Sunday, June 30, 2013

grateful vintage

grateful vintage by eatzycath
grateful vintage, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.

When the cardmaking itch catches up, one can only scratch it.... and that's what I've been doing for the last week or so - and since my night classes haven't started yet, I might as well get in some private crafting time before things get busy again.

This card was made this afternoon for submission to A Blog Named Hero: Challenge #26 - objective: incorporate a tag into one's card or project OR be inspired by the dog tags included in the inspirational challenge graphic below.

* the tag was stamped using IO - Impression Obsession (Alesa Baker Designs) - Graph Tag - a truly beautiful vintage design with a lovely flourish in the corner - unfortunately, you can't see it on the card as it is partially hidden by the flowers
* the 'truly grateful' sentiment comes from Hero Arts - Truly Grateful stamp set
* the 'truly grateful' sentiment was fussy-cut around the edges and mounted with foam tape onto the tag which was then affixed onto a piece of gauze bandage, which had been inked with Ranger Distress ink (Vintage Photo) to create that slightly sepia tone, and affixed with dimensional glue onto the patterned paper
* final touch - added some paper flowers with buttons and some rough twine

you color my life in zesty orange and green

This is the 2nd card which I am entering for this week's Paper Smooches - Picture Perfect Challenge, the ink splotches and 'you add color to my life' sentiment were inspired by the picture below.

And it so happens that Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger challenge this week is - Scene in Tangerine (look at picture below) - with colors in yellow, orange and green - which accounts for the color choice for my card - cheerful, bright and bound to bring on a smile!

To make the card:
* the background was stamped with Hero Arts Chevron cling stamp, using Kaleidacolor's rainbow dye inkpad (Melon Melody) - I love how the colors are combined so well together and provide that smooth transition from one color to the next
* the notebook page was die-cut from white cardstock using Paper Smooches - Notebook Bracket die-cut
* the random ink splotches and sentiment comes also from Paper Smooches - I Heart Art stamp set
* the notebook page was then colored lightly using Pebbles Inc - chalks and edged-colored too for definition
* finally, the same was affixed to the chevron stamped paper at the right hand bottom corner with mounting tape, and the whole thing was then affixed with double-sided tape to the lime green cardstock

And finally, I just found out that Simon Says Stamp Challenge for this week is 'Anything Goes' - and so I'm submitting this card along to play as well.

friend for life

friend for life by eatzycath

friend for life, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.

Penny Black & More Challenge for June is CAS (Clean and Simple) - I love CAS cards but it is not easy to make one as sometimes, over-enthusiasm can create too many layers and elements on a card!
I'm hoping that this one will qualify as a CAS card, though personally I think there's still too many elements on the card!
* the colored square on the white card is actually the imprint of a white ceramic tile which had been stamped over with DewDrop VersaMagic chalk ink in three different colors blended together
* that provided the base for the 'butterfly suite' stamp from Penny Black - stamped and embossed in black
* sentiment on top comes from Penny Black - Edge to Edge stamp set
* the white square was then distressed and affixed with mounting tape onto the yellow patterned card before going onto the kraftcard
* finally finished with some yellow sparklers

crayons thanks

crayons thanks by eatzycath
crayons thanks, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.

This week's Paper Smooches Challenge is a Picture Perfect Challenge - where we use the picture below as our inspiration for creating our card!

picture credit

Based on the crayons picture and the neutral color base - I decided to go with the neutral-colored kraftcard as my base. 
* A scalloped heart was die-cut from the front of the card, with a part off the edge off the card - using QuicKutz Nesting Scallop Hearts - a piece of transparency was affixed to the heart aperture.
* A line of mini crayons (from Paper Smooches - Smarty Pants stamp set) were stamped at the left side to 'point' towards the inset of the card - some were separately stamped on whitecard, colored and fussy-cut before affixing with mounting foam.
* The inside of the card is a light yellow patterned paper (edges distressed) with the stamped easel and sentiment (from Paper Smooches - I Heart Art stamp set) showing through the aperture - the multi-colored sentiment was stamped using Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves rainbow dye inkpads from Tsukineko.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

reach for the clouds, girl!

reach for the clouds, girl! by eatzycath
reach for the clouds, girl!, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.

a simple card to encourage a friend, hoping that this will bring a smile to her face and give her hope to push on.... yes, you go girl!
i. Background was stamped using Hero Arts "Newspaper Skyline" woodblock stamp, which had been colored with different-colored ink markers. 
ii. The cute little girl with a balloon is a stamp from Your Next Stamp "Flying High Fhiona". The stamped image was colored, fussy-cut and affixed to the front of the card with mounting foam.
iii. Sentiment also comes from the Your Next Stamp "Flying High Assessories" set - stamped and box drawn around the sentiment before cutting and affixing to the bottom left of the card with mounting foam.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


celebrate! by eatzycath
celebrate!, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.

A card made for my hubby's cousin Anthony who recently celebrated his 70th birthday - a cheery card that reflects his enjoyment of life and its epicurious pleasures!

I still used blue for this 'guy' card but now in smaller swatches, with the bulk of the background in purple patterned paper. I am trying to move away from standard blue and grey colors for 'guy' cards - surely they too need some bright colors to light up their life!

