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Friday, September 12, 2014

Wine and Salad

The current Quirky Crafts Challenge is a fun one -- it's called Red Red Wine. (If you're at all familiar with 80s music, we can also thank them for the earworm. And if you're not? The video for the song is helpfully provided on their blog. :D) Red wine and I don't actually get along very well -- headaches tend to ensue -- so instead of drinking it and suffering the consequences, I made a card. 



I love that sentiment. :) And I thought it was fun use it with an otherwise minimalist and classy-looking card. Not positive I would want to look for long at that one patterned paper after a glass or two... 
Being Friday and all, I'm also linking this card Unity's Friends with Flair. Now... perhaps some white wine? ;)



Supplies: white & black card stock, Basic Grey PB&J patterned papers, Unity Alcohol & Salads & Paper Smooches Free Spirits stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, clear embossing powder

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

O is for Colour?

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is at it again! We wouldn't want our alphabet challenges to be too obvious, so our latest challenge is O is for One... as in one colour!  



Our mascot, Edna, is obviously feeling blue, and I went with the colour blue for my monochromatic card, as well. 



I started by embossing a snowflake background on some watercolour paper, then swiped some blue paint over it with a wide brush. While that dried, I stamped and embossed the snowman and sentiment and cut them out. I used holographic embossing powder for some fun shine. Once the base was dry, I die cut it, layered it on blue card stock and then onto the white card. All that was left was to pop up the snowman and sentiment!
Notice the curve in my card? I photographed this on a day that felt like there was 400% humidity -- all my papers seemed as though they'd been dropped in a warm bath. :( Happy to say that once the humidity dropped, my card went back to normal. 
For more one-colour cards, check out the designs of my sisters in snark! We are also welcoming our latest guest designer, Anne. Hope you will join us! 

Supplies: white & blue cardstock, Strathmore 140 lb watercolour paper, Hero Arts Snow Much Joy & Holiday Conversation & Local King Rubber Stamp Snowflakes stamps, Brilliance Mediterranean blue ink, holographic embossing powder, Koh-in-oor watercolours, Simon Says Stamp postage stamp edge frame die, pop-dot tape 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Joy

And just like that, it's Friday! And for many, the start of the last long weekend of the summer. I thought I would start the weekend by playing along with Unity's Friends with Flair with a card I made inspired by the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class. 


Jennifer Rzasa made a beautiful card using an outline floral stamp, debossing, and distress inks. I decided to try her technique with the poppy from Wishing You Joy. I started by stamping the poppy on some cardboard, cutting it out, adhering it to more cardboard and cutting that out. This created a thick enough layer to deboss my white panel in the Cuttlebug. The pic below shows the debossing a bit more, but it's more obvious in real life. 


Instead of ink pads, I used distress markers to colour the poppies before stamping. Then with a damp paintbrush, I pulled some of the colour into the poppies from the outlines, and brushed over the stems as well for more of a watercolour look. I embossed the sentiment and layered the panel on matching pearl paper. 
I'll add this to Simon Says Stamp's current Anything Goes challenge, too. And now it's time for the weekend to start! 

Supplies: Neenah solar white cardstock, pale gold pearl paper, Unity Wishing You Joy stamps, Versamark ink, pale gold pearl embossing powder, distress markers, pop-dot tape

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Forgetful SPARKS?

I haven't played along with the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge for quite a while, but I really like this week's Designer Drafts sketch challenge: 


I made my card the day the sketch was revealed. Wait, what's that you say? It's Thursday now? I know, sigh. The day after I made the card, I gave it away, and you know the old saying about out of sight, out of...? Last night I remembered I needed to get my card entered, and realized I never did photograph it. :( A few texts, an iPod photo appeared, and my work can be displayed! 


For reasons that a professional could likely shed some light on, the sketch made me think of scenes in old movies with split screens showing two of the characters talking on the phone. So I have my dog and my birdie characters! Add some colouring, some patterned paper, a few Paper Smooches dies, and done. 
Along with SPARKS, I'm going to add this card to Simon Says Stamp's current Anything Goes challenge. 




