THD Challenge #12: Flights of Fancy

When I think of this month’s challenge graphic, fancy free comes to mind.  This is absolutely one of my favorite inspirations of the year– and our team really rose to the challenge in their bold and fanciful interpretations.  Can’t really get better than aqua, hot pink and silver or gold.  Look at those old books stacked up (those colors–swoon) or that gilded table setting; not to mention the dress with that bag!

Last month’s turnout was stellar, and I hope you will participate again, and bring your friends to this colorful party!

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I’ve incorporated the colors, butterflies, florals and even books into my piece– and I’ve even upcycled!  The craft/art world sadly generates quite a bit of plastic and waste, so I try to reuse as much of the packaging as I can, and recycle what I cannot.  Here I have used a glossy cardboard purple-dotted background piece from a selection of paperclips. It is cut from the Gina Marie Cross Stitch rectangle die.

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My card also features a favored technique you’ve seen me use before with the Altenew Wild Hibiscus florals and butterfly stamped on vellum and, this time, patterned paper, then heat embossed.  This set is designed for Mother’s Day, which is coming up soon, so I will be featuring the set in a future post that also uses our challenge graphic.  Stay tuned!

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Where are the books in my design?  Well, hidden a bit, but I have cut a strip from Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams paper collection that matches our inspiration graphic perfectly. This paper is a line up of vintage books– and all our colors are featured!

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I am having a serious love affair with these Doodlebug Design Matte Sprinkles.  They are exactly  like the old-fashioned button candy that comes on the paper strips.  I loved this candy as a kid, but hated getting the paper off the candies.  The goal was a perfect peel-away.  Nothing worse for a kid with hyper-sensory processing than eating paper!  I am a really tactile person, and certain textures create extremely negative responses. But these little epoxy dots, I really, really want to eat. The colors are ridiculously delicious too. (No sprinkles were hurt or consumed in the making of this card)

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Finally, I used Waffle Flower’s With Love die for the sentiment, adhering only one corner and popping it up for dimension.  You know I love my dimension and texture!  The inside is finished with some ombre washi.  If you are wondering about the phenomenal background paper– well, sadly it is no longer available.  This is truly a one-of-a-kind card because it uses a scrap of old Basic Grey paper.  Amy and I horde our Basic Grey, but it comes out every now and again for special cards!  I sure do miss that company!

But Tonya’s has many great items from some of your favorite companies– so this month play along, possibly with some new goodies from THD–check out her updated selection!

I can’t wait to see how you’re inspired!

Take flight!

PNW Birthday Hop

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Hello Everyone!

Today we are celebrating our friend Laura and I hope you will hop along with us.

Laura is kind, gentle person who is a good listener (a rare quality!) and creator of lovely cards.  I am glad she is part of our crafty crew!  Happy Birthday Laura! I hope it is a sweet start to a new year.

You should have arrived here from Lisa’s site.

If not, head over to Amy’s site and catch up with the rest of the group.

 

I used all papers and most embellishments from Maggie Holmes’ collection, Confetti, for my card.; sentiment is from Hero Arts stamped, embossed on vellum and fussy cut; the heart is from Amy Tangerine’s Stitched die set.

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April is full of birthdays so I have been busy pulling together some projects for students and family.  Here’s a sample of what I’ve been up to lately. Click on any image to enlarge.

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Alright, on to the next stop, which is the birthday girl’s site!  Make sure to stop over there and wish her a happy day and year ahead, and check out her work!

Thanks for spending some time with me and the rest of my crew today!  Happy weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fusion Challenge: Aqua and Pink

Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to the last Fusion Challenge of March!  This week we are featuring Orchid Occasions with this gorgeous aqua and pink combo!03.31.16

I absolutely love these colors and knew right away the papers I wanted to feature. Since it’s my last week with Fusion, the last day of March, and the end of a great company, Basic Grey, I made not one, but two cards to bid farewell to all three and go out with a bang!

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My first card is a tropical twist on Easter!  I spent quite a bit of time on the beach Saturday as it was in the 60’s and finally sunny.  Beach living is always an inspiration, so that along with the colors in the photo and Easter holiday, prompted this piece.

All papers are from various Lilypad digital collections printed on Kodak matte photo paper.

The base paper is a tie-dyed design, which made me think of coloring Easter eggs!  The pink and rose floral paper replicates the orchid’s colors perfectly with their dark pink centers.

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The Spellbinders feathers, Savvy grass die, and Prima resin eggs round out my beach scene.

