Month: February 2015

Color Throwdown #331

Good morning! It’s another bright but cold day in Wisconsin. The mister and I have been talking about canoe trips we would like to take. It seems to make me feel a little bit warmer.

Working with green and pink along with the Color Throwdown Challenge seemed to brighten and warm up the day as well. I just started doing challenges and it’s a great way to think about the paper in the “stash” and unleash some creativity.

Today’s colors are hot pink, light pink, green and kraft.

It’s been a couple weeks since I purchased a new pack of “Hopscotch” paper by Colorbok and I wanted to see what I could do with this pack. There are some really cute double sided papers in it. Sometimes it’s tough to choose which side to use. I’m starting to get over that feeling since there is so much paper in the pack!

As I was laying out the music paper, I was thinking about a stamp I have that says: Just a Little Note. However, when I saw the cute NOTES piece I decided it was just what I was looking for.

I used some stamps from my Close To My Heart, Happy To Be Friends set to stamp the sentiment on kraft stock. The little hearts are colored with watercolor pencils.

A little bit of scallop edge between the pink papers and some white behind my notepaper added just a bit of dimension. I decided that I wanted a bit more embellishment, so I found some matching buttons and glued them on with liquid glass. I just started using this product and it adheres so well. No chance that the buttons will get left behind somewhere. Love it!

All done. I really enjoyed playing along with this challenge and can’t wait to try it again next time. Have a blessed weekend and see you next week! 

Retro Sketches 154 Challenge

I really love card crafting, but I haven’t done much heat embossing. Today I wanted to try my new White embossing powder from Close To My Heart for this Retro Sketches Challenge

The stamps are from the Thanks a bunch collection. While there are so many more cute elements to this set, I decided to use just a couple of them for this simple sketch. 

I cut my A2 size card stock for a 4.25″ square card. Using my VersaMark stamp pad, I stamped the design on black and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. The sentiment was stamped on white stock, embossed and colored it by using Lagoon ink and a sponge. I mounted a similar piece of white behind it so that it would stand out a little more.

A little embellishment was next on the list. I took one of the smaller stamps from the set, embossed it, and colored it with a Cherry Pink marker. I just love the markers from CTMH. The color is so vibrant. Using a one inch circle punch I cut it out and adhered to the card with a piece of foam tape so it would stand out a bit from the card.

I’ve been trying to learn embossing techniques and ways to keep embossing powder where it is supposed to be. In the end, I think the static from our dry cold weather wasn’t helping me too much. I still ended up with some little bits in places I didn’t want it to go. All in all I really enjoyed this challenge. I learned a few new things and I filled my need to have a few more Thank you cards in the card stash.

Have a wonderful day!

Mojo Monday 386

I had a great time playing along with Mojo Monday this week. It was “Tall and Skinny” week which gave me a good reason to try something a little different than the usual A2 cards.

When I saw the Mariposa paper pack at the store, it nearly jumped off the shelves at me saying, “You love butterflies!” I had to buy it.

I built my card on ivory stock, and gave the ivory background some embossed swirl in my Cuttlebug. The gold butterfly was cut from the paper pack and I used foam tape to raise it up above the sentiment.

The red backgrounds were scraps from my stash. The sentiment is from the Happy to be Friends collection from Close To My Heart. I used a “Smoothie” ink pad and Junebug puffy, gold stickers also from Close To My Heart. These elements worked so marvelous with the reds and golds in the paper. I was really happy with the final result!

What a great challenge. Hope you had as much fun looking at all the wonderful cards as I did.

Have a wonderful week!

Freshly Made Sketches Inspired Birthday Card

It was a cold dreary day here in Wisconsin, so making cards was just the thing to brighten it! I decided to use a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, but didn’t get finished in time for the link up. I like this new Colorbok Hopscotch paper. I can’t wait to make more cards with it.  I added this card to my card stash for birthdays.

The next card was made with a watercolor and doodle that I made awhile ago. I was just looking for a little inspiration to finish it.  Don’t you love the colorful dot paper? I sure do.

Last but not least is a little love bird card painted with watercolor and highlighted with a fine black pen. Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, it would still make a cute “I Love You” card. I plan to put this one in my Etsy Shop real soon.
That’s it for today. I love playing with the watercolors and have a couple more things that need to be made into cards. Until then, have a wonderful week!