Saturday, February 16, 2013

Paper, Tools & Techniques... Oh, My!

Hi everyone,

Excited about this weekend's OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party? I know I am.

star paper, chevron paper, word search: We R Memory Keepers Red, White & Blue
cardstock: red: Bazzill watermelon, blue: ???; stars: Recollections brads
techniques: crimping, fussy cutting

This challenge inspired me to use one of those patterns and one of those small embellishments in the paper pad that hadn't initially called to me. Thanks, Erika!

Thinking this is a card that might appeal to a pre-teen.

paper: Core-indinations Vintage collections; butterfly: K & Company adhesive chipboard
embellishments: Queen & Co and Mark Richards pearls; flea market & scrap ribbon by/from ???
technique: embossing with Sizzix folder; tools: Creative Memories cutting system, corner rounder
I can never resist the opportunity to make a butterfly card. Misty's challenge gave me the perfect reason to use this adorable butterfly chipboard sticker. Thanks, Misty!

It seems like a daddy might be sending these butterfly kisses to his little princess. :)

green/gray paper: Distress Ink core, black: Cardstock Warehouse Paper Co, brown: AC;
embellishments: garage sale brads;
techniques: selective embossing with Tim Holtz folder; heat embossing with Distress Ink Black Soot and clear powder;
inking in Distress Ink Black Soot, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Stampin' Up! Bravo Burgandy, Stampin' Up! Going Gray
sentiment: Jillian Vance; adhesive: 3D glue dots

Oh my gosh -- I've seen this technique used on cards and wondered how it was done!  Thank you, Beth, for sharing this with us! 

One note about the card: I originally placed brads at the center of the gears, but felt the gears were starting to look more like flowers. So, I added additional brads -- going for a few clusters of 3 -- to bring back the "manliness" feel of the card. Hubby said it was "nice", which is pretty high praise from Mr. Stoic. :)

Summer Rule No. 7 tag: My Mind's Eye garage-sale bargain
blue paper: Distress Ink core; brown and green paper: Core-dinations Vintage core
circle and hole punches, sanded for distressed effect
inking in Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Distress Ink Peeled Paint, and Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
paper: BasicGrey inked in Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Distress Ink Antique Linen
Martha Stewart butterfly punches; Creative Memories cutting system
Queen & Company and Mark Richards Pearl; Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder

It's ironic I have two cards for this challenge because I really do not have many winged things in my stash upstairs -- a fact hubby would find rather unbelievable! Thanks, Yvonne, for helping me spread my wings for this challenge. 

What I really like about the first of these cards is that it's a change of pace for me. I've had this adorable tag, which was 10 cents at a garage sale, for several years. Guess it was waiting for just the right challenge to come along! I also like how the sanded circles mimic the circles on the tag.

The second card is more of a typical card for me, although I don't often emboss patterned paper. Hubby preferred this one. :)

paper: Moxxie Father 12x12 and AC Neutrals cardstock 8x8; Cuttlebug ef
sentiment: Stamper's Best heat embossed with Distess Ink Vintage Photo
star punches: The Paper Studio and Fiskars; garage sale brad
inking in Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Close to My Heart Desert Sand


What a great challenge!  I never would've thought about getting 6 cards from one 12 by 12 sheet. And, I seldom make multiples.

However, confession is good for the soul. I had to cheat a little on this one. The only 8.5 by 11 cardstock I have is Bazzill Admiral and Watermelon -- to go with my cherished Bo Bunny Liberty paper. But, I went with the spirit of the challenge and made 6 cards from this one 12 by 12 sheet of Moxxie paper. :)

Oh, my sentiment strips are not the specified dimensions for the designated sketch... and I moved the sketch embellishments. It just felt right to place the stars on the right side to balance out the vertical strips.

dp and star sticker: Bo Bunny Liberty; cardstock: Bazzill Admiral and Watermelon
star brads: Recollections

Love the sketch!  This week's Any Hero card really came together quickly once I decided upon the dp for the background. Decided against the sentiment rectangle after placing the star on the white paper.

