Thursday, June 13, 2013

Inspirational Card

This week I've been working on a Father's Day chipboard album to give to my husband from the kids, so it's been busy in the craft room as I've been trying to juggle that and a few other card projects to complete tomorrow.  I'll be posting today's card on 2 challenge blogs, and I will be sending it to Maddy Justice - her story can be found here.

I was very saddened by Maddy's story, of course.  My boys' school is very involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and every year we do Math-a-Thon to help raise money for the hospital.  Maddy's story reminded me of the many we hear about throughout Math-a-Thon, so I felt the need to send her a small hello just to let her know she is in our prayers as well.  Here is the card:

For this card, I started out by using Papertrey Ink's rustic white cardstock to make the base.  Have I ever told you how much I love this textured white cardstock?  Not only is the weight *awesome*, but the non-whiteness of it, to me, is the new white.  I will often stay away from stark white card bases because it seems too bland, so this textured white is such a great substitute!  The flowers are classic Hero Arts stamps that I fussy-cut.  Actually, the left and right blooms are a single image (Jewel Daisy), but the middle bloom is just the center of an even bigger flower (Many Petals).  I stamped both images onto Authentique's 'Renew' paper (Rejuvenate), then used glossy accents to accentuate the middle section of the blooms.  The paper that the flowers are glued to is also a patterned paper from Authentique's 'Renew' collection, and the banner and sentiment come from Papertrey Ink's Bountiful Banners stamp set.

I'll be posting this card at CAS-ual Fridays, since they're cue words this week are Banners & Flags.  I'll also be posting it over at CASology's website as they're cue word is "yellow." 

Hope you like the card...enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

CAS-ology cue: Wheels!

For this week's CASology challenge, I decided to put my Hero Arts 'Joy Ride' stamp set to good use.  I kept trying to avoid buying this set because I already had a cling set similar to this, but when I found it on sale fora ridiculous price, I just couldn't pass it up!!  In any case, I wanted to make something clean and simple mainly because the card was going overseas and I wanted to put as little bulk on it as possible.  Here is what I came up with:

When I think of clean and simple, I often forget that it doesn't necessarily mean plain cardstock on white card base, even though that may be my general go-to choice.  I thought I'd try placing a clean and simple pattern on a non-white card base, then playing around with some simple techniques like embossing.  

For my patterned paper, I used some old Jillibean Soup Country Pumpkin Chowder on top of Bazzill's Parakeet green.  The image and sentiment both come from Hero Arts's 'Joy Ride' and the little flower is a hydrangea punch by Martha Stewart.  I embossed the image and sentiment onto dark blue cardstock using detail white embossing powder.  The white brings out the white that the patterned paper has, keeping the card from being too dark and serious (despite the sentiment, heh!).

Hope you like the card.....enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!