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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pretty Pink Posh Hop


One more for the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop...and just under the wire :)

I had time this morning to make another and this time I used Memory Box dies (the tea cup and Happy and teensy tulips) and a fern punch from MS.
I placed a thin vellum circle in bag of my Happy that is suspended.  It's a first time for me to try this technique and it worked out easily enough.  That doesn't always happen :)

Hope that you have had time to enter and hop along!

Thanks for taking a peek!
Chriss
ETA  I was too late for the hop entry.  Oh well, I did get to try a new technique !

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Best Birthday Ever


Happy Sunday!
I made a card for the Pretty Pink Posh
Cutting Edge Blog Hop going on right now.  There are some amazing participant entries from the DT and people like you and me.
I went out of my comfort zone on this one for the colour theme...in honour of PPP.   After all, they are the hosts!
I used PTI Hibiscus burst for the card front, a PTI photo frame and sentiments and a camera stamp from the local ss.  I coloured with a cerise and warm gray Copic markers and added metallic silver ZIG pen to the camera parts.  I cut apart a stamp to create the corner sentiment.  I could not resist adding some PPP sequins in the marshmallow colour (2 sizes) and I also had a few shocking pink sequins in my stash.  I really had fun creating and I love how the sequins remind me of confetti!
This is such a fun hop and there is one more day that we can enter...so hurry!
There are some amazing prizes up for grabs!
Thanks for taking a peek!
I am also offering this card for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, Anything goes!
hugs, Chriss

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Card Concept with beloved Spiro and Starfruit

Have you ever seen something so striking that you can't get the image out of your brain?
That's what happened to me when I saw the current photo inspiration over at The Card Concept challenge 17.  I loved at first site and knew that I wanted to create with Stampin' Up's Starfruit colour...but what stamp to use.  I have a Dahlia stamp, that would do, but I wanted something a little more interesting and challenging to me.  Something that I could build the design with.
Enter my beloved Spiro Garden set from Technique Tuesday.  This little baby had been missing in action for a little over 6 months and two weeks ago I found her!
That's what happens when you commit to a partial hour a day in the craft room for "organizing"!  I am so pleased (insert happy face)
I was inspired to create the large flower in the left hand corner.  I started to build with the 8 petal image and then used the single petal and masks to build out.  one end of the single petal has a natural "shadow" when you stamp it, so that determined which end of the petal I would use to align with the one before.  I really had a blast making this and I attribute the challenges, like this one,  that I have been following for several months now for the influence.  I would also like to add that taking the Stretch your Stamps 2 classes the last couple of weeks has given me a different direction and confidence!
I am finding that I am embracing the "white space" more and more these days...along with distress inks.  I had 1 distress ink for a couple of years and yesterday I purchased 9 more :)  yipee!
So, I think the white space on my card allows me to tag as CAS...don't know about the seed beads I added.  The sentiment, a SU favourite of mine was stamped in Memento Dove Gray ink.
I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge "Anything Goes"


So, that's it for now!  I am working on creating a Smoking and Grilling journal/scrapbook for my dear hubby.  I love that man and today's his birthday!  Mine is a few months away, so I get to say I am the year younger for a little while longer !
Thanks for your visit, I sure do appreciate every one of them.
hugs,
Chriss

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SYS 2 Day 11 Playday!

Oh, I know, I know!  I seem to be missing homework for days 3-10.  Haha, I hope to get to some more crafting and posting, but in the meantime, here is a card that I had a blast making.  Totally inspired by Laura Bassen from the playday last day of classes for this excellent course!  So happy to have been able to spend the time to take the class!

I am looking at my stash of stamps in a totally different way with new eyes!
here's the card...
This is made with a little set that I had from Basic Grey, a NBUS that I came across last week during a 15 minute organizing episode.

The leaf is a two step stamp and the little squirrel, well, I guess that's why I may have bought in the first place!
The sentiment is comprised of two PTI stamps and an old SU stamp.
Thanks for the visit!

