Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Celebrate in Style

It is time for another the Play Date Cafe challenge. This week it is black and white, with just one color of choice, and just a splash.  It sounds fun.

PTI year of flower was stamped on cream panel with Memento rosebud and sentiment was stamped on the flower.  A little bit more layering and two buttons which I decide to leave them bare, here is my card.

 It is also entered into Simon says stamp and show: anything goes and Less is More #25: button or ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazzill color card stock, PTI white card stock
Stamp: PTI year of flower, Amuse celebrate in style
Ink: Memento tuxedo black,rosebud,Ranger antique linen
Other: button, fiskars border punch Pin It


I could not go to stamp-a-fair or participant the stamp-a-fair challenge online last weekend.  Last night, I found out there is one last stamp-a-fair challenge that is still open.  The challenge is to add a stamped focal point over a stamped background, all in the same layer!

PTI polka dot basic was stamped first, then I used rock and roll technique stamped flower.  Sentiment from PTI think big #5 was stamped on vellum and heat embossed.  A little yellow embroidery floss, yellow button, punched border to finish the card.

I used colors from current CR84FN #34

It is also entered into Simon says stamp and show: anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazzill color card stock, PTI white card stock
Stamp: PTI polka dot basic, PTI think big #5, Amuse flower
Ink: Memento angel pink, rosebud, VersaMark 
Other: detail white embossing powder, embroidery floss, button, Fiskars border punch Pin It

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Just a note

This card is inspired by Kim Kesti's sketch over at Skipping Stone Designs Blog along with the beautiful picture from For your inspiration

Love Skipping stone stamps. I don't own any but have a long wish list.  I'm not sure whether it is OK to enter the challenge using other stamps. 

Beautiful architecture from For your inspiration shaped kind of like a seashell.  I used colors of blue sky and orange lights.

Amuse seashell was stamped three times across, colored with brilliance pearlescent sky blue, and embellished with glitter.  I don't think I've ever seen blue seashell though.  

It also entered into City Crafter Challenge #66: It's a shore thing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazzill color card stock, PTI white card stock
Stamp: Amuse Avian notes, seashells
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, brilliance pearlescent sky blue
Other: glitter, rhinestone sticker, blending tips Pin It

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A bright birthday

I made this card last night and did not get a chance to post.  It is a gorgeous color combo at the current play date cafe challenge.  But I really struggled with the color combo, even though both orange and purple are my favorite colors. 

I want to focus the attention on the big birthday sentiment. Flourish and graphic flower were stamped with Memento lulu lavender, and silhouette birds were stamped with Memento grape jelly on white card stock.  Three buttons of various orange color were threaded on orange baker's twine to embellish.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazzill color card stock, PTI white card stock
Stamp: Amuse birthday greetings, Avian notes, ornate elements, clever girls
Ink: Ranger spiced marmalade, Memento lulu lavender, grape jelly
Other: PTI edge die, twinery baker's twine, Hero Arts buttons
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Sending you sunshine

This cute coat is the inspiration picture for the current Moxie Fab world Tuesday Trigger challenge: perty and flirty. 

The bright yellow color says sunshine to me.  I took the pink color from the trigger picture background and made a 4-1/2  inch square card base.  Graphic sunflower was stamped on light yellow card stock.  A black rhinestone was place on the dot of letter "i" to resemble the black buttons and add some balance to the bright colored card.  A piece of yellow ribbon was tucked between the two layers to finish the card.

It also entered into Wee  Memories #62:  Clean and Simple.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazzill card stock
Stamp: AMuse graphic sunflower
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, lemonade,
Other: Fiskar corner punch, ribbon (JoAnn), K&Company rhinestone sticker
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You Rock

I am still playing with the Amuse stamps I got on weekend, I can't put them down.  For this card, I used the technique Laurie used a few weeks ago.

It entered into three challenges - Wee Memories Challenge #62: Clean and Simple, Less is more #24: circles, and Simon says stamp challenge: anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: PTI white card stock
Stamp: AMuse clever girls, PTI boy basic rock on, retro background
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Ranger barn door, broken china
Other: Fiskar corner punch
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Hi there, shipmate

I love the inspiration picture and theme of Embellish nautical color trends challenge because I love water - lake, river, ocean and falls. 

