Monday, September 15, 2014

LIfe in Details Challenge Blog-September

Hello there!
This month's challenge includes a lovely color combo.
While I like working with color combos I will admit this one was definitely a challenge.  In the end I decided to use a few colors on two different spreads.  

On this spread I used Burgundy and Gold with just a touch of Aquarium (the label on the bottom right)  

The beautiful wood veneer 'hello' is from the new Project Life by Heidi Swapp. I admit I bought both core kits and all 4 mini kits.   I added gold stickles to the veneer, but you can hardly notice in the picture (but I promise it looks fabulous in real life). The cards are from the Becky Higgins core kit Turquoise.  That kit was my first kit ever!  
The bottom left photo is a flip pocket I got in a prize pack over 10 years ago...Exactly why I rarely purge my supplies. Ha. Many companies are coming out with more of these flip ups.  I like using them and even created my own version with left over plastic from trimming page protectors.  

For the second spread I used the Aquarium and Lei Flower colors.  These pictures were perfect for the color combo.  I love it when that happens.  

I kept the journaling to a minimum for this spread because I plan on creating a mini album for the entire vacation with more details.
Instead of a core kit I used a collection from Basic Grey named Carte Postale as well as bits and pieces from The Pier collection from Crate Paper.  The card second from the top was created using a variety of stamps from the Citrus Twist Pocket Life kits.  I was a subber for a while.  

Head over to the Life in Details Challenge Blog and play along with our challenge.  If your creation is chosen you will be our guest designer next month!

Thanks for stopping by.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Design Team Call-Life in Details Challenge Blog

Have you heard?  The Life in Details Challenge Blog  is having a design team call. We are looking for Pocket Pages, Layouts and Smash pages based on this sketch.
Details can be found here.
Hurry the deadline is August 28th.

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Watercoloring with distress markers

Hello there!
Watercoloring is so popular in the card making world right now. There are so many products and techniques one can use to create the watercolor look.  Today I used one of my favorite background stamps and distress markers to create a watercolor card.

I heat embossed the image and then added a clear water wash to the watercolor paper before adding the color with a brush.  I scribbled the marker on my craft mat and picked it up with a brush before adding it to the card base.  The water does all the work for you and the embossing 'traps' the color creating pools of different shades.

I'm entering this card into the Mama Elephant and ME August Challenge. The challenge is watercolors and birthdays. The sentiment is from the Mama Elephant Make a Wish stamp set.

I'm also entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The challenge is to create a project that reminds me of summer.  To me the color blue and flowers does nothing but remind me of summer.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Some bunny is on the way

Hello there!
I have another card to share with you.  The card is for a couple who is expecting a baby.

A couple of months ago I challenged myself to go out of my comfort zone and create 'cute' cards. I have been enjoying the cute images found in stamp sets from Lawn Fawn and  Mama Elephant.  I used to shy away from them because I didn't know how to color them without making the image look flat and because I thought the 'cute' cards were only for kids.  Well now I can color with some basic shading and realized that many adults like 'cute'. Ha.  
No cool techniques here but I did double up on the grass to give it more dimension, used glitter paper for the yellow flowers and added white enamel to the bunnies tails to give it a shiny look.

Lawn Fawn: Hello Baby stamps
Avery Elle: Ink and heart paper
Mama Elephant: Index card frames 
Cloud Paper: Super old from my stash and I have no idea who makes it. 
My Favorite Things: Grass die cut 

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Shake it baby!

Shaker cards are all the rage right now in the crafting world!
Believe it or not I don't own a lot of sequins and have never made a shaker card.

I used 2 different techniques to create the shaker cards.  

 The one on the left uses foam squares to create the 'pocket' for the sequins. The card on the right uses a different technique that is a bit difficult to explain. Instead of foam I used several layers of cardstock to create the pocket for the sequins.  I learned this technique from Lucy Abrams (she has a picture tutorial to follow).
While a little more challenging I prefer the second technique because it gives you a polished look when viewing the card from an angle.

My dad REALLY liked his card. 
I'm playing along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Sentiment: Stampendous and Lawn Fawn
Ballon Die Cut: Simon Says Stamp
Sequin: Unknown
Pattern Paper: DCWV (super old paper stack)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A 10 minute card

I was cleaning up and found the scalloped vellum piece, the blue background and the balloon die cut on my desk and decided to make a card.  The card literally took me 10 minutes to complete.  

I used the gold embossing powder for the first time and I think I over heated it because it started to bubble.  The balloon die is from Simon Says Stamp, the sentiment from WPlus9 and the scalloped frame from Mama Elephant.

I'm entering this card in the Addicted to CAS Code word GOLDchallenge.  I recently discovered this blog and have a feeling I'll be a frequent visitor.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Another Mama Elephant card

Another Mama Elephant cutie!  The In My Heart stamp by ME is just so adorable. I used a variety of stamp sets. The bows on her ponytails are from the stamp set Honey Bunny.  The die cut clouds are from the Lawn Fawn Hello Baby set.  The papers are from Avery Elle. I used copics to color the little girl.  

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