Monday, January 30, 2017

More Hugs and Kisses

I've been having fun making love cards. This one features stamps from Hero Arts and paper from Little Yellow Bicycle. I inked the edges with Distress Ink in Soot to help define the edges and add dimension. 

This one is going in the Mod Squad "Show your love" challenge as well as the Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" Wednesday Challenge. 

Heart and Home

How about a love card that is not in the traditional shades of red and pink? 

If you look closely you will see that the houses have tiny little hearts on them. Also, the polka dot heart was made with a die that cuts and embosses. Hard to see these details online. 

This one is going in the Mod Squad "Show your love" challenge as well as the Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" Wednesday Challenge. 

OWH Sketch #86
Paper:  Amy Tangerine "Ready Set Go."
Stamp from: My Favorite Things "Homespun Birdhouse"
Heart:  Spellbinders die  

With You By My Side

It's love season. The challenge this week at Mod Squad is to "show your love." This card uses one of my favorite sentiments from My Favorite Things: "with you by my side anything is possible." Isn't that sweet?

The Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "Anything Goes," so this card is going over there as well.

Paper: Basic Grey "Hello Luscious"
Stamp: My Favorite Things
Ink: Hero Arts
Punches: Stampin' Up

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Just Breathe ATC

I recently had the idea to make an ATC inspiration deck for myself. The ATC format is new to me. Its difficult for me to do anything other than make them look like mini greeting cards. 

This one uses the current sketch from Your Next Stamp. The colors sort of match the YNS colors as well. 

I used the smallest flower from the Stampin Up Blossom Punch to make a tiny tag. 
The stamp is from the Just Breathe set from Verve which I just bought. I went over the stamp with my new purple Wink of Luna brush marker. So this gets put in the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Challenge to use something new. 

The SSS Monday Challenge is "Chill Out" which goes along with the relaxing message. 

And the SSS Wednesday Challenge is "Anything But a Card." I'm hoping they mean greeting card and my ATC qualifies. 

My Valentine

I made this card using the sketch from the latest Your Next Stamp Challenge

Rather than use a half circle at the top, I used an arched embellishment to create the same shape. 

The papers come from a Basic Grey collection called Kissing Booth. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

A little bit of bling

Having made cards for Operation Write Home for two years, I am used to the rules of no glitter, no sequins, basically no bling. (These were not allowed because they could potentially make our troops visible to night vision goggles). 

I'm still not comfortable working with glitter and metallic. But this week two of the challenges involve bling, so I pushed myself to go for the glitz. The result is probably tame, but this was a big step for me!

The challenges that got me to push outside my comfort zone were this week's Cupcake Inspiration (black, white and silver) and this week's Mod Squad Challenge (Bling). I struggled so much I missed the deadline for the Cupcake challenge, but I'm giving them a shout out anyway.

Because I broke out a new paper pad for this, I'm posting it over at the Work it Wednesday challenge to use something new.  

Be Mine

A very short, quick post today. 

I made this sweet Valentine's Day card using Sketch 315 from My Favorite Things. 


I had a banner sticker that was just the right size for this sketch. It's from Basic Grey, as is the striped paper on the left. I made a little embellishment by using a scallop punch, a circle punch and a heart punch. I used a little foam dot to add dimension under the glittery heart.