I started my day working on two cards for challenges and the first one is the Sketch Challenge being hosted this month over on Hero's Blog. I had already created two Love and Lace cards and wanted to try my hand with the sketch, which I have shared below.
To start I turned on my Cameo and used it to create the largest piece which is a Hexagon. At the same time, I took advantage of the machine being one and cut several circles flags, hearts and other shapes that I use often on my cards. In addition for this card, I also used some Nestie dies and some punches too!
Once I had my shapes picked out, I wanted to add an image to the center and chose one of my newest Hero Art Stamps (K5723-Big Bold Flower), which I inked up in Raspberry Jam Mid-Tone Ink an stamped onto some white cardstock. I masked off the stem portion and then hand cut out the flower which I added to the center of a black scalloped circle that I punched for a background. Although I used the sketch as my inspiration, I did add more of my own layers and added extra texture by embossing the background, which was done in Burgundy. Hope you like it, as you can see, I'm still using lots of hearts and love themes on my cards, which is always a favorite for me.
With all the black, white and burgundy shapes sitting on my desk, I had plenty of pieces to put together two more cards, which I have shared below. These were made for fun and will also be added to my next OWH Shipment. I really LOVE these cute little envelopes and think they are really fun to add to cards. I first found some on Etsy that I bought and then realized that I could cut my own mini envelopes and cards using my Cameo. Needless to say, I know have quite a collection and love them. I also love the tiny clothes pins that are so popular now and this red one worked perfectly as a way to attach my sentiment. The little tag on this card is another brand new stamp set (LP255-Heartfelt Messages), also from Hero Arts. This cute set was actually the Stamp of the Week last week and that's always a great time to buy them, as they offered at 25% off! You can find the weekly stamps each week on the home page of the HeroArts Store -- Here!!
And next I have my other Love Inspired card, which did not end up photographing very well. It's probably the most clean and simple of these three, but one I still had fun making and for the most part, it's all scraps. The Sentiment, (CL493 Live Life), also from a set of Hero's Clear stamps, is one of my favorites. I really LOVE this set and have used it many times. To make POP on this card, I stamped it in Versamark and them Heat Embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder.
I also put together this super super easy card and it's simply a little pre-colored circle that had a red heart in the center and the words "I love you" around it. I have a full sheet of them and each one is a bit different and I LOVE them! Too bad that with my silly Fibro Fog I can not for the life of me remember where I found or bought these? If you know, please share so that I can give credit to the artist or designer! They are perfect for love cards. I picked up a white, (Snow) HeroArts Notecard, and then cut two bright red circles with a nestie die, once size larger than the die I used to cut out the image. Easy and Cute too!!
And last, but not least I'm finishing up with some totally different colors on my last card. which was inspired and created for today's brand new "Muse" challenge, which you can find HERE! I am also sharing a copy of this week's inspiration (Muse) card which was created by - Marion Vagg!
As soon as I saw Marion's card I knew I wanted to use some of the same colors and I chose the yellow and blue and also wanted to create some type of Chevron patterns to use on my card, which I did using my wonderful Cameo. I actually bought a Chevron style cut file from the Silhouette store and then changed it around to make it work the way I wanted. I also went with Marion's idea of making it a Hello card stamped that sentiment onto the same Blue cardstock, using a darker blue ink. I realized later that she had actually die cut her sentiment, which is a very cool idea and one that I will try again. I also like that she used Washi tape to make her card and think I may try another one using only Washi tape, but in a different design or color. I'm sure the gallery will soon be be of fabulous new ideas and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!!
Woohoo and now it's time to go and get ready to fill up my brand new "Alex" drawer unit, that my son Alex, picked up for me at IKEA today! This is my fourth "Alex" unit, but is the first one in this size and style. I loved the idea that this one has 9 drawers and is tall and narrow. It will give me a lot more storage space and I need it. It's going to replace an old Iris cart that is falling apart, and will also look much nicer too. And to think that I paid close $50+ for that silly plastic cart, when I could have saved it bit longer and bought this instead. If I had know then, but I know about IKEA now, there is no doubt I never would have bought that car, it was not worth what I paid and the casters broke off in the first year...Bummer! But, it'll be gone soon and now I'll have to much better replacement and even have room to spare for other things!! I also have two of the six drawer units and one of the smaller units and LOVE them all. My craftroom is pretty much all IKEA furniture and I could not be happier! I love how easy they are to clean, the prices are good and every piece is very study and holds a lot of stuff. I also love my Expedit Bookcase units and highly recommend them to anyone who needs a paper storage solution. Each cube is perfect for 12" paper and they even have cubes and drawer units you can add to each section. Fabulous products for those who love to create and stay organized!!
My Large Expedit Unit/Love it!!
Hope you all had a day as nice as mine. Tomorrow I have to go out early for blood work for a doctor's appointment later this week and then will be back to continue on my organizing. I think once I get started, it'll be the perfect time to organize my entire room and hopefully even my craft room closet too! As task I keep putting off, but one that is much needed!!