Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Cards for CASE this Sketch #208, The Card Concept and MFT's Sketch #319

Happy Saturday!! I hope you had a great day!!

Fighting a bit of a headache today. My sister and I went to see "Lion" today at the movie theatre. It was a wonderful movie but I literally cried through the whole thing. Fabulous performances by Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel but definitely not a "feel good" movie. My face was ugly cry swollen by the end of the film.

Despite my headache, I wanted to post two Valentine cards that I created yesterday. Both were inspired by two different sketch challenges. I have been kind of obsessed with sketches as of late. I find that I like that I can use my own supplies but have fun confining them to the parameters of the sketch.

My first card that I created was using CASE this Sketch #208 as my inspiration. I used my new Sunny Studios "That Sucks" stamp as my focal point for this project.

 Here is the sketch that I used as the basic design:

 I started off my card by doing an ombre effect using Ranger Distress Inks. I then misted it with water, blotting it off to get the mottled effect. I also did a little bit of ink splattering with some white Distress Spray but it is hard to see as most of it is covered with the stamped image.

 Next I stamped my sentiment in black and mounted it onto gray card stock. I adhered it to the middle of a white, A2, top folding card.

I added the black sentiment strip that I heat embossed in white with foam adhesive. I then adhered adorable vacuum that I colored with Copic markers above the sentiment strip. (I actually looked up vacuums to get the color "right" and could have used anything from orange/gray to blue/gray as a color scheme. However, the red and gray was perfect because I knew I was making it into a Valentine.) I used a Clear Spectrum Sparkle Marker on the red bag of the vacuum, as well as some glossy accents on the handle.

I die cut some red hearts using Simon Says Stamps "Tiny Hearts" die and used foam adhesive to adhere them to the card. Once again I added a bit of sparkle to the card using the Spectrum clear marker and then covered them with Glossy Accents to make them shine. I ADORE how this card came out!

For my next card, I was inspired by The Card Concept Challenge #66-"Love and Romance", as well as this weeks sketch from My Favorite Things.

I knew that I wanted to keep a lot of white space on my card to showcase the adorable hedgehog from My Favorite Things "Happy Hedgehog" collection.

Here is the sketch and the photo that were my inspiration.


I started off this whole card by embossing with a retired MFT Cover-up die on white paper. I then die cut the panel and adhered it to a white, A2, top folding card.

I used foam adhesive to adhere the heart and doubled the foam adhesive up to adhere the sentiment.

I used a bit of pink floss underneath the die cut hearts and added Glossy Accents over the hearts for some shine.

Really happy with the way both these cards came out. I only wish I did not wait until the last minute to make them!! When will I learn?

I hope you have a great night!!

Stamps-Sunny Studios "That Sucks"
Ink-Ranger Distress Inks "Pumice Stone," "Festive Berries," and "Candied Apple," Memento "Tuxedo Black," and Versamark
Paper-Neenah Solar White, Black and Gray Bazzill
Dies-Simon Says Stamps "Mini Hearts"
Other-Big Shot, Glossy Accents, Spectrum Clear Sparkle Marker, Ranger "Picket Fences" Distress Spray

Stamps-My Favorite Things "Happy Hedgehogs"
Dies-My Favorite Things "Hugs and Kisses Cover-up" (retired), "Happy Hedgehogs," "Pierced Heart Stack" and Simon Says Stamps "Mini Hearts"
Paper-Neenah Solar White, "Red Devil" Bazzill, Pink Bazzill
Ink-Memento "Tuxedo Black" and Simon Says Stamp "Lipstick Red"
Other-Sizzix Big Shot, Spectrum Clear Sparkle Marker, Copic Markers, Floss, Scrapbook Foam Adhesive


~amy~ said...

Nora, both of your cards are soooo adorable!

Movies: I cry at the drop of a hat...good to know about that movie, note to self, don't see it at a theater.

Barb Ghig said...

Two fabulous cards, Nora! I love your take on the sketch at CTS..the vacuum is such a fun element and I LOVE the sentiment! Your 2nd card is so pretty! I love the embossed background, and how you added the banner of sweet! You always do such an amazing job with sketches :)

Kim Heggins said...

Two absolutely adorable cards your sweet critter.

Inkyfingers said...

What a great pair of cards Nora! I love all the texture on the white on white hedgie card and the vibrant background on the first card is just gorgeous. I hope your headache has long gone. I haven't seen Lion but it is on my list.

Susan Powell said...

WOW Those are both so adorable!! They'll definitely put a smile on someone's face. Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Card Concept.

Leigh Penner said...

These are both so sweet and fun! Fabulous takes on the sketch!

Hannelie said...

Oh man... i LOVE your take on the CTS this week!
So cute!!!
And those x's and o's just stole my heart! A must have I think!
Thanks for joining us at CTS this week!

I Card Everyone said...

OH I am smiling, Nora ... what a great sentiment - and that vacuum!!! Fun card for our CTS gallery!!!

donna mikasa said...

Love your take on this week's CTS, Nora! That vacuum and sentiment are so fun! The coloring of your hedgehog is wonderful, too, and thanks for the heads up on that movie--I'm sure I'll be doing the ugly cry!

Jill Norwood said...

Wow! Both of these cards are FABULOUS!!!!