Monday, July 18, 2016

Playing with Paper Smooches


I'm here to share a couple of cards I've made over the weekend with my (way too limited) crafty time. I'm hoping for a more relaxing week where we can all get some rest. After several weeks of running all over the county, we need to chill out and I'm hoping to get rid of some allergy issues by resting up. Hopefully, that will mean a little extra crafting, too. ;) Hee hee.

For my first card, I relaxed late one night with some old, classic TV, a bunch of paper piecing, and my PS Wake Up set. I've been on a piecing kick lately and I want to do it with all my stamps. It's kind of fun to prep several and then have them ready for a card-a-thon when the mojo strikes. (Not that it's striking me alot lately. Boo!)

I started by sponging MFT inks In the Buff and Pineapple, then stamping and masking my scene. I then stamped each image again on my paper scraps and made little piles that went with each image. Then I could sit back and trim away and layer on with a glue pen. I have to be "in a mood" to do all that hand trimming, but I've realized I kind of enjoy it - and it's fun to see all the different looks you can get from the same stamps.

I used the sketch from CASE this Sketch for my card design.

I'm also playing along with AAA Cards - Use a Stash Favorite (patterned paper) and Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Create a Scene.

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For my next card, I did a bunch of masking, stamping, and coloring. :) Great "Veg-out" work - no pun intended here. Ha!

Edited: Cleaner version of card! I wasn't happy with my original card base.

I stamped the tomatoes from the Green Thumb set repeatedly in a stack before stamping the last poor little tomato upside down and on the ground. He didn't make it. :) I colored them with Copic markers and added the little snail, sentiment, and lines after I sponged the background.

I wanted to play along with the current Paper Smooches "Summer" challenge and since I live in the South, nothing says summer like fresh tomatoes.

I'm also playing along with Cards in Envy - "Heat Wave" challenge for summer cards and the Simply Less Is More - "Repetition" challenge.

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Well. That's all for me now. it's only taken me two or three tries to write this post. Ha. I'm sure I'm not the only one with that problem sometimes. Thanks SO much for stopping by - I so appreciate having visitors here in my little blogland. Hope you are having a great week and know that God loves you! :)

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  1. Two gorgeous cards Mandy. I'm in awe of your paper piecing - you must have so much patience and it looks great. Your LIM card has a super sense of fun! Love your colouring, and that adorable little snail. A tiny bit more empty space would keep it CAS for us, but what a lovely card it is - thanks for playing and hope to see you with us again soon! Esther (Less is More) x

    1. You're right! Something about it has been bugging me and that was it! I changed it up to a "cleaner" version and I'm much happier with it now. Thanks for the tip! :) (I didn't want to "waste" my coloring. haha)

  2. Such delicate paper piecing and it looks fabulous! Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards.

  3. Oh, what a super cute scene! Great take on the sketch!

  4. Wonderful cards Mandy! They are both so cute and your paper piecing looks lovely.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  5. Adorable cards! Love the tomato one for our challenge! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

  6. Love your compost happens card. So clever and perfect for the challenge at Less is More. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Great paper piecing and masking skills on both of these. Two super fun cards.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  8. What fun cards... super designs and like Esther mentioned we do like to see some white space... I guess on reflection you do too!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  9. OH MY! I just love love looooooooove both of your cards! I esp love that tomato falling down the pile! That actually happened to me this summer while we were picking tomatoes at a huge farm--- I would drop really good ones and they would bust! LOL! THANKS for joining in the fun and playing along with us for the PS challenge- hope you link again soon <3


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