Monday, February 27, 2012


Well, I am not necessarily fond of this card overall, but I like parts of it.  I love the background, which is the technique that was featured at SCS a couple of weeks ago- wrinkle- free distress.  I love GREEN- it symbolizes rebirth or new birth.  It reminds me of the many wonders of God's creation, of exploring the beautiful world around us.  I makes me think spring, washing away the winter blues; so I used many shades of green.  The technique challenge at SCS this week is to incorporate a banner on your card-hence the banner.  Stampin' Sister in Christ's challenge is to CREATE a card using variegated colors. 
This is a card a will keep for myself, reminding me to continue to create and to remind me of the Creator and all the beautiful things He has created for us. 

I used Stampin' Up inks, Collage Alphabet stamp set, Tiny Tags stamp set, Naturals White card stock and various shades of green card stock for this project.  The Baker's twine is from Sweet n Sassy stamps.  
Thanks so much for stopping by and browsing! 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

On to New Challenges

Today I discovered the Paper Players.  A great sketch was posted, so I decided to play.  I have been wanting to try the challenges over at the Colour Q as well, so I combined the challenges, something I don't do too well at and don't do too often!
This was a fun card to make.  I have not made a card of this size before( 3.5 x 6.5) and I would have never put these colors together had it not been for the Colour Q challenge.
The card ingredients include:
Stamps- Baroque Motifs, Tiny Tags
Paper- Naturals Ivory, Basic Gray(sorry, it has a blue look here), Lucky Limeade, Really Rust (it is the closest color I have to Dusty Durango); Twitterpated dsp
Other- Jewelry tag punch, Scallop circle punch, 1.25" circle punch, Blossom petals punch, Simply Scored, paper piercer and mat pack

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Working on the Workshop

I had so much fun making the center step card earlier this evening, but now it is time for getting down to business- Stampin' Up business that is.  I had to work on workshop card designs and the sketch at Stampin' Queen's Sketch Challenge provided a perfect sketch.
 Two Panel Daisy- Stampin' Queen Challenge Winner
I punched the Blossom punch x2 and the scallop circle punch in Barely Banana, the Little Leaves die in Wild Wasabi and then embossed 2 Whisper White panels with the houndstooth embossing folder.  The houndstooth panels were layered on Basic Gray CS and then onto Whisper White.  The whole unit was then mounted onto a card base of Basic Gray. 
The tag is stamped with stamps from the Tiny Tags set and then punched out with the Tiny Tags punch.
Thanks for looking!


 This card uses stamp sets Field Flower and Nature Walk.
Ingredients include:
Ink- Concord Grape, Wisteria Wonder, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Stazon Black, and edges were sponge with distress ink.
CS- Concord Crush, Naturals White, Crumb Cake
Edges were pierced with the paper piercer and mat pack, which I could not stamp without!  The butterfly was placed with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and colored with the bending pen.  Hemp twine was added for the finishing touch.
Thanks for stopping by!


 And one more addition to the workshop variety of cards- This one again uses Field Flowers, but shows the versatility of the stamp. This set goes from vintage/shabby chic to formal. 

Stamps include Field Flowers and Tiny Tags.
Other ingredients:Stazon black ink, Stampin' Up's edgelit die, adhesive pearls and some patience trying to get the two pieces of cardstock with edges trimmed with the egdelit to match up well!
Thanks for visiting my blog! 

Giving Roses

Last night, several people from the district I work in were honored for their servant hearts.  My supervisor was one honored and this card is for her.  I chose yellow roses because the honorees received yellow rose corsages.
This was a very fun card to make- I had not made a specialty fold card until now.  The base of the card is Wild Wasabi.  The roses are Barely Banana.  The dp is DCWV.  Once again, I used one of my favorite dies, the Fancy Flourish by Cheery Lynn Designs from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The wonderful sentiment is from ODBD's Mother Theresa stamp set.
This card is entered in the Our Daily Bread Designs challenge 98- to make a card that is not a square or rectangle and at in Stampin Sisters in Christ, where the challenge is to use a flower on our card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a blessed day!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sunrise Chickadee

Our Daily Bread Designs challenge this week is to make a "scene" on our card.  I do enjoy doing this and have been practicing with the brayer.  I am far from having it perfect-can't seem to get those pesky roller lines out of the scene- but I do like the colors for this week's ODBDSLC97 card. I am also entering this in the Word Art Wednesday challenge, which is to use scripture or encouraging words on the card. 
Certainly Celery and Old Olive ink are brayered for the grass and some So Saffron is sponged at the horizon.  Pretty in Pink, So Saffron and Vintage Violet make up the sky.  The sun was masked.
One of my all time favorite stamps is the sweet chickadee from ODBD (You are My Refuge).  I stamped him with Memento Tuxedo black and colored him in with Copics, then hand cut the image out and adhered it to the background on dimensionals. 
I hope you like the finished product.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  Comments are greatly appreciated!

