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. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Simple Thanks

I think this is the first year I have ordered Stamptember products from Simon Says Stamp and had the time to use them in the month of September! And it's only the 16th of the month! A new record for me...usually I order late and when it arrives I put it aside until I get to it...which is weeks later. Yay for actually using new product!! 

Stand-alone dies are my favourite right now and the Leafy Square from the Stamptember release was a stand-alone die that called to me.  I thought it would be perfect to use for CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #339 this week. 

On an A2 white card base I used the Leafy Square to create an embossed impression right into the card, then cut it again and snipped off the leaves. I coloured the leaves in using Copic markers and adhered it over top of the impressed piece. The sentiment was cut using the thanks die from Simon Says Stamp, and heat embossed with Liquid Platinum powder. 

Here's the sketch I used:  

Thanks so much for stopping in and have a great day! 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friendly Sunflowers

I am fully embracing autumn as it approaches. ALL the seasons get love from me...winter, spring, summer and fall...but autumn is just SO enjoyable. That's why I am adoring all the card challenges right now that are taking on fall inspiration with their colours and themes. 

Today I'm playing along with Color Throwdown and their crisp fall palette (seen below my card). I was definitely inspired by the sunflowers on the table in the picture and used Ellen Hutson's Mondo Gerbera Daisy. Yes, yes...it's a daisy stamp/die and not a sunflower but deal with it. :) 

As mentioned above, the daisy stamp and coordinating die are from Ellen Hutson. Even the lovely 'hi friend' sentiment is from that coordinating die set! I stamped the flower on watercolour paper and used my Daniel Smith watercolors to paint it. It's adhered to a white cardstock panel cut from the pretty So Stylish cover plate from Lil' Inker Designs. The sentiment was cut from red cardstock, some sequins were added, and the whole thing was glued to a kraft A2 card base. 

Here's the autumn-ly awesome colour palette! 


Thanks for stopping in today, and I hope you all have a fantastic day! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Card Concept #119- Beautiful Butterflies

Welcome back after a long summer break and I'm so happy that it's time for another The Card Concept challenge! If you need a reminder about what this fun challenge is all about, I have copied and pasted the description from the main challenge blog below. 


This is a bi-weekly card challenge blog which features an inspiration photo for participants to use for their card design.

 Each member of our Design Team will choose one (or more) of the 7 different styles for their card design and each designer will share with us the inspiration for their style choice of the design.

The styles are divided into 7 style themes:
  • Clean & Simple (CAS)
  • Clean & Layered
  • Clean & Graphic
  • Freestyle Collage
  • Shabby Chic
  • Classy & Elegant
  • Mixed Media 



The participants are encouraged to create a card, based on the challenge and they can choose whatever "style" or combination of "styles"  to design in.
Each designer on our DT will choose their top three entries and the entries will be compiled by the team administrator to determine the main winner and the three honourable mentions.  The Winner and HM will be announced an hour before the next challenge starts. 


Sounds like fun, right? I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Butterflies are my favourite (next to rainbows and unicorns!), so I was excited to create with this photo in mind.

Clean and Layered was the style I chose for this card and I took the inspiration photo rather literally, keeping the layout and patterned butterflies as the basis for my design. 

On a cream coloured A2 card base I stamped the butterflies and coordinating layers, then added some ink drops flicked across the panel. The sentiment was heat embossed in white and adhered using foam tape. A few sequins were added to 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: (Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers) Papertrey Ink 
Ink: Walnut, Ballet Slippers, Peachy Keen, Minty Fresh, Mermaid, Forget-me-not, Butter, Lemonade (Lawn Fawn); Dark Chocolate, Khaki (Simon Says Stamp); Soft Sky (Hero Arts); Versamark (Tsukineko)

Paper: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Tickled Pink (MFT)
Other: clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); white embossing powder (Ranger)