Friday, August 31, 2018

Card a Day Challenge August, Week 4 - Freestyle Friday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to day 6 of the Card a Day Challenge in August! The theme for this month is student related and the color scheme is yellow, black, and white. Today is Freestyle Friday, where designer chooses what style card to create using the theme and colors of the month. Here is my card:


This is a watercolor technique that I learned from Laurel Beard using Peony Notes from The Ton Stamps. I stamped each layer in yellow, lightly sprayed the stamp, and then applied it to watercolor paper. I did the same thing with the green leaves. It is such a cool technique because you get the look of watercolor with minimal effort. I was inspired to add the black stripes from a curtain I saw in a catalog. I masked the flowers, inked up a background stamp called Watercolor Stripes, lightly sprayed the stamp, and appled it to the watercolor paper. The flowers were unaffected by the black stripes because I masked them off. I added the sentiment "Just a note" and placed my finished piece over shiny, black card base with just a bit of black peeking out from the bottom.

This card would make a great teacher gift. Teachers are always in need of note cards! It would also be a great card for the college student who does not make it home often, just to say hi.

I hope that you try this technique because it is SO much fun!


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Card a Day Challenge August, Week 4, 3D Thursday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to day 5 of Card a Day Challenge for August! The theme for this month is school related and the color scheme is yellow, black, and white. Today is 3D Thursday, where we create 3D creations like boxes, baskets, and so on. Here is my creation:


My creative juices do not flow gracefully when it comes to 3D creations. However, it does help to have a theme to focus on which, in this case, is school. I decided to create a gold star sticker. The die cut used for the star is from Winnie & Walter called Cutaways (they come in several shapes). I used gold for the base and black for the top layer (thus, "gold" star!). I die cut the word "Shine" from Honey Bee stamps in silver glitter paper and glued that over the star. I finished with a few blingy embellishments. The back of the star is double sided adhesive (see picture below) that peels off and will stick to your student's shirt!

So there you have it, a 3D creation that is school related! I will set this aside and give to my granddaughter one day.

There are so many 3D dies out there today and it's becoming a real joy to create these as gifts for people! Get out there and create, peeps!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Card a Day Challenge August, Week 4, WOW Wednesday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to day 4 of the Card a Day Challenge for August! The theme is school related and the color scheme is yellow, black, and white. Today is WOW Wednesday, where we take an old card and turn up the volume! This is a fun way to practice CASEing your own work. I always suggest, thanks to Catherine Pooler and Stampnation, that you keep three things you like about the card and change three things to make it your own creation.

Here is the original card that I made:

This is definitely a great party themed card, perfect for graduations, which is why I chose it for my original. Below is my WOW'd version:


This card has it ALL going on!!! The 3 things I changed were stamping an entire background, different color selections, and different stamps for my background. I used Catherine Pooler's stamps called Geobuilders and Everyday Mod to create the background, along with her fabulous inks. The colors are well coordinated for the August color scheme, but you can change them up to follow specific school colors. I kept my sentiment simple so it would not get lost in the busy background. The inside sentiment is perfect for the high school or college graduate! The sentiment stamp is Catherine Pooler's You Did It.

This is a great way to work on certain techniques that need improvement. You can CASE your own cards and turn up the volume. Challenge yourself and share with us!


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Card a Day Challenge August, Week 4, Technique Tuesday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to day 3 of Card a Day Challenge for August! The theme for this month is school related and the color scheme is yellow, black, and white. Today is Technique Tuesday, where we create a card using the technique of the month. This month's technique is Pull Tab sentiments, and my inspiration comes from a video from Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on creating these gems!

Here is my card:


This is generally not my style of card to make, but that's what I love about these challenges! It gets me out of my comfort zone to create something new and fun. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this card turned out!!! The stamp set is from Gerda Steiner Designs called Howl Are You? and the background was done using a cloud stencil and blue ink. I used my Copic markers to make the green grass and added a couple birdies in the sky. That square "dog house" was actually just a spare piece that I had set aside for a rainy day. It pays to set those things scraps aside, because this was perfect!!! The pull tab sentiment sits behind the dog and reads "Ruff day?" Haaaa! I had to hand-write an arrow to indicate it was a pull-tab because I had absolutely nothing in my stash that was small enough to use.

My 4 year old granddaughter was the inspiration for this card. I could see giving this to her on a bad day. She would love that grumpy dog's face!

I challenge you to watch Jennifer McGuire's video (you can go to her website and google "pull tab sentiments") and give this a try. It really is alot of fun once you get the technicalities of creating the pull-tab down. If I an do it, YOU can do it!


Monday, August 27, 2018

Card A Day Challenge August, Week 4, Mistletoe Monday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to day 2 of the Card a Day Challenge for August! Today is Mistletoe Monday, where we create a holiday card using the theme and color scheme of the month. The theme for August is school related and the color scheme is yellow, black, and white.

Here is my card:

I admit it, I had trouble staying within the yellow, black, and white colors for this card. I do have those colors within it, but also added a few more colors using Catherine Pooler's inks in Lemoncello, Grape Crush, and All That Jazz. I chose a Honey Bee dimensional die that says "shine" and then literally added some shine on it along with silver thread for interest. I felt like this sentiment would send a positive, encouraging message to a student. The finished card was placed on a black card base.

What I really like about this card is the background, which is a Concord & 9th Turnabout stamp. I could see this stamp used in specific school colors and given to a teacher for holiday thank you notes.
This challenge is helping me get a head start on my holiday cards this year! I hope that you'll join us and challenge yourself today!


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Card A Day Challenge August, Week 4, Sweet & Simple Sunday

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to the Card a Day Challenge for the month of August! I will be here everyday this week with a new challenge theme.  I hope that you'll join me and share your creations with us! The theme for August is school related (teacher, back to school, encouragement for a child, and so on), and the color scheme is yellow, black, and white.

Today is Sweet and Simple Sunday, where we create a clean and simple card using the August theme and color scheme. Here is my card for today:

This card would be perfect for an older student or teacher that has inspired us. The background is gender neutral with subtle colors of yellow and white combined with shades of orange. The colors were created by applying Bo Bunny glitter paste over a mandela stencil. The gold sentiment is actually the definition of the word "inspire", which I though was very appropriate for the theme this month!  There is plenty of white space around the colorful stencil, which keeps the eye focused on one area. The sentiment stamp is from Visible Images. I did use a specialty white paper from The Paper Temptress (check her out, she has SO MUCH paper!) that has subtle, textured lines going through it, which added the perfect touch.

Challenge yourself to do this, even if you don't have kids in school. Chances are there is someone that could use a card like this. My kids are grown, but I have a 4 year old granddaughter, so she is my inspiration for my cards this week.

I'll be back tomorrow with Mistletoe Monday!


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Scene It Saturday 34-2018

The weeks is winding down with Scene it Saturday and I want to show you two cards.  I have five grandchildren - I can't leave anyone out!

Here is the first card:

This first card is for our second nerd ( we actually have three).  Lilly is home-schooled and works very, very hard.  She does extremely well and has done it overcoming dyslexia!  I started her card with a black and white polka dot panel and covered it with a smaller white panel.  I added a yellow stripe of card stock in keeping with the week's colors.  I used the remaining stamps from the set I used earlier in the week from Michaels but I used the pink glasses for Lilly (she actually does wear them and will think it's funny!)

Here is my second card:

I made this card for the first day of school for our other grandchild, Morgan, who attends an actual school and rides the bus.  She also takes her lunch because there is NO WAY she is eating that GROSS food in the cafeteria!  I started her card with yellow and white polka dots for a card base and added a black stripe for contrast then a white stripe as well.  The stickers were in my stash in my Scraprack.  

I really had fun making cards to mail off to my grandchildren this week and I hope you have enjoyed them, too.  See you next month! ~ Gracie

Friday, August 24, 2018

Freestyle Friday 34-2018

Freestyle Friday's are just fun!  You just choose to make what makes you happy using the theme (school related) and the colors (yellow, black and white).

Here is my card:

This card today is for our youngest granddaughter who is starting First Grade.  She is so happy!  I started with a vintage black and white image from the Graphic's Fairy and colored her with Spectrum Noir Markers.  I fussy cut her and mounted her on black card stock.  I used a white card stock panel and added a ruler boarder and placed some paper flowers and a small amount of organza ribbon in the corner.  I used yellow card stock as a card base.  This card is being mailed to her - she loves mail and moved this summer so it's even more fun to get real mail! ~ Gracie

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thursday in 3D 34-2018

Thursday in 3D - school related and yellow black and white - time to make teacher goodies.

