Friday, August 31, 2012

Mustard and Gold - Evergreen

Today I finally MADE A CARD!  I found a NEW blog challenge today and thought I'd try it out.
The layout comes from the brand new Fab Friday blog.
To find some colors to go with it I searched through some other blog challenges and found this at Just Add Ink - MUSTARD and METAL!

I used my favorite set "Evergreen" with the colors More Mustard and can you believe it - Summer Starfruit!!!!  With some black I think this makes a great color combo (and something a little different).  I stamped the trees with the two colors and then versamark with the outline image and embossed the trees and both sentiments in gold.  The sentiments are from the set "Beautiful Season".
The oval with clip is popped up.

I added a decorative edge (framelit) and some piercing.  I'm quite happy with how this turned out and I continue to LOVE this versatile stamp set (I even used it for a Christmas card this time!)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Queen.. QFTD128

Here are the two cards I made for this week's Queen.
Both cards are using this week's fabulous color combo - Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade.

For this card I tried the "seamless tiers" technique.  Actually worked a lot better than I expected and was VERY easy!
I cut my 3 white pieces in the sizes that I wanted them, for layering.  I laid them on top of each other and stamped!  So I only stamped one time for each leaf.  This means you don't have to line up any layers with stamping them separately.  This ONLY works because you put the other layers of color behind each white piece to mat (it covers up around the edges where the stamp can't push down properly.)  It creates a really cool WOW effect and is actually really easy to do!  I enjoyed it.
I pierced around the sentiment and added some brads. 

For this card I took a piece of black textured paper and die cut two shapes from the apothecary accents framelits at the same time, one inside the other.  So it creates a frame.  The bird image is actually BEHIND the opening in the frame.

I stamped the bird silhouette in black and then just swiped color with my markers across.  It actually looks really cool for such a random technique.  I think this works because it is a silhouette image.
I added a sentiment (from Easy Events) in a word window punch, with mini brads and some twine.
I'm quite pleased with how both of these turned out!
I hope you come join along with the Queen for the Day Challenge here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New Queen... QFTD126

I made these two cards for our Queen this week...

 For this first one I brayered a sunset.  This is what it looked like without stamping...
I masked off the bottom left corner with a piece of torn paper.  I brayered yellow, then orange, then red.  I took the paper off and sponged in brown and black in the bottom area (so it hopefully looks like a hill).
I stamped the trees with Staz On black, but it didn't show up as well as I wanted, so I colored the image in with black marker.  I'm really pleased with how this turned out.  The trees are from "Evergreen" and a retired set "Branch Out"

For this card I used my square punch and punched out 6 pieces of patterned paper.  Added a piece of ribbon with a stapler, punched out the sentiment and pierced some holes and used a marker to connect the dots (faux stitching).
Really simple to make.  I used some colors I don't normally put together and I'm happy with how it looks.

I really hope you come play along with the Queen for the Day Challenge.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Water Stamping with leaves

I made this card for last week's layout on Splitcoast.  Such a pretty layout, although I think I took a bit of liberty with it.

The colors are: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Summer Starfruit, white, with a bit of always artichoke

I used twine, brads, oval and modern label punch.  The embossing on the mustard is houndsooth.

I made the background circle by sponging colors on glossy paper, then I wet my stamp background and stamped it on.  I used french filigree background.  I found the technique on Splitcoast - Water Stamping.

The leaves I made by coloring the image with markers and stamping on summer starfuit paper and more mustard paper and cutting them out.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out and think it makes a nice masculine card.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Queen... QFTD125

I made these two cards for our Queen this week...
Come join in the Queen for the Day Challenge.

 This first card uses a combination of 2 stamp sets - Evergreen and Serene Silhouettes.  I just love how it turned out.  The layout was from Barb's card, except I changed the placement of the sentiment.
The sentiment is from Evergreen too.  It says...  "Remembering with you that silent night so long ago and the Savior's gift of peace, hope and love that fills our hearts today."

I made this card using Barb's layout again.  Love her dark red layers behind everything. 
I colored the image with markers.  I purposefully twisted the ribbon so there would be loops like that.  I like it.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tree of kindness

It's been so long since I've made a card for any internet challenges, I wanted to make the time today to get back into it.

The Technique challenge at Splitcoast today was to choose a background technique.  I chose embossed embossing.  I used the new GUMBALL GREEN cardstock, embossed it through the Big Shot with the argyle embossing folder.  I rubbed it with the embossing buddy and used BLACK embossing powder to heat emboss it.

I used two of my new stamp sets "Evergreen" and "Blooming with Kindness".    I stamped the tree twice, then doodled my own frame with black and green markers.  The sentiment is also embossed in black.

The layout is roughly from Clean & Simple Stamping.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New Queen... QFTD124

I made these 2 cards for the Queen for the Day - #124 - Queen Sue!

For this card I used the tree image from "Serene Silhouettes".  One of the reasons I bought this set was to use this tree image for masculine cards.  I colored the tree with midnight, basic gray and black and then spritzed with water.
The colors on this are: Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand and black.
I reached for some items I haven't used in a LONG time, eyelets (and the crop-a-dile) and twine.

This card was made using a color challenge.  Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze and Summer Starfruit.
I minimized the Starfruit because I didn't want it to overwhelm.  I stamped the flower image in baja breeze ink on the same color paper for a subtle look. 
I had some fun with shapes, piercing, rhinestones and the fun new ribbon.

Hope you come join in with the Queen for the Day Challenge here.