Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A Whole Herd of Good Wishes!

Every once in a while a stamp set comes along that is simply fun to use.  The From the Herd stamp set is one of those.  The motley herd of animals just makes me smile and I trust will also make the recipient just as happy.

I've entered this card in the Seize the Birthday challenge, in their "anything goes" category.

Monday, 26 January 2015

The Creative Blog Hop Experience

Thank you so much, Marie Green of My Tanglewood Cottage, for nominating me to participate in the Creative Blog Hop this week.  Marie is a member of our monthly Wacky Watercooler Blog Hops and always has wonderful projects to share.  The Creative Blog Hop is an innovative way to participate in a blog hop.  One is nominated, participates, and nominates two others to participate the next Monday.  This is quite a departure from the "normal" Blog Hops in which we have all participated previously or have enjoyed checking out.  I hope you'll enjoy my project and will continue the creative blog hop experience by checking out my nominees next Monday.

If you're a Stampin' Up! fan, you'll have noticed all the wonderful products in the brand new Occasions Catalogue as well as in the Sale-a-bration Brochure.  I keep waffling on which product is my favourite in each.  It comes down to this:  whatever I am working on at the moment is my favourite.  Fickle?  Perhaps.  But the products really are that great!

The stamp set that I'm using for my card is Moon Lake which was the first stamp set that seriously caught my eye when initially going through the Catalogue.  I love the images.  Since I have a male birthday card that must be made for this weekend, I immediately turned to this set.  I hadn't used the image of the Canada goose yet and so I chose to use it this time.  I thought it would  work perfectly with that wonderful male-oriented Designer Paper, Adventure Bound.  A base of the Kraft paper pushed me in the direction of the colours I would use.

I love the way the Always Artichoke compliments the green of the background as well as the Wild Wasabi which I used to heat emboss the Vellum cardstock banner.

NOTE:  I was very unhappy with the image on the Watercolour paper.  I didn't feel that sufficient detail showed and that bothered me considering that the detail in the background paper was so very sharp.  So I re-stamped the image on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock.  I'm much more pleased with it.  For the most part in this version the colouring is done with Blendabilities but some was done with my Stampin' Markers as well.  You'll have to decide for yourself which one is more appealing.

There are four questions asked of each participant in the Creative Blog Hop:

1)  What are you working on now?  I am working on my next post for the Watercooler Challenges as well as for the Paper Craft Crew Challenges.  As a Design Team member I can't be late.

2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?  I'm not entirely sure it differs all that much.  There are so many creative people out there and so many styles.  I probably fit in somewhere.

3) Why do you create what you do?  I create anything that will give me joy.  I have designed clothing, costumes, knit and crocheted items.  I have painted pictures and murals.  I  have created pottery and projects out of an enormous variety of materials.  I love to create and I love to follow through on whatever inspiration comes my way.  I love photography.  Colours, textures, shapes---these things all inspire me and I wind up creating something as a result.

4) How does your creativity work? That's a question that would have a different answer with each project that I create.  Usually I begin with some type of inspiration.  That could be something I've seen online, in a magazine, or even a photograph.  It could even be a result of a story I've read or a poem I've enjoyed.  Something triggers an idea.  It doesn't have to be the same type of project that I wind up doing, it just has to make a part of my brain begin processing what could be done.  Usually I "create" my project in my head and then it's just a matter of making it happen with my materials.  Other times I will be fooling around with some scraps on my talbe, get an idea from a colour combination or shape, and then follow through on that.  Most of the time what I begin to make is not what I wind up making.  There is not always a method to my madness.

And now it is my turn to nominate two people who will have their chance to participate in the Creative Blog Hop next Monday, February 2nd:  Penny Hanuszak from Penny Tokens Stampin Spot and  Marsha Reed from Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe.  Both these ladies are incredibly talented and it is my privilege to call them friends although we have not met in real life.  I know you will enjoy their projects.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

WCC16 --- A CASE from the new Occasions Catalogue

Welcome to another Watercooler Challenge.  This time our challenge is to CASE a project from the new Occasions Catalogue.  You will find the original from which I took my inspiration on page 7.

