Friday, August 31, 2012

Bee-tles Singing for Lunch

This card is made for 3 challenges
Unscripted Sketches #173

NEW!! Thought that this card is also suitable for CASology Week #8 (relax).

The card comes with polka dots and gingham (2 patterns for 365 Cards).
The bees (and flower) are from Cuttlebug,
the guitar is hand drawn and hand cut 3 layers to make it stand out,
the word LUNCH is made up using alphabet cubes.

The Bee-tles are singing for a meal (lunch).
The song that comes to mind "It's been a Hard Day's Night".

Thursday, August 30, 2012

365 Cards Day 182 ~ Textured Treatment

This card is made for two.

Textured papers in dark, light green and brown by DCWV Christmas Cardstock Stack
Images of leafy twigs stamped with Hero Arts in Momento Dew Drop Bamboo Green.
Embossed flowers by Sizzix.
Butterfly by Spellbinders.
Sentiment?  To our everlasting friendship...

The card ~ simply elegant.

365 Cards Day 181 ~ Gotta Have It

"I Gotta Have It" sounds so not me.  Nonetheless, it is a challenge card to be made.

When I saw this challenge, I quickly scrummaged through my craft stuff and found this cute Coach handbag and tag which suits the challenge.  Coach was a brand I loved in my 20s and 30s but terribly expensive so I never got one for myself.  Now in my 40s, I am no longer the materialistic sort, prefering a simple green life, although many of my girlfriends still love the classic fashion brands.

I used Sizzix Polka Dot embossing folder for the classic feel to the card and added the necessary details to this lovely sketch for Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #74 (SSC74) by Chupa (Iwona Palamountain) in her blog ipalamountain, placed all the necessary elements required by the sketch.

This card is also submitted to Craft Your Passion Challenge 125 ~ Emboss It.

If only I have a friend whose name is Ivanna...
I wanna, I gotta...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Orange, Leaves and Polka Dots at The Stamp Spot

I finally worked on the August challenge spots.
It is a CAS card from me using
the Cuttlebug (the flowers ~ Garden Creatures), 
Hero Arts (the leaves ~ Floral) and
Sizzix (Dots Embossing Folder).

It's so sunny out here in Malaysia with the occasional rain,
and flowers are blooming in the garden.

This card is also for Addicted to Stamps CAS Challenge 2
for my addiction to cards, the Cuttlebug, Hero Arts...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

When Two Comes as One

Since I got into Spellbinders' Bird Sanctuary recently and using thick shoebox cardboard to cut,
I wanted to do do put two birds together as one.
So when I saw the latest Retro Sketches rs#26, I jumped right into it.  I knew what I wanted to do.
The sketch is simply elegant.

I cut a section off BoBunny noteworthy die-cut and placed it on a cream card,
tied a dark brown grosgrain ribbon and mounted it on a brown cardbase.
With two birds cut out using the Cuttlebug, I inked the edges slightly.
Glued the two birds together (one image in reverse)
and mounted them on the card.

Simply elegant and good for an engagement card, a wedding card or an anniversary card.
Sentiment?  A simple Congratulations would be fine.

This card is also for 365 Cards Day 174 ~ Surprise Inside.
The surprise is what the Chinese traditionally give ~
an angpow or red packet filled with money.

initial card
modified with 3 jewels
 And I added 3 jewels to make it for Less is More Week 82 Recipe 3-2-1
with 3 jewels, 2 birds and 1 die-cut.
Hope it counts this time as my earlier submission was rejected as it was not CAS enough.

365 Cards Day 180 ~ Stand-out Stripes

I do not have stamps with stripes.
The card I made is a paradox.
I used strips of scrap papers from previously made cards to make it.
The only paper that has actual stripes are those on the left and the thin strip across the card,
overlaying the strips (or stripes),
which is from Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Mini Deck.
Completed the card with twine (also stripey) from Maya Road.
I think it looks kind of groovy!

365 Cards Day 179 ~ Super Sketchy Sunday

I am so in love with this Spellbinders bird!
It is so versatile that I have used it over and over again.
Cut and glued a strip of Spring Jubilee paper on right panel.
Made a chipboard pink bird with scrap from the pink strip and layered it with several pieces of cutouts
(2 on white base and 1 on shoe box material), and stuck it on.
Cut the other 3 birds with Raspberry Road Design paper and glued them on flat.
Stamped in "Hello" in grey.
Birds of a feather flock together.

