Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CHF Challenge #6 - Black, White, and ...

Good morning, stampers!  It's time for another challenge on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog, and this time it's a color challenge.  The colors are Black, White, and one color of your choice.  I decided to go with Black, White, and Yellow for my card today.  Fun, happy, summery colors!

I stamped the Gingham backgrounder with yellow ink onto white cardstock and then I adhered a honeycomb/hexagon die cut over my gingham background.  The "Bee Happy" sentiment is a CHF digi, and it is just perfect to go with this "honeycombed" background.  Some pretty yellow ribbon finishes off my card along with some Stickles on the bee wings.  :-)

We'd love to have you play along with us over on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog.  Share your creation with us for a chance to win some spending money in the CHF store!  :-)  Need more inspiration?  Check out what my fellow DT gals created for this challenge today:

Holly Brown - YOU ARE HERE

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sunflower Pocket Card

Have you played in the latest challenge on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog yet?  Making handmade flowers is so easy when you have flower dies from Classy Cards 'n Such!

I made a Folded Pocket Card (tutorial from Technique Junkies) and I stamped the Vines Cover-a-Card background on the green layer on the bottom.  I die cut some Sunflowers from mustard cardstock and layered two sunflowers together to make them fuller.  The centers of the sunflowers were cut from chocolate cardstock, and I die cut the Stackers Flower #1 Leaf from artichoke cardstock to layer behind the sunflowers.  Don't those just bring a smile to your face?

For the inside of this pocket, I used the negative part of the sunflower die cut and sponged some mustard ink directly onto the tag.  That's a great way to use the "throw-away" parts of your die cuts.  I then stamped the sentiment from the Birthday stamp set over the sponged sunflower.  This tag goes inside the pocket.

Pull out your flower dies and flower punches and have fun putting some flowers together.  Try mixing and matching your pieces to see what you come up with!  :-)  Share your handmade flowers creation HERE on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog for a chance to win a fun prize.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

White on White Floral Hugs

I was looking at the challenge on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog, and this week they are doing White on White projects.  Oooohhhh!  I just had to try this one.

The trick with creating all-white cards is you need to have lots of texture to break up all the white-ness.  You can see plenty of texture here with the shaped flowers, the leaves, the intricate oval die cut and the rounded brads.

I started by stamping my sentiment directly onto the white card base, and then I adhered the Polynesian Sails Oval around the sentiment.  I die cut some tropical leaves and glued those down on the oval, then I die cut some Olive Branches and glued those down on each side.  I die cut a bunch of flower pieces from the Build a Flower #1 set as well as from the Sweet William set.  It was fun to just play around with the various flower pieces and I mixed and matched them until I got a flower I liked.  I think they look like tropical-style flowers, don't they?  I used my fingers to pinch some flower petals and fluff up the stamens.  I used white brads to put each flower together, and then I glued them down over the leaves on the oval die cut.

I've used these products from Classy Cards 'n Such to create this card:

Happy Birthday stamp set (Stampavie)
Polynesian Sails Oval die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Tropical Leaves dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Olive Branches dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Sweet William flower dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Build a Flower #1 die set (Cheery Lynn Designs)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Classy Cards 'n Such #12 - Handmade Flowers
Cheery Lynn Designs #37 - White on White
Di's Digis - Pile on the Flowers
Cards Galore - White on White
Fab 'n Funky #130 - Make your Own Flowers

If you'd like to go shopping for some of the items I used on this card, you can save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Keep checking back in the store, as I know the owner has tons of new goodies on the way!  :-)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CHF Challenge #5 - Summer

It's time for a new challenge on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog, and this is a FUN one.  This challenge is all about SUMMER!  Now, admittedly, summer is NOT my favorite season, because I don't like the heat.  But it is fun to stay in the air conditioning while making some brightly colored summery cards, isn't it?  :-)

For my card, I stamped the Denim background stamp with blue ink onto some white cardstock, and then I cut out four layers of waves with a die.  These layers are popped up with foam squares onto some fun patterned paper from Echo Park.  Next, I drew a surfboard onto some more patterned paper and cut it out with scissors.  I printed out the Cow 1 digi, colored it a little bit with Copic markers, cut it out, and then stuck him onto the surfboard.  How cute is that??  LOL
Immediately, the word "cowabunga" came to mind, so I used a black marker and wrote it onto some white cardstock and cut it out.  Some die cut clouds on the other side is all I needed to finish this fun little summer scene.  

Come play along with this Summer challenge on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog!  We'd love to see what you create!  Need more inspiration?  Please check out what the rest of the Design Team created:

Holly Brown - YOU ARE HERE

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Antique Glimmers Birthday Wishes

Hi folks!  I hope you're doing well this week!  I'm sharing this lacy and romantic birthday card with you today.  The cards that I make the most are birthday cards and Christmas cards, and I love having birthday cards on hand when those special days pop up.

I started with an Antique Glimmers technique from Technique Junkies for my background.  The patterned paper on the left side matches my background piece beautifully, so I used that as inspiration for coloring the fancy image from the Shabby Chic Labels 4 stamp set with Copic markers.  I used a Stardust Clear Glitter Pen on the fancy vines for a sweet shimmery touch.  You can see the glitter in the close-up picture.  This fancy image was cut out with a Labels 4 Spellbinders die.  I stamped the "Birthday Wishes" from the Birthday Sentiment Set and cut it out with a circle die, and then I matted it with its matching scallop circle.  I used foam dots to adhere the sentiment to the center of the fancy label image.

