Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Card Concept #99- Sunflower Serenade

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Those bold colours are so rich and striking. I just LOVE the big sunflowers upfront and central, stealing the show. 


I created my Clean and Layered card based on those flowers and bold colours. 

I started with an A2 card base and adhered a white cardstock panel that had been dry embossed using an impression plate. The flower and leaves were cut from the Lacy Flowers and coordinating Mats (the mats are now retired) dies by Waffle Flower and glued together. The sentiment was stamped in red and clear heat embossed.

Here's a close-up of the dry-embossed background. It has a nice subtle texture.

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! 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

CASology- GRATITUDE

Welcome to another CASology challenge. This week the cue card is GRATITUDE. 


Gratitude= thanks. You can never have enough thank you cards! 

Clean and simple design tip: Bold pops of colour draw attention to the sentiment when the rest of your card is CAS. By matting my sentiment (which is a fabulous die cut that has the mat included!) in white, it sets it apart from the alcohol inked background and ties it to the simple card base. A teeny sentiment in a coordinating colour finishes it off. 



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

CASology- BOY

Welcome to another CASology challenge! This week our cue card is BOY. 


One main image and sentiment that is highlighted by a die cut is classic clean and simple style! 

I stamped the adorable bear head, bow tie and sentiment from Furry Friends by Concord & 9th in black, and added the layers using various ink colours. The bow tie has Glossy Accents on it for dimension. The entire image/sentiment is cut out using a scalloped circle die from My Favorite Things. I used foam adhesive to pop the circle up on a blue A2 card base.



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Card Concept #98- Pastel Party

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Rainbows and unicorns are basically my favourite thing ever so I had lots of fun with this challenge.


I created a Mixed Media card this time around. Stamps, die cuts, sponging ink, Glossy Accents, sequins and sparkly specialty paper...there's a little bit of it all on this creation! 

Isn't that fun and colourful? I stamped my background with black ink on a white A2 card base using a retired MFT background stamp, and layered all the die cut pieces over top. The stitched cloud edges and sentiment come from My Favorite Things, while the rainbow is Concord & 9th

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! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CASology- DRESS

Welcome to another CASology challenge! This week our cue card is DRESS. 


CAS tip: Dry-embossing adds detail and interest to a clean and simple card without adding too much work or fuss. 

For my card today, I dry-embossed a scalloped rectangle frame onto an A2 white card base. I stamped and then die cut the main image from the Beautiful Girl set by My Favorite Things (now retired). She was coloured in with Copic markers, and some Diamond Stickles were added to her dress. I drew a grey marker shadow at her feet to 'ground' her and adhered her to the card, using foam adhesive behind her head to pop her out a little. The sentiment was stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. 

I can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge! Check out how the rest of the team were inspired. 



Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 Card Design Superstar- Clean and Simple Genius

I have a last minute card to throw into the ring in the Clean and Simple Genius category for the 2018 Card Design Superstar contest by My Favorite Things

Forewarned- if I win this category my family is contractually obligated to refer to me as a 'genius' the rest of my life. My entire life. Every time they mention me. Always. ;)

On a white cardstock panel, I stamped my background repeatedly using my MISTI and several colours of ink. Some light purple ink was blended over top of the inked background to highlight where my sentiment would be. The Happy Birthday is die cut and adhered right to the panel, while the embossed part is adhered using foam tape. A few pale purple sequins were glued down, and the entire panel is popped up on an A2 white card base using foam tape. 

Thanks for stopping in today, and good luck to all the entries! You see my supply list below.

Supplies:
Stamps: Radiating Halftone Background, More Essential Sentiments
Ink: Grape Jelly, Pure Plum, Eggplant, Purple Rain, Tropical Teal, Dill Pickle, Versamark
Cardstock: Sweet Tooth, Pure Plum
Other: sequins, foam tape, white embossing powder

Sunday, September 16, 2018

MFT 2018 Card Design Superstar contest

I had a little time this weekend to create an entry or two for the 2018 Card Design Superstar contest by My Favorite Things. There's absolutely no way I'd ever attempt the Coloring Virtuoso category because those skills I DO NOT have...but maaaayyyybe I could squeak by with an Innovation Master entry. :) All those fancy cards are not my typical area of comfort but I really like stretching my abilities and trying new things so I gave it a shot. 

I used the Double Slider Loop Slots from the September release to create the basis of my card. The two birds are friends and when you pull the tab the one bird brings the heart closer to the other. They wish they lived closer. Awww. Let's ignore the fact that they are BIRDS and can FLY wherever they want, whenever they want. Details schmetails. 

