Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Birthday Blessings in Black & White!!

Happy Tuesday Stamping Friends - today I have a new ODBD Challenge card to share, and this time it's something COMPLETELY different - at least for me :)!!

The ODBD SLC #144 is to make a card using Black and White.  Oh how I wanted to add a color to this - but with a little discipline and a bit of creativity I did not - and I really love the look!!  This card uses the new ODBD Chalkboard Birthday and Thanks set.

I started by stamping and trimming the Birthday Blessings panel and mounting that onto a Decorative Labels 8 Spellbinders panel.  I trimmed the SB panel just a bit on the sides - I wanted the accent to be at the top and bottom only. Then cut 4 different sized banners in various black/gray and white papers (all from the same MME paper stack).  I used a Bone Folder and gave them a bit of curl on the ends for a little flare.

Chalkboard Birthday Blessings

The next step was to cut, shape and mold the flower and  the corner bow flourish.  I did this using several styluses and a bone folder.  I really wanted to add a pop of color here, but I also wanted to celebrate the challenge to the fullest by keeping it black and white - plus I wanted to see how it looked!!

Birthday Blessings Sideview 1

This view shows the ribbon curl a bit more.  What I love about this stamp is it looks so much like a chalkboard, and that's exactly what I wanted here.  Here's one more photo showing the flower and flourish treatment.  This one also shows the curve in the banners as well.

Birthday Blessings Sideiew 2

Here's a picture of this Chalkboard Stamp Set:



To see more, or to join us in this Black and White Challengs, check us out here.   If you decide to play along you'll have a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!!  Just submit your entry by Sunday, March 3rd at 8 p.m. EST.   If you use an Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps your card may be featured in the top three.   See below for links to what my DT Sisters have created for you.


Card Recipe and other details:
  • Black and White Cardstock, MME Breeze Papers
  • Memento Black Ink
  • ODBD Chalkboard Birthday and Thanks Stamp set
  • Memory Box Norland Flower and Corner Bow, Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8
  • Styluses, Bone Folder and tons of Dimensionals also went into making this card

Card Challenges:


Thank you everyone for visiting today!!  Hope you enjoy your week.

Blessings and Hugs!
Audrey


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Easter Blessings to All

Hi Everyone!  It's Tuesday, and that means I have a new ODBD Challenge card to share.  This week we're celebrating Easter with ODBD SLC #143- Make an Easter card of project.

I had such a fun time making this one - I'm working on improving my Clean and Simple style and am happy to have been able to practice using this sweet image!!  I started by measuring and scoring two boxes or frames on the card front.  Then using a ruler as a guide I masked the image area with post-it notes.  This took time because if the mask is off-center it will definitely show.

Easter Blessings to All!
The next step was to stamp and color the precious lamb, and sponge the ground and sky.  I decided to leave a bit of white around the image for a softer look, but also sponged darker color along the edge for a crisp sharp border and lots of contrast.

Once that was done I removed the masking, cut some very thin strips of designer paper and inlaid them between the score lines, leaving a bit of white space in the corners.  I've never tried this before and love how it came out.  Next step was to stamp the sentiment and stamp/die-cut the border frame.  Then I added the designer paper die-cut flourish, made the ribbon bow, added the pearls and mounted everything to the card.

Close-up of Image, Frame and Sentiment Tag/Flourish
The last step was to add the inside framed panel for writing my personal message.  I love the clean simple look of this card - and it came together so quickly!!  Here's one more image showing the inside panel for my own Easter message.

Easter Blessings - Alternate View 1

The stamps I used are The Shepherd from ODBD's February Release, and Elegant Oval Frames with the Elegant Ovals/Spellbinders Die.  Below are pictures of these stamps and dies.





To see more or to join in on the fun, check us out here.   If you join in you'll have a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!!  Just submit your entry by Sunday, February 24th at 8 p.m. EST.   If you use an Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps your card may be featured in the top three.   See below for links to what my DT Sisters have created for you.

 and our February Guest Designer - Becky Egecrone

Card Recipe and other details:
  • White Card Stock and Designer Paper
  • Memento Black for the image, Soft Suede for the sentiment and die-cut frame, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede for sponging of the ground area and Soft Sky, Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy for sponging of the sky
  • ODBD The Shepherd and Elegant Oval Frames Stamp Sets
  • ODBD/Spellbinders Elegant Ovals, Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourish
    • Copic Markers:  E41, E42, E43, E21 and E53 for the Lamb, YG11, YG13, YG17, G99, Y13, Y15, ^17 and Y38 for Grass and Daffodils
  • Becca's Bow Maker, Ribbon, Pearls

Card Challenges:

That's all for now - thank you everyone for stopping by.  I'm grateful for your sweet comments and look forward to reading every single one.

Hugs and Blessings!
Audrey

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Happy Birthday CAS Style

Hello Stamping Friends - Happy Saturday!!  Hope you're enjoying the weekend.  I have a couple of cards to share with you today - I needed two birthday cards and didn't have much time, so decided to practice making CAS cards while playing in a couple SCS challenges.

Inspiration for both cards was found on SCS Inspiration Challenge website, as well as in the Galleries of two FABULOUS Queens who were recently crowned in the Queen for the Day Challenges.  This first card was inspired by Mary (aka Octoberbabe on SCS) along with a bit of influence by Susan (aka Susanbri on SCS).  See below for a link to Mary's amazing card!

I used ODBD's Sweet William stamp set and SU's Itty Bitty Banter on this card.  Both have coordinating dies, also used for this project.  First I stamped and die-cut the flower layers, die-cut the leaves and added dimension using a stylus.  Then I stamped and die-cut the sentiment and used a bone-folder for dimension on the banner.

Happy Birthday CAS!!

The center of the flower was made using an MS Pine Branch punch.  Once the flower, leaves and sentiment were finished I added the score lines - two vertical and two horizontal leading to the flower.  At that point I added the flower/sentiment layer.  Below is a picture that shows some of the details up close.

Flower and Sentiment Close-up

Here's one more picture that shows the dimension in the sentiment banner, as well as the card's inside panel.

Alternate View

My second card is also for a couple of SCS Challenges - and is another One Layer Card!  Still practicing my CAS skills because I hear that practice makes perfect.  We'll see!!!  The inspiration came directly from a card made by Susan (aka Susanbri on SCS).  Below are the details and a link to her beautiful creation.

Verve - Treat Yourself Birthday

To make this card I started by die-cutting the flower twice - once in black, and once in white.  Then I added the stem and leave by HAND DRAWING them!!  I also added the hand-drawn border around the card as well.  I'm not sure what prompted me to do this, but I've doodled flowers with stems and leaves for years, so why not??!!!  And it just seemed perfect for this wonderful flower die.

Verve - Treat Yourself Alternate View

The next step was to sponge the white die-cut flower in yellow and add some of the same yellow to the border using the Direct to Paper technique.  I wanted an Artsy sort of Mixed Media feel to this project, so also added glitter to the flowers and card border.  Also added a medley of pearls for the flower center and card corners.


Card Recipe - Happy Birthday Card:
  • White, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade
  • Elegant Eggplant Ink, Wisteria Wonder Marker (Sentiment Banner)
  • ODBD Sweet William and SU Itty Bitty Banter
  • ODBD/Spellbinders Blossom 3 die, SU Itty Bitty Banners Die, MS Pine Punch
  • Scorpal, Styluses, Dark Pink Stickles and Clear Art Glitter, and Pearls

Card Recipe - Treat Yourself Card:
  • White, Black and Daffodil Delight for the card inside
  • Copic Pen, Basic Black Ink, Ranger Distress Mustard Seed
  • Memory Box Tilth Floral Die
  • Clear Art Glitter


Card Challenges:

Thank you for stopping by - hope you enjoyed your visit.  Thank you everyone for your heartfelt comments as well - I'm grateful to you all :)!!

Blessings,
Audrey


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Sky is the Limit!!

Hello Stamping Friends - hope all is well for you this Tuesday.  I have a new ODBD Challenge card to share with you today for ODBD SLC #142 - to use an Animal in your project.  As soon as I saw the challenge I knew exactly what I was going to do!!

To make this card I combined the Keep Climbing Stamp set with the Flying Eagle stamp.  I've been wanting to use these stamps together - so now I have my chance!


The Sky is the Limit!!

To make this card I stamped the ODBD Keep Climbing image and colored it using Copics.  Then I sponged the sky, added a few puffy clouds, and mounted that panel.  I stamped and colored the Eagle, also  using Copics, then carefully cut out the image.  To give the Eagle even more depth I used a stylus to gently expand the chest and wing areas, giving him a 3-D effect.  I also added a bit of Glassy Glazze to his beak and eye.  The effect is subtle, but definitely shows - especially in the real life card version :).

This photo shows some of that detail:

Flying Eagle Close-up

The last step was the placement.  I experimented a bit and finally decided a little fancy flourish would work to dress things up a bit and bring everything together, without taking away from the masculine feel.  I love the rugged yet soft and classic look of this card - and I hope you do too.

