pastel flowers card, for color throwdown

Pastel flower card by Kitty, for Color Throwdown.Hi!  Today’s pastel flowers card is for the Color Throwdown – a new (to me) challenge. The soft colors for this week’s challenge just really appealed to me.  Normally, I’m all about bright colors, but sometimes, you need a change.  Here’s what we were asked to use as inspiration:

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I started with the background piece.  I smooshed some ink on an acrylic block, and used a paint brush and just a bit of water to splash some color onto a piece of white cardstock.  I love this technique, though I’d like to practice with it more. The splotches on this one are bit bigger than I actually wanted… but I decided I could live with it.  (I’m really working on my perfectionism… which is kind of necessary if I want to create anything, LOL.)

I wanted to add some flowers, but they had to be very delicate, to go with the soft look I was going for. This outline die was just the right sort of delicate, but it had these long stems:Kit-PastelFlowersCuts

I wanted three flowers, one in each of the throwdown colors, so I tried arranging these three several different ways, by themselves, in a jar, in a vase, any way I could think of.  It just wasn’t working… until I got smart and cut off the stems.  🙂  I also cut off the leaves, and arranged them the way I wanted.

I stamped a sentiment on a die-cut tag, adhered with foam adhesive, and added a little bow made from yellow and white Baker’s Twine.  A couple of rounded corners, and a few sequins finish it off.  Oh, and a bit of Wink of Stella on those flowers, to make them sparkle.  It’s hard to see in the photo above, so here’s a close-up:  Pastel flowers card by Kitty, for the Color Throwdown.

What kind of colors do you like to work with?   I think I struggle with matching up colors more KitEndSig2than any other part of the process.  Am I the only one that is color-challenged?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful day!there-are-so-many-beautiful-reasons-to-be-happy-quote-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplies… well, gosh, it looks like I managed to use another discontinued item.  There are lots of other alternatives, but if you’d like to hunt down the flower die I used, it’s by Poppy Stamps, and it’s called “Cecilia Flower Outline”.

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doodlebug butterfly card

Butterfly card made with Doodlebug Designs paper

I’ve got a bright and cheery Doodlebug butterfly card for you today.  Simon Says Stamp’s latest Wednesday Challenge is Things With Wings, and they’re highlighting Doodlebug Designs products.  The only Doodlebug product I could find in my stash was this totally adorable pad of patterned papers… so I decided to use as many of the papers as I could to create a little scene.  I chose butterflies for my “wings” because they make me happy.  🙂

The background piece is just white cardstock, with some Sea Glass ink blended over it.  I didn’t want anything that would take away from the vibrant patterns, but white was too stark.  The grassy hills were just hand-cut.  The sun was stamped on patterned paper, and then fussy-cut.  I also added some Wink of Stella to it, so it would really “shine”.

The cloud was cut with an old die.  I don’t know… might have over-done it here, making a cloud from cloud patterned paper, but it sounded like a good idea.  🙂

The butterflies were punched, and just their bodies were attached to the card base (with rolled up glue dots), so the wings could fly.  The flowers were punched, with half of them glued directly to the card and half of them popped up with some foam adhesive.  I added a dot of pink Liquid Pearls or white Enamel Accents to each one.KitEndSig2

Not too challenging, and similar to other cards I’ve made, but I’m happy with it.  This is a really fun way to use patterned papers.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a bright, sunshiny day!

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seeing stars

Seeing Stars card, made with Simon Says Stamp card kit

 

Yes, I’m finally re-subscribed to Simon Says Stamp’s monthly Card Kits, and this month, Simon has me seeing stars!  I’ve got two cards to share with you today, both made with this kit.

Even before my kit arrived, I was getting ideas about how to use this unusual “vented star” die.  I will confess that my first idea was an epic fail, but that’s okay – if at first you don’t succeed, try try again.  For the card above, I layered several of the vented stars to give my piece a bit more stability, and then I covered it with silver embossing powder.  I did three layers of the heat embossing, to get it as smooth as possible.

The three white stars were cut with a Sizzix die, and that bit of silvery ribbon is just something old I found in my stash.  I heat embossed the sentiment on a separate piece of cardstock.  All of the paper is from the kit, as well as the sentiment stamp.

