Thursday, July 19, 2018

Seize the Striped Birthday

Hooray, it's another Seize the Birthday Thursday! Our optional topping for this latest challenge is STRIPES. We are happy to see any birthday card in our link-up, but perhaps using stripes will give you an extra boost of inspiration! 
As I was considering how I wanted to use stripes, a nautical theme popped into my head - and, as I discovered, into my teammate Sandy's brain, as well. Here's my version:

I have two nautical stamp sets, and for this card, the one from Neat & Tangled won out. The sailboat is stamped, embossed and watercoloured. The sentiment and anchor are also heat-embossed, this time on vellum, to go with the *canvas* in the frame. The vellum allows the sailboat to pop a little more against the striped panel. Although it is not a birthday-specific sentiment, I will definitely have this in my stash as a masculine birthday card. Especially since I've already added a birthday sentiment to the inside. ;) 
Be sure to check out the lovely creations on the challenge site by my fellow design team members, and our surprise party guest, Trina! I hope you'll join us. 

Supplies: Stampin' Up basic black & naturals white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, vellum, Authentique Anchored paper pad, Neat & Tangled Sailmates stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Rogers clear embossing powder, Paper Smooches Frame 4 die, black fun foam, foam tape  

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Colour Me Snarky?

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone survived Friday the 13th. Edna does look a little pale, but that is because she is promoting our newest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, C is for Colouring! (Also known as coloring...) Pencils, markers, paints, if you can colour it, we want to see your creation! Here is mine: 

I recently treated myself to the matching dies for two of my hipster stamps, so wanted to play! The dies cut him in his entirety, just his face, and his glasses and tie. I watercoloured him, cut his tie from patterned paper, and his glasses from some matte black cardstock. I highlighted him with a black cardstock circle, and added a little burlap stamping in the background to go with his... goatiness. 
Grab your favourite colouring media and join us! 

Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up naturals ivory cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Hipster & Unity Bit of Burlap stamps, MFT extreme black & Papertrey Ink fine linen cardstock, Zig watercolour markers, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Hipster & Lil' Inkers stitched rectangle dies, glue dots

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Seize the Sequinned Birthday

It's time for another Seize the Birthday Thursday! We had a terrific turnout for our last Anything Goes challenge. 

This week our optional topping is SEQUINS! You don't have to put sequins on your birthday card to enter, but they can add a fun bit of bling to a card. Here's mine: 

This card is inspired by our challenge leader, Nancy! A few days ago for The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, Nancy posted this card, which reminded me of this stamp that I chose to use. I watercoloured the roses and leaves with Zig markers, then used a pale blue watercolour pencil to outline the image. The blue panel is stamped with a rose background stamp in a shimmery blue ink, which I also used for the sentiment. 

This just happens to be red, white and blue! (with a small helping of green...) So I'm entering this in the Monday AND Wednesday Simon Says Stamp challenges, Red, White, and/or Blue. 
Be sure to check out the sequinned creations of the rest of the Seize the Birthday team, and our newest surprise party guest, Trina! I hope you'll join us with your own birthday card creation. 

Supplies: white & light & royal blue cardstock, Ranger/Tim Holtz distress watercolour cardstock, Great Impressions Rose Trio & Inkadinkado Happy Birthday stamps, Versafine onyx black & Brilliance pearlescent sky blue inks, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Zig markers, Derwent sky blue watercolour pencil, Spellbinders circle & Nellie's Multidies rectangle dies, Little Things from Lucy's cards sparkling rainbow sequins,  fun foam

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Colouring Challenge, DAY THIRTY

The end of June and the very final day of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge! This is the second time I've managed to play along every day with one of these challenges, and the second time I've thought at the end, nope, not doing that again. :D The pressure is all self-imposed, of course, but pressure all the same. Especially if I play along with a group of friends. However! I now have a stack of pretty cards finished, I do think my Copic colouring has improved a bit (more on THAT in a minute), and it's been fun to colour my friends' images and see what they do with mine as well as the others. 
Enough blather, here's my card! 

When I initially finished colouring these flowers, they almost went directly into recycling. And wouldn't that just figure, a major fail on the very last day! But they were over-coloured and blotchy. Since I didn't like them anyway, I decided to experiment. 
Did you see this post by Ardyth for Day 28? Such a pretty effect! I couldn't try it, though, since I have no reinkers, no colourless blending solution, and my flowers from Tracey were already die cut. BUT! I do have rubbing alcohol! :P That's got to be almost the same, right? So I poured a little over my flowers... and it smoothed the blotches and made them almost glow. Yay! The colour is still quite saturated, but they look so much better. (And no, there is no photographic evidence of them from before. I was too mad at them and me.) Against the dry-embossed black panel, with the white accents, they really pop. I was also able to use one of the sentiments Tracey had stamped with the flowers... there was just enough room to cut the sentiment out on the diagonal and then layer the black on top. This may now be one of my favourites from the month. I'm even going to display it in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge. ;) 
Thanks to Kathy for the challenge, and to my #30dayfriends for the images and friendship! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Papertrey Ink Vintage Linens stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black & Memento tuxedo black inks, Copic markers, rubbing alcohol (!), Darice diagonal stripe embossing folder, Paper Smooches Foliage 2 die

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Over the Hill with the Sisterhood

Poor Edna. She's feeling her age this week, and so the new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge is O is for Over the Hill. You may choose to take this literally, and add an actual paper hill to your creation, or take it more figuratively, as I did: 

I've been itching to use these Tim Holtz Paper Doll images since I bought them a few months ago, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. This particular gentleman seemed to fit the "over the hill" criterion quite nicely. I wasn't quite sure how to deal with the fact he's obviously sitting down, but when I discovered he fit perfectly on this patterned paper bicycle, it all went together really quickly. This paper is great, too, with its built in gloss elements, that I've tried to show a little better below: 

It's always a good idea to have a snarky age-related birthday card in your stash, so why not join us? For more inspiration, be sure to check out the creations of my sisters in snark, as well as this week's Queen of Snark and Guest Designer, Lorraine

Supplies: white & black cardstock, DCWV Timeless Type patterned paper, Paper Issues/Snarky Stamps Ahhh Birthday stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Ancestors Paper Dolls, Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway die

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