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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MOJO MONDAY SKETCH CHALLENGE - MOJO291

Have you ever missed a deadline by just a few minutes?  Well that's what happened to me on Sunday night. I just didn't have any creative time during the week to work on the  MOJO MONDAY sketch challenge, so I thought that's okay I'll set it aside until the weekend. 

The weekend arrived and you guessed it, one thing led to another and  I didn't actually get working on my card until late Sunday evening, and I just assumed I would get my finished card posted before the deadline elapsed.  Wrong!  I still went ahead with my post, but it just didn't quite feel the same, even though I loved the card I made.  So this week I'm not being a laggard, I'm posting and linking early. 

Here's What I Made: 
Here's this week's MOJO291 sketch and my rendition:  


This week's sketch has two different options - a round or square card. I decided to go with the round version and designed an easel card.  I find these fast and easy to do.  
 


The theme for my card is Graduation and is meant to reflect on going out into the world, unlocking the doors and making life's journey one of discovery.  

Since "Graduation" is considered one of life's milestones, an Epic Day, I think I succeeded in capturing that feeling in my choice of paper, card stock and sentiments.   

I've been absolutely blown away with the Epic Day Designer Paper that was included in the Epic Day This and That Bundle (special ends today) and decided to use one of the designs that featured a map.  

One of the best things about using Stampin' Up! products is that everything is co-ordinated.  So, once the paper was chosen it was an easy next step to choose the card stock and accessories to complete the project.  I simply pulled the co-ordinating colours from the DSP pallette - Whisper White, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Basic Grey.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets:  Affection Collection, Word Play and The Open Sea

DSP:  Epic Day Designer Series Paper 

Ink:  Basic Black

Card stock:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Basic Grey and Pool Party

Accessories:  Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Square Lattice and Stripes Embossing Folders, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Key Trinket (retired), Ribbon, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects adhesive, Sponge Daubers.


You can just barely see the map in the background on the face of the card.  The colours are so beautiful.  I used the striped embossing folder to add some definition to the banners and I thought the sentiment "always" from the Affection Collection set the tone of the card message. 

This is a view of the inside of the card.  I stamped off the Pool Party ink before stamping the globe image from the Open Sea stamp set  onto a 2 1/2" circle of Whisper White card stock.  I also sponged the edges of the circle in Pool Party and  then stamped the sentiment "Go Confidently in the Direction of your Dreams" over the globe image.  It gives a nice watermark effect.  Layered circles of Basic Grey, Pool Party and Whisper White were cut out with a set of Sizzlet circle frames.  The silver key is from the Trinkets accessories.

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Epic Day Designer Series Paper

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mojo Monday Card Challenge: MOJO290

It's MOJO MONDAY Sketch Challenge time again.  This week's sketch was a simple design that lends itself well to that "spur of the moment" card.  You could put almost anything into those four little frames.  

As it's nearing the end of the school year and I'm thinking about Teacher gifts and thank you cards, I felt this layout would work perfectly for a Teacher Appreciation Card.  

Usually I would stamp something in each of those squares, but for this challenge, I decided to simply add paper to the frames and chose Story Time Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! because the images went so well with my theme.  This beautiful paper be retiring at the end of May.  

Here's is my card design:
DSP:  Storytime
Ink:   Basic Black 
Stamp Set:  Mixed Medley 
Cardstock:  Red Riding Hood, So Saffron
Accessories:  Red Riding Hood Red ruffled ribbon, Soda Pop Top,  3/4" and 1" Circle punches, Big Shot Machine, Adhesive, Dimensionals.
 
For the top strip which showcases four pictures I punched children's images from the Storytime DSP and spaced them out on a 1 1/4" by 4 3/4" piece of Red Riding Hood cardstock. Before adhereing these four little blocks, I sponged around the edges with Early Espresso ink.   I used the reverse side of this beautiful paper for the blackboard effect on the bottom of the card. 


Instead of adding a bow to my ribbon as shown in the sketch, I decided to add a Soda Pop Top which I flattened in my Big Shot Machine.  I stamped the "for you" sentiment from the Mixed Medley stamp set in Basic Black ink and punched it out with a 3/4" circle punch.  This sentiment was then popped up on a dimensional and added to the center of a 1" circle of so saffron cardstock. I glued these pieces to the Soda Pop Top with Crystal Effects.  The rippled ribbon in Red Riding Hood is retired but I liked the effect it creates on this card.  
These Soda Pop Tops are a retro accent piece that's proving to be very popular this Spring.  They come in two sizes, 1 inch and half inch and you get 8 each of the two designs per packageThey are item # 129388 in the Spring Mini Catalogue and will be available until May 31st, 2013.
Thank you for dropping by and checking out my entry in this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. 

