I love the look of partial embossing... it adds a wonderful element to a card without overwhelming the front and taking away from the clean and simple look that I prefer. For this card, I followed a sketch that I found on Stampin' Pretty... she has some great Stampin' Up! resources there as well as some good sketches.
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
I was watching a Cathy Zielske video this past weekend where she used a stencil and a rubber mat to do embossing (like an embossing folder) and while I had to throw out my rubber gasket mat (it had been sitting in a window and got brittle) I did have some thick fun foam on hand so I decided to give it a try. I ran a few sheets of cardstock through a few different ways and decided to play with one of those sheets to go along with the October Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge.
But that was as far as I got until my friend Bonnie set me up with a sketch to try while we were crafting over Zoom...
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
I guess I'm a little late to the game for posting my September Sheetload card. It's OK... I'm not a big fan of it anyway LOL! I have issues mixing patterns.
I recently found a group on Facebook called Build Your Stash Holiday Card Makers... not only do people post their Christmas cards but they also have a sketch challenge going on. I really do hope that I continue making a few Christmas cards throughout 2022 instead of just in the fall like I usually do.
This is my card for sketch #15...
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
How are these twice a day posts working for you all? It's helping me share some of the older cards in my pile instead of constantly pushing them back so I can share cards for current challenges.
I just love this Pattern Party paper from Stampin' Up! So many great colours and patterns to choose from! I hate using pretty papers sometimes because I'm so afraid I'll use it all... but then I remember that there will be more and more papers and things to make my heart happy. I might as well ENJOY it by sending it off to others in handmade greetings, right?
And the current sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches was just perfect for this card!
The theme at the Christmas 24 Challenge for the beginning of October is Simply Snowflakes... not a difficult theme for me since I LOVE snowflakes! I followed a sketch I found at Stampin' Pretty to create this simple card...
Monday, October 11, 2021
Way back when I started my blog, I decided I'd share every card I made... and that means sometimes I share cards that I don't particularly like. This is one of them. I Love the idea of it, but it's way way way too busy for me.
Sometimes I make cards that turn out exactly how I had hoped they would and they are fabulous wonderful cards. Sometimes they look fabulous and wonderful but then, a few days later, I find things that make me feel a little differently. And sometimes, the card just turns out to not be my style at all.
I'm not saying this is a horrible card... because it's not. It's just not my style, and that's OK!
The Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge for October is a one layer card... and since I've been having so much fun with my Christmas stash of supplies, I made a Christmas card.
One layers can be tough because a true one layer card has nothing on the card front but stamps and ink... no embellishments, no mats, no die cuts. And I love using all three of those things in my clean and simple creations.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
I think it's pretty obvious when I've had someone ask me to make them a set of cards... cuz you see 2 or 3 cards in themes I don't often make. My friend is quite a bit younger than me and her friends and family are in the marriage, new baby and new home stages of life... I'm playing along with the "anything goes" dies challenge at Happy Little Stampers
This is the card I mentioned a few days ago that I made following the same idea as the new house card I made... I'm really thrilled with this one... Thanks to CAS Christmas for the prompt of grey and red. You'll see a few more grey and red Christmas cards in the coming weeks as I'd start an idea and then it would end up not being clean and simple so I had to try again. This is actually my third attempt LOL! Funny, coming from someone who loves clean and simple!
Saturday, October 09, 2021
I don't traditionally make Hallowe'en themed cards as I don't send them to anyone... but being on design teams sometimes means I have to challenge myself a little.... the team at Addicted to CAS is playing with the code word SPOOKY for the next few weeks... and we'd love to see your clean and simple spooky creations!
I bought some Hallowe'en themed stuff last year... some of it is just so cute! Can it be spooky if it's cute?!
Friday, October 08, 2021
I had a lot of fun with the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week and decided to combine it with the Happy Little Stampers Christmas prompt of JOY. I was really drawn to a couple of the cards that the design team did but I wanted to push myself instead of following their lead. My first thought was blues whites and silver with a snowflake, but I pushed that aside and went with red green and gold with a tree!
- Cardstock: unknown gold mirror; Stampin' Up! Shaded Spruce, glitter paper
- Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up! Plaid Tidings
- Dies: Waffleflower Circles; A Jillian Vance Pointsettia Greetings; Stampin' Up! tree punch
- Tools: Perfect Layers
- Challenges: Freshly Made Sketches #506, Happy Little Stampers October Christmas
The idea for tis card was so much better than how it turned out. I don't honestly know what I should have done differently to make it more what I was hoping for. I used a piece of patterned paper that had several of these cut outs on it... perhaps they are too large for the card size I was working with?
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Another milestone reason for a card... a new house! I loved this design so much that I might have used it for a Christmas card that I'll share soon....
Two cards for you again today so be sure to scroll....
I got this wonderful Lawn Fawn plaid paper a while back and thought it could be fun as part of a baby card...
Wednesday, October 06, 2021
I love the look of lots of white with a hint of black to make a more sophisticated card... maybe should have used a little more black though...
I had a request to make a 90th birthday card and I wanted to try to make it special... I hope I succeeded...
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
Welcome to the October challenge with CASology.... this month we are looking for your take on the cue word of "view"... remember to keep the creations you submit clean and simple so that you have a chance to be chosen as a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!
Our guest designer this month is Asa... please be sure to visit her blog and leave her a comment!
Once again I had a few ideas in my head and it took a while for me to choose the one I wanted to play with. But then it got hard! Do you remember the Viewmaster toy from "back in the day"? I loved that thing and could look at those reels for hours! I found a cut file for my Silhouette and started to play...
I didn't have the sentiment I wanted.... so I typed in the words on my computer and played with fonts and sizes for a bit before printing it off and cutting it out. My printer doesn't do too well with my favourite cardstock so I printed it on paper and then adhered it to a piece of cardstock for stability.
Monday, October 04, 2021
I love to make Christmas and Birthday cards... but once in a while I have to stretch myself to do other things... like graduation cards. I kinda like how this one turned out...
*Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic Black
Sunday, October 03, 2021
It's time to CELEBRATE challenge #200 with AAACards! I hope you will playing along with our clean and simple challenge with a celebration themed card .... there are lots of prizes up for grabs!!
Just look at all of these sponsors for our 200th Clean and Simple Challenge....
Our guest designer for this challenge is Deborah... I hope you'll go leave a little love on her blog!
I was inspired by a card I saw a few weeks ago that had a bold pop of colour on a black background.... and of course I still had a bunch of these flowers in my bin of extras so I just started to lay them out...
I realized after the fact, that I forgot to add the word "celebrate" LOL!
- Cardstock: unknown scraps; Stampin' Up! Basic Black
- Images: Taylored Expressions Simple Strips
- Ink: Versafine Clair Nocturn
- Dies: MFT Stitched Blooms; Taylored Expressions Simple Strips
- Embellishments: Kaiser Pearls
- Etc: foam adhesive
Now it's your turn! Please share your clean and simple creations with a "celebrate" theme for your chance to win one of the many prizes being offered by our generous sponsors! Just click HERE to play along!
Saturday, October 02, 2021
This retirement card was *easy*! Throw down some flowers, add a sentiment and BOOM! LOL!