Thursday, January 30, 2014

CASology Week 80: Purple + FMS121 + Stencilled OCC

When I saw the sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches, I decided immediately I would mask the circles and combine a couple of techniques from the Stenciled Online Card Class. Kristina Werner had stamped the inside of a stencil, then inked the edges, and I loved the way it looked. With the CASology Cue Word being "Purple" this week, I had my color palette.

I made a mask with two circles and stamped a Lawn Fawn Backdrops image in the center with Memento Grape Jelly. Dusty Concord Distress Ink was blended over the musical notes and then the birthday sentiment stamped.

A few clear and purple sequins add the finishing touch.

I have a long history of loving purple - I might have shared before that, after considering a thousand different shades of beige, we painted our house in Seattle purple - yet, it is a color I rarely used when papercrafting.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Make It Monday #150: Window Screen Card

I'm taking a break from stenciling to play along with Make It Monday at Capture the Moment. This week there is a fun challenge to make a Window Screen Card - you can check out Melissa's tutorial here.

I had this beautiful My Mind's Eye paper that seemed perfect for the card, so skipped stamping the flowers and went right to die cutting the heart window and cover plate.

A trio of PTI buttons anchors the sentiment from Bountiful Banners.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stenciled OCC + Fusion #2 + Monday Mood Board #25 + CAS(E) this Sketch! #61

I have had a fun weekend, crafting with friends yesterday and finishing up some cards today. I watched the Day 2 & 3 videos for the Stenciled class at Online Card Classes and disappeared into the office for most of the afternoon.

This post is going to be photo heavy, as I have four cards to share. I have decided to show them in the order they were presented in the class, so first up is a card based on Julie Ebersole's tutorial to use a stencil with spray mists.

To be honest, spray mists are not really my thing, but I am very happy with the clean lines on this panel. I would love the Chartreuse Color Shine to be a little more intense, but didn't want the paper to get too saturated.

The second technique that I played with was Layering & Masking Stencils presented by Jennifer McGuire and I loved this way more than I thought I would. I played around with many color combinations and a couple of different stencils. 

As you can see my first attempt to layer with the Crafter's Workshop Kaleidoscope stencil was not very successful.

I flipped the panel over and inked the layers again, this time shifting the stencil very slightly (only about  1/8") and love the pattern that was created.

Jennifer masked off a portion of her panel to leave space for the sentiment, but I just stamped the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and wrapped the ends around the patterned panel.

My third card is based on the Day 2 tutorial from Laura Bassen to watercolor with stencils.  I used the negative space of a die cut as a stencil.

As simple as this card is, it is a real stretch out of my comfort zone. I rarely work right on the card base or make one layer cards. I love that the watercolor did not seep through the cardstock - there was a little warping that ironed out after sitting under my son's Geo/Trig textbook for a while.

This card is also being linked to the CAS(E) this Sketch #61 challenge.

Are you still with me? I promise the end is in sight as this is the last card for today. Day 3 includes a tutorial from Debby Hughes to use molding paste with a stencil. I love Debby's cards and followed her lead to spray mist the panel first and then apply the paste.

I used Heidi Swapp's Tinsel Color Shine and chevron stencil. Before I applied the molding paste, I tinted it with Mustard Seed Distress Ink. The card is finished off with a dark grey leaf die cut, a vellum Wplus9 Lacey Layers die cut & sentiment from Written on Ribbon plus a few enamel dots.

This card is being entered in the Monday Mood Board #25 at Wplus9 and the Fusion Challenge #2 where the inspiration is from the colors in the photo.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink January 2014 Blog Hop Take Two + MIM #149 + Stenciled OCC

I decided at the last minute to link this card up to the Papertrey Ink January 2014 Blog Hop and Make It Monday #149: Glitter Embellishments.


The stamps and dies are from the Grand Ampersand stamp set. The hearts on the top panel are from a stencil that is selectively placed and inked and the hearts on the lower panel are from the stamp set.

The glittered heart is a shaker box loaded with tiny heart sequins.

I am also linking the card to the Stenciled Online Card Class gallery.

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Papertrey Ink January 2014 Blog Hop + Stencilled OCC

I have a card to share for the Papertrey Ink January 2014 Blog Hop where the challenge is to make a card using only pink and neutrals. I love the pink and gold in a couple of the inspiration photos, so started from there. 


My first thought was to make a Valentine, but I have a greater need for birthday cards, so that is what I created.

