Sunday, 28 February 2016

TCTC#8 - It's Your Day

I've have the honour of being a Guest Designer for The Colour Tree Challenge this month and this will be my last post as such.  I was over the moon when Bronwyn contacted me and it has been a great deal of fun.  The challenge this week uses gold as well as two of the lovely colours from the 2015-2017 In-Colours, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder.

I immediately thought of using the Botanical Gardens suite for the card.  I wanted die-cut flowers and, at the moment, these are my go-to blooms.  I decided to use three of the flowers in the framelits dies.  Two of them have double-cut petals while the third is smaller and simpler.  For the large flower, I went all out and dipped the edges of both cuts of petal edges in Versamark ink and then covered them with Gold embossing powder.  Once I used the Heat Gun, the gold on the petals was absolutely gorgeous and I knew I wasn't going to sponge the edges with more ink.  I did, however, sponge the other flowers with Watermelon Wonder ink to deepen the colour of the perimeters of the petals.

I wanted to use a variety of golds and thought about the gold sheets in the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack.  I keep forgetting that the stack included metallic papers as well and the one with the script seemed perfect for my project.  I began with a base of Heavy Whisper White and then added a layer of Mint Macaron.  Then I embossed a piece of Whisper White using the Brick embossing folder, sponged that lightly using Mint Macaron ink to bring out the lines between the bricks, and added that to the layers.  I only used a much smaller rectangle of the metallic Gold printed paper and mounted that right against the right edge of the brick embossed layer.

Even though I had already added Mint Macaron cardstock as well as ink, I felt the flowers really needed some foliage and so cut two sprigs of open leaves from a piece of Mint Macaron paper using the Rose Garden thinlits.  I chose to make a banner for my sentiment and used the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set for that.  I backed the banner with a narrow layer of Mint Macaron to soften the white edges.  A little Watermelon Wonder heart covered with Crystal Effects finished off the banner.

For the centres of my flowers I used Gold Foil specialty paper and, once the centres were attached, added a bit of Gold Dazzling Details to that for additional texture and a different gold.

I had fun with this challenge and hope you will visit Bronwyn's addINKtive Designs to check out this challenge and, perhaps, link up your own inspiration.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

PCCC183 - Feeling Special

You know that you're feeling lousy when you totally forget to post your weekly challenge.  That hasn't happened before but then I haven't been downright pushed to the ropes fighting bronchitis for such a long time, either.  Anyway, you know what they say:  better late than never.

This week Paper Craft Crew Challenge is a colour challenge for a change.  It's nice to have a little break from sketches, isn't it?

Paper Craft Crew Color Challenge 183. #papercraftcrew

I love those colours and have used all four in my creation.  But if you're more comfortable, like the instructions say, you can just pick your three favourites and have a go.  

My card is light and bright with my colour base and most of the layers having Whisper White in them.  Using Smoky Slate in the layers as well adds to the lighter, daintier look, too, I believe.  My little fern fronds, thanks to using the Botanical Builder framelits, are cut from Old Olive cardstock.  The butterflies, stamped using the Watercolour Wings stamp set with Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss inks, were cut with the Bold Butterfly framelits and the Butterfly thinlits.  My sentiment is stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink and is from the Garden in Bloom set.

I hope you'll join us at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week.

WWC56 - You're Tea'riffic!

It's time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and this week we have an "Anything Goes" challenge.  I think they're so much fun because I can use a card I've made but not posted or even make a card for another challenge (shhhhh!) and share it here.

I love the new Have a Cuppa Suite!  You'll remember that I used a teacup in a previous post.  Love those Cups and Kettle Framelits Dies!  This time I'm using the teapot.  There isn't a stamp for the teapot in the A Nice Cuppa stamp set but that means you can die-cut the teapot and then use any type of stamp to decorate it.  For mine I decided to use the tiny flower stamp from the Botanical Blooms stamp set and heat embossed it all over the teapot and lid using White embossing powder.  I love the way it pops against the lovely blue of the Marina Mist, don't you?

I used a Heavy Whisper White base and then added a layer of Marina Mist and then a layer of Whisper White which I had first embossed using the Lovely Lace embossing folder.  To that I added a narrower layer of the Blushing Bride colour from the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series paper as well as half a doily.

