Wednesday, 26 October 2016

WWC91 - Happy Birthday

It's time for another challenge and this week Marsha is hosting a Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge.  Simply put, as long as I create something that has a masculine flair, I'm golden.

Of course I turned to one of my favourite stamp sets, The Wilderness Awaits.  Is it only meant for masculine projects?  Not at all.  But certainly my husband and brother-in-law both love anything to do with the outdoors or wild animals.  I love the way that little fox looks, curled up in its den but watching all that goes on.  I knew he would be perfect used with a brick wall and perhaps, some leaves.

I have been hoping for years that Stampin' Up! would carry some modeling paste.  What is so special about that product?  You can mix any colour of ink with the paste and then spread it over a stencil.  Once the stencil is pulled off, the resulting brick has so much texture, it actually looks real.  I love the effect.  That was my plan and as the day progressed I realized that I had put too much ink into the mix, making the paste more fluid than normal and much slower to dry.  Well, my project was due last night.  Go to plan "B".  Same idea but instead of the modeling paste I turned to the Stampin' Up! Brick Wall embossing folder.  First, of course, I used my brayer to add ink to the raised portion of the folder and then I embossed my paper.  That resulted in the lines of grout being a different colour.  I love the way that looks.

Stamps:  The Wilderness Awaits, Best Birds, Thoughtful Banners, Sprinkles of Life
Paper:  Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White cardstocks
Inks:  Soft Suede, Tip Top Taupe, Cajun Craze, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, 
Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black (Archival), Whisper White (craft)
Tools:  Brick Wall embossing folder, Birds & Blooms thinlits, Duet Banner punch

I've also linked this card with the SUO Challenge for their Fall theme.

Of course my other card could be assembled today.  The modeling paste had dried nicely and gave the bricks a great texture as well as a feeling of solidity.  I changed the card up a bit simply because I don't often create two of a kind.  Instead of the tree and bird, I used a background of Whisper White upon which I stamped two images of the Sheltering Tree as well as a number of leaves.  I also used the Swirly Scribbles thinlits to cut out a whole bunch of little leaves in a variety of cardstock colours.

Stamps:  The Wilderness Awaits, Sheltering Tree
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, 
Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Inks:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie,
Early Espresso, Basic Black (Archival)
Tools:  Swirly Scribbles thinlits, Crafter's Workshop Brick Stencil,
Teresa Collins Ba-Si-Cal-Ly Essential Modeling Paste

I hope you've enjoyed my journey through these cards.  For some amazing creations by the Watercooler Artists, check out this week's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.


  1. Wow Heidi I love both these cards. The idea of having the fox by the wall is really awesome and I love the gnarly tree and bird that are keeping him company. I'm so happy you posted the one with the modelling paste too, as it just has such a big impact with all the fall colours and the wall looks real. Both are beautiful cards!

    1. Thanks so much, Penny. I've put the Modelling paste into the Sandbox for the last couple of years. Maybe, like the stitched framelits we're finally getting, Stampin' Up! will get around to offering it to us one of these days, too. The wall has a lot more presence done that way instead of simply using an ef.

  2. Wow, both cards are fabulous! Love the scene that you have created and all of the attention to detail! Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges- hugs and have a great week!

  3. I I love all those great fall colours! Both of your cards are so perfect for our challenge with their amazing scenery. So glad you joined the fun atSUO

    1. Thanks so much, Julia. I've discovered that one can create more than just a branch with the image from the Best Birds.

  4. WOW...what a fantastic scene you created and the wall looks sooo good! Both cards are just GREAT! Thanks for joining the SUO challenge!

    1. Thanks so much, Mary. I'm in love with that little fox image.

  5. How cool is your little fox's den?? SO creative!!! Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge this time!!

    1. Thanks so much, Karen. The fox is my favourite of the images in this set.


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