Love this “Trendy Trees” image from Memory Box.  Both the Spring and Autumn cards today use this fun stamp and are colored with Copic Markers.

The Spring card also uses the “Trendy Trees” coordinating die… twice!  Got a forest goin’ on here!

A white gel pen accents the leaves and branches.

Here is the Autumn card.

The leaves and branches are highlighted with the gel pen here as well.  It really pops them.  Love this effect.

The Spring card is entering three challenges:
**Addicted to Stamps: #87 “Make Your Mark”**
**Crazy for CAS: #40 Inspiration Picture**
**Muse: #60** I was inspired by the forest of Birch trees, and created my own “forest” with the “Trendy Trees.”

Edited:  Cornelia over at Stamplorations suggested that I also enter the Spring card in their March Challenge: “Spring”.  So I did.  🙂

The Autumn card is playing along in the:
**Clean & Simple Stamping: FTL Sketch #285**

Happy Crafting!

Spring Card:

Stamps: Memory Box “Trendy Trees”; Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Select White and New Leaf

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Copics; White Gel Pen

Accessories: Memory Box “Trendy Trees Die”; Grosgrain Ribbon

Autumn Card:

StampsMemory Box “Trendy Trees”; MFT “Triple Scoop Promo”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate

InksMemento “Tuxedo Black”; Copics; White Gel Pen

Accessories: Brown Brad; Corner Rounder Punch

Mar 162014

With three brothers-in-law whose birthdays fall very close together, I will often make their birthday cards at the same time and with a similar design.

To begin creating these scenes, I sponged the blue ink lightly at the top of the cardstock.  Then, to create the mountains, a large piece of masking paper was torn and placed across the top of the cardstock with the torn edge facing down.  The blue ink was then sponged on again at the torn edge.  The masking paper was then moved down and slightly to the left or right.  Then the sand colored mountains were sponged.  The process was repeated for the front brown mountains.

If you want to have a lake, a straight edge piece of masking paper should be placed at the bottom part of the cardstock covering the area where you want the lake to be.  This should be placed the entire time you are sponging the mountains.  When you have completed the mountains, turn the straight edge of the masking paper 180 degrees so that it covers the mountains and sponge in the lake.

The trees are then stamped.  Some ink distressing can be added by sponging a dark shadow border.

It always feels so good to get these masculine cards completed!

The first card shown today is playing along in the Creative Knockouts Challenge #28 – “Border Time” and the Fusion Card Challenge #6.  I used the sketch.

The second card is playing along in the Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #9 – “Typography”

The bottom card is playing along in the Simon Says Monday Challenge – “Distress” and the Papertake Weekly Challenge – “Bingo”.  This card’s Bingo = Ribbon / Free / Punched Shape

Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!!

Stamps: SU “Serene Silhouettes”; PTI “Sign Language”; Hero Arts “Birthday (4)”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Masking Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip

Accessories: SU Oval Punch; PTI Birthday Trio Die; Grosgrain Ribbon; Brad; Spellbinders “Large Labels”

My new Garden Grace set from PTI just arrived!  Couldn’t wait to play with it!

The pink flowers were heat embossed.  They then “resisted” the ink of the clock where it was stamped over them.  This makes the clock appear to be behind the flowers without having to mask them.  This technique is known as “emboss resist”.

Playing along in some challenges:

CAS-ual Friday #129 “Shades of Gray”

PTI Make It Monday “Color and Texture for One Layer Cards”
Texture was added by the heat embossed flowers, the dry embossed stitching folder at the top and bottom of the card and the punched out window with inset.  Since the inset is adhered to the inside of the card, no additional layers, bulk or thickness was added to the “one-layer” card.

Simon Says Monday “Tick Tock”

Seize the Birthday “Anything Goes Birthday with NO Toppings”

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous “Soulful Journey”; PTI “Garden Grace” and “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White and SU Basic Gray

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Grey, Going Gray, Rose Red and Regal Rose; VersaMark

Accessories: Cuttlebug “Pinking Stitch Border” Embossing Folder; Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder; 3/4″ and 1″ Circle Punches

Mar 052014

A good friend’s daughter is expecting twin boys… Just 10 weeks to go!

The onesies were colored with Copics and accented by drawing diagonal lines to create a diamond pattern with a White Gel Pen.

The little stars were stamped and then fussy cut.  A black Copic marker was used to color around the raw edge of the stars so that no white paper would be visible.  I think this helps to pop the star and give it a more finished look.

Playing along in 3 challenges:

Addicted to CAS #33 “Baby”

CAS on Sunday #28 “Color Me Pretty”

Eterno-ly Yours “Something Old, Something New” : Linda has challenged us to “create a project using both your old and new stash.”  The Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper is brand new.  The cute little onesies image is from a retired SU set.

Thanks for dropping by today.
Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “By Ones & By Twos”

Papers: PTI Select White and Blueberry Sky; Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Button Brad

Mar 022014

My great-niece was born on my mother’s birthday.  Mom never knew that she would have a great granddaughter share her day, but Rose shares at least one of her great grandmother’s traits.  She LOVES to craft!

Thought she would enjoy these patterned papers and all of these fun little embellishments.

This card is playing along in several challenges, too:

Pixie’s Crafty Workshop Week #114 “Snippets”

Mod Squad Challenge “Thinking of Spring 2.0”

Simon Says Wednesday “Anything Goes with Pearls”

CASE Study Challenge #180

The Friday Mashup #149 “Create a Project with Flowers”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper March Challenge

Happy Birthday sweet girl.

Stamps: Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Select White; Authentique “Promise” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Lace; Button; BoBunny “Frosting Jewels” Pearls; SU Stitched Felt Flowers and Leaves

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