Mar 162014

With three brothers-in-law whose birthdays fall very close together, I will often make their birthday cards at the same time and with a similar design.

To begin creating these scenes, I sponged the blue ink lightly at the top of the cardstock.  Then, to create the mountains, a large piece of masking paper was torn and placed across the top of the cardstock with the torn edge facing down.  The blue ink was then sponged on again at the torn edge.  The masking paper was then moved down and slightly to the left or right.  Then the sand colored mountains were sponged.  The process was repeated for the front brown mountains.

If you want to have a lake, a straight edge piece of masking paper should be placed at the bottom part of the cardstock covering the area where you want the lake to be.  This should be placed the entire time you are sponging the mountains.  When you have completed the mountains, turn the straight edge of the masking paper 180 degrees so that it covers the mountains and sponge in the lake.

The trees are then stamped.  Some ink distressing can be added by sponging a dark shadow border.

It always feels so good to get these masculine cards completed!

The first card shown today is playing along in the Creative Knockouts Challenge #28 – “Border Time” and the Fusion Card Challenge #6.  I used the sketch.

The second card is playing along in the Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #9 – “Typography”

The bottom card is playing along in the Simon Says Monday Challenge – “Distress” and the Papertake Weekly Challenge – “Bingo”.  This card’s Bingo = Ribbon / Free / Punched Shape

Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!!
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Stamps: SU “Serene Silhouettes”; PTI “Sign Language”; Hero Arts “Birthday (4)”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Masking Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip

Accessories: SU Oval Punch; PTI Birthday Trio Die; Grosgrain Ribbon; Brad; Spellbinders “Large Labels”

My new Garden Grace set from PTI just arrived!  Couldn’t wait to play with it!

The pink flowers were heat embossed.  They then “resisted” the ink of the clock where it was stamped over them.  This makes the clock appear to be behind the flowers without having to mask them.  This technique is known as “emboss resist”.

Playing along in some challenges:

CAS-ual Friday #129 “Shades of Gray”

PTI Make It Monday “Color and Texture for One Layer Cards”
Texture was added by the heat embossed flowers, the dry embossed stitching folder at the top and bottom of the card and the punched out window with inset.  Since the inset is adhered to the inside of the card, no additional layers, bulk or thickness was added to the “one-layer” card.

Simon Says Monday “Tick Tock”

Seize the Birthday “Anything Goes Birthday with NO Toppings”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous “Soulful Journey”; PTI “Garden Grace” and “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White and SU Basic Gray

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Grey, Going Gray, Rose Red and Regal Rose; VersaMark

Accessories: Cuttlebug “Pinking Stitch Border” Embossing Folder; Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder; 3/4″ and 1″ Circle Punches

Mar 052014

A good friend’s daughter is expecting twin boys… Just 10 weeks to go!

The onesies were colored with Copics and accented by drawing diagonal lines to create a diamond pattern with a White Gel Pen.

The little stars were stamped and then fussy cut.  A black Copic marker was used to color around the raw edge of the stars so that no white paper would be visible.  I think this helps to pop the star and give it a more finished look.

Playing along in 3 challenges:

Addicted to CAS #33 “Baby”

CAS on Sunday #28 “Color Me Pretty”

Eterno-ly Yours “Something Old, Something New” : Linda has challenged us to “create a project using both your old and new stash.”  The Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper is brand new.  The cute little onesies image is from a retired SU set.

Thanks for dropping by today.
Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “By Ones & By Twos”

Papers: PTI Select White and Blueberry Sky; Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Button Brad

Mar 022014

My great-niece was born on my mother’s birthday.  Mom never knew that she would have a great granddaughter share her day, but Rose shares at least one of her great grandmother’s traits.  She LOVES to craft!

Thought she would enjoy these patterned papers and all of these fun little embellishments.

This card is playing along in several challenges, too:

Pixie’s Crafty Workshop Week #114 “Snippets”

Mod Squad Challenge “Thinking of Spring 2.0″

Simon Says Wednesday “Anything Goes with Pearls”

CASE Study Challenge #180

The Friday Mashup #149 “Create a Project with Flowers”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper March Challenge

Happy Birthday sweet girl.
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Stamps: Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Select White; Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Lace; Button; BoBunny “Frosting Jewels” Pearls; SU Stitched Felt Flowers and Leaves

There’s a fun challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, and this set of cards is playing along.

With some simple stamping, designer papers, ribbon and a border punch these came together super fast.

Here’s a closer look:

Thanks for dropping by!
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Stamps: Artful Inkables “Wedding Silhouettes”

Papers: Card 1: PTI Select White; Authentique “Irresistible” Designer Paper; Card 2: PTI Vintage Cream; 7 Gypsies “Gypsy Market Flocked Paper” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Martha Stewart Border Punch; Card 1: Darice Rhinestone; Clear Rhinestones; PTI Grosgrain Ribbon; Card 2: May Arts Ribbon

Feb 222014

I love this PTI set “Through the Trees,”  and today’s posting is three Christmas cards that were made with it.  With each card, the sentiment treatment is a little bit different.

Here the sentiment runs across the popped up image.

This card is playing along in the Weekly Christmas Card Challenge #12 “Trees:

Over on Splitcoaststampers there are some fun challenges going on with their member companies.  Today Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring a challenge to use dies.  So this card will play along in that as well.  You can find the challenge HERE.

This next set of cards is playing along in Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge:

Well I have SO MUCH patterned paper.  What a great challenge to use some of it!!

On these cards the sentiment is stamped on the patterned paper or just below the image, respectively.  Both images are again popped up for some added depth and dimension.

Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!
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Lattice Card

Stamps: PTI “Through the Trees” and “Merry Little Christmas”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Real Red

Accessories: Glitter Ribbon; Spellbinders Basic Lattice Die

Card Set – Green

Stamps: PTI “Through the Trees” and “Sign Language”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and True Black; SU Old Olive; Authentique “Peaceful” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Real Red

Accessories: Glitter Ribbon

Card Set – Blue

Stamps: PTI “Through the Trees” and “Sign Language”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; BoBunny “Snow Day Collection” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa

Accessories: Gingham Ribbon; Pearls

Made a couple of long cards today.  They fit into a standard #10 business sized envelope.

A White Gel Pen was used to accent the balloons.

To get a good match, one of my favorite things to do is to color a white (or cream) adhesive pearl with a Copic Marker.  Here a Copic was used to match the pearl to the basket colors.

Both cards are playing along in the following three challenges today:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:

CAS-ual Fridays CFC128:

CAS(E) this Sketch #64

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps
: Verve “Up, Up and Away”
Papers
: SU Kraft; PTI Select White and Scarlet Jewel
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:


Accessories: Twine; Rhinestone


Stamps: Verve “Up, Up and Away”
Papers: SU Kraft; PTI Select White and Scarlet Jewel
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:


Accessories: Prima; Adhesive Pearl (Colored With Copic: )

It’s the last day of Papertrey Ink’s 7th Anniversary Celebration, and I was able to play along on their Day 7 Challenge.

The challenge is to make a project with stripes.  I thought this patterned paper from Papertrey Ink’s “Father Knows Best” Collection was a fun way to incorporate those stripes on a card.

This card will also play along in the PTI’s Day 1 Color and Sketch Challenge and this week’s Mod Squad Challenge:

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI Boutique Borders: Birthday

Papers: PTI Summer Sunrise, Scarlet Jewel, Hawaiian Shores; Raspberry Fizz and Father Knows Best Patterned Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities Tear Drop Circles Dies; Grosgrain Ribbon; Prima; Rhinestone

Playing along in Papertrey Ink’s Anniversary Celebration again today.  Here’s my card for the Day 6 Challenge.

The birthday die was cut four times with four different cardstock colors.  The die cuts were cut apart in two letter sections and then adhered to the black cardstock.  And the great thing is that I can do this three more times (just not in the same color order, of course!)

Several sketches were provided on Day 1.  One of these sketches had stripes or strips of paper going at the diagonal.  The scored lines on the patterned paper here represent those stripes.

PTI’s Hawaiian Shores cardstock was placed inside the card behind the hole of the eyelets.  It is held on, in part, by some Washi Tape.  It’s always fun to have a little drama on the inside of the card, too!

This card can also play along in the Day 1 Color and Sketch Challenge.

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI “Scattered Showers”

Papers: PTI Ripe Avocado, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, True Black and “Everyday Blessings” Patterned Paper; SU Kraft

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: PTI “Birthday Trio” Die; Martha Stewart Scoring Board; 1″ Circle Punch; Washi Tape; Silver and Antique Brass Eyelets

Today’s card was made for Papertrey Ink’s 7th Anniversary Day 5 Challenge to make a birthday card and one of the Day 1 Color and Sketch Challenges.

Here all the colors required are gathered together with a little punched bloom on the die cut circles.

Since I used some tiny “snippets” of card stock for the leafy branches and both punched flowers, this card will also play along in this week’s:

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 111 Challenge:

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: PTI Birthday Basics

Papers: PTI Select White, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy and Everyday Blessings Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Spellbinders Standard Circles Dies; SU Floral Punches and Bird Builder Punch; Button

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