Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Holiday Card Workshop Day 1

Good morning, everyone!

It's the time of year when I have got to start getting focused on making my Christmas cards!  So, when I saw the Holiday Card Workshop online card class being offered by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner, I knew that it would kick-start my holiday card making!  I've taken many of their classes before and on the very first day of video tutorials, I knew that this one would be the same caliber!!!

Day 1's lessons focused on mass producing a simple card that would easily be put into the mail without extra postage.  That's a tough one for me......so, I couldn't wait to tackle this challenge.  

Here's what I came up with based on the card that Jennifer made in her class tutorial video.

It took me about an hour to make these 5 cards and I'm so darned proud of them!

In the class Jennifer used snowflakes (I'll more than likely make some of those, too), but I wanted to pick something different so I could practice the technique.  I used PTI's Mistletoe and Holly stamp set that I just got last month to make these cards.  

I also used one of the color palette's that Nichole featured on her blog for the October Blog Hop.  I couldn't participate but I just LOVEDDDDDDDDDDD all of these non-traditional color combinations.  So I put them to use for this card.  I copied and pasted all 6 combinations into a Word document and then printed it out and put it on my craft desk so I can reach for them often this holiday season.

To get the slanted strip you masked off a section using Eclipse tape.  However, when I lifted it off, some of my ink bled through in little pin point drops.  I was so upset that all 5 cards were ruined.  So, I became a little inventive and hooked up the air compressor and my air brush system to my Copics and added some deep maroon splatters over that layer so it wouldn't be noticed.  They turned out super pretty and no one will know that there was a mistake.

These will be perfect for mailing and they show sooooo much depth that I'm thrilled!

Thanks for stopping by today and come back soon because I have more Christmas cards scheduled!



Here are the materials I used:
PTI - Mistletoe and Holly stamp set
Eclipse tape (for masking)
PTI dye inks - Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Scarlet Jewel and Sweet Blush
PTI cardstock - Scarlet Jewel and Stamper's Select White
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Copic marker - R59 (with air-brush system)



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge #152

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Challenge 152!  This is the last challenge of October and our last RETRO sketch of the month.  I think I could use this one, over and over!


 Don't forget that SSD also has 2 wonderful guest designers joining us this month!   JJ Bolton and Miriam Prantner.  They are working their magic and I can't wait for you to see what they created using this week's sketch. 



First time to use Green Birthday!

I absolutely love the cute, cute sentiments in this fun stamp set.  You have to check them out and use them for all of your "cheeky" friend's birthdays!

I have to laugh at this because so many of my friends talk about "fiber" in their diets.......so, I can see many options for this card in the near future!

 


Here's your sketch for this week! 


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Design - Green Birthday stamp set  
DCWV patterned paper - Nana's Kitchen
Spring Rain and Pure Poppy cardstock
Copic X-Press It cardstock
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black and Crimson Red
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
Copic markers - G21/24, B91/93, E47/49, Y19, and YR68



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

HYCCT1204 - Strip Please

Good Morning!
Another Hope You Can Cling To card is coming at ya!


Here's the challenge for the HYCCT1204 - Strip, Please!
As we all know, or will know, when you head in to get your mammogram you are asked to strip! So let's embrace it!
Use strips (or a strip if you've only had one mammogram so far) of papers, fabrics, or tapes as a background to anchor the focal image on your card. Straight, diagonal, zigzag, chevron...whatever strikes your fancy. Enjoy. And please strip.


My strip goes down the right side of the card.......or you could say that my bow is anchored to a strip of ribbon.  I made an anniversary card thinking that a patient may need one of these for friends or family.




Materials (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Big & Bold Wishes stamp set
DCWV patterned paper - Lemon Flower
Harvest Gold and True Black cardstock
Taylored Expressions - Black ribbon
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black



Thanks so much for stopping by, today.  I hope you come back often to see all of the cards I create for this wonderful challenge!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

HYCCT - Five Words

Good Morning!
Another Hope You Can Cling To card is coming at ya!


Here's my project and card for the HYCCT1203 - Five Words challenge!
The challenge is to use five individual words on a card. You are welcome to include images, but the focus should be on the words, stamp them, punch them, cut them out of magazines... the choice is yours!

I'm not sure if you can see the embossing on the base panel, but the sun rays peeking out the whole way around the oval are a fun detail.  The butterfly is also heat embossed and is very shiny in real life.




