Monday, May 27, 2019

Some Challenge Cards

Happy Monday, or Happy Memorial Day as it is in the U.S.

This weekend has been SO NICE!! It was perfect weather and really relaxing. After a rough week, this was needed.

Today I am posting a couple cards that I created for some challenges. One I meant to post yesterday but just didn't feel like being on the computer since it was so nice out.

I created my first card using this past weeks Freshly Made Sketches #389 and Fab Friday's #164 Color Challenge as my inspiration.
I used my Stampin Up!'s "Dear Doily" stamp set and matching die set for this card. I did not have Pear Pizazz and Flirty Flamingo ink so I used pink markers. Now that I look at it, the Flirty Flamingo is more coral and mine is more pink. I am going to enter it anyway!!

I have not used rubber for a long time and I forgot how fun it is to color!!

The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink and stamped with Soft Sea foam.

My second card, I used CASE this Sketch #323, Water-cooler Wednesday Challenge #222 and Seize the Birthday as inspiration for a belated birthday card.


I used a stencil from Simon Says Stamp that I used Distress Ink on in three different purples.

I staggered the balloons on the right side in place of the diamonds on the sketch. I did some masking with the stamped sentiment, which is from Paper Trey Ink.

The die cut "birthday" is from Mama Elephant. I used some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer and Glossy Accents over the top of the black die cut.

I love how this came out. I should have made several of these as I am AWFUL at sending out cards on time!!

So that is all from me today. Tomorrow I will be back with some graduation cards I created for some family members.

I thank you for stopping by. Have a FABULOUS day!!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Fifty and Fabulous

Hi everyone!! Today I am on the blog at CAS-ual Fridays with a fiftieth birthday card. Below is a sneak peek:

Here are links to the WTF 2 and Bomb Diggity, the two stamp sets I used for this card, in the CAS-ual Fridays Store. Don't forget to use my code NORASENTME to get 15% off your total order.

Hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see how I created this fun card!!

I thank you for stopping by!!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Cards for some Challenges

Hello everyone!! Just popping in to post two cards for some challenges.

The first card I created for CASE this Sketch #321.

I was a bit liberal with my interpretation, using the Pretty Pink Posh photo strip die as my border that did not take up the whole bottom. I tried to make up for it by adding the sentiments outside of the "line."

Here was the inspiration:

The bears I had all colored in my stash. I created the tiny backgrounds behind the bears with Distress Ink.

I added some clear sparkle marker and Glossy Accents over the balloon and the stripe and top of the hat. I added some white polka dots on the little present with a gel pen.

My second card was inspired by this weeks Fab Friday Sketch #163.

I want to apologize for the lighting in my photos. It has been SOOO rainy here and I didn't have the best light when photographing my cards!!

I used an XCut martini die as the centerpiece of my card. I love this fun die and cut some extra to make a few more later.

I layered three martini glasses together, with a piece of acetate in between one layer and the little pick with the lemon ribbon through the third. I then used some Glossy Accents for the "alcohol" in the glass.

I added a lime wedge that I used some clear sparkle pen and Glossy Accents over. The die cut sentiment is from MFT and the stamped strip is a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.

Well, that is all from me today. I thank you for taking the time to stop by!!! Have a fabulous night!!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day and a card for Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

Happy Mother's Day!! I hope everyone has had a fabulous day!!

Mine was low key. Charlotte had to work and I played in my craft room. Char did write me the most BEAUTIFUL note tucked into a new water bottle. It was the best gift ever.

I will admit something here, though. I HATE Mother's Day. It isn't because I am not treated well but because I don't have my mother to celebrate with anymore. I am thankful that I had her for the length of time I did but I miss her more around this time of year.

Today I am going to share a card I created for this weeks Freshly Made Sketches #387. It was such a FUN sketch this week and I am so glad I had time to play!!

I blended oxide ink onto Bristol cardstock in Abandon Coral for my card background. I then die cut it with an MFT Blueprints die. I mounted it onto a coral cardstock base and then added some embellishments that were in my stash.

The flower elements were die cut using various flower dies, like Altnew, Spellbinders and MFT.

The sketch below is what inspired my card.

Another card that I created last weekend I created to use the free little stamp set that Altenew sent me a couple weeks ago.

I did fix the Nuvo drops that I used around the edge of the card. The sentiment is from Penny Black.

I love these snarky sentiments and wish I had the images to go along with them. I need to do some research!!

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by tonight!! Have a FABULOUS night!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

It's Never too Latte for Coffee

Hey everyone!! Today it is my turn on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog!!! I created a coffee themed card in spirit of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring/Summer Blog Hop.

Hop on over to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see how I created this card. I have some step-by-step photos for my background techniques.

