Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ColourQ 138 and Mojo Monday 243

 Good morning everybody!  Here is a card I needed to make for a friend's recent retirement from teaching.  Tried to make it masculine for him, and the bright colors of ColourQ 138 and the layout of Mojo Monday 243 helped:

I found this bright paper in my gigantic K & Co. stack, and enough of it to make a matching envelope.  The round motif was cut from PTI Aqua Mist using Spellbinders Lacey Circles and Stars Five dies, stamped with Waltzingmouse's Say It Loud, and popped up on pop dots.  The solid cardstock banner and border are made from SU's More Mustard and Cranberry Crisp.  The vertical border was stamped with the little star from Waltzingmouse's Sewing Box Hugs set, using Versamark ink, then embossed with mustard colored embossing powder.  I added a brass star brad to show through the star-shaped hole.

That's it from me today--thanks for looking!


Friday, May 25, 2012

MIM #67 and DD#3

 Well folks, I'm back in town and trying to catch up on things.  But I really, really wanted to participate in some of these wonderful challenges that have cropped up!  Sadly, I have just missed the Dynamic Duos challenge #3 but I loved that color combination so I created this card with the color combo in mind.  Also, I tried to combine patterns as demonstrated by Betsy Veldman in this week's Make It Monday, so I'll submit the card for that challenge as well.  Here is the card:

I didn't have patterned papers in all of the colors I needed, so I created my own.  The rose (from Year Of Flowers: Rose) was stamped on Bo Bunny polka dot paper and trimmed out.  The background is dry embossed black cardstock, with a panel of black-on-white Background Basics: Houndstooth stamped on white cs.  The next panel was created by smearing glossy cardstock with Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink, stamping in Versamark with the hexagon pattern from Rosie Posie, clear embossing, then smearing the panel with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Center dots of Enamel Accents in black were added.  Finally, the sentiment (from Vintage Picnic) was stamped on a white panel and trimmed with Spellbinders Labels 18 dies, antiqued, and popped up on a panel consisting of white card stock, black cotton lace, and yellow popcorn yarn.  I tried to make the card consistent with the principles of small, medium, and large patterns as shown in Betsy's video, but I'm not too sure about the lace.  I'm inclined to think the card would be better without it.  Hmmmmmmm....

Anyway, have a wonderful rest of the holiday weekend!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Dynamic Darling and Big Cheese


Well, what do you know?  I won Big Cheese from Waltzingmouse, and honorable mention from the new Dynamic Duos for my most recent card--how nice this is!  Thanks so much, and I hope to continue with these challenges in the future.

I'm leaving town again for a week, but I am going to try to keep up with commenting on blogs while I'm gone since I otherwise get so far behind when I return that there's no catching up.  But I will only have my iPhone and for some reason I have trouble commenting with the iOS system--if I move the window or scroll at all, I can no longer type in the comment window for some reason.  I also have trouble with word verification.  So if I miss your blog--sorry in advance!  And if anyone has any ideas on how to make commenting work better when using the iPhone, please let me know!

Ta, ta--


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dynamic Duos #1 and WMSC96

 Greetings, fellow card enthusiasts!  I wanted to make a card for two challenges today:  Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #96 and Dynamic Duos #1.  Dynamic Duos is a brand-new color challenge that I learned about from my friend Lisa (thanks Lisa!), who is a DT member.  I really like the two colors they chose for their first challenge--Pool Party and Lucky Limeade--and here is what I made from those colors:

I didn't actually own either of those colors so I approximated with PTI's Spring Moss and Aqua Mist.  The patterned paper also came from Papertrey Ink:  Happy Spots.  I used one of my favorite Waltzingmouse sets:  Sewing Box Hugs.  The trees on either side of the house were made by cutting some of the flowers in half, and adding some fine leather cord, split at the top, for trunks and branches.  The long stem stamp in the set was used to make a set of hedges around the house.  Also used some of my vintage mini ric-rac along the bottom and also to make shades in the windows.  The final touches were tiny black glass beads, and tiny buttons.

Since the sketch I based the card on was designed by Kelly Schirmer, who I believe loves this Sewing Box set maybe even as much as I do, I'm dedicating this card to her.  Enjoy!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Make It Monday 64: Color Inspiration

 Wow, there was an incredible tutorial from Nicole of Papertrey Ink on this week's Make It Monday!  I finally got a chance to sit down with my supplies and work something up, trying to keep in mind the "rule of threes" which was new to me.  I didn't implement it perfectly but I'm reasonably satisfied with the result, using her color grouping containing Fine Linen, Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft, and Terracotta Tile:

This color combo really called out to me;  I'm an enthusiast of American Southwest art (we have a modest collection of native American Santa Clara pottery that is precious to us) and this color combo just seemed to reflect that.  For card stock I used Aqua Mist (for some reason the photo came out more turquoise-y), Vintage Cream, and Classic Kraft.  The sentiment panel was cut from Vintage Cream using Mat Stack 2 regular die, and cut from Aqua Mist using the matching Layerz die.  I added some Copic marker in the BG family to darken it, for contrast.  The motif was stamped in SU Baroque Burgundy (retired) and the sentiment (from Healing Touch Sentiments) was stamped in black.  Tiny pearls were colored with Copics for the sentiment panel and the lace, which was also colored with Copics to match Aqua Mist.  The red mini ricrac was originally orange--I colored it with Copics to match.  The background kraft still needed something, so I added a zigzag motif from Waltzingmouse Off Beat Backgrounds, to keep with the theme.

So, that's it from me--have a nice day!