Thursday, October 23, 2014

It has been a while

In September quite a few things came together and robbed me of all my spare time.  Hubs had a work deadline, we began a bathroom remodeling, and I visited my Dad in California for a few days.  I did not get any crafting in for weeks!  I did spend time with my Dad, and we went out to lunch, saw a movie, did some shopping and generally were amused by the antics of Jack and Digger, his kittens---who are not so little anymore.

They romp and play as only kittens can, and just before I left Digger (left) discovered the roof was accessible by climbing a nearby tree. They are about 6 months old now. My Dad has trained them well, they respond to his whistle.  I recorded it on my phone so I could call them in from outside one afternoon.  It did the quick follow up of treats. Its all about positive reinforcement.

Upon my return to Maryland my prime objective was to get my Halloween cards going.  They are done and about to go into the mail, so I will be posting them through the end of the month.

My card base is Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie, the patterned paper is SU as well.  The sticker outlines are Elizabeth Craft which I placed onto watercolor paper and colored with Distress Markers.  The sentiment is from Craft Smart and I embossed it on vellum with Hero Arts Gold powder. I used the Lawn Fawn stitched party banners for my panel.

I am entering this in the SOS #174 Challenge - Halloween.

Thanks for stopping by and it's good to be home and back in my craft room!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Birthday Peonies

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this stamp set by WPLUS9, called Peonies.  I love flowers and this one has such possibilities for lush blooms.  I confess this card took me almost 3 hours to finish.  I really had a tough time stamping the peony images, until I went to You Tube and watch the WPLUS9 video showcasing this set.  They are not meant to line up perfectly...that was my sticking point.  Once I saw that, I was able to stamp my blooms.   I fussy cut them, and then decided where to place them on the panel. Next I stamped  the stems and leaves.  Then I cut a glittery panel to mat the focal point.  I next used the WPLUS9 lattice die for another panel layer.  I attached the blooms and added some wink of stella for some shine.  The card was finished with a gold embossed birthday sentiment from SSS on vellum.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Birthday

A quick post for hub's birthday card.  We have been remodeling our bath, and my crafting time has been reduced.  I managed to put this together, using a stamp of sneakers from Simon Says Stamp, it came from one of the card kits this spring.  Hubs is a big Converse Chuck Taylor sneaker fan.  Definitely his favorite footwear.  Since I was taking the Copics for Cardmakers  class I used them to color the shoes.  The sentiment diecut, was a creation on my Silhoutte Portrait stacked 4 times.  Hubs enjoyed the card.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Paper Shredder

Late last evening I participated in another scramble at the Hero Arts Flickr group.  Greta was our hostess, and she really made it a scramble.   

We were to use something non-traditional on or in the making of our card. I used a paper shredder. I stamped the Life of the Party Dots background stamp inked with Field Greens, Cup O Joe, Butterbar, and Orange Soda on to a piece of white cardstock. After it dried a bit, I sent it through the shredder.  Now I have often had the urge to send a card project through the shredder, but never have I had the urge to pick pieces of shredded card back out.  So, I decided that was my non-traditional portion of the scramble.  My method of creating my horizontal panel.

The same background stamp was  clear embossed on orange cardstock. I also stamped leaves-from the 3 Dotted Flowers stamp, and heat embossed them in gold HA embossing powder as well as the sentiment which is from the set Good Friends. All embossed items were fussy cut.

I put the card together by lining  up my shreds, and gluing them down. Next the leaves were glued down, and the orange panel was wrapped in gold thread. The sentiment was then wrapped around the card and secured in the back.  Then the completed front panel was added to a brown card base with foam tape. This is a 4 Bar sized card. 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Blog Anniversary Drawing Winner

Thanks to all who stopped by and left comments on my anniversary blog post.  The winner of my prize is
Lucille K said... 1
Hi Cat,
Congrats on 2 years of blogging. I have been stamping cards for 5 years now. Like many others, I started stamping when I attended a Stampin' Up party in 2009. I have made cards since I was a little girl, always liked to draw and get my fingers dirty. Your cards are so pretty, I would love to receive them :)
Congratulations Lucille. Thanks so much for your visits and kind comments. Please email me your mailing address at catluvspaper(at)gmail(dot)com.  I'll get your prize out to you.

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September Card Chain Challenge

I signed up for the September Card Chain Challenge at Society of Stampaholics again this month.  I decided to use the color palette that Deborah suggested for one option of the card exchange. My card is going to my blogging friend Greta.
I water colored a piece of water color paper with Koi water colors.  Then I die cut it with Spellbinder deckled edge rectangles.  Next I die cut three SSS leaf columns, and coated them with Distress glitter in clear rock candy (I love this stuff).

My final die cut was the SSS bow in a nice olive green. The leaf columns were trimmed just a bit to fit on the panel, and the bow was added.  All was placed on an A2 sized card base using foam tape.  I did not add a sentiment, because it was fine just as a note card.

The photo is not perfectly in focus, but the upside is that you can see the sparkle from the glitter--and the bow almost looks velvety.

Think about signing up for the next challenge here.

I am adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge #2 at their flickr group. The challenge runs until October 2nd.  I used the left to right diagonal in the tic tac toe options board. Tic-Tac-Toe! by Simon.Says.Stamp
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