Super CAS card – Lots of hearts!

Hi!

Today I’m going for a really CAS (clean and simple) card – partly for time and partly because I really like the simplicity.

I did something on this card that I didn’t realize would be a problem until I photographed it. I layered white card stock on top of a dark patterned paper. I love the effect in person but in the photo the deep blue of the patterned paper comes through the white. I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get the white balance and went back to re-shoot it and realized that you could see the darker paper through the white if you look carefully … and the camera looks carefully! Oh well, the card works and that’s the most important part. However, lesson learned: from a blogging perspective try to avoid layering white over dark. ūüôā

I used 2 stamps on this card, both of which came from the $1 bin at Michael’s! I love it when that happens – finding stamps that I really like (and use!) in the bargain bin! It balances out the ones that are a bit pricey that I just “have to ” have!!

I stamped the heart stamp across my white card stock using my stamp-a-ma-jig. Love that thing! I always thought I’d never use one – – – ¬†until I used it the first time. It makes it so simple to get your image stamped in just the right place (especially useful when you need to repeat a stamp). ¬†I stamped each row in a different color from a ColorBox pigment ink Queue – Jellybeans and one row with Stampin’ Up ink Brilliant Blue. Love was stamped with Stampin’ Up Tempting¬†Turquoise. I highlighted the hearts around Love with Baby Blue Stickles for a bit of twinkle. ¬†

As I said earlier, I mounted the white stock on the blue dotted pattern paper and mounted that on a white card base.

A fun self challenge, buy a bargain stamp like these and see how many different ways you can use it! It’s lots of fun and you feel really good about the money you saved!

Thanks for looking and I hope (as always) that you have been encouraged to be creative.

Later,

S

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Beat the heat with frosty friends!

Hi!

Well, it’s summer in Phoenix which means HOT! It’s pretty common in Phoenix to have temps hang around the 110 mark for days in the summer but knowing it’s the norm doesn’t make it any less hot. I’m sure you’ve heard the routine answer to the question of the heat in AZ is to reply with “…but it’s a dry heat”…. NOT! Well, not always. Yes, I’ll concede that most of the time that is true and to those who have lived in humid climates will attest, being dry¬†definitely¬†makes heat more¬†tolerable. However, what many don’t know is ¬†that we have a monsoon season in Phoenix. Yeah, I know you tend to equate monsoons with a more tropical (rainy) environment but even here in the heart of the desert, we have a monsoon season. It last from mid June through the end of September and produces some pretty intense storms and some newsworthy dust storms. ūüôā ¬†During our monsoon season, we have a much more humid climate….. YUCK! Give me the dry heat any day!

Anyway, you didn’t come here to read a weather report – did you? I digress into the weather to explain why I’m making a card with snowmen in July. It is hot and I wanted to think of something that was not hot. I thought if I played with frosty friends for a while I could pretend it’s that time of year. It worked pretty well – until I had to go outside again!

I used the absolutely adorable stamp set from Lawn Fawn “Making Frosty Friends”. If you haven’t seen it, you should take a look. It has 2 cute basic snowmen and lots of fun accessories to build you own snowy friends. Also from Lawn Fawn, I stamped the sentiment using Sally’s ABCs set. It has become my favorite (and I’m getting better at using it!)

I wanted to keep the card pretty clean and simple with a bright pop of color. I stamped the 2 snowmen and let me tell you it took me awhile to get them right. (I have lots of discards!!). Because I didn’t want to color them in any way, I had to mask the image so I would not have the lines of one snowman cutting through the body of the other where I had¬†the overlap as you can see in the image below.

I had a couple of options, the first being to add a cut out copy of the smaller snowman over the original but since I was going to add the scarf as an added piece I didn’t want to have another layer.

The second option (which I opted for) was to mask one of the ¬†snowman when I stamped the other. With masking , you stamp the snowman that you want to use as a mask on your project and again on a separate piece of card stock. Cut out the spare and with repositional tape, tape it over the one you stamped on your project. Then, stamp your other snowman where you’d like and the mask will prevent the outline of the two from merging! Clear as mud? ūüôā

The same process works for adding the hat. You want to think it out carefully before you start or you will have lots of out-takes   Р  like I do! You need to stamp the top hat first then mask it off before stamping the snowman that you want to wear it. You really have to think in layers! I was starting to get really frustrated and had to stop and remind myself that I do this for fun not to make myself nuts! Another note, keep the masks and save them with the stamp set so the next time you want to do this, you already have masks!

Next step was to dress my little men. The accessories in the LF set are so cute. I decided I wanted to stamp the scarf and knit cap from another paper rather than stamping them directly on my card. I did stamp the scarf on my card first however, so that I would get the fringe without having to try to cut it out. I stamped the cap on white and pink and pieced the pink part on the white cap and then added both to my card. The set also comes with a set of ear muffs that are adorable and some mittens and a really cute broom … it was a hard choice! I think I will be making a lot of snowmen cards!

I finished the snowmen with their eyes, carrot noses, cute little smiles, coal buttons and limbs for arms Рso much fun (kinda like paper dolls!!)  I then added their feathered friend and gave him a matching scarf.

I added the sentiment and free-handed a skinny border around the image and mounted it on the same pink card stock – I slightly distressed the edges. I mounted the pink on my white card base and there you go!

It was a little frustrating because I stamped before I thought. The one thing I would stress is to think out the card before you start to stamp. However, once I finally sorted it out, I was able to relax and have fun again. Make sure you have fun – that’s the idea!!

I hope you enjoyed this and that it wasn’t as rambling as it feels! Most of all, I hope it inspires you to try it – to create your own snow friends!

I look forward to seeing  you again. Remember, I love to hear from you!

Later,

S

A new twist!

 

This card took me in a totally different direction…. I drew it.

Often, I will sketch out a card design…. not that I follow it (!) but it gives me a jumping off point. Lately, I’ve been sketching them on my iPad. ¬†My husband was looking at the sketches and said some of these “are” cards – why don’t you use them? My first reaction was “I can’t do that – I can’t draw!” These sketches are for me. As I looked at them, I had to agree that some of them were exactly what I wanted the finished card to look like. In many cases, the finished card doesn’t look like my sketch because the stamp I use isn’t like my drawing and the sentiment is¬†definitely not like my handwriting¬†. ¬†I use the sketch as an idea – for example this sketch would remind me I wanted to make a “thinking of you” card with flowers and a layout “somewhat” like this and using the colors indicated.

So, I decided to test this. I printed out the sketch and mounted it on a soft lilac cards stock to pick up the color in the flowers and mounted both on Kraft cards stock. ¬†I did this with a few of my sketches and will post them over the next few days. I feel a little like I’m cheating since I didn’t stamp anything! I think I will play around with ways of combining the two.

I hope you like it and that it will really inspire you to create and that you will also be willing to step outside your comfort zone and try.  Let me know how it works for you!

Later,

S