Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rose thank you

Today I have a card for Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #188. I really like this sketch, and I am sure I will be using it a lot as I work on another box of cards for Operation Write Home.


I don't have a whole lot of information for this card:) I found the image piece in my 'reject' box-it didn't work out for something else-but it did for this rose sticker. The background for the rose is stamped, I just don't know which stamp or what ink. I do know it is cut with Spellbinders Labels One. The background DP is SU Blushing Bride from a 6x6 pad, mounted on Blushing Bride cardstock. I believe the green mat is DCWV. I stamped the butterflies (SU Papillon Potpouri) with Momento Northern Pine ink, and colored them in with Copics R0000, R000, and R01. I didn't like how the butterfly punch took too much of the green border off the butterflies, so I fussy cut them out. The sentiment is from Sweet N' Sassy Christmas Tags stamp set stamped in Northern Pine, cut out with My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags. I popped the image panel with SU dimensional foamies. Added the silver border stickers and 3 Recollections rhinestones.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Micey Nice Day OLS

I have wanted to play along with the One Layer Simplicity challenge all month. The challenge is to "Frame It". As I thought about it I was planning to emboss a die as the frame. That is until I was going through my stamps looking for something to stamp and color inside the frame. I came across these adorable Penny Black mice, and out the window flew the original idea :) So here is what I came up with..........after about 4 aborted starts (smudges, crooked stamping, dropped the stamp in middle of know how it goes)..........and 2 days later....right under the wire....

I am not happy with this photo of my card. I do not have access to my HP Photosmart printer and software, and the photo edit program on the PrintMaster program is sadly inferior to the HP program from which I can lighten up the picture considerably. I have to take my whole system into the 'puter doc'....

The stamp is from the Micey Nice Day PB stamp set. I stamped in Momento Rich Cocoa on Gina K. Pure Luxury White cardstock. I colored the mice and flowers with Copic Markers.  I used Prisma Colored Pencils to add the grass under the mice. 
Now, the butterfly was not in my plans. But I was replacing the ink cartridge in my adding machine, and somehow I got a smudge of ink on the card front. Go figure! So, I wanted to add a bumble bee over the smudge. I know I have a tiny bumble bee stamp. But could I find it? Of course not. Tons of tiny butterflies, but no tiny bee (I'll find it tomorrow, of course). So I settle for the little butterfly from JustRite Botanical Butterfly set. I stamped him in Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate ink. I stamped the tiny mice feet for the border/frame and the sentiment with the Moment RC ink.  And I had to add bling, didn't I? So some Recollections brown rhinestones for the flower centers. Such darling little mice, don't you think?
Don't you just love Penny Black critter stamps? I sure do. Hope you like my happy little card. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Open Sea

Big gap in my posts again. Busy, busy time of year. Garden all in, most of flowers planted, still a couple flower beds to spruce up. On top of all that we are getting ready to install a new furnace and central air. Really, really need to clean and organize the basement. And then there are the grandson's little league games. Doesn't leave a whole lot of time to craft :( But we press on......

This simple card today fits into several challenges: The Paper Players-color challenge; Clean and Simple sketch #294; Creative Knockouts-Die cuts/ Punch Frenzy- use die cuts or puches; CAS-ual Friday, Create a Guy card with the following can't use kraft as a color at all, AND you have to include some sort of ribbon; and Crazy for Challenges #239 a masculine card.


I have had fun with this simple layout. It lends itself well to using up a lot of those 12 x 12 papers I have (so I can get more?!:).  I've made 6 of these cards for Operation WRite Home, which is unusual for me-I don't normally make more than one of a card. But I really want to get another box out to OWH, so I'mass producing a few styles. I stamped the ship image from  SU's Open Sea set on CTMH Colonial White cardstock with SU Night of Navy ink, cut it out with Spellbinders Classic Ovals. I sponged Night of  Navy ink around it in the die, and went around the edge with N.O.N. marker. I cut SU Real Red cardstock with SB Big Scallop Ovals die for the mat. Same treatment for the sentiment.

Items used:
Cardstock: Stampin Up Real Red, Close to My Heart Colonial White
Background paper: Boxer by Basic Grey
Sentiment stamp: Close to My Heart 'Say it in Style
Ink: Stampin' Up Night of Navy
Dies: Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals, Classic Ovals and Basic Labels
Navy  Blue ribbon (a sample I received with an order from Ellen Hudson)