Sunday, 19 October 2014

WCC11 Gobble, gobble---Curvy Keepsake box Thanksgiving fun!

Watercooler Challenges
I have to confess that when I initially saw the Curvy Keepsake Box Die I was unimpressed.  How often, I asked myself, would I honestly use that?  I've come to eat my words.  My goodness, what a lot of fun it is, to use that framelit!  The sky is the limit.  There is nothing you can't create with this little tool, until your imagination runs dry.  Well---when that happens, there is always Pinterest, right?

The theme of our Watercooler Challenge this week is to CASE Pinterest.  The acronym, CASE, stands for "copy and share everything".  Pinterest is the treasure box of shared projects.  I had decided to find something on the site that gave me a new idea for the Curvy Keepsake Box Die.  Hours later, there were still some projects I hadn't seen but my crossing eyes and numb fingers suggested that, perhaps, I had done enough searching.

My CASE from Pinterest is an adorable little turkey which was created by the very talented Darla Watson who posted her version on her blog on August 31st.  Subsequently she posted the darling turkey on Pinterest.  And that's where I found it.

For my version of the turkey, I've used Baked Brown Sugar cardstock for the Curvy Keepsake Box.  This will be the body of the turkey.  I'll also be gluing the head and the tail to this box.  Once I cut the pieces with the die, I stamped them with Baked Brown Sugar ink using the flower from the Blooming With Kindness stamp set.  I thought it would be nice to have a bit of texture to suggest feathers.

For the head, I took my 1 1/4" Circle Punch and cut a circle from a piece of Baked Brown Sugar.  For the beak, I used my Pennant Builder Punch to cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock (cut to the appropriate length with my snips).  After cutting two white circles using my Owl Builder Punch, I added Black Candy Dots for the pupils.  For the wattle, I did what Darla had done and used the little Heart Punch, cut it in half, and glued it back together, but longer.

Luckily Stampin' Up! added two feather Framelits this year and they were awesome for cutting out cardstock for the tail feathers.  I cut some from Cajun Craze, Baked Brown Sugar, and Soft Suede with the small feather framelit and then more from the same colours using the large feather framelit.  In all I made a total of 20 feathers for the tail.

Before putting the tail together, I used my scoring tool to add feather detail to the die-cuts.  All those score lines also made the feathers curve slightly which was a bonus because I wanted the tail to be a bit curved.


Once the turkey was completely assembled, I used the small oak leaf framelit from the Fun Fall Framelits dies to cut out a piece of Cajun Craze.  The part that was a leaf, I scored and then scrunched to give it texture while the negative portion, I cut around to have a leaf outline.  The sentiment is from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set.

For more projects which are CASEd from Pinterest, check out our Watercooler Challenges Blog.

For more projects that have a Thanksgiving theme and showcase twine, check out the Clear it Out Challenge Blog.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Peace and Joy --- in Pink

Pink isn't the first colour I think of when I'm making things for Christmas but sometimes it's the only colour.  The Jingle Belles Challenge is hosting a special challenge right now and it's for something dear to my heart:  breast cancer awareness.  My friend's mother lost her battle with this horrible disease just a few days ago and, of course, it's foremost in my mind right now.  The Jingle Belles challenge isn't just doing this to increase awareness.  Those wonderful ladies, Stephanie and Lauren, are donating $4 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for each card included in this challenge.  Of course I had to make a card for this wonderful challenge.

My card uses pink as requested by the Jingle Belles Challenge.  I've also used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:
I liked the simplicity of the sketch and knew it would work for what I had in mind.

My base cardstock is Naturals White.  Then I've added a layer of Melon Mambo and a layer of Watercolor Paper.  I prepared the Watercolor Paper by giving it a wash with Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush and Pink Pirouette inks.  After that dried, I heat embossed the piece with the Festival of Trees using Silver embossing powder.  

Then I took a piece of Vellum cardstock and attached a piece of Silver Glimmer paper and Pink Pirouette to the left side.  Then I heat embossed the sentiment to the bottom of the vellum using Melon Mambo embossing powder.  After that, I took another piece of Vellum cardstock and heat embossed a tree from the Festival of Trees onto that using Silver embossing powder.  Once that had cooled, I used my Tree punch to cut that out.  I attached the tree to the vellum using finely cut pieces of Dimensionals.

Once I had attached the vellum piece to the rest of the card, I used some Silver Dazzling Details around the perimeter of the vellum to continue the look of the Silver Glimmer paper.  For a final touch, I added Rhinestones that I first coloured using my Melon Mambo Blendabilies marker.

