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Inkspirational #48

I saw this inspiration picture at Inkspirational , put it mentally on my to do list of challenges, promptly forgot about it until.....  recently when I rummaged through my papers I found this gorgeous patterned paper from DCWV and thought it would be perfect for this..... But how to make it into a card?.....I finally checked the linky list for the expiration and guess what - another last minute project.... So quick thinking was required...... I die cut the butterflies from gold foil and gold embossed the sentiment.  I put the sentiment on an additional strip of PP and used foam tape to give it some dimension. The butterflies are also adhered with foam tape. Its not really my style, but I really like it! I like how the sentiment plays into the dream of the picture and the butterflies go along with the gorgeous bird. Even the colors kind of match up.  I am also linking this card up with the CHNC Patterned Paper challenge and with Shopping our Stash  - Cabin

3 cards for Lavinia combined with CASology and Welcome to 7 New Members

I have gotten so many new members all of a sudden! The time is overdue for a welcome picture......So sorry for the delay. Let me greet you officially Ladies and welcome you to my blog. I am happy you joined in here and hopefully you'll stay :) Melissa Kylie Cynthia Deepti Angie A Barbara Michele - sorry could not find a link, but will happily add it if possible I hope you all like your welcome picture - the lotus flowers/leaves are hand knitted by  Ruth Marshall  and were recently displayed in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This was one of my favorite pieces there. It was an amazing little exhibit.  --X-- I played around with that fabulous Poppy stamp from Lavinia today using purple - the CASology challenge color for this week. Lavinia's challenge also requires glitter on the card. I did not place a sentiment on the card - partially because Lavinia does not tolerate other stamps when you enter their challenge (and I don't have se

Friday Mashup #144 Second card

So here is my second card for the  The  Friday Mashup : I love this stamp over your stencil technique! I learned that in the    Stenciled online class. The stars are by  Papertrey - I die cut my stencil. I then stamped over the stencil with stamps from the Papertrey Dot Spot set. The sentiment is by CASual Fridays- the set is called RAD. The tiny stars are by MFT. I am also linking this card with the  Trendy Star Moxie Fab challenge  color me...! challenge - 5 colors of one's choice - mine are neon yellow, orange, pink, purple and black Dream Valley challenges - no designer paper

Friday Mashup #144

The Friday Mashup  is almost over..... a nd I made this card with the challenge in mind. So this is going to be short - I also used the stencil spray technique that we learned about in the Stenciled online class. The sentiment is a concoction from Impression Obsession and Neat&Tangled. The stencil is by TCW. The small die cut stars are by Simon Says. I did not have time to make an envelope and right now I don't need any more thank you cards, but it's Bar Mitzvah "season" in my son's class, so I'm going to need lots of those... Create a project with  "Stars." Create a set of  "Thank you Cards with Matching Envelopes" .  Or Mash it Up and create a set of  "Thank you Cards & Envelopes using Stars." I am also linking this card with the Trendy Star Moxie Fab challenge

Stencil Class Day 3 and Merry Mondays

Today is all about using embossing paste. I don't buy any - already enough stuff in my craft room... I make my own. Its super easy, feels soft and velvety when dry and it holds up well. It also dries really fast. For now I only have time to show you one card, but perhaps later today I'll show you more... The stencil is by TCW called Mini Branches. The recipe for the embossing paste you can find HERE . Just keep in mind - depending on the humidity the amount of water varies, but can be easily adjusted. The bird is Memory Box - perched Reed Bird. The little birds are by Impression Obsession. The sentiment is Hero Arts. Challenges: Merry Monday  -  Red, Vanilla, Kraft and  Chocolate with Ribbon   CHNC - Trees CHNC extra - anything Christmas Snippets Playground - use a snippet 

Online Stencil class combined with Papertrey blog hop

It's Blog Hop Day at Papertrey ! The theme is a pink card. I am having a lot of fun with that Stencil class. Today Julie Ebersole used a sticker sheet as a stencil. I don't use stickers, but I made my own sticker sheet stencil with that triangle cutting plate from Papertrey. I sponged mainly on the upper right with different pinks - just like Debby Hughes showed us on day 1 of the class. I used a fine black pen to outline parts of some triangles to give them more definition. I used two of the cut outs and stamped them with Papertrey Tiny Triangles as accents, added some sequins.  The sentiment is from Papertrey - Reasons to Smile.

