Tuesday, 25 November 2014

PCCC#119 --- Best Kid Ever

Sometimes it seems there aren't enough hours in the day---or days in the week, for that matter.  Right now I'm between houses half the day because our daughter and family are off enjoying Disney World and the house (and cats) needs attention.  I had doubts that I would get this challenge off the ground, let alone finished in time.

I decided to make a boy's birthday card since I need one anyway and it's a way of getting two things off my "to do" list.  The Boys Will Be Boys stamp set is perfect for very small boys and even "getting closer to double-digit" boys.  After all, robots and legos have an almost ageless appeal.  I also decided to keep to the primary colours simply because they are so bright and happy.

The sketch for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge was perfect for what I had in mind:

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 119 #cardsketch #stampinup #papercraftcrew

Instead of spatters, however, I turned to the retired Confetti stamp set for the background.  Those hearts were perfect, especially stamped in the primary colours.  Instead of newsprint I chose to use one of the sentiments from the retired Bring on the Cake stamp set repeated many times and in many directions on my Daffodil Delight cardstock.  The lego pieces from the Boys Will Be Boys stamp set fit perfectly over the "soccer ball" which is actually simply a 2" circle embossed with the Hexagon embossing folder.

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

     Stamps used:  Boys Will Be Boys, Bring on the Cake (retired), Confetti (retired)
     Paper used:  Real Red, Marina Mist, Naturals White, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
     Inks used:  Real Red, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Memento Black
     Tools and Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Stampin' Markers,
              Big Shot, Decorative Dots Embossing folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer

Sunday, 23 November 2014

So much for which to be thankful

It's nice to have a day in which we give thanks but I maintain that each and every day is a day to be thankful.  We have so much.  We enjoy such freedoms.  We can be creative to our hearts' content.

I love the colours in the Colour Me...! challenge.  Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze go together so beautifully.  Add in the soft brightness of Very Vanilla and you have a winning combination.  It's been such a busy few days, however, that I began to despair of having a chance to enter the challenge.  Today I stole a few hours.  I have to say, taking those hours and just having the opportunity to create something felt really good.

I decided to use the sketch from the challenge at the Freshly Made Sketches.  The layout was perfect for what I had in mind.

In sorting through some of my retired stamp sets a week or so ago, I had come across the Full of Blessings set and knew I wanted to use it this year.  Its images are timeless and, for this card, could be coloured using the colours in the challenge.  It's always such a boost to the spirits when everything falls into place, isn't it?

I love that the inks can be so many different shades of the same colour when one uses the Blending Pen.  I managed to get the pumpkins and the field to look very real simply with the Cajun Craze ink pad and Blending Pen.  So much for having to use a whole lot of colours.  Simplicity can really work and look great.

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

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

     Stamp sets:  Full of Blessings (retired), Project Life Holiday Cheer
     Paper:   Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Early Espresso,
                   Colour Me Autumn Designer Series Paper
     Inks:  Memento black ink, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
     Embellishments and tools:  Early Espresso Seam Binding ribbon, Blender Pen, 
                Argyle Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Stampin' Trimmer, Snail Adhesive,
                Dimensionals, Corner punch

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

PCCC#118 -- Masculine Birthday

My husband isn't a very sentimental man.  You can imagine, therefore, how I felt when he was cleaning out his drawer and said "I don't know what to do with all these cards you've given me.  They're too nice to throw away."  I was really touched.  He always throws away cards.  Apparently not the ones I make, I've discovered.

His birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks.  Of course I'm making him a card, but this time I want it to be even more special since he doesn't throw mine away.  The sketch at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge was perfect, I decided.

Card Sketch 118

My husband's father was a hunting guide in the Canadian Rockies.  My husband, as a result, grew up enjoying the great outdoors and, of course, hunting.  He doesn't hunt any longer, but still loves pictures of wildlife.  The Walk in the Wild stamp set may as well have been specially made for him.  I decided to feature the moose.

