Saturday, April 29, 2017

Inspiration Saturday #17-2017

How would this picture inspire you?

Sue made this inspirational card -

For my card, I was inspired by bird (chick). I didn’t have much choice because I only own one bird die, the Penny Black Peaceful Wishes die. The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays Hope die. Both were cut out of gold cardstock. For the background, I inked up a piece of cardstock with distress inks (tumbled glass, stormy sky and faded jeans) to mimic a partially cloudy sky.- Sue

I used a new technique for my card -

When I saw the challenge picture, I knew that I had the perfect stamp for it from Unity called Grey Skies Happy I stamped the image with Versafine black ink on a red rubber sheet called gasket material (I bought mine at Lowe's in the plumbing department). I then laid my water color paper over it and rubbed to get the image to transfer. I used a Stamp-a-ma-Jig to line the image up and stamp with the actual stamp on the top. I used Distress Inks with water brushes to water color the image making sure to dilute the colors for the reflection. I cut around the image using an oval nesting die.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set and cut it with another nesting die and sponged around the edges with distress ink.  I popped both up with foam tape on top of the striped paper, which I in turn placed on a cream paper and finally on a kraft card base. I love this technique and will be using it again. - Denise

How to do this basic technique can be found here and here.

Friday, April 28, 2017

C.A.S.E A Card Friday #17-2017

There are some great cards out there to C.A.S.E. It is easy to make some changes and make them your own.

Here is a nautical themed card we chose to C.A.S.E.

Sue kept true to the theme 

For my version of the CASE card, I started by creating the “buoy” with two circle SIzzix dies. I wound red embroidery thread around the “buoy”, carefully adhering on the reverse side. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Happy Days stamp set. The anchor was die cut using Memory Box’s Majestic Anchor die. The card was completed using an antiqued cardbase and a piece of natural ribbon. - Sue

I also kept close to the original-

I used a stamp and cut set from Hero Arts called Anchor.  I decided to make my own background paper by stamping a couple of the different anchor stamps with Versamark on blue paper.  That makes a nice subtle design.  I cut the life saver on my Explore from a cartridge called Life is a Beach (they have some great beach images) and sponged the edges of all the papers with a light brown Distress ink. The sentiment was stamped in blue using a Pink by Design stamp from the set Cruisin'.  I decided to use some red, white & blue bakers twine that I had instead of the brown twine and used some star eyelets that I had.  To help it stick to the front of the card, I did put some Scrappy tape on the front before winding the twine around. I added the anchor stamped with another pattern from the set and die cut with the matching die using my Cuttlebug. After running the twine through the holes in the life saver, I attached it to the blue paper.  I popped that panel up with foam tape to account for the bulk created by the twine and eyelets.  I thought it made a really cute nautical card. - Denise

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Technique Thursday #17-2017

We have been doing some different types of cards for our techniques on Thursdays.  Today we do a twisted easel card with a tutorial found here.

Sue makes a beautiful Thank You card.


The twisted easel card was a first for me. I had not heard of this type of card. I followed instruction – not that difficult. The base pieces were from a piece of My Minds Eye cardstock. I die cut the dusty rose cardstock using Spellbinders Label one die. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Big Scripty Greetings stamp set, which was then die cut using a Sizzix circle die.The sprigs were die cut using Poppystamps leafy Sprig die. The center panel featured an inked heart using Hero Arts highlighting SA085 stencil. Unfortunately, I can’t remember which stamp set the sentiment is from – oops! - Sue

It was also my first time for a twisted easel card -


I started with some card stock I picked up at unique paper store about an hour and a half from me that sells all kinds of different paper by the pound.  You never know what is going to be there and this features cream on one side and dark blue on the other with a really neat texture on both sides.  I cut it into a 5.5" x 11" piece and folded it in half for a 5.5 x 5.5 card.  After scoring diagonally on the front, I sponged the edges with Distress Ink.  The image and sentiment came from the Unity Kit of the Month kit for April 2017 called Be My Bird. I used Versamark to stamp the image and heat embossed with white.  Then I sponged in layers with Distress Ink (Salty Ocean) using a piece of cardstock that I just cut in a wave pattern.  I used Mowed Lawn for the bottom.  The embossing resists the ink so that it shows.  I highlighted the hearts with a red Flair pen.  I then cut it using a nesting stitched oval die. The sentiment was stamped and then cut with a stitched pendent die then sponged on the edges with Distress Ink.  It was mounted on foam tape to hold the front open.  I decided it looked pretty plain, so i added some red pearls by Want to Scrap. - Denise