Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Vintage Santa

Good evening my crafty friends!
 
 
I am here to share a card I made for FF's challenge. The challenge(FFC10) is about creating any vintage holiday projects.
 
 
Oh! ladies, "vintage" is not so close to my craft style.
I haven't been familiar with any vintage themes since I was aware of my cardmaking style as either Clean And Simple or Clean and Graphical.
 
So it is...tough for me for this time but I came up with this card anyway.
I tried to keep the look as simple as possible sticking around my CAS style but not to lose some points of vintage mood. What are those points?
 
 
To give vintage effect, I chose a vintage Santa stamp from Paper Artsy and stamped it on  a aged look pattern paper. Then I colored the image with some brown copic markers. I trimmed the patterned paper into a panel and glued it to a textured brown cardbase. As a finishing touch, I used the technique "inking the edge" with a gold DecoColor Paint Maker
I brushed the tip randomly around the brown cardbase and the panel. It looked amazing and seemed to add more interest to my card.     



Can I say that I would add one more style in my cardmaking, which is SAV: simple and vintage? What do you think? 
 
Thanks for visiting my blog.
 
Sophia.   
 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

CSC 144, Happy Birthday

Hi!
Popped in to share a CAS card I just made.
I am not a last minute player at all but you would agree with me that Lisa's card is irresistably inspirational so I have to create something even at the last minute.
Her exquisite yet perfect CAS card seemed to speak to me throughout the week and I thought I could play along with tons of inspiration she offered here but somehow I had difficulty to embody the inspiration into my own way. 
Is it because Lisa's card too perfect in my eyes? > .<
Anyway, that is my excuse to come up with a last minute card.



  
supplies used:
 *Stamps: Hero Arts' newspaper skyline, happy birthday sentiment from fresh squeezed 
               stamps "on trend 2013", Michales recollection stamp splatter images
*Ink: memento tuxedo black, archival jet black, vivid dye inks-sea glass, peach, soft pink,
        PTI's summer sunrise, Colorbox chalk yellow
*Paper: PTI's white cardstock
*Embellishment: sequins from Darice


Thanks for stopping by my blog. 
Since I played last minute I couldn't get you any explanation how I came up with the card. If you have any questions for the card just bug me, I am happy to talk!  
Sophia.  





Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Peace, Hope, Love

* This card was featured as SHOUT OUTS from the challenge blog Festive Friday.

Hello, my crafty blogging friends.
 
 
Did you have a good day?
 I certainly had a good time making another Christmas card for this week's color challenge over at Festive Friday. 
Another Christmas card? Yes!
I can't stop my love for Christmas cards and it seems that my enthusiasm for making Christmas card has revived. Thanks to FF design teams for such an inspiration.
 
 
Here is my last and the third entry to the challenge. 
 

 
For covering the entire white base, I used gina k's stamp set, Festive Frame. The set has one big frame image that includes oval frame and beautiful poinsettia/pine cones/leaves one on the upper left corner and the other on the lower right corner. It also has some Christmas sentiments that fit in the inside of the oval frame.


 (photo credit: gina k. designs)

 

Since the stamp set had every images I needed for Christmas card in one big frame, it made my next step much easier. After stamped the frame with memento black ink, I just filled the white space with copic markers.  
I colored the frame, flowers, pine cones, and leaves with red, brown, and green. Then, I would like to give highlight on the pine cones with gold glitters. The other point of highlight I made was gold pearl stickers in the center of each poinsettia.    


That's it for tonight. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

 
" May the spirit of
Christmas bring you
Peace, 
The gladness of 
Christmas give you
Hope,
  The warmth of 
Christmas grant you 
 Love."
   

Sophia.
 

Monday, June 3, 2013

FFC09: Sending Holiday Joy

Good evening.
 
It is unusual that I am free from the work on Monday evening. My Monday evenings were usually occupied with consulting clients or joining a class that taught psychology. But I have no schedule this evening and that means I am able to ink up my hands and make a super simple card. Yay!
 
 
 
 
I came up with a really simple and clean card using Jolee's boutique sticker and PTI's Christmas sentiment and light wire image.
 



Hope it would be acceptable that I added a color blue. 
 
Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy your Monday evening.
 
Sophia.
 
  

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Happy Birthday to EWE

 
I have one more card to go with the CASology's Furry challenge
 
This card is for a baby boy who just turned one.
 When the birthday boy receives the card I can imagine that he would like to touch the sheep's body and it makes him feel soft and fluffy.
 

For sheep's body, I punched out the body part with Marvy Uchida's scallop oval punch. Then I filled the inside with some cotton balls and covered the entire body with tissue paper. To give wrinkled texture to the tissue paper I crumpled the paper before covered cotton balls.  
     
 
 
Supplies I used for the card,
 *stamp: papertrey ink my punny valentine, year round puns mini stamp set.
*ink: dark brown (forgot company's name)
*paper: bazzill textured cardstock
*embelishments: white brads, cotton balls, tissue paper 
 
 
 
That's it for today, thanks for stopping by my blog.
Hope you stay cool in these hot days.

Sophia.


 
 


Furry...Christmas in June.

Hello crafters there.
It is a very nice Saturday here in New Jersey, well actually it's very hot but good enough to enjoy being outside.   
 
 
I have two cards that I made for the challenge over at CASology.
 
 
The cue word "FURRY" is very challenging to me because I am not a big fan of animal images (even cute dogs and cats) and I think I don't have any of them in my stamp collections. So I almost give up for this time but fortunately enough I rememebered that I made several Christmas cards with this one.
 
