Since it's the end of the month, our theme is Anything Goes. The DT are all playing with Spellbinders products. We'd love to see you using them, too, if you have any!
I have 2 cards for you today. Here's my first:
supplies: periwinkle cardstock, unknown board dp, Spellbinder's Tammy Tutterow Choose Joy cling stamp, colored with a variety of markers (Spectrum Aqua, Tombow, Memento), Hero Arts pink pearls I simply stamped and heat-embossed the stamp right onto the board design paper, and then colored it in rose, periwinkle, and green. I stamped it a 2nd time so that I could cut out the roses and pop them up above the card. This sentiment has lots of personal meaning to me, and Tammy has illustrated it beautifully! Next up, a card made with a Spellbinders embossing folder using the faux letterpress technique:
supplies: watercolor paper and ivory cardstock, Spellbinders Donna Salazar Medallion embossing folder, peacock feathers, blueprint sketch, and wilted violet distress inks and water, DieNamics thanks die, hand-dyed seam binding I inked up the smooth side of the embossing folder with 3 distress inks randomly, then spritzed it with water, inserted my watercolor paper on top, closed the folder, and ran it through my Cuttlebug. This embosses the panel and smooshes the inks all around the design. I love how this combination of colors blended!
I must tell you that this embossing folder is very thick, and I couldn't get it to work the usual way in my little old Cuttlebug, (the usual sandwich was way too thick to fit), but I managed to figure out my own combination of plates, with a rubber mat thrown in, too.
Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create! Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher
The first theme for Concord & 9th's Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge is "Celebration". I don't have many Concord & 9th products yet, but since I love fall and want to celebrate it, I thought I'd pull out my first C&9th product called Take A Bough, and make an autumn tree.
I started with an 8 1/2" X 11" piece of thick white cardstock, and sponged on 4 or 5 different yellows to reds distress inks, then cut my branches and constructed them just as I've done before. After they were threaded onto a wood skewer, I inserted it into a wood slice as a base. It stands about 7" tall, and is now in my kitchen making a bright splash of color for the season!
supplies: white, brown, 2 golds, and green cardstock, dp from Bo Bunny Believe pad, PTI Bloom Builders #3, DieNamics Layered Leaves, sentiment from (retired) Technique Tuesday Bring on the Sun by Ali Edwards, brown button, various sequins
I love this sunshine sentiment and will never tire of getting it out and using it every year. This time I added a sunflower to it.
Here's our sketch:
Hope your week is full of sunshine - given and received!
Here's another entry for Winnie & Walter's ReRun #14 challenge. I CASEd Gayatri's card. I have lots of autumn leaf stamps, but not Renee's Leaves. I chose one of my sets that was a solid image, as compared to Gayatri's outline leaves.......
supplies: watercolor paper and Audrey Blue cardstock, Clearly Besotted retired Autumn Flowers stamp, fall and broken china distress inks, Winnie & Walter's In a Word: Thanks cutaway, adhesive fun foam, sequins
This year I've been enjoying adding an aqua blue to my fall colors, and I followed suit for my card again today.
I thought the sketch for this week's challenge at Sugar Pea Designs was fun. Here's my take on it:
supplies: recycled white and various fall tones of cardstock, dp from Echo Park Fall is in the Air pad, My Monthly Hero September leaf dies and twine, Darice pearls, sentiment from The Craft's Meow Fall with Fibi and Lilly
Here's the challenge graphics:
Fall and its delightful temperatures and sunny skies has finally arrived here - enjoy your day!!
I cut a stitched circle, then used the next smaller size of that set to lightly draw another circle inside as a pattern for my stamping. After stamping the brown leaf sprig all the way around, I could erase my pencil lines, and then add my other elements, using ink colors that matched the background plaid. This stamped circle was then popped above the rest of my card.
Here's the amazing kit for this month - don't wait too long!
We've been on vacation, and missed most of this month so far, so I am sliding in at the last hour with 2 cards for My Favorite Thing's "You Could Be a Superstar" card contest. For my first card, I took it as another excuse to use my Flashy Florals stamps and dies, this time with a fall feel to them.
I started out by stamping the Flashy Florals using autumn colors. I liked them against this board design paper, and added some green leaves to the mix. Then for some pop, I hit upon using this periwinkle color. I stamped some tiny sprigs from Beautiful Blooms, and then added my sentiment to carry this color downwards, offset just a tad with some ivory to make it stand out better against the dark background.
Here's a 2nd card. This time I simply played with some colors that I love together:
Here's a fall card using my new September My Monthly Hero card kit, which has sold out. I'm SO glad that I grabbed this one when I did, as I love wreaths and this kit is all about wreaths and autumn! For my card, I used just 2 of the dies, along with a few embellishments, pairing them with one of the sentiments in the stamp set.
supplies: white, red, orange, gold, and dark chocolate cardstock, wreath and branch dies, twine, and enamel dots, stamped sentiment from the September My Monthly Hero kit
Coincidentally, I saw the colors for this week at ColourQ, and used them for my first play with this set.
