Monday, 25 September 2017

Simplicity and elegance

I love all sorts of techniques and styles of cards.  Every once in a while I like to go back to the basics and simply stamp.  My favourite, when I'm in this mood, is to keep it clean and simple.  To me that means having a great deal of lovely, open space so that the focal point, the image which I wish to spotlight, takes all one's attention.

Orchids, by their very nature, command a lot of attention.  They are not a shy and retiring flower.  For them it's the spotlight every time.  What better image, then, for my clean and simple card, than the orchid?

On a piece of Watercolour paper I stamped my orchid three times, the third time, having masked the second orchid so that the third appears to be slightly behind that bloom.  I used Fresh Fig ink for each image.  It's a good, strong colour and is common to many orchids.  Once the ink had dried I used my Powder Pink marker to colour in the centre of the orchid petals, leaving the outside portion white.  For the very centre of the orchid I first coloured it in using Crushed Curry and then went over that with my Wink of Stella.  I added sections of stem freehand using Soft Suede and then added some Old Olive.

For my sentiment I turned to Soft Suede and then added Crushed Curry freehand.

My inspiration for this card came from three challenges.  First I followed sketch 21 from "Less is More" #347

The images are from Addicted to CAS #120 which called for florals

And finally the sentiment is from Inspirational Challenge #144 which is all about "hello"

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Inkspirational #144 - Hello Fall

This is such a pretty time of the year--or at least it would be if it would just dry up and let me enjoy the colours.  I had hopes to get out to do some photography earlier today when it was pretty with puffy clouds and sunshine.  But sometimes in between finishing chores and getting ready, the weather did a complete turn-about and the sky became grey and the rain began to fall.  But the falling rain is NOT why I called this post Hello Fall.

We don't get the heart-stopping show of colours that the East gets.  Still, the vivid yellows and occasional oranges we do get are sensational, especially when reflected in a lake or pond.   I still hope to get a chance at photos before all those leaves dull and fall.

In the meantime I've been playing with Glossy cardstock and a few of my inks.  This time they're all Stampin' Up! inks, namely Olive Green, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and some Soft Suede.  I covered the Glossy paper with a light wash of Olive Green and let that dry.  Then I took some ink mixed with a bit of water and splattered it over the Glossy paper.  I repeated that with all the aforementioned colours, allowing each to dry in between, and wound up with what would become my leaves.

I began with a base of Heavy Whisper White.  Then I added another layer backed with a narrow matte of Olive Green and finally another layer backed with a narrow matte of Cajun Craze.  I wanted the interest in the background without adding embossing or stamping.  After using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits to cut a branch from a piece of Soft Suede and attaching that to the card, I cut three "hello's" from pieces of Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Cajun Craze with a retired thinlit.  I glued those together, layering them to show a border of colour on each side and then attached the sentiment to the card.  Then  I took the tiny maple leaf thinlit from the Seasonal Layers set and proceeded to cut leaves from the coloured and splattered Glossy paper.

After adding the leaves to the branch and also randomly to the empty areas, I added the "FALL" to the sentiment as well as used my Cajun Craze marker to ink in the "hollows" that were not in the "hello" die-cut.

I hope you'll check out the cards at the Inkspirational Challenge.  This week's theme is all about "Hello".

Saturday, 23 September 2017

{PIN}spirational Challenge #199 - For the Love of Giraffes

Some years back I discovered the famous photograph "The Kiss", of Misha and Makulu, the mother and child Rothschild Giraffes who took the world by storm back in 1990 when Makulu was born.  Much like Tajiri's birth in April 2017.  I have a large reproduction of that photograph in my home and was delighted to discover that the Local King Rubber Stamp company had created a set of stamps of my favourite giraffes, called Love Reaches New Heights.  And now I've discovered this challenge which gives me an excuse to use my stamps again.  Sweet!

I kept the colours simple and reasonably neutral to make sure that the focus would be on that sweet giraffe's face.  What can I say?  The image simply makes me smile.

I'll be giving this card to my sister who hasn't been feeling very well.  She love giraffes, too, and will love this adorable face.

