Monday, April 6, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch 117

Hello all. I'm back with another card for another challenge. his time I'm playing in the  CAS(E) My Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch:

Here is my take on the sketch:

I interpreted it loosely. In the sketch, there are two rows of three images. I followed the same basic design with the three circles on the top row, and the sentiment and two chevrons on the bottom row.

Products used include:
Dies - Simon Says Stamp
Stamps - Simon Says Stamp and Reverse Confetti
Alphabet Stickers - Jillibean Soup

Thanks for visiting. I bought some Deco Foil recently and I hope to play with it soon. If all turns out well, I may be posting a card soon!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Altenew Challenge

Have I mentioned yet how much I love Altenew stamps? They are unique, elegant and very stunning. Today's card showcases two of their sets. I'm entering it into their April Challenge: From Places Abroad, The Forbidden City, Beijing, China.

The card is based off of inspiration from the imperial palace, home of emperors and their families for 500 years.  There are so many ornate details and rich jewel tones. You can't help but be inspired by it.

The Altenew sets complement the building very well. I used the Invisible Alpha set to stamp the sentiment. I took my cue from the red and gold border at the top of the building in the inspiration photo. I used Lacy Scrolls stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed in gold to mimic the ornate scrollwork in the photo. Of course, I added the deep blue and teal green colors, too.

I'm pleased with how it turned out. It's bright, bold and somewhat unconventional.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

 Today is World Autism Day and Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness. It's a special day set aside to increase awareness of autism and show support for the community. More information about World Autism Day and Light It Up Blue can be found here.

Autism has not affected my family directly, but I do have a special needs child. I know first hand how challenging and yet rewarding parenting a child with unique needs can be. While I can't directly relate, I can certainly sympathize on some level.
So when Veronica Zalis and Tenia Nelson, two very talented card making bloggers, came up with the idea to host a blog hop in recognition of this day, I immediately jumped in and said "Add me to the list of participants!" Not only are Veronica and Tenia talented ladies (seriously, they are like rock stars in the card making world), they are also mothers of autistic children. I love how they are using their talents to spread good in the world.

I thought I would share a little about the thought process behind my card. The theme is Light It Up Blue and we were asked to make a blue card, but I wasn't sure how I was going to present the blue. I started thinking about lighting. I thought about rays, stars, spotlights, blue buildings ... None of it was clicking for me. Then, I came across a card and video using the bokeh technique. I had been wanting to try the technique for a while. Yay! I had a start.

I also wanted my card to be encouraging; something I would want to give to a person with autism to brighten his/her day. The In Every Way stamp set by Waffleflower Crafts was the "perfect" fit.  I finished off my card with some enamel dots and stars and some sparkly twine.

Tons of fantastic sponsors have shown their support for Autism Awareness and offered up prizes for this hop. If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies leave a comment on this blog, and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop. Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday April 6. You can see the complete list here:…/the-light-it-up-blue-for-….

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Paper Sweeties April Inspiration Challenge #30 - 'Hoppy Easter'

Welcome to the Paper Sweeties April 2015 challenge blog hop. Today, our cards are inspired by some colorful and yummy Easter treats.

First of all, please let me apologize for the shadowy picture. I think I'll retake it tomorrow when I have direct sunlight. Edited: I retook the picture outside. Much better!

This card uses stamps from the set Wagon Add On Bloom and Grow as well as the Cotton Candy Baker's Twine. I distressed the sky and grass and used Prismacolor pencils to color the images. The bunny and butterflies are brads from Eyelet Outlet.

Please check out the rest of the team's creations and then join the challenge for a chance to win!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties <– you are here!
April Guest Designer:  Jinny Newlin

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Curing the Monday Blues

How do you cure the Monday blues? Here's how I do it. I make a card and submit it to the challenge hosted by my friend Taheerah called Cure for the Monday Blues.

Here is the card I made. I love this color palette. Yellow is my absolute favorite color and I really love how well the grey complements it.

Here is the inspiration photo:

Not only was I inspired by the colors, but I also drew from the bold stripes, polka dots, and the sign with the grey and yellow lettering. Often when I am creating, I have a general idea of the colors, images and sentiments I want to use, but I sometimes get stuck on the layout. That's why it's handy to have a Pinterest board of card sketches. I go to my board, look at the sketches, and choose one that I think will work with the other elements I plan to use. Here is the sketch I used for today's card, courtesy of Studio Calico.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Runway Inspired Challenge #79 Oscars Red Carpet

I'm not one to watch the Oscars or other awards shows. I don't get caught up in all the celebrity hoopla, but the dresses. Wow! The Runway Inspired Challenge #79 Oscars Red Carpet  is all about the dresses.

I chose to use the Valentino dress worn by Keira Knightly as my inspiration (See photo below the card.) Not only is it beautiful, but it has so much texture. To make my Valentino-inspired creation, I used a lot of techniques. In fact, this is a very technique-y card.

The entire card uses Lacy Scrolls from Altenew, except for the sentiment, which is from the Painted Poppy set. I first stamped the green vine images onto beige cardstock. Then, I overlayed vellum on top of it, and stamped the scrolls in Versamark and heat embossed in silver. Then I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it in black and stitched the vellum onto the cardstock. The final step involved stamping the flowers and leaves, adding depth with Prismacolor Pencils, and fussy cutting them before gluing them onto the vellum.

Although it was a lot of work and used a lot of techniques (stamping, embossing on vellum, stitching, coloring, fussy cutting), I think it really captures the texture of the dress.

Thanks for visiting. There is still time to enter the challenge here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Level Up!

Have you heard of MISTI? If you're an avid stamper, you may want to get to know her because this handy tool is changing the way stamping is done. I just got mine today and had to play with it!

There is no way I could have made this card and get the repetitive stamping perfectly aligned without the MISTI. Here is an introductory tutorial. Though I've only used it once, I feel certain I am going to love this tool!

I also used another new item; the Level Up stamp set from My Favorite Things. My kids and all their friends love video games so I HAD to get this set to make birthday cards. I've had the idea in my head to repetitively stamp LEVEL UP. However, to do it, I had to actually cut the stamp. It is totally okay to cut your stamps. They don't bleed, they don't scream and you can get way more use out of them. You can also put them back the way they were. That being said, I still cringe every time I do it. LOL!

The bottom half of the stamp (Happy Birthday) was stamped on vellum and heat embossed. I'm really happy with the result. Thank you, MISTI!!


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