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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Merry Christmas Reindeer--#GDP

This week's Global Design Project color challenge gave me yet another reason to pull out my Merry Little Christmas designer series paper.  I love this paper and I love that it consists of patterns only in basic black, old olive and/or whisper white.  Beautiful stuff!  Since the color challenge is basic black, old olive and gold, I just added in some gold embossing and gold foil to create my card:

My first step in making this card was to stamp the be-sweatered reindeer and the "Merry Christmas" images from Merry Patterns stamp set in VersaMark onto Basic Black card stock.  I heat embossed them with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder, fussy cut the deer and punched out the sentiment.   Then I decided on which patterns from the designer series paper I would use on my card.  I HAD to use the basic black and old olive plaid (it's my favorite!) and decided on the old olive polka dot pattern for the reindeer's backdrop.  I layered both pieces on Basic Black card stock and added a gold foil layer to the back of the plaid piece.  I die cut shapes from Pretty Pines Thinlits in Gold Foil, Old Olive and Basic Black.  I tied the 1/8" Gold Ribbon around the plaid piece before I started layering the rest of the pieces on top of the card using Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.  Black rhinestones were the finishing touch. 

And I wonder why all my Christmas cards take extra postage!!! 

Go to the Global Design Project blog to see more projects using this great color combo:

Here's my supply list:
Merry Patterns limited edition Hostess Stamp set, photopolymer, #144973
Card stock:  Basic Black, #121045; Old Olive, #100702
Gold Foil Sheets, #132622
Merry Little Christmas designer series paper, #144621
VersaMark ink pad, #102283
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109129
Heat Tool, #129053
Gold 1/8" ribbon, #134583
Black Rhinestone Jewels, #144639
Classic Label Punch, #141491
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705
Pretty Pines Thinlits, #141851

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Flurry of Wishes--#tgifc129

As I thought about my entry for this week's TGIF Challenge, snowflakes kept coming up as I sifted through my stamp sets for an idea.  I decided definitely on snowflakes, black, white and Soft Sky as I sat down to create this morning.   

As I was adhering the black and white designer series paper to my card, I realized that the design was probably meant to be stars and not snowflakes.  But, that's okay--the patterned works!  I tried different things with the greeting and ended up with Basic Black stamped on Soft Sky.  I traced the greeting words with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.  I really like how it sparkles like the silver edged ribbon and the silver glimmer paper snowflake.

Here's the TGIF Challenge sketch I used for my card:

See more projects using this sketch over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.

My supply list:

Flurry of Wishes stamp set, photopolymer, #139732
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Soft Sky, #131203
Merry Little Christmas designer series paper, #144621
Silver Glimmer paper, #135314
Basic Black Archival ink, #140931
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, #141897
Silver 3/8" Metallic-Edge ribbon, #144213
Soft Sky 3/8" Classic Weave ribbon, #144160
Softly Falling textured impressions embossing folder, #139672
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372
Seasonal Layers Thinlits, #143751


Monday, October 16, 2017

Deck the Halls for Inspire.Create.Challenge

The second Inspire.Create.Challenge is a fun sketch challenge.   As is usual for me, the initial idea for my card underwent several changes before I finished it:

For my background, I used the "Deck the Halls" music pattern from the Merry Music specialty designer series paper pack and a Cherry Cobbler pattern from the Be Merry designer series paper pack. I added a piece of Quilted Christmas 1/4" ribbon across the diagonal line between the papers. I die cut each corner of the Crumb Cake card stock I used for the focal piece using the leaf die from the Card Front Builder Thinlits dies.  I thought there was a little holly leaf die I was going to use--and there is.  Unfortunately, it was hiding underneath another die in the set when I picked out the leaf die.  As is usually the case, I found it while putting up my dies.  But the leaf die cuts along with pearls colored with my new Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends (look for news on this new coloring tool later on) worked out nicely as a representation of holly.

I stamped the "Deck the Halls" sentiment in Basic Black archival ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I masked off the top part of the ornament image and stamped it in Basic Black as well, filling in the lines up to the sentiment with a Journaling Pen.  Then I stamped the ornament image on Whisper White card stock in both Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, die cut them and adhered the colored ornaments over the black ones on the card stock using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.  I layered the finished Crumb Cake piece over a slightly smaller piece of Garden Green card stock to add color to the leaf die cuts.

