Monday, October 30, 2017

In My Thoughts Anemones Card

I just received my order with my stamps from The Ton, and couldn't wait to use them.  I've been drooling over this anemones set for a while now, and finally have it.  So, today's card....
 Stamps:  Fresh Cut Anemones - The Ton
                Verse - Thoughtful Poppies - The Ton
                Various background stamps- unknown
Stencil:  Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi - dots & stripes borders
Inks:  Tim Holtz distress inks
Tools:  Misti, Clarity stencil brushes, distress applicators

I started with a pale pink A2 card.  On a panel slightly smaller, I created a row of stripes along the left side, using my Clarity brushes and distress ink.  

On a light pink card stock panel cut slightly smaller than the card front, I stamped the vase from the Fresh Cut Anemones set.  I did not ink up the bottom portion of the vase.  I used the same distress marker color to draw the bottom for the mug, and added a hand-drawn handle, then colored the mug.  I sponged a background, and added some background stamping with a script and flourish stamp.  These are stamps that I have had in my stash forever, unmounted, so I do not know who they are.

On watercolor paper, I stamped and water colored the anemones and leaves.  Then I fussy-cut them, and arranged them in the mug.  I added the verse, and some pearls from Want 2 Scrap.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

The Ton Challenge  - Mood board inspiration

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge -
Anything goes

Less Is More Challenge - Stamp layering

Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge - Case one of this week's featured stamper's cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Happy National Pumpkin Day Card

Happy National Pumpkin Day!  To celebrate, I made a card with, well, pumpkins!  Lots and lots of pumpkins.
 I used watercolor paper, and inked the pumpkins with Tim Holtz distress inks and just stamped randomly all over the paper for the background.  I added some sponging to fill in the white.  

For the verse, I stamped it with India Ink black, distressed it a little, then cut with a double stitched die.  I added another double stitched die under it, which I colored with my green distress ink.  I used foam tape to give this dimension.

The leaves were punched from some direct-to-paper card stock, and added with glue dots and foam tape, along with the pumpkin charm with the twine.  All was layered onto a gold panel, then adhered to a white A2 card.

Stamps:  Pumpkins - Printworks Q019 Thanksgiving Blessings; Verse - Printworks (don't have name or item #)
Dies:  Our Daily Bread Designs double stitched rectangles
Punch:  McGill oak leaf
Inks:  Tim Holtz distress inks

I hope you are enjoying some pumpkin things today.  Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin cookies, pumplin pie, pumpkin bread.  Yummy.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge - Anything goes optional gold (border)

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Fall Splendor challengel - Use fall colors

Thanks for visiting. 




Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Let Us Give Thanks Card

Following along with fall card making, I couldn't resist making a card with this stamp from Art Impressions.
I am adding my card to the Art Impressions challenge, 
which is stamp a scene.  This fall scene takes me back many, many falls ago, when I was a child, growing up next door to my grandma's farm. 
I am thankful for a childhood full of loving and joyful memories.  We worked hard, and played hard, and there was an abundance of love and joy in our days.

I embossed the image onto watercolor paper, and watercolored it with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  I love the vibrancy of these pencils.  The image stamp is Art Impressions #fUMM3180, and the verse is from Art Impressions Sentiments Set # 4903-WC.

I am also adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenge - Fall splendor

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge - Anything goes optional gold
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Let me know in the comments what you are thankful for this fall!



Monday, October 23, 2017

Technique Junkies Challenge Card

When I saw the Technique Junkies challenge I knew what I was going to use for my stamp.  These giraffes were the perfect thing for October, breast cancer awareness month. The challenge at Technique Junkies is to create a card using the 'build a background technique.  

I used the Technique Junkies stamp 'Stand Tall' #SD601.  I cut the verse from the stamp, and used my Misti to do the background building technique.  I stamp and embossed the giraffes over the background, and sponged lightly around the edges.  I used Spellbinder's oval dies for the layering, and for the card.  A little ribbon and bow finish off my card.  Here is the inside:
I am adding my card to these challenges:

Technique Junkies Challenge - build a background technique

AAA Cards Challenge - Inspired by a film (Lion King) 

Little Red Wagon  - Shape up - Make a shaped card

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Hope your have a wonderful evening.