-hugs- and have a great day!
Chriss

CASEing Anita



 Hi there!  Have you seen the date on the calendar...where has the Summer gone to?
I have been busy in the craft room, mostly organizing, you know, that on going evolution.  I sure hope that this present cycle continues strong as I feel very good about what I am accomplishing!  I do have a card for you today 
(I have allowed myself some creative time to play :)) and it is a CASE of Anita's with a twist.  It is for the current Time Out challenge and I like the result.  What a pleasure it is to CASE this gal!  I must say that this was my third attempt...  As you can see, my twist involves a colour change.  During my reorganizing, I found some textured card stock from SU that I had hoarded.  I have since cut it up and it is now time to use...
I loved Anita's soft blues and greens and the white embossed pattern that she water coloured.  I didn't have anything quite the right scale or openness, so I had to think...I used a more narrow border stamp from SU and stamped twice with Versamark ink and then white embossed.  I used an Inktense pencil (bark colour) and a SU Cameo Coral re-inker, just about full strength.  I like the bark colour Inktense with this textured Groovy Guava CS.  I also wanted to triple layer my sentiment die, just like Anita, so I took a close up of that too.  I used a Memory Box die.  It is the Thank You die, but the actual Thank part has an s on it, so another bonus for me as I am really looking at my craft room "stuff".
I am of course offering this up for the Time Out challenge and also dipping into the Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge "Anything Goes" and another try for the 
Stamplorations "Stamps and Dies".


Thanks ever so much for your visit!
Hugs, Chriss

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A bold hello

 Hi there!
I have made a card for the Stamplorations August challenge to use stamps and die cuts.
I ordered this set (Vignette: Celebrate Artsy) the first day I first saw it!  I have been playing around with inks these past days and created this card with a bold colour palette.  I used PTI Tropical Teal, Canyon Clay, Ocean Tides and SU More Mustard.  I love the bold and wide brush strokes in this stamp set!  The die cut is from Ellen Hutson's shop, an Elizabeth Craft die and I placed over the stamped panel over an embossing mat and first ran thru the die cut machine (CB) so that an impression was left in the card front panel, then I die cut the hello in black and adhered with some glossy accents.
I must say that I am really enjoying inking up a lot of neglected stamps and the miss mojo has been somewhat cooperative :)

Thanks for taking the time to visit!

                                                        hugs, Chriss

Monday, August 11, 2014

CASEing Laura's card


Happy Anniversary CASE Study!

I made a card for the Anniversary going on right now at CASE Study.
There are prizes and a wonderful hop that you can follow along on.  There will also be 3 more hops this month on the 14th, 21st and 28th!
For the challenge part of the Anniversary, we were to CASE one of DT cards along the blog hop.  When I saw this card that Laura made, I knew in my heart that I really wanted to try my hand at creating a card similar to hers.  The cards pictured here are in reverse order in which I made.  The first card in this post is the one that I was able to say that I was happy with.  I chose a solid image to do the stamping.  It is actually the top of a coffee cup image from the PTI stamp set Warm Happiness, quite old, one of the original sets I owned.  Not as sexy a shape as Laura's, but I think I made it work :)  I stamped in Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Autumn Rose and Tropical Teal.  I then stamped a Hero Arts border Stamp in black over the image and closer to the bottom of the panel, I stamped  SU Thank You image.  I really like how it turned out.  I loved using Laura's card for my inspiration pice.  The following two cards were my first and second try...
 This second card was OK, but I wanted to extend the stamped oval to the edges a little...and then I also thought to introduce another colour, the Autumn Rose.
The first card I made, well, I was a little shy with trying colours...I finished it anyway and then it toppled over onto the inked sentiment stamp...so I will have to add a few more stars ;)))

Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate your time and I hope you will be able to help celebrate with CASE Study too!
Hugs,
Chriss

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Golden-Perfect Pearls

Homework for Day 2 of the class I am taking at OCC Stretch your stamps...yep, you knew this was coming right ;)


Remember Perfect Pearls?  I think I must have every colour produced and have not used these in years.  Probably close to 10, but I sure am glad that I still have them because one of the beautiful card samples in class yesterday was made with PP.  I made several card fronts in different metal shades and colours and I have two to show you today from the stack.
I just wish that I could have captured the elegant glow better than I was able too.  I used a background stamp from Impression Obsession that has been totally neglected from birth.  It's the Cover a Card "Fizz".   Pretty straight forward technique, but I learned some extra tips in class, Yay!
The first card is a Thank You and I got a little crafty with my Memory Box Lavalier circle die.  Inlaid and die cut MB sentiment on top and added some glitter leaves for embellishment.  The hearts on the next card are die die cut with some PTI dies onto a foil card stock and then layered onto larger red hearts.  Same background technique and I inlaid the Elizabeth Craft Congratulations die.  I am linking this to the Card Concept Challenge #16 to create a wedding card.  I think that this might qualify for an elegant card?
This last card was created for the Case Study challenge... that has expired...but I wanted to show it anyway.  A very simple card made with the Memory Box 
PoppyStamps Blooming Poinsettia dies.  This card may be my Christmas card that I mass produce this year.  I love how easy and simple this card is.
Well, onto today's lessons before I get too far behind!
Thanks for stopping in.  I appreciate the visits :)
Chriss