Thursday, June 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink June 2015 Blog Hop

I created this card for the Papertrey Ink June 2015 Blog Hop going on all day today. You can find all the details here at Capture the Moment.

Can you see how I translated the sweet shoes in the inspiration photo into this card?

Blog hop inspiration

The Happiness in Bloom dies were used to cut a number of flowers from red and whte burlap, clear transparency paper and cream crepe paper. A touch of ink added color to the white burlap and the flowers were tied together with black buttons and paper twine. The burlap was run through a Xyron before it was cut making it easy to adhere to the transparency for more stability. A few felt leaves finish off this floral cluster.

Building Blocks dies are cut from Smoky Shadow and Soft Stone cardstock to make the striped base for the Thank You Kindly sentiment.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fusion Bright Butterfly + Simon Says + Seize the Birthday

I have a bright and happy birthday card to share with you today.

Inspiration came from both the photo and sketch from the Fusion: Bright Butterfly challenge.

A panel is inked with Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks and then a water spritzed stencil is pressed on it to dilute some of the color and leave the stencil image. The PTI sentiment is stamped directly onto this panel and a couple of Martha Stewart punched butterflies flutter around it.

The solid butterflies are all cut from a piece of transparency that is stained with Sailboat Blue Alcohol Ink and a black Delaney butterfly die cut is layered over the largest. You can see how the color of the butterflies varies depending on what color they are layered over.

I am also linking this card to the Wednesday Challenge Blog at Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is to use a favorite technique or product. Distress Inks, stencils and die cutting fit the bill for me.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

The final link is to Seize the Birthday, where the challenge this time around is Nothing but Neutrals, but thankfully they always have an Anything Goes option.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Top Dog Dies Guest Designer

I'm thrilled to be the Guest Designer at the Top Dog Dies Blog today!

Please head over and check out the fun cards I made with the new Top Dog Dies Flamingo Die Set and Pennant Banner Die Set.

The Top Dog Dies Flamingo Die Set is full of wonderful little accessories like the oh-so-cool sunglasses and party hat you are getting a peek of here.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch! #128 + Simon Says

With Father's Day tomorrow I took a little time today to make this card. If you know my husband, you know he is rarely seen without a coffee cup in his hand.

Some older 6x6 patterned paper pads were pulled out and 3 patterns picked to make fun coffee cups. The sleeves and lids are cut from Soft Stone cardstock and then a letter added to each to spell out DAD.

Using this week's sketch from Hannelie Bester for CAS(E) This Sketch! #128 the cups were adhered to the card base with the middle one popped up and slightly overlapping the other two. A Simon Says Stamp sentiment is heat embossed directly onto the card base.

You should know by now that die cutting is a favorite technique of mine this card is perfect for the challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

My husband's favorite coffee cup is this ceramic version of the iconic New York City "to go" coffee cup I picked up for a a few years ago while in NYC. With his Greek and restaurant family background it was a perfect gift for him and we all get a kick out of spotting the cups in the hands of actors in any NYC based TV shows or movies.

I only complain when he uses it as a travel mug because it didn't come with a lid.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch #127

I have a card to share today based on CAS(E) This Sketch! #127 and using product from Avery Elle, Wplus9 and Paper Smooches.

I decided the sentiment fit better on the upper right rounded square instead of below the image. This decision also made me move the sail boat slightly to the left and I like the feeling it is moving across the water.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

CASology #150: Graduation + Simon Says Friends

It has been nonstop graduation celebrations around here, starting with the formal commencement ceremony for our daughter on Thursday night and a number of parties over the last few days, including ours this evening. We still aren't done as friends in a neighboring district don't finish until next weekend. I have been making a lot of graduation cards but many are leaving the house before I can get photos.

This card is one that went off to a Saturday night party and uses some clip art that I also used on our party invitations. I love the iconic image of new grads tossing their caps in the air and made this one into a quick and easy shaker card.

A strip of glitter tape fills in the space under the clip art image and the box is filled with confetti stars, red and silver micro beads.

I love the Avery Elle sentiment and felt it perfectly captures the joy at the end of the graduation ceremony.

This card is being linked to CASology Week 150: Graduation and the Wednesday Challenge Blog at Simon Says Stamp where this week the challenge is Friends or Superhero.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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Friday, June 5, 2015

The Challenge #37 and Muse #120

Woohoo, it is the first day of summer vacation for us and I celebrated by ignoring my kids and papercrafting!

I still have a few graduation cards to make an this one is in the school colors for one of my daughter's BBFs who is graduating as Student of the Year at her school.

The sketch from The Challenge #37 is flipped on its side and the numbers I die cut when I made this card last week are used over a shaker box. 

This second card is my take on Vicki Dutcher's last card as a Muse for the Muse Challenge #20.

One of my favorite elements of Vicki's card is the tall, thin card base and I cut my card base an inch narrower than usual. A bouquet of stamped and masked flowers colored with Distress Inks replace the butterflies and a Technique Tuesday sentiment finishes the card off.

I love the sketchy style of these Mama Elephant flowers.

I said we were on summer vacation, but technically my daughter is not done until her graduation ceremony on Thursday. Seniors at her school have finished their academic work and leave for a Senior Trip Sunday, enjoying a few of the iconic Southern California activities: water parks, theme parks and beaches.

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