Good Witch

The first title that came to mind for this post was “Good Witch”; obvious enough with my mind on Halloween, and this card, as well as the inspiration photo, all bringing to mind Glinda.

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I’d prepared the following and another card for RIC this week, but the more complicated and favored of the two remains unfinished. I loved the inspiration photo for it’s contradictory elements–the airy white lace and soft pink peek-a-boo shoes of the bride, the rough green leaves and tan trunk of the palm, the contrast and bristle of the black and white animal rug, the smooth white walls, clean black lines, and a bit of a wood pallet (or is it a rug?) along with that wicker chair edging the scene. So many interesting options here. It’s one of those images that will linger.

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A closer inspection of the photo reveals a gold zipper running down the center of her dress, so I worked this into the mix using a Spellbinders banner die and Waffle Flower sentiment.

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The floral embossed paper provides the backdrop on which I layered the other elements–the animal print banner echoing the rug, the Impression Obsession lacy heart cut twice from white stock and then vellum to create an airy feel, the slightly textured pink paper plays on some of the texture in the image.  I purposely used the Avery Elle banner die with the pin hole border, as her dress has that fabuous open circle motif on her sleeves and in the skirt.  I carried that through in the washi tape, which also reflects the green palm.  Everything is mounted on pink cardstock and the inside is finished with the Alena lacy border by Top Dog Dies, rather than my usual washi tape.

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This could serve as a wedding card, but I have been meaning to pull together a thank you for someone who gave me a little tiger print clutch, and I wanted to use the Heidi Swapp animal print paper in my thank you, so this card will fit the bill perfectly.

Well, I still have pumpkins to carve, and/or decoupage depending on how much time I have tomorrow to pull it all together before trickery arrives at my door and the darkness descends, not to mention festive cards to finish, and my annual screening of Halloween. While last year I was a vision in all white Greek Goddess garb, this year I’m feeling the need to get in touch with my dark side.  I’ll be donning a witch hat and all black, and my little grey familiar will accompany me on my nightly haunts. He’s not called Leo the traveling cat for nothing!

So whether you’re a good witch, or bad witch, or a spirit of another kind, may your Halloween night be one terrifyingly good time!

Love, Love, Love

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Love wins.  We’ve been hearing that sentiment quite a bit lately.  So I figured it was about time to share this wedding card I created for a celebration in May!  Pink wins as well, yet again, along with some sweet Maggie Holmes swag!

I was pretty motivated by my sketch for the Magic card and the birthday card I created for Kimberly’s blog hop, so the design of those cards clearly affected my layout here!

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I stamped the background with the PTI Wet Paint sentiment, leaving some white space at the bottom.  I really love the MFT small circles die, which I cut down to a 3.5 x 5″ size as the backdrop for some Maggie Holmes “Kiss Kiss” ephemera, and a die cut layering card from the Love Notes collection papers.  All clipped together with a Paper Source clip.

20150502_164912I had my eye on that “Love” die from Frantic Stamper for ages.  They have some really cool sentiment dies over there.  So I covered some paper in that pink and gold washi tape, then cut it out!  Love making washi “paper” for die cutting purposes!

Layered a bit of netting to reflect a bridal veil, some Maggie Holmes’ Open Book flowers, and a touch of sequins to finish the front.

20150502_164827Kept it simple on the inside with a PTI wedding sentiment, and a touch of something blue in the turquoise sparkle.

Finally, I wrapped it all up in a Whisker Graphics goodie bag, and added a bit of swag to the vellum tag–more Maggie Holmes paper goods.

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I was really pleased with the entire flow and feeling of this card.  One of my favorites by far, and the bride liked it too!

Wishing you a lovely week!  And don’t forget to leave some love on my last post if you’d like to win some crafty goods!

Three Cool Cats

Are you ready for retro?  How about a few cool cats?

CAS(E) this Sketch has some great inspiration this week, including Ms. Kimberly Anne Wiener of Wienerhoneymooners as their guest.