I hope you'll check out the {Pin}spirational Challenge blog for this challenge.  The design team has created some adorable samples.

Tajiri with Allysa

Thursday, 21 September 2017

JOS #006 - Amazing You!

There are times when I buy a stamp set for purely sentimental reasons.  Such a purchase was the Talented Trio set.  My daughter was a competitive figure-skater while growing up.  I remember many, many miles travelled to get to competitions and testing days.  Of course all that driving was done in the dead of winter and through some of British Columbia's more challenging mountain passes.  She doesn't skate much any longer and has lost her double and triple jumps through lack of practise but she is still a joy to behold on ice.  How then could I pass up buying the Talented Trio set?  It's retired now but I will forever love it.  How serendipitous that the new challenge at the Joy of Sets is all about the "T's".

For a change in pace I chose to do one of the "watercolouring without the lines" techniques for my card.  By stamping the lines using the colours with which I planned to watercolour, the lines would disappear.  Magic---well, almost!

I had fun mixing the current inks with the current cardstocks and then adding in some retired products.  The primary one, of course, is the stamp set.  Then, too, the designer paper has retired but is perfect since every movement my daughter makes on ice brings music to my inner ears.  I also stamped in some snowflakes thanks to the retired Happy Scenes set.

Primary Stamp Set:  Talented Trio
Colours:  Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride

I hope you'll check out the other creations at the Joy of Sets Challenge.

I've also entered my card in the Jingle Belles Challenge for their fun Tic-Tac-Toe game.

And finally I've entered my card into the SIP Challenge #117 which is all about Watercolouring.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #137 - Penny's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

It's time for Penny's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge.  I love these masculine challenges!  I have more men in my extended family than women (and that includes the young ones).

I have to make a confession about this card.  For a change I didn't make it for anyone in the family or even for a friend.  I came across this old, retired stamp set at a garage sale and fell in love.  I think it came out sometime around 2008 and is called "For Father".  The sentiment confirms that it came out as a Father's Day set but the images are timeless and good for any occasion.  The image which I've used simply asked to be made into a card.  Who can say "no" to this adorable little pup?

Actually I used another retired set in creating my background.  The Daring Adventure set provided the shoe-prints while the cuttent Foxy Friends set provided the paw-prints.  I also added a bunch of splatter and rings from the Timeless Textures set.  All that stamping was done on a piece of Very Vanilla using Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake inks.

But the main event on the card is that pup.  That woebegone expression simply begged for the "Missing You" sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners set.  I kept the colours neutral and continued those neutrals for my Crumb Cake base and the Early Espresso and Very Vanilla layers.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

I've also entered my card into the Retro Rubber Challenge #71 since it's an "Anything Goes".

I've also entered it into the Use Your Stuff Challenge #280 since it's all about pets.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Playing with my food!

When I was little I remember being told time and again not to play with my food.  Then came adulthood and I remember telling my daughter time and again not to play with her food.  Well no one is getting after me any longer and I don't have to be a role model for my daughter any longer.  Time to begin playing with my food again.

If you've been following my Instagram account or read my personal Facebook page, you know how exciting this year has been for me since I've been growing a few vegetables in my little (very little) garden.  A few of those vegetables have been beets and yesterday I pulled a few and cooked them in their skins.  Once I could insert a knife point into them I poured off the water and commenced pulling off the skins.  I had quite the pile and was about to toss them in the garbage when the thought passed through my head that they would make the prettiest colour of ink.  Dangerous thought.  Of course I had to act on it.

So I grabbed a couple of small pieces of Glossy cardstock and "smooshed" some peelings onto them.  Once dry, the resulting colour was every bit as wonderful as I had imagined and the designs on the Glossy cardstock reminded me of the designs I have gotten from the Distress Oxide inks.  Of course that led to another brilliant idea.  I took my Broken China Oxide ink pad, smooshed it onto a piece of plastic, added a light spray of water and proceeded to add some to the Glossy cardstock.  I absolutely loved the results after using my heat gun to get everything dried.  Adding a few splattered droplets of Fossilized Amber Oxide ink, I dried the pieces and put them aside.

