Monday, April 30, 2018

Tic Tac Toe

Hello. This is a quick remake of a card that I had made a while back. The original card used the Papertrey Ink set Worlds Greatest set. This card also uses it but I added the Hooray set from Concord and 9th also. I wanted a simple one layer card.
I used the AAA Card bingo chart to guide my direction. My Tuesday Transformation original card can be found on my Instagram account. It had 3 blue/1 Brown tie in a horizontal pattern.
Supplies: PTI white card stock, Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening ink

Simon's Wednesday challenge was Anything Goes.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Floral Sketch Ideas

Hello. I have had a busy weekend but I needed to have a little play time today so I worked on a couple of sympathy cards. I noticed my stock of them were gone and I wanted to have a few on hand.
I had just received the Uniko Beautiful Blooms set in the mail and wanted to play with the AAA  Cards bingo challenge. I followed the first row down to create my card. I heat embossed the images with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder then water colored them with Arteza brush pens on Distress watercolor paper. I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to a top fold, A2 white note card.  Then heat embossed the greeting from Papertrey Ink on a scrap of white card stock and mounted it with foam tape sandwitching some gold thread to the card front.

My second card is pretty straight forward. I die cut the Tim Holtz floral spray out of a Kraft card stock panel and mounted it to a top fold, A2 white card base. Then heat embossed the same greeting on another scrap of white card stock and mounted it with foam tape holding the gold thread in place.

Both cards followed the sketch and May flowers challenges. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Manly Twofer

Hello. I think everyone kind of struggles with cards for guys. So when you make one you might as well stretch it to two if you can. For these two cards I used my die cuts and the negatives as well.

I started with a Strathmore watercolor paper and my Kuretake paints. Wetting down the paper I blended the colors using a wet on wet technique and the My Favorite Things color challenge palette. When the paper dried I stamped the wood grain background also from MFT in gray ink then stamped over it again using Versamark and my stamp platform. I then heat embossed the ink with clear detail powder.
I also stamped the charcoal gray card stock with the same wood grain background stamp in gray ink. The water color panel was then die cut with the speech bubble die from MFT and popped up on both cards with black fun foam. The "you" was cut from a scrap of the gray card stock and heat embossed with clear powder 3 times before mounting to the cards.

Both cards used the same supplies. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April PTI Blog Hop

Hey there. Kind of skidding in at the last minute for the blog hop. I have been doing some serious Spring cleaning before company comes this weekend and not much stamping.
Here is our inspiration photo. I do not own any stamps that have delicate cups. So I used the Warm Happiness set and the colors inspired by the photo.

Cup was gold heat embossed and stamped with Aqua Mist, Lovely Lady and Lemon Tart ink on 110 lb white card stock.
Thanks for hopping by, Sue.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Brilliant Blue Graduation

Hey there. Quick little grad card tonight.
I stamped the Concord and 9th Mosaic Turnabout stamp in four colors. I didn't get it lined up quite right but i still liked the effect. I then stamped the word bubble on a scrap of white card stock and die cut with a Spellbinders circle die. Popped the circle with some foam tape. 

Inside the card was also stamped with the Hooray set from Concord and 9th.

For me Spring is graduation season and my card also has the "Hooray" word bubble. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Inlay Die Cuts

Hello. This is one of those cards that when i started it I had no idea where it was going to end other than my color palette.
I started with some Distress watercolor paper, spritzed and smooshed Distress Ink to create the mottled panel. I then die cut the most solid flower from the Altenew Fantasy Floral die set out of the panel. Then die cut the leaves. I also cut the same pieces from white card stock and inlaid them in the watercolor panel. Using the piece of flower I had cut from the watercolor panel I used the second die to cut the next layer.
 I used that same die to cut 3 flowers from eggplant card stock too. All four layers were glued together and glued to the white flower. Last layer was cut from Essential by Ellen vellum and glued in place used Xyron sticker maker. I die cut the greeting from Papertrey Ink from eggplant card stock and attached it to a vellum strip across the card. Finally the panel was attached to a top fold, eggplant card base with fun foam. My card will be entered in the Pin-Sights challenge on the CLASSroom blog and the Altenew April challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tuesday Transformation #5

Hey there. Working on a little card transformation today. This gives me a chance to go back and fix cards that I was not quite happy with over on the Papertrey Ink blog. The first card was a card I created back in 2013 for a Make it Monday challenge.
Here are the reasons I wanted to do a remake:
The color choice was to dark and staggering of the words was just to busy for me.

My new card was created with the same stamp set, Wonderful Words: Birthday and a softer color palette. I also popped up the black birthday with 4 layers of die cuts. The lines on either side help ground the greeting and were made with a journaling marker and ruler.

