Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Photo Synthesis Challenge #3 ~ Take 1

Woot, woot! It’s time for another challenge at the Photo Synthesis Challenge Blog. We’ve got 2 photos for you to draw inspiration from.
Choose one or pick up elements from both to inspire your card. The challenge runs for 2 weeks so you have until Monday, September 13th to play along. The added challenge with your creation is to reduce/reuse/recycle. Use up some of your old stash, recycle some junk mail, get creative. Help save the planet while creating something beautiful.

I was recouping from a flu bug recently and Mr. Gears wouldn’t let me do much of anything. Thankfully, crafting didn’t cause him to fret, so I was able to make THREE cards for this challenge. All 3 images were from my stash of ‘just waiting to be put onto a card’ and I tried to use mostly scraps for the other pieces and elements.

Today I’ll share the details of my Leaf Trio card. Stop by later this week to see the details and more photos on the others.

Photo Inspiration ~ Photo Synthesis Challenge #3
I used the second photo as my primary inspiration for the card. I picked up on the leaves and colors. The stucco beige, greens and dark metallic (interpreted as brown) from the candle holders. I even used a glittered cardstock base which was inspired by the stucco ‘feel’ of the wall.

365 Cards Day 155 ~ Card Recipe: 4.25 x 5.5 card, 3x3 patterned paper, stitching, 3 rhinestones, sentiment, 1 stamped image
A bit more Cat interpretation on the recipe. I did faux stitching and I tried to have my sentiment on the outside of the card, but the epoxy sticker wouldn’t stay stuck to the glittered CS, so I opted to move it to the inside. I used a 3x3 square, it's just rotated so you only see half.
Cute Card Thursday #127 ~ Dieing for a Punch (no punches or die cut machines just trimmers and scissors)
Rainbow Lady’s Challenge #116 ~ Sparkle and Shine
Moving Along with the Times #60 ~ Autumn Recipe: 3 flowers, 2 papers, 1 ribbon (flowers in the DP)
Totallly Paper Crafts #31 ~ Clean and Simple

My Creation

Image Detail

Ins and Outs ~ Leaf Trio
Stamps: SU Leaf Image (Sorry I don’t know the name of the set)
Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV Linen Closet Stack and glittered card base, SU Scraps

Ink: SU Inks

Accessories: SU Ribbon, Misc Gems, Heidi Grace Epoxy Sticker

Saturday, August 28, 2010

How Sentimental at OSCC

It's new challenge time over at One Stop Crafts. This week Maggie challenges us with the theme 'How Sentimental'; use a sentiment as the main focus on your card. This is certainly a challenge for me as I tend to find comfort in coloring images and often my sentiment is an afterthought. I admit I really enjoyed the challenge and am pleased with my final card. I found the sentiment over at Create with TLC. Paulette is a digi whiz and offers up multiple freebies every day. If you're looking to play with digis or expland your inventory, you need to pop over and say hello. Don't forget to give her some comment love for all her hard work. I was blessed with some other great inspiration when I created my card.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #68
This week at Midnight Madness I took bits from both versions of the sketch to create my card.
One Stop Craft Challenge #95 ~ How Sentimental
PaperTake Weekly Challenge ~ Recipe 321
3 Embellishments (Ribbon, Flowers, Dew Drops), 2 DP, 1 Image
365 Cards Day 89 ~ Courage and Strength
365 Cards Day 174 ~ Sing Along Saturday (I HOPE YOU DANCE)
365 Cards Day 178 ~ Imagine This: Sugar
I was inspired by the physical appearance of sugar, and used a glittered cardstock that looks like real sugar.
Sentimental Sundays #17 ~ Words to Inspire

My Creation

It's hard to see in the photo, I used Smooch Spritz over the image to pair in with the glittered cardstock.

Ins and Outs ~ Let Your Light Shine
Stamps: TLC Creations Light of the World verse (Digi)
Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV All Dressed Up

Ink: Laser Printer, Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer

Accessories: SU Ribbon, Mulberry Flowers, Bella Baubles

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Betty Bumblethorpe is Here

Just Inklined is a relatively new dig stamp line and they have a whole line of these expressive seniors. I had so much fun shopping and can’t wait to share more of them with you. I thought Betty Bumblethorpe fit perfectly with the quote.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Sketch for You to Try ~ August 21

Color Inspiration
365 Cards Day 177 ~ Color 4 Ways Add color 4 ways other than paper
I used toner, memento ink (images stamped on dotted orange DP), Copics for the image, Stickles

Just InkLined Challenge #1
Totally Stampalicious ~ Texture-licious Use 2 types of texture
I have glittered cardstock/stickles and smooth buttons.
Pile it On #33 ~ Let’s Get Cooking: Recipe
3 patterned papers, 2 stamped images, 7 buttons, ribbon, something clear (vellum quote)
Stamp Something Challenge ~ Digi Somethings

