Wednesday, 1 April 2020

WWC265 - Marsha's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

Are you ready for another fabulous House Mouse creation?  This week's challenge has to have a Feminine Twist and what could be more feminine than a huge cupcake with sparkly pink icing?  Just don't shriek when you see that two adorable little mice have been enjoying it, too.


I used a Heavy Whisper White cardstock for my base and then added two mattes, the first using Pineapple Punch cardstock and the second using Melon Mambo.  I stamped the adorable Ellen Jareckie House-Mouse images using black Memento ink directly onto a piece of Mixed Media paper.  I love that paper because I can do any kind of colouring without worrying about my paper pilling, buckling or otherwise betraying me.  The Memento ink is wonderful when I use my wax based crayons and Gamsol for colouring the images since it doesn't lift and mix with my colours.

Once I finished colouring everything and using my paper stub and Gamsol to smooth the colour out, I added some shimmer to the delicious-looking pink icing.  My Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen worked beautifully for that purpose.  I also wanted the candles to have a bit more dimension as well as more of a waxy look and so I carefully covered them using my Shimmery Crystal Effects.  Once dry, they were perfect.

 

Once assembled with a simple "happy birthday" sentiment added, I decided that a bit more "bling" was needed.  I found some Melon Mambo sequins and added a tiny silver pearl in the centre of each.  I think I've made it feminine enough, don't you?

I hope you'll enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Have fun with our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.



I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #116 - Anything Goes

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #313 - Anything Goes (and the option of sparkle)

Crafty Creations #408 -  Anything Goes

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says Happy Birthday

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

WWC264 - Helen's Challenge: All About Occasions

While I was still with Stampin' Up! at the beginning of this year, I fell in love and bought the Beautiful Moments stamp set.  The image of the mother and daughter walking along, holding hands, made me think of days gone by with my own sweet treasure and so a card was born.


I wanted to keep it simple and let the images do the "talking".  My base is the Heavy Whisper White.  I used a matte of Gorgeous Grape since that was the colour I had earmarked for the mother's dress.  I kept the stamping simple, with the mother and daughter centred and birds flying above.  Those image are all from the Beautiful Moments set.  I added some texture to the ground by using the "open dot" image from the Artisan Textures stamp set.  Finally, on a scrap of white, I stamped the adorable little cat from the Grace's Garden stamp set.

Using the inks from my ink pads, I coloured the little girl's dress with the Coastal Cabana, the mother's dress with the Gorgeous Grape, their skin with the Petal Pink, and their hair with a combination of So Saffron and Cajun Craze.  I used a wash of Pear Pizzaz and Grey Granite for the ground and then a light wash of the Balmy Blue for the sky.  The cat is a combination of Smoky Slate, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie.

Once I finished adhering all the layers together, I added the fussy-cut cat on foam dimensionals, slightly below the mother and daughter to give the illusion of it being a few feet behind them.

I hope you'll enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Have fun with our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.


I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #116 - Anything Goes

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #363 - Sketch



Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Use a Stencil at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #241 - Use a Stencil, chosen by Sue with the winners picked by Heidi.

Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by our Design Team.



I've used two stencils for this card.  The paler background (sponged with Cajun Craze ink) is "Small Brick Wall" by MIX-ables Stencils while the grass, plant and dragonfly (sponged with Mossy Meadow and Bermuda Bay ink) are "Mini Butterfly Meadow" by The Crafter's Workshop.  I love the way they work together, don't you?

After creating my scene with stencils, I cut the piece out using my fancy double stitched rectangle die and then mounted it onto two strips of Cajun Craze cardstock.  Then I attached the whole to my base of Heavy Whisper White cardstock.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Have fun with our challenge.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

WWC263 - Tristan's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

I've been sorting my stamps and discovered an adorable Picket Fence Studios set called Like a Crafty Fox.  Well, you know I had to use one of those images for Tristan's Masculine challenge, right?


I may have gone a bit overboard.  My base is the Heavy Whisper White cardstock with a matte of Balmy Blue.  Then I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped an image which can only be described as a torn hole in the paper using my Basic Gray ink.  I decided to fussy cut out the torn hole so that only the apparent torn and folded back paper remained.  I thought it needed something more and used an image from the SU! Artisan Textures stamp set using my Basic Gray ink at the bottom left and top right of the hole.  Then I stamped the sentiment at the top left and bottom right using my Black Memento ink.

