Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Color Blocking Three Ways

Today I am sharing three cards that were inspired by this week's Make It Monday Challenge at Papertreyink.com.  In her video, Laurie shared three different, yet simple techniques for color blocking your cards.  Aren't they beautiful?

Color Blocking Three Ways by Laurie Schmidlin

I was so anxious to try these techniques; I had to create a card for each one!  Check them out.

First up is the pink birthday card.  For this one, I cut an A2 sized card panel from watercolor paper and painted an ombre background using Pale Peony, Lovely Lady, and Pink Blush inks.  I used the Cutaway Tags: Spring die as my focal image.  Next, I heat embossed the sentiment and a few flowers with white embossing powder.  Finally, I added some sequins for a bit of sparkle.

For my second card, I used the Ahoy stamp set.  I decided to make a square card this time.  To begin, I stamped the waves down the card panel using Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Tropical Teal ink.  I die cut both the small and the large anchors from white cardstock.  They looked a little flat, so I cut an additional set of anchors and glued them on top of the originals.  I cut a little rectangle from Aqua Mist cardstock for my sentiment and stamped it with Tropical Teal ink.  Lastly, I turned the panel diagonally, trimmed the edges, and taped down the sentiment rectangle.

My third card is this color cheeseburger card.  This card simply uses cardstock to create a color blocked background.  The colors I chose were New Leaf, Bright Buttercup, and Pure Poppy.  Don't they remind you of pickles, mustard, and ketchup?  I used a Sizzix die to create the zigzag edges on both the red and green strips.  I taped down the yellow strip in the center of the card and then taped the green on top and red on the bottom.  Next, I die cut the hamburger bun from fine linen cardstock and stamped it using the same color of ink.  I used New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Cocoa Bean, and Summer Sunrise inks to stamp the lettuce, tomato, burger, cheese, and the Happy Birthday sentiment.  I used foam tape behind the hamburger buns to give the card some depth.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look at my cards.  I hope you've seen just how easy it is to create some colorful backgrounds for your own cards.  Happy crafting and be blessed! 

July Blog Hop

Hello again everyone!  I realize it has been quite some time (over a year!) since I have posted anything.  Life has been crazy busy, but I have finally been able to get back to my crafting table.  When I saw this photo of the challenge, I knew exactly which stamp set I wanted to use.

Blog Hop Inspiration

I picked the Peonies on Parade stamps.  First, I used the large curved die from the All Through the House kit and created a stencil.  I die cut two peonies and two sets of leaves and placed the die cuts in opposite corners.  I used washi tape to hold my stencil and the die cuts in place.  Next, I sponged the background with blueberry sky ink.  Then, I stamped the flowers and leaves using soft stone, lemon tart, and simply chartreuse.  Finally, I stamped Proverbs 3: 5-6 from A Cheerful Heart stamp set in Stormy Seas.  I adhered the card front to a blueberry sky card base and used foam tape to "pop it up." 

I also stamped a couple of peonies in the bottom corners of an envelope to match the card.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope to share another post soon.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Ink Blending & Stencils

For this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge, I created a card that combined spring colors and floral accents.  I haven't done much ink blending in the past because I felt that I really wasn't very good at it.  However, Betsy provided a great step by step video that helped me quite a bit.  I combined Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, and Spring Moss ink for my background and used a chevron stencil along with those inks as well.  I used the rectangular frames from the Sprinkles & Shakers kit and some of the preprinted flowers and leaves from the new Color Pop Florals set.  A Hugs die cut and stamped banner finish the card.  I really like how it turned out and am now feeling a bit more confident about my ink blending abilities.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

PTI February Blog Hop

Today's post was inspired by the following inspiration photo for Papertrey Ink's February blog hop.


The beautiful mix of soft, pale pink, creamy white, and mossy spring green brought me visions of springtime cards.  The variety of objects in this picture offered so many options for creativity.  Should I use the teacup or the vase?  What about the pears or the butterfly?  It was impossible to choose only one project for this blog hop.  Below are my final selections.

My first card features this year's PTI Anniversary Stamp Set, Painted Petals.  This is the first time I've inked up these stamps and I can say without a doubt that they are already one of my all time favorites.  I love how the layers create such a realistic look.  I also used the new Inspired:  Savior set which is perfect for Easter cards.

My next card features some simple watercoloring along with a trio of stamped die cut flowers from Quilted:  Summer and a verse from Cheerful Heart.  A little bow tied with baker's twine finishes it off nicely.

Third, is a card that combines last month's new Mint Julep cardstock with chevron vellum and the butterfly coverplate from the January release.  The die cut sentiment is from Scripted.

The scripted die cuts are used again on my final card for today.  I decided to go with a pink patterned background surrounded by a stitched frame.  I then added the stamped and die cut teacup and kettle from the Cup of Cheer set.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  I've been so inspired by all of the wonderful projects others have shared on the blog hop.  I hope to share more spring projects with you soon.  Until then, be blessed.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Happiness

Today I am posting a card I made for the Fusion card challenge.  You can follow the link below for all of the details on this challenge.

I decided to use the sketch as my inspiration this week and created a Christmas card for my little boy. I think the little gingerbread man in the corner is so cute!  I kept my colors traditional with red and green plaid pape, a dark green panel behind, and the lighter green sentiment die.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my son's Christmas card.  I need to get back to my craft table and make a few more cards.  Only 37 days til Christmas!!!

Motif Building

For today's post, I'm sharing a card I created for this week's PTI Make It Monday:  Motif Building.  You can get all the details about this challenge here:  http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2015/11/make-it-monday-231-motif-building.html

I was a little nervous about participating in this challenge because I had never really tried anything quite like it before.  I was having a hard time deciding which stamps to use at first.  When I pulled out my Cuppa Love set, I knew that the tulip medallion would be a great focal point, plus it created a nice circle to build around.  The tiny ribbons and curly designs are from Tinsels and Tags and the hearts are also from the Cuppa Love set.  The sentiment is from Star of Wonder.

I used the new Tucked In:  Holiday stamps to add a message inside my card along with a couple of stamped hearts.  I had so much fun with motif building that I definitely want to make more Christmas cards with this technique!

My Supplies:
PTI Cuppa Love stamps
PTI Tinsel & Tags stamps
PTI Star of Wonder stamps
PTI Tucked In:  Holiday
PTI Cardstock in white and New Leaf
PTI Ink in Pure Poppy, New Leaf, and Hawaiian Shores
Red & white baker's twine

Sunday, November 15, 2015

City Crafter Challenge - Dye it! (or die it!)

In an attempt to build up my supply of Christmas cards and improve my card making skills, I am looking at more and more card challenges.  This week's City Crafter Challenge had me sorting through my myriad dies trying to find something inspiring.
City Crafter Challenge Blog

It was a bit of a challenge not to use any stamps at all.  However, I decided to use these dies from last year's PTI Tinsel and Tags kit along with my new quilted tag die and the word "peace." I also added a snowflake from the quilted winter set.  I went with a monocromatic color scheme, but felt it needed a pop of color.  That's when I decided to add the red ribbon and to trim down that patterned paper and add the pure poppy cardstock as a base.  I threaded a couple of jingle bells through some gray and white baker's twine and tied them around the ribbon.  A few rainstones finished my card front.  (Maybe I'll stamp on the inside!)  Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my card.  I hope it leaves you looking forward to the Christmas season!