Thanks for stopping by today on the first day of fall!
I tried putting an actual gift card on my tag, but the design just took away from my theme, so I substituted a rectangle of stamped gingham for now. The birds are popped up with foam squares, and the gift card will be nestled between them.
Next I used another of the birds in this set and stamped all over a piece of blue tissue paper in dark blue and white. When it was dry, I used it to wrap a book, and added my tag. Books are often gifts we give to our Grands, and I know these little birds would please our munchkins.
Now it's your turn - I can't wait to see what you create! Heidi has provided another $50.00 gift voucher
I have another card for Winnie & Walter's ReRun #14 challenge, this time being inspired by Lydia - she used the most fun technique! I can't believe I've never tried it before! She calls it layered resist. She had some stunning cards in blue, so I went 180 degrees and used warm colors:
Briefly, you start with a white piece of cardstock, and clear emboss your image. Then sponge the entire panel with the lightest of your distress inks. LET IT DRY! (this is the hard part!) or the embossing powder in this next and following steps will stick where it shouldn't! Then clear emboss a few more images. I used a mask each time. Again, sponge the panel with a slightly darker ink, and repeat and repeat and repeat. I used 5 different yellows to reds. Since this is distress ink, at the very end, I splattered some water across the surface, and then blotted it up. LOVE how this came out!
Lydia did a fancy cut for her design; I simply cut a scalloped rectangle from the center of my stamped panel, then framed it, added my sentiments, and popped it above what was remaining.
Our theme this week is CAS: Clean and Simple, and the DT are all playing with CASual Fridays products.
I find myself in an uncomfortable position this week - the stamp set I got to use this week has evidently now been discontinued, as it no longer shows up at Simon. I'm pretty sure that is the case, because I found a newer very similar set called Mistletoe and Holly, which would work at least for my first card.
supplies: kraft and BoBunny Wild Berry cardstock, CASual Fridays Merry Kiss-Mas clear stamp set, VersaFine onyx black and VersaMark inks, Simon white embossing powder, Doodlebug Ladybug twine, Hero Arts pearl heart, Signo white gel pen, Quickie glue pen, DieNamics Blueprints 20 stitched rectangle die, adhesive foam squares There is a bow on the mistletoe sprig - using a glue pen, I glued some twine right over the stamped bow. For my second card, I stamped the holly repeatedly in the center of my card base, masking the top and bottom. Then I added some red strips and a colored version of the holly.
When I saw the sketch part of the current Mix It Up challenge at the Sugar Pea Designs blog, I thought it was a sweet way to show off some patterned papers. And still having the Harvest Mouse set out on my work surface, I married the 2 for my entry:
I think I mentioned earlier when I posted my first cards using MFT's Harvest Mouse, that it took me until January last year to get this set that was released sometime last fall. So this is really my first time playing with it in depth. I made a card for my youngest sister here, so then of course I had to make some for my other sis and Mom! Here they are:
The ReRun challenge at Winnie & Walter this month is using their Renee's Leaves set, and I was wowed by all of the samples presented to us! I'll be making multiple entries for this one, but for my first, I was influenced by Heather's card. I'm a paper-aholic, so I was delighted to see her card that incorporated a pattern paper as a main ingredient!
Heather started with a new piece of pattern paper, and that's where I started also. She used a bigger piece of vellum than I did, but I felt that covering up this design took away from the vibrant colors, so my vellum panel was added to the bottom third of my card. I stamped and copper-embossed the sentiments, and then was faced with how to attach it. After some thought I decided to stitch it on, but I was too lazy to get out my sewing machine, so I used a die to make stitching holes across the top and bottom and, using some gold thread, I hand-stitched it to my paper, adding a bow in the center of the top stitching. I liked the look of the copper so well, that I went hunting in my stash for some copper cardstock, and ended up trimming it into a little scalloped frame which I overlaid over the card front. To finish I just added some more sparkle with a scattering of sequins.
supplies: white and silver glitter cardstock, Hero Arts Dazzling Snowflake woodblock stamp and Miracle of the Holidays clear set (retired), white embossing powder, a blend of blue distress inks, Simon Lots of Snowflakes clear stamp set, Simon's Believe die, some little snowflake dies
It's STAMPtember!! A very special month on the Simon Says Stamp calendar, and this week we are showcasing some of the brand new products being released this month! You may not yet have any of the new products, but we'd love you to use Simon Says Stamp Exclusives for your creations this week - our theme is STAMP IT! No digitals this week, please, we want to see you stamping!
The Monday Challenge also has the same theme this week, so you'll have 2 chances at winning a $50.00 gift card if you enter both challenges!
The design team were generously given some STAMPtember products to play with, and I've made 2 cards to show them off.