For my card, I hand drawn the sailboat, and cut out the parts of the sailboat from cardstock of different color.  Waves was stitches of two different blue threads.  Sentiment Hi there from paper trey ink mega-mixed messages was stamped in Tuxedo black.  A little bird perched right on the sentiment and ready to greet the sailors.

The card is also entered into current challenge at Jay Gee's Nook.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazzill card stock, PTI white card stock, patterned paper (forgot to write it done)
Stamp: PTI mega mixed messages
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Other: Flea Market bird sticker, Singer sewing machine, thread  Pin It

Love and Chocolate

I went to Amuse warehouse sale on weekend and picked up a punch of stamps. Thanks, Amy for letting me know about the sale.  And best part was that I met Amy at Amuse store. 

This sweet cupcake is one of my new stamp addition.  At CAS-ual Fridays, it is about sweets.  What an appropriate time to use my new stamp!

Frame was stamped with Memento Angel pink first, then cupcake was stamped with rich coca.  That itty bitty heart was the tinest thing I ever cut out.

I was browsing others entries for CAS-friday challenge.  There are so many sweet creations, some are funny too.  There is still more than two days left if you want to play.

It was also enter into Simon says stamp challenge - anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazill card stock(brown and pink), PTI white card stock, patterned paper (source unknown)
Stamp: AMuse
Ink: Memento rich coca, Angel pink
Other: PTI border die
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hello from the sea

It is CAS-ual Fridays time of the week.

I have a shape card to share.  Summer is the best season in Seattle.  We rode ferry to the Olympics last weekend.

It was also entered into Wee Memories challenge #61 Summer time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazill card stock,
Stamp: PTI  shape by design
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, summer sky
Other; Metha Steward glitter Pin It

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It colors my world

Happy Monday!  I am sharing two cards today - first a reject, then a card for celebration.

I started card making a few months ago.  Since then I found this amazing community of card makers.  I have become an avid reader of online card making blogs. I feel so privileged to be part of this inspiring, welcoming, encouraging, and vibrant community!  Of course, I found Paper Crafts magazine too.  When I first read the last submission call for Jan/Feb 2012 issue a few weeks ago, I thought perhaps I might make a card worthy of submission after couple of years.  Yet, during the interim,  there were many post in my Google Reader about people musing, sharing, and creating publishable works, that this enthusiasm rekindled my fasination for creating one too. I broke through my trepidations and inertia, brought out my drawing board, amassed my tools, and worked through the silence of the deep night to produce my candiates. In total, over the 4th of July weekend, I made five cards, submitted four--and to my utter amazement and joy, was informed that one of my cards was accepted.  Yippee!!!  I tried hard not to scream too loud when I got the happy mail last Thursday while I was at work. What an honor!

The art of card making has formed a new set of lens that I now view my world with-- I notice more colors and patterns from everyday life that I did not see before.  I find inspirations everywhere.  The flowers on the street I walk everyday are so gorgeous and vibrant.  The books I read to my kids a million times served as an inspiration for a fun card that I recently made for my son's birthday.  I now see the objects from my sons' eyes--anew and with a sense of wonder.  There are beautiful things everywhere. Crafting colors my world.

This simple wedding card is one of the three rejects.  I like it and want to share it here.

Next card is the one I made for Moxie Fab World Stamp it! Cards week challenge.

I stamped one of the small stamps from PTI Mehnadi Medallion repeatedly with seven different ink on a stripe of white card stock, and embellished with matching color rhinestone sticker.  Sentiment was stamped on pattern paper.  It is a card for myself to celebrate the journey of last three months of paper crafting.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy crafting.

Paper: Bazill card stock, PTI kraft and white, 
Stamp: PTI Mehnadi Medallion, PTI big wishes
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, colorbox fresh white
Other; Martha Steward pearl sticker, K&Company rhinestone sticker
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Two Appreciation cards

A quick post to share two cards.

 I used the Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC#89 color and Mojo Monday Challenge sketch 198 for the first card.

