Tuesday, June 22, 2021

CAS Colours and Sketches #425

 

Hello Tuesday!  It's time for another sketch challenge over at the CAS Colours and Sketches blog.  My life is crazy right now so I'm gonna get right to it.  


Here's our sketch.






And here's my card.



I stamped, colored and fussy cut the floral and pot images and popped them up onto a die cut white picket fence.  I used Distress Oxides to ink blend both the green rectangle behind the fence as well as the front card panel.  I finished off the card with a stamped sentiment and some clear droplets.

Supplies:
WPlus9 - New Home stamp set
Neat & Tangled - So Many Sentiments stamp set
CottageCutz - Picket Fence Border die
Copics
Distress Oxides
Trinity Stamps - clear droplets


Remember, as with all of our sketches, you are welcome to rotate and/or flip it to your liking.  Come visit our blog and upload your sketch inspired card to our gallery!



Continue to stay safe and healthy my friends.   _____________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!

Jules 






Saturday, June 19, 2021

Father's Day Cards


Another quick drive by post to share two Father's Day cards, one for hubby and one for my dad.  

My husband is a car addict who has recently turned his attention to electric vehicles.  He just test drove the VW ID.4 which is a totally electric compact SUV.  There may be one in our future but since shopping for cars is way more fun to him than actually purchasing cars it will probably be way down the road. In the meantime I made him this shiny new SUV.  :-)

The steps to making this are really simple.  The top portion of the card front was blended out with blue Distress Oxide.  I die cut and assembled the SUV from navy, black and silver cardstocks, adding a layer of glossy accents over top.  The simple sentiment was stamped below the blended line.  


My father's favorite couch time activity is monitoring the stock market. I wanted his card to reflect this but I don't have (nor am I aware of) any stock market type stamps/dies.  I did a quick internet search and came across a graphic design that I worked into his card.


I used the negative pieces from a zig zag die to create the lines in both red and green cardstock.  I adhered them to a piece of black cardstock to mimic the ups and downs of the market.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white onto the black card panel and added a narrow border of b/w diagonally lined patterned paper before adhering it to my white card base.  

Two very simple cards for two of my favorite men.  My six year old grandson is here visiting from North Carolina and together we created a card for his father (my son) which I will share later, along with two other cards he created this week.     


Supplies:
Card 1 - Cottage Cutzs Cars and Moving Truck die set
              Avery Elle - Mom and Dad stamp set

Card 2 - The Greetery - Open Basework die
               Avery Elle - Mom and Dad stamp set


Continue to stay safe and healthy my friends.   _____________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!

Jules 

Friday, June 18, 2021

A Special Birthday Card


Life is crazy busy in a very good way right now but I wanted to quickly pop in and share the card I created for my beautiful daughter who turns twenty today.  Her favorite decor colors right now are sage greens and blushy pinks so with that in mind, here's what I made.



I used a combination of Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose Distress Oxides for the background and Bundled Sage for the cover die and tag.  I added some spatters of water and glimmer to the background before adhering the floral piece over top.  The sentiment is a mixture of silver heat embossing and really old Thickers.  (I just can't part with them.)  I added a bow made from silver thread and some clear droplets to finish it off.  

Supplies:
Sizzix background die (name???)
Pretty Pink Posh - Stitched Essentials tag die
Colorado Craft Company - Party Time stamp set
American Crafts - Thickers


Continue to stay safe and healthy my friends.   _____________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!

Jules 



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

CAS Colours and Sketches #424

 

We're cruisin' through the month as it's time for another color challenge over at the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge blog.  Shannon has chosen a bright trio for us to play with this week.  


For our color challenges, you must use all of the stated challenge colors. You may also use neutrals 
such as white, ivory, black, brown, grey, or metallics; however, no other colors should be added to 
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.



I went back to one of my tried true designs for this quick card.



I stamped and die cut the telephone in pink and adhered it to the lower right corner of a card panel that was previously textured using a linen cover plate.  I brought in the yellow with the cord and heart and stamped the sentiment in black.  Using a background stamp, I heat embossed horizontal stripes in white onto an olive green card panel.  I added the narrowest of black mats to the white panel before adhering it to the green one which was then all adhered to a white card base.  I added white Nuvo drops to the phone dial and a diagonal sprinkling of clay hearts to finish off the design.  

I invite you to visit the blog and play along with the team.  We'd love to see your card in our gallery.


Pink Paisley - Switchboard stamp/die set (NBUS from 2014...*blush*)
MFT - Candy Stripes background stamp
Tonic - Nuvo drops in gloss white
  




Continue to stay safe and healthy my friends.   _____________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!

Jules 



Saturday, June 12, 2021

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #187


Edna and the Sisterhood are back with another biweekly challenge.  This time we'd like you to add a bit of texture to your snark. 