So I had to create something to see within that hole, right?  I took a smallish rectangle of Whisper White and stamped the trees from the Waterfront stamp set using my Old Olive ink.  Then I used the long piece from the same set, offstamped the Balmy Blue once and created the sky behind the trees.  For the ground I used the dotted image from that set and first stamped using Grey Granite ink and then using Old Olive ink.  I used my AquaPainter to add a light wash of Old Olive over the dots.

I used the thick Foam Adhesive strips to attach the landscape behind the hole.  Then I got to work on the star of the show, the fox.  First I stamped the fox image on a scrap of Mixed Media paper and then watercoloured the little guy with vivid Derwent watercolour pencils.  I love the way he looks so lively.  After he had dried completely, I fussy cut him out and attached him to the scene using foam Dimensionals, making it appear as if he was leaping out of the hole.


I attached the entire scene piece to the base and matte using the thick Foam Adhesive strips.  The card may be a bit thick to send internationally, but it sure looks great with all that dimension.

I hope you like the card as much as I've enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with Tristan's Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist challenge.


I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #115 - Anything Goes

Dream Valley Challenges #221 - One For the Boys

Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #240 - Something Beginning With F

The Card Concept #131 - Woodland Nursery

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #381 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

WWC262 - Marsha's Challenge: All About Occasions

This week our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is all about Occasions and so, of course, I had to use an adorable House-Mouse image which I just bought called Easter Egg Nap.  It's an Easter theme which is, of course, perfect.


Could anything be more cute than that little mouse napping on top of the brightly coloured Easter egg?  My base if the Heavy Whisper White cardstock and then I added a scalloped matte using the Balmy Blue cardstock.

I've stamped my adorable House-Mouse image on a piece of Mixed Media paper and then cut it using a rectangular die with crossing lines of stitching.  It's subtle but I love what it adds to the card.   I decided to use my Stampin' Blends (alcohol inks) to colour the image and love the clean colours.  My mouse, especially, looks almost as if it's breathing.  The colours are so lifelike.

The Happy Easter sentiment is from a retired SU! stamp set, Indescribable Gift.  It's simple but just perfect to finish the card.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!



I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #115 - Anything Goes

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #311 - Anything Goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #11 - Anything Goes with a Critter

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Easter Challenge

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Begins With an "F" at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #240 - Begins With an "F", chosen by Amy with the winners picked by Caz.



Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by the Design Team.

I used last year's adorable Froggy Bundle which was free with approved purchases.  I love the images and who can resist having dies to match?  So much easier than fussy-cutting.  I've coloured them using my Stampin' Blends and, for the fellow up on that mono-cycle, I created a "rope" using my Marvy Uchida Snow Marker.  The patterned paper is stunning, even in the small section I've cut from one of the 12x12 sheets.  The Perennial Essence Designer paper reminds me of the Monet paintings.

My base is the Heavy Whisper White cardstock while the matte is the Balmy Blue.  

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

WWC261 - Kath's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

My favourite Designer Paper offered by Stampin' Up! in their Annual Catalogue remains the stunning Pressed Petals Specialty DSP.  The photographic images of the flowers truly look as if one can reach in and lift them from the paper.  Coupled with the lovely Wonderful Moments image, the paper helps to lift an ordinary Birthday card into the extraordinary.


For my base I used the Heavy Whisper White cardstock.  To compliment the Stampin' Blends which I used, I added a matte in the Balmy Blue cardstock.  I followed that up by adding a layer of the lovely Pressed Petals.

On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the image of the girl walking away.  I carefully stamped the bouquet image into her right hand and then drew a cell phone into her left hand.  After colouring my images using the Stampin' Blends, I fussy cut the image and attached it to the centre of the floral wreath.  After stamping my sentiment on a scrap of Balmy Blue, I hand-cut it into a banner shape and added stitch lines with my journalling pen.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!



I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge: Make it Feminine

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #114 - Anything Goes

Creative Moments Challenge #185 - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog - Feminine


Wednesday, 26 February 2020

WWC260 - Karen's Challenge: All About Occasions

I have some awesome Art Impressions stamps created by Bonnie Krebs which are perfect for a get well card.  Even more perfect, this stamp set has the most adorable cat images.  Why is that perfect, you ask.  Well, this card is for my darling daughter who is having more problems with a  chronic ear infection.  I couldn't resist .


