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.

Monday, 15 September 2014

So Thankful

I am so thankful for so many things.  I try to give thanks every day for a few of those things.  It's a great feeling---the giving of thanks.  We set aside one day a year to give thanks.  I have stamp sets with sentiments that give thanks.  That's all well and good.  For me, it's the daily giving of thanks that swells my heart.

I made a card for a challenge and for its sentiment I put "so thankful".  It shows a Canada Goose backed by a circle of sunset colours.  I love scenes like this.  When I am lucky enough to see the Canada Geese in real life, flying against the setting sun, swimming in ponds, feeding in meadows, I say a quick thank you because I know I'm lucky.  Not everyone is blessed to see such wonderful sights.

For my base I used Naturals White cardstock.  Then a layer of Old Olive and another layer of Tangello Twist.  My top layer is Whisper White onto which I stamped the Canada Goose from the Wetlands stamp set using Memento black ink.  Then I cut a circle mask and used it to sponge the Tangello Twist ink and Crushed Curry ink around my goose, which I had also masked to save it from the colours.  At the bottom of the circle, I sponged Old Olive ink.  Then I took off the circle mask and the mask from the goose and applied some colour to its body.

For my sentiment I stamped "so thankful" from the Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set onto Naturals White and cut that into a narrow banner.  I poked a hole into each end of the banner and used a silver Mini Brad on each end to attach it to a piece of Naturals 5/8" Chevron Ribbon.  Then I attached the ribbon to a strip of cardstock which I had put together with Tangello Twist at the top and Old Olive at the bottom.  That strip was attached with sticky tape across the lower portion of the card.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches in my design.  For more cards using this sketch click on the sketch, below.
I used the "so thankful" sentiment for the anniversary challenge at Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenges.  Their theme is "thanks".  For more cards in this challenge, click the image below.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Christmas Wishes --- A Mixture of Retired and New

I love the new products in our Holiday Catalogue but I'm also nostalgic for some of the great products that have retired from Stampin' Up!  The card which I've made is entirely Stampin' Up! but it's a mixture of the retired and the current.  Come with me and take a nostalgic look back at some of my favourtie things.

To prepare my card, I used a base of Old Olive cardstock and then had three different strips of cardstock or Designer Paper for my next layer.  From the top down I used Early Espresso which I first embossed using my Woodgrain embossing folder.  The middle strip is a lovely "knit-look" design from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack.  The bottom strip is the sparkly Champagne Glimmer Paper.  Dividing the Glimmer Paper and the designer paper is a narrow strip of Cherry Cobbler which I cut using my Finishing Touches Edgelit.  I also added a piece of Early Espresso Seam Binding approximately half an inch above that. The long, tilted banner is cut from Sahara Sand and embossed using my Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

If you haven't guess already, I'm designing this card for a couple of challenges.  The sketch is from the Paper Craft Crew Challenges:

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #109

For the next layer above the banner, I wanted to have a sled.  I found one but it was a stamp and not as large as I desired and so I made my own.  First of all I took a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and stamped it with Cherry Cobbler ink using my Hardwood stamp.  Then I cut it out, using the lines within the Hardwood stamp for convenience.  I had sufficient stamped cardstock to cut a couple of cross-pieces for the sled and I think it looks pretty good, considering I didn't have a pattern.  I mounted the "sled" over the slanted banner using Dimensionals after sponging around it with Cherry Cobbler ink and adding a "rope" to the front of the sled.  That rope is actually a piece of Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine.  

Instead of that little square at the bottom right of the design, I chose to stamp and fussy-cut the skates from the retired Winter Memories stamp set.  Before adding them to the bottom right of the sled using Dimensionals, I coloured the holly and berries using my Blendabilities and the blades using my Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker.  I also carefully covered the holly and berries and blades with a layer of Crystal Effects.  

I wanted mittens for the small embellishments that sit diagonally across from each other on the sled.  The only current mittens that I have are the tiny ones from the Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set so I went back to my retired stamps.  The Make a Mitten stamp set was perfect but I still wound up fussy-cutting them because I didn't want the white margin around them.  (What is it with me and fussy-cutting?)   I used Old Olive ink to stamp the mittens and then coloured in the white very carefully with my Blendabilities.  Finally I mounted them onto the card using Dimensionals.

So I'm in the home stretch with this card.   You can see from the sketch that I need a banner with a sentiment and some embellishments in the top left corner.  I didn't want the banner to take over the card.  There is so much detail and I prefer that it shows through and so I reached for my Vellum and heat embossed it with Gold embossing powder.  I used the sentiment from the Ornamental Pine stamp set.  So that the adhesive wouldn't show through the semi-transparent vellum, I carefully traced some Crystal Effects along several of the letters from the reverse of the vellum and then used that to adhere the banner to the card.

I chose the embellishments carefully.  I want to enter this card into the SUO Challenges which are calling for one or several embellishments from pages 208 or 209 of the 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue.  And so I chose three little Baked Brown Sugar star sequins (the colour is incredibly close to the colour of the Champagne Glimmer paper) and then set an Early Espresso Candy Dot into the centre of each star.
And that's my card.  It was a long road getting there, but it's finished.  I love the way the new products enhance the retired ones.  

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

For more cards using Stampin' Up! embellishments, check out the SUO Challenges.

And finally, for more Christmas cards, check out the Christmas Card Challenge.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Hey there Friend -- Clean and simple

Sometimes when you make a clean and simple card, it is just like eating a potato chip: you can't just have one.  That's what I frequently find after doing a clean and simple card.  My mindset is still concentrating on how simply I can create a card and yet still make it striking (or fulfil a challenge). This is what happened to me today.

I really like the colour challenge at the Colour Me...! challenge blog.  It is very, very simple.  Two colours and a neutral are what they asked for.


 At the CASology challenge blog they had a cue card that simply said "three".

So those are the two challenges which I decided to enter and for which I decided to design my card.

The colours immediately made me think of the stamp set that I used yesterday:  Sea Street.  Wouldn't those little starfish be the perfect "three"?  And what better colour for them than Hello Honey.  For my background I decided to use a stamp from yet another set:  By the Tide.  I love the simple script of one of the stamps and, stamped in the Coastal Cabana, it provided a perfect "sea" background for my little starfish.  Of course it meant I had to mask the starfish in order to do that, but I'm getting used to fussy-cutting.

I added a spatter of Hello Honey to the left top and right bottom of the card using one of the My Paper Pumpkin stamps that I have and, from the same package, added the sentiment using Coastal Cabana.

My base cardstock is Naturals White followed by Hello Honey and then a layer of Coastal Cabana.  Finally my stamped piece is Whisper White.  It's a clean and simple card.  I'm happy with it.

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

For more cards interpreting the cue card, three, check out CASology.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Sea Street Simplicity

Keeping it simple looks so much easier than it is.  I wanted to keep the design I had in mind on one single stamped sheet and that, of course, meant masking if I was going to manage to have my schools of fish swim behind the octopus from the Sea Street stamp set.  Fussy cutting the octopus turned out to be exactly that:  fussy.  All those tentacles, twisting every which way, made it quite the task.  But in the end the card wound up precisely the way I had imagined it.  That made it all worthwhile.

I kept the colours simple, too.  I wanted to be able to enter the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge and that was for three colours (as well as a neutral, which, for me, was Whisper White):
I also wanted to enter the card into a sketch challenge so the design had to fall into the general lines provided:

I used the sketch but turned it on its side.  And so I stamped the octopus using the Night of Navy ink right about where you would expect the flower shape to be.  Then I masked the octopus and stamped several schools of fish using the Marina Mist ink, followed by the starfish which I stamped in Hello Honey ink.  For my sentiment I used the Hello Love stamp set and Marina Mist ink.