Did you see the gorgeous lace in the store?  This Ecru Delight lace is beautiful!  I used two strips of it on the left side of my card and then adhered a small piece of brown cardstock in the center of the two pieces of lace.  A row of pearls really sets off the beauty of the lace.  You can see the gorgeous shimmer of the Antique Glimmers background in this picture below:

Here are the products from Classy Cards 'n Such that I have used on my card:

Ecru Delight lace
Shabby Chic Labels 4 stamp set (JustRite)
Birthday Sentiments stamp set (JustRite)
Stardust Gelly Roll glitter pen
Joy! Foam Dots small

If you'd like to go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you check out.  There's a wonderful variety of paper crafting products in the store to choose from, and the owner adds new things all the time.  Check it out at Classy Cards 'n Such!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunflower Trio Birthday

Hi again!  I'm sharing this warm sunflower card that I created for the latest challenge on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.  Have you played in this challenge yet?  This is probably the easiest challenge ever!  Simply use an outline sticker and share it with us for a chance to win a gift certificate to go shopping!

Outline stickers are quick and easy items to embellish your cards and projects.  Simply peel the sticker, affix it to your cardstock, color it in if desired, and ta da!  Done!

For my card, I peeled three of the Sunflowers (Gold) stickers and affixed them to white cardstock.  I colored them with Distress Ink Markers and set them aside while I created my card base.  (You can also buy the markers individually.  The marker colors I used are - Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, and Vintage Photo.)  I created a warm honey and rust colored background by using the Water Color Distress technique from Technique Junkies and adhered that to my dark brown card base.  A strip of dark brown cardstock was adhered to the middle of my card and I stamped the birthday sentiment (from the Birthday stamp set) at the bottom of the honey paper with dark brown ink.  I cut out each of the three colored sunflower stickers with an oval die and adhered each one to the dark brown cardstock strip.

This card will be perfect for sending to someone in the mail.  It's nice and flat so it only needs one first class stamp, and the sunflowers will make the birthday girl smile when she sees this card.

You can save 10% off your order when you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Simply enter in this code, Holly-10, when you check out and enjoy the savings.  You can browse through the great variety of outline stickers, the new distress markers, Cheery Lynn Designs dies, and many more products that are perfect for paper crafters.  Have fun!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Christmas in July: Holly Swag Fence

I was checking out the challenge on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog, and this week's challenge is Christmas in July.  I love making Christmas cards!  For this card, I went with a wintery Christmas lights scene.  I started out by sponging some Stormy Sky distress ink on white cardstock, and then I sponged some Chipped Sapphire distress ink around the edges.  The falling snow is created by using a white gel pen and just adding dots here and there.  You could also use the new white Picket Fence distress ink marker to create the dots of snow.

I cut out some snow drifts with my scissors and sponged the very top edges with Chipped Sapphire distress ink.  I adhered the larger snow drift to the falling snow background, then added a Victorian Picket Fence (Cheery Lynn Designs) over that.  The Christmas Lights Swag (Cheery Lynn Designs) was die cut from black cardstock and red cardstock and added to the fence.  I wanted a little bit of greenery, so I die cut some Holly Lace Flourishes (Cheery Lynn Designs), snipped the leaves, and glued the leaves down on the fence.  I added some Red Rhinestones to the cluster of holly leaves in the center of the fence.  To give my fence the look of real snow falling on it, I used the Distress Fuzz technique from Technique Junkies and added pieces here and there.  A smaller snow drift was glued over the base of the fence and I used some word stickers at the bottom for a Christmas sentiment.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #35 - Christmas in July
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - Christmas Flowers/Holly
Third Coast Challenges #1 - Deck our blog with Boughs of Holly
Through the Craft Room Door - Christmas in July
Hotshot Craft #9 - Distress Inks

I hope you have a safe and wonderful 4th of July today!  Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

CHF Challenge #4 - Birthday

It's that time again  - a new challenge is up on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog!  This time we have been challenged to create a birthday card or tag.  I've gone with a birthday card, but mine is a masculine birthday as opposed to a girly, feminine birthday card.  

I started out by stamping the Denim backgrounder with some Saffron ink onto white cardstock.  You can see the Denim background in the close-up picture below:

I then pulled out my Antiques stamp set and A Time to Stamp set and randomly stamped the clocks and keys all over the background with red and brown inks.  The sentiment is from A Time to Stamp and I thought that was a wonderful sentiment for a birthday card.  The inside of the card has a "Happy Birthday" sentiment from an older CHF set (not currently available in the store).

Play along in this fun challenge - we'd love to see what you create!  Go to the Cornish Heritage Farms blog to enter your creation.  There is a fantastic prize for a lucky player!  Need more inspiration?  Check out what my fellow CHF design team members have created for this CHF challenge.

Anne Harmon
Barb Gmitro-Best
Barbara Bruder
Cindy Haffner
Dawn Bennett
Debbie Standard
Deneen Treble
Dianne Beans
Frances Byrne - DT Coordinator
Holly Brown - YOU ARE HERE
Jacqueline Smith
Kris Chirhart
Kristine Reynolds
Lisa Silver
Michele L
Petra Amico
Silke Kittmann
Steph Ackerman
Vicki Davis