Wednesday, July 19, 2017

more one layer cards

I thought I would try my hand at a couple more one-layer cards for the AAA Cards and Less Is More combined challenge.

For this one, I stamped the spider web background partially on the grey card, then stamped the spider and sentiment.  I sponged a little purple distress oxide ink around the edges.  

On this card, I used a Paper Smooches curved stitched die for the "hill", then sponged green Distress Oxide ink in that area for grass.  The tree, leaves and sentiment were stamped, and then I sponged a little blue Distress Oxide ink in the sky area.  I wasn't sure how the Distress Oxide inks would work on kraft cardstock, but they showed up pretty well.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Combined challenge at AAA Cards and Less Is More

AAA Cards and Less Is More are holding a combined challenge:   one layer cards with a colored cardstock base.  While most of my cards are pretty much clean and simple, I rarely make a one-layer cards, so this was a real challenge, especially when trying to use a colored cardstock base.  The first couple of attempts weren't too great, but the third one turned out okay.

The floral background stamp is from Brutus Monroe.  I stamped it on the top portion of the card with white pigment ink, then embossed with white embossing powder, and added some touches of color with colored pencils.  I added a score line at the bottom, accented with a white gel pen and a stamped and embossed sentiment at the bottom.

It's always good to challenge yourself to try something new that might not necessarily be in your comfort zone.  This was fun!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 15th challenge @ CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration

I've enjoyed being a guest designer at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration this month.  Here is the 2nd challenge for July, Case File #234.

I used triangles, stamps, sun, and check pattern as my evidence, and wrote my journaling in list format as my testimony. 

Photos are of my youngest grandson on one of our (many) summer trips to a local ice cream stand.  Most of the time he chooses the blue raspberry ice cream but he ALWAYS chooses sprinkles!  
You have until the end of July to join in the challenges at CSI.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

PawPaw's Buddies

Our two grandsons just adore their Grandpa (and the feeling is mutual!)  It's hard to get a photo of all three of them, though, because the little guys like to squirm around, or else do their superhero poses for the camera.  These photos aren't the best, but they'll have to do for now!

I used the July single page sketch from Stick It Down for this layout.  Here's a look at the sketch:

You have all month to play along with the sketches at Stick It Down.  They also have a double page sketch and a card sketch, so there are a lot of choices!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Jingle Belles Stars & Stripes challenge

The current challenge at Jingle Belles is to create a card using stars, stripes or both.  I used an older Christmas line from Echo Park for this card.

These aren't your traditional Christmas colors, but I love the bright colors and those sparkly Christmas trees.  It's just six months til Christmas, so not too early to get started on this cards!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

TicTacToe Challenge #4

Time for another challenge at the TicTacToe Challenge blog.  Here's this week's board:

I used the middle row: designer paper, embossing and floral.

The floral patterned paper is from Bella Blvd, the embossing folder is from Cuttlebug, the scallop die is from Simon Says Stamp, and the sentiment stamp is from Altenew.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

CSI Case File #233

I'm honored to be a Special Investigator at CSI Challenge Blog (Color, Stories, Inspiration) this month.  Their challenges are always such fun!

Here's the first challenge for July, CSI Case File #233:

Here's my layout for the challenge:

In addition to the sketch and color palette, I used stripes, flowers/leaves, brush font lettering, and text print as my "evidence".  For the testimony part of the challenge, I did handwritten journaling in a journal spot.  The little cutie in the photos is my youngest granddaughter, who's just a little over a year old.

We'd love to have you join in CSI Case File #233.  You have until the end of July to play long!