Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The sparkle of the stars

There are a lot of stars and star-related products available with Stampin' Up! at the moment.  This card has made use of a number of them.

On top of a base of Naturals White, I've attached a layer of Pacific Point which I first embossed using the Lucky Stars embossing folder.   Then I put the card through the Big Shot using my Ovals Collection framelit to cut out an oval centred on the layered front.  I used Pacific Point ink and that wonderful sentiment from the Christmas Bliss stamp set and centred that in the middle of the oval so that it stamped on the Whisper White which I had attached to the inside of the card.

To carry out the "sparkle of the stars", I added seven stars cut from the Silver Glimmer paper using various sizes of stars from my Stars framelits, the Circle Card thinlits and my tiny Star punch.  To finish up I simply stamped a short greeting from the Good Greetings stamp set on Whisper White cardstock using Pacific Point ink.   I cut that out using my Large Oval punch and mounted it on a piece of Silver Glimmer paper cut with my Scallop Oval punch.

It's quite dazzling in real life and shows off the various stars beautifully.

For more cards that are clean and simple, check out the Christmas Card Challenge.

For more cards that have a Christmas theme, check out The Paper Plunge.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Time for silver! PCCCS #122

It's a marvellously sunny day outside and the snow is dazzling.  I decided to make a card that shines almost as much as that snow and, of course, silver was my first choice.  What could be more fun than last year's silvery Specialty Designer Series Paper and our current gorgeous Silver Foil?

I used Naturals White as my base and then added a layer of Coastal Cabana.  Then I embossed my Silver Foil with the Northern Flurry embossing folder.  For the bottom of that layer I chose the pretty lattice design from the retired Winter Frost Specialty Designer Paper.  To cover the join, I used my Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch to cut a piece of Coastal Cabana and then glued a piece of the 1/8" Silver Ribbon along the centre.

For the centre, I used Deco Labels Collection framelits to cut some Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White cardstock and a piece of Silver Foil.  For some of those layers I simply cut around the die-cut piece to make a thin mat.  For the cute little snowman, I turned to the Best of Snow stamp set and then used the Holiday Cheer stamp set for my sentiment.

I love the way the Frosted Finishes embellishment echoes the larger embossed snowflake, don't you?

For more cards that are very fancy Holiday themed, check out The Paper Players.

For more cards with glittering snowflakes check out the City Crafter Challenge Blog.

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

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 122 for week starting Dec. 16, 2014. #papercraftcrew #stampinup #cardsketch #papercrafts

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Wacky Watercooler December "Best of..." Blog Hop

What do we mean by "Best of..." is the question you may be asking.  Well, for the Wacky Watercooler gang, this blog hop is all about what we consider the best of three things.  First of all we've each drawn a name of a participant and have checked out all the blog hop posts that person has done and decided what we consider the best of those posts has been.  That is project number one.  The next project is whatever we consider the best of the retired products.  Last of all but certainly not least, is what we consider the best of the current products.  All I can say is that for me, this has been one of the most challenging and fun of all our blog hops.  I hope that once you've checked out everyone's post, you'll agree.

Our blog hops run in a circular manner.  What that means is that as you go from one participant to the next, you will, inevitably, wind up at the point where you began.  I hope you'll find the time to check out all our posts.  Once you've finished, you'll have to ask yourself what you think the "best of..." all these things might be for you.

If you've been moving forward through the blog hop, you'll just have seen the wonderful creations by the very talented Marie Green in Oregon.

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I drew Christine Giuda's name and was excited to hunt through her Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop posts to see what I considered her "best of...".  It came down to a hard choice.  There were a couple of wonderful creations that I would have loved to CASE but I didn't have the products on hand to do that.  I especially loved her mixed media canvas and plan to try my hand at something similar.  But back to what I actually did decide to choose as her "best of...".  I chose the lovely Spring butterfly card that she created for our March 2014 Blog Hop.

Instead of using Spring colours, however, I decided to make my version of Christine's card more of a wedding card and kept it to a simple white and gold palette.   I was especially happy to make this card because it gave me another chance to use one of my favourite retired stamps, the En Francais background stamp.

I had a lot of fun making this card but you'll notice that I couldn't quite get that wonderful fold to the ribbon that Christine managed.  I also entered this card into the Stampin' Royalty Challenge.