Stencil class Day 1: Inking & Misting

I won a spot in the Stencil class from Mama Elephant - thanks Kryssi - I am having so much fun! Today was all about inking and misting. Since I had a late shift at work I only managed to make one card - using inking and shifting of my stencil: I used a TCW stencil called mini Aztec, that I shifted around and sponged with different colors.  The sentiment is from the CASual Friday stamp set RAD. I colored the AWESOME in the color scheme with pencil and used some enamel dots. Another one layer card.... I love to do them.  The color scheme is from Colour me...!  challenge #4 I am also linking this card with  Seize the birthday   - BIRTHDAY (anything goes) Hopefully I'll have more time tomorrow!

Simply Create Too #53

Hi, it's time for another Simply Create Too challenge ! The theme is Valentine's Day or hearts. How perfect - don't we all need Valentine's Day cards? I used a Lifestyle Crafts die for the heart. I used foam tape to space the die cut from the card base to give it more depth. The red heart is a Fiskars punch, which I hung from a silver thread. The sentiment is Inkadinkadoo. This is such a simple card to make. I love this die. I made some cards with it last year, you can see them HERE . So go ahead and play over at Simply Create Too - you have until 1/29/2014 to link up your card! And don't forget, your kids can play too! I am also entering this card into the CAS on Sunday challenge -  Make a card for love/valentine's day


Now there is an interesting challenge at CASology this week - the theme is CONTRAST. That can be interpreted in so many ways. I choose to do two contrasts in my card - neon colors versus black and an organic form versus geometric ones. The tree is really just a branch from A Muse, that I pieced together with my Stamp-a-ma-jig. The shapes are from  STAMPlorations the set is   Retro Mod Shapes . The sentiment is  Papertrey Sketched Shapes. the neon inks are Hero Arts. I am also linking this with: Addicted to stamps  -  CAS Seize the birthday   - BIRTHDAY (anything goes) One Layer Simplicity challenge - restock your shelves

Photographing Cards

Hi, I was recently asked about photographing cards, so I thought of showing you my set-up. I did not have time to make any cards anyhow, since I got snowed in at work yesterday and slept over there.... No I'm pretty tired and its going to be off to bed early, so no card today either.... I have been using a light box now since last April -when I got one from my sister for my birthday. Its a pretty easy, but effective set-up. I absolutely LOVE it! I used to struggle with taking pictures after I came home from work, making sure I'll have some daylight or trying to take halfway decent pictures at night with a flash, which really is sub optimal.....Now I don't have to worry, I am even using it in bright daylight. And that's how it looks like: It is a simple white plastic box. Home Depot has them for a few bucks - you may want to stock up on paint chips, while you are there ;) Cut some thin heavy white paper to size and fit it in. I also put some books

Stamplorations Sketch Challenge #4

Hi Everybody, today I am showing the first card I made for being officially on the Stamplorations design team!  It is a SKETCH challenge , the sketch you can see below.  I took those cute little stamps from the set  PATCHWORK FRENZY: Graphic Squares  and stamped it first in pink and then added the hearts in a deeper shade of pink. It looked kind of flimsy, so I first tried embossing it with UTE, but was not happy with the result. Then I thought about using those clear sticker candies I have gotten a few years back basically for free, but never used them... I had some that were too large, but they can be cut easily with scissors. I used my corner chomper to round the corners. It really looks like candy....The card base I embossed using my favorite Papertrey Linen embossing plate. I love the sublte texture it achieves.  The sentiment is Stamplorations    VIGNETTE: Trendy Feathers .   I wrapped red metallic thread around the card base, elevated it with foam tape,

House of Cards January Sketch Challenge

Oh, I am so excited - this is the first time for me on the House of Cards DT! For this month it is a sketch challenge. If you are not familiar with the rules, you can read them HERE Since I am on the CAS team I choose to do a one-layer card with the sketch.  I die cut the oval with a die-namics die and used it as a mask, which I then sponged in green and yellow - perhaps deep down I am longing for spring......The flower is by Studio G, the sentiment is Papertrey Dress Form. I "grounded" the flowers with some quick black pen strikes  - it also separates the sentiment from the medallion, just like in the sketch. You have two weeks to link up your CAS or Classic and Elegant card with House of Cards. I hope to see your creations there! I am also submitting this card to the brand new One Layer Simplicity challenge  #1 - restock your shelves - its meant to be a birthday card - I always need a lot of those..... Thanks for coming by - I

Friday Mashup #143

Here is a challenge that I just recently discovered - The Friday Mashup - its like the fusion challenge, just that it has been around much longer - they are up to #143! Its a weekly challenge - something I always find challenging, but I made it this time....  How do you like that - looks like real wood, but its patterned paper from Michaels. Much easier to mail that way, ha ha... The arrowed heart is a Lifestyle Crafts die, the sentiment is TAWS - all about YOU and the little hearts are leftover from a card that I made for the current Simply Create Too challenge  - Valentine's Day or use Hearts. My card will be in the midpost, so I'm only giving you a sneak peek on it....and if you want to play there - you have another 10 days! And I am also linking this card with the Snippets Playground - must use a snippet

Colour me....#3

I just love my new STAMPlorations set called   Retro Mod Shapes . The  possibilities  with set are endless! So I played around today and that's what I came up with: Added a Hero Arts sentiment and some enamel dots. It looks like a lot of work, but it is not. this was very quick to make. The colors I took from the colour me....! challenge - such a pretty inspiration picture. I am also linking this with the One-layer simplicity challenge  - restock your shelves - giving those ladies over there quite a work-out with my cards (I believe there is no limit on the entries - well, they probably gonna change that right now...) and Seize the Birthday - anything birthday - topping coloring A Blog named Hero - New Year - New Stash - used my brand new Stamplorations set, but my trusty old favorite Hero Arts sentiment set and lastly Addicted to CAS  - NEW - the stamp set is brand new, so its perfect for this challenge! I wish you a great weekend and thank you so muc

Merry Monday #91 and Paper Smooches

One can never start too soon to make Christmas cards...right? I just kept all my Christmas cards out and felt like making one today! Aren't those snowmen cute? I for sure settled for cute with my card as well... And here it is: All stamps are Paper Smooches, some twine, enamel dots and eyelets. Colored with Copics. Did a tad of paper piecing with the scarf. Challenges: Merry Monday Paper Smooches Guest Designer search CHNC January challenge extra - anything Christmas Simon Says Monday challenge - Anything goes Creative Friday - Winterwuensche

Less is More #154 and Welcome to two New Members

I am happy to tell you that my blog has grown again and two new members have found their way over to my blog! I want to send a warm welcome to  Sandra and  Debra Both are accomplished stampers and their blog are fun to visit - lots of inspiration to be found - hop on over, if you have time. Thanks Ladies for joining my blog. And as always, I picked a welcome picture for you: This masterpiece can be right now found at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and is knitted by  Tatyana Yanishevsky . I took the picture from the internet (usually I take my own), but the way it was hung there made it impossible to take decent pictures..... It quite amazing and was definitely worth while the trip. I hope you like it. I certainly do. So intricate, this Tigerlily, quite amazing! But now,back to card making... I made this for the Less is More challenge  - its one layer hearts this week.  The little hearts are stamps by Judith, the beautiful ampersand is a st