365 Cards: 365 Cards Inspired!

Hello!  It's Saturday!  That means I get to share another challenge with you at 365 Cards.  This one was fun because I got to use a pretty Chrysanthemum image!  The official challenge is to let the redesign of the 365 Cards blog inspire your card... and it did!

Anyone who looks at my blog often may know that I love green (and brown and teal..), so I was excited to use the background of the blog as my card base.  Next, I was drawn to the brown scroll-y frame in the header and the contrast between the blog's green background and the white header.  So I stamped a vintage frame and a sentiment in brown and layered it over the green paper.  The image is from Sweet 'n  Sassy Stamps, who was our sponsor this week (I say 'was' because it's the last day!)  Now, you also may know that I don't own any fancy markers to color in images like this... so I've learned to be a little bit resourceful.  For this one, since it's a digital stamp, I actually opened it up in Photoshop and colored it there, then printed it on the green paper.  I don't really love the look of color ink printed on a card if I'm looking for a polished handmade look, so I just brushed a thin layer of clear glitter glue over the image with a paintbrush and called it good :)  It gives the color a little extra brightness and actually, it actually moved the color around a tiny bit, so it actually looks hand colored or hand painted.

Anyway that's about it for today, but I hope maybe you're inspired by the 365 blog too!  Have a great weekend (Adelle's going to be a giraffe for Halloween!!!)!  Thanks for reading!

Cardstock, ribbon, buttons, frame and sentiment stamps: ALL Papertrey Ink
Digital Stamp: November Chrysanthemum by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Ink: Memento (Rich Cocoa) and my Canon printed ink :)
Glitter Glue: Horizon Group USA


Stampin' Saturday w/Stampin' Up!

Hello hello and Happy Saturday!  Today's card for 365 Cards requires not only a card, but an envelope as well!   The challenge is to stamp on the card and use the same stamp to decorate the envelope.  For me, it was my set of Woodgrain stamps from PTI. :)

Here's a close-up of the card!  I made it for a friend who is having a baby shower today, so hopefully she doesn't see it here before she sees it in person!  :)

...and the envelope!

This is a short post today, but here are the details!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up, Papertrey Ink (just the aqua mist)
Stickers: Vintage label sticker, chevron border sticker: Studio Calico, "hooray!" sentiment: SRM
Rub-on: (pocket watch) Michael's
Stamps: woodgrain: PTI, vintage label: PTI, letters: Martha Stewart
Ribbon: PTI
Ink: PTI, Memento, Martha Stewart
Leaf Cut-out (Quickutz for the Silhouette SD)


365 Cards: Last, But Not Least

Hello, blog readers (if there are still any of you out there after not blogging so long)!  I'm here to share today's 365 Cards challenge with you!  I really enjoyed this one, so I just had to share!  This week's sponsor (ending today) is Prickley Pear and I got to use an awesome Retro Trees stamp.  I just love it!  The challenge today is to pull out a technique that you don't do very often or maybe even don't like to do much.  I have a few of those that I just don't have the patience to do all the time, so for this I chose masking.  Masking is basically where you shield one stamp or part of a stamp to add another stamp (or repeat the same stamp) to it without overlapping them.

Here's how the full card turned out. You can probably tell that I really enjoyed making this one!  To do masking for this card, I had to stamp the tree stamp on other paper, Xacto around it, then I placed that over the already stamped image on my card to protect it while I stamped the white polka dots, which is supposed to look like snow :)  I added a gem and a couple of green trees just to add some dimension.  I really love how the Studio Calico border sticker looks layered over the grosgrain ribbon.

This was one of those cards that didn't take very long to make at all because it already made perfect sense in my head :)  Yay for that!  I hope you'll pull out a neglected technique to post a card on 365 Cards by tomorrow night (so you can be eligible for the prize from Prickley Pear!).  Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Prickley Pear (Retro Trees), Papertrey Ink: Polka Dot Basics II, Fillable Frames #4, Signature Christmas
Ink: Versamark, PTI (Fresh Snow), Memento (Rich Cocoa)
Ribbon: PTI
Sticker: Studio Calico (Anthology)
Gems: Studio 18 (from Michaels)
Border Punch: Fiskars (Apron Lace)
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories


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