Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christmas Wreath

Time is running out to get my entry in for Merry Monday Challenge to use a wreath on our Christmas Card.  I have had this Flourishes Wreath Stamp on my desk all week and just now made this card.  I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on GKD white CS and colored with Copics .  It took quite awhile to color this image with Copics YR 02,07,21, Y 28, R24,59, G21,82,85,99 and E 21,25, 29.  The card base of metallic gold and red layer are GKD Papers.  I also used Atyou Spica Gold on the bow and White Gel Pen on the berries. The sentiment from the same set as the wreath was stamped with Versamark and embossed with Ranger Embossing Pearl  Gold powder. Love the softness of this EP.

I am going to also enter at Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says anything goes.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Inspired by a Ballerina

Welcome!! I have another CAS card to share.  I made this for Addicted to Stamps Challenge blog which is a very peaceful Photo Inspiration shown on the right.  I immediately thought of daffodils and used a stamp from Mark's Finest Paper stamped on a pale yellow card stock scrap with Memento Espresso Truffle ink. I fussy cut the image and attached with pop-up dots to a pattern paper from Fancy Pants Trend Setter pad which has a wood grain pattern that I think matched well with both the base card and image making a monotone card.   The sentiment was from the same MFP stamp set Daffodil Greetings and was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Cardstock was all from scraps.

 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's Fall Harvest Time

Hello!  Don't you love this time of year....the temperatures are dropping, the colors of fall are appearing, and the foods of harvest are abundant like the apples in my basket.  I created this card using  GKD stamps from Harvest Memories.  The basket was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink on GKD ivory CS and colored with Copics R20,24,27,29,Y12,17,32, YG63, E21,25,27 and N 0.  I trimmed the image out with A Nesties Oval Die and distressed the edge lightly with Distress Ink Antique Linen. I punched the top corners with a Corner punch.  The card base and red layer are from Teresa Collins World Traveler Paper Pad.  I added some score-lines and red ribbon with fabric hearts to the red layer.  I thought the hearts were appropriate for my sweet harvest. I added glossy accents to the apples and a red bow to the basket.

Mod Squad Challenge Blog:  The challenge is to use something with a Fruit or Harvest theme. I'd love to win this week's prize.... GKD's ENTIRE Stamp TV Kit! 
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says anything goes.

 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Friday, August 29, 2014

Another Holiday Card

Hello! I am still in a holiday card making mood.  Today I have a quick and easy, clean and simple card for a couple of challenges.  I used the Seize the Sketch shown on the right. Starting with a textured blue card stock, I embossed the front with a Darice EF Snowflakes and inked it with Brilliance Platinum Planet ink.  I then stamped the snowmen with Mark Finest Papers stamps in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Memento Markers.  I edged the squares with a Pilot Silver marker and added some snow with Stickles Frosted Lace. The snowflake and sentiment from Alys Paterson (Quick Cards) was heat embossed with Zing Silver EP.

Challenges :
Seize the Sketch: #27 This is their last sketch.
ABC Christmas Challenge: Q is for quick and Easy.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Farm Fresh Flowers

Welcome to my studio!  Today I am playing with the Photo Challenge #255 at Just Us Girls.  The first thing that caught my eye in the photo was the zinnias and other summer flowers.  I also pulled out the distress look of the roof on the truck and the greens, yellows and reds to create my card. Thought the polka dot paper picked out the colors of the sign on the truck.  This was a fun card
to make.

Other Challenges:
Simon Wednesday: Simon says anything goes.
Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges: Last Days of Summer...I always enjoy the late blooms of zinnias in the last days of summer.

