Sunday, September 29, 2013

CAS Fall


Welcome! Glad to see you drop by. The leaves are really beginning to change colors and some are beginning to fall.  The sugar maple by our front door has dropped a lot of leaves on our front walkway, so it's almost time to start raking!  And also time to make some more Fall cards and today I am doing a clean and simple design.  I  started with a sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches shown below.  I stamped a GKD Leaf Border stamp from A Year of Borders at an angle on GKD Ivory Card Stock with Memento Espresso Truffle ink. I simply colored in the fall image with Copics E29,34,35,37,YG03,63, and YR21 and 65. I stamped the sentiment from GKD Stippled Nature with the same ink  below the image.  The image was attached to a GKD Brown Card Base. Doesn't fall always make you remember family and friends a bit more often?

Challenges:
CAS Colours & Sketches: #44 Sketch below
CAS-ology: Cue card- Autumn
CAS-UAL FRIDAYS: CC115 Fall Colors and a Leaf
Tuesday Throwndown: #166 Clean and Simple
Simon Says: Anything Goes

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Roses Make a Point!


Hello!  Today I am posting a card made with Flourishes stamps for the challenge at Timeless Tuesday to use dots to color your background and/or part of your image. I had colored a background of white Cardstock with multi color dots but decided it was way too busy with my image so nixed that idea. I stamped the Rose from A Year of Flowers  with Memento Espresso Truffle ink on white cardstock and colored the petals  with dots of Copics R20,81,83,85 and the leaves with G40,82, and YG 03.  Need a bit of practice with this technique of pointillism.  I used a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches to assemble my card design with a white card base, layered with a mat of green, a layer MME's paper embossed with Cuttlebug EF Polka Dots, and a die cut layer of textured green cardstock under the image. Used a corner punch on the corners of the green mat.  Added 3  Prima roses of varying shades of pink and 3 pearls to embellish. I was trying to pick up on the colors of the pink "points" in the rose. Sentiment from Flourishes Timelines was stamped with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink on an oval cut with Spellbinders die and outlined with Memento Marker.
Challenges:
Timeless Tuesday: FTTC239 build it with Dots
Sweet Stamps Blog:  # 136 Roses
Simon Says: Anything Goes
Oldie but a Goodie: Challenge is dies and punches
and use something 6 months or older. I used Spellbinder
Rectangle dies, Oval die and a corner punch.
My stamps and flowers are over 6 months.
 
 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Friday, September 27, 2013

Dream a Dream With Me



Hello! Today I have a quick post of a card that I made for the sketch challenge #S1813 at The House That Stamps Built.  I used stamps from Repeat Impressions.....the Dandelion was stamped with Memento London Fog ink and colored with Memento Bamboo Leaves Marker and Clear star pen for some sparkle. I modified the flow of the seeds a bit to fit the sketch by masking and stamping in two steps. The sentiment is also from Repeat Impressions and stamped with Memento Gray Flannel ink. The card base is Dark Gray textured cardstock and the pattern paper is from BasicGrey Sweet Threads paper pad. The Green Cardstock layer was embossed with Cuttlebug EF  Polka Dots.
Challenge:
The House That Stamps Built: What if Wednesday? Sketch #S1813
 
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Leaves

Today, I have a very simple card made for Stamp TV  Mix it up Monday Challenge  Hanging Around -to create a card or project that incorporates some type of hanging element such as a tag, a frame, a sentiment, an image, etc. I simply stamped a leaf from GKD Signs of Autumn 3 times inking up with Memento Markers Cantaloupe, Rhubarb Stalk, Northern Pine, and Potter's Clay on to khaki cardstock and used multi colored twine to "hang" from the top. Used GKD Honey Mustard CS as card base and a layer of Tomato Soup CS. The red layer was embossed with Cuttlebug EF. Finished with a sentiment from GKD Stippled Nature stamped in Memento Northern Pine ink.
Other Challenges:
Cards for Men: String it up.
Cas-ual Fridays: Fall colors and a leaf



