Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On the Move Reminder

Mid-month (wait, what?) means it's Naughty or Nice Challenges reminder time! This month we are ON THE MOVE with an optional colour challenge. I didn't manage the colours this time, but at least the theme is there! 

I missed out on the "naughty" aspect this time, as well. Oops. As I was deciding what to make to fit the theme, I remembered this origami map stamp, and had a thought... watercolour powder! The other times I'd used this stamp, powders had not yet become a THING. After stamping and embossing in white on watercolour paper, I wet the continents one or two at a time before carefully sprinkling green powder on. I like the mottled mappy look using the powder gives! I decided that trying to do the same with the oceans might be a mess in the making, so I used distress ink (salty ocean, of course) to watercolour instead. Shockingly, I found some patterned paper that worked with the green. That, an accent of black, and an embossed sentiment finished the card. 
Why not come and join us with your naughty or nice creation? You have until August 25th to join us. 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Basic Grey Oxford patterned paper, Neat & Tangled Origami Map stamps, Versamark & salty ocean distress ink, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Magenta Nuance green watercolour powder, fun foam

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Christmas Card No. 2!

Once I start making Christmas cards, I can find it hard to stop. :P So I went back to this month's Muse: ChristmasVisions for more inspiration. 

This time I'm using Cornelia's upper-left card as my inspiration. The easy part of the inspiration.. I have a very similar sentiment! And while my initial thought was to also go with cookie-themed images, I just didn't seem to have anything that worked for me. So thematically, my images went in an entirely different direction: 

This bear seemed to have just the right "huh, how did THAT happen" look on his face to go with the sentiment. Please ignore my very rudimentary Copic colouring, I'm new to these markers, and have few colours and little skill. :D What I did have was patterned paper that matched his sweater to complete this clean and simple card. 
I'm also entering this into the current CAS Mix Up challenge, since I've used alcohol markers, stamping, patterned paper, glitter markers and Stickles. 

Supplies: white cardstock, Doodlebug Frosty Friends patterned paper, MFT Cool Day & Riley & Co. Funnybones stamps, MFT black licorice & Stampin' Up real red inks, Copic markers, frosted lace Stickles, clear & black Wink of Stella markers, fun foam

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Musing and Shopping My Christmas Stash

It's an August long weekend here (with the exciting name of Civic Holiday) and I had time to play today! I decided I would let this month's Muse: ChristmasVisions kickstart my holiday cardmaking. There are four cards to be inspired by! 

And coincidentally, Shopping Our Stash decided to bypass the Christmas in July challenge frenzy and have a Countdown to Christmas challenge this week. Inspired by the top right card, I went deep into my stash and came up with this:

I've had this stamp set for years, but have never used the big head before. Instead of ornaments hanging from his antlers, I gave him a fuzzy red nose — and those teeny pompoms have been around since my teaching days, which is a while ago. I echoed Cornelia's striped side panel with some thin washi tape. 
My plan is to CASE all four Muse cards this month... we'll see what happens. ;) 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Simon Says Stamp/Kelly Purkey Oh Dear & WPlus9 Simply Sentiments 6 stamps, Colorbox frost white & Versamark inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Little B thin silver stripes washi tape, (?) small pompom

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sisterhood of Furry Stampers!

And here we are in August! So while shorts and t-shirts may be the current fashion where I live, Edna is luxuriating in furs for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers M is for Mink challenge! Don't worry, we aren't really asking you to put fur on your card, just a furry creature of some sort! I went for a bear:

This may look all cute and cuddly, but there is secret snark! The card is for a friend who has a mama black bear and her cubs living in the bush between her and her neighbour's houses. I was quite happy with the background for the bear, which turned out almost the way I pictured it! Definitely doesn't always happen. :P 
I'm adding this to the current Anything Goes challenge at Muse.
Be sure to check out the other furry creatures on display on the Snarky Stampers blog! I hope you'll come and join us. 

Supplies: white, Spectrum Noir & PTI grey cardstock, Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamps & dies, Gina K Designs Tropical Flowers & Stampin' Up Cross My Heart stamps, MFT black licorice, Memento cottage ivy & tumbled glass, antique linen & mowed lawn distress inks, Spectrum Noir markers, MFT cloud stencil, Paper Smooches Word Bubbles die, pop-dot tape

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Seize the Birthday — Tie One On!

I'm back again playing along with the talented crew at Seize the Birthday! The new (always optional) *topping* option is called TIE ONE ON — use ribbon or something similar on your project! 
It seems like ages since I've used ribbon on a card... twine yes, but not classic ribbon. That's not to say I don't have a drawer full of it. ;) So I decided I would take the challenge and use some ribbon. 

I also used the sketch from the MFT sketch challenge, which of course has ended already. It was fun to use a mix of patterned paper, ribbon, die cuts, and of course this cute little kitty face. I couldn't resist putting him on the inside, as well: 

Since my friend Ardyth was courageous enough to open her Muse challenge up to Anything Goes, I'll add this to her link up. 
Ribbon or not, I hope you'll come and play along! 

Supplies: white and blue cardstock, American Crafts Amy Tangerine Sketchbook patterned paper, MFT Cool Cat, I Knead You & Cat-itude stamps & dies, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & Memento London fog inks, Ranger clear & Wow white embossing powders, Spectrum Noir markers, MFT Precious Polaroids die, Michaels ribbon, pop-dot tape

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