Sunday, February 19, 2017

A bit of Asian

Several years ago, I belonged to a group that made Asian-themed cards; I have many Asian images, some relatively traditional and some with a modern "edge." I love them all, but haven't made a card with them in such a long time.  Recently, I bought a Kaiser Craft paper pad called "Hanami Garden."  It has beautiful Asian-themed papers, so I decided to pull out some of my stamps.  My favorites tend to by the Stampington line by Lynne Perrella.  One is "Fuji Goddess" which I used for two cards. HOWEVER, the second card is all black and gold and it did NOT photograph well; I'll photograph again in tomorrow's daylight. The image was colored with Inktense pencils and finished with a brush and water.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CAS Colors and Sketches #210

Another new card challenge for me:  CAS Colors and Sketches. 

I chose a red Washi tape and used tagboard stars for the shapes.  The stars were painted with black gesso.  "Hello" is one of my many greeting dies, this particular one from Poppy Stamps. (Although it doesn't show in the photo, the stars have a pretty shine from A Wink of  Stella in clear. 

February Love

Please follow the challenge rules:
  1. Must be CAS design (including open space) and follow challenge theme
  2. Must include watercolouring or any product that uses water.
  3. Include link to challenge in your entry post
  4. When linking to challenge, link to your entry post

This is a newer card challenge for me, and I love the idea of watercolor!  The month of February for CAS Watercolour features Love, so I dry embossed one layer, used Brushos and water on a strip of cardstock. which was then cut with Sizzix hearts.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches

For this particular Freshly Made Sketch 275,  I chose to design a fairly monochromatic card with paper from a Graphic 45 pad, "Artisan Style" patterns and solids.   The focal point is the Lavalier Circle from Memory Box dies.  Dry embossing provides a texture background, and an old Hero Arts sentiment completes the card. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up

This "CAS Mix Up" is a new challenge for me, and it turned out to be challenging....corrugated cardboard is one of the required elements, but most corrugation is covered with a layer of kraft paper! The elements required in this challenge:  Stamping + Corrugated Cardboard + your choice.

After cutting the piece of cardboard with a label die, I painted it white.  Then I accented the ridges with gold Wink of Stella. The card layer was dry embossed with a brick background and the cardboard piece attached.  Tulips cut with Poppy Stamps' Tulip Fanfare (two sets) were colored with markers and adhered to the prepared cardboard.  The sentiment "always" is an SU! image.

Be sure to look at all the creative ways corrugated cardboard has been used HERE.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday Stamps 146

"Authentique" designer paper from a 6x6 pad makes up this particular card for Sunday Stamps. 
The "imagine" die is a Memory Box creation. The image is the free stamp from the cover of the March issue of Craft Stamper. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Freshly Made with a "Smile"

Beyond the wintry colors and even Valentine's Day choices, I've decided on a light, "springy" color for Freshly Made Sketch 274.