Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Clean and Simple -- A Child's Birthday

That new stamp set, Boys Will Be Boys, is simply wonderfully versatile.  I've already designed three completely different cards with it and haven't had it for much more than a month.  It's funny how a stamp set can have so much appeal at times and keep on giving you inspiration, isn't it?

Two challenges came along, both asking for CAS (clean and simple) designs.  That could be interpreted as being a single layer card or a very simple multi-layer card.  What you don't want to see is all sorts of embellishments and "frou-frous".  I kept my card to a single layer design with a background of several colours of cardstock frames.

My base cardstock is Cherry Cobbler with a skinny layer of Daffodil Delight and another skinny layer of Pacific Point.  I wanted the colour but not a wide "frame" of each.  What I wanted to focus the most attention on was the stamped Whisper White layer.  For that I first stamped the little robot and then the Lego pieces just below it to the right.  I only inked one piece of the Lego stamp in order to get the one Lego lying just below the robot to the left.  From the Sketched Birthday stamp set, I took the balloon stamp and carefully stamped it to the left of the robot.  Then I extended the "string" with a black marker so that it appeared to be held by the robot.  I also used the marker to draw in floor lines on either side of the robot.

All the colouring was done with Blendabilities except for the floor which I gave a colour wash with my Aqua Painter and some Pistachio Pudding ink.  It's a clean and simple one-layer card which I think any child would be thrilled to receive.

For more clean and simple cards, check out The Paper Players whose theme is "A Child's Birthday".

For more clean and simple cards where anything goes, check out Addicted to Stamps and More.

And finally I added this card to the East Wind Challenge Blog.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Goodbye to "Seize the Sketch" -- a challenge blog I've enjoyed.

I haven't participated with challenges for very long.  I think my first challenge was back in June this year.  It's only August.  That's under three months.  In that time I've been fortunate enough to win or be considered in the Top picks of several challenge blogs.  The Seize the Sketch blog is one of them.  I've enjoyed their sketches and am lucky enough to show their badge in the right margin of my blog.  It was an honour to be among those picked for their sketch challenge.  And now they're closing their challenges forever.  Of course I'll participate in their last challenge but it is with a heavy heart.  I will miss them.

I like the sketch.  It is simple and yet allows for a lot of imagination.  A good sketch is like that.  My choice for a stamp set was the wonderful Wetlands set.  I still haven't run out of ways to use this stamp set and love every opportunity to try something new with it.  

My base cardstock is Naturals White with a layer of Baked Brown Sugar and then an embossed layer of Pool Party.  For the embossing I chose to use the woodgrain pattern sideways because it makes it appear like ripples and waves on water.  I stamped the images on Whisper White using Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, and Early Espresso inks.  The sentiment is also stamped in Baked Brown Sugar but, after being cut with my Word Bubbles framelit, I sponged a bit of Pool Party ink around it.

Stamp sets used were:  Wetlands (of course), Just Sayin' and Work of Art.  The fringe under the image squares was cut from the Burlap Ribbon.  The embellishment at the top right corner is from the Essentials Wooden Elements topped with an Early Espresso candy dot.

For more cards in this last challenge at Seize the Sketch, check them out here.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Festival of Trees

There is a new punch in the Holiday Catalogue that is super cool.  Just think, this punch cuts out your Christmas tree.  The trees in the Festival of Trees stamp set co-ordinate perfectly with the new Tree Punch.

The trees are very simple trees and are therefore perfect for a very clean and simple card.  I decided to design one that showed off the trees and also met a colour challenge that had intrigued me all week.  The Pals Paper Arts colour challenge:

I also wanted to follow a very clean and simple design at the AAA Cards:

I chose my base cardstock to be Naturals White and left a wide margin before adding a layer of Pear Pizzazz and then a layer of Basic Black.  In the centre I attached the Whisper White layer onto which I had stamped two trees and attached a centre, punched-out tree.  My trees were stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink and the baubles were all coloured using my Strawberry Slush Stampin' Marker.  As a final touch, I added three rhinestones---one for the top of each tree.

Like I said, it's a clean and simple card.  It spotlights the Festival of Trees stamps and, of course, the colours.

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

For more cards using this design, check out the AAA Cards Challenge.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Fab Friday Theme Challenge for Baby Ian

Babies are exciting news even when you haven't met the parents or the baby in person.  Mindy Backes, a very talented Stampin' Up! demo who is the leader of the Fab Friday challenge team, just gave birth to baby Ian on August 5th.  So the Design Team changed out the challenge as a surprise for Mindy and made it all about the baby.  What fun!

Because baby Ian is a little "Leo", I wanted to put a little lion into my design.  I also wanted to use the Something for Baby stamp set.  So I checked out some other challenges to see if anything fit the bill.  The striking colours from the Colour Me...! challenge were absolutely perfect:

 as was the design from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge:

So, armed with a theme, colours to use and a design, I proceeded to make baby Ian's card.  My base cardstock is Naturals White followed by a layer of Tangelo Twist which I had embossed using my Decorative Dots embossing folder.  The next layer was a smaller rectangle of Whisper White embossed with my Alphabet Press embossing folder.  Then I cut out a piece of Tempting Turquoise into a frame of a banner using the largest and second largest of my Banner framelits.

