Sunday, February 15, 2015

Card Challenges: The Card Concept #28

Hello! I've been a little off the blogging grid for a bit with early February always being a busy time with birthdays & celebrations. I did have enough time to squeeze in a quick card that I gave my daughter for Valentine's Day which was inspired by The Card Concept #28 Challenge. I really loved the old vintage wood box and I couldn't stop looking at the pretty pink heart in the color scheme. I don't have too many rose stamp sets so I found a few delicate flowers and some foliage that reminded me of the table cloth on the bottom of the picture. The key to this challenge is selecting your style and I would once again go with, Clean and Layered. For really not knowing what I would consider my card design style, I'm starting to see a trend here.


Here is my take on the challenge. Again focusing on that wooden box, pink heart and then the delicate pattern on the table cloth. 


Thanks for popping by and Happy Card Making!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Card Concept: Challenge #27 {LOVE}

What I like most about The Card Concept challenge is it helps you focus on a particular design style.  Once again I selected, Clean and Layered...although I think this might be getting closer to a Clean and Simple card. All of the stamps are from Studio Calico. I've never really used Alpha stamps on cards until I purchased the Kit Alpha stamp set (I used the Kit Alpha in this post too). This has to be my absolute favorite Alpha stamp and totally worth the $!

Here is The Card Concept: Challenge #27 {LOVE} Inspiration Photo:



And here is my take on the challenge: I attempted to create an ombre heart using three dye inks, I first tried some pigment inks but I couldn't get the crisp image I was looking for. I have to be honest...it took me four attempts to get that heart to look good :-) Then I die cut some mini hearts and carefully glued them into place. Not an easy task to get those hearts in "just the right" spot.


And here are all the supplies that I used to create the card design:
The Supplies
the tools: Mama Elephant Femme Frames & Embellished Tags Creative Cuts
the paper: Studio Calico, PTI Stampers Select White, Paper Source Paper Bag
the stamps: Studio Calico Kit Alpha and Stamp from Clarabelle
the color: PTI Raspberry Fizz & Pure Poppy and Memento Angel Pink
Thanks for Popping by and Happy Card Making!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mail Em' Out Monday: On a Tuesday and Fusion Card Challenge

A very quick post since I am already a day late from Monday. I created a quick mailable card inspired by the Fusion Card Challenge: Two Hearts. I combined both elements from the photo and sketch. Here is the Challenge Photo/Sketch:

And here is my take on the photo/sketch: (I picked out the heart elements, wood, pink from the flowers and the navy blue background). Almost all the elements used on this card are from Studio Calico kits from previous months. The stamped sentiment is from the Studio Calico Buttercup stamp set. The die cut is from Papertrey ink. I will post the supply tray later this evening. Hope you you enjoy the little card eye candy today :-)


Thanks for popping by and Happy Card Making!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mail 'em Out Monday: Upcycle, Reuse Card

Hello fellow card makers. Happy Mail 'em Out Monday!

In a previous post I created a card using the PTI Mini Blooms metal die and as I was creating that card...I ended up making the second card (two cards for one).

How did this amazing design reuse magic occur...Instead of breaking my die apart I kept it together...mostly so I wouldn't lose all the little pieces. When I cut my first set of die cuts I realized I really liked the negative so I continued to cut the rest of shapes to create the pattern on the card. Then I went into my scrap paper box (note to self to blog about my scrap paper box) and pulled old pieces of patterned paper from previously released Studio Calico card kits. Then I patched the scraps behind the negative cuts. I stamped into the leaf-like negatives and also on some leftover die cuts and positioned those into the die cut openings. Added a sweet little Thinking of You sentiment and there you have it a flat mailable card with added depth and dimension. I think this might be one of my favorite cards and not too bad for a piece of card stock that would have normally ended up in the trash bin.





Thanks for visiting and popping by!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Card Concept Challenge #26

Found another fun challenge that I thought I would give a try. The Card Concept blog is celebrating their One Year Anniversary. This challenge blog asks you to select a style from their list and design a card using that style. I went with Clean and Layered.