Monday, August 27, 2012

365 Cards Day 178 ~ Two Techniques (revised)

For this challenge, you can create a card of any theme, any design, as long as you use two of the following techniques on your card.
 Sanding, Masking, Embossing, Stamping with Ink, Shading with pastels, and Sponging

I have made a change to my card!!!
I thought the initial card was kind of plain with too big a tree trunk,
so I adapted it using Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 166 (SSSC166)
and now it looks absolutely sweet!!

I used Hero Arts Heart Owls stamp and Leaf  from its Floral set.
Sketched the tree trunk, colored and shaded it with pencils.
Cut it using Spellbinders' Scalloped Square and inked the edges by sponging.
Embossed a white card using the Cuttlebug and mounted it on a blue base.
Mounted 2 pieces of patterned papers from Echo Park Everyday Eclectic pack.
Placed the Owls and completed the card with 3 pink hearts attached to some twine.

initial card
This card is also made for Less is More Week 82 Recipe 3-2-1
3 buttons and 3 hearts
2 owls and 2 patterned papers
1 embossed background and 1 scalloped square

365 Cards Day 177 ~ Color Scheme Scream

What a rustic combo!  Almost baroque.  However, I have not gotten into a baroque Christmas mood just yet, so I am using this combo for a Halloween card, made entirely out of recycled material (except for the googly eyes).  The scrap papers used are from my sons' Paper Monsters, with little ghastly ghosts.  Rather apt for the occasion.  Have a Howling Halloween.  It is Monster House time.....

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Happy Green Frog for CASology Week 7

I have had this Cuttlebug die for a while and have never used it until now ~ a smiley green frog.  So I cut it together with the green fly that came with it, cut some waves (with Spellbinders Scalloped Square using only the edge in blue) for the water in the pond, popped in a lily pad, tore a piece of green paper (for Less is More Week 81 Theme: Tearing) and snipped it for a grass effect, and stamped in "Happy" (did not have "Hoppy"), and voila, a Happy Green Frog for a Beautiful Day!

365 Cards Day 174 ~ Surprise Inside

You have 48 hours to post a card for this challenge for the chance to have it shared on this post!
All you have to do is link up your card by noon EST on Thursday, and we just might select you to be the guest designer for the challenge!!
So, here are the details on the challenge:
Create a card that has a little surprise inside - something unexpected and fun for the recipient.  Get creative, share some photos of the card on your blog and link up here.

Can't quite figure this one out so it will not be too much of a surprise inside...  May be forced to give this one a miss.  Argh, and miss 365?  Oh dear, oh me, oh my... what to do, what to do???

I just couldn't come up with anything but do not want to miss the Weekly All Stars, so I decided to do the next best thing, do what we Malaysians do when it comes to practical gifting.  We give money inside an angpow (red packet) sandwiched in a card.  Click here to view.

3 Black Birds in a Row

Made this lovely condolence card for a loved one
(which can be a different card in a different set of colors and sentiment)
for the following challenges:-


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

365 Cards Day 173 ~ Card Recipe and MOJO255

I fell in love with this Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO255)
which I found easy enough to follow without much fuss.

I used 2 patterned papers from echo park everyday eclectic pack
(the hot air balloon and herringbone papers),
a glittery light green paper from DCWV Christmas Cardstock Stack
on light blue card which is mounted on a white card.
Scalloped white square cut out with Spellbinders,
sentiment stamped on Brilliance Graphite Black.
Completed the card with pearls in two places.

Best Wishes and follow your dreams.

This card is suitable for 365 Cards Day 173 ~ Card Recipe.
4.25x5.5 Card
3 Bold colors
2 patterned papers
Glitter (or something glittery)
1 other embellishment
Sentiment (anything goes)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

365 Cards Day 172 ~ Super Sketchy Sunday

I just loved this sketch.  Simple elegance.  The card I made was just that, simple.

Tweet!  Tweet!
Nice to see you again, friend.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

365 Cards Day 171 ~ Muted

"Muted" - we want to avoid bold colors, patterns, designs, etc.

Ah... the sound of silence.  I wish for a switch to mute all noise that the modern world has today.  I love the dark of the night, the silent retreats, the quiet moments when everything is still and all at peace.

Then there is death... as part of this temporal life.

In death is silence and emptiness.
This card speaks the least to comfort those left behind by a loved one on a grey day.

365 Cards Day 170 ~ Color Scheme

What a lovely combo!  I used only 1 patterned paper from Echo Park Everyday Eclectic as the background and the rest are just blank colored papers, a strip of ribbon and 3 red buttons.  The bird is cut using Spellbinders Bird Sanctuary die, left plain intentionally.  The red contrast makes the card rather impactful.

