Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Loving the fall colors

The leaves have been so beautiful this year that I wanted to make just a few more cards with them before they all fall down. For this card, I used this week's Case this Sketch 148 for the layout.

For the background, I used a piece of drywall tape and sponged over it for the soft grid look. I stamped the Lighthearted Leaves on Cajun Craze and Hello Honey with my Staz-on ink pad. Finally, I colored in some of the leaf patterns with a the Picket Fence distressing marker from Tim Holtz.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

New Goodies - FMS 211

As soon as I saw the Freshly Made Sketches this week, I knew I would have to wait for the UPS guy to bring my new stamping goodies. I couldn't wait to use Remarkable You (139894) flowers for the challenge. All in all, I stuck to the sketch quite literally this week, except for my little tag.

I used Night of Navy for my card base for a dramatic backdrop to my Pumpkin Pie flower, and a soft yellow dsp with for the circle. For my tag on the bottom, I used die frame to cut the decorative  edge, and added pearls for a special touch.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Wrapping It Up

Hello! I need to mail by package off for the HYCCT drive today, and here are my last two cards. This first one is for a Thanks Bunches challenge so of course I went with a bunch of flowers. I don't typically like a busy flower background, but I thought this fit right in with the bunches of flowers theme I had going.

My second card is for the Tag challenge. My mojo was off for this one. I tried to add a few things to the base card like a versamark or tone-on-tone pattern, but I just couldn't get anything to work for me. It happens like that some days. Here's to a fresh start tomorrow!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Little Red Wagon

The HYCCT drive had me pulling out a few retired sets to complete the different challenges. This one was about transportation. I've always thought the "For the Birds" set is so cheerful with the images and the sayings. I chose my colors and papers to collaborate with that feeling. I hope this card will bring a little joy to someone who needs it most.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Autumn Beauty

I have a few last minute additions to the Hope You Can Cling To card drive from Splitcoaststampers before I send my package off this week to the hospital. In the past, I've only ever completed two or three of the challenges, but this year I think I have 21 done. I'm hoping to complete all 40 next year. I've really enjoying the challenges, and seeing how everyone interprets them differently. Plus, it's for such a great cause.

This challenge was to create a card with torn or ripped edges. The leaves around the city have been so beautiful this week that I wanted to share that aspect of nature in a card.

I used the retired Gently Falling set which is a two step set, and the sentiment is from the retired Faith in Nature. Inking the leaf outline with Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze markers, I spritzed the stamp with water before I stamped it on the Very Vanilla paper. Then using Early Espresso I stamped the line drawing and the sentiment on. I used Always Artichoke for the base color, Crushed Curry and light tan patterned paper I had in my stash.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Wrinkle Free Distressing

Hello! I've been working to get as many of the HYCCT card drive challenges completed before I need to mail off my package to UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. One of the techniques I tried is Wrinkle Free Distress. It makes beautiful backgrounds with a quick and easy process. First, here's my card for this Tear Free challenge.

To make the watercolor effect, I used my silicon mat and applied the different inks making sure none of the inks touch. Then I spritzed the mat with water until the ink beaded up. Next, lay the paper down on the ink. You don't have to move the paper around. Once you pull the paper up, you can use your heat gun to dry your paper. You can repeat these steps until you get the desired result.

I made another background to use on the HYCCT rainbow challenge since I was really enjoying this "new to me" technique! Here's my rainbow card.

Have a great day!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Truth from an 8 year old

This past week my son was creating in my craft room with me. One of the HYCCT challenge was a kid's bonus where the kids were supposed to make a card with some of mom's favorite things. He did a great job, and even got a shout out on the CAS weekly favorites list. He was so excited! Here is his card.

Not sure if he realized how many of my favorites he hit. I love that kid!
1. Pool Party is my favorite color.
2. I'm pretty fond of banners and ribbons.
3. Truth is a big important word in our house.
4. I think I love to color as much as him. His bug rocks!