Friday, August 1, 2014

Punch Art & Pom Poms

Happy Friday Everyone!  I'm SO glad it's here. :)  Since it's Friday you all know that it's time for a card for the Friday Mashup challenge, and I have a fun card to share with least I hope you think it's fun!  If you do keep on reading to see how you can win it! :) This week our challenge is from Avery...and boy did she challenge us, but WOW did the design team come up with some great cards!  Here is this round's challenge...

Create a project with "Pom Poms".
Create a project with "Punch Art:
or Mash it Up! and create a "Punch Art project with Pom Poms on it".

I have to say I had NO idea what to do for this at first since I was determined to mash things up.  But then I started thinking about palm trees and maybe how I could make the pom poms their leaves, then that made me think about the funky Dr. Seuss trees.  Yes, my mind totally wanders like that!  Does yours? lol  Anyway, after thinking about Dr. Seuss tress I started thinking about Horton Hears a Who.  That's when my older daughter informed me I was thinking of the wrong movie and she told me to look up The Lorax.  Yup, those were the trees I was thinking of!  Now how to create the Lorax???  I asked her to grab me my owl punch and things started flying from there.  She tossed my bitty butterfly punch on the table and said use this (look at his head, mustache and eyebrows...totally made using that punch!).  Then it was time for her to go to bed and that meant me too since her "room" is kind of in my craft room right now. lol  Can you imagine having and idea in your head and not being able to run with it right then and there.  Yup, she totally did that to me, but I survived...whew!

Make sure you head on over to the Friday Mashup blog HERE to see what the other designers made and to play along because we'd love to see what you can create too!

Ok...would you like a chance to win this card?  If so just let me know by posting a comment on my blog  here at the bottom of my post.  Yup, that's all you need to do have a chance at winning this a comment. :)  I'll be using a random number generator on Excel to chose the number for me.  I'll post the winner next Monday the 4th so stay tuned.  If this goes over well maybe I'll have to give it a try again in a month.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Bloom with Hope (stem for tree trunks) & retired b-day stamp
Card Stock:  Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Pumpkin Pie & Daffodil Delight 
(used for light sponging on the Lorax),
Soft Sky, Pool Party, Island Indigo,
Pear Pizzazz & Old Olive (brayered background)
Memento Ink:  Tuxedo Black
Stampin' Write Marker:  Basic Gray (trees), Island Indigo & Basic Black (eyes)
Punches:  Owl Builder (Body, hands & feet), 
Cupcake Builder (circles for eyes and nose, but cut down),
Bitty Butterfly (head, mustache & eyebrows)
& retired 3-heart punch (for arms...legs were hand cut from owl punch)
Pom Poms are from Sale-a-bration 2014 Deisgner kit Heartfelt Banner
Brayer & Sponges

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gray Snowflake Soriee

A very merry Christmas to least that's what my card for today says. :)  We have a sketch challenge for you over at 'Tis the Season for our next challenge and it was a fun one to work with.  I didn't get four cards done this week like I was hoping to because I couldn't decide what colors I wanted to use in the first place.  By the time I had figured out what ones I was going to use there just wasn't any time left.  I was trying to figure out what to do for another challenge that I'm involved with and my daughter (who hates card making!) was even throwing a few ideas my way. :)

I hope you like what I've created this week!

Here's the sketch.  If you get a chance check out all the other cards made by the design team HERE.  As always they have great cards to share with you.  Make sure you play along too so you can get a head start on your Christmas cards.  It will be here before you know it!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:s:  Snowflake Soiree & More Merry Messages
Card Stock:  Basic Gray, Island Indigo & Whisper White
Ink:  VersaMark
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  White
Embossing Folder:  Pretty Print
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Masculine Lovely as a Tree

Have I ever said I love making masculine cards?  I'm sure I have, but I'd like to say it again...I love making masculine cards! :)  Maybe because they're a little less detailed than feminine cards, I don't know.  I guess I like they way most of them turn out.  Either that or I'm not as picky. lol  Today's card is for this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge 178.  I was trying for a relaxing serene night scene with the moon for this card.

Make sure you head over to Try Stampin' on Tuesday HERE to check out the other fab cards made using this sketch and play along too if you get a chance.

 I've been trying to take a few more pics at different angles and post them.  I know I enjoy seeing more than one pic of a card or project when I'm browsing blogs, so I thought maybe those of you that check out my blog would think the same thing too. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

 Stamp Set:  Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede
Embossing Folder:  Woodgrain
Punch:  1 1/4" Circle
Brayer & Sponges

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Brightly Blooming

Is it sunny or is it rainy?  That's what it's like here today in Michigan.  Wonderful sun, then pouring rain, and as I'm typing this warm sunshine again...oh, change that.  Looks like it's about to rain again. lol  Today I have a card for two different challenges and I'm excited that I had some time to do it today!  

