Friday, February 27, 2015

Kind Koala Bokeh Style

I'm back with a card for the Paper Players sketch challenge that can be found HERE.  The sketch has a lot of "white" space and I have a hard time leaving that space alone!  I thought I'd fill up that space while trying a technique I've been wanting to play with.  This Bokeh background was created by saturating a piece of watercolor paper with water and adding random splotches of reinkers with a wet Aquapainter.  After the water dried I used various sized circle templates and sponged white craft ink with some circles being sponged lighter than others.  Let me know what you think.

I'm also entering this card in a "new to me" challenge site called Cupcake Inspirations, love the koala cupcakes cute!  Check it out HERE.  

STAMPS: Kind Koala, Crazy About You
INK: Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade and Pacific Point OR Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, White Craft Ink,  Blendabilities
PAPER: Same as ink plus Whisper White
OTHER: Circles Framelites, Little Letters Thinlits, Decorative Dots EF 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Missed the Mash Up

I missed the deadline at the Friday Mash Up because my mind was shooting for Friday....not Wednesday at noon, which is when I had to have my link submitted.   I still want to share the cards,  so here they are.  I was going to submit the butterfly one because the challenge was to create a card with the sketch and a flight theme but the koala is too cute to not share.

 STAMPS:  Regarding Dahlias
INK: Poppy Parade, Versamark
PAPER: Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Sunny Garden DSP
OTHER: Butterflies Thinlits, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Iridescent Ice EP

STAMPS: Kind Koala
INK: Memento Black, Blendabilities and Stampin Write Markers
PAPER: Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Pistacio Pudding, 
              Whisper, White,  All Abloom DSP
OTHER: Hello You Thinlits, Strawberry Slush Ruffle Ribbon, 
               Decorative Dots EF, Iridescent Ice EP, Dazzling 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Shape Up for SUO Challenges

This next card was designed for the weekly challenge at SUO Challenges found HERE.   The challenge is to create a card that has a shape other than rectangle or square.....I hope multiple rectangles are acceptable!  The inspiration for my card came from my favorite SVG cutting file website, Birdscards.  I took the idea of her gift box card and made each "box" into a pocket card. The card does not open like normal cards but each box lid lifts up and pulls out a piece of cardstock that can have a sent image stamped on it or a gift card attached to it.  The card is not a typical A2 size and I will have to make a custom envelope for it, the size is 4 3/4" x 7 1/2".  Hope you like it and any feedback you may have, on how to improve the design, I would appreciate hearing! 

I was just thinking.... it would be fun to stamp something on the top insert like balloons and confetti.  Or if the gift card is given to buy something specific, maybe a stamp of the intended a kitten stamp and a Visa gift card to be used to pay for the adoption of a new kitty!

STAMPS: Remembering Your Birthday, A Round Array, A Fitting 
                 Occasion, Petite Pairs
INK: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry
PAPER: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Calypso Coral,
               Crushed Curry, Best Year Ever DSP
OTHER: Best Year Ever Accessory Pack ribbon

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Stampin' Up Love is Kindness

This card was made for two different challenges, a sketch challenge and a color challenge.  The sketch is another of Julee Tilman's fabulous sketches at Mojo Monday and the color challenge is from ColourQ

STAMPS: Love Is Kindness
INK: StazOn Jet Black, Versamark, Real Red and Basic Gray
PAPER: Basic Black, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley    
              DSP, First Addition DSP
OTHER: Stylish Stripes EF, Black EP, Finishing Touches Edgelits,
               1/8" Basic Black Taffetta ribbon, Aquapainter, Red
                Bakers Twine

Friday, February 13, 2015

Bling on the Herd!

I made this card for two challenges.  Over at the Friday Mashup blog the challenge is to create a card with farm animals and some bling. Well, right away I knew I wanted to have the farm animals wearing the bling!  So here they are wearing rings, crowns, lipstick, necklaces and nail polish!  This challenge times perfectly with the Sunday Stamps sketch challenge which allows for a large stamp like From The Herd. Hope you like it!

STAMPS: From the Herd
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay and Blendabilities
PAPER: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Whisper White,
               Best Year Ever DSP
OTHER: Retro Fresh Washi Tape, 1/8" Bermuda Bay ribbon, 
               Something Borrowed Embellishments, Bermuda Bay
               Sequin Trim, Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Bakers Twine,
               Basic Jewels Rhinestone, Dazzling Diamonds,
               Bitty Banners Framelits

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine Topiary

No challenge this time around.  I just wanted to post this Valentine project I completed recently.  This topiary was created with a 3 inch styrofoam ball and 68 rolled spiral flowers. I don't think I want to make a spiral rose ever again!

PAPER: Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette 
INK:  Rose Red
OTHER: Spiral Flower Originals die, 1 1/4" Pink Pirouette Two-tone ribbon, Artisan Embellishment kit ribbon (from 2014), 3/8" Pink Pirouette taffeta ribbon, 1/4" Rose Red grosgrain ribbon, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Pearl Jewels,  3" styrofoam ball, 1/4" dowel, 3 1/2" clay pot, lots of hot glue!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sheltering Valentine Tree

I created this card using the Mojo Monday weekly sketch (love Julee's sketches) and the Friday Mashup challenge.  The Mojo Monday sketch is seen below and the challenge can be seen HERE
The Friday Mashup challenge is to create a project using the color palette of red, white and pink and/or create a project with "love" as the theme.  You can find the Friday Mashup challenge HERE.  

STAMPS: Sheltering Tree, A Round Array
INK: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler
PAPER: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Red 
             Glimmer Paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
OTHER: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, 7/8" Scallop Circle punch, 
            1" Circle punch, Hearts Border punch, Confetti Heart 
            Border punch, Happy Heart EF, Lil' Inkers Stitched
            Rectangles dies

Thank you, Holly, for choosing my card!