Keep Climbing - Alternate View

This card was made for a very special person on my team in our Randolph (Boston) office.  He is amazing in so many ways not only in his work but also as a person, and he will be truly missed.  Especially by those of us that worked closely with him every day.  For him, the Sky is the Limit!!  This card will be circulated and signed by everyone in our Randolph office this week.

Here are pictures of the sets used for this card:




To see more or to join in on the fun, check us out here.   If you join in you'll have a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!!  Just submit your entry by Sunday, February 17th at 8 p.m. EST.   If you use an Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps your card may be featured in the top three.   See below for links to what my DT Sisters have created for you.


 and our February Guest Designer - Becky Egecrone


Card Recipe and other details:
  • White, Black and Soft Suede Card Stock
  • Memento Black for the images and sentiment, Soft Sky, Baja Breeze and Bashful Blue for sponging of the sky
  • ODBD Keep Climbing and Flying Eagle Stampsets
  • Memory Box Corner Flourish, Spellbinders Ovals
  • Copic Markers:  E71, E55, #57, E84 & E87 w/bit of YG03 (Mtn/Trees) / Y15, Y17, E55 & W0 to W7 (Flying Eagle)
  • Pearls

Card Challenges:

Thank you for stopping by - hope you enjoyed your visit!!

Hugs and Blessings to everyone!
Audrey

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Mighty Sea - ODBDSLC #141

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Today I have a very special card to share - for this week's ODBD SLC #141 Secret Admirer Challenge:  Case a card of any designer you admire.   It's certainly not easy to choose only one card, because I admire so many designers, not only in the ODBD group, but also on SCS and in Blogland.  So how does one choose???  Like most challenges I let my heart guide me, and although my thoughts went to MANY designers and options, my heart kept bringing right back to one card by Dawn Lusk (you can see her card later in the post :)!!  I really wanted to give it a try, so here goes.

To make this card I first stamped, sponged and colored the background - The Might Sea image.  I used sticky-note masking over the water to sponge the sunset and sky, and Copics and white gel pen to color the sea.

Let's Roll!!

Then I stamped, colored and very carefully cut out the Special Boy Truck, again using Copics.  This coloring and detail work is very enjoyable, and both of these images were fun to color!!  Dawn's card is amazing to me for many reasons, but what first struck me is that I'd have never thought to use these two images together on one card.  But it really works!!

Truck Close-up

The close-up above shows off this great Truck!!!

My design plan wasn't to create Dawn's same box card (I'm really not sure how :), but I still wanted to create some depth.  So my next step was to die-cut the background/ocean layer and two frames, all using the same Spellbinders dies.  I also sponged around the die-cut border of the white (Mighty Sea) layer with Sahara Sand, so once together it would blend with the other Sahara Sand layers.

Here's another shot showing the layering:

Let's Roll - Alternate View
After the coloring, cutting and framing were complete I worked on the final embellishments.  I love the Let's Roll sentiment here because in my scene it looks like the tide is in and it's time to get going!!  I used a bone folder to bend and curve the sentiment banner a bit, and also die-cut some twigs and grassy pieces to bring the scene beyond the picture and outside the frames.  Those were sponged to give some depth as well.

So, I'm sure you all want to see the amazing inspiration card - here it is.  Dawn, thank you for all your inspiration over the years, you are a blessing my friend!!

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Dawn's Amazing Card for Rick's Birthday Hop!

Here are the pictures of the sets I used:




To see more or to join in on the fun, check us out here.   If you join in you'll have a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!!  Just submit your entry by Sunday, February 10th at 8 p.m. EST.   If you use an Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps your card may be featured in the top three.   See below for links to what my DT Sisters have created for you.


 and our February Guest Designer - Becky Egecrone


Card Recipe and other details:
  • Express-it White, Sahara Sand
  • Memento Black for the images and sentiment, and Saffron, Mustard and Cajun Craze for Sun, Soft Sky for sky, Crumb Cake for die cut branches and grass elements (sponging)
  • ODBD Special Boy and The Mighty Sea Stamps
  • Spellbinders Large and Grand Rectangles, Grand Scallop Rectangle, Memory Box Twig and Grass Die Cuts
  • Copic Markers:  B02, B04, B05 (Ocean) / YG00, YG61, YG63 & 67 (Truck) / C1, C3 & C5 (Tires and shading)
  • Linen Thread

This card is being submitted in the following challenges:
Thank you again, to Dawn for her inspiration, and thank you to everyone who's visited me here today.  I hope you were inspired!!  What a fun time I'm having in Blogland - my second month'aversary LOL :)!!  

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Audrey