Wednesday, 21 April 2021

WWC314 - Dawn's Challenge: All About Occasions

 My cat made me do it!  Seriously, I was trying to decide for which occasion I would create a card for our challenge and spied a piece of paper on the floor.  It looked  remarkably like something I had cut out and had put aside to use for a card "someday".  We all do that, don't we?  Well, putting it aside is one thing.  Finding it on the floor is a totally unacceptable thing.  I knew immediately who the culprit was, of course. My sweet, butter wouldn't melt in her mouth Khali had made another trip across my crafting table and, being the clumsiest (and cutest) feline I've ever met, had inadvertently pushed the cut-out onto the floor.    

And that led to the creation of this Birthday card.

I love the "Happy Birthday" die but absolutely hate putting glue onto the die-cut.  By the time you finish going from one end to the other, across all the lines and intricate details, the portion where you began has dried.  But a few months ago I happened to have purchased a roll of Diecut and Bond.   This is thin paper, double sided with adhesive.  You put it onto a piece of cardstock, use your die to cut whatever design you happen to want for a card, and voila.  The backing peels off and it sticks by itself.  While I'm sure this doesn't come as a surprise to a lot of you, it was like magic for me and I will be using my more intricate dies a whole lot more from now on.        

Oh, and that heat embossing on the red?  It just looked so plain when I laid all the pieces out so I grabbed a relatively neutral background stamp (Crackle Paint) and heat embossed the pattern onto the red using my clear embossing powder.   It gives  it just enough interest without taking any real attention away from the sentiment and cute little squirrel, doesn't it? 

You can see the  heat embossing better from this angle.  And, of course, the  squirrel is clearly raised up from the stitched heart with Dimensionals.  I love the way the card turned out, don't you?

Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on Monday, May 3rd, 2021.

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

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #144 - Anything Goes

Crafty Sentiments Designs: Anything Goes

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Bright, Cheerful colours

Dragonfly Dreams April Challenge:  Feature a Creature

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

WWC313 - Tristan's Challenge: All Things Masculine

Oh my!  I discovered a Canadian stamp company and am the proud owner of one of their stamp/die sets.  It's called Beaver & Hockey, both of which epitomize what the world considers as Canadian.  

I had a few different ideas for this set, which included a bookmark, but finally decided on a tag attached to a card.  Wouldn't the tag, by itself, be perfect attached to a present for the hockey player in your life?  But attached to the card, it's looks pretty perfect anyway, doesn't it?

I used a base cardstock of Soft Suede followed by a plain layer of Pacific Point and, finally, a layer of Whisper White put through the Big Shot with a star embossing folder.  I stamped the cute little beaver and the smiling puck onto a piece of Whisper White and coloured the images using my Derwent Watercolour pencils as well as an Aqua Painter.  

I used a fun stitched tag die to cut the tag from a piece of Soft Suede and tied a piece of blue ribbon at the top.  Then I heat embossed the top sentiment and complimentary bottom sentiment using white embossing powder.  After using foam dimensionals to attach the tag to the card, I added the smiling puck and hockey beaver to the tag, also using foam dimensionals.  The result is a fun card that would appeal to both young and old(er) hockey fans.

Have fun checking out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I hope you'll link your creation before the deadline on Monday, April 19th, 2021.

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

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Layer It (many layers in this card)