Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #128 - Heidi's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

It's my turn as hostess for this week's challenge.  What fun!  Welcome to my Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge.  I love the opportunity to make these masculine cards.  With my extensive family, most of whom are male, it is great to have more from which to choose.

It's funny the way things happen.  When I saw the Coffee Cafe bundle my first reaction was that I didn't need it.  How many people would I send coffee-oriented cards?  But then second thoughts smothered those first thoughts and I added it to my list.  How many of my friends and relatives drink coffee or something else that could be made with this set?  Most of them.  How awesome is the Designer Paper for this bundle?  Absolutely "frickin" awesome.  I love the colours, the designs---everything about the paper.

Using the bundle for a masculine card made me think a bit more about what would make it masculine.  The colours, of course.  And so I used a base of Early Espresso, added a layer of Crumb Cake, added a layer of the gorgeous wood-grain, primarily Early Espresso designer paper and then added a large square of Crumb Cake and three small squares along the right side.  Into the large square I added another piece of the wood-grain designer paper.  Onto that I adhered the cup of coffee, all dressed up with a sentiment and stamped coffee beans.  Into the small squares I added (from top to bottom) a small coffee cup, a leafy branch with coffee beans, and a small coffee pot, all fussy-cut from the designer paper.

I love the colours in this card and know that it will be appreciated.  Especially when it has been opened to expose the Starbucks gift card inside.  Coffee really does help.

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

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Peace on Earth

It's been a while since I've created a card for a challenge other than our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  But with the arrival of the Carols of Christmas bundle, I've been inspired to play a bit.  Yes, those large sentiments are great but what I love is those wonderful dies for the trees, deer and starlit sky.

Since the Jingle Belles Challenge is all about a colour inspiration photo, I knew I could create something for that.


What inspired me?  The wonderful blues, the silhouettes of trees, the touches of green, and the starry sky.  Perfect for this bundle.  

I used the lovely Night of Navy for my base, added a layer of Silver Glimmer paper and then proceeded to use my dies on the next layer of Night of Navy.  For the top portion I used the starry night die and for the bottom portion I used the "frame" die.  Since those dies only cut into the cardstock, leaving an open pattern, the Silver Glimmer paper showed through and sparkled beautifully.  

Next I heat embossed the sentiment, Peace on Earth, on a rectangle of Night of Navy using Silver Embossing Powder.  I attached that to the "framed area", adding a thin strip of Silver Glimmer paper to the top to continue the design.

Then I cut out a whole bunch of evergreens from a piece of Garden Green cardstock and three deer from Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I arranged those above the sentiment and my card was done.

I hope you'll check out the Jingle Belles Challenge for more of their Christmas cards.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #127 - Judy's "All About Birthdays" Challenge

This week Judy Markowitz is hosting our first ever "All About Birthdays" challenge.  What fun!  I know that except for Christmas, birthdays definitely demand the most cards from me during the year.

Of course I wanted to use some of the new goodies which I ordered when the new Stampin' Up! catalogue was introduced.   So much to choose from...

Because I'm fascinated with the new Modelling Paste, I decided it would play a central part in the card.  Unfortunately I just didn't get inspired by the new masks (stenciles) and so I made one of my own using the Oh So Eclectic bundle.  The diamond open-work die seemed perfect for my needs.  Instead of adding colour this time, I left the modelling paste white so that it would pop against the Fresh Fig background.  Once that dried, I was stumped for the rest of the card and set the piece aside for several weeks.

I rediscovered the piece this week and suddenly I knew what I wanted to do with it.  I pulled out the new Lemon Zest stamp set and proceeded to stamp the full lemon image as well as the slice.  Just because I wanted a more "lemony" colour, first I stamped the images using a stamped off Lemon Lime Twist and then I stamped over that using the Daffodil Delight.  I like the way it produced a more natural lemon colour, don't you?

Of course I had to fussy cut the images.  Then I adhered them over the Modelling Paste using Dimensionals.  I heat embossed the two parts of the sentiment at the top left and bottom right of the piece using Whisper White embossing powder.  As a final touch I added some of the "diamonds" which I had cut from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock using the same die from the Oh So Eclectic bundle.  In the centre of the die-cuts I attached a small Clear Faceted Gem.

My base is Heavy Whisper White.  Then I added a layer of Lemon Lime Twist and then my image layer.

