Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Warm Winter Wishes - (CTD476)

Hi there!  It’s time for this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge.  We’ve got some wonderful wintery colors to create with this week and we hope you’ll play along.
 I went with a clean and simple card for the challenge this week and used the Lawn Fawn stamp set, Love You a Latte and the Love You a Latte dies to create a wintery themed card.  I started out with a white card base, then added a panel of spring rain cardstock that I die cut using Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables. Next I used the Mini Snowflakes dies and die cut a bunch to glue on my background. After that, I die cut another rectangle using the same dies as above and stamped my Warm Wishes sentiment and tiny hearts. Then I stamped my hot cocoa cup and saucer onto a piece of white cardstock, die cut them out and colored them using Copic markers.  I adhered the cocoa cup and the top rectangle piece to my card front with foam tape.
For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Wanda Cullen
Debra James - December Guest Designer

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sending my Love Valentines

 Hello!  I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend.  I’m popping in today to share a few Valentine cards I made the other day using some Papertrey Ink supples.  I don’t have a lot of Papertey Ink kits, but the ones I do have I was excited to purchase and happy to own.  Once I received them I made a few cards and then they were tucked away.  This year I told myself that I need to try and use more of the pieces of the few different kits that I own, so I pulled out the Make-it-Market: Don’t Forget to Write kit and used the Sending die along with the stamps and used the heart shaped dies from the Make-it-Market: Shakers & Sprinkles kit to create my Valentines.
I started out with the square scalloped die cut card base from the Don’t Forget to Write kit and added a piece of hibiscus burst polka dot paper.  Next I die cut my heart pieces in white and pure poppy and die cut four of the Sending pieces, gluing them together to make a set of two.  After that I die cut my flower pieces and stamped them in hibiscus burst, pure poppy, lovely lady and new leaf and adhered them to my card.  For the card pictured above, I stamped my sentiment onto a small banner and tucked the end under the die cut flowers then glued on my red sending piece and added red and pink rhinestones and tiny pearls.  For the other card, I stamped my sentiment directly onto the center white heart and added my other pieces and used just pearls (and I see one is missing on the bottom flowers now that I look at these pictures).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bird Collage - (CTD475)

Hello, hello!  I hope you’re doing well today!  Before I get to today’s post, I wanted to say thank you to all of those you left such incredibly sweet comments on my Gran’s Garden Card Collection post for those three days.
Today is Wednesday and time for a new Color Throwdown Challenge!  Our colors for this week’s challenge are Navy, Aqua and Pink.
 For my card today, I used the Flora & Fauna stamp sets, Aviary Love and Oh Hello Friend and stamped a collage of images onto watercolor paper and did some loose watercoloring.  Working with these sets is so fun because so many of the images work together and you can really get creative.  I usually start out by choosing the images I’d like to work with and then stamp them out onto my paper mat I have on my work station that way I can see what might work well.  
For my card, I die cut a piece of watercolor paper using the Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle die and then stamped my images.  I started out stamping the bird image first and then my three main flowers.  I created a mask for the two larger flowers and the bird image by stamping them onto copy paper, cutting them out and adding a bit of repositionable adhesive on the backs.  So after stamping the bird and main flowers, I covered them up with the masks and stamped my leaves, stems, butterfly and remaining images and had fun watercoloring, and by having a mask for the bird and flowers I was also able to add some splatters of paint at the end without getting any on my main images.
For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Wanda Cullen
Debra James - January Guest Designer

Monday, January 8, 2018

Gran’s Garden Card Collection Day 3

 Welcome to Day 3 and the final day of my Gran’s Garden Card Collection.  If you’d like to see Day 1 and Day 2, you can click HERE and HERE.
For my first card for today, I used the colors pure poppy, scarlet jewel, winter wisteria, royal velvet, simply chartreuse, ripe avocado and some shaded lilac distress ink for my background.  Like some of the cards I’ve been sharing from the last two days, I started out by blending on some color for my background, for this card I used some shaded lilac distress ink.  Next I added a white Single Stitched Line Rectangle Frame and then, I die cut the hello from white cardstock using the Hello There die and stamped my friend sentiment onto a Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips banner. After that I adhered my stems and flowers, popping up the top pure poppy flower with foam tape, and then added some iridescent sequins and red and purple Stickles to the centers of the flowers.
My second card was created much the same way as the card above except that I used a few different colors.  I used the colors pure poppy, scarlet jewel, harvest gold, summer sunrise, berry sorbet, canyon clay, simply chartreuse, smoky shadow and some wild honey distress ink for my background.  For my sentiment, I went with a simple white die cut hello using the Thanks & Hello die and added some yellow and orange Stickles to the centers of the flowers.
Above is a picture of all 8 cards that I’ve posted here on my blog over the last few days.  Each card was created with a white card base and either a white stitched frame or white scalloped panel so that the stamped flowers were the showcase of the card and popped.  I stamped a matching envelope for each card and made one set of 8 cards and two sets of 6 cards for a total of 20 cards.  
My first step in creating these cards was to die cut a bunch of the flowers and stems and then using my Misti tool, stamp them in different colors.  The Misti tool made it quicker and easier for me to stamp each of the flowers.  On a piece of 110lb cardstock, I arranged all of my flower dies fairly close together and die cut them then secured the negative die cut cardstock piece down inside my Misti tool.  That way all I had to do was to place my die cut flowers like a puzzle piece into the open space, ink up my flower stamp and stamp it (see photo below). 
In the picture above, you can see 6 of the original 8 cards I made lined up along the top and how I was doing an assembly line to recreate them. In the top photo you can also see how on the right two cards I swapped out the die cut Hellos and went with the die cut Celebrate Today die cuts from a PTI Make it Market Kit. In the photo below you can see how I blended on some of the ink/distress ink onto the pieces I needed and how I was laying out each of the pieces I needed to complete my cards.  You should be able to click on any of these pictures to enlarge them for a better view if necessary.
Well that’s it from me today!  If you have any questions about how I put together any of the cards from this collection just shoot me an email.