Can't get enough of these cute little star brads I found on sale at Michael's this past week. Just wish the center part of my card didn't look like it's sliding downhill. Why don't these things ever look so obvious on the card? :(

cardstock: AC; computer-generated sentiment
tools: Creative Memories cutting system, hole punch
Okay, I have so few wheel-related items in my stash. But, I found stickers from long ago. So, I went online, did a search of truck birthday parties, and came up with the idea of yellow and black diagonals. Various party sentiments provided a spark of inspiration and the card text was born. Kind of stumbled on the gray and orange papers through experimentation. Finally, I decided to go with just black punched holes to kid-friendly focal accents

Thanks, Linda, for inspiring me to create my own wheek-related background to go with my few stickers. :)

DCWV Sweet matstack; SEI Happy Day die cut accent
stash ribbon (with cute polka dots); Mark Richards crystal sticker pearls
tools: Creative Memories cutting system, Fiskars border bunch
technique: inking edges in Close to My Heart Desert Sand
Jen, you had me at chocolate. Thanks for hosting!  :)

For those new to OWH, the glitter on this card is okay. Papers with baked-in glitter, like some DCWV and SEI lines, are okay to use. The "Can I scrape it off?" test is a good test to use. 

Sharon's All White & Cream and Kaylee's Glitter-Free Glitz and Glam Challenges

White & Cream cardstock: AC; Cuttlebug ef
embellishements: Queen & Co and Mark Richards pearls, cream tulle

I never, ever would have thought of doing a 3-layered card in all white or cream. And the results are so elegantly CAS. I'm really loving this monochromatic look. (Wouldn't this make a beautiful wedding card?)

For Sharon's challenge, the layers are: bottom embossed white base, cream rectangle, and a white rectangle with a scored border. I went with pearled butterflies and tulle for the embellishments.

After I embossed the butterflies, I thought about adding a tiny pearl for every embossed dot -- channeling my inner Sandy, I suppose! This seemed like a perfect way to incorporate Kaylee's glam challenge. While it makes for an interesting effect, I'm thinking all the pearls might be too much to send in the mail. So, I'm thinking of replacing the top butterflies before I mail this to Kris -- maybe going with just a few pearls in the center of each butterfly.

Thanks to both Sharon and Kaylee for hosting such creative challenges.

Making Memories Packing Tape; Core-dinations core paper
computer-generated sentiment; garage sale brads

technique: sanding

I seem to be saying this a lot during this card-making party, but I did not have any  washi tape in the menopause (aka craft) room -- mainly because I had no idea what to do with it. However, I did have some garage-sale packing tape that I had not yet opened. So, in the spirit of the challenge, I went with that.

After seeing Donna's great sample card and the wonderful linked cards, it looks like I'm headed to my LSS to pick up some washi tape. Thanks, Donna, for showing some of the cool things that can be done with a little tape!

Parting Thoughts

Wow! That was so much fun! With the recent demands of work, it'd been a long time since I've had a couple of days to devote to cardmaking. So glad I was able to do that this weekend.  :)

Thanks to OWH's very own Allison for organizing our party and to all of the cardmakers who hosted challenges. And, thanks to all of you who visited and/or left comments.

Looks like it's time for Design Boot Camp. It appears Paula has a focal point lesson for us!  
Happy scrappin'!


Cheryl Claycomb Anderegg said...

cute card, I love the word search. A fun card with a little added game piece! Thanks for the inspiration

Misty said...

I love all the elements on this. Never knew they made chevron paper!
Hummer Hugs,
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Sybrina! I think this would be a fun card for a hero to send home to any age; it is also fab for AnyHero cards. Love that little patriotic Word Search focal point!!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Ohhh, this is so cool! I love the colors and your zig zag design too =)

Anonymous said...

The addition of the word search is such a clever idea! I love your card.

Nancy Keller said...

What a very fun, interactive card :) I love your choice of colors, too!

Jen said...

I really like your design! The colors are great, too! I think you're right, this would be a great teen card!

Nancy Keller said...

Aww fun, I love that embossing pattern too :) I love your butterfly card!

Erika said...

I love the patriotic card you made, Sybrina. Those chevrons add a bit of pizzazz to your card. Thanks for playing along in my challenge today!

Beth L. said...

I love what you did with your card. I have that folder and don't use it much but you have given me some good ideas. Thanks for joining the challenge.

Paula S. said...

I like how your Texture Omitting card came out. This was the first time I'd tried it to and I struggled with it a bit but will definitely be trying it again. The little bling you added to yours is such a nice touch.

cindyann said...

Sabrina, you've been super busy today! That chevron card is so nice. I like the colors you used. I am looking forward to the "12x12 paper disappearing act" which I will tackle tomorrow. Great job using ribbon and stars on that one:)

Lee Mae said...

Great cards for today's challenges! I really like the embossing folder you used for the selective embossing card. I have that gears ef and I think it will have a new life now!

Leslie Hanna said...

Wow, you've done all the challenges. Awesome.

And for the sketch, it's a SUGGESTION, a jumping-off point. I love that you moved the embellishment to make the cards look better. It's all about quality, right? (as she channels Sandy)

Thanks so much for playing!!!

Cissy Murphy said...

You really have been busy! Great job on all the VCMP challenges so far!

Linda said...

Sybrina...great group of cards...someone is going to love the dump truck card...and your gear card turned out awesome...I love the brad placement. Great chevron card...the stars are a great detail! Can not wait to see the rest of your creations...thanks for playing!

Jen said...

Cute cards! Boy, you've been busy! :)
Thanks for joining in my caffeine challenge!

Nancy Keller said...

Sooo many fun things! I love your sketch card and that truck with the bold stripe pattern!

Desert Rose Stamper said...

Sybrina - Wow you've been a busy bee. What a great group of cards. The Chevron paper is perfect for the Zig Zag card. Cute ideas with the word search on the front of the card. Your 2nd card is so sweet - the EF is perfect with the butterfly - love the sentiment. I really like the gear EF in you next card, the bling is a nice touch. My favorite of the wings cards is your butterfly card. Although the tag is nice too with your added circles to match. I like the Disappearing Act too. I am like you - I don't usually do multiples -- maybe it something I should begin to do more of. I like how you changed up a bit -- I'll have to do that too . The sketch challenge card is perfect for our heroes. I like the star brads - perfect for this card. Oh the Wheels - so cute -- love the sentiment. Great background for the truck too. - Your cupcake looks yummy - love the plaid background. Your white & cream card is very elegant with all your elements and embossing. I like how you embellished the butterflies. It does make it perfect for the glitz and glam card too. I know what you mean about some cards are too lumpy. I have to selective sending them to OWH when I start adding a lot of elements. Thanks for participating in all of the challenges.

Sharon S.

Misty said...

I love all your cards (even 'mine) but those gears!!! LOL I have to come back and read the fine print on a few of!
Thanks for playing along with my part of OWH VCMP.

Hummer Hugs,
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Yvonne B. said...

Wow! You were extremely busy! So fun to see all your cards! And you created TWO cards for Things With Wings! Hurray! Thanks for playing along in my challenge for this weekend’s VCMP! I hope you had a good time!

Carol L said...

Way to go for finishing all those challenges! I really like the chevrons but everything else looks great too! Well done :)

Michele from MS said...

Super duper job completing that many challenges in 1 weekend! Still playing catch up here. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!!

Kaylee Snyder said...

Wow! You nailed all the challenges. Love how you combined my and Shannon's challenges to make a wonderfully elegant card. The butterflies and rhinestones are fabulous. Great work! Thanks for joining the VCMP 'Glitz and Glam' challenge.