Wednesday, 27 July 2016

WWC78 - The "B"s Have It

I absolutely love today's challenge!  Do you know how many words begin with the letter "B"?  Our Watercooler Artists certainly found out when we set out to create some samples for the challenge.  Jean Fitch decided it would be all about "B"s.

And the list doesn't end there.  I thought of a few additional "B" words and took those as the theme for my card.  So which words did I use?  Barnwood, boards, boots, blue, brown.  That's five "B"s in one card!  And I got to use one of my favourite stamp sets from the Annual Catalogue, Country Livin'.

Stamp Sets:  Country Livin', Guy Greetings
Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Dapper Denim
Inks:  Tip Top Taupe, Dapper Denim, Whisper White Craft 
Tools:  Paper Snips, Aqua Painter, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Sponges

I hope you'll come on over to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and check out the cards created by the other Watercooler Artists.  Have you decided which "B" is going to star on your creation?

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

PCCCS204 - HAppy 14th Anniversary

What better time to create an Anniversary card than when you have to meet the deadline for a sketch challenge when you're part of a Design Team?  It certainly came in handy and gave me inspiration for the layout of my card.

I chose to design my card around one of the prettiest designer papers in the Annual Catalogue, the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series paper.  What makes the paper so special?  I love the copper embossing on two of the sheets and I also love the happy colours in the floral design.  For my Anniversary card, I had plans to use a fair bit of copper embossing and so the additional copper in the paper would add to it and emphasize it.  I especially liked the copper-embossed splatters on the complementary Night of Navy cardstock.

Stamp sets:  Gorgeous Grunge, Number of Years
Inks:  VersaMark, Copper embossing powder
Papers:  Heavy Whisper White, Night of Navy, Affectionately Yours DSP
Tools:  Large Numbers Framelits, Botanical Builder Framelits, Rose Garden Thinlits

I hope you'll check out the other cards created by the Design Team at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Celebrates its 3rd Anniversary!

As you can see from the title, this is a very special blog hop to which we're welcoming you.  It's our 3rd Anniversary. As blog hops go, that's quite a milestone because many don't last as long.  Not only has ours lasted these three years, but it has thrived.  New people have joined in along the way and we've also attracted a nice, large group of followers.  Life is good!

You can see the original hop if you click HERE.   You'll notice that we're lucky to have all the original "pioneer" participants with us for this Anniversary blog hop.  We're also lucky to be able to share this blog hop with several of our more recent "hoppers".

As you will remember, if you've wandered through our blog hops before, our blog hop is presented in a circular fashion.  What does that mean?  Wherever you begin in our blog hop, whether you go forwards or backwards through the participants, eventually you will wind up precisely where you began.  I hope you'll take time to visit all the participating blogs and, perhaps, leave a short message letting us know  what you've thought of our posts.

If you've been moving forwards through the blog hop, you'll have arrived here from the very talented Terri Antoniw.  Weren't her projects terrific?

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Our first project for this blog hop is an Anniversary card.   There are a lot of stamp sets which I could have used but I had this idea in my head and was determined that it would be translated into a card.  Armed with Window Sheets, Gold Foil, the Gently Falling embossing folder and the Curvy Keepsake Box thinlits, I proceeded to trace out and then hand cut my pieces.  I'm happy to say it all worked out.  You can see I've traced the thinlit onto a Window Sheet twice, the second time just to the right of and below the first tracing.  That became the top of my champagne flutes.  The Gold Foil became my champagne (with the embossing folder providing the bubbly effect).  I've limited my colours to Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold and Delightful Dijon.  The stamps which I used for my sentiments are from the Balloon Celebration and Number of Years sets.  

I love it when the images in one's head turn into an awesome card, don't you?

And since this is black and white with a pop of colour, I'm entering it into the SUO challenge this week.

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Our second project is all about using stamp sets which were introduced three years ago and have continued to be current today.  Truth be told, there are not many of those.  I chose to use one of my favourites, Wetlands.  This is a stamp set which will remain with me even after it finally retires.  I love the images that much! 

