Sep 6, 2013

TCM September blog hop: Anything Goes!

Hi there!

Welcome to The Craft's Meow monthly blog hop event.  If you've been following along on the hop, you should have arrived on my blog from my friend, Jennie's blog.  If not, please start at the beginning and check in on TCM's store blog for all the details on today's event.

For all three of my cards today, I used one of my favorite TCM/NinaBDesigns stamp set: Life is a Carnival.  Lisa wanted us to share a technique with our projects today.  While I don't have a 'technique' per se, I thought I'd show how I usually design for my assignments - I pull out a stamp set and stamp out several images, color them up and begin 'playing' with them.  One card leads to another and I usually end up making 2-3 cards at a time... one evolving into the next, often using many of the same elements but in different ways.

Card Details
Stamps: Life is a Carnival (TCM)
Ink: Versafine; Memento
Card stock: PaperTrey Ink solid and patterned; My Mind's Eye grid
Accessories: Flax baker's twine from The Twinery; Copic markers; PaperTrey Ink notebook die; sewing machine; doily

Often, my favorite card ends up being the last one that I make... which is the case with these cards.  My first card in this post is the last one I made.  This one right above was my first, original design.  I thought the images would make some fun background paper and I think I was right.  After stamping all the images, I embossed the panel with an impression plate and 'shabbied' up the edges with the same ink I used to stamp the images.  Since the background was so busy I went very simple with the rest of the card.

Card Details
Stamps: Life is a Carnival (TCM)
Ink: Stampin Up baked brown sugar; Memento; Versafine
Card stock: Paper Trey Ink; Stampin Up
Accessories: Copic markers; seam binding ribbon; PaperTrey Ink fillable frame die & coordinating stamp; PaperTrey Ink grid lines impression plate

Another idea I had when I pulled out the stamp set was to stamp these ice cream cones all in a row and color only one and pop it up to help it stand out.  I'm not sure that I executed this one very well with the colors though.  I colored the ice cream flavors first (strawberry; mint chocolate chip, chocolate, and blue moon) and then pulled out some patterned papers from my stash to put the card together.  I should have found some paper with some pink in it... oh well, can't win all of them, right?     

Card Details
Stamps: Life is a Carnival (TCM)
Ink: Memento
Card stock: PaperTrey Ink; My Mind's Eye patterned papers
Accessories: Seam binding ribbon; sewing machine; Copic markers; Glossy Accents; Corner rounder

Next up on the hop today is the sweet Jinny.

Happy Hopping!  
I hope you get inspired by everyone's lovely projects!


Stacey Schafer said...

these are precious, Jessica! love the kraft and white with little pops of color!

MaxineD said...

Love your comments about how you create and also you final comment - 'can't win them all' :-).

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the wonderful dimension of your cards & especially like the stitching.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Darlene Gabriel said...

Wow gorgeous cards. I love all the stitching and the beautiful papers you've used. The cotton candy stamp is adorable.

quilt4fun2 said...

I am glad you explained how you craft your cards. I have a problem just having an idea and playing sometimes helps to come up with a good plan. Great cards.
quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

Angelica said...

I simply ADORE your cards, Jessica!!! They are all fantastic, but that stamped background looks as though it could be a piece of genuine ephemera. AWESOME!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Super fun cards. Love the stamping and then embossing techniques. TFS

Lagene said...

SWEET cards!!!!

Emily H said...

Fab cards!!

Larissa Heskett said...

LOVING these Jessica!! Such GREAT designs and those colors are so Beautiful!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! =)


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