Thursday, April 17, 2014

A fun new die

Hi all! It's been awhile since I've posted but I've been busy getting cards prepped to show soon. I did want to stop in quickly, though, to share a card I'm entering in a couple of challenges. The first challenge is for the Party Time Tuesday site that asked us to use a die. The second site is the Word Art Wednesday site that has an "anything goes" challenge. Here's my card:

This was a fun card to work on. I used a QuicKutz die which was new for me and that gave me the beautiful polaroid cut. The main image is a reverse image stamp from Hero Arts so I stamped it using Memento Brilliance ink. To my surprise, the ink stayed wet enough so that I could add water to it and even out the color. I then colored the image using inktense watercolor pencils and distress markers. I stamped the sentiment and added some gems and the card was done! I will definitely be using this die many times!

Thanks for stopping by! And check out these challenges--there's still time to play along.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thinking of You

Hi friends!

Just a quick post to share a card I made last night. I'm entering the card at the Unscripted Sketches site because they provided the fun sketch for the card. Here's the card and sketch.

I really wanted to use some perfect pearls for this one layer card. So, I chose a butterfly stamp (Teresa Collins) and a flourish (not sure which brand of stamps) and used the blue perfect pearl dust. I made sure to put some antistatic powder all over the card first, though, so that the perfect pearls wouldn't stick to anything except the image. After I added the perfect pearls, I used a swiffer dust rag to get the excess powder off and then used a slight mist on the card to set the pearls. I wanted a bit more color, though, so I put a small amount of red and gold perfect pearls on my work surface, added a bit of water to both of them and used my stylus to add some "random" dots and some gold on the butterfly. Super quick card to make--but a lot of fun b/c of the perfect pearls. There's tons of shine to this simple card.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mother's Day

Hi everyone!

Yes, I'm here with a Mother's Day card. You can never start too early, right? :) I knew I needed to start working on it early because the next few weeks are going to be really busy. I used the sketch from the retro sketches site and really like how it turned out. Here's my card and the sketch:

I love cards that have tons of black in it with pops of color. I knew that I wanted to do some embossing and that I'd be using a die cut from Simon Says Stamp! I chose to use silver pigment ink and repeat the pattern (Penny Black Lace Trim) and then clear emboss it. I used DCWV's Metallic paper for the center panel (silver) and also for the die cut (a lovely magenta/fuschia color) to add even more shine to the card. Then I stamped the sentiment (dollar bin) and the card was done! Super quick but has tons of shine and texture.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Special Birthday Card

Hi everyone!

I know, it's been a LONG time since I've posted. Sorry! I wish I had more time to just play but life gets in the way. But it's Spring Break and, even thought we homeschool, I really needed the break. I played in my room today and had loads of fun! I'm sharing this card on several websites. The first is the Simon Says Stamp! Wednesday Challenge site. Their challenge was to make a birthday card. The next site is V's Sweet Ideas. Their challenge was to use a favorite technique. And last, but not least, is the Word Art Wednesday site. They always have an "anything goes" challenge and I try to play along there whenever I can. Here's my card:

With my mom's birthday coming in a couple of weeks, I knew I needed to start working on a card. I've been playing with Copics lately and really enjoying the shading those markers allow. Plus, the vibrant colors can't be beat! Although I still need tons of practice, they've proven to be a lot of fun to play with! The stamps are from Penny Black. I wanted to add a strip of black to add some more contrast to the card and then added some faux stitching to the card, too. The sentiment is from the Recollections brand.

Although the card took a while to finish, it was so much fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Watercolor fun

Happy Sunday everyone!

I'm stopping in to post a card that I just had so much fun creating last night! I've been wanting the stamp for a VERY long time so I was thrilled when I finally purchased it (at 50% off, too!). I'll be entering this card into an amazing giveaway over at the Clips n Cuts website. I'm a big fan of Vicky's work and she's got a great giveaway right now for trying out the inlinkz tool--the tool that lets you link the products you used on your card so that readers can purchase it online. I always wanted to try it out and figured it was the perfect time to do so! Also, the Word Art Wednesday site has their traditional "anything goes" challenge so I'll be adding my card there, too. Here's the card:

This was a super fun card to make! I used Versafine ink to stamp the image (Penny Black's Tom and Tilly) and then used my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils to color it in. However, there were some colors that I thought would work well with distress markers and distress inks so I added those to some portions, too. The bench, for example, has the Willow color from the inktense pencils but it also has vintage photo distress marker. The same for the shoes--I got a really weird color brown from the inktense pencils so I added the vintage photo color there, too. The skirt also has a mixture of Deep Indigo (watercolor pencil) and broken china distress ink. I used my distress marker to color in the sky and used the dried marigold color for the skin tones. Super fun to make! The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo and I'm not sure it's still available. Below, though, you'll find the vast majority of the products I used. (And, by the way, the inlinkz tool really is quite simple to use and a great way to list your products!)

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check out both websites for a chance to win some cool stuff!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Christmas Sketch challenge

Hi everyone!

Well, forgive me for the long absence. To say that life was a little crazy here is a bit of an understatement. But I'm thankful to have some time again in my craft room tonight. I'm sharing a card I made for two different challenges. The first is the Pals Paper Arts challenge. They provided a sketch and I immediately knew what I was going to do with it. I love it when that happens!I'm also playing along with the "anything goes" challenge over at the Word Art Wednesday site, too. Here's my card and the sketch.
The sketch was super helpful in giving me the jump start to this card. I immediately saw a Christmas card. I used Echo Park papers and a Memory Box die for the poinsettias. I had initially die cut some pattern paper that was green polka dot--thinking that the pattern would add some interest. However, the color wasn't right. So, I used a copic marker and colored right on top of the pattern. Up close, you now have the deep green from the leaves with a nice pattern peaking through, too. The sentiment is from Stampendous and I heat embossed it in white. I added some faux stitching and the card was done.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Before I close, though, I want to ask those of you that pray to please keep the people from Venezuela in your prayers. The news here in the States haven't shared much of what's going on so many of you may not even be aware of the chaos happening in that country. But the government is abusing its citizens. Last count there was 13 or 15 people that have died and many hundreds injured. It's the country where I was born and I still have family there. My parents, thankfully, returned safely from there last week and have shared even more details of the horrors happening there. Please, if you believe in the power of prayer, please join me by praying for Venezuela.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Wishing you lots of HAPPY/Card drive for Emma

Hi again!

I'm sharing a card that isn't just another card. I'm a mom of two boys and I'm grateful to God that they're healthy. However, I know many families have children that aren't that fortunate.

There's a little girl named Emma who is battling Leukemia. She's only 7 years old and I'm sure she's going through things that no 7 year old should ever have to go through. If you want more information on how to donate cards to this card drive, please go to the following site: Kelly's Place. Will there be prizes, yes. But that's not really the point for participating. I used to scrapbook and the main reason I switched to cardmaking was because I saw that I could use my cards to encourage others. This is one of those moments. It's a chance to encourage a family that is going through a hard time...and to bring a smile to a little girl's face. Here's my card:

I wanted a really happy and bright card. So, I chose to participate in the latest A Blog Named Hero challenge and use a rainbow. Also, the Simon Says Stamp! challenge was to use our favorite stamps and this set is a favorite of mine. I used the Happy stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! and stamped the word "happy" in different distress inks. I stamped the sentiment in black and then added some punched red hearts on the card. I added some faux stitching and the card was done.

Again, this is a chance for us to bring a smile to a whole family and, in particular, to Emma. Please join me in sending her some cards. I'm sure the family will be forever grateful.