Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mojo 241

Ok - last but not least! My favorite card I made this weekend.

And, the later it gets, the less I have to say in my posts! :) Kinda how I operate, I guess.

This mojo sketch with the circle focal point and double-ended banner caught my eye. It took me a while to catch up with the banner craze, but now that I have I really can't get enough! They are so fun on cards and layouts, I think.

I used scraps from one of my recent favorite CTMH kits, Typeset. I made back to school layouts for my son and both nephews last year. Now, I've made a graduation card for my sister's nephew (by marriage).

My daughter asked me, "Do you think he will like it?" as she watched over my shoulder. I told her, "Well, I'm putting money in it - so, yes, he will like it". :) I was 18 once, I remember that well!

All products used are CTMH with the exception of the Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink and the black/white twine which is from The Twinery.

I distressed all surface edges with Black ink and stamped the sentiments in VersaFine Onyx Black ink from Tsukinkeo. (WONDERFUL for stamping sentiments and little details - I highly recommend!)

The circle element is attached only on 3 sides, so that it can double as a pocket to hold his gift.

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I know -- all these posts in one night! It's a record, I think. The kids are watching a movie, happy to be up late on a "non-school" night and I'm blogging my cards from the last few days.

I always love the Play Date black & white "Splash" challenges even though I don't always get to play.

I used a "new" stamp set, Simple Memories, from CTMH. I have had it a while but this is my first time to actually use it.

I used my Art Philosophy cartridge to cut a 2" scallop circle from a scrap piece of yellow cardstock (it's shimmery and glares in the photo) and stamp it with a coordinating CTMH sentiment stamp set that comes with the cartridge.

I finished it off with Buttercup ribbon and black pearl gems from Michaels.

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CFC 53 - Punches or Dies

This weeks Cas-ual Friday challenge is to use punches or dies on your project.

I used both my Cricut die cutter (to cut the banner piece) and my favorite scallop circle punch (from EK Success).

In my typical fashion, I get a new stamp - really like playing with it and use it repeatedly for weeks. Then, I'll move on to a new one and lose this in the drawer with my other "babies'!

This is my second card in as many weeks with the CTMH "Remarkable Wreath" stamp set.

I used CTMH colors of Sunset (berries), Honey (flowers), and Olive (banners and branches). The patterned paper (yellow) is from the CTMH Mayberry collection and Scenic Route (green). I used Creme Brulee bakers twine, lace flower from the Bohemian emellishment kit, and a yellow button all CTMH. I distressed all of the edges with Desert Sand ink and a sponge.

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Colour Q #137 and PPA 135

For this card (a recent favorite!) I used the weekly Colour Q colors and the Pals Paper Arts Sketch.


With the school year coming to a close, teacher gifts and honoring new graduates is filling up my "to do" list. My daughter likes this creation for her teacher, so I'm going to cross Ms. Cross off my list!

I'm loving this color combination....For CTMH land, it's Grey Wool, Lilac Mist, Olive, and Crystal Blue.

 I stamped the wreath branches in Grey Wool and then added a layer of flowers in Lilac Mist. The berries are stamped in Olive ink. The banner sentiment was stamped in Crystal Blue ink and "rocked and rolled" in Chocolate ink. I then added the Lilac colored gems for dimension and interest as berries.
Supplies used:
All CTMH unless otherwise noted --
Olive Cardstock; Colonial White cardstock; Sweet Leaf (Emporium Level 2 kit)
patterned paper: stamp set: "Remarkable Wreath", Color Ready-Seam Binding,
Bohemian collection button, Crystal Blue Waxy Flax, Chocolate ink pad,
Punch: EK Success; Wood grain stamp from Grunge collection,
Skipping Stones Designs; Lilac gems, KaiserCrafts

The ribbon at the top of the card is CTMH's Color Ready Seam Binding - it comes in white and I colored it matching blue using a sponge dauber and a Crystal Blue ink pad. All edges and sufaces of papers are distressed with chocolate ink using a sponge brush from the CTMH distressing kit. After stamping the wood grain in Grey Wool ink, I sanded it down and stippled chocolate ink on it, as well, to enhance my "rustic" look.

I was feeling ambitious and also embellished the inside of the card and fashioned a pocket to hold a gift card for my daughter's teacher. I mimiced the layout on the front of the card for the pocket and greeting area.

The sentiment inside is stamped in Grey Wool with the artisan label stamped, trimmed, and adhered seperately for dimension. The branch is stamped in Second Generation Olive ink. I finished it off with a bow using Crystal Blue Waxy Flax. The same Emporium patterned paper and Olive cardstock stip was used on the pocket to match the design on the front of the card.

Thanks for looking! Don't forget to check out the artwork at Colour Q and Pals Paper Arts.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Card Patterns Sketch 165

I'm running way low on my card stash and needing to replenish! I hope I can begin to find more time than I have over the past several weeks. 

I really liked this sketch from Card Patterns and used it to make a card for a friend who had surgery recently and is still recovering. 

I paired it with my CTMH "Stella" paper pieces and a Skipping Stones Design stamp set. Very simple piece but turned out quite nice. 

The blue bitty sparkles and bakers twine are CTMH. The matching blue adhesive lace is Recollections from Micheals (a fun little find on a quick trip in one afternoon!). 

I stamped the butterfly in Cocoa ink and colored it with a blending pen and my Olive ink pad and Lagoon ink pad. It was stamped in Cocoa ink on the panel, with the trimmed color piece layered on top with adhesive foam for dimension. 

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

4 Crafty Chicks - Favorite Embellishment

Happy May!

We are so happy that summer is coming. The kiddos are MORE than ready to be out of school and I am more than ready for some "slow" time at work! It's been a crazy few months.

Today was the first time in a long time that I got to play in my craft room. I worked on two projects for frames in my den. I love getting to play AND taking care of a task on my list around the house. The kids were playing with their friends and swimming (Yay summer!) and I get to hang out in total quiet upstairs. (Aside from the occasional request for food - it's a really nice setup, actually.)

This week over at Four Crafty Chicks, the challenge is to show a project using your favorite embellishment. Of course, it's hard for me to name THE favorite but most definitely A favorite is ribbon. I don't really consider a project complete unless I've been able to work a piece in somewhere. Doesn't always happen - but more often than not.

I felt like I was really splurging when I picked up this gorgeous hand-dyed crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot. I love it and can't wait to order more. I went "practical", as always, and ordered a neutral trio with dark browns and an ivory color. The one featured in this project is called "Pine Cone". It pairs perfectly with CTMH's Cocoa.

My favorite part of today's work is the transformation of this frame:

I love the frame and the picture (of course) but the red really doesn't match the furniture in our den anymore. (Even though I LOVE red decor.)

So, I worked with PaperTrey Ink's Kraft Cardstock and my CTMH Cocoa ink & Embossing Powder and the stamp set from the "Stella" WOTG kit to create this mat and coordinate with the colors in our den. The larger font is stamped from the "Trinity" E-size alpha (also CTMH) and trimmed then taped to the mat. The smaller sentiment was stamped directly onto the mat. I stamped, embossed, and trimmed the lamp before adhering. The lamp shade is adhered with CTMH 3-D foam tape for added dimension. (If you never used that foam tape, it's fabulous! It comes rolled up in two different widths and you can trim off the exact size you need. LOVE it.) The pearl gems on the lamp shade are "Recollections" (Michael's) and the "bling" button is CTMH.

My second project from this afternoon was to fill a frame I recently purchased for our mantle. I used Kraft cardstock from PTI again and patterned papers from CTMH's "Bliss" kit. My sentiment is stamped from the "Chairs to You" stamp set (retired). And I used the same lamp, ribbon, button, and bow style from the first project for coordination.

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