Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Before the trick-or-treaters begin to arrive, I thought I would take a few minutes and post a couple of Halloween cards I've made in the past week, before the occasion is over and we're into November. (Aside: November? Already?) 

Isn't this a fun sentiment? I started by colouring the too-cute-to-spook monster, then cut him (her? it?) in half and attached to the top and bottom of the sentiment. I'm entering this card in this week's Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge. 

This one is a little bit spookier. I sponged distress inks on what was originally grey and black patterned paper so it would better match the tag. The cobweb die cut is covered in iridescent medium for lots of shimmer. The patterned paper is also misted with some Smooch spritz for sparkle, and the edges distressed. With Alice on the tag, I'm entering this card into the latest Quirky Crafts Challenge: Quirky Charades.
Hope your evening is filled with treats not tricks! I'll be back bright and early tomorrow with the newest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge -- you won't want to miss it! 

Supplies: (trick or treat) white & black cardstock, SEI Field Notes & Pebbles Thirty-One patterned papers, My Favorite Things Trick or Treat stamps, Ranger Archival jet black & Stampin' Up elegant eggplant inks, Sharpies, watercolour pencils, pop-dot tape; (curiouser) black cardstock, Echo Park Apothecary Emporium patterned paper, Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland tag, milled lavender and dusty concord distress inks, cobweb die, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, vanilla Smooch spritz, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, Hemptique twine, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Flowers and Classes and SPARKS

Happy Saturday! Hope you are enjoying a beautiful fall weekend. I've got a card to share for the current Paper Smooches SPARKS "anything goes" challenge: 

I realize there's nothing particularly fall-like about this card, these are just the colours I happened to go with. :) For the flower panel, I used a layered paper-piecing technique as demonstrated by Shari Carroll in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card class. I started by stamping the image on the white panel and colouring the leaves and small buds. Next, I stamped the image again, this time cutting out the centre floral section. There were a few more leaves to colour, and the flowers to paper-piece. Next, I stamped on the patterned paper then cut out just the two main flowers. After adding a little dimension with a stylus, they were adhered. Finally, the one flower was stamped, cut out, shaped, and added with a few layered glue dots to lift it off the page just a little. Stickles were added to the centre of the flowers. Some patterned papers and a simple sentiment finish the card. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Supplies: white card stock, Lily Bee Design Pinwheel patterned Papers, Paper Smooches Botanicals & Maya Road Perfect Cameras stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, clear embossing powder, watercolour pencils, rock candy distress Stickles, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, glue dots, pop-dot tape

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pink Christmas

Given the events in Ottawa today, it seems trivial to be writing a blog post about a card. However, as the card is for a good cause, I decided to go ahead. 

Let me say right off the top, pink is not really my colour. Red, definitely; pink, not so much. However, the generous people behind the challenge blog Jingle Belles, Stephanie and Lauren, are not only looking for pink Christmas cards, but they will also donate to breast cancer research for every card posted to their site. So pink it is. 

I've had my background made for days, but further inspiration wasn't exactly flowing. Then I realized, oh look, the challenge ends today. Nothing better than a deadline to get ideas flowing. ;) I decided to go all-out pink:

Neon pink, to be exact. I was striving for a little bit of a retro look as well. I used the falling snow stencil with some silver glitter paint before washing over it with Twinkling H2Os. The silver snow, trees and holiday cheer sentiment are all raised with pop dots. 
Pink not being in my usual Christmas palette, I'm also adding this to the current Merry Monday challenge to use non-traditional colours. 
If you are too late for the pink Christmas card challenge, why not check out the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers pink Halloween challenge? Guaranteed fun! ;) 

Supplies: Neenah solar white cardstock, pink cardstock, watercolour paper, Stampin' Up silver glimmer paper, Gourmet Rubber Stamps holiday cheer stamps, Hero Arts neon pink ink, Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil, PSX silver glitter 3D paper paint, Twinkling H2Os, Spellbinders circle die, Paper Smooches Borders 1 die, pop-dots

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hopeful Halloween!

Don't worry... my title will make complete snarky sense in a moment. After all, it's Saturday, and time for a new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge! We are past Canadian Thanksgiving, American Thanksgiving is still over a month away, so what do we have left? Why, Halloween of course, as well as Breast Cancer Awareness month. So naturally we chose to combine the two. 

We are not even making the challenge that tricky... you can choose to make a Halloween card, a Breast Cancer Awareness card... or go ahead, combine the two in a pink Halloween card. Which at first seemed a little difficult, but then turned out to be a lot of fun:

This also happens to be bargain crafting at its finest, with the stamps from Michaels cheap bin and the cat sticker from an after-Halloween clearance. It must be the spirit of Halloween... I even distressed the edges of the patterned paper! I wanted a less-blended look to the ink distressing (opposite of the usual goal, I know), so I used a stippling brush to give a rougher look to the ink. Almost like that cat's tail brushed across the ink pad. :) 
I was so happy with the outside, I carried the design through to the inside: 

The bats are yet another Michaels stamp! And I do believe the sentiment was on sale. :D 
Visit the Snarky Sisters' blog for more inspiration -- including that of our latest Queen of Snark guest designer, Pamellia! And then I hope you'll join us. 

Supplies: Stampin' Up black cardstock, Echo Park Life is Good patterned paper, Craft Smart & Imaginisce stamps, Brilliance starlite black & Versafine onyx black inks, holographic embossing powder, K&Company Ghostly Greetings sticker, Wink of Stella clear glitter marker

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Festive Friday Two-for-One... on Wednesday

A week or so ago, my friend Jen created a card to enter into a Festive Friday challenge. This was a new-to-me challenge, and when I saw the inspiration photo, I was amazed... it was as though the photo had been inspired by a stamp set I have! :D But then of course I missed the deadline. Here it is anyway, along with the original photo: 

The wreath on the sled, instead of above, but still. Eventually I'm going to make a second card, since the set has the skates, too!
This week I was determined to play in plenty of time. Here's the current photo:

From this, I was inspired by the predominantly red and white colours, the long lines of the chair backs, and the ribbon, greenery and silver bells adorning them. This is what resulted:

All the die cuts were already in my bin of cut but not yet used stuff -- the little holly leaves are the leftovers from a border punch I have, and yes, I saved them. 
Since I'm early rather than late this time, there's still another week to play if you are interested! 

Supplies: (warm winter wishes) Stampin' Up ruby red cardstock, Strathmore multimedia paper, (?) patterned woodgrain paper, Stampin' Up Winter Memories stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, distress markers, Lil' Inkers stitched sentiment flag die; (Christmas joy) Neenah solar white linen, Stampin' Up real red & Recollections green foil cardstock, silver pearl paper, Gourmet Rubber Stamps Love and Joy Labels stamp, Stampin' Up real red ink, Lil' Inker Designs jingle joy dies, EK Success holly border punch, red Divine Twine, pop-dot tape

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