Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 3-2019

I love using sketches as a way to make a card when my ideas just aren't flowing.  Here is the sketch we are using this month.


Here are the cards I made based on this sketch.


I think I mentioned that I have been making multiple cards at one time.  This was very easy to do with papers from the kit by Echo Park called Hello Winter.  All the papers coordinate, so I just kept cutting the sized I needed with the various patterns.  I stamped three of the panels with the same stamp from Unity called Let's be Jolly.  On the fourth card, I used a sticker from the paper kit. The snowflake accent was cut with a die in my Cuttlebug in a silver paper.  Since I was only showing half on each card, I only needed to cut two of them, then cut those in half (one for each card)  I also cut the border for the smaller panel inside the border for the middle panel at the same time on my Cuttlebug.  That saved both time and paper. It really is almost as quick to do four cards like this as it is to do one, so I encourage you to try it. - Denise. 



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Technique Tuesday 3-2019

The technique for January is called metallic stenciling and a video on how to do various techniques can be found here.


I chose to use the Texture Paste with a silver embossing powder that is then heat embossed.  I made a stencil on my Cricut using a file found on the cartridge Artfully Sent.  The sentiment was done in the regular way with embossing powder using a stamp from the Unity set called Time to Enjoy Life.

Here is a close up of how wonderfully textured the snowflakes turn out using this method. 

Since this is kind of messy, I went ahead and did four panels at the same time.  One thing I found out is that by the time I cleaned up the stencil, the one thin snowflake had started to dry, so next time I will add the embossing powder as i take the stencils off the paper.

Here are the other two panels with a different sentiment using the Unity kit called Snow, Snow Cute.


This was pretty cool and I will be trying it again. - Denise



Monday, January 14, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 3-2019

Mistletoe Monday brings more Christmas cards.


I had an Echo Park pack called Hello Winter out for other cards this week, so I decided to use it for today too.  Choosing three coordinating papers along with a small piece of silver cardstock made them a quick project.  I stamped the sentiment from a Unity kit called Cherry Christmas and used white embossing powder.  I added three snowflake brads from The Paper Studio and popped that panel up on foam tape.  Once again I did two cards at the same time which is my New Year's Resolution.  It has made me feel that I am more productive with my craft time. - Denise

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Clean & Simple Sunday 3-2019

Hi, Denise here with my first week for the new year and new challenges. This month our color scheme is blue, white, and sliver and we will focus on Winter birthdays.


This year I decided that every time I made a card, I would make at least two.  Since I would have either stamps or papers out, it would help to go ahead and make multiple cards.  I used a new background stamp of snowflakes that I purchased last month from Unity called Snowflake Frenzy.  On the first card, I stamped on a plain white card base with Versamark, then stamped with the sentiment in Versamark directly on top of the first stamping.  I used WOW metallic platinum embossing powder and heat embossed all of it. The sentiment is from Altenew's Painted Greetings.  I decided that the sentiment ran into the snowflakes too much, so I made a quick paper mask to put on the base when I stamped the next background.  I removed the mask and stamped again with the sentiment in the empty space before heat embossing all of them at the same time.  I used a make-up brush to blend three colors of Distress Oxide ink (Salty Ocean, Broken Chine, and Blueprint Sketch) over the embossing.  I spritzed a little water and blotted it.  I makes a nice wintery looking background.  I did a couple of others with a Thank You sentiment too. All in all these are quick to do. - Denise

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Scene It Saturday 2-2019

Time to make a scene!  Here is my card:





I have used a lot of die cuts this week.  Today I used an unbranded forest die with white card stock to cut out trees and snow flakes.  I placed them on a navy blue background then placed the panel on a white panel.  I die cut the "Happy Birthday" sentiment with silver glitter card stock from Co'ordinations.  I added rhinestones for embellishment and placed the panel on a navy blue card stock base.

I have had a lot of fun making birthday cards this week!  Thanks for joining us and I will see y'all next month!  Stay warm! ~ Gracie

Friday, January 11, 2019

Color Me Friday 2-2019

It's Color Me Friday - today we make a card we choose using the colors for the month.  This month the colors are white, blue and silver.

Here is my card:





Another birthday card!  I started my card with a cake die cut using light blue glitter card stock from Co'ordinations.  I also die cut some snowflakes from royal blue glitter card stock.  The sentiment is a stamp from Art Impressions.  I mounted the sentiment on silver glitter card stock.  I used a strip of the royal blue for embellishment under the sentiment.  I also added some blue glitter enamel dots.  I used a light blue card stock for a card base.  ~ Gracie

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Inspiration Thursday 2-2019

Hello again!  Gracie here for Inspiration Thursday!  Today we have a mood board for inspiration:




And here is my card:





January starts our busy time for birthdays.  Most of our grandchildren and nieces and nephews were born in January and February so I have a lot of cards to crank out!  I love this sweet little stamp set from Raisin Boat.  I partial die cut a piece of white card stock then stamped the die cut with the angel with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored the angel with my Spectrum Noir markers.  After playing around with the die cut I decided I liked it as an inlay and I placed the panel on a piece of coral card stock.  I used blue card stock for the card base.  I added rhinestones for embellishment.  Your turn! ~ Gracie

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sketch It Wednesday 2-2019

It's Wednesday and today we have a card sketch for inspiration!




And here is my card:





I started my card with a simple candle die cut using silver glitter card stock from Co'ordinations.  I placed it on light blue card stock and added a "Happy Birthday"silver sticker from Hot Off The Press.  I made the "note paper" using the small hole punch on my Cropadile and my small scissors (I punched holes then snipped the ends of the holes to make it look like I had torn it from a notebook).  I die cut the arrow.  I used white pearl card stock for a card base.  Easy peasy! ~ Gracie

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Technique Tuesday 2-2019

Hello again!  It's Tuesday and time to try a new technique!  So get out your spatula and your embossing paste!  We are going to try Metallic Stenciling. 

