Tuesday, September 1, 2015

My First SHAKER

Whoohoo!  Yes, I've never made a shaker card before, but I love the way this card turned out..  I know this looks pretty simple.  But I spent 1 and 1/2 hours looking for something to put in with the houses  How can you have a shaker card with nothing to shake? . I finally found the sequins- big sigh.

I think the houses are so cute.  I had to cut them out and make a little scene.  The Swiss Dot embossing folder made a plain background come alive.  I covered white paper with a Copic Snow Green (G0000) color for the cool landscape.  Even though this isn't snow falling, I think the sequins add a delightful flare.
a2z Globe Sept 2015

I love how just moving one house behind a piece of paper gives a three dimensional feel of distance.  The houses are equal in height, but the house in back is thinner and appears taller than the house in front.  I usually color, but didn't even color anything but the hill.  I like the fact that I can color or just flow with the pre-colored houses in the digital kit.
Supplies:
Since the challenge is to make a Shaker card, I had to try my hand at it too.  To catch the samples at a2Z Scrapbooking, click here.

Hope you’ll join in our September Challenge and make a shaker card with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking.
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Two for One

That's a TWO for ONE) Two sponsors for one challenge.  Head on over to Die Cut Divas for the month of September.  I tried out one of Hannah's sketches for my sample for September 1st.  I decided to use a Bugaboo Stamp and a Die from One Happy Cut.  

This bride is such a feminine classy and classic image.  She is a gorgeous image and marvelous to color.  And who doesn't like the classic Spellbinders' rectangle dies?  I have my Spellbinders on a magnetic matte on the wall, so I'm not sure if this is from the small or large set.  They've become mixed up on my matte.   The patterned paper is on a diagonal, but you really can't tell, but I KNOW it is and I meant it to be.  

Bugaboo Bride
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Rectangle small
This may be a Classic Rectangle lcarge
Patterned paper
3 clear gems
Copic Markers

Monday, August 31, 2015

Poinsettias for the Season

The last day of August and I'm playing with poinsettias.  What a beautiful card base to set the Spellbinders dies upon.  I love the deep red poinsettia against the stark white background.  A few little gems and a sticker for the sentiment is all it needed to complete this card.
 Le Crystelle Clothing and Cards 2 Fold Heirloom
Le Crystelle Clothing and Cards Spellbinders Poinsettia Die

I have so enjoyed using the cards from Le Crystelle.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

August time for CCC

Yes, time for the reveal of the Card Chain Challenge of my card to Christi. 

 Deborah Nolan of The Society of Stampaholics, who runs the card exchange had a sketch to follow and I went for the sketch.  I have a Hero Arts background stamp that worked perfectly with the sketch.  This is a starburst, but I think it looks like a strawberry and cream burst now.  There's lots of shine with some Perfect Pearls spray I made and then some drops of the same ink color all over exceptt the panel with the "hello" and star.  That star is all aglitter too - cut out of red glitter paper

Hero Arts Star Burst Background 330056
Spellbinders stars Nestabilities
Distree Ink Ripe Persimmon
Memory Box Hello Script

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Love those Lace Hearts




This is a sample of one of the cards for the August challenge 
at Die Cut Divas.  
It's an ANY HOLIDAY party we're having.


I so like the hearts and the wonderful different step cards at Le Crystelle Clothing and Crfats that I had to play some more.  To see another card, follow my link HERE to the post.



A better photo of the heart on the last step.  I love all the lace hearts in this set.

Moving on to the center step of the card.  This is one of my favorite hearts of the set.
Spellbinders Lace Hearts
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I wanted you to see the set.  They are just really beautiful.
Lace Hearts




Thursday, August 20, 2015

Let It Snow

I could say "A little paste never hurt anyone".  This is the only way I want to shovel my snow.  When I saw these houses, I just immediately thought of putting paste on for the snow.  Crazy, but one should always try something to see if it works.  It works for me.  A bit of embossing on the blue panel behind the houses adds some interest to the background.  Bling never hurt anyone either.
a2z Xmas Pasted Houses Aug

 iI can't wait to send this card out.  You can check out this post at a2z Scrapbooking.
Hope you’ll join in our August Challenge and make a card showing some paste with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking.
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Another Retirement Card for Ed

I have a Bugaboo Retirement card, that I changed from School to WORK!  Since this was aan 8 1/2" X 11" piece of card stock folded in half, I didn't want to use Copic markers that would bleed through to the other side.  I used a mixture of older markers to complete the little coloring needed.  I think it turned out entertaining and quirky.

One of my few cards made without die-cuts.  I found this fun to work with and even though meant for kids, I think it'll work for a retirement card too.  We obviously would like him to stay, but retirement comes for us all and we are usually very pleased to meet it.



Here's to a Happy Retirement.