Stamps: Flourishes Zinnias, Garden Fresh
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa, Distress Ink Antique Linen
Copics: G21,YG 03, R22,24,27, Y 06,17,18
Papers: Ivory and Red CS, Pattern Papers  Crate Paper DIY pad
Dies: Nesties Ovals
Corner Punch

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Merry and Bright Christmas

Second Post Today
Yes, I am still making Christmas cards.  This is for the challenge at Crafty Hazelnut and uses the sketch from Sketch Saturday.  Using a Sizzix ornament die, I cut twice from Red CS and Gold glitter paper. Actually this gave me 2 ornaments with colors reversed.  The card with the other ornament is posted here.  I attached a layer of pattern paper from Crate Paper Peppermint Pad onto a card base of Red CS.  I layered a Red Circle, a panel of Gold Glitter, a panel of Polka Dot Paper also from the Peppermint Pad and then popped up the Ornament. Added some glitter ribbon to the ornament.  Using Versamark and Gold EP, I heat embossed a sentiment from Spellbinders Stamp Set Heirloom Ornaments on a red strip cut with a Spellbinders die.

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Merry and Bright
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything Christmas Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Use Pattern Paper for card
Sketch Saturday Challenge: Week #324

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Christmas Ornament

Hello!  I am rushing to enter before the challenge at CAS(E) this sketch closes.  The sketch is shown on the right. I used a Sizzix Ornament die cut in red CS and gold glitter CS. The card base is a gold metallic CS layered with red CS inked with gold ink.  The sentiment was heat embossed with gold EP on a label cut with a Spellbinder fancy label die. Finished with a bit of metallic ribbon.                                                                                     
Other Challenges:
 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fashionable Card

Hello!  I have found another interesting challenge which is finding inspiration from fashion.  What a neat idea to use for a challenge.   I used the colors and roses on the dress as well as the wood grain showed on the floor and table behind the model.  I began with a card base of navy CS that I embossed with Darice EF Wood Grain and inked the raised design with Brilliance  Moonlight White ink.  The rose stamp was from GKD "A Year of Flowers"  and stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I cut the stamped  roses with my Cameo and then colored with Copics in shades of reds and pinks. I also heat embossed the roses with Versamark and clear EP.  I attached the roses with pop up foam following the design flow of the embossing.  The sentiment was cut with a Silhouette File in red CS attached also following the lines of the embossing.
Runway Inspired Challenge

Runway Inspired Challenge: RIC # 66...See photo on right
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Have a Cup of Java

Hello!  Yes, I have another CAS card ...this one is for CAS-ology cue card challenge JAVA.  I found this pattern paper and sticker from Crate Paper collection DIY Shop.  I thought the paper represented a morning sunrise and I must always have my coffee early in the morning.  I assembled the paper and label on a Red card base and added the cup of coffee using a GKD stamp that I paper pieced with red CS and stamped "Coffee" with MFP's Oh, Beans stamp in Memento Rich Cocoa.  That's all, folks.

Challenge links:
CAS-ology: Week 109 Java
Addicted to Stamps and More:  Challenge #109- Clean and Simple
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 226 : CAS

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Colorful Birthday Greetings

Hello! Are you having a great weekend?  I was inspired to make this card by the challenges at AAA Cards and Color Throw-down and added a doily for the Cheery Lynn challenge.  I think my choice of colors are a close match to the colors in the CTD graphic.

Challenge Links:
AAA Cards: Game #16 Inspire -Casing Jane Taylor ( See Graphic)
Color Throwdown: CTD 306 Nights of Navy, Pale Plum, Pear Pizzazz
Cheery Lynn Design Challenge: Doilies
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #109 Clean and Simple

Cardstock: Navy, Plum, Green
Ink: SU Night of Navy and Memento Lulu Lavender
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations Grandiflora Roses  and Happy Birthday Sentiment
Dies: Cheery Lynn Ambergis Tiny Doily,  Spellbinders Blossoms
SU Green Grosgrain Ribbon and White Ribbon from stash colored with Copic

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Friday, August 22, 2014

Another Black, Silver, and Gold Creation

Some cards just do not come together without a lot of trial and error.  Such was this card for Merry Monday Christmas Challenge that I combined with the Sketch N Stash challenge and the Cheery Lynn Design Challenge to use Doilies.  Maybe that was just too much to combine but I think I did it.  I kept changing papers and embellishments and even the dies.  This was my finished project using some old black flocked pattern paper from DCWV to which I added some silver and gold embossing to add some more shine.  I am not going through all the steps in making this card as I think you can see in the photo.

