Hello There! - Pals Paper Arts #226

Hello there! It's Thursday and time for another awesome challenge from the Pals Paper Arts Design Team!

What do you think of the colors?? Aren't they AMAZING?? I love them so much and was inspired to create this...

Hello There! - Pals Paper Arts #226

What do you think?? I don't usually add so much STUFF to my cards, and I have no idea where this card came from, but sometimes ya just gotta let the creativity flow and see where it takes you!

I used Mossy Meadow as my main color with my secondary color being Soft Suede and used Cajun Craze just as an accent. As always, lots of white space, or in this case, Very Vanilla space :)

Hello There! - Pals Paper Arts #226

I used LOTS of punches on this card, some framelits, and some paper piercing! I haven't done any paper piercing in awhile...I sure like how it came out, it really adds so much to the card! I also did some sponging, which again, I haven't done in awhile, but I needed to add some variation when layering the same color. I sponged a lot on my green circle, adding a Very Vintage Designer Button tied off with some embroidery floss I happened to have stashed away. I used to cross-stitch and saved all my left overs so I think I have floss in every color imaginable!

Hello There! - Pals Paper Arts #226

At the end of the day I walked away from the card and when I came back the next morning, I decided it needed some more embellishments so I added some pearl flourishes. I think they are my favorite part!

I hope you have enjoyed today's post and will pop on over to see what the rest of the Pals Paper Arts Design Team has dreamed up for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Kind Koala Thinking of You - FMS158

Kind Koala Thinking of You - FMS158

Hello again! I'm back today with a card inspired b the fun sketch by Jen T. over at Freshly Made Sketches:

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I just love the Lullaby Designer Series Paper but really don't need that many baby cards so I've been trying to find other ways to use it. I think this card works perfectly!

Kind Koala Thinking of You - FMS158

Isn't this litle koala ca-yoot??? This is a really simple card to make! One sheet of Designer Series Paper to cover the card front, one tag stamped with one image in one color, a few hearts and one flower, fussy cut. EZ Peasy!

Oh, and the bow. So simple! Just take your length of Thick Baker's Twine and unwind it to make a shabby chic bow! I love little details!

Kind Koala Thinking of You - FMS158

Thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet today! I hope you find time to be crafty this weekend! The weather has finally cooled off her in Southern California so my goal is to finish decorating for Halloween:)

EZ Peasy Stampin' Up! Supplies List:

Paper: Lullaby Designer Series Paper; Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey and Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock

Stamps: Kind Koala

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar

Tools: Angled Tab Topper Punch, Owl Builder Punch

Accessories: Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine

Wheely Sweet Friend - RS#132

Hello there! I came across this sketch this morning over at Retro Sketches and was so inspired that I had to sit down and make a card immediately...

And here is what I created with it!

Wheely Sweet Friend - RS#132

My first step in creating this card was to browse through my Stampin' Up! papers. This pattern from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stacks has never caught my eye before, but it did today, in a big way! It has such clean lines that I knew immediately it would be perfect with this sketch. Then I browsed through my stamps and spotted the Cycle Celebration Stamp Set. I thought that the adorable bicycle would fit perfectly and I have been itching to use it.

The card came together quickly after that. I kept all of the lines clean and left just a pop of yellow in the middle. I think it draws your focus immediately to the center of the card.

Wheely Sweet Friend - RS#132

Once again, Candy Dots are the perfect accent. The green in the cardstock and pattern paper is Mossy Meadow and the green in the Candy Dots is Always Artichoke but I think they work wonderfully. Don't be afraid to substitute!

Two notes I wanted to share today:

  • When using a long sentiment, make sure you have it lined up straight before stamping onto your card. This is where the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is helpful.
  • In order to have my two layers be the same depth all the way across, I added a strip of scrap Island Indigo card stock to the left side of the bicycle layer. Now when I adhere it to the card base, it is the same depth as the bottom layer. 

It's my day off so I'm off to finish my to do list! Card making wasn't on the list, but hey, when inspiration strikes you have to run with it, right? lol

Thanks for stopping by!

Godspeed - CTS #89

I saw this challenge sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and was immediately intrigued...

Sometimes my inspiration for a card is a piece of Designer Series Paper, or perhaps Washi Tape, sometimes a color scheme, sometimes a stamp set. I just randomly move around my craft space looking at things until I feel that spark. After pondering the sketch throughout my  day, I came home and started perusing my recent stamp set purchases. I pulled out this one, then that one, feeling little sparks, when my hands came across the For Your Country stamp set. I glanced at the images and that spark hit me...actually today it was more like a lightening bolt...and I saw the completed card quite clearly in my mind.

This is what I saw:

Godspeed - CTS #89

What do you think? I think this one image, one word, combined with the color scheme, really send a powerful message. Honestly, as simple as this card is, it's complete. And so it stands, a prayer for the safe return of our loved ones.

The colors I chose for this project are Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Early Expresso and Mossy Meadow. I heat embossed both the image and the sentiment with Black Embossing Powder. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop the image layer off off the card base and then then sentiment as well. Both provide depth and give interest to this quite clean and simple card.

If you are so moved, I would encourage you to visit the Operation Write Home website and see if there is anything you can do to send our service members some love from home. Thank you and a very heartfelt thank you to every one who has served, or loves someone who has/is serving. Godspeed to All.

And a shout out to my own service member. I am VERY proud of him. Big hugs to my son.

Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate each and every visit and hope you come back to see what else I am up to :)