Sunday, March 1, 2015

Three Songs and a Card (Naughty or Nice)

Hooray! Record-breaking cold February is over, March -- which contains the first day of spring -- has begun, and as an extra added bonus, there's a new Naughty or Nice challenge! 

March is a perfect time to go green, whatever that might mean to you. For we troublemakers at Naughty or Nice, we started with the thought that "it's not easy being green". Which of course made me think of Kermit. When I think of Kermit (not that I do THAT often), I also think of this song. All of which led to deciding to put a frog on my card. Thoughts of frogs led to thoughts of frog princes, which led to thoughts of not really wanting to kiss one -- and I'm not even a princess! All that led me to my third song, and the design of my card... 

I started by sponging a scrap of watercolour paper with distress ink, as well as flicking it with a few drops of water, before stamping and embossing the frog. I added a little extra colour to his spots, too. His lily pad is just a die-cut oval with a wedge snipped out. I added a teal panel -- after all, isn't teal just green striving to be blue and failing? I also scored a simple frame around the panel. His eyes weren't showing as much as I thought they should, so I added microscopic dots of enamel accents. Speech bubble, a couple of wood veneer hearts, and I have a card that makes me chuckle. Also a card to enter into this week's Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge. 
Where will thinking green lead you? I hope you'll go green and join us! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore 140 lb watercolour paper, Echo Park For the Record 2 patterned paper, Paper Smooches A Little Lovin' stamps, Versafine onyx black, Memento Luxe rhubarb stalk & mowed lawn distress inks, Zing clear embossing powder, Paper Smooches word bubbles, Spellbinders oval & Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge dies, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, Martha Stewart scoring board, pop dot tape

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mini Dog Sympathy

Despite my best intentions, I've once again let a ton of time pass since I last played a CASology challenge. The current challenge was a good fit for me this week, though: 

I wanted to make a card for a friend whose yellow lab recently died. When it comes to making sympathy cards, I always find clean and simple works best for me. I checked through my dog stamps, and found a sweet small one:

After watercolouring him with a distress marker, I cut him out with a heart die and popped him up on some patterned paper. I added a stitched die cut detail to one side and a thin band of coordinating paper on the other. 
Of course, I'm also adding this to the current Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp. And if you happen to be looking for a challenge, I'll be back in a few hours with the March Naughty or Nice challenge! 

Supplies: Stampin' Up kraft cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Crate Paper Acorn Avenue patterned paper, Stampin' Up Every Little Bit stamp, Memories black ink, distress markers, QuicKutz heart & Paper Smooches Stitched dies, pop dots

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Belated... Happy New Year?

Yes, I'm a week late posting this Chinese New Year card I made... but in my defence, I wanted it to get to its destination before I posted it. And I may have hoped it would travel from my house to there in two days. Maybe not. :D Better late than never, here it is: 

We are now in the Year of the Sheep! (It can also be the Year of the Goat; I don't have many goat stamps...) I was sure this sheep was holding a little gift, so thought it would be perfect for a not-very-traditional New Year's card. Of course, when I got the set out, it was the cow holding a gift, and the sheep had a cupcake. So I masked the sheep's front legs with washi tape before stamping and embossing her. I also stamped her on a post-it note so I had a mask for sponging the background. Then I stamped, embossed, coloured and fussy-cut the cow's front legs and adhered them to the sheep. I popped the present up just a bit with a double layer of glue dots for a hint of definition. 
Simon Says Stamp is having an Anything Goes Wednesday challenge this week, so I'm entering. 

Supplies: white & red cardstock, Simple Stories Summer Fresh patterned paper, Pink Cat Studio Farm Animals & Neat & Tangled Gifts for You stamps, Memento Luxe grey flannel & Simon Says Stamp schoolhouse red inks, clear embossing powder, red Spectrum Noir marker, Marvy gold metallic marker, Wink of Stella clear glitter marker

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Accident Time at the Sisterhood!

I don't know about you, but winter -- the cold! the snow! -- is really starting to get me down. My condition is nothing compared to Edna's, though! 

Edna is definitely in need of a get well card. So that is what the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is looking for! 

I've always thought this Paper Smooches die would make an excellent base for a snarky get well card, so I knew right away I would use it. I added a PS germ coloured in what I think of as a particularly sickly green (Iced Spruce). None of the sentiments with the germ seemed quite snarky enough to work, so I made one of my own and used another PS die to cut it out. I debated both googly eyes and glossy accents for the germ's eyes, but ended up going with beady black enamel eyes and glittery black antenna ends. The germ and the  speech bubble are adhered with a double layer of glue dots for just a hint of dimension. As for the rest of the design, I was obviously feeling in quite a clean and simple mood. ;) 
I am adding this card to the current Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge. 
There are more get well cards, both snarky and sweet, on our challenge blog! Our guest designer this week is Michelle; I hope you'll leave her a comment, as well! And then I hope you'll join us with your own get well creation.

Supplies: white & red cardstock, Paper Smooches Healthy Vibes stamp, Ranger Archival black & iced spruce distress inks, Paper Smooches Borders 1 & Word Bubbles dies, black Enamel Accents, black icicle Stickles, Creative Memories corner-rounder punch, glue dots, pop-dot tape

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Time for Some Valentines (and Challenges)

Oh look, it's Monday! With less than a week to go before Valentine's Day, I thought now was a good time to share a couple of cards I made for the big day, and enter a few challenges with them. Valentines just aren't as topical in, say, March. 
First up, a sweet and feminine card:

It's funny, my favourite colour is red, red is the colour most associated with Valentine's Day, but I have yet to make a valentine with red this year. This one is in pastel shades of pink and mauve, with some purple hemp cord, silver embossing, and a black "please". The hearts flanking the please, plus a few random hearts in the background, are sparkled up with Wink of Stella marker. The embossing shows up a bit more in the close-up below. 

With the hearts and big sentiment, I am entering this card into the current Quirky Crafts challenge: Love is in the Air; and Stamplorations: "Love and Hearts". 

Next up, perhaps the more challenging card of the two... one for a ten-year-old boy.

I paper-pieced the socks and coloured in the little hearts with a marker. While I had patterned papers that might have been a little more in keeping with the occasion, I figured I was pushing my luck far enough with said hearts and a quasi-mushy sentiment. :D 
For this card, I followed the sketch for The Crooked Stamper's very first sketch challenge! (Hi, Leslie!) I'm also joining the "Love" word week challenge at Just Us Girls

Supplies: (will you be...?) white cardstock, Echo Park Head Over Heels patterned paper, Neat & Tangled Be My Valentine stamps, Versamark, Stampin' Up wisteria wonder & Versafine onyx black inks, Zing silver embossing powder, corner-rounding punch, Wink of Stella clear glitter marker, pop dots; (socks) white & teal cardstock, Crate Paper Fourteen & Echo Park Here & Now patterned paper, Lawn Fawn My Silly Valentine stamps, Memento tuxedo black & Luxe teal zeal inks, Zing clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir marker, Nellie Snellen square dies, pop dots

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