My Creation
Isn’t this image a hoot?
Image Detail

I used Diamond Stickles along the frame of Betty’s glasses for sparkle and Diamond Glaze for the lenses. I opted for a purple tinted locks as that will be my choice when the time comes.
I added Stickles to her slippers for some extra attitude.
Ins and Outs ~ Betty Bumblethorpe is Here
Stamps: Betty Bumblethorpe (Just InkLined), Tell it Like it Is (Inkadinkadoo)
Paper: DCWV, Bazzil, SU

Ink: Laser Printer; Memento Desert Sand; Copics (E50, 51; BG72; YR15, 21; V91, 93, 95, 99)

Accessories: Stickles (Lavender, Diamond Dust), Diamond Glaze, SU Ribbon, Buttons, Vellum Verse


Loyal Friend

The idea for this card started last week when the One Stop Craft Challenge was to create an Oriental Themed creation. As a Design Team member I like to participate on my off weeks to support the other members. This challenge tripped my up until I remembered this awesome image from Mo Manning and the Far East stack from Die Cuts With a View. I don’t remember everything I did last week, but it kept me far from my craft room. I’d started coloring the image and wanted to finish off my card so she wouldn’t get lost in my ‘to make into a card someday’ bucket of colored images. :o)

Sketch Inspiration ~Midnight Madness Sketch #26
An old sketch from the Madness crew I’ve been meaning to use.

Color Inspiration ~ Color Me Copic #2 ~ Grass
I always like to ‘ground’ my images using different techniques and created a sidewalk and grassy background as a scene for the sweet girl and kitty.

365 Cards Day 132 ~ Stamping Saturday (use 1 digi stanp and 1 rubber stamp)
The fan is from a Simon Says Stamp set and the main image is a digi.
Stamptacular Sunday #73 ~ Two’s Better than One (use 2 images)
Totally PaperCrafts #30 ~ Summer Fun
Spending an afternoon outside in the green grass sharing a drink with a friend is one of my favorite summer activities. Minnesota is blessed with all 4 seasons so this guilty pleasure is cherished when the season allows.

My Creation

Image Detail

I had this vellum sentiment on a sheet and thought it worked well with the image.
Ins and Outs ~ Loyal Friend
Stamps: Little Girl in Kimono (Mo Manning Digi), Magnificent Asian Backgrounds (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: SU Whisper White; DCWV Far East Stack

Ink: Laser Printer; Memento Paris Dusk; Copics (V9, 12, 15, 17, 91, 93; E21, 41, 53, 55, 57; G40; C00, 1, 3, 5, 7; 100; YG93, 95, 97); Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen

Saturday, August 21, 2010

One Stop Crafts ~ Not a Card Challenge

This week at One Stop Crafts, Sharon challenged us to create anything but a card. I wonder if she knew how much I was challenged by this one! LOL. Thankfully, my awesome SU friend came to the rescue. We made these adorable matchboxes and they were really quick and easy! Thanks to the use of the SU Matchbox die for the Big Shot. I think I cringe on these projects because I think back to the days of tracing a template, trying to figure out what lines to cut or score and then somehow gluing it together and resembling what it was intended to be. Thankfully, all the great die cut systems on the market have made things much easier for crafters like me.

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 135 ~ White Space
I opted for a square base, otherwise I kept seeing a giant eyeball in the sketch. :o)

Pile it On Challenge #32 ~ Get Into Shape I lost count, but I know my flower alone has more than 5 cut out layers. :o)
365 Cards Day 163 ~ August InspiredHaving just cleaned out my flower beds, August makes me think of flowers – the late bloomers and the dead brown stems of my early bloomers. Hence, I used brown as the color theme and a big flower!
Charisma Cardz #33 ~ Die Cuts (flower and template)
All Sorts Challenge #66 ~ Miniature 3” (make something smaller than 3”)
My Creation

Flower Detail
My favorite DIY flower, puched out scallop circles, distressed and scrunched together.
Not sure what treasure to tuck inside yet.
Ins and Outs ~ Baroque Matchbox
Stamps: SU Baroque Motifs
Paper: SU (Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso)

Ink: SU Early Espresso

Accessories: Victoria Lace Trim, Antique Brad, Pearls, Matchbox Die, Scallop Circle Punch

Techniques: Sponge Distressing

Friday, August 20, 2010

Photo Synthesis Challenge #2

Wahoo! It's time for another challenge over at the Photo Synthesis blog. Tiffany Doodles is sponsoring the challenge and gave us some AWESOME images to work with. Please join us for the chance to win digis from Tiffany and be named in our Top 3 creations.

I didn't add quite as much 'flourish' to my card, and opted to cut out some of the image to further play up the clear card base.

Photo Inspiration ~ Photo Synthesis Challenge #2

My Creation
This angle shows the clear base better.

Image Detail
I colored the image with Copics, cut out some of the blank spots in the oval, and used Stickles to bling up the centers, petals and leaves.

