Thursday, October 30, 2014

Muse Challenge #91

The talented Michele Ferguson from I Card Everyone is the Guest Designer for the Muse #91 and she has added a little twist to the challenge this week. We are to take a piece of designer paper and make a set of three cards, each different, but sharing a theme.

Here is Michele's great example.

Instead of working with a single piece of 12x12 designer paper, I pulled out one 6x6 piece of paper from Teresa Collins Christmas Home line, along with another scrap of the same paper for my three cards.

This first one uses the horizontal scrap and set the tone for all three cards when I cut a Rustic Wreath and the Joy word die,

A realized a three inch circle die cut would fit perfectly in the wreath and quickly put together this seond card.

The original plan was to make the third card with a vertical panel, but when I laid the left over piece of designer paper on a card base. I decided to stick with the wreath theme.

A larger circle is cut out of the black panel and the circle is adhered to the card base. The remaining piece frames the designer paper and is popped up over the base. A few Joy die cuts are adhered together to add more dimension to the card.

Here is the finished set of three cards. My favorite is the first one, but my daughter really loves the one with the black panel. I hope you are not getting tired of seeing PTI's Rustic Wreath, I just can't seem to put it away for long right now.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Muse #90 + CASology Week #118: Home & CTS#97

For the first weekend this month my dear husband is home and, except for one soccer game, there is nothing on the schedule. This may just be the eye of the storm as the next free weekend is Thanksgiving, but for today I enjoyed a little time in the office and have a couple of cards to share as a result.

This first card is inspired by Marion Vagg's stunner for Muse #90 and the CASology Week #118: Home.

I love the clean, graphic design of Marion's card, but went in a slightly different direction with mine. A Tim Holtz stencil is used to ink a white panel, with more ink added after the stencil was removed.

The house & heart paperclip was stained red with alcohol ink, but needed a little extra help to stand out on the panel, so it was backed with an inked scrap of cardstock.

I loved the DT cards for CAS(E) This Sketch #97 and fussed with an idea that was perfect in my head, but wasn't translating well in real life.

I walked away from my desk for a few hours before completely scrapping the first plan and going with a simple one layer card.

The feathers are stamped with Versamark and embossed with a clear embossing powder so that the white cardstock shows through when inked.

I hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend. Tomorrow I have to get out the Halloween decorations if they are going to get up before Friday. I'm kind of missing the old days when the kids would start begging in September to decorate and I would hold them off until October 1. The last few years it seems we get the lights up just in time for the trick-o-treaters.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink October 2014 Blog Hop + Merry Monday #131

For the October Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, Nichole Heady has provided a number of non-traditional color schemes to inspire holiday papercrafting projects. You can find all the details and join in the fun here.



This card started with a Rustic Wreath stamped, heat embossed with New Leaf ink and then die cut. The leaves were colored with Copic markers and then coated with clear Wink of Stella for a touch of glitter.

The sentiment is stamped directly on the card base and heat embossed before the wreath is attached using glue dots.

I am also entering this card in the Merry Monday Challenge #131: Non-traditional Colors. You can find the details of this challenge here.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

MIM #185: Faux Stained Glass + Merry Monday #131 Non-Traditional Colors

I had a little more fun with the Make It Monday #185: Faux Stained Glass technique from Betsy Veldman. You can find her tutorial here and, I have to warn you, it is a little addictive :)

This time, an outline sentiment from Instant Photo: Holidays Stamp Set is stamped on the transparency before letters are colored in on the backside with Copic markers.

A shaker box is created by stacking frames cut from from the Limitless Layers Square Die collection. The transparency is sandwiched between the top two layers, giving enough room to allow the sequins to move freely.

The colors were inspired by the Merry Monday Challenge #131: Non-Traditional Colors. Details for this challenge can be found here.

I love the way this card turned, but it was super hard to photograph because of the way the stamped image reflected off the white panel, giving a double vision shadow to the sentiment.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MIM #185: Faux Stained Glass + Simon Says Kraft

If you haven't seen Betsy Veldman's video tutorial for creating Faux Stained Glass images, head over to Capture the Moment and check out Make it Monday #185.

Using Staz On ink, the Rustic Wreath is stamped on a transparency and then the backside is colored with a few different green Copic markers and the berries dotted with red.

The transparency is adhered to the red and kraft panels first and the foam tape creats a space for a sprinkle of Martha Stewart coarse glitter. The white embossed panel seals in the glitter. The assembled panel is then adhered to a red card base.

I am linking this card up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week the challenge is to Get Crafty and Use Craft.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Festive Friday #42 & Fusion Hardwood Florals

I have a couple of cards to share today. This first one is inspired by both the photo and sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge Oct 9 Hardwood Florals.

As soon as I saw the photo of the lovely daisies, I pulled out my MFT daisy dies, but instead of die cutting three daisies the same size, I made three different size flowers. The flowers are mounted on a purple panel stamped with IO Wooden Plank image.

The flowers didn't leave much room for a sentiment at the bottom of the panel, so I decided to continue with an asymetrical approach to the sketch. Pushing the panel to one side gives me lots of space for the vertical sentiment.

This second card is for the Festive Friday Challenge #42, where we have been given this gorgeous scene for inspiration.

I have a couple of cards underconstruction, but thought I would go ahead and post this super clean and simple version tonight.

I picked up this Memory Box Poinsettia die on my summer vacation and adore the tiny size.

I love the way it sits in the middle of the PTI Joy word die. A little Wink of Stella adds a subtle touch of shine.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Muse #87 + Curtain Call Oct 1 Smooches

I knew as soon as I saw Guest Designer Kimberly Weiner's card for the Muse #87 that I would be combining it with The Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge October 1 - Smooches.

For my idea to work, I had to flip her design. A watercolor paper panel is cut to 5 x 5 inches and scored at 1" on the left side. A couple of flower and leave images from Painted Flowers were stamped  multiple times and heat embossed before they were watercolored.

A Paper Smooches sentiment is stamped on another watercolor paper panel and layered over the floral panel.

You can see in this photo how the stamped image is wrapped around the fold of the card.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

CTS95 + CQC261 + Virginia's View #8 CAS + Seize the Birthday & Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper 399

I have a couple of things to share with you. First of all, I was a little stunned and hugely honored to get a message from Julie Warner at Splitcoaststampers earlier this week to tell me I am the Featured Stamper! This means, anyone who wants to play along is CASEing my gallery. I go by Jacquie J at SCS and you can see my gallery here and all the beautiful CASE cards here or search FS399 at SCS.

I found a little time to make a card this morning before things heated up too much. Yes, we are being hit with high temperatures again after a beautiful cool few days, but at least it is a dry heat that comes with the Santa Ana winds.

For this card, I cut an Avery Elle chevron die three times from white card stock and then from scraps of teal, terracotta and chartreuse. The three white die cuts are layered together and the colored pieces inset, with a few layered to different heights.

The sentiment was stamped in dark brown ink before the diecut was adhered to the card base. 

The color palette came from the Colour Q Challenge #261 and the card design from CAS(E) this Sketch! #95. I am also entering this card in Virginia's View Challenge #8 Clean And Simple and Seize the Birthday, where I think it fits Anything Goes even though the chevron reminds me of a Banner.

I'd love to see you join in the fun over at Splitcoaststampers!

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