Saturday, December 29, 2018

Dry Embossing Duo

CAS-ual Fridays is having a final challenge on their blog.  I have always enjoyed their challenges. So today I made two cards that fit the criteria of the last challenge.

This card used a watercolor panel that I dry embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Now to add the color to my image I rubbed the holly image inside the folder with distress ink. Then sprayed it with a light coat of water and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the watercolor paper. This left a beautiful crisp image. I trimmed and mounted it to a moss card. Then die cut four thanks from moss card stock and glued them together. Then glued to the card front. This looks so much prettier in person.
Simon Says Stamp just started carrying The Stamp Market stamps. This is a fairly new company that I have fallen in love with. The Wednesday challenge this week is Anything Goes. I used the Birthday Wishes set. The happy die is from SSS, die cut three times and glued together. White card base was dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder again sprayed with a light coat of water before embossing. This step really creates such a crisp image. Flowers and leaves were stamped, die cut and layered with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

December PTI Blog Hop 2018

Hey there. One final post for tonight. I was looking at the image for the Papertrey Ink blog hop and an idea popped in my head. So we are going to go for it. Here is our inspiration photo.
I started with a vintage cream, top folding A2 card base. I masked the heart shape and stamped the Text Style background in Fine Linen ink down the card front. I then took the Mini Blooms set and stamped the flowers around the edge of the mask. After removing the mask I stamped the greeting from Pen & Ink in the center of the heart.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Following a Sketch

Hello. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Trying to get back in the groove today. After all the Christmas tags and cards I was ready to move on. I feel like January always brings birthday challenges. So todays cards were all birthday for me and we have several January birthdays in the family.

I wanted to play with The CAS(E) the Sketch challenge. This is a single layer card with a circle window cut in it. I used the Concord & 9th Hooray stamp set and the colors from the My Favorite Things color challenge with a few Nuvo drops to give it a little extra something.

I tried another colorway but it just didn't do it for me.
That card is below.

The SSS Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Birthday Deer

Good evening. I was playing with the Yuletide Deer set from Stamplorations. I wanted to try making a Christmas set stretch further. So I created a birthday card.
I started by dry embossing a kraft A2 card base with an embossing folder. I then stamped the deer in Versafine black ink on a printed card. I was gifted the card so I do not know the source. On a black piece of card stock I stamped and heat embossed the greeting from My Favorite Things in white embossing powder. After I cut the manel I mounted it to the black panel with foam tape. There were a few thin strips of paper that I tied into a knot for an embellishment.

The second card shown is just the first card but colored with the My Favorite Things color challenge colors.

So I used the sketch and color challenge from My Favorite Things and the dry embossing from CAS-ual Fridays Challenge for my card. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Three Card Color Palette

Hey there.  I was playing with the My Favorite Things color palette today. I love the bright colors with the aqua thrown in.

The first two cards used the same stamps sets for the images. Pause for Applause from Pinkfresh Studio and Great Shapes from Stampin' Up. I used Distress ink for the colors on the background shape and misted with water before stamping on the card stock. The birthday images were stamped with Versafine black ink. The party greeting is from Simon Says Stamp and Happy Birthday is from Papertrey Ink.

My rectangle stamp still had some ink on it so I misted it again with water and stamped. The back ground on the card above was the result. This greeting is from Papertrey Ink stamped in Versafine ink. Clouds were stenciled on the card base and heart was die cut from a Lawn Fawn die. I added a little glitter and clear Nuvo drops to the heart. Panels on the cards were popped up with foam tape.

The challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is "party time" and Timeout Challenge is Celebrate along with the color challenge on MFT blog.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Birthday Wish

Hello. Just a quick post to share a cheery birthday card with you today.
 My card started with a piece of Bristol smooth white card stock that I inked blended the colors from the My Favorite Things color challenge. I had cut the balloon shape from typing paper to use as my mask. The strings were hand drawn with a journaling pen. I then spritz the balloon shapes with Shimmer Spritz. After they dried I used the Wish die from MFT to cut through the panel. I also cut 3 more from some white card stock to stack together. Then I stamped the "Let's Party" in Versafine black ink from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words set on a scrap of white cardstock and mounted it to the card front with foam tape.