Paper Craft Cew Card Sketch #39

Here's this weeks great card sketch and challenge from the Paper Craft Crew.  Just click on this link to see all the great samples from the design team.

As you know, if you visit my blog frequently, I went through a rough patch in the beginning of the year with illness and dealing with the loss of my little dog Murphy.  So many people were so good to me and offered me so much support, I thought I would take this opportunity to make some Thank You cards to express my appreciation.

The background and ribbon colours in the sketch design and the tiny floral pattern on the DSP inspired me to design something Victorian or Vintage for my entry this week.  

With that in mind, I went through my stash and found a retired designer paper called Attic Boutique.  One of the designer papers that attracted me featured vintage corsets and horns in an array of colours and I knew it would work perfectly with what I had in mind. To go with this paper I chose the retired stamp set called Rue Des Fleures, which has the same elements and great sentiments.

Here is my card:





I stamped the 3 sentiments from the Rue Des Fleures stamp set in Early Espresso Ink directly onto the Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper.  But, before stamping the sentiment I inked up the stamps with Versa Mark ink and then Early Espresso ink and then heat set with Early Espresso Embossing Powder.  This added a little dimension without making it look too glossy.  

I added a vintage dimensional flower from the 5/8" Flower Trim strips.  You get 2 yards of these little rosettes in each strip and they're so versatile.  I could have left it as is but decided to tie the flower into the colours of the background papers with a little Baja Breeze daubed on the edges.  Easy Peasy!  I used Crystal Effects to mount the flower onto the card. 

The circles and the sentiment layers are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals to give definition and make the element fit over the ribbon.    
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Products Used:

Stamp Set:  Stampin' Up! - Rue Des Fleures

DSP:  Attic Boutique

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight

Ink:  Early Espresso and Baja Breeze 

Accessories:  1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" circle punches, Retired designer brads, Flower Trim (#126869 Spring Mini), Baja Breeze retired ribbon,Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (this will be retiring the end of may #120175 IB&C), Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Crystal Effects #101055


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

MOJO Monday - MOJO289 Get Well Soon Card


I was a little late with posting my card for the Mojo Monday #289 Sketch Challenge, but that's alright.  The nice thing about these sketch challenges is that you can really do it just as a challenge to yourself and then you can do them anytime.  

I liked the layout on this sketch with its paper splitting theme.  I hadn't tried that before and let me tell you it challenged my accuracy with a cutting blade. It worked out okay in the end, and I'm proud to share my rendition here today.

I chose a Get Well Card theme for this sketch.  I have a few folks who have just recently had surgery or it is imminent and I thought this was a cheery way to express my good thoughts to them.  

Get Well Card Based on Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #289


Stamps:  Oh, Whale #129132 Summer Mini

Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and Marina Mist

Ink:  Marina Mist, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight

DSP:  Sunshine and Sprinkle, #126922 Summer Mini 

Accessories:
Big Shot Machine, Cloudy Day#127022 and Delicate Designs #127023 Embossing Folders, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack #126187, Happy Whale Clearlits Die #129403, 2 1/2" Circle Punch #120906.  Six Regal Rose brads #11938 Subtles Brad Pack, and Dazzling Details Glitter Adhesive #124117.  

 
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

PCCCS#38 Challenge - Thanks So Much

Thanks for dropping by.  Today I made a card for the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #38 challenge.  I used the following:

Stamps:  Thanks So Much # 130733 

DSP:  This and That Epic Day DSP 

Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Gumball Green, Daoffodil Delight

Ink:  Regal Rose, Marina Mist, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit.

Accessories:  Dazzling Details Glitter Adhesive #124117 in Silver, Ovals Collection Framelit Dies #129381, Beautiful Wings Embosslits #118,138, Elegant Butterfly Punch #126526, Perfect          Pennants Bigz L die cuts 123126.

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And here are some views of my card.  Let me know how you like it.  These colours and the design are not common ones for me, but I fell in luv with this sketch the moment I began to design the card.
 


I love the way I was able to layer the ovals on this card.  The Ovals Collection Framelit Dies made it so easy.   I layered 3 butterfly images cut using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit for the two Gumball Green butterflies and the Elegant Butterfly Punch was used for the Marina Mist butterfly.  Rolling the wings with a bamboo skewer gave the wings some added dimension. 

I coloured the designs on the banner with Stampin' Up! Markers in Marina Mist, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit and Regal Rose and then stamped the image on some very vanilla card stock.  I hand cut the banner. I also ran some Dazzling  Details along the lines separating each design to give a little glimmer.. 

The Dazzling Diamonds Silver Glitter Adhesive makes these little butterflies fairly dance off the page.


And there you have it.  I hope to do more of the Paper Crafts Crew Card Sketch challenges.  Hope you'll play along too.  It's a great way to stretch your creative wings.

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