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


Kim S said...

Such lovely cards!! The big flower is so dramatic on the stenciled background - it's beautifully colored (with an eyeshadow applicator??!!) I love the FMS card with glitter gel. The detail with the lacy die cut under those sweet flowers is a beautiful touch. And that "dainty" flower in turquoise? It's gorgeous!

Hannelie said...

Beautiful cards Nora! I especially love the floral/stripe combinations!

ElizStewart said...

Nora...loved all four cards! Great designs and in your last a great use of turquoise. Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week. BTW...congrats on having your workout partner home!

Nikki Spencer said...

So striking Nora! The graphic black stripes and pop of the pretty blue flower are really lovely. Thanks for sharing at Just Add Ink.

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Lovely layers with your turquoise card. So fresh keeping it one tone. Thanks for joining in the fun as CASology this week.

Jacquie Southas said...

What a great set of cards, Nora! I love the second version of the CASology challenge this week. Thanks for joining us!

Jen Brum said...

What a pretty set of cards! I just love those sparkly blue flowers and the texture on the card! Beautiful! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Karren said...

Beautiful cards! Your stenciled panel looks amazing and those little flowers are delightful! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Ivana Camdzic said...

ohhhhh, Nora!!!! These are all so very gorgeous! I'm loving all the blue...I really don't use that shade often enough. I love the dainty blossoms die too!! You have dressed it up perfectly in these cards! So glad to hear your daughter is home, hope you are enjoying time together! p.s. It really is nice to have a gym partner isn't it!

kim skinner said...

Your cards are gorgeous! That glitz gel is really stunning! Thank you for sharing! Thank you for joining the Paper Craft Crew this week!

Patrice said...

What a beautiful bunch of cards. You were certainly on a roll, Nora - thank goodness for dreary wet days :). Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week. x

Chantell Randall said...

Ohh I really like your card. The image and background are both quite bold, but its the colours that really speak to me. Chantell Just Add Ink

Monika Reeck said...

Oh wooow so much adorable card
I love the first one with that stripes black paper COOOL
the BG yeah I see a bit messy but I dont care it is pretty sweety..
The stencil with glitter look beautiful too and this one not Messy right...Love the polkadots Blue and the tiny flower again so know what I am not fan of flower but look at your cards you have sweet little flowers I want to buy it too hehehe LOL
the last card number 3 and 4 you did a great job to coloring that DIES
love them and love that glitter tore paper effect Nora

Claire said...

Looks like you've been busy! I love the different effects you've created using the stencil, especially in the FMS card - it's such a lovely, subtle touch of background sparkle and so different to the bold black effect in the first!

A Place for Kia said...

Wow Nora, these cards are fabulous. I especially love the first one, as soon as I saw it I wanted to learn more. Exquisite! The Glitz Gel looks fabulous too, adding so much to the card.

Deborah Smart said...

Beautiful cards, all of them! I love the attention you paid to every detail in the large bloom. Thanks for playing along with our Paper Craft Crew challenge! I hope we see you again soon :)

Cara said...

Beautiful card, I love the sparkly stripes! Thanks for joining us this month at The Flower Challenge, hope to see you next month too. Cara DT x