Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

I make, at the most, one St. Patrick's Day card a year... that's if it works out that we have dinner with friends as we often do. So here is this year's goofy edition: 

You'll find the punchline at the end of the post...

I pinned this card last year after Emily entered it into a Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, because I loved the sentiment! Instead of turning a crazy bird into a chicken, I used this bird from my oldest Paper Smooches set, mostly as it was a good size match to the shamrock. The hat comes from another PS set. I used Twinkling H2Os and plastic wrap to make my marbled green squares. I printed the beginning of the riddle on some patterned paper for a little extra interest. 
I'm entering this in Shopping Our Stash's current Put a Bird On It challenge. 
Watch out for that green beer today! 

*...and the answer is: The CLUCK of the Irish!

Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Authentique Be(you)tiful patterned paper, Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies, A Magical Spring & Lawn Fawn My Lucky Charm stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Copic markers, Zig watercolour markers, Twinkling H2Os, MFT square stitched & blueprints 24 dies, foam tape

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Shopping Birds

The current Shopping Our Stash challenge is Put a Bird on It. So I did. 

I have never used this bird stamp for anything but sympathy cards, and here I am using it again for another one. I have never actually paired it with the sentiment that comes with it, but since this is for family, it seemed just right. This is also likely the least CAS sympathy card I've made. I was pretty excited when I found not just one, but TWO patterned papers that actually coordinated with the distress inks I had sponged on the bird panel. I added a strip of woodgrain embossed cardstock to bring out the white-embossed bird. 

Supplies: Bazzill marshmallow cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Basic Grey Plumeria patterned paper, Unity/Webster's Pages Love Itty Bitty stamps, Versamark & tumbled glass, stormy sky, antique linen, iced spruce, bundled sage & chipped sapphire distress inks, Ranger clear & Hero Arts white embossing powders, Papertrey Ink woodgrain impression plate, Spellbinders oval die

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Trouble with Teal

Thursday means it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! Our (always optional) topping is a colour combination of teal and white.

Teal and I do not play well together. What is teal? There can be teal blue or teal green, or it can also be a duck. (Hmm, is the colour named after the bird, or the bird the colour?) And while I do have a couple of ink pads with teal in the name, I decided instead to haul out a bunch of patterned paper to see what inspired me. And it worked: 

Keeping to just the teal and white, I stamped and embossed each of the little words and phrases in the speech bubbles. I decided to keep it super clean and simple, but did manage to find some matching hemp cord to keep it from downright PAB*, I hope.
As always, we welcome all birthday cards at Seize the Birthday! Come see how everyone interpreted our newest toppings, including our current surprise party guest, Kim

(*PAB = Plain and Boring, my patented phrase for when I get a little too CAS...)

Supplies: white cardstock, Studio Calico Darling Dear patterned paper, Paper Issues/Snarky Stamps Ahhh Birthday, Versamark ink, Wow superfine white embossing powder, Hemptique cord

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A Reminder to Drink Up...

... because that's the name of the March Naughty or Nice Challenge, DRINK UP! What did you think I meant? 

This is a fun prompt with lots of possibilities, both alcoholic and teetotal. Somehow I ended up making a wine-themed card again...

Note size of glass vs size of bottle. :D I managed to match red ink, red glitter paper AND red glitter embossing powder. There is absolutely no way the sentiment oval is covering a direct-to-card stamping mistake. ;) 
Tea, coffee, water, wine... the choices are practically infinite, so why now get crafty and join us! You have until March 25th to link up. 

Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up real red glimmer cardstock, So Suzy Stamps Cheers & Size Matters, Paper Smooches Free Spirits & Papertrey Ink Uncorked stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & Stampin' Up real red ink, Ranger red glitter embossing powder,Papertrey Ink Uncorked die, Stampin' Up scalloped oval punch

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

When It Snows...

There was just the barest dusting of snow this morning, but still, seemed excuse enough to make a Christmas card! It's Kimberly's turn to be the muse at Muse: ChristmasVisions, and she has offered this sweet card: 

I took inspiration from just about everything about this card: the reindeer, the combo die cut and small banner sentiment, the embossed background, the striped paper. I meant to use the same colours, as well, but in the end, the blue didn't make the final cut. 

If reindeer are needed, this is generally my go-to set — I love them in their Christmas sweaters! I would have coloured this guy in Copics, but my handful only includes one (dark) brown. So he's watercoloured instead. The background panel is stencilled with embossing paste and glitter. I cut the "be jolly" three times in red so it would have a bit of extra dimension. Amazingly, I had a "be jolly, by golly" stamp in practically the same font, so masked off the first half and embossed the second part in white. 
Why not come and play along with us? You'll be happy come December when you see the Christmas cards you've made ahead of time! ;) 

Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Teresa Collins Santa's List patterned paper, Ranger watercolour paper, Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer & Unity/Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear & Hero Arts white embossing powders, Zig watercolour markers, CUTplorations Be Jolly die, Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil, Dreamweavers glossy white embossing paste, Stampin' Up dazzling diamonds glitter, foam tape 

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