The second card is for ColorQ challenge #92.  When I started, I was going to use Clean&Simple sketch.  By the time I finished, it looks really different from the sketch.

The cards are also entered into Moxie Fab stamp it challenge.
Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazill card stock, pTI kraft and white
Stamp: PTI year of flowers, PTI retro background, PTI Mehnadi Medallion, PTI tag-it frame #10 
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Fresh ink in Mango, Pool, Ranger crushed olive
Other; buttons from sewing stash
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Wedding cake

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger challenge picture is a card by Tina Fussel. She is so talented and creative.  Her card is simple but elegant, modern yet retro.  For my card,  besides incorporating doily in an unusual way - as a cake pan cover, I also try to keep the card with same style.  The white wedding cake is decorated with borders punched from light pink card stock. Three layers of cake is popped up with foam tape of different thickness. The card is also entered into Moxie Fab world challenge - beautiful borders.

My inspiration came from this photo on Pinterest.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazill card stock,
Stamp: PTI mega mixed messages
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Other; Fiska border punch, Martha Steward border punch, doily Pin It

Friends are the best gifts

TGIF!  Both my husband and I have the day off, he took boys out.  So I got to have fun with my papers and stamps.  Here is the result.  I am sending the card to my best friend in graduate school, who came visit us two weeks ago.

I rotated the Card Patterns Challenge sketch #122 to the left, and used CR84FN challenge #33 colors.

The pattern paper on the left panel was created using the cuttent Make it Monday technique.  I used two shades of pink to stamp the flower - the darker shade for the center of the flower and lighter pink for the pedals.  It is more obvious on some flowers.  I should have used different colors to make it more noticeable.  I really like the technique and would definitely use it again and again.  It also entered into Simon Says Stamp Challenge - A stich in time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazill card stock, PTI kraft
Stamp: Hero Arts Friends are best gifts stamp, PTI year of flower, 
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Other; sewing machine, K&Company rhinestone sticker, twinery baker's twine, crochet trim Pin It

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bold Flower Thanks

I kept this card as my favorite for awhile.  It was until last night, I finally made a card. 

Paper trey ink polk dot basics was stamped with Fresh ink island on kraft card stock.

The largest dotted flower was stamped with VersaMark, heat embossed with detail white embossing powder, cut out and popped up with foam tape.

It is entered into Lily pad inspirational challenge #3, Basic Grey challenge #47 - stitching, and Simon Says Stamp challenge - A stich in time, Simply scrapping crafts - embossing, and Pal Paper Arts - summertime blues. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Paper: Bazill blue card stock, PTI kraft
Stamp: Hero Arts/Basic Grey Luscious Bold Flowers  CG303, PTI polka dot basics.  big bold wish, 
Ink: Fresh ink island, VersaMark, Memento tuxedo black
Other; detail white embossing powder, sewing machine, K&Company rhinestone sticker, ribbon (JoAnn) Pin It

Embellish rainbow challenge

I got to make a card for the current rainbow color trend challenge over at Embellish blog at the last minute.

Rainbow is colorful and peaceful to look at.  There are so many wonderful stories about rainbow.  But the little blue bird is alone.  She is looking at the rainbow above and missing someone somewhere.

Edit:  it is also entered into City Crafter Challenge: birds of a feather.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the summer.

Paper:  Bazill color card stock, PTI white card stock
Stamp: PTI mega mixed messages, memory box Bitsy Branch Combo (C1703)

Ink: memento rich coca, pear tart, Ranger barndoor
Other; cricut, sewing machine, stickle Pin It

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Krafts men

It has been a week since my last post. I had a great long weekend.  It is so much fun things to do in summer in Seattle.  Now back to card, this week at CAS-ual Fridays is about masculine projects using kraft.

I took the opportunity and made two cards since I don't made masculine card very often.  When my husband saw them, he told me he likes the second card unless I put an image of Elvis on the first card.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the summer.

Paper: PTI kraft, Bazill red card sock
Stamp: PTI boy basics rock on; Hero Arts just saying hi,
Ink: memento rich coca, tuxedo black, Ranger vintage photo, barndoor

Other; Friska edge punch, Pin It