Saturday, September 20, 2014

A card inspired by Manolo Blahnik?

Yes, indeed! Although Manolo Blahnik is known for creating shoes that women swoon over, he's now crossed over to inspire the cardmaking world! :) Using the picture of the shoes as inspiration, I had a lot of fun creating this card! I'll also be entering it in the Runway Inspired Challenge since they're the ones that had the idea of using the shoes. And I'll be entering it in the Word Art Wednesday site with their "anything goes" challenge. Below you'll find the card and the photo inspiration.

I wanted to use the color inspiration for this card. Also, the heels are so high that I wanted to make the card have an upward design. The stamp is from Hero Arts (Lattice) and I used my distress markers (dusty concord, ripe persimmon, antique linen) to color in the stamp using water on watercolor paper. I then matted the image by scribbling ripe persimmon distress ink on white cardstock. I also spritzed some water mixed with perfect pearls so that you can see a shimmer on the card. The sentiment was heat embossed and it's from Hampton Arts. Since every girl likes some bling, I added just a few purple gems and the card was done!

Using pictures for inspiration is one of my favorite ways to be challenged. LOVED this challenge! And there's still tons of time to play along.

Have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Christmas in September!

Hi all!

Yes, I've been absent for a very, very, very long time...and I've missed it! But, the summer was a one-of-a-kind summer! Our family drove all the way to Wisconsin (from Washington State!) and did tons of camping and sightseeing. We were home for about 2 weeks and then took off AGAIN--this time, to the beautiful state of Alaska via a cruise! We just got back a few days ago and we loved every single minute! So, now you know why I've been MIA.

I wanted to share a card I made using frantage. It's a product that's been out for a very long time but I just started using the stash I had a few months ago. The one I had was a mixture of pinks and gold. But I really wanted the teal frantage...and I think I love it even more than the pink! I'll be entering this card in the weekly Word Art Wednesday challenge. It's always an "anything goes" challenge and I try to play along when I can. The other challenge blog I'll be entering this card in is the A Blog Named Hero site that has us showing off our pattern paper.

Here's my card:
This Christmas set is from Hero Arts. I love it! The Christmas tree is nice and full of branches and that's one of the reasons the frantage works so well on this tree. It's a mixture of glitter and mica and thick embossing powder which gives the tree an amazing texture! The sentiment was gold heat embossed and then the gems were added to finish off the card. I knew I wanted pattern paper that would complement the tree's color so I used paper from the DCWV Luxury Stack. However, I didn't want to cover up the paper too much and I also didn't want the pattern paper to overwhelm the card so vellum was a great way to go for this card. I love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Copic fun!

Hi everyone!

I'm popping in really quickly to share a card that I made using Copic markers. I made a bunch and have been putting different sentiments on them and this one just happened to have a Mother's Day sentiment. I'm by NO means an expert with the markers but I have been playing around with them and trying to learn. It's quite therapeutic to sit and color awhile. I'm entering the card at the Simon Says Stamp! anything goes challenge and the Inkspirational website that challenged us to use markers or pencils. Here's my card:
The stamps I used were a gift. I believe they are stamps from a company that is no longer in business (Autumn Leaves) but I still use their images. These are a lot of fun to color in. I wanted a really bright and cheery card that had tons of colors. I used the colors I had on hand to just have fun and add some slight shading to the card. I cut a panel out of the colored portion and then lined the panel with strips of black cardstock to help define the area a bit more. The faux stitching also helped add a nice touch to the card. The sentiment is from the dollar bin--LOVE when you can actually use those.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great month--I probably won't get a chance to blog while on a road trip for 3 weeks!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jesus is the Reason

Hi again,

I know it's July but I just completed an order for Christmas cards! I thought I'd share one of my favorite cards. I'm also entering it in the latest Simon Says challenge which asked us to emboss something. Here's my card:
I started out with some red pattern paper from a Christmas stack from DCWV. I also used little strips of silver glitter paper--LOVE this paper from DCWV--and strips of black paper that helped separate the main image/sentiment from the pattern paper. I added some faux stitching to the black strips which helped make it stand out more. The image is from Hero Arts, as is the sentiment, and I silver embossed both. Super quick card but I love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Precious Gift

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their summer. We are gearing up for a 3 week camping trip that will include stops in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. To say that I've been busy getting ready for that is an understatement. But today, I wanted to play. I haven't had much time to play in my room so today, I declared it to be "NO PLANNING FOR CAMPING DAY" and I played in my room instead.

I'm entering the following card in several challenges. First, is the retro sketches site. I really liked the sketch for this week. Next, the Lawnscaping site wanted us to use watercolors and gelatos were calling my name. Next, the Simon says site wanted us to emboss--which I combined with the watercoloring. And lastly, the Color Throwdown site provided the color inspiration for the card.

Without further ado, here's my card and the challenge badges will be at the bottom of this post.
There's a new mom at our previous church that just had a baby. What a great excuse to make a card! I knew I wanted to use gelatos as my watercolor medium so I grabbed this Hero Arts background cling stamp (sorry, I couldn't find the name of it anywhere on the Hero Arts site) and white heat embossed it on watercolor paper. I used the yellow gelato color and, honestly, I had forgotten just how vibrant these gelatos are. The yellow was so strong that I added a lot of water to the paper and kept taking some of the color off to see the white resist better, too. Because I was following the sketch, I chose to add strips of turqoise to the side panel and then add vellum as the banner. I punched out some circles and then used a Wplus9 die for the onesie. I used a dollar stamp and some distress inks to stamp the flower on the onesie and then added gems to the center. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo and I used StazOn ink to stamp on the vellum. Very fun card to make and I'm sure the new mom will smile.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back after a long absence!

Hi friends!

This summer is proving to be one of the busiest summers! I hope everyone is enjoying theirs so far. I'm sharing a card today that I'm entering into the colourQ and Word Art Wednesday sites. I've been making tons of cards with Copic markers and I'm glad I can finally take some time to share one today. Here's my card and the color badge that challenged me.I know the colors aren't a perfect match but I hope I got the general gist of the challenge! :)

Over a year ago, my son received a very gracious gift from a well-known crafter. She sent him a huge binder full of Autumn Leaves stamps. Although he plays with the stamps, I admit that I've been using them, too! I stamped this image several times on cardstock using Memento ink and then colored in the image with Copic markers. I've only started using these markers so I'm by no means an expert. BUT, they are really great to work with! It's incredibly relaxing to sit and just color an image in and see the depth of the final project. Once the panel was colored in, I added some black strips and then stamped the sentiment. Yes, I'm starting early for next year! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's Day card

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the long absence...but I'm finally here sharing a card I made for Father's Day. I used the sketch provided by the Freshly Made Sketches site. LOVED the sketch! And, I'm entering the card in the Word Art Wednesday site, too. Here's the card and the sketch below:

With the World Cup madness in high gear, I figured I'd make a card for my husband that showed what he loved most--soccer! Every 4 years, everything stops so that he can keep up with the matches. I sometimes watch a match with him--but not often! I followed the sketch pretty closely and really liked it. I used a dollar stamp set that I got from Michaels several years ago. I used the green, red, and white colors from the Italy and Mexico teams (some of my husband's favorite teams) to make the card extra special. I also added some glossy accents to the soccer balls so there's tons of texture on the card when you touch the soccer strip. Easy card to make but really cute! I can see myself using the sketch for different themes, too--especially a baby theme! Maybe have a cute little onesie strip...adorable!

Have a wonderful day celebrating the fathers in your life...I know I thank God for the blessing of having a wonderful father and of marrying a man who is also a great dad. Thanks for stopping by!