Here is my goodie box:

I started with a Silhouette cut file for a simple gift box using yellow card stock from Recollections and used red double-sided tape to hold it together.  I made the "blackboard" by cutting a square of black card stock trimmed out with brown card stock and mounted on white card stock.  I used a chalk pen to write the sentiment.  I added the glasses from a sticker set.  I finished it off with black and white ribbon going around the whole box to reinforce it.  I made several for our two grandchildren who do attend a physical school and filled them with Jolly Ranchers  :)  ~ Gracie

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wow Wednesday 34-2018

On Wednesday we revisit a card a jazz it up to give it a wow factor.  I chose the card I made this week for Mistletoe Monday so I would still be using the same color scheme (yellow, black and white) and school-related (see Monday's post).

Here is the card before:

And here is the card after:

Well, if you know me, you know this isn't exactly wow for me!  But the card is simple with contrast and I didn't want to overkill it like I normally would lol!  I added a black and silver braided cord to resemble garland and used pop dots behind the apple presents to make them stand out.  I like the 2nd version better!  Easy peasy! ~ Gracie

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Technique Tuesday 34-2018

I had fun making this card; I actually smiled thinking of our Elliott being a Senior this year at Boarding School.  He has to do his own laundry (was never a problem - he is so picky he did his living at home!)  He went back to school two weeks ago and I won't get to see him until Labor Day  :(  so I really miss him!  I love sending him cards once a week; he sends me a text everyday at 12 noon with 4 words - I love you Grandmother.  Melts your heart...

Here is the card I made for Elliott:

I made the card using a Lawn Fawn stamp set.  I stamped off all the images on white card stock and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.  I then fussy cut all the pieces.  I stuck the clothes and bubbles down on the white card stock panel.  I trimmed out the center of the washing machine and placed a piece of acetate behind the center.  I attached it to the card using pop dots to make my mechanism to "Pull" my hidden message. I love how it comes out like you would clean a filter on a dryer!  I wrapped a black ribbon around the white panel and tied a simple knot.  I attached the basket of laundry and the dryer sheet box over the ribbon with pop dots.

Here is the card with the message showing:

The message is also part of the stamp set.  He is going to love it! ~ Gracie

Monday, August 20, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 34-2018

Wow.  Do you realize there are only 127 days until Christmas??  This year is passing way to fast.  Right now you wouldn't know it; it is still in the 90's most days and our AC unit quit 2 days ago - had to go without air overnight and thought we would DIE (I live in the Mid-South).  But it's time to get those Christmas cards done so you won't have to rush - in 127 days...

Here is my card:

I made this thinking of my daughter, the teacher.  I used a Silhouette file to cut out the white tree and the red apples, leaves and stems.  The snowy background is from a stitched die set.  I used black card stock (from Recollections) to make a card base.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Tim Holtz.  I stamped the sentiment with clear Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder from Ranger.  It just looked too plain so I used my white gel pen to add polka dots to the apples and a little detail to the leaves and yellow stripes to make them look more like presents.  Hope she likes it! ~ Gracie

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Clean & Simple Sunday 34-2018

Hello, everyone!  It's Gracie here this week with some back to school cards for my grandchildren!  Our colors are yellow, black and white and the theme is school related.  The week is starting with a clean and simple card I am sending to my granddaughter, Izzy.  Izzy is a 9 year old working in the sixth grade level.  Yep, she's an egg head! 

She is going to love this card!

I really kept it simple which is out of character for me.  I found this wonderful sticker set at Michaels.  I used a yellow card stock panel (card stock from Recollections) and a white card stock base.  No stamping, embossing, etc. involved!  It's on its way to Izzy!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Scene it Saturday 33-2018

Hi! It's Sue with my last card for the week as designer here at Card A Day Challenge.

The theme for August is school related (teacher, back to school, encouragement for a child) and the color scheme is yellow, black and white.  For Scene it Saturday, the theme is to create a scene card. 