The stamps are from Art Impressions - the Cafe stamp and Monique, the dancing waitress stamp. The centrepiece on which the Cafe was stamped is a die-cut from Memory Box (the Debutante frame) and it is further edged with a check-print die-cut also from MemoryBox (the Under the Sea frame). Coloring was done using Caran D'ache Neocolor II water-soluble color wax pastels.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

you're just my type

You're my Type by eatzycath
You're my Type, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.

a more masculine card made for that special guy ..... 
first, I decided to use the typewriter stamp together with the "you're just my type" sentiment stamp from the Lawn Fawn "Just My Type" collection...
and to further highlight the theme, I added on other elements involving alphabet types and words in the card by
(i) adding the embossed background using the Typeset embossing folder from Cuttlebug; and 
(ii) die-cutting the circle from patterned paper with columns of words using the Spellbinders Nestabilities - Lacey Circles.
blue was the safe natural choice of color for a guy card.... hmmm.... might need to be more adventurous in color choice the next time I do another guy card
this card is going in for the Die-Cut Divas - Guys and Boys! June Challenge

Monday, June 24, 2013

pink and yellow

pink and yellow by eatzycath
pink and yellow, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.

A birthday card made using Hero Arts stamps - stamping first with the Large and Small Solid Flowers stamps and then overlaying the stamped images using the Large and Small Open Flowers stamps to create the offsetting of the edges.
Edges were embossed with different colored glitter embossing powders, and finally, the card was finished off with a ribbon and some rhinestones affixed to the center of the flowers. The sentiment stamp comes from Stampendous - Birthday Assortment collection.
Love these flower stamps - big and so easy to use to create background patterns - and the best part, it doesn't matter a bit if the stamped edges don't line up!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

i love roo froggie

love roo froggie by eatzycath
love roo froggie, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.

Another card made with Paper Smooches stamps, which I have submitted for the Paper Smooches June 17-23 Cool Shades Challenge - to use a beautiful color palette with colors from "nature".

The happy froggie, the little heart and crown and the 'i love roo' sentiment stamps come from Paper Smooches "A Little Lovin" collection, whilst the cute cloud stamp comes from Paper Smooches "Spiffy Scooters" collection. The little frog is attached to the card using an Action Wobbles, which gives a nice bouncy effect when tapped at the side. Finished off with a bit of Ice Stickles (glitter glue) on the yellow hearts and some Liquid Pearl dabs on little froggie's spots.

The card is cute enough to send your love to your loved ones of all ages!

let's play

let's play by eatzycath
let's play, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.
Paper Smooches have the cutest ever critters around - when I was stamping and coloring this little chick from the Paper Smooches - Chubby Chums collection, I couldn't stop smiling - and hopefully so will whoever gets this card!
The swing stamp is from Magnolia stamps, and the little chick is attached to the swing using an action-wobble spring which creates this really cute bouncing effect on the chick when tapped from the side - hard to explain and harder to photograph the 'wobbling' effect - so you might want to check out the Action Wobbles blog for better pics on the wobbling!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

have a wonderful day

have a wonderful day by eatzycath
have a wonderful day, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.
A card made for my mum-in-law for her recent birthday (2013) - bright and sunny just like her warm disposition, I am lucky to have her as my mum-in-law!
Card was made using a Hero Arts flower stamp - stamped on white card with VersaMark, embossed with Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White), and colored using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Cut out the flower and also slice off about a one-third portion from the top. Thereafter, affix to white card-stock with mounting tape, keeping the sliced edge aligned with the top black line of the rectangle.

Let your Light Shine

Let your Light Shine by eatzycath
Let your Light Shine, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.

I do love embossing folders - touching a card with lots of texture is a great joy... must be some kind of positive tactile stimuli (*smile*) - made using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, which name escapes me - looks like it's time for me to start labelling my Cuttlebug folders.... what a chore, maybe tomorrow or maybe next week?

The sentiment is a stamp from IO - Impression Obsession.

This was made for someone who had recently accepted Christ - what joy there must be in heaven as the angels rejoice and blow their trumpets! My prayer that she will continue to walk in God's grace and be a wonderful testimony for all in her life.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thanks - postcard

Thanks - postcard by eatzycath
Thanks - postcard, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.
a thank you card for LZ's mum - to thank her for encouraging me with her gift of a scrapbooking kit .... bless her!
This was made using Hero Arts "Thanks Postcard" cling stamp and Hero Arts "Little Tags" stamps.  The centre butterfly was stamped, cut, curled and then applied with Inkssentials Glossy Accents.


Smile by eatzycath
Smile, a photo by eatzycath on Flickr.
Another b'day card made for my 'co-sec kaki' friend.
Loved the paper background from Basic Grey's Plumeria Collection - and as you can see, with paper so pretty, one doesn't really need to embellish too much - just an embossed "smile" sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession (IO) and embossed 'girl on bicycle' stamp from Penny Black's A Little Bird Collection, with dabs of Liquid Pearl added to the flowers in her basket and her scarf, and some lovely rows of coordinating ribbons.

happy birthday - cupcakes!

The inaugural post on Artzy Bitzy .... and I wanted to share this colorful birthday card made earlier this year for my sis-in-law, LZ. A triple-panel card (a cinch to make when using double-sided patterned paper), with embellishments made using Hero Arts Happy Birthday Cupcakes cling stamps set (stamped on red patterned paper, white embossed - for cupcakes, red embossed - for birthday sentiment and cut), and a complementary stamped greeting on the envelope as well - from the Hero Arts Wish Big clear stamps.
Having embarked on scrapbooking and cardmaking for the last year or so, it's been one of my most relaxing and engrossing hobbies to-date. The amount of art/ stamp/ papercraft supplies out there in the world is staggering and mind-boggling! Am I a happy trouper?? You betcha!