Monday, April 7, 2014

with sympathy

I had to make a sympathy card and kept it super simple.  A colleague's sister in law took her life and I wanted to make sure the family knew they were in our thoughts ... sympathy cards are never easy to make so I kept it one layered and basic.
I used PTI's Leave it Be stamp set with Pear and Tuscan Olive Fresh inks.  I just love the graphic style of this set - so nice and bold.
 The two toned stamping is so fun and adds a nice depth to a one layer card.
The sentiment is from the Peaceful Garden set - stamped in Turquoise Fresh ink.  I love the font on this one.

So what are your go to stamps for sympathy cards?

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Check out my crafty sale if you like:
http://cardsbycara.blogspot.ca/2013/06/crafty-sale.html
I also have some Project Life cards from the Midnight collection as well.

Supplies:
Paper: 110lb white
Ink: Fresh Tuscan Olive, Pear, Turquoise
Stamps: PTI Leave it Be, Peaceful Garden

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Luxe Letterpress - birthday card

I made a bunch of cards for a card set for my friend when traveling abroad and here is one using the Luxe Letterpress set from Papertrey:
 The cover plate embosses so nicely - I love it!!
 I used the gold ink cat eye that came with the kit and some black ink of my own.
Just look how well the Recollections 110lb card stock embosses!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Papertrey February Blog Hop - Sweet Spring: Hello there

What a beautiful inspiration picture for this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink:
I decided to stamp a bunch of flowers and then layer vellum over top for a muted look.
I used Staples grey card stock as the base and stamped one of the blooms from Mini Blooms using Hero Arts Tide Pool ink.
I added the sentiment over top of the vellum in crisp black using  StazOn Jet Black.  Here's a picture showing the vellum layer:
Super simple but easy to mail! :-)

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Check out my crafty sale if you like:
http://cardsbycara.blogspot.ca/2013/06/crafty-sale.html

Supplies:
Paper: Staples grey card stock, Gartners vellum
Ink:  StazOn Jet Black 
Stamps: PTI Mini Blooms

Monday, February 24, 2014

Papertrey Blog Hop - Sweet Spring: hello

This month's challenge for the blog hop over at Papertrey Ink is all about spring colours and inspiration:
Dawn's fabulous Make it Monday watercolour video helped get me started on this card - gotta love watercolouring!

I used Distress Markers on watercolour paper for the background and layered blues and greens - such a peaceful colour combo with the white embossing.
I added the feather and sentiment using white embossing powder - simple but effective.

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Check out my crafty sale if you like:
http://cardsbycara.blogspot.ca/2013/06/crafty-sale.html

Supplies:
Paper: Artist's Loft watercolour paper, Recollections 110lb white
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps: PTI Fanciful Feathers, Mini Blooms (sentiment)
Misc:  Zing white embossing powder, Distress Markers

Papertrey February Blog Hop - Sweet Spring: From the bottom of my heart

Ah, sweet spring - what a great and timely inspiration as we are all in need of spring!
I just love that Aqua Mist shade in the pic above so used that as my jumping off point.  I took that as my card base and used some leftover hearts from the cover plate and a Pink Paislee patterned paper.
I stamped a line using Faux Ribbon and some  Colorbox Frost White Ink - love its crisp look on the card.  Confession time - I actually die cut a negative piece using Fabulous Frames' rounded label die but, stupid me, it was not straight!! So plan B - I covered my boo boo with a white strip stamped with polka dots and a sentiment from Fancy Flourishes.  My idea was to have the sentiment stamped on the inner part of the card peeking through the negative die cut ... alas, it was not to be!
Isn't that Fresh Birch ink a cool colour?  It looks very like Kraft to me ...

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Check out my crafty sale if you like:
http://cardsbycara.blogspot.ca/2013/06/crafty-sale.html

Supplies:
Paper: PTI Aqua Mist, Pink Paislee Color Wash 6x6 - left over cut hearts from PTI cover plate, Recollections 110lb white
Ink:  Colorbox Frost White Ink; Fresh Sugar, Birch 
Stamps: PTI Fancy Flourishes, BB Polka Dot Basics

Papertrey February Blog Hop - Sweet Spring: U rock

This month's challenge for the blog hop over at Papertrey Ink is all about spring colours and inspiration:
I took a piece of Sweet Blush card stock and stamped the arrows using  Colorbox Frost White Ink. This is a super crisp white ink for dark or light cardstock.  
I then added the sentiment using Fresh Steel Blue and Fuschia ... super simple card but my cousin will love it!
You can see it close up above - I just love layering sentiments like that.  Usually I use darker colours for one of the layers but kept it a little lighter this time around.