The layout, something I coined up for this card.  The result?
I must say this is my best card for the week.

365 Cards Day 169 ~ Tri-Fold

Create a tri-fold card of any design.

Made a simple tri-fold card, doorway to change.  Open Sesame!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

365 Cards Day 168 ~ Centered

Now this I can do easily, like a bull's eye.  I started with the strips of ribbons to mark the center, then stamped in the leaves, spiraling into the center like a pinwheel, and placed the floret.  Centering in the middle.

365 Cards Day 167 ~ All Boy

I'm calling this one ALL BOY and that's what your card needs to be.

I was happy to see this challenge so that I can use my new Echo Park Everyday Eclectic paper pack.  I used this delightful double-sided paper for "a day out at the funfair, taking lots of photos".  The layout follows Freshly Made Sketches FMS48 thoroughly, no ifs or buts.

365 Cards Day 166 ~ Squared

Create a square card, and use at least 2 more squares on the card itself.

I went and made a card with 5 squares (4 scalloped ones in a big square) and made it symmetrical rather.  A fine piece of art for a simple sketch, one could say.

365 Cards Day 165 ~ Super Sketchy Sunday

This is a sketch that I have thought of many times before but never quite got to make it.  Initially I wanted a card that opened up with the oval as the "lock" but decided to keep that for another time, perhaps during the Grammy's or Academy Awards (the envelope please... and the winner is ...).

365 Cards Day 164 ~ Blossoming

Flowers - they sure are popular aren't they?
They do make a lovely addition to any card, so let's use them for this challenge
Use at least 3 flowers on your card.

The card features an ikebana flower arrangement ~ a bonsai vase cut out from the base of a birdcage die cut from Spellbinders Shapeabilities, stamped leaves using Hero Art stamps, 4 flowers from Prima Essentials in pink and fuschia and 4 buttons for the flower centres.  I left the rest of the card pretty much clean to adding a sentiment (if you wish) later on).

365 Cards Day 163 ~ Color Scheme

Color combos are kind of hard to make out sometimes.  Initially, I thought it was romantic pink-brown on my Tab.  But when I looked at it again on the laptop, it looked more like lilac-purple.

I looked for all the lilac-purple paper I had and came up with this, using die cuts from Spellbinders and Cuttlebug.  Kept it very simple as usual.  For a touch if difference, I placed a piece of patterned paper behind the cutout, then dabbed the bird cage with Momento Dew Drop Lulu Lavender to make it stand out before placing it back on the card over the patterned paper.

Completed the card with 3 florets and a twin-butterfly.  Fly away free...

365 Cards Day 162 ~ Bright

Another Imagine This challenge, and it's all about the word
What does that word make you think of? 

I love fireflies in the darkest of nights.  They are like tiny lanterns among the trees, flashing in the dark.  The card features fireflies in the night.  Remember darkness is not the opposite of light.  It is just absence of light.

Sentiment?  You light up my life...

365 Cards Day 161 ~ Transferred

Use at least TWO rub-ons on your card.  They can be sentiments, images, or a combo of both.

I have never used rub-ons since my school days.  So I had to go shopping yesterday for some.  Got one of sentiments from KAISER at Stencil Works for RM18.  Rubbed on 2 sentiments on the card and it does look simply lovely.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

365 Cards Day 160 ~ Darling Doily

They seem to pop up all over the place, and now we'd like to see them on your cards for the challenge.  I'm talking about doilies and they really seem to add something extra special to a card.

In the rush to get the late cards out, yet another card which is not my best effort.

365 Cards Day 159 ~ Just a Touch

Here's a CAS challenge - at least when it comes to a stamped image -
Sometimes all an image needs is just a touch of color

The card I made is just super CAS, with Hero Arts stamp. The hint of color is in the top flower.  I must say it is not my best effort but it will have to do for now.

365 Cards Day 158 ~ Super Sketchy Sunday

After looking at some of the cards which the DTs made, I realized that sketches can be adapted so long as the shapes or number of elements are in the card.  So here is mine.  I hope it fits the bill although I am terribly late after being away and spending time with relations from abroad.

Monday, August 6, 2012

365 Cards Day 157 ~ Bound

I just love the look of twine or floss wrapped around a card in a random way.  I'm not sure what it is about it, but I'm definitely a fan.  Design your card however you want, but be sure some part of it is "bound" by twine or floss.  If you don't have either of those on hand, use the closest thing you have.

For this card, I have both twine and ribbon, using the Retro Sketch rs#23.