Saturday, April 29, 2017

May Calendar Page

Hello! Can you believe it is the end of April already?! It sure doesn't feel like it around here, but it sounds like the weather will take a turn for the better in a few days.

I have completed my calendar layout for May and it really got me thinking about warmer weather! I started with this sketch from Stick it Down:

There wasn't really any spots for patterned paper in this sketch, so the only patterned paper I used was for cutting the title. I started the layout by brushing gesso over the two sheets of cardstock. After that dried, I scribbled some green and blue gelatos on a piece of plastic, sprayed them with water and then smooshed them onto my layout. I splattered and sprayed some pink mist. After all of that dried, I decided to add another layer of the gelatos. I then attached my photos, stamped some journaling lines and added the recap of the month. The die cuts and stickers are all from the Pebbles Fun in the Sun collection. Some washi tape and rub ons completed my page.

I was also inspired by the Pinspired challenge at Paper Issues:

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The colors are so bright and fun! I also love the striped lollipop in the center and used a multi color striped paper for my title.

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper, die cuts, stickers, enamel dots- Pebbles
Rub ons- Basic Grey
Stamp- Stampin Up
Ink- Stampin Up, Heidi Swapp
Gelatos- Faber Castell
Pens- Sharpie, Uniball Signo
Gesso- Liquitex
Tape- Pinkfresh Studios
Font- Quigley Wigley

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Birthday card- Fusion

Hello again! I have another card to share today. This time it is a birthday card inspired by the sketch and inspiration photo from Fusion:

I made two cards like this, one for my mom and one to save for later. I started by stamping the roses on vellum. I again used the Vintage Flowers set. After I had stamped everything and the ink was still wet, it didn't look great. I left it alone for several hours and when I came back, the ink was dry and the flowers looked beautiful! Patience pays off! I used grey cardstock for my background. I added some texture to it with a striped embossing folder. I finished off the card front with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment on coordinating cardstock and a couple of stick on pearls.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

First Communion Card- Mojo Monday #493

Hello again! We are gearing up today to celebrate my second daughter's First Communion. I made a card for her using the sketch this week at Mojo Monday:

I used my Cricut and the "New Testament" cartridge to cut the chalice.  I heat embossed one layer. For the topmost layer, I used a gold Gelato and a water brush to give it some shimmer. I finished it off with gold Liquid Pearls. The host is simply a circle with a small cross drawn on it. I used some vellum for the background and a strip of velour ribbon. An embossed sentiment finished off the front of the card.

Here is a closer look at the chalice. I am really happy with how the different golds turned out.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Retirement card- Sketch Saturday #459

Hello and happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week! We are gearing up for a big celebration here, but I wanted to share some cards I made earlier this week. I used this sketch from Sketch Saturday:

I made a retirement card and a Father's Day card. We have so many birthdays and anniversaries in our family in June and early July, I decided to get a bit of a head start and make a card with the same design. 

I stamped and heat embossed the image on some cream cardstock. I then watercolored the paper with some yellow ink. To make the clock face glossy, I colored over it with my Versamark pen and heat embossed it with clear powder. I did this two more times to get the desired thickness and shine. I then inked the edges of the piece. For the background, I stamped a plaid stamp in a subtle shade to add some texture. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed as well. I matted all of the pieces on dark brown and finished off the card with some gold ink splatters.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Birthday Card- Rainbow Challenge

Hello and Happy Easter! He is Risen! I have a fun spring birthday card to share today. I used the Altenew Painted Butterflies stamps for this card. I pulled three shades of each color to stamp the butterflies. I then blended Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink onto the card. I splattered a little water onto the ink for some added interest and texture. I finished it off with a heat embossed sentiment.

I was inspired by the current challenge from CAS-ual Fridays: Rainbows.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

First Birthday Card- Stick it Down

Hello! Welcome back! I have another card to share today that I made for my niece who turns 1 today! I started with this inspiration photo from The Card Concept:

I coupled that with this sketch from Stick it Down:

And I came up with this. When I saw the different shades of purple, my mind immediately went to Alcohol Inks. I cut the balloons here from some acetate with gold foil polka dots. I then used purple alcohol ink and blending solution to color them. I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink to stamp the background. I hit that with a mist of water and splattered some turquoise ink on the background. I then attached two of the balloons directly to the card and two I popped up with some white craft foam cut into the same shape. Some twine strings finished off the card.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Shower Card- Altenew Inspiration Challenge

Hello all! I have a card to share today that was inspired by a new (to me) challenge. This month Altenew has an inspiration challenge:

The colors for this challenge are beautiful and I need to make a shower card for a wedding where the colors are navy and gold so I felt they worked pretty well. I used the Vintage Flowers stamp set. I found three shades of blue and two of green. I used Versamark and gold embossing powder for the outlines to add some elegance. I finished off the card with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment and a couple of strips of ribbon across the top of my card.