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!


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Card Concept #145 -Festive Celebrations

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This picture just screams elegance to me. The black, gold and cream with touches of shimmer and sparkle. WOW! I wish I could decorate my home like this for the holidays. Actually...nah. I'm definitely a rainbow colours kind of lady. :) 


The rich and elegant colours and the patterns on the candles gave me the inspiration I needed for this clean and layered card today. I thought the classiness of the photo called for an occasional that demands sparkle and shine...and that's New Year's Eve! 


This card came together very quickly, with just a bit of die cutting and gluing to do. The centre piece was created by die cutting the Grace Mandala set from Birch Press Designs using speciality papers and adhering the layers together. It is glued to the A2 card base, with the sentiment strip popped up using foam tape across the middle. A few tiny gold stars are scattered across the front to finish it off. 

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: 
Dies: (Grace Layer Set) Birch Press Design
Paper: (gold sparkle, black sparkle, cream shimmer, grey) Simon Says Stamp
Other: (sentiment strips by CZ Designs) Simon Says Stamp, (gold star confetti) Pretty Pink Posh

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Card Concept # 144- Holiday Home

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. I admit, I thought the red and black buffalo plaid was a passing trend a few winters ago but it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon! Even though I did not initially care for it, it has grown on me and I'm finding buffalo plaid patterns in my closet and home decor as I have come to love it! 



It is easy to tell this time around how my card was inspired! I chose to create a clean and layered card using the buffalo plaid pillow, greenery and white chair as my inspiration. I liked this card so much that I even created a four card set of this design. 



The base of my card uses a pretty piece of buffalo plaid patterned paper. There are quite a few stamp sets out there that will let you create your own plaid patterns easily, but this time I took a shortcut with paper. :)  The piece was cut to fit onto an A2 card base. 

I used my favourite holiday sentiment set- Holiday Greetings Mix 1 from Simon Says Stamp to heat emboss my sentiment on white cardstock using platinum embossing powder. This particular set has so many different sentiments in various fonts so it is a perfect 'all you need' kind of holiday stamp set. I trimmed the sentiment panel and matted it on dark green cardstock. Peeking out from behind the sentiment piece is the Spellbinders JOY die. I die cut it using the same dark green cardstock and cut it in half and used just the foliage to show around the edges. Shimmer paper was used to die cut some of the coordinating pieces of the JOY die and I also used some Stickles glitter glue for extra sparkle. It's all adhered using foam tape to the card base. 

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: (Holiday Greetings Mix 1) Simon Says Stamp
Ink: (Versamark) Tsukineko
Dies: (JOY etched die) Spellbinders
Paper: (white, midnight green, glimmery ruby red) Simon Says Stamp; (plaid paper) Recollections
Other: (platinum embossing powder) Hero Arts; (Stickles glitter) Ranger

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Card Concept #143- Give Thanks

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. We have already celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada. It was a little different this year with just us four around the table instead of including extended family. Regardless, we enjoyed ourselves and ate LOTS of turkey.  The "give thanks" theme this week makes me hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!



My clean and layered creation draws its inspiration from the leaves scattered on the table and the general autumn vibe of the scene. 


I stamped the journal card stamp on watercolour paper and heat embossed it using gold powder. That Maple Leaves journal card is one of my favourite Neat and Tangled stamp sets, but it is retired now. Then using my Daniel Smith watercolours and a small paint brush, I coloured it in. I have a some of the Dot Cards from Daniel Smith and just love them for watercolouring. They allow me to test out all the colours and make a list of what individual full colours I'll eventually add to my collection. 



After trimming the card down, I stamped the sentiment in black ink and adhered it to patterned paper using foam tape. The patterned paper was cut slightly smaller than an A2 size card base. The entire piece was adhered to a card base made from Gina K Designs Plum Punch cardstock (my new favourite cardstock for card bases; so thick and perfect). A few gold sequins were added, and that's it! Done. :) 

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: (Maples Leaves journalling card- retired) Neat and Tangled Stamps
Ink: (Versamark, Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko; (watercolor paints) Daniel Smith
Paper: (patterned paper) Lawn Fawn; watercolor cardstock; (Plum Punch cardstock) Gina K Designs
Other: gold sequins; (gold embossing powder) Hero Arts

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Card Concept #142- Autumn Bounty

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Isn't that a lovely fall scene? The limelight hydrangeas in the galvanised bucket with those funky pumpkins and squash scattered about just scream autumn!


My card today is a combination of a clean and simple creation with a bit of mixed media thrown in.  I loved the general autumn vibe and outdoors feel to the photo above and created my card based on that.


Using my MISTI stamping platform, I stamped the Through the Trees stamp from Pinkfresh Studio using Versamark on a white cardstock panel. Then I heat embossed it using gold powder and once cooled, blended dye ink over top. The panel was glued to an A2 card base and my embossed sentiment was popped up with foam tape for dimension.

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 read the rules carefully. There have been several gorgeous cards lately disqualified from winning because their posts haven't fit our criteria. 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Through the Trees) Pinkfresh Studio
Ink: (Versamark) Tsukineko; (Doll Pink, Lipstick Red, Jellybean) Simon Says Stamp
Paper: (white, Autumn Rose, Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Other: (gold embossing powder) Hero Arts