I like having a base for my card and so, instead of the Adventure Bound Designer Paper going all the way to the edges of the front, I chose to use a base of Smoky Slate on which to mount it.  I also decided that it would look better to sponge around the perimeter of the Designer Paper and so I used black ink for that purpose.

You'll also see that my lumberjack is wearing a Tangerine Twist shirt and has a light brown beard rather than a reddish one.  I've also used one of the Essentials Wooden Basics Elements instead of a button.

I had fun creating my project for the challenge.  I invite you to join us by using our InLinkz to submit your own CASE of the Occasions Catalogue.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Wacky Watercooler Welcome 2015 Blog Hop

It's a brand new year and a brand new Blog Hop!  This time we're celebrating the brand new Occasions Catalogue and, of course, Sale-a-bration.  This is going to be a lot of fun!

Our Blog Hops run in a circular manner.  What that means is that as you go from one participant to the next, you will inevitably, wind up at the point where you began.  I hope you'll find the time to check out all our blogs.  Once you've finished, you'll have to ask yourself what your own favourite in the new Catalogues might be.

If you've been moving forward in the blog hop, you'll have joined me after checking out the very creative Christine Giuda's wonderful post.  Isn't she talented?

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For my first project I drew Kath Ricks' name which meant that I had to go back through her blog posts to find my favourite among her past Occasions or Sale-a-bration projects.  It was a tough choice.  I changed my mind several times.  Kath simply had too many great projects and, finally, I made myself choose just one and stick with it.  I decided to CASE this project from February 14/12 simply because I absolutely loved the fold that she used and because I knew I could make the card out of our current Occasions and Sale-a-bration products.  This is Kath's card

Don't you just love that double "z" fold?  Open or closed, this is a wonderful card.

For mine I used a base of So Saffron and stuck to that colour as well as Crisp Cantaloupe throughout.  There is also white in the card thanks to the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper offered in the Sale-a-bration brochure.  Using it is just like doing the emboss resist technique without having to heat emboss first.  I'm hooked on this paper!  I also added gold by heat embossing the butterfly using Gold embossing powder and, of course, I used the Gold 1/8" Ribbon.

I love the way the card opens up when you untie the bow.  That's what drew me to Kath's card and convinced me that I would CASE it.

The stamp sets which I used are all from the new Occasions Catalogue:  Painted Petals and Butterfly Basics.  The sentiment inside the card, however is from the Annual Catalogue:  Something to Say.  I love the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and have used them to cut out the butterfly on the front of the card and to make the stencil for the inside of the card.

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For my next project, I used a mixture of retired and current products.  It was such a lot of fun!  The inspiration for the colours and the products came from the stamp set itself.  I used the little pirate image from the Hey, Valentine stamp set (Occasions Catalogue).  That allowed me to go wild with my Blendabilities.  For the black, however, I turned to my Stampin' Markers and then I added a bit of gold and silver using my Stampin' Dazzle markers.

I took advantage of the wonderful Core'dinations that are currently available from the Clearance Rack at a fraction of their original price.  I love the texture of the paper for the sky and also for the water.  Sanding the embossed areas really made everything "pop".  Of course I had to add some additional dazzle since we're talking about treasure and that explains the tiny circles of gold and silver as well as the rhinestones.

  If you've wanted to try out the Blendabilities, this is the right time to do it.  During Sale-a-bration an assortment of Blendabilities is available free with a purshase of $60 (Canada).  Pricing will vary on location in the world.

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 My final project is a framed piece.  I had a lot of trouble choosing my favourites from the current Occasions catalogue.  Bottom line, depending on the day, I have a new favourite.  There is just so much great stuff from which to choose.  I went for the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper, chose several colours  to compliment my chosen design, and then added some butterflies cut with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies.

