Monday, 29 September 2014

Happy Anniversary --- Again!

My last post was that very colourful Anniversary card using the two champagne glasses from the Making Spirits Bright set.  I enjoyed making that so much that I knew I wasn't quite finished with it.  The sketch for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge seemed the perfect starting point.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 111. #papercraftcrew #stampinup #cardsketch

I needed a colour palette and so "went shopping" among the various challenges to see what colours they might have as an inspiration.  I found the perfect one in the Sunday Stamps Challenge and got to work.

Since the colour challenges always allow neutrals along with their colour inspiration, I chose Naturals White as my card base.  On top of that I added a narrow layer of Blackberry Bliss and then two pieces for the next layer:  on top a piece of the Park Lane Designer Series paper and for the bottom, a piece of Old Olive which I first embossed using my Fancy Fan embossing folder.  As a "girdle" holding the two pieces together, I added a narrow piece of Gold Foil topped with a piece of Rich Razzleberry into which I had first cut a pattern using my Confetti Stars punch.

I decided to use the Film Negative framelit from the On Film set to cut a piece of Blackberry Bliss.  It provided the perfect frame for a piece of Whisper White onto which I had stamped the champagne glasses using Memento Black ink and then heat embossed the "liquid" inside using my Gold embossing powder.

I used my second to smallest circle framelit to cut out three circles from the Filter Paper and then used my Paper Snips to cut approx. 3/8" lines towards the centre.  Then I secured the three circles using one of my Candy Dots Brad Bases and scrunched the "petals" so that it looked like a flower.  I added some glue to the Brad and covered it with Gold Glitter as well.  I glued the finished flower to the bottom left corner of the Film Negative die cut.
I pleated a piece of the Watercolour Wonder Washi tape so that I could mount it along the right side of the Film Negative die cut.  I glued that down using my Tombo glue.  Then I stamped one of the larger butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set onto Vellum using Versamark and heat embossed it using my Gold embossing powder.  After cutting that using my Elegant Butterfly punch and colouring it with the lightest of my Rich Razzleberry Blendability markers, I cut a second butterfly from plain vellum.  I also hand cut a body and antennae from Gold Foil using my paper snips.  Then I glued the butterfly halfway up the Film Negative die cut on the right side.

Using the "Happy Anniversary" from my Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, I stamped my sentiment onto vellum and heat embossed it using Gold embossing powder.  I attached that to the bottom of the Film Negative die cut.  Finally, to finish the card off, I added three tiny circles (cut using the Cupcake Builder punch) of Gold Glimmer paper to the bottom right of my card.

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

For more cards using these colours, check out the Sunday Stamps Weekly Challenge.

For more cards that feature beverages as a theme, check out Inkspirational Challenges.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Happy Anniversary

Isn't Blackberry Bliss a wonderfully rich colour?  It just takes my breath away.  And when you add gold, well!  It's downright royal!  No wonder the challenge over at Stampin' Royalty includes those colours this week.

I decided to make an anniversary card with my base in Naturals White.  Then I added a narrow layer of Blackberry Bliss and finally a stamped layer of Whisper White.  My stamping was done using the lovely Bloom With Hope Hostess stamp set.  The large "Gerber" daisy just lent itself beautifully to the bright colours.  I wanted to heat emboss golden leaves behind the daisies.  And so I masked the top daisies and stamped the leaves from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set across them.  I also heat embossed the centres of the daisies in gold.  

For the girdle I attached a strip of Gold Foil and then used the Confetti Stars Punch along a piece of Blackberry Bliss before cutting that to the same width.  I love how the gold shines through those star shapes.  

Beside the bottom daisy I stamped Happy Anniversary using the Memorable Moments stamp set and Blackberry Bliss ink.  To finish off, I stamped the champagne glasses from the Making Spirits Bright set and heat embossed the liquid inside using Gold Embossing powder.  I added some more gold "bubbles" to the Whisper White just for fun.

For more cards using this colour inspiration, check out Stampin' Royalty.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

WCC09 -- Bite Me!

I love the Photopolymer stamp set, Bite Me!, that Stampin' Up! released last year.  I especially love the fact that this stamp set is still available.  How sweet is that?

One of the best things about this stamp set is the large spider's web.  It's one of the most life-like that I've seen and, even when it's embossed, it looks very real and fragile.  The other thing about the stamp set is the fact that the spiders are very realistic.  If you're not totally grossed out by spiders, these spiders are perfect for Hallowe'en cards.

