Monday, May 30, 2016

CAS379 Daisy Smile

This week's CAS challenge (CAS379) is to use one or more flowers on your card or project.  I pulled out a new Altenew stamp set and played around with coloring these daisies.  I wanted the daisies to be white, so I just added some shadowing with some gray Copic markers.  The centers are colored with two yellow Copic markers in a random, dot dot dot fashion.

To make the white daisies pop out, I adhered them to a Dapper Denim (a new SU color - love!!!) card.  When I first tried these daisies on a regular A2 card, they just overwhelmed the card.  These daisies are pretty large, and three of these on a normal card is just too much.  Soooo..... I went bigger!!!  LOL

My card base is 8 inches wide by 5 inches tall.  It's a piece of cardstock that is 8" by 10", folded at the 5" mark to make it 8" x 5".  The daisies seem much more at home on this size of card, and I was able to add the "smile" sentiment without covering up all the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment in a red color (Cherry Cobbler) because I wanted to have a red, white, and blue theme for my card for today's Memorial Day holiday.

Come play along with this week's CAS379 challenge.  We'd love to see what May flowers are blooming on your cards!  :-)

Monday, May 23, 2016

CAS378 Enjoy the Peaches!

This week's CAS challenge (CAS378) is to use fruit on your clean and simple card.   My hubby and I have been picking peaches off of one of our trees this month, so for this challenge, I just HAD to put peaches on my card today. :-) I stamped the peaches according to the multiple step stamping that was laid out, but I didn't like the harsh lines. So I went over them with water and added a little watercoloring here and there to soften the harsh lines from the stamping.

I sponged some pale blue ink on the top of the card, added the die cut branch, rounded the peaches with my fingers and adhered them with foam tape, and added the sentiment below the peaches. The "enjoy" die cut was actually white, and I didn't like it, so I watercolored it with some olive ink to echo the colors of the leaves. :-)

Come play along with us for the CAS378 challenge!  If you upload your card to SCS, please use keyword CAS378 so we can find your card and drool over the fruit on it.  LOL!  

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mint Memory

Last week, I found out that one of the owners of Verses Rubber Stamps had a family member who passed away.  I pulled out this Love Becomes a Memory stamp and embossed it with white embossing powder onto some mint cardstock.  I also used a stamp from Magenta which looks like breezy grass and stamped it across the bottom of the sentiment panel as well as the bottom of the card base. 

I cut out the sentiment with a stitched rectangle die, and then I cut a slightly larger rectangle from white cardstock for a mat.  Some white taffeta ribbon below the sentiment was the last touch I added before putting this in the mail.

As much as I don't like the reason for making sympathy cards, I know they are much appreciated by the recipients.  The beautiful sympathy verses from Verses Rubber Stamps really do help make it easier to create sympathy cards.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Yellow Rose of Kindness

I created this card to send to a dear friend who let me test some cardstock before I bought it.  Patricia from Paper Temptress sent me a sheet of her Strathmore Bristol Bright White cardstock after I asked her if it was good for using with colored pencils.  I tested it out with three different kinds of pencils - Prismacolor Premiere, Polychromos, and Luminance - and all three pencils worked beautifully with this cardstock.

I immediately put in my order for 100 sheets of the Strathmore Bristol Bright White cardstock, and I sent this card to thank Patricia.  The base of the card, the sentiment, and the flower are all from this Strathmore white cardstock.  The flower stamp and die are from Clearly Besotted and the sentiment stamps and die are from Concord & 9th.  I colored the flower with Polychromos pencils and then cut it out with the matching die.  The gorgeous yellow textured paper in the background is the awesome Yellow Crepe Ruche paper from Paper Temptress - I love it!

If you ever have a question about the cardstock and papers from Paper Temptress, contact Patricia and she will help you out.  She is such a sweetheart!  Thanks again for all your help, sweetie!

Monday, May 9, 2016

CAS376 Love U

Today's CAS challenge is to make a card for your mom or for a special lady. I just got these Altenew stamps in the mail Saturday, so on Sunday morning, I inked up the new stamps and created this card. 

After I arranged the die cut flower and leaves, it left the perfect spot for the sentiment. I've always wanted to try stenciling some diagonal stripes on the side of one of my cards, and this was a perfect opportunity to try that. I sponged the brown ink onto a small strip of white cardstock and then adhered the leaves and flower to the card. I love this graphic and yet feminine-ly floral look.

Come play along in this week's CAS376 challenge.  If you upload your card to SCS, please use keyword CAS376.  I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

CAS375 Imzadi

For this week's CAS challenge, we are making wedding/anniversary cards (CAS375).  I decided to make a card for my hubby and it took me a few days of thinking about it before I came up with this.  He loves Star Trek, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate that into his card.

I started by cutting some white cardstock into a circle frame by using some circle dies.  I then drew the asymmetrical triangle onto some white cardstock and then cut it out.  The fun part was spraying these pieces with several different colors of Distress Stain Sprays.  I used Picket Fence, Mermaid Lagoon, Lucky Clover, Tumbled Glass, and Salty Ocean sprays.

While this piece was drying, I cut out the letters from white cardstock.  Imzadi means "my beloved" in the Betazed language (an alien race in the Star Trek world), so I thought that would be perfect for an anniversary card.  As I laid it out on the black cardstock, I decided I didn't like the white letters, so I colored them with a silver Sharpie marker.  I also used the same silver marker on the white card base.

When the sprayed pieces were dry, I glued the triangle shape on top of the circle frame and adhered that to the black background.  I love the space/galaxy/universe coloring on that Star Trek emblem.

Come play along with us over in the CAS challenges!  If you upload a wedding or anniversary card, please use keyword CAS375 so we can see what you've created.