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The next "best of..." was just as challenging for me.  There are so many wonderful retired products that I had a lot of trouble getting down to any one "best of...".  I finally decided to make a Christmas card using some of the retired products that I really miss.  For me, they're really the best of the products for this season.  The Core'dinations cardstock was hardly with us before it was gone.  I loved the way it looked after it was put through an embossing folder and lightly sanded.  The Pretty Print embossing folder was one of my favourites and so I used it with Early Espresso Core'dinations and lightly sanded it.  The retired Cannery Set framelit die works well with the retired Holiday Collection framelits for this card as well.  For me, these products are the "best of..." for the holiday season.  I'm glad I had a chance to use them for this card.

The "merry" is cut from Brushed Gold cardstock.  It has a subtle luster that looks simply wonderful.

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My final project is for the "best of..." current products.  I love a lot of products but one that is especially dear to my heart is the set of Stars framelits.  I had wanted a die or framelits just like that for quite a while and had written to Stampin' Up! about it.  If you follow my blog, you'll remember all my calculations when I made those 3-D stars last year.  Well, with the Stars framelits I don't have to use my protactor at all any longer.  I can just cut out a star, use a ruler to score the lines and I can make my 3-D stars.  How sweet is that?

For this project I made three different sized stars using the very glittery Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Two are solid and one is cut with the largest of the Stars framelits and has its centre cut out with the third smallest framelit.   After scoring the stars and folding them into 3-D shapes, I took the largest one with the star shape cut out and attached a little snowman that I had already prepared out of the Simply Pressed Clay.  (That's another product that I really love to use.)  

Then I connected all the stars to a strip of 1/8" Silver Ribbon using Silver Mini Brads and tied the end of the ribbon into a loop.  

This decoration can be hung from the wall or from a hook in the ceiling.  It sparkles beautifully and who can resist that little snowman?

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Well, that's it for my "best of..." projects.  I hope you've enjoyed them.  Your next stop will be with the wonderfully creative Christine Giuda.  You'll remember that she was my "best of...".

If you get a moment, please leave a comment.  I'd love to know what you thought of my creations.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Santa & Co comes to the rescue! PCCCS #121

Sometimes life gets in the way.  That's been happening to me a lot these last few weeks.  I honestly didn't think I'd make this challenge, especially since I had a Stamp-a-Stack last night and making cards for challenges was the last thing on my mind.  Oh...and, of course, I'm heading a blog hop this Thursday.  But I do well under pressure and that saved me again this time.

I've had a love/hate relationship with the Santa & Co Designer Series Paper from the beginning.  There were some designs that I absolutely loved and some that, quite honestly, I couldn't see myself using.  The gorgeous Marina Mist blue design with all the wonderful snowflakes and the silly snow-people at the bottom of the page appealed to me.  I used the plain portion with the snowflakes on a number of cards and each time had to smile at those snow-people.  Well, this time I didn't stop with a smile.  This time I gave them their moment in the spotlight.

I used my Deco Labels Collection framelit to cut out three of the snow-people and then glued that die-cut to a piece of Real Red.  I carefully cut around the Real Red, allowing a narrow margin for the mat.  The Real Red made the scarf around the middle snowman's neck "pop".  For the base of my card I used Marina Mist and then added a layer of Naturals White on which I had stamped the largest of the splatter pattern from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Marina Mist ink.  I centred the Deco Label die-cut and attached it using Dimensionals.  Then I added some Silver Dazzling Details to the splatter pattern, attached three of the snowflakes from the Frosted Sequins Embellishments and six of the small silver sequins from the same embellishments.

A strip of the Silver Glimmer Paper, a tiny sentiment from the Holiday Home stamp set, stamped in Real Red on Whisper White and matted with Real Red, and the card was done.  It's a simple card but those silly snow-people will delight the recipient.