My colors come from the Colour Me...playful challenge.  I've been following them for a bit now and was determined to play along.  Love the colors they have for this week, however I couldn't figure out how I was going to add in the color Melon Mambo.  It just didn't look right where the black strips are, and I felt it would have been too bright where the gold embossing is.  That's when I decided to sponge the tips and a bit of the center of the flower that I had colored in with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.  

I also decided to play along with Freshly Made Sketches.  It's a nice CAS sketch and I was determined to keep my card that way.  For those of you who know me I tend to over-do my cards, so it was a bit of a challenge, but I think I managed it this time. :)

I decided not to put a sentiment on my card yet.  Who knows what I might need it for.  I need a few of those kinds of card around so if something comes up all I have to do is stamp the sentiment on and it's ready to be sent off.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Flowering Flourishes & Bloom with Hope
Card Stock:  Basic Black & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Melon Mambo
Memento:  Tuxedo Black
Blendabilities:  Daffodil Delight Assortment
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  Gold
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fancy Flowering Flourishes

Today's card has a technique that's new to me, sort of.  I've seen it before, but never actually made a card using it.  I really enjoyed trying it, and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. :)  So let's see what the challenge is for the next round of the Friday Mashup.  Tara's fun challenge for us is...

Create a project using the "Sketch".
Create a project using the "Delft Tile Technique". Tutorial here
or Mash it Up! and create a project using the "Sketch & Delft Tile Technique".

The first thing I did was pick a stamp set that I thought would work for this technique.  Yup, I pulled out Flowering Flourishes.  I have to say this set was gathering a little dust on it...not literally, but it's been a LONG time since I've used it.  I thought it would look good with browns so I chose crumb cake and baked brown sugar.  

Make sure you visit the Friday Mashup HERE to see the other designers' sketches and delft tile technique that they each did.  What a lot of cool cards!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Flowering Flourishes & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Crumb Cake
Framelit:  Apothecary Accents
Ribbon:  5/8" Seam binding in Crumb Cake
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer
Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Strawberry Silhouettes

Happy Tuesday, Everyone.  Well it's going to be a hot one here in Michigan today.  I think we finally have some true summer weather.  I could definitely live without the humidity that's coming along with it though!  Well today's card had a lot of white space on it from Try Stampin' on Tuesday, and when I see sketches like this I just want to fill it up with some type of scenery so that's what I did.  

I stamped the flowers from Serene Silhouettes in Strawberry Slush, then stamped them again with VersaMark and embossed them with white embossing powder (I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to help line them up the way I wanted).  After that I brayered with Crisp Cantaloupe on the top and bottom of the card so it was lighter in the center.  Then made a horizon by blocking off the top of the card with piece of scrap paper.  Then I punched out a 1" circle and cut the bottom of it off and put it on my card where I wanted the sun lining the bottom up with the horizon, then brayered with Strawberry Slush.  I know this pic makes it look like everything is pink, but it's really not.  The sun and center of the card actually match the Crisp Cantaloupe card stock, the sun is just a bit darker (I sponged that in to make it darker).  I'm positive my camera just doesn't like me.  Someday I'll get a pic of one of my cards that actually looks like my card. :)

Head on over to Try Stampin' on Tuesday HERE to see all the other cards from the designers.  Lots of great cards and ideas over there.  What will you create using this sketch? :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Serene Silhouettes & Blooming with Kindness
Card Stock:  Crisp Cantaloupe & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Crisp Cantaloupe & Strawberry Slush
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  White
Embossing Folder:  Stylish Stripes
Punch:  1" Circle
Ribbon:  5/8" Organza in Whisper White
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer
Brayer, Sponges

Friday, July 18, 2014

Birthday Blooms

It's Friday, so that means another card made using the Friday Mashup challenge.  This week I'm hostessing the challenge and this is what I have for you...

Create a project using a "Background Stamp".
Create a project with "something 3-D on it".
or Mash it Up! and create a "project with a 3-D element and a Background Stamp".

I love using background stamps since they add to any card.  I have to admit I have a hard time leaving white space on my cards!  I did a little on this one just to change things up a it wouldn't fit across the whole card. lol

I thought I'd go all out on the 3-D part of this challenge only because it's been quite a while since I've had a chance to make any flowers like this.  It's up to you what you want to do to to make something 3-D.  Check out what all the other designers made HERE.  Lots of  different ideas out there, and that's what makes it so fun. :)

I can't forget to add where I got my colors from.  They are on this week's challenge from the ColorQ Challenge.  As soon as I saw these colors I knew they were what I wanted to use.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Dictionary & Simply Sketched (retired)
Card Stock:  Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Island Indigo, 
Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Pear Pizzazz
Framelits:  Circles Collections
Punches: 1 3/4" Circle Scallop (used to make flowers) 
Bojo Blossoms & Builder Bird
Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

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