Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shabby Chic Thank You

Shabby chic is always lovely. Soft pinks and greens, a touch of the antique and rustic. I went for the Fusion Challenge and decided to combine both the sketch and the image. I thought the circles in the sketch were just begging to be flowers. I dyed some white ribbon with Distress Ink. I added shimmer to the flowers with a Wink of Stella pen. I distressed the papers with more Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough and Victorian Velvet (the color of which was spot-on). The papers are from Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch Collection and they are perfect for this.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Crappy Day, Great Results

My mom had a FABULOUS day at work the other day. So fabulous in fact that she decided to retire early... by putting in her two weeks notice! The circumstances were crap, but the results are awesome. Hence, the card made from toilets and hearts.

I used the sketch and some of the colors from this month's Unity Challenge. To make the background, I took the Toilet Paper Roll from 'Crappy Day' and stamped it in Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescent Purple on a diagonal. I drew some very light lines with a guide to help with spacing. I fussy cut the potty from 'AH Crap' very carefully. I stamped the 'Sorry' sentiment from 'Crappy Day' on vellum and embossed it in white. I love running vellum through a Xyron sticker maker because then it doesn't show glue marks when you adhere it to your project. On the inside I stamped 'Congrats on taking the plunge' from 'AH Crap'. 

I'm rather fond of this card! I hope my mom likes it. :) Congratulations, mom. Happy retirement. Sorry it had to come about in such a crappy way.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hot Outside, Cards Inside

Yesterday, it was 104. Here's to happier things, all done indoors where it's safe and cool!

For the Lawnscaping color challenge I did a blended background with distress inks over a mask I made by chaining the wave stamp from Critters in the Sea. It's hard to tell from the pic, but the whale is on an Action Wobble Spring. He bobs right along the waves to say hello! I had so. much. luck. </sarcasm> making this card, the embellishments are all hiding little... surprises.

For Case This Sketch #84, I finally got to open my Henna Elements from Altenew. I think I would like it more if I had done the smart thing and masked the flowers so I could stamp the leaves on behind them. I wish the set had one smaller leaf in it. It doesn't so I faked it a little with some of the filigree and a marker. Silly me could have just stamped the filigree in green but that would have made too much sense!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hello Chickadee!

I've been trying to do more one-layer cards lately. I feel like I have been focused on layering and cramming a lot of stuff in. Anyway, here is a card I made for Case This Sketch #83. I wanted to play with a Lawn Fawn set I have but haven't used yet. And sometimes, you just want to color!

I also made a series of 4th of July one-layer cards. They are all variations on this theme. This one was my favorite of them all.