Watercolor Birch Trees

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog. I’ve made a few things, but have not taken the time to share. I really wanted to take the online class Watercolor for Cardmakers, so a few days into the class I decided to take the plunge and sign up. (I tried to win a spot on a few blogs before the class started, but no luck for me!) The class is over and I have yet to make a card or view a video. This is the main reason I hesitated to sign up!! May seems to be the busiest time of year for me, with so many end-of-year school activities with my children. Today I finally took a look at the classes, and I saw that there is a pre-class gallery. I did make a watercolor card a year ago that I sent to MD Anderson during the Hope You Can Cling To drive. This is the card I sent, and I decided to share it in the gallery. I hope I can get another card or two made before the galleries for this class close. At least there is lifelong access to these classes and videos — maybe I will get to them someday, if not this week!

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Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge – 9 Things

A new challenge is up today at Papertrey Ink. They are coming out with so many fun, new products, I thought I would enter one of their daily challenges to try and win a gift certificate (to offset my next purchase, which is sure to be larger than I anticipate).

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Each PTI designer has a list of design elements on their blog today. I used an element from each designer to build my card. The three colors I used are Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, and Summer Sunrise. My neutral is white, and my technique selection was inlaid die cuts (the bottom garland is inlaid into the white card panel). I used sketch #1 and my occasion selection, to point out the obvious, is birthday. I embossed the sentiment onto a piece of PTI twill ribbon (my fiber selection) because I wasn’t sure if I could use another neutral (black) to stamp “Happy Birthday”. Finally, I put a dab of glitter onto the candle flames. Whew! I don’t usually have this many building blocks to my cards! Almost all of my supplies are from Papertrey Ink.

I’m looking forward to seeing the new Building Blocks stamp set that inspired this challenge!

Washi Tree

Nothing like a weekly challenge to help me get going on my Christmas card supply for this year. The current challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to use eight of “something” on a clean and simple-style card.

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If you think my “eight” items are sequins, then you probably think that I can’t count. However, I did use 8 different pieces of washi tape to make the Christmas tree. It’s a good thing that washi tape is repositionable, because it took me several attempts to get the branches lined up!

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Thanks for looking!

Supplies
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white, kraft); Bazzill (black).
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (‘Tis the Season Sentiments).
Washi tape and sequins.

CAS-ual Fridays — Kraft

The challenge this week at CAS-ual Fridays is to use kraft paper on a card or tag.

I have had this idea for a card in my head ever since I missed the first sketch challenge at CAS(e) this sketch!

I cut some white paper with the circle border die from Papertrey Ink and added a scarf, twigs, and carrot nose to create a stack of snowmen. I cut the nose with scissors, but the scarf and twigs were made with a Martha Stewart snowman punch. The snowbank is also a Papertrey Ink die that I embellished with some score tape and glitter. The Papertrey Ink sentiment is from the Think Big Favorites #21 set.

A few days later….

My card was selected as one of four VIP favorites for the week! Lucky me!

CAS(E) this Sketch! No. 3

I was on the ball this week and checked out the new sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! on the day it was posted! Here’s the sketch for week #3:

Here is the card I made following the sketch:

This will go to my dad for his birthday, which was a couple of weeks ago. At least he will get it before his birthday month is over! The owl is by Hero Arts. I used the Woodgrain background stamp by Stampin’ Up to make the piece of kraft paper look like a tree. The leaves are from a punch that is also by Stampin’ Up. The sentiment is from a set of clear owl stamps, and I have no idea what company made them. I’m not always very particular about keeping track of that!

CAS(E) this Sketch No. 2

I missed the debut challenge of this new clean and simple sketch site called CAS(E) this sketch!. I even put the blinkie on my sidebar, and I still forgot. Here’s the sketch for week #2:

And here is the card I made following the sketch:

The snowflake collage is from Unity’s September 2012 kit of the month. I added a snowflake cut with a Magnolia die and stamped the sentiment, which is from a retired Stampin’ Up set called All Year Cheer I.

October Music

I don’t usually post cards on my blog, but with all the contests centered around World Card Making Day, I decided to try my luck at some random drawings. I made this card for the Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers. I will be sending it to MD Anderson this month, along with some of my other cards, to donate to patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer. I stamped the background music with Worn Lipstick distress ink, and sponged the edges with Spun Sugar distress ink. The birds were colored with Copics; I wanted the music to be seen through their bodies and not bleed. Stamps used: Music Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms (retired), Birds by Red Lead Paperworks, Sentiment by Club Scrap (probably retired), Crown by Stampin’ Up (Tiny Tags).

You can find the contest here. Maybe I’ll get lucky and win, although I’ve already got every color of Distress Ink that has been manufactured!!