Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Card Concept Challenge #48

Once again it's time for a new Card Concept Challenge.  It's amazing how quickly time flies by.  Valentine's Day is almost here.

I knew that I wanted hearts on my card and when I looked at my pink paper I found a piece that I had previously embossed and not used so I cut my heart from that.  Then I cut another heart from white using one of the shaker die from Papertrey's Shakers and Sprinkles set. 

 I used PTI's Brushed Off in several different pinks as the background. Then I embossed the sentiment in white and popped it up on dimensionals. I left the hearts flat on the paper to try to keep my card in the Clean and Simple category.

Check out the rest of the Design Team's cards and be inspired to make your own card!

Stamps: Brushed Off, Keep It Simple: Valentine (PTI)
Paper: White (PTI), Melon Mambo, Black (SU)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink (SU)
Other: Versamark, White embossing powder (Hero Arts), Heart die from Make It Market: Shakers & Sprinkles (PTI), Kool Tak Clear Foam Tape, Multi Medium Matte glue, unknown embossing folder

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Card Concept Challenge #47

Hi everyone! How are you doing?  We had so many wonderful cards entered in the last challenge and today we have another fantastic challenge for you at The Card Concept.  The inspiration photo has some lovely neutral colors and a lovely cake to inspire you. So let's get to my card which is in the Clean & Simple style.

I pulled out a really old SU set called Event Full because I thought this stamp was kinda fun. I've been playing with foil lately and wanted to try adding some to this card. I thought the bronze and silver foil would work well for the colors in the challenge. I used Score Tape to apply the foil. The bronze worked well but the silver just did not want to come off. I rubbed and rubbed and pretty much had to pull the stuff off with my fingers. Anyway, that's why the silver may look at bit roughed up.

Finally I spritzed on some bronze with a metallic Sharpie, added a few sequins and popped the top layer up on dimensionals. I also used the bronze Sharpie to fill in the wheels.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with. Have fun and check out the rest of the Design Team!!

Stamps: Event Full (SU)
Paper: Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU)
Other: Spritzer (SU), Bronze Sharpie, Transfer foil by Ranger (Basics & Vintage), sequins (Avery Elle), dimensionals, Score Tape 1/8"

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


I needed a quick sympathy card for a friend at church. I've had Papertrey's Garden Grace for a long time and had not used it. This seemed like the perfect time.

I grabbed my Misti and it was so easy to line up the leaves and flowers. I also thought that I would try Jennifer McGuire's trick of using craft foam between layers and it worked quite nicely. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stamps: Garden Grace, Think Big Favorites #3 (PTI)
Paper: White (PTI)
Ink: Melon Mambo (SU), Hibiscus Burst, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse (PTI)
Other: Misti stamp tool, white craft foam, Score Tape

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Welcome Back to The Card Concept Challenge for 2016

Hi everyone!  It's time to start up the Card Concept Challenge once again. Here in the Pacific NW it's been real cold and day before yesterday we got snow! So our first challenge of 2016 is perfect!

My style of cards is Clean & Simple -   one layer background with a single image popped up.

I added some shine to the little hearts to focus attention.

Check out the rest of the Design Team's inspiration cards and join in the challenge. I look forward to seeing your creations!!

Stamps: Heart-2-Heart #1 (PTI)
Paper: White linen (PTI)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Lovely Lady (PTI), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: Heart-2-Heart #1 die (PTI), Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen, dimensionals

Monday, December 7, 2015

New Baby in the Family

My nephew's wife just had a baby girl. I used a very old stamp from SU but it still is one of my favorites :-)

Stamps: Crayon Fun (SU), Handwritten Notes (SSS)
Paper: White, Regal Rose (SU)
Ink: Regal Rose (SU), Versafine Onyx Black
Other: Bakers twine, dimensionals

Saturday, December 5, 2015

No Stamp Christmas Card

I am way behind on my Christmas cards this year. This one came together pretty quickly because there is no stamping on it. The hardest part was picking the little pieces out of the sentiment after die cutting :-)

Merry Christmas is cut out of some red glitter paper that I got from SU years ago. I think it makes the sentiment a pretty, sparkly focus. Finally, I popped up the holly on dimensionals.

That's it. Pretty easy.  Have a great Saturday!!

