Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Birthday Tuesday #4-2017

Birthdays happen to sneak up on me, so it is always a good idea to have some on hand.

Sue has a bright and cheerful card for us.


I started by stamping the mid-sized flower using my MISTI. Each flower is two-toned to add a bit of added interest. The inks used are Hero Arts Shadow Inks – Bubble Gum, Passion Flower, Orchid, Cornflower and Tide Pool. The flowers were then fussy cut. The flourishes were stamped with Hero Arts Lime Green Shadow Ink. The sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts Charcoal Shadow Ink. To add a bit of dimension, one flower was popped up with dimensionals. To add a bit of sparkle, rhinestones were used as the flower centres. The card panel was matted with purple cardstock to complete the card.- Sue

Now Denise has another birthday card -

Since my stamp set is all about birthdays, this was a fairly easy one to do.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut out the banner for my stamp and the letters for the name.  I love to personalize my cards for people and putting their name on them does just that.  I used paper from a 6 x 6 pad by Authentique called Adventure for the background, the mat, the banner and the letters.  If you put a product called Stick-it on the back of your paper before cutting it, you automatically have stickers.  I really have so many of those 6 x 6 pads and they are great for card making. - Denise



Monday, January 23, 2017

Masculine Monday #4-2017

Sue made a wonderful masculine card this Monday -


To create a masculine card with my chosen stamp set, I worked with blues (which I feel are masculine shades). I started by heat embossing with white embossing powder the flourishes. I then, masked off a 2” panel where I applied with ink blending tools, distress inks (broken china, faded jeans and chipped sapphire). I added the sentiment and matted the card panel on blue.- Sue

My masculine card -

My stamp set has a stamp that looks like a pocket so I decided that I would do a shirt card.  I used paper from an Echo Park collection called Jack & Jill - Boy Collection.  I cut the shape for the pocket on my Explore since the stamp set from CTMH coordinates with a Cricut cartridge called Artiste. I cut it on blue card stock and then stamped it with white pigment ink to look like denim.  (I tried it with the plaid paper and dark ink, but you couldn't read it well.) The rest of the shirt is just triangles for the color and a strip for the front.  Buttons and a red marker for the stitching help make it look more realistic. - Denise

Here is my stamp set for the week - CTMH Artiste Collection- Birthday




Sunday, January 22, 2017

Clean and Simple Sunday #3-2017

Week 4 of our challenge to use the same stamp set all week.

This week Sue is up for the challenge and begins with this clean & simple card -


One of my favorite things to do when working with kraft cardstock, is to start by stamping with white pigment ink and then stamping with colour, slightly offset over the white. It almost seems a bit blurry. The effect is intentional! For the colours, I used Hero Arts EmeraId Green and Raspberry Jam Shadow Inks and Simon Says STAMP Blue Violet - Sue 

For my week, I chose to work with Clearly Besotted’s Flowers & Flourishes stamp set. I have to add that it was difficult to choose one stamp set that would work with the entire week’s challenge. 
This is a wonderful set Sue chose and gives you a lot of options.

My clean and simple card for the day-

I did a very quick birthday card.  I started by running a white piece of cardstock through my Cuttlebug using the Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder. I then used my Explore to cut 4 balloons.  The stamp set I am using this week is called Artiste Collection by Close to my Heart (CTMH).  The wonderful thing about this collection is that there is a Cricut cartridge that coordinates with it, so cutting the balloons is very quick and easy.  I stamped them with four different colors that would match some baker's twine that I had on hand.  I taped the matching twine to the back of each balloon.  I popped a couple of the balloons up with foam tape.  After they were attached, I pulled the strings together and tied them in a knot. After trimming the base to 4 inches wide, I mounted it on a red card base. It was a very quick card to do and is so bright and cheerful.  - Denise