Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Catered Crop: Vellum Two Ways


It's time for a new challenge at Catered Crop.  We are challenged to use vellum.  I have to admit to having to dig for my vellum stash even though it seems to be on trend right now.  Every once in awhile, I'll pull it out for a sentiment strip or banner.  It's not usually planned, rather I get a card almost done and realize that regular cardstock would hide too much, so I pull out the vellum.  For today's cards, I wanted to feature it a bit more.  I did do two cards.  The first was a bit of an accident - the second idea came to me while I was struggling with the first!

I was working on an idea for the current Sweet Sunday Sketch with no thought of vellum in my mind.  But I realized how soft and feminine the card was and thought that sheer vellum would be a great touch and it would also allow more of the patterned paper to show.  I love the way vellum looks when it is embossed - the embossed area turns whiter and really shows the pattern.  (I did have to add a piece of cardstock with the vellum in the folder to keep the vellum from cracking.)

You Are Loved



I also used vellum for the butterfly.

You Are Loved close

While I was working on this card, I was thinking about how interesting it would be to die cut a shape from a large piece of vellum.  I remembered the Heart Die set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps that I had never cut apart simply so I could do this...

Sending Love

Vellum really is a useful tool and a different look.  It can be useful to add a sentiment when you don't want to totally hide the image or the paper.  It has a very different look when embossed. It can be very soft and feminine but you can see that I also did a masculine card with it.  You can color on the backside of your image for a great look.  There's a lot out there about coloring - Jennifer McGuire just did a video on it.  Linda curated a Pinterest board with lots of sample cards using vellum.


You have until 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, August 2 to create with vellum and link up at Catered Crop.  Hope to see you playing along!

You Are Loved
  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp You, Stampin' Up Papillon Potpourri
  • Paper: My Favorite Things Bubblegum, Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet and Aqua Mist, We R Memory Keepers 6x6 Chalkboard pad, scraps of vellum
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: Martha Stewart Die-Cut Lace Tags, Simon Says You Die, Stampin' Up Butterfly Punch and Bitty Banners die, Wow! Super Fine Bright White Embossing Powder, Webster's Pages Party Time mixed sequins
Sending Love
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted Sweet Little Sentiments
  • Paper: Kraft, misc vellum, MME Blink of an Eye 6x6 pad
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Heart Die set, Wow! Super Fine Bright White Embossing Powder, Papertrey Ink Summer Sunshine button, MFT Blueprints 13 (the stitching around the edge of the vellum), Hemptique 10-lb white twine

Monday, July 21, 2014

Curtain Call: A Reminder of Great Prizes

I wanted to get another card in to remind you of the great prizes available for the first anniversary challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  There are fifteen prizes available!!  The challenge is open until the 25th at 8 a.m. CDT and winners will be announced on July 31st.


My second card looks quite a bit like my first card for this challenge - you can tell that I was inspired by the "squares" and the colors.

Congrats

I love the look of fading colors with stencils.  I was thrilled when I saw this checkerboard stencil in my collection.  Then I was noticing the swirly word dies from Clearly Besotted Stamps and thought the curves and swirls would be a nice counterpoint to the squares on the checkerboard. I actually ordered this word die (and four other words) a few weeks ago just for this challenge!  This didn't start out as a baby card; rather I wanted to congratulate Curtain Call on their first year.  When I realized that it just had to be a baby card, I added three tiny buttons and the border stitching.

Be sure to check out this challenge.  It's not often that a challenge offers fifteen prizes!  Then be sure to continue to play along.  As part of the design team, I've seen the upcoming sponsors and you definitely want to be playing along!
  • Stamps: none
  • Paper: white, My Favorite Things Bubblegum
  • Ink: Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac
  • Accessories: Clearly Besotted Congrats die, Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles, My Favorite Things buttons in Grapesicle, Bubblegum and Sno Cone


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Merry Monday: Sequins

I couldn't let Merry Monday's challenge go by without playing along.  The challenge is to use sequins. Scroll through my blog - I dare you to find many cards at all without a few sequins.  I often just use three sequins to highlight a sentiment or image, but for a sequin challenge, I thought I ought to use a few more.

From Our House

It's not particularly creative to plop sequins on a wreath - but I love the look of that open wreath.  It's also a really nice mix of sequins.  It's not just the photo that makes them look different - there are three shades of green and two of red, plus the golden sequins. The picture doesn't do the embossing powder justice.  In a different light, you can see that the speckles are actually golden.

From Our House close

  • Stamps: Hero Arts wreath, Simon Says Holiday Hellos (sentiment)
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel, Kraft, My Favorite Things Primitive White
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel, Kraft, Versamark
  • Accessories: Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel, Neat and Tangled Classic Christmas Mix sequins, My Favorite Things Fishtail dies


Friday, July 18, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Flower of Thanks

In my NBUS stash (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) are the Tag Talk dies from My Favorite Things which are the current free-with-$60-purchase item.  (This should also tell you that I have even more MFT NBUS stuff!)  When I saw the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, it seemed like a perfect use of these tags.