I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Coffee Filters are not Just for Coffee

 
Hello! Recently I saw a post on OWH blog about using  coffee filters on your cards. The great thing is that these filters do not add weight to your cards. But the bad thing is this technique can be rather messy. The technique was shown by Penny Ward on her blog here.  Thanks to her for showing all the steps of using the filters.  I used SU Reinkers Real Red, Old Olive, More Mustard  since they were still on my work space.  I stamped on the filter with Versamark using aPSX leaf stamp and embossed with clear EP.  I then added drops of ink and spritzed with water and laid the filter on the color doing each color separately.  After the filter dried I smoothed out and glued to cardstock.  I cut out to the desired size and added to a card base of GKD Green Cardstock.  I added a GKD Sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed with White EP. This technique acheives a vey artistic look.

Thanks to OWH and Penny Ward for sharing this fun tutorial.

Challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky: Leaves

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Happy Fall, Y'all !

2nd Post today. I enjoy making fall cards so I am back with another one with an apple tree.  Don't you think of apples with fall...smell of apple pie baking, warm apple cider?  l'll be entering this at Joan's Gardens Challenge to
  • Include Leaves on your card
  • Fall colors
  • Tree and/or bird
  • You must use a product sold at Joan's Gardens.
  • I printed a digi from my files from Birdie Brown on white cardstock and colored the tree with Copics and the leaves and apples with pencils and OMS. I stamped the SU Sentiment with Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink and added green with Memento Bamboo Leaves Marker. The bird that landed in the tree was cut with a Marianne Die from a scrap of red cardstock. I glued the image to a mat of textured green cardstock and a base card of Pumpkin cardstock.  My leaf embellishment of Green Vellum paper was made with a PSX Maple leaf stamp  using SU reinkers as shown in my earlier post today.
    Products used available at Joan's Gardens are Marianne Die, E60000 Spray Adhesive, Vellum Grafix Pad, and Memento Ink Pads.  www.atjoansgardens.com
     
    Other Challenges:
    613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with a twist "Happy Fall Y'all".  First time to enter here.
    Cute Card Thursday: Hip to be square.
     
    I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Fall Is In the Air

    I love the feel of fall and the colors of fall leaves. This week Joan's Gardens has a fall color challenge - Include Leaves on your card , Fall colors, Tree and/or bird , and use a product sold at Joan's Gardens. I made the background paper using a sheet of clear vellum paper and drops of SU reinkers Real Red, Old Olive, More Mustard, and Ruby Red squirted on a crafting mat.  I laid the paper on the mat and created this very fall colored paper. After drying my vellum paper, I attached it to cardstock and embossed with Cuttlebug EF Birds and Swirls. I glued this to a base card of Pumpkin. Since I had out the reinkers, I then added ink to some paper towels to create a multi color pad of the fall colors. Using an old PSX Maple leaf stamp I stamped leaves on Orange cardstock and fussy cut and placed with pop up dots on my card. The sentiment from GKD was stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle ink on the orange cardstock and trimmed with a Spellbinders tag die. Added a bit of grosgrain ribbon. Also added a bird of Copper Metallic cardstock punched with a Marianne die.
    Used Marianne Die, Vellum for Grafix pad, Memento Ink,and E6000 Spray Adhesive all available at Joan's Gardens.   www.atjoansgardens.com
    Other Challenges:
    Craft Your Passion: Autumn/Fall Colors
    Oldie but a Goodie: Dies and Punches...Used very old stamps from PSX and GKD. Dies are also over 6 months old.
    Fab 'n' Funky: Leaves

    Sorry the photo is a little crooked.
    I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Sunday, September 15, 2013