Instead of creating another card, I chose to make a keepsake rock for my sister who is going through some extremely serious health issues at the moment.  We grew up in Victoria and so the coast and all things coastal are dear to us.  What could be better, therefore, than to use the Wetlands images for this gift?  My rock is nice and flat and just large enough for this purpose.  First I sponged some Whisper White craft ink over it and wiped it off.  This sealed the rock and also gave me a better overall colour to which to add my colours and images.  The colours I've sponged onto the rock are Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Delightful Dijon, and Soft Suede.  Once those had dried, I stamped some splatter to the lower area using the Delightful Dijon ink and also stamped some splatter to the upper area using the Whisper White craft ink.  I love the Gorgeous Grunge set for the variety of splatters.

Finally, when everything was nicely dry, I stamped the sandpiper images as well as a partial reeds image onto the rock using Basic Black archival ink.  My sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners set and is also stamped in archival ink.  Because I want this rock to last, I've chosen to seal it using the retired Crystal Effects.  

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Our final project is a CASE of a project from the original blog hop.  Since I was one of the "pioneers", I chose to CASE (copy and share) one of my own projects but, of course, using current products.  I love the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series paper because several of the sheets of paper are beautifully embossed with the new Copper embossing powder.  It's so elegant and is therefore perfect for a current "take" on the pillow box which I shared in my original post.

Instead of using the Flower Shop bundle (which is still current after three years), I decided that my flower would be created using the wonderful Botanical Blooms bundle.  I used Vellum just as I did for my original but this time heat embossed it with the Copper embossing powder.  I also added a touch of the Copper heat embossing along the edges of the Night of Navy "girdle".   You'll notice a tinge of green on the leaf and some peach on the petals.  After colouring them with the Mint Macaron and Peekaboo Peach markers, respectively, I added clear embossing powder and then heat embossed that to give it more sheen.  The sentiment is from the Pop of Paradise set, Night of Navy heat embossed using the Copper embossing powder as well.

I love the way the current paper and products make this such an elegant pillow box, don't you?

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 And that's it for my projects.  I hope you've enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed creating them.  From here you'll be visiting another wonderfully creative stamper, Deborah Smart.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

WWC77 - You're Amazing!

This week's colour challenge is hosted by Marsha Reed who has restricted the neutral to be Very Vanilla.  Of course I got it all wrong!

You'll note that the dark blue is Night of Navy.  Anyone can read that, right?  Well, when it's late at night and one is in a real hurry and simply glances at the colours, one makes a mistake and uses Dapper Denim.  That one was me.  So, my card's neutral was Whisper White and the dark blue was Dapper Denim.  Under normal circumstances that would have been funny.  When one is rushed and realises one's mistake, one becomes even more frazzled. 

Take two on the card resulted in the appropriate Very Vanilla for my neutral.  I also used the appropriate Night of Navy.  And, even though I almost drove myself totally crazy picking and glueing all those little die-bits into the rose and leaves, I really do love the result.

Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Pink Pirouette
Inks:  Night of Navy
Tools:  Rose Garden Thinlits, Tombow Glue
Stamps:  Watercolor Wishes (card kit)

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

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

PCCCS203 - Celebrate your Fabulousness!

Welcome to another Paper Craft Crew Sketch challenge.  Our sketch for this week is a fun one.

Just think of all the wonderful Designer Series Paper you can show off with this design!  I went directly to the Irresistibly Floral collection.  What could be better than those wonderful floral designs and being able to use your sponge brayer (or sponge or spritzer) to make it any colour you please?  My choice was to use my Sweet Sugarplum ink to brayer the background colour.  Then I used a slightly dampened kleenex to remove any ink that was on the "embossed" lines.  Did that ever make them white and "pop"!

My base cardstock for this 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" card is Tip Top Taupe.  Then I used my Softly Falling embossing folder on a piece of Whisper White  and lightly sponged Sweet Sugarplum over the raised dots.  After attaching that to my base, I attached the diagonally cut sponged DSP to the lower portion of the white layer.  I left the large tag white and Tip Top Taupe  but added a few pops of colour with the Mint Macaron piece behind the tag and, of course, the butterfly which I cut from a piece of the Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP.  A few silver sequine and a piece of the new burlap ribbon and the card was done.

I hope you'll check out the other Design Team cards and enter your own at our Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

WWC76 - You're In My Thoughts

It's time for another challenge and this one is a Clean & Simple challenge hosted by Penny Hanuszak.  Penny's theme for the challenge is "butterflies".

Since I love butterflies and there are a number of wonderful butterfly stamps in the catalogue, it was just a matter of deciding which images I would use.  That sounds simple, doesn't it, but when I laid my stamp sets containing butterflies on the table, I realised that I loved them all.  That made choosing a whole lot more difficult.  Things got a bit tense over here when I put aside my second stamped piece of Whisper White because I had changed my mind---again.

Finally it came down to the simple fact that I had missed my deadline and I had to go forward with a stamp set.  And so I chose the Kinda Eclectic set and never looked back.  We have new rules for the clean and simple and so I chose to have a base for my card using the Dapper Denim cardstock.  Then I cut a piece of Whisper White onto which I would do all my stamping.  Since I wanted a tag but our new rules do not allow any embellishments or die-cuts, I decided to do a bit of masking.  That way I could have my tag but still follow the rules.

I chose the sentiment from the beautiful Watercolor Wishes Kit and stamped it using Dapper Denim.  Then I cut my tag using Tags & Labels Framelits so that I could use the tag shape to mask my sentiment and stamp over it leaving the tag shape empty of stamping.  And so I added the sun image using Crushed Curry ink.  Then I stamped one of the leaf images using Mint Macaron stamped off once above the sun along the right side and then below the sun on the right side.  Finally I added three of the larger butterfly images using Dapper Denim ink stamped off once.

After I had completed all those images, I took the tag blank and centred it over my sentiment so that I could trace around the perimeter using Dapper Denim ink and then sponge lightly into the tag shape to give it dimension.

I hope you'll check out the creations by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  I'd love to see your clean and simple card linked up this week.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

WWC75 - You're Always There for Me

This week's challenge over at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is a sketch hosted by Deborah Smart.  I love sketch challenges.  They make you think in terms of layout first.  Certainly it is more disciplined than an otherwise "open" creative process.

I frequently change the aspect of the sketch, putting it on its side or flipping it vertically.  This time, however, I stayed with the sketch the way it was presented.  It gave me an idea and I ran with it.  I would combine the beautiful From Land to Sea stamp set with the new Seaside embossing folder.

I began with a base of Heavy Whisper White.  My next layer of Dapper Denim cardstock was first embossed using the Seaside embossing folder, then each raised "ripple" was brushed with the Wink of Stella, and finally attached to the base.  The long rectangle used a base of Whisper White and then another layer of Whisper White upon which I stamped the lighthouse image, masked the bottom, and then carefully stamped the mountains from the In the Meadow stamp set to give the impression of land on which it was built.  For the squarish rectangle, I used a base of Kraft paper and then a layer of Whisper White upon which I stamped the sea turtle image twice and then the sentiment from the Love You Lots hostess set.

All my images and backgrounds were watercoloured using my Aqua Painter and various inks.  The tiny bubbles around the turtles are stamped with an image from the Timeless Textures stamp set.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful creations by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  We'd love to see your creation linked up this week.

I've also included my card in the SUO challenge #152, Delight in Nature.

As well as in the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge, anything goes.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

WWC74 - Hello!

What's new about today's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge?  It's all about tags!  What a fun change of pace!

Our hostess, Marsha Reed, wants to see any type of tag creation, whether it be a tag by itself, a tag featured on a card, a tag on a tag or a tag attached to something.  My choice?  Well, I decided to make a tag, all by itself.  I wanted to focus on our wonderful new copper embossing powder.

I used three colours for my tag:  Night of Navy, Whisper White and Crumb Cake.  The two layers of cardstock are Night of Navy and Heavy Whisper White.  After heat embossing the image from the Timeless Textures set along the left side and bottom of the Night of Navy piece, I set it aside and began work on the Whisper White piece.  Using Night of Navy and Crumb Cake inks, I stamped various images from the Timeless Textures and Butterfly Basics sets along the piece, some in full colour and others off-stamped once to reduce the colours.  A few heat embossed splatters of copper and the stamping was done.  Then I used my distressing tool on the left and bottom edges of the piece before sponging Crumb Cake ink around the perimeter.