Thanks

If you look closely, you can see the diagonal stripe on the light blue panel.  I love diagonal stripes because they give the affect of a spotlight on your image or sentiment.  I buy paper pads for the single sheet of diagonal stripe paper in them. I am hoping to remedy these purchases with this background stamps. It's another new release at MFT and I would imagine that I will give it a lot of use - - - but time will tell because, for completely unknown reasons, background stamps always end up alone and unused in the back of my craft storage!

I did have to do the mirror-image of the sketch because of the direction of the words on the tag.


  • Stamps: My Favorite Things Diagonal Stripes Background
  • Paper: MFT Kraft, Gumdrop Green, Sour Apple, Lemon Apple, Blue Raspberry, Berrylicious
  • Ink: white
  • Accessories: MFT Tag Talk dies, Layered Leaves die, Gerbera Daisy die, Doodlebug enamel dots, Hemptique 10-lb white twine

 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fabulous Flamingo and Double Scallops

I fell in love the Fabulous Flamingo set that Reverse Confetti released last week.    I think they are absolutely charming.  They have wonderful, graceful curves, yet still manage to keep that bold look that Reverse Confetti is so good at.  (Laurie actually turned them into swans. Such a simple change, but so creative!)

Happy Bird-Day

I also picked up the Double Edge Scallop Border because I remembered something that Sarah did by simply using double-sided paper and folding the border over.  I would have assumed that the die was just a convenient way to have two different scallop sizes and I would only have used half of the die-cut as a scallop border.  I so admire other people's creativity, but it always costs me money  Laurie put me over the top with her flamingo/swans and Sarah put the scallop border on my list even though I already have a full collection of other scallop border dies!)

  • Stamps: Reverse Confetti Fabulous Flamingo
  • Ink: Hero Arts Fresh Peach, Charcoal
  • Paper: Carta Bella Hello Again
  • Accessories: Reverse Confetti Fabulous Flamingo dies, Double Edge Scallop border die and Perfectly Paisley dies, Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangle die, Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm sparkling clear sequins

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wherever You Go...

I was eyeing the tag die from Pretty Pink Posh in my NBUS stash.  It has a second die that cuts the six rectangles which, I think, makes it look like a window.  (The little rectangles which are cut out each have stitched edges so are also very useful - see my card here.) I also have this new-to-me set from Reverse Confetti with an airplane.  I liked the idea of the plane flying away outside the window with the sweet sentiment.  I kept it all very feminine thinking of a number of friends with daughters in college or soon to be out on their own.  I love the sentiment...my heart is always with you.

Wherever You Go

And I have nothing else to say.

Wow...how often does that happen that I do such a short post??!
  • Stamps: Reverse Confetti Here We Go
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Tropic Teal, Carta Bella Hello Again
  • Ink: Hero Arts Pale Tomato, Stampin' Up Summer Sun, Versamark
  • Accessories: Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 1 Dies, Stitched Borders 1 die, 4 mm sequins in lemon meringue and sparkling clear, flat sequins in lemon meringue and marshmallow, Yellow Chevron Twill Ribbon (also Pretty Pink Posh), Stampin' Up embossing folder, old clear button from my stash


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy Anniversary Curtain Call! Anything Goes

Today marks the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge 1st Anniversary and we are celebrating with an Anything Goes challenge!  Be sure you read all of the way through this post because the list of sponsors celebrating this anniversary with us is absolutely amazing!

photo source:  decoritdarling.net

I was inspired by all of those square storage spaces and I used the pinks and the blues.  I made an anniversary card as a shout-out to Curtain Call!  Happy anniversary...and here's to many, many more!

Happy Anniversary Squares

We have loads of sponsors for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes!  Check out all of the amazing prizes that our sponsors are giving away to YOU, our randomly selected challenge participants!  A LEAD and several SHOW STOPPERS will also be named from the Anything Goes challenge gallery!

$15 Gift Certificate


$20 Store Credit


choice stamp set


$25 Gift Voucher


Say Cheese Lawn Cut Die


Paper Sweeties
$20 Gift Cerfificate

Pretty Pink Posh
$20 Gift Certificate

£15 Gift Certificate


$25 Voucher

12 x 12 Scrapbook Kit


Swag Bag


 £15 Gift Card


$25 Gift Certificate



$15 Gift Certificate

Verve Stamps
$30 Gift Certificate


It's amazing, isn't it??!!!  And it's "anything goes" so there's really no excuse not to play along.  Here's a list of the team - or check out the Curtain Call blog for all the inspiration in one place.

Curtain Call Crew
LOTS OF SPONSORS!

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Happy Sentiments
  • Paper: Simon Says Blu Raspberry, Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst, Smokey Shadow
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: Simon Says Happy die and Grid Border, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm white sequins, Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst button, Hemptique 10-lb white twine