Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A CASE of butterflies

I was inspired to CASE Vicki Dutcher's card on the Stamplorations blog.  To change it up, I used a doily instead of a white rectangle, and I punched two of the butterflies rather than fussy cutting the smaller ones from the Stamplorations Trendy Butterflies set. The big butterfly, clear embossed and fussy cut, is from that set, as is the sentiment.

I'm entering these challenges:
Stamplorations CASE Post #19
Butterfly Challenge #31 -- use a doily
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge (use Stamplorations stamps)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Black and silver

I've never actually seen a mostly black Christmas card before, but I think this one is kind of elegant, at least in person.
The ornament is from Kaiser Craft, silver embossed on black snippets. It's hard to tell from the photo, but there is a gem in the center of each ornament.  They are mounted on silver, and the sentiment (from Stampin Up) is silver-embossed on part of a die-cut piece.
The sketch is the current one for Sketch Saturday.
What do you think -- is there too much black or does it work?

This card is for these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #362
Rudolph Days May -- Christmas card
CHNC Christmas #230-- die-cut or punched element
CHNC Christmas Extra -- anything Cristmas
CRAFT Challenge -- Christmas without red or green

Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer arrives

imageHappy summer. Friday was the last day of school in our county, and I heard kids running around yelling "summer's here." This cute little guy in a pool (from Bugaboo) seems like the perfect image for a summer card. The sentiment is from Purple Onion; source of flip flops unknown.  All the images are colored with pencils, and there is Glossy Accents on the snorkeling mask.
The layout is from Sweet Sketch Wednesday. The color palette is from the Bugaboo color/photo inspiration challenge.

This card is for these challenges:
Bugaboo Catch the Bug Challenge –May color challenges
Clear it out – summer fun with brads
Cuttlebug Mania – use ribbon
Sweet Sketch Wednesday – sketch #55
Word Art Wednesday #184 -- anything goes
Pixie's Snippet Playground 178/179 -- use Snippets (all the papers on this card were snippet)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Vellum all the way

As I've said many times, I really like vellum, so I decided to build a whole card around various uses of vellum.
I started out with Sketch Saturday's current sketch. I cut a piece of white vellum, embossed it with the Swiss dots folder, and cut an oval out of it. The vellum layer is mounted on a pale gray layer. Instead of using the oval for an image, I filled it with a die-cut vellum flower spray and a diecut butterfly, with embossed green vellum layered on white cardstock. The butterfly die is from Simon Says Stamp (Chrissy butterfly) and the flower spray is from Memory Box.
Along the side I put torn vellum strip  in pink, green and white, layered on top of each other. The sentiment is white embossed on another torn bit of vellum.
White brads in all four corners help hold the vellum in place, because I still haven't found a really good vellum adhesive. (The mini gems cover glue dots.)

This card meets the requirements for several challenges:
Sketch Saturday -- #360
Catch the Bug -- In the Garden
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- use an SSS exclusive product
Butterfly Challenges #30 -- jagged edges
Crafting for all seasons -- birthday with four of something (brads)
Word Art Wednesday #183 -- anything goes
Clear it out -- green stash (the vellum)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Vintage holiday card

The theme this week at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge is vintage. I have some vintage style little gift enclosure cards (or whatever you want to call the little card you stick under the bow on a gift) and found this cute little holly girl among the set. I rounded the edges and put the image on a mat made with a Spellbinder's framed die. (This is the best use I have found yet for that die).  The sort-of-vintage-looking holly paper was a perfectly sized snippet, and a little distress ink toned down the busy appearance it had.  Sentiment comes from a cardstock sticker sheet.

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #228 -- vintage
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- May: anything Christmas

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mojo cosmos

I carried some of my supplies from yesterday over to another card.  I had created this coral-colored wax-resist paper, and used part of the sheet yesterday. I decided to put the snippets to good use and see how the coral worked with green.
The layout is the current Mojo sketch. The image is from Pattie's Creations (I'm not actually sure if cosmos come in coral or pink; it seems like all the ones I have grown were white or purple). It's colored with pencils and it's mounted on a coral-colored snippet of card stock. Sentiment is from Stampin Up.  There's a strip of adhesive lace along the diagonal cut, and the white silk flower was colored by sponging some Coral Cameo ink on it.
I'm entering this challenges:
Pattie's Creations #110-- use flower image
Mojo Monday #396 -- sketch 
Pixie's Snippet Playground #175- use snippets
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- coral
Word Art Wednesday #182 -- anything goes

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Coral butterfly

I had to do a wax resist card for a swap. Instead of just crumbling the wax paper, I ran it thru an embossing folder to transfer the design in wax, then sponged on Cameo Coral ink to reveal the resist design.  In my opinion, a bit of it goes a long way, so I used just a strip on this card. It's accented with two different designs of adhesive paper lace. The butterfly is black embossed and watercolored with Cameo Coral ink, with Bliss Blue around the edges.

I'm entering these challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #29 -- butterfly and lace
Catch the Bug Sketch 309 -- sketch
Whoopsi Daisy -- Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge -- coral
Papertake Weekly -- anything goes with option of no patterned paper
Loves Rubberstamps #150 -- anything goes
Clear it Out -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #181 -- anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Anything Goes