Sunday, March 18, 2018

Twofer Challenge #3

It's time for another Twofer Challenge. This is when you make two cards for two different occasions using the same stamp.  Sometimes it's really a challenge and sometime it just comes together.  This time the theme is "Blossoms."

I have a ton of flower stamps so it was a matter of choosing the one that could do double duty.  I called on my old faithful SSS Artful Flowers.
I started with the one on the right, stamping the blossoms in Smoke ink on Smoke paper and coloring with my  PolyChromos pencils.  I've been watching videos from Yana Smakula on coloring with them and she restamps the images after to get good details.  The MISTI works perfectly for this. The sentiment from HA is stamped with VersaFine Gray and heat embossed on linen vellum.

This set has both solid and outline images so for the other card I stamped the solid images first in Altenew Pinkalicious and Rubellite and then the outline and centers in Jet Black. I place them on a diagonal coverplate from AliExpress with a sentiment from HA.
So there you have it - a sympathy and birthday card both using the Artful Flowers.  If you haven't tried this challenge you really should.  It stretches both your stamps and your creativity.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

CAS Watercolor - March

While making another card I ran across an image I thought would be perfect for the CAS Watercolor Challenge.  I've never inked it up so it's about time.
The little garden is from one of the PTI Jar filler sets, watercolored with Distress Inks on a die cut panel from Frantic Stamper.  The sentiment is from EbyE.  This is rather simplistic but I was happy to finally stamp out those cute little flowers.  Maybe I'll have time to do another card before the deadline.

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Merry Monday #281

It's time for another Merry Monday challenge and there is a photo for inspiration.
I know a lot of crafters have numerous cups/mugs in their collection because they do coffee challenges. I'm not a coffee drinker so I have limited cup stamps most of which are tiny.  I fell back on my trusty old PTI jar for my card.
The winter jar set has candy canes so I stamped them after masking the hot chocolate and colored them with Zigs.  I added a tag from MCS and some DSP down the sides.  I love that I'm getting all these Christmas cards done.  I was so excited to see that last week this card was the winner of the challenge. 

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope your weekend is going well.

Addicted to CAS #132

Ellenor is our host at Addicted to CAS and she chose birds as her code word.
I love birds and toyed with which one I might put on my card.  I hope it's okay to do just one because that's what I did, using my long neglected Crazy Birds from TH.
As usual it's the sentiment that proved more difficult but I thought his buggy eyes went perfectly with the sentiment from MFT.  He's colored with Zigs and his eyes are cut separately, popped up and covered with Glossy Accents.

I know you have at least one bird stamp you can use to make a card for our challenge. The rest of the Design Team and I are waiting to see what you do. Happy Little Stampers is offering a $20 voucher to the store for the winner of this challenge.  Just make sure your card is CAS.

Just Us Girls #432

Nancy is our host for the color challenge at Just Us Girls.
I was inspired by a shower curtain I saw online and switched it up a little to make my card.
I originally thought about placing the wildflowers in all three colors on a white card base but it just didn't do anything for me.  I put it aside and as often happens I had an epiphany in the wee hours of the morning.  I turned the two turquoise die cuts over and colored them with Walnut Stain DOX to go with the one I had already done and the two I did in Frayed Burlap.  Then I used some Peacock Feathers with a Clarity Brush on that white panel.  I love that you can stamp with DOX and used the walnut for my MCS sentiment.  It looks crooked to me but it's all one piece, so if it's crooked it's not me. ;)

I hope you  head off to see what the rest of the Design Team and our guest designer Stef Perry have made using these colors.  If you make a card you may be chosen Chic of the Week and be eligible to be our guest in May.

Friday, March 16, 2018

AAA Cards #110

I need to make quite a few Easter cards and the design I came up with works well for the ombre' challenge at AAA Cards.
Using an MFT stencil I inked with three colors of yellow Distress Inks.  The sentiment from Jillian Vance was stamped and die cut with a SSS stitched circle.  I placed it flat on the card for easy mailing. 

It's March Madness time and I'm not a big basketball fan but I will check in now and then between crafting to see how the teams are doing.  Michigan State is playing in Detroit so my three sons and son-in-law will be going to the games played at Little Caesars arena.  Go Spartans!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Paper Players #384

I finally found a good combination of pinks for my layered flowers and I used them to make a card for The Paper Players.

The flowers are from Altenew, the frame die from AliExpress and the sentiment from PB.

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