Friday, March 14, 2014

Graffiti "YOU" Card

Hey there!

Happy Friday everyone! I am winding down my week off from work. I still have tomorrow off but go back on Sunday. I told my hubby this week that I sure do love NOT working! He said, "I know you do, and you only have to hang in there for another couple of years, then we are both retiring." That was music to my ears! We are lucky enough to be able to do it and we are both so grateful for it!  

Sorry, I got off track there a little bit - back to my card for today. In the CAS 3 online class, the lesson for day 5 was "Backgrounds Into the Foreground." Jennifer, Laura and Shari all shared some really fun techniques. I adored Shari's card (of course!) She ALWAYS inspires me! She did some inlayed die-cutting along with graffiti stamping - so cool! 

Both the heart and the white, love you sentiment are die-cuts and layed back into their negative spaces. Then I used lots of different sentiments from two Simon Says Stamp sets. Stripe Greetings and Color and Sunshine. I know I'm suppose to keep it CAS but I couldn't help adding some enamel dots!

This card was so fun to create! I am loving this class!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by - hope you enjoy your weekend! ♥ 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

More Cards for Class - Day 3


It sure is nice to have the same week off from work as an online card class! I have plenty of time to play with my homework and blog each day too - love that!

Today the lessons were all about optical illusions. Jennifer McGuire, Julie Ebersole and Laura Bassen each shared cards with videos and I loved them all! I've had time enough to play with a couple of Jennifer's masking techniques so far. I'm hoping to try Julie's and Laura's techniques soon too.

Both of my cards use a double masking technique. This first one gives a faux label look but it's all one layer.

I love the Dot Flower Pattern cling stamp from Hero Arts. I embossed it in white over my masks and colored with Distress Markers. The sentiment is from the Flower Friend set from SSS.

My second card uses the same technique but this time I just stamped around my masks using the Fresh Cut Florals set from WPlus9.

I created one more card using the same technique with a stencil and shading but it did NOT turn out the way I envisioned in my head, so I decided not to share it with ya.

There will be more examples of optical illusion cards in tomorrow's lesson, so I'm hoping to have a card or two to share again.

Thank you so much for continuing to stop by my blog - I'm so grateful for your visits and comments! ♥

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day 2 More Faux Effects

Hey there!
I'm back with a card from the second day of the CAS One Layer Cards 3, online class. If you missed my cards from day 1, you can see them here.

There were three fabulous designers sharing their examples of faux effects today. I fell in love with Suzanne Dahlberg's pretty card! She used ghost stamping but on a white card this time. It doesn't show up very well in the photo but in real life you can see it.

I used one of my favorite stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp - their Flower Friend set. I wanted to use some softer ink colors so I grabbed various colors from SSS, Hero Arts and Memento Luxe. The white ink is StazOn Opaque Cotton White. 

After everything dried, I added a few orange circles using one of the many stamps in the Lots of Dots set from SSS. Then I added some yellow dots using Hero Arts' Neon Yellow Dauber. I just squished some of it onto my craft sheet, picked up the ink with a tiny paint brush and dotted it here and there onto my card.

I really love how this turned out! Reminds me of spring, which I am ACHING for!

Thanks for the visit! Hope you enjoy your day! ♥

Monday, March 10, 2014

Online Card Class - Day 1


I'm back again with a couple of cards, but this time they're for the Clean and Simple One Layer Cards 3, online class.

I loved all three cards and videos today - such fun techniques! The lesson was Faux Effects and Shari Carrol's card, using ghost stamping, was really awesome! Here's my take:

I used the Balloons Die from Simon Says Stamp to create a shaped card. I cut a bunch of colorful strips of cardstock and adhered them to the card base. I then took three different sized star stamps from Simon Says Stamp's, Birthday Balloons clear set and stamped them first with VersaMark Ink, then again, a bit off-set, with Color Box Frost White ink. Love the effect! The inside of the card is stamped with a Happy Birthday sentiment from the same set.

My next card is a take on Debby Hughes' technique of layered die-cutting. Not sure if I really got them as layered as I could, but it was fun trying!

I used some pretty paper from Prima's Fairy Rhymes paper pad, cutting it with the Circle Card Border Die from Simon Says Stamp. Then I cut it again with the Heart Parade Die and once more with Memory Box's Perched Reed Bird. I added a few gems and a SSS sentiment.

I really enjoyed the first day of class and am so happy I have the week off from work to play with all the lessons! Yay! :)

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate it! ♥


Patterned Paper

Hi there!

I very rarely use patterned paper on my cards - oh, maybe a strip of it off to one side, but even that doesn't happen very often. And of course, I buy it all the time because I can't resist all the wonderful patterns and colors out there! Anyway, I decided I need to try and use it more often, so that's what I did with my card today.

I adore this 6x6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn called, Hello Sushine! I mean, is it perfect for springtime or WHAT?! Definitely! Such happy, bright colors and patterns! The sequins are from their same collection. 

The sun and sentiment are from the Color and Sunshine clear set from Simon Says Stamp. It's a really simple card but I love how happy it is. I'll be giving this to a co-worker - she is a delight to work with and I know she'll love this card!

Thanks for the visit today - I'll be back soon with a card from day 1 of the online card class, Clean and Simple, One Layer Cards 3. ♥