Saturday, June 30, 2018

Scene it Saturday 26-2018

Scene it Saturday features a card for my grown-up kid.

This was a card I made to send to my daughter after a visit in her new home in Washington state.  This scene reminded me of the hikes we took while we were there. The main image came from the cartridge called Campin' Critters.  I attached the text before cutting it on my Explore so that it would cut out of the river and the negative cut became the sentiment without having to glue the letters on. - Denise

Friday, June 29, 2018

Freestyle Friday 26-2018

Freestyle Friday with a kid theme and colors.

I have a habit of hoarding Graphic 45 paper because it is so pretty.  I took one of my 8 x 8 pads called Mother Goose and used some of the papers, cutting out the stamp and postcard images to put on top.  I had a Pink by Design stamp set called Baby Love that had the perfect sentiment and it fit on the postcard just like it was meant to be there. Beautiful papers like this make it so easy to throw a card together quickly. - Denise

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Thursday in 3D 26-2018

Making box cards is what I have been doing this year for my family birthday cards:

Card closed for mailing

This card was cut on my Cricut Explore using a file from the set called Box Cards by  I love the files from this site.  Mary has some wonderful box cards and 3-D projects and she has videos showing how to put them together. The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye - Summer Splash. I added a written sentiment in Design Space so that it wrote it on the Explore. - Denise

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wow Wednesday 26-2018

Wow Wednesday calls for us to take a simple card we had previously made and amp it up.

My original card is the one from Monday - shown below

I then added more arrows and enamel dots and a S'more to make it more interesting.

I think my granddaughter will like it even more. - Denise

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Technique Tuesday 26-2018

Today's technique is to amp up die cuts.

My two young great-nieces were recently baptized so I made this card to celebrate that.  I cut the cross out on my Cricut Explore using the cartridge New Testament in gold foil paper by DCWV. The cross was two layers and I made a copy of the outer layer and sliced it out of a rectangle on my Explore so that the gold cross I cut out would inlay in the red rectangle.  The inner layer I cut out of the same red paper and laid it in the opening in a Sizzix embossing folder so that it would emboss lining up the same pattern.  I inlaid the gold cross in the red base, then layered the red cross on top of the gold. I cut the word (from the Inspired Heart cartridge) in the same gold foil as the outer cross, layered over white.  It was a simple card, but I think the embossing really set it off. - Denise

Monday, June 25, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 26-2018

Mistletoe Monday with an image that reminds me of a toy from my children's childhood. 

I have been exploring svg files more with my Cricut Explore.  This cute cut was part of the Crafter's Delight bundle from  One of the things I noticed in using various svg files vs images from Cricut cartridges is that they are usually just parts without a base to build the parts on.  I made my own base by taking the original image, making a duplicate, and then welding it together.  I cut the base out of white and used scrap paper for the parts.  I did use a suede paper for the deer which gives it a nice texture in person.  I glued it all on a paper from Carta Bella called Snow Fun.  I decided not to put a sentiment on the front. - Denise

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sweet and Simple Sunday 26-2018

This is Denise and it is my week for the Card A Day Challenge.  June's theme is all about kids and the color scheme is bright primary colors.

Sunday is a Clean & Simple card.

I made this card for my granddaughter in anticipation of our vacation with the whole family in the UP of Michigan.  I used paper and a sticker from the paper kit  by Echo Park called Happy Camper.  I hand wrote the things we will do while we are up there.  I try and make at least one card a month to send her since we live far apart and think cards with hand written notes are a great way to keep in touch.. - Denise

Friday, June 22, 2018

Scene it Saturday 25-2018

Well, it's my last day for June here at Card A Day Challenge. I hope that I've inspired you to create something.

The theme for June is “all about kids” and the color scheme is bright red, blue, green and yellow. For Scene it Saturday, the theme is to create a scene card. 

Here's my card

I started with Stampin’ Up’s I Dig You stamp set. I stamped the dump truck and the gifts, using the MISTI. The MISTI definitely helps to line things up and to ensure good impressions (with multiple stampings). I used Hero Arts inks (strawberry, indigo, butter bar, green hills). I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with Hero Arts charcoal ink. To make the “scene”, I dusted off my Creative Memories 12” decorative trimmer and cut a paper mask, to mimic a hill. I used this mask, to add distress ink – brushed corduroy to make the hill.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next month.

Freestyle Friday 25-2018

Hi! It's Sue here with another card for you here at Card a Day Challenge.

The theme for June is “all about kids” and the color scheme is bright red, blue, green and yellow. For Freestyle Friday, the challenge is to create whatever I want. 

Here's my card

I pulled out my Essentials by Ellen’s Wish Big stamp set. To focus on the color scheme, I chose just the bird to hold balloons (no hippo). I masked the center balloon, using a post-it note mask, before stamping the right and left balloon. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and added color with Copic markers. I added the balloon strings with a fine black marker. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Birds of Paradise stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by. Please drop by tomorrow for my last card of the week.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday in 3D 25-2018

Hi! Sue back again with another new card here at Card a Day Challenge.

The theme for June is “all about kids” and the color scheme is bright red, blue, green and yellow. 

Here's my card

I used a die that I purchased last year. It was one of those purchases that I had to have but hadn’t used it … until now. It’s Little B’s Birthday Card designer cutting die. I die cut the card base with blue cardstock. I used scraps of red and yellow to die cut “happy” and “birthday”. I felt the card needed something else, so I added some die cut balloons, using Paper Smooches’ balloons dies. I added the balloon strings with a Copic 0.3 black multiliner.

Here's a look at the card, when the card is opened up.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wow Wednesday 25-2018

Hi! Sue back again. It's halfway through my week here at Card A Day Challenge.

The theme for June is “all about kids” and the color scheme is bright red, blue, green and yellow. For WOW Wednesday, the challenge is to turn up the volume on a card.  

Here's my original card

For the original card, I used Simon Says STAMP Happy Every Day stamp set for the sentiment. I trimmed the sentiment to 2.5” x 3”. For the background, I used patterned paper from Echo Park’s Birthday Wishes paper pack.

Here's the turned up the volume card

To turn up the volume, I stamped the same sentiment onto red, yellow and green cardstock. I die cut balloons using Paper Smooches Balloons die – making sure that I die cut from different parts of the sentiment for each color of cardstock. I super-imposed the colored die cut balloons over the original sentiment. Using a silver glitter pen, I added the balloon strings and added a border around the white sentiment panel.

Thanks for stopping by. Please drop by tomorrow when I'll have a new card for you.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Technique Tuesday 25-2018

Hi! Sue back with a new card here at Card a Day Challenge.

The theme for June is “all about kids” and the color scheme is bright red, blue, green and yellow. For Technique Tuesday, the challenge is to use this month’s technique which is elevating diecuts – using glitter, ink, stamps, patterned paper.  

Here's my card

I started with CTMH’s Pinwheel stamp set. I stamped the pinwheels and sticks with Hero Arts Butter Bar, Green Hills, Indigo and Strawberry inks. I fussy cut the images. I stamped the sentiment onto the card base. To “elevate” the diecuts, I added Nuvo drops to the centers of the pinwheels and used a glitter silver pen to outline the pinwheels. When completing the card, I popped the pinwheels up with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow when I'l have a new card.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 25-2018

Hi! It's Sue back again with a new card here at Card A Day Challenge.

The theme for June is “all about kids” and the color scheme is bright red, blue, green and yellow. For Mistletoe Monday, the challenge is to make a Christmas/Holiday card. 

Here's my card

I started with Paper Smooches’ Holly Jolly stamp set. I stamped the pine bough three times and added two ornaments with bows and a larger bow, as well as the sentiment using Hero Arts Butter Bar, Green Hills, Strawberry and Indigo inks. I cut these stamped images into 1.75” x 1.75” squares and matted them with green. I added them to a 4.25” x 4.25” square card base.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you tomorrow, when I'll have a new card for you.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sweet and Simple Sunday 25-2018

Hi! It's Sue here, as this week's designer at Card A Day Challenge. Let's get started.

The theme for June is “all about kids” and the color scheme is bright red, blue, green and yellow. For Sweet and Simple Sunday, the challenge is to create a clean and simple card using this month’s theme and color scheme. 

Here's my card

I made this card using Stampin’ Up’s Patterned Party stamp set and distress markers (field berries, mustard seed, faded jeans, mowed lawn, pumice stone).  I had tried using this stamp set before but could never achieve a good impression. Now, with the MISTI, it’s so easy to do. I can re-ink each image several times to get a good impression. I matted the card panel with green and attached it to the card base.

Thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow when I'll have a new card.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Scene It Saturday 24-2018

I don't know why but I struggled with today's card.  I had a lot of choices - farm scene, zoo theme, etc.  But here you go...

This is my card:

I started with an Altenew stamp set "Blow All of Your Worries Away".  I stamped my images on white card stock in steps using my Misti with clear Versamark ink and white embossing powder from Ranger.  I had to go in steps because the wand is teeny tiny and has to be added to her hand and I was able to add more bubbles easily.  I used Distress Oxide inks ( Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio and Pickled Raspberry).  I spritzed very lightly with pearl Glimmer Mist.  I die cut the center of the image into a circle and die cut a slightly larger circle of white and mounted the circles back to the panel which I had die cut.  I adhered it to a white card stock base.  I tried to make it look as if she was standing inside a bubble and the colors are like bubbles in sunlight. The sentiment says, "When life gives you troubles, blow bubbles."  I think it turned out nicely!  See you next month!  ~  Gracie  

Friday, June 15, 2018

Freestyle Friday 24-2018

Freestyle Friday leaves me wide open but I kept it simple today as we are working on cards for children.

Here is my card:

I love the sentiment on this card!  Makes me smile  :)  I started my card to day with the sentiment (which I am unsure of the source - I no longer have the package) and the stamp is from Tim Holtz "Childhood".  I used Memento black ink on SU's whisper white card stock.  I colored the image using Spectrum Noir markers.  I mounted my panel on red card stock and used a bright yellow card stock for the base.  I think this card would put a smile on a child's face.  ~  Gracie

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday in 3D 24-2018

Making something 3D for a child is just fun.  They get so much pleasure from it.  I have an explosion box card in my craft room and my youngest granddaughter has to check it out every single time she comes over.  She says it is hers but she won't take it home because she says Mom would throw it away.

This is what I made for her today:

I do a lot of swaps where we make loaded envelopes which must include a wand.  What little girl would not want to play with a wand?  Fairy or princess play time!

I started with the base layer.  The paper is green and white polka dots.  I cut 3 strips 2 x 12 inches.  The second layer is green with green polka dots.  I cut it into 3 strips 1.5 x 12 inches.  I scored each piece at 1/4 inch intervals and fan folded them and adhered the ends together.  I hot-glued the layers to a circle of white card stock before gluing them together.  Then I decorated the top.  I hot-glued buttons, roses, ribbons and "Party" embellishments.  I made the wand using an acrylic straw stuffed with a white pipe cleaner.  I know a lot of folks use paper straws but when you have little girls playing with them the acrylic holds up much better.  My little princesses all play with my wands! ~ Gracie

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wow Wednesday 24-2018

Time to crank up the volume!  Have a card in your stash that looks OK but could use a little more humph?  Yep, me, too.

Here is my original card:

And here is my new, improved rendition:

My original card was created using a stamp from Saturated Canary called "Bowie".  She was stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  I try to keep a few of her around;  the granddaughters always need birthday cards for their friends.

To jazz her up a bit I stamped my sentiment on white card stock and mounted it on pink card stock and attached it over the current sentiment with Pop Dots.  I added bright green sequins and some Wink of Stella to her bow.  She is ready to go!  ~  Gracie

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Technique Tuesday 24-2018

Our technique this month is raised die cuts still using the Kids theme and bright colors.

Here is my card:

I have a granddaughter who is six.  She loves money.  She loves coins as much as bills and was very upset recently as the tooth fairy did not leave her any money because her room was not clean.  Of course, being the grandmother, I told her the tooth fairy left her money here!  So she put her money in her big fat piggy bank.  I thought of her and smiled while making this card.  :)

I started out with Tim Holtz "Childhood" stamp set and stamped my image on SU's Whisper White card stock.  I colored my image with Spectrum Noir markers and made the coins shiny with Wink of Stella.  I cut the sentiment from Little B four times and adhered them together and attached them to the card.  It stands out nicely.  I put the white panel on a coral panel for a little contrast and used a white card stock card base.  ~  Gracie

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 24-2018

Summer is heating up and we are busy working on Christmas!  Just think - if you make only one Christmas card per week you will have fifty-two to mail out at the end of the year!

Here is my bright Christmas card:

I started my card today using a stamp set from Hampton Arts Bright & Merry.  I used black Memento ink on SU Whisper White card stock.  I fussy cut my snowman.  He is colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  The sentiment is stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with silver embossing powder from Stamp-N-Stuff.  I colored the snowflakes blue and added a little Wink of Stella.  I mounted the sentiment on red card stock and tucked it up under the snowman which I adhered with Pop Dots.  A bit of red card stock on a blue card base finishes off the card.  Sooo - if we do the math and you start today with your card a week, you will still have 28 Christmas cards ready to go!  Ho, ho, ho!  ~  Gracie

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sweet and Simple Sunday 24-2018

Hi, everyone!  It's Gracie here this week as your designer.  Our theme this month is Kids and our colors are bright!

Here is my card for today:

I started with a black card stock base.  I used my MISTI to stamp my image and sentiment with Memento black ink.  I am unsure of the source of the stamps as these were on wooden blocks that I have worked hard on eliminating from my craft space!  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.  I mounted the panel on red and black polka dot card stock.  I love the little fireman.  I have three great nephews whose father is a firefighter.  Perfect card for any of the three!  ~  Gracie

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Scene it Saturday

Today's Prompt: Create a scene card

June Theme: all about kids

My Little Peep, who has been helping out with my posts this week, chose this Hero Arts Stamp (Destination Boston). Boston is a favorite school field trip destination for those of us who live in New England. This scenic stamp is great for a quick and easy card.  I stamped with Versamark Ink onto watercolor paper and embossed with fine detail white embossing powder.  I applied Distress Oxide Inks (Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch) a wet on wet watercolor technique. The background paper is Lawn Fawn's "Really Rainbow". ~Kimberly  

Friday, June 8, 2018

Freestyle Friday

Today's Prompt: anything goes

June Theme: all about kids 

Color Scheme: bright red, blue, green and yellow

My Little Peep chose the image for today's card.  We really like the new Hero Arts stamp set "Cactus Animals".  The cute critter is one of four images included in the stamp set.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I stamped the image with VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink onto bristol c/s.  I colored the image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  The background paper is from Lawn Fawn's "Really Rainbow" paper pad.  ~Kimberly

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thursday In 3D

Today's Prompt: Cards or projects that are 3D

June Theme: all about kids

Color Scheme: bright red, blue, green and yellow

Today's card offers a somewhat different perspective of 3D: a Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fade embossing folder (Sizzix).  My Little Peep asked me to make a card for her to send to a friend.  The card is size A2, I trimmed red c/s to size A2, placed it inside the embossing folder and ran through my Big Shot.  The sentiment is die cut with white glitter paper. ~Kimberly  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wow Wednesday

Today's Prompt: Turn up the volume on a past card

June Theme: all about kids

Color Scheme:  bright red blue green and yellow

Today's prompt allows us to take a past card and bring it up a notch.  I decided to add to Monday's card.  I just love this cute kitty cactus (Hero Arts).  I added a sentiment and a bee (from the same stamp set).  I finished the card by adding Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to the cactus, with a close up pic included.  ~Kimberly

Original Card

WOW Card

Close Up

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Technique Tuesday

June theme is all about kids
Technique: elevate your diecuts

Today's card combines two fun techniques:  shaving cream and fun foam.
My Little Peep chose the colors and the die. 
I created the background using shaving cream and distress oxide reinkers (wilted violet and abandoned coral).  I spread the shaving cream into a flat layer, applied several drops of the ink and swirled with a palate knife. Swirl the colors just enough to create a cool pattern.  I adhered a stencil (Hero Arts) to a watercolor panel (size A2), then applied the shaving cream mixture over the stencil and onto the paper.  Let it sit for about a minute to allow the color to sink into the paper,  Scrape the excess off, remove the stencil and let dry.
When the panel has dried, die cut the panel as shown.  Save all the bits and pieces so that they may be added back in later (inlaid die cut technique). Now we elevate the die cut.  I adhered Ken Oliver "Stick It" double sided adhesive to both sides of a piece of fun foam.  Adhere the panel to a card base.  Add the fun foam and then the die cut sentiment on top.  Add the bits and pieces from the original die cut and call it done.  ~Kimberly