Other challenges to enter:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: To die for-use die cut

Die: Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die , Circle dies
Stamp: GKD verse from First Christmas
Ink: Versamark
EP: Ranger Gold , Zing Silver
Papers: Black CS, Silver Paper, Gold Metallic, DCWV La Crème   Mat Stack
Punch: Martha Stewart Scallop Loop Border

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Inspired by Coastal Living

What fun is time at the coast!  One of the fun things that I do is collect seashells and I used some of the very small ones that I have in my stash to use for cards.  The Mod Squad Challenge this week is to create a project inspired by this new fascination and trend with all things coastal!  I used the blues and sand colors that make me think of the coast and threw in sand paper for the look of sand.  I stamped shells using GKD Stamps from Gifts From the Sea by Melanie. I cut them out and mixed with some actual shells to complete this birthday card.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped directly on the sand paper...never tried that before.

Mod Squad Challenge: Coastal  Inspiration-create a project inspired by this new fascination with all things coastal!
Alphabet Challenge: N is for Natural.  Seashells are my natural items.
613 Avenue Create Challenge: Anything Goes- no options this week.
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge: Theme-Anything Goes; Stash-Anything Goes

Stamps: GKD Gifts from the Sea
Inks: Memento Teal Zeal, Toffee Crunch, Desert Sand and Copic E50
Papers: Sand Paper, Hero Arts Pool Layering Paper (2 shades)
EF: Cuttlebug Happy Birthday
Shells: Collected on the Beach at Captiva Island, Fla.

These are some of the smaller shells that I saved for card making,

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Merry and Bright Christmas

My Christmas card today is for a combination of challenges.  I used black, silver, and gold with some dies and heat embossing.

Merry Monday: #122 use black, gold, and silver on card
Crazy 4 Challenge: Sketch challenge C4C249 on right
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: A few of my favorite things- used gold embossing, die cuts
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra: Anything goes for Christmas

Ink: Versamark
EP: Ranger Gold EP
Stamp: Spellbinders Heirloom Set
Papers: Black CS, Silver Paper, Gold and Silver Metallic
Dies: Annabelle Stamps Ornament and Border die
Gold Metallic thread

 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Quick Card that's CAS

Welcome!   Sometimes you can make a card in just a few minutes! This is one that I made quickly....the thing that took the longest was applying the Glossy Accents to the globe and letting it dry.  I used a colored digital image of a Gumball Machine from Doodle Pantry Sweet Stuff that I printed with the sentiment.  I simply layered on the stripe paper from MME A Mother's Love pad on a card base of bright blue.   Used a Silver Metallic Pen and Glossy Accents to finish.

Doodle Pantry Blog: Theme is  any digi goes.
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge: For the kids
Addicted to Stamps and More:  Challenge #109 Clean and Simple
The Paper Players Challenge: CAS-A child's birthday. Thought any kid would love the gumball machine.

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fluttering By to Say Hi

Hello!  I love summer and the lovely butterflies that it brings.  I have not seen any blue butterflies in our neck of the woods but I thought this was one a  great entry for the challenge of Blues at The House That Stamps Built.  I used a blue glaze pen and Distress inks to color the butterfly image and background.  I layered this on an embossed layer of blue CS then a Patterned Layer and attached to a lighter blue card base.  I followed the Sweet Sunday sketch finishing with the sentiment on a ribbon banner and some sequins on the embossing.

The House That Stamps Built: DCC813 - Blues
Sweet Sunday: Sketch # 232

Stamps: All from Repeat Impressions
Ink: Versamark,  Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Broken China
Copic B04 and Sakura Blue Glaze Pen
Papers: Watercolor Paper, CS from Stash, Pattern from gcdstudio Special Delivery Pad
EP: Ranger Black EP
EF: Cuttlebug Pop Culture Borders
Die: Nestabilities Oval
Ribbon and Sequins from stash

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bright Summer Flowers

Second Post Today
Hello!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Today, I have another card for the challenge at Fusion and have used both the sketch and photo inspiration.  I pulled colors from the photo using a yellow card base and pinks, greens and yellow for the image.  Colors are also in the Pattern Papers. Sprinkled on some sequins for sparkle.