For more pink breast cancer awareness Christmas cards, check out the Jingle Belles challenge.  

For more cards using this sketch design, check out Freshly Made Sketches.

For more cards using vellum, check out the Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenge.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Hello Fall

I wanted to use watercolours on a card and couldn't decide on an image to colour.  I did, however, make a background of watercolours for my images which are stamped in black.  And I love the effect.

I began with a base of Basic Black, then a layer of the Crushed Curry watercolour design from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper and a layer of Basic Black again.  Then, on a piece of Watercolor Paper, I used my Aqua Painter to brush Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Old Olive inks across it in casual wash.  After that dried, I used Memento black ink to stamp two of the feathers from the Four Feathers stamp set near the top left and the Hello Fall sentiment from the For All Things stamp set at the bottom right.

Before attaching the Watercolor Paper, I added an Antique brad at the top of the feathers and tied some linen thread around it in loops.  It's a simple card but I love the results.

For more cards using watercolours, check out The Paper Plunge.

For more cards with a fall colour scheme, check out {PIN}spirational Challenges.

And because if I go out into the woods these days, I enjoy the splendour of the autumn colours and see birds getting ready to fly to warmer climates.  And so this is my entry for the Out In the Woods challenge over at SUO Challenges.

Monday, 13 October 2014

SMILE --- two challenges: a colour and a sketch!

That sweet single stamp, A Little Smile, is such fun to use.  Not only can it be the theme of the entire card but it can also be used in parts simply by inking only portions.  That's what I've done with this card.  Because I wanted to use the stamp but because of the sketch there was only a small rectangle in which it could be used, I had to get creative.  I'm glad that I did because it opens a whole lot of possibilities with that stamp that I hadn't considered before.

The sketch that I followed is from the Sunday Stamps Challenge:

But I wanted to use the colours from the Stampin' Royalty Challenge for the card:

Since I had also decided to use the A Little Smile stamp, I felt almost as if I had painted myself into a corner.  But I do like challenges and was determined to make this work.

For my base I used Naturals White.  Then I added a layer of Blackberry Bliss, a layer of Sahara Sand, and then a layer of the Blackberry Bliss floral design from the Park Lane Designer Paper which I first cut diagonally before adding.

For the smaller rectangle I used a base of Naturals White, then a layer of Soft Sky and finally a layer of Whisper White that I had stamped using a portion of the A Little Smile stamp.  I stopped partway up the poles each hedgehog held to have the image fit the rectangle.  Then I stamped the "SMILE" from the stamp onto another bit of Whisper White using Blackberry Bliss ink.  I cut around that to make a banner, sponged the perimeter with Soft Sky ink and then attached it on Dimensionals to appear as if it was attached to the poles.

I coloured the hedgehogs with my Sahara Sand Stampin' Marker and the flowers with my Soft Sky and Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Markers.  Then I attached the smaller rectangle to the rest of the card with Dimensionals.   To finish up I added a small banner in Soft Sky with a heart punched into it and also three Rhinestones which I first coloured using the darkest of my Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities (because the darkest colour is almost identical to the Blackberry Bliss).

For more cards using these colours, check out Stampin' Royalty.

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

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Peek-a-boo Joy -- PCCCS #113

Well, I've done it again.  I've taken the sketch presented by the Paper Craft Crew Challenges and turned it on its side.  It just worked better for the idea I had in mind.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #113

I decided to make this card all about the winter wonderland leading up to Christmas.  The car is brining a tree home, strapped to its roof.  The little snowman is excitedly looking up at a colourful cardinal.  There is snow on the ground, snow in the air, and a wreath on the door of the house.  You can just about imagine kids just past the trees, sledding down the rolling hills.  These are the kind of winter days I enjoy.  

For this card I combined the White Christmas and the Holiday Home stamp sets.  All my colouring was done with my Blendabilities except for the Encore silver ink with which I stamped the snowflakes and also sponged my vellum banner and the Night of Navy Stampin' Marker with which I outlined the "J", "O" and "Y".  

I used Night of Navy cardstock as my base and then Soft Sky embossed with my Decorative Dots embossing folder for my next layer.  My smaller rectangle also begins with a Night of Navy base and then a layer of Whisper White onto which I've stamped my scene.  The rectangle is attached with Dimensionals as is the tiny cardinal in the branches of the birch tree.

For my banner I chose to go with Vellum cardstock.  I didn't want to block out the scene with something more  solid.  For that reason I also chose to use my Little Letters Thinlits to cut out JOY after embossing the strip of vellum with my Delicate Designs embossing folder.  To give the vellum a bit more of a presence, I also sponged it lightly with my Encore Silver ink.  When that was dry, I outlined the letters using my Night of Navy Stampin' Marker.  

The embellishments are the gorgeous sequin snowflakes from the Frosted Sequins Embellishments.  In the centre of each I adhered a tiny rhinestone.

I hope you've enjoyed my card and would love to read your comments.  For more cards using this sketch, check out the Paper Craft Crew Challenges.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Happy Wonderful Christmas

If I offered you Blackberry Bliss, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black and a Neutral to make me a card, you'd most likely go and check out your Hallowe'en stamps, right?  Well, that's the color challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments right now.  Did I make a Hallowe'en card?
I'm not sure that I'll knock their socks off with my interpretation of their challenge, but I'm happy with my little creation.

For my base I turned to one of my favourites, the Naturals White.  Then I used a diagonally cut piece of the lovely All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper and attached it to a piece of Basic Black that I had first stamped with a snowflake from my Endless Wishes stamp set and Craft White ink.  Along the diagonal I attached a piece of the 1/8" Silver Ribbon.

On a piece of Whisper White I stamped the Christmas Bauble using Black Memento ink.  Then I fussy-cut the image out and finally coloured it using my Blackberry Bliss and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Markers.  I added some silver with my Stampin' Silver Dazzle marker and some bling with my Silver Dazzling Details.  When everything was dry, I attached that to the card with Dimensionals.

For my sentiment I turned to the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and Pear Pizzazz ink on Whisper White cardstock.  To finish the sentiment off, I cut it out using my Apothecary Accents framelits and then added some black "stitching" and sponged the perimeter lightly in Basic Black.  That, too, was attached using Dimensionals.

Those are not the first colours I'd reach for when making a Christmas card, but I'm very happy with the way it turned out.  It really shows you that there isn't such a thing as a Christmas colour.  

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

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A long way to a challenge --- PCCCS#112

This week's sketch challenge at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge is similar to one of two weeks ago, one with word bubbles.  Oh, yes, one can change the shapes out, but when I first saw the challenge I simply went blank.  Over the week I considered and rejected several designs and, since there are only hours left, was afraid that I would not be able to meet this week's challenge.  A pity since I really do enjoy the variety of challenges they offer.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #112

Finally today I came up with not one but two ideas that actually appealed to me.  One was for a Christmas card and the other was for a Wedding card.  I began work on both.  Actually I had completed at least 3/4 of each card when I realized that the one I would be submitting for the challenge would be the Wedding card.  Yes, there were a number of retired products in that card, but all the products are Stampin' Up! and I've fallen in love with the card.

My base cardstock is Naturals White.  Then comes a layer of Whisper White and then a layer of Vellum cardstock.  I did a lot of stamping and embossing on that Vellum.  My main image is the stunning image of the Bride and Groom from the Best of Brides and Babies stamp set.  I heat embossed that using my Silver embossing powder and then lightly coloured the skin and flowers in the images using my Blendabilities.  It's a very subtle effect, but I'm glad I did that.  I also used the hearts images from the retired Confetti stamp set to stamp three patches of silver hearts on the Vellum using my Encore Silver stamp pad.

Next I turned to my beautiful Shimmery White cardstock and stamped two sentiments.  The Forever & Always is from the retired   stamp set while the other sentiment is from the retired  stamp set.  I love the way the words look heat embossed in silver on the sparkly paper.  I also used the Shimmery White cardstock for the ornate bells from the Best of Brides and Babies stamp set.  I heat embossed the image using my Silver embossing powder.   Yes, there's a lot of white and silver on this card.

I cut the sentiments using my Word Bubbles framelits.  The bells, however, needed fussy-cutting and you know I'm the queen of fussy-cutting.  I really liked the look of the cut-out bells so the cutting was worth it.

I attached the vellum using a narrow line of Tombo glue around the perimenter as well as a glue dot in the centre of the flowers.  The glue dot did not show---the narrow line of Tombo did.  I had a plan for that, however, and set to work.  I cut four strips of Whisper White using my lacy Finishing Touch Edgelit.  Then I ran a narrow line of Tombo just outside the Vellum, on the Whisper White cardstock, and proceeded to make a lace frame around the Vellum.  It worked out beautifully.

Finally I used Dimensionals to attach the sentiments and bells and added rhinestones in strategic places for some extra bling and to satisfy the sketch.  My card was even better than I had planned.  I love it when that happens.

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

For more cards where anything could happen, check out {PIN}spirational Challenges.
For more cards where anything goes, check out the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge.