Hello Beautiful

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Hi Everyone!

Today, I have a sunny card I am entering in both the A Blog Named Hero challenge and the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #307.

It’s been so dreary this winter, I’ve been ready for some fun color, so I grabbed some yellows and oranges from my Hero Arts ink collection along with their Color Layering For You stamp set and went to work on a clean and simple card.

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I love the lime green leaves paired with the orange flowers.

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The little bit of black from the pretty sentiment ties everything together.

Thanks so much for stopping by–have a great weekend!

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Winter Wishes

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This weekend, I had a chance to get into my craft room and try out some of the new stamps that I purchased awhile back.  The Color Layering Cool Fox stamp set from Hero Arts was first on my list.

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I wanted my fox to be a silver fox, so I looked up “silver fox” online and saw that they are actually mostly black with gray accents.  Using my stamp platform, I stamped the first layer in black and then added the second layer using Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Silver.

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I had this idea to have the fox kind of stepping into a snowy scene from the outside of the card.  To do this, I created a background on a light blue notecard using a stencil and some embossing paste.

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For the ground I created a snowdrift using a die and some holographic glitter paper.

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I die cut a heart into some Hero Arts Layering Paper and added that as a frame over the top with foam tape.  I really like the shades of blue with the black fox.  I feel like you get a chilly, fresh winter feel with these colors.

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The sentiment and flowers surrounding it are from Hero Arts’ Color Layering Dimensional Bird stamp set.  The flowers are stamped in the Hero Arts Silver Shadow Ink too.  I haven’t used this ink pad in a long time and am now rediscovering how nicely it stamps with just a small bit of shimmer.

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I am entering this card in both the A Blog Named Hero monthly challenge–Winter as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Something New.  Thanks so much for joining me today!  A supply list is below for the products I used.  Have a great week!

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Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge #346–2018 A La Carte

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This week I had a chance to create a project inspired by one of Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday challenges from 2018.  I chose # 312-Framing Sentiments and Images.  It’s true what Laurie says in the video, a frame really makes a difference when you add it as part of the card.  Clean and simple is my favorite style and a frame can add texture and a nice place to ground your embellishments.

For my card today, I die cut some gingham patterned paper using the rectangle frame from the Make It Market: Shakers and Sprinkles kit.  I added a layer of blue foam underneath to raise the frame up a little and add some interest.

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I added the frame to a 4.25″ x 5.5″ white notecard with a sentiment from Botanical Bounty stamped in the middle.  To heat emboss the sentiment, I used Versamark Onyx Black ink, then sprinkled some clear embossing powder over the top to heat it.

I love the color palette of a “pinkish red” with bright blue, so I added some flowers from The Sweet Life around the frame that I stamped with Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy Inks.

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Clean and simple with some fun, Springtime colors!

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I’m Here For You

 

It’s time for another My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest and I’m entering my project into the “Clean and Simple Genius” category.  Their prizes are a cardmaker’s dream–a $250 shopping spree to the shop!

I love CAS cards, but I’m telling you, they are not as easy to do as they look.  This one took me quite awhile because I was trying to get everything clustered together perfectly.  Not too squeezed together, yet not too far away.  A teeny 1/2 millimeter makes all the difference in the look.

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I started off with a circle frame I made from two Inside Out Stitched Circles Stax and Lemon Chiffon cardstock.

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I framed the circle over two vases I die cut from the Kitschy Kitchen stamp set and placed in the corner of a white notecard with foam tape.  I used Blu Rasberry and Orange Fizz to stamp the vases.  I love this color combo with the yellow frame.

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After trimming off the excess part of the frame, I stamped a sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set and heat embossed it in white on Gravel Gray cardstock.  I made it into a strip and tucked it under the blue vase.  I scattered a few Ripe Raspberry hearts I stamped using the Boss Babe stamp set.

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For CAS cards, I like to have all the elements equal an uneven number.  In this case, if you look, there are seven elements on this card including the hearts and sentiment strip.  Everything is tucked close and kind of intertwining which makes it “pleasing to the eye” according to the rules of design.  I think it’s so interesting how your eye “likes” a certain look.  It’s true though, I think if I added an extra heart, it might not look quite right.

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There’s still time to join in this fun challenge.  They have 2 other categories too–Coloring and Specialty cards.  Thanks so much for joining me today–have a great weekend!

Less Is More Challenge: “Bits Box” Item

Hi Everyone!

I’m playing along with the most recent Less Is More Challenge today using a couple of unused die cut flowers I found in my embellishment basket.

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Our challenge was to use whatever saved items we had that we had die cut or colored and saved in our supplies for future use.  Such a great idea!

I ended up using these two die cuts from Papertrey Ink I had stamped/colored/embossed a while back.  When I die cut flowers, I usually do more than I need just in case I decide to change my design or make a mistake……which brings me to the next picture…….

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I recently shared this picture on my Instagram feed.  I was originally going to use 2 roses I found in my supply basket, but when I was stamping the sentiment on today’s project, the black ink pad slipped out of my hand and unfortunately, on to my pretty flower.  I tried wiping the ink off, but it just got worse, LOL! So on to plan B…….

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I used a wooden stamp from American Crafts that I got from Hobby Lobby for my sentiment and stamped it on to a white note card.  I used a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to ensure I got a perfectly placed image.  This tool also helps if you need to re stamp the stamp in the same spot.  Simply place the plastic sheet that comes with the tool flush to the corner edge as shown below and place your inked stamp down in the same spot on the plastic.

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After stamping the image on the plastic sheet, line the sheet up to where you want it on your card base and fit your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig into the corner.

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Remove the plastic sheet and fit the inked stamp right into the same corner of the tool where the sheet was and stamp your image.  For a more detailed demonstration on using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I have a quick YouTube video HERE.

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After stamping my sentiment I added the mint colored flower–from Papertrey Ink’s Vintage Linens stamp set–as a backdrop for my rose.  The rose die cut is from Papertrey’s The Sweet Life stamp set and I popped that up with a foam square.  A few drops of Morning Dew Nuvo Drops completes the card.

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Thanks so much for joining me today.   If you enjoy clean and simple card challenges as I do, I put together a list below of some fun ones I’ve tried as well as some new ones I found that I’d like to try.   Enjoy!

Addicted to CAS

CAS on Friday

CAS Christmas

CASology

AAA Cards Challenge

Freshly Made Sketches

CAS Watercolour Card Challenge

CAS Mix Up

CASe This Sketch

CAS Colours and Sketches