The following photo was the card Concept #26 inspiration:


I needed to find a floral stamp for this challenge (which is kinda out of my comfort zone) but I did find a never-before used stamp set and even a die to go with it! Now that I found the stamp, I definitely wanted to pull in the pink stripe background and those little bits of blue from the necklace in the back and balance every else with an open white background.

Here is my take on the challenge:

Thinking of You: PTI Mini Blossoms Stamp Set
The Supplies

Thanks for stopping by. Happy card making!

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #39

I've been looking around for fun card challenges to help get my creative card sparks started. I had fun creating a card for the Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge #39 which is based of of the following photo inspiration:

Here is my take on the photo inspiration. I loved the gold confetti background and the contrast of white with the black and gold. I used a couple circle punches to create the pops of gold and black confetti and embossed the hello with Zing Gold Metallic. It was fun to add a "technique" like embossing to the card design process.



The Supplies
the tools: Sizzix nested circles metal dies, 2.5 inch circle punch, hole punch, embossing heat gun
the paper: PTI smokey black & stampers select white; Recollections gold,
the color: Zing Gold Metallic
the stamp: Studio Calico
the embellishments: Studio Calico 24 kt. gold stars
Thanks for stopping by and look forward playing along with the next Cure for the Monday Blues challenge! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mail 'em Out Monday: Birthday and Challenge

Happy Monday! I thought I would combine my Mail 'em Out Monday post with my first attempt to play along with a Card Challenge. I decided to play along with the Fusion Card Challenge blog. This is a really fun blog where you can either use the sketch, the photo or combine both into a card design. I tried to combine both into my design by using the colors from the photo and several elements from the sketch. From a mailing perspective, this card is going with a gift that will be boxed off and shipped so I had the luxury of playing with more embellishments that may otherwise not make it into the standard mail. Hope you enjoy my take on the Fusion Challenge.
Fusion Card Challenge Photo & Sketch
My Take on the Fusion Card Challenge Photo and Sketch
The Supplies:
the tools: Big Shot, Birthday Die (Studio Calico), Imaginisce i-score & pierce tool (help with die cut)
the paper: Smokey Shadow and Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink); PaperSource Blossom
the stamps: Mama Elephant Happy Everything
the embellishments: Color Theory Sequins; Blush and 24kt (Studio Calico)
the color: Mama Elephant Smoke Pigment Ink

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mail 'em Out Monday: Holiday Thank You Cards

Happy Mail 'em Out Monday!

This weekend we put all our holiday decorations away which means we better mail out our holiday thank you cards. The best part of this project, was that my kiddo was involved. I stamped all the cards with Thank you and then we used watercolors to paint in the T-H-A-N and K. We had to create about 8 of these cards, so to speed up the process, I used three time-savers:
  • I placed all the letters on a block and did all the stamping of the word THANK.  Then I went back and stamped the YOU and FOR EVERYTHING. 
Easy Word Block Stamping
  • I cut my stamp...GASP!! Seriously, I have never done this before and the idea has always freaked me out but you know what it worked out great. Because I didn't have a separate "YOU" stamp, I found one in another phrase stamp and made the cut to free myself from fussy inking.
  • Inside the card, I created a quick fill-in the blank printable for the kiddo to write her notes out.
Kids Fill-In the Blank Thank You Card Insert
Here are the cards and the supplies used. The top photo shows the cards I created and second photo are the cards my kiddo created. I think she did an awesome job and I'm not sure you can really tell the difference :-) 
Many Thanks-Mama Elephant-Kit Alpha-Studio Calico
The Supplies
the tools: Memento black ink, paintbrush
the color: Simply Art Watercolor Paint Cakes
the paper: Kids Made Modern Watercolor Tablet; chocolate, pool, sunshine, fuchsia, blossom (Paper Source)
the stamps: Many Thanks (Mama Elephant); Kit Alpha (Studio Calico)