Monday, 1 September 2014

Peace, love & joy

I wanted to keep my card simple but elegant.  The challenge for which I was making it showed such an elegant image for its Inspiration Challenge that it seemed only right to do so.

You can see the colours that dominate the three photos are Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake.  Yes there are some greens and greys in there as well, but I went by my first impression.  After all, you can overthink this type of challenge.

I chose to use Naturals Ivory as my base cardstock and then added a layer of Bermuda Bay, followed by my stamped layer of Very Vanilla.  I stamped the sun from Kinda Eclectic into the top right corner using my Encore Gold ink and then stamped the bottom area with the large spatter from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Bermuda Bay ink.   I also stamped the sentiment from the retired Wishing You stamp set using Bermuda Bay ink.

For the trees, I simply punched out one each from Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I ran each through the Big Shot in a different embossing folder:  Northern Flurry, Beautifully Baroque, and Delicate Designs.  The resulting texture of each was exactly what I hoped it would be.  I also cut a circle of Gold Foil using my Circles Framelits and embossed that using my Decorative Dots embossing folder.  I mounted the circle in the centre of the gold sun.  Then I mounted the trees, the Crumb Cake with glue and the other two using Dimensionals.

After adding three star sequins with a rhinestone in each centre, my card was finished.

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

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Boo to you! PCCCS 107

I really have been enjoying the various sketches at the Paper Craft Crew Challenges.  This week's is no exception, although it did set me back a bit, trying to figure out my own "take" on it.  I've done that.  I've made the card.  I even managed to make it entirely from Stampin' Up! products (although two are retired).   I hope you like it.

Card Sketch #107 for Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #stampinup #papercraftcrew #cardchallenge

A little side-note about the Designer Paper at the top of my card.  Yes, it is current but you may not recognize it.  I took the pattern from the Santa & Co. Designer Paper, coloured the white with my light Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities marker, and sponged the perimeter lightly with Basic Black ink.  Suddenly, instead of being full of Christmas, it has turned into Hallowe'en.

For the bottom Pumpkin Pie cardstock, I first embossed it with my Beautifully Baroque embossing folder and then sponged Basic Black around the perimeter and also across the design to emphasize the lines.

The three layers of scallops between the two patterns were cut using one of my (retired) Adorning Accents edgelits.  I've alternated them Basic Black, Old Olive and Basic Black.  Above them is a ribbon and bow cut from (retired) Raven Trim Lace.

I decided to have my main element in the shape of a Maple Leaf cut  with my Autumn Accents Bigz die from Whisper White.  Once I had the shape, I stamped it in Memento Black ink using my Holiday Home stamp set.  Thank goodness that set is Photopolymer because it made stamping all those various stamps to make my scene so much easier.  I could immediately see if a stamp was too close to a cut line.  Then it was an easy matter to colour it using my Blendabilities.  I love the ease of colouring and blending with those alcohol markers.

My base cardstock is Basic Black and I've already mentioned the next layer which is in two pieces.  For the Maple leaf with the scene which I coloured up, I wasn't entirely happy with the way it looked directly against the card and so I glued it onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and cut around the perimenter, leaving only a very thin border of black.  And that made all the difference!

For my sentiment I couldn't think of anything more appropriate than the "boo to you" from the new Good Greetings hostess stamp set.  I stamped it in Black on a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  Before mounting it on Dimensionals, I lightly sponged the edges using Basic Black ink.

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

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Four feathers and an Open heart

Have you ever wanted to make a card along a certain design and kept coming up blank?  I certainly did with the sketch challenge over at The Paper Players.  I knew I wanted to enter the challenge and must have begun a card at least a half dozen times only to change my mind as I began putting it together.  It just wasn't working out the way I wanted.

Sometimes I dream about a card and then make it.  That's what happened to me with this card.  I woke up knowing what I was going to do and all it really took was stamping, cutting and putting the card together.  It's like I was simply following a plan and hardly had to think.  After all those beginnings that took me no-where, it sure was wonderful having the card come together so well.

I decided to use the Four Feathers stamp set and coordinating framelits.  That made up my circle.  Then I stamped, coloured and fussy-cut the bird from the An Open Heart stamp set.  Yes, I'm always fussy-cutting, aren't I?  It seems to be something I can't get away from.

I used Crumb Cake as my base cardstock, followed by layers of Tangelo Twist, Naturals White and, finally, a piece of the beautiful Colour Me Autumn Designer Series Paper.  I used my 2 1/4" circle framelit to cut out the centre of the Designer Paper and then glued in the same size in Naturals White cardstock which I had first embossed using my Woodgrain embossing folder.  I liked the textured look of it behind my bird.

Around the circle I used Dimensionals to attach the six feathers that I had stamped and cut out.  Then I used my Autumn Accents Bigz die to cut an acorn from a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  I used a sponge to add some Baked Brown Sugar colour to the top of it and then glued the acorn to a piece of Whisper White.  Then I cut very close to the acorn shape, leaving a very thin border of white.  Finally, I used Memento black ink to stamp the acorn with "Oh Happy Day" from the Hello Love hostess stamp set.

