Saturday, June 3, 2017

Paper craft project no. 504: Happy birthday



Hello! It has been a long time since I posted here. Sorry about that -- something's been cooking the last couple of months and I'll spill the beans in a few weeks :o)

Anyway, a new challenge starts today at Less Is More and I'm thrilled the wonderful ladies over there are letting me play with them and share my take on the challenge theme this week! STAMPlorations is sponsoring this month and if you play along, you get the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store.

This week, they've got a drool-worthy theme: NEAPOLITAN Ice Cream Colors (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla). 



Now it was quite impossible for me to look at that photo and not have ice cream. So while I thought about how I was going to design my card (hey, a CAS card makes me think doubly hard!), I treated myself to some Ben & Jerry's non-dairy chocolate fudge brownie ice cream :o) Of course, it had to be done in stealth mode (i.e., when the Kat is napping). A scoop later, I had an idea. I stamped the grungy frame from Floral Bliss at an angle and then took the brand spankin' new Cupcake Builder #1 CUTplorations dies out for a spin. I found cardstock that could pass for chocolate and vanilla and then for the strawberry, I sponged spun sugar DI onto white cardstock. I repeatedly stamped the sentiment from A Snarky Birthday to You in alternating chocolate and pink colors along the bottom of the card to finish it off.

Hope you were inspired by my card to join in this week's Neapolitan challenge! Thank you again to the LIM ladies for having me.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paper craft project no. 503: One amazing chick


I'm back again with one more card for the challenge at Time Out. There's still a week left to join in the Home Sweet Home challenge, where we have this inspiration photo:

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This time around,  I simply went with the butterfly element in the photo and created this one layer card. First I stamped the girl whose name is Cora, by the way, in black.

I'm going to digress a bit to share a little story about that girl: she's the main girl in my new set One Cool Chick and she was drawn in 1974 -- that's right, 43 years ago -- by my dad back when he was courting my mom. (They ended up eloping and having a civil ceremony in December 1975.) My dad loved to draw, especially people (unfortunately I didn't get that particular talent for drawing people from him!), and because he didn't really have a lot of money to buy my mom expensive gifts, he simply gave her his hand made love letters and poems (sometimes he'd do song lyrics) accompanied by his own illustrations. I remember how excited I was when my mom shared with me many, many years ago her little box containing every single illustrated love letter my dad gave her. A year ago, I asked for mom's and dad's permission to turn a couple of the illustrations into stamps. I had my sister scan the love letters and I simply cleaned up the images and did a little bit of editing on them so they'd work as stamps. (My dad had colored his illustrations.) So you're meeting one of them...Cora, the Cool Chick. Some time in May, you'll meet the other one, Rudi, the Cool Dude :o) 

Aannnyyyywayyy....after stamping Cora, I masked her and then stamped the flowers in Becca's new set, Sweet and Sassy Mom + the cute butterfly from Shirley's Winged Things + the cool sentiment and then I finished the card by rounding one corner.

Check out the cards that the TO team + guest designer Michelle made and then come play with us! STAMPlorations is sponsoring the challenge. One winner (voted by the design team) will receive a $15 gift certificate and another winner (randomly drawn from all entries) will win her choice of STAMPlorations product the design team used.

Linking my amazing chick one layer card to these fun challenges:

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Paper craft project no. 502: You are enough


Popping by with a card I made for the new challenge over at AAA CardsSTAMPlorations is sponsoring, and for the next two weeks the theme is stencil. It's a great challenge theme because there are many ARTplorations stencils in the store -- and there's a Spring/Easter flash sale going on too!

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To create my one layer card, I started by cutting a curve/wave on scrap and then masking 2/3 of my card base so that only the left side shows. I placed the Two Feathers stencil/mask and sponged yellow ink through it. Removed the mask and then stamped the flower and leaves (from Trendy Spring Blooms), as well as the sentiment from Noteworthy 2. Thought my stenciled border looked a bit boring so I took a black gel pen and added some dots here and there just to nicely tie it with the black from the flower outline and sentiment. Finished the card by rounding one corner.

I hope you'll join the AAA Cards design team and link up your  clean and simple cards based on the theme. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store and one randomly drawn winner will receive a pack of 3 ARTplorations stencils.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Paper craft project no. 501: The butterfly counts moments

For my Things with Wings blog hop & linky party week 2 project, click here.


Hello! Back today with a card for the new challenge at Time Out. For the next two weeks, the challenge is Home Sweet Home, where we have an inspiration photo:

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Fairly obvious where I took inspiration from -- the butterflies, the colors, and the clock (for my sentiment) -- to create my one-layer card. I sponged various shades of reds and pinks through the Ethnic Flutter 1 stencil/mask on my card base and then grunged it all up by randomly stamping faux textures (Mixed Media GrungeMixed Media ElementsScribbly Splattery Grunge). I stamped the sentiment from Trendy Butterflies 2 in red.