Fusion Card Challenge: Used sketch and photo in graphic
Sweet Stamps Blog: In the garden
Simon Wednesday: Simon says Summer
Craft Your Passion Challenge: Use at least 3 Patterned Papers...Hexagon pattern for side panel, Green Pattern for layering, Another pattern for sentiment
Power Poppy Peep of the Week: Share a creation using Power Poppy stamps. Used Azalea Stamp Set

Stamps: Power Poppy Azalea stamp set
Inks: Memento Espresso Truffle and Bamboo Leaves
Copics: Forgot to list
Papers: Yellow and White CS, 3 Patterns from Pink Paislee Color Wash paper pad
Die: Spellbinders Blossom
EF: Cuttlebug Wicker Weave

I always have trouble with capturing yellow in photos.  This one came out a bit dark.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Summer Rose for a Birthday

Hello!   Have you seen any of the great tutorial videos on water coloring techniques?  I found another one by Tasnim Ahmed using Distress Inks, Stamp, and a Brush. She makes it look so easy.   This CAS card features  a rose that I attempted to color.  I need a lot of practice but thought I'd use it on a card. 

CAS-Colours and Sketches: Sketch Challenge shown on right
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Roses
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge: R is for Ribbon, Roses and Red

Stamp: Rose-GKD A Year of Flowers, Sentiment- Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold,The Happy
Inks: Distress Inks Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Memento Pistachio for Sentiment, Memento Pear Tart for edging
Papers: Strathmore Watercolor Pad, White CS, Scrap of Green
Red Ribbon from stash

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy Birthday for the Man in My Life

Recently I viewed a video by Melanie using the Inspiration Mosaic Frame Stamp  and I thought that would be a great stamp to create a Masculine Birthday card for Mod Squad Challenge .  I spent a lot of time trying to get the frame embossed...the powder did not seem to adhere with heat.  I finally figured my Versamark Pad needed re-inking.   I finally decided to use watercolor paper to better color the panels on the stamped frame.  After stamping images in the blocks, I water colored 4 of the blocks.  I liked the distressed looks of the panels....almost looks like old wood in the 2 darker ones and a sunset in the sentiment panel. Finished with some metal embellishments that are always good for a masculine feel.

Mod Squad Challenge: Masculine Birthday
Seize The Birthday: Anything Goes

Stamps: GKD Melanie's Inspirations Mosaic Frame and Sentiment and Theresa's Life is Good for the other images.
Ink: Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Wild Honey, Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers: Strathmore Watercolor Pad, GKD Pumpkin Spice CS
Metal Brads and Paper Clip
Water Brush

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Colorful Summer Dragonfly

Summer is coming to an end soon but the dragonflies are still in the garden.   The ones that we have are a beautiful iridescent blue and green that I have tried to capture on my card.  I had forgotten this PSX stamp until I saw my friend Joy's Dragonfly card on her blog here and  I pulled out the stamp to play with.  I also was inspired by this week's challenge at Just Us Girls to use blues and greens.  I colored the image with Glaze pens .....which gave a very shiny finish. Added some doodling with the black glaze pen. Added Pear Tart coloring to the edge of the image and looped edge ribbon to finish.  I thought the pattern paper was a perfect combo.

Just Us Girls: Blues, Greens and any Neutrals
Simon Wednesday: Simon says Summer
CAS-Colours and Sketches: Sketch Challenge #87
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes

Stamps: PSX Dragonfly (from 2000), Repeat Impressions Sentiment
Inks: Versamark, Memento Pear Tart Pad and Marker, Summer Sky
Glaze Pens: Blue, Greens, Black....wish the glossiness showed better in photo
Papers: White, Black CS,  Kathy Davis Journeys Paper Pad
Black Embossing Powder

Enjoy this summer day!
 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Gathering Late Summer Flowers

