Monday, January 26, 2015

Hearts for CASE this Sketch

Hello!  Finally I have a holiday card other than a Christmas one.  Since it is almost February....were did January go???...I should give some time to Valentines.  I actually used some leftover hearts and red CS Scrap from other projects on this CAS card. I simply added a strip of Red CS embossed with Cuttlebug Divine Swirls to the top edge of a White Card Base and attached 2 small White Hearts with pop up dots and one larger Red Scalloped Heart edged with white (on upper edge).  The sentiment from Flourishes Love Sweet Love set was inked with Memento Lady Bug.  Actually the reds all match IRL but not so much in the photo.

CAS(E) this Sketch:  Sketch #107
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Have a Heart
Time Out Challenges:  #23 Valentine's Day with the Optional Twist of Hearts.
As You Like It Challenge:  Use your favorite embossing Folder.  Divine Swirls from Cuttlebug ia a favorite because it is so versatile and adds movement to my project.

 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Joy to the World

Hello!  I cannot get away from making Christmas cards since there are so many fun year long challenges.
This was inspired by Craftyhazelnut's challenge Joy to the World. I pulled out a sentiment from a Flourishes set and embossed it in gold on a punch out topper from a Free Foil Accents Luxury Card Kit called Festive Flourishes that was inside an issue of Paper Inspirations.  I added this to a gold foil accented music sheet pattern paper from the same kit.  This was attached to a mat of gold metallic CS and a card base of blue-green CS.  So simple but elegant I think.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Joy to the World
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything goes for Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's  Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything goes with patterned paper
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Anything goes for Christmas
Shopping Our Stash:  Focus on Not Your Normal Paper.  Used gold foil accent this paper.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Christmas Houses with Wishes

Second post today:
Good Morning!  Happy Sunday to you!  I have been playing with my Cameo to create these houses for a card for the Challenge at Merry Monday.  Instead of using about 6 different colors of cardstock, I cut the designs from white CS and colored the elements with Copics.  The hard part of this design was getting all those windows punched out. I had to touch up some of the panes with markers. I tore white card stock strips to make the  snow banks around the houses and cut puffy clouds for the sky to add to the blue card base.  I added a punch out sentiment with gold foil accents from a Christmas card kit. Silhouette Files: Christmas Houses by Kate Cutables
                                  Clouds by Lori Whitlock
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: Use  Houses
Craftyhazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything Christmas
Craft Your Passion Challenge: Anything Goes
Die Cut Diva's Monthly Challenge: Anything goes using a die cut machine or embossing.
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Anything goes

I wish we would have some skies this has been very gray here.
I love  all your visits and comments. Thank you. Theresa

Birthday Cake

Hello!  I made this CAS card using a brass stencil that I bought many years ago at a garage sale.  I used Distress inks with the stencil to create the image on a White Cardstock and them embossed around it with Cuttlebug EF Happy Birthday.  I should have done the embossing first and centered the image better but c'est la vie.  The pink from the backdrop reflected on the card in the photo but it is white.

CAS on Sunday: Challenge #50 Stencil It
Tuesday Throwdown: Challenge #228 is Embossing.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friends are Forever

Hello!!  I have been MIA for a week.  My DH and I were spending time with my Mother in Tennessee who celebrated her 95th birthday this past Monday.  Now I am trying to catch up with some of the challenges that I follow.

This card is for Mod Squad Challenge ....Joyce is asking us to CASE a card by anyone we like.  I saw a card by Karen Hightower, GKD DT Moderator that I liked very much and chose it to CASE. See her lovely card here.  I really liked the wood background made with GKD Cranberry Tart CS and white ink and used the same on my card.  My card base is white CS and layered with Honey Mustard CS. I used stamps from GKD Friends Are Forever set which I inked with Memento Tuxedo Black on an Oval of White CS and colored with Copics.  I added some sponging with Memento Summer Sky and finished with a Black Satin Bow and Black Gems from stash.  I even added some falling petals just as Karen did on her card.

Mod Squad Challenge: CASE a card of anyone you'd like.
Stamp TV: Mix It Up Monday-OVALERLY Easy- Cat asked us to use an Oval shape on your card.
                    My card just happens to use an oval so I can enter this challenge too.

Thanks to Karen for making her beautiful card and allowing me to CASE.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lovely Gold Foil Accents

Hello! As long as it is so cold outside, I am still in the mood for making Christmas cards.  This one is one of the quickest cards that I have ever made....I was not timing the process but it must have taken less than 10 minutes.  I used a topper and polka dot paper both with gold that are from a Free Foil Accents Luxury Card Kit called Festive Flourishes that was inside an issue of Paper Inspirations that was a Christmas gift.  I used a card base of Metallic Gold cardstock and added a layer of the gold dotted paper and  a gold trimmed ribbon, and attached the lovely topper with pop up foam. I finished this with a Gold Metallic Snowflake that I cut with Cheery Lynn Snowflake 3 die tucked under the topper. I love the ornate design of this die and the foil accents on the paper and image.  I have had the card kit sitting on my desk just waiting to be used.