For the little "onesie", I first used Tangelo Twise ink to stamp just the lion's head from the Zoo Babies stamp set, once on Whisper White and another time on a piece of Post-It note.  I cut out the head stamped on the Post-It note as my "mask" and stuck it to my Whisper White over the stamped lion's head using my Two-Way glue.  Then I stamped the "onesie" from the Something for Baby stamp set, centred over the lion's head.  After I had removed the mask, I went over any still-white spots with my Tempting Turquoise marker and then free-handed a pattern over the "onesie" with the marker as well.

The additional little details were stamped using the Teeny Tiny Wishes, Truly Grateful and Baby, We've Grown stamp sets using either Tangelo Twist ink or Tempting Turquoise ink.

For more cards for baby Ian and Mindy, check out the Fab Friday Challenge.

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

For more cards using these colours, check out Colour Me...!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa meets a couple of challenges.

So happy to have learned that this card was picked for the Fab Faves.  Yay!

I enjoy the Fab Friday Challenges and am glad I managed to get a card together before this one was over.  The sketch is perfect for one of the new stamp sets that I just received in yesterday's order.

Another challenge that I enjoy and for which my planned card would be great is the Stampin' Royalty one which calls for Glitter.  I planned to make a very clean and simple card but I also planned to use a fair bit of glitter.  Perfect!

The stamp set, Santa Stache, that I used for this sketch is from the new Holiday Catalogue that will premiere on September 1st.  It's perfect for some fun and also for the Blendabilities.  I chose to use the Santa image for the large shape in the sketch and then a word bubble containing the "ho! ho! ho!" from the Hostess Good Greetings set for the medium shape and, finally, a star cut from Silver Glimmer Paper for the smallest of the shapes.  

I used Cherry Cobbler for my base cardstock and stamped or adhered all the shapes onto a layer of Whisper White.  I kept it clean and simple and love the final result.  I hope that you do as well.

For more cards included in this challenge, check out Fab Friday Challenges.

For more cards using glitter in a challenge, check out Stampin' Royalty.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

New Products and a New Friend---Life is good!

I was so excited last night!  I finally received my pre-order from the brand new Holiday Catalogue.  It's always so much fun to actually have the stamps and paper and punches and framelits, etc. in hand rather than just see it on a page.  I definitely loved everything I ordered.  That's always a good start.

Today I got up early and prepared to meet someone that I've only known through the Internet.  Marilyn Meadows is from New Zealand and she's "liked" my Facebook page and follows my blog.  How great is that!  She and her husband have been travelling in the U.S. and here in Canada and she asked if she could visit.  Of course!  I was ecstatic.  I thought it might be fun and a way to keep our hands busy if we made a card while we got to know each other in person.  After all, the Internet, while wonderful in bringing people together, is limiting.  I also thought Marilyn might be as excited about all the new Stampin' Up! products as I was.  Yes, she was!

The stamp set we decided to use was the Christmas Bauble.  We first heat embossed the image in Silver embossing powder on Whisper White and then decided to do some fancy colouring using the Blendabilities.  Unhappily both of us wound up going slightly outside the embossing and so we mutually agreed that this would become a fussy-cut image.  I like it when there's an easy fix---especially when it gives the finished card a bit of an extra "wow".

Since Marilyn's husband had chosen to snooze outside in his vehicle, it couldn't be too very long a visit and Marilyn had to leave before the card was completely finished.  Since she has Blendabilities back in New Zealand, however, she can easily finish up.  I continued working on my own after she left and added a bit of an extra element by stamping a layer of Whisper White with the new Ornamental Pine stamp set before attaching the fussy-cut ornament.

The base cardstock is Naturals White and then I've added a layer of Coastal Cabana.  The sentiment is from the new Good Greetings Hostess set.

Thanks for a great time stamping together, Marilyn.  Wish you lived closer so that we could do it often.

I've decided to enter the card into the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.  It's for anything "Holiday" and so the card definitely qualifies.  For more cards in this challenge, just click here.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Bloom With Hope

The hostess stamp set, Bloom With Hope contains so many stamps.  There are so many flowers to choose from as well as terrific sentiments.  For those who earn hostess credits, it's a terrific stamp set to get.

I decided to enter a colour challenge and, because one of the colours was Crisp Cantaloupe, immediately thought of a flower.  I also thought of a special fold I had seen and decided to combine the two.

The card stands on its own because of the way it has been folded.  As a result, one has "wings" to work with as well as a centre panel.  I love it when that happens.  The base cardstock I chose was Naturals White.  For the wings, I layered a piece of Island Indigo and then a layer of the Cirsp Cantaloupe polka dot 2013-2015 In-Color Designer Paper stack.  On top of that I scattered small stars in Crisp Cantaloupe, Wild Wasabi, Island Indigo and Dazzling Diamond Glimmer paper.

For the centre panel I first layered a piece of Island Indigo and then a piece of the Crisp Cantaloupe polka dot paper.  Then I stamped a piece of Whisper White, first with Wild Wasabi leaves from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set and then with an Island Indigo sentiment from the Sassy Salutations stamp set.  Then I attached that to the centre of the layers.

On a piece of Whisper White, I stamped the largest bloom from the Bloom with Hope stamp set using Memento black ink.  After colouring the bloom with my Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin' Write Marker, I fussy cut it out and then attached it onto the leafy area using Dimensionals.

For more cards in the colour challenge, check out Pals Paper Arts.  These are the colours:

PPA214 Island Indigo Crisp Cantaloupe Wild Wasabi

I also entered the card in a challenge to use markers or pens.  You can check that out at the Inkspirational Challenge.