Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Flora&Fauna - Gossamer Blue - Sept '15 Guest Spot

Hello Peeps,

I'm here today to share with you a project series I made for my Gossamer Blue Sept'15 guest post. I was thrilled at the idea of being asked to guest post for a kit company (I'll admit it's been a while since I've been asked.) I immediately accepted and started thinking of what I would do with the kits and craft goodies. While I didn't know exactly what the theme of the kits would be, I started thinking of layouts and cut files (via Silhouette) that I could possibly incorporate on my cards. I gravitated towards nature and decided that my card series would be animals and plants and so "Flora & Fauna" was born ;)

The first card features feathers. I incorporated several of the kits for this month into my cards. For this card I used a variety of patterned paper and accessories. I do enjoy the splash of color and sequins to add dimension.

This next card features butterflies. I found this beautiful butterfly border cut file and immediately knew I would enjoy making this card. To add dimension, I adhered the butterflies using foam adhesive. Because the patterned paper incorporated many different fun colors, I simply added  gold sequins and enamel dots to the body of the butterflies.

Next up is a card featuring my favorite animal - elephants. I really wanted to capture a fun image of an elephant as the focal point of my card. I dressed up the saddle with some beautiful flower stickers included in the Gossamer Blue kits. I could not be more happy with the way this card turned out. Well, I'll let the card speak for itself :)

Next is a flower card featuring a jumbo image of a simple flower. I do love the pop of red. For the background of this card I used some of the Project Life (PL) kit cards. This is another fun way to use the PL kits unto cards.

The last card I made showcases a series of leaves to capture the Fall season. While the colors are not your typical fall-ish colors, I did enjoy using a geometric pattern to cut the leaves. For dimension, I used foam adhesive on some of the leaves. 

I hope you have enjoyed browsing through my cards today. If you stumbled on my blog by way of Gossamer Blue - thanks for stopping by. Do you have a favorite card? I'd like to hear from you! All cards were made using supplies from the Gossamer Blue Sept'15 kits. Below is a link to the Gossamer Blue shop. I truly enjoyed making these cards and the kits are full of fun paper and accessories for you to start making your own craft projects! Also, my projects are also being featured on the Gossamer Blue blog so don't forget to stop by the GB blog as well.

Gossamer Blue Sept'15 Kits (HERE)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

watercolor bouquets

Hello Peeps -

I've got lots of cards and pictures to share with you today. I made these beautiful water color bouquets and I am feeling accomplished! I started out scoping the internet with watercolor images of everything floral and looking for inspiration for an idea I thought I'd like to try. Maybe it's beginner's luck that these came out so well, we'll see. I took out my watercolor palette and gave the flower doodling a couple tries before I started on some clean water color paper. I really love that the colors are bright and fun.

Above is the trio of cards photographed - I really didn't have much of a pattern in mind until I figured I could start out with small flower images and leaves.  Cool huh?

The first card is really a blend of some tulips, roses and periwinkle flowers that I thought would showcase the variety of flower images and leaves using different shades of green. I think this is my favorite of the three.

The second card reminds me of some cute purple buds and tiny orange mums along with some red roses here and there. There really isn't much rhyme of reason to the placement of the images.

The last card (the first card I made actually) has more warmer colors - reds, orange and rose red colors. I also added some cute star like patterns to include more color and whimsy-ness to the card.

I hope I've inspired you to take out your watercolor palette and start doodling away. Now that I've made these there is a burst of ideas for patterns and styles running in my head. Do you like to watercolor? The cards didn't take too long to make, save perhaps having to wait for the images to dry but the watercolor paper is really good at absorbing the colors in.

Leave me a note if you like the cards - do you have a favorite of the three?

Card Supplies:
Artist's Loft: watercolor palette & brushes
Canson: watercolor paper pad
American Crafts: kraft card stock

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Birthday card

Hello peeps -

Today's card features the Make-It-Market kit "Beautiful Brushstrokes" kit stamps and some Crate Paper patterned paper for the background. Continuing with the theme of the multi-step stamping I really like the way this card came out. I think the colors go very well with the polka dot background of the patterned paper.

I've been on a roll with making cards this past week and have enjoyed making each one of them. With the long holiday weekend coming along (Independence Day) I do plan to make more cards and I'm excited about it. So speaking of making cards - how many cards do you think you make during the week? For me - it depends anywhere from three to none (ha).

Well, this is a quick post. Please leave me a comment if you like the card. You know I always like hearing from you!

