Damask Divas Blog Hop: Sarita

This is my farewell hop for the Damask Divas. It has been such a great experience, and I'm so happy that I got to be a part of it.

To start from the top head on over the the Damask Divas blog.
If you're coming from Bridget's blog you're in the right place!

I love the new Sarita paper, so I wanted my card to show off all of the different prints. I have also been experimenting with triangles lately, and I love the different effects that can be made from the basic shape. Want some extra incentive to try it out? Play along with the Moxie Fab Trendy Triangle Challenge. There's loads of triangular inspiration.

I cut my triangles at 3/4 of an inch. I started with the B&T duos but wanted to feature more of the colors. I added some card stock triangles (some stamped and some shimmer) to try and spice it up. I like the result.

I also realized when cutting out my flower that I did not have any navy buttons! I couldn't believe it! Especially because navy is one of my favorite colors! To improvise, I used a clear button with a bit of the navy Sarita paper behind it. I strung the hemp through both the paper and the button to hold them together. Crisis averted...

For the sentiment, I added a bit of a bend to give it some depth and hopefully make it stand out more against the triangle background. The end at the edge of the card is adhered with a foam dot and the end tucked under the flower has two glue dots.

I'm the last stop for today! Hope you enjoyed our projects!

Stamps: CTMH In the Background, Card Chatter-Birthday
Ink: CTMH Outdoor Denim, Goldrush, Gypsy, Cotton Candy
Paper: CTMH Sarita, Colonial White, Goldrush, Cotton Candy, Gypsy | PTI Vintage Cream, Sea Shimmer 
Embellishments: CTMH Clear buttons | MFT Hemp cord | Teresa Collins Memories enamel dots, 
Cuts: CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy | fussy


Papertrey Blog Hop: Fruits of Summer (Color + Sparkle)

Papertrey Blog Hop time! This is the last card I made for the blog hop. After looking at all the color inspiration I think the circle color palettes got to me. Can you see it?

Stamps: PTI Sentiment Signs
Ink: CTMH Tulip, Blush | SU Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White | CTMH Silver Glitter Paper
Embellishments: PTI Buttons Spring Mix & Holiday Mix | Button Bonanza Easter/Spring 

Papertrey Blog Hop: Fruits of Summer (Splash of Color)

So much Papertrey! I couldn't help myself! The color palettes were just too beautiful and summery to refuse! For this card, I went splatter crazy. I didn't have re-inkers, so I smudged the ink pad on a piece of clear card stock and added a few drops of water. Then, I mixed it up and flung it everywhere.

*It's also fitting for the Simon Says Stamp challenge! Foods of Summer! I added it over there as well (thanks to a super helpful comment).

Stamps: PTI Mini Blooms, Heart-2-Heart #1
Ink: CTMH Vineyard Berry, Cotton Candy, Sunset, Creme Brulee | PTI Smokey Shadow  
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, True Black, Soft Stone | MFT Kraft


Papertrey Blog Hop: Fruits of Summer (Bold Balloons)

I am loving all of these color combos from Papertrey! Here, I used them in the background while keeping the foreground colorless. (It reminds me of shadows.)

Stamps: PTI Rosie Posie, PTI Birthday Style, PTI Bigger Blooms 
Ink: SU Melon Mambo | CTMH Blush, Topiary | PTI Limeade Ice, Smokey Shadow 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White
Embellishments: CTMH Sparkles Black & Grey 

Papertrey Blog Hop: Fruits of Summer (Colorful You)

I had to make at least one floral card for the Papertrey hop! The colors were all too perfect! For something different, I used the colors in the sentiment as well.

Stamps: PTI Bigger Blooms, PTI Headline Alphabet | CTMH Card Word Puzzle 
Ink: CTMH Tulip, Creme Brûlée, Topiary | SU Pool Party 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White 
Cuts: PTI Bigger Blooms dies

Papertrey Blog Hop: Fruits of Summer (Orange You Sweet)

This is my favorite! I wanted to do a fruit card for the Papertrey Ink Fruits of Summer Blog Hop but didn't have any fruit stamps, so I had to improvise! I love the result! (So much so that I made 2 more and coordinating envelopes.) It has so much depth and texture for a single layer card.

I used the tiny triangles to arrange a hexagon pattern for the "orange" and then added single triangles for the "leaves." To make them look more like fruit and less like a print -> I outlined them with a black pen. The circle is outlined 3 times, the leaves are outlined twice, and the slices are outlined once. I think curving the lines at the base of the leaves and the slices really helped.

*This is also perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Foods of Summer Challenge! Thanks to a helpful comment, I was able to add this beauty over there as well!

*Okay, let me start by saying that I usually don't do this... (actually, I never do this). And of course the first time I do it seems to be in excess. HOWEVER, these cards really were perfect for the Moxie Fab Trendy Triangle Challenge. So this is the third submission for these bad boys. It's like dominoes. I can't stop it. They fall where they may! So join in the fun with all of these awesome challenges!

Stamps: PTI Tiny Triangles, Bigger Blooms, Mini Blooms
Ink: CTMH Sunset, Creme Brûlée, Buttercup, Topiary | PTI Limeade Ice, Smokey Shadow 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White 



Make It Monday 124: Coordinating Envelope for a Collaged Sentiments Grad Card

This Make It Monday is a neat one. I love decorating envelops to match cards. It's the first thing a person sees when they receive a card. It should look as good as what's inside (especially after spending so much time on said card).

For this card, I started by pulling out a bunch of stamp sets that fit the congrats and graduate theme. I wasn't sure what I was going to do, but I knew I wanted to keep it classic and fairly masculine. I used the school colors (purple and yellow/gold) which definitely made the masculine part more of a challenge. I would say this card is gender neural really. I just wanted to stay away from girly.