I took my cue from not only the sketch, but also Chrissy Larson’s card because both rock and, as anyone knows, I love cats!

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 Card #1

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This is the first card I made which features some sweet Maggie Holmes paper from a bonus pack Michael’s was selling in the spring.

The background stripe is from Heidi Swapp’s collection, which was a major find at Marshalls of all places.  If you look carefully, you can often find some paper crafting treasures there.

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What is really notable about both of the cards, though, is the cat.  I have had these stickers since 1984.  That’s right.  30 years.  I dug them up from the recesses of a childhood treasure chest when visiting my family this past May.

They are from the Current Catalog.  Anyone remember that?  Evidently, the company has remained current, as they have a website, along with a catalog!  Their designs, however, seem a bit dated, (not in a good way) and not nearly as cool as these cat stickers!

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My assortment of cat toys include a deconstructed vellum Scribbled Circle die from PTI, Studio Calico wood heart, delicious enamel dot, and gold die cut word from a Spellbinders Donna Salazar camera set that says “Fave.”  I scored this set for about five dollars at a blow-out sale at Joann’s thanks to my mom!

Totally rad, right?

The notebook paper die cut is also PTI.

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I added some mustard yellow wax twine and echoed the color with some corresponding washi inside and on the back of the card.

I love wax twine for the ability to manipulate its shape.

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Card #2

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Keeping with the 80’s theme, this one features a puffy gold heart and black denim-like feather, as well as turquoise,hot pink, and that black grid paper!

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Cats do love their feathers and string!  This feather is from Studio Calico and designed to be used with their misting sprays.  I used the bronze from Heidi Swapp, which is really black with some bronze glitz in it.  Apologies for the blurry photo.  I wanted to make the bronze of the feather a bit more noticeable.

Make you think of your tight black jeans, or maybe a jean jacket (filled with pins of course!)?

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I finished off the inside with some gold stripe washi to echo the heart of gold.

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On both cards I used a Spellbinders banner and MFT sentiment.  The font and size of the “you” were perfect!  Card #1 features Soft Stone from PTI for the base and flag; Card #2 features Neenah Solar White and White Linen papers.

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An assortment of goods used, and proof of the vintage quality of these stickers!

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I thought these cards would be great to sell to raise money for feline rescue.  What do you think?

I had this song bopping around my head as I was writing this post.  I warn you, though, if you listen it may be infectious!

Keep cool everyone!

Love Nest

Good evening!

Two posts in 24 hours?  Another card completed today?  And a fabulous sunny Sunday spent checking out a new coffee/wine shop for brunch (Vif), flea-marketing in Fremont (and scoring, at long last, a gorgeous refurbished dresser along with a vintage Indian tunic– pictures forthcoming), cooling off with some favorite Bluebird ice cream, followed by a Fremont Brewery stop and finally one more coffee for the road at Milstead?!

Yes, indeed, it’s been a good weekend!

And to celebrate that as well as CASE Study’s 4th anniversary here is my card–with love to Chupa and the gang!

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I have been working with so many patterns, layers, and embellishments, that this card felt so good to make.  I love the crisp, clean nature of it, as well as the modern palette.

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My card features PTI dies and vellum, MFT Fuse Green cardstock for the base (and matching enamel dots!), as well as that gorgeous paper from Studio Calico, “Encircled”.

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I had to include the additional picture above because I just love the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar paper in the background, and was thinking of perhaps including it on the inside of the card in lieu of my usual washi tape border.

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Is this washi to die for or what??

I was inspired by two of the amazing cardmakers in the CASE anniversary blog-hop, the MFT queen Ms. Keisha Campbell–who rocks their papers (especially Fuse Green) and dies like nobody’s business–and the lovely Anna of Creativity Mango who nails trendy, crisp, and colorful in her layouts and cards every time!

