Sunday, January 31, 2016

Clean and Simple Sunday #4-2016

Today's Clean and Simple Challenge is to create a card for a baby shower or new baby.

I just used two different papers from the card stack called Nana’s Nursery, Baby Boy by DCWV placed on a green card.  The stamp is from a set called Baby Love. Although it came from a “boys” stack, the colors work for either a boy or girl. ~Denise

Supply List:  Stamp - Stampin' Up Fabulous Four
Embellishments - Krazy Kreations Shaker Beats
Ink - Memento, White Chalk Marker, Zig Kuretake Markers  ~Jennifer

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC Design Team

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Inspiration Saturday #3-2016

Today's inspiration for the design team was to C.A.S.E. 
one of the following cards.


Here's what the DT came up with:

By Amy
For this card I chose to CASE the water color card. Instead of using diagonal lines I chose to mask off a circle for my sentiment. I decided to change it up a bit and make this card a masculine one so instead of hearts on the CASE’d card I used stars. I used a watercolor pallet I purchased at my local discount store and added lots of wet color. Once the water color paper was dry I added the sentiment using My Hero stamp set by Clearly Besotted and added the stars using Simon Says Stamp Lots of Stars stamp set. I then off centered the watercolor paper and added a strip of coordinating green cardstock from my stash and faux stitching. Finally I added my card front to a piece of Black Onyx cardstock by Gina K Designs.

By Denise

I have been experimenting more with Tim Holtz Distress inks. For this card, I made a mask from a low tack contact paper using the vinyl setting on my Cricut Explore for the name and put that on water color paper.  I put a medium purple color on one of the cutting mats from Dollar Tree and spritzed it with water, then applied that with a pouncer on the paper going over everything.  I then stamped the stems and flowers by inking them and spritzing with water before stamping on the paper.  After I was happy with the look, I removed the contact paper which revealed the name.

By Gracie

I chose to use the stenciled card to C.A.S.E
 I stenciled hearts using blue distress inks and added the stencil to the left side of the card.  I added a "hi" and some rhinestones. I also mounted the stenciled piece into blue cs.  I touched up some edges of the hearts with Wink of Stella. 

By Kim

I cased the card on the left.  I kept the split front, but I changed it's location and angle, rather than water color I used a digital image.  Instead of stitching the panel, I popped it and kept it the size of the card rather than smaller than shown in the original card.

By Jennifer

By Theresa

For my first card, I took elements from both cards. I used the angle from the first card and the stenciling and large black sentiment from the second card. 

For my other two cards, I used the same stencil but one is the off press of the first card.
I used bright colors from the Ranger Distress Inks line and blended those onto the card front pieces.
Then I taped down my swirl stencil and sprayed it with pearl spray mist. 
I then added the second card front to the top of the stencil and rubbed. 
By doing this I got a reverse stenciled effect and didn't waste any of my spray mist.

I repeated the C.A.S.E. samples big bold black sentiment. 

Seven designers, two great cards to C.A.S.E. and WOW what different cards.
What will you create with all these cards as inspiration?

Well that's it for January folks.  
Can you believe we are already 1/12th of the way through 2016?

February starts tomorrow for us here at CADC. 
It's a brand new challenge every day. 
At least two DT members will be bringing you new inspiration each day based
on the challenge.

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Happy Crafting 
Theresa & the CADC Design Team

Friday, January 29, 2016

Anything Goes Friday #3-2016

Today's challenge is to pick one of these techniques and create a card:

Not sure how to do one of the techniques, check out the links to the videos provided above.