Now for the eggs!  I originally had layered three ovals; however, I realized that these should be eggs, but I didn’t have egg dies big enough!  What to do?

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I am sure someone, somewhere has thought of this, but it was an a-ha moment for me! Your oval die cuts can easily be made into egg shapes of any size by using a circle die to cut the bottom.  Then you just need to round off the corners with a little fussy cutting and voila, egg!

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To give the eggs a little more depth, I adhered three layers and popped up the Happy Easter one with foam squares.


 

Card 2: Farewell Basic Grey

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As many of you know, Basic Grey has ceased their paper crafting portion of the business and is focusing on fabric and digital prints.  I was shocked to learn of this in January and am sad to see them move away from paper design because collections like Urban Luxe, one of the last released, Persimmon and Spice Market to name a few, really speak to me.  Trendy, funky, and just plain beautiful, most of their collections were a must-have and entirely horde-worthy in my book!  So for the next card, I incorporated some embellishments from the Urban Luxe collection.

Many of the papers in Urban Luxe would have worked with the inspiration photo, but I opted to stick with the Lilypad papers.  I incorporated the sketch loosely in my card as well.  If you look closely in the photo above, you can see how the flamingo bodies flow  almost seamlessly into the pink floral lines of the underlying paper!

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The gorgeous grey leaf, watercolor flower, and watercolor love sentiment are all from the embellishment pack.  I love how they look against the aqua flamingos!

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That’s all for me! Hope this double dose of inspiration and the rest of the Fusion team spark your creativity!  Thanks so much to Fusion for having me this month!  It’s been an honor to be part of the team!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

‘Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Well, hello and welcome to…

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Are you excited, and enjoying this hop so far? I know I am, and I am very happy to be waiting for you behind door #22!

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Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

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Since today’s sponsor is Unity Stamps, and I am a member of their Stamp of the Week club, I figured it was high time to put some of their adorable, festive stamps to use.  One aspect of Unity that I really like are their sentiments–they are witty, funny, and have some great fonts!

Today I have two cards for you; one was designed with the solstice in mind, as I created it yesterday on the shortest day of the year.  The other I envisioned for a possible New Years card (for the coffee or tea lover, of course!), as the sentiment is fitting, and I had the recent Coffee Lovers hop on my mind!

First up, Rudolph!

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Disclaimer: It being the darkest day of the year, and my having only been able to pull this brewing idea together in about 3 hours, the photos are a bit grey, and there are a few things I would change about this card, but overall I think it’s a pretty fun first attempt!

For this card, I used the Magical Holiday set from Unity.

WIB-891-MAGICAL-HOLIDAY I stamped Rudolph with Versafine Champagne ink, then embossed with sticky embossing powder and covered with Stampendous glitter.  After allowing it to set, I fussy cut him out.

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If I recreate this, I will likely make the twinkling part of the nose silver, red, or possibly cut off the twinkling part altogether.

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The idea for my background came from a digital paper that was part of a Lilypad pack I purchased, Autumn Nights.  I loved the ombre light grey to midnight blue flecked with white, and immediately thought of using it with my Lil’ Inker Designs Faceted die, and using a previous 3-D design of mine, one example found here.  I cut the paper twice from the paper so I had light and dark triangles; however, those pesky triangles got away from me– hence, the background isn’t as ombre as I’d planned, and there is a darker triangle lower in the mix than there should be!!

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After locating and adhering the frame and triangles to some #110 Ellen Hutson Woodgrain paper, I placed Rudolph and created a string of stars on my favorite wax twine, and added a Prima wood banner.

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I didn’t like how the bottom of the card looked, so some quick thinking brought me to a candy cane mound cut with Paper Smooches border die and embellished with curved stitched line, which is also popped up to provide an interesting 3-D curve.

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And finally, the inside.  I love the sentiment that accompanies this card.  I stamped in Ranger Archival ink, my favorite black, and finished the bottom with some paper from Basic Grey’s Juniper Berry line, embellished with a stitched line.  I decided on the green so it would echo the green of the wood banner on the front.

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Next up, Sparkly Cups!

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This card is a bit of an homage to Jocelyn Olson, as I really like her little corner punch and string embellishment.  And I was just talking with my crafting group at our December gathering about using the threaded sequins.  I just haven’t been able to make it work on my cards, though Keren Baker makes it look so easy!

I considered wax twine, but grabbed the sequin instead, and I like how it worked!

