Monday, August 31, 2015

Simon Says Stamps "Anything Goes" Wednesday Challenge, Less is More Challenge-Sprays/Mists, a CAS on Sunday Blog Challenge #66-Splash and my last two cards for the Card Set I Created

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are refreshed to start a new week. Just think, next week is a holiday in the U.S. and it is a three day weekend. I, for one, am excited!

Today I am sharing my last two cards that I created. I know, it is has taken me eons to finish it. I just have a difficult time using the same stamp set to make so many. I get bored easily!!

For my first card, I decided to use purple as the base of my card. I then scored the front every inch. After, I splashed it with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Spray, Picket Fence Distress Spray and a touch of gold Color Shine.

I then layered a Lemon Tart and Limeade Square die cut with Papertrey Ink's "Limitless Layer Square" dies. I then added a white square over it that I had used my quilt pieces on.

To finish the card, I used foam adhesive to adhere the colander of cherries to the top. Simple, simple, simple!!

  • I am entering this card into Simon Says Stamps "Anything Goes" Wednesday Challenge.

My last card in the set was just a simple design using Papertrey Ink's "Quilted: Summer" stamps and ink. 

I just die cut the quilt and use Lemon Tart, Limeade Ice, and Melon Berry Ink, as well as Blossomsberry for the purple to stamp the quilt blocks. I adhered the little "quilt" to the front of the card and stamped the sentiment in Smokey Shadow.

To finish the card off, I die cut, stamped and adhered some flowers from the same set to the top left corner of the quilt. I nestled a few sequins around the flowers for a soft shine.

I want to thank you all for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful Monday!!

(Cherry Card)

(Quilt Card)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SAF 2015: Patterns Challenge, Less is More Challenge-Sprays/Mists and CAS on Sunday-Splash! Challenge

It is Sunday here in blog land. It was a long week, with the start of school and me going back to work. I also got some bad news but I am hoping that there will be a better outcome this week.

Today I had time to play with Papertrey Ink's "Project Stamp-a-faire" at Nichole Heady's blog. It was a day long affair of fun challenges that were played off of the show Project Runway. I did not participate all that much but had fun glancing at the blog and browsing the forum as everyone was playing along.

I did manage to create a card for the "Patterns Challenge," though. It was to choose one of the designers "patterns" (sketches) and create a card. I chose to use Dawn McVey's pattern for my card below.

Here is Dawn's pattern:

The first thing I did was die cut and stamp the three flowers and the leaves from Papertrey's "Friendly Flowers" set. I used Hawaiian Shores to stamp the flowers and a mixture of New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores and some water for the leaves.

While the flowers and leaves were drying, I created the background. First I stamped dots with the bottom of a pencil with New Leaf and Hawaiian Shores ink. I then used a tiny stamp from the "Friendly Flowers" set to stamp some tiny dots in Tropical Teal ink. The background still looked blah so I decided to use "Picket Fence" Distress Spray and "Teal" Color Shine Mist onto the background as well.

When that was dry, I die cut the bottom of the edge with Papertrey's "Edgers #3" die. I trimmed the top as well and adhered it to a Tropical Teal A2 top folding card. I then stamped the sentiment in Smokey Shadow ink.

Next I adhered the leaves and then the flowers. Two of the flowers I used foam adhesive to give them a little bit of dimension. I decided the flowers needed something more. I adhered teal sequins, as well as Pretty Pink Posh "Sparkling Clear"sequins over the teal and topped them off with some Diamond Stickles to create the flower centers.

My finishing touch was to add three tiny Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins around the flowers.

Things I learned making this card:

  • I enjoy using sketches or patterns for my cards. It lets me use the colors I want, as well as stamp sets of my choosing.
  • I had a difficult time using this stamp set, even with my MISTI. For some reason, I could not stamp these darn flowers straight!! I cannot tell you how many I wound up throwing out. 
  • I think that next time I use these stamps I might use watercolor paper. I think that it will have a better effect when I mix the ink with water. 
I thought I would share a few photos from Charlotte's first day of Sophomore year. She fought me on these. Notice the socks? She refused to put on shoes until right before we left!!

I am also entering this into:

That is all for today. I hope you all have a great day!!

Teal Sequins