Dec 162015

Birthday CardBirthday Card in Wisteria Wonder is designed for a card sketch at i Love Card SketchesilCS-02 sketch.

My husband said he wasn’t sure about all the PURPLE on this card.  Then again, he admits he doesn’t like PURPLE.  Myself, I like the different shades on this card with both Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant.

I love using the Decorative Masks to create backgrounds.  This design is just one of four included in the Happy Patterns set.  You can use these for a complete background or just a small portion on a layer of your card.

For the sentiment, I stamped the image once on Sahara Sand and once on Wisteria Wonder.  I fussy cut around the Wisteria Wonder flag and attached it over that same portion stamped on Sahara Sand.

The center panel and circles are stamped in Wisteria Wonder using the multiple flowers image from Birthday Blossoms stamp set.  The flowers on the circles are highlighted using a blender pen and more Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant ink.

Lastly I had to add some bling with small rhinestones on the center of some flowers and on the sentiment.

I do hope you like the PURPLE in this Birthday Card in Wisteria Wonder.  To see more examples using this sketch, visit i Love Card Sketches.

Nov 162015

Birthday CardBest Day Ever birthday card is designed based on Mojo Monday card sketch.

Another card in my birthday series-created for my middle son who turns 45 in a few weeks.  I thought the black and vanilla monochromatic colors would fit right in for the occasion.

This is a quick and easy card even though there are several layers.  The lines are softened by the rounded corners and the circle.

Cut the shapes, sponge the front elements, and stamp the sentiment.  I love the stamp sets like Birthday Blossoms that have sentiments to mix and match like this.  The third message inside, of course, is the Happy Birthday stamp surrounded with sponged black.

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Nov 112015

Birthday CardHappy Birthday Balloon Card Sketch is designed for the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.

This fun birthday card  is for one of my grandchildren.  When everyone is gearing up for the holidays, I am neck deep in family birthdays.  I love creating a variety of birthday cards this time of year for adults, children, male and female.

The sketch this week cried out to me for a balloon celebration.  You can create balloons is a variety of sizes with the the Circle Collection of framelits.  I used the 3/4″ circle punch for the small balloons because it was handy, but you can just as easily use the smaller circle framelits.

The primary colors are perfect for a children’s card.

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Nov 092015

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birthday card insideCelebrate Birthday Card is the beginning of my birthday season. Design follows a card sketch over at Mojo Monday.

Over the next six weeks I have several family birthdays, many of them male.  Usually this time of year you will see holiday cards being featured, but not for me.  I need to get busy and so this is my first one for our eldest son.

It looks a little complex, but most of the design is created with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper with very little stamping.  The front of the card is layered with card stock and the Designer Series Paper.  On the inside I added a block of color and the sentiment.

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Sep 022015

Birthday CardToday’s Birthday Blossoms Card is designed for this weeks’ card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

I had so much fun making this card.  I did some water coloring for the flowers and leaves and I tried sponging with a new-to-me Decorative Mask.  The jute ribbon only comes in white so I got to give it a good wash of Mint Macaron ink.

And….I got to try the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen to add a little gloss to the flower centers.  The glue pen is on page 43 in the new Holiday Catalog that went live September 1st.  It works great for thin lines or tiny dots or to add glitter or other small embellishments.  It looks quite a bit like Crystal Effects but doesn’t have as much dimension when it dries clear.

The Holiday Catalog also introduces new Archival Stampin’ Pads in Basic Black and Basic Gray (page 19).  These are permanent inks  so they were perfect to use with my water coloring.  They also give a nice crisp image and don’t smear.

With the Decorative Mask angled, it breaks up the horizontal lines a bit. It makes the background look kind of like a basket.iLCS44

So just because the sketch is simple, you don’t have to make it plain.  Think outside the box.

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Aug 262015

Birthday CardToday’s card sketch at i Love Card Sketches inspired this Happy Birthday Balloon Card.ILCS43

This card is quick and easy.  It has minimal stamping and the pieces can be simply cut rectangles from card stock and Designer Series Paper.  The framelits let you quickly and easily cut the balloon and bow.

I added a touch of sparkle to the balloon dots and to “Happy” by using 2-way glue and glitter.  Once the glue is dry, the glitter is burnished by rubbing over it and brushing off the excess glitter.  This makes the card glisten without showering the recipient with loose glitter.

Check out i Love Card Sketches for additional sample cards using this card sketch.  You can also add your creations using this sketch and/or vote for your favorite.

Jul 252015

Birthday GreetingsThis is a quick and easy card designed for i Love Card Sketches using Stampin’ Up! supplies.

I just love Linda’s cards.  Her color combination is right on for this design.

Linda has joined the design team at i Love Card Sketches.  I look forward to seeing many more of her outstanding creations.

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Jul 062015

Enjoy Card SketchThe Enjoy Monday Card Sketch uses the Awesomely Artistic stamp set for the ferns and the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set for the “enjoy”.  It was created for a card sketch challenge.  I am in love with both of these stamp sets because you can create a variety of card styles and mix and match the sentiments to use for all occasions.

The color combination is Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive and Soft Sky with a neutral Very Vanilla base.  I started with the Designer Series Paper, as I often do, and chose the other colors to coordinate.

The flower embellishment is created using what I call the scrunched flower technique.  I don’t know why I  haven’t used this for a couple of years.  Take a look at the post I did back in 2013 “Scrunched Flower Technique“.  The post includes a video demonstrating the technique.

For the sentiment, I chose to cut the stamped frame out with my Paper Snips, but there is a framelit for this shape in the Project Life® Cards and Labels Framelits set.

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Jun 242015

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The Eclectic Birthday card is designed for this week’s card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

Today’s card is a bit different from my usual style.  I wanted to try this color combination.  The colors and style are bold and I mixed it up with a combination of textures.

I randomly stamped the little sun images from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder on Crushed Curry card stock to create the background.

The Melon Mambo card stock is embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.

The tag mat is cut from Bermuda Bay card stock using the small label framelit from Project Life® Cards & Labels Framelits.

I added a bit of Sequin Trim o add a little pizzazz.

The whole thing is layered onto a Whisper White card base.

What do you think of today’s card.  Please your comments below.

You can see more samples using this sketch at i Love Card Sketches.