Materials (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Designs - Cancer Shmancer & Always Here stamp set
Sunrise impression plate
Limitless Layers: 3 1/2" Ovals
Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz and Stamper's Select White cardstock
a*muse ink - Slate
VersaMark - Clear
Filigree embossing powder - Clear



Thanks so much for stopping by, today.  I hope you come back often to see all of the cards I create for this wonderful challenge!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Skipping Stones Feature Friday!

Good morning!

Anyone living close to me in PA, you probably witnessed the rain and thunderstorms.  It was a creepy, eerie night and just perfect to make this card!

Perfect card for the weather last evening.

I absolutely loved the Clean & Simple #212 sketch for this card.  I have a bunch of Halloween patterned paper that was easy to put together to make this perfect card.  The only trick is to use a neutral background for that center layer so that you can stamp your sentiment on top of it and it doesn't get lost.

I loved the green in the pennants and decided to go with that for the base and I think it was the perfect color!

Here's the sketch from Clean & Simple


This card is also going to be mailed to UT MD Anderson hospital for the Breast Cancer patients.  It fits the HYCCT1211 challenge which was to make a Halloween card.  I thought this would be perfect for someone to say "Hi" during this time of year!

Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Designs - Happy Halloweeenie stamp set
DCWV patterned paper - Ghosts and Goblins
PTI - New Leaf and Fine Linen cardstock
PTI - True Black dye ink


Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge #150

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Challenge 150!


 We also have 2 wonderful guest designers joining us this month!   JJ Bolton and Miriam Prantner are working their magic and I can't wait to see what they create using these past sketches.



The last Twilight movie is coming!
I could just look at Jacob all day!


 


Here's your sketch for this week! 


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Design -Fangs or Fur & Grunge 1 stamp sets

Prima patterned paper - Doodle Deux
Large Scallop border die
Nestabilities - Standard Circles: Large and Small
Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft and Fine Linen cardstock
Dark Chocolate dye ink
Wrinkled ribbon (made by me)



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

HYCCT201C - Rays of Hope Challenge

Good Morning!
Another Hope You Can Cling To card headed your way!


Here's my project and card for the HYCCT201C - Rays of Hope challenge!
Finding out that you, a family member or friend has cancer is such a shock. You don't know what to say, you are angry, frustrated, sad.....the world turns gray. But there is always hope and lot of times, the cancer does not win. To show that hope in your cards, create a project (or color an image) mostly in gray tones, but at one splash of color.

I love the gray with a "pop" of pink!  Perfect for this simple CAS card!


Materials (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Faith & Hope stamp set
MFT - A la Mode: Fight Like a Girl stamp set
Raspberry Fizz, Stamper's Select White and Soft Stone cardstock
Bazzill gray cardstock
Raspberry Fizz dye ink
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black


Thanks so much for stopping by, today.  I hope you come back often to see all of the cards I create for this wonderful challenge!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

HYCCT - Show Off Your Cupcakes

Good Morning!
I'm starting off today with more Hope You Can Cling To challenge cards and projects!


Here's my project and card for the HYCCT02-Show Off Your Cupcakes challenge!
There are so many euphemisms used to describe the "girls"..... "tatas"..... "headlights"..... but when I heard "cupcakes" I have to admit I thought that was cute!  This challenge was to make a pretty wrapping for a cupcake!!! Whether it's a cupcake wrapper/template or a 3D box or something else. Now since it just might be a bit tricky to mail these cupcake wrappings....included in the challenge is to make a matching tag or notecard and that is what will be sent to MD Anderson!!!!

I don't have any "cupcake" patterned paper, so I'm hoping this will do for the challenge.  You can't see it in this picture, but some of the dots are all glittery and full of bling!


Materials:
MFT - Clearly Sentimental about Audrey Hepburn stamp set
PTI - Mat Stack #5 die
Mambi - Me & My Big Ideas - Breast Cancer patterned paper
PTI - Lavender Moon, Stamper's Select White and Soft Stone cardstock
Lavender Moon Swiss Dot Satin ribbon
Tim Holtz Distress ink - Milled Lavendar
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black


Thanks so much for stopping by, today.  I hope you come back often to see all of the cards I create for this wonderful challenge!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Outlawz CAS Challenge - Child's Birthday

Good morning, everyone!