I really didn't have any graduate images aside from a few tiny caps, so I focused on my sentiments. I really liked the way the collaged/stacked sentiments looked on the pinwheel cards I had just made, so I thought I would do something along those lines but a tad bigger. I started by playing around with the sentiment stamps on a card base to try and get a shape or look that was pleasing. (I actually wound up adding more in later while I was stamping.) Once I found the right combo, I tried to plan out which sentiment would be which color, but I wound up changing it up as I stamped. (It is a working process after all.) I added some scattered stars in gold around the sentiments and a little cap popped up with foam tape. Pretty simple.

I carried this look over to the envelop by adding a sentiment under his name and some stars. I kept it left justified to match the more right justified card (as opposed to centered). I also used the colors in the wrapping. (The lighting is a bit wonky, but it was some last minute wrapping right before the party.)

Stamps: CTMH Congrats Graduate, Urban Alphabet, Card Word Puzzle, Pinwheel, Kudos | PTI Sentiment Signs
Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow | CTMH Gypsy, Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White
Embellishments: American Crafts gold glitter tape
Cuts: fussy 

Mojo Monday 300!

It's a HUGE challenge week over at Mojo Monday! They hit 300 and are celebrating with tons of fabulous prizes! I've been waiting all week to try out this sketch, and of course I find myself putting it together last minute!

I knew I wanted to layer the background stamps, but after that I was stumped. I started with flowers and didn't like how it was looking. I tried a bunch of different flowers too. I was so frustrated that I even got up and left. I had to finish though, so later I attempted a recovery of my card base. I pulled out a ton of different stamp sets. I was drawn to the polaroid camera because I though my base had a retro feel. The camera also inspired the burst cut. (I was thinking of the camera flash.) I cut a chunk of card stock and adhered the camera to it. Then I just cut all around it trying to vary the widths and lengths of the points (but only slightly not too much). I also had a button on the end of the sentiment originally but switched to a paperclip for a more schoolish/notebook look. Almost every part of this card is something different than what I originally intended. I'm a bit surprised at the result considering how different it is from what I planned, but I like it.

Stamps: CTMH In the Background, Puns of Praise 
Ink: CTMH Cocoa | SU Pool Party, Lucky Limeade 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, Lemon Tart
Embellishments: Tim Holtz mini paper clips 
Cuts: fussy and free hand!


Interactive Pinwheel Birthday Cards

I made one of these (the green one), and I just had to make more. I love the way they turned out. Especially because these cards could be given to anyone -> young or old, boy or girl. Not to mention interactive cards are at least 10 times more fun than regular cards.

I collaged the sentiments and added some scattered stars. I cut the "let's celebrate" sentiment so I could stamp each star on its own. Cutting clear stamps is pretty easy. I recommend using an x-acto knife rather than scissors and cutting it stamp side up on a cutting mat. Some stamps are easier than others. I would try a sentiment or anything requiring a straight cut before trying anything curved. What's great about cutting clear stamps is they can always be "put back together" on a stamping block or stamped individually. While cutting a stamp may make it more likely to rip or tear- I have never had this problem (even when my cuts are a little messy). To be safe, you could always take more care with these stamps and be extra gentle when taking them on/off their backing, but I usually do this with all my stamps (cut or intact).

Stamps: CTMH Pinwheel | PTI Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Ink: SU Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder | CTMH Honey 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White 
Embellishments: Basic Grey Shine On/Serendipity buttons and brads 
Cuts: PTI Movers & Shakers: Spinners dies | CTMH/Cricut Artiste | fussy 

Make It Monday 123: Making Custom Paint Colors

This Make It Monday was a bit tricky. Making the paint was easy, but trying to incorporate it into a card was a bit more difficult. I've only ever used watercolors on a card so this was a first.

I actually added my reinker to a purple acrylic paint. I didn't have white, and I figured that since it was already purple I wouldn't have to use so much reinker to get the darker shade I was looking for. However, the paint isn't an exact match to the ink.

I painted the chevron pattern on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of card stock. Once it dried, I started collaging different elements to see what I could come up with. Usually, I make a card around a stamp or sentiment so trying to come up with something around a background was a bit more challenging.

I wanted more of a nautical look. I let the hemp cords go a bit crazy. I think this card looks a lot like July if that makes sense. The coral, navy, and white with the stars are very 4th-esk.

Stamps: PTI Bountiful Banners | CTMH It's Your Day, Pinwheel 
Ink: CTMH Moonstruck | SU Calypso Coral | Brilliance Galaxy Gold 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White | vellum 
Embellishments: Button Bonanza Easter/Spring | MFT Hemp Cord Twine 
Cuts: fussy 


Damask Divas Blog Hop: Surf's Up

Welcome! I'm the first stop on this month's Damask Divas Blog Hop!

This month's paper pack is perfect for summer. It has a supper beachy/vintage feel.

I made two cards. Do they look oddly familiar? They might because they were inspired by a card I made for the Claire blog hop. I couldn't help making more. I just love those overlapping flowers.

I used two colors for the flowers and used second generation stamping on the smaller ones to get the faded color. I cut the leaves out of burlap ribbon and added pearls for that little something extra.

Next up is Traci's blog!
For more, check out the Damask Divas blog!

Stamps: CTMH Girls Rock, Perfect Fit-Birthday
Ink: CTMH Goldrush, Sorbet
Paper: CTMH Surf's Up | PTI Rustic White
Embellishments: CTMH pearls, burlap ribbon 
Cuts: CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy | PTI Bulk Mail Envelope die