Monday, April 30, 2012

JRC071 Pocket Card

 Hello card enthusiasts!  I have just barely enough time to sneak in an entry to the JustRite #071 challenge, which uses these challenge colors (pink, yellow, peach).  Aren't they lovely?   I decided to do a pocket card, which is a style I really love but haven't done in a while.

And here is a view of the insert out of the pocket:

This was a fun card to make.  The lower patterned paper was created by stamping one of the motifs from JustRite's Applique set multiple times in Versamark ink on white card stock, then dusting with Flamingo Pink PearlEx mica powder.  You can't see the shimmer in these photos but it's there.  Then individual parts were colored in with Copic markers.  The top motif on the pocket insert piece was done the same way, using JustRite's Vintage Oval Labels set.  The background patterned polka dot paper is from Bo Bunny.  Vintage cotton lace was dyed peach with a Copic marker and adhered behind the top edge of the pocket, and the seam binding was dyed with a yellow Copic marker.  The flower under the sentiment came from a Martha Stewart sticker collection I've had about a hundred years.  The top edge of the pocket insert was partially cut with Spellbinders Labels Six die, as well as a Copic-dyed mat piece adhered behind it.  Finally, the pearls were also colored with a yellow Copic to match.

I hope it pleases!  Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Make It Monday 63 and PDCC129

 Hi folks!  Back again with another card.  I know I'm churning them out pretty fast but my supply of get well/thinking of you cards has been seriously depleted (like, rock bottom) and I have an ongoing need for lots of them.  So entering challenges is a way to motivate me to make more cards.  Whatever works, right?  This one is for the PTI Make It Monday #63 Glitter Die Cuts challenge as well as the Play Date Cafe 129 color challenge.

I really like the patterned oval with banner stamp design in PTI's 2012 Birthday Tags set, although I don't own that set, so I recreated the look with separate stamps and dies.  The scalloped oval (Spellbinders) die cut was stamped with PTI's Background Basics: Houndstooth in Stampin Up So Saffron;   the banner was hand cut and stamped with PTI Mega Mixed Messages with SU Not Quite Navy, and the PTI butterfly die was used to cut SU Eggplant Envy (retired) card stock, passed through sticker maker, and glittered with ultrafine "diamond" glitter.  A dark blue thin ribbon was tied in a bow, the tails were glued together, and the bow was adhered to the butterfly to provide antennae.  I also adhered some Jolee's Jewels in sapphire to the body of the butterfly.  The striped patterned paper is from a retired SU stack.

That's all for now, have a nice day!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Simon Says Anything Goes, and CardPatterns 162

 Hi folks!  I recently scored a REALLY GOOD DEAL on a stamp set -- Orchid Greetings by Stampendous -- at my local big box craft store:  only $3!!!  I think it was normally $15 or something.  This is a gorgeous set and it has some wonderful script style greetings in it, just perfect for my needs.  So I HAD to use it on these challenges:  CardPatterns 162 sketch challenge, and Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes challenge.  Here is the card:

No color challenges here--sometimes you just wanna do your own thing, ya know?  I don't know if orchids really come in these colors, I just liked them in these colors (Copic markers).  The seam binding was dyed to match, and the background is from DCWV's Safari Chic stack.  The whole panel is popped up on foam dots for a little dimension.

That's all for today, thanks for checking in!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

PTI April Blog Hop and Mojo Monday 238

 Greetings Guys and Gals!  I'm on a roll now!  Today I have an entry for this month's Papertrey Ink April 2012 blog hop, and I used this week's Mojo Monday 238 sketch challenge as my starting point.

