Sovushka Slavia: CAS Marathon – Step 2 – Travel

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After seeing the announcement of a CAS marathon from Sovushka Slavia, I thought of participating and took it up as a challenge. CAS is something I really love, but always have a hard time making CAS cards. This challenge is a good challenge for me!! And the theme this time is far more so. Travel. I have no stamps or dies for anything remotely denoting travel!

I came up with an alternative. Other than CAS, there is style of card making that has attracted me for some time now. They usually use pattern papers, colors and embellishments as the ingredients. I have been hoarding such cards in one of my Pinterest boards! I tried making a similar card, but since I am lacking proper embellishments in my stash, I tried using stickers instead.

Sovushka Slavia: CAS Marathon - Step 2 - TravelI used pattern papers and the stickers are from Travel (Scrapbook kit in a stack) from DCWV. The sun is die cut using Hello/Thank you from Sizzix and colored in Mustard Seed and Wild Honey distress inks. The front panel is recycled – originally a stamp backing. The sentiment is from Hello Sunshine from Technique Tuesday stamped in Hero Arts Black ink.

Card number 2 –

Sovushka Slavia: CAS Marathon - Step 2 - Travel (2)I used pattern papers from K & Company and Travel (Scrapbook kit in a stack) from DCWV. The stickers are form the same DCWV kit. The border die I’ve used came from Borders 2 from Paper Smooches.

I am still not completely happy with these two cards – but I know they are a good start. πŸ™‚ I hope to improve in making these kinds of cards too. Yup! My big list of ‘areas to improve’ just keeps growing! But for now, I am submitting my first card to Sovushka Slavia: CAS Marathon – Step 2 – Travel!

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Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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MFT Challenge: Sketch 224

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This time is a card I want to submit to the MFT Challenge. I’ve been wanting to submit a card to this challenge, but I dunno why, I thought that the challenge mandates use of MFT products, and I never submitted a card till now. I just went over the rules again the other day, and boy, that made me happy! So, here’s the card I am gonna submit to the current sketch challenge

MFT Challenge: Sketch 224My newest (and long awaited) addition to my stash – felt! I have been wanting to use felt since I saw Jennifer McGuire use it here or here in her card! I sure loved the look (and now feel) of that on a card! πŸ™‚ I used Flower Layers & Leaves from Sizzix to die cut the flowers and Fold Art Floral Die from WPlus9 for the leaves.

MFT Challenge: Sketch 224 (close up 1)For the background I used pattern paper from DCWV Scrapbook Kit In A Stack (the checkered piece above) and the piece below – you’ll never guess – it’s a backing paper for one of the stamped I received! I love using pieces like that! πŸ˜€

I also used the Lacey Border from Joy Crafts for the lacy part below – I cut it from white card stock and colored it using Copic marker. And finally, the sentiment comes from All Occasion Messages from Hero Arts which I stamped using Cup O’Joe from Hero Arts ink. I put all the elements together, adhering them using glue and foam mounted the final piece on a white card base, before adding a pearl as embellishment.

MFT Challenge: Sketch 224 (close up 2)I put all the elements together, adhering them using glue and foam mounted the final piece on a white card base, before adding a pearl as embellishment.

And that finished my card. I just love the look and feel of felt in the card – eye-candy that adds the element of texture so very well! Love it!

And here’s the challenge sketch –

MFT Challenge: Sketch 224MFT Challenge: Sketch 224Thanks for stopping by!

Lots Of Hearts

I bought this big bunch of thin rectangular wood veneers some time ago. They were meant to be used while building a house as tiles on its roof. But I use it for something else! πŸ˜€

Lots of Hearts

I started by die cutting little hearts from the wood veneers using Lawn Fawn Hearts die and also cutting off the veneers in to proper rectangles and squares. I then arranged them on the side of a card panel and picking the piece which is for the sentiment, I stamped the ‘you’ from Avery Elle Laurels stamp set using Hero Arts black ink. I also adhered a small piece of card stock colored with red Copic marker behind the heart.

Lots of Hearts (close up 1)

I then adhered the wood veneer pieces on the card stock in varying levels of height – I used foam dots and double sided tape to add them in place. I had tried using liquid adhesive, but they bent the wood veneer and also didn’t stick it properly. I had known about this from a video I had watched some time earlier, but I forgot! I had to carefully remove the pieces before adhering them again! But, no harm done to the wood veneers or the card stock, so no complaints! πŸ˜‰ Well, I then colored the heart with red glitter gel pen and added Glossy Accents on top (again, I think that didn’t stick out because the wood veneer sucked out the moisture or something! :()

Lots of Hearts (close up 2)

Now, I felt that the card might end up a little too CAS (is there such a thing!?) I added some thread next to the wood veneer and tied a simple knot. I also trimmed the panel a bit. I picked up a piece of crushed brown packing paper and after adhering it to the card base, trimming it to size, I foam mounted the card panel on top.