Here's my card

I pulled out my Lovely as a Tree stamp set, a Stampin’ Up stamp set and stamped and re-stamped the trees without re-inking (two generation stamping). For the sky, I punched a 1” circle from a post-it note, close to the sticky edge. I used this circle as a mask for the background, where I added distress inks (squeezed lemonade, mustard seed and black soot), added with ink daubers. The sentiment is from L’il Inker’s Sunshine Sentiments stamp set, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Thank you for visiting. I'll see you again next month.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Freestyle Friday 33-2018

Hi! My week as the designer here is almost over.

The theme for August is school related (teacher, back to school, encouragement for a child) and the color scheme is yellow, black and white. For Freestyle Friday, the challenge is to create whatever I want using either the technique or the color scheme for the month or both. I chose both!

Here's my card

I started with yellow cardstock and stamped the light bulb images using Unity Stamps’ Glowing and Beautiful stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added a bit of red using a Copic marker. I stamped the sentiment on scrap piece of yellow cardstock. I found some printed paper with yellow flowers from Basic Grey Picadilly 6x6 paper pad for the background.

Thanks for stopping by. Won't you come by tomorrow when I'll have my last card of the week.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday in 3D 33-2018

Hi! Welcome back, it's Sue here as the designer for the week.

The theme for August is school related (teacher, back to school, encouragement for a child) and the color scheme is yellow, black and white.  For Thursday in 3D, the challenge is to make cards that are 3D.

Here's my card

I made a fancy fold card starting with a 4.25” x 9.5” piece of black cardstock. I scored a vertical line, 5.5” from one end. I then scored diagonal lines, through the vertical line. Once folded, trim the top portion, creating a 3” square for the top of the graduation cap. I made a yellow tassel with yellow embroidery thread. I attached the tassel to the top of the cap with a black brad. 

Here's a picture of the card, opened up. 

On the inside, I stamped “BRAVO Graduate” using Art Impressions Spectacular Cling stamp on a 2.75” x 2.75” which was adhered “under” the graduation cap. The “congratulations” uses Simon Says STAMP’s Handwritten Greetings stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by. Please come by tomorrow, when I'll have another card for you.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wow Wednesday 33-2018

Hi! Welcome back to my week as designer here at Card A Day Challenge.

The theme for August is school related (teacher, back to school, encouragement for a child) and the color scheme is yellow, black and white. For WOW Wednesday, the challenge is to turn up the volume on a card. To be honest, this is a stretch for me as I prefer the clean and simple look.

Here's my card

I started with Sunday’s card with the yellow background. To turn up the volume, I added clear Wink of Stella to the die cut “you”. With a gold glitter gel pen, I added some pen marks along sides of the black strip. To complete the turned up volume card, I added some rhinestones. Here's a close-up.

Thanks for coming by. Hope you'll drop by again tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Technique Tuesday 33-2018

Hi! It's Sue back with a new card.

The theme for August is school related (teacher, back to school, encouragement for a child) and the color scheme is yellow, black and white.  For Technique Tuesday, the challenge is to use this month’s technique which is pull tab sentiments. 

Here's my card

I used Hero Arts Lunch Box Notes to stamp the butterfly, slug and frame with Hero Arts Butter Bar and Hero Arts Charcoal inks. I fussy cut the frame. For the sentiment strip, I used the same Hero Arts Lunch Box Notes for the main sentiment and My Favorite Things Interactive Notes stamp set for the “pull”.

Here's the same card, with the pull tab revealed.

I used foam adhesive to create the channel for the sentiment strip and the stoppers so that the sentiment strip doesn’t pull completely out. For the background panel, I used some yellow plaid patterned paper.

Thanks for coming by. I'll be back with another card, tomorrow.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 33-2018

Welcome. It's Sue. I'm the designer here this week.

The theme for August is school related (teacher, back to school, encouragement for a child) and the color scheme is yellow, black and white.  For Mistletoe Monday, the challenge is to make a Christmas/Holiday card. I followed this month’s color scheme which when making Christmas cards is a bit challenging. 

Here's my card

I stamped the snowman using Unity Stamps’ Winter Frosty stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color to the snowman’s toque and scarf with a Copic Y06 marker. I added a 0.5” black striped strip of printed paper to the left margin of the card to balance the card.

Thanks for stopping by. Please pop by tomorrow to see my next card.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Clean and Simple Sunday 33-2018

Hi! It's Sue and I'm going to be the designer this week. Happy to have you join us.

The theme for August is school related (teacher, back to school, encouragement for a child) and the color scheme is yellow, black and white.  For Sweet and Simple Sunday, the challenge is to create a clean and simple card using this month’s theme and/or color scheme. 

Here's my card

To create the background, I started with a white A2 card panel, CAS-ual Fridays Full On Floral stamp, Versamark and white embossing powder which I heat set. I then added squeezed lemonade distress ink with an ink blending tool. For the sentiment, I used CAS-ual Fridays 2 Yous die and CAS-ual Fridays All About You stamp set. For the label, I used a Spellbinders Labels 8 die. I used a black 1” strip behind the label die cut. I popped the main panel up with some fun foam and matted with black cardstock.

Thanks for coming by. Hope to see you tomorrow when I'll have another card for you.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Scene It Saturday 32-2018

Scene cards are fun to make especially if you can make them personal for the recipient. 

My daughter-in-law is finishing her degree to become a teacher.  I sent her this card to congratulate her on being close to the end.  For the characters I used the Cricut cartridge called Create a Friend.  The boy was with his own desk, but I had to add a desk to the girl.  To save a lot of time and my nerves I chose to do a print and cut with the figures instead of cutting a lot of layers.  With the Cricut you have to "flatten" the image before you choose to print then cut.  I also added the text called Cursive 101 for the name before flattening the image.  I used a diamond patterned paper for the floor because it looked like tiles.  I popped the children up on some foam to give it a more dimensional look.  She loved it when she received it. - Denise

Friday, August 10, 2018

Freestyle Friday 32-2018

I did this card for a friend to give at a bridal shower.

A friend wanted a card for a family member's wedding shower.  The newlyweds are going to Disneyland for their honeymoon, so I decided to make a Mickey Mouse theme which also fits the color theme for this month of yellow, black, and white.  I found the image of the mice on the internet and was able to import it to Design Space to make a cut file on my Explore.  I used a heart and wrote the congratulations on it with the Explore too.  Running the background through an embossing folder gave it some interest.  Double matting with red and black on a white card base completed it.  She said they loved it, which is the whole idea of doing personal cards for people. - Denise

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thursday in 3D 32-2018

I kept the school theme by making a box of crayons for my 3_D project.

I found a crayon box on the Cricut cartridge called Tags, Bags, Boxes and More.  This has a lot of different types of containers and this one was perfect for what I wanted. I did make the front opening a little deeper by slicing an oval shape on the front before I cut it.  The crayons themselves came from Seasame Street - Elmo's Party and I sized them to fit in the box.  I put a strip on the inside to mount 3 of the crayons on and offset them from the others glued to the back.  The sentiment was one I found from an internet search for quotes about crayons. The original used classroom instead of family but since I am not a teacher, changing it slightly makes it easy for me to send to a member of my family. - Denise

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wow Wednesday 32-2018

On Wednesday we take a previous simple card and amp it up.  

I took my card from Sunday and made it a little more special.

I put Wink of Stella on the black part fo the backpack (it is hard to see on this picture) and put a tear drop rhinestone as the pull.  I also added some small rhinestones on some of the letters at the top.  

The background paper I used to fill in the opening around the backpack is double sided and the other side made a great inside for the card too.


This is a fun card for back to school - Denise

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Technique Tuesday 32-2018

Today's technique is a pull tab sentiment.  The video that was our inspiration is found here.

I made a card for my granddaughter as she starts school in a new school district and will now ride a bus to school.

When I watched the video, I thought a road coming out from a bus would work well for this challenge.  The bus is from a Cricut cartridge called Nate's ABCs and was cut on my Explore.  I cut the letters in vinyl since that sometimes works better if they are small.  Even with the vinyl, a couple of the letters didn't cut the small parts out well, but I just went with it.  The grass and road were just rectangles.  I added the writing (Lyrical Letters 2) using my Explore using a silver pen,  I added the lines using a white chalk pen. I think she will like it. - Denise

Monday, August 6, 2018

Mistletoe Monday 32-2018

It is a real challenge to follow the August colors and theme to make a Christmas card.  Here is my card with the colors and you could consider the snowman to be child-like.