Today I used one of the pieces.  Like I said, they were small pieces of Glossy cardstock so I wanted an image that was in keeping with the size.  The Artistically Asian was perfect and so I stamped the bamboo image as well as the Asian characters onto the piece using Basic Black pigment ink.  That took a while to dry.  In the meantime I pulled out some colours of cardstock to compliment the colours on the Glossy cardstock and wound up with the new In-Color Berry Burst and one of the Bright family, Bermuda Bay.  For my base I turned to the Heavy Very Vanilla and as a matte around the Glossy cardstock, I used Basic Black cardstock.

After assembling the card, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams set at the bottom using White embossing powder.

I'm entering this card into the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

I'm also entering it into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Inkspirational #143 - Live, Laugh, Love

I've been playing with Distress Oxide inks lately.  The combinations are never-ending as are the incredible patterns.  Sometimes I pull out the bright colours and sometimes it's the more subtle, neutral tones which appeal.  Well, I had been playing with the more neutral Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo with some awesome results.  I put the pieces of Glossy paper with which I had played, thinking they would be good for a future project.  Little did I know that the future project would come along so quickly.

Having visited the Inkspirational Challenge, I saw that my card from a couple of weeks ago had been among the Top Picks.  After doing a short but sincere "happy dance", I looked at their current challenge and immediately thought of those designs on my Glossy paper.

I also immediately thought of one of my favourite stamp sets, Beautiful You.  And so I went to work.  Because of the colours in my freestyle design, I chose the retired Baked Brown Sugar cardstock as my base.  I followed that up with a thin layer of So Saffron and then added another thin layer of Basic Black.  Those colours were perfect as the "frame" around the Glossy paper design.

I wanted musical notes on my paper but I wanted them to be very subtle.  And so I took the Sheet Music background stamp and just inked a centre portion using the Fossilized Amber.  After stamping that on the Glossy paper, I decided not to use my heat gun on it or even let it dry completely.  Instead, I used a Kleenex to wipe the stamped musical notes from the paper.  The result was a definite but subtle image of the notes in a slightly amber tone.

Following that, I stamped the image of the dancing lady using Basic Black pigment ink.  It showed up beautifully against the design on the paper.  I also stamped the sentiment from the same set, using the same ink, in the lower right corner.  

I hope you'll check out the other great designs at the Inkspirational Challenge.  

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #136 - Gail's "All About Birthdays" Challenge

It's Gail Allen's turn to host at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week and her challenge is "All About Birthdays".  Such fun!  I love creating birthday cards and this leaves it open for any style at all.

In creating my card, I had so many different ideas that in the end it just grew like "Topsy".  I tried a couple of different techniques, used some brand new Designer Paper, and decided to make it a Gate-Fold design.  The finished results?  I'll leave that judgement up to you.

I began with a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of the Heavy Very Vanilla cardstock, making score lines at 2 3/4" and 8 1/4".  To each side of the front I added  a layer of Early Espresso and then a layer of the Painted Autumn Designer Series paper.  (Don't those sun flowers look bright and cheery?)

For the overlap, to close the gate-fold, I first cut a layer of Early Espresso with the largest of my Stitched Circle framelits.  Then I cut a layer of Soft Sky using the next size down.  To give the illusion of ripples and also to pull all the colours together, I cut a piece of the leafy swirl from the Garden Green cardstock and from the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock using the Swirly Scribbles thinlets.  Once I overlapped them and attached the four die-cuts together, I had a great place for my dragonfly to land.

Now let's talk about my dragonfly.  That was the result of a whole lot of experimenting and playing around.  First of all I had been trying out some Oxide inks on Whisper White.  I thought the results were very similar to some of the background portions of the DSP and so used the Detailed Dragonfly thinlets to cuts out a dragonfly.  I had also been oohing and aahing over the wonderful hot glue/metallic embossing which I saw on some Pinterest samples and so decided to try that out for my dragonfly's body.  First I ran hot glue along the body, trying to keep the amount of hot glue controlled to create the correct form.  While that was still warm, I sprinkled it with Silver Embossing powder, which stuck nicely to the warm glue.  Then I used my heat gun to completely melt that embossing powder and wound up with what looks like a real metal, 3-D dragonfly body.  I was totally stoked!

To finish off the wings, I sponged around the perimeter using Crushed Curry ink and then stamped the wings with Versamark using the lacy image from the Touches of Texture set and heat embossed that with Silver Embossing powder.

For the inside of the card I kept to the dragonfly theme.  I had created a background using several of my SU! inks and trying out the salt technique.  I wan't happy with it but put it aside "just in case".  Well it worked perfectly for this card.  I began by adding a layer of Early Espresso to my card and then added the background layer.  To that I added circles cut from Whisper White and Garden Green cardstocks using the various sizes of my Stitched Circle framelits.  After stamping my sentiments on the circles, I added silver foil dragonflies and hearts.

I hope you'll check out the other creations by our talented Watercooler Artists at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've also entered my card into the Global Design Project 104.  Having used the sketch but changed it to a gate-fold, I think it still meets the criteria.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #135 - Judy's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

This week's challenge at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is hosted by Judy Markowitz and has a Feminine "Anything Goes" theme.

This challenge gave me another chance to pull out my Oh So Eclectic bundle and put together a cute Thank You card.  I began with a base of the Heavy Whisper White.  Then I pulled out a piece of Pear Pizzazz which I had "wet" embossed using the beautiful Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Empressions Embossing folder (try saying that name quickly).  I had embossed two pieces of Pear Pizzazz some weeks back.  One, I had run through the Big Shot dry.  The other, I had run through the Big Shot after liberally spritzing the cardstock with water.  Both embossed beautifully but the one which I had spritzed did emboss more deeply and, actually, had slight colour changes around the leaves.  What I really liked was that the embossed leaves looked so similar to the leaf image in the stamp set (which also had a matching framelit, of course).  So I stamped two leaf images on Pear Pizzazz paper and cut them out with the die.

I also stamped two of the "profile view" flower images on Whisper White paper using Berry Blast ink for the petals and Pear Pizzazz ink for the stem.  Once that had properly dried, I used my Aqua Painter and more Berry Blast ink to partially colour the petals.  Then I cut those out with the matching die and moved on.  My next image was the full face flower which I stamped on Whisper White using the Fresh Fig ink.  Once that had properly dried, I used my Aqua Painter to colour it using Fresh Fig ink.  For the centre I used Crushed Curry.

Finally, I used the patterned lattice die to cut the embossed piece.  Rather than having the Whisper White show through, I took a piece of Glossy cardstock and used my Aqua Painter to add a wash of Crushed Curry.  I had intended to attach all the die-cut pieces around the lattice cut but realized I needed a greeting.  I found one I really liked in the Rose Wonder stamp set and stamped it on a piece of Whisper White using Berry Blast ink.  After cutting it into a banner, I attached it to a piece of Berry Blast cardstock and fussy cut a border around the original banner.  Once that was finished, assembly began and with the help of some Tombo glue and some Dimensionals, the card took shape.

I hope you like the way it turned out.  Oh, the centre of the flower?  I wanted it to pop and it just didn't with the inked colouring and so I added some Versamark to the centre and heat embossed it in Gold Embossing Powder.  I like it so much better this way, don't you?

I hope you'll check out the awesome cards created by our talented Watercooler Artists at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've also linked up this card for the weathered florals theme on the Card Concept Challenge #77.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Happy Birthday --- Seize the Birthday Challenge

For the Seize the Birthday Challenge there is always a choice.  One can choose their suggestion which they call "the toppings" or one can choose to go one's own way and create an "anything goes" card.  The only hitch either way is that it has to be a birthday card.

 Our "Toppings" option this time is...
"Ocean Colors"
(Blue, Green and or Aqua)

I had been wanting an excuse to play with a few of the Distress Oxide inks which I had managed to find and buy.  Among them, the Broken China and Peeled Paint seemed like the closest to the "topping" colours.  To those I added a neutral, the Vintage Photo.  I love the way these Oxide inks separate into new colours and shades and also the way they layer without becoming muddy, as long as you dry the colours in between each addition.

Once I had created my background, I checked out my cardstock to see what would be the most complimentary colours.  In the end I used Bermuda Bay as my base followed by a layer of Gold Foil.  Then I attached my background piece.  For my huge "Happy Birthday" greeting, I die-cut the Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper but backed it with a layer of die-cut white to make it pop.  As an embellishment, I finished up by adding a little dragonfly die-cut from Gold Foil with the negative portion of the wings filled with Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper.

Overall this was an easy card to create and makes me want to play with those Oxide inks even more.

This card is entered into the Seize the Birthday Challenge.

I've also entered my card into the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge since it is all about punches and/or dies.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Looking back to the beginning

Those of you who follow my blog know that I love entering challenges.  It's a fun way to use stamps, products and also stretch oneself and think outside the box.  This week I popped in to the SUO challenge and also to the Inkspirational challenge and couldn't believe my luck.  Both challenges asked for something from the past.

My past with stamping isn't that long ago.  This November I will have been with Stampin' Up! for six years.  Prior to joining I had scrapbooked but had done little or no stamping except in a group workshop or class.  The two or three stamps I bought during that time have since been sold.  I have, however, kept a few Stampin' Up! stamp sets from that first rush of buying.  Since I joined at the beginning of November, I bought the Christmas Post stamp set.  I even made all my Christmas cards that year using the set.  Even though it rarely sees ink any more, I can't bring myself to let it go.

I decided to go all out and create a very vintage Christmas card using this set.  The images just about beg for that, don't they?  To begin, I used a base of the Crumb Cake cardstock.   Along with that I used Early Espresso as my second layer and then embossed and stamped on a layer of Very Vanilla.  Before actually adding those to the base, I used my distressing tool and went to town on the edges and then did some heavy-duty sponging.  With a bit of added splatter thanks to Crumb Cake ink and my Gorgeous Grunge set, I had definitely aged the cardstock.  For the image of the couple skating, I first stamped them, then cut them out using my stitched circle framelit and then softly coloured them using my Aqua Painter and some Cherry Cobbler ink and Old Olive ink.  After that I sponged it with Crumb Cake and added some splatter as well.

I had forgotten just how much fun aging a card can be.

I am entering this card into the SUO Challenges 182  A Blast from the Past.

I am also entering this card into the Inkspirational Challenge 142 Designer's Choice, Oldie but Goldie.

So happy to have been one of the Top Picks at the Inkspirational Challenge.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #134 - Anything Goes Challenge

This week's challenge occurs on the 5th Wednesday of the month and so it's an Anything Goes challenge.  Terrific, right?  Well, I sure thought so since it allowed me to work on something I had saved for a day just like this.

You see earlier in August my daughter and I took her two boys on a road trip to Lethbridge, Alberta.  Her oldest boy has been reading up on all things Japanese and was anxious to see the famous Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens.  Well, it was terrific and one of the items which I brought home was an undecorated fan.  I had some ideas for it and that is exactly what I intended to decorate up for this Anything Goes challenge.

I began by using a large brush and some Soft Sky re-inker mixed with water to put a wash of blue over some of the fan.  I left the edges, top and bottom uncoloured.  I wound up having to put a second wash of colour over the fan since the first coat was virtually "swallowed" up by the paper.

Once it was fully dry, I used my Climbing Orchid set and two sizes of Orchid flowers to stamp across the fan.  I used my Basic Black pigment ink since I wanted to watercolour and the pigment ink is waterproof.  That's when I realized that stamping the flowers would be more of a challenge than anticipated.  For that first Orchid, I wound up using my waterproof journalling pen to add unstamped lines.  After that, I rocked and rolled the stamp and wound up having to do much less "patch" work.  Despite the annoyance of those ribs, the finished, stamped Orchids looked great and I could hardly wait to use my inks and Aqua-painter to begin colouring them.  But I waited to ensure everything was totally dry.