I hope you'll check out the cards made by the other Watercooler Artists for Judy's "All About Birthdays" Challenge.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #126 - Fiona's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Woo Hoo!  Don't you just love that new banner?  I sure do.  And I love Fiona's terrific Feminine Challenge this week, too.  Since it's an "anything goes" challenge as long as the card is feminine, it let me play with a whole lot of new products and a whole lot of ideas.

I began with a base of Heavy Whisper White and a layer of one of my favourites in the new 2017-19 In-Colors line-up, Berry Burst.  After that I just let inspiration take me for a ride.

I wanted to try out the new Embossing|Paste and, of course, the Pattern Party Mask (Stencil) in the brick pattern.  Since I wanted a white background, I added a few drops of Smoky Slate to a dollop of the paste and mixed it well.  I didn't want the bricks very grey but I did want them to show up against the white.  I think the three or four drops I mixed in gave me just the right colour, don't you?  And the unique texture which each individual brick has is absolutely priceless.  I do love the paste.

I wanted a bird on a branch reaching for some berries.  I managed to get that by using the Birds & Blooms thinlits to cut a small stylized bird from a piece of Marina Mist cardstock.  The branch is cut from a piece of Soft Suede cardstock using the new Seasonal Layers thinlits.  The leafy branch is the result of the Eclectic Layers thinlits die which actually embosses rather than cuts.  After using it on a piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock, I carefully cut around the embossing.  The berries are cut from a piece of Berry Burst cardstock using one of the Eclectic Layers thinlits.

Because the bird is my "bluebird of happiness" I wanted to give him a bit of a flair and added a bit of the Stampin' Chalk marker to his chest and wing.  And that left me with the sentiment.

I turned to a retired thinlit to cut out "friend" from a piece of the Berry Burst cardstock.  After adhering that to the card, I carefully stamped "you are my" from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set and under that stamped "amazing" from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set using the Berry Burst ink.

This was such fun to create.  I hope you enjoyed my little "journey".  Please check out the wonderful creations by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Oh yes, we have a new look.  Isn't it terrific.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #125 - Kath's Christmas Challenge

This week's challenge is hosted by Kath Ricks and is all about Christmas.  But wait!  It's not just a Christmas card.  No, for this one Kath is asking for non-tradional Christmas colours.  Isn't that fun!

I've been itching to use the brand new Christmas stamp set offered in Stampin' Up!'s new Annual Catalogue.  "Nature Sings" is not just perfect for Christmas but for any time of the year if you want to make something "outdoorsy" for the man in your life.   I love the natural looking reindeer and, of course, the trees and branch.

For my card I chose to use the smaller stamp with the two reindeer.  That was the easy part.  I stamped them on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and cut them out using the Stitched Circle framelit.  After adding a light colour wash of blue behind them and a bit of colour to their bodies, I mounted the circle on a piece of Copper Foil.

Now let's talk about the background piece.  I used the wonderful new Glossy White cardstock.  Then I took my Bermuda Bay stamp pad and my Crumb Cake stamp pad and smooshed them on a piece of smooth plastic.  After spraying them lightly with water, I dipped my Glossy White cardstock into it and, after a few seconds, pulled it staight up and off the plastic.  The results after drying make the loveliest pattern, don't they?

Once that was dry, I stamped the trees twice, using the Archival Basic Black ink and then used my Layering Circles framelit to cut a circle near the bottom right and mounted my reindeer backed with the copper foil in place.  Then I mounted that onto a layer of Early Espresso and then onto the base of Crumb Cake.

For the snowflakes I turned to another brand new set of Thinlits, the "Seasonal Layers".  I cut out two smaller snowflakes from the Copper Foil and then a larger one from the Bermuda Bay cardstock.  

And there you have my non-traditional colours Christmas card.  I hope you'll check out the wonderful creations by our Watercooler Artists over at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  After that, link-up your own card for us to enjoy.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #124 - Fiona's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Today's challenge is hosted by Fiona Whitehead.  Her challenge gives me another chance to create a masculine card, something that comes in handy with so many men (of so many ages) in our family.

I made this card for my son-in-law for Father's Day.  So he's seen it but now it's being unveiled to the world.  Since my son-in-law is a natural born singer whose voice can do justice to virtually every genre of music (except, perhaps, opera), of course the guitar from the Country Livin' set came to mind.  In fact I channelled a bit of George Strait (his favourite country singer) with that rustic look, the guitar, and the old beater of a truck.

I've used this stamp set a fair bit since it was introduced last year and have been inspired all over again by the addition of the Wood Textures Designer Series paper stack in this year's brand new Annual Catalogue.  There is something about those wonderful wood textures which just asks to be paired with the Country Livin' set.  Of course I've also done some sponging around the perimeter of the paper and the window using some Soft Suede ink.  The window?  Just used my small square framelit four times.  Gives it a rustic "feel".   I think the sponging really compliments the Cajun Craze cardstock which I used as the matte for my card as well as for the sentiment.  And when you're hunting around for just the right sentiment, what could be better than making one's own with the always handy Labeler Alphabet set?

And now I hope you'll check out the terrific cards created by the rest of the Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Better still, link up your own masculine creation for us to enjoy.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

MOJO500 - Full of Love for You

Sadly MOJO Monday is closing it's doors with this challenge.  I haven't entered their challenges frequently but those times that I have, I've always found their sketches to be inspirational.

I began with a base of Whisper White and then added a layer of Emerald Envy, followed by a layer of Naturally Eclectic Designer Paper.  I combined that with the wonderful new Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set which was designed for the Ronald MacDonald House charity.  I love that jar in the images which can be cut using the Everyday Jars Framelits. Of course the butterflies don't have matching dies but that's what my little sharp scissors are for.

I turned the sketch on its side to accomodate the jar image and so decided that the second background rectangle would be a branch rather than just the rectangle.  For the vertical bands I turned to the new In-Colors and took a strip of the Peekaboo Peach and embossed it using the Cable Knit embossing folder.  Then I took a very narrow strip of the Lemon Lime Twist and added that.

Like I said, I haven't joined the MOJO Monday Challenge frequently, but will still miss its strong presence among the challenges.  Thanks for all the great ideas and all the inspiration.  This card is for the MOJO500 challenge at MOJO Monday.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #123 - Marsha's "Fireworks" Theme Challenge

Marsha Reed is hosting a theme challenge over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and it's all about fireworks.  This time of the year, that's definitely a suitable theme.

The thing is that I don't have any specifically "fireworks" stamps.  But that doesn't matter when you're creative and have a whole lot of retired and current products just asking to be tried.  Let the fun begin!

I decided to use a nice bright, white base.  Everything shows up well against that, right?  Then I took a piece of Night of Navy cardstock and embossed it using my Softly Falling embossing folder.  Sponged lightly over the raised dots with retired silver ink, that sure looked like a starry sky.

Next I turned to a recently retired set I barely used, the Star Blast Edgelits dies.  With those I cut a piece of Red Glimmer Paper and also one of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  After cutting those pieces apart, reassembling them artistically in a fireworks pattern and mixing and matching the colours, I was pretty sure I had created a pretty good display.

But the bottom of the card felt empty.  Yes, I was adding the "celebrate" but that really didn't feel like enough.  Well, from retired set to brand new, unopened set.  I turned to the gorgeous new Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  To be precise, the Adirondack chairs.

The perfect spot to watch the stars or a wonderful fireworks display.  A couple of chairs and two drinks worked out perfectly, especially with the added banner.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and that you'll check out the ones created by the Watercooler Artists over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  And then why not link up something yourself once you've been inspired?

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #122 - Libby's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

I just love our new Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenges and that's just what Libby Fens is hosting this week.

Funny story.  I created a shadow box frame card for last week's "Anything Goes" challenge but didn't post the one I created.  As circumstances turned out, I created a more masculine one for that challenge and then  decided to put the much more feminine shadow box frame into this challenge.  Good strategy or poor planning?  All in all it worked out very well and I'm excited to share my pretty creation with you.

I had been rooting around in my retired products, deciding what would go and what just had to stay in my stash (I'm a bit of a hoarder), and came across some of the gorgeous (but retired) Co'redinations cardstock.  It was a package of the Neutrals and I knew I had to make my frame using the lovely textured white.

It made me so happy to get the chance to use that gorgeous Bright Wishes stamp set.  Doesn't the wishing well look terrific combined with the littlest fairy from the Fairy Wishes set?  And those flowers and branches adorning the frame?  Those are from the brand new Colorful Seasons bundle.

