Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Card Concept #151- Butterfly Brilliance

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This week I knew exactly how I wanted to make my card for this beautiful challenge! It's always fun stretching my imagination to come up with an idea to go with an inspiration photo, but I REALLY like when they just jump out at me. 


My card this week is a clean and layered/mixed media creation that was inspired by the multi-coloured butterfly. I knew I wanted a big and bold butterfly take centre stage with loads of bright colours. 


I love playing around with alcohol inks and I knew I could create the look I wanted for this card with them using a fun technique I saw Jennifer McGuire use. Instead of YUPO paper (which is what I generally use for my alcohol ink substrate) she used a glittery specialty paper. I highly recommend this video if you like the looks of alcohol ink on glitter paper! After I followed her instructions to make my own glittery background, I trimmed my paper down and adhered it to a white A2 card base and then layered the Butterfly Cover-up over top. I find that double sided tape works better than liquid glue when adhering anything to glitter paper. The sentiment was stamped and trimmed and popped up using foam tape and I added a thin strip of glitter paper under it. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! *Please, please, please be mindful of the challenge rules. Post the inspiration photo, link to the challenge and don't combine your card with another inspiration challenge. Unfortunately many beautiful cards are not eligible for winning our challenge because they don't meet the criteria.*


Supplies: 
Stamps: (Jars sentiment) Waffle Flower
Ink: (Versafine Onyx Black) Tsukineko; (Amethyst, Fiesta, Mojito alcohol inks) Tim Holtz
Dies: (Butterfly cover-up-retired) Lil' Inker Designs
Paper: (Diamond glitter) Recollections; (black) Gina K Designs; (green) The Stamp Market

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Card Concept #150- Luck of the Irish

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This photo seems to just scream springtime to me! The beginning of March just seems to symbolise brighter and better weather for me here in Ontario. I know it isn't technically the first day of spring yet, but a girl can dream. 


The beautiful arrangement of flowers and cheery yellow and green colour scheme is what inspired me for my clean and layered card today. I didn't have anything related to St. Patrick's Day so instead decided to create something springy and floral!


Using a retired Turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th, I stamped the flowers four times in various colours, on a piece of white cardstock, then went back in with the little detail stamps to add depth and interest to the background flowers. The panel was die cut using a stitched rectangle and adhered to a white A2 card base. The 'hugs' sentiment was die cut twice and offset, then adhered with foam tape. An embossed sentiment was added below, and a few clear sequins for some sparkle and shine. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! *Please, please, please be mindful of the challenge rules. Post the inspiration photo, link to the challenge and don't combine your card with another inspiration challenge. Unfortunately many beautiful cards are not eligible for winning our challenge because they don't meet the criteria.*


Supplies: 
Stamps: (Flower turnabout-retired) Concord & 9th; (More Essential Sentiments) My Favorite Things
Ink: (various dye inks) Simon Says Stamp; (versamark) Tsukineko
Dies: (Big Hugs, Stitched Rectangle) Simon Says Stamp
Paper: (white, grey) Simon Says Stamp); (yellow, green) My Favorite Things
Other: (white embossing powder) Hero Arts; (sequins) Pretty Pink Posh; foam tape

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Card Concept #149-Welcome Wee One

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. What a fresh and modern looking nursery. It's the complete opposite of what we had set up in our old farmhouse when my kids were little. :)  


My clean and layered card was inspired by the overall colours of the inspiration photo, the striped blanket, and the framed pictures of animals on the wall. 


On a pale pink A2 card base I used a retired My Favorite Things background stamp for a tone on tone subtle pattern. The bunny was stamped, die cut and coloured and adhered to white panel framed with black cardstock using foam tape. The patterned papers were added, and a few enamel dots finish it off. I actually didn't have the right colour of teal enamel dots so I used a Copic marker to colour white ones. Perfect solution! 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! *Please, please, please be mindful of the challenge rules. Post the inspiration photo, link to the challenge and don't combine your card with another inspiration challenge. Unfortunately many beautiful cards are not eligible for winning our challenge because they don't meet the criteria.*


Supplies: 
Stamps: (Tons of Type) The Stamp Market; (Hippity Hoppity) Reverse Confetti
Ink: (Tuxedo Black, Versamark) Tsukineko; Copic markers
Dies: (Hippity Hoppity) Reverse Confetti
Paper: (Black, white, teal, pink cardstock) My Favorite Things; (Black, White & Rainbow) Studio Katia
Other: (enamel dots) My Mind's Eye; (white embossing powder) Hero Arts

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The Card Concept #148

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Can we just stop for a moment and look at those cupcakes? YUM. I can bake a mean cupcake (straight from the box!) but I cannot do perfect icing like that. Now I'm off to Pinterest to search for treat ideas for Valentine's Day...


My clean and layered card was inspired by the cupcakes, colours, and the hearts.


I am such a fan of patterned paper and love using all the coordinating bits and pieces from entire collections. For my card today I used the Sweet Talk collection from Simple Stories- both papers from the 6x8 pad and the 3x4 element cards. I easily found patterns that went with the challenge and adhered them to an A2 black card base. The element card has a bit of sparkle added to it from a Wink of Stella marker, and some extra pink hearts die cut from pink cardstock using the Hearts dies from Lawn Fawn. The final touch was adding a teeny tiny embossed sentiment from Tiny Words by Simon Says Stamp.