I used a base of Night of Navy, then a layer of Hello Honey, a layer of Marina Mist and finally the stamped layer of Whisper White.  As a finishing touch, I added the tiniest of the Basic Pearls to the centre of each of the three starfish.

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

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

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Playing with Clay -- Hello Fall!

*I'm thrilled to have this card picked for the Fab Faves at the Fab Friday Challenges*

I really loved the Simply Pressed Clay when it was released last year.  I've made buttons and flowers and a few other items such as eggs and pussy-willows.  But there are so many other things that are possible with the clay and I'm just beginning to scratch the surface.

If you follow my non-SU! blog, you'll know that I've fallen head-over-heels for modelling paste.  I love what I can do with it using my stencils and masks.  Inevitably I  had to ask myself if I could do anything like that using the Simply Pressed Clay.  Of course I had to try it out.  I had cut out a few leaves using my Autumn Accents Bigz die and the maple leaf negative looked like a great stencil to try out.  First I mixed up some of my Simply Pressed Clay and a half dozen or so drops of the Crushed Curry re-inker.  That made the clay rather sticky and thinner which was perfect for my plans.  I chose a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock and attached my leaf stencil to it using Washi Tape.  Then I spread the clay across the leaf shape, using my fingers to get it right into all those little leafy corners.

I let that set for about half an hour.  Then I took off the Washi Tape and carefully peeled back the stencil.  What I really loved was that the clay stretched and curled at a few of the corners, giving it a lot more dimension and making it look more like a dried leaf found on one of my walks.  I let the clay dry on its Chocolate Chip base for a couple of days just to be sure.

I thought it was perfect for the Fab Friday challenge.  The size, after trimming the cardstock, was just right.  I used more Chocolate Chip as my base cardstock and then added a layer of Cajun Craze.  Next I cut a piece of Whisper White and Designer Series Paper to layer on top of that.  Before I added the Whisper White, however, I sponged it with Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow inks and also embossed it using my Woodgrain embossing folder.

The sentiment from the For All Things stamp set, two-toned Natural and Old Olive Time, and Candy Dots finish up the card nicely.

For more cards using this sketch, check out Fab Friday.

For more cards showcasing leaves, check out Curtain Call.

And last but not least, for more cards that celebrate Fall, check out The Paper Players.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Merry Christmas --- Bearing Gifts

I've combined a few challenges for this card.  For one thing, I wanted to enter the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, which is a simple sketch this time:
I also wanted to enter the Christmas Card Challenge which is "Think Skinny".  So the card would be longer and narrower than normal, with whichever dimensions one would wish to use.  Last of all, I wanted to enter the card into the CASology challenge which offered the cue card:  UNDER.

I hadn't used the new and super-cute stamp set, Bearing Gifts and so I knew I wanted to get that one inked up.  It was perfect for the CASology since the bear is under the children.  In keeping with its outdoorsy style, I thought that the tree-filled design from the Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper would be ideal as a background.  Since one of the colours in it is Soft Suede, that's the colour that I chose for my base cardstock.  

After stamping and colouring the stamped image, I cut it out using my Oval Framelits and then mounted it on a piece of Old Olive cardstock and cut around that, leaving a narrow border.  I also added some tiny snowflakes in Encore Silver to the scene and some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details "berries" to the wreath around the bear's neck.  

While that dried, I cut a piece of Soft Suede for my band and embossed it using my Delicate Designs embossing folder.  Before attaching that to the card, I added a strip of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon to run along the centre.  I also stamped the sentiment onto a narrow strip of Cherry Cobbler using my Craft Whisper White ink and cut one end to be a banner.

On top of the band and over towards the right of the card, I attached the oval with Dimensionals.  Then I used glue dots to attach the narrow banner to the left, onto the Cherry Cobbler ribbon.

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

For more cards that "think skinny", check out Christmas Card Challenges.

For more cards that interpret the cue card "under", check out CASology.