Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin



Ever since the holidays, my mojo has been on vacation. I think I have lots of ideas but when I sit down to make a card the process is long, somewhat futile (with lots of attempts filling my trash can) and almost painful. Apparently, I am not alone. The other day while scrolling through Instagram (for inspiration or just to be connected to this hobby I love so much) I noticed that I am not alone. Apparently my Instagram friend, Ksenija's mojo is missing too! (I wonder if they are on vacation together in some warm and tropical destination! Lol!) Anyway, Ksenija had a great idea for a challenge to get the mojo started. You can read all about it on her blog.  I also encourage you to check out her Instagram feed too since she is a very talented artist!

Here is the card I am offering up to be CASEd:


After die cutting cream cardstock, I stamped the two leaf images using my favorite Hero Arts ombre ink. I went back and added the acorns and then a little Wink of Stella for added sparkle. The ombre ink adds a lot of depth to the stamped image with little effort. This card was easy to make--back when I had mojo!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to join Ksenija's challenge!

Supplies
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamp: Papertrey Ink (Autumn Adornments)
Ink: Hero Arts (Atumn Ombre); Ranger (Bro)
Dies: Reverse Confetti (All Framed Up)
Misc.: Wink of Stella (Clear)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

It's a New Year...Strike up the Band!

2016 came and went without a single blog post from me. I am all about changing that for 2017, and what better way to do so than to blog on New Year's Day!

Can you hear the trumpets playing? Well, if you can't, maybe my card will have you hearing some music. LOL! I made it for the Anything but Christmas Challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper. Here's my card:


To create this card, I stamped the band members using Memento Tuxedo black and colored in the images using Copic markers. The band uniforms are in the school colors of the young man who received the card. Next, I used a MFT die to cut out the stitched circle. For the background, I stamped a random pattern using some of the elements from the stamp set. I made sure to use the trumpet since that is the instrument the birthday boy plays! The sentiment is from white embossed on a strip of black card stock.

So that's all for today. Let's see if I can keep the blogging going!

Happy New Year!

Supplies
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White; misc. scrap from Studio Calico kit (blue);
Stamp: Mama Elephant exclusive for Simon Says Stamp (Band Camp); Papertrey Ink (Keep It Simple: Belated Birthday);
Ink: Memento( Tuxedo Black) Hero Arts; Versafine; Copic Markers
Dies: My Favorite Things
Misc.: White Embossing Powder; Foam Tape

Friday, November 27, 2015

Giving Thanks

I don't think I will ever be one of those bloggers who has their act together enough to post a card before the actual holiday it was made for. I'm lucky these cards even got mailed before Thanksgiving! So, it may be a day late, but I have a lot to be grateful for including a house full of loved ones on Thanksgiving and lunch with high school friends today! And here are the Thanksgiving cards I made this year. They all use the same basic design and an old Simon Says Stamp card kit. (I also incorporated a Hero Arts background stamp into the one design.)

Here is the first design:

A variation:
 And, a close-up:

Guess it's time to start making Christmas cards!

Supplies:
Simon Says Stamp Card Kit; Hero Arts background stamp; Lawn Fawn stitched dies; Zig embossing powder; Simon Says Stamp inks.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

#ShareHandmadeKindness


Have you seen Jennifer McGuire's Share Handmade Kindness Challenge? This week's challenge was to make a little something something for a family member or friend. Using Jennifer's card as inspiration, I created a small stamp background.

Here's Jennifer's cards that I used as inspiration:


And here's my card:



A new challenge is set to go up tomorrow, and I can't wait to play! Why don't you join in too!

Supplies
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White; Simon Says Stamp (black):
Stamp: Simon Says Stamp (Sending Happy Thoughts)
Ink: Simon Says Stamp (Hollyhock); Hero Arts (Soft Cantaloupe; Butter Bar); Versafine;
Misc.: Clear Embossing Powder



Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Mask

Happy Halloween! I have a card to share tonight. This one is inspired by Kristina Werner. I love the colors she used on the Tim Holtz mask so I did something similar. Only, instead of adding white, I added Perfect Pearls. Here's my card:


 And here's a close-up so you can get a better look at the shimmer.

Hope you all had a spooktacular Halloween. Best costume goes to the two-year-old Donald Trump who came to my door!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Desert Storm; Papertrey Ink
Stamps and Dies: Lawn Fawn (Booyah)
Mask: Tim Holtz (Batground)
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks; Colorbox (Frost White); Copic Markers
Perfect Pearls


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy World Card Making Day 2015!

It was a happy World Card Making Day for me because, in between doing laundry and helping Melissa with her college applications, I found time to make a card! Here it is:


There's a lot of techniques on this one. First I stamped a mask onto scrap paper and cut it out. After positioning the mask of the car onto the water color paper, I pulled out the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil and applied distress ink --Weathered Wood on the top and Bundled Sage on the bottom. Next I stamped the car using VersaFine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I prefer this method to using black embossing powder, which seems to have a mind of its own and wind up all over the card, no matter how careful I am. Next, I used Laura Basson's smooshing technique to add more color around the car. I still felt that the car needed to be grounded more so I used grey Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen and water to add a shadow under the car. Next, I used the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Tool and a Black Soot distress marker to add some additional distressing. When I was done inking, I die cut a stitched rectangle using one of the Lawn Fawn dies. Finally, I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder for the sentiment. I told you there were a lot of techniques!

Thanks to Scrapbook & Cards Today for this sketch, which I used as inspiration:


I'd love to see what you made on World Card Making Day. Leave a link!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Tim Holtz Water Color Paper; Simon Says Stamp (Black; Olive)
Stamps: Tim Holtz (The Journey); My Favorite Things (Chalkboard Greetings)
Inks: VersaFine; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Weather Wood; Bundled Sage); Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen (grey); Tim Holotz Distress Marker (Black Soot)
Die: Lawn Fawn (Stitched Rectangles)
Misc.: Hero Arts Embossing Powder (Clear; White); Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Tim Holtz stencil (Dot Fade); Lawn Fawn 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Challenged by Challenges

I love challenges. They are so inspiring and are often a great jump start to getting my mojo going. However, I have to admit, that I am more than a bit challenged by challenges--or at least the time frame given to complete them. I admire the card makers that can complete several challenges in a single card...especially when I can't seem to complete one. That doesn't mean that I don't continue to use challenges for inspiration.

With that said, this is a card that was inspired by Papertrey Ink's release week Create Along With Us challenge, which calls for using one of the design team's amazing projects as inspiration for a card you make using the older stamps you have on hand. This month, Betsy Veldman's card spoke to me. Instead of the new Brushed Strokes stamp set, I used PTI's Watercolor Wonder. The sentiment is from PTI also too. I simplified the design by using only four colors of ink, and added sequins as an embellishment. Here's my card:

In the spirit of full disclosure, I did add Brushed Strokes to my recent PTI order. Now I will have two great options to create a water-color look on my cards.

If you are looking for more challenges, check out Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-faire 2015 for inspiration!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamps, Ink: Papertrey Ink
Additional Supplies: Simon Says Stamp sequins