Sunday, July 31, 2011

Frosty the Snowman

This will be my last posting of cards for a few weeks. My hubby and I are leaving for our yearly vacation on August 1st. We will be going to 5 different places; Philadelphia,PA to see the liberty bell and othe places in the area, New York City, Niagra Falls (on the Canadian side), Lake Ontario, and then on to Mt. Vernon, Ohio to spend a few days with our daughters and their families. I am most excited for our visit to NY City. I grew up on the East Coast and never visited New York City. We are looking forward to all the sites and adventures that this vacation will bring. Now, on to my card.

The stamps used are Penny Black "Warm and Cold" 3260H and the word "to" comes from the Air Mail stamp set 30-072. I stamped the snowman on white cardstock with memento tuxedo black ink. Then I stamped with clear ink and embossed with black embossing powder onto cardstock vellum. I colored the scarf and hat with two shades of blue and then attached the vellum to the snowman to give the appearance that he is in a globe. I went over the snowman and the snow with stickles "Icicle". (The stickles are hard to see on camera, but in real life the snowman has lots of shine.) For the globe base, I found a tag that had a globe and I resized the tag to fit the snowman in the circle. This was fun to make and I am pleased with the results. I have been making a lot of CAS cards lately and I am starting to like this easy way to make cards.
This is all for now. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comments. Have a safe and wonderful week.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays CFC #13

This weeks challenge was fun and I enjoyed working on this card. This is my fourth challenge for CAS-ual Fridays and I look forward every week to see what the next new challenge will be. This week, the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to make a 4 x 9 inch card and to keep it clean and simple. I love the color red and I thought that the black ink on the white paper would be peerfect to work with. Here is my take on this weeks challenge


Hero Arts Stamps: Delicate Blossoms CL449

Small Greetings LL662

Markers used:

Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens:

Deep Scarlet Red #219

Pale Geranium Lake #121

Light Green #171

Permanent Green Olive #167.

I Stamped the image and greeting with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the popies with the Faber-Castell markers.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Hydrangea

I used Prisma color pencils to color this flower and used Copic blending solution to blend the colors. My inspiration for this card comes from "Coloring Techniques for Card Making", by Annie's Attic. (page 13) The artist of the card in this magazine is Asela Hopkins. I followed the design according to the directions; the only thing different that I did was to use paper that I had available and I used ribbon instead of rickrack and I omitted the pearls. I had lots of fun coloring the hydrangea and I plan on using this stamp more often.

This book shows you three of the most popular coloring techniques in card making: watercolors, colored pencils and alcohol-based ink markers. Plus, it contains lots of projects with step-by-step directions.

The stamps used are Hero Arts: Hydrangea K5376.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays CFC #12

When I first read about this weeks Cas-ual Fridays challenge, my reaction was to pass on this challenge. You see, I usually do not get along very well with rub-ons and stickers. In the past, every time I used a rub-on I had a very difficult time getting the rub-on off of the sheet they were on and putting them onto my project. So, I eventually stopped buying them. But, I stopped and thought about the challenge and decided to give the rub-on another chance. It turned out that I enjoyed making this card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge.

The flower rub-ons are by Royal & Langnickel Brush Mfg. (I think that this set of rub-ons are discontiued; I could not find them on the web site. The sentiment rub-ons are by American Crafts--Mini Mail Phse Multi 43370. The sentiment rub-ons are here.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011 Week 4

Wow!! It is hard to believe that this is the last week of Summer Card Camp. I have enjoyed making my cards for card camp and playing with the different color combinations. One thing that I have found is: if you decide on a color combo to use before making your card, the design for the card comes together quickly.
This is one of the cards that I made for Summer Card class. I found this color combo very easy to work with and my design came together very quickly. I had lots of fun stamping, embossing, and assembling this card. The butterfly was colored in with glitter pens. The stamps that I used are Hero Arts; 3 images CG130, sending smiles CL490, and Artistic Borders CL322. The distress inks are: broken china, tumbled glass and shabby shutters.

I have also entered this card into the current Hero Arts Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comments. Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

CFC #11

This is going to be a short post. We have been having an issue with the internet for the past few weeks and we never know (lately) when we will be bumped off the internet.

This is my card that I made for Cas-ual Fridays (July 15h). The Hero Arts Stamps that I used are: Frame Messages CG357, cupcakes CL158, and the sentiment comes from Birthday Messages CL139. I have alsoadded this to the Hero Arts current monthly challenge.

Thanks for dropping by and I appreciate the comments. Hope that everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011 Week 3

This weeks card camp colors were a challenge for me. I usually do not use more than one neutral color at a time, but when I saw the cards that Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner made, I had to try working with those colors. The cards pictured here on this post are what I came up with for this week.

These cards have also been entered into the Hero Arts Monthly challenge. For details on how to enter, please go here.
I made this card for my friend who had knee surgery a few days ago. Hope that it cheers her up. The stamps used are Hero Arts: Earth Flowers CL428, Everyday Sayings CL342, the butterflies come the Friends Stamp Set CL351. This is also an inspiration from Jennifer McGuire's card from Tuesday's video at card camp.

This is another inspiration from Jennifer McGuire. I used her same design, but with different stamps. The stamps used are Hero Arts: Two Birds CG152, Dots & Flowers S5213, and Thinking of You CL140. The panel is a Labels 17 die by Spellbinders.

I turned the Three Sunflowers stamp S5420 into a silhouette image by going over it with Walnut Stain distress in using a blender pen. This also is an inspiration by Jennifer McGuire. The other stamps that I used are: Thinking of You CL140, Music Background CG222.

