Sunday, August 31, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks | Anything Goes Challenge

Good morning! Welcome to this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge

Fall is my favorite season and I love creating fall themed cards. For my card, I pulled out two die sets from Paper Smooches: Large Leaves Dies and Thanks

I die cut the leaves from white cardstock, then used my Copic and Spectrum Noir markers to color them in, blending several colors together until I liked the look. To create the multi-colored Thanks inlay, I die cut Thanks from a white cardstock panel. Then I cut three strips of yellow and orange cardstock, and lined them up on the back of a large sticky note, making sure all three strips were temporarily adhered to the sticky note. I placed my die over the strips and ran the whole thing through my die cut machine. I popped the die cut from the die, and carefully adhered the pieces to the white cardstock underneath the die cut white piece.

I wrapped some white thread around before adhering it to my card. After I adhered the leaves I added a wooden button that I've had in my stash forever... maybe 7 years? A few enamel dots finish it off.

I hope you can play along with us this week! Make sure to check out of the awesome creations by the rest of the design team:

Have a great week. :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Retro Sketches | Challenge #130

This week's Retro Sketches challenge is to create a card using this sketch:

The sketch is based on one of my cards. I love it when my cards are up for a re-make.... I really have to think outside the box to come up with a fresh design! 

I decided to switch the orientation from vertical to horizontal, and use an aqua/teal/lime/gray color combo for a soothing thank you card. Papertrey Ink's Doodlie-do stamp set works beautifully with the multi-colored background. I stamped the flowers is Hawaiian Shores and Limeade Ice ink, then colored in a few of the open circles with my Copic markers. A few gems and enamel dots add the perfect finishing touch!

I hope you can join us this week for another awesome Retro Sketches challenge! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chickaniddy | Design Team Announcement

Happy Friday, friends!

I have an exciting announcement to share today. I've been asked to join the Chickaniddy design team for the next year! I am thrilled to be working with an amazing group of women, creating cards (and probably a layout or two!). 

You can check out of the Chickaniddy blog to see the rest of the design team. 

I received my first box of goodies from Chickaniddy this week, and I'm anxious to get started! Their two new collections, Scrumptious & Jolly Good, are gorgeous and I know the next year is going to be a great one!

Turtle | Digital Layout

In June, Jack and I spent 10 days together while Evan was in Washington visiting my parents. Jack loves art projects, and we pulled out several unopened Kiwi Crate boxes to work on. 

One of his favorite projects involved using markers to color sea animals, then spritzing them with water so the ink bled, creating an awesome blended look. I took a ton of photos while Jack was creating his project, then created a layout using Scotty Girl Designs' Stitched Grid Templates.

My favorite element on this layout? The wood veneer "you" in the large photo. It looks so realistic! 

I combined both color and black and white photos on my page... something I love doing with digital pages. It adds a lot of interest and allows for imperfect photos to look great. 

Make sure to check back later this morning for a fun announcement. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday! 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Avery Elle | Sequins Challenge

I haven't played along with the Avery Elle AEI{heart}U challenge in a while, but this month's theme is sequins, and I love sequins! 

Sequins were popular in scrapbooking 6 or 7 years ago, and I have several containers full of sequins. For this card, I used Avery Elle's Rounded Diamonds stamp set and matching dies, Petals & Stems stamp set, plus clear sequins. I used ZOTS Minuscule glue dots to adhere each sequin... and it took forever! I watched the series finally of True Blood while I adhered sequins. :)

The sentiment, from Petals & Stems, is one of my most used Avery Elle stamps. The font is awesome! I used Ranger Jet Black Archival ink for the sentiment, and the enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye. 

This is my second post of the day. Please scroll down to see my CAS(E) this Sketch! card, or click here.

CAS(E) this Sketch! | Challenge #89

 Hello, hello! Today I have a card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge

Once again I pulled out my Country Fair Make it Market kit (LOVE this kit!), and used the big Ferris Wheel stamp and die as the focal point. The paisley/cherry/floral patterned paper and sentiment are also from Make it Market kit. The yellow patterned paper is from Papertrey Ink's Harvest Gold patterns pack.

I have been working like crazy in my office creating projects for the September Gossamer Blue release... and I can't wait to share them with you! Less than a week until the reveal! The September kits are gorgeous

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Paper Smooches Sparks | Designer Drafts

Good morning! Welcome to this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Designer Drafts Challenge! Here is this week's sketch:

I used one stamp set for my card: Blossoming Buds. Isn't the flower cluster beautiful? And this set has some great sentiments, too.

I stamped the flower cluster with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored it in with Copic markers. I added three enamel dots to the center, creating a fun visual triangle. I stamped the sentiment on Limeade Ice cardstock then trimmed it down to create the banner. 

I originally just adhered the green banner to the card, but after decided to add a layered pink patterned banner behind it, and I'm glad I did. The pink twine unifies the two elements (banner + flowers). The Tropical Teal striped patterned paper is one of my favorites for backgrounds.

You can check out the rest of the design team, and their awesome projects, here:

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Papertrey Ink | Make it Monday #177

Hi there! Today I have a card for this week's Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge: Using Cover Plate Negatives. I pulled out one of my favorite cover plates (and stamp sets!), Mighty Oak, for this technique.

I die cut the tree three times. The first from New Leaf, the second from Limeade Ice bitty dot patterned paper, and the third from Kraft cardstock.After I punched all the little pieces out, I placed the intact green die cut over white cardstock and carefully adhered all the pieces into place. Then I removed the original die. I used foam tape to adhere some of the leaf pieces and regular adhesive for the rest. 

I die cut a heart from red cardstock and covered it with glossy accents. I used Dark Chocolate ink for the sentiment. The white background paper was impressed with my woodgrain impression plate, also from Papertrey Ink. 

This challenge was so much fun! Cover plates are pricey, but worth the investment due to their versatility.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

RetroSketches | Challenge #128

**This is my second post of the day. Please scroll down or click here to see my card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.

Hi there! This week's Retro Sketches sketch is another fun one, with lots of layers and elements.

I pulled out one of my older Studio Calico card kits for the patterned paper and star puffy stickers (love these!). The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, and the button is from October Afternoon. The white background looked a little plain as-is, so I used my Linen and Canvas impression plate from Papertrey Ink to add texture.

That's it for me today! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

CAS(E) this Sketch! | Challenge #88

Happy Sunday, friends! Is anyone else gearing up for the first day of school? Evan's first day is tomorrow and Jack starts kindergarten on Thursday. We've had a wonderful summer, but the past week has been a challenge... so. much. bickering! I can't wait for them to be in school! We need a little separation from each other. :)

Today I have a card for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge

I combined products from several different companies for my card. The butterfly stamps and dies are from my favorite Hero Arts sets: Butterflies 3. I have used this set so many time... you can see my other cards using it here, here, and here. I colored each of the butterflies with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, then applied wide double sided tape to the top of each butterfly. After I trimmed around the butterfly, I peeled the backing off the tape and applied some clear Martha Stewart glitter. I've found that this glitter works best for this technique. It is transparent enough for the ink and marker to show through, but it leaves a really great shine. 

The patterned vellum is from Studio Calico's South of Market collection, and I'm hoarding it like crazy. I love the pattern, and it works great on so many projects! 

 (Supplies - Stamps: (Hero Arts) Butterflies 3. (Papertrey Ink) Wonderful Words Additions. Dies: (Hero Arts) Butterflies 3. (Papertrey Ink) Wonderful Words. Ink: (Memento) Tuxedo Black. Cardstock: (Papertrey) White. Vellum: (Studio Calico) South of Market. Impression Plate: (Papertrey Ink) Linen and Canvas. Markers: Copic & Spectrum Noir. Gems: Hero Arts. Button: October Afternoon. Other: Twine.)

Check back soon for this week's RetroSketches challenge (and card!). 

Have a great week! 
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