I began with a base of  Heavy Whisper White  and then added a matte of Blushing Bride.  Then I took a piece of  Smoky Slate and embossed it with a Darice embossing folder.  Love, love, love those paw prints, don't you?   I think it's really striking that some prints are embossed and some are debossed. Such a great effect!

I had such fun watercolouring the image.  I used my Derwent watercolour pencils and then went over the colours with my Aquapainter to blend them.  Once it was dry, I used my stitched oval die to cut it out and then used Dimensionals to attach it to the card.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!



I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:


Lemon Shortbread Challenge #114 - Anything Goes

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #251 - Embossing

Creative Moments Challenge #185 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Ink and/or Paint at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #239 - Ink and/or Paint, chosen and hosted by Sian.


Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by the Design Team.

I think the die for the Eiffel Tower, released by Stampin' Up! in their Mini Catalogue this year, is stunning and so versatile.  Even if a person hasn't been to Paris in the Springtime, the sheer number of paintings and photographs of the profusions of blossoms and greenery makes it hard not to be aware of the beauty that abounds.  I used my inks to create an "explosion" of colours onto which I mounted my metallic Eiffel Tower and the sentiment.  Which guy wouldn't enjoy receiving this for his birthday?

The base of the card is the Heavy Whisper White, while the matte is Blackberry Bliss.  I've used the Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow and Tangerine Tango inks for the background.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:


Creative Fingers Challenge #180 - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers February - Anything Goes with Dies

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

WWC259 - Dawn's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

Oh my goodness!  We have a masculine challenge at our Watercooler Wednesday and it's perfect timing since it's also my grandson's birthday.  It's a very special birthday since he's entering the TEENS!  So, what kind of card will I make for my awesome almost 13-year-old grandson?  I'll give you a hint.  It has a house-mouse on the front.


The backstory to this is, of course, Xavian's obsession with Chinese fortune cookies.  He has loved them from the first time he was given one.  He likes the cute fortunes but he loves the flavour.

You can see why I bought this stamp, under the circumstances.  What could be more cute than a darling house-mouse surrounded by new and broken fortune cookies?  None of the little papers had any writing on them.  I added that myself.  The one being held up is, again, perfect for our talented showman.

 I invite you to check out the awesome samples by the other Watercooler Artists over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.



I've linked this card up to the following challenges:

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #310 - Anything Goes

Make My Monday #116 - Critters

Animal Friends Challenge #83 - Februar Mause

Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #377 - Make Your Mark

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

WWC 258 - Marsha's Challenge: All About Occasions

Friday is Valentine's Day so I had to create a card for that occasion.  Don't we all still give Valentines to our special someone(s)?


I've had this adorable Penny Black stamp set called Piece of My Heart for several years and love all the sweet images.  This year I decided to use these little hedgehogs which give the stamp set its name.   The real fun was in the colouring.  I used my coloured Derwent pencils along with Gamsol to blend the colours.  I love the results, don't you?

That lovely, lacy oval die-cut is another of my Gina Marie dies.  To finish up, I used another die to cut a bunch of tiny white hearts and adhered them to the top right and bottom left of the card, along with a few tiny silver heart sequins.

 I invite you to check out the awesome samples by the other Watercooler Artists over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.



I've linked this card up to the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #113 - Always Anything Goes

Always Fun Challenge #149 - "Love/Valentine Day"

Crafting Happiness Challenge #38 - Anything Goes

Penny Black and More: February 2020 - Animals, Birds and Butterflies

Penny Black Saturday Challenge February - Anything Goes or Love is in the Air

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Brads and/or Eyelets at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guys is #238 - Brads and/or Eyelets, chosen and hosted by Jane.


Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by the Design Team.

I love this sunburst die from the Gina Marie collection!  I knew I wanted to use it to showcase one of the gorgeous horses from the Inkadinkado "Horses" stamp set for this challenge.  My idea was to attach the die-cut circle to the card using some tiny brads which I had bought years ago.  Of course, that meant finding the silly things.  I almost gave up on them but then suddenly found them hiding in my Washi Tape drawer rather than the Brad and Button drawer in which I had been so sure I had stored them.  You would almost think they didn't want to be used.

I kept the card simple to show off the brads.  Onto a base of Early Espresso cardstock, I glued and then secured with a brad, the lovely sunburst die-cut (cut from a piece of retired Kraft paper).  After stamping the horse image, I used a stitched circle die to cut it out and then coloured it using my Stampin' Blends.  After that I glued it to the centre of the sunburst and began poking holes where each ray met the circle.  Then I added a tiny mini brad to each hole.  I love the effect, don't you?

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:


Crafty Calendar February Challenge - Use Die-Cuts/Punches

Happy Little Stampers February - Anything Goes With Dies


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

WWC257 - Heidi's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

Yay, it's my turn as a host for our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!  This week it's Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist.  Such fun!  With Valentine's Day looming closer and closer, guess what type of card I've made this week.


I've used a base of Heavy Whisper White cardstock for this card.  Then I added a layer of gorgeous (retired) Lovely Lipstick Foil followed by another layer of Whisper White cardstock.  That finaly layer of white, however, went through some heavy changes before becoming part of the card.  For that stunning heart, I used one of the Gina Marie dies.  I love that the flower cuts at the same time as all those intersecting lines and only the petals can be curled up to bring more attention to it.


Of course I not only curled up those petals, but also covered them with a layer of the sparkly Wink of Stella.  For the centre of the flower, I added a retired Dahlia embellishment to which I added a few spots of silver with my Silver Liquid Pearls.


I used a sentiment from the Altenew Dotted Blooms set and heat embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder.  The arrow is from another Gina Marie die set and is cut from the Lovely Lipstick foil.


As a finishing touch, I used another Gina Marie die: the "Love" in that beautiful script.  I think it's perfect cut out of the Silver foil to balance the Silver embossing, don't you?


I love the way these colours work together and also how perfectly the dies came together as well.  I hope you do, too.

We also have some awesome samples by the other Watercooler Artists for you to check out over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've linked this card up to the following challenges:

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge #413 - My Heart is on Fire

Crafting Happiness Challenge #34 - Anything Goes Twist Heart

Make My Monday Challenge #115 - I Heart You

Double D Challenges: Hearts Challenge

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

WWC256 - Kath's Challenge: All About Occasions

This week's challenge came along just as I was in the middle of sorting through products which haven't been opened yet (yes, I admit to being one of THOSE people).


During the 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration, one of the freebies one could earn was the Precious Parcel Card Kit.  This kit could be used for a variety of different occasions but with Valentine's Day looming closer and closer, I decided that it would be perfect, especially combined with the fun Music From the Heart stamp set.  Although there was white twine included with the kit, I chose to use the retired white and red foil twine.


On the tag which fits beautifully into the pocket on the front of the card, I've used the Music From the Heart set for the sentiment as well as that single musical note.  I love the way the kit included the small copper coloured paper clips as well as the little pre-stamped, pre-cut "postage stamps".


On the inside of the card, there is a white area onto which I'll happily write my greeting and message to my Valentine.  On the opposite side, I've adhered a pretty heart from a retired set, cut from the gorgeous (but retired) Grapefruit Grove foil sheet.  I love the way the foil picks up so many colours.  In the centre of the heart, I've added a stamped pair of musical notes.


The kit also provides envelopes, which works beautifully since the decoration around the perimeter compliments the same decoration which is around the tag.  I also added three Grapefruit Grove foil hearts to the envelope to compliment the three I added to the card.

I love the way it turned out and hope you do, too.


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

I've linked this card up to the following challenges:


Lemon Shortbread Challenge #112 - Anything Goes

Crafting Happiness Challenge #33 - Anything Goes (Optional Twist "Love")

Crafty Creations Challenge #405 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Teddy Bears at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #237 - Teddy Bears, chosen and hosted by Julie.



Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by the Design Team.

I've had this Baby Bear stamp set for several years and this challenge is finally its christening.  Yay!  After stamping this adorable image, I fussy cut it out and then mounted it on a piece of Very Vanilla which I had first embossed with one of my retired folders.  I backed it with a very narrow black matte and then mounted it to the card.  My base is the Heavy Very Vanilla with a very narrow matte showing of the black and then a pretty patterned paper.  I also fussy cut the adorable little bow tie from a piece of patterned paper from the same package.  I love those indigos, don't you?

