Sunday, August 20, 2017

Double the Fun with Penguins

Two cards for two challenges, both with penguins! First up, my final card inspired by Cornelia for Muse: ChristmasVisions:

I just had the lower right card left...

I was inspired by the penguins, obviously, but also by that cool geodesic background image. The closest I could get to that was this geometric tree. I sponged an Antarctic sky then added the tree, some presents, a sentiment and my penguin pair. 
Next, I have a card inspired by the latest Muse challenge, where my friend Tracey has the inspiration card this week: 

I needed a teenaged boy birthday card, and was at a bit of a loss till I saw Tracey's card. Inspired by the clean design, a fun animal, the sponged background, and the sentiment banner, I ended up with this: 

Coincidentally, the penguin belongs to Muse CEO Ardyth, and I stamped it at a crafty get-together last year. (I need this set, but for now, I just borrow...) I decided to add a sandy base to the sponged background. Like Tracey, I added a white on black sentiment to complete the card. 
I may not be done with being inspired by the quartet of cards that Cornelia made, but at least I achieved my goal of getting all four done! 

Supplies: (happy holidays) white & blue metallic DCWV cardstock, Memory Box grey card base, Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together & Winter Penguin stamps & dies,Versamark, MFT black licorice & spun sugar, milled lavender, tumbled glass & mermaid lagoon distress inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, Essentials by Ellen Geo Tree dies, Wink of Stella clear glitter marker, foam tape; (happy birthday) white, black & blue cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, MFT Penguins in Paradise & Neat & Tangled Gifts for You stamps, Versamark, MFT black licorice & antique linen & tumbled glass distress inks, Wow white embossing powder, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway dies, foam tape

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Weddings... and Yet Not

It's time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: W is for WEDDINGS! 

And yet, all is not as it seems. What we're REALLY looking for is a card that follows the tradition of an old English wedding rhyme: 

Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue.

Many of the sisters chose to make wedding-themed cards that also adhered to the rhyme. I decided to provide the contrast, although theoretically, this could be an anniversary card for a spouse...

Let me itemize the challenge requirements:
OLD: my bird stamp and die, Zigs to colour him, my white and black cardstock & watercolour paper, the speech bubble die, all the inks
NEW: the sentiment (new being relative, I've had this set less than two months ;)
BORROWED: (from Emily, my stamping playdate partner) the stars die to emboss the background, the two frames
BLUE: the bird and one frame
My speech bubble sentiment qualifies this for Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge, Add a Sentiment
This is a great challenge to stretch your supplies, using up some old or borrowed bits! Hope you'll come and play along with us. Before you do, be sure to check out what my sisters in snark have created, as well as our latest Queen of Snark, Ike

Supplies: white, black, blue, yellow & Neenah linen cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp & die, Technique Tuesday You're Not Normal stamp, MFT black licorice ink, Zig clean colour real brush markers, Neat & Tangled seeing stars, Paper Smooches word bubbles & (?) frame dies, foam tape

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Muse Christmas Card No. 3

After a brief hiatus to participate in real life, I had a chance to make a third card for the current Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge. There are four cards to be inspired by, and I still have high hopes of completing my own versions of all four. 

This time I'm being inspired by the wreath card on the bottom left. I liked the more-than-just-evergreen look. I thought about tracing a circle and creating my own, but then remembered a stamp that would do the job for me. 😉

I have kept the general design of Cornelia's card, as well as the wreath and its colours as the main image, but from there I went off on my own. I started with a sponged background panel, splatted with some DUI perfect pearls mist for sparkle and shine. From there I coloured my embossed image with Twinkling H2Os — more sparkle and shine! The bow is painted with champagne paint. Finally, the sentiment is embossed with the same powder as the wreath. 

I just have the penguin card left to CASE! And I like penguins...

Supplies: Bazzill marshmallow, Neenah white & Recollections green metallic cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Essentials by Ellen Homespun Holiday stamp & die, Simon Says Stamp Big Holiday Wishes stamp, Versamark & tumbled glass distress inks, Stampendous moonstone embossing powder, white confetti Perfect Pearls mist, Twinkling H2Os, Tsukineko champagne all-purpose ink, Winnie & Walter Katharine frame die, pop-dot tape

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Anything Goes at Seize the Birthday


I'm playing along at the Seize the Birthday party again! And this week is a straight up Anything Goes challenge... any birthday-themed card will do! (Actually, that's always true! But there's not even an optional topping this week.) 

My mother-in-law's 95th birthday is in just a few days! So I used the challenge to make a birthday card that will go to her. 

My mother-in-law is a cryptic crossword pro, still works on them regularly, and taught me the arcane art of solving them as well. So I bought this crossword sentiment set a couple of years ago with her in mind. About time I used it! While I totally understand why, it's unfortunate the "happy" is so low on the grid, so I emphasized it by stamping it again on my mauve cardstock and paper-piecing it. I thought my embossing folder was suitably grid-like. The flower is not my usual style of embellishment, but it seemed just the right way to finish this. 
CAS on Friday (which used to be CAS on Sunday) is having a birthday challenge at the moment, so I will enter this there. And since it's definitely front and centre, I'll also play along with the "Add a Sentiment" Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp
You can always use a birthday card or two, so why not come and join the party! 

Supplies: white & mauve cardstock, Stampin' Up Cross My Heart & Unity Giving It All Meaning stamps, Versafine onyx black & Altenew lavender fields inks, Ranger clear & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powders, Spellbinders grid embossing folder, Maya Road velvet flower, fun foam

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On the Move Reminder

Mid-month (wait, what?) means it's Naughty or Nice Challenges reminder time! This month we are ON THE MOVE with an optional colour challenge. I didn't manage the colours this time, but at least the theme is there! 

I missed out on the "naughty" aspect this time, as well. Oops. As I was deciding what to make to fit the theme, I remembered this origami map stamp, and had a thought... watercolour powder! The other times I'd used this stamp, powders had not yet become a THING. After stamping and embossing in white on watercolour paper, I wet the continents one or two at a time before carefully sprinkling green powder on. I like the mottled mappy look using the powder gives! I decided that trying to do the same with the oceans might be a mess in the making, so I used distress ink (salty ocean, of course) to watercolour instead. Shockingly, I found some patterned paper that worked with the green. That, an accent of black, and an embossed sentiment finished the card. 
Why not come and join us with your naughty or nice creation? You have until August 25th to join us. 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Basic Grey Oxford patterned paper, Neat & Tangled Origami Map stamps, Versamark & salty ocean distress ink, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Magenta Nuance green watercolour powder, fun foam

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