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

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 121 #cardsketch #stampinup #papercraftcrew

If you think the snow-people are adorable, too, and want to get the Designer Paper, just click on my online store and grab it at a discount price while stock lasts.  It's currently being offered in the Year-End Close-Out sale.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

PCCC #120 -- Merry and Bright

The Paper Craft Crew Challenge is  one that I enjoy entering.  Their sketches are awesome and challenging.  This week, however, it didn't look as if I'd be able to enter the challenge.   I've been running back and forth between two houses, sleeping away from home some nights, in order to look after my daughter's house and animals and so crafting has become secondary for the moment.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 120 #cardsketch #stampinup #papercraftcrew

On my last trip home, however, I grabbed several stamps and some cardstock, promising myself that I would somehow design a card.  I had to scavenge a few supplies from my daughter's cupboards, but I did get a card done.  Yay!  The problem is that this computer I'm using at her house isn't reading my SD card.  *sigh*  My plan, therefore, is to get this post completed and then, when I get home tonight, quickly download the photos I've taken and complete the post for submission.  If I don't get home in time---well it's still a card that I'm happy to post.  We'll see how it goes.

My base cardstock is Naturals White.  Then I added a layer of Silver Glimmer paper.  My final layer is a piece of Whisper White which I've heat embossed, sponged and cut with my Confetti Stars punch.  The banner across the punched out stars is heat embossed vellum.  The silver embossing powder has a touch of Dazzling Diamonds embossing powder dusted over it before heating but it doesn't show well in the photo.  I had to keep that sparkle going.

The little banners are tucked slightly under the vellum banner.  The first is a plain Silver Glimmer paper banner, the second is cut from Pacific Point to match the sponged area and dotted with a few cut-out confetti stars, and the third banner is, again, cut from the Silver Glimmer paper but first I cut it with the Confetti Stars punch.  I also added a sprinkling of those confetti stars to the sponged area.

My little snowman from the White Christmas stamp set was stamped using Memento black ink and then masked before all that sponging was done.  I coloured his scarf, har, and nose using my Stampin' Markers.  I love how the star from the Many Merry Stars stamp set  remains white since I heat embossed it using Clear embossing powder.  The final touches are a few rhinestones and my card is done.  I may have had to scrounge for some of the supplies and winged it using what I had on hand, but I love the final result.  I hope you do, too.

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

Sunday, 30 November 2014

WCC14 --- Greetings to you

Watercooler Challenges

Welcome to the Watercooler Challenge.  This is the last one for this year and the challenge is to create a box, banner, bag or tag.  I wound up making both a box and a tag.  It's just the way it turned out.

If you've followed my blog, you'll have seen a variation of this box before.  I initially created it to fill up with those cinnamon hearts that come out for Valentine's Day.  My husband loves those and I was working on some Blog Hop projects.  And so the little box was created.  It's a variation of my first box which I created using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  This box actually closed---which works out well if you're filling it with loose cinnamon hearts I can assure you.  Today's box is just a little bit taller than that first closing box because I'm filling it with Christmas chocolates and they take up more room.

You can find the template and full instructions for the closing box here.  The changes in measurements are as follows:  begin with a piece of cardstock measuring 6 1/2" x 8 1/2".  Along the long side score as shown (2", 4", 6", 8").  Along the short side score at 1 1/2" and 4".  Everything else is the same except that you trim the top tabs that don't have the scalloped edges to 1 1/2".

This is the box top, open and closed:

This is the box closed and decorated up but without a tag:

This is the tag:

This is the box with the tag attached:

I hope you'll check out the rest of the projects for this Watercooler Challenge.  If you'd like to play along this time, just upload your post with our Linky.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Less is More celebrates #200

Celebrating the 200th of anything is a big thing.  Celebrating a blog's 200th Challenge is very big.  There are a lot of challenge blogs out there.  Some make it...some don't.  To make it to the 200th challenge and still have lots of participants is pretty amazing.

The challenge this time is for a celebrations themed week, of course.  I wanted to keep it very simple but still make it a real celebration.  I began with a base of Naturals White and then followed that with a split layer of Pacific Point and Real Red.  Then I added my final layer:  Whisper White which had been stamped, scored and coloured.

I stamped the little bird riding an arrow image from the Hello Love stamp set using black Memento ink and the "celebrate" from the Good Greetings stamp set using Real Red ink.  I coloured the bird with my blendabilities.  Then I used several of my circle framelits and traced around them with my scoring stylus.  Since I had placed my cardstock on my piercing mat, the circles were nice and raised.  For the centre I added a clear rhinestone.

For more cards made with a celebration theme, check out Less is More.