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:


Creative Crafters Challenge #24 - Anything Goes

Dragonfly Dreams January Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

WWC255 - Marsha's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

One of my favourites from the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalogue is the Parisian Beauty bundle.  I can think of so many ways to use this lovely set.  With our Watercooler Wednesday Masculine Challenge this week, I decided to use the stamps in conjunction with the retired Traveler stamp set.  I have to say, that's one set I am very glad to have kept.


I decided to create a vintage-look sepia card this time.  The old-fashioned images just seemed to ask for that and I think it worked out very well, don't you?  I used the Heavy Very Vanilla for my base.  Then I cut a slightly smaller panel in Early Espresso and another slightly smaller than that from the retired Share What You Love Specialty DSP.  Before attaching either piece, I used my distressing tool to distress all four sides of each piece.

I cut a narrower piece of Soft Suede and ran that through the Big Shot with the Hammered Metal 3-D embossing folder.  Rummaging through some of my pieces of older, retired DSP, I found some Newsprint and cut three narrow strips, adding those randomly across the layered card.

Finally it was time to begin stamping and, on a piece of Very Vanilla, I first stamped the suitcase from the Traveler set using Soft Suede.  I masked that image and then stamped the globe (also from that set) and the postmark from the Parisian Beauty set.  To finish up, I stamped the sentiment (also from that set) diagonally above the images.

After splattering some Soft Suede ink on the stamped piece, I tore the edges and then used a sponge to add more Soft Suede around the perimeter.

I love the way it turned out and hope you do, too.


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

I've linked this card up to the following challenges:


Brown Sugar Challenge #297 - January 2020 Anything Goes

Crafty Creations Challenge #405 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

WWC254 - Tristan's Challenge: All About Occasions

I am forever hunting around for Birthday cards.  Yes, I make cards and so technically should never be without cards, right, but it doesn't turn out that way.  It seems as if a lot of the cards I make are for all sorts of other occasions.  This year I intend to make at least one feminine and one masculine birthday card each month and, hopefully, the problem will be solved.


For my last Stampin' Up! order, I included those stamps and dies which I knew I could happily use from the Mini Catalogue.  One such bundle was the Timeless Tropical which has so many images that "speak" to me.  I love the hibiscus flower in particular.  What a beautifully detailed stamp that is, and it has lovely leaves as well as the accompanying dies.  I went online to search out hibiscus blossoms and was blown away by the variety of colours.  I finally settled on the yellow/pink version but am determined to try my hand at some of the other gorgeous colours with future cards.

One thing you'll notice about my card is the layering of patterns.  I didn't want to use any patterned paper but instead turned to some of my current and retired embossing folders.  The background pattern is the debossed side of the Hammered Metal 3-D ef.  After embossing the cardstock, I used a sponge and some Cajun Craze ink to pick up the raised pattern.  I used a second embossing folder, the Stone 3-D ef, for the retired Galvanized Metallic paper.  It has a duller sheen than the silver foil, but I think it compliments the silver embossing in the sentiment perfectly, don't you?


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

I've linked this card up to the following challenges:


Just Us Girls Challenge #518 - Trend Week: Create Dimension

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

CAS at Cardz 4 Guyz

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Cardz 4 Guyz is #236 - Clean and Simple, chosen and hosted by Chris.


Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by the Design Team.

I've been meaning to use my new kitten stamps for a while and this CAS challenge feels like the right fit.  I love cats of every colour but this one just "cried out" to be a marmalade.  Don't you just love the little orange kittens?  This one has very distinctive colours while some are very softly marked.  I chose to use the deeper Cajun Craze ink for the stripes and then added a very soft Pumpkin Pie for the contrast.  And because so many of these kittens have bits of white, I made sure to add some around the eyes, on the muzzle and those tiny paws.  

For my sentiment I used one from the Stampin' Up! Nine Lives set.  In the case of kittens and pups, True Love really does have four paws.  

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:


Inkspirational Challenge #204 - Word Prompt "Fauna"

Crafty Catz Challenge #488 - Anything Goes with Optional Twist "Animal"

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

WWC253 - Karen's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

Oh my!  It's a brand new year!  Time has flown by, hasn't it?  Last time I was here, I was getting ready for Christmas.  Welcome back to our challenge and to my blog. 

A new year brings changes.  One positive change in my life is that I've chosen to leave Stampin' Up!  It was time.  There is so much to explore in the world of art and crafting, and I couldn't do that fairly while tethered to a company.  Mind you, that doesn't mean you won't see some of SU!'s terrific products here.  I bought them and I'm using them.  Why not, right?


If you've seen the new Mini Catalogue from Stampin' Up! then you'll have seen the sweet Grace's Garden stamp set.  It comes as a bundle but I chose to buy only the stamp set.  I know myself and I would not have used the dies very much.  You can see from the details of my card that it is, for the most part, simply stamping and watercolouring.  I've masked the hollyhocks before stamping the gate, but I've kept the masks I fussy-cut for future use.  The little cat?  Yes, I've fussy cut it as well.  But I prefer the lack of white border and so I probably would have felt compelled to cut that away if I had the die--a waste of effort, really, but I love clean lines.

If you look carefully at the watercoloured sky, you will see that I've used some 3-D gloss gel to stencil in clouds.  They're subtle but they show up better in person, as does so much that we create.


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

I've linked this card up to the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown TT448 - Something New (the stamp sets from the new catalog)

Dream Valley Challenges #216 -Something New (stamps and 3-D gloss gel)

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Blue is the Colour at Cardz 4 Guyz

Guess what!  I am happy to announce that I've joined the Cardz 4 Guyz Design Team.


This challenge, chosen by Cazro, is #235 - Blue is the Colour.  Please check out the blog for details and also to see the wonderful samples by the Design Team.

Since this challenge is all about the colour blue, I chose a gorgeous piece of background printed paper which is in countless shades of blue, from light to dark.  Since the paper has a lot of detail, I kept the design simple.  My base is a Heavyweight white cardstock.  Then I added a matte of Pacific Point cardstock and, finally, the lovely printed paper.

I had a die which I've been dying to use, of birds on a bare branch.  I thought it would be perfect against the background paper and cut it from Pacific Point cardstock.  To finish up, I added a sentiment stamped using my Pacific Point ink.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Have fun with our challenge!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge CHNC 470 - anything goes with Christmas

Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog MLCCB#17 - Anything goes with Christmas

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

WWC252 - Marsha's Special 3-Week "Anything Goes" Challenge

It's almost Christmas!  As a special gift to ourselves, we're taking a bit of time off and so have made this challenge a special 3-week challenge.  As a result, I've created a "twofer" for this challenge.  What's a twofer?  Well, you take a stamp set or dies and create complimentary projects.  Et voila!  A twofer.

 

My gorgeous daughter was a competitive figure-skater until she graduated from High School.  With that in mind and combining Stampin' Up!'s Free Skate bundle with one of the images from the Born to Shine stamp set, I set about creating this card and gift tag.

I began by sponging over my Silver Foil with Pacific Point ink.  Being foil, it did not saturate the paper, but after drying overnight and then rubbing the excess ink off with a soft cloth, I could see the soft blue colouring which reminded me of the ice on which my daughter skated.

I stamped the image of the dancer and added skates to her feet with my Journalling Pen.  Then I carefully fussy cut the adjusted image before colouring it using my Stampin' Blends.


For the holly garland, I used the die in the bundle, cutting it twice from Call Me Clover cardstock.  Then I proceeded to add a bit of Call Me Clover ink to the holly leaves using my Stampin' Blends, before crumpling it into a tight ball and then carefully pulling it into a long garland again.  I added the garland, one on top of the other, diagonally across the foil and then added berries with dots of Red Liquid Pearls.


I love the way my lovely skater appears to be doing some fancy ice work on her toe-picks, don't you?  I decided to have the skate from the bundle set diagonally across from my skater.  The detailing on the image is so beautiful.  For a person who was immersed in the sport for years and wound up cleaning and polishing skates thousands of times, it brings back some wonderful memories.


I love that the sentiments in this bundle lend themselves so perfectly to the card which I created.  The inside is simple but reflects the front.

For my tag I decided to use the fancy die version of the skate.  After cutting it out from a piece of Whisper White, I placed it over a matte of Lovely Lipstick.  This cherry red is repeated both in the tag and in the card.  I've also used the Call Me Clover for the holly image which I stamped, coloured and cut with the corresponding die.