For my colours I turned to the new In-Color, Berry Burst, and its close relative in colour, Rich Razzleberry.  For the small Orchids, I did a colour wash of Rich Razzleberry.  Once that had dried I added more colour with the Berry Burst.  For the larger Orchids, I coloured them entirely with the Berry Burst, shading areas darker with the same colour.  Then I used my Aqua-painter and some Emerald Envy ink to add some free-style leaves.

It took a little while for everything to fully dry.  Once I was satisfied, I proceeded to run the top edge of the fan along my pad of Versamark and then heat embossed it using Copper Embossing powder.  I loved the results and so added more copper.  You'll see some along the "face" of the orchid as well as the top of the large orchid, and, of course the stems of the orchids.  The copper is simply stunning against the fan and the inks.

You'll have noticed the Japanese writing.  That comes from the Artistically Asian set and, apparently, means Faith in God and Friendship.

I hope you'll come over to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and check out some of the other wonderful projects created by our Watercooler Artists.  Remember, you have until next Monday, September 4th, at 5 p.m. Mountain Time to link up your own masterpiece.

I've linked my creation up to the "Less is More" Challenge #343 since this week's challenge is to use a real object.

I've also linked up to the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #257 since it's all about Making your Mark and this fan is all about painting it with my inks.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #133 - Penny's "All About Christmas" Challenge

I love our "All About Christmas" challenges.   They offer me a perfect opportunity to build up my stash of Christmas cards and, best of all, let me play with some of the wonderful new products from our Holiday Catalogue.  This week's enthusiastic hostess is Penny Hanuszak.

I really saw some wonderful possibilities with the new Night In Bethlehem bundle.  One of those possibilities was to marry it up with the new background stamp from the Annual Catalogue, Sheet Music.

What I envisioned was a three colour background in that music as well as sponged over with colour.  Unfortunately sponging over the dye-based ink in my chosen colours with the same colours of dye-based ink left me with barely a shadow of any sort of image.  And so I tried an experiment.  I inked up the Sheet Music stamp using Oxide inks with Faded Denim at the top, Peeled Paint in the centre, and Vintage Photo at the bottom.  I liked the stamped image and thought the colours were close to my Stampin' Up! colours.  Oxide inks are permanent when fully dried but before I let them dry, I gave the stamped piece a soft spray of water and then let it dry.

If you look closely, the image of the sheet music has some splatters and runny bits.  I thought that added to the vintage look I was after.  I used Marina Mist to sponge the top area, Pear Pizzazz to sponge the middle area and Soft Suede to sponge the bottom area.  Since the Oxide ink has both dye and pigment inks, the image stayed visible enough after some very enthusiastic sponging.

I stamped the first town silhouette using Crumb Cake since I wanted it to look faded.  The town silhouette in the foreground was stamped using Early Espresso to give it a real solid look.  Once I knew the sponged ink was fully dry, I used my embossing buddy on the card and stamped the star and the last line of one of the sentiments from the Night in Bethlehem set using Versamark.  After heat embossing them with Gold Embossing Powder, I turned to the figures of Mary, Joseph and the donkey.  I stamped those using Basic Black and then cut them using the appropriate framelit.  Since I didn't want the stark white against my card, I sponged some Soft Suede around the edges of the figures before attached the piece using the small Dimensionals.

I hope you'll check out the cards created by the Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've also added my card to the Jingle Belles Challenge since it fits this fortnight's prompt for a Vintage Look.

And I've also added my card to the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge for their Christmas in July Summer Link-Up.

Last but definitely not least, I've added my card to the Addicted to Stamps and More #256--Anything Goes Challenge.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #132 - Marsha's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

This week's Watercooler Wednesday challenge is hosted by Marsha Reed.  It's a fun Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge and is coming in so handy for me.  I had to make a masculine card and so I was all ready for this challenge.

I decided to use the new Pocketful of Sunshine bundle.  This is perfect for both feminine and masculine cards, especially if you're intending to slip a gift card or money into the card.  Since I was making this for a young man, a nice denim pocket against a woodgrain background seemed perfect.  I decided that the stitching would show up better if I heat embossed it in white.  Since I sponged around the Marine Mist pocket to give it dimension and make parts darker, the white really "popped".  I really liked the look of the Copper Ribbon on the tag as well.