Ins and Outs ~ Flower Filled Sympathy
Stamps: Oval Poppy (Tiffany Doodles Digi), You’re In My Thoughts (Stampabilities)
Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV Summer Dream, PTI Clear Cardstock

Ink: Laser Printer; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics (B00; RV69; G12, 21, 24, 40; R81, 83, 85; Y04,08)

Accessories: Stickles (Burgandy, Cotton Candy, Yellow, Lime Green), SU Ribbons, SRM Sticker

Blooming Summer Flowers

Sorry for the break in posting, the last push of summer has kept me hopping. This is a quick and cheery card I made from a card kit from my awesome SU demonstrator. She always has great ideas and a night playing with the girls is so welcome in my crazy life.

Sketch Inspiration ~ PaperTake Weekly #46

Photo Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 166 ~ Ad Inspired
I know what you’re thinking, huh? This doesn’t jive? Well, I find inspiration from all areas of a photo. In this case the tall three stems caught my eye and I created my own on the card. Now do you see?

Color Inspiration YNS Challenge #23 Bold Bright Summery Colors
Everybody Art Challenge #104 ~ In the Garden
365 Cards Day 146 ~ Summer Fun (3 summer images) Since this is an old challenge and no prize involved, I hope Pam doesn’t mind that I used 3 of the same summer image on my card. :o)
My Creation

Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Blooming Summer Flowers
Stamps: SU Punched Posies, Upsy Daisy (verse)
Paper: SU (Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait)

Ink: SU (Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait)

Accessories: SU Punches, Silver Brads, Peach Parfait Ribbon

Friday, August 13, 2010

CAS Sympathy

I was so inspired by my CAS butterfly card, I made another. Same basic layout, this time without any pops of color. These butterflies are SO wonderful. I know I’ll use them often.

Color Inspiration
365 Cards Day 111 ~ Stunning Silhouette with a Twist I know I used chocolate as an accent color and cream is a s-t-r-e-t-c-h for white, but I think Pam will understand. I’m just on my never ending quest to complete all her challenges for this year. I have to take a few liberties on the old ones now and then. :o)
FlutterBy Wednesday #117 ~ Open Theme

Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ CAS Sympathy
Stamps: TLC Butterflies
Paper: DCWV, SU Vanilla

Ink: Laser Printer; Chocolate Spica; Gelly Roll Clear Star

Accessories: Fiskars Butterfly Punch, SU Rub on

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CAS Citrus Butterfly

This card was so simple, I can't believe I made it! I fell in love with these butteflies when they were shared for FREE over at TLC Creations. Butterflies carry special significance as before she journeyed to heaven my mom told me whenever I saw one, it would be her saying hello. I did add 3 little punched butterflies, so hopefully that won't disqualify my card as a single layer card. :o)

Sketch Inspiration ~ Clean & Simple #102

Color Inspiration ~ Colour Create #50 With the option of butterflies

I added a DIY border for an added element.

Image Detail
Since the images were digis, I didn't have the chance to change their color. Instead I used Spica pens to give each one a pop of color with a corder and matching punched butterfly.

I kept the color theme to the inside of the card and used up several scraps from my desk.

Ins and Outs ~ CAS Citrus Butterfly
Stamps: TLC Butterfly Digis
Paper: SU Whisper White, DCWV Scraps

Ink: Laser Printer; Spicas (Orange, Lemon, Pink); Gelly Roll Clear Star, SU Basic Black Marker

Accessories: Fiskars Butterfly Punch, SU Rubon

Monday, August 9, 2010

One Stop Craft DT Card ~ Summer Fun

There’s a new challenge over at One Stop Crafts this week from the awesome Lindsey. She’s challenging us to think ‘Summer Fun’. With the heat waves we’ve had in my corner of the world, it’s not hard to think summer. I’m not much of a heat person, so I had to try and cool down with a waterey summer card. I love this cute mermaid from Elizabeth Dulemba. She has LOTS of FREEBIE images. She creates them as coloring pages for kids, but they work PERFECTLY for card making and other paper crafts.

I hope you can play along. Link up your card at the OSC Challenge Blog and you could win an awesome prize from Dew Dropz. Thanks for rocking our Pattern Challenge last week. We had 232 participants ~ and they all rocked it!

Sketch Inspiration
Truly Scrumptious Challenge #38: Sketch plus added challenge of Golden Oldie (use a stamp that’s been neglected) I rotated the sketch and cut out my ‘wavy’ DP, but the image covered most of my waves. Oops. I’ve been ‘collecting’ Dulemba images for over a year and seldom get to play with them.

Color Inspiration
365 Cards Day 162 ~ Color Scheme
I focused mostly on the orange and blue from the combo. The green is picked up on the HB embellishment and the flowered DP. I tried to give my mermaid auburn tresses which is how I read the first color. Black was used as the plain image and as the flourish inside the card.


Image Details


Ins and Outs ~ One Stop Craft DT Card ~ Summer Fun
Stamps: Elizabeth Dulemba Mermaid
Paper: SU Whisper White, The Paper Studio – A Day at the Beach

Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (R20; E15, 21, 50; BG10, 13, 45); Spicas (Chocolate, Turquoise); Gelly Roll Clear Star; Uniball White Gel Pen

Accessories: Me and My Big Ideas Ribbon and Embellishment, misc gems, SRM sticker (inside verse)