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The white panel was embossed with the PTI linen plate, stamped with the sentiment and cut, so I could create the mid-section.  The patterned papers are from Basic Grey’s B-side.

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For the cups, I used a technique I tried previously here.  The cups are from Unity’s Always Today set.  I stamped them and then Copic colored each cup.  Then covered with Versamark Champagne ink, sticky embossing powder, and Stampendous glitter.

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I fussy cut and popped them up, along with the top panel for some visual interest.

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But wait, there’s more!

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Unity Stamps, so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too to double your chances! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments!

Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your holiday season is calm and bright!

Winter Coffee Lovers Hop

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Oh Christmas bean, oh Christmas bean, how green you are before roasting; Oh Christmas bean, oh Christmas bean, once brewed, you are worth toasting!

Hey, everyone, welcome to the….

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It’s that time again to pay homage to the liquid gold that fuels us all year through, and especially at this time of the year!

Each hop more and more coffee loving papercrafters come aboard, and it’s always so much fun to meet new participants, and reunite with others at this quarterly event.  This time around there are 49 sponsors and prizes to be won!  Those super commenters have their work cut out for them, as there are already over 500 entries and two days left!  Amy and Chaitali have created a tsunami of an event, and the number of coffee stamps, dies, and embellishments that have followed in their wake is staggering!

I have required copious cups of coffee this past month, not because it is the holiday season, but because we are raising a new kitten and dealing with everything that goes along with that (kitten-proofing the house, dealing with “Utinni oops” on linens, poopy paws and runny noses, vet visits, cleaning, cleaning, laudromat, cleaning, repeat and repeat and repeat, and managing existing cat dynamics).  Luckily, I teach out of my home studio, so disasters have been apprehended early, and I can easily monitor events.  She is starting to jump higher and higher, and scaled my shower curtain just tonight…the fun is only beginning!  Here’s our little dirty snowball with icicle eyes– a perfect Christmas kitten–Utinni!

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But really, I am as sweet as an angel!

 

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Leo is such a good big brother!  He has defied my expectations!

If you are wondering about her name, she is named for a word in the language of the Jawas in Star Wars (anyone heading to theaters tomorrow or this weekend?) but it is merely a coincidence that the movie is coming out just after her adoption.  We actually named her last spring on a trip to Portland before we even knew her.  Full name is Utinni Alberta Noi (the last two being favorite places in PDX) and it’s just so fun to say!

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I love Courier Coffee in Portland!

 

So back on track (kittens have a tendency to derail you every waking moment), and on with my card, that could also function as a tag!

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I have left it open to be either adhered to a card base or just clipped onto some gifted beans.

And talking about beans!!  I Distress-inked some watercolor paper with Pine Needle ink (love that color!!) and set out to cut many, many beans from the Impression Obsession coffee set.  These dies have made an appearance in a variety of my prior coffee hop entries, which you can see here.  If you didn’t know already, coffee beans are actually green before roasting!

I adhered beans to a base, fussy cut, and then used some icicle Stickles to add sparkle, and finally adorned the tree with Memory Box’s Festive Lights die.

 

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Using my favorite embossing plate from PTI, I added texture to the background card cut from a Lawn Fawn notecard die.

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I instantly fell in love with Basic Grey’s Juniper Berry line this year, rivaled only by Pinkfresh’s holiday papers, so Juniper Berry will be featured in many of my holiday cards.  Here I have used the geometric woodgrain and the hot-pink design.

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To add to the scrappy aesthetic, I rummaged around for some fun embellishments such as this acetate Maggie Holmes leaf, Freckled Fawn metal wreath, and sentiment, created with my new, awesome, Stampin’ Up Rotary stamp– the largest rotary stamp ever.  You can order one here from my girl Tonya!!  And check out her beautiful cards while you are at her site!!

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I clipped everything to a woodgrain paper base from Ellen Hutson, added a strip of silver/teal washi, and placed a star on the highest bough!

This is also headed over to Virginia’s FINAL challenge–All About Glitter.  Virginia’s View challenges have garnered as much interest from our crafting community as the coffee hops.  Her challenge is one of the best and her own cards are amazing and always inspiring!  We will miss your challenges, but keep following your creative acts!

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I wish I had my tag completed in time for our crafty gathering and gift exchange.  The talented and lovely Katie Brooks took home my gift below!

THE OUTSIDE:

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THE INSIDE:

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THE GIFTS!  So lucky to have a great group of sweet, talented crafters to hang with regularly!
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What’s on your wish list this holiday?  Any crafting must-haves?  I saw Santa ordering a MISTI for me!   Leave me a comment on your way out and let me know about your Christmas wish, your favorite coffee, or a crazy cat story!  There may be some swag if you do so!

