Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Grunge and Gratitude

Hello Blog Friends!
For this week’s challenge at Less is More, we have been given a sketch. I bought the PTI Rustic Wreath Stamp and Die set a while back, but haven’t had a chance to ink it up until, here is my card:

I stamped and die cut the wreath on white cardstock, and colored it in green to use as a background. Then, I stamped and die cut it on vellum. I followed the sketch closely, and added some twine to finish it off.

My next card is for the current challenge at Addicted to CAS and our Code Word is 'Grunge’. Well, that’s a bit of a stretch for me, but a few months ago, I won this Hero Arts stamp from Barb Engler’s challenge in our Hero Arts Flickr Group (Thanks, Barb!), and I knew it would be perfect for this card. So, I inked it up with 4 different distress inks for my background, and used a sentiment from the new Be Happy Today stamp set...Here's my card:

I embossed the sentiment with Zing Glitter Embossing Powder to give the card some sparkle and pop against the background, and added some silver sequin stars, and I was all set! I think this is a great card to send with my care packages to my step-granddaughter, who is finishing her first year of college.

So, that’s it for me today...I hope everyone is having a fun and crafty week ~ Thanks so much for stopping by!

With Gratitude:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Rustic Wreath; Clearly Besotted Stamps - Say it in Style (sentiment)
Ink: Versamark; Studio Calico - Clean Slate
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White, Vellum
Patterned Paper: Papertrey Ink - Soft Stone
Dies: Papertrey Ink - Rustic Wreath; Lifestyle Crafts - Banners & Arrows; Memory Box - Butterflies
Embossing Powder: Hero Arts - White
Markers: Copic
Resin Flower: Kaiser Craft
Hemp Cord: Lawn Fawn - Silver Sparkle

No Dream Is Ever Too Big:
Stamps: Hero Arts - Paint Print, Be Happy Today
Ink: Versamark; Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Stamper’s Select White, True Black; Simon Says Stamp - Surf Blue
Embossing Powder: Zing - Glitter Black
Sequins: Kelly Purkey - Silver Stars


Tracey McNeely said...

I have gratitude for both of your cards Barb!

Kailash said...

I love both your cards Barb and kudos to you for stretching yourself to new ideas and techniques. Well done on the grunge card design, looks great!!

Rosemary said...

both cards are wonderful, barb... i had to stretch myself a bit with the grunge, too!

Loll said...

Two fabulous cards Barb. I love the stamp you've used for the grunge card - so perfect ... and it pairs up perfectly with the large, bold sentiment. Thanks for joining us at ATCAS. Loll xx

lostinpaper said...

Both are fab Barb, but it's the grungy one that really made me smile, looks like you had a blast stamping it!

Barb said...

Love those background stripes, Barb! Your wreath looks so pretty with the pops of red! And what a fun second card! So glad you're enjoying that stamp! Love the blues! ♥

Anne said...

Barb what a super duo of cards! Fun to have stripy "white space" :)
Thank you for your LIM entry this week
Less is More Designer

Jean said...

Both are wonderful - and so different from one another!

Susan said...

Love both of your cards Barb! Love the die wreath in the first card...and I'm impressed with your grunge background! I can't seem to do a grunge card I like!

Kay Miller said...

Oooh the first one with the wreath is just beautiful Barb! The colors are so pretty and it just looks so soft and sweet! I love the pale striped paper for the background too! The second card is so perfect for a guy! Love your take on the grunge challenge! Beautiful work!

Chrissie said...

Lovely LIM card Barb!
The colours look really serene!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Sarah G said...

Love these, Barb! The wreathe is perfect for the LIM challenge and your second card has got the balance between CAS and grunge just right :)

Joni Andaya said...

Awesome creations :)

Anita in France said...

Such a pretty wreath, Barb ... wonderful against the striped background! The gorgeously grungy blue card is fabulous ... love the bold sentiment against all those splotches! Thanks so much for playing along with ATCAS! Anita :)

Deepti said...

Wow the elegant and the grunge what a mix of cards, this post goes out to say how versatile you are in ur creations. The idea of ur grunge card is incredible :) thank you for sharif with ATCAS !