I used the large butterfly image from the Papillon Potpourri set and copper embossing powder to heat emboss my butterfly on Night of Navy cardstock.  I love how the finished piece looks as if it's copper metal inlaid with cobalt blue glass.  I would wear a pin like that!  (I confess that instead of using the matching Elegant Butterfly punch, I fussy-cut the butterfly in order to retain those antennae.)

I love how easily the new lightly woven Burlap Ribbon folds.  It was a simple matter to tie a bow of White Baker's Twine around the top, anchoring it on the tag.

Come on over to our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week and check out the other tag creations by our Watercooler Artists.  And then...why not link up your own tag for us to enjoy?

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

PCCCS201 - Thank you!

This week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge is going to last two weeks.  That will give everyone lots of time to work on a great card to link up for the challenge.  It's a great sketch with a lot of possibilities.

I know that I usually use a Heavy Whisper White as my base but this time I let my Designer Paper make the decision for me.  Since I decided to use a lovely Crumb Cake and Night of Navy design from the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series paper, I decided to use Crumb Cake as the base for my card.  I followed that up with a layer of Night of Navy and then added the Designer Paper.  For the inner rectangle, I used a piece of Night of Navy and, for the lower portion, used Whisper White so that I could easily stamp an image and also Watercolour it using my Aqua Painter.  For the narrow strip at the top I used a piece of the Affectionately Yours Washi Tape.  

I decided to use the adorable image of the hedgehogs from the Love You Lots Hostess stamp set.  Watercolouring them with Crumb Cake and a bit of Blushing Bride really brought them to life.  For the little flower the one hedgehog is giving the other, I used my Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush Stampin' Markers.  A little banner cut from Cucumber Crush and a flower cut from Watermelon Wonder completes the card.

That little line of dazzle between the Whisper White and the Washi Tape?  I've used the Gold Glitz Dazzling Details for that as well as for the centre of the die-cut flower.

I hope you'll join us at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge and create a card inspired by our sketch as well.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Swing Easel - Fun with Sizes

I discovered the Swing Easel card when I came across a card posted by the talented Amanda Bates, but when I found her instructions, I discovered that all her measurements are in metric and the card size is different from our "normal" sizes.  And so I've adapted the card to measure 5 12" x 5 1/2" when folded.  I have also adapted it to measure our "normal" 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Join me today as I lead you through both sizes with accompanying photos and instructions.

For my 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card, I've used the In the Meadow stamp set because it fits the smaller easel much better.  This card fits perfectly into the standard sized Stampin' Up! envelope.  You can see the way the card folds and how the centre has been cut so that it can "swing" up and stand like an easel.  It looks difficult but if you have a good paper cutter, it's really quite simple.  I am, of course, using Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Trimmer which allows me to score and cut easily.

I began with this template.  My cardstock measured 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".

Note that the broken lines indicate score lines while the solid, red lines indicate cut lines.

My first score line was at 4 1/4".

After that I cut along the red indicated lines.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU STOP YOUR CUT ALONG THE SIDE AT THE 2 1/8" POINT.  This is measured from the centre fold (4 1/4" score line).

You can see the score lines and cut lines on my base cardstock of Heavy Whisper White.

This is the Heavy Whisper White with the sides folded along the score lines.  Basically you will fold a "mountain", a "valley", and then another "mountain".  You can see already how the centre cut area is free to swing as you open the card to stand it as an easel.

This is the inside of the card.  You can see how the easel works from underneath.  I've made this into a birthday card, leaving one "word bubble" empty so that a personal greeting can be written inside.

This is the same card from the front.  I love the 3-D effect, don't you?

And this is the card closed for mailing.  A perfect 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.

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You'll remember the card I posted last week for our Blog Hop, featuring that great new Country Livin' stamp set.  I used the 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" measurements for this card.  Really, it needed that additional sizing which a square offers.

This is the template for the 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card.

I began with a piece of cardstock measuring 5 1/2" x 11".  My first score line was at 5 1/2".

After that it was just a matter of following the cut lines and score lines exactly as shown for the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.

Good luck with your Swing Easel card(s).  If you have any questions or problems, just let me know.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

WWC73 - Thinking of You

It's time for a Clean & Simple challenge and this time Gail Allen has chosen Summer as the theme.  What a perfect time for this challenge!  This week we celebrated the Summer Solstice, or first day of Summer.

I love Clean & Simple challenges.  They force me to pare down my card to the minimum while still managing to satisfy the theme (and my inner critic).  For Gail's challenge, I turned to the new Swirly Bird stamp set.  My inspiration?  In the pretty hanging basket of yellow flowers outside my daughter's dining room window, an industrious pair of Robins decided to create their nest and proceeded to lay four tiny blue eggs.  

And so I improvised with the stamps in the set.  The long stem image, stamped twice, angled slightly apart, became my branch.  I added the leaves and a few blue flowers (also from the set) and then proceeded to add the nest, eggs, and the little bird image.  How serendipitous that all these images are contained in that one stamp set!

I wanted a second bird since the little guy who helped build the nest at my daughter's house, is great about taking his turns, warming the eggs, while his mate goes off for a meal.  With no additional bird images in the set, I had to use my imagination and so stamped the one bird image on a piece of Window sheet and then used the stamped image to "stamp" a reverse image on the branch.  In other words, I used the mirror-image technique.

Since the theme is Summer, I had to add a nice, bright sun to my card and that image is also among those in this stamp set.  Doesn't the new Peekaboo Peach make a wonderful, warm sun?  I used my Stampin' Markers to add details to the bird images, as well as the tell-tale "red breasts".  

I love how my inspiration translated onto this card so nicely.  Oh, and since the last picture those eggs are all gone.  Now there is no rest for Momma and Poppa Robin.  They are constantly making their ways back and forth to put food into four gaping beaks.

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

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

PCCCS200 - Fabulous (Celebrating our 200th Challenge)

It's definitely cause for celebration when a challenge makes it to number 200.  For this challenge we have a fun sketch, of course, and a chance for blog candy.  First of all, the sketch:

The sketch made me think of the Pop of Paradise Washi tape colours and so I went with that as my inspiration.  For some reason I also had this idea of pink cowgirl boots in my head and I thought, "why not?"

My base is Basic Black followed by a layer of Melon Mambo.  Then I took one of the designs in the Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series paper and sponged the outer area with Basic Black ink and then followed that up with sponging the inside area with Melon Mambo ink.  I love how the sponging made the "hidden" design prominent.  One of the special things about the Pop of Paradise Washi tape is that there is some gold among the designs.  And so I added gold to the design of my card.  The small piece of rectangle peeking out is Gold Glimmer paper.  Next I have a rectangle of black onto which I've first stamped the spray of flowers from the Birthday Blossoms set using Whisper White Craft ink.  Once that dried, I added some gold embossed splatter using an image from the Gorgeous Grungle set to the lower area.  Then I used a Blender Pen to take some VersaMark from my ink pad and carefully put a dot of the VersaMark into the centre of each blossom.  Using my tweezers, I added gold embossing powder and then used my heat gun to emboss it.  The results were even better than I had hoped.

I stamped the boots from the Country Livin' set onto Shimmery White specialty paper using Basic Gray archival ink and then watercoloured them using Melon Mambo ink and Basic Black ink.  For the buckle, I used the Gold Wink of Stella pen.  More gold in a die-cut butterfly and the heat embossed sentiment adds to the bling.  To ground the card and add a bit of "country" I used a piece of Burlap Ribbon behind the images.

I love the final result.  It's a fabulous feminine nod to all the country loving people.  I hope you like it, too.

Now, about the blog candy.  I'll send three die-cuts, one copper-embossed, to anyone living in Canada who comments on my blog post.  Further details on the Paper Craft Crew Challenge site.  See you there!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Wacky Watercooler June Blog Hop -- Celebrating the new Annual Catalogue

Welcome to our celebration of the new Annual Catalogue.  It's always exciting to leaf through a new catalogue, oooohing and aaaahing over the brand new products which we can add to our already bulging craft shelves.  This challenge is all about our favourites.  Truth be told, my favourites change with each day.  It seems whatever new product I use becomes my favourite.  Ask me in another month or so, and I will probably have come to a realization of which products please me the most.

