Monday, August 25, 2014

Card Corsage

I had to travel to the '40s to try Betsy's corsage.  I didn't have enough felt colors, but I did have these paper flowers that I've had in my drawer forever.  I colored them with Copics and then followed Betsy's directions to make them into a corsage.  I die cut the leaves and layered 2 together at a time with Scor-tape and the floral wire in between.  I attached my corsage to a library card tag die cut with more floral wire, so that I can attach it to a gift.

Time after time challenge

The Time After Time challenge invites us to re-design an older card to reflect how our stamping has changed over time.  I went back to the first year of my blog and found the card I most wanted a re-do on:
I did this one as part of the 2010 Anniversary festivities.  
Here is my "modern" remake:
First, I had to turn the card.  I'll bet 80% of my cards are verticle/ open-at-the-top cards these days. I decided to keep almost the same color scheme, just a little bolder.  I changed the Aqua Mist to Hawaiian Shores and the Lemon Tart to Summer Sunrise.  I kept the Berry Sorbet -- right down to the Bitty Box pattern.   I've been adding flagged banners more often than punched tags lately.  And I love to use die cuts.  These circle scribbles are even more fun than polka dots.  I don't use ribbon as often as I used to.  But I take any chance I can get to add a little bling.  These sequins from the Shakers and Sprinkles kit were just right tonight.   And I love that Birthday Style set!  

Passing Notes Challenge

I'm skipping around through the challenges.  I decided to travel all the way to the '80s to do Lexi's Passing Notes challenge.  I remember all about folding and passing notes, so this one took me back.   
I decided to use patterned paper for folding my mini-note.  I added some arrow and border stickers from an older, partially-used scrapping kit from Stampin' Up.  Stamps are from Kid Kudos, Wonderful Words: Thank You ("For You"), Grunge Me, and Simply Framed.

The opened note:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ancient Rome #2

Here is my second Faux Fresco for the day.  This one used embossing paste tinted with Tea Dye Duo Chai ink refill.

Ancient Rome: Faux Fresco

For my first Faux Fresco, I tried some watercoloring over embossing paste, although I'm sure that you can't tell that in the picture.    
The focal point stamp is from Stampin' Up.  The background is from Ombre Builders.  Sentiment comes from Year of the Flowers:  Mums.  

Morning Timer Challenge, continued

Since had extra time and already had the supplies out, I decided to try another sketch for this challenge with the same color combo.  This time I chose this sketch:
And I made this card:
This card only uses the Sketched Shapes set.  

Morning Timer Challenge

I'm back with my first card of the day.  This one was quick and simple thanks to the sketch and color recipe choices.  I chose this sketch:
And this color recipe:
To make this card:
Since I don't have ink in a soft stone color, I used my Cool Gray (C1) Copic marker to add shading under each banner.  I like the way it adds dimension to this simple card.   I love this Ombre Builders Set!  The sentiment is from Sketched Shapes.

And my time?   Only

Stamp-a-faire 2014 Meet and Greet

I'm joining in again this year for Stamp-a-faire 2014.  If you don't know about Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire event, you can find information on Nichole's blog.  This year I'm going to spread it a little more through the weekend because I have other things going on, too.  But I do hope to participate in most of the challenges.
My paper is all stocked up and ready for me this morning.  I assure you that I did not get up and get started at 7:00 this morning.  I'll probably work late into the night, but I need more time to get started in the mornings.  

I have already been to my desk to clear some working space.   I've also printed out the cards for the first challenge and have my supplies close at hand, so I'm ready to jump right in!  I hope to be back soon with my first challenge card.   

Amy (in North Carolina)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Make it Monday #174

This week's Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey is to stamp a wallpaper background.  The first set I thought of when I saw this challenge was Guidelines.  I love that stamp set, but I use it way too rarely.   I started with the Guidelines impression plate, then stamped my Guidelines image in Tropical Teal.  Then I went back and stamped a circle image from Background Basics Retro in Enchanted Evening.  I inked the edges of my background in Hawaiian Shores.  Then I added the sentiment from Quilled Elegance.   The buttons are cut from paper clay and colored with Copics.

For my second card, I decided to pull out the dashed X image from A Little Argyle.  I stamped it in Smokey Shadow repeatedly to form the diamond pattern.  Then I stamped the small solid diamond in Berry Sorbet at the line intersections.  I chose a small image from Iconic Images and stamped it in Pure Poppy in each of the diamonds.   The sentiment on this card is from Beautiful Blessings.

Thanks for looking!