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Friday, January 31, 2014

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 fever

But now, I think I'll go back to my usual CAS kind of style......on my next post. See you then!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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 :)

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. 


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 sentiment stamps from them) and partially because its always nice to have some blank cards for whatever comes up next......

I think on this picture you can actually see the glitter a bit better....I first sponged the vertical panel and then stamped in purple. The white poppies are heat embossed. The glitter dots are made with Stickles.

On the other two cards I played around with watercolor technique - inspired by Heather Telford. You probably all know her - if not check out her blog - its fantastic!
I inked up an acrylic block with distress inks, spritzed it with water and pressed it against watercolor paper. I let it dry a little bit and then stamped the poppies in purple. You can see that the dry part of the paper give better definition to the stamp. Again I heat embossed the white poppies

I doodled the frames. There is Stickles on the white poppies. I think it shows up a little bit.

Which one is your favorite card? Mine is the one in the middle (my hubby likes the first one the best... tastes differ)

I am also linking this card with Dream Valley challenges - no designer paper

Let me thank you for all you comments - they are sooo much appreciated! Ladies, you always make my day!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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

and 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...

  1. Create a project with "Stars."
  2. Create a set of "Thank you Cards with Matching Envelopes"
  3. 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

Sunday, January 26, 2014

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 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Online Stencil class combined with Papertrey blog hop

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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

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 challengeMake a card for love/valentine's day

Thursday, January 23, 2014


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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Photographing Cards


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 under the box to straighten out the bottom, since its slanted. I have two lights, which are flexible and can be moved in any direction. 

If you want special background paper just stand it in there, although I mostly use the white background - less distracting from the card....

If you want indirect light just bend the lights and have them shine through the outside walls
And lastly take pictures of your card or whatever you want to photograph. Its important to be perpendicular to the card, if you want a straight shot, otherwise your card seems to get more narrow at the top. Leave yourself some room around the card so you can do some straightening and cropping in whatever photo editing software you use. I use Picasa - a free Google download. 
Here is a straight on shot:

You may want to photograph your card at an angle to bring out the shine of sequins or other shiny stuff you are using. With angled pics its less important to be perpendicular to the card - distortions are less obvious. 

 Here I just photographed a post card - without editing it - you see its a bit tilted and needs cropping. So don't forget to do that extra step.

And lastly the info on the light bulbs I am using: energy saving daylight bulbs - see the magnified picture:

In case you want to know what camera I'm using - its a 6 year old Canon Powershot S2 IS - you can't but that anymore - totally outdated, but good enough for me. It is was one of the better "point and shoots" a long time ago....

I hope that helps all of you that struggle with taking pictures!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CASE Study combined with Mama Elephant

I am a big fan of Donna Micasa - the queen of CAS cards - isn't that card from the CASE study cool?? I can't improve this - its perfect! But I did get inspired to make a card for the Mama Elephant Challenge


So what happens, if you combine those two challenges?
See for yourself:

I purposefully choose neon pink for this - I wanted to make an impact. I don't like how the splatters look in the photo - they shimmer in real life and are a dark pink, here they just look dirty :(
All stamps are Mama Elephant from the Filigree set. The "doily" is heat embossed.

I am also linking this up with Simon Says - emboss it 
 Paper Players - One Layer Valentine
Oozak - Anything goes - Love

This is going to be a short post - I was out skiing all day and I am tired.....Tomorrow when you'll read this I'll be back at work....and its supposed to snow - we'll see.....

Update: it's SNOWING and now I'm stuck at work.....

Monday, January 20, 2014

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, added the "candy" and lastly put some little hearts leftover from THIS card on the end of the threads. 


You have until January 31st to link up your card - I hope to see you there :)
The winner will be announced February 2nd.

I am also linking this card with Oozak - Anything goes - Love

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 love your comments - thanks for taking the time to write!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

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

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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 much for all your wonderful comments!

Friday, January 17, 2014

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
CHNC January challenge extra - anything Christmas
Creative Friday - Winterwuensche