Sunday, August 17, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #38 - Embossing

Hi everyone!  Time for another Christmas Card Challenge.  This week the challenge is to use embossing on your card...wet or dry. In the current Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink, Laura Bassen did a technique on creating backgrounds with embossing paste. I loved the technique and created mine with the Twist cover plate to create the background along with embossing paste colored with various inks.  I die cut the cover plate twice and adhered them together to make the "stencil" sturdier.  Then I added the colored paste.  Laura used this PTI scribbles die in vellum behind her die cut word and I realized I had this die!  Forgot all about it, but I think it looks fabulous behind the word.  I die cut the word three times and adhered them together.  I then covered it with Wink of Stella shimmer and Glossy Accents.  The crystal snowflakes were another find and I added them as well.  Love the way this came out!
You can see more inspiration on the Christmas Card Challenge blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white (Michael's), aqua mist (PTI)
Ink:  Evergreen bough, picked raspberry, spun sugar distress inks
Accessories:  Twist cover plate, wonderful words: joy die, circle scribbles die (all dies PTI), embossing paste (Dreamweaver), Wink of Stella shimmer brush, glossy accents, crystal snowflakes (Memory Box)


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Color Throwdown #305

Hi there!  This is my second post today!  When has that happened?  You can see my JUGs post here.
I've been itching all week to play in the Color Throwdown challenge!  I love the colors and that graphic gave me an idea I wanted to try.
I just received this alpha background stamp from Simon Says Stamp and just thought it was perfect for this challenge.  This actually isn't the design I was going for.  That triangular piece with the alpha stamp started out as a full piece.  On the white part, I stamped a sentiment which stamped terribly!  I was so upset because this happens to me ALL THE TIME!  So I chopped off the damaged part and went from there.  To separate the stamped letters from the sentiment, I used the stitching lines die to die cut those little dots.  Love the look!  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I added enamel dots and was done! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Alpha background (SSS), Thanks All Ways (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white, basic gray
Ink:  Kiwi kiss, tangerine tango, Bermuda bay, versamark
Accessories:  Stitching Lines die (PTI), white embossing powder, enamel dots, corner rounder


Just Us Girls #254 - Color Week

Happy Saturday!  Are you ready for another challenge from Just Us Girls?  Sue V. has chosen some great colors for our Color Week challenge. 
This card literally makes me smile!  I got to use some stamps I haven't used in a while and a new Smile die!  I also added some embossing paste with a stencil.   And I broke out the copic markers to color the flowers (when was the last time you saw a green flower?)!  I die cut the pocket and stamped it with navy ink.  The flowers were stamped with Memento ink and colored with the copics.  I added white enamel dots to the center of each one.  For the little tag on the pocket, I added a smile face that is included in the stamp set.  This gave me the idea to use the smile die which I just received this week.  That word was die cut from navy cardstock and I added some Wink of Stella shimmer to it and the flowers as well.  I added more color with the navy and green strips of paper.
I'm going to enter this in the Clean and Simple Stamping challenge as this is where I got my inspiration for my layout.
You can see more from the JUGs DT and our Guest Designer on these blogs. 
Thanks for stopping by! 
Stamps:  Back Pocket Basics (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white (Michael's), night of navy, lucky limeade
Ink:  Night of navy, Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Back Pocket Basics die, Smile die (Lil' Inkers), dot fade stencil, embossing paste, Wink of Stella shimmer brush, enamel dots, dimensionals


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Time Out Challenge #12 - CASE (with your own twist)

Hi all!  The new challenge over at Time Out Challenges is to CASE this fabulous card by Anita and add your own twist.
So here's my take on it.  I chose to do a Christmas card because of this new Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil.  I colored some embossing paste with blue ink and masked off a row of the stencil then added the paste to the stencil.  This gave me the row I needed that mimicked Anita's card.  I then cut the word out from navy, white, and light blue paper and adhered them in an offset fashion.  The word "happy" was stamped in navy ink.  I added some enamel dots and some Wink of Stella to the die cut word for some shimmer.
You can see more inspiration from the Design Team on these blogs.  We also are welcoming our Guest Designer Shona this week!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Blissful Butterflies (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white (Michael's). night of navy, bliss blue
Ink:  Night of navy, tumbles glass distress ink
Accessories:  Christmas Greetings die (MFT), Dreamweaver embossing paste, enamel dots, Tim Holtz holiday knit stencil, Wink of Shimmer shimmer


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #37

Happy Sunday!  This week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges is a color challenge.

I think I got all the colors (or most of them) in this card!  I embossed the script stamp with white embossing powder onto vellum and added it to the green so that the green shows up a bit.  The green and cranberry panels were run through a linen impression plate.  The word is from Tim Holtz's Christmas stencil.  I used embossing paste and then poured glitter over it.  The wood veneer stars have star dust stickles added to them.
I'm using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
You can see more on these blogs from the DT.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Layered Postmarks: Holiday (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, always artichoke, cranberry crisp, vellum, Handmade Holidays dp (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Layered Postmarks: Holiday die, white embossing powder, embossing paste, linen impression plate, stickles glitter, star dust glitter, wood veneer stars, dimensionals  


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Just Us Girls #253 - Trend Week

Hi all!  Do you like trends?  Just Us Girls does, and this week Sharyn has chosen a fabulous one...washi tape!  I know you have a roll or two or ten or twenty of it in your craft room!  I know I do!  What a great time to pull it out and use it!

I chose to CASE a card I made a while ago (you can see it here).  I just loved that little card, so I just changed it up a bit with the kraft and black to match the animal print washi tape. I made this a square 4.25" x 4.25" card. I started by stamping a black stripe from one corner to another. Then I added the washi tape on either side. I'm not happy with how the telephone came out. The dial in the middle is stamped off-center for one thing. Then the Glossy Accents I added is bumpy along the edges. (As I'm typing this, I'm trying to decide whether or not I want to redo this telephone. It takes a while to dry! I'll keep it for now.) I added the sentiments and lastly the red heart, also covered in Glossy Accents. 

You can see more washi tape designs from the DT on these blogs.

JUGs blog
Cheryl Rowley
Maria Levine
Marisa Ritzen
Nancy Leppek
Sharyn Polesel
Sue Trembeth
Sue VanDeVusse
Vicki Dutcher
Kristie Goulet, Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Heart 2 Heart #4 (PTI), Country Charm (WPlus9)
Paper:  Kraft, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, real red
Accessories:  Heart 2 Heart #4 die (PTI), glossy accents, washi tape, Wink of Stella shimmer, dimensionals


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Time Out Challenge #11 Reminder

We are into our second week over at Time Out Challenge.  This challenge is Celebrations with an optional twist to use butterflies. 
I chose not to use the butterflies on my card this time around.  (I did use a butterfly on my card last week which you can see here.)   I used a chevron stencil and black embossing paste to create my background.  This die set was staring me in the face with the word celebrate on top!  Serendipitous, I tell ya!  I cut it out of green cardstock and adhered it to the base with glossy accents.  Then I pulled out some silver and green (yes green, they don't look it) mini sequins and adhered them to the base as well.  Super simple card.  I was impressed at how fast the black paste dried as well.

I'm playing along with CAS-ual Friday's last challenge for 2014.  Apparently they are taking a break, but are returning in 2015.  Their challenge is a tic-tac-toe one.  I've chosen the top row:  chevrons, black, and sequins.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Neenah white, green galore
Accessories:  Chevron stencil (Simon Says Stamp), Accent It-Celebrations die (MFT), black embossing paste (Dreamweaver), sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and Studio Calico)



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