Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Card Concept #125- Home for the Holidays

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. What a homey and delightful looking porch! So festive and trendy with the black and white plaid with pops of red and greenery. Love it! 



My classy and elegant card today plays on all the colour and pattern influences of the inspiration photo, as well as that perfect little truck with a tree in the back of it. I HAD to substitute a VW van though because that's what my family is all about. :) 


The Christmas Care-a-Van set by The Greetery was absolutely perfect for this challenge. I stamped and die cut all the elements and assembled them together. The greenery and tree on top have a touch of sparkle on them from Stickles glitter. The van is popped up with foam tape on a die cut rectangle, which is also popped up with foam tape (lots of dimension on this card!) onto a plaid piece of designer paper. White embossing on black is such a crisp look and I used a sentiment from the Bitty Holiday Wishes set (my FAVE sentiment set by far this holiday season!) by My Favorite Things. Some tiny silver sequins finish it off. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Christmas Care-a-Van (The Greetery); Bitty Holiday Wishes (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Lobster (Lawn Fawn); Fairy Dust (WPlus9); Charcoal, Forever Green, Cup a Joe (Hero Arts); Beanstalk Green (Simon Says Stamp); Versamark (Tsukineko); Copic markers
Dies: Christmas Care-a-Van (The Greetery); Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX-retired (My Favorite Things)
Paper: white, True Black (Papertrey Ink); Christmas Plaids 6x6 (Recollections)
Other: Stickles glitter glue (Ranger); silver sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Card Concept #124- Holiday Baubles

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. First of all, those ornaments are GORGEOUS. I have long lobbied for a "beautiful" tree in our home at the holidays; one with matching d├ęcor and lots of glitz and glamour but alas, I am outvoted every year. We have the traditional kids ornaments, mismatched lights, bare spots where the cats sleeps and a star that is always slightly droopy. That's ok. It's a tree with lots of love. But that won't stop me from dreaming that someday I will get to decorate with beautiful ornaments like below. 


My card this week is clean and layered. I used the colour scheme and ornament theme for my inspiration and substituted silver/pewter for gold...because I love gold. That's all. 

The main panel was created with alcohol inks and brass mixative, then die cut and adhered to an A2 white card base using foam tape. The ornament (from Memory Box but now retired) was die cut from gold shimmer paper and some darker teal for the leaves, glued together and had some Diamond Stickles added to the berries. Finally, the sentiment was heat embossed and adhere with foam tape. All supplies are listed below. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Bitty Holiday Wishes (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Various alcohol inks (Ranger, Copic, Jacquard); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Cabrini Ornament (Memory Box); Stitched Rectangle (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Stamper's Select white, True Black, gold shimmer, Tropical Teal (Papertrey Ink); Yupo 
Other: Diamond Stickles, white embossing powder (Ranger)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Card Concept #123- Thanksgiving Table

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. That is such a pretty table! The colourful florals and how the white candles kept everything fresh and bright were what inspired me for my card today. 


My card falls into two of our categories- clean and layered, and classy and elegant. It's layered and yet full of white space to keep it clean, while the sparkle and texture adds to the elegant feel of it. 

Starting with a Kraft A2 card base, I used white wood grain paper cut to size and adhered to it for my base layer. For the focal piece I stamped and die cut the blooms from Blooms Fill-in by Concord & 9th and layered onto a piece of vellum that was also die cut. The sentiment was die cut and heat embossed with Midas Touch embossing glitter by WOW (SUCH a sparkly powder- LOVE it). Everything was layered using clear foam tape onto the base and a few clear sequins were added to finish it off. 


Here's a closer look at the layers and dimension. 


Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Blooms Fill-in (Concord & 9th)
Ink: Carrot, Lobster, Sunflower (Lawn Fawn); Hydrangea, Beanstalk Green, Maliblue (Simon Says Stamp); Forever Green (Hero Arts); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Blooms Fill-in (Concord & 9th); Big Hugs (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Green Apple, Wood grain, vellum (Simon Says Stamp); kraft, Sweet Tooth (MFT)
Other: Midas Touch embossing powder (WOW); sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Card Concept #122- Bountiful Blessings

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This picture makes me want to put on a cozy sweater and go for a walk to check out the changing fall colours. 

