Saturday, March 16, 2019

Christmas Kickstart - with Hooves

A new challenge has started at Christmas Kickstart and the theme is "Moves on Hooves". My snarky sister and challenge host, Jo, may be surprised at how traditional I chose to go for this prompt: 

I have a feeling faceted stamps are no longer an *in* thing, but I like this reindeer too much to give him up. And I'd never thought of stamping him on black for a fancy silhouette, so here he is! A simple sponged snowscape and a peaceful sentiment was all I felt he needed - along with a thin black mat. It's amazing how much a simple layer of cardstock can add to an otherwise very CAS card. It refused to show up in the photographs, but along with the gold tinsel on the hooved guy, the sentiment twinkles with sparkly embossing powder. 

Supplies: Neenah white & Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, Essentials by Ellen Season to Sparkle stamps & die, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & milled lavender, faded jeans, blueprint sketch & chipped sapphire distress ink, gold tinsel & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dots and Stripes for a Birthday

All of a sudden, we're close to halfway through March! Time for another Seize the Birthday challenge, and our new topping is • Dots and ⁄ Stripes

Remember, our *toppings* are always optional - if you're not feeling in a dots and stripes mood, we love to see any birthday card. 
I don't normally mix dots and stripes - I think it's my upbringing :D - but in honour of the challenge, I did! 

I went floral to go with the dots and stripes, though to be honest, I sometimes hesitate to use them for Seize the Birthday, as my teammates are masters at using flowers! But I wanted to test-drive this new-to-me stamp set from Catherine Pooler - and yikes, the flowers have FOUR layers! Using reds might have been easier, but no, I decided I wanted purple. My first attempts came out way too dark, so I adapted and used the same light coloured ink for the first two layers, saving me from going super dark for the final one. Similarly, I just used two green inks for the three-layer leaves. I could probably have experimented all day with various ink combos. :D I almost cut a strip of polka dot paper to layer over the vertical stripes, but chose ribbon instead - the dots were a little more spaced and seemed to cause less eye buzzing. :P The card still seemed to need a little something, so a few clear sequins finished it off. The overall design is inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge. 

The design team has used our topping theme in all sorts of original ways - as has our newest surprise party guest, Tenia! You're sure to be inspired. 

Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, MFT Dots & Stripes neutral patterned paper, Catherine Pooler Rose Garden stamps & dies, Unity sentiment stamp, Versafine onyx black, Stampin' Up almost amethyst & lavender lace, wilted violet distress & Memento new sprout & bamboo leaves ink, Wow clear embossing powder, Sugar Pea Designs cardfront element builder die, May Arts ribbon, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Return of Tag You're It

My friend Tracey has brought back the Tag You're It challenge! It's been on hiatus for just over a year, but Tracey and her design team decided to bring it back. The current challenge, as you can see, is "The Luck of the Irish". Here's my contribution: 

On my own, I have approximately no St. Patrick's Day-themed supplies. I did at some point die cut several shamrocks at a friend's house, so that was my starting point for the base tag. I adhered three to a darker green tag, then stencilled some translucent embossing paste over the entire tag. While that dried, I die cut a rainbow from the top tag and coloured it with Copics. I also printed some vintage images from The Graphics Fairy, cut them out, added a little extra thickness with chipboard and added them to the ends of the rainbow.  

This tag will likely end up as the focal point on a card - I make one St. Patrick's Day card a year for friends that we get together with for dinner every March 17th, a fun tradition. In the meantime, I'm also adding this tag to the current Paper Players challenge, Colours of the Rainbow. 

Supplies: Neenah white, (?) green & Stampin' Up garden green cardstock, The Graphics Fairy vintage St. Patrick's Day images, CUTplorations manila tag, MFT rainbow, Paper Smooches Spring & Spellbinders circle dies, Stampers Anonymous/TIm Holtz burlap stencil, Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste, Copic markers, scrap ribbon

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

I've Got the Ombré Blues at the Sisterhood

Edna is looking lovely in teal ombré, and we want you to look good in ombré, too! The newest challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is O is for Ombré. Light to dark, dark to light, show us some colour fade on your card or other paper creation. I didn't have a complete plan in mind when I started my card, I just knew I want to play in blue. Here's what I ended up with:

I decided to use this new stencil to add an ombré element down the left side of my panel. So I had the ombré, but where to go from there? Browsing through my stamps, I decided that you can never go wrong with alcohol! I mean stamps and dies on that theme, of course. While the martini glass die has a coordinating stamp, I simply sponged a bit of cardstock with the same three inks and die cut the shape, as well as a few extras that I adhered together to add some dimension. I also spritzed it with some shimmer mist, since who wouldn't want a sparkly blue martini! Using the darkest blue, I stamped and embossed the sentiment. I also used the dark blue to ink the edges of my card base before offsetting the main panel on some fun foam to pop it up. 

My snarky sisters have so many different ways to interpret our challenge, you will have to check it out! We also have a new Queen of Snark and guest designer, Pip. Add some ombré and join us!

Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, MFT Martini Time stamps & dies, Versamark, tumbled glass, mermaid lagoon & chipped sapphire distress ink, Wow clear embossing powder, Carabelle Studio Mosaique stencil, Tsukineko clear sparkle shimmer spray, fun foam

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Triple Challenge Christmas Card

I had a chance to play with a few card challenges today! I wanted to play along with my good friend Jo's Christmas Kickstart challenge, and decided to combine it with two other challenges. Jo's challenge asks for bears, the current Jingle Belles challenge wants music, and I found a sketch to try on Just Add Ink. I'm not totally sure the trifecta was a good idea in the end, but here's my card: 

The bear part was easy! I knew I wanted to use one of the sweet bear images from a wooden stamp cube I've had approximately forever. While none of them are overtly musical, I thought this could easily have carols playing quietly in the background. :D I really liked the card sketch until it actually came to use it - so many layers for CAS me! I did the best I could with it. 
I'm back in the morning with the newest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge! 


Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, Ranger/Tim Holtz watercolour paper, Teresa Collins Santa's List patterned paper, Stamp Barn polar bear & Uniko Simply Said Blocks Christmas stamps, Versafine onyx black & Altenew sapphire inks, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Zig markers, Tim Holtz/Ideo-ology tissue tape, scrap of wrapping paper

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