The tree branch was hand cut and stamped with a background stamp, as was the grass. The sky was die cut twice and layered together. One bird is adhered to the acetate strip (I followed directions straight from the MFT site), while the other is popped up with foam tape. Some details were added using Copic markers to the wings and tails. I incorporated some sparkle and shine with glitter on the pink heart and a few clear sequins. There's even a dab of sparkle in the center of each sequin. For the sentiment, I used a crisp black ink and clear embossing powder. I really need the Interactive Labels set so I don't have to write PULL myself. ;) The entire panel is adhered with two layers of foam tape to a white A2 card base. 

This will be a fun card to send to a far away friend. Interactive cards are just too cute!

Thanks so much for stopping in, and check out the supply list below.

Supplies: 
Stamps: Anything-but-Basic Friendship, BG Marble, BG Myriad Dot (retired)
Dies: leaves from Mini Modern Blooms (retired), Stitched Cloud Edges, Birds of a Feather, heart from LLD Flamingos
Cardstock: Purple Rain, Sno Cone, Grape Jelly, Orange Zest, Razzle Berry, Sweet Tooth, Kraft
Ink: Field Day, Natural, Versamark
Other: sequins, Diamond Stickles, acetate, clear embossing powder, Copic markers, foam tape


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

CASology- HEAL

It's time for another CASology challenge and this time the cue card is HEAL. 


Offsetting a part of your design to preserve white space will help keep your card clean and simple. 

For my card I used the dies from Rainbow Wishes by Concord & 9th and adhered only a part of the rainbow to the bottom corner of the white card base. The sentiment from the coordinating stamp set was heat embossed in black, with the 'bright' embossed in a clear sparkle powder. 

Thanks for stopping in today! Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team came up with. 



MFT & Friends- September 2018 release


I am very excited today to join the My Favorite Things team as part of their MFT & Friends feature, to help them take a fresh look at the recent September release. 

Here's a look at the new Sending Prayers stamp set, and coordinating Die-namics Prayers die. 

For my card today, I created the background using the Pure Plum Premium Dye Ink Refill and the Pink Lemonade Premium Dye Ink Pad (the ink had been smooshed onto an acrylic block) and water on a panel of watercolour cardstock. Then I stamped flowers, stems and leaves from Painted Prints using Pink Lemonade, Pure Plum, Ripe Raspberry and Field Day dye inks. The 'prayers' sentiment was die cut twice from Pure Plum and white cardstock and glued together, then adhered using foam tape. The rest of the sentiment was heat embossed in white on Field Day cardstock. A final touch was clear sequins scattered across the card front. The entire panel was glued to a Pure Plum card base. 

How about a close-up of the stamped flowers? Even though my watercolour background was dry, the paper must have held enough water that the stamped flowers 'spread' slightly. That's ok. It gives it an even more watercoloured look. Happy mistakes, right? 


Thanks so much for stopping in today! Make sure you check out the MFT & Friends blog post here to check out inspiration from other friends and the MFT Design Team.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Card Concept #97- Colourful Basics

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. The rainbow stripes caught my eye (I looooove a good rainbow element), and the furniture called to mind moving into a new home. 


Here's my card using a Clean and Graphic style.

Using my MISTI I stamped the Wide Stripes in multiple colours along the card base. The Abstract Skyline was stamped in black and fussy cut, then adhered over the rainbow background. The sentiment was stamped and die cut from Lil Inker's Warm Welcome set. Truthfully it is stamped on a strip of green cardstock because I left out green on the stamped rainbow background. Who forgets green?! I need to go back to kindergarten to learn my rainbow order! :) 

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!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways


Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! You should have arrive here from Kimberly Wiener's blog. This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1000 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us! For details on day one of the hop, you can visit this post.

GIVEAWAYS
In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the
blogs and announced by Wednesday, September 5 on
this page.
Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prizes before another winner is selected.


Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

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I adore Rubeena's passion for cardmaking and her support of everyone in the cardmaking/crafty community. She's a cheerleader and super talented artist, and I'm thrilled to help her celebrate her cardmaking anniversary!

In 2006 after my son was born I began scrapbooking and it quickly turned into cardmaking. The smaller format, the variety of stamps and supplies, and the ability to make someone smile with a handmade creation was part of the appeal. One of my first loves in cardmaking was patterned paper and it still is. The mix and match of ephemera, journal cards, stickers, alphabets and 6x6 pads sucked me in and like many of us, I began hoarding papers. :) To help Rubeena celebrate today, I created a collection of five inspirational cards using one paper collection- Flourish by Crate Paper and coordinating ephemera just like I did when I first started creating. 







All five cards were created similarly using the papers and floral ephemera from the Flourish collection. I added a stamped sentiment to each, embossing a few in gold, added some gold paint splatters here and there, and adhering some gold sequins. There's a cohesive look to them all, and yet they are each unique. I love how they turned out! 






Do you have a favourite?! I'm partial to the one that says 'throw kindness around like confetti."
There are so many other stops on the hop today, so carry on and enjoy yourselves and have fun creating! Thanks Rubeena for inviting me to join you on this fabulous hop.



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