Sunday, October 22, 2017

Daisy Blessings Card

It was another glorious day here today.  The sun was shining, and it was warm, but just warm enough to be comfortable in long sleeves, no sweater.  I love fall days like this, when it smells like fall, sounds like fall, looks like fall, yet it is a wee bit warmer than the crisp fall days.  I love those, also, though.

So, my card today was inspired by the last three daisies in my garden, that just refuse to give up.  They are hanging in there, standing proud and tall, and giving their very last bit of life to add some cheer to my decaying garden.  I love daisies; they are my favorite flower.  They are cheerful, unpretentious, and always make me smile.  They look so pretty on a window sill in a little vase, and add so much life and cheer to a garden patch.  Their bloom is long, and they look like dancers when they sway in the wind.
I started with a Darice embossing folder - the one with the daisies, and put it through my Cuttlebug with white bristol paper in it.  I fussy-cut the daisies from the paper and set it aside.

For the background panel, I used a piece of bristol paper, and dragged fossilized amber, peeled paint, and broken china distress oxide inks from top to bottom of the paper.  I dried that with my heat tool, then dragged the same colors horizontally across the paper, and dried that.  

I made a frame from amber card stock with an Our Daily Bread double stitched die, and attached the background piece to it, wrapped some yellow, blue and green string around it, then attached it to a white A2 card.  

I used the distress inks as watercolor, and added color to the daisies with a paint brush, then attached it to the card with glue dots and foam tape.  The Blessings die is from Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings SSSD111380.  I cut it several times, sponged the oxided on the last die cut, and layered them, then attached it to the card.  I was going to add some sequins or clear crystals, but thought it had enough going on, so didn't.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenge - Abundant Blessings
There is still time to join any of the Falliday Fest challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  The deadline is October 31st.  You can learn more about the challenges HERE.  Stop in and check out all the galleries and different challenge opportunities.  And the amazing tutorials.

The Flower Challenge - Favorite flower

I am going for prize # 4 - The Ton gift certificate

Happy Little Stampers Die Challenge - Anything goes with dies

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  May you have a blessed week ahead.

Thanks so much for visiting.



Saturday, October 21, 2017

Happy Fall Sunflower Card

Sunflowers are a basic part of many fall floral arrangements and fall wreaths and decor.  It's no wonder, as they are one of the most glorious flowers you can find.  From the rich golden curly yellow petals, to the fabulous seeds inside the center, these flowers display magnificently!
I have several sunflower stamps.  This one from Penny Black (2669K 'Sunny') is one of my favorites.  It is a solid image, with an artsy, watercolor feel to it.  For my card today, I chose to stamp it on black card stock, using white ColorBox pigment ink.  I let the ink dry while I went about my chores, and came back and colored it with my Polychromos colored pencils.  I added some white lines here and there with a nib pen dipped in Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay white india ink.  I added the white spatters of the same ink with a fine paint brush which I tapped to spray the ink.

I die cut the panel with Our Daily Bread Designs double quilted dies, and mounted it to yellow/gold card stock panel, which I die cut, as well.  I used fun foam to mount it to a brown panel, then a black A2 card.  I hand lettered 'happy fall' along the bottom.  A strip of black and white dp along the edge for interest, and a bow and little sunflower charm I found in my stash, and that is it. 

I've had several people ask me about my bows.  I have had a Bow-Easy tool (by Posi-Bendr Company) for years, and use it all the time.  It is so easy to use, and makes perfect bows each time.  It takes all the guesswork out of bow-making.  I love it. 
I am submitting my card to the Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenge (Fall Splendor).   Falliday Fest is an annual fall challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  You can read the details HERE and check out all the fabulous entries HERE. 
The challenge deadline is October 31st, so you still have time to enter.  Hope to see you there.

