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

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Card Concept #141- Around the World

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. There is so much to love about this picture...the gorgeous globe, the vase of flowers, the stack of books...I love it all. That is definitely a cute little display that I'd have in my home. :) 


I used the lovely gold vase of flowers for my inspiration today. My card is classy and elegant; at The Card Concept we define that as including elements of sparkly embellishments, a rich colour scheme, a sophisticated sentiment, and is in general rich and dramatic. I tried to incorporate all of that into my card today.


I began by stamping and heat embossing the Floral Wreath and 'thank you' sentiment by Studio Katia using gold powder on watercolour paper.  Using Zig Clean Color brush markers and a small paintbrush I coloured the image in. I fussy cut the image out and adhered it to a  white woodgrain cardstock panel using foam tape. The entire panel was glued to a white A2 card base and a few gold sequins were added 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! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Floral Wreath) Studio Katia
Ink: (Zig Clean Color markers) Kuretake; (Versamark) Tsukineko
Paper: (woodgrain) Simon Says Stamp; (watercolor paper) Strathmore
Other: (embossing powder) Hero Arts; (sequins) Pretty Pink Posh; foam tape

Monday, October 5, 2020

World Cardmaking Day creations!

 Did you participate in World Cardmaking Day? It was this past Saturday, and I'm happy to say I spent the day creating in my studio happily making cards. There were so many challenges from various companies out there to participate in and I chose a few to spend my time on. 

My first card is for the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine colour challenge. I used warm, analogous colours to create my 'hello, friend' card and products from The Stamp Market. There is die cutting, stamping, heat embossing and some sparkle, which to me are all the elements you need (or I need lol) in a clean and simple card.


My next card is for Pinkfresh Studio. They have many challenges to play along with, and I chose the first one of the day- diecutting. I die cut the 'hello with a bouquet' die several times and pieced all the bits together for a colourful result. The piece is adhered to an A2 card base using foam adhesive and I added clear sparkle to the the letters.


In the next few days I"ll be sharing more cards I made over the weekend for various challenges on my Instagram account. You can check me out there by following the link under my profile picture on the right-hand column.

Did you celebrate World Cardmaking Day? What did you make? Don't forget for many of these challenges you can link up your creations for a few more days, so you have time to play along!

Thanks for stopping in today and have a great day! 




Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Card Concept #140- Fanciful Fall

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. As soon as I saw this picture I knew exactly what I wanted to create. I love when that happens! 



The overall design of the photo is where I drew my inspiration from. It seems playful and colourful and elegant all at once. My card is what I would call clean and layered with a bit of mixed media thrown in. 


I started off by adhering the Tumbling Leaves stencil to a piece of white cardstock using Pixie Spray. Using a variety of dye inks, I masked off areas and blended ink onto the cardstock. After I had all the colours where I wanted them I used LOTS of other stencils to layer more ink through the Tumbling Leaves stencil to get the patterns I wanted on each leaf. Some of them I left blank so I could add hand drawn accents to after. Using Gina K Glitz Glitter gel in Iridescent and a thin spatula, I added seriously awesome sparkle to some of the leaves. Once that glitter was dry, I removed the stencil and added lines and dots using a white gel pen and a brown marker. 

The finished panel was trimmed to fit onto a white A2 card base with a large border around the edges. I hated trimming off some of the pretty patterns, but it just looked nicer with a smaller canvas. For my sentiment I heat embossed one of my favourites from the Hexagon Greetings set by Simon Says Stamp using white powder on dark brown cardstock. It was trimmed and adhered to the panel using foam tape. I think this is the first time in ages I haven't added clear sequins to a card! 