I will enter the card in the Uniko color challenge, the Less is More challenge to bring something back and the Papertrey Ink Tuesday Transformation challenge. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Word Bubble

Hello. When I get a new stamp set I just have it get it inky. I won the challenge over at Where Creativity Meets C9. I picked the Hooray set from Concord &9th. Thought it would offer a lot of versatility.
This card started with a white, top fold 110 lb card base. Mortarboard and circle are also cut from the same white card stock.  Word bubble and top of the hat are popped up with foam tape and tassel was made with bakers twine. Spring is graduation time for us so that is my take on the C9 challenge and I used the My Favorite Things color challenge for my color palette.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Warm Cup of Joe

Hey there. If I was to describe my perfect day it might be watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee in a beautiful, outdoor location. Then reading. Lol.
Today's birthday card was for several challenges. I started with 110 lb card stock for my card base. I die cut the bubble die from chocolate card stock and traced the circles on the card front. I used colored pencils to shade the circles and color the cup of coffee stamped from the Honeybee Coffee Break set. The vellum tag was stamped from the Technique Tuesday Snazzy Coffee set. Greeting is from Papertrey Ink. Cup and greetings are popped up with 
layers of foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

New Technique

Hello. First I want to say that this is a technique I think one of the Altenew gals did a while back on a card. She had used rose gold embossing powder and I commented that it was really cool and I had never seen it done before. Of course I can't find the card back or I would give her credit for the idea.
I started with a white, top fold 110 lb card base. I then die cut the solid floral die from the Altenew Fantasy Floral die from the front. Placing the leaf dies around my floral image I also cut them from the front of the card.  Splattered the card base with the gold from my Kuretake watercolors. I then cut the same leaves from mauve card stock and placed them in the holes cut on the card base. Taping them in place from the back with scotch tape. (Sorry, I realize now a photo might have been helpful.) I then laid the solid floral die back in the hole to cut away the areas that the leaves would overlap the floral image.

Using the original white flower die cut I embossed the whole flower with Versamark ink and Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder. I then cut all three layers of the flower with different colors of purple card stock and glued them together with Multi Medium Matte. I glued a piece of 4" by 5.25" white card stock inside the card front to adhere the images to. Popped the purple flower up with foam
dots after I glued the gold image in place.  Finally I heat embossed the greeting from the Mondo Magnolia set from Essentials by Ellen.

My inspiration was the Altenew April challenge photo and the Spring theme over on the Time Out challenge blog. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Girly Grad

Hello. Spring means graduation season. Whether it is high school or college. We get to this time of year and the invites start flowing in.
 I started with the color palette from My Favorite Things challenge blog. Super, fun springy colors. Thought this might be a different twist on the traditional graduation card. Card is 110 lb top fold, white card stock base. I have no idea what stamp company the number stamp is from. The ink that the numbers were stamped with is from Stampin Up. I have had them a very long time. The diagonal stripe background is from My Favorite Things stamped in Versafine black ink. The mortarboard hat and tassel die is from Sizzix. Finally the greeting is from Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Bring Something Back

Hey there! I am doing a guest design over at the Simply Less is More challenge blog. I was so honored to be asked.
The challenge was to bring back something from your stash. I went way, way back as in my very first stamp set. I am kind of amazed I still own it. lol  The set is a Stampin' Up set Lovely as a Tree.  It is dated 2001. I also dug out my brayer and a Kalidacolor ink pad. I started with a piece of Bristol cardstock cut 4.25 by 11". I stamped the trees in Versamark ink and heat embossed in clear detail powder. Then I cut a circle mask and layed it over the trees.
Leaving the individual ink sections apart I inked the brayer and blended the color by moving the brayer over the cardstock. The embossed trees resisted the color.

After carefully removing the inky mask I used a water brush to soften the edge of the circle. I finally inked the greeting in navy ink and stamped it on the front. Tada, single layer card with some very old supplies.

Thanks so much LIM for asking me to guest design and for all of you for stopping by, Sue.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April Altenew Challenge

Hello. Playing with the new Trigonometry set from Altenew. I hadn't gotten it inky yet. 

Stamping five different purple Stampin Up inks, I used the triangles to create a background on 110lbs white cardstock. Trimmed the panel down to 4" by 5.25" and mounted it to a colored cardstock base with fun foam to pop it up. I then stamped the greeting and little triangles on a scrap of white also popped up with fun foam. The photo below is the Altenew April inspiration photo and I will also enter the card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday birthday challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Rows of Posies

 Hello and happy summer to you! My flowers have really started to pop outside in the last few weeks. I thought I might use the inspiration o...