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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yippee for the Snarky Stampers!


Y is for Yippee is the brand new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! Let's celebrate... something! I'm celebrating that we had a couple of spring-like days this week, even if today we're back to brr. And looking ahead a couple of months, I decided to go with a graduation card for my version of yippee: 


This will eventually be for my great-nephew, and I would like to suggest to all schools that they should make their team colours noticeable somewhere on their websites. Eventually I determined that gold and black was what I wanted. I used the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch (I flipped it) for my design — I have a few layers here, but I say the overall look of the card is still quite clean and simple. The mortarboard is from Crazy Things, but without a bird, dog or cat beneath looks quite classy! I went over the tassel with a Versamarker so I could give it some gold tinsel embossing powder bling. I luckily had patterned paper, gold pearl paper and gold mist (for splattering) that all coordinated. 
I'm also going to add this to the Rubber Dance challenge of black & white with one colour, as well as Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday anything goes challenge. 
The sisters did not manage a lot of snark this week, so thank goodness our latest Queen and guest designer, Becca, did! Be sure to check out their creations, and then join us! 


Supplies: white & black cardstock, gold pearl paper, Teresa Collins He Said She Said patterned paper, Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous crazy Things stamp & die, MFT black licorice ink, Versamarker, gold tinsel embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers, Spellbinders circle, MFT blueprints 24 stitched circle & Little B Block Out dies, Art Anthology Timeless Colorations spray, pop-dot tape

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pawesome!

For the first time I'm attempting to combine the two My Favorite Things challenges, Sketch and Colours



I've rotated the sketch to the horizontal way I've used it: 



I watercoloured a couple of the cuties from the Cat-itude set and paired them with the "Pawesome" sentiment. By adding a layer of vellum behind the die cut frame, I was able to add a background behind the kitties without overwhelming them or adding a third pattern to the mix. I'm going to say the polka dots were inspired by the circle element on the card that I didn't incorporate. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Supplies: white cardstock, vellum, Lilybee Designs Pinwheel & Pebbles Lakeside patterned papers, MFT Cat-itude stamps & dies, MFT black licorice & Memento Luxe Danube blue inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig clean colour real brush markers, MFT blueprints 24 & diagonal stitched dies, Spectrum Noir clear overlay sparkle marker, pop-dot tape

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Springtime Pin-Sights


There's a new Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge, and it's full of spring colours and blossoms. 


Lots of pastel pinks and purples, floral images... here's where it took me:


The Bold Blossom die cuts are thoroughly coated in sparkle shimmer mist, which of course doesn't want to show in the photo. I sponged pink, lilac and green inks in the spots where I wanted the blooms. The sentiment is stamped in grey and embossed with sparkly embossing powder to go with the flowers. I'm thinking this will be either a wedding card (there's one we're going to next month) or perhaps a Mother's Day card. 
I'm also adding this to the Happy Little Stampers April Anything Goes with Dies challenge. 


Supplies: Neenah solar white & Stampin' Up almost amethyst cardstock, Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamp, Versafine smoky grey & spun sugar, shaded lilac & bundled sage distress inks, Hero Arts csparkle clear embossing powder, Spectrum Noir clear overlay sparkle marker, Tsukineko sheer sparkle spritz

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pastel Tulips

I had a little time to get out the stamps and inks on this cool, rainy day and make a card to fit three coordinating challenges. My starting point was the pastel colour palette at the current Just Us Girls challenge: 



Then I added the Curtain Call challenge... 


...as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, Showers and/or Flowers. When I mixed them all together, this is what I got: 


To be honest, I started with a set of tulip layering stamps, but after three attempts realized that some days I am not meant to try to line up stamps that precisely. I blame the overcast day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So instead I pulled out this tulip stamp, embossing it in sparkly embossing powder, before sponging the three colours of ink to match the challenge palette. I didn't want to cover up too much of the panel, so used some twine to add a small tag with a simple sentiment. If I hadn't used sparkly embossing powder, I might have considered making this a sympathy card for the stash... but I've also discovered seasonal ones aren't as versatile if you are suddenly in need of a sympathy card. 
I'm hoping tomorrow is a play-with-ink day, too, before a busy weekend! 

Supplies: white & Hero Arts layering cardstock, Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips & Mama Elephant Party Kit stamps, Versamark, Memento cantaloupe & dandelion & spun sugar distress inks, Wow white & Hero Arts sparkle clear embossing powders, Winnie & Walter Katharine & Sizzix traditional tag dies, yellow Divine Twine, fun foam

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Roses and Muse

This week I decided I'd like to play in some card challenges... and look, it's already Wednesday, sigh. At least I have a card that purposely fits two challenges! Monday, the latest Muse challenge began, with this card by Jenni Murray


Right away, I had an idea of what I wanted to do. Then yesterday, Shopping Our Stash came out with its new challenge, A Rose By Any Other Name. A perfect fit! Here's my card:


Obviously, I focused on Jenni's overall floral panel in white on a coloured background, with a sentiment across the lower third. While I really liked the blue Jenni used, I decided to go with purple for mine. I embossed a rose background stamp in white — I really liked the effect when I used it for my Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers card. Instead of overlaying a sentiment, I cut my panel and embossed the sentiment on the background panel. I also kept my panels larger than Jenni's with less of the card base showing around the edges. 
I've started another two-in-one challenge card... will it be done in time? We'll see. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Supplies: purple & Bazzill marshmallow cardstock, Impression Obsession Roses & Altenew Tulip stamps, Versamark ink, Wow white embossing powder, fun foam 


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