    Treat Yourself to Watermelon

    A favorite treat for summer is cold watermelon on a hot day. So before fall arrives, maybe one more card featuring a melon is in store for some challenges.  I stamped the Watermelon from Repeat Impressions Stamps with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock and colored with Copics G21,82,85, R22,24 and used a black glaze pen on the seeds. I cut the image with Nesties oval die and layered on a black scalloped oval  cut with nesties scallop oval die. For the background I used a mat of red and white check pattern paper embossed with Cuttlebug EF Wicker Weave. Card base is white cardstock with a layer of black cardstock topped with the layer of  check and image.  Added some black satin ribbon with bow and small green buttons to finish. Sentiment is also from Repeat Impressions. All items used were from my stash.
    Challenges:
    The House That Stamps Built: Designer's Choice Challenge 911-Food Happy
    Fab 'n' Funky Challenge: Sweet Treats-made mine a fruity one
    Simon Says: Emboss it...I used Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Wicker Weave
    Crafty Sentiments: Anything goes
    Party Time Tuesdays: Button it up.
    Tuesday Throwdown : Anything goes

     I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Saturday, September 14, 2013

    A Peach of a Card to Make a Good Impression


    This card is for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge to  make a good impression - we are to use dry embossing somewhere on our card.  I started with a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches shown below. Using white cardstock as my card base I added a layer of MME paper embossed with Darice EF Chevron. This is how I am making my good impression. For my focus, I stamped Flourishes Peaches stamp from Cherries and Peaches with Memento Espresso Truffle ink and colored with Copics G40,21,82, Y000,02,06,21, YR09, R22,24,43.  I cut the image out with a nesties circle die letting the leaf extend beyond the circle. I adhered this to a scallop circle of MME green pattern paper to which I added glitter to the stars with a Clearstar pen. Added some strips of chevron pattern paper which I also embossed with Cuttlebug EF Borders from With Love set-one with dots and one with flowers.  I finished the card by stamping a sentiment from the same Flourishes Stamp Set with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.
    Other Challenges:
    Simon Says: Wednesday Challenge-Emboss it. Used dry embossing.
    Tuesday Morning Sketches: #215 with an added twist - make it shine.  I added shine to the stars on the green pattern paper under the image with Clearstar pen. ( Hard to see in photo but it's there)
     
    I read the rules for Timeless Tuesday several times and found no rule that  this challenge could not be combined with other challenges as Flourishes states some times.   So I am combining with 2 other challenges.
     I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Playing with Hopscotch Paper


    Today I have another Back to School themed card that I have made with some old BasicGrey pattern paper from the Hopscotch paper pad.  I have been trying to use up some of my old stash and scraps.  I  pulled colors from the number pattern paper to use in my image and card base.  I stamped the blackboard (guess they are green today) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and wrote on the board using stamps with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. The stack of books was also stamped in the black ink and colored with Copics  B45, E25,G40,G82, R22.  Other paper used was White Cardstock from stash and SU Coral cardstock. Ribbons from stash are coral and yellow grosgrain.  Stamps used from Mark's Finest Papers Lesson Learned.  Used Sweet Sunday sketch but missed the deadline for their challenge.
    Challenges to enter:
    Charisma Cardz Challenge: Your Number's Up..Numbers featured on the blackboard and lot more in paper background
    Simon Says: Wednesday challenge-Emboss it...used heat embossing on the blackboard to look like chalk
     
    I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    Cold Winter Night

     

    My post today is my entry for three challenges including Craft A Scene whose theme for the month of September is "Dusk to Dawn".    I am not too experienced in doing skies but I knew I should have a sky to show dusk to dawn with maybe a moon.  I decided to create a cold wintry scene because hills with snow would be simple enough to create foreground and background with feeling of dimension. I first stamped the trees and deer in Memento Tuxedo black ink on white cardstock and then using the masking technique, I colored the sky by sponging Memento Summer Sky, Nautica Blue, and Paris Dusk inks to create a cold blustery look using a circle cut out to mask a moon which I sponged lightly with Memento Cantaloupe ink.  I created the hills with torn curved pieces of paper  and used for masking the hills that I sponged lightly with the blue inks.  I added snowflakes falling in the sky with a white gel pen.  I matted the image on a metallic silver cardstock which did not photograph very well and adhered to a card base of dark blue cardstock.  The tree and deer stamps are from GKD "The Northwoods" and "Life is Good".  The sentiment is from Flourishes and also stamped in Tuxedo Black ink.
    Challenges:
    Craft a Scene: Dusk to Dawn
      
