Thursday, January 31, 2013

Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Loves Me!

Okay, the clock ticks and there are minutes from the final entry into the
SQUEEZE-A-PALOOZA
 
So I think of their free digi. 
They are cute and sweet, and also as heart do, look petal like.
 
So this is my take on the Loves Me, Loves Me Not
girlhood fancy of pulling petals from a flower to see if your fair love loves you too.
(OKAY, I still do this!!!) 
 

 
 
I think the embossing background is just too much and  over the top,
so I may have to make this card again without it.
I just wanted to play, so hey, it was fun.

 
Close Up:
A full flower, and a flower with petals pulled.

 
Close up: Banners and Sentiment


Supplies:
Fonts: Hobo std, Giddyup Std
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug XOX Hugs and Kisses
Die: Memory Box Nottingham Border
Foam Doublesside Tape
Papers: My Minds Eye Love Me (Chevron)
American Crafts XOXO
 
Also posting to:
 
 



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Heart Sing - Fresh Squeezed Challenge

Squeeze-A-Palooza #4 - Valentine's Day

Well, I have a serious CRUSH on Fresh Squeezed Stamps! 
So I am sending my Valentine to them for a chance to win one of their epic sets.


Play Along! 
They give you this great super cute digital image to play along.
Also, the more votes you get, the better chance to win a prize!
So I am smooozin for votes!
(pick me pick me!)
 

 
 
 Close Up: Sentiment
 
 Close Up:
Sweet Hearts as part of the music image

Also entering into Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes
(I am using the Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts Die!)


 
Supplies:
Free Digi Sentiment from Paper Dreams of Mine
Buttons: Recollections
Ink: Versa Mini Cube Scarlet
 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

STUCK on you!


Well, the lovely ladies at CASology want you to get your GAME on!
So I am bringing the LOVE game.
 
I think Valentines are my favorite cards of all. 
You can be bright and bold and romantic, humorous and sweet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The MOST awesome sponsor for this week is:
OMG!!
 You have to go check out their products!
They are on my OFFICIAL Must have wish list..
Which by the way is growing exponentially every time I peruse the awesome designs on CASology, from designers and the artist posting their fab takes on the challenges.
 
 
 
 
Close Up:
Love the XoXoXo Embossing Strip Folder!
And the Brilliance ink  - it is just that Brilliant!!!   It just shines!


Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts Arrow Background True Love Collection,
TPC Studios Game Night Dart Board,
Rubber Soul Heart Dartboard,
Amuse STUCK on you, Viva Las Vegas Dart
Inks: Tsuniko DewDrop Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid
Memento Tuxedo Black
Cuttlebug Embossing Strip Folder Hugs and Kisses
 
 

 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Rain or Shine Washi Tape Inspiration

I fell head over sketchers for all of the colorful washi tape! 
Oranges, Turquoise with Greens and Yellows..
 (Wow who is ready for spring??   ME that's who!!)
 
Don't know what to do with all of the washi lovelies?
Cascade them down your card like rain!
 
Inspiration, Banner Paper led me to this very quick and easy card.
I may have to make several folks.
 
 
Echo Park Papers: Hello Summer by Lori Whitlock
 


Closer look of the "Washi Rain"

 
Supplies:
Stamps: Paper Trey Ink Scttered Showers
Inks: Fresh Ink Pool, Fresh Ink Strawberry, Versacolor Marigold
MementoTuxedo Black
Pearls
Foam pop up tape
And a whole lotta Washi!
Washi: Recollections, Martha Stewart, misc.
I hand cut the umbrella, really need the die :)
 
 
 
Pile it on: Washi Tape:
 

Challenge: Anything Goes

Challenge: Anything Goes
 
Challenge: Anything Goes
Challenge: Clean and Simple
 
 
 
ALSO at Eureka Stamps: Teal or Turquiose

Saturday, January 26, 2013

You hoo!

 
I really love cute little critter stamps.  I have several.  Though I haven't made allot with them.  Inspiration hasn't always hit on exactly what I should do.
 
This weeks CAS (e) this sketch! made
me think of this cute owl in the log stamp right away!
Yay, now I was going to make a card with some critters.
 
 
 
 
I have entered this card in CAS-ual Fridays for using markers
And in CAS (e) this Sketch! for the design layout
 
Close up:
I used a white uniball pen for some dimension in the mushrooms.


 
 
Supplies:
Stamps: Hampton Art Flipflops Mini Stamp Set (Nature)
Memory Box Frame
Ink: Memento Brown
Copics
White Uniball Pen

I just love it when I use a set I have had for awhile that I have only used part of.
This Hampton Art Set is so adorable!


 

The Ascent

 
 
I knew I wanted to do the Less is More challenge with a strip in the bottom third of the card only. 
I knew that I wanted a flowing watercolor image.
 (thanks to the lovely inspiration from this artist's blog): Bits and Pieces
 
What was strange today is that during my boy's Karate class, I wandered over to the artist shop as I thought I needed masking fluid to do a watercolor card.  My husband went and met his best friend for lunch.
I then wandered over to the local Children's Hospital thrift shop.  Of course I look at the art and stamp supplies.  A lonely stamp caught my eye. A Stampin Up! Sympathy stamp.
I thought, I don't have any like this. I held it. I thought again.. I really do not handle loss well. 
I hope I never use this..and I slowly went to put it back..  my hand hesitated, and I lost focus, as I looked at the shelf above where I was going to put it back..having one of those half second moments where you go to do something and in an instant forget exactly what it was. 
I snap back and realize I am still holding it.
I bought it.
 