Edit 2/25/12- This card was a winner for the ODBDSLC on 2/18/12.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Nature Walk and a Baby

I love nature and I love hiking, so I do not know why it took me soooo long to get this set.  The set has been around for several years, but it is new to me.  Maybe it is new to you, too.  Here is my first card with the set.
It seems fairly basic, but good for a workshop, I think.  I am not a very good judge of these things- hopefully it is not too easy!

Here are the supplies (all Stampin' Up unless noted):
CS- Crumb Cake, Bordering Blue, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink-Bordering Blue, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Versamark, Van Dyke Brown Distress ink
Other-embossing folder (Sizzix), gold EP, adhesive pearl
Stamp sets- Elementary Elegance, Nature Walk
I worked on a card for a coworker, who is having her first baby next month and combined that with the Clean and Simple challenge over at SCS this week.  The challenge is to sew or use "faux" sewing on your card.
 Boy ( I mean girl!), I just love this stmap from Stampin' Up.  I used Calypso Coral  and Naturals White Cardstock and tried to stipple the background, like in quilting.  A quilter I am NOT!  Anyway, background done, I stamped the image in Stazon black and then watercolored, using Cameo Coral, Basic Gray, Blush Blossom and More Mustard.
Stamps used are Bringing Baby and Teeny Tiny Wishes.  A button was added- not sure I should have or not, but there it is.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Handmade Flowers

I never seem to have the right color flower on hand for the card I am working on, so it was time to start making my own.  I adapted this technique from a technique I learned at a scrapbook convention using fabric.  To start, you will need:
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • quilling tool
  • adhesive dots
  • paper, in the color of your choice
  • distress ink, if you want a shabby chic look

Either use a template or freehand a circle between 1 3/4" and 2" in diameter.  The size of the circle will determine the size of your flower.  Draw a spiral around the inside of your circle.  Now cut out the circle, either with a straight cut or freehanding scallops.  Be sure to transect the line of the circle to keep your spiral segments even. 
You will now start cutting the spiral-again, you can either straight cut or you can freehand scallops as I have done.  be sure to transect the spiral line as you go instead of the inclination to cut below the line.  Also keep in mind that the beginning of your spiral cut will actually be the inner part of the floral, therefore you may want to make the scallops smaller, gradually increasing them in size as you go around the spiral.  
Next, loosely wrap the spiral around your finger to condition it so it is not so stiff and easier to work with when you use the quilling tool.   
Now you are ready for your quilling tool.  Starting from the outside edge, you will roll the paper around the tool, towards you.  This is especially important if you are using designer paper- if you roll away from you, the print will be on the back side of the flower.  

Once you are done, you will remove the coiled paper from the tool and allow it to gently relax in your fingers.  It is at this point that you can work with it a little bit to get the shape you want and the tightness/looseness of the "petals" that you want.  Now you need to put adhesive dots on the base of the flower, as pictured right.  I hope you can see this.  
Finally, the hard part.  Some of you may be asking at this point, what is going on in this picture- rest assured, this is the palm of my hand.  You are going to smash your flower. This helps to adhere the paper edges to the adhesive as well as gives it character.  Don't worry, you will love it!  
And Voila- you have made a flower.  If you want that Shabby Chic look, now is the time to sponge your favorite distress ink on your flower.
The beautiful end result-
Thanks for stopping by- I hope this tutorial was helpful to you.  If you found this helpful, please let me know in the comment section.  This is my first tutorial (and maybe my last!), so if there is anything I need to change, please let me know.

This card is entered in the challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ, to use a flower or flowers on your card.  