Take care,
Claudia :)

Card Supplies:
PTI: Make-It-Market kit (Beautiful Brushstrokes) stamp set; Hooray stamp set (sentiment)
Stampin' Up!: inks pads
Crate Paper: patterned paper
Foam Adhesive
Memento: Black ink pad

Friday, June 26, 2015

Celebrate Card

Hello Peeps-

I've got a card to share with you today. I absolutely love this card! The colors came together quite well and the sentiment is spot on. I made the card using the PTI "Make-It-Market" series "Nostalgic Notions" kit and while it took me a while to complete, I am happy with the end result. There was a lot of prepping such as cutting out the flowers with the coordinating dies and multi-step stamping.

This is a quick post today. While work has been busy lately, I am glad and also surprised that I've been inspired to make cards quite frequently and wanted to take the chance to share them with you. Speaking of multi-step stamping - do you enjoy sets that are multi-step? Generally, since there is not much stamping on my cards (I rely on patterned paper mostly) , I did find it a little time consuming. 

Anyhoot, I do hope you are having a good week so far. The weekend is near and I'm happy to take time this weekend to enjoy being outdoors. I hope you get to do something fun this weekend as well!

Take care,
Claudia :)

Card Supplies:
PTI (Make It Market - Nostalgic Notions) kit; Hooray stamp set
Stampin' Up! - ink pads
Foam Adhesive
Memento (Black) ink pad

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Birthday - Beautiful Brushstrokes

Hello peeps -

I've got a card to share with you today and it's really the best card on my blog this year so far. I am really happy in the way this card turned out - the color combination, the patterned paper - everything. This weekend I got to visit my craft pal Danielle Flanders (Homespun with Heart) and was able to do some crafting with her today (always happy to craft with her). I was also lucky to stamp with one of the Make-It-Market kits (Beautiful Brushstrokes - and sadly no longer available - boo!). 

If you asked me last night if I had any kind of motivation to craft, I would've said nope - and look at what I came up with today. Do you ever get into a craft block? I do. I find that the longer I craft in between projects, the worst my ability to craft gets. I try to craft as much as I can and that normally or always happens during the weekends. During the week days, I work and by the time I get home, there's not much energy or motivation to craft.

Anyhoot - back to the card - I do like the bit of layering with the flowers and the way the colors of the stamping pull from the colors of the patterned paper - that was intentional. I also like the sentiment - this is also from another Papertrey Ink set (see below for card supplies). I'm running low on my card stash at work, so this card will go with me to work tomorrow.

Let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you - have you been crafting lately?

Take care,
Claudia :)

Card Supplies:
Papertrey Ink: (Beautiful Brushstrokes) stamp set; (Hooray) stamp set & assorted ink pads
Gossamer Blue: (March - Main Add-On Kit '15) kit
Memento: (black0 ink pad

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thank You Card Duo

Hello Peeps -

I'm back today to share a couple cards I made over the weekend. If you visited my blog over the past two weeks you'd notice the radio silence around here. I was away on vacation in Europe. Anyhoot - today I wanted to share with you a couple thank you cards I made that I absolutely love. I had been dying to craft this weekend so I took out one of my Gossamer Blue kits (here) and started crafting away.

For this first card I used an assortment of chipboard flowers and the cutest butterfly. Given that spring is in full bloom here, I went with that theme for my cards. I also added some puff stickers as accessories and used this Papertrey Ink stamp for the sentiment.

The second card also features a beautiful chipboard banner across the card and the sentiment on the bottom. Simple yet elegant. I also added some cute arrow puff stickers on the top left for dimension.

I couldn't be more happier with these cards. Well, I hope you like the cards as much as I do. Leave me a note, I'd love to hear from you. I hope you are doing well. Do you have any travel plans for this year? or summer?

Take care,

Card Supplies:
Gossamer Blue - (April '15) Main kit
Papertrey Ink - (Graceful Greeting) stamp set & (Rustic White) card stock
Memento - (black) ink pad

Sunday, April 19, 2015

2 Notes & Things Cards

Hello peeps,

Today I'm sharing two cards - yes, two cards in one post! I made them with Crate Paper's "Notes & Things" paper collection and the coordinating stickers. I really didn't want to steal away from beautiful paper patterns so besides the new layout I'm trying, the cards are simple and elegant. I cut an 8.5X11 paper in half vertical wise. The cards open horizontal wise - meaning to the side rather than up like most cards I've made before.

The first card showcases the beautiful floral patterned paper with pastel colors. 

The second card showcases an array of colorful butterflies and the big flower at the top left.

I couldn't imagine the cards any better than this and they really didn't take that long to make either. I have to thank my friend Wida Miller (Beachorado) for this beautiful paper. Wida had mailed them to me a couple weeks back and finally got some time to craft with them over this weekend.

Well, this is it! Leave me a note if you like the cards. I'd love to hear from you.

Card Supplies:
Crate Paper - (Notes & Things) patterned paper & coordinating stickers
Papertrey Ink - (Rustic White) card stock