Wednesday, February 25, 2015

favorite peeps

For those you have been following my blog the last few days, you are probably thinking, I thought she was going to do her homework. To those I say,  yes I did my homework. I finished what I could. I have to go over it with my group to make sure it is OK and then I will do the power point this weekend. 

When I finished I went back to some of the challenges I wanted to play along with. Today's card is for the challenge site Muse. For some reason don't play along very often at Muse. I am intimidated by the challenges-don't ask why- I have no idea. But I really liked the inspiration card by Shona Chambers and ideas started forming. 

Since spring holidays are on my mind, I went with an Easter card. When I was sorting and purging earlier this year I rediscovered a die set from Wplus9 that I never used. I grabbed it and the rest is history.

I had the card put together with out the striped strip and it looked just blah. Normally I like all the white space, but it just did not look at all right. I had set aside a pad of springtime paper to use over the next few months and I found the strip of yellow stripes. It add just the right touch to temper all that white space.

The saying is two separate stamps that just blended so well together. I hope you will check out the challenge at Muse and don't be intimidated like I was. I can't wait to see what others come up with.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lucky leaf

Oh lucky day, I did finally start my homework (see this post) and I completed what I wanted to, but tomorrow I really have to spend the day putting together my presentation. So I went through what was out there in challenge land. CAS(E) this sketch had a fun sketch to inspire. 

Instead of seeing a heart in the sketch I saw shamrocks. After all St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. St. Patrick's Day stamps are hard to come by, but I have gathered a nice little collection over the years. Surprisingly, some of my most loved ones are those $1.00 stamps in the junk bins at the major craft stores. 

The St. Patrick's Day washi tape was a HUGE find. I knew I had to use it on my card.

My new boss is Irish and this card will be heading his way on St. Pat's Day. Check out what the DT at CAS(E) this sketch have come up with and play along too.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A little message

Okay, okay I know I should be working on my oral presentation, my group isn't gonna be happy with me if I have nothing done. But, but, I just couldn't focus until I made this card. I promise I will spend the afternoon reading about nurse executives.

This card was inspired by the challenge at The Male Room, a challenge site that asks for cards with  a masculine bend. This weeks challenge was to make your own background.

I have had this idea poking around in my head for a bit. I stamped wide stripes with Simon Says Stamp  ink on craft paper. Then using the same khaki ink I stamped Hero Arts- Newspaper background . It makes a really cool background, huh? I stamped the pool base card with Simon Says Stamp sea glass ink using Hero Arts Envelope Pattern background stamp to add some texture. These big background stamps are the perfect way to create quick and easy backgrounds.

I thought the typewriter from Lawn Fawn's Just My Type. They have the cutest typewriter. I colored it with matching copic colors, some enamel dots and there you have it. The message inside can be anything, birthday, thank you, get well, congrats. A perfect guy card to have on hand for any occasion.

Check out the other backgrounds at The Male Room and maybe you will play along too.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Just say orange

Orange is a color I don't seem to use a lot, not because I don't like it, but well there are just other colors I like better. So what a way to stretch my wings then participating in the AAA challenge of "Orange U Glad UR CAS. I have spent the last week creating a variety of card using orange as the predominant color. These are the two that made the cut.

The first is CAS, the second is kinda CAS. 

My main card using two different stamp sets, Clearly Besotted's Pretty Petals and for the stems and leaves I used Papertrey Ink's Heart to Heart set #7. I blended Impress tangerine ink and SImon says Stamp orange peel ink for my vibrant tulips. I even did something I rarely do- I finished the inside. 

Are any of you like me? I make my cards and never do the insides, then whenI grab a card at the last minute, I am scrambling to do the inside. My bust buddy told me she always does the inside of the card first, to get it out of the way or incase she messes it up she hasn't messed the whole card. Wise words.

This card makes me yearn for spring. As I look out my studio window all I see is an arctic landscape.

My second card is somewhat unusual- an orange baby card. I suppose it could be for either a boy or girl. I was going to feature this on linky, but I saw someone else did a similar card. This offset two tag idea is pretty popular right now. 

Orange you glad you stopped by to see my orange cards?!!!? Check out the challenge at AAA Cards. You have till Saturday to play along!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

House of Cards Challenge

 Love is in the air at the House of Cards this month! After all it is February and what is right around the corner but the biggest day of love all year- Valentine's Day!! All month the challenge at HOC is love, love, love!!

This little critter from Penny Black's "loads of love" is on a critical phone call- he is sharing his heart.

I stamped and colored my card and then embossed it- a technique demonstrated at the Penny Black blog. instead of using a die I just used an embossing folder. It adds that extra special something to a CAS card.

There are so many challenges out there that feature love, hearts or Valentine's Day, so i decided to go for it and enter my adorable CAS card in them

AAA Cards has a wild heart challenge and a DT call. I think I will throw my hat in the ring.

The Paper Players is featuring love themed cards with critters- well geez this is a no-brainer huh?!!?

Lastly, Shopping our Stash is featuring love themed cards.
But please join us at House of Cards this month and show us your "love"ly creations!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Clean and Simple Card Class 4- homework

I haven't posted or created much for that matter in the last few weeks. My class this semester is rather trying and is zapping all the creative energy I have. 

But today, I had that extremely rare event in the life of a nurse, a SNOW DAY!!!! Because of the storm we were expected to get, our medical director decided to close our endoscopy unit! Therefore this nurse gets to have some fun and play!!

I just finished catching up on the start of the Clean and Simple Card Class 4. Kristina Werner did a very cool video on "interrupted die cutting". She used a scallop die. I went for a heart rhythm die, that I have never used. With all the stamps I have, do you think I could find a"you make my heart beat" noooooo So I had to make do with "you make my heart flutter". For you medical people perhaps you can see how I could use this in a pinch- aflutter. Get it?!!?

If you haven't taken any of the online card classes, they are awesome. I always learn something new.

Check them out.

Pia- thanks for the nice comment, because you suggested, I am entering my card at the ombre challenge at Inkspiration.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A little spring......

in the middle of winter. I bought this awesome stencil from My Favorite Things awhile ago. The poopr thing has never felt the wetness of ink through it. I usually use something new within a few weeks. This stencil must have got put away and forgotten. 

Lucky for me Just Us Girls is having a trend week and the trend is stencils. I pulled out my stencils and while I was searching through them this wildflower stencil popped out. I knew that I was going to use it.

I wanted to keep the card CAS so the flowers would stand out. I chose a saying from MFT (old and I don't have the name of the set) and stamped it and then stenciled the flowers over the saying. 

Because I couldn't leave well enough alone, I dry embossed with a polka dot stencil over the whole thing. Here is a video from Shari Carroll on how to dry emboss with your stencils.

Check out what the DT did over at JUGS and share your creation!