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Blue Cake Mojo

This week's Color Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Crumb Cake.  Refreshing after all of the red, pink and white of Valentine's!  The sketch is from the Mojo Monday team- MOJO228
Supplies include-
Stampin' Up cardstock-Whisper White, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Crumb Cake
Stampin' Up ink- Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Stampin' Up stamps- Hello Doily, Elementary Elegance; music notes-unknown
Acessories-Stampin' Up Blossom punch, adhesive pearl, Edgelit dies and embossing folders, Simply Scored, embossing powder, square punch, dimensionals; Cheery Lynn Flourish die, Sizzix snowflake embossing folder

I revised the above card to fit into my plans for my FIRST workshop at the end of the month.  We will be learning techniques with ink (I know that could potentially cover alot, but we are going over basics).
 I have used ALL Stampin' Up products.  Here is what I used:
Cardstock-Whisper White, Regal Rose, Basic Gray, Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink-Basic Gray, Regal Rose, Blush Blossom
Accessories-Blossom punch, Edgelit and embossing folder, Square punch, Simply Scored, blender pen, adhesive pearls...

and of course the stamps-Greeting Card Kids, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Thanks for visiting!  Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your comments!

Still Playing...

Another post for Friday nite, almost Saturday morning.  I am having fun trying all my new Stampin' Up goodies, as I am now a Stampin' Up demonstrator.  Here is my first attempt at water coloring (with the Aqua Painter) these two munchkins and the second time water coloring EVER.  Getting a little easier-skin is no fun, though! 
So, this time I almost used all Stampin' Up products.  The only thing not Stampin' Up is the Baker's twine.  Card stock is Crumb Cake, Ruby Red, Naturals White and Not Quite Navy-I could not get a good photo of these colors and the blue almost looks like Island Indigo.  I created a mat for the circular image by fussy cutting two of the embossed Fancy Frames and adhering them together.  I used Simply Scored to score lines all the way around the card base, 1/4" from the edge. 
 Inks used include Real Red, More Mustard, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Garden Green, Blush Blossom and Close to Cocoa. The button is So Saffron with some embroidery floss dyed More Mustard tied through it.  Lastly, the ribbon is Early Espresso. 
Thanks so much for visiting, and as always, your comments are appreciated!

Here is another go at Greeting Card Kids.  My friends make me smile.  They make me laugh.  They sometimes hold life together for me.  So this card is dedicated to friends.  It works perfectly for the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge 126 and it is also for the Freshly Made Sketches 22.  I tried to go for a sepia look here.  I combined River Rock and Crumb Cake inks to color the "kids".
Supplies include:
Stampin' Up black, Very Vanilla and River Rock cardstock
Pink Paislee Hometown Summer dp
Greeting card Kids and Tiny Tags stamps (Stampin' Up)
The baker's twine was black and white, but I dyed it with a mixture of Close to Cocoa and Van Dyke brown inks. 
Thanks so much for stopping by, and as always, your comments are so appreciated!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Distressed Romance

Today's challenge was a true challenge.  First this card is using the Try a New Technique over on Splitcoast Stampers.  This technique is TLC364-Wrinkle Free Distress.  I also forced myself to try to use all Stampin' Up products on this card (I failed, by the way).  Lastly, I tried to replicate yesterday's post, which used beautiful paper from Basic Grey.
My background paper was made using the distress technique found on Splitcoast.  I used More Mustard, Pool Party and Rose Red ink on Naturals White paper from Stampin' Up.  After several applications of those inks, I did a top layer of Van Dyke brown.  Other cardstock used is Very Vanilla, Pool Party and Whisper White.  The lace is dyed with More Mustard ink by rubbing the stamp pad over it and then wetting/blending the ink into the ribbon with the Aqua Painter from Stampin' Up.  The flowers from the set, Bordering on Romance were colored with Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, More Mustard, True Thyme, River Rock and Pool Party inks and the blender pen.  The image was stamped with black Stazon.  The image was then embossed with the Designer Frames embossing folder from Stampin' Up.  The smaller bunch of flowers was simply fussy cut out and adhered behind the frame.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and Rose Red and then clear embossed.  Lastly, I punched 2 strips of Pool Party cs with an edge punch.
All papers were sponged with Van Dyke brown ink and adhesive pearls finish off this card.  What do you think?  How did I do mimicking yesterday's card?