Supplies: white & American Crafts yellow textured cardstock, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Fly a Kite & Echo Park Country Drive patterned papers, Paper Smooches Woofers and Tweeters stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear embossing powder, Paper Smooches Borders 1 & Clouds dies, distress markers, yellow Sharpie, pop-dot tape

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Monday, August 25, 2014

A Unique Blog Hop

My turn to participate in A Unique Blog Hop. I was tagged by Chris of Chrispy's Creations. (You can see her post here.) This blog hop is a way to get to know your friendly blogging crafter a little bit better! Now if you've ever noticed the title of my blog, you'll realize that this might not be my first choice of things to do... but Chris asked SO nicely -- not to mention more than once -- how could I refuse? 
I *met* Chris when I joined the design team at the late lamented Drunken Stampers challenge blog. We have both since migrated to our current shared team, the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, where we have a great time being snarky in the friendliest manner imaginable. Chris is everything you might look for in an adopted sister -- fun and funny, quick to laugh but also quick to empathize and offer a friendly shoulder. Some day I'll just show up on her doorstep, or she on mine, and I'm sure we'll start yakking like we've known each other for years. ;) 
And now... on to the blog hop questions! 
How did you get started?
Well, there usually needs to be two people, then... oh, how did I get started crafting. I have loved paper in all forms as long as I can remember. For drawing, folding, cutting, layering. So I have long had selections of pretty papers of different types in my life. When I started teaching, I liked to add stickers or stamps to students' work, so started to collect a few rubber stamps and ink pads. But then! On a little expedition one weekend, we went into a rubber stamp store in Port Carling, Ontario. (The store is long gone, alas.) The store owner introduced me to the magic of HEAT EMBOSSING! I have never looked back. Splitcoast Stampers helped me refine my design and style, as did crafty friends I started to get to know through that site or by following blogs. A few of those new friends encouraged me to start this little blog of my own -- hard to believe, but it will be four years come December! 
What are you working on?
August is a month of family birthdays, so a lot of birthday cards and tags have been made over the past few weeks. I was also fortunate enough to win a spot in the new online card class, Stretch Your Stamps 2, so have been working through the lessons whenever I can. And of course, every two weeks I have a project to make and blog about for the Snarky Sisters challenge.
Here are a few of my most recent creations, not yet blogged...


How does your work differ from others?
I don't think I have a particularly unique style... I tend to be a clean and simple (CAS) stamper, without too many layers or embellishments. Often cute or whimsical, with the occasional attempt at classy or elegant. And then of course, for Snarky Stampers, I often aim for subtle snark, my favourite kind. 


What do you create?
Mostly cards, with some tags (especially at Christmas) and the occasional gift bag or box. No scrapbooking here! :)
What does your crafty space look like?
Well. I've never been a desk person. So while I have a fine desk that would be perfect for crafting -- where I do most of my work looks remarkably like our dining room table or the family room floor. With the occasional wander into the kitchen, where I like to do my heat embossing. (I think that's left over from when I started, and heated the embossing powder over the toaster.) The kitchen's also a handy place to clean my stamps. So my desk is the perfect place to keep some of the tools of the trade:


On the desk are my Cuttlebug along with dies and embossing folders, paper cutter, scoring board and envelope maker. And if you look carefully, you'll see Edna, our Snarky Stamper mascot! To the left of the desk is a storage cube with markers and pens on top, and drawers for twine, washi and ribbon. To the left of the photo are shelves holding my stamps and embellishments, while to the right there is storage for inks, paints, etc. and a rack for twelve by twelve papers and coloured cardstock. Across the room I have more shelves for white cardstock, paper pads and various other odds and ends. 
Since my supplies are all in the basement, and I craft on the main floor, I have turned stamping into a remarkably healthy hobby. ;)
Now it's my turn to tag a few fellow stampers -- but a lot of my friends have either already participated or are just too busy at this start-of-school season. Luckily, my incredibly talented and sweet friend Jocelyn has agreed to play along! Her blog, Red Balloon Cards, is a constant source of inspiration. She's asked for an extra week, so you'll see her blog hop post in two weeks on September 8th. 

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