Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Card Concept #115 - Mosaic Madness

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. As soon as I saw this picture my mind immediately jumped to the gorgeous Grace Mandala die set by Birch Press Design and how it has been gathering dust in my crafty corner...time to put it to good use! 


Time and again I fall to the clean and layered category of cardmaking. Fresh and bold, some depth and interest, all the while not being too basic. 

There is a lot of die cutting on my card today! So. Much. Die cutting. After all the pieces were cut and adhered together, I layered them on a white A2 card base. The sentiment was die cut multiple times (more die cutting!) and stacked together for depth, and a simple stamped sentiment was added. A few enamel dots 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: Big and Little Words (Memory Box)
Ink: Peacock (Lawn Fawn)

Dies: Antique Leaf Label (Memory Box); Grace Mandala set (Birch Press Design); Happy (Winnie & Walter)
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, Stamper's Select white (Papertrey Ink)
Other: enamel dots (Doodlebug Designs)


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Card Concept #114- Galoshes Galore

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. The row of colourful rubber boots and the fresh spring scene inspired the scene on my card today. It kind of feels like we've been getting a LOT of rain lately so this felt appropriate. 


And here is my Clean & Layered card...

For my card today, I blended Distress Oxide inks on an A2 card base and added water droplets. All the stamped pieces from the ultra adorable Rainy Day set by Hello Bluebird were coloured with Copic markers and die cut using the coordinating dies, and adhered with foam tape. The sentiment is from a retired My Favorite Things set and was heat embossed using silver powder. 

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: Rainy Day (Hello Bluebird); Umbrella (My Favorite Things retired)
Ink: Salty Ocean (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Umbrella set (My Favorite Things retired)
Paper: Stamper's Select white (Papertrey Ink)
Other: silver embossing powder (Ranger); foam adhesive

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Card Concept #113- Spring Celebration

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This just screams springtime and Easter! How sweet is that bunny? 


For this week's challenge I created a Clean & Layered card using inspiration from the greenery and pops of pink in the above photo. I wanted to incorporate some of the plaid and the Easter theme as well...there is lots to work with this time around! 

The plaid background was stamped in a tone on tone look, while the sentiment was embossed using Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I arranged multiple pieces of greenery around the focal point before adhering it all down using foam tape for some of the layers. 

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: Easter Alleluias (Papertrey Ink); Plaid Background (Concord & 9th)

Ink: Fossil (Simon Says Stamp); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Stitched Circles, Stitched Mini Scalloped Circles (My Favorite Things); Leafy Branch (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Sweet Blush, Soft Stone, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Hero Arts); foam tape 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Card Concept #111- Scattered Seashells

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the photo below. The lovely aqua pallet backdrop, scattered shells and sprinkled sand inspired me this week. 



Shabby Chic/Mixed Media was the style I aimed for this time around. I used Distress Inks to blend on a white cardstock panel, then die cut it with a stitched rectangle. The shells and anchor were all stamped, die cut and lightly watercoloured. The sentiment was heat embossed in gold, and metallic accents were added to the shells, sand and anchor. The entire panel was adhered to a white A2 card base 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! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Card Concept #110- Shamrock Blessings

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Although it gives a shabby and vintage vibe it is also clearly inspired by the upcoming St. Patrick's Day which to me means shades green and gold sparkle, and that's where I drew my inspiration from. 



My love of alcohol ink art translated wonderfully for this challenge! I used the inks to create a clean and layered/mixed media card with rich shades of kelly green, lime green and veins of gold throughout. An embossed sentiment and sparkly gold heart work perfectly with the background.  


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: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Dies: Hearts (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: white A2 card base (Simon Says Stamp); Yupo; Dill Pickle cardstock, gold sparkle paper (My Favorite Things)
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Versamark (Tsukineko); alcohol inks (Ranger); gold foil (Heidi Swapp)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Card Concept #109- Pineapple Party

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the photo below. That pineapple cake is just absolutely fun. When I was creating my card I knew I wanted to make it as bright and cheery as the inspiration photo.



'Hello' cards are so good to have on hand for when you just need to pop a quick card in the mail for a friend. Nothing beats receiving a 'no reason' kind of card. I kept my card clean and layered, focusing on the focal point popped up with a simple striped background.

pineapple perfection concord & 9th
Using my MISTI, I stamped the pineapple from Pineapple Perfection by Concord & 9th and coordinating solid pieces in various colours of dye ink. The green top of the pineapple was heat embossed in a sparkly clear powder. The banner and sentiment are from the same set as the pineapple. It's all popped up with foam tape on the A2 card base, which was stamped with the Wide Stripes background by Simon Says Stamp.

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: Wide Stripes BG (Simon Says Stamp); Pineapple Perfection (Concord & 9th)
Dies: Pineapple Perfection coordinating dies (Concord & 9th)
Ink: Island Blue, Lucky, Intense Black (Simon Says Stamp); Razzleberry, Dandelion (My Favorite Things); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: white, black (Simon Says Stamp)
Other: foam tape; Clear Sparkle embossing powder (Wow); white embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Card Concept #108- Love is in the Air

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below.  That's a lovely scene fit for Valentine's Day, isn't it?



The stitched monogrammed pillow in front caught my attention and I created a Clean and Layered card inspired by it. Why clean and layered and not clean and simple? Check out the descriptions provided on the Card Concept blog! 

The heart background stamp was heat embossed in white directly on the A2 white card base. The heart was cut from textured cardstock using a heart die from Papertrey Ink. Sentiments from You Are Loved by Simon Says Stamp were also heat embossed in white on the heart. I used embroidery floss to stitch around the edges of the heart and adhered it to the card 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: Mini Hearts BG (My Favorite Things); You Are Loved (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: red (Bazzil); white card base (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies: 2 1/4" Hearts collection (Papertrey Ink)
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); floss; foam tape

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Card Concept #107- Rainbow Cupcakes

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the photo below. Rainbows are my favourite. Really though. I screeched with glee when I saw this picture. :) 


Obviously the rainbow order of cupcakes inspired me, but I also liked the tin/chalkboard feel to the background and incorporated that onto my card as well. I kept the card one layer, and it's definitely a Clean & Simple creation.

The cakes from Birthday Palooza by CZ Design (isn't that a fun name for a stamp set?!) were stamped in Versafine Black Onyx Ink across the panel, with the sentiment stamped below in the same ink. I used Distress Markers to watercolour the images and a silver paint pen for the candles. The panel was trimmed and adhered to black A2 card base that was smeared with white pigment ink for a chalky look. A touch of sparkle was added to the candle tops with Stickles. 

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: Birthday Palooza (CZ Designs for Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx (Tsukineko); Distress Markers (Ranger); Silver paint marker (Pilot); Unicorn White pigment ink (Hero Arts)
Paper: black cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); watercolor cardstock (Hero Arts)
Other: Stickles (Ranger)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Color Throwdown- Hello Friend

The children have been back to school now after winter break for a week or two, and it coincided with a HUGE Simon Says Stamp order arriving at my doorstep. Better timing couldn't have been planned! I cracked open those goodies and started creating. :) 

I turned an alcohol inked background from a week ago into my card today. I am still having so much fun experimenting with them. Every time I use them I get a different look and it's fun figuring out what mediums all work best together. 


I die cut the 'friend' die from vellum and cardstock and adhered it together and then to the alcohol ink background. The little 'hello' was heat embossed in white on black cardstock, and I added a little rhinestone gem for the dot on the 'i'. The panel was die cut with a rectangle die and matted on cardstock. The entire panel was adhered to a white A2 card base with foam tape. 



The Color Throwdown challenge fits perfectly for this card. Such a wintery, gorgeous color combination! I am definitely going to be using it again. 
I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for stopping in. 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Tiny Words (Simon Says)
Cardstock: White A2 card base, Blue Violet, Black (Simon Says); vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Alcohol inks (Ranger)
Dies: Rectangle Stitched die, Big Friend (Simon Says)
Other: rhinestone gem (Kaisercraft), white embossing powder (Ranger), foam tape