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: We are to upcycle, recycle, re-purpose something or use something that you got free.  I used products from a card kit that I received as a  free gift.
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge: #167 is Snowflakes  Use Snowflake 3 Die.
NBUS: Darnell's Challenge #3 for Nothing Before Used Schtuff.  Used free card kit for first time.
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: #141 Use  Critters
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Anything goes

This was one of those difficult to photograph cards.  I hope you can see the lovely foil accents and the richness of the elements.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Peace and Joy

Hello! Another Christmas card!  I keep getting inspiration from on going challenges to make holiday cards.  For this I am using some new GKD Stamps recently received.  I created the background using GKD white CS, a sentiment stamp and Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink.  I embossed the upper part with Cuttlebug EF Snowflakes.  I stamped the focus image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics and Pencils. Layered the cut image on an Oval cut from red CS and added some glitter with Wink of Stella and Clear Star pen and a Gold pearl.  I assembled the card following Tuesday Morning Sketch adding some Raffia Ribbon from a Christmas Package and some Red gemstones.  The words Peace and Joy were stamped and trimmed to attach beneath the image.

Stamp TV : Mix It Up Monday Challenge-Double Talk-  stamp a sentiment more than once....and then emboss it.
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #283 Shown on right
613 Avenue Create Challenge: 2nd Annual Block Party Challenge- use as many techniques on your card as you can. Used Stamping, Copic Coloring, Pencils, Dry Embossing, Layering, Inked Background, etc.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything Goes for Christmas.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Inspired by a Christmas song.  There is a song called Peace and Joy from Disney. Click below on the arrow to hear.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy Card with Swirls and Pearls

Hello!  Before I talk about my card today,  I invite you to check out my calendar for 2015 that I made using photos of  Florida Birds that were taken on last year's stay in Captiva.  You can see each page of the calendar by clicking on the calendar header at the top of my blog.  I print and bind several of these for family and friends as holiday gifts.

Now back to my card..... I was playing with a Silhouette file cut with the Cameo in Red and backed the petals with Blue CS. Assembled using a Pink card base and a Glossy White layer embossed with Cuttlebug EF Stylized Flowers.  I cut the word Happy twice with Cheery Lynn Die and layered the Pink one over the Red one to  achieve a shadow look.  Finished with some pearls from stash.  I will use this as a Valentine or Birthday card by completing the inside with an appropriate verse. 

Challenges to enter:
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge: #130 Pearls and Swirls.
Die Cut Diva's Monthly Challenge: Anything goes ....must use your die cut machine... either to emboss or use a die cut .

 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Birthday Greetings

Welcome to my studio! Today I have a card inspired by the color challenge at Showcase Your Style.
We are to use Turquoise, Lime Green, Black and White.  When I saw the colors, I immediately thought of some pattern paper from gcdStudio that had these colors. I attached a panel of the paper on to a black CS mat and attached a cut out sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers Daffodil Greeting set.
I actually stamped this in Memento Tuxedo Black and stamped again with SU Tempting Turquoise  to create a shadow effect.  I then embossed the 3 layers with Cuttlebug EF Diamond plate ( for a challenge at MFP's).  I added some Lime Green Looped Satin ribbon and a Dragonfly brad before attaching to the Turquoise card base.
Showcase Your Style: Challenge 6 is to use colors Turquoise,
Lime Green, Black and White.
See graphic on right.
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #244: Theme is Embossed Layering.
Winter Wonderland: Theme is Thing with Wings.  This week does not have to be a Christmas project.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Abstract by Accident, Not by Design

Morning!  As you may know, I love to color with my Copics.  Recently many of my Copics needed refilling with ink.  This is a messy job, at least for me since I tend to overfill the markers and have some runoff and drips.  With practice I may learn to avoid that.  But being frugal that I am,  I decided to catch that overflow ink on watercolor paper when I filled about 12 of the markers the other day.  The result was an abstract design that I used on this card.  I simply trimmed the paper that absorbed the inks and filled in some white spaces with Copic B0000.  I assembled a card using Sweet Sunday's Sketch pulling out colors from the design to use as the card base and layers.  The sentiment, stamped on the circle with SU Tempting Turquoise, is from Power Poppy Azaleas set.  I cut the word Happy with Cheery Lynn die from the blue and coral CS and layered to create dimension and depth. Finished with a splash of sequins that I have collected over the years.

Sweet Sunday: Sketch Challenge #251
Simon Monday Challenge Blog: Inky Background.  My saved ink spills worked great for this challenge.
Alphabet Challenge Blog: X is for X-periment.  The use of ink spills was certainly an experiment.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa