Tuesday, 18 November 2014

PCCC#118 -- Masculine Birthday

My husband isn't a very sentimental man.  You can imagine, therefore, how I felt when he was cleaning out his drawer and said "I don't know what to do with all these cards you've given me.  They're too nice to throw away."  I was really touched.  He always throws away cards.  Apparently not the ones I make, I've discovered.

His birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks.  Of course I'm making him a card, but this time I want it to be even more special since he doesn't throw mine away.  The sketch at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge was perfect, I decided.

Card Sketch 118

My husband's father was a hunting guide in the Canadian Rockies.  My husband, as a result, grew up enjoying the great outdoors and, of course, hunting.  He doesn't hunt any longer, but still loves pictures of wildlife.  The Walk in the Wild stamp set may as well have been specially made for him.  I decided to feature the moose.

For my base cardstock I decided to use the new Kraft cardstock.  My next layer is Marina Mist and then another layer of Kraft but this time embossed using my Woodgrain embossing folder.  For the narrower rectangle I used a base of Marina Mist and then topped it with a layer of the tree pattern from the Santa & Co Designer Series Paper.  I attached that to the card using Dimensionals. 

For the final small square I used a base of Early Espresso followed by a layer of Whisper White that I first stamped with the moose image and then coloured using a combination of Blendabilities and Stampin' Markers.  I attached the square to the card using Dimensionals.

I wrapped Linen Thread around the narrow rectangle and tied a small bow.  I added two banners, one cut from the Natural Chevron Ribbon and the other cut from the Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon.  My sentiment is from the Sketched Birthday stamp set and I finished up with three Early Espresso Candy Dots.

I'm sure my husband will be keeping this card, too.

For more cards using this sketch, check out the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

WCC13 -- Christmas stars

Watercooler Challenges

Welcome to another Watercooler Challenge.  This one is all about Christmas and that left a whole lot of possibilities.  What I finally decided on was to make a tag on a card using non-traditional Christmas colours.  Why make it easy, right?

If you haven't bought the Lucky Stars embossing folder or the Confetti Stars Punch yet, I suggest you give it serious consideration.  They're both so very versatile and fun to use and both are in the Holiday Catalogue which will be retiring January 5th.  I'm glad I bought them both because they're an important part of my creation.

I decided to use Naturals White for my base.  Then I added a layer of Lost Lagoon and then a layer of Soft Sky which I first embossed using the Lucky Stars embossing folder.  See how pretty those embossed stars look!

My next project was the tag which I planned to make to put on the card.   I decided to use Hello Honey as my base and then added a layer of Whisper White.  No, it doesn't look white, but this is what I did to it before I attached it.  I used the Confetti Stars Punch across the top and then used my corner punch to round off the top corners.  Then I used my Sponge Dauber and Lost Lagoon ink to colour the Whisper White, making it a very solid colour across the punched out stars and then streaking it in the centre.  I sponged in some Hello Honey and Wisteria Wonder where the streaks were to give the illusion of Northern Lights.

Then I ripped two strips of Whisper White, sponged a bit of Soft Sky across the ripped edges, and attached them to the lower portion of the coloured Whisper White to make it appear like snow.  I stamped Santa and his reindeer from the Holiday Home stamp set just under the punched out stars using Memento black ink.

I added a house from the Holiday Home stamp set which I cut out using its matching framelit and coloured it before attaching it with Dimensionals.  Then I used my Tree punch to cut out a tree from Black cardstock and also attached that with Dimensionals.  To dress up the tree, I used my Confetti Stars punch to cut out some Hello Honey stars and glued them onto the tree using Tombo glue.

The rest is just sentiments and ribbons.  I love the sheen of the Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon, don't you?

For more Christmas themed projects, check out the Watercooler Challenge.  If you'd like to add your own Christmas project, the Linky will be open for two weeks.

For more tags or tag-oriented cards, check out Tag You're It!

For more of "anything goes" for Christmas, check out Addicted to Stamps and More.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Simple Thanks

*Proud to be a Top Pick for the Stampin' Royalty challenge this week!*

It's a wonderful feeling to be thankful.  Just as wonderful is the feeling one gets when one receives thanks---for a job well done, for a gift, or simply for being there.  Thank you cards are a big deal.

I like to keep things simple most of the time.  I like having one definite focal point and not overcrowd things.  Oh, I have my occasional fancy day, but overall my creativity leans towards the simple.  That's not to say it's simple to make my card since I am the uncrowned Queen of Fussy-cutting, but the final look is usually simple.

Todlay's "thank you" card certainly looks simple.  I like that about it.  My base cardstock is Crumb Cake and then I've added a layer of Very Vanilla.  I kept that simple and unadorned except for the sentiment and a few hand-drawn lines.

Part of my focal point is another piece of Very Vanilla which I've first stamped with the foliage and berries from the An Open Heart stamp set and coloured using my Blendabilities.  After that I embossed it using my Woodgrain embossing folder and then sponged the perimeter with Crumb Cake ink.  After attaching it to my card, I added a touch of Crystal Effects to each berry.

The "star" of my focal point is the bird from the An Open Heart stamp set which I've stamped onto a piece of Very Vanilla, cut out meticulously (including those tiny claws) and then coloured using my Stampin' Markers.  After colouring it, I attached it to the foliage using tiny cut pieces of Dimensionals and then added a touch of Crystal Effects to the eye.

And that is my card.  I hope its simplicity pleases the recipient as much as it pleases me.

For more cards that follow this sketch, check out Addicted to CAS.

For more cards that feature berries and foliage, check out Make My Monday.

For more cards that feature being thankful, check out the Stampin' Royalty Challenge.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Trees, cardinals and sparkles!

*Thrilled to be chosen a Cut Above by the Paper Players!*

I've been fighting a cold so you know that loggy feeling you get when that happens.  Nothing seems to inspire you.  I've been feeling that way.  It's unusual for me because I like to be designing cards and doing other creative things.  But, like I said, I feel loggy.

I wanted to make a card that would cover two challenges.  The Paper Players colour challenge:

And the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge:

I thought both would work together brilliantly.  I just wish I was feeling brilliant myself.

I haven't used the Festival of Trees stamp set and matching Tree Punch as much as I expected.  So I decided that would work quite nicely for the sketch.  I stamped the tree twice right onto my cardstock, the first time with the stamp fully inked and the second time a bit to the side and lower and off-stamped twice.  Then I stamped the tree on scraps of cardstock, once fully inked and the second time off-stamped once.  That gave me a variety of tones using the same green:  Mossy Meadows.

Since I decided to use a strip of the Cherry Cobbler plaid design from the Trim the Tree Designer Stack for my left margin, I decided to repeat the colour again with two cardinals, also from the Festival of Trees stamp set.  I coloured the face black because it made them look more like cardinals.  I also repeated the Cherry Cobbler in the ink for the sentiment which is from the Christmas Bliss stamp set.  Then I cut it out using my Modern Label Punch.  Then I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler with the same punch, cut it in half, and backed the sentiment with it.  Four rhinestones to top the trees finished up the card.

For more cards using this colour scheme, check out The Paper Players.

For more cards using this sketch, check out CAS(E) this Sketch!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Giving thanks

*Thrilled to be a Top Pick for this week's Sunday Stamps Challenge!*

It's getting close to Thanksgiving across the border in the United States.  Some of the challenges are reflecting that and so I've created this card with thoughts of their upcoming Thanksgiving and also with the thought that we really should remember always to "give thanks for all things".

My card is based on a sketch from the Sunday Stamps Weekly Challenge:

And on a colour scheme from the Pals Paper Arts Challenge:

PPA226 Nov 6

The theme, giving thanks, is based on the SUO Challenge.

For my base I've used Naturals White.  I followed that up with a layer of Soft Suede.  Since the sketch shows Washi tape behind the image, I used the Tape It stamp set and the three colours of the challenge to stamp my own "Washi tape" on Whisper White cardstock and then cut the strips out.  After attaching them in a random pattern on the layer of Soft Suede, I got to work on my main image.