I laced the skate using the retired Candy Lane Baker's twine.  I love the thin red foil running through the white cotton, don't you?  Finally, since I simply couldn't find a sentiment which appealed, I decided to write it myself using a Signo Pigment Ink white pen.  A perfect complement to the card, don't you agree?


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

I've entered my card into the following challenges: 


Lemon Shortbread Challenge #109 - Anything Goes

Jingle Belles:  Taking Back Our 9th Christmas

The Card Concept #HOL19 - Favourite card  (I chose this one because it brings back memories of        my daughter skating in competitions.)

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

WWC251 - Dawn's "All About Occasions" Challenge

I bought a die set a while back which I keep meaning to use but haven't yet.  It seemed like the right time to pull it out and create a card.  The die is simple.  It shows the silhouette of a wolf singing the song of its ancestors as a sliver of moon shines above him.


For my base I used the Heavy Whisper White.  I wanted a night sky behind my silhouettes but didn't want too dark a blue and so pulled out my Pacific Point cardstock.  To give it more of an effect of the moon rising, I used my Aqua Painter and added Pacific Point to the upper portion of the piece.  To the lower portion, I used some chalk pastels I had lying around.  A paler blue helped to lighten the cardstock without really changing the colour.  I did the same with the moon.  By that I mean I used chalk pastels.  I wanted to have a huge moon but still give the impression of the majority being the dark side, slightly illuminated.  Then I adhered the strip of moon and I think it worked out quite well.

The silhouette of the moon on a rock was perfect but I wanted him to appear to be way up on a mountain.  Having the silhouettes of the upper portion of trees helps give that impression.  After that, a scattering of stars, thanks to some retired Glimmer paper and another die and the card was ready for its sentiment.  The simple line from the retired Nature Sings stamp set is perfect, don't you agree?


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

I've entered my card into the following challenges: 


Cardz 4 Guyz:  Challenge #234 (Christmas Critters)

Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog:  Stars

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Snowy or Starry Night

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

WWC250 - Helen's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

I love the wonderful images which Bonnie Krebs draws for Art Impressions.  I own enough stamps sets with her images that choosing one for a card becomes increasingly difficult.  This set, however, the Woodland Holiday, reflects the season and allows me to use one of my favourite woodland animals, the fox.  Of course I haven't been delighted with the sight of a fox quite like this during my hikes, but one can hope, right?


For my base I used the Heavy Whisper White.  Then I added a matte of Highland Heather and, of course, the stamped piece.  I kept it clean and simple by stamping the image and sentiment and adding watercolours.  The only embellishment is a bit of Shimmery Crystal Effects gloss over the holly berries and silver bell.  I love the results and hope you do, too.


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

I've entered my card into the following challenges: 


Lemon Shortbread Challenge #108 - Anything Goes

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #61 - Anything Christmas Goes


Wednesday, 27 November 2019

WWC249 - Karen's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Early this year I came across a delightful Art Impressions stamp set called "Full of Thanks".  It was perfect for Thanksgiving and so I put it aside.  Miraculously I'm actually using it for a Thanksgiving card as planned.  (I don't know about you, but my plans frequently go wonky).  Of course the star of every Thanksgiving is the turkey and for my family, it's all about the dressing.


I decided to concentrate on another definition of the verb "to dress".  Isn't he a handsome young bird?  The colours I've used are all taken from the gorgeous Designer Paper in the background.  I think Stampin' Up! brought it out at least eight or nine years ago (yes, it's retired) and I finally decided to raid my stash.  Hoarding paper is something I don't seem to be able to stop doing.

My base is the Heavy Very Vanilla followed by a layer of plain Designer Paper and then the layer of cross-stitch Designer Paper.  Vertically to the right I've added a strip of Designer Paper featuring corn cobs in a variety of wonderful colours, with a matte of Soft Suede behind it.  My wonderful turkey image is attached with Dimensionals, on a matte of Cajun Craze.

The sentiment says it all!  I love it and hope you do, too.



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

I've entered my card into the following challenges: 


Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge #409 - So Thankful

Cutie Pie Challenge #141 - Add an Animal

Get Creative Challenges #86 - Last Challenge of the Year AG with a Holiday Twist

Art Impressions Challenge #271 - Anything Goes

Dare2bartzy Challenge - November - Thankful