Sunday, April 7, 2013

Black and White Cards (My Favorite)

Wow!!  Once again I have taken forever to post cards.  Lately it seems that I am not very consistent in my posting.  It seems like things keep getting in the way of my posting; or I should say I have not been motivated in making cards.  But, I am trying to put that to an end.
 Yesterday, April 6, 2013, I decided to take part in the 90 minute challenge that was hosted on the Hero Arts Flickr group.  The theme was to make a all white card, or to use black, white, gray, and/or silver or any of these combinations.  I choose black and white.  Well, to make a long story short, I decided to make another black and white after the challenge was finished. 
 The card that I entered in the quickcard57 challenge is the second one on this post.  This first card is entered into the Hero Arts Flickr group current challenge.  I used the sketch provided for this particular card.  I love making black and white cards and I especially love to use flowers as my focal image.  I think that these type of cards are very elegant and I love the clean and simple.
Card for Hero Arts April challenge

Card entered in Quickcard57
Stamps used are Hero Arts:
Everyday Sayings CL342
Bold Blossoms CL450
Flower Corsage CG287
Truly Appreciated CL380

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Clean and Simple Cardmaking 2 Homework Day 10

I have been enjoying the Clean and Simple Cardmaking 2 class for the past two weeks.  (I am sad that it has come to an end.)  This is an online class that is being taught by Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, and Julie Ebersole.  The homework assignment for Day 10 (last day of the class) is to “Grab a stamp and try using it three different ways”.  The stamp that I used comes from Hero Arts stamp set “Valentine Sayings (3 images) CG156 (discontinued as far as I know). [To see the picture of the stamp set, please see below this post.] This set includes two cupcake stamps and the sentiment.  I used the sentiment stamp from the set.  Instead of making 3 cards for the homework, I made 4; three cards using the sentiment and 1 card using one of the cupcakes.
For this card, I masked over the hearts and outline image of the stamp so that I would only stamp the words.  I stamped the word Day by itself onto the heart.
 For my second card I cut out two hearts out of pattern paper and adhered them in place of the original stamped hearts.
 For my third card I omitted the hearts that were originally included on the stamp and left the sentiment plain.
This stamped image on this card comes from the same stamp set.  The sentiment is another Hero Arts Stamp "Valentine's Day Message C2967 (discontinued).  (I masked off the word Day.)
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Hero Arts Valentine Sayings (3 Images) CG156

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine Cards

Wow!! I am having a hard time believing that I haven’t posted anything in the last 3 months. Let me briefly say that I have been busy with family. November was very busy for my husband and me as we spent most of it in Ohio helping our daughter. We became the proud grandparents (4th grandchild) of a healthy baby girl and we watched our grandson while his mother and new baby sister were in the hospital. December was busy with shopping for Christmas gifts and going back to Ohio to spend Christmas with both of our daughters and their families. I spent the whole month of January 2013 trying to get back to a normal routine and I was experiencing burnout and needless to say, my mojo was gone. So, to get my mojo back I decided that I needed to take the On Line Card Class: “Clean and Simple Cardmaking 2”.

Here are some of the cards that I made this week.
I made this card for the Clean and simple cards 2 class (Day 6).  I  used a technique called "patch work stamping" that Jennifer McGuire showed in her video.  But, I used 2 colors instead of 4.  The color ink that I used are Pale Tomato and Soft Cantaloupe by Hero Arts. 
Hero Arts Stamps:  Everyday Sayings CL342, Banner Pendent DI074 (The banner Pendent stamp set is made by hero arts for Archivers), Antique Flowers & butterflies 657773, Lattice 331065
I used the  Hero Arts Sketch challenge for the current challenge.  Hero Arts Stamps:  Four Leaf Grid S5141, Antique Brocade CG102, and Fancy Love A1295 (discontinued).
 Hero Arts Stamps Hugs & Kisses Birds CG155 (I think that this stamp set is discontinued).  I wanted this card to look like a chalkboard so I used black cardstock and white embossed the image and sentiment.  This  is an inspiration from Kristina Werner.  She made a card using the chalkboard effect on Day 4 of the
Clean and Simple card 2 class.
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