August 31, 2016

The Paper Players #310 Sketch Challenge

I really like participating in sketch challenges. There are times I don't really care for the sketch, but then there are times I see a sketch and immediately envision a card. When I saw this weeks sketch at The Paper Players I immediately thought of making a Halloween card. I had just purchased some pumpkin paper and small black and white flowers and it just came together from there. I love how this card turned out.
Image - Stampin' Up! Frightening Feline
Paper Flowers - Poppies & Paperie

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August 25, 2016

Mojo Monday #462 Baby Card

It seems all I needed was a little inspiration. I actually got a card made today thanks to the Mojo Monday challenge for this week. I wanted to make a card for my daughter-in-law who is expecting in October, so the card sketch design seemed perfect. I have always liked participating in challenges on the Mojo Monda website...they always have such interesting and easy-to-follow card layouts. I recently bought a large pack of scrapbook paper at a yard sale, so picked out a couple of designs that I thought would work well together.

We're going to have another granddaughter, so the card had to be pink, right? The image I wanted to use was a baby carriage so stamped it on a glossy card stock then die cut the image and backing using circle dies. I think it has a lot of interest with all the layers and patterns. Hope my daughter-in-law likes it. I'm sure she will like the gift card I tuck inside.
Card Size - 5" x 6-1/2"
Image Used - Stampin' Up! Baby Carriage
Ink Color - Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo

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Staying Creative with Ebay & Etsy

I really need to take a day and just make cards. I keep buying supplies, thinking of cards I want to make and although my intentions are good it seems like there aren't enough hours in a day to do all I plan to do. Ever feel like that?

Yesterday was my planned card making day. Well, I recently started another blog (on selling on eBay and Etsy) and spent my whole day working on that. The business takes a good bit of my time and I do miss making cards. Guess I need determination and to quit thinking about it and just do it! I do try to combine my love of card making with my business, so I will be making a few holiday cards to put on Etsy...guess that counts. Check out my new blog by clicking on the link at the right.

May 28, 2016

Vintage Elegance

I love cards with a vintage look. I recently purchased a 2003 Hero Arts stamp called Gracious Lady and decided I wanted to make a card that had a vintage and elegant appeal. I started with a black base card (5" x 7") and covered the front with a decorative paper and a coordinating decorative paper.

I stamped the lady in black and backed the image with some ivory colored and black card stock. I tied a black ribbon and bow around the card then attached the main image at the left using pop dots to raise the image. I stamped a second image and cut out only the lady. I attached her using a pop dot under the head and glued the bottom of the image flat on the card to give her dimension.

Stamped Image - Hero Arts Gracious Lady
Decorative Paper - Deja Views Wedding Paper
Black Ink - Versafine Onyx Black

May 26, 2016

Card Inspiration

It's funny how sometimes certain things you see inspire you to make a card. I recently purchased a large lot of scrapbook magazines for a friend of mine at a yard sale. Even though I don't scrapbook, I decided to take a look at a couple of the magazines. As soon as I opened the first magazine, a layout grabbed my attention and I immediately thought...Oh, that would make a cute card!

I followed the design of the scrapbook page layout and the card below is what I came up with. I really like it...and decided that now I have to go through all the scrapbook magazines (before I give them to my friend) to see what other inspiration I can find.

Peacock Image - Stampabilities
my friend Sentiment - Stampin' Up!
Stamp Ink - Stampin' Up! Pacific Point

March 17, 2016

Birds of a Feather

I have been so busy lately getting my new business underway, but this week I did take a day to make some cards. I love the colors Calypso Coral with Bermuda Bay, so made the card below using those colors with just a touch of black. I am so glad I purchased two packs of Stampin' Up! card stock that contained these colors.

The colors came from The Paper Players challenge and the card design is from the current Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I started with a Bermuda Bay (I love that color) base tent card then added a layer of embossed white backed with black. The panels that I made were also backed in black, with thin borders. I used a clear stamp image for the circle part, which I stamped with Bermuda Bay ink. Lastly I added a little bird button embellishment that I thought would go along with the saying on the card.

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