Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Paper Pumpkin Thank You Card

This month Technique Time Tuesday had an interesting Technique to share. I created the card, but didn't ever get it linked to their blog. I have been too busy dealing with things concerning the accident that my husband was in at the beginning of March.
Still, I thought I would share it with you because I hadn't seen it before. They call it "Caught in Crystal". Here is the card I created for the challenge. You should go check out their blog and see all the cards people created. Stampin' Up! paper pumpkin thank you card by Trude Thoman

There is a tutorial on Technique Time Tuesday that explains how you create the "Caught in Crystal" piece so I will only explain it briefly.
Use a 3" x 3" piece of window sheet. Stamp with Stazon ink on the front. When it is dry, turn it over and coat the back side with Crystal Effects. You can add a drop or two, depending on the intensity of the color that you want, of reinker and blend it into the crystal effects. Now lightly sprinkle some glitter over the crystal effects. Stamp a "background" image onto 3 x 3 inch tissue paper, turn it over and stick it onto the crystal effects. Press it gently into the crystal effects then let it dry and use it for your art piece on a card. That's basically the process.

The supplies I used were mostly from the March Stampin' Up! My Paper Pumpkin kit.
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I hope you try this technique.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Secret Garden Paper Player Sketch Challenge Card

It has been awhile since I have done much with the Stampin' Up! Secret Garden set so I thought that this would be the perfect card on which to use it. It looks like spring to me! I hope you're not getting tired of the spring cards already. I know this isn't the first one that I have created. Yesterday was a little break from all the flowers.

This card is for The Paper Players sketch challenge. Stampin' Up! greeting card by Trude Thoman Secret Garden stamp set

This is the first time I have used this new honeycomb die. I have to use it more often. I have seen so many cute cards created with it. Have you made any cards with this die yet?

I used these supplies:
Daffodil Delight card stock
Crushed Curry card stock
Whisper White card stock
Gumball Green card stock
Secret Garden stamp set
Backyard Basics stamp set
Sassy Salutations stamp set
Secret Garden dies
Backyard Basics dies
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' ink pad
Stazon Jet Black ink
Stampin' Sponges
Deco Labels Collection
Hexagon Hive thinlits die

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mojo Monday Ahoy Birthday Card

I have had this new Stampin' Up! Hide Tide Designer Series paper for a month now and haven't had the inspiration to use it. When I saw today's Mojo Monday challenge I knew that I could use this paper.

High Tide, Mojo Monday, birthday card, masculine, Open Sea, Stamp with Trude, Stampin' Up!

Tip- It is easier to position the letters if you stamp them on your paper strip and then turn your punch over to frame the letter before you punch it out.

Supplies I used:
Open Sea stamp set
ABC-123 Sketched Letters and Numbers stamp set
pennant punch
2 1/2" circle punch
Starburst framelits
High Tide Designer Series paper
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' ink pad
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' ink pad
Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin' ink pad
Basic Black Classic Stampin' ink pad
Calypso Coral card stock
Pacific Point card stock
Summer Starfruit card stock
Calypso Coral Baker's Twine

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Spring! Banner

It is officially spring! It may not look like it where you are, and there was frost on all the roof tops here, this morning, but it is spring! I noticed many blooming trees on my way to and from the gym this morning. Love it!
I made this spring banner with the new pennants framelits that are in the Stampin' Up! spring occasions catalog. 

spring banner, Backyard Basics, Petal Parade, Secret Garden, Stamp with Trude, Stampin' Up!
I pulled out quite a few stamp sets that have flowers in them. The main stamp set I used was Backyard Basics. I also used Flower Shop, Secret Garden and a flower from the free Sale-A-Bration set, Petal Parade.

I used framelits for almost everything. I didn't use them for the large flowers on the banner ends, but I could have. Secret Garden does have the matching framelits. I used the pennant framelits for the banner bases. Then I used Apothecary Accent framelits for the letter bases. The letters themselves are a Spellbinder die set. Then I used the Backyard Basics framelit set for most of the pennant accents.It sure made the banner go together faster to use the Big Shot to do all that cutting!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hand Stamped Sentiment's Color Challenge

Have you tried file folder cards yet? They are all over You Tube. I was making a card for a color combination challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments and this file folder was sitting on my desk. I had punched it out with the envelope punch board about a month ago and there it sat waiting for inspiration. All of a sudden it hit me, that would be a perfect background for this card.

File Folder card, Envelope punch board, Vivid Vases, Hand Stamped Senitment, spring, Stamp with Trude, Stampin' Up!

One thing I had to consider with this spring card and this color combination, was how to keep it light and bright enough to carry the theme...'Spring'. To do that I made sure that the darkest color was an accent, not the main color. It frames the card. The Midnight muse that is water colored on the vases is used with a light hand and has the effect of feeling like light coming in a window.

Here's a link to a video on You Tube that is a tutorial for the file folder card.

Supplies I used:
Vivid Vases stamp set
Springtime Hello stamp set
Midnight Muse card stock
Crushed Curry card stock
Watercolor paper
Designer Series Paper
Midnight Muse Stitched Satin ribbon
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' ink
Midnight Muse Classic Stampin' ink
Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin' ink
Stazon Jet Black ink
Stampin' sponge
Aqua painter pen
envelope punch board
Stampin' Trimmer
Itty Bitty Banner framelits
Ovals collection framelits

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blessed Easter Mojo Monday Card

Another week means another Mojo Monday. Yup, I am a day late, but I wanted to get the other post in yesterday, so waited to post this Stampin' Up! card.
This Mojo Monday sketch challenge is a very basic sketch. That means it is very versatile. One thing that is easier to do with a basic sketch is to use busier papers and embellishments because there isn't so much going on in the sketch itself that it is overwhelmed by printed papers. This sketch is one of those sketches that should be in your 'basic go-to file'.

Mojo Monday, floral, Easter, Stamp with Trude, Stampin' Up!

Here are the supplies I used:
Blessed Easter stamp
Coastal Cabana card stock
Crisp Cantaloupe card stock
Gumball Green card stock
Whisper White card stock
Designer Series Paper- Sweet Sorbet (Sale-a-bration)
Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin' ink
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' ink
Stazon Jet black ink
Decorative Dots embossing folder (Sale-A-Bration)
Buttons and Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds
Simply Pressed Clay
Little Leaves Sizzlits

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Easter Blessings Spring CAS

This is my CAS (Clean and Simple) Stampin' Up! card for the Paper Players CAS "spring" challenge. CAS can be hard to do. You don't want your card to look like you just pulled out a stamp and applied it to a piece of paper. But you do want it to be without too much fuss. This card has three basic elements; an embossed background adds interest and anchors the elements, a banner adds balance and interest to the left side, and the art piece is the focal point and final important element.

CAS, The Paper Players, spring, floral, Banner Greetings, birthday card, Blessed Easter, Stamp with Trude, Stampin' Up!


 Daffodils, Tulips and Crocus really say spring to me. So far I have seen patches of crocus and dots of daffodils, but I haven't seen tulips. They won't be far behind though!

Here is the list of supplies I used for this card:
Blessed Easter stamp set Wood #133212
Banner Greetings stamp set (hostess) Wood #129711 , Clear #129714
Basic White card stock #100730
Strawberry Slush card stock #131295
Water color paper #122595
Stazon jet black ink #101406
Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin' ink #131178
Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin' ink #131177
Oval Collection framelits #129381
Pistachio Pudding Stretch Ruffle trim #130020

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another Great Year Birthday Card

This card is a CAS (clean and simple) card. The Paper Players have a color challenge that works well for a masculine card. It doesn't have any pearls, rhinestones, ribbon, lace, flowers or pink on it. The stamp set is in the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog. It is called Another Great Year. The moment I saw it I knew I wanted it to create bold masculine birthday cards. This is the first one I have created with the set.

The Paper Players, CAS, masculine, Another Great Year, birthday card, Stamp with Trude, Stampin' Up!

To add contrast to the lettering on the banner I grabbed the White Stampin' Chalk Marker. It helps pop the words and the color adds continuity with the white on the background paper.

Supply list:
Smoky Slate card stock
Marina Mist card stock
Crushed Curry card stock
Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper
Another Great Year stamp set
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' ink
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' ink
White Stampin' Chalk Marker
Subtles  Collection Candy Dots
Stampin' sponge

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Springtime Hello Greeting Card

Well, it has been a week since I have been able to post. I had hoped to post a bunch of sketch challenges last week, but due to family medical issues I wasn't able to.

Today I am using the Springtime Hello stamp set that is in the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog. When I saw the sentiment, "Hello Spring", and the little bee stamp, I just had to get it. The flower sprig is from the set too.

Springtime Hello, Greeting Card, Mojo Monday, Sunday Stamps, Stamp with Trude, Stampin' Up!, floral

I used the Mojo Monday Sketch challenge
and the Color Challenge from Sunday Stamps.

Technique Tip:
I stamped the flower sprig on vellum so that I could stamp front and back. That helps keep the flower from looking so 'cookie cutter'.

Supply List:
Wild Wasabi card stock #108641
Wisteria Wonder card stock #122922
Baked Brown Sugar card stock #131296
Whisper White card stock #100730
Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper #130814
Vellum #101856
Springtime Hello stamp set- Wood #133412, Clear #133415
Circle Collection framelits #130911
Starbust framelits #132967
Subtle Stampin' Write Markers #131263
Stazon Jet Black ink #101406
Whisper White Organza Ribbon #114319
In Color Boutique Details #130938

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Paper Players Spring Thank You Card

Okay, so maybe the ship card wasn't the best example of a spring thank you card. When you think of spring, you think of colors that are light and bright, not browns and blues. So, here's another go at the spring thank you card for the Paper Players Challenge.

hardwood stamp, Pleasant Poppies, spring, Thank You, The Paper Players, Stamp with Trude, Stampin' Up!

What do you think; is that better?
I Used the Hardwood stamp (again) to create the 'planter' for the poppies. The poppies stamp is called Pleasant Poppies. Both the Hardwood stamp and the Pleasant Poppies are by Stampin' Up!

I chose to color these poppies with colored pencils. It has been quite a while since I pulled out my colored pencils. I should use them more often. I've always enjoyed coloring. I can still remember my first color book and pack of crayons. I think I got them for Christmas when I was 5 years old. It was a Disneyland color book with pictures of Mickey and all his friends. That was a few years back, but that's what an impression it made on me!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Thanks Mate Mojo Monday Card

It's Monday, and that means that there is another Mojo Monday sketch to try. This week I am combining it with the Paper Players theme challenge, thank you cards.
I thought I would use some nautical Stampin' Up! stamps with this sketch. How often do you see a masculine thank you card? Well, I thought I would give it a try. What do you think?

Mojo Monday, Paper Players, Stamp with Trude, Thanks Mate, Stampin' Up!, masculine, Thank you card

I'm really lovin' the new Stampin' Up! Hardwood stamp. I'll try not to use it too much, but the size of the grain is just perfect for card-making. It doesn't overwhelm the other elements on the card.

I used the ship and the compass rose from the Open Sea stamp set. The banner, sentiment and circle outline around the compass rose are all from the Settin' Sail photopolymer stamp set.

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