I added a Silver Foil spoon and two Silver Glimmer Paper sugar cubes as well as some Silver Glimmer Paper steam (love that it's shaped like a heart!).  With the addition of the sentiment from the A Nice Cuppa stamp set,  my card was finished.

I hope you'll check out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge to see the other wonderful samples created by the Watercooler Artists.  And then I invite you to link your own card to the challenge.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

TCTC#7 - A Happy Hello

I have the honour of being a Guest Designer for The Colour Tree Challenge this month.  I was over the moon when Bronwyn contacted me and, truth be told, am still very excited about it.  The challenge this week uses some very bold colours as well as gold.

For this card I turned to the Annual Catalogue.  There are so many wonderful products available in it but at the moment it is being eclipsed by the Occasions catalogue and Sale-a-bration.  Time for a change.  For my base I used the Heavy Whisper White and then added a layer of Basic Black.  I wasn't certain whether I wanted my next layer to be a pattern or an embossed piece.  And then I remembered the Neutrals Designer Series paper stack and knew that was the answer.  I chose the pretty flower pattern in Black and White but before I attached the piece, I  cut out the centre using my Deco Labels framelit.  That left a nice black shape in the centre of the card for which I cut a white label using the smaller Deco Labels framelit.

For the white label I decided to stamp  one of the sentiments from the Tin of Cards set using the Archival Basic Black ink.  Once that was dry, I used my Aqua Painter to put a watercolour wash over the centre using Tempting Turquoise ink.  To dress up the card I heat embossed three butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri set on Vellum cardstock with Gold embossing powder.   I used my Stampin' Marker to add Tempting Turquoise to each butterfly.

After adding three small gold heart sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment my card was done.  I hope you'll check out the wonderful project created by Bronwyn and then link up your own project at The Colour Tree Challenge.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Celebrates the Occasions in Our Lives

Welcome to our February Blog Hop.  What better theme than to celebrate all the occasions that keep happening in our lives?  Of course there are the holidays, but every month sees countless birthdays not to mention retirements, weddings, births, and so much more.  Luckily there are lots of products in the Occasions Catalogue, Sale-a-bration Brochure and Annual Catalogue which work beautifully for these special cards and projects.

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 creative Deborah Smart.  Weren't her projects terrific?

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My first project is a retirement card but, as you know, that's just because of the sentiment I chose.  It could just as easily be used for other occasions, depending on your choice of sentiment.  I've been using a lot of bright colours lately and so I wanted to use something different for this card.  I love browns and blues together.  The colours offer a very subtle elegance and can be used for so many occasions.  

I began with a base of Sahara Sand and topped that with a layer of Soft Suede which I first embossed using my Woodgrain embossing folder.  Then I took another piece of Sahara Sand and cut it using my Striped Scallop Thinlit.  Instead of using the entire die-cut to cover the Soft Suede, I cut it carefully in half and flipped one side to face the other and then put them on top of each other.  It sounds odd but the result is gorgeous.  Instead of scallops, the pattern becomes overlapping circles.

I love the new Botanical Gardens Suite.  What a wonderful collection of framelits, stamps, papers and embellishments.  There doesn't seem to be an end to the projects that can be made using them all.  I decided to make some leaves, fern fronds and a large, overblown flower.  And that's where my blue comes in.  I used the Marina Mist cardstock and ink as well as some browns and the Delightful Dijon for my flower.  And for my sentiment I turned to the Wild About Flowers set which actually offers a retirement stamp.

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I decided to use another of the beautiful flower stamps in the Occasions Catalogue for my next card.  I can't believe, now, that I almost decided not to get this bundle.  For something I didn't think I wanted, I've certainly used it a lot.  The bundle to which I'm referring is the Rose Wonder stamp set and matching Rose Garden Thinlits dies.  This time I decided to make a Double Time Stamped card.  For this style of card, you basically cut two pieces of cardstock, one quite a bit smaller than the other, and then carefully centre the smaller piece on the larger piece and stamp on both at the same time.  The result, once the smaller piece is matted and separated from the larger piece with Dimensionals, is really surprisingly elegant.  It looks much more complicated than it is.