To finish up I cut a narrow piece of Burlap ribbon and carefully took out the stitching.  Then I cut one end into a banner shape and glued that just under the feather circle.  I attached the acorn at the right end using Dimensionals.  I also mounted the bird on Dimensionals and added some Tombo glue to both the beak and feet so that when I attached the bird, the feet and beak were also attached.

For more cards using this sketch, check out The Paper Players.

Monday, 25 August 2014

A Subtle Salute to Flowers, Butterflies and Friendship!

I must be a glutton for punishment because I've made another card where I cut out the Lupines from the Forever Florals stamp set.  They're gorgeous flowers but, oh, so fussy.  My only excuse is that creative imp that rides on my shoulder and whispers in my ear was very convincing.  Ah well, I like the way the card turned out.

For this card I turned to two challenges.  Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenges provided the sketch

The colours that I chose were suggested by the colourQ Challenge

Actually the whole flower and butterfly theme that I used for my card came as an inspiration from seeing the Botanical Boudoir curtain from ModCloth.,  I love it when it happens like that.

I decided to use Naturals White as my base cardstock and then added a layer of Soft Sky.  For my next layer I used two strips of cardstock.  The upper Wisteria Wonder strip is stamped in Wisteria Wonder ink using flowers from the Forever Florals stamp set.  The lower Old Olive strip is embossed using my Decorative Dots embossing folder. 

I tried something different with my centre panel.  First I stamped one side of a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Lupine stamp from the Forever Florals set.  Then I coloured the flower using my Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Blendabilities.  After colouring the Lupine, I fussy cut around the whole of the outside and part of the top and bottom, leaving approximately 2 1/2" uncut.  Then I used my Stampin' Trimmer and cut the Whisper White so that it measured 2 1/2" in height and approximately 4" from the outside of the Lupine to the cut edge.

For my next step, I stamped the trio of tiny flowers from the stamp set into the top right corner of the Whisper White.  Then I stamped the same trio onto a piece of Post-It note and fussy-cut them out.  I stuck them onto the stamped flowers on the Whisper White to mask them and then stamped the leafy branch from the Choose Happiness stamp set over them.   After removing the tiny flower masks, I coloured the trio of flowers using my Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities and the leafy branch using my Old Olive Blendabilities.

I mounted the stamped and coloured Whisper White piece to a 2 3/4" x 4" rectangle of Soft Sky.  After that I stamped the large butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set between the Lupine and trio of flowers.  I also stamped the same butterfly onto a small piece of Whisper White.  Then I coloured both with my Rich Razzleberry and Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities and Stampin' Markers.  I used my Elegant Butterfly punch to cut out the butterfly and then creased the wings upwards and attached it to the centre of the stamped butterfly.

I had thought I might  put my sentiment onto a piece of Vellum cardstock but then I wondered if I could heat emboss my sentiment onto Washi Tape instead.  Well, you know what they say, right?  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  So I stamped the sentiment from the Choose Happiness stamp set onto a piece of the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape using Versamark.  Then, holding my breath, I heat-embossed it using Black embossing powder.  The world didn't end---the Washi Tape didn't crinkle---it was a perfect piece of heat-embossing.  I was thrilled.  It's so nice when things work out the way you hope.

I adhered that Washi Tape across the bottom portion of my centre panel, stretching from one side of the card to the other.  To finish up, I attached a Candy Dot to either end.  I didn't have Rich Razzleberry but the white Candy Dot coloured up perfectly with my Blendabilities---it actually ended up leaving a beautiful marbled effect.

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

For more cards using these colours, check out the colourQ Challenge.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

WCC07 -- A Sketch Challenge

It's time for another Watercooler Challenge and this time it's all about the sketch:

It's fun to work with sketches and I'm itching to try out some of my new Holiday Catalogue products.  

I used the Wondrous Wreath bundle, For All Things stamp set and Santa Stache stamp set.  I also used some of the paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack.  My base cardstock is Naturals White with a layer of Garden Green and then a layer of Whisper White onto which I first stamped the sentiment in Garden Green ink.  Then I mounted all the squares using Dimensionals. 

Three of the squares are a layer of Cherry Cobbler, then the designer paper and a die-cut ribbon that I had heat embossed using Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  The fourth square is a layer of Cherry Cobbler, a crumpled layer of White Creped Filter Paper and then a cut-out of the acorns from the For All Things stamp set.  The little tag by the acorns is from the Santa Stache stamp set.

I'm really happy with the way the sketch translated into this card.  It's fun but still clean and simple which I like.

For more cards in this sketch challenge, check out the Watercooler Challenge Blog.

I also decided to enter the card into the Handstamped Sentiments colour challenge.  

Saturday, 23 August 2014

The Wacky Watercooler August Blog Hop --- A Sneak Peek at the Holiday Catalogue

A month goes by so quickly, doesn't it?  So much goes on during the Summer that time seems to fly by faster than usual.  Of course, since our last Blog Hop, we've had a peek at the brand new Holiday Catalogue and have also been allowed to pre-order from it before it becomes "live" for customers on August 28th.  That gives us a chance to let you see what's coming up in our posts this time.  Prepare to be excited by the new products you're about to see as you go from blog to blog during our August Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.

