Saturday, 12 April 2014

Eggs! Dynamic Duos #98

Happy Saturday, folks!
Time for another challenge from the Dynamic Duos.
This week's soft and subtle colours are perfect for Easter projects.
 I saw this card with similar colours on the Operation Write Home blog a couple of weeks ago, and really liked the addition of GOLD to the yellow and violet.
 My blogging friend Hansi recently made an adorable card, "decorating" her eggs with embossing, 
so I knew my card this week would feature eggs.
I also wanted to play around with using cutting dies for embossed frames. 
So I first used an embossing pad to define a rectangular frame on my card front. Then I masked off all but the central panel and set to work with my egg stamps.
 Can you believe it? A one-layer card!
The yellow eggs were a two-step stamp and I coated them with Wink of Stella pen. The purple eggs were stamped with Tsuneiko opalescent ink in Lavender. Then I added the gold "Faberge" eggs, using Versamark ink and gold embossing powder. Then I pulled off the masking tape and VOILÁ! I'm still kinda shocked with how well this turned out!
One more look:
I added a "Happy Easter" sentiment to the inside of the card.
Now off you hop, like good little bunnies, to see all the lovely creations by the Dynamic Duos design team this week.

Hope you find some crafty time this week. Make sure to link up your project. We love seeing your creations!
Happy crafting,
Caroline

Supplies:
Cardstock: White Daisy, CTMH
Inks: Buttercup, Creme Brulee (CTMH); lavender opalescent (Tsuneiko); Versamark.
Stamp set: retired CTMH
Gold embossing powder
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Die: Lil'Inker's Stitched Rectangles cutting die; Spellbinders embossing pad.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Warm Hugs... for Colour Me...!


A little mid-week post to play along with my friends at Colour Me...! where the theme this week is "striking."
My crafty sister Morag sent me a link earlier this week to a tutorial by Dawn McVey, on the Make It Monday YouTube channel. She demonstrates a simple method for a no-sew quilted look.  I had tried something similar before with embossing folders, but I had not tried using a cutting plate to emboss layered paper.
So, a little time to play presented itself last night, and I tried it out.
Here's the first card, pretty much CASE'd from Dawn's examples:
She lined her blocks up with the diagonal on the card base. It makes for some funky angles, which didn't really line up too well with the diamond design on my cutting plate. I added a vellum tag, attached with some cross-stitch "kisses."
For the second card, I placed the patterned squares more "squarely" and used a random-pattern cutting plate, which looks more like free-motion quilting:
I gave the vellum tag a little more definition with some white faux stitching.
Which do you prefer?
Plenty of time to join in Colour Me...!'s challenge this week!
Happy crafting,
Caroline

Supplies:
Patterned paper: CTMH, featured colours are Crème Brulé, Lagoon and White Daisy; vellum.
Ink: Lagoon pigment ink; clear embossing powder; Signo Uniball white gel pen.
Fibres: CTMH waxy flax in Colonial White (retired)


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Happy Birthday...for the Dynamic Duos #97

Good morning, peeps!
It's bold and cheery week at the Dynamic Duos.
Here are your colours to play with:
They seemed to call for a celebration, so I made a birthday card for my youngest sister (it's okay, she doesn't read my blog!) using a technique I've been seeing, overlapping inlaid die-cuts. 
See Amy Kolling's cute card HERE, for an example and method.
I used scraps of cardstock and patterned paper in the challenge colours, cutting out circles consecutively from my white base panel, and subbing in the matching sized PP circles. Kind of a fun bubbly look!
The sentiment is embossed on a white-dotted vellum flag. I used dye-ink and clear embossing powder, but the pink colour "cooked" in the heat and didn't match the rest of the card anymore! I salvaged it by going over the letters with a bright pink alcohol marker. A few sequins finish off the card.
Check out the cards from the design team at the Dynamic Duos' blog.
Get inky and show us your stuff! We love to see what you create.
Happy crafting,
Caroline
Supplies:
Cardstock in White Daisy, Bubblegum and Lagoon (CTMH); dotted vellum (Paper Wishes)
Ink: Bubblegum and Lagoon; pink Spectrum Noir marker
Dies: Spellbinders small circle dies set.


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Lecker! Something delicious for KIS! #36

It's been a while since I played with Keep It Simple!
The current challenge is "Lecker!" which translates to "delicious."

My sister, who lives in Amsterdam, uses that word, too, and it DOES sound delicious when spoken. There are already cards submitted with fruit, cake, coffee and so on, so I thought I'd go the CHOCOLATE route.
This card features a Stamp of the Month from Close to my Heart. I heat-embossed the brownie with Cocoa powder (yum!), and traced the frosting with a white gel pen.  The lacy border is a Paper Wishes die and the ribbon was a Verve purchase. Everything is mounted on a Chocolate card base with some pink enamel dots thrown in for good measure.
Are you thinking of your favorite treat?
Why not head over to the Keep It Simple blog and link up your creation. The challenge runs through Wednesday, April 3rd.
Happy crafting,
(AND cooking and munching!)
Caroline

Supplies:
Cardstock in Chocolate, Cocoa and White Daisy
Ink: Versamark + Cocoa embossing powder and White Detail embossing powder
Stamp sets: both retired Close to My Heart; A Chocolate Affair & Mad About You
Distress Markers and Copics; Wink of Stella
Ribbon: Verve Stamps
Dies: Paper Wishes "2 Lacy Borders;"Spellbinders' circles and scalloped circles
Enamel dots: Flamingo, CTMH

Going Green with "Thanks" ...for Dynamic Duos #96

Good morning, everyone.
Woke up to rain, here in Canada's capital.  Messy, but a welcome change in the weather!
Maybe it'll help things GREEN up around here.

