Wednesday, June 20, 2012

CAS Inspiration from Pinterest

Hello.  Has anyone else become addicted to Pinterest?  I've spent hours pinning cards to my boards, and decided it was time to TAKE ACTION, and call on some of that inspiration I've been gathering to fill up my box for Operation Write Home!  My find some clean and simple designs to replicate in mass. The cards below were made with pretty papers from the "Everyday Enchantment" DP set and matching brads and ribbon from Stampin' Up!  First, a true clean and simple.  A Pool Party base, with a textured cream cardstock layer, and punched squares (using a Martha Stewart punch). Added one brad for a bit of pizzaz, and a Hero Arts sentiment.  Loved the results....decided to make some more.

Second card....I was out of textured cream cardstock and Very Vanilla smooth looked TOO simple. Decided to add a striped texture with my SU! embossing folder and the Cuttlebug.  Needed something else...add a zig zag stitching (haven't done that in a while). What to do about the sentiment?  Add a banner with inked edges...popped.  Accent piece....a bit of ribbon would be pretty.  Not especially CAS.

Card three...tricked out.  So much for Clean and Simple. For this one I did a bit more inking, stitched the sentiment banner into the zig zag stitch and popped two of the four squares.

So now I've got multiples punched and cut to replicate design number two....but we'll see what happens when I actually start putting them together!  (Did I mention that I really have trouble sticking with one design?)

Hope your day is INSPIRED!  Thanks for stopping by!

Shari B

Monday, June 18, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge #126

Hello, crafters! Today I wanted to share a happy little card that was inpired by the lastest sketch challenge at Operation Write Home. I started with this cute monkey stamp from Hero Arts that jumped in my shopping cart a couple of weeks ago!  He's swinging from a banner, which was a $1 find at Michael's. I also colored  some extra flags and popped them for dimension. Papers are from PTI and SU, and sentiment is from Scrappy Moms.

This card was more fun than a barrel of monkeys, but I seem to be technology challenged tonight, and keep deleting parts of my post, so I'm going to quickly get this posted without further ado!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!  Have a great week!

Shari B

Sunday, June 10, 2012

OWH Sketch #125

This week's sketch challenge at OWH Stars and Stamps blog reminded me of a "LOVE" stamp from Stampin' Up that I hadn't inked up in years! I heat embossed the letter blocks in gold, and mounted them on some pretty white embossed paper I picked up on a DP shopping frenzy at Michael's a few weeks ago. I added some white ribbon and layered everything on a white card base.

I decided this would make a pretty wedding or anniversary card, so it's being filed away until the perfect occasion arises!

Then, it was on to some cardmaking for my OWH box! I cut some sentiments at 3/4" in black using the Cricut Stamping Solutions cartridge, grabbed some gingham ribbon, and layered silk flower embellishments from Creative Memories.  Quick and fun!

And now, for the card I REALLY wanted to make today!  I've been wanting to use this cute stamp from Penny Black for QUITE some time....and thought she'd look pretty cute on this floral embossed paper! I dug around for some black gingham print paper for a background, and the "XOXO" seemed it was meant to be!

Copics Y11, Y15, E11, E31, YG03, YG13, RV02, R35, R37

WOW! Lots of card making today!  Thanks for stopping by to take a look!  Have a great week!

Shari B

Sunday, June 3, 2012

To Gnome You is to Love You

This card was SO MUCH FUN to make!  It was inspired by a tutorial on patchwork squares on the Operation Write Home blog. Throughout the last week I've been punching scraps, aligning, and re-aligning until tonight when I decided the idea had simmered long enough and it was time to put paper to sewing machine!

The cute little gnome is from SU! Gnome Sweet Gnome set which I colored with copic markers, and the sentiment is from the Gnomenclature set. The little flower is from the SU! Furry Folk set.  I added some New Leaf ribbon from PTI.

I'm linking this up to the OWH tutorial, and as a last minute entry to the Moxie Fab World Gingham Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!  Hope you have a fun and fabulous week!

Shari B

OWH Sketch Challenge #124

For this week's OWH Sketch Challenge at the Operation Write Home blog, I decided to try out my new Hero Arts bicycle stamp. This was at impulse buy the other day at Michael's.  I forget why I stopped in there - there was SOMETHING I really needed - and ended up buying a couple of stamps I didn't KNOW I needed!  Well, hey, they were half price - and I saved $10.00!

For this card I used a sponge, a scallop shape, and SU Bashful Blue ink to stamp the cloud effect in the background. For the grass, I sponged some SU Pear Pizzaz, and stamped some blades of grass with a stamp from the SU Gnome Sweet Gnome set. I colored the flowers and basket with copics. The background papers and sentiment are also from SU.  I backed everything in black, and added a scrap of gold ribbon and a gold banner with black pearls for a bit of pizzazz.

Now that I've got a card finished for my OWH box, I'll be getting back to a project I started yesterday - wrangling my scraps!  I need to make more space in my craft room for those "must have" impulse buys!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!
Shari B