Thursday, April 9, 2015

Pink Pachyderm + CTMH Card Class 4/7/15

Here's another sheet of designer paper that I couldn't resist! 
I'm telling you it's an addiction!
I dug out a retired CTMH stamp set for the elephant and sentiment, paper pieced the ears, added a few skittles, a charm, bow, and white toe nails.  Pretty simple card.  I think this would make a really cute Mother's Day card from a kid, which is the current theme at the Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge.

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
Double Click Skittles Challenge #18 - funny or punny sentiment
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #222 - Anything Goes
Clear it Out Challenge - Anything Goes + Stash item: anything goes (it's all from my stash!)
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge #246 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesdays Challenge #197 - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #54 - Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge #255 - Always Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze Challenge #84 - Anything Goes

This week at Joyce's card workshop we learned a new technique for making backgrounds.  It is called Bokeh.  First we wet the paper, added drops of ink with a water brush and swirled it around for a marbled effect, dried the paper, then stenciled white circles over top.  If you'd like to give this technique a try, there are several videos on You Tube explaining how to do it.

Here are the 2 Bokeh cards I made:
(If you squint, you can see the white stenciled circles.)

I really didn't like how the background on this first card turned out and wasn't even going to finish it.  In fact, I used the back of it as scrap paper while making my next 2 cards.  I guess it grew on me.  After running it through the cuttlebug, I liked it a bit more.  Unfortunately it really toned down the white stenciled circles. With the contrast paper and ribbon, it's okay, but certainly not a favorite.
This one turned out a little better.  No squinting required.
For this next card we used sponge daubers to rub ink onto dry paper before stenciling.  This I like much better because the colors are more vivid.

Of course, I must have laid it next to something and got a blue mark at the bottom. 
I'll work on disguising that later.

And finally, we made this cute kitty card using a new CTMH Friendly Pets stamp set and one of the new paper packs, Jackson (very masculine paper; I like it)
I must have been having a very OFF card day on Tuesday.  This poor kitty looks like it got sprayed by a skunk and then got a bath in tomato juice.  It doesn't do much for the stink, but leaves the cat a funny color.

Hope you are having a great craft day!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Cute elephant card! I like your new paper! The charm is such a nice touch! I like your bokeh technique. It's been on my list to try and I haven't gotten to it yet - soon! Your kitty card is adorable - love the punny sentiment!

  2. These are all such fun, Debi. I love elephants, even pink ones! What an adorable image that is and the charm is just perfect. :-D Your workshop cards are beautiful. I love how you've done all the different backgrounds. Of course, I adore the kitten.

  3. Lovely card. Thanks for joining us over at TTPH.

    DT Pam

  4. One of my favorite paper stacks! I still haven't the nerve to use the elephant paper! All your cards are awesome, love how you floated the Skittles! Thanks for joining us over at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! DT Member Carri~Abusybee Skittles!

  5. What a great selection of cards. Love each one. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  6. Great card, love the pink elephant and backing paper. Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty and we hope to see you again soon. Jennifer DT member

  7. Oh i love the elephant......super card

    Fiona dT

  8. That elephant card is too cute! I just love it.

  9. Super Elephant card, great backing paper. Thanks for sharing it with us at Through The Purple Haze.
    Dawn TTPH DT xx

  10. Super cute elephant!! Love the background! The sentiment is too sweet!! Thank you for joining the Doubleclick Skittles challenge! Guest Designer - Payel (Beau Monde Designs)

  11. Lovely your elefant card. I like that he is pink.
    Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
    Hope we see you again a next challenge.
    xxx Michelle (DT)

  12. Lovely card. Thanks for playing along at Party Time Tuesdays.

  13. Beautiful honey. Thanks you so much for joining us at Craft your passion.
    Naz xxx

  14. Wonderful cards!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Anything Goes” challenge over at Penny’s & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)
    (GDT Kreativzeit Challenges)

  15. Beautiful card - thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

  16. That elephantastic caption cracked me up! Thank you for joining the DoubleClick Skittles Punny/Funny Challenge!
    Beth, GDT
    Beth's Beauties

  17. What a fun, cute, sweet card you made with the elephant pun!!! So glad you joined us over at DoubleClick for the Funny/Punny challenge!!
    Taunya Butler( Designer

  18. Great cards and I love the elephant!
    Thank you for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays!!
    Your Party Planner, Riëtte :D


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