Monday, January 19, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches

Happy Monday all. Hope you are enjoying this lovely MLK day!  I'm up today with a new card inspired by the latest Freshly Made Sketch.

This one features the Little Human stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink.

I chose to make a little shaker window behind my little robot dude.

Here's sketch #169 that was used for this.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Masculine cards

Hey all. I was noticing the other day that my card stash was lacking in masculine cards. So I pulled out the My Mind's Eye Jubilee-Tangerine collection and went to work.

For this first card I simply took different strips of patterned paper and layered them on the front of the card making sure to slight tilt them a bit. Then it was embellished with a die cut popped up with some foam tape and one of the buck head enamel shapes.

This next card was pretty simple to make. I cut out the letters for ‘you’ and then layered behind the negative space of the ‘o’ with a bunch of enamel dots. I varied the font of the two words to add some visual interest to what is a rather simple card.

This last card was made by layering a trio of 3x4 journal cards. I love the look where a small decorative clothes pin is used to hold a variety of things to the front of a card, but I don’t like the bulk. So, I decided to use a little bit of decorative tape and a brad instead.

I finished off the card with a white arrow rub on, some numbers from the mixed media pack and of course some enamel dots.

My favorite thing to do lately is to make coordinating envelopes for my cards. It’s such a great way to use up any extra paper you may have on hand. You’ll see a matching envelope for each card in the above photos.
Hope I have given you all some great ideas for making a card or two for the men in your lives!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Runway Inspired

Happy Monday all! The holidays are over and hooray my kids are all back in school. Unfortunately I had two sick kids that took turns staying home last week so today I gave a little cheer as they all went off to school!!!

I had a little time this weekend to participate in the latest Runway Inspired Challenge (#75). Here is he card that I created...

The inspiration for this was this fabulous Ralph Lauren dress.

 If you pull click on the photo and bring it up larger you will see that the neckline is encrusted with a ton of brightly colored jewels. Thus the sequins and jewels that I incorporated into my card. I started with a stencil and blended Picked Raspberry Distress ink. Then I colored in the white spaces with two different colors of blue watercolor pencils and went over that with a wet brush.

Here's a close up of the sentiment. I chose to keep it simple with white on white. Just popped up the 'happy' a bit and added wee little flower to balance it out.

Stencil: Pink Paislee She Art by Christy Tomlinson
Watercolor Pencils: Derwent InkTense
Ink:  Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Hibiscus Burst, Simply Chartreuse and Smokey Shadow by Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Embellished Elegance by Papertrey Ink
Dies: Lovely Layers, Embellished Elegance by Papertrey Ink
Felt: Fresh Snow and Simply Chartreuse by Papertrey Ink

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A very merry christmas

I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish all of my readers the MERRIEST Christmas! Thanks to you all for taking a little time out of your days to check out my work. 

I have two Christmas assignments from My Mind's Eye that I thought I would share with you this Christmas Eve. One has to do with holiday gift giving and the other is a trio of cards. 

Using the Joyous collection, I was able to take this very plain white box and turn it into something that I am proud to place under my tree.

I simply cut two strips of patterned paper and wrapped then around the box. Then I used the striped decorative tape, which I topped with some thin strips of glitter.
The pinwheel bow is one of the smaller ones in the package. I embellished the rest of the package with stickers from the sticker sheet and the tiny alpha package.

I also created a set of four gift card tags. These were all cut from the 6x6 Decorative Paper pads.

This box was decorated using the Sleigh Bells Ring Collection.

 The great part about these is that these are “easy to make” shaker cards. Yep, that’s right with the help of the My Mind’s Eye chipboard frames, available in the Sleigh Bells Ring collection, some of the work has already been done for you! 

This next picture shows how these were assembled.

I simply adhered a piece of transparency on the backside of the frames, then added a layer of foam tape around the edges of the window, poured in some glitter and sequins. Lastly, I covered it all with the patterned paper that I wanted to show through the front side of the window.

Then I just adhered them all to card fronts and embellished away!

I added some glitter to the cardinal to help him stand out against the background paper better.

For this next card I used the banner pieces that are in the mixed bag. I turned them upside down to make trees out of them and then topped each one with an enamel star.

These really were so simple to make. The chipboard frames give you the perfect base to begin making your own interactive cards.
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Peaceful holidays

Hey! Popping in for a quick card share. This one features some cool looking retro snowflakes, which will also make some great flowers come spring time!

I used CAS(E) sketch #102 for this one...

I started off by painting a piece of watercolor paper. The frame opening was backed with some iridescent glitter.

Here is the sketch that was the starting point for this one! 

Thanks for stopping in and taking a peek.


Stamps and Dies: Freshly Fallen from Papertrey Ink


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Trio of tags

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I have a trio of Christmas tags to share with you. These were made for the latest Simon Says Stamp blog challenge...bling it on. I used some very subtle bling on my tags, little red sequins. Turns out they make great substitutes for noses, earmuffs and pom poms on top of hats!

All three images were stamped onto white cardstock using Versafine ink and then colored in with Copic markers. 

Added a little glitter to the snowman using Stickles.

You can't see it in these photos but all of the stars and the white on the penguin are sparkly to thanks to a Wink of Stella pen.


Papertrey Ink- Pom Pom Pals


Papertrey Ink: Tag Sale #4, #8
Canned, Monthly Moments Journal Card #1, Journal Card Borders

Thanks for popping in!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sleigh Bells Ring wreath

     Yay! The holidays are here and that makes me so happy. You know what else makes me happy? The new Sleigh Bells Ring collection! So much fun! When I saw it I immediately knew that I wanted to make a new wreath with it. You know, some new swag for our front door.

Supplies: Sleigh Bells Ring- “Reindeer” Paper, “Christmas Tartan” Paper, “Christmas Confetti” Paper, “Red Reindeers” Paper, Mixed Bag, Bows, Decorative Brads, Flair, 6x6 Decorative Paper Pad

This was super easy to make. I started with 14 6x6” squares of paper. I used one of the Martha Stewart decorative edge punches and punched the corner and two sides of each square.
Then I rolled them all up and then glued them around an 8” circle of chipboard. From there I just embellished.

For the hanger I attached a large grosgrain ribbon and used one of the big paper bows from the collection. Love those things, can’t wait to use them on some packages!

Happy Holidays to you all. Would love to see what you create with Sleigh Bells Ring.