    I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Back to School

    This week there have many back to school challenges which I am not usually interested in but decided to one since I do have a perfect stamp set "Lesson Learned" from Mark's Finest Papers for this theme. Starting with a bright yellow card base, I added a mat of Red Cardstock embossed with Chevron EF by Darice. On White card stcok I stamped the desk, the blackboard and repeated sentiment with Memento Inks..  I colored with Memento Markers.  The large apple is one that I made with shrinky dink.  I added the "ruler" which I made by printing a tape measure on a copier machine and found some leftover in my stash.
    Challenges:
    Kaboodle Doodles Challenge: Back to School
    Fussy and Fancy: Back to School
    Papercraft Star: Challenge 161 - Photo inspired ie. back to school, books
    Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge: 176-Mask it
    I did mask the desk seat to hide a letter.
    Simon Says: Emboss it...dry or wet


    I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Get in Shape


    For Flourishes September release challenge, all you need to do is create a Shaped Card OR a 3D Item. You can either create a card using any non-standard shape  or a lovely box, ornament, home decor item, or anything 3D.  I decided to make a shaped card using Nesties oval dies and scalloped oval dies and layers of orange and yellow cardstock. For the focal image I stamped Flourishes Zinnias on ivory Cardstock with Memento Espresso Truffle ink and colored with Copics G21,G40,Y06,07, YR 00,02, I sponged the edge with Distress Ink Wild Honey. I embossed one layer with Cuttlebug EF Tiny Bubbles. Finished with yellow ribbon and a bow and a couple of branches cut with Cheery Lynn Olive Branch Die on the folded side of the card.

     


    I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    My Card Has Style

    My style is very clean and simple for this card made with a silhouette die cut out from Crimson Cloud "Elegant Ladies" which I paired with some narrow black satin ribbon and a very appropriate  sentiment from Mark's Finest Paper stamped in Memento Tuxedo Ink on white Cardstock.  I think this card may take the honor of being the quickest card that I have ever made....which shows that a good card does not have to take hours to create. I won this die from a challenge and have just been waiting for the right card to use.
    I am entering this into
    CASology  Challenge: Cue Card Silhouette
    I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    Love and Hugs

     

     Second post today.  This card was made using the Sketch #S413 from Repeat Impressions shown below. I used Repeat Impressions stamps Tulips in a Vase stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle ink and their sentiment. I paper pieced the vase but I think it came out a little busy with the pattern paper. I also embossed the background with a Cheery Lynn Flourish die for some texture but not that happy with the outcome. This is one of those cards that I may do a redo. But it is what it is. I colored the image with Copics RV000, RV11, G21 and G40. Memento Bamboo Leaves ink was used for the sentiment. Other supplies: Nesties circle, scallop circle, oval, and scallop oval dies. Green, Pink, and Ivory Cardstocks from stash, and a scrap of pattern paper.
    Challenges:
    The House That Stamps Built: What If Wednesday? Sketch #S413
    Crafty Sentiments Designs: Anything Goes
    Tuesday Throwdown: Anything Goes
     
    I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Warm and Cozy Feeling


    Welcome! Thanks for dropping by.  I've been MIA for a few days. Today I am posting this card for Joan's Gardens Challenge.  She is asking us to use :
  • Christmas pattern Paper for background
  • Warm and cozy colors
  • Snow Flakes
  • Christmas Trees or Santa or anything reflecting Christmas
  • A product sold at Joan's Gardens.
  • I have used pattern papers from Webster's Pages pad Your Life Beautiful which was from Joan's Gardens. My colors of  greens, red and natural are warm and cozy. I found the wooden snowflakes in my stash and left them their natural color. I have both trees in the pattern paper and a Santa on a punch out icon from Authentique Wonder Collection. For edging the pattern paper, I used Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink which is available at Joan's Gardens. I used Cuttlebug EF Snowflakes for some texture. 
     