It's Sunday, so it must be time for a CAS Outlawz challenge!


Here is your challenge this week.....
This week's challenge is to create a Clean And Simple card with the children in mind!  Create a card you can give to a child.......birthday, cheer up, or even something saying how proud you are of them.
  
I recently starting adding stamps that I can use for children's birthdays........When I saw this challenge theme I was excited because I could ink those stamps right up and color!

 
 
Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.
You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  I'd be glad to help anyone who joins the forum and needs some help.

When you submit each of your entries with the Inlinkz tab, at the end of every month there are huge prizes to be won!!!
Go check it out!!!

I can't wait to see your cards!!!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Tremendous Treats: Birthday stamp set 
DCWV patterned paper - Nana's Nursery:  Baby Girl
Dark Chocolate, Stamper's Select White and New Leaf cardstock 
Memento ink- Rich Cocoa
Copic markers - YG11/13/17/67/97, C1/3/7, Y19, RV23, YR23/24, E35/37/59




Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Full Month of "Hope You Can Cling To" cards!!!




I'm so excited to participate in this year's Hope You Can Cling To card challenges.  This is the 3rd year that  the ladies over at SplitCoast Stampers host a wonderful, month-long card drive that benefits those affected by breast cancer. Card makers and crafters worldwide make and donate their cards to the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and their families.

Several years ago, I lost a very good friend to cancer in October.  It wasn't breast cancer, but this awful disease took her away long before her time.  As I was trying to get through this very difficult time, SCS was sponsoring the very first HYCCT challenges.  I dove right in and donated a huge amount of cards.  Everytime I mailed that big brown envelope.....I thought of Lori and how she would be smiling over the shoulders of all the patients receiving the cards.  Since then, it has become easier to make the cards, but this is the month that I donate in my friend's name to help heal.  This is the month I create for her and for all patients dealing with this horrible disease.  This is the month that I celebrate her life and all that she meant to me.

So, in honor of Lori and all of the other "Lori's" out there, I will make my cards and send them along, hoping to make someone smile or give them a little hope.  It's such a great feeling to do this every year.


On a happier note..........

Here's a card for the HYCCT1B-For Kids Sake challenge!
This challenge was to create a card for the kiddos who see their parents going through treatment.  My card will allow a child to have a voice and to tell their mom how much they love them and that they are wishing that she recovers soon!

When I saw this Mambi patterned paper pack back in July, I bought it immediately knowing that I would need it for October.  I love the different combinations and the designs work great with this card.

Materials:
MFT - Girly Grphics T-shirt stamp set
MFT - Masculine T-shirt die-namics die
Mambi - Me & My Big Ideas - Breast Cancer patterned paper
Kraft, Raspberry Fizz and Sweet Blush cardstock
Raspberry Fizz dye ink and ribbon
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black


Thanks so much for stopping by, today.  I hope you come back often to see all of the cards I create for this wonderful challenge!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

SSD Sketch Challenge #148

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Challenge 148!

It's a new month which means more sketches and more fun!  This month we are back to the RETRO sketches.  I absolutely love these!

  Also with a new month, we have some inspiration from 2 wonderful guest designers!   JJ Bolton and Miriam Prantner will  be joining us for the month of October and I can't wait to see what they create using these past sketches.



I'm thinking Breast Cancer Awareness!
Cancer Schmancer was one of my very first sets to own from SSD.  This simple ribbon caught my eye immediately.  Well, that and the awesome sentiments of hope!


 


Here's your sketch for this week! 


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Design - Cancer Schmancer
My Mind's Eye patterned paper - Tangerine
Ripe Avocado and Simply Chartreuse cardstock
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Melon Berry dye ink
Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients ribbon
My Mind's Eye decorative brads - Stella & Rose Mabel "Love"



This card was also made to fit the very first challenge for the "Hope You Can Cling To" challenges for 2012. 

The first challenge, HYCCT1A had you create a card that reflects a part of YOUR style!  I definitely have a CAS style with a bit of an edge because I don't like "white" space.........I like a lot of plain, "colored" space!  I love simple, clean lines and lots of color.  That's why this card fits my style.

I'll be back with a write up about the HYCCT challenges tomorrow when the focus is perfect for expressing my thanks to the girls over at the Split Coast forums and all that they do for these challenges.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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