Enjoy the hop and have a very merry____________________ and a happy new year!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.

And this happened while writing this post:

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I heard some noise in my studio upstairs, and then movement on the stairs, followed by a thump and a meow.  Atticus brings me the most interesting gifts–I think the messages here are “Pay attention to me, not that stupid kitten” and “You should be crafting”!

Oh Atticus!

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Autumn Leaves

“The falling leaves
Drift by the window
The autumn leaves
Of red and gold…
Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I’ll hear
Old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall”

–Johnny Mercer, 1949

This is one of my favorite jazz standards, resonant and haunting, especially when vocals accompany the melody.  I particularly love Chet Baker’s swinging, more upbeat version…have a listen while you read on.

 

The curtain is falling fast on this current challenge, Lovely Leaves, over at Curtain Call.

Here is their inspiration photo:

I had one heck of a time with the first card I created.  What resulted will seem fairly simple enough; however, it took quite the process to get there.  I ultimately found myself working in a sketch over at Cardabilities, so this first creation fused both challenges.

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I began with my focal point– that was the easy part!  It was the background design that kept morphing.  I definitely was not experiencing flow with this card.  It’s not quite what I envisioned, nor does it pack the color punch I was aiming for, but I am somewhat satisfied with the result.

Coloring the Leaves

For both of my cards, I used Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock, and Marmalade to color a sheet of watercolor paper, after which I ran through numerous Impression Obsession leaf dies.  I also feature the sweet Hero Arts bird.

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I turned to Prima for the lovely resin frame, wood leaf, and turquoise flower.

In all my paper confusion, I found a scrap that had some dictionary entries on it, and I noticed the word ‘autumn’.  It was likely the happiest moment in putting this card together, as an empty frame on the card was leaving me a bit empty!

I stamped my sentiment on some woodgrain paper and layered it numerous times onto scrap paper to give it more of a wooden sign effect.

Before I layered my banners, cut from MFT dies, I decided the top needed some visual interest, but nothing to overwhelm the focal point.  Given the time this card took, and my being prone to error throughout the process, I didn’t really have it in me to sew along the top, and I wanted a really clean feel anyway.

So I die cut the holes using a PTI die, then threaded through some hemp twine.

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The inside and back are finished off with a strip of Crate Paper’s DIY Shop adhesive paper.  The green paper and the woodgrain are also from DIY Shop.

Card #2: Lots of layers

Pieces of this card were strewn about for days, only finally coalescing today.  I didn’t even think I would pull a second card together, but I needed a break from work, and figured playing with some paper would be a good escape.

I wanted more of a bright, neon pop with this card.  I maintained the grey of the inspiration photo in the background using both Grout Grey from MFT and Rock Candy from Bazzill, which has that wonderful nubby texture.

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The Grout Grey layer was stamped with Grout Grey ink using an Amuse Studio background stamp, the dictionary definition of ‘extraordinary’.

I used another background stamp from Hero Arts for my first panel.  I wanted some texture in this card, so I used watercolor paper with my Fresh Ink in Mustard.

The wooden clock from Prima was an after-thought that seemed to pull the focal elements together.

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I love how the color and sentiment of the Basic Grey plastic embellishment from Grand Bazaar fit within the overall scheme of the card.

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The resin flower is also from Grand Bazaar.  I added my die-cut Penny Black sprigs for some interest, but went with clear vellum as to not overwhelm the bold focal point.

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The inside and back are finished off with some floral and fauna washi.

Prior to making these cards, I found the first leaf drop of the season last week.  He lay there lonely on the sidewalk, so I scooped him up and brought him home.  A bit crunchy now, but still beautiful!

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That’s it for me this evening!  Thanks for stopping by.  And make sure to check out the gorgeous leaf creations at Curtain Call.  They really are show-stopping!

Oh, Hello There!

The sun is streaming into my office-studio, which is a wonderful thing after a weekend of torrential downpours!  I have to admit, though, after a very busy week, I felt fine embracing some rainy day laziness.  Don’t you love warm, darkening days when the rain pelts the roof and you can just lie there listening?  So I did a little bit of nothing and a little bit of something this weekend, which resulted in the card below and the one featured in my following post!