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! *Please, please, please be mindful of the challenge rules. Post the inspiration photo, link to the challenge and don't combine your card with another inspiration challenge. Unfortunately many beautiful cards are not eligible for winning our challenge because they don't meet the criteria.*


Supplies: 
Stamps: (Tiny Words) Simon Says Stamp
Ink: (Versamark) Tsukineko
Dies: (Hearts) Lawn Fawn
Paper: (Sweet Talk collection) Simple Stories; (black, pink cardstock) Lawn Fawn
Other: (Wink of Stella marker) Zig; (white embossing powder) Hero Arts

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Card Concept #147

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Isn't that a picture perfect little setup? Definitely not what my son's remote learning desk looks like these days. :) 


My card is what I would call classy and elegant. Rich and heavy papers, embellishments, a classy sentiment and some florals for good measure. Even though the inspiration photo seems a bit heavy and masculine to me, I wanted to give my card more of a feminine look. The stacked luggage and books inspired me to use patterned papers in my design today. 


This was an easy card to put together with the help of gorgeous patterned papers and coordinating ephemera from the Storyteller line by Vicki Boutin. I trimmed several pieces into strips and glued them to an A2 card base. The typewriter ephemera was adhered using foam tape. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and cut it out using the matching die. A few enamel dots were added and that's it! Easy peasy!

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! *Please, please, please be mindful of the challenge rules. Post the inspiration photo, link to the challenge and don't combine your card with another inspiration challenge. Unfortunately many beautiful cards are not eligible for winning our challenge because they don't meet the criteria.*


Supplies: 
Stamps: (Simple Strips Background) Taylored Expressions
Ink: (Versamark) Tsukineko
Dies: (Simple Strips) Taylored Expressions
Paper: (Storyteller 6x8 papers and ephemera) Vicki Boutin; (navy cardstock, card base) Simon Says Stamp
Other: (enamel dots) Simple Stories; (white embossing powder) Ranger

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Card Concept #146- Winter Warmth

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! Welcome to the first challenge for 2021. Maybe your New Year's resolution is to create more cards and our challenge can help you out with that! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. I'm not sure what is in that mug but it looks delicious! I hope it's coffee...another dose of caffeine is exactly what I need right about now.  


For my clean and layered card today, I used the Scandinavian/Nordic pattern on the mug as my inspiration. The crisp red and white colour scheme caught my attention and made me want to create a similar look in my creation.


On strips of coloured cardstock, I used white pigment ink and a blender brush to apply the ink through a stencil (a free gift with purchase from Taylored Expressions), and then heat embossed it using white powder. I could have used Versamark ink through the stencil and achieved the same results but thought the white pigment ink might look crisper in the end. The cardstock strips were trimmed to fit onto a white A2 card base. For the sentiment I stamped the 'hey' in black ink, then heat embossed with a sparkly embossing powder and fussy cut it out. It's adhered to the card using foam tape. The same process was used for the 'there' but with white powder on black cardstock. 


Here's a closer look at some of the sparkly powder on the sentiment. It pops quite nicely against the colourful background!

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! *Please, please, please be mindful of the challenge rules. Post the inspiration photo, link to the challenge and don't combine your card with another inspiration challenge. Unfortunately many beautiful cards are not eligible for winning our challenge because they don't meet the criteria.*


Supplies: 
Stamps: (Big Hello) Taylored Expressions
Ink: (Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black) Tsukineko; (Unicorn White) Hero Arts
Stencils: (Stencil Strips- Holiday) Taylored Expressions
Paper: (white A2 card base) Simon Says Stamp; (Lipstick, Raspberry) The Stamp Market; (Limelight) My Favorite Things; (Oreo) Taylored Expressions
Other: (Clear Sparkle embossing powder) WOW; (white superfine embossing powder) Ranger; foam tape

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Card Concept- HOL20

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge!  This time it is our annual Holiday challenge! For this challenge, we would like for you to share your favourite card that you created this year (any card that you designed) or a picture of your Christmas tree and/or holiday decorations.

This challenge will be our last one for 2020 and the gallery link will remain open until Monday, January 4th!



Here is a picture of our Christmas tree this year. It's filled with love, family decorations that are old and new, stuff my children have made, and ornaments we have collected over the years. 


As for favourite cards, I just love this one I created for a Card Concept challenge. So much stencilling and inking went into this creation and I was so happy with the end result. 


Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see what the design team choose to share this challenge. Since this challenge is just for fun, we will not be choosing a winner at the end of the challenge.  We hope that you will join us as our Design Team members will be taking a break for the holidays.  We will try to visit your blogs and leave comments, but if we are not able to do so, please know that we are thrilled to have you play along with us.  
The deadline to participate is 
Monday, January 4th at 12:00 pm EST.

We will return with our new Design Team for 2021 along with our regular inspiration challenge on January 6th, 2021!  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!