Saturday, September 20, 2014

CASE Study #209 + NBUS #2

I'm a huge fan of Debby Hughes and was happy when it was announced she was the Muse at the CASE Study challenge for September. I'm not so happy that it is the third week of her tenure and I am only now finding the time to play along.

This is the card to inspire us for CASE Study Challenge #209. The Design Team has really outdone themselves with their creations and I encourage you to check them out.

Unfortunately, I need to replenish my supply of sympathy cards. It seems we have reached the age where many of our friends are losing one or both parents. The feathers and vellum sentiment panel of Debby's card, along with the soft palette, seemed perfect for a sympathy card.

The wreath was cut the other day to make a guide to line up the stamped image for the die cut on this card. Usually extra pieces like this sit in a basket on my desk for months before they get used, but I thought the black wreath was fitting for this card.

I admit to owning a few feathers dies, but they are all unique shapes so I just can't help myself. 

This Fluffy Feather from Poppy Stamps was picked up during my summer road trip and the Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink has been sitting around, unopened, even longer. With the delightful Darnell from djkardkreations reaching another Follower milestone, she is hosting NBUS Challenge #2. NBUS, of course, is our Never Been Used Schtuff that can get lost in our creative space. I love the whole concept of this challenge and am entering for the third and final time. I'd keep entering, but there are rules :)

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

I just have to share how my 15 year old son made my day last weekend when he was picking out a birthday card for a friend. He had his top two picked out and I told him to take whichever one he wanted. "Even this one mom? It's so good, don't you want to keep it?" LOL 

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Friday, September 19, 2014

CTS93 + FFC40 + NBUS#2 + Fusion Shiny Pink

Our heat wave has finally broken, and one of the benefits is I have ventured upstairs into the office a bit more in the last couple of days. I was enchanted by the soft pink & cream palette in the Festive Fridays Challenge #40 and had been thinking about using a new Christmas stamp and die to make a couple of cards for Darnell's NBUS #2 challenge, so these challenges paired nicely together.

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

In addition, both cards are influenced by the shiny pink car in the Fusion Sept 11th challenge.

And this first card was based on the sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch #93.

For this clean & simple card, the wreath was stamped with Versamark and embossed with Ranger Holographic embossing powder before being die cut.

The sentiment was curved slightly to follow the line of the curved panel and heat embossed. The edges of the pink panel were also inked with the Versamark and embossed with the holographic embossing powder for a little extra shine.

A few shiny pink pearls were attached to the cream panel after the wreath was woven through the sentiment. I spent far too long deciding whether to add the pink pearl as a dot for the "i" and am still not sure if I like it.

This second card uses the same wreath stamp (Option 3 in the NBUS challenge to use the same Christmas stamp on two different cards).

A narrow panel provides a base for some embossed dots and the vellum onrnaments.

The sentiments and wreath are all from PTI's Rustic Wreath stamp set.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Muse #84 + Seize the Birthday

Did you see Therese Calvird's stunning card for the Muse #84 challenge?

This butterfly is so beautifully colored and then to cut it into a triangle mosaic is just brilliant!

I tried stamping and diecutting a few different images, but kept losing the shape when I reassembled the pieces, so took the concept in a slightly different direction. Deciding to play with contrasting shapes, the free form curves of the PTI Circle Scribbles stamps were paired with the rigid geometic hexagons of the cover plate.

I wanted to stamp the circle images on both the card base and panel that was going to be die cut, so used a stamp press to help me line them up. It is hard to see in these photos, but the images on the card base are stamped a shade lighter than the die cut images.

A few different adhesives are used to pop up some of the hexagons to different heights.

This card is also being linked to the current Seize the Birthday Challenge Anything Goes.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous September 2014 Challenge Guest Designer

The Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge is the brainchild of the super talented Gloria Stengel, where there are two challenges a month to dig into our stash of hoarded supplies. I am so excited to be a Guest Designer for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous September 2014 Challenge to use flowers.

Challenge #15 All the Pretty Flowers
This challenge is for all of you flower hoarders! Maybe you hoard pre-made flowers. Maybe you hoard flower punches or dies. Maybe you hoard flower stamps. "Dig" out those flowers and use them on your project!

I have my share of flower stamps and dies that see regular use, but my pre-made flower stash definitely needed a little love.

My style tends to lean to Clean and Simple, but that didn't stop me from getting nine flowers on this card.

To keep the clean color palette, all the green leaves were trimmed off the flowers before they were adhered to the black card base in the ombre rows.

The sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Birthday Word Art Clear Stamp Set  is stamped and heat embossed on the card base before the flowers were added. Did you check out who designed this stamp set? ;)

I have plans to make a few more of these ombre flower cards in different color palettes.

Head over to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge blog to see what the Design Team and other Guest Designers have made to inspire you and then start digging through your stash! Gloria always has great sponsors and for this challenge there will be two winners because both Crafty Secrets and Heartfelt Creations have provided prizes.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

TYIC#5 + Curtain Call Lovely Leaves + JUGS257

I am popping in with a quick tag card inspired by the Tag You're It! Challenge #5, the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: September 1 - Lovely Leaves and Just Us Girls #257 Word Week: Leaves.

I'm having fun with my new watercolor paints and used the Curtain Call colors to create a panel of yellow, orange, red, pink & purple. Once dry, the Lawn Fawn leaves were die cut from the panel.

While waiting for the watercolor to dry,  the tag was die cut from a soft gray cardstock and stamped with a cracked paint background stamp to add a little texture.

The largest leaf is popped up on the tag and then the tag mounted on the card base. All the leaves are curled slightly and only adhered in the center as they fall down the side of the card.

A feathery fiber finishes the tag off.

This is my first time entering a challenge at Just Us Girls, but when I saw Bobby's post as the September Guest Designer, I couldn't resist.

On a completely different note, I love San Diego weather reports. What you might call "fog", we call "marine layer" and what you call "humidity" we call "monsoonal moisture". Well, my dear husband and I are braving today's monsoonal moisture to join the feasting & dancing at our local Greek Festival. 

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