Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thanks a Melon


Hey friends.  I squeezed in a little extra time in my craft room to create something non-challenge related.  I was itching to use some of my newest goodies!  Today's card is simple but sweet.  







After coloring this cutie with Copics I stacked her four high and adhered her to a panel from which I die cut out that adorable brick wall.  I added a thin black "hollow" mat so as to let the red from the card base show through.  A stamped sentiment and some black clay hearts was all that was needed to call this one was done. 

Supplies:
MFT - Pure Innocence Sweet Summertime
The Greetery - Brick Layer die.  (I can already tell this is going to be one of my new favs)



Stay safe and healthy my friends!  
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Happy Crafting!

Jules

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CAS Colours and Sketches #377



It's time for another challenge over at the CAS Colours and Sketches blog and as luck would have it, we have five Tuesdays in June so today is what we call a Double Challenge.  For this challenge you will need to use our selected color trio along with the chosen sketch. 



For our color challenges, you must use all of the stated challenge colors. You may also use neutral colors;
 however, the challenge colors should be the most noticeable ones featured on your card. We use Stampin' Up 
color names for reference, but you are welcome to use any other companies' products as long as you match 
the challenge colors as closely as possible.  Feel free to rotate or flip the sketch to suit your taste.




Keeping all this in mind here is my Double Challenge Card.




I started off by die cutting the lilies from smooth white cardstock and then colored them with alcohol markers that best matched the challenge trio.  (Some were Copics, some were off brands)  I arranged the florals onto the small white panel, a design element taken directly from the sketch.  I decided to go with a soft grey card stock for both my card base and my diagonal panel.   I inlaid a white zig zag border piece into the diagonal, adhered it to the card base and then finished it off with a narrow white border.  I decided against a sentiment on this one as I felt it would distract from the design.  It also makes it more versatile by allowing me to add an inside sentiment at the time of use.  

I hope to see your card in our gallery this week!!!

Supplies:
MFT - Lily Die-namics
MFT - zig zag border (not sure of exact name)
MFT - grout gray cardstock
assorted alcohol markers


Stay safe and healthy my friends!  
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Happy Crafting!

Jules



Sunday, June 28, 2020

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #070


It's been awhile since I've created a card for a challenge that wasn't an assignment.  I've been eyeing this one for quite some time so today I dove in.  In the Tic Tac Toe Challenge the idea is to use any three items in a row on your card.  




I chose the right column (bicycle, embedded die, sparkle) for my card.  I dug deep in my stash for a bicycle die which I inlaid into the front panel which made the only other requirement very easy.  





I began by stenciling the pavers with some white pigment ink onto a light grey cardstock.  It's really difficult to see in my photo but I coated the dried pavers with a clear sparkle pen, thus filfulling my Tic Tac Toe challenge.  You can see the sparkle better in this closeup photo....




I then die cut the bicycle from the panel saving the little inner bits to replace later.  I stamped the tires in grey ink, heat embossed them with clear powder and then inlaid the wheels into the die cut area.  I inlaid the frame of the bicycle into the panel however the fenders were adhered over top of the wheels.  I finished the inlay by replacing the little bits of the grey card panel that I mentioned before.  The basket and heart balloons were also stamped and heat embossed with clear powder.  (I did a triple embossing on the balloons to give them a bit of glossy shine.)  The sentiment was stamped using the same grey ink and clear embossing powder.  

I'm wishing now that I'd made this a birthday card rather than a wedding card but oh well...next time, right?

Supplies:
PaperTrey Ink - Pedal Pusher stamp and die set
The Greetery - Pathway stencil
Penny Black - Love Balloons die
Distress Oxide Inks - Hickory Smoke and Speckled Egg
Tonic Studios - designer papers 


Stay safe and healthy my friends!  
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Happy Crafting!

Jules




Saturday, June 27, 2020

Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers #163


We are back with another challenge from our dear friend Edna and the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.  Someone get this woman a snorkel please!







You all know that I couldn't possibly create a water card without a shark theme, right?  Coming up with just the right shark species ('cause I do believe I have them all) wasn't hard once I figured out my sentiment.  Here ya go....







The fun in this one will be deciding just what lucky friend will receive it, post pandemic of course. 'Cause as much as I love you, I'm still very much a Social Distancer and I want to party in person.  (Sorry Fin, this one won't be headed to North Carolina.  LOL!  Ooh...unless I send it to his mama.  There's a thought!)

I began my card by Copic coloring in my hammerhead shark and wine glasses.  I created two ink blended backgrounds.  For the sky I did a three color blend of yellows/oranges and then came back over the top with a sun ray stencil.  To create the water I also did a three color blend of blues and then added Jennifer McGuire's baby wipe stencil technique using a snowfall stencil. (For a description of the technique, visit her blog or check out this recent post of mine. ) I then die cut the blended panel with three wave dies.  After that I was just a matter of assembling the card.  The birthday sentiment required some stamp surgery to get the alignment I desired.  The Let's Get Hammered! sentiment was created on my computer and wouldn't ya know it, after I finished this card I discovered that exact sentiment in a different greetings sentiment set of mine.  Oh well, next time.  

Here's a closer look at the details.  I forgot to mention that I added some details with my white gel pen.  I really think it finishing off the overall look.  





Supplies:
Avery Elle - Celebraytion
MFT - Radiating Rays and Snowfall stencils
Simon Says Stamp - Time for Wine and Big Birthday Wishes stamp sets
Impression Obsession - Wavy Edge dies


Come join the fun and show us your cards with a water theme!  We of course love a bit of snark but it's not a requirement in our challenge. 


Stay safe and healthy my friends!  
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Happy Crafting!

Jules


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

CAS Colours and Sketches #376


Happy Tuesday everyone!  I had a very busy week for some reason so I'm keeping both my card and this post very simple and to the point.  

Here is our new sketch for the CAS Colours and Sketches blog.  Please refer to our challenge rules at the top of the blog if you're new to our challenges.







And here is my card.




There's not much to it.  I used a sentiment strip die to create my strips using scraps from my bin.  The hardest part of this card was getting the weaving and spacing correct.  The Happy Birthday is stamped in a crisp black pigment ink.  Voila!  I have another masculine card for future use.  


Supplies:
Ellen Hutson - That Thing You Did stamp set
Simon Says Stamp - Sentiment Labels wafer dies

Stay safe and healthy my friends!  
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Happy Crafting!

Jules



Saturday, June 20, 2020

For My Daddy


When it comes to Father's Day card for my father, I like to keep them simple.  I've chosen hobbies and interests in past cards but this year I kept it generic and to the point.





I did a Distress Oxide ink blending technique on the background.  I will confess that after I assembled this card I realized that I'd placed my sentiment upside down as the gradient was meant to go from light down to dark but I know my dad won't notice that in the slightest.  I die cut the Dad from several pieces of black card stock to layer the ink blended sentiment and added the heat embossed sub sentiment underneath.  I finished it off with a trio of matte dots.  Like I said, simple.

My elderly parents live three hours away but due to Covid, I have not seen them since late December.  Because I live with a front line health care worker I'm not sure when any of us will be comfortable enough to gather again.  They've been hunkered down since February (they saw the signs early) and with grocery deliveries from the wonderful personal shoppers out there, they haven't had to leave their home. We also have a family group text check in most every evening so it's good.  I know they're safe.  But I miss them both terribly.  :-(


Supplies:
Hero Arts - stencil
Distress Oxide inks
Lil Inkers Designs - Dad die
Clearly Besotted - sentiment



Stay safe and healthy my friends!  
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Jules



Thursday, June 18, 2020

Cowantine Birthday Card


Being socially distant and somewhat isolated during these crazy times isn't much fun but for a fun loving girl celebrating her last birthday of "teen-hood" it's really kind of a bummer.  Yep, my youngest turned 19 today and I have to say, I do love her spirit. 

She began planning her party last month prior to the start of her summer term.  Mind you, it's just the three of us here plus her boyfriend but that wasn't going to stop her.  She decided on a Cowantine party and ordered a bunch of cow related birthday decor which I set up this morning.





This is our kitchen table at present.  We plan to order out for Italian tonight and I have a homemade peach cobbler in the oven for dessert.  She has taken this whole pandemic thing so much better than I would have at her age, no doubt about it.  I'm very proud of her.

Ok...now to her card.  I'm sure you know what's coming.  Yes, I purchased a cow stamp set for this occasion and this may be the one and only time I use it.  

 


I decided to try something different and made it a split front card.  Here's the inside....




I created the split front by die cutting the front panel of my Neenah Solar White 110 lb card base with a landscape die.  I then covered the front of the card with two die cut panels of turf.  I needed two cows and used the mirror stamping technique to create the inside bovine.  I ink blended some clouds on the inside panel, stopping just below the turf line on the front.  I popped up two die cut clouds and then added the sentiment to the lower portion where it would only be visible once open.  

She was very happy with her Cowantine card and it's already displayed in her room.  And if I may brag, she received a letter this past week from her college congratulating her on making The Dean's List.  If you knew our homework struggles when she was younger, you'd know just how big of an accomplishment this is for us both.  *wink*  


Supplies:
Technique Tuesday - Clementine the Cow stamp set
MFT - Tucked in Turf die, mini cloud stencil
Taylored Expressions - cloud dies
Copic markers


I'm definitely open to suggestions on how else to incorporate this stamp set into my life.  If you have any ideas, please, please, please post them below!

Stay safe and healthy my friends!  
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Happy Crafting!

Jules