The background panel was stamped with the Large Butterfly stamp CG200. I inked the stamp with soft brown shadow ink and then I inked the edges with Memories Ruby ink and stamp on the paper. Each butterfly was individually stamped. The sentiment comes from The Best Gifts stamp set CG282.

Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comments. Have a wonderful day and God bless.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hero Arts Challenge and Summer Card Camp cards

Here are two quick cards that I am entering into Summer Card Camp 2011 and also into the Hero Arts current challenge. This is the end of the second week of Summer Card Camp and the time once again has flown by fast.
The flower card was inspired by Kristina Werner. To see her card, please go here. Hero Arts Stamps: Flower Swirl Vine K5486, Thoughtful Messages CL184. On Friday's at Summer Card Class, we have 6 extra color combos to choose from and for this card I choose Comb #2.

For this card, I chose combo #1 for the summer card class. Hero Arts Stamps used: Stripes Pattern CG118, Cupcakes CL158, Birthday Sayings CL340, and Magical Background CG211. The background was stamped with the Magical background stamp, but it doesn't show up very well on camera.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

CAS-ual Friday's (Shaped Cards) -- CFC #10

Last evening, I was looking at different blogs that I have saved to my favorites and I came across the casual Friday blog. I wanted to see what their challenge was for this week and when I saw that it was for shaped cards, I decided that I wanted to take part in this challenge. I have a Cricut machine and several cartridges; so, I began looking through the cartridges that have shapes which would be good for shaped cards. After spending about 45 minutes, I narrowed down my choice to the Walk in My Garden Cartridge and I picked the turtle for my shaped card.
I cut the pieces for the turtle out of Stampin Up Confetti White paper. The shadow portion of the turtle was inked with Bundled Sage and Old Paper distress ink. The body of the turtle was inked with Tea Dye distress ink and then after I applied heat to to dry the paper, I stamped over the body of the turtle with Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain S5208 with clear Versa Mark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The turtles shell was inked with Bundled Sage and Forest Moss. Once the ink was dried, I stamped the Design Block Tree S5037 (Hero Arts) with Versa Mark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. After all the pieces were finished. I assembled the card. For the finishing touches, I tied a small tag (that I stamped the word Hi) around the turtle’s neck. The word Hi comes from the Happy Hello stamp set CL231 by Hero Arts.

This card was a lot of fun to make and now I am ready to make more shaped cards. To check out the CAS-ual Friday's blog, please go here. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comments.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Card Camp week 2 (continued)

Hello Everyone,

Here are a few more cards for Summer Card Camp. The only card that is not being entered for card camp is the candle card. I have been struggling to get these cards posted all day. I had my eyes checked this morning and my eyes were dilated and my eye sight was not in focus for most of the day, but I think that I am back to normal now.
The Hero Arts stamps that I used are: Designer Woodgrain S5208 and Raindrop Background S5101. The Inch worm comes from Inky Antics Caterpillar set.

Stamps used are Hero Arts: Diaginal Dictionary Type S5497, Silhouette Garden AR166, and Everyday Sayings CL342. This card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire.

Stamps used are Hero Arts: Stamp A Garden CL379 and the sentiment cames from the birthday messages stamp set CL139. Vicky Papaioannou was my inspiration for this card; to see her card, please go here.

Hero Arts Stamp sets used are: Big Candles CL287 and Stripes Pattern CG118. My inspiration for this card came from Jennifer McGuire. See her inspirational card here.

This was a quick post for this evening. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comments. Hope that everyones evening is a great one. God bless.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer Card Camp: Week Two, Day One

Hello Everyone,

It is hard for me to believe that this is week two of Summer Card Camp. Time sure flies by fast when I am having fun making cards.
The stamps that I used are Hero Arts: Solid Flowers Flourish LL228 and Mix and Match stamp set CL266. The flowers came from the Solid Flowers Flourish stamp set and the sentiment came from the Mix and Match stamp set.

This is my first card for the second week, Day one of the Summer Card Class. This card was very simple to make and I usually don't make many quick and simple cards. I had this particular design in my mind last evening and when I saw the colors for this week, I knew that this was the perfect design for the stamps that I had in mine. I am starting to like making the simple cards. I am also entering this card in the current Hero Arts Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and I do appreciate the comments. Have a wonderful day and God bless.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Two Simple Cards

Hello Everyone,

Here are two quick cards that I made for summer Card Camp 2011 and for Hero Arts current challenge.
Stamps used: Hero Arts Thanks So Much Owl K5283 and Life of the Party CL514. The original sentiment on this owl stamp says "thanks so much" and it is in brackets. I thought that this owl would make a good image for a party invite so, I substituted the words for "Birthday Party!" The words on the card comes from the Life of the Party CL514 Hero Arts stamp set. The circles on the background are colored green, but they don't show up very well on camera.
The stamps used for "birthday Party" are Hero Arts: Summer Memories E3374, Layered Flowers CL496, Thinking of You CL140 and Thoughtful Messages CL184. I don't have any sentiment stamps that expresses a memorable summer, so I made my own by combining three stamp sets. The "Enjoy Every moment" comes from the Thoughtful Messages stamp set, the word "of" comes from the Thinking of You stamp set CL140, and the word "Summer" comes from the Summer Memories stamp E3374. The flower comes from Layered flowers stamp set CL496. I embossed the flower onto water color paper using black embossing powder and then I colored the flower with Memento markers.
Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comments. Hope that everyone has had a wonderful weekend.