Here’s Anna’s inspiration card–

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And Keisha’s–

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I was thinking my card would be good for either a wedding or anniversary card–I’ve not yet stamped an inside sentiment.  The pink Scribbled Circles die reminds me a bit of a heart and the vellum wreath around it, an airy bridal veil.  What do you think?

The anniversary celebration is going on all month, so head over to CASE Study for some great work and fun prizes!

 

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xo

Kate

Candy Crush

Happy Weekend, All!

It is a gorgeous, cloudless day here on the beach, much like the afternoon when the idea for this card sprung to life!

A few week’s ago, my partner and I were walking along the water and spotted a collection of candy necklaces just hanging from a post.  How odd, and wasteful, (I still love candy necklaces!) that someone would have left five uneaten strands there!  Then my partner said, “You should make a card like that.” I started thinking about how I would execute it, but I only had time to think until today.

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Candy Necklaces were invented in 1958; click the image for an article on vintage candy favorites that are still around today!

 

Now before I get to the actual card, I must relay a bit of synchronicity. I played along with Fusion last week, and Kimberly told me that I would really love this week’s challenge.  Sure enough, she was right, as it aligned perfectly with my candy necklace idea!!

So today I was able to finally fuse together that moment on the beach and the inspiration below!  I was also thinking about the colors in Taheerah’s Cure for the Monday Blues challenge photo–for which I have another card slated, but potentially won’t finish in time…additionally, her photo conveys the soft, sweet dreaminess of childhood so it connects perfectly to one of my favorite candies from youth!

So here is this week’s Fusion image:

And Taheerah’s image:

And here is my sweet card:

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Before I saw the photo, I knew I wanted to stay pretty faithful to the powdery soft colors of the original candy necklace, so they just happened to align perfectly with the softness of the pastel rose garland.  I decided not to fill the whole necklace with “candy” and left a bow at the top for interest; it also echoes the bow within the garland.

I pulled the blue tablecloths in the photo into my side panel, a scrap paper from a discount pack.  Initially, I thought I would use the white linen for both the card body and front panel; but decided to go with the turquoise.  It was only when I turned the Bazzill paper over to cut it did I notice that the color of the paper is… Candy Necklace!!  Another fusion!!  I had to read it twice to believe my eyes.  This paper is so delicious in terms of weight and color, I don’t even think you can get the full impact from my photos.  It’s from Bazzill’s “Green with Envy” set of papers.

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PROCESS:

Okay, so how did I execute my little “candies” and their placement?  I immediately thought of Avery Elle’s Simply Tags set when I saw the real necklaces.  The little circle die was a perfect, if not tedious, choice!  I cut 12-15 of each color.  And I only have one of those little circles…

At any rate, once I had finally finished die cutting, I got to thinking about how I would be able to adhere the necklace while giving it dimension and interest, but making sure it stayed on the card and the adhesive would not be seen!!

I used a combination of Mod-Podge and Scotch ultra-thin glue dots.  The glue dots anchored certain parts, while I was able to manipulate other areas easily using the Mod-Podge.

I wanted some of the pieces to move, so I anchored those on either end of the loose ones.  In the photo below you can see the texture of the papers I used, and the standing pieces are moveable.

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The back and inside are finished off with yellow washi– I love how the striped back of the front panel peeks through just a little!

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Last but not least, I needed a sentiment.  I had planned to stamp a bold black “sweet” on the front originally, then my eye wandered over to the American Crafts Valentine Phrase Stickers I had bought waaaaay back in February at Target for some valentines that never materialized.  Another moment in this process where stars aligned.  And a card was born!

To be honest, I am crushing pretty hard on this card!  What about you?

You have until the 22nd to play along with the challenge at Fusion, and only hours until Taheerah’s challenge runs out.  But don’t worry– she’ll be back with more on Monday!

Since Simon’s Challenge this week is all about sweets, I am going to send this card right over there as well!  A triple-header!

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Wishing you crafty time full of flow and sweet serendipity this weekend!

I am off to catch what is left of the sun!