I used a square black frame and then added layers.  First is a layer of Whisper White followed by layers of Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss and a square of the Painted Blooms.  For my small square I began with a layer of Rich Razzleberry and then added Whisper White and a square of the new Chalkboard Paper heat embossed with White embossing powder.  The sentiment, from the Hello Life stamp set, looks wonderful against the intense matte black of the Chalkboard paper and also expresses exactly what I wanted for this project.

I went a bit crazy with fussy-cutting out the fern from the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  That was a whole new world of torture and I doubt I'll ever cut that particular image out again.

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Well that's it for this month's projects.  I hope you've enjoyed them.  Didn't I warn you that there were some amazing products in the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure?

If you get a moment, please leave a comment.  I'd love to know what you thought of my creations.

Your next stop will be at the creative Marie Green's blog.  Prepare to be amazed.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

You Mean the World to Me --- PCCCS128

Welcome to this week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  The sketch this week is a lot of fun.  It includes newsprint but, as usual, you can interpret that your own way.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 128 #stampinup #papercraftcrew #papercrafts #cardchallenge

I chose to use the map print from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series paper.  My intention was to use the Traveler stamp set and so the map print was the perfect choice.  Since the designer paper is Basic Black and Very Vanilla, that's the direction I took with my colours.   I used Basic Black as my base cardstock and then used the map print for the lower portion of the card and Very Vanilla embossed with the Tiny Triangles embossing folder for the upper portion.  

For the small rectangle I first stamped the Very Vanilla with the print stamp from the Open Sea stamp set using Smoky Slate ink.  Then I stamped over that with the suitcase stamp from the Traveler set using Memento ink.  I used my Blendabilities to colour the image, using only the Smoky Slate and the darkest of the Daffodil Delight set.  Then I stamped the world globe on a separate piece of Very Vanilla and fussy-cut it out.  Then I used my Blendabilities to colour it before attaching it over the suitcase using my Dimensionals.  I used a skinny Basic Black mat for the piece and, after adding a tied Hellow Honey ribbon, attached the piece using Dimensionals.  My final touch was three dots cut from Hello Honey cardstock using the Cupcake Builder punch, which I topped with Crystal Effects after gluing them in place on the bottom left of my card.

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

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Kindness You Show --- FM193

I haven't used the triple layer technique for a long time and the challenge at The Friday Mashup this week gave me the push to use it again.  Looking at my card, I wonder why I've stayed away from the technique for so long.  It really does give a "wow" finish to a card.

With all the wonderful new stamp sets it wasn't hard to pick some floral stamps for my card.  In the end I wound up using Lotus Blossom, Painted Petals, Butterfly Basics and Papillon Potpourri.  Yes, I used four stamp sets and I love the final result.

I stayed within a subtle range of colours, using Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Baked Brown Sugar.  For my cardstock, I used Naturals White, Whisper White and Baked Brown Sugar.

Just for fun I set the second layer off-kilter and love the effect.  

For more cards using this technique and/or flowers, check out the Friday Mashup.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Just for You --- PCCCS127

Welcome to this week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  We have a wonderful sketch for you.

Although you can use this sketch to make a "normal" sized card, I chose to make mine square just like the sketch.  And finally I used my Tap Tap Tap stamp set.  Half a year after ordering it---it's about time, isn't it?

I decided to use colours that would be perfect for Valentine's.  Even without hearts on the front, the "Just for You" makes me think of an inside filled with all sort of sweet messages.  I went all out using alphabets for this card since it seemed appropriate for the typewriter.  The banner across the centre is from the Tap Tap Tap stamp set as is the typewriter but the tiny letters scattered across the background are from the retired stamp set, Confetti.  I even used the Alphabet Press embossing folder to give the background the same look.  

We'd love to have you join us for this week's challenge.  Just see what you come up with for the sketch and use our InLinkz to add it to the challenge.  Good luck and have fun stamping.