Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring Birthday and Congrats

I pulled a few more cards together from the leftovers of the K&Co. yellow floral paper I had been working with.  Although it's a really bold pattern and colors, it reminds me of spring.  I think it's the yellow I am drawn to.  Here's a couple more cards from that paper.   Both are standard sized cards that started out as top fold cards.  I decided to make this one horizontal.

I wanted to do circles since I got a new scalloped circle die and I just had to try it out.  I couldn't find a sentiment that would fit into my smallest circle.  I had a revelation.  I would just cut the stamp so I could stack the words.  I found that the Happy Birthday sentiment in the Card Chatter Birthday stamp set is exactly like the one that comes with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge stamp set.  I figured if I messed it up, I still had another one.  It worked out perfectly.  Instead of masking every time I want a more compact sentiment, I can  just arrange them how I want them now. And I still have one intact from another set.   

The card below is from the same paper.  You can see the metallic rose highlights more in this picture. I stamped the sentiment in versamark ink and then used CTMH gold embossing powder.   

That's it for tonight.  I have a few more in the works that maybe I can get done before the week's end.  
Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

More Pattern Play Inspired Cards

Being the first day of Spring break and it's gorgeous outside, I'll make this quick.   I still had paper on my desk with the intention of doing some homework from the Pattern Play card class.   It was a fabulous class with a great deal of information and inspiration. 

I had some more K&Co. paper that I wanted to play with.  It, too, had a really large flower pattern, so I thought I try it as a paneled card.  

I loved the soft yellow in this paper.  The darker pink portions are a metallic and really catch the light.  You can't do too much embellishing, so I cut out a little circle from some coordinating paper and coated it with Liquid Glass.  I punched a tiny butterfly and added some Bitty Sparkles.  The sentiment is from A Friend Like You stamp set from Close to My Heart, stamped in Whisper ink.  

The next card was so fun to make.  This is truly a scrap card.  It's little bits of paper from several different sheets from Heidi Grace.  This is my take on Jennifer McGuire's card on the bonus day from the Pattern Play class.

The whole idea was to take patterned papers and alter them to use them together.  I added black and white lines to the striped pattern.  I added little white dots to the green paper.  I threw in some Stardust Glitter Glitz here and there.  I punched out a couple of hearts.  The larger one was from the reverse side of one of these papers and I coated it with Liquid Glass.  The smaller one is from white cardstock and I coated it with Stardust Glitter Glitz.   The sentiment was a little Studio G stamp.  This was a super fun card. 

Thanks for stopping by. Maybe I'll get some more time to work on more cards this week. One can only hope!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Banner Birthday

Here is another card design from the Pattern Play card class.  It's from Day 3, too.  I put down the K&Co. strange colored paper and picked up one of my favorites from CTMH Spring catalog, Chantilly.  I have a friend with a birthday soon, so I thought this worked out well.

This is a standard size top fold card.  Again,  I used Twilight ink and scalloped a piece of scrap Twilight cardstock for trim.  I punched my butterfly from Buttercup cardstock.  I found a scrap (I throw away nothing!) of some pink glitter paper that just happened to match. I used some 3d foam tape on various pieces to give the card some dimension.   Added a few sparkles and that was it.  It's a very simple design, but fun and cheery.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Back to the craft table for me!

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

More patterns at play

We are up to Day 5 on Pattern Play card class from Online Card Classes.  Well, it's more like "they" are on Day 5.  I'm still working on some cards from Day 1!

For some reason, I have been attracted to this paper.  It's has odd colors, but  I have been trying to make it work with some of these card ideas from class because I like it.  Here's a Day 1 card I made with it.  It's K&Co. paper from the Wild Raspberry set.

I'm determined to make this work well in something.  I didn't quite hit the mark here, but the card concept was very neat.  I recently purchased some nesting heart dies from Sizzix.  I used them here to cut four papers at once, leaving me with concentric, perfectly fitting hearts.  So this card is one layer with exception of the banner. I thought it was a really neat idea. I will definitely be trying it with some other papers.   

Day 3 explored using large print paper and using it in panels on your card.  I took the same paper from above and tried it with this technique.  

I hadn't made a round card in a long while.  I cut my panels and used repositionable adhesive to space them evening on some scrap paper.  Then I took my big circle from a Nestabilities die set and ran it through the Big Kick.  I then attached them to the card.  It's still not great but it's getting better. 

When you have leftovers from scrapping, you make cards.  And when you have leftovers from cards, well, you make smaller cards!  I used a leftover heart from the first card along with a banner cut from the Artiste cartridge and made a tiny thank you card. 

This one is my favorite.  It's a 2 1/2 x 4" card.  These are perfect for using with a gift or a flower arrangement.  I love little cards.  This paper looks completely different on a small scale.  I used Twilight for the larger banner and stamped my sentiment in Twilight ink.  I stitched around it with my white gel pen.  I used my Cotton Candy marker from Close to my Heart and colored some Bitty Opaques and added them.  I trimmed about an 1/4" off the front of the card.  I scalloped a piece of scrap blush cardstock and attached it to the back of the front of the card so that it would line up even when the card closed.  This one was quick, fun, and easy.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be posting more soon, so be sure to check back by!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pattern Play Day 1

Pattern Play card class by Online Card Classes kicked off yesterday.  It had basic tips on how to combine patterned papers.   I only managed to get two of the four or five featured cards done, which is better than my usual.  I have been working on a Buzz and Bumble workshop so I still had bees on the brain.  And all over my desk.  Which made it the perfect choice for my first card.

I used a standard sized kraft card base and the B&T papers from Buzz and Bumble.  The sentiment is from the retired Pair a Phrase stamp set.  I simply curved it around the edge of my circle and aligned it on my block before stamping.  I stamped the bee and the flowers using the Buzz and Bumble WotG stamp set on Colonial White cardstock. The honeycomb circle was a cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  The flowers I lightly tinted with Creme Brulee ink and our blending pen.  I fussy cut the flowers and attached them.  I used  3d foam tape behind my circle to give some dimension and some of our hemp twine for a bow.  That was it.   

The second card was a little trickier.  They have a nifty  little die that will cut the three circles at once.  I do not have the pleasure of owning such a thing, so in order for me to get the three circles I did a lot of eyeballing and guesstimating (technical terms ;))  I used the Cricut and the "center point" key.  It was a little tricky, but it got the job done. When I finally got the circles cut, I cut the card to fit it.  SO this card is a 5x7.  The colors were a little different for me, but I really liked this paper. I'll go ahead and apologize for the horrible lighting on both pictures. 

The paper was some K&Company I had in my stash, along with the ribbon.  I used CTMH gold embossing powder for the sentiment, which is from the Casual Expression stamp set.  I also added a detail line on both sides of the card using our gold metallic marker.   During my attempt to cut the right size circles, in the right place,  I had some interesting fall out.  I used a smaller circle and a ring of the same paper to accent the cut outs.  I punched some tiny butterflies from Cranberry cardstock and attached them. It's a little busier than I intended, but oh well. 

That's it for today.  I hope to have more soon.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Happy scrapping!