I thank you for taking the time to stop by today. Have a FABULOUS Wednesday!!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Happy Sunday and a Bunch of Challenge Cards

Hello everyone!! I hope you are all having a nice day. It is rainy and dreary here so it has been a low key day here.

Charlotte is home and we went to the gym together this morning. I am trying to instill some healthy habits for her now that she is home from college. It doesn't hurt that it is nice to have a workout partner!!

Since this weekend has been so gray, it was a good time to stay in and make some cards for some challenges.

I actually got to play a bit with some new stuff this weekend, which was fun. For my first card, I used Carta Bella's "Kite Stripe" stencil, and Altenew's "Wallpaper Art" stamp set and matching dies.

My inspiration for this card was the sketch #335 from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge Blog and Just Add Ink's Sympathy.

Instead of the circle, I chose to use one of the flowers from the Altenew stamp set. I also chose to stamp on some patterned paper from Bo Bunny's "Harmony Collection." I used Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and an eyeshadow applicator to shade some depth into the flower. I used the same technique with Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink for the leaves.

I added some Mustard Seed in the middle of the flower and then went over the little stamens with some white gel pen. When I finished, I covered the leaves and flower with a clear Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss marker.

The background was done with the "Kite Stripe" stencil and Memento Tuxedo Black. Let me tell you, that made a MESS!!!

For my second card, I used Freshly Made Sketches #386 and the Flower Challenge #32, which was to heat or dry emboss, as the inspiration for my card.

I started off by using the "Kite Stripe" stencil once again but instead of using ink, I chose to use Gina K Designs Glitter Glitz Gel in white on Neenah Solar White cardstock. This was my first time using this product and it was FUN!!!

Once the panel was dry, I die cut the bottom using a Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Border die. I then adhered it to an A2, top folding card base with an embossed polka dot pattern.

On the point of the border, I adhered a pinked circle. Over the top of that, I used foam adhesive to adhere a white circle.

Next I adhered an extra piece of a lacy MFT die cut and a WPlus9 image from the stamp set "Hello and Thanks" that I had colored in using Copic Markers.

I added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss marker and Glossy Accents on top of the flower image.

My last step was to adhere a sentiment from Altenew's "Leaf Canopy" stamp set to finish off the card.

My last two cards I am posting today I used CASology's Week #341 cue card: Turquoise as my inspiration.

These cards were so fun to make!! I used Pinkfresh Studio's "Dainty Blossom" dies on both cards. I received these dies on Thursday and HAD TO USE THEM!!  I also used an Impression Obsession "French Text" stamp on both cards, which has been sitting in my stash for over a year.

I blended Peacock Feathers Distress Ink onto the stems, making sure the top was darkest part of the flower. I then added Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss over the top to give it a bit of sparkle.

On my second card, I adhered the white panel over a turquoise under panel that I had stamped and heat embossed.

I was not sure if this was clean and simple enough so the first card is the card I made second.

I actually like this card better as it has a bit more interest.

Well, that is all from me today. Finally, right? I thank you for stopping by. I hope you all have a FABULOUS night!!

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Card #1
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Bo Bunny 6" by 6" "Harmony Collection" paper, MFT Stripe
Stamps: Altenew "Wallpaper Art" and Paper Trey Ink ""Words of Comfort"
Dies: Altenew "Wallpaper Art"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Shaded Lilac, Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage and Mustard Seed Distress Ink
Other: Carta Bella "Kite Stripe" stencil, Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss, Scotch Adhesive, Ranger Multi Matte, White Gel Pen, Adhesive Foam, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins and Sizzix Big Shot

Card #2
PaperNeenah Solar White cardstock, Die Cuts With a View
Dies: MFT, Paper Trey Ink "Limitless Layers," Pretty Pink Posh "Scallop Border" WPlus9 "Hello and Thanks"
Stamps: WPlus9 "Hello and Thanks" stamp set, Altenew "Leaf Canopy" (sentiment)
Other: We R Memory Keepers Embossing Folder, Adhesive FoamCarta Bella "Kite Stripe" stencil, Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gina K Designs Glitter Glitz GelSizzix Big ShotMemento Tuxedo Black, Glossy Accents

Card #3 and #4
PaperNeenah Solar White, Simon Says Stamp glitter paper
Stamps: Impression Obsession "French Text" background stamp, My Favorite Things "Marble Background," Simon Says Stamp "Tiny Words," and Memory Box "Best Life Typewriter" stamps
Dies: Pinkfresh "Dainty Blossoms"
Ink: Ranger Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
OtherRanger Ink Blending ToolNuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter GlossRanger Multi MatteAdhesive FoamSizzix Big Shot, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, Wagner Heat Tool, Versamark Ink