For my base cardstock I decided to use the new Kraft cardstock.  My next layer is Marina Mist and then another layer of Kraft but this time embossed using my Woodgrain embossing folder.  For the narrower rectangle I used a base of Marina Mist and then topped it with a layer of the tree pattern from the Santa & Co Designer Series Paper.  I attached that to the card using Dimensionals. 

For the final small square I used a base of Early Espresso followed by a layer of Whisper White that I first stamped with the moose image and then coloured using a combination of Blendabilities and Stampin' Markers.  I attached the square to the card using Dimensionals.

I wrapped Linen Thread around the narrow rectangle and tied a small bow.  I added two banners, one cut from the Natural Chevron Ribbon and the other cut from the Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon.  My sentiment is from the Sketched Birthday stamp set and I finished up with three Early Espresso Candy Dots.

I'm sure my husband will be keeping this card, too.

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

Sunday, 16 November 2014

WCC13 -- Christmas stars

Watercooler Challenges

Welcome to another Watercooler Challenge.  This one is all about Christmas and that left a whole lot of possibilities.  What I finally decided on was to make a tag on a card using non-traditional Christmas colours.  Why make it easy, right?

If you haven't bought the Lucky Stars embossing folder or the Confetti Stars Punch yet, I suggest you give it serious consideration.  They're both so very versatile and fun to use and both are in the Holiday Catalogue which will be retiring January 5th.  I'm glad I bought them both because they're an important part of my creation.

I decided to use Naturals White for my base.  Then I added a layer of Lost Lagoon and then a layer of Soft Sky which I first embossed using the Lucky Stars embossing folder.  See how pretty those embossed stars look!

My next project was the tag which I planned to make to put on the card.   I decided to use Hello Honey as my base and then added a layer of Whisper White.  No, it doesn't look white, but this is what I did to it before I attached it.  I used the Confetti Stars Punch across the top and then used my corner punch to round off the top corners.  Then I used my Sponge Dauber and Lost Lagoon ink to colour the Whisper White, making it a very solid colour across the punched out stars and then streaking it in the centre.  I sponged in some Hello Honey and Wisteria Wonder where the streaks were to give the illusion of Northern Lights.

Then I ripped two strips of Whisper White, sponged a bit of Soft Sky across the ripped edges, and attached them to the lower portion of the coloured Whisper White to make it appear like snow.  I stamped Santa and his reindeer from the Holiday Home stamp set just under the punched out stars using Memento black ink.

I added a house from the Holiday Home stamp set which I cut out using its matching framelit and coloured it before attaching it with Dimensionals.  Then I used my Tree punch to cut out a tree from Black cardstock and also attached that with Dimensionals.  To dress up the tree, I used my Confetti Stars punch to cut out some Hello Honey stars and glued them onto the tree using Tombo glue.

The rest is just sentiments and ribbons.  I love the sheen of the Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon, don't you?

For more Christmas themed projects, check out the Watercooler Challenge.  If you'd like to add your own Christmas project, the Linky will be open for two weeks.

For more tags or tag-oriented cards, check out Tag You're It!

For more of "anything goes" for Christmas, check out Addicted to Stamps and More.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Simple Thanks

*Proud to be a Top Pick for the Stampin' Royalty challenge this week!*
*Proud to be a Top Pick for Make My Monday this week!*

It's a wonderful feeling to be thankful.  Just as wonderful is the feeling one gets when one receives thanks---for a job well done, for a gift, or simply for being there.  Thank you cards are a big deal.

I like to keep things simple most of the time.  I like having one definite focal point and not overcrowd things.  Oh, I have my occasional fancy day, but overall my creativity leans towards the simple.  That's not to say it's simple to make my card since I am the uncrowned Queen of Fussy-cutting, but the final look is usually simple.

Todlay's "thank you" card certainly looks simple.  I like that about it.  My base cardstock is Crumb Cake and then I've added a layer of Very Vanilla.  I kept that simple and unadorned except for the sentiment and a few hand-drawn lines.

