Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fun on the 4th of July

Mixed Messages_2_July 2010

My idea of fun anyway! Last night, I went through the challenge blogs, made a list and between then and now, have made a few cards. I thought about posting them one-by-one, maybe saving a couple for the inevitable day when I either can’t get here or have no mojo, but then I thought, what the heck… And so, here you are!

This first card is the byproduct of a personal challenge – to use up some of the squares I cut for the quilt card I made the other day.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy and Crystal Blue cardstock; Sweet Harmony paper packet (retired); Crystal Blue and Blush ink pads; Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages stamp set; Martha Stewart Doily Lace edger punch; Cuttlebug w/Swiss Dots embossing folder; Sponge daubers.


Gracious Greetings_July 2010

This next card is my take on FTL97 featured this week on the Clean & Simple Stamping blog. After waiting for a backorder, I finally got my hot little hands on Tim Holtz’s Tattered Florals die.

The flowers were made with Baby Pink cardstock that I sponged with Blush ink and ran through the paper corrugator multiple times to both soften up the paper and give my flowers some texture. The card base is textured white cardstock.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy Textured and Black cardstock; Black and Blush ink pads; CTMH Gracious Greetings stamp set; Buttons from my stash; Black/White mini check ribbon from Wal-Mart; White embroidery tread; Cuttlebug w/Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals BigZ Sizzix die; Sponge dauber; Fiskars paper corrugator.

Inspired by Nature_July 2010


This card is my adaptation of Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #119. I inked my stamp with markers with the intentions of spritzing it with water to create a watercolor look. The problem was, when the time came, no water bottle was to be found. Thus, I huffed … and huffed … and huffed until I was darned near lightheaded. Lucky me. The image came out OK. To add a little texture, I stamped the background of my image with my Speckled Background stamp and used a sponge dauber to add some Bamboo ink around the edges.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White and Olive cardstock; Basic Grey Origins 6x6-inch paper pad; Olive and Bamboo ink pads; Sunflower, Olive, and Cocoa markers; Stampin’ Up Inspired by Nature and CTMH Happy Birthday stamp sets; CTMH Speckled Background stamp (retired); Antiqued Copper mini brads; 1 and 1-1/4 inch circle punches; Sponge dauber.



Live Inspired_July 2010


I was intrigued by CPS #174 on the Card Positioning Systems blog and thought the sketch would be a bigger challenge than it turned out to be.

I stamped some images on my script patterned paper with Bamboo ink – kind of collage style. Deciding how to embellish a rather plain, monochromatic card proved to be the greatest challenge. I ended up piercing around the perimeter of the stamped background piece and adding three mini brads before calling it “good enough.” Best of all, I actually like the way it turned out.

Materials & Tools: Colonial white and Cocoa cardstock; Passages paper packet; Bamboo and Cocoa ink pads; CTMH Live Inspired stamp set; Antiqued copper mini brads; Piercing Tool; Stampin’ Up Piercing Guide & Mat; Cuttlebug w/Nestabilities Classic Circles set; Sponge dauber.




Asian Flair_July 2010


When I saw C4C44 – a challenge to use two or more ribbons – on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog, I remembered a favorite sentiment stamp and knew immediately what I wanted to do.

It cannot be a surprise that the card base is White Daisy textured cardstock – my favorite for CAS. And, I’m sure you know, too, I love this card – the colors, the message, the clean and simple style.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy Textured cardstock; Ocean ink pad; Verve Stamps Asian Flair stamp set; Striped ribbon from; Grosgrain ribbons from Wal-Mart; Gemstones from Wal-Mart; Liquid Glass.


So, if you are wondering what else I’ve done so far today, the answer would be, “Not much.” LOL. I have managed to make a bit of a mess in my corner, and I am struggling to stay cool. After several days of temperatures in the high 80s and lower 90s, it’s dropped to 79 degrees today – cool enough that husband doesn’t think the air conditioner is necessary. As I type, I have two loud, annoying fans blowing hot air at me. Men get the dumbest notions in their heads sometimes, don’t they?

Tonight, we are going to a small town about 30 miles from here for a concert. It’s Oklee’s centennial celebration, and our friend, Jack Sundrud, has returned to his hometown from Nashville and will be performing. I guess that means I will have to comb my hair. LOL.

What are you up to? If you are out and about, I hope you are safe and enjoying yourself. If you’re relishing time at home like me, I hope you are having as much fun as I am. Take care, friends, and as always, thank you for stopping by.


amber said...

don't you just love sundays when you can craft the day away! i love your taylored expressions card! and of course, your cps card is a simple beauty too!

Scrappingamma said...

What a fun way to spend the day! Love your cards!! Especially the card with the Tattered Florals die. I don't have that one yet...but I hope soon. I want it even more now since I've seen your card. TFS

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

wow, all of these are gorgeous....very sweet cards...have a fantastic week!

enjoy *~*

Sharli said...

My goodness Kathi! Awesome cards - and so different from each other! When I work all day, things usually have the same color theme, paper, or stamp sets all the way through! LOL

I love all of these, but the Live Inspired card just blew me away - it's amazing. Thanks for the inspiration!


Kelly Schelske said...

My gosh you've been busy! They are all fabulous, great work Kathi! Congrats on the grandbaby news too!!

Sparkle said...

These are all just so lovely!

Lea L. said...

You have been very busy! They are all wonderful! Great job with CPS 174!


Nancy Ball said...

WOW, WOW, and WOW! These are great cards, Kathi. My favourite has to be with the Live Inspired set and Passages paper!

Sylvia said...

What great cards. I think that my favorite is the Tim Holtz flowers.

Scrappin' Cat! said...

These are stunning. I love every single one. You are very talented and imaginative. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Wow, you are one busy girl, lovely creations!

Marie said...

Wow, Kathi - these are fabulous! I love the sunflowers and the live inspired the most. I'm sooooo sad that I lost my "live inspired" stamp out of that set : (