February 24, 2013

I finally went to the store Friday, because I needed a few basic supplies for the crafting room. While I was wandering around, I went by the magazine section. I try to resist, because there are other things I could use. But the Spring issue of CardMaker was there, with the prettiest cascading card on the cover. So the magazine came home with me. I carefully followed the instructions to make a cascading card, but hated mine when I finished. It's just like looking at cooking recipes; mine never look like the pictures! I consoled myself by realizing that style of card is too bulky for OWH anyway. Maybe after dinner, I'll post a couple of cards that I am happy with...
Monday evening, February 18, 2013

While trying to clean up my mess from the VCMP, I found an extra image I stamped for the caffienated challenge, so made another coffee card. One can never have two much coffee anything when crafting!

The A2 card base is turquoise. I colored, then fussy cut the image, and attached it to 4" by 5 1/4" swiss dot embossed white cardstock. Wrapped two strands of twine, one pink and the other turquoise, around the white cardstock, then attached it to the turquoise base. Die cut a white oval and a pink oval. Stamped sentiment on white oval, inked edge with turquoise, then layered ovals and attached to base with dimensionals. Tied a double strand twine bow at top and filled in that space above the sentiment with a little pink punched heart. It's done!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Well, the virtual cardmaking party was over all too soon! Today found me finishing up a couple of the challenges that I didn't finish yesterday. When I saw challenge number nine, I thought it would be so easy...not! I kept mixing and trying different ivory and white combos, until I got brain freeze and quit for the day. This morning, I looked at my card again and decided it needed just a little cheat to finish. At first the embossed flowers were plain ivory, but they didn't look quite right. So I sponged a little caramel (same color as sentiment) on them and now I can live with it. It's ivory A2 card, white cardstock with overlay of vellum on bottom third of card. Sentiment is stamped on vellum with caramel. White cardstock embossed with dotted swiss and edged with ivory punched lace, with white sheer ribbon and bow along bottom edge. Ivory embossed roses adhered at top. As Sharon said when she posted the challenge, getting the cards to show well on photos was difficult, so it's hard to see all the layers on mine, too.

So, yesterday I didn't own a bit of washi tape. This morning while running errands, I gave in and got two rolls so I could try it. There wasn't a big selection (at Walmart) and I ended up with teal and gray. When I got home, I immediately started playing with it and I am so happy with my card and its unusual color combo. I decided to count it for two challenges: the washi tape and the non-glitter sparkle challenges.

First, I cut an A2 card base of textured gray cardstock from Bazzill. Then, I cut a strip of light turquoise 2" by 5.25" and a strip of the same gray 2.25" by 5.25". I stamped random dragonflies with versamark ink on turquoise strip. Next, I attached three strips of washi tap over gray strip. Attached a shiny silver little dragonfly brad, then mounted both strips to gray card base. Sentiment stamped with teal ink on white, matted on teal, then attached over turquoise. A white flower layered over a teal flower with a sparkly jewel brad completes this card.
Sunday, February 17, 2013

Challenge #7 Caffeine Challenge for VCMP - Coffee brown and Starbucks green! Die cut an oval window in 4" by 5.25" brown cardstock and stamp coffee beans all over with versamark ink. Trim image and adhere behind oval window. Using two oval dies together, cut a narrow green frame and glue over brown cardstock. Stamp sentiment on white, use ticket punch on corners, mat on green and ticket punch green also. Wrap bakers twine around brown cardstock, then mount sentiment using dimensionals. Attach to A2 size green cardstock, embossed with Stampin Up square lattice folder. Attach to white card base and it's done. My coffee cup needs a refill now, then on to the next challenge!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Operation Write Home VCMP Challenge #6 - Wheeled Things. I never seem to make enough masculine cards, but this challenge lends itself well, since what guy doesn't like wheels? I used the technique for the car where you stamp the image, fussy cut out the part of the image that you want to be outside the circle, then slide the Nestie die under the cut out part (the back of the car) and over the rest of the image, then cut. It gives a feeling of action to the image. On this card, I actually ended up doing the technique twice because I liked the idea of the road from the background paper spotlighted on the circle under the car. The rest is easy...just adhere everything to the card. Now, let's get our kicks!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Challenge #3 for the Operation Write Home VCMP - Texture Omit/Selective Embossing. My thanks to hostess, Beth L., for her clear explanation of how this technique works. I had tried it once a long time ago, but for whatever reason, it just didn't work. This time I got the hang of it! I made my template for the oval and embossed white cardstock per Beth's instructions. I cut an oval the same size from copier paper and used it to mask the non-embossed oval while I sponged Mellow Moss ink on the embossed portion. Then I used the other part of the copier paper to mask the embossed area while I stamped the flowers with So Saffron ink. The sentiment was stamped with Mellow Moss, and I attached brads of the same color for accent and balance. The embossed piece was then double matted on So Saffron and Mellow Moss cardstock and attached to standard A2 white card base.

For some reason, this card wouldn't scan well. It's prettier IRL, with very soft colors.
Sat. February 16, 2013

Operation Write Home is having a virtual cardmaking party (VCMP)this holiday weekend and it looked like fun, so I thought I'd give it a try. Challenge #1 is to make a card using chevrons (zig zags.) After hunting around, I found a little chevron print in my scrap box. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on charcoal gray cardstock, then adhered the chevron strip. The scooter girl image is from an old Stampin Up set, stamped on white cardstock, colored with Copics, then mounted on dark pink cardstock. Attached matted image to charcoal gray, attached a silver Eiffel Tower brad, then adhered to standard A2 white card base. Ooh la la, je t'aime this card!

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013

I took a couple days off crafting to go on a little geocaching trip with my daughter. We got home yesterday and after three days of hiking, fresh air and sunshine, I'm back in my stamping room. Here are two of the cards I made today:

The cute spotted dog is my "warm up" card today. Combining a dog and my favorite color combo, this was a quick and easy card, but I'm very happy with it. The dog was stamped with pigment ink, heat embossed, another layer of embossing powder added, then heated again, so the finished dog has kind of a textured look. I added Ranger glossy accent to his nose, so he as a shiny, wet, dog nose!

For the second card, I like the bulldog, but aren't too crazy about the wavy sentiment shape. But, that's me; everything should be nicely geometrical - not! Bulldog is stamped, then I stamped him a second time on a scrap, cut out part of his face and overlaid it on original image using dimensionals. The tag on his collar is a shiny copper brad (doesn't show up well in photo.) A little shading for depth, triple mounted and he was done.
February 11, 2011

I've been stamping like crazy for the past couple days. Just pulling out whatever stamps catch my fancy and playing.

I ran across one of my old favorite Penny Black stamps and used one of my favorite color combos, black, red and white, for a French flavored love card.
Then I pulled out a pile of dog-themed stamps (I have tons!) and made several different cards. This is the one I liked the best, with the colors inspired by the paw print brad in my stash. The sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set that I still love.
February 3, 2013

Inspiration from new stamps - I was out of town for about a week and came home with a bug, which turned into bronchitis.  I'm finally feeling better and celebrated by spending the day in my stamp room. These two cards were made using some new Unity Stamps that were waiting in the mailbox when I came home.