Here's the sketch from Inspire.Create.Challenges:

See more great projects using this sketch at the Inspire.Create.Challenges blog here.  

Here's my supply list:

Carols of Christmas Bundle, #146037, includes at 10% off:
     Carols of Christmas stamp set, clear mount, #144804
     Card Front Builder Thinlits dies, #144674
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Crumb Cake, #120953; Garden Green, #102584
Merry Music specialty designer series paper, #144623
Be Merry designer series paper, #144111
Ink:  Basic Black Archival, #140931; Cherry Cobbler, #126965; Garden Green, #126973
Journaling Pens, #145480
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109130
Heat Tool, #129053
Pearl Basic Jewels, #144219
Quilted Christmas 1/4" ribbon, #144620

Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, #129026; Multipurpose Liquid Glue, #110755; Tear & Tape, #138995; Stampin' Dimensionals, #104430; Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, #144108


Friday, October 13, 2017

'Tis the Season with Pretty Pines

Another challenge entry!  My card today is for this week's Global Design Project Case the Designer Challenge--#GDP108.  The featured designer is Brian King who has a clean and simple, but impactful design style.  I love his cards.

The GDP design team picked one of his cards to CASE (copy and selectively edit).  Here's my CASE:

My card is pretty straightforward, except for the greeting.  I stamped the greeting from the limited edition hostess stamp set, Merry Patterns, twice in Early Espresso ink.  I stamped it once on the Crumb Cake piece and once on the faded white pattern from the Wood Textures designer series paper stack.  I fussy cut all the wood texture letters and glued them over the letters on the Crumb Cake piece.  (Artisan Martha Inchley used this paper piecing technique in a recent blog hop with this stamp and the Christmas Around The World designer series paper plaid pattern. I loved her letters so much, I really wanted to try it--despite the fussy cutting involved!)

Here's Brian's card:

See more great CASEd projects at the Global Design Project blog here.  

Here's my supply list:
Merry Patterns limited edition hostess stamp set, photopolymer, #144973
Card stock:  Crumb Cake, #120953; Cherry Cobbler, #119685; Old Olive, #100702; Always Artichoke, #105119
Wood Textures designer series paper stack, #144177
Early Espresso classic ink pad, #126974
Classic Label Punch, #141491
Pretty Pines Thinlits dies, #141851
Paper Snips, #103579

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Eastern Palace Note

Two color challenges in a row!  Today I have a card created for the current Fab Friday color challenge:  Tranquil Tide, Cajun Craze and Rich Razzleberry.  These are rich colors together.  So my mind went to the Eastern Palace suite and to copper foil.  I pulled out the Tranquil Tide pattern from the Eastern Palace specialty designer series paper, some copper foil and my Eastern Beauty stamp set. Then I started playing with different patterns created with the stamps and the three challenge colors.  My original idea evolved into this card:

See more projects with this color combo over at Fab Friday here.

Here's my supply list:
Eastern Beauty Bundle, #145308, includes at 10% off:
     Eastern Beauty stamp set, photopolymer, #143675
     Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies, #143725
Card stock:  Very Vanilla Thick, #144237; Rich Razzleberry, #115316; Tranquil Tide, #144246
Copper Foil Sheets, #142020
Eastern Palace specialty designer series paper, #144147
Ink:  Tranquil Tide, #144085; Cajun Craze, #126965; Rich Razzleberry, #126950; VersaMark, #102283
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, #141636
Heat Tool, #129053
Metallics Sequin Assortment, #144214
Layering Circles Framelits dies, #141705
Duet Banner Punch, #141483

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vintage Leaves Haunting Me--#tgifc128

This is color challenge week at TGIF Challenges:  Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake.  I had to really think on this one a bit--I rarely stamp with a yellow and red color palette. I decided to use a watercolor technique and stamp a melange of oak and maple leaves from the Vintage Leaves stamp set.  Then the card decided to take on a life of its own. 