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Check out my crafty sale if you like:
http://cardsbycara.blogspot.ca/2013/06/crafty-sale.html

Supplies:
Paper: PTI Sweet Blush
Ink:  Colorbox Frost White Ink; Fresh Fuschia, Steel Blue 
Stamps: PTI Sketched Shapes

Papertrey February Blog Hop - Sweet Spring: with a grateful heart

Doesn't this blog hop image from Papertrey Ink make you think of bunnies, chicks and pastels?  Ahh, spring, how I miss you! :)
Looking at my inks, I wanted to try a different colour combo  --- and this is definitely out of my comfort zone and norm!  I used my Fresh ink in Peach, stamping off every second row.  I just love the graphic look of this pattern.
I then layered a sentiment in Turquoise ink using Papertrey's Birds and Bloooms set.  The ikat is mor modern and then the sentiment more traditional but I kinda like the juxtaposition.
Any unusual colour combos you've tried lately that are out of your norm?

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Check out my crafty sale if you like:
http://cardsbycara.blogspot.ca/2013/06/crafty-sale.html

Supplies:
Paper: Recollections 110lb white
Ink: Fresh Peach, Rurquoise
Stamps: PTI Irresistible Ikat, Birds and Blooms

Papertrey February Blog Hop - Sweet Spring: Today is a good day

Ah, sweet spring - will you ever arrive?  Here is the inspiration picture for this month's blog hop at Papertrey - gorgeous, isn't it?
I loved Dawn's video for this week's Make it Monday watercolour and combined the two ideas.

I stamped a series of Mini Bloom flowers along the bottom and embossed using Teal embossing powder.  I also stamped a sentiment from Sketched Shapes ... super simple!
I did some messy watercolouring along the card front using strokes along the horizontal lines of the base.
You can see a bit of the shine as I added some Perfect Pearls to the water - this is a great simple technique to add a little something extra.
Some more shine featured above ...

So what have you watercoloured lately?

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Check out my crafty sale if you like:
http://cardsbycara.blogspot.ca/2013/06/crafty-sale.html

Supplies:
Paper: Recollections 110lb white
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: PTI Mini Blooms, Sketched Shapes
Misc:  Zing Teal embossing powder, Distress Markers, Perfect Pearls

Papertrey February Blog Hop - Sweet Spring: it's your day

This month's challenge for the blog hop over at Papertrey Ink is all about spring colours and inspiration:
I also used the Make it Monday watercolour video that Dawn shared as my jumping off point.

It was hard to get a good photo showing the watercolouring and the heat embossing but it does show up in person, promise! I watercoloured using Distress Markers and a wide brush plus some Perfect Pearls mixed with water.   It adds some nice shine.
Here's a closeup showing the white heat embossing - simple but effective.

This card also fits in perfectly with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Wedding An niversary.

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Check out my crafty sale if you like:
http://cardsbycara.blogspot.ca/2013/06/crafty-sale.html

Supplies:
Paper: Artist's Loft watercolour paper, Recollections 110lb white
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps: PTI Think Big
Misc:  Zing embossing powder, Distress Markers, sequins


Sunday, February 23, 2014

WPlus9 Trend Watch: Hello there

WPlus9 is having a Trend Watch Challenge and I decided to join in.  Here's some of the inspiration:
I kept my card simple and stamped some feathers that I painted with watercolours to stamp with and then layered over some outlines.  I misted the whole card front with  Studio Calico shine for a little extra sparkle - hard to capture on camera, but it's there ... promise! :)

Here's a shadowy shot:
And a closeup trying to show the shimmer:

So what trends have you tried out?

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Check out my crafty sale if you like:
http://cardsbycara.blogspot.ca/2013/06/crafty-sale.html

Oh, and here's a look at all the Jenni Bowlin colours in their glory:

Supplies:
Paper: Recollections 110lb white
Stamps: WPlus9 Fanciful Feathers
Ink: Jenni Bowlin Spiced Tin, Lavender Sachet, Speckled Egg
Misc: Mister Huey's  Studio Calico shine mist