Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Watercolor Wonder with Best of Greetings

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch challenge... I decided to play with my designer series papers for this challenge.  I hadn't really used the Watercolor Wonder paper so I thought I'd give it a whirl.  And I am very pleased.  Here's my card:

The cool thing is this card could go so many different ways by changing the greetings!
Here is the inspiration sketch:

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Petite Petals and Sweet Sorbet!

I super love the petite petals stamp set and punch.  If you're a flower person, it would be almost impossible not to love it.  And I'd say I'm almost a flower person...  Anyhow, here it is for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #127.

I used pool party and island indigo ink to go with the sweet sorbet DSP.  Plus a little bit of pistachio pudding with the petal parade "leafy thing" stamp lightly stamped as the base layer on the banner.  So pretty and so easy!  I sometimes like to keep things simple.

Here's the sketch I was working from:

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Eggstra Creative, Ideas for Easter

Here we are again with an exciting blog hop from The RemArkables!  This month we have ideas for Easter. My projects feature the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set from the celebrations catalog.

For my first card, I went old school traditional, what could be better than colored Easter eggs and grass?  This card also features the delightfully lovely 2013-2015 in colors.  Baked Brown Sugar is the card base and the bottom layer, on which I stamped the Hardwood background stamp in baked brown sugar. The eggs are stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed in white, then I used the emboss resist technique to color them up! Rubbing in the colors using sponge daubbers. A quick oval punch and we have some super cute Easter eggs! I had lots of fun using our new fringe scissors to make the grass! I popped up the grass layers with some dimensional bits to make room for the eggs behind.  The greeting is from teen tiny wishes stamp set. A few mini rhinestones complete the look.

My next cards are cut note card size so that I could use our note card envelopes in crumb cake.  I like the small size cards to send to my "littles" (my nieces and nephews). I added a bit of color with some retro fresh DSP.  I just love the simple images and cute greetings on the stamps.  I adore word play!!

Thanks for "hopping" with me!!

Crystal Kondo - http://wp.me/p2l6Qe-gu
Anne Matasci - http://wp.me/pCcBw-1zq
Pam Staples - http://wp.me/p3p2VA-Il
Jeannette Swain - http://bit.ly/1iCY9NL
Janet Wakeland - http://wp.me/pHIQD-6l6

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Bright Colors and Birthdays

Well, my middle child just celebrated his 18th birthday!  I know the expression says "time flies" and I guess it's an expression for a reason! Birthdays are a time of reflection.  With my daughter two years ago, I made a Facebook album with a picture of her on her birthday every year for 18 years. It was so fun to see her with her cake every year.  So I did the same for my son this year. Wow, reminding us how far he has grown was fun, but bitter sweet. Now that I'm a card maker, I wanted to commemorate his birthday with a fun card that represents some of the things he loves.

My son has loved the color orange since he was three.  And he loves animals. In fact, he had looked through the Stampin' Up! catalog and said I should get this Zoo Review set. When I went to make the card I searched around for ideas, and saw lots of more traditional ones that I know he would have liked, but then I saw a card by Brian King, using the penguin stamp and lots of color, very Andy Worhal.  And I just felt that it would be fun and happy to do something similar. And I am pretty pleased with how it came out! It's a bigger size, 7x4 1/4, so I made the envelope on the envelope punch board.

For all out little cousins and friends, I put together some goodie bags. I stamped the polar bear in craft white and used a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge for the "snow". Then I colored them up a bright bear, and stamped their initial in pumpkin pie.

So wishes for you for birthdays of reflection and fun!  Happy Crafting!