Oct 282015

birthday cardinside birthday cardButterfly Birthday card is designed for the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

The front butterflies are embossed with black embossing powder and then colored with markers and punched out.  When attached with dimensionals it gives them more of a feeling of flight.  The inside butterfly is stamped with Basic Black but not embossed.  Notice the difference between the two.

A bit more texture is added with the dotted embossed background on the Mint Macaron card stock.

ILCS52This is the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.

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Sep 302015

juvenile birthday cardSea Street Birthday Card is designed for the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches this week.

I love the Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper.  It has a good variety of designs that can be used for different types of cards.  The bold stripes today coupled with the Sea Street stamp set gives this card a youthful/playful theme.  The colors in the stripes are picked up in the different ink and mat colors.

The friendly octopus is stamped first and then masked before adding the fish and starfish.  The birthday sentiment is also masked before adding the anchors.

You can see other cards using this card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  We offer a new card sketch every week on Wednesday.  You can also upload and share your creations using the sketch.  I look forward to seeing your creations.iLCS48



Sep 072015

Special day cardBright, vivid colors are used for today’s “happy day” card.  I created this for a card sketch challenge.

The color combination comes from the Bohemian Designer Series Paper.  The color scheme is a little outside my usual comfort zone, but I was determined to try some of these patterns and colors.  I think the Very Vanilla borders and center keep the colors toned down a bit.

The card can be used for any special day and definitely can be used for a masculine card.  Just an appropriate sentiment to the blank inside and the card is ready to go.  I like to have several of these types of cards on hand so I can grab one and finished the inside.  In minutes the card is on its way.

How do you like the colors and patterns today?  Thank you for checking my blog and please leave a comment.

Aug 192015

iLCS42 cardBlooming Birthday Card Sketch is an example of crafting with some scraps.  The card is designed for the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

The idea started with a scrap of dryer sheet that I used to help release another project card stock from the thinlit.  Rather than throw it away, I set it aside and kept thinking on what I should do with it.

The background sponging was an experiment in using the Ombre technique.  I had sponged the colors onto Sahara Sand card stock.  The two separate scrap pieces were sitting on my desk just waiting to be used.  I put them together with a bit of 2-Way glue and then it sat a bit longer waiting.

Today’s card sketch presented an opportunity to use my previous experiments.

The flowers are cut from White Filter paper which matches the dryer sheet fairly well.  The sentiment is also stamped on White Filter paper and layered over So Saffron card stock.

Sometimes my experiments go in the garbage, but I rather like the way this one turned out.

To see more ideas with today’s sketch, go to i Love Card Sketches.ILCS42

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Jul 012015

Friend Card SketchILCS35Friend card sketch uses Awesomely Artistic stamp set and other Stampin’ Up! supplies and is designed for i Love Card Sketches weekly sketch.  It can be adapted as a birthday card, get well card, thank you card or just because card.

To create the focal point, I stamped the large flower image onto Very Vanilla using Rich Razzleberry ink and used a sponge dauber to add Pear Pizzazz and more Rich Razzleberry.  Then the image is spritzed with water to blend it just a bit.  The tiny flowers are cut from Rich Razzleberry card stock using the Tree Builder punch.  A touch of Crystal Effects is added to the center of each tiny flower.

The dragonfly image is stamped first on Rich Razzleberry card stock and again on Very Vanilla card stock.  Both images are cut close and glued together just at the body.  The wings are cut so they can move individually and Crystal Effects covers the whole dragonfly.

The Lost Lagoon square is stamped with Lost Lagoon ink using the dashed image repeatedly.  Now it resembles canvas or burlap.

The card base is stamped with both of the fern images using Pear Pizzazz to bring the whole card together.

If you would like to see more samples of this card sketch visit i Love Card Sketches.  Create your own card using the card sketch.  Then share by uploading it to i Love Card Sketches.

Jun 242015

Eclectic Card SketchILCS34-001

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.

Jun 012015

mojo400-medThe Corner Garden Spotlight birthday card uses some of the new In-Colors  available from Stampin’ Up! starting June 2.  The spotlight technique is used to create a focal point of color on the card.

The colors featured today are Delightful Dijon, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Tip Top Taupe.  The only new In Color I left out today is Mint Macaron.

There are a couple of different ways to create a spotlight on your cards.  For today’s card, I stamped the Corner Garden image onto Very Vanilla card stock using VersaMark ink and Tip Top Taupe ink.  Then the image is embossed with clear embossing powder.

Cut a circle out of the image using the Circles Collection Framelits.  Use the next larger circle framelit to cut another circle from Tip Top Taupe.  The Tip Top Taupe circle is used as a mat.  Color the smaller circle with the image using whatever technique you choose.  I used markers and an Aqua Painter on my image.

A butterfly is added and the sentiment as well as a small bit of Delightful Dijon lace trim.

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May 182015

Happy Blooming BirthdayHappy Blooming Birthday is created for a card sketch challenge.

The idea started with the card sketch and the Designer Series Paper.  I haven’t used the Flower Patch stamp set very much and I wanted to incorporate it into today’s card.  Once you have those ingredients, it is just a matter of putting the card together.

The Designer Series Paper is used for the background.  The flags are put together:  Whisper White over Calypso Coral and then run through the Arrows embossing folder.  Punch out the flower pieces.  The small leaves are made using the Border Chevron punch.  The large flower is made with two of the flower and one of the leaf framelits from Flower Fair, a 2 1/2″ circle of Whisper White for the background and one Petite Petals flower for the center.  All of the petal edges are sponged with Calypso Coral ink.  The greeting is stamped in Calypso Coral ink.

I hope you enjoy the Happy Blooming Birthday card and try this sketch out yourself.

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