I took a rectangle of Naturals White and cut a square into it using a square framelit.  That gave me my Polaroid frame.  I stamped the sentiment from the For All Things stamp set onto Whisper White and attached the frame around it.  Then I stamped two pumpkins from the Fall Fest stamp set using Cajun Craze ink, one with full ink and the other off-stamped once, and cut them out with their matching framelits.  I also cut three leaves from Mossy Meadow cardstock using the Fun Fall framelits.  

After attaching the pumpkins to the frame, I attached an extremely thin strip of Mossy Meadow to each pumpkin and made them appear to be vines.  After attaching the leaves to the vines, I wrapped some Linen Thread around the bottom of the frame and attached it to the card using Dimensionals.

For more card using this sketch, check out Sunday Stamps Weekly Challenges.

For more cards using these colours, check out the Pals Paper Arts Challenge.

For more cards using this theme, check out the SUO Challenges.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

A Christmas Cardinal

I love the cardinal in the Beauty of the Season stamp set.  It's a lovely sketch and is wonderful to use for Christmas cards.  That pop of red lifts one's spirits when there is snow everywhere.

I found two challenges that seemed perfect for my cardinal.  The sketch is from the Paper Craft Crew Challenges:
Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 117

While the colours from the Hand Stamped Sentiments were just what I wanted:

I began with a base of Naturals White and then added a layer of Soft Sky and another layer of Whisper White.  I had first embossed the Whisper White using my Lucky Stars embossing folder to add some texture and interest.  For my background rectangle I added an piece of Naturals White embossed with my Woodgrain embossing folder and backed with a matte of Real Red.  Then I added a strip of the Garden Green pattern from the Trim  the Tree Designer Series Stack and Soft Sky Seam Binding ribbon for the bow.

I used my sixth from the smallest circle framelit to cut Soft Sky cardstock and backed it with a hand-cut matte of Real Red.  On the Soft Sky circle I stamped the cardinal using my Memento black ink.  Then I stamped a second cardinal on a scrap of Whisper White and fussy-cut that out.  After colouring the cardinal with my Stampin' Markers, I carefully attached it over the stamped cardinal on the Soft Sky circle.  I added a touch of Crystal effects on his eye and on the red berries as well.

For my sentiment I used the "merry christmas" from the Good Greetings stamp set and then added a snowflake from the Frosted Sequins (coloured blue with the lightest of my Coastal Cabana Blendabilities).  The final touch was the addition of three Real Red Candy Dots and my card was finished.

For more cards using this sketch, check out the Paper Craft Crew Challenges.

For more cards using these colours, check out Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Owl about a couple of challenges

As you've noticed, I enjoy challenges.  I've found that they push me into areas that I might not otherwise explore.  One of those areas is stamp carving.  You'll remember that Stampin' Up! introduced their Undefined Stamp Carving Kit last year.  I was excited about it and, almost immediately after getting my kit, carved a simple little cartoon cat and then put the kit away.  Of course I felt guilty about not using it but it was easy to keep putting it off.  Until now, that is.  A challenge came along.

You may think that the challenge was all about stamp carving and you'd be wrong.  The challenge was all about owls.  Well, I love owls.  The problem is that except for those adorable little owls in the Baby, We've Grown stamp set, I don't own any owl stamps.  I knew Fate was pushing at me when I found another challenge which is about "birds of a feather flock together".   So I decided to carve an owl stamp.  It took some work, but I'm proud of my efforts.

I chose Naturals White as my base cardstock and then a layer of Mossy Meadow.  My next layer is a piece of Shimmery White cardstock on which I had used the marbled alcohol marker technique.  I stamped the branch from the retired Take Care stamp set on Whisper White and fussy cut that out.   I glued the branch down using Tombo glue.   Then I stamped my owl twice on Whisper White and cut them out.  After colouring them, I adhered them onto the branch using Dimensionals.  For my sentiment I turned to the Yippee-Skippee stamp set and stamped it onto my Shimmery White paper using Memento black ink.

For more cards using the photo inspiration of owls, check out Inkspirational Challenges.

For more cards interpreting the words "birds of a feather flock together", check out TIME OUT Challenges.