I used two pieces of the beautiful Shimmery White specialty paper and stamped the large rose with leaves across both pieces using Versamark.  Then I heat embossed both with Clear embossing powder.  After that it was simply a matter of watercolouring the image on both pieces of paper.  I used Rose Red and Wasabi  Green for the rose and then added a light colour wash of Tempting Turquoise to some of the background.  The matte which I used for the small piece and for the large piece was also Rose Red.  My base is simply the Heavy Whisper White.

My sentiment is stamped on Vellum cardstock using Rose Red ink and then I immediately covered the ink with Clear embossing powder.  Since the ink is slow to dry on vellum, this works as well as Versamark but there is no end to the colours that can be heat embossed this way.  The label was cut with the label die from the Rose Garden Thinlits die set.

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For my final project I had the best inspiration.  My grandson, Xavian, just turned 9 on Tuesday and so I needed something super-special for him.  He's the one who, when he's asked which colour is his favourite, will always say "all of them".  (But I think he favours red just a bit more than the rest.)  He also loves balloons, especially the floating, helium-filled ones.  What could be better than that fun Balloon Bouquet punch and the bright balloon-filled Cherry On Top Designer Paper stack?  

I decided on the Heavy Whisper White as my base.  Since I wanted to use the Party Pop-Up Thinlits dies for the inside and wanted to use Whisper White for that, the white base would "flow" from one to the other.  I used the "Happy Birthday Cake" die to cut a piece of 3 3/4" x 10"  cardstock.  Then I used my Aqua Painter to watercolour the cake stand with Crushed Curry ink, the "Birthday" with Bermuda Bay ink and the "Happy" with Watermelon Wonder ink.  I watercoloured the candles using all three inks.  For the flames of the candles, I added a  bit of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to give a sparkly effect.  Once the ink had dried, I stamped "Make a wish" from the Party With Cake set on the cake stand.  Next, I adhered the die-cut strip to the card base and then I added a strip of the Watermelon Wonder Designer Series paper  to the top and the bottom of the white strip.  The final touch was a balloon cut with the punch, coloured with my Aqua Painter and Watermelon Wonder ink, and covered with a layer of Crystal Effects.  If you look closely, you'll see the silver thread holding the balloon.

For the front of the card I used a lot of balloons, both large and small.  I cut them from Whisper White cardstock and coloured them using my Aqua Painter and Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, and Crushed Curry inks.  Then I covered them with a layer of Crystal Effects and, while they dried, worked on the rest of the design.

To my base of Heavy Whisper White I added a layer of Cucumber Crush and then another layer of cardstock, Pool Party, which I first embossed using the Lucky Stars embossing folder.  (You always want to have extra luck on a birthday, right?)  I added a strip of the balloon patterned Designer paper from the Cherry On Top stack.

On a small piece of Whisper White I stamped "Birthday Boy" from the Sale-a-bration Hello stamp set using all the colours that were in the strip of Designer Paper.  Then I added a Watermelon Wonder matte and a Cucumber Crush Matte before mounting it to the card with Dimensionals.  The balloons were also attached with Dimensionals and, if you look closely, you'll see a silver thread tied to each one and gathered together under the little banner at the bottom.

After stamping and watercolouring three balloons on the envelope, my card was ready for Xavian.

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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 returning to the beginning of the circle again, and another wonderfully creative stamper, Marie Green.

If you get a moment, I'd love it if you would leave a comment.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

WWC55 - Happy Birthday (Jean's Colour Challenge)

Welcome to another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This week Jean Fitch is hosting a Colour Challenge and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love with the colours.

Yes, it's a gorgeous ring and the Stampin' Up! colours which match it are some of my favourites.  That's always a good place to begin---loving the colours you'll be using.

I decided to heat emboss the beautiful rose image from the Rose Wonder set in Silver embossing powder.  To give myself a good base on which to watercolour, I did my heat embossing on one of my favourite papers, the Shimmery White specialty paper.  It has such a lovely, subtle shimmer as well as being strong enough to allow watercolouring without any pilling of the paper.

Using my Aqua Painter and the Perfect Plum ink, I coloured in the rose, concentrating the colour in areas such as the centre by adding several layers of ink.  Then I coloured the leaves using the Mint Macaron ink.  For the background, I watercoloured the upper area using Pacific Point ink and then carefully blended in a lighter wash of the Tempting Turquoise as I reached the middle and lower part of the paper.  I did the same with my sentiment, heat embossing it using Silver embossing powder, and then used the bracket from the Rose Garden thinlits dies to cut it out.  To finish the sentiment off, I used a light wash of Perfect Plum ink.

My base cardstock is Smoky Slate with a layer of Silver Foil added.  I love the way the Silver Foil repeats the silver in the embossed rose and sentiment.  Besides using the round corner punch on the Silver Foil, I used the Curvy Corner Trio punch on the watercoloured Shimmery White paper.  A single rhinestone finishes off my card.  The photograph doesn't do it justice.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful creations by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.   Of course you're invited to link up your own creation using our challenge colours.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

PCCCS182 - Happy Together

For today's sketch I decided to use Whisper White and Real Red cardstock---that's it.  Add to that a bit of embossing, stamping with Basic Black ink and a bit of silver embellishment, and my card was complete.  It began with this sketch.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 182

As well as my retired script embossing folder, I used three stamp sets to put this card together.  The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts.  The birds and nest silhouette image is from the World of Dreams set and, finally, the additional bough of leaves and flowers in silhouette is from the Thoughts and Prayers set.  They work together beautifully, don't they?

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

Sunday, 14 February 2016

TCTC#6 - You'll Be Missed

I have the honour of being a Guest Designer for The Colour Tree Challenge this month.  I was over the moon when Bronwyn contacted me and, truth be told, am still very excited about it.  The challenge this week uses some beautiful purples.

I had to think about what I would do with these colours.  The Blackberry Bliss, especially, can be so very dark that it almost appears to be black in pictures.  Of course I didn't want that to happen with my stamping.  And so I chose to do a lot of off-stamping.  What is off-stamping, you ask?  Well, after inking up one's stamp the regular way, one stamps the image on a scrap piece of paper and then stamps the image onto the cardstock which is going to be part of the card.  Does that make sense?  What I love about this technique is that it results in a lot of variations of colour.  Especially since I didn't just stamp off once.  For the Rich Razzleberry and the Blackberry Bliss, I stamped off twice before stamping onto my good Whisper White.

After using the Botanical Blooms stamp set for my stamping, I ran the Whisper White piece through my Big Shot using the Elegant Dots embossing folder to add texture.  Then I cut several leaves from Blackberry Bliss cardstock using the Botanical Builder framelit dies, stamped veins on them with my Botanical Blooms set and added them to my Whisper White in random spots.  Finally, I cut flower centres from Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, and Perfect Plum cardstock using the Botanical Builder framelit dies.  Since I used each for the centre of the flower stamped with that ink, you can really tell what a difference the off-stamping makes compared to the actual "full" colour.

For the card I used a base of Heavy Whisper White and then added a layer of Blackberry Bliss cardstock before attaching the stamped and embossed Whisper White layer.  I also added several butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri set, stamped on vellum and heat embossed in clear embossing powder.  A few pearls in the centre of my flowers, a sentiment, and the card is done.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful project created by Bronwyn and then link up your own project at The Colour Tree Challenge.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

WWC54 - The Bouncing Brayer Technique

This is an exciting challenge for me.  Marsha Reed is hosting her Bouncing Brayer Technique and, even though I've heard about this technique, I'm finally being forced to try it myself.

Are you ready for my first attempt at this?  I've decided that since Valentine's Day is coming up this weekend, it makes sense to make this card all about love.  So I turned to the long-accepted tradition of red and white for my card.

Rather than beginning with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and bouncing a brayer inked up with Real Red ink, however, I decided to do it in reverse.  I chose to use a piece of Real Red cardstock and then bounced that loaded brayer full of Whisper White Craft ink.  Yes, Marsha, you were right to warn us.  I did wind up with inky white fingers BUT I did not get fingerprints all over my project.  Score one for Heidi!

Since I had used Craft ink, I knew it would take some time to dry properly.  That gave me time to get the other elements of my card prepared.  For my base I decided to use Real Red cardstock and then added a layer of Whisper White.  I used my corner punch on all four corners of the Whisper White as well as on all four corners of the brayered piece.  I thought that softened the effect.  Then I added a heart cut from Whisper White using the beautiful Bloomin' Heart Framelit.  To that I added blossoms die cut from the Red Glimmer paper.  I added Pearl embellishments to the centres of the blossoms and then, to the open cut blossoms in the design, I added Red sequins from the Brights Sequin assortment.  I finished the card up with a sentiment at the top centre and another at the bottom centre.

It's all about love, right?  At least that's what the card says and that's what Valentine's Day means to countless people.

I hope you'll join us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge to check out all the other wonderful cards created by our Watercooler Artists.  This week is special.  We're introducing four new people who will be part of our team for the next three months.  Come on over and say "hi".

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

PCCCS181 - Be My Valentine

In just a few days it will be Valentine's Day and, of course, that is an open invitation to create a few cards using the Valentine theme of love, love, love.  That's what I decided to do with this week's sketch for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

I decided to use the smaller of the two roses from the Rose Garden Thinlits dies to cut out a rose from a piece of Real Red cardstock.  Taking the red as part of my "theme", I used a base of the Heavy Whisper White followed by a layer of Real Red and then a layer of Whisper White.  On that Whisper White layer I stamped the flourish image from the Timeless Textures set, using the Silver Encore ink.  
Then I cut a smaller rectangle of Real Red on which I mounted a piece of Whisper White.  Onto that I attached the die-cut Real Red rose.  I love the effect but decided it looked a bit stark and so cut another rose from a piece of Silver Foil.  I took the negative pieces from the Silver Foil and added them to the Real Red rose and knew that's what it had needed.  Before mounting this on the base, I added two strips of Washi Tape to the lower portion of the base as well as a strip of the pretty printed Botanical Gardens vellum stack.

After attached the smaller rectangle, I added another small flower cut with the Rose Garden Thinlits dies from Real Red and then attached a thin banner with the sentiment across that.  A few added Real Red and Silver Foil hearts and the card was done.

I hope you've join us this week at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

TCTC#5 - Hang In There

When I checked out the new Colour Tree Challenge colours I was surprised to see two yellows.  Two yellows and a dark blue.  I'm not counting the white because I would have used that anyway.  But still---two yellows.

Did I decide to leave it and forget about the challenge?  No!  That's what I like about challenges.  They force me to think outside my day-to-day comfort zone.  I know I've grown a lot in my creative abilities since I began joining challenges.  Certainly both my style and my willingness to use colours that aren't my favourites have expanded.  That's a very good thing.  Without growth, I would become bored and stop paper-crafting.

Thanks goodness that cute little chick is being offered in our Sale-a-bration freebies.  That set came to the rescue for this challenge.  I used a base of Whisper White, then a layer of Night of Navy and then another layer of Whisper White.  For that final layer of Whisper White, however, I added some stamping before adhering it to the layers.  I used my Aqua Painter and added some Night of Navy ink in the lower portion and then stamped a couple of the patterns from the Timeless Textures set above that using the Hello Honey.

On a scrap piece of Whisper White I stamped the chick and the balloon from the Honeycomb Happiness set using the archival Basic Black ink.  Then I cut those out carefully before colouring them.  For the chick I used my Aqua Painter and Crushed Curry ink.  I added a touch of Hello Honey with my Stampin' Write Marker for the feet and beak.  I also used the Crused Curry for the balloon but decided to sponge the colour on to give it more of a 3-D effect.  The little ribbon below the balloon is coloured with Night of Navy ink.

I attached the chick and the balloon with my Dimensionals and then stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner using Night of Navy ink.

I hope you'll check out the rest of the cards at The Colour Tree Challenge.

Friday, 5 February 2016

TCTC#4 - The Little Moments

It's been a busy week.  What can't be seen because it's behind the scenes is that our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge has been making changes.  We're going to be introducing some new artists next week.  That sounds easy, but the process has been lengthy and took a lot of preparation.  Time stolen away from my stamping opportunities.  But tonight I stole a bit of time right back and created a card for The Colour Tree Challenge.

The beauty of colour challenges is that one can always add a neutral without cheating.  And that's what I did by using quite a bit of Whisper White.  I love the way the colours pop against the white and become more vibrant than they are on their own.

