Thursday, July 2, 2015

Splatters Matter

The challenge this week at DRS Designs is "Splatters Matter." I haven't done much with splatters so this was new to me. I've used a stamp that creates splatters, but I wanted to actually use a brush and create some splatters. So here's what I came up with.

I had already colored the water color paper with the blue gelatos and decided to add some red and darker blue splats with gelatos. Once they dried I added some silver splatters with some water color paint, but they turned out much smaller and are more difficult to see. This panel was layered on red CS and then added to the white card base. The liberty bell was stamped on white CS, colored with Copics, fussy cut and attached with pop dots form some dimension. The sentiment was stamped on white CS and die cut. A few red, white (silver) and blue sequins complete the look.

We'd love to have you join in the challenge. You can see details here. I'd really like to see what others do with this challenge.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

It's time to relax!

Happy Monday everyone! My card today features our new Adirondack chair image along with a portion of the Retirement greeting. I saw this sketch somewhere and wanted to give it a try. I decided to cut the circles first and then stamp the image inside so the placement would be just right. Very smart idea, however, I used blue CS and decided that it just didn't look right and wanted to go with black. No problem, I just used removable tape and attached the black CS underneath the blue one and die cut the circles in the exact same spots. Perfect, only the removable tape decided to really stick to the black CS and it tore when I tried to remove it. I was about ready to quit, but I gave it one more try and managed to get the circles cut in close enough spots for the chairs to look center stage. Some days the simplest things turn out so difficult!! Once I colored the chairs with Copics, I added the sentiment on a die cut banner and put everything together. Then I noticed some spots where I must have gotten glue or something on the black CS. I don't even remember touching glue, but....  So the green flowers are cover ups!! I think it's a really cute card, but boy was it ever frustrating to create!!

Be sure to check out this week's challenge to use Stars on your card. We'd love to see what you create!  Details can be see here.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope your creativity flows a bit smoother than mine did for this card!


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Merry Monday Hat Challenge

The challenge at Merry Monday this week is to use a funky hat on your Christmas card. I decided to make my entire card a hat. It's a gift card holder and super easy to make. I can't remember where I first found the directions for making these. I have them printed out and in a binder, but there's no reference to where it came from. Here's my hat.


To create the hat you need a circle about 5 inches in diameter, cut in half. A punched strip is added to one half circle, then the other half circle is attached to just the border piece with a brad. I added the snowflake medallion along with the brad. Some glittery stars were added to the hat part. Here's the inside.

I stamped the sentiment in black ink and added a couple of stars. The gift card slides in between the white strip and the blue part. When the top part is closed, the gift card is hidden.

You can see details of the Merry Monday challenge here.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

DRS Designs' challenge: O my stars!

The challenge this week is to use stars on your card. First I thought about making a 4th of July card, but then realized I needed a grad card. I remembered that I purchased these glitter stars on sale somewhere and thought they'd be cute on a grad card. The card is pretty simple. The white panel was stamped with the sentiment, then embossed and layered on black CS before attaching it to the card base. The tassel was stamped on white and layered on the same black CS. The glitter stars were added and the card was complete. Easy peasy!!

We'd love to have you join in the fun. You could be the winner of some awesome stamps. You can see details here.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Fleur De Lis Birthday Wishes

Today's card is fairly simple. I started by stamping the new Fleur De Lis stamp on white CS, colored with copics, die cut and layered on a blue Fleur De Lis die cut. The blues really do match in real life. I don't know what it is about blues, but they never look the same in the pic. Anyway, the vertical birthday greeting was stamped, die cut and layered on the same blue CS. A single Fleur De Lis was die cut and added to the top of the greeting banner. The white layer was embossed with a folder I found on clearance at Michaels last week. Some blue rhinestones were added to complete the look.

Be sure to check out this week's challenge  at DRS Designs. We'd love to have you play along!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Merry Christmas!

This week DRS Designs is the proud sponsor of Christmas Stampin' All Year Long. The challenge is to create a Christmas card with ribbon or lace. I chose ribbon.

First I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Next I stamped the snow using the 4 in 1 Snow Village accessories stamp in VersaMark, embossed it with clear embossing powder and then sponged three shades of blue ink for the night sky. The snowy cabin and snow lines were stamped with Memento Black ink on a separate piece of white CS, colored with Copics, cut along the top edge and attached to the main panel. Everything was layered on navy CS before adding the sheer navy ribbon. Some lacy stickles were added to the snow lines, trees and cabin roof.

Be sure to check out this challenge. It's a great way to get a head start on your stash of Christmas cards. Plus you could be the winner of some amazing stamps!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015


I have two challenge cards today. This first one is for DRS Designs Color Challenge. Here are the colors:

And here is my card:

I started by stamping the new lighthouse image from DRS Designs on white CS, colored with Copics, die cut and layered on a scalloped red circle. The darker blue CS, which really does match the lighthouse roof better in real life, has sea shells stamped in VersaMark ink all over. A nestie border die was used to cut out the "bubbles" on the bottom. The greeting was stamped with black ink, die cut and attached at the top with glue dots. A red baker's twine bow completes the look.
You can check out the DRS Designs' challenge here.

My second card is for Our Daily Bread's Shining Light Inspiration Challenge.

I was inspired to create a Father's Day card. This did not turn out quite like I had in mind. The image was much harder for me to color than I expected. I stamped this image while at a friend's house last month, so I couldn't start over today when the coloring didn't go the way I wanted.  Maybe I should have used watercolors instead of Copics?! Anyway, here it is.

After coloring the image, I added some Wink of Stella white along the waves and even in the sand some. It doesn't show up too well in the pic, but it does look cute in real life. The sentiment was stamped, die cut and the edges sponged with Teal ink. It's popped up with foam squares so it goes over the baker's twine better.

You can check out the ODBD challenge here.

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