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! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Hexagon Greetings) Simon Says Stamp
Ink: (Ocean Drive) WPlus9; (Khaki, Soft Navy, Goldenlocks, Hydrangeo) Simon Says Stamp; (Bubblegum) My Favorite Things; (Lobster, Moonstone, Minty Fresh) Lawn Fawn; (Versamark) Tsukineko
Paper: (Stamper's Select white) Papertrey Ink; (Dark Chocolate) Simon Says Stamp
Other: (Turning Leaves stencil) Simon Says Stamp; (Iridesent Glitz Glitter gel) Gina K; white gel pen, brown marker; foam tape; (white embossing powder) Hero Arts

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Card Concept #139- Summer Harvest

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. That just screams September to me. Bright and sunny with touches of autumn creeping in. The sunflowers remind me of my garden and the bowl of veggies overflowing looks like my kitchen counter. We are still using up loads of garden produce we grew! 



My clean and layered card drew its inspiration from the bucket of sunflowers, the black and white striped pillows, and the font on the chalkboard. 


To make this card I stamped, heat embossed, and die cut the big sunflower (actually, I think it's a gerbera daisy). I used Daniel Smith watercolors to paint it and once dry, went back with a Copic marker to add some detail. The flower is popped up with foam tape on a patterned paper background that was cut slightly smaller than the A2 white card base. The sentiment was heat embossed in white on a black background, hand cut, and adhered using foam tape. The final touch was a few gold sequins. 

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! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Mondo Gerbera Daisy) Ellen Hutson
Ink: (Versamark) Tsukineko; (watercolor paint) Daniel Smith
Dies: (Mondo Gerbera Daisy) Ellen Hutson
Paper: (white) Stamper's Select; (patterned paper) Lawn Fawn, Studio Katia
Other: (gold sequins) Pretty Pink Posh)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Card Concept #138d- Sunset at the Shore

 It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This time we're celebrating Sunset at the Shore. Wouldn't you just love sitting on that beach and watching the sun go down?



I created a clean and layered/mixed media card and was inspired by the gorgeous sunset and beach setting. It makes me want to go sit on a beach...which truthfully I don't love. Sand in allll the places. No thanks lol...


I started with a panel of watercolor cardstock trimmed slightly smaller than an A2 card base. Using Distress Inks and Oxide Inks, I blended a background to look like a beach sunset. I used gold embossing powder and my favourite CAS-ual Fridays Stamps set- Sunbeams (retired) and heat embossed the sun and the sentiment. After adhering it to a white A2 card base with foam tape, I added a few pearlescent sequins. 

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! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Sunbeams) CAS-ual Fridays Stamps
Ink: (Versamark) Tsukineko; (Distress Oxides, Distress Ink) Ranger
Paper: (watercolor cardstock) Ranger; white cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Other: (gold embossing powder) Hero Arts; (sequins) Studio Katia

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Card Concept #138c- Dog Days of Summer

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Um, hello? That is one cool dog. Put some shades on me, and sit me in the sunshine like that and I'd be grinning too. 


Based on the ultra-hip pooch above, I created a clean and graphic card that channels the feel-good vibe of summer, sunshine and the colours of the photo. 

On a white A2 card base, I stamped the sunshine from Simon Says Stamp and then masked it to do my blending with the original Pink & Main blender brush and Distress Oxide inks. I added a few water splotches to the inked piece and once dry, stamped the sunglasses from Lawn Fawn onto the sun. The bottom corner had some cardstock strips added to it to match the beach towel of the inspiration picture. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed using WOW Clear Sparkle embossing powder. The final touches were a few enamel dots and some Glossy Accents on the sunglasses. All supplies are listed below.

Here's a closer look at the Glossy Accents on the sunglasses and the sparkle on the embossed sentiment! 


Don't forget- Choose a design style (or combine styles), create a card, and in your blog post let us know what inspired you from the photo, what style and/or styles you chose and don't forget to display our inspiration photo and link back to our challenge.

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! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Greetings Mix 2, My Sunshine (retired); Simon Says Stamp; (Circle Sentiments) Lawn Fawn
Ink: (Versafine Onyx Black) Tsukineko; (Tumbled Glass, Broken China Distress Oxide) Ranger; (Sunflower) Lawn Fawn
Paper: (white, various colours) Gina K Designs
Other: enamel dots; (Glossy Accents) Ranger; blender brush (Pink & Main)