Giveaway Winner and a Card

Hello again!

I have a winner for my recent Giveaway.

Thank you all so much for your kind comments. Reading them makes me smile, so thank you for spreading the love!

Here is the winner from random.org:

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Lynn G. who said: comment

Congratulation Lynn! Please leave your mailing address at the Contact page so I can send the package your way!

Now on to a card. This is another last minute card for the Moxie Fab World’s Mixy Mtchy Challenge.

Mixy Matchy challenge

I know there are other ways to create patterns than using patterned paper, but this is the easiest! Since I don’t use patterned papers much, this was also a way to use some of the papers from a pack sent to me by my blog friend Jennifer Rzasa.

I used three different patterns here; green with silver flowers, red with silver flowers and the sky with rainbows and clouds.

The background sky lays flat on the card base, and then each of the three consecutive layers (including the white frame) are adhered with foam tape.

To create the frame, I partially die cut the Moder Landscape die, and then used a craft knife to cut out the rest of the frame. The sentiment was first stamped with gray ink, then written over with a silver pen.

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CASE Study Challenge #147

Hello friends!

It is time for our last CASE study challenge of this month, which also means saying goodbye to our current muse Lisa Spangler. I am glad I started off CASE Study with her, as I had such a good time CASEing her cards!

We will also be saying goodbye to our June guest designer Lynn Mangan who has delighted us with her beautiful work!

So without any delay, here is our last inspiration from Lisa:

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Absolutely love the effect of not-too-blended distress inks! (I just realized that now, must try it sometimes!)

When I first saw this card, my thoughts were to do any one of these:

  • create an interesting background, or
  • Use triangles, or
  • Use distress inks in a cool way, which is easy because Distress inks are just awesome 🙂

I decided to use triangles as I haven’t done much with them. Here is my take:

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I printed out triangles and used them as template to cut colored card stock. I arranged them on a rectangular die cut using repositionable adhesive, then ran it through the die to cut the border triangles.

On the card base I used the same rectangular die to emboss the frame, then popped the triangles using 1/8″ thick foam adhesive. Love those thick pop dots; they give such an interesting dimension!

I wish I could tell you that this card was my first try. It wasn’t. First I had made a white on white card:

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I liked the white-on-white, but the sentiment was so off! I realized that after I had taken the picture (more like hundreds of pictures), edited and all. So I decided to color the triangles, which I did with Copic markers, and then used a label maker for the sentiment. But I wasn’t happy with the results, so I made another colorful card, this time with larger triangles. Again, I wasn’t happy with my color choices.

I decided it was time to turn to Pinterest, and as I was skimming through my Color board, I found this cool tea bag assortment!

Source: packaginguqam

How cool is this? I think if I had this I would just save it! I was instantly drawn to the color scheme and tried to use a similar palette for my card.

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I didn’t have the exact color card stock so I had to modify some with distress inks. The colors of my triangles still aren’t the same, but I was pressed for time so couldn’t experiment any farther.

Did I mention I love how high the triangles are? 😀

I hope you can play along! Make sure to visit CASE Study blog to see what the rest of the team came up with.

Updated August 3rd:

I am entering this card to the Moxie Fab World‘s Trendy Triangles Challenge.

Amy Wanford | Andrea Ewen | Debby Hughes | Clare Buswell | Iwona Palamountain | Jean Martin | Jeanne Jachna | Lynn Magnan (GDT)Maureen Merit | Maureen Plut | Silke Ledlow | Teneale Williams

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Moxie Fab World:The Wonder of Watercolor

Hello friends!

Though I am not that good at watercolors, I wanted to give it a try for the Moxie Fab World challenge.

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I used some blues and greens and painted randomly on a piece of heavy weight paper. I let some of the colors drip down.

The butterfly was stamped with black Stazon on acetate and trimmed out. The sentiment is from a label maker.

Between the watercolor panel and the sentiment is a thin gold strip, it’s color shows better in this close-up:

close up water color

I adhered all pieces on a piece of card stock (so they would be well aligned) which was then adhered onto the card base with foam tape.

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Rainbow washi tape

Hello!

I have been waiting to take a break (from studies) and post this card which I made a few days ago. It is for Moxie Fab World’s The Washi Tape Challenge.

I love washi tape, and I have collected quite a number of them, but I never seem to be able to use them in a creative way. So when I saw the challenge at Moxie Fab (which was quite some time ago) I decided that it was time to think hard and make something creative. As Cath always mentions, I like it when a card, with all it’s elements mean something. For washi tape, I wanted to use it in a way that shows it’s characteristics, in a way that only washi tape can be used to get the same result.

My options were: 1.using it as tape (to stick something) 2. overlap it onto each other or on other paper 3. tape over stamped image.