The image for this card is from a Unity Kit of the Month called Twinkle released in January 2018. I stamped it in Black Versafine and used clear embossing powder on it.  I then colored the star yellow and used a nesting die to cut out around the image.  I had received the black doily as an extra from a stamp order, so I decided it could look cool behind the oval and it fit perfectly.  I used yellow cardstock for the base and found some washi tape that worked to give some extra interest to the card. - Denise

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Clean & Simple Sunday 32-2018

Today we start our August Challenges.  The theme for the month is school related and the colors are yellow, black, and white.

Here is my Clean & Simple card.

I used a card from the Cricut cartridge called Autumn Celebrations and cut it on my Explore.  It is just a black layer over a yellow base cut.  I put paper from a Brazzill Basic Paper pack called School Days behind the opening.  It made for a very quick card to put together. - Denise

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Scene It Saturday 31-2018

Happy Saturday!  Time to make a scene!  Although my card might technically be a whole scene...

Here is my card:

My first attempt at an accordion card!  I am pretty sure it might be a fail lol.  I cut the panels using a Silhoutte file from some beautiful floral paper and attached each panel together with red sticky tape.  I made my "scene" on the yellow striped card stock panels with Silhouette die cuts cut from white card stock.  I attached the yellow panels to the center of each of the floral panels.  I then wrapped a pink ribbon around all three of the center panels and tied a bow.  I will have to have more practice!!! ~ Gracie

Friday, August 3, 2018

Designer Challenge Day 5 31-2018

It's the last day of our challenge!  It's another day to choose one of Theresa's picks for us.

Here is Sue's card:

I chose the black tag. I started with some printed paper – looks like a dictionary page with a fancy border. I added color using Clearly Besotted’s Flower Arrangement and Hero Arts Tide Pool, Pale Tomato, Butter Bar, Soft Granite). The sentiment is from Paper Smooches’ Chit Chat stamp set. I added some jute twine for a “natural” look. I popped the tag up with some fun foam for added dimension on a natural card base. ~ Sue

The black tag really stands out, Sue!  Beautiful cards this week!!!

Here is my card:

I chose the off-white napkin with the pretty red flowers.  After peeling the layers apart, I adhered the napkin to a red panel of card stock using Stick-It to make the red more prominent.  I tied a black ribbon to the panel with a simple knot.  The sentiments are from a Catherine Pooler stamp set.  I used tuxedo black Memento Luxe ink.  When I heat set it the red peeked through around the sentiment on the napkin making a halo effect!  Love it!  I added some black enamel heat set dots for accents and used a black card stock base.

We have had a lot of fun bringing you our takes on different items this week.  We hope you feel encouraged to just go pick up one item and look at it in a completely different way and create something beautiful!  Happy card-making!!! ~ Gracie

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Designer Challenge Day 4 31-2018

Now it really gets fun!  We get to choose from Theresa's picks for us!  We each are to choose one for Thursday and Friday!  Decisions, decisions!

Here is Sue's pick:

I chose the black fishtail banner on a burlap fishtail banner with white and gold twine. I die cut the “hi” from gold card stock using My Favorite Things Die-Namics Happy Hellos, which I adhered to the black fishtail banner. To further emphasize the gold, I used a Gelly Roll gold pen to add hash marks along the edge of the black fishtail banner. I found some black chevron paper for the background. I cut a 2” x 5.5” strip which was adhered towards the bottom of a natural card. I adhered the banner on an angle to complete the card. ~ Sue

The "Hi" just pops!

Here is my card:

Black and burlap just look masculine to me and I need excuses to make masculine cards - I am such a procrastinator because I have a hard time trying to think what looks masculine!  I started by adding a sentiment from Fiskars using pearl embossing powder.  I tied the burlap tag to a white tag and adhered it to a black card stock panel.  I added the man on a bicycle from my vintage stash.  I then accented with bronze enamel heat set dots.  I used a craft paper card stock base.  I agree with the sentiment!  My joy is to play - in my craft room! ~ Gracie