As you will remember, if you've wandered through our blog hops before, our blog hop is presented in a circular fashion.  What does that mean?  Wherever you begin in our blog hop, whether you go forwards or backwards through the participants, eventually you will wind up precisely where you began.  I hope you'll take time to visit all the participating blogs and, perhaps, leave a short message letting us know  what you've thought of our posts.

If you've been moving forwards through the blog hop, you'll have arrived here from the very talented Jean Fitch.  Weren't her projects terrific?

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My first project is all about my favourite Designer Style paper.  While I love the copper embossing on the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series paper, the endless possibilities of the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series paper takes the lead for me.  There is no end to the colours I can use with this paper since it gives the opportunities of an emboss resist technique.  And the designs?  Absolutely fabulous!

I had a ball with the two designs I chose for my card.  The first one is just a strip of the lattice pattern and I used Marina Mist re-inker, water, and a wide brush to colour the white background.  After it had dried, I "buffed" the paper lightly to remove any blue marks from the embossed area.  The other design has a variety of flowers and leaves which are embossed.  Instead of putting a wash of colour over the whole paper, I decided to watercolour each flower and leaf.  Yes, it took a bit of time but I really like the end result.  The centres of the flowers have been heat embossed with the new Copper embossing powder.  I also heat embossed a spray of leaves from the Kinda Eclectic set with the Copper embossing powder and then fussy-cut it out.

Yes, I've used a variety of colours but they are wonderful together.  In total I used Whisper White (of course), Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist and Mint Macaron.  My sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners set and was cut out using the Duet Banner punch.

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My second project is all about my favourite new In-Color.  That was a hard choice.  They're new and I love them all.  If I'm pushed to the wall and have to make a choice, however, I would pick Dapper Denim as my top favourite with Peekaboo Peach running a close second.  Why those two?  Well, I love blues and Dapper Denim fills a colour void in the line-up.  It's a beautiful colour whether using the cardstock, stamping or watercolouring.  I can imagine myself using the colour happily on many of my cards.  Why the Peekaboo Peach?  Quite honestly, it's so different from any colour that we have or have had during my nearly five years with Stampin' Up!  It's not an orange and not a yellow but it has a both a warmth and wonderful tones that make me happy when I use it.

For my card I've used the SwirlyScribbles thinlits as well as the splatters from the Swirly Birds set.  I used the Dapper Denim for the splatters but offstamped once before adding them to the front of the card.  If you look closely, the hint of Peekaboo Peach is actually the cluster of flowers from the Birthday Blooms set.

The inside is a real surprise.  I've added a pop-up butterfly which, after stamping the large butterfly from the Watercolor Wings set using Dapper Denim and Peekaboo Peach, I've cut out using the Butterflies thinlits.

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My final project features  my favourite stamp set/bundle.  Again, a hard decision.  I've loved all the ones I've been using.  I was tempted to use one of the bundles but then I realized that my favourite truly is the Country Livin' stamp set.  I guess my family has a bit of the cowboy in our blood because the boots and the guitar just "speak" to me.  I can see myself using this stamp set happily for years to come.

The card I've made is a special fold called the Swing Easel card.  I found several on Pinterest which were posted by the talented Amanda Bates but when I found the instructions on her blog site, discovered that all the measurements are in metric and the card size is different from our "normal" sizes.  And so I adapted the card to measure 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" when folded.  I'll share the adapted measurements in a different blog post.

In order to have the guitar neck stand nicely instead of bending, I had to use a piece of the retired Poster Board onto which I glued my fussy-cut image and then fussy-cut the Poster Board around it.  The colours I've used are Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Suede, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Cajun Craze, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Old Olive, Marina Mist and Soft Sky.  The watercolouring took some time because it was layered but I love the result, especially the beat-up, rusty quality of the old truck.

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And that's it for my projects.  I hope you've enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed creating them.  From here you'll be visiting another wonderfully creative stamper, Deborah Smart.