Thursday, March 22, 2018

CTD #485


Above is my card for this week's Color Throwdown.  Their inspiration photo is below.


I love the current trend I'm seeing of black and white gingham in farmhouse style.  One local home builder actually did a tile floor in it, and I was over the moon in love with that floor!

I immediately thought of using my favorite new stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs; it's plaid rather than gingham, but the two seem closely related to me.  I didn't end up leaving much of the background showing, perhaps I'll make another and adjust so that more of the background shows.

I then stamped some poppies from another new-to-me company, Marij Rahder for Krazy Kreations  (the stamp set I used is currently on sale for $2.00!), using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Using my limited selection of Copic markers I tried to color them coral; I'm afraid they went a little too far into orange territory, but I don't have anything lighter.

The verse is from Verve Stamps; inked in SU's Calypso Coral.

I sewed around the edges, then resisted the urge to fill the white space with... something.

Thanks for stopping by!

~La

Saturday, January 13, 2018

First time making trifold cards

I actually HAVE been making cards recently, just haven't taken time to blog.  Honestly, the only reason I put them into a blog post anymore is so that I can upload them to challenge blogs.

Yesterday I wanted to learn how to make tri-fold cards.  I LOVE how they look, although thus far I'm finding it difficult to include a sentiment.  That's okay, it gives me something to work toward!

Yesterday I made 2 tri-folds; this was my second.  I used the colors from Color Throwdown: navy, aqua and pink.  I used several of my new dies from Our Daily Bread Designs, and some old SU stamps. All of the patterned paper is from one pack from Stampin Up.



Friday, October 20, 2017

Autumn hello

I realized recently that part of why I haven't made cards in forever is that I was trying to design my own and generally being unhappy with the results.  So I decided to find cards I liked that others had made and copy them.  "Quit trying to reinvent the wheel."

This card is a compilation of at least 4 sources of inspiration.

1. Case This Sketch #244, for the general layout.
3. Unfortunately, a blogger I don't know and can't remember to credit.  Someone posted a tutorial about new SU alcohol pens in which they colored leaves on Kraft paper.  I liked her colors so much that I copied the idea with my Copics.
4. My all-time favorite card designer, Andrea Ewen.  Sadly, she disappeared from the blogosphere quite some time ago.  I miss her beautiful creations and I worry that something awful might have happened. Pinterest has lots of her cards and I've pinned a good number of them because they are each a work of art.  

Here is the sketch from Case This Sketch. I started with a literal interpretation in a clean and simple card, but that evolved considerably!



Here is my card.  I had a lot of fun making this!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Back...again...with Thanks


I haven't blogged and, in fact have probably not stamped, for over a year.  Very sad!

In an attempt to keep my mind off of food thereby stick to my diet, I headed to the craft room today and have thus far created 2 cards.  In an effort not to try to reinvent the wheel, I looked at cards of other bloggers I admire. Then, low and behold, I vaguely copied an idea but actually designed my own card - yeah!

I'm not going to bother with details since I'm my only reader.  Every time I come here I say something about getting back at it.  I'll skip that this time and just see what happens!
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

CTS #179

I've found a new-to-me blog from which to draw inspiration.   It's called Case This Sketch.  I've been looking at it and loving their sketches for quite a while, but I haven't stamped for quite some time so today was my first chance to play along.

Here is the card I made:



As you can see from the sketch below, I didn't get one bit original!


I actually tried something original first but hated it, so into the trash it went and I decided not to reinvent the wheel.

My color inspiration came from ColourQ;  however, I inadvertently left one color out of my card so I'm not entering this card into their blog.

The colors used for this card are midnight muse and lucky Limeade from SU and sunset from CTMH.  The patterned paper came from a pad called Ready Set Go by American Crafts; the white is from CTMH and the orange from SU (Dusty Durango?)

Thank you for stopping by! 

~La

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Star Studded Birthday

Time in my craft room still happens in fits and starts. The last few days have afforded me plenty of time there, which makes me so happy! I finished all of the cards I needed for occasions, so now I can work on building a stockpile.

Today I made a birthday card. I wanted to get away from floral because I use them all the time. I didn't stray too far - I stamped flower pots but used stars for the flowers.



I chose colors using ColourQ.   I love bright pink and orange,  especially at this time of year. I don't have Kraft ink or paper so I substituted with Crumb Cake.  I'm not a fan of the color and never would have chosen it, but I have to say I think it anchors the wild colors quite nicely.


I almost always use MOJO Monday for layouts.  Left on my own cards generally don't turn out looking too great.  I strayed ever so slightly with the background; I was afraid the card would get too busy.



Thanks for stopping by!

~La
One more graduation card, and I think that's it for this year. I went to Color Throwdown for inspiration because I knew they had blue and white this week and those are the colors I wanted to use. Here is their color board:


Santorini,  Greece.  I'm pretty sure I want to live there.  The crisp white buildings with beautiful blue roofs call to me.  A visit, at least, would be delightful. 

I went for clean and simple with this card.  (AKA crisp and white.)  Using CTMH's Charming Cascades, I masked an area of the card front and stamped the star cascade twice with Dew Drop ink in Platinum Planet.  For the sentiment I used the only thing I have that comes close for a graduation card which comes from CTMH's Springtime Wishes.  (I actually combined 2 sentiments from that set.) I simply stamped the sentiment with CTMH Pacifica pigment inks right across the stars.


To finish it off I found a perfectly matched skein of embroidery thread which I tied through a little coin-looking piece I found in my stash of embellishments.



The inside of this card is almost fancier than the front!   I always mount panels to write on, but I noticed that I had somehow smudged ink on the upper half of the inside and it looked tacky.  So I covered it up with a piece of SU's Pacific Point and now all is well.


Thanks for stopping by!

~La