Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Graduation Cards

As you might have noticed I have not been posting a lot lately. The end of the school year is always very busy but when both of your boys graduate there is even more to do, organize, and decide than usual!

My younger son graduated from 8th Grade which is kind of a big deal in his school and I made him this card (I used paint chips for the numbers):




The eight I covered with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accent. Here is a close up so you can see the shimmer better:




And here is the card I made for my older son who graduated from High School. The school colors are the same (purple) since it's a small, private school.




One day while I was walking it came to me that I could make a card for all the High School Seniors since I have known most of them since First Grade, some of them since Pre-School. Once that thought popped into my mind I couldn't let it go even though I had enough other stuff going on. Since it's a small class it was possible (wouldn't have done this with a class of 500 or so, hehe). I made the purple background with Brushos and splattered with gold. (One sheet was lighter than the other.) The two cards in green and blue/green are for some friends who graduated from different schools.




Dies: Memory Box (large numbers), My Favorite Things (words), PTI (larger stars), SSS (small star)


Sending this to Inkspirational where the word prompt is "Power". I think it fits!






And if you have made it this far (thank you), you get to see a picture of my two tall guys (the High Schooler is on the left). I am very proud of them:




Also wanted to let you know that I will be going to Germany to visit my family so this blog will be even more quiet and I probably won't get to commenting. But I shall be back (and hope you will be, too)!


Be well and keep in touch!


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #6

Are you ready for the Twofer Challenge #6? This month we want to see what you can do with trees!





I love trees. For me that's reason enough to buy every tree stamp and die I can! Just for fun I counted all the tree stamps I own and the result was 62!!!! And I was NOT even counting Christmas trees or any trees I might have in my NBUS box... Wow! I didn't expect that! Do you think I need therapy?
Of course that made the decision which tree to use really hard. What helped me was that I needed a retirement card and had this idea to use all four seasons on one tree. So I thought of this tree from Sarasota Stamps that comes with an extra foliage stamp (picture further down).









Stamps: Sarasota Stamps (tree and foliage), Avery Elle (sentiment), Impression Obsession (nest, apples)
Other: Snowflake (punch)

I used the foliage stamp to create a border. The card is 5 x 7 inches.




Stamps: Sarasota Stamps (tree), Hero Arts (cat, bats), Impression Obsession (spiderweb background)

On this card I used glossy paper for the panel and Distress Inks to create the background.



This is the tree stamp with the foliage stamp from Sarasota Stamps. I bought it many years ago at a convention I used to go to with my friends. I googled it and it's still available! 

Here is a reminder what this Challenge is all about. For the exact rules and to check out the creations of the fabulous design team plus our guest designer Maria Rodriguez please click here.





Looking very much forward to seeing your cards in the gallery!


Be well and keep in touch!


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #5

Yay! It's time for a new Twofer Challenge! I loved seeing all your adorable pet cards in the gallery. This month we are wondering what you can do with your butterfly stamps or dies.









Stamps: PTI (sentiment), flowers unknown
Dies: PTI (butterfly)




Dies: PTI (butterfly), Gina Marie (stitched oval), My Favorite Things (scalloped rectangle)

The vellum was actually part of the packaging of fancy chocolates or something. Loved the textured pattern on it. Here i a close up so you can see it better:







Remember to use the same butterfly stamp or die to make two different cards for two different occasions. Then upload a picture featuring both cards in the same photo. Find more details and all the rules over at the Twofer Card Challenge blog. Can't wait to be blown away by all your creations!

I am going to enter the first card in the

Time Out Challenge #109
ETA: It won Honors, yay!





Be well and keep in touch!


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Orange Flower in Green Foliage

When I saw Beverly's card (here) using the current sketch at CAS Sketches and Colours I fell in love with it! I couldn't help but CASE her card and the only reason I that kept me from using some thread is that I didn't want to downright copy her...

As you can see I was in a tropical kind of mood...





Stamps: leaf for background is an unknown, unmounted stamp
Dies: My Favorite Things (flowers, scalloped rectangle)

I spent a ridiculous amount of time looking for a way to add a sentiment and picking out one that would fit. In the end I decided to leave it like that. Not every card needs a sentiment IMHO...


Challenges:

CAS Colors and Sketches #269 - Sketch






Just Us Girls Challenge #438 - Photo Inspiration






Thanks for stopping by! Hope your week will be a fabulous one...