The pocket on the front of the card isn't open.  I used it to hold props such as the birthday tag and the "cool" sunglasses.  On the inside, however, I made sure the pocket was open and ready to receive the gift card on which I had planned.

This was such a fun card to create.  I hope you've enjoyed it and will check out the wonderful cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #131 - Kath's "All About Birthdays" Challenge

*Chosen for Top Three in the SUO Challenge----Yay!*

I love celebrating birthdays, don't you?  And making a card for someone's birthday is such a pleasure.  Naturally I'm happy that this week's challenge, hosted by Kath Ricks, is "All About Birthdays".

When I first looked through the new Annual Catalogue, I was drawn to the fun new Birthday Memories Suite.  The stamp set with its matching framelits and that colourful Designer Paper were hard to pass up, especially since there was also some beautiful Stitched Edge Ribbon and Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments.

I decided to make my card in the popular Double Z fold.  I think it shows off the paper and the characters in this set wonderfully well.  To begin, I used a base of Heavy Whisper White.  I followed up with a layer of Lemon Lime Twist and some of the beautiful Designer Paper.

The Fox was the easiest.  There was a framelit that cut him out from the Designer Paper with all the characters.  I didn't even have to stamp him or colour him.  The rest of the gang?  I fussy-cut them all.  By the end I had to take a break.  Using the hand-cut characters, however, really made the wonderful "animal parade" possible.

You can see that I've sponged some grass on a layer of Whisper White in order to give the characters a background to anchor them.  The inks used were a combination of Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.

Doesn't that "animal parade" look great?  To finish off I added two of the Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments over the two cut-out balloons.  Can't you imagine a child's face when he or she opens this card?

I hope you'll check out the terrific cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've also included my card in the SUO Challenge since it  is also all about birthdays--how handy is that!

Monday, 7 August 2017

PCC254 - Live Life with Zest!

It's been a while since I played along with the Paper Craft Crew.  But then that's why I left the Design Team.  I had so many things going on in my life.  Well, time to have fun and "live life with zest".

When I think of fun in the backyard, I usually think about having some fresh lemonade.  (Spiked or not depends on the occasion).  With this new catalogue's great stamps, creating something that really looks like a glass of lemonade was super easy.  I simply reached for the Lemon Zest set and the Coffee Cafe bundle.  On their own or combined, these are such fun to use.

I had found, among the piles of papers I've gone through lately, some DSP which really caught my eye.  Imagine how thrilled I was to be able to use it with this card.  First, however, I reached for my new Tim Holtz Oxide Inks and played with that DSP a bit.  Using the Fossilized Amber and the Vintage Photo, I managed to make the DSP even better.  How great is that!

I used Heavy Whisper White for my base and then a skinny layer of Basic Grey.  My glass has some shine because I simply had to cover it with some Crystal Effects.

And there you have it, my fun drink for my summer BBQ.  I hope you'll take time to check out the other cards at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

I was thrilled to hear that I was among the Top Picks for this challenge.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Santa Claus is Coming on the "Jingle Belles Challenge"

I love Santa Claus images and all they represent.  For me he is the "spirit of giving" and no matter how he is dressed or shown in the various countries that have his image around the Christmas season, he makes me feel good.

In last year's Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue a stunning die was offered but I sat on the fence and hemmed and hawed until too late in the season and wound up buying it right around Christmas.  That bundle has been sitting there, waiting to be used.  As luck would have it, the die set made it into the new Annual Catalogue so all is not lost.  With the challenge over at the Jingle Belles, I finally had an opportunity to take the set out of the package and use it for a card.

I used the Heavy Whisper White for my base.  Then I added a layer of Dapper Denim cardstock so that the die-cut Santa image would "pop".  I love how well he shows up, don't you?  Of course Santa wouldn't be the Santa with whom we have all grown up without that famous list.  I stamped that and, after fussy cutting it, added it to the card along with a heat embossed, stamped sentiment.

I hope you'll check out the other terrific cards over at the Jingle Belles Challenge.