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stick with God

Well, I have been feeling a little overwhelmed this week and seemed to loose my crafting Mojo.  I have signed up to be a Stampin'Up demonstrator and just lost all confidence.  But, getting back to basics sure helped-getting back to God and His plan for me.  Hello, Mojo!  Just reminding myself of God's truths and trusting in Him was enough to calm the nerves and remind me why I do what I do.
This card is for the ODBD Shining the Light challenge 96 over at Our Daily Bread Designs.  This challenge was to use techniques, materials, or products (3 of them) starting with the letters in the word "heart".  I Heat embossed the ODBD Ironworks frame and Full of Grace "Light" sentiment; The designer paper is "Hello Luscious" from Basic Grey;  there are adhesive Rhinestones on the corners of the frame (hard to see, but really, they are there!); Edge punch; Ribbon (albeit, lace); and the flowers are Raised on pop dots.

Other supplies include:  Stampin' Up Very Vanilla and More Mustard card stock, Stampin' Up Real Rose ink and cardstock, adhesive pearls, Van Dyke Brown ink, embossing powder

This card is also for the Word Art Wednesday challenge 15 which is to use scripture or encouraging words on you art work.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Remember this recipe for success- Stick with God!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Another go at the Brayer!

Well, now I have to keep trying to perfect the elusive brayer!  I am loving working with it and am trying to achieve the "perfect" background.  This one got a little dark, so instead of a sunset, it is more like dusk.
I have used Stampin' Up's Lovely as a Tree; I masked the snowy ground and brayered the sky in  Marigold Morning, Apricot Appeal, Calypso Coral, Vintage Violet and Night of Navy.  The image is mounted on Wisteria Wonder.  Both tree images are stamped in black and have clear glitter on them.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is punched out with the Word Window punch.  An organza bow in white finishes off this card.

Brayered Seascape for OWH

I almost titled this blog "Help!"  This is my very first brayered card.  If it weren't for the fact that there are some incredibly nifty looks one can achieve from brayering, this might be my last!  Please, please, please-anyone out there good at the brayering technique?  I could certainly use some suggestions.  I can't seem to get rid of the "lines" of the different color inks and the colors are just too linear.  Also, can you tell that the big black blob in the sky is the silhouette of a bird, or does it look like a big black blob?
This card is for the "sand and sea" or "blue and tan" challenge over at OWH.  Cardstock is Whisper White and Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up).  Inks are Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Buckaroo Blue and Night of Navy (brayered inks).  The grasses and sentiment are Chocolate Chip.  The big black blob... or bird, well, is black. 
Anyone with thought or constructive criticisms, your ideas are greatly appreciated here!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ships Ahoy with OWH!

Well, after spending much of the day cleaning and decluttering, I was able to get down to the craft area and participate in the OWH Virtual Card Party again.  Here is my take on the challenge, Boats or Ships.
This card is made with an old Stampin' Up set, Ships Ahoy.  It is in Bravo Burgundy craft ink on kraft cardstock.  The image is mounted on Naturals Ivory and the card base is Naturals Ivory as well.  The dp would qualify as "Moldy Monday" product!  I could not find my natural twine so I dug around in my stash and found this navy and cream fiber, which I threaded through eyelets.  The tag is made with Stampin' Up's Tiny Tag punch and stamped with a sentiment from All Year Cheer.

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are greatly appreciated!
Yeah!  Got a second challenge card in this evening-embossing!  This was pretty simple, although it helps to align the image properly.  I had a do-over with this card and then when I went to adhere the image to the card base, I taped the wrong side!  Oh well, nothing that a little ribbon can't fix. 

The card base is my brand new Calypso Coral cardstock from Stampin' Up- loving it.  It was stamped with an image from a Sale-bration set from Stampin' Up-Elementary Elegance- on Very Vanilla cardstock and then run through the cb.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento black on Stampin' Up River Rock and then cut out to match the image and popped up on dimensionals.  The designer paper is punched with an edge punch and the card is finished off with some vanilla ribbon.  I also scored the dp (which is hard to see) to give it just that little extra.

Thanks for stopping by!


I was able to work in a MOJO Monday sketch challenge this week, MOJO227, using a new stamp I have from SNSS.  I really do know that there are no such thing as teal coneflowers, but I wanted to try out my new Copic marker colors, so for this card, there ARE teal coneflowers!