For my second card… well, I think I might have gotten a little carried away with the silver embossing.  I’m still on a bit of an embossing kick.  Seeing Stars card, from Simon Says Stamp Card Kit

My focal image was sort of a happy accident.  While playing around with another idea, I noticed that the star looked kind of cool when layered on top of another star that’s at an angle.  You get this nice criss-cross look.  Not all sides of the star are created equal, so you can’t get a perfectly square checkerboard, but I’m still happy with the result.  It actually looks more dramatic in real life – with that square popped up on foam, you definitely get more of a 3D effect.  Let me see if I can get a bit of a close-up for you…Seeing Stars card from Simon Says Stamp Card Kit, close-up

The background piece was made with the red and blue ink included in the kit, along with a bit more of my silver embossing powder.  I just did a splatter pattern with a paint brush on the whole thing.  I added the three strips of paper on the right to bring a little more red into the card, to go with the paint splatters.  The five small stars, and the sentiment, were all heat-embossed – images from the kit.  KitEndSig2

There is so much more in this kit to play with!  I’m always amazed at how versatile these kits are – so many different ways to use them.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a star-studded day!

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hello sunshine

Hello Sunshine, create a scene card by KittyHello Sunshine!  (I love Florida.)  🙂  Once again, I decided to play along with Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge.  The most recent challenge is to Create a Scene, and they’re highlighting Newton’s Nook products.  I just have one Newton’s Nook stamp set (so far), but it’s a cute one.  It features a wagon, with a few different things you can put in the wagon.

Well, I had an idea, but the stamps didn’t quite meet my needs… so I manipulated them until they did what I wanted them to.  (Don’t worry – no rubber stamps were harmed in this experiment, LOL.)  I absolutely had to include Newton (the cat), but the set has him sleeping on a pile of pumpkins – cute, but I was going for summer, not fall.  There was a small pile of apples with a cute bird on top, so I stamped all of my images a few times, colored everything with Prismacolor pencils (blended with odorless mineral spirits), fussy-cut everything out, and then went to town creating my scene.

The fun (and most challenging) part was the wagon.  I extended the pile of apples, removed the bird, removed Newton from the pumpkins and rearranged him on the pile of apples, cut out his paws and strategically placed them to cover a couple of small gaps, cut out three birds – one of them carefully “reversed” using the mirror technique – put the birds where I wanted them, and hand-drew in their legs.  I also added Glossy Accents to all of the apples, for a little shine.

The rest of the scene was done separately – I added the wagon, and then the birds, after I had it ready to go.  The tree was stamped.  (I “kissed” the trunk to a woodgrain stamp before stamping it on my paper, to give it some “texture.)   The hill, grass and sun were all done with a Simon Says Stamp stencil, called (appropriately) Make a Scene.  Unfortunately, I think it has been discontinued… but there are many similar products out there.  I actually found the stand-alone apple in a completely different stamp set, but it seemed about the right size, so I added one under the tree.  The sentiment is die-cut, and I added some Wink of Stella to the sun.KitEndSig2

If your stamps aren’t cooperating, you might try rearranging things with a bit of fussy-cutting.  Who knows what you might come up with!  Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful summer day, maybe with a nice cat-nap in the sunshine.  🙂Sunshine quote

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neon flowers

Kit-SoufflePensOnBlackOkay, these aren’t really neon flowers, but that’s what they remind me of.  This card was inspired entirely by Kathy at The Daily Marker, and her 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  She made this gorgeous feather card on Day 9, where she heat-embossed in white, on “black chalk” paper.  I just used plain ol’ black cardstock for mine, but it worked just fine.  Then, like Kathy, I colored in the image with Sakura Souffle gel pens.  These pens are very opaque, and so much fun to use on dark cardstock!  And coloring between the lines is a breeze when you heat-emboss your image, because the slightly raised design keeps your ink from spreading.

The flower image looks like it might be from a retired stamp set (from Stampendous, called “Flower Chat”), but this technique would work with all sorts of images.  I die-cut the image with a pierced rectangle die, layered it with two more rectangles in coordinating colors, and mounted it all on a black card base.  The image rectangle is popped up with foam adhesive.  I also heat-embossed and colored the butterfly, then fussy-cut it and applied with Glue Dots, so it could float over the edge of the black rectangle.

The sentiment was heat embossed, and I just drew the lines around the edges with a white gel pen and a ruler.  This card was so much fun, and so easy!  I actually colored a whole bunch of stamped images on black cardstock.  🙂KitEndSig2

Well, I’ve got to run… another card is already in the works.  I’m making the most of my weekend!  I hope y’all are having as much fun as me!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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happy mail shaker card

Happy Mail Shaker Card, bashfulcat.comToday’s happy mail shaker card was inspired by the Online Card Class, Heat Wave.  This really only has one small heat-embossed element – that bright white heart… but I’m rather excited about it because it’s embossed on plastic.  I haven’t had much luck with heat-embossing on plastic before, so I wanted to start small.  I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

The “frame” for my window was die-cut using a postage stamp die – it seemed fitting for my “happy mail” theme.  It’s not really obvious here, but the inside of the window has a tone-on-tone stamped background of envelopes.  For the window, I used some “embossable window plastic”, thinking it might work better than my usual “recycled packaging” method.  To be honest, I really couldn’t tell much difference.  The difficulty with plastic/acetate is that there is so much static electricity that your embossing powder wants to stick everywhere.  Just remember – your powder tool is your friend… but be gentle, because the brush can scratch the surface.  I hear that dryer sheets work well, too.

