Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Card Concept #138- Summer Fun

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This calls to mind a cottage on the beach, where everything is nautical-themed and there's sand in every spot imaginable. 


My clean and layered card was inspired by the tablecloth and the pattern of the rings on the plates, and of course the theme and colours in general!


There's a lot of die cutting on this card! I die cut the cover panel and adhered it over top of a white A2 card base. The circles and waves were die cut from cardstock and adhered together. The boat (from Sail Away by Simon Says Stamp and possibly retired...) was stamped, die cut, then stamped again on patterned and specialty papers and pieced together, then tucked behind the waves border. My sentiment was stamped in navy ink and matted on yellow cardstock and popped up using foam tape.

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: (Sail Away) Simon Says Stamp
Ink: (Navy) Hero Arts
Dies: (Stitched Circles Cover Panel) Reverse Confetti; (circle dies) Spellbinders; (Sail Away coordinating dies, Border Waves) Simon Says Stamp; 
Paper: (cardstock) Simon Says Stamp; (patterned papers) Lawn Fawn
Other: (Stickles glitter) Ranger

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Card Concept #137- Fun at the Lake

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This scene just reminds me of summer camp, family vacations at the lake, and fishing down by the river at our house. I just love it. It's going to be hot out today, so maybe I'll take my fishing pole down to the river with the kids and cool off under a tree and try to catch something! Don't worry; we throw back in what we catch! :) 



My clean and layered card today draws inspiration from the lake scene and colours of the photo. It was simple to make with some quick ink blending and stamping.


On a panel of white cardstock I stamped the scene and sentiment from Newton's Nook Lake Advice set. The sentiment was heat embossed using clear powder and once everything was dry I gently blended ink over top. I used some Copic markers to colour in a few of the trees. The canoe was stamped, coloured with Copics as well, and fussy cut out. I die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle, glued it to a red cardstock matting, and glued it all to a kraft A2 card base. The final touch was adhering the canoe with foam tape. 

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! Don't forget to refresh your memory on the rules of how to play along. 

Supplies: 
Stamps: (Lake Advice) Newton's Nook
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento; (Mermaid, Freshly Cut Grass) Lawn Fawn; Copic markers
Dies: (Stitched Rectangles) Simon Says Stamp
Paper: (kraft, Pure Poppy, white) Papertrey Ink
Other: foam tape

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Ink Road Stamps replay

Just a quick pop-in today to direct you to a few cards I have made recently over on the Ink Road Stamps blog! Check em' out and let me know over there what you think. :) Click directly on the photo to be taken to the post. 







Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Card Concept #136-

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. This photo just screams that perfect time at the end of spring and heading into summer when the flowers are bright and bold and everything just looks fresh and pretty.


My clean and layered card today uses the tiled/embossed background and bright colours of the photo as my inspiration. I especially wanted to try and make a similar background for my card. 


To create the embossed background for my card today I used the Folklore die cut from Pinkfresh Studio, and ran it through my Gemini Jr. using the embossing method rather than cutting. With a blender brush, I softly blended Island Blue ink over top of the raised parts. I trimmed the paper to 4" x 5.25" and glued it to an A2 card base. For the Hey Gorgeous sentiment I cut the backing die from vellum and the words from white cardstock and used Copic markers to colour them. It's adhered to the card using Multi Medium Matte glue which dries clear- perfect for vellum. Some gold sequins scattered around 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: 
Ink: (Island Blue) Simon Says Stamp; Copic markers
Dies: (Folklore background die, Hey Gorgeous sentiment) Pinkfresh Studio
Paper: (Surf Blue; vellum) Simon Says Stamp; (Stamper's Select White) Papertrey Ink
Other: (gold sequins) misc. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Card Concept #135- Red, White and Blue

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. What a patriotic picture! So many ways to be inspired by it...


Sooooo...this Canadian was stumped by this inspiration photo. I have zero American themed stamps (or even Canadian themed stamps!) and to find inspiration in other ways. After all, that's what this challenge is about! I decided that the stripes and celebratory theme is what would go with for my clean and layered card. 

My card is very straightforward. I glued strips of cardstock down on my A2 card base and adhered my die cut flowers over top. The sentiment was stamped and adhered using foam tape and a few sequins were added to finish it off. This would be easy to do and pretty in any colour combo!

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: (Sentiment Sampler) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Mint Candy) Simon Says Stamp
Dies: (Garden Blooms) Paper Smooches
Paper: (white cardstock) My Favorite Things; pink glitter cardstock (DCWV)
Other: (Sequins) Pretty Pink Posh

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Card Concept #134- Mother's Day

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. What a gorgeous picture! Wouldn't a bouquet like that just look so sweet on anyone's table?


 I was inspired by the colours of the flowers, as well as the ornate gold picture frame for my classy and elegant card today. It was fun making this card. Usually I am more of a clean and simple card maker but I loved adding layers and fun details to this creation!


A few fun facts about this card below:
  • The gold frame was covered in Versamark and embossed using gold powder. 
  • The 'heartfelt greetings' and background pattern were embossed in white. 
  • I added a bit of glitter glue to the center of each sequin for some sparkle. 
  • Green ink was lightly sponged halfway down the die cut sentiment for an ombre look.
  • There's lots of foam tape used 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! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Don't Forget to Write (Papertrey Ink); Diamond Tile background (The Stamp Market)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Hot Lips, Beanstalk Green (Simon Says Stamp); Raspberry (My Favorite Things); Ballet Slippers (Lawn Fawn)
Dies: Don't Forget To Write collection (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Sweet Blush, white, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)
Other: sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Diamond Stickles (Ranger); white and gold embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Card Concept #133- Hello Spring

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. That is such a lovely spring bouquet! Wouldn't that just cheer your kitchen table up?

My classy and elegant card today draws inspiration from the bouquet itself with the flowers and colours. Do you see the heart leaning up again the tray? My sentiment brings that heart into play. :) 

On a watercolor cardstock panel I heat embossed the bouquet from DAYS-E Bouquet by Ink Road using white embossing powder. Using Distress Oxide inks I used the ink smooshing technique to add colour to the image. I went back in with a paint brush and the Oxide Inks and just added a little more concentrated ink on the image areas so it stood out from the entire panel. The panel was trimmed and adhered to a white A2 card base, with a strip of gold glitter paper down the side. The sentiment was heat embossed using a gold glitter powder. 

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: DAYS-E Bouquet (Ink Road Stamps)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Distress Oxide inks (Ranger)
Paper: watercolor cardstock (Tim Holtz); white, Surf Blue (Simon Says Stamp); gold glitter paper (My Favorite Things)
Other: gold embossing powder (Wow); white embossing powder (Hero Arts)