That finished my card! I am submitting this to CAS(E) This Sketch #106, Fusion Card Challenge:Two Hearts and Uniko Studio Challenge #17 – Love & Friendship (my first submission to this challenge :))

Thanks for looking!

Of Blues And Reds

Feel like it has been quite some time since I did watercoloring. So, I thought of trying some on the card this time.

Of Blues And RedsI took a piece of watercolor paper, and picking Weathered Wood distress ink, I off-stamped a second generation image using the Penny Black Soft Wings stamp. This gave me a pretty light image, in a color I could easily blend with red or blue.

Of Blues And Reds (close up 1)I then picked up Festive Berries and Salty Ocean distress inks and splotching some ink on an acrylic block, I started painting. For the butterfly’s body and antenna I used Pumice Stone distress ink. I finally stamped the sentiment from JustRite Bokeh Time using StazOn black ink.

Of Blues And Reds (close up 2)For the background, I picked up a bottle cap, and stamped out the circles using Fried Brick and Faded Jeans distress inks. I also rotated the cap in place to get a splotchy effect of the ink. Finally, I laid out the watercolor panel on the card base at an angle and cut out the extra. I then foam mounted this panel on top of the card base.

Finally, I adhered some rhinestones on the butterfly, on the watercolor panel and the card base. This finished my card!

I am submitting this to Colour Me Card Challenge #54

Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚

ColorQ Challenge #274

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Somehow, I feel that it’s been some time since I submitted anything to the ColorQ challenge, even though I have participated in the last one! I dunno…. Anyway, today’s card is for the ColorQ, especially.. πŸ™‚
ColorQ Challenge #274

I started with picking up some stamp sets to work with; the inks were already set – Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe, Memento inks Grape Jelly and Bamboo Leaves. The stamp sets I used areΒ WPlus9 and Petals & Stems and Laurel from Avery Elle, Fresh Cut Florals from.
ColorQ Challenge #274 (close up 1)

I first made a reference copy using all my selected stamps and then proceeded to stamp it on the actual card. The arrangement is based on this pin.

Margaret Berg Art: Pastel+Florals

Although my initial idea was to have a single layer card, by the time I finished stamping, I didn’t like the idea of stamping the sentiment right beside the flowers; besides, I had one more color to go – I hadn’t used the Crumb Cake color yet! And so, I cut the card stock at an angle and kept it ready for mounting on a kraft base.

ColorQ Challenge #274 (close up 2)

Now, the kraft base – I didn’t want it to be plain either, so stamped it with some teeny-tiny mesh from the Chantilly Trim stamp set from WPlus9 using Memento Grey Flannel ink. Now, since the stamped image was so small, I had difficulty in repeat stamping it and the ends got overlapped or got stamped at a distance. Now, I didn’t want to lose the kraft base just because of this! So? Just as (one of my favourites) Jennifer McGruire says, cover up your mistakes! πŸ˜‰ I stamped the image in a random fashion all over the card base, making a new pattern! What fun! πŸ˜€

I then arranged the earlier panel, a little off from the sides, and stamped my sentiment from Laurels stamp set, in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. And then, I foam mounted the panel. That finished my card! πŸ™‚

I am submitting this card to ColourQ Challenge #274.

Thanks for looking!

Kraft and Butterflies

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This week has been so long! It felt like forever!! More so cuz I haven’t been able to make even a single card!! πŸ˜‰ So, I spent a few hours today, in the weekend, exploring my creative side..

Here’s my first card –

ColorQ Challenge #271

I started with selecting a scrap piece of kraft cardboardΒ I had – I think this was something that came with some clothes’ packaging. I trimmed it so the leftover piece would be nice and plane without any tape or anything. I then punched out a few butterflies from some texture paper I had and kept it aside.

ColorQ Challenge #271 (close up 1)

I then selected the sentiment from JustRite Bokeh Time stamp set and heat embossed it in white. After adhering the butterflies facing different sides, I felt something was missing – there wasn’t enough white on the kraft – so I drew the a couple of lines beside the sentiment using Uniball Signo white gel pen. I also added some on the sentiment since it was kinda blotchy (maybe because of the unique kraft paper! ;))

ColorQ Challenge #271 (close up 2)I then added the tiny pearls on the butterflies, and a couple more near the sentiment. I finally foam mounted the piece on the card base and trimmed the extra off the sides. This finished my clean and simple card!

I am submitting this to the ColorQ Challenge #271Β and to CAS(E) This Sketch #103

Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