I also got to use one of the brand new In-Colors!  I wasn't sure what I would think of the bright Berry Burst colour but it's absolutely gorgeous.  The matte inside the frame is cut from that cardstock and the roses climbing up the side of the wishing well are coloured using that ink.  Surprisingly the colour really looks great with our older In-Color, Sweet Sugarplum.

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

I've also linked this card up to the new SUO challenge which, this week, is featuring "Out in the Garden".

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #121 - "Anything Goes"

This week's challenge is an "Anything Goes".  I don't know how you react to these challenges, but I love them.  Even so I find my mind going "ping, pong" all over the place, thinking of first one project, then another, and so on.  It takes quite a bit of determination to rein myself in and focus on just one thing.

As usual that's the way I started out for this challenge.  And then I thought that it would be great fun to create something that isn't quite a card and could be a display item for someone I love.  Of course that brought to mind a framed piece.  But I've made a number of those and wanted this project to be different.  And then it came to me.  Why not do the framed piece but create it inside a shadow box frame?  I've been wanting to make one of those shadow box frames forever and this was a perfect opportunity.

Amanda Bates, to my mind, is the "Queen of shadow box frames".  She has included many in her blog posts as well as picture tutorials.   I found her tutorials easy to follow and have discovered that once you've made one, it takes only about five to ten minutes to make subsequent ones.  They really are that easy.  I've also discovered that I can make them in any size.  Basic rule:  whatever your inside measurement (the size of the stamped image piece you intend to frame), you just add five inches either way.  In other words, if you are intending to frame a 4" x 5" piece, you must begin with a piece of cardstock (easiest) or Designer Paper that is 9" x 10".  Once you know that, you can make small, medium or large frames.  Your limitation would be the size of your paper.

I decided to create an image using the new At Home With You bundle combined with the Sitting Here stamp set.  I love both sets and find they really compliment each other.  I also decided that I would back the stamped piece with Whisper White to put a white matte around it as if it had been professionally framed.  My piece, therefore, was 5" x 6 1/4".  The cardstock for my frame would, therefore, have to be 10" x 11 1/4".

I followed all the directions given by Amanda and wound up with a wonderful Early Espresso frame for my stamped piece.  Of course it needed a really striking sentiment to go with it and so I turned to the new Colorful Seasons set and heat embossed one of my favourites using the clear embossing powder over Early Espresso ink.

I hope you've enjoyed my little frame project.  And now it''s time to check out the wonderful creations by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Since this creation is very masculine in style, I'm linking it up to the SUO challenge this week.

I'm also entering it into the Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge since these are some of my favourite masculine colours.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Colour Throwdown #444 - Thank You

I love simplicity.  As soon as I saw the challenge over at Colour Throwdown, I knew I would enter it.  Simplicity---and, of course, I'm a sucker for Lilies-of-the-Valley.

Beautiful inspirational picture, isn't it?  It caught my eye and my imagination and I immediately began thinking about what would look perfect and yet simple in those colours.

I decided on a simple white background onto which I attached first a leafy swirl of Pear Pizzazz cut using the Swirly Squiggles thinlits and then a Smoky Slate bird cut using the Birds & Blooms thinlits.  I added a bit more interest to the leafy swirl by attaching three tiny die-cut flowers.  Finally, I added a small Pear Pizzazz sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners set.

I hope you'll check out the other great cards at the Color Throwdown this week.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #120 - Gail's Christmas Challenge

Christmas in May?  Well, maybe not Christmas, but certainly it's a good starting point  for making Christmas cards.  If you're like me, starting early means less pressure closer to the time I'm sending them out.  Having a Christmas challenge as part of our new line-up is definitely going to be exciting (and handy).

Isn't that an adorable image that Gail chose?  I love it!  And so I hunted around for something that gave me the same sort of feeling as this image.  I found it in the Pretty Kitty stamp set and the Hang Your Stocking bundle.  What could be cuter than a kitten peeking out of a Christmas stocking, after all?

I began with a base of  Heavy Whisper White and then added a narrow layer of Real Red and then another layer of Whisper White on which I did my stamping.  I wanted the focal point to be the stocking and the kitten, of course, and so I decided to stamp the cross-hatch background image from the You've Got This stamp set in off-stamped Crumb Cake as my background.  Then I stamped my sentiment partly at the top left corner and partly at the bottom right corner.  That left lots of space for my stocking and kitten.  The stocking was easy since I had the Framelits to cut all the pieces.  The kitten took a bit longer since I had to fussy-cut the image.  But together, the are perfect.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  And then, please link up your own creation for us to enjoy.