For this card I chose a glitter to acetate technique. I cut a rectangle window in my card base using a rectangle die, added the acetate to the back, stamped the image on the front of the acetate and then added glossy accents to the back of the image and poured the glitter onto the glossy accents. I also added it to the strip of cardstock backing the sentiment. The black cardstock base is Black Onyx by Gina L Designs. I used sequins and ribbon bought from my local craft store, The stamped image is from the Vertical Greetings & things Stamp set by Gina K Designs and the sentiment is from Hero Arts Message with flourish stamp set. ~Amy

I chose to try the Faux Metal technique. For this card, I covered a Basic Black 5" x 7" card base with a panel of patch-worked pieces of aluminum foil and aluminum tape, some pieces were embossed using the Clockworks embossing folder, others were molded around mesh and two were embossed with the happy and birthday from the Happy Birthday embossing folder and another molded over a tiny key.  The pieces without embossing were "etched" using the Walnut Hollow Metal Working Kit; there are numerous tools to provide for a variety of looks. A few pieces of hardware were placed on top, the circle grommet from Stampin' Up and the chain from Tim Holtz.  The circular alphabet letters are SO old I don't know where I got them!  When I got everything in place, I painted over the entire surface with black acrylic paint and wiped off the surface, leaving the black in the lower areas.  Then I used copper and gold Rub and Buff on random spots to give the piece an aged look.  This is NOT a card you want to put in the mail unless the cost of postage is not an issue ;-)  Inside, I used Gear Box, Dot Font and JI Caroch to create the sentiment to match the style of the card front.  ~Kim



I chose one of my favorite techniques: emboss resist.

The last three of these cards were featured on my blog in a recent blog hop along with a couple of the DT members.  You can check out the hop and still enter to win the prize by going HERE.

Descriptions on how I made these cards and an explanation of the cool double emboss resist technique of the last card are on the hop page.

Tomorrow will be the last post for January's challenges.
We will have some great inspiration pieces for you and then starting Sunday we will be
back in full swing with a new and different challenge each day of the month.
We hope you are encouraged and inspired to try new things and we'd love to see your cards too.
Tag us on social media using  #CADCBLOG
Your card just might be featured on the blog!

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC Design Team

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Technique Thursday #3-2016

Our Thursday challenge for January is all about die cuts.

What is a die cut? Well technically it would be something cut using a die,
but for our purposes it is anything cut from paper or a paper-like substrate 
that is decorative in shape and applied to a card or scrapbook page.
So whether you use a manual diecutting machine like a Cuttlebug or Big Shot or
an electronic machine like a Cricut or Silhouette or you print and cut by hand, it's a die cut.

Let's see what the team came up with today for you.

For this card I wanted to use the star burst design and make the sentiment stand out as the focal point on the die cut tag background created with my Cricut using the Gypsy Wanderings Cricut Cartridge set at 2 ½ inches high. I used my MISTI to stamp the polka dot background on white cardstock using Paper Smooches Geo-Graphics stamp set with Wild Hair pigment ink by Colorbok and then stamped the $ stamp sentiment several times to match the designer pink paper. The DP paper comes from Save the Date by Teresa Collins 6x6 paper stack. I used Black Onyx Gina K Designs cardstock, a paper doily by Wilton products and an old K&CO. ribbon embellishment from my stash. That ribbon embellishment has been in my stash at least 4 years so it’s never too late to pull something out of your stash that has been waiting for a new home. The Sparkling Clear sequins are by Pretty Pink Posh and the three dots under the sentiment come from a sticker pack by Momenta that I found in a $ bin at AC Moore some months ago. To bring out the star burst design I inked the edges of each patterned paper piece using the same ink on my sentiment which is Innocent Pink by Gina K Designs ~Amy

Card by ~Jennifer

I used a diecut I received in a swap last year and some more printed paper.
Two in a row, you should all be so proud of me. LOL
I stamped the sentiment directly on to the printed cardstock base and heat embossed
with Ranger gold powder to match the diecuts gold embossed edges. ~Theresa

Well that's it for the January diecut challenge.  
What will you make with diecuts?

Happy Crafting 
Theresa & the CADC Design Team

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sketch Challenge Wednesday #3-2016

January's Sketch Challenge:

Butterfly card was designed using stampin up butterfly die and unity stamps sentiment and butterflies. Spellbinders tool in one to remove the little pieces and stampin up inks. This card was to inspire and encourage someone to make changes for the new year. ~Jennifer

For the sketch challenge, I changed the rectangles to clouds.  I wanted to add a little dimension to the card, so I cut the cloud shape out of the Bashful Blue DSP by Stampin. Up and attached that with mounting tape.  Underneath the opening I placed Whisper White card stock embossed with Fancy Fan e/f by Stampin' Up.  I added the second cloud with double dimensionals.  I cut the kite in four colors and and pieced them together on a scrap piece of paper and trimmed it to size and embossed it with Square Lattice e/f by Stampin' Up.  I added some white Bakers Twine as the kite's tail and cut little ties to run down its length.  The font I used for the greeting is AlwaysHere.  I left the inside blank for a personal note. ~Kim

For 2016, one of my resolutions is to use my patterned paper.  Why you ask? Because I hoard it! OK, I admitted, can we please move on.  Yes, my craft room could be featured on an episode of the popular TV show, yes the garage could be too (it's much worse than the craft room, we moved from a bigger house to a smaller house, inherited furniture and stuff and had a storage unit full, all of which doesn't fit in the house is currently in fallen piles in my garage, it's not safe, but I digress). 
Anyway, that said, I resolved to use more the the paper I hoard, there I said it again.
I like techniques and ink and playing and although I love to buy paper, I suck at using it.
So here it is the first card of 2016 featuring patterned paper.  Not great but it's a start. ~Theresa

How will you interpret the sketch? Will you use patterned paper or emboss or use inks and diecuts?

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC Design Team

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Color Challenge Tuesday #3-2016

Last of the blue and white today. 

All the cards above use Heidi Swapp and other brands of spray mists for the color challenge.
Card 1 was sprayed over a stencil.
Card 2 was sprayed, allowed to dry and then stamped with the map
 and embossed with white embossing powder. I also used a bit of the mist on the sentiment piece.
Card 3 the sentiment was embossed first using Versa Mark and clear powder, then I go my mist on. LOL. ~Theresa

My focal image is this adorable Birthday Beagle by Art Impressions.  It's from their Front and Back collection, which allows for double sided stamping.  He sits in a window created by the Spring Window die by The Scrapping Cottage.  (They have a number of nice window die cuts if you're looking for something a little different)  The little stool on which he sits was free clip art which I turned into a print and cut file for my Silhouette.  The flowers were punched with Itty Bitty Punch Pack and the leaves with the Little Leaves Sizzlits by Stampin' Up.   The card stock and DSP are from Stampin' Up: Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Whisper White.  I did very little coloring on the beagle, but the blues, grays and black are all done with Stampin' Up markers. ~Kim

This blue card was designed entirely in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. I got the colors from the challenge (since I didn't have the matching colors) and it made me think of paint chips so I made the sentiment go across. I printed the card in my HP laser printer. ~Jennifer

  Try to find different mediums to play with the color challenges.  
You can use spray mists like me or paper like Kim or create digitally like Jennifer OR ??? 
Your imagination and creativity is your only limit. 

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC Design Team

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mistletoe Monday #3-2016

It's the last week of January so this is the last installment of our 
January Clean and Simple Recycled Christmas Challenge.

I generally don't recycle cards, so this was a challenge for me.  This card combines recycled items from others' cards but also my scraps left over from Christmas cards in the past.  I actually used components from three different cards to make this.  I cut down the base of a larger square card to work better with the red panel I took from another card, together with the red circle.  I added the white scalloped circle.  I took the three-piece snowflake from another card.  The image I had left over from previous cards, but it was a rectangle, so I die cut it into a circle.  The designer paper came from my scraps.  Considering this was zero cost to me, it came out pretty darned nice, 
even if I do say so myself.  ~Kim

This was a hard challenge for me. I have never recycled images from store bought cards to create new handmade cards before. One reason is I have always until recently made cards for Operation Write Home and one of their guidelines was that we could Not use recycled images because of copyright laws. So this was a new experience for me. I decided to use a starburst design from a card as my background paper. I then kept the card CAS and added a layer of gold glitter paper to the sentiment and the patterned paper piece. Just a few clear gems topped off this Christmas card. The sentiment is a wood block stamp by Inkadinkadoo.  ~Jennifer

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC Design Team

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Clean and Simple Sunday #3-2016

Clean and Simple Sunday theme for January is Valentine Cards.