Stamps: None
Paper: White, Holiday Plaid DSP (PTI), Handsome Hunter, Real Red, Red Glitter paper (SU)
Ink: None
Other: Wet Paint Holiday dies, Holly Jolly die, In the Meadow die collection (PTI)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Final Card Concept Challenge of 2015

Wow! Christmas will soon be here.  Today we have the last Card Concept Challenge of 2015. The inspiration photo is a color combo but you can also be inspired by the snowflakes if you like.

I chose to go with both the colors and the snowflakes for my Clean & Simple card.  I die cut 2 snowflakes and layered them then added a piece of twine. Next I cut a a piece of vanilla using a Fishtail Flag die then ran it through my Big Shot again and cut the opposite end to get a double ended tag for my sentiment.

The base cardstock of Night of Navy looked a bit spare so I spritzed Glimmer Mist on to give it some sparkle. This looks cool (though hard to photograph) but it also warped my cardstock. I guess I'll be pressing the card under a book :-)  Another thing which you can't really see in the photo is that I added Wink of Stella to the snowflakes so they also shimmer. Very pretty IRL!

I hope that you will visit the rest of the design team to see what they came up with. I'm looking forward to seeing all your creations!

Merry Christmas! See you in January!

Stamps: Keep It Simple: Christmas (PTI)
Paper: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Other: Eliza and Kate snowflake dies (SSS), Fishtail Flag Stax die (MFT), Wink of Stella Glitter pen clear, Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), twine

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Card Concept Challenge #44

Hi everyone! We are moving into the holiday season with our inspiration photo for this challenge. Can't you just smell the cinnamon sticks and hot apple cider on the stove.

For my card I wanted to try a new (to me) technique using foil on the card.  I got some Sticky Embossing Powder, Versamark & foil and tried several times to get this technique to work and failed each time. Finally I resorted to using good ole gold embossing powder on the star. I think that since I was trying to emboss on white card stock I must have heat it too long. Have any of you had luck using Sticky Embossing Powder with your stamps? I'd love to hear about it.

My card is Clean & Simple. You can read about the styles here. The tree is stamped on a white tag.  I really liked the plaid chair in the photo and so I cut a second tag from a piece of plaid paper and placed it behind the tree. This is popped up on dimensionals. Finally the sentiment was added and that is that.

I hope you will join us for this challenge. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with! And don't forget to check out the rest of the design team!!

Stamps: O' Tannenbaum, Keep It Simple: Christmas (Papertrey)
Paper: White, Holiday Plaid pattern paper (Papertey)
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Classic Kraft, Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy (Papertrey), Versamark
Other: Tag Sale #5 die (Papertrey), Gold embossing powder, May Arts twine, foam dimensionals

Saturday, November 7, 2015


My son-in-law successfully defended his doctoral thesis last Friday and earned his PhD. Yay Brian!  This card went out in the mail today. Vickie - no peeking!!

He is a big lover lover of silver and black so of course I had to use those colors on his card.

All the extra doo dads are embossed in silver. I rubbed my embossing buddy over the black paper but there still is residue on the paper. Rats!

I die cut the celebrate 3 times in black and one time in silver and glued them all together before adhering to the card. This gives the sentiment a bit of dimension. The black panel was layered on silver paper, then white.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Good Times (PTI)
Paper: White, silver and black
Ink: Versamark
Other: Silver embossing powder, Good Times die (PTI), 2 way glue pen

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Color Challenge 43

Wow! Time just flies by this time of year.  We have another Card Concept Challenge for your today. The inspiration photo has some soft colors of beige, yellows, golds and if you look closely even blue.

My card is in the Clean & Simple style which is defined here. I wanted to get an apple into my card but that just didn't work out for me so I stuck with the colors. I started with More Mustard Along the bottom and then some Crushed Curry above that. They are a bit close in color so hard to distinguish a change. The next color up is Bordering Blue.

 I die cut the thanks in both More Mustard and Chocolate Chip and layered them slightly offset.  I placed this right along the intersection of the blue and yellow inks.

Lastly I stamped a few twinkles going up the card in the 3 colors and added some shine with my Stardust Gelly Roll pen and popped the panel up on foam tape.

I hope that you will check out the cards of the rest of the Design Team and then join in with our challenge!!  Have a great day!

Stamps: Good Times (PTI)
Paper: White (PTI); More Mustard, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Ink: More Mustard, Crushed Curry, Bordering Blue (SU)
Other: Thanks On a Line die (SSS); Stardust Gelly Roll pen; foam tape; glue pen

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