Monday, February 25, 2013

Still More Chevrons

Quick post!  Tuesday's are my long days and I have a bunch of stuff to get ready yet tonight.  It's Sketch week over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Take a look:

I needed another thank you note and was inspired by this DSP:

I'm getting so much use from this stamp set-LOVE it!  Hope everyone has a fabulous Tuesday.  Only two more weeks of class for me!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Zig Zag Duos

Sorry, chevron always seems so hoity toity when I say it.  It's monochromatic week with the Dynamic Duos and I have to admit this one threw me:

Don't get me wrong, I was super excited to see Pool Party!  You may remember how I may have to hold a color funeral for this color if SU really retires it this year...but Island Indigo.  Not so much. I'm not sure why I haven't caught on with this one.  As I was putting my scraps away from last week's card, I found a chevron pattern I had made for a previous scrap page (that I don't think I ever shared) and thought I'd use this technique again for this card.  Take a look at my card:

I had planned a Vanilla card, but a dropped cling stamp with Staz On had a different idea. I'm also wishing I had covered up the stamp so the partial image isn't on the card. 

I made the chevron with the In Color DSP packs, First Edition, and Crumb Cake card stock.  I added a wood button with Pool Party bakers twine and a Saleabration Pool Party button with Island Indigo twine.  The sentiment is from Bring on the Cake. I liked how it mimicked the newsprint.

Here is link to the tutorial I used.  The fun thing is I have enough to make four cards, so I'm going to make a little card set with them to give to a special friend!

Now head over and see what the rest of the team has come up with!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tin Roof....Rusted

Singing Love Shack are ya?!?!  I felt very rusty this week as I played with the Dynamic Duos color challenge:

It probably wasn't helping that I really wished I had the cloud embossing folder, but I haven't pressed go on my order because I keep going back and forth...anyone else do this?    Here's my card:

I wish I would have taken a picture of all the pieces I cut to go on this card that are still laying on my desk. ugh.

I went for CAS-very CAS.  I can say Tempting Turquoise is a color I don't use often and it really threw me!  I wish Stampin' Up gave us more DSP in neglected colors, as I didn't like the pack patterns with the I said I really *wished* I had that folder.

I can't wait to see what you do with this challenge!  I'm always amazed how many interpretations we get with two different colors.  Be sure to head over and see what the other ladies have designed and link up with us.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Forced Creativity

Sorry for the lapse in postings.  I could get into details but I'll just leave it at a "I wasn't in the creative mood."  Truth is I really wasn't today either, but I forced myself, and it was good.  Sometimes I guess we have to get back into the things we really love to make us aware of what they give us.  For about 30 minutes I didn't think about the dread.  I have to admit it was tough!  Look at the Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge I had to work with:

Now some of you may think that with two girls this should be easy...but I really do find it hard to work with pink.  Maybe it's because I don't consider myself a girly girly?!?!  I made a card, again I was on a time crunch.  I found a sketch I liked that had a large circle, but I couldn't get the rest of the card to work, so I punted and this is what I ended up with:

The circle is the only thing that made the card.  I love (love) this hexagon embossing folder and sadly it was the first time I've used it.  I embossed the polka dot pattern from the DSP stacks and carefully cut out the hexagons.  For the butterflies, I used my markers and colored the images (for the large one, I went lightest in the middle to darkest on the outside and vice versa for the smaller one), spritzed with some water and stamped on my watercolor paper.  The best thing is they were punched with coordinating punches-no fussy cutting for me!

So there.  My forced creativity wasn't such a struggle and got me going again!  Be sure to head over and see what the rest of the team has designed and just maybe force yourself into playing along with us!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

O' Christmas Tree

To early to talk about Christmas?!? Well I went searching for the perfect photos for this week's Dynamic Duos challenge and found a couple that hit the mark.  Never mind they are from 7 years ago...  First, here are this week's colors:

Here is my layout:

I don't feel like I made good use of the colors :/ You win some, you lose some.

I started by designing my own background paper.  Sometimes plain paper just needs some jazzing up.  I took my Distressed Dots stamp and White craft ink and stamped the paper, added some Dazzling Details, heated some more than others, and spritzed with Shimmer paint and Soft Suede.  Here is a closer view:

My next big project was the "tree."  I cut each letter out of chipboard then traced them on the script DSP and then took my craft knife and carefully cut them.  This was done on a card in the Spring Catalog and I loved it.  From there, I layered a strip of Pretty Pink card stock with three different ribbons.  A *card stock* doily (I gave my white ones a break this week) and layered it with a couple of Christmas details.

Now head over and see what the other ladies have designed!