Check out the cards that the TO team + guest designer Michelle made and then come play with us! STAMPlorations is sponsoring the challenge. One winner (voted by the design team) will receive a $15 gift certificate and another winner (randomly drawn from all entries) will win her choice of STAMPlorations product the design team used.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Paper craft project no. 500: Never hide your wings


Hello! Back to share a card I made for week 2 of the Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop & Linky Party. It's in full swing now and if you haven't checked it out yet, I hope you do! Link up your own winged-themed spring projects (any type, using any product you have) by April 30 and you get a shot at some sweet new stamps and dies from the spring release.


It's been a while since I made a one layer mixed media card. The last one's here and I've been faux-ing the mixed media part on my one layer cards lately. I needed to create one or I'd have to change the name of my blog ;o)

Anyway, I started by applying Marabu white acrylic mousse through the Ethnic Flutter 1 stencil/mask on my card base. Once dry, I applied Gansai Tambi watercolors and layered the yellows, oranges, reds + hints of blues and darks. Then I grunged it all up by randomly stamping faux textures (Mixed Media Grunge, Mixed Media Elements, Scribbly Splattery Grunge) in Distress inks (vintage photo and walnut stain). Last, I stamped the sentiment from Trendy Butterflies 2 and the card's done :o)


Check out more awesome winged-themed spring project by the rest of the STAMPlorations girls for this week here! The main post is here (with all the details + linky).

Linking up my spring card to these fun challenges:

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Paper craft project no. 499: Choose happy


It's not everyday that I find myself with a little bit of time to make cards just for the fun of it. Tonight, though, I resolved to give myself some me-time (aka do whatever I want except work!) after the Kat has gone to bed. The little one is deep in sleep and mommy is happily stamping away! (I have her on the Gynoii on my cell phone and Kindle Fire so I can watch her while I'm out in the living room.)

Here's one of the cards I made for a couple of challenges. Inspired by the current challenge at Less Is More (One Layer + Curves), I started by stamping the rose bloom (background + outline from Trendy Spring Blooms) then cut out a couple of curvy masks to cover the top and bottom part of my card base and leaving just a little bit of space in between for me to stamp the rest of my flowers in spring colors. Debated where to stamp the sentiment (Noteworthy 2) -- was going to stamp it on the bottom right but decided at the last minute to stamp it right beside the rose. Rounded off the left bottom corner and the card's done. (I resisted the urge to grunge up the top panel.)

I'm also linking my card to a couple more challenges: Craft Stamper's Take It Make It (Anything Stamping Goes) and Inkspirational #132 (Spring).

  Take It, Make It Challenge
 

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Paper craft project no. 498: Be the exception



I hardly get to create a card to enter in challenges, but I managed to make this card in 6 minutes -- while my little girl watched a short Little Pim Learn Spanish lesson on the Roku :o)

Saw the current sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch - and I pretty much followed it exactly as it is. Took the Plaid Maker stencil and used my Marabu mixed media crayons over it. Then I stamped the sentiment (one of several in the new Say It Big sentiment line that will be available later on this month in the STAMPlorations store), added 3 matte enamel dots, and finished off the card by rounding the bottom corners.


Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Paper craft project no. 497: Hello sunshine

For my Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop & Linky Party post, click here.


Hey, there! I'm back to share a card for the current challenge at Time Out. It's an Inspired by Words challenge: "When it rains, look for rainbows; when it's dark, look for stars."

I went with colors of the rainbow to create this graphic one layer card. I stamped the different floral shapes (from Trendy Spring Blooms) in various colors then overstamped the outlines in black to make the colors pop. Also stamped a butterfly (from Trendy Butterflies 2) in light gray, as well as the sentiment (Sweet Spring Wishes) in black, then finished the card by rounding one bottom corner.

Check out the cards that the TO team + guest designer Marilyn made and then come play with us! Uniko is sponsoring the challenge.

Linking up to these fun challenges:
    

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Paper craft project no. 496: Be brave to fly


There's a fun event that starts today at the STAMPlorations blog: the Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop & Linky Party! Thirty-one (31!) STAMPlorations girls are sharing winged-theme spring projects and we're celebrating spring throughout the month of April -- every Wednesday, to be exact. And if you hop along and even link up your own projects, you get a chance to win gift certificates and some of the new stamps and dies in the spring release.


