Monday, March 31, 2014

12 Kits of Ocassions

March 12 Kits of Occasions and I am thrilled to be a guest designer again!

Kelly Schirmer is the hostess for the month of March and asked if I would like to join in again for Spring Time fun.  Well, it's definitely anything but Spring in my neck of the woods but anything to help get the winter blues out of the system! I am ready for some sunny days with no snow and rain!  Come on Spring!

There were so many goodies in this kit and I couldn't figure out what I wanted to start with.  The bunny from L'ill Buddies by Waltzingmouse Stamps stole my eye so I hopped on to it (lol)!.  I colored the bunny with some gray copic markers and put some loopy yarn on for the tail.  I used Papertrey ink's in the meadow dies to cut out the grass in leaf green and striped leaf green.  Also used MFT's cloud die to cut out the Easter egg hunt saying.  Easter always reminds me of hunting for Easter eggs and finding the goodies hidden inside.  I also love Robin's Eggs so decided to splatter the sky on the Aqua Mist cardstock with some white, black, and navy acrylic paint.  Added some glitter around the cloud and the eggs. Hope you find some hidden eggs in your back yard too!

I was searching through Pintrest for some Spring inspiration and came across this.  Hmmm....wouldn't this be cute?  Well, I started it and ended up messing up the squiggly lines and the small hearts and butterflies.  So, rather than trashing it as a whole, I decided to fussy cut around it and added some of the houndstooth paper, pink bakers twine and the jillybean soup wooden etched button.  This is probably one of my favorites and I'll have to try again.  Somehow my images in my mind just don't happen on the paper when I get down to it.  spring design ideas

 I really wanted to use the Horizontal Striped Card Face and had an image of Navy and Red in my mind.  I was looking through the stash and found some red polka dot paper and loved how it looked through the slats.  I wanted to try something simple and without a ton of embellishments (I don't know when to stop) and used the Papertrey Ink Butterfly die, the MFT rectangle stax die to cut out the sentiment.  I decided that it still needed a little umph so I cut out some circles on navy paper from the Papertrey Ink movers and shakers die and used glossy accents all over them to give them some dimension.   Hmmm, maybe too much red,    

For my last card, I used the cream cardstock, antique linen distress ink, Waltzingmouse Stamps Harlequin border, and the embellished elements from Take Three Spring by Papertrey ink.  As I was in the middle of the Clean and Simple 3 Card Class I was trying my hand at lots of white card space and a clean look.  I think it turned out fairly well if I say so myself.

Take a look at all of the other great designs with this kit on the 12 Kits of Occasion blog here. There is also a complete list of supplies that were included in Kelly's kit.  Kelly, included so many great items that I'm going to keep on making Spring cards until the first day it hits 70 (Seriously, I'm hoping it's within the next week or two as I'll run out of supplies by then).

Happy Spring!!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy Anniversary and new technique

I recently signed up for Clean and Simple Online Card Class 3.  One of the first lessons they had was creating a Faux layered diecut to make a one layer card.  Oh, that's the one I had to try and it's really the only one out of 11 lessons that I've been able to accomplish.  Ok so it's not really layered but it is pretty cool how they lined up so easily LOL.

When I saw Papertrey Inks challenge for the month it was the perfect opportunity to create something using this technique with bright cardstock and some shiny accents.

It's also my parent's 49th wedding anniversary so perfect time to also give them a homemade treat from their favorite (only) daughter.

The chevron stripes and sentiment are from MFT Stamps but the paper is all Papertrey ink.  I really love their cardstock.  I used the chevron die and cut strips of individual colors and adhered them to some plain copy paper and pieced them into the card front.  I used another piece of cardstock on the inside of the card to hide the messy gluing I had done.  No one will notice now...

I'm so looking forward to trying the other techniques this class had to offer.  Also hoping these bright colors help to hurry Spring along.  It's still so cold here in Western NY.