Monday, January 27, 2014

Color Challenge from Cleanup

     My desk has needed a good cleanup for a very long while! When I saw today's CAS Challenge was a color challenge, I decided to kill two birds with one stone.  I sorted out my scrap pieces and put away most of them, but I kept a separate pile going with scraps in the color family of the inspiration colors from design seeds
Some of my browns have a more yellow tone to them than the picture, but I went from my memory and missed the mark just a tad here and there. Here's a rare sight....a clear work surface!

Here's the pile of scraps (imagine a pile triple this one and you'll get an idea of the pile I had on the right side of my desk! 
Here are the scraps sorted into colors
Here is my first card made from the scrap pile. I formed a little collage and glued it to a base.Stamps: Thoroughly ThankfulPaper: Natural White, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Real Red, Chocolate ChipPaper Size: A2Ink: Soft Suede, Sahara SandAccessories: Texturz Plate for diagonal embossing, Scallop Edge punch, Tag punches, hemp, spongeTechniques: Dry Embossing
This one used a piece of CitraSolv magic prepared paper, the sentiment (sponged to tone down the white a bit), the pieces of die cut tree, and the burlap strip. I punched and added the flowers.Stamps: Stampabilities-You're In My Thoughts Paper: Soft Suede, SU dp, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Primrose Petals, National Geographic page with ink dissolved Paper Size: 3X6"Ink: Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede Accessories: Memory Box-Bare Tree, MS Hydrangea Punch, Gelly Roll Clear Star pen, Stylus, Burlap, Sponge Techniques: CitraSolv Magic, Sponging
I still have my piles waiting so I'll probably be back later with more!
     *Here are three more cards so I'll have this many less scraps to file away!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Study in Blue and Grey

     I started out with these colors to make a sympathy card for some friend who lost their son this week. He had the most beautiful blue eyes so I started with blue in mind. 
     This is the outside of the card-I had this pretty embossed felt and used that for the main panel. The images are stamped with full strength and stamped off ink.
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Verve (PJ006) Psalm 31:24Paper: Not Quite Navy, Basic Grey, Whisper WhitePaper Size: A2Ink: Smoky Slate, Bayou Blue, Not Quite NavyAccessories: Circles Nestabilites, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon, Sponge, Craft Felts-galleria denim, Distressed Texturz PlateTechniques: Stamping Off, Sponging

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     Here is the inside of the card with the same images and inks
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Rubber Stampede-With Deepest SympathyPaper: Not Quite Navy, Whisper WhitePaper Size: A2Ink: Smoky Slate, Bayou Blue, Not Quite NavyTechniques: Stamping Off

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   The next card was made based on the inside and used the same images and inks but with some added rolled ribbon flowers and denim leaves.
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Words of WisdomPaper: Bayou Blue, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Soho SubwayPaper Size: A2Ink: Smoky Slate, Bayou Blue, Not Quite NavyAccessories: Sponge, Distressed Texturz Plate, Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon, Glue dots, Sticky Sheet, DenimTechniques: Stamping Off, Sponging, Rolled Ribbon Roses

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   I used the same color scheme to CASE this pretty card from the Featured Stamper at splitcoast this week donidoodle. I did a one layer version and a stepped up version of the card.
Stamps: Truly Grateful, Summer Silhouettes, Gorgeous GrungePaper: Whisper White, Shimmer White, Brushed Gold, toilet paperPaper Size: A2Ink: Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Soft Suede, Basic GreyAccessories: StampamajigTechniques: Masking, Thumping, Stamping Off

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Stamps: Truly Grateful, Summer Silhouettes, Gorgeous GrungePaper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Always Artichoke, scrap white from my deskInk: Smoky Slate, Island IndigoSoft Suede, Basic GreyAccessories: Cheery Lynn Pair of Ferns die, Cutter Kit Distressing Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals, Distressed Texturz PlateTechniques: Dry Embossing, Die cutting, Distressing

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sketch Me A Valentine (and some masculine cards too!)

I took advantage of this week's circle based sketch from Allison to get some Valentines made. Here's the sketch for this week's sketch challenge at
I ended up flipping the sketch and made one of my cards a square.
This punch art bulls-eye was inspired by this great CAS card by manitobastamper that I saw on Pinterest.
Stamps: NonePaper: Whisper White, Real Red, Silver Glimmer PaperPaper Size: A2Ink: NoneAccessories: Heart sequins, Rhinestone Word, Hearts punch, Circle punches, Square punch, SU arrow clips, Stampin' DimensionalsTechniques: Punch Art

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I'm more fond of this square card in non-traditional Valentine colors
This one features a heart I Zentangled while attending my DD's swim meet....gotta do something to pass the time in the lull between the diving and swimming!
Stamps: Small ScriptPaper: White, Black, Real Red, Watercolor PaperInk: Versafine OnyxAccessories: Full Heart and 3/4" Square Punch, Circle Nestabilities, Wire Ribbon and Organdy Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Black ep, Micron PensTechniques: Zentangle, Embossing

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This was a really fun sketch and easy to work with....I have several more ideas brewing so we'll see if I have time to execute them. Hope you'll join along in the fun!
    Had to come back and add a couple more that I squeezed into my day. Needed a masculine card for my cousin who had major surgery on his esophagus so I worked the sketch in that direction.
This one has the strips wheeled with the Timber wheel and lines added with a marker and ruler.
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Timber wheel, Warmest RegardsPaper: Cherry Cobbler, Kraft, SU dpPaper Size: A2Ink: Early Espresso, VersamarkAccessories: Natural Trim, Linen Thread, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, EE Marker, 2 1/2" circle punchTechniques: Embossing, Sponging Read more:

For the 2nd one, I used woodgrain dp for the strips and laid them over a woodgrain embossed panel.
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Stampabilities In My ThoughtsPaper: Cherry Cobbler, Kraft, SU dp, plaid dpPaper Size: A2Ink: Early Espresso, VersamarkAccessories: Texturz Plate-Distressed, 2 1/2" circle punch, 1" square punch, Early Espresso ep, Gesso, spongeTechniques: Dry Embossing, Embossing, Sponging

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