I kept the card simple.  I've made a few rather involved cards lately and needed that simplicity.  And so I turned to two of my favourite stamp sets, Watercolour Wings and Gorgeous Grunge.  I began with a base of Whisper White and then added a layer of Tip Top Taupe.  My next layer was Whisper White but before I added it, I stamped it.  First I stamped the sentiment near the top right using Tip Top Taupe ink.  Then I stamped two different splotch patterns from the Gorgeous Grunge set using Pool Party ink.

On a separate piece of Whisper White I stamped the smaller butterfly first using Tip Top Taupe, then Calypso Coral, and finally Daffodil Delight.  After cutting the butterfly out with its matching framelit, I stamped it with the body using Tip Top Taupe.  Having decided where the butterfly would be attached, I stamped the antennae on the card using Tip Top Taupe.  With a bit of Tombo glue I attached the butterfly so that it appeared the antennae were attached.  And that's it!  

I hope you'll check out the other cards at The Colour Tree Challenge.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

WWC53 - The Special Teacup

When I was growing up, we had a special Sunday tradition.  By "we", I mean my mother, my sister and I.  Each Sunday after church, we would stay dressed in our "Sunday best" and have our little tea party.  My Dad was never part of that little tea party.  My Mum would have prepared his lunch and served it on a tray to enjoy while catching up on the TV news in the Living Room.  We ladies, on the other hand, enjoyed our tea at the Dining Room table.

(Why am I suddenly hearing the song "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof inside my head?)

My Mum had special teacups for our Sunday tea.  They were exquisite, dainty teacups which she had brought with her when they emigrated from Europe.  Mum's was the most exquisite.  It was almost transluscent, the porcelain was so thin.  She had received that cup from her own mother and it had the place of honour on our table.

As we ate our freshly baked cake and sipped at our tea, Mum would always reminisce about her childhood.  We would hear stories about the adventures she and her sisters enjoyed in the mountains where she grew up.  Those were magical times.  I can close my eyes and see us there, around the Dining Room table, listening and asking questions.  Enjoying our tradition.

Mum is gone now.  The tradition is gone except in my memories.  This new teacup bundle of stamps and framelits, the "Have a Cuppa" collection, brings those memories back and I miss those times keenly.  That is the backstory for my card today.

This week I am presenting a sketch for our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

For some reason the sketch made me think of our little tea parties.  For my background, I kept everything neutral, leading up to the teacup and embellishments which I've showcased.  The teacup, so similar in shape and style to my Mum's, takes centre stage, of course.  It felt natural for my sentiment to be "you're in my thoughts" from the A Dozen Thoughts set.  For my embellishments I've added a spoon cut from Silver Foil using the spoon framelit from the bundle.  I also added two sugar cubes created by cutting two small squares, sponging the perimeter lightly with Smoky Slate ink and covering them with Dazzling Details.  NOTE: I pushed a smoothly rounded pen top against the bowl of the spoon with my Silicone Craft Sheet beneath it to create a concave look.

It's a simple card, despite all the various layers.  I kept my colours to Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Pacific Point and a touch of Garden Green on the leaves.  My teacup is heat embossed in Clear embossing powder and then painted using my Aqua Painter and Pacific Point ink.  I added Dazzling Details to the centres of the flowers.

I hope you'll try your hand at the sketch and link up to our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

PCCCS180 - What Love is...

We have a terrific sketch this week at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  I had fun with it and indulged myself by using a few things from my stash.  Sometimes when one has been using a lot of brand new products, it feels good to pull out "old friends" and have some fun with them.  Or so I find.

Sketch Challenge 180 for the Paper Craft Crew.

You'll recognize the Designer Series Paper as last year's beautiful Park Lane series.  I love that piece of Blackberry Bliss with the outlined flowers.  In fact I love the effect so much that I copied it by taking a piece of Whisper White and stamping it all over in the same manner with some Mint Macaron ink.  The stamp set I used is several years old but still a favourite.  Our new Rose Wonder bundle made me think of it.  The colours I've used for my card are Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Rose Red, and, finally, Tangelo Twist.  Yes, that's a lot of vivid colours, isn't it?  But I think they work marvellously together.

I hope you'll join us at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week to check out everyone's designs.  Better still, link up your own version of our sketch.