I guess my pants are on fire today.
I know I posted yesterday that you wouldn't be seeing any new cards for a while. Well, I saw the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and I had the perfect card for it. This is a card that I made a while ago but never posted, because I was sending it to someone and didn't want to spoil the surprise. Well, since they have the card now, I guess I'm safe to share!
The challenge today is vacations/travel. Growing up, our family vacations were always camping. I haven't gone camping in such a long time now, but I have fond memories of it. Sleeping in a tent, roasting hot dogs, s'mores, and pudgie pies. Did anyone else ever do pudgie pies or was that just a thing my family did? We had these awesome pie-maker things that you put a slice of bread in, then add some canned pie filling, and top it with another slice of bread. You close it up and put it in the fire till its all toasty on the outside, and warm and gooey on the inside. Delicious!
Anyway, Im getting off track. This is supposed to be about the card, not food.
I started with scoring the background, and then dragging two different shades of brown down the front to create this woodgrain background. Super simple, and it looks great!
Then, I stamped the camping image with dark brown in on a kraft cardstock to get a tone-on-tone look. I added some dash lines with my white gel pen for some detail.
The letters for "take a" were cut with my Cricut. The "Hike" letters were stamped and embossed in brown. I wanted to keep everything in brown tones.
I arranged everything very square. After getting the camping image and the "Take a Hike" adhered on, the right side seemed like it needed something so I added three metal eyelets. Then, just for one pop of color against the brown I stamped a little red heart, adhered it down, and also added a twine knot for some texture.
Its pretty simple, and it works.
Although, looking at it makes me want to go camping!
Also, I found a link to the pudgie-pie makers we used to use:
Amazon doesn't call them pudgie-pie makers, so I don't know where that name came from, but I'm sticking with it.
Operation Write Home has been focusing on masculine cards, which is great, because it seems a little more difficult to make a card a guy would want. Most guys just aren't into all the flowers and glitter like us ladies are.
So I started with a little bit of patterned paper, since the new Work It Wednesday challenge is about using patterned papers. Then, I lined it with some green cardstock, and used the tab from a manilla file folder to stamp and emboss the sentiment on (don't tell the husband what I did to the folder, please!).
The background just seemed like it needed something, but I didnt want to use more patterned paper and overwhelm the card. So I scored diagonal lines, and I really like the texture it gave to the card.
Then, of course, I added some string. I also stamped and fussy cut several stars, one of which I glued to a paperclip with Glossy Accents. I also used a few staples. Who said office supplies couldn't be used for papercrafting?
I have also linked this card to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge blog. Their theme is anything goes!
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I used the sketch from OWH to create this card.
I started by stamping stars on the background. Then, I cut a piece of kraft cardstock to cover the bottom right corner. I added a white dash line around the edge just to help it stand out a little more. I picked some blue cardstock for the middle strip.
The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with some white embossing powder. I added a few white eyelets for some embellishments
For this one, I used Mojo Monday's sketch. Its a tall and skinny card- I love the look of tall and skinnies.
The two patterned papers on the background are from Witch Hazel's October Afternoon's paper pack. I used a kraft cardstock for the other papers.
The sentiment is stamped and embossed in white.
I cut out several layers of flowers with my Cricut and inked them yellow. I also added a little bit of Diamond Stickles to the flower.
I finished off the card with a few buttons.
This card is also being linked to Simon Says Stamp. Their theme is yellow.
A few products I used:
It's the Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home! This month they are focusing on masculine cards in preparation for Father's Day. Their color theme is brown.
I decided to try to make a woodgrain background. I dont have a stamp or a textured embossing plate, so I scored lines and then just dragged several different shades of brown across the front.
Then, I made a banner and sewed the edges a bit with a zig-zag stitch. My sentiment and stars are all stamped with a stamp set I found at Wal Mart for $1. Sometimes I can find some goodies there. Anyway, I fussy cut the stars, and adhered them down. Some on foam squares.
