Thursday, July 2, 2015

Have a Lovely Day

This has NEVER happened before. I made a card for two different challenges... and they both just started today. This will never happen again, so I shall enjoy this momentous occasion. ;) 
Ellen Hutson has a new Mix It Up challenge combining their products with Paper Smooches. I used the new sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch, and came up with this: 

The flowers and leaves are from Essentials by Ellen, while the sentiment and panel die cuts are by Paper Smooches. And another rarity: I got out my spray mists to colour the flowers and leaves. Here's a close up of their splotchy goodness:

I used a thin layer of foam packaging to pop up the cream panel just a bit. Possibly the hardest part of making this card was adhering those impossibly tiny sequins (a toothpick and tweezers were involved), but I do like them. 
I think this will make a *lovely* birthday card! 


Supplies: Cougar cream & Stampin' Up garden green cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds, Versafine onyx black ink, Zing clear embossing powder, Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossom dies, Paper Smooches Borders 1 & Stitched dies, Mr. Huey's Water Cooler & Boss Lady mists, Tattered Angels LED Red glimmer mist, Smooch Spritz Pink Sprinkles, Perfect Pearls Forever Violet mist, Art Anthology Colorations Timeless mist, Simon Says Stamp sequins

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015


It's July, and that means it's time for a new Naughty or Nice Challenge! This month, we're all seeing stars...

Stars seemed like the perfect theme for an end-of-school-year card for a boy, so alas, it's perfectly nice. ;) 

Since I didn't think up anything naughty, I decided instead to see how many different ways I could get stars on my card. The gold ones on the main panel are embossing paste mixed with galaxy gold ink and applied through a stencil, while the stars on the tag are embossed in pale gold pearl embossing powder. The dark and medium blue stars are either punched or die cut, from both regular and glitter cardstock. The pale blue stars are stamped. And of course there's also the patterned paper. 
I had hoped to make a slightly less nice card also, but sometimes life just seems to get in the way of card-making plans, doesn't it? ;) So you will just have to check the main challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team troublemakers created. Then I hope you'll join us!  And...

Supplies: white and scrap blue cardstock, My Mind's Eye Line Twist Go Fly a Kite patterned paper, Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies & Studio G stamps, Versafine onyx black, Brilliance galaxy gold, Versamark & tumbled glass distress inks, clear & pale gold pearl embossing powders, Simon Says Stamp stars stencil, Dreamweavers translucent embossing paste, Sizzix crescent tag thinlet die, assorted star dies and punches, Hemptique twine, pop-dot tape

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Sunday, June 28, 2015


A happy alignment of similarly-themed challenges, a weekend where looking into used ark prices seems not unreasonable, and a desire to play with stamps and inks... and I have a card to share! 
The card:

Many moons ago, I pinned this card, since I had the same stamp set and really liked the way Eva highlighted the shells and anchor using squares. (I'd call them "inchies", but really, they are inch-and-a-halfies.) I sponged the edges of both the squares and the striped paper — the Authentique patterned paper almost calls out for a little distressing, not that I usually hear that call. ;) I was so pleased that I managed to ink the sentiment in two different colours AND stamp it straight! 
The challenges:

The Challenge #40: Nautical
Besides the nautical theme, I was also inspired by the blue and cream of the inspiration photo as well as the stripes. And if I type quickly, I will even get this entered before the challenge deadline. 

CASology #152: Nautical
A second nautical challenge! And almost a day left to enter! While my design isn't the ultimate in clean and simple design, I think it still qualifies. So I hope my CASology friends think so too. ;) 

Shopping Our Stash #207: For the Boys
While I don't think this card is just for boys, I do think it's a very appropriate card for a guy. I may even have one in mind. Also... everything I used is old from my stash.

Crafty Creations Challenges #292: Red, White and/or Blue
Three colours that just happen to be eminently suitable for a nautical card. 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Self-explanatory, I hope. :) 

Thanks for stopping by! I think I'll go looking for a rowboat next. 

Supplies: Stampin' Up naturals white cardstock, Authentique Anchored patterned paper, Unity Beach Cottage Collection & Celebrate stamps, Memento Paris dusk & rhubarb stalk; antique linen distress inks, Nellie's Multiframe square die, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, June 27, 2015


... or as we Snarky Sisters like to say, the reason for living. :D That's right, our latest challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: W is for Wine

I may have more than one stamp set featuring the theme. I decided to go with my newest acquisition, called — appropriately enough — Uncorked:

I started with the wine glass, die cut from vellum and stamped on the reverse side. (My ink colour even happens to be called chianti. I could also have used burgundy.) For once, I thought about how I might adhere the vellum ahead of time... I just didn't really have any good ideas. I was hoping a tiny glue dot wouldn't show underneath the ink, and it really doesn't. Neither does the teeny drop of glue at the base of the stem. The wine bottle is also die cut, and I even managed to use two different embossing powders on it at the same time without messing up either! It's adhered with glue dots as well, so it's not completely flat against the layer underneath.  The white panel with its thin borders is popped up on the gold polka dot cardbase.
I'm adding this to the many many other cards at this week's Wednesday Simon Says Stamp challenge: Anything Goes
You know there are going to be great cards from the design team for this challenge, as long as they created first before imbibing. ;) Our newest Queen of Snark and guest designer Vicki has great inspiration for you as well! Hope you'll join us, and in the meantime, cheers! 

Supplies: Neenah solar white cardstock, vellum, My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Rosy patterned paper, Papertrey Ink Uncorked stamps and dies, Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Memento new sprout & Colorbox chianti inks, clear & pale gold pearl embossing powders, pop-dot tape

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Almost a Card for Two Challenges...

I don't really mean that I made almost a card. Although that may be a concept I will have to think about for the future. ;) I made a card for two challenges, that just happened to be essentially the same... but didn't notice that one ended before the other. Oh well. So I will now say... here is my card for the current Little Tangles challenge, featuring Leslie's sketch

Other than enlarging the three left focal points, I don't think I strayed too far from the sketch. Wait, I may have also cut down the front of the card a bit and added a strip of patterned paper to the inside edge. Possibly after putting my sentiment a bit too close to the tags. 
I used the tag stamp from the set "Gifts for You", since it could be a little bit like a luggage tag, right? I embossed parts of the Origami Map in pale gold before colouring with Twinkling H2Os. Here's a close-up that shows the embossing, the shimmer, and my mediocre watercoloring:

Since watercolouring is my current favourite technique, and heat-embossing my all-time favourite technique, I'm also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use a favourite technique or product. 

Supplies: Bazzill marshmallow & Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Basic Grey Wander patterned paper, Versafine onyx black & Versamark ink, clear & pale gold pearl embossing powder, Twinkling H2Os, ribbon 

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