The last couple of shaker cards I made seemed to be a little too “full”, so I went a little light on the sequins and glitter, but I think I went too light.  There are quite a few things I would do differently, if I made this card again, but by the time I finished it, I already had so many other card ideas waiting to take shape.  🙂KitEndSig2

I’m going to keep this post short – I hope to post a couple more later today or tomorrow.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

(P.S.  I’m thinking about adding some of my favorite positive quotes to each of my posts.  What do you think?)08-quotes-dalai-lama-fsl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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butterfly flourish

Butterfly Flourish stamp, with silver heat embossingHi!  I’m sharing one of my favorite stamps today, called Butterfly Flourish.  I am still crafting up a storm, making cards faster than I can post them. I thought I’d just stop in here quickly, and get one or two up here before they hit the mailbox.  These cards all have an important job to do, and I don’t want to hold them up.  🙂

With the latest Online Card Class, I have learned so much about heat embossing!  I’m just starting to put my new skills to work, but I see a lot more heat-embossing in my future.  I don’t want to give away all the secrets from the class… I’ll just say that the stripes, the sentiment and a few dots, were all made with silver embossing powder.  The butterfly flourish was just stamped in black ink, and colored with my Zig Real Brush markers.  I added some Glossy Accents to the larger butterflies, for some shine, and traced around the image in light grey, to help it pop.

This was actually my second attempt.  My first one is similar, but I colored it with Prismacolor pencils instead of markers.  Kit-SilverButterfliesCard2

It still worked fine, but the color seemed a little too soft to me, and I felt like there were too many of those silver dots.  But that’s the wonderful thing about cards… if at first you don’t succeed, try try again.  KitEndSig2

Okay, my day job is calling me, but I’ll be back very soon with more heat-embossed cards.  Such fun!  Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a stupendous day!

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sales and deals and classes, oh my!

(This post does include 2 affiliate links (see full disclosure), and is largely an advertisement – but only for things and places I truly love.  I just want to share the goodness!)

This is just a quick post, to pop in and say Happy Amazon Prime Day!  Yes, I’m what they call an “Amazombie”.  I can’t help it – Amazon has everything!  And today, they have a whole lot of wonderful things on SALE!   Things like gel pens, and colored pencils, and coloring books…

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There are also so many cool challenges and blog hops, with prizes available!  Today is Day 8 of Kathy’s wonderful 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  You could win prizes just for following the blog hops and leaving comments… though I think everyone should color a little bit every day, challenge or not.  😀

If you Google “Card Challenge“, it’s amazing how many hits you’ll get.  Nearly every manufacturer has some sort of challenge.

And have you tried any of Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire’s Online Card ClassesHW_participant-1

Today is Day 2 of the Heat Wave class.  We are learning so much about heat embossing!  I must confess that I was a bit skeptical about card classes.  With all of the YouTube videos out there available for free, why would I pay for a class?  I’m a convert now, though – at least for Kristina and Jennifer’s classes.  In addition to super high-quality videos, you get tons of tips and advice, a downloadable PDF with class material, and if you participate when the class is active, you also get access to a forum where you can ask the experts your questions, there are prizes for contributing, and just for being there, and there are discounts available to some of the best card supply stores.  After the class is over, you maintain access to the class material, so you can totally participate at your own pace.

Of course, my favorite place to get supplies remains Simon Says Stamp.  They’re always getting in the latest and greatest card-making stuff.  In fact, there’s some exciting surprises in store for us coming July 15th!  They totally rock!

Do you like seeing posts like this, or is it annoying?  Please let me know – still trying to find my way into this blog-o-sphere.  As always, thank you so much for stopping by, and have a magical day!KitEndSig2

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monster mishmash birthday card

Monster mishmash birthday cardTo be honest, I’m not sure if I consider this card a success or a failure, LOL.  I’m calling it my Monster mishmash birthday card, because I used such a mishmash of products to create it.  I almost didn’t share it, but perhaps it will give someone else an idea they can expand on.
This all started with Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge.  Their current challenge is all based around a “mood board”.  We were asked to come up with “something” that was inspired by a set of images – the scenery, the colors, anything.  Here’s the “photo inspiration” we were given:july-inspiration-board-600x750
Come see our new arrivals at Simon Says Stamp!

