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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Masculine Birthday

My son's birthday is tomorrow and we will be celebrating his 25th!
I made a card for him this morning, playing with stencils and distress inks.  I used a SU stencil for the background that I placed on an angle and applied the cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon inks lightly with an ink blending tool.  Over that, I used a Heidi Swapp triangles stencil and applied a dark grey ink on a few and the same distress inks.  I cut out some numbers from Bristol board that I had applied the inks to, some blended and some just direct to the Bristol and arranged.  The Happy is a Technique Tuesday die and that was cut from black mirror card, as were the PTI t and h letters.  I am happy with the outcome and the process reminded me how simple it is to create with stencils.  Must play some more with these!  I am entering into the SSS http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes- challenge where "Anything Goes" and featuring Technique Tuesday products.
Thanks for stopping by...have a wonderful weekend!
Chriss


Friday, May 13, 2016

Pinterest Inspired Father's Day


 This month's May Pinterest Inspired challenge immediately caught my eye and I wanted to finally participate in a challenge as I have been very quiet on the blog and in my blogland commenting.  I am finally feeling like I will have a bit of Mojo and some scheduled time for getting back to creating again.
  I made some Father's Day cards using PTI inks in Canyon Clay, Parakeet Green, Teal and Hawaiian Shores.  The pattern was made with a leftover strip of white CS that I has used to die cut a Hero Arts dragonfly shape from the April HA monthly kit.  I was left with a home made stencil...so I sponged the four colours onto card fronts and I like the colour combo for a more masculine type card.  I decided to go very simple with the sentiment treatment and white heat embossed one of the PTI sentiments from Boutique Borders Father onto black CS and adhered coaster board to the back for added dimension and glued to the card front.  Pretty easy!  Although my allover pattern is not random and my colours are not at all like the inspiration piece...I was TRULY inspired to create with inks and an organic feel shape because of the PI challenge!
Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful day!
Chriss

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Muse Christmas Visions

Hello friends!
So, have you been playing along with MCV challenges?  
Not that many months left before Christmas is here!  I know...Summer weather is really just what we need right now, but just a little less than 7 months 'til we need to mail!

Time for another MCV challenge and I am hoping my card inspires.  I made a little sponged woodland scene with pastel colours over some white heat embossed bottle brush trees from PTI.  I have learned that I can only achieve non blotchy blending on Bristol board card.  To quote Laura Bassen, the colours blend like buttah!  (Although Laura can blend on all surfaces!)





For a little drama and dimension, I backed my PTI Joy die cut with another, cut from black fun foam.  I did the same with my MS punched bunny.  I was not sure if the punch would go through the fun foam, but it did!  I really wanted the bunny on this card as I think she appears to be looking onto this scene with joy and amazement.  I think I need to add a little mini pompom over his tail.
The trees and ground snow are totally winked and shimmery IRL and seeing the photo, there is a more silver area on one of the trees and on a part of the bunny.  I can't explain why, although I suspect that the abandoned coral distress ink did not want to play nice with Stella.  Anyway...hope that you are inspired by the pastels, white heat embossing, ink blending, critter or whatever you associate with Joy to create a Christmas card!  

Make it simple and make a bunch!  Hope to see you in the gallery :)

Have a wonderful day.
I will be back later this week with an update on what I have been up to...
Chriss

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Muse Christmas Visions

Hello there!  It's time for the Muse Christmas Visions weekly challenge and
I am up for the MCV team this week with an easy concept to hopefully inspire you today!



Patterned paper background, a framed sentiment and a little embellishment.  An EasyPeasy jumpstart for the Christmas card stash.  
How many will you make?
Here she is...



The PP is from a 6 X 6 pad from a few years ago with pinks and greens and the colours prompted me to make a little ink layered poinsettia from the first Hero Arts monthly kit.  I even embellished the center with some rhinestones.   The little die cut holly leaves are from Savvy.  
 I am not saying that my stash of PP and rhinestones will diminish anytime soon, but it felt good to use these neglected items :)

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see your creations in the gallery!

Chriss

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Muse Christmas Visions!

