Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

I thought this month's challenge at Papertrey Ink to share your favorite card from 2011 and then make a new card for 2012 based on some element from your favorite was a great idea!

I love this card that I made for a Make It Monday challenge.

However, my resolution in 2012 is to make my cards more clean & simple, because that is my favorite style.  I'm not sure why sometimes I try to push myself to make a shabby card or one that is distressed...especially when I love the the clean, crisp look of white cardstock! 

So I decided to use the mat stack and try it on a different card for a clean streamlined look.  Instead of getting all inky with a brayer to roll out the woodgrain look, I just used an impression plate with no ink.  I also didn't us any ink for shading or going around the edges like I usually do.  I also used white embossing powder on the words to make it pop. I just love how it turned out!!!

Here you can see how the mat stack is the bottom layer, the sentiment strip is the middle layer, and on top is the boat layer.  I found that tiering the layers up added a lot of interest.  To achieve this, I used two different thicknesses of foam squares.

Here you can see the texture from the impression plate.

Another 2012 card goal is to start stamping a small image on the inside of the card.  Here is the litte boat this time colored with copics.

Thank you for your kindness
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Iconic Images
  • Impression Plate: Papertrey Ink - Woodgrain
  • Dies: Papertrey Ink - Mat Stack 3 and Layerz Mat Stack 3
  • Cardstock: Paperbilities - Kraft; Papertrey Ink - Dark brown, Burgandy, Green
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink- Vintage Cream; Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmelade; Colorbox - Chianti
  • Glitter Pen: Sakura
  • Twine: Papertrey Ink
  • Rhinestone: Michael's

Hello Sweet Baby
  • Stamps: Boat - Papertrey Ink, Bitty Baby Blessings; Sentiments - Sweet Baby, Technique Tuesday, Ali Edwards
  • Impression Plate: Linen & Canvas - Papertrey Ink
  • Dies: Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle Collection, Mat Stack 3 and Layerz Mat Stack 3
  • Punches: Corner Rounder, Square Punch (to create V on sides of sentiment strip)
  • Stickles
  • Copic Markers 0 Colorless Blender, T1, BG18, and E13
  • Cuttlebug
  • Ink: Colorbox Frost White, VersaFine Vintage Sepia
  • White embossing powder, heat tool
  • Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye Home 6"x6" stack
  • Cardstock - Aqua Mist & Ocean Tides, Papertrey Ink 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cards for a Cause: Valentine Edition

Here are the cards that our wonderful church ladies made for cancer patients to fill out and send to their loved ones while undergoing treatments...they are sure to bring a smile and a big dose of hope!

A close up of one of the valentines

Here you can see the detail of the glossy accents on the eyes and beak and the stickles on the belly heart ;-)

All of these cards came from one 12"x12" sheet of cardstock + stickles + glossy accents + adhesive + card base ;-)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

CAS Week 2 Entry 2 Plain White Card

I used a video from Jennifer McGuire (Studio Calico) HERE on how to create Chevron stripes on a card...Actually, I "lifted" the entire design of the card ;-) Plus, it worked so well with a plain white background...Thanks for the idea!!!

CAS Week 2 Entry 1: Plain White Cards

I used a video from Jennifer McGuire (Studio Calico) HERE on how to create Chevron stripes on a card...Actually, I "lifted" the entire design of the card ;-)  Plus, it worked so well with a plain white background...Thanks for the idea!!!

CAS Week 1 Entry 3

I am LOVING this sketch from Kristina Werner!!!  You are my card-making hero!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

CAS Week 1, Entry 2

 Those hearts really sparkle!

Clean & Simple Card Class Week #1

Keeping it simple for this class...including the blog post ;-)

I figure I would rather spend the time making more Clean & Simple cards than typing about how I did it...other than to thank Kristina for the advice on choosing colors for the card...thanks!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

dashing through the snow

Cardstock: Hobby Lobby
Ink: Black - VersaFine; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
Sleigh Die: Papertrey Ink
Stamp Set: In The Meadow (PTI)
Embossing Folder: Sizzix
Glitter Glue: Stickles, Ranger
Rhinestones colored with E57 Copic Marker
Dimensional Adhesive