Monday, August 22, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #16: One Layer Magic

I'm back to share with you my card for this week's Lawnscaping Challenge: One Layer Magic.  You know it is hard to NOT "bling" up our cards, and doing just one layer is a challenge to accomplish ( for some of us, anyway).  This week I used Lawn Fawn stamp sets : Hello Friend( sentiment), Say Cheese ( smiley face), and Bannerific ( the bird).  I embossed my clouds for them to stand out on the Kraft card stock from PTI, and then I stamped my bird, and my sentiment.  On the "sending smiles" sentiment - I replaced the airplane on the end, with the smiley face from Say Cheese.  I added some stitched ribbon, to help bring out the red of the smiley faces, and some faux stitching to bring it all together.  I think Kraft card stock and red are very pretty together - like a pair of Khaki's and a red shirt :)

I will be back later in the week for another card share - until then - be kind to one another and do something that you LOVE!


Lawnscaping Patrol found me! :)

Hi all!  I will tell you that today was NOT a good day.  Very stressful mentally - and I get home and check my email, and I see that my card was found by the Lawnscaping Patrol!  This put a smile on my face that I most certainly needed.   I just wanted to share this bit of information!!  :)  It doesn't take much to make me happy!! 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

CAS-ual Friday Challenge: Embossing

Hi all!  Back with you to share my entry for this week's CAS-ual Friday Challenge: Embossing.  This time we needed to make a card that features any type of embossing - dry embossing, heat-set or embossing folders.  I did two types for my card, heat - set and used an embossing folder.

I heat embossed my Hero Arts image on a piece of patterned paper from the new stack from BG : Indie Bloom. I then added a bit of distress ink to the image to bring it out a bit on the paper and to tone down the "brightness" of the paper.  I wanted COLOR in my project, and this paper was perfect for it.  I, then cut the image up into three segments, and added them to a piece of white card stock from Gina K. Designs.  I die cut the image then with my Top Note Die from SU!  I took a piece of vellum card stock and one of my cuttlebug folders and embossed the vellum.  I didn't want to take away the beautiful card base color of Summer Sunrise card stock from PTI, that is why I thought vellum would be a different choice.  I then adhered all of it to my card base, and I had this cute card stock sticker, and added it for my sentiment.  For the final steps, I added some gemstones color by some Copic markers, and some "faux" stitching on the sides with my white gel pen. 

Until next time!!!  Keep smilin'! and creative!

~ Kari ~

Emboss Resist Sympathy Card

Good Sun. Afternoon!  I wanted to share with you a card I made upon request from the sweet lady that does my nails.  Her family is going thru a difficult time with a family member battling cancer.  She wanted me to make a card to give to her brother ( it is her sis in law).  Card makers would agree that making something serious like a sympathy card is hard, but from time to time, we do have to make them.  I bought a cross stamp set from Michael's a few months back, and this is the first time using it.  I did the emboss resist technique, and used my distress inks.  I used 3 blue colors, chipped sapphire, broken china, and faded jeans.  I die cut my focal image with two scallop dies from my nesties, and for my sentiment, I used one of the tags from fanciful tags.  The patterned paper comes from Authenique called Journey.  I used one of my MS punches to punch the corners to give them a little extra "something".  My card base is from AC's from the cards and envelopes pack. 

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend.  Thanks for stoppin' in!!  :o)

~ Kari~

Monday, August 8, 2011

CAS-ual Friday Challenge 14: Glitsy Glue Dots( 2nd Entry)

Afternoon - I am back with another card I made for CAS-ual Friday Challenge.  This will be short, sweet and to the point.  I wanted to use some of my new card stock that I purchases from SU!.  It is one of the new In Colors called Calypso Coral.  I used one of my favorite back ground stamps from Hero Arts - with the same ink color.  Then I added my sticky strip, and my greeting comes from Hero Arts as well.  I topped of my card to bring out the black ink with some  black silk ribbon.

Thanks for stopping back in!! :)  

Lawnscaping Challenge #15: Distressing

Hope Monday has been kind to all of you.  I wanted to share with all of you the card I am submitting to the Lawnscaping Challenge.  This is my first time entering into this challenge, and thought it would be fun.  I {heart } Lawn Fawn stamps - and slowly but surely getting my collection going.  On this challenge the objective is to distress your project some how.  This is what I came up with.

I used " Say Cheese" and sentiment from " Hello friend".  It turned out to be an all around happy card.  Hope you like!!!  Hope the rest of your afternoon is a great one. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

CAS-ual Friday Challenge 14: Glitsy Glue Dots

I'm back to share with you my submission for the CFC14: Glitsy Glue Dots.  I took a little break from CFC among other challenges because I didn't feel very creative.  Since my break - I have been brainstorming again for ideas.  For this challenge the objective Add glitter to your Clean And Simple project using an adhesive Glue Dot or strip. 

 I decided to use sticky strip.  I knew I wanted color, color, color.  I also knew I had two different sizes of sticky strip I could use.  My card base is GKD heavy base weight white card stock.  I took strips of other colored card stock from my scraps and put them to good use.  I cut the ends to a banner shape, and added my sticky strip.  The middle is the 1/2" size, and the other is the 1/4" size.  I added some dazzling diamonds glitter to my strip, and my strips of color card stock comes to life with sparkle.  Then I wanted some kind of medallion in one corner of my card, and took some of my cat eye inks and added the same colors to my medallion.  My sentiment comes from HA - " You inspire me".  I thought it was fitting since this is the first card from my "break" from all the different challenges.  Hope you like it!! 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Getting back in the creative groove

Happy Friday people!!  I know I have already apologized for my recent blogging absence - but things for me have been crazy.  I will spare you all the details - but let us just say - my creative juices and spirit were at zero!!  Hopefully this post will be a start to change all that.  So - we are moving on.......

This evening I want to share with you a card I made for a co -worker about 2 to 3 weeks ago as my appreciation and understanding that things don't always stay the same - and that could be a good thing!  I used some patterned paper from BG - Sweet Threads.  I am really sinking my teeth into all the 6 x 6 paper pads out there on the paper crafting market.  They are so perfect for card makers.  My card base is from PTI and the color is Hawaiian Shores.  I love PTI and the weight of their card stock!  I am also into circles right now for some reason.  Depending on how the arrangement of them are, and the colors - the eye really does go right to them - and it is very appealing.  I also punched out some butterflies using my Martha Stewart 3 in 1 butterfly punch.  I glued some of my circles directly on my card base and some I popped up with dimensionals or pop dots.  My sentiment comes from SU! "Flight of the butterfly".

To finish off my card, I added some bakers twine and a button from BG.  I will be back in a few days if not sooner with another creation.  Thanks for stopping in!!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Just in a funk...

Hi all!! Just real quickly I wanted to pop in and say that I am sorry for not posting a whole lot lately within the last few weeks.  My inspiration just hasn't been there.  It has been so hot too, and lately all I want to do when getting in from work is relax and stay cool.  My crafting spirit just hasn't been there.  I hope to return soon with a new energy.  I have bought some new products online - so I am hoping that my new goodies brings me out of my funk.  Stay tuned friends!!!