  Card Ingredients:  Stampin' Up! Lucky Limeade, Whisper White and Calypso Coral CS
scrap dp
Stamp- SNSS Flowers in Bloom
Other-adhesive pearls, Stampin' Up! Mat Pack, organza ribbon, embossing folder

Thanks for visiting! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Burning CASE

This week's ODBD challenge is to CASE a card from a favorite designer.  There are so many talented designers to choose from that I have had to CASE more than one.  But Angie Crockett is my fave, and here is a first CASE of her beautiful work.  This also fits the criteria over at OWH; there is a virtual card party going on while many are on a cruise, so this card works great for the "Nautical" challenge.
ODBD Shining the Light Challenge Winner!
Card ingredients include:
Stamps-Keep My Lamp Burning-ODBD
Paper-SU So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory; dp Basic Grey
Other-Brown Grosgrain ribbon, spellbinder, dimensionals, bronze pearls(Recollections)

I kept Angie's layout, used a spellbinder for the image and stamped the sentiment to the right of the image.  I changed the stamp set, the spellbinder shape and the color scheme.  I did not do paper piercing.  I sponged as Angie did, but I sponged a sunset background vs just sponging the edges.  I finished the card with 3 pearls as Angie did.  Thanks for all of your inspiration Angie!

Monday, February 6, 2012

OWH Hot Tropics

While the cat's away, the mice will play!  OWH is having a Cruise Week Virtual Card Party, and first up is to make a card with hot pink, green and yellow.  I followed the February sketch for SFYTT and here are the results-
Ingredients for the card include-
SU cardstock- Whisper White, Green Galore, So Saffron, Gable Green
dp- K and Co's Sweet Nectar
Ink- SU Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Versamark
Stamps-SU Always, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Other-clear e.p., buttons from Joannes, embroidery thread, spellbinders

This card is also entered in the Stampin' Sisters in Christ card challenge and Sentimental Sundays challenge to make a card that shows love, in this case the heart.  While I will not directly be giving this card to someone who needs to know they are loved, this card will be going to a military hero who will be able to send it to someone to let them know they are loved.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Go Team OWH!

While most of the country is watching football( I think it is the superbowl!?), I am working on Mother's Day cards for OWH.  I do not know what is taking me so long to fill a box, so today was the day to "light the fire" so to speak.
First up, the sweet bird from SU's Nature's Nest.  I stamped a Lablanche stamp in Old Olive across the bottom of the K and Co dp I have had in my stash forever and then used Old Olive and stamped the Serene Silhouettes from Sweet N Sassy Stamps above the Lablanche stamp.  The bird is mounted on Certainly Celery and that is the card base as well.  The Sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes from SU and is stamped on a Very Vanilla tag and tied to the beautiful dark green satin bow with embroidery floss.
Next is this sweet SU set, A Flower for All Seasons, stamped with Memento black and colored with copics. 
Sorry for the wonky photo, thought it looked OK when I took the picture...The card base is SU So Saffron and the layer is Ruby Red stamped with SU's Hello Doily in Real Red.  The red paper was then embossed with a CB ef.  the image was cut out with a Spellbinder and the edges were inked with So Saffron while the paper was still in the die.  This is layered on paper from Cosmo Cricket.  It is finished off with yellow satin ribbon, red gingham ribbon and a button tied with blue baker's twine.
Next up,  Sketch Challenge 107!  Tried to keep this simple and went for REALLY bright!  
The card bases are SU's Pool Party layered with Lucky Limeade.  The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White, which was pre-stamped with a Tim Holtz background stamp in So Saffron.  A few Lucky Limeade and Pixie Pink flourishes and flowers were added to the sentiment panel but are kind of covered up by the organza ribbon.  Sentiment is from SU and is in Pixie Pink.  The dp is K and Co. and is mounted on So Saffron.
Lastly, another card using the sweet A Flower for All Seasons set.
 The card base is Bashful blue and dp is Echo Park's, For the Record.  The image is stamped on white and colored with copics.  It is cut with a circle cutter and mounted on the beautiful die cut from Memory Box, Quinn.  That is mounted on whisper white, cut with a Spellbinder Die and stitched with white thread around the edges.  A wide yellow ribbon is sewn to the top edge.  The sentiment is SU's Teeny Tiny Wishes.  A dimensional to "pop" the image and 3 eyelets finish this card. 
Whew!  Done!  Sorry for the length, but I have been busy, Sandy!!!  Thanks for stopping by and as always, thanks for your comments.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lighthouse Challenge