Karate goes very well and we head home.  My husband returns home looking a little white and strange.  He proceeds to tell me that his best friend's wife's mother just passed away.
I could not believe it.  I go pale.
 
This card was immediately made for her.
So appropriate to send her something I have made from my heart.  She is the wonderful card maker that started our monthly card club and inspires me to continue to create, for the sake of creating and the love of art.
 
 

Close up:  Watercolor and stamping over clear embossing.
 
 


 
This is actually getting mailed out for a dear friend.


 
The Challenge is:
It's simplicity itself, so to add a little constraint, the card stays in this orientation ie that the band remains in the horizontal plane, in the lower part of the card and that it takes up no more than 1/3rd of the height of the cardbase.
 
 



Supplies:
Watercolor blank notecards and envelope
Pentel Aquash Aquabrush
Lumin Arte Watercolor Twinkling H2o's: Sky Blue, Ocean Wave, Bougainvillea
Stamps: Tim Holtz Artist Visionary Collection
Sentiment: Stampin Up!
Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Wisteria
 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Love Potion # 9

I love how after a few days of a card challenge,  CASology will post the question
 "Are you Playing?"
This week's challenge cue card is DRINK
 
I am thinking, oh YEAH  - are you telling me to bring it... 
Ahah, I see you are.  So,  I will post another card! 
LOL..I am silly when I work on cards.
 
Sometimes when you think of drink, you think of odd things. 
 Especially with Valentine's Day coming up... I think of Love.
Love Potions and the like.
 
I have been seeing alot of punching out from the card (have you??)
And really wanted to do it too!
So I punched the label punch in the center of the card,
lined behind the front panel with red cardstock
affixed the die cut banner on double stick foam tape,
 and then popped the potion jar on another strip of foam tape.
 


Close up:  I took my detail scissors and pierced around the label..
 (Improvised paper piercing tool)


 

(photo does not capture the little specks of red glitter in the embossing..)

Supplies:
Stamp: My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Halloween
Pens: Marvy LePlume II no. 2 Red
Sharpie Fine Black
Embossing Powders: Stampin Up! Cherry Cobbler
 Judi Kins Scarlet Sparkle
Die Cut: Simon Says Stamp Mini Banners
Punch: Stampin Up!
Misc. Mini Detail Scissors, Foam Tape
Paper: White Cardstock, Red Carnival Vellum, Midnight Blue
Chalk Stock
 
 Come and Play!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tropic Tiki's

This week, CASology cue word is the word DRINK and what it brings to mind!
 
For me, well it is no big secret that to celebrate our 5 year anniversary
 we are going to Maui for a week in April this year!
 (yeeeaahhh baby!). 
So tropical Tiki drinks, definitely could be on the menu...
Now I can't stop thinking of the fun times ahead! ....For now, I still work in the morning!!!
 
Enjoy.
 
 
 
 
 
Close up:


 
Supplies:
Stamps: Cat's Pajama's Uga Buga and Boo
Hampton Arts Janet Dunn designed for studio G (stems),
Savvy Stamps Scattered Dots
Inks: Fresh Ink: Dune, Versa Mark Mini Cube Paprika,
 Versa Mark Mini Cube Mountain Lake
Copics

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Twilight Fans Card: Lost without You

Card Club was great today!  Tina really had a warm and inviting home that really relaxed me and made me feel at home.
 
The cards were FANTASTIC....
 
I was so inspired when I left that I visited Paper Source and the Impress stores at the University Village in Seattle on the way home. 
 This lovely Memory Box In the Woods stamp called to me.
 
They displayed on a pink gingham card with glitter and all cutesy. 
I wanted to go goth and Twilight-esque with it.
 
I thought:  "What type of card would Bella give her man?"
 
So here is the long and short of it:
 
 
 
 
Supplies:
Stamps: Memory Box In the Woods
Amuse Lost Without You
Cardstock: Martha Stewart Card Kit Black Cat
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Recollections Snow
Ranger Ruby Red Liquid Pearls
 
 
Posting to CAS-ual Fridays:
Come and Play Along!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Card Class Cards for January 2013

 
Well, my style is all over the place.  I really don't  have a set style. 
 I just get an idea, start working with something,
 and build on it.  Sometimes it turns out, sometimes it doesn't
Mostly I do a card and afterwards I then see all the ways to perfect it, and then I am over it..
 
This is the card I made tonight. 
 I am liking the Tim Holtz grunge look so I made a "grungy" type of card.
I loved the effect of the flying butterflies in the Colorbox Fluid Chalk Wisteria Ink Pad against the script paper.
The large butterflies and the sentiment is in Dew Drop Crimson.  It has a glittery sheen to it.
 
 
Close up: Glittery sheen of the Dew Drop Brilliance Ink; Pearlescent Crimson

Supplies:
Stamps: Memory Box First Flight,
2 butterflies (unnamed) Kolette Hall designed for Studio G Hampton Art,
Branches; Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Nature's Elements
Inks: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Olive Pastel, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Wisteria,
Dew Drop Brilliance Pearlesscent Crimson
Mis.: Pearls, Doubleside Foam Tape
Punches: Fiskars Corner Punch, Stampin Up! Rectange Tag Punch
Paper: Brown Bazill Basics,
(Micheal's Brand) Recollections Mosaic Paper Pad; Script Papers
Tim Holtz Embossing Folder
Craft Envelopes

And this is me holding the three cards I made for Card Club this Saturday.

 
Love makes my heart soar card:
 
 
Peacock Card: