Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On the Pitch

I'm so glad that soccer season is coming to a close.  Standing in the rain all winter is not my idea of a good time.  Unfortunately, it was not my son's either.  That said, his coaches were amazing and deserve lots of recognition.  They were super positive and supportive, even with him being the youngest on the team.  This card was inspired using a tutorial from Michelle Zindorf found here.

I'm using this card as my submission for this week's "What's That? - Wednesday".  The stamp is Goal, retired from Stamping Up, which I had bought second hand for when my eldest was playing 2 years ago.  The sentiment is from Freshly Squeezed Stamps, "Say Anything" set.  The star rhinestones are also 2 years old.  I'd bought them for DS's 100 Day at school and then his teacher wanted something else so they were absorbed into my stash.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Luck of the Irish to You

Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest places.  I was inspired today by my favourite negative space art lesson that I like to teach in the spring.  You can see the link to it here.  The challenge on Speedy Fox and Friends is to make a sponged circle background.  I never do anything the way you are supposed to so rather than sponging circles, I punched out circles on post-it notes and sponged the rest of the background to create negative white spaces.  Once the post-its were removed, I was able to use MFP's Calendar set to stamp my images.  I was almost tempted to leave it as a note-card but DH said it needed more.  I really wanted to keep it CAS though so the background could really shine.  The ribbon is from the handle of a shopping bag.  The sentiment is outlined in gold sharpie since I'm out of gold paper.  The sentiment is also from MFP's Tree Frogs.  I'm so ready for St. Paddy's and Spring Break!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

I've decided to be inspired by my stash.  I have lots of items that I've never even used.  However, now that I am only doing one DT spot a week, I have time to create using my own stash and I'm really excited about this.  So to follow the latest trend of using your things, I've decided to do "What's This? - Wednesday"  I want to challenge myself to use items from my stash that are at least 2 years old.  Bonus points if I've never used them before.  I'm having lots of fun dusting off items and this could be dangerous.  I'm not sure I want DH to know just how much I have.

This week I'm starting off with a card that is using a pre-coloured image that has been floating in my images box for 7 years.  (The shame!)  I don't even know who makes it anymore.  The metal brads are at least 5 years old.  The paper is only a year.  

I hope you'll join me!  

Friday, February 13, 2015

Negative Lilies

Little inky heaven.  My one-layer card required the use of 4 different shades of purple.  I didn't even know I had that many!  I borrowed Susan's, a.k.a. LateBlossom's, favourite layout for this card.  I used my quilt ruler and gridded acrylic block to line up my image from MFP's Flower Blocks and then emboss them in clear powder.   If you look carefully, I still don't think it's perfectly lined up.  Grrrr. I then sponged in my inks.  I thought it would make a fabulous sympathy card but I've noticed a big hole in my stamp collection.  All my sympathy stamps are small.  I thought this sentiment from MFP's Hydrangea was a good alternative.  Please come join us for Speedy Fox and Friend's challenge to emboss in white and then sponge a background.

Challenges This Card Meets:
One-Layer Simplicity - Blends

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For My Coach

It's that time of year again.  I've had to make 4 cards for coaches on my son's soccer team.  How can a team of eleven kids have four coaches?  Due to the proximity of Valentine's Day, I  reused two ideas from last year since we have different coaches but here's a new one.  I used SU's retired Goal for the soccer balls.  They are punched with a 1 1/2 inch punch.  The two at the front are popped up on some recycled foam.  The sentiment is one from Freshly Squeezed Stamps, now closed.  All this is mounted on Real Red, Basic Black and then Gina K.'s Luxury White.  The card was inspired by this one on Splitcoaststampers.

Challenges This Card Meets:
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Goes
The House that Stamps Built - Thank You
City Crafter - You Matter
Cutting and Stamping - Masculine
Loves Rubber Stamps - Show Me Some Red
Card Mania - Use Some Red
Incy Wincy - Use Punches or Diecuts

Friday, February 6, 2015

Thinking of You Over Coffee

One of my best friends had a relative that was in a terrible, head-on collision and will be in the hospital for a long time.  I've given her all my "thinking of you", "get well", "just because", and even friendship cards so that she can give her something with every visit.  I want to be able to keep them coming so you may see lots of "thinking of you" for the next little bit.

This week's challenge on Speedy Fox and Friends is a technique challenge.  You are to heat emboss your focal image with clear embossing powder onto DP, not regular card stock.  Then ink the paper to give an emboss resist.  You can find the tutorial here.

I like how mine has that shabby-chic look that I can never seem to create.  I used paper from My Mind's Eye.  The image is from MFP's Java Time.  The pearls were on my table to give away.  I may have to keep them now.  The sentiment is from MFP's Roses.  I used Frayed Burlap sponged onto the DP to give it the aged look.  I wonder how it would look if I was more daring with colour?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Neon Snowman

This week's Inspiration Challenge is neon signs.  I loved the look of them and it reminded me of an art project that I like to do with my students.  In class we use runny glue to "draw" a picture and then fill it in with chalk pastels.  This time, I inked my stamp in Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder before colouring it in.  I couldn't find my spray sealer so I used hairspray.  I did have to do two layers of the white to make it as bright as I liked but other than that, it was super easy and lots of fun.  I love how bright it turned out.  I think it mimics the signs well, don't you think?   Both the image and the sentiment come from MFP's Brrrr set.  Why don't you pick a picture to inspire you?