Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Paper Smooches April #1 PASTEL Color Story




It's a PASTEL Color Story Challenge for the first half of April at Paper Smooches
and here's the color palette.


https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/04/april-1-challenge-color-story-pastel.html


And here's my card for the challenge.




Notice the Hearts Stencil background? It's remnants from two cards that I couldn't 
bear to throw away. The two pieces were joined and adhered to a gray panel then 
adhered to a white card base.

I stamped the two part sentiment on each half and finished off the card with some
clear sequins.

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And did you hear about Kim's Birthday Sale over at Paper Smooches
  



This generous offer expires on Kim's birthday, April 16th, at 9AM PST so hurry
and grab your favorites before they're gone.
I hope you're all taking things "one day at a time" and staying safe and healthy, too.
Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, April 2, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #366


Teammie Brian brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #366.




I've been staring at a new pad of Memory Box papers and decided this was
a good time to use them.



Two patterned papers were trimmed per the sketch and adhered to a card
base. Another piece was flipped to the solid side and trimmed and adhered
to the card. A stamped sentiment and sequins finished off the card.
Thanks for a great, stress free sketch, Brian!

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Brian's
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, April 9th
and as the weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Stay Crafty with Hero Arts


It's a breath of fresh air to see Hero Arts bring back challenges again! I remember
their earliest challenges when you had to physically send in your card/project via
snail mail to the company.  Then there were Flickr challenges where I met my 
first stamping friends, many of whom I still keep in touch with today.

Fast forward to 2020 with weekly "Stay Crafty" challenges with different themes.
I missed the first challenge last week and was determined to play along this week.

https://heroarts.com/blogs/hero-arts-blog/stay-crafty-with-hero-challenge-2

So the challenge is to use stamps and or dies that you bought and have never used
yet, or even opened up the packaging! Sound familiar? Here's my card using their
January 2020 My Monthly Hero Card Kit which I just HAD to have but misplaced 
it when I did some New Year's cleaning.




I loved the newsprint floral wrap and assembled that first. All the flowers and
leaves were die cut from white card stock and colored with Copic markers. 
I tucked an arrangement inside the wrap and adhered it to a woodgrain panel.



The panel was adhered to a green card base, topped with the white embossed
sentiment, then finished off with clear sequins. 

I'm so glad that I found this challenge and that I got to open the kit and finally
made a card. And I'm pretty sure it won't be my last!
Thanks so much for stopping by!


 

Friday, March 27, 2020

CASology Week #364--TEA


The cue word for CASology Week #364 is TEA.


https://casology.blogspot.com/2020/03/week-364-tea.html


Are you a fan of tea? I am! A HUGE fan. Mostly hoji-cha with a roasted flavor
and matcha (green tea). And it doesn't have to be in drinkable form, either. 😉
Here's my card.




I adhered Altenew's Painted Fantasy washi tape to white card stock and die cut
MFT's tea cups in opposite directions. The cups were stacked and adhered to a
white card base and the sentiment was stamped beneath them. I finished off the
card with a strip of pale gray patterned paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Think I'll make myself a cuppa.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #365--You Are Amazing


Chrissy brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #365.
 How cool is this one?




I pretty much followed the sketch with a (retired) pad of Pink Paislee papers.




Must be my recent trip to Japan that inspired me--doesn't this have a "kimono"
feel to it? I should have cut the two larger pieces so they weren't so symmetrical 
but those were the last pieces in the pack so I just went with it.

I stamped and die cut the "you" and white embossed the secondary sentiment,
adhered them to the card and called it done.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Chrissy's
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, April 2nd and
as the weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

MFT Birthday Project Challenge--Flowers


This theme for this month's MFT's Birthday Project Challenge is FLOWERS.
I'm not a "flower person" but decided to join the challenge so I could use the new
Freshly Picked Die-namics on my project.




This die is genius! Besides the watering can, there's a single piece that consists of
flowers and stems so you don't have to fuss with the arrangement. I die cut the 
floral arrangement from green card stock, and added shading with Copic markers.



The rest of the flowers and foliage were cut from white card stock, colored, then
layered over the respective flowers and leaves. The watering can was cut from gray
card stock and distressed with white pigment ink.

 I stamped the sentiment, added a strip of patterned paper, then adhered the
arrangement. Clear droplets finished off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, March 19, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #364--It's Coffee o'clock



Here's a retro sketch for you--the inaugural CAS(E) this Sketch #1!
Did you join the challenge back in 2012




I do remember entering, and here was my super literal take on the sketch. 
Hearts courtesy of Papertrey Ink with a Paper Smooches sentiment.




Here's my 2020 version.




Memory Box Cups of Cheer (retired) were cut and inked and adhered to a card base.
The pink mug was popped up and the steam and sentiment were added. A rounded
off corner finished off the card.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the inaugural
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, March 26th.
We hope to see you in the gallery!


Thursday, March 12, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #363


Here's this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #363.



And here's my take on it.



I had several ideas and came across the Happy Birthday collaborative set by
the Stamping Village, that had the perfect images--a small flower and
sentiment from Altenew.

I stamped and fussy cut the flowers, stamped the sentiment and adhered the
flowers after adding on the striped patterned paper. Done!

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, March 19th and
we hope to see you in the gallery!

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And by the way, when you purchase this set, $5 will be donated to the 
Dreaming Zebra Foundation, a non profit organization which provides art and
music supplies to underprivileged children worldwide.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

CASology Week #363--SKYLINE




The cue word for Week #363 at CASology is SKYLINE. I have a few building
dies but wanted to try a one layer card so it was Altenew's City Scene Stencil
to the rescue.




I used five colors of Hero Arts' Reactive Inks to stencil in the buildings on the bottom of
a card base. I stamped the two part sentiment in gray ink and was ready to call it done,
but felt the buildings needed to be grounded somehow.

I scored a few lines beneath the buildings and was quite happy with the result and
that I still managed to keep it one layer 😊

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #362

Nathalie brings us CAS(E) this Sketch #362.




And here's my take on it. I substituted hot air balloons for the balloons
in the sketch. Sadly, Top Dog Dies has closed up shop but I received these dies
when I guested for them a few years ago and they're still a fave.




Dotted Swirls was debossed on a Grout Gray card base then topped with
the two ink distressed hot air balloons and cloud. The sentiment was clear
embossed on a strip of card stock and adhered to the card.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, March 12th and as the
weekly winner, you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!


Thursday, February 27, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #361--You're Lookin' Sharp!


Are you ready for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch?
Here's Sketch #361, compliments of teammie Brian.




I simplified it a bit while staying pretty close to the sketch.




The cacti were stamped, colored with Copics and cut out with the matching
dies. A kraft card base was stamped with a woodgrain pattern, then topped
with the white embossed sentiment and the popped up cacti.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, March 5th and we
hope to see you in the gallery!


Sunday, February 23, 2020

Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge--Add a Sentiment

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-add-a-sentiment/
The current Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is to ADD A 
SENTIMENT. Using Hero Arts products is encouraged if you have them, and I 
happened to have some that I'm using for the very first time.




Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die was centered and cut through a white panel.
Hero Arts Reactive Inks were inked on a watercolor panel and spattered with 
water. When the panel was dried, I layered the frame over the inked piece, then
stamped the sentiment through the opening.




Patterned paper was adhered to a card base and the die cut panel was adhered
over it. Black enamel dots and a dot for the bird's eye finished off the card.
I'm glad that I could use a sentiment that was part of a totally different set
that was perfect for my card and the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 21, 2020

You're My (Prickly) Person




February's end-of-the-month challenge at Paper Smooches is a COLOR STORY.
Check out the color palette.




I'll have to admit being a little overwhelmed because I'm such a wimp with color.
Then I realized the colors come from their Rainbow Sherbet paper pad and breathed
a small sigh of relief.



The three cacti were in my stash of diecuts and I added shading around the edges for
a bit of dimension. The two outer pots were cut from white card stock, inked then
spattered with water. The center pot was cut from the Rainbow Sherbet paper pad 
and inked and spattered with Cracked Pistachio Distress ink.

I added the thorns, flowers and buds, and the pair of eyeglasses and face. The cacti
and pots were grounded with a strip of paper from the Half Moon paper pad and the
card was finished off with the sentiment.

I'm afraid my colors aren't exact, but "close enough" I think, for the challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Edited to add: I'm thrilled to be one of the winners of the Color Story Challenge!
My prize was an awesome pack of Paper Smooches stamps, some of which I don't have yet!
Thank you Kim, and Paper Smooches


Thursday, February 20, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #360--Heartfelt Thanks


Team leader Chrissy brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.
Meet Sketch #360.
 


Here's how I interpreted the sketch--with more stenciled hearts.




Have you seen Simon Says Stamp's Bursting Hearts Stencil? It's HUGE!
I lay the stencil on a white card base and inked in the hearts with Hero Arts
Reactive Inks. It looked a little too plain, so I did some "second generation"
stenciling and used whatever residual ink that was left on the tools.





Since it's a week past Valentine's Day, I turned it into a thank you card using
an older SSS sentiment set. Yay for a one layer card!

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted Chrissy's 
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, Feb 27th and
as the weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!


Thursday, February 13, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #359


Here's a retro sketch, CAS(E) this Sketch #359. Click on the link to see
how the design team interpreted it back in 2012.




I thought I had a card to share from 2012 but after searching throughout my
blog and other accounts, I see that I don't. So here's my 2020 version.




I clear embossed the sentiment on white card stock, ink distressed in ombré pinks
then trimmed it to a banner. I scored some lines on the bottom and added five
hearts on the side. The piece was then popped up on a doily embossed background.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted this retro
sketch then join us if you can. Link  up your card(s) by Thursday, February 20th
and as the weekly winner you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Paper Smooches February Challenge--LOVE




Paper Smooches February Challenge theme for the first half of the month is...


My order from Paper Smooches arrived with perfect timing and I decided to use
the new Hearts Stencil on my card.




I originally planned to have a background with different shades of pink hearts,
but decided at the last minute to go rainbow with Hero Arts Reactive Inks.




The panel was trimmed and adhered to a white card base. I chose the label
sentiment and finished off the card with a few sequins.

If time permits, I'm thinking of giving the pink hearts background a try.
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, February 6, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #358


Here's this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #358




I went rogue and turned the sketch 90° clockwise and substituted the rainboot planter
for the rectangular element on the sketch.




The rainboot diecut was colored with a combination of Copic markers and colored 
pencils. A strip of patterned paper was adhered to a white card base and the boot was
popped up over it. I stamped the sentiment then added some faux rain drops on the boot.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch and
join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, February 13th.
We hope to see you in the gallery!


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

CASology Week #361--Guest Designer




I have the honor of guesting for this week's CASology challenge since my card 
was chosen as the BRANCH winner for week #358. Thank you, Melissa!

Here's the cue word for this week--just in time for Valentine's Day.




And here's my take on the cue word.




I stamped the adorable hedgie off center on a white card base and colored
her with Copic markers. I white embossed the sentiment on the balloon,
 added a few clouds, then rounded off the bottom corners.

By using one main image and placing it off center, this gives the illusion of
more white space, even with the addition of die cut clouds.

Visit the CASology blog for all the details and deadlines, and see how the
design team interpreted the cue word. Come and join us if you can--we hope
to see you in the gallery!


Thursday, January 30, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #357


Teammie Brian brings us this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.
Meet Sketch #357.




And here's my not so CAS take on it.




Six strips of 3/4" white card stock was doubled up to form three strips that
were adhered to a white card base. The Memory Box wreath was cut twice
from white card stock. One wreath was inked with green inks and the
second was colored in, then layered over the green wreath.




The layered wreath was adhered to the card base and finished off with the
sentiment stamped in the center of the wreath.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, February 6th  and
as the weekly winner, you'll be invited to join us on a future sketch!