Dynamic Duos' challenge this week will do just that:
It's the FIFTH Saturday of the month, so YOU get to choose the second colour.

For my card, I stuck with yellow-based colours, and chose a warm gold to compliment the green.
The card design was inspired by this card, found on Pinterest.
I've been loving all the water-colouring going on out there, and inked up my leaves and flowers stamps (from Paper Smooches--see links below) with Distress Markers adding a little spritz of water before stamping.
I felt the focal image needed a little more visual weight against that strong dotty background, so added the buttons to "stage" the vase. It also qualifies it for Simon Says Stamps' Wednesday challenge, Anything Goes with Buttons. And for House of Cards' challenge "add a button" (thanks, Cornelia!). I'm also linking to Paper Smooches' Anything Goes Sparks Challenge.

Time to check out what my fellow Design Team members have chosen to pair with their Gumball Green:

Hope you'll be inspired to play along with us this week at the Dynamic Duos. We LOVE seeing your creations!
Happy crafting,
Caroline

Supplies:
Cardstock: Close to My Heart--New England Ivy, Goldrush; 
                 Stampin' Up--Old Olive; 
                 Paper Wishes--Rosemary & Thyme 6x6 paper pack.
Buttons:   Close to My Heart and Paper Wishes
Ink:          Versamark with White Detail embossing powder
                Wink of Stella glitter pen
Ribbon:    green mesh from the bargain bin at Michael's


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Card for a Crafty Friend...Dynamic Duos #95

Hey there, crafty friends.
Guess what its doing outside, this fine Spring morning in Ontario?
Snowing fit to beat the band. 
PERFECT day to stay inside and CRAFT.
And we have the perfect recipe for you, here at the Dynamic Duos:
Yep, its Triple Threat week! THREE delicious colours to play with.
This week, I wanted to experiment with some water-colouring effects. LOTS of that out and about on the internet. Did I mention my penance this year for Lent? NO purchasing of craft supplies for the whole 40 days... So, making use of what I have on hand, I first heat-embossed this great subway-art design from Fresh-Squeezed Stamps:
Then I played around with some distress markers and water-colour pencils. 
As I didn't have anything close, my SU friend Hayley gave me some Rich Razzleberry cardstock (WHAT a delicious colour!). It seemed to deserve centre-stage on this card. So I rummaged through my button and bling collection to come up with this final product:
 Further note the cross-stitching along the bottom (more, sadly retired Fresh-squeezed stamps) and the über-cute scissors charm! (Close to my Heart jewelry supplies).
I just love how this turned out, and some crafty friend will be the lucky recipient!

Check out the awesome creations by the Dynamic Duos design team:

Now get your craft on, and meet us at the Dynamic Duos blog-link.We love to see what you create!
Happy crafting,
Caroline

Supplies:
Card-stock: Rich Razzleberry (SU); white Daisy (CTMH); watercolour paper (Ranger)
Ink: Versamark, and Clear Detail embossing powder (SU)
Stamps: Fresh-Squeezed Stamps--Crafty Friend and Friendly Folk
Colour: Ranger Distress markers in Picked Preserves, Evergreen Bough and Victorian Velvet; water-brush
Buttons and bling: Close to my Heart green and pink button collections (retired); purple gems; Craft Queen charms.
Ribbon from the stash

Friday, 21 March 2014

Glam-rock card for Simon Says Stamp

Wow-I just realized these colours look very St. Patrick's...
But the reason for this card is all about the glitter!
The Simon Says Stamp blog has a (relatively) new feature--a Wednesday challenge.

Here's my card, featuring some glitter paper from Close to My Heart, a great word-die from Paper Smooches and some Wink of Stella, of course.
I glued the black scalloped circle to the white panel before die-cutting "celebrate," then mounted it with foam tape over the green glitter paper.
The birthday candles are a stamp from The Stamps of Life, coloured with Copics and glitzed up with Wink of Stella. Not sure if they need some glitter glue, too?
I forgot to photograph the inside of the card--come back tomorrow to see that.
Here's the inside. So as to maximize use of the glitter paper, I die-cut the letters from the panel of glitter paper before gluing it to my card base. The cut-outs are hidden by the white panel on top.
 I also went back and added just a titch more glitter with some gold Stickles on top of the candle flames and some Smooch ink on the green candles.
Signing off now to link up the card.
Check out Simon says Stamp!
Happy crafting,
Caroline

Supplies:
Cardstock in White Daisy, Black, green glitter (CTMH)
Stamp set: The Stamps of Life "cake2build"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers