Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pre-Class Challenge 2

For the second pre-class challenge, the goal was to create a card using a sketch.  Instead of circles, I decided to make windows in the card.  I changed the size of the card to a 6X6 so that my circle windows would fit.  Then I went to my “never used” craft stash – and found a gnome stamp set, and gnome paper and gnome sayings stamp set.  Who knew I had that entire gnome thing going on, and had yet to use any of it?

Out of sheer laziness, I did not want to drag out my Copic markers, so instead I did a lot of paper piecing and basic marker coloring.  Although the sketch did not have the buttons, I had to use the ones I found in my stash that matched the mushrooms (I think they were old Christmas ones but they match the card perfectly). 
I am having so much fun with the challenges; I cannot wait until class starts!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper:  (Gnome Sweet Gnome 6X6 Paper Pad) My Mind’s Eye
Stamp:  (Gnome Sweet Gnome, Critters in the Forest) Lawn Fawn,  (Gnomenclature) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Vintage Photo Distress Ink) Ranger
Dies: (Standard Circles Large) Spellbinders
Other:  various Stampin Up! markers, white gel pen, buttons

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pre Class Challenge 1

This card was done for the first pre class challenge for the Summer Card Camp 2 online class I am taking.  It has been a long time since I took an online course, and I decided that I needed the creative reboot.
It was a color challenge, and I pulled out a stack of ink pads that I have never opened.  The coral color was a bit dark for the peachy color I needed so I inked up my stamp, stamped off on scratch paper, and used the second generation color which worked for me. 

After I finished the card, I thought it looked a little flat, so I fussy cut some flowers and foam squared them over their flat counterparts. 
 I did up liking the look of the card, but it really took some brain power and that was just the pre class activity!
Cardstock: (Basic Gray) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper:  (Life of the Party 6X6 paper pad) My Mind’s Eye
Stamp:  (Pocket Full of Posies) Technique Tuesday
Ink:    (VersaMark) Tsukineko, (Grey Wool) CTMH, (Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Calypso Coral) Stampin Up!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Father's Day 2013

Summer is here, the warm weather (or really warm weather in California) is finally here and it is time to give a shout out to all fathers!  I wanted to make my father a card that would appeal to the sports fan in him - no flowers for him. 

I have never colored grey hair before, and I found the color combo I used during a search online.  I think it looks too blue with the blue and red paper combo, so I will try a different combo next time.  I paper pieced the shirt, and cut off the sleeves to make a vest and t-shirt combo for a little more of a dad look.   Then I finished up the card with white faux stitching on both the chair and the postage stamp die cut.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Real Red) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper:  (Dots & Stripes Metropolitan Collection) Echo Park Paper Co.
Stamp:  (Sitting Casual) The Greeting Farm, (All Men Sentiments) AmyR Stamps
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Graphite Black) Brillance
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E59, R20, C00, C1, C3, B34, B37, B60
Dies: (Small Folded Banners) Simon Says Stamp!, (Postage Stamps, Classic Squares Small) Spellbinders
Other:  (harvest baker’s twine) CTMH, buttons, (white uniball gel pen) Signo

Saturday, June 1, 2013

First Wedding Card of 2013

I received my first wedding invite this year, which means summer is approaching!  This card is a bit bigger than the usual ones I make because I want to stick a gift card into it – it is 8.5 X 5.5 (basically an 8.5 X 11 sheet of cardstock folded in half).

After surveying the wedding stamps (especially sayings), it looks like I need a few new stamps (that is my story, and I am sticking to it).  I used two stamps that are old 2004 Stampin Up, ones that I have not used in years, and cannot find the names or which stamp sets they belonged to. 

I laughed when I completed the card, because I lost complete focus on the fact that this card has to be mailed across the country.  Between the flowers, butterflies and puffy bow, mailing is almost amusing – fortunately, there is a picture of it prior to “flattening” by the postal service. 

Cardstock: (Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzaz) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper: (Fresh 6X6 Paper Pad) Authentique Paper
Stamp:  (A Word For You) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Graphite Black Brilliance) Tsukineko, (Pumice Stone Distress Ink) Ranger
Markers: (Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzaz) Stampin Up!
Dies: (Apothecary Accents Framelits) Stampin Up!
Other:  (flowers) Prima, (seam binding) CTMH, (star dust) stickles, (Rouge Sparklets) Kaisercraft