Sunday, 28 July 2013

Summer Card Camp 2

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been taking part in an Online Card Class entitled Summer Card Camp 2.  Here is another one of the cards I made for the class.

This card features several different die cuts including "Fresh Cut Grass" from My Favorite Things, and "Wonderful Watering Can" from Memory Box.  The tiny spade was actually a tiny boat cut with "Sporty Boats" from Memory Box.  I added a handle made from a wooden cocktail pick, which I cut, flattened and sanded, then coloured with Identi-pens in red and black, and a silver gel pen.  I double heat embossed the watering can with Ranger tarnished gold embossing powder.  I decided it looked too "clean", so I added touches of rust using Antiquities Rust embossing powder, and dirty smudges with Adirondack Espresso embossing powder.  I hand cut the flower pots from a scrap of patterned paper and added leaves using a Martha Stewart punch and tiny flowers cut with the "Flower Mound" die from Memory Box, which I shaped with a stylus.  The layers of soil were made of torn cardstock and the greeting is from "Happy Messages" by Stampendous.  As a finishing touch, I added some clouds by dabbing the paper with a Picket Fence Distress Dauber. Although the photo doesn't really show the dimension of the card, there is a great deal of depth and texture.  Hope you like it.

Until next time,

Friday, 26 July 2013

Summer Fun

I recently made these cards to teach at a class for the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre.  I really enjoy working with the group of ladies (and sometimes guys) at the centre.  Being a cancer survivor myself helps me to understand the kind of challenges these wonderful people are having to deal with and hopefully I can offer some hope as a 13 year survivor.  I really like to make cards that bring a little fun to the table and these two really fit that bill.

When I saw that the Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week was "Summer Food and/or Drink", I thought I'd enter these cards into the challenge.  What is more refreshing for the summer than a glass of ice cold lemonade and a slice of watermelon?

For the first happy summer card, I used several Memory Box dies - "Summer Lemonade", "Petite Umbrella", and "Cherry Blossom".  I used several different pieces of summer paper from the Lawn Fawn Pink Lemonade petite paper pack to paper piece the lemonade, lemon slice, the umbrella, and the tablecloth.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to add the foliage.  The "Happy Summer" sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's "Happy Summer" stamp set.

The second card also features stamps from Lawn Fawn's "Happy Summer" set.  I absolutely love the watermelon slice and it was lots of fun to colour with my Copic markers.  I used 3 different colours of red (R24, R35, and RV29) and 2 shades of green (YG06 and G07) to achieve the effect I wanted.  The grassy fringe was cut with My Favorite Things' Die-namics "Fresh Cut Grass".   Aren't those little bitty ants adorable!  I particularly like the little guy stealing the slice.  The fun plaid paper is from the Pink Lemonade collection.  I added the green gingham ribbon to finish this summer fun.

Until next time,

Friday, 19 July 2013

Summer Card Camp 2

I am having great fun participating in the current Online Card Class, entitled Summer Card Camp 2.  As with the other Online Card Classes, this course is being run by the wonderful and talented Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner.  These ladies are absolutely incredible!  During the course I get all kinds of inspiration from their fabulous ideas, but also many more from the numerous guest instructors.  (Can you tell that I'm a big fan of their classes?)

Today was the fourth day of the second week of classes and Thursdays are "Challenge Days".  Kristina challenged the participants to create a card using this week's colour combination and also to make a non-holiday card with holiday products.  There were several gorgeous examples prepared by Kristina and the guest instructors.  Here is my take on the challenge:

 For this card I used the following colour combination:

In order to create the flowers, I use my Die-namics "Let it Snowflake" set of 3 snowflake dies.  I used my stylus and Pergamano pad to create flower-shaped snowflakes.  I layered each set of three snowflakes to form each flower head.  I hand cut the three stems for the flowers, then stamped and cut out a couple of leaves using a Hero Arts rubber stamp.  I decided that I wanted a watercolour background, which I created using Broken China and Salty Ocean Distress inks and water spritzed on my craft sheet.  I smooshed (is that a real word?) a piece of watercolour paper in the liquid ink, then dried it with my heat tool and dabbed the paper back into the liquid to add some texture and interest.  After the background was dry, I mounted the flowers on the paper.  I mounted the watercolour paper onto a piece of green cardstock to help keep it smooth and then mounted those layers onto a natural white, Neenah cardstock card base.  I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment from the "Everyday Sayings" set using Ranger Archival Sepia Ink.  As a finishing touch, I added a multi-looped bow using narrow chocolate-brown satin ribbon.

I hope to post more cards made for the Summer Card Camp 2 classes in the near future.

Until next time,

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Summer Card Camp 2

As you already know, I just love participating in the Online Card Classes run by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. They have a great one coming up on July 8th. It looks as though it is going to be incredible! There is an impressive list of guest instructors, including many of the big names in the card making and scrapbooking community. The series of classes will run for 3 weeks and is extremely reasonably priced. If you would like to know more about it, you can check it out at

Jennifer and Kristina have thrown out a couple of pre-class challenges. I've already posted a card on Flickr for the second challenge, which involved creating a card using a sketch as inspiration. Here's the sketch and the card I created for that challenge.

The first pre-class challenge was based on the following colour combination:

Here is my interpretation of that challenge:

I really love how this colour combo turned out. I used a new stamp set from Avery Elle called Fanfare and several Hero Arts Shadow Inks for the stamping. I absolutely adore the Pale Tomato ink and find I'm using it often. I also used Soft Granite and a little bit of Pool. I dyed some paper using the ink pads in order to have matching flowers, the die cut flowers, and the punched leafs.

I really can't wait for the Summer Card Camp 2 classes to begin!

Until next time,