Part of my focal point is another piece of Very Vanilla which I've first stamped with the foliage and berries from the An Open Heart stamp set and coloured using my Blendabilities.  After that I embossed it using my Woodgrain embossing folder and then sponged the perimeter with Crumb Cake ink.  After attaching it to my card, I added a touch of Crystal Effects to each berry.

The "star" of my focal point is the bird from the An Open Heart stamp set which I've stamped onto a piece of Very Vanilla, cut out meticulously (including those tiny claws) and then coloured using my Stampin' Markers.  After colouring it, I attached it to the foliage using tiny cut pieces of Dimensionals and then added a touch of Crystal Effects to the eye.

And that is my card.  I hope its simplicity pleases the recipient as much as it pleases me.

For more cards that follow this sketch, check out Addicted to CAS.

For more cards that feature berries and foliage, check out Make My Monday.

For more cards that feature being thankful, check out the Stampin' Royalty Challenge.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Trees, cardinals and sparkles!

*Thrilled to be chosen a Cut Above by the Paper Players!*

I've been fighting a cold so you know that loggy feeling you get when that happens.  Nothing seems to inspire you.  I've been feeling that way.  It's unusual for me because I like to be designing cards and doing other creative things.  But, like I said, I feel loggy.

I wanted to make a card that would cover two challenges.  The Paper Players colour challenge:

And the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge:

I thought both would work together brilliantly.  I just wish I was feeling brilliant myself.

I haven't used the Festival of Trees stamp set and matching Tree Punch as much as I expected.  So I decided that would work quite nicely for the sketch.  I stamped the tree twice right onto my cardstock, the first time with the stamp fully inked and the second time a bit to the side and lower and off-stamped twice.  Then I stamped the tree on scraps of cardstock, once fully inked and the second time off-stamped once.  That gave me a variety of tones using the same green:  Mossy Meadows.

Since I decided to use a strip of the Cherry Cobbler plaid design from the Trim the Tree Designer Stack for my left margin, I decided to repeat the colour again with two cardinals, also from the Festival of Trees stamp set.  I coloured the face black because it made them look more like cardinals.  I also repeated the Cherry Cobbler in the ink for the sentiment which is from the Christmas Bliss stamp set.  Then I cut it out using my Modern Label Punch.  Then I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler with the same punch, cut it in half, and backed the sentiment with it.  Four rhinestones to top the trees finished up the card.

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

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

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Giving thanks

*Thrilled to be a Top Pick for this week's Sunday Stamps Challenge!*

It's getting close to Thanksgiving across the border in the United States.  Some of the challenges are reflecting that and so I've created this card with thoughts of their upcoming Thanksgiving and also with the thought that we really should remember always to "give thanks for all things".

My card is based on a sketch from the Sunday Stamps Weekly Challenge:

And on a colour scheme from the Pals Paper Arts Challenge:

PPA226 Nov 6

The theme, giving thanks, is based on the SUO Challenge.

For my base I've used Naturals White.  I followed that up with a layer of Soft Suede.  Since the sketch shows Washi tape behind the image, I used the Tape It stamp set and the three colours of the challenge to stamp my own "Washi tape" on Whisper White cardstock and then cut the strips out.  After attaching them in a random pattern on the layer of Soft Suede, I got to work on my main image.

I took a rectangle of Naturals White and cut a square into it using a square framelit.  That gave me my Polaroid frame.  I stamped the sentiment from the For All Things stamp set onto Whisper White and attached the frame around it.  Then I stamped two pumpkins from the Fall Fest stamp set using Cajun Craze ink, one with full ink and the other off-stamped once, and cut them out with their matching framelits.  I also cut three leaves from Mossy Meadow cardstock using the Fun Fall framelits.  

After attaching the pumpkins to the frame, I attached an extremely thin strip of Mossy Meadow to each pumpkin and made them appear to be vines.  After attaching the leaves to the vines, I wrapped some Linen Thread around the bottom of the frame and attached it to the card using Dimensionals.

For more card using this sketch, check out Sunday Stamps Weekly Challenges.

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

For more cards using this theme, check out the SUO Challenges.