Remember, this is a circular Blog Hop.  That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go the the "next" person on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you began.  I hope you'll take time to have a look at all our blogs.  We have some very talented people participating.

If you've been working forward, you'll have come to my blog from that of the exciting Deb Smart.  Deb is busy with many other blog hops and challenges and always amazes me with her wonderful projects.

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My first project is a simple one.  This year Stampin' Up! has introduced something to make tags a whole lot easier.   With this matching stamp set and punch bundle you'll find making tags a whole lot easier.  In the Merry Everything stamp set there are stamps for Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  The Note Tag punch is a perfect match.  I used the Blendabilities to colour the Hallowe'en tag.  The two Christmas tags that I created from this stamp set are in the "chalkboard" style.  The other one was made using another stamp set, Festival of Trees, which has a co-ordinating punch as well.  I mounted that tag onto one made with the Scalloped Tag Top punch.  Won't this be a handy way to make your tags this year?

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My next project is a card made using the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and Framelits Dies bundle.  I was amazed at how much I enjoyed these Photopolymer stamps!  Each of the wreath stamps has a tag on the side.  As you stamp each layer---background lighter leaves, darker leaves and then berries---you just match the mark you've made for the initial tag and the layers are easy to match up.  I could get used to the convenience!

First for the inside.  Yes, it's a bit of a tease, but let's end with the front view, okay.  I've added a strip of paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack because it echoes the front of the card.  For the greeting I've used the one included in the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and stamped it using Cherry Cobbler ink.

I've used Baked Brown Sugar as my base cardstock even though the colour is wonky for the inside of the card.  Then I added a layer of Cherry Cobbler and then a layer of Whisper White which I first stamped using my Hardwood stamp and Baked Brown Sugar ink.  It's lighter than it would normally be because I off-stamped once.  I also sponged the edges lightly using Baked Brown Sugar ink.

For the wreath I used Garden Green ink on Whisper White.  For the first layer I off-stamped once and then for the second layer I stamped full-strength Garden Green ink.  The next layer of berries is Cherry Cobbler ink.  After cutting the wreath out using the framelits and mounting it using Dimensionals, I added a ribbon heat embossed using Cherry Cobbler embossing powder and also three little flowers which are Cherry Cobbler off-stamped once to lighten them up.  The centre "Noel" is cut from Gold Foil as is the wreath holder.  Everything was cut using the framelits for this set.  Convenient?  You bet!

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My final card is oversized.  I decided to make it 6 1/2" x 5".  I planned to use both the carried-over Joyful Christmas stamp set and the brand new Ornamental Pine stamp set.  Both the Poinsettia and the pine branch are very large images and so I knew I would need more room than the conventional 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card offers.

Again, I'm going to lead off with the inside of the card.  I decorated it up with strips from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack as well.  For the greeting, I used the one from the Joyful Christmas set because it was a better fit for the space.  The greetings from both stamp sets are great.  Since the base cardstock for the card is Mossy Meadow, I stamped the greeting using that ink.  
I decided to make this card horizontal to accomodate the design I had planned for the Poinsettia and the pine branches.  On top of my base of Mossy Meadow, I layered Cherry Cobbler and then Gold Foil.  On top of that I attached my stamped and coloured layer of Whisper White.  I also stamped a second Poinsettia and cut out the centre so that it would give more dimension to the design.  All the colouring was done using my Blendabilities.  The centre pearls, too, were first coloured with my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities before being attached.  The sentiment is from the Joyful Christmas stamp set.

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Well, that's it for my projects.  I hope you've enjoyed them.  Your next stop will be with the talented Gail Allen.  I know you'll enjoy her projects.  If you get a moment, please leave a comment...they're always appreciated.

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From Our Home to Yours -- keeping it clean and simple

There is a new stamp set in town and it's lots of fun!  I'm talking about the Holiday Home set, of course.  This set has everything for so many occasions.  First of all there are three great houses which colour up beautifully whether you're using the new Blendabilities or Stampin' Markers.  An added bonus is that each of the houses has a matching Framelit and so your days of fussy cutting are over (at least for these houses).  And then there are the fun additional stamps that allow you to make cards for Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en, Christmas and even a "Welcome to your new Home".  There are 24 stamps in all and they are all fun to use to make the scene work for the occasion.

In my case I didn't use the Framelits.  I kept my stamping to one layer and, with the help of sponging and some masking, created a Christmas scene.  My base cardstock is Naturals White followed by a layer of Night of Navy.  The Whisper White piece has been stamped using Memento black ink and then coloured using my Blendabilities.  I added a few dots of Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler to the tree as well as one sequin from the In-Color Sequin Assortment.  My sentiment is heat embossed using White Embossing powder on Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

I kept it simple because of the "Less is More" challenge which offered the following sketch this week:

For more cards using this sketch challenge, check out "Less is More".

For more cards using a "clean and simple" theme, check out Addicted to Stamps and More.