Monday, September 23, 2013

Mono C. Birthday Card

No, not mononucleosis! Monochromatic! Love me some turquoise butterflies!

This started life as a 'Thinking of you' card, which would have gone in my OWH box.  But I messed that up when I used the Gel pen to outline the sentiment, and some on the butterflies. Wouldn't you know it, the ink had glitter! And it rubbed off!  So I did triage and changed it to a birthday card which I will send out to our niece next week. I know she will love it.
Well, I started with  this sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, but of course I missed the deadline for that.  But this does work for The Tuesday Throwdown #165 "Things with Wings."; the Flutter by Wednesday #253, Open--Anything Goes as long as you have a butterfly or fairy; and Seize the Birthday Anything Goes-"Toppings" option is " Monochromatic."

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs 'Birds and Butterflies Labels'; Sweet and Sassy 'Happy Birthday'; Hero Arts/Sizzix Dogwood and Butterflies stamps/dies
Ink: Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay (sponged over background embossing to make it pop), Island Indigo
Paper Basic Grey 'Lucille' DP, Stampin' up cardstock
Accessories: Sizzix butterfly dies, Spellbinders Labels 18; Copic Markers (on butterflies), white Offray ribbon colored with Copic Marker; Sizzix embossing folder, Recollections rhinestones, Sakura Gel pen

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Retro Birthday

Woo Hoo! Post #2 for today. The challenge over at 'Cards in Envy' this go round was to have a Retro vibes. This card was a challenge for me. Retro scares me! Not sure why, but I usually avoid it.

 So thought I'd give it a try, since these Basic Grey 'Lucille' papers seem to have that retro vibe to them, especially the piece with the old-fashion sewing pattern envelopes on it. And when I thought about it, the background piece of DP that I used looks somewhat like the wallpaper that was on the walls in my bedroom when I was growing up (many, many years ago 8-). I didn't follow any sketch for this, just kind of let it happen. Looking at it now on the computer I probably should have added  a bit of distressing around the 2 pink strips, but  too late now!
I cut the roses out of one of the sheets of paper-I really didn't like the actual piece of paper, but the roses on it were okay-so I cut them out, gave them a little dimension with a stylus and mat pad, and clustered them together. I really, really. really wanted to add some glitter to the roses! But as it is for my next box of OWH cards, I CAN"T! Oh, woe is me! I have to get over this glitter addiction. I added a couple gold corner stickers and a simple vine sticker to give it a little bit of shine-gotta shine!
Do you think it works? Hope you like. Leave a comment, please.

Basic Grey "Lucille" design paper, Close to My Heart "Dotty for You" DP
Jen Ellory, Ltd Chip board Happy Birthday
Peel-off stickers, gold
Scraps of DCWV, SU and Bazzil Cardstock
Recollections fall brad

A simple Autumn card

Quick, simple card using stickers.

I used this sketch from the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #80 over on the Techno Stamper Blog as the layout for this card.

 I was working on some other cards and this scrap of DCWV Autumn Medley DP was among the 'scraps' that were in my fall papers. The K&Co. leaf stickers were also in with my fall papers. They were sort of laying there on top of each other. "Hmmm,  I thought to myself  "these do seem to go together" So found this layout, and it worked! Originally I had a K&Co glitter leaf border on the card, but realized I couldn't use that for Operation Write HOme, so went hunting in my border stickers and found this K&Co. border, which actually looked even better. I tried several different ways to add a sentiment, but none of them looked right, so it became an 'all occasion' card. It's simple, but it really works for me.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

OLW Sympathy

I have wanted to give the One Layer Wednesday Challenge a try for awhile now. I don't do good with Clean and Simple, but that is what OLW is all about. So this is my try today, for OLW #157. Sadly, I find myself in need of a sympathy card today.

This week the challenge is to make the sentiment the focal point of your card. Not sure if this fits that or not! I used the image from The Crafts Meow Wildflower set inked in Memento New Sprout. I stamped the verse from Verve's Forever in Our Hearts, inked with Momento Tuxedo Black. I thought the image looked like it was floating out there in space, so grounded it with a line of Silver Starlightz Glitter pen. I added some tiny Recollections crystals to the flowers. Adds a bit of elegance, don't you think? It is what it is!:)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Emmett and Schmoo Schmoo :)

I found this cute little boy with a stuffed bunny digi-image on Squigglefly way back in March and it was perfect for my grandson Emmett's 8th birthday (9/6)-It's called Noah and Bandit, but I think it looks just like Emmett (right down to the big smile that makes his eyes disappear) and his best friend- Schmoo Schmoo, who keeps him company in bed at night (Thanks Holly, for all the help getting this image to work for me!)!