I started my card with a piece of watercolor paper.  Then I inked up the largest clear block, "F" with Crumb Cake ink and spritzed it with water before stamping it on my watercolor paper.  I don't remember ever having so many cool little speckles of ink on my watercolor paper before.  I let the background dry, then I inked up the oak leaf image in Crushed Curry, spritzed it, stamped it on the watercolor paper, let it dry and then did the same with the maple leaf image and Cherry Cobbler ink.  The maple leaves kind of overpower the oak leaves--but they are there.  (It's kind of like my yard when all the oak and maple leaves start falling--the oak leaves are pretty but the yellow is just overpowered by the red maple leaves and my eyes always pick out the maple leaves first.)

Now you will notice that there are all sorts of Cherry Cobbler speckles in the background, too.  I have no idea--I guess the water drips on the clear block I mounted the leaf image on decided to go ahead and drip on the watercolor paper, too.  There are a few Crushed Curry speckles, too.  I think they look so neat--but I have no idea how to recreate the look!  I've done this technique so many times and never seen this happen before.  Like I said, this card took on a life of its own. 

I tried stamping the sentiment from Colorful Seasons in Crumb Cake--but it was too light, so I stamped it in Early Espresso.  I used my Aqua Painter to add some Cherry Cobbler splatters to the sentiment piece.  Somewhere along the way, Crumb Cake speckles appeared (again--I have no idea--really, I don't).  I wrapped two strands of Linen Thread around the card, tied them into a bow and then added some Crushed Curry Glitter Enamel Dots.  I thought I was finished. 

But the card haunted me all night long.

This morning I came into my stamp room and tried to figure out why the card kept telling me it was not finished.  I decided it need some gold, so I tried gold sequins.  Nope, that wasn't it.  So, I set it aside and decided to keep the card as it was.  But, no, the card would not leave me alone.   So I thought gold embossed splatters.  But I could not take the card apart at this point to add them.  So, I set the card aside to work on another card.  All I could hear in my head was "gold splatters, gold splatters."  Finally, I gave up and gave in.  I gritted my teeth and said, "it will either finish the card or finish it off."  I splattered VersaMark on the card front with an Aqua Painter, covered the splatters with gold embossing powder, got out my Heat Tool and hoped for the best.  I swear the card sighed happily when I finished. 

The haunting is over.  And maybe I am not crazy.

There are some really great projects using this color combo over on the TGIF Challenges blog.  See them here.  

Here's my supply list:
Vintage Leaves stamp set, clear mount, #138802
Colorful Seasons stamp set, photopolymer, #143762
Card stock:  Crumb Cake, #120953; Crushed Curry, #131199
Watercolor Paper, #122959
Ink:  Crumb Cake, #126975; Crushed Curry, #131173; Cherry Cobbler, #126966; Early Espresso, #126974; VersaMark, #102283
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109129
Heat Tool, #129053
Aqua Painter, #103954
Linen Thread, #104199
Glitter Enamel Dots, #144200
Layering Circle Framelits dies, #141705
Stampin' Spritzer, #126185



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Gather Together & Give Thanks

Usually when I enter challenges, I make a project specifically for one challenge.  My idea for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge, however, coincided with this week's theme challenge, Grateful.  So I incorporated both challenges in my card:

I created a wreath using the two-step leafy branch image from the Painted Harvest stamp set, stamping the bottom layer in Lemon Lime Twist and the top layer in Peekaboo Peach.  I die cut the wreath using the Layering Circles dies and then die cut an Early Espresso scalloped circle to layer under the wreath.  I created more layers with washi tape, 5/8" Burlap ribbon, and die cuts using the Pretty Pines Thinlits dies and Crumb Cake and Tangerine Tango card stock.  I added a bow to the wreath using 3 strands of Linen Thread and then finished the card with a splatter of copper sequins.

The Freshly Made Sketches Challenge provided my template for this card:

See more wonderful projects created with this sketch here.

You can see more "Grateful" themed projects at the Global Design Project blog here.

Here is my supply list:

Painted Harvest stamp set, photopolymer, #144783
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Early Espresso, #119686; Crumb Cake, #120953; Tangerine Tango, #111349
Ink:  Early Espresso, #126974; Peekaboo Peach, #141398; Lemon Lime Twist, #144086
Basics Pack 2 Washi Tape, #144222
Metallics Sequin Assortment, #144214
Linen Thread, #104199
5/8" Burlap Ribbon, #141487
Banner Triple Punch, #138292
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705
Pretty Pines Thinlits, #141851