Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Lovely Mossy Meadow

A sympathy card for this weeks' CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #276.

Edited to add:  There are some wonderful cards submitted for this weeks'  challenge.  




As usual, what I envisioned wasn't what I ended up with.  Still for a sympathy card I think it is simple and calming.

When this weeks's sketch was posted the dark stars reminded me of shadows more then a different color.  That lead to the idea of die cutting the leaves and offsetting it against the negative space as the base, while using a dark color under the base. 

A separate negative template was made to add texture paste, but in hindsight that may have been too much.  After pulling this all together, I realized that just the die against the negative  base and the sentiment would have been just right.

The die is by SSS, the sentiment is Technique Tuesday, the card stock and ink is Mossy Meadow by Stampin! Up.  

Happy Tuesday and thank you for stopping in!
Carole 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Color Throwdown #496 - Black White and Aqua

For this weeks Color Throwdown Challenge #496 and just getting it in at the last minute.  



When I saw the color combination for this weeks challenge, I got a huge smile in my heart.  The first thing that came to mind was a long gone "In Color" from Stampin Up called Cool Caribbean!  When the color first came out, every card I made for months was using those three colors.  I could not get enough of the basic B&W with the Cool Caribbean.  There is something very fresh and clean about the combination.  I still have several packs of the the card stock (which I hoard) but the ink has sadly dried out.


  

The card has no stamping, only dies, with ink used just for the circles and sentiment.  The inks were Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon (just barely) blended on Neenah solar white card stock.

The main image die cut is SSS Drifting Stitched Circles; the sentiment is from Create A Smile.  The black enamel dots are from My Minds Eye.  

This has to be the truest CAS card I have produced in a very long time.  It took about 20 minutes to create and that time includes pulling out the supplies and fussing with the gluing of the two part sentiment.  
  

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Monday!
Carole     

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Purple Aqua and Lime ...... Oh Boy!!

The following card is for two challenges, the first challenge is Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #152 which is to use purple, aqua and lime; three wonderful colors on their own or together.  The second challenge is CASology #302 which is to include "Squiggles" on the project.  



This is the 4th or 5th card I tried making for the SIP challenge then last night I decided to go in a different direction.  The Memory Box die used here is called Playful Petal and has been trimmed down in size.  The die is more of a large "C" or wishbone shape so after coloring it I laid it all out and decided it was too busy.  Once it had been trimmed down, I thought this card might also qualify for the CASology challenge; though it might be just a bit on the "not so quick to make " side for a true CAS card.  

Thank you for stopping in.  I'll be away from my craft table for this next week due to an extra heavy work load. I'm in Accounting and it's time to close the books.  We are down two people so it makes for very long and stressful days.  

I have a few cards in the works for other challenges, but I won't be able to completed them in time. 

Carole

Supplies:
Stamps: SSS Friends For Life
Card Stock: Neenah Solar White
Die: Memory Box Playful Petals
Inks/markers: Distress Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, MFT Hybrid Ink Black


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

As You See It Challenge #176

This card is for a challenge called As You See It (Paper Mosaic #176) which this week was a sketch.  The final card is a flip of the sketch, however that wasn't actually intentional.  



The DP is called Meadowlark made by My Mind's Eye; though it has probably been in my stash for a long while, I love it and am glad to be able to finally use it. This DP was used on a card last week so there were scraps to spare and, thankfully, the page with the bird was still intact, and could be used for the background.  Because the paper is so neutral, I decided to use Daffodil Delight card stock to backup the sentiment (Altenew) then followed that up with matching cross stitching for the embellishment.  I like how this card turned out and will use the sketch again for other scrap cards.   


Here is the story on how the card was flipped.  When participating in a sketch challenge, I print out the sketch and tape it next to my craft table so I can refer to it while working.  I was either not paying attention or was in a hurry, and hung the sketch upside down.  As it turns out it worked perfectly for this card because of the placement of the bird on the DP;  but I can't honestly claim I flipped it intentionally. To the left is a picture of my craft table and the sketch hanging on the wall.  

It wasn't until I jumped over to the blog to grab the IP address that I realized my card was upside down.   


Thank you for stopping by.  
Carole 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Fab Friday and Melon Mambo!!

When I saw this week's Fab Friday #138 Challenge included Melon Mambo, my favorite hot pink, I had to jump in!

I love the way it turned out. 





There are lots of layers here, starting with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set which was stamped with Versamark, I then poured Melon Mambo embossing powder over the ink, shook off the extra, then poured Iridescent Ice embossing powder over the Melon Mambo.  Just a bit of the II stuck, but it was enough to give it come sparkle.  

The next layer was SU's new shimmer paste using a stencil from Prima.  I love this paste, and though you can't tell from the picture, it shimmers beautifully.  

The Flourish Thinlit die set came next, using vellum card stock, Whisper White and Melon Mambo.  I only have the markers in Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo, and that is what was used to color in the flower/buds which were also given a layer of Wink-of-Stella.   

The frame used to gather all the elements is from My Favorite Things and three were cut and layered so it pops up without dimensional's.  However the three buds on the end of the two stems do have dimensional's popping them up.  Lastly "Thank you" from the Gift of Love hostess set was stamped with Melon Mambo; then sequins from a "extra packet" that came with a sweater I bought at Christmas, was just the right color and added touch.

My apologies for the bad lighting, which is doubly sad because this card just shimmers so nicely in the light.   

Hope you all have a great week.  
Carole

Monday, May 28, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches #338: Keeping It Simple

I realized late last evening that the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge (#338) would be closing today which didn't leave much time to create a card.  So instead of spending time pondering how to "wow" up a card I decided to keep it simple and take the sketch exactly as it is.  This was a great sketch to work with; thank you Kim.



The DP is is actually plain black & white, so I used a Distress marker to add touches of pink.  I like the little accents of color so I might try this again with a different layout.


Thank you for stopping by.  
Carole 

Stamps: SSS - Beautiful Words
Card stock: MFT - Grout; Bazill - Dawn; My Minds Eye DP - Meadow Lark
Extras: Lucy's Cards sequins; black thread, Kaiser Craft rhinestone; Distress marker - Spun Sugar.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Good Ole Red, White and Blue

I have two cards for this week's Color Throwdown #494, below is the first one which I started mid-week.

I find using red, white and blue together very challenging so I was not going to skip this week's challenge.




The main image is embossed then water colored using Distress Inks.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum card stock and embossed with an old Stampin Up! red embossing powder.  I used Wink-of Stella on the clouds to give them a nice shimmer.  

The kite stamp is by Paper Smooches and the sentiment is Little Inkers.

Thanks for stopping in.

Carole