasonal towels for the office kitchen and one of the towels was decorated with a bunch of zombies and included the sentiment "If you've got it haunt it!".  I thought the sentiment would be perfect for this card.

The card base is A6 size.  The Halloween dies are from My Favorite Things, the arched frame is from Lil' Inker Designs.  The card stock is all SU which includes Whisper White, Concord Crush, Basic Black, Black Glimmer paper (which they may not sell anymore), and White Glimmer paper which was colored in using Copic markers for the Boo and the Moon which is inside the tag.  The foil used on the sentiment is by Heidi Swapp.  The sequins are by Taylored Expressions, but I only used the orange, purple, green and black standard sequins along with the bats and ghosts.  I actually pulled out all the other bits because they didn't blend well with the card colors.  

WREATH CARD: First I'd like to say if this card doesn't qualify, please let me know.  There really isn't much to this card, but there is definitely a complete lack of white space which is why I hesitated to post it for this challenge.  

The wreath is WPlus9's Woodland and Wreaths (2013) and this is the first time this set has been inked up.  The card stock is Bazzill Pinecone and was used for all layers.  The "gold" framed layer was created by heat embossing WOW Super Fine Gold embossing power around the edges.  The same power was used for the wreath and Merry which were stamped directly to the center panel.  The Christmas die cut was also embossed with the gold.  The gold beads on the wreath were leftovers from a cross-stitched angel I made 20 years ago, they have been collecting dust in my sequin bin waiting to be put to use; they add a touch of texture to this simple wreath.  

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Pink Painted Poinsettia

This card is being submitted for this week's CAS-usal Friday's Challenge: #208 Sequins.  Though the challenge title contains the "CAS" acronym, the instructions were "There are no genre restrictions for this challenge. Link up your clean and simple designs or layer it on -- the choice is yours." So I decided to layer it on for this one.  

The poinsettia is from Stampin' Up (Joyful Christmas) and the sentiment is The Crafts Meow (really old set so I don't have the name).  

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, WOW Ultra Fine Gold embossing power and Lucy's Cards sequins.  The card stock is SU Melon Mambo and Bristol Smooth 100lb paper.  The sentiment was heat embossed on vellum card stock, which is the only thing about this card that is bothering me.  The vellum looks very gray, in the picture and IRL; I might redo that sentiment strip with the Mambo, or try something else.  But, yes, that strip is really bugging me.  

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sweet Tweet

Good morning!  This card is for this weeks Addicted To CAS Challenge #145 - Tweet.  

It's still raining this morning so the picture is a bit darker/dull in the picture than it is IRL.  

The stamp set is by Stamping Bella (chicks and sentiment).  The chicks were stamped onto Bristol Smooth Surface 100lb and colored with Stampin' Up markers, with the vanilla scoop at the top colored in with Faber-Castell water color pencils.  Though it's not apparent, the ice cream has been topped with Wink of Stella (clear) to give it a shimmery look.  The sentiment was embossed using WOW ink and ultra fine white embossing power.  The card base is Neenah Solar White, with a strip of SU basic black at the bottom.  Not sure why the NSW looks so gray, but it's probably has to do with the poor lighting.  The candy sprinkles on the vanilla scoop at the top are by PTI.

This might not be a perfect CAS card since the sentiment strip at the bottom takes up over a forth of the card.  However I tried several ways to make a nice banner type strip and it just didn't look right.  It kept throwing the whole card off balance.  Please let me know if I've stepped too far over the line to be considered CAS.  :)

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SU Markers used:  Yoyo Yellow, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Only Orange, Soft Sea Foam, Pistachio Pudding, Mellow Moss, Close To Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, SU Blending markers.  

Monday, September 17, 2018

Boss's Day October 16th

Hello - Below is my submission for this week's Addicted to Stamps and More: #309 which this week calls for Clean and Simple and CAS Mix It Up September I used markers, stamping, and die cut (for the sentiment).

This card is intended for Boss's Day which will be October 16th.  
This is a super old SU! set called Simply Sweet (2003).  The chairs were inked up using direct marker to stamp method with a mix of Distress markers.  After that I went back in and did a bit of light water coloring to each chair.  The card stock background is a mix of Taylor Made, SU and MFT's from the scrap bin, cut to the same width at various heights keeping with the mismatched feel of the chairs.  The sentiment and matching die is from Clearly Besotted.  

I really like how this card turned out and plan to keep the set out for a bit and try to use the other stamps in the set.  

I was also going to submit this for a third challenge which was the The Card Concept, but I missed the deadline.... literally by minutes.  Even though I'm too late for that challenge, I wanted to include the info so you all know where the inspiration come from for this card. 

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Happy Monday!!!

Friday, July 20, 2018

From the archives...

For this weeks' Addicted to CAS - Challenge 140 Baby  

This is a very old Stampin' Up stamp, so old I have no idea what the name of the set is.  The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.  

Simple card using only Neenah solar white and SU Melon Mambo card stocks.  

Colored the carriage and phone twice with Copic's, fussy cut, then popped the images up over the main panel.  Used Nuvo white drops for the polka dots on the carriage (though they look gray here) and finishing off with Kaiser Craft Hot Pink pearls (because every girl should have pearls). 

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