Tuesday, December 3, 2013
This week's Simple Salutations Challenge is to make a masculine birthday card. Yeah, I always need tons of them. The image and stamp is from November's new release from Mark's Finest Papers, Tigers. I can see this getting used alot. I admit, I had to look up images of tigers to colour it but it was super easy. I simply shaded by general area rather than necessarily having to follow lines. Interestingly I always think of tigers as orange but I coloured him in my earth tone Copics (E11, E13, E33, E34 with W1 and W3 for his main and eye areas) and I really like how it turned out. I then shaded the background and the sentiment paper with Y000 just to soften up the white paper. The part I find funny is the DP I chose. It was part of the Costco pack DH bought me and I smiled but wasn't sure what I was going to do with a lot of it. Howevery, this is the last of this particular background (of 6 sheets) and I never thought I would touch it. It just goes to show.
I may have to play again this week since I have three male December birthdays. Hope you'll join us!
Yeah! It's officially December. My husband isn't allowed to turn off my Christmas movies and music anymore. He may run off screaming into the night.
I don't know about where you are but I tried to pre-post this card on Monday and connectivity was so slow. Nothing was loading. I don't know who was able to shop with the internet like that.
This week's fun Sketch with a Twist is to use to patterned papers. I went out on a limb and tried some very bright, large prints. I had actually bought both these papers for the soft patterns on the other side but they work well together. The ornament is a foam shape from a package my mom bought for her class. I blinged it up with some old rhinestones from when I first started cardmaking. The sentiment is from MFP's Joyous Season. The colour looks a little orange but it's Melon Mambo in real life.
So glad you popped by. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Today's challenge on Simple Salutations is to use embossing so I used both heat and dry embossing on this one layer card. The branches, which are from MFP's new Chill in the Air set, is heat embossed in Old Olive. The sentiment from MFP's Christmas Cardinals is also heat embossed in Real Red. The baubles are an embossing folder I've had for ages that I then sponged on top. The base is Kraft which gives everything a slightly softer, more muted effect than white. A great mailing card with no embellisments.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Vicki came up with a very classy layout this week. A really great one for using up those patterned paper scraps that seem to multiply in the night. The twist for this week's Sketch with a Twist is to make a Thank You card and I don't know about you, but I can never have too many of those. I chose to go with a Christmas Thank You since I realized I didn't have any in my stash. I am going to have to work on that.
I am slowly coming to the realization that I like Kraft paper. It just seems to make a card feel more masculine than using white as a background. Today's card is a tribute to the leftover sitting on my crafting table. The red and green panels were not even cut before mounting on the paper. The patterned paper was only cut a bit shorter before adding. I'm really liking the candycane embossing folder. I hadn't used it much but I think I will in the future. The sentiment is from MFP's Dogwood Blossoms.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Christmas is coming. I've already got the lights on my house. Forgive me, it was sunny and that happens so rarely in November here. I can feel myself gearing up for the holidays. I think the report card writing does it to me. Anything to procrastinate...
With that in mind, I'm making more Christmas cards. I decided to use the Cardinal in my Presents set from Mark's Finest Papers. DH wants this card to give a co-worker since he says it looks like an Angry Bird. Once a geek, always a geek! Personally I love the new poinsettia die. I'm so going to have fun procrastinating with that one this week.
This week's challenge on Sketch with a Twist is to use a button. Mine is the centre of the poinsetta. The image is paper pieced. I really wanted to use that small patterned paper for the present. I was worried about trying to cut out the pine needles but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
I have managed to make over 40 cards this year for Christmas and somehow there are only about 15 in my stash. Hmmm. Where do they all go? Maybe I should stop allowing family to raid my stash when needed...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
One of my favourite holiday past-times is walking in the snow, particularily before Christmas so I can admire the neighbours' lights in peaceful serenity. So when today's Simple Salutations Challenge was to make a Holiday Card, I decided to try and capture that feeling with this one-layer card. I started by sponging the ink to create the snowdrifts and the sky. I used Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, and Tumbled Glass. The snow was created with the torn paper masking technique. I then added the tree image, which is from MFP's new release, Chill in the Air. I used a white gel pen to add my "snowflakes" and drew some lines above the tree to make it look like snow was resting on the branches. I wasn't being fussy about getting them all since snow sometimes falls off in clumps. The sentiment is from Christmas Cardinals and I then coloured some rhinestones with my Copics. The rhinestones were a steal since I had bought some of the Michael's clearance bin rhinestone shapes and then cut them up. Total cost of the rhinestones was about thirty cents (Canadian - cheaper still for you Americans.)
I love making one-layer cards. I really should do them more often but I find I'm intimidated by the possibility of spoiling my white cardstock. How silly is that?
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
This week's Simple Salutations Challenge was to make a Feminine Birthday card. I'm so glad for this challenge because this layout with the lotus blossoms has been floating around in my head for a while.
I was looking for the perfect paper and found this in my "What on Earth?" pile but on a 5 X 7 card, it was perfect. I love the fluidity the lines bring. Please tell me you have "What was I thinking?" supplies stashed somewhere. I'd hate to think I was the only one.
The sentiment and flower came from the same Lotus Blossom set. The lotus blossoms were paper pieced and I just highlighted them with a little bit of Copic markers for a touch of depth. The die cuts were outlined in my gold marker again. What can I say, I'm running low on gold cardstock and Christmas is coming! The sentiment was heat embossed in gold.
Challenges this Card Meets:
Speedy TV's Simple Salutations - Feminine Birthday Card
Craft Room Challenge - Photo Inspiration (I used the lines on the teacup.)