Sunday, July 5, 2015

Starry, Starry Celebration


It's time for a new challenge from AAA Cards. Our theme for Game 43 is STARS, and this inspiration photo is such a lovely one to get your creative juices flowing.  As we are celebrating Independence Day here in the US this weekend, I have been in a red, white, and blue mode all week in my creating.

My take on the STARS theme is very much inspired by the Fourth of July holiday, and by all of the luscious stencil and/or paste creations from our last challenge. Our players really outdid themselves! Thanks to all who played our challenge.

For AAA Game 43, I used a smooshed panel left over from another project earlier in the week. I put it together with all of the other inspiration and came up with my creation:


I love this watercolor panel done with smooshed distress inks. Then in the paste mode, I colored white embossing paste with SU Real Red ink and applied to Tim Holtz's Speckles stencil. I wanted a pop of red on the muted background, but when I was finished with it I wondered if it would bring blood spatters to mind when viewed by others...  I think it looks great but I hope it does not look gory and crime scene-esque to you - LOL!!!

Moving on,  my star die cut is from another project earlier this week as well.  I popped it up, and finished the card off with Paper Smooches "celebrate" word die cut from silver glitter paper, and added some enamel stars.

I am also linking my card to:

This week's Seize The Birthday Challenge: Anything Goes Birthday with an optional twist of red, white and blue.

Curtain Call's Month-long Challenge with a theme of "Celebrate".

Thank you so much for stopping in today.  Your comments make bring joy to my day. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Nautical Birthday



I am in red, white and blue mode, as it is almost July, and that means almost July 4th - one of my favorite holidays.   I needed a birthday card for a summer birthday for a man who loves boating, so I thought this would work like a charm. It's perfect for the CASology cue this week: Nautical. It's hard to see that the anchor is brushed silver cardstock, but it really looks metallic in real life. I love it. Anchor and sentiment dies are Paper Smooches. Stitched die is Lil Inkers. "Simple but really good", says my teenage son.  Love that endorsement.


Also linking up with Shopping Our Stash where the theme this week is: For The Boys.

Thanks of coming by today.

Let Freedom Ring


This patriotic shaker card is created in honor of our coming Fourth Of July celebration here in the US. This is a holiday that I so love on so many levels.  The watercolor panel is smooshed with red, white and tea stain distress inks. I did a partial die cut on that panel with a star die, then inlaid the shaker star over a star embossed card base. I am loving those enamel stars from Doodlebug Design.  The star EF is from SU, and the sentiment is from a Verve set that I always bring out at this time of year: American Hero.  

I am linking this card to CTD348:


Thanks so much for stopping in today.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Butterfly Effect


This is my Clean and Graphic and rather literal interpretation of this week's Card Concept #37  inspiration.
As defined on the Card Concept Blog, Clean and Graphic design is:
  • clean lines
  • simple treatment of text
  • no frills
  • bare boned
  • message is communicated quickly
I think this card definitely fits the description. Like DT Member Shannon Jaramillo,  I was inspired by the blended colors and the white details in the inspiration photo. 


I love these butterfly images and matching dies from Stampendous.  I just got them, and this challenge was perfect for me to put them to good use. I embossed the butterfly images with white EP. Then using the stencil that comes with the stamps, I sponged them with Hero Arts neon ink, and diecut them. I masked the butterfly images, stamped the antennae for each butterfly on the card base, and embossed them with white EP before adhering the butterfly diecuts to the card.

I love the way this one turned out.  Thanks for the inspiration Card Concept DT, and thank YOU for stopping by today... and CM, this one's for you!

Right Here For You


It's time for another game over at the AAA Cards Challenge Blog! Game 42 is a technique challenge: Use stencil(s) and/or embossing paste. My wonderful sister treated me to a SSS gift certificate for my birthday, and I wanted to put some of my new goodies to use.  So I used my new Ledger Drops Stencil, Distress Inks, Geotag die and This Is The Life stamps and came up with this card:


My color palate was inspired by this week's Colour Me Card Challenge subtle colors of Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive and Coastal Caribbean. The olive looks yellow in the photo, but very olive-y in real life!

So go to your crafting space, pull out your stencils, embossing paste, find some good color inspiration, and create something fabulous. Then head on over to the AAA Card Challenge Blog and play!  Thanks for visiting. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Curtain Call Guest Designer - Me!



When my card was selected as "The LEAD" for the Curtain Call Totally Tassel Challenge, I was over the moon! The LEAD wins a guest designer spot for a future Curtain Call challenge. When I saw the inspiration photo, I flipped!  (Pun intended). I currently work as a school librarian, and Thursday is the beginning of my summer hiatus. At 12:30 PM on Thursday, I will slip into my flip flops and spend every moment I can at the beach, or "down the shore" as we say in New Jersey. This challenge is absolutely perfect for me right now! Here is my take on the Curtain Call Flip Flops Challenge:





Sunday, June 7, 2015

Woodland Hello



Time for another challenge over at the AAA Cards Challenge Blog!

Game #41 Woodland Animals : Foxes, bears, bunnies, turtles, otters, squirrels, birds, worms, all forest fauna! 


Here's my take:

Please join us with your own Woodland Creature inspired creation.  Head on over to the AAA Cards Challenge Blog, link up your creation, and play along with us.

Images and Die Cuts are Paper Smooches. I am linking up to Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge this week:

Paper Smooches - Anything Goes


Thanks for coming by today.  Your comments always make my day!