 
Anyone miss fluffle, a wiked cute fluffy cat from Stampendous? (link google images)
 
 
 


I played with a fluffle hanging on the Chritmas tree instead "deck the hall." She is so ready to be tangled up with the decorated branch in next few seconds. 
How do I know?  
Look at her curious eyes toward red ornament ball. :D
She must think something fun.
 

 
 
I would like to share one more card that I made using the same stamp but I did not enter this card to the challenge since It wasn't fit for CAS style.   

But this is OK for anything goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp so I'd give it a go.
 I also entered this card to the Festive Friday's challenge: FFC09.
 
 


 
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comments.
Hope you have a good weekend.
 
Sophia.
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Live in the Moment

Hello friends!
This week we have a CAS muse Maile Belles over at CASE Study.
I am CASEing her card below. 
And my take on is...



 
This card fit in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: take a picture so I submitted it.   
 
 
Supplies
Stamp: There she goes "Oh Snap"
Ink: Ranger archival ink jet black, Vivid dye ink coffee beans
Paper: American Craft Amy Tangerine, PTI vintage cream cardstock
Others: sequins from Darice , copic markers
 
 Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a nice weekend.

Sophia.




Saturday, May 18, 2013

I am... good, creative, thankful...

Maile Belle is a muse for this week's challenge over at CASE study.
Her cards -as we know Clean and Simple style- have inspired me in streching my  boundaries by challenging me with her unique combination of colors and making me an early adopter who's not afraid of using new trends. I got to know from her that sequins and enamel dots would be a great add-on to my card. 
Her sample card shows what I mentioned briefly above.
For my card, I used two 6*6 stencil templates from TCW(the craft workshop).
First, I placed "mini Casey and Penelope" template onto the vintage cream card base from Papertrey Ink. Then I laid the second template "mini Chunky Chevron" over at the first template to get a female silhouette with chevron patterns.     

Then, I inked up three daubers with some inks (I thought Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, and Summer Sunrise) from Patertrey ink following her color suggestion in the sample card.
Lastly, I stamped several sentiments from a brand new stamp set "my words" by Hero Arts and added some sequins as a finishing touch. I love this stamp a lot because its journaling/mixed media style will be so useful.  


I am also entering this card to the challenge #8 over at CAS on Sunday
and the challenge #24: Clean and Simple over at A Blog Named Hero .

Please take some time to visit there and get some inspiration.
I am submitting this card to stamp your story contest.

Hope you enjoy the challenges and get some inspiration from the muse.
 Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Sophia.   
   

Saturday, May 11, 2013

CAS 43: U and I, the special day

 
This card is my second attempt to the Hexagon challenge over at CASology.
 
 
 
"Thinking out of the box" is one of my goals as a crafter for this year.
 Whenever I made a card I reminded myself of that phrase and tried to apply it to the process of cardmaking. It is unable to be creative all the time but I know it is important to implant a seed of creative mind in each step of making a card.
 
 So a creative seed in me is telling me not to use hexagon die or stamp but to use other shapes that could possibly make hexagon. Do I have to use a triangle stamp? I tried several times with some stamps of triangle shapes but didn't get any satifactory results.
 
 
I ended up with this card.
 It didn't give me satisfaction either.
But I would like to give me a credit to the point that I tried to think out of the box.
 
 
The stamp set I used here is "Today Was" from Sweet Stamp shop.
When I saw a photo frame stamp with grid lines in it, my thought immediately went to draw a line to shape a hexagon. I was also thinking that the hexagon I created with hand drawing would be good for presenting a simple word like "U and I."   
 


As you see It is not a perfect shape because it's hand drawn hexagons over the grid lines.
It has some squiggly lines but the hexagons are good enough to celebrate our(U & I) "the" special day. :D
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog. 
Hope you have a good weekend. 
 
Sophia.     
   
     

Friday, May 10, 2013

CAS 43: Hexagon and Christmas

Happy Saturday!
 
 
I am happy that I am able to make two cards for the HEXAGON challenge over at CASology for this week.

 
The first one is a simple Christmas card.


 
I used a pattern paper in which a Santa Clause was printed (I thought it's from My Mind's Eye 6*6 paper)and went the paper through my Big Shot with a hexagon die template from Papertrey Ink. To adhere the cutout frame to the base Kraft cardstock I used a two-way glue. It was a work that required my patience. 
  
 
 
The last touch I made was a bit of fun. 
In contrast to the neat and clean result of the hexagon die, the Santa paper was designed to be seen as worn-out and aged. So I added some aged effect on the Santa image by rolling some pieces up. Can you see that fun roll up? 
  
  
 
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
 
I have one more card to share with you in the next posting.
 
Sophia.   

 
  
 
   

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Smiles

* Do the happy dance with me. I've got my second time honorable mention badge from CASology.




Hello friends there,
Happy Friday!
 
 
Yesterday night, I made a super(x100) simple card for the week #41 challenge over at CASology. They have a cue word for GIGGLE. 
 
 
 
For the giggled or smiling lips, I used one of brushing images from PTI's watercolor wonder stamp set and inked up with Hero Art's neon pink. Some of you may notice that the stamp set has no image of that kinds and the trick was... using the back side of the stamp in order to get a perfect lip shape. It looks like our smiling lips, doesn't it? hehe :D!
 
For the eyes, I thought of "emoticon" like this (> .<) that seemed to possibly express wrinkled eyes when we giggled. My original idea went with using "arrow" images if I had but I couldn't find any of them in my stacks. So I had to change the direction and found the alternate which was the letter "V" and "I" from K&Company Amy Butler's clear Alphabet stamp. 
 
To finish off the card, I put some sequins on the lips. I felt the card would be too simple without having some sequins on the lips. (Or am I obssesed with an idea that I have to use sequins to all the cards I will make?)    
 
 


 
 
  Hope you have smiles all day long as my card suggested!
 
Sophia.