Saturday, October 4, 2014


I saw this sketch challenge for World Card Making Day on the Moxie Fab World blog and decided to give it a whirl.  I stuck to the sketch layout pretty literally since it was perfect for what I had in mind.  I've had this little owl in my scrap pile for several months.  I had colored it with the new Stampin' Up Blendabilities markers to try them out when I was at a friend's house.

I pulled out the Retro Fresh decorative paper by Stampin' Up and finally cut into it.  I love these fun patterns and colors!  It's difficult to see, but I smudged some Vintage Cream pigment ink on the Coastal Cabana panel to give the feel of soft clouds.  I hand cut a piece of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock into the shape of a tree branch and added woodgrain lines with the matching marker to give my owl a place to perch.

The two patterned paper banners were cut using the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX dies by My Favorite Things.  I love their fishtail flag dies and use them a lot, so adding the pierced version of these dies to my stash was a no-brainer.

I'm rather giddy at how well this card turned out.  It was fun to make, and for once, it went pretty quickly!  You can see other cards for the sketch challenge here.

Stamps:  Chubby Chums (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Retro Fresh dp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX die (My Favorite Things); Baked Brown Sugar marker, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities markers (Stampin' Up)

World Card Making Day

I'm jumping online to post a card I made this morning for World Card Making Day.  This one is for a Power Poppy challenge to use a past Inspire Me Monday tutorial.  I picked this one, a monochromatic color technique, that I've been meaning to try for awhile.

Oh my goodness, this technique totally gives me an excuse to get more Memento colors!  I just have neutrals, so I chose to use Rich Cocoa for my card.  Essentially, you stamp the image first, smooch the inkpad on an acrylic block for a pool of color, and then use a blender marker to shade the image.  I also shaded around the flowers with two colors of Copic markers to add depth and splatted a bit of the Memento ink over the whole thing using a waterbrush.  Click the link above to see the tutorial on the Power Poppy blog.

I cut the flowers with a Labels Twenty-Two die and offset it with some Kraft cardstock cut with the same die.  I popped it up with dimensionals over a Kraft card base that was embellished with strips of patterned paper.  Both the floral piece and the card base were lightly sponged the edges with Distress Ink.  It's pretty subtle, but it really adds to the final look.

I enjoyed doing this technique!  World Cardmaking Day is a great time to try something new.  :)  I added my card to the official blog tour here.  Back to the studio...

Stamps:  Azalea (Power Poppy)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento); Antique Linen (Tim Holtz Distress)
Paper:  Kraft, White (Papertrey Ink); Autumn Meadows dp (Stampin' Up)
Copic: 0, E41, E42
Misc:  Labels Twenty-Two die (Spellbinders); blender pen (Stampin' Up); waterbrush

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Birthday Balloons

I recently purchased the new Taylored Expressions Up, Up and Away cutting plate to make quick and easy birthday cards.  It's a fun design that fills a card front and leaves room for a sentiment.  Here's a card I made using it.

Isn't that fun?  I cut the balloon frame out of black cardstock and mounted in on a white card base.  I cut the four balloons out of Urban Prairie patterned paper and glued them in place.  Super quick and easy paper piecing!  Then I stamped my sentiment using my Big Greetings set.  A set of these cards would make a fun gift.  Plus, it's an easy design when you're in a hurry for a birthday card.

Stamps:  Big Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink); Urban Prairie dp (Basic Grey)
Misc:  Up, Up & Away cutting plate (Taylored Expressions)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Berry Bouquet

Time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  I really love the inspiration picture this time.  The sweater looks so cozy and warm.  I love the sweet berries inside the galvanized metal pot.

We were given a selection of color combos and sketches based on the inspiration picture that we could use if we so chose.  These are the ones I selected.

I deviated only slightly by adding a scalloped frame and some Ripe Avocado leaves.  It really needed that touch of green.  I used a fun dotted image from Winter Cheer for the background, first stamping the solid circles in Soft Stone, and then the outline circles in Smokey Shadow.  I edged the Soft Stone panel in a silver paint pen.  It's easier to see if you click on the picture to enlarge it.

I cut a scallop frame from Smokey Shadow cardstock using a Shakers & Sprinkles die.  Using the same silver paint pen, I added little dots in each scallop.  I placed it off center to frame my sentiment.  The Soft Stone panel was matted with Smokey Shadow cardstock that was distressed along the edge.  It echoes the lovely textures in the inspiration picture.  The whole thing was glued on an Autumn Rose card base.

I cut a pierced-edge flag from Smokey Shadow and embossed my sentiment from Tags For Spring in silver.  Naturally, all the silver accents are a homage to the galvanized bucket.  I cut some Turning a New Leaf sprigs from Ripe Acocado cardstock and placed three Autumn Rose buttons on top.

I really love how my card turned out and I feel it captures the inspiration picture beautifully.  You can see other cards for the blog hop here.

Stamps:  Winter Cheer, Tags For Spring (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Autumn Rose, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Shakers & Sprinkles die, Turning a New Leaf die (Papertrey Ink);  Pierced Fishtail Flag STAX die (My Favorite Things); silver embossing powder, Autumn Rose buttons (Papertrey Ink); silver paint pen; distress tool

Monday, September 15, 2014

Silver Christmas

Waltzingmouse Stamps is having their September Pajama Party and I decided to join in at the last minute.  This card is for their Old Pajamas challenge to use an older Christmas set.  You can see the challenges here.

I envisioned using a blue and silver color combo, so I pulled out some Enchanted Evening cardstock and silver embossing powder.  First, I cut out the ornament shape using an older Spellbinders die and then embossed the ornament.  I then added the sentiment and embossed it as well.  For my card base, I outlined a frame using a silver paint pen and stamped branches from a retired SU set called Peaceful Wishes using shimmery VersaMark ink and the masking technique.  The ornament is popped up to add a bit of dimension.

Stamps:  Ornate Ornaments (Waltzingmouse); Peaceful Wishes (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Frost Dazzle (VersaMark)
Paper:  Enchanted Evening (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  2010 Heirloom Ornament die (Spellbinders); silver embossing powder; silver paint pen; pop-dots

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stamp-a-Faire 2014: 1940's Vintage Patterns - Emily

Emily went in a completely different direction with her vintage pattern challenge card.  She used stamps from Vintage Ornaments Additions and Simply Stationery.  It's a unique pairing!

She experimented with different colors on scratch paper before deciding on these.  The little diamond shape makes a really interesting pattern.  You can see other cards for the challenge here.

Stamps:  Vintage Ornaments Additions, Simply Stationery, 1940's Era (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Aqua Mist, Autumn Rose, Winter Wisteria (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Hawaiian Shores, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Standard Circles Large die (Spellbinders)

Stamp-a-Faire 2014: 1940's Vintage Patterns

I followed the challenge tutorial pretty closely for this card.  I just changed the colors to put my own spin on it.  I really loved the original card!

Isn't this such a sweet stamp set?  It didn't take very long to build the pattern.  I love making backgrounds with my stamps.  The banner and flowers were fussy cut and popped up for dimension.  You can see other cards for the challenge here.

Stamps:  1940's Era (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Cappuccino baker's twine (The Twinery); pop-dots