My Valentine's card used Stephanie Bernhard stamps of life, 
wink of Stella, close to my heart ink and sizzix embossing folder.  ~ Jennifer

My Valentine card was made by embossing with a Cuttlebug folder and coloring one heart with a Spectrum Noir marker.  The stamp was done using the same marker.  ~ Denise

This card goes together quite easily with an eyeglass cut file by Lori Whitlock through the Silhouette Design Store accented with dimensional heart stickers by Jolees.  I finished off the corners with Fiskars 3 in 1 Lace Corner Punch.  Inside, I converted the cut file to print and used that as a cute way to include my sentiment.  I used Basic Black and Whisper White card stock by Stampin' Up.  ~Kim

I made this card using an oldie but a goodies, mulberry paper and rub-ons. 
I trimmed out the mulberry paper, added a sheet of rub-ons directly to the "smooth" side of the paper and attached to the card front. Pretty Simple! ~Theresa

This card was actually one I made during the recent StampNation class on creative stenciling.
I used Heidi Swapp spray mists and a stencil to create the background and free-hand cut the heart from a piece of scalloped paper.  Stamped on the sentiment and it was down.  ~Theresa

Well we hope you've enjoyed a peek at our Valentines this year.
Go make your own.  Send one to someone unexpected: A grandparent, a grandkid, your BFF or maybe the neighbor who doesn't get much company. 

It doesn't have to be mushy to be a blessing to someone.

Happy Crafting
Theresa & the CADC Design Team

Friday, January 22, 2016

Winter Wonderland Blog Hop Inspiration Saturday #2-2016

Welcome to the 

Today's hop is filled with winter (not holiday) themed projects.

Today's hop sponsored by 

Catherine is giving away a class of the winner's choice from her great offerings 
at Creativity Grows Here. 

To enter the drawing just leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop.

Winner will be announced on on Saturday, 1/30/16. 

We're so glad you stopped by.  We'd love it if you became a follower and stop
back daily for a new challenge and a new card or two. 

Now on with today's projects...

For this card I thought I would do something totally untraditional and go with a black and white theme. I was thinking winter at night for this card. I grabbed my Lovely As A Tree stamp set from Stampin’ Up and add the trees to the forefront using white pigment ink by WPlus9. I then added the snowflakes using Hero Arts Holiday Sayings stamp set and the sentiment stamp is from   Sentiments stamp set by Justrite. I heat embossed the sentiment  and backing paper in Ranger silver embossing powder to add a little dimension.  ~Amy

I took a SVG file from Miss Kates Cuttables and copy / pasted the solid back outline of the file , then riversed one and welded them together so I made a front and back out of the shape. Then I added the rest of the wording and topped it off with some iridescent Stickles on the snow.  ~Anna

I used paper and stickers from a kit from Carta Bella called Warm and Cozy. 
 I love Carta Bella paper and the kit makes things go together really quickly. ~Denise

Easy peasy card!  I embossed white cs with snowflakes and spritzed with sapphire and lavender mist sprays.  I blew it dry, die cut my snowflakes, die cut my Thank You, and added some pop dots for dimension and some rhinestones for "snow".  ~Gracie

Gracie also did a bonus for you and made this absolutely adorable double-page layout.

This card was designed using a gift tag off of one of my Christmas gifts. I love penguins for Christmas so I didn't want to throw this cute tag away. I used lawn fawn stamps, distress inks, sticklers, wink of Stella, close to my heart ink, pop dots, sponge & adhesive to make the card. ~Jennifer

I made this adorable little exploding box card from a cut file I purchased on the Silhouette Design Store.  I used Bazzill blue card stock and Vellum card stock from Stampin' Up.  I used Soft Suede, also Stampin' Up, for the dear.  I'm not sure for what occasion I will give this card, so I haven't added and sentiment as yet.  When I do, I will create an internal offset of the side panel(s) and type the sentiment on the same vellum and run it through my Silhouette. ~Kim

We hope you enjoyed the hop today.  
Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win the FREE class.
Happy Crafting!
Theresa & the Card A Day Challenge Design Team

Up next is Jearise

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