Welcome to my studio!  Sometimes I wish I could stick with one style of card making and perfect a technique but I seem all over the board always trying something new or using older techniques and stamps.  Must be because I'm a Gemini. I am intrigued with new trends and am now enjoying dabbling in water coloring and cutting with the Cameo.  This week I had fun learning to stamp, print and cut with my Cameo creating my own cut files....this opens all sorts of new ways to use the Cameo.
For this card I used the Cameo to drag A Day for Daisies image from my files and cut out and then colored with Copics.  I followed the sketch from Sketch & Stash shown on right and layered pattern papers that I embossed and added ribbons and bow.  The image was colored with my favorite colors of pinks and greens and I added Glossy Accents to the flowers, dress, and hat. I placed sequins in the center of the flowers to add a bit more sparkle.  I love the feel of summer in this card and finished with a sunny sentiment.

Sketch 'n' Stash: Challenge # 144 see above right
A Day For Daisies: Challenge #102  is Get Glossy. Card base is a glossy CS and used Glossy Accents on image.
Die Cuttin Divas: Challenge #178 Use favorite color combination...Love Pink and Green
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says summer.
Fusion Card Challenge: Bright Floral Celebration-Use Photo Inspiration and/or Sketch. Inspired by colors and flowers in photo.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Use Pattern paper on entire card.

Stamps: A Day For Daisies digital image Gathering Summer, Power Poppy Summer Harvest sentiment
Inks: SU Regal Rose
Copics: RV11,21,23, Y11,26, E00,000,11,50, G21,40
Papers: Glossy White CS Base, White CS, MME Patterns from My Favorite Things Pad
Ribbons and Sequins from stash
Die: Blossom
EF: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Polka Dots
Cameo Machine

What is your favorite style or technique?
 I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Pine Cones, Greens, and Ribbon (2 versions)

Original card
Card Reworked
Hello!  I have another Holiday Card to add to my stash.  I will be entering this into several challenges.  I have not really decided if I like this card since I saw it  posted.  Maybe the water coloring of the pine cone panel is too much. 
Note: I redid the card and added some cut out pine boughs to replace the stamped image.  I am showing both for comparison.
Merry Monday Christmas: Use Pine cones and greens with plaid ribbon. Graphic below.
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch shown below. Twist is to use water coloring. Panel and pine cone done water coloring with distress inks.
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge: Use fussy cutting. Used scissors to cut out stamped image. Top card.
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Theme is Spots/Dots
Addicted to Stamps and More: Holiday Theme
Stamps: MFP Stamps
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Antique Linen
Markers: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Northern Pine
Copics: E43,44,47,49
Papers: Ivory CS, Watercolor Paper, American Crafts Patterns from Kringle & CO Pad
Brown and Plaid Ribbon
Glossy Accents
Pine Die Cuts

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Have A Sunny Day

 Hello!  I have received some new Power Poppy stamps that were recently released and just had to ink one up.  I decided to start with the bouquet of sunflowers from Sunny Harvest set.  I stamped the image woth Memento Espresso Truffle ink and  colored with yellows and rusty reds. I added some CS of bright grassy green that matched the color of the leaves. I stamped the sentiment from this set in Rhubarb Stalk ink and added a loop of glittery yellow wired ribbon. I loved the layer of rusty red pattern paper under the image.  I followed the sketch from Sketch Saturday challenge finishing with some score lines on lower part of card.

Power Poppy Blog: Challenge is POP Goes the world-use at least three out of the four colors  highlighted on the graphic shown on right . Add shades of turquoise, buttery yellow, rusty red or a little bit of grassy green to your creation using a Power Poppy stamp set. I think I covered all the colors...even used a little turquois on the ribbon.
Sketch Saturday: Sketch #322 shown on right.
Craft Your Passion Challenge:  Bring me sunshine-add some yellow.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Use pattern paper over entire card

Stamps: Power Poppy Sunny Harvesst
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle, Rhubarb Stalk
Copic: Y 02,13,38, R 24, 46, YG 09, E43, 50
Papers: White and bright Green CS from Stash, Pattern from World Travel pad by Teresa Collins
Dies: Nesties Rectangle
Ribbon: Yellow Wired from Stash

I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Note: Card was selected as Peep of the Week on 8-15-14.