Texture can be in the form of paint layers, 
texture pastes, embossing, layered die cuts, etc. 
Use your imagination and surprise us! 




I built my textural card around a sentiment that I've been wanting to use for quite a while.  I did a bit of stamp surgery to separate the sentiment for use on both the outside and the inside of my card.

Can you guess the inside based on the focal image?  






I'm hitting a new decade with my next birthday 
so I shouldn't laugh but c'mon...this is cute.  


I first started with the background.  It's difficult to see in the photo but I used a gel press, brayer and two shades of blue Distress Oxide followed by a white pigment ink to create the ocean-y background onto what was a panel of white cardstock.  This gel press method provides the look of texture without any bulk.  I die cut the sailboat in white cardstock and then ran the sails and the boat bottom through my die cutting machine using two different embossing folders. (a mosaic for the sails and a woodgrain for the bottom.)  The boat, mast, stars and flag were all colored with Distress Oxides.  I stamped the sentiment in a crisp black pigment ink and then adhered the background panel to a white card base.  I positioned the sailboat between the greeting and thought it needed a bit more sumthin' sumthin' so I finished it off with a very narrow white frame.  

I'm very happy to have another masculine card to add to my birthday stash and invite you to come check out our blog, leave some lovin' to my fellow sistahs and upload your textural card to our gallery.  Snark is much appreciated but not a requirement to play.


Supplies:
Crafters Companion - Getting Old stamp
MFT - Sailboat die
Altenew - Angled Mosaic embossing folder
Darice - woodgrain embossing folder
Altenew - Fine Frame die set



Footnote: I was thrilled to be a runner up at the most recent Let's Squash It Challenge blog with my little mice and hedgehog cards.  Thanks Gail and Jo!  I'm adding this little badge to my sidebar.




Footnote to my footnote: I also added this to the current Seize the Birthday challenge where the prompt is Nautical.  





Continue to stay safe and healthy my friends.   _____________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!

Jules 


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Happy Little Stampers - June Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

 

It's time for a new monthly challenge over at the Happy Little Stampers blog where the only rule is to use a die on your card.




I just love being part of this design team because it's a great opportunity to pull out my dies and create "paper doll" like cards.  I find the act of paper piecing dies even more therapeutic than coloring and this challenge is perfect for that.  Mind you, any use of a die qualifies for the challenge however I like to take it to the extreme.  





As you can see, the focal point of my design is the large mailbox.  I die cut it from navy cardstock and then shadowed in some of the vertical lines with a dark blue Copic marker.  The stamp I used to adorn the mailbox is actually intended to go on the back of an envelope but I thought it would be cute here.  (Heat embossed in white.)   I added in some additional die cut envelopes and labels to finish off the box.  I embossed the white background panel to give it a bit of interest and cut it down vertically to leave a margin of navy card base showing from each side.  I white heat embossed the sentiment (again, meant for the outside of an envelope) onto a wide strip of red cardstock which I positioned horizontally on the card, adding the mailbox over top.  I finished off the card with some red hearts punched from the same red cardstock.  I think this will work as an any occasion card good for hellos, birthdays, miss you, etc.

I invite you to visit our blog for more inspiration and hope to see your card in our gallery.  Remember, the use of any die on your card qualifies.  

Supplies:
Hero Arts - US Fancy Mailbox die
The Stamp Market - Please Deliver To stamp set
Right at Home - Happy Mail 3 stamp set
American Crafts - background embossing folder (no name)
Martha Stewart - heart punches

Continue to stay safe and healthy my friends.   _____________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!

Jules 






CAS Colours and Sketches #423

 

It's another Sketch Tuesday over at the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge blog and our host Shannon has a fun one for us to try.


As with all of our sketches, please feel free to 
rotate and/or flip the design to fit your needs.




My immediate thoughts went straight to butterflies and/or florals but I wanted to create something a bit different.  How about toadstools?  




I want to begin with the horizontal planks.  I am just so thrilled at how they turned out!  Believe it or not, these were cut from white cardstock and colored with the chisel end of a warm grey Copic marker.  You'd swear it was patterned paper, wouldn't you?  I just kept swiping the marker across the cardstock in horizontal motions, changing the amount of pressure I put to the paper.  Following the lines of the sketch, I adhered them to a panel of light grey cardstock cut a bit smaller than A2 size.

The toadstool/mushrooms were also cut from white cardstock and colored in with Copics.  I arranged them as indicated on the sketch, added a greeting cut from the same grey cardstock as the panel and adhered the panel to a white card base.  I successfully resisted the urge to bling.  

I invite you to visit our blog for more inspiration.  We'd love to see your creation in our gallery.


Supplies:
The Greetery Toadstool Garden die
The Greetery Shiplap Builder dies
CottageCutz - Mushroom Mini dies
Taylored Expressions - Thank You die


Continue to stay safe and healthy my friends.   _____________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!

Jules