I printed the image on ultra smooth white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. Since Emmett played his first year in Little League (Minors), and his team did an awesome job (They won their play-offs) I colored his hat in the team colors, and the rabbit is colored like Schmooey. I cut the image and a green background mat out with Spellbinders Labels 4.  I lightly sponged some TH Vintage Photo distress ink around the image while it was still in the die.  I added some scraps of fall colored papers (from my scrap box). For the sentiment I stamped letters on scraps of bright cardstock and punched with EK 1/2" punch. 
He liked the card, but he liked the gift more. Sad thing is the super cool remote control car that he so loved DID NOT WORK! And I am so bummed, because I had bought the same one for his brother, who's BD is in November, and it didn't work either. So now I have to take them back and find them both something different. NO wonder they were on clearance. I'm sure others have been brought back, too.

Coffee Chocolate and Cards #47: sketch 
Papertake Weekly: Child's Play - make a card for a child
Squigglefly #46: include a sentiment on your card
613 Avenue Create #36: Anything Goes Challenge! optional Twist this week is to create a card, gift, etc. for a grandparent or a grandchild
Addicted to Stamps and More: MAKE YOUR MARK Use markers, pencils, anything that colors

Stamps used: Squigglefly digi Noah and Bandit; Hero Arts Alphabet
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels 4, EK Success 1/2" circle punch, Copic Markers, Foam dimensional stickers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

More Lilies

Today I have another card using a Lily image. As this is my card for my sister, I think I better get it in the mail, as her B-day is Friday!
This is for the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown  -  Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Make a Good Impression” - Incorporate dry embossing
The House That Stamps Built -  Designers Choice Challenge - No Squares Allowed

I used the SU Very Vintage Wheel with SU Rich Razzleberry ink on Rich Razzleberry card for my card base. I added a strip of scrap of cardstock embossed with a Cuttlebug triangles embossing folder. I 'distressed the embossed piece by lightly sponging some rich razzleberry ink over the raised design. I stamped the Stampendous Star Lilies with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers. I used a Prisma Color White pencil on the lilies to make them stand out. 

Stamp: Stampendous Lilies, SU Papillion Potpourri, SU Very Vintage Wheel
Ink: SU Rich Razzleberry, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: SU Rich Razzleberry, pink; Bazzil Simply Smooth White, scrap of green
Accessories: Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangles, EK Success corner rounder, SU Bitty Butterfly punch, Copic Markers, gold Peel-off stickers, SU Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain ribbon, gold Sakura
Gel Pen.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Stargazer Lilies

Seems we are getting into the fall weather pattern with cooler nights, and not quite so hot days. Leaves are turning, and it's getting time to empty the flower pots and pick up the garden art.  I can handle that.
I've had this little scrap of  DP floating around my table for awhile now, just begging me to use it.  I was looking at this package of 'canvas' ready to color stickers, and it popped into my head to use the lilies with this lily sticker, colored like stargazer lilies. So......
I will enter this into the challenge over at Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes.
I will also enter it in the following challenges:
Fab-n-Funky #183, Opposites Attract -Use 2 colors from the opposite sides of the color wheel (pink & green).
Dutch Dare - Birthday Wishes
Flutterby Wednesday- Anything goes-with butterfly or fairy.

I know this looks more peachy in this photo, but it is more in the pink range. I water colored the sticker with Momento markers, Rich Cocoa (frame), Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo leaves & New Sprout. I mounted the sticker on a green die-cut (SB Timeless Rectangles, Bazzil CS). I added a small green butterfly (SU Papillion Potpourri) Stamped with Memento Bamboo Shoots, colored with Copics and punched with SU Bitty Butterfly punch. Added a  piece of Offray ribbon, and 3 green rhinestones. Stamped greeting with Versa Mark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder (S.U.). Quick and simple! (And I finally used that piece of DP!)

Your comments are always welcome.