Tuesday, August 28, 2012

for you

My aunt is turning 93 this week.  This is for her birthday.

I used the Less is More challenge  of   3 - 2 - 1 
Here is my recipe:
3 potted plants
2 words
1 glass of wine bow
I followed the sketch from Retro Sketches - I am really loving the sketches here - you can make them as simple or complex as you'd like.
I used the inspiration photo from Just Us Girls for my colors. I love the soothing tones in this picture:
Over at CASology the challenge is create a card with the cue word: RELAX.
Gardening is relaxing for me and for my aunt.
  • stamps - image: Whipper Snapper; sentiment: PTI
  • paper and ribbon: PTI
  • other: color pencils, nestabilities
As always, thanks for looking, and your lovely comments.
And to those of you who have started following my site, thanks so much!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink August 2012 Blog Hop Challenge

Yeah, I have a blog! I can enter blog-hops!  Paper Trey Ink's August Blog Hop is about autumn textiles.

I used rustic cream paper, and embossed with PTI's linen texture plate (it doesn't show up too well in the photo).

Surprisingly, I did not stamp anything.  Hmmmm.

The pattern paper is from Paper Trey.  The blue is "Enchanged Evening".  I used Mega Gracious Vases, and the flowers are cut from fleece using Flower Fusion dies.

I used the sketch from Mojo Monday , just flipped it on its side. 
paper, dies, ribbon, string, embossing plate: all Paper Trey Ink
buttons: unknown
Thanks for looking! 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Without a Microscope

I made this card for several challenges:
The first is for One Layer Wednesday - to make a one layer card inspired by your favorite subject.  Well, I am a sixth grade science teacher  . . . (and it is  my favorite subject!). 
My school term starts in one week.  I can't wait to start.  I've already been up to school 3 days to set up my class room.  So exciting!!

I also wanted to incorporate the challenge from Less is More which is "Tearing".  I accomplished this into a one-layer card, by masking torn paper. 

I used the colors from the CR84FN Color challenge which were aqua, kraft, and white. 

I followed the sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday , while I don't have "texture" on the top portion, I am hoping that the "text" background will suffice.

Creative Card Crew's challenge is to use script, or newsprint, or maps. 

  • microscope and paper clips: Gina K Designs
  • sentiment: Sweet and Sassy
  • text background: unknown
  • inks: Stampin Up and PTI chai and chamomile
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

You're the Best (trainer)


I joined a gym a year ago this summer.  Now my favorite trainer is leaving - she has a full load of college classes ahead of her.  I will miss her terribly - she made going to the gym fun.  I was never good at "gym" as a child, and hate to exercise.  But because of her, I feel and look so much better!!

I got this stamp a while ago, because of a post that Chrissie, of Less is More, did.  You can see that post here.

 I used the Less is More - One Layer - Fur or Feathers Challenge , and the colors from The Play Date Cafe challenge.  This is also for CAS Friday square card challenge .


Now I need to give a big THANK-YOU to my darling hubby for putting up with me through this card.  If you don't want to read the details, skip down to supplies used.

We left this am for a short 3 night stay in Newport, RI - but cardmaking has been on my mind for days, and I haven't gotten around to any of the ideas in my head.  I finally couldn't take it anymore.  So I got up a 1/2 hour early and cranked out the basics for this card - cut, stamped the sentiment, embossed the "ground" and stamped the chicks.  I quickly packed my color pencils and gamsol, and some Spica pens.

And off we went.  I colored the image while on the ferry ride over to CT. When we got back into the car, I got the camera, and hubby helped me take some photos - can you see the CT skyline and the car dash? 

Now here at our B&B, he is giving me time to post this card.  Isn't he great?!  and patient!! 

Ok, enough said.

  • stamps: chicks- Penny Black; sentiment - Hero Arts
  • paper: PTI
  • embossing folder: sizzix
  • other: color pencils, gamsol, spica pens

Thanks again for looking and your comments. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

No Speed Limit to Recovery

I made this card for my niece #3 (I have only nieces - six of them - in different families).  She continues to battle drug addiction.  She was clean for a year and a half, but recently had a relapse.  Today she left for an out-of-state in-patient drug rehab.  She had a little car like this . . .

This is a One Layer Card for the OLW - transportation challenge.  I used the Less is More  blue and green color challenge.  I also created the car image by first using the solid car with bleach.  Then I stamped the outline image, and used my ink pads to water color the car, as seen in this Make It Monday challenge from Paper Trey Ink.

A little ribbon, and some bling on the head lights to finish it off.  Thought about using some glossy accents to fill the windshield . . . should I?

Supplies used:
stamps: car - PTI; sentiment - Morning Star; tire tracks: Seaside Stampin
paper: PTI
other: ribbon - American crafts

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Feather Dreams

As some of you are starting to figure out, I enjoy combining challenges.  This card combines the color challenge from Less is More to use blue and green . 
And at Susan at One Layer Wednesday (OLW) would like us to use something from her Pinterest Inspiration board.  I used this picture of feathers .

Make It Monday at Paper Trey Ink (Capture the Moment) is to use ink pads for water coloring. I stamped two of the feathers with black Archival ink (stamped off once to lighten it), and then used my ink pads to water color them. The lighter blue and green feathers were created by using a "mirror" stamp - I inked the feather stamp, and stamped it onto the solid "mirror" stamp, then stamped them onto the card. The details on all the feathers were then water colored with the ink pad.

I used Retro Sketch 23 for the layout.  

supplies used:
  • all stamps and paper: Paper Trey Ink (PTI)
  • ink: Stampin Up & Archival black
  • lines created with Scor-It
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the "mirror image" feathers (I've had this tool for a few years, but just now starting to enjoy using it!)
I added a bit of glitter to the feathers and the scored lines around the sentiment.  I don't think the camera picks that up too well.
Also, if anyone knows how to link up the pictures from a Pinterest board, please teach me how to do that.  (thanks in advance)
After looking at my card again, butterflies would go nicely instead of the feathers (especially with this sentiment).  But hubby and I are going for a drive "out east" today - to a winery, lunch at a restaurant overlooking the water, and perhaps some browsing at antique shops.  So I have a fun day ahead, but no card-making today.

As always, thanks for looking and all your comments.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Leafy Thank You

This card combines challenges from my three of my favorite sites to frequent:   Less is MorePaper Trey Ink blog, and Simplicity .

Over at Simplicity, Susan is hosting a One Layer Inspiration Challenge to use something from her Pinterest board.  I found this leaf hanging which I love (I wanted to capture the picture for you, but this one wouldn't let me).

I, once again, used this sketch challenge  from Less is More.
And I tried the technique from Paper Trey's Make It Monday.  This week is called "double time bleaching" .  Now I have never done bleaching with stamps.  So this was a learning experience for me.  And since this is a one layer card, I needed to be sure that the bleach did not "bleed" outside the main image panel.  Here is my solution: 

I used the removable tape to tape down the cling wrap to the areas that would not get the bleach. 

After I was done stamping with the bleach and color, I thought the panel needed a bit more "umph".  So I spritzed it with some Perfect Pearl Mist (in Sunflower Sparkle).  Here is a close-up of that effect:

Supplies used:
Paper - Paper Trey Ink (terracotta)
Stamps - leaves: Stampin Up Gently Falling; sentiment: PTI
other: scallop embossing folder: sizzix (?), pearls, Perfect Pearls Mist, score board

Thanks for looking.