Friday, 31 October 2014

Blue Christmas card

This week on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog the challenge is to make a blue Christmas card. It was like deja vu because I made a blue Christmas card last week! So I made a quick and easy one this week.

I sponged the background with Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue and Brilliant Blue. I stamped the Stampendous stamp with Brilliant Blue and the sentiment (Inkadinkado) with ColorBox Frost White. I embossed the sentiment with Recollections Snow embossing powder and used Stickles (Golden Rod) on the star to make it sparkle. I matted the card front with some blue cardstock and adhered it to a white cardbase.

I am also entering this in HIMCR - Any Holiday and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Christmas card

I love playing with my Spectrum Noir markers. I can colour and get beautiful shading or I can make a background with them. In this card I did both.

I used the Gina K Designs digital image, printed it on Bazzill Basics Simply Smooth white cardstock and coloured it with TB1, TB3, TB4, TB5 and IG2. I used Stickles Star Dust on the gray part of the ornament to make it look like silver and sparkle.

I scribbled on my craft mat with TB9, TB6 and TB3 and spritzed with alcohol until the colours blended a bit. I used a piece of photo paper and placed it on the mat to pick up the colour.

I cut 2 scalloped ovals out of regular white cardstock and coloured the edges with TB5 and IG2. I used more Stickles on the outside of the gray oval. I trimmed the 'Joy' to fit inside the blue oval. 

When everything was dry I adhered it all together onto a white card base and added a small silver bow.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Recessed Christmas card

This is a card for the October Release Party Challenge. We had to make a card with a recessed focal image.

I printed the Gina K Designs digital JOY stamp on Bazzill Basics Simply Smooth white cardstock and coloured it with Spectrum Noir markers DR1, DR4, and DR6. I embossed the front panel with Baby's Breath Cuttlebug embossing folder, leaving an unembossed strip near the middle. I scored a line on each side of the strip and attached the AC Glitter ribbon in the middle.

I cut a hole in the panel so the focal image would show through. I matted the front panel with red cardstock and used foam squares to pop it up over the focal image. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Thanks card

This card was made for four challenges. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is a color coordinates challenge. We have to use some of the following colors - Black, Slate, Orange Peel, Green Apple and Lavender. Hiding in my Craft Room asks us to use embossing. Mod Squad Challenge Blog wants us to use a real button and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "O is for...". My 'O' is Organized Randomness!

I used a Sizzix Stampin' Up! embossing folder with some white cardstock and embossed the background. I took some scraps of orange, green and lavender cardstock and embossed them. I fussy cut the hexagons and adhered them on to the background in an organized random way!

I used some coloured brads from my stash to fill in some of the empty squares. I stamped the sentiment (from Hero Arts) with Adirondack Wildflower ink. This was an old ink pad that someone gave me. It used to have several shades of blue and purple but the colours have run together so it just gives a grayish slate colour now. I embossed another scrap of orange cardstock and cut out a small shape, big enough for the sentiment and the button. I cut around the sentiment to fit inside the orange shape.

I didn't have any baker's twine in the right colour so I used Spectrum Noir marker OR2 and made my own twine. I threaded it through the button, tied a bow and used a glue dot to fasten it to the sentiment shape. I used tape to adhere the sentiment and the sentiment shape and used foam squares to fasten the background onto an orange mat before taping it onto the slate card base.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Fall Birthday card

The two challenges that inspired me this week are Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Falling in Love with... and the Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Tag it. I love the fall colours, especially the oranges and browns so I made a card with fall colours and a tag.

I stamped the leaves (from an unknown set in my stash) onto white cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed them with Martha Stewart Copper embossing powder. I took the photo at an angle so you can see the shimmer on the leaves. I sponged some Really Rust Stampin' Up! ink all over the cardstock and used a kleenex to rub any ink off the leaves. I also used the same ink to make a small rectangle for the sentiment (Fiskars) which was also stamped with Really Rust. I framed both of these pieces with some orange American Crafts cardstock.

For the tag I used an oval scalloped die and cut and embossed some more orange cardstock . I stamped the leaves with the Stampin' Up! ink set - Pumpkin Patch. It has 5 separate colours that you can push together. I used various parts of the ink to get different colours for the leaves.

I used a piece of ribbon behind the sentiment and attached everything to the ivory card base. I attached a piece of gold thread to the tag and attached it to the inside of the card with a piece of Sookwang tape, leaving the covering on one side. I tucked the tag under the ribbon so it wouldn't swing too far. The recipient of the card can use the tag for someone else.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Sympathy card

Well, I completely missed World Cardmaking Day. I was at a meeting all day and then was out in the evening, too. Then I received the sad news that my aunt had died after a long battle with cancer. I knew I wanted to make a sympathy card and had just picked up some stamps from someone who was selling all of her craft supplies. The challenge on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog was to use pink in some way. At first I wasn't sure that pink would go well with a sympathy card but thought if I used a subtle shade it might work. Here is what I came up with.

I wanted to keep it fairly simple so I chose a couple of encouraging images. Flowers and butterflies always make me feel a little better and give me hope for tomorrow. I masked off the bottom of the flower image so it would fit on the square. I inked around the edge of each square very lightly. I embossed the white cardstock for a bit of texture and framed the small squares with the same pink that I used for the card base.

It's hard to tell from the picture but the piece of ribbon is a pale pink. I adhered everything together and popped up the sentiment with some foam squares.

For the inside I stamped the sentiment and the full flower image from the front of the card.

I used the following supplies:

Cuttlebug embossing folder
Hero Arts sentiment on front of card
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Martha Stewart Pink Dahlia ink
Chocolate Baroque flower stamp
Stampcraft butterfly stamp
Stampin' Up! sentiment inside card
pink and white card stock and ribbon from my stash