     
    Other Challenges:
    Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Month of Sept Anything Goes for Christmas
    CRAFT Challenge: Christmas

    I enjoy all your comments. Thanks, Theresa



    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Fairy in the Garden


             
    This card was made for several challenges.  I stamped the fairy image from Flourishes Garden Fairies with GKD Black Onyx ink on white cardstock and colored with several Copic markers and sponged the sky with Memento Summer Sky ink.  I added some sparkle to the wing and dress of the fairy with Sukara Clearstar Pen. I stamped a second butterfly and fancy cut it and attached with glue dots to the image.  I used a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches to assemble two pattern papers from MME Indie Chic Saffron on a card base of ivory.  Added 2 strips of a pink satin with organza ribbon and a ribbon and bow of yellow satin ribbon. Popped up the image with pop up dots to finish the  card.


    Challenges:
    Timeless Tuesday:#236 Double the ribbon
    Tuesday Morning Sketches:  #214Sketch shown on left
    Flutterby  Wednesday: Open Challenge-Anything goes with a fairy or butterfly
    Anything Goes Challenge Blog: #100 In The Garden with Butterflies
    Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
    Craft Your Passion: #178 Do you believe in Fairies?

                          I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    Clean and Simple in Water Spritzing

     Second Post today.  I made this CAS card for several challenges.  I have not made a card using the water spritzing technique in some time but I always love creating the watercolor look especially using a watercolor paper to create.  I have seen several cardmakers using this look lately and I had the itch to do again.
     
    I found this rubber stamp "Watercolor Daisy"  from Hampton Art  that I had long forgotten that I even had.  I colored the stamp directly with Memento markers Bamboo Leaves, Potter's Clay and Cantaloupe, gave it a water spritz and stamped on the watercolor paper.  I did fill in the flower a bit with more coloring. The sentiment used is from Creative Clear Stamp stamped in Potter's Clay.  I distressed the edge of the paper with Distress Ink Wild Honey and placed on an Orange Card stock from stash.

    Challenges:
    Alphabet Challenge Blog: O is for one word sentiment.
    Less Is More: Use Rubber Stamp
    Our Creative Corner: Forgotten Things-used a stamp that I forgot I even had.
    Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes
    Clear It Out Challenge: Theme: Thank You / Stash: use something you have been hanging on to---been hoarding my watercolor paper as I have just a few sheets left in the tablet.

    I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

    Thinking of Fall

    Hello! I am back after several days of not posting and commenting .  I have missed visiting my blog friends and participating in challenges.  I decided I must make a quick card for Joan's Gardens to get back in the swing ..... Her challenge this week is
  • Use gingham, checks or plaids
  • Colors - Green, white and brown
  • Butterflies
  • Something fallish...pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves etc
  • You must use a product sold at Joan's Gardens
  • Check it out here www.atjoansgardens.com
  •  
    I used a check paper from Webster Pages Park Drive 6x6 pad that I won from Joan's Gardens for my background and placed it on a card base of Brown Cardstock.  I stamped the pumpkins in Memento Espresso Truffle ink on White Cardstock using  Heartfelt Creations "Rustic Autumn Wheel" stamp but only used the pumpkin portion of the stamp that I fancy cut. I colored this with Copics. I added a strip of white grosgrain ribbon , then popped up the Pumpkins across the ribbon. The Brown Butterflies were cut with a Martha Stewart punch and embellished with pearls. I finished with the sentiment from the same Heartfelt Creations set stamped in the Espresso Ink. Joan's Garden also sells Memento Ink, Martha Stewart Punches, and Heartfelt Creations products.
    Check out Martha Stewart here.
     
    Other Challenges :
    The Paper Players: Falling for You-create a fall themed card
    Our Creative Corner: Forgotten Things.  I used a stamp that I had forgotten but found when looking through fall stamps stored away.
    Sweet Stamps: Challenge #133 Butterflies 

    I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa