Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Today's Simple Salutations Challenge was to make a card using your two favourite colours.  I had a hard time with this.  I don't really have favourite colours.  I ended up choosing yellow and blue since I seem to be gravitating towards them for summer cards.  However, if this was fall, I would of picked rust and gold.  I'd have probably picked blue and silver for winter.  Spring would have been green and pink.

This was actually my third attempt - I was trying to go for clean and simple one layer cards and this was my final attempt.  I love one layer cards but sometimes they are more work than elaborate cards to be happy with once completed.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Sunshine

I'm really loving the whimsical look of this sun image.  It's from Sun and Moon, released this month from Mark's Finest Papers.  I really wish you could see the shimmer on the chipboard stars and the ribbon, stars and lips on the sun.  It looks beautiful in real life rather than splotchy.

The challenge this week on MFP's Sketch with a Twist is to use chipboard.  I was really struggling with this since I have planes, houses, briefcases, and old Buick looking cars.  I just wasn't feeling the love.  I decided to do faux chipboard and double layered my cereal box with white paper over top so I could use my big Sizzlix stars die.  It worked like a charm.  Now I'm thinking I may need to get more of the large Sizzlix dies.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With a Frog in his Pocket

My mother sent me this poem after she'd seen it on her latest travels.  We both loved it so I decided to turn it into a card for her.  I thought it would make a wonderful, non-traditional baby card.

Our challenge this week on MFP's Simple Salutations is to make a card with your favourite animal.  My husband and I debated over whether that just meant mammals or whether amphibians count.  He's too cute not to be included don't you think?

Image: Mark's Finest Paper's Tree Frogs
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Gina K.'s Luxury White, DP from Costco package
Accessories:  Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Two

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Run Up to Christmas

Today's challenge on MFP's Sketch with a Twist is a good one - Christmas in July.  I don't know about you but I need to get started!

Images:  Christmas Cardinals by Mark's Finest Papers
Papers:  Real Red, Old Olive, Gina K's Luxury White, DP from Creative Memories
Ink:  Real Red, Memento's Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Corner Rounder, Sponges for inking the paper edges

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Moving On Up

Today's challenge on MFP's Simple Salutations was to make a card for someone moving into a new home.  I immediately thought of this chipboard that has been sitting in my stash for the last 8 years. Shhh, don't tell my husband. I never use chipboard because I never feel confident about what to do with it.  Today I simply smashed my Distress Ink right onto the chipboard and then distressed the edges with slightly darker colours to add dimension.  This has probably been the most effective technique I've tried.  Acrylics can look nice but flat and I can't cut out the windows nicely to use DP.

The layout is from this week's Sketch Challenge #495 on Splitcoaststampers.

It's funny, I used to swear that I couldn't do vintage cards.  I'm coming to the conclusion it's all about the DP and accessories chosen and not necessarily a technique or "style" that I struggle to emulate.  I got some new DP from My Mind's Eye and been quite successful with a CAS version of vintage if I do say.

Sentiment:  Primitive Farm by Mark's Finest Papers
Paper:  Kraft, My Mind's Eye - Lost and Found, Sunshine
Ink:  Distress Inks - Broken China, Stormy Sky, Scattered Straw, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Accessories:  Chipboard from my stash, twine tom Doodlebug Design Inc.'s Halloween Assortment

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Apples For My Teacher

This week's challenge on MFP's Sketch with a Twist is to make a card for a friend.  It doesn't matter what kind of card it is as long as you are sending it to a friend.  As a teacher, I often try to slip little notes to my friends and colleagues to brighten up the day.  I was very fortunate this year to have a friend also be my son's teacher so this card will be for her.

Image: Fall Apples by Mark's Finest Papers
Sentiment: Thank You from MFP's Huge Blooms set
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Real Red, October Afternoon's Schoolhouse
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Memento's Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Ribbon from Walmart,  
Dies:  Spellbinder's Fancy Tags 1

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Canada's Birthday

Today's Simple Salutations Challenge on MFP's is to create a card using the colours of your country.  We celebrated Canada Day yesterday with a fantastic parade and then had friends over for a barbecue so the kids could run wild.  It was hot so everyone got wet and a good time was had by all.

Mrs. Noofy's Card
For my patriotic card, I have to confess, I was completely inspired by Mrs. Noofy's card on Splitcoaststampers.  She's kindly agreed to be a guest designer today.   I changed the image, sentiment and embossing folder.

 I hope all my Canadian friends had a wonderful Canada Day and best wishes to my American friends since the 4th is so close.

Papers:  Real Red, Gina K's Luxury White
Stamps:  Camellia by MFPs for the image, Great Flowers by MFPs for the sentiment
Embossing Folder:  Daisies by Crafts-Too
Spellbinders: Lacey Circle Nestabilities