Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time is Short at the Sisterhood...

That's right! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers wants to see what you can make in ten minutes or less. One of my least favourite challenges! I make cards for fun, not to feel stressed. But the Sisterhood called upon me, so here's what I came up with: 

And here's my process:

  1. Plan. Plan for a long time, because planning does not count in the ten minute limit, so the longer one plans, the longer one can put off the pressure. 
  2. Gather supplies. Any time-limited challenge I've seen (and I did even participate in one... ONCE) allows for having everything one needs at hand. Which is good for me, since I craft on our main floor and keep all my supplies in the basement.
  3. Put all not-needed supplies well out of reach to avoid confusion and distraction and places to hide for the things you do plan to use.
  4. Stop putting off the inevitable and make the card. :D
The card was made easier by using Graphic 45 papers and a coordinating journalling card. I could have just used the patterned papers, but it wouldn't have been any fun without a little stamping. I masked off most of a sentiment so I could stamp and emboss just the "you are". Then it was simply a matter of trimming and punching the corners of the sentiment, adhering it to the journalling card, trimming the two smaller cat images, die cutting the back panel -- realizing that in my haste I cut it longways instead of horizontally, so rearranging the layout immediately in my mind -- and adhering everything together. Just over eight minutes. Phew! 
For me, snark and speed did not go together, but of course it did for some of my Sisters! Be sure to check out their quick but quality cards, as well as a great one from our latest Queen of Snark, Manuela! And then I hope you can spare ten minutes and join us! 

Supplies: Stampin' Up basic black & naturals ivory cardstock, Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs & The Magic of Oz patterned papers & journalling/ephemera cards, Hero Arts Cheer Up stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, Zing clear embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp postage stamp edge die, Stampin' Up ticket corner punch, pop dots

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Merry Jingle Joy

I know, I know... for many of us, spring has finally shown up, and here I am with another Christmas card. All I can say in my defence is that there are two Christmas challenges that go together perfectly, so I had to play along! Merry Monday Is looking for vintage-style cards, while Jingle Belles, in honour of Earth Day next week, wants us to recycle/upcycle an element on our card. Here is mine:

I knew I wanted to reuse at least part of an old (commercial) Christmas card for this, so I started looking through my bin of saved cards. Look at the fabulous image I found! I have no recollection of saving it, so it's practically vintage on its own. ;) I edged each panel with a black ink pad, just to get rid of any harsh white edges. This was a very quick card to make, but I really like it! (My husb, not quite as much. Oh well...) :D 


Supplies: white cardstock, Teresa Collins Noel & Santa's List patterned papers, recycled Christmas card, Memento tuxedo black ink, Stampin' Up ticket corner punch, dimensionals 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Two Cards, Four Challenges

I have actually made two cards, they each fit two challenges, and none of the challenges have expired yet! This may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. 
First up, a Christmas card: 

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge is looking for angels and cherubs this week, and I used Leslie's newest monthly sketch to design my card. I did a mirror image of the sketch so my angel would face into the card. I embossed the angel with holographic embossing powder for some extra shimmer. You can see it better here: 

This is after I watercolored her, but before I added a light blue wash to the background and shimmer paint to her wings. I had made a snowflake-stencilled background panel on some white cardstock, but found the image worked better with more contrast. Rather than add more layers, I ran the edges of the oval and the patterned paper along the edge of an ink pad. 
Next, a card better suited to the season, if not perhaps the weather quite yet: 

Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is anything goes this week, while the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge has April Showers and/or Spring Flowers as its theme. The floral image is watercoloured, the sentiment die cut, and everything popped on patterned paper. Simple yet I really like the way it came out. (If I wasn't already a part of Naughty or Nice Challenges, this would totally work for this month's "In Bloom" challenge.) ;) 
Have a great weekend! 

Supplies: (Christmas) Bazzill marshmallow cardstock, Fluid hot-press watercolour paper, Echo Park Winter Wishes patterned paper, Hampton Art & Heather's Stamping Haven stamps, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass & broken china distress inks, Zing clear & holographic embossing powders, Spellbinders oval die, watercolour pencils, Tsukineko frost white shimmer ink, pop dots; (celebrate) white cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Lily Bee Design Pinwheel patterned paper, Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, Zing clear embossing powder, watercolour pencils, Little B block out die, pop-dot tape

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Introducing Duncan

There's a new guy in my life, and his name is Duncan...

Isn't he handsome? We brought him home from the OSPCA a week ago, and he's starting to feel quite at home. He's a year old, and is a rescue cat. Of course he needs to send a thank you card to all the people who looked after him till he found us. 

And here he is, saying thank you in his own way. He's such an indefinable colour, but for my first attempt, watercolouring with a pumice stone distress marker seemed to work well. For the background, I used some of the smaller stamps that come in this stamp set.
Not as CAS as some cards I make, but I'm going to add this to the current Addicted to CAS "Cute" challenge. Because I think my card is cute... and I know Duncan is cute. :) 

Supplies: white cardstock, Echo Park patterned paper, Papertrey Ink Cat's Meow stamp set, Memento Luxe grey flannel & Memento teal zeal, tangelo, bamboo leaves, rose bud, elderberry, pear tart, dandelion, lulu lavender & london fog inks, clear embossing powder, Papertrey Ink Cat's Meow & Paper Smooches word bubble dies, pumice stone distress marker, dimensionals

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Day!

... and happy Easter, if that's your thing. Our family get-together was yesterday, and I realized today I have one more Easter card I could post:

Such an adorable bunny. His eyes looked a bit lost in the grey ink in which he's stamped, so I went over them with a fine black Sharpie then added a little smile to his face. Since he's sitting, I thought he'd be perfect on a mountain of colourful chocolate eggs. Wouldn't it be nice if I had an Easter egg die or punch? Of course I don't, but at least I have an appropriately-shaped balloon die. Then it was just a matter of rounding off the narrower end, where the knot is. The background is stamped as well, with a giant cloud background stamp. 
Since Easter takes place in spring (why yes, I am ignoring the dusting of snow we got last night), I am entering this in the "Spring" Just Us Girls word challenge. 

Supplies: white & green cardstock, copious patterned paper scraps, Mama Elephant Honey Bunny, Impression Obsession Clouds & Studio G sentiment stamps, Versafine smokey grey & Memento rose bud inks, watercolour pencils, Sizzix balloon & Paper Smooches stitched dies, Twinery pink sorbet twine, pop-dot tape

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