I'm also linking this card up to the Christmas Card Challenge, challenge #13.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Wacky Watercooler May 2017 Blog Hop - Celebrating the Carry-Overs

The end of a catalogue year isn't entirely sad.  Yes, we're losing a lot of products but there  is a nice, long list of products which carry-over and continue into the new Annual Catalogue.  Some are from the retiring Annual Catalogue, some are from the retired Holiday Catalogue, and others are from the retiring Occasions Catalogue.  This blog hop is our celebration for those products which are continuing and which we are happiest to see continue.  Choosing what I was going to use took more time than creating my projects.  But finally I narrowed down the list of what I planned  to use.  I wonder if my choices are in line with your own.

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 forward in this blog hop, you'll have arrived here from Judy Markowitz blog, a brand new "hopper" from New Mexico whom we are welcoming this month.

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For my first project I've created a masculine card using several of my favourite stamp sets.  At first glance it's clear that I've used images from the One Wild Ride set and the Lovely as a Tree set, but if you look more closely you'll see that my background has been created by using several stamps from the Timeless Textures set.  I used the Soft Sky, Smokey Slate and Crumb Cake inks and stamped those colours in layers.  After they had dried, I added a very light wash of each colour over the stamping to soften the effect and am happy with the results.  There is a suggestion of far-off mountains and an open range which makes a good background for my stamped trees.  Of course I masked the motorcycle to keep the image clear and uncoloured. 

If you look carefully, you'll see the suggestion of shadows coming forward from the trees which I think really helps add depth to the scene.

To add some interest to the inside, I also added some of the images from One Wild Ride.

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My second project is a birthday card which I made for a family friend back in British Columbia.  She loves roses.  She's also turning 70.  The perfect card for this lovely lady is one with the beautiful rose die cut which is part of the Rose Wonder bundle?   I combined one of the brand new In-Colours with one of my favourite continuing In-Colours and added a green.  Surprisingly enough, all the colours really compliment each other beautifully.  What are they?  The brand new Berry Burst, the continuing Sweet Sugarplum, and the classic Old Olive.  I used the Large Numbers Framelits to cut out the "70" and then used Tombo liquid glue to attach everything to the piece of Berry Burst which I had first embossed using the Sparkle embossing folder.

For the inside I decided to use the pretty die-cut hexagonal piece from the Window Box Thinlets dies to cut out a template which I used as a template to add the pattern to the Whisper White.  I sponged on Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, and Peekaboo Peach inks and then stamped my sentiment over the pattern using Basic Black ink.  

I don't usually use a coloured base but for this card I really think that the Pear Pizzazz looks great with the other colours.

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My final project is a take-off on the Double Z fold card which I've made several times.  This time, however, I chose not to have the additional narrow folded cardstock but instead, just went with the basic fold.  I also added a surprise to the card and, seeing how well this one turned out, will probably use this particular fold again in the near future.

I combined the Best Birds bundle with the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  To begin, I watercoloured the background.  Since I had decided to use Shimmery White cardstock for this layer, I knew the watercolouring wouldn't warp the paper.  I began with a strip of Pool Party and then changed to Pear Pizzazz for the lower portion.  To add some texture to the green, I stamped over the watercolouring with the same Pear Pizzazz using a texture from the Touches of Texture set.  I attached the stamped and watercoloured Shimmery White cardstock to a base of Soft Suede cardstock.

When the card it closed it looks as if the birds are right next to each other on neighbouring branches.  The tree in the background has the same pink blossoms stamped among the leaves.

When the card is open, however, you can see the distance between the branches and also that there are actually three blossoming trees in the background.  I just had to add the swing to the centre one.

In this view you can see why there is a piece of the Copper Trim ribbon showing in the other views of the card.  The surprise is that there is a tag inside with a sentiment and upon which one can write a note.

There is enough space in the pocket in which the tag rests to add a gift card as well.  

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And that's it for my projects.  I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I've enjoyed creating them.  

From here you'll be visiting another wonderfully creative stamper, Penny Hanuszak.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #119 - Judy's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

After having had a Feminine challenge and then a Mom theme challenge it's fun to have a chance to make a masculine card.  This week Judy Markowitz is hosting a Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge and it's perfect timing as far as I'm concerned.