Be well and keep in touch!


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Geometric Stencil x Three

I recently got this new stencil from Altenew and played around with it one evening trying out different color combos. The amazing thing is that I already made cards out of three of the backgrounds (usually they sit around here for much longer...). April is one of my biggest birthday month and these backgrounds are great for masculine cards (and geometric design loving girls, hehe). I know that they all look similar but I really loved the font of the STAMPlorations birthday die with the geometric pattern. On the last two cards the birthday die is three deep and covered in Glossy Accents.






Stamps: Altenew (Happy), WPlus9 (wishes)
Dies: STAMPlorations (Birthday)


Challenges:

CUTplorations April Challenge "Focus on the Sentiment"







Inkspirational #159 "Play"
I played with my new stencil...







Seize the Birthday "Vibrant Colors







The Male Room Challenge #83 "Symmetry"
The grey and red card won HM, yay!







Be well and keep in touch!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #4

It is time for a new prompt at the Twofer Card Challenge and this month we would like to see:





For more details and the rules please click here.

I have to admit that I was a bit stumped with this one. My vast collection of stamps and dies is seriously lacking in the pet department. I guess I ended up being inspired by the funny stories my coworker told us about her pet bunny. He had such an distinct personality! Sadly he passed on last year but she just got an adorable little bunny girl and the cute pictures my coworker shows us makes me want to get one, too! So my cards feature the sweet bunny from Uniko:









Stamps: Uniko (bunny, sentiment), My Sentiments Exactly (dot), Stampscapes (birds)
Other: Marco's Paper (cloud paper), Punches (grass, flower)





Stamps: Uniko (bunny, sentiment), Hero Arts (background)
Dies: SSS (hearts)


Sending my Easter card to

Uniko Challenge #46 Color and Optional Twist Easter

















Hope to see you in the gallery! I always learn so much from your creative takes on our prompt word!


Be well and keep in touch!


Friday, March 23, 2018

Sunshine-y Card

Two of my favorite challenges are celebrating their birthdays and since they both close soon I had an idea on how to combine them to make this card:




Stamps: Essentials by Ellen (sentiment)
Dies: My Favorite Things (sun), Sweet 'n' Sassy (cloud)


Don't you just love that sentiment? And it's so true! Don't wait for other people or things to brighten you day! To make the sun I used acetate which is the theme at CAS Mix Up this month. I used yellow and orange alcohol inks directly on the acetate (so happy to have found a whole packet of it in a dark corner of one my cabinets) and glued white tissue paper on the other side to bring out the color. On second thought maybe that wasn't necessary since the white card would have done the same... A little grey cloud, the sentiment (colored with Prismacolors), some sequins, and two strips of washi tape and I was happy with my card!



Challenges:

CAS Mix Up March Challenge (Happy 2nd Birthday)






Time Out Challenge #105 (Happy 4th Birthday)







Hope I could bring some sunshine to your day!

Be well and keep in touch!


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge 3

Thank you again for the many creative and inspiring entries in our heart challenge last month! Are you ready for the third Twofer Challenge? If you live in the northern hemisphere and you are getting a bit tired of winter you might be especially thrilled to play with our prompt this month:






I picked the Altenew set "Wild Hibiscus" and made a muted, monochromatic sympathy card and a very bright and tropical "Hello" (Aloha is Hawaiian for hello) card.










Stamps: Altenew (Wild Hibiscus), Papertrey Ink (sentiment)
Die: SSS (stitched rectangles)

What can I say? Just love grey. With white. And the sentiment on vellum. 





Stamps: Altenew (Wild Hibiscus), sentiment unknown
Other: Papertrey Ink (stencil), washi tape, embossing paste

I had the stenciled panel and one orange blossom on my desk and they put me in the mood to go totally tropical! It's fun to look at this colorful card, especially during those grey winter months. I also enjoy the contrast between of the graphic patterns and the softer flowers. I stamped them on watercolor paper using Distress Inks and the colored them using the same inks.

ETA: Greta kindly pointed out that the second card would work for the current

Time Out Challenge #104 "Bold"
and it's true, it certainly is bold, hehe...






Now be sure to check out the amazing creations of my team mates! And for the first time we have a guest designer: Verna Angerhofer who won the January challenge! Please leave her some love! And then play along!


Be well and keep in touch!


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