I decided to resist emboss the web and so I heat embossed it onto Whisper White using my clear embossing powder.  Then I went to work with my sponges and colours.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Tangello Twist, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive to get the colours you see on the card.  I also really rubbed them in to bring out all the details of the web.  Then I let those inks dry.

I had decided that I would emboss all the details and so added three heat-embossed spiders using Black embossing powder.  Then I added the sentiment.  Since there is so much detail in the sentiment, I had to do it in stages.  This was only possible because the stamp is Photopolymer and I was able to see through it to perfectly line up each stage.  The web is embossed using White embossing powder, the spider, as I already mentioned, is embossed in Black embossing powder and, finally, I lined everything up and embossed the words using Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.

I used a base of Basic Black cardstock, then a layer of Tangello Twist, then another layer of Basic Black and finally my stamped, sponged, and embossed Whisper White piece.  At that point I realized it still needed a little something and so I used the splatter stamp from the same set to add a splatter in Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Tangello Twist to the card.  And that looked finished to me.

For more cards in the Hallowe'en Challenge, check out the Watercooler Challenges.

For more cards with a holiday theme, check out Addicted to Stamps and More.

The Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop -- Welcome Autumn

Welcome to our September Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  I don't know about the area in which you live, but here in Alberta the trees are turning marvellous colours.  That's one of the best parts of late Summer and the beginning of Autumn.  I wish it wouldn't get dark so much sooner, but that's another story.

This month we're excited to show you more wonderful projects from the Holiday Catalogue, especially some reflecting Autumn as well as anticipating such holidays as Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving.  We have some very talented stampers from various areas of the United States and Canada in September's Blog Hop.  Remember, this is a circular Blog Hop.  That means wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the next participant, you will eventually wind up exactly where you began.  I hope you'll take the time to visit all our blogs and, perhaps, leave a comment.

If you've been moving forward in the Blog Hop, you'll have come here from a brand new addition to our Blog Hop, Marie Green.  Marie is excited to be part of the hop and we've all been excited to see her wonderful projects.

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In the Holiday Catalogue, on page 11, you'll see a weird contraption.  It's the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die.  At first glance it looks like two Christmas lights stuck together.  This weird contraption, however, allows you to make some of the most darling boxes.  They're so cute, they're addictive.  I can see these little boxes, filled with goodies, being given out at birthday parties, weddings, showers, class parties, etc.  They're terrific!

I made a few simple ones just to give you a small idea of how cute they can be.  You can see, I've used cardstock, vellum and Designer Paper for my little creations.  No matter what you use, they wind up being simply delightful.  I'm sure these are going to be a real hit item in the Holiday Catalogue.

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As I mentioned, our leaves are turning marvellous colours.  I have been so enthralled with them that I felt compelled to create a wreath imitating their glory.  Luckily, with all the great colours of cardstock that Stampin' Up! carries, I was able to come close.

I used that wonderful Autumn Accents Bigz die to cut leaves of every shape and size from the following cardstocks:  Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Tangello Twist, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  Yes, that's a lot of colours, but if you begin to count the colours that Mother Nature presents to us this time of year, you'll agree that she wins by a long shot.

After cutting all those leaves, there was the preparation phase.  I wanted my leaves to be similar to those that crunch under foot and overload our visual senses.  So, armed with two Stampin' Spritzers, one filled with isopropyl alcohol and a few drops of Baked Brown Sugar re-inker and the other filled with isopropyl alcohol and a few drops of Old Olive re-inker, I set all those leaves on some old papers on my back deck (this is too stinky a job to do indoors) and spritzed them all until they were nicely soaked.  Then I scrunched them as much as I could without actually tearing them.  Instead of straightening them out as flat as possible after the scrunching, I partially straightened them, leaving them sort of crumpled looking the way real leaves look when they've dried and fallen.

Luckily, with the alcohol, the drying time was minimal.  Before taking them indoors, however, I sprayed them all lightly with my Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  The drying time with that was just a little bit longer.  I also cut seven acorns using the die and proceeded to "fix them up" during this time.  I had cut them from Baked Brown Sugar cardstock and used my Blendabilities to draw in a bit of a pattern across the "cap" and to colour in the nut area.  Then I took my Crystal Effects and covered the nut area with it.  I left the acorns to dry.

I had bought a flat, lightweight wreath form at the craft store and proceeded to wrap it using a roll of my 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon.  It took all but seven inches of the roll.  Mind you, I left a generous "hanger" which I glued down with my glue gun when I secured the last wrap of the burlap.  It certainly made the cheap wreath form look great, but then I like the look of burlap.  