I’ve recently been following Cardabilities, discovered through Pinterest and some international card artists.  I really like the sketches, and found that working from a pattern that is multi-layered and more complex was really helpful in my design process.  You can find more awesome sketches on my Pinterest board.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, I struggle with visualizing and engineering designs in terms of perspective, proportions, and layout.  I may see what I want but I have to do it, playing with the elements, in order to figure out how to make it work. I use models and modeling in my teaching all the time– I guess it’s about time I practice what I preach to help me improve my visual art!

So I have been studying a bit of design theory, as well, and recently purchased Lisa Dickinson’s Design Workshop from Ella Publishing.  I am tired of looking at a piece knowing instinctually that something is wrong, but not knowing how to fix it, and thus spending a long time thinking and tinkering before I get it right.  Hopefully having some grounding in the language and theory will help my designs and make the process more expedient!

Here is the sketch from which I worked:

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And here is my card:

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I just have to mention before discussing the details of the card, that on Easter we went to a large outdoor Sunday flea/farmers market in Fremont, which is always so much fun, especially if it is not raining! Thanks to Laura Davis over at The Paper Poppy (and queen of amazing bows!!!), I finally figured out that the bed of nails on which my card is resting is called a “frog”.  Frogs were used for floral arranging and come in all kinds of shapes, designs and colors.  I found this gorgeous green one, and a tiny one inch ivory one!  Laura typically features them with her lovely cards and I had been trying to figure out what they heck they were after seeing them all over the place and asking people who didn’t know either!  Luckily Laura did! By the way, she has a new challenge out–Poppy Sketches!

Okay, on with the card.  I am really happy with how this turned out in terms of pattern, flow, repetition, contrasting elements, and colors!  All of the patterned papers are from a discount pack, so I don’t know the manufacturer, though I think some are from Crate.  One of the double-sided papers has different tags on one side that I just love!  I was really excited to use this particular tag and love how the woodgrain echoes the neon pink woodgrain of the bottom panel.

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The inside and back are finished with Prima Welcome to Paris washi in that amazing wasabi green!

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In the detail photos you can see some of the texture I incorporated.  I die cut my Hero Arts Fancy Floral Die in Bazzill black, embossed it with Versafine Dazzle and clear powder and heat set for a glossy finish.

The pink paper wheel is actually cut from the same die– I just cut out the center!  Double-timing die– love it!

The pink metal embellishment is from Basic Grey’s Spice Market pack.

I finished off the cluster with some Prima wood leaves and Fancy Pants resin flower.

Finally, my little wasabi polka dot strip was a scrap cut from the edge of Spellbinders Floral Ribbon Threader die– which has so many uses.

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Love all that gold?  I found these adhesive 8 1/2 x 11″ sheets by DuoTone at Joann’s.  They are awesome!

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So this card is headed over to Cardabilities as well as Curtain Call, whose theme this week is Pretty and Pink (I wanted to write “Pretty in Pink”  Ahh, Molly Ringwald!).  I think this card fits the bill!

Check out both challenges for some very pretty cards!

Please check out my second post of the day for more pink prettiness!

Hope you are off to a great week!

Framed!

Hello folks!  I am pushing myself to get some writing and posting done, but it’s been week of slogging through thick mental mud and dizzying work commitments to get here.  I am glad I finally finished this trio of cards just in time for Taheerah’s Cure for the Monday (and, in my case, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…) blues!

Here is her inspiration photo:

The soft sea-blue punctuated by pink and red, and a bit of ivory and grey is just lovely.  I deviated a bit in my color scheming, but played with some new materials and tools, and an old, but much loved technique.

For my first card, I was in a bit of a quandary, as I loved my initial layout, but when I pulled out a piece of dreamy salmon paper from the Basic Grey Persimmon pack, I had to alter my vision.  This salmon paper is washed out a bit in some places and reminds me of an old painted wall that is thinning in spots from age or the sun.  I just love it.  It’s called “Apple Butter” and it does have that cinnamon-apple mash quality to it.

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When I put the grey frame against it, I was in love.  I often refer to my penchant for color and texture in terms of wanting to eat it (synesthesia!)– I want to eat this.

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In these two close-ups, you can get a sense of the paper’s uneven texture a bit.  You can also see the detailing in design and texture on the other papers used for the frame’s backdrop and the vine.

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The cardstock used is from a Hero Arts Hero Hues paper pack.  It is a lovely “greige” that worked well with the frame and salmon paper.  The back is finished off with Prima fabric washi.

Now for design number two, which was actually the first incarnation!

