OCC Anything But Square

One of the blogs I read is a group of talented ladies who present weekly challenges. Our Creative Corner had the challenge this week to create a card that was anything but a square. I did a lot of thinking about what I wanted to do while I was walking this week. It finally hit me to do a butterfly. I pulled out a set that I bought and hadn’t used (I saw lots of cards using the set but have not had a chance to make any of them, sad since it has been retired for several years). It had a beautiful butterfly what would be perfect for a 3 x 3 card. The key was to stamp the butterfly so part of the wings overlapped the fold. This is easier said than done. It took me a couple of tries but I finally got it right.

While I was walking this morning, I thought about how I was going to color it. My original thought was to make it a monarch using yellow and orange. But then it hit me to use blues. I love the colors but have to work on using the sponge daubers. I had wanted the blues to fade in toward the center with the lightest one going almost all the way there and the darker blue on the edges. When I put the dauber on the outside of the butterfly and swiped it toward the center the black embossing powder smeared. I had to revise my method and it turned out okay but would still like to figure out how to do my original idea. I will keep working on it until I get it.

I added some sparkles using my stardust gel pen as it needed more bling even though the embossing powder had lot so sparkle. I don’t think you can see it in the picture but it is really sparkly. Here is the card.

Now I bet you are thinking that the card is so small you can’t put a sentiment inside. Wrong! Here is what the inside looks like.Stamps: Bold Butterfly, Cute Converse (both retired) Paper: white Ink: Basic Black Craft, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue Accessories: Black Diamond embossing powder (Judi-Kins), black brads, Sakura Stardust gel penSo, what do you think? It makes a really cute 3 x 3. Thanks for looking and have a great evening!

Another fun layout

There have been some fun sketches on the blogs this week.  I usually try to do Julee’s Poetic Artistry / Mojo Monday sketch.  She presented a challenge for us this week with a large circle on the card.  I wanted to use some more of my patterned paper and thought this paper fit the cauldron on the stamp.  Once I got the panels made and attached to the base it was missing something.  That’s when I pulled out my Martha Stewart bat punch.  That seemed to ground the main images but then it needed something else.  That’s when I turned to my square brads.  I think the added embellishments made the card.

If you have noticed there is no ribbon on this card.  The sketch did not have ribbon and I think it helps put the focus on the 2 main panels.  Hope you like it.  Here is the sketch and my card.

Stamps: Spooky Swirls (TAC) Paper: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, white, Simply Spooky PP (TAC) Ink: Basic Black  Accessories: circle cutter (Creative Memories), Gable Green – Going Gray – Lovely Lilac markers, Martha Stewart bat punch, Midnight glitter (Art Glitter), Xyron, black square brads, Sakura Stardust gelly roll pen, dimensionals

Isn’t this paper wild?  I wasn’t sure how I would ever use it but it goes in this card pretty good.  I think our warm days are coming to an end.  Get outside and enjoy it.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

A Quick Card

My friend Sandy (Hi Sandy!) is skeptical that anyone can create a card in short amount of time.  Today’s card took me all of 30 minutes.  It was a quick card to make and the layout is a great one from Natasha.  Her site is a good one for quick simple cards.  I like the simplicity of this card.  So what do you think, do you like this simple card?  Here is the sketch and my card.

Stamps: Fall Sampler (TAC), Halloween set (Hero Arts) Paper: Basic Black, Green Galore, white Ink: Basic Black Accessories: ribbon (Michael’s), Craft Card Embellishments (JoAnn’s), Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen, sticky tape, dimensionals
Now is a  great time to pick up Halloween ribbon at Michael’s.  They currently have it on sale.  I try and pick up ribbon at Michael’s when it is on sale and then save it for next year.  It is a great way to save on this embellishment.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Mixing my papers!

There was a fun sketch challenge on Amy’s Blog/ last Friday.  I decided to play along with this one.  I still need a few Halloween cards so I decided to use an Angel Company stamp from a set I really like.  I stamped the image first and then used markers to color it in.  I had picked up 2 papers that I thought would go together.  I went about putting this card together a little bit differently than I normally do.  I wasn’t sure which color card to use for the base, so I put all my layers together and then decided what base to use.  The ribbon is the last piece of this one that I have.  I added the dots around the edge as Faith creates some beautiful cards and she always has dots around her pieces.  Here is the sketch and my card.

Stamps: Spooktacular (TAC) Paper: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Lovely Lilac, So Saffron, white, Simply Spooky PP (TAC), black & white (not sure where I got it) Ink: Basic Black, More Mustard Accessories: Basic Black – Chocolate Chip – Close to Cocoa – Creamy Caramel – Going Gray – Lovely Lilac – Mellow Moss – More Mustard – So Saffron markers, ribbon (Michael’s), Halloween Card Embellishments (JoAnn’s), Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen, sticky tape, dimensionals
I hope you get some time to get outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather we are having.  It won’t be long before it will cold and the days will be short.  Thanks for looking and have a great day! 

The Wedding Card That Took Forever!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  We are having some great weather for this time of year.  I hope it continues for quite a while. 

My best friend’s son got married yesterday and I needed a card.  I decided to CASE my self with this card.  I changed the colors (the colors of the wedding were burgundy, champagne, and ivory) and the image.  I thought this would be a quick beautiful card to make.  Little did I know the issues I would have.  I had the image embossed on the vellum and ready to cut out.  I went over to my Cuttlebug set it up and ran it through.  UGH, the image shifted not to mention the vellum wrinkled.  So I went back to drawing board and embossed and colored another one.  This time I taped the vellum to the cutting template and used a piece of cardstock to help with the cutting.  When I took it out it had some pieces of cardstock on it.  I tried to remove it but it didn’t work.  Okay, so now I have to create another image.  After doing that I cut it out and colored it in.  I decided it needed a little more color so I tried coloring the cake stands.  Well I didn’t like that so I thought maybe I could use a Q-tip to remove the color since I was using Stampin’ Up’s markers and they are water based.  Well that didn’t work and it ruined the image so now I had to create another one.  This time it turned out great.  I attached it to the white oval and saw I had some color from my fingers on the tape.  I tried to remove it but it didn’t work, so I am back to making another one.  This one turned out good so I attached it to my card.  It looked  a little different for some reason and couldn’t figure out why then it finally hit me.  I had attached the image backwards.  I tried to remove it and flip it over but the vellum tape eould not come off.  So now I am creating another image (you need to see visualize me putting my Cuttlebug and dies away each time as I just knew I was all set with the image and couldn’t possibly make another mistake).  This one finally worked and I was able to attach it to my card correctly.  So now my quick card turned into a 2 hour card but it was finally finished.  Would you like to see it?  Well here it is!

Stamps: Fun & Fast notes, Priceless Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Sahara Sand, vellum, white Ink: Whisper White Craft Accessories: white detail embossing powder, Bravo Burgundy & Garden Green markers, Cuttlegbug, Nestabilities, Martha Stewart floral lace edge punch, ribbon, vellum tape, dimensionals

So what do you think?  Do you think it was worth 2 hours (wouldn’t have been that long if I hadn’t kept making stupid mistakes)?  Thanks for looking and hope you have a great Sunday!