You see, my son-in-law's birthday was coming up and so, of course, I needed a card.  He absolutely loves to get away from the stresses of work by going out to a pond, lake, or river and doing some fly-fishing.  Well, I had hunted down and bought the perfect stamp set for that.  Back in 2002 Stampin' Up! released a terrific masculine stamp set named "Fly Fishing".  The images in that set are perfect.  But of course it's a retired set.  No worries.  We don't get to upset about anything like that in our challenge.

I decided to keep it understated.   Instead of using a lot of colours and making it almost like a photograph, I chose to go slightly vintage and water-coloured the fisherman and the surroundings in very muted hues.  Then I created a background of fish and flies on a piece of Bermuda Bay by stamping those images in Versamark and then heat embossing them with clear embossing powder.  Subtle but oh, so effective.

For the base of the card I used Early Espresso followed by a layer of Sahara Sand and then the embossed layer of Bermuda Bay.  I cut the image of the fly fisherman smaller than the actual image with my square framelits and added a narrow layer of Early Espresso.  Then I backed those with a layer of Sahara Sand cut with my square stitched framelit.

For the sentiment, I kept it to a simple "Happy Birthday" stamped in Early Espresso ink on Sahara Sand and cut with my oval framelit.  Then I backed that with Early Espresso cut with an oval stitched framelit.  The reason I kept it simple is this.  I had stamped one of the fancy fly imaged from the stamp set on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and then carefully water-coloured it.  It looked great but I needed just the fly and so I fussy cut it, hook and all.  It looks great on the card but honestly I'm beginning to think I'm a fussy-cut-oholic.  To keep my sanity, I'll need an intervention.  (Yes, this is my cry for help.)

Well, a card needs to be attractive on the inside, too, right?  So I added a nice large layer of Whisper White to the inside and stamped my greeting.  Again, it's from that stamp set and is perfect with those flies added to the writing.  Just for good measure, I added a small fly image to the top right and then a lightly stamped (Bermuda Bay off-stamped twice) fish for the bottom left corner.  

The fly fisherman's dream card, right?  Well, Adam (my son-in-law) loved it.  So I suppose the fussy-cutting was worth it.

For more masculine cards, check out those made by our Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  And then, feel free to link up your own creation.

I've also linked my card up to the SUO Challenge #174 since it is all about water-colouring.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #118 - Penny's "Mom" Theme Challenge

Mother's Day was a whole lot easier when my Mum was alive.  But we've lost my mother and my husband, Ken's, mother.  Of course the silver lining is that there is still a mother in our family and that is our own daughter.  And so that's what Mother's Day has come to mean to me, at least--celebrating the mother of my two grandsons.  What an amazing job she does of that, too!

With Penny's theme challenge this week being all about "Mom", it was fun rummaging through my stamps to see what I could put together that would make my daughter's card as personal as possible.  My picks were the Beautiful You set combined with the Sitting Here set.  The dog and the cat in the latter set are perfect since my daughter is forever helping out with animal shelters and/or adopting "just one more".  The swing is something she would love to have on her own front porch and the image from Beautiful You is nearly as lovely and elegant as she is.

I decided to make this card a special fold called the side-stage.  It's a fun fold and offers a few levels and more dimension to the card.  I began with a base of Heavy Whisper White and then layered that with Early Espresso and, for the smaller panel, some of the Serene Scenery Designer Paper.  For the larger panel I used a similar design from the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper.

I did a lot of fussy cutting for this card.  Let's just say that the group of flowers behind the cat was not cut out.  Everything else, yes.  The effect is great.  I love the added dimension.  But partway through the fussy cutting I questioned my sanity.

But this was a labour of love.  Who is counting blisters on fingers?

I hope you've enjoyed my Mother's Day card and that you'll check out those created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  I hope to see your card linked up this week.

I've also added my card to the Just Us Girls Challenge with there theme of "Mother".

And I've added my card to the What Will You Stamp Challenge #WWYS115 since it is all about the Beautiful You stamp set.

NOTE:  For those who have asked about the fold.  This is a simple side-step fold.

With a piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" cardstock, cut  lengthwise 1 inch from the bottom of what will be the front of the card until the 5 1/4" point.  Then use your scoring plate (or cutter if it can score) to score horizontally from the cut to the right margin at the 4 1/2" mark and then score from the top of the cut line to the left margin.  Then score from the bottom of the cut line to the left margin and finally score 1 inch above that score line to the left margin.