I could have been inspired by so many things about this picture but I choose to go with the gorgeous colour scheme and focus on the patterns found on the door and steps. Classy and elegant was how my card turned out with rich colours and layered pops of gold and sparkle. 

For the main panel of the card, I stenciled my pattern (a retired My Favorite Things stencil) onto white cardstock using dye inks and then adhered the die cut feathers. Some gold thread was messily glued in a bundle, with the heat embossed sentiment strip adhered over top using foam tape. A few sequins were added, and the entire panel was adhered to a white A2 card base using foam tape. All supplies used are listed below at the end of this post. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Celebrate Everyday (Hero Arts)
Ink: Just Rust, Orange Soda, Butter Bar (Hero Arts); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Feathered (Concord & 9th)
Paper: white, kraft, Burnt Orange, gold sparkle (Simon Says Stamp)
Other: Herringbone Bricks stencil (MFT); sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); gold thread

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Card Concept #121- Adventure Awaits

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge. I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This one makes me want to go on vacation to somewhere exotic! 

I kept my card clean and layered today with some simple patterned papers, stamping and heat embossing. The neutral colours and stacked luggage were what I drew my inspiration from. 

Adding special touches like Glossy Accents and gold heat embossing can give a somewhat dull card a little excitement! My first attempt had just stamping for the stack of books and it really felt flat to me. The gold gave it a touch of elegance it needed! Don't be afraid to start over or try again if you don't like your first try! It's only paper...

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Glorious Globes Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Surf Blue, Dark Chocolate, Beanstalk Green, Black (Simon Says Stamp); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Stitched Rectangle (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Dark Chocolate, White cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); woodgrain patterned paper (My Mind's Eye)
Other: Glossy Accents, gold embossing powder (Ranger)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Card Concept #120- Cozy Cottage

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This reminds me of a grandma's kitchen...not MY grandma's but just any grandma in general. :) So warm and cozy, beautiful and flowery, and a little bit country and elegant. Love it! 

This classy and elegant kitchen deserved the same sort of card from me this week. :) *Almost* monochromatic, the rich colours and gorgeous sentiment make this creation perfect for our challenge's classy and elegant category! 

On an A2 card base I stamped the Plaid background from Concord & 9th using my MISTI and Cornflower ink. The florals from Hello Lovely were stamped on a white cardstock panel in Navy ink and die cut using the coordinating die. The edges were lightly blended with the same ink and some Stickles glitter was added to the flower centres. The sentiment was die cut from dies included in the same coordinating set and 'hello' was adhered with foam tape. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Plaid Background, Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th)
Ink: Cornflower, Navy (Hero Arts)
Dies: Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th)
Paper: A2 white card base (Simon Says Stamp); Stamper's Select white, Lemon Tart, Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Stickles glitter (Ranger)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Clean and Simple Celebration!

It's the annual My Favorite Things Superstar contest and I'm playing along! 
My card today is for the Clean and Simple category. A major design element for a clean and simple card includes great use of white space. Well- white space doesn't have to be the obvious! I've used black cardstock instead of the usual white for an elegant look. 


 Using the Uncorked stamp set and Wine Service dies I created a fun slider card that let's the recipient clink glasses in celebration! Fun fact- clean and simple cards aren't always quick and easy to make...in fact sometimes they take longer because the simple placement of every element needs to be *just* right. 

On a black cardstock panel I die cut the Leaping Slider Channel and heat embossed the sentiment using gold powder below it. The wine glasses were cut using gold and silver sparkle paper, and the silver glass was adhered to one side of the channel. The gold cup was adhered to a slider element through the channel which allowed it to move easily from one end to the other. Some sequins were added in silver and gold because...well...sequins are fun, that's why!! The entire panel was adhered to a black A2 card base using foam tape. 

Cheers to you all! No matter if your glass has wine or soda or good ol' water, I hope you have an amazing weekend. Good luck to everyone playing along in the Superstar contest.