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). 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Lonely Cactus....

My submission for this week's Fusion Challenge - Cactus Door.  There are some pretty amazing submissions this week as well as the gorgeous cards created by the design team.  I chose to go CAS with this card and kept it to the sketch, colors and the cactus.  

I spent a good amount of time looking through every one of my stamp sets and found only one that had a succulent.  Can't believe with the gazillion sets in that craft room that this was the only one that had a cactus.  

Starting out, the left side of the card panel was painted with Americana Decor chalk paint using white, green and teal.  I wanted to carry the shapes of the door panels into the card but not add more color, so using TCW's stencil Mini Labyrinth plain white texture paste was layered on.  

The cactus is from Paper Smooches and is part of a set that spells out LOVE so using only the stamp with the cactus, the letter post was cut off and substituted with a bit of SU Really Rust card stock shaped into a pot, then brushed the edges a bit with Versamark to give is some depth.  The cactus was stamped out and colored with Copic markers (BG13, BG11, BG49) several times, then the smaller one was cut out, rounded and then popped up on the main image.  I tired to take a close up picture of the cactus to show how its rounded but its really hard to capture (see below).  The sentiment is by SSS called Happy & Smile.   

The card stock is Neenah solar white, SU Really Rust, Bazzil Blue Oasis and the DP is by Authentique (Spring time).  The enamel dots are from My Minds Eye which I thought about doing in the color of the lights hanging around the door, but decided to keep them in the same tones as the rest of the elements. 

This is the close up of the cactus which has been rounded to give it dimension.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I'm off to finish up another of the several cards I have been working on this week.    


Friday, July 13, 2018

Zoom Zoom

My submission for this weeks' CASology Challenge #307.

This card was so much fun to make.  I thought only of my youngest grandson while putting it together.  Lawson loves his toy cars and is rarely without a car in one or both hands.   

I ran to the local scrapbook store to cut the ZOOM from clipboard, then painted it with black chalk paint.  The road lines were drawn with Uni-ball Signo white pen.  The cars (Memory Box Auto Parts) were cut three times from each color then glued together to give them some depth and strength.  The wheels are Stampin' Up Candy Dots which I think might be retired.  The card base is 110lb Neenah solar white; with a layer of SU Basic Black cut to fit the top; then the main panel was trimmed down and centered on the base.  Easy and other then the three layers per car, this card came together very quickly.  

Thank you for stopping by.  

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Best Wishes

This is my submission for The Card Concept #96  and CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #203.  

For The Card Concept, my goal was classy/elegant with the focus on the main elements of flowers, gold and the wood.  The CAS-ual Friday's challenge was to use heat embossing.  

The main card base is covered in a designer paper that has a pale wood grain design that manages to incorporate hearts into the "grain".  (picture at bottom of post)

The flower die is by Poppy Stamps, and was cut 6 times.  Five layers were glued together then attached to a base of Neenah solar white cut to the same size square as the die.  I then used Copic's to color the flowers and background.  The coloring had to include the base as well as the sides of the five layers so that there would not be any white edges showing when looking at the card from all angles.

The top die was then heat embossed with several layers of WOW Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine powder (my favorite) then carefully glued down to the other dies.  Once everything was dry, the
four outer edges of the completed center piece, were also heat embossed with the gold so that no white edges appear anywhere on the card.

Lastly, the sentiment is from Mama Elephant set Bountiful Blessings and also embossed with the WOW gold.  The final touch was to add bitty green beads to the centers of the flowers.    

I honestly can't remember the last time I put this much time and effort into a card.  I am very pleased with how it turned out, but of course after taking the pictures and working up this post, I think I might go back and add just a few gold sequins to finish it off.  

Thank you for stopping by,  

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Robot Birthday

This card is for Fusion Challenge: Primary Bookcase.  This card is actually the 4th one I made.  The other three were cluttered because I was trying too hard to match the sketch, incorporate a bookcase and layer in the colors.  Since none of them were any good I wasn't going to submit anything, but as I was working on a different challenge this evening, it finally hit me how to layout the bots. 

It's not much, just a simple one layer card, but it has dimension, texture and a simple straight forward sentiment.  Its after midnight here so I had to use a desk lamp to take the picture instead of natural light.  

The robots stamp set is by Clearly Besotted (Mini Bots) and the sentiment is from Altenew (Birthday Greetings).  I used color pencils on the robots and SU markers on the "Happy" sentiment.  Unfortunately I have no idea about the washi tape, it is not marked.  

I just checked out the other submissions and there are some wonderful cards in the gallery.  

Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Celebrating Independence Day

Just a quick post for my submission to the Red, White and Blue challenge at Shopping Our Stash!

I ran across this challenge last night and decided to clean the dust off of another purchase that has never been used.  The die is from My Favorite Things and if I remember correctly, I bought it to make a masculine birthday card.  Of course I never go around to it so the die has been collecting dust ever since.  

The card stock is all Stampin' Up; Real Red, Pacific Blue, Whisper White and their Red Glimmer paper for the stars, which I think might be a couple years old.  

The beads and sequins are from various companies; each color is a mix of different elements: beads, sequins, bling and such.  

Thank you for stopping by.  

Friday, June 29, 2018

CASology Cue The Bear UP

This little card is for Week 306 Challenge at CASology.  The cue card this week is "bear".  

This adorable stamp set is by My Favorite Things and there is no telling how long it has been sitting in the MFT bin waiting for some attention.  My Farber Castell color pencils saw the light of day for the first time with this card as well.  Those were a gift from my dad, who passed away in 2011; yes, that is how long they have been sitting on the shelf collecting dust. 

Though it's not visible in the photo, I used my bone folder to curve his face so that it pops out from the flat surface of the balloon.  

I have always admired crafters that can make CAS cards.  I used to avoid them because I could never get the right balance, they always fell short or were too plain.  Even when I would case a card, I still felt mine was lacking.  And one layer cards like this one, would have kept me up all night with worry.  

Admittedly, I'm my own worse critic and far to often I go back and keep playing with a card until I truly like it, or have completely ruined it  beyond repair.  This card will suffer no such backtracking.  I like this sweet little bear just the way he is.  He will be my grandson's birthday card come September.

Thank you for stopping in, I appreciate it.