Here is the link:


And here are the cards I made for today:






For the first card I used a stencil from Heidi Swap.  I used Ranger embossing paste followed with silver embossing powder.    The sentiment is from Tim Holtz.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks for the background (Broken China and Faded Jeans) and misted with water,  I placed the panel on white card stock and used blue card stock as a card base.

For the second card I used a die cut panel as a stencil.  I know the colors this week are silver but I tried gold since my stars on the first card didn't seem to stand out as well.  The gold really popped!  I pounced Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks on the background (Broken China and Faded Jeans).  I used three die cut snowflakes from the die cut panel as embellishment.  The sentiment is from graphic45.  I used white card stock for a card base.  I will be playing with this technique again! ~ Gracie

Monday, January 7, 2019

Mistletoe Monday 2-2019

Hello again!  Time for Mistletoe Monday and time to get a jump on those Christmas cards!  Just think - start today and by Christmas you will have 50 cards!  Our color scheme is white, blue and silver.

Here is my card:






I bought new Spellbinder dies over the holidays and they were perfect for my Christmas card.  I used silver glitter card stock from Co'ordinations and glued the stable and the sentiment to navy card stock.  The star and the figures were placed using foam dots.  I placed the panel on a white card stock panel and used the same navy card stock to make a card base.  It's a very simple card. ~ Gracie

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Clean & Simple Sunday 2-2019

Hello and Happy New Year!  It's Gracie joining you this week!  I hope you are all warm and comfortable!  We are cold and wet here in Mississippi - perfect weather to hide in my craft room!  Today is Clean and Simple Sunday; our theme for January is Winter Birthdays and our color scheme is blue, silver and white.

Here is my card for today:





I love Bugaboo Stamps!  I really like their character stamps.  This stamp is Margaret Calendar January.  I printed her on Nennah Solor White card stock and colored her with Spectrum Noir markers.  I trimmed her down to 3 3/4 x 5 inches and placed her on glitter card stock from Co'ordinations trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4 inches.  I cut and scored royal blue card stock to make a card base.  The sentiment is from Altenew and is stamped with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  She is ready to party! ~ Gracie

Saturday, January 5, 2019

January Card a Day Challenges - Scene It Saturday

Hi everyone,

Today is the LAST day for challenges this month on the Card a Day Challenge blog! Have you participated??? I'll be here again in February with another week's worth of challenges. Today is Scene It Saturday, where we create a scene using the color scheme/inspiration board of the month. Here is my card:

This BEAUTIFUL peacock is from a Catherine Pooler release and I just love it. The colors here are so bright and vibrant, just like the inspiration board for this month (see Thursday's challenge).

I hope that you enjoyed this month's challenges, and thank you so much for staying with me through this! Happy January, friends!

Colleen

Friday, January 4, 2019

January Card a Day Challenge - Color Me Friday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Card a Day Challenge! Today is Color Me Friday, where we create a card using the color scheme of the month. This month's color scheme is blue, silver, and white. Here is my card for today:

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This 5x7 card is from the My Creative Scrapbook kit. I love the colors so much in this kit, and they fit nicely with the color scheme of blue, silver and white. This card is so classy with the beautiful organic background against the flowers and sentiment that reads "Live for the moments you can't put into words". This would be an appropriate generational birthday card!

Colleen

Thursday, January 3, 2019

January Card a Day Challenges - Inspiration Thursday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another day of challenges at Card a Day Challenge. Today is Inspiration Thursday, where we create a card from an inspiration board. Here is the inspiration board and my card for today:
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I had so much fun playing with the colors from the inspiration board. It really challenged me to mix colors that I normally would not have considered combining. My 5x7 card is from the My Creative Scrapbook kit. I absolutely fell in love with the colors in this kit, and immediately thought they would be perfect for today's card. I incorporated the technique from Tuesday's Metallic Stenciling as well. What I wasn't sure about was how or where to add orange to the card. So I started small with Nuvo drops and LOVED it! Then I decided to add orange to the center of my beautiful flower to create a nice balance of colors. I encourage you to try inspiration boards because they challenge us to combine colors for a unique look!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

January Card a Day Challenge - Sketch It Wednesday

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another day of challenges with Card a Day Challenge blog. The theme this month is birthdays, and the color scheme is blue, silver, and white. Today is Sketch It Wednesday, where we create a card from a sketch using the theme of the month. Here is the sketch and my card for this month:

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It may be hard to see the sketch in my card because there are so many layers, but the sketch has many layers. That's the beauty of sketches, it is a foundation for us to get our creative juices flowing. This card is from the My Creative Scrapbook summer and winter kit. I have my background layers set up as in the sketch, with lace and flowers surrounding it. On the right side is the sentiment "HB" for Happy Birthday. I hope that you use this sketch and show me what you've created from it!

Colleen


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January Card a Day Challenge - Technique Tuesday

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year!!!! And welcome back to the Card a Day Challenge for January 2019. The theme this month is birthdays, and the colors are blue, silver, and white. Today is Technique Tuesday, and this month's technique is Metallic Stenciling. Jennifer McGuire has a great video tutorial on this technique, so check it out! Here is my card for today:


This is a 5x7 card made from the My Creative Scrapbook fall kit. I absolutely LOVE the colors in this kit, and they worked nicely for this month's color scheme. The metallic stenciling is the silver behind the sentiment, framing it nicely. Next I added layers of patterned paper from this kit behind it, and finished with the butterfly and orange Nuvo Drops. The orange color just added a nice pop of color to my card. I am so happy with how this turned out and I love the metallic stenciling technique!

See you tomorrow!

Colleen