I am also entering my card in these challenges:

Penny Black At Allsorts Challenge - Close to nature

House of Cards Challenge - Halloween colors 


The Flower Challenge  - Favorite flower

I am going for prize # 4 ($25 Gift Code for The Ton)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I know how busy weekend days can be, so I really appreciate you visiting. 

What is your favorite thing about fall?   If you feel inclined, please leave a comment and let me know.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I Love You More Than Candy Corn Halloween Card

Greetings!  I thought I would post a card I made for the Impression-Obsession Challenge . 
The challenge theme at IO is 'You're an animal.'  Owls are animals, yes?  And I just adore these cute little Impression-Obsession owl stamps (B7800 Owl on Hat and D7801 Owl on Head.  I stamped, colored them with Copics, then fussy-cut them and layered them onto a die cut heart (die unknown).  It is actually two stamps, which I stacked.  The verse is also Impression-Obsession (A14476) More Than Candy Corn.  

I added some Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine sequins, and layered the heart on an A2 card, layered with some candy corn designer paper and a strip of purple.  
I added some feathers and a pretty shimmery orange ribbon and bow for a whimsical touch.

This will be our halloween card for my six year old granddaughter.  Now I have to make one for her older sister.

I also added this card to the Falliday Fest Challenge at SplitCoastStampers HERE.

NOW for some news I've been waiting to tell you, which will explain why I haven't posted much here in the past four weeks.  (don't worry, I'm back)!   I am now on the Dirty Dozen Design Team for SplitCoastStampers!  I received an email about four weeks ago from Lydia, asking me if I would be interested in being on the design team.  It really took me by surprise!  I am honored and delighted to represent SCS.  I have been working furiously, making cards for the October theme challenge (Creepy Crawlies), and learning the 'behind the scenes' ropes.  Mine and the other 11 Dirty Dozen design team members six cards each will be posted in the October theme gallery.  The monthly theme challenge is available to be viewed and entered by SplitCoastStamper Fan Club members.  The other galleries are open to anyone.  Here is a link to the Splitcoaststampers site.  I hope you will stop by to see all the amazing cards.  
SCS is a fun community, with daily, weekly, and monthly challenges, tutorials, and hundreds of members' galleries.  

You can also join the site and add your own gallery.  I have been a member there since 2007.  Please stop by there and say hello.  There are tons of forums where you can ask questions, check out what's new, get tips and ideas.

I'm happy to be back in my blog, and will continue to regularly post here.  Now that I am familiar with the procedures and technical stuff over at SCS, I will have more time for my home sweet home here at Paper Arts Cafe!

I hope you are having a great week.  See you soon in the cafe!



Friday, October 13, 2017

Sending Prayers Fall Card

A quick post today with a card for Cas-ual Fridays Challenge.
Here is the sketch for the challenge
I went with fall colors because, well, because I could!  I love, love, love fall, and the gorgeous colors of the season.
 The card is an A2 card made from Bazzill card stock.  On a panel of off-white card stock cut slightly smaller than the card, I stamped the branch (Cas-ual Fridays CFSS-14-002 Casual Comfort set) a couple of times with distress inks.  I used my Clarity stencil brushes to add a halo of color around the stamped images.  I stamped it one time again on a scrap piece of card stock, and added color as I did on the first panel.  

I cut the scrap stamped piece to fit inside the die, which is Spellbinder's.  I cut it out, inked it with VersaMark, and added Oatmeal embossing powder.  I also embossed a couple of strips of card stock, and the verse.

I added the strips above and below the verse (same Cas-ual Fridays set as branch), then used foam tape to add the die with the image in it, so that it lined up with the image under it on the card.

Some spatters and some sequins finish off the card. 

I appreciate you stopping by today.  I will be back this weekend.  I have some amazing news to reveal on Monday.  I cannot leak this info until then, so please do come back.