By the time I finished the burlap, my leaves were nicely dried and I was able to begin assembly.  Let me say, simply, that there was no real rhyme or reason to gluing down the leaves.  I went by instinct and by how I liked the colours next to each other.

I had left just over a quarter of the wreath free of leaves.  For that area, I took some Champagne Glimmer paper and cut out the letters A-U-T-U-M-N using my Little Letters Thinlits.  Then I mounted them on 1" circles cut from the various colours of cardstock used in the leaves and glued them to the "empty" area.  The finished wreath was everything I had hoped it would be.

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Well, that's it for my projects.  I hope you've enjoyed them.  Your next stop will be with the exciting Deborah Smart.  She always has some wonderful surprises up her sleeve.  

If you get a moment, before you leave each blog, please leave a comment.  They're always appreciated.

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Adventure Bound -- PCCCS#110

It's been a while since I've done a vintage-style card and today just seemed to be the day for me to create one.  I had been looking at the sketch for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge and when I thought "vintage" it all came together.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #110 #papercraftcrew #cardsketch

I knew I didn't want to do three word bubbles but, thank goodness, it's acceptable to change the shapes as long as the general layout is recognizable.  I am satisfied that I've managed to maintain the layout.

I began with three stamp sets on my work table:  Traveller, World Map and Artistic Etchings (retired).  First I stamped the suitcase and then made a mask and covered it so that I could stamp the Eiffel Tower.  I left the mask on the suitcase so that I could stamp the background.   I had decided to use a portion of the World Map in place of the spatters in the sketch and so I inked only a portion of the stamp with Baked Brown Sugar and stamped that onto the piece of Very Vanilla.  

When I removed the mask, my suitcase was free of additional stamping and I proceeded to colour it with my Blendabilities.  For my sentiment I chose the "adventure bound" from the Project Life Remember This stamp set.  I cut that out using my Word Bubble framelit and then trimmed it a bit more so that it just surrounded the sentiment.  I lightly sponged around the word bubble using Baked Brown Sugar ink.  

Then I took my stamped piece of Very Vanilla and did some heavy distressing around the perimeter.  After that I sponged around the perimeter and slightly into the actual surface using Baked Brown Sugar ink.  Before I began assembly, I stamped the spatter from the Bite Me stamp set in the three spots where the sketch shows embellishments.

My base is Early Espresso, then comes a layer of Baked Brown Sugar, then another layer of Early Espresso and finally the stamped piece of Very Vanilla.  To finish off, I attached the sentiment word bubble using Dimensionals.

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

Friday, 19 September 2014

White Christmas

*So thrilled to be a Top Pick for the Sunday Stamps Weekly Challenge!*

I love the new White Christmas Photopolymer stamp set.  There are so many things you can do with it.  When I saw the challenge on the Sunday Stamps challenge, I knew that I'd be using that stamp set.

My base is Soft Sky, then a layer of Naturals White and another layer of Soft Sky onto which I've done my stamping and subtle colouring.  I didn't want anything to take over the card so all my images and the sentiment are stamped using Island Indigo ink.  I used my Stampin' Chalk Marker as well as my Signo White Pen to do all the white colouring.  The stars are punched out of Silver Foil and the ribbon is 1/8" Silver Ribbon.  I used a small piece of White Baker's Twine as well.

For more cards using this design, check out Sunday Stamps.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Bring on the Boos!

Have you ever wanted to make a really different sort of Holiday card?  Well, with the Making Spirits Bright stamp set that's as easily done as said.  What a great set of sentiments with a great set of images!

I decided to use the adorable Bring on the Boos image with matching sentiment.  I separated the two and made the sentiment into a word bubble simply because it suited the style I had decided on.  I chose the colours from the Just Add Ink challenge simply because it forced me to think outside the usual Hallowe'en colours.  The finished result is different---and in this case, different is good.

My base cardstock is Basic Black.  My next layer is Crushed Curry and then another layer of Basic Black, but this layer has been embossed using my retired Spider Web embossing folder.  I very lightly sponged a bit of Whisper White Craft Ink over the raised web embossing to give it definition. On a piece of Whisper White I stamped the image, making sure I didn't ink up the sentiment.  On another piece of Whisper White I stamped the sentiment, making sure I didn't get any ink on the image.

I coloured the liquid in the glass and the cocktail pick using my Crushed Curry marker and then coloured the iris of the eyeball using my Bermuda Bay marker.   Then I fussy cut the image and covered it with Crystal Effects.  While that dried, I cut around the sentiment to make it into a word bubble.

I have a friend who always has Hallowe'en parties and will be thrilled to use this as her invitation.

For more cards using these colours, check out Just Add Ink.