Monday, August 25, 2014

SAF 2014: Last Timer Challenge

This card should have turned out better, but I didn't make the circle corner line up properly and I had white space there in the corner.  I thought it was correct, but when I went to cut off the excess of the circle, lo and behold,  there was just a little white space where it didn't cover.  Then I mistakenly tried to fix it with a corner chomper.  That did not work.   Anyway, if you could only know how long it took me to finally decide on what to do in making this card with the sketch and the color scheme I picked out, it was way longer than 20 minutes.  Making the card did not take 20 min. but thinking about how I would make it took a lot longer than that.  All day!!!

It was my last entry into the festivities so I am going to post it anyway.

August Papertrey Ink Blog Hop: pretty pink and gold stationary

Here is my quick entry into this month's PTI blog hop.  I made a pretty piece of monogrammed stationary.  I used Holiday Photo Finishers and the Circles from the set that goes with the circles cover plate.  I used raspberry fizz ink and gold embossing powder.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

SAF 2014: Morning timer challenge

I used the ombre blues and purple color scheme and the overlapping circle sketch for this card.  It came together super quickly.  I really liked the sketches Nichole gave us as they were fairly simple and easy for a sketch challenged person to use.  Love that.  

I used Melissa Bickford's button stamp set for my circles.  I thought it was kind of masculine to go with the boy colors.  One of the colors was soft stone and I used that as my card base color so the other colors aren't quite as vibrant as they would have been on white, but I still like it.

SAF: 1980's

I stayed up in bed for at least an hour last night remembering things from the 80's that I was going to list here with the card I made to go with Lexi's challenge.  Boy, did this challenge ever bring back the memories.   However, time will not permit a full list that I came up with right now.  Gotta get this posted quickly before church tonight.  I will come back and add in all my memories of music, clothes, fads, and other things I remembered.  I am totally a child of the 80's since I was born in 1972 and spent most of my elementary through high school years in the 80's.  I graduated from High School in 1990.  Loved all of it although I was usually a bit behind everyone on the music, and I tended to favor classic preppy clothes over the trendy fads.

Here is my card that I am entering in the 80s challenge and the morning timer challenge.  I used one of Heather's old tag sets for the notebook circle and 80s script.  I used super stripes background set for the stripes and Stampin' UP! inks for the rainbow colors.  I used one of the striped sketches from the morning timer challenge.  Enjoy.  It's, like, totally awesome!!!

Memories list:

Parachute pants, 
leather jackets and single hand glove like Michael Jackson in the Thriller album, 
fishnet tops and socks and gloves like the early Madonna look,
Punk rock studded pants and bracelets and choker necklaces,
Bermuda shorts and knee socks,
Neon colored shirts and socks,
Leg warmer socks (multiple pairs at once) with Reebok high tops,
Ked's shoes,
Jean jackets,
Long sweaters with skinny belts over leggings,
Jordache and Gloria Vanderbilt and Calvin Klein designer jeans with fancy embroidered back pockets,
Izod and Polo shirts with the collars worn up,
Assymetrical button up shirts with ruffles, 
Big big earrings,
Mini skirts,
Sweaters tied around the neck when not worn over a collared shirt,
Members Only jackets,
Ocean Pacific t-shirts and shorts,
Jellies shoes and bracelets

Pop Culture:
Rubik's cube,
Hello Kitty,
Where's the beef?,
Jello pudding pops,
New Coke and Max Headstrom commercials,

Saturday, August 23, 2014

SAF 2014: 1960's retro card

This one might be a stretch to fit Erin's era of the 1960's, but again, I had to be creative with what I had and what I could figure out fit the style of that era.  Mod images, martinis, browns and oranges,  etc.  I use the rustic burlap impression plate on my brown card base for some mimicking of the mod texture used in Erin's stamps, mod martini images on the tilted mustard layer for some interest and an ode to that era, and then an Ad Sense marquee sentiment for more angles and modern flair to tie it all together.  I think it still needs a little something, but I don't know what to use from my stash to add it. Oh well, this was quick and fun and turned out pretty much how I envisioned it.  Just having fun playing along today.

Stamp a faire: 1940's challenge

I love the inspiration pieces Betsy provided for the 1940's.  While I don't have much in the way of stamps like Betsy provided in the SAF kit for this era, I did use her bright primary color scheme and some stamps that convey some of the feeling of the times during the depression and war era.  They had to get through those tough days to enjoy the hard fought peace and prosperity that was to come after the war was over and our economy recovered.  So here is my positive outlook card to reflect that.   I kind of used one of the morning warm up sketches to inspire the layout of this card and the focal point.

Stamp a faire 2014: 1920s challenge

I made this card because it was the only era so far I felt inspired by and actually had some supplies that I felt were usable.  It was a little more tricky than I thought, but glitter is always a tricky medium to work with.  My SU! black embossing powder does not cover and stick to fine detail and print like PTI's fine detail embossing powder does, so my embossing isn't as clean as I would like.  

Anyway, I am happy with the results overall, and it is super sparkly in real life.  I used the art deco cover plate and Dawn’s art deco background where I stamped off the light grey color once before stamping because I didn’t want it to be a dark and distracting pattern.   I used some sticker paper and cut that with the cover plate first and then glued it down to put the glitter on.  It was hard to keep stray glue off the card so the glitter didn’t get stuck on it.  
My husband’s grandmother is turning 90 in a week and a half so I think this might be her birthday card.  I think it is quite fitting.  Hope she doesn’t mind getting a little glittery when she opens it.  :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Some Autumn Creativity

I have gathered up several of my autumn stamp sets and been playing with them this past week.  Here are a few of the cards I have made with them.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.  Love the vibrant colors, the drier air and breeze, the smell of leaves and twigs burning, apple desserts of all kinds, and the bit of chill in the air.  Hope these cards get you in that autumn mood too.

I CAS'd this one from Pinterest, but used my Faux Washi Borders set for the woodgrain stripe.  Thought it was quite tallish and added a lot of fun interest to the card.  

This one I intended for it to say "Counting My Blessings" but the sentiment stamp that says that was way to large to fit on the front.  I had to settle for "Thankful For" but it kind of doesn't fit with the numbers down the side.  That was supposed to tie into the Counting my blessings theme.  Oh well, I think it turned out pretty anyway.  Love the Rich Razzelberry leaf.  Such a nice purple, wine color. 

This card was fun to make with the Four Square set.  The herringbone square is perfect for fall cards. I made it a 3 1/2 by 5 card.  I made a custom envelope for it.

This was a CAS of Dawn McVey's card from last year's fall release.  I just love her cards.