After much thinking, I decided to create a rainbow look with different colored washi tapes. My initial idea was to partially overlap each color. But then the real challenge came…how should I present this rainbow?  Well, after much thinking…more like days of thinking…I decided on this design:

Rainbow

I think what helped the idea a bit was that I had already decided on the sentiment, so, place—>home—>and hence the row of houses. I Google searched “house outline”, took some free images, lined them up in MS Word and printed it out. After that I simply placed the washi tapes side by side and trimmed out the image. I saved the file, so it would be easy to reproduce!

The sentiments are from Hero Arts/Studio Calico HeyDay sentiment. I stamped the part “you are” from one of the stamps in Versamark and white embossed it on the black strip of paper. The other sentiment (which came in a banner) was embossed in black.

Before I forget, I wanted to point out two AMAZING cards that I spotted among the entries. I haven’t checked them all out, so I am sure there are more amazing ones. But the reason I wanted to point them out is because Pamela and Michelle used washi tape like I mentioned in #2. You should definitely check them out!

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Emphasize the Negative Challenge

Hello!

I have been thinking of entering the Moxie Fab World challenges for quite a while now, so when I had some time this past weekend, I  made a card for the Emphasize the Negative challenge.

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The design is quite simple, and it was easy to make. I started by embossing the flourishes and the sentiment with gold embossing powder. I placed the stamps where I wanted them to be, then used my stamp press to mount them all together. I usually don’t use the stamp press, but it does make this kind of arrangement fun and easy!

Next I die cut the hearts using a Cuttlebug die (it has three concentric hearts). Took the smallest heart and inked it up with Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry. Finally, adhered everything in place using foam tapes.

I tried to match the sentiment with the “heart within a heart” design.

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Camera Craze Challenge

Ok, so I am bit late to the party, and unfortunately I don’t have anything awesome to share either!

I am talking about the Moxie Fab World’s “Camera Craze” challenge. The inspiration pictures are so cool and since I never used a camera in my cards before, I just had to make something for this challenge! I saw two really awesome submissions where the design was focused on the camera’s lens. I might as well put the links. Here is Karen Bakers uber-creative card, and here is the other very creative one. Well after seeing these two cards, I kept banging my head for an original cool idea…I did think of something, but thought it would be too much work for something that may not turn out so well. But after seeing Taheerah’s crazy creative card, I am having second thoughts…!

Anyways, enough chatter, here is the card I made this weekend:

camera craze

I went easy on myself and used the only camera stamp I had. I think the card is quite self explanatory; the film strip represent movie, the smoothie represents food/drink and the camera represents taking pictures of memorable times.

I think it would have been cool if I had a small circular mirror for the lens, but since I didn’t have any, I used a silver metallic paper instead. It is stuck on a circular foam sticker which has a nice black plastic rim. The drink is a sticker too, and the film strip was printed out. My favorite part is probably the “party” sentiment. I used my newly acquired label maker (I love this thing!) to make it.

Thanks for stopping by and my apologies for being a bit too chatty today!

Moxie Fab World: Custom Backgound

Here is a card for the Moxie Fab World‘s challenge, Make your Own Background Paper.

striped background

I created the background by masking one half of the card base and stamping the strip diagonally on the other side. Once it was done, I masked the stamped side, leaving a sliver of stamped area so I can connect the strips. Once again I stamped the strip diagonally on the other side.

I stamped a flourish on acetate using white StazOn ink, and attached it on the Almond cream strip using foam tape. This way, the flourishes cast a little shadow. Finally, adhered the die cut flower using regular tape runner.

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Moxie Fab World: Custom Made Triangle Stamps

I wanted to make some homemade stamps for the Moxie Fab World‘s challenge Stamp With a Homemade Stamp.

At first I asked myself, why would I want to make a stamp? The answer was pretty easy; of course, to make something that I don’t have! I thought of all the different kinds of stamps that I have, and realized that I didn’t have any solid triangle stamps. Lately I have been seeing a lot of cards with triangle patterns, so I decided to make some using foam:

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I used X-acto knife to cut out the shapes, then adhered them to the clear block using double sided tape. They adhere really well, and came off well too! Almost like any regular cling stamp.

I used the equilateral triangle to stamp the background in this card:

triangle background

I used only three inks; Close To My Heart Plum, Sky, and sweet leaf. I used the technique that Jennifer shared here to get the other colors.

Next I used the right angle triangle to create the heart in this next card. I pretty much copied it from a picture I saw on Pinterest.

geometric heart

Here I added some metallic triangles, which are popped with foam adhesive.