I used Trendy Spring Blooms, Trendy Butterflies 2, and Flutter Zen 1 layering dies to create my one layer card. Stamped the blooms all over my cardbase before die-cutting the butterfly in the center. Then stamped the outlines of the blooms in gray ink, adhered acetate to my butterfly window before sticking the die-cut butterfly, stamped the sentiment, and finished off by rounding the bottom corners.



Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Paper craft project no. 495: Smile one layer card


Hey! Cupcake Inspirations is celebrating its 400th challenge and the current challenge is being sponsored by several cool companies, STAMPlorations included :o) Today STAMPlorations is in the spotlight and several STAMPlorations girls created a birthday project inspired by a past Cupcake Inspirations theme.

 

My one layer birthday card was inspired by this past challenge:


I stamped the flower (Sweet Spring Wishes) and masked it before doing some collage stamping for the background (Butterfly Row, Mixed Media Elements). I finished it with the sentiment (Smile). This card's already on its way to its intended recipient and hopefully she's already gotten it :o)

Hope you'll check out the Cupcake Inspirations blog and join in with your own birthday project!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Paper craft project no. 494: Hopping by to say hi



Hello! Last week, a new challenge started at Time Out. This time around we're to CASE a card and put our own twist to our creation. We are CASE-ing this spring-y card by Jenny of Crafting in the Country.


I took my cue from the spring vibe of Jenny's card -- the birdhouses hanging off a branch say "spring time!" to me. Bunnies also signal spring time and the cute bunny from the Hip Hop Bunnies set from sponsor Verve. I stamped one of the bunnies inside the stitched circle stamp (from STAMPlorations) then sponged different spring colors of ink inside each. I stamped the sentiment and finished the card by rounding one bottom corner. Oh, and my twist -- I made it a one layer card :o)

Check out the cards the team + guest designer Izzy made and then link up your own project inspired by Jenny's card. There is still a week left to play. We can't wait to see your creations!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Paper craft project no. 493: Hello sunshine!


Popping by with a card I made for the new challenge over at AAA Cards. I'm once again pleased to guest design and join the ladies over there. STAMPlorations is sponsoring, and for the next two weeks the theme is diecuts. Super challenge theme because there are several brand new CUTplorations dies in the store!

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To create my card, I started by die-cutting the intricate butterfly (CUTplorations Flutter Zen 1 layering dies) and I used the negative as a stencil to sponge ink on the base and stamp the grungy newsprint text (Mixed Media Grunge) before adhering the die-cut butterfly. Next, I die-cut my sentiment twice (CUTplorations Hello Sunshine). I sponged the "hello" in the same ink color as the butterfly background, added 3 matte enamel dots, and rounded one corner of the card to finish it off.

I hope you'll join the AAA Cards design team and link up your  clean and simple cards based on the theme. The winner will receive the CUTplorations dies I used in my card: Hello Sunshine and Flutter Zen 1 layering dies.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Paper craft project no. 492: Java great day!



Hello! Sharing a card for the current challenge at Time Out. There is still a week left to play over there. Time Out is celebrating its 3rd birthday so there are plenty of prizes! For TO's birthday challenge, the theme is Love/Friendship with the optional twist of spotlight stamping.



I went with the theme and twist, but I cheated a bit. I love masking, but I didn't lose my marbles and go on a fussy cutting spree in making this card. (And besides, I don't have more than 15 minutes these days to make a card.) So how did I cheat? Well, I went back to the raw digital file I have for one of the pages in the Color Blooms coloring book, resized it so it would fit on my card base, and then printed it on cardstock. Then I stamped the traveler mug (Anywhere There's Coffee) on the print and colored the blooms inside the image with Tombow dual brush markers. Then I die-cut the sentiment (CUTplorations Java Great Day) twice, colored one of them with a black marker, layered them up, and the card's done. This card's going to a coffee-loving friend :o)


Check out the cards that the TO team + guest designer Ardyth made and then come play with us!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Paper craft project no. 491: Soar one layer card


Hello! Back today with a card for the current challenge at Time Out. There is still a week left to play over there. It's Home Sweet Home challenge, where we have an inspiration photo:


I took inspiration from the colors and two of the elements (bird and flowers) to create my one-layer card. I stamped the grungy bird (Trendy Birds 2) in black, the sentiment (Noteworthy 2) in salmon, and the grungy florals (Big Bloom Factory) in various colors. For faux texture and to ground the black bird, I randomly stamped a couple of grunge borders (Mixed Media Grunge, Mixed Media Elements) in black. 

Check out the cards that the TO team + guest designer KandA made and then come play with us! STAMPlorations is also sponsoring the challenge. One winner (voted by the design team) will receive a $10 gift certificate and another winner (randomly drawn from all entries) will win her choice of stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to smile :o)


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