Sunday, May 27, 2012

Color My Heart Color Dare #1

Thank you Sarah Stone for posting this color challenge blog using Close To My Heart colors! This first challenge is to use monochromatic colors of Amethyst, Petal and Smoky Plum. These are colors that I have never used together before so I was intrigued by this challenge. I get "bonus points" for also using a sketch from the Wishes Card Confidence Book found on page 61. The card dimensions are 8" x 3.5". The patterned paper is from CTMH Paper Garden (retired). The greeting is from the Feb. 2012 Stamp of the Month called s1201 Thoughtful Tidings and was stamped on Colonial White CS with Smoky Plum ink. A piece of wall seam tape and prisma glitter was attached to the Smoky Plum paper. The flowers are from Hooray Bouquet. I used 3/8" punched circles from holographic paper (from Dollar Store gift bags) for the flower centers.
Which flower centers do you like better--silver or purple? Thanks for stopping by....

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Challenge Me Monday #112--Graduation and Exploring Cricut

Here's a graduation card for a very sweet graduate. I'm entering this in Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday and Exploring Cricut whose challenge is to use a "neglected" cricut cartridge. Although I purchased it several months ago this is the first time that I used the Wrap it Up cricut cartridge. The dipoma is found on page 47 and I used shift phrase at 2". I used a black cricut marker for the lettering and then cut out the diploma. I used a copper gel pen to outline the phrase and diploma. I used a cuttlebug border to emboss the top and the bottom of the card. It was pretty simple to do!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dynamic Duos #3, Play Date Cafe and CAS FTL 191 Challenges

I love the sketch provided by Clean and Simple Stamping FTL 191 and am combining it with a new color challenge that I recently discovered at Dynamic Duos. This is the third color challenge being offered by this site and the challenge is to use only the colors black, white and yellow and combine it with a dry embossing technique. The Play Date Cafe Challenge is using the same colors so I may as well enter that challenge also! I used Close To My Heart Sunny Yellow, Black, and White Daisy cardstocks along with Black embossing powder. The greeting is from A1121 A Blossom and the medallion is from B1400 Beautiful Friendship (trimmed down so it would fit in the sketch better) The white background was dry embossed with the "Distressed Stripes" cuttlebug folder. I adhered a piece of wall seam tape to the black panel and then applied CTMH Bonding Memories Glue and Prisma Glitter. The sunny yellow edges were sponged with black ink and a clear sparkle was added to the medallion which was popped up with 3D foam tape. My card:
The sketch:
Thanks for stopping by to check out my artwork :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Freshly Made Sketches #35

I was inspired to check out the sketch challenge offered by Freshly Made Sketches by a fellow Close To My Heart consultant's Dotty for You card which is posted here. Thank you for the inspiration Allisa Chilton! For my card I used CTMH Lucy paper, Sweet Leaf CS, Topiary Ink CS and Ink. I used an EK Success punch for the butterfly because I like that it has antennae. Silver Glitz Glitter Gel was applied to the butterfly antennae and body. The Thinking of You greeting is from CTMH "Say it In Style" set. The frame around the greeting was made with an old Family Treasures punch that CTMH used to carry. The ribbon is of unknown origin as it has been in my stash quite a long time. I used a Licorice Opaque Adhesive Gem in the center of the ribbon. The card base was embossed with a cuttlebug folder called "Stylized Flower." Here is the sketch that I loosely followed:
Thanks for stopping by to take a look. I hope that I can offer inspiration to you also!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day! #2 (H2H, Fantabulous Cricut)

I'm entering this card into the Heart2Heart Challenge to make a mother's day item and also for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge to use something cut with a cricut for a mother's day item. I used the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge to make this Mother's Day Card. The center shape can be found on page 67 of the Art Philosophy handbook--shape 10, Decorative Layer Shift, cut at 2.5" from retired CTMH Metallic paper. The pink paper underneath the silver frame was shape 10 cut at 2.5" and is from the CTMH Lucy paper pack. This is layered over a 2.75" x 3" Topiary rectangle which was sanded for a distressed edge. The background rectangles are also from Lucy paper pack and are cut at 2" x 2.75". (The finished card size is 4" x 5.5") The greeting is from Close To My Heart "Say it in Style" which was clear embossed using Versamark and Topiary ink. A one inch Butterfly (2)was cut from page 55 of the Art Philosophy handbook and edge distressed with black ink. A thin strip of CTMH Silver Glitz gel was applied down the middle of the butterfly. The final embellishment is a 1/2" adhesive embellishment from Recollections. I enjoyed making this card and hope you have enjoyed looking at it too! Happy Mother's Day to all!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day! (Fantabulous Cricut, H2H, FTL 189, CAS-ual Fridays CFC52))

Here is a card I made that qualifies for 4 card challenges this week. Two of these challenges have a Mother's Day theme--Heart2Heart and Fantabulous Cricut and the third is a sketch by Clean and Simple FTL 189. The 4th challenge by CAS-ual Fridays is to use the theme of birds on a project. I used the Close to My Heart Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the label (rectangle 8 from page 65 at 1.75") and bird (bird page 51, body cut at 1.5" and wing cut at 1.75") The paper colors are from Close To My Heart--Sunny Yellow, Pacifica, Crystal Blue and White Daisy. The white part was embossed with a cuttlebug folder. The edges were distressed with Pacifica ink. I used a Bitty Pearl Opaque for the bird's eye. I used foam tape to pop up the bird from the card. The greeting is from a very versatile Close To My Heart set called "Say it in Style" It was an easy card to make!
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Mother's Day to all!
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