I tied to follow the Freshly Made Sketchs 368 and the theme over on SSS Wednesday Challenge is Party Time. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Flashback to 2011

Hey there.  I think I have told you before that one of the main reasons I started a blog back in 2011 was to enter challenges. I was off of work after having 7" of my aorta replaced and needed something to help keep me busy. Card challenges fit the bill. Papertrey Ink was pretty new at that point and I had been following Nichole Heady for a while. She always wowed me. Here are the two projects I had made for that challenge.

Today's project is a combo deal for the Tuesday Transformation over on the Papertrey Ink blog.
 Using the same Sizzix Ball Ornament die I cut two from PTI white card stock and one from Bitty Big: Soft Stone paper. I used the stamps from Tree Trimming Trio and Pure Poppy ink to stamp the Bitty Big paper. I also cut the ornament top from Pure Poppy card stock. After assembly I used red and white bakers twine to finish it off. Inside you can write a note and it will fit on an A2 envelope.
It was fun to revisit a post from way back then and think about that time in my life. Thanks for stopping by and listening to me ramble.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas, Sue.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

CASology #324: Holly

First off I want to wish you a very, Merry Christmas! This will be our final CASology cue for 2018. So lets go out with a bang.

Sponsor:  STAMPlorations

My card for today started with a red, top folding card base. I then die cut the Merry Christmas from white card stock, added the candy stripe washi tape and die cut the holly in the corner. I then backed it with some lime green card stock and mounted it to the card front. The final touch was to add some red Nuvo drops for holly berries.

You know by now that I almost never just make one card. Lol. My second card is also a top folding card base, pink this time. I die cut the greetings from a strip of white card stock and five sets of holly and berries. I stacked and glued them together. Then heat embossed them with several layers of rose gold embossing powder. Attaching all to the card front with Elmer's Glue in a fine tip bottle. I am sure the team has some amazing cards for you to check out for inspiration. Then break out your "holly" supplies and join the fun. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Watercolor Window

Hey there. Just a quick card for you tonight. I started with a Tim Holtz watercolor panel and my Arteza Realbrush pens. I blended the colors for the My Favorite Things color challenge in the shape of a frame for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

The heart die is from Lawn Fawn and the greeting is from My Favorite Things From the Heart set. I cut five hearts from card stock stacked and glued them together. The greeting was stamped with Versafine black ink.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

PTI Create With Us: December 2018

Hello. Lizzie Jones had a card on the Papertrey blog today that just spoke to my clean and simple heart.
My card is below. I used the retired Heart Prints set stamped in blush and red ink on smooth white PTI card stock. I then embossed the Lawn Fawn heart and stamped the MFT From the Heart greeting in Versafine black ink. Trimmed the panel and mounted it to a PTI Kraft card base. I tore the bottom edge for a little texture.
This was for the Papertrey Ink Create with Us challenge. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.


Hey there. I found a new stamp company and I am in LOVE. The only bummer part besides spending money is they don't have dies to cut the images. I ordered three sets from Kerri Bradford Studio and got them today. Shipping was a little slow but I am chocking that up to the holidays. Here are the three sets I got.
I sat down right away and started stamping. I just hit the tip of the iceberg with the depth of these sets. There are so many more ideas floating in my head. For the first two cards I was trying to follow the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge. (image below) The third card just made me happy. Super fun color combo.

This card I also used soft stone card stock from PTI. It is a really soft gray color.

The Simon Says Stamp Challenges this week are Monday:Warm Winter Wishes and Wednesday:Christmas. The Timeout Challenge was to make a Joyful card which the first card fits along with the CASual Fridays inspiration challenge. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

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