Monday, June 4, 2018

Mistletoe Monday

Today's Prompt: Christmas/Holiday cards
June Theme:  all about kids

Color Scheme:  bright red, blue, green and yellow

Today's card is Little Peep approved!  She loves glitter and embossing powder.  All the dies and stamps are from Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval - Candy Cane Lane.  The candy cane's are embossed with WOW Carousel (glitter) embossing powder.  The "peppermint" candy and sentiment are embossed with WOW Mettaline Greengage embossing powder. A close up photo is included so you can see the pretty glitter embossing powder. The card is size A2.  

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sweet and Simple Sunday

Hi, Kimberly here as this week's CADC Designer.

Today's Prompt:  Sweet and Simple Sunday

June theme: all about kids

Color scheme: bright red blue green and yellow

Today's card is all about my little peep.  Since June is her birthday month, I am creating all of my cards this week for her!  She loves her animal friends so I thought this Cat Cactus would be perfect. The background paper is from Lawn Fawn's "Really Rainbow" paper pad.  I stamped the image (Hero Arts Cactus Animals stamp set) with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink onto bristol c/s.  I colored the image with Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I cut the image with My Favorite Things "Stitched Oval Scalloped Frame" die.  I adhered the panel to an A2 card base.  ~ Kimberly

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Scene It Saturday 6-02

Hi everyone!

Today's theme is Scene It Saturday, creating a scene card.  Scene cards are VERY scary for me.  It just doesn't come naturally to me.  I've seen some stunning scene cards and I admire the heck out of the people that create them.  What talent! But, I must get out of my comfort zone and give new techniques a try.  So, without further ado, here is my creation:

I chose a stamp from The Stampin Place and decided to watercolor it. Watercoloring is also challenging for me, so this was probably the hardest card of this week! I would not say I'm thrilled with it, but I am proud of myself for trying this technique.  I used Arches Cold Press watercolor paper and my Kuretake watercolors to create the sky and grassy area. I also watercolored the house (or is it a barn???). To make the scene a little more realistic (I didn't want everything to be in one shade), I added white clouds in the sky and brown patches in the grass and a little walking path coming from the front door of the house/barn. After that dried, I stamped the trees and animals with black archival ink, and then added some green watercolor to the trees. After this was done, I decided to make the card look like a framed piece of art. So I added the white matting and gold frame over the painting. I placed the "Love Each Other" sentiment on the bottom and added a teeny tiny bit of gold drops to either side of the sentiment to make it look like it was nailed into the frame.

So, there you have it! I may practice more often with scenes, but they challenge my brain! There are many u-tube videos that show this technique as well as companies like The Stampin Place that sell scene stamps. Start easy and move forward from there! Show me your work!!!

Thanks for joining me this week!

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Freestyle Friday 6/01

Hi everyone!

Today's theme is Freestyle Friday, where anything goes. I enjoy playing with mixed media and I enjoy wine, so this is the card for today:

For the background, I used distress oxide inks in various colors, stamped a few mixed media pieces in archival ink, and then stenciled over it with a Tim Holtz stencil and texture paste. Then I framed it and colored the frame with distress oxide inks in similar shades as the background. For my sentiment and wine/wine bottles, I used an old release from Technique Tuesday called Wine and Friends, stamped and fussy cut it out, and adhered that to the bottom corner with the sentiment placed right next to it.  I did not want that gorgeous background to get covered up. The inside of the card reads "and laugh a lot".  Cute!

This was so much fun to create!  Mixed media can be intimidating for me, but it gets me out of my comfort zone. I can play with all kinds of media, knowing that there is no "right or wrong" way to create. If mixed media is intimating to you, I suggest you get an inexpensive journal and just play. That's how I started, and some of those journals pieces ended up as cards.

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you tomorrow!

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