It is great spending the day doing what you love- so here is another card, another post.  I look forward to Our Daily Bread Design challenges every Saturday, and today was no exception.  Today's challenge #95 is to CASE another crafter that we admire.  Well, frankly, I admire all of the designers/team members at ODBD.  So, this is a challenge picking out who to CASE!  I am sure I will CASE more than one before the week is over!  Also, over at Stampin Sisters in Christ, the challenge this week is to show who you are/our stamping style.  I have been avoiding the challenge as I couldn't really figure out my style.  Then as I looked through the ODBD designers' blogs and galleries and realized what I was drawn to from the beginning.  I love that a card does not need an image- a scripture verse can say so much more than any beautifully colored image.  Not that I don't like images (LOL!) but I always go back to scripture surrounded by beautiful papers and ribbons.  Sorry for the long windedness-
I chose to CASE Betty Wright.  Cardstock is basic gray and whisper white from SU.  Yellow cs is unknown.  The dp is Echo Park.  Spellbinders are used as well as Sizzix and CB embossing folders.  2 different types of yellow ribbon are used.  The scripture (well, it isn't really scripture, but about faith) is, of course, Our Daily Bread Designs- Full of Grace- Light, and the background image is also ODBD-Keep My Lamp Burning.  The image is stamped in Bordering Blue from SU.  The small compass on the bow is from an old SU set.  Adhesive rhinestones are from Recollections.  Oh, and the sentiment is stamped in basic gray and then embossed in clear ep.
Thanks so much for stopping by and as always your comments and constructive criticism are always appreciated!

An Out of This World Birthday

I tweaked this card from an earlier one I did this week for Operation Write Home.  Once I got the layout down I decided to "amp it up" a bit.  I really liked this stamp set, Little Boys Toys from Sweet N Sassy Stamps, when I spotted it, knowing it would be great for paper piecing.
The card base is SU Night of Navy; the edge is cut with an SU edgelit and embossed with their new embosslit.  The other 3 edges of the card are scored with the Simply Scored from SU.  I improved my clouds from the first card, making them whispy and ethereal, rather than "day time" fluffy.  After all, this is space!  They are lightly inked around the edges.  The moon is Barely Banana and embossed with a CB ef.  The edges are sponged with So Saffron.

The spacecraft is scrap dp and parts of it are layered on pop dots.  This makes such a difference from the original flat, single layer card. 
Thanks for stopping by!  As always, your comments and constructive criticisms are welcome and appreciated.

Back again, this time with the latest challenge from the OWH blog skip.  The challenge is to make a Clean and Simple (or CAS) card.  I took my inspiration from Sheila on the blog skip.   This CAS technique is to cut mulitples of a single die or punch and glue the layers together, creating what I call a faux chipboard piece. 
 In this case, I cut 2 flourishes in white followed by the top layer in Very Vanilla.  For the "flower", or Spellbinder scalloped circle die, I cut 5 in white and the top layer in Very Vanilla.  The edges of the card are scored. The sentiment is stamped in an old SU stamp from All Year Cheer.
I love this technique- it is easy and fun, albeit time-intensive.  Using this technique gives you a great monochromatic card.

Thanks for stopping by!  As usual comments are greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown

Where is the time going??  My son is back at college and into the spring semester, it is February (can you believe it??) and it is already Wednesday- 2 more days 'til the weekend.  Woo Hoo!!  If it is Wednesday it is time for the Midweek Throwdown over at Operation Write Home.  This week's challenge is to use die cuts and/or punches on a card.

Although I really love the shabby chic look, it is definitely not my style.  I decided to give it a try anyway on this challenge.  The card base is Pretty in Pink (SU).  The dp is ??? The beautiful stamp, Elizabeth (SU),  is stamped in Crumb Cake (SU) on Whisper White.  The image is colored with Pretty in Pink and Mellow Moss ink.  It is cut out with an oval Spellbinder and sponged around the distressed edges with Pretty in Pink.  The Flourish die (Cheery Lynn Fancy Flourish from Our Daily Bread Designs) is in Whisper White (SU).  The flowers are punched with a MS punch and Recollections pearls are used as flower centers.  A bit of lace and a small spray of pearls finishes this card off. 
So what do you think?  Does this pass as the "Shabby Chic" style?  Thanks so much for your opinions and suggestions and for stopping by.  Happy Stamping!

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