I'm taking the Stenciled class at Online Card Classes and this is a CASE of the card and technique Debby Hughes demonstrated on the first day.

I'm off to spend the day with a few crafty friends gettting messy with mixed media art, but will be back later tonight to hop around.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

CASE Study #175 + Seize the Birthday

There is another beautiful card from Donna Mikasa to inspire us at the CASE Study challenge blog.

I adore the gold ink paired with the bright Distress Inks and black card base, so used those elements on my card. 

It's hard to capture the wonderful gleam of the gold ink, but it has a luscious soft glow.

I'm trying to replenish my stash of birthday cards and get a few more in the mail on time this year. This one is also being linked to the Seize the Birthday challenge where the Toppings option this week is coloring.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MIM #149: Glittered Embellishments + Seize the Birthday

The Make It Monday challenge this week at PTI is from Heather Nichols, who has a great tutorial for making glittering embellishments from die cuts. I need to get a birthday card in the mail for my mother-in-law and thought this would be a great way to add bling to the card without adding bulk.

I followed Heather's technique to glitter the "happy" die cut. The rest of the sentiment is stamped on vellum with white pigment ink and embossed with Ranger Holographic embossing powder to extend the glittery look of the big "happy".

I wanted a little more glitter on the card and had watched Jennifer Rzasa's tutorial after following the link on Ardyth's blog (tell me I am not the only one that can accidently lose an hour or so following links between blogs).

I didn't want the whole card sparkling, so cut my cover plate die cut in half before adding the glitter - my intent was for more of a gradient look, but that didn't happen the way I envisioned.

I am also linking this card to Seize the Birthday where the topping this challenge is to color - does it count it I colored with glitter?

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Clearly Besotted #7 + CASE Study #174 + CAS(E) this Sketch #60

I couldn't resist making another layered inked and embossed panel with a feather from the Clearly Besotted's Fancy Feathers. This one is inspired by the Clearly Besotted Challenge #7 - Love, the CASE Study #174 inspiration from Donna Mikasa and CAS(E) this Sketch #60.

I took a little liberty with the sketch, flipping the panel to the left side of the card. An older Hero Arts stamp provides the sentiment. The feather is stamped with Versamark, clear heat embossed and then inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

I dug through my ribbon basket to find this feathery pink fiber and scattered a few sequins to finish the card off.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Paper Smooches + FMS119 & CFC126 + Seize the Birthday & CASE Study #174 + CAS(E) this Sketch #60

I have three cards to share today. This first one was a quick & fun card for my daughter who passed her driver's test yesterday and is now off somewhere with my van.

I paired the Freshly Made Sketches sketch with the Paper Smooches Sparks inspiration photo.

I haven't made a card that is mostly patterned paper for a while and love the way this one turned out.

This next card is for the CASual Friday Challenge to Color Block and the Seize the Birthday Toppings challenge to color.

The sentiments were all stamped with Versamark on scraps of white cardstock, heat embossed and then inked with Distress Inks.

The center sentiment is popped up a bit and a few enamel dots add a bit of interest.

I think this is my favorite card today and combines the CAS(E) this Sketch #60 and CASE Study #174 challenges.

I cut four panels with my Nestabilities rectangle dies and stamped the Clearly Besotted feather onto each panel. By starting with the largest panel and stamping, heat embossing and inking it first, it was pretty easy to line up the stamped image of the next smaller panel.

The white panel behind the inked panels is embossed with a subtle texture.

Are you going to be watching football tomorrow? We're hoping for a Seahawks/Broncos Super Bowl with the Seahawks winning!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Merry Monday #91 + Muse #50 + Simon Says & MIM#148 Fail

I have a couple of cards to share today. This first one combines the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #91 with the Muse Challenge #50 and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog challenge to Emboss It.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

 Therese Calvird's Muse card inspired me to mask and color my quartet of Paper Smooches snowmen. This panel is then mounted on another panel embossed to mimic snow drifts.

A little sheer ribbon and a dangling metal snowflake finish the card off.

This next card started off with my attempt to play along with PTI's Make It Monday #148: Generation Stamping with Line Images & Multiple Colors (you can see Dawn's tutorial here). I really don't have many Line Image stamps, but played around with Reason to Smile to see what I could come up with.

I really like the card overall, but hated the stamped flowers, so today I pulled off that panel and made a new one.

This one will be linked to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog where Anything Goes this week.

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

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