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Moxie Fab Itty Bitty Card

Since my last card was a little bigger than the requirement at Moxie Fab World‘s Make an Itty Bitty card challenge, I decided to make another one. Here is the card:

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When closed, this card measures 2.5″ by 3″. I took a picture with the card resting on my hand to give you an idea of it’s size:

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Even though it sits on a tabletop like an easel, it can be folded flat for mailing:

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The recipient then would have to fold acetate back  to make it sit like an easel again:

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  • Card base: I cut out 2.5″ by 6″ white card stock and scored at 3″ and 5.5″  to create the .5″ flap where the table and chairs are sitting
  • Pavement: I stamped a crackle-like image from CTMH’s Delightful Things set with Distress ink Pumice Stone, then applied the same ink with a sponge applicator.
  • Wall: Applied Antique linen distress ink on a 2.5″ square white card stock using a sponge applicator. Applied the same ink on Tim Holtz Brick embossing folder and dry embossed the square piece.
  • Pots: Since the stamp had the pots overlapping, I colored them with memento markers and stamped them separately. Colored the pots with Brown Copic markers and applied Antique linen Distress ink over the white areas between the leaves. Adhered them on wall using foam tapes.
  • Chalkboard menu (sentiment box): used 5/8″ by 3/4″ black card stock, wrote with white gel pen then applied some white ink with a sponge dauber. Backed  he piece with a slightly larger white card stock which I colored in using the same Copic marker as the pots. Adhered on wall using foam tape.
  • Table and Chairs: Stamped them on acetate using Black StazOn. Colored Umbrella and table from back with white gel pen and red Copic marker. Trimmed all around except for the bottom where I left a quarter inch strip. Folded the strip back and adhered on pavement using glue stick.

The stamps are from the Inkadinkado Cafe stamp set.

It may seem a lot of steps, but it was really easy to make once I got the design figured out. And since all the pieces are separate, you can easily redo any of them if something goes wrong. There isn’t much wastage either, as the pieces are tiny!

This card reminds me of Kelly Griglione, since she is the master of making awesome 3-D cards that also fold flat 🙂

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Design Process

When I see a well-designed card, I often wonder how the designer came to it. How does one think up of cool unexpected designs?

Well, in my case I sometimes have a clear vision; designing every single detail in my mind, in which case the execution is fast and easy. Other times the vision is not so clear, and those are the times when I stand in my work area experimenting with different arrangements and colors…ending up making different versions…or completely discarding the whole thing, and sometimes making peace with it. I rarely go in without a vision, because if I do, the product usually ends up in the trash, except in rare case, such as in this card.

The reason I am writing all this is because for this card, the design process was an interesting one for me. Here is how it went.

Neon Star

When I saw this picture in Pinterest, I immediately wanted to case it. And so I did, black/grey background, white tree, and pink star, all of it. But I did not like the card at all! The colors looked great together, but the whole thing was just so cold! And the grey panel in the center was just hideous! I threw it aside, not in the trash, as I had put some time into making it and felt there has to be something to save it.

Later when I saw the new inspiration card at CASE study challenge, I found a way to save the card. “Instead of a panel, use a navy blue polka dot embossed paper for the sky, no, even better; use plain black paper and dot it with a white gel pen!”  I was all excited to make the change and ready to work on it when I saw Wida’s card here. I just loved the soft colors in her card and decided to do the same with this card. So finally I chose a light blue color for the sky.  As the card at CASE study has patterned paper on the lower third, I wanted to add some texture to the snow, and created the snow banks.

I am linking this up to CASE study challenge and Moxie Fab World’s Keen on Neon Challenge.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

I started this card with a flower focal in mind, then remembered how this week there is going to be no flowers in my cards, so I changed it into this.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

I stamped the card base with Hero Arts neon Orange using a bold strip stamp from a Wplus9 stamp set. I made the panel separately, stamped again on a piece of card stock and adhered the modern landscape die cut and the moon. Then I cut out the panel using a Hero Arts frame cut.

I am linking this up to Moxie Fab World’s Keen on Neon Challenge.

On another note, my husband’s cousin recently moved to our neighborhood, and I have been meaning to give him a welcoming card, so this worked perfectly.I am not too worried that this card is neon orange!

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Materials:

Stamps: Wplus9 Country Charm, Paper Smooches Word Salad.

Ink: Hero arts Neon Orange.

Paper: Neenah Solar white, some black and pool colored card stock

Others: Memory Box Modern Landscape die, 1″ circle punch, Hero Arts rectangle frame cut.

Keen on Neon

Seeing so many neon cards out there, I had to join in the fun! So here is a card for the current challenge at Moxi Fab World.

ornament bulbs

I used a memory box die for the branch. Punched out some circles and inked them up with Hero Arts Neon inks, except for the green one which was a neon green card stock. I just applied some green ink to give it some dimension. To adhere I used foam adhesive; behind the grey strip, very tiny pieces behind some parts of the branch, and behind the ornaments.The word Joy is from Paper Smooches, the rest is hand written.

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