I felt like it still needed something else, so I also added three eyelets. I like the metal element it brings to the card.
I like it when I can get two challenges into one card. This one also fits Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge. They are challenging us to make Clean and Simple cards.
Have a great Wednesday!
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Simon Says Stamp's challenge today was to use a big stamp. The biggest stamp I have is a polka dot background stamp. I decided to stamp the polka dots in Versa Mark and emboss them with clear powder on this blue shimmery paper. I love how it turns out- it looks like water droplets. Then, I drew a curved line and cut it out, and then repeated that curve on black, just to give it a more defined edge.
The bottom half I stamped with a dotted border stamp. I finished it off with some bright yellow-green ribbon, and a fun sentiment.
This next card I made for Avery Elle. Their challenge is to use these colors:
I searched through all my papers to find colors that closely matched and this is what I came up with.
I started with my blue papers, drew a curve, and cut them out (seems to be a theme with me right now). Then I found the big heart die that I had cut out a while ago and it just seemed to fit perfectly on the card. I stamped on it using Avery Elle's "Oh, Baby!" stamp set, and also used some stickers for the word "baby".
FYI: I have been asked if this is some kind of announcement, and I just want to clear the air here. ITS NOT.
The top portion of the card I dry embossed to give it some more texture. I like how it turned out!
Onto the last card of today! This one I made for Mojo Monday. I started using their card sketch and I think I veered off course a little, and came up with this.
I stamped a number of birthday sentiments on the side with Versa Mark ink, just to leave a subtle watermark look. Then, I found some coordinating patterned paper for the other side. The stars were stamped and fussy-cut, and I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment.
Kinda simple but I think it turned out pretty cute. I could see it being sent to either a boy or a girl.
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I just love it when I can use materials that I have had for a while. The little bow on the cupcake is some raffia that I've had forever (in fact I think I stole if from my mom when I moved out).
Anyway, I started by stamping the cupcake in brown, and then adding the little bow and cherry. To the cherry I added some Glossy Accents.
Then I stamped and embossed the sentiment in white.
Before adhering the cupcake down, I ran the background papers through my sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch. I just love the look of stitching on a card.
After all that, and when I got the cupcake on, I still felt like it needed something, so I added the three buttons on the right.
This card I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge blog. Their challenge was Easter or Sweet Treats. Obviously, I went with the sweet treats:)
This next card is for OWH's Sunday Sketch Challenge. I kept it simple with just a bit of patterned paper and the sentiment. Then I stamped some silver stars on the bottom. I did a little bit of diagonal scoring as well.
The design is flipped from the original sketch, but that's because I started scoring on the wrong side of the card. I had to fold it over so the raised part would be on the outside.
So note to self: think about which side is the right side before scoring!
A few products I used:
I have been having so much fun with this new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. Who knew a skunk could be so cute!
I started by stamping our little skunk friend and coloring him in with my watercolor pencils. I wondered if watercoloring on regular heavy cardstock would warp it any, but as long as I used only a small amount of water and didn't let it seep in too much it was fine. I felt like he needed a little something else, so I stamped and added a bow tie with some foam adhesive.
Who wouldn't want to see a skunk in a bow tie?
For the sentiment I knew I wanted it embossed in black, but I don't have any black embossing powder, so I used another trick that works if you dont have the color you are looking for. Ink up your stamp in Versa Mark, and then ink it with whatever color you want it to be. Stamp your image, and use clear embossing powder on it. Your sentiment will be embossed and will be in the color of ink you chose.
I put our skunk on a light blue background, and then on a black cardstock and rounded the edges. I brought in a few red hearts just for another pop of color.
Here's my next card, which goes in quite a different direction. I used my watercolor pencils to create a few flowers on some watercolor paper. I cut it into a square and adhered it with foam adhesive to give some dimension. You might not be able to see very well but I did score a frame around it on the card base.
Although I love how bright the card is, it still looked a little plain along the bottom, so I added a border with my pink watercolor pencils. This did warp the card a bit, but I let it set under a heavy book over night and that helped.
The sentiment is stamped in black, and its from Avery Elle's cupcake stamp set.
I'm also linking this card to Avery Elle's card challenge. The challenge is to use their stamps and do something with watercolors.
A few products I used:
I've been having so much fun with a pack of watercolor pencils I found in my closet last week. I got them in high school and totally forgot about them! I know watercolor on cards is a huge trend right now so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and give it a try.
I used the sketch from Mojo Monday for my layout on this card. I didn't follow it exactly but the main elements are there.
Simon Says Stamp gave me the inspiration for the theme of the card with their Monday challenge this week. Their theme was "journey", or traveling. I immediately thought of the pack of chipboard stickers I have. I've been waiting for an excuse to use this hot air balloon, and it seemed perfect for this project.
I started by creating the background with some kraft cardstock and my watercolor pencils. Usually I hate it when my watercolors warp my paper, but I really like the aged effect it gave here.
Then I found the "journey" sentiment on a pack of vellum sayings. I used a screw brad to attach it. I pulled out my sewing machine because this card was just calling for a stitched border. I used some sticker letters on the balloon to finish the sentiment, and made a crumpled twine bow to glue to the top.
I really like how it turned out! Very different for me with no stamping, but its good to stretch your creativity, right?
Some products I used:
I'm just loving the forecast for this upcoming week. High 50s and sunny! That being said, please don't be surprised by the spring-y cards today.
This card is for Mojo Monday. I used the sketch for the layout.
I started with the cute little pitcher die. I found it on my Country Life cartridge for my Cricut. I spent a while looking for papers that I could pair with it to give it a "country kitchen" feel to it. I love the blue and yellow together.
I embossed the background and I also ran it through my sewing machine to give it some zig-zag edges.
I didn't use a sentiment because it just looked done and I didn't want to try to fit anything else onto it. The good thing about no sentiments is you can use this card for almost any occasion.
My next card here is for Simon Says Stamp. Their challenge today is anything goes! I thought that was perfect, because I actually made this card a while ago and just haven't had a reason to post it yet.
What really inspired me to make this card is the raindrops. I had just picked up a bottle of Glossy Accents for the first time, and I wanted to use it to look like water. I embossed the little raindrops first, then watercolored a little blue on them, and topped them off with the Glossy Accents.
I also embossed the clouds, and cut the umbrella with my Cricut.
The letters are from a sticker set I picked up on clearance a while back. I love a good deal:)
Some products I used:
Get ready for a lot of links!
Since I was gone over the weekend, I decided to just wait until today to post a few cards and link them with several challenges.
For my first card, I used the sketch from Mojo Monday. I took a piece of white paper and did some distressing around the edges. Then, I took some of my Memento Hot Chocolate ink, mixed it with a little water, and splattered it on. For the coffee mug ring, I just took a small, round ink pad, inked the rim, dipped it in water, and stamped it on the paper. I also stamped some faded text very lightly with Distress Ink.
The letters were cut with my Cricut, as well as the coffee mug. I added a little Glossy Accents to the heart as my transparent element for Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge. Here's a closer look in case you can't see very well...
I was thinking of several coffee lovers I know that I'd love to have a reason to send this to. :)
My next card is very clean and simple. Definitely not as much inking as the first.
I cut three flower layers from my Cricut out of plain white paper. Then I used my Grape Jelly Memento ink and a cotton square to rub on the color. I stamped just the corner with yellow polka dots, and stamped the sentiment in black.
In the center of the flower I added a button with a baker's twine bow.
I'm linking this to House of Cards as a CAS with a button.
I used the color scheme of purple in yellow in response to OWH's Midweek Throwdown.
I used the button for SSS's Wednesday Challenge.
And... for the first time I'm participating in SSS's Work it Wednesday for March. They want to see what spring projects we are working on.
Whew! I think that's enough links for one post.
Some products I used:
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