I used the PTI sketch as my inspiration to create detailed patterns on various "swatches" of white card stock, using quite a few different stamp sets.  Here is the card:

With the exception of the tiny blue polka dot piece (a piece of scrap patterned paper), all the swatches were created by stamping, using SU ink (Bashful Blue, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery) and Copic markers, and distressing the edges with Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink.  The following stamp sets were used:

Papertrey Ink:
Rosie Posie, Wonderfully Whimsical, Turning A New Leaf, Fancy Flourishes, Flower Fusion #7, Background Basics: Gingham, Mat Stack 2 Collection, Quilter's Sampler.
Off Beat Backgrounds

The 1 1/4" swatches were adhered to PTI Spring Rain card stock in a slightly random pattern (figured I'd never get them to line up perfectly straight) then stitched down with a zigzag pattern.  The sentiment is from the Quilter's Sampler set;  to get it to fit on the oval I had to stamp the Mothers separately from the rest of the lines.  The fluffy pompom ribbon was given to me by my friend Lisa (thanks Lisa!)--I think it gives a warm and fuzzy feel to the card.

That's it from me--have a great time hopping around!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PDCC128 and WMSC94

 Well, folks, I'm finally back in the craft room!  Seems like an age since I have made a card.  I particularly wanted to do these two challenges because I LOVE this vivid color combination of the Play Date Cafe's challenge #128, and I LOVE my new Waltzingmouse stamps and look for every opportunity to use them, such as in this week's WMSC94 sketch challenge.  Here is what I came up with:

Gotta love those elegant patterns in the WMS French Country set.  This is a fairly simple card;  I stamped the patterns in Versamark ink on the colored card stock (SU's Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie), then dusted them with PearlEX mica powder (Red Russet for the Rose Red piece, Aztec Gold for the Pumpkin Pie piece).  For a different touch I ran a line of Crystal Effects down the center of the top piece and adhered tiny gold beads.  The rooster from the set was stamped in Versamark on the center panel then dusted with Aztec Gold, and the sentiment (from Stampendous' Orchid Greetings) was overstamped in SU Chocolate Chip.  I hand trimmed the panel after stamping with Pumpkin Pie ink, and popped it up on foam dots.

Oooo, feels good to get back in the groove!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter 2012

Greetings all!  I hope you are having a very nice Easter day.  Our weather here is just about perfect!

No card today, but I have another one of my decorated eggs to show.  If you recall, I showed a different egg last Easter.  These are eggs that I made some years ago using the method that is used for pysanky eggs:  you draw the design on the cleaned and emptied chicken egg using melted beeswax in a kistka (I have an electric one), dye the egg one color, then cover whatever you want to remain that color with more beeswax lines.  Keep repeating with progressively darker colors.  At the end the egg is pretty much covered in wax, which you melt off in the oven to reveal the final design.

This design is kind of like a Texas Star quilt pattern;  at least, that's what I was shooting for.  The method was a little different from a standard pysanky;  it was first dyed a medium orange, then the quilt lines were drawn in wax, then the egg was soaked in bleach to remove all the orange coloring.  Then the parts to remain white were filled in, then red, then blue/purple.  The final dye bath was black.

Here is a view of the bottom where the egg contents were blown out:

It was really fun to do these eggs--I need to get me some dyes and try it again!

Have a happy Easter!


Saturday, April 7, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays CFC#47

 Hello everybody!   I only had time to make a very quick card for my husband's Easter basket, so I made it pretty CAS.  It just happens to qualify for CAS-ual Fridays' challenge ("Let The Hunt Begin!").  Here is my card:

Easter stamps are pretty thin on the ground here, but I combined a couple of retired Stampin Up! sets (Birthday Banter for the bunny and Loads Of Love Accessories for the eggs and sentiment) to make this card.  Colored them in with Copic markers, cut out the eggs and mounted on pop dots, die cut the panels with Quickutz Nesting Frame 3.  The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny (how appropriate!).  Corners were rounded with a chomper, and baker's twine was tied around one end.  Simple, but kinda cute.

Thanks for looking!  I will be out of town again starting Monday (the issue is a very ill relative, and the outlook is not good) so don't know when I'll be able to make cards again;  I do appreciate you coming by.