Now, I started out intending to do something nice and “beach-y”.  (This is probably where y’all are scratching your heads, because the card above does not in any way resemble a beach scene, LOL.)  As a California girl now living in sunny Florida, I thought this would be easy.  I LOVE the beach!  However, it appears that my stamp and die collection doesn’t seem to reflect this.  Having picked up the hobby while living in Ohio, it seems that I have WAY too many snowmen stamps.  What the heck am I going to do with all of these?!!

After agonizing over how to create a beach scene without any actual beach supplies, I eventually gave up, and decided to just match the colors.  Since the challenge is showcasing Simon Says Stamps products, I pulled out all of my various Simon Says stamp sets, and looked for some inspiration there.  Kit-MonsterStamps2

Nothing much was popping, but one monster did catch my eye.  (The yellow dude on the right side of my card – from Simon Says Stamp’s stamp set called Only Have Eyes For You… but it looks like it might not be available any longer – sorry!)  I have never used the 3-eyed monster stamp, and I felt like it was time to do something with it.  But…

He just did not look right all by himself.  He needed friends.  And I don’t have any other monster stamps.  So I did some brainstorming and playing around.  I’m not sure which one is more bizarre.  The fuzzy guy popping out of the box was made from a “fireworks” stamp.  His nose & mouth are from a jack-o-lantern, and his hands and hat are hand-drawn and hand-cut.  The swirly dude in the center was actually made entirely from flower stamps.  His body and feet are large and small swirly flower images, and his mouth is a leaf.  Here’s a close-up of my card:Monster mishmash birthday card close-up

 

So what do you think?  Hopefully I can at least get a few points for silliness.  There aren’t any rules when creating monsters, right?  And googly eyes fix everything.  🙂 Some presents and bows helped this to look at least a smidge more like a birthday card.  I added some Glossy Accents to the yellow bow, and some Stickles to the top of the party hat (which is actually the asterisk from an alphabet die set).

Hopefully, I’ve given you some ideas for thinking outside the box (or inside, as one of my monsters is doing).  Do you have any stamp sets that aren’t getting much use?  Perhaps you can brainstorm, and find a new use for them.  (Or just go to Simon Says Stamp and buy some new ones.  I’m going to be placing my own order soon.  I need something to replace all my snowmen, LOL.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  And please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment, or send me a note if you have any questions, or you just want to say “hi”.  Have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious kind of day!KitEndSig2

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fun with string

String Art Card by Kitty, for Papertrey InkI’m afraid the workload from my “day job” has been a little lean the last couple of weeks… so I’ve had no choice but to use the extra time to make cards.  😀  Today, I decided to play along with Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday Challenge.  We are required to include a little bit of string art on our card.

For this card, I used a bit of Papertrey Ink’s Watercolor Wonder patterned paper for the background, then cut a bunch of their cardstock using their Stitched Pinked Edge Label die.  To make them easier to “stitch”, each of those rectangles is actually made from three die-cuts glued together.  For the yellow rectangles, I used some orange Baker’s Twine, and just stitched around the outside.  It probably doesn’t count as “string art”, but I liked the look, and I wanted room to add my sentiment, and the little puppy with a present.

For the orange rectangle, I used some plain white crochet thread.  This time, I went a little crazy, creating a design.  I’m embarrassed to admit just how many of these things I actually worked on.  I did try this with the Baker’s Twine, but it seemed too thick – you really couldn’t see a design.  And I tried a whole mess of patterns with the white thread.  This really isn’t the “ideal” shape to work with, but it’s the only “stitched” die I have.  In the end, I decided to live with this one.

The puppy was stamped, COLORED with Prismacolor pencils (yay!  I got in my day’s coloring for Kathy’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge!), fussy cut, and layered.  (The dog’s head is doubled up, with a second one added on top with foam adhesive.)  I added some subtle white dots with a white gel pen, ran a black brush marker around the outside of the image, used a black gel pen to highlight his eyes, and put some Glossy Accents on his nose.  The “present” is just a die-cut square with a die-cut bow on top.  (The bow has Glossy Accents on it, too.)  A stamped and heat-embossed sentiment, and some glossy hearts finish it off.

This was actually not my first attempt.  I had completely forgotten about that stitched label die, so I tried the string art thing first with just a scalloped circle die.  It worked… sort of. String art shaker card by Kitty, for Papertrey Ink's Monday Challenge

I liked the idea of cutting out the center of the circle, but it did make this a little tricky to work with.  I wanted a less busy-looking pattern, because I’d already planned to turn this into a shaker card.  Instead, I think I ended up with a bit of a muddled mess.  Or maybe it’s just the colors that didn’t work for me.  I don’t know.  What do you think?KitEndSig2

Have you tried any string art?  Last time I tried this was YEARS ago, and they called it Spirelli… though I don’t think it looked much like either of my attempts here.  But the cat in me enjoyed playing with string, LOL.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a fun-filled day!

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