Friday, January 23, 2015

Winnie and Walter 1st Birthday Bash-Collage Challenge with Laura and NBUS with Darnell

I am back again today with a super quick post. I am trying to post all the cards I did for Winnie and Walter's 1st Birthday Bash. Today I am entering the "Collage Challenge with Laura" and Darnell's NBUS challenge. Here is my card:

I have to admit out of all the cards I made on Saturday, this card is my favorite. It was actually a "happy accident." I only shaded in the background with the gray because I got black ink on my hand and it smudged. I used the pumice ink to hide it!!

Here is the inspiration from Winnie and Walter's challenge that inspired this card:

Here are the instructions to make this card:
  • Stamp the "thank you" sentiment from Winnie and Walter's "Big Bold You" stamp set randomly over the front of a 4" by 5 1/4" die cut piece of white card stock.
  • Using an ink blending tool, blend green ink over the front of the card. 
  • Next, place die cut stars on the front and ink over the with gray ink.
  • Mist Heidi Swapp "Sea Foam" Color Shine mist over the front panel. Let the panel dry and adhere to mint card base.
  • Adhere die cut gray banner to card front
  • Adhere pinked edge embossed circle over banner with foam adhesive
  • Adhere die cut butterfly over circle. Die cut a mint green button, tie a piece of gray twine and adhere over the middle of butterfly using foam adhesive.
  • Adhere white, silver and star sequins randomly on the front of the card.
I have to admit that at first I was intimidated by this challenge. I was not feeling the deer. Instead I just used the color gray from the photo as my inspiration. I brought in the star designs with the embossing, the ink blending and the sequins. I have a few "mistake" background papers that I threw aside but will be using them on different cards. The thank you sentiments that I had stamped were really crooked and it annoyed me. For my design it was important that the sentiment was not too off.

I have found that doing these challenges has sparked my creativity-something that I have been lacking as of late. I know Valentine's Day is around the corner but I just don't feel like making Valentine cards this year. I am just not feeling it this year and that is okay.

Again, I am entering into Winnie and Walter's 1st Birthday Bash Challenge-Collage Challenge with Laura and Darnell's NBUS challenge. I never had used the thank you sentiment or the button die before.

I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a wonderful day!!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Retro Sketch Challenge #149 and Winnie and Walter's Mood Board Challenge with Lea

Hello there!! Another quick post with some challenges I did over the weekend. Today I am entering the Retro Sketch Challenge #149 and Winnie and Walter's Mood Board Challenge with Lea.

I created a very simple card for these challenges.

I used Lea's Mood Board below to come up with the colors for this card. The Teresa Collins gold dot paper was perfect for this challenge. I didn't even have to stamp anything. The bottom right photo has a touch of red and I used this as my inspiration for the red hearts on the card front.

The over all design for this card came from Retro Sketch #149.

I made the doily at the corner a bit smaller then the sketch and elongated the rectangle. Instead of the bow at the left, I chose to fold over a piece of gold glitter tape that thad been sitting on my desk since Christmas. I hate to throw little scraps like that out "just in case."

The only thing I don't "love" about this card is the embossing. The embossing ink smeared a bit when I stamped it. Once again, why I am not a huge fan of heat embossing. It looks okay to a non card maker but it bugs me.

That is all for today. Thank you for taking the time to stop by.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Water Coloring with Distress Markers, a Kristina Werner CASE and NBUS Challenge

Happy Hump Day!! It is the last day of exams and I am so happy. I am hoping for peace in my house at last. Okay, for one day until classes start but I will take it. Charlotte's first foray into mid-term exams was quite a learning experience for her. Hopefully it will be easier for her to prepare for finals now that she knows the drill. Here is hoping for a better quarter too. She did not do so hot this quarter.

Today I am sharing a card that I created using distress markers. I CASEd it from this card by Kristina Werner. Her card is a lot better then mine but I wanted to use my new stamp set I received from Simon Says Stamp, "Just Hatched" from Mama Elephant and decided Kristina's card would be the perfect card to copy. My version is below.

If you want to see how this card was created, I would suggest watching Kristina's video in the link above. Watching her paint is a lot better then having me try to describe it!!

I have done this technique but with limited success. That dinosaur was a challenge. He was hard!! I used about four different colors of distress ink just on him. Can you tell? It took a VERY SMALL paint brush to paint on him too.

I also did not have the cup cake stamps that Kristina used. I improvised with a Papertrey Ink image instead. I am pleased with how it came out.

As I look at this image, I notice the teeth did not come out perfect but that is something I will work on in the future. I also took this when the glue was wet so the glue has dried clear and with a matted look rather then shiny. The purple sprinkles are from a purple Souffle pen I had lying around.

This was so fun to do and relaxing!! I suggest if you get a chance, take out your Distress Markers and give it a try!!

I am also entering this into Darnell's NBUS challenge. Again, if you have not browsed her blog, you need to. It is fabulous!!

Thank you for stopping by!!
Paper-Paper Trey Ink (Stampers Select White, Hawaiian Shores checked), Doodlebug Design (Frosty Friends), scrap of Bazzill (blue strip)
Stamps: Paper Trey Ink (Cupcake Collection), My Favorite Things (Sweet Birthday Wishes), and Mama Elephant (Just Hatched)
Other: Big Shot, Ranger Distress Markers, Watercolor paper, Lil Inkers dies, Doodlebug Sequins (aqua), white sequins, Souffle Pen, White Gel marker

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winnie and Walter Gradient Challenge with Vanessa

Hello, Hello, Hello!! Today I am going to to a really quick post to show you the card I created for Winnie and Walter's Gradient Challenge with Vanessa. This card was probably the easiest and quickest I have done in a long time.

I started by taping off the front of a 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" card. I then inked a mixture of "Salty Ocean" and "Tumbled Glass" distress ink with an ink blending tool into the gradient design on the right. I then moved my tape over slightly and added a second, thin gradient line to the left of the first. Instead of starting with the darkest color on the bottom like I did with the first gradient, I swapped it and started with the darkest color on top. This was so easy and so fun to create!! (The photos are a bit "blue" and I apologize. I had a hard time fixing these in PS.)

I then stamped the "you" from Winnie and Walter's "Big Bold You" set with versa mark ink and heat embossed it with holographic ink. It does not show up as I wanted it to so I tried to ink a bit of the "Salty Ocean" ink over it. I then stamped the "thank" with the same color blue.

The last step was to adhere some sequins and rhinestones. This will not require any additional postage and was so easy to make that I could do a bunch at one time.

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today.