Friday, August 24, 2018
Here's a card that was not made for any challenge, I just needed to make it for someone.
Catherine Pooler stamps again. I'm just loving everything from her. I used Close to my Heart ink for the sentiment and water, Tim Holtz distressed ink for the flamingo outlines (because it's the only black I currently have that has any ink in the pad!!) and I colored the flamingos with Copics.
Hope your day is going swimmingly.
at 12:47 PM
Thursday, August 23, 2018
I found my way to Catherine Pooler Designs a few months ago and fell in love with a plaid background stamp she had. Since then I have become a big fan of her stamps and inks. I made this card using stamps from the following sets of hers: Leave me in Paradise, Fearless Pursuit and Tropically Yours. I also used the following Catherine Pooler inks: Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Eucalyptus and Royal Treatment.
at 1:59 AM
Monday, August 13, 2018
I used an image of cherry blossoms which I bought while living in Taiwan and a sentiment from the SU set "Thoughtful Branches". For ink I used Versamark, SU Smoky Slate and Versa Color's turquoise (with which I stamped the sentiment and did a bit of a watercolor background around the cherry blossom branches.) I used a copic marker to color the flowers and highlighted a few of the petals with Spectrum Noir's Crystal Clear sparkle pen.
All paper is from Stampin Up. I added a few simple accents with Liquid Pearls.
at 3:09 PM
Sunday, June 17, 2018
I wanted to keep the stamping simple, since this was a masculine card and was already going to be quite colorful. So I chose just one image from SU's Mosaic Madness stamp set and, using my MISTI stamp positioner, I alternated the colors across a piece of CTMH white cardstock.
Next I chose a stamp from Verve (one of my favorite companies which has, sadly, recently stopped producing stamps) which simple said "Father's Day".
For "Happy" I used a die cut from Our Daily Bread's Happy Birthday die set. I cut it out 3 times from scrap black cardstock and glued all 3 together. Then I covered it with Crystal Effects both to make it glossy and give it a little extra dimension.
I finished by simply adhering the decorated panel on to a folder piece of Stampin'Up black cardstock.
Thanks for looking!
at 11:07 PM
Thursday, March 22, 2018
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!
at 7:26 AM
Saturday, January 13, 2018
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.
at 8:46 PM
Friday, October 20, 2017
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!
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