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The grey snowflake/floral patterned paper was initially to be my “wallpaper” on which the frame would hang.  I still very much like this version.  But I think the salmon painted wall wins out.  What do you think?  Or there is this third option below!  The photo is a bit blurry; sorry for that!  Such a photo session it was!

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I’d love your take!  Which card wins in your book: 1, 2, or 3?

Moving on from this palate, I subdued my colors a bit more for the next card.  Some of the photos were taken in waning light, so apologies for the graininess, and poor lighting.  I had to keep some for the post, as I noticed in the ones taken today my bird’s arrow had drooped down a bit, which escaped me upon review.  Told you I was struggling through mud!   Photos have been edited!!  Now you can get a sense of the colors more truthfully represented and the different textures of the papers.  Love playing with texture!!

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I cut the inside of my Spellbinders Fancy oval frame with one of the smaller dies in all of my cards and love how the frame looks.  These dies had been on my wishlist for awhile!

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The inside and back are finished off with some washi tape.  The bottom of my striped wallpaper is edged with a border punch from Martha Stewart, which I haven’t used in awhile.  Seemed appropriate here, as the straight bottom edge just needed something more delicate. The key is also from a Martha Stewart punch.

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Here is the last in my framed cards; this one really deviated from the inspiration photo!  But I really wanted to make a more bold spring, or even Christmas version.  I would add some mica flakes to my bird’s nest if it were a Christmas card.

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Now there are actually two versions of this one as well!  Oh, boy.  Here I have my distressed woodgrain paper straight on, and sitting higher up on the card so my dry and heat embossed background can be seen.

I love this technique and you can see it on some of my earlier holiday cards here, here and here.

Since I distressed and then inked the woodgrain, giving it an old-time feel, I thought it might look cool to recreate the look of those tin ceilings or walls from late 19th century buildings.  That, anyhow, is how this particular technique merged with this embossing folder feels to me!

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As you can see in this side shot, this is the version where I tilted the white distressed paper.

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The inside and back are finished with some scripted washi.

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And last look, here is the tilted version.

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So, your thoughts?  To tilt or not to tilt?

Thanks for sticking with me!  I can’t believe I made it through the post myself!  I have included a bit of a supplies list below.  I will be back this weekend with a card that will make you jump, and as previously promised, some paper art that will make your jaw drop!

Have a lovely start to your weekend, if it is your weekend!

Supplies (Click on any to link):
Floral OvalsSpellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites-Fantastic Flourish 2Savvy Stamps Dies, SparrowEssentials by Ellen: Woodgrain Embossed  #110 Cardstock, White, 10 Pk

Tim Holtz Tonic Paper DistresserImage of Of the Heart Dies

A Card for the Seamstress

CAS(E) This Sketch Inspired Card

Good Evening!  As I write that, I am thinking (hoping) that it will indeed be one for me, as I powered through 8 hours of teaching today on about one hour of solid sleep last night.  Ahh, insomnia!  During our long weekend on the Olympic Peninsula, I slept well and was inspired by our walks in nature and exploration of new and familiar places.  How quickly all that rejuvenation can be undone by one sleepless-in-Seattle night!  I hope you will forgive my poor sentence fluency as I muddle through this entry–less will definitely be more tonight!

Here  the current sketch for CAS(E) This Sketch.

 Chrissy’s design reminded me of ric-rac, and since my mom’s birthday is coming up, I wanted to make a sewing-themed card because she is an amazing seamstress and has inspired me since I was small (and draped with patterns, poked with pins, encircled with measuring tape!)

So, pinking shears in hand, I played with paper, patterns and placement, and this is the result!

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Despite my haze (and haste), I am pretty pleased with how this card turned out!  Most of the sewing patterned paper is from Basic Grey; the rest are scraps from an Authentique collection.  The sentiment from Savvy is stamped in Color Box brown ink, embellished with a delicious enamel dot that matched the aqua paper perfectly.

It isn’t easy to see here since my photos are a bit washed-out, but the paper embellishment here is a ruler-calendar that says “November” on the bottom.  Instead of writing my mom’s birth date at the top of the card, I think I will circle the 19 on the ruler!

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I finally put my Technique Tuesday stamps to use for a simple embellishment on the back– LOVE these pins!!

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Head over to CAS(E) This Sketch to see some superbly styled cards.  This really was an inspiring sketch!  And, hey, if you can’t sleep tonight, you still have 8 hours to play along before the challenge closes!

A stitch in time saves nine…..

Have a wonderful night, fellow crafters!