Oh, it feels so good to get back to the weekly Muse: Christmas Visions challenge!  



This is my first Christmas card for 2016 and I am starting with a very simple design and execution using a classic colour palette.  My border holly stamp is quite old from a company called Heather's Stamping Haven in Ottawa, Canada.  I must have bought this on a visit to Montreal, year's ago...I embossed in WOW pale gold EP onto Arches CP and used a cheapo w/c set from Michael's.  The set has all shimmer colours and I used two of the greens on my leaves and a red on the berries.  I also used the WOW gold EP for the Simon Says Stamp greeting from the Big Scripty Greetings Holiday set.  I love the way that the greeting tucks into the holly leaf border.
After looking at the finished card front, I decided to add some ruby Perfect Pearls liquid to give the berries a little dimension.
Are you starting your 2016 holiday cards yet?  I know I was so happy at the end of 2015 when my stash was considerable and I was not on the verge of a panic attack :)!
I hope that you can find some time in your week to play along if any of the elements used to create this card inspires you...(border stamp, classic colour combo, gold embossing, water colour, tucked in sentiment)
Have a great week!
Chriss


Monday, March 7, 2016

Kindness-Case this Sketch

 Happy Monday!
It has been too long since my last post and I have so missed the card challenges!  I have a card that I made for a couple of challenges today with a NBUS stamp set from Winnie & Walter
"Kindness w/Evelin T Designs" with such beautiful varied sizes of trees and great sentiments!  Because this is NBUS...I am also offering up for the famous Darnell's NBUS challenge #6 going on right now!
I had a need for quite a few kindness cards and will be making lots of these to mail to the seniors/alzheimers residence where my sweet MIL lives and to personal childhood friends that visit my MIL.  You can imagine how very grateful my husband and I are...
Using a mask on the larger tree, I stamped a couple of the smaller sized on either side and coloured very simply with Copic markers. I used the CAS(e) this Sketch as a guide, but flipped the panel and made it a CAS one layer.  The sentiment is made from the same W&W set and stamped in Memento Tuxedo black a couple of times using the MISTI tool.





Thanks for stopping by!
Chriss


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Playing cards with Anita

I am sure that you are familiar with a sweet gal in France, Anita, and her genuinely lovely comments!
Well, today is her birthday!
My friend Michele of I Card Everyone and I are playing cards together and CASE-ing Anita over at the Stamplorations blog!  Anita is the Guest Designer for the month :)
Here are Anita's beauties...





And here is my card that I created to celebrate Anita and her special day!
As you can see, Anita's cards are always perfect and CAS!

I went in a different direction with mine.
I focused on her hearts inside the circular shapes and her colours.  I used a lonely and old but NBUS Stampin' Up stamp from an unknown set.  She was begging to get inked up for this event!
I first stamped in SU Smoky Slate and made masks for the 5 heart encased florals.  When masked, I sponged distress inks over the panel, blending as best as I could.
The inked sentiments are from PTI Big Hugs as well as the Hugs die cut.
The sunshine die cut is from SSS. 

I am wishing Anita a most beautiful day filled with everything wonderful!
Bonne Fete ma Belle!
Bisous xxx

Friday, February 12, 2016

PS (Petals & Scribbles)



Happy Friday!
It is a gorgeous day here today with unusually high temps in the 80's and that gets me thinking of Spring clothing.  It just so happens that the latest Nordstrom catalogue arrived earlier in the week and I spied this darling little dress that I thought would be a perfect inspiration for my PTI challenge where we are asked to create a card from a piece of clothing in our closet or an online retailer!
 Here is my finished card with a pic below of the inspiration piece.

 I used the Circle Scribbles, 
two leaves from Beautiful Blooms II and one of the Keep it Simple sentiments from the Happy Birthday set. This was a blast to make and it really did not take me more than 30 minutes!  
I used Winsor & Newton professional Quinacridone Magenta to paint over the Scribbles.
EASY PEASY!
I love how it turned out :)

Happy Week-end!


















I am also adding this to the 30 Day Coloring challenge