Thursday, September 11, 2014

Life in the Forest CCMC320

Welcome to another challenge from the Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. Last week was a sketch. This week it is colors - 3 beautiful colors. 
I am on a Blendabilities kick right now (because I love them) so I used them on today's card. 
The little animals in the Life in the Forest stamp set are so perfect for these alcohol markers. I chose the fox and colored him with the Smoky Slate Blendabilites. Then I cut him out and added him to a circle of Whisper White card stock. The trees, also from Life in the Forest stamp set, are paper pieced with Pear Pizzazz designer paper. 

To make the background, I cut a piece of Lost Lagoon card stock to the width of 2 1/4". Then I used the Confetti Stars Punch (Holiday Mini) and punched along one length, turned it around and punched the other side. The Pear Pizzazz card stock is embossed with the Chevron embossing folder. My final step was to add some Baker's Twine and a little star that I punched with the star from the Itty Bitty Accent punch pack.

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Stamps: Life in the Forest, Four You
Paper: Pear Pizzazz from Subtles Collection
Card Stock: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Smoky Slate, Black Memento, Smoky Slate Blendabilities
Other: Baker's Twine, Itty Bitty Accent Punch pack, Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Confetti Stars Punch

I hope you can play along with us this week at Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. It's easy. It's fun!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bloom with Hope from my garden

I often draw inspiration for my cards from the flowers growing in my gardens. Right now my zinnias and marigolds are big, bright, and beautiful. I love to look out my kitchen window at them. Today's card was inspired by a particularly beautiful zinnia that I see from that window. 


I used this week's sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch, a clean and simple challenge blog. I love their sketches for that very reason - they are clean and simple. 

I wanted the emphasis on my card to be the flower so I didn't add any texture, designer paper, or embellishments. Instead I chose Pear Pizzazz card stock for my banner because it is a subtle green but isn't overpowered by the warm colors of the flower. 

The flower was colored with Stampin' Up!'s new Blendabilities alcohol markers. I used Calypso Corals, and Daffodil Delights plus Crumb Cakes for the center.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ray of Sunshine for some Vitamin D

Did you know that you can have a deficiency in Vitamin D? I have been reading up on the subject and now wonder if that is why I literally crave sunshine in the winter? I love sunshine no matter what time of year - it makes me happy. I am not Vitamin D deficient by the way :)

Ray of Sunshine was one of the first stamp sets that I purchased from the new catalog. I love the artsy looking face but I mainly purchased it for the sentiments that come with it. They all have to do with sunshine and I know my daughters will appreciate cards stamped with this set so it was a no brainer for me. But with all of the other new sets and now the Holiday Mini, I just today inked up some Ray of Sunshine stamps!

I was inspired by two challenges: 
Stampin' Royalty's challenge is a Black and White card with a pop of color. 
Retro Sketches has a sketch this week that is simple and perfect for my sun.


My card is 4 1/4" square so it will fit in an A2 envelope. First I stamped the background with the World Map background. Then on a separate piece of card stock, I stamped the sun and face. I then cut out my sun and added it to the front of the card with some dimensionals. Once I added my sentiment, the card was complete. No embellishments this time - just a clean and simple card.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Perfect Blend of Bendabilities


Blendabilities and a great sketch from Create with Connie and Mary make a perfect blend for me! 
 I am so in love with Blendabilities, Stampin' Up!'s new alcohol markers and find myself reaching for them every chance I get.
The rings behind the coffee cup are meant to represent coffee rings and I used the Circle Framelits to cut them. The coffee cup is stamped with Black Memento ink and then colored with Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake Blendabilities. 

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Stamps: Perfect Blend, And Many More
Paper: Park Lane dsp
Card Stock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede
Ink: Black Memento, Coastal Cabana blendabilities, Crumb Cake bendabilities
Other: In Color Sequins, Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Coastal Cabana baker's twine, dimensionals, Large Polka Dot embossing folder

Well I had a lot of fun creating my card! Hopefully you will be inspired to try the sketch for yourself. Once you make your card and post it online, just head over to Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog to link it up. We love to see what you  create!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pictogram Punches and Filigree Frame

The Holiday Mini is live and has so many fun products! I always look forward to seeing what new textured impressions embossing folders will be introduced. Texture always adds a nice touch to any card without extra bulk.

One of the new embossing folders available is the one I used in today's card.
The embossing folder is called Filigree Frame and as its name says, it frames the center of the card. I really miss our Framed Tulips folder that retired this year so this is a nice substitution. 

To create my card, I first determined my colors based on the designer paper from All Abloom paper stack. Then I used a marker to color the vase from Pictogram Punches. Next I stamped 3 flowers in different colors and using the punch from Itty Bitty Accent pack, I punched the flowers and added them to the bouquet. I could have stamped them directly on the card stock but punching them gives them some dimension. I always add a little bit of color at the bottom of a vase to "ground" it to the card stock. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Goose Feathers CCMC318

It's Thursday and do you know what that means? A challenge from the Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog! Here are the colors for this week's color challenge:

I used one of my favorite old stamp sets and two of my favorite new stamp sets - one of which is brand new!
I used Basic Gray ink to stamp the goose and sentiment - both from the Wetlands stamp set. Then I used one of the images from Work of Art to stamp the sky/cloud with Pool Party ink. 

The feathers are in the new Holiday mini along with a coordinating Feathers Framelit. They are one of my favorite things in the entire catalog and can be purchased individually or in a bundle at a discounted price.  I added a few sequins for some sparkle and a little piece of the gold thread from the gold baker's twine. 

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Stamps: Wetlands, Work of Art, Four Feathers
Paper: Moonlight paper stack
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Pool Party
Ink: Basic Gray, Pool Party, Hello Honey
Other: Big Shot, Feathers Framelit, Gold Sequins, Gold Baker's Twine

I hope you find my card inspiring! To see what the rest of the Design Team created, go to Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. And we hope you will try the challenge yourself! While you are there you may want to check out the new Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card"Create"ions 2014, featuring stamp sets from the new Holiday Mini catalog. Lots of creativity for a great price.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Four Feathers with Bokeh Technique


I tried a new technique for today's card. It is all part of the Friday Mashup challenge: Create a card using the Bokeh technique or using a Die Cut or use both. I chose both.


I used  Hello Honey, Soft Suede and Baked Brown Sugar for my background, plus the Whisper White for the circles. Here is what I discovered about this technique. A smooth Water Color paper works best. Because I have never done this technique before, and it requires a large piece of Water Color paper, I practiced first on a non Stampin' Up! piece of WC paper. It was a little rougher in texture so the ink spread differently. Both worked - just differently - and the smoother piece was my favorite.

I chose the Four Feathers stamp set and coordinating Feathers Framelit for my Die Cut focal point. The feathers are stamped with ink and then die cut. I bent the edges a little to give some dimension to an otherwise flat card. I confess that I tried adding glitter to the feathers and embossing them with gold. I tried sequins and Gold Baker's Twine too. But I ended up with simple feathers and a simple, flat card thus allowing the Bokeh background to shine.

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