Monday, May 25, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch 124...Hello

The sketch this week at CAS(E) this Sketch was a bit challenging for me.  Those three slanted lines were hard to interpret.  As I was looking at the possibility of three skinny trees, I found a very old flower in a vase stamp in my drawer (Bloom Vase by Stampendous...press on colored title to take you to ebay, in case you were wondering)  that, although a bit of a stretch in design and content, I thought was cute!!  Here's my card and the sketch...

I flipped my card sideways, making my strips a bit wider.  What I LOVED about this stamp...the flowers are leaning at an angle...in the same direction as the sketch:):)!!!  I stamped and cut out the flowers in their frames, then separate flowers and one set of leaves(the flower without the sentiment across it) and because I messed up on the coloring, stamped and cut out the vases! Colored with my Prismacolor pencils...YES, I could have made the flowers and vases funky, fun colors, but I love black and white polka dots(especially with yellow flowers), and in THIS case...thought less is more:)!!...so simply and rather basically colored.  Dotted the dots in the flowers with Enamel Accents, the sentiment die is from Reverse Confetti!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hey and Hello Sunshine...Literally!

I have been busy getting some days of substitute teaching in before the end of the school year, so not much time to play, but made a couple cards this week...both have the sunshine in them...literally!  One has a sun die made into a flower with a "sunshine" sentiment.  The second was made with Hello Sunshine patterned paper by Doodlebug.  BOTH were made using dies, punches and impression plates...no stamps...hmm...very interesting...
 Used a sunshine die by Lawn Fawn, circle, stem and leaves dies by Simon Says Stamp, sentiment dies by WPlus9 Design.  Just kept seeing "Daisy" when I took the sun dies out the other day,  putting two layered suns together kind of looks like a crazy daisy:)!!  Here's a close up...

 THEN, I punched some of my favorite retro flowers yesterday after getting some wooden dots at Michael's ( I thought they were SO cool:)!!) that I just HAD to use on some flowers.  I chose 3 flowers, so I chose a split threesome with a sentiment in between on a stitched strip for my layout...
I decided on making the card shorter to have the MFT stitched strip die the flowers and sentiment sat on, to  go over the edges.  I also LOVE the bubble dies from WPLUS9...they are so cute, but the sentiments are JUST as cute without the bubbles...love the font and size!!  Hope for those here in the states, you have a wonderful Memorial Day.
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

April Showers ...

Last April, I was made this card for Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen Design team's April Showers theme...found it in a thumb drive of pics of cards I had taken off my computer when I was looking for another card, and this card made me happy, so I felt a need to share it with you...
The stamp set is an OLD Stampin Up set, Flower Filled(pressing on it will take you to ebay in case you're curious about the set), along with a couple Papertrey Ink sets and a daisy punch.  Loved it all on textured dark gray cardstock.   You can't tell, but after I stamped and embossed the white polka dots, I swiped the boots on a versa mark pad and clear embossed for shiny boots!! Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

CAS(E) this Sketch 123...You Are Amazing

Ok...you can tell, I'm a bit obsessed with gold embossing powder and vellum!!  I pulled out an old VERY favorite flower stamp by Verve from one of my drawers...haven't used this amazing flower in a long time, and made a card for the CAS(E) this Sketch 123!  Here's my card and the sketch...

I stamped the flowers on vellum with versa mark, gold embossed, cut out  (no, there is no die for this flower and I'm totally ok with that...love to fussy cut with scissors and love the look of this flower cut out:)!) and used a marker to color the back of the flowers. I DID cut, with scissors, in between the flower petals on the top and middle flowers, so they would have a little lift!   Stamped a stripe on some textured paper(some of that recycled graphic paper) with a Simon background stamp, and textured the card with a Papertrey Ink impression plate.  The sentiment is from MFT...so happy I have finally gotten to use a set I have had for a while, but never used:)!!  My card is the marriage of four stamp companies...cool!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Another Gold Embossed on Vellum Card

I am having so much fun with vellum, versamark and gold embossing powder...couldn't resist taking it a step further and gold embossing some flowers (colored on the back of the vellum with markers)...
I have always LOVED these Hero Arts Tall Flowers...stamped them on either side of a 4" x 4 1/2" piece of vellum(providing a 1/4"extra to trim off the ends), cut around the outsides of the flowers, colored the backs with my markers and then adhered to white card stock.  The COOL thing about these flowers is that they have some solid areas when stamped and gold embossed...perfect to put little glue dots behind...no need for vellum adhesive...and no adhesive will show through:):)!!  Had some gold card stock from almost 15+ years ago...yes, you read right, 15 years ago...when I first tried my hand at stamping, but gave up when I started homeschooling...still looks great!  The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti...I LOVE this set of sentiments!!
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Gold Embossing on Vellum...a CS Lewis Quote

A quick card today...was inspired by Donna Mikasa...she is an amazing artist!!  I have frequently seen her cards with gold embossed sentiments on CAS(E) this Sketch design team cards.  I use gold on anniversaries and at Christmas...an occasional gold sentiment here and there.  Now realizing that gold is so pretty...for ANYTIME:)!!   I just got a new awesome stamp set from Reverse Confetti, God is Good, and used the biggest, longest sentiment which is a wonderful CS Lewis quote (and so profound!!) to make my card! Quick, simple but effective (so tough to photograph, but the gold embossing is very cool:)!!...
Love the shine for the "Shine" in the quote...thought the gold especially fit the quote...
The key to embossing with gold, whether on vellum or card stock, is to use a static bag that keeps embossing powder from sticking to other parts of the paper, rather than only on the sentiment...SO important!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Thursday, May 14, 2015

More Recycled Paper Turned Birthday Card

Yesterday, I made a couple cards using some recycled sample papers from a graphic design company...another one today...this time a birthday card...
Used two blues and three browns along with at Poppy Stamps die, Jumbled Birthday.  LOVE the font of this sentiment die, and thought that an embossed, striped paper from all my amassed samples, would work well with the the striped, but slightly rounded sentiment!  Used strips of paper for the sentiment, adhered them to a piece of copy paper, and then run through my die